A Publication of Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church
“Sharing, Preparing, and
Caring in Jesus’ Name”
321 Rocky Grove Avenue, Franklin, PA 16323
Church Phone: 814-432-4162
Fax Number: 814-432-4162
Email Address: email@example.com
Sunday School – 9:30 a.m.
Worship Service – 10:45 a.m.
Joyce Wetjen, Interim Administrative Assistant
Megan Yeager, Christian Education Director
Scott Donaldson, Custodian
Edith Richards, OrganistJanet Bish, Assistant Organist
Worship Leader – October: Jim Speth
Worship Leader – November: Sheryl Clinefelter
Ushers – October: Rhonda Rust, Debbie Dunlap, Ron Walters,
Wayne Edmondson, and Don McNany
Ushers – November: Bob & Jill Alden, Jim Albright, Gene
Sheffer, and Gerald Wendt
October 4: George & Bonnie Wielandt
11: Diane Whitman & Austin Clark
18: Shawn & Amy Franklin
25: Jerry & Maryann Yount Family
November 1: Lois Pierce & Doris Feather
8: Arnie & Janet Bish
15: Pam Baughman & Grace Gibbons
22: Todd & Jamie Wetjen Family
29: Jeremiah & Malinda Lukers Family
October 4: COMMUNION November 1: Austin Clark
11: Aaron Weltner 8: Aaron Weltner
18: Reagan Hartman 15: Reagan Hartman
25: Konner Hartman 22: Konner Hartman
29: Austin Clark
October 4: Kassidy Clark November 1: Kassidy Clark
11: Jeremiah & Malinda Lukers 8: The Lukers
18: Lois Carr 15: Lois Carr
25: Pam Viele 22: Pam Viele
29: Kassidy Clark
As you can see we are in need of nursery workers. If you would be willing to serve our Lord in this capacity, please call the church office at 432-4162. If a few more people could help, it may only
require one Sunday every 6-8 weeks. Please consider helping out with this crucial need. Thank you.
Missionfest 2009 is now over for the average church member and for the general public who attend such affairs, but it is not over for the Missions committee. Committee members must now begin a time of reflection to see what worked to make Missionfest 2009 as big of a success as it appears to have been. At the writing of this article, it appears that Missionfest 2009 netted approximately $4600.00 to fund the various Missions projects for this year. Committee goals are always to make the current Missionfest better than the year before. Without question, this was done in year 2009, even though the economy was not favorable to success and the turmoil in the church over the last few months resulted in some lost memberships and of our pastor. However, you, the congregation of RGAPC, hung in there with your much-appreciated support.
Mission committee members must also reflect on the various problems that threatened to turn success into failure. Reflecting back, one significant problem that this committee was confronted with was the lack of full support from some of the members on the committee. The Missions committee operates as a hands-on effort by all of its members and must have full participation by all members, not just some, if the goals of the Missions program are to be achieved. Apparently other committees in the church are experiencing similar problems with their memberships. If the goals of RGAPC are to be achieved, people who volunteer for any given committee must do so with the understanding that they are expected to do the work of that committee. Otherwise a person should not volunteer.
Each Missionfest has its own set of uniqueness but the 2009 Missionfest, I believe, achieved its success by its extensive planning processes. This year’s Missionfest incorporated some new ideas which may have played a significant part in its’ success. For instance, a D. J. was added to liven up the gathering of shoppers and to give timely and intermittent announcements. The number of prizes given away with the annual prize drawing was greatly expanded. The committee obtained new advertisings and/or expanded on past mediums. Improvements were made in the activities related to children that permitted the parents to browse the garage sale areas. The variety of food and beverage concessions was maintained while holding down the prices.
