Chancel Choir's March 2017 Trip to Carnegie Hall

On Monday evening, March 20th, we were joined by six other choruses from all over the country to sing the Requiem.  We met together collectively to work with Dr. Armstrong on Saturday, Sunday and Monday for four hours at each rehearsal.  The wealth of knowledge and insight into choral singing was incredibly meaningful to every chorister gathered to sing under Dr. Armstrong's baton.

The following are just a few of the comments I received about singing in the amazing venue that is Carnegie Hall with our country's greatest living choral director.

"What a wonderful time of singing, faith exploration, and fellowship I experienced in NYC! Time to focus on Rutter's Requiem under the direction of Anton Armstrong was hard work and well worth it."  Carol Koch-Worrell

"Singing the Ruter Requiem and working with Dr. Armstrong exceeded all of my expectations. Not only did he provide excellent singing instruction, he also made it clear that his faith was very important, as he pointed out what he felt were the most important parts of the text. Concluding this experience by singing at Carnegie hall is an experience I will never forget." Kathy Craig

"The Granville Choristers got to attend three practices with conductor of astonishing ability and experience and profound religious faith. Performing the Rutter Requiem with the rest of the ensemble was moving and faith affirming."  Anastasia Anderson

"It was such a wonderful experience. I feel like such a true musician now!" Liane Meredith Stewart

"The New York trip was truly an amazing experience. I enjoyed being away from my other responsibilities for a few days., which allowed me to fully concentrate on my music. Dr. Armstrong gave us a lot of information in the rehearsal that I will use on this Requiem and choral singing in general. I also enjoyed spending time with my director and fellow singers, and getting to know them in new ways. And then there was experience NYC for the very first time . . ."

Sara Light

"I never knew hard work could be so much fun! Singing under the baton of Anton Armstrong was intense and I loved every minute of it. Our merry band of choristers bonded over great Italian food and the excitement of NYC . . . It was thrilling!" Cindy McElroy    

Tools for the Servant

Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber

Hello Church Friends,                                                                                                                                              January 31, 2017

It is time for our annual Tools for the Servant workshop!  I am very excited about this year’s topic, How do you provide healing and hope to those living with Alzheimer’s and to those that care for them? Currently in America, every 66 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  There are now five million individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease.  When you rank the leading causes of death in America, Alzheimer’s disease is ranked sixth.  This issue will only increase with the baby boomers retiring and moving into their retirement years.  The silver tsunami will change many things – one being how we minister to church members and their families.

The Tools for the Servant workshop is designed to provide a half day of education on a topic that is impacting our abilities to minister and communicate.  Having a foundation of good information and practical advice will help you embrace a new dynamic of ministry and give you resources to meet the need.  This year’s Tools for the Servant workshop is Thursday, March 30, 2017. 

Our speaker is Reverend Mary Raysa. God has a way of taking our life experiences and weaving together an intricate tapestry.  From championship tennis coach at the Ohio State University, to real estate broker and former president of the Columbus Board of Realtors, Mary would say her greatest vocation was to answer God's call. Ordained in 2004 in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, Mary currently serves at St. Luke's in Granville Ohio with a focus on serving the elderly in congregations.

Deacon Mary’s call to serve those living with Alzheimer's came when both her father and brother were diagnosed with the disease in the mid 1990s. The realities of losing loved ones to the disease brought anger and confusion until one day Mary walked into her father’s care facility and the ‘light bulb’ turned on: “my loved ones had lost the ability to speak and reason but had not lost their souls and their ability to feel and love. I realized then I needed to learn to step into their world, and learn how to communicate in a different way. How could I bring love, dignity, and hope into our relationship going forward?”

Mary will present material from a dynamic training program called Healing Moment's.  This curriculum received the prestigious 1st place Best Practice award from the National Interfaith Council on Aging.

I hope you will come experience with us this workshop designed for pastors, church leaders, community faith nurses, Stephen Ministers and those who serve our older generation.  The flyer will provide you all the details.  Your investment in education will enhance your ministry.

