This site is devoted to providing teaching, admonition, encouragement, and information to my people at Faith Presbyterian Church, Gainesville, Florida. Pastor Marion Clark.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Site Moved 

I have started up a new blogsite which can be accessed at www.marionclark.blogspot.com.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Condo Living 

We found a condo in Center City Philadelphia, about a half hour walk from the church. Hope to close in early February.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Christmas Eve Service 

Our Christmas Eve Service will be (guess!) Friday night at 7:00. As you know, for the homily I take on a biblical character. So far I've been Gabriel, Isaiah, Joseph, and Elizabeth. Who will I be next? Here's a hint that should help you figure it out during the service before I speak. The character appears in every Christmas carol we will sing.

Blog Continue? 

Some people have asked if I will continue my blog. As you already know, I've grown slack in keeping it up lately. I most likely will resurrect a blogsite under a new name and address. But I promise to keep you posted when that takes place.


Ginger and I leave on the 31st and I will begin my new position of Executive Minister at Tenth Presbyterian Church on the 4th. We do not have a permanent place to stay. For now our mailing address will be c/o Tenth Presbyterian Church, 1701 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103. I can be reached through the church phone number 215.735.7688.

Friday, December 10, 2004

A Christmas Letter from the Jordans 

Dear friends and family,

My family felt it necessary to take a little extra time and acknowledge some things that we have not this year. January 3rd will be a year ago that our little Anni passed away and is now dancing in the clouds in a perfect world with the Lord. It is still so very hard to even discuss her passing. We do not want anyone to feel sorry for us; we were truly blessed to have her while she was here. Just think, we actually had what we believed to have been an angel here on earth with us for that time. Trust me when I say this and know none of our family has ever had an ounce of anger or animosity towards God for her loss. You see, it is about faith and we know that we will see her again one day and she will be whole. We can't wait for that moment, just to see her dance like her big sister, Emili. Our family does want to express our sincere gratitude for all the support, thoughts, prayers, flowers, cards, and all other acts of kindness and love that were expressed to our family at her celebration of life. We were never able to actually respond with thank you notes or words to everyone. It is stilil quite painful to go back to that time. We find it much more comforting to reminisce about the memories of her days when she was here with us. We want to thank all of those too who failed to not forget us this past year after Anni's passing. So many of you stayed right there by our sides through visits, phone calls, cards and other means of communications. This meant so much to us and has carried us through this year much easier.

May each and every one of you have a blessed Christmas and wonderful New Year. And, remember to not forget the true meaning of Christmas.

God Bless you all,
Tony, Vicki and Emili Jordan

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Child Care Wanted 

‘Tasha Greer, a regular attender here at Faith, is seeking to hire someone to look after McKenzie, her 16-month-old daughter, for three days a week beginning the first week of January. The particular days are negotiable.

Each day of care would begin between 8:30 or 9:30 am and would end at 3 pm, although some flexibility to look after McKenzie after 3 pm would be necessary. Pay is $300/month.

If you would like to apply, or have any questions, please email the church or call ‘Tasha directly at 372-1416.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Help for Sexual Sin 

Are you struggling with sexual sin? Living a secret life? The best help is to first confess your problem to a brother (if male) or sister (if female). Turn to your pastor/elder. Far from being condemned, you will find understanding and help.

There are other resources to turn to as well. Phil Courson, pastor of Abundant Grace Fellowship, sent the following information to me:

"First resource would be Joshua Harris' new book Not Even a Hint, and it has been written for both men and women. There is also a study guide for girls and guys to work through.

Second resource would be Pure Freedom: Setting Captives Free, from Focus Publishing. Here is the site: http://www.focuspublishing.com/html/bookstore3.html You can also visit their site at www.settingcaptivesfree.com for more information. This material would have a more biblical approach than the next resource.

Third resource is Every man’s Battle by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker. They have a book and workbook for you.

Also a nice little book concerning this is The Purity Principle by Randy Alcorn. Also read Doug Wilson’s section on this in his book called Fidelity."

Another website I know of is www.harvestusa.org It has helpful articles. HarvestUSA is endorsed by the PCA and is a ministry to persons struggling with sexual issues.

Pastoral Search Committee 

Here are the nominees to the Pastoral Search committee. Voting will take place this coming Sunday (the 12th) after the morning service. Only communicant members present at the meeting can vote. You may vote for up to four names on this list. The top four names voted in the first ballot will be elected. There will be only one round of voting unless a runoff is needed due to a tie.

The list in alphabetical order: Jim Brady, Coralyn Carey, David Darus, Adam Geary, Jancy Houck, Barbara Lawrence, Don Nilsson, Donna Schroeder, Nick Schroeder, Barbara Stakely, Dan Sutton, Lori Taylor, Christian Weiss.

