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.


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   For more information contact Elinor Chehey  phone 208-343-8018  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.



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: or

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:; Faith House of Acadiana:;  Metropolitan Center for Women and Children:; Trafficking Hope:; The Haven:; Eden House:  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.

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