Greetings in Jesus’ name, This Lenten season we have been reflecting on our faith in Jesus the Christ, and what the cross of Easter means in our lives. Holy week is an intensive time for us to reflect on this meaning. Holy Week is a very interesting time in the life of the church, and the faithful. We start the week with the excitement of Palm Sunday and Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our excitement is quickly dashed as we enter the somberness of the Last Supper and His arrest on Maundy Thursday. We then experience the defeat of Good Friday and the crucifixion. Our defeat is then removed as we celebrate the empty tomb and the Easter freedom. This week carries with it a lot of emotion, and or passion. In fact Jesus’ suffering is also known as Christ’s Passion, or the Passion of the Christ. Many say his suffering was his passion for us, “that he died for us.” Author Robin Myers, in his book Saving Jesus from the Church, gives us a different insight to what Jesus’ passion really may have been. Myers says, “We are accustomed to hearing the death of Jesus and events leading up to it as his “passion,” and we assume this refers only to suffering. But it is more accurate to say that his passion had to do with the revelation of God that consumed him. Justice was his passion. Healing was his passion. Gathering up the last, the least, and the lost and helping them stand up straight in a world that kept them permanently bent over was his passion.” After reading this I had to think, “if this was Jesus’ passion then shouldn’t it be mine?!” As we enter Holy Week and then celebrate the gift of Easter, let’s reflect on our faith and remember to be faithful to Jesus’ passion and think about what our passion will be in the light of Jesus’ life and Easter. Let’s be passionate,
Pastor ........................................ Andy Gans Visitation Pastor (Ret.) ............ Tom McNeil Music Director .......................... Rick Roberts Executive Assistant................... Chris Muramatsu Nursery Attendant.................... Tammy Keeslar Proofreaders.............................. Susan M. Jensen and John Stewart Contributors...............................Members of Ft. King Assembling ................................. Phyllis Altonn, Bobbie Burns, Sue Chancey, Kay Dahlen, Joyce Gauntt, Eleanor Hayesmore, Donna Johnson, Pat Merrill, Carol Primm, Roselle Pringle, Judith Simonin, Aileen Zimmerman Bulk Mail Handling...................John Stewart
Worship: Sundays 10:30 a.m.
Office: (352) 694694-4121 FAX: (352) 694-5226 13 NE 36TH AVENUE OCALA, FLORIDA 34470 www.fortking.org [email protected]
ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE
Financial Status Year-to-Date as of February 28, 2014
Total Offerings Actual = $49,474 Total Expenses Actual = $40,726 Variance = $8,748 Total Offerings Budget = $49,356 Total Expenses Budget = $50,253 Variance = - $897 Our Total Offerings (which include Estimate of Giving, Members Gifts, Church School, & Loose Offerings) are $118.25 over budget. This is indeed good news! At first glance it appears our expenses are running $9,537 below our expected costs. However, due to February being a short month, our Utility bill ($1,388.30) was not paid until after 2/28/14. The Mission Ministry budgeted $2,250 to our Presbytery that has not been paid yet and the Property Ministry is running approximately $2,200 below budgeted costs. Thus we have $5,838 in expected costs that will be paid in the near future. That leaves us $3,699 below budgeted costs. As was the case in January, our ministries are below their budgets. This will change somewhat as their particular activities occur during the year. Our administrative costs are also still in line. Overall, it appears that we are right in line regarding our income versus expenses. Questions? Contact Steve Layendecker at [email protected]
The Jensen and McChesney families wish to express our gratitude to the FKPC community for your support and thoughtfulness during Albert’s long decline and eventual death. We were touched by your kind thoughts and heart-felt prayers, your cards, visits, care-giving assistance, music, gifts to brighten our days and ease our efforts, memorial gifts to the church and to our beloved Skill Day Center ministry. We thank all who participated in his memorial service and reception. We are grateful for these fresh reminders that church does not just happen on Sunday morning. Many blessings for blessings received, Susan, Children, & Extended families
CONGREGATIONAL CARE (continued)
1. Early morning mist Fort King Women in retreat Mirroring God's Peace 2. For Peace perfect Peace Come walk with me through the trees And sit by the lake 3. Meeting by the lake Learning how to BE the Peace We seek in the World While at Camp Montgomery I was inspired to write these Haikus (3- lined poems with the meter 5-7-5). Pamela Lewin, M.D.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE (continued)
Do you enjoy showing God’s love through service to members of this church?
