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June 4, 2020

 

June Birthdays: Maggie Talbott 6th, Colin Elliott 7th, Peggy Hiland 7th, Connie Hawkins 10th,

Mary Burch 13th, Annalee Sparks 14th, Pete Isenogle 20th, Seth Holt 22nd, Rowan Noel 22nd, Harper Luessow 22nd,

Bob Jackson 22nd, Brian Chesnut 26th, Ted Hawkins 28th, Brent Stone 30th

June Anniversaries: Ed & Diana Jackson 18th, Rick & Christie Dennen 20th,

Brent & Cheri Stone 20th, Bob & Lynette Burch 20th

Congratulations to Cailyn Chandler upon her graduation from turning Point Learning Center. Cailyn is the daughter of Kerri Barnnet. We also send out congratulations to Jackson Stone who graduated from IU in December, Jackson is the son of Brent and Cheri Stone.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 224th General Assembly (2020) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) will be held online June 19, 26-27, 2020. This biennial gathering is where the PC(USA) conducts the business of the church on a national level. The docket has been abbreviated to address critical business issues. The assembly will be livestreamed so that anyone who is interested may observe the proceedings. For more information, visit https://ga-pcusa.org/.

Last week the Session unanimously voted to follow the recommendation of our Presbytery to keep our church building closed through June 21st. This is also in line with Indiana's hoped-for scenario in which it will be safer for the more vulnerable among us to gather at that time.

We all long to be together, but session recognizes that, while the spread of the coronavirus has slowed, it is still highly transmittable, potentially deadly, and without a cure or vaccine. We also recognize that more than half of our congregation fits in the categories of those deemed to be especially vulnerable to the virus due to age or health conditions. We have therefore determined that it is not yet safe enough for us to gather in person. We continue to monitor the situation and to make plans for when we can be together again in worship and fellowship.

As we prepare for our eventual return to our church building, please be aware that we will be adopting new safety protocols, as well as adapting or eliminating some parts of our customary worship service. It is also likely that we will not return to hosting Sunday School right away, even after we have resumed in-person worship. Again, we take these precautions in order to keep our family of faith as safe as possible.

To be frank, how we do church will be different for quite some time as we take caution during this time, and then live into a "new normal." We recognize that this is not easy for most of us. We recognize that some will disagree with our decisions. We make these decisions because we love you, and we love this congregation.

One of the ruling elders will be calling you in the coming days so that you will have an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns, if you wish. You are also welcome to share any needs that you have for prayer or assistance.

We pray for you and are thankful for you. And we miss you! Though our church building remains closed, our hearts are wide open to you, to the community, and to the bidding of the God who calls us in Jesus Christ our Lord. May his peace be with you.

Hana Elliott

LuAnne Allen

Brian Gainey

Dave Holt

Jane Lueking

Brent Stone

Even with the schools being closed, the church is still collecting the plastic bottle caps. These caps will be going to the Class of 2025 to provide a handicapped accessible picnic table for the school in honor of one of their class members who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy.

During this Covid-19 outbreak, the CDC and government is suggesting that people wear masking when going out to protect yourselves and others from the virus. We have some masks available here at the church. These masks are fabric ones that may be washed and dried. The masks may be picked up from the narthex podium or no contact delivery can be arranged. Please let the church office know if you would like one, or more, delivered to you. There is no cost for these masks. More masks will be available in a few days if we run out, so check back in a couple of days if none are available when you stop at the church.

With all these closings going on our Little Free Library remains open for your reading enjoyment. Feel free to stop by and see what it holds, you may find something interesting to read or maybe even a puzzle or two to help keep you busy during this time of quarantine.

If you are able to continue offering your regular financial gifts to the church, we would greatly appreciate you doing so. Your offerings, help pay the church bills, and helps the church continue in its ministry with healthy finances. Please mail them to 1st Presbyterian Church, Attn: LuAnne Allen, PO Box 431, Bloomfield, IN 47424

The Food Pantry at the Frist Baptist Church is still open for business, and welcoming donations. Since we are not able to bring donation to our church building at this time, you can bring them to them to the side door along the alley of FBC during pantry hours (Tues., Wed., Thurs. 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Tues. 4:30-6:00 p.m.), Knock on the door and leave them there.

