Westminster Ways Newsletter

Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church

Westminster Ways April 2019

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

Our Preachers for April: Deborah Fortel and Jerry Van Marter (through Easter), and Paul Seebeck on April 28. 

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).

Youth Talent Show/Silent Auction and Spaghetti Lunch Fundraiser

by Paul Kepler

On Sunday, April 28 after worship, you are cordially invited to come out for some top quality entertainment! The Youth will provide a full service spaghetti lunch. In this time of transition at CHPC, it’s comforting to know that some traditions here are going strong.  The annual Youth Talent Show/Silent Auction has been a tradition for at least as long as I’ve been worshipping at Crescent Hill. I’m sure it has been presented in various ways, but when we get to the core, it’s all about church-wide fellowship, showcasing our Youth, a nice warm meal with top notch service, and raising funds for our Youth.

Our congregation has always been generous when it comes to raising funds for our Youth. This provides any CHPC Youth with financial assistance for the many faith enriching opportunities they are offered. This includes big ticket events like the week long Montreat Conference (registration, transportation, housing, and food) and Triennium, weekend retreats at PYOCA, overnights for the Youth Group or through Mid-Kentucky Presbytery, and numerous other special outings.  It has been my experience that, besides their families, these various events are an integral part of our Youth’s faith formation. I’ve witnessed how these events stick with them; How they grow in faith and as human beings through these experiences.

I am asking that you come out on the 28th, start a conversation or two with our Youth and their parents, and enjoy the food, entertainment, and fellowship. If you have any items for the silent auction, that would be wonderful! If you have any time, talents, or services to contribute to the auction, we welcome that too. I thank you in advance for your support. Your generosity helps enrich the lives of our Youth!

Creative Way to Support CHPC Youth! There will be a silent auction held on April 28, in conjunction with the Youth Talent Show to raise money for the Youth Group. Do you have an item to donate to the auction? Would you be willing to donate your time and talent to a lucky winner?

Please call or text Andrea Trautwein at 502-657-8517 or email andrealtrautwein@gmail.com no later than Wednesday, April 24 with a description of your item or services offered.


Update from the CHPC Coordinating Team

Soni Castleberry, Gary Cook, Debbie Dierks, Mary Love and Eric Proctor

 The CHPC Coordinating Team has identified Communication as one of the key areas that CHPC is trying to improve. One way is by a new team email address to reach all five of us at one time.

Our hope is that this will help you stay in contact as our team seeks to manage the work of the church during this interim time without a pastor. This address is mostly for those times you might not be sure how to address a concern. Usually you can directly contact staff, our pastoral care team, a council chairperson, your elder, a deacon, or another volunteer active in a particular area. But, for those times, you are unsure or just feel like “I would normally call my pastor, but…” – do not hesitate to email the Coordinating Team or call Soni Castleberry at 417-6481 who is serving as the team coordinator.

The team also is working to simplify our on-going means of communication. Absolute deadlines have been set for submissions to Connie Foss in the church office. They are:

  • This Week at CHPC and the Sunday bulletin — 9 a.m. Monday
  • Westminster Weekly — 9 a.m. Thursday
  • Next month’s Westminster Ways — 15th of the previous month

In addition, the new Coordinating Team email address is for:

  • Council and committee meeting minutes –15th of the month in order to prepare action items for the session’s 4th Wednesday meeting docket. Copies of all council, committee, and session minutes are available in a binder in the church office for anyone interested.

And for our on-line presence:

  • Thanks to Mary Love for taking on our CHPC website
  • Thanks to Barbara Hedspeth for updating our open Facebook page

Administration is another top priority. Please join us in thanking Music Director, Worship Planner and Staff Coordinator Debbie Dierks, Administrative Assistant Connie Foss, Parish Associates Gary Cook, Mary Love and Lengulula Kashama, and Faith Formation Coordinators Jenifer Thalman-Kepler and Paul Kepler. We appreciate their double-duty work and volunteer efforts on top of those. The Pastoral Care Team also continues great work serving the congregation’s on-going needs and addressing the ones we never know when to expect. Special thanks to Tricia Lloyd-Sidle, Gary Cook and the deacons for the care given to Dave Johnson and his family before and after his recent death. Thanks also to Andrew Hartmans, a new member of this team, and to Mary Love who is stepping back from some responsibilities.

