Methodist Messenger: June, 2014

Methodist Messenger: June, 2014 — Grangeville/Nezperce/White Bird UMC

(Note: “Getting Acquainted” will be taking a break until September.)

From the Pastor Deuteronomy 11:18-20

Place these words I’m speaking on your heart and in your very being.  Tie them on your hand as a sign.  They should be on your forehead as a symbol.  Teach them to your children, by talking about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up.  Write them on your house’s doorframes and on your city’s gates.

(Common English)

After reading this passage I began to think about the rituals or activities of my life and how they have been influential in who I am and my relationship with Christ.  Do I really share them with others or make them visible for others to see?  I was reminded of the many role models I had in my life within the church.  People who shared their faith by example both inside and outside of the church building.  There was Mr. Stockbridge, Parky Mosesen, Ruth Preston, Marion Gorrell, Mary and Matt Ryan, and Bob and Elsie Strobel just to name a few.  I can still see them sitting where they always sat in Church.  These people said more to me by their actions than lots of people.  They were the ones who were involved around the church and the community.  They were the ones who volunteered, or just saw that things got done.  They were the ones who always had time for me when I needed it.   They encouraged me and treated me as if I had value and worth.  For me they were good Disciples of Christ.

I feel that these people were empowered to do what they did by God.  They had learned how to call upon the Lord for strength, and courage when they didn’t feel they had any.  They were not the richest people by society’s standards, but for me they were very rich.  Each of us has people in our lives like my friends and there are many in this room who fill this role for others.  I pray that all of us may strive to serve God in such a way that we too may be seen as God’s disciples or ambassadors.   That we too may be rich in the ways of God.  Thanks be to God!



The Snippet Corner:  John Wesley was baptized at his father’s church, St. Andrews’ in Epworth, and worshipped here as a child.  The old rectory in Epworth was the Wesley family home until 1735.  It was rebuilt after the fire that had destroyed the original building in 1709.  I tis suspected that this fire was an act of arson perpetrated by opponents of Samuel Wesley.  Dave Hammond

MEMORIAL FLOWER TUBS:  Our flower tubs were place in front of the church on Saturday before Memorial Day.  Check them out!  Thanks to Green Acres and to the following:  Clyde and Marietta Hanson——-In memory of daughter Patricia; Carol & Don Warden—-in memory of her parents, Justin Warden, Eloise Peters and Adel and Raymond Holman; Joanne and Bernie Golz – in celebrations of their 45th wedding anniversary; Linda and Ron Johns —-in memory of Orville & Janette Johns; Sharon Cox—-in memory of Rachel Cox; Mike and Glenda Griffin —- in memory of Ann Copedge, Walt Griffin and Ed Griffin; Dave and Emily Poncin—in memory of Judy Laven; and Linda Dodge in memory of her brother Lawrence (Larry) Keith Jr. A former Marine, and to honor her grandson Ian Dodge who joined the Marine Corp. March 24, 2014.

How I became a disciple:

If someone asked “How did you Denis become a disciple of Jesus Christ/’ I would have to answer,   “I don’t know! My feeling is that I’m still in the process of becoming a disciple and in that I feel I am most fortunate.

As I look back from the vantage point of 80+ years I realize I am among the most fortunate of God’s creatures. It goes without saying I was blessed with two wonderful parents Ralph and Carrie Lee Long who provided a loving home and by example made me know I was always loved and that God was with us. One of my earliest memories is of my mother explaining to me the concept of heaven after my younger brother died.

It has been my good fortune to have spent my lifetime on a magnificent piece of creation, a Cattle ranch in North Central Idaho. Here I grew up with the wonders of nature that is God’s work all about me. There was the wonder of birth, growth and death as well. The change of seasons, the plants, livestock and wildlife, the magnificence of weather and the “Big Sky” above, family, neighbors and friends. There was also loneliness grief and at times despair. In short I lived a complete life and I still do.

