A BIG Sunday’s Coming on February 2!

Holy Communion and Worship with New Members at 10am

During worship we will welcome seven new people into our community of faith. Some have been life-long Presbyterians, and some are new to the Reformed tradition. But all of them say LPC has grabbed their attention, and they are ready to join in LPC’s life and ministry.

Delicious Potluck Lunch at 11am (give or take…)

Ham and beverages will be provided by the Fellowship and Member Care Ministry team. Please bring a casserole, side dish or dessert to share that will serve at least 8 to 10 people. Drop it off before worship downstairs in the Lawther Hall kitchen. Plenty of space is available in the warming ovens and commercial refrigerator where food can be held prior to the luncheon.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation at noon (or maybe a bit sooner!)

Like every other Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation, we meet together annually to review the year just ended and celebrate the mission and ministry that God has done with us and through us. An annual report packet is distributed one week prior (after worship on Sunday, January 26), which contains loads of information from staff, committees and other groups related to the church.

We will take a brief look at the year-end financial statements and the operating budget for 2020. We finished 2019 “in the black” with a balanced budget! The pastor’s 2020 salary and benefit package will also be presented for approval by the congregation.

In the Presbyterian form of church government, the members of a congregation get to choose their ordained leaders — ministers, elders and deacons if the church has deacons, which LPC does not. The 2019 Nominating Committee will present the following slate for the Session Class of 2023: Ev Corcoran, Carole Cox, Laurie Gubanyar, Jean Hickey and Jan Soeder. The Nominating Committee will also move to elect the following people to serve as congregational representatives to the 2020 Nominating Committee: Mike Brown, Ben Hoffmann and Sandy Shaw. The Session also elects two of its members to serve on the Nominating Committee.

And finally, we will offer words of appreciation to departing leaders and pray for God’s blessing and guidance as the new year begins! Pastor Butler enjoys efficient meetings and has us on our way well within an hour.

Growing in Wisdom and Grace: Spirituality and Aging in the “Third Thirty” of Life
Adult Faith Formation – Sundays, February 9, 16 & 23 at 11:20am in Wright Chapel

February’s adult faith formation class will look at our faith journeys and what they may teach us, as well as what scripture may say to us, about aging and the growth of wisdom and the experience of God’s grace. Participants will reflect on the beginning of their spiritual autobiographies and also consider how faith may grow as one ages and new opportunities present themselves. Participants will also consider separately and collectively the wealth of possibilities available to us as we age and ways to incorporate faith into the needed changes that come with aging.

Pastor Jim Butler has invited his friend and colleague, the Rev. June Begany, to lead this much-needed discussion. For 24 years June served as an associate pastor at Old Stone Presbyterian Church on Public Square as well as being actively involved in the life of our Presbytery, including Moderator. For the past six years, June has been a board member of Presbyterian Older Adult Ministry Network. She now enjoys an active and vital retirement including interim ministry with churches in our Presbytery.

Please join Rev. Begany at 11:20 a.m. in Wright Chapel on February 9, 16 and 23. Worksheets and handouts will be available later for those who miss a presentation.

Volunteer at North Church in February

Join together with LPC members to serve a meal at North Presbyterian Church in February. Volunteer shifts include three Sundays, February 9, 16 and 23 from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (includes worship) and two Thursdays, February 20 and 27 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Sign-up sheets are in the Atrium. See Jenny Woodworth for more information.

Scout Sunday and Grab & Go Breakfast
February 9 at 11am

On Sunday, February 9, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop and Pack 115 will celebrate Scout Sunday with the LPC congregation. The BSA annually celebrates its founding on February 8, 1910, based on the program started by Lord Baden Powell in England on August 1, 1907. The Scout Law says that a “Scout is Reverent” and that Scouts of all ages promise to do their “Duty to God.”

Following the celebration of Scout Sunday at the 10 a.m. service, the Scouts will partner with the Fellowship and Member Care Ministry to provide a “Grab and Go Breakfast” in place of the usual coffee hour in the Atrium. Beverage service (coffee, tea, juice, water) will be in the usual location on the island. The scouts will serve a to-go type breakfast that may be taken to faith formation classes or enjoyed in the Atrium. A freewill offering to cover the costs will be gladly accepted. This is a wonderful opportunity for church members and scouts to enjoy fellowship and a good meal. Once again our awesome chef, Jim Cox, is leading the scout cooking effort!

LPC to Host Ash Wednesday Service
February 26 at 7:30pm

For decades LPC has been joining other local Presbyterian congregations for Ash Wednesday, which opens the liturgical Season of Lent. It has been a good while since LPC hosted, so it is our turn! Please come welcome brothers and sisters from Grace and Bethany Presbyterian Churches at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26. We will worship together in Wright Chapel led by the Revs. Jim Butler, Sharon Budin and Lou Will with Ruth Draper at the organ and piano. Our choir will sing, we will celebrate Holy Communion, and those who wish can receive ashes on their hand or forehead. The service will last about 45 minutes followed by a reception in the Atrium.

Lenten Cooks & Helpers Needed

The Church’s annual Lenten Program will begin on Tuesday, March 3 and continue on Tuesday evenings through March 31. (The class will not meet on March 17, which is primary election day.) The Fellowship and Member Care Ministry is looking for cooks and helpers to prepare and serve a Lenten meal for 45 to 50 people prior to the Tuesday evening programs. The dates available are March 10, 24 and 31. The meals should follow a simple menu. You can also add a dessert, or let us know if you want someone else to provide the dessert. Beverages and paper products are provided. Since the cost of the food is covered by a goodwill offering, we don’t want to get too extravagant on the menu. You will be reimbursed for what you spend. The dinners need to be ready to serve promptly at 6:00 p.m. Paper products are being used to speed up clean-up so all cooks and helpers are able to attend the program following the meal. If you are interested in either cooking or helping a cook with a Lenten meal, please contact Carole Cox.