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Volume 59 Issue 21
October 19, 2010


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It is difficult to say just when I understood that people give money to the church.  I seem to have always known that because my parents modeled faithful giving as long as I can remember. They emphasized that their tithe to the church was more important than money they spend on anything else.

I am not sure that all church members have that example in their lives. Giving financial support to the church for some may be optional or consist of what is left after everything else.

But the prayerful, consistent return to God of a portion of that with which God has blessed us is an act of worship that shows how thankful we are for God’s mercy and grace and the blessings we have in our lives.

It is also important that we give our time and our gifts for service to the church as well.  For some that may be all they can afford & to share that with the church is an important part of stewardship.

It would be very difficult for any family to have a plan for the financial portion of their life if the salary the Mom or Dad earned was not known until the pay envelope was opened at the end of the week.  The church needs to plan also: for programming, staffing, maintenance, utilities, music and other things, and we use your pledge to do that. That is why it is important to pledge during the pledge drive.  We realize that circumstances can change and sometimes members can not meet their pledge, but it is important to say I want to give to God out of thankfulness for all he gives to me.

We are so fortunate to be members of this church. To me pledging means I am part of this community, and I want to show that this church and its goals are important to me. Pledging means I recognize that all that I have and all that I am comes from God, and it is a way to thank God for all God‘s blessings. This church needs and deserves our support. I urge you to prayerfully consider that and formally make a commitment to God through a pledge to First Presbyterian and return your commitment cards.

The real stewardship question is not, then, what the church needs to receive, but what WE need to GIVE in order to express our thankfulness to God.  Our operating budget is nothing more - nor less - than the sum total of our expressions of gratitude to God.

All that we have is God's alone - a trust, a gift.  How will we express our thankfulness?

Marilyn Van Winkle

When I was asked to speak to the congregation this Sunday, I did not know what I was going to say much less how I was going to say it. 

I decided to just be myself.  I am glad most of you are stayed seated and did not leave.

One of my favorite quotations about God comes from Voltaire.

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778)

Thinking about that quotation, I decided to say what I wanted to say with a little bit of humor.

In the 1970s there was comedian named Flip Wilson and he had just begun a new fall TV show called the Flip Wilson show.  I had always been a fan of Flip Wilson.

He played skits made up of characters he created-Geraldine and her always absent boyfriend “Killer” and a preacher named “Reverend LeRoy”  who was head of a church called: “The Church of What’s Happening Now”

Now Reverend LeRoy was in the middle of his “Stewardship Campaign” similar to ours.  He was in front of the congregation that Sunday morning making his plea. All of the deacons, about 4 of them, were sitting behind him. 

He wasn’t wearing an alb but had on a cutaway coat with long tails and light gray spats over his black shoes.  A “cutting” figure of an individual.  He was about to deliver his message on stewardship.  He walked back and forth on the chancel area delivering his message.   Let’s listen in.

He starts:

This church has many obligations and charges in the community to do God’s work.  Everyone here wants this church to progress and if this church is going to progress; first it has to crawl.  It has got to crawl.

The deacons responded “Make it Crawl, Rev, make it crawl.

The next step for this church to progress: It has got to stand up and walk; it has got to walk

The Deacons responded “Make it Walk Rev, Make it Walk”

The next step for this church to progress: It has got to run; it has got run

The Deacons responded “Make it Run, Rev, Make it Run”

The only way it can run is with YOUR MONEY

The Deacons responded “Make it Crawl Rev, Make it Crawl”

Seriously folks we do need your money to make the church run.  Please pledge and pledge generously. God’s work can always use your help.

Thank you,

Larry Yates

In This Issue


Prayer Concerns

Hands holding bird Peggy McDuffee
Bill Park
Alice Rogers
Martel & Anne Wightman
Gus Swanson
                  Bette Boyd
                  Louise Frost
                  (Friend of Brenda Logan)

Session Highlights

Commission moderator Rick Nash distributed the proposed Mission Disaster Preparedness statement involving housing volunteers and church members, hospitality, co-ordination, meals, use of the church building, and seeking funds for disaster relief which was approved by consensus.