The committee will have eight members. The remaining four already elected by their respective boards are: Elders Bill Montgomery and Jeff Ward; Deacons Ross Prange and Jim Stakely.

Christmas Party 

The church Christmas party is this Friday night, 6:30-8:30. The theme is an old fashion Christmas. Activities will include stringing popcorn, singing carols, baking cookies, and telling stories. Be sure to invite family and friends.

Wednesday, December 01, 2004


If you've got boxes, we want them. Drop them off at the church or the house, or call and we'll come pick up.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Hanging of the Greens 

All the Sunday School classes will meet in the sanctuary this Sunday for the "Hanging of the Greens." It is a combined decorating the sanctuary and nativity enactment. I hope everyone will come out for our first church-wide Christmas activity.

Other activities to put on your calendar are: church-wide Christmas party on the 10th; the Live Nativity on the 19th; and the Christmas Eve service.

Pulpit Committee Nominees 

The Pulpit Committee nominee forms are due in to the church office this Thursday by 4:00 p.m. The names of the nominees will be publicized Sunday, December 5. Then, on the 12th, a congregational meeting will be held to vote for the four at large committee members, as well as to consider the question of alternate members.

Wicker Couch and Table 

We have a wicker couch and table to offer for anyone who will come get it. This is not just any wicker couch and table, but once belonged to the celebrity couple Stuart and Everall Peele. Yes, the Peeles!

House and Moving 

We accepted an offer on our house. Pending inspections and the buyers qualifying, our closing date is set for December 31. Our likely scenario is to load up a truck on the 30th and leave on the 1st. Volunteers to help us load and clean on the 30th (a Thursday) would be greatly welcomed.

Spurrier at Carolina 

I suppose it is God's justice that now that Spurrier will be coaching my alma mater, I will not be around to gloat. But know that there will be someone in Philadelphia next fall smiling.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Our Time Has Come 

Our time has come. Tomorrow night, we Carolina Gamecocks will end years of defeat by the Gators. As the sun of the Gators descends, so the sun of the Gamecocks is rising.

Game Night 

Game Night is tonight at 7:00. I've heard we may be having video games flashing upon a wall. For you more mature gamesters, we will have the regular variety of board games and relaxing conversation. Snacks will be provided. Come and go as you please.

Monday, November 01, 2004

House for Sale 

We have our house on the market, in case you are interested or know of someone. Price is $159,900. 3 bedroom, 2 full bath; large lot with beautiful azalea bushes; carpet and roof 2 years old; shed in back; 2 car garage with built in shelving and workbench; bathrooms renovated 2 years ago; in-ground sprinkler system. 5915, NW 32nd St (Northwood Oaks). Trend Realty is handling (325.377.6666).

Monday, October 25, 2004


Yesterday, Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia voted to invite me to candidate at the church for my previous position of Executive Minister. Ginger and I will travel November 17 and return on the 22nd. On the Sunday of the 21st, the congregation will vote on whether to call me and we will most likely make our own decision that Sunday as well. Should the process continue as expected, we will probably move at the end of the year.

We believe that this unusual occurance of events is being directed by the hand of the Lord, that this is where he would have minister with the gifts and experience that he has given me. Faith Church has been gracious in praying for me and being supportive. Be in prayer for both churches and us as we all seek the Lord's will for each of us.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004


November 2 is Election Day. Do you need a ride to your voting poll? Call the church and let us know. The Local Ministries Committee will provide rides.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

From Gay Greninger 

Four weeks ago I returned to Okinawa. In spite of spending two or the last four weekends in our apartments listening to the howling of typhoon winds, all of the teachers here have rejoiced that we did not experience any damage during those storms, especially when we heard the storm-damage reports to other parts of the world. God's protection has been evident. PTL!

The school year is in full swing. Most noticeable among the changes are the many new faces on the faculty. The Lord has brought a very committed group of teachers and administrators together for this school year. The only teacher lacking at the moment is an additional middle school teacher who would make it possible for one of the larger classes to be split into two smaller and thus more manageable groups.

One of the other changes that really excites me is the splitting of the elementary chapel into two different sessions. First and second graders have chapel from 8:45-9:15 and third through fifth graders have chapel from 9:30-10:00 a.m. every Tuesday. This allows for more involvement by the students in chapel. Upper elementary students can be asked to bring their Bibles to chapel and age-appropriate activities can be done with them. Already we have seen this is a positive change for all the children.

Presently I have 20 students in my elementary ESL classes. All of the 2nd graders are new to receiving this special English assistance. Since many of you like to pray for them by name the new students from the 2nd grade are: Rio, Sawa, Lisa, Mami, Christopher, Sora, Kota, Urufa*, Araki*, and Iruka. These 10 students are split into two different groups: however, the two that have a star next to their names are extremely challenging students, so I would appreciate your prayers for them and me that I would be able to manage our time together effectively. I will update you on the other ESL students next month.

