Community Press

Community Press
February 2015
39 North Prospect Avenue
PREPARE for a Spiritual Renewal
Lent 2015
“We have been born again to a living hope through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (I Peter 1:3)
So the one who was once a fisherman, full of brashness
and bravado, describes the change in his life that Jesus
brought. He had to fall on his face before he could recognize his need for a Savior. He had to “die” before he could
rise to a new strength and meaning he had never known before.
So, Lent is a time of soul-searching. No matter how long
we have known the Lord, or how recently we have begun
seeking, Jesus’ outstretched arms are reaching out to us. All
we have to do is PREPARE, or in Jesus’ words, to watch.
There will be many ways to do that in the 40 days leading up
to Easter Sunday, beginning with Ash Wednesday services
on February 18 at 7:00 a.m. with imposition of ashes on our
foreheads in the sign of the Cross, and Communion. Our
evening service will be at 6:30 p.m. with the imposition of
The ashes of Ash Wednesday are a sign of repentance; or as
described in Psalm 51 “the offering acceptable to God: a broken
spirit and a contrite heart.” The sign of the Cross is a reminder
that when we invite God to examine us, our Savior can
make us new.
Five Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. — February 25, March
3, 10, 17, and 24 — will provide opportunities to PREPARE with worship and Communion, in this spirit of soulsearching and openness to God. In Sunday morning worship, we will be helped to PREPARE by the parables of
Jesus that look into our very souls. All this, so
we can enter into Holy Week on Palm Sunday,
March 29, prepared and ready to gratefully receive the Savior, who welcomes us as we are,
but never leaves us where we are.
Dave Handley
Interim Pastor
Ordination & Installation of Officers
Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 8
There will be a single 9:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, February 8, when our newly
elected elders and deacons will be ordained
and installed, and Communion will be celebrated. Following worship, our Annual
Meeting will be accompanied by booklets
summarizing the ministries of CPC throughout 2014, with video interviews of our committee chairpersons. There will be a brief
time for questions, followed by a congregational brunch. Discussion around the brunch
tables will be in response to two questions:
What has been the best experience you’ve
had at CPC in 2014? What are your hopes
for 2015?
February 18
7:00 a.m. &
6:30 p.m.
Children & Youth
“...remembering the words of the
Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘
It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
(Acts 20:35b)
The Sunday School children have received
Offering Envelopes in their classes. By encouraging the use of these envelopes, your
child learns how to live out these words of
Jesus. Please see Cyndi Frost for offering
In honor of National Children’s Dental
Health Month the Sunday School children
may bring toothbrushes and toothpaste on
February 22nd. We’ll donate them to
Kemmerer Village, a Presbyterian group
home facility for dependent or neglected
children aged 10-18 years.
Session 3 for LOGOS, Christian Education
for 2nd – 8th grades on Wednesdays from 4
PM to 7 PM, begins on February 4.
Themes are as follows:
Feb. 1………LOGOS Choir sings for
Youth Sunday; 2nd-8th grade at 9:00
a.m. and 6th-8th grade at 10:30 a.m.
Feb. 4……. Backwards Night
Feb. 11…….Texas Hoe Down
Feb. 18……..Ash Wednesday
Feb. 25……..Breakfast Night
The R.O.C.K. has been canceled
for February.
The next R.O.C.K. (for 6th, 7th, & 8th
graders) will be held on Friday, March 6,
from 7-10 PM at a cost of $5 (scholarship
available). No pre-registration is necessary
for this evening of games, Bible study, food,
and crafts.
...Youth Sunday...
February 1
9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Join us as the youth share their
faith experiences.
Worship is planned and led by PostDisciples cubes, Seniors will be giving their
meditations, Disciples will be ushering and
greeting. The LOGOS Choir will sing!
Don’t miss this wonderful day in the life of
our congregation!
Westminster Fellowship, for all high
school students, will include:
(NO CUBES at 5 PM)
Feb. 8…….WT 4 PM
Cubes 5 PM
WF (Dodgeball) 7 PM
Feb. 15…..Cubes 5 PM
Large Group Games 7PM
Feb. 22…..Laser Tag, time TBA, Cubes
5 PM
March 1….Disciples Parents Day, PostDisciple home cubes
Sunday, March 1, 2:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Parents & Disciples Together!
Our focus will be on communication
between parents and young people.
More info coming!
Cyndi Frost, Director of Children’s Ministries
Deb Helms, Director of Youth Ministries
A Look At CPC
from the 3+ Pledge
Drive for 2015
Worship & Music
Feb. 1
9:00/10:30 a.m. worship
“Gifts” is the theme.
Post-Disciple cubes lead worship and
Seniors will offer meditations about
their experiences through cubes, caravans and retreats.