MISSIONFEST 2009 PRIZE DRAWING WINNERS
Advance Auto 75 Pc. Socket Set Tim Dennis
Dr. Nebel Eye Case Hun McCool
Chiropractic Center Massage Gift Certificate Amy Drewnowski
(2) Brad Wetjen
Celebration Station Basket Maxine Harrold
Valley Dairy Book & Gift Certificate Hun McCool
Leonardo’s Pizza Gift Certificate Dennise Kirwin
Baker’s Auto Parts GTO Pontiac Car Tim Dennis
Anonymous L.L. Bean Set of Dishes Tracy Jamieson
Bill Brandon Wood Bowl Amy Drewnowski
Something Clever Shirt/Bracelet/Engraving Amy Drewnowski
Williams Decorating Art
Eat ‘N Park $5 Gift Certificate (2) Hun McCool
Anonymous Tablecloth & Napkins Mary Marsh
Anonymous “Have a Picnic” Basket Maxine Harrold
Anonymous 6 Crystal Cups Megan Yeager
Anonymous 5 x 7 Wooden Frame Jamie Wetjen
Hoss’ Restaurant $10 Gift Certificate Shirley Heller
Anonymous Candle Basket Jim Clinefelter
Anonymous Girl’s Bag Val
Anonymous Boy’s Basket Judy S.
Anonymous “Car Wash” Bucket Jim Brown
Fox’s Pizza Den-Franklin $15 Gift Certificate Amy Drewnowski
Guth Barber Shop Hair Products & Card June Henshaw
Toyota Garage Umbrella/Ball Cap (2) Phil Close
Anderson’s Greenhouse Plant Doris White
Anonymous School Basket Amy Drewnowski
Anonymous Christmas Basket Bill Brandon
Anonymous Hello Kitty Bag Joyce Wetjen
Log Cabin Restaurant $10 Gift Certificates (4) J.Umstead
Anonymous Massage Neck Cushion Mike Drewnowski
Anonymous Symphonic DVD Player Charles Hoovler
Anonymous Beauty Basket Marlene Boughner
Bonanza $10 Gift Certificates (5) J. Umstead (2)
Larry Baughman (2)
Cameron Pool Outdoor Thermometer Jim Sandok
Joyce Wetjen Movie Night Basket Ray Aikins
Quality Inn & Conf. Ctr. $15 Gift Certificate Jim Clinefelter
Anonymous Avon Swan Ring Holder MJ Towers
Laurie’s Country Kitchen $5 Gift Certificate (2) Jim Clinefelter
Anonymous Neck Pleaser Massage Mike Drewnowski
Cameron Pool Floating Flower Mary Lockett
Callaghan’s Pharmacy Party Plates/Recipe Book Jim Sandok
Anon/Navy/Williams Dec. Back to School Basket Bill Brandon
Wilson’s Hair Salon Gift Certificates for Hair Cut (2) MJ Towers
Anonymous Necklace Lois Pierce
Anon/Navy/Williams Dec. Basket Bill Brandon
Diane Whitman Heart Shape Girl’s Basket J. Umstead
Bob Evans Restaurant $20 Gift Certificate Richard Brown
Callaghan’s Pharmacy Travel Pack/Hand Soap Kelly Sandok
Anonymous Sterling Silver Earrings Amy Drewnowski
Anonymous Mystery Basket Connie Brown
Sassy Kuts Hair Cut Gift Certificate MJ Towers
Franklin Service&Supply $25 Gift Card Sandy Powell
Primo Barone’s/Navy T-Shirt/Cap MJ Towers
Long John Silvers $5 Gift Certificate (2) June Henshaw
Callaghan’s Pharmacy Mug/Ladies Gardening Gloves Chris Rodkey
Callaghan’s Pharmacy Mug/Men’s Gardening Gloves Mary Lockett
Joyce Wetjen Signature HomeStyle Heart Shelf Elissa Sandok
Anonymous Avon Clock Brenda Deloe
Something Clever Baby Bib/Burp Cloths Alicia Schoppe
Anonymous Baby Boy’s Basket Eismont
Anonymous Baby Girl’s Basket Millie Cozad
Melanie McGinnis Laundry Basket With Groceries Ray Aikins
Anonymous Snowman Lamp Jill Alden
Anonymous Black & Decker Can Opener Millie Cozad
Merralee Obenrader Edward Jones Mug/Coffee Jim Sandok
Joe Taylor Ford Oil Change Gift Certificate Maxine Harrold
Anderson’s Furniture Step Basket Judy Sandok
Anonymous Vanilla Lavender Bath Collection Kaprice West
Anonymous Large Basket of Candles Jeff Whitman
Anonymous Wine Decanter & Glasses Sam Alden
Thank you to everyone who contributed to these items – donating baskets, items for a basket, cash to purchase items for a basket, all the separate items, and most of all – purchasing the tickets to make the Prize Drawing very successful. Congratulations to all our winners!
