Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church
Westminster Ways November 2020
Worship via Zoom is at 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM on Sundays.
Deacon of the Month: November
Patti Marcum is our Deacon of the Month for November. If you or someone you know is in need of a kind gesture, please reach out to Patti at (502)403-8269 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elders of the Week for the Month of November:
Week of November 1: Jeff Thiele
Week of November 8: Lucy Steilberg
Week of November 15: Jeanne-Marie Rogers
Week of November 22: Stephanie Gregory
Week of November 29: Doug Yeager
The Great Tribulation by Roger Veliquette
In Revelation, the author describes a scene with a Presbyterian. Not, actually. The Greek word sounds like Presbyterian: presbyteron. It usually gets translated as “elder.” In the seventh chapter of Revelation, the elder
says, “Who are all these people, and where did they come from?”
The author responds to the elder saying, “You know who they are.”
Then the elder says, “Yes, these are they who have come out of the great tribulation . . . they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more . . . God will wipe every tear from their eyes” (Rev 7:13-17).
What is the great tribulation? The author of Revelation says the great tribulation, suggesting that there is only one of them. The author, known by many as John of Patmos, wrote metaphorically about a particular experience of persecution in the first century. And yet, our own experiences tell us that this great tribulation is an ongoing human experience.
The Greek word thlipsis means tribulation or ordeal, but it’s a word that appears throughout early Christian literature. It can refer to a personal experience of struggle. For example, in Philippians, Paul writes: it was kind
of you to share in my trouble, my ordeal (Phil 4:14). Thlipsis can also describe a broader experience of suffering by a whole group of people. For example, in Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, Paul mentions the
persecution he and others in the church faced. He says, “you have received the word in much affliction” (1 Thess 1:6). The examples in Paul’s letters connect with our own intuition about the great tribulation. It isn’t a
one time event.
Here in 2020, we know the pain and struggles of loved ones and friends who are sick. Some of us feel the fear, anger, and sadness of a recent prognosis. Many of us continue to feel grief, knowing that never again, in this world, can we experience the physical presence of loved ones who died. Let our sorrow and lament join together with the grief of the families who mourn for the deaths of those who died in racist attacks. Let our
sorrow and lament join together with the grief of the families, teachers, and administrators where children have been killed by gun violence. Let our sorrow and lament join together with the angst of all those in this country
who long for bread and whose wholeness has been taken from them.
Some saints will always be especially important to us, but all saints are important to God. The author of Revelation gives an image of people too numerous to count, a great multitude from every nation, from all tribes
and peoples and tongues. They will have their peace, and no more will their tears of suffering roll down their cheeks. But this can’t just be in the by-and-by. The metaphors in Revelation provide assurance but also an
urgent call to turn toward a way of being in solidarity with those who are hungry, those who are thirsty. As we draw closer to the anticipation of Advent, let us continue to pray together. Where is the Spirit leading our
church? As our understanding of our service adapts to the moment in which we live, may God enliven our creativity and commitment. May we be evermore equitable as partners in the community. Let God’s word be
spoken in the actions we take with the Matthew 25 initiative and the Nehemiah Project, and may our service be pleasing to God through the power of the Holy Spirit and by the grace of Christ who “guides them to springs of living water” (Rev 7:17). Amen.
A Message from Debbie Dierks
Debbie Dierks here, missing every single one of you, and praying for all things troubling and life-giving.
The Worship Council has been discussing (in depth) various activities that could add to our spiritual life in worship during Advent. Here are a few suggestions to help get us all started on the journey toward the birth of
1) Do you have an Advent wreath at home? We will be blessing our Advent wreaths as we light candles for each week of Advent, and we’d like you to light the candles with us at your home. We will be celebrating
Hope, Peace, Joy and Love during Advent. If you don’t have a wreath, a simple circle of greenery with 4 (3 purple, one pink if you want to get creative) votive candles and possibly a larger white candle in the center,
representing Christ’s birth would be fine – or any other representation that you can think of…or nothing at all – just witness the candle lighting during Zoom worship, and let that be your “light.” There are many suggestions
on the internet for homemade Advent wreaths.
2) Do you have a creche/manger scene that you could take pictures of to share during the season? You can start with just the stable and the animals, then each week, add another “visitor” to the manger scene.
3) The children in our congregation can help with these decorations – even drawing wreaths, coloring Advent scenes as we work our way to Christmas, cutting out simple decorations, etc.
If you have any suggestions for Advent activities for Worship, please contact me. I am working on other aspects of Advent, including music, entertainment, building relationships and never losing sight of the time we
will be together again.
Prayer Partners for CHPC Children, Youth, and Young Adults
What a joy it has been to go through our church directory and review the make-up of our congregation in preparation for our usual fall tradition of having CHPC children, youth, and young adults selected by CHPC
members for prayerful relationships over the coming year. This younger part of our congregation includes over 50 persons. That is such an amazing, encouraging number to this 69-year-old woman. It bodes well for the
health of our beloved church well beyond 2020 – our 130th year of existence.