Are you looking for a new way to share your gifts? Perhaps you will consider joining the Congregational Care Ministry. We are looking for some new members to join us in service to the church congregation. Some projects we participate in include: meals for shut-ins, memorial service receptions, tool guys, college care and prayer shawl just to name a few. This is a wonderful way to share the love of God. We meet the second Sunday of each month after church in the Session room. We hope you will join us on April 13th. Please contact Cate Martin at [email protected]
if you have any questions or more information.
Join the Link Newsletter Assembly Team
We have a wonderful team of volunteers who gather once a month, usually on the last Wednesday of the month from 9:30 a.m. for a couple of hours. We are looking for additions to this team who fold and label the Link. Please contact the Church Office if you are interested in volunteering.
We will be holding our first Discovery class for 2014! Are you a guest of Ft. King Presbyterian, or know of a guest that would like to learn a little bit more about our church? We would like to invite you to join our upcoming Discovery classes. These two classes will provide an opportunity for us to get to know one another better, and at the same time learn a little bit more of what we are all about. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4th at the home of Andy Gans for some light refreshments, and then again on Sunday, April 6th at 9:15a.m. at the church.
Come Enjoy a Wonderful Passover Meal and Fellowship
Connections Ministry is Hosting a Traditional Seder Dinner and Worship. When: Sunday, April 6, 2014 Where: Fellowship Hall Time: 5:00PM ** Volunteers needed to bring baked chicken. If you are interested, please contact Debbie Bush, Becky Wolf, Bernice Henry, or call the Church Office.
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 19, 2014 Time: 10:00 a.m. – Noon Ages: Toddlers through 5th grade
Hop on over with your children and grandchildren for a fun morning of games, prizes, hot dogs, and of course
candy!! **Wrapped Candy and dollar store Easter Prize donations are needed, please drop off at the Church Office by April 16th. (No Plastic eggs needed)
Boy Scout Yard Sale
Boy Scouts of America Troop 196 will be holding their first annual yard sale in the Youth/Scout House parking lot on Saturday, May 3rd from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Donations of gently used items are appreciated. They will also be selling hot dogs, soda, bottled water and baked goods. So please come out and support your Boy Scout troop. The proceeds from this sale will help to fund Troop 196's activities throughout the year. Thank you for your support! P.S. Rain out date will be May 10th, same time, same place.
All widows and single ladies are welcome to join Sassy Seniors on Wednesday, April 9th at 1:00 p.m. This month’s luncheon will be at The Ivy House on Silver Springs Blvd.
Card Making Ministry
Card Making Ministry meets on the 2nd Friday of every month at 10:00 a.m. until about Noon. We will meet off-site. Please contact Prudence Pritz if you are interested in joining this group.
Men’s Night Out
Men’s Night Out will meet on April 14th at 6:30 p.m. This month’s meeting will be at Joe Tyler’s house. Please call Joe at 854-1100 to R.S.V.P.
GROUP ACTIVITIES (continued)
Presbyterian Women Circles
All women of Fort King are Presbyterian Women and are invited to participate in all activities of Presbyterian Women. You are cordially invited to attend one of the Circle meetings. Deborah Circle meets at the church, in the Session Room, on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Deborah Circle will meet on April 15th. Esther Circle meets on the second Monday of each month in the evening at member’s homes. Esther Circle will meet on April 14th, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Jo Ann Parramore.
The annual church picnic sponsored by Presbyterian Women will take place on May 4th, 4th at Coehadjoe Park immediately following worship. Presbyterian Women will provide the fried chicken and drinks and everyone that attends will bring a side dish (potato salad, beans, desserts, salads, etc…just good picnic food). This is a great day for fellowship, some games, good food and great fun. Remember…we can wear our casual picnic clothes to church that day! Coehadjoe Park offers a great facility that PW has reserved that includes a covered pavilion with tables to accommodate a large crowd. From the church you drive north on 36th Avenue to 35th Street, turn right and go approximately a mile where you will see the entrance to the park on the left. See you on May 4th...Mark your calendars!!
