Westminster Weekly 11/26/20


Worship Service Sunday, November 29, 2020
Topic: Worship Service Sunday, November 29, 2020Time: Nov 29, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Children’s Sunday School
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Adult Sunday School: Advent Candling
Join us for exploration and sharing as we move through Advent, candle by candle, week by week, drawing closer to the celebration of the birth of our Savior. Each week we will gather the beloved community to light a candle and read the scripture to be used in Worship. We will then reflect how the text relates to hope, peace, joy, and love followed by sharing of our lives and how we have experienced each of these.
Sessions will be led by Todd Rogers.

Topic: Adult Sunday School
Time: Nov 29, 2020 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Upcoming Sermon Texts
November 29
Mark 13:19–27 (First Sunday of Advent)

December 6
Mark 1:1–8
December 13
Luke 1:46–55
December 20
Luke 1:26–38

Congregational Meeting November 29th
Session scheduled November 29th for a congregational meeting that will take place immediately following our 11am worship, using the same Zoom meeting. The Nominating Committee has prepared nominees for new Ruling Elders and Deacons. We will vote on new officers, and pending Session’s discussion regarding the pastor’s terms of call, we will also vote on the pastor’s terms of call.
Introduction to Slate Nominees

Elders:
Dottie Anderson [3 year term] – About two years ago when I walked into CHPC late and crept up to the balcony, I immediately felt the positivity among the church body that was generated by kindness towards one another and joyfulness! Right away I wanted to visit again if not just going ahead to ask to join the church. However, I have held back from getting to know people after joining the congregation because I wasn’t finished with working through a grieving process because of a profound change in my faith in God and in His people generally. I haven’t wanted to be hurt again as I was in some of the staff positions in the various churches of which I have served. Being a part of a church can be “messy”. All the while I have been missing out on some of God’s healing by not getting to know the people here better. Even with my misgivings, I haven’t completely left the idea of ministry alone and have been praying about finding a ministry or action group in the community to join. Life for many people now is terribly difficult, and I want to find a way to help. Being new to Presbyterianism, serving as an Elder would not have been in my mind, but I think that this is what I am supposed to do. I believe that this is my opportunity to serve in ministry and to get to know the people of our congregation.

Harrie Lynn Buecker [3 year term] – I am truly honored to have received the invitation and nomination. Among my earliest and warmest memories was growing up as a very involved member of the Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church in Whitesburg, KY – the town where I was born and lived until my teen years. In recent. years, I have served as an educational leader in schools and districts throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and most recently as a Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville. Meeting Lucy Steilberg and so many others during my initial visits to our church led me to make a quick decision to join the CHPC.  I feel very blessed to be a member of this very special congregation and I hope to serve the church in any way in which I am needed.

Elias Craigo-Snell [1 year term] – Hi, I am currently a Junior at Atherton High School where I play Lacrosse and am an IB student. I have attended Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church since my family moved to Louisville nine years ago. I was confirmed as a member of the church in May 2017. I am passionate about outreach and mission and I am incredibly excited to be a part of this powerful time in our church’s life. I am delighted to have this opportunity. 

Erin Denny [3 year term] – I have attended CHPC since I was 5 years old, with my faith nourished and established in our presence. I now have soon-to-be 4-year-old triplets with my husband, Roy “Chris” Denny, and we hope they and other children will enjoy beautiful experiences at CHPC as I did. Prior to choosing to be a full-time mom, my career included Public Relations, Event Planning, and IT Project Management. I hope my professional, family, and faith experience will help add value to our Elder team and our church.

Deacons:

Gayle Collins: [2 year term] – At 7 years old, I skipped down the aisle of Metairie Baptist Church in Louisiana, to make my profession of faith. At about 27 years old, I skipped… well I didn’t actually skip, but I did walk with spirit, down the aisle of Harvey Browne Presbyterian Church—where both my personal faith and my concerns about social justice could abide together. I’ve learned from painful experiences that it is vital we have both—a personal faith and an ache in our hearts for others. In the meantime, I’m an old woman who still must work for a living, a mother of 5, mother-in-law to another 5, and grandmother to 11 practically perfect grandchildren. I came to CHPC not long after Jane became its pastor. I immediately joined the choir! I am so grateful for CHPC, for its leaders and its people—my dearest friends and many of the people I admire most in the world are here. They have given me so much. I first became an Elder at HB and I have been privileged to serve on CHPC’s session, too. I am grateful for another opportunity to pay it forward… or to act out one of my personal favorites, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 (RSV).

