Presbyterian Mid-Week Visitor

April 6, 2020

April Birthday: Karin Thompson 6th, Megan Gainey 7th, Kristi Hoffman 7th, Addison Buckler 15th,

Liam Holt 15th, Luke Vandeventer 16th, Beth Burcham 22nd, Austin Harrah 23rd

April Anniversary: Austin & Alicia Harrah-Holt 9th

With all these closings going on our Little Free Library remains open for your reading enjoyment. Feel free to stop by and see what it holds, you may find something interesting to read or maybe even a puzzle or two to help keep you busy during this time of quarantine.

In 2023 our church will be celebrating its 200the Anniversary. The Session is already starting to think of some ideas on how we will celebrate this and they would love to hear ideas you might have. I would like to put together a small book of stories of memories, funny or just memorable, that we can pass down to our younger members and new members. Remember not everyone knows of things that have happened in the past 200 years and this can be a great way to share these stories with them. So if you have a short story of something that has happened write it down and email it to the church or leave it on my desk.

On Easter Sunday our church will be collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. This offering is the single, largest way that Presbyterians join together to share God's love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Each gift helps to improve the lives of people in challenging situations through three impactful programs: Rebuilding hope through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Growing Food security through Presbyterian Hunger Program and Partnering in progress through Self-Development of People. Since we will not be meeting in person, if you wish to contribute to the One Great Hour Sharing, please send your contribution to the Church at PO Box 431, Attention: LuAnne Allen, Bloomfield, IN 47424 and make a note in the memo line that this is for the One Great Hour of Sharing.

Normally during Holy Week our Sanctuary is adorned with beautiful blooming Easter Lilly Memorials. Since we are unable to meet, it has been suggested that we do a virtual Easter Lilly Memorial this year that will be sent out along with the Easter Worship Service. If you would like a loved one remembered in this memorial, you may email or call the church office with your loved one's name. Please have names submitted to the Church office by Thursday, April 9th.

The Session met by video conference on Tuesday, April 2nd. Due to the ongoing issues of Covid-19, and the governor's recommendation, the Session is continuing to keep the Church building closed to any type of meetings, including worship services, through May 3rd. We will continue to have virtual worship services every week until we can meet again. Stay in, stay safe, and if you need anything let the Church know and we will make arrangements to get it for you.

If you are able to continue offering your regular financial gifts to the church, we would greatly appreciate you doing so. Your offerings, help pay the church bills, and helps the church continue in its ministry with healthy finances. Please mail them to 1st Presbyterian Church, Attn: LuAnne Allen, PO Box 431, Bloomfield, IN 47424

The Food Pantry at the Frist Baptist Church is still open for business, and welcoming donations. Since we are not able to bring donation to our church building at this time, you can bring them to them to the side door along the alley of FBC during pantry hours (Tues., Wed., Thurs. 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Tues. 4:30-6:00 p.m.), Knock on the door and leave them there.

If you need food, you can walk up to fill out paperwork, and then a box of food will be delivered to your vehicle.

Please note that hours are subject to change, since the Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers.


To our church family,

It is with sadness and excitement that Ted and I would like to announce the sale of Bradfield Landscaping, Inc. As of Sunday, April 5, 2020 Nathan Scott will take over ownership as Bradfield LLC. We have given this much thought and prayer and feel that Nathan is a good fit and will work hard to keep Bradfields going strong. Ted, I and family are so grateful for the loyalty and support that we have received from all of you over the last 36 and a half years. We hope that you will continue support for Nathan as he works to help make Bloomfield a strong community.

We are not leaving! Just starting a new chapter in our lives in which you are all still very much a part of. 


Connie, Ted, and family


A Note from the Pastor

Faithful Family,

As we journey through this Holy Week, much will be different in our world, and in our worship. But we will still worship! I love this quote from A. W. Tozer:

Keep a Christian from entering the church sanctuary and you have not in the least bit hindered their worship. We carry our sanctuary with us. We never leave it.

