First Presbyterian Church            July  2017

        There’s No Business Like Church Business

Have you ever filled out a survey where at the end they ask you about your profession?  Usually, they have some boxes to check, and they tend to be pretty broad categories.  Ministry is almost never included, and so usually I put myself down under “education” or “customer service”.  On the other hand, one could define church as an entertainment industry as we do put on a weekly performance of sorts that has an audience.  I admit that this is a very flawed comparison, but bear with me a bit on this show business analogy. 

One of the many reasons given for the decline in church attendance is the growth of the multi-media and entertainment industry.  Hollywood has always been big, but now a TV or smartphone can give you any show, movie, video game, etc. on demand, 24/7.  I have a childhood friend who stopped going to church when his favorite cartoon switched from Saturday to Sunday mornings.  He did not have a crisis of faith, so much as a slow erosion of his religious practices that eventually even changed his beliefs.  This spring we have all seen the power of erosion on Lake Ontario and how it can undermine the foundations of stout buildings that have been around for decades.  

Obviously, there is far more than mere amusement to his story, but he illustrated for me how many people have fallen out of the habit of going to church, particularly among the younger generations.  The virtual community of a screen, whether it is from images, voice or text messages, has a powerful allure because of its constant presence.  I am equally guilty of these bad habits and also realize that we cannot roll back the clock on what has happened.

One thing that we can do is to NOT fall into the Show Biz trap by trying to make church a bigger and better form of entertainment.  There is an element of performance in worship, e.g. music and preaching, but what we really have to offer is spiritual community with God and each other.  For example, Twelve Step and other self-help programs have grown over time because they focus on meaningful relationships where people are participants rather than a passive audience.  The early church was mostly compromised of house fellowships that had similar small group dynamics. 

In light of this, I would ask you to join me in an experiment this July.  We will still have our usual church services, but afterwards I would like to invite anyone and everyone to join me for lunch afterwards.  So every Sunday at noon for the month of July, my family and I will be going to Burnap’s Farmer’s Market and Café in Sodus (7277 Maple Ave.).  It has good food that is not expensive, and there is even a playground and a small petting zoo for the kids.  There will be no agenda except to talk about our lives or whatever else comes to mind.  The fancy word for this is discipleship,

but I would like to start out informally and see where things go from there.   Please invite people who may not even want to come to the church service.  I have noticed that “lunch groups” like the Forever Young seniors do quite well with having a meal together as the first order of business. If more than that happens, all the better!

Rev. Walter Stuber
First Presbyterian Church

11988 W. Main St., Wolcott, NY   1459 

585-217-6030  stuberman1@yahoo.com

www.wolcottpresbyterian.com     

         Food Pantry

Food Pantry wish list:  jams & jellies, cereal, pork & beans, baked beans, canned fruit, juices, mayo, salad dressing, canned pasta.

-       Mary Lou

        2 Cents a Meal 

June’s collection was $65.00, making our total to date for this year $434.00.  Nice job everyone!

-       Mary Lou

                                                        Ham  Dinner

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you for all who helped in any way.  Our profit was $970.50.  Thank you again for whatever part you played.

 

-       Mary Lou

Strawberry Festival 

Great thanks again.  Everything went well, the weather was great, and the community came out to support us again.  The bills are still coming in, so we don’t have a total yet, but we did well.  Thank you so much.

                                                                                                     Strawberry Festival Committee

          Youth News

            Thank you to the Youth who helped at the ham dinner and the Strawberry Festival

            We will be having a summer camping weekend. The date is not set yet.

Our checkbook balance was $3,769.80.  We collected $90.00 in cans and bottles, making our new balance $3,859.80.  Thank you everyone.

-       Mary Lou

             Deacons’s Yard Sale

        Wanted:  Books   -   Tools   -   Toys   -   Furniture   -   Etc.

The Deacon’s Yard Sale will be on Friday, July 21st from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, July 22nd from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Set up will be on Wednesday, July 19th and Thursday, July 20th.  It will be held at 11921 West Main Street, where items can be dropped off on the Boogaard’s porc

      Vacation Bible School

The Wolcott Council of Churches Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday, July 30 through Thursday, August 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. for Pre-K through 6th graders.  Volunteers are needed - if you can help, please contact Pastor Walter. 

Craft needs are:  2 qt. juice container, material scraps (9” x 9”), assorted scraps of “NOISY” paper like cellophane, odds and ends of HEAVY yarn like rug yarn or macrame’ cord, cone shaped empty spools of thread, and hand tools with gears TO BORROW.

             August 6 Worship Service

The August 6 worship service will be at the Jack Johnson residence on the Lake at the end of Brown Road (off East Port Bay Road), followed by a picnic.  Please bring lawn chairs, table service, and a dish to pass.

-       John Gingerich

Looking Ahead

Friday and Saturday, July 21st and 22nd:  Deacons’ Yard Sale.  Setup on July 19th and 20th

Sunday, July 30 - Thursday, August 3:  Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m.  to 8:15 p.m.

Sunday, August 6:  Worship Service at the Jack Johnson residence with picnic to follow.

August 26th:  Golf Tournament

Pig Raffle – tickets will be available soon.

