Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

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“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of

judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17

Because we have been loved by God, and because we have loved Him, His

love is made perfect in us. The Day of Judgment will not be a day of fear for us.

We will be able to approach boldly the throne of God, sure of our place with

Him. We have been made like Him, and we don’t have to worry about whether

we belong or not. Those living a life dedicated to God can look forward to The

Judgment with excited anticipation, knowing that the One who has loved them

best will welcome them with open, loving arms.

Where are we in this commentary? Have we been living God-like? Have we

been loving God and loving all others we see? Will we be able approach the

throne of God and take our place in God’s world? Will we be approaching

Judgment with high anticipation or a feeling of fear? Again, where are we, and

where will we be on Judgment Day?

Lord, 

I have loved You with my whole heart. I have sought after You and been loved

by You. I have confessed Christ as Your Son with my heart and with my mouth,

and I have sought to love others as You have loved me. I eagerly anticipate that

day when I see Your face. Your love has been made perfect in me and Your love

has driven away all my fear. 

Amen.

Dan Johnson, Elder

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NEWSLETTER INFORMATION

DEADLINE

Feb.- 22

Financial

Notes

If you are in need of Pastoral care, please

contact the church office , and/or Clerk of

Session Dan Johnson.

Do you or someone you know

need visitation?

In the hospital? Home bound? In a nursing

facility? Please let the church office know so that

a visit can be arranged. You are also encouraged

to call your care team Deacon.

2020 Financial Information

1/1/2020-12/31/2020

Gen. Fund Income: $5,985.27. $76,841.19

Interest:

20.93 1,502.46

Total Income

$6,006.20 $78,343.65

Expenses:

2,359.69 43,381.87

Net:

$ 3,646.51 $34,961.78

Designated Funds (Not Included in the Gen.

Fund)

Building Fund (roof) $ 25.00

Organ Fund

$ 25.00

Jackie Strecker, Treasurer

Welcome Back

We will be starting in-person worship on

January 31st. We will be following all

COVID guidelines. Masks will be required

and we will still be social distancing.

Hope to see you all soon!

03 Lois Faber 06 Mary Tack 09 Ellen Brookins 14 Wanda Johnson 22 Ron Roblin 27 Carol Swaffer

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WHAT’S GOING ON???

Please note: this calendar is always on the website at

vassarfpc.org/know/view-church-calendar/

and is subject to change.

February 2021

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

31 10:00 AM Worship 1 2 Groundhog Day 3 12:30 PM Bible Study 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 4 6:30 PM Discipleship & Growth Team 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 5 6 7 COMMUNION 9:00 AM Communi-cation & Publicity Team 10:00 AM Worship 8 9 10 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 11 6:00 PM Deacons 12

Lunar New Year

13 14 Valentine’s Day 10:00 AM Worship 15 President’s Day Presidents' Day 10:00 AM Book Club 16

8:30 AM WIC Ash Wednesday 17 6:30 PM Mission & Outreach Team 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 18 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 19 20 21

10:00 AM Worship Newsletter Deadline 22

23

8:30 AM WIC 7:00 PM Joint Choir 24 Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 25 7:00 PM Session 26 27 28

10:00 AM Worship 1 2 12:30 PM Bible Study3

7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 4 6:30 PM Discipleship & Growth Team 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 5 6 31 10:00 AM Worship 1 2 Groundhog Day 3 12:30 PM Bible Study 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 4 6:30 PM Discipleship & Growth Team 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 5 6 7 COMMUNION 9:00 AM Communi-cation & Publicity Team 10:00 AM Worship 8 9 10 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 11 6:00 PM Deacons 12

Lunar New Year

13 14 Valentine’s Day 10:00 AM Worship 15 President’s Day Presidents' Day 10:00 AM Book Club 16

8:30 AM WIC Ash Wednesday 17 6:30 PM Mission & Outreach Team 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 18 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 19 20 21

