The Stained Glass Voice ( monthly newsletter)

The Stained Glass Voice
August/September 2016
From the Pastor……
Friends, Family, and Members of Knoxville Presbyterian Church,

Thank you for allowing our family to join in the story of your church. We enjoy being here and look forward to the next several months. We love Sunday mornings, seeing your smiling faces, learning about your lives and discussing scripture with you. Each month, I want to take this platform to recap those Sunday morning discussions.
As many of you know, we are slowly and methodically working our way through the book of Ephesians, so much so that it will take six weeks to get through Chapter One.

Week One we discussed Ephesians 1:1-2 and 4:1 which is the crux of the letter, that being the idea of balancing the call of God with life in the Kingdom.

Weeks Two-Four, we started a three-part-examination of Ephesians 1:3-14, including: a discussion of a God-centric worldview based on all that God has done and is doing in our lives, how this new God-centric worldview reorients our identity and effects the way we see and know God, and therefore, how we see the world around us. On a beautiful Sunday in the park, a church-wide conversation ensued on the actions attributed to God in this passage of Scripture, and what those attributes mean on a personal level.

Week Five moved into an overview of Ephesians 1:15-23 and focused most of our attention on the two realms of reality:
the aeon zoe (eternal life, the realm of God), and the psyche (the realm of the ego-self). In this passage, Paul invites us to live the eternal life of God now, rather than waiting until our deaths.

Week Six concentrates on Ephesians 1:17-19, and the "anatomy of knowing", defining what is true knowledge. In this text, Paul encourages us to know God more, and as a result, confirms that we will also know the hope of our calling, God's "glorious inheritance", and the strength of God's power. True knowledge is not merely academic or objective, and that to have a robust knowledge of a thing, we also must have a subjective knowledge and affective knowledge of it. In this case, that thing is God.

We look forward to diving into Ephesians 2 and digging deeper into life in Knoxville!

Have a blessed month!

Matthew and Sarah Hansen
Session will meet next on September 7, 2016 at 7:00 PM.at the church.

Session Members:

Jack Ball(2017)
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
jackball@grics.net

Tammy Boggs(2018)
1530 Beecher Avenue
Galesburg IL 61401
309 337 8830
3tboggs@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
101 Ivy Lane
PO Box 212
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2018)
216 N. Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
Connie¬_dahl@yahoo.com

Linda Palmer( 2016)
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2017)
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Virginia Anderson (2017)
1239 West Losey St
Galesburg IL 61401
309 343 7352
anderson.jerry@comcast.net
Matthew Hansen, Pastor
201 S Timber St
Knoxville IL 61448
512 652 8793
mdh1199@gmail.com

Rev. Dr Carloyn Weber, Moderator
310 908 8396
Joyfl66.weber@gmail.com

Treasurer
Barbara Ball
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

Joyce Beardsley celebrated her 90th Birthday July 18th and was surprised with a special party on July 16 hosted by her family at Woodridge Assisted living Center.

August

3 Mecca Rainey
6: Jamie Palmer
16: Rev. Charles Cunningham
17: Dawne Palmer Pilkington
Clara King
19: Randy Boggs
Will Stevenson
20: Jesse Wallace
Joshua Wallace
22: Randi Swope

23: Connie Washabaugh
24: John Huxtable
26: Simon Nyi
27: Lynn Washabaugh
31: Ila Clark
Joyce Hudson

September

3 Tricia Bivens Gilbert
7 Renee Jenkins
9 Sally Hutchcroft
Andrea Boggs
10 Deanie Jenkins
12 Ann Hutchcroft Weber
14 Yvonne Apsey
18 Sherry Wallace
16 Noah Emery
21 Don Wallace
25 Mary Dawson

October

01 Rae Griffith
02 Candy Rosene
08 Jane Smith
11 Ethan Inniss
12 Emilee Gilbert
17 Janet Selman
25 Serena Hansen
26 Kim Inniss
Deora Inniss

Anniversary

Clara and Gordon King celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on May 27th this year !

Lifting up in Prayer

We continue to pray for those who are homebound: Fred Apsey, Pat Bivens & Clara King ( Knox County Nursing Home) Ila Clark ( Courtyard Estates). Joyce Beardsley ( Woodridge) We pray for healing and comfort for Jim Hutchcroft at Heartland Healthcare. We pray for the brother of Lori Nyi, whose brother is recently diagnosed with another cancer. We pray for all the members of our church family as they minister to family and friends in the community throughout the month.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out re-purposed items

Resale Shop- Open Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM

Continue your support of this ministry. Profits from the resale shop are transferred to the church general fund. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers !

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley who has returned to his stateside base in Ft. Leonardwood, MO. and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force,

Knoxville Council of Churches is meeting on Tuesday August 30, 2016 at 7:oo PM . Our church will be hosting this meeting. Our 2016 representatives are Jane Smith, Peg Bivens, and Linda Palmer.

Home Communion

Rev. Carolyn Weber and Elder Ginny Anderson have reached out on our behalf to some of our members unable to attend regular worship and offered communion on Sundays following our communion during worship. If you, or someone you know, would like to receive home communion please let us know.

Welcome to the
Hansen Family !

The Session is very pleased to have entered into a contract with Matthew Hansen to serve as our part-time pastor. Matthew began his official duties in July and we are beginning to become better acquainted as we explore together what it means for us to be the church in this time and place. Matthew and his wife Sarah have four children: Serena(14), Aston (12), Eden (10), and Elie (7). They are getting settled into their home in Knoxville , and school began last week for the children. Mathew is working part-time with us while he is completing his divinity studies. Sarah also works as an admissions counselor at Knox College. Please take an opportunity to introduce yourself to them and welcome them to our church family.

Family Meeting

We have scheduled our first of two Family Meetings for 2016. Over the next year, we are going to have four Family Meetings (one per-quarter). We will be discussing who we are as the church; why we exist; where we want to go; and what it will take to do that. If you
are interested in being part of this conversation, please join us:

LOCATION: Knoxville Presbyterian Church

DATE: September 21st

TIME: 6-7:30pm

Pot Luck Supper

Return to Fall Worship Schedule

Sunday September 4, 2016

Adult Sunday School 9:30

Coffee Hour Fellowship 10:30

Worship 11:00 AM

(October 2 & 9 worship at 9:30)

Adult Sunday School

This class will resume meeting on Sunday September 4. The first class will be a time of discussion to talk about what topic we would like to focus on during the year and why. This class tends to evoke a lively, questioning, group discussion on a variety of topics that we deal with as we growth together in our faith. New members are always welcome.

Church Budget

The session will soon be entering into preparation for the church budget for 2017. We made a step in faith in our contracting with Matthew Hansen, knowing that our present assets can support this first six month period (through the end of December). However, the financial reality is that we need to generate $750 more each month in receipts to balance the budget beyond that time. We feel that this is a challenge that our congregation can meet and we are making this appeal to you for your support. Please be in prayer about your giving to the church.
Contact any member of the session if you have questions or concerns about the budget. Barb Ball is our church treasurer and can answer specific questions in greater detail.

Building Maintenance

Tammy Boggs and her committee members have been working on several areas of concern with roofing and leaks, trying to resolve these issues before winter weather sets in.
They have been focusing on the exterior of the building during the summer season and have given the ramp a fresh coat of paint. Thank you !

Bountiful Harvest
Thank you to our church members who are so generous in sharing their garden produce on Sundays. Most recently, we have had sweet corn, and now tomatoes, from CL & Linda Palmer.

Stone Soup

This annual fundraiser will be held again during the annual Knox County Scenic Drive Fall Festival
Saturdays
October 1 & 8
We will soon be circulating the sign –up sheets for workers and pie donations.This year’s proceeds have been designated ½ for our church wide mission support and ½ to help pay for needed roof repairs.

Quilt Show

The ladies are again organizing a display of the work of the Quilts of Valor chapter along with a showing or quilts by members and friends of our congregation . This will be held in the sanctuary and the upper level of the church during the Saturdays of Scenic Drive October 1 and 8. To enter a quilt for display, bring it to the church by Sunday September 25, 2016 and be sure to label it with your name. Including and additional information about the origin of the quilt is also appreciated.

Vacation
Bible School supports Food Pantry

This year’s VBS was a great time for both the adult volunteers and the students attending. Our mission focus was the Knoxville Food Pantry. An amazing $383.31 was collected in offerings and donated to the pantry.

Ice Cream Social raises money for roof repairs

Thank you from Chairman Julie Shaver for all the help and support on this annual fellowship fundraiser held during the Knoxville Community Band Concert on June 22nd in Central Park. $398.41 was raised and will go to help pay the cost of roof repairs.

2X4 Sundays
September 11 & 18

We will be participating in the annual campaign of Habitat for Humanity of Knox County as we raise money and build awareness for the local mission project. Come prepared to sign your name on our 2 X 4 that will be placed into a local habitat home during construction.

Bon Voyage, Dustin Kasser
Dustin is off now to his first year at college out east, and we send him with our prayers.

The Stained Glass Voice
February /March 2016

From the Editor…….

Wow….60 degrees and sunny in central Illinois in February ! Everyone is feeling blessed. We are in the throes of the church Lenten season, typically a time of reflection, introspection, and deprivation. And we get this amazing mild, spring-like weather on a weekend, no less. It’s hard not to let the jubilation of Easter creep in. Well, that only reaffirms to me that God, and not mankind, is in charge. Though I like things to follow the schedule in a decent and orderly Presbyterian tradition, the church calendar speaks merely to the needs of organized religion. God answers the needs of his children. I will go back to reflection, introspection, deprivation and preparation and finish the season of Lent, and participate in the Holy Week special services culminating in Hallelujah on Easter Sunday. But on this day I will set the church calendar aside, breath the fresh warm air and feel the sun on my face. I will give thanks to God who is so awesome and amazing.

Love, Joy, Peace,
Peg

Session met on February 10 and will meet next on March 9 and on April 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM.at the church.

Session Members:

Jack Ball(2017)
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
jackball@grics.net

Tammy Boggs(2018)
1530 Beecher Avenue
Galesburg IL 61401

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2018)
216 N. Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
Connie¬_dahl@yahoo.com

Linda Palmer( 2016)
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2017)
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Virginia Anderson (2017)
1239 West Losey St
Galesburg IL 61401
309 343 7352
anderson.jerry@comcast.net

Rev. Dr Carloyn Weber, Moderator
310 908 8396
Joyfl66.weber@gmail.com

Treasurer
Barbara Ball 289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

March

01 Julian Inniss
10 David Jenkins
Patty Rainey Sullivan
25 Vance Swope
29 John Beardsley
31 Grayson Palmer

April

14 Ian Smith
16 Lucas Kasser
20 Audrey Martin
Harold Selman

Lifting up in Prayer

We continue to pray for those who are homebound: Fred Apsey, Pat Bivens & Clara King ( Knox County Nursing Home) Ila Clark ( Courtyard Estates). We pray for healing and comfort for Jim Hutchcroft, George Cummings ( friend of Mary Dawson) and for Mayor Bob

Sympathy
We were saddened to learn of the death of former member
Sue Main Woy.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out re-purposed items

Resale Shop- Open Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM

Continue your support of this ministry. Profits from the resale shop are transferred to the church general fund. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers !
$7000 was transferred in January from the profit of the shop to the church general fund.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley who has returned to his stateside base in Ft. Leonardwood, MO. and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force,

Worship assistants
Ginny Kasser has created an updated list. Thank you for participating.

Tithing Month Grant

We received a “thank you” from the Methodist Church for our donation of $352.7 from our tithing grant that was given to help defray the cost of a new air conditioning unit for the area used by the Knoxville Food Pantry.

Nominating Committee

Thank you to our Committee members Ginny Kasser, Mary Dawson, Jerry Anderson, C.L. Palmer and Deanie Jenkins who worked to gather a slate to fill expiring terms of elders. Names were presented at the annual meeting January 17, 2015. We welcomed Tammy Boggs back into active service as a ruling elder and Mary Dawson continuing her service for another term. We thanked Ginny Kasser who completed her active service on the session. . Nominating Committee for 2016 will be Elders Linda Palmer and Peg Bivens, along with Ginny Kasser , Sherry Wallace and Jerry Anderson.

Pulpit Supply

Mar 6 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber
Mar 13 Mr. Jordan Knight
Mar 20 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber
Mar 27 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber

Rejoice…

We are happy to report that Don Wallaces’s brother John has had good results from his medical treatment resulting in the shrinkage of his tumor.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation

This meeting was held January 17, 2016 following worship. We elected new Elders, received the annual reports of committees, and amended our by-laws to provide for a member of our congregation to serve as “president of the Corporation”
The minister cannot hold this office since they as never are considered an actual member of the congregation. The bylaws now provide for the president to be elected by the session from those serving as ruling elders, generally the elder with the most years of ordination. Mary Dawson was elected as “President” at the session meeting in February.

Membership
We now have 59 active members on our roll.

Stewardship

Our average attendance at worship last year was 24, with Christmas Eve having the best turn-out at 55. There are 36 individual and family contributors who support the church financially.

Budget

$45,776.00 is being projected in expenses for 2016.

Fellowship

Seven activities were reported for 2015 and included two funeral assists, two worship/food activities, two fundraisers and the Christmas Caroling.

Per Capita Apportionment

This is the annual amount, per member, that our church sends to fund the administrative costs of the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA.
The amount of 2016 is again $28.00 per member. This will be $1708 in 2016. If you are making a special offering for this please mark it as such.

Breakout of Per Capita

$17.07 Presbytery
$3.81 Synod
$7.12 General Assembly

$28.00 total

Consider Hospice

Beacon of Hope Hospice in Galesburg is seeking volunteers to work with their patients. The time commitment is a few hours each month. Call 309 344 4673 for more information.

Knoxville Council of Churches meet on February 2, 2016 at 7:oo PM at the Methodist Church. Continuation of the School Supplies ministry was discussed at this meeting, with a special committee meeting also held on March 1.
Volunteers are needed to help with organization and fundraising.

Order Lilies

We are again planning a lily garden for the sanctuary Easter Sunday. Plants may be memorials or honorariums. Prepaid orders should be received at the church by March 20th. Cost is $8.00 per plant.
Number of plants _________
In honor of _____________________________________________________________________________
In Memory of________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Home Communion

Rev Carolyn Weber and Elder Ginny Kasser reached out on our behalf to some of our members unable to attend regular worship and offered communion in February. If you, or someone you know, would like to receive home communion please let us know.

Congratulations Dustin !

Dustin Kasser was recognized for excelling in mathematic ability when he recently placed a national competition.

We are wired….

Updates were needed last month in the lower level and also at the outlet that is used for our Fellowship hour coffee. You will see some new outlets in the dining room and also the kitchen. The cost of this work was just short of $1000. There are still more items of wiring “on the list” of the building and maintenance committee as the budget will allow.

Thank you from Linda

We received a nice thank you note from our organist Linda Palmer expressing gratitude for the card and money gift at Christmas this last year.

Elder Training

Members of the session attended the annual training event, this year held conveniently in Galesburg in January. While they received useful information about the nuts and bolts of church leadership, the training also included valuable tools for interpersonal skills needed to work in a group setting.

Mission workshop

Great Rivers Presbytery is hosting “ Mission Matching: Share the Light” . This workshop is being offered at five locations. Again, one of these is in Galesburg. April 11 at First Presbyterian Church. The time is 6:00 – 8:00 PM and includes dinner. For reservations contact pparrish@greatriverspby.org or call 800 537-8592.

Christmas Food Baskets

This mission project served 86 families in 2015. This totaled 331 people. 148 of the household included children.
An awesome endeavor and much appreciated by the recipients. We continue this food ministry year-round through our contributions to the Knoxville Food Pantry.

HOLY WEEK

March 20 Palm Sunday
Dedicate OGHOS offering

March 24
Maundy Thursday
Seder Meal 6:00 PM

March 25
Good Friday Service
7:00 PM
With Rev Dr Carolyn Weber

March 27
Easter Sunday !

Potluck Breakfast
9:30 AM
Worship at 11:00 AM
Rev Dr. Carolyn Weber
Pulpit Supply

One Great Hour Sharing
2016

“ He has reasons to smile, one of them is you”

The Stained Glass Voice
December/January 2016

From the Editor…….

A new year………and we are full of hope. Concluding our Advent and Christmas celebration here at church
and the holiday “days off,” we return to school and to work and resume our everyday routines.
We are basking in the warm glow of family and friends. Our hearts are warmed from the traditions that we treasure. Our candlelight Christmas Eve Service in scripture and song is one we all enjoy.

The challenge for us as Christians is to continue to carry the joy of Christmas out into our everyday world. Remember that we are ever changed because of Jesus. We are called to respond with love, with hope, with joy, to seek peace.

Yes, put away the Christmas decorations, take down the tree, but let the light of Christ continue to shine through you in all that are, in all that you do.

“In him was life: and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness….”
1 John 1: 4-5 KJV

Love, Joy, Peace,
Peg
Session will meet next on January 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM. At the church.

Session Members:

Jack Ball(2017)
Personnel,
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
jackball@grics.net

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
Connie¬_dahl@yahoo.com

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2017)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Virginia Anderson (2017)
Worship
1239 West Losey St
Galesburg IL 61401
309 343 7352
anderson.jerry@comcast.net

Rev. Dr Carloyn Weber, Moderator
310 908 8396
Joyfl66.weber@gmail.com

Treasurer
Barbara Ball 289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

January

02 Adam Beardsley
05 Emily Huxtable
06 Julie Shaver
13 Doug Beardsley
14 Shirley Payne
16 Amanda Huxtable
20 Jordan Huxtable
21 Sandy Wallace Voss
22 Jeff Bivens

February

02 Heather Smith
03 Dennis Dean
08 Laura Beardsley
10 Laura Duncan
14 Suzanne Reed Braden
Jack Ball
15 Jacob Rosene
16 Gina Beardsley
18 Wayne Allen Beardsley
19 Peg Bivens

23 Judy Zarn
Lea Brownless Cain
24 Linda Eck
Nathan Rouland

Lifting up in Prayer

We continue to pray for those who are homebound: Fred & Yvonne Apsey, and Pat Bivens & Clara King ( Knox County Nursing Home) Ila Clark ( Courtyard Estates). We pray for healing and comfort for George Cummings ( friend of Mary Dawson) and for Mayor Bob Johnson who is still battling the after effects of food poisoning earlier this year.

Sympathy

We reach our in sympathy to Mary Dawson and Connie Dahl on the death of their son and brother Richard Dawson. Rich died December 30, 2015.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out re-purposed items

Resale Shop- Open Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM

Continue your support of this ministry. Profits from the resale shop are transferred to the church general fund. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers !

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force, Joe Beardsley is now back stationed in Qatar, an area experiencing high conflict.

Calendar

Order of Worship…continued

This finishes up our year-long examination of the components of our worship service:

TO GO FORTH TO SERVE

Hymn
We go forth to serve God in all of life, confident in our hope in God, singing as we go, come what may.

Charge
These are the final words with which we are charged to be faithful ministers of Christ in the world we’re going back into. The word “charge” has several appropriate meanings and images that apply to this part of worship: (1) to fill or furnish a thing with the quantity, as of fuel, that it is fitted to receive; (2) to supply with electrical energy; (3) to fill an atmosphere with other matter in a state of diffusion or solution; (4) to lay a command or injunction upon; (5) to instruct authoritatively, like a judge does a jury; (6) to ascribe responsibility for; (7) to list or record as a debt; (8) to impose or ask for a price.
Benediction
The minister raises hands over the congregation to simulate laying hands on each person’s head. Biblically, laying hands on people was done in prayer for healing and at ordination as a way of symbolizing God’s giving of power to accomplish our ministry. We have hands laid on us in baptism, ordaining us all as prophets and priests in Christ, the King’s, behalf. The words invoke God’s blessing upon each of us.
Postlude
We exit through the curtain of music in which we came. Like God’s omnipresent Spirit, the music that draws us into God’s presence and undergirds the worship experience also goes with us as a morale booster and a spring of joy as we depart to blend the work of our individual lives with that of the chorus of praise continually offered up to the ruler of all creation.
Departure to Serve
We go forth into the world to serve God in our daily lives as a continuation of our worship so that our work is our worship until such time as the assembly gathers again.

Sunday Bulletin.

Peg Bivens is our bulletin volunteer for the months of January-April. Please direct any bulletin items to her by Wednesday preceding Sunday worship. Thank you to Jane Smith for her work on this September through December.

Worship assistants
Ginny Kasser will be creating an updated list. Please let her know your preference in serving.

Tithing Month Grant

Our tithing grant, $352.75, this year was awarded to the Knoxville Methodist Church to help defray the cost of a new air conditioning unit for the area used by the Knoxville Food Pantry.

Christmas Food Baskets

Thank you to all our members who provided gifts of food staples, money, and labor to make this mission project a reality again this year.

Poinsettia Garden

Each year we enjoy a lovely poinsettia garden arranged in the shape of a Christmas tree as part of our Advent and Christmas decorations in the sanctuary. Please see the enclosed insert for the names of those who have been honored and remembered in 2015. A special thank you to worship committee chairman Ginnie Anderson who assumed responsibility for watering the plants though-out this season.

Nominating Committee

Committee members Ginny Kasser, Mary Dawson, Jerry Anderson, C.L. Palmer and Deannie Jenkins will be meeting to gather a slate to fill expiring terms of elders. Names will be presented at the annual meeting January 17, 2015.

Christmas Decorating

Thank you to chairmen Barb Ball and Connie Dahl for organizing the decorating for Advent and Christmas this year and to those who were able to help set up the decorations and take them down following Epiphany Sunday.The wreaths on the front door were purchased from the Knoxville Band Boosters and donated by Ginny Kasser and Peg Bivens.

Cookie Treats

We enjoyed the baking talents of Union 4-H . The club left us a a sampler from their Cookie Bake which was held in our kitchen and dining room.

Pulpit Supply

Jan. 3 Rev Dr Carolyn Weber
Jan. 10 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber
Jan. 17 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber
Jan.24 Rev. Mathew Hansen
Jan. 31 Mr. Jordan Knight

Feb. 7 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber
Feb. 14 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber
Feb. 21 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber
Feb 28 Rev. Mathew Hansen

Mar 6 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber
Mar 13 Mr. Jordan Knight
Mar 20 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber
Mar 27 Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber

Rejoice…

We are happy to report that Don Wallaces’s brother John has had good results from his medical treatment resulting in the shrinkage of his tumor.

Communion

It is our tradition to celebrate the sacrament of holy communion on the first Sunday of each month. Rev. Carolyn Weber will be preaching for us and officiating. She has offered to take communion to those at home who are unable to attend. If you would like to receive home communion, please contact a member of the session and we will see that you are included.

Christmas Caroling was festive…

Seventeen of us gathered for snacks and fellowship and then reached out by telephone to family and friends of the church at the annual Christmas Caroling Party. Thank you to our hosts Barb and Jack Ball for their hospitality.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation

This meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2016 following worship. We will be electing new Elders to serve on the session and receiving the annual reports of committees. Please plan to attend.

Per Capita Apportionment

This is the annual amount, per member, that our church sends to fund the administrative costs of the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA.
The amount of 2016 is again $28.00 per member. This will be $1708 in 2016. If you are making a special offering for this please mark it as such.

Breakout of Per Capita

$17.07 Presbytery
$3.81 Synod
$7.12 General Assembly

$28.00 total

Consider Hospice

Beacon of Hope Hospice in Galesburg is seeking volunteers to work with their patients. The time commitment is a few hours each month. Call 309 344 4673 for more information.

Looking Ahead…

LENT begins on

ASH WEDNESDAY
February 10, 2016

culminating on

EASTER SUNDAY,
March 27, 2016.

Knoxville Council of Churches meeting on February 2, 2016 at 7:oo PM at the Methodist Church.

The Stained Glass Voice
September, October, November 2015

From the Editor…….

I come from a family that considers popcorn a sufficient main course for supper, especially on Sunday nights . It’s fairly common in midwestern Illinois. I don’t much care for microwave popcorn. Sometimes I use an air popper, but I really prefer to use the pan on the stove method. I like to watch the kernals expand and jump around as the heat is applied. It is satisfying to lift the lid and pour out a panful of fluffy, light morsels where minutes earlier there were only a few hard grains of corn.

Recently, while I was performing this popping ritual, it occurred to me that our church’s membership activity has this last year has been much like popcorn. The “heat” of being without regular pastoral leadership has caused our member “kernals” to scurry and scamper around inside the “pan” of the church. As we have stepped up to challenges, we have “popped open”. We have expanded and bloomed in our faith. We are still the same congregation, but we are more vibrant, more visible, fuller, for our stepped up involvement. We have grown closer as we have worked together.

Thank you to all our church family for your part in helping continue the ministry of the First United Presbyterian Church in Knoxville.

Love, Joy, Peace,
Peg

Session will meet next on November 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM. At the church. The session will not meet in December.

Session Members:

Jack Ball(2017)
Personnel,
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
jackball@grics.net

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
Connie¬_dahl@yahoo.com

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2017)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Virginia Anderson (2017)
Worship
1239 West Losey St
Galesburg IL 61401
309 343 7352
anderson.jerry@comcast.net

Marty Tarter, moderator
rmtarter@frontier.com

Treasurers
Barbara Ball 289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com Harold Selman 335-4403

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

October

01 Rae Griffith
02 Candy Rosene
08 Jane Smith
11 Ethan Inniss
12 Emilee Gilbert
17 Janet Selman
26 Kim Inniss
Deora Inniss

November
5 Ashley Boggs
6 Ron Hatch
7 Jim Rainey
11 Alice Thurman
18 Aubree Bivens
19 Bill Beardsley
Barbara Ball
22 Kelly Wallace
26 Jim Hutchcroft
27 C.L. Palmer
Jon Rainey
Ginny Kasser
28 Faron Wallace
30 Joe Beardsley
Gordon King

December

1 Tom Main
2 Linda Palmer
Harold Jenkins
3 Cody Jones
Whitney Lucile Beardsley
6 Tammy Wallace Boggs
13 Rose Burgess
17 George Sterr
19 Jonathan Taylor
John Rosene
21 Robin Jenkins
27 Reese Inniss
28 Phyllis Sterr

Lifting up in Prayer

We continue to pray for those who are homebound: Fred & Yvonne Apsey, and Pat Bivens & Clara King ( Knox County Nursing Home). We pray for healing and comfort for Rich Dawson, Debbie Beardsley, Linda Eck , Dick Main ( friend of Deannie & Harold Jenkins) as well as to Dustin Kasser who suffered a broken wrist.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out re-purposed items

Resale Shop- Open Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM

Our resale shop had expanded hours and was open from 9AM to 4 PM again this year during the scenic drive Saturdays. Mary Dawson reports that the sales were good, especially on the first Saturday.

Continue your support of this ministry. Profits from the resale shop are transferred to the church general fund. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers !

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )
Joe Beardsley is now back stationed in Qatar, an area experiencing high conflict.

Calendar
Nov 11 Session meets 7 PM
Nov 14 Alice Thurman Birthday Open House
Nov 21 Shareathon
Nov 21 Galesburg Comm. Chorus
Nov 22 Poinsettia order deadline
Nov 22 Community Thanksgiving Service 7 PM Methodist Church
Nov 25 Thanksgiving
Nov 28 Decorate Church 9 AM
Nov 29 Advent begins
Dec 5 Knoxville Luminaries
Dec 6 Food Basket deadline
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5:30 PM

New Pastor Search

The committee of Barb Ball, Jerry and Ginnie Anderson, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson, Peg Bivens, and C.L. Palmer have been meeting monthly and considering leadership options for our congregation. They will be making a recommendation to be considered by the session this month, so we hope to have a plan in place starting in January. Thank you to worship committee chairman Ginnie Anderson for her diligent work in scheduling pulpit supply this last year. We have enjoyed a variety of preaching on Sundays.

