Methodist Messenger: July/August, 2014
Grangeville/Nezperce/White Bird UMC
(Note: “Getting Acquainted” will be back in September.)
From the Pastor:
I have just returned from this year’s Annual Conference held at the Puyallup Fair Grounds and from the annual meeting of the National Historical Society of the UMC held in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Many things have been going through my mind in regards to these meetings, some of which I will include in this letter.
This year’s theme for Annual Conference was WHAT’S OUR NEXT ACT. At the Thursday night Clergy Session I became aware of how time passes. At this session those persons who are retiring this year were presented as were those who were to be commissioned and /or ordained. The reality was that I knew all of the retirees, but not all of those being ordained or commissioned. The good news is that what I do know about those being ordained or commissioned brings me much hope for the Church. I see signs of energetic, creative leadership that can help the church to move forward into the future. It’s part of the Next Act.
The Friday morning opening worship service focused on the Japanese and their presence in this area. The current site of the Puyallup Fair Grounds was the World War II site of what was known as “Camp Harmony” the internment camp that held many Japanese-American citizens beginning in May of 1942. Growing up in neighboring Tacoma after the war, I could see how important the Japanese-American influence was in the area, as we went to the Japanese farms in Puyallup to get many of our fresh vegetables. I didn’t really understand then about how many of their Japanese friends had lost everything during the war and left in order to start over. During the worship service survivors of that experience shared their memories. To hear their stories of survival and their resiliency to rebuild lives after so much wrong was an inspiration to me.
I was again appointed to the Grangeville and White Bird Churches and look forward to a wonderful year filled with adventure and growth.
At one point during Annual Conference delegates were offered an opportunity to participate in a 5 K run/walk to raise money for Imagine No Malaria. I was proud that about 150 of us participated in this event, both raising money and helping our health as well. I know of one 90 year old who walked this event as did a number of young children. A pink flamingo hat was auctioned off to help raise money for the cause and all of the District Superintends and our Bishop wore the hat at some point.
This gives you a little view into what goes on at Annual Conference along with the business sessions, and great music. The youth always add interest as well.
The Historical Society of the UMC is always an interesting and learning experience. Along with the business meeting we engage in worship, often typical of what happened years ago and we visit historic sites. This year we were in Spartanburg South Carolina and visited The Cokesbury Historical District in Greenwood. We had great speakers some talking about Methodist and the education of African -Americans and The State of Methodist Influence and Faith at Methodist Founded Colleges and Universities. There were people from all over the US in attendance, with many from the South East Jurisdiction of the UMC. It is always interesting to talk with others and find out what is happening with churches across our denomination. Our meeting ended with communion served by Bishop L. Jonathan Holston the bishop of that area.
There is so much more that I could tell you about but this will do for now.
UMCOM: Thank you for the recent donations of towels, linens, silverware, and household items. Small appliances such as can openers, microwaves, mixers are also needed. Thank you for sending clean items that are in good working order, they are much appreciated as we have aided several families/ individuals this summer. Cookware and utensils are always needed as well as towels, linens, and dishes. We are fortunate to work through the Human Needs Council and support their work with families in our area.
The Snippet Corner: On June 1, 1840, the ship Lausanne from New York City arrived at Fort Vancouver with nine ministers, eleven men in secular service, five teachers and stewardess. The missionaries were sent to Clatsop, Nisqually, Umpqua, The Dalles, and Willamette stationed at Willamette Falls. At Fort Nisqually, Dr. John Richmond joined Captain Wilkes expedition in observing the first Fourth of July celebration in what would become Washington. At the Mission, Miss Chloe Clark married William Holden Willson, which was the first American marriage in Western Washington. This is just part of the story, please stay tuned for more of this interesting history about how our church came into existence. Dave Hammond
Camas Prairie Food Bank: The only thing we have in excess is canned corn and tomato soup. We need food -we are stripped -very little in back up. Shelves are nearly empty and many shelves are empty. Freezers are nearly empty. Partner agency has nothing but snacks and very little of that. So we need. Canned -bottled- dry and even frozen. We also need gallon and quart bags to repackage items in bulk. 601 people in June. Tell your church we are thankful for their support. 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:
Strawberry Shortcake Booth a BIG Success: We still have a few more bills to pay, but so far we have profit of almost $2400.00! Thanks to ALL who helped in any way, furnished angel food cake, made our homemade shortcake biscuits, and/or helped in the park on the 4th of July. And a really BIG thank you to Judy Purdy to be the chair of this annual event our community looks forward to. These funds will be used on United Methodist Women’s many mission projects locally and worldwide. Thank you again for all you do. We are blessed to be a blessing! (Be sure to write down and/or send suggestions to us about how we can improve our booth for next year.)
