Methodist Messenger: September–October, 2013
From the Pastor:
Back when I graduated from High School, it was common to receive a Cedar Chest for a graduation gift. In it, you put the linens and other things collected in preparation for getting married. Mine has many things that I inherited from my great grandparents, grandparents, and parents as well as friends. It also contains things from and for my daughter and some things I made myself looking forward to the time when I would be married and have my own home. Even though I never got married, I have used many of these items over the years, but time takes its toll.
At some point in time a few of the items in my Cedar Chest became speckled with brown spots and I felt that they were ruined. I have tried many things to get the spots out including lemon juice, alcohol, Murphy’s oil soap, and dishwashing detergent, to name just a few, but the spots are still there. I have avoided bleach as I feel it might be too harsh.
If I had thought about it, I wouldn’t have stored the items against bare wood, as this can cause the problem. I have learned, over time, to accept these items as they are in spite of my error of storing them in a wooden chest. It has reminded me of how God accepts us even with our mistakes.
My best efforts could not remove the blotches. It’s the same with the stain sin leaves on our souls. No amount of effort or discipline eliminates the scar of sin.
The difficulty of life and the frailty of our humanity make it impossible to stand before God without stain or wrinkle. Instead of losing hope over this, we can find gladness because we understand that Jesus shed his blood to cover our sin. Unlike the various cleaning substances I used, the blood of Jesus completely removes the blot of our sins and makes us clean in the eyes of God. Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for our sins! Ephesians 5:25-27
Yours in Christ,
Sunday School for ages 3 through 6th grade will begin at 9:45, on Sept 15. We will meet in the sanctuary for singing and then join upstairs for the lessons. Adult classes will be facilitated by Jerry Zumalt and we invite all of the adults to participate in the singing at 9:45 as well.
Anyone who is available is invited to the church fireplace room on Sept 9, at 2:00 p.m. to write post cards to invite everyone on the church roles to come and join up for Sunday School and Worship service. We are hoping to increase participation in all church activities by beginning this new school year with greater numbers and continued enthusiasm.
Rumor has it that the jam for the journey for all new and returning participants is plum!!
Sue Crea Sharon Cox
Jesus was a teacher: Jesus was a teacher. We call our Lord by many names—Messiah, Son of God, Savior, the Great Physician, and the servant of God and humans. But the one mane of primary importance is Teacher. Jesus came forth from a religious tradition that put the greatest importance upon instruction in the faith. The teacher—or rabbi, as he was called—occupied a revered place in Judaism. An instructor of the faith and particularly one who undertook the instruction of youth were very serious considerations. The best minds and the most able persons where recruited for the task of teaching. Jesus was a teacher in the strictest Jewish sense. His vocation, however, was not so much teaching about how to get along in life, but teaching the way of life—what is it all about, what God expects of us, what love requires of us. It was not humankind in general that Jesus taught, but person in particular—the individual as God’s child.
While Jesus’ teaching was applicable for all, it was always directed to the individual. Jesus taught individuals about life under God’s loving guidance and care. Jesus taught what we are to be, what we are to do, how we are to live and to love under the guidance of God. —Paul Ward
Music and the Riddles of life: The author of the 49th psalm developed a wise practice as he contemplated the problems he faced. “I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp.” (Psalm 49:4), he wrote. He found encouragement to meet life’s difficulties by getting involved with music. Good music does indeed help our mind and spirit. Whether we play an instrument or sing or simply listen to the harmonies and rhythms of a piano or organ, a band or an orchestra, a soloist or a choir, we may often find “the wild beasts” within us being tamed or at least put under control. Good music imparts inspiration and grace to the fretful spirit.
Think about this: if music is so beneficial from the human spirit, shouldn’t those of us who are musically talented use our voice or musical instrument to aid others in worshiping God? This is a challenge to you who have been given the gift of a good volice or paying a musical instrument to join the music program of the church. (from The Newsletter, Volume 20, #9, at www.NewsletterNewsletter.com )
Choir practice to start: Our choir practice starts on Monday, September 16, 7 pm. We will be learning the music for maybe a couple of specials around Thanksgiving and several for Advent!!! Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!
Covenant Discipleship Workshop: This will be presented by Rev. Dr. Steven Manskar Director of Wesleyan Leadership & author of Accountable Discipleship: Living in God’s Household on Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ClarkstonUnitedMethodistChurch, 1242 Highland Avenue, Clarkston, WA.
