THREE – Highland Church eNewsletter – May 3, 2012
Highland Presbyterian Church eNewsletter
May 3, 2012
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes —who are they, and where did they come from?”
I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore,
“they are before the throne of God
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
‘Never again will they hunger;
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’” - Revelation 7:9-17
SUNDAY, May 6, 2012 –Communion - Congregational Meeting
9:00 a.m. – Sunday School for Adults, Youth and Children
9:00 a.m. – Blended Service – Rev. Ted Mingle leading worship
10:30 a.m. – Traditional Worship – Rev. Ted Mingle leading worship
10:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship – Chris Swecker leading worship
11:30 a.m. – Congregational Meeting – Election of Officers
The Congregational Meeting to elect Church leaders and officers is this Sunday, May 6. Again, there is an insert with the pictures and bios of the candidates for the Officer’s Class of 2015 in this Sunday’s bulletin.
May 5 (Saturday) – Celebrate: Love, Legacy & Laughter – Senior Ministry Conference
May 6 (Sunday) – Communion & Congregational Meeting to Highland’s Elect Officers and Leaders - Mars Hill Fundraising Dinner
May 13 (Sunday) – Mother’s Day
May 20 (Sunday) – Conformation and Youth Sunday
May 27 (Sunday) – Teacher Recognition
May 28 (Monday) – Memorial Day - Office closed
May 30 (Wednesday) – Dorothy Rose Smith Concert – “Elijah”
Details of many of these events can be found in sections of this issue.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MAY!
SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER
SHP is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the McClintock Chapel.
The Circle will meet on Tuesday, May 8 at 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Narthex. Please join us!
OPEN FORUM WITH A PASTOR (this month with Ted Mingle)
Was previously known as SECOND TUESDAY WITH ROGER
Open Forum will meet on May 8 at 10:30 a.m. in Room 208 followed by a luncheon in Fellowship Hall.
Third Tuesday is on May 15 in Room 208. Seniors of all ages are welcome.
Highland’s summer worship schedule begins on Sunday, June 3 with two services. The Traditional service begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Contemporary Service at 10:45 a.m. We will follow this schedule until and including the last Sunday in August.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION for ADULTS
• “The Five Love Languages of Children” facilitated by Dr. Hugh Smith and Rev. Ted Mingle — Lounge.
• “The Wired Word” facilitated by Tom Whitworth — Room 208.
• "Experiencing God" (13 weeks) — Facilitator: Leslie Aikens (13 weeks) – Room 204
Caring for God’s Creation - 9:00 a.m.—Room 202—Facilitator: Roger Moore
Our environmental stewardship series continues with three new sessions, each focused on practical guidance and source materials for turning the place where you live into a greener space. Bring your own knowledge and experience to share with others. Discover new ways to harmonize your living with natural rhythms of God’s creation.
• A Greener Home, May 6—For most of us, our houses are the biggest disturbance we make in the eco-system of creation. How can we live more simply and sustainably? Tips for saving energy, water, resources, and money.
Sundays in May
Hudson Room – 9:00 a.m.
“Faith, Hope and Luck” facilitated by Jeff Brown begins May 6 (5 weeks) in the Hudson Room. The “Faith, Hope, and Luck” DVD-study, written by Andy Stanley, will spark individual reflection and small group discussion on the nature and importance of faith in everyday life. You will learn the difference between faith and hope, be presented with an accurate biblical definition of faith, and how to trust God in every situation.
EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
“Take Four” • Highland’s 2012 Vacation Bible School
This year we are doing VBS differently. Instead of having VBS for a week, it will be held on four separate Sunday evenings. The dates are June 24, July 1, July 8 and July 15 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Children may come to all four sessions or as many as they can attend. We will have music, games, bible stories, crafts, and lots of fun activities. Lots of volunteers are needed, and it’s not too early to let us know if you can help. Please contact Allison Brown at 569.2651 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping.
2012 PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
• May 23—Caleb's Crossing (fiction) by Geraldine Brooks
• June 27—Russian Winter: A Novel (fiction) by Dauphne Kalotay
Since many of the members of Highland’s book discussion group are attending the Friends of the Lancaster Library Author’s Luncheon on May 11 featuring Geraldine Brooks author of Caleb’s Crossing, the group has opted to wait to read the book until after the luncheon. All luncheon attendees will receive a copy of the book.
The book group is open to every woman in Highland's congregation. The discussions are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, from September to June, at 12:00 noon in Room 204.
SINGLES AND SENIOR MINISTRY
SINGLES’ HOUSE PARTY
Friday, May 18 – 6:30 p.m.
The party is at the home of Linda Guimond (433 Teddy Avenue). Bring a snack or hors d’ oeuvre to share. Cost is $5. RSVP to Linda Guimond at 569-7191 or L4guimond@aol.com or Pete Faber at 392.5911 or email@example.com
IT’S FAMILY NIGHT WITH THE HIGHLANDERS on Saturday, May 12 – Do come! Children are free! Entertainment is magician Pete Watt. Covered Dish dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. and the program at 7:15 p.m. Cost: $5.00. For information call Joan and Dan Randell at 569.0978 or Joann and Jerry McOmber at 560.0154.