Thanks for considering this ministry resource,

Joel Wrobbel

Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber

  • Ohio Living Westminster-Thurber
  • 717 Neil Avenue
  • Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Phone: 614.228.8888
  • Fax: 614.228.0170

 

 

 

 

All-Church Mission Opportunity: May 5-6, 2017 in Nelsonville

All-Church Mission Opportunity
May 5-6 in Nelsonville


Join members of our church family for an overnight in Nelsonville, Ohio. We will be learning more about this area of Ohio and our Appalachian neighbors, and will work together on projects to enhance the 'farm' owned by Nelsonville Presbyterian Church (where Peter Galbraith -- who grew up in our church -- is pastor).  The vision for this farm is to create a place for conferences and retreats for youth and adults from surrounding presbyteries.  It's a win-win for all of us! We have 15 rooms reserved at the Baymont Inn at the cost of $129 + tax per night (for two queen beds. Inn also has a pool and meeting room). If you can't spend the night, no problem! Consider joining us on Saturday morning.  We'll keep you posted on developing details!
  

Instructions: Kroger Community Rewards Program

Do you shop at KROGER?

Kroger has a program where they give money back to the eligible charitable organization of your choice based on your eligible purchases.  First Presbyterian has registered to be one of the eligible organizations.  If you already shop at Kroger, you could bring more money to the church simply by registering your Kroger Plus card to First Presbyterian as your Community Rewards Organization of choice.  It doesn’t cost you anything. J

HOW TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: 

  • Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy.
  • If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • If you are a new online customer, click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • To update your information, go to Customer Service- Account Registration.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Under the Community Rewards heading, search for First Presbyterian Church of Granville, or use Non-Profit Organization number 15372.  Then select the correct First Presbyterian (there are quite a few) from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you should see First Presbyterian’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, your purchases will not count for our church until after you have registered your card.
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 877-576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

If you have any trouble, please let me know.  Thank you!  Patty Hussey  

Superbowl Sub Order Form 2017

$8.00 Each                    Superbowl Sub Order Form                        

NAME: _____________________________________   AMOUNT PAID: _______________

Quantity         Sandwich Choices                Topping Choices

_______          Turkey & Swiss                      Lettuce _____   Onions ______Pickles ______

_______          Italian                                      Lettuce ______ Onions ______Pickles ______

_______          Veggie (toppings include lettuce, onions, pickles, black olives, green peppers)

_______          Total Subs                                                                               Total $ __________

PRINT THIS FORM AND MAIL IT IN WITH YOUR PAYMENT OR BRING TO FPC OFFICE.

First Presbyterian Church, 110 West Broadway, Granville, OH 43023

WE THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR YOUTH AND THEIR SUMMER TRIPS!!!!

 

A Note From Phil

 

I wanted to let you know about a very exciting concert coming up on November 13th.   A new work for vocal quartet, clarinet and piano.  This concert is interdisciplinary as Dr. Sandy Runzo from the English department at Denison University will give a brief lecture on the poetry of May Sarton at 3pm, followed by the performance of the new and beautiful set of songs set to Ms. Sarton's  poetry.   A brief conversation with the composer about the songs will follow the performance..

Music for Sacred Spaces presents a World premiere

November 13 at 3pm

Journey of Seasons by Andrew List, Professor of Composition, Berklee College of Music, Boston

for vocal quartet, piano and clarinet

Commissioned by The Amici Tonic Vocal Ensemble

Poetry by May Sarton

 

First Presbyterian Church

110 West Broadway

Granville, Ohio 43023

740-587-0178

 

Performance begins with a  discussion on the poetry of May Sarton led by Dr. Sandy Runzo from the English Department at Denison University

Round table discussion with the composer following the performance.

 

Sponsored in part by the Granville Arts Commission

 

 

Do You Shop at Kroger?

Kroger has a program where they give money back to the eligible charitable organization of your choice based on your eligible purchases.  First Presbyterian has registered to be one of the eligible organizations.  If you already shop at Kroger, you could bring more money to the church simply by registering your Kroger Plus card to First Presbyterian as your Community Rewards Organization of choice.  It doesn’t cost you anything. J

HOW TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM: 

  • Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
  • Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy.
  • If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger.
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • If you are a new online customer, click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • To update your information, go to Customer Service- Account Registration.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Under the Community Rewards heading, search for First Presbyterian Church of Granville, or use Non-Profit Organization number 15372.  Then select the correct First Presbyterian (there are quite a few) from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you should see First Presbyterian’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, your purchases will not count for our church until after you have registered your card.
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 877-576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

If you have any trouble, please let me know.  Thank you!  Patty Hussey  

From Rev. Dr. Karla Koll, mission worker in Costa Rica

Dear Friends,
 
September has arrived. I can tell by the sounds of band practice coming from the nearby school as students prepare for the celebrations on September 15th, the day in 1821 when Costa Rica and the rest of Central America gained independence from Spain. Given that Costa Rica has no army, the parades and other observances here ae less militaristic than in the rest of the region.
 