Trustees Report: The May 31st Church workday, fourteen people participated in this event. We worked from 8:00 t0 1:00, and accomplished the following items:
• We painted the storage shed.
• The fence around the oil tank was stained.
• The shrubs at the Church were trimmed and dead burning bush removed.
• The front porch and steps were cleaned.
• The front door and windows in the front of the Church were washed and polished.
• An electrical breaker that was malfunctioning was replaced.
• Door frame of the back door was primed and painted.
• One light in the sanctuary and two lights in the ladies bathroom were replaced.
• We removed the old furniture from the upstairs youth room.
• Applied weed and feed fertilizer to the Parsonage lawn.
• Checked bell tower for safety.
• Fixed outside faucet on the north side of the building.
• Fixed faucet that was leaking in the cleaning supply room.
• Pulled weeds in Adele’s Garden.
A big thanks to this hard working group, we accomplished much while enjoying some good fellowship.
The Trustees have awarded a contract to Chase Weiss to replace the grout in the tiles in the front entry way of the Parsonage. He will also replace the lost tile on the front porch of the Church.
We have awarded a contract to Grangeville Glass to replace two windows in the Parsonage. The window over the sink in the kitchen and the window in the dining area will be replace with Lo E sliders.
Both these contracts will be paid for with dollars from the Building Fund. For the Trustees, Dave Poncin
United Methodist Women: Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 10, 10:00 am, at the church with no host lunch following. Also, be sure to save the date now of Saturday September 13, 9:00 am, which will be the UMW district Annual Meeting, at Lewiston First UMC.
The Sharing Circle. We have taken a break with the busy summer schedules, so our next gathering will be on Wednesday, September 3, & 17, at 10 am, at church. All are welcome! Please come and connect with our sisters in Christ.
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 http://www.jubilateworshiparts.org 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).
Reflections by Dale L. Cockrum, Inland District Superindent:
During my first year of college, I visited Tijuana with some friends, hoping to shop and be tourists. I don’t know how it is now, but I was blown away by the experience.
We parked our car this side of the border, and our walking route took us along an elevated road. Below, on both sides, was a vast settlement of cardboard boxes and crates and shacks, where many, many people lived. Some children ran between the homes, but many more crowded along the edges of the road and among the tourists, hands out, clothing tattered, some with injuries or deformities. I’d never seen living conditions like that—no running water, no sewage treatment—and it was overwhelming. I’d never thought of myself as rich, but I did then, and I felt overwhelmed and helpless in the face of so many people begging for whatever I might give them.
Jesus encountered such need in his ministry—people crowded around him looking for what he might do for them—but instead of running away or getting sick, or feeling guilty, Jesus saw people, real men, women and children just like you and me, and Matthew says, “he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” And he began to formulate a strategy in the face of what he saw not as a problem but as an opportunity. He knew he could not touch all that need alone. “The harvest is plentiful,“ he said, “but the laborers are few.” If he was going to bring in the harvest, he had to reproduce himself through people—people who could extend to others what was happening to them. Jesus’ strategy for meeting immense human need was to call and commission disciples.
The need is no less great today than it was when Jesus was so pressed, so in danger of being crushed by the needy multitudes by the Sea of Galilee. And the opportunity is no less exciting today than then. People long for something authentic, and for messengers who can communicate good news in personal and vital ways. At Annual Conference this week, at the Showplex Center at the Puyallup Fairgrounds on Saturday night, a new group of clergy was commissioned and ordained. That’s terrific, and if you are sensing a call to such leadership in the church, talk with your pastor and give me a call; we need strong leaders to guide the church’s ministry. But we can never ordain enough clergy to meet the need, and we should not try! Christ’s strategy is to call disciples who will extend his ministry. Out of the masses of church members, out of the multitudes of people who come to Christ to have their needs met, out of all those who find comfort and solace and hope and new life in the Christian faith, Christ calls disciples who will multiply his ministry today. And we are to be among them! What opportunities lie before you this summer to live as a follower of Jesus Christ?
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES:
July: 2 Randy Moser
6 Chuck Coen
7 Dan Sullivan
8 Jay Spencer
11 Katy Fox
20 Brini Eimers
21 Jacob Warden
27 Amy Sigler
Aug: 1 Jimmy Fox
1 Ron Johns
13 Glenn Vawter
20 Michael Griffin
25 Sharon Cox
29 Jordan Reuter
30 Luke Moser
There are no anniversaries this month. 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!
A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan.
She asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?”
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, “I think I’d throw up.”
DID NOAH FISH?
A Sunday school teacher asked, “Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the Ark?”
“No,” replied Johnny. “How could he, with just two worms.”