December 14, 2018

Happy Birthday:  December:  Jim Richardson 15th, Lola Mowery 16th, Dixie Cullison 17th,

Austin Cullison 18th, Courtney Carpenter 20th, Hunter Feltner 20th, David Holt 21st, Ron Hamilton 23rd,

Sean Vandeventer 24th, Darla Chesnut 25th, Shawna Gainey 28th

Happy Anniversaries: December: Brian & Shawna Gainey 17th, James & Kara Talbott 30th,

Darren & Allison Lueking 31st

Church News/Preview

A big THANK YOU goes out to everyone who has helped decorate the church for the Christmas season and to Austin Harrah for getting the new sound board up and running.

It is that time of year again when we come together, as a church, to help our Holiday Families. Once again this year we will be helping 5 families with a total of 12 children, in our community, have Christmas Dinner and presents under the tree for the children. All items need to be at the church by noon on Thursday, December 20th and placed in the Library. Thank you to everyone for your help in making this Christmas special for these families.

Each year, our sanctuary is adorned with a beautiful display of Poinsettia Memorials given in memory of our special loved ones. Poinsettias may be brought in or may be purchased from Bradfield Landscaping for $8.25 and Ted will deliver them directly to the church. Envelopes for these memorials are available on the narthex podium. Please list the memorial name(s) and your name on the envelope and place the envelope on the secretary's desk.

The Soup on Saturday Christmas Dinner will take place on Saturday, December 15th at the Methodist Church from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This will be the 16th year for the churches in our community to provide this dinner. Once again our church will be providing fresh fruit, we need enough to fill 200 bags. Our church will also be providing a cooked and sliced turkey with gravy. All fruit needs to be at the church by Thursday, December 13th at 2:00 p.m. and placed on the table in the back of Fellowship Hall. Volunteers are needed to help bag the fruit and take it to the Methodist Church on Friday, December 14th at 5:00 p.m. Thank you to everyone for helping to make this special outreach program possible each year.

The Sunday School Christmas Program will be held on Sunday, December 16th, starting at 6:00 p.m. Following the program, the Local Service committee will be serving a light meal in Fellowship Hall and invites everyone to enjoy a wonderful time of fellowship and possibly a visit from a very special guest. Donations of cookies, candies, or other treats will be greatly appreciated.

Each year we fill stockings with small gifts for the children to enjoy after the program. This year we have 2 infants, 1 toddler boy, 1 preschool age boy, 1 kindergarten age boy, 3 girls in early elementary, 4 girls and 2 boys in upper elementary, 2 girls and 1 boy in Jr. High, and we always include a stocking for Cara. The stockings are hung in Fellowship Hall and a list of the children with their ages is available in the church office.

We will be collecting the Christmas Joy Offering on Sunday, December 23rd. This offering assists leaders and their families – past, present, and future. The offering supports church workers and their families who have retired, those who continue their ministry, and those who will be our future leaders.

The Christmas Tree in our Sanctuary has been adorned with Angel ornaments in memory of our loved ones that have passed on to Heaven. If you have an angel on the tree, please make sure their name is in the small chest in front of the pulpit so that we may list our angels in the bulletin on December 23rd.

This year's Candles & Carols Christmas Eve Service will take place at the Methodist Church starting at 10:00 p.m. Plan on taking some time out of your busy holiday schedule to enjoy a wonderful evening of scriptures, carols, and fellowship.

The Local Service Committee will host an Appreciation Luncheon for Pastor Dawn Black on Sunday, December 30th following worship service in Fellowship Hall. This will be Pastor Dawn's last Sunday with us. Come help us wish her well in her next call.

We are still in need of hosts for our Confirmation Classes. Please see the sign-up sheet on the narthex podium if you would be willing to host one of these classes. Classes do not have to be held in your house, they may be held at the church if you would like to bring in lunch for the class (Hint: They are teenagers, they love pizza, sandwiches, tacos, etc.). The next classes will be December 16th with Austin and Alicia as hosts.

Glenburn Home is busy getting ready to make Christmas a special time for their residents. Unfortunately some residents do not have any family to make their Christmas special. Glenburn has sent a wish list of gifts for their residents if anyone is interested in sending gifts to them, the list is posted on the bulletin board.



RevDawn's Reveries!!!



In this time of year we are surrounded by lights, decorations, presents, smiling people, and the well wishes of HAPPY holidays, MERRY Christmas, and JOYOUS New Year. All of these things have the implication that everyone should be in a very good mood. But what if you're not?


I am also reflecting on the significant people who have died this year in our congregation. The families that will be gathering with an open seat at the table. There are those that are experiencing family dynamics that are hidden in the shadows that no one can see, smiling through the Merry Christmas and yet breaking inside.


This time of year can be tough when you feel all this pressure to be one way, but tremendously feel another. It's okay to be where you are. You don’t have to “fake it until you make it.” You don’t have to “just get over it and be happy” as some might say. Because it truly is not that easy. You can be where you are in your hurt and in your sadness, in your stage of grief, and in the cycle of life that your are. There is not a ‘way’ that you have to act. Just be who you are right now. Today, you are you, just surrounded by lights!


God is not going to be hurt or upset, if your grief or burden brings you sadness on his son’s birthday. Remember, his son died also. And died for you, so in this time, turn to Christ with those burdens and heartaches, and know that you have someone who fully understands.


Peace and love,

Rev. Dawn Black









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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Facebook:  First Presbyterian Church of Bloomfield;
Bloomfield Presbyterian Women’s Association

Church E-mail: 

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

Bobbi Vandeventer – Chair, Lynette Burch, Doris From, Connie Hawkins, Phyllis Holt,

Susan Isenogle, Mae Nocus, Becky Noel


Serving on the Lord’s Day

Worship Leader:

David Holt


Phyllis Holt


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


Weekly Scripture Readings

December 16th

December 23rd

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Micah 5:2-5a

Isaiah 12:2-6

Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7

Philemon 4:4-7

Hebrews 10:5-10

Luke 3:7-18

Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)


Church Officers and Administration




Rev. Dawn Black, Designated Pastor

LuAnne Allen, Worship

Teresa Bohn

LuAnne Allen, Financial Secretary

Brian Gainey, Finance

Austin Harrah

Susan Isenogle, Secretary

David Holt, Missions, Clerk

Pete Isenogle

LuAnne Allen, Sunday School Secr.

Jane Lueking, Membership

Cheri Stone

Connie Hawkins, Treasurer

Brent Stone, Christian Ed






Missing: Marina Boelter

Cancer Treatment: Scott Allen, Kathy Axe, Butch Bovenschen (Bonnie Jackson), Deanna Creistan (Kristi Hoffman), Sharon Fredrick, Jeremy Hicks, Harvey Holt, Mary Ellen Jackson, Loren Kirby, Steve Kirby, Carolyn Manifold (Derek Phelps), Pat Phelps (Rev. Dawn Black), Dave Sult (Alicia Holt) Carl Webber.

Immediate Concerns: Rev. Dawn Black, Leasy Burcham, Randal Burcham, George Forsdick, Andy Ganster, Doris Inman, Olga Jean Harris (Doris From), Kortnie Hendrix, Julie Hill (Doris From), Diane Jackson, Jody Martin, Mae Nocus, Bob Reid (Kristi Hoffman), Dave Schulte, Bob Slinkard, Todd Smith (Susan Isenogle), Annalee Sparks, Greg Thomas.

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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