CPC e-news for August 12, 2016

The Sunday School kick-off for the fall semester is this Sunday, August 14. A pancake breakfast will be held at 9:30 am.  Classes for children, youth and adults will be announced and teachers will be introduced. Come, join the fun!

During July meeting of the Session, elders learned that the Transitional Pastor Search Committee had made an offer to a candidate  which was accepted. Terms of an agreement between our church and the candidate were negotiated and an approval of the contract was given by the PC(USA) Committee on Ministry which allowed us to proceed.  On July 31st, during a specially called meeting, Session members voted to accept the ministerial contract.
On August 7th, the Transitional Pastor Search Committee announced to our congregation that Rev. Kevin Burchette Buchanan had been called to serve the church as the Transitional Pastor.   Kevin graduated from Westminster College with majors in religion and philosophy in 1977.  He received his Master of Divinity in 1980 and his Doctor of Ministry in 1996, both from Louisville Seminary. For the past six years he has served as installed pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Kevin and his wife, Astrid will arrive in Terre Haute soon to look for housing.  He will begin his duties here on September 15th and be in the pulpit on September 18th.

CHURCH PICNIC – The annual church picnic will be Sunday, August 28 at Deming Park Lions Shelter 3 at 4:00 pm. Fried and baked chicken and drinks will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share. Bringing outdoor games and lawn chairs are encouraged.

Our Kids Hope ministry is in need of mentors, substitute mentors and prayer partners for the new school year. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child at Deming Elementary School, please contact Suzanne Downs at suzanne@thcpc.org for more information.

The new SALT SHAKER season begins in September! These are dinners that mix 7 – 9 people to enjoy a meal in someone’s home.  Those that sign up to participate are “shaken” to make the schedule of groups, so each time you are with different people. The host schedules the evening and provides the main dish, the other participants add the rest of the meal according to their assignment. There will be three total dinners, one each in fall, winter and spring. If you would like to be involved in Salt Shakers this year, sign up on the list posted in fellowship hall by August 28th or call the church office. Hosts, non-hosts, singles, and couples are encouraged to enjoy fellowship that helps you meet new people and learn new things about old friends. If you don’t want to commit to the full season, you may sign up as an alternate and be called to join a group one time.


  • Holypalooza is Sunday, September 11
    The 4th annual Holypalooza is September 11. This is a moment when the 7th Street churches come together for a joint worship service (10am at Centenary United Methodist Church; NO SERVICE AT CPC THIS MORNING) followed by a barbecue lunch at Centenary supporting United Campus Ministries. We also welcome gatherers at 9:30am for a parade down the length of our collective 7th Street frontage.
    Finally, it is a tradition that we make the event in part about service to the community. We have three ways you can help:
  • Bring items for personal hygiene packs (for needy college students through the United Campus Ministries Food Pantry and for the homeless). We will package them at St. Stephens after the Holypalooza service. Come before or after your lunch to help, or bring your lunch over and help. Meet some new friends this way! You can bring donations to CPC before Holypalooza or to St. Stephens on Holypalooza itself.
  • Bring items for area food pantries (UCM Food Pantry and others; hunger needs are extensive in Terre Haute). You can bring donations to CPC before Holypalooza or to St. Stephens on Holypalooza itself.
  • Sign up to participate in/be a volunteer for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (Oct. 8). Signups will occur after the Holypalooza service.
Sharing Garden – Any surplus of herbs or vegetables are welcome!
Attention HS seniors and college students: Applications for the 2017/2018 Nancy and Dale McKee Family Scholarship for the benefit of a member of the Central Presbyterian Church is available at https://wvcfscholarships.communityforce.com/Login.aspx through August 22, 2016 at 2 pm.  You can only apply for this scholarship through the Wabash Valley Community Foundation during this time. Central does not accept applications or determine the recipient. The scholarship will be presented next May.
CHURCH LIBRARY NEWS – The Central Presbyterian Library collection is now available online to anyone with an internet connection!  Link to: https://www.librarycat.org/lib/THCentralPres. Similar to a Google search screeen, the library can be searched by title, author, subject or ISBN number. The search is not linked to circulation functions, so all books will show “available” even if they have been checked out, but it’s a handy way to see what books are in the collection! Check out procedures and materials for the library are on the table next to the adult library shelves in fellowship hall. The CN Library Subcommittee hopes that this will simplify the process and encourage the use of the adult and children’s section of our tremendous library.

The Bazaar Crafters are collecting the “freebies”one can get at hotels. These “freebies” will be given to the Maternal Health Clinic to pass out to the mothers that visit them. There is a basket in the fellowship hall if you would like to contribute.

A FALL DINNER AND BAZAAR is scheduled for November 4th and 5th unless the building renovation begins sooner than anticipated.
ALL Sunday School Teachers and Youth workers/volunteers are required to complete an online Child Protection training
by August 31. Those that must do the training will soon receive an email with the log in information. If you have previously completed it, there is a refresher module as well as some new important sessions. If you need a time devoted exclusively to this project, you may bring your laptop to church for uninterrupted time. The church will be open on Saturday, August 13 from 9:00 am to noon. There are a few computers available at the church that may be used. Someone will be available to help if needed.
Church Calendar for August 12 – 20, 2016
For full church calendar, go to:  https://www.thcpc.org

5:30 pm Parents’ Night Out

9:00 am Child Protection Training time (work on own)

9:30 am Sunday School Pancake Breakfast and kick-off
10:30 am Worship; Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham
12:00 pm Youth Group retreat at Dobbs Park

11:00 am Family Prayer Group

5:15 pm T3EM Supper and Childcare
5:30 pm Finance Commission meets
5:30 pm Worship Commission meets
6:00 pm Mission Committee meets
6:15 pm Facilities Commission meets
6:30 pm Church Life Church Action Commission meets
6:30 pm Christian Nurture Commission meets

10:00 am Bazaar Crafters
6:30 pm Child Protection Training time (work on own)
7:00 pm Communications Commission meets 


Dates for your planning calendar:

August 28 Church Picnic

September 11 Holypalooza

September 18 Rev. Buchanan leads worship

November 4 & 5 Fall Bazaar

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:
Beth Christ, Carolyn Payne, Evie Templeton 8/12; Max Payne, Leah Ramer 8/13; Luke Bailey, Jack Judge 8/14; Jill Conner 8/15; Lew Van Reed 8/18

Liturgist: Nathan Paul-Bonham
Children’s Moment: Connor Scanlon
Greeters: Paul & Linda Shaw
Ushers: Youth
Hosts: Al & Leanne Holder

Session Open & Close: Joyce Cook; Don Lowder
Bus Assistant: Fred Simmons

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 14, 2016, the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)

Staff eMails:
  • Pastor –
  • Parish Associate – Rev. Scott Paul-Bonham: scott.paulbonham@frontier.com 
  • Christian Educator – Cheryl Moles: cheryl@thcpc.org
  • Church/Financial Secretary – Sarah Kelsheimer: sarah@thcpc.org
  • Youth Director – Connor Scanlon: connor@thcpc.org
  • Music Director – Mark Carlisle: mark.carlisle@indstate.edu
  • Facility information/concerns – facilities@thcpc.org
  • Kids Hope – Suzanne Downs: suzanne@thcpc.org

Presbytery of Ohio Valley website: www.povpc.org

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