Since we can no longer “pass the basket” and draw cards with the names of these important people in our congregation, this year we are asking that you look at the list below and pick a person (or two or three), or ask
to be assigned to someone. Even if you are on the list above, you can still choose someone else that you want to be a prayer partner for. Contact Soni Castleberry at 417-6481 or soni.castleberry@gmail or Eric Proctor at 608-
7306 or email@example.com to get connected. Prayers are a wonderful way to support another person.
We know, however, that some of you would also like to have other kinds of contact – such as cards, emails, phone calls, texts or visits – with your prayer partner. That’s great, however, church policy requires that any
adult who has direct interpersonal contact with children without parental supervision, must have a satisfactory criminal background check completed as well as ask the minor’s parents for permission. There is a criminal
check form to complete and return to Faith Grady. The church will pay the processing fee. Just let us know if you need one when you sign up for a prayer partner. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please
talk with Soni or Eric.
Infants, Toddlers & Pre-K
Attention Youth 6th-12th grades
Coming Soon: Liturgy Writing Workshop
Ever wonder what goes into writing the different parts of Worship? Want to try out writing prayers? Want to hang out and have nerdy discussions with each other about church? Join Debbie Dierks and Rebecca Mattern to
craft the pieces of worship that will be used on Children’s Sabbath.
Please email Rebecca if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the December edition of Westminster Ways for more details!
Help Us Be a Matthew 25 Congregation!
Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us by working to:
1. Dismantle structural racism
2. Eradicate systemic poverty
3. Build congregational vitality
Thank you, Mark and Barbara Barnes, for leading us in a Bible study on Matthew 25 in October, and to Claudia Foulkes for facilitating our introductory and closing sessions. Thank you too to those who
participated and shared insights and ideas. This is just the beginning, as we explore together what it means to be a Matthew 25 congregation.
Here are ways we can continue learning and living into the Matthew 25 vision:
Read and reflect on the Bible passages that will be the focus of upcoming sermons, and attend the Zoom discussions with Pastor Roger and others every Wednesday at noon. You may share comments on the
sermon from the previous Sunday and/or share your thoughts on the text for the upcoming Sunday (see list below).
November 1 — Revelation 7:9–17
November 8 — Matthew 25
November 15 — 1 Kings 17:8–16 (Rebecca Mattern preaching)
November 22 — Ezekiel 34:11–24 (Polly Cushman preaching)
November 29 — Mark 13:24–37 (First Sunday of Advent)
December 6 — Mark 1:1–8
December 13 — Luke 1:46–55
December 20 — Luke 1:26–38
Build relationships with our sisters and brothers of Lampkins Chapel CME Church and their pastor, Rev. Claudette Snorton, by attending their prayer meeting and Bible study Wednesday evenings at 7:00 on
Zoom. Lampkins Chapel has issued an open invitation to CHPC members. You may come for the opening prayer time and then leave or stay on for the Bible study. Check with your elder or the church office for a link to the meeting.
Learn more about the Matthew 25 initiative of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
November Sunday School and Adult Education
Please join us on Sunday morning at 9:45 for a discussion with special guest, Teresa White, Executive Chef for the Dare to Care Community Kitchen.
November 15 and 22
Looking Together at White Too Long by Robert P. Jones
What Amy Pauw writes about church, it’s “peccability, its proneness to sin” (Church in Ordinary Time, p.6), is on full display in White Too Long. Robert Jones takes a long, and frequently disturbing look at the history of white supremacy and racism in white Christian churches in the United States. He also tells the stories of hopeful change among white U.S. Christians and congregations.
Whether or not you have had time to read White Too Long, the Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones, you are invited to a conversation about the book with Deborah Fortel and
other CHPCers. Copies of the book are available at Carmichael’s Bookstore. Tell them you are from Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church to receive a discount.
Topic: Adult Sunday School
Time: Nov 8, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 881 7728 4913
Calling All Artists: We need art to enhance our online worship!
The Worship Council invites artists of all ages to email pictures of their artwork to Faith at email@example.com. Please include your name and a description and/or title of each piece. The art will
be used with online devotionals as well as weekly worship services.
In Time of Crisis
Very often during times of crisis we wonder what, if anything, we can do. The new Dean of Louisville Seminary, Debra J. Mumford has started a Padlet (electronic bulletin board with active links) that showcases
actions we are each able to take to help realize social justice in the
Her posts include:
Reminder to pray
Link to Louisville bill to ban No-Knock Warrants
Link to find Metro Council Members so you can email/call them to support the Bill to Ban No-Knock Warrants
Link to the Louisville Bail Project (people remain in jail often because they are too poor to bail themselves out)
Link to The Bail Project (national)
Link to ACLU Protester Rights page
Link to register to vote or register to receive an absentee ballot
Link to complete the 2020 US Census
Add your suggestions of actions we can take or resources we can tap into to advance social justice in the world.
Go to link https://padlet.com/dmumford2/6mlyz480kr9e1wrk
Click on the pink plus sign in the lower right corner of the page
Enter the title of the resource you wish to share
Enter a brief description of the resource you wish to share (optional)
Click the link icon to paste the URL
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.
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”, located under the main menu. If you run into any trouble, contact the church office (893-5381 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
CHPC November Calendar
To access the church calendar, click here or visit http://www.crescenthill.church/church-calendar/.