Stewardship in Action Newsletter

Van Wyck Presbyterian Church
Published Quarterly – October 2011 – Volume 3

“Nothing happens in the church until someone gives something. According to the Word, God did exactly that. God gave us grace, undeserved and unconditional love. God did not allow that offer to expire, but continues his covenant to give us grace, unendingly.” –Ed Krause—

Recently I have heard that our congregation seems to be changing. There are new faces in Sunday school and worship, new programs for our young people, a new committee is charged with “growing the membership of our church,” and the Session has approved a new proposal for using our facilities during the week. Personal and congregational change is double edged. It brings with it creativity and excitement but it can also generate uncertainty and worry. Whether we are changing our personal exercise routine or we are welcoming strangers into our program space, we belong to a tradition that is pulling us into a new future. And we also belong to an ever transforming God who reminds us “I am about to do a new thing…” (Isaiah 43:19). What a wonderful opportunity we have this Fall to be a part of a tradition that affirms in its life and worship that God is welcoming each one of us into a new thing.
–Rev. Randy McSpadden

Congratulations to Randy! He was nominated and elected by Presbytery to serve on the Presbytery’s Council (governing board) for three years. This is a wonderful honor for Randy and our church.

Check out the website for the calendar of events of our church and community. Sunday morning worship service bulletins are now on-line. Visit the website and click on the Sunday’s date or previous dates to read the bulletin on-line.

We are approaching that time of year when the Stewardship Committee begins to focus on its annual Fall Campaign.

Our theme this year is “Thank You”.

Your efforts, both monetarily and in the volunteering of your time and talents, have enabled us to minister not only to the needs of our church family, but also to those within our community. You will be hearing life experiences from some of our members and you will go home inspired.

We will be focusing our efforts throughout the campaign to ensure that our “Thank You” message to you is expressed.

We would like to invite everyone to a “Thank You” lunch on Sunday, November 13th after the service. Please join us to celebrate what we have accomplished together, united as one family in Christ.
–The Stewardship Committee
–Stuart Graham, Chair

Claudia Thompson and Julie Graham, Co-chairs

We are ready for the cooler weather, hot soups, and hustle and bustle of the Fall and holiday seasons at VWPC.

To start the school year, we hosted a movie night on August 10th in our Fellowship Hall. Kids and adults viewed “Up,” a movie about 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen tying thousands of balloons to his home and setting out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Everyone enjoyed the inspirational message, the popcorn and the fellowship.

The Committee greeted and chatted with hundreds of folks at the Celebrate Van Wyck Festival on September 10th. VWPC had a table inside the Community Center and handed out information on our church and candy. David Cook, the chairman of the Growing the Church Committee, entertained by playing his guitar.

Delicious food was enjoyed by all who came to the “Share your Crop” covered dish supper on September 25th. Storyteller Ken Nelson of the Carolina Lakes Sun City Bible Study Club told us the story of David and Goliath. We were thrilled for high attendance and hope your participation continues at our upcoming events.

Tickets are now being sold for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s “Magic of Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 1st at the Belk Theater. A donation is made by the Presbyterian Foundation to our church for each ticket purchased. The cost is $25 or $50. A group will travel together to the event from the church. Please see Claudia Thompson for more details.

We hope you will cheer when our float passes you at the Van Wyck Christmas Parade on December 10th, and you will join us for chili and caroling on December 18th. After the holidays, we plan to host another movie night and our annual Valentine’s Day party.

A big thank you to everyone who has faithfully been signing the “Friendship Pad” each Sunday. This helps us keep record of our attendance numbers and your contact information and helps you meet new friends.

We are also pleased to share with you that we are working on redesigning our church website with the Growing the Church Committee. Check out for the weekly bulletin, calendar of events, announcements, event photos, and even this Stewardship in Action newsletter. We want our website to be a valuable resource to you. Any suggestions are welcome!

David Cook, Moderator

The Growing the Church Committee is a new committee that was commissioned by the Session this year. The mission of the committee is to grow the church by bringing back members and friends who have left the church, by retaining the membership and friends that we currently have, and bringing new members and friends into the church so that we may spread the Gospel to the community and to the world. The committee is comprised of David Cook, as moderator, Rob and Carol Johns, Ashley Gibson, Alex and Julie Tuttle, and Stuart and Julie Graham. This committee works in conjunction with all of the existing committees on projects meant to grow the church. So far, the committee has helped participate with a booth at the Celebrate Van Wyck Festival in September by adding guitar and banjo entertainment for the crowd. The committee has also started work in assisting the Strengthening Committee with revamping the church website. We have also started a bluegrass night at the church in hopes of attracting some attention to our family life center in the community. The next show will be by the Hinson Girls on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 p.m. What’s more, we have been focusing on strengthening the participation in the Christian Education program and have started a youth group. The youth group has already been bowling and had a wonderful time. We are scheduled next to have a camp out on Friday, October 28th at 5:00 p.m. near David Cook’s property at Mooreland Woods. The committee is very excited about the chance to spread the Word of God to the community through the campus of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church.

