FIRST CHURCH AT WORSHIP - First Presbyterian Church of Ambler

A Congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Ambler, Pennsylvania
February 1, 2015
Traditional Service - 9:30 a.m.
South Ridge (Contemporary) - 11:00 a.m.
Please remember to silence all electronic devices.
(During the Prelude you are invited to prepare your hearts to worship God.)
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.”
Jesus promises, “Whoever follows me will never walk in
darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.”
May our light so shine that people will see our lives and praise
our Father in heaven.
Let us worship the One who fills our lives with the light of life.
* HYMN #442
The Church’s One Foundation
Gracious Father, you call us to be your own. You breathed
life into our being and marked us with the name of your Son.
Yet, often we ignore your call in our lives. We walk past the
need of another because we are so caught up in our own
lives. We speak a harsh word rather than a word of grace.
We hoard your gifts and allow others to go without. Lord,
forgive us for missing your call to be light in this world.
Make your Light to shine through us that the world would
know your gracious love. Hear us now as we bring our
personal confession to you in Jesus’ name.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
And to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning,
Is now, and ever shall be,
World without end. Amen, Amen.
[Children participating in Sunday School are dismissed at this time.]
If you are a visitor and you take a moment to fill out the Connection Card
found in the bulletin, we will gladly send you information about our church.
Just put the card in the collection plate or hand it to an usher. If anyone has
a joy or concern to include during the PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE, please
fill out the yellow Prayer Request Card found in the pew rack, and give it to
an usher or one of the pastors at this time.
In Holy Reverence Lord, We Come
Sanctuary Choir
In holy reverence, Lord, we come before your throne this hour,
to kneel and worship at your feet, to drink the cup of joy so sweet.
Great God of love and power, we have come this day
to bring our praise and honor, meet with us, we pray.
Our lives and all are in your hands, our hearts are known by you.
Your grace has led us through the past, your loving arms have held us fast.
Meet this hour, O Lord, with us, we pray.
CCLI #147526
SCRIPTURE Acts 10:1-23 (NIV)
10 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was
known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and Godfearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.
One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw
an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a
memorial offering before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a
man named Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon the
tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his
servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8 He told them
everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.
About noon the following day as they were on their journey and
approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became
hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being
prepared, he fell into a trance.
He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down
to earth by its four corners.12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as
well as reptiles and birds.
Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or
The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that
God has made clean.”
This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to
While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent
by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate.
They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying
While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him,
“Simon, three men are looking for you. 20 So get up and go downstairs. Do
not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them.”
Peter went down and said to the men, “I’m the one you’re looking for. Why
have you come?”
The men replied, “We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a
righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people.
A holy angel told him to ask you to come to his house so that he could hear
what you have to say.” 23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be
his guests.
The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from
Joppa went along.
* HYMN #430
"Out of the Box"
Rev. Dr. Anita Bell
Come Sing, O Church, in Joy!
We invite you to come forward to receive the elements
by dipping a piece of bread into the cup.
Beginning at the front, form two lines down the center aisle
then return to your pews via the outside aisles.
If you cannot come forward, please signal the elder who is
prepared to serve you in your seat.
(Gluten free crackers are available in the bread baskets).
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy
kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as
we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power
and the glory, forever. Amen.
Jesus Lead Thou On
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
* HYMN #411
Arise, Your Light Is Come!
Go Forth in Faith
* Indicates to please stand if you are able.
Head Usher: Tom Bender
Greeters: Scott Miksch
Ushers: Kelly Campion
Margaret Hale
Glenn Rodgers
Bob Wagner
Lorraine Wagner
Louise Wesson
Lay Reader: Susan Buehler
Communion Lynn Gould
Servers: Rich Gould
Jan Nader
Emily Smith
Soundboard: Paul Berry
FOR EVERYONE’S CONVENIENCE – There are hearing devices, large
print hymnals and bulletins, and children’s worship packets. Ask an usher
for assistance.
Our Nursery welcomes infants to three-year-olds ten minutes before
worship and is located in the main hallway on the 1st floor, Room 101.
SUNDAY SCHOOL. We offer the same program during the 9:30 AM and
11:00 AM worship services. Our Pre K & K class welcomes children, 3
years old through children in Kindergarten, 10 minutes before worship. This
class is located on the 3rd floor in Room 307.
