THE HIGHLANDER - Highlands Presbyterian Church

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THE HIGHLANDER
VOLUME 38, ISSUE 2
FEBRUARY 2015
THIS MONTH AT HIGHLANDS:
Come and join in worship...
Preparing for Lent This Year
Lent is a period of forty days, not counting
Sundays, where we think intentionally about the
life and death of our Savior. It begins with Ash
Wednesday and continues through Holy Week,
ending with Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Purple
is the liturgical color throughout the season, except
for Good Friday where black or no color is used
until we see the radiant white that marks the joy
of Easter.
April 3 – Good Friday.
Christians gather on this evening in
sadness to consider Jesus’ pain and suffering on our behalf.
We will share this 7:30 Tenebrae
service with four other congregations and
it will be held at Fellowship Lutheran
Church on Sawmill Road.
This year plan to take the journey with
Christ in the company of your church family. We
have planned many opportunities to gather in Jesus’ name.
Lenten Services of Worship at Highlands:
February 18 – Ash Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. A
quiet time of worship using music from the Taize
community of France. We receive the sign of the
cross in ashes.
February 22 through March 22 – the Five Sundays of Lent before Holy Week. Special consideration is given to the intersection of Christ’s life and
ours. Communion on March 1.
March 29 – Palm Sunday. W e celebrate again
the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem. Our
children will present a special music number that
day.
April 2 – Maundy Thursday, 6:30 p.m. The
last days of Christ’s ministry are recalled through a
Seder Supper where communion will be shared.
Inside this issue:
Pastor’s Reflection
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Clerk’s Report,
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Deacons’ Report
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Announcements
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Children, Birthdays,
Finance Report
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Calendar
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Pastoral Reflections
“In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.“”
John 1:1
The Highlander is
published monthly by
Highlands Presbyterian Church
6909 Smoky Row Road
Columbus, OH 43235
614-764-2134
Rev. Ronald Botts,
Pastor
Worship 10:30 a.m.
Children's Sunday School
during Worship
Linda Krumm, Editor
Marilyn Miller, Volunteer
Articles, news reports, and
editorial suggestions are
welcome and may be
submitted to the church office
directly to the editor.
The closing date for material is
the 20th of each month.
On January 26 the Rev. Libby Lane did something no other
woman ever did. She was consecrated as the first female bishop in
the history of the Church of England. On that day Lane became
the eighth Bishop of Stockport and will serve in the Diocese of
Chester. At the conclusion of the service she was presented with a
pastoral staff as a symbol of her office.
Bishop Lane was appointed to her new position in December, following a historic vote in the Church of England last July to
allow women to become bishops. The action then had to be approved by Parliament and given assent by Queen Elizabeth. This
process was necessary because it required a change in English law
since the Church of England is a state-established entity with the
ruling sovereign as its supreme governor.
The new bishop will be installed in a separate ceremony
March 8 at Chester Cathedral. It is sure to be a major event and
will likely attract bishops worldwide, not only Anglican, but also
representing the wider Christian Church.
After her consecration Libby noted that she had been delighted by the many messages of support that she received after
her appointment was made public. She said: “I cannot properly
express how encouraged I have been in the weeks since the announcement of my nomination, by the thousands of messages I
have received with words of congratulation, support and wisdom.
I’ve heard from people of all ages, women and men – people I
have known for years, and people I have never met; people from
down the road, and people from across the world.
“Many of those who have been in touch have little or no
contact with the Church of England; not all have been people of
faith, but every one of them has felt this moment marks something important. That all this personal and media attention has
centered on me has been a little overwhelming: I cannot possibly
live up to everyone’s expectation. And so today, at my consecration, I hold on to words of promise from the Bible, a reassurance
that all this does not depend on me … ‘the God who calls you is
faithful: He will do it.’”
Rev. Lane was among the first women priests to be ordained in the Church of England in 1994 after years of discussion
and discernment. Now the door of this family of Christ’s Church
has been opened to recognize and affirm the gifts of both genders
in full service to our Lord Jesus.
I personally believe this is a great moment
and imagine there is celebration in heaven as well
that, finally, all believers can now serve in all capacities in that venerable denomination. And to
think it only took 2000 years to get to this day!
We’re making progress, slow as it may sometimes
seem.