Though we have closed the doors of our building through May 3rd in order to do our part in protecting the health and safety of all, we do still worship wherever we are. This week, as we walk with Jesus to the cross and beyond, is an especially important time to continue our worship wherever we can. Please read through all of the important information below about the worship opportunities we offer you this week:

Maundy Thursday: Our Maundy Thursday communion service will be LIVE online at 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, using the videoconferencing platform Zoom. The elders on session wanted to offer this opportunity so that we might experience, as much as possible, a sense of community while celebrating this holy sacrament. To that end:

*If you have the internet capability, please go to to download the app before Thursday. If you do not have the internet capability, you will still be able to call in to listen to the worship service.

*Have communion elements available for the service. Any sort of bread is fine. If you have grape juice, great! If you have another drink made with grapes, great! If you have any other kind of juice, or even water (Jesus turned it into wine!), great! Please don't make a special run to the store for this. Grace abounds and God can use whatever we have.

*Look for further information about how to connect to our service in the next few days. Again, please note that you can connect with this service using an internet-connected device (computer, tablet, phone), or any phone (cell or landline).

The Maundy Thursday service will also be recorded and available for viewing on our YouTube channel.

Good Friday. The pastors of the community have worked together to produce a series of reflections on the 7 last words. You will receive an email with information about how to access these messages, as well as online recordings of hymn music, and the lyrics so that you may sing the hymns. With the permission of the other pastors, we will also provide you with transcripts of their words if you wish to read them rather than watch.

Easter Sunrise: Presbytery executive Susan McGhee will be providing the Presbytery with a recording of an Easter Sunrise service for you to access at your convenience on Easter morning. We will send that link when it has been provided.

Easter: As in the past weeks, we will provide you with an online recording of the Sunday morning service, as well as bulletin information, and a manuscript of the sermon.

*Normally at this service, we would be collecting gifts for the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. We ask that you still prayerfully give as you are able.

*Also at this service we would be decorating the sanctuary with lilies in memory of loved ones. Though we are not able to do this, we would still like to offer you the opportunity to add the names of your loved ones to a list that will be distributed to the congregation along with the other worship materials. Please email Susan in the church office if you wish to add names to the list: by Thursday, April 9th.

Please contact the church office, or Pastor Hana if you have any trouble accessing the worship materials provided, or if you have any other needs during this week. Though we are not together in body, we are certainly still together in Spirit, and looking forward to that time when we will celebrate the resurrection with each other in person.


May the peace of Christ be with you,

Pastor Hana and Session




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 March/April/May

Ardith Richardson – Chair, LuAnne Allen, Rose Floyd, Doris From, Nancy Kirk,

Jean Moss, Lola Mowery, Karen Ruggles


Serving on the Lord's Day


Worship Leader: Mar. 29th


Worship Leader: April 5th



Mr. Bob Burch, Mrs. Rose Floyd, Mrs. Ardith Richardson


Weekly Scripture Readings

April 12th

April 19th

Acts 10:34-43 or Jer. 31:1-6

Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Psalm 16

1 Cor. 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43

1 Peter 1:3-9

John 20:1-18 or Matt. 28:1-10

John 20:19-31


Church Officers and Administration




LuAnne Allen, Financial Secretary

LuAnne Allen, Worship

Teresa Bohn

Susan Isenogle, Secretary

Brian Gainey, Finance

Austin Harrah

LuAnne Allen, Sunday School Sec.

David Holt, Clerk

Pete Isenogle

Connie Hawkins, Treasurer

Jane Lueking, Membership

Cheri Stone


Brent Stone, Christian Ed






Prayer Reminders

Missing: Marina Boelter

Cancer Treatment:  Jim Allen, Mike Branstetter, Cathy Edwards (Alicia Holt), Jim Floyd (LuAnne Allen), Rodney Harris (Theresa Chesnut), Steve Kirby, Don LeGrand, Jim Lueking, David Oliphant (Becky Noel), Riley Osman Gary Pearson.

Immediate Concerns: Shirley Duke (Cheri Stone), Ella Feltner, Rose Floyd, Connie Hawkins, Doris Inman, Bill Jackson (Jane Lueking) Diane Jackson, Bob Kirk, Michelle LeGrand, Jessalyn Rose & baby (LuAnne Allen), Rev. David Rosen, Dave Schulte, Lexi Weiser, Paul Will (Bobbi Vandeventer)

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

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

American Troops: Garret Allen, Will Miller, Zachary Vandeventer


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