Westminster Ways


Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church

Westminster Ways, December 2018

Worship

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).

 

An Advent Reflection

  from Jennifer Thalman Kepler, Co-Coordinator of Faith Formation

One of the things I noticed when Paul and I first moved to Louisville from the D.C. area was how late in the evening it stayed light in the summer and how on the shortest days of the year it didn’t get dark until almost 6:00. We had moved to the western edge of the Eastern Time zone and we didn’t realize there was such a difference.  Back home in Virginia, on the shortest days of the year, right around Christmas, it gets dark at 4:30 in the afternoon.  Paul used to have to leave school earlier than normal to get home to walk our dog before dark.   The darkness of winter really seemed to intrude on the day.  It added to the sense of waiting in the dark during Advent.

Advent is a time of waiting during a time of year when there is the most literal darkness.  It is a time of waiting for the light of God’s love to shine in the darkness of our lives and our world. This year this concept of waiting the dark is especially palpable for us at CHPC.  We have lost our beloved pastor of 17 years, we are in the midst of a stressful, even painful transition and we have no idea when our new pastor will come or who she or he or they will be.  We are a community waiting in the darkness of uncertainty.  On top of that, we are living through one of the most divisive times on our nation’s history.  The news is filled with stories of war, natural disasters, hatred and great human suffering.  Many of us experience this time as a deep darkness. Of course we are on edge, anxious and even scared sometimes.

This advent, the children will be learning about advent using the book, Look!: A Child’s Guide to Advent and Christmas, by Laura Alary. On page seven, Alary says this about Advent:

Long ago, the people of God huddled in the dark, waiting and watching for the light.  It was a time of deep sadness. Once they had lived happily in Jerusalem. But an army destroyed their city, their homes, their gardens, their holy places and carried the people far away across the desert. Everything they knew and loved was gone. All the color and light had seeped out of the world. But in the darkness, God whispered messaged of hope:
I will bring you home again.
When the ground is dark and cracked, as spring will bubble up.
From the dead stump, bright green leaves will grow.
On those who sit in deep darkness, light will shine.
So even though they could not see the way ahead, the people kept watching for the light.  I wonder if it was hard to hope?  Maybe they looked back and told stories about how God had been with them in the past.  Maybe that helped them wait, knowing they were not alone in the dark.

This quote really resonated with me as a member of CHPC in 2018. As we head into Advent this year, let’s listen for the messages of hope God is whispering to us.  Let’s consider other experiences we have had where we knew God was with us in a difficult time, collectively or as individuals. Let’s consider how can we can be a message of hope for someone else experiencing darkness this Advent.  Let’s wait in the darkness together knowing that light will shine.

 

Advent Calendar of Events

Sunday, December 2

9:45 AM Intergenerational Advent Sunday School

11:00 AM Mark Barnes preaching

12:30 PM Youth Group Christmas shopping for UCHM

Sunday, December 9

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Barbara Barnes preaching

12:15 Advent pot luck (HYH)

Monday, December 10

6:00 PM ELL Christmas Party (HYH)

Saturday, December 15

10:00 AM Men’s Breakfast in Henry Young Hall

6:00 PM El Tarasco – Guatemala Partnership Fundraiser

Sunday, December 16

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Barbara Barnes preaching

12:30 Youth Group (HYH)

5:00 PM An evening of Christmas music in the Sanctuary, provided by friends and members of CHPC.

Wednesday, December 19

7:00 PM Taize “Blue Christmas” service of solace

Sunday, December 23

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Mark Barnes preaching

No Youth Group

6:00 – 7:30 PM Christmas caroling around the neighborhood, with hot chocolate, cider and snacks (cookies!) afterward in HYH.

Monday, December 24

Office Closed

5:30 PM Christmas Eve service of candle lighting

Tuesday, December 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

“For unto us a child is born…”

Sunday, December 30

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Lewis Washington & Debbie Dierks lead worship in a celebration of Christmas-themed African-American spirituals.

Sunday, January 6

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – A celebration of Epiphany with Molly Casteel preaching

 

Mission at CHPC

Special Children and Youth Offerings During Advent

Children and youth are invited to participate in special offerings during Advent. At the beginning of the service they will be invited to bring their offerings up front and place them in front of the Crèche. Adult church members are also welcome to bring the special offerings. There will be a basket in the Narthex to collect them. Below is the offering to be brought each week.

1st Sunday of Advent – December 2 – Canned food for UCHM

2nd Sunday of Advent – December 9 – Gloves and hats for child asylum seekers

3rd Sunday of Advent – December 16 – Stickers and apple juice boxes for child asylum seekers

4th Sunday of Advent – December 23 –Diapers and/or wipes for La Casita

Men’s Breakfast Group will meet in Henry Young Hall on Saturday, December 15

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.  Please join us. For more information, talk to one of the regular attendees: 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.

El Tarasco Night, Saturday, December 15

Our regular Guatemalan Connection fund-raiser will be Saturday, December 15 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.

