Westminster Ways

Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church

Westminster Ways February 2019

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

Our Preachers for February:  Amy Pauw will preach on February 3 and February 24; Gary Cook will preach on February 10; and Jim Hubert will preach on February 17.

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).


A Web of Caring

(an update from the Pastoral Care Team leader, Gary Cook)

Even during “normal” times, when CHPC has an installed pastor, we count on a web of caring individuals for support.  Deacons lead us in acts of kindness to one another through sickness and trying times.  Each of us has an elder who prays regularly for us and is available for conversation.  Friends within the congregation sense when something is not right and lend a listening ear.  Prayer chain participants drop what they are doing to offer up a prayer on our behalf.

During this transition time between pastors, the Pastoral Care Team is another component of that web.  Eleven ministers who are part of CHPC’s worshipping community are working together to respond to pastoral needs within the congregation.  Several folks have asked how this works, and this article will hopefully provide some clarity.

February Pastors of the Week
January 27 – February 2
Ken Linfield
February 3 – 9
Deborah Fortel
February 10 – 16
Paul Seebeck
February 17 -23
Mary Love
February 24 – March 2
Gary Cook
February Deacon of the Month: 
Carol Mead

Some members of the Pastoral Care Team are serving on a rotating schedule as “Pastor of the Week.”  During our “on call” week, we are available to provide the pastoral care that you would expect from an installed pastor.  We work as a team with the Deacon of the Month and the Elder of the Week to respond to needs as they are made known.  Our response might be a hospital visit, a phone call, or an offer to meet with you for conversation or prayer.

Some members of the Pastoral Care Team are committed to providing ongoing care for individuals and families facing long-term critical illness.  Working alongside a deacon, we seek to be a continuing presence with the family – checking in regularly, making periodic visits, and offering communion when they are unable to attend worship.

Other members of the team are following up on prayer chain requests with phone calls to remind the one who made the request that we are praying with them.  And another minister is connecting with non-members who come to the church seeking help.

We realize that this team approach may be a bit confusing, so here are a few answers to the questions that may be on your mind.

Who should I contact if I have a pastoral need?
The Pastor of the Week’s phone number is listed in the Sunday bulletin, This Week at CHPC, and Westminster Weekly.  Feel free to call that number when you would like to speak with a pastor.  If you are unable to reach the pastor of the week, feel free to contact Gary Cook (502-602-1462) or Mary Love (502-541-7434).

If you just want to ask your church family to pray with you, please call the church office (502-893-5381) and ask Connie to send the request to the prayer chain.  Don’t be surprised if you receive a follow-up call from a member of the Pastoral Care team.

If you have a situation where you need some support (a ride, a meal, someone to sit with you during a trying time) from your church family, you can also call the church office or contact the Deacon of the Month directly.  Their phone number is also listed in the Sunday bulletin, This Week at CHPC, and Westminster Weekly.

If I am more comfortable with another minister, can I call her or him instead?

What about confidentiality?
You can expect confidentiality from the Pastoral Care team. Unless you tell us to keep information in strict confidence, we may share it among team members.  But we will not share any information beyond the team unless you tell us to do so.  For example, we will not put a request on the prayer chain, unless you ask us to.

What about other pastoral roles?
Beyond this pastoral care role, ministers and others are taking leadership in worship.  The Worship Council is scheduling preachers, who also work with Debbie to plan the Sunday services.  They have also invited members of the worshipping community to be “prayer leaders” for a month, providing continuity for the prayers of the people.  The preacher, prayer leader, liturgist, Elder of the Week, and Debbie form a team to lead the congregation in worship.

Please join the Pastoral Care Team in praying that this transition period will be a time when the web of caring at CHPC grows tighter and stronger.  If you know of ways that we can be more responsive to the needs of the congregation, please let us know by contacting Mary or Gary.



The First Sunday Potluck and Annual Meeting is on February 3:
This month’s potluck on Feb. 3 will include CHPC’s annual meeting. We hope that you will mark your calendars all through the year so that you will not miss being with your church family on these occasions. Bring whatever you would like – home-cooked, store bought, the source does not matter. Just come with something yummy to share, tableware for you to use, or the willingness to use church dishes and help wash them in order to decrease CHPC’s use of disposable paper and plastic products this year.

