Where has God shown up?
Where are you seeing God at work?
Each Sunday during the joys and concerns portion of worship, we
have an amazing opportunity to lift God high and give God honor and
glory. Whether we share joys or concerns, it is our opportunity to
profess that God is at the same time both sovereign and intimately
involved in our lives.
We tend to be comfortable sharing
the circumstances that life hands us. That doesn’t mean they are easy- dealing with illness,
death, etc. are not easy things. But they are “safer” than
sharing where God is molding and shaping us.
In the PC(USA) Book of Order, we have some wonderful words that
describe the theology, the purpose, and the blessing of worship.
It says in one section:
Spirit of God quickens people to an awareness
grace and claim upon
their lives. The Spirit moves them to respond by
naming and calling upon God, by remembering and
acts of self-revelation in word and deed, and
by committing their lives to God’s reign in the world. (W-1.1002)
In the last several weeks,
it has been such a blessing to hear people share how God has
been moving in their lives. We have heard testimony
of at least two people who have made a commitment
to Christ (“naming
and calling upon God”), people who are seeing and perceiving
God at work in their lives (“remembering and proclaiming
acts of self-revelation in word and deed”), and people
who are learning to commit or recommit their lives to the lordship
God (“committing their lives to God’s reign in
This kind of sharing is so
good and important that we are expanding the newsletter this
month to include some of the testimonies people
have offered. As we praise God for these examples
of his grace and mercy, we also pray that all of us will be
watching expectantly for
God to “show up” in our lives. What we will ultimately
learn is that God doesn’t “show up” at all, because
God is always here, always working in our midst. It’s our
responsibility to open our eyes to see, our ears to hear, and our
minds and hearts
it is God who is at work in you, enabling
you both to will
and to work for his good
pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
From Emily Preisendanz:
In March I decided to spend my spring break on
a mission trip to Nicaragua with a group from Virginia Tech, building
relationships with kids who need love and smiles around them. I
have always wanted to travel somewhere to serve others, but never
would I have thought it was going to affect me the way it did.
I had an eye-opening and life- changing experience serving in this
3rd world country. It was originally meant for me to impact these
kids’ lives, but I left with an entirely different mindset
on my own life.
To be completely honest, I have always been a believer,
but my faith was never really something that I
thought about often. I would go through the motions of going to
church, so I was physically
there, but not mentally. When I was in Nicaragua,
God was breaking my heart down in order for me to find Him. The
first time I felt
Jesus around me when I was there was when I went
to the community’s
Sunday church service as the Pastor was telling us that God had sent
us here for a reason; that service brought me to tears. Throughout
the rest of the week my God-sightings kept getting stronger and made
more sense. I started to find my faith that week and my interest
in learning grew tremendously.
One of the best parts about my God-sightings
and strong desire to learn more while I was in Nicaragua
was that it did not stop when I returned home.
I now have a group of friends
from the trip that share my interest and my experiences
of Nicaragua who I can talk to, especially one
of my best friends who went on
the trip with me who had similar God-sightings
as I did while on the trip. Together, we are
in the beginning stages of starting a
Bible study and are there for each other when
we have questions, are struggling, or have joys and God-sightings
On Easter Sunday, I was able to travel to Leesburg,
VA, where my brother lives. My parents also
met us there for the weekend. I was really excited
to attend the church he had been raving
about, and never has God spoken to me more
clearly than at that service. At the end, the pastor
asked us to step out of our comfort zone and
come to the front if we were ready to commit
ourselves to Christ. He wanted to pray for
us, and for the journey we were
about to begin.
As he was praying and told those who were making
the bold decision to step forward, my heart
began to pound out of my chest and I had
a feeling that was truly indescribable. With
my mom in hand, tears in my eyes, and Jesus
inside of me, I made the
decision to step forward
and commit to Jesus Christ as my Savior. It
was a moment that I will never forget and the start
of an amazing journey as well as building
my relationship with God.