Other Opportunities

Announcing the 2019 Youth Retreats:

Montreat is June 8-15. It is for high schoolers. The cost for registration alone is $265 (before Dec 1), $270 (Jan 20), $280 (Feb 20) so it would be best if we can get some early commitments. We would still need to cover housing, food, and transportation costs. Use this link to register online: https://montreat.org/events/myc

Middle School Montreat: July 17-22. Cost is $450 and covers transportation, room and board. Registration deadline is Jan 27. Use this link to register online: https://presbytery.wufoo.com/forms/r5jc0qh0gxmmov

Volunteers Needed for United Crescent Hill Ministries: UCHM is in need of volunteers in a variety of areas, especially in our United Learning After-School Program. We would be very grateful if you are able to share these volunteer opportunities with your congregations and help us to spread the word about the current needs in the community. Our after-school program runs Monday-Friday, from 3pm-6pm and serves children in grades K-8. We are flexible and work with volunteers on their availability. We do ask that volunteers in the after-school program commit to a minimum of 2 hours/week for one semester. Volunteers in the after-school program provide homework help, tutoring, mentoring, and assistance with various enrichment activities. UCHM is also in need of food pantry volunteers.

Please contact: rkincaid@uchmlouky.org or 502-893-0346 ex 108.

Member Updates:

Crescent Hill Presbyterian lost our longest standing member, Tillie Oberheim, on November 24. Tillie was 94 and lived a full and adventurous life having travelled all over the world, first by herself, and then with her beloved Harold. Tillie lived with gusto into her last year having been known to crawl out onto her roof to clean gutters well into her 80’s. She had friends of every age and loved everyone. At Christmas she went around to all her service providers with thoughtful presents for those who worked there. She knew that to have good friends you have to be one. Tillie will, indeed, be missed by her many friends. Tillie is survived by her niece Carol Gallant and her family, 200 Cross Keys Rd., Unit 20, Baltimore, MD 21210.

 

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.” [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.

Phone: 893-5381 – Email: office@crescenthill.church

 

Pastors of the Week

Our congregation is in the midst of a transition as we search and look forward to our Pastor Nominating Committee finding a new pastor to lead our church. In the meantime, we are grateful to the many folks in our own congregation who are serving in a variety of ways to keep the ministries of the church vital. Below you will find a list of CHPC members who have volunteered to serve in the role of Pastor for the month of December:

December 2 – 8: Phil Lloyd Sidle                  December 9 – 15: Deborah Fortel

December 16 – 22: Carrie Bridgman            December 23 – 29: Gary Cook

December 30 – January 5: Jerry Van Marter

 

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).

Not too late to pay your 2018 pledge:  If you’ve already paid all of your 2018 pledge, thanks! But if not, and you are able to do so, please pay any remaining amount to the church between now and December 31. Questions?  Not sure how much you owe? Contact the treasurer, Jack Leake, at jsleake@gmail.com, or stop by the church office to see him on Sunday. (If your circumstances have changed and you aren’t able to complete your pledge, please let Jack know.)

 

CHPC December Calendar

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

Saturday, December 1

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, December 2

9:45 AM Intergenerational Advent Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

Mark Barnes, preaching

12:30 PM Youth Group Christmas shopping for UCHM

Tuesday, December 4

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

6:30 Women on the Way (Walker)

Thursday, December 6

7:30 PM Choir Practice (C)

Saturday, December 8

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, December 9

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

Barbara Barnes, preaching

12:15 Advent pot luck and family fellowship (HYH)

Monday, December 10

6:00 PM ELL Christmas Party (HYH)

Tuesday, December 11

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

10:00 Presbyterian Women (G)

Wednesday, December 12

6:00 PM Session Meeting and Dinner (Pauw)

No Council Meetings

Thursday, December 13

7:30 PM Choir Practice (C)

Saturday, December 15

10:00 AM Men’s Breakfast (HYH)

6:00 PM Guatemalan Fundraiser (El Tarasco)

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, December 16

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

Barbara Barnes, preaching

12:30 Youth Group (HYH)

5:00 PM An evening of Christmas music in the Sanctuary, provided by friends and members of CHPC (S)

Monday, December 17

Newsletter Deadline

Tuesday, December 18

9:15 AM Staff Breakfast

6:30 PM Women on the Way (Walker)

Wednesday, December 19

7:00 PM Taize “Blue Christmas” service of solace

Thursday, December 20

7:30 PM Choir Practice (C)

Saturday, December 22

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, December 23

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

Mark Barnes, preaching

No Youth Group

6:00 – 7:30 PM Christmas caroling around the neighborhood, with hot chocolate, cider and cookies! (HYH)

Monday, December 24

Office Closed

5:30 PM Christmas Eve service of candle lighting (S)

Tuesday, December 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

“For unto us a child is born…”

Wednesday, December 26

Office Closed: Holiday

Thursday, December 27

7:30 PM Choir Practice (C)

Saturday, December 29

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, December 30

No Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S)

Lewis Washington & Debbie Dierks lead worship in a celebration of Christmas-themed African-American spirituals

No Youth Group

Monday, December 31

Office Closed: New Years’ Eve

Tuesday, January 1

Office Closed: HAPPY NEW YEAR!