Space in this article does not permit the printing of the names of all the businesses and or individuals who contributed their money, merchandise and/or equipment to this year’s Missionfest. Missionfest could not exist without their generous support and a “Big Thank You” goes out to each of them.
Your Missions Committee thanks God for His unwavering hand on all of the activities related to RGAPC and for the success of Missionfest 2009.
Ray Aikins, Elder
For the Missions Committee
The recipients for Missionfest 2009 are:
ABC Crisis Pregnancy Center
American Family Radio / Lighthouse Ministries
Arab World Ministries – Norm Leduc
Campus Crusade For Christ – Glenn Frantz’s
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Future Work Trips of RGAPC / 2010 MF Start-up Expenses
Native Adult and Youth Ministries – Mark & Nancy Smith
O.M.S. International, Inc. – Joetta Lehman
PPC Violence Free Network
Seneca Hills Bible Conference
Venango Youth for Christ
World Gospel Mission – Jim & Alice Vanderhoff
Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church is dedicated to serving our Lord through Missions. It is, and always has been, a very important part of who we are in the community of believers. That is why several years ago; the logo was created with two hands reaching out to each other with a Cross on the globe and an arch stating “Reach Out in Faith”.
If you would like to become a member of the Missions committee, we invite you to join us at our monthly meeting which is the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Choir Room. New members are always welcome!!!
Make somebody happy today;
Show them that you really do careSend a note of cheer and prayer
P.O. Box 5052 \ Please note the change of address
New Castle, PA / until she has a permanent residence.
Nancy is back at Jameson Care Center in New Castle in the same room she was in before. Her telephone number is 724-598-3340.
Patty Campbell Marie Cokain
1212 Chestnut Street 347 Pinoak Drive
Apt. #205 Franklin, PA 16323
Franklin, PA 16323
BECAUSE WE CARE:
We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to the family of
Carolyn Laemmer who went to be with Our Lord on September 6, 2009.
We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to Patty Campbell and Dennis & Melanie McGinnis. Patty’s and Melanie’s sister, Nancy Sutton, went to be with Our Lord.
We extend our deepest Christian sympathy to Phyllis and Richard Vogan. Phyllis’ sister, Nancy Ritchey, went to be with Our Lord.
Write a note to say “Hi”. They would love to hear from their church
Write a note to say “Hi”. They would love to hear from their church family.
The college address for Jonathan Pellow is:
Clarion University, 433 Wilkinson Hall, Clarion, PA 16214
Jeremy Dickey’s address at college is:
Mercyhurst College, 501 East 38th Street, Box X1860,
Erie, PA 16546-0001
The Trustees are seeking financial assistance from the congregation to help cover the costs of the new boiler ($29,600) and the new stove ($2,540) in Moorhead Hall kitchen. Please prayerfully consider giving to these needs.
Doris Feather is asking for help with the Funeral Lunches that we provide for our Church Family at their time of loss. She would like to have a list of persons willing to help with the luncheons, also providing desserts, salads, relish trays, etc. That way we don't have to call on the same people. If you are willing to help in any of these ways, please see Doris Feather or call 437-5236. Thank you.
