Sundays in Lent - First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
300 South Main Street, P. O. Box 1038
Greensburg, Pennsylvania 15601-5038
Phone: 724.832.0150 fax: 724.832.0152
Email: [email protected]
March 2015
Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.
Worship 10:00 a.m.
Nursery Care provided
And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and
rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in
the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
The above quotation from scripture is a parable that Jesus offered his disciples. The truth of
his words still can inspire us today in our own journeys of faith
Email submissions to [email protected] or mail to church office.
The Coulter Society asks that you please consider
remembering our church in your will!
Rev. Martin R. Ankrum, Pastor / Head of Staff
Rev. Nicole C. Brodeur, Associate Pastor for Youth and Educational Ministries
Rev. Bobbie Hineline, Minister of Visitation
Edgar B. Highberger, Minister of Music and Organist
Taylor R. Barner, Seminary Assistant for Campus Ministry
Lu Ann Peters, Financial Secretary
Kimberly A. Stoner, Executive Secretary
Keith L. Huey, Sexton
Stacy A. Somers, FPC Preschool Supervisor
Wendy H. Matchett, FPC Preschool Teacher
Joan L. McGinley, FPC Preschool Teacher
Anita M. Garr, Director of Elementary Music
Michelle Stefl Harbaugh, Assistant to the Minister of Music
Carol A. Scherff, Housekeeper
Richard P. Fabery and Charles L. Diorio, Assistant Sextons
Katie Morella, Nursery Care
There is something deep and mysterious about our journey with God. This parable from the
very mouth of Christ highlights this truth: our life with God is a significant journey in which we
possess no definitive map or timeline: this is all done in God’s time and in God’s ways.
The farmer in Jesus’s parable plants the seed and gathers the harvest, what happens to those
seeds in between those two points is mysterious even to the farmer. He knows some of the process,
but not all of it.
This is certainly true with our life with God. There is mystery involved in this journey.
Diogenes Allen, late professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, understood something about
mystery. He wrote:
Mysteries to be known must be entered into. … For we do not solve mysteries; we enter
into them. The deeper we enter into them, the more illumination we get. Still greater
depths are revealed to us the further we go.
Indeed, life with God is a mystery into which we enter and live. We cannot create a formula of just
exactly how God works in our lives; we must trust the God that does.
Grace and Peace
PRAYER LIST: Virginia Abraham, Linda Anderson, Nelda Ashbaugh, Sue
Brown, Gail Bupp, Dorothy Casteel, Edna Mary Cox, Michelle King Cushey,
Elaine Davis, Greg Dolan, Richard Enterline, Albert Essey, Shelley Fazi,
Elizabeth Fedele, Robert Folino, Janet Glover, Tammy Gray, Shirley Hawk,
Francis Helen, Ruth Hershey, Cheryl Highberger, Grace Howard, Charlotte
Jinkner, Bob Kemerer, Ray and Reta Kuyat, George Maser, Lila May, David
McNair, Alex Noel, Bill Noel, Leslie Pelzer, Victoria Piekut, Kay Powers,
Merle Ray, Ron Russell, Pat Salathe, the family of Greg Schwing, John Sember, Liz Sember,
Ellen Sheehan, Liam Sherman, Janet Sutherland, Lance Tacik, Monika Tart, Tom Taylor, Lynda
Turin, Elsie Vanetta, Anh Vu, Cheryl Woods and Marilyn Zielinski.