Order of Worship…continued

by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen ,Associate for Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The order of worship that centuries of Christians have adapted from the pattern of Jewish worship is an ancient order that is intended to move us more deeply into intimate communion with God in Christ. There is a reason why we do what we do when we do it. Understanding this structure may help you move more fully aware into the divine presence as you worship.

The Lord’s Prayer
This follows the Prayer of Thanksgiving because it was part of the early, early church’s communion liturgy. Even as we praise God, we pray for others, for only when we’re in communion with others can we be in communion with God. The Lord’s prayer is also one of the tradition’s closest links to Jesus Christ whose prayer helps us be in communion with God through its focus on what’s important: praising God, straining forward in anticipation of God’s will and new order that ultimately rules the earth, asking for the bread of heaven to sustain us, asking for forgiveness, recognizing the need to forgive others, praying for deliverance from the things that destroy true life, and acknowledging that God is God forever. It’s a great prayer to really pray, not just recite, at any time. Sometimes the Lord’s Prayer comes at the end of the prayer of intercession

Building and Maintenance

Chairman Ginny Kasser and her committee continue to tend to the routine maintenance
around our church building and grounds. Thanks to Peg & Jeff Bivens for the donation of the landscape mulch on the east side and to Ginnie Anderson for helping spread itunder the ramp; and to Harold Jenkins and Jerry Anderson for preparing and planting grass on the east side.

Sunday Bulletin.

Jane Smith is our bulletin volunteer for the remainder of the year. Please direct any bulletin items to her by Wednesday preceding Sunday worship.

Fall Clean- up

We gathered for our seasonal church cleaning day on Saturday morning September 12, 2015. Thanks to our volunteers to church was cleaned and readied for fall activites including a wedding and the annual scenic drive.

.Sunday School

The adult class resumed their Bible study sessions with the start of fall worship hours.
New members are always welcome to join this class, which meets at 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings in the assembly room.

Worship assistants
Please contact Ginny Kasser or arrange a sub if you are unable to serve on your assigned Sunday.

November 15
Liturgist: Sherry Wallace
Minute for Mission: Jane Smith
Greeter: Julie Shaver

November 22
Liturgist: C.L. Palmer
Minute for Mission: Barb Ball
Greeter: Jane Smith

November 29
Liturgist: Jack Ball
Minute for Mission: Sally Hutchcroft
Greeters: Ginnie and Jerry Anderson

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December 6
Liturgist: Peg Bivens
Minute for Mission: Sherry Wallace
Greeter: Mary Dawson
Communion Servers: C.L. Palmer, Mary Dawson, Ginnie and Jerry Anderson

December 13
Liturgist: Barb Ball
Minute for Mission: Jack Ball
Greeter: Sharon Larson

December 20
Liturgist: Sally Hutchcroft
Minute for Mission: Ginny Kasser
Greeter: Julie Shaver

December 27
Liturgist: Sharon Larson
Minute for Mission: C.L. Palmer
Greeter: Mary Dawson

Happy Birthday
Alice Thurman

We are invited to join in celebrating Alice’s 90th birthday at an open house in her honor on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 1-4 PM at the Knoxville American Legion.
Alice is our church member with the most years of membership. She remembers her mother walking with her and her twin our Sunday School
Classes.

Rescue Mission
Harvestime Sharathon

The annual fund drive for the Galesburg Rescue Mission will be on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Tune in to WGIL or WAAG. Their goal this year is $50,000. Gifts will help support the ministry of the Rescue Mission and the Women’s Pregnancy Center. Call in your pledge to 309 342 9194 from 7 AM until 6 PM. Or mail to PO Box 591 Galesburg IL 61401.

Stone Soup… Success

Another great year where it all came together…weather, workers, pie bakers & patrons. $1018.10 in profits were realized this year, half going to Presbyterian mission projects and half going to the general fund to offset the expense for the new copy machine. Unsold soup and pies were donated to the Galesburg Rescue Mission and we received a heartfelt note of thanks and praise “ What a great blessing to our ministry here !” Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make this fundraiser happen. Special thanks to our chairmen his year: Julie Shaver, Candy Rosene and Peg Bivens.

Quilt Show

This annual event is a big draw, showcasing both the collection of quilts displayed in the sanctuary, and the impressive efforts of the Quilts of Valor chapter. QOV was delighted to be able to make two quilt presentations during the drive this year, which was a touching moment for both the recipient and the quilters. The raffle quilt winner was Kandis DeLeon from Illinois City, IL.

Thank You from the Balls…

Barb & Jack and Bryce and Kelsey extend their thanks for all the help lent in getting the church ready for Bryce and Kelsey’s wedding on September 26. Our church looked great for the many guests who attended. Special thanks to Peg Bivens who leant her time that day as church site co-ordinator.

Support of Habitat…

$213 was raised during our annual 2 X 4 Sunday and sent to Habitat for Humanity of Knox County.

Tithing Month

November has been designated by the session as “tithing month.” We are asked to give prayerful consideration to stewardship and our giving and the Biblical call to tithe. In response, we designate 10% of the church offerings during the month of November for a project outside of our regular church budget. This year the money will be used to help pay for the new air conditioner needed in the Knoxville Food Pantry at the Methodist Church.
Regulations require controlled temperatures in the food storage area.

Christmas Food Baskets

Organization for this annual mission project is underway.
We are asked to focus our donations on
Macaroni & cheese
Graham crackers
Canned fruit
Toothpaste

Deadline date is December 6
Sorting will be December 9, with distribution on December10.

Poinsettia Orders
Each year we enjoy a poinsettia garden tree as part of our Christmas decorations , thanks to our members and friends who honor or remember loved ones.

Choice of RED or WHITE
$7.00 each, prepaid

Deadline for ordering Sunday November 22, 2015
Send orders to the church at
PO Box 222 Knoxville IL 61448

Number of plants____________
Choice of color______________
In honor of__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
In memory of______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Given by______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Nominating Committee

Committee members Ginny Kasser, Mary Dawson, Jerry Anderson, C.L. Palmer and Deannie Jenkins will be meeting to gather a slate to fill expiring terms of elders. Names will be presented at the annual meeting January 17, 2015.

Congratulations Reverend Charles Cunningham….

…on your 25th anniversary of ordination. Pastor Cunningham, a former member of our congregation, was honored at a celebratory luncheon on September 27th at First United Presbyterian Church in Pekin, IL.

Community Thanksgiving Service

The Knoxville Council of Churches is sponsoring their annual Thanksgiving Worship Service on Sunday evening, November 22, 2015 at 7:00 Pm at the Knoxville Methodist Church. Rev. Micheal Clark of Grace Lutheran Church will deliver the message.

New Grandbaby

Julie & David Shaver welcomed a new addition to their family with the birth of Evelyn Marie Krause on October 6, 2015.

Link to Advent Calendar 2015

http://www.pcusa.org/site_media/media/uploads/environment/2015_advent_ca...

The Stained Glass Voice
June/July/August 2015
From the Editor…….

Yes, now that you mention it, it has been awhile since you have seen your monthly church newsletter. We hope that you have missed it and enjoy it now that we are back in publication.

Why was there a break ? No real reason, just a combination of disruptions that made it easy to put it off, yet one more week. Pretty soon a month had passed. Then another. And then getting back into publication became a bigger chore. So it became easier to justify putting it off some more. The more I put it off, the less inclined I was to tackle the job.

Does any of this sound familiar to you ?

Good habits fall easily by the wayside. Once you veer off the path, it’s hard to get going back in the right direction. This happens so often with regular church attendance. You miss a Sunday, for good reason. Then you miss another, and the next miss is easier still. Pretty soon you are in the habit of not attending regularly and it becomes a real chore to get back into the habit. You are not alone !

It feels so good to be back putting the newsletter together that I am now wondering why I didn’t get back at it before .

If you have fallen out of the habit of church this summer, or for a year, or two, or even longer….come back.
You will be glad that you did and wonder why you ever waited.
Love, Joy, Peace,
Peg

The Stained Glass Voice
June/July/August 2015
From the Editor…….

Yes, now that you mention it, it has been awhile since you have seen your monthly church newsletter. We hope that you have missed it and enjoy it now that we are back in publication.

Why was there a break ? No real reason, just a combination of disruptions that made it easy to put it off, yet one more week. Pretty soon a month had passed. Then another. And then getting back into publication became a bigger chore. So it became easier to justify putting it off some more. The more I put it off, the less inclined I was to tackle the job.

Does any of this sound familiar to you ?

Good habits fall easily by the wayside. Once you veer off the path, it’s hard to get going back in the right direction. This happens so often with regular church attendance. You miss a Sunday, for good reason. Then you miss another, and the next miss is easier still. Pretty soon you are in the habit of not attending regularly and it becomes a real chore to get back into the habit. You are not alone !

It feels so good to be back putting the newsletter together that I am now wondering why I didn’t get back at it before .

If you have fallen out of the habit of church this summer, or for a year, or two, or even longer….come back.
You will be glad that you did and wonder why you ever waited.
Love, Joy, Peace,
Peg

Session will meet next on September 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM. At the church

Session Members:

Jack Ball(2017)
Personnel,
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
jackball@grics.net

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
Connie¬_dahl@yahoo.com

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2017)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Virginia Anderson (2017)
Worship
1239 West Losey St
Galesburg IL 61401
309 343 7352
anderson.jerry@comcast.net

Marty Tarter, moderator
rmtarter@frontier.com

Treasurers
Barbara Ball 289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com Harold Selman 335-4403

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !
July

4: Fred Apsey
9: Debbie Beardsley
12 Rev Dr. Carolyn Weber
16 David Shaver
Barbara Cozadd
18: Joyce Beardsley
20: Abby Ball
28: Natalie Goss

August

3 Mecca Rainey
6: Jamie Palmer
16: Rev. Chs. Cunningham
17: Dawne Palmer Pilkington
Clara King
19: Randy Boggs
Will Stevenson
20: Jesse Wallace
Joshua Wallace
22: Randi Swope
23: Connie Washabaugh
24: John Huxtable
26: Simon Nyi
27: Lynn Washabaugh
31: Ila Clark
Joyce Hudson

September

3 Tricia Bivens Gilbert
7 Renee Jenkins
9 Sally Hutchcroft
Andrea Boggs
10 Deanie Jenkins
12 Ann Hutchcroft Weber
14 Yvonne Apsey
18 Sherry Wallace
16 Noah Emery
21 Don Wallace
25 Mary Dawson

Lifting up in Prayer

We continue to pray for those who are homebound: Fred & Yvonne Apsey, Pat Bivens & Clara King ( Knox County Nursing Home). We pray for healing and comfort for Rich Dawson, Lori Nyi, Debbie Beardsley,(up coming surgery) Linda Eck (leaking heart valve)
Dick Main ( friend of Deannie & Harold Jenkins) and continued healing for Sally Hutchcroft after her kidney stone procedure.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out re-purposed items

Resale Shop- Open Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM

Continue your support of this ministry. Profits from the resale shop are transferred to the church general fund. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )
Joe Beardsley was home for a brief leave this summer and is now back in Yemen, an area experiencing high conflict.

In Sympathy

Our prayers of sympathy and comfort are extended to the family of member Jill Gibbs upon her death May 10, 2015, and to the family of our former pastor Rev. Billy J.T. Hauer who died August 17, 2015. Rev. Hauer served our congregation in the early 1970’s and was living in Algood, Tennessee at the time of his death.

Calendar

Aug 25 Knoxville Council of Churches 7:00 PM Grace Lutheran Church

Aug 28 & 29 Basement Sale fundraiser. 1st United Methodist Church, Galesburg 8am-1pm

Aug 29 Stone Soup Prep 8:00 am

Aug 30 Rev Diane Duncan Preaching

Sept 2 Pastor Search Committee meets 7:00 PM

Sept 6 Return to 11:00 worship schedule

September 12 fall clean-up day 8:00 AM
Sept 13 & 20 Habitat 2X4 Sun

Oct 3 & 10 Scenic Drive Stone Soup

Oct 4& 11 Worship at 9:30

Oct 10 Food Pantry fundraiser
Concert at Grace Church, Peoria.

New Pastor Search

Barb Ball, Jerry and Ginnie Anderson, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson, Peg Bivens, and C.L. Palmer are working together as an advisory committee to the session to review our options for new pastoral leadership. The committee met on August 5, 2015 and will be meeting again on September 2, 2015.

Order of Worship…continued

by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen ,Associate for Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The order of worship that centuries of Christians have adapted from the pattern of Jewish worship is an ancient order that is intended to move us more deeply into intimate communion with God in Christ. There is a reason why we do what we do when we do it. Understanding this structure may help you move more fully aware into the divine presence as you worship.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

This is a prayer that thanks God for being who God is: eternal provider and self-giving lover of all. The first responsive section (“The Lord be with you… It is right to give our thanks and praise”) is from one of the church’s earliest liturgies. It is also the first part of the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving in the communion liturgy.
When we have communion, we go right into the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving with the same words. Here the prayer is longer, giving thanks to God for who God is, giving thanks for Christ, and asking for the Spirit’s presence so that we might commune with God at this anticipatory covenant meal of the Kingdom. As we offer ourselves, God offers Godself to nourish us to go forth to care for the world. The offering and God's self-offering in the Lord's Supper reminds us that life in God is one great big gift exchange

Project School Room 2015

Backpacks of school supplies were distributed to district 202 students on Saturday August 1. Thank you to our church family who donated money, supplies, pies for our fundraiser, and yard sale items and baked goods for the committee fundraiser. A special thank you to Sherry Wallace for her leadership on this project.

EVEREST
Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power

Vacation Bible School 2015

Yes, we reached the top of the summit and had a great time. The turn-out for both the morning and evening sessions was 20 plus, so we exceeded our target goal of 25. A daily offering was received and netted food for our Knoxville Food Pantry ( valued at $375.82) and a donation to the ministry of Dr. Jay Litchfield. ( $187.91)

Congratulations to more of our graduates….

We gave special recognition to spring graduates at worship on Sunday, May 17. Adding to that list are the grandchildren of member Jane Smith:

Cain (high school)
Carmi ( 8th grade)

Ice Cream Social
Rained out

This event was cancelled due to rain, but, we were able to sell our pie on July 31 at the Knoxville American Legion to help meet our fundraising needs. Thank you to our pie bakers and volunteers Ginny Kasser, Ginnie Anderson, Julie Shaver, and Peg Bivens who sold pie. $300 in donations were received for Project School Room and $163 was raised for our Organ Repair Fund.

Stone Soup Prep

Come and join us Saturday morning August 29, 2015 from 8:00 AM -10:00 AM as we peel and chop and make ready our base for the stone soup.

It’s a great time to clean off your spice shelf and your canned vegetables as well as extra garden produce. Our recipe is basically what comes in, goes in.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will go ½ to our general Presbyterian mission projects ( aka benevolence) and ½ to offset the expense of the new copy machine.

Building and Maintenance

Ginny Kasser and her Committee have been attending to needs of the physical plant in both big and small ways over the spring and summer months. The committee has welcomed Jerry Anderson as a member joining Ginny, C.L. Palmer and Harold Jenkins. A crew of volunteers joined them in early June for Spring clean- up both inside and outside ( thank you especially to Rev Carolyn Weber for joining us that day with clippers in hand) The sanctuary handrail project has been completed, painting in the men’s bathroom, power washing and painting on the ramp, painting the floor in the east entry hall, reapir of the bell’s rope pull, sidewalk handrails painted, removal of old bushes with replanting and mulching. Thank you to Ginny and her committee for leading the way and to our church members for pitching in to help.

Sunday Bulletin

Thank you to Ginny Kasser for serving as our “secretary” for May-August. Jane Smith will be taking over this task for the remainder of the year. Please direct any bulletin items to her by Wednesday preceding Sunday worship.

Bon Voyage Lucas

We will be sending our prayers and best wishes with Lucas Kasser as he ventures east to Brown University in Rhode Island this fall. Join us after worship on August 30th for a social time with Lucas.
Fall Clean- up

We will gather for our seasonal church cleaning day on Saturday morning September 12, 2015. Come equipped with your favorite supplies and tools ready to spruce things up for our fall events. Thank you to our spring clean-up volunteers from June 6: Harold & Deannie Jenkins, Rev Carolyn Weber, Ginnie & Jerry Anderson, C.L. & Linda Palmer, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson, Peg Bivens, Jack & Bryce Ball, Jacob & Noah Emery, Sherry Wallace, Tammy Boggs, Rose Burgess, Candy Rosene.

Births

Barb and Jack Ball welcomed grandson Aedan Jacob Emery on May 11, 2015. Aedan is the first child of their son Jacob Emery and wife Mollie who reside in Bloomington, IL.

Sunday School

The adult class will resume their Bible study sessions with the start of fall worship hours.
New members are always welcome to join this class, which meets at 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings in the assembly room.

Congratulations

We have been noting the achievements of the men in the Kasser family and wanted to pass along our congratulations on your efforts. You’ll have to ask each of them for more details on these projects. Father Tim was honored at Knox College commencement with the Faculty Achievement Award, Dustin placed 7th nationally in the MethCON competition in April, and Lucas competed and placed just recently with his 4-H project at the Illinois State Fair.

Return to Fall Worship Schedule

Sunday September 6, 2015

Adult Sunday School 9:30

Coffee Hour 10:00 AM

Worship 11:00 AM

Handrails, Yes !

This project is now complete !
Thank you to Ginny Kasser for all her hard work in making this vision a reality. The carpentry was done by Carroll Wells Carpentry with some of the oak donated by CL & Linda Palmer. Rail ends were taken from one of the old sanctuary pews, at the suggestion of Peg Bivens. Jerry Anderson and Harold Jenkins completed the staining and varnish. The front railings were suggested by Sherry Wallace and funded as a memorial to Jack Larson ( husband of Sharon Larson). Work on the matching west rail guard was completed in part from the Larson memorial and also with memorial funds from Jim Dahl ( husband of Connie Dahl) and as from Connie Rucker in memory of her mother Vera Mae White.

Thank You Linda Eck

We want to thank Linda for the many years she has been printing the monthly newsletter for us. Linda’s hands were the ones who saw that the editor’s work took form and got to you in your mailbox. Health concerns have dictated that she give up this work for the time being. Thank you, Linda…and we send prayers of healing your way. We are seeking a new volunteer to take over this work. It requires about 2 hours of time monthly, and the ability to operate the church copy machine. Contact Peg Bivens for more information.

Worship assistants
Please contact Ginny Kasser or arrange a sub if you are unable to serve on your assigned Sunday.

August 30
Liturgist: Sharon Larson
Minute for Mission: Ginny Kasser
Greeter: Sally Hutchcroft

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September 6
Liturgist: Sherry Wallace
Minute for Mission: Peg Bivens
Greeter: Julie Shaver
Communion Servers: Harold and Jan Selman, Harold and Deanie Jenkins

September 13
Liturgist: C.L. Palmer
Minute for Mission: Sally Hutchcroft
Greeter: Jane Smith

September 20
Liturgist: Jack Ball
Minute for Mission: Jane Smith
Greeter: Ginnie Anderson

September 27
Liturgist: Peg Bivens
Minute for Mission: Sherry Wallace
Greeter: Sally Hutchcroft

October 4 and 11: Scenic Drive

October 18
Liturgist: Mary Dawson
Minute for Mission: Barb Ball
Greeter: Sharon Larson

October 25
Liturgist: Sally Hutchcroft
Minute for Mission: C.L. Palmer
Greeter: Julie Shaver

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November 1
Liturgist: Sharon Larson
Minute for Mission: Ginny Kasser
Greeter: Mary Dawson
Communion Servers: C.L. Palmer, Mary Dawson, Ginnie and Jerry Anderson

Upcaming Nuptials

September 19, 2015

Laura Beardsley & Zachary Williams

September 26, 2015

Bryce Ball & Kelsey Lewis

No Bats in our Belfry

We have new rope, and easier access, to our bell tower thanks to C.L. Palmer and grandson Cody Jones, making it possible for us to again ring the church bell on Christmas Eve. They were happy to report that no live bats were found when they ventured to the top of the inside
tower.

Recipe for Stone Soup

Stone Soup has been served during the drive at the Presbyterian Church since the early 1980’s. The soup takes its name from a children’s story about Revolutionary War soldiers who entice townsfolk into unwittingly sharing their horde of food with the soldiers in the making of Stone Soup. Our soup making is really more of a process than a recipe. This process has been modified over the years to remain in compliance with the county health department for the soup we serve during the drive. Here’s the original recipe:

• Announce a date in the late summer/early fall to assemble the soup.
• Meet in the church kitchen
• Get out the largest pots and put them on the stovetop burners.
• Start tossing in whatever folks bring:
1. Excess of this year’s garden produce: tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes, green peppers, corn, peas, green beans, turnips
2. Frozen and canned vegetables from last year
3. Clean out the spice cabinet: parsley, basil, oregano, chives, garlic, pepper, sage, paprika
4. Bits of frozen meat broth saved throughout the year
5. A pot roast or two if you have them
6. Roast and boil soup bones, if you can get them cheap or free, for additional broth.

Cook until the carrots are soft. Everything else will be done by then, too. Overcooking improves the soup. Add barley for a nice look.

Some things we have learned over the years:
Nobody wants zucchini in their soup but a few always sneak into the kitchen. Use those in something else. You can never have too many tomatoes, but juicing them is a lot easier than peeling them all. Chopping and peeling onions is everyone’s least favorite job. Nobody really misses the potatoes if you don’t have any.

As recollected by Peg Bivens.

Our member Phyllis Westerfield always comes to my mind at this time of year when we start thinking about the soup. It was at her insistence that we tackle the project, which at the time fell right on top of our annual church bazaar Christmas in September. Amidst much protests of we can’t, we did indeed, and have done so ever since. Phyllis was a consummate home gardener and member of the Hunger Task Force of the Presbytery of Great Rivers. Thank you, Phyllis, for encouraging us to meet the challenge of Stone Soup. Your spirit guides us even yet.

The Stained Glass Voice
May 2015

From the Editor…….

Are we called to be a small church ?

This is something that I have pondered often over the years and have it in my thoughts again as we seek new pastoral leadership. Conversations about church size, and church growth, are often structured around the premise that the goal of every congregation is to grow BIGGER. That’s a given, a universal truth. That is what we want. But is that truly what God wants for us ? When I have my focus on the bigger church vision, I get caught up in numbers . When new members joined the church I begin thinking is this the turning point? Are we over the slump? Will we start to grow ? Will we be a large congregation again? But as new people come, others are called away. Our congregation stays about the same size. We never break through our small size. We have just enough to keep us going. Just enough people and just enough money. And when a crisis looms, like the roof, or the organ repairs, special gifts come our way. Just enough. There are a couple of Bible verses that I have come across. From Phillippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” And from 2 Corinthians 9:8, used in our upcoming vacation bible school materials, “ And God will generously provide all you need.” So, I finally began looking at this from a different perspective. Maybe God wants us to be a small church. Why would that be ? What could be the purpose ? I am still not certain. There are the advantages of a close knit fellowship a small church group supplies. Some programming is easier, and some is harder to accomplish. I don’t know why God would call us to be a small church. But it comes down to a matter of faith. I do believe that God is still calling us to be organized as The First United Presbyterian Church of Knoxville. And so I am committed to enjoying all the blessings of worship and fellowship and all the opportunities to serve God in this time and place, trusting in His plan for us whether that is calling us to continue as a small church or shaping us into something new.

Love, Joy, Peace,
Peg

Session will meet on May 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM. At the church
Session Members:
Jack Ball(2017)
Personnel,
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
jackball@grics.net

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2017)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Virginia Anderson (2017)
Worship
1239 West Losey St
Galesburg IL 61401
309 343 7352
anderson.jerry@comcast.net

Marty Tarter, moderator
rmtarter@frontier.com

Treasurers
Barbara Ball 289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com Harold Selman 335-4403

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !
May
4 Sid Smith
Claire Stevenson
7 Sharon Larson
15 Novalee Beardsley
17 Jerry Anderson
21 Jill Gibbs
Andrea Emery Stevenson
26 Amaree Wallace

June
1 Carson Wallace
2 Janet Cunningham
6 Nick Beardsley
9 Dustin Kasser
10 Bryce Ball
18 Amber Wallace
20 Rachael Voss
21 Greg Beardsley
Jacob Emery
22 Renee Voss
26 Ginnie Anderson

Lifting up in Prayer
We continue to pray for those who are homebound: Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, Pat Bivens ( Knox County Nursing Home). We pray for healing and comfort for Rich Dawson, Jim Hutchcroft, Clara King, Gordon King ( in hospital last month) Lori Nyi, Debbie Beardsley,( pacemaker) Linda Eck ( upcoming surgery)

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out re-purposed items

Resale Shop- Open Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Continue your support of this ministry. Profits from the resale shop are transferred to the church general fund. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers.

Our Military
Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )
Joe Beardsley is now serving in Yemen, an area experiencing high conflict.

Calendar
May 3 Penny Frame, preaching
May 5 Council of Churches
May 10 Rev Jordan Knight, May 17 Rev Jordan Knight, May 24 Dr. Robert Johnson
May 31 Rev Diane Duncan
June 7 Rev Vince Marola
June 14 VBS Worship at KUMC 10:00 AM
June 24 ice cream social
June 28 Rev Wayne Furr

New Pastor Search
Barb Ball, Jerry and Ginnie Anderson, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson, Peg Bivens, and C.L. Palmer are working together as an advisory committee to the session to review our options for new pastoral leadership. Upon the recommendation of the committee we have been securing a variety of people to fill the pulpit for the next few months while we explore options for pastoral leadership. Thank you to former worship committee chairman Barb Ball and new chairman Ginnie Anderson for their work in scheduling pulpit supply. We have had some great sermons and have experienced different preaching styles. You have been missing something special if you haven’t been able to be with us on Sundays.

Order of Worship…continued
by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen ,Associate for Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The order of worship that centuries of Christians have adapted from the pattern of Jewish worship is an ancient order that is intended to move us more deeply into intimate communion with God in Christ. There is a reason why we do what we do when we do it. Understanding this structure may help you move more fully aware into the divine presence as you worship.
Offering
This is the time when we give ourselves, all that we are, and all that we have, to God’s service. As a symbol of power and of what is value to us, we make an offering of money to help others and promote the gospel. During the time of musical reflection (known as the offertory), we are also encouraged to think about ways we can give of ourselves in what we do every day to help out with God’s project of healing the world. The choir may sing during this time as their offering to God and to help us offer ourselves to God's ways in the world. Or they just may flat-out praise God since offering all we are in service to God is an offering of thanksgiving in response to all God does for us in Christ.

Building & Maintenance

We received our highest bill ever for heat in March, following the cold spell in February. Our treasurer Barb Ball nearly went into shock….We checked things out around the building and found nothing amiss, and also found that members had the same experience with their own residential bills during that time.
We embrace the warmer temperatures with enthusiasm.
Chairman Ginny Kasser and her committee members Harold Jenkins and C.L. Palmer met recently to assess and prioritize the many ongoing needs of the building. If you observe things which might need attention with maintenance or repair please direct these to their attention. Our thanks to Linda Palmer for tackling the ants in the kitchen. Because of this recent problem, please be extra vigilant and do not leave any food lie out in the kitchen counter areas.

