Methodist Messenger: November, 2014

From the Pastor:    God with Me


I have been working on a counted cross stitch kit that I discovered had several errors in the directions. It is from a company that I have used before and found there work to be accurate, so I was not expecting a problem. The errors have been frustrating at times, but also freeing. Yes, I had to tear out and redo some of the design because I didn’t notice the errors ahead of time, but it made me pay better attention to what I was doing and ask myself what difference would it make if I was off one space or one line? It surprised me that I didn’t get more upset than I did about the errors.

 As I get older, I realize that there are always going to be things that don’t go right in life and I can either let them agitate and upset me, or I can see them as opportunities for growth.  With the counted cross stitch project it gave me freedom to tweak the design a little and make it more my own.

So, who are we? God wants us to be the best that we can, but God knows that things will not always go the way we want or think they should. Knowing that God walks with me at all times, even when I am tearing out my cross stitch mistakes or recovering from medical issues, for some reason this helps to keep me calm and centered.  It’s often when I forget about God that I have problems.

What are the opportunities that God is placing in your lives right now? Are you angry, energized, fearful, or happy? Lean on God and he will make himself known to you! Thanks be to God.


Choir: On Sunday, November 23, the choir will be sharing their first special music and will continue for every Sunday during the holidays with several on Christmas eve.  Be sure to come and invite others!

Our choir practice continues. Some weeks we may not meet, so check with the bulletin or church office.  All are welcome.  Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!


Camas Prairie Food BankAnything for holiday (except pumpkin and cranberries – we have lots):


–Stuffing mixes – stove top or large bag

–pie fillings / crusts

–cookie and cake mixes or any other desert mix

–Jell-O – sugar free and regular

–mixed fruit

–olives / pickles etc.

–canned milk

–baking chips (such as chocolate/        mint/butterscotch)

–Canned vegetables

–boxed meal helpers

–fresh potatoes – we have small packets of instant


Anything you use to make a holiday meal special will be very much appreciated.  As always, thank you for all your assistance. Carlene, Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St., 983-5475.  Website is:


The Snippet Corner:  In 2002, the two rose bushes that are in the front of the parsonage were bought and planted by Judy Purdy, for the birth of Joel’s twins’ birth. The name of the rose bushes is called “Double Delight.”

The stain glass window in the Sanctuary and the two in the foyer were made by the late Kenny Greene.


Luke 10: The Sending of the 70 – God’s mission

A great theologian called Emil Brunner once said, “The church exists by mission as a fire existing by burning.” Just as it is impossible to differentiate between fire and burning, so it should be impossible to differentiate between “church” and “mission.”

Mission is not something the church does.  Mission is what the Church is. And Luke of course, was a great evangelist.  He was partner with Paul on understanding Jesus’ desire for the church then and now.

This is one of John Wesley’s sermons; the continuation of it will be in the next newsletter.

Dave Hammond, and the History Haven!


Help is needed:  Our annual Christmas Bazaar and Pie Fellowship will be on Saturday, December 6. Be sure when making your jams, jellies, etc. to make a few extra for this bazaar with some hand-made craft items as well. Our best sellers seem to be homemade candies and baked goods!!


 United Methodist Women:  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 12, 10:00 am, at the church with no host lunch following.  At our last meeting, we planned our Mincemeat making day which will be on Tuesday, November 25, at 9 am.  Our Annual Bazaar and Pie Fellowship will be on Saturday December 6.

The Sharing Circle.  We are ready to resume our monthly fellowship time, so our next gathering will be on Wednesday, November 5 & 19, at 10 am, at church.  We set 2 Wednesdays a month if enough are available. Call the church office for confirmation for meeting please. All are welcome!  Please come and connect with our sisters in Christ. We are sharing time based on the Upper Room for that day. Hope you will join.


Woman to Woman:  “Going Deeper” has another gathering planned to held on Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9:00-11:00 am, at the Centennial Evangelical Free Church, 408 N. College, Grangeville. This one is “Tools for Going Deeper” a presentation by Stephanie Jordan.  Why:  Strengthening our walk with the Lord and our relationships with one another! Building the body of Christ in Grangeville.  All women and teens are welcome.


UMCOM: We wish to thank all those who donated recently. Your generosity has enabled us to fulfill requests for needed items.  As winter approaches we can use blankets, comforters, and sheets.  Also we are in need of pillows, new preferred. We also need pots, pans, and small appliances: toasters, can openers, mixers, microwaves.  We ask that items are clean and in good working condition.  We are blessed to have the opportunity to work through the Human Needs Council to help individuals/families in need of household items.


JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: Thanks to all who helped us collect enough funds to support our 3 orphans at the Jamaa Letu Orphange in the Republic of Congo, in Africa. Last year we sent funds for Patricia Matula (7 years old), and Emmanie Kisimba (5 years old), to help with loving care, shelter, food, clothing, medical care, school uniforms and an education that hopefully will give them a career and independence so important to these children. We also sent a scholarship to one of the older orphan, Ruth Tabu Milenda 18 years old. This support is not available to orphans “on the outside”.  If you have not helped, please prayerfully consider helping us with this worthwhile mission. We are short only $173.00. Thanks

UMCOR:  Our local United Methodist Women (UMW) gathered health kits for our worldwide mission outreach called UMCOR earlier this year which was taken to the UMW Mission U program in July by Rose. Our Conference UMW did this gathering of Health Kits and our small church donated 13 complete kits, plus lots of extra, more than any other church in the conference!  Thank you all so much for helping us with this. It is a blessing all around.


Getting Acquainted: Carol Warden has spent her life living in and around Grangeville. At least three generations of her family and her husband’s family have lived in this area.  Carol said both her parents and her husband, Don’s parents were also born and raised here.

