Winchester Friends Church 124 E. Washington Winchester, IN 47394 765-584-8276
In every way possible, Winchester Friends seeks to carry out its calling to make Christ known through meaningful worship, obedient witness, and sacrificial service, welcoming all who are willing into friendship with God and into redemptive community together.
Please honor your mother and the other nurturing women in your life
by giving thanks to God for them in the company of Friends during worship at
9:15 AM on Mother's Day, May 14! Bring your mom -- and some friends, too -- for
worship, fellowship, reflection upon scripture, and small gifts for all the
women in the Meeting. Please join us!
USFW in June
Father-Family Luncheon The USFW women will provide a free lunch right after Sunday School on June 11 to honor all the fathers and other ministering men in our Meeting. Men, bring your kids to church and lunch that day!
June USFW Meeting The USFW will meet Tuesday evening June 6 at 6:00 PM for a meal at Shirley Ertel's home. There will be a short business meeting to talk about the summer project (equipping the new Belize Friends Center) and to discuss the USFW's donations for the end of the church year. For food quantity planning, please RSVP to the church office or Shirley if you plan to attend.
Choir Finale May 21
During the meeting for worship on May's third Sunday, the choir will present several of the pieces they have sung since last September. Bring a friend to enjoy extra music during worship on the choir's last Sunday before a summer break.
Celebrate the Arts This Summer
During the choir's summer hiatus between May 28 and early September, the Music Committee invites Friends to share your musical and nonmusical artistic talents (painting or drawing, poetry, photography, handicrafts, etc.) in praise to God during Sunday meetings for worship. Please sign the new Celebrating the Arts sheet in the parlor to volunteer for a Sunday, or phone the church office to confirm a date.
FUM Belize Supper Meeting May 21
On Sunday evening May 21, Oscar Mmbali (Friends United
Meeting's new church-planting pastor in Belize) will come to
Winchester Friends to get acquainted with us over a fellowship meal
(including Belizean dishes!) at 5:30 PM. Other area Friends
churches also have been invited to join us for this opportunity.
Oscar is a Kenyan Friend sent out by his home church to a place and
culture quite different from East Africa. At 6:30 PM, Oscar will
speak to the gathering about his vision and hopes for new
expressions of Friends' witness in Belize City, including firmly
grounding the Belize City Monthly Meeting, offering peacemaking
efforts like the Alternatives to Violence Project, and expanding the
work of Belize Friends School. Oscar is coming to encourage our
spiritual and material support for him in that new adventure. We
will present to him our Easter missions offering of $505, set out a
donation basket for Friends who want to leave a gift, and distribute
Oscar's FUM support cards. The best way to begin helping Oscar is
to come meet him on May 21!
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Please keep the church office updated with your current address,
phone, email, and birthday and anniversary information.
Clerks & Officers Meeting May 11
Each spring, Winchester Friends receives a distribution
of funds left to the Meeting from the perpetual trust of deceased
Friends Bashia and Ed Best. The church at times uses part of this
money for its in-house ministries, but Friends have agreed together
to give a substantial portion of it each year to strengthen
ministries beyond ourselves that are "making Christ's kingdom
visible and tangible" in the community and world around us. Since
2001, Winchester Friends has given at least $250,000 to such
ministries, whenever possible to ones in which our own Friends are
significantly involved. The Clerks & Officers will meet on May 11
at 7 PM to prepare a proposal for using Best Trust funds in these
ways during the 2017-2018 church year. Please give prayerful
consideration to creative new Best Special Projects ideas, and share
them with a committee clerk or Meeting officer before May 11.
One of the projects funded by Best Special Projects
money for the past few years is support of Friends United Press
through a group subscription to Quaker Life magazine for
active participants at Winchester Friends. Quaker Life
recently sent postcards to subscribers alerting them that the
renewal date is coming up. (A) If you are part of
our church's group subscription, you do not need to respond to that
postcard to keep receiving the magazine. (B) If
you are receiving the magazine but wish to stop getting it, please
notify the church office soon. (C) And if you are
an active participant at Winchester Friends and are not receiving
Quaker Life but would like to start, please let the church
office know so your name can be added to the new list. (D)
Some Friends choose to reimburse the Best Fund for the cost of their
subscription, or to purchase one for a family member. The latest
indication is that the cost will remain $25 per subscription.
---to around twenty Friends who spent several hours
on April 8 cleaning, trimming, repairing, and in other ways sprucing
up around the meetinghouse on the Trustees Spring Workday!
---to Cleo McFarland for installing a new dishwasher at the
parsonage in mid-April after the old one malfunctioned
Community Food Pantry Update
The Churches & Community Food Pantry served 313
households during April 2017. For comparison, the Pantry served 332
households a month ago in March 2017, and 317 a year ago in April
2016. Thank you to all who are supporting and serving in the
Quaker Haven 2017
The preregistration deadline for all 2017 camps is
May 31. Registrations received after that incur a
$50 late fee.
The Christian Education Committee offers scholarships to cover the
early registration cost for kids who faithfully attend Winchester
Friends, plus one guest. Registration forms are available in the
church office, or register online at <qhcyouthprogramming.com>.
