Westminster Ways


Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church

Westminster Ways November 2019

  

Worship

Worship is at 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM on Sundays.

Roger Veliquette will be our preacher for worship services during the month of November.

Homebound Communion If you are unable to be at worship and would like to receive Homebound Communion this month, please call the church office (893-5381).

Janine Linder is Deacon of the Month for November. Please call Janine (502-807-0148) if you know someone in the congregation who could use a gesture of friendship.

Giving Is Believing

Roger Veliquette

 

God is abundant. In our tradition, we look to scripture to understand the many ways that God’s generosity has been made known to people. Recently in worship, we read from the text of Joel in which the prophet tells of God’s abundance. Joel describes God providing generous rains that yield provision for the people. The Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament, describes our Generous God as “abounding in steadfast love.”

When we give to our church, we say that we believe God is abundant. We don’t give because God is short on supplies. We give because we believe that people are made in the abundant and diverse image of God, and as a reflection of God’s abundance, we give. A belief in the Triune God expresses the good news that God is both diverse and one. In this diverse, singular image of God, we recognize that God gives generously to all people as the Christ who, according to the mystery of our faith, lived, died, and rose again for the healing of God’s creation.

The created world has problems. As human beings, we confess that we continue to play a significant role in the problems of the created world. In our Brief Statement of Faith, we say that “we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care” (11.3). We have made a mess, but we believe that God’s New Way of Being is both already among us and a future promise of vindication for all those who have been suffering.

When we give, we say that we believe in God’s New Way of Being. Acts of giving are acts of believing that God is abundant, and that in spite of the problems in the world, human beings will see God’s future in the land of the living. Gifts of our time, talents, and money to the church are personal statements of belief in the promise of God, and our personal generosity to the church is a commitment to a community of believers who share in the energy God gives us to do the work of justice and reconciliation in the world. Giving is believing, and when we believe, we give. 

 

Why Recycle?

by Amy Linfield

Recycling takes work. It takes up space. It’s messy. And it’s hard to know just what should be recycled and what to discard. In a busy life, with hundreds of other details to attend to, why add another commitment? I can attest to feeling these frustrations about recycling, and with the current scramble to process recyclables in our country, we may all be tempted to grow lax in our recycling efforts. 

But maintaining the practice of recycling is a necessity for people of faith. It is a daily practice that acknowledges that we are stewards of this land, a daily reminder that our actions matter, a daily “nudge” that forces us to consider what decisions in our lives are affecting the planet. 

This small but necessary discipline of recycling leads us to consider other actions which confirm in our lives that the stewardship of our planet is an important and personal responsibility. Whether it is turning down the heat or adding solar panels, decisions hinge on the first step of acknowledging our need to be responsible and active. 

So…clean out that peanut butter jar instead of just tossing it in the trash. Save your spent batteries. Recycling is an important step for your faith walk. And as you carry out your bag of newspapers and fan mail to be recycled, remember that you are making a statement to yourself and to the community: “I care, and I will be responsible through this small practice and commitment.” And may the God of our green earth honor your actions.

Karen Maynard, Community Educator with Louisville Metro Solid Waste, posts a weekly “Know Waste Wednesday” recycling tip on Next Door social media. She is eager to come to CHPC to share facts and practical tips for responsible recycling with us, as well as to set up a group tour of local recycling facilities. Contact Amy Linfield if you are interested.

 

Adult Sunday School Class for November

Fear and anger surround public attitudes toward Muslims and Jews: how can Christians respond? America’s exceptionalism seems to be a source—the need to keep our country pure and keep it safe. In adult education classes during November, Don Mead and David Sawyer will lead discussions of Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Share your questions and concerns as we explore how we have gone so far away from Jesus’ actions and teaching of inclusion and embrace, and what we can do about that. All are welcome!

Mission at CHPC

Guatemalan Connection on November 9 and 10:

At 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 9, folks interested in our Guatemala partnership will gather at the Henry Young Fellowship Hall to make plans, talk by phone with our partners, and prepare soup. Everyone is welcome. After worship on Sunday, November 10, there is the monthly Second Sunday Soup Spectacular. Folks will have an opportunity to take home pints of various homemade soups.  Donations for the partnership will be accepted. These donations are shared with our partners for them to use for special projects in their presbytery. 

Gena’s Tree

As the cool days have arrived, the “blooms” on Gena’s Tree will become gently used or new warm clothing for people who are homeless. Leave them at Gena’s Tree, located in the Gathering Room, off the narthex, and Presbyterian Women will see that they get to the agency.

As Izzy Jones said in a recent worship service, the agencies that benefit from your offerings left at Gena’s Tree are so appreciative of the commitment from our congregation. Many, many thanks.

Other Opportunities

Men’s Breakfast Group will meet in Henry Young Hall on Saturday, November 16:

Come to the fellowship hall at 10 AM for coffee, OJ, pastry and bagels. The group is just for fellowship and fun. No program. We share joys and concerns around the table and laugh lot!  All men of the church and visitors are heartily welcome! Spouses are welcome as well. For more information, please call Mark Barnes (513-255-0262) or Bob Abrams (458-2018).

Gun Violence Prevention Team will meet on Saturday, November 16 at 11AM in the Gathering Room: Our team continues to engage in interesting and robust discussion concerning this very important issue. We welcome anyone who would like to be part of this group. I continue to be so impressed by the dedication and loyalty of the members of this team. Please call Lucy Steilberg at 893-5231 if you have any questions.

