Here’s Your Chance to Give Zentangle a Try!

Zentangle is a fun and easy-to-learn spiritual practice.

Joyce Block has created instructional video about how to practice, and has offered to share it with DPC! We are grateful for all of our varied passions gifts and talents in our congregation, and we are especially grateful to Joyce for sharing a practice we can do while we are sheltering in our homes! You can use the blue button at the bottom of this message to link to the video.

But first, here are a few words about Zentangle from Joyce:

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  Some people DPCe may remember that I gave a beginning class a few years. This first video is a review of that class.
I will add more classes each week adding more patterns as we go along.

Supplies needed are:

  1.  A 3 1/2 inch square piece of card a stock.
  2.  A blank pen
  3.  A pencil
  4. A tortillon (a Q tip could be substituted)

I have taught this lesson to people ages 7 through92.  With adult assistance young children could do this also. If you are currently home-schooling, you might try it for an art class.
Blessings,
Joyce

Drive-In Church Service – Sunday, May 17th, 10:00 am

You’re Invited!
Sunday, May 17, 10:00 at Delafield Presbyterian Church

Join us for our very first Drive-In Church Service!

You are invited to join Kettle Moraine United Presbyterian Church and Delafield Presbyterian Church for our first-ever drive-in worship service! Come and be in the same space with your church family for a little while! Together and apart, we will pray, sing and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. But before you come, please take some time to review the following details carefully!

The church building will NOT be open. We do not have the correct sanitation protocol in place in order to open our restrooms for public use. Though the service will be very short, it is best to make sure that you will be comfortable by using the restroom before leaving your home.

The parking lot will have every other space marked off with an X. You are asked to avoid parking on the X’s, as you will likely open your car window to hear during the service, and we want to maintain proper social distancing. When you park, make sure your car is facing the building, and turn off your radio and engine during the service so that you can see and hear well during the service.

Additionally, we are asking that the spaces closest to the building be reserved for those who have hearing impairments. If you can hear well, you are asked to leave those spaces for others who need to use them so that they can participate in the service meaningfully.

We are hoping to make our service as contact-free as possible. Therefore, we are encouraging everyone to bring their own bread (or crackers or pretzels or whatever else you might want to use for communion) and their own juice (or other beverage you might want to use for communion). Additionally, you’re encouraged to bring your own bulletin. You can do this by simply printing off this email, which contains the order of worship at the bottom! Should you forget your bulletin or communion elements, we will have them available, but it is safer for you to bring them from home.

We will take up an offering at the end of this service. It will benefit La Casa de Esperanza, a charter school and social services organization in Waukesha, which has many young students with families that are unemployed and not yet receiving their unemployment benefits. They are laboring to get food onto their students’ tables, as well as cleaning and school supplies into their homes. To learn more about La Casa, you can visit their website at this link: https://www.lacasadeesperanza.org/ If you would like to assist children whose families are struggling at this time, come prepared with cash or a check made out to Delafield Presbyterian Church with “La Casa” written on the memo line, or drop some cash in our bucket as you’re leaving! Remember, every little bit helps!

Remember: If you are at all uncomfortable joining us or you do not feel well, STAY AT HOME! I’m excited to see those of you who join us!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Nikki

MAY 17 2020 DRIVE-IN COMMUNION SERVICE

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Pastor Nikki Blanks

OPENING PRAYER: Pastor Matt Lee: God, thank you for bringing us all here and letting us be together, even as we stay separated. We praise you that we are one in you, whether we are together or apart. We thank you for giving us all a part to play in your Kingdom and letting us all contribute to the work you are doing in our world. Empower us today, with tongues of fire and hearts of love. May we, as the body of Christ, be the best evidence of your love in all that we do and say. Enliven these moments of prayer and silence and song and scripture so that we may hear your word and also do it. Amen.

SCRIPTURE READING: Pastor Nikki Blanks: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31: Just as a human body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear would say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

HYMN: Pastor Matt Lee: One Bread, One Body (The congregation is invited to join in singing the refrain of this song.)
Refrain:
One bread, one body, one Lord of all,
One cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many, throughout the earth,
We are one body in this one Lord.

Verse 1:
Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more.
Refrain

Verse 2:
Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.
Refrain

Verse 3:
Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one for all.
Refrain

CELEBRATION OF COMMUNION: Pastor Nikki Blanks
Invitation to the Table: Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. Scripture tells us that in God’s Kingdom, people will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south and all will feast together at Christ’s Table. This is Christ’s Table. It’s not my table. It’s not a Presbyterian table. It is Christ’s table and he is our host. Therefore, anyone who is hungry or thirsty is welcome here.
Great Thanksgiving: God, thank you for knowing what we need. Thank you for inviting us to come and receive it, and by this, be inspired to offer it to the world. Teach us to go and do likewise when we leave this place. It is good to cry out for the waters of justice to roll down , bringing heaven on earth, watering it with God’s will for love-soaked humanity since creation began. For God continues to stand with and for all people.

