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Diana Coleman

Greeting Card Ministry

GREETING CARD MINISTRY The holidays are fast approaching and the PCM Stampers need to know: * We will be putting out an assortment of cards for each upcoming holiday throughout the year. If you want something "special," please let us know. * Would you like to PRE-ORDER some Thanksgiving or Christmas cards? If so, please let us know so we can get st...
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PCM LIbrary

RESOURCES FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY from your Library Workers Ever since Albert Schweitzer, Biblical researchers have tried to search for what has come to be called The Historical Jesus. In the 1980s and 1990s, a group of scholars, that called themselves The Jesus Seminar, explored this concept in depth through study of recorded history, textual crit...
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Stewardship

Watch and Plan! Watch your mailboxes, bulletins and for information in church for our Fall Giving Campaign.Plan your giving for 2016. Your annual giving supports PCM in all it does. From paying for the "heat & lights," to salaries, to Children's Sunday School curriculum to anything that happens at PCM.This year's theme is Live Free.Tune in to l...
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PW Women

REMINDERS: The next Afternoon Circle Meeting is Tuesday, October 20 at 1:00 pm. We meet in the small dining room of PCM.All women of the church are welcome. Our study "Reconciling Paul" is based on material from the Horizon Bible Study. Books are available for those who wish to join us. Please contact Marge Finch, 402-391-7935 for additional inform...
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From the Pastor's Desk

Dear people of God: You've heard about "unintended consequences," I'm sure. You could probably tell me a good story or two (I would like that). Here's one that happened to friends of ours. Their original plan was to rent a van to take a trip with us, but shortly before the trip they decided to buy a new van instead. They picked it out, arranged fin...
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Blood Drive

PCM Blood Drive— On August 9, PCM held its summer blood drive (keep us in mind for the next PCM drive, planned for the 2nd Sunday of January, 2016). Thanks to all those who signed up to volunteer and to donate! Particular thanks to Carole Geist's grandson Justin, Mary McClean, Rita Wright, the Bremer family, Winnie Pinch, and Tenia Wagner for ...
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Opportunities

The Deacons invite you to consider attending . . . Dundee Presbyterian Church Wellness Group is sponsoring a Grief-ShareProgram. The program addresses the subject and problems faced when grieving the loss of a loved one, and give a lot of answers they may have. The program is very informal and casual, non-denominational, and held at the church star...
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September Birthdays

Francis, Regan  9/1 Rininger, Marcia  9/1 Dunovan, Dorothy  9/3 Mattern, Billie  9/3 Mclean, Terrance  9/3 Edwards, Michael  9/4 Mehaffey, Sue  9/4 Kardell, Michele  9/5 Swartz Brown, Doug  9/6 Hanna, Sandie  9/7 Edwards, Amy  9/8 Shelton, Beverly  9/8 Challgren, Paul  9/10 Hansen, Sh...
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Mission Moments

Youth Emergency Services (YES) is both the mission and hunger partner for September.It was founded in 1974 by a group of community volunteers who noticed homeless youth hanging around in Omaha's Old Market district. At first, YES was led strictly by volunteers. They invited youth in crisis to stay in their homes. One morning, a volunteer woke to he...
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CROP Hunger Walk

ONE MILE. That’s all we’re asking for this year.

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Fall Worship Schedule

Fall Worship Schedule—Starts September 13 8:00 & 10:30 AM Worship—9:00 AM Education Hour Sunday School will start up again on Sunday, September 13th  for 3 year olds - Sr. High, and Adults.  Education Hour—9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Preschool and Elementary gather together at “The Pit” Jr. & Sr. High in the Teen Room.  Adult Sunday School will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall.  Come join the fun and fellowship, and don’t forget to stay after second service on the 13th for lots of food, games and activities to celebrate the start of a new year!! If you have any questions or need information, please contact Kathy Koslosky  402-496-6953. 

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Building Task Force

~September 13—9:00 am ~ The Building Task force would like to host an update session between the two services (during the education hour - 9am) to answer any questions, hear any comments anyone has and hopefully at that time have a pretty good layout or idea of what renovations/remodel might look like.

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Buildings & Property

Fall Work Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Window washing, tree trimming (especially the pin oaks) and carpet cleaning are on the agenda. For anyone who can  bring their carpet cleaners; high priority carpet cleaning areas are the Fellowship Hall and the Welcome Center. Upholstery on the sanctuary chairs is in need of deep cleaning as well. Building and Grounds will help with the cost of your cleaning solution.   A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Communication Center so you can let us know what area of work you are interested in and give us a count for lunch. If enough volunteers sign up, we can rent another machine and clean other carpeted areas.   ~Furniture polish on sanctuary furniture ~Upholstery cleaning ~Carpet cleaning ~Window washing outside and in ~Tree trimming (especially the linden and pin-oaks, low branches of wind break)

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Galloping Gourmet

The signup sheet is posted in the Communication Center for Friday, September 11. We are all going out to a surprise restaurant selected by Kathy and Jim Kurtz. This dutch treat event starts on the church bus at 6:00 p.m. sharp, leaving from the south entrance (the Christian Education wing). We will return to the church for dessert being hosted by Kathy and Jim. All are welcome to sign up. Watch for future Galloping Gourmet announcements coming on the second Fridays of October and November. Save the dates!

