Presbyterian Campus Ministry (PCM) Southeastern is excited to have gotten the year started with our Kickoff Cookout on August 22nd. We had 16 students and several church members from FPC Hammond and FPC Ponchatoula in attendance. Thanks to everyone who helped out by providing food and great company as we kicked off the 17/18 school year. PCM’s success is in large part due on your support!
SLU draws a large number of international students and this year is no
exception. Many of these students arrived with only a few items due to
airline restrictions. We appreciate Harvey Jones with FPC Hammond for his
hard work repairing and providing bicycles to many of these students. Also, the Battistella family with Covington Presbyterian Church donated dishware and other household items that assisted over a dozen students.
Please let us know if you have unwanted items included chairs, small
tables for studying/ eating, twin beds, or bicycles. Thank you for Lioning
Up with us and demonstrating Christ’s love by serving others.
If you would like to provide a meal and/or dessert for one of our Tuesday
night dinners please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to visit our website at www.pcmselu.org. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram at pcmselu to see our updates and photos.
The music for our hymn of the month was written by John Zundel, an organist, composer, arranger, and pedagogue. In 1850 he was hired by Henry Ward Beecher at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Brooklyn, New York. The music bears the name of the famous preacher, Beecher. The tune became widely used for the hymn Love Divine, All Love Excelling text by Charles Wesley. Zundel was born in the village of Hochdorf an der Enz in what was known as the Kingdom of Wurttemberg, Germany. He studied organ building and he also studied and played the violin.
The text was written by Jane Parker Huber. She was born in China outgrow up in Hanover with her parents, Albert & Katharine. She married her Hanover born childhood sweetheart, Bill Huber, who was the founding pastor at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. They lived there for 33 years before retiring in 1988.
Her primary reason for the text was the partnership of men and of women as elders and the twenty-fifth anniversary of women ordained to the ministry of the Word and Sacrament. The language of the text is not limited to gender issues. It speaks of many kinds of painful, needless, and inappropriate divisions within the church. It challenges those who sing and hear it to work for reconciliation and wholeness. The author indicated references to: John 15:12-17, Galatians 6:2 and Ephesians 2:14-22.
It has been a very busy first week. I’d like to say thanks to everyone that has stopped by to wish me well, share some nugget of information, or give me the history of a particular item at CPC. Many calls, emails, meetings and visits have filled my first week and I must admit I loved it. You all are a delight to work with and serve beside as we undertake Kingdom work. Here’s hoping the next 23 weeks were as great as the first.