Saturday, October 31, 2015

Habitat for Humanity Update

On behalf of our congregation, the mission committee has been funding Habitat for Humanity for several years now and Habitat is on the verge of their first great achievement.

A groundbreaking ceremony for their very first house was held last year on May 5, 2014. The property on Havana Glen Road in Montour Falls was donated by Marcia Douglas and work began right away using funds that had been donated by the community and churches like us for several years. John King attended on behalf of our church and also spoke as mayor of Montour Falls.

A decision was made to build the house utilizing electrical heating standards including using solar panels to make the house extremely efficient energy wise. As a result, Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity has been listed as one of 183 Energy Star new builder and development partners.

Work has progressed so well that an official dedication and handover to the selected family will take place November 1 at 2:00pm. The house is located at 130 Havana Glen Road and everyone is welcome to attend.

Also, Habitat monthly meetings take place on the last Wednesday of the month at 7pm at the Silver Spoon Cafe located at the Human Services building in Montour Falls, all are welcome to attend. Habitat has expressed their gratitude for the continued support of our church.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Rev. Nancy Yao!

Welcome to our Interim Pastor, the Reverend Nancy Meehan Yao. 

Nancy is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.  She was co-pastor, with her husband, James Yao, at the Hector and Lodi Presbyterian Churches from 2009 to 2013.  In 2013, she moved to a 1/4 time position with Hector Presbyterian Church leading and planning worship, youth, children and families activities, education and outreach.  In 2013, she also became a stated supply pastor for the First Presbyterian Church in Hammondsport on a 1/2 time basis.  Her responsibilities there included leading worship, pastoral care, moderating Session, leading new mission and outreach, education and renewal.  Nancy has had interim training, which means she will be well equipped to lead us through the transition to an installed pastor. 

Please join me in welcoming Nancy to our church and congregation starting November 16.

Thanks also to the pulpit supply pastors since Bev retired.  They include Rev. Fred Magley, Rev. John Kotun, Priscilla Andrews, Bob Sell, and Rev. Wayne Gusafson.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Active and Vibrant Ministers, All !

We are beginning the month of October and signs of Fall are all around us.  We had a wonderful celebration for Bev and we will miss her.  She will be able to travel, relax, visit friends and family, and look forward to her next adventure.  I know she will enjoy her retirement.

As our Pastor and Teaching Elder, Bev taught us all who were called to participate in the ministry of our church.

Ruling Elders are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life.  Ruling Elders, together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.

The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.

The mission of our church is to bring people to Christ, witness Christ's love in our community, and equip our members to minister in the world with love and understanding for the glory of God.  Our committees reflect our mission.  The Worship & Music committee works closely with the minister to plan the best possible worship experience for the congregation. The Congregational Life Committee provides care, help and support to people in time of need and to provide opportunities to enjoy the fellowship of others.  The Christian Education Committee provides the Sunday School program to nurture our youth and the adult bible study group which continues year round now.  The Buildings & Grounds Committee continues the ongoing effort to maintain and preserve the integrity of the church property.  The Mission Committee spreads God's love through mission giving locally, nationally, and world-wide.  These, and more, are examples of our mission statement.

We are an active and vibrant congregation and will continue our ministry.  Have faith and patience.  We will go through the process of finding an interim minister first, and eventually, a full-time minister will be called.  The Interim Pastor nominating committee is working hard and this month a Pastor Nominating Committee will be formed and approved by the congregation.

All elders, deacons, and members of all of our committees are active members and represent our congregation.  We are a strong, vibrant, and active church and will continue to be such during this period of transition.

In Christ's Love,
Karen Rhodes, Clerk of Session

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Christian Education Update

The Sunday School year has gotten off to a happy, boisterous, energetic start.  Thank you to Dennis and Julie Morris for teaching the class in September and October.  There is still room for more!  Come, bring your children or grandchildren and join the fun.  Sunday School, for children and adults, meets every Sunday at 9:45.

Soup and Study will continue to meet on Wednesdays through out October from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. We will be studying "The Fruits of the Spirit".  Look for each week’s reading and questions on the back table in the sanctuary. Come to one or all of the sessions as your schedule allows.