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


And to find time for LISTENING TO YOU

So each day is spent well and wisely


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

Yours in Christ,


 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: or

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:

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:

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   See more information and video clips on the GriefShare web site, TrinityLutheranChurch is located at 210 N. Mill Street (2 blocks north of Rae Bros. Sporting Goods). Find them on Facebook at

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

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


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