Weekly BLAST - Sycamore Presbyterian Church

Weekly Email BLAST, February 20, 2015
Sycamore Vision 20/20
As a continuation of openness and transparency regarding
Sycamore Vision 20/20, a Kiosk will be staffed in the cafe area
after each worship service by members of Session and/or the
Sycamore Vision 20/20 committee. The purpose is to have leaders
available to discuss any thoughts, questions, or concerns that
members of our church family may have as the plan moves
Your leadership, with input from the congregation and committees,
has prayerfully considered the ideas, approaches, and enrichment
to our programs and services to better serve God and strengthen
the Christian fellowship within Sycamore Presbyterian Church.
We welcome hearing more from you.
To Our IHN Volunteers...
Thank you!!!
The IHN Core Team wishes to thank all the volunteers who helped
make our recent rotation week a success. The guests really
enjoyed the delicious food and the company of the hosts. Barb
Davis, Peggy Jacobs, and Judy Page were there every evening to
welcome the parents and to interact with the children (three
teenage boys and four little ones). Sycamore is blessed with such
a dedicated group. Also, you should know that all leftover food
from the week was picked up by MaryLou Horn and distributed to
local folks in need of food. Absolutely nothing goes to waste from
an IHN week. Look for us again in May.
Important Deadline Notification:
In order to serve you better with accuracy and the most reliable
information available, all submissions to the weekly SPC Bulletin
and BLAST must be received by Tuesdays at 12:00 noon in order
to appear in that week's editions. This deadline also applies to
edits, updates, and/or changes to existing information and articles.
Any items received after Tuesdays at noon will appear in the
following week's publications. If you have questions, please
contact the church office at 683-0254. Thank you.
Continuing Care List
Please pray for:
Chuck Lowe
Harlyn Hubers
Kim Fix
Zach Malanchuk
Lewise Kalsbeek
Richard Jones
Mackenzie Hicks
Ernie Tong
Robert Weidner
Patty Reinhart
Marirose Stiver
John Gillcrist
Mel Reno
Emily Hill
Julie Malcolm
Mary Read
Ron Brady
Joe Burnett
The Rhein's Family
Dianne Harmon
Tom Morgenfeld
John Gantt
Ruth Gantt
Marcia Werger
John Taylor
John Beil
Robbie Koslan
David Read
Helen Sperling
Mary Hastings
Betty Richards
Please pray with us
for those who have
Joan Wagner
*Please submit all future requests regarding articles or notices that
you wish to have published in either the BLAST or Bulletin to
[email protected], or call the church office at 6830254.
Nursery/Toddler Care - Volunteers Needed...
During Church Services at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Please consider volunteering at 9:15 a.m. in the nursery or at
10:45 a.m. in either the nursery or toddler room. We are looking
for people who can commit to one Sunday per month and who
love children. If interested, contact Julie Smith at
[email protected] Thank you!
Clothing Donations:
As our volunteer resource is no longer able to do pickups, SPC is
no longer able to accept clothing donations. Please do not drop
off any items at the church, or place anything in the closet near the
Chapel. For the best use of your donations, please contact
Matthew 25 Ministries, your local Drop Inn Center, Red Cross, the
Salvation Army, or Goodwill Industries, and ask how you might
donate clothing to them. People in need will truly appreciate your
generosity and efforts. Thank you.
Medical Equipment for Church Members:
The Medical Response Team has clean, gently used medical
equipment, such as walkers, canes, wheelchairs, etc. available for
loan. If in need or you have additional questions, please contact
Nancy Roell at 489-1215 or Doug Gausmann at 683-8814.
Usher Volunteers:
Please consider volunteering as a Sunday usher. It is a great way
to serve the church while getting to know the members and visitors
better. If you are interested in joining the 9:15 a.m. Sunday usher
team, please contact Rhett Francisco, usher chairman, at
[email protected] Thank you!
