Presbyterian Mid-Week Visitor

October 3, 2019

October Birthdays: Luke Dennen 3rd, Harrison Holt 5th, Kirsten Lee 6th, Bob Kirk 6th, Megan Lueking 7th,

Keegan Lee 8th, Derek Phelps 9th, Tim Hendrix 11th, Trevor Vest 11th, Teresa Bohn 19th, Cara Isenogle 21st,

Zachary Stone 21st, Kathryn Lueking 22nd, Ed Jackson 26th, Tisha Kivett 28th

October Anniversaries: Pete & Susan Isenogle 9th, Kayla & Kortnie Hendrix 21st,

Murray & Karin Thompson 24th, Jeff & Peggy Hiland 27th

On Sunday, October 6th we will be celebrating World Communion Sunday and will be joining in the holy meal with Christians all over the globe. To help celebrate World Communion Sunday you are invited to bring something from another country to help decorate the communion table and the front of the sanctuary – a piece of cloth, a dish, a toy, or another meaningful object. Please bring these items to the church office before Thursday, October 3rd. Please make sure to put your name on your item(s) so they can be returned to you.

On Sunday, October 6th the Missions Committee will be collecting the Peace & Global Witness Offering. This offering draws Presbyterians together, and provides education and exposure to those who show us how to do peacemaking well. It allows us to create resources for dealing with conflict and provide nurturing reconciliation, and stand in support of our global sisters and brothers, because the peace of Christ belongs to people everywhere. Special Offering envelopes will be placed in the bulletins for this offering.

Our church will be having an entry in the Apple Festival Parade this year. We will be using a log horse, with saddles on it that holds up to 8 children, the children will take turns riding if we have more than 8 wanting to ride. We also need walkers of all ages to walk beside the horse, carry our banner, and pass out candy. We have cowboy/cowgirl hats and bandanas for the riders and walkers to wear. We want to promote that all ages attend our church. Riders and walkers need to be at the school cafeteria parking lot by 1:30. Also if anyone walking has baskets to carry the candy in, please bring them

Also we will be needing lots of candy to pass out during the parade. Please bring in donations of candy to the church office by worship service on Sunday.

We will be hosting Communion Services at Autumn Trace and Glenburn on Wednesday, October 9th. We will start at Autumn Trace at 9:30 a.m. and then Glenburn will begin at 10:30 a.m. This is such a wonderful outreach to those who are unable to attend our services. Volunteers are always welcome to come help with the services and to visit with the residents.

The next Women's Association meeting will be held on Thursday, October 10th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of hostess Bonnie Jackson. The co-hostess will be Darlene Jolley with devotions given by Becky Noel.

Our church will be hosting Soup on Saturday on October 12th starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Methodist Church. This is such a great way to share God's love with others in our community be providing them with a good meal. Volunteers are needed to provide soups, sandwiches, drinks, desserts, and to work. Please see the sign-up sheet on the narthex podium.

The Trustees will be meeting on Monday, October 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the Seekers Room.

The Session will be meeting on Thursday, October 17th at 6:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

The Bloomfield Class of 2025, Maddie Stone and Dominic May's class, is collecting plastic bottle caps to have made into handicapped accessible picnic tables. The picnic tables will be placed at the school for all the students to use. Bottle caps may be brought to the church and placed in the bin in the entry way. Please make sure that all caps are clean and free of debris. Acceptable caps include but are not limited to: medicine bottle caps, hair spray caps, flip top caps, milk jug caps, drink bottle caps, toothpaste and ointment tube caps, ice cream bucket lids and other container lids that are less than 8 inches. Please no metal lids.

Pastor Hana's office dates for the month of October:

          Wednesday, October 9th

          Wednesday, October 16th

          Thursday, October 24th

          Wednesday, October 30th

Pastor Hana may be in the office on other days as well, but is defiantly planning on being here on the dates above. Please feel free to stop in and visit with her.

The Greene County Right to Life we be having their Fall Banquet at the Harvest Community Church on October 19th starting at 6:30 p.m. They will have Shaye Place and Yolonda Taylor as guest speakers. Tickets for the banquet are available in the church office. They suggest a donation of $12.50 for adult tickets and $6.00 for children 6-12 years old.

Their latest newsletter is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway. Their next monthly meeting will be on October 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of Greene County General Hospital.

Minutes For Missions:

This Sunday, October 6th, will be World Communion Sunday, which celebrates our oneness in Christ with our brothers and sisters around the world. It's perhaps the most appropriate day of the year to receive the Peace & Global Witness Offering – to think about what it means to be peacemakers, to be witnesses and advocates for compassion, peace and justice. To see "peace in all times in all ways" (2 Thess. 3:16).