HiLites Road Rally 2012
Sunday, May 20
This year’s road rally will be an economical version of the previous format. It will be diving, mixed in with walking, point-to-point, to gather information needed to complete a “scavenger” list. Competition promises to be friendly as ever and may the best team win! The starting point will be at the bottom of Lafferty’s driveway where the teams will be assigned and the dish to share will be collected. Please be prompt! Dinner will follow and the committee will supply the subs, sodas, and water. BYOB
For information call Jodie Korman, 627.2376 to register or for more information.
Chesapeake City, MD Progressive Dining Tour
on Thursday May 31. Have a crock of soup at Baker’s Restaurant, salad at the Chesapeake Inn and main course at the historic Bayard House before you begin exploring the shops and galleries of Chesapeake City. Then take a narrated bus tour through the magnificent horse farms in the area. The conclusion of the dine-around will be at Kilby Cream for fresh homemade ice cream—choose from one of 20 flavors. Price of tour: $80.00. Sign up at the kiosk on Sunday mornings or at the church office during the week. For questions call Ginger Hahn at 394.4083 or the church office.
CARE AND COMPASSION
PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY MEMBERS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS-
Airman First Class Joshua S. Wylie -grandson of Mary Louise and John Wylie, Edwards AFB, California;1C Jason Neiss, son of Jill Reitz– McConnell A.F.B.; CPL Drew D. Smith- USA; Captain Megan K. (Wood) Lippert - Laughlin AFB, TX, Instructor T1; Captain Royce M. Lippert – Laughlin AFB, TX, Instructor T6 ; Sgt. Brandon Way – Marines – Camp Pendleton; Lt. James Hitch, Bagdad, Iraq-field artillery; Lt. JG Laura Dogger-USS Mitcher DDG.57, Navigator stationed in Norfolk, VA; Staff Sgt. Corey R. Pierce-Willow Grove; LCPL Donald Oatman, Jr., US Marines-Quantico, VA; Sgt. Michael Belliveau, grandson of Ray and Sandy Belliveau, Special Forces- Washington State; Mohammad Mohebbi; Gunner L. Minzer, son of Howard and Sharon McIntyre, Camp Lejeune, NC; Lance Corporal Clay Johnson, Afghanistan; Captain Jesse A. Dunn, U.S. Army Aviation, Apache Helicopter Pilot, Commander – D Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Hood Texas; Cadet 3/C Ethan Dewart, U.S. Military Academy, Midshipman 2/C Josh Sindorf, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; and Midshipman 3/C Elizabeth Hoerner, U.S. Naval Academy. Capt. Ryan Lippert, USAF – Afghanistan, Capt. Shannon Lippert, - US Seymour Johnson, AFB, NC.
SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER
Sweet Hour of Prayer meets on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the McClintock Chapel.
. . . and YOU are the key! This Sunday, May 6 look for a "house" in the narthex! In October 2011, flooding devastated much of El Salvador. Roads washed out and homes were destroyed. In June, a Highland mission team will be going to El Salvador to help them rebuild their lives. On the four Sundays in May, you can help with the rebuilding and support the team financially. You are the key.
Beginning October 12, 2011, incessant rains fell on El Salvador and continued until 70% of the nation's land area was under water. Uncountable family and community crops were destroyed.
22 bridges were disabled, 3 bridges were lost, 12 damaged, 261 homes were damages and 257 public schools were damaged - suspending all classes.
Pictures provided by the Reformed Calvinist Church of El Savalador.
MARS HILL DINNER
The southern- style barbecue dinner will be on Sunday, May 6 at 5:30 p.m. The evening will include entertainment. If you have any questions, please contact Ted Mingle at firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE the DATE!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:00
Dorothy Rose Smith Concert Series presents Highland’s Chancel Choir with soloists John Fowler and Natalie Conte.
Mendelssohn’s enduringly popular oratorio selects scenes from the life of the prophet and weaves them into a dramatic narrative for soloists, chorus and orchestra. Among the episodes are the resurrection of a dead youth, the bringing of rain to parched Israel through Elijah's prayers, and the famous "contest of the gods", in which Jehovah consumes an offered sacrifice in a column of fire after a failed sequence of frantic prayers by the prophets of the god Baal.
Youth@Highland will not meet Sunday night . All students and their families are invited to the Mars Hill Fundraising Dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Students going on the trip should meet in Fellowship Hall at 4:30 p.m. and wear a Mars Hill t-shirt if they have one.
COOKOUT and LASER TAG!
On Sunday, May 27, Youth@Highland will finish out the school year with a BBQ on the patio and open Gym /TYC beginning at 5:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. we will travel to the Laser Dome to play Laser Tag. Cost is $15/person. Everyone needs to sign up by May 20. Talk to Matt for more details.
