Methodist Messenger: February, 2014

From the Pastor

It seems like we barely have Christmas and New Years behind us and already we have February staring us in the face.  As we move into the month ahead of us I would like us to think about how the threads of Grace intertwine with our everyday experiences.

Robert Schnase in his book The balancing Act talks about a daily rediscovery of grace.  In it he states:

We are often focused on work, family, health, worry, finances, and constant activity, and distracted by phones, video, Internet, MP3s, radio, and commercial culture.  It is difficult for us to see the movement of the spirit and the stirrings of grace in our everyday lives. We often neglect the interior life and the spiritual journey not seeing the signs of God’s presence.

All of us have our experiences of life: the daily discussions, habits, encounters, and practices that shape us as well as the unexpected interruptions, painful disappointments, and extravagant delights that catch us by surprise. It’s rare to have the time to reflect upon our experiences, to gain meaning from them and to see in them brief glimpses of the grace of God.

Barbara

Idaho Legislative  Event, February 23 and 24, 2014, Boise, ID:  The Legislative Event is an opportunity to become acquainted with the legislature in action.  Sunday sessions, beginning at 3:30 pm, will be held at BoiseFirstUnitedMethodistChurch  and will focus on the legislative process.  We will have Sunday dinner with the Friendship Feast, the Boise First UMC dinner for the less fortunate in the community.   Lee Flinn, Advocacy Director for AARP,  will speak Sunday evening and advise us on talking effectively to legislators.  Lee was the executive director and lobbyist for the Idaho Women’s Network.  I am working on getting a second speaker to talk about issues.  Monday morning you will go to the Capitol building to attend committee meetings and the sessions of the House and Senate.  We will meet our legislators for lunch at the First Presbyterian Church, just a block away from the  CapitolBuilding.   You may take a guided tour of the Capitol after lunch.   Registration fee is $20 for the two day event; $10 for Sunday attendance and $10 for Monday attendance… This event is sponsored by United Methodist Women but everyone—men, women and youth—are invited to attend!

To register, contact Charlotte Merritt cmmerr@cableone.net   For more information contact Elinor Chehey  phone 208-343-8018  elinorchehey@gmail.com  Also, forms are in the coffee room.

We will invite all legislators to meet us for lunch at the Presbyterian Church.  We encourage you to send a personal invitation to your legislators so they know some of their constituents will be there.  They will be more likely to attend.

 

QUESTIONS OF INTEREST:

Do you remember what Sunday school was like when you were a child attending the Grangeville United Methodist church?

Do you remember what your favorite Bible stories were?

Do you remember who the Sunday school teacher was when you attending Sunday school at the Grangeville United Methodist church?

What kinds of things do you remember about children s church?

Just a reminder the brand new office is on the history of our church and the people in it. If someone knows a piece of history that they would like to share with me. My office is up the stairs and the first room on the corner. The sign reads History Haven, I am interested in hearing it. Dave Hammond

Special Event on Monday, February 24:  We are honored to have a special in our town: the Larry Ramos Farwell Concert (who sang and played guitar with the group called The Association – they were huge in the 60’s with songs like Windy and Cherish). There are 2 concerts:  one at 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are $25.00 each and the proceeds go to Relay for Life. You would need to call Carolyn Haning, 983-6392, for tickets. It will be held at The Blue Fox Theatre in Grangeville.  Hope to see you all there. Wendy Lindsley

Syringa Hospital celebrates 75 years:  If you have memories/stories about the SyringaHospital, they would like for you to share them.  We are in great need of any pictures anyone may have. Please share them.  We 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.

Camas Prairie Food Bank:  We are in need of anything to help make meals – boxed meal helpers such as Hamburger helper – rice-a-roni type of foods. We need chili – baked beans – pork and beans etc. Canned veggies – anything except green beans or corn. 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.

 

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.  We did not serve many families over the holidays.  We are still in need of frying pans, pillows, all kinds of towels: 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 on Wednesday, March 12, am, at the church with no host lunch following.  Please mark your calendars now and help us plan our year of mission work for our community, and around the world.  All are invited to join us.

The Sharing Circle.  Our next gathering is on Wednesday, February 5 & 19, at 10 am, at Crèma Café, 111 North College, Grangeville. All are welcome! 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.  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 will be sharing special music during Lent. Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!

WHITE BIRD NEWS–Ad Council Meeting will be February 9 at 3:00 after church.  We are in the process of getting a used Earth Stove (propane) in the parsonage.  We also want to keep Sue Crume in our prayers as she begins Chemo and Radiation treatments the first part of February.  Our prayers are with you Sue.

