Presbyterian Mid-Week Visitor
July 22, 2021
July Birthdays: Curt Cullison 23rd, Jeff Hiland 23rd, Becky Noel 23rd, Bob Burch 28th, Brayden Hendrix 31st
August Birthdays: Bob Lorimer 12th, Randall Burcham 13th, Erin May 13th,
July Anniversaries: Randall & Beth Burcham 28th, Grant & Leasy Burcham 31st
August Anniversaries: Jason & Cindy Lueking 3rd, Fred & Kristi Hackett 6th, Josh & Dixie Cullison 9th,
Tim & Melinda Hendrix 13th, Bob & bonnie Jackson 15th
Our Christian sympathy is extended to the family of Doris From. Doris’ sister Olga entered into her heavenly home last week.
A Celebration of Life service will be held this Saturday, July 24th starting at 3:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Following the service, a bereavement dinner will be held at the Odon Community Building starting at 6:00 p.m. The Women’s Association will be providing the desserts for this dinner and serving the dinner.
Congratulations to Dale Isenogle, Miranda May, and all area youth on their accomplishments at this year’s 4-H Fair. Miranda and Dale both competed in the 4-H dog show with their dogs and did very well. Dale also participated in Horse and Pony with his horses Jane, Nova, and Cinnamon. Dale also showed five of his rabbits during the fair and came home with Res. Best in Show with his Netherland Dwarf rabbit.
Join us this Sunday, July 25th, as we celebrate Christmas in July. Since we were unable to worship together during last year’s Christmas season, we will be celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior during worship service this Sunday by hearing scripture readings from the book of Luke and signing Christmas Carols.
During the Session meeting held on July 21st, the Session entered into a New Stated Supply Agreement with Pastor Hana. A new Stated Supply Agreement must be agreed upon each year by the Session and a pastor. We look forward to Pastor Hana continuing to lead us as we worship God.
Our former pastor Rev. Murray Thompson has written a book titled “Shepherds of God in Wolves’ Clothing Random Reflections of a Former Army Champlain”. The book can be found on Amazon.com.
To help celebrate our Church’s bicentennial in June 2023, as a congregation, we are hoping to complete 2,023 hour of volunteer/mission work by June 2023. Any time you volunteer to this congregation, or the community of Bloomfield, or the world at large counts in helping us reach our goal. If you are giving of your time, your energy, your gifts in the service of others, you are doing mission work.
Each Sunday, members are invited to fill out a slip of paper with your volunteer hours for that week. Then during the Call to Offering, members are asked to come forward and place a piece of money into the birthday offering jar for each volunteer hour you performed that week and place your completed slip of paper in the offering plate.
During the month of June, we served a total of 334 hours of volunteer mission work. This brings our total to 848 hours since starting this program the first of April. Last month’s hours came from projects such as Church Flower Bed, Education projects, Healthy Heart Bags, Soup on Saturday, plus many, many more. Keep up the great work, we are well on track to complete our goal of 2,023 hours by June 2023. We would love to see pictures from any of the volunteer hours that you are performing.
A Note from the Pastor
I recently accepted a nomination to serve as the chair of the presbytery’s Committee on Preparation for Ministry. It’s a temporary chair-ship (chair-dom?) through the end of the year as I fill in a spot left vacant by the previous chair moving to a new call. I will likely be elected to a full term as chair in the coming year.
Serving on a committee of the presbytery is part of the job for most folks ordained as ministers. Being ordained as such means that I can’t be a member of an individual church; my membership is in the presbytery, so that’s where I can serve on committees.
However, it’s not only ordained ministers who serve on presbytery committees; every committee is, as evenly as possible, made up of both teaching elders (ordained ministers) and ruling elders (members of local congregations who have been ordained, at some point, to congregational leadership on the session). All have equal voice and vote. In fact, this is true at every level of Presbyterian government, all the way up to national committees.
