Quarterly Newsletter – October 2015


Van Wyck Presbyterian Church               Published Quarterly – October 2015 – Volume 22

“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’s Corner

When I think of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church, I cannot help but recall Paul’s words: “I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5).

I thank God with joy for the beautiful and caring community of Van Wyck. I thank God for the wonderful church of Van Wyck Presbyterian that so many call a spiritual home. I thank God for the past 131 years this particular congregation has been sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. I thank God for the many ways you all have welcomed Doug, Devon, Ashley, and me in our transition. And I thank God with joy that the Spirit has called us to walk in faith together in this next chapter of ministry.

My heart is filled with gratitude for your hospitality and deep roots of faith. I am truly enjoying the opportunities to meet with each family one on one as we get to know one another. Slowly I am working my way through the directory to listen to your stories of family, faith, work, and where you want to grow spiritually. These visits are so important to me as we begin to imagine how we will continue building on the foundation of this spiritual household. Our hope is to grow in Christ in spirit, service, and number. Van Wyck Presbyterian has been doing such wonderful ministry in the past and I am humbled to continue the good work of the gospel alongside you in our community and world.

We will celebrate the way God’s faithfulness has brought us together to serve in ministry on Sunday November 15, 2015 at 4:30pm in the sanctuary. We will hold a Service of Worship and Installation to formally install me as the next teaching elder (pastor) of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church. I am grateful this service will represent that we are a connectional church in the priesthood of all believers. I have invited many ruling elders and teaching elders from Providence Presbytery to share in this special day. I hope you and your families will come and celebrate God’s goodness as we give thanks for the opportunity to share in the gospel.

Thank you for sharing in God’s grace with me and my family!

Your Sister in Christ,


Stewardship – The Next Chapter

We come into this Stewardship campaign a transformed church. So much has changed since our “Simplicity and Celebration” campaign last November.

  • Carson is our new, energetic minister, the first female behind the pulpit of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church.
  • We have committed to deeper spiritual growth through our newly revamped Christian Education program with curriculum that meshes old-fashioned Bible study with hip, relevant DVD messages. The combination makes Sunday school exciting for children and adults.
  • The newly formed Mission Committee is making plans to make an impact locally and nationally, taking Van Wyck Presbyterian Church to the people who need us most.
  • Finally, our prayers have been answered as we are now debt-free after paying off the remaining loan balance of the McSpadden Fellowship Hall. As opportunities come forth in growth and mission, we will be ready.

Yet, despite all of this change, we are the same caring, welcoming country church where God is center and bread is broken and shared together. We have opened the book to a new page, but have read the previous chapters and can’t wait to see what comes next.

It seems fitting that this year’s Stewardship campaign is called “The Next Chapter.” We are led by 1 John 3:18 that reads, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” Our themes include actions speak louder than words and love is a verb.

We hope you will join us for two special Sundays of Stewardship on November 8 and 15.

— Julie Graham,

Stewardship Chairwoman

Strengthening Committee

The tickets for The Magic of Christmas presented by Charlotte Symphony have gone on sale.  As last year, we will plan to attend the Saturday Matinee performance on Saturday, December 5, at 2:30 p.m.  Let Claudia know no later than November 10 if you plan to attend The Magic of Christmas this year. The price of the tickets will be $30.50 each and seats will be located in the approximate area as last year’s performance. Please make your check payable to Van Wyck Presbyterian Church and give your payment so she can keep up with the tickets sold.   We will plan to carpool to the Pineville train station.   This performance is a wonderful way to start the Christmas season and is also a great time of fellowship and fun.

The Van Wyck Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 12, at noon.   We will need a few church members to volunteer to walk the parade route and carry the VWPC Christmas banners and hand out candy.   Please let Claudia know if you are willing to participate.

–Lynne Jones and Claudia Thompson


Christian Education

We have committed to deeper spiritual growth through a new Christian Education curriculum that meshes old-fashioned Bible study with hip, relevant DVD messages, as well as brought the church together for a Sunday afternoon outing at Hall Family Farm on October 11.

We hope you will join us at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We have Sunday school classes for all ages, a dedicated teaching staff, and highly acclaimed material to give you a great Bible study experience.

Here is a list of what we offer at 10 a.m. Sunday School:

  • Tiny Tots through age 4

Taught by Lynne Jones with Linda Vaughan

Curriculum is Wee Believe

The children are nurtured and taught to love God and how much God loves each of them. We enjoy Bible stories, music, and other age-appropriate activities to have fun while learning about God’s world.

