Perspectives from Pastor Bill Daywalt
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“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8.
Welcome to the virtual home of the Kingsville United Presbyterian Church!
We are glad you stopped by to get to know us. Our church has a long history within the Kingsville Community. We have been a constant presence since 1844. Formed as a Congregational Church, ours is the first church established in the Western Reserve.
The Kingsville Presbyterian Church seeks to bring the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to the community through worship, teaching and service in a warm and welcoming environment.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
The purpose of our worship is to glorify, honor, praise, exalt, and please God . Our worship shows our adoration and praise to the God who created us and provides us with our every need
Through Biblically based preaching, prayer and music we provide worshippers spiritual fulfillment, relating the word of God as it applies to our lives.
The church follows Jesus’ commission to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19-20
Mission and outreach are important parts of our ministry. We actively support causes locally, throughout the country and around the world. We provide the community with free meals as well as facilities for both Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops.
Kingsville Presbyterian Church welcomes all who seek to know the Lord. If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to join this loving, caring and inclusive congregation.
Working for His Glory,
Pastor Bill Daywalt
Dear Friends in Christ
Since we’ve just entered a new year, I’ve been thinking about where the church is and should be in 2020. That’s a pondering question and I’m not really sure of the answer.
So, as Pastor, I question what I should be doing to move the Good News of the Gospel beyond the four walls of the church building.
I read an interesting article the other day entitled “3 New Year’s Resolutions for Pastors in 2020” by theologian and teacher, Brian McLaren.
The three listed were:
- Smoke What You’re Selling. In other words, be sure that you actually enjoy the abundant life you are proclaiming to others. Enjoy God. Enjoy life. Enjoy your family. Enjoy the simple things. Enjoy human things. (I think I do although I could always do better.)
2. Clarify your job description. If you don’t have a written job description, change that, and if you do, see if it needs updating and improvement. (I don’t really have a job description (at least I’m not aware of one) but it seems to be working OK)
AND NUMBER 3
3. Get Political. OK, let’s take a step back here cause I’m not sure you want that to happen.
But when I got to thinking more about it I thought that maybe that was appropriate because this is a very important year for the future of our country. No matter which side you are on, there are a lot of hot topics on the table that will affect each and every one of us.
After thinking about the political topic I decided that what we need to approach is how the church plays into politics. I don’t think most Christians want to believe that the church is political, but it really is.
We do many things for our communities and our world that change many people’s lives and the funding of many of the services are always in question. Whether left or right, each side has opinions about what entitlement programs should be funded and supported. (I hate the word entitlement, but that’s OK)
This is where we come in. If we don’t understand these issues how can we make an educated decision when we walk into that voting booth?
So, when I say political, I mean that we need to learn about what the church does and why we do it. My focus this year is the “why” of mission.
It’s nice that we write a check to the homeless shelter but do we really understand how big the homeless problem is in our community, how limited the services really are, and why people end up homeless.
It’s nice that we write a check to an agency that deals with mental health but do we understand what mental health really is, what treatments are available and the impact that mental health has on families and the community.
I believe that’s what the political challenge of the church is in 2020.
We have an obligation to not only serve but to understand why and who we are serving. This will help us make educated choices come November.
Let’s all gather together and carry out the great commission as directed by our savior, Jesus Christ. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. Matthew 28:19
God’s peace to you all,
Here’s Our Church
An old Sunday school finger play goes like this:
Here’s the church,
Here’s the steeple,
Open the door,
And see all of the people.
Kingsville Presbyterian Church and all of God’s churches serve communities of people and our church has been ministering to its congregation and community for 175 going on 176 years. Come visit us virtually here and in person on Sunday, see how God is working in our church, and let us work together.
Kingsville Presbyterian Church
Here’s the Church Kingsville Presbyterian Church, 3956 East Main Street, Kingsville, Ohio 44048. Phone 440-224-1023.
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Here’s the historical steeple,
Open the door and join God’s people!
Ministry Agrees with Kingsville Presbyterian Pastor Bill Daywalt
by Martha Sorohanon on 13 Sep 2018
When, after two years without a pastor, Kingsville Presbyterian Church welcomed him to the pulpit earlier this year, Bill Daywalt took on yet another opportunity to serve others, this time in the very church in which he grew up.
A life-long Presbyterian who had always wanted to go into ministry, Daywalt said it took him awhile to achieve what he fell into “by accident.”
“I never thought I’d be here permanently, but the more I did here, the more I wanted it, so when the pastoral opening came up, I went to the board to apply,” he said.