This workshop is hosted by the Clearwater Clergy Cluster of The United Methodist Church:
Cost of workshop: -$15 per person before October 14 -$20 per person after October 14 -$100 for 7 or more people from a single church **beverages and snacks will be available and lunch will be provided. Registration forms are on the table in the coffee room.
Covenant Discipleship groups are where disciples who make disciples are formed. Patterned after the early Methodist class meeting, these groups provide a simple and practical method for developing leaders in discipleship. They are open to any member of the congregation who is willing to spend an hour each week in mutual accountability for the basics of Christian living.
Please prayerfully consider committing to this wonderful opportunity!
Health Kits for UMCOR. are needed by Wednesday, September 8 for our UMW District Annual meeting on Saturday, September 14, where we will be putting together kits to be taken to UMCOR in Salt Lake City. Items needed: 1 hand towel 15” x 25” to 17”x 27” (kitchen cleaning and microfiber towels not acceptable), 1 washcloth, 1 comb (comb needs to be sturdy and at least 8” long – no pocket combs or picks please – rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable), 1 metal nail file or clipper (no emery boards or toenail clippers please), 1 bath size soap (3 oz. and larger sizes only – do not remove from original packaging), 1 toothbrush (adult size only do not remove from original packaging), 6 adhesive bandages (¾” to 1 “ size common household band aids), 1 plastic bag one gallon size (sealable bags), & $1.00 to purchase toothpaste. A basket in the coffee room will collect these items. (Just bring a few of these items if you wish) Thanks!
United Methodist Women: Our next meeting will be in the fall on Wednesday, September 11, 10 am, at the church with no host lunch following. All are invited to join us.
The Sharing Circle. We have decided as many will be out of town the next few weeks, these will start in November. Watch the bulletin for our next meeting. We usually meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. If you have ideas for a study, please talk to Pastor Barb or Rose Mangini (983-0489).
The Trustees To bring you up to date on the work of the Trustees the following events have taken place since we last visited:
1. The clothes washer in the parsonage developed a leak. Buzz Smith and Dave Poncin worked on the machine and discovered the problem, we did not have the appropriate part to fix it so called in Gus Hoene, Gus had the needed part and fixed the machine.
2. Grangeville Glass is working to make our casement windows in the front of the Church functional. Needed parts have been ordered.
3. Shirley’s Dance Studio will have begun their dance classes. We have a signed contract with her for 2013 and 2014. There was no change from Last year’s contract; the rental rate is $160 per month from September to June.
4. Deanna English’s Yoga class will begin September 10th; we will be finalizing this year’s agreement shortly.
The Trustees will be meeting to discuss a fall clean-up day for the Church and Parsonage.
Report on Orrin Webb inheritance expenditures:
1. Installed lawn automatic irrigation system, System was installed in the fall of 2012 and finished in the spring of 2013. Total Cost $2532.
2. As per our financial plan the Administrative Council agreed to withdraw 5% of our General Administration American Fund. The dollar amount withdrawn in February of 2013 was $4,035. It is planned to use these dollars to help pay for the Church pianist, the janitor contract and to meet other Church financial needs. These dollars were deposited in the Church Maintenance account where they are readily accessible and track able.
3. Remodeled the front of the Church with new siding, soffit and doors. This work was bid out with Norm Rice Construction being the successful bidder. The project was finished in August at a total cost of $15,245 which included some architectural advice. We are certainly appreciative of Mr. Webb’s generous gift.
Dave Poncin, for the Trustees
Food bank news: We need rice, canned or powdered milk (for emergencies), small packages of sugar, small bottles of cooking oil, gluten free foods and sugar free (diabetic) foods, hamper/tuna helper boxed typed foods, packaged gravy mix or any meal seasoning packets, pancake/biscuit mix and syrup or jam/jelly.
We have had a lot of homeless in the last 3 months. The homeless and extreme emergencies have reduced our emergency supply of non food items. Those items include dish soap (small size), feminine hygiene products, deodorant, regular size of bar soaps, shampoo and conditioners or those bottles that are combined shampoo/conditioners. We also need laundry detergent of any type – a large box of powdered can be repackaged into 3-4 load zip-lock baggies. We also need grocery bags both plastic and paper. So, if any of you have extra we would appreciate it. Carlene, Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., PO Box 686, Grangeville, Id. 83530, Location: 411 E. North St., 983-5475.