10:00 AM Worship Newsletter Deadline 22

23

8:30 AM WIC 7:00 PM Joint Choir 24 Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 25 7:00 PM Session 26 27 28

10:00 AM Worship 1 2 12:30 PM Bible Study3

7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 4 6:30 PM Discipleship & Growth Team 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 5 6 31 10:00 AM Worship 1 2 Groundhog Day 3 12:30 PM Bible Study 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 4 6:30 PM Discipleship & Growth Team 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 5 6 7 COMMUNION 9:00 AM Communi-cation & Publicity Team 10:00 AM Worship 8 9 10 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 11 6:00 PM Deacons 12

Lunar New Year

13 14 Valentine’s Day 10:00 AM Worship 15 President’s Day Presidents' Day 10:00 AM Book Club 16

8:30 AM WIC Ash Wednesday 17 6:30 PM Mission & Outreach Team 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 18 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 19 20 21

10:00 AM Worship Newsletter Deadline 22

23

8:30 AM WIC 7:00 PM Joint Choir 24 Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 25 7:00 PM Session 26 27 28

10:00 AM Worship 1 2 12:30 PM Bible Study3

7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 4 6:30 PM Discipleship & Growth Team 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 5 6 31 10:00 AM Worship 1 2 Groundhog Day 3 12:30 PM Bible Study 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 4 6:30 PM Discipleship & Growth Team 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 5 6 7 COMMUNION 9:00 AM Communi-cation & Publicity Team 10:00 AM Worship 8 9 10 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 11 6:00 PM Deacons 12

Lunar New Year

13 14 Valentine’s Day 10:00 AM Worship 15 President’s Day Presidents' Day 10:00 AM Book Club 16

8:30 AM WIC Ash Wednesday 17 6:30 PM Mission & Outreach Team 7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 18 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group 19 20 21

10:00 AM Worship Newsletter Deadline 22

23

8:30 AM WIC 7:00 PM Joint Choir 24 Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 25 7:00 PM Session 26 27 28

10:00 AM Worship 1 2 12:30 PM Bible Study3

7:00 PM Joint Choir Practice 8:00 PM Handbell Choir 4 6:30 PM Discipleship & Growth Team 7:00 PM Cancer Sup-port Group

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Vassar First Presbyterian Church

Ministry Team Summaries

If you would like to be a part of any of these ministries, please contact the chairperson.

Come find your place with us as we build God’s Kingdom together!

Administration (Scott Wegrzyn)

This team has two sub-teams: personnel and finance. It oversees these and other general administrative concerns of the church. It crafts a budget proposal each year for Session to approve, oversees staff, considers staffing structure, crafts job descriptions, and recommends building use policy.

Buildings & Grounds (Alex Campbell)

This team handles all things related to facility and property, such as routine maintenance, small repairs, facility or equipment upgrades, tech needs, or large projects as approved by Session. The church owns not only the church building and grounds, but also the upper parking lot and the pastor’s manse, as well as the equipment and appliances inside them.

Communication and Publicity (Nicole Baker)

This team’s focus is providing for and managing communications and publicity, with internally and externally, by prioritizing and appropriately timing these things and implying the most effective method for them. This is not only so that any given need gets the best exposure appropriate to it, but so that key events or initiatives don’t get “lost in the noise.” The team will work closely with the church secretary to execute communication and publicity, but will curate what, how, and when any communication publicity is done, and help establish processes and strategies for easy

management of the same.

Discipleship & Growth (open)

This team’s stated mission is “Inviting you on a Journey with Jesus.” It oversees, enables, resources, and supports the person-inviting, disciple-making and disciple-growing aspects of the church’s ministry, from nursery to families to ecumenical Youth Group and VBS, to adult professionals, to retirees. It is concerned with education, but not merely as knowledge transfer, but heart changing: helping people of any age or stage meet Jesus, grow in faith, and become committed followers of Jesus. This team also oversees and resources any small groups that form, from study groups to affinity groups to service/mission groups.