She was born here on February 20, 1955 and lived with her mother and father, Raymond and Adele Holman (both deceased) and a sister and two brothers on a farm in the middle of the Camas Prairie. Her older sister, Nancy Thompson, and younger brothers, Ronald and David Holman still reside in this area. Her brothers farm land that their parents owned as well as additional properties. All 12 years of her schooling were right here in Grangville. She said she played the clarinet in band and was able to attend all the high school games that way. Her favorite subject was Home Economics. At that time, she could go home and sew a new dress every night. Polyester was the popular fabric then, so no need to finish seams. Although her husband, Don went to high school in Grangeville and played multiple sports, she doesn’t recollect too much about him then. He was three years older.

Carol was raised in the Grangeville United Methodist Church and she has seen many changes during that time.  Her parents were married in the old white building that stood on the corner of the lot, but she only remembers a big hole being there.  The first Church Sanctuary she remembers was in the room where the present Choir practices are held now.  Carol was in second grade when the present Sanctuary was completed.  She remembers singing with the youth choir that was led by Mildred Asker. She said the mincemeat recipe we use was started at the church by her grandmother, Nancy Cravens and Ruth Hiles, and was also always made with wild game.

When Carol was in 4th grade, the school building burned down and classes were held all over town.  All of the fourth grade classes were housed in our church.  She said she rode the bus to school every day with Lenora Gregg.  They graduated from high school in 1973.

In Carol Warden’s case, one has to wonder if teaching was hereditary, or learned, as both her mother and grandmother were teachers.  After graduating from Grangeville high school, she pursued her goal in this field by going to the University of Idaho in Moscow for two years, then decided to come back to Grangeville and be a homemaker.  She married Don December 28, 1974.  They had gotten well acquainted after working together at the Union Warehouse elevators in Fenn during harvest season when they worked a minimum of 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for six weeks straight and were able to establish a warm and working relationship that has lasted 40 years. Don retired from Primeland Cooperatives in 2007. He had returned to working there in 1974, after serving three and on half years with the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator in Vietnam.

Carol began working at Grangeville Elementary as a teachers’ aide in 1975.  She continued until their daughter, Rebecca was born February 2, 1978. Their son, Joshua was born the following year, September 27, 1979. Her daughter still lives in Grangeville and has given them one grandson, Jacob, who is now a sophomore at Grangeville High School.  Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.  She currently works for Stuivenga-Vessey Well Drilling/Marcon Logging in their Grangeville office. Previously Rebecca worked in the Treasurer’s office with Sharon Cox at the Idaho County Court House for 13 years.

Joshua started working for the US Forest Service in 1998, and has worked his way up to Assistant Fire Management Officer as well as obtaining a degree in Fire Management.  He and Carolyn were married in 2011, and they live in McCall, Idaho where they purchased a home. Carolyn works for the US Forest Service in McCall and Joshua commutes daily to work at Slate Creek Ranger Station on the Salmon River.

During the years while Carol stayed home to raise their children, she taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School at Grangeville UMC and served as the “Story Lady” at the city library.  Carol returned to working at Grangeville Elementary School in 1986 as a special education aide for grades 4-8.  Once her children graduated from high school and started living on their own, she made the decision to return to college and finish getting her degree.

From 2002 -2004, Carol said she drove back and forth to Moscow every day for two years to get her Bachelor’s degrees in Special and Elementary education.   In 2004, she drove back and forth to Riggins where she taught K-3 grades for one year.  She obtained a Master’s degree in Administration in 2008 and a Master’s in Special Education Administration the next year.  She has been teaching kindergarten through third grade in special education for the last 14 years here in Grangeville. She said she loves her special students and is happy for every step forward they make.

When she has time she likes to sew, cook and work in her flower garden.  She and Don enjoy camping and riding their 4 wheeler. She says Don does the driving now in their RZR, after she broke her leg in a four-wheeler accident.

Carol shared a bit of interesting family history about her grandfather who was a fur trapper and trader in the Pacific Northwest. She said there is a statue of him on the University of Oregon’s campus with a plate saying, “The Pioneer.” In 1918 her grandfather and grandmother moved to Grangeville and raised foxes, mink, and otter for fur as well as cougars and bears on a Fur Farm. They owned two city blocks between Hall, Crooks and Madison Streets then. Her grandmother tanned the furs and made fur coats, stoles, etc. Her grandfather tamed some of the animals and sold them to the circus. A movie called “The Bruin” was made in Grangeville and they used some of her grandfather’s bears in the movie.  She said she has a cousin that is a taxidermist.

Submitted by Shirley Smith


Note on facebook from Rukang D. Chikomb: (Missionary who came here on Sunday, October 19) I know that each of us do have heroes in our lives. For me, my faith hero, a UMC missionary and wife of the pilot missionary who flew with the same ministry that I am leading today. Mama Vera Woodcock, a missionary my Bible mentor as a young boy in Kapanga village. She taught me Bible verses. On Oct 23 I visited her in UMW retirement home in Asheville, NC. 3 days later, she is gone to be in the right place. I celebrate that she lived to see her fruit. I am the fruit. I am blessed to be a part of her last moment on earth. Assuring her that God still using me as she gave me a kiss, said to me in Swahili ” nakupenda ” ” I love you” then I drove back home in TN for a hour with a lot of memories. Mama very aksati kwa mapendo yako. (mama Vera, thank you for your love) RIP.

To support this couple in their mission work, go to the below website:


JESUS LOVES ME (For Seniors)‏

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,

Still He bids me trust in Him.



Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I’ll go
On through life, let come what may,
He’ll be there to lead the way.


When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song.
Telling me in words so clear,
“Have no fear, for I am near.”





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