Presbyterian Mid-Week Visitor

September 25, 2020


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

Keegan Hendrix 8th, Derek Phelps 9th, Tim Hendrix 11th, Trevor Vest 11th, Teresa Chesnut 19th,

Cara Isenogle 21st, Kathryn Lueking 22nd, Ed Jackson 26th, Tisha Kivett 28th


September Anniversaries: Brian & Darla Chesnut 28th, Layne & Hana Elliott 29th

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

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

We would like to welcome Karen Ruggles as a new members to our congregation. Karen was accepted into membership during the Session meeting on September 16th. Karen is transferring to us from Trinity Lutheran Church of Linton. The following is a short introduction from Karen.

I was raised in the Lutheran tradition; have attended Lutheran churches up until my current transfer to First Presbyterian. (My mother was raised Presbyterian; started attending Lutheran church when she married my father 65 years ago.)

I currently work for IU Health – Southern Indiana Physicians. I am a clinic office manager supporting several Medical Specialties (e.g. Gastroenterology, etc.) This is actually my fourth career path: Started out as an Accountant; then Information Technology; the Health Facility Administrator and now Clinic Office Manager.

I was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After a couple of intra-state moves, we transferred to Texas, where we lived for 17 years, raising our family, before moving back to this area in 2013. We love our home in Bloomfield and have every intention of retiring here.

I have been married 38 years to L. Eric Ruggles; we have 2 sons (Christopher in the Houston area and Jarred in the Dallas area). We have 3 grandchildren (all belonging to Christopher and Molly), Oliver 4, Henry 2 and Lucy (birthday scheduled for March, 2021).

God has richly blessed us in many ways! So excited to continue serving Him in partnership with this lovely congregation.

Karen Ruggles

We join with Ted and Connie Hawkins in welcoming their new great-grandson, Xavier James Wafford. Xavier was born on Sept. 10th and is the son of Courtney and the grandson of Kim Feltner. Xavier is welcomed home by sisters Ella and Aaliyah and brother Bentley.

The church will be having a Called Congregational Meeting, following worship service, on Sunday November 15. The purpose of this meeting is to elect officers for 2021.

On Sunday, October 4th, we will be celebrating World Communion Sunday. Our church will be serving communion during worship service. Prepackaged juice and wafer cups will be made available to the congregation, or if you would prefer, you may bring your own elements. The prepackaged elements do contain a gluten free option.

Also on Sunday, October 4th our church will be collecting "The Peace and Global Witness Offering". By giving to the Peace & Global Witness Offering, we work to share Christ's peace with one another, beyond our doors, beyond our community and across boundaries. Together we are building god's house where everyone is welcome; where all can find compassion, peace and justice. Special offering envelopes will be included in your bulletin or extra envelopes may be found on the narthex table.

Sunday, October 11th is Pastor Appreciation Sunday. Let's let Pastor Hana know how much we appreciate all her hard work, by surprising her with cards of appreciate during worship service that morning. If you have not been attending in-person worship service, but would still like to give her a card, you may mail it to the church and we will put it with the others that will be presented to her. If mailing a card, please address them to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 401, Bloomfield, Attn: Pastor Hana. (Shhhh!  Let's keep this as a surprise. Her newsletter does not include this article)

The Food Pantry at the Baptist Church continues to be open for anyone needing assistance. During the recent months we have stopped our collection of canned fruit and fruit juices. However the need for these items still continues. If you are able donations may be made directly to the Food Pantry while they are open or items may be brought to church with you and placed on the cart in the hallway beside the drinking fountain.

We invite everyone to join us on Sunday mornings as we, once again, open the church building back up for in-person worship services. However, we are still making our worship services available by video for anyone who is not comfortable attending in-person worship services at this time. For those attending we do ask that anyone over the age of 2, please wear a mask while in the building and abide by social distancing guidelines by maintaining at least 6 feet from those who are not in your family. We will be sending out the bulletin to everyone via email that you may print out and bring with you to service. There will be some bulletins available at the church.

