Announcements from Sunday Bulletin (Sunday Mar 19)
Windham Presbyterian Church is a member of the Fellowship of Presbyterians. Each week one of the value statements of the Fellowship is published in our bulletin. This week:
Thoughtful Theology: We believe in theological education, constant learning, and the life of the mind, and celebrate this as one of the treasurers of our Reformed heritage.
Office Hours for WPC
The church office will be open Tue. - Thur. 9 am - 2 pm
Prayer Concerns and Praises
- Thanks and praise to God for my successful hip replacement, and thank you to all who prayed for me and the surgeons during the surgery. I am doing well and will see you all soon! Blessings, Sandee Hebsch
- Prayers for John Goodreau who had bilateral diaphragm pacing leads put in and a nerve decompression and graft done. Please pray for a full recovery without any complications and that God's healing hands would be upon him!
Weekly Prayer Meeting
Wednesday Nights at 7:00 pm in the church sanctuary. Join us to pray for our nation, the world, WPC, community, families, individuals, and neighbors.
WPC Financial Report: January 1 through February 28th, 2017 2017 WPC Annual Income Budget: $340,000 Projected Offerings, per the Budget, as of the end of February: $ 56,667 Total Offerings collected as of the end of February: $ 43,417
WPC Library Notes
Two excellent Christian movies in our library are- 1) "Amazing Grace” The story of William Wilberforce’s devotion to abolish the British slave trade. Starring Ioan Gruffudd. 2) “Though None Go With Me” A love story. Starring Cheryl Ladd. Story by Jerry B. Jenkins.
Thanks to Nancy and Marjorie for your dedication to the library.
"Facing Darkness" a true story of faith, saving Dr. Brantly from Ebola in Africa. Please reserve your ticket by March 27th to join us in Hooksett to view this compelling movie of faith, determination and hope. The date is March 30th at 7 Pm $13.50 per ticket. Contact Debbie Mackenzie at 603-560-1842 or Debbie@debbiemackenzierealty.com.
Pasta Dinner for Youth Group Mission Trip
Please mark your calendars, Friday night March 24th from 5-7 is the Pasta Dinner for the youth group mission trip to West Virginia. Pasta will again be provided by the Tuscan Kitchen and we will be featuring many raffle basket prizes which you can buy tickets for ahead of time and at the dinner. Please save the date on your calendar and come on out to support this great fundraiser!
Tuesday Ladies Bible Study Needs Babysitter
Ladies Bible studies on Tuesday mornings is looking for a babysitter for the following dates: March 14 – March 28 – April 11 9:30 to 11:30am. If you can help out please contact Mern Ebinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-521-2019
Lenten Bible Study
Too Busy NOT to Pray----Slowing Down To Be With God
During Lent WPC will offer several Bible studies based on Bill Hybels’ book Too Busy NOT to Pray.
WHY PRAY? Through the ages, prayer has changed attitudes, changed circumstances, changed minds, delivered wisdom, delivered resources, delivered deliverance, cured sickness, calmed winds, healed marriages, untangled financial knots, emboldened the oppressed, expanded the gates of heaven, and brought to life those who were dead. In a word, prayer has mattered…and still does. In spite of our sometimes-fragile faith, we keep coming back to the ideas that God is willing to hear us when we call, and that he is able to lend a helping hand. This is why we pray.
Given the time of transition that is ahead of us at WPC, the challenges facing our country, and the state of our world, this is the perfect time to turn to prayer and strengthen our prayer discipline. “Too Busy NOT to Pray” is a 4-week study beginning the week of March 6. The book is available through Christian Books and Amazon at a cost of around $5.00.
Time Participation Leaders Location
7:30 PM, Monday Open to all Jim Bryant & Mike Hutchings Youth Rm
7:30 PM, Tuesday Open to all Jim Morton Youth Rm
9:45AM, Tuesday Women Mern Ebinger & Barbara Johnson Library
Not able to attend a group? We encourage you to do the study on your own using the book and separate study guide, also available through Christian Books and Amazon.
More details regarding leaders and room locations will follow.
VBS at WPC
Start planning now! July 17-21 VBS is going to be unpacking the GREATEST INVENTION OF ALL TIME – the UNIQUELY WIRED AND WONDERFULLY MADE human beings all around us!