Grades 1 through 5 begin in worship with their families. Children will be
invited to meet their teachers in the back of the Sanctuary. Elementary-age
homerooms are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Spence Butterwick
Richard and Arlene Crowell
John Detwiler
Lois Domm
Art Elliott
Falcone family
Eileen Honert
Corinne Jones
Donna King
John Kirch
Dot Lynch
Ellen Morrow
Evelyn McAdam
Dick McNeal
Betty Rawlins
Lindsey Robinson
Charles Siegmann
Kyle Stevens
Jeff Stone
Mim Theobald
If you would like to add someone to the prayer list, contact the
church office ([email protected]/215-646-3030). The church
staff prays for concerns during our weekly staff meeting.
Prayer requests from extended family and friends
(listed in the order received):
Asher, grandson of Mark & Margot Pickett;
friends of Nancy Richards
Rosowski family, friends of Deb Warner
Abi Bard, daughter of Georgina Bard
Mariinha, mother of Gel Mullen
Alex, friend of Lindsey Anderson Saler
Family and friends of Rebecca Kim
Cullison family, friends of Jan Stavinga
Patricia Buziak, mother of Sarah McClure
Family of Gale Rudley
Samuel Charles and family
Family of Maria Chepigan
Innocent victims of violence in Nigeria
Rich Smith, friend of Brian Bortnick
John Ryan Harris, concern of Holly and Brandon Harris
Stan Moyer, brother of Lisa Astler
The Morris family
Eathon Black, friend of Carol Dugan
Beth Cody, loved one of Gladys Bunio and Lynn Meidt
Lori, friend of Kim Valentine
are given in loving memory
of our daughter, Marsha Monarch,
from Emily and Al Brenneman.
CONCERN contact the church office ([email protected]/215646-3030).
If you are on FACEBOOK or FOURSQUARE, check in from First
Presbyterian Church of Ambler, and let your friends know you are
worshiping with us today.
PARENTS, you are welcome to feed your babies
wherever you feel comfortable. If you would
like a quiet place, Marie Thomas, our Children's
Ministry Director, is making her office available.
Marie's office is behind the balcony on the third floor,
Room 301.
AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION. With the cold and flu season upon
us, feel free to take a squirt of hand sanitizer from the new dispensers
provided for the health of our congregants.
Sunday, February 8th at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.
The purpose of the meeting is to review and receive the budget
for 2015 and to approve the terms of call for Senior Pastor, Ryan
Balsan. Copies of the 2014 Annual Report can be found
in the Narthex and on our website. If you would like a complete
copy of the budget contact the church office.
In November, about 100 members of
our church leadership met to be
Stewardship Journey, and what we
hope will take place in 2015. That
day we handed out our Case Statement for the Capital Journey,
which identified our church mission and vision, and how the Capital
Journey relates to both, as well as a summary of the project scope
and process. On our church website, for your information you will find:
1. The Capital Stewardship Journey Case Statement including
project process and scope.
2. A recent letter sent to the attendees of the November
meeting, summarizing what we did and what feedback we
received at the meeting (called the Ignite Feedback Letter
on the website).
3. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), with the most common
questions that came up at that meeting as well as
We encourage you to take a look at these documents by clicking on the
"Foundations for the Future" tab on our church website. Hard copies
can be found in the Foundations for the Future box in the church library.
Please feel free to take a paper copy.
More information will be coming in a few weeks! Please pray that our
work in 2015 will be in step with God's plan, and bring more people to
know Christ.
year, First Presbyterian Church of Ambler
is excited to study A Place At The
Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the
Poor. This study guides you through a
purposeful connection with the world's
poor through food. It will challenge you to
eat like the poor for forty days and to
donate the money you spend on
groceries to a specific charity or project
that serves the world's poor in concrete
ways. How you do this is a personal decision, guided by your
conversations with family and God. Look for more
information in this month's newsletter.
Small groups are forming to guide you in this journey. They
will meet at night and during the day, at the church and in
people's homes. You can still embark on this journey even if
you cannot commit to a small group.
The books are available for purchase by the Help Desk for
$10. If you are interested in hosting a small group please
sign up at the Help Desk or contact Rachel Coley at
[email protected] Look for small group signups starting
next week.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS meets every Sunday in the
Parlor at either 9:30 AM or 11:00 AM. David and Cindy Reed will
lead today’s discussion “When Charity Destroys Dignity”.