All Veterans and Families of Active Duty Military
Men and Women:
In an effort to compile a list of all veterans and active military who
are SPC members, we need your help. Forward the following
information to Dee Daniels via phone (513-652-9317) or email
([email protected]): military branch, enlisted or drafted, when
and where they served or are serving. Their addresses and phone
numbers would be helpful as well. Thank You!
Children's Ministries
SUNDAY (February 22)
SUNDAY, February 22, ALL Project Linus Blankets are Due!!!
Completed blankets will be collected during the 10:45 a.m. service
today. Blankets will then be donated to special agencies like
hospitals, foster care, police/fire/EMS and disaster response units
that comfort children with a blanket 'hug' in potentially scary
situations. Blankets completed after today may be dropped off at
the Mason Community Center's
Senior Room.
Lenten Calendars for Adults and Families with Children:
Lent is a season of Renewal. We remember the sacrifices Jesus
made for us and prepare ourselves for new life. As you reflect on
and practice the true spirit of the season, consider using the
Lenten calendars that are full of devotions and activities to help
you explore the meaning of Lent. There are calendars for both
adults and for families with children. Pick them up in the Café or
the Connector - they are free!
Questions regarding Children's Ministries: Jan Ferris at 683-0254,
ext. 107
Student Ministries
Sunday (February 22)
Student Ministries Sunday! Everyone worship with us in the
Sanctuary at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m.!
No Confirmation, Awakenings, Elevation, or
Happy Church Summer Mission Trip $25 Deposits and
Applications are due!
WALK/BABES: Wednesdays 7 p.m. in the Underground
Next Quest: Sunday, 3/1, 6-8 p.m. in the Underground
Next Senior High Social: Sunday, 3/8, 6-8 p.m. in the
30 Hour Famine: Friday (3/13) - Saturday (3/14). Sign-up at the
*Kroger Cards must be re-registered every year! To do so, go online to
www.krogercommunityrewards.com. Registering your Kroger Card
supports Student Ministries!! Please Contact Wendy Grethel with any
*For questions or additional information regarding Student
Ministries, contact Meredith Reuscher at 683-0254, ext. 108.
Adult Ministries
Harmony Circle Meeting has been postponed: We will meet on
Tuesday, 2/24, at 7:00 p.m. in room 120. Thank you!
Singles: Join us for an evening of fun, games, and pizza on
Friday, March 6, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel. We will need just a
couple of salads and desserts. Please contact Rena Taylor at 9841272 or [email protected] if you are planning on attending, so
we know how much pizza to order.
Eunice Circle
will meet Thursday, 3/12, in the Chapel at 12:00 noon. Annual
Salad Luncheon; please bring a salad to share if able. Our SPC
preschool will present the program. All ladies of the church are
invited. Contact Jeanette Miller at 683-0639 if you have questions.
Living Proof Live with Beth Moore is your chance to see her in
action at a live venue. Beth is the author and Bible teacher of
bestselling Bible studies and books for women. She is the founder
of Living Proof Ministries and speaker at Living Proof Live
women's events across the US. Her mission is to guide women
everywhere into a richer, more fulfilling relationship with the
Father, and she is coming to Cincinnati.
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to see Beth live at
the US Bank Arena, June 26-27, 2015. Tickets start at $59.00.
For registration and ticket information, please visit
http://www.lifeway.com/livingproof or call 800-254-2022.
"The truth is a powerful tool for life change - the truth spoken in
love, taught from a bold and trustworthy teacher will rearrange
Matthew 25 Ministries: Family Ministries will be
serving at Matthew 25 Ministries TOMORROW, Saturday,
February 21, 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. Sign up in the Café. Contact
Wendy Grethel at [email protected]
Wilmington Project: We will serve our friends at the Sugartree
Ministries in Wilmington on the 1st Wednesday in February (2/4)
for lunch and the 4th Tuesday (2/24) and the 4th Thursday (2/26)
for dinner. Show times are 11:45 a.m. for lunch and 5:45 p.m. for
dinner. Serving at Sugartree is a great way to help those in need,
have outstanding fellowship with others, and demonstrate the true
spirit of Sycamore Presbyterian Church. Contact either Bob
Morgenfeld ([email protected] or 933-0274) or Rhonda
Vickers ([email protected] or 295-3834). Thank you.