GADGETS & GIZMOS VBS will bring to life the ways that God made every child in HIS IMAGE and has created each one to KNOW HIM and LOVE HIM! Please consider how you might help create a week of serving the children of WPC and the children in the surrounding communities. Look for more information to come soon. Questions? Email Debbie at Debbie@windhamchurch.org or call 603.560.6479
Please Save the Date for Pastor Joseph
On April 2 there will be one service at 10 AM. This will give us an opportunity to spend time with Pastor Joseph on his last Sunday preaching at WPC. We will have a potluck lunch immediately after the service where you can spend time with Joseph showing your appreciation and love before he leaves. There will be a sign up in the foyer for side dishes salads and desserts and WPC will provide the main dish pasta entrées.
Ecuador Mission Trip
The Mission Team going to Ecuador May 13 is asking for your help purchasing needed items for us to take to the orphanage For His Children. Items range from tools to clothes, toys to kitchen items, all posted on a wish list at Amazon.com. Choose a tag from the giving tree in the hall, buy it from Amazon or elsewhere, bring it to church by April 23, and place it in the blue bin. If you prefer, you may give money; see Rosa, Marjorie, or Nancy Lynch The wish list will be posted on the church website. The link for each item is printed on the cards on the tree. The link for the entire list is: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/2TXT6RJ1I9YH6/ref=cm_sw_em_r_wsg_vZ0Myb34VJVDA_wb
LENTEN FAST MISSION
In 2016 we fasted for clean water for a community in need through Living Water International. Thanks to the generous contributions of WPC and another donor family, residents of Nueva Perlita, Peru have a new drilled well. Previously, they collected water from a nearby dirty stream, causing these families to suffer from malaria and other diseases. Now they have safe water and have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ - many for the first time!
This year the missions committee has chosen to partner with long time friend, Henry Peabody and the Liberia Mission Outreach International, a Christian ministry called to the task of evangelizing, providing short term assistance and discipleship to the underprivileged people of Owensgrove, Liberia. Also this ministry is constructing wells in parts of Owensgrove District that will provide SAFE DRINKING WATER for over 3,000 residents.
We ask that you fast from something during Lent and in turn give the money you saved from fasting to this wonderful project of clean water! Together, with God, we can make a difference in saving lives and restoring hope!
There will be envelopes in the foyer with "WATER" written on them for your gift, or you can write a check to WPC with Liberia Mission written on the memo line.
Let's help make a difference!
Pastor Nominating Committee
WPC’s Nominating Committee for 2017 has been asked by Session to develop and propose to the congregation a slate of 7 members to become the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC). The Nominating Committee recently created an application for anyone who wants to be considered for nomination to the PNC. Applicants must be active members of the church. PNC members should be broadly representative of the entire congregation (Book of Order, G-2.0802), with all major or important constituency groups represented. Once the applicants have been considered the Nominating Committee will recommend a slate of seven candidates. Session will then request a congregational meeting to vote for their approval. Nominations can also be made from the floor of the congregational meeting. Please prayerfully consider this important job and recommend yourself or someone else that you feel would best represent our congregation in this important process. We can only move forward to find our new pastor once the PNC is in place. The application has been sent out by email, is available to download on the WPC website and printed copies can be found on the tables outside both entrances to the sanctuary. The current deadline to apply is April 9, 2017.
Interim Pastor Nominating Committee
An Interim Pastor Nominating Committee (Interim PNC) has now been formed. Its members are Rick Foulke, John Golec, Mary Beth Goodell, Cathy Shields, and Susan Mitchell, chairperson. The Committee's role is to search out the best candidate for our interim pastor position and to refer this person on to Session for its consideration. The final selection of the interim pastor is made by Session. The Committee is now at work and will keep the congregation informed of its progress. Please keep us in your prayers.
The mission study from 2014 will be updated to include some of the recent changes at WPC. The updated report will be used by the PNC as they begin their search for a new Pastor. Kevin Barker will be contacting individuals over the next few weeks for input on potential changes. Once the updates are complete the report will be shared with the congregation. It will be approved by the session and the Presbytery prior to use. Please contact Kevin if you have any questions.