Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church
Westminster Ways: June 2018
Worship is at 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM on Sundays.
If you are unable to be at worship and would like to receive Homebound Communion this month, please call the church office (893-5381).
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 allows 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.
Taizé Healing and Peace Service: Wednesday, June 20
There will be a Taizé Healing and Peace Service on Wednesday, June 20, at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary. The service includes singing and scripture and silence as well as the opportunity to lift up the names of people in need of healing. In addition, anyone desiring prayer and anointing for their own healing is given that opportunity in a personal way. All are welcome.
Mission at CHPC
We are delighted to welcome Connie Foss as CHPC’s new Administrative Assistant. Connie began work in the church office on Monday, May 21. Patti Marcum’s last day in the church office (Patti is retiring) will be May 31.
From Your Earth Care Team
CHCP people are earth care people! Our congregation is an Earth Care Congregation certified by Presbyterians for Earth Care. There is lots we can do as households to green up our lives. As Bruce Whearty said in his Earth Day sermon, change won’t come simply by having more information but by transformation! See the attached link below for resources that help move us from information to transformation.
Falling in Love with the Earth, One Kid at a Time
By Bruce Whearty
Since the Earth Day Worship Service last month, several people have commented that they were particularly touched by the prayer where we named natural places that felt sacred to each of us. Let’s help our kids develop the ability to feel the same way. As parents, grandparents, and teachers, this love is something we all can encourage, especially now that summer is here.
For toddlers, it might start as simply as walking in the rain, splashing through puddles, or peering closely at bugs. Nature isn’t something foreign and fearful! Older kids might watch a bird carrying food to its babies, start learning the names of wildflowers, and write poems or draw pictures about sunsets, water, and leaves. Nature is a wonder, worthy of awe! Still older kids might keep a journal of walks in a particular place, and reflect about what they feel as well as what they observe. Nature is where we humans are guests, and where we can learn what it means to be the human part of God’s world!
We, the older generations, can serve as role models, living examples that creation is more fascinating than pixels on any screen, more thrilling than any sporting event, more satisfying than any product featured in the daily barrage of ads. We can help children learn to love the earth. Thanks!
Gardening Camp: June 2018
What: Garden Camp with Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville (SAL)
Where: John Leake Memorial Garden at Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church and Mary T. Meagher pool
When: Every week in June (Choose a week convenient for your child.)
Who: Children ages 7-14
Cost: $140 per week (lunch, snacks, and pool fee included; sliding scale scholarships available)
For more information or to register contact Stephen Bartlett at SAL (Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville) email: email@example.com or call: 502-896-9171 or text 502-415-1080. Make checks to SAL and send to 104 Forest Court, Louisville, KY 40206.
Furlough Home Celebration: Sunday, June 10
The Furlough Home, established and operated by Presbyterian Women, offers housing to our global mission partners while they are stateside. 2018 is the 65th year of service to our mission partners and we invite you to join us in the celebration on Sunday, June 10 from 2:00-4:00 PM. The Presbyterian Women are hosting an Open House. Please join us for refreshments and the chance to view the living space provided to our mission partners. We will have a two bedroom open for visiting. For those who can walk upstairs, a three bedroom may be toured as well. The Furlough Home building is located at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1044 Alta Vista Road.
El Tarasco Fund-Raiser for Our Guatemalan Connection: Saturday, June 16
Our regular monthly event (third Saturday of each month) will be Saturday, June 16. 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.
Build-A-Bed at CHPC: Sunday, July 8
Each year in the Louisville Metro area 10,000 students go homeless. Often, their families lose everything because they have no place to store furniture. Even as these families find stable housing again, they start from scratch to acquire the needed furnishings for a home. This leaves hundreds of children without a bed – sleeping on the floor, sofas, or sharing a mattress with 2-5 people.
On Sunday, July 8 following worship and lunch, CHPC will construct 25-30 wooden beds in the Henry Young Fellowship Hall for children in the Louisville Metro area. This will be an intergenerational, community invited event – all are invited to attend – no experience necessary. There are several ways that you can help:
1) Attend the event and help build beds,
2) Become a team leader for one of the 6 building groups (see Gary Cook, Elias Craigo-Snell, or Ben Langley for more information),
3) Donate new items to accompany the built beds (twin sheets, twin blanket, pillow, stuffed animal, children’s books, toothpaste and toothbrushes),
4) Provide food for lunch and/or set-up on the morning of the event (more on this later as details are worked out).
We are very excited about this project! For more information, talk with Ben Langley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or co-leaders of the event: Gary Cook (email@example.com) and Elias Craigo-Snell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM)
It’s that time of year again! We will have our annual back-to-school supply give away this year on July 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. This year we are organizing an event called the Back-to-School Bash where we will have music, entertainment, community resources, haircuts, raffles, and a school supply giveaway. For June and July non-food donation items, we kindly ask that you collect school supplies that are included in the list below. We have done an inventory of some remaining supplies from last year’s generous donations, and these are the only items that we still need for this year’s giveaway. I have also included a list of our current needs for our food pantry. Please deliver school supply donations to us by July 20, 2018.