I in due time received an education and with it increased understanding and appreciation of all about me. Simply said, the total of life is far, far greater than the sum of the parts.

I lived life to the fullest and as time passed was able to increase in understanding of the many blessings of God through Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit all about. My marriage and three children added even more.

I wished to share and saw there was much to be done to bring the appreciation of the triune God to others. I took a more active and increased part in my church, Sunday school teacher, committees etc. I learned that my gifts led me to a more formal ministry and my help for an over worked pastor at a three point charge was needed. Up the ladder I went, lay leader, lay speaker, certified lay speaker, and finely training as a certified Lay Minister. In that capacity I now serve as CLM assigned to the Grangeville Parish. I have primary responsibility for ministry to the Nezperce UMC where I have found all the joy and problems   of ministry.

All along the way I have been helped by my savior in many ways.

Denis Long

Camas Prairie Food BankWe need things like Hamburger Helper and rice dishes. We can also use the packaged meals called easy sides such as pasta side dishes, skillet meals. Chile and canned spaghetti meals like SpaghettiOs. We also need plain rice we can package that into smaller packaging. Thanks for asking.  Blessings to all of you.  Anything and everything is needed.   Carlene, Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St., 983-5475.  Website is:

UMCOM: We thank you for the recent donations!  We continue to be able to assist families/individuals through the Human Needs Council.  We are now in need of the following to keep on hand:  Sheets (king & queen), towels, pots and pans.  Our biggest need seems to be silverware most of the time. Thanks for keeping us well supplied:  it is greatly appreciated!  We ask that donations be clean and in good working order.


  • We have three college graduates:  David Sigler, Camille Tosten, and Wendy French.  There are cards for them in the church’s coffee room to sign if you would like.  These will be mailed on Monday, June 2.


  • The several people who hosted the nursing home services in April need to be recognized.  Each person who attended from our church made this a more positive experience for the residents: less of a hymn sing and more of a worship service.  Judy Purdy for her leadership, Rose Ann Mangini for her presence, Sonny Robinson for his scripture readings, Barbara Cleary and Sharon Nine for their gift of music, Carol Warden and Jerry Zumalt for taking charge on short notice, Sue Crea for the Easter and Road to Emmaus homilies, Pete and Shirley Lane for attending, and the duet by Sue and Barbara as well as the seasonal songs taught to the residents.  Thank-you to all who helped.  Your rewards are stacking up in Heaven.


  • An unsung hero in our church is Jerry Zumult.  He arrives early nearly every Sunday and makes the coffee, adjust the heat, turns on the microphones, performs every other task that makes our worship service run smoothly.  He also leads the adult Sunday school class that has between 8 -12 participants each week.  It is very insightful and a real learning opportunity, according to those who attend. His announcements at the end of each service are well thought out and make everyone in the congregation feel welcome.  He is the last person to leave on Sunday after church.  He is the person who locks up after turning off all the lights. He is chairman of the administrative board and serves in that capacity with both leadership and diplomacy.    He is truly an unsung hero of our church family.


  • Cinco de Mayo was celebrated in style at the Grangeville United Methodist church.  Glennda Griffin spearheaded the party.  We enjoyed festive decorations, a game that benefitted two local charities, the food bank and the ministerial fund for travelers’ aid, and wonderful tacos with all in attendance bringing something to share.  Clean up was painless, as everyone pitched in to help.  We especially thank Mike Griffin, Dave Poncin and Craig Spencer for washing all the dishes.


  • Sunday school this school year has been a blessing to many, thanks to Jerry Zumalt for the adult class, which will continue during the summer.  Sue Crea and Sharon Cox has done an outstanding job with the Children’s class for all ages.


  • Our faithful ones that serve on our Ad Council which keeps our church going!  


A Dissertation:  Denis Long’s friend, Drex Adkison, sent the note below with his birthday card to Denis.

“Enclosed is a copy of a dissertation that Loyal taught his daughter, Mary (my Aunt Mary) many, many years ago for her elevation contest.  This would have been about 1918+.  I can still hear his words.