Lenten Study on the Disciples
Adult Ministries will be offering a Lenten study "Watching the
Disciples: Learning from Their Mistakes" This small group
discussion group is similar and related to the Sermon Series about
the disciples and how we can be better disciples in our own lives.
The Lenten study examines the 12 Disciples in their on-the-job
training to become disciples of Jesus. We hope to find guidance
for our pilgrimage and help us to assess our own discipleship.
Join us as your schedule allows! It starts February 22, Sundays at
9:15 a.m. in Room 120 with Steve Helterbridle or 10:45 a.m. in the
Manse with Wendy Grethel.
Also, sign up if you would be interested in Wednesday Evening 78:00 p.m with Missy Iannelli starting February 25.
Adult Opportunity: Beginning March 1, you will have the
opportunity to learn of the great depth of God's love and mercy as
you see it continually offered to people who often do not
appreciate it. Sound familiar? As we begin the study of the Book
of Judges, we learn not only of what the people are doing (and not
doing) in their relationship with God, but we can learn how God of
the Old Testament is vitally alive in our lives today. At 10:45 a.m.
on Sunday mornings in Room 120 (where the donuts and coffee
are!), please come and begin this exploration with some of your
other friends at Sycamore. Questions? Randy Gross
([email protected] or 513-683-6709).
Saturday StoneMason Bible Overview...
will start March 14, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. in Room 120.
What is most amazing about the disciples is that Jesus ever
selected them at all; among them were a handful of common
fishermen, a hated tax collector, and an impulsive political zealot.
Who were these men? When you take a fresh look at
the disciples, you'll be faced with a stunning fact: the men the
Savior chose were ordinary...hopelessly human...remarkably
unremarkable, but they were available and obedient to the
Master's call.
Come and join us as we study "TWELVE ORDINARY MEN", a
book by John MacArthur. This class will be moderated by Alan
Greggo and Chris Dugle. We start at 8:30 a.m. and finish at 10:00
a.m. sharp every Saturday. Donuts and coffee are served, along
with a big helping of fellowship and fun. All men, sons, fathers,
grandfathers, youth...etc. are invited to join. Book and workbook
provided for $27.
Please sign up on the sheet provided in the Café. If you have
questions, feel free to email Alan Greggo at
[email protected]
"The Life of Jesus, A Study of the Gospels" (a women's small
group study) with Rev. McClanahan meets on Wednesdays at
5:30 p.m. or Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in Room 120. Questions:
Linda McClanahan at [email protected]
**Childcare available upon request.
Dinners for 6, 7, or 8 - Please see the guest/host chart in the
Café for March's information.
Singles meet for lunch on the third Sunday of each month
following the second service. They meet in the Café first to decide
on a restaurant. All singles are welcome!!
MOPS (moms of preschoolers)
A Christian small group that supports moms. MOPS meets the
2nd Wednesday of each month in Room 229 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
We need people who will give a helping hand with childcare. We
need your hands. Contact Trina Gunn at 518-9809 or
[email protected] for more information.
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University:
This program teaches you how to beat debt, build wealth, and
keep your own economy thriving with topics like "Super Saving"
and "Dumping Debt." We meet on Sunday nights from 6:00 to
7:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Neil at
mailto:[email protected]
Beth Moore Women's Study Children of the Day: 1st & 2nd
Thessalonians will be studied. Meets Wednesdays in Room 120,
9:30-11:15 AM.