Lily Garden
Our lily garden adds a special touch to our sanctuary on Easter Sunday each year. Thank you to all who purchased plants in special tribute. Our sincere apologies for errors that appeared last month. Taking the orders, creating the list, printing in the newsletter involves the efforts of several different volunteers. Somehow we got off track this year in coordinating this work. We noticed it before the inserts were printed for Sunday, and corrected our online newsletter but unfortunately the April Newsletter had already gone to print.
Lilies in Honor of
Claire & William Stevenson
By Jack & Barb Ball& Family
Nathan Ericson
By Sharon Larson

Lilies in Memory of:
Nancy Ball
William & Norma Evans Patty Qualls
Robert Ball
By Jack & Barb Ball & Family
Gertrude & Franklin Burgess
Helen & J. Russell Steele
Joe Burgess, Sr.
By Rose Burgess & Family
Jim Dahl
By Connie Dawson Dahl
Darrell Dawson
Donald Trowbridge
By Mary Dawson
Bud Eck
John Higgins
By Linda Eck
Emery & Eunice Jenkins
Bud and Pauline Klinck
Florella Clifford
By Harold & Deanie Jenkins & Family
Mary and Dick Goff By Jennifer & Gordon Johnson & Family
By Julianne Goff
Jack Larson
By Sharon Larson
Kenneth Martin
By Audrey Martin
George & Minnie Hatch Jean Hatch
By C.L. & Linda Palmer
Gene & Letha Palmer
Ted Webster
By C.L. & Linda Palmer
By Candy & John Rosene
Wayne & Jane Rosene
Tom Rosene
By Candy & John Rosene
Richard Rainey Sadie Rainey Hinsch
By The Rainey Family
Kelli Sullivan
Russell and Ada Selman
Robert & Alice Allison
By Harold & Jan Selman
Onis Darby
Clyde &Iris Sterr
Gary Sterr
Ray & Mildred Hall
Catharine Sterr
Joyce Roberson
By Pr. Phyllis & George Sterr

Open House Invitation
We are invited to join the Ball family in celebrating Abby’s graduation at a brunch at their home, 129 Westview Drive in Knoxville on Sunday May 17 between the hours of 10 am and 1 pm.

Project School Room 2015
Yes, that’s right. The council of churches has already begun planning for the third year of our free school supplies program. July 13, 2015 is the target date set for receiving donations to this project. Distribution is planned for August 1. Money gifts can be directed to the Knoxville Council of Churches through Deanna Reynolds, 1880 Cornelia Road, Galesburg IL 61401 or through the school district office at 809 East Main St, Knoxville IL 61448. Donated items can be left in the Sunday School assembly room through Sunday July 12, 2015.
Project School Room is being dedicated this year in memory of the late Bob Bogard, community supporter of the project and former school board president for district 202.

2015 Tithing Grant
$339.30 was collected in our annual tithing month of November 2014. The session voted to award this year’s grant to La Grace Hall of Hope in Galesburg. The LaGrace ministry helps women, and their children, transition from fractured lives back into the mainstream of society. Their home site is located at 595 N. Cedar Street.
EVEREST
Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power
Vacation Bible School in Knoxville
Sponsored by
First United Presbyterian Church ~ Knoxville United Methodist Church ~First Christian Church
June 15-18, 2015
We are working in partnership again this year in hosting vacation bible school for pre K through adults. The planning team has been meeting since February and we are entering the recruitment stage. Our goal this year is to enroll 25 children in the week-long program. We will again begin the vbs wee with a united worship service, hosted this year by the Methodist church. Plan to join us on June 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM and sample the fun of VBS. If you would like to help as a volunteer with vbs either in the day or the evening, contact Peg Bivens, 335-3175

Bulletins
Our Sunday worship bulletins are produced each week by our team of volunteers. Peg Bivens has concluded her rotation for Jan-April, and Ginny Kasser has now assumed responsibility and will serve May-August. Jane Smith will then take on the task for the final months of the year. If you have calendar items of announcement, hymn or liturgy requests or suggestions, please contact them.

Congratulations Graduates
We plan to give special recognition to all spring graduates at worship on Sunday, May 17. Those include:
Deora Inniss (8th grade)
Lucas Kasser ( KHS)
Abby Ball ( WIU)
Katie Hutchcroft (Knox)

Trivia Nite Fundraiser
for Habitat’s 49th home in Knox County
Saturday May 16, 2015 7 PM
Register by May 9. For more information call 309 221 3970
FOCUS ON 49

Welcome new Elders
It took some doing, but we finally were able to ordain and install our newest elders, Ginnie Anderson and Jack Ball on Sunday April 19, 2015. Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber acted as moderator for the service.

Ice Cream Social
June 24, 2015
We have signed up again to serve an ice cream social during the city’s Wednesday band concert series in June. Fellowship chairman Julie Shaver is counting on everyone to pitch in and make this annual fundraiser a success. Our Quilts of Valor will also set up a display and sell raffle tickets during the social.
Stone Soup
Please keep our fall fundraiser in mind as you plant vegetable gardens this spring. We plan to participate again this year during the Knox County Scenic Drive.

The Stained Glass Voice
April 2015

From the Editor…….

It’s been a hectic couple of months. We’ve had a lot going on, and a lot going on with all our members. There
has seldom been a Sunday when someone has not been traveling, or away with family commitments. Our church members are all active and involved: active in our church, and active in their extended families and active in our community. It’s a great vibe that runs through our congregation. Despite a lengthy list of commitments, everyone has pitched in and helped keep things running smoothly. As Fellowship Chairman Julie Shaver is always saying “ Thanks for the teamwork.” Ditto.
I will have to admit, it was uncertain how things would go once we didn’t have Pastor Phyllis to fall back on. It was sure hard to say the final goodbyes. And yes, in true form, our congregation of “bawl babies” cried, and we started with the grace before the potluck breakfast ! Our emotions run close to the surface in our congregation.
One of the biggest worries was about scheduling pulpit supply while we search for the right fit with a contracted pastor. But God has answered our prayers with wonderful local clergy and lay pastors. They have come from a variety of backgrounds, and all have different preaching styles. Each Sunday that I have been in church has been a delight, and when I “catch up” from those Sundays that I have been away, I get great reports and feel that I have missed something indeed. Barb Ball and now Ginnie Anderson have shouldered the burden of scheduling pulpit supply and they have done, and are doing a terrific job. So, keep praying for our church during this interim process, keep praying for the session and the advisory committee which they consider our pastoral leadership. But in the meantime , don’t miss out on Sunday worship ! Happy Easter !

Love, Joy, Peace,
Peg

Session will meet on April 8, 2015 at 7:00 PM. At the church
Session Members:
Jack Ball(2017)
Personnel,
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
jackball@grics.net

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2017)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Virginia Anderson (2017)
Worship
1239 West Losey St
Galesburg IL 61401
309 343 7352
anderson.jerry@comcast.net

Marty Tarter, moderator
rmtarter@frontier.com

Treasurers
Barbara Ball 289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis (retired)
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

April

14 Ian Smith
16 Lucas Kasser
20 Audrey Martin
Harold Selman

May

4 Sid Smith
Claire Stevenson
7 Sharon Larson
15 Novalee Beardsley
17 Jerry Anderson
21 Jill Gibbs
Andrea Emery Stevenson
26 Amaree Wallace

Lifting up in Prayer

We continue to pray for those who are homebound: Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, Pat Bivens ( Knox County Nursing Home). We pray for healing and comfort for Rich Dawson, Jim Hutchcroft, Clara King, Lori Nyi, Debbie Beardsley

Quilts of Valor

New members welcome. This group meets on Tuesdays from 9 am to 2 pm in the lower level of the church. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out repurposed items

Resale Shop- Open Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Continue your support of this ministry. Profits from the resale shop are transferred to the church general fund. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )
Joe Beardsley is now serving in Yemen, an area experiencing high conflict.

Calendar

April 8 Session meets 7:00 PM
April 12 Rev Jordan Knight,
April 18 VBS meeting 10:00AM
April 19 Rev Jim Reynolds , April 26 Rev Jim Reynolds, May 3 Penny Frame, preaching
May 7 Council of Churchs
May 10 Rev Jordan Knight, May 17 Rev Jordan Knight, May 24 Dr. Robert Johnson,

New Pastor Search

Barb Ball, Jerry and Ginnie Anderson, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson, Peg Bivens, and C.L. Palmer are working together as an advisory committee to the session to review our options for new pastoral leadership. The committee will resume meeting this next month.

Support the Knoxville Food Pantry

… a local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. The need in our community continues to grow. Donate your time. Thank you to Harold Jenkins who transports our collected staple items each month.

Order of Worship…continued

by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen ,Associate for Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The order of worship that centuries of Christians have adapted from the pattern of Jewish worship is an ancient order that is intended to move us more deeply into intimate communion with God in Christ. There is a reason why we do what we do when we do it. Understanding this structure may help you move more fully aware into the divine presence as you worship.

Prayer of Intercession
Belief isn’t just affirmation; it’s also action. Saying “I believe” means we care enough to do something as a result of our belief. Thus, the first thing we do is pray—for our world, the church, other people. The prayer is our prayer as a church. One person may pray for us, but we are all praying together as one in our hearts, continuing Christ’s ministry of prayer for the world

Building & Maintenance

We received our highest bill ever for heat in March, following the cold spell in February. Our treasurer Barb Ball nearly went into shock….We checked things out around the building and found nothing amiss, and also found that members had the same experience with their own residential bills during that time.
We embrace the warmer temperatures with enthusiasm.

Snow Shovelers…..

Yeah ! No snow shovelers this last month. Amen.

Budget for 2015

The session adopted a budget totaling $47,516 at the November , 2014 meeting. Detailed copies of the budget are available in the church office or from treasurer Barb Ball.

2015 Per Capita Apportionment

Per Capita - $28.00 total

Vacation Bible School “Everest, Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power”
June 15-18, 2015

Planning is well underway for this year’s VBS experience. We will soon be circulating a list of needed items and volunteer tasks. The next meeting will be April 18.

Adult Sunday School Class

The class is been using a Bible study series, Fruit of the Spirit, written by Hazel Offner. Each Sunday’s lesson has focused on one of the fruits: love, joy, peace, faithfulness, kindness…….. This spirited group meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM and welcomes new members.

Children’s Worship Bulletins

We using a free resource for children’s bulletins each week that has activities that follow the lectionary text. These are available on the podium at the rear of the sanctuary.

One Great Hour of Sharing “The Need is Great, and So Is Our Calling”

Our congregation participated again this year in the special offering for OGHOS which was formally dedicated on Palm Sunday March 29, 2015. We will still be accepting contributions for a few weeks yet before our treasurer sends the money on through our Presbytery

We were reminded during our Lenten Minute for Mission segments that money collected through the Presbyterian Church USA OGHOS goes to fund Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program and
Self Development of People.

Lily Garden

Our lily garden adds a special touch to our sanctuary on Easter Sunday each year. Thank you to all who purchased plants in special tribute.

Lilies in Honor of:
Claire & William Stevenson
By Jack & Barb Ball& Family

Nathan Ericson
by Sharon Larson

Lilies in Memory of:
Nancy Ball
William & Norma Evans Patty Qualls
Robert Ball
By Jack & Barb Ball & Family

Gertrude & Franklin Burgess
Helen & J. Russell Steele
Joe Burgess, Sr.
By Rose Burgess & Family
Jim Dahl
by Connie Dawson Dahl

Darrell Dawson
Donald Trowbridge
By Mary Dawson

Bud Eck
John Higgins
By Linda Eck

Emery & Eunice Jenkins
Bud and Pauline Klinck
Florella Clifford
By Harold & Deanie Jenkins & Family

Mary and Dick Goff By Jennifer & Gordon Johnson & Family, by Julianne Goff

Jack Larson
By Sharon Larson

Kenneth Martin
By Audrey Martin

George & Minnie Hatch Jean Hatch
By C.L. & Linda Palmer

Gene & Letha Palmer
Ted Webster
By C.L. & Linda Palmer
By Candy & John Rosene

Wayne & Jane Rosene
Tom Rosene
By Candy & John Rosene

Richard Rainey Sadie Rainey Hinsch
By the Rainey Family

Kelli Sullivan
Russell and Ada Selman
Robert & Alice Allison
By Harold & Jan Selman

Onis Darby
Clyde &Iris Sterr
Gary Sterr
Ray & Mildred Hall
Catharine Sterr
Joyce Roberson
By Pastor Phyllis & George Sterr

Project School Room 2015

Yes, that’s right. The council of churches has already begun planning for the third year of our free school supplies program. July 13, 2015 is the target date set for receiving donations to this project. Distribution is planned for August 1. Money gifts can be directed to the Knoxville Council of Churches through Deanna Reynolds, 1880 Cornelia Road, Galesburg IL 61401 or through the school district office at 809 East Main St, Knoxville IL 61448. Donated items can be left in the Sunday School assembly room through Sunday July 12, 2015.
Project School Room is being dedicated this year in memory of the late Bob Bogard, community supporter of the project and former school board president for district 202.

The Stained Glass Voice
March 2015

From the Editor…….

Pastor Phyllis has officially left us, and so I am back filling in this space in the newsletter during the transition.
Our session elders and church members are being diligent about volunteering to make sure that we pick up the slack, so to speak. In her ten years with us, Pastor Phyllis had assumed many more duties than were listed in her paid job description. She adopted the same spirit of selfless service as that set by example of our church members. Barb Ball gave a wonderful minute for mission last month entitled “ I Love This Bar.” After she got our attention, she went on to say how she really meant “ I Love This Church” with the same heartfelt emotion expressed in the Toby Keith song about the bar. Looking over some of the lyrics, there are some striking similarities.

“We got winners, we got losers
Chain smokers and boozers
And we got yuppies, we got bikers
We got thirsty hitchhikers

I love this bar
It's my kind of place
Just walkin' through the front door
Puts a big smile on my face

It ain't too far, come as you are
Hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm I love this bar”

Like Toby’s bar, our church members are a cross section of the community. The difference is not in those we serve, but in what we offer. Our church fellowship offers a surer, more lasting solution. Jesus beckons us, and our church here in Knoxville seeks to follow. Barb challenged us all to make sure to show our love and support of our church, especially while we are in this transition period looking for new leadership. In short, show up. Early and often. Hmm, hmm, hmm, I love this church…

Love, Joy, Peace,
Peg

Session met on March 1 and will meet again April 8, 2015at 7:00 PM.

Session Members:
Jack Ball(2017)
Personnel,
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
jackball@grics.net

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2017)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Virginia Anderson (2017)
Worship
1239 West Losey St
Galesburg IL 61401
309 343 7352
anderson.jerry@comcast.net

Treasurers
Barbara Ball 289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis (retired)
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

March

01 Julian Inniss
10 David Jenkins
Patty Rainey Sullivan
25 Vance Swope
29 John Beardsley
31 Grayson Palmer

April

14 Ian Smith
16 Lucas Kasser
20 Audrey Martin
Harold Selman

In Sympathy

We extend condolences to the family of Richard Yemm who died February 19. Dick was a former member and elder in our congregation and the son of , Rev. Stephen Yemm who had seved as pastor here.

Lifting up in Prayer

We continue to pray for those who are homebound: Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, Pat Bivens ( Knox County Nursing Home). We pray for healing and comfort for Rich Dawson, Jim Hutchcroft, Clara King, Lori Nyi, Jerry Anderson.

Quilts of Valor

New members welcome. This group meets on Tuesdays from 9 am to 2 pm in the lower level of the church. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out repurposed items

Profits from the resale shop are transferred to the church general fund. In 2014 this amount was $6700 !
Resale Shop- Open Thurdays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Continue your support of the ministry. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

Calendar

March 20-21 Heartseekers conference in Galesburg

March 22- Rev Vince Marolla preaching

March 24 salad luncheon at 1st Meth. In Galesburg

March 29 deadline for Easter Lilies, Palm Sunday, Rev Jim Reynolds preaching

April 2 Maundy Thursday Seder Meal 6:30

April 3 Good Friday Service 7:00 PM

April 5 Easter Breakfast Potluck 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM Worship

New Pastor Search

Barb Ball, Jerry and Ginnie Anderson, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson, Peg Bivens, and C.L. Palmer are working together as an advisory committee to the session to review our options for new pastoral leadership. The Committee on Ministry from the Presbytery had appointed Elder Marty Tartar from Elmwood to moderate the session and work with us searching for someone to contract with on a regular basis. Marty was with us in March. Ginnie Anderson is serving as worship committee chairman and will be scheduling
pulpit supply for us until we find a new contracted pastor.

Support the Knoxville Food Pantry

… a local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. The need in our community continues to grow. Donate your time. Thank you to Harold Jenkins who transports our collected staple items each month.

Order of Worship…continued

by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen ,Associate for Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The order of worship that centuries of Christians have adapted from the pattern of Jewish worship is an ancient order that is intended to move us more deeply into intimate communion with God in Christ. There is a reason why we do what we do when we do it. Understanding this structure may help you move more fully aware into the divine presence as you worship.

Minute for Mission
This is news of how we can get involved in responding to and spreading the good news of God’s love through the various missions of the church. It’s not just asking-for-money time; it’s a way of telling people how their offerings are furthering the gospel and offering them the opportunity to give of their time, talents, and money to advance God’s sovereign reign on earth. Church announcements may occur during this time, and placing them within worship helps us know which announcements are God’s calls to further commitment in Christ’s work of redeeming the world. The minute for mission may be omitted or be switched with the prayer of intercession.

Building & Maintenance

Chairman Ginnie Kasser is still hopeful that the handrails for the sanctuary will be installed before spring , but is back looking for a carpenter to do the work.

Snow Shovelers…..

Thank you to Barb Ball and Jack Ball, Peg & Jeff Bivens, Jon and Paul Rainey all snow shovelers last month. Whew…. We hope this is it for a while !

With the 50 degree sunny weather this week our snow seems a thing of the past.

Budget for 2015

The session adopted a budget totaling $47,516 at the November , 2014 meeting. Detailed copies of the budget are available in the church office or from treasurer Barb Ball.

2015 Per Capita Apportionment

Per Capita - $28.00 total

Vacation Bible School “Everest, Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power”
June 15-18, 2015

Planning started with a leaders meeting on February 14 and again on February 28. We will partner with Knoxville Methodist and First Christian Churches. Save the dates and watch for updates on specific volunteer opportunities.

Adult Sunday School Class

The class is beginning a new Lifeguide Bible study series, Fruit of the Spirit, written by Hazel Offner This spirited group meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM and welcomes new members.

Children’s Worship Bulletins

We are now using a free resource for children’s bulletins each week that has activities that follow the lectionary text. These are available on the podium at the rear of the sanctuary.

One Great Hour of Sharing “The Need is Great, and So Is Our Calling”

Our congregation joins many other every year in the interdenominational special offering for the programs supported through the OGHOS offerings. Lent is the traditional time to work a little harder on our spiritual selves and often sacrifice some material item. To “give up” something for Lent. By giving up some small indulgence, we are then able to share our financial resources with others. Money channeled through the Presbyterian Church USA OGHOS goes to fund Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program and
Self Development of People.
Donations to OGHOS will be dedicated on Palm Sunday.

ORDER LILIES

Our Lily garden will hold plants given in honor or memory of loved ones. Cost is $7.50 each. Prepaid orders should be sent to the church by March 29

Number of plants____

In memory of______________________________________________________________________________________

In honor of_________________________________________________________________________________________

Farewell to Pastor Phyllis

We gathered for a potluck breakfast before Pastor Phyllis’ last service with us on March 8. It was an emotional time for her and us both. Yes, we always cry easily around our church. We are sad to see her go, but happy for the freedom she will have in retirement. The service concluded with a meaningful farewell liturgy. We gifted her with a framed print of the church and a sterling cross necklace to wear as a memento of her time with us.

A Bit of Humor

This was left in the office to share. It’s a great example in support of pastors choosing the hymns.

Hymn # 365

A Southern Baptist minister was completing a temperance sermon. With great emphasis he said “ If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and pour it into the river.” With even greater emphasis he said “ And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d pour it in the river.” And Then finally, shaking his head, “And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d take it and pour it in the river.” Sermon complete, he sat down. The song leader stood very cautiously, and announced with a smile, “For our closing song, let us sing hymn # 365 “ Shall we Gather at the River.” 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Laura Beardsley and Zach Williams on their recent engagement. They plan to be married on September 19, 2015

The Stained Glass Voice
February 2015

Grace and Peace to you,
This final newsletter article from me is all about being thankful – thankful for many things.
I will start by saying thank you for all of your prayers, love, support, cards, and condolences during my sister, Joyce’s, illness and death. It made a hard time easier to bear.
Next, I want to thank you for your very generous monetary Christmas gift. As always your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.
And finally – thank you for allowing me the great opportunity to serve as your pastor for the last 10 ½ years. It has been such an honor and joy for me to serve you.
I began my ministry with you in August of 2004; you welcomed George and I to this church with open arms. During that time we have worshiped together, studied and learned together, laughed together and cried together. We have celebrated weddings and births together and grieved at the death of loved ones and church family. We have celebrated together the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve, and remembered and reflected on his crucifixion and death during Holy week and celebrated His resurrection on Easter Sunday. We have served stone soup and ice cream; and of course who can forget our 175th Birthday party. And of course there are all those Session meetings – 10 meetings per year x 10 ½ years = 105 Session meetings. And all those newsletter articles – 12 articles per year x 10 ½ years = 126 newsletter articles.
I have grown much in my faith over the past 10 ½ years, and I hope all of you have grown in your faith as well.
And now it is time for me to ride off into the sunset – or to drive off to Texas for a few weeks; and it’s time for you to focus on going forward as you prepare to receive a new Pastor. This is not just about ending our ministry together, but it is a new beginning for you as a church and a new beginning for me as I look forward to retirement.
John Irving, in The World According to Garp, wrote “you only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.” As a church and as individuals within the church, you will continue to grow as you begin this new chapter in the life of this church.
God Bless you!
Shalom,
Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet on February 1, 2015, following worship.

Session Members:
Jack Ball(2017)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
jackball@grics.net

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2017)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Virginia Anderson (2017)
1239 West Losey St
Galesburg IL 61401
309 343 7352
anderson.jerry@comcast.net

Treasurers
Barbara Ball 289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis (retired)
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !
August

February

02 Heather Smith
03 Dennis Dean
08 Laura Beardsley
10 Laura Duncan
14 Suzanne Reed Braden
Jack Ball
15 Jacob Rosene
16 Gina Beardsley
18 Wayne Allen Beardsley
19 Peg Bivens

23 Judy Zarn
Lea Brownless Cain
24 Linda Eck
Nathan Rouland

March

01 Julian Inniss
10 David Jenkins
Patty Rainey Sullivan
25 Vance Swope
29 John Beardsley
31 Grayson Palmer

In Sympathy

We extend condolences to the family of Julian and Kim Inniss. Julian’s father Earl Inniss died last month.

Lifting up in Prayer

We continue to pray for those who are homebound: Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, Pat Bivens ( Knox County Nursing Home). We pray for healing and comfort for Rich Dawson, Jim Hutchcroft, Clara King,( recently in hospital) Lori Nyi, Jerry Anderson.

Quilts of Valor

New members welcome. This group meets on Tuesdays from 9 am to 2 pm in the lower level of the church. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out repurposed items

Profits from the resale shop are transferred to the church general fund. In 2014 this amount was $6700 !
Resale Shop- Open Thurdays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Continue your support of the ministry. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

Calendar

February 1- Farewell to Pastor Phyllis

February 3- Council of Churches at Knoxville Methodist Church 7 PM

February 8 - Laity Sunday, members from our congregation conducting worship

February 15 - Rev. Jim Reynolds will be preaching

February 18- Ash Wednesday, Lent Begins

February 25 - Rev. Diane Duncan will be preaching

March 8- Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday

March 20-21 Heartseekers conference in Galesburg

New Pastor Search

Jerry and Ginnie Anderson, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson,Peg Bivens, and C.L. Palmer are working together as an advisory committee to the session to review our options for new pastoral leadership. Phyllis will be leaving after the first Sunday in February. The Session has approved the plan for having pulpit supply, with different pastors filling the pulpit each Sunday, for a period of time after Pastor Phyllis retires. The committee on ministry from the Presbytery will appoint someone to serve as moderator of the session in the interim. The plan is for this person to also preach for us one Sunday per month ( the first Sunday) and to have our monthly session meeting that Sunday following worship.

Support the Knoxville Food Pantry

… a local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. The need in our community continues to grow. Donate your time. Thank you to Harold Jenkins who transports our collected staple items each month.

Knoxville Council of Churches

The council will meet again February 3, 2015 at Knoxville Methodist Church.

2014 Christmas Food Baskets

Again, thank you to all who worked on this project. 81 families, which included 311 people, were served this year. 64 of the 81 had children in the household ( a total of 138 children). Special thanks to Ida McLeese of Knoxville Methodist Church and Pam Neuhaus of First Christian Church for their leadership on this project.

Order of Worship…continued

by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen ,Associate for Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The order of worship that centuries of Christians have adapted from the pattern of Jewish worship is an ancient order that is intended to move us more deeply into intimate communion with God in Christ. There is a reason why we do what we do when we do it. Understanding this structure may help you move more fully aware into the divine presence as you worship.

Reception of New Members

It is God who brings people to us; we just receive them in celebration and promise to help them along the journey of faith. At this point in the service, we baptize and/or confirm new members with ancient rituals that transfer our citizenship into the Kingdom of God's sovereign rule over all things. (For more on baptism, ask the pastor for other resources.) We also receive new members by transfer of church letter. In the ancient church, Christians who moved or traveled were given letters of introduction to admit them into other Christian assemblies, important during times of persecution. Receiving members by transfer of letter also indicates our common fellowship as baptized believers in the universal church of Christ Jesus the Lord. We continue this practice today.

Building & Maintenance

Chairman Ginnie Kasser is hopeful that the handrails for the sanctuary will be installed before spring ,

Snow Shovelers…..

Thank you to Peg & Jeff Bivens for clearing our walks this last month.

Nominating Committee

Elected for 2015: Ginnie Kasser, Mary Dawson, Jerry Anderson, C.L. Palmer, and Deannie Jenkins.

184th Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation.

The meeting was held Sunday, January 25, 2015 with a scant 12 members in attendance . Reports were received, new elders and members of the nominating were elected.

Budget for 2015

The session adopted a budget totaling $47,516 at the November meeting. Detailed copies of the budget are available in the church office or from treasurer Barb Ball and were presented at the annual meeting in January.

2015 Per Capita Apportionment

Per Capita - $28.00 total

Vacation Bible School 2015

Planning will start with a leaders meeting on February 14. We plan to again work in partnership with Knoxville Methodist and First Christian Churches. Our goal this year will be to increase attendance. Be thinking of potential students for us: neighbors, friends, relatives. Pray for this program as planning begins.

Thank you from Organist Linda Palmer…

Linda writes: “ Thank you for the generous gift that you gave me this past Christmas. It will come in handy on our upcoming trip to Hawaii. Your gift is greatly appreciated.”

Adult Sunday School Class

The class is beginning a new Lifeguide Bible study series, Fruit of the Spirit, written by Hazel Offner This spirited group meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM and welcomes new members.

World Mission

We pray for our friend, the Rev Carolyn Weber, who has returned to Africa for a couple of months on a short mission trip.

Church Attendance

Financial secretary Mary Dawson ( and Linda Palmer) presented their report at the annual meeting. There were 52 services held in 2014 with an average attendance of 20.35 . ( down from 22.6 in 2013) The service with the most attending was our Bible School kick-off Sunday with 89, where we hosted and invited the Methodist and Christian Churches.

