Announcements: October 22

Intergenerational Sunday School: Please join us Sunday morning, October 28, for an intergenerational discussion with our special guest, Bill Smock, MD, Director of the Clinical Forensic Medical Program, and Police Surgeon for the Louisville Metro Police Department, who will talk with us about “Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic.”  Dr. Smock was recognized by the Rev. Dr. Jim Atwood in his book, America and Its Guns, as a pioneer in creating a database to document the cost of gun violence in America.  All are invited!  For more information, contact Carol Young at 594-7670 or or Lucy Steilberg at 893-5321.

Did you know that October is Minister Appreciation Month? Here is John Odom’s advice from this week’s Mid-Kentucky Presbytery newsletter: “This Pastor Appreciation Month, I encourage you to say, ‘thank you’ to your pastor. Write her a note. Take him to lunch. Make their family dinner and personally deliver it. Provide a night out of free babysitting. Find concrete ways to help her flourish.”

Session has called a congregational meeting on October 28 following worship for the purpose of electing deacons, ruling elders, and members of the 2019 nominating committee.


It has been a year of changes and surprises, BUT, in case you were wondering, at CHPC ministry and mission continues. Preachers will be asked to preach, associates will provide pastoral care. Greeters and ushers will greet and usher. (By the way, this is a great time to hone your welcoming skills and be a greeter or usher one Sunday a month.) The staff and worship council and choir will continue to design meaningful worship experiences with beautiful music. Council meetings will continue to meet the second Wednesday of every month and ANYONE/ EVERYONE is encouraged to attend and join! The programs you normally participate in will continue as long as you continue to participate in them.

If you are here, we can have “CHURCH’!

Preaching schedule for October/November:

October 14 Amy Pauw (Elisa on vacation)

October 21 Gary Cook (Bread for the World Sunday)

October 28 Elisa Owens

November 4 Gary Torrens (our session moderator beginning November 1)

November 11 Debra Fortel

November 18 Rick Roderick

November 25 Carrie Mook Bridgeman

“For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them.” (Matthew 18:20)


November Musings by Debbie Dierks

It is almost November. As Guns N’ Roses put it in a song, “It’s hard to hold a candle in the cold November rain.” It’s a challenge to keep hope going as the last leaf falls off the tree, as the first crunch of the ground swallows life beneath us—as Nature moves this time of the year in many parts of the globe. It’s a struggle to keep faithful as night takes over day, as it does now in the northern hemisphere. But the scripture beckons us to hear that it is just this time that the faithful are called to be what they are: faithful. We are to remember the dead in hope. We are to call forth faith from the baptized, even when they cannot remember ever having been chosen for it.

We are to give thanks for all that is life in the very heart of November, just as the abundance of life passes from our hands. We are, as Kierkegaard said, a people who know that “when one has fully entered the realm of love, the world—no matter how imperfect—becomes rich and beautiful; it consists solely of opportunities for love.” And hope. And joy. And trust. Even in November.

Youth Leaders Needed: Do you want to help change the world? You can start right here. CHPC is looking for adults who are interested in spending a little time getting to know our Youth (grades 6-12). They are an inspiring group of growing minds who have so much talent and energy (and will be the next generation of adults). Don’t miss out on a great opportunity! We need people who can participate in Youth Group 1-2 times a month if not more. We also need help with planning yearly events like he Talent show and retreats. Please find out more about our Youth. They truly are light of the earth. Contact Paul Kepler if you are interested. 703-622-2906

Crescent Hill’s English Language Learners (ELL) Program: This fall will feature Monday night English classes and Tuesday night English conversation activities. Please invest in the program by:

  • Praying for students, teachers, and other volunteers
  • Taking a flyer from the Narthex and sharing it with someone you think might know someone learning English
  • Volunteering to prepare food for students, teachers, and other volunteers before one of the Monday night  classes.  Sign up before or after worship in late August or early September or contact Perry

Chang at, Stephanie Gregory at, or Shannon Langley at

  • Prayerfully considering how else you might become involved by: (1) participating in Tuesday night English conversation activities; (2) helping lead Monday night children’s activities; or (3) helping manage the program.

Prayer Shawls Ministry: Do you know of someone who is in need of some extra comfort? Prayer shawls have been knitted or crocheted prayerfully by CHPC members–and are available in a bin near the mailboxes in the church office. There is a folder to record to whom the shawl is going and a prayer that can be included with the shawl. If you have any questions about this ministry, please contact Patti Marcum ( or 502-403-8269).

From the Worship Council and Carol Roderick: CHPC is in need of more greeters. We want to make everyone—visitors and longtime members—feel at home. That is why greeters are very important to the life of this congregation. What you do:

  • Stand by the front door and say hello to everyone who walks in.
  • You do not distribute bulletins or help people find a seat. These jobs are for the ushers.
  • You need to arrive at 10:40 and go into the sanctuary shortly after the announcements have started.

If you are interested in greeting, call Carol at 423-8195, or email Rick at