201 North Vermillion Street
Streator, IL 61364




Rev. Jane Esterline 

~ The Park Pen ~

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Sunday Worship Begins At 10:00 a.m.

March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday

Sermon Title  

Passionate Sunday

Bible Readings

Luke 19:28-40

Philippians 2:5-11


Sunday Morning Schedule

9:00 Classes

      What Else Could The Pastor Have Said

     Parenting And Beyond

     LLK's (new for intermediate grades)

     Godly Play

10:00 Worship Service

      Nursery provided


      D.O.R.R.K.S. Confirmation Class

Senior Choir practice will be at 11:15 on Sundays

Park Presbyterian Church

Easter Worship Schedule...

March 24                 Palm Sunday                     10:00 a.m. with palm processional

March 28                 Maundy Thursday              7:00 p.m.

March 29                 Good Friday                        7:00 p.m.  at Central Church of Christ

March 31                 Easter Sunday                   10:00 a.m.

The Good Friday Service is a community service prepared by the Streator Ministerial Association

Don't forget the Easter Brunch scheduled at 9:00 a.m. Easter Sunday.  It will be served in Smith Hall.

There will be no C.E. Classes, D.O.R.R.K.S. or Choir practice on Easter Sunday

Coming up this week...

Mon., March 18          6:30 p.m.              Dulcimer Group Meeting in B-4

Tues., March 19          6:30 p.m.              Member Care Meeting in B-4

Wed., March 20          8:00 a.m.              Prayer Group in Parlor

                                   11:00 a.m.              J.O.Y. Group at Park Place

                                     6:30 p.m.              Wednesday Night Service in Smith Hall

                                                                         Taize` and Lent Series

Thurs., March 21         7:00 p.m.              Kate Tombaugh in concert

                                                                          with Kathy Tombaugh on piano

Sat., March 23              9:00 a.m.              Morning Star Quilters in church basement


Sun., March 24                                           Minute for Mission on One Great Hour Of Sharing


Tues., March 26          6:30 p.m.               PEO Meeting in Parlor (Sue Arkel's Group)


Wed., March 27           8:00 a.m.              Bible Study with Prayer in the Parlor

                                     6:30 p.m.               Wednesday Night Worship Service

                                                                                  Stations of The Cross

See Schedule above for Easter Week Services



Other information...

One Great Hour of Sharinlg ~ While committing ourselves to the season of Lent, as a church we are also committing to support One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS).    The theme this year is "Sharing resources, changing lives".  Gifts to OGHS support Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People.  Inserts within the Sunday bulletins will provide additional information pertaining to these programs.  On Sunday, February 17th, as part of the Kids Kirk, Pastor Jane had the children distribute Fish Banks to the adults in the sactuary as a daily reminder of the needs of the individuals around the world.  OGHS envelopes were sent to all members in the recent Park Press and OGHS envelopes can also be found in the pews of the sanctuary.  The major collection date of OGHS envelopes and fish banks is on Easter Sunday, March 31, but offerings can be made at any time.   Thank you for sharing your resources and changing lives.

--Your Mission and Stewardship Committee

Deacons "March Madness" ~ The Deacons are celebrating March Madness with the Streatorland Food Pantry and would lke to ask the congregation for help.  Please bring donations of non-perishable food items to the Church throughout the month of March and we will see that the Food Pantry receives these gifts.  (This will replace our usual Super Bowl program.)  The Deacons would like to thank you for your continued support!

Concert ~ Kate Tombaugh will be presenting a free and open to the public concert on Thursday, March 21st at 7:00 p.m. here at Park Church.  There will be a free-will offering taken for donations towards Kate's upcoming audition tour through Germany and Austria in April.  A variety of music from opera to gospel and musical theatre will be presented.  For any questions/comments, please direct them to Kate via email:  kate@katetombaugh.com

Easter Memorial Flowers ~ If you would like to order flowers in memory of loved ones for our Easter service, please place the order with the florist of your choice.  They should be spring flowers with gold foil on the pots and pastel ribbons.  Please ask that they be delivered on Thursday, March 28th, before Noon.

Cathy will be making up the bulletin insert listing those honored.  Please call or email her with that information no later than Monday, March 25th.  Thank You!

Easter Brunch ~ The C.E. Committee will be hosting its annual Easter Brunch on Easter Sunday, March 31st at 9:00 a.m. in Smith Hall.  Please plan to join us and share in fellowship with the members and visitors of the congregation.  There will be no C.E. Classes that morning.

Relay Team Good Friday Bake Sale ~ Once again, Park Church & Friends Relay For Life Team will be holding their annual bake sale at Ace Hardware on Good Friday, March 29th starting at 8:00 am.  Come get your special Easter treats and save yourself some baking time!!  Thanks for your continued support of our efforts to continue the fight against CANCER!

Food Ministry will be cooking on Saturday, April 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Park Place.  Assistance to deliver the meals is needed.  There is a sign-up sheet in the Chapel.  We are here to serve but we need your help determining who might have a need.  If you are aware of a family or person who would appreciate a meal on April 6th, please let us know by calling Susan Hedglin before April 1st.

J.O.Y. Group will meet on Wednesday, April 17th, at 11:00 a.m. at Park Place.  Container Gardening will be the topic.  Watch for a sign-up sheet in April. A $5.00 donation is requested for lunch.

2013 Charts and Schedules ~ The 2013 Flower Chart has been posted in the foyer of the Church in its usual place.  Feel free to stop by and sign up for the dates you'd like to reserve.  You may also do so by calling or emailing Cathy in the office.  Flowers cost $14.00 per week and can be paid through the office or by dropping in the offering plate.  (Please specify the payment on your check.)