To join our group email and receive meeting notifications and action alerts, send an email to Molly Casteel (molly.casteel@pcusa.org).

Sisters of Sarah Book Club will meet on Sunday, November 17 at 4:00 PM:
The November meeting will be held in the home of Sandra Duverge (2920 Springdale Rd). We will discuss the book, No Single Sparrow Makes a Summer, by multiple authors.  Please contact Sandra for more information (594-6813 or sandra.duverge98@gmail.com).

Youth News and Dates

A new Youth Sunday School Class has begun! Roger recruited Ardath Curtis and Rachel Potts-Wells, who are seminary students in the MFT program, to lead the new Sunday school class. The curriculum is called Our Whole Lives (OWL): Education for Grades 7-9. It is described as, “A sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.” This program is intended for grades 7-12. The first couple of weeks will have Rachel and Ardath getting to know our Youth before starting the curriculum. Classes will follow the CHPC Sunday school calendar.

For more information, visit https://www.uua.org/re/owl then click on Grades 7-9. You can view the table of contents to get an overview of all the workshops included. These topics are a starting point, and they may vary as needs arise. Contact Paul Kepler (paulkepler@yahoo.com) for more information. 

Youth Group Events:

  • November 8-10: Tri-Presbytery youth gathering at Cedar Ridge camp
  • November 10 at 9:45 AM: Breakfast time with our new pastor
  • Mid-November Fellowship outing – TBD
  • December 7, Time TBD: making and decorating cookies with Kristy Hubert at the Hubert’s house (to share after worship on Sunday)
  • December 8 at 12:15 PM: lunch and UCHM Christmas Shopping for families’ lists
  • December 15 at 12:15 PM: Church-wide Christmas Potluck

CHPC Financial Matters

When writing checks to CHPC, it is helpful to the church treasurer if checks for your church pledge and per capita are written separately. Thank you for your help with this.

Per Capita Apportionment

Presbyterians have a form of government built upon shared power and mutual accountability as we seek together to find and represent the will of Christ (Book of Order F-3.0204). Per Capita is a set amount of money per member that congregations pay to the larger Presbyterian Church. Every Presbyterian shares in the benefit of the PC(USA)’s system of government, so every Presbyterian is asked to share the expenses associated with coordinating and performing the functions of that system. The annual per capita amount is a combined request from the congregation’s presbytery, synod and the General Assembly. Please pay the per capita amount of $25.00 for each active member in your household. If you have children who have gone through confirmation they are considered active members.

 

On-Line Giving

Here is the link to the CHPC online giving page: CHPC Online Giving Web Page It’s easy to set up for one time, weekly or monthly giving, just follow the prompts on the web page. You can also go to CHPC’s web site, www.crescenthill.church, and click on “Online Giving.” If you run into any trouble, contact the church office (893-5381 or office@crescenthill.church).

CHPC Directory

Did you know that you can look up CHPC member contact information and pictures on the CHPC web site?

Go to www.crescenthill.church, click on “Our Life” then “Congregation Builder.” Click on “member login.” [User Name is chpc. Password is member.] To see someone’s picture (if we have one), just click on “On-Line Picture Directory,” then click on the picture icon to the right of the person’s name. Confused? Just call the church office and Connie will walk you through this. Would you like a different picture posted on the web site? Has your contact information changed? Contact the office at any time and we’ll update your information.

If you would like to receive a digital or print copy of the directory, please contact the church office.

Phone: 893-5381 – Email: office@crescenthill.church

Address Updates:

Carol and Bill Young: 624 Pearl St. Apt. 305, Boulder, CO  80302

Melanie Hardison (as of November 14): 10006 Cedar Street, Overland Park, KS 66207

Connie Foss (as of November 15): cwfoss@gmail.com

 

CHPC   November   Calendar

S = Sanctuary; HYH = Henry Young Hall; G= Gathering Room; C= Choir Room

 Saturday, November 2

10:00 AM Choral Workshop (10:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, November 3 – All Saints

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

   Roger Veliquette, preaching

4:00 PM Installation Service (S)

    with a reception dinner following, in HYH

Monday, November 4

6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

Tuesday, November 5

Election Day – Please vote!

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

6:30 PM Women on the Way (Walker)

Thursday, November 7

7:30 PM Choir (C)

Saturday, November 9

12:00 PM Guatemalan Connection (G)

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, November 10

9:30 AM Earth Care (HYH)

9:45 AM Youth: Breakfast with Roger (Youth Room)

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

   Roger Veliquette, preaching

12:15 Guatemalan Connection: Souper Sunday (Narthex)

Monday, November 11

6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

Tuesday, November 12

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

10:00 AM Presbyterian Women (G)

Wednesday, November 13

7:00 Councils (G)

Thursday, November 14

7:30 PM Choir (C)

Saturday, November 16

10:00 AM Men’s Breakfast (HYH)

11:00 AM Gun Violence Prevention (G)

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

 Sunday, November 17

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

   Roger Veliquette, preaching

4:00 PM SOS (Duverge)

Monday, November 18

November Newsletter Deadline

6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

Tuesday, November 19

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

6:30 PM Women on the Way (Walker)

Wednesday, November 20

NO Session this month

Thursday, November 21

7:30 Choir (C)

Saturday, November 23

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, November 24

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

   Roger Veliquette, preaching

12:15 PM Deacons (G)

Monday, November 25

6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

Tuesday, November 26

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

Thursday, November 28

Thanksgiving Day – Office Closed

NO Choir

Friday, November 29

Office Closed

Saturday, November 30

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)