BIRTHDAYS: Each month we observe the VIP and fourscore or more birthdays: If you are 80 or
older, and would like to be listed in the monthly newsletter, please contact the church. October
birthdays are:
Dr. Richard Morgan, 12921 Redstone Dr., Apt. 166, N. Huntingdon, (07)
Joseph Pallitta, 114 Winslow Court, Greensburg (18)
Dorothy Sell, 8 Garden Center Dr., Apt 315, Greensburg (19)
Charles Paul Smolenski, January 9, son of Lauren & Joseph Smolenski;
grandson of Karen & Jay Manning (last month incorrectly listed as
Charles Manning)
MEMORIAL CONTRIBUTIONS since January 19: Grace M. Miller, Michel M. Franklin
Stewardship Report
Total Disbursements through 1/31/15
Total Receipts through 1/31/15
Total Income over/under Expense
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the paper copy list. Then you will receive the First News through your computer rather
than the mail box, but you’ll have to let us know!! A copy of the latest First News can
also be found at our website:
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED SPONSORING A COFFEE HOUR? Provide your own cookies, muffins
or pastries or underwrite the refreshments for $35. Use the sign-up sheet on the Dining Room
bulletin board. Your contributions and participation are greatly appreciated.
CANCER CARE LIBRARY NOW AVAILABLE ----- The Deacons have added a new Care Note
assortment which addresses many of the questions and challenges that individuals and families
face in dealing with cancer. The new library, which consists of nine cancer-related topics, is
located in the dining room next to our current Care Notes Library.
A NEW ARRIVAL in the family is amazing, exciting and can be overwhelming. The Deacons are
offering a meal for the family on a busy day with appointments, etc. The new mother, or a
family member, can contact Peggy Taylor (724-547-6851), Marjorie Pershing (724-837-3614) or
the church office. We do not have a formal network to know of births at the regional hospitals;
however, the church office will forward information as received. Anyone wishing to provide a
meal may also contact Peggy or Marjorie. Thank you for your help with this ministry.
VIP (VERY IMPORTANT PRESBYTERIANS) The Pastoral Care Committee of the Board of
Deacons are asking church members with family or friends who are hospitalized, have health
conditions that have changed, and/or have other concerns to please inform Kim Stoner at the
church office at 724-832-0150.
EARLY HEAD START families have sent thank you cards to all who participated in our BearyChristmas gift giving for children. Please see Judy Breon during coffee hour to receive your
LOVE GIFT FUNDRAISER You are invited to a fundraiser to benefit Cathy Gana and her niece
Abigail, age 5, in the FPC dining room on Friday, March 13 from 6 to 8 PM. Cathy arrived
from Cameroon in July, 2014 to petition the Court to gain legal custody of Abigail. Due to the
unprecedented duration of time required by the court system she is incurring unpredictable legal
fees and attorney bills. The Gana Family graciously appreciates our support.
Continuing our education as Christians is
vital to an active and informed faith! Here
at First Presbyterian, there are many
groups and classes that you can join in
order to increase your understanding of our
faith ….
THE FAITH & FAMILY GROUP meets in the Fletcher Room at 9 a.m. every Sunday to discuss
topics related to our faith and family relationships.
ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE is a class that discusses the influence of theologians and leaders of the
Christian church on the faith. This year we are discussing the life and work of the great German
theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The class meets in the PW Lounge every Sunday morning at
9:00 and is led by Rev. Ankrum.
THE MEN’S BREAKFAST & BIBLE STUDY meets at Eat’n Park on Rt. 30 E. each Wednesday
morning at 7:45 a.m. for a time of fellowship, study and, of course, breakfast. We are now
studying the Book of Genesis under the leadership of Rev. Ankrum.
TASTE & SEE! meets at Oliver’s Pourhouse on Pennsylvania Ave. each Wednesday evening at 7
p.m. Rev. Niki Brodeur facilitates this discussion group. There will be no meetings during Lent
but will resume on April 8, 2015.
THE BIBLICAL BOOK OF THE MONTH CLASS gathers on the final Monday evening of each
month at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the church. Rev. Ankrum teaches the class and covers
a single book of the Bible each month. In March, we will meet on Monday, March 30. The
book we will be discussing is: Micah. Please join us in the Assembly Room on the 30th at 7 p.m.