Ron Stephany and Pat Oglesby, Co-Chairs

The CE committee welcomes David Cook as a member and teacher of the 6-12 grade Sunday School class along with Ron Stephany. The Young Adult class is taught by Annette Denton, the Elementary class is taught by Pat Oglesby and the Preschool Class is taught by Camille Dunlap and Will McSpadden. These classes are held in the CE Building. The Adult Sunday School class meets in the Fellowship Hall and is taught by Shirley Cauthen and Eloise Williams. Sunday School begins at 10 o’clock and there are classes for everyone. Please join us!

A nursery is provided by Carrie Johnson during the 11 o’clock worship service. We are very grateful to Carrie for her loving care of our children. We are glad to have Carrie’s son, River, as her assistant and a participant in other children’s activities.

The CE Committee wishes to thank Lynne Jones for the beautiful seasonal table decorations that she designs for the table on the entry porch to the CE Building. This is enjoyed by everyone as they come and go to their classes in this building.

On October 1st, David Cook and five adult chaperones/parents took a group of 15 children bowling at the Sports Center in Pineville. Thank you to everyone who participated. They had a great time!

School is back in session and as families are planning their Fall activities, the CE Committee would like to invite everyone to include the following opportunities on their calendar:

* On Friday, October 28th, at 5:00 p.m., David and Krista Cook are hosting a camp out for school age children at their home at Mooreland Woods. There will be a bonfire and cookout and overnight camping for those who wish to participate. If you plan to stay overnight, please bring a tent and sleeping bag. David will have more details as the date approaches. If families want to come and participate in the evening’s activities and not spend the night you are welcome to come. Parent chaperones are also needed for this event. Please email

* The children’s annual Kid’s Christmas Party will be Sunday, December 4th from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There will be crafts and games and a reading of the Nativity story by Shirley Cauthen. Pat Oglesby needs volunteers to assist with this event for all of the children of our church family. Please email or call Pat at 803-285-8196.

* The Children’s Christmas Pageant will be presented on Sunday, December 18th, after the Christmas Caroling. The caroling will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the church. We will return to the church for the pageant and then enjoy delicious soup and chili.

Now is the time to start planning for the children to participate in the Christmas pageant. David Cook will be the director and has started working with the children in his Sunday School class to prepare. Please see David if your child wishes to participate in the Christmas pageant. Pageant practice will be held during Sunday School. A commitment to practice is essential.

* Rev. Randy McSpadden is planning for the children to participate in the Christmas Eve Service again this year. This will be on Saturday, December 24th at 5:00 p.m. The children are asked to arrive at 4:30 p.m.

* An exciting opportunity for the children is being planned. Color coded hand bells have been purchased for the children to learn to ring in accompaniment with other music. Janesta Williams and others will teach the children this simple music system which is appropriate for children preschool through grade 12. You do not have to be able to read music (or even read) to play the color coded bells. The first practice is scheduled for Sunday, October 30th at 9:45 a.m.

For questions concerning any of the above please contact Pat Oglesby.

Janesta Williams, Chair

The Worship Committee is responsible for the selection of greeters, ushers and liturgist and is grateful for the members who volunteer to serve graciously in these places. Very soon we will be preparing the 2012 volunteer list and would appreciate you letting us know if you would serve in one of these capacities.

During the third quarter, the Worship Committee was very busy. We met twice to prepare the 2012 recommended budget for the Stewardship Committee approval.

Worship committee prepared the Communion Ware for World Wide Communion on Sunday, October 2nd.

The Choir Robe Fund has been completed and our choir looks forward to beautiful new choir robes to contribute to the enhancement of our worship service. We are grateful for all of the donations received.

Worship Committee will soon sponsor an acolyte training for children six years old and above. Watch our bulletin for the date and please register your child for this special training.

Our Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons are quickly approaching and the choir is working on new music. We are thrilled to have two new members in our choir and appreciate their devotion.

Christian Education purchased children’s color coded hand bells and will soon be ready for our children to begin learning to ring!! We will plan to practice on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. We are hopeful that our parents will bring their children to this practice time. This will require commitment from the parents in order that the children can learn to ring!! OUR FIRST PRACTICE SESSION IS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 30th AT 9:45 A.M. IN THE CHURCH SANCTUARY.

