Palm City Presbyterian Church
Growing in Christlikeness
The Spirit Inside this issue: Mission Study: part 5 Angel of the Church
CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION WITH US THIS SUNDAY! 2 3
Music Department News
Adult S.S / Sonshine Boys
Chancel Choir / MOPS
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Thank You ‘s
Memorial Garden Legacy Fund Recognition Treasure Coast Food Bank, Golf Tournament, Farewell CJ
This is not a mistake. This is not a typo. This is not last month’s note. This is a reminder that EVERY SUNDAY IS A CELEBRATION OF THE RESURRECTION. Worship used to take place on the seventh day of the week – Saturday. But now we get together on Sunday because Jesus rose from the grave on Sunday! You are invited each Sunday to the weekly Family Reunion we call Church in honor of the risen and living Christ. LIVING LETTERS On Monday, May 1st, we begin a summer reading plan for May through August: LIVING LETTERS. The Bible is unique. It is a book of world history, interesting stories, inspiring heroes, artistic poetry, noble ethics, and intriguing predictions. But it is so much more than that! The Bible is the Word of God. Inspired. True. Dependable. Binding. ALIVE! The Bible includes letters from founders of the New Testament church. (They are often called “epistles” which is just an older way of saying “letters)”. They were written to real people in real churches. They provide timeless truth to Christians of every generation, including ours. The authors weren’t just writing their own thoughts. They were inspired by the Holy Spirit of God to write what they wrote. Then, the Lord miraculously preserved those writings so we could all benefit from them. One chapter a day May through August will take you through all the letters of the New Testament! You can use the chart available at church to track your progress. Bible time is vital time. If you don’t have a Bible time plan, join us! GET A GRIP Want to keep life from spinning out of control? Want to enrich your life and the lives of those around you? Want to find true success and satisfaction? The Bible teaches that there are three key areas which determine success or failure, satisfaction or disappointment, victory or defeat. We will reveal what those three key areas are, and learn about them in a new sermon series, on April 30, May 7 and May 14. Join us each week as we GET A GRIP on these three key areas of life!
Mission Study Project (part 5) by Rev. Dr. Brad Klostreich The last few months I’ve been using the newsletter to discuss the output of our Mission Study Team. I’ve talked about our Mission/Purpose. I’ve talked about our Strategy. This month I want to continue talking about the largest part of our Mission Study which was subtitled “Our Identity.” The second of these three subsections is entitled “Presbyterians are Evangelical.” In our current culture, this term has come to include a lot of political baggage which gets in the way of truly understanding what the term means. For many people “Evangelical” is a synonym for Politically Conservative or “Right-Wing.” However, the historic meaning of the term “Evangelical” simply means those Christians who are Protestant as opposed to Catholic. I recently read a book by a Roman Catholic author who described himself as being an “Evangelical Catholic.” By that, he meant that he believes in conservative family values, a cautious economic policy, and a foreign political policy that puts American interests first. In any case, when I say that Presbyterians are Evangelical, I use the term in its classic and historical sense. Presbyterian theology shares a common, evangelical body of doctrines with other Christian communions. Those doctrines are frequently referred to as the “five solas” of the Reformation. A common mischaracterization of these issues is to infer that the Catholic Church does not believe in faith, grace, scripture, or Christ. This is a gross error and many Catholics are right to object that their views are often misrepresented. Catholics do believe that faith is necessary. But where we differ is that they believe faith is not enough. That’s where the word “sola” comes into play. Faith Alone: This is sometimes called the Material Cause of the Reformation. A person’s trust in the finished work of Christ in both his active and passive obedience is the grounds upon which a person is declared just by God. Grace Alone: This doctrine is linked closely with Faith Alone and answers the question, “Where does faith come from?” A common misperception is that Saving Faith is man’s contribution to the equation of salvation. We have a tendency to think that faith is something that we conjure up from the deepest of our souls. Classical Protestantism has always taught that Saving Faith is God’s gift to us. Scripture Alone: What this doctrine teaches is that while there are many other good writings and documents such as our own Confessions, none of them hold the same level of authority and respect as the Scriptures themselves. All our confessional and creedal statements are subordinate to the authority of the Bible. Christ Alone: In a certain sense we are saved by works alone. But the question is “Whose work?” If we think for one moment that our good deeds and righteous acts contribute to our salvation, then we are supplanting Christ and his work. Somebody had to do something in order for you and me to be reconciled to God. That person was Christ. He had to accomplish perfect obedience, which results in his righteousness being reckoned to us. To the Glory of God Alone: The object of our worship needs to be correct. The primary sin of all human history has been to give glory and honor to things and people other than God Himself. John Calvin described the human heart as an “idol factory.” God needs to be the focal point of our worship. Despite the separations that came in the following years after the Reformation, all Evangelical or Protestant Churches share these common doctrines amongst them.