Gifts of Women Sunday
On Sunday, May 18th, the worship service will be led by the women of Fort King with Cheryl Gans bringing the message. This is a tribute to all the talents the women bring to the ministry of Fort King.
Thank You - White Elephant Sale Success
A big thank you to all the donors, buyers and workers for making the White Elephant Sale a huge success. We enjoyed working together, making new friends, and welcoming first time helpers. Items not sold were donated to Care for America Charity, Hospice, Tools for Teachers, Literacy Council, Domestic Violence, and our church.
Give Blood - Save Lives
The Big Red Bus is coming to Fort King Presbyterian Church on April 13th between the hours of 9a.m. and 1p.m. Please come out and donate a pint of blood. As you know there is always a need for blood here in Marion County. So please make an effort to donate. If you can't donate then pray for our success. Thank you. The Mission Ministry
Habitat for Humanity Work Day
On Saturday April 26th, the Mission Ministry is planning a work day in conjunction with Habitat For Humanity at 801 NE 3rd Ave. The work will consist of some demolition and some painting. We need between 7 and 10 volunteers please sign up with Bill Reed.
April 14 - It Takes a Village
Thank you to everyone who penned a thank you note to the teachers and staff of WardHighland Elementary School. These cards, along with a bottle of water and candy, will be placed in their school mail boxes to enjoy April 14th, the first day of FCAT. Please keep them and the children of Ward-Highland Elementary School in your prayers during this stressful week.
April 20 - One Great Hour of Sharing
Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world. Your generous gifts to this Special Offering helps provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed. Your gift will support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Programs and Self-Development of People Programs.
Session Notes March 18, 2014
Church Celebrations: • Mary Beth Neely’s daughter and husband have adopted a one-month old baby. • Kathy Kuhns’ recovery from shoulder surgery is going well. • Fort King Church hosted a group of Presbyterian pastors from the area and Bill and Bernice Henry cooked for the group. • Mr. Pee Wee, a therapy dog that Jean Winkler has been training, was introduced to the group. • Steve Layendecker proudly watched his grandson play baseball. • The first Lenten Wednesday service on “Reflections in Dance” was well received. Session Approved Motions: • Upon motion, a revised Policy on the Discretionary Fund (which incorporated some minor technical revisions) was approved. • A motion to add Colleen Livingston to the Congregational Care Ministry was approved. • A motion to add Sally Layendecker to the Youth Ministry was approved • A motion to have the Secretary of the corporation sign a request for David MacKay as Treasurer of the church and corporation to request and receive information, etc. for/from a trust naming the church as beneficiaries was approved. • A motion to approve Troop 196 yard sale around the Youth house on May 3rd (rain date: May 10th) was approved despite concerns voiced about possible effects on the annual Presbyterian Women’s White Elephant sale. Other Actions/Information: • Discipleship Children: A new format for VBS (Vacation Bible School) needs the support of the Session. Served meals will not be provided – the first night will be a covered dish meal; the next three nights -- just dessert, and the last night a salad supper. • Troop 196: The charter for the troop for 2014 was presented by Bob Schlegel, Unit Commissioner for the troop, to Rev. Gans, who then gave it to the troop for display in the church hallway. A new Troop 196 flag which shows “Fort King Presbyterian Church” as the chartered organization was presented to the troop. • Finance/Treasurer: The Treasurer’s report for February 28, 2014 shows Income: YTD Actual as: $54,539 versus YTD budgeted of: $49,355 and Expenses as YTD Actual of $40,726 versus budgeted $50,252. That left a temporary overage of $12,916 at the end of February 2014. The team will look to see if those who pledged in 2013 but have not yet done so are giving at the same rate. • Connections: Connections As part of the Community Interfaith Group, a Seder meal of primarily chicken with the usual religious elements will be held at FKPC – 5:00 p.m. on April 6TH. Those attending from our church are encouraged to bring 20 pieces of chicken.
Attention Poets and Creative Writers
One of our Lenten Wednesday night programs will focus on poetry and/or storytelling. I am looking for writers, readers, and storytellers to help me prepare a 45 minute presentation for Wednesday, April 9th. I would love to hear your stories or poems or perhaps you have a favorite poem written by someone else that you would like to read. Please contact me by the end of March and we will pull this together. Kathy Kuhns ([email protected]
During Lent, take time for reflection . . .
