Feb 11, 2015 - Possible food drive through/drop off for Christmas in July (similar to NBC4 food drive for Mid Ohio Food Bank). Contact Opportunity Knox / Job and Family Services on how their mobile unit could be used in connection with. Interchurch (job searches, resume building ….) Work on plans to expand our facility, ...

Grapevine February 2015

Pastor's Desk February Greetings, The snow has arrived and with it the wintery cold of our northern Ohio countryside. The ground rests and waits for the arrival of spring, nature’s Sabbath from the work of producing crops. It will soon be Valentines’ Day. Even before we celebrate the love of one another, and relationships short and long, we will begin Lent. It seems too quickly after the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, to be thinking of His death and resurrection. It is not. In this time of retrospect and remembering, we celebrate that His life was our greatest gift, then and now. I will be placing a sign-up sheet in the parlor, offering a six-week study for the Lenten season. It will be a study in the balancing act of life and faith, with ways to bring our worship into the busy realm of living. I hope that you will sign up and plan to bring a friend, a neighbor, or a loved one along. I will begin seminary before the month even begins. My regular office day will be Wednesday morning for this semester. I plan to be at the church from 9 to 12 on a regular basis. If you need me other times, just call my cell phone and we can set a time up to meet. And of course, never hesitate to call in pastoral emergencies. New things, good things, are stirring around in our church. You may be called to participate in these new things. You may be asked to bring new ideas to present. It is a time to tell the session and committees what your passions are. How is God calling you into greater service? We want to know the gifts that you are willing to share in this work as Christ’s church. As we bundle up in blankets and spend more time indoors than out, remember those who spend most of their days indoors. Remember, and keep in prayer, those who are unable to worship with us. Send them a card or give them a phone call, just to let them know they are not forgotten. Be generous and quick to action when you see brothers or sisters who have needs. Bear in mind that strangers may merely be friends that we have never met. Invite someone to worship. Let extreme hospitality be known as commonplace inside and outside our walls. We have been given a great mission as ambassadors of Jesus Christ. We are all teachers, and students, of the living Word that guides our feet. Celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. May the peace of the Lord rest with you, the Holy Spirit hold you up in strength, and may you always know that you abide in the love of God.

Pastor Christine

Inside this issue: Motivation and Bulletin Board Cook’s Corner and Just for Fun

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February Calendar


Church Leadership and Birthdays


Care & Concern and AARP Tax Service Thank You ,Congregational Meeting , Souper Bowl of Caring and Heifer Project The Sacrament of Baptism Part 2 of 3








Motivation and Bulletin Board Page 2

February When you’ve trusted Jesus and walked his way When you’ve felt his hand lead you day by day But your steps now take you another way, start over. When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry When you’ve tried your best and there’s no more try When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why, start over. When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do When you’ve trusted them and they didn’t come through And now you’re all alone and it’s up to you, start over. When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone When you’ve done your best but it’s turned out wrong And now your grandchildren have come along, start over. When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know his will When you’ve prayed and prayed and you don’t know still When you want to stop cause you’ve had your fill, start over. When you think you’re finished and want to quit When you’ve bottomed out in life’s deepest pit When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it, start over. When the year has been long and successes few When December comes and you’re feeling blue God gives a January just for you, start over. Starting over means Starting over means Starting over means We need not just sit

“Victories Won” “A Race Well Run” “The Lords’ Will Done” there … START OVER.

Bulletin Board If you have something that you would like the whole congregation to know, send it in and we’ll put it on the Grapevine Bulletin Board!

Dave Thomson is offering guitar, keyboard, and bass lessons. Inside/outside painting. Free Estimates. (740) 694-5164

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Cook's Corner

Just for Fun



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Monthly Fund Raising Luncheon

Session Meeting

The monthly Fund Raising Luncheon will be on “Hiatus” until further notice. Thank You!

February 17th 6:30pm

Finance Income $8,005

Men’s Ministry

Expense $8,364 Mortgage $ 810,559

Adult Choir

Practice will be @ 11:15 on Feb. 7th, 21st & 28th. Come join us!