 

Annual Inland District Choral Festival, Sunday, February 23, 2014, 4:30 pm, Covenant UMC, 15515 N Gleneden Dr, Spokane, (initially scheduled at Central UMC) Massed Choir Director:  Chris Moreau.  Come to the North side of Spokane to hear the presentations from churches around the Inland District and the combined choirs singing an arrangement by Hal H. Hopson, Give Me Jesus, and an intriguing spiritual by Ruth Elaine Schram, Looking for the Light, under the direction of Chris Moreau, Music Director at Audubon Park UMC. The Festival presentations begin at 4:30 pm; however, the Music Directors will meet at 2:00 to discuss the 2015 festival. This will be followed by the massed choir rehearsal at 2:30, then cookies and conversation at 3:30 pm.

Getting Acquainted: Those who know Clarence (Sonny) W. Robison, Jr., are aware that he really enjoys playing card, board, and computer games. However, one of his more challenging competitions was his entry into the Syringa fund raiser called “Just for the Hill of It,” riding his bike up the old White Bird road. He had made the ride four times, but said he did not do well. The last time, he cleared the hill with a time of 1 hour, 54 minutes, and 56 seconds. There were 86 riders. He said he was among the last 10 to place last year.

Sonny was born Feb. 10, 1980, in Jerome, Idaho. He grew up in Kimberly, ID, which he said was a town a lot like Grangeville, with one stop light, and three train lights. The town mascot is also the Bulldog.

Sonny was named after his father, Clarence Robison, and was born on his father’s dad’s birthday. His mother’s name is Jane Brennecke Robison. He said her parents are still living and reside in Rathdrum but his paternal grandparents are gone. He has been going by the nickname Sonny as long as he can remember. He said, “The story is that when I was born, I had a big smile on my face and a sunny disposition; so I earned the nickname ‘Sonny.’ I always figured this was after I was named after my dad, but then about a year ago; my Dad told me this: “When Mom said I should be called Sonny because of my happy baby face: Dad said we had better make him a junior then.” “So I guess I earned my nickname before my real name; or about the same time.”

Sonny is second in line of the four children in the family. He said they all share interesting birthdays. His sister, Jenny, who is one year older then he, was born on his dad’s college graduation day. He brother, Matthew, who is two years younger then Sonny, was born on Easter, and the youngest boy in the family, Kevin, was born a decade later and is still in college.

Sonny attended school in Kimberly until he graduated from High school in 1998. The middle school was just being built the first year he went there.

While in high school, he sang in the school choir and was also a member of BPA (Business professionals of America).

He continued his education at the University of Idaho, and graduated from there in the spring of 2003, with his bachelor degree in accounting and finance.

While looking for work in this field, he worked at a gas station. His job search landed him an interview with Don Blewett at Highland Enterprises; however, Don felt he was not a good fit for the position, but, Bob Blewett felt he would work out good for their company as accountant and bookkeeper.

Sonny continued to study, to take the CPA exam, and received his license in Oct of 2012.

He moved to Grangeville after receiving his job in October of 2005.

While attending college in Moscow, Sonny went to the Presbyterian Church. Since Grangeville did not have a Presbyterian church, his father advised him to start looking for a church right away and choose one. For procrastinating could lead you away from God he said. He did not say where to look but said the Methodist was close to the Presbyterian Church. This was not advising on where to attend, but more information with which to make his decision. Sonny said, “Dad did that a lot; one of his ways in teaching his kids to be independent.”

He has been attending Grangeville UMC ever since and sings with the Praise team and choir and volunteers in various other areas.

Sonny remembers going to church at a Presbyterian church in Twin Falls when his parents took him and his siblings there. When they couldn’t get up in time to make it there, they went to the Methodist church in Kimberly. His attendance toned down in high school. He said he buried himself in studies in college and didn’t go to church, until a group of friends talked him into attending Friday night CCF, a Christian Fellowship in Pullman. That was a group that loved to praise the Lord, he said. He began to attend regularly the Presbyterian Church in Moscow where his aunt was attending.

In addition to enjoying games and riding his bike, he said he likes to fish and ski occasionally.

