June 2022

   The Presbyletter

Ionia First Presbyterian Church125 East Main Street, Ionia, MI 48846

June 2022

Day of Pentecost

An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003, 117-119):

According to the Day of Pentecost story in Acts 2:1-13, God gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower witnesses to the resurrection. Sounds from heaven, cosmic language, the rush of a mighty ruach (wind, spirit, breath) invaded the house in which the apostles gathered, and appeared to them as a burning fire. Tongues of fire touched their nerve centers. A power — the unseen power of God — moved among them and gripped them. The Holy Spirit is unseen, like the wind, which is why the Old Testament calls it ruach YHWH, “the wind, or breath, of God” (cf. John 3:8). The Spirit is the “unseenness of God” working among us.

According to Joel (2:28-29) the ruach is to open everybody to God’s future. People young and old will dream and will have visions of hope; they will be able to loose themselves from the way things are now, because God is establishing a whole new economy of creation. The Holy Spirit breaks us out of our preoccupation with ourselves and frees us to serve neighbors, loosens our grasp on possessions, and sets us to loving people. New creation is what Joel is talking about. Pentecost is new creation.

The book of Acts tells the story of the outcome of Pentecost’s new creation: people witness in word and in deed to the risen Christ. At the outset, the newborn church immediately tumbled out into the streets to witness to God’s mighty works in the languages of people all over the world. By the end of the story, a tiny, Spirit-filled community of faith that broke from its present order has spread across the continents with incredible power to bring new things into being. With the gift of the Spirit, all things are possible. …

Therefore, on the Day of Pentecost, we celebrate God’s gift of Holy Spirit which draws us together as one people, helps us to comprehend what God is doing in the world, and empowers us to proclaim, in word and in deed, God’s plan of reconciling all people in the name of Christ (Ephesians 1:10).

Without the gift of the Spirit, Christ’s church dries up and withers away, and we are left with only our broken selves. With the gift of the Spirit, all things are possible. A spirit-filled community of faith opens eyes to needs in the world and sees its missing as God’s new people. The Day of Pentecost is the climax of the Great Fifty Days of Easter, celebrating as it does the gift of the Spirit to the body of Christ — the church.

Sunday Worship
10:00 A.M.

If you are fully vaccinated, feel free to be mask free!

If you are not fully vaccinated, please wear a mask for the safety of yourself and others.


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Holy Communion First Sunday of the Month

Sunday Morning Study
“Understanding the New Testament”

immediately following worship each week in the Memorial Room

Church Baptism

Our newest baptized member is
Lilyth Anne VanSyckle.

Lilyth was welcomed into the First Presbyterian Family on Sunday, May 8th during Sunday morning worship. 

In this picture Lilyth is with her parents, Tyler and Kelly VanSyckle, big brother, Jacob, Godparents, Ryan and Angelique Cook, and Pastor Chris.

Grandparents, Sharon and Dave Stephens, Kathy and Jim VanSyckle, Great-grandparents, Gerry Jacobson, Lew and Carol Campbell, and other family members also celebrated her baptism.


Lilith is not too sure about the whole thing.

Big brother Jacob, and Dad



I am putting together camp packs for our six campers attending Camp Greenwood this summer.  If you would like to help through donations of items or money, it would be very much appreciated. The items needed are toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, etc.  Our first camper leaves on June 26.

You can leave your donation with me at church on Sunday or drop it off to me at my home.

Thank you for your help and generosity.

Mary Williams

Men’s Breakfast June 12 

Immediately following the worship service on June 12, the men will serve breakfast in the fellowship hall.

Come one and all!

So far the menu comprises a fruit plate and several casseroles. Warren Thomson and Lee Hunsberger are coordinating. Talk with one of them if you would like to contribute a dish, help serve or if you have any special requests. Also, let them know if you will attend or not.
See you in church.

Choral Concert

The Lakewood Area Choral Society will present a concert of sacred and inspirational music on Sunday, June 5, at 3 PM at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings. This is the church where our former pastor, Bruce Mulder, is currently serving. Several Ionia folks sing in this chorus including Lew and Carol Campbell. 

Come and hear selections such as How Great Thou Art, It Is Well With My Soul, Change The World With Love, and Cornerstone. The tickets are free, but a freewill offering will be taken.

Worship Volunteers


June 5, 2022

June 12, 2022

June 19, 2022

June 26, 2022


Lew Campbell

Cindy Rozich

Marilyn McKay

Lee Hunsberger 


Jen Furman and Cindy Rozich

Judi & Duane Emlinger                               

Marcia & Ernie Ross

Margaret Gregory and Norma Kilpatrick

Session Highlights

These highlights are from the April 19 session meeting.

~ Pastor Dorn and Elder Rozich took communion to members and friends who were unable to attend church. 

~ JoAnn Fuhrman, a longtime member of the church, died April 4 

~ Pastor Chris will be gone the last three Sundays in May. Bert Nelson will fill the pulpit. 

~The budget chair reported that the 2021 financial review will be available at the May session meeting. 

~ Six youth will be attending Camp Greenwood this summer. 

~ Session agreed that, in the future, efforts should be made to offer Kosbar scholarship money to Ionia High School seniors based on criteria to be developed that is consistent with Helen’s wishes.

~ Mission delivered 77 books to Head Start and nine to Early On. 

~ Many purchased flowers in memory of loved ones for Easter Sunday. The sanctuary was beautified with lilies, daffodils, and tulips.

Special dates

Pentecost, June 5, 2022
Trinity Sunday, June 12, 2022
Flag Day, June 14, 2022
Father’s Day, June 19, 2022
First day of summer, June 21, 2022

Barb Klenk          3
Caitlin Rozich       6
Maxine Bosley    18

The Origin of Father’s Day

One Sunday in 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd listened to a sermon honoring mothers. Her mother had died some years before, so her father had raised her by himself. Dodd wondered why there wasn’t a day to honor fathers, so she arranged a tribute to her father at a church in Spokane, Washington. The date was June 19, 1910. Many people believe this was the beginning of Father’s Day.

Another account holds that a West Virginia church held a tribute service for fathers in 1908, following a mine explosion that killed 360 men. Regardless of which story is correct, President Calvin Coolidge was the first president to designate a special day to honor fathers. In 1924, he proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

Holy Spirit, joy Divine
     sometimes you come as a fierce wind,
     sweeping away litter which clutters our lives;
Sometimes you are as a soft breeze,
     whispering away the worries
     furrowed on our faces;
Sometimes you are as a deep calm;
     stilling our hyper-active thoughts
     and bringing rest at twilight.
Always you are the Spirit of Truth,
     hearing our searching questions
     with a Love too holy for ordinary words.
Thank you, Sister Spirit,
     for being who you are for us.

                    Rev. Bruce D. Prewer  1931 – 2018      

Session Members / Ministry Team Chairperson / Committee Member

Judi Emlinger*   –  Christian Education, Nominating
Jen Furman*
Perry Gregory   –  Building/Grounds
Lee Hunsberger*  –   Stewardship/Budget and Finance
Norma Kilpatrick*  –  Treasurer/Budget and Finance
Norma Kilpatrick   –  Memorials and Investments
Barb Klenk  –  Treasurer

*Session Members

 Marilyn McKay*   –  Mission
Linda Steele*
Cindy Rozich    –    * Worship
Keith Sterner*   –  Personnel
Warren Thompson*  –  Building/Grounds
Mary Williams*  –  Christian Education
Margaret Gregory  –  Clerk of Session
Kathy VanSyckle*   –  Personnel

First Presbyterian Staff

Rev. Dr. Chris Dorn
Sara Hyland
Steve Slaughter

Pastor Tel. 616-610-5982
Administrative Assistant

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Email: [email protected]
Summer Church Office Hours-Tuesday 12-3; Wednesday 9-3; Thursday 9-1
Ph# 616-527-2320 

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