From Courtney Seery: a God-sighting from the Dominican
Thank you for my wonderful church where I can pray
to God and let him know I love him and believe him and show I worship
him! Also thank you for teaching me more about his life so I know
I love him and worship him for sure and thank you for being such
good people! ”
Love, your church student, Courtney Seery
From Tammy Lippman
I am grateful to God, who, through the people in
this church, reached out to me and invited me in, offered care,
kindness, friendship and a community of people I value. They helped
me move to a home closer to church, where I hope to spend many
years growing in faith and community with others. Thank you, God,
and thank you to those who you put in my path.
From Lisa Seery
So often we hear people telling stories about something
unexpected that has happened in their lives, and you hear the word “coincidence” used.
I am still new to hearing the word of God; however, I truly believe
that these situations are not coincidences at all. It is so important
that we remember to keep our eyes and ears open to receive God’s
taps on our shoulders.
I am so grateful to have had that moment a few
years ago where I know that I had that “God sighting.” If
I had not listened to that “Voice,” I don't think I would
have been able to handle the issues life has thrown at us, and I
know that I would have made different choices.
I have to thank our FPC friends and our wonderful
Monday night Small Group for always giving me the strength to move
forward. Whenever you think you hear that Voice inside you that seems
like intuition, remember that God is always guiding you - you just
have to be willing to listen. I am always grateful and listening.
From James Hogancamp (Hogie)
There is a fight that has been looming
Between me and my God.
Do I want to let go and let him have all?
Can I be let down there I do not know.
I believe in the holiness and the truth of scripture.
Something there that I cannot see –
Only feel within my heart,
Making me want to cry with a loud shout,
“Give me the strength to do your glory
To let go and not be afraid.”
The end is near but not on the horizon.
Let the spirit come over my weakness.
I am scared to the point that I want to cry,
The tears there filling inside
For joy and for hurt --
The longing for what I should not search.
I know that you will bring
What I need in your time and not mine.
Easier said than done.
I believe in you and your Son.
There is not a reason not to
Except the many letdowns for people that I can see
Wanting to lie down and sleep,
For the depression like a fire that I cannot put out.
Soothe my soul and let me let go.
You are the way, truth and life.
New Among Our People?
the onset of spring, a transformation is making
its presence known in many places. Larry Hoey reports that one of
those instances is
in our Chancel Choir rehearsal room. Thanks to
the tireless efforts of Ede Sornberger and Lou Pasquale, the old
wallpaper was totally
removed and the walls restored and painted. Now
our choir room sports a very warm, inviting look with a fresh coat
of paint and new wood
molding. New curtains will soon adorn the rehearsal
space windows. The Chancel Choir is most grateful to Ede and Lou
for creating this
beautiful fresh space in which to hold weekly rehearsals.Thank
you, Ede and Lou!
The choir is also pleased to welcome the newest
Chancel Choir member, Jane Kamper, who is adding
her talents to our alto section.
You may also notice a transformation to the playground
in back of our building. After many years of struggling
with and putting up with a surface that couldn’t
hold up to the wear and tear that comes from busy 3- and 4-year-olds, it’s
felt a solution has finally been found. A large steam shovel and other earth-moving
equipment first got rid of an underlying concrete layer that made drainage a
problem. With the base prepared, an artificial surface is being laid. The Nursery
School children and staff are to be commended for their patience and for finding
lots of excuses to take walks to get their fresh air. We expect that the new
playground will be well worth waiting for and that it will bring many hours of
fun and laughter to the Nursery School.
One not-so-visible change that occurred this spring,
but one that is just as important, is our new roof on the Education
Building. It is hoped that this will
put an end to the leaking problems that have occurred with increasing frequency
over recent years.
In addition to all of the spring news about the
building, there is much going on in the lives of our congregation
as well. Nearly all of our mission work travelers
have returned safely and have and will be witnessing about where they saw God
working in their trips. We continue to keep Hemant Tandi in our prayers as he
devotes his time and gifts to the people in Orissa, India.
Closer to home, within recent weeks, Bev Conklin,
Gary Hunt and Janet Weber spent time in the hospital. Our sympathy
is extended to Flo Powley on the death of
her sister in Ohio and to the King/Canniff families on the death of Christine
Canniff’s mother. We also want to remember some family concerns of which
we are aware: Flo Powley’s daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer,
and Jan Devine’s cousin and his family suffered the loss of one family
member and the serious injury of two others in an automobile accident. Please
continue to keep these families in your prayers.