Mary Duncan [2 year term] – I am the daughter of Mary Jane Bennett, who died several years ago. I’m also mother of Christy Bott-Baird and grandmother of Mary Lucy Bott and Becca and Claire Baird. My husband is Terry Duncan. We were married in the chapel, now the everything room almost 30 years ago by Barbara and Mark Barnes, who were co-pastors at the time. My family moved to Louisville in 1960 when my dad, George Bennett was called to be a chaplain at Central State Hospital. We joined CHPC at that time, I was 5 years old. I have served as a deacon in the past and was an elder at the former James Lees church, while my mom, Su Hobson, and I ran a clothes closet there. 

Nellie Ngandu [2 year term] – I was born on December 12, 1965 in Kinshasa the capitol of Democratic Republic of Congo. I had my master’s degree in Economic Sciences from Kinshasa University. I worked as a Financial Manager in many International Non-Government Organizations. I was baptized in Catholic Church, and when I grew up, I became member of Faithful Baptist Church in Africa (CBFA) in 2000. Since then, I rejoined my husband in 2019 here in Louisville. I will be happy to serve Christ as Deacon. I thank God and the Committee who nominated me. I’m ready for work.

Amy Pauw [1 year term] – I was a member of the first group of deacons when CHPC reintroduced them in 2008, and served on the PNCs that called Jane and Roger. My family and I have been members of CHPC since 1990. I’m looking forward to singing in the choir again!

At-Large Members of the 2021 Nominating Committee:

Carrie Mook Bridgman – I am an ordained Presbyterian minister who is not currently serving a church. I work with Mattingly Edge, an agency supporting adults with intellectual disabilities to live full and independent lives as part of the larger community. I am married to James Bridgman. My son, Ben, is 22. I am the daughter-in-law of Stewart Bridgman Sr. (“the Ancient”), the sister-in-law of Stewart Bridgman, Jr. and Allen Bridgman, and the aunt of Cara Bridgman.Gail DeMarsh – I became involved with CHPC not long after moving to the Crescent Hill neighborhood twenty years ago. I’ve served as an Elder and a Deacon, as a member of Nurture Council, and on several committees for special projects. In my working years I was on the PC(USA) staff, in the International Health & Development Office.

Barbara Hedspeth – I have been a member of CHPC since the late 80’s. I have served as a Deacon, and I am honored to sing in the choir. I am also active with our Earth Care committee. We are facing one of our biggest challenges as a congregation and I hope I can help see us through to the day that we can be together in body as well as spirit.

Advent Season Worship Opportunities
Hello, and Blessed Advent greetings from your Worship Council.
We have put together an Advent/Christmas calendar for you to peruse, enjoy and participate with us as we prepare for the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ – Emmanuel…God-with-us.
We encourage you to create a worship space for Advent in your home with an Advent wreath, or just a simple candle you can light, maybe a purple cloth or another way to create a sacred space. You may also include your communion elements in this space.

Send in a Christmas Greeting video from you or your family! Each Sunday we will share greetings from different families after the benediction. There are two ways you can participate:
Make your own 25-second recording (please use landscape mode) and submit it to office@crescenthill.church before Noon on Wednesday.

Join Rebecca on Zoom to be recorded during her office hours (tomorrow 12pm-2pm and 4pm-6pm December 2, 9,16).

If you or your family have a crèche, we invite you to take a picture when you have it set up and send the photo in an email to office@crescenthill.church. Be sure to take the picture in a landscape or sideways format.