The new Communion Chart is also posted.  It really helps the Music and Worship Committee if you sign-up ahead of time to serve.  Please take time to consider the dates.

Refreshments Needed for the D.O.R.R.K.S class on Sundays. There is a sign-up sheet in the Chapel for refreshments for the Sunday morning classes of the D.O.R.R.K.S.  This year, we will be serving lunch only once a month and snacks the rest of the Sundays.  Please consider choosing a date to provide these items. Your help and support is greatly appreciated!  Thank you from your CE Committee and D.O.R.R.K.S.

New Website Under Construction...Check it out at www.parkpresby.org and let Rick Arkels know what you think of his progress!  There have been some issues with the new website being hacked.  Rick is working to restore it.  We appreciate your patience.  Meanwhile, this website will be kept current.

Have you missed a Service?  CD copies of our church services are now available.  If you have missed a service or know someone unable to attend that would like a copy, please contact the office to make arrangements.  Office hours are M-F from 8:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m.


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Community Outreach...

Weight Watchers meets in Smith Hall of the Church at 5:30 p.m. on every Tuesday. (Come in alley door and go downstairs.)

Morning Star Quilters will be taking a break for the Holidays.  They will resume their regular schedule of the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 9:00 a.m. on January 12th.

Meetings take place downstairs in the Church.  Anyone with an interest in quilting is invited to attend.  For more information, you may call Judy Bliss.

Country Blue Grass Jam ~ This group will be meeting there the 3rd Saturday of each month thru May at Park Place 6:30 p.m.

Just For Kix ~ Regular classes are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4-9 p.m.   Classes will run thru April.

Overeaters Anonymous ~ Meetings are Friday mornings from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. in the Parlor.  For information, contact Joan at 815-672-1048. Use back entrance of the church for stairs and elevator access.



Follow The Journey: Trip to Turkey..."Footsteps of Paul"



September 19: The trip has begun. David, Janice, and Eleanor set off for O'Hare on the 18th, after a fitting Godspeed and safe journey blessing. They have arrived in Istanbul where they will be met by Jim and Kate Young and the other travelers from First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, CA.  From Istanbul, they will fly to Kayseri and then travel by bus to Goreme in ancient Cappadocia.


September 20:  After arriving in Instanbul, the modern name of old Constantinople, Park and First Pres. travelers flew to Cappadocia. Cappadocia was home to amazing early Church fathers known as the Cappadocians. From the writings of Basil the Great, his brother Gregory of Nyssa, (along with their sister Macrina who contributed a great deal to their musings on Christianity) and Gregory of Nazianzus, the 4th century church began to understand scripture, mission, and the foundational tenents of the Church as the Glory of God, the redeeming work of God in Jesus, and the movement of the Holy Spirit. Cappadocia is famous for underground cities built into the rock. New churches thrived. Cappadocians were present in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:9), when Peter explained God's workings through history and said: "This promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him . . . So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added." (Acts 2:39,41.) Those travelers to Jerusalem 2000 years ago returned to their homes and brought the message of God's presence and love with them. Today our travelers are seeing a bit of what the first missionaries saw when they returned home with the good news.


Breakfast with friends. Cappadocia, Sept 20


September 21: Today is a traveling day for our group. They left Goreme, Cappadonica, for Konya which was ancient Iconium. Paul and Barnabus established the churches in Iconium as it was a well traveled trading route in the area, including Lystra and Derbe. Paul returned to the church and area with Silas on another trip perhaps because of the abundant presence of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the church and the contagious joy of the new disciples. Acts 13:51-14:1 They met resistance but stayed on anyway "confidently speaking about the Lord." Wouldn't it be fabulous to be known as the church of joy and confidence!

Our friends in ancient Antioch where Paul preached his first recorded sermon.

Entrance to the stadium at Perga. Paul passed through the city on his first missionary journey, and paused to preach here on the second time he came to the city.


The amphitheater at Aspendos, near Perga, was built around AD 162 and is still in regular use.

September 25:

Imagine the preparations needed to make a sojourn in Turkey today, even for two weeks, then again in December, and once more in March. Today traveling takes a toll on anyone. St. Paul traveled to Turkey three times; twice his journey included much of Greece too. In addition traveled to Rome. We know how exhausting traveling becomes, so once again, imagine what Paul went through to first establish and then visit churches.

I just had an email from David and today our travelers have moved from the interior of Turkey to the Mediterranean coast, staying in ancient Ephesus – modern Kusadasi – and visiting both Miletus and Didyma along the coast. Paul visited Miletus when he was hurrying to Jerusalem at the end of his third journey. In Acts 20:14-16 Luke tells us: "When he (Paul) met us in Assos, we took him on board and went to Miylene. We sailed from there, and on the following day we arrived opposite Chios. The next day we touched at Samos and the day after that we came to Miletus. For Paul decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; he was eager to be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost."

Miletus is 30 miles south of Ephesus, has 4 natural harbors along the mouth of the Meander River. Didyma is not mentioned in scripture but was a significant location in the ancient world for the Temple to Apollo, oracle of Apollo, and a sacred trail in the midst of the town.

God bless our travelers along the way!

September 26: 

Ephesus is one of the world's oldest cities. It dates back to 1400-1300 B.C. so witnessed 2 millennia of cultures and civilizations walk her grounds. The city's natural harbors welcomed seafarers and generations of travelers, and adapted to multiple rulers. Ephesus ceremoniously welcomed Antony and Cleopatra in the winter of 33-32 B.C. then became a capital of the Roman province of Asia under Augustus.
Excavation of Ephesus began in the 19th century. This map gives a nice overall view and names many of the ancient Roman sites and preserved architecture. Our travelers will see the theater and the famous Library of Celcus.


*A map showing their journey is posted in the Chapel of the Church.





















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