Joel Everett has once again been deployed to
Afghanistan for nine months. Our thoughts and prayers are with
Joel and with his family in Kentucky, as well as
with his parents, Paul and Adele.
The last month has been a difficult one for our
country in many ways. We are grateful for people like Joel, who
are dedicating their lives to keeping us
safe, and for all of the responders to the tragedies that have occurred here
We are in a season when there are many transitions
taking place, and by now, I guess most have heard that I am looking
toward transitioning into retirement.
It has truly been a blessing for me to work in the office here at First
Pres. Because there are advantages to being connected to the
church in doing the
job, anyone interested should talk to the pastors or me and read the announcement
in this newsletter or the bulletin or look at the job description on our
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every
purpose under the heaven:
They devoted themselves
to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the
breaking of bread and to prayer. . . All the believers were together and had
everything in common. . .They broke bread in their homes and ate together with
glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Acts
I believe one of
the most amazing experiences with our family mission
trip to the DR was seeing the Acts 2 church come alive in a community.
an American standpoint, this community was lacking
in so much: food, running water, jobs; those are just the basics
not to mention all the other ‘needs’ we Americans
have come to believe are necessary for life. Yet, as you can see
from the picture on the left, true joy was something we witnessed
on a daily basis while we were with them. They freely gave of
themselves, welcomed us into their homes and shared meals with
us even though we knew this would come at a cost. I was embarrassed
to reflect on times when I have been unwilling to share something,
and yet we witnessed kids who regularly do not have three meals
a day make sure that everyone had at least some portion of the
food being offered.
We also witnessed true caring for one another
in their community. The photo on the right was
taken when we took a number of the kids down to the beach. This
young boy made sure
his niece was able to come with us and watched
out for her the entire time we were down there, even though that
meant he wasn’t
able to participate in some of the games in the ocean. How many
of us would be willing to sacrifice some ‘fun’ that
we don’t regularly have an opportunity for in order to care
for someone else in our midst?
Why do I share this? -- because it just reinforced for me why
we place such importance on small groups. It is a place we can “practice” being
the Acts 2 church and, hopefully, eventually have it become so
ingrained in our everyday life that we too will become more like
Christ as we share him with those in our midst. Although the Dominicans
may not have material possessions, they had something much greater
-- an eternal perspective that I desire, and I hope others in
the FPC community also desire in their lives.
Sharon Early, Connecting Ministries
Celebration Sunday for The Story and Committed to Christ Series
a HANDFUL of SUNDAYS until CHILDREN’S
for the SUMMER!
Be Prepared! - Paul Preaches
in Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
May 12 -
Practice Persistence! -
Paul in Corinth (Acts 18:1-11)
Show Kindness! -
Paul shipwrecked on Malta (Acts 27-28)
NO REGULAR Children’s Ministry (Happy
Time Wisely!- We should use our
time to share God’s Love! (We will be preparing gifts to deliver to Hilltop.)
Day @ Hilltop!
ROCK MOUNTAIN BIBLE CAMP Jr. Camp and Jr.
ALISHA FINN @ 607- 427- 9565
parents of 8 -12 year olds, YOU’RE invited to camp out at Rock Mountain Campsites
same week as Jr. Camp. Packets
of information for family camping, Jr. Camp,
Jr. Day Camp, and available scholarships
are available in the church office. Plan your family get-away today!
Family Mission 2013 (FM13) was an
FM13 was FPC’s first family-centered
mission opportunity. The aim of Family
Mission is to provide families with an
opportunity to serve TOGETHER in
I believe that Family Mission will
continue to be one of THE MOST
IMPORTANT FAMILY EXPERIENCES
OF THE YEAR! Please make sure to
block out space over Easter break 2014
and come along on FM14!
This year, our team served in the
Samana Peninsula of the Dominican
Republic. We focused our attention in
three small villages. Our service
projects included: Leading Easter Church
services, rebuilding the diesel engine of one
of the mission’s vehicles, home visitations,
construction of cabinets/shelving for the
mission’s school, preparing a water
pumping station for the installation of
water holding tanks, and MUCH MORE...