And Offerings

Mary again recorded 29 individual and family contributors to the church’s general fund, with the largest number, 6, contributing over $2000 per year. Special thanks to the efforts from the Economy Corner. They were able to transfer $6700 to the general fund in 2014.

Fellowship

Chairman Julie Shaver again thanked the congregation for teamwork displayed throughout the year. She reported that 2014 activities included assisting with funeral meals and fellowships for Kenny Martin and Jack Larson, the June Ice Cream Social and the August Worship in the Park.

The Stained Glass Voice
Janyary 2015
From the Editor…………

Wow, another new year. I always look forward to a new start. The calendar year starts in the “middle” of the school and meeting year, and so it seems like it’s really a second chance. .

We always get a second chance ( over and over) with God. Every day, every minute, is a fresh chance for a new beginning. To be born again in a new life….

“Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. / The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:7

Born again in the cold or winter, and waiting earnestly for the newness of spring.

Peg

(Pastor Phyllis will be writing her final column to your in next months newsletter. This month she is home fighting off the respioratory bug that has been making the rounds the last few weeks.)

And the man that I saw, he wasn't at all who I thought he'd be
I was lost when you found me here
And I was broken beyond repair
Then you came along and you sang your song over me

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
For the very first time
In my life

Make a promise to me now
Reassure my heart somehow
That the love that I feel is so much more real than anything
I've a feeling in my soul
And I pray that I'm not wrong
That the life I have now, it is only the beginning

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
For the very first time
It feels like I'm breathing
It feels like I'm moving
For the very first time
For the very first time

I wasn't looking for something that was more
Than what I had yesterday
Then you came to me and you gave to me
Life and a love that I've never known
That I've never felt before

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
I'm living for the first time
It feels like I'm breathing
It feels like I'm moving
For the very first time
I'm living for the first time
In my life

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Today I found myself
After searching all these years
And the man that I saw, he wasn't at all who I thought he'd be
I was lost when you found me here
And I was broken beyond repair
Then you came along and you sang your song over me

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
For the very first time
In my life

Make a promise to me now
Reassure my heart somehow
That the love that I feel is so much more real than anything
I've a feeling in my soul
And I pray that I'm not wrong
That the life I have now, it is only the beginning

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
For the very first time
It feels like I'm breathing
It feels like I'm moving
For the very first time
For the very first time

I wasn't looking for something that was more
Than what I had yesterday
Then you came to me and you gave to me
Life and a love that I've never known
That I've never felt before

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
I'm living for the first time
It feels like I'm breathing
It feels like I'm moving
For the very first time
I'm living for the first time
In my life

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Session will meet on January January 14, 7:00 PM at the church.
Session Members:

Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !
August

January

02 Adam Beardsley
05 Emily Huxtable
06 Julie Shaver
13 Doug Beardsley
14 Shirley Payne
16 Amanda Huxtable
20 Jordan Huxtable
21 Sandy Wallace Voss
22 Jeff Bivens

February

02 Heather Smith
03 Dennis Dean
08 Laura Beardsley
10 Laura Duncan
14 Suzanne Reed Braden
Jack Ball
15 Jacob Rosene
16 Gina Beardsley
18 Wayne Allen Beardsley
19 Peg Bivens

23 Judy Zarn
Lea Brownless Cain
24 Linda Eck
Nathan Rouland

In Sympathy
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Jim Dahl, husband of Connie Dawson Dahl, at Jim’s death on December 27th, and to Pastor Phyllis and her family on the death of her sister Joyce Roberson who died December 30.

Our Prayers

We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up those who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara & Gordon King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Continued Prayers for healing go to Jerry Anderson, who had back surgery again, Rich Dawson, Debbie Beardsley, Bill Beardsley, and Jim Hutchcroft. We lift up former member and friend, Lori Nyi as she undergoes cancer treatment. We rejoice that Mary Dawson has made a great recovery from her hip surgery.

Quilts of Valor

Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.

Jane Smith reported in December that the group had also delivered a number of quilts to Vietnam veterans and were touched by the gratitude expressed by these wounded warriors.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out repurposed items

Resale Shop- Open Thurdays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Continue your support of the ministry. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

Calendar

January 14- Session 7:00 PM

January 24- dedication and open house Habitat Home # 48 3-5 PM 460 Ecklund Ct Galesburg

January 25- Annual meeting of the congregation and corporation.
March 8- Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday

March 20-21 Heartseekers conference in Galesburg

New Pastor Search

Jerry and Ginnie Anderson, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson,Peg Bivens, and C.L. Palmer are working together as an advisory committee to the session to review our options for new pastoral leadership. Phyllis will be staying through the first Sunday in February. The Session has approved the plan for having pulpit supply, with different pastors filling the pulpit each Sunday, for a period of time after Pastor Phyllis retires.

Support the Knoxville Food Pantry

… a local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. The need in our community continues to grow. Donate your time. Thank you to Harold Jenkins who transports our collected staple items each month.

Knoxville Council of Churches

The council will meet again February 3, 2015 at Knoxville Methodist Church.

2014 Christmas Food Baskets

Thank you to all our members for the gifts of staple items, donations of money and time spent in packing the boxes and collecting supplies. Your work helped us make this community ministry a success again this year.

Order of Worship…continued

by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen ,Associate for Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The order of worship that centuries of Christians have adapted from the pattern of Jewish worship is an ancient order that is intended to move us more deeply into intimate communion with God in Christ. There is a reason why we do what we do when we do it. Understanding this structure may help you move more fully aware into the divine presence as you worship.

TO RESPOND IN JOYFUL SERVICE

God has spoken, so we respond. All of the following are our grateful responses to hearing God speak to us. We affirm our faith, give ourselves to God and others, pray for the world, and give thanks and praise that God continues to speak.

Affirmation of Faith
The affirmation of faith is when we declare what it is we believe. We have faith as a result of God’s Word. As Paul writes, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God.” This faith is not just our individual belief, but that of the community that nurtures faith. Thus, the affirmation may be a creed of the ancient church or a modern statement of faith that is a consensus of what the church believes. We stand as a way of saying, “This is where I stand,” and as a way of standing in continuity with the people of God of ages past, even if it means we're martyred like some of them were.
Hymn
This is usually a hymn of reflection in which we pledge ourselves to the Lord. It may serve as an affirmation of faith or precede it.

Building & Maintenance

The re-lamping at the church to energy efficient bulbs was completed last month. Thanks again to the Sterrs and the Balls for funding the church’s cost of this project.

Snow Shovelers…..

Yes, it came as we knew it would. Thanks to our snow shovelers Jack Ball, Jeff and Peg Bivens, and neighbor Rich White for helping clear our church walks.

Nominating Committee activated

The 2014 committee of Barb Ball, Julie Shaver, Jack Ball, Mary Dawson and Sherry Wallace will be meeting to recommend members to fill the positions of three elders for terms on the session, to be elected at the annual meeting in January.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation.

The 184rd annual meeting will be held Sunday, January 25, 2015. We will convene the meeting briefly at 11:00 AM to elect elders, will recess for worship, and reconvene following worship for the business meeting.

Budget for 2015

The session adopted a budget totaling $47,516 at the November meeting. Detailed copies of the budget are available in the church office or from treasurer Barb Ball and will be presented at the annual meeting in January.

2015 Per Capita Apportionment

Our church remits an amount per member to pay our share of the administrative costs of our denominational governing bodies each year. For 2015 this is $28.00. The money is included in our annual budget.

Per Capita - $28.00 total
(General Assembly - $7.07
Synod - $3.81

New Baby…

We welcomed the newest baby in our congregation when we got to oooh and aaah over tiny Whitney Lucile Beardsley, daughter of Greg and Amanda Beardsley. Whitney was born December 3.

Decorating….

Thank you to Barb Ball and to all her helpers for putting up, and for taking down, all the lovely Christmas decoration this year. The team-work makes the task lighter.

Poinsettia Garden…

Poinsettia gifts in honor of and in memorial tribute to family and friends warm our hearts and
Grace our sanctuary each year during Advent and Christmas. Thank you for your donations.
A copy of this year’s dedications is included in the newsletter.

More Team Work…

Fellowship chairman Julie Shaver is a great team leader and she thinks we make a great team, working together to accomplish all our fellowship activities. Thank you to our team members who helped with the catering of the meal following the funeral service for Jim Dahl. It was very much appreciated by the family.

Worship Bulletins…
Thank you to Jane Smith who completed her turn preparing the Sunday Bulletins each week. Peg Bivens will do Jan-April so please get announcement information to her by Wednesday each week to be included for that week.

The Stained Glass Voice
December 2014
Grace and Peace to you,
It’s that time of year, time to get ready for Christmas. As I write this note, we have about 4 weeks left to get ready for Christmas. It’s not time to panic yet, but it is time to start making preparations. It’s time to trim the tree, check the lights and hang the wreath; it’s time to dig out the decorations to put up in the house and on the lawn; it’s time to bake the cookies, make the fudge, hang the stockings and fill them up; it’s time to write the letters to Santa Claus, shop for gifts, wrap the presents, attach the tags and put on the bows; it’s time to address the cards, send the cards and receive the cards (I love receiving cards from family and friends I haven’t heard from in a while); it’s time to make plans for the out of town trip, time to welcome the kids and their families back home, time to have parties and attend parties; it’s time for the church’s annual caroling party, hosted this year by Barb and Jack Ball (on Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.); it’s time to prepare the sermons for the 4 Sundays in Advent, and of course prepare for the Christmas Eve Service..
As we get ready for Christmas, we need to include in our preparations, some time for ourselves; some time to prepare ourselves, to prepare our hearts for this Christmas season.
There are a number of ways to prepare our hearts for this season. One of the things we can do is to just sit back, relax, and reflect on what Christmas is really about – the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Sometimes we get so caught up in all the preparations that we forget what it is we are really celebrating.
Another way to prepare our hearts for this season is to take some time each week to read and focus on the scripture readings for the season of Advent.
Advent 1, Mark 13:24-37. This reading speaks to us about Jesus’ second coming, and how we
need to be on guard and be alert, because we don’t when he will come again.
Advent 2, Mark 1:1-8. In this reading we come face to face with John the Baptist. John was unique (to say the least), but God chose him to prepare the way of the Lord.
Advent 3, Luke 1:46b-55. In this reading we have Mary’s Song or Mary’s Magnificat. Mary has arrived at the home of her cousin, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth has just told her that she is blessed to have Mary come to her. Mary’s Song is her response to Elizabeth.
Advent 4, Luke 1:26-38. In this reading we have the birth of Jesus foretold to Mary. This news troubled her and she asked “How will this be?”
In addition to reflecting on what Christmas is about and focusing on the scripture readings, we can also join our church family in Worship on Sunday mornings. We worship God, we pray, we sing the Advent and Christmas hymns, and we fellowship together.
I hope that during this Christmas season, you will take some time to prepare your hearts for the Advent and Christmas season.
Merry Christmas!

Shalom, Pastor Phyllis
Session will not be meeting in December. The January meeting will be on January 14, 7:00 PM at the church.
Session Members:

Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !
August

December

1 Tom Main
2 Linda Palmer
Harold Jenkins
3 Cody Jones
6 Tammy Wallace Boggs
13 Rose Burgess
17 George Sterr
19 Jonathan Taylor
John Rosene
21 Robin Jenkins
Jack Larson
27 Reese Inniss
28 Phyllis Sterr

January

02 Adam Beardsley
05 Emily Huxtable
06 Julie Shaver
13 Doug Beardsley
14 Shirley Payne
16 Amanda Huxtable
20 Jordan Huxtable
21 Sandy Wallace Voss
22 Jeff Bivens

Our Prayers

We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up those who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara & Gordon King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Continued Prayers for healing go to Jerry Anderson, Rich Dawson, Debbie Beardsley, Bill Beardsley, and Jim Hutchcroft. We lift up former member and friend, Lori Nyi as she begins cancer treatment. We seek prayers for pastor Phyllis’ youngest sister, Joyce as she battles cancer; We lift up prayers for Mary Dawson as she recovers from her hip surgery.

Quilts of Valor

Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out repurposed items

Resale Shop- Open Thurdays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Continue your support of the ministry. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

Calendar

Nov 30 Advent began

Dec 10-11 pack and distribute food baskets

Dec 17- Christmas Caroling in the home of Jack & Barb Ball 6:00 PM

Dec 24- Candlelight Service 5:30 PM

Dec 28- Church-wide birthday party for Pastor Phyllis following worship.

January 25- Annual meeting of the congregation and corporation.

New Pastor Search

Jerry and Ginnie Anderson have joined Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson and Peg Bivens as the committee continues to review our options for new pastoral leadership. The Session has approved the plan for having pulpit supply, with different pastors filling the pulpit each Sunday , for a period of time after Pastor Phyllis retires. Please pray for the work of this committee and the session during our search for new pastoral leadership.

Support the Knoxville Food Pantry

… a local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. The need in our community continues to grow. Donate your time. Thank you to Harold Jenkins who transports our collected staple items each month.

Knoxville Council of Churches

The council will meet again February 3, 2015 at Knoxville Methodist Church.

2014 Christmas Food Baskets

We are collecting staple items for the annual Christmas basket ministry sponsored by the Knoxville Council of Churches. Again this year we are asked to focus on: macaroni & cheese, graham crackers, canned fruit, toothpaste.
Donations should be left at the church by Sunday December 7.
Volunteers are needed throughout the day on packing day December 10 and again on distribution day December 11. Contact Peg Bivens or Linda Palmer if you are available to help.

Stone Soup Thanks

We received heartfelt thanks from both the Knoxville Food Pantry for the money donation and the Galesburg Rescue Mission for our donation of unsold soup.

Order of Worship…continued

by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen ,Associate for Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The order of worship that centuries of Christians have adapted from the pattern of Jewish worship is an ancient order that is intended to move us more deeply into intimate communion with God in Christ. There is a reason why we do what we do when we do it. Understanding this structure may help you move more fully aware into the divine presence as you worship.
Sermon
Though spoken through a person, we are to hear the sermon as God speaking to us. Thus, some sermons begin with the Triune ascription: “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” Preaching is the announcement of God’s good news in Christ who invites us to participate in the ongoing activity of God at work in the world to bring about redemption, not only for us, but for all of creation. The sermon is usually based upon one or more scripture readings and unfolds the Bible in such a way that we see how God is continuing to speak to us today in ways that are similar to those experienced by our ancestors of the faith. Basically, the sermon is God’s dynamic, eternal Word spoken to us in such a way that we might hear what God has to say to us and be encouraged to follow the Lord in faith.

Building & Maintenance

Painting last month included touch-up in the Nursery. It looks great ! Cleaning, painting, and caulking to the window sills helped us prepare for the winter months. Thank you to Ginny Kasser. The session approved participation in a light bulb replacement program through Ameren which will change us to mostly newer, energy efficient lamping. Special gifts from George and Phyllis Sterr and Barb Ball will help off-set the $269 cost.

Nominating Committee activated

The 2014 committee of Barb Ball, Julie Shaver, Jack Ball, Mary Dawson and Sherry Wallace will be meeting to recommend members to fill the positions of three elders for terms on the session, to be elected at the annual meeting in January.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation.

The 184rd annual meeting will be held Sunday, January 25, 2015. We will convene the meeting briefly at 11:00 AM to elect elders, will recess for worship, and reconvene following worship for the business meeting.

Budget for 2015

The session adopted a budget totaling
$47,516 at the November meeting. Detailed copies of the budget are available in the church office or from treasurer Barb Ball and will be presented at the annual meeting in January.

2015 Per Capita Apportionment

Our church remits an amount per member to pay our share of the administrative costs of our denominational governing bodies each year. For 2015 this is $28.00. The money is included in our annual budget.

Per Capita - $28.00 total
(General Assembly - $7.07
Synod - $3.81
Presbytery - $17.12 )

Christmas Joy Offering
“O send out your light and your truth; let them lead me .” Psalm 43:3

This annual, special offering provides assistance for those who have dedicated their lives to the service of the church and supports leadership development and education at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

Birthday Celebration

We are planning a special celebration honoring Pastor Phyllis Sterr on her birthday Sunday, December 28, 2014.
Please join us for worship and for the dinner and party immediately following.

Hanging of the Greens

Thank you to Chairman Barbara Ball and her volunteers for our festive Christmas and Advent decorating. It was finished up on Saturday November 29 in time for the first Sunday of Advent November 30. Many hands helping made the task go quickly.
Great team work !

Thanksgiving Service well attended…

This was our year to host the annual Thanksgiving Service sponsored by the Knoxville Council of Churches. Pastor David Shreeves from First Christian Church delivered the message and Pastor Sterr and Pastor Michael Clark also officiated. Coffee and cookies were served following the service and our guests lingered and visited. Thank you especially to Sherry Wallace and Peg Bivens for cookies, and to Julie Shaver for set-up and to Barb and Jack Ball for the fall decorating.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5:30 PM
December 24

The Stained Glass Voice
November 2014
Grace and Peace to you,

The Session has selected November as Tithing Month; during this month, the church will give 10% of its offering to a local charity or mission. This is also the time of year when each member has the opportunity to consider their giving to the church.
Here are some quotes about giving:
Mother Teresa said this: “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
Winston Churchill said this: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Peter Marshall said this: Give according to your income, lest God make your income according to your giving.
As we consider our giving to the church, let’s think about two stories in the New Testament. In these two stories we find two extremes in giving. Luke 12:13-21, gives us the story of “the parable of the rich fool.” In this text, Jesus tells us the story of the rich man whose crop had produced abundantly and he hoarded it all for himself. He had it all and gave nothing. In Mark 12:38-44, we have the story of the widow’s mite.” Here we have the story of a widow who gave out of her poverty rather than out of her abundance. This widow lady had just two mites (about 1 or 2 cents); it was all she had, and she gave it all; she had nothing and gave it all.
These two stories show a contrast in giving. Having it all and giving nothing, or having nothing and giving it all. Most of us are somewhere in between these two extremes in our giving.
Tithing is about trusting God. It’s all about giving to God first and then trusting God to meet our needs. God met the needs of the rich fool and that man chose to use the abundance to meet his own desires and wants. The widow lady gave God all she had and then trusted God to meet her needs.
We need to act on our faith with our whole hearts, which requires sacrifice, risk, and faith. We need to give out of our faith in God, give out of our trust in God, give out of our love for God.

Shalom,
Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet on November 12, 7:00 PM at the church. Presbytery Liaison Kathy Stoner Lasala will attend this meeting

Session Members:

Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !
August

November

5 Ashley Boggs
6 Ron Hatch
7 Jim Rainey
11 Alice Thurman
18 Aubree Bivens
19 Bill Beardsley
Barbara Ball
22 Kelly Wallace
26 Jim Hutchcroft
27 C.L. Palmer
Jon Rainey
Ginny Kasser
28 Faron Wallace
30 Joe Beardsley
Gordon King
December

1 Tom Main
2 Linda Palmer
Harold Jenkins
3 Cody Jones
6 Tammy Wallace Boggs
13 Rose Burgess
17 George Sterr
19 Jonathan Taylor
John Rosene
21 Robin Jenkins
Jack Larson
27 Reese Inniss
28 Phyllis Sterr

Our Prayers

We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up those who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara & Gordon King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Prayers for healing go to Jerry Anderson ( recovering from back surgery) Rich Dawson, Debbie Beardsley, Bill Beardsley, and Jim Hutchcroft. We seek prayers for pastor Phyllis’ youngest sister, Joyce in her battle with cancer; We lift up prayers for Mary Dawson as she recovers from her hip surgery.

Quilts of Valor

Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.

Quilt Show
It was again an impressive and moving display. Our thanks to all the QOV volunteers for their efforts.

Economy Corner
Resale Shop- Open Thurdays from 10 AM to 2 PM
Continue your support of the ministry. Donate. Shop. Thank you to our volunteers.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

Calendar

Nov 12 session meets

Nov 23 Thanksgiving service sponsored by Knoxville Council of Churches at our church 7:00 PM

Deadline for poinsettia orders

Nov 29 Decorate Church. 9:00 AM Barb Ball Chairman

Nov 30 Advent begins

Dec 10-11 pack and distribute food baskets

Dec 10- Chirstmas Caroling in the home of Jack & Barb Ball 6:00 PM

Dec 24- Candlelight Service 5:30 PM

January 25- Annual meeting of the congregation and corporation following worship.

New Pastor Search

Jerry and Ginnie Anderson have joined Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson and Peg Bivens as the committee continues to review our options for new pastoral leadership. Please pray for the work of this committee and the session during this process.

Support the Knoxville Food Pantry

… a local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. The pantry received requests from 6 new familes last week. The need in our community continues to grow. Donate your time. Thank our volunteers!

Knoxville Council of Churches new treasurer

Tammy Baker from Grace Lutheran Church accepted the duties of treasurer at the meeting on November 4, 2014.

The council will meet again February 3, 2015 at Knoxville Methodist Church.

2014 Christmas Food Baskets

We are collecting staple items for the annual Christmas basket ministry sponsored by the Knoxville Council of Churches. Again this year we are asked to focus on: macaroni & cheese, graham crackers, canned fruit, toothpaste.
Donations should be left at the church by Sunday December 7.
Volunteers are needed throughout the day on packing day December 10 and again on distribution day December 11. Contact Peg Bivens or Linda Palmer if you are available to help.

Stone Soup

Another great team effort by our congregation made this a successful fundraiser. Thank you, thank you, thank you ! Approximately $1200 was raised. Half sent on to Presbyterian missions and half to Knoxville Food Pantry. Unsold soup was donated to the Galesburg Rescue Mission.

Order of Worship

Our session works with the pastor to select the elements and order of our worship for Sunday services. In changing things up last year we examined in more detail what we do and why we do it. One of our resources was a document by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen, Associate for Worship for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Here are more some excerpts from that paper.

Anthem
God’s Word can come to us in a variety of ways—not just through scripture and preaching. God speaks through many means, including music. Indeed, many people say God speaks best to them through the music of the church.
Having a choir or band of instruments isn’t about good musicians putting on a superb recital in the middle of the service, which is why applause isn’t appropriate for anyone but God in a worship service. We are not being entertained by a musical interlude. Of course, sometimes we burst into applause as a way of expressing thanks for the Spirit that has moved us, but we need to be careful that worship is not perceived as us getting something, but about giving ourselves to God in praise and prayer and service.
Sometimes the anthem is done as an offertory, an offering of our gifts in thanksgiving for all God’s gifts to us. The choir is intended to be representative of the congregation’s voices rising in praise or petition to God. Similarly, God speaks to us through the music of the choir. So when the choir sings, the people become instruments—instruments of the congregation and/or instruments of God’s Spirit blowing through them to sing the good news.

Suspending Contemporary
Music

For the past several years we have been using music videos on the fourth Sunday of each month.
We will be suspending this for a while. Thank you to Dustin, Lucas, and Ginny Kasser who have served faithfully as our technicians .

Poinsettia Orders

Each year we enjoy a poinsettia garden tree as part of our Christmas decorations in our sanctuary thanks to our members and friends who choose this method or honoring or remembering loved ones.

Choice of Red or White
$7.00 each, prepaid

Deadline for ordering Sunday November 23, 2014
Send orders to the church at
PO Box 222 Knoxville IL 61448

Number of plants__________
Choice of color____________
In honor of__________________________________________________________________________________________________________
In memory of________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Given by____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Building & Maintenance

Painting volunteers met on November 1 and tackled the ladies restroom. It looks so good they now plan to do the men’s room as well. Less obvious, but as essential, was painting done on the inside window sills before we closed up for winter.

Surprise Visitor

We enjoyed having the Rev Carolyn Weber join us at worship on November 1. Carolyn has relocated in Monmouth following completion of her assignment in Ethiopia. She has been busy traveling to speaking assignments nationwide and will be returning to Ethiopia from Jan –March next year as a mission volunteer. We are joining in prayer for friends of hers, mission workers injured by attack.

Nominating Committee activated

The 2014 committee of Barb Ball, Julie Shaver, Jack Ball, Mary Dawson and Sherry Wallace will be meeting to recommend members to fill the positions of three elders for terms on the session, to be elected at the annual meeting in January.

The Stained Glass Voice
September 2014
Grace and Peace to you,
I have a necklace that has a mustard seed in it. Now the mustard seed is not very big; in fact it’s very small. In Jesus’ day the mustard seed was the smallest of seeds, but when it was planted, it grew into the largest of trees. Jesus tells his disciples in three of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke), that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains (according to Matthew and Mark) and you can move a tree and plant it in the sea (according to Luke). In the 17th chapter of Luke, Jesus was responding to a request by the disciples to “increase their faith.” Jesus had been teaching them about forgiveness, and he was telling them that they must forgive and forgive and forgive, and then if that person sinned against them again, they must continue to forgive. And the disciples were like, “forgive seven times and then forgive seven times more?” They were overwhelmed; they couldn’t do that; they weren’t that good; they weren’t that strong. And we can relate to that, can’t we? We can’t do anything important; we can’t and don’t make a difference to anyone; How can I feed the hungry and clothe the naked; how can I bring peace to those around me; how can I spread the gospel of Jesus Christ; how can I forgive people who have hurt me so badly? We have feelings of fear, despair, hopelessness; we forget what our faith is about; we forget what God can accomplish in us. Well, we’re not alone, because the disciples experienced the same feelings. They felt that what they faced in life was just too much, it was too hard; their small faith just couldn’t handle it; so they cry out to Jesus: “increase our faith.” And how does He respond to their request? Does he lay his hands on them and pray and give them more faith? No! Does he snap his fingers and grant them a super-sized order of faith? No! Instead, he says to them, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, be uprooted and planted in the sea and it will obey you.” Well, what kind of an answer is that? It’s a strange answer, that’s what it is. But it really is the best answer, because the real issue for the disciples and for us, is not how much faith we have, but rather do we have any faith at all. If we have faith, even just a tiny little bit of faith, then I think we’re on the right track. And besides, like that mustard seed that is planted and grows into the largest of trees, our tiny bit of faith also grows. As we worship and pray and study the Bible and receive the body and blood of Christ, as we do what God calls us to do, we will grow in our faith.

Shalom,
Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet on September 10, 7:00 PM at the church.

Session Members:

Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !
August

September

3 Tricia Bivens Gilbert
7 Renee Jenkins
9 Sally Hutchcroft
Andrea Boggs
10 Deanie Jenkins
12 Ann Hutchcroft Weber
14 Yvonne Apsey
18 Sherry Wallace
16 Noah Emery
21 Don Wallace
25 Mary Dawson

October

01 Rae Griffith
02 Candy Rosene
08 Jane Smith
11 Ethan Inniss
12 Emilee Gilbert
17 Janet Selman
26 Kim Inniss
Deora Inniss

Our Prayers
We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up those who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara & Gordon King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Prayers for continued healing go to Rich Dawson, Debbie Beardsley, Bill Beardsley, Dorothy Kasser, Audrey Martin, Joyce Hudson, and Jim Hutchcroft. We seek prayers for pastor Phyllis’ mother Jane Darby and youngest sister, Joyce; for Linda Eck’s mother and for Jessica Krause daughter of Julie Shaver.

Quilts of Valor

Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.
Get Ready
QOV will again host a quilt show at the church during the Knox County Scenic Drive weekends, and invites you to bring a quilt to share for display.