Sonny grew up with asthma and got shots every week, then every two weeks but now he has not had to have any. He does have an inhaler however. Asthma brought with it allergies. Submitted by Shirley Smith

 

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world.  The Super Bowl can escalate demand for trafficking in persons for labor and sexual exploitation.  This Super Bowl Sunday, help us stop modern-day slavery. Let’s intercept the traffickers and reverse the momentum. If you suspect human trafficking or want to learn more, call the New Orleans Police Department at 504-821-2222, the Baton Rouge Police at 225-389-2000, the Louisiana Statewide Hotline at 1-888-411-1333, the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-915-0045 or the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888. For more ways to help, visit United Methodist Women: www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/act; Faith House of Acadiana: faithhouseacadiana.com;  Metropolitan Center for Women and Children: www.mcwcgno.org; Trafficking Hope: www.traffickinghope.org; The Haven: www.havenhelps.org; Eden House: www.edenhousenola.org.  If you’d like to host an education forum, call the United Methodist Women Washington Office of Public Policy at 202-488-5660 to identify a program facilitator.

Rocks and Ripples, March 22, 2014, 9 am to 3 pm, Simpson UMC, Pullman. If you haven’t already, be sure to include on your calendar the annual Rocks and Ripples, the Inland District Leader Training and Inspiration Event. The keynote speaker is Daniel Foster, the superintendent of the Puget Sound District. As ever, we will have a representative from the Treasurer’s Office, Brant Henshaw, who was promoted to Conference Treasurer after Craig Parrish retired the end of 2013. Paul Graves, Conference Council on Older Adult Ministries, will bring to us “Some Facts of-Life About End-of-Life Conversations.” An important topic for those of us who have aging parents/loved ones – how do we care for them in the ways that suit them and accommodate those of us who are responsible for their care.

The information that I find the most interesting is the Inland District representative at the DistrictServiceCenter at the conference office, Jan Hiatt, will be in attendance at Simpson, primarily to meet you, the people of the Inland District. Jan grew up in Tieton (outside of Yakima), and also lived in Pullman (right after high school – worked at the Old National Bank), and then lived in Spokane for three years when she first got married. She worked at Deaconess and lived out in Veradale, but had relatives out in Mead so used to be familiar with the Spokane area, although it has been a while. She and her husband liked to fish so on the weekends they were all over the place in the rural locations. At heart, she says she is still definitely a ‘small town girl.’ They only live over on the West side due to her husband’s job – “when we retire, we’ll head east again.” I’m looking forward to getting to know Jan better and plan to introduce her to the wonderful people of the Inland District. Come and join us. The classes of Rocks and Ripples will be decided within the next couple of weeks for your registration.

Prayer requests from worship on January 26

Prayers of Concern:
For Mildred Asker as she awaits results from a biopsy this week on her tongue and past surgery, by Emily Poncin
For those waiting to be healed:  Avis from pneumonia, Lowell from cancer, & Loraine for ok from insurance ok from medicine she needs for her knee. (These are my sibblings, by Shirley Smith.)
For Dewey Harden and care giver wife, Dawn Dewey as he is in advance stage of Parkinson’s, at home, by Denis Long
For Bonnie, the mother of Robin Thornton, who was killed in a car accident on Jan 22, by Dave Hammond

 

Prayer requests from worship January 19

Prayers of Concern:
For Avis Hornbaker, sister, back in hospital with pneumonia, by Shirley Smith
For Sandy Fischer, in AZ, in hospital with pneumonia (former member of our church)
For Al Wharton struggling with colon cancer, Mike and Glennda’s neighbor in AZ (Ron and Linda Johns’ are neighbors now.)
For my friends, Cynthia Forest and Irene Gil, recovering from bad colds, by Dave Hammond
Prayers for travel mercies:
For Mike and Glennda Griffin, and Glennda’s siblings with their spouses as they travel.

Prayers from worship January 12

Two prayers of celebration and praise:
From Clyde Hanson.  Next Sunday, Jan 19th, Clyde and Marietta will share their “cookies” from Germany after Church.
From Dave Hammond.  His pen pal, Father Ferdie, has prepared 32 young men for the priest hood. 
Prayer of Concern:
For Sue Crume, who has colon cancer, for successful treatment.

Methodist Messenger: January, 2014

(Note: “Getting Acquainted” is about Buzz Smith this month.) 

From the Pastor

Greetings to all of you as we enter the year 2014!  I thank the Church so much for your generous monetary Christmas gift, but even more so for the time and energy each of you give to the Church throughout the year.  What a joy it is to work with people like you in this beautiful corner of God’s creation.  Traveling between the churches is often a time of worship for me as I experience God’s beauty and wonder.  God has truly blessed me in this place of worship.

As we enter the New Year I would like to offer you this poem by Helen Steiner Rice.