Even while dealing with current needs of our congregation, the team is also focusing on the future.  Eric Proctor has encouraged our Stewardship and Outreach Councils, and our Generosity Team, to bring the congregation together to brainstorm about future budgets, programs, and mission partnerships and wrestle with the hard realities that all may not be possible. Our team also considers what needs to be spruced up in our buildings and grounds before a possible new pastor comes to tour? What areas of our church might be used in different ways and how could we do that before our called pastor arrives? What administrative functions might need to be reviewed – by-laws, council or committee structures and responsibilities? Do you have responses to any of these questions, or have others our church needs to consider? If so, please email the Coordinating Team and share your thoughts.

And finally, in closing, let us be patient with ourselves and each other. We are all on a journey none of us has ever been on. We are trying to do our best. Sometimes we succeed and other times we do not. Just remember that this is God’s church. May we work together to make it the best that it can be.

 Give to One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing is the single, largest way that Presbyterians come together every year to work for a better world. By giving to this offering, you join with Presbyterians worldwide to provide:

  • Relief from natural and human-caused disasters
  • Food for the hungry
  • Partnerships with people who are poor and oppressed as they work to improve their lives

The One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, one of the special offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), supports the mission of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People.

Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church will receive the offering at morning worship on Palm Sunday, April 14, and Easter Sunday, April 21. Children and families are invited to take home fish banks to collect coins for the offering during Lent. Please give generously!

Red-Meat-Free Potlucks for Lent–continued!  The Earth Care Team and the Nurture Council invite you to join us for our regular, first-Sunday-of-the-month congregational potluck on April 7th.  Please bring a Red-Meat-Free dish!  This is a chance to celebrate the Christian tradition of fasting for Lent, while at the same time lowering our greenhouse gas footprints for the future. 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. All that set-up, serving, cleanup, and tear-down doesn’t happen by itself.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the entrance for our next potluck to remind us all to help.  Thanks!

Mission at CHPC

Guatemala Mission Partnership on April 13 and 14:  At 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, folks interested in the partnership will gather at the Henry Young Fellowship Hall to make plans for the partnership, talk by phone with our partners, and prepare soup. Everyone is welcome.

After worship on the next day, Sunday, April 14, there is the April Second Sunday Soup Spectacular. Folks will have an opportunity to take home pints of various homemade soups.  Donations for the partnership will be accepted. Recently, we have shared some of the Sunday Spectacular donations with our partner presbytery, which we imagine they will use for some important improvements to their facilities of the churches around the presbytery. Feel free to be both hungry and generous after worship next Sunday.

Sisters of Sarah Book Club: Sunday, April 14 at 4:00 PM Book club will meet this month in the home of Stephanie Gregory, 813 Cedar Bough Place, New Albany, IN. We will be discussing The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, by Robert Dugoni. Please contact Stephanie for more information (502-314-9322 or selwachang@gmail.com).

Men’s Breakfast Group will meet in Henry Young Hall on Saturday, April 20  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, April 20  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.

Church Clean-up Day: Saturday, April 20  We need your help as we continue our work as good stewards of the property which aids us in our various ministries to each other, the community, and the world. Plan to join us on Saturday, April 20, from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon as we work to spruce up church property both indoors and outdoors. Bring your tools of preference (cleaning supplies, yard tools, etc.) and enjoy fellowship with others as we tidy up for the spring. Specific projects include tackling the brush pile on the back property.

 Other Opportunities

Thank you from the English Language Learners  The ELL Program thanks the following fine cooks for their excellent meals, generosity, and support: Justin and Jessica Banks, Molly Casteel, Tricia Lloyd-Sidle, Carol and Don Mead, Jim Turner, Bruce Ucan and Christina Shadle, Jerry Van Marter, and Erin Veliquette. We thank you for providing a Monday night meal for ELL participants during the Winter term!

English Language Learners Program Needs YOU  CHPC’s English Language Learners (ELL) Program will begin a new term of classes on April 8. Volunteers are needed to provide dinner for the 15–20 ELL participants who meet at 6:00 each Monday night of the term. Please share your favorite “to-go meal” for a large group (folks particularly like salad and fruit). To sign up to provide a meal or for more information, please contact Shannon Langley (langleyse@gmail.com, or 396-8980).