Angel of the Church
How can I tell you about our angel? Let me count the ways! On Sunday mornings when I’m sitting in the choir and look up at the sound booth I can see our angel of the month. On the first Tuesday of the month around 4 p.m., our angel walks into the library and becomes the moderator for the deacons. When there is a memorial service at the church our angel is helping out with the arrangements for the reception afterwards. In Addition, she also listens to the children in Awana recite their verses. One morning after attending the Women’s Bible study she came in the office with her eyes all lit up. She said they just discussed a poem in their group that all the women were enamored of, and she wanted to create a bookmark for each of the women with that poem inscribed on it. So she did it! Another interesting revelation about our angel is that she told me she loves to learn new things. Hence, it may explain the variety of jobs that she has done in her life, like teaching English, which led into being a utility trainer (training others to teach), learning different computer software programs, being an advocate for animal welfare organizations and, last but not least working in a nuclear plant. Our Lord has given our angel another truly blessed gift. And that is one of an ‘encourager.’ For whoever comes in contact with her is rewarded with her ability to inspire with courage, spirit and confidence. Our angel for the month is Carole Peterson.
FROM THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT We have had a very successful and inspiring season with our two bell choirs. The Bells of Praise have rung every other month since the beginning of the season. They have become very professional in their presentations. The Kids Ring! bell choir has rung on the opposite months, and they are also improving in their musicianship. Ringing bells is not only a great way to involve all ages in outreach and in worship, but it can be an effective tool for growth of our current music program. No other musical experience features the team work and belonging that a ringing ensemble offers, because each person is uniquely necessary to the musical result! Ringing is a ministry tool that elevates worship music, and provides visible and engaging participation in our church life. Both of our bell choirs are so dedicated, and really work hard to make a joyful noise to the Lord. They truly ring with joy! Joanne Raulin, director of the bell choirs
THE SONSHINE BOYS
I’ve had a lot of conversations about this Netflix mini-series over the past few weeks. It certainly is stirring up a lot of different emotions and reactions. I am tempted to use this article to share snippets of those conversations. Instead, I am going to use this catchy title to speak to something broader that is of utmost importance: communication. Our culture often faces hardship due to an issue surrounding communication.
Because of this, I would like to give “13 Reasons Why” it is crucial to communicate. 1.It allows for two sides to learn from each other 2. It facilitates honesty and understanding 3. It creates room for expression 4. It clarifies 5. It educates 6.. It inspires 7. It connects 8. It opens the door to healing 9. It fosters interest 10. It builds the foundation for asking good questions 11. It deepens vulnerability 12. It is needed in every aspect of life 13. Jesus communicated... A LOT... and in many different ways ( see Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Now that you know some of the “why’s,” let’s look at some “hows.” Let’s walk through a hypothetical scenario in response to the 13 Reasons Why show. If you’re a parent, you may be trying to figure out if a show like this is helpful for your student to watch, or if it would be unproductive, or even harmful. If you’re a student, you may really want to watch this show, especially because a lot of your friends already have. Perhaps you as the parent and you as the student have opposing opinions... or you’re not even sure which opinion is the right one for your family. Enter: communication. Here are a few practical ways to communicate (in this scenario, or any other):
Before you start, invite God into your communication time through prayer. Then, agree to have respect in your dialogue( this does not mean that you have to agree with everything that is said, but instead to use love in all of the truth you speak( Ephesians 4:15). Using “I” statements can be helpful-- i.e.: “I feel disrespected when you watched that show behind my back.” “I think that it would be helpful for me to be aware of the effects of suicide and I think this show could do that for me.” Discuss the pros and cons of the situation for YOUR family (not Joe and Jane down the road, at work, or at school) Practice actively listening to each other fully before answering (vs. simply formulating your retort while the other person is speaking).