Adult Ministry...it's never too late...
to join an Adult Ministry Small Group - Continue your spiritual
growth! There are a lot of options:
Adult Small Group Calendar:
Take a look and see if anything inspires you; everyone is welcome
to attend. On-line registration is available, and you may purchase
your books in the area outside of the Music Room
Sundays, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Room 120, Study: Book of
Matthew, Leader: Randy Gross
Sundays, 6-7:30 p.m., 2/8/2015-4/12/15 (Easter off),
Room 223: Financial Peace University, Leader: Neil
Mondays, 10:30-12:00 p.m., Room 120: What's So
Amazing About Grace, Leader: Marilyn Poe
1st & 3rd Tuesday, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Room 120: Women
of the New Testament, Leader: Claudia Gross
3rd Tuesday, Harmony, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Room 120:The
Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury, Leader: Mitzi Green
Tuesdays, Lamplighters, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Media Center, II
Corinthians, Leaders: Don and Joyce Dunham
Wednesdays, 6:45-7:30 a.m., in Room 120, Men's Bible
Group, I Corinthians, Leader: John Strong
Wednesdays, 9:30-11:15 a.m., Room 120: Beth Moore,
Children of the Day, 1st and 2nd Thessalonians will be
studied. Leader: Jenny Ellsworth
If you would like detailed information, including contact
information, please visit the Adult Ministries Table in the Cafe, or
call Wendy Grethel at 683-0254. Thank you.
Prime Timer Trips:
Prime Timer's Two Trip Opportunities:
1) Bardstown/Louisville - (look for the blue travel poster) - only
(5) five spaces remain on this one of a kind trip. A $50.00
deposit is required; full payment due April 5.
2) New England and Canada Cruise: three Balcony and one
Ocean View cabins available.
*The reservation form for this trip is attached to the "WOW"
Informational flyers, including the "WOW" flyer, and reservation
forms for both trips are located in the Welcome Center on the
Ministry Counter. Fill out the forms, and return them with any
required deposits to Linda McClanahan or the Church Office.
Questions: 513-683-0254.
The Media Center's Suggestion of the Week:
BLESSINGS - Prayers for the Home and Family
Guiley, Rosemary Ellen 242.2 Gui
Recently donated to the Media Center, Blessings - Prayers for the
Home and Family is a collection of prayers and blessings for every
family occasion. They were selected from a variety of faiths and
cultures, are arranged by topic, and include contributions by a
wide array of authors.
Additional Childcare Available:
If you are interested in participating in any of our Sunday morning
classes and workshops, please note that we now offer a
supervised area for preschool age children and older during the
9:15 a.m. hour. Please sign in at the Nursery. For questions,
please contact Julie Smith at [email protected]
Lawn Fete Collections
Items for Lawn Fete and the Spring Sale can be dropped off at
the storage facility at any time. If the building is closed, just put
the item on the porch, and it will be moved inside the next day.
Pickups will start in March. If you have questions, contact Doug
Gausmann (683-8614 or [email protected]).
Follow Sycamore on Twitter:
If you want to keep up with the latest happenings at church, just
follow us on Twitter for photos, events, and inspirational [email protected]
Sycamore Public WIFI
Log in to Sycamore's public WIFI anytime you are at the facility.
Search for the SCPublic network, and access it with the
password: scwelcome.
Deacons of the Month
The Deacons of the Month for February are Janie McCormick
(513-398-7505) and Doug Gausmann (513-683-8614).
Active Military Service
SSG Kurt Davis, US Army National Guard
2nd Lt. Mark Folchi, USAF
PO3C James Hough, USN
Sgt. Paul Ryan Keller, USAF*
Brandyn LaFarge, USN
Staff Sgt Kelsey Melzer, USAF
MM3 Joseph Prickett, USN*
Staff Sgt. Andrew Ruberg, USMC
LCpl. Zachary Sultz, USMC
Sgt. Nathan McCall, Army*
2nd Lt. Michael Hills, Army*
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