Westminster Ways


 

Westminster Ways January 2021

Worship

Worship via Zoom is at 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM on Sundays.

Deacon of the Month: January

Allen Bridgman is our Deacon of the Month for January. If you or someone you know is in need of a kind gesture, please reach out to Allen at (502)314-5884 or email allenstu@iglou.com.

Elders of the Week for the Month of January:

Week of January 3: Claudia Foulkes

Week of January 10: Stephanie Gregory

Week of January 17: Elias Craigo-Snell

Week of January 24: Lucy Steilberg

Week of January 31: Jeanne-Marie Rogers

 

A Time for Turning

Deborah Fortel

For me, and maybe for you, too, Advent and Christmas are music and poetry. There are the words of secular myth and the songs of Muzak played on endless repeat in malls and stores. They are familiar, and, in their way, beloved to many.

“Frosty the snowman…”

“Come, they told me, pa-rum-pa-pa-pum…”

“When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter that I rose from my bed to see what was the matter…”

“You’d better watch out; you’d better not cry…”

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…”

But there are other songs and other stories, shaping us in a different direction, toward different hopes. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light…”

“Prepare ye, the way of the Lord…”

My soul magnifies the Holy One,

And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…”

“My heart shall sing of the day you bring, let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.”

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it…”

“O come, O come, Emmanuel…”

Not long ago I awoke with the “Canticle of the Turning” in my mind. That fierce hymn of joy and justice has been accompanying me through the days since.

“My heart shall sing of the day you bring, let the fires of your justice burn. Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near, and the world is about to turn.”

There’s nothing sweet about that hymn: It needs drums under the melody to keep the beat of insistence on justice and change. It moves me from focusing on my own small self and my selfish wants to awareness of the much larger world beyond our front door. Of course, I’m tired of the restrictions on behavior and activities that the pandemic imposes. Of course, I want to be with our family for Christmas, just as I yearned to be for Thanksgiving. Of course, I’ll be glad when we can safely be together without masks, when we can sing together in the sanctuary, when we can greet each other without fear of infecting the vulnerable, when we can have dinner together and share long conversations. And yet, it’s clear to me that what I most hope for, what I believe we need most deeply, is hope. Real hope that doesn’t depend on me or you or us, but on the power of the Holy at work in us and in our world – and in the power of all of us together to move from what was and what is, to make our homes, our church, our city, even our nation, more like the community of justice and compassion and mutual responsibility that we, at our best, can be.

Maybe that’s what Advent and Christmas have always meant and always been. But this year, maybe we are less distracted by the search for the perfect presents and the glitter of the ephemeral. Maybe this year is dark enough, in so many ways, that we can look up and away from ourselves to catch a glimpse, even just a glimpse, of the ways that God is with us, and that the light and the Light still shine in the darkness.

Engaging Youth in Leadership

Soni Castleberry

Youth and young adults always have been involved in the CHPC congregation. Through the years involvement has changed based upon the numbers of people in those age groups and what was happening in our country and world. During most of the last 30 years CHPC had a large, strong youth group, active adult parent volunteers, a strong youth team, or paid staff to develop and supervise youth activities, as well as special activities for young families and their children too. These opportunities provided a wealth of ways for youth to grow in their faith and leadership skills.

Over the last decade, however, many people have noted that the time availability and interests of our youth and young adults have changed as have those of their parents/guardians too. Families are busier than ever, and although technology has become a key time saver some admit that it can be a big-time eater too as increased TV shows and video games flood the market, and non-church activities (before COVID-19) also kept people busy.

The Nurture Council, staff, parents, and youth have talked about these issues for several years and tried to re-work some of what was successful in the past to new realities. Most of those attempts worked for a while, but increasingly it became clear that new ideas are needed. We thought the Sunday school hour would be a great place to explore options. Every Sunday in January, youth and adults will gather on Zoom at 9:30 to chat and class starts at 9:45 a.m.

When Roger came as our pastor, he mentioned the book Acts of Faith, by Eboo Patel which he ranked as one the most influential books he had read over the last several years. A memoir of growing up Muslim in America, Patel shares the hope of the power and passion of young people, and the world-changing potential that their service can provide through an interfaith youth movement. Roger suggested it to some of us on Nurture Council and encouraged the CHPC’s new Personnel Committee to read it too. He hoped the book would spur our conversation about the changing roles and opportunities open to youth and young adults in today’s world. Through our new roles as a Matthew 25 church and one of the congregations in the Nehemiah Project, we have a structure that can make a difference in developing religious leadership within a new generation.