Time Is A Gift From God

We stand once more on the threshold

Of a shining and unblemished year

Untouched yet by TIME and FRUSTRATION,

Unclouded yet by FAILURE and FEAR

How will we use the days of this year

And the TIME God has placed in our hands,

Will we waste the minutes and squander the hours,

Leaving “no prints behind in time’s sands”…

Will we vainly complain that LIFE IS SO SWIFT?

That we haven’t the TIME TO DO GOOD

Our days are too crowded, our hours are too short

To do ALL THE GOOD THINGS we should

We say we would pray if we just had the time

And to be kind to all those in need

But we live in a world of “PLANNED PROGRESS”

And our national password is “SPEED”

God, grant us the grace as another year starts

To use all the hours of our days,

Not for our own selfish interests

And our own willful, often-wrong ways

But teach us to TAKE TIME FOR PRAYING

And to find time for LISTENING TO YOU

So each day is spent well and wisely

Doing WHAT YOU MOST WANT US TO DO

May God richly bless us as we move into the unknown future!

Yours in Christ,

            Barbara

 Syringa Hospital celebrates 75 years:  If you have memories/stories about the SyringaHospital, they would like for you to share them.  We are in great need of any pictures anyone may have. Please share them.  We 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.

Finance Committee Report: This is a gentle reminder to those of you that wish to pledge your financial support to the United Methodist Church of Grangeville.  Our 2014 Stewardship drive is scheduled to end January 19th.  Please consider your support of the Church and help us with our financial planning by making a pledge.   It is important our Church remain a part of this community and a strong messenger of God’s word.  Your attendance is what makes our Church a great place to worship. Dave Poncin, Finance Chair

The Dinner Table: We need your help.  Christ Hagenbuch and his church have asked us to help with their planning the dinner to help the people in the community on the 30th of January.

The dinner will start at 5 pm and end at 6:30 pm. Note from Chris: We will be severing hot turkey sandwiches with green beans and fruit cocktail. We will have cookies for desert – the cookies have already been donated as well as the turkeys. So, if you could put the call out for beard, green beans and fruit cocktail to your congregation, I will do the same. I think if we have enough for 60 people would work. The only other thing we might need is some folding chairs, I will let you know after we get the tables set up over the next couple of weeks. It would be great if we could get about four people from your church to help the evening of the dinner. (This will be advertised at the local food bank only to start with.  Please consider helping us help them make this outreach idea easy!

Sunday school Project:  On December 31st, with the money we collected during Sunday School this Fall, we placed an order with the Heifer Project.  The gifts from our collections are, 1 – Pig, $120, 3 Honeybees, $90.00 and 1 – Flock of Chickens, $20.00.  A check for $230 was sent to help this very special project that the Sunday School decided to help.  We will continue to collect offerings every Sunday until the end of May, and will donate all money collected.  We ended the year with a wonderful amount, lets keep of the funds.  If you don’t attend Sunday School and want to add to this project, you can give your change to Sue Crea, River Phillips, or Judy Purdy, and we will add it to the collection.

For more information about this Heifer project, their website is:  http://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/entire-catalog.html?msource=KIK1J122702&gclid=CIOQrPfc9rsCFQVbfgod5wIAlA

Camas Prairie Food Bank: We really need packaged meal helpers such as: hamburger helpers- smaller packages of the sides (noodle etc.), rice mixes such as rice-a-roni.  Maybe even jiffy mixes.  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.

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.  We did not serve many families over the holidays.  We are still in need of frying pans, pillows, all kinds of towels: 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 on Wednesday, March 12, am, at the church with no host lunch following.  Please mark your calendars now and help us plan our year of mission work for our community, and around the world.  All are invited to join us.

 

The Sharing Circle.  Our next gathering is on Wednesday, January 22, 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.

Remembering Nelson Mandela: Here is a portion of an article in the monthly “Channels” for December (by Linda Bloom): Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela had many connections to Methodism. A graduate of a Methodist boarding school where many future African leaders were educated, the anti-apartheid champion was mentored by Methodist preachers and educator and formed a bond with a Methodist chaplain while in prison.

As president of South Africa, he worked with church leaders in shaping a new nation and eventually married Graca Machel, a United Methodist, widow of the former president of Mozambique and an advocate for women’s and children’s rights.

When that couple made a surprise appearance before the United Methodist Council of Bishops during a November 2006 meeting in Maputo, Mozambique, Bishop Janice Huie, then the council’s president, declared the group was “blessed” to have them in their presence. “We have been in the company of the saints and we know it, and we are grateful,” she said.

