February 2020

Pastor Nikki's Notions

Dear Friends,

1 Peter 1:22 says:
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

It is that time of year when you can't go anywhere without seeing tons of hearts! People wear pink and red, heart-bedecked paraphernalia. Turn on your television or your computer, see hearts. Look at ads in the newspaper, you'll see hearts! Go to any store and you'll see LOTS of hearts! Hearts, hearts, hearts! It seems that during February our whole culture goes Valentine crazy! And the heart, of course, is the quintessential sign of romantic love. And all the things that surround Valentines Day are designed to ramp up all of those warm fuzzy feelings that are associated with how we feel when we are first falling in love with another person.

The main command of this verse reads, "Love one another deeply, from the heart," which sounds like something that we might see in a Valentine's Day card. And, while it is true that the Bible does make a connection between our hearts and love, the meaning is far different from the romantic kind of love we tend to associate with Valentine's Day. One thing that's important to note is that the writers of the New Testament had several different words which can be translated from Greek into English as "love." Each has its own connotations. The word translated here as "love" is related to the noun agape. This is not the Greek word for romantic love (eros). Rather, it refers to the highest form of love, or the love of God toward people, that kind of love which comes with absolutely no strings attached, that kind of love which can never be abated by a lack of reciprocity, by wrongdoing or .

So Peter says that we are to agape one another from the heart. What does this mean? The heart was considered the seat of thinking, willing, choosing, and feeling. The emotional dimension of the inner life isn't absent from the heart, but it isn't the only part either. Love is so much more than just an emotion; love is something we choose to do, putting others first, accepting them with all their flaws, just as they are.

So, this month, as we think about love in all of its forms, send hearts and flowers to the ones you love. But, today and tomorrow and the next day and every day, love one another deeply, from the heart. Act out of self-giving commitment to what is best for others. Be persistent in loving, even when it's hard. Choose to love because you know it's right.

Pastor Nikki

At DPC, We Look Out for Each Other!

Just a reminder we are inviting everyone to support, Jim and Sherrie Savageau, as they go through Sherrie's chemo treatments together! They can really use our help with making good, healthy meals. To sign up to cook a meal, click on this link: https://mealtrain.com/m10vq9

If you can't provide a meal, reach out to Sherrie! Let her know that you're thinking about her, or pay her a visit! They both have expressed how much this truly means to them,
Delafield Presbyterian Church
25th Annual Fish Fry, Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffle and Bake Sale
May 1, 2020
DPC’s 25th Annual Fish Fry & Auction is fast approaching. The date is May 1st and once again our venue is Western Lakes Golf Course. As many of you know this is our church’s largest fundraiser and we need everyone’s help to make it a success. More detailed information will follow but we need more help the night of the fish fry in all areas including set-up, serving food, helping with auction, the bake sale and selling raffle tickets.  In addition we’re asking all of you to consider how you may be able to help make this year’s Auction even more successful. Many of you have donated terrific items in the past and we hope you can again. But we need more participation and want to increase donations from local businesses.  Do you have a favorite restaurant or merchant that would give you a gift certificate, or access to tickets to a game or concert, know an artist who would donate a piece of art, have a condo or cabin you’d be willing to auction off for a week? Maybe you want to host a dinner or a boat ride. Or host a group at your golf club. Be creative. Make it fun! More info will be available soon (including auction items) on the church website and on our Facebook page.  

Thanks in advance,
Doug, Sue, Lynn and Carol Buech
Stewardship and Fish Fry Team
Warming Hearts Pancake Breakfast
We would Like to inform everyone that we will not be holding the Warming Hearts Pancake Breakfast this year. We appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into this over the years. We just felt that it was time to try something new, so please stay tuned for further details as we plan a new spring time fundraiser.

Board of Deacons
February 23, 2020
Cooperating Churches of Waukesha County (Hope Center)
Waukesha, Wisconsin

2020 starts our 20th year of serving a meal to the very neediest in Waukesha at the Hope Center. This time around our youth will be volunteering with Loaves and Fishes and will be serving a meal to approximately 75 homeless, needy and anyone else who comes to the door.  For anyone signed up to serve on the 23rd, Lynn and Sydney Marsh will be leading this day. They have been doing this for years…Jane has requested that each youth  bring a gallon of milk or ice cream (Jane will send out an email to all attending when the time comes)  It helps to lighten the load of hauling the dinner.There is a sign up for everyone, on the hallway bulletin board for serving and helping with food. We hope you will join us for this heartwarming afternoon.

Interested youth should coordinate their registration and participation with Teen Leader, Adrienne O’Neil who will be working with Lynn and Sydney Marsh and Jane Lurvey. 