Economy Corner
Our thrift shop plans to be open both Saturdays during the Scenic Drive this year.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

Calendar

September 7 return to fall worship schedule
Drive by cook-out Boyscout Fundraiser
September 13
Cardboard box sleep-out
September 14
Habitat 2X4 Sunday
Breakfast 8:30 AM
Pastor Phyllis on vacation
Rev Linda Baldwin preaching
September 21
Complete Habitat 2X4 offering collection
Oct 4 & 12 Scenic Drive Soup & Quilts
October 5 & 12 9 AM Worship during Scenic Drive
Oct 17& 18 “ Bloom where you are planted “ Presbytery workshops

New Pastor Search

The advisory committee to the session, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson and Peg Bivens, have evaluated the list of eligible candidates for new pastoral leadership and made a report to the session on a potential new pastor for contract work with us when Pastor Phyllis leaves after to end of the year. The session expects to make a final determination in October.

Support the Knoxville Food Pantry
… a local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. Donate your time. Thank our volunteers!

Presbytery Fall Workshops
October 17 & 18

Bloom Where you are Planted
A great opportunity to gather and learn, sponsored by our Presbytery of Great Rivers held close by at Weaver Ridge in Peoria. $25 includes workshops and meals. More information at www.greatriverspresbytery.org or the bulletin board in the assembly room.

Continue to Pray for the work of the Knoxville Council of Churches

We still have two essential leadership positions to fill for this group. They are: Treasurer's Position ,
( Pastor Phyllis has been filling in temporarily, buit will be leaving the end of the year.) Christmas Food Basket Chair ( volunteers are needed to organize the 2014 campaign) ,

Stone Soup
Soup base was scheduled for preparation on September 6. Thank you to Jan & Harold Selman for shopping for the prep items this year.

Sign-up sheets are being circulated for pie donations and workers.

Peg Bivens and Julie Shaver are serving as co-chairmen this year and counting heavily on the wonderful volunteer spirit that runs through our congregation. With everyone working together as a team things just work out beautifully.

Proceeds this year will go ½ to our Presbyterian Missions and ½ to the Knoxville Food Pantry.

Return to Fall Worship
We resume our fall/winter worship schedule on Sunday September 7, 2014
Adult Sunday School 9:30AM
Coffee Hour: 10:30 AM
Worship: 11:00 AM
( Nursery and Children’s Sunday School provided during worship)

2 X 4 Sunday
Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Knox County.
September 14 & 21 have been designated as the annual 2 X 4 Sundays, building awareness of the work of Habitat for Humanity and collection of a special offering to go to our local affiliate in Knox County. Come and sign our 2 X 4 to be used in the construction of a local habitat home.

Order of Worship
Our session works with the pastor to select the elements and order of our worship for Sunday services. In changing things up last year we examined in more detail what we do and why we do it. One of our resources was a document by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen, Associate for Worship for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Here are more some excerpts from that paper.

Call to Worship

This is usually a brief responsive reading that basically says, “Hey, let’s worship God!” It is God’s invitation to enter into the divine presence. The word worship comes from an old English term that was not originally religious in connotation. Worship simply meant “to ascribe honor to something or someone because of its/their ultimate importance.” This is what we do when we worship God

Assurance of Pardon

As we confess our shortcomings and God offers us the assurance that in Jesus Christ—who lived, died, and was raised to show us the power of God’s love that conquers the power of sin—we are forgiven and loved regardless of what we have done in the past. We have the assurance that we are continually being made new into the Image of Christ. The slate is wiped clean and we can live in hope toward the future without being enslaved to our past failures. In Christ, we have the power to work with God’s Spirit who is continually making all things in accord with the divine purpose.
Response
Because the assurance of pardon in Christ is such good news, we’ve got to respond to the message of God’s love with joy and thanksgiving. Usually we do this in song that comes bursting forth with full-throttle praise or reflective wonder.

Passing of the Peace

This is an ancient greeting of brothers and sisters in Christ. After the preliminary entrance rites in which we enter into God’s presence, we greet one another with the peace of Christ as common forgiven sinners. As we are forgiven, so we forgive. This is also a good time to reconcile with those family members who drove us crazy trying to get to church on time, church members with whom we have tensions, or people we're not so happy to see. What is acknowledged as most important between us at this time in the service is the peace of Christ that passes all understanding (and misunderstanding!).
The peace may also come at other times in the service and function in different ways. A passing of the peace before the offering and communion, for example, is an opportunity to reconcile with our brother or sister before we present our gift at the offering. Regardless of where it comes in the service and how it functions, the passing of the peace stresses what the community has in common—the grace of God in Christ that holds us all in communion with one another regardless of how we feel about it.

Pastor Phyllis on Vacation

September 14
Rev Linda Baldwin preaching

October 4
Laura Duncan preaching

Cleaning Day

We will be meeting on Saturday September 20 at 8:00 AM to do fall cleaning inside the church. Come and help as we tidy up. If you cannot come on this day but are willing to tackle a task let Building and Maintenance Chairman Ginny Kasser know.

Organ Fund

The session voted to designate the proceeds from the Ice Cream Social ( $320) this summer to the church’s organ fund. We will be having some service work done soon on the organ. Humidity this summer has caused some problems with sticking keys and pedals.

New Boiler Info

Building and Maintenance Chairman Ginny Kasser received an estimate on the cost of replacing our current heating system boiler with a newer, more efficient model. The cost was approximately $36,000 for a 94% efficient unit verses our present 60% efficient model. This upgrade is not feasible at this time. However, the session would like to plan and budget $4000 for replacement of current piping in the near future.

The Stained Glass Voice
August 2014

Grace and Peace to you,
In a few more weeks the kids will start back to school. Back to School – it’s always a fun, exciting time for the kids - new clothes, new backpacks, school supplies, etc. – seeing friends they haven’t seen all summer. And of course this year the high school kids will be starting back in a new high school. I’m sure they are excited about that. I came across this back to school story: A head teacher is making his rounds of the school when he hears a terrible commotion coming from one of the classrooms. He rushes in and spots one boy, taller than the others, who seems to be making the most noise. He seizes the lad, drags him to the hall, and tells him to wait there until he is excused. Returning to the classroom, the head teacher restores order and lectures the class for half an hour about the importance of good behavior. 'Now,' he says, 'are there any questions?' One girl stands up timidly. 'Please sir,' she asks, 'may we have our teacher back?'Yes, soon the kids will be back in the classroom – teachers teaching and kids learning. That got me thinking about what Jesus taught. What were some of the basic principles that Jesus taught? Well, here are a few things that He taught.He taught about love. Once he was asked which is the most important commandment, and he responded : “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus also taught about forgiveness. He said this about forgiveness, “And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”Jesus taught about not judging others. He said, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Jesus also taught about prayer. He prayed to his Father often and taught us that we should do the same. Once the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, and he taught them to pray, "Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation." And of course Jesus taught that he was the Messiah, the one and only son of God. In some respects, Jesus was not what everyone had expected because He came from such humble beginnings. Some had been expecting a king or a mighty warrior who would free Israel in a military or political sense. Instead, Jesus came to save them from themselves and their sinful nature. Despite all of His miracles, many of the Jewish leaders of that day could not accept Jesus as the Messiah and eventually, He was put to death. But Jesus claimed to be more than just the Messiah. He also claimed to be the Son of God. He often referred to God as “His Father”. When He was baptized by the John the Baptist in the Jordan River, he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
Jesus taught a lot of other things too, like hypocrisy and greed, but these are some that I thought of – ones that are important in my life Shalom, Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet on August 13, 7:00 PM at the church.

Session Members:

Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !
August

3 Mecca Rainey
6 Jamie Palmer Thanepohn
16 Rev. Charles Cunningham
17: Dawne Palmer Pilkington
Clara King
19: Randy Boggs
Will Stevenson
20: Jesse Wallace
Joshua Wallace
22: Randi Swope
23: Connie Washabaugh
24: John Huxtable
26: Simon Nyi
27: Lynn Washabaugh
31: Ila Clark
Joyce Hudson

September

3 Tricia Bivens Gilbert
7 Renee Jenkins
9 Sally Hutchcroft
Andrea Boggs
10 Deanie Jenkins
12 Ann Hutchcroft Weber
14 Yvonne Apsey
18 Sherry Wallace
16 Noah Emery
21 Don Wallace
25 Mary Dawson

Our Prayers
We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up those who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Prayers for continued healing go to Rich Dawson, Debbie Beardsley, Bill Beardsley, Dorothy Kasser, and Audrey Martin; to Joyce Hudson, and to Jim Hutchcroft and Gordon King. We seek prayers for pastor Phyllis’ youngest sister, Joyce, diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer.

Sympathy

Condolences are extended to Jill Wallace and family. Jill’s mother Alice Arnold died June 15th.

Quilts of Valor

Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.
Get Ready
QOV will again host a quilt show at the church during the Knox County Scenic Drive weekends, and invites you to bring a quilt to share for display.

Economy Corner
Thank you to our weekly volunteers for their hours spent operating this outreach ministry.
Please continue to support the resale shop with your donations, and visit to shop Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

Calendar

August 10 Worship in the Park 9:00 AM
August 26 Council of Churches meets, 7:00 PM, Grace Lutheran Church
September 7 return to fall worship schedule
September 14 & 21 Habitat 2X4 Sunday
Oct 4 & 12 Scenic Drive Soup & Quilts
October 5 & 12 9 AM Worship during Scenic Drive
Oct 17& 18 “ Bloom where you are planted “ Presbytery workshops

New Pastor Search
The advisory committee to the session, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson and Peg Bivens, continue to evaluate the list of eligible candidates for new pastoral leadership. Pastor Phyllis has set her retirement date and will be leaving us at the end of this year . Please keep the work of the committee in your prayers as the session to looks for new leadership for our church.

Support the Knoxville Food Pantry
… a local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. Donate your time. Thank our volunteers!

Presbytery Fall Workshops
October 17 & 18

Bloom Where you are Planted
A great opportunity to gather and learn, sponsored by our Presbytery of Great Rivers held close by at Weaver Ridge in Peoria. $25 includes workshops and meals. More information at www.greatriverspresbytery.org or the bulletin board in the assembly room.

Pray for the work of the Knoxville Council of Churches
The Council of Churches will be discussing these some of the current needs at the next meeting August 26th.
They are: Vacant Treasurer's Position on the Council,
( Pastor Phyllis has been filling in temporarily since Helen Stewart gave this job up after many years of service ) Christmas Food Basket Chair ( volunteers are needed to organize the 2014 campaign) , School Supplies Program ( 20-14 donations and support weree way down from last year), and Food Pantry Needs (crackers, canned fruit, and cereal).

Prepare for Stone Soup
Keep our annual Scenic Drive Stone Soup project in mind as you work through garden produce and fill your freezers with pie filling fruits. We will be gathering in September to prepare our “base” and can use donations of vegetables and spices. It’s a great time to clear your pantry shelves of bits of this and that. Staple items can be left in the church kitchen anytime, just mark them “soup.”
Note: we already have the “stone.” It was donated years ago by May Edwards and we reuse it each year .

Return to Fall Worship
We will resume our fall/winter worship schedule on Sunday September 7, 2014
Adult Sunday School 9:30AM
Coffee Hour: 10:30 AM
Worship: 11:00 AM
( Nursery and Children’s Sunday School provided during worship)

We’ve moved things around
Everything is still there, but in a different place. Thanks to Ginny Kasser and volunteers from the building and maintenance committee furniture the room switch is done. We now have a “lounge” where the outer office was, the general church office where the pastor’s office had been, and the Pastor’s study back where it started in the room with the fireplace off the sanctuary. It’s a work in progress as we get things acclimated. We uncovered a roll of the wallpaper joint tape during the moving and Harold Jenkins worked on some needed repairs there. Stop by and take a look...

2 X 4 Sundays
Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Knox County
September 14 & 21 have been designated as the annual 2 X 4 Sundays, building awareness of the work of Habitat for Humanity and collection of a special offering to go to our local affiliate in Knox County. Come and sign our 2 X 4 to be used in the construction of a local habitat home. Peg Bivens is again planning to lead a cardboard box sleep-out on Saturday, September 20.

VBS 2014
You can get a glimpse of the fun had at Workshop of Wonders Vacation Bible School this year. We have a copy of the video put together by Sue Davidson. When the leaders met to assess this year’s program we all agreed that we want to share the experience with more children in 2015. Each church is creating a contact list of children to contact next year.

On the lighter Side…
A list of hymns was left in the newsletter box. It’s worth sharing some of them here.
Contractor’s Hymn- The Church’s One Foundation.
Politician’s Hymn- Standing on the Promises. Shopper’s Hymn- Sweet Bye and Bye. Massage Therapist’s Hymn- He Touched Me. Hymns for those who are prone to exceeding the speed limit on the highway:
45 mph= God will Take Care of You. 65 mph = Nearer My God to Thee. 100 mph = Precious Memories.

Order of Worship
Our session works with the pastor to select the elements and order of our worship for Sunday services. In changing things up last year we examined in more detail what we do and why we do it. One of our resources was a document by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen, Associate for Worship for the Presbyterian Church (USA). Here are some excerpts from that paper.

To Greet One Another in Love
The church is not an institution but the gathered community of faith. “Wherever two or more are gathered in my name,” Jesus said, “there am I in the midst of them.” The church is a gathering of people who need God and are interested in participating in the journey of faith in Jesus Christ, the Way. When we gather together in worship, we are watching the body of Christ assemble like Ezekiel’s dry bones coming together in the resurrection power of God’s Holy Spirit. We should greet one another in love like family, for even if we haven’t met, in Christ we are brothers and sisters, children of God. As we come together, there may be announcements, instructions regarding the service, family news.

To Be Still and Know that God is God / Prelude
A musical prelude provides a way of entering into a more meditative, receptive mood to examine our hearts as we prepare to meet our Maker. The prelude is like a curtained door into another place where we can meet God. Times of silence in worship are for your individual prayer and meditation. The prelude is a time to get quiet in your soul to prepare yourself to meet God in worship. Open yourself to God and ask God to speak during worship as you prepare to give God glory.

Entrance in Light
In some churches, acolytes process up the aisle to light the candles on the table. This is to symbolize the entrance of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, into our midst as we gather together. Some churches don’t have acolytes, but the lit candles remind us of the presence of Christ that precedes us and is waiting for us.

The Stained Glass Voice
July 2014
Grace and Peace to you,

There’s the story of a man walking past a farm and noticed a farmer feeding pigs in a most unusual manner. The farmer would lift a pig up to a nearby apple tree, and the pig would eat the apples off the tree directly. The farmer would move the pig from one apple to another until the pig was satisfied, then he would start again with another pig. The man watched this activity for some time with great astonishment. Finally, it was more than he could take. He walked over to the farmer and asked, "This is the most inefficient method of feeding pigs that I can imagine. Just think of the time that you would save, if you simply shake the apples off the tree and let the pigs eat them from the ground!" The farmer looked puzzled and replied, "What’s time to a pig?"
That’s a good point; time is nothing to a pig. But for us humans, time is extremely important. So let’s think about God’s Timing. God has a time for everything! Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” There are several things we need to know about God’s timing in our life.
#1: God is in control. God is in total control. “There is a time for everything.” Not some things; not most things; not convenient things; not happy things; not positive things; EVERYTHING. There is an appointed time in God’s timetable for everything. God is in control.
#2: God’s timing is enough. Have you ever been in one of those places in life where you felt trapped, like there was no way out? Maybe you’re going through some crisis and you’re wondering if God is ever going to show up. Whatever your situation is, I can’t promise that God is going to answer your prayer the way you want Him to, but I can promise that you will make it through if you hold fast to God. And (there is) a season for every activity under heaven.” Everything. God has a time for everything. He’s going to take care of you in everything. He’s going be with you in everything. Not 99% of things. Everything.
#3: God’s timing is surprising. We’re not always ready for it. We can usually think of a thousand reasons why we’re not ready to do what God wants us to do. But we have a very creative God; and who am I that I should know His ways; and about the time I think I have God figured out, He messes me up. He takes me into another season and He surprises me with another of His ways of working through people; ways that I never thought possible, probable, or workable. But then, thank goodness, I’m not God.

Shalom

Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet next on August 13, 7:00 PM at the church. There is no meeting in July.

Session Members:

Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

July

4: Fred Apsey
9: Debbie Beardsley
12: Rev Dr. Carolyn Weber
16 David Shaver
Barbara Cozadd
18: Joyce Beardsley
20 : Abby Ball
28: Natalie Goss

August

3 Mecca Rainey
6: Jamie Palmer Thanepohn
11. Lori Nyi
16 Rev. Charles Cunningham
17: Dawne Palmer Pilkington
Clara King
19: Randy Boggs
Will Stevenson
20: Jesse Wallace
Joshua Wallace
22: Randi Swope

23: Connie Washabaugh
24: John Huxtable
26: Simon Nyi
27: Lynn Washabaugh
31: Ila Clark
Joyce Hudson

Our Prayers

We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up members who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Prayers for continued healing go to Rich Dawson, Debbie Beardsley, Bill Beardsley, Dorothy Kasser, and Audrey Martin; to Joyce Hudson, and Jim Hutchcroft. We pray for Gordon King, recovering after surgery at Knox County Nursing Home. We seek prayers for pastor Phyllis’ youngest sister, Joyce, diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer.

Sympathy

Christian condolences to Mary Dawson at the death of her dear brother.

Quilts of Valor

Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.
Get Ready
QOV will again host a quilt show at the church during the Knox County Scenic Drive weekends, and invites you to bring a quilt to share for display.

Economy Corner

Thank you to our weekly volunteers for their hours spent operating this outreach ministry.

Please continue to support the resale shop with your donations, and visit to shop Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

Calendar

July 4 179th Anniversary of our church
July 13 Project School Room gift deadline
August 10 Worship in the Park
August 26 Council of Churches meets
September 7 return to fall worship schedule
Oct 4 & 12 Scenic Drive Soup & Quilts
Oct 17& 18 “ Bloom where you are planted “ Presbytery workshops

New Pastor Search

The advisory committee to the session, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson and Peg Bivens, will continue to evaluate the list of eligible candidates for new pastoral leadership. Pastor Phyllis has set her retirement date and will be leaving us at the end of this year . Please keep the work of the committee in your prayers as the session to looks for new leadership for our church.

Vacation Bible School
“Imagine & Build with God, a Workshop of Wonders.”

Betsy Hamil ( FCC) sums it up for all of us: “We planned and planned. We collected lots of material. We kept planning and preparing, not knowing if anyone would come. Believing in our message that God works wonders, we stepped out in faith and God provided kids of all ages! God provided an abundance of team members learning to work together AND an array of eager "children."
I couldn't say who benefitted more. I think it's a toss-up!
Everyone imagined and built and grew and worked.
Everyone walked with God!

Thank you for all that YOU did. Every link held the chain together and made it strong. God takes ordinary people who believe and does extraordinary things!” $312.95 was collected in offerings during the week for the Knox County Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Our decorations were recycled and sent along to another Presbyterian church in Monmouth for reuse.
Special thanks to our own VBS team members Ginny Kasser, Pastor Phyllis Sterr, Mary Dawson, Barb & Jack Ball, and Peg Bivens.

Planning has already begun for 2015…. Save time the 3rd week in June !

Pastor Phyllis on Vacation

July 20

Come and enjoy the preaching of seminary student Laura Duncan.

Ice Cream Social

We served the Ice Cream Social in the park at the Wednesday Band Concert on June 18, 2014. Thank you to chairman Julie Shaver and all her volunteers. Our members responded generously with their time and donations of baked goods. A great team effort ! Approximately $300 profit was realized.

Building & Maintenance

Volunteers met on Saturday 21st to tidy up the grounds outside the church. Thank you to Building Chairman Ginny Kasser, Harold Jenkins, Linda Palmer, Ginnie
& Jerry Anderson and Peg Bivens for their labor. It looks great out there !

Knoxville Food Pantry

The need is always greater in the summer months when school is not in session. Jane Smith suggests that we consider an early Christmas gift and give a donation now, helping fill the bare pantry shelves..
Please remember this ongoing local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. Donate your time. Thank our volunteers!

Project School Room 2014 needs your help.

The deadline is looming and donations are lagging.

The Knoxville Council of Churches is again sponsoring the free distribution of school supplies for District 202 students. $20,000 is needed to provide supplies for 720 students. The project supplied 359 students last year in grades K-8 and the goal is to expand to serve students through grade 12 this year. July 13 is the deadline for gifts of supplies or money to the project this year for the August 2, 2014 distribution. Contributions may be sent to the church designated School Room Project or direct to Deanna Reynolds, Knoxville Council of Churches, 1369 Knox Hwy 8, Knoxville IL 61448.

Speak the truth
in love
Ephesians 4:15

.Presbytery Fall Workshops

Bloom Where you are Planted

A great opportunity to gather and learn, sponsored by our Presbytery of Great Rivers held close by at Weaver Ridge in Peoria. $25 includes workshops and meals. More information at www.greatriverspresbytery.org or the bulletin board in the assembly room.

Pray for the work of the Knoxville Council of Churches

The pastors discussed some of the current needs facing the Knoxville Council of Churches at their monthly pastor’s meeting. The Council will be discussing these topics at the next meeting August 26th.

They are as follows: Vacant Treasurer's Position on the Council, ( Pastor Phyllis has been filling in temporarily since Helen Stewart gave this job up after many years of service ) Christmas Food Basket Chair ( volunteers are needed to organize the 2014 campaign) , School Supplies Program ( 20-14 donations and support are way down from last year), and Food Pantry Needs (crackers, canned fruit, and cereal).

Prepare for Stone Soup

Keep our annual Scenic Drive Stone Soup project in mind as you work through garden produce and fill your freezers with pie filling fruits. We will be gathering in September to prepare our “base” and can use donations of vegetables and spices. It’s a great time to clear your pantry shelves of bits of this and that. Staple items can be left in the church kitchen anytime, just mark them “soup.”
Note: we already have the “stone.” It was donated years ago by May Edwards and we reuse it each year .

Bon Voyage

We send our prayers for safe travel to Jamie Palmer Thanephon . Jamie has accepted a teaching position in Virginia and will be moving soon. ( and our prayers for parents C.L. and Linda who will be helping move)

The Stained Glass Voice
June 2014
Grace and Peace to you,
This week George and I are on vacation. We are spending the week at our camper (at Oak Run). We have been resting and relaxing, golfing, and spending time with friends. It’s good to get away from our work to rest and relax.
I was thinking about this song: “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Those days of soda and pretzels and beer. Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. You’ll wish that summer could always be here.” It was sung by Nat King Cole, released in 1963. Well, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer have finally arrived (after a very long, hard, cold winter), and it’s important for all of us to take time to rest and relax – it helps us to refocus so that we can tackle our work.
Jesus gives us an example of the importance of getting away to rest and relax. Mark 6:32: The Apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.
Before this, Jesus had sent them out to cast out demons, to heal, and to preach. And now they have returned and are telling Jesus all that they have done. He seems to sense that they now need some time to rest and relax and refocus. Jesus knew the importance of resting.
God also thought taking some time for rest and relaxation was important. Genesis 2:2-3: By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. And Exodus 20:8: Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
So, this summer take some time off to rest and relax; have fun, take a trip, go golfing or fishing, or roll over and go back to sleep; and when you do, remember that God blessed the seventh day and made it Holy; so it’s also important to come to church to worship God, to praise God, and to give God thanks.
Our summer hours at church are from June thru August. Join us for worship at 9:00 a.m.; there is no Sunday school for children or adults. Have a great summer; rest, relax, have fun and worship God.

Shalom, Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet next on June 11, at 7:00 PM at the church.

Session Members:

Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

June

1 Carson Wallace
2 Janet Cunningham
6 Nick Beardsley
9 Dustin Kasser
10 Bryce Ball
18 Amber Wallace
20 Rachael Voss
21 Greg Beardsley
Jacob Emery
22 Renee Voss

July

4: Fred Apsey
9: Debbie Beardsley
12: Rev Dr. Carolyn Weber
16 David Shaver
Barbara Cozadd
18: Joyce Beardsley
20 : Abby Ball
28: Natalie Goss

Our Prayers

We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up members who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Prayers for continued healing go to Rich Dawson, Debbie Beardsley, Bill Beardsley, Dorothy Kasser, and Audrey Martin. And to Candy Rosene who is recovering from her recent knee surgery. We pray for Mary Dawson’s brother, and for Joyce Hudson who is recovering with a broken arm, and Jim Hutchcroft with a stroke. We seek prayers for pastor Phyllis’ youngest sister, Joyce, recently diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer.

Sympathy

Our condolences to Deannie Jenkins on the death of her sister Florella Clifford and to Joyce Hudson on the death of her sister Elaine Kneer.

Quilts of Valor

Visit the QOV display this month at the Ice Cream Social
June 18 in Central Park.

Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information. QOV will again host a quilt show at the church during the Knox County Scenic Drive weekends.

Economy Corner

Thank you to our weekly volunteers for their hours spent operating this outreach ministry.

Please continue to support the resale shop with your donations, and visit to shop Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

Calendar

June 14-21 General Assembly meets in Detroit
June 18 Ice Cream Social
June 22 VBS kickoff
June 25 Free Concert, Tim Zimmerman & the King’s Brass
July 4 179th Anniversary of our church
July 13 Project School Room gift deadline
August 10 Worship in the Park
Oct 4 & 12 Scenic Drive Soup & Quilts
Oct 17& 18 “ Bloom where you are planted “ Presbytery workshops

New Pastor Search
The advisory committee to the session, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson and Peg Bivens, met again on May 31 and reviewed the list of eligible candidates new pastoral leadership upon the retirement of Pastor Phyllis. Please keep the work of the committee in your prayers as the session begins to look for new leadership for our church.

Vacation Bible School

June 22-26, 2014

Morning Session 9:30-11:30
Evening Meal 5:45 -6:30
Workshops 6:30-8:30

“Imagine & Build with God, a Workshop of Wonders.”

WOW ( workshop of wonders), again partnering with First Christian Church and First United Methodist Church. We will offer a morning session this year in addition to the evening program, and sessions for Jr & Sr. high and adults. A family meal will be served at 5:45 each evening at the Methodist Church before the workshop sessions. The special registration kick-off will be Sunday Evening June 22.Volunteers are needed to help. Contact Peg Bivens for more. Watch for registration forms next month !

Pastor Phyllis on Vacation

June 8,
July 6 July 20

Seminary student Laura Duncan will fill the pulpit for us on these Sundays and we look forward to hearing Laura preach.

HOLY WEEK

Ice Cream Social

We will be serving the Ice Cream Social in the park at the Wednesday Band Concert on June 18, 2014. Sign up lists for pie donations and workers are circulating. Serving starts at 6:00 PM Contact Julie Shaver for more information.

Graduates

Congratulations to Nathan Erickson, grandson of Sharon Larson on his graduation from college this spring.

Building & Maintenance

Planning work is underway on design and installation of handrails on the steps to the raised platform in the sanctuary. Ginny Kasser is working with local woodworker Lowell Mannhardt. The project was approved by the session and will be funded in memory of Jack Larson.

Knoxville Food Pantry

Please remember this ongoing local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. Donate your time. Thank our volunteers!

Project School Room 2014

The Knoxville Council of Churches is again sponsoring the free distribution of school supplies for District 202 students. $20,000 is needed to provide supplies for 720 students. The project supplied 359 students last year in grades K-8 and the goal is to expand to serve students through grade 12 this year. July 13 is the deadline for gifts of supplies or money to the project this year for the August 2, 2014 distribution. Contributions may be sent to the church designated School Room Project or direct to Deanna Reynolds, Knoxville Council of Churches, 1369 Knox Hwy 8, Knoxville IL 61448.