The Men’s Breakfast is the 2nd Saturday @ 8am each month in Fellowship Hall. Come out and join in for breakfast and fellowship. The next breakfast will be February 13th.

Youth Program Cancelled until further notice. Watch for updates!

Presbyterian Women Please plan on joining us on February 9th @ 1:30pm at the church for our Bible Study, “Come to the Waters.” All women of the church are welcome to join us. Any questions, please contact Marilyn Klapproth - 694-4955 or Barbara Hall - 694-3806.

Adult Sunday School Join us at 9am - 9:45 am for Sunday School.

Lenten Bible Study Church Website Come visit our website and browse around. This link will take you to June 1st sermon. nloadsUpdate,46

Would you like to join a six week Lenten Bible Study? The study will be on Wednesday or Thursday (Time to be determined) during Lent. Topic will be announced at a later date. Signup sheet in Parlor


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9am - 9:45am

Adult Sunday School


Sunday Worship Service - Communion - Pastor Christine Burns


Congregational Meeting

Mon Feb 8

7am - 8am

Get-Up & Go - AA Meeting

Tue Feb 9


Presbyterian Women

7 - 9pm

Tuesday Night Quilt Group Session Info Due Office Closed

Wed Feb 10 Thu Feb 11

Lent Begins 11:30am

J.O.Y. Club - Allison’s - Mt. Vernon Office Closed

Fri Feb 12

Office Closed

Sat Feb 13


Men’s Breakfast - Fellowship Hall

Sun Feb 14


Congregation Valentine’s Breakfast


Sunday Worship Service - Pastor Christine Burns


Adult Choir Rehearsal

Mon Feb 15

7am - 8am

Get-Up & Go - AA Meeting

Wed Feb 17



Sat Feb 20

9:30 - 11:30am

Threads of Devotion

Sun Feb 21

9am - 9:45am

Adult Sunday School


Sunday Worship Service - Pastor Christine Burns


Adult Choir Rehearsal

7am - 8am

Get-Up & Go - AA Meeting

5:30 - 6:30pm

Hot Meals

Tue Feb 23

7 - 9pm

Tuesday Night Quilt Group

Thu Feb 26


Lenten Bible Study

Fri Feb 27

7am - 8am

Get-Up & Go - AA Meeting

Sun Feb 28

9am - 9:45am

Adult Sunday School


Sunday Worship Service - Pastor Christine Burns

7am - 8am

Get-Up & Go - AA Meeting

Mon Feb 22

Mon Feb 29


Church Leadership and Birthdays

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Moderator -

Chair - Kathy Conway

Clerk of Session - Art Dremann

Secretary - Marilyn Mullin

Class of 2014-15

Class of 2015-16

Class of 2016-17

Class of 2014-15

Class of 2015-16

Class of 2016-17

Susan Cunningham (1)

Steve Bouton (2)

Cindy Bouton (2)

Pete Handwerk (1)

Marilyn Mullin (1)

Kathy Conway (1)

Nathan Cordle (1)

Judy Cordle (2)

Ruth Smith (2)

Chrissie Laymon (1)

Carol Jacobs (1)

Barbara Hall (1)

Colleen Gregg (1)

Jenny Tharp (1)

Cathy Kempton (1)


Our Church Leadership Pastor

Christine Burns

(740) 541-0928

Office Manager

Dee Simon

(740) 694-4751

Financial Treasurer

Jim Sulzer

(740) 703-9423

Judy Cordle

(740) 694-0266

Choir Leader/Pianist

Lynn Jurkowitz

(740) 392-8114

Song Leader

Roger Hartwell

(419) 768-2517

Bob Campbell

(740) 694-2335

Marilyn Klapproth

(740) 694-4955

Benevolence Treasurer

Sound Technician Prayer Chain

Aaron Swaim - 2nd Cody Winter - 12th Carey Barber - 25th Barbara Hall - 25th Carol Jacobs - 28th

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Della Comer Carol Jo Gregg Charles Gregg Helen Scarbrough Joan Sharp

1076 Coshocton Av. Mount Vernon, OH 43050 740-397-4125 Paul Jurkowitz


Though we cannot think alike may we not love alike? ~John Wesley

February 15, 2016

AARP Free Tax Service AARP Free Tax Service: AARP Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low to moderate income, with special attention to those 50 and older. However, service is available to everyone with tax returns meeting our training criteria. Volunteers have been trained and are certified by the IRS to assist you in filing your 2015 returns. (Volunteers cannot prepare some complex returns.) Service will begin in early February and continue through mid-April at the Public Library in Mount Vernon. Please call Donna at the library for an appointment, 740-392-2665 extension 242.