 Grawemeyer Lecture on April 9: For most of America’s history, white Protestantism has been a dominant cultural force, but a combination of demographic change and an abandonment of churches by younger generations may bring this era to an end. On April 9, Public Religion Research Institute CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones will deliver his Grawemeyer Lecture “Why Religion is at the Heart of America’s Identity Crisis” in Caldwell Chapel at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, KY 40205). The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. Jones won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion for his book, The End of White Christian America (Simon & Schuster, 2016).

Gena’s Tree: During April and May, the “blossoms” on Gena’s Tree will be new or gently used books for elementary school children.  They will be taken to the Breckenridge-Franklin Elementary School so that the children might have a book to take home with them to read during the summer break.

Thanks to everyone who contributed clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, and diapers during the past winter months.  Of course, LaCasita can always use diapers and baby wipes.

 Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville 17th Annual Gardening Camps Planned for 2019! We need support! Sustainable Ag of Louisville (SAL) and Co-Sponsor Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church invite you to consider a one-week day camp! The Summer of 2019 will be the 17th year for the camps, which begin the week of June 3 and run through Friday June 28 (four camps).  We need support in recruiting kids and providing funds to cover low income campers (we have a yearly goal of 40% low income kids in our camps.)

What?  Story-telling, gardening work of all kinds, food processing (grinding corn), outdoor games, harvesting, cooking, canning (hot salsa), projects, baking (rhubarb pie, corn bread), cleaning, team work, hiking, swimming!!

Who?  Children ages seven and older (20 maximum each week).

Experienced children ages 13 and older can come as assistant counselors (please contact Stephen Bartlett for details).

How much?  $150* per camper per week (fee includes lunch, snacks, pool fees, all gardening stuff, art supplies, etc.).

*Sliding Scale/ Scholarships provided if needed, on honor system.

Checks made out to SAL can be mailed c/o 104 Forest Court, Louisville, KY 40206

Just email (or call/text) Stephen Bartlett to get camper’s names on the rosters and arrange for camp payment for one of the four camps: estebanbartlett@gmail.com, or call/ text 502 415 1080.

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.

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

CHPC  April  Calendar

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

Monday, April 1


7:00 PM Nominating Committee (G)

Tuesday, April 2

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

6:30 PM Women on the Way (Walker)

Thursday, April 4

7:30 PM Choir Practice (C)

Saturday, April 6

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, April 7

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S) Deborah Fortel, preaching

12:15 PM First Sunday Pot Luck (HYH)

Monday, April 8

6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

7:00 Grawemeyer Lecture (LPTS)

Tuesday, April 9

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

10:00 Presbyterian Women (G)

Wednesday, April 10

7:00 PM Councils (G)

Thursday, April 11

No Choir Practice

Saturday April 13

Build a Bed (CHPC Team – Thomas Jefferson Middle School)

12:30 Guatemala Connection (G; HYH)

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, April 14 – Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday

9:45 AM Sunday School

Minute for Mission: One Great Hour of Sharing

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S) Jerry Van Marter, preaching

12:30 PM Youth and Parents (HYH)

4:00 PM Sisters of Sarah (Stephanie Gregory)

Monday, April 15

Newsletter Deadline

6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

Tuesday, April 16

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

6:30 PM Women on the Way (Walker)

Wednesday, April 17

7:00 PM Taize (S)

Thursday, April 18 – Maundy Thursday

7:00 PM Worship Service (S)

Jerry Van Marter, Preaching

8:00 PM Choir Practice (C)

Friday, April 19 – Good Friday

Office Closed

12:15 PM Worship Service led by Jerry Van Marter (S)

Saturday, April 20

9:00 AM Church Clean-Up Day

10:00 AM Men’s Breakfast (HYH)

10:30 AM Gun Safety Advocacy Group (G)

6:00 PM Guatemalan Fundraiser (El Tarasco)

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, April 21 – Resurrection Sunday

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S) Jerry Van Marter and Deborah Fortel, leading worship

Youth Group: TBA

Monday, April 22

6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

Tuesday, April 23

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)

Wednesday, April 24

7:00 PM Session (G)

Thursday, April 25

11:00 Contemplative Small Group (G)

7:30 PM Choir Practice (C)

Saturday, April 27

6:30 PM French Language Outreach Ministry (S)

Sunday, April 28

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Worship (S) Paul Seebeck, preaching

12:30 PM CHPC Talent Show (HYH)

Monday, April 29

6:00 PM ELL (HYH)

Tuesday, April 30

9:15 AM Staff Meeting (Office)