Seeking to be Faithful Together:
Guidelines for Presbyterians During Times of Disagreement
In a spirit of trust and love, we promise we will…

Speak the truth
in love
Ephesians 4:15

Free Concert

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass will performing at First United Methodist Church, Prairie & Ferris Streets, Galesburg.

Presbytery Fall Workshops

Bloom Where you are Planted

A great opportunity to gather and learn, sponsored by our Presbytery of Great Rivers held close by at Weaver Ridge in Peoria. $25 includes workshops and meals. More information at www.greatriverspresbytery.org or the bulletin board in the assembly room.

Disaster

One of the mission projects we support though our One Great Hour of Sharing offerings is the Presbyterian Disaster and Relief Fund. This unites our efforts with other Presbyterians to respond in aide to help victims of disasters worldwide: flood, earthquake, tornado, hurricane. We have seen lots going on. We keep ourselves ready spiritually to handle all that comes along by study and prayer, and we respond generously to those who need our help when disaster strikes.

There are some simple things that we can do personally that would better equip us to weather the crucial first 72 hours if we ourselves should become disaster victims.
Consider 3 days without electricity in our community:

With the loss of power come side effects you may not think of. There will be no gasoline available. (Without power, there is no way to pump the gas.) You might be far from home. Your car's heater might be your only source of heat. The money in your pocket will have to last until power is returned. Some supplies may be available, but buying some items like a manual can opener will be impossible. Cash cards will be useless if power or phone lines are lost. Many stores will have a hard time opening since items don't have prices on them anymore, thanks to scanning cash registers!

Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.

The Stained Glass Voice
May 2014
Grace and Peace to you,

Yeah – it’s Spring, and I know we’re all ready for it. Ugh – it’s allergy season, and for those of us who suffer from allergies, we don’t look forward to it, and today I am really suffering; red, puffy, itchy, watery eyes, and sneezing. And I never sneeze just once; when I sneeze its 4 or 5 or more times. I was sneezing this morning, and George said “God Bless you!” I responded, “Thanks, I need all the blessings I can get.” I got to thinking, why do we say that after a person sneezes anyway - “God Bless You”? Well I looked it up online and found several reasons for that phrase, including these three:#1: “God Bless you” is something that we think as polite to say after someone sneezes, even if we don’t know them.
#2: The tradition of blessing a sneeze began as an actual blessing by Pope Gregory in 590AD. An outbreak of the bubonic plague was closing in on Rome and sneezing was thought to be an early symptom. Saying, “God Bless you” was thought to be a common halt to the disease.#3: Another reason for saying, “God Bless you” when someone sneezes, is that legend has it that your heart stops everything you sneeze; saying God Bless you” was supposed to ensure that you would continue living and your heart would continue beating.Well, regardless of why we do it, I think it’s a really good idea. It’s a good idea to ask God’s blessings on people. I sometimes bless people when they are seriously sick, or dying, or going through a crisis in their lives. I also sometimes close written communication with the words, “God Bless you”.
Jesus often blessed people. He began His earthly ministry blessing people. He gave the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, at the beginning of his ministry; He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit; Blessed are they who mourn; Blessed are the meek; Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness; Blessed are the merciful; Blessed are the pure of heart; Blessed are the peacemakers; Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness.” He blessed people throughout his Ministry. When children came to him, He took them in His arms and blessed them. And He concluded His earthly ministry blessing people. After the resurrection, He blessed the disciples and ascended into heaven. It’s apparent that Jesus loved to bless people.So what does that mean for us? To me it means that God wants us to be blessed and happy. Genesis 1:27-28: “So God created Man in His own image. In the image of God He created them. Then God blessed them…” Later, Aaron (in Numbers 6:24-26) pronounced this blessing on the Israelites: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon, and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” In other words, I think our happiness is independent of what is happening to us. For example, when things are going well for us, that’s great; we are blessed. But we also need to remember that when things are not going well for us, we are still blessed. So the next time someone sneezes, bless them; and even if they don’t sneeze, bless them anyway. Remember God wants us to be blessed.

God Bless You,
Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet next on May 14, at 7:00 PM at the church.

Session Members:

Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vkasser@knox.edu

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

May

2 Audrey Nyi
4 Sid Smith
Claire Stevenson
7 Sharon Larson
15 Novalee Beardsley
21 Jill Gibbs
Andrea Stevenson
26 Amaree Wallace

June

1 Carson Wallace
2 Janet Cunningham
6 Nick Beardsley
9 Dustin Kasser
10 Bryce Ball
18 Amber Wallace
20 Rachael Voss
21 Greg Beardsley
Jacob Emery
22 Renee Voss

Our Prayers

We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up members who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Prayers for continued healing go to Rich Dawson, Debbie Beardsley and Audrey Martin. We lift up Bill Beardsley, recovering from the amputation of his toe and Dorothy Kasser, mother of Tim Kasser, who had recent back surgery. We pray for Florella Clifford, sister of Deannie Jenkins and Mary Dawson’s brother.

In Sympathy

Our condolences go to Sharon Larson at the death of her husband Jack Larson on April 10.

Quilts of Valor

Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information. QOV will again host a quilt show at the church during the Knox County Scenic Drive weekends.

Economy Corner

Thank you to our weekly volunteers for their hours spent operating this outreach ministry.

Please continue to support the resale shop with your donations, and visit to shop Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

Worship Assistants

Thank you to Ginny Kasser for scheduling volunteers to help during Sunday worship and to all our volunteers for their service. A new list has been posted in the sanctuary.

Calendar

May 6 Council of Churches meets, here, 7:00 PM
May 14 Session meets 7:00 PM
May 18 Bryce Ball Graduation party
June 18 Ice Cream Social
July 4 179th Anniversary of our church
July 13 Project School Room gift deadline

Nursery
Kelly Wallace is on hand each week as our nursery attendant.

New Pastor Search
The advisory committee to the session, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson and Peg Bivens, met on April 5 and began preparations for new pastoral leadership upon the retirement of Pastor Phyllis. The next meeting is May 24, 2014 at 10 AM. Please keep the work of the committee in your prayers as the session begins to look for new leadership for our church.

Vacation Bible School

June 22-26, 2014

Moring Session 9:30-11:30
Meal 5:45 -6:30
Workshops 6:30-8:30

“Imagine & Build with God, a Workshop of Wonders.”

WOW ( workshop of wonders), again partnering with First Christian Church and First United Methodist Church. Enthusiasm is building amongst the leaders as we plan for this year’s VBS. We will offer a morning session this year in addition to the evening program, and sessions for Jr & Sr. high and adults. A family meal will be served at 5:45 each evening at the Methodist Church before the workshop sessions. The special registration kick-off will be Sunday Evening June 22.Volunteers are needed to help. Contact Peg Bivens for more. Watch for registration forms next month !

Pastor Phyllis on Vacation

May 4, June 8,
July 6 July 20

Seminary student Laura Duncan will fill the pulpit for us on these Sundays and we look forward to hearing Laura preach.

HOLY WEEK

Palm Sunday we adorned the sanctuary with fresh palm branches and dedicated our offerings to OGHOS.
Maundy Thursday we joined together and commemorated the last supper Christ shared with his disciples. Thank you to our volunteers who prepared the food enjoyed by all.
Good Friday. A somber evening service marked the crucifixion of Christ and the stations of the cross.
Easter Sunday ! A joyous occasion. We gathered in the dininng room and enjoyed a potluck style breakfast with some of our “favorites” including cheesy potatoes, homemade rolls, & quiche. Worship included special musical from Lucas Kasser on the violin. God blessed us with perfect weather which heightened our joy in celebrating.

Ice Cream Social

We will be serving the Ice Cream Social in the park at the Wednesday Band Concert on June 18, 2014. Contact Julie Shaver for more information.

Congratulations

To Sherry Wallace and family on the birth of a new great-grandbaby to granddaughter Amber and husband.

To Marti Sterr, son of Pastor Phyllis and George, on his recent engagement .

Graduates

Congratulations to Bryce Ball.
Bryce will graduate from Monmouth College on Sunday, May 18 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, Political Science and Business. He graduates Summa Cum Laude with highest honors. Bryce will attend law school this fall at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

All are Invited
To celebrate, the family is having a cookout for Bryce at the Ball home at 4:00pm on May 18, after graduation. All friends are welcome.

Cleaning Day

Thank You to Linda Palmer, Ginny Kasser and Peg Bivens for their work on April 12 in doing some extra cleaning inside the church. Thank you also to Harold Jenkins who takes on the weekly task of seeing that all our trash and recycling make it to the curb for pick-up.

Welcome New Members

We are very happy to receive Jerry and Ginnie Anderson into membership. The session acted on their transfer of membership at the April 9 meeting.

Building & Maintenance

Planning work is underway to design and install handrails on the steps to the raised platform in the sanctuary. Ginny Kasser is working with local woodworker Lowell Mannhardt on pricing of the design. The project was favorably received by the session and final approval is expected soon.

Knoxville Food Pantry

Please remember this ongoing local mission project in our community. Support it with your donations of money or staple food items. Donate your time. Thank our volunteers!

Project School Room 2014

The Knoxville Council of Churches is again sponsoring the free distribution of school supplies for District 202 students. $20,000 is needed to provide supplies for 720 students. The project supplied 359 students last year in grades K-8 and the goal is to expand to serve students through grade 12 this year. July 13 is the deadline for gifts of supplies or money to the project this year for the August 2, 2014 distribution. Contributions may be sent to the church designated School Room Project or direct to Deanna Reynolds, Knoxville Council of Churches, 1369 Knox Hwy 8, Knoxville IL 61448.

Seeking to be Faithful Together:
Guidelines for Presbyterians During Times of Disagreement
In a spirit of trust and love, we promise we will…

Speak the truth
in love
Ephesians 4:15

4 Share our concerns directly with individuals or groups with whom we have disagreements in a spirit of love and respect in keeping with Jesus’teachings.

5 Focus on ideas and suggestions instead of questioning people’s motives, intelligence or integrity;
_ we will not engage in name-calling or labeling of others prior to, during, or following the discussion.

6 Share our personal experiences about the subject of disagreement so that others may more fully understand our concerns.

Easter Lily Garden
2014

White lilies add a special touch to our sanctuary each year on Easter Sunday, trumpeting the good news of our risen Lord Jesus Christ !

Thank you to our members and friends for generously donating these flowers as tributes and honorarium. This year we honor and remember these saints.

Lilies in Honor of: Given by:

Claire & William Stevenson Jack & Barb Ball & family

Lilies in Memory of: Given by:

Nancy Ball Jack & Barbara Ball & family
William & Norma Evans
Patty Qualls
Robert Ball

Gertrude & Franklin Burgess Rose Burgess & family
Helen & J. Russell Steele
Joe Burgess, Sr.

Darrell Dawson Mary Dawson & family
Donald Trowbridge

Emery & Eunice Jenkins Harold & Deanie Jenkins
Bud & Pauline Klinck & family

Doug Larson Sharon Larson
Renay Albrecht

George & Minnie Hatch C.L. & Linda Palmer
Gene & Letha Palmer
Jean Hatch
Ted Webster

Richard Rainey The Rainey Family
Sadie Rainey Hinsch

Gene & Letha Palmer Candy & John Rosene
Wayne & Jane Rosene
Tom Rosene
Ted Webster

Kelli Sullivan Harold & Jan Selman
Russell & Ada Selman
Robert &Alice Allison

Onis Darby Pastor Phyllis & George Sterr
Clyde, Iris & Gary Sterr
Ray & Mildred Hall
Catharine Sterr

Darwin “Slim” Thurman Alice Thurman
Patricia Thurman Murphy

Dick & Mary Goff Jennifer & Gordon Johnson & family
Julianne Goff

Kenneth Martin Audrey Martin & family
Gordon & Hazel Watters
Charles & Maude Martin

Mary & Raymond Anderson Jerry & Ginnie Anderson
Casper Wagner

Russell Moore Julie & David Shaver
David Allen Hodge III

The Stained Glass Voice
April 2014

Grace and Peace to you,
A pastor told this story during his Easter sermon: a little boy was not exactly happy about going to church on Easter Sunday morning. His new shoes were too tight, his tie pinched his neck and the weather was just too beautiful to be cooped up inside. As he sulked in the back seat, his parents heard him mutter: 'I don't know why we have to go to church on Easter, anyway; they keep telling the same old story and it always comes out the same in the end.'
Many of us are so like that little boy. We’ve heard the same old story over and over again, and it always comes out the same in the end. It’s become too predictable, too familiar. We’ve heard the Easter story so much that it no longer amazes us. We hear just enough of the story each year to prevent us from getting the real meaning of it, the amazing joy and power of it. How do we bring back the thrill of the story?
I think we can recapture the joy of the resurrection by joining Christ during Holy Week; by putting our self there with Him, up close and personal. On Palm Sunday watch from the parade route as He enters Jerusalem, and hear the story of the last week of his life. Go with Him and the disciples to the upper room on Maundy Thursday for a Seder meal; listen to “The Seven Last Words of Christ” on Good Friday as He hangs on the cross; on Holy Saturday wait in quiet, somber, as Jesus’ body rests in the tomb. Then celebrate with us on Easter Sunday that He is not dead, but has risen from the dead and what a difference his resurrection has made.
Please join us for Holy Week Services. The dates and times are: Palm Sunday (April 13), 11:00 a.m.; Maundy Thursday (a Seder Meal, April 17, at 6:30 p.m.); Good Friday Service (“The Seven Last Words of Christ”, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.); Easter Sunday (April 20), Breakfast at 9:30 a.m., and then Easter Worship Service at 11:00 a.m.

Shalom,
Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet next on April 9, at 7:00 PM at the church.
Session Members:
Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com
Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vkasser@knox.edu
Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz
Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net
Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net
Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

April

14 Ian Smith
16 Lucas Kasser
20 Audrey Martin
Harold Selman
May

2 Audrey Nyi
4 Sid Smith
Claire Stevenson
7 Sharon Larson
15 Novalee Beardsley
21 Jill Gibbs
Andrea Emery Stevenson
26 Amaree Wallace

Our Prayers
We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up members who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Prayers for healing go to Don Wallace for broken ribs and to Judy Pecharich for blood clots. Prayers for continued recovery go out to Richard Dawson, Deb Beardsley, Audrey Martin.

In Sympathy

We were saddened last month at the death of member Kenny Martin.

Quilts of Valor
Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner

Thank you to our weekly volunteers for their hours spent operating this outreach ministry. Please continue to support the resale shop with your donations, and visit to shop on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military
Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

World Mission
Our Tithing Grant this year was awarded to our friend and mission co-worker Rev. Dr. Carolyn Webber. This was her email response: “You all at the Knoxville Church have indeed been faithful friends
during my mission here in Ethiopia. You have prayed and sacrificed and rejoiced with the mission God is accomplishing through my efforts with the students and with many others in Ethiopia. I am deeply touched and deeply thankful for your most recent contribution to my work here. You all have been so faithful in keeping missions--both local and international--as your number one priority through all the years I've known you and worked alongside you. It has always gladdened my heart to see the joyful participation of all concerned to support the needs of God's children, whatever those needs might be and wherever they have occurred.
I'll be back in the States for 3 months of
mission interpretation from July through the end of September. I haven't yet nailed down my timeframe for in depth sharing in the Great Rivers Presbytery; however,
whether it is during their specified time OR outside of that particular time, I hope to spend some time with you worshiping and interpreting mission when I'm in the area. You have been my Galesburg
area home church and I've always felt so welcomed by all. Many blessings, big hugs, and much love to you as you journey through Lent!”

Individual contributions in support of Carolyn’s work can be sent to Presbyterian World Mission, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 with E200472 on the memo line.
www.pcusa.org/carolyn-weber

Knoxville Food Pantry
We continue to support this ongoing community ministry project operated by volunteers including members of our church. The pantry accepts donations of staple food items as well as money used to purchase bulk items from distribution centers. Donations of canned fruit, soups, hamburger helper, and strawberry jelly are especially appreciated.
Increasing numbers of people are being served through this ministry .

Worship Assistants
Thank you to Ginny Kasser for scheduling volunteers to help during Sunday worship and to all our volunteers for their service.

Calendar
April 10 lucheon/Bazaar, First United Meth Ch Galesburg
April 12 Church cleaning day
April 13 Palm Sunday
April 17 Maundy Thursday
April 18 Good Friday
April 20 Easter Sunday
April 26 VBS planning meeting

Nursery
Kelly Wallace is on hand each week as our nursery attendant.

Per Capita 2014
$28.00 per member

Snow… Snow… Snow

We were are still shoveling through last month and hope we have seen the last of winter. Thanks to George Sterr and C.L. Palmer for clearing the way on the last Sunday snowfall.

New Pastor Search
The advisory committee to the session, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson and Peg Bivens, planned to meet on April 5 to begin preparations for new pastoral leadership at the retirement of Pastor Phyllis. The session met with executive presbyter Sue Krummel in March to review the process. Please keep this in your prayers as the session begins to look for new leadership for our church.

Vacation Bible School

“Imagine & Build with God, a Workshop of Wonders.”

WOW ( workshop of wonders)June 22-26, again partnering with First Christian Church and First United Methodist Church. Enthusiasm is building amongst the leaders as we plan for this year’s VBS. We will offer a morning session this year in addition to the evening program, and sessions for Jr & Sr. high and adults. Volunteers are needed to help. Contact Peg Bivens for more information. The next meeting will be April 26 at 10 AM at FCC.

Pastor Phyllis on Vacation

May 4, June 8, July 20
Seminary student Laura Duncan will fill the pulpit for us on these Sundays and we look forward to hearing Laura preach.

Knox Prairie Community Kitchen ( KPCK)comes to Knoxville

The free dinner held on Thursday March 6, 2014
at Knoxville United Methodist Church and sponsored by KPCK and Knoxville Council of Churches was a huge success with 149 in attendance. For more information about KPCK visit knoxprairiekitchen.org.

One Great Hour of Sharing 2014

Faith Endures
“Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts.” Romans 5:5

Our gifts to OGHOS support mission projects administered through the programs of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self Development of People.

We will dedicate this year’s offerings on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014.

HOLY WEEK

Plan to join us during Holy Week April 13 – 20, 2014 as we journey toward Easter.

Palm Sunday we adorn the sanctuary with fresh palm branches and dedicate our offerings to OGHOS during regular worship.

Maundy Thursday join in our Seder meal at 6:30 PM, a special time of food and fellowship commemorating the last supper Christ shared with his disciples. The simple “Passover style” meal is prepared by volunteers and served in the Sunday School Assembly Room.

Good Friday. A somber evening service at 7:00 PM marking the crucifixion of Christ and the stations of the cross. Held in the church sanctuary

Easter Sunday ! A joyous occasion. Gather in the lower level dining room for a potluck style breakfast at 9:30 AM. ( bring something to share: food, free- will offering, your presence) Worship at 11:00 AM with special music and lily garden in the sanctuary. A time of rejoicing and praise !

Tithing Grant Awarded

$251.90 was sent to Presbyterian World Missions in support of the work of Rev. Dr. Carolyn Weber in Ethiopia.

Elder Training

Training for new elders is an annual requirement of the Book of Order. All of our newly elected members of the session are ordained elders returning to active service but the group still willingly met to brush up on Presbyterian polity and process.
Elder training was held April 2 hosted by clerk Peg Bivens.

Looking Ahead

Ice Cream Social

We will be serving the Ice Cream Social in the park at the Wednesday Band Concert on June 18, 2014

Stone Soup

The session voted to continue again this year with the annual Stone Soup and Quilt Show during Knox County Scenic Drive October 4 & 11.

Presbytery

Pastor Phyllis and Mary Dawson attended the meeting on March 11, 2014. Mary is our Presbytery delegate this year.
It was a long meeting day but informative. One of the items they brought back for our use was a copy of the guidelines for Presbyterian during times of disagreement. It's not a new document; it was adopted by the General Assembly in 1992. Sessions and congregations are reminded to adopt and use the guidelines as a resource to aide in peaceful resolution of conflict. Here is a excerpt from the guidelines:

Seeking to be Faithful Together:
Guidelines for Presbyterians During Times of Disagreement

In a spirit of trust and love, we promise we will…

Give them a hearing…listen before we answer
John 7:51 and Proverbs 18:13

1 Treat each other respectfully so as to build trust, believing that we all desire to be faithful to Jesus the Christ;

2 Learn about various positions on the topic of disagreement.

3 State what we think we heard and ask for clarification before
responding, in an effort to be sure we understand each other.

The Stained Glass Voice
March 2014
Grace and Peace to you,
I read a story of a ship that was sinking in the middle of a storm, and the captain called out to the crew and said, "Does anyone here know how to pray?" One man stepped forward and said, "Yes sir, I know how to pray." The captain said, "Wonderful, you pray while the rest of us put on life jackets - we're one short."
The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 5. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of Christians through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving and self-denial. And so I thought prayer would be a good topic for this newsletter. I will focus on 5 aspects of prayer in this article: What is prayer? What are the different types of prayer? How often should I pray? What should I pray for?
What is prayer: Prayer is simply talking to God; it’s spending time with God; developing a relationship with God.
What are different types of pray? There are many types of prayers but for purposes of this newsletter article, I will focus on prayer of praise/adoration, prayer of penitence, prayer of petition, prayer of thanksgiving, and prayer of intercession. Prayer of praise/adoration is centered completely upon God, His majesty, glory, and power; His love, mercy and grace. Our personal prayers should begin with this type or prayer. Prayer of penitence is asking for forgiveness of sin. We should always prayers or penitence in our personal prayers. Prayer of petition means to ask for something. This is probably the most used and misused prayer of all. When we ask for material things we should remember to add, “your will be done.” Prayer of thanksgiving is expressing our appreciation to God for the gifts he has given us. Thanksgiving should be part of every prayer. Prayers of intercession are offered on behalf of other people (family, friends, neighbors, co-workers).
How often should we pray? Paul says to always keep on praying. So does that mean literally that we are to pray every minute of every day? No. It’s more about having a heart that is sensitive to God; it’s more about having a relationship with God, and spending time with God. We need to make prayer a part of our daily lives and pray to God throughout the day, lifting up joys and concerns.
What should we pray about? Paul says to pray with all kinds of prayers and requests. In Philippians 4:6, he says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” That’s pretty clear – we are to pray about everything. We can take any request, big or small, to God. If it’s important to us, it’s important to God. God wants us to come to him with any and all of our concerns and needs. He cares about the everyday things as well as the big things we face. When we go to Him with sincere prayer, we should put our trust, faith, and confidence in His ability to help us.
During this season of Lent, let’s all make an effort to pray with all kinds of prayers and requests and to always keep on praying. Mother Teresa said this about prayer, “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to his voice in the depth of our hearts.”

Shalom,
Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet next on March 12, at 6:00 PM at the church.
Session Members:
Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel, Worship
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com
Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vkasser@knox.edu
Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz
Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net
Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net
Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman

Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: pjsterr66@gmail.com

Note NEW EMAIL address for Pastor Phyllis.

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

March

01 Julian Inniss
10 David Jenkins
Patty Rainey Sullivan
25 Vance Swope
29 John Beardsley
31 Grayson Palmer

April

14 Ian Smith
16 Lucas Kasser
20 Audrey Martin
Harold Selman

Our Prayers
We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up members who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. We rejoice that C.L. Palmer has completed his treatments with good results. Continued Prayers for healing go out to Richard Dawson, to Deb Beardsley who will have surgery on her shoulder on March 7, and to Audrey Martin who is recovering from a broken hip and wrist sustained in a fall.

In Sympathy

Condolences go out to Jack Ball on the sudden death of his brother in law Dick O’Brien, to Linda Eck whose aunt Betty Bendick died February 16, and also to Pastor Phyllis Sterr on the loss of her cousin Dennis Bailey February 24.
Quilts of Valor
Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner
A much appreciated donation to the general fund was made last month from profits at the EC !

Thank you to our weekly volunteers for their hours spent operating this outreach ministry. Please continue to support the resale shop with your donations, and visit to shop on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military
Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )

World Mission
Rev. Dr. Carolyn Webber is nearing the completion of her current mission assignment in Ethiopia. We continue to pray for her work, and that of all Presbyterian mission co-workers across the globe.
Individual contributions in support of Carolyn’s work in Ethiopia can be sent to Presbyterian World Mission, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 with E200472 on the memo line.
www.pcusa.org/carolyn-weber

Knoxville Food Pantry
We continue to support this ongoing community ministry project operated by volunteers including members of our church. The pantry accepts donations of staple food items as well as money used to purchase bulk items from distribution centers. Donations of canned fruit, soups, hamburger helper, and strawberry jelly are especially appreciated.
Increasing numbers of people are being served through this ministry .

Worship Assistants
Thank you to Ginny Kasser for scheduling volunteers to help during Sunday worship and to all our volunteers for their service.

Calendar

March 5
Ash Wednesday/ Lent begins
March 6 KPCK dinner
March 8 Chicken & Noodles
Orange Chapel 11-2
March 8 Trivia Nite Fundraiser
March 11 Presbytery meets
March 12 Session meets
March 16 St Patrick’s Day Parade and Dinner
April 13 Palm Sunday
April 17 Maundy Thursday
April 18 Good Friday
April 20 Easter Sunday

Worship
Positive feed-back as received about the changes to our order of worship so the session voted to make this our standard format.

Nursery
Kelly Wallace is on hand each week as our nursery attendant.

Per Capita 2014
$28.00 per member
We pay this amount per member to support the administrative expenses of the Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly.

Snow… Snow… Snow

We are still shoveling… Thanks to those who have helped us keep our walks clear, including our wonderful neighbors Rich White and Dale Lueallen.

Lent Begins
Ash Wednesday
March 5, 2014

Service for distribution of ashes at 6:30 on Wednesday, March 5, at the church.

New Pastor Search
An advisory committee to the session was appointed at the February meeting. Peg Bivens, Julie Shaver and Mary Dawson will serve from the session and they would like a couple additional members from the congregation to join this committee. Contact chairman Peg Bivens if you are interested in serving with this group.
The session is scheduled to meet in March with Presbytery Exec Sue Krummel to review our options and the process. Please keep this work in your prayers.

Vacation Bible School

“Imagine & Build with God, a Workshop of Wonders.”

June 22-26, again partnering with First Christian Church. Enthusiasm is building amongst the leaders as we plan for this year’s VBS. We plan to offer a morning session this year in addition to the evening program, as well as sessions for Jr & Sr high and adults. Volunteers are needed to help. Contact Peg Bivens for more information.

Pastor Phyllis on Vacation

The session approved 2014 vacation Sundays for Pastor Phyllis:
May 4, June 8, July 20
Worship Chairman Barb Ball
has arranged for our seminary student Laura Duncan to fill the pulpit for us on these Sundays and we look forward to hearing Laura preach.

Knox Prairie Community Kitchen comes to Knoxville

Thursday March 6, 2014
FREE dinner 5:30 PM
Knoxville United Methodist Church. Sponsored by KPCK and Knoxville Council of Churches. For more information about KPCK visit knoxprairiekitchen.org.

One Great Hour of Sharing

During the season of Lent we turn our mission focus to the ecumenical work of OGHOS through which we fund a number of Presbyterian mission projects. We will receive bulletin inserts each Sunday highlighting each project area and dedicate our offerings to OGHOS on Palm Sunday.

Laity Sunday

We observed our annual Laity Sunday on February 23, 2014. Thank you to our lay speakers this year: Linda Palmer, Sherry Wallace and Peg Bivens who shared their thoughts with us on “Spiritual Gifts.” Lucas Kasser played the postlude on violin and Dustin Kasser served as organist for part of the service.
Organist Linda Palmer helped teach us about musical meter and the metrical index of tunes as we sang “Amazing Grace” to three different tunes in the hymnal.