Mission & Outreach (Lynn Franko)

This team concerns itself with supporting mission efforts that do not typically fall under our own congregation’s ministry. These may be local, regional, statewide, national, or global in nature. In many cases that support is financial, such as perhaps funding a missionary abroad. It may also sometimes be more personal, like forming a work trip to a devastated area of our nation.

Worship & Music (Alex Campbell)

The worship & music team concerns itself with providing for the worship and music aspects of our congregation, and considers not only present needs but future directions for forms of and tools for worship. There are practical matters like making sure ushers and greeters are covered, resourcing our choirs and accompanists, making sure candles are stocked, etc. It also, in collaboration with the pastor and music staff, considers weightier matters like the practice and philosophy of worship.

(Note: Nominating team is not listed because at-large members of this team are nominated by previous nominating team and elected at the congregational meeting. Dan Johnson is the chairperson this year)

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CONTACT PERSONS

Angie Ayotte, Church Office: (989) 823-7671

Elders

Dan Johnson (Clerk)...(989) 823-2525 Lynn Franko……….(989) 823-7590 Nicole Baker...(917) 776-9546 Scott Wegrzyn...(989) 529-1147 Alex Campbell...(989) 823-3848 Winona Williams...(989) 823-7696

Deacons

Kirk Atkins...(989) 297-7731 Brenda Haines...(989) 871-3293 Louanne Campbell ...(989) 823-3624 Cheryl Sholty...(989) 823-2438 Carole Essenmacher...(989) 823-7813 Carol Swaffer...(989) 823-3756

PRAYER CHAINS

Telephone Chain: Louanne Campbell….(989) 823-3624

Email Chain: Angie Ayotte (

office@VassarFPC.org

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Contact Persons

Session Ministry Teams:

Administration (Finance & Personnel) ... Scott Wegrzyn (989) 529-1147 Buildings & Grounds ... Alex Campbell (989) 823-3848 Discipleship & Growth ... [open, contact Session}

Communication & Publicity ... Nicole Baker (917) 776-9546 Mission & Outreach ... Lynn Franko (989) 823-7590 Nominating ... Dan Johnson (989) 823-2525 Worship & Music ... Alex Campbell (989) 823-3848 Deacons ... Carole Essenmacher (989) 823-7813

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Session Highlights

S

ession met on Thursday, October 29th, 2020. Here are some of the highlights of the

meeting. The meeting was held in the Church Parlor. Pastor Scott Kroener was our Moderator.

• Alex Campbell and Winona Williams were excused, all others present.

• Treasurer’s September report: $ 4,977.16 - $ 2,149.03 = $ 2,828.13 (In the black

for Sept.) Report Annual Report: $56.549.02 - $34,146.73 = $22,402.29 (In the black for 2020 )

• Minutes of the September 24th and October 19th Session meetings will be approved next

month.

Apportionment for 2020 is $29.00. This is voluntary, but if we could each write a

check for that amount (per member), it would really help. Have you paid yours? The 2020 apportionment fee of $3,596 was paid. Apportionment for 2021 will again be $29.00

Membership rolls stand at 98 members.

• October 4th Communion was served by Pastor Scott Scherrill.

• November29th 5th Sunday donations will go toward Presbyterian Relief Fund.

• We all must understand the financial situation of our church. We must support it (i.e. GIVE!) Pledges can be mailed to the church or Mary Johnson personally.

• Pulpit supply Continues filling our pulpit, mainly with our own people. November pulpits are filled.

Services will continue to be taped and shown on our website and Facebook page.

• We plan to share a pastor with Fairgrove. We both have our Mission Studies done.

• Congregational meeting may have to be done virtually. Quorum is 10 members. Will go via zoom if uncomfortable coming to church.

• Mission Study must be done on Church Information Form (CIF) • Will be nominating 2 Elders and 3 Deacons.

• Cancer group is meeting on Thursdays in Becker Hall.