The Worship Ministry invites everyone in our Church family – and all of your friends – to gather each Wednesday during Lent for a period of alternative worship and reflection. This will be an opportunity for the spiritual renewal that precedes Easter’s promised new life. Wednesday, April 2 – Reflection through Jamaican Worship 6 p.m. in the Session Room – Led by Judith Bullen and Pam Lewin Wednesday, April 9 –Reflection Reflection through Poetry 6 p.m. in the Session Room – Led by Kathy Kuhns
Passing the Peace . . .
“The Peace of Christ be with you!” -- “And also with you!” Christians have “passed the peace” from the earliest years of the Christian community. According to both Luke and John, Jesus greeted his friends, “Peace be with you.” The words are simple, but the meaning is profound: It is an affirmation of peace and an expression of unity. The Worship Ministry has decided that during the month of April, we will experiment with a small change in our regular order of Worship. Rather than moving around the Sanctuary, greeting and conversing with many people, as we are accustomed to during our “meet and greet” time, we will pass the Peace of Christ to those sitting nearest to us. Because we know that the time to converse with our Church family and to greet our visitors is a precious one for all of us at Fort King, we will have a time for fellowship after the Worship service.
Please note: I am trying to “work ahead” on the flowers, so if you would like to provide flowers to commemorate a special event/occasion/memory etc. for a specific date, please call me as soon as possible. Thank you. Please also note: It is never too early to call me to select your chosen date. Dates in late 2014 are already being selected, so please don’t hesitate to call me if there is a Sunday you would like to commemorate by sharing with the church some type of flowers or plant of your choice. (It could be fresh, silk, dried, etc. from your yard, a supermarket, a florist, etc.) As of this mailing, the following people will be providing flowers in April, May, June and July 2014. If you would like to provide flowers on a date of your choice, please call Nancy Hall at 694-3221. Thank you. Thank you to these people as they share in donating the flowers for the following worship services: April 6, 2014---In celebration of Cody’s 17th birthday on April 3rd from Bruce, Gouley (Nena), Nana Andrews, and many people that love Cody April 13, 2014---In celebration of Trent and Liesha Herron’s 29th wedding anniversary April 20, 2014---Easter (Easter lilies in the Sanctuary) April 27, 2014---In loving memory of Ray (April 2007) from Sue and the girls May 4, 2014---Celebrating the life of my dear wife, Nel, from Charles Kirk May 11, 2014---To my loving wife, the mother of my three children from Charles Kirk May 18, 2014---From John and Jean Stewart in celebration of their 59th wedding anniversary May 25, 2014---From Pat and Jerry Merrill in recognition of our 59th wedding anniversary June 1, 2014---From Nancy Stephenson in loving memory of her parents, Ted and Violet Wikary June 8, 2014---In memory of our parents, Aleta, Max, and Robert, from the Repp family June 15, 2014---From Bernice and Bob Henry in celebration of their 54th wedding anniversary June 22, 2014---OPEN June 29, 2014---In honor of our 52nd wedding anniversary from Charles and Mary Ellen Vowinkel July 6, 2014---In loving memory of my mother, Ann Patnode, and my brother, Edward, from Kay Dahlen July 13, 2014---OPEN July 20, 2014---OPEN July 27, 2014---OPEN
_____ (qty) Lilies at $10/ea = $_______(total $’s) (please circle one) Dedicated to or in memory of __________________________________________________(please print) From ____________________________________(please print) -Thank you for decorating the SanctuaryPlease make check payable to Ft. King Presbyterian Church and indicate “Lilies” in the memo section. Turn in your check with your order form to the Church Office or place them in the offering plate. Please pick up your lily(s) after the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Easter, April 20, 2014.
