Abington Presbyterian Life 020115

ABINGTON PRESBYTERIAN LIFE
February 1, 2015
CHURCH SCHOOL
10:00 AM
AGE/GRADE
ROOM
Birth– 2 year olds 110-112
2 & 3 year olds
222
4 yr & Pre-K
221
TEACHER
Childcare
Amy Beck & Sue Parsons
Carolyn Pitcairn
TOPIC
Childcare
Jesus Stills the Storm
Lost Sheep
Pick Up
110-112
222
221
K & 1st Grade
STAY
IN
WORSHIP
XXX
2nd & 3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th-6th Grade
STAY
STAY
Room 70
IN
IN
Bob Cardewell
WORSHIP
WORSHIP
The Gospels & Acts
XXX
XXX
XXX
ADULT EDUCATION (Sundays @ 8:45)
FORUM—in the Parlor (room 113):
Feb 1, 8 & 15—Christians Engaging Israel
led by Lee Bowie and John Miller
February 1--Jewish Peoplehood and Response to Jewish
Exile
PER CAPITA APPORTIONMENT
FOR 2015
The Per Capita Apportionment for 2015 is
$25.27. This amount is per member, not per
family.
Kindly include this amount in your annual
giving. Thank you.
February 8--Christian Response to Jewish Exile
February 15--Beyond the Conflict--Hope
BIBLE STUDY—in the Annex (room 108):
Dr. Stephen Kim leads a study of Samuel.
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY
Once again, we will be collecting money and soup to
celebrate Superbowl Sunday TODAY! Make it a Super day for those who have less. Youth from our Confirmation Class will be collecting money in soup pots
following worship.
Welcome our part-time Bridge Pastor
Rev. James H. Lappen
Born in Philadelphia and raised in Delaware County.
Graduate of Penn State University, Princeton, Fuller and Eastern Baptist Seminaries.
Served churches in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Utah
and Texas.
Served as Associate Executive for Finance and Church Development for the Synod of the Sun and as Interim Associate
Executive for Congregational Ministry for the Presbytery of
Philadelphia. He is currently serving as the Moderator for the
Southwest region for the Commission on Congregations and
Leadership of the Presbytery of Philadelphia. He lives with
his wife, Barbara, in Swarthmore.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP
Our monthly Grief Support Group will be held in
the Church Library this Thursday afternoon from
2:00 – 3:30 pm, led by our Parish Associate, Rev.
Christine Bruce. Please contact the church office
or Rev. Bruce at (215) 620-8091, for more information.
Congregational Potluck
Date: Sunday, Febr uar y 8, 2015
Time: 11:30am to 1:00pm
Place: Par ish Hall
RSVP: No need
A-M— salads/entrees
N-Z— cut fruit/desserts
Look forward to seeing you all there! Contact Carolyn
Ming at allencarolyn@comcast.net or 215-512-4145 if
you have any questions.
THIS WEEK AT APC
Office Hours M-Thu 8:30-4:30 pm
SUNDAY
February 1
8:00am
8:45am
8:45am
8:45am
8:45am
8:45am
8:45am
10:00am
10:00am
11:00am
11:00am
2:00pm
6:00pm
8:30pm
MONDAY
February 2
TUESDAY
February 3
WEDNESDAY
February 4
THURSDAY
February 5
FRIDAY
February 6
SATURDAY
February 7
Simple Gifts Worship & Communion (115)
Adult Forum (113)
Bible Study Class (108)
Confirmation Class (70)
Jr.High Church School (72/74)
PresbyKids
Senior High Dialogue (71)
Celebration Worship & Communion
Pre-School Church School
Blood Pressure Screening (Chapel)
Coffee Hour (115)
The LOFT Setup (all downstairs rooms)
5:00pm Chapel choir
Super Bowl: Youth Fellowship (72/74)
Verse by Verse Bible Study (offsite)
9:00am
11:00am
7:15pm
7:30pm
The Loft (all downstairs rooms)
Older Adult Committee Mtg. (108)
Boy Scouts (Rec. Room, 70, 72/74)
Orchestra
8:30am
9:00am
12:00pm
7:30pm
7:30pm
7:30pm
7:30pm
7:30pm
8:30pm
Memorial Gifts Committee (108)
The Loft (all downstairs rooms)
Tuesday Noon Organ Recital
New Directions Support Meeting (115)
Children’s Ministry Meeting (108)
Festive Ringers
PW Book Club (offsite)
Stewardship Council (101)
Celebration Ringers
7:45am
9:00am
9:30am
9:30am
4:10pm
4:15pm
5:00pm
7:30pm
7:30pm
Wednesday Morning Bible Study (113)
The Loft (all downstairs rooms)
Yoga Class (113) **
APNS @ The Library (116)
Joyful Bells
Chime Choir
Crusader Choir
Worship & Music Council (108)
Youth Ministry Committee Meeting (70)
9:00am
2:00pm
6:30pm
7:30pm
8:30pm
The Loft (all downstairs rooms)
Grief Support Group Meeting (116)
Webelos 2 Den Meeting (Rec. Room)
Chancel Choir
Oratorio Choir
9:00am
10:30am
12:30pm
5:00pm
The Loft (all downstairs rooms)
Civic Club Luncheon Setup (115)
Civic Club Luncheon (Parish Hall)
Senior High Mission Weekend
All day Senior High Mission Weekend
SUNDAY
February 8
8:00am
8:45am
8:45am
8:45am
8:45am
8:45am
9:00am
10:00am
10:00am
11:00am
11:30am
11:30am
4:00pm
5:30pm
6:00pm
6:00pm
8:30pm
All day Senior High Mission Weekend
Simple Gifts Worship & Communion
(115)
Adult Forum (113)
Bible Study Class (108)
Confirmation Class (70)
Jr.High Church School (72/74)
Presby Kids
The Loft (all downstairs rooms)
Celebration Worship
Pre-K to 6th Church School
Coffee Hour (115)
Potluck Luncheon (115)
Town Hall Meeting (Ruth Santana) (115)
Jr/Sr High Youth Fellowship
Youth Fellowship Dinner (115)
Chapel Choir
Interim Pastor Search Comm. Mtg. (108)
Verse by Verse Bible Study (offsite)
** denotes use of church facilities by outside groups
URGENT APPEAL!
