Topsail Presbyterian Church Update
February 21, 2014
The Weekly Update is published to foster growth in faith, fellowship and service among the
Topsail Presbyterian Church’s members and friends.
Note change: Sunday school information is now posted on the Christian Education Page.
RADIUS and Kids Club
Kid’s Club will meet every Sunday evening from 6pm to 7:30pm. Kid’s Club is for children ages 4 to 5th grade. Dinner will be provided. Join us for Bible stories, crafts, games, fun, and food every Sunday evening at 6pm in the fellowship hall.
RADIUS, for ages 5th grade through 12th, meets in the Youth Building at 6:00 on Sunday evenings.
The choir is back working hard to enhance our worship services here at TPC. We would love for you to come join us on Wednesday nights at 7pm. The handbell Choir is also back in action on Wednesday nights at 6:15pm. If you can read music, we’d love to have you join the handbell choir.
You may notice that we have been singing some newer hymns. Those hymns come out of the new Presbyterian hymnal “Glory To God.” There are a few copies at the ends of pews as of this moment. In the not too distant future, you will be seeing more of these hymnals. Thanks to some generous donations, the church is replacing the 1990 blue hymnal with the new one. As soon as they arrive, we will look to dedicating the new hymnals while remembering all the good times we have had the last 20 years with the blue hymnal. The good thing is that all the hymns you love from the blue hymnal are in the new red hymnal, along with quite a few of the other songs we sing. In my life this is the third hymnal I’ve used in the Presbyterian Church. I grew up with “The Hymnbook”, the maroon hymnal everyone loved. I know when the new blue hymnal came out in 1990 I was not a happy camper. They had taken out many of my favorite hymns. I came to like the blue hymnal but I must tell you I do love the new red hymnal. It not only has the best of the best from the 1990 blue hymnal, but it brings back some favorites from the maroon hymnal plus adding some new great music to the mix. When we get the new hymnals in all the pews, take a few moments to explore the wonderful and rich hymns and songs found within its pages.
Presbyterian Women’s Circle: The Circle meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 in the youth building. Next meeting will be March 5th.
BackPack Meals: Don’t forget this project of the PW. Bring small containers of food, cereal, juice, etc. and leave it in the basket in the gathering room.
BackPack Meals are in need of cereal, peanut butter, and fruit juice.
Men’s Fellowship meets on Wednesdays at 12:30 at various restaurants in the area. During the summer, we will meet only 1 time per month.
Come join us to MEET, EAT AND FELLOWSHIP . Watch the weekly bulletins to see where we will be next.
Feb. 26 Sawmill Grill, Hampstead
Remember in Prayer
Please remember these in need of prayer, calls, cards and visits.
Champions: Elinor Rhea, 1007 Porter’s Neck Rd., Room 234
Wilmington, NC 28411, Telephone (910) 681-3477
Anne Robinson, 107 Porter’s Neck Rd., Room 303
Wilmington, NC, 28411, telephone (910) 228-2061
|Matthew ThomasGeorge DolinMary Frances Spruill
|Katherine RochelleJoan CarpenterAnn English
|Jaysha HerringAmanda FlickGloria Beale
Family and Friends:
Bobbie Misenheiner, friend of Andee Woodcock
Ed and Jean Lovecky, friends of Bob and Nancy Simon
Allison Nardi, daughter of Ruth Best
Cristi Pollock, friend of Bob Norem and Donna Kraynick
Allan Cain, friend of Carolyn Edwards
Ann Blizzard, mother of LaRita Brown
Doris, friend of Jan Fisher
Shawn Consey and the 1/9 Marines in Afghanistan
Lucas and Lily Consey
Danny Howard, brother of Cathy Padgett
Elvie Short, friend of Donna Lewis
Joyce Walker, friend of Jennifer Schwarz
Kathleen Griggs, friend of the Woodcocks
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Thank You: The Fellowship Committee thanks everyone who made the soups, salads and desserts for our very successful Annual Meeting this past Sunday. Special thank you to the rescue men who saved us from cold soup when the outlets failed! Thank you for all who helped set up and clean up. Fellowship appreciates YOU.
Help! Help! Help!
We need volunteers to:
- help lead children’s church,
- assist in the youth Sunday school class, and
- provide Sunday evening fellowship dinner for RADIUS and Kid’s Club.
Please sign up on the bulletin board outside of Jenna’s office if can help with any or all of these ministries.
Sunday School Teachers
Many of our Sunday School teachers have been teaching for over a year – it is time to give them a break! If you are interested in teaching a preschool, elementary, or youth Sunday School class, please see Jenna Carriker.