We are in the middle of the rainy season here, though almost everyone has commented to me about the lower-than-average rainfall the central valley has received this year. The expected La Niña, the weather pattern triggered by cooling waters in the equatorial Pacific, has yet to develop this year, but rains should increase as we move into September. Javier reports that rainfall at our farm in Nicaragua has been good this year, though not near enough to refill reservoirs and rivers after two years of drought. Here is San Jose, I am clearing space in the back yard to start my vegetable garden again.
 
I am easing my way into the routines of the Latin American Biblical University (UBL) as I seek to overcome the exhaustion that accumulated as I traveled around the United States in recent months and mourned my father’s death. The Maya folks among whom I lived for many years in Guatemala would have wise words for me as they do for all who mourn, “Ten paciencia, be patient.” Their culture recognizes that mourning takes a long time. I need to be patient with myself and I ask you also to be patient with me as I catch up. I thank you for your continued prayers for me and my family. I am glad to be back here with students and colleagues. My husband, Javier, was waiting here in Costa Rica when I returned. Penny, the dog, and Portia, the cat, seem quite content to have me back.
 
Our new semester started on August 29th. I am teaching the introduction to the history of Christianity to a group of students in residence and also as a distance course for three students who live here in Costa Rica but who cannot come to class because of work and ministry commitments. As the women who are taking the class in residence have already studied some church history, we are going to be able to delve more deeply into the lives of women in the early Christian communities than is usually possible in an introductory course. I am looking forward to what new things I might learn.
 
At the UBL, we hold graduations throughout the year as people finish their degrees. On Wednesday, September 7, two students will be graduating, both with licentiate degrees in Biblical sciences. Julio Melara is a Lutheran pastor from El Salvador who lives serves a dynamic church in a marginalized barrio here in San Jose. Adriana Castro is a Roman Catholic nun from Costa Rica. We ask your prayers for them and their ministries.
 
I am also working on the programs for groups that will be visiting the UBL to learn about life and mission in this context in the next four months. There are a couple of opportunities available. A group coming in October from a church in California has opened their group up to other participants. The Peacemaking Program and Environmental Ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are offering a travel seminar to Guatemala and Costa Rica in January that focuses on climate justice. Please let me know if you or a group from your church would like to come to Costa Rica to learn from us and with us here at the UBL.
 
The Emmaus Community, a church that meets at the UBL on Sunday evenings, has welcomed me back. I will be sharing a meditation on God’s Word as we gather around the Lord’s table on the first Sunday in September. I don’t yet know where else I might be preaching this month.
 
I promise you will hear more from me as I settle back into life and work here. I am looking forward to these next four years of my new appointment with Presbyterian World Mission. I am so grateful for the prayers and support that make it possible for me to serve here at the Latin American Biblical University. Thank you for walking with me.
 
Blessings,
 
Karla

PS I have new prayer cards with a photo that includes Javier. Let me know if you would like to have one or several.

Click here to learn more about Rev. Dr. Karla Koll and her ministry in Costa Rica

 

The Holiday Harvest Fair

For more than 40 years, Presbyterian Women at First Presbyterian Church in Granville have put on a church-wide event to raise money to support local, national, and global mission efforts. It started as a Bazaar, morphed into The Country Fair, became the Holiday Fair, and is now the Holiday Harvest Fair. Through the years you, the congregation, have helped us with donations of your time, talents, energy, and yes, your money. And now I am once again asking for your help!

This year the Fair will happen on Saturday, November 12, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. As I write this, we have a little less than seven weeks until the Fair. We need your help to bake pies for lunch and other baked goodies of all kinds for the Bakery, bring your attic treasures for Grandma's Attic, be Kitchen Elves for meal production, servers for the dining room, and help with clean-up. Your monetary donations help to defray our operating costs. And most of all, we need your presence at the Fair on Saturday, November 12 with your families and friends, eating and shopping😊!