Future topics will include terrorism, religious freedom, the life of
Jesus, charity, race and many more. All are welcome. If you are
interested in facilitating using a provided curriculum, contact
Rachel Coley at [email protected]
SAVE THE DATE! Dr. Kimlyn Bender will be joining us for a
weekend of theological exploration on March 13th and March
HORIZON BIBLE STUDY is a publication of the Presbyterian
Women of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. This year the
study will be “Reconciling Paul” based on 2nd Corinthians,
written by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty. FPCA will meet each
month on the 2nd Thursday through May. We will gather in
the Library from noon to 2:00 PM. Anyone is welcome to join
this group, either for all the sessions or just one. Our next
study session will be on Thursday, February 12th.
envelope offering box and in the pews, there are envelopes
labeled Missions Offering. Gifts placed in these envelopes
will support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. PDA is an
emergency and refugee program of PC(USA), providing
global disaster recovery support to meet the immediate and
long-term needs of ravaged communities. Our church has
sent multiple mission teams to the Gulf Coast for hurricane
relief work with PDA. Visit for more
information about this organization.
INTER-FAITH. House wares, furniture and cleaning supplies
are needed to help furnish an apartment. If you can donate
any of these items, contact Lauren ([email protected] /
215-646-0120) at Inter-Faith Housing Alliance. House wares:
glasses, pots & pans, oven ware/baking sheets, cooking
utensils, bed linens/towels, shower curtain/bath mat, indoor
trashcans, vacuum cleaner. Furniture: sofa, chairs, dressers
for mom and dad, dresser for child.
SOUP KITCHEN, February 20th and 21st. Sign up at the
Help Desk for our next Soup Kitchen on Friday and/or
Saturday. We work with a coalition of 14 churches (called
the NECH) to provide a soup kitchen every Saturday morning
in Philadelphia. You can be part of this effort by helping to
prepare the meal Friday night at our church, serving the meal
in Frankford on Saturday morning, or both. Contact Mark
and Barb Yantek (215-641-4928/[email protected]).
store this week? Please join the deacons in our annual winter
community outreach by donating supplies and food to Mattie
Dixon Community Cupboard & Hope Gardens. Items needed
during the winter months include:
• Cleaning Products: dish, laundry, bar soaps, bleach,
Clorox wipes, Windex, Mr. Clean
• Paper Goods: toilet tissue and paper towels
• Canned goods: 100% juice, fruit, peanut butter
• Staples: brown rice, pancake mix, syrup
These items will be collected during January and February.
Place items in the collection bins located outside of the Parlor
and under the coat racks near Fellowship Hall. Your
generosity is appreciated.
CARE PACKAGES for First Pres College Students and
Military Personnel. The Ruth Circle (along with support from
Presbyterian Women circles) would like to send care
packages to the college students and military personnel of
the church. Do you know a college student or military service
person who would appreciate receiving a care package?
Look for flyers in your church mailboxes, which should be
completed and returned to Denise Walters' church mailbox
by Sunday, February 8th. If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact Denise Walters (215-646-3419/
[email protected]). Donations are gladly accepted to
help defray shipping costs. The care packages will be
delivered the week of February 15th.
CAR NEEDED. One of the families we've been assisting
through Helping Hands is in immediate need of a donated
car. If you have a car you're not using, or an older car you
can afford to donate, would you consider giving your car to
this family? Their car was repossessed, and they cannot
afford a car payment. Please contact the church office
([email protected]/215-646-3030) if you have a car you
might be willing to donate.
FAMILY DRIVE-IN MOVIE is scheduled for Saturday,
February 21 (4:00-7:00 PM). Bring your whole family, make
a cardboard box car, enjoy dinner and watch “How to Train
Your Dragon 2”. Nursery care will be available. Sign-up at
the Help Desk or at the 3rd floor Welcome Center. Dinner
donations can be made on line at:
M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Preschoolers). Just in time for
Valentine’s Day! Join us on Saturday, February 7th from 9:0011:00 AM.
Make a beautiful flower arrangement and
discuss how you, as a mom with young children, can find
time to be passionate and love extravagantly. Breakfast for
moms will be followed by small group discussions and a craft.
MOPPETS, led by professional teachers, is available for
infants through elementary-age children. Invite your friends!
No cost. We meet on the 1st Saturday morning of every
month (Sept. to June, except January).
