CPC e-news for August 19, 2016


 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. —Song of Solomon 8:7 

In response to catastrophic flooding in Baton Rouge, South Louisiana and the Gulf states, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) has responded in the Presbytery of South Louisiana and reached out to the presbytery of Mississippi offering assistance. May the church join together in prayer for those affected by this disaster.
God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance,
in the aftermath of storm and distress,
we welcome the restoring power of your love and compassion.
We open our hearts in sorrow, gratitude, and hope:
that those who have been spared nature’s fury
as well as those whose lives are changed forever by ravages of water
may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and restoration that come.

We open ourselves to the stories of those communities and individuals deeply affected,
and pray in grief, remembering the lives that have been lost as floodwaters raged.
We lift our voices in sorrow and compassion for families who have lost loved ones, homes, or livelihoods.
We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering;
for wisdom and diligence among those assessing damage and directing relief efforts;
and for generosity to flow as powerfully as rivers and streams, as we, your people,
respond to the deep human needs 
beginning to emerge in the wake of the storm.
In these days of relief, assessment, and response,open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands
to the needs of your children and to the movements of your Spirit,
who flows in us like the river whose streams make glad the city of God,
and the hearts of all who dwell in it and in You. 

In the name of Christ the Healer, we pray. Amen.
                                                 -Rev. Dr. Laurie Kraus, Coordinator of PDA

See how you can help Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at: http://pda.pcusa.org/situation/gulf-flooding-2016/

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 5:00 pm. Fried and baked chicken and water will be provided. Please bring a side dish to share. If you prefer something other than water, bring it for your family. 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.  In addition, volunteers are needed to help with the Backpack Program that provides food for children in their school over the weekend and during holidays. Deming Elementary services the most children in the district in this program with 170 children getting food weekly.  We need volunteers on Wednesday or Thursday that would be willing to come stuff backpacks for about an hour. The time will be determined by the group of volunteers.

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 from the ISU plaza by the parking garage to Centenary. There will be a Palooza Party from 11:30 – 1:00 pm on the UCM lawn with games and activities.
    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.

HOLYPALOOZA CHOIR rehearsals will be Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 8 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Centenary.

Sharing Garden – Any surplus of herbs or vegetables are welcome!
DEADLINE IS MONDAY! 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.
 Church Calendar for August 19 – 27, 2016
For full church calendar, go to:  https://www.thcpc.org


9:30 am Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am Worship; Mr. Stephen Mead
5:00 pm 7th Cents Youth Group at Centenary

11:00 am Family Prayer Group


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:
Joyce Cook 8/20; Cathy VanNahmen 8/22; Lucas Rubey, Justin Woodruff 8/25, Tim Johnson, Karringten Winn 8/27

Liturgist: Allen Holder
Children’s Moment: Caroline Christ & Isabelle Conner
Greeters: Mark & Bethann Smith
Ushers: Susan Hoffman, Fred Simmons, Jim Moles, Andrew & Rachael Spencer
Hosts: Bob & Susan Guell

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

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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