Remember, not talking about these things does not mean they will go away. Conversely, speaking in a way that does not honor Christ will not gain the rapport for good communication in the future. Discussions formed around open-ended questions and respect lead the way to better relations... in all aspects of life. Theoretically, you and your student just walked through the television show conundrum. Perhaps by using the discussion tools, you decided to allow your student to watch the show. If so, let me encourage you to keep the door to communication open and continue to learn throughout the process. Perhaps by using the discussion tools, you decided not to allow your student to watch the show. If so, let me encourage you to communicate why and continue to revisit this topic with open communication. Families- there are certainly many hard scenarios to navigate in our culture. I pray that each of you would be equipped to stand strong as a unit. Remember, Jesus is your anchor of hope. His Holy Spirit will guide you, if you’re willing to listen.
LAHIA Palm City Presbyterian serves breakfast every third Friday at 9:00 a.m. at LAHIA. We need volunteers to help prepare breakfast items. If you are interested in helping please contact Phyl Sullivan at 772-288-2027.
MISSION COMMITTEE OPPORTUNITIES We would love to have you join our committee and/or help with our Local Mission Projects. Give it a try!
LAHIA – Prepare a breakfast item and/or help serve the homeless the 3rd Friday of the month every month. Call – Phyl Sullivan @ 240-5473 (or see her at the 11:00 am church service). Treasure Coast Food Truck – Distribution 8:00 am to 12 Noon at the Stuart Fair Grounds, May 6 th. Call - Jane Shubert @ 215-9171 (or see her at the 9:30 am church service). Refuge Ranch Quarterly Dinner & Fellowship – Next dinner is June 8th. Bring a dish to share and fellowship with women healing from drug/alcohol addiction. Call – Marcia Jakeway @ 284-2247 (or see her at the 11:00 am church service). Care Net Baby Bottle Project – Mother’s Day to Father’s Day collection. Call – Sue Henrich @ 2200904 (or see her @ the 8:20 am church service). If you prefer, send an e-mail to [email protected]
Chancel Choir on Good Friday
MOPS IS GROWING!
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May Birthdays 5/1
Charlotte Kadela, Isabelle Kadela,
May Anniversaries 5/1
Trent & Tambra Steckler
John & Alyne Lewis Richard & Judy Thorpe
Robert & Julie Slagter
Jeffrey & Megan Schoner
Mike & Elisa Cioffi
Joseph & Shirley Ens
Adam & April Day
Matt Livings 5/2
5/4 Bob Blake 5/6 David Kadela, Betty Lee, Carolyn Livings, Jack Savarese, Patty Stewart 5/7 Amanda Pansey 5/8 Kristi Austhof, David Pohndoft 5/9 Joan Hyde, Charlotte McIntosh, Jacob Schoner 5/10 Shirley Ens, Lucas Wagner
5/26 Brandon & Jean Tucker
5/11 Jack MacDonald 5/12 Darlene Jones, Loretta Liljestrand 5/13 Karen Bartnick, Nathan Welmaker 5/14 Victor Forestier, Pat White
5/28 Greg & Beth Welmaker Gary & Amber Ducote 5/29 Kevin & Donna Levengood
5/15 Joan Cromer 5/16 Valerie Schulte, Beth Welmaker 5/17 Lauren Cioffi 5/18 Troy Artman, Coulter Burns, Shama Johnson 5/19 Marjorie Gunnell, Loli Lindstrom Connor Marino 5/21 Amelia Johnson, Rebecca Marino 5/22 Wanda Gilmour 5/23 Nadine Albert, Jon Gottschalk, Kate Kadela 5/24 Al Hastings, Lois Hollinger 5/25 Anne Scornavacca, Robert Tatje 5/27 Timothy Helderman, Barbara Mans, Janice Topping 5/28 Ryan Thibodeaux 5/31 Reece Habicht, Ginni Vannata
5/30 Harold & Janice King 5/31
Bill & Kelly McIntyre
10:00a Pastor’s Bible Study
1:30p Spring Piano Recital
7:00 p Small Groups
4:00p Deacons Mtg 4:00p Middle School 6:00p HS Youth
9:30 a MOPS
7:00p Small Groups
4:00p MS Youth
Adult Sunday School 3:00p Joanne’s Piano Recital 4:00p Kids Ring! 5:30 p Awana Celebration
Adult Sunday School
8:00p Cornerstone Praise Band
10 8:00p Cornerstone Praise Band
6:00p HS Youth
Mother’s Day 9:45a
7:00p Small Group
4:00p MS Youth
6:00p HS Youth
5:00P Worship 8:00p Cornerstone
21 9:45a Adult Sunday School
7:00p Small Group
28 9:45a Adult Sunday School
29 Memorial Day Office Closed
7:00p Small Group
8:00p Cornerstone Praise Band
31 8:00p Cornerstone Praise Band
6:30a Men’s Bible Study 9:30a Women’s Bible Study 5:30 p Bells of Praise 6:30p CBS 7:00p Choir Practice