**We will be celebrating Communion every Sunday during Advent.
Sunday November 29 – The first Sunday of Advent
Advent candle-lighting (wreath) during Zoom worship and at home: Theme: Hope
Scriptures Ps. 80:19 and Mark 13:19-27
Christmas greetings from individuals and families

Sunday December 6 – The second Sunday of Advent
Advent candle-lighting (wreath) during Zoom worship and at home: Theme: Peace
Scriptures: Ps. 85:10 and Mark 1:1-8Christmas greetings from individuals and families

Saturday, December 12 – A VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PAGEANT 11AM  Details coming soon.

Sunday, December 13 – The third Sunday of Advent
Advent candle-lighting (wreath) during Zoom worship and at home: Theme: Joy!
Scriptures: Ps. 126:5d and Luke 1:46-55Christmas greetings from individuals and families
Wednesday, December 16 – Taize – “Blue Christmas” service at 7 pm

Sunday, December 20 – The fourth Sunday of Advent
Advent candle-lighting (wreath) during Zoom worship and at home: Theme: Love
Scriptures: Ps. 89:1-2 and Luke 1:26-38
Christmas greetings from individuals and families

Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve service at Zoom worship at 5:30 pm

Sunday, December 27 – The first Sunday of Christmas
Rebecca Mattern, preaching

Our Advent and Christmas prayers are with the entire CHPC community, families and friends around the world. May your season be blessed with Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  

Christmas Connection
This is the time of year, if life was “normal,” when our youth group would have a fun afternoon buying gifts for less fortunate children, with our donations to United Crescent Hill Ministries’ annual Christmas Connection program. CHPC’s generous support has brightened the Christmas season for dozens of families in our area. Like so many things, Christmas Connection is different this year. Instead of shopping with specific gift lists, we will be making direct donations which UCHM will use to purchase Target, Walmart, Amazon and Kroger gift cards for Christmas Connection recipients. The goal is to provide a $100 gift card for each child plus a $25 Kroger gift card. In past years our youth saw that the gift lists they shopped with included many practical necessities such as socks, pajamas, jeans or a warm jacket. We won’t have those wish lists this year, but we know those basic needs are greater than ever, as the Covid pandemic complicates the lives of families already struggling financially. Typically about 100 families register for Christmas Connection gifts. This year already more than 130 families have signed up; many more are expected to register in the next couple weeks.

If you would like to help, there are several ways to do so:Donate through UCHM’s website: uchmlouky.org (Click on Christmas Connection Sponsorship)Mail or deliver a check made out to United Crescent Hill Ministries, designated Christmas ConnectionMake a cash donation at UCHM’s community center
UCHM is located at 150 S. State St. 40206 (one block south of Frankfort Ave.)

New Staff Announcement

We are happy to announce that Session approved minister member Deborah Fortel to take on the unpaid role of Associate for Pastoral Care. This formalizes the ongoing work that Deborah, with Roger’s supervision, has been doing to help cover the pastoral care needs of our congregation. Deborah’s ongoing work with the congregation includes, among other things, the leadership she has provided to coordinate Companion Groups through the summer and early fall. The Personnel Committee reviewed the proposed position description and sent their recommendation to Session for consideration at the November 15th meeting. In this role, Deborah will also provide staff support for the Deacons. She begins as a member of staff this week and will be an important part of our staff going forward. On November 29th, the first Sunday of Advent, we will include a commissioning service to mark the beginning of this new season for our church and for Deborah.

Thanksgiving Week Hours
The church office will be closed on November 26th and 27th in observance of Thanksgiving.
The following meetings will resume the week of November 30th:
Talk About the Sermon Wednesdays
Thursday Lunch with Roger

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
Here are ways we can continue learning and living into the Matthew 25 vision:
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.) at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/matthew-25/

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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 pdwmarcum@gmail.com.
Elder of the Week
Doug Yeager is our Elder of the Week. He can be contacted via phone at (502)893-3659 or email at doug@dougyeager.com.
Associate for Pastoral Care
Minister member Deborah Fortel is our Associate for Pastoral Care. She can be contacted by email at dgfortel@gmail.com or phone at (502)721-8500. ‌