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April 2015 Newsletter

WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter

Spring has sprung! I’ve been hearing birds singing (sounds like the Hallelujah Chorus to me!) and signs of God’s glory in creation getting ready to sprout all over the place! Bring it on, April!  Let’s go!

Now I know this is technically still a March event, but I think this will be cool, so I’m including it!  That said, on Sunday, March 29, there will be a Senior Adult Ministry meeting at noon.  All senior adults are invited to attend to discuss the formation of a Senior Ministry.  There will be a pitch-in before the meeting, so please bring a covered dish to share.  I just want it known that as far as Sunday School classes go, the Guiding Lights class can be the rowdiest!  Sometimes louder than the kids!  I can’t wait to hear what they’ll be getting to do!

Wednesday, April 1, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. will be a MOPS small group meeting, where moms get some grown-up fellowship time while their littles are being watched and loved on.  An hour and a half…grown-up time…enjoy, moms!  There will be a MOPS playdate two weeks after on Wednesday, April 15, also from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

There will be a Church Work day on Saturday, April 4, from 8:00-noon. Please come and help freshen up God’s house.  Remember that some people only come to church two times a year and Easter is one of them. Let’s prepare to receive them!

Sunday, April 5, is Easter Sunday!  He is risen!  The Annie Armstrong Easter Mission offering will be taken and sent to help missionaries working within the borders of the U.S. and Canada.  Extra envelopes are on the table in the foyer if you would like to turn in your offering early.  Because of the holiday, there will be no evening activities.  Enjoy the time with your friends and families!  He is risen, indeed!

On Friday, April 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Pastor Rick Cobb will be leading a Youth and Adult Sunday School teacher training retreat.  This will be a great opportunity to become better equipped to lead your classes and be more effective at discipling your students.  Again this retreat is for teachers of high school on up.  I may have heard something about pizza?  That might be worth the price of admission right there!  Just sayin’!

Last up, final chance to fill out a green sheet to let lovely Miss Sue know how you would like to be contacted by the church with updates and other tidbits of information.  Any names that can be taken off the phone tree list, and updated by e-mail notification instead, will help cut down the 3+ hours it is taking to get to everyone currently.  That’s it for April!  Now go out and tell somebody just how good God has been to YOU!


March 2015 Newsletter

WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter

OK, so February went by pretty fast and, I’ll be honest, I’m glad!  Not too much snow, unlike last year; but a little too cold for my taste, like last year!  So let us prepare to endure just a few more weeks of winter, because spring will be here before we know it. (I’ll be that person standing with my nose up to the window looking out to spot that first bit of green…C’mon 50 degrees!  Sorry, I can be annoying that way!  I digress…)

Here are the Coming Attractions for the month of March:

Sunday, March 1, at Noon, is a Special Business Meeting. It’s important you be there!

Wednesday, March 4, from 10am to 11:30 will be MOPS Small Group time.  If you have any questions, please call Meredith Lund at 592-4405 as she knows all the biz about MOPS!  You go, girl!

Tuesday, March 10, will be the first night for the new Ladies Bible study from 6:30 to 8pm.  The study will be on Hebrews Chapter 11 and the study is titled “Sweeter Than Chocolate.”  Books for the study are $10 (due 3/10) and you’ll need to sign up by Wednesday, March 4, to have a book ordered for you.  Teen girls are encouraged to join too.  You can find the sign-up sheet on the table in the foyer. See you there, ladies! Because chocolate!  HELLO?!  Yep, uh-huh…you know what I’m talkin’ about!

Wednesday, March 18, is another MOPS day!  Busy, busy, busy!  There will be a play date from 10am to 11:30am.  See above for Meredith’s details if you have a question.

On Friday, March 20, the Youth will be going to Winter Jam in Indy.  Each person needs to bring $20 for their expenses for the night.  They will leave from the church at 4pm and will return around midnight.  Each teen will need to have a release form filled out and returned to Derron Connor in order to attend.  He will call parents when they leave to come home, to give a better idea of their return time…I’m thinking an early evening nap may be in order here…ugh, midnight….

Continue to pray for more Jr. Church teachers (must be church members) and Extended Session Childcare workers.  The specific needs are listed in the church bulletin, so check them out! Contact Pastor Garry, Pastor Rick or Sue if you can help.

Last item…New phone directory information updates.  Please turn in your contact info to Sue so she has complete and correct information for the church to reach you for the next year.  When email addresses, phone numbers, home address, etc. are changed, it’s easy, in our busy lives, to overlook some who should be notified of the updated information. Let’s all help make this part of Sue’s job a bit easier.

…..see you next month….

February 2015 Newsletter

WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter

Well 2015 has officially arrived!  How has God blessed you so far this year?  Are you looking for where He is working in your life?  I hope so!  He has been active in our church adding the Cobb, Miller, Blystone and Smith families as new members.  Also, Lori Jones began a 5-week Bible study equipping many of our ladies on how to study the Bible.

Here’s what you can look forward to in the month of February…The Ladies Bible study will finish up their last two nights on Tuesday, February 3 and 10.  The Women’s Retreat, “Transformed,” will take place in Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7.  Both look to be such blessings for the ladies of our church!  Enjoy, ladies!

Sunday, February 8, will be another one of those “pack a lunch and a pillow” days!  Let’s break it down!  A Council meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m., with a Church business meeting following the morning worship service.  The Deacons will be meeting at 4:00 p.m. doing whatever good things they do!  252 activities will begin at 5:00 p.m. with prayer. Lesson time on the subject of “kindness” will end by 7:30 p.m.  Teens and adults…we have something for you too!  Your lesson time starts at 6:00 p.m., so come on over!  We’d love to see you, and you might even like it!