MEN’S BREAKFAST. Come join us for fellowship and a
delicious meal at the next Men’s Breakfast on Saturday,
February 21st at 8:00 AM in Fellowship Hall. Sign up at the
Help Desk or contact Bob Pearce ([email protected]/
would like to extend an invitation for you to join us as
we seek to discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy,
peace, and a deeper understanding of God, as we work
through Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline.
Together, we will journey through 12 core disciplines of the
Christian faith as we seek to grow in our relationships with
God and with other people. We will be meeting on Mondays
from 7:30-9:00 PM beginning on February 2nd. Books can
be purchased through Amazon. If you would like more
information, or plan to join us for this study, please contact
Amy Ruhf at [email protected], or 267-481-4364.
CHILI COOK OFF. You are invited to join us for FPCA's 5th
Annual Chili Cook Off on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 12:30
PM in Fellowship Hall. We are looking for volunteers to
bring a pot of chili to serve and be sampled by many! We
encourage our "tasters" to bring something to share such
as a salad, appetizer (e.g. chips & salsa, guacamole), bread
(e.g. corn bread, crusty bread), or dessert. We will supply
sample cups, spoons and beverages.
Prizes will be
awarded for a variety of categories, so start planning your
entry now! Sign up on the Connection Card found in the
bulletin, or on-line through our web site link at www. Sign-ups will help with planning, but we
welcome "walk in" entries and ALL are welcome!
P.R.I.M.E. TIME. Join us on Tuesday, February 3rd in
Fellowship Hall from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM for a catered hot
lunch with dessert. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Fuess will share
stories and photos of Alaska.
Barbara Schmitt (215-643-5315 / [email protected])
Church office ([email protected] / 215-646-3030).
S.U.R.G.E. All-Nighter, February 13-14. Drop off on Friday at 7 PM
in Room 201. Pick-up on Saturday at 10 AM. Sign-up outside Room
Summer Friends (VBS) is scheduled for July 6-10 from 6 PM to
8:30 PM. Dinner will be served at 5:15 PM. Workshop leaders are
needed to design a thirty-five minute workshop teaching
elementary-age kids something you like to do. They will love you
for it. Sign up at our Help Desk.
WANTED: LEGO Donations for Builder’s Quest Summer
Friends. Do you have LEGO toys, any type or size, that you are
willing to donate for this year’s Summer Friends? We need as many
as we can get. Please put Lego donations in the big yellow box in
the Children’s Library. Thank you!
Ambler Marble Shooting Club meets every Tuesday through
March 24. Cost is $10.00/child for 10 weeks. No experience
necessary. Ambler Marbles Tournament is on Saturday, March 28
at 9 AM.
MS and HS classes meet at 9:30 AM in room 304
for combined worship, followed by smaller group
lessons. Want to come early to hang out, play
games, and eat snacks? Doors open at 9:00 AM.
Our Confirmation Class has started. Please pray for our students as they
go through the process of considering their faith and becoming members of
the church. Confirmation Class meets every Sunday morning from 9:30-10:30
AM in room 302 (January 25-March 29).
B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters In Christ)
• No Regular HS BASIC tonight due to the FUSION: SuperBowl Party!
• MS BASIC this Thursday, Jan. 5th. Bring your Bibles! Want to read ahead?
Check out James 1:2-4.
Small Groups are BACK! Join us on Wednesday nights from 6:30-8pm, starting
THIS Wednesday, February 4th! This session (eight weeks spanning from
February 4- March 25), we will be discussing all things MONEY! How to make it,
save it, spend it, and use it for God’s glory. This study will give you practical tools
for managing money for the rest of your life!
1. Our FUSION: SOUPer Bowl Party is TONIGHT from 6-9pm at the
Valentine’s house (921 Davis Rd. Amber)! We’ll be playing games,
watching the big game, and competing in a SOUPer Bowl challenge of our
own! Get ready for food, prizes, friends, and fun!
2. SAVE THE DATE: The annual All-Night Laser Tag trip is scheduled for
March 20-21st… can you last the night? More details to come.
3. DATE CHANGE: Our Spring Service Project has been moved to Saturday,
May 9th! We will be working as a team, doing some yard work for some of
our very own FPCA family!