Nurture Council oversees the First Sunday pot lucks. If you would be willing to help us with the set-up and clean-up one month this year, please contact Soni Castleberry, 417-6481 (text or phone), or email soni.castleberry@gmail.com. We would really appreciate the extra hands and the joy of getting to know you better as we work alongside one another.

New Sunday School Class for February: During February the Earth Care team will lead a series of intergenerational Sunday school classes on climate change (9:45-10:45 a.m. in the Gathering room). During the first class on February 3, we will discuss tackling climate change through the idea of pricing carbon (using market incentives to lower greenhouse gas emissions). We will have a guest from Citizens Climate Lobby share a current bill with us on such a carbon tax.

From the PNC: As a reminder, CHPC’s MIF (like a job posting for churches) went live in December and the PNC is beginning to review PIFs (applications for that job).  Because of the private nature of a job search, we are committed to confidentiality and will not be discussing or sharing updates related to candidates or PIFs.

If you know someone who is interested in the position, please direct them to the PIF via the Presbyterian CLC website or the link on CHPC’s website.  This link is public (no password needed) so anyone can review CHPC’s MIF if interested. We appreciate your continued prayers of support.

Coming soon: For six weeks during Lent, the Intergenerational Sunday School class will be taking an in-depth look at the spiritual practice of Gratitude. We will use the book Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks by Diana Butler Bass.
Diana Butler Bass invites readers to understand new dimensions of American spirituality in Grateful.  Although most of us know that gratitude is good — and good for us — there is a gap between our desire to be grateful and our ability to behave gratefully. The implications of the gap are bigger than we realize, affecting both our personal and public lives. In Grateful, Bass weaves together social science research, spiritual wisdom, and contemporary issues as she calls for a richer understanding and practice of gratitude. What emerges are surprising insights about the power of thankful living to change how we treat one another, and how we might transform our world.

Mission at CHPC

Men’s Breakfast Group will meet in Henry Young Hall on Saturday, February 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).

El Tarasco Night, Saturday, February 16:
Our regular Guatemalan Connection fund-raiser will be Saturday, February 16 from 6 – 9 p.m. at El Tarasco, 110 Fairfax Ave., just off Shelbyville Road across from Trinity High School. The restaurant donates 15% to our Guatemalan Connection when you ask that Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church be credited. If you can’t make it that night, please go another time. Thank you so much for supporting this easy way to add funds to this ministry.

Sisters of Sarah Book Club: Sunday, February 17 at 4:00 PM:
Book club will meet this month in the home of Beverly Machin, at 107 Pennsylvania Ave.
We will be discussing First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the President, by Bonnie Angelo. Please contact Beverly for more information (502-895-3237 or bevmachin5@gmail.com)

Other Opportunities

New Contemplative Small Group Meets Monthly:
This new Contemplative Small Group (open to men and women) held its first meeting on January 24. We will continue to meet in the Gathering Room at CHPC on the fourth Thursday of each month from 11 AM – 12:30 PM, through the month of April. We will journey through this book together two chapters at a time, incorporating silence, discussion, prayer and guided meditations. We are studying The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Paintner, available for purchase through Carmichael’s Bookstore (20% off if you tell them it’s for Contemplative Small Group from CHPC) or on Amazon. It is not too late to join us! Any questions, please contact Karen Hensel at khensel@att.net.

Presbyterian Union: A Monthly Discussion Group Sponsored by Second Presbyterian and Highland Presbyterian Churches: On the first Tuesday of each month (usually), people gather downtown for the fellowship of a lunch, followed by a speaker and discussion around a wide variety of topics– church and culture issues, faith questions, the changing face of Louisville, topics of personal interest. Think of it as a quick retreat with some friends from different places to think about the world of work and living from a different direction.  All are welcome, so please invite guests.

“Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the Struggle for Our Humanity in Common”

Dr. Alton B. Pollard III
Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III is Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s tenth president. He began his service with Louisville Seminary in September 2018. A scholar, author, consultant and speaker on the subject of African American and U.S. religion and culture, Pollard was previously dean of the School of Divinity and professor of Religion and Culture at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Prior to his eleven years at Howard University, Pollard served as director of Black Church Studies and chair of American Religious Cultures at Emory University, and taught at Wake Forest University and St. Olaf College. He serves on the Board of Directors for the In Trust Center for Theological Schools and the Advisory Committee for the Luce Fund for Theological Education. He served on the Board of Commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools from 2010-2016 and was chair from 2014-2016. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Pollard and his wife Jessica have two adult children and a grandson.