Something to Think About On the Edge of the Future – A Vision of the Church
We ritually pray: “Thy kingdom come…” as if it is only a future event. Jesus of Nazareth declared both the real presence of the kingdom of God among the “poor” and its fruition in the future – well beyond our expectations! (See Mark 4:26f and his kingdom-parables!). Never did Jesus argue for the maintenance of the kingdom of God in terms of the “Kingdom of David” in the past or for the “City of God” in Jerusalem (see Revelations 3:12, 20:9). The kingdom of God, for Jesus, was a whole new phenomenon in human experience, that although already present among the poor, would take shape in the future. We are simply unable to anticipate precisely what the “kingdom” will be like. An implication of the above is this: the maintenance of a social institution and its practices, past and present, “for our children tomorrow” is an historical absurdity; what is relevant for us today may be quite irrelevant and meaningless tomorrow. As an example, look at the impact electronic technology has had on receiving/transmitting communication: where is it going? What is it going to mean and do to/for our human relationships? Will we become high-tech couch-potatoes? We are accustomed to thinking and evaluating statements in terms of bivalency or two-valued logic: if “all men are rational” is true, then “no men are rational” is false. Whole philosophies and religions have been built on a “given” principle, an axiom, and regarded as true. A plethora of religious beliefs have been built on an axiom as true: “God exists,” as if “God” were a datum or fact among observable things in the universe. When other “observers” have another “true” statement of belief, then a conflict ensues between who is it that has the truth; wars have been fought over who has “the truth!” The fact is that thinking and logical statement no longer is bivalent or two-valued, i.e. true/false, but “fuzzy” (see Bart Kosko 1993 Fuzzy Thinking: The New Science of Fuzzy Logic); that is, our “truths,” our logical statements, are only “approximations of the truth as we so far searched for it” (p. 284). Scientific logic now includes a third value: indeterminate, indeterminate so that our statements are posits: i.e., “posit is a statement which we treat as true although we do not know whether it is so” (Hans Reichenbach 1966 The Rise of Scientific Knowledge 240). That “truth” we’ll use until it no longer works or is productive. Three valued logic (true, false and indeterminate) means that we admit openly that “what we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning” (Werner Heisenberg 1929 The Principle of Indeterminacy), and our method of saying what we do find is meaningful to us on our terms only. When we look into the “universe” or universes, in us, out there, all around us, we get information and we interpret that information. For instance:
We may see four ¾ circles arranged in a pattern in which we perceive and think there is a “square” in order to make it meaningful to our minds (called the “Kanizga-square illusion”). We “connect the dots” of information we receive, based on the information we have already encoded in our minds. And we forget that the eye which sees “out there” cannot see itself see! “Nature” is just elusive enough from human control so that it cannot or will not
be dominated by our “knowledge.” If this is the case with observable reality and thought-forms, how much more (a fortiori) is this the case with our presumed knowledge of “God:” “God” is not a datum or data to be evaluated by an electron microscope or a Hubble telescope. Yet, we use our descriptions of God as if they were absolutely true, and all should “believe” our beliefs and do as we do! It is only in our own self-interest, our comfort and sense of security, that we harden our mental and emotional bunkers to maintain the beliefs and practices of the past as if they were sufficient for the future. Life tolerates our self-centeredness for just so long. And then a historical “swerve” or anomaly occurs, which we did not expect and for which we are not prepared (also called a “Black Swan;” see Nassim Nicholas Taleb 2010 The
Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable).