THE LAST TUESDAY BOOK CLUB gathers on the final Tuesday of every month to discuss a
particular novel. For March, we will meet on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in the PW Lounge on
the first floor of the CE Wing. We are reading novellas this year and our book for this month is:
Animal Farm by George Orwell. Please join us!
FIVE WISHES…. is a document that speaks about a person's medical, emotional and spiritual
needs at a time when we feel most vulnerable, namely, when we become seriously ill. On the
five Sundays in March, we will gather to consider the desires we want our families to know
should we become seriously ill. This class is led by Rev. Dick Morgan and Rev. Bobbie
Hineline and will meet after worship--around 11:30 in the refectory. (We may even have a little
lunch...) Please let the church office know if you will be attending.
THE FLOWER GARDEN ….. Like the flowers that take a break in the winter, we too have decided
to “rest” until May. We will begin meeting again on May 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. and will meet
on the second Monday of every month until October. We will gather in various gardens to
appreciate God’s gifts to us. Watch for information on May’s meeting in a future issue of First
News. Call Bobbie Hineline at 724-850-9342 with any questions.
CORNERSTONE….will meet on March 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Tapped Brick Oven & Pour House,
6044 Route 30 W., Greensburg. Cornerstone is a gathering of folks from FPC on a monthly
basis for dinner and conversation on the second Saturday evening. Please join us if you’re
available! Contact Sandy Beauregard or the church office to reserve your spot.
WOMEN'S RETREAT All women are invited to attend an overnight retreat at Camp Laurelville,
near Mt. Pleasant on March 20-21. We will gather on Friday night and stay until around 3 on
Saturday afternoon. The retreat will be led by Rev. Bobbie Hineline and will cost $60. More
details will be forthcoming.
PENNSYLVANIA SINGS!! Saturday, March 7th from 1-4 p.m. First Presbyterian Church Chapel,
dining room and Fletcher Room. Come and join your Presbyterian friends and others for an
afternoon of singing and dancing! Learn to ballroom dance with Pat and Gib Clark. Sing
'traveling songs' with George Kamerer and Cameron Pampus. Learn Pennsylvania songs with
Paula Purnell. You can't have a bad time! You are asked to make a donation to Welcome
Home, our local homeless shelter. Questions? Ask Bobbie Hineline at 724-850-9342.
AN OPEN INVITATION to members and friends of First Presbyterian Church to join the Monday
Morning Sewing Circle that meets at 9:00 a.m. Monday mornings in the Fletcher Room. You
don’t have to be an expert tailor to hem the cotton flannelette baby receiving blankets or to sew
the “little dresses for Africa”. If you are interested, please contact Sylvia Carlson at
724-755-2288 for information. Membership at this church is not a requirement. Everyone is
HIGHLANDERS will meet on Friday, March 6. The Westmoreland County Animal Response
Team will present our program. The Response Team, started in 2005, can be called by 911
dispatchers and other agencies to any emergency involving small or large animals. The
Response Team provides specialized life-saving equipment used for emergencies. Everyone is
welcome to attend Highlanders. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and the cost is $13.00. Reservations for
dinner are required and can be made by contacting the church office at 724-832-0150, no later
than March 3rd. If you are an animal lover, feel free to come only to the program in the church
dining room. Please be there by 6:55 p.m. You do not have to be a member of Highlanders to
come to the programs. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Falcon at 724-8374338.
Y-Fi* Connections in March
*Youth of First Pres.
When is Y-Fi?
March 1st, 15th, 29th
5:30-6:30pm – Dinner
6:30pm-8:00pm – Growing
Together! (Middle School &
Senior High)
VARIETY SHOW AND SILENT AUCTION…Saturday, March 21st (6pm-8pm) to support our youth
summer mission trips. We’re looking for talent, as well as donations for the silent auction
(themed goody baskets, donation of services, etc.) If you’re interested, please contact Niki! And
put this awesome event on your calendar! It will be a fun night for everyone!
