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JOIN US ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation ~ Making Our Way in God’s World                

Reading from our tradition ~ Matthew 22:15-22

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem ~ From a Distance – Gold / Chinn

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR

Dear Friends,

This is my last contribution to the Communicator as your Interim Pastor. I’ll keep it brief. I came to Pine Valley just about two years ago to the day. We were strangers then—seems hard to believe—and now we are friends, good friends. Sally and I cherish the time we have been together. We cannot forget the amazing leadership so many members give in worship, the outstanding music Judy, Jeff and the choir bring each week, the thoughtful prayers and the moving meditations. I think this is the first time in my ministry that I have had not one but two members of the congregation tell me that they wanted to preach on Sunday morning! What a wonderful testimony to the vitality of the Spirit among us. We have branched out into new ministries. People walked on the information picket line, stood in the parking lot of Wal-Mart to stand up for the rights of workers, traveled to Georgia to call for closing the School of the Americas, walked in the Gay Pride Parade, cleaned up along the river, visited the homeless under a bridge, and been engaged in countless other ministries too numerous to mention here. And we never lost sight of the pastoral ministry of care for one another, which has so enriched our lives personally following Sally’s operation. What a joy and privilege to be part of this community!

Sally and I share your anticipation as you look forward to welcoming Carolyn and Ken next week. It is fitting that as she begins her ministry with you that we should step away. So for the next couple of months we are going to be elsewhere on Sunday morning. We will miss you even as we remain deeply thankful for your friendship—which we hope will continue and deepen in the coming years.

Peace, David

FROM OUR PRESIDENT

For two years, David and Sally have cheered us on, as they rode beside us on the roller coaster of life.  Beginning with the pain of separation, as we started up the hill mourning the separation which was fresh, through the downward increase in momentum which took us through the twists and turns keeping us moving forward, to the sudden stop at the end, as we send them out into the world to continue on with retirement, by our side they have been.

Over the next two weeks, David will share his thoughts and wishes for our congregation as we start the next ride on the roller coaster with Carolyn and Ken. We will celebrate David and Sally through our “Sharing of Lessons Learned from David”.  Each member of the congregation is encouraged to write a message to David and Sally sharing something that we will take forward.

While we will be walking down the path to the fork in the road, we will each be encouraged to continue down the path less traveled.  While David and Sally will not physically be with us, they will be with us in the lessons and experiences that we have explored, learned, and remembered.  We have all grown in the past two years with their guidance.

Peace and Blessings! Nat

CELEBRATING REV. DAVID AND SALLY HANSEN

David and Sally’s time with us is quickly coming to a close.  On Sunday, October 19, David will preach his last sermon for us.  On Sunday, October 26, WAM is planning a special worship service with the theme, “Lessons We Have Learned From David”.  Several members will participate in the service and Jeff is planning special music.  Following the service on the 26th, we will have a pie extravaganza in the Grace Room.  Everyone is invited to bring their favorite pie to share.  We all know how much David loves pie.  Beginning Sunday, October 19th there will be a basket on the table in the foyer for you to leave your personal card or note to David and Sally.  This is your time to share the lesson you learned or just to write a note.

WAM and Hospitality

FALL FESTIVAL 2014 AND PLEDGE DRIVE 2015

As we conclude our fall theme, HANDS AND FEET OF GOD: CHURCH AND COMMUNITY, we affirm the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) mission, “To be and to share the good news of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and serving from our doorstep to the ends of the earth.”  Many thanks to all who have participated in the “hands” and “feet” activities of fall festival.  The building has been cleaned in places that have been untouched to date.  The new paint is an incredible change, brightening up the entrances and the education wing hallways.  Check out the PVCC Hands & Feet Gallery and watch as it develops with improved lighting and hanging devices.

On Sunday, October 12 we dedicated and consecrated financial gifts totaling $120,320.  This generous giving includes a total of 33 pledges/gifts, 19 pledge increases and 2 new pledges.  Some pledgers have already begun giving at their 2015 commitment. WOW!  While we are shy of our target by $6,446, we will continue to accept pledges/gifts and Mission Council will consider options.  Thanks to the Hospitality Spirit Team for the “finger” foods after worship as people strolled through the PVCC Hands & Feet Gallery.

Pledge Drive Team (Greg Yarnell, Dave Roy and Muffin Overstreet)

ALTERNATIVE GIFT MARKET AT GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Save the Date! NOVEMBER 8! Please make plans now to attend and support the 20th Annual Alternative Gift Market which will be held on Saturday, November 8 from 10 am – 4 pm at Grace Presbyterian Church (5002 E. Douglas, Wichita).

In addition to shoppers, we’ll need volunteers to staff the PVCC booth:  Project # 16: Give Babies a Smile (China) in which orphaned babies born with cleft palates have surgical procedures to repair the birth defect. We have also been asked to take another booth: Project #19: Backpacks Full of Medicine (Burma).

Lorrie Beck

THANK YOU FROM THE LORD’S DINER

The Walmart Challenge ended on October 5th and the Kansas Food Bank received 5,065 votes with a ranking of 12th in the top 50.  Each Food Bank in the top 50 will receive $60,000 from Walmart and the Lord’s Diner, as a partner agency, will receive $15,000 of the total gift to provide shelf stable milk to the children that visit both Diners and the food trucks.  A heartfelt THANK YOU for voting during this challenge.

FROM OUR INTERIM PASTOR

This Sunday is World Wide Communion Sunday. We celebrate our connection to the historic church and to the global church. Communion ware from many lands will be used in the service. Looking ahead on October 12th we will commission Lorrie Beck, Carmen Bell, Gaye Clements and Muffin Overstreet as they prepare to go to South Korea. On October 19th we will commission Dave and Cheryl Roy as our representatives at the Disciples of Christ regional meeting. These many connections give personal meaning to Paul’s witness: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope of your calling, on Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Maker of us all, who is above all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

Peace,

David

JOIN US ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2014 AT PINE VALLEY FOR WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

Rev. David Hansen’s meditation is Lord’s Supper.

Reading from our tradition is 1st Corinthians 11:17-26.

The PVCC Choir will be singing the Anthem  Look At The World – Rutter.

WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

Sunday, October 5 is World Communion Sunday.  We will celebrate communion with Christians around the world as we utilize our chalices and plates from many countries during our service.

WAM