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To say that the Rev. Dr. Bill Knudsen took the path he thought he would or ended up where he planned couldn’t be further from the truth. After all, he had visions of joining the Navy as a chaplain and had little interest in a job opportunity as the executive presbyter at the Presbytery of Northumberland. However, God had different plans for Bill, and 14 years after accepting the call at Northumberland, which followed a 20-year career in the Army Reserves, Bill is retiring.
“It’s the right time to do it,” Bill said when asked about retirement. “I want to retire while I’m young enough to be able to still go out and enjoy life. I’m 67 years old and it gives me a lot more opportunity to settle into a new area, make new friends and still be young enough, active enough and healthy enough to enjoy retirement.” Continue reading
The Protestant Campus Ministry Board at Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA is looking for an individual to serve as Director of Campus Ministry, ½ time (25 hours per week). It is preferred, but not required, that this individual holds a M. Div. Degree from an accredited seminary. It is expected that candidates be a strong leader, with a contagious faith, and able to relate to all students on a personal level. Responsibilities would include, but not limited to, facilitating local churches in making connections with students, coordinating on campus ministries, and assisting in the discipleship of students. They will also be an ongoing presence within the university community. All serious inquiries and resumes may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Campus Ministry Board is looking to fill this position as soon as possible and we will accept resumes until the position is filled.
Bright Sunday’ adds humor to service at Northway PC
People don’t normally associate humor with the Bible, especially around the Easter season. Pastor Taylor Camerer isn’t one of those people.
An eight-week pulpit supply pastor at Northway Presbyterian Church in Williamsport, PA, Taylor began his two-month stay on the Sunday after Easter with a sermon that was called “Bright Sunday.” Taking ideas from “Holy Humor Sunday” in which some pastors use as an opportunity to dress in costumes for a light-hearted Sunday worship, Taylor didn’t go quite that far in his very first Sunday at Northway PC. Instead, he just preached about how humor is very much a part of the Bible and how it should be embraced.
“There’s an old tradition in the church, rooted in the early church theologians who saw a practical joke played on the devil when Jesus was raised from the dead,” Taylor said. “So Easter was a God-supreme joke played on death. On either Easter Monday — the Monday right after Easter Sunday — or Bright Sunday — the Sunday after Easter – they were kind of days of joy and laughter, parties and picnics, pot lucks to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. There was a tradition of practical jokes. There was a lot of water being thrown back in the day – drenching people with water, baptizing so to speak – singing and dancing. There was a tradition of telling jokes and telling stories with a twist at the end that end unexpectedly with a laugh.”
Taylor included about a half dozen stories or light-hearted tales that had surprise endings in his service on April 12. Because it was his first service, he kept it fairly low key compared to what some churches were doing elsewhere.
The Fellowship of Merry Christians is an organization that highlights different ideas on how to celebrate “Bright Sunday.” One church in North Carolina has a pastor who delivers his sermon dressed as a medieval jester with a sermon on I Corinthians 4:10 titled “Fools For Christ’s Sake.” Another congregation in Missouri put up a sign that read “If you must sleep in on Sunday, sleep in here.” The church then laid out sleeping bags on the back pews and actually allowed for a few minutes for naps during the service.
Adding a humorous element to the service can be a pleasant change for some worshipers.
“God so often uses tragedy and suffering and difficulties,” Taylor said. “There’s a lot in the world that is sobering and sombering but there’s a difference between being serious and solemn and just kind of being sour.”
Among the most recognizable ways the Bible uses tragedy to send a message is around Easter when Jesus dies on the cross only to have the stone rolled away from the tomb and find out he had risen from the dead. Taylor is quick to point out that there definitely was a party-like atmosphere outside the tomb when word quickly spread of the resurrection.
“There was a euphoria, a hilarity, an unspeakable gladness that your sins had been forgiven,” Taylor said. “To be glad and to not be fearful is an imperative in the Bible. There is a victory over death, but the twist is what men meant for evil, God meant for good.”
Ultimately, injecting some laughter into a service now and again, or devoting an entire sermon to Biblical humor once a year the week after Easter, can help people better understand the way in which God works.
