Stewardship in Action, April 2014 Quarterly Newsletter


Van Wyck Presbyterian Church                Published Quarterly – April 2014 – Volume 16

“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—


Pastor’ Corner

Our thoughts regulate what we accomplish. Our bodies react to the input from our minds. If we feed our minds with doubt, disbelief, and discouragement then those negatives will reproduce and effect how we face each day.

But if we feed our minds with vision, vitality, and victory then these positives will reproduce and effect how we face each day.

That explains why gloomy people stay gloomy and why those who are enthusiastic continue to be so.

The Bible says: “God has given us the Spirit of a sound mind”. God wants us to give him our gloom and doom – our doubt – disbelief – and discouragements and live with a joy and enthusiasm that comes from a mind filled with faith and trust and confidence in God. A God who is ready to walk with us through each day.

            In Christ’s Service,

            Bill Johnson

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.


Stewardship Committee

Two Important Missions –

One Great Hour of Sharing

We are wrapping up our collection for the “One Great Hour of Sharing” and hope VWPC can surpass $1,000.

This effort truly bridges the church community. Every year, we join with other Protestant denominations nationwide to collect money that will be used for local, national and international programs that support hunger relief, disaster assistance, refugees, clean water and various other projects.

This offering is worth your spare change and so much more. OGHS has responded to disasters in more than 45 countries. Closer to home, it helps support the hungry and oppressed in our community.

Visit or download the app to your iPhone for updates from OGHS.

Mother’s Day Offering

On Mother’s Day, Presbyterian churches across South Carolina will participate in the Mother’s Day Offering for Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina.

The money raised supports seniors who outlive their resources and depend on the generosity of others for their care.  This includes the retirement communities located in Clinton, Columbia, Florence, Easley and Summerville.

Presbyterian congregations are led by Galatians 6:2, which states, “Carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Our Treasurer, Linda Vaughan, will be collecting your offerings.  As always, thank you for having a generous heart and participating in these important offerings.

          — Julie Graham, Stewardship Chairwoman


Strengthening Committee


“Hat Sunday”


Break out the straw hats, ball caps, beanies, fedoras, top hats, berets and flowery formal headwear for Hat Sunday on May 25th.


This will be a fun day for our congregation as we ask hat participants to donate a $1 to the Mother’s Day Offering that supports the Presbyterian Communities.


“Movie Night”


We plan to have movie night during the summer months so be sure to check the announcements in the bulletin for the date and time.


            –Claudia Thompson & Lynne Jones



Christian Education Committee

The Christian Education Committee is sponsoring a “Fun Day” event for children in Sunday School and their families at the Van Wyck Community Center on Saturday, June 7th starting at 4:00 p.m. and wrapping up at 7:00 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, drinks will be furnished by the CE Committee. Families may bring side dishes to share if they like. We will be able to use the inside and outside of the building. There will be fun and games for all.

The CE Committee is not sponsoring a Vacation Bible School this summer. We may have another event of this type during the summer months. Please contact Pat Oglesby to sign up to attend.

Sunday School for All Ages

Please join us from 10 to 11 a.m. each Sunday for Sunday School. We have classes for all ages – toddlers through seniors.


We need substitute Sunday School teachers for the summer months, and if you wish to volunteer please see Pat Oglesby.


Church Nursery

Please contact Pat Oglesby to volunteer to keep the 11:00 a.m. nursery for one Sunday during the summer months. We do not have a full time nursery worker at this point and if you know of someone who would be interested in this paid position, please let me know.

            –Pat Oglesby, Chairwoman


Grounds & Maintenance

The transition of the CE building porch from an unusable space to another classroom/meeting area is taking shape. Luckily, we have talented men in our congregation to bring this project to fruition. Carpenters/electricians Jack Leedy and Richard Vaughan; brick mason Mike Helms; and others have worked tirelessly.  The replacement of windows and door and insulation has been done. The dry wall has yet to be hung but once this has been completed, the painting will be done and carpet will be installed. The door canopy has been ordered and will be installed as soon as it is received. A big “thank you” to Tommy Broome for donating the brick, sand and mortar.

We had a productive work day on Saturday, March 29th. The weather did not cooperate, but areas inside the church and CE building received a good cleaning by the women and the men assisted with “whatever needed to be done”.