Feb. 8
One service at 9:00 a.m.
Rev. David Handley preaching on
The Secret of Peace from Matthew 6:734. Newly elected elders and deacons will be ordained and installed.
Annual Meeting and brunch following worship.
Feb. 15 9:00/10:30 a.m. Worship
Rev. David Handley preaching.
The Key to Finding Ourselves
Matthew 16:24-17:8
Feb. 18 Ash Wednesday
7:00 a.m. Worship with imposition
of ashes and communion.
6:30 p.m. Worship with imposition
of ashes.
Feb. 22 The First Sunday in Lent
9:00/10:30 a.m. Worship
Rev. Lauren Cochran preaching.
Communal Forgiveness
Matthew 18:15-38
Feb. 24 7:00 p.m. Lenten Worship with
Communion by Intinction
Mar. 1
The Second Sunday in Lent
9:00/10:30 a.m. Worship/
Rev. David Handley preaching.
Amazing Grace from Matthew 20:1-16
about Jesus’ parable of the
laborers in the vineyard.
The 3+ Campaign has
gone very well and reflects
the excitement of CPC
members to step forward
with faith to the witness of
God’s church, anticipating
the call for a new pastor
and a general hope for the mission of this
church. The church members have been very
supportive with an overwhelming participation
by active members to financially support the
work of the church.
Projected Pledges for 2015: $635,644
135 members/pledging families increased or
made new pledges (73% of previous pledgers
increased). Number of Total Pledgers: 174
(171 in 2014).
Thank you to all our pledgers and to those who
give into the plate. If you have not pledged,
please still consider pledging. All gifts make a
difference, allowing CPC to do the important
mission and outreach we are called to by Jesus
Christ. John Helms – Stewardship Chairman
LEAD Conference,
sponsored by the Chicago Presbytery
at Fourth Presbyterian Church
Saturday, March 7, 8:00-3:00 p.m.
LEAD is an annual conference offering the
nearly 100 congregations of the Chicago
Presbytery training and fresh ideas for more
vibrant and effective ministries. The variety of
elective offerings trains elders and deacons for
leadership, and offers church school teachers,
youth leaders, church musicians and mission
workers forums of exchange and resources.
This year the preacher will be the Rev. Joy
Douglas Strome, pastor of Lake View Presbyterian Church on Chicago's north side. The
Worship Leader features the Rev. John Bell, of
the Iona Community off the coast of Scotland.
See Pastors Dave Handley or Lauren Cochran
for information. The $15 registration fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
Special Adult Education Offering
Please join us
February 3
at 7:00 p.m.
in the Chapel.
Four Commandments
For a Happy Life
A true follower of St. Francis, Father Ed Shea
finds reasons to rejoice often in the goodness of
God’s presence in our world. We are excited to
welcome this esteemed speaker to CPC!
The Thursday Morning Devotion
Class meets Thursday mornings from 9:00-10:30
a.m. in the Chapel. We are reading A Generous
Orthodoxy by Brian McClaren. Please contact
Lauren Cochran if you are interested.
Presbyterian Women
will host a catered luncheon on February 3 at
12:00 noon in Fellowship Hall. The
Coordinating Team will be providing a soup and
sandwich lunch to be followed by an intriguing
program by Andrew Johnson, Executive Director
of the American Indian Center in Chicago.
"Everything You Know About Indians is Wrong"
will be a lively and provocative presentation
promising to capture your interest and will
challenge all preconceived notions about Native
Americans. The luncheon is $10 per person,
payable at the door. Everyone is welcome, bring a
PW Bible Study Circles will meet on
Tuesday, February 24, at various times. All are
welcome to join a circle. Please contact Joni
Sedivy for more information at 630-325-3240.
The PW Bake Sale will be held on
Sunday, February 22 between services in
Fellowship Hall. Come
enjoy some delicious homebaked goods while supporting
our local food pantries.
The Men’s Discussion Group
is held in the Parlor every Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. All
men from the church are invited for a “Bring Your
Own Coffee” setting for discussion and fellowship.
We are discussing Genesis using a new study guide.
If you are able, join us for further discussion and
breakfast at a nearby restaurant at about 7:45 or
8:00 a.m. For more information, contact Bob
Parsons, 708-588-1753.
Circle of Voices
the women's book discussion group, will meet at
9:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 18 in the Parlor
to discuss Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander. After
the discussion everyone is invited to go out to lunch
at a local restaurant. Books are available at the
Clarendon Hills Library about the first of each
month. New members are always welcome. For
more information, call Barb Coop at 630-963-8474.