Communion will be celebrated twice during the month of February. The dates for communion are Sunday, February 2 and February 23rd, which is is Transfiguration Sunday. “Transfiguration Sunday” is a special day on the church calendar, which commemorates Jesus' radical change of appearance while in the presence of Peter, James, and John, on a high mountain (Mt 17:1-8; Mk 9:2-8; Lk 9:28-36). The Gospel of Matthew records that "he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light." It always is celebrated on the Sunday before Lent begins.

On February 2nd we would like to thank Cindy Hennig for
preparing communion and Mark & Suzanne Zwaska, Cindy Hennig, and Nikki Blanks for serving communion during the service.

On February 23rd, we would like to thank Lori Petersen for preparing communion and Akin & Candy Morakinyo for serving. We still have TWO spots open, if you are able to fill these space, please sign up on the worship bulletin board in the hallway behind the kitchen.

Have you been enjoying the cookies, crackers & cheese, the delicious devil eggs, and all of the wonderful treats on Sunday? If so please make sure that you sign up  on the Bulletin Board, to bring some treats in. Everyone sure appreciates it and fellowship hour is an important time for coming together to support one another, to reconnect as a church family and allows us to learn, gain strength, and show the world exactly what God is.
The First Sunday of each month is designated loose change Sunday. All loose coins and bills received go to the Deacon Fund to support their missions. As always, your generosity is appreciated.
Have you ever wondered what that cute little yellow shopping cart outside of the sanctuary is for? Well wonder no more. It is for Easter meal items this month. Please bring in donations any Sunday through February. All donations will be shared with a local food pantry to help out a family in need.

Souper Bowl of Caring

On Sunday, February 2, come to church with some cash, ready to help our Sunday School Class raise money to fight hunger! They will take up an offering at the end of the service for the Souper Bowl of Caring, a nation-wide movement in which Sunday School classes and youth groups across the country raise funds to support local food pantries in their communities. The money will stay in our immediate community to benefit a local food pantry.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 26 is Ash Wednesday. We will have a 5:30 soup supper and a 6:00 service. Look for a sign up sheet to bring soup or bread for the supper in the next couple of weeks.

Meeting of the Presbytery of Milwaukee

On Tuesday, February 4, there will be a meeting of the Presbytery of Milwaukee, located at Rock Prairie Presbyterian Church in Janesville from 4-8 PM. Dinner will be provided. The educator for the day will be the State Clerk for the General Assembly of the P.C. (U.S.A.), J. Herbert Nelson. Come and hear from him about serving as partners in Christ’s service! All members of churches in the Presbytery are invited.

Anti-Human Trafficking Presentation

On Sunday, February 9, at 10:30 AM, there will be a presentation about the myths and realities surrounding human trafficking, held at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Pastor Nikki will be sure to end the service a couple of minutes early so that everyone who wants to can make it to Christ the King on time!

Upcoming Lay Preacher

On Sunday, February 16, Larry Laux will serve as a lay preacher, as Pastor Nikki goes for a short vacation. He will preach about prayer. Don’t miss out!

We would like to say thank you to everyone that has signed up and volunteered to help make our Sunday's run smoothly. Please be responsible in fulfilling your time-slotted spot. If there is a spot open please contact Mark Zwaska or sign up on Sunday on our worship bulletin board.

February  Nursery Schedule
2               Spot is Open
9                Lou Fusco
16              Lynn Marsh & Mark Zwaska
23               Spot is Open

February Usher Schedule
2               Mark & Suzanne Zwaska
9                Sue Schiller & Carol Buech
16              Bob & Stacia Faith
23              Akin & Candy Morakinyo
Sunday School
In January, the Sunday School students made paper-mâché world globes which were painted and will soon be illuminated with lights. In a future service, the students plan to sing "This Little Light of Mine" and display the illuminated globes.
Teen Group
On January 26th, the Teens invited Krystal Chase from The Women’s Center for a discussion and presentation on consent, geared specifically toward youth. The mission of The Women’s Center is to provide safety, shelter, and support to empower all impacted by domestic abuse, sexual violence, child abuse, and trafficking. The presentation consisted of interactive activities, and engaging discussion designed to help clarify and normalize the conversation of consent. The discussion included conversations about healthy relationships, the definition of consent and what it does & does not mean. Resources were also shared that can help the Teens in their own life or the life of someone they know.

Ax Throwing

The fellowship ministry team is organizing a group axe throwing session on Sunday, March 1 at 1:15 PM! Axe throwing is a totally new, cool, memorable way to release stress and have a great time. Think darts, with muscles. At Lumber Axe in Waukesha, some “axeperts” will guide us through the basics of axe throwing and some fun (and a little competitive) games! If you’re interested in participating, please sign up by February 15!

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