Two Month Trial: Join The Choir For The Holidays

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685 – 1759) Composer of the “Messiah”

Have you ever thought about singing in the church choir? Why not give it a try for two months and come sing for the holidays! The choir will be singing a number of pieces this fall culminating in December with the Christmas Cantata and the presentation of Handel’s Messiah.

It does not matter your talent level or if you have sung in a choir before. If you enjoy music and have a desire to help lead Worship services and glorify God through singing, then please come join us. We’re a fun group and we will help you get started. All are welcome!

Btw, the Messiah is a “blast” to sing and could possibly be one of the most enjoyable experiences you will have in church (or at least in Worship).

Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at the church at 7:15 p.m. No advance notice needed, just show up and join in.

If you have questions, contact the Chris Krampe, PCM Director of Music.

 

PCM Golf League Wrap-up

The PCM Golf league had another successful season in 2019 and wrapped-up the 45th consecutive year the league has been in existence. It was a great summer of golf.

Our league winners this season were Eric and Janet Bremers. Congrats to the Bremers on the strong finish and ultimate win.

Fortunately we experienced only one rain-out and a couple of rather warm nights. But, through it all, we had lots of great fellowship and fun.

We’ll be back again next spring if you’ve ever thought about playing. The league play is handicapped and players of all experience levels are welcome. If you have any questions about next year, please contact Bill or Brenda Norton.

Below are some photos from 2019.

 

Meet PCM’s New Christian Education Director

Anne Weatherwax Director of Christian Education

Hello PCM Family!

I’d like to take a quick moment and introduce myself so you can get to know me a little better.  To begin with I am so blessed to be back at PCM once again; it has been 24 years since I was a member here before I moved away!  In those 24 years I had one more child for a total of three of my own, Victoria is now 28, Mirannda is 25 and Hunter is 22. I then added to my quiver when I married my husband John four years ago. Rodney is a 25-year old son and Courtney a 16-year old daughter. The newest loves of our lives are our amazing soon-to-be four-year-old identical twin grandsons James and River.  Life is so full and we are so blessed.

As I come to work here at PCM, I continue in my Master’s program at Liberty University Online as a Divinity student studying Discipleship and Religious Education.  My passions are spending time with my family and friends, crafting, reading, singing and taking every opportunity I can to tell anyone and everyone who will listen about God’s amazing grace.

Anne Weatherwax
Director of Christian Education

 

Education Series “Why Palestine Matters” begins September 22

PCM is excited to invite young adults, senior citizens, and those in-between to join me in a five-week Sunday School study this fall beginning Sunday, September 22nd in the fellowship hall at 9:00 a.m.

We will be privileged to have as our speaker, Muna Nassar from Bethlehem, the 2019 Presbyterian International Peacemaker on Sunday, October 6th. She works with Kairos Palestine, a Christian Palestinian movement which advocates for ending the over 50-year occupation of Palestine and achieving a just solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict.

While our beloved teacher, Mike O’Bradovich, takes a well-deserved break from his adult-education role on Sunday mornings, we will explore together the subject of Israel/Palestine today and the history behind it, using the newly-published study guide entitled Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism.

The study guide was created by the Presbyterian Israel/Palestine Mission Network, a group of Presbyterians challenged by the church’s General Assembly in 2004 to explore the subject and speak to us members of the church on the topic. We are reminded by this publication that the Presbyterian Church has had a mission presence in the Middle East since the 1800s. We are also reminded by the Biblical scriptures that Palestine is where our Christian faith had its beginnings as did the Jewish faith. The third Abrahamic faith, Islam, also has its Palestinian connections. Today Palestine consists of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, the places we hear about regularly in our daily news along with news of the State of Israel.

The final Sunday of the series, October 13th, we will again be privileged to hear from a Palestinian speaker, Robert Massoud, a Palestinian Canadian whose family fled war in Palestine in 1947-1948.  You know Robert by reputation for Zatoun, his fair-trade company, whose olive oil we purchase each Christmas season.

 

Book Club For September

Here we are again!  Updating everyone on what the Men and Women’s Book Clubs are reading and discussing in September!

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB:  The women are reading “The Day The World Came To Town….9/11 In Gander, Newfoundland”.  A true story and account of a community that exemplifies love, kindness, and generosity during one of the most horrible days in the life of our country.  Meeting times are at noon at PCM and 6:30 p.m. in a member’s home.  Contact Diane Frans at 402-572-1158 or dianefrans@outlook.com.

MENS’S BOOK CLUB:  The men are reading “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis, a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy.  Mark Frans is the person to contact for additional information at 602-677-1535 or markfrans@cox.net.

Be there or be square!
Diane and Mark Frans, The Reading Spouses

A Message About Mission Projects

The month of August has turned out to be packing month. We packed in a beautiful decorative way, 22 baskets for the silent auction to be held August 24th at Calvin Crest. Kudos to those creative Packers.

August 23rd your mission crew and its helpers will be packing 120 bags for the BART (Benson Area Refuge task Force) giveaway on August 24th we still could use dish soap and any warm coats for children.  This is an excellent time to check out the clearance sales for backpacks, an item we never have enough of.

School supplies were packed  by Debby Marsh, her grandson Kyle and daughter Amanda. Four trips with a loaded dolly were needed to pack her van. Then they took items to Edison School and unloaded it. Thank you to such an industrious family for all their hard work and this is just in time for the new school year.

Speaking of school supplies—”no more clipping” is the new motto for Box Tops for Education. The new upgraded version is pictured here and explained on the bulletin board in the Commons. There also is a list of acceptable items for Box Tops scanning. You may also go to their website for more information. In addition for your information Campbell Soup labels are no longer being accepted.

August 11th blood drive racked up 40 units of blood thank you Mike Osborne and Lauren Ilg, who were your hosts. the next blood drive at PCM will be in January and after hearing this
month menu you might all want to come. 60 egg salad quarters were donated by the now healthy Mary McLean and also on the table was fried chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, brownies and chocolate cookies. Sounds like a party to me.

The Garden Mart staff has really been industrious this year. Each week a beautiful presentation of vegetables is available to all church members and anyone else who comes. We have a plethora of tomatoes, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, winter squash (spaghetti style) and even apples from the trees on our property. We still come up with about fifty pounds of leftovers that are picked up by Saving Grace food rescue every Monday morning and taken to pantries that afternoon. This particular Monday after our blood drive we had leftovers from that blood drive which included all the goodies I named above.

Adult Education This Fall

Increase your understanding, deepen your faith… whatever you hope to gain, there are possibilities for your adult Christian Education this fall. So far, we have scheduled:

SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:00—September 8 and 15: The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women  . Kathleen Keefer was an ecumenical delegate this year; she strongly appreciates the work of the United Nations and will share with us her experience of the Commission.

September 22 and 29, October 6, 13, and 20: Why Palestine Matters— Sandie Hanna has been part of the Peacemaking community of the Presbyterian Church (USA), especially with Palestine and Israel. She has been to Palestine and Israel and has frequent contact with the Palestinian and Israel peacemaking communities. She will help us understand and appreciate the importance of Palestine beyond what you see in the news.

CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR ELDERS & DEACONS –Those who wish to participate in the Church’s “Extended Table” outreach to members who cannot come to communion, and who have not yet been educated in the theory and practice of what we do, are invited to come Thursday, September 12 at 6:00 pm for a workshop led by Pastor Bob.

IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY—Is it “All Greek to you”? Pastor Bob leads Bible study using the Greek New Testament (no, you don’t have to read Greek; he does that!) on Saturday mornings. We will study the Acts of the Apostles beginning Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 am.

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