Part of the reason for this is that Presbyterians strongly believe that the church is not a hierarchy. Ordained ministers are no more important than ruling elders, which our constitution says
are not so named because they “lord it over” the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and guide in its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. (F-3.0202 in the Book of Order 2019/2021, if you want to look it up!)
The Book of Order also states:
That all Church power, whether exercised by the body in general or in the way of representation by delegated authority, is only ministerial and declarative; that is to say that the Holy Scriptures are the only rule of faith and manners; that no Church judicatory ought to pretend to make laws to bind the conscience in virtue of their own authority; and that all their decisions should be founded upon the revealed will of God. (F-3.0107)*
In other words, the church can’t make anyone do anything. There are no dictators here. We are all responsible for discerning the will of God for the church through the scriptures.
Therefore, when I chair my presbytery committee, I will not do so by telling them what to do, any more than I can tell any individual in our congregation (or our congregation as a whole) what to do. I can only offer the focus of our discussion, moderate that discussion, and vote with the other committee members on what I believe the will of God to be.
As I begin this new task, I ask that you pray for me, and for all who serve on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, to have wisdom and compassion as we walk with those who are discerning their call to ordained ministry.
Peace and grace,
*This part of our constitution was written in 1788, just a year after the U.S. Constitution!
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
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Women's Association Local Service Committee for June/July/August
Kayla Hendrix-Chair, Leasy Burcham, Kim Feltner, Kortnie Hendrix,
Diana Jackson, Jane Lueking, Becky Noel, Kara Talbott
Week of July 4th-10th
Week of July 11th-17th
Total for June
Year to Date Hours
Weekly Scripture Readings
2 Kings 4:42-44
Church Officers and Administration
LuAnne Allen, Financial Secretary
LuAnne Allen, Worship
Susan Isenogle, Secretary
Brian Gainey, Finance
LuAnne Allen, Sunday School Sec.
David Holt, Clerk
Connie Hawkins, Treasurer
Bonnie Jackson, Membership
Phil Moss, Missions
Brent Stone, Christian Ed
Missing: Marina Boelter
Cancer Treatment: Jim Allen (Susan Isenogle), Weston Cullison, Kenny Lee, Kathy Luessow (Bobbi Vandeventer).
Immediate Concerns: Debbie Dyer, Walter Lee Haney (Phyllis Holt), Sue Lavender, Barbara Scott, Mattie Thrasher (Susan Isenogle).
Nursing Homes and On-going Concerns: Patty Buescher, Lois Corwin
American Troops: Garrett Allen, Bradley Huffman, Will Miller, Zach Vandeventer
1.) “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in _____, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
A.) green pastures B.) His presence C.) new mown hay D.) peace
2.) He guides me in paths of _____ for his name’s sake.
A.) goodness B.) justice C.) peace D.) righteousness
3.) Even though I walk through the _____of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.
A.) abyss B.) dark land C.) dark forest D.) valley
4.) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my _____. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. “ (NRSV)
A.) enemies B.) friends C.) kinsmen D.) neighbors
5.) One day Jesus was teaching a large crowd about the kingdom of God. When supper time came, the disciples urged Jesus to send the crowds away so they could find food and lodging for the night. However, Jesus took a few loaves of bread and fishes belonging to a boy in the crowd and miraculously broke them into enough food to feed the entire crowd! Where did this miracle occur?
A.) Bethsaida B.) Cana C.) Capernaum D.) Caesarea Philippi
6.) How many loaves of bread and fishes did the boy have?
A.) 2 loaves and 3 fishes B.) 2 loaves and 5 fishes
C.) 5 loaves and 2 fishes D.) 5 loaves and 3 fishes
7.) How many people did Jesus feed?
A.) 1000 total B.) 1000 men and women, plus children
C.) 5000 total D.) 5000 men, plus women and children
8.) After everyone had eaten their fill, Jesus told His disciples to pick up the leftovers so that nothing would be wasted. How many baskets full of leftovers did they pick up?
A.) 3 B.) 7 C.) 12 D.) 20
1.) A 2.) D 3.) D 4.) A 5.) A 6.) C 7.) D 8.) C