New birth for creation broke forth upon us in Jesus. Your Spirit anointed him to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, and to announce that the time had come when you would save your people. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners. In these acts of love and justice we see the birth of our call as Church to let the waters of justice roll, knowing we have been delivered from death through a covenant of water and the Spirit. In this moment, we remember all who suffer in our day and imagine how Jesus would respond to them. In this silence I invite you to call to mind and heart, remembering to God the people and places, known and unknown, that need our prayers, that so desperately need a place at our Table of Love. (Pause for People to silently name concerns)

Just as he said it that last night with his disciples, Jesus says to us “come, gather around my friends.” This common bread at our table is much more than it seems. This is the brokenness of the world and I feel it as my body. Whenever there is suffering, I suffer with you. I am broken for you. This common cup at our table is much more than it seems. The blood of innocent ones is too often shed at the hands of oppressors. Whenever there is suffering, I suffer with you. I am poured out for you. And so, we proclaim this truth once again: Death is part of life. Christ has died. But death will not have the last word. Christ has risen! And suffering will end. Christ will come again…and again and again, every time suffering is alleviated, comfort is given, food is offered, hope is restored.

Dear Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit on this body gathered here and on our union with each other and with these gifts of bread and cup. May we become your body for the sake of a world where justice rolls down like an ever-flowing stream. We ask these things in the name of our brother and table-mate Jesus, the one who taught us to pray, saying…

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors,
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

Words of Institution

Communion of the People:

Prayer After Communion:
Thank you, God, that through Word and sacrament, you give us your Son, true bread from heaven and food of eternal life. We are so grateful to you that we ask you to help us make our everyday living reflect our thanks. Amen.

BLESSING: Pastor Matt Lee
You are the hands and feet of God in Lake Country. You are called to soothe suffering, to live with compassion, to build up God’s loving peace. So as you leave this place, how will you live?
Will you go from this place of worship to share the gifts you have been given?
If yes, honk your horn!
Will you go from this time of worship to build up the Body of Christ?
If yes, honk your horn!
Will you go from this holy place to carry the Holy to the world around us?
If yes, honk your horn!
Go in love, go in peace, go with God. Amen.

DPC Morning Prayer Continues!

You’re Invited to Morning Prayer!

Dear Friends,

Monday through Friday Morning prayer continues every day at 10 AM.

You can join us for any or all of the prayer sessions!
Joining a Zoom meeting is very easy! All you need to do is follow this link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87290221972?pwd=OUYySm96NmxFbGVNeHEwYUhlZjJ6Zz09

When you get to the zoom website, you just need to use this meetine ID and Password:
Meeting ID: 872 9022 1972
Password: 108071

If you’re worried about using zoom on your home computer, you can simply dial this phone number: (312) 626-6799 and use the same meeting ID and password above. It’s as easy as making a call! People will not be able to see you, but they will be able to hear you.

I’m looking forward to seeing your faces and hearing your voices!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Nikki

How DPC Can Help in a Pandemic

What can DPC do to help?

Dear DPC Family,

During the last few months, we have seen COVID-19 impact just about every aspect of our culture and society. It feels like everything has changed, from the way we worship, to the way we socialize, to the way we shop, to our attitudes about leaving our homes and the ways we entertain ourselves, to how we understand our own health and well-being. All this is in addition to some very pressing needs facing our world. There are strains on our healthcare system, and we recognize that efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 have left many people without jobs or indefinitely furloughed by their employers. Demands on our social services agencies have skyrocketed, leaving many struggling to find the resources necessary to serve those in need. This situation can leave us feeling really helpless, like all we have the power to do is wait until this thing is over before we can reach out and lend a helping hand.
But at DPC, we are continuing to answer Christ’s call to serve others.That’s why representatives from the session, the board of deacons and I have pulled together this list of ways DPC folks can continue answering Christ’s call, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

1. Make Masks!
Many of our seamstresses from Little Dresses for Africa have continued serving our community by sewing much-needed face masks for community members. These two links contain simple mask patterns, ways to obtain materials to create masks and information about how to donate masks!
https://www.chrisquilts.net/urgent-face-mask-need/
www.ProHealthCare.org/MaskPattern
Additionally, if you don’t sew, there are ways to create masks without sewing! Here is a link to another organization that is collecting masks disposable masks:
https://www.unitedwaygmwc.org/Our-Impact/COVID-19-Response/MaskUpMKE

2. Donate to the Food Pantries We Regularly Support!
Our food pantries still need our support! They are experiencing much higher demand than usual and need donations of food or cash more than ever. The Pewaukee and Oconomowoc food pantries would benefit most from monetary donations sent directly to them. Here are their addresses:
Pewaukee Food Pantry, P.O. Box 51, Pewaukee, WI 53072
Oconomowoc Food Pantry, P.O. Box 832, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Additionally, the Kettle Moraine Food Pantry is still accepting donations through the donation barrels at Pick ‘N Save or Sentry food stores. Additionally, you can send monetary donations sent to this address: Kettle Moraine Food Pantry, 705 W. Tomlin Rd., Wales, WI 53183