Pastor Ron
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Clerk’s Report
The Ruling Elders (Board of Trustees) for 2015 are:
Hector Garcia
Kim Hunter
Viy McGaughy
Jim Rennie
Jason Scragg
Lori Searfoss
John Sharpe
Jim Vaas
Pam Ward
The following are the officers for 2015:
Clerk of Session: Viy McGaughy
Church Treasurer: Chris Enright
Financial Secretary/Treasurer: Barb Miller
Commissioner to Presbytery Stated Meetings: Viy McGaughy
Chairman of the Board of Trustees: John Sharpe
Secretary of the Board of Trustees: Hector Garcia
Statutory Agent: Nick McMahon
The following are the Commissions and the Elder-in-charge for each:
Finance & Administration, Personnel: John Sharpe
Education: Jason Scragg (Children); Pam Ward (Adult)
Mission: Lori Searfoss
Publicity: Jim Rennie
Worship & Music: Hector Garcia
Liaison to Highlands Learning Center: Jim Vaas/Pam Ward
Other items of interest are:
Sometime in February, the soon-to-open Danbury Senior Living facility will hold informational meetings
at Highlands. Hosting these meetings will allow Highlands to welcome future residents of Danbury to
the neighborhood and to introduce our church and its mission to them.
Highlands will join the nation in helping fight hunger through “Souper Bowl Sunday” on February 1st.
Those in attendance will be requested to drop at least $1 in the soup pot that will be set-up for this
event. The funds that are collected will be sent to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank, who claims that each $1
donated can provide $10 worth of groceries for those in need.
The free 2nd Sunday Concert at 2 PM on February 8 will feature an All-Brahms concert for clarinet, cello
and piano.
There is a need for ordained Elders to help serve communion. Please sign-up for this important and
meaningful service. Communion at Highlands is served on the 1st Sunday of each month and on a few
special worship services.
Any member of Highlands can pr epar e the communion elements. Instr uctions for the easy set -up/
tear-down are available. Please consider signing-up for this.
Viy McGaughy, Clerk of Session
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Greetings from your new board of deacons! We have assumed our various responsibilities and wanted to share who is on each committee should you ever need to
contact a deacon for any reason. Please note that you should be receiving a letter
from your personal deacon soon, as the entire congregation is cared for by our 9 deacons.
The following are the various committees and positions:
Moderator: Diane Moore - a big thank you to Diane for taking this on!
Treasurer -Mike Braund
Secretary - Kathy Isern
Deacon Representative to Mission Commission - Jim McGaughy and Pat Henneforth
Fellowship - Nick and Lynne McMahon, Kathy Isern
College Connection - Mike Braund, Ron Carr, Pat Henneforth
Deacon Care/Helping Hands-Lynne McMahon, Jeff Joliffe, Ron Carr
Outreach and New Members - Diane Moore, Mike Braund, Jeff Joliffe
Worship Support (Usher Coordination)- Jim McGaughy, Parker Stevens
The Deacons will be sponsoring an after church potluck (or already sponsored
this depending on when you get this Highlander!). It is always fun to gather after
church and just chat and eat. And as you know, Presbyterians know how to cook and
eat!
The residents at Trillium, where several of our members live, have a knitting
group and they donate what they make to various charities - Nationwide Children's
Hospital, Columbus Charitable Pharmacy, and an Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
We are asking for donations of yarn to support their efforts. The deacons will collect
the yarn donations (look for a box in or near the narthex) and deliver them periodically
to Trillium, along with cookies or other goodies for the knitters. Anyone interested in
taking the yarn and snacks to them, please contact Lynne McMahon or Diane Moore.
(They meet on Thursdays at 3 PM in the Trillium lobby). Currently, the knitters need
baby yarn.
A big thank you to the deacons who have completed their term - Marilyn Miller,
Barb Miller, Marianne Rennie, and Mary Champlin. Your work was appreciated!
And a big welcome to our new Deacons - Mike Braund, Pat Henneforth, Kathy
Isern, and our student representative, Parker Hansen.
Submitted by Lynne McMahon, Deacon Moderator
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FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS FOR THIS MONTH
Please bring in large cans of soups and
stews, instant oatmeal, and bar soap. The food
we collect is taken to the Smoky Row Food Pantry. Please look for the volunteer sign-up sheet
on the bulletin board. Highlands has pledged to
send two volunteers each third Saturday to help in
the pantry.
We also continue to support the pet food
distribution project through Sedona Grace.
Please bring in bags of either dog or cat food.
Our contributions are much needed
and appreciated by the persons
served through the Smoky Row
Food Pantry.
EQUAL EXCHANGE –
FAIR TRADE
We will continue to sell
coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa,
and snacks through the
Presbyterian Church sponsored
Equal Exchange Program.
Stop by the kiosk near the family
room door and browse through the
selections. If you decide to purchase,
please use the envelopes provided and
leave your envelope inside the tea pot.
Thank you for supporting independent farmers all over the world.
Book Club
Tuesday March 10 6:30pm
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
by Robin Sloan
Meeting at Thai Orchid Restaurant
8736 Moreland Street
Powell, OH 43065
Call Marianne Rennie at 889-1773 or
email mhrennie@sbcglobal.net
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
MISSION
ANNUAL FUND RAISER
POTLUCK, SILENT AUCTION
TALENT SHOW
SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH
SECOND SUNDAY CONCERT, February 8, 2:00 p.m.
Melanie Richards (clarinet), Stephanie Rzewnicki (cello) and Hector Garcia (piano)
join forces in an All-Brahms program at Highlands Presbyterian Church Second Sunday
Series, February 8 at 2 p.m., 6909 Smoky Row Rd.
The program features three late masterworks inspired by Brahms’ meeting with clarinetist Richard Muhlfeld: the F Minor Clarinet Sonata Op. 120 No. 1, Four Piano Pieces Op.
119, and the Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, Op. 114.
Admission is free. www.highlands-presbyterian.org.
Ladies’ Night Out
The ladies of the church and their invited
guests will meet
on Tuesday, February 24th at 6:30 p.m.
at the Whitney House
(previously P. K. O’Ryans)
66 High Street
Worthington, OH 43085
Please contact Marianne Rennie
for a reservation.
The Men’s Business Group
will meet on 2/17 at 6:30 p.m. at Average
Joe's at Sawmill Parkway and Attucks in
Powell.
Please RSVP through Jere Ellison for
reservations.
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Children's Ministry Musings
The new children's instrumental choir, led by Nola Taracko, held
its first practice after Sunday school on January 25. The kindergarten-6th graders started with playing rhythm instruments and small
handbells. They will perform in worship for the first time on Palm
Sunday, March 29.
Throughout the winter and spring, Sunday school lessons will
focus on Moses. We'll follow this Bible hero out of the river, across
the sea, through the desert, up the mountain, all the way to the
Promised Land.
Brenda Wilson, Director of Children's Ministry
FEBRUARY
Birthdays:
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2
5
13
14
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19
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24
25
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We are ready to publish
our new church
directories, so please let
us know if you have had
a change in address,
telephone number or
email address.
Thank you!
Dave Searfoss
Dale Griffen
Ron Botts
Lindsay Law
Meagan Dunphy
Sara Carr
David Pitzer
Nancy Vaas
Barb Miller
Viy McGaughy
Sherman Liddell
Emmanuel Kofete
Susie Flemming
Financial Report through November 30, 2014
General Fund
Actual
Pledges & Loose Offering
80,174
Other Receipts
50,727
Total Receipts
130,901
Budget
74,690
51,164
125,854
Total Disbursements
119,871
125,854
6,397
0
Receipts over Disbursements
Windows to the Future
Total Income to date
Total Expenditures to date
Balance in Fund
58,838
55,733
3,105
7:00 F & A
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9:15 Adult Ed
10:30 Worship
11:30 Fellowship
11:45 Mission Mtg.
2:00 Concert
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9:15 Adult Ed
10:30 Worship
11:30 Fellowship
11:45 Worship/Music
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9
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9:15Adult Ed
10:30 Worship
11:30 Fellowship
6:30 Danbury Mtg.
6:30 LNO
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6:30 MBG
Presbytery Meeting
at Overbrook
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2
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9:15Adult Ed
0:30 Worship/Communion
11:30 Fellowship
11:45 Congregational Mtg.
12:00 Deacons Mtg.
Tue
Mon
Sun
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Ash Wednesday
Service 7:30 p.m.
7:00 Session
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4
Wed
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7:30 Choir
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7:30 Choir
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7:30 Choir
5
Thu
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HIGHLANDER
DEADLINE
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Fri
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6:30 am Smoky Row
Food Pantry
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Sat
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Highlands Presbyterian Church
6909 Smoky Row Road
Columbus, OH 43235
FEBRUARY 2015
Highlands Presbyterian Church