On Sunday, May 19 our team will be
presenting our collective experience to
the congregation. The team is excited
to share with you how the Lord is
continuing to bless them as a result of
PRAISE THE LORD!
Time to Take A Closer Look
Summer is about to break through spring.
The change of seasons brings with it new opportunities.
ARE YOU PREPARED TO MAKE
THIS SUMMER SPECIAL?
Time off from school means
you have more options for how you are able to
spend your days. Many of you
already have big plans for how you
will fill your time.
Have you considered that
freedom awards you the perfect
framework to invest in the Kingdom
PLUG INTO THIS SUMMER’S
WORK CAMP OPPORTUNITY!
This summer’s work camp is going
to be the PERFECT fit for junior and
senior high students to “get their
FREE UP YOUR SUMMER AND
From July 14-19 we will
roughing it” at Rock Mountain Bible Camp
in Gibson, PA. If you are in 8th grade through
12th we want you to be tough with us!
Days will be filled with
serving kids, serving each other, and most
importantly, serving Christ.
If you like demolition, painting,
digging, lifting, and working hard,
you NEED to be there. If you enjoy
ropes courses, swimming, zip-lines,
and team building activities, you
NEED to be there. If you want to
grow in your relationship with Christ,
you NEED to be there.
Contact Jeremy Finn
via e-mail or
You can also find me on Facebook.
May 31 - June 1, 2013
The Confirmation Retreat is an awesome
opportunity to discover more about your relationship with Jesus
Christ, why First
Presbyterian Church exists and why being involved
and committed to a church is so important. Plans are being made
for this year:
The Confirmation Retreat is open to 8th graders and high school students
who are interested in exploring what it means to “confirm” their
faith in Jesus Christ and join the church.
The overnight will be held at Barneys’ summer home on Quaker
Meet at church at 5:30pm on Friday, May 31; eat dinner beforehand
or bring a bag supper. The group will return to church around dinnertime
on Saturday, June 1.
Our April meeting focused on hearing from committees and
ministry teams with regard to what they’ve been doing and
what their future plans are:
The Membership Committee has had several successful
Dinner & a Movie programs and already has plans for two
We heard a report from the Small Group
Ministry team on results from our Lenten Study.
Overall, it was felt the choice of Commitment
to Christ was well received; a celebration
of how the lives of congregation members have
been affected by
it will be held on May 5.
The Children’s Ministry Team
held a meaningful Family Day on Palm Sunday
and has plans for their next Family Day
with another visit to Hilltop. Summer plans
were discussed, and we also heard more about
the summer program to be held at Rock
Mountain Bible Camp .
With the approach of
better weather, the House Committee reported
that the roof on the Education
Building will soon be replaced and that work on the playground can also begin.
Concerns continue regarding security in the
building, and possible
options are being reviewed.
up for discussion as well as we looked at the
use of Dropbox for Session papers
for those wanting to use mobile devices at meetings. We also talked about the
way to communicate information to the congregation
as we examined the results of a survey that the congregation participated in
and a report on how our use of Facebook for
devotions during Lent was received. We thank those in the congregation who
time to complete the survey distributed several
months ago, indicating how they learn about news from First Pres.
Clerk of Session
in Bainbridge Update
A lot of work
is being done to prepare to be a “building-less” presbytery.
Like the second coming, we know it is happening, but the question
For committees and teams it is the end of May.
Council will be meeting in the Masonville church beginning
in June. Committee on Ministry will begin meeting
at the First Presbyterian Church of Bainbridge. Each committee and team will
be deciding when and where they will meet. For the staff it will be a while longer
than May, unless a sudden sale of the Mission Center takes place. Permanent files
and some equipment will be moving to a room in the half-basement level at Binghamton
United Presbyterian Church. The Resource Center will be moving to a currently
undecided location. The Stated Clerk and Administrative Assistant will work largely
by phone and internet.
