Westminster Ways

Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church
Westminster Ways: October 2017

From Worship Council
Here’s Your Chance!

Jane’s retirement is a bittersweet moment. We rejoice that she is able to enjoy a much-deserved retirement. And yet, we mourn the loss of our pastor, our leader, our friend, our sister in Christ. The next few months will bring challenges to Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church that we’ve not experienced in nearly two decades.

But let’s talk about what a great opportunity this is for you!!

Now is your chance to show the leadership potential that your mother always believed you had! How?

1) Show up to church every Sunday. Jane retired from being a pastor here. You have not retired from being a part of our worship family. We owe it to God, to each other, and to our transitional pastor, to show up and be church for each other – to share our joys and concerns, to witness baptisms, to pray with and for each other. You can’t do that if you aren’t here regularly!

2) Step up your game when it comes to greeting visitors and checking on people who are missing. If you’ve counted on Jane to notice who the new people are and help introduce them – well… consider it your retirement gift to her that you start taking on responsibility for this. If you’re not sure if someone is a visitor, the safe way to start is: “I’m not sure we’ve met before…” And if you notice a regular member has been absent call and check on them. They may be sick or need some type of assistance.

3) Sign up for a formal role. Volunteer to be an usher, a greeter, or a liturgist. Join the choir. Help with the sound system. Or just check to see if bulletins get picked up from the pew. By taking ownership in the worship service, you will help us all feel more connected to each other in this time of transition. Call Patti to get more details about how to do this (phone 893-5381 or email office@crescenthill.church).

4) Come to Sunday School. Sunday school classes, including the adult classes, are very relaxed. You don’t need to be there every week, or do any prep work before you arrive. Getting to know each other in these classes will make it easier to stay connected to the church.

5) Get involved in the leadership of the church by joining a council. We have four councils – worship, nurture, outreach and stewardship. They meet the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. and they make decisions about how the church conducts worship, lives the gospel in our world, and even spends money. We need you now more than ever. To join, all you need to do is show up!

If you view Jane’s retirement as a calling to get more involved in the church, then the leadership you show in the coming months will be a true testament to her legacy – an opportunity to carry her spirit of service on into Crescent Hill’s future!

Worship at CHPC
Worship is at 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM on Sundays. Sunday School is at 9:45 AM.

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).

CHPC Preachers in October
We have an outstanding group of preachers at CHPC during October. Plan to join us and be inspired and challenged!

October 1: Jane Larsen-Wigger
October 8: Gary Cook
October 15: Carrie Bridgman
October 22: Sterling Morse
October 29: Shannon Craigo-Snell

CHPC Transitional Pastor Announced
Session is pleased to announce that the Transitional Pastor Nominating Committee has identified a candidate, the Reverend Elisa Owen, to serve as CHPC’s transitional pastor. Session has approved the candidate, and an agreement has been forwarded to the Mid-Kentucky Presbytery’s Commission on Ministry for their approval. Pending the Commission’s approval, Rev. Elisa Owen will begin her duties with CHPC on November 1.

October Adult Sunday School Classes
Mark and Barbara Barnes will continue the class “Exploring Compassion” on October 8. The class elements will include writings from the Bible and from other faith traditions, recent scientific research on compassion and the brain, tools for practicing compassion, and, for those who wish, some compassion experiments to do during the week. We hope to learn together more about holding compassion within a greater container of hope and joy so that we may persist without compassion fatigue. This class meets Sundays in the Gathering Room (back building) at 9:45 AM.

“How Do They Call Themselves Christians?” will be the theme for a three-week adult Sunday School class beginning October 15. Gary Cook will lead an exploration of how Christians look at each other across the U.S. political divide. In our polarized political environment, believers often find it hard to imagine how followers of Jesus can end up following political leaders who seem to be an anathema. The group will take one week to consider the divide and two weeks looking across it from different directions. This class meets Sundays in the Gathering Room (back building) at 9:45 AM.

