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Concert in the Park

Hosted by Full Life Development



On Saturday, September 23rd, Full Life Development will host "Concert in the Park" with music by TLC (Terry Pierce, Lee Cordol and Cindy Cordol). In the Bloomfield town park from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Food will be available in the southwest shelter house. All proceeds support Full Life Development's ministry on the Thai-Burma border. So bring your lawn chair and come enjoy a wonderful evening of music, food, and fellowship.

Our Christian sympathy is sent to Rev. Dawn Black's family on the passing of her father-in-law, Rev. David Black. Also to the Isenogle family on the recent passing of Pete's mother.

There will be a Women's Association meeting on Thursday, September 14th at the home of hostess Doris From. Co-hostess for the evening will be Bonnie Jackson with devotions being given by Ardith Richardson. The evening will start with a light meal at 6:00 p.m.

The manse is available for rent again. Please let the church office or Deb Cullison know if you know of someone who would like to rent it. The manse has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full basement and a one car garage.

Full Life Development will be having a silent auction to auction off a quilt. The quilt was made by the Purposeful Living Units Serve (P.L.U.S) at the maximum security Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle. P.L.U.S. is a faith and character based re-entry program which offers offenders and opportunity to choose alternatives to their previous behavior through an emphasis on spiritual, moral and character development. Please see Becky Noel for details.

We will be hosting communion at Autumn Trace and Glenburn on Wednesday, September 13th. Volunteers are always welcome to come help with the services and visit with the residents. Communion at Autumn Trace begins at 9:30 a.m. and then followed by Communion at Glenburn at 10:30 a.m.

Exciting news! Our church session has decided that it is time for a new Church Pictorial Directory. Jim Richardson has graciously volunteered to take the pictures. Pictures will be taken after worship service on September 17th and 24th. If you are not able to be her on either of those dates, please contact the church office.

The Session will be meeting on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the Library.

Does anybody have a baby gate that is not in use? If so please let the church office know if the church could borrow it for a while.

On Sunday, October 1st, we will be accepting the Peace & Global Witness Offering. What you've known as the Peacemaking Offering has been transformed into the Peace & Global Witness Offering. This new offering will have a greater global reach, more significant impact, and bring peace to people through Christ. This offering enables the church to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world.

The Family Life Center is accepting items to assist with relief efforts in Florida from hurricane Irma. They are accepting paper products, general health and hygiene items, women's hygiene items and all sizes of diapers. The truck will be leaving from the Family Life Center on Saturday, they ask that all items be brought to the Family Life Center by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15th.

Family Life Center of Greene County is hosting its Annual Quilt Auction on October 7th 2017 at 1:00pm at Family Life Center, 2093 W St Rd 54 Bloomfield.

All quilts and comforters are made and donated by friends of Family Life Center. This is an absolute auction no reserves. Sizes range from lap to king to hanging. Quilts and comforters may be donated any time until September 30th.

Proceeds benefit our Family Assistance Fund to help with utility bills this winter. For more information contact Family Life Center 812-384-1639 Monday-Friday 9:00 am -5:00 pm

Family Life Center of Greene County is hosting a Gospel Sing on  September 30 at 7:00pm at Shawnee Theater. You will be blessed to hear a wonderful couple, The Anderson’s from Washington Indiana. Plus 4 His Praise, Larry and Judy McGillem, and David Holder. They have been singing together since 2009. In addition to the line up, we have our own Yvonne VanHentenrych from Bloomfield. She has an amazing voice of praise for our Lord. You will be hearing music from members of the Southwest Indiana Gospel Music Association and the Central Indiana Gospel Music Association.

Proceeds benefit our Senior Assistance Fund to help with utilities and prescription costs. For more information contact Family Life Center 812-384-1639.




                                                      RevDawn's Reveries!!!!



Grief is weird. Let me start by saying take all that information that you have been taught about the "stages" of grief and toss it out. Well, maybe not all of it. Those stages are real, but they are not linear. There is not a direct line that you go through and suddenly grief is complete. The stages are much more of a jumbled mess than that, just like grief itself. You hit all the stages, and you bounce around between shock/disbelief, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression and acceptance/hope. One minute you've accepted it and the next you're suddenly in shock that it happened. Grief is weird. One minute your laughing and the next your crying because your son broke that baby gate your father-in-law bought (this may have happened). You know it makes no sense to cry over a baby gate, but you are. And you know it makes no sense to be happy that your husband could fix it with gorilla glue, but yet, you are. Grief is weird!

God gave us the assurance of heaven, the assurance of hope in the life everlasting. But God also gave us the process of grief. When Lazarus died, Jesus wept. Jesus felt grief and understood the human nature of loss. Jesus held the hands of humans who lost their children, felt their pain and saw their suffering and felt so deeply that he resurrected their child. He could not handle the pain of the loss of Lazarus, he commanded Lazarus to come out. Now, this may not have been because he couldn't handle the pain, that’s just me, I'm sure its representative of the resurrection. But he did cry! He did hurt! Jesus knows the emotions we feel at loss, and the suffering for those that are left behind here on earth.

It makes me wonder, why do we grieve the way we do? We know the hope of heaven, yet we grieve? So what is it that we are grieving? Is it really loss? I'm not so sure that it is losing something, but more so that it is remembering. Each time I cry, its remembering love. That stupid gate was a gift of love. The pictures are moments of love captured on film. The stories that make us cry, are stories of love and laughter. We want and hope for more stories and love. And they were cut short. Too short for what we hoped for. Grief comes out of love. So grief is not a negative, it’s a positive, it’s a joy. Grief is love. I loved, therefore I grieve. If I didn't love I wouldn't have anything to grieve. Jesus wept because he loved Lazarus. We cry when we lose the ones we over, because we deeply oved them. We know they ae onto bigger, grander and better things, But we loved them.

So, we get to cry over gates. We get to cry when we see reminders. And grief gets to be weird and non-linear. It can be dormant for years, and then sneak up on you with a scent or smell in a grocery store ten years later. Grief is weird because love is weird and unpredictable. But in its weirdness, it is also oddly perfect. And that why it often hurts so much. Because love is perfect, and grief is hard.


Peace be with you,

Pastor Dawn


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.

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:

Teresa Bohn-Chair, Deb Cullison, Rose Floyd, Ann Hamilton, Kayla Hendrix,

Melinda Hendrix, Peggy Hiland, Alicia Holt, Mae Nocus, Jeri Wampler


Serving on the Lord’s Day

Worship Leader:

Ms. Alicia Holt


Mr. Austin Harrah


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


Weekly Scripture Readings

September 17th

September 24th

Exodus 14:19-31

Exodus 16:2-15

Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21

Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45

Romans 14:1-12

Philippians: 1:21-30

Matthew 18:21-35

Matthew 20:1-16


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: Jim Bell (Bethany Scott), Pinky Bovenschen, Billy Camden (LuAnne Allen), Charlotte Dunning, Cathy Edwards (Alicia Holt), Shane Evans, Betty Groomer (Nancy Kirk), Richard Nocus, Billy Ockerman, Derek Phelps, Patty Vest (Teresa Bohn), Molly Young (Dave Holt).

Immediate Concerns: Rev. Dawn Black, Benny Cullison (Deb Cullison), Dylan Deem, Andy Ganster, Jayklin Graf (Alicia Holt), Donna Hasler, Bob Jackson, Diane Jackson, Selena Kingsley, Mae Nocus, Yvette Rollins, Annalee Grace Sparks, Thaddeus Arlo Wainman.

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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