Are you going into 6th, 7th, or 8th grade next year? Shine On! is for you. It's a new Vacation Bible School for middle school students and it's coming to Highland on August 6 through 8, 2012 (9:00.a.m. to 4:00.p.m. daily). Highland youth, * SAVE THE DATE! * and stay tuned for more information on this exciting new opportunity!
Capital Building Campaign Update
May 1, 2012
Highland’s Second Building Campaign to retire our debt began in September 2011. The goal was to receive $1,125,000 over two years, ending September 2013. To date 256 Highland Families have either pledged or provided gifts totaling $745,000! PTL! That leaves us with only $380,000 yet to raise.
Building Debt $1,125,000
Non-Pledged Gifts 25,000
Pledges/Gifts Still Needed $ 380,000
For those who have pledged or gifted, thank you so much! If you have not already pledged or given, we need you! Please prayerfully consider helping our church meet our goal of being debt free in 2013! We will be providing monthly updates and quarterly statements to keep you aware of our campaign progress, with another campaign emphasis at our half way point in September. We need everyone to help us increase the 256 participation number and eliminate the $380,000 still needed!
“Whack and Stack” quilts are on display today in Room 202. The display is open to everyone. Since a Sunday School class will be meeting at 9:00-10:00 a.m.in Room 202, the room and the quilt display will be closed to visitors at that time.
REJOICE, REFRESH, RENEW
Summer Academy at Lancaster Theological Seminary
Plan to attend and enjoy at morning classes, afternoon workshops and evening classes. This is an opportunity for lay people to continue learning and growing along side Seminary Students. For more information contact April Bupp at 290.8758 or email@example.com or Sandy Cross at 672.0860.
Unemployed, Underemployed, and Job Searching
St. James Catholic Church (505 Woodcrest Avenue, Lititz) parish has a Job Search Group to help people who are unemployed and underemployed. The group provides advice (including one-on-one assistance with cover letters, resumes, interview preparation etc.) and moral support to job seekers. There is no cost or obligation for attending the meetings and it is open to all (within and outside of the parish). Especially encouraged to check out the Group are all who are unemployed or underemployed as well as anyone who would like to share their talents and experience to help those seeking a new job. The Leaders of the Group Gerry Lefchik (569-5123) and Chuck Reynolds (569-3649) invite you to attend any meeting.
Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 8, at 7:00 PM in Religious Education Classroom 103. Gerry Lefchik will make a presentation on and there will be discussion on “Resumes”.
11TH ANNUAL FAMILY FUN DAY AND FUNDRAISING AUCTION
The event is Saturday, May 12 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Some of the activities for the day include: Hay rides, face painting, carnival games, crafts, prizes, balloon twisting, tour, campfire, and singing. Great food—popcorn, cotton candy, hand-cut French fries and pork BBQ. The proceeds from the auction will assist families with tuition expenses for children hoping to attend the summer program.
Did you know that the Deacons make several bouquets from the chancel flowers? They are then delivered to members in need of some cheer. Do you know someone needing a little cheer? Would you like to deliver a bouquet to that person? Stop by the Deacon’s Flower Closet, located between the kitchen and Choir Room, shortly after the Traditional Service and if you would like to deliver a bouquet.
SHARE YOUR TALENT WITH YOUTH
Do you paint with watercolor, juggle, golf, work with wood, cycle, or have another hobby to share with 6th through 8th grade students? Plans are coming together now for adult-led workshops to be offered at SHINE ON!- Highland’s new Vacation bible School for middle school students. The VBS will take place August 6 through 8, and workshops will occur daily. Youth will grow in their faith and explore new talents and interests for praising God. Adults are needed to lead the workshops. For more information, and to volunteer, talk to Kate Mobley at 627.3306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM
The program sponsored by the Crispus Attucks Community Center begins on Thursday May 3 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Blossom Hill Mennonite Church in Manheim Township. The purpose of this program is to strengthen families by supporting parents with parenting classes and helping children by discussing such topics as stress management and parent appreciation. The program includes dinner, on-site child care and best of all is free. Sessions are every Thursday from May 3 to June 14. To register or receive more information, please call Sonya Cirilo at 394.6604 ex.134. To learn more about the Iowa State University program visit the web site at www.extension.iastate.edu/sfp.
HELP BUY OFFICE SUPPLIES for Highland by donating used printer cartridges. Look for the "green" box on the signup table in the office lobby. Please do not place cartridges in the “cell phone” box.
The Preschool is presently registering children for the fall of 2012 school year. Children who are ages 2 to 5 are eligible. The classes meet from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Number of days of attendance depends on the age of the child. If interested, please call Frances Flinn at 569.3699.
Highland’s Session has divided all programs and committees into the following councils: Worship, Congregational Life, Christian Education, Care and Compassion, and Mission. THREE has been arranged by categories corresponding to these councils. Other categories that have been added to THREE are Youth and General Information.
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