  • Show and Share for Pre-K through 2nd Grade

Taught by Camille Dunlap

Curriculum is Holy Moly by Sparkhouse

Each week, the lesson follow a four-part sequence – Discover, Relate, Connect, and Create – with an animated Bible story video, class discussion, Bible reading, and completing an activity sheet.

  • Connect for 3rd through 5th Grade

Taught by Pat Oglesby

Curriculum is Connect by Sparkhouse

The weekly lesson guides the class through a three-part sequence – See, Explore, and Make – by watching a quirky video that blends slap-stick humor and solid theology, exploring biblical text, and creating projects that range from games to art and more. It’s not little kid Sunday school.

  • Team Echo for 6th through 12th Grade

Taught by Andrea Helms

Curriculum is Echo the Story by Sparkhouse

From creation to the formation of the church, students enter into each story imaginatively – making observations, drawing, writing, and participating in group dialogue. The DVD messages are so cool, you will Echo the Story of the Bible.

  • Animate for Adults

Taught by Stuart Graham

Curriculum is Animate: Bible by Sparkhouse

This exploratory class is designed to reinvigorate and deepen your understanding of the Bible by encountering scripture in new ways. This class features multi-media, lively discussion, deep historical background, and global Christianity.

  • Open Book for Adults

Taught by Shirley Cauthen

and Eloise Williams


Curriculum is PCUSA’s The Present Word

Connecting faith and life, this class explores biblical text as study groups work to deepen their relationship with God and become prayer warriors. Discussion and activities will encourage you to live out your faith.

–Stuart Graham, Chairman

Mission is ready to go!

The Mission Team is up & running! Our members include Annette Denton, Mike Helms, Emily Helms, Rosa Sansbury, Stuart Graham, Lynne Jones, Laine Ardrey, & the Rev. Carson Overstreet. 

We have had two meetings, so if you are interested in joining us, please come! You have not missed out on much yet!  We are meeting monthly and have decided to attempt one project each quarter.

Currently, we are gathering names of those in Van Wyck who have needs we can address. We are working on Thanksgiving baskets for those who have need of some extra holiday help. If you know of anyone who would benefit from a basket, please contact any team member with that information. 

Again, we welcome any and all who want to serve with us on this team!

            –Laine Ardrey, Chairwoman

Building and Grounds Committee

First, the B&G would like to commend Richard Vaughan and Jack Leedy for their years of serving VWPC. They have retired from the Building and Grounds Committee and it hasn’t been the same without them.


We have several projects that may interest the congregation. First, the heating and air conditioning ductwork will be modified due to issues that have been brought to our attention and should rectify several recurring problems.

Second, the chandelier sockets in the sanctuary will be replaced due to their age and condition. After the sanctuary was repainted, we started having issues with the lighting, not that the contractor was the primary cause, but brought it to our attention.

Third, some upgrades to the bell tower will occur. A new hatch door will be installed and relocation of bell rope through waterproof membrane.

Lastly, an ongoing study of upgrading the church’s sound/video system spearheaded by John Cauthen will be presented to the Session at the next meeting.

We always welcome volunteers, whether you have skills, knowledge, energy, or just want to hang out.

            — Charles Moss and Mike Helms,



A Message from Pat Oglesby

2014-2015 Moderator


The Presbyterian Women of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church USA have always been the heart of the church. Whether called “circle”, “Women of the Church” or “Presbyterian Women”, this group of women is dedicated in glorifying God in all they do. They are gathered together as sisters in Christ through Bible Study, prayer, spirit and compassion. Throughout the history of this church it is evident how their many God given gifts have been used to nurture and support the local church, the congregation and in support of the worldwide mission efforts of Presbyterian Women.


Presbyterian Women of Van Wyck truly live Romans 12:6-8: “So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.”


The new officers for 2015-2016 were installed on October 19th:

Vivian Calcote, Moderator

Annette Denton, Co-Moderator

Glenda Manus, Recording Secretary

Lynne Jones, Treasurer


The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 16th at 10 o’clock in the McSpadden Fellowship Hall.