“What’s In Your Face and In Your
PRESCHOOL HAPPENINGS The new preschool website is live!!! Check us out at The website contains lots of information about our preschool.
We are excited to spread the word about our school. Be sure to check us out! Registration for
2015/2016 opened on January 5, 2015. Space fills up quickly so please register early. You can
print a form directly from the website.
GOOD FRIDAY BREAKFAST For children in preschool thru 5th grade. This year’s breakfast will be
on Friday, April 3, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in the Dining Room. We’ll be doing some new
activities this year, which should be a great experience for everyone! Oh, and did we mention
it’s FREE!?! Download the form on our website –
Y-FI GROWS! During the season of Lent, we will meet together in the youth room to begin
watching “The Bible” miniseries that was done by The History Channel. We will meet at 6pm to
have pizza, viewing, and discussion. We will gather on Saturday, April 4th to finish the
miniseries from 11am-5pm. The Wednesdays we will meet during Lent are: 2/18, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18,
Listed here are some of the books recently added to the Laird Memorial Library. Most of them
are currently on display in the library or on the book cart in the dining room.
Lamott, Anne. Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace.
Lane, Belden [editor] Backpacking with the Saints: Wilderness Hiking As Spiritual Practice.
Moore, James W. Give Up Something Bad for Lent.
Potts, Daniel G. [editor-in-chief] Seasons of Caring: Meditations for Alzheimer’s and
Dementia Caregivers. [2 copies]
Young, Sarah. Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence.
Milton, Joyce. Honeybees.
Koda-Callan, Elizabeth. Shiny Skates. [fiction]
Sutherland, T.T. Bulldog Won’t Budge. [fiction]
Y-FI SERVES! Our youth will be serving Second Sunday Supper on March 8th! We’ll have lunch
in the youth room after church, then cook, set up, serve, and clean up! We’ll be done by 4pm.
Sign up on the sheet in the youth room or talk to Niki!
GOT TALENT? Would you like to share it with others? We’re putting together a Variety Show
and Silent Auction for Saturday, March 21st (6pm-8pm) to support our youth summer mission
trips. We’re looking for talent, as well as donations for the silent auction (themed goody baskets,
donation of services, etc.) If you’re interested, please contact Niki soon! (If you’re planning to
attend the mission trip, plan to help out at this event!)
Y-FI PLAYS & GROWS! Join us for our 2015 Y-Fi Retreat! The dates are Friday, April 17th to
Sunday, April 19th. The cost of the retreat is $75 per person (covers lodging, transportation, and
meals/snacks.) Sign up on the sheet in the youth room!
Save the Date!
VBS: Hometown Nazareth! June 8th-June 12th (pending snow days)
Circle Meetings for Presbyterian Women
Please join us!
our Bible study is: “Reconciling Paul”, a contemporary study of 2
Corinthians. Our study will be presented by our own Alice Ann Morgan
who will make the study come alive! We meet in the Refectory (the small
dining room just off the Dining Room). If you have any questions, please
see Peg Carpenter, Circle Chairperson.
LOIS CIRCLE TO MEET THURSDAY, MARCH 12 @ 9:30 A.M. … We’ll gather in the Dining
Room at 9:30 a.m. If you are available, please join our fellowship. We make use of the Horizons
Bible Study and take active part in discussions of topics of interest. And of course, we enjoy
each other’s company and the treats that are brought! If you have any questions, please contact
Eleanor McCamant at 724-853-8165.
a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Held at Pleasant View Presbyterian Church, 533 Royal
Road, Smock, PA. 2014 LOVE GIFT recipients will share their experiences, what they learned
and how these experiences have affected their lives and the lives of the people they met. We will
examine mission as we know it. What type of mission projects are the churches in our
presbytery undertaking? How do other churches reach out to those in need and how are we
making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in our community, across our country and
throughout the world?
Mission Focus: City Missions; SERRV items for sale. Pre-paid reservations are requested; look
for registration forms in our church office. Registration deadline: April 4.
