Methodist Messenger: March, 2015

Methodist Messenger: March, 2015 – Grangeville/Nezperce/White Bird UMC

(Note: “Getting Acquainted” will start again next month.)

From the Pastor:

            We are in the season of lent when we prepare ourselves for the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Death is something that we don’t talk about a lot.  In this morning’s paper was the death announcement for Carm Spence, the mother of Craig Spencer.  She was well known around town and although she has been out of circulation for some time, will be sorely missed.

Yet as I thought about her death, I was reminded of all the deaths that take place every day in so many ways.  I would like to offer a statement for your reflection by Dorothy Soelle from her book Death by Bread alone”

            “Death is what takes place within us when we look upon others not as gift, blessing or stimulus but as threat, danger, and competition.  It is the death that comes to all who try to live by bread alone.  This is the death that the Bible fears and gives us good reason for fear.  It is not the final departure we think of when we speak of death; it is that purposeless, empty existence devoid of genuine human relationships and filled with anxiety, silence and loneliness.”

This made me think about my life and how easy it is to fall into this death.  May God be with us as we grieve and use us for God’s glory. Thanks be to God.

Barbara Essen


Following is the remainder of the 2015 Lenten Series Schedule:

Date                            Location                      Time                                        Speaker


March 1                      Lewiston First UMC     4 pm Worship                         Kay Totten

2nd Sunday in Lent                                           Fellowship Following


March 8                     Orchards UMC                        4 pm Worship                         Chuck Cram

3rd Sunday in Lent                                          Fellowship Following


March 15                    Kendrick UMC             4 pm Worship                         Hank Heschle

4th Sunday in Lent                                          Fellowship Following


March 22                    Grangeville UMC        4 pm Worship                         Kathy Walker

5th Sunday in Lent                                          Fellowship Following


March 29                    Pomeroy UMC            4 pm Worship                         Cody Stauffer

Palm Sunday                                                   Fellowship Following

Clearwater Cluster United Methodist Churches:

Partners in Ministry

Anatone UMC, Asