October Newsletter

OCTOBER 9TH - Feeding The Body and Soul - Session 1 - The gospel of De. Seuss: Green Eggs and Ham. For all ages.  Begins at 5:30 pm with a simple supper.  Prgram ends by 7:00 pm

November 11th - A Salute to Veterans - An event to honor veterans beginning at 6:00 pm.  All are welcome.  More info to follow.

November 13thFeeding the Body and Soul - Session 2 - The gospel of De. Seuss: What was I scared of?  For all ages.  Begins at 5:30 pm with a simple supper.  Prgram ends by 7:00 pm


10/3 9:30 A.M. Quilters

10/4 10:30 A.M. Travelogue

2-4 P.M. Prayer Shawl Group

10/7 8:30 A.M. Handbells practice

10:00 A.M. Worship - Dr. Chris Dorn, World Communion Sunday Missions Offering

11:00 A.M. Sunday School

10/9 5:30 P.M. Family Night “Green Eggs and Ham”

10/10 9:30 A.M. Quilters

10/11 2-4 P.M. Prayer Shawl Group

10/14 8:30 A.M. Handbells practice

10:00 A.M. Worship Guest Speaker, Sally Wilcox

11:00 A.M. Sunday School

10/17 9:30 A.M. Quilters

10/18 9:30 A.M. Membership & Care

2-4 P.M. Prayer Shawl Group

5:00 P.M. Soup Kitchen Team #5, Captain, Chris Desgranges

10/21 8:30 A.M. Handbells practice

10:00 A.M. Worship Guest Speaker, Dr. Chris Dorn

11:00 A.M. Sunday School

10/24 9:30 A.M. Quilters

10/25 2– 4 P..M. Prayer Shawl Group

10/28 8:30 A.M. Handbells practice

10:00 A.M. Worship Guest Speaker, Dr. Chris Dorn

11:00 A.M. Sunday School

10/31 9 9:30 A.M. Quilters



10/4 Ernie Ross

10/6 Jim VanSyckle

10/8 Nancy Satterlee

10/12 Anna VanSyckle

10/20 Sue Thompson

10/29 Mike Fuhrman

10/29 Cai Jasso

Soup Kitchen

October 18th @ 5:00 P.M.

Team #5

Captain, Chris Desgranges

Soup Kitchen 1st Pres Church Ionia

Prayer Shawl Group News
Just a reminder that blankets are available for all ages. Recipient does not need to
be a church member. If you know of someone who could use a blanket, please
contact Mary Williams or Evelyn Ransom.
Prayer Shawl Group

Please note:  The “Presbyterians on the Go” will continue meeting the first Thursday of each month at 10:30 A.M. for a travelogue. Everyone is welcome to come, young or old.

October Worship Stewards

October 7 -

Guest Speaker: Dr. Chris Dorn; Liturgist: Lee Hunsberger; Communion Preparation: Judi Emlinger and Evelyn Ransom; Communion Servers: The Hoovers, Norma Kilpatrick, Marilyn McKay, The Campbells, The VanSyckles; Ushers/Greeters: Marilyn McKay, Lavonna and David Hoover; Fellowship: Marcia and Ernie Ross

October 14

Guest Speaker: Sally Wilcox; Liturgist: Kathy VanSyckle; Ushers/Greeters: Shelly Reglin, Marcia and Ernie Ross; Children’s Message: Marilyn McKay; Fellowship: Sue Reglin, Norma Kilpatrick

October 21

Guest Speaker: Dr. Chris Dorn; Liturgist: Perry Gregory; Ushers/Greeters: Linda Steele, Keith and Lynn Sterner; Children’s Message: Lee Hunsberger; Fellowship: Pat Gustafson & Oscar Johnson

October 28

Guest Speaker: Dr. Chris Dorn; Liturgist: Sue Reglin; Ushers/Greeters: Perry and Margaret Gregory, Linda Hood; Children’s Message: Kathy VanSyckle; Flowers: Mike and Linda Kaufman; Fellowship: Christian Ed

Session Highlights

These minutes are of the July 16, 2018 meeting.

Edgar Harkness died the evening of June 24, 2018 at Green Acres in Ionia. Although he was not a member of First Presbyterian, he has close ties to the church. His wife, Marie, and his two children were raised in the church. He provided the funds to purchase the hand bells in honor of Marie. On June 27th, Dr. Chris Dorn presided at the private graveside service at Balcom Cemetery in Ionia.

As scheduled, Luxury Janitorial and Carpet Cleaning completed the tile stripping and waxing of the floors in the fellowship hall, the table and chairs storage room, bell choir practice room, kitchen and room off the kitchen, upstairs bathrooms, kitchenette, and the carpet cleaning in the high traffic areas of the Memorial Room. The cost of $1,398.51 was paid from the building and maintenance fund.

Rev. Helen Havlik, Session moderator, provided the Session with a report on the presbytery meeting on June 12th at the First Presbyterian Church in Edwardsburg. Those retiring in the presbytery office were honored. Rev. Dr. John Best, General Presbyter, is retiring at the end of the summer and will be the interim minister at Pine Island Presbyterian Church. Leslie Keusch, Communication Co- ordinator/Office Administrator is retiring August 16th. The presbytery treasurer has retired and his replacement has been hired. There will be on-going talks about the structure of our presbytery.

The church picnic will be at Linda Hood’s campgrounds August 19th immediately following the worship service. The Membership and Care Committee will furnish hamburgers, hot dogs, buns and drinks.

The Personnel Committee will be meeting to establish a vacation policy for our music leader, administrative assistant and custodian.

Memorial and Investment Committee reported Kosbar Scholarships in the amount of $7,000.00 have awarded to five eligible students. Sarah Sykes received her scholarship on Sunday July 9th during the worship service, and on August 12th, Jeremiah Helsius, PJ Folaron, Megan Ransom, and Emily Rozich will receive theirs.

Dr. Chris Dorn referred Rev. Ram Aryal to the Pastor Nominating Committee, and a discussion was held with him. He is from Nepal and has been working with a Nepali-speaking congregation on the east side of Grand Rapids. He is interested in a part-time position. The plan is to schedule him to preach the end of August.

On June 26, 2018, a letter was received from Fowler-Herbert Organ Co. detailing the condition of the organ and the suggested repairs. A copy of the letter was provided to each session member. The pneumatic couplers and switching are beginning to leak as the leather is failing. This can be repaired but at some point it is not cost efficient. We may want to consider a new electronic switching system and refurbish the console once this occurs. The cost is about $40,000 and would last 30-40 years. The pedals need to be rebushed to make them quieter. The cost is $500-$600. The music desk light is inoperable. A new LED light on the console is $500.

An anonymous donor would like to fund hiring Julie Adgate to redesign our church website. Session was agreeable to proceed with this. Several individuals were suggested to work with Julie.

The next meeting is September 17, 2018 at 7:00PM.

Submitted by: Margaret Gregory, Clerk of Session

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