Doris Feather has graciously accepted the responsibility for the Prayer Chain of RGAPC. If you are not currently a part of the chain but would like to be, or if you would like to remove your name, please call Doris at 437-5236 or the church office at
Edith Richards is once again taking care of the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes for Children. The collection date will be November 17. Suggestions are: School Supplies, Small Toys, Hygiene Items, Hard Candy, Lollipops, Mints, Gum, T-Shirts, Socks, Ball Caps, Sunglasses, Hair Clips, Toy Jewelry, Watches, Flashlights (with extra batteries), and a Personal Note. Do Not Include: Chocolate, food, out-of-date candy, liquids, lotions, breakables, medications/vitamins, or war-related items.
Venango County Prison Ministry is holding their annual fundraising banquet on Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Ave. United Brethren Church Family Center in Franklin. The guest speaker is Major Smith, Warden. Tickets are $10.00 each and available by calling 758-0042 or 673-7777.
If you are one of the 600 Seneca Hills donors or have given a gift in kind; or have served Christ while serving at Seneca Hills as a Tuesday volunteer, bulk mail volunteer, a member of the summer camp guest leadership staff or retreat host; or you are an alumni staff; you are invited to come to Seneca Hills annual Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. (Dining Hall opens at 6:00 PM). A Dinner Buffet will be served at 6:30 PM in the Dining Hall. The evening program will begin at 7:30 PM in Calvary Chapel. Dress is casual. There is NO DEADLINE to register, unless you expect to eat, in which case we need to know how many are coming by Thursday, Oct 8th! You can register by calling 814-432-3026 to let us know that you accept the invitation to be our guest; E-mail your response to firstname.lastname@example.org; or send a note with your next contribution indicating how many will be attending.
There is NO COST to attend the Appreciation Dinner! This celebration dinner is a token of appreciation to those whom God chose to use to facilitate His ministry this summer. Any gifts received from a free-will departing offering will be used to underwrite the remaining $ 21,000 in unfunded scholarships we authorized to campers who could not afford to pay the entire cost of attending our 2009 summer camps.
Do you have a serious concern, question, or recognize something that is in need of attention about our church? Please obtain a copy of the form from Section 504 of our church's Administrative Manual, fill it out and turn it into the church office or the Clerk of Session. These forms are located on a table in the narthex (area adjacent to rear of church sanctuary) and in the church office. We want to respond to you.
The Session of Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church
Included in this edition of the Sonshine Newsletter is a copy of Section 504 from our church's Administrative Manual. The Administrative Manual was created to provide officers of the church with information regarding established policies, board responsibilities and general information related to the structure of the church.
Section 504 is about Congregational Suggestions. It includes a form that was designed for use by our church members.
You, as a church member, are encouraged to use this form when you have a serious concern or question, or recognize something that is in need of attention. It can also be used by the church's employees.
It is important that the information you provide is constructive, not destructive. For example, you might have a concern about camp scholarships and why they were not sent to the church camps sooner. A "constructive" way of writing this could be: "My child's camp scholarship award was not sent to Seneca Hills in time. Is there a reason why this was late this year? Is there anything I could do to help so that this will not be a problem next year?" (This is good.) A "destructive" way of writing this could be: "Who was the idiot who screwed up this year's camp scholarships?" (This is bad.)
The people who are your Session Elders, Deacons and Trustees want to address your concerns and answer your questions.
Please use this form to obtain facts that will address your concerns and answer your questions. You would use this form to obtain information on issues that would not be provided in a normal conversation, like "I would like to know when the first day of Sunday School is in September." This could be answered by our Christian Education Director, the Elders on the Christian Education Ministry Team or a Sunday School teacher.
Copies of this form will be placed in the Narthex (area adjacent to the rear of church sanctuary) and in the church office.
Finally, please keep the following in mind: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself."
