Springdale News for Sunday, September 18th
This Sunday, our sermon will be based on Luke 16:1-13:
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes. “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
These words of Jesus can be troubling. As you read through this, it certainly sounds like Jesus is praising the man who cheated his boss in order to save his own skin. The boss had accused him of cheating him and was going to fire him, and based on the scheme that the man comes up with, it would appear that the accusation was likely true.
Because of the uncertain territory of the story itself, a lot of times sermons based on this text will gloss over the story and jump to the end - the punchline, as it were, that no one can serve two masters; you can't serve God and wealth. I've done that in the past, too. This time, though, we'll at least think about what Jesus may actually be getting at in the story itself, and then, maybe how it ties into the punchline - and ultimately, what it might mean for us.
Oh, what's the deal with the shoes? I guess you'll just have to show up on Sunday morning and find out. Hope to see you then. :)
Music This Week:
(please follow the links provided to hear these if you aren't familiar with them)
Gathering Music - God of Wonders
Opening Song - Come As You Are
Sermon Hymn #741 - Guide My Feet
Offering Music - Be Thou My Vision
Communion Hymn #53- - One Bread, One Body
Sending Song - All to Us
Prelude - Be Still, My Soul - Prepare your hearts and souls for worship as Denise plays this favorite of the faith.
Opening Hymn #174 Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom - Church music is never created in a vacuum; it's always picked up tunes and rhythms that resonate and are common in society at the time they're written. This is a relatively new hymn, and Glory to God is the first Presbyterian hymnal to include it. Musical theater fans will quickly recognize a common strand between this hymn and a well-known Broadway favorite.
Response Hymn #582 Glory to God, Whose Goodness Shines on Me - This is another one that's new to us in Glory to God, a bluesy-jazzy version of the classic Gloria Patri. At my previous congregation, we liked this one so much that it became our go-to weekly "Gloria" after the Assurance of Pardon. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Here's a very nice version of it for you to listen to - just a tad slower than we used to do it, but still an excellent rendition.
Sermon Hymn #741 Guide My Feet - Here's a beautiful version of this familiar hymn, performed by the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn
Offering Music (Adult Choir) - You Are My God (with Holy, Holy, Holy)
Doxology #643 Now Thank We All Our God - The First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska has a world-class music ministry; I'll share their videos in these weekly emails often. Here, they offer a stirring, well-orchestrated rendition of this favorite hymn standard, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. As an aside, did you know that JSB was a firm believer in reincarnation? In fact, on his deathbed, his last words, uttered in his thick German accent, were, "I'll be Bach..." ;)
Sending Hymn #547 Go, My Children, with My Blessing - This simple, beautiful tune is a favorite of many. Here's an excellent performance of it by our friends at First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Postlude - Halle, Halle, Hallelujah - listen to Denise's exquisite performance of this beautiful piece of music as we close the service.
Assisting in Worship This Week:
Ellen Parks (9:00)
Sarah Abraham (9:00)
Hester Haick (11:00)
The Hoey family (9:00)
Frankie Moore, Marilyn Neel (11:00)
Larry & Cathy Weishaar (9:00)
Bob & Shirley Mendel, Rox Hincker, Shannon Swartzentruber(11:00)
Tim Hagan (9:00)
Anne Locke (9:00)
Larry & Cathy Weishaar (9:00)
Tom & Ginny Darrah
Spiritual Nurture This Sunday (and beyond)
Springdale Members on Honor Flight
On Wednesday, September 21st, SPC members Jack Tyree, Bob Mendel, and Shirley Mendel will participate in the Bluegrass Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. They will travel with approximately 80 WWII veterans to Washington for the day, visiting the WWII Memorial, as well as Korean War, Viet Nam War, Iwo Jima Memorial, and Arlington Cemetery.
We invite all Springdale members to join in welcoming the veterans on their return to Louisville. Everyone should plan on being in the arrival concourse at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday evening. Wear you patriotic colors! If you have questions, contact Tim Hagan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PYC Walk for Hunger
Please help support our PYC as they participate in the 2016 Hunger Walk, to benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank. We have a great group of youth, and we should all be proud that they're committing to be part of this important part of eliminating hunger and food insecurity in Louisville. One in six families here in Kentuckiana struggle for the food they need to be healthy, and all of you can help make a difference. Let's all give the PYC our moral support and encouragement. But let's also remember that you can't write a check on moral support. Please, if you're financially able to do so, go to the team page, by clicking here , and make a financial contribution to help them meet their goal of raising $500 for the food bank. And it would also be a great idea to mark your calendars for September 25th, Tom Sawyer Park, 2:30 - come on, put on your Springdale T shirts and join the youth in the walk!
Blood Drive Coming Soon
If you're able, please, participate in the upcoming American Red Cross Blood Drive . If you are age 17 or older, 110 lbs. in good health, and meet several other guidelines, please plan to give blood on Sunday, September 25, from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. So you'll have time to give blood, and then head over to the park to walk with the youth!
Murder under the Big Top - Coming Soon, Too!