Saturday, February 14, will be a church work day from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  I know that is Valentine’s Day, but my only response to that is…Who is your first love?  ‘Nuff said!  See you there!

A Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (MOPS) group is being formed.  If you are interested in helping or joining, see one of the following ladies:  Meredith Lund, Lainey McCrory, Patty Pound or Lori Jones.

If you are not currently serving in Extended Session or Jr. Church, we really need you!  Check with Claudia Overpeck, Sue or Pastor Garry to find out how you can help in Extended Session.  Talk with Pam Melloh or Pastor Garry to help with Jr. Church.  Be a blessing to the young families that are attending our church…I’m sure you will be blessed in return!

The Alaskan Mission trip won’t happen until August 3 through 7, but Doug and Regina Overpeck need to purchase the plane tickets soon to get the best possible price.  If you have been thinking/praying about going, you need to let them know ASAP!

Finally, FYI…here are the members of the Operation/Planning Team:  Matt Miller, Qynn McCrory, Gary Overpeck, Hal Robb, Pastor Garry and Pastor Rick.  The team is meeting weekly and will take over many of the decision making issues that our Deacons have handled in the past.  This will free up our Deacons to focus their efforts on serving our church family.  Please be praying for these men as they seek the direction God has planned for our church.

What’s Goin’ On Newsletter Dec. 2014

WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter


It’s the end of another year. Wow! Where did the time go? Forgot what happened last month, or were unable to make it every Sunday?  Let me remind you what went on in November…


Collections for Operation Christmas Child this year were fabulous!  I talked with Regina today, and she, along with a couple of her elves, delivered 205 shoeboxes to the Christian Church.  Well done!  That is a lot of children who will receive a little bit of love from you and a huge way to show them the love of Christ!  Also, last month, Pastor Garry held another Membership 101 information class with 12 people attending. Miss out? I’m guessing you’ll have another chance…I’ll be sure to keep you informed!  Our church family has been blessed, yet again, by the hiring of Rick Cobb as a part-time Associate Pastor.  He will work Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays each week. Stop by and give him a big ol’ Parke county wave…HEY!!! Last up for last month was our Thanksgiving meal.  It was just amazing wasn’t it?! Right? (OK, confession time…I’m writing this before the actual meal, but it’s food and we’re Baptists!…you know it was good!)


Coming up in December (drum roll, please!) is a Church Council meeting on Sunday, December 7, at 8:30 a.m.  Following the morning worship will be a business meeting (starting to see a pattern with this?).  We’ll be voting on the 2015 budget and nominations, affirming new members and hearing more about the Planning Team Pastor Garry would like to set up. Plan on attending!


Saturday, December 13, from 8:00 a.m. to noon will be a church work day.  How about a Christmas theme? We could sing carols while we work! Or wear red and green! Maybe we could dress as elves!…I’m going to start looking for something festive to wear right now!  Do you really want to miss seeing that?! Just sayin’! See you there!


Sunday, December 21, at 6:00 p.m. will be our Christmas Candlelight Service.  I know Sabrina was going around church asking people if they would be willing to participate.  If she hasn’t gotten to you yet, hunt her down! Personally, I’m hoping Elvis will show up again! Don’t miss this fun and wonderful time with your church family, quirks and all! That’s it for 2014! Remember to slow down and focus on all of your blessings! God is just so good! All.

November 2014 Newsletter

WHAT’S GOIN’ ON?! Newsletter


Well, well, well…it’s November!  Only two more months in 2014…where did the time go?!  Not sure what happened last month?  Here’s the recap!  The 252 kids and youth spent a fun evening at Hobson’s Farm, and Ashley Overpeck gave a quick lesson on God’s creation.  What was the largest seed on record again?  I think it was from a plant on the island of Madagascar?…someone remind me!  October 10 was Brent Lacy’s last day as our youth pastor.  He has taken a new position with the National Network of Youth Ministries.  There was a fellowship dinner on the 19th to encourage the Lacy family and to kick off his new position.  Want to know more about his new job or find out how you can support him in this endeavor?  Check out the information table in the church foyer.  Finally, Pastor Garry started another Membership 101 information class.  The class will continue to meet Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. for the next 3 weeks.  Check it out if you want to be in the know!


Sunday, November 2, is the biggest day of the month!  Operation Christmas Child boxes need to be turned in by this date.  Any information you might need about this can be found in the foyer welcome room and there are still some free boxes on the stage in the sanctuary.  Check with Regina Overpeck, Donna Leonard or Sue Spangler if you have any questions.  Same Sunday…November 2 is Family Sunday.  There is NO Jr. Church or Extended Session.  Moms and Dads, be sure to bring your Mary Poppins bags to help keep your little ones occupied!  Still November 2!…there will be a Church Council meeting at 8:30 a.m. because (you guessed it!) there will be a business meeting following the morning service.  Important stuff happening, so don’t miss this!


On Sunday, November 23, we will be having our Thanksgiving Fellowship dinner after the morning service.  Bring all your goodies and yummies and…I love this time of year!  Afterward, let the napping commence!  There will be no 252 or Bible studies that evening, and the church offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27-28.


Don’t forget about the prayer meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m.!  There has been someone to watch the littles in the back, so don’t let that stop you from coming to encourage and be encouraged.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to really get to know each other, warts and all!  We’d love to see you!…teens included!


(Make a siren noise in your head, please!)  ALERT!!!  Public Service Announcement!  Our Candlelight Christmas Service will be Sunday, December 21.  If you want to participate in this year’s program (and you know you do!), you need to contact Rick Cobb or Sabrina Vincent as soon as possible!  It takes time to put together such amazing talent!  (OK, you can stop your siren.  It was fun, though, wasn’t it?!  I won’t tell!) 😉