Westminster Ways Newsletter


Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church

Westminster Ways August 2019

Worship

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

Our Preachers for August:

August 4 – Rachel Lemke       August 11 – Jose (Chris) Tshitenga

August 18 – Cedar Ridge Picnic: Andrew Hartmans; CHPC: Debbie Dierks and Lewis Washington

August 25 – Amy Pauw         

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).

Slowing Down and Savoring God’s Gifts

By Lynne M. Baab | Reprinted from Presbyterians Today

My grandmother was a farm wife during the Dust Bowl of the Great Depression. For the rest of her life, she was meticulous about not wasting food. She wouldn’t use a vegetable peeler on potatoes or carrots because she could remove less peel using a knife.

One of the first kitchen tools my mother taught me to use was a rubber scraper — a spatula with a long handle and a rubber scraping end. She learned from her mother how to get every morsel of food out of a bowl, pan or jar. I have seven rubber scrapers in a large jar beside my stove, so I can use the right one for each food container. I save and reuse even small amounts of leftovers, and I study the fridge frequently to make sure we’re eating everything before it goes bad. I am so grateful that in Seattle, where I live, there’s citywide composting. The food I do need to throw away is transformed into rich compost with little effort on my part.

My meticulousness about food waste, inherited from my mother and grandmother, is quite trendy these days. Christians can see the challenge of food waste in the bigger picture of food as a gift from God and mealtimes as a way for people to gather.

A 2018 USDA study showed that each American wastes an average of a pound of food a day. Dana Gunders, a food waste expert for the Natural Resources Defense Council, recently authored the report “Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill.” The statistics are painful to read: “Getting food from the farm to our fork eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land, and swallows 80 percent of all fresh-water consumed in the United States.” In the process, a residue of pesticides and other chemicals is left in the soil. And then we waste so much of the food produced. In effect, we are choosing to load 40 percent of it on a truck and use fossil fuel to drive it to a landfill, where the decomposing food creates methane and further pollutes our precious earth.

Food is a significant theme in the Bible from beginning to end. Adam and Eve are invited to eat the fruit of all the trees in the garden except one, and heaven is portrayed as a banquet. Jesus ate with the outcasts of his society, and after the resurrection, he fixed fish for his disciples on a beach.

Psalm 104 presents a vivid picture of God’s presence in the food chain. God is active in every aspect of the food we eat: soil, seeds, sun, rain, the growth of fruit trees and other plants, and the birth and life of animals. God cares about the plants and the animals, as well as the people who plant, grow, harvest, ship and sell our food. Understanding God’s care for our food production process can motivate us to tread lightly as we consume food — conserving, composting and sharing generously.

One of the huge tragedies of food waste is that the earth produces enough food for everyone, yet some are hungry. Some of us, of course, are the opposite of hungry, and the waste that takes place often goes unnoticed. For example, I was raised to clean up my plate, and I can’t seem to stop doing that. Yet I struggle to maintain a healthy weight. Am I sometimes wasting food by having put too much on my plate and eating it even when I am not hungry?

And do we sometimes waste food by eating on the run? Many of us eat too quickly to savor each bite, to enjoy the complexity of flavor designed by our Creator and nurtured by farmworkers. We eat alone, when Jesus enjoyed table fellowship.

For Christians, all the talk about food waste is really a call to slow down and consider how to treat food as a precious gift from God — to be stewarded wisely, received gratefully, enjoyed in the company of others and shared with the hungry.

Discussion questions

  • How is your church addressing food waste?
  • How can church dinners be transformed to cut down on food waste?

The CHPC Earth Care Team is planning to host the documentary, “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste,” followed by a discussion. Stay tuned for more news of this upcoming activity at CHPC.

If you are interested in reading more, here is the link to the complete 2017 NRDC study:

https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/wasted-2017-report.pdf

See the link below for the article, “Christians and Food Waste,” from PC USA Presbyterians Today:

The First Sunday Potluck is on August 4th

The Nurture Council invites you to join us for our regular, first-Sunday-of-the-month congregational potluck on August 4th.  Please bring your table setting of plate, cutlery, and napkin in order to reduce adding garbage to the land-fill and to reduce clean-up in the kitchen. Consider also continuing to bring red meat-free dishes. About 20% of our greenhouse gas production could simply (and cheaply!) be wiped out by going Red Meat Free. Let’s begin now.