Committee members Mike Helms & Charles Moss, Co-Chairs; Tommy Broome; Sammy Dunlap; Jack Leedy; Richard Vaughan; and George Williams have undertaken the following projects for the third quarter of 2011:
* Replaced vestibule ceiling
* Relocated pull rope for bell
* Installed new overhead light in vestibule
* Applied second coat of paint outside front doors
* New roof installed on sanctuary
* Installed fresh air pipe on basement HVAC
* Extended sidewalks on both sides of church
* Re-worked yard with additional top soil, grass seed, fertilizer and straw
* Began the replacement of shrubbery at CE Building

The Grounds & Maintenance Committee would like to thank Stuart Graham for his expertise and guidance in reworking the lawn and shrubbery.

Future projects include:
* Re-paint the church sign
* Plant new trees
* Enclose the air conditioning units with fence
* Replace windows on porch at CE Building

Jay Teager, Chair
On the third Wednesday of the month, the men of the church are invited to gather for a time of food and fellowship. Our next meeting is Wednesday, October 19th at 6:30 p.m. at Captain’s Galley in Waxhaw.

Disaster Relief Team – George Williams, Chair
Jack Leedy and Jay Teager

Mother Nature has been ruthless this year. Our country suffered several disastrous events that left many of our cities devastated. Tornados, hurricanes and massive flooding are just a few of the hurdles that our citizens have had to endure.

A call to action, by our Providence Presbytery, rang loud and clear. Relief was needed and our church’s Disaster Relief Team responded.

Recognizing that “cleaning supplies” would be a priority need, our team filled two 5-gallon buckets with brushes, sponges, face masks and other miscellaneous items. Don Willingham also volunteered to fill one additional bucket with similar items. Needless to say, his generous gift was greatly appreciated.

The buckets were delivered to the Providence Presbytery Office in Rock Hill by George Williams and Jay Teager. Subsequently, they were transported to Charlotte, NC for distribution to those areas most impacted by the disasters.

Rosa Sansbury, Moderator

The Van Wyck Presbyterian Women began their monthly meetings on September 20th with an inspiring lesson by Pat Oglesby on the Beatitudes. Our new study book focuses on the beloved Beatitudes and we are looking forward to hearing God’s Word through this book.

September is always the month when the VWPW travel to Montreat, NC for a weekend of relaxation and enlightenment. Our trip this year was just as wonderful as all of the trips in the past with lots of good food, fun, and fellowship. Our group of eleven ladies enjoyed every minute.

As the holiday season approaches, our calendar will be very full with lots of activities and functions for our church children, shut-ins, and the infirmed. Our ladies are very gracious with their time and efforts during the holiday season.

As always, our group welcomes any new Presbyterian woman looking for an evening of warm fellowship, God’s Word, and good food. Our social hall door is always open for newcomers. We meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Submitted by Pat Oglesby

On Friday, September 16th, eleven PW members left the church for the annual Fall retreat in Montreat, NC. We arrived around noon and went right to work unloading cars and moving into South Carolina Home for the weekend. This always feels like a homecoming because South Carolina Home is now a special place for all of us. A little rain did not dampen the spirit but refreshed the soul as we took in the familiar sight of the blue mountain ranges. Fall was just beginning there with a few red leaves peeking through the green. After lunch at the Veranda Café on Cherry Street in Black Mountain we looked around in the shops making a few purchases here and there. Later back at the house everyone got settled into their rooms and visited in front of the cozy fireplace in the living area. On Friday night we dined at the Black Mountain Bistro and laughed and had a good time just being together. After a good night’s rest we woke early to smell breakfast cooking downstairs in the kitchen being prepared by our favorite chefs, Chuck and Thom. Chuck is the manager of South Carolina Home and he and Thom do all of the work maintaining the home in excellent condition and overseeing improvement projects. At breakfast the group presented Chuck a framed pen and ink drawing of our church by Cathy Joyce. The print will hang in South Carolina Home with portraits of other SC Presbyterian churches. Chuck expressed appreciation to the PW. Then, after a quick stop at the street market in Black Mountain we were off to the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market for all our favorites. Some of the group went to the Moose Café for lunch and others headed off to Asheville for shopping at Biltmore Village. Back at the house the ladies enjoyed the rocking chairs in the warm afternoon sun on the front porch. In the evening Carol Johns presented an excellent bible study, “WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED – FOR WE ARE THE BRAVE WOMEN OF VAN WYCK PRESBYTERIAN”. Carol’s bible study helped us all realize how much we have to be thankful for, how much we value each other’s friendship, and how much being a part of this church family means to each of us. We prayed, we laughed, shed a few tears, and hoped that next year we would be able to fill the whole house with women from Van Wyck Presbyterian Church. On Sunday morning we woke once more to the wonderful aroma of breakfast cooking downstairs. After gathering up all our belongings and trying to figure out where all the apples and cabbages would fit in our cars, we said “goodbye” to the mountains until we return again.

