January 15, 2018

Happy Birthday: January: Beth Goss 11th, Austin Feltner 12th, Brett Sparks 14th, Matthew Kight 15th,

Jason Gholson 18th, Weston Cullison 19th, Ann Hamilton 21st, Leasy Burcham, 22nd, Diana Jackson, 22nd,

Cameron Kight 22nd, JB Allen 23rd, Chris Noel 25th, Bentley Carpenter 27th

Happy Anniversaries: January: Curt & Deb Cullison 10th, Ted & Connie Hawkins 28th

Church News/Preview

A big THANK YOU goes out to many people for their work and generosity during the Christmas season. First to everyone who helped with the decorating, the church look so pretty and festive. Second to everyone who helped make Christmas special for the 5 families we helped with food and Christmas presents and to the Missions Committee for organizing this. All the families were extremely grateful and amazed at the amount of food and gifts they received. Third to everyone who helped with, and provided fruit, for the Soup on Saturday Christmas lunch. And a special Thank You to Austin Harrah and Alicia Holt for providing the turkey and to Deb Cullison for baking it for this lunch. And finally to LuAnne Allen and Rose Floyd for organizing the Sunday School Christmas program. The children put on a wonderful program.

We are sure that we have forgotten to mention someone, but please know that all your hard work and generosity is truly appreciated.

The church continues to keep Rev. Andrew Black, Pastor Dawn's husband, in our thoughts and prayers. Andrew suffered a brain bleed on December 27th and has been hospitalized at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis since then. The doctors are still unsure as to why this happened and are continuing to run test and monitor his condition. If anyone would like to send him a card they may be sent to his home address and Pastor Dawn will make sure that he gets them. Their address is: 2204 Washington Ave., Terre Haute IN, 47803.

Per Capita money goes to the costs of holding General Assembly including paying for travel, room and board of commissioners and advisory delegates. This money also goes to help maintain our historical records. This year's Per Capita amount is $36 per member. If you would like to help offset this expense for the church please mark your donations as "per capita".

Our church will be hosting Soup on Saturday on January 13th at 10:00 a.m. at the Methodist Church. This is a wonderful way to share God's love with others in our community. Volunteers are needed to help work at this.

On Sunday January 14th we will have Installation and Ordination of the new Session and Trustee members. The Session will be welcoming Jane Lueking, Brain Gainey and Brent Stone. Joining the Trustees will be Pete Isenogle and Cheri Stone. The installation will take place during worship service.

The Session will be meeting on Tuesday, January 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Library.

It is the time of year again for the Annual Reports to be completed. All committee chairpersons please submit your reports to the church office by Monday, January 22nd.

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 4th following worship service. Following this meeting and in conjunction with the Souper Bowl of Caring, the youth will be serving a soup lunch in Fellowship Hall. Soups and sandwiches will be provided by the Local Service Committee.










 Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat.”

On Super Bowl Sunday in 1990, a simple prayer inspired a youth group to create a fun, yet meaningful way to fight hunger and reach out to those in need. Using originality and teamwork, the young people invited their friends at twenty-one other churches to join them in collecting donations in soup pots. The collaborative effort that first year raised $5,700 and the youth donated every penny to local charities.

Today, Souper Bowl of Caring is a movement of individuals, congregations, schools, scouts, and NFL Teams caring for others on Super Bowl weekend. More than $90 million has been generated, and 100% of all donations go directly to food banks, soup kitchens and other charities across the country.

After worship service on Sunday, February 4th, the youth of our church will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items and monetary donations. All donations will go to support our local food pantry and charities.




                                                      RevDawn's Reveries!!!!


Life changes on a dime. I've had several experiences with that in the last year. Each moment never ceases to take my breath away when it happens. I would like to say that I have some profound insight as to "why" these things happen. Or, as to "why" so many event have seemed to befall my small family in such a short amount of time. But I simply do not. Time will give us insight into the ways these events will shape us, and grow us. But in this moment and space, we can only reside in it and exist, taking wave by wave, hoping desperately to remain standing in the shifting sand beneath our feet.

