The three adult Sunday School classes (Welcome/ William Penn in the annex, Fabulous Friends in the basement parlor, Parsonage next door) on September 1 began a new 13-lesson series in the Illuminate quarterly (Barclay Press) based on the Gospel of John.
John’s was the last of the four gospels to be written; is organized topically for theological emphasis, rather than chronologically like Matthew, Mark, and Luke; and is written with an evangelistic concern for second and third generation Jewish Christians who, as memories of Jesus of Nazareth faded, were being drawn away from spiritual faith and life in Him as the Messiah and back towards ritualistic, legalistic, ceremonial religion. That is why the editors of Illuminate write in their introduction that “Friends find much in John’s gospel that supports our emphasis on the primacy of spiritual reality as opposed to simple belief or religious ritual.”
The USFW’s first meeting of the fall will be held Wednesday afternoon September 11 at 1:30 PM at the church. All Friends women are invited for fellowship and service.
1) The weekly Worship Choir held their first rehearsal of the fall season on Wednesday evening September 4, and they now will practice at 7:00 PM at the church each Wednesday evening going forward. If you are Jr. High age or older, your voice is needed, whether you’re an experienced singer or a learner.
2) Anyone who enjoys singing but isn’t able to rehearse each week is welcome to join the occasional Hymnbook Choir for 2019-2020 (usually on the fourth Sunday in five-Sunday months). Rehearsals will be at 8:45 AM right before worship on the Sundays the Hymnbook Choir sings. Music will be selected from our hymnal. Please watch for announcement of the dates, and come sing with us! Contact director Brian Lilly (765-969-0689) for details on both choirs.
3) Celebrate the Arts: Friends are invited to share their musical and nonmusical (poetry, painting, photography, handicrafts, woodcraft, etc.) artistic talents in praise to the Lord during worship this fall on Sundays the choir does not sing (usually the last Sunday of the month). Sign the sheet in the sanctuary parlor, or phone the church office to select a date.
The Missions & Social Concerns Committee will hold their fall Rummage Sale for Missions on Saturday September 14 from 8 AM to 2 PM at the meetinghouse. The proceeds will help fund the training of ministers, Christian education in the churches, and other ministries of Jamaica Yearly Meeting. Friends are welcome to bring donated sale items to the basement until September 12 — and thank you to all who already have contributed. The Committee welcomes volunteers to help sort and display rummage anytime Monday-Friday before the sale, and to help conduct the sale on September 14 and to clean up afterwards. And of course, everyone is urged to come shop and to donate generously!
During August 2019, the Winchester Area Churches & Community Food Pantry served 329 households. For comparison, the Pantry served 374 households in July 2019, and 348 a year ago in August 2018.
Winchester Friends’ 21st annual Friendship Sunday and Fall Picnic will be held on September 22 at the 4-H fairgrounds approximately two miles south of Winchester on US 27. Breakfast snacks and drinks will be available around 9:30 AM, and the outdoor meeting for worship will start at 10:30 AM.
Sunday Morning Greeters
Each Sunday, four volunteers usually welcome worshipers and “direct traffic” at the northeast and east entrances to the meetinghouse. Thank you to the many Friends who have helped so faithfully with this ministry in the past! If you would continue — or begin — serving as a greeter, please sign the sheet in the parlor or contact the church office to choose an upcoming month during which to help.
Committee clerks are reminded to have your committees prepare 2020 budget requests in September and submit them to the church office by October 1. The Stewardship & Finance Committee will then prepare the overall 2020 budget for a first reading at November’s Monthly Meeting. Please contact the church office or treasurer if you need additional information.
—to daughter Maria Molina, son Mark McHolland, and all in the family of our Friend John McHolland mourning his death on August 5 at Reid Hospital in Richmond;
—to Mary and Jeff Clark and their family mourning the death of Mary’s father Dallas Swindell on August 23 at Parker Health Center in Parker City
The Missions & Social Concerns Committee in late August made a new KIVA loan to Alice, a married mother of three children who runs an auto parts/supplies shop in Kisumu, Kenya (host city of FUM’s East Africa office). She sought a KIVA loan to enable her to stock more spare parts, lubricants, and other auto products in order to boost her sales, more quickly serve her customers in a very competitive business, and increase her income to help support her family and educate her children.
Starting from $4000 of Best Special Projects grants, Winchester Friends has now loaned $32,125 to 90 borrowers in the regions of Friends United Meeting’s missions sites (East Africa, Palestine, Cuba, Belize, and Jamaica). To learn about all our past and current loan partners and see their progress, go to <KIVA.org>. Click on “Teams” beneath “Community” at the bottom of the page, then type Winchester Friends into the “Search Teams” box and click “search.” Click on the photo of our meetinghouse, then on the “Loans” tab at the top of the next page to see all our loan partners.
Friends World Committee for Consultation, a global Quaker organization that encourages connection and collaboration among the world’s Friends, has designated October 6 as this year’s World Quaker Day. Be sure to attend worship that day to celebrate Friends’ remarkable diversity of work for the Lord around the world, and to be included in a congregational photo that will be submitted to FWCC’s website. Let’s be global Friends!
During the first half of each year, the Missions & Social Concerns Committee asks Friends to focus on a contemporary social concern. In the latter half of each year, we call Friends’ attention to one international missions effort of Friends United Meeting. For the fall of 2019, that focus is upon Quaker presence and ministry since 1881 on the Caribbean island of Jamaica.
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124 E. Washington St. Winchester, IN 47394
for people struggling against substance abuse and addiction, and for the people working to help them
The Lord’s Table, Not Ellen’s
The very best “face time” is around an old maple table of mine that now sits in the dining room of the parsonage. That table began as a tree in a north woods and stood there far longer than it has been a table. I first saw it in a furniture store in Minot, North Dakota, in 1967. I was convinced that it should stand in a dining room on Tangley Rd at Minot AFB where Dale and I lived at the time. That was the last time it stood in a dining room in my home — it has always shared a spot in the living room with whatever other furniture had to be moved when it was needed as a table. Its drop-leaf feature allowed me to keep it in several homes through 30 years. (That same feature requires anyone sitting at this table to fight with its legs.) When Ron and Pam arrived in Winchester almost 20 years ago with a waterbed and little else, I quickly decided that the maple table had a new home. As you may have guessed, I have had a 50-year (and 50-pound) relationship with this table. It has been the bearer of many good meals and the center of many good conversations. But blessings even greater than those come from being face to face with people around this old table. On Wednesday evenings we gather around that table to pray for members of our Meeting, our community, and for many other concerns. And oh yes, we have Prayer Soup or Intercession Salad. There always seems to be room for more people around “Ellen’s Table.” Perhaps you should come and see.