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  • GOVANS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 5828 York Rd., Baltimore, MD 21212

    Tel: 410-435-9188 FAX: 410-323-4409

    WWW. GOVANSPRES.ORG

    The Bellringer

    November 2007

    Takes From The Crypts...pg. 2, Lectionary...pg. 3; Greening the Church...pg. 4, Birthdays...pg. 5; Book Reviews...pg. 6

    Upcoming Events...pg. 7; Ministry Areas...pg. 8; Preschool & Senior Center...pg. 11

    From the Pastor’s Study Dear Friends, If you have already received a visit or a packet about our 2008 Stewardship Campaign, you may have already seen the following thoughts. If so, you have a “Get Out of Reading the Pastor’s Newsletter Arti- cle Free” Card. If not, you can read this and have a “Get Out of Reading the Pastor’s Thoughts on Tithing in the Stewardship Packet” Card. Either way, you win! Here we go:

    Traditionally, tithing means giving 10% of the family income to church. Tithing has always been a challenge, but today it may be even harder. So much of our income is committed to things we feel we “need.” Yet, if we look at tithing from the perspective of abundance instead of scarcity it does not seem like an unrea- sonable principle. In a country where so many of us have so much, can we not live on 90% of our income and give the rest to God? Is it possible that some of our “needs” are really luxuries in disguise? Still 10% is a challenge. Here are three thoughts that might help us meet the challenge.

    1. We don’t have to start tithing right away (“cold turkey”). It is something that can be worked to- ward as a goal. This year we may give 3% of our family income. But, we can make it our goal to increase that percentage by 1 point each year until we reach 10%. Some years we may feel we can’t make the 1% increase. Other years we may be able to do more. But, when we think in terms of “percentage giving” it offers us a way to objectively measure our giving over our lifetime.

    2. Don’t just count giving to the church! One of the important reasons to tithe is just to help us live with less, so those who have little can have enough. So, if you donate to the Red Cross or the United Way, work that into your giving percentage for the family. Of course, if you reach the 10% level then you may want to push yourself even higher. In fact, many people who do give 10% report that they feel wonderful about it and are inspired to give more.

    3. Finally, using percentages is important because it takes the emphasis off how much the church “needs.” Really, our giving as individuals and families is about nurturing the virtue of generosity within ourselves. If we can’t let go of just one tenth of our income each year how generous can we really call ourselves?

    So please prayerfully and thoughtfully consider the principle of “percentage giving” this year and consider if tithing (10%) is a goal for you. If so, we hope you can work toward the goal and will enjoy the fruits of a more generous lifestyle.

    Peace, Tom

  • The Bellringer . Govans Presbyterian Church Newsletter

    Opportunity What if you were denied a home because you were a woman, because you had a child, or because your skin was dark? Such treatment is both illegal and unfair, but it occurs every day. Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI) is a 48-year-old civil rights agency dedicated to fighting discrimination in housing. BNI serves all of Central Maryland and beyond. Willing vol- unteers are needed to help in the fight for fair housing. If you are interested in this worthwhile effort, please contact BNI’s fair housing office at 410-243-4400 or www.bni-maryland.org. Volunteer “testers” are carefully trained and are paid a small

    Letters - Thanks: Giving and Receiving

    Many thanks to the congregation for their kind re- ception to my friend, Rebecca Kariuki, who spoke to the 11 o’clock service on September 9th. Rebecca told us about her school, the Aloe Vera Preparatory School, which serves abused and neglected children in Nairobi, Kenya. Since returning to Nairobi, Rebecca has telephoned me twice to thank us for our generosity and to assure us that our donations have helped many children. Information about the school is still available in the pamphlet rack in the Gallery. Betsy Toland

    ******************** Thanks so much to the Govans members who par- ticipated in the recent Peace Path by standing on the Path on September 11th or by signing the Govans Presbyterians for Peace banner we used on that day. Every Friday from noon to one Women In Black stands vigil for peace at two nearby locations: in the Inner Harbor on McKeldin Square (the corner of Pratt and Light) and in front of Roland Park Place (across from the Rotunda). You stand silently holding signs of peace as a witness for peaceful solutions to the vio- lence in our community and in our world. All are wel- come. If you want to know more or have feedback on the 9/11 Peace Path, please visit the Women In Black website at www.peacepath911.com or call Judy West- ern at 410.625.0070.

    TALES FROM THE CRYPTS –

    XIII The Govanstown Cemetery of the

    Govans Presbyterian Church

    November 17, 2006: I spoke with E. Bruce Stuart, Jr. today about the graves belonging to and filled by members of his family. He told me a story about his father, a strict, precise and ac- curate person during his life- time who is buried in lot 310 in our cemetery – but he wasn’t at first. At his funeral, in 1985, he actually was buried in lot 311 by mistake. Bruce told me that, some few days after the funeral, he was called to come back to the cemetery so that he could witness the body of his father being moved from lot 311 to lot 310, where he should have been buried in the first place. His family later would comment with some humor on the situation of this man, who in life demanded accuracy, being buried very inaccu- rately in the wrong gravesite. It reminds me of the story of the man who, when asked where he wanted to be buried, replied, “Surprise me!” William A. Andersen November 2007

    From the Church Office

    Intercessor: When giving a name for prayer, please include the address on an “I Wish” card. We would like to send a note to tell them they are in our prayers. Sanctuary Flowers: The flower calendar is hanging on the church office door. Please feel free to pick a Sunday you would like to remember a loved one or anniversary. You may sign up on the calendar or call the church office. The cost is $35. You can also call the office to request what type of flowers you would like on the altar that Sunday (410-435-9188). There are still openings for Sanctuary Flowers on November 18 & 25; Dec. 2 & 16; 2008. Ink Cartridges: Please donate your ink cartridges to the church. You can place them in the designated basket in the Gallery. Cartridges accepted by Staples are HP, Lexmark or Dell. The church is able to turn these in to Staples for coupons which are used for discounts on the office supplies. Thank you! Wendy

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  • Who was Thessalonians?

    Most of the Epistle lessons for November are from Thessalonians, so who were the Thessalonians? Thessalonicia is now the modern city of Salonik on the Aegean Sea. Mount Olympus, the home of the Greek gods, is visible from the city. The church in Thessalonica was found by Paul dur- ing his second missionary journey in about 51 AD (Acts 17:1-9). Paul initially preached in the syna- gogue with some success among the Jews but greater success among the Greeks. The Jews be- came annoyed with Paul and they forced him to leave the city by night for the nearby city of Berea. His accusers followed him to Berea and he was then forced to travel to Athens. Ted Kruse No-

    vember Communion Offering Presbyterian Disaster Assis- tance

    - Communion offering is accepted throughout November - Your financial support and partnership enables Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) to witness to the healing love of Christ and to bring hope to communities and individuals recovering from natu- ral and human-caused disaster situations both Na- tionally and Internationally. One way has been help to people in eastern Kenya. An estimated 2.5 million people in northern and eastern Kenya are in need of emergency food aid due to poor rains last fall. The drought situation has triggered a food emergency and set in motion a se- ries of crises from malnutrition to loss of livestock. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is responding to this crisis as a member of the global alliance Action by Churches Together (ACT) International. The current response of ACT members in Kenya has been put into place mainly to save lives where famine and malnu- trition are becoming se- vere and to get people through the day-to-day crises by providing water and distributing food, among other efforts.

    The Bellringer . Govans Presbyterian Church Newsletter

    NOV. LECTIONARY

    4 Hab. 1:1-4, 2:1-4; Ps. 119:137-144; 2 Thess. 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10

    11 Hag. 1:15b-2:9; Ps. 145:1-5. 17-1 or Ps. 98; 2 Thess. 2:1-5. 13-17; Luke 20:27-38

    18 Isa. 65:17-25; Isa> 12; 2 Thess. 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19

    25 Jer. 23:1-6; Luke 1:68-79; Col. 1:11-20; Luke 23:33-43

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    The Duba pump near the village of Kalobeyei (25 km northwest of Kakuma Refugee Camp).

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