The vacancy at Kingsville Presbyterian opened up when former pastor Mary Susan Pisano left in 2016. Daywalt explained that when pulpit vacancies arise in Presbyterian churches, the Presbytery will lead a study to help the congregation determine what qualities it seeks in a new pastor. Often, an interim pastor is hired, sometimes for up to two years.
“We didn’t have an intern,” Daywalt said. “I began filling in, soon every Sunday, until I started.”
In Daywalt’s favor was Kingsville’s determining that it needed only a part-time pastor “Our previous pastor was more than that, and actually, I’m only ‘one-fourth’ time because it’s a small church,” Daywalt said.
Daywalt’s journey back to Kingsville Presbyterian began after he graduated from Edgewood High School, where he was active in the music program as a chorus member and where he participated in theater. He went on to study music education at the College of Wooster.
He then took a job with AmeriTech in Cleveland, and immersed himself in city life. “I loved going to Playhouse Square, the concerts, and all, but then circumstances brought me back here,” he said. “My mom became ill so I sold my house and stayed with her the last months of her life.”
As much as he loved Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood, Daywalt found the family’s three-quarter-acre homestead in Ashtabula County quiet and peaceful. He liked being surrounded by family. “So I can still go to Cleveland, and I love it, but then I come back and appreciate the quiet,” he said.
Once back home, Daywalt began teaching at the elementary level in Ashtabula, and taught computers to adults.
But the call to ministry did not go away.
In the late 90s, he started training locally through a three-year part-time Presbyterian program. It limits his service to the Presbytery of the Western Reserve, but that’s okay. “I didn’t want to have to move to go to school, and it’s been good. I’m pleased,” he said.
Completing the training in 2001, he served for a year-and-a-half at the former Prospect (now Trinity) Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula, then became full-time pastor at Faith Community Church on the north side of Mentor in 2003. He stayed at Faith for 13 years. “I kind of go in ten-year patterns, I guess, because I stopped teaching in 2004,” he said.
Two years ago, he began as a full-time case manager for Signature Health in Ashtabula, serving primarily the homeless and those dealing with mental illness.
In many ways an extension of his favorite aspect of ministry – pastoral care – the full-time job complements Daywalt’s role as lay pastor. He was formally installed in May.
“The ministry is not as glamorous as it may seem,” he explained. “It’s a lot more than Sunday sermons. But I like all of it – the sermon preparation, worship, study, visitations, and counseling.”
Daywalt said that one advantage of being a part-time pastor is that it avoids burn-out common among full-time pastors.
“Being a part-time pastor is a nice mix with my full-time mental health work and fills out my day,” he said.
Daywalt’s schedule leaves Saturday as his only day off each week.
“But I do a lot of my pastoral visits on Saturday,” he said.
Still, with his two adopted sons grown, it works.
Sons Jesse, 27, and Zach, 25, of Ashtabula, are his pride and joy. Two of the 10 or 12 children to whom Daywalt has been a foster parent – at one point he had five foster children at the same time — the biological brothers came to him separately as foster children.
“Jesse and Zach are the two I chose to adopt,” he said. “Zach was about 8 when he came and Jesse 13, and Zach was 12 and Jesse was 15 when I adopted them. They are doing great, and they are the loves of my life. They couldn’t be more special to me if they were my biological sons.”
Daywalt’s church family is special to him, too. Some were members when was growing up in the church. He knows every one of the 30 weekly worshippers, describing them as wonderful people who are committed to their church and to their Lord. Some were members when he grew up in the church, where he was active in Sunday school, the youth group, and served as an elder in high school.
Daywalt leads Bible study and send devotionals via e-mail and Facebook, yet he says it is important that the mostly aging congregation worships in a manner to which they can relate. “They wanted to be nurtured,” he said of his congregation.
He would also like to revive the church youth group.
“We have the foundation of a younger congregation, and I want to grow on that,” he said. “If their spiritual needs are met, we’ll attract others of that age, too.”
Kingsville Presbyterian has a strong presence in the community. Its monthly Soup Lunches the second Fridays fill Fellowship Hall, as do its free second-Tuesday monthly dinners, which resume Oct. 9.
“We don’t do it to make money. We offer a warm dinner. We take dinners to those who can’t get here,” Daywalt said.
Daywalt’s primary focus, however, is following what he believes is Jesus’ mandate to take the church beyond its four walls. One of Kingsville Presbyterian’s mission projects is collecting food boxes and clothing for the Ashtabula Dream Center.
“The world is what God called us to,” Daywalt said. “That’s the one thing I feel is important. And because of the work that I do – I’ve dealt with many needs of young people within the foster system – I know there is a lot of need.”
Pastor Bill can be contacted at: email@example.com