• Next Session meetings will be Thursday, November 19th, and Tuesday, December 29th,

at 7:00 due to holidays. If you have concerns, please talk to a Session Member/Elder.

Respectfully submitted,

Dan Johnson

Clerk of Session

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Session Highlights

Session met on Thursday, November 19th, 2020. Here are some of the highlights of the

meeting. The meeting was held in the Church Parlor. Pastor Scott Kroener was our Moderator.

• Winona Williams was excused, all others present.

Treasurer’s October report: $ 4,977.16 - $ 2,149.03 = $ 2,828.13 (In the black for Sept.) Report Annual Report: $

• Minutes of the September 24th and October 19th Session meetings will be approved next

month.

Apportionment for 2020 is $29.00. This is voluntary, but if we could each write a

check for that amount (per member), it would really help. Have you paid yours? The 2020 apportionment fee of $3,596 was paid. Apportionment for 2021 will again be $29.00

Membership rolls stand at 98 members.

• October 4th Communion was served by Pastor Scott Scherrill.

• November29th 5th Sunday donations will go toward Presbyterian Relief Fund.

• We all must understand the financial situation of our church. We must support it (i.e. GIVE!) Pledges can be mailed to the church or Mary Johnson personally.

• Pulpit supply Continues filling our pulpit, mainly with our own people. November pulpits are filled.

Services will continue to be taped and shown on our website and Facebook page.

• We plan to share a pastor with Fairgrove. We both have our Mission Studies done.

• Congregational meeting may have to be done virtually. Quorum is 10 members. Will go via zoom if uncomfortable coming to church.

• Mission Study must be done on Church Information Form (CIF) • Will be nominating 2 Elders and 3 Deacons.

• Cancer group is meeting on Thursdays in Becker Hall.

• Next Session meetings will be Thursday, November 19th, and Tuesday, December 29th,

at 7:00 due to holidays. If you have concerns, please talk to a Session Member/Elder.

Respectfully submitted, Dan Johnson

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Session Highlights

Session met on Tuesday, December 29th 2020. Here are some of the highlights of the

meeting. The meeting was held via zoom. Pastor Scott Kroener was our Moderator.

• Winona Williams was excused, all others present.

Treasurer’s November report: $ 7,215.66 - $ 4,005.99 = $ 3,209.67 (In the black for Nov.) Report Annual Report: $68,631.26 - $41,022.18 = $ 27,609.08 (In the black for 2020)

• Minutes of the September 24th, October 19th and October 29th Session meetings were

approved. November 19th minutes to be approved next month.

Apportionment for 2021 is $29.00. This is voluntary, but if we could each write a

check for that amount (per member), it would really help. Have you paid yours? The 2020 apportionment fee of $3,596 was paid.

Membership rolls stand at 96 members. Passing of Dan Holzhei and Suzanne Lane. • December 5th Communion was served by Pastor Scott Scherrill.

• January 31st 5th Sunday offering is to go to the Vassar Area Emergency Fund. That Sunday

will also be: Service at 10:30 am; Congregational Meeting; Apportionment; Pledges; Budget; Elections

• We all must understand the financial situation of our church. We must support it (i.e. GIVE!) Pledges can be mailed to the church or Mary Johnson personally.

• Pulpit supply Continues filling our pulpit, mainly with our own people. January pulpits are filled.

Services will continue to be taped and shown on our website and Facebook page.

• We plan to share a pastor with Fairgrove. We both have our Mission Studies done.

• Congregational meeting may have to be done virtually. Quorum is 10 members. Will go via zoom if uncomfortable coming to church.

• Mission Study must be done on Church Information Form (CIF) • Will be nominating 2 Elders and 3 Deacons.

• Upcoming Session Meetings will be: Thursday, January 28th; Thursday February 25th; and

Thursday, March 25th, 2021 at 7:00 pm. If you have concerns, please talk to a Session

Member/Elder.

Respectfully submitted, Dan Johnson

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