For this “super” weekend:

by Ron Nydam

In times of suffering, I remember the words of Jesus—that he came that we would have life in perisson. John 10 verse 10 is my favorite verse of the Bible. Jesus came that we would have life in what? In abundance. Jesus came that we would have life in perisson. This is an interesting word. Translating the word as abundance is not sufficient—a better translation is super abundance. It is about being over–rich. About so much that it is too much.  After thousands of people have been fed fish and bread, the mountain still is abundant with leftover food. It is not ordinary, it is extraordinary. It is a miraculous fruitfulness. This word is used as a counterpart to Paradise, the whole creation without sin and evil.  It speaks of the kingdom to come, of the time of our final salvation, when there is more than we can possibly imagine. Jesus came that we might have super-abundance, the fullness of life, as it was in the garden.

This I remember—perisson.  Remember with me the Prodigal Son who came to his senses and said “How many of my father’s hired men have some food to spare?” Perisson. More than you can eat, more than you can imagine, more health, more strength, more love, more agape than you can imagine.

Yes, certainly there have been days when I have wanted to pull the covers over my head and avoid the light of day, and then I remember perisson, the richness of God’s presence in days gone by. This  I remember and this I count on and this I know, that the Lord God who created the heavens and the earth and held the sun still in the sky for one extra day in Joshua 10, is the Lord that will finally deliver me and you  and all  our many fellow sufferers to the richness of His presence down the road.

—from a chapel meditation at Calvin Theological Seminary on May 7, 2014

 Church Calendar for January 30- February 7, 2015

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8:45 am  Choir Rehearsal
9:30 am Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am Worship; Holy Communion
11:30 am Souper Bowl of Caring lunch
12:30 pm New Officer (Session & Deacons) Training

11:00 am Family Prayer Group

11:15 am Church Staff Meeting
5:30 pm Deacons meet

7:00 pm Women’s Book Club

5:30 pm Parents’ Night Out/Youth Movie Night


On Communion Sundays members are asked to make a voluntary contribution to aid the distressed and afflicted of our community.  Please consider a gift, using the Deacons’ Fund pew envelopes.   The Deacons use the funds to provide bereavement meals, vouchers for utility bills, holiday food baskets and others ways to help the church family and the community.

Per Capita literally means “by the head”.    In January, our treasurer will pay our share of our denomination’s administrative expenses.  The per capita this year is $29.33 per active member.   Please assist the church by paying your per capita early in the year.

Sunday, February 1Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday.  Join the youth in collecting canned goods and money for a local organization.  Bring your canned goods and money to the Fellowship Hall and place it with the team which you want to win the Super Bowl.  This is a great way for the youth to help the local community.  After church, join us for a soup lunch to celebrate this special Sunday.  Bring your favorite type of soup and a printed recipe.  If you don’t feel like making soup, you could always bring a dessert to share.  See you there!

Josh Powers invites anyone who would like to know more about SAWs and its disabled ramp ministry in Terre Haute and learn how ramps are made to come to a training session on the “How To’s Of Ramp Construction” on Saturday February 14th at ISU from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm.  See details at: file:///C:/Users/cheryl/Downloads/SAWs%20Team%20Training%20Invite.pdf

A sign-up for flowers has been posted in the fellowship hall.  The cost for the flowers is $33 per Sunday.  Sign up today for the day you would like to donate flowers.  You may also call the church office to see if your special Sunday is available.

Family Prayer Group –  The group meets at 11:00 am on Mondays for prayer time, but not lunch.  On the 2nd Monday of each month, the group meets at 11:00 am for prayer and have lunch at noon.  All women that care for the families of our church are welcome to join.  Childcare is provided.

Sunday School classes meet each week at 9:30 am. Preschool – room 108;  Elementary – room 202; Middle School and High School – room 201; Adults and Young Adults: Coffee and Conversation – FH classroom A; Christian Studies – FH classroom B; Christian Parenting – FH Classroom C.

The Sunday School offering is money for milk at 14th and Chestnut.  Bring your coins for a little fun while giving this year!

Continue to bring the plastic caps and lids.  They will be given to Art Totality for another bench.

LIFE – Living In Faith Everyday – This is a new Family Ministry Program for 2015.  Church attendance and participation help children grow and learn in a worship community, but parents or guardians and family members are the primary religious educators.  Children develop their faith every day through the examples of their parents and other adults.  There will be 8 programs throughout the year to celebrate as a family the faith formation that occurs in your home.  Please attend as you are able.  The next is Tuesday, February 17 from 5:30 – 7:00pm.  It will be centers to learn more about Ash Wednesday and Lent so that you can come and go at the times that work for you.  The palms from last year will be burned for ashes at 6:30 pm. It is Shrove Tuesday, so there will be pancakes will for supper.  There will be NO T3EM because many commissions are not meeting on that night, but rather for the officer retreat on Saturday, Feb. 21.

A Year of service for a lifetime of change. Do you know someone interested in becoming a YAV?
The Young Adult Volunteer program changes lives. YAVs learn to become agents of change while experiencing change themselves. Recruitment season for the 2015/2016 YAV year is in full swing until May 1, the final deadline. Next deadline is February 1, for serving at an international site. Applications are available online at

Dates for your planning calendar:

February 1  Souper Bowl of Caring soup lunch

February 17  LIFE (Lent) 5:15 – 7:00 pm “Open House”

February 21  Officer Retreat  9:00 am Session & Deacons; 1:00 pm Commissions & Committees; lunch provided for all

February 22-March 29  Lenten Series each Sunday 5:15 – 7:30pm

April 19 LIFE (Creation/Earth Day) 11:45 – 1:00 pm

April 24-26 Pyoca Family Retreat

KOINONIA PRAYER LIST:  In an effort to keep the prayer needs of our family and friends off of the website, you will be receiving a separate email with the Koinonia Prayer List.  The same distribution list is used for both mailings, so if you unsubscribe to one, you have for both.

Happy Birthday to:

Evan Tramel 1/30; Bruce McLaren 2/1; Peter Ekstrom, Shirley Underwood 2/3; P.J. Ekstrom, Zoe Payne 2/4; Kevin Christ, Laura Redicks 2/6; Rowyn Holder 2/7

Reminders for Sunday, February 1

Liturgist: Scott Paul-Bonham
Children’s Moment: Youth
Greeters: Todd & Lisa Pepperworth
Ushers: Eunice & Murray Pate, Fred Rubey, Linda & Paul Shaw
Hosts: Souper Bowl of Caring lunch
Session Open & Close: Beth Whitaker, Susan Moulton
Bus Assistant: Dave Rader

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, February 1, 2015,
the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)


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