The presbytery is
committed to keeping personal communication availability
a high level – not just e-mail and a website, but a real person to talk
to over the phone or available to meet in person. Sometime between now and June
29, staff offsite test runs will be held for the new phone connections and home/mobile
offices. Our Treasurer, Recording Clerk and the Bookkeeper (who is shared by
several presbyteries) already do their work out of their homes and on-site at
A goodbye picnic is planned for the Mission
Center building at 12 Whitney Way for our regular stated
Presbytery Assembly on Saturday June 29. (Please note
the change in date from June 22 to 29.)
This past month we bid good-bye to Zach Ziemba, one
of our work site supervisors who has been with Faith Partners for
the past year. He has been integral in working with the mission
teams at work sites, both in supervising the work and making sure
the teams have the materials to do the work. Although we were sad
to see Zach leave (he is moving south where he had his first experience
with flood recovery work), we are fortunate to be able to replace
him with Steve Kamper. You may have seen Steve in the fall filling
in for Lou Pasquale or with his wife, Jane, and their children
at services on Sunday mornings. Recently he went on the mission
trip to Kenya with the FPC team, where he started experiencing
what it means to be a missional church. Steve did not have much
time to learn from Zach, but it has been a good transition with
many opportunities for learning by “fire” since we
recently had all four hospitality sites filled at the same time!
So thank you, Steve, for coming on board and helping restore our
community while sharing God’s love with those who are still
recovering from the flood.
A Note of Thanks (The following note was written to Pam Davis, hospitality
coordinator at the Monroe House, by one of the Brethren assisting
with flood recovery work.)
We were very grateful for your warm hospitality on our arrival
last week at the Monroe House. It was a very comfortable place
to stay during our work week in the area! Thank you.
I want to also thank you for allowing me
to practice on your lovely Steinway piano in the sanctuary.
It was indeed a treat!
Sending my best wishes to you and your
congregation for the ministry you provide to the community
and those of us who visited. May God continue to bless
We want to thank the congregation for their support of our toner cartridge collection
program. When you bring the used cartridges in and put them in the box in the
office, we are able to take 20 cartridges a month to Staples to get $2 credit
per cartridge for office supplies. That means that in a calendar year, we are
able to save $480 on our purchases from Staples.
The 2013 Church Directory is now available (not to be confused with the pictorial
directories). On Sundays you can find copies in the Gathering Area on the
counter outside the office window. During the week, they are available on
the table in the office.
For the time being, postings regarding community events and news are being
posted on the bulletin board between the Library & Copy Room.
A couple months ago, we asked if any of you were customers at Maines Warehouse
in Binghamton. They have a program where the church can benefit if a certain
amount is spent by our members registered for their Giveback Program. We
said we would keep you updated, and, probably because of its location, few
of you said you shopped there. However, if any of you would like to fill
out a short application for their Giveback Program, you can pick up a copy
in the office or complete one there at the store.
Office Manager Position
Janet Frederick, the Church Office Manager,
has indicated her desire to be able to
retire from her position here at First
Pres. No definite date has been
set, and we do wish to allow enough time for the job search and training.
Ideally, we prefer to have someone in
the position who is familiar with the
committed to our mission; therefore, we are beginning the search with the
congregation. There is a great deal of
flexibility with the schedule for this
full time or part time, days of week, etc. If you have a background compatible
with the duties of a busy office and an interest in obtaining more information,
please contact Jan or Tim Devine at 748-1544 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Relay for Life of Western Broome will be held on Saturday, May 18, beginning
at 12:00pm through Sunday, May 19 at 8:00am at Sammon Field in Vestal. Help
raise money and awareness to fight cancer, the disease that has affected us
all in one way or another. For more information on the relay, as well as other
ways you can be involved, go to www.RelayForLife.org/westernbroomeny.
It’s not too early to be thinking
about the Fellowship Picnic, which will be held on
Thursday, June 6, at 12 noon at Arnold Park in Vestal.
Lunch will be catered. Please call Maxine or Charlie
Waughtel at 625-4693 for reservations by June 5. Bring
your lawn chairs. All are welcome!!!
Women United On Friday, May 3, the church
Women United of Greater Endicott will celebrate May
Friendship Day. Beginning
at 12 noon at Central United Methodist Church on
Nanticoke Avenue, the program will begin with lunch ($6.00 contribution) and
will be followed bya presentation from Jim Fountaine on “What’s New
at Meals on Wheels?” All are invited!