‘Forests were made for weary men that they might find their souls again and little leaves were hung on trees, to whisper of old memories and trials with cedar shadows black, were placed there just to lead men back—past all the pitfalls of success to childhood’s faith and happiness.  Far from the City’s craft and fraud, oh forests, lead us back to God.’”

United Methodist Women:  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 9, 10:00 am, at the church with no host lunch following.  On Monday, June 30, 9:00 am, we will make our biscuits for the Fourth of July Strawberry Shortcake booth, which will be on Friday, July 4, starting at 11:00 am.

UMW is helping us go green:  We are wanting to use paper cups instead of Styrofoam OR use the coffee cups on the hooks for your coffee/drinks please!  If you have a coffee cup, please put your name on it some place.  The ones with no name will be discarded or placed for visitors to use. Thanks!

The Sharing Circle.  Our 2 gatherings in June is on Wednesday, June 4 and 18, at 10 am, at church.  All are welcome!  Please come and enjoy the fellowship as we increase our faith in sharing of our journeys.  We are using the Upper Room’s devotion for that day and discussing the questions in the back of that book.

Mission u (formerly School of Mission) From Pam Serrano, Assistant Dean: The Mission u team has been hard at work getting everything in place for the Mission u event July 11-14, 2014. (Rose will be going to this and would LOVE to have you join her!) Though there is still lots to do, we think we have interesting and varied programs lined up. Besides the studies you can take, we have the book room and learning center. Marsha has a selection of activities to give you a variety of hands on projects. She will have the squares to work on the quilt, like last year. This year she has added Health kits for UMCOR and School Supplies and gift cards for Tacoma Community House. It is time to get the word out that Mission u is coming, so please print and share the registration and scholarship information with those that may not have access to them. Or may not even know about Mission u. It is up to each of us to share this information. You can find the Registration at:


And don’t forget there are Scholarships available — they can be found at under “events.” Conference Board of Global Ministries has added money to this scholarship, (Mission u).  They are asking for this money to be used for those that come from a Church with no United Methodist Women unit or those that are under 31. 

MY CHURCH:  It is composed of people like me.  We make it what it is.  It will be friendly, if I am.  Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.  It will do great work, if I work.  It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am a generous giver.  It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship, if I bring them.  It will be a church of loyalty and love, of fearlessness and faith, and a church with a noble spirit, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these.  Therefore, with the help of God, I shall dedicate myself to the task of being all things that I want my church to be. (Author Unknown)

Jubilate! Worship Arts — July 21-25:  An ecumenical summer conference on worship and the arts, “All That I am: Ready to Give & Ready to Receive.” Immaculate Heart Retreat Center in Spokane, WA. Call 206-228-9795 or for more info.

Jubilate! is dedicated to creating opportunities to experience and share the interrelationship of community, worship, arts and theology. Jubilate! of the PNWUMC is a chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts (FUMMWA).  Jubilate! offers training opportunities through our annual week-long summer conferences and shorter 2-day retreats generally offered 3 times per year by JWAI (Jubilate Worship Arts Institute).


JUNE         4  Carrie Coen

8   Barbara Essen

17  Elizabeth Coen

18  Kay Stumpf

24  Beth Plagman

25  Jonna Urbahn


JUNE          8  John & Annelle Urbahn

12  Robert & Sarah

(Griffin) Shepherd

15  Mike & Glennda Griffin

17  Jerry & Mildred Asker

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

Upcoming Lectionary Readings:

June 1

Acts 1:6-14

Psalm 68:1-10

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

John 17:1-11

June 8

Acts 2:1-21

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

John 7: 37-39

June 15

Genesis 1:1–2:4a

Psalm 8

2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Matthew 28:16-20

June 22

Genesis 21:8-21

Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17

Romans 6:1b-11

Matthew 10:24-39

June 29

Genesis 22:1-14

Psalm 13

Romans 6:12-12

Matthew 10:40-42



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