Volunteers needed for our monthly potlucks: We love the opportunity to share time with each other.  Let’s make sure that we share the chores, too. There is a sign-up sheet at the entrance for our next potluck to remind us all to help. Thanks!

Faith Formation Update and Revitalizing the Youth Group

Summer started off with a fun and faith-filled week at Montreat. The theme “Let Love Lead” was just what our Youth (and this Youth leader) needed. By letting love lead this summer all my experiences have been filled with a positive light. I’ve had the strength to carry those who needs a little lift. We all enjoyed our small groups, the wonderful worship services, keynotes, and the hospitality of Eva, Claudia, and Jerry. It’s hard to believe it’s already August and another school year is about to start. The Youth Group will also be beginning soon. I can’t believe this will be my 5th year growing in faith with these inspiring individuals!

There have been some changes made to how we’re coordinating Faith Formation and the Youth Group. The recent passing of Jen’s close friend and Looking for Lilith theater company member, Kathi Ellis, has left a huge hole in her heart as well as in the day to day operations of the company. I am being tasked with more duties as an ECE teacher and technology coordinator at Hawthorne Elementary. Don’t worry, we’re not stepping down, but we are cutting our time from 20 hours a week to 10. With the approval of Session and the support of the Staff, Nurture Council and Staff Relations, those 10 hours will be focused on the Youth. Our title is now Co-Coordinators of Youth Faith Formation. The Children’s Team and Nurture Council will ensure Children’s Faith Formation will continue to be strong. Jen, along with the Children’s Team, will be holding a retreat to plan out the year before Jen steps back from this duty. If you’d like to join the Children’s Team, please contact Jen   (Jenniferthalman1@comcast.net) or Paul (paulkepler@yahoo.com). 

The Youth Group structure will also be changing this year. The Youth Task Force has received feedback from the Youth and their families looking for ways to make Youth Group more vibrant and sustainable. Starting this year, we will be meeting twice a month instead of every Sunday after worship. Once a month we will have a service project either at CHPC or out in the community. The other meeting each month will be for fun and fellowship. We will make sure to announce these events through various communications and have them on the calendar to ensure that families can plan ahead. This decision was made after several months of prayers and meetings. 

If you would like to help out, there are several ways to do so. You can join the youth Team and help us plan for and be present with the Youth. We are also looking for people to host one time fellowship or service experiences. In the past, Kristy Hubert hosted Christmas cookie baking. Amy Linfield and the Earth Care Team led an overnight that showed us the effects of pollution in Louisville while also taking us out to sample foods from several other cultures. Chris Bischoff led an afternoon of group building at EP Tom Sawyer Park. Rebecca Barnes has led us through several afternoons strengthening our covenant with God to protect our planet.  The Rogers have hosted pool parties. You could also chaperone any of our events-we had a wonderful time with Claudia, Eva, and Jerry at Montreat.  Is there something you love to do that you’d be willing to share with the Youth? Please let Paul know. 

We will kick off the new Youth Group (grades 6-12) year with an all-day/overnight at Cedar Ridge on August 17&18. The theme will be “Face Time” and we will have fun activities planned.  We hope that this event will be a fresh start to the new look Youth Group.  We will do a “Challenge/low ropes course” and incorporate many ways to ensure the Youth have plenty of time face to face to bond with each other. We will also be camping out (hammocks welcome!) with a big bonfire and s’mores. On Sunday we will join the rest of CHPC at the church picnic which is also at Cedar Ridge. We will have more details including the start time soon!

The Annual Cedar Ridge Picnic

Mark your calendars for the annual Cedar Ridge Worship and Church Picnic, August 18:

This year’s annual Cedar Ridge worship and picnic will be Sunday, August 18, beginning at 11:00 at the lakeside pavilion at Cedar Ridge Camp. Worship will be led by Andrew Hartmans.

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 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

Maps will be provided in August bulletins. Or you may Google “Cedar Ridge Camp” for directions.