There are in the NT at least two very curious statements: “Beloved, while we are now God’s children, it does not yet appear what we
be, but we know (=believe) that when he appears we shall be like him...!” shall be
How’s that? That is, the future is not filled with hardened belief systems, but with surprise! And then Jesus of Nazareth said this: “No one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does the wine will burst the skins and the wine is lost, and so are the skins; but new wine is for fresh skins” (Mark 2:22). The upshot of the above is this: Everything we think we know, believe, do, aspire to, etc., has indeterminate consequences some of which we may anticipate, but some we won’t. “Change” occurs even in the most hardened systems. When we become too comfortable with the status quo, the way things were and are, and think this’ll get us through the tomorrows of our lives and community, “swerve” occurs, an anomaly which we did not count on. History is full of these events, and our lives are changed (see Dietrich Dörner 1996 The Logic of Failure on the Chernobyl’s of life and why they occur!). We can wait for “swerves” to happen; we can rebel or slide along with the swerves; or, we can take responsibility for creating new human relationships, form new communities, create new visions for a future over which we may have little or no control. The Church doesn’t have the time to side with “liberal” or “conservative” sociopolitical forces in a society or in the Church precisely because the work of the Church is not solidifying and hardening power-bases, beliefs, and practices of the past or present, but rather being open to the continuous creativity of life all around us and in us, to the future. Life and knowledge cannot be put in a box for safekeeping. Rather than becoming entrenched in positions, it is our mutual responsibility as children of Adam in the Church to explore possibilities, to be the Church on the Edge of the Future. Shalom, Tom
Wycoller Hall – Wycoller, Lancashire, England
Over the past months, I have enjoyed writing and sharing with you about my experiences in England in 2007. How well I remember those wonderful days with my Mother at my side roaming the beautiful countryside and visiting the sites of some of the greatest hymn writers. The sights, sounds and spiritual moments will be etched in my mind all the days of the remainder of my life. I’m going to conclude my England trek with a visit that was very meaningful and touching for me. And somehow, we’re going to end up in Kentucky! Early one morning, we left London and headed for Lancashire County, England. This was the one side-trip of the many we took that I had been looking forward to the most. You see, my 9th maternal great grandfather, Nicholas Cundiff, was born there in the late 1500’s. In 1611, the young squire married Elizabeth Hartley. Elizabeth was the daughter of Piers Hartley who built “Wycoller Hall” in Wycoller, Lancashire, England. The “Hall” later became the home of Nicolas and Elizabeth. Now in ruins, the “Hall” and estate is being restored and will eventually become “Wycoller Park.” It is an interesting historic site with rolling landscape, many “berks” (streams) with ancient bridges crossing them, stately trees and lush foliage throughout the estate. Wycoller Hall is thought to be the inspiration for Ferndean Manor in Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The Bronte’s lived in the nearby village of Haworth, and both Charlotte and her sister Emily visited Wycoller on their walks. Later, King Charles II would hunt on the estate with my 8th maternal great grandfather, James Owen Cundiff. I can’t tell you the feeling I had walking on soil that my ancestors walked on. I crossed the bridges, stood in the main hall of the ruins, peered into the great fireplace that is being faithfully restored. The November Fall foliage was breathtaking with its glorious colors of red, yellow, orange and crimson. The emotions were overwhelming and all I could think about was how faithful I had been to do all the research I did for nearly 15 years to discover my heritage and in preparation for this trip. There were times during that research that I wanted to give up, became frustrated, and just wanted to call it quits. Instead, painstaking at times, faithfully continued on. O God, how faithful you are!
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide; Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
In 1638, my 7th maternal great grandfather, Richard, was born. In 1665, at the age of 27, he came to the “New World” and settled in Northumberland County, Virginia on a 267 acre parcel of land granted to him by King Charles II. I guess it paid to have “friends in high places.” Well, as things go, Richard had children and they had children. My 4th maternal great grandfather, John Henry Cundiff, was born in Hardin County, Kentucky in the early 1700’s. I can take you to his burial site, Nelson Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. You might remember John Denver’s song, “Muhlenberg County, down where the Green River flows.” One time when my grandmother, Vivienne, had a fever from an episode of malaria said “I’d just feel so much better if I had a drink of water from the Green River.” How funny the little things we can recall. During times of illness, times of joy, and times when we need Him, O God, how faithful you are!
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father; There is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not; As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
The beauty of this part of Kentucky is very similar to the countryside of Lancashire, England. Maybe that is why my family settled there. There are many rivers, streams, rolling landscape and beautiful trees and plants. Along a trail called “The Wilderness Trail” you can see rivers with majestic, tumbling waterfalls. Great boulders line the trail and sometime shadow the trail with their overhang jutting out above. The trees provide comforting coolness as the gentle breezes ease through their branches. The music of birds singing and sending messages to each other in their songs. O God, how faithful you are!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest, Sun, moon and stars in their courses above Join with all nature in manifold witness To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Just south of Muhlenberg County is Franklin County, Kentucky. It was here that Thomas O. Chisholm wrote the poem in 1923 about God's faithfulness over his lifetime. Chisholm sent the song to William Runyan in Kansas, who was affiliated with both the Moody Bible Institute and Hope Publishing Company. Runyan set the poem to music, and it was published that same year by Hope Publishing Company and became popular among church groups. The Biblical lyrics reference Lamentations 3:22-23. The song was exposed to wide audiences after becoming popular with Dr. William Henry Houghton of the Moody Bible Institute and Billy Graham who used the song frequently on his international crusades. Since the middle 20th Century, this hymn has been the university hymn of Cairn University which was formerly Philadelphia Biblical University and prior to that Philadelphia College of Bible, founded in 1913. O God, how faithful you are!