Copies of the book are available for purchase at Carmichael’s and held under Soni Castleberry’s name. It is also available at on-line sites. Soni and Seth Craigo-Snell are co-coordinating the class. Please join us.

 

Other Opportunities

Youth and Adult Sunday School

Youth and adults are meeting together on Zoom for Sunday school in January. You are welcome to visit with each other at 9:30 or sign on at 9:45 a.m. when class begins. The book, Acts of Faith, by Eboo Patel is spurring our conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing youth and young adults today. It is a remarkable account of growing up Muslim in America and becoming a prominent interfaith leader.

Carmichael’s has some books for purchase and held under Soni Castleberry’s name.   Or google Eboo Patel or his organization, Interfaith Youth Core, to gain some knowledge about him and his work. You might also want to ponder these questions which we discussed in small groups last week:

Were you raised with a faith tradition and, if so, how did it impact how you see your faith now?

If you have raised children, or are doing so now, how has your faith informed your child-rearing?

Were there moments or interactions in your life, perhaps with someone from a different faith background, that was particularly important in your faith journey?

What does CHPC do to nurture its children, youth, and young adults to become faithful leaders? What more do you think we could do?

Topic: Youth and Adult Sunday School 

Time: Sunday at 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81230077548?pwd=cE52Rzd1dCtwUHYrdjRydmJ3RGJTZz09

Meeting ID: 812 3007 7548

Chat with Rebecca via Zoom on Wednesday at 4pm!

Feel free to drop in on Wednesday anytime between 4pm – 5pm to chat with our seminary intern, Rebecca Mattern.

Topic: Meeting with Rebecca

Time: Wednesday at 4:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88603060646?pwd=dWRtMXBQL0RsM2Z1RVpPcE9jNENGZz09

Meeting ID: 886 0306 0646

 

A New Basic Bible Study Class

There is an exciting new five-week class starting at CHPC this month – a Basic Bible Study.  It will be held with Roger on Zoom at noon on Wednesdays. It will start Jan. 13 and run weekly through Feb. 10. Participants will study the Bible alongside the book, A Guide to Bible Basics, by Tyler D. Mayfied, who is an associate professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This highly recommended book is said to be a great help to those of us who feel intimidated about studying the Bible and a bit embarrassed about how little we know about this book at the base of our Christian faith tradition.

Roger agreed to offer this class after we shared with him that we feel that our Bible knowledge is lacking. We all grew up in the church — one of us as a Catholic, one a Presbyterian, and one a Southern Baptist. Although we have been in Catechism classes, Sunday school, and/or Bible studies, we still do not feel comfortable with what we know. We yearn to know more. We also know others at CHPC who are newer Christians, or still trying to figure out what they believe, or may have grown up in a church like us, who have shared this same feeling of Bible inadequacy.

If any of this sounds like you, please join us. Young. Old. It does not matter. We just look forward to this opportunity to be new learners together. We would welcome the chance to have you with us as we leap into this most important book. You can use any version of the Bible for class. If you want to buy the study guide, it is available at Carmichael’s at the 20% book club rate under CHPC’s name, for about $18. It also can be purchased on-line.

Soni Castleberry, Sandra Duverge, and Claudia Foulkes

Zoom info:

Bible Basics Wednesdays at 12 noon

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81516732049?pwd=cjg3MUdOdlM1UWEwMU5CUHRXNW5nUT09

Meeting ID: 815 1673 2049

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 office@crescenthill.church. 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 world https://padlet.com/dmumford2/6mlyz480kr9e1wrk.

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.

Instructions:

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

Click Save

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”, located under the main menu. If you run into any trouble, contact the church office (893-5381 or office@crescenthill.church).

 

People at CHPC:  January Birthdays

4-Ted Trautwein

12-Carol Young

16-Don Mead

23-Kara Castleberry

25-Elisabeth McNinch

27-Alexis Barnes-Davies

27-Will Farrell

28-Ian Husk

29-Sharyn Emery

30-Lewis Washington

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 Faith 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.

If you would like to receive a digital or print copy of the directory, please contact the church office.

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

CHPC January Calendar

To access the church calendar, click here or visit http://www.crescenthill.church/church-calendar/.