3. Support Family Promise!
During this pandemic, Family Promise has shifted their focus to homelessness prevention, raising funds (gift cards, supplies and overall donations) to prevent people from becoming homeless. All Family Promise chapters that are under our model of using church sites are currently not accepting families as to prevent the spread of COVID-19 between volunteers, staff and the guests.
DPC was scheduled to host some families in the middle of May. Since Family Promise will not be accepting guests by then, everyone is encouraged to consider making a gift to Family Promise to help keep families in their homes. You can stay up-to-date with what’s going on with Family Promise by visiting their website of Facebook page.

4. Donate to Our Special Offering!
Representatives from the session’s mission committee and from DPC’s board of deacons have put their heads together in order to find a way that we can meet the most urgent COVID-19-related needs in our area. We found La Casa de Esperanza Charter School in Waukesha County. They have many young students with families that are unemployed and not yet receiving their unemployment benefits.They are working to get food onto their students’ tables, as well as cleaning and school supplies into their homes. If you would like to assist children whose families are struggling at this time, you can send a check to DPC with “La Casa” written on the memo line. Please send checks by May 7 in order to participate in our fundraiser! Many people who have received unnecessary stimulus checks have opted to donate them to organizations like this one or Family Promise.

For more information about La Casa de Esperanza or to learn how to donate cleaning or school supplies directly, you can visit this link:
https://www.lacasadeesperanza.org/

Thank you for all the generosity you have shown during this time. Remember that your actions do make a difference!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Nikki

New Ways to Connect with DPC

The week of April 13, Pastor Nikki will be working to organize ways to connect with the congregation of DPC via Zoom. Possibilities she is currently considering include morning prayer times, adult education sessions and social check-ins. If you are interested in participating in any or all of these, please call or email Pastor Nikki by Friday, April 17.  Her mobile phone number is 414-552-8482 and email address is PastorNikkiDPC@gmail.com

What’s Going on With Family Promise? An Update from, Joe and Christina, at Family Promise

Shelter
Considering the “Stay at Home” orders Family Promise of Waukesha County will maintain our pause of accepting families at least until the end of April.  Please know we are not alone many non-profits have had to suspend or change their services. Thank you for your commitment and support of Family Promise.  Stay safe, healthy and at home!

Homelessness Prevention
Over the past two weeks we have made a significant addition to our programming developing a homelessness prevention program for families.  This program will involve the distribution of funds for rent/mortgage/utility assistance as well as car repairs and rides to essential appointments. I want to encourage you to read the Q+ A linked here about the work we have been doing the past two weeks.  https://familypromisewaukesha.org/uncategorized/a-q-a-with-family-promise/

We have secured enough funding, established guidelines and a screening process that now we are ready to accept applications for rent/mortgage and utility assistance. Please share this with your congregation as we want to be able to help and serve those in our community. The need is going to be there, and it could be overwhelming. www.familypromisewaukesha.org/prevention

We will begin publicizing this program to our alumni, congregations, Waukesha County Human Services, and non-profits in Waukesha County.  Applications are being accepted now.

Christina deserves an immense amount of credit for the work she has done to make this possible.

Alumni
Christina has been working with many of our alumni.  This story shares with you some of their anxiety around the pandemic. https://familypromisewaukesha.org/uncategorized/families-face-corona-virus-with-help-from-family-promise/

Fundraising
We are still accepting financial donations to support homelessness prevention and our shelter programs.  Our goal is to raise $50,000 for prevention and $50,000 for shelter.  In our first two weeks we are just over $25,000.  There are still some grants pending but we welcome all donations.  If there are people in your community who would consider a donation they can mail a check to Family Promise of Waukeshja County 543 AJ Allen Circle Suite D wales WI 53813 or online: www.familypromisewaukesha.org/donate

Spring Fling
Please spread the word that St. Jerome’s Spring Fling has been canceled.  You can ask for a refund or allow the group to keep the money.  St Jerome’s is in a difficult spot.  They need to pay their vendors and others.  When you ask for a refund it will cost them $7.50 per refund.  If you do not ask for a refund the funds will only make it to Family Promise if they can pay their bills.  I think this is an unfortunate occurrence for everyone.

Supplies
Our office will be open once a week to receive donations.  Currently our supply list is:  Any size diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, hand soap, gift cards.   Our upcoming times are:

  • Wednesday April 15 9 am -11 am
  • Saturday, April 25 9am- 11 am

Ax Thowing Event – Sunday, March 1st – 1:15 – 4:15 pm

The fellowship ministry team is organizing a group axe throwing session! 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!

Loaves and Fishes – Sunday, February 23rd – 12:30 – 3:30 pm

12:30 – 3:30 pm
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.