Announcements: May 20, 2018

The cross in the sanctuary was created by Sister Jeanne Dueber, an artist who lives and works with the Sisters of Loretto at the Loretto Motherhouse in Marion County, Kentucky. It is on loan to CHPC from David Wilding.

Thank you to Jack and Julie Leake for creating our “tongues of flame” this morning.

Pentecost Offering 2018: Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church will receive the Pentecost Offering today, Sunday, May 20. This special offering unites us in a church-wide effort to support young people in Christ and inspire them to share their faith, ideas, and unique gifts with the church and the world. By giving to the Pentecost Offering, we are nurturing the faith of those who are the church to come; children, youth, and young adults. Sixty percent of the offering will be used for three specific ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency: Young Adult Volunteers, Ministries for Youth, and Children-at-Risk. Forty percent of the offering will go to support a Build-A-Bed project here at CHPC later this summer. For more information, talk with Ben Langley or co-leaders of the CHPC event: Gary Cook and Elias Craigo-Snell.

Circle of Conversations: If you were unable to attend the Circle of Conversations on April 28, the Transition Team invites you into a Circle of Conversation today, Sunday, May 20, 1:00-3:00 PM in Henry Young Hall. A light lunch will be provided. This will build on VISION 2020’s experiment in generous democracy. Increased participation in leadership will lead to greater commitment and generosity among our members. Come to discover and engage in conversations in regards to our size and our identity. We will ask you to consider: is our church best characterized as a pastor focused church or a programmatic focused church. We expect your input in these conversations to answer this significant question that helps define who we are, who we are to be, and who our next pastor/pastors would be.

The Sisters of Sarah Book Group will meet today, Sunday, May 20, at 4:00 PM, at the home of Teri Lloyd, 1810 Lauderdale Road. We’ll be discussing Underground Airlines, by Ben Winters. For more information, contact Eva Stimson ( or 727-6778).

What Are Human Beings For?: Clues and Encouragement from the Story of the Unfolding of the Universe” If you were unable to see the film Journey of the Universe on May 15, there will be another film showing on Tuesday, May 22, at 5:45 PM. At 7:00 PM, Trisha Tull, a biblical scholar and a leading voice for eco-justice in our area, will give a presentation on how the film relates to our biblical vocation to serve and protect the earth, its creatures and all peoples. You’re welcome to come to the discussion even if you missed the film.

CHPC Session will meet on Wednesday, May 23, at 7:00 PM in the Gathering Room.

Adult Sunday School in May: Leslie Cashion, a marriage and family therapy student from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will lead the Adult Sunday School class at CHPC on May 6, 13, and 27. The class is designed to enhance communication skills with both others and ourselves integrating faith. We will explore roadblocks to good communication, communication with people different than us, and tuning into what our body is communicating in times of anxiety, worry, and stress. What does scripture say about communication and care of those who are different from us, as well as ourselves? This will be discussion based and interactive! Come prepared with an open-mind and a willing spirit! The Adult Sunday School class meets in the Gathering Room (back building) at 9:45 AM.

Exciting Changes for Young Children During Worship! The Children’s Team is thrilled that both Worship and Nurture Councils have enthusiastically approved a summer trial of a pray-ground in the sanctuary! 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 allow parents to engage more fully in worship because they are not trying to keep track of their kids.

Here’s how it will work:

• The Children’s team will create a space between the piano and the first pew for the pray-ground.
• The pray-ground will be open to children ages 1-7 during the whole service.
• Two volunteers will 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 will be foam floor tiles to define the space and prevent damage to the sanctuary carpet.
• Supplies will be stored in bins under the first pew.
• Pray-ground will replace a staffed nursery and Joyful Noise for the summer.
• The pray-ground will open on May 27. May 27 will also be the last Sunday there is paid nursery staff in the nursery.

The Children’s Team is developing a set of expectations that will be communicated to children and their families. 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 Children’s Team will be asking for feedback throughout the summer and will be making adjustments to the space as we go.

Summer Fellowship Opportunity: Please make plans to join the Nurture Council for our first summer fellowship opportunity on Saturday, June 2 for a performance of A Comedy of Errors at Shakespeare in the Park. The event, which is held at Central Park in Old Louisville, is entirely free and no reservations are necessary. The show begins at 8:00 PM but food trucks and other pre-show activities will start at 6:30. We will meet up at the benches in the back, near the sound system. People are encouraged to bring their own picnic fare, buy food at the food trucks or can just come and enjoy the show without food. Note: The Gilbert & Sullivan Society (of which Jeanne-Marie Rogers is involved) will be providing the pre-show entertainment at Kentucky Shakespeare on June 2. Their performance starts at 7:15 PM.

The Furlough Home is celebrating its 65th year of hospitality to our global mission partners. The Presbyterian Women are hosting an Open House from 2:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, June 10, and we invite you to join us. Come and see the living spaces of two apartments and enjoy refreshments and fellowship. The Furlough Home is located on the campus of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Road.

16th Annual Gardening Camp with Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville (SAL) for children 7 years of age and older will meet in June 2018 at Henry Young Fellowship Hall and John Leake Memorial Garden at Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church for gardening, cooking, hiking, and playing, as well as swimming at the Mary T. Meagher pool. Choose the week that works best for your child(ren). Cost is $140 per week (lunch, snacks, and pool fee included) with sliding scale scholarships available. Contact Stephen Bartlett ( or 502-415-1018) to enroll. This camp rocks!

Gena’s Tree: New or gently used books for elementary students are the “blooms” we hope to see blossom on Gena’s Tree during the next months. The books will be given to schools so that children might have a book at home during the vacation months. While the cold weather is diminishing, sleeping bags, blankets, and backpacks are always needed by people who are homeless.

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).