11 6:30a Men’s Bible Study 9:30a Women’s Bible Study 4:00p P & A Mtg 5:30 p Bells of Praise 6:30p CBS 7:00p Choir Practice
18 6:30a Men’s Bible Study 9:30a Women’s Bible Study 5:30p Bells of Praise 6:30p CBS 7:00p Choir Practice
25 6:30a Men’s Bible Study 9:30a Women’s Bible Study 5:30p Bells of Praise 6:30p CBS 7:00p Choir Practice
10:00a Pastor’s Bible Study
10:00a Pastor’s Bible Study
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Dear Friends, Thank you so much for the beautiful flower arrangement that was delivered to me by Joan Sheldon, our deacon. I am truly blessed by all the cards, visits, phone calls that have been given to me. Most importantly, your prayers for my recovery have been appreciated. I continue to get stronger every day and can’t wait until I can see you all again on Sundays. God bless you! Lovingly Pat Stuart
Dear PCPC, Thank you for so much for the way so many of you have embraced me since Craig died. I am so touched by your thoughtfulness. I am looking forward to getting to know more of you. Sincerely, Rayma
SHEPHERD MINISTRY UPDATES The Shepherd’s ministry has had some recent changes. I am so thankful that PCPC is blessed to have people coming forward to be Shepherd leaders. The changes are: ORCHID BAY/SURROUNDING AREA-will be led by Ervin Betts, who is taking over for Cheryl Burns.
SEAGATE HARBOR—will be lead by Art Kehlhem, who is taking over for LynnAnn White. WILLOUGHBY—will be led by Patti Miller, who is taking over for Karin Plusch. We have divided HERONWOOD, SUNSET TRACE and MEADOWS PERIMETER into two Flocks. The Flocks are identified now as HERONWOOD--SUNSET TRACE and the second Flock will be known as MEADOWS PERIMETER. Janet Sallman will be the Shepherd for HERONWOOD-SUNSET TRACE and Carol McCarthy will be the new Shepherd for MEADOWS PERIMETER. We thank Cheryl and LynnAnn for their service. We all miss Karin, as she passed away so suddenly. She was an amazing Shepherd to her Flock. I thank all of our Shepherds for their commitment and service to their Flocks. It is one way we keep connected to our people at PCPC. However, if you feel you have not heard from your Shepherd, please call Shepherd Coordinator, Susan Rosseau, at 772-286-8347. We do not want anyone to be missed being contacted by their Shepherd. Shepherds send birthday, anniversary, get-well and thinking-of-you cards. We continue to update our lists to make sure everyone at PCPC has a designated Shepherd.
MEMORIAL GARDEN AND COLUMBARIUM If you are new to the church family, the Building & Grounds team invites you to tour the memorial garden and columbarium area behind the sanctuary and enjoy the handy work of God and the grounds professionals and team. The Smith Garden is in honor of Doris Smith by her husband Ellis, and is a work of love, with flowers in color every season of the year We invite you to walk through and enjoy, or stop and enjoy the pagoda in thought or prayer.
Phyl Sullivan was recognized for her generous gift to the Legacy Fund
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!!!! Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, May 6th at the Martin County Fairgrounds (2616 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart). We will be distributing food for the Treasure Coast Food Bank. We will begin at 8:00 am and conclude around noon. Please come dressed for the weather-sunscreen, raincoat, closed-toed shoes etc. We need 40-45 volunteers for this activity. To volunteer please register at www.Stophunger.org or for information contact Jane Shubert 772-463-8089 (H), 772-215-9171(C).
3rd Annual Dick Anderson Golf Tournament Friday, Sept. 8th, starting at 9:55 at PGA Golf Club in PSL. $40 greens fee. Men and women invited, make your own foursome or be assigned. We need a preliminary count to secure tee times. Please text or call Jon Albright 240-8700.
Farewell CJ The Staff gathered in April for a Farewell Luncheon for CJ Gleichman. CJ is retiring after 11 years of service to PCPC. MANY THANKS, CJ, for the countless ways you served PCPC through the past years! God bless you as you enter a new phase of life!
Worship Times Traditional 8:20 am & 11:00 am Sanctuary
Contemporary 9:30 am HFLC
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