Westminster Ways

Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church

Westminster Ways: August 2018

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

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).

Church Clean-up Day: Thanks to everyone for showing up for our summer clean-up day. You have all earned the award for working on the hottest yard day ever! The landscaping looks beautiful. We will be scheduling a new clean-up day in the fall.

The Youth will be leading worship on Sunday, August 19, at our yearly summer church picnic and potluck at Cedar Ridge. Those who went to Montreat will reflect on their experience there, and we will have singing and music to play. Even if you did not go to Montreat, we encourage any Youth to participate. We will be having a planning meeting on Sunday, July 29 directly after worship, in the Youth room. If you cannot make it to this meeting but you would still like to participate in the Cedar Ridge service, please let Paul Kepler know and we will find something special for you to do.

“Back to School with Your Church at Your Back“: Please plan to join us on Monday evening, August 13th, from 5:30-7:30 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.

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 paulkepler@yahoo.com

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.

An Update and Opportunities for Guatemala Mission Involvement:
The partnership between Crescent Hill church and eastern Guatemala’s Q’eqchi’ Estoreño Izabal Presbytery is growing and changing!  Last month, the four-member team of Soni Castleberry, Perry Chang, Sharon Kutz-Mellem and Doug Yeager spent eight days visiting nine of the churches in the presbytery including the most distant, Monte Sinai in the village of San Carlos El Porvenir, which we had never visited, and Alpha and Omega, a new congregation. The first included rough hours of van travel through a jungle-like area miles off a paved road and the other a rugged incline walk in the woods. The beauty of God’s world, and the people in it, made a lasting impression on the team.  Members are working hard to increase memberships, involve women and youth in leadership, expand programs, and improve their church properties.  We learned of their future plans and discussed ways Crescent Hill might support projects their presbytery prioritizes.  Over the next two months, there will be opportunities to raise funds for the Guatemalan Connection and to learn more about the work ahead. Please check these out:

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 financial support for it in exchange for them being able to park their cars in the church lot during the annual St. Joseph’s picnic.  Contact Perry Chang at (502) 457-7833 or at perrydchang@gmail.com, Sharon Kutz-Mellem at skmellem@twc.com or at (502) 819-5050, or Doug Yeager at thinkdata@yahoo.com or at (502) 693-1800 if you have questions or may be able to help out.

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 soni.castleberry@gmail.com or at (502) 417-6481 or Mary Love at mbloveky@yahoo.com 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 skmellem@twc.com or at (502) 819-5050 or just show up Saturday.  Otherwise, we’ll see you after worship in the Narthex with your $10 per pint of soup and appetite for good soup.

Mission at CHPC
ELL Program planning discussion at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday, July 29
In the midst of the detention and separation of immigrant families at the border, our CHPC families have an opportunity to continue to aid immigrant families in Kentuckiana. The church’s English Language Learners (ELL) Program offers Monday night English classes with: (1) a meal for students, teachers, and their families at 6 p.m.; and (2) children’s activities while parents are in class from 6:30-8 p.m.

You are invited to an ELL Program planning discussion at 9:45 a.m. this Sunday, July 29, in the back building Gathering Room. In general, we especially need folks to lead children’s activities, help coordinate the program, andprepare meals. Everyone is welcome to the discussion. Please contact Perry Chang at (502) 457-7833 or perrychang@gmail.com or Shannon Langley at (502) 396-8980 or at langleyse@gmail.com if you feel called to be involved and are unable to be at the discussion.

El Tarasco Fund-Raiser for Our Guatemalan Connection: Saturday, August 18
Our regular monthly event (third Saturday of each month) will be Saturday, August 18. Please come to the restaurant at 110 Fairfax Avenue in St. Matthews to dine with other CHPCers or with your own group between 6:00 – 9:00 PM. El Tarasco also agreed to give the 15% of the bill donation to CHPC whenever someone asks the cashier to credit CHPC. This is a wonderful offer on their part and really helps the on-going fund-raising efforts for our ministry. So, come the third Saturday OR eat at Tarasco for lunch or dinner on any day at any time. We still get the benefit and you gain the flexibility in scheduling. We would greatly appreciate your support.

Men’s Breakfast: Saturday, August 18
The CHPC Men’s Breakfast meets every third Saturday at 10.15 AM at the Dutchman’s Lane Denny’s.  We have a table reserved in the back. 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!  Please join us! August 18 is our next breakfast. For more information talk to one of the regular attendees, listed below:

Mark Barnes (513-255-0262), Henry Young, Jim Hubert, David Wilding, Bob Abrams, George Lindauer, John Balliet, Rick and Carol Roderick, Lucy Steilberg, Dave Bush, Bob Gordon, Luiz Kammerle.

Other Opportunities
Won’t You Be My Neighbor? If you haven’t been to the movies in a while and are wondering what’s worth seeing, you should hop on the “neighborhood trolley” and buy a ticket for the new documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? This award-winning film is a heart-warming tribute to Fred Rogers and his unique mission to redeem children’s television culture through the PBS Television series, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. There are several good reviews available online, as well as a book, published by PC (USA), in case you would like to know more about this radical pacifist, Rev. Fred Rogers. (See attached PDF introduction.)

Spanish Translator Needed: Fairmont Elementary School in New Albany, Indiana is looking for a Spanish translator for the school year.  The hours are usually around 7:40AM – 3:00PM.  The pay starts at $15/hour with insurance benefits.  They really would like a native Spanish speaker, but are desperate at this time.  School starts next week. If you would like more information about this opportunity, please contact Stephanie Gregory.