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.

Other Opportunities

Greeters! For the faithful performance of greeter duties, thanks to everyone. 
Beginning in September, the list of Sunday Greeters with the dates to greet will be created for the remainder of the year. We need information:

1. Your names will be included if you have been active during the past year unless you request their removal. If you wish to be removed from the list of Greeters, please inform us by August 12.
2.  If you wish to be added to the list, please inform us by August 12.

Thanks to all for being ready to meet everyone with a smile and a greeting.
                                                                                 Joy and George Lindauer
                                                                                 Phone: 502-709-5149
                                                                                 E-Mail: gclindauer@gmail.com

Men’s Breakfast Group will meet in Henry Young Hall on Saturday, August 17

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, August 17

Our regular Guatemalan Connection fund-raiser is always the third Saturday of the month 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 will resume on Sunday, September 15 at 4:00 PM
The September meeting will be held in the home of Barbara Hedspeth, 3018 Aubert Ave. We will be discussing the book, Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty.  Please contact Barbara for more information (896-0242 or barbarahedspeth@gmail.com).

Mission at CHPC

Guatemalan Connection Outreach Opportunity Saturday, August 10

 On St. Joseph’s Orphans Picnic Saturday, CHPCers are invited to:

·        Reach out to visitors to our neighborhood with greetings and an offer of hospitality

·        Help out families who live across the street from our church property by keeping Westminster Court clear

·        Help protect church property during this busy Saturday

·        Receive financial support for Crescent Hill’s Guatemala mission partnership, part of which will help support networking and emergency support by women of the Q’eqchi’ Estoreño, Izabal Presbytery

You may do this by agreeing to be on our campus for a short volunteer shift during which time you will:

·        Accept $10 donations from people who park in our parking lot or the “Scout Hut” grass

·        Help direct traffic

To commit your time and energy for St. Joe’s Saturday, put your name on a sign-up sheet after worship on Sunday, August 4, or contact Perry Chang at perrydchang@gmail.com.

Shifts will be:

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

1:00-2:30 p.m.

2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

4:00-5:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

7:00-8:30 p.m.

The first Guatemalan Connection gathering of the 2019-2020 school year will be at 12 noon on Saturday, September 7, in the Gathering Room in the back building.  Everyone is invited.  The first Second Sunday Soup Spectacular Sunday of the new school year will be Sunday, September 8.  Bring your appetites and generous spirit.

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: 

Maria Arroyo, Peter and Daniel Kemmerle: 750 Zorn Ave, #9 (40206)

Debbie Dierks and Lewis Washington: 1025 Everett Ave #18 (40204)

CHPC  August Calendar

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

Saturday, August 3

6:30 PM FLOM (S)

Sunday, August 4

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

Rachel Lemke, preaching

12:30 PM First Sunday Pot Luck (HYH)

Tuesday August 6

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

6:30 PM Women on the Way (Walker)

Saturday, August 10

St. Joe’s Picnic: Parking Lot Fundraiser

5:00 PM FLOM Concert and Dinner (HYH)

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, August 11

9:30 AM Earth Care Team (HYH)

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

Lengulula Kashama’s anniversary celebration

Rev. José (Chris) Tshitenga, preaching

Tuesday, August 13

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

Wednesday, August 14

7:00 Councils (G)

Saturday, August 17

10:00 AM Men’s Breakfast (HYH)

6:00 PM Guatemalan Fundraiser (El Tarasco)

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Youth: Cedar Ridge Camp-out

Sunday, August 18

11:00 AM Annual Cedar Ridge Picnic (all day event)

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

Debbie Dierks and Lewis Washington, leading worship

Monday August 19

September Newsletter Deadline

Tuesday, August 20

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

6:30 PM Women on the Way (Walker)

Wednesday, August 21

7:00 Taize (S)

Saturday, August 24

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, August 25

12:15 PM Deacons (G)

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

Amy Pauw, preaching

Tuesday, August 27

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

Wednesday, August 28

7:00 PM Session (TBD)

Thursday, August 29

7:30 Choir Resumes (C)

Saturday, August 31

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

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)