First Presbyterian Church

2013: The Year in Review

January started with a bang! Kevin Yaryan plowed out the parking lot; John Bohlander and his able assistants fixed a collapsed ceiling in an upstairs classroom; and – after waiting for parts to arrive — we finally got some heat in the sanctuary. We celebrated with an all-church birthday party.

In February longtime members Roger and Ellen Doty moved to Indianapolis, taking with them our love and prayers.

Easter Sunday service was joyous and filled with family and friends who joined us for worship.

In May we celebrated the graduations of Brian Hazelrigg and Pam Ross.

In late June and early July we participated in the Connersville Bicentennial. Individual members contributed their talents to various activities, and the impact of the past was the subject of sermon and devotional time.

Also in July, after a thorough audit of the books, the Audit Committee commended Treasurer Larry Zumkeller for his excellent records.

Over the summer George Morris converted a former restroom into a music library.

The Pastor Nominating Committee was hopeful that a new pastor had been found, but things didn’t work out. Instead, our Church Information Form was rewritten and resubmitted to the PCUSA’s new database, and the committee continues its search.

Rally Day was well attended, with food and fun in the Fellowship Hall.

After an enthusiastic presentation by Susie Rogers, Session voted to support the Purdue Extension Office programs by allowing them to use our facilities for parenting and cooking classes.

Session approved a new policy regarding use of our Fellowship Hall. Many thanks to Elder Sarah Smith for her work in researching and proposing it.

Several members participated in an informal study of the book of Psalms in October and November.

More than 100 tickets were sold for Breakfast with the Christmas Angel December 7. Despite bad snow that weekend, the Fellowship Hall was filled with laughter and singing. Many thanks to Joyce Bohlander, who chaired the event; Sondra Miller and her kitchen team; Linda Ward, the Christmas Angel; Heavenly Choirmaster Robert Swope, and everyone else who contributed to another success!

Jill Yaryan organized the Giving Tree, ensuring that 25 children in the community received Christmas gifts who otherwise might not have.

Ann Kirschner spearheaded the Mission Committee’s efforts to deliver Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes to more than 25 selected families in partnership with Family Video, who donated turkey and ham.

In December we said good-bye to Pastor Mitch, who accepted an interim call to a church in Bloomington within walking distance of his home. We wish him all the best!

In the candlelight of our Christmas Eve service, we remembered the birth of our Hope, Jesus Christ. With that hope, we move forward into the new year.