Thank You Note
We received this note from organist Linda Palmer
“Thank you for remembering me again this year with your very generous monetary gift. It is greatly appreciated.”
ORDER LILIES

We are planning for our annual lily garden for Easter this year.
The cost will be $7.50 per plant.
Prepaid orders should be sent to the church by Sunday April 6, 2014

Number of plants___________
In honor of _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
In Memory of

Long Session Meeting

We try really hard to limit our session meeting to an hour in length, but our February meeting was loaded with business items and ran nearly two hours.
There are many items of business that need to be taken care of on an annual basis and read into the minutes. Last month we welcomed new members to the session and reappointed committee chairman. Each session member is responsible for overseeing one or more areas in the life and work of our congregation and they welcome help from the congregation in carrying out the work. You will find the session members and their committee responsibilities listed in each newsletter.
The session also elects members to various offices of the church: Mary Dawson, financial secretary; Harold Selman & Barb Ball, Treasurers; Peg Bivens, Clerk of Session; Mary Dawson, Presbytery Delegate; Peg Bivens, Linda Palmer, Jane Smith, council of churches representatives. We thank all these members for their willingness to serve.

From the Treasurer

Our treasurer always stresses just a bit over the state of our finances in the winter months.
Extra high heating bills, repairs to the furnace, reduced offering receipts when church services are cancelled all strain the budget. But Barb Ball reports that things always work out according to God’s plan. Just when she was feeling the effects of the winter strain, she received a call that our Economy Corner would be able to transfer a profit check which helped ease things a bit. We have also received some extra gifts and donations from members and are grateful for this thoughtful and generous giving.

The Stained Glass Voice
February 2014

Grace and Peace to you,
1 Corinthians 12:1, 7-10: “Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”
In this passage of scripture, the Apostle Paul, is talking about our spiritual gifts. He defines the different types of spiritual gifts in these verses. These spiritual gifts include: wisdom, knowledge, faith, the gift of healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues and interpretation of tongues. And then later in this chapter, additional spiritual gifts are mentioned: apostleship, teaching, helping others, and administration. All are gifts from the Holy Spirit.
On February 16, the sermon will be based on this text, and then on February 23 (Laity Sunday), people from the congregation will talk about what their gifts are. So between now and then I want all of you to think about your gifts and how you use them to serve our church. The purpose of spiritual gifts is to build up the church. God's followers should work together with their spiritual gifts as a body to build up the church.
We are all gifted, and it’s important for us to know what gifts we have, and to use those gifts; and to know what gifts we don't have, and encourage others who do have them to use them. What gifts do you have? What gifts do you rejoice in, in yourself and in others?

Shalom,
Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet next on Feb 12, at 7:00 PM at the church.

Session Members:
Barbara Ball(2014)
Personnel
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com
Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vkasser@knox.edu
Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz
61448
289-2471
Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
Linda. Palmer( 2016)
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net
Julie Shaver(2014)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net
Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman
Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: sterr@grics.net

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

February

02 Heather Smith
03 Dennis Dean
08 Laura Beardsley
10 Laura Duncan
14 Suzanne Reed Braden
Jack Ball
15 Jacob Rosene
16 Gina Beardsley
18 Wayne Allen Beardsley
19 Peg Bivens

March

01 Julian Inniss
10 David Jenkins
Patty Rainey Sullivan
25 Vance Swope
29 John Beardsley
31 Grayson Palmer

Our Prayers
We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up members who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Continued Prayers for healing go out to C.L. Palmer, and to Richard Dawson, to Deb Beardsley who suffered a fall resulting in a broken shoulder this last month, and Kenny Martin now recovering his strength at Seminary Manor .

Quilts of Valor
Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner
Thank you to our weekly volunteers for their hours spent operating this outreach ministry. Please continue to support the resale shop with your donations, and visit to shop on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military
Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Army active duty Joe Beardsley.

World Mission
Rev. Dr. Carolyn Webber is nearing the completion of her current mission assignment in Ethiopia. We continue to pray for her work, and that of all Presbyterian mission co-workers across the globe.
Individual contributions in support of Carolyn’s work in Ethiopia can be sent to Presbyterian World Mission, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 with E200472 on the memo line.
www.pcusa.org/carolyn-weber

Knoxville Food Pantry
We continue to support this ongoing community ministry project operated by volunteers including members of our church. The pantry accepts donations of staple food items as well as money used to purchase bulk items from distribution centers. Donations of canned fruit, soups, hamburger helper, and strawberry jelly are especially appreciated.
Increasing numbers of people are being served through this ministry .

Worship Assistants
Thank you to Ginny Kasser for scheduling volunteers to help during Sunday worship and to all our volunteers for their service.

Calendar

February 11
Council of Churches at
Methodist Church (rescheduled)

February 23
Laity Sunday

March 5
Ash Wednesday/ Lent begins

April13 Palm Sunday
April 17 Maundy Thursday
April 18 Good Friday
April 20 Easter Sunday

Christian Ed
The adult class is working through a book entitled Lord, Change My Attitude and reports positive changes already from this weekly study. Newcomers are always welcome to join the class at any time throughout the year.

Building & Maintenance
So far we have handled the sub-zero temps without any frozen pipes, but the cold weather is straining our heating budget. Thank you to Ginny Kasser for her diligence in monitoring the fans to keep the air moving. We did experience a small leak around one of the zone valves in the office, but water damage was minimal from this leak, and the repair to the valve a simple one.

Worship
We have been trying some changes to the order of worship these past few months and the feed-back has been positive. The session will be reviewing this at the February meeting.

Nursery
Kelly Wallace is on hand each week as our nursery attendant.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation

Was held Sunday, January 26, 2014, with 20 members present.
Elders were elected: Peg Bivens will continue for a second term and Linda Palmer will re- join the session. Thank you to our out-going elders, C.L. Palmer and Alice Thurman, for their recent service on the session.
C.L. was ordained as an elder in 1968 and has served many years as an active elder on the session. Thanks also to nominating committee chairman Barb Ball and her committee members:C.L. Palmer, Peg Bivens, Alice Thurman, and Sharon Larson. The nominating committee elected for 2014: Barb Ball, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson, Sherry Wallace, and Jack Ball.

Budget approved for 2014
Copies of the annual budget, approved by the session in November, were distributed at the annual meeting and are available in the church office.

Elder Training
Annual training events held by the Presbytery of Great Rivers are coming up and scheduled for February and March. While these are scheduled especially for newly ordained elders, the workshops are open to anyone who is interested in leadership in the church. February 15 in Peoria. Check out the flyer on the bulletin board in the Sunday School Assembly for more information.

Per Capita 2014
$28.00 per member

Communion for 2014
The session approved celebration of the communion sacrament on the first Sunday of each month, Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve. Contact Ginny Kasser if you would like to be scheduled as a communion server.

Christmas Decorating Down
Thanks from Chairman Barb Ball to the volunteers who stayed after worship on January 19th and helped take down all the decorations. Inclement weather delayed the post -Epiphany event by a week, but many hands made light work. Barb has agreed to head up this committee again in 2014.

Snow… Snow… Snow
This winter has been a challenge. We are keeping up, and staying in compliance with the City of Knoxville ordinance to keep our walks cleared of snow. Some of our helpers are known to us, and some show up and shovel, unobserved. Thanks to George Sterr, Phyllis Sterr, Peg Bivens, Barb Ball, & Ginny Kasser. Also to Linda Wexell & Betsy Hamil from Knoxville Christian Church who helped shovel us into our VBS meeting On Feb 1, and to our neighbor Rich White who fires up his snow blower and keeps it moving our way.

Lent Begins
Ash Wednesday
March 5, 2014

Service for distribution of ashes at 6:30 on Wednesday, March 5, at the church.

Membership
Clerk Peg Bivens reported on the membership at the annual meeting in January. The Presbyterian church recognizes three categories of members for record-keeping: Active, Baptized, and Affiliate.

Active members are those who have made a profession of faith and been enrolled as members of the congregation. We now record 60 active members.
Alice Thurman retains the honor of holding the most years of membership: 68, ( 1946) Followed by Kenny & Audrey Martin and Jim Hutchroft ( all 1948)

Baptized members are those who have received the sacrament of Baptism, but not yet made a profession of faith.
These are usually infants and children. We have six baptized members now on our rolls.

Affiliate members retain membership in another congregation, but have come temporarily under our care because of physical proximity.
This can apply to college students. We have no affiliate members at this time.

In our ministry and worship at our church, we give a broader, more inclusive meaning to the term “member.” Our definition encompasses all with whom we are linked in body and in spirit.
“ We are Open to all people.”

Book of Order revised
Our guidelines for church operations comes to us from the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is printed as the Book or Order. The newest copy is the 2013/2015 edition. Pastor Phyllis and Clerk Peg Bivens each have a copy. The information is also available in a digital version, free, online, through the Presbytery website.

Church Attendance
Financial secretary Mary Dawson presented her report at the annual meeting. Total attendance in 2013 was 1,177 with an average of 22.6 per service. Again this last year, the Christmas Eve candlelight service drew the largest crowd with 60 attending

And offerings
Mary recorded 29 individual and family contributors to the church’s general fund, the greatest number, 6, contributing $2001 and over per year.
Special thanks to the volunteers and donors to our thrift shop. The Economy Corner was able to transfer $3900 to the general fund in 2013.

New Pastor Search

Ginny Kasser has been gathering information for the session about clergy in our area who might be available for pulpit supply after Phyllis departs at the end of this year. The session is scheduled to meet in March with Presbytery Exec Sue Krummel to review our options and the process. Please keep this work in your prayers.

Vacation Bible School
We are in the planning stages now for this summer ministry.
Tentative dates June 22-26, again partnering with First Christian Church. Proposed theme: Imagine & Build with God, a Workshop of Wonders.

The Stained Glass Voice
January 2014

Grace and Peace to you,
Can you believe it? 2013 has come and gone; time sure flies when you’re having fun. As we look ahead to this New Year, I’m sure many of us are thinking of New Year’s Resolutions. But this year, instead of making resolutions that focus on our flaws, how about we focus on our strengths, our gifts? In 1 Corinthians, chapter 12, the Apostle Paul says this about gifts, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” And then he goes on to list our gifts; he says, “And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.”
Our church is, I think a bit like the church that Paul wrote to in Corinth. We have people with a variety of gifts. Some of our gifts are more magnificent, more dramatic in their effect. They are easy to identify and easy to applaud. We have people with the highly visible gifts of prayer and prophecy, and still others the gift of preaching and of teaching and of wisdom; while still others have the gift of music, singing, playing the piano and the organ, or some other musical instrument. And in this church too we have many quieter people, less visible people, who have different gifts; gifts that are less obvious, more ordinary in appearance, and have their impact over the long term rather than in that one instant. Some send cards to those who are having birthdays or grieving the death of a loved one; others make visits to the elderly and to those who are shut-in; some turn the lights on and off before and after worship; lock and unlock the doors, make coffee, provide treats, set up the sound system and the screen and projector for contemporary music; some shovel the snow, fix the copy machine, do the bulletins, clean and make repairs to the church, put up and take down Christmas decorations; some cook and bake and help to make and serve Stone Soup; some prepare minutes and agendas and newsletters; and others take care of the offering and sending thank you notes for memorial money and pay the bills and provide financial reports; some bring and deliver food for the food pantry; and others pray quietly every day for the Pastor and the Elders and all the people of the church. As I think about it, I know that without all the gifts that are offered at this church, our ministry in this community cannot and will not continue; we would never have touched as many lives as we have.
Another year has come and gone, and a new year stretches before us. Let’s use this year to recognize, celebrate, and use our gifts to the glory of God.

Shalom, Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet next on Feb 12, at 7:00 PM at the church. The January meeting was held on January 9.

Session Members:
Barbara Ball
Personnel
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com
Virginia Kasser
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vkasser@knox.edu
Peg Bivens ( Clerk)
Christian Education
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz
Alice Thurman
Evangelism & Membership
402 Madison St
Knoxville IL 61448
289-2471
Mary Dawson
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
C.L. Palmer
Worship
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net
Julie Shaver
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net
Treasurers
Barbara Ball & Harold Selman
Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: sterr@grics.net

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

January

02 Adam Beardsley
05 Emily Huxtable
06 Julie Shaver
13 Doug Beardsley
14 Shirley Payne
16 Amanda Huxtable
20 Jordan Huxtable
21 Sandy Wallace Voss
22 Jeff Bivens

February

02 Heather Smith
03 Dennis Dean
08 Laura Beardsley
10 Laura Duncan
14 Suzanne Reed Braden
Jack Ball
15 Jacob Rosene
16 Gina Beardsley
18 Wayne Allen Beardsley
19 Peg Bivens

Our Prayers
We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support. We continue to lift up members who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs, Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Continued Prayers for healing go out to Tammy Boggs, recent appendectomy, C.L. Palmer, recovering from recent surgery and treatment, and to Richard Dawson, responding well now to his chemotherapy as well as to Pastor Phyllis, Don Wallace, and Deb Beardsley who are having challenges with chronic health problems.

Our Sympathy
Heartfelt condolences go out to members of our community and congregation on the loss this last month of family and friends including Brandis Ruetz, niece of Rose Burgess and John Rosene’s Aunt Jo.

Quilts of Valor
Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner
Thank you to our weekly volunteers for their hours spent operating this outreach ministry. Please continue to support the resale shop with your donations, and visit to shop on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military
Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Army active duty Joe Beardsley.

World Mission
We received an update in the form of a Christmas letter from our mission worker Rev. Dr. Carolyn Webber. The letter is posted on the bulletin board in the Sunday School Assembly Room.
Individual contributions in support of Carolyn’s work in Ethiopia can be sent to Presbyterian World Mission, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 with E200472 on the memo line.
www.pcusa.org/carolyn-weber

Knoxville Food Pantry
We continue to support this ongoing community ministry project operated by volunteers including members of our church. The pantry accepts donations of staple food items as well as money used to purchase bulk items from distribution centers. Donations of canned fruit, soups, hamburger helper, and strawberry jelly are especially appreciated.
Increasing numbers of people are being served through this ministry .

Worship Assistants
Ginny Kasser has created a new schedule for the winter months.

Tithing Month Grant
November was our annual Tithing Month. Treasurer Barb Ball reports that the grant amount to be awarded this year is $253.91. The session will be designating a recipient for our grant at the February meeting. If you have an individual or project that you wish to have considered for this grant, please contact Pastor Phyllis or a member of the session.

Calendar

January 18
Session records review at Monmouth
January 26
Annual meeting of the Congregation and Corporation
February 4
Council of Churches at
Methodist Church
February 23
Laity Sunday
March 5
Ash Wednesday/ Lent begins

April 20
Ester Sunday

Christian Ed

The adult class is now working with a book entitled Lord, Change My Attitude and reports positive changes already from this weekly study. Newcomers are always welcome to join the class at any time throughout the year.

Building & Maintenance

Chairman Ginny Kasser reported on the completion and resolution of 2013 projects at the January meeting of the session: furnace, buckled carpet, exterior window paint, door handle and lock, finish on outside doors, leaking toilet, stained glass display boxes, pew scuffs, bush trimming, rope guard in sanctuary. They are still working on the in progress list, and also have a non-urgent to-do list.
Thanks to her and her committee for their attention to our building this past year.

Worship
We have been trying some changes to the order of worship these past few months and welcome your feed-back. The session will soon be evaluating the response from the congregation on these changes.

Nursery
Kelly Wallace is on hand each week as our nursery attendant.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation

We will hold the annual meeting Sunday January 26, 2014. The meeting will convene briefly at 11:00 AM to elect elders, will recess for worship, then reconvene following worship for the business meeting.

The Nominating Committee:
C.L. Palmer, Peg Bivens, Alice Thurman, Barb Ball, and Sharon Larson will be working to secure candidates to fill expiring terms of Elders.

Budget approved for 2014

The session approved an annual budget of $45, 796 for the coming year. This included a modest increase for the paid staff, as well as anticipated increases in costs of utilities. The 2013 budget was $44,994.

Detailed copies can be requested from Treasurer Barb Ball of picked up at the annual meeting in January.

Baptism

William Brady Stevenson was baptized on Sunday
December 29, 2013 by Pastor Phyllis Sterr. William is the infant son of Scott and Andrea Stevenson; grandson of Barb and Jack Ball.

Elder Training
Annual training events held by the Presbytery of Great Rivers are coming up and scheduled for February and March. While these are scheduled especially for newly ordained elders, the workshops are open to anyone who is interested in leadership in the church. February 8, at Woodhull, and February 15 in Peoria are the two sessions closest to us. Check out the flyer on the bulletin board in the Sunday School Assembly for more information.

Christmas Food Baskets
This Council of Churches outreach ministry project was successfully completed again this year thanks to the efforts of chairmen Pam Neuhaus and Leona Grubb, along with a host of volunteers from our member churches. Thank you to all our members for their contributions of time, money, and staple items in support of this project.

Christmas Joy Offering
This annual, special offering is used to provide assistance to retired church works and to help support racial ethnic schools of the Presbyterian Church. This year $50 has been received.

Staff Christmas Gifts
Thank you to Treasurer Barb Ball for co-ordinating this gift project for us, and to all of you for your generous donations. It was nice for us to make an extra expression of appreciation to Phyllis, Linda, and Laura during the joyous time of Christmas. We so appreciate their hard work in serving us all year.
We received the enclosed note from Pastor Phyllis:
To the Congregation, Members, Friends, Elders, and Session,
Thank you so very much for the monetary Christmas gift I received on Christmas Eve. It was so very generous and thoughtful of all of you to think of me during the Christmas season. I will use the money to buy some personal items for myself and will also buy some household items. Psalm 52:9: “I will thank you forever, because of what you have done.” And I thank all of you forever, for your generosity.

Special offerings for 2014
The session approved the collection of special offerings in the coming year: One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost, Peacemaking, Chirstmas Joy. Money collected from these offerings is sent on to Great Rivers Presbytery for mission support in these designated areas.

Gingerbread Mission
Our annual gingerbread creation this year done by the youth group was a nativity setting complete with marshmallow animals and sour- patch -kid people. Thanks to Ginny and Lucas and Dustin Kasser for delivering it to the Galesburg Rescue Mission. A picture of the project and a thank you from the GRM are on the bulletin board in the Sunday School Assembly.

Per Capita 2014
The amount that our church pays per member to fund the operating expenses of the Presbyterian Church, USA governing bodies: Presbytery ($17.39), Synod ($3.81), General Assembly ( $6.80), totaling $28.00 . This is the same amount as 2013.

Christmas Caroling
We gathered again at the home of Linda & CL Palmer and enjoyed caroling with violin accompaniment by Lucas Kasser, aided by the technology afforded by cell phones and answering machines. We reached but a few of the many folks on our list before time and our voices gave out.
Our singers ranged in age from 2 through 88. A good time was had by all ! Thanks, again, CL & Linda for hosting.
Communion for 2014
The session approved celebration of the communion sacrament on the first Sunday of each month, Maundy Thursday, Christmas Eve. Contact Ginny Kasser if you would like to be scheduled as a communion server.

2013 Christmas Decorating
Thanks, again to Barb Ball for heading up this committee and for their efforts. Everything looked beautiful !

The Stained Glass Voice
December 2013

Grace and Peace to you,
As you read this issue of the Stained Glass Voice, the season of Advent has begun; it began on the 1st Sunday of December, and we looked at how to “Be Ready” for the coming of Jesus into our lives at His lowly birth in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago; at His coming into our lives now as we worship; and at His coming to be our judge at the end of time. And how can we be ready? We can be ready by repenting. Repentance is the act of turning away from our sins to live a new life in Christ.
Over the next 3 Sundays in Advent, we will focus on the “Cast of Characters” in the Christmas Story. The cast of characters (Mary & Joseph, the Shepherds, the three Wise Men, and of course the Baby Jesus) are not currently in our Nativity Scene; but on each Sunday of Advent I will tell the story of each of the cast members and then place them in the Nativity Scene, concluding on Christmas Eve, with the Baby Jesus.
My hope is that by looking at and getting to know the cast of characters in the Christmas Story, we will come to understand the profound impact that the birth of Jesus had on each one of them, and that we will also be profoundly impacted when we celebrate again the birth of Jesus on Christmas.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” Jesus, the son of God, born in a stable, lived and walked among us (teaching and healing); he suffered and died on the cross for our sins, and if we know him as our Lord and Savior, we may have eternal life.
Please join us for worship on Sundays at 11 a.m., and on Christmas Eve at 5:30 p.m.
George and I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas
Shalom, Pastor Phyllis

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Session will meet next on Jan 8, at 7:00 PM at the church. There will not be a meeting in December.

Session Members:
Barbara Ball
Personnel
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com
Virginia Kasser
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vkasser@knox.edu
Peg Bivens ( Clerk)
Christian Education
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz
Alice Thurman
Evangelism & Membership
402 Madison St
Knoxville IL 61448
289-2471
Mary Dawson
Mission & stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
C.L. Palmer
Worship
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net
Julie Shaver
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net
Treasurers
Barbara Ball& Harold Selman
Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: sterr@grics.net

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

December

1 Tom Main
2 Linda Palmer
Harold Jenkins
3 Cody Jones
6 Tammy Wallace Boggs
13 Rose Burgess
17 George Sterr
19 Jonathan Taylor
John Rosene
21 Robin Jenkins
Jack Larson
24 Stewart Nyi
27 Reese Inniss
28 Phyllis Sterr

January

02 Adam Beardsley
05 Emily Huxtable
06 Julie Shaver
13 Doug Beardsley
14 Shirley Payne
16 Amanda Huxtable
20 Jordan Huxtable
21 Sandy Wallace Voss
22 Jeff Bivens

Our Prayers

We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support.
We continue to lift up members who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs Fred & Yvonne Apsey, all at home. Prayers for healing go out to C.L. Palmer, recovering from recent surgery, and to Richard Dawson, undergoing treatment as well as to Pastor Phyllis, Don Wallace, and Deb Beardsley who are having challenges with chronic health problems.

Our Sympathy
Condolences go out to members of our community and congregation on the loss this last month of family and friends including Cheryl Cummings, Gene Mills, Ron Peck, Bob Cain, & Art McElhaney

Quilts of Valor
Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner
Thank you to our weekly volunteers for their hours spent in operating the resale shop. Worker Mary Dawson reports that customer traffic has increased this fall and sales have been good.
Please continue to support this ministry with your donations, and visit to shop on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military
Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Army active duty Joe Beardsley.

World Mission

Individual contributions in support of Rev Dr. Carolyn Weber’s work in Ethiopia can be sent to Presbyterian World Mission, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 with E200472 on the memo line.
www.pcusa.org/carolyn-weber

Knoxville Food Pantry

Continue to support this ongoing community ministry project of the Knoxville Council of Churches.
The pantry accepts donations of staple food items as well as money used to purchase bulk items from distribution centers.
We are serving increasing numbers of people with this ministry . While we are grateful for the space generously provided by the Knoxville Methodist Church, the council continues to search for another location for the pantry which would provide a larger space for refrigeration and storage.

Worship Assistants

An important part of our Sunday worship service is the participation of our members as liturgists, Minute for Mission speakers, acolytes, ushers, communion servers, and greeters. Please contact Elder Ginny Kasser if you are unable to serve as assigned, or to volunteer for a specific Sunday.

Tithing Month

November was our annual Tithing Month. A report of giving will appear in the January newsletter and the session will soon be choosing a recipient for our grant. If you have an individual or project that you wish to have considered for this grant, please contact Pastor Phyllis or a member of the session.

Calendar

December 1
1st Sunday of Advent

December 11 & 12
Christmas Food Baskets packing and distribution

December 18
Christmas Caroling at the Palmer’s home 6:00 PM

December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5:30 PM

December 25
Merry Christmas !
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January 26

Annual meeting of the Congregation and Corporation

Christian Ed

The adult class has finished studying The Road to Emmaus, and is now working with a book entitled Lord, Change My Attitude. Newcomers are always welcome to join the class at any time throughout the year.

Building & Maintenance

A decorative rope guard is being installed at the end of the platform ramp on the west side of the sanctuary. This will serve a safety need, providing a visual reminder of the step there, while still allowing easy access for moving items in and out. Thank you to Ginny Kasser for the gift of this item.

Worship
We are trying some changes to the order of worship during November and December and welcome your feed-back. The session will be evaluating the response from the congregation after a couple of months’ trial.

Nursery again operational
We have re-activated our nursery service on a regular basis during worship. Kelly Wallace is on hand each week as our nursery attendant.

ADVENT BEGINS
Hanging of the Greens
The building has been decked out for the Advent Season thanks to chairman Barb Ball and her committee of volunteers. The group worked early Sunday morning on December 1. We’re still adding a few finishing touches as we go along. Come and enjoy worship with us as we prepare and anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth !

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation

We will hold the annual meeting Sunday January 26, 2014. The meeting will convene briefly at 11:00 AM to elect elders, will recess for worship, then reconvene following worship for the business meeting.

The Nominating Committee:
C.L. Palmert, Peg Bivens, Alice Thurman, Barb Ball and Sharon Larson will be working to secure candidates to fill expiring terms of Elders.

Budget approved for 2014

The session approved an annual budget of $45, 796 for the coming year. This included a modest increase for the paid staff, as well as anticipated increases in costs of utilities. The 2013 budget was $44,994.

Detailed copies can be requested from Treasurer Barb Ball of picked up at the annual meeting in January.

Baptism

The session approved the upcoming baptism of William Brady Stevenson which is planned for Sunday
December 29, 2013. William is the infant grandson of Barb and Jack Ball.

Elder Training

Annual training events held by the Presbytery of Great Rivers are coming up and scheduled for February and March. While these are scheduled especially for newly ordained elders, the workshops are open to anyone who is interested in leadership in the church. February 8, at Woodhull, and February 15 in Peoria are the two sessions closest to us. Check out the flyer on the bulletin board in the Sunday School Assembly for more information.

Good Samaritan Story

Pastor Phyllis and husband George Sterr had the opportunity to make practical application of their Christian faith when they aided a motorist this fall on interstate 74. The young woman they helped was very moved by their act and wrote this note to the church along with a donation of money ( of course Phyllis and George refused payment from her at the scene) “ In deep appreciation for the kindness and generosity of George and Pastor Phyllis Sterr in my distress on Interstate 74. It brought relief, comfort and joy to my heart.” Thank you George and Phyllis your example living out the teachings of Jesus.

Christmas Food Baskets

This project has grown and is now reaching capacity. Pam Neuhaus and Leona Grubb are co-chairs of this year’s program. Our church is to help by sending 2 to 4 people on packing day, Wednesday December 11 to begin working at 9:30, and 3 strong helpers on December 12 to help carry boxes to the cars on distribution day. Thank you to all who have already brought in the staple items and toiletries that will be used to supply the boxes.

Christmas Joy Offering

“ The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” –John 1:4

This annual, special offering is used to provide assistance to retired church works and to help support racial ethnic schools of the Presbyterian Church.