Linda Vaughan, Treasurer

2011 General Fund Budget = $125,355.00
1st Quarter (January – March) = 28,030.60
2nd Quarter (April – June) = 33,643.31
3rd Quarter (July – September) = 25,630.50
Total Received to Date = 87,304.41
Needed 39 weeks @ $2,410.00 = 93,990.00
Amount Needed to Meet Budget = $ 6,685.59

Building Fund
2011 Outstanding Pledges = $8,290.00
Pledges Received:
1st Quarter (January – March) = 100.00
2nd Quarter (April – June) = 3,600.00
3rd Quarter (July – September) = 0.00
Outstanding Pledge Balance = $4,590.00

Miscellaneous Donations Received:
1st Quarter (January – March) = $1,800.00
2nd Quarter (April – June) = 6,865.00
3rd Quarter (July – September) = 1,250.00
Y-T-D Donations Received = $9,915.00

Building Fund Memorials Received:
1st Quarter (January – March) = $ 125.00
2nd Quarter (April – June) = 150.00
3rd Quarter (July – September) = 360.00
Y-T-D Memorials Received = $ 635.00

Donations Received (July – September)

General Fund Memorials
In Memory of Eddie Brunson given by:
Sam & Camille Dunlap

Presbyterian Women Memorials
In Memory of Eddie Brunson given by:
John & Shirley Cauthen

Building Fund Memorials
In Memory of Dillon Denton given by:
Sam & Laine Ardrey

In Memory of Carrie Elizabeth McSpadden given by:
Janet B. Lehman

In Memory of Eddie Brunson given by:
Sam & Laine Ardrey
Wilma Belk
George Dobson
Jim & Nancy Garrison
Jay & Lynne Jones
Paul & Di Kourkoubes
Jim & Jane Massey
Richard & Linda Vaughan
Van Wyck Women’s Club

Choir Robe Fund Memorials
In Memory of Bess Parris given by:
George and Eloise Williams

In Memory of Eddie Brunson given by:
Betty F. Broome
Tommy & Faith Broome
Jay & Haydee Teager
Claudia Thompson
Al & Janesta Williams
George and Eloise Williams
Don & Julia Willingham

Choir Robe Fund
Special Donations given by:
Betty F. Broome
John & Shirley Cauthen
Lance & Julie Cunnane
Craig & Beth Denton
Sam & Camille Dunlap
Stuart & Julie Graham
Jay & Lynne Jones
Randy & Kay McSpadden
Claudia Thompson
Richard & Linda Vaughan
Al & Janesta Williams
George & Eloise Williams
Don and Julia Willingham


“If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness.” –Isaiah 58:10

Last year Dimes for Hunger raised over $54,000 in thin, small coins alone. 100% of the dimes raised was gifted to hunger agencies; one half goes to agencies in the five counties of our Presbytery (Chester, Lancaster, Union, Kershaw, York) to stock food banks, provide hot meals to the poor and the elderly, and to fund projects that eliminate want.

Your dimes also meet needs in the wider world to feed and care for our brothers and sisters overseas in projects including Heifer Project International helping families become self supporting and feed themselves, and for other projects in Honduras, Guatemala and Africa.

You can participate by giving a dime for every meal and pray each day for the needy people your dimes will reach. Every person who contributes a dime per meal will have contributed at least $9.30 by the end of October. We will collect our Dimes for Hunger on Sunday, October 30.

In 2010 our congregation contributed $1,230. Our church received an award from the Presbytery for exceeding the goal in its giving to Dimes for Hunger in 2010.


We are to provide non-perishable food for HOPE in Lancaster during the month of October. There is a critical need for the following food pantry items:
* Five pound bags of corn meal, flour and sugar
* Canned fruit
* Canned fruit juice
* Dried beans
* Evaporated milk
* Jelly
* Pork & beans
* Cans of soup
* Spaghetti sauce

Also needed are cleaning supplies.

Bring your items and place them in the Vaughan Room and Camille Dunlap will deliver the items to HOPE some time during the first week of November.

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