Friendship Sunday 2016

SALT & Light Thanks 
Thank you to everyone who prayed for, attended, or helped with "Kids' SALT & Light" (Singing And Learning Together to be the Light of the world, Matthew 5:13-16), the Christian Education Committee's musical Vacation Bible School held here June 15-19.  Eleven kids and five teachers participated in morning classes to sing VBS and camp songs, learn some of the Bible stories about which those songs were written, and gain new rhythm and musical skills by playing a variety of percussion instruments (crow bar, soda bottle, plastic bucket) and hand bells.  Each day, two Friends provided snacks that illustrated that day's theme song and Bible lesson.  On Sunday morning June 21, the SALT & Light kids led the congregation in a sing-along of five of their Bible songs.  See more at the church's website.

You are the salt of the earth...... You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-16

Monday's Song
      Rise and Shine (Arky, Arky)         Genesis 6:1-9:17        


Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory; Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory; Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory

Children of the Lord! 

The Lord told Noah to build him an arky, arky; The Lord told Noah to build him an arky, arky; Build it out of gopher barky, barky

Children of the Lord 

He called for the animals, they came in by twosie, twosies; He called for the animals, they came in by twosie, twosies; Elephants and kangaroosie, roosies.  Children of the Lord 

It rained and it poured, for forty daysie, daysies; It rained and it poured, for forty daysie, daysies; Almost drove those animals crazy, crazies,

Children of the Lord 

The sun came out and it dried up the landy landy; The sun came out and it dried up the landy landy; Everything was fine and dandy, dandy

Children of the Lord

Snack:  animal crackers and banana dolphins    

Tuesday's Song

  I Will Make You Fishers of Men     Mark 1:16-20         

I will make you fishers of men, fishers of men, fishers of men.

I will make you fishers of men, if you follow Me.

If you follow Me, if you follow Me.

I will make you fishers of men, if you follow Me.


Snack:  goldfish crackers in pretzel nets



Wednesday's Song

      Only a Boy Named David         I Samuel 17   

Only a boy named David, Only a little sling; Only a boy named David, but he could pray and sing.  Only a boy named David, Only a rippling brook;

Only a boy named David, but five little stones he took.

And one little stone went in the sling, and the sling went round and round.

And one little stone went in the sling, and the sling went round and round.

And round and round and round and round, and round and round and round; And one little stone went up in the air, And the giant came tumbling down.



Snacks:  bread and cheese

Thursday's Song

      The Wise Man Built His House Upon a Rock       Matthew 7:24-27

The wise man built his house upon the rock; the wise man built his house upon the rock. The wise man built his house upon the rock;

And the rain came tumbling down.


Oh, the rain came down and the floods came up; the rain came down

And the floods came up.  The rain came down and the floods came up,

And the house on the rock stood firm.


The foolish man built his house upon the sand; the foolish man built his house upon the sand.  The foolish man built his house upon the sand,

And the rain came tumbling down.


Oh, the rain came down and the floods came up; the rain came down

And the floods came up.  The rain came down and the floods came up,

And the house on the sand went "splat!"


So, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ; build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ.  So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ,

And the blessings will come down.


Oh, the blessings come down as your prayers go up; the blessings come down as your prayers go up.  The blessings come down as your prayers go up, So build your house on the Lord.



Friday's Song
       Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man     Luke 19:1-10        


Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.

He climbed up in a sycamore tree, for the Lord he wanted to see.

And as the Savior passed that way He looked up in that tree,

And He said, “Zacchaeus, you come down!  For I’m going to your house today, For I’m going to your house to stay!”



 Snack:  wee little gingerbread  men




Friendship Sunday September 28, 2014 
All Jesus did to teach the disciples His way was to draw them close to Himself.... His disciples were distinguished, not by outward conformity to certain rituals and formulas, but by being with Him.  In His presence, they could learn all they needed to know..... After Jesus' return to the Father, the Church (ecclesia: the called-out ones) became His means of following up all those who followed Him.  As the Body of Christ, the believers ministered to each other individually and collectively, with each member of the faith community fulfilling a part of that responsibility as they were enlivened and trained by being together.... Preaching to the masses, occasional prayer meetings, nor training classes will ever suffice to fulfill Christ's commission.  Building people is not that easy.... There is simply no substitute for being together often with other of His followers.  It is folly to imagine that anything less can develop strong Christian community and witness.  If God's Son Jesus found it necessary to stay almost constantly with His few disciples for three years, and even then one of them was lost, how can the Church expect to do the job on an assembly line basis a few days out of the year?
--adapted from Robert Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism
Around 85-90 Friends and guests attended the 2014 Friendship Sunday service and Fall Picnic on September 28 at the county fairgrounds.  At this writing, two Peace Prayer balloon recoveries have been reported, Kendra Holliger's at Lima, OH, and that of Jennifer Hartzler's mother Elsie Maiwurm found in Tiffin, OH (halfway between Lima and Cleveland).  Thank you to all who attended, brought guests, and provided the excellent food; to the Fabulous Friends class, the Christian Fellowship Committee, and the Ministry & Oversight for their extra help; to the Densmores for providing their famous tractor-cranked homemade ice cream; and to everyone else who contributed to make Friendship Sunday an excellent day!