We are in urgent need for bus drivers who
would be willing to transport our older adult
members to services on Sundays and special
church events, to and from Rydal Park. Candidates must be under 70 years of age, pass an
online test and possess a valid Pennsylvania
driver’s license. If you are able to help, please
call the Church Office (215) 887-4530.
A New Project for the New Year
If you’re ready for a new opportunity for service why not join
me on the Faith and Action Committee of theVillage – formerly known as Presbyterian Children’s Village. The group is
made up of representatives from local Presbyterian churches
and other organizations. theVillage serves at-risk teenage girls
at their residential facility in Rosemont and needy families in
southwest Philadelphia at the Preheim Center.
The committee serves as a way to communicate with the
churches and organizations that support them and also to coordinate projects such as the Backpacks we fill each fall and
the families we adopt at Christmas.
Please join me in this worthwhile endeavor; it only requires
four meetings a year on Saturday morning from 9 to 11AM.
Call me at 610-831-5995.
Ruth Miller, Mission Council
Abington Presbyterian Women Welcome You!
APC offers groups and activities for women of all ages. Contact Carolyn Pitcairn (carolynpitcairn@gmail.com) or Christina Lukens
(tclukens@comcast.net) to find out more about options for spiritual growth, fellowship or mission.
PW Churchwide Gathering:
“One Body and One Spirit”, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, MN, June 18-21, 2015. Keynotes, workshops, worship, resources, fair trade
shopping, fellowship. An amazing, inspiring,
renewing event! All women are welcome! $395
per person plus travel and hotel. SIGN UP
NOW! Contact Joyce McCormick
(jhmccorm2009@comcast.net).
Parenting Workshop: Co-sponsored by MYKids and Abington Presbyterian Nursery
School, and presented by the Center for Parenting Education of Abington. “It’s OK to
Sit Down: Getting Your Needs Met as a Parent”. Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 PM arrival (program runs from 7:30 PM to 8:30PM in the Parish Hall). No fee for this program. All are welcome. Contact Jennie Colt (jennie.colt@gmail.com).
Labyrinth Ministry Advocacy Group: Walking a labyrinth can benefit mind, body and
spirit. Check out the labyrinth painted on the parking lot surface by the Education
Building and Church Street, available to members of the church and community. Contact Tink McDevitt (tinkmcdevitt@gmail.com).
Circle Meetings:
Dorcas: Tuesday, Feb 17 at 7:30 PM at Ginny Murray’s home (ginnymurray@outlook.com) w Miriam: Monday, Feb 23 at 9:30 AM in the
Church Parlor. Contact MM Harris (mmharrisdaisy@gmail.com) w Sarah: Monday, Feb 9 at 1:00 at Rydal Park in the Sun and Social
Room on the sixth floor of Hillside. Contact Barbara Miller at barb2bob5@verizon.net or Betty Graf (jabgraf@gmail.com).
Interest Group Meetings:
Book Group: Tuesday, February 3, 7:30 PM; a discussion of The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd. Hosted by June Perry. Contact
Ilene Fey (irfey72@yahoo.com) w MYKids: Tuesday, February 10 – a parenting workshop co-sponsored by Abington Presbyterian Nursery School and presented by the Parenting Center of Abington: “It’s OK to Sit Down: Getting Your Needs Met as a Parent”. Feb 10, 7:00
PM arrival (program runs from 7:30 PM to 8:30PM in the Parish Hall). Contact Jennie Colt (jennie.colt@gmail.com). w Prayer Shawl Ministry: Feb 18 from 7-8:30pm in Room 108 and/or Feb 19 from 9:30-11:00 am in Room 108. BYO needles and yarn. Contact Mary Stock
(mkstock@hotmail.com) w Women’s Fellowship: Monday, Feb 23 at 7:30 PM at the home of Donna Hoffman. Contact Allison Boise
(aboise3@comcast.net).