If you need food, you can walk up to fill out paperwork, and then a box of food will be delivered to your vehicle.

Please note that hours are subject to change, since the Food Pantry is staffed by volunteers.

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


This is, undeniably, a tumultuous time in our society. Words and actions and emotions are flying thick and fast in the wake of the death of another black man at the hands of police. My heart aches with those that our society treats as less, simply because of the color of their skin. I am sure that God's heart does as well.

My job as a pastor is to challenge and empower you to interpret and react to the world in light of your faith. As Christians, this requires turning to our scriptures to see the picture they paint of God's will for us, and for the world.

Here is what I see:

* God loves everyone, but there is a special place in God's heart for those who are poor, oppressed, and outcast. In our time, there can be no doubt that this includes our brothers and sister with black and brown skin.

* God NEVER gives us the task of judging others. That job is for God, and God alone. It is not for us to judge people we've never met, circumstances we've never known, or events we've never experienced.

* God tells us to love our neighbors without asking them if they have earned it, or questioning what has caused them to need love in the first place. And God gives us countless concrete examples of how to do that in stories like the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, and in Jesus' instructions to care for the least of these as though we were caring for Jesus himself.

* God values our lives much more than God values any objects. Scripture if full of stories in which our love for our "property" continually gets in the way of our ability to love God and neighbor.

* God wants us to be in relationship with each other. The kind of relationship in which we humble ourselves before one another and admit that we don't know everything, that we don't even know how much we don't know. Such relationship starts with listening and learning.

* We are instructed to speak the truth in love: to call out those who misunderstand, mistreat, and mislabel the lost and the least, while admitting that we too have made mistakes, and we too have sinned against our neighbors and against God.

These are difficult lessons. God never promises us that faithful lives will be lives of comfort and ease. Rather, the faith we have spurs us to action-to go to the margins, to give of our best, to stand with those in need, to use whatever privileges we have to love those who need it most. This is hard work, and this is good work. This is the kind of work-and the kind of faith-that requires us to really mean it when we pray to God,

          Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done.

I pray that each of us will find a way to engage our faith to do this difficult and necessary work, that we might love each other as God loves us.

Peace,

Hana


Church Information

Pastor: Rev. Hana Elliott

Secretary' Hours: Mondays, Thursdays, and Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Church Website: www.fpcbloomfield.org

Facebook: First Presbyterian Church of Bloomfield

Bloomfield Presbyterian Women's Association

Church E-mail: 1presbyterian47424@att.net

Presbyterian Church (USA): http://www.pcusa.org

 

Women's Association Local Service Committee for June/July/August

Jane Lueking – Chair, Kim Feltner, Kayla Hendrix, Kortnie Hendrix, Diana Jackson,

Barbara Myers, Becky Noel, Kara Talbott

 

Serving on the Lord's Day

 

Worship Leader: June 7th

 

Worship Leader: June 14th

 

Music:

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

 

Weekly Scripture Readings

June 7th

June 14th

Genesis 1:1-2:4a

Genesis 18:1-15 (21:1-7)

Psalm 8

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Romans 5:1-8

Matthew 28:16-20

Matthew 9:35-10:8 (9-23)

 

Church Officers and Administration

Administration

Session

Trustees

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

 

Brent Stone, Christian Ed

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Reminders

Missing: Marina Boelter

Cancer Treatment:  Jim Allen, Mike Branstetter, Weston Cullison, Cathy Edwards (Alicia Holt), Jim Floyd (LuAnne Allen), Rodney Harris (Theresa Chesnut), Steve Kirby, Vincent Lee (Deb Cullison), Don LeGrand, Jim Lueking, David Oliphant (Becky Noel), Riley Osman Gary Pearson, Andy Vest (Crystal Vest).

Immediate Concerns: Shirley Duke (Cheri Stone), Ann Ellis (Deb Cullison), Doris Inman, Bill Jackson (Jane Lueking) Diane Jackson, Bob Kirk, Michelle LeGrand, Rev. David Rosen, Dave Schulte, Paul Will (Bobbi Vandeventer)

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

Nursing Homes and on-going concerns: Ketcham Memorial & Glenburn Nursing Homes, Patty Buescher, Lois Corwin, Barbara Myers, Plato Spencer (Bobbi Vandeventer)

American Troops: Garret Allen, Will Miller, Zachary Vandeventer



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