9:30 AM Parent Coffee Talks: Weekly, casual conversation in the CHPC Library (Room 001 at the bottom of the stairs) for parents of children of all ages. On the first Sunday of each month, we’ll bring a conversation topic.

Mission at CHPC

Hunger Walk: Sunday, October 1
CHPC Youth Group, families of youth group members, and any other CHPC folks are invited to participate in the Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 1, at Waterfront Park. Register at www.classy.org/team 136390. Registration fee for students is $15.00; registration fee for adults is $25.00. We will leave for the Hunger Walk after lunch and cookies (and saying our goodbyes to Jane). The walk will begin at 2:15 PM and end around 4:15 PM. We can give rides back to CHPC around 4:45 PM if needed. Contact Paul if you can provide transportation or if you plan to take or pick up your child (and from what location). Please contact Paul Kepler (703) 622-2906 or paulkepler@yahoo.com for more information. If you would like to support our youth, but can’t attend the Hunger Walk, go to www.classy.org/team/136390 to make a donation to our cause.

Presbyterian Women
The new program year has begun for the Presbyterian Women’s Circle of CHPC. We meet in the Gathering Room in the back building on the second Tuesday of the month (October 10) at 10:00 AM and we usually conclude around noon. This year our Bible study is “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews,” written by Melissa Bane Sevier of Versailles, KY. If you are able to join us, please do—our Circle is always delighted to welcome another “link.” In addition to Bible study, we engage in mission projects, support one another, have fun, and, of course, eat a tidbit or two! For more information, please contact, Diana Stephen (502-896-6075 or dasky@bellsouth.net).

Pledge Campaign Kick-Off Events
Please join us for some food, fun and fellowship on Saturday, October 21, at 6:00 PM or Sunday, October 22, at 12:30 PM. We will hear the narrative budget as the Generosity Team and the Stewardship Council conduct the 2018 Pledge drive. You’ve heard from many different voices all about the varied opportunities we have here at CHPC in our weekly worship segment “Song of Thanksgiving.” Now, it is your turn to bring your generous gifts of money, time and talent as we work together “Keeping the Song Alive.” It is essential for us to stay connected to the life and ministry of our church. Come for a meal and stay to learn about the hopes and dreams of your brothers and sisters in Christ. Please RSVP to Patti Marcum in the church office if you can attend (893-5381 or office@crescenthill.church).

Gena’s Tree
Now that autumn has arrived, the new “blooms” for Gena’s Tree will be new or gently used clothing for the cold weather for people in our city who are homeless. In addition, diapers are a continuing need for the families of LaCasita. Leave your offering at Gena’s Tree in the Gathering Room off the Narthex and they will be delivered to the appropriate agency.

United Crescent Hill Ministries (UCHM) Food Pantry
Every first Sunday of the month, we bring toilet paper and canned goods (canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned meats, shelf stable milk, oatmeal, low sugar cereals, dry pasta, and spaghetti sauce for United Crescent Hill Ministries. You may place your donations in the narthex and someone will deliver them to UCHM.

Choral Workshop: November 4
From Debbie Dierks: Advent is approaching (in my mind, anyway) and the get-ready-for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany workshop will be Saturday morning, November 4, from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon with lunch afterwards. All are welcome. Our transitional pastor will be leading worship on November 5, so let’s be Christ together in this exciting time of transition.

Other Opportunities

Music of the Reformation: October 8
United Crescent Hill Ministries invites you to the Louisville Master Chorale Concert, Music of the Reformation, at Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Road, on Sunday, October 8, at 3:00 PM. A reception will follow the concert.

Your Neighbor’s Religion: October 8
St. Paul United Methodist Church and Interfaith Paths to Peace invite you to Your Neighbor’s Religion, a series of classes that informs us about various religions practiced in Louisville. This is an opportunity to learn about different religions, our neighbors, and how we can become a strong, supportive community. Classes will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Boulevard, every second Sunday of the month from 5:00-6:30 PM. Classes are free and open to everyone.