The Caregivers Support Group
meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday of the
month. The next meeting is February 24 at 7:00
p.m. Being responsible for the care of an older
adult can be fraught with emotion. It can be helpful
to share experiences and frustrations with others in
similar circumstances. All caregivers are invited to
this support group. For more information, please
contact Paula Cyphers at [email protected]
Meal-a-Month Bags will be distributed on
Sunday, February 1st. This is our monthly food
drive for the Hinsdale Community Services pantry.
and we want to say THANK YOU to all who
participate. The “menu” for February is cereal,
canned soup and chili, crackers, salad dressing,
canned fruit, rice, and peanut butter. but we are
happy to receive donations of any non-perishable
food items, personal care, paper, and household
cleaning products. Please bring your donations to
the church on February 8th. Questions, please call
Nancy Hamouz at 630-654-2462.
By Linda Cirillo
Baton at the ready, Clarion Bell Choir Director
Lee McGinty begins the rehearsal. There are
starts and stops while she coaxes better
technique from ringers. Eventually the song
emerges. And if you think it is heavenly to hear
the Bells during service, it is more so when you
are seated among them, listening during
Lee chooses music that is specially written or
adapted for bells, by composers who
understand bells and allow phrasing that takes
best advantage of the sounds made. Codified
symbols indicate how a bell should be played.
Techniques such as damping, plunking, letting
ring, are indicated directly over the notes. New
techniques are continually being developed. A
new one is “singing,” produced by running a
dowel around the rim, similar to a finger
around a glass. Pretty cool, huh?
After rehearsal, the ringers clean and polish
their bells with special cloths. Any prints or soil
left on the bells would eventually damage the
finish. Despite TLC, “the bells do sustain
damage through use. They are plunked, hit with
mallets, and slammed on tables,” Lee explains.
A few years ago, a memorial gift financed a
refurbishing. The set was sent away to be tuned
and voiced evenly, and more bells and chimes
were purchased. Now there are 4 octaves of
bells and 3 of chimes.
Lee’s introduction to bells came in a Houston
church in 1978, just around the time handbells
were beginning a growth in popularity. A set of
bells was donated and she, as the organist, was
asked to develop a bell choir. She had never
played bells before, so she learned along with
the ringers.
When Lee arrived at CPC in 2000, the bell choir
was a small group of only 6 – 8 ringers that
didn’t have a regular playing schedule, and they
wanted to do more! Lee changed the scheduling
routine and it made a big difference. Now at the
beginning of each year, she sets up a schedule
so the ringers know when they are playing in
church. The bells play every 4 – 6 weeks in
church. In the past few years, the choir has
doubled, “the ringers are happy, and they laugh
and have fun.” Yet, Lee adds, “They take their
job seriously. We are confident that we are
leading the worship music.”
Endowment Fund
The Endowment Fund remains a supportive
arm to the growth and development of CPC’s
missions. Spinoff funds from the Endowment
have been able to provide financial monies
over the past couple years for the Garden, audio/microphone/sound system equipment,
support for Stephen Minister Training and the
purchase of Bibles that will be given to new
members when they join the church.
Endowment Fund monies as of 12/31/2014
are $659,939 and remain invested with the
New Covenant Fund. The Endowment Committee is planning informational messages in
February to encourage members to donate to
the Endowment Fund through gifts, wills or
other commitments. Our goal is to grow the
fund to 1 million dollars which will provide a
strong source of spinoff interest monies that
can be used for the development and support
of programing and missions of CPC through
one time grants. If you have questions about
the Endowment Fund, please contact John
Join us
Sunday, February 8!
Mardi Gras
at J. Fleming’s
Absolutely Delicious
18N. Cass Ave.,
Downtown Westmont
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Tickets are $20/person and
are available in the narthex on
Sunday or in the church office.
The price includes appetizers
and a light dinner. Cash bar.
Join us for this fun evening!
February 18
7:00 a.m. Worship /Communion
with Imposition of Ashes
6:30 p.m. Worship with
Imposition of Ashes
Per Capita
is a way that Presbyterians share
equally in the costs of governing the
Presbyterian Church (USA), no matter
the size of their church. Per capita
contributions are requested from every congregation based on each
church’s total active membership.
For 2015, the per capita contribution
for each adult member of CPC is
$31.23. Please help us meet our obligation to the larger church and mark
your check as “per capita.” Thank
Worship and Communion
at 9:00 a.m. only.
Our new elders and
deacons will be ordained
and installed.
Following will be our
Annual meeting
and a delicious brunch!
Meditation &
7:00 p.m.—7:30 p.m.