(There are much more info and pictures in this about him. Church copy of this publication is in the coffee room or their website is: http://www.pnwumc.org/communications/channels/.)

NEW SESSION OF GRIEFSHARE BEGINS NEXT MONDAY, JANUARY 13:  A new session of the 13-week GriefShare grief recovery program will begin Monday, January 13, at 6:15 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grangeville (registration begins at 5:45 pm).  GriefShare is a caring, nondenominational faith-based program that helps participants through their journey from mourning to joy.  The registration fee is $15, and scholarships are available.  For more information, contact GriefShare leader Charlie Sims at (208) 983-1108 or info@grangevilletrinitylutheran.org.   See more information and video clips on the GriefShare web site, http://www.griefshare.org. TrinityLutheranChurch is located at 210 N. Mill Street (2 blocks north of Rae Bros. Sporting Goods). Find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/grangevilletrinitylutheran.

Grangeville MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday morning, 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church beginning on Wednesday, January 8!

MOPS meetings provide mothers of little ones: – some “mom time” with other moms  – a meal without kids – a guest speaker on a topic relevant to moms – a useful craft – a helpful devotion.

Child care is provided.  The international MOPS theme for this year is “A Beautiful Mess,” and the topic for tomorrow is “Avoiding Financial Messes: Banking Security.”  The guest speaker is Wells Fargo Bank Manager (and mom and grandmom) Linda Aiken.

The MOPS annual registration fee is $30, which includes a meal, craft, speaker handouts, and child care at each meeting, and an annual subscription to MomSense magazine. All mothers of preschoolers (age birth through kindergarten) are invited! For more information about MOPS (an international, nondenominational, nonprofit organization), see http://www.MOPS.org

Deaconess Lorraine Hingston Roach, TrinityLutheranChurch, 210 N. Mill Street, Grangeville, Idaho83530, Cell: 208-660-1818

Getting Acquainted: Darrell (Buzz) Smith was born Sept. 20, 1934, at the family’s two bedroom home which was located in rural Washington, outside of Monroe on a farm located above the SnoqualmieRiver and the TualcoValley.

His parents, Alvina (Dolly) & Wes Smith, had nine children of which, Buzz was 4th in line with two older brothers and one older sister and three younger sisters and two younger brothers. They were all almost two years apart. He said you were responsible for the sibling younger then you.

He started school in 1940, in a one room 5 grade class room located in the rural MonroeSchool District. He attended there for the first and second grade, and then was bused to school in Monroe. The rest of his school years were completed in Monroe.

I would say that he was born to hunt, however, that nearly ended in a plane crash while hunting in Alaska, but I will get to that later.

Buzz said his work ethic was learned working on the family farm and for neighbors, milking cows, picking berries, peeling and selling cascara bark, etc.

At ages 13, 14, and 15, he spent summers working for his uncle in the wheat harvest, driving truck and tractor near Grand Coulee, WA. When he was 15, his uncle had got him an agriculture driving permit and he drove the wheat truck 72 miles round trip from the ranch to CouleeCity up to 5 trips a day. That road is now located under BanksLake. Buzz shot his first deer on that ranch when he was 14.

When he turned 16, he worked on various jobs for Cedergreen Frozen Foods, hauling peas to the plant. He worked one summer for the Great Northern Railroad on the steel gang, and later as an ax man for a surveying crew. In 1952, he joined the CB division of the Navy Reserves. After boot camp, they trained him as a heavy equipment operator.

In 1955, he was hired by Reed logging company. He was the heal boom operator loading logs and in the off season he drove a bulldozer. He quit the woods in 1958 and went to work for Boeing for one year. Then in 1959, he went to work for Cottage Electric and attended electrical school evening classes for five years eventually earning his journeymen license.

Meanwhile, on Dec. 15, 1956, he got married to Shirley Anderson. He had met her though his sister. Shirley and his sister, Jean, were good friends. Buzz would drop them off at the Everett roller rink on his was to Navy reserves and pick them up on his way home.

Prior to their wedding; which was held in the MonroeMethodistChurch, with only his and her parents and the minister and his wife present, he had purchased a two bedroom, fixer upper house in Monroe. While it was not quite finished they moved in anyway, only for him to receive a draft notice. He no more then left for the service when they found out he had a duodenal ulcer and he was honorably discharged.

He and his wife had three children. The oldest, Bart was born in 1960, Bret in 1961, and their daughter, Brenda was born in 1963.