Earth Care Reflections
I have turned into the person that I used to fuss at on the Watterson! But let me go back to the beginning.

On Earth Day Sunday (April 22nd) Bruce Whearty gave a wonderful sermon that highlighted the wonderful history of the people of Vanuatu, a chain of islands in the south Pacific where the Wheartys served as mission co-workers. He told their story using the string art (think: Cat’s Cradle) that he had learned there. It was the story of how that people came to live on the islands and how they care for the creation that God has given them. It was a captivating sermon!

But at the end of the sermon, he asked us to take a few minutes to think about what we might do to help our environment, write it on the card provided in our bulletin, and prayerfully place it in the offering plate. I thought about it for maybe 30 seconds and decided to give up my lead foot—my life-long habit of speeding just about every chance I got.

Having made that commitment, I set out to live out my commitment. It worked for a while—to a certain extent—but I finally started to really do it several weeks later when I took a trip to Detroit to attend a conference and provide transportation to and from the airport for the attendees. Whenever traffic would allow, I set the cruise control on the van to the speed limit. It worked pretty well except for during rush hour!

But things really became real the 8th of June when I drove 425 miles in one day to Somerset PA, just SE of Pittsburgh. Except for driving through Cincinnati and Columbus, I kept my cruise control on the speed limit. My miles per gallon for that day? 47.0! I did the same thing on my return home and got 41.6 miles to the gallon (came home through WV—more mountains and a big traffic jam on I-64 meant less miles to the gallon).

Now, I am setting my cruise control on the speed limit everywhere it is safe to do so (hence the traffic on the Watterson that speeds past me). And since I live out in Oldham County 24 miles from the church, I get to use cruise control a lot!

I challenge everyone to look for places where you can do the same as I have done. I promise you more savings on gas, a much more relaxed driving experience, and the knowledge that you have helped reduce carbon emissions and air pollution!     – Mary Love


People at CHPC
Birthdays in August
3-Carol Mead
3-Gayle Trautwein
5-Alicia Hardesty
7-Olivia Hagan
7-David Wallace
8-Carrie Mook Bridgman
8-Johanna Camenisch
9-Dave Bush
12-Mara Bartlett
12-Eric Proctor
12-Marissa Roderick
15-Morgan Schmidt
16-Eli Bartlett Turner
16-Ruth Craddock
16-Alan Pauw
18-Levitia McLemore
20-Joy Lindauer
20-Sandy Weldy-Cook
22-Soni Castleberry
23-Caroline Hartmans
24-Lilak Kissel
26-Daniela Bartlett
27-Blake Guenther Benham
27-Luke Van Marter
27-Rachel Van Marter
28-Jim Hubert
28-Taylor Smith
29-Jane Larsen-Wigger
29-Megan McCarty
31-Mara Wallace
31-Tess Wallace

CHPC Directory
Member Address Updates:
David Miller has moved: 2716 Westwood Ave, Nashville, TN  37212
Andrea Trautwein has moved: 1044 Alta Vista Rd. Louisville, KY 40205
(Lily Priel, Phoebe Priel, and Elise Duerr)

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 “Members,” 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 (893-5381) and Patti will walk you through this. Would you like a different picture posted on the web site? Has your contact information changed? Contact the office (893-5381 or office@crescenthill.church) at any time and we’ll update your information.

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 August Calendar
Sunday, July 29
9:45 AM ELL planning meeting (G)
11:00 AM-12:15 PM Worship (Sanctuary)
12:15 PM Reception for Bob Abrams’ 95th birthday (Plaza)
12:15 PM Youth worship for Cedar Ridge – planning (Youth Room)

Tuesday, July 31
9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

Thursday, August 2
Choir will not meet until August 30

Saturday, August 4
6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (Sanctuary)

Sunday, August 5
9:30 AM Children’s Team Meeting (G)
11:00 AM-12:15 PM Worship (Sanctuary)

Tuesday, August 7
9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)
6:30 PM WOW (Walker)
6:30 PM Generosity Team (Gathering Room)

Wednesday, August 8
7:00 PM Councils

Friday, August 10
5:00 PM St. Joseph’s Picnic
(Parking Fund-raiser)

Saturday, August 11
12:00 PM – 12:00 AM St. Joseph Picnic
(Parking Fund-raiser)
6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (Sanctuary)

Sunday, August 12
11:00 AM-12:15 PM Worship (Sanctuary) Preacher: Paul Seebeck

Monday, August 13
5:30 PM Back to School Event (Henry Young Hall)

Tuesday, August 14
9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

Wednesday, August 15
WW Deadline
7:00 PM Taize (Sanctuary)

Saturday, August 18
10:15 AM Men’s Breakfast (Denny’s on DuPont Circle)
6:00 PM Guatemalan Fundraiser (El Tarasco)
6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (Henry Young Hall)

Sunday, August 19
11:00 AM Cedar Ridge: Youth-led Worship and Church Picnic (Cedar Ridge Camp)
11:00 AM-12:15 PM Worship (Sanctuary) Preacher: Bob Abrams

Tuesday, August 21
9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)
6:30 PM WOW (Walker)

Wednesday, August 22
7:00 PM Session Meeting (Gathering Room)

Thursday, August 23
11:00 AM Women’s Small Group (Gathering Room)

Saturday, August 25
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Choir Workshop (Choir Room)
6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (Sanctuary)

Sunday, August 26
11:00 AM-12:15 PM Worship (Sanctuary)
12:15 PM Food for Thought: Guatemala Trip (HYH)

Tuesday, August 28
9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

Thursday, August 30
7:30 PM Choir Resumes (Choir Room)