Certified Lay Minister Training will be offered September 27-29, 2013 in Des Moines, WA
The TuellCenter is offering an introductory Certified Lay Minister Training course in September for those interested in becoming a CLM and for those who are already certified. There will be new topics covered in the training that were not covered in the training in 2012, such as Wesleyan Theology by Bishop Hagiya, Biblical Interpretation, United Methodist Polity and Doctrine, Pastoral Care and Visitations, Funerals and Weddings, and Administering the Local Church.
The training begins on Friday, Sept. 27th at 1 PM and ends that day at 8 PM. On Saturday, Sept. 28th training will run from 8:30 AM until 8 PM. On Sunday we will begin with a 9:30 AM worship experience at Des Moines UMC and end at 3 PM.
We will be offering rooms at up to $45/night per person at a nearby hotel. However, we will be requiring double occupancy. If you must have a single room, we will ask you to pay the difference. For PNW attendees, gas will be reimbursed at $0.14/mile. Lunches and dinners will be covered as well as snacks, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Breakfast will not be provided at the training, but is included at the hotel. The conference office is close to a Safeway and many small restaurants. COST: $75 for PNW attendees, $150 for Oregon-Idaho attendees. If you need assistance making flight reservations or any other arrangements including registration for the training, contact Angie Lyons at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.870.6802.
WHITE BIRD COMMUNITY CHURCH NEWS: Our church is joining with the Catholic and Baptist churches in White Bird for a 3 Church Picnic at Skoodumchuck Picnic Grounds on Sunday September 8th from 12 to 3. It’s a potluck so bring a dish to share as well as a chair to sit in. Drinks and supplies will be provided. Come join the fun at the 1st Annual All Church Picnic.
Sunday, September 22nd we are beginning a Bible Study at the church at 2:00 PM (before church). We are going to be studying the Gospel of Matthew. Come and join in the discussion and study time before church.
Prayer requests for Idaho’s Waiting Children: We received a letter from Mickey, a volunteer with AmeriCorps, who requested we hold up in prayer Cody and the many children in Idaho waiting to be adopted. She also is looking for church volunteers to support a foster child in their community; and church member parents who may be interested in adoption.
If you would be interested in learning more about how you can partner with One Church One Child in Idaho, or would like to know more details about the core services, please feel free to contact Mickey: I can be reached at home at 208-935-0353, on my cell at 406-546-8917, or at work at 208-799-4385, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
You can also visit the website: www.fostercare.dhw.idaho.gov, or call the ldahoCareline at 211 for more information.
Prayers & Squares: For our new friends, we have a program that makes prayer quilts, a throw-size quilt that is made with love and tied with prayers. Heavy thread is used to take stitches through the quilt layers, and the ends are left free to be tied with a square knot. Members of the congregation may request a prayer quilt for anyone who is experiencing a physical, emotional or spiritual crisis. We do ask that prior to requesting a quilt, the recipient be asked if he/she would like to receive a prayer quilt and have members of the congregation pray for them. At the close of a Sunday worship service, members have the opportunity to say a silent prayer for the recipient and tie one of the knots. The person who requested the quilt is responsible for delivering it after the quilt has been tied. As our prayers are symbolically tied into the quilt, it becomes both a comfort to the recipient and a testimony of our belief in the power of prayer.
To request a quilt, please complete one of Prayer Quilt Request forms available in the fellowship room at church. Forms may be turned into the church office.
Our present goal is to have a good supply of prayer quilts for men, women, and children. If you would like to help in any way with this, please call Pastor Barb (info below) or Marietta Hanson (983-0172).
JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE : We will continue to collect funds our support for the Jamaa Letu Orphanage in the Republic of Congo until the end of October. To support one orphan is $495.00, and to help a college age orphan is $500.00. Your continued generosity is essential for the operation of Jamaa Letu I and II, the girls’ and boys’ orphanages. Our emphasis continues to center on their support, education, and maintenance of the facilities. Please prayerfully consider helping us to continue supporting 3 girls by marking your check with “orphanage” or place cash in the special marked envelopes. A chart will be posted to show weekly giving. Thanks!
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD A Sunday school teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible – Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.
Little Rick was excited about the task – but he just couldn’t remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.
On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was rather nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, “The Lord is my Shepherd, and that’s all I need to know.”