Announcements: August 6

Called Congregational Meeting on August 12:  Session has called a congregational meeting immediately following worship on August 12 for the purpose of electing a Pastor Nominating Committee.  The eight persons nominated for the PNC by the Nominating Committee are Ada Asenjo, Beverly Bartlett Turner, Stewart Bridgman Jr., Dave Bush, Ben Langley, Amy Pauw, Laura Proctor, and Elaine Trautwein.

Youth Team Members 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

Guatemalan Connection Fund-raiser: Parking for the St. Joseph’s Picnic
On Saturday, August 11 CHPC folks will reach out to neighbors and visitors about the partnership and ask for a donation in exchange for parking their cars in the church lot during the annual St. Joseph’s picnic.  Contact Perry Chang at (502) 457-7833 or at, Sharon Kutz-Mellem at or at (502) 819-5050, or Doug Yeager at or at (502) 693-1800 if you have questions or may be able to help out.

“Back to School with Your Church at Your Back“: Please plan to join us on Monday evening, August 13th, from 5:30 -7:30 in the fellowship hall for “Back to School with Your Church at Your Back,” a light dinner and discussion to honor and support our students, teachers, and others preparing to return to school.  Sponsored by the Nurture Council, this will be a time to share concerns and discuss ways we can respond to their needs as school begins.

New Sunday School Class: Come learn about William Barber II, whom many consider to be today’s Martin Luther King! The adult Sunday School class, led by Amy Pauw, will be looking at Barber’s Moral Mondays movement, and his strategy for overcoming the politics of division and fear in the United States. The class meets September 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 9:45am in the back building, and all are welcome. If you want to get a head start, start reading Barber’s book, The Third Reconstruction (Beacon Press, 2016).

Mark your calendars for the annual Cedar Ridge Youth-led Worship and Church Picnic, August 19:
This year’s annual Cedar Ridge worship and picnic will be Sunday, August 19, beginning at 11:00 at the lakeside pavilion at Cedar Ridge Camp. Worship will be led by our CHPC youth, who will be sharing their reflections on the Montreat trip.

The picnic will start about Noon. Jerry Van Marter and Ben Langley will again be at the grill, cooking hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs. Drinks will also be provided. The rest of the meal is potluck so bring a generous dish to share. The swimming pool will be open after lunch. Google “Cedar Ridge Camp” for directions (it’s about 35-45 minutes from the church).

Directions: Cedar Ridge Camp is located at 4010 Old Routt Road outside of Louisville, Kentucky. To get there, take the Gene Snyder Freeway (Hwy. 265) to Exit 23 (Taylorsville – Jeffersontown). Go east 3 miles. At the stoplight, turn right on Highway 155 (Taylorsville Lake Road – as if going to Taylorsville Lake) and go about 1 mile. Turn right (will be first right) on Highway 1531, also called Routt Road. In two-tenths of a mile, turn right on Highway 2265 (Old Routt Road). Cedar Ridge Camp is one-half mile down the road on the left hand side.

Food for Thought: The Holy Spirit and God’s People are at Work in Guatemala
After worship on Sunday, August 26, the four members of CHPC’s July Guatemala visit team will share photos, insights, and experiences over a light Guatemalan Food for Thought lunch in the back building’s Henry Young Fellowship Hall.  Please make plans to attend.

PC(USA) Guatemala Mission Network Comes to Louisville on Tuesday, September 4
Presbyterians from around the country involved in Guatemala mission will gather in downtown Louisville between 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, and 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 7. Participants will hear reports about life in Guatemala from PC (USA) mission co-workers, swap stories and consider best practices for Guatemala partnerships, and celebrate, worship, and pray together.  Anyone with an interest in Guatemala and mission partnership should find this event interesting and vital.  Contact Soni Castleberry at or at (502) 417-6481 or Mary Love at or at (502) 541-7434 for more information.

Guatemalan Connection Fund Raiser: Soup Sales are Back!
Connection folks will gather at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, in the back building to make soup and talk about the partnership. The Second Sunday Soup Sale will then resume after worship the next day, Sunday, September 9.  If you have ideas or ingredients or questions for soup-making or the partnership, please contact Sharon Kutz-Mellem at or at (502) 819-5050 or just show up Saturday.  Otherwise, we’ll see you after worship in the Narthex with your donations and appetite for good soup.

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

Summer Reminder: If you miss a Sunday while on vacation, you can read each week’s sermon on the CHPC website! ( Food/Sermons)

Summer Worship at the Pray-Ground
A pray-ground is a place in the front of the sanctuary where young children can experience worship through age-appropriate worship materials and tools that will help keep them engaged in worship. CHPC has a tradition of welcoming children as they are in worship, being comfortable with children being children, and even having them participate in worship leadership. This pray-ground allows CHPC to live more fully into our identity as a welcoming community by providing a space in the sanctuary designed specifically for children. This space also allows parents to engage more fully in worship because they are not trying to keep track of their kids.

Here’s how it works:

  • The Children’s Team has created a space between the piano and the first pew for the pray-ground
  • The pray-ground is open to children ages 1-7 during the whole service
  • Two volunteers sit in the pray-ground with the children during the service. One of the volunteers may be a youth. Volunteers will also be responsible for cleaning up and resetting the space
  • There are foam floor tiles to define the space and prevent damage to the sanctuary carpet
  • Supplies are stored in bins under the first pew
  • Pray-ground is replacing a staffed nursery and Joyful Noise for the summer

We are excited to try this out for the summer. We know there will be a learning curve for kids, parents and the congregation. We believe the CHPC can approach this exciting change with joy, grace and patience.

The Presbyterian Coffee Project helps people in need while providing an outstanding cup of justice. Coffee, tea, and other fair trade items are available for purchase in the room off the narthex after worship.

Recycling Bins in the Narthex Kitchenette Area: The Earth Care team is making it easy for you to be kind to our earth! Recycling containers have been set in the narthex kitchenette area for your spent toner cartridges, light bulbs, and batteries. Earth Care team will see that they are delivered to the proper disposal facility, rather than end up in the landfill. Earth Care team will also put Earth Care shopping bags within easy reach—look for them in the same cabinet as the Fair Trade coffee. Just $5.00/bag, they make an excellent gift (or wrapper for a gift).