School Supply Needs:
Backpacks (no wheels, assortment of boys and girls)
One-subject notebooks (college ruled and wide ruled)
Two-pocket folders (solid colors)
Pencil boxes or pouches
8-count packs of washable markers
Boxes of colored pencils
Socks (boys and girls, various sizes, xs-xl)
Underwear (boys and girls, various sizes, xs – xl)
2 gallon bags (for packaging supplies)
Current Food Pantry Needs:
Shelf stable milk
Low sugar cereals
We have decided to include new socks and underwear in our donation request this year since this a need expressed by parents. During the event, we plan to have a bike raffle giveaway for kids’ bikes. We are doing this in partnership with Pedal Power Project, a ministry group with Beargrass Christian Church. They accept bicycle donations and repair them to be given away to families in need. Pedal Power is currently in need of bicycle donations for repair to be used for our upcoming back-to-school bike giveaway. We would greatly appreciate if you could pass this information along to your congregation in case they have some old or unused bikes they are looking to donate.
Thank you so much for everything you and your supporters do for UCHM and our community. We are incredibly grateful to have the continued support of our local churches. If you have any interest in volunteering or attending the Back-to-School Bash, or have any questions about the donations, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
United Crescent Hill Ministries
150 South State Street
Louisville, KY 40206
This month Gena’s Tree (located in the room off the narthex near the sanctuary) will take a little break from big “blossoms.” In the meantime, sleeping bags, blankets, and backpacks are always needed by people who are homeless. Diapers and baby wipes are also needed for families of LaCasita. Thanks to everyone who leaves “blossoms” at Gena’s Tree. They are very much appreciated.
Thank you to the congregation, volunteers, and especially the youth for making the Talent Show/Spaghetti Dinner/Silent Auction a success. We raised approximately $1,192.50 to make summer programs such as Cedar Ridge, Montreat, PYOCO, and other faith-related opportunities more affordable for our youth.
Summer Fellowship Opportunity: Saturday, June 2
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 (in 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.
Sisters of Sarah Book Group: Sunday, June 17
The Sisters of Sarah Book Group will meet on Sunday, June 17, at 4:00 PM, at the home of Ada Asenjo, 104 Forest Court. We’ll be discussing Faithful, by Alice Hoffman. For more information, contact Eva Stimson (727-6778 or email@example.com).
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Have you considered joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to invest in the local food system – its farmers, land and water resources, local economy, and other vital processes? CSAs offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, and other farm products in a way that tends to have a much smaller carbon footprint than commercially grown foods. There are several good CSAs in the Louisville area – one of them is Field Day Family Farm (http://www.fielddayfamilyfarm.us/). If you are interested in joining Field Day Family Farm or would like more information, please contact Daniela Bartlett Asenjo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
People at CHPC
Congratulations to Graduates
Congratulations to those graduating from high school:
Emily Aycock will be graduating from Atherton High School and plans to attend Bellarmine University in the fall, majoring in art and psychology.
Jacob Craigo-Snell will be graduating from Atherton High School and plans to attend The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago focusing on playwriting in the fall.
Noah Wilding plans to continue classes at JCTC in the fall.
Congratulations to those graduating from college:
Izzy Futrell will be graduating from the Kentucky College of Art and Design at Spalding University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Welcome, New Members
My name is Constance Foss.
People call me Connie.
I come to CHPC from St. Mark’s Episcopal.
My favorite part of Sunday morning is all of it.
During the week, I teach ELL, attend writing workshops, hike, and garden.
My favorite hymn is Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
I live in Crescent Hill.
My name is Badie Celine Tshimbalanga
People call me Celine or Tshimi.
I came to CHPC in November 2017.
My favorite part of Sunday morning is preaching and songs.
During the week, I listen and sing the hymns.
My favorite hymn is He Leadeth Me and Joy to the World.
I live in Louisville, Kentucky.
Birthdays in June
3-Davis Nathan Scharf
12-Booker William Scharf
16-Jean Burgess Welch
18-Elise Foster Duerr
29-Maxwell Martinus Bos
133 Pennsylvania Avenue (40206)
TSHIMBALANGA, Badie Celine
809 River Dell, H5 (40206)
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.” [Contact the church office for username and password.] 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 email@example.com) at any time and we’ll update your information.
From Fr. Michael Mernagh, Anamchara Faith Community
Dear Interim Pastor, Session, and People of Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church,
Today, May 2, 2018, I phoned Patti Marcum to inform her that Anamchara Faith Community will no longer be meeting on Sunday evenings as a worshipping community. Consequently, we will be vacating at the end of May.
Three weeks ago, I received a letter from my mother. She asked—almost pleaded—with me and Bryant to come home to care for her. She still lives on her farm and does not want to leave yet. We have decided to make a move to Canada so that we can be closer to help her.
This has been a very tough decision for me. As founder and pastor of Anamchara Faith Community, I have experienced some of the greatest joy of my life. I love my community and am happy that I was finally able to answer the call to full time ministry.
We have so enjoyed and appreciated the very special space that you have shared with us these last eleven years. In addition, we remain grateful for your sensitivity to our financial situation by keeping the rent at a level we could afford.
Thanks to the session all those years ago who decided to welcome us, not simply as renters, but as partners in ministry. Thanks to Jane Larsen Wigger who pastored CHPC during most of our time with you. Thanks to Debbie Dierks with whom I had the pleasure to work as we planned liturgy. And finally, a huge thank you to Patti Marcum who has always treated me and our community with the utmost respect and care. Her kindness and professionalism did not go unnoticed.
And finally, thanks to the members of CHPC for welcoming us, celebrating with us, and loving us these last years.
Anamchara Faith Community has not come to an end. We consider this a transition from one style of being community to another. Our community will continue in some other manifestation.
Best of luck to you as you discern who will lead your church over these next years.
Peace be with you.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).