Jr. High Camp Ages 11-13
June 11-16 $290
Senior High 1 Ages 13-18 June 18-23
Beginners Camp Ages 5-7 June 23-25
requires a parent or guardian with
Adventure Camp Ages 9-11 June 25-30
Little Friends Camp Ages 7-9 July 5-8
Senior High 2 Ages 13-18 July 16-21
Solar Project Updates
One of Winchester Friends' responsibilities in receiving
a 2015 Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light grant for the 8.6
kW solar array on the annex roof was hosting a HIPL "Using
Energy Prudently" educational seminar for Friends and
neighbors. That workshop was held on April 22 at First Friends
Meeting in Richmond for twelve attenders (four from Winchester
Are the solar
panels really making a difference? The array on the annex
roof has been working for sixteen months, sight unseen by most of
Consider this data
collected since January 2016:
kilowatt-hours of electricity have been produced from the solar
panels. The lowest daily output was .84 kWh on Dec. 13, 2016, and
the highest daily reading was 54.08 kWh on March 22, 2017.
kilowatt-hours of that electricity has been exported from our array
to American Electric Power Company for credit, and 3983 kWh have
been consumed in-house.
---Over 10 tons of
atmospheric carbon dioxide pollution has been avoided by the green
energy we have produced.
---$186 has been paid
to Winchester Friends for Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)
sold to an Illinois electric company
pays. In April 2014, the church paid AEP for 1727 kWh. In April
2015, we purchased 1507 kWh. In April 2016, we paid for only 824
kWh, and in April 2017 we bought just 509 kWh.
has received an Energy Star rating of 90 on a 100-point
scale. The church's total energy cost (electric and natural gas)
for April '15 to March '16 was $5043, which works out to 39 cents
per square foot/year.
church's total electricity expense for 2015 (pre-array) was $2013.
Our total electricity expense for 2016 was $737.
The solar array, coupled with other energy
conservation measures (installing LED bulbs, unplugging unused
appliances), is making a difference for Winchester Friends! Thank
you, Friends, for your support and efforts that have made this
possible. And thank you to Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light
for the $24,000 grant that got it started!
Seventh Day Initiative
Energy-Saving Tasks for May
Wash clothes in cold water. Energy is needed
to heat water for washing, so using cold water lessens that
requirement and is easier on fabrics. Air dry your laundry
in summer. Of all the appliances in the typical American
household, the electric clothes dryer uses the most electricity. It
is possible to live without a dryer. Install a clothesline, and
plan to do laundry on sunny, breezy days whenever possible. Wash
and hang clothes in the morning, and use the dryer only briefly to
help "fluff them up" so they dry without wrinkles. Use folding
racks to dry things indoors.
Mark Your Calendar for
SALT & Light
This year's musical Vacation Bible School "Singing
Together to be the
Light of the World" (Matthew 5:14) will be
held at Winchester Friends June 26-30 from
10:00-11:30 AM each day. Mary Clark will teach Bible choruses and
music skills, and other workers will lead Bible lessons and
activities for kids age 5 up through 5th grade.
Spring 2017 Social Concerns Focus: Addiction Epidemic
For the first half of 2017, the Missions & Social
Concerns Committee has renewed its 2016 focus, asking Friends to
learn about, pray about, and compassionately act to address the drug
addiction epidemic that is harming our community and nation.
In a recent conversation about the
addiction epidemic, a medical professional told me that it has
become far too common for people who have overdosed to be dropped
off by anonymous "friends" at an emergency room entrance -- in some
cases, literally pushed out a car door unresponsive and left lying
on the ground in hope that the ER staff will discover them in time
to prevent death. It reminded me of the countless encounters I've
had with incarcerated men who have painfully figured out that people
they called "friends" had encouraged and enabled them to do the
things that ended up costing them their freedom.
That conversation also got me to thinking
about the Gospel account of a paralyzed man whose four friends
carried him to a building where Jesus was "preaching the word" to a
huge crowd (Mark 2:1-12). Unable to get anywhere near Jesus, the
men did not give up and just "drop off" their paralyzed friend
hoping he would be discovered and helped. They found a way to lift
him up to the roof of the building, then removed roofing material to
create a hole through which they lowered their friend's stretcher to
put him in Jesus' immediate presence. Mark's text states that "when
Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, 'Son, your sins are
forgiven.'" (It was often assumed that maladies like his had been
caused by someone's sin, whether his own or that of his family).
The religious experts in the crowd immediately objected, accusing
Jesus of blasphemy for claiming he had authority to forgive sins.
Jesus answered them by healing the man's paralysis and sending him
walking home carrying his mat, made whole by sacrificial
friendship, spiritual renewal, and physical healing.
In our 21st century search for an
effective, redemptive response to addiction, there might be some
lessons in that first century incident. Our definition of "friend"
should not include people who encourage and enable us to do things
that harm ourselves and others, but it should include those who will
persist, even at great personal cost, in getting us to the help we
need. We must ask the Lord to teach us how to be friends like
that. In addition, the paralytic's friends brought him to
One who could address more than just his physical problem.
The spiritual help we offer to troubled people needs to acknowledge
the broadest meaning of sin -- "missing the mark" of God's
intentions -- with less laying of blame and more emphasis on
contrite seeking of restoration to cooperation with God. Mark's
account of Jesus' miracle suggests that a holistic combination of
social, spiritual, and physical healing might offer the best chance
of rescuing lives from the scourge of addiction.
--Ron Ferguson, for the Missions &
Social Concerns Committee
Pray at Eight - Pray Without Ceasing
for people struggling against substance abuse
and addiction, and for the people working to help them
The Missions & Social Concerns Committee
has renewed its 2016 Spring social concerns focus -- a
compassionate, spiritual response to the addiction epidemic -- for
the first six months of 2017. Watch for new opportunities to learn
about this issue and to be helpfully involved in addressing it.
Please review the information already on the annex bulletin board,
and renew your commitment to help sustain our Meeting's effort to
pray faithfully for people struggling against addiction, and for
those working to help them.