Presbyterian Women Fall Retreat

On October 12, 13, and 14, 2015, Presbyterian Women made our 8th annual trip to Montreat, N.C., and South Carolina Inn.  We had 22 attendees.   Our group was made up of Van Wyck Presbyterian Women and members of our Tuesday morning bible study, guests, and Rev. Carson Overstreet.  We filled the 103-year-old William Brearley House of 16 bedrooms and occupied three of the Amanda Kirk Apartments.  The crisp clear blue skies and the colorful changing leaves were the perfect setting for our retreat.  Our theme this year was “Fill My Cup” based on Psalm 23.  Laine Ardrey was our bible study leader and as always was an inspiration to everyone. Carson Overstreet presented an overview of Mandala coloring for meditation and relaxation.

Twenty-two women traveling in a pack and enjoying being together is something that does not go unnoticed.   Whether out to eat, shopping, or just being together at SC Inn, it was obvious that we were having a great time. Believe it or not, Van Wyck women can sometimes pull a prank or two.  The revelation of the culprit at dinner one night led to some spirited laughter and caused one man leaving the restaurant to ask, “Who ARE you people?”  He was smiling, though, and said that he wanted whatever we had.

We enjoyed the traditional rocking chairs on the front porch looking out over the mountains and the inviting aroma of breakfast cooking downstairs in the big comfortable kitchen. We got to know each other better.  We shared stories of faith, family and our own life journey.  We got so carried away by storytelling one night that it was after the 11:00 p.m. curfew when we finally turned in.

It is very true that when you pass through the stone gates that say “Montreat”, you know you are in a   special place.

Pat Oglesby

Treasurer Report


2015 General Fund Budget                = $118,570.00

Week 39

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

2nd Quarter (April – June)                       =       35,191.27

3rd Quarter (July – September)              =       27,804.76

Total Amount Received at Week 39      =       87,599.58

Needed each week                                 =         2,280.00

Needed at Week 39                                =       88,920.00

Behind Adopted Budget at Week 39      =         1,320.42

Expenditures UNDER Giving Amount    =  $    29,445.81


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.


The Stewardship Committee and I thank you very much for your prayers and faithful financial support of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church.

A Message from the Treasurer


It’s hard to believe that our small church embarked upon a monumental expansion in 2007 to add a new fellowship hall. Under the guidance of Reverend Randy McSpadden, Pastor, a 3-year building campaign, “Foundation for the Future” was kicked off and $308,500 was pledged. In order to begin the project in 2008 as planned, a $150,000 loan was secured through First Palmetto Savings Bank.

The ground breaking ceremony was held in October 2008 and construction got underway.

In May 2009, Van Wyck Presbyterian Church not only celebrated its 125th anniversary with a homecoming, but also dedicated the new Social Hall.

The 3-year building campaign ended in December 2010 and $314,207.55 in pledges had been received and in just three short years, the original mortgage loan had been reduced to $71,000.

On March 22, 2013, the fellowship hall was named the J. R. McSpadden, Jr. Fellowship Hall.

Through generous donations, memorials and honorariums designated to the Building Fund; the sale of Camille Dunlap’s Easter Cross prints and note cards; the proceeds from the 2014 and 2015 Afternoon Teas; and the 2015 Loan Payment Challenge funds, the loan balance was reduced to $9,500 by September 2015.

In order to not have to refinance the loan in November, Session approved paying off the balance by using all unrestricted funds in the Building Fund, the remaining budgeted loan payments for 2015 and $2,200 from the General Fund. The mortgage loan was paid off on September 30, 2015.

For those members that did not fulfill their 2015 Loan Payment Challenge commitment, it is not too late. These funds will be used to “repay” the General Fund.

Every gift received since 2007 was significant because it represents your investment in the life and ministry of Van Wyck Presbyterian Church.

We are truly blessed to be able to accomplish so much in such a short time.

In God’s Love,

Linda Vaughan



Staying Connected


I am serving the church part-time and strive to be a good steward of my time to seek balance with family and ministry. Please know I will be at the church on Sundays and in the church office Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings. I have been scheduling visits on Wednesday afternoons and Thursdays. Please call the office for an appointment (803)-285-1895 or email me at vwpcpastor@comporium.net. I am also reachable by cell phone at (980) 297-3153.


Fridays and Saturdays are time I spend with my family, so I will return emails and phone calls as I am able.


Also stay connected with church happenings on our website www.vanwyckpc.com and our Facebook page at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church!


I am grateful to serve in ministry with you!


Carson Overstreet











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