Presbyterian Visitor

Presbyterian Visitor

June 6, 2024


  The 46th Annual Women’s Association’s Tasting Luncheon will take place on Friday, June 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  This year’s menu includes: Chicken Poppy Seed Salad, Citrus Slaw, Swift Strawberry Salad, Cabbage Swiss Bread Pudding, Fresh Mushrooms & Green Beans, Veggie Tot Pie, Cajun Chicken & Vegetables, Coastal Casserole, Reuben Meatballs, Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Frosted Zucchini Bars, and Reese’s Cookie Bars.

   Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased from a member of the Women’s Association or by calling the church at 812-384-8424. Dine-in, Carry-outs and delivery in the Bloomfield area are available.

 

  On Sunday, May 19th we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit, upon Jesus’ disciples, with our Pentecost celebration. Before church an intergenerational Sunday School was held at which time those attending decorated the sanctuary with pompom balls, balloons, and a table covering with each drawing of themselves receiving the Holy Spirit.

  We also collected the Pentecost Offering where we collected $243. This offering supports young people and inspires them to share their faith and gifts with the church and the world.

 

  On Sunday, May 19th we honored our graduating seniors with a pitch-in dinner following worship service. Congratulations to Dale Isenogle on his high school graduation and to Rosalinda Porter for graduating from nursing school.

 

  A letter of transfer has been received from Central Presbyterian in Layfette, for Grant and Leasy Burcham. Welcome back Grant and Leasy.

  Also this past Sunday, we celebrated the baptism of their daughter Avis Mae Burcham.

 

  On Thursday, June 13th the Women’s Association will be meeting at 1:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The hostesses for the afternoon will be LuAnne Allen and Teresa Chesnut. The devotions will be given by LuAnne Allen.

 

  The Women’s Association will be hosting the Legion Dinner at the American Legion on June 14th. Please see the sign-up sheet on the narthex podium if you would like to help.

 

  On Saturday, June 15th, Jack Lawrence Vandeventer will receive child baptism in our sanctuary. Jack is the great-grandson of Bobbi Vandeventer. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Plans are being made to hold Vacation Bible School, July 22nd-24th. This year’s theme will be “Wild About Jesus”. Melinda Hendrix and the VBS Committee will soon be looking for volunteers to be teachers, decorators, kitchen workers, and to fill several other positions.

 

We are in need of adult nursery volunteers to assist in the nursery during worship service. Please see the sign-up sheet on the narthex podium.

 

  Pastor Hana will be on vacation June 18th – 24th and then will be attending General Assembly online June 25th-27th and then she will be traveling to Salt Lake City to attend in person June 29th-July 4th. During her absence Dr. Martha FrizLanger will be filling our pulpit on June 23rd and Rev. Doug Tracy on June 30th.

 

  The assembly of the Presbytery of Ohio Valley gathered at Camp Pyoca on Thursday, May 23rd. Pastor Hana was present as a minister member, and Alicia Holt was present as chair of the presbytery’s personnel committee. Pastor Hana, along with Elder William Henderson from First Presbyterian Church in Mount Vernon, were commissioned by the presbytery to serve at the PC(USA)’s 226th General Assembly this summer in Salt Lake City.

  


 


Pastor’s Message

I consider myself fortunate that one of the responsibilities of my job is to wrestle with scripture. Each week, as I prepare my sermon, I often feel like Jacob at the Jabbok, wrestling with a mysterious man throughout the night. Neither can overpower the other, and at daybreak, the man begs Jacob to let him go. Jacob responds, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:22-31)

In my case, I am wrestling with scripture, refusing to let the Word go until I receive a blessing from it to share with you all in a sermon. The blessing I find is often for me as well. Along with many other preachers, I find that I often preach what I myself most need to hear.

It’s important for all of us who follow Christ to encounter scripture on a regular basis, preferably more often than just through weekly worship. The Directory for Worship in our Book of Order (Part II of the constitution for the PC(USA)) explains:

Through the Scriptures we hear the voice of God and find meaning, direction, comfort, and challenge for our lives.

There are a lot of ways to interact with scripture. The Directory for Worship suggests that,

Regular, disciplined engagement with the Bible may include: simply reading the Word, praying with Scripture, studying commentaries, memorizing key passages, and putting the Word into action in our lives. (W-5.0103)

Our interaction with scripture ought to move us:

         toward understanding,

                     toward service,

                                 to toward worship,

                                             toward love.

If the way we are interacting with Scripture does not move us, we might need to try another way. We might need to try reading portions of Scripture we’ve avoided before. We might need to engage Scripture in conversation with other books or people. We might need to seek out conversation partners who come from different backgrounds and experiences. I have found this last practice especially fruitful.

Your turn:

1.        How do you engage with scripture on a regular basis?

2.        How would you like to engage with scripture on a regular basis?

3.        Who are your conversation partners around scripture?

4.        Who would you like to hear more from about scripture?

If you would like some recommendations for engaging with the Word, I’d be glad to talk with you, and I’d love to hear any recommendations that you have!

 

In love and hope,

Pastor Hana

 

 

 

 


Updates from the Session

  At the session meeting that was held on May 16th, the elders approved the following: the baptism of Jack Lawrence Vandeventer on Saturday, June 15th; a revised Sexual Misconduct and Child Protection Policy; and a change to the nursery staffing. Due to new plans for Christian Education, the nursery will now be staffed beginning at 10:15a.m. on Sundays. The paid staff will receive $50 per week.

  They, also, proceeded with a letter to send to inactive members regarding their membership status and scheduled a 2nd annual block party for the afternoon of August 4th.

  The non meeting will be on Wednesday, July 10th at 5:30 p.m.