The on-line Volunteer Sheet will be up and running from October 17 to November 4. You will find opportunities to work Thursday November 10, Friday November 11, and of course Saturday, November 12.

Blessings,

Marcy Loats, Fair Coordinator

A Note from Phil

Over the past several months, the Worship and Music committee has been reading and discussing an interesting book entitled: Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down, A Theology of Worship for this Urgent Time, by Marva Dawn.   In the book, she describes various aspects of worship.   In her chapter on Music in worship, she quotes one of my all time favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).   (I even named my dog 'Baschi' (diminutive of Sebastian).   “In all of Bach’s work- even his secular compositions-music, theology, and worship are all intertwined.  On many of his compositions he inscribed the letters I.N. J. or S.D.G., which stand for “In the name of Jesus” and “Soli Deo Gloria.” All music is “for the glory of God alone,” according to Bach and for the “instruction of my neighbors.” 

No where has this been more evident than in the music of this summer.   Over the past month through folks’ desire to praise God, we have heard the breathtaking music of Robin Brown, Linda Habig; a beautiful duet, That’s What Love Can Do,  sung and played by Kevin Plaugher and Hugh Price; and the contemplative The Gift of Love with our bell quartet who put that lovely piece together in 3 rehearsals!   Melinda Lovern and the Summer choir sang the ever joyful, He Never Failed me Yet and Linda Habig and friends will close the month out with music for three flutes.

If you would like to be a part of the music at First Presbyterian, there are plenty of opportunities: 

August 15, at 7pm will see the beginning of Festivo Bells’ rehearsal schedule as we prepare for one of our choir member’s upcoming wedding, and the exciting year of music making ahead.

August 21 at 4:30 pm the Youth Choir, under the direction of Joy Hire, will start, along with Carol Koch-Worrell starting the Children’s Choir up, right after church at 11 a.m.

August 25 at 7pm our Chancel Choir will begin rehearsals as they prepare to begin leading weekly worship musically on Rally Day, September 11.

On September 12 the JV Bells will start rehearsals again. This dedicated inter-generational bell choir has so much fun preparing music for the 8:30 a.m. service on Monday afternoons at 4 p.m.  We have four positions open in this choir. I encourage you to come be a part of fun music making with a great group of folks gathered to make music.

Come be a part of the excitement of worship and praising God!

Soli Deo Gloria

Philip

Financial Report for June 30, 2016

As we finished the first half of the year, income is 10% ahead of plan.  This is largely due to members being ahead of their pledges, which is very much appreciated.  Contributions outside of pledging are also on pace with the budget plan.  Additionally, the staff and committees continue to be very focused on spending within budget as we are at 96% of the plan.  All of this thoughtful planning, execution and prayerful giving is delivering a wonderfully spiritual year for our church.

June 30, 2016                YTD Actual                           YTD Budget

 Income                           $377,761.20                        $342,674.00          

As we finished the first half of the year, income is 10% ahead of plan.  This is largely due to members being ahead of their pledges, which is very much appreciated.  Contributions outside of pledging are also on pace with the budget plan.  Additionally, the staff and committees continue to be very focused on spending within budget as we are at 96% of the plan.  All of this thoughtful planning, execution and prayerful giving is delivering a wonderfully spiritual year for our church.

June 30, 2016                                     YTD Actual                           YTD Budget

                                Income                 $377,761.20                        $342,674.00

                                Expenses               $336,315.33                       $349,219.00

If you recall, our plan for 2016 recognized that expenses would exceed income. It is still the opinion of your Finance Committee that we will finish the year with $40K less in working capital (savings) to cover the 2016 budget.  The Session approved this budget after making significant reductions, knowing that even with this use of working capital this year only, we are still financially strong as a congregation and we will discover if further action will be needed for 2017.

Thank you for your continued prayerful giving.  If you have any questions, please contact Pat Dean or Patty Hussey at the church office.

 

Festivo Bells in Dayton, Ohio!

On April 15, the Festivo Bells packed up our tables, pads, mallets and bells and made our way to the Dayton Convention Center where we joined 700 other ringers in the Area 5 Region. This included folks from Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, and of course Ohio.   We began with an amazing performance by the Purdue Bell Choir and then immediately went to an hour and a half massed bell rehearsal.   What a joyful sound all those bells made!