THE E-GIVING SWITCH IS ON The switch to regular, scheduled
e-Giving is gaining momentum at FPC. You’ve probably
noticed the growing number of green “I Give Electronically”
cards in the offering plates each Sunday. Two suggestions that
will assure that your e-Donations have the most impact on the
church: 1) Credit card companies charge the church a 2-3/4%
fee for each transaction. Consider direct transfer from your
checking account. 2) Consolidate your weekly giving into one
“Monthly” contribution to keep FPC’s transaction costs down
and to simplify your records. Come in to the church office if you
need help getting started. It’s easy!
Sunday, March 22 at 4 p.m. A MORAVIAN MUSICAL LOVEFEAST with the
Westmoreland Choral Society under the direction of Thomas Octave and the Westmoreland
Children’s Choir under the direction of Nancy Sheehan. Featuring the GLORIA by John Rutter
and music by composers of the Moravian tradition. A simple meal is served as a symbol of unity
and fellowship. Tickets available at the doors or from the Westmoreland Choral Society
Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. EVAN BELLAS, ORGANIST in a Junior Year Recital. The
recital includes J. S. Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541, Cesar Franck’s Third
Choral in A Minor, and the well-loved Variations on “America” by Charles Edward Ives. Evan
is an organ major in the Sacred Music Degree Program at Seton Hill University. He is the
accompanist for Seton Hill University’s Una Voce Singers, and serves as organist at the
Graystone Presbyterian Church and the Roman Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd in
Indiana, Pennsylvania. His organ and sacred music study is with Edgar Highberger. No charge.
Friday, April 10 at 7:30 P.M. MANUAL MANIA!! The annual grant recital sponsored by
the Seton Hill University Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Featuring JAMES P.
RIGGS, a sacred music alum of Seton Hill University and Organist and Director of Music at the
Plymouth Church of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and David von Behren, sophomore organ
performance major at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and church music intern at the Plymouth
Church under the supervision of Mr. Riggs. Organ duets, music for organ and piano, and music
for violin and organ are featured on this program.
A suggested donation of $10 is appreciated but not required. The Seton Hill University Chapter
of the American Guild of Organists has raised, in excess of $40,000, scholarships and grants for
students in the organ studio at Seton Hill University.
Friday, April 17 at 7:30 P.M. INTERESTINGLY INTERNATIONAL Seton Hill
University organists, Jesse Oddis, Ryan Lynch, Evan Bellas, Xenia Yelovich, Michelle Kardos,
and Sachiko Takeuchi plus Seton Hill sacred music alum, Amanda Kraeger, perform organ
works from France, England, Germany, and the United States. Also included on the program is
singer, Brett Cuddy, freshman voice major in the music education and sacred music certificate
programs. No charge.
A Significant Journey
The Lenten Season is a significant journey for all
Christians. The season is one of forty days that call
us to contemplate the life of our Lord and Savior. It is
traditional for followers of Jesus Christ to make use of
this season to rededicate themselves to active
discipleship of Christ. Join with the members of your
congregation as we journey together, following our
Lord Jesus Christ towards a deeper understanding of
God’s love in Christ and a firmer faith!
Sundays in Lent …
Lent 2 – March 1 – 10:00 a.m.
Lent 3 – March 8 – 10:00 a.m.
Lent 4 – March 15 – 10:00 a.m.
Lent 5 – March 22 – 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Nicole C. Brodeur will preach
“Our Purpose in God’s Light”
“Both Priest AND Sacrifice”
Five Wednesdays in the Chapel …
Hearing the Words of Jesus: A Significant Journey through the Parables
Wednesdays in Lent – 7 p.m. – The Memorial Chapel
This Lenten Season, we will journey along with Christ as we listen again and afresh to the stories
that Jesus taught his followers. Some of our favorite parables will be revisited and will be the
focus of each of this mid-week worship services. Make it a Lenten discipline to join us in
worship each Wednesday evening of Lent in the Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m.