            –Jack Leedy & Richard Vaughan



Report from Presbyterian Women

The Van Wyck Presbyterian Women sponsored the annual Easter Breakfast on April 20th. Breakfast casseroles, grits, sausage gravy, fresh fruit, assorted breads and sweet rolls, coffee and juice were on the menu. The women appreciate the contributions of all towards the preparation and serving of the breakfast and for the kitchen cleanup crew.  This is an event that our church family looks forward to each Easter.  There were approximately 70 people in attendance. The breakfast was followed by a worship service with a full sanctuary and an excellent sermon by Reverend Bill Johnson and the flowering of the cross with beautiful flowers.

Presbyterian Women are collecting used eye glasses for adults and children. Please place regular prescription glasses and prescription sunglasses in the basket provided in the vestibule. The glasses will be “read” by an ophthalmologist and taken on the Presbyterian mission trip to Central America this summer. These need to be collected by Sunday, May 18th.

The next meeting of PW is on Monday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m..  We do not meet during the summer months. All women of the church are invited to attend our meetings.

            — Pat Oglesby, Moderator


Tuesday Morning Bible Study

The Bible Study led by Laine Ardrey will continue throughout the summer months, meeting on Tuesday mornings in the McSpadden Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. Contact Laine to be put on the mailing list for information on the class.  We hope that you will join us for this meaningful study.









Treasurer Report

2014 General Fund Budget             = $116,220.00

Week 13


1st Quarter (January – March)                     =  $   27,840.00

Needed each week                                                            =         2,235.00

Needed at Week 13                                        =       29,055.00          

Behind Adopted Budget at Week 13       =         1,215.00


Expenditures OVER Giving Amount        =  $    2,661.29

2014 Building Fund Outstanding Pledges  = $3,890.00

As of April 21, 2014, the principal loan balance is $51,915.31.  If you wish to give to the Building Fund, please indicate on your check “Building Fund”.



2014 Special Offerings


A total of $631 has been received for One Great Hour of Sharing. If you have not given to OGHS, please place your offering in an envelope and designate it OGHS.


Those who contribute in cash are encouraged to use the pew envelopes in order to be credited for your contributions. Pew envelopes are available and you can pick up a supply from the basket in the vestibule.  If you would like to take advantage of the direct deposit program, please see me for details.


As church treasurer, I want to thank you for your continued faithful support in the ministry of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church.


            –Linda Vaughan, Church Treasurer


Memorials Received for Building Fund

January – April


In Memory of

Dr. C. M. “Mack” Calcote by


Martha T. Batson

Betty F. Broome

Tommy Broome

Bruce & Peggy Campbell

Clayon C. & Esther Carpenter

Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Cauthen

Annette Denton

Bill & June Dawson

Sam & Camille Dunlap

Jeannie H. Jamieson

Jay & Lynne Jones

Jim & Mabeth McCutchen

Roy & Rosa Sansbury

Ervin T. “Terry” & Terri Smith

Claudia Thompson

Paul, Katherine & Shellie Thompson

Richard & Linda Vaughan

Janice Wells

Janesta Williams

Don & Julia Willingham

In Memory of Cecil Lee by


Tommy Broome

Annette Denton

Sam & Camille Dunlap

Jeannie H. Jamieson

Jay & Lynne Jones

Cecil Lee by Jim & Jane Massey

Pat Oglesby

Claudia Thompson

Richard & Linda Vaughan

Janesta Williams

Van Wyck Women’s Club









In Memory of

Samuel David Alexander, Sr. by


Betsy Alexander

Mrs. Julia M. Alexander

Ralph S. & Ruby L. Alexander

Wilma Belk

Jane Martin Blaine

Tommy Broome

Louise Brunson

Buncombe County Health Dept. Staff

J. Thomas & Korolen C. Bowman

Mrs. John R.

Joel A. & Kathleen S. Daniel

Annette Denton

Jeff & Harriett Diller

Phyllis G. Dunlap

Sam & Camille Dunlap

Jim Hardin

Jeannie H. Jamieson

Jay & Lynne Jones

Paul & Di Kourkoubes

Lillian W. Matthews

Donald H. & Jean C. Nickell, Jr.

Pat Oglesby

Roy & Rosa Sansbury

Joshlyn E. Smith

Claudia Thompson

Richard & Linda Vaughan

Van Wyck Women’s Club

Verizon Co-Workers of Charles Alexander

 Janesta Williams

Don & Julia Willingham

Mr. & Mrs. Robert T. Yoder, Jr.



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