October 8: Buddhist Faith with Anne Walter and Geshe Kalsang Rapgyal
November 12: Islamic Faith with Haleh Karimi. (A vegetarian reception and concert by Harry Pickens follows this final class.)

El Tarasco Night: Friday, October 20
Join CHPC family and friends at El Tarasco, 110 Fairfax Avenue (in St. Matthews) on the third Friday of each month (October 20) from 6:00-9:00 PM. Tell the cashier that you are with CHPC and 15 percent of sales for CHPC friends and family will return to CHPC for use with Guatemala Partnership.

Men’s Breakfast: Saturday, October 21
All men of the church are invited to the Men’s Breakfast on Saturday, October 21, at 9:00 AM in Henry Young Hall. Breakfast and fellowship are served up in hearty portions.

Young Families October Event: Saturday, October 21
Young Families October Event will be Saturday, October 21, 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon at Mulberry Orchard, 1330 Mulberry Pike, Shelbyville, Kentucky.

Sisters of Sarah Book Group: Sunday, October 29
The Sisters of Sarah Book Group will meet on Sunday, October 29, at 4:00 PM, at home of Claudia Foulkes, 171 Pennsylvania Avenue. We’ll be discussing A Man Called Ove, by Frederick Backman. For more information, contact Eva Stimson (727-6778 or eva.stimson@gmail.com).

The Reformation at 500: A Time to Worship and Break Bread Together: Sunday, October 29
You are invited to worship and break bread together on Sunday, October 29, at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Worship is at 4:00 PM. The Reverend Alonzo Johnson is preaching. There is a catered meal at 5:30 PM in the Winn Center. The meal is free! But you must register at https://presbytery.wufoo.com/forms/z14ynsyr10m0srm/ to reserve one or more places at the table. Sponsored by the Presbytery of Mid-Kentucky and Louisville Presbyterian Theological seminary. Call Bill Williamson, 502-415-5469 for more information.

Kentucky Council of Churches Annual Assembly: October 19-20, 2017
The Kentucky Council of Churches Annual Assembly’s theme this year is “Unpacking Power and Privilege,” supported by the biblical verse: “…I really am learning that God doesn’t show partiality to one group of people over another” (Acts 10:34). Distinguished presenters will explore different aspects of power and privilege that exist in society today and ways to work together to be more aware and responsive to unequal privilege. The event will take place October 19-20 at Jeffersontown Christian Church in Louisville, KY. For more information or to register, go to www.kycouncilofchurches.org.

People at CHPC

Birthdays in October
1-Ben Langley
2-Bob Gordon
2-Lucille Ann Hagan
2-Karen Hensel
3-Jack Marcum
5-Gabe Duverge
5-Lucy Steilberg
8-Martha Bettis Gee
12-Perry Chang
14-Maxwell David Welch
17-Noah Hunter Hughes
19-Ginny Brown
21-Crosby Jane Proctor
23-Brad Castleberry
23-Cecy Hagan
24-Megan Davis
24-Sue Krause
26-Gayle Collins
27-Luiz Kemmerle
28-Chantel Kissel
28-David Miller
28-Elaine Trautwein
30-Mike Lyddan
30-Laura Sullivan
30-Jeff Thiele

Directory Changes/Updates

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 “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 about doing this? 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.

Thank You
From United Crescent Hill Ministries: Thank you very much for your generous donations of school supplies for our Back-to-School Giveaway! Thanks to your collective efforts, we were able to provide school supplies to over 130 students. We appreciate your continued support.

CHPC Financial Matters

Per Capita
Per capita is one of the ways that we express our connectionalism as members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The per capita amount for 2017 is $23.08 per member. Per capita helps fund the work of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, the Synod of Living Waters, and the Office of the General Assembly. CHPC is committed to paying this, but if you would like to help with a specific gift toward it, please write a check for $23.08 (or round up to $24.00 if you’d like to make life easier for our church treasurer) to CHPC with “per capita” in the memo line. Please remember that this amount is only paid once a year per member.

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.

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).

October Calendar