When: TUESDAY, February 5 at 11:30 AM
Where: Vincenzo’s, The Courtyard Room, 105 South 5th Street
Lunch: buffet salad and entrée, dessert, iced tea
Cost: $16.00 including gratuity
RSVP:  If you will attend, please notify by 4:00 PM Monday, February 4 (if accepting) E-mail Ann or Ivan Schell at adschell@bellsouth.net  or phone 894-8440

2019 Advocacy Day, Kentucky Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America – February 12th from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM at the Kentucky State Capitol:
The Kentucky Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is gearing up for our annual Advocacy Day in Frankfort on Tuesday, February 12th, 2019. Supporters from across Kentucky will be there – will you join us too?
We’ll kick off our day by gathering as a group for a legislative briefing on current bills pertaining to the issue of gun violence.  Then, there will be opportunities to attend meetings with your state legislators. All legislative meetings are scheduled for you, so we just need you to join us! This is your chance to let your legislators know how important gun violence prevention is to you. It’s sure to be an educational and inspiring day!
Before we head to Frankfort on the 12th, we’ll hold a state-wide conference call to brief you on our 2019 Advocacy Day. We’ll go over the day’s agenda, provide information on specific bills, and answer any questions you might have at the end of January.  Please contact Lucy Steilberg (502) 893-5231 or Carol Young (502) 594- 7670 if you are interested in joining this effort or have any questions.

A Special Event On Racial Reconciliation – Mark Your Calendars!
The Mid-Kentucky Presbytery Beloved Community Committee, made up of members from Harvey Browne and Shawnee Presbyterian Churches, is planning a community-wide event entitled: “Silence into Action: Working Toward Justice and Equity.” The event will be held Saturday, March 2, from 9 AM to 1 PM. It will be held at Beechmont Presbyterian Church, 417 West Ashland Avenue, Louisville. Alonzo Johnson and Aisha Brooks Lytle will be leading the event. (A similar event was held last year at Fourth Presbyterian Church and was excellent!) The event includes a catered lunch. All CHPC members are urged to attend. More information will be available later next month.


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

For the New Year: If you have had a recent change in your contact information (whether phone number, email, or mailing address), please notify Connie at the office so that she may keep the CHPC directory current. Having an up-to-date phone number is especially important in the event of an emergency.

 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 $23.67 for each active member in your household (or round up to $24.00 for each active member). 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  February  Calendar

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

Saturday, February 2
6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, February 3
9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)
Amy Pauw, preaching
12:15 First Sunday pot luck and Annual Meeting (HYH)

Monday, February 4
6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

Tuesday, February 5
9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)
6:30 PM Women on the Way (Walker)

Thursday, February 7
7:30 PM Choir Practice (C)

Saturday, February 9
12:30 PM Guatemala Connection (G)
6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, February 10
9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)
Gary Cook, preaching
12:15 PM Souper Sunday (Narthex)
12:30 Youth Group (HYH)

Monday, February 11
6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

Tuesday, February 12
9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)
10:00 Presbyterian Women (G)

Wednesday, February 13
7:00 PM Councils (G)

Thursday, February 14
7:30 PM Choir Practice (C)

Saturday February 16
10:00 AM Men’s Breakfast (HYH)
6:00 PM Guatemalan Fundraiser (El Tarasco)
6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, February 17
9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)
Jim Hubert, preaching
12:30 PM Youth Group (HYH)
4:00 PM Sisters of Sarah (Beverly Machin)

Monday, February 18
Newsletter Deadline
Presidents’ Day: Office Closed
6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

Tuesday, February 19
9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)
6:30 PM Women on the Way (Walker)

Wednesday, February 20
7:00 PM Taize (S)

Thursday, February 21
7:30 PM Choir Practice (C)

Saturday, February 23
6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, February 24
9:45 AM Sunday School
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)
Amy Pauw, preaching
12:15 PM Youth Group (HYH)

Tuesday, February 26
9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

Wednesday, February 27
7:00 PM Session (G)

Thursday, February 28
11:00 Contemplative Small Group (G)
7:30 PM Choir Practice (C)