We have made a few changes at the church to help prevent the spread of any illnesses. For the time being we have blocked off every other pew to help maintain social distancing. Also parts of the church building have been blocked off and we ask that you do not go into Fellowship Hall or the kitchen area. The restrooms will be open for one person to use at a time and the nursery is available for diaper changes only.

The church is continuing to collect plastic bottle caps that will be turned into a handicapped accessible picnic table for the school. This is being sponsored by the Class of 2025 in honor of one of their class members who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy.

Our Little Free Library is currently in need of some new books, especially children's books. If you have any books you would like to donate to the Little Free Library please leave them on narthex table.

We hope that everyone in our church family is getting along well during this time of Covid-19. However if you are having any financial or food difficulties due to Covid-19 or any other reason, do not hesitate to reach out to Pastor Hana or one of the members of Session.



 A Note from the Pastor

My oldest child went through a phase for about a month when he did not want me to sing in church. While everyone else was singing a hymn or a choral response or the doxology, he would be screaming, "Stop singing, Mommy!" It was heartrending and frustrating. I missed being able to sing along with the congregation while I calmed my wailing child and tried to explain to him that this is what we do during worship.

I miss singing now. I miss hearing the familiar words matched with the familiar music. I miss the way we embody theology in the song. I miss hearing our voices blend together. I know that many of you do as well.

An article in Presbyterian Today from September/October 2020 reported that

          Recently, a number of singing groups, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral

          Directors Association, hosted an online panel, which included medical experts and epidemiologists, to discuss the science of

          singing. They came to the conclusion that there is currently no safe way to rehearse or sing together until there is a widely

          available COVID-19 vaccine and a 95% effective treatment.

Essentially, the science shows that when we sing, we expel air and droplets much more forcefully than when we are simply speaking. This causes more particles to be expelled from our bodies, potentially including viral particles, and makes them travel farther. When singing in an indoor space where air doesn't circulate very effectively−a space such as our sanctuary−the possibility of transmission of the virus becomes even greater. Altogether, this means that we may be exposing each other to a greater amount of virus, and for an extended period of time during the length of the worship service. In addition, the membership of our congregation has a high proportion of folks who have underlying health conditions or advanced age that make COVID-19 more likely to be fatal or to cause long-lasting damage.

This is why the session has voted for us not to take the risk of singing in worship at this time. We recognize that not everyone agrees with this decision, and we also recognize that other congregations in the area have made different decisions.

Though I think we have made the correct decision for our congregation, I still grieve this missing element of our worship, and I expect that you do as well. It is a regular reminder that the world is not as we wish it were.

Even so, it is part of our vocation as Christians to practice hope: hope in a future when we can resurrect our congregational voice and make a joyful noise to the Lord together.

As we hope, I encourage you to meditate to the music that Ardith, Bob, and Rose play so beautifully, to mouth the words to the songs, to hum along, to sing hymns at home with your family, and to pray and work for healing for our world.

Pastor Hana

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 Sept./Oct./Nov.

Teresa Chesnut – Chair, Ann Hamilton, Melinda Hendrix, Kristi Hoffman

Alicia Holt, Bonnie Jackson, Darlene Jolley, Cheri Stone


Serving on the Lord's Day


Church Attendance

September 13th


September 20th



Weekly Scripture Readings

September 27th

October 4th

Exodus 16:2-15

Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20

Psalm 105; 1-6, 37-45

Psalm 19


Philippians 3:4b-14

Matthew 21:23-32

Matthew 21:33-46


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


Phil Moss, Missions



Brent Stone, Christian Ed



Prayer Reminders

Missing: Marina Boelter

Cancer Treatment: Jim Allen, Weston Cullison, Jim Floyd (LuAnne Allen), Rodney Harris (Theresa Chesnut), Vincent Lee (Deb Cullison), Karen Luessow (Bobbi Vandeventer), David Oliphant (Becky Noel), Riley Osman Gary Pearson.

Immediate Concerns: Shirley Duke (Cheri Stone), Angie Gaw (Deb Cullison), Joe Hash, Doris Inman, Diane Jackson, Michelle LeGrand, Dave Schulte, 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, Plato Spencer (Bobbi Vandeventer)

American Troops: Garret Allen, Will Miller, Zachary Vandeventer

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