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January 23, 2020


January Birthdays: JB Allen 23rd, Christ Noel 25th, Bentley Carpenter 27th

February Birthdays: Lola Myers 2nd, Doris From 8th, Henry Luessow 12th, LuAnne Allen 13th,

Brent Myers 16th, Kortnie Hendrix 17th, Noel Jackson, Robbie Talbott 25th

January Anniversaries:  Ted & Connie Hawkins 28th

February Anniversaries: Rob & Lisa Lorimer 4th, Aaron & Tisha Kivett 24th

It is that time of year again that all committee chairs need to be thinking about getting their annual report done. Please have all reports to the church office by January 24th. The Session will be scheduling the Annual Congregational Meeting for a Sunday in February.

Team Tomato will be taking on Team Chicken Noodle during the big game at this year's SOUPER BOWL of CARING on Sunday, February 2nd. Kick off time is 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. This promises to be an eventful game as both teams battle it out to see who will defeat hunger this year. Don't miss out on the chance to help your team win, by signing your name to one of the team rosters on the bulletin board. Then bring in your donation and place them in your team's collection box. At this time it appears that Team Tomato has a slight lead over Team Chicken. Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday, February 2nd, will be the last day to bring in your donations.

This year marks the 30th year for the Souper Bowl of Caring. The youth of our church has been participating in this for approximately 16 years. Last year $245 and 241 food items were donated to the local Food Pantry at the Baptist Church. Let's help the youth beat last year's totals. All donations will be going to the Food Pantry at the Baptist Church.

To help celebrate the Souper Bowl of Caring, the Missions Committee invites everyone to a soup lunch following worship service on Sunday, February 2nd in Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, February 2nd is going to be a very busy day in church for our youth. Not only are they heading up the Souper Bowl of Caring, but they will also be conducting worship service that day as we celebrate Youth Sunday. Pastor Hana has been helping the Teen Class prepare a wonderful worship service for us.

With winter upon us we all need to be mindful of the weather conditions. On rare occasions in the past the Session has made the call to cancel our worship services due to the weather. If this should happen again the Session will be calling everyone to notify them of the cancellation. They will also be posting the closing on TV stations WTWO and WTHI.

The Trustees will be meeting on Monday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Seekers Room.

Brian Gainey will be hosting a CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training on Tuesday, February 11th at 5:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Cost of the training will be $20 payable on the day of the training. Please see the sign-up sheet on the narthex table or let the church office know if you would like to attend this training. Space is limited.

Our church will be hosting Communion Services at Autumn Trace and Glenburn on Wednesday, February 12th. We will begin at Autumn Trace at 9:30 a.m. and then move on to Glenburn at 10:30 a.m. This is 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 Friday, February 14th at 1:00 p.m. at the home of hostess Doris From. Darlene Jolley will be the co-hostess for the meeting and will also be giving the devotions. Please note the date change.

We have several dishes and other items that have been left at the church during the Christmas season. Please check the kitchen to see if any of these items might be yours.


Pastor Hana's office dates are:

          January 23rd

          January 30th.

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


 From the Pastor's Pen

Some of our session members recently noted that our congregation is the 19th largest in our presbytery by number of members.  In our little corner of southern Indiana, we’re actually doing pretty well as far as that goes.

But it’s too easy to get caught up in the numbers game.  The number of members in a church does not give a full picture of the health and vitality of that congregation, or of the quality of membership in itself.

What makes for good membership?  This is what our Book of Order, part of our denomination’s constitution has to say about it:

Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege.  It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission.  A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church.  Such involvement includes:

   proclaiming the good news in word and deed,

   taking part in the common life and worship of a congregation,

   lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support,

   studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith and life,

   supporting the ministry of the church through the giving of money, time and talents,

   demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church,

   responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others,

   living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural, and social relationships of life,

   working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment,

   caring for God’s creation,

   participating in the governing responsibilities of the church, and

   reviewing and evaluating regularly the integrity of one’s membership, and considering ways in which one’s participation in the worship and service of the church may be increased and made more meaningful. (G-1.0304)

What this shows is that membership isn’t just about what you personally put into or get out of church.  It’s also about how you live out your faith in the world beyond the church building, and how you help others to do so.

If you are a member of this congregation, I would urge you to take some time to review and evaluate your membership.  Are there areas of membership that you tend to well?  Are there areas that could use more attention?  Are there aspects that make church membership particularly meaningful for you?  Are there aspects of membership that make you uncomfortable?

If you are not a member of the church, how does this description of membership make you feel?  Would you consider becoming a member?  Why or why not?

It is always a delight to add another person to the rolls of church membership.  But it is also a delight to grow the quality of our membership, to deepen our faith, to minister ever more fully as the Body of Christ.


In peace and grace,

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 December/January/February

Bobbi Vandeventer – Chair, Lois Corwin, Deb Cullison, Connie Hawkins, Peggy Hiland,

Doris Inman, Susan Isenogle


Serving on the Lord's Day


Worship Leader: Jan. 26th

Kara Talbott

Worship Leader: Feb. 2nd

Youth Sunday


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


Weekly Scripture Readings

January 26th

February 2nd

Isaiah 9:1-4

Micah 6:1-8

Psalm 27: 1, 4-9

Psalm 15

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Matthew 4:12-23

Matthew 5:1-12


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), Rodney Harris (Theresa Chesnut), Kyla Isenogle, Rose Jones, Steve Kirby, Don LeGrand, David Oliphant (Becky Noel), Gary Pearson, Dave Sult (Alicia Holt).

Immediate Concerns: John Chesnut (Lola Mowery), Dr. Paul Esquerra and family, Andy Ganster, Richie Haney (Phyllis Holt), Juanita Hoffman (Kristi Hoffman), Doris Inman, Bill Jackson (Jane Lueking) Diane Jackson, Michelle LeGrand, Roby Lorimer, Jean Moss, Barbara Myers, Dave Schulte, Brett Sparks, 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: Will Miller, Zachary Vandeventer

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