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Deacons

Lazy days of summer?!?! Not for the Deacons! We have been busy little bees! Thank you to everyone who donated school supplies. Our little yellow bus was overflowing with items used to fill backpacks to help kids start off their school year on the right track! The Greeting Card Ministry continues to be popular! Check out the new supply of Halloween and Thanksgiving cards available in the Communication Center.  These cards are a great way to send a note letting someone know you are thinking about them. If you are interested in helping make the cards, contact Julie Binderup. Sunday Donuts were a great time of fellowship for members after the single service in the summer. Thank you to the various groups who hosted the Donuts in the Communication Center.  After Labor Day when we go back to two services, we will continue to offer fellowship with cookies and coffee after the second service. If you are interested in sharing your baking talents by donating cookies, please contact Mary McClean. Deacons continue to minister and support the congregation. Fourth of July treats were made and delivered to home bound members and those needing a little TLC. If you know of a member who needs a little bit of 'Deacon TLC', contact Cliff Buckingham or any of the Deacons. Laura Schonlau

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Benson Area Refugee Task Force (BART)

Benson Area Refugee Task Force (BART) Imagine being told you have to flee your home tonight. You must run on foot. It may take months to get to safety. You will probably never return. What one thing would you carry with you? This is the plight of refugees fleeing countries due to persecution or war. In 2014, there were over 16 million refugees seeking safety, nearly half under the age of 18. If a refugee is able to get to a refugee camp, they may spend 15 to 20 years in that place. Less than 1% of refugees get resettled in a third country, such as the U.S. The President determines each year the number of refugees who will be admitted to our country. The ceiling for 2014 was 70,000. The projected amount for Nebraska was 750; however, the State received over 1000. Once a family arrives in Omaha, they are assigned a case worker through the placement agency and taken to their apartment. Children are enrolled in school, adults are referred for employment, and they are given groceries. After 90 days, they no longer have a case worker.The Benson Area Refugee Task Force was formed in response to the overwhelming needs of refugee families being placed in the Benson area. Six church communities recognized the needs of these families to have help in all aspects of transitioning into life in Omaha. They come with very few articles of clothing, and it is all warm-weather clothing—they wear flip flops on their feet. They need help with public transportation. The culture adjustment is overwhelming for them. BART members are advocates for these refugee families and assist them in dealing with everyday needs: learning how to pay bills, talking with school counselors and teachers, reporting maintenance problems to landlords, communicating with health care providers, helping them navigate public transit, and sometimes just being there to give them a smile.BART also provides ESL classes, citizenship classes, and computer training classes to help adults find better employment and living conditions for their families. Most refugees in the Benson area work in the packing houses, sometimes 12-hour shifts. They do so because they recognize the need to provide for their families and become self-sustaining in the community. They aspire to eventually buy their own homes.As Nebraska faces an additional influx of nearly 600 refugee families in 2016, we ask for prayers for those families and for the members of BART. Remember a bundle of belongings isn’t the only thing a refugee brings to his new country. Einstein was a refugee.
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Active Christian Entertainers

SAVE THE DATES:On Saturday, September 19th, 9 am to 5 pm, the ACE troupe will conduct workshops for children and perform for Maker Faire at the Children’s Museum.Sunday, November 8th, save the date for the annual extravaganza of puppets and black lights. 2:00 and 5:00 pm in the PCM Sanctuary. Continue prayers for those who perform and are behind the scenes including the family of those who dedicate and create to spread God’s word and joy to others.
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PCM Women's Book Club

PCM Women’s Book Club–September 21, 2015 The leader for the noon group is Sandie Hanna. The group will meet at PCM in the “Fish Bowl” room. Diane Frans is the leader for the evening group which will meet at 6:30 pm at the home of Becky Swartz-Brown. Her address is 7189 County Road #40. The book we will be reviewing for September is “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini. Cathy Heitmann will be our expert reviewer for the noon group and Becky Swartz-Brown will be our expert for the evening group. Hope to see everyone there! Becky plans to have the evening group in her home for dinner and so that is why the earlier time of 6:30 pm is listed above. Evening club members—-Look for an updated e-mail nearer to the September 21st date. Diane Frans (402-572-1158), Sandie Hanna (402-571-7218)

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Presbyterian Women

REMINDERS:The next Afternoon Circle Meeting is Tuesday, September 15 at 1:00 pm. We meet in the small dining room of PCM. All women of the church are welcome. Our study “Reconciling Paul” is based on material from the Horizon Bible Study. Books are available for those who wish to join us. Please contact Marge Finch, 402-391-7935 for additional information.PW Board will meet Monday, September 28 at 7:00 pm at the home of Shirley Soss.—3848 N. 100th Avenue.Fall Crafts and Bake Sale—Sunday, November 22—We are asking the congregation to again support this event by donating both baked goods and craft items. The sale is PW’s major money making project. The money raised helps support PW mission work. We hope you’ll circle the date on your calendar and plan to contribute generously. Additional information will be provided in the October issue of the VOICE.It’s Time—There comes a time in all of our lives when we find it necessary to make some changes. Recently our dear friend Barb Dasenbrock has made such a decision. She has been an active member of this church for many years and been supportive of PW by regularly attending various women’s groups and serving on the board in many capacities.Barb has decided to turn her job of Wedding Coordinator (appointed in 2002) and Funeral Reception Coordinator (2014) over to others within the congregation.Winnie Pinch and I will be assuming responsibilities for the Funeral Receptions. I also will be stepping in to assume duties of Wedding Coordinator until a new individual is appointed.If any women in the congregation are wanting to assume the position of Wedding Coordinator, please contact me at 402-496-0722. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have. Although we do not have a large number of weddings, it is an important position. We want every bride to know her wedding event is in capable hands.Thank you again, Barb, for all you do. God Bless you.Thank you for your continued support. -Kay Smith, PW Moderator
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Wayfarers

~Wayfarers~ We meet once a month on the 2nd Monday of each month at Valentinos at 102nd and Maple at 11:30 am. We would like to welcome any PCM members and also Benson Church members to join us. We all enjoy a time together and a nice meal. Come join us! -Mary McClean-

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