Methodist Messenger: December, 2014

(Note: “Getting Acquainted” is about Phil Volkman.)

From the Pastor:

This is the day that the Lord has made!  How easy it is for us to forget this fact as we engage in the everyday activities of life.

As we travel into the advent season, we are told to stay awake and prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child. This is easy to say, but difficult to do.   Sometimes the Christmas season hits us like a whirlwind of activities and has us spinning every which way, and at times we can’t see which end is up.  We are moved about by our “to-do list” and the “to buy list” and we forget “to rest” in God.  Our agendas tend to rule our lives unless we are intentional about finding a space for God.  May we constantly realize that the baby Jesus is coming to help us navigate thru our “to-do-lists.”

How awesome it is that the birth of the baby Jesus brings about a new birth for the whole universe, an opportunity for us to start over and begin again.  Jesus comes to help and encourage us to be born to a new, eternal life with him. As we let go and allow God’s love to live in us, he helps us to engage in spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation, spiritual reading, and spiritual guidance, which deepens and solidifies our sense of being and belonging.  We are also blessed that Jesus provides the sacraments of Baptism and Communion which help us to maintain our relationship with the Lord.

Thanks be to God for His work in each of our lives as we await the birth of His Son Jesus!



Choir:  We are sharing some special music 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 BankChristmas this month.  Feels like we just dropped in exhaustion at the end of November. So here we go again.  It’s nice to be able to have a desert for Christmas or at least be able to make it.  So anything to accomplish this with would be great.  That does include boxed mixes.  Also boxed meal helpers.  We need jiffy mixes for singles.  Jams and Jell-O / pudding.    Canned veggies and soups are always needed.  Chili, pork and beans, baked beans etc.  Thank you – for your continued help.    Just in case you get a bunch at your church, we are completely out of crock pots.  We need to keep a few used ones on hand for immediate need.  We gave the last one out to a family that burned out a couple weeks ago.

Have a blessed Christmas. 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:  I came across something I found of interest. It is about Mother Teresa and the reason she had won the Nobel peace prize.

Thirty years ago, Mother Teresa left her teaching post at a Roman Catholic girl’s school in Calcutta in order to devote her life to working among the poorest of the poor, in the slums of that city.

According to the article, she was honored and was awarded the Nobel Peace prize on her birthday for all of the selfless work she did at bringing help to the suffering humanity.

She has also been recognized by the Indian authorities and by Asian Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Buddhist U Thant.

This year, the world has turned its attention to the plight of children and refugees and these are precisely the categories for which Mother Teresa worked selfishly in India to bring peace, Love, and Joy to everyone’s home.

There is something I will never forget.  It was in December, two weeks before Christmas. My mother asked me what I would like for Christmas.  I looked up at her and told her I wanted to go and help out at the local soup kitchen, and then go Caroling.  I was just nine years old at the time. Of course, my mother knew right where I wanted to sing.  All week, my sister and I sang at all of the different local nursing homes as well as the two children’s homes.  To me it is more important give of oneself rather than not to give at all.

Dave Hammond, and the History Haven!


 United Methodist Women:  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 10, 10:00 am, at the church with no host lunch following.


The Sharing Circle.  We are ready to resume our monthly fellowship time, so our next gathering will be on Wednesday, December 17, at 10 am, at church.  We meet 2 Wednesdays a month usually. 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.


Spiritual Retreat:  Dates for the UMW Spiritual Retreat in 2015 is April 24-25!  Save these dates now.  More details to come soon.



Woman to Woman:  “Going Deeper” has another gathering planned 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, and 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.

Thanks from Judy Purdy, Emily Poncin, and Linda Johns!


Getting Acquainted: Phillip Volkman decided to become a veterinarian when he was ten years old. He was in the fourth grade and read a pamphlet on veterinarian medicine which inspired him to reach toward that goal.

He was born April 2, 1949 in Provo, UT. His parents, Paul and Dorothy Volkman are both deceased, however, he has one older sister, Paula, who resides in Nessa, Oregon.
He mentioned that his father was the only Methodist he knew to graduate from Brigham Young University.

They moved from Utah to Minnesota and lived for four years; then back to Utah for four more years; then to Emmett, Idaho. From there they moved to Boise for four years where Phil attended Junior High. They moved to Meridian when he was in the 8th grade. He graduated from Meridian high school in 1967. He said he mainly grew up while living in Meridian. From high school, Phil went to College at University of Idaho for two years. The next four years, he attended Colorado State University. Phil received his bachelor’s degree in 1971 and his DVM degree in 1973.

He worked in Weiser, Idaho for one year. Then he moved back to Meridian and practiced there for nineteen years.

In 1993, he moved to Grangeville, and has been here ever since. Phil had a client that told him Grangeville was a good place to raise kids. He said Boise valley was becoming less rural and crowded. Phil and his wife, Lisa, had a son name Lee and a daughter named Bernadette. They were married in 1977. After 23 years of marriage, they were divorced. Their son, Lee graduated from Grangeville and Bernadette from Port Angeles, WA. Lee lives in Lewiston and has two little boys, a three years old and a five months old. His daughter has two boys, seven and four years old. They live in Port Angeles.

In the early years in Grangeville, Phil and Lee spent time horse packing in the mountains.
He met Debbie Sperline at an old time rodeo in 2001. They were both ropers. They were married in 2008 in Sunny Side, Oregon. They still enjoy the sport.

He shared a few stories about his experiences as a veterinarian. Phil said, he got kicked a number of times by horses in his early days. That added to his knee problems that eventually led to knee replacement three years ago. It is doing fine now.

When living in Meridian, he had a neighbor girl, 17, that tried to ride her horse in the Boise River during flood stage. They went under. She got out but the horse was nowhere to be found at that time. The horse was found several days later on a gravel bar down river a few miles. She asked Phil to help get him out. They had a jet boat take them to the gravel bar. Phil borrowed a pair of poorly fitting hip waders and together they set out to retrieve the horse. The girl rode him as Phil led him, trying to pick out shallow places. As luck would have it, however, they ended up needing to cross a deep channel. Phil held on to the horse neck, while the girl rode, the horse swam them across the channel.

Another time, he was flown into the back country to work on Forest Service mules.
Last year, he was asked to tranquilize some domestic elk. This was the only way to handle the elk. The owner needed to tag and tattoo them. They shot five elk with a dart gun.

Phil said he has always attend the Methodist Church with the exception of the time in Utah. His family attended a Community Church. He has been at Grangeville United Methodist Church since moving here. Phil has served on the Pastor Parish Committee, but just does not find the time to attend meetings on a regular bases. He said there does not seem to be a slow time at the clinic that allows him to do so.

Debbie and Phil have six horses and eighteen cattle on their 20 acres east of town. Two are miniature horses that they would like to drive on a cart someday. They still rope when weather permits.  Submitted by Shirley Smith



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