Celebration of World Communion Sunday, as it was originally known, was adopted as a denominational practice in the Presbyterian Church in 1936. Churches in other denominations were invited to celebrate with us, extending the celebration to a large number around the world. World Communion Sunday is a gift of the Presbyterian Church to the larger ecumenical church, and today it is being celebrated around the world by many denomination.

On Sunday, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, invites us to the table. It is a big table and we share it with many.

We share our table and open our doors. And we do this with open hearts. On World Communion Sunday, please think about all those with whom we share our table – with all those with whom we share a commitment to "peace at all times, in all ways." 



There is a joke that church would be great if it weren’t for the people.

It’s not that people themselves are bad.  It’s all of the needs and desires and baggage and relationships that come with them.  All of that inevitably comes into conflict, and you end up with a big old mess.

This confuses a lot of people because it seems like Christians should have it all sorted out.  We have all these rules about loving your neighbor and caring for the orphan and the widow.  We tell stories about the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) and the widow’s mite (Luke 21:1-4) to promote selflessness and generosity.

The congregation I grew up in experienced a huge conflict when I was in high school.  Secret plots were hatched, former friends turned on each other, session meetings lasted for hours, and members left the church.  It was ugly.

It was my first lesson that Christians are not any better than anyone else.  We are people, just like everyone else.  With all of our needs and desires and baggage and relationships.  We aren’t set apart in the church because we’ve got it all figured out.  Rather, our membership in this body is evidence of our belief and determination that we work out our salvation in community. 

There are times when we will misunderstand each other.  There are times when we will argue.  There are times when we will be annoyed by the person sitting next to us.  There are times when we will act in a distinctly un-Christian manner.

But as members of this body, we have covenanted to keep talking.  To keep relating.  To keep trying to understand, trying to forgive, trying to put up with each other’s quirks.  To keep coming back to the table, whether for a meeting, a potluck, or the Lord’s Supper.

In short, we keep trying to be Christian.  In this, we are accountable to God, and to each other.  I do this as a pastor when I preach, when I moderate session, and when I provide pastoral care, among other duties.  But I also invite you to hold me accountable—to let me know when I am not communicating or listening well, when I am failing to be welcoming or inclusive, when I am not being fully present.  There’s no need to throw rotten tomatoes (the stains are tough to get out!), but I am always open to constructive criticism so the we may grow together in Christ’s love, and figure out how to be Christian together.

With grace and peace,




Church Information

Pastor: Rev. Hana Elliott

Secretary' Hours: Mondays, Thursdays, and Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Church Website:

Facebook: First Presbyterian Church of Bloomfield

Bloomfield Presbyterian Women's Association

Church E-mail:

Presbyterian Church (USA):


Women's Association Local Service Committee for September/October/November

Bonnie Jackson-Chair, Teresa Bohn, Lynette Burch, Kayla Hendrix, Melinda Hendrix,

Alicia Holt, Barbara Myers, Cheri Stone


Serving on the Lord's Day


Worship Leader:

Cheri Stone




Mr. Bob Burch

Mrs. Rose Floy

Mrs. Ardith Richardson


Weekly Scripture Readings

October 6th

October 13th

Lamentations 1:1-6

Jeramiah 29:1, 4-7

Lamentations 3:19-26 or Psalm 137

Psalm 66:1-12

2 Timothy 1:1-14

2 Timothy 2:8-15

Luke 17:5-10

Luke 17:11-19


Church Officers and Administration




LuAnne Allen, Financial Secretary

LuAnne Allen, Worship

Teresa Bohn

Susan Isenogle, Secretary

Deb Cullison, Missions

Austin Harrah

LuAnne Allen, Sunday School Sec.

Brian Gainey, Finance

Pete Isenogle

Connie Hawkins, Treasurer

David Holt, Clerk

Cheri Stone


Jane Lueking, Membership



Brent Stone, Christian Ed



Prayer Reminders

Missing: Marina Boelter

Cancer Treatment: Mike Abrams (Deb Cullison), Scott Allen, Kathy Axe, Mike Branstetter, Cathy Edwards (Alicia Holt), Kyla Isenogle, Rose Jones, Steve Kirby, Don LeGrand, David Oliphant (Becky Noel), Gary Pearson, Pat Phelps, Aden Stephens (Doris From), Dave Sult (Alicia Holt).

Immediate Concerns: Andy Ganster, Evelyn Haywood, Juanita Hoffman (Kristi Hoffman), Diane Jackson, Michelle LeGrand, Roby Lorimer, Dave Schulte, Karin Thompson, Bobbi Vandeventer

Missionaries: Amanda (East Asia), Full Life Development and Market Place Ministry (Thailand)

Nursing Homes and on-going concerns: Patty Buescher, Lois Corwin, Plato Spencer (Bobbi Vandeventer)

American Troops: Will Miller, Zachary Vandeventer

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