I write on a beautiful morning from the lovely city of Richmond, Kentucky. I have gathered with a group of other pastors for our annual seminar sponsored by the Foundation for Reformed Theology. We are reading about the doctrine of the divine election by grace. Some prefer the less helpful term "predestination.” Our primary sources are Scripture, the Institutes of the Christian Faith by John Calvin, and Church Dogmatics by Karl Barth.
Here are few lines from the latter:
Grace is the "nevertheless" of the divine love to the creator… How could the divine love to the creature really love, be really divine, unless it were free? But it is grace, loving kindness, favor. In it, God says "Yes" to the creature, and not no… He says it without the creature having any right or claim to it. He says it, then, in freedom. But what He says He says as the One who loves in freedom. He does not say no but "Yes." Against our no He places His own "Nevertheless."… He is free in the fact that He can turn (our rejection of Him) into the salvation and life which are the positive and distinctive meaning and goal of His love.
That is glorious good news, brothers and sisters. God's love really does conquer all. God's love endures despite the worst humanity can do and be. We tend to work against God’s will and against our own best interests. Nevertheless God elects us — calls us — to be his partners in the reconciliation of the world. One can't proclaim that Gospel too much.
In this vein, I want to share with you a letter written by our new Executive Presbyter, who is better known as the Presbyter for Community Life, John Odom. He writes:
“Bigger is better” is a core value in our contemporary American society. We learn from a very early age to yearn for larger, grander and more things. We want to supersize our fries, sodas, SUVs, houses and church buildings. Cities build bigger stadiums and conventions want to draw the biggest crowds.
Amidst our cultural obsession with supersizing, I want to make a modest suggestion. As people of faith, followers of Jesus—53 congregations and worshipping communities of Mid-Kentucky Presbytery—our goal should be to think smaller and smaller. I think of the Kingdom of God as bubbling up from the bottom rather than trickling down from the top. Contrary to the pattern of the world, Jesus’ pattern for God’s Kingdom is that of a mustard seed. It is one of the smallest of seeds and yet it grows up to be not the largest of trees but rather a hefty sized bush— meaningful but not monstrous in size. (cf. Mark 4:30-32)
Mother Teresa offers a brilliant glimpse of hope that lies in little things: “We can do not great things, only small things with great love. It is not how much you do but how much love you put into doing it.” Let me suggest that you and I develop the spiritual value of being not supersized, but faith-sized, filling our lives, our congregations and our world with small things done with great love. Let us not get discouraged if we are not the size of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville with its 25,000 members, but let us remember Jesus’ own words when he reminds us that if we have even mustard seed sized faith—small as it may be—that we will have plenty of faith, life, service, energy, imagination, love, gifts, time, and talent to do and become all that Jesus intends us to be.
It is PICNIC time at APC!! We will host a Summer Salad & Dessert Picnic on Sunday June 5th after the church service. This will be a ‘pot luck’ lunch on the beautiful grounds of our church. Bring your blankets. Tables and chairs will also be provided. The church will provide breads and lemonade"
Tent parents (adults of all ages) and other volunteers are needed for Bibletimes Marketplace- our version of Vacation Bible School. Bibletimes will be from July 11th - 15th from 9 a.m. till noon at our church. A brief training session will be available. Please contact Tara at email@example.com or the church office if you are able to help.
Registration is now available for children entering kindergarten through 6th grade. Please see Tara Reck or click this link to register. The cost is $25 for one child and $15 for each additional child. Childcare is available in the afternoon for an additional fee.
If you had your picture taken (or turned one in) for the 2016 Directory, you may pick up your copy of the directory after worship or during the week in the church office.
New Member Spotlight
I was born in Louisville and I grew up in Cincinnati. I went to college at Denison University in Ohio. After that I received a Masters degree in physical therapy at Duke University. I worked as a physical therapist for about 20 years before I received the call to go into the ministry. At that point I went to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary where I graduated in 19996. After that I served two churches in Huntington, WV before moving to back Louisville in 2001. I am now a Member at Large in the Presbytery of Mid Kentucky. I have two lovely daughters, Jenny who is a nurse, and Becky, who is a lawyer. I also have an 11 year old step-granddaughter, Grayson, and a 2 year old granddaughter, Elizabeth. There is another grandchild joyfully expected in October of this year. My family has been worshipping at Anchorage Presbyterian Church since January of this year. We have found everyone to be warm and welcoming. We look forward to participating in the life of this congregation and serving the Lord through this community
Becky Smither lives in Crestwood with her husband Alex, and their daughters, Grayson (12) and Elizabeth (2). Becky is an attorney with Barber, Banaszynski & Hiatt, PSC, where she focuses primarily on family court related matters. When not at work, she enjoys being with her family and running. Becky is very excited to be joining APC and looks forward the years of friendship and fellowship with the other members and families.
My name is Margaret Fadeley and I am joining you at Anchorage Presbyterian Church via a transfer letter from Highland Presbyterian in Louisville. I was born and raised in South Eastern Ohio. I was brought up in a Methodist church where my Mother still attends. I graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV and spent the next 20+ years living and working in the area. My time in Huntington was spent worshiping at the First Congregational UCC Church and Spring Valley Presbyterian Church. I relocated to Louisville in 2001. Here I have continued my profession as a real estate appraiser. I retired from my most recent position this May. As the owner and artist of Hycliffe Creation, I hope to develop my passion of leather and wood working. I truly look forward to spending time getting to know all of the wonderful people at Anchorage Pres. I appreciate how welcoming the pastors, staff, and congregation have been.
Sunday School Teacher Needed!
We are in need of a Sunday School teacher or teachers for our 5th/6th grade Sunday School class. Please let Tara Reck or Anne and John Harryman know if you are interested.
From our Church Family: Donna Stinson-Logan, Brian Rublein, Dotty Hockenbury, Carlene Clay, Mary Dan Haney, Herb & Mary Bell, Marta Edie, Lindy Estep, Sue & Dick Pollock, Starr Kaiser, Nicki St. Ledger, Judy Pearsall
Extended Family and Friends: Bill and Celia Haynes (friends of Mary Witherspoon), Katie Spieden (friend of Judy Schultz), George Wold, (Kim Phelps father), Mike Sauer (friend of Kim Phelps), Erik Wolf (friend of Terry & Nina McMahon), Bellewood Children, Presbyterian Missionaries Worldwide
Active Military: Erin Jewell, Hunter Wagner, Michael Gaar, David McGarvey, Tyler Ross, Alexander Vestal
The people of Afghanistan, Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, Palestine, Israel, and Iraq
Meijer “Simply Give” Campaign
Eastern Area Community Ministries is proud to announce a partnership with Meijer to provide much-needed hunger relief to local families. Their “Simply Give” Campaign for EACM will be held at the Meijer store located at 4100 Towne Center Drive, off Westport Road in Springhurst. EACM’s Food Pantry will benefit from $10 donation cards purchased at Meijer starting on May 8. On June 3rd and 4th , Meijer will DOUBLE Match for a total $30 donation. Just tell the cashier that you would like to donate to the “Simply Give” campaign.
Tim Sears was a teacher at Anchorage School for over 30 years. His wife, Ellen, was also. He recently died of cancer and she is holding a memorial service/picnic at the PWC Pavilion in Beckley Creek Park off Shelbyville Road on Friday, June3rd. Ellen and the family will be there from 4-8pm with the actual memorial being at 5:30pm. In the Pavilion. Per Tim’s wishes, they will have a picnic following. All food is provided by the family. Please pass the word.