Grell Scholarship Money Available
William M. Grell and Dorothy L. Grell established a scholarship fund for the
benefit of deserving students who intend to pursue a career in religious education
or church-related activities. Both undergraduate and graduate studies qualify
for support. Preference will be given first to candidates who have a current
or past relationship with First Presbyterian Church of Endicott, New York,
then to other churches in the Presbytery of Susquehanna Valley.
Applications are available in the church office and
must be submitted by June 1, 2013. A committee
of First Presbyterian Church will select and announce
by July 1, 2013. Questions may be directed to Adele Everett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
or at 754-8740 or to Liz Kerr at 797-2867.
May Over 80's
notify the Church office if you have turned
80 but your name is not mentioned.
the interest of privacy, please contact
office to receive the current
list of changes
to the directory.
Also, Please remember to
let the church office know whenever you
have a change in your contact information.
Dinner & a
Movie Scheduled for May The movie for the month
of May is Secondhand Lions, starring Robert
Duvall, Michael Caine and Haley Joel Osment.
Rated PG, this 2003 movie follows the adventures
of an introverted boy left on the doorstep
of his eccentric great uncles. On Saturday,
May 18, please join us for dinner at 4:30pm,
followed by the movie, discussion and dessert.
Sign-up sheets will be in the Gathering
Area later this month. This will be our
last movie before September so give us
a try and come for good fellowship and
food. Please bring your own table service
and a dish to pass.
Investing in Hope...
Transforming our Nation
Is there a 2013 (or December 2012) graduate in your family? As we do every
year, we would like to acknowledge our high school, tech school, military and
college graduates in the June issue of FPP. Please call the Church office before
May 15 (the June newsletter deadline) or fill out the form below and turn it
into the office so our list will be accurate and we can recognize this important
event in the lives of our First Pres. families. Please provide us with the
name of the graduate, the school from which he/she is graduating, degree being
received (if college grad) and future plans.
School from which student is
Degree being received (if college):
Plans after graduation:
A Win-Win Community Program
to Jon Yerger we have become aware of a
program in our area called Binghamton
Farm Share Around the Corner. Its purpose
is to find alternative ways to improve
food access for residents in areas designated
as “food deserts,” while also
supporting local producers. The program
has a position open for coordinating the
program. If you would like more information
on the program or the position, go to www.vinesgardens.org.
The Sunday School teacher was describing
how Lot’s wife looked back and turned
into a pillar of salt, when little Jason
interrupted. “My mommy looked back
once while she was driving, and she turned
into a telephone pole.”
a fun and busy month at the Nursery School.
The 4-year-olds had a visit to Finch Hollow
Nature Center. We saw “Birds Up Close” and
took a very muddy, but fun, hike. At school
we have been bird watching and bug hunting.
Mrs. Cross’s 3-year-old classes had
a very colorful Umbrella Parade, and Mrs.
Talley’s 3-year-olds have been taking
walks to see a very big tree. The Pancake
Breakfast was a delicious success. We had
over 180 people join us.
May has many activities and events happening
at school. The incubator has been set with
42 eggs, and in 21 days we hope to have
many peeping baby chicks! On
May 4 from 10:00-12:00, the Bike Rodeo will take place in the parking lot. Bring
your bike and helmet for a morning of fun activities and bike safety rules. The
Worm Man will visit all classrooms and show us how worms live and what they eat.
Mothers will have an evening at school with their 4-year-olds when a pot luck
dinner will be served, and special “Mom and Me” activities will take
place. Parent/Teacher Conferences for 4-year-olds will take place in May. And
please plan to join us for our...
1st Annual Scholarship Golf
The Nursery School will be sponsoring
a Golf Tournament to raise funds on Saturday,
May 11, at 1 pm at En-Joie Golf Club. Registration
will begin at noon, and a dinner catered
by Orlando’s will follow the afternoon
of golfing around 5:30 or so. More information
may be found at http://nurseryschool.firstpresendicott.org/
Spread the word!
Education Director &
Acting Executive Director