Mission Committee News
SECOND SUNDAY SUPPER ….February 8th was a balmy surprise. Fifty-nine guests came to
dinner. Chef Jerry had returned to share his culinary talents. The meal began with a bowl of
salsa and a basket of chips. Next came a bowl of salad dressing, a bowl of salad and a basket of
corn bread. Lastly, a bowl of cheese and a large bowl of wonderful chili. The dessert of ice
cream and cookies was served on a plate! This meal “bowled” Louie over as he cleaned them all
and put them away until March 8th when our church youth will prepare the meal.
The purpose of the Coulter Society is to encourage and recognize planned gifts to the church
through wills and bequests, as a way of investing in the future of FPC Gbg.
Why is this being called the Coulter Society? The name is in honor of a family that goes back to
the founding of this congregation in 1788. To put that date in perspective, the following year on
April 30 in NYC, GW was sworn in as the first President of our country. From the beginning,
the Coulters were a family intent on leaving a legacy. The family played a very active role in the
life of this church for almost 150 years, as well as in the community, county, and state.
The first church building was constructed in what is now St. Clair Park. In 1847, this plot of
ground, on the corner of Third and Main, was purchased by Mss. Margaret and Rebecca Coulter
and three other women and the title was turned over to the church trustees. In 1848 a church was
built on this site. The congregation continued to grow and in 1882 it was decided that a new
building was needed. General Richard Coulter made the lead pledge to fund that building. The
congregation continued its growth and in 1913 it was decided again to replace that building with
a new structure, which is this church. General Coulter’s widow, Emma Coulter, stepped forward
and donated almost 1/2 of the cost of this building. The building was completed in 1917. In
1921 the first stained glass window, the War Memorial Window, was installed and dedicated.
This was a gift of Col. Henry Coulter and is the window over the balcony. This window is in
honor of the 98 men from this congregation that served in WW 1, five of whom did not make it
In 1928, Emma Coulter, the General’s widow, donated the Passion Windows, over the choir loft.
The family continued to make benevolent gifts to the church, including the Richard Coulter Trust
in 1937 which has continued to provide some income for the operating budget every year for the
last 75 years. They were not the only family or individuals to generously support this church
over the years but they certainly set a good example. The Coulter legacy is with us today 224
years after our founding. We have this beautiful place of worship today because of their
generosity and the generosity of others like them.
I doubt that any of us can do things on the scale that the Coulters did but we can do small things,
and many small things add up. Let us leave a legacy as well so that this congregation can
continue its ministry in the future in this place. We ask that you consider naming the church in
your will, any amount, small, medium, or large. Over the coming months you will hear more
about what others have already done and what opportunities are available to us. If you have
already made arrangements through estate planning to leave something to the church or if you
have questions or are considering doing this please let us know. You can do this through the
church office and either Martin or I will respond, or you can contact us directly. Let’s all
become members of the Coulter Society.
-Art Caramella
SUNDAYS, MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
11:30 A.M.
FIVE WISHES…. is a document that speaks about a person's
medical, emotional and spiritual needs at a time when we feel
most vulnerable, namely, when we become seriously ill. On the
five Sundays in March, we will gather to consider
the desires we want our families to know should we become
seriously ill. This class is led by Rev. Dick Morgan and Rev. Bobbie
Hineline and will meet after worship--around 11:30 in the
refectory. (We may even have a little lunch...) Please let the
church office know if you will be attending.
Palm Sunday – March 29
9:00 a.m. Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
Maundy Thursday – April 2
7:30 p.m. – Communion Service
“A Service of Shadows & Light”
Good Friday – April 3
9:30 a.m. – Good Friday Children’s Breakfast
11:30 a.m. – “Way of the Cross” Procession
12:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Trinity United Church of Christ
Easter Sunday – April 5
10:00 a.m. – Single Worship Service
Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!