In Christ's Love,
Wayne Edmondson, Elder, Clerk of Session
The Rev. Dr. John Thomas died on September 15, 2009 in Florida. He was known to some in this area when he served at Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church from April 1967 to September 1979. Following his pastoral service here, he and his wife, Verne, moved to Florida where he served in several capacities. His wife preceded him in death. There were no other survivors. A service to honor his life was held Thursday, September 24, at First Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach, Florida. Any memorial gifts to honor his life can be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 2331 NE 26th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33062.
Susan Wright, a Presbyterian Church (USA) mission worker in Zambia, will be at Utica Presbyterian Church on Friday, October 16 at 5:00 p.m. (dinner) as part of the denomination's World Mission Challenge. Wright is a teacher at the Justo Mwale Theological University College in Zambia. Wright's visit to the area is being coordinated by Presbyterian World Mission and Lake Erie Presbytery. Wright is among more than 40 PC (USA) speakers participating in the month-long World Mission Challenge, which is sending mission workers and several of their international ministry partners to speak in hundreds of congregations across the country. You are invited to attend!
A BIT OF CHURCH HUMOR:
(These are supposedly from real churches)
Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at
7 p.m. Please use the back door.
The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which
the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy”.
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church
Thursday night Potluck Supper. Prayer and medication to
Don’t let worry kill you, let the church help!
1 Susan Brandt 13 Joyce Riddle
Jeremiah Lukers 14 Adam Baughman
2 Karen McAfee 15 Larry Baughman
3 Matthew Brumbaugh 17 Kaitlin Griffin
Art McEntire 20 Carrie Beightol
4 Debbie Dunlap 21 Isabel Griffin
Gabe Henderson 22 Pam Viele
Don McNany Lauren Baughman
5 Don Fox 23 Kelly Sandok
7 Tom Jamieson Diane Whitman
Joe Tatarek 25 Anne Brandt
Stacy Winder 28 Brad Beightol
8 Toby Aikins 29 Doreen Walters
9 Judy Ream Matt Cook
10 Treva Clinefelter 30 Pam Baughman
Don Weltner John Henderson
12 Ben Delong 31 Steve Feather
1 Ellen Gierlach 9 Gene Sheffer
5 Carson Whitling Jean Weller
6 Sam Alden 10 Don Yount
7 Tracy Jamieson Margaret Wielandt
If you would be interested in receiving your newsletter via email, please contact the church office with your email address. Session has given approval to start this process with the October newsletter.
With the price of postage, this will help financially as well as you will receive your newsletter “hot off the press” instead of “snail mail”.
Youthful Spirits will meet Wednesday, October 7, at Bonanza Restaurant for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Betty Cornmesser and Mabel Mong are the hostesses
The Men’s Prayer Breakfast will be at King’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, October 3 at 8:30 a.m. We meet the first Saturday of each month for fellowship. Please join us!
The Women’s Prayer Breakfast will be at King’s Family Restaurant on Saturday, October 10 at 8:30 a.m. Women of all ages are invited to join us the second Saturday of each month.
A Bible Study Group is meeting every Thursday at the church from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Please join us for a great learning experience and wonderful fellowship.
The Caring Place is in need of volunteers to help in The Sunflower Shoppe. If you have just three (3) hours a month to run the shop, please call the receptionist and leave your name and phone number and Donagene Delong will get in touch with you. The phone number is 814-432-4491.
You will notice on the church calendar enclosed that the first two Sundays of the month are marked “Deacons’ Sunday”. That is because the Deacons receive the loose offering to help meet the many needs they generously support. If you care to donate to the Deacons’ Fund at any time, there are envelopes in the pews for your convenience.
The Choir is looking for new members. If you are interested in using your voice to praise the Lord, please call Lois Pierce at 437-3653.
“Thank You” notes have been received as follows:
The Missionfest committee would like to thank the congregation and community for their support, prayers and hard work to help make another successful day of fun and fellowship. Without you we could not have made it happen. Thank you for another great Missionfest!