Tuesday of the coming week, October 5, will be the beginning of the Fall 2004 adult English class. I am excited that there are 9 ladies registered to meet with Kayellen Deckert for her beginning level class. My intermediate level English class will be moved from Saturdays to Monday afternoon at 2:00 pm., allowing me to meet with the parents for an hour before their children are out of school. Hopefully we will be able to add some new faces to this class through this schedule change, but I am impressed by the commitment of the ladies in this group which has been going on for two and a half years now.

A special prayer item for the coming week is the fall camps for our elementary, middle school, and high school students. The students and teachers will be gone from October 5-8th. Please pray that this time away will be used in their lives to draw them closer to the Lord.

My thanks to each of you for your continued support of this ministry and for praying over the things mentioned above. I look forward to being able to report how the Lord has answered and is answerings your prayers.

Trusting in His grace, Gay

A Boy's Imagination 

A little boy opened the big family Bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the old pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed in between the pages. "Mama, look what I found," the boy called out. "What have you got there, dear?" He answered, "I think it's Adam's underwear!"

Daily Devotions 

We are now in Matthew in our read through the Bible devotions. Check them out in the Daily Devotions site.

College Lunch 

Lunch is provided this Sunday for college students, college-age unstudents, grad students, singles, and anybody who at one time use to be in these categories or hope to be some day. We will gather at Dan and Mary Lee Sonke's home for a "make your own taco" meal. Directions provided at the church.

Game Night 

Game night is the Friday beginning at 7:00. Bring your games and, if you can, a snack.

New Baby Alert 

Pete and Jen Bekins, now living in St. Louis, have a new baby. Henry Elliot Bekins, 6.5 lbs and 20 inches, was born on October 5. Everyone is doing fine.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Want to Help? 

If you want to rake, pick up debris, or clear off roofs, let me know. I probably can hook you up with someone who needs help.


Jeanne picked up where Francis left off battering some of our church members' homes. Three of four elders had trees fall and roof damage - Jeff Ward from Francis and Bill Montgomery and Chad Preston from Jeanne. Jim and Betty Edwards had the roughest experience - a tree crashing on their roof in each storm. The Thompsons endured flooding, though the Freese and Ward men came to the rescue during the last storm and diverted much of the water flow. Many others endured power outages, trees down, fallen large branches, etc. David and Katie Young have a crushed car due to a fallen tree from a neighbor's yard.

I am hesitant to name names of "good neighbors" who have helped others because of omitting some who have worked hard and because these helpers don't like being named, but...
Tony and Marty Freese formed a dynamic duo going to the aid of several homes, and I learned it's hard to beat Brenda in hauling branches and logs. I went to someone's home today thinking they might need help, only to find that the Stakely's had already cleaned up the yard. This person does not like being named, so I will let you figure what the initials stand for, S.K., and if you know her then you know who I am talking about. Besides bringing meals, she took boxes of dirty dishes to clean.

The Thompsons thank the Freeses, the Wards, the Meyers, SK, and the youth group for coming to their aid in both storms.
Here is the weekend's missions conference itinerary:
Friday (10/01)
6-7pm — Sandwich Supper (provided)
7-8:30pm — “Understanding Islam”
- David Thomae will give an introduction to the fundamentals of Islam for the benefit of those who do now know much about the religion. This may include theological views, general ideas held by Muslims about Christians, cultural perspectives (such as the general attitude towards women), common faux pas committed when talking to and witnessing to Muslims, and so on.

Saturday (10/02)
9-10:15am — “Ministry to Muslims”
- David Thomae will share his testimony, giving a historical perspective with his work in Nigeria and explaining how he is preparing theologically and ideologically for a new work in Europe. This session may also include general information on how to share one’s faith with a Muslim.
10:15-10:45am — Coffee Break: Coffee, bagels, and donuts will be made available.
10:45am-12:00pm — “Sharing Your Faith With Muslim Men and Women”
- The group will be split in two: David will address the men and Jan w9ill address the women. Since it is not normally “socially acceptable” for people to talk with members of the opposite sex, this time will be devoted to effectively sharing the gospel in a Muslim setting, as well as speaking about cultural norms and protocol.
12-1pm — Lunch: Lunch will be provided
7-8pm — Youth Meeting
- David Thomae will challenge and encourage the young people in their views on serving the Lord in missions.

Sunday (10/03)
9:15-10:15am — Joint Sunday School
- David Thomae will show pictures/slides/video, share practical needs in beginning a new ministry, and encourage prayer and financial support from individuals.
10:30-11:45am — Worship Service: David Thomae will preach.
6:00-7:pm - Evening worship: Pastor Clark will preach on Shorter Catechism question 102, "Thy Kingdom Come."

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