Our second annual Murder Mystery Party is Friday, November 11, from 7-11pm. As with last year, proceeds will benefit the PYC. The cost is a bargain - a mere $15 per person for a full evening of fun, entertainment, mystery, and.... murder. :) Childcare will be provided that night as well.
The theme is the circus - Murder Under the Big Top! Please RSVP yes if you're free to come that night (and invite your friends!) We need to get an idea of how many are coming by late September to send out parts for the night of!
If you can't come or don't want to play along, we will need help with setup, cleanup, decorations and food, so please contact Laura Hagan at email@example.com
Habitat for Humanity Work Day This Saturday
Springdale has begged for another Saturday work day at the Presbyterian Habitat House, and now we have one - This Saturday, September 17th. The home is located at 1023 S. Hancock Street. Painting and finishing the siding will likely be two of the main chores for our work day, but we need volunteers, both to work on the house and to provide lunch! If you'd like to be part of this fantastic form of service to others in Christ's name, contact Andy Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Hebert (email@example.com)
Pastor Meet & Greets
Want some face time with the new pastor the old-fashioned way - with people actually sitting together and talking instead of gazing at Facebook or Twitter? Great! Sign-up in the gathering area for one of the Meet-n-Greets scheduled in the homes of church members on Sunday afternoons this Fall from 2:00-3:30. The groups will be small - no more than 12 people - and will be a wonderful opportunity to chat, laugh, and share our stories together. If/when the slots are all filled, we WILL arrange more opportunities to meet the demand.
New Pastor Installation Service
Please mark your calendars and plan to attend a special Installation service, when I (Dwain) will be officially "installed" as our new pastor. This will take place on Sunday, September 18th, at 2:00.
Follies Will Be Here Soon
This year, Follies is scheduled for Sunday, October 9 at 7pm - and we need your help! This year's theme is "Through the Decades at Springdale". Everyone, young, old, and in-between, is invited to be part of this fun annual variety show. Suggestions for acts would be skits, songs, or funny stories from Springdale or the broader Louisville community - use your imagination!
Important dates to note:
Thursday-9/22 at 12 p.m. Deadline for entries - see below
Sunday-9/25 at 12:15 p.m.: Planning meeting for Follies-put the program together!
Saturday-10/8 from 10 a.m. to Noon: Follies rehearsal
Sunday-10/9 at 7 p.m.: Follies - Yay!!!
Come on, Springdale, let's see your talent, whatever that might be! The deadline for signing up is Thursday-9/22 at 12 p.m. Please contact Denise Whittington at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
An Invitation from Our Rabbouni Friends
The Rabbouni Catholic Community is currently hosting a talk series, "Freedom from Guilt, Freedom to Love." The first talk was on September 14th, but there are two more talks scheduled:
Online, Direct Deposit, and Online/Mobile Giving
Options for financially supporting the church other than dropping something into the traditional offering plate are quickly becoming the norm for many people. In order to make your stewardship efforts as easy as possible, Springdale offers online giving on our website and automatic transfer of funds. For an authorization form or information, contact the church office - 502-425-1760. An even easier option is to simply set up a regularly scheduled automatic payment to the church, as you might do for your cable/internet service or other recurring charges, through your bank's online/mobile banking feature.
Food Pantry Donations
Springdale is glad to be a supporter of the Portland Avenue Presbyterian Church's Food Pantry. Look for the shopping cart in our Gathering Space, which is where we collect items to contribute. Currently, there is a need for: canned fruit/vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, cereal, rice, or macaroni and cheese; and personal items such as shampoo, toothpaste, dish soap, deodorant, laundry soap, DIAPERS, etc. Also needed: clothing for children and men, and especially linens and bath towels. We hope you'll be a part of this important part of our mission efforts.
Food Truck Fridays!
What a neat idea! Our friends at Harvey Brown Presbyterian, 311 Brown's Lane, are currently holding monthly events called Food Truck Fridays. The final two for the year will be September 16 and October 21. Food from six or more food trucks, beer, soft drinks, and live music are available from 6-9pm. If you've got some spare time on those dates, you might want to swing by and check it out.
Springdale Calendar This Week
Saturday, September 17
Habitat for Humanity Work Day
Sunday, September 18
* 9:00 a.m. Worship
* 10:00 a.m. Spiritual Nurture
* 11:00 a.m. Worship
* 12:15 p.m. No PYC - Youth at Retreat
* 2:00 p.m. Installation service
Monday, September 19
* 1:30 p.m. Life Review
* 7:00 p.m. Belles & Beaux hand bells
Tuesday, September 20
* 5:30 p.m. Growth Team
* 6:30 p.m. FOSSIL Club
* 7:00 p.m. Little Free Library Stewards
* 7:00 p.m. Praise Team
Wednesday, September 21
* 7:00 p.m. Adult choir
* 9:30 p.m. Honor Flight Welcome Home
Thursday, September 22
* 7:00 p.m. Session
Friday, September 23
* 1:00 p.m. Bridge group
Sunday, September 25
* 9:00 a.m. Worship
* 9:30 a.m. Blood Drive
* 10:00 a.m. Spiritual Nurture
* 11:00 a.m. Worship
* 12:15 p.m. PYC - Hunger Walk
* 12:30 p.m. Follies meeting
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