I know there are so many of you praying for us, and within the prayers are the questions, what happened? It’s a natural curiosity, I will do my best to explain, and keep it short. On Wed. of our holiday week we decided to go see Star Wars episode VIII. Zachary is too little so we decided to go in airs to two separate movie times. Andrew and Gracen went at 2:30. They got home at 5:45 and Griffin and I left to go to the movie. Andrew sent Gracie upstairs to clean, started a cartoon in the living room for Zachary, went to the basement, started laundry, and began making dinner. He couldn't read the chicken nugget box, pain began in his head, he went to lay down but got right back up and went to the restroom, he knew he needed help, yelled for Gracie. She came down and saw him on the floor in the bathroom. She called 911 on his phone once he got it open for her, he began getting sick immediately. The paramedics couldn't reach me because the previews had begun and I had just silenced my phone and put it in my purse. He was rushed to the hospital and they reached my neighbor who came to care for the kids. My neighbor called the hospital who told them it was best to come get me, and her husband came and found me in the theater. He took Griffin back to the house while I made my way to Union where I was told he had a brain aneurysm. He was transferred to Regional where I was told he would have surgery. They didn't have the equipment to do a proper surgery there so he was air lifted to Methodist hospital. From there I know you all received updates and are caught up.

So that is the "what" happened. The "why", well, why does anything happen? God's creation is good, not perfect. We are made to live and die. Our bodies are fallible, they break down and wear out over time. We hope they last a long time, but sometimes they don't. Sometimes your born with a condition you don't find out about until your 38. Sometimes you breath in a fungus. Sometimes a blood clot moves from your lung into your heart and you die. And sometimes a blood vessel in your brain goes awry and bleeds into it. And sometimes that happens to one family in seven months. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, bodies are weird, life is weird. It’s a pretty phenomenal thing that we have an amazing God to carry us through all this stuff. My heart breaks for the people who have to do this without faith, I don't know how they manage. I long to hold them and it makes me want to share this amazing grace with people all the more. No one should have to endure this pain without the love of God on their side.

I want to truly thank you all for your love and support. I can't imagine going through this anywhere else. Thank God I have you all. Praise Jesus!!! So many prayers, cards, and some amazing cookies just when I needed them in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep! The blessing of this congregation can't be put into words so I will just say, Hallelujah! Amen.

Yours In Christ,

Pastor Dawn


Update: I received a call from Pastor Dawn this morning and Andrew is coming home today!!!! He is somewhat weak and will be using a walker to assist with his walking and will receive outpatient physical and occupational therapies.


Church Information

Pastor: Rev. Dawn Black (859)466-5853, email:

Secretary’s Hours: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays - 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Bloomfield Presbyterian Women’s Association

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Women’s Association Local Service Committee for December/January/February

Chair-Bobbi Vandeventer, Connie Hawkins, Phyllis Holt, Susan Isenogle, Diana Jackson,

Barbara Myers, Cheri Stone, Amber Thomas


Serving on the Lord’s Day

Worship Leader:

Ms. Maggie Talbott


Ms. Kara Talbott


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


Weekly Scripture Readings

January 14th

January 21st

1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20)

Jonah 3:1-5, 10

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

Psalm 62:5-12

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

John 1:43-51

Mark 1:14-20


Church Officers and Administration




Rev. Dawn Black, Designated Pastor

LuAnne Allen, Membership

Teresa Bohn

LuAnne Allen, Financial Secretary

Bobby Burch, Christian Ed

Deb Cullison

Susan Isenogle, Secretary

Melinda Hendrix, Clerk

Brian Gainey

LuAnne Allen, Sunday School Secr.

David Holt, Missions

Austin Harrah

Connie Hawkins, Treasurer

Bonnie Jackson, Worship

Susan Isenogle


Greg Thomas, Financial

Amber Thomas


Missing: Marina Boelter

Cancer Treatment: Pinky Bovenschen, Billy Camden (LuAnne Allen), Charlotte Dunning, Cathy Edwards (Alicia Holt), Shane Evans, Sharon Fredrick, Betty Groomer (Nancy Kirk), Norma Haney, Debbie Hasler (Jane Lueking), Marilee Hays Lee (Bonnie Jackson), Sandy Luster, Carolyn Manifold (Derek Phelps), Susie Schulte, Patty Vest (Teresa Bohn), Molly Young (Dave Holt).

Immediate Concerns: Joe Baker, Linda Bates, Andrew Black, Steve Custis (Bonnie Jackson), Andy Ganster, Gene Gastineau, Jayklin Graf (Alicia Holt), Donna Hasler, Diane Jackson, Selena Kingsley, Mae Nocus, Jane Scott (Alicia Holt), Annalee Grace Sparks, Thaddeus Arlo Wainman, Jeri Wampler, Steve Whitehead.

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

Nursing Homes and on-going concerns: Patty Buescher (Ken Nocus), Lois Corwin, Hazel Crays, William Richardson, Betty and Plato Spencer (Bobbi Vandeventer), Cade Warren.

American Troops: Will Miller.

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