Staff Christmas Gifts

Our annual collection for this
is being handled again this year by treasurer Barb Ball. To participate send contributions to Barb at 129 Westview Drive Knoxville, IL 61448 or drop off to Peg Bivens at her office, Lacy England Agency, 131 North Public Square, Knoxville, IL 61448

The Stained Glass Voice
November 2013

Grace and Peace to you,
The Session has designated November as Tithing Month, and this month of November is also the month that we celebrate Thanksgiving.
I once read a children’s sermon about the word Thanksgiving (the word thanks and the word giving). Thanks means just that – saying thanks or thank you (showing our gratitude); giving means to offer or provide. When we put the word THANKS together with the word GIVING, we have the word Thanksgiving, which means both Giving Thanks, and out of thankfulness, Giving. As Christians we give thanks because God has helped us, and we give help because we are thankful. When we remember those who are sick and hungry and homeless, and how God helps them, and how God has helped us, we are also asked to give our help to others. That’s what being thankful is really all about.
So during this month of November all of us need to stop and reflect on what we have to be thankful for; give thanks for life, health, family, friends, our church family, the grace and love of God, and our country (and all those military men and women who have given so much, so that we can enjoy the freedom that we have). And then I want to remind us that out of our thankfulness, comes giving.
During the month of November the session will give 10% of the church’s offering to a local charity or mission. That’s what Tithing means - to give 10% of all that we have to God. This is also the time of year when each member of the church has the opportunity to consider their giving to the church. Giving is not about the amount of our possessions that we give away; rather giving is about the amount of our heart that we give away, it’s about giving of our time, our talents, and our money.
I am not asking any of you to tithe. What you give to the church is a personal decision that is between you and God. I do hope that during this month of November, all of us will prayerfully consider our giving to the work of this church; to think about giving back to God out of our love for God; to think about giving from the heart.
Luke 6:38: "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Thanksgiving means both Giving Thanks, and out of thankfulness, Giving.

Shalom
Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet on Nov 13, at 7:00 PM at the church.

Session Members:
Barbara Ball
Personnel
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com
Virginia Kasser
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vkasser@knox.edu
Peg Bivens ( Clerk)
Christian Education
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz
Alice Thurman
Evangelism & Membership
402 Madison St
Knoxville IL 61448
289-2471
Mary Dawson
Mission & stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
C.L. Palmer
Worship
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net
Julie Shaver
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net
Treasurers
Barbara Ball& Harold Selman
Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: sterr@grics.net

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

November

5 Ashley Boggs
6 Ron Hatch
7 Jim Rainey
11 Alice Thurman
18 Aubree Bivens
19 Bill Beardsley
Barbara Ball
22 Kelly Wallace
26 Jim Hutchcroft
27 C.L. Palmer
Jon Rainey
Ginny Kasser
28 Faron Wallace
30 Joe Beardsley
Gordon King
December

1 Tom Main
2 Linda Palmer
Harold Jenkins
3 Cody Jones
6 Tammy Wallace Boggs
13 Rose Burgess
17 George Sterr
19 Jonathan Taylor
John Rosene
21 Robin Jenkins
Jack Larson
24 Stewart Nyi
27 Reese Inniss
28 Phyllis Sterr

Our Prayers

We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support.
We continue to lift up members who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs Fred & Yvonne Apsey. Prayers for healing go out to C.L. Palmer, Richard Dawson, Cheryl Cummings, and Deb Beardsley, as well as to Pastor Phyllis and Don Wallace.

Our Sympathy

Condolences go out to members of our community and congregation on the loss this last month of family and friends: Danny Griffith, Roselea Hoane, David Hulsizer, Jim Stomberg, Bob Stoerzbach and Kenny Whittaker.

Quilts of Valor

We enjoyed the annual QOV display at the quilt show during the Knox County Scenic Drive last month.

Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner

Thank you to our weekly volunteers for their hours spent in operating the resale shop.
Please continue to support this ministry with your donations, and visit to shop on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Army active duty Joe Beardsley.

World Mission

Individual contributions in support of Rev Dr. Carolyn Weber’s work in Ethiopia can be sent to Presbyterian World Mission, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 with E200472 on the memo line.
www.pcusa.org/carolyn-weber

Knoxville Food Pantry
Continue to support this ongoing community ministry project of the Knoxville Council of Churches.
The pantry accepts donations of staple food items as well as money used to purchase bulk items from distribution centers.
We are serving increasing numbers of people with this ministry . While we are grateful for the space generously provided by the Knoxville Methodist Church, the council continues to search for another location for the pantry which would provide a larger space for refrigeration and storage.

Worship Assistants
An important part of our Sunday worship service is the participation of our members as liturgists, Minute for Mission speakers, acolytes, ushers, communion servers, and greeters. Please contact Elder Ginny Kasser if you are unable to serve as assigned, or to volunteer for a specific Sunday.

Tithing Month

November is our annual Tithing Month. It has become a tradition in our church to set aside the month of November for personal reflection on the spiritual discipline of Tithing- offering 1/10 to God. Our church commits 1/10 of the offering receipts for this month to a mission project outside of, and in addition to, our regular mission projects. The session chooses a recipient each year after prayerful discussion and deliberation. They welcome referrals from the congregation.
This experience has been a rewarding one for our congregation and a testimony to the work of the holy spirit in our church and in the lives of our members. Many will remember the witness of Josie Andrist to tithing, and the miracle of our church roof relayed by former treasurer Candy Rosene.

Calendar

November 5,
Council of Churches meets

November 7
Annual Turkey Supper at Knoxville Methodist Church

November 13
Session meets 7:00 PM

November 24
Community Thanksgiving Service at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Jim Reynolds preaching. 7:00 PM

November 28
Thanksgiving

December 1
1st Sunday of Advent

December 11 & 12
Christmas Food Baskets packing and distribution

December 18
Christmas Caroling at the Palmer’s home 6:00 PM

December 24
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5:30 PM

January 26
Annual meeting of the Congregation and Corporation

Christian Ed
The adult class is currently studying The Road to Emmaus, and considering the book, Killing Jesus for their next study. Newcomers are always welcome throughout the year.

Christian Education Chairman Peg Bivens is looking for volunteers who would assist with an activity for younger children during church time.

Building & Maintenance

A decorative rope guard will be installed at the end of the platform ramp on the west side of the sanctuary. This will serve a safety need, providing a visual reminder of the step there, while still allowing easy access for moving items in and out.

Worship
We are trying some changes to the order of worship and welcome your feed-back. The session will be evaluating the response from the congregation after a couple of months’ trial.

Nursery again operational

We have re-activated our nursery service on a regular basis during worship. Kelly Wallace is on hand each week as our nursery attendant.

Stone Soup

Another great year of working together on this mission project! Thank you to all who pitched in, helping to make this fundraiser a reality. A special thanks to our co-chairs Julie Shaver and Peg Bivens. Profit this year was $1199.65. ½ was used to pay our church-wide mission pledge and ½ given to Laura Duncan to help with her expenses at Dubuque Seminary.

Christmas Decoration
Contact Chairman Barb Ball to help with this project. Barb reports that they will again this year be sticking with a simple theme of decorations for Advent and Christmas as this was well-received last year.

2 X 4 Sunday

This annual fundraiser for Knox County Habitat for Humanity was observed during worship September 15 and 21. An offering of $ 95. 00 was collected and sent to our local affiliate.

Session to meet with COM

Pastor Phyllis has announced her plans to retire as our pastor in 2015. This has given the session an opportunity to carefully consider our next step. The session will meet in January with members from the Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry to begin our process, and asks for prayers from the congregation to help guide this work.

Christmas Food Baskets

Cash donations for the Christmas Baskets should be made by November 30, and sent to Council of Churches treasurer Helen Stewart, 722 East Ann Street, Knoxville , IL 61448

Our congregation has been asked to focus again this year on Macaroni & cheese and graham crackers. Toiletry items are included in the boxes. Toothpaste is our focus items. Donations need to be left at the church by Sunday, December 8, to be included in the boxes which will be packed on Wednesday December 11. Volunteers are needed on packing and pick-up days, December 11 and 12 at the Knoxville American Legion.

Poinsettia Orders

Choice of RED or WHITE
$7.00 each, prepaid

Deadline for ordering is Sunday, November 24, 2013
Send to Linda Palmer, 1441 Knox Station Road, Knoxville, IL 61448 OR the church at PO Box 222, Knoxville IL 61448

Number of plants_____________________
Color choice______________

In honor of_________________
______________________________________________________________________________

In memory of ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Given by__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Stained Glass Voice
October 2013

Grace and Peace to you,

We once had a minister at my home church in Galesburg who said that there is a beginning and an end to everything. The Bible even talks about beginnings and endings. Revelation 22:13 says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Jesus was the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.
I began my ministry with you in August of 2004; you welcomed George and I to this church with open arms, and we thank you for that. During that time we have worshiped together, laughed together and cried together. We have celebrated weddings and births together and grieved at the death of loved ones and church family. We have celebrated together the birth of Jesus on Christmas Eve, and remembered and reflected on his crucifixion, death, and resurrection during Holy Week and Easter Sunday. We have served stone soup and ice cream; and of course who can forget our 175th Birthday party. I have grown much in my faith over the past 9 years, and I hope all of you have grown in your faith as well.
It has been such an honor for me to serve as your Pastor, and a real joy for me; but after much thought and prayer, I have decided that the time has come for me to end my service to you and this church. On January 1, 2015, I will end my ministry with you, and go into full-time retirement.
That is a ways off (over a year). I want us to spend some time this next year to celebrate and reflect on our ministry together, and to prepare you to receive a new pastor. I want you to look at this not just as ending to our ministry together, but as a new beginning for you as a church.
John Irving, in The World According to Garp, wrote “you only grow by coming to the end of something and by beginning something else.” As a church and as individuals within the church, you will continue to grow as you begin this new chapter in the life of this church.
Shalom, Pastor Phyllis

Session will meet on October 9, at 7:00 PM at the church.

Session Members:
Barbara Ball
Personnel
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com
Virginia Kasser
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vkasser@knox.edu
Peg Bivens ( Clerk)
Christian Education
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz
Alice Thurman
Evangelism & Membership
402 Madison St
Knoxville IL 61448
289-2471
Mary Dawson
Mission & stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
C.L. Palmer
Worship
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net
Julie Shaver
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net
Treasurers
Barbara Ball& Harold Selman
Pastor Phyllis
1040 Erma Drive
Knoxville IL 61448
Home: 309 289-6248
Cell: 309 368-5604
Email: sterr@grics.net

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

October

01 Rae Griffith
02 Candy Rosene
08 Jane Smith
11 Ethan Inniss
12 Emilee Gilbert
17 Janet Selman
26 Kim Inniss
Deora Inniss

November

5 Ashley Boggs
6 Ron Hatch
7 Jim Rainey
11 Alice Thurman
18 Aubree Bivens
19 Bill Beardsley
Barbara Ball
22 Kelly Wallace
26 Jim Hutchcroft
27 C.L. Palmer
Jon Rainey
Ginny Kasser
28 Faron Wallace
30 Joe Beardsley
Gordon King

Our Prayers

We send forth our prayers for members, family, and friends who are struggling and in need of support.
We continue to lift up members who find it difficult to get out and about : Pat Bivens ( Knox Co. Nursing Home), Clara King, Jill Gibbs Fred & Yvonne Apsey. Prayers for continued recovery to Don Wallace and Pastor Phyllis. Prayers for healing go out to C.L. Palmer and Richard Dawson on their cancer treatment.

Our Sympathy

Condolences to Pastor Phyllis Sterr on the loss of her dear cousin.

Quilts of Valor

We are enjoying the annual QOV display at the quilt show at the church during the Knox County Scenic Drive. Be sure and stop in and see this impressive and inspiring work.

Saturdays 8 am to 4 pm
October 5 & 12

Trickets available for the quilt raffle with proceeds going to QOV for postage and supplies.

Volunteer. Join this group of quilters on Tuesdays, from 9AM – 2PM in the dining room area downstairs. Contact Sharon Larson, Jane Smith or Linda Palmer for more information.

Economy Corner

Church member Barb Ball is encouraging us to engage in fall cleaning, purging old “stuff” both tangible and spiritual, making room in our houses and our hearts for all the good gifts God provides. She suggests donations of gently used items to our own resale shop. As church treasurer she notes the significant contribution to the church budget each year from the proceeds of the E.C.

Thank you to our weekly volunteers for all their hours spent in operating the resale shop.
Please continue to support this ministry with your donations, and visit to shop on Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Our Military
Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Army active duty Joe Beardsley.

World Mission
Individual contributions in support of Rev Dr. Carolyn Weber’s work in Ethiopia can be sent to Presbyterian World Mission, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700 with E200472 on the memo line.
www.pcusa.org/carolyn-weber

Knoxville Food Pantry

Continue to support this ongoing community ministry project of the Knoxville Council of Churches.

We will soon be collecting for the Christmas Basket project in addition to the ongoing monthly collection.

Cash donations for the Christmas Baskets should be made by November 30, and sent to Council of Churches treasurer Helen Stewart, 722 East Ann Street, Knoxville , IL 61448
The pantry accepts donations of staple food items as well as money used to purchase bulk items from distribution centers.

The council of churches is searching for another location for the pantry which would provide a larger space for refrigeration and storage.

Worship Assistants
An important part of our Sunday worship service is the participation of our members as liturgists, Minute for Mission speakers, acolytes, ushers, communion servers, and greeters. Please contact Elder Ginny Kasser if you are unable to serve as assigned, or to volunteer for a specific Sunday.

Organ Concert Re- Scheduled

The Organ concert originally planned for October has been rescheduled for the spring.

Looking Ahead

November
is our annual Tithing Month.

November 5, Council of Churches meets

November 7
Annual Turkey Supper at Knoxville Methodist Church

November 13 session meets 7:00 PM

November 24
Community Thanksgiving Service at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Jim Reynolds preaching. 7:00 PM

November 28
Thanksgiving

December 1
1st Sunday of Advent

Christian Ed

The adult class is currently studying The Road to Emmaus. Newcomers are always welcome throughout the year.

Christian Education Chairman Peg Bivens is still looking for volunteers who would assist with an activity for younger children during church time.

Habitat Awareness Sleep Out

Teens tackled sleeping outside the church on September 21st and fashioned “tents” from cardboard boxes. The activity was held to help raise an awareness for the plights of the homeless and to draw attention to the work of Habitat for Humanity in Knox County. Lucas Kasser, Dustin Kasser, Emmanuel Hope, Marina Hope, and Deora Inniss joined adult volunteer Peg Bivens in the sleep-out. Thank you to Ginny and Tim Kasser for providing pizza for the group and to Lindstoms Appliance for a supply of cardboard.

Building & Maintenance

Thank you to Harold Jenkins, Jerry Anderson, and George Sterr for their work on our building this last month.

Bushes trimmed

Yes, they were, and C.L. Palmer wants to be sure that he alone doesn’t take all the credit. Our thanks also to Linda Palmer and Rich Hatch for their help on the project.

Worship We have returned to our fall worship schedule and will be trying some changes to the order of worship. Let us know what you think. The session will be evaluating the response from the congregation after a couple of months’ trial.

Special times during
Scenic Drive Fall Festival

Sunday October 6, 2013
Sunday October 13, 2013

Worship at 9:00 AM
in the dining room, enter through the west side “kitchen door”

Nursery again operational

We have re-activated our nursery service on a regular basis during worship. Kelly Wallace will be our nursery attendant.

STONE SOUP

Thanks to the prep crew who assembled the soup base on September 14, and the cleaning crew who washed the bowls and readied the tables October 2, we are ready forthis annual fundraiser. Proceeds will go half to fund our church- wide mission pledge and half to help seminary student Laura Duncan.

Peg Bivens and Julie Shaver are serving as co-chairs this year and are counting on the fine spirit which always moves though our volunteers to make this event come together.

Saturday October 5
Saturday October 12

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Serving soup in the kitchen

Sign up to help on these Saturdays, and to donate pies.

Consider, again, the lesson of the loaves and the fishes and the lesson of Stone Soup: by freely sharing there is enough. Enough time, enough food, enough energy to pull it all off.

Christian Education Seminar

The Presbytery of Great Rivers is holding a seminar to explore new ways for congregations to approach their Christian Education programs. The dates and locations are Sept 15 at New Windsor Presbyterian Church and September 22 at First Presbyterian Church in Rushville. From 2:30 to 5:00 PM. The seminar is open to anyone interested in attending. RSVP to pparish@greatriverspby.org.

Congratulations

Barb and Jack Ball welcomed the newest member of their family with the arrival of grandson Will Stevenson born August 19.

2 X 4 Sunday

This annual fundraiser for Knox County Habitat for Humanity was be observed during worship September 15 and 21. An offering was be collected and will be sent to send to our local affiliate along with the 2 X 4 stud signed by our congregation to be used in the construction of an area habitat house.

Annual Quilt Show

October 5 & 12, 8 am to 4 pm
A sanctuary filled with quilts and a special display of Quilts of Valor and quilts for Project Linus. In addition there will be a limited number of quilts, crafted items and fabric for sale.

Session will meet next on November 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM. At the church. The session will not meet in December.

Session Members:

Jack Ball(2017)
Personnel,
129 Westview Dr.
Knoxville IL 61448
289-8279
jackball@grics.net

Virginia Kasser(2015)
Building & Maintenance
644 Knox Rd 1000 N
Gilson IL 61436
289-2313
vgkasser@gmail.com

Peg Bivens ( Clerk)(2016)
Christian Education, Grounds
201 S. Timber
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4137 (work)
peg@leag.biz

Mary Dawson (2015)
Mission & Stewardship
216 N Market Street
Knoxville Il 61448
309 368 1384
Connie¬_dahl@yahoo.com

Linda Palmer( 2016)
Evangelism & Membership
1441 Knox Station Road
Knoxville IL 61448
289-4672
palmer1@centurytel.net

Julie Shaver(2017)
Fellowship
PO Box 594
Galesburg, IL 61448
309 343-5973
julie@grrc.net

Virginia Anderson (2017)
Worship
1239 West Losey St
Galesburg IL 61401
309 343 7352
anderson.jerry@comcast.net

Marty Tarter, moderator
rmtarter@frontier.com

Treasurers
Barbara Ball 289-8279
beebee_705@hotmail.com Harold Selman 335-4403

Happy Birthday !
…happy birthday, happy birthday, may God bless you !

October

01 Rae Griffith
02 Candy Rosene
08 Jane Smith
11 Ethan Inniss
12 Emilee Gilbert
17 Janet Selman
26 Kim Inniss
Deora Inniss

November
5 Ashley Boggs
6 Ron Hatch
7 Jim Rainey
11 Alice Thurman
18 Aubree Bivens
19 Bill Beardsley
Barbara Ball
22 Kelly Wallace
26 Jim Hutchcroft
27 C.L. Palmer
Jon Rainey
Ginny Kasser
28 Faron Wallace
30 Joe Beardsley
Gordon King

December

1 Tom Main
2 Linda Palmer
Harold Jenkins
3 Cody Jones
Whitney Lucile Beardsley
6 Tammy Wallace Boggs
13 Rose Burgess
17 George Sterr
19 Jonathan Taylor
John Rosene
21 Robin Jenkins
27 Reese Inniss
28 Phyllis Sterr

Lifting up in Prayer

We continue to pray for those who are homebound: Fred & Yvonne Apsey, and Pat Bivens & Clara King ( Knox County Nursing Home). We pray for healing and comfort for Rich Dawson, Debbie Beardsley, Linda Eck , Dick Main ( friend of Deannie & Harold Jenkins) as well as to Dustin Kasser who suffered a broken wrist.

Economy Corner
A great place to seek out re-purposed items

Resale Shop- Open Thursdays from 10 AM to 2 PM

Our resale shop had expanded hours and was open from 9AM to 4 PM again this year during the scenic drive Saturdays. Mary Dawson reports that the sales were good, especially on the first Saturday.

Continue your support of this ministry. Profits from the resale shop are transferred to the church general fund. Donate. Shop. Thank our volunteers !

Our Military

Remember the safety and well-being of our service personnel daily in your prayers including Mike Burgess ( grandson of Rose Burgess) serving in the Navy, Army active duty Joe Beardsley and Mikeal Redington,( grandson of Harold Selman),Air Force member Trevor Davis ( friend of Lucas Kasser. )
Joe Beardsley is now back stationed in Qatar, an area experiencing high conflict.

Calendar
Nov 11 Session meets 7 PM
Nov 14 Alice Thurman Birthday Open House
Nov 21 Shareathon
Nov 21 Galesburg Comm. Chorus
Nov 22 Poinsettia order deadline
Nov 22 Community Thanksgiving Service 7 PM Methodist Church
Nov 25 Thanksgiving
Nov 28 Decorate Church 9 AM
Nov 29 Advent begins
Dec 5 Knoxville Luminaries
Dec 6 Food Basket deadline
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5:30 PM

New Pastor Search

The committee of Barb Ball, Jerry and Ginnie Anderson, Julie Shaver, Mary Dawson, Peg Bivens, and C.L. Palmer have been meeting monthly and considering leadership options for our congregation. They will be making a recommendation to be considered by the session this month, so we hope to have a plan in place starting in January. Thank you to worship committee chairman Ginnie Anderson for her diligent work in scheduling pulpit supply this last year. We have enjoyed a variety of preaching on Sundays.

Order of Worship…continued

by Teresa Lockhart Stricklen ,Associate for Worship, Presbyterian Church (USA)
The order of worship that centuries of Christians have adapted from the pattern of Jewish worship is an ancient order that is intended to move us more deeply into intimate communion with God in Christ. There is a reason why we do what we do when we do it. Understanding this structure may help you move more fully aware into the divine presence as you worship.

The Lord’s Prayer
This follows the Prayer of Thanksgiving because it was part of the early, early church’s communion liturgy. Even as we praise God, we pray for others, for only when we’re in communion with others can we be in communion with God. The Lord’s prayer is also one of the tradition’s closest links to Jesus Christ whose prayer helps us be in communion with God through its focus on what’s important: praising God, straining forward in anticipation of God’s will and new order that ultimately rules the earth, asking for the bread of heaven to sustain us, asking for forgiveness, recognizing the need to forgive others, praying for deliverance from the things that destroy true life, and acknowledging that God is God forever. It’s a great prayer to really pray, not just recite, at any time. Sometimes the Lord’s Prayer comes at the end of the prayer of intercession

Building and Maintenance

Chairman Ginny Kasser and her committee continue to tend to the routine maintenance
around our church building and grounds. Thanks to Peg & Jeff Bivens for the donation of the landscape mulch on the east side and to Ginnie Anderson for helping spread itunder the ramp; and to Harold Jenkins and Jerry Anderson for preparing and planting grass on the east side.

Sunday Bulletin.

Jane Smith is our bulletin volunteer for the remainder of the year. Please direct any bulletin items to her by Wednesday preceding Sunday worship.

Fall Clean- up

We gathered for our seasonal church cleaning day on Saturday morning September 12, 2015. Thanks to our volunteers to church was cleaned and readied for fall activites including a wedding and the annual scenic drive.

.Sunday School

The adult class resumed their Bible study sessions with the start of fall worship hours.
New members are always welcome to join this class, which meets at 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings in the assembly room.

Worship assistants
Please contact Ginny Kasser or arrange a sub if you are unable to serve on your assigned Sunday.

November 15
Liturgist: Sherry Wallace
Minute for Mission: Jane Smith
Greeter: Julie Shaver

November 22
Liturgist: C.L. Palmer
Minute for Mission: Barb Ball
Greeter: Jane Smith

November 29
Liturgist: Jack Ball
Minute for Mission: Sally Hutchcroft
Greeters: Ginnie and Jerry Anderson

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December 6
Liturgist: Peg Bivens
Minute for Mission: Sherry Wallace
Greeter: Mary Dawson
Communion Servers: C.L. Palmer, Mary Dawson, Ginnie and Jerry Anderson

December 13
Liturgist: Barb Ball
Minute for Mission: Jack Ball
Greeter: Sharon Larson

December 20
Liturgist: Sally Hutchcroft
Minute for Mission: Ginny Kasser
Greeter: Julie Shaver

December 27
Liturgist: Sharon Larson
Minute for Mission: C.L. Palmer
Greeter: Mary Dawson

Happy Birthday
Alice Thurman

We are invited to join in celebrating Alice’s 90th birthday at an open house in her honor on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 1-4 PM at the Knoxville American Legion.
Alice is our church member with the most years of membership. She remembers her mother walking with her and her twin our Sunday School
Classes.

Rescue Mission
Harvestime Sharathon

The annual fund drive for the Galesburg Rescue Mission will be on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Tune in to WGIL or WAAG. Their goal this year is $50,000. Gifts will help support the ministry of the Rescue Mission and the Women’s Pregnancy Center. Call in your pledge to 309 342 9194 from 7 AM until 6 PM. Or mail to PO Box 591 Galesburg IL 61401.

Stone Soup… Success

Another great year where it all came together…weather, workers, pie bakers & patrons. $1018.10 in profits were realized this year, half going to Presbyterian mission projects and half going to the general fund to offset the expense for the new copy machine. Unsold soup and pies were donated to the Galesburg Rescue Mission and we received a heartfelt note of thanks and praise “ What a great blessing to our ministry here !” Thank you to everyone who pitched in to make this fundraiser happen. Special thanks to our chairmen his year: Julie Shaver, Candy Rosene and Peg Bivens.

Quilt Show

This annual event is a big draw, showcasing both the collection of quilts displayed in the sanctuary, and the impressive efforts of the Quilts of Valor chapter. QOV was delighted to be able to make two quilt presentations during the drive this year, which was a touching moment for both the recipient and the quilters. The raffle quilt winner was Kandis DeLeon from Illinois City, IL.

Thank You from the Balls…

Barb & Jack and Bryce and Kelsey extend their thanks for all the help lent in getting the church ready for Bryce and Kelsey’s wedding on September 26. Our church looked great for the many guests who attended. Special thanks to Peg Bivens who leant her time that day as church site co-ordinator.

Support of Habitat…

$213 was raised during our annual 2 X 4 Sunday and sent to Habitat for Humanity of Knox County.

Tithing Month

November has been designated by the session as “tithing month.” We are asked to give prayerful consideration to stewardship and our giving and the Biblical call to tithe. In response, we designate 10% of the church offerings during the month of November for a project outside of our regular church budget. This year the money will be used to help pay for the new air conditioner needed in the Knoxville Food Pantry at the Methodist Church.
Regulations require controlled temperatures in the food storage area.

Christmas Food Baskets

Organization for this annual mission project is underway.
We are asked to focus our donations on
Macaroni & cheese
Graham crackers
Canned fruit
Toothpaste

Deadline date is December 6
Sorting will be December 9, with distribution on December10.

Poinsettia Orders
Each year we enjoy a poinsettia garden tree as part of our Christmas decorations , thanks to our members and friends who honor or remember loved ones.

Choice of RED or WHITE
$7.00 each, prepaid

Deadline for ordering Sunday November 22, 2015
Send orders to the church at
PO Box 222 Knoxville IL 61448

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Choice of color______________
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In memory of______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Given by______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Nominating Committee

Committee members Ginny Kasser, Mary Dawson, Jerry Anderson, C.L. Palmer and Deannie Jenkins will be meeting to gather a slate to fill expiring terms of elders. Names will be presented at the annual meeting January 17, 2015.

Congratulations Reverend Charles Cunningham….

…on your 25th anniversary of ordination. Pastor Cunningham, a former member of our congregation, was honored at a celebratory luncheon on September 27th at First United Presbyterian Church in Pekin, IL.

Community Thanksgiving Service

The Knoxville Council of Churches is sponsoring their annual Thanksgiving Worship Service on Sunday evening, November 22, 2015 at 7:00 Pm at the Knoxville Methodist Church. Rev. Micheal Clark of Grace Lutheran Church will deliver the message.

New Grandbaby

Julie & David Shaver welcomed a new addition to their family with the birth of Evelyn Marie Krause on October 6, 2015.

Link to Advent Calendar 2015

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