December Notes from the Pastor

pastor notes decIt’s been a few weeks since Pastor Appreciation Sunday, but I wanted to be sure to thank everyone for the very thoughtful cards that I received.  I was genuinely surprised by this gift and it was very much appreciated!

With November 30th being my last day as your Transitional Pastor, that will make our time together at 54 weeks.  Time has certainly flown by!  I have truly enjoyed my time with you and this church has been a wonderful professional experience for me!  I will hold dear all of the many friendships that I have made this past year.

The Congregational Potluck on November 28th was a perfect send-off for me!  Thanks so much to the Fellowship Committee for organizing the potluck and for all who stayed for lunch.  I’ve told many people over this past year about all of the amazing cooks at FPC!

Your Pastor Nominating Committee has made a great deal of progress over these past few months.  I’m excited for the future of this congregation and for the new pastor who is coming soon.  In the meantime, you will be treated to a number of great services during the month of December.

Although you won’t see me on Sunday mornings, I will remain the Moderator of the Session until further notice.  So if you’re in the church building during the week, don’t be too surprised to see me walking the hallway.

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November Notes from the Pastor

pastor notes novemberWe are pleased to be able to host the Presbytery of Western Kentucky for its November 9th meeting.  The Presbytery will meet from 10:00-3:00 in our sanctuary.  We will need some help in preparing and serving lunch, as well as in directing people from the parking lot into the church for registration.  If you would like to help as we host the Presbytery, just let the church office know.

Thanksgiving Sunday will be recognized on Sunday, November 21st.  Join us as we give thanks to God for all of the many blessings He has bestowed upon us.

November also brings us the First Sunday of Advent!  November 28th will be the beginning of our Advent season as we march toward to joy of Christmas Day.

All Saints’ Day is November 1st, and we will also recognize this day on Sunday, November 7th.  Let us remember the saints of the church who have passed on before us into eternal life.  It is their commitment to Jesus Christ and the sacrifices they have made that give us shoulders to stand upon.

If you get the chance to walk down the hallways in our building, you will notice that some of our bulletin boards have been updated.  Thanks so much to those who have kept these bulletin boards current and attractive!

Charlie

October Notes from the Pastor

pastor notes octoberIt has been great getting back to some of our regular activities.  I’ve really enjoyed our Wednesday evening dinners and Bible study time.  It is also good to get back into the routine of Sunday School at 9:00.  Thanks to everyone who has helped pull these events together!

Our new LED sign looks wonderful and it will give us the opportunity to promote events at our church to those who drive by.  A big “thank you” goes out to the Agin family for the generous gift that enabled us to purchase the sign.

Don’t forget that we will be taking up our annual Peace & Global Witness Offering on Sunday, October 3rd.  PC(USA) churches across America collect for this special offering to address systems of injustice in our own communities and across the world.  As each church in our denomination does a little, it adds up to a lot.

October 3rd is also World Communion Sunday.  Join us on this special day as we combine with our brothers and sisters in Christ in this global sharing of the communion elements.

Please continue to pray for our Pastor Nominating Committee: "Holy Father, hear the prayers of our congregation as we pray with excitement and expectation for your blessings of a new pastor.  We thank you for your almighty hand upon us.  We pray for unity, love, wisdom, and patience in the waiting.  In Jesus’ name, amen."

September Notes from the Pastor

pastor notes septWe were blessed to have Alexa Moghina, granddaughter of Larry and Suzanne Wilson, and Cassandra Studlie as our guest vocalists on July 18th.  They did a wonderful job!

Our Wednesday evening activities resumed on August 25th!  Be sure to join us each Wednesday evening in September (there are 5 of them).  I will be leading a 6 week Bible study each Wednesday at 6:00 pm through September 29th.  Join us for food, study, fellowship…..and more!

Sunday School resumes on September 12th!  Stay tuned for announcements regarding classes and times.

Our Pastor Nominating Committee is still hard at work seeking our next Pastor.  Please continue to pray for them: Holy Father, hear the prayers of our congregation as we pray with excitement and expectation for your blessings of a new pastor.  We thank you for your almighty hand upon us.  We pray for unity, love, wisdom, and patience in the waiting.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Don’t forget about Ice Cream Sunday the last Sunday of each month!  Dessert first, then lunch!

It was a true joy to have Jeremy Casella fill the pulpit on August 8th.  Jeremy was able to worship with us this summer while serving an internship at GE.  He is now back at Purdue University finishing up his Senior year.  Best wishes, Jeremy!

Charlie

August Notes from the Pastor

pastor notes augustJuly was a busy month with vacations (including my own) and other assorted summer activities.  As August begins, I’m looking forward to getting back into our regular church routine.  Beginning Wednesday, August 25th we will resume our Wednesday evening activities at the church.  Be on the lookout for announcements about times, evening Bible studies and other activities.

Speaking of studies, please keep all of our students, educators and administrative staff in your prayers as the school year returns this month.

I wanted to give some words of thanks to our Pastor Nominating Committee for their work during the summer months.  They have competed a major step in the pastor search process by finishing our Ministry Information Form, which is used to match our church with pastors seeking churches.

Ice Cream Sunday will continue on the final Sunday of each month as we fellowship and celebrate our birthdays and anniversaries each month.  Be sure to join us after church on these Sundays!

Looking ahead to September, we will resume our Sunday School classes so stay tuned for more information about that.

I’m having a great experience here at this church and I’m so thankful for each of you!

Charlie

July Notes from the Pastor

pastor notes julyThanks to everyone who returned a Congregational Survey!  The survey results will be a big aid to the Pastor Nominating Committee as they march forward.  On Sunday, July 11th, the results of the Congregational Survey will be shared with the congregation.  More details about that will be announced.

I’m looking forward to getting away for a few days on a family trip.  We’re headed to the Lake Erie Islands from July 5-9, trying to find some cooler weather!  I will be here on the Sundays before and after my trip, but will be out of the office the week of July 5th.

Independence Day is on Sunday this year!  Whatever your holiday weekend plans are, find one hour to join us at 10:15.  Did you know that Thomas Jefferson wrote most of the Declaration of Independence on his “laptop”?  He used a small writing desk that fit on his lap!

After a bit of a hiatus, the Worship Time with Children has returned!  This is one of the most enjoyable (and unpredictable) parts of our worship service.

Everyone really enjoyed having Jackson Bower and Hudson Stahl play a cello/violin duet for us on June 13th.  They are very talented and both are members of the First Presbyterian Church of Glasgow, Kentucky.  One of the strengths of our denomination is our willingness to be “connectional”.

That’s all for this month!  Let me know if I can ever be of help to you!

Charlie

Preview and Invitation for June 13th

Here's my "Preview and Invitation" for worship this Sunday.  The message will be "Planning for a Better Tomorrow."  We'll also have special guest musicians.  We'd love to have you join us at 10:15.