A Message from the Pastor….
Dear Church family,
Many of you may remember that last summer, the General Assembly of our denomination passed some controversial measures, one of which proposed to change the language in our Book of Order regarding marriage. Instead of defining marriage as between a man and woman, the new language defines marriage as “a covenant between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”
I bring this issue back up because you may have seen it in the news recently. It even garnered attention from national news networks like CNN. Like any decision from the General Assembly, the redefinition of marriage must be approved by a majority of the Presbyteries around the country and as of several weeks ago, enough Presbyteries around the country had already approved the change. Although not every Presbytery has voted, enough have approved the change to make the outcome certain. The new language is official. Our Presbytery was in the minority when it voted against these changes, 171-120.
How does this change affect Calypso Presbyterian Church? For the most part, it doesn’t affect us at all. Although same-sex marriage is no longer against the rules for Presbyterian churches, at the local level, it is still the session of each church that approves any use of the sanctuary, including weddings. That means whatever our session decides, no one from the Presbytery or from any higher level of the church can override that decision.
Although I disagree with the change that’s been approved, I know that not everybody in this church, or any church, thinks exactly the same way about this issue or any issue. I also know that disagreement in the past has never stopped us from working and worshipping together. My hope and my prayer is that regardless of our feelings on the issue, we continue to love and serve one another and that God, who began a good work in this church and in each of us, “will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Continue to pray for our church and for the national church, and as always, feel free to call me, email me, or come talk to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Sunday School @ 10:00
Worship Service @ 11:00
(Nursery provided from 10:00-12:00 on Sunday mornings)
Youth Group 6:00 pm. Sunday Night
Wednesday Night Live
First & Third Wednesdays of each month (except June, July & August)
Supper @ 6:00
Classes available Wednesday night @ 7:00 for children & adults
10th Mother’s Day
11th Session Meets @ 7:00
18th PW’s Birthday Celebration
20th Youth Dinner/Auction
25th Committees meet @ 7:00
1st Miriam Circle
8th Session @ 7:00
21st Father’s Day
22nd Committees Meet @ 7:00
“Sunday School Highlights”
In this issue of the Parable, we are highlighting one of the teachers from the Levi Cashwell Adult Class, Rachel Kennedy. This class is made up of adult’s ages 40-85. There are a variety of professions in this group. Rachel’s style of teaching is a Bible study and discussion. She said they might not always agree, but everyone’s opinion is valued. Rachel enjoys the close knit feeling of this group of people. She said, “They are just like family”. When asked what she wanted to accomplish with this class, she said, “I always hope that each person goes home with something they will think about during the week and that we are all gaining new insights into the wonderful stories in God’s Word. Rachel loves attending Sunday School and teaching.
Joys, Announcements and Special Recognitions:
Congratulations to Jon, Lindsay, and Addie Kate Kornegay on the birth of their son/brother Daniel Battle.
Congratulations to our new “Parents to be” Mike and Lauren Albertson
Military Personnel and their families, Eddie Smith, Gerald & Connie Myers, Jerry Gardner, Mike Nevling, Marcia Lewis, Marie Murphy, Jo Keebaugh, Donnie Sauls, Jennifer Sutton, Kylie Anderson, Elmer Flake, Richard Lane, Melissa Gainey, Debbie Grady, Ellis Thornton, Robert Jackson, Doris Herring, Eddie & Mildred Sutton, Bruce Raynor, Alan Story, Rubylene Lambert, Royce Roberts, Henry Albritton, family of Robert Jackson
Scout Pack 42 2014-2015 Year in Review
The 30 Scouts of Cub Scout Pack 42 have had a very active and successful year thus far. The Pack presented the colors at the opening of the Duplin County Fair, camped at Cabin Lake and Camp Tuscarora, went bowling and to a bike rodeo, had a costume party and a Christmas party, and attended the 150th re-enactment of the Battle of Bentonville. We also had a great Pinewood Derby car race. Presenters at Pack meetings shared safety tips, discussions on faith, music and folk stories, metal-detecting finds, Native American crafts, and curiosities from the Downtown Goldsboro Artifact Recovery program. The Pack won first place in the Faison Christmas Parade, had a very successful oyster roast fundraiser, and won awards at Camp Tuscarora for first and third place cooking dishes as well as first place in the rocket relay race.
The Pack is especially proud of their Cubmaster, Dewayne Massey, who was named the Cubmaster of the Year for Coharie District (Duplin and Sampson Counties). We have been blessed with active and involved parents and leaders. Cub Scout Pack 42 truly appreciates the help and support that Calypso Presbyterian Church and your Pastor have shown to our Pack. We look forward to finishing the year strong and creating an even stronger relationship with your Church, our Chartering Organization.
Sincerely, Brian Bullard, Assistant Cubmaster
Our Annual Cliffs of the Neuse Worship Service and Picnic will be held on Sunday, May 17th @ 11:00. Bring a chair for worship and a side dish or dessert for the picnic. Come join in the outdoor fellowship!
“Youth Dinner & Auction”
The youth will have their dinner and auction on Wednesday, May 20th. The money raised will be placed in the Scholarship Fund.
Please come out and support our youth!
4 Evenings of Worship:
Sunday @ Stanford w/ Joe Ward
Monday @ Warsaw Presbyterian w/ Pastor Nick Nielsen
Tuesday @ Rooty Branch w/ Susan Wells
Wednesday @ Calypso Presbyterian (Dinner @ 6:00) w/ Pastor Mickey Whitfield
All services begin @ 7:00
If you would like to send anything to our sponsor child, Jordan Miguel Taveras please mail it to: Mission Emanuel, PO Box 25246, Winston-Salem, NC 27114. If it’s in English, don’t worry! We have translators on hand to translate it to Spanish for you. Just please be sure to include the child’s full name as well as your name. Packages should be flat and no larger than an 11″x14″ manila envelope.
Healthy Women Healthy Families helps PC (USA) church partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi and Southern Sudan support programs that protect and restore the health of women and children in their communities.
On April 26th & May 3rd,
Calypso Presbyterian Women will be selling Mother’s Day Cards to help with this worthy cause.
Remember your mom or someone very special to you by making a $10 donation to help protect and restore the health of women and children in these countries.
An earring was found in the church. It is a diamond studded look earring. It is in the Vestibule on the table.
Cents-Ability Collection Dates for 2015
Church Web Page
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