Thank You

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On behalf of the session, I want to thank everyone who supported this year’s Session Christmas Fund. Through your generosity we have expressed some appreciation to our staff and to some of our congregation who volunteer and labor week after week for the benefit of our entire congregation. We thank them for their service and thank you for making that possible. At Christmas, we take a moment to thank these individuals. But I also want to recognize and express our thanks to so many who demonstrate love of Christ through their gifts to our church. Our Deacons and Elders who lead by example and deed; and also those of our congregation who sing in the choir, teach Sunday school, serve on committees, and just show up to do so many things around our church. You make it possible for us to worship together as a church family. So on behalf of all of us, a thank you to all of you that make this such a special place in our community.

Art Dremann Clerk of Session

Congregational Meeting Our Congregational Meeting will be Feb. 7th, following worship service. A draft copy of the information will be available on January 31st for your review.

Souper Bowl of Caring Please join us after the Congregational Meeting for soup and sandwiches to help support “Souper Bowl of Caring.” All donations will support Missions.

LENT - Heifer Project During Lent, SMI will be sponsoring a fund raiser for the Heifer Project. Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Here is the link to their website -

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The Sacrament of Baptism


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I need to start off with an apology; unfortunately a few thank you letters that were mailed out last week were returned as the address label came off. Let me offer a big thank you to everyone including businesses and churches for your support to Interchurch in 2015 – whether it was food, money, or items for re-sell in our Thrift Store, we appreciate all you have done (and will hopefully continue to do) for Interchurch. Approximate 2015 year end summary; Financial = 229 households - average assistance is $100 every 6mos. Homeless served = 95 Single parents served = 165 Food Pantry = 717 households = 21,573 meals New clients added to Interchurch = 56 Utility assistance - gas, water… = 73 Rental assistance = 27 Medical (prescriptions / baby formula) = 3 $10 gas vouchers for Dr. appt. or transportation to/from work) Turn the Tide Christmas assistance = 65 families Christmas food baskets = 65 $15 meat vouchers (for Christmas food baskets) Misc. assistance = 2 assists with funeral expenses Thrift Store = $17,143.24 - $3300+ over 2014; thanks to everyone who shops in our Thrift Store. Please continue to think of donating your new and/or gently used items to Interchurch, we are always in need of household items such as small appliances, dishes, linens… and, of course, clothing. When donating, always make sure the item is clean and in working condition, no stains or tears, buttons all attached and zippers work, free of pet hair and no smoke odors; ask yourself “Is this something I would buy?” Unfortunately there have been a few donations that have been left outside this year, PLEASE bring your items in during business hours of Monday 10-5 and Tuesday-Friday 10-3. Cases of food were left on our porch over a recent weekend during the freezing temperatures and clothing as well; this invites people to take items and animals to get into packages. The weather also damages the donations which will then be unusable. Food pantry needs; Saltine crackers, canned meat, toiletries, quart size zip lock bags. Our plans for 2016; Purchase $10 bread and dairy vouchers to The Village Grocer for our food pantry clients. Expand summer lunch program to 5 days/week. Possible food drive through/drop off for Christmas in July (similar to NBC4 food drive for Mid Ohio Food Bank) Contact Opportunity Knox / Job and Family Services on how their mobile unit could be used in connection with Interchurch (job searches, resume building ….) Work on plans to expand our facility, build new or re-locate. It would be impossible for Interchurch to help those in need in our community without your help; thank you and blessings to you throughout the New Year, Katie Frazier Branch Manager 740-694-8110 [email protected] Thought for the day “It’s not about how much we have but how we use what we have to serve God” - From The Upper Room, October 11, 2015

First Presbyterian Church 17 S. Main Street Fredericktown, OH 43019 Phone: 740-694-4751 [email protected]

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