It was during these years that they bought four acres and a unfinished house from his parents on the old family farm outside of Monroe, which he spend three years of evenings and week ends finishing. This was a four bedroom 2300 sq. foot house. Buzz even went to the woods, bought cedar bolts and split the shakes for the house. They moved into the rural home in the fall of 1967. In between this time, he and his brother-in-law built a Duplex in Monroe and sold to get money to finish the house in the country.

As if he did not have enough on his plate, in 1962, he and two siblings bought his grandfathers 90 acre ranch which joined his parents place and the 4 acres he was buying. They ran white face cattle on the place.

In 1963-1964, he drove a race car on a dirt track in Monroe. In 1969, Buzz and Shirley applied for and received their then 14 year old foster daughter. Although they had applied for a younger girl for a companion for Brenda, Debbie found her way into their hearts and she remains their love daughter to this day as does her brother, Paul. He came to live with the Smiths nine years later. He also was 14 by this time. Currently, Buzz and Shirley have three granddaughters, six grandsons, and two great granddaughters.

The ranch was split in 1979 into five acres pots. Taxes were getting to high plus Buzz and his one brother wanted to buy a ranch in Wyoming which they did. Buzz and Shirley moved there into a small, one bedroom cabin after the last of their children graduated in 1982. While this had been Buzz dream, they left the ranch to his brother in 1984 due to falling beef prices and high interest rates.

They took a five acres lot that was not sold on the old home place and Buzz built another 2000 sq. ft. home. They lived with three of their children who had bought a home in Monroe, while building the new place. He went back to work for Cottage electric until 2007, when he retired and bought the home here in Grangeville.

He started attending GrangevilleUnitedMethodistChurch at that time.

His passion for hunting was what brought him to Grangeville. He owned his own pack animals as did two of his friends. They both now live in Grangeville as well, Bob Lecture and Bill Bump. He hunted the mountains of Washington, also hunted in Oregon, Canada, Montana and as mentioned earlier, Alaska. He misses packing into the mountains here in Idaho but his buddies no longer hunt and he no longer owns pack animals. This was his first year hunting successfully, bagging an elk, after trying for all these years living here.

He was hunting in Alaska with a former neighbor for caribou when the Cessna 180 crashed. They had loaded the small plane to heavy to take off the lake they were camping on, and it did not clear the trees on take off. Buzz and the pilot were very lucky to get out of the plane which broke in two and landed upside down. The locator transmitter went off and the signal was picked up by the Civil Air patrol. They thought it was a trapper named Hymo Quarts who lived hundred of miles from his nearest neighbor with his family. He had been featured on National Geographic for that reason. The rescue plane landed at his place. He had heard the gun shots the day before so had come over and noted the situation. Smiths have that video.

Buzz is looking forward to the 2014 hunting season next as his soon to be age 80.

Submitted by Shirley Smith

Recent prayer requests:

Prayer requests from December 22:

Prayer of celebration and praise for granddaughter, Breanna’s healing.  She is recovering from a burst appendix in Spokane.  She is in the hospital for a while yet.  Praise and Prayer from Sharon Nine.

Travel mercies for all those traveling this Christmas season.  Also thanks to River for his presentation this morning on the Heifer project the Sunday School is helping to sponsor, also welcome to River’s parents.  Sue

Prayer of celebration to Melissa and Brett Rogers who have a new son, Samuel Brett, 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 21″ long, born on Saturday, Dec. 21.  All are doing well.  Shirley Lane, Grandma.

Prayer of concern from Dave Hammon for the family of his friend, who cousin has died.

Healing prayers for Rose Mangini who is at home rehabbing from a car accident last Thursday.  Lets keep her in our healing prayers.  Judy Purdy.

 Prayer requests from December 29:

Prayers for families that are going and coming from this area over the Holidays.

This is the 15th anniversary of the passing of Clyde and Marrietta Hanson daughter Patricia Buckendore.  The “Worship and Song” books are in her memory.  Clyde and Marietta Hanson.

The joy that is with all of us because of the hope, peace, joy and love due to the birth of Jesus.  Lets celebrate – Sue

Prayer requests from January 5:

Prayers of Praise:

Thanks that my daughter and 2 grandkids could come this holiday season from CO. They had a safe trip home, by Judy Purdy

Praise for a good report on my brother’s cancer. Next test is in 3 months. Thanks for the prayers, by Rose Mangini

Praise for healing and for all the leph after my auto accident.  Thanks for the prayers, by Rose Mangini

Best wishes to our Carly Reuter who married on December 23.