Category Archives: Congregational

Madison Presbyterian Church Finds Historic Documents

Historic find sheds light on Indiana church’s past

by Pam Newhouse | Special to Presbyterian News Service

Jill Wiest (left) and Pam Newhouse (right) with the safe at Madison Presbyterian Church. (Photo provided)

MADISON, Ind. – In 2014, a year before Madison Presbyterian Church’s 200th anniversary, Jill Wiest and I volunteered to see what information we could find to enhance the celebration. After looking through many old files we wondered if we had found everything—after all, there are many nooks and crannies in our 1846 church building.

What about that old safe in the small room off the kitchen that had been the pastor’s study in the 1800s? It took a while to find the right key, but eventually we did and opened it. To our satisfaction, it held a treasure trove of documents, letters, and ledgers that told of some of the highs and lows of Madison Presbyterian Church through the years.

Read the remainder of the article on the Presbyterian Mission Agency site.

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Salt & Light Choir to Visit Hanover

Press release from Hanover Presbyterian Church:

Salt & Light High School Choir from First Presbyterian Church, Boulder, Colorado has been in existence for about 35 years under the direction of a handful of leaders. Currently under the direction of Jim Keller, it has about 35 members ranging from 9-12 grade and from a total of 6 different high schools. Many of these students are highly talented in the performing arts and participate in their high school choirs. They come together each week to rehearse and eat together and they sing during the contemporary worship two times per month. Every year the choir takes a Tour over spring break and the destinations have ranged from Washington, D.C. to Seattle, WA to Scotland! It is the highlight of the year! In order to make this trip happen the group sets up various fundraising and this year is no exception. In the fall, they chose to set up a Pumpkin Patch in the Courtyard with fall snacks and pumpkin sales. In February they put on a Talent Show called Don’t Stop Believing where various students and friends put together acts to showcase their talents. The audience delighted in the extraordinary and diverse abilities of the Salt & Light High School Choir kids, their friends and family.

This year 20 students will be going on Tour and they will be visiting Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Dayton, Hanover, IN and Louisville. The stop in Dayton will include a visit to Devon Howard (and his wife Kimberly), former First Pres organist and accompanist to Salt & Light, supporters and chaperones. One of the benefits of going on Tour is the relationship building that takes place. The students come back with many stories of how they bonded with one another, developed a closer walk with Jesus, and shared their love of Jesus with others. This trip is truly an epic experience for many and the fact that they give up Spring Break vacation with their families is a testimony to that and their commitment to loving and serving others in the name of Jesus Christ!

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The Great Romance Event Returns!

tgr_photoCome see The Great Romance in concert on Saturday, February 27 at 6:00pm.

Location:
Wesley Chapel UMC
2100 Highway 150
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119

Free Event for everyone!
Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Co-sponsored by St. John United Presbyterian Church and Wesley Chapel

Hanover College Social Justice Speaker: Living in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Land of the Free INCARCERATED

Living in the Age of Mass Incarceration: How it Affects Us and What to Do About It

The U.S.A. hosts 4.4 % of the world’s population, but 22% of its prisoners.

This event occurs on Tuesday, March 29th at 7:30 p.m. in the Ogle Center at Hanover College.

Dr. Angela Cowser, Professor of the Sociology of Religion and Director of the Center for Church and the Black Experience at Garrett Evangelical-Theological Seminary (UMC) in Evanston, IL is presenting the discussion. Dr. Cowser will challenge us to think about how the grave injustice of mass incarceration affects us in our own context, and how best we can respond. Admission is free, as the event is graciously sponsored by the Bill and June Rogers Speaker Series, as well as various student clubs and organizations at Hanover College.

Download the flyer for this event.

For further questions, please contact Rev. Catherine Knott, Chaplain at Hanover College.

St. John in New Albany celebrates 200 years

Excerpt from the Courier-Journal, published 2/14/2016, written by Jenna Esarey:

St. John United Presbyterian Church in New Albany celebrated its 200th anniversary on Sunday with a worship service attended by a half-dozen or so of the church’s early leaders.

Members of the Friends of Fairview Reenactors represented significant figures in the history of the church. The group stages the annual “Stories Behind the Stones” event at New Albany’s historic Fairview Cemetery.

Read the rest of the article on the Courier-Journal’s website.

Mission Opportunity at Dale Presbyterian Church

It is said that one of the most powerful experiences a Christian can have is to go on a mission trip, experience a different culture and work among the poor.

We at Dale Presbyterian Church invite your church to consider a Mission Trip to Dale, Indiana to work with our Summer Community Adventure Program.

Summer Community Adventure is a free program for children in the North Spencer area who are living in poverty or below poverty.  The children are invited through the local school at the end of the school year.  Usually 40-60 children, K-6th grade, attend.  About 75% are Latino/Hispanic ESL (English as Second Language) students.  All funding for this program comes from donors and foundations.

This program provides experiences–educational, religious, social, physical–for these children.  The children meet at the Micah Center of Dale Presbyterian Church every Thursday in June from 12:00-3:30 where, besides having a wonderful program, are fed a meal and given a bag of non-perishable food to tide them through the week.

This year, we are excited to not only offer the afternoon program on Thursdays, but will be partnering with PYOCA to have an entire week of Summer Day Camp (9:00-3:30) for our students!

Our theme for the summer is POWERED BY LOVE.  Our students will be memorizing 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.  Here is our schedule for this summer:

June 2:  Orientation/2 hour Sexual Misconduct workshop for volunteers

June 9:  Brain Powered by Love:  Math skill taught through fun and games taught and led by Dr. Janet Tassel from Western Kentucky University and her education students

June 13-17: Faith Powered by Love: Summer Day Camp with the PYOCA counselors  ALL-IN-ONE FEARLESS FAITH

June 23:  Friendship Powered by Love: Boom Squad, an African-American Drum Team from Evansville, Indiana, share music, faith, self-discipline and teamwork

June 30: Creative Expression Powered by Love: Art and Movement featuring instruction from artists Corie Eckerle and Rosemary Chamberlain and physical education instructors from the school.

Why your church might want to consider a day or the week experience:

  • Dale Presbyterian Church is within driving distance from every church in our presbytery
  • This is a less expensive opportunity for people wanting a “missional” experience
  • This is a cross cultural experience
  • This gives an opportunity to put Christ’s love in action and share the good news of Jesus Christ with children
  • This is an opportunity for anyone 16 to 150!  Our building is fully accessible and the level of “work” can be tailored to any individual
  • This work will change your life!

What Dale Presbyterian provides for you

  • free lunch with Summer Community Adventure and supper at Community Table
  • instruction and orientation
  • housing/lodging can be a possibility
  • prayer
  • a great experience!
  • there is no cost to you or your team

We invite and would welcome your participation.  Please contact Rev. Dr. Martha FrizLanger if you are interested or need more information by email or calling 812.937.2560.