Detail of sanctuary stained glass
Announcements and Requests
Please submit items for the January 2014 issue of The SPIRE by Thursday, December 19, 2013.
Call to Congregational Meeting
A congregational meeting will be held Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 10:00 am immediately following worship services. The purpose of the meeting is to elect church officers and transact any other necessary church business.
By order of the Session
Evelyn Haas, Clerk of Session
Welcome, New Members!
First Presbyterian is happy to welcome these new members to our midst. The January SPIRE will contain additional information and their photos. In the meantime, please let them know how happy we are to have them here!
||George & Joyce Saltsman
||Charles (Pat) & Rosemary (Rosie) Mills
||Fred & Doris Stainbrook
||Paul & Sherrill Tyacke
New Time for Men's Breakfast Fellowship
Zane Porter announces that "The Men's Breakfast Fellowship is changing its meeting time and menu. Effective Tuesday, November 26th, we will begin meeting at 8:00 am for a continental breakfast in Swain Hall. There will be singing, Bible reading, prayer and a program. All men are welcome to join our fellowship. This is a permanent change."
In coming weeks you will be able to sign up to receive photos taken of you at the gala 50th Anniversary dinner for free via email, or you may purchase at cost a DVD of the anniversary slideshow; a DVD containing all the gala photos; or the booklet of all Donna Roth’s carefully researched SPIRE articles about the church’s history.
Watch for the signup sheets in Swain Hall!
A.S.K. – And Ye Shall Receive
“Always Serving Kindness” - A new volunteer service to be available in January
As we grow older or become physically challenged, we find that we need occasional assistance. The one who used to be there to sharpen that knife, replace that light bulb, or take you to a doctor appointment or to the pharmacy, is no longer available. We recognize this and desire to help.
Beginning in January, I will coordinate a list of volunteers for small household tasks, and providing transportation. The volunteer list is being created through December. Beginning in January, when I call a person on the volunteer list, he or she may say “Yes” and be given the particulars for the help (name of member and what kind of help, along with the phone number). If that volunteer is not available, he or she will be called at a later date when a need arises.
WE are the ones you can call.
WE will find help for you.
WE have the skills and the desire
to serve our brothers and sisters.
Call me at (cell) 623-680-3443 as coordinator. If your needs are within our boundaries, we will contact a volunteer . Potential Volunteers: Please call me at the same phone number to indicate your availability.
New Practice Times for Music Groups
Starting on Wednesday, September 25, the choir will be rehearsing in the choir (Westminster) room on their usual day but at a different time - 6:30 pm. Call the church office to let us know if you don't drive after dark and would like transportation. On the nights of the Wednesday Fellowship Dinners, choir rehearsal will follow the program. If you like to sing, come join us; our new director, Bill Gleason, has a lot of positive energy to share!
The Great Bells of Fire, our new handbell choir, will also be practicing on Wednesdays, but at 1:00 pm. in Annex 1. Our handbell director, Sherrill Tyacke, says you don't need previous experience to ring! Drop in on a rehearsal to learn more.
Presbyterian Women Holiday High Tea
Saturday, December 14th
Doors open at 1:00 pm, tea is served at 1:30 pm
All ladies of the church and their friends are welcome. Come at 1:00 and view the beautiful tables our ladies have set with their special china. Enjoy tea sandwiches; cucumber canapés; scones with lemon curd, Devonshire cream and raspberry jam; delicious pastries; AND special entertainment.
Tickets are $12.00, non-refundable.Call Norma Mack in the church office on Monday-Wednesday, 8:00am-4:00pm, or Thursday, 8:00am-1:00pm to be placed on the waiting list.
The "Flower List"
Flowers for the Sunday worship are paid for by individuals who sign up to honor loved ones or to celebrate a life event (anniversary, birthday). Please call or come in to the office to select a date and pay the small contribution of $20.00.