Saturday morning we had rehearsals and classes that continued throughout the day and culminated in a performance of the compositions we had worked on all weekend.   The clinician for this event was a composer that the Festivo ringers love to play:  Kevin McChesney!   He did a marvelous job keeping all 700 of us playing in perfect rhythm and with beautiful musicality.    We all learned a lot and were reminded of things we may have forgotten.   t was a wonderful time of fellowship, hard work and great music making.   We look forward to sharing all we learned and continue to learn as we conclude this program year and look forward to next year.

Philip

News from the Synod of the Covenant's Mobile Health Fair

The Mobile Health Fair is a summer mission of our synod that provides health and wellness screenings in areas of our synod that are in need. Thousands of people, both adult and children, use this wonderful resource every year. Presbyterian Women in the Presbytery of Scioto Valley have issued a challenge to churches in the Presbytery to provide health kits for the MHF. All members of our congregation are invited to participate in providing kits for this project.

Health kits should include: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, washcloth, and bar of soap. The items should be placed in a zippered plastic bag and brought to the church by June 1.  Information about preferred sizes of the items will be available in next week's Minute. Loose items will also be received. They will be transported to the PW Synod Gathering in Findlay, June 10-11. 

These items will benefit people across our Synod and we look forward to your participation in this project.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Marcy Loats (mloats@windstream.net, or 740-587-2506)

Blessings from your PW Coordinating Team.

Finance Report

Through February, overall income is 7% ahead of plan while expenses for the first two months are at 98% of budget.  Pledges are at 103% of budgeted giving through the end of February. While these results are encouraging, please continue to keep in mind that we are anticipating needing to support our 2016 giving with monies from our cash holding (working capital). That said, for every month that our expenses are at or below budget and our income exceeds our expenses, we avoid having to use our working capital. The Finance Committee and Session are monitoring this closely.

February 29, 2016                            YTD Actual                   YTD Budget

                                Income               $123,578.28                $115,558.00

                                Expenses             $115,475.51                $117,658.00

Thank you for your continued prayerful giving.  If you have any questions, please contact Pat Dean or Patty Hussey at the church office.

Youth Choir News!

The choir has been busy since the beginning of the year, preparing anthems for worship and their summer singing tour to New England in June. On Valentine's Day, 30 members gave a 45-minute program to a full house in the Amelia Room at Kendal. In addition to anthems from the fall and new ones planned for the spring, seniors Aidan Anderson, Chris Carlson, Chris Gill, Hailey Rizor and Natalie Saigh added to the beauty by offering solos they had prepared for their high school Solo and Ensemble contest. After the program, our middle school and high school singers mingled with the residents and surprised them with handmade valentines. A good time was had by all!

On March 13, the Youth Choir will present three movements from Robert Ray''s Gospel Mass during 11 AM worship. Several soloists from the choir will breathe life into the Kyrie (Lord Have Mercy), Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts), and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God), and keyboard, bass and drums will help sustain the integrity of this exciting work. This is a bit of a reprise of the piece, which the choir presented in worship during Lent in 2012 and took on tour to New England that summer. The singers have changed, but the spirit and soul remain, as our young people sing to the glory of God. The choir loves the Gospel Mass, and invites the congregation to share their joy of this special work.

Update on Staffing and Budget Changes

We’re slowly adjusting to the changes we made in staffing due to the pledge shortfall. Those who attended the annual meeting learned of Session’s decisions:  

  • to decrease Janice Hilkerbaumer’s hours in her position as Parish Associate;
  • to decrease Susan Lamson’s hours in the office;
  • to eliminate Barbee Lamp’s position assisting Christian Education;
  • to lessen the hours Patty Hussey serves as Business Manager;
  • to decrease Jeanne Kern’s hours as Housekeeper, and to decrease the number of hours of paid childcare.

These were difficult decisions, not made lightly... 

Virtually every ministry area was reduced as well, but the Session worked thoughtfully and prayerfully, and in such a way that our core ministries can continue and even thrive. In spite of these challenges, the mood of the Annual Meeting was upbeat, reflecting the energy, hope, gratitude and confidence of the congregation. We keep seeing  signs of God working among us, and we’ll seek the Spirit’s leading.