“Part of humor and making things unexpected in church at times is part of listening for God because he arrives in unexpected ways and unexpected times,” Taylor said. “If you have everything planned out and thought out and it’s always the same, you’re not really doing a very good job of preparing people to find God.”
by Mike Givler, Synod of the Trinity
Gracie was the Lenten centerpiece of our supper table when our children were growing up. She was the reminder of what Jesus could do with small fish. My husband remembers the ½ pint milk cartons that preceded Gracie. Together they demonstrated for children the power of pennies, nickels and dimes, combined with the willingness of tiny hearts to serve God.
One Great Hour of Sharing began as a response to the devastation of World World II in Europe. It was started in 1946 as a radio plea that raised $3.8 million for relief and reconstruction. This nationwide ecumenical offering has evolved into in to an international witness to the glory of God when Christians work together for a common cause. The purpose of OGHS has remained the same for almost 70 years—to collect offerings to assist those in need. Today projects are underway in more than 100 countries, including the United States and Canada.
Follow Gracie: http://www.pcusa.org/resource/gracie-and-food-desert-2015/
Follow Special Offerings at: https://www.facebook.com/specialofferings
Contact Special Offerings Ambassador Bobbi Updegraff @ Robertaupdegraff@me.com to schedule a mission interpretation opportunity for your congregation
An important message from Grace Marable Social Action Coordinator (Philadelphia Presbyterian Women)
January 11, 2015 was Human Trafficking Awareness Day. You can find many resources to share with your congregations at http://www.traffickfree.org
The hotline number is 888-3737888
There is a film available at http://www.polarisproject.org
There is literature available on the Presbyterian Mission website (bulletin inserts)
There are organizations around that are working hard to put a stop to this crime
SOAP (start a) Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution campaign www.trafficfree.com
Work with ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking)
You can support organizations working with-at-risk women and girls to prevent trafficking
Eagles Wings – Lifeboat Project – Ecumenical Women’s Coalition against Human Trafficking- Restore Hope www.facebook.com/ewcahumantrafficking
On the 25th of each month – join people around the world in observing an Orange Day to work for an end to violence against women and girls. This call comes from Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women, a social mobilization platform on ending violence against women and girls that is related to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s campaign, UNiTE to End Violence against Women.
- Pray for guidance for all those who work to end violence against women. Pray that all people turn from violence.
- Opposing violence against women – a prayer by the Rev. Sarah Henkel
- Teaching elders can preach on the issue of ending violence against women and girls. Check out this sermon by the Rev. Jeffrey Geary of the White Plains Presbyterian Church.
- Take part in the Stop Rape Now campaign to stop the use of rape in war.
- Plan to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network provides ideas and liturgical resources.
- Wear orange. Tell those you meet why you are wearing orange. Take pictures and share them on social media with an explanation of why you are wearing orange.
- Join Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence.
- Create a group in your worshiping community, mid-council, school or other location to work to end violence against women and girls.
- Sign the global call for action to tell governments around the world that you want them to make ending violence against women and girls a top priority.
- Ask 3 people you know to sign the call to action.
- Join SayNO – UNiTE to End Violence Against Women on Facebook and share why you think ending violence against women and girls should be a priority for decision makers around the world.
Connect with other Presbyterians
Learn what others are doing and use your imagination
- See what other congregations are doing.
- The Nonviolent Peaceforce works to stop violence against women in South Sudan.
- Observing Orange Days in Brick, New Jersey.
- Use your imagination to identify and implement other ways of working to end violence against women and girls. Share your ideas. Of course working to end violence against women and girls is not a task for one day a month. Orange Days provide a reminder that, in Christ, we are called and freed to love one another and to pursue justice for all – each day and every day.
The First Presbyterian Church will be organizing the 2014 clothing giveaway for Bloomsburg Fair Carnival workers. Clothing may be dropped off during normal office hours. Please call the church office at 570-784-2322 in advance if you need help in unloading or need to drop off at a different time. Place men’s clothing in black clothing bags and women’s clothing in white clothing bags. the fair workers live in rough quarters with little space for storage. They work outside in all sorts of weather; access to expensive dry cleaning facilities is not possible. With this in mind DO NOT donated dress clothing. Call the church office 570- 784- 2322 for more information on the clothing needs.
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