VBS—Yes, already! Although VBS is a few months away we are ready to start planning and preparing. If you are interested in helping with VBS this year please attend the Christian Education meeting on Monday, March 17th at 7pm.
Ushers Needed for 2014: Please sign up in the overflow room to serve as an usher this year. It would be helpful if you could sign up for an entire month.
Souper Sunday: Please join us Sunday immediately after 10:30 worship in the fellowship hall to dine on soup, salad and dessert; to say goodbye to 2013; and to embrace our 2014 goals and objectives for our church. Everyone is welcome!
Flower calendar: There are 5 spaces left on this calendar for 2014. Please sign up in the overflow room if you would like to place flowers in our sanctuary on a Sunday in 2014.
Topsail Taters: The Mission Team is preparing for the planting of the white potatoes for our spring mission endeavor. To get things started, a few talented volunteers who can cut seed potatoes for planting are needed. Please call LaRita Brown at 910-540-9493 for additional information. Many hands make the workload light. Please give an hour or so of your time for the Topsail Presbyterian Potato Mission Project.
White Potato Planting Day – Brown Pearl Farm
The TPC Mission Team hopes you will join with them on White Potato Planting Day, Saturday, March 1st. There will be a van departing the church parking lot at 8 AM for the trip to the farm. You will need to bring your garden hoe and gloves with you.
Please sign up on the sheet in the overflow room if you can help with the project. Planting should be finished just in time for a light lunch to be served at the barn.
Contact LaRita or Stewart Brown for more information at 910-540-9493.
Food Lion Rewards: We received a check this week for $79.00. Thanks Food Lion shoppers who have linked your MVP cards to TPC. If your card is not currently linked to our church and you would like to link it, please see the poster in the overflow room or contact Vicki at 270-2312.
Visitor, Inquirer, New Member’s Class: Journey Through the Beliefs and Practices of the Presbyterian Church. In this class we will explore the basic beliefs and practices that set the Presbyterian Church apart from other denominations, and we will also examine those beliefs we hold in common with other churches of the reformed faith. This class starts Sunday, January 12th, at 9:15 in the gathering room. Doughnuts, coffee, and juice will be provided. Infants are welcome.
Bible Study is being held on Tuesdays at 10:00AM and 7:00PM in the youth building. The new study is The Challenge of Jesus by N. T. Wright. The book costs $10.00.
Preschool News: We currently have openings in the 4 year old class. Please spread the word.
Preschool Registration for next school year will begin on Feb. 24 for church members and currently enrolled families. Registration opens to the community on March 10th.
Minute for Mission
Three Critical Global Issues: Poverty
We stood staring silently into an abyss of trash. The hillside slid steeply downward; mountains of garbage sat piled below. Dozens of black buzzards circled overhead, searching for anything salvageable. Looking farther we saw people everywhere, scavenging just like the birds. For them, the garbage was a different type of lifeline: salvaged items are cleaned, repaired, and resold to provide income for their families. Often, it’s all they receive.
This is the Guatemala City dump—one of the largest in Central America and a place that over 1,000 people call home. I was there with a group of university students who had come for a week of learning and immersion, but even after spending six months here as a Young Adult Volunteer, I felt as though my eyes were being opened anew. Staring into the dump, I realized that I had become accustomed and blind to many of the injustices like this that are woven into daily realities in Guatemala. By his grace, God let me see with new eyes how his people are suffering and how this is unacceptable.
In our lectionary readings today, we see God’s heart for justice in his commandments in Leviticus 19 and in the radical new system of justice and love that Jesus calls us to in Matthew 5. Psalm 119 celebrates the beauty of God’s word and commandments, and 1 Corinthians 3 speaks of how we are all temples of the Holy Spirit. Temples should not be found living among trash, invisible. We are all loved and dignified children of God and should not live oblivious to our brothers and sisters. —Annie Aeschbacher, Young Adult Volunteer, Guatemala, 2012–13
Let us pray
Heavenly Father, thank you for your love and your passion for justice. Help us to share that love and fire with all we meet. By your grace, may we settle for nothing less. Amen.
We want to wish everyone happiness of their special days. If your birthday or anniversary is missing from the list, please contact Vicki.
|Anne R. Robinson||9-Feb|
|Mary Lou Hurst||25-Feb|
|James & Marlene Grove||2-Feb|
|Brent & Carolyn Edwards||17-Feb|
|David & Carol Reidmiller||19-Feb|
|Don & Helen Ayres||21-Feb|
|John & Esther Stillgebauer||26-Feb|
|Chuck & Fleur McKnight||21-Jan|
|Brian & Lynn Caveness||24-Jan|
|Tom & Connie Lowell||30-Jan|
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