Marisue Coy will be the commissioner to Presbytery in November 2010 and February 2011.

Bill Helwig presented the 2011 proposed which was approved by consensus. Pledge Sunday is November 7.

Session approved by consensus endorsing Ms. Christine Coy Fohr, recent graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and employee of the non-profit organization JustFaith in Louisville, for ordination in Western Kentucky Presbytery in order that she can serve First Presbyterian Church, Owensboro, as a Parish Associate. She will serve on the weekends that she is able to be in Owensboro, preaching at least once-a-month  and assisting in leading worship, teaching ,and pastoral care.

Stewardship Commission

We have a new heating and air conditioning system that serves the parlor and the Youth/Christain Education Directors' Study.  Last year we had no heat in either room due to a continuing deterioration of the heating system due to age.  This is the first step to replacing the boiler system entirely.  We have identified other areas of the church which will be changed over from steam heat to forced air gas heat. This will be done over a period of months.

Larry Yates

Moderator, Stewardship Commission

Presbyterian Women

Friendship Circle will meet on October 25 in the Ladies Parlor at 7:00 PM.

Library Corner

New Children’s books for the church library.

The Beginner’s Bible illustrated by Kelly Pulley. New Testament. Timeless Bible stories.
Big Ideas Veggies Tales
The Goody- Good Glasses by John Trauscht, illustrated by John Trauscht and Michael Moore.
Wish You Were Here
by Sonia Sander, illustrated by Warner McGee.  Turn the wheels, change the words!
Precious Moments
A Garden of Love by Kathryn Knight, illustrated by Samuel J. Butcher.  Ages 4-8.
In the Lord’s Garden by K. R. Knight, illustrated by Samuel J. Butcher.  Ages 2 and up.
Praying illustrated by Samuel J. Butcher.  Ages 2 and up.

Patti's Notes

God’s Children Sing- Sundays 9:15 AM.  Please join us in singing as we are rehearsing for “A Simple Christmas Pageant” which we will perform on Sunday evening December 5 for Kirk Night.  This is for all youth K-12.

SING Youth Choir-  4:15 PM on Sundays.  We will not rehearse October 31 due to the Fall Festival.  We would like all youth to help us sing during the Christmas season.

Bells- Thursday at 6:15 PM.  We will continue to rehearse Christmas music.

Adult Choir- Thursday at 7:00 PM.  Join us as we rehearse for the Christmas season.


Strength- Sundays at 2.  October 24 we will use bands and discs.  October 31 you will need hand weights.

Zumba- Sundays at 3 and Wednesdays at 7 PM.


Note of Thanks

I want to thank everyone for their prayers and other kindness during my recent surgery and recuperation.  What a caring church family we have!

Evelyn Triplett


Fall Festival

The Fun, Fabulous, Freaky Fall Festival held on Sunday, October 31 at 5:00 PM.  Mark your calendars and make plans to attend.


Commissions Meeting

The next monthly Commissions Meeting will be held Sunday, October 24.  It will begin with dinner at 5:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Childcare will be provided.  All church members are encouraged to attend.


Flu and Pneumonia Shots

Pharmacist, Jeff McKeever will be offering Flu and Pneumonia shots in the church library this Sunday, October 24 from 8-12.  Bring proof of insurance with you.

Upcoming Events

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November Birthdays & Anniversaries



Melanie Taylor
Mike Dick
Christopher Bowley
Debbie McCoy
Bill Jungmann
Joel Payne
Zachary Park
Lindsey Price
Liz Roethemeier
Frannie Griffith
Lauren Thomas
Christine Coy-Fohr
Ethel Dalzell
Guy Hisle
Mary Dixon Baker
Jonathan Griffith
John Griffith
Kay Hamby
Paddy Miller
Abby North
Rachel Coomes
Mary Maude Davis
Sara McNulty
Ron Ecleberry
Brenda Logan
Ryan Clancy
Keith Moore



Jerry & Maxine Price
Karen & Vaughn Sanders
Howard & Ann McClure
Janice & Gerry Edds
Tom & Diane Bowers
Karen & James Anderson
Doug & Kay Hamby
James & Paddy Miller