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see All I have needed Thy hand hath provided Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!
With a song in my heart, Rick
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Sunday, 4/13 - Palm Sunday Service and Easter Cantata - 10:30 a.m. – Ft. King Presbyterian Church Thursday, 4/17 - Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service - 7:00 p.m. - 1st Presbyterian Church Friday, 4/18 - Good Friday Service - Noon - 1st Christian Church Saturday, 4/19 - Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch - 10:00 until Noon - Ft. King Presbyterian Church Sunday, 4/20 - Easter Sunrise Service - 6:30 a.m. - McPhearson Complex Sunday, 4/20 - Easter Coffee Hour hosted by the youth – Ft. King Presbyterian Church Sunday, 4/20 - Easter Service - 10:30 a.m. – Ft. King Presbyterian Church
Italicized items are non-FKPC activities using FKPC facilities
1 10:00 Prayer Shawl Ministry
11:00 Adult Discipleship Ministry 7:00 AA (FH) 10
4 5 Turning Point 9-3 Turning Set-up Point (FH) (FH) 6:30 Discovery Class (off-site) 11 10:00 Card Making Ministry (off-site) 12
2 10:00 PW Coordinating Team 5:30 Connections 6:00 Lenten Ministry Wednesday 7:00 Choir Practice 7 9:00 - 11:45 Library 7:30 Men’s Bible 9:15 Discovery Study Class 9:15 Adult Ed & Youth 10:00 Choir Practice 5:00 TOPS (FH) 10:30 Worship 5:30 Mission Ministry 11:30 Discipleship Youth Ministry 5:00 Community 6:00 - 8:00 Marions United (CE) Seder Meal 6 13 9:00 - 10:15 Blood Drive 9:00 - 11:45 Library 9:15 Adult Ed. & Youth 10:00 Choir Practice 10:30 Worship 11:30 - 1:00 Blood Drive 11:30 Congregational Care Ministry 5:00 PYC 5:00 High Tide 14 7:30 Men’s Bible Study 9:30 Small Group 5:00 TOPS (FH) 6:00 - 8:00 Marions United (CE) 8 5:30 Worship Ministry 6:00 Finance Ministry 1:00 Sassy Seniors (off-site) 9
7:00 Discipleship Ministry 6:00 Lenten Wednesday Children 7:00 Boy Scouts (YH) 7:00 Choir Practice 7:00 AA (FH) 17 16 15
19 10-12 Easter Egg Hunt
10:00 Deborah Circle
3:00 Pastoral Care 7:00 Maundy Thursday Team Service (1st Presbyterian Church)
6:30 Men’s Night Out (off-site) 7:00 Boy Scouts 7:00 Esther Circle (YH) (off-site) 22
Noon Good Friday Service (1st Christian Church)
7:00 Choir Practice 7:00 AA (FH) 23 24 25 26
21 20 One Great Hour of OFFICE CLOSED Sharing Offering 6:30 Community Service (McPhearson Complex) Coffee Hour 10:00 Choir Practice 10:30 Worship 5:00 PYC 27 Food4Kids & 2 Cents A Meal 9:00 - 11:45 Library 9:15 Adult Ed. & Youth 10:00 Choir Practice 10:30 Worship 5:00 PYC 5:00 High Tide
5:00 TOPS (FH) 6:00 - 8:00 Marions United (CE)
7:00 Boy Scouts (YH)
Faith Leaders’ Retreat (off-site) 7:00 Choir Practice 7:00 AA (FH)
28 7:30 Men’s Bible Study 9:30 Small Group Study
5:00 TOPS (FH) 6:00 - 8:00 Marions United (CE)
7:00 Boy Scouts (YH)
7:00 Choir Practice