Parking Lot Alert
On Sunday, June 23, a car in our parking lot was broken into during worship services and several things were taken from inside, including a garage door opener. According to the Peoria police, several similar break-ins have occurred recently in church parking lots there; in each case, the owner's home was then burgled. Two Caucasian men and a Caucasian woman in her late 20's in a black Chevy Malibu-type vehicle were seen near the scene of one incident.
When parking your car in any unsecured area, please eliminate temptation as much as possible by not leaving any belongings (including your garage door opener) where they can be easily seen by potential thieves. If you see a crime in progress, call 911 immediately without trying to take further action yourself.
Join Our Stephen Ministers
Are you a compassionate person, full of faith and trustworthy? Would you like to help, on a one-to-one basis, people who are going through a personal crisis? If so, the Stephen Ministers of First Presbyterian would like you to join them.
Don't know how to be a Stephen Minister? We will train you through classes held here at the church by our Stephen Leaders and Stephen Ministers.
INTERESTED? Contact Gene Downing (623-933-0642) or another Stephen Minister at church.
Jane Hundley, Chair of the Worship Committee, needs more members to serve as Liturgists for our Sunday services. (Being an Elder is not a requirement.)
The task includes reading, with the congregation, the opening Call to Worship, and a little later, the Declaration of Pardon. A brief Prayer for Illumination is read by the Liturgist just prior to the reading of the first scripture lesson. That concludes the Liturgist's responsibility.
An advance copy of Sunday's worship guide is always available by Wednesday for the Liturgist to use in making notes and reminders of when to stand and speak, etc.
If you'd like to know more about being a Liturgist, please give Jane a call at 623-412-9471.
Stewardship is a Gift from God
November 17 was Stewardship Sunday. If you have not yet filled out your pledge card for the coming year, please do so.
In our lives as stewards, the gifts we offer—time, talent and our financial resources— are holy gifts. They are gifts of love, given in joy and devotion. Through the gift of stewardship, God gives us the opportunity to witness to God’s love through Jesus Christ. Pledges, donations, money, tithes, cash, checks, gifts—in its simplest form stewardship is annual giving. Stewardship also encompasses legacy giving—planned giving, deferred giving, plans for gifts beyond our lifetime. Planned giving includes current and future gifts, made as part of estate planning, and is over and above annual giving.
A brochure about our church’s Foundation Fund is now available. The First Presbyterian Church, Sun City Foundation Fund brochure has information about Planned Gifts and will help you select the best instruments for including the church in your estate plans. To receive a copy of the brochure, please call the church office, or pick one up in Swain Hall following Sunday worship services.
2013 Per Capita is $29.50
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. Our Constitution provides a moral and theological compass that builds community and calls us to Christian faithfulness in gratitude to God.
The Book of Order states that per capita is a way for all who attend a Presbyterian church to share costs belonging to the whole church: Per capita "gives meaning to the interdependent nature of the Presbyterian church." Per capita is the glue that holds us together. It allows us to:
- Participate equally and interdependently by sharing the cost of coordinating and evaluating mission.
- Perform ecclesiastical, legislative and judicial functions that identify a Reformed Church.
- Strengthen the sense of community among all Presbyterians.
Since the mid 1800s, per capita contributions have been used to defray expenses for commissioners attending General Assembly, Synod and Presbytery meetings so everyone could be present and participate regardless of distance or financial resources. Per capita is also used to fund ecclesiastical and administrative functions shared by the whole church.
For 2013, the per capita for each person in our church is $29.50. Your $29.50 contribution, or $59 contribution for two people,* allows our larger church to further the mission of Jesus Christ in our local communities and around the world.
Please make your per capita contribution by using the blue Per Capita pledge envelope from your pledge box or a pew envelope with notation ‘For Per Capita.’ Per capita funds build community and express our faith and gratitude. Per capita brings Presbyterians together — literally!
*By making your per capita gift for yourself and a "friend" in our congregation you are helping our whole church make visible the unity of the church of Jesus Christ.