Methodist Messenger: December, 2013

Methodist Messenger: December, 2013

Grangeville/Nezperce/White Bird UMC

From the Pastor:  In late October, several of our church family attended a Covenant Discipleship workshop hosted by the Clearwater Clergy Cluster.  Our presenter was Rev. Dr. Steve Manskar, a clergy member of the Minnesota Conference of the UnitedMethodistChurch and Director of Wesleyan Leadership with the General Board of Discipleship of the UnitedMethodistChurch.

Covenant Discipleship groups are where “disciples who make disciples” are formed.  Patterned after the early Methodist class meetings, 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.
We are not at this time starting a covenant Discipleship group in our church, but will be exploring ways in which this might be an avenue for us to take in the future.

Several of us are, however, exploring “A Disciples Journal”: A Guide for Daily Prayer, Bible Reading, and Discipleship 2014. This book follows the church year which begins with Advent.  It includes a discipline of Morning and Night prayer including Scripture, prayer for ourselves and others, a hymn for the week or the Apostles’ Creed, a Collect or Wesley Covenant Prayer and silence.  Each day there is a different prayer focus and different scripture to both prepare us for Sunday and offer reflection upon the Sunday scriptures. We hope to get together with each other and share insights gained from this Daily discipline. If there are any of you who would like to join in this nurturing venture, let me know and we’ll see about ordering more books.

We are all learning in this venture and I know that we will fail at times, but anything is better than nothing and as we get into the routine we will become more regular and grow closer to God and to each other. Please pray for us, that we can be faithful in this endeavor.

Yours in Christ,

Barbara

UMW Bazaar & Pie FellowshipThanks to all who came and helped in any way to our mincemeat making day!! We were done in record time! Praise to our Lord!! To reserve your mincemeat, call Emily at 983-2466 or Linda, 983-2577. Our annual Christmas Bazaar and Pie Fellowship will be on Saturday, December 7. We will be setting up on Friday, December 6, starting at 9 am. Please bring your jams, jellies, etc. plus your hand-made craft items on that Friday or early on Saturday (someone here by 8:30 am). Our best sellers seem to be home made candies and baked goods!!

Hospice Tree of Lights:   All are welcome to come to the Syringa Hospital Hospice’s Tree of Lights Memorial Service on Sunday, December 8, 2 pm, at the Soltman Center on Main Street, (across from the hospital), Grangeville.  It is a Candlelight Memorial service for your loved ones feathering music and inspirational poems. The volunteers make ornaments and places labels with loved ones names in memory OR in honor of them.  Please come join us!

Syringa Hospital celebrates 75 years:  If you have memories/stories about the SyringaHospital, they would like for you to share them.  They are putting together a book and would appreciate your input.  Several weeks ago, there was an article in Around Town in Wednesday’s Free Press.  Submit articles to the Attention of Robyn Crosby, in care of SyringaHospital, 607 W. Main Street, Grangeville, or email them to:

jasmith@syringahospital.org or rcrosby@syringahospital.org.

WHITE BIRD NEWS–Come join us for our Christmas Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 22 at 3:00 pm and stay for refreshments afterwards.

Camas Prairie Food Bank: Mac & Cheese, Hamburger helper type of boxed meals, jiffy mixes, canned beans (plain or chili, pork & beans, backed etc.), tomato sauce & canned diced (any type) tomatoes, canned veggies but no corn ( have plenty). Pancake or biscuit mixes, oil (small), margarine, tortillas – work wonderful as a bread. peanut butter/jam, canned milk and pie fillings other than pumpkin. Really I think we can use almost everything.  Our freezers are completely empty and our refrigerator soon will be. Thanks, and have a great day.  Carlene, Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St., 983-5475.

Jamaa Letu Orphanages:  We are supporting two sisters who just arrived in May:  1) Patricia Matula, 6 yrs of age; and 2) Emmanie Kisimba, 4yrs of age.  Both of the parents died from AIDS and the children were abandoned at the General Hospital in Lubumbashi. I don’t have their school status yet, but Emmanie is definitely  pre-school and probably Kindergarten for Patricia.
The older girl we are supporting is Ruth Milenda Tabu, who has passed her sewing 3 yr sewing program with Professional Diploma, and has entered a 3 yr program to prepare her for the University’s exam in 2016. Thanks so much everyone who helped us do with for another year!!

UMCOM: United Methodist Community Outreach Ministry) We wish to thank everyone for the recent donations of towels!  We continue to supply families referred to us from the Human Needs Council with household items.  Currently we need queen bed linens and blankets.  We are still in need of towels of all sizes: bath, hand towels, washcloths, and kitchen towels.  Pots and pans are always needed as well as silverware, utensils, and baking dishes and pans.  Small appliances such as can openers and mixers are also needed.  We ask that all donations be clean and in working condition.  Donations may be left at the church or you may call Linda (983-2577), Judy (983-2828) or Emily (983-2466)  Thank you for your generosity!

United Methodist Women:  Our next meeting will be in the fall on Wednesday, December 11, am, at the church with no host lunch following.  All are invited to join us.

The Sharing Circle.  Our next gathering is on Wednesday, December 4, at 10 am, in Pastor Barb’s office.  Please come and enjoy the fellowship as we increase our faith in sharing of our journeys.   We usually meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Until after the holidays, we are using the Upper Room’s devotion for that day and discussing the questions in the back of that book. In January, we will start a bible study.

Choir practice:  Our choir practice continues to practice special music each Monday, at 7 pm. We have been sharing a special anthem since Thanksgiving and continue through Advent!!! (We will continue this practice until Easter!) Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!

HOW GREAT IS MY GOD!!!: Our Creator and Redeemer . . . And do we THINK about it???

God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs. . . .. .

For example:-the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;  -those of the canary in 14 days;  -those of the barnyard hen in 21 days;  -The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;  -those of the mallard in 35 days; & The eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days.

(Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!)

God’s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant.

The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first.

A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first.

How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!

God’s wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.  -Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.  -Each orange has an even number of segments.  -Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.  -Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.  -Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number.  -The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.  -All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, and the Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundred fold all even numbers.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day.  Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed!

The lives of each of you may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, if you will only entrust Him with your life.  If you try to regulate your own life, it will only be a mess and a failure.  Only the One Who made the brain and the heart can successfully guide them to a profitable end.  I HOPE YOU FIND THIS AS FASCINATING AS I DID.

May God Bless You In Ways You Never Even Dreamed.    (Author Unknown

BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES:

December                    2         Bailey Cullin

5         Don Warden

10         Cynthia Mattson

21         Vivian Suddreth

26          Sara Dalgliesh

29         Booker Bush

ANNIVERSARIES

December         15     Shirley & Darrell Smith

28     Don & Carol Warden

This month’s birthdays and anniversaries are on the monthly calendar.  If you have a birthday this month, we wish you a Happy Birthday.  If you have an anniversary this month, best wishes go to you, too.

NOTE:  Please let us know if your birthday/anniversary is NOT listed.  We would like to include it next time!

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