Ecclesia: The Church, God's Called-Out Ones
56 people at Friendship Sunday submitted a "ballot" of their Top Five Reasons for Loving God's Church.
The following numbers of Friends chose these items in their top five:

                   38 - It offers acceptance, a sense of belonging, a community of helpful relationships with people I otherwise might never have known.
                   32 - It provides accompaniment through life's difficult experiences and help in bearing life's heavy burdens.
                   31 - It regularly provides opportunities to experience the presence of God's Spirit in the company of others committed to worship.
                   28 - It provides opportunities for hands-on service for God, for doing good in the world.
                   28 - It points and urges me towards lifegiving friendship with God, the opportunity to experience grace and inner peace.
                   27 - It enables hope for both meaningful earthly living and for eternal life.
                   20 - It provides tangible, visible human evidence of Christ's presence and reminders of God's love.
                   18 - It offers good examples after which to pattern my own life, and to which to point my children.
                   17 - It provides "guardrails of accountability" to help keep me centered in my spiritual journey.
                   15 - It welcomes questioning, helps me ponder life's unknowns and mysteries, and encourages me to think and to be taught inwardly by Christ's Spirit.
                   14 - It provides an opportunity to be part of something bigger than my self.
                   13 - It provides me opportunities to learn from teachers who have studied, and challenges me to understand scripture deeply, to grow steadily in Truth.
                     1 (write-in) - Its Savior died for my sins.



Churches & Community Food Pantry
Three mixer loads of cement were pumped into the walls of the new Shalom Center on May 30.
The Pantry in May 2013 served 338 households.  For comparison, 362 were served in April 2013; 364 in May 2012; and 252 in May 2011.   For June, July, and August, the Pantry welcomes donations of kid-friendly (easy to prepare) food items for families with children at home who would otherwise get lunch at school.
David Longnecker and Tim Hines (above) and Gary Girton, his employee Dave, and Norman Peters (below) walk the catwalk to "work" the cement and set roof truss clamps for the next major phase.


Junior Church Field Trip
On March 26, Junior Church leader Virginia Densmore took Jonathan and Isabella Edwards (and their parents Tracie and Jeff), Ashley and Lindey Rees (and their mom Angie and their grandmother Kay Weatherly), and Nolan and Enoch Hines (and their parents Jenny and Tim) on a spring break field trip to Cincinnati to visit the Creation Museum and the Aquarium.  Thank you, Virginia, for organizing this Junior Church adventure!


Sister Church Choir Exchange April 29, 2012 9:15 AM
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100


African Psalm
Lift your voices to God with singing!
Praise the Lord with a joyful song!.....
Celebrate! He is Lord forever! Glory be to the mighty King!
Celebrate! He is Lord forever! Everybody rejoice and sing!
Lift your voices to God with singing!
Praise the Lord with a joyful song!.....
Shout with joy to the Lord who made us; God created the earth and sky!
Shout with joy to the Lord who made us; Raise your hands to the Lord on High!
Lift your voices to God with singing!
Praise the Lord with a joyful song!
Io, o, alleluia! Io, o, sing allelu.......
Alleluia! Alleluia! Everybody sing allelu!......
Lift your voices to God in song, forever in joyful song!
--Patrick M. Liebergen, from traditional Kenyan folk song (ref. Psalm 100)

[The 16th century Reformers] accepted nothing that could not be rationally or scripturally justified. They spurred Christianity away from the [mystical] and toward the rational-moral. They changed the emphasis of the worship service from the miracle of "God with us" to moral-ethical sermonizing..... They failed to realize that religious faith survives most easily in an environment that [embraces mystery]...... Many Reformers discounted miracles....and distrusted human emotions. The arts, which often give vent to religious emotions, were suppressed because they appealed to the senses rather than the spirit. ....Herbert Marcuse had the insight that "the arts depict what is absent from the world and make us long for what has been lost." In a society tending toward secularism, the arts will keep alive an appetite for the spiritual.
--Anthony Campolo, A Reasonable Faith
Seek to know one another in the things which are eternal.... As we enter with tender sympathy into the joys and sorrows of each other's lives, ready to give help and to receive it, our Meetings can be channels of God's love and forgiveness.
--Advices & Queries, Britain Yearly Meeting



Ground Breaking for the

Shalom Center


Ground Breaking for the

Shalom Center
Invocation - Rev. Cherie Isakson, Pastor
Winchester First Presbyterian Church

Scripture - Ron Ferguson, Pastor
Winchester Friends Church

Comments - Mr. Cheech Albarano, CEO
St. Vincent-Randolph Hospital

Blessing - Rev. Mark Need
Winchester United Methodist

Ground Breaking


     Commonly used as a word of greeting or farewell, the Hebrew word Shalom (or its Arabic equivalent salaam) is usually translated as “peace”.  Its meaning is actually much broader and deeper.  In its full biblical sense, shalom denoted that wholeness and fullness of well-being without which peace is impossible. 