February 24 – March 24
Community Presbyterian Church
39 North Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Fax: 630-323-0470
Visit us at our website:
Every Sunday
Worship at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School (nursery through 8th grade) at 9:00 a.m. Second
through 8th grade attend worship with their families till 9:40
when they go to their respective Sunday School rooms till 10:15.
For more information see our website.
Fellowship & Refreshments: Between Services
Child care for young children available at 9:00 a.m.
The Ministers: All the Members
David Handley, Interim Pastor
Lauren Cochran, Associate Pastor
Cyndi Frost, Director of Children’s Ministries
Deb Helms, Director of Youth Ministries
Lee McGinty, Director of Music
Paula Cyphers, Co-Director of Older Adult Ministries
Kris Veenbaas, Co-Director of Older Adult Ministries
DEADLINE for the March 2015 issue is February
20, 2015. Please email as an attachment all
information for inclusion in the newsletter to the
church office email at [email protected]
February 2015
1 Youth Sunday
9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. — Worship
9:00 a.m. — The Present Word
9:00 a.m. — Sunday School
10:30 a.m. — Tracing our Faith
10:30 a.m. — K & 1st Grade Worship
11:45-1:30 p.m. — Family Adult Ed
No evening youth activities
7:00 p.m. — Preschool
7:00 p.m. — Worship &
Music Committee
7:00 a.m. — Men’s
Discussion & Fellowship
12:00 Noon — PW Luncheon
1:00 p.m. — Staff Meeting
7:00 p.m. — Stephen Ministers
7:00 p.m. — Adult Ed Speaker
Father Shea
1:00 p.m. — Courage to
4:00 p.m. — LOGOS
7:00 p.m. — A & P Comm.
7:30 p.m. — Chancel Choir
9:00 a.m. — Thursday
Morning Devotions
9:00 a.m. — Mission Sewing
7:00 p.m. — Clarion Bells
9:00 a.m. only. — Worship and
Communion, Ordination & Installation of Officers, Annual Meeting,
& Brunch
9:00 a.m. — Sunday School
3:00 p.m. — Rome trip meeting
4:00 p.m. — Worship Together
5:00 p.m. — Disciples/Post
7:00 p.m. — Westminster Fellowship
5:00 p.m. — Food for Life
7:30 p.m. — Session
7:00 a.m. — Men’s
Discussion & Fellowship
1:00 p.m. — Staff Meeting
1:00 p.m. — Courage to
4:00 p.m. — LOGOS
7:30 p.m. — Chancel Choir
9:00 a.m. — Thursday
Morning Devotions
9:00 a.m. — Mission Sewing
7:00 p.m. — Clarion Bells
18 Ash Wednesday
9:00 & 10:30 a.m. — Worship
9:00 a.m. — The Present Word
9:00 a.m. — Sunday School
10:30 a.m. — Tracing our Faith
10:30 a.m. — K & 1st Grade Worship
5:00 p.m. — Disciples/Post
7:00 p.m. — Westminster Fellowship
7:30 p.m. — CE-C
7:00 a.m. — Men’s
Discussion & Fellowship
9:00 a.m. — PWCT
1:00 p.m. — Staff Meeting
7:00 p.m. — Stephen
7:00 a.m.. — Ash Wednesday
Worship & Communion
9:30 a.m. — Circle of Voices
1:00 p.m. — Courage to
4:00 p.m. — LOGOS
6:30 p.m. — Ash Wednesday
Worship Service
7:30 p.m. — Chancel Choir
9:00 a.m. — Thursday
Morning Devotions
9:00 a.m. — Mission Sewing
7:00 p.m. — Clarion Bells
22 First Sunday of Lent
9:00 & 10:30 a.m. — Worship
9:00 a.m. — The Present Word
9:00 a.m. — Sunday School
10:00 a.m. — PW Bake Sale
10:30 a.m. — Tracing Our Faith
10:30 a.m. — K & 1st Grade Worship
TBA. — WF—Laser Tag
5:00 p.m. — Cubes
7:30 p.m. — Deacons
7:00 a.m. — Men’s
Discussion & Fellowship
1:00 p.m. — PW Circle
1:00 p.m. — Staff Meeting
7:00 p.m. — Lenten Worship
7:00 p.m. — Caregivers’
Support Group
7:30 p.m. — Membership
9:00 a.m. — Preschool Coffee
1:00 p.m.. — Courage to
4:00 p.m. — LOGOS
7:30 p.m. — Chancel Choir
9:00 a.m. — Thursday
Morning Devotions
9:00 a.m. — Mission Sewing
7:00 p.m. — M & O Service
7:00 p.m. — Clarion Bells
7:00 p.m. — PADS
14 Valentine’s Day
7:00 p.m. — PADS
7:00 p.m. — PADS
7:00 p.m. — PADS