Parents, you asked and we listened! We will be hosting a Parents’ Night once
each month as a time for fellowship, fun, and discussing the ins and outs of
parenting teens. We will meet at the church and eat dinner at a local restaurant
together. Mark your calendars for the following dates
Thursday, February 12th
Thursday, April 16th
Sunday, March 15th
Sunday, May 17th
Fellowship Hall (F.H.)
9:30 AM
10:30 AM
10:40 AM
11:00 AM
11:10 AM
5:00 PM
6:00-9:00 PM
10:30 AM
6:00 PM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
7:30 PM
10:00 AM
11:30 AM
5:30-6:45 PM
6:00 PM
7:30 PM
9:30 AM
6:00 PM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
8:00 PM
8:30 PM
6:00 PM
6:30 PM
7:00 PM
8:30 PM
6:00 PM
6:30 PM
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
Memorial Conference Room (M.C.R., 2nd floor)
Worship/Sunday School
Café, Fellowship Hall
Children/Youth Bell Choir
SouthRidge Worship/Sunday School
Children’s Chime Choir
A.A., M.C.R.
FUSION SOUPerBowl, Valentine house
Staff Meeting
A.A., M.C.R.
Jr. GS Troop 7464, room 201
Young Adult Small Group Bible Study, Yoo home
CHICS, Parlor
Women’s Bible Study (Lobley), Parlor
P.R.I.M.E. Time, F.H.
Marbles, F.H.
A.A., M.C.R.
• Bruce Ruhf Bible Study, Parlor
• Session, M.C.R.
Library Staff Work
A.A. Women Beginners, Parlor
Youth Small Groups, Youth rooms
Joyful Ringers, Sanctuary
Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room
H.O.G.S. (Men’s Bible Study), Parlor
A.A., M.C.R.
MS B.A.S.I.C. Youth Group, F.H.
• Deb Koziol Small Group, Library
• S.R. Band Rehearsal, Sanctuary
CHICS, Parlor
A.A., M.C.R.
Tahir Kinsey Group, Library
M.O.P.S., 3rd Floor
Mary Duncan Visitation, Parlor
Mary Duncan Memorial Service
First Presbyterian Church
4 South Ridge Ave
Ambler, PA 19002
Phone: 215-646-3030
Web Site:
Fax: 215-643-0621
E-mail: [email protected]
Ministers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All baptized members of the congregation
Carol Anders, Organist and Parish Visitor .............................................. [email protected]
Ryan Balsan, Pastor, Head of Staff……………………………………………[email protected]
Anita Bell, Interim Associate Pastor ........................................................... [email protected]
Brian Bortnick, South Ridge Music Director .......................................... [email protected]
Michael Joy, Director of Music ..........[email protected]
Cheryl Kurpiel, Church Administrator....................................................... [email protected]
Leslie Thomas, Director of Youth Ministries ............................................. [email protected]
Barbara Schmitt, Parish Visitor ....................................................................... [email protected]
Marie Thomas, Director of Children’s Ministries........................................ [email protected]
Jodi Wolper, Secretary of Publications and Publicity ................................. [email protected]
Class of 2015
Trey Halkett
Susan Buehler
Dave Klitsch
William Martin
Teri McMasters
Robert Nance
Class of 2015
Cindy Bowman
Suzanne Kauffman DePuyt
Lauren Kellock
Linda Moulton
Rich Myers
Amy Ruhf
Memorials Committee
Liz Ferry
Katie Marlowe
Mary McGready
Ed Morgenson
Cindy Reed, Clerk of Session
Class of 2016
Kristin Baird
Rachel Coley
Jeff DePuyt
Sherri Gannon
Christina Hughes
Ron Moritz
Class of 2017
Karen Driscoll
Scott French
Judy McKee
Bob Walters
Anne Whitney
Mark Yantek
Class of 2016
Tom Bender
John Brasch
Sara Halkett
John Ingram
Deb Koziol
Andy McClure
Cristy Robertson
Class of 2017
Lisa Astler
David Coley
Martijn Driehuis
Tahir Thomas Kinsey
Carol Kocher
Andrew Schielke
Tom Shaner
Endowment Committee
Jeff DePuyt
Rich Krauss
Dick McNeal
Bill Messerschmidt
Eric Rudolph
Keith White
Tom Wynn
Nominating Committee
Cindy Bowman, Deacon Rep.
Mike Bowman
Cheryl Kurpiel
Bill Lobley
Robert Nance, Session Rep.