PW Coordinating Team Meeting: Tuesday, Feb 24 at 7:30 PM in Room 108.
Face to Face: Mission
Saturday 3/21:
Opportunity for adults and/or youth to help chop vegetables and serve lunch for people in need in Germantown.
Volunteer for 9 am-12 noon OR 11:30 am—2:00 pm
Questions or to sign up Contact Joanne Maransky— r.maransky@comcast.net
Flapjacks with Feiler
On February 21, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. the Theological
Book Club will be meeting in the Parkside building at
Rydal Park to discuss Abraham: A Journey to the
Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler, author of
the "This Life" column about contemporary families
for the Sunday New York Times, as well as the writer/
presenter of the PBS series "Walking the Bible" and
the forthcoming "Sacred Journeys with Bruce
Feiler." In "Abraham", Feiler uncovers the defining yet
divisive role that Abraham plays for half the world's
believers. We encourage you to read this book and
join us in a provocative discussion. The book is available on Amazon.com. If you have any questions contact Tom Wamser at 215 576-5586 or
at tomwamser@comcast.net.
WINTER WEATHER EMERGENCIES
In the last few years we have had severe snow storms that
have caused the closing of the church for activities and even
worship. We are reluctant to cancel worship and you can assume that unless there is a snow emergency worship will continue. When we close the facility for any activity we will send
the information to television Channel 3, 6 and the Fox network;
radio, KYW.
A safe rule of thumb is:
If Abington School District is closed, the Church is closed.
If the mall is closed on Sunday, worship will be cancelled.
COMMITTEE FOR OLDER ADULTS UPCOMING EVENT
A presentation by Kelly Lafond of Willow Grove Physical
Therapy will be held on Wednesday, February 25, at
12:30 p. m. in the Parlor, Room 113. Kelly's presentation
includes fall risk screening for each person in attendance,
ways to help with balance and to teach us how to prevent
falls. Please join us for this informative program. Lunch
will be served. We would appreciate your R. S. V. P. to
the church office - 215-887-4530 - by Monday, February
23. Hope to see you there.
February 1, 2015
To all my friends at Abington Presbyterian Church:
Over five years ago I came to APC as Parish Associate and Minister to Older Adults. I had been retired
six months from Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at Flourtown Presbyterian Church and the time was right
to find some part time work suited to my talents and desires. Through the invitation of a mutual friend I
came to meet Dorothy and Jack Graham and through them heard of the position opening at APC. I called
Brent, sent my dossier, met with the calling committee and subsequently was asked to take the position.
I have been blessed to be here and to have had the opportunity to minister among you. Although my
position called for me to work with the Older Adult Committee and the Congregational Life Council, over
the years I have had the additional good fortune to preach and serve communion; to teach; to work with
the Deacons; to work with families as they moved through the grieving process, and to do many other
things not included in the original position description. That has been a blessing and a joy.
I have enjoyed the collegiality of the ordained staff as well as the non-ordained staff and have always
found everyone to be supportive, helpful, encouraging and very friendly.
I want to thank the session for changing my title from Parish Associate to Minister of Visitation enabling
me to carry on when Brent left. I also appreciate very much the care the session showed me in granting as
much time as I needed to take care of other issues in my life.
And that brings me to a very special thank you, to all the members of APC who have showed love and
care for me and especially for Jeanne. All of your prayers and words of concern and encouragement have
been much appreciated, and the organizing of and making dinners made life so much easier for us during a
very difficult time.
All of this brings me to the purpose for my writing this letter. I believe it is time for me to do what I
started out to do six years ago, and that is to retire. This decision is not made lightly, but with considerable
prayer and conversation. My own health and the health of my family must take priority and so I have
come to the decision to retire from my position at APC as of February 15, 2015. My official letter of retirement was received and approved by the session, with the added approval of my being able to worship at
APC when Jeanne and I can make it. I do understand the necessity of keeping my distance and will in no
way interfere in the work and ministry of the church.
I consider my time at APC to have been a blessing; all of you have become like family to me and
Jeanne, and so with sincerest thanks to God for all of you I conclude my work and time at Abington Presbyterian Church.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. John K. Norrie, Jr.
The Tuesday Noon organ concert series returns to Abington in
February. The first concert, February 3, will be played by Ethel
Geist. The 30 to 40 minute concerts begin at noon and are sponsored
by Music at Abington and the Philadelphia Chapter of the American
Guild of Organists. Ethel’s program includes a wide variety of organ
literature that explores some of the new, unique sounds now available
on our instrument. Future recitals will be played by Aaron Patterson
(Feb. 10), Jeff Fowler (Feb. 17), and Lee de Mets (Feb. 24)