            First Presbyterian Church            July  2017

        There’s No Business Like Church Business

Have you ever filled out a survey where at the end they ask you about your profession?  Usually, they have some boxes to check, and they tend to be pretty broad categories.  Ministry is almost never included, and so usually I put myself down under “education” or “customer service”.  On the other hand, one could define church as an entertainment industry as we do put on a weekly performance of sorts that has an audience.  I admit that this is a very flawed comparison, but bear with me a bit on this show business analogy.

One of the many reasons given for the decline in church attendance is the growth of the multi-media and entertainment industry.  Hollywood has always been big, but now a TV or smartphone can give you any show, movie, video game, etc. on demand, 24/7.  I have a childhood friend who stopped going to church when his favorite cartoon switched from Saturday to Sunday mornings.  He did not have a crisis of faith, so much as a slow erosion of his religious practices that eventually even changed his beliefs.  This spring we have all seen the power of erosion on Lake Ontario and how it can undermine the foundations of stout buildings that have been around for decades. 

 

Obviously, there is far more than mere amusement to his story, but he illustrated for me how many people have fallen out of the habit of going to church, particularly among the younger generations.  The virtual community of a screen, whether it is from images, voice or text messages, has a powerful allure because of its constant presence.  I am equally guilty of these bad habits and also realize that we cannot roll back the clock on what has happened.

 

One thing that we can do is to NOT fall into the Show Biz trap by trying to make church a bigger and better form of entertainment.  There is an element of performance in worship, e.g. music and preaching, but what we really have to offer is spiritual community with God and each other.  For example, Twelve Step and other self-help programs have grown over time because they focus on meaningful relationships where people are participants rather than a passive audience.  The early church was mostly compromised of house fellowships that had similar small group dynamics. 

 

In light of this, I would ask you to join me in an experiment this July.  We will still have our usual church services, but afterwards I would like to invite anyone and everyone to join me for lunch afterwards.  So every Sunday at noon for the month of July, my family and I will be going to Burnap’s Farmer’s Market and Café in Sodus (7277 Maple Ave.).  It has good food that is not expensive, and there is even a playground and a small petting zoo for the kids.  There will be no agenda except to talk about our lives or whatever else comes to mind.  The fancy word for this is discipleship,

 

 

but I would like to start out informally and see where things go from there.   Please invite people who may not even want to come to the church service.  I have noticed that “lunch groups” like the Forever Young seniors do quite well with having a meal together as the first order of business. If more than that happens, all the better!

        

Rev. Walter Stuber
First Presbyterian Church

11988 W. Main St., Wolcott, NY   14590

585-217-6030  stuberman1@yahoo.com

www.wolcottpresbyterian.com     

 

 

         Food Pantry

Food Pantry wish list:  jams & jellies, cereal, pork & beans, baked beans, canned fruit, juices, mayo, salad dressing, canned pasta. 

-       Mary Lou    

        2 Cents a Meal 

June’s collection was $65.00, making our total to date for this year $434.00.  Nice job everyone!

-       Mary Lou                                                   

                                                          Ham  Dinner

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you for all who helped in any way.  Our profit was $970.50.  Thank you again for whatever part you played.

-       Mary Lou

Strawberry Festival

Great thanks again.  Everything went well, the weather was great, and the community came out to support us again.  The bills are still coming in, so we don’t have a total yet, but we did well.  Thank you so much.

                                      

                                                                                                     Strawberry Festival Committee

          Youth News 

            Thank you to the Youth who helped at the ham dinner and the Strawberry Festival.

            We will be having a summer camping weekend. The date is not set yet.

Our checkbook balance was $3,769.80.  We collected $90.00 in cans and bottles, making our new balance $3,859.80.  Thank you everyone.

-       Mary Lou   

             Deacons’s Yard Sale

        Wanted:  Books   -   Tools   -   Toys   -   Furniture   -   Etc.

The Deacon’s Yard Sale will be on Friday, July 21st from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, July 22nd from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Set up will be on Wednesday, July 19th and Thursday, July 20th.  It will be held at 11921 West Main Street, where items can be dropped off on the Boogaard’s porch.

      Vacation Bible School

The Wolcott Council of Churches Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday, July 30 through Thursday, August 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. for Pre-K through 6th graders.  Volunteers are needed - if you can help, please contact Pastor Walter. 

Craft needs are:  2 qt. juice container, material scraps (9” x 9”), assorted scraps of “NOISY” paper like cellophane, odds and ends of HEAVY yarn like rug yarn or macrame’ cord, cone shaped empty spools of thread, and hand tools with gears TO BORROW.

             August 6 Worship Service

The August 6 worship service will be at the Jack Johnson residence on the Lake at the end of Brown Road (off East Port Bay Road), followed by a picnic.  Please bring lawn chairs, table service, and a dish to pass.

-       John Gingerich

Looking Ahead

Friday and Saturday, July 21st and 22nd:  Deacons’ Yard Sale.  Setup on July 19th and 20th

Sunday, July 30 - Thursday, August 3:  Vacation Bible School from 6 p.m.  to 8:15 p.m.

Sunday, August 6:  Worship Service at the Jack Johnson residence with picnic to follow.

August 26th:  Golf Tournament

Pig Raffle – tickets will be available soon.