April 2015 Newsletter


Van Wyck Presbyterian Church                Published Quarterly – April 2015 – Volume 20

“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—



Spring Has Sprung at VWPC

It’s Spring and the grounds of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church have come alive with blooming flowers, blossoming trees and green everywhere.

The sanctuary has also gotten a much-needed makeover with a ceiling revamp, freshly painted walls and new carpeting. The pressed tin above our heads resembles a white-frosted wedding cake (as Pat has pointed out).

The season, the picturesque setting and the bustle of activity make for an atmosphere of optimism at VWPC. We have so much to offer. Please join us on Sundays.

— Julie Graham, Chairwoman,

and The Stewardship Committee



Report from The Session

The Session met at 7 p.m. on March 24th, and discussion included the following:

  • Vivian Calcote’s membership transfer was received.
  • A motion was made by the Stewardship Committee and passed by the Session to add $50 in travel expenses to the minister compensation paid each Sunday. The Reverend Dr. Craig Butler was thanked for his dedication to VWPC.
  • The baptism of Holden Holyfield Alexander was authorized on Saturday, April 4th. The Reverend Randy McSpadden came to VWPC to conduct the service.
  • Christian Education is reviewing survey results on its offerings.
  • Krista Cook was added to the Pastor Search Committee.
  • Genevieve Cook is attending Confirmation classes at Bethelwoods through May. Glenda Manus, her grandmother, is her sponsor.
  • A Mission Committee, led by Laine Ardrey, is forming.
  • A Columbarium is being researched.
  • Grounds and Maintenance is looking at bids to have the church windows washed.


The Search Process Update


Stuart Graham gave a presentation at the Session Meeting on the work of the Pastor Search Committee. After collecting information from our congregational gathering and members of the Session, and meeting with Presbytery officials, the PSC posted our pastor position through a national data base.


Worship Committee Report

The Worship Committee believes welcoming our church family to worship on Sunday morning is a vital part of our ministry. The following are the greeters/ushers for the remainder of the year:


April – Jack & Carol Leedy

May – Richard & Linda Vaughan

June – Rob & Carol Johns

July – Charles & Juanita Moss

August – Vivian Calcote & Janet Campbell

September – Andy & Diane Harrell

October – Don & Julia Willingham

November – Mike & Andrea Helms

December – Jeff & Rose Mary Bean



The Worship Committee is grateful to Dr. Craig Butler for continuing to minister to our congregation each Sunday.


Many thanks to our choir members who worked diligently each week to prepare beautiful Easter anthems. Our choir is very appreciated and contributes so much to our worship services.


The “Flowering of the Cross” during the Easter Service was as lovely as always and want to thank the congregation for the beautiful flowers that adorned it.


—Janesta Williams, Chairperson


Strengthening Committee Report

The Strengthening Committee would like to wish everyone a fun and safe summer. Please watch the bulletin for upcoming events.


—Lynne Jones and Claudia Thompson



Christian Education Committee Report

Over the next few months, the Christian Education committee will look at different ways to organize and offer opportunities for the congregation to participate in activities outside the 11 a.m. service. We have opportunities to increase participation. Each of you will have the opportunity to give feedback on what the congregation would like to support.  Please stay tuned.


—Stuart Graham, Chair of Christian Education



Report from Presbyterian Women


Our PW group meets the third Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the McSpadden Fellowship Hall at the church.  We invite all women in the church to join us.  If you would be interested in attending a PW group to meet in the evening or other time because of work and schedule issues please contact Pat Oglesby at poglesby@comporium.net or 803-517-0775.


The annual Easter Breakfast was held on Easter Sunday morning, April 5th at 9 a.m.  Everyone in attendance enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship and delicious breakfast casseroles, grits, biscuits and gravy, fruit and coffee and juice.

On Saturday, April 11th, Providence Presbytery Presbyterian Women held their Annual Spring Gathering here at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church. Women from the 58 churches of Providence Presbytery were here for a worship service, business meeting, a luncheon and fellowship. Thanks to all that helped to make this event the success it was.


We invite you to join us for our Tuesday morning bible study led by Laine Ardrey.  We meet in the McSpadden Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. every Tuesday.  We are finishing a study by Max Lucado on the book of Romans and will begin a new book soon.   This has become a wonderful opportunity for spiritual growth, studying God’s word and fellowship.  Please join us!  Approximately 20 women are now attending this bible study class.

Looking ahead to next Fall, we are planning our annual Fall Retreat to Montreat on Monday, October 12 through Wednesday, October 14th.  We stay at South Carolina Inn at Montreat and have a devotional time and lots of opportunities for fellowship, shopping and eating, of course!

— Pat Oglesby, Presbyterian Women Moderator

Other Happenings …

— The Grounds and Maintenance Committee conducted an outside work day in March, and the Presbyterian Women cleaned the inside of the church in April. We looked spiffy for the Presbyterian Women’s Spring Meeting on April 11th, where ladies from throughout the presbytery came to explore the theme “Ordinary People/Extraordinary God.”

— Our “Hymn-A-Way” was conducted by the Stewardship Committee during the Easter breakfast and many of the old blue hymnals went home with the original purchasers or the family of the memorialized members.

— Mary Rose Mace is working in our nursery on a part time basis. Nursery is available for newborns through kindergarteners after Children’s Time during the 11 a.m. worship service.

— A letter was received from HOPE in Lancaster to thank us for our contribution of food on three occasions in 2014, which totaled 382 pounds. VWPC, great job helping to feed the less fortunate in our area!

— We are making our way to 100 “likes” on the VWPC Facebook page. This is a great way to keep up with the happenings at our beautiful church. Please urge your family, friends and neighbors to join our Facebook community.

— VWPC is a stop on the Lancaster County Arts and Ag Tour on June 28. We will be displaying quilts over the pews of the sanctuary.

News About Our Youth

Chloe Cook and Emily Helms are graduating from Indian Land High School in May.

Chloe has been accepted at the College of Charleston, and Emily plans to attend the University of South Carolina-Lancaster to begin a degree in Nursing.


Tea Time

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, August 16, 2015, for our annual Sunday Tea and Silent Basket Auction, organized by the Stewardship Committee. More details to follow.




2015 Special Offerings


One Great Hour of Sharing

A total of $513 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.


Traditional Mother’s Day Offering

Since 1958, Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina have provided quality services and care for older adults throughout our state. The five retirement communities are located in Clinton, Columbia, Florence, Easley and Summerville.

We will be taking up a special offering on Mother’s Day, May 10th to benefit PCSC. Please help us “carry each other’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” – Galatians 6:2.







Treasurer Report

It’s hard to believe we are one quarter into 2015! As you look around our beautiful church and grounds, we have so much to be thankful for.

2014 General Fund Budget               = $118,570.00

Week 13


1st Quarter (January – March)                =  $   24,603.55

Needed each week                                 =         2,280.00

Needed at Week 13                                =       29,640.00

Behind Adopted Budget at Week 13      =         5,036.45


Expenditures UNDER Giving Amount    =  $    5,231.46



As of March 30, 2015, the principal loan balance is $27,565.86. We have received “Make a Payment” pledges for 2015 of $16,000 and if you wish to give to the Building Fund, please indicate on your check “Building Fund”.



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.


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





Check out the website www.vanwyckpc.com 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.


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