Dear Church Family,
I want to thank everyone that helped in the Prize Drawing at Missionfest. Whether it was with donating a prize, prize basket, money to buy articles for a basket, helping at Missionfest, or the many businesses that gave me donations, I had the most donations ever and it was all because of you! I want to thank everyone that bought tickets also. Thank you for all your support. It couldn’t have been done without the Lord and your help. Thank you! In Christian Love, Jill Alden
Dear Members and Friends,
We thank you so much for the beautiful wheat arrangement. We thank you also for your prayers, support and kindness during these difficult times.
Kurt Laemmer, Sr.; Kurt Laemmer, Jr. & Family; and Rolf, Diane Laemmer & Family
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Wednesday, September 23, marked the 30th Anniversary of our gifted Organist, Edith Richards. We are so blessed to have her! Thank you, Edie, for your wonderful service to RGAPC and our Lord through the gift of music.
Thank you to Jeremiah & Malinda Lukers for volunteering to help take care of God’s Little Angels in the Nursery.
You Took My Parking Space at Church,
(This should wake us up.)
One day, a man went to visit a church. He got there early, parked his car and got out. Another car pulled up near the driver, got out and said, "I always park there! You took my place!"
The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, "That's my seat! You took my place!" The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said
nothing. After Sunday School, the visitor went
into the sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to
he said nothing.
among them, the
visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his
hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone
from the congregation noticed him and called out, "What
happened to you?"
The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear fell from his eye, "I took your place".
If you are in need of pastoral care, please contact Wayne Edmondson, Clerk of Session, and arrangements will be made. His telephone number is 758-1787.
SESSION REPORT FOR AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER:
Approved Motions log for August:
· Vicki Henderson was elected as moderator for the 10 Aug 09 Session Meeting.
· The minutes of the regular Session Meeting of 13 Jul 09.
· The July 2009 Treasurer and Financial Secretary reports, the July 2009 Shepherds’ Committee Meeting report, the July 2009 Deacon’s Fund Report and the July 2009 report from the Missions, Outreach and Evangelism Ministry Team.
· A new Church Key Policy.
· The Trustee’s recommendations to: 1) Add Directors, Officers and Trustees Liability Coverage, 2) Add Employment Practices Liability Coverage and 3) Increase our General Liability Medical Expense from $5,000 to $15,000.
· To keep the balcony open during the worship services that involve communion.
· To remove James Culbertson from the membership of the Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church.
· To remove Sandy Burns-Lewis’ name from eligibility for all offices of leadership at the Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church.
· Mission’s money will not be transferred to the general fund.
• A new letter from Session, that reviews the steps taken by Session to address the situation which lead Rev. Marc de Jeu to leave, will be sent to the Members of the Rocky Grove Avenue Presbyterian Church.
Submitted by Wayne Edmondson,
Clerk of Session
Approved Motions log for September:
· The minutes of the regular Session Meeting of 10 Aug 09 with one minor change.
· The August 2009 Treasurer and Financial Secretary reports, the August 2009 Christian Education Ministry Team minutes and the August 2009 Congregational Life and Worship Committee minutes.
· The acceptance of Jim and Betty Culbertson’s message to remove their names as members of our church.
· To remove Carolyn Laemmer’s name from our membership list (because of her death on 6 Sep 09).
· Section 504 of the Administrative Manual, titled Congregational Suggestions, will be made available to our members.
· To contact the Presbytery of Lake Erie and share with them our interest in an interim pastor.
· The purchase of a safe to address the needs of Jim Clinefelter, our financial secretary.
Submitted by Wayne Edmondson,
Clerk of Session
If you have questions regarding any of the above information, please contact one of the Elders. They are:
Wayne Edmondson, Clerk; Jim Sandok, Vicki Henderson, Ray Aikins, George Wielandt, Dave Brandt, Don Yount, and Jarrad Griffin.