     Searching for a fitting memorial to those who lost their lives as a result of Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and in response to the lack of “shalom” in our world, Winchester Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) launched a campaign in July 2002 to build commitment to our community that begins locally and reaches to embrace all whom God loves. 

     Under the banner of “Year of Shalom”, WAMA promoted a series of projects: moving Baker School furnishings into new classrooms, clean-up of Salt Creek, a Shalom Quilt, an informational meeting on local social services, promotion of “One City, One Book” on racism, and emphasis on recycling and the environment.  The commitment to community extended beyond Randolph County through the collection of 170 school kits and $1500 sent to children in Afghanistan and a monthly “Bread for the World” luncheon that continues to meet on the last Wednesday of each month at the Winchester Friends Church.   

  The Year of Shalom was a year to:

     ~remember those who lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks

     ~reflect on our world in light of Sept. 11, 2001

     ~build community through cooperation

     ~hope for shalom: wholeness and well being in our lives and community.

In a world of suffering, war, and pain, our hope and work for shalom is even more needed today than it was in 2001.   

It seems fitting in light of Shalom and the needs in our community that the new building to house the Winchester Area Churches and Community Food Pantry and other poverty alleviation work to be named Shalom Center.









Winchester Area Churches and Community Food Pantry 2011 Annual Dinner

 5:15 PM             January 22, 2012

Randolph County Fairgrounds

 …..Give thanks to the Lord

for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds

for people, for He satisfies the thirsty

and fills the hungry with good things.

                                                        Psalm 107:8,9


Welcome                     Gary Girton, President           WACCFP Board

Invocation                                      Murray Schemmer               WACCFP Board


Provided by WACCFP Board

 WACCFP History and Update   Pam Ferguson,   Secretary WACCFP Board

 Treasurer’s Report    Marcia Holliger, CPA, Treasurer     WACCFP Board


 Second Harvest Food Bank, East Central Indiana        Mr. Tim Keene, Director Food Resources 

St. Vincent-Randolph Hospital    Mr. Cheech Albarano, CEO

 Mrs. Ceann Bales, WACCFP Board Member   RC YMCA, CEO

 Mrs. Kathy Beumer, WACCFP Board Member     St. Vincent-Randolph Hospital Foundation 

Rev. Chérie Isakson, WACCFP Board Member   Pastor, Winchester First Presbyterian Church

 Shalom Center  Ron Ferguson, Pastor, Winchester Friends 












Shaded area is the size of the current pantry...........


Summer Splash! 2011
August 1 found 60-70 Friends and guests cooling off in Winchester's pool and enjoying fellowship and a picnic supper in the city park.  Special thanks to Mike and Virginia Densmore for providing the grill and grilling expertise, to all who brought food to share, to everyone who brought guests, and to the Christian Education Committee for sponsoring the Splash!









On August 3, several friends (Murray Schemmer, John Edwards, Betty Locke, Judy Howell, Gary Girton and Ron and Pam Ferguson) unloaded 14,000 pounds of food (12,000 pounds of government TEFAP commodities) at the Winchester Area Churches and Community Food Pantry.  We filled the pantry!!



Courthouse renovations photo from backyard parsonage in June 2011         Church and parsonage from courthouse roof June 2011


Thank You, VBS Participants! 
Thank you to all Winchester Friends students, teachers, kitchen workers, and others who took part in the Community Vacation Bible School held June 13-17.  Around 140 children and 30 teachers and workers from the Friends, Methodist, Presbyterian, Catholic, and Christian churches participated.  Special thanks to Jennifer Hines for serving as our representative on the coordinating committee, and to Jennifer and Tim Hines, Delilah Wilkinson, Bettye Monks, Ellen Craig, and Pam Ferguson for their teaching/serving ministries during VBS week!

Jenny, Enoch, Nolan Hines (Jenny was Mary during the week)  Father Mike McKinnley with 6th grade on church tours          CVBS singing time              


Winchester Quarterly Meeting Oct. 17, 2010

Unveiling of Indiana Historical Bureau's Marker honoring Randolph County Quakers


L to R:  Deborah Thornburg, Walter Mills, and Greg Hinshaw

Click here for entire program and more photos.......




Renovation Report
During July, Winchester Friends' meetinghouse and parsonage received partial "facelifts."  Complete Masonry Services (Yorktown, IN) carried out tuckpointing of the turret and the east, south, and west sides of the upper section of the bell tower.  They repaired the building's original chimney and replaced its cap, and they replaced about 100 damaged bricks on the annex chimney and shortened it slightly.  The window air conditioners in the office and pastor's study were removed and bricks/blocks replaced. Culy Construction cleaned and repaired the storm drainage system on the north west side of the annex that had allowed seepage into the fireplace room in the basement.  John Engle then repaired and repainted damaged interior walls (thank you, John!).  In addition to the masonry work, Bill Emrick and Son repainted the exterior trim on the meetinghouse and completed painting of the outside of the parsonage.  And lastly, Mangus Construction replaced 5 upstairs windows and 2 downstairs windows at the parsonage.  Everyone involved spoke of how well the parsonage and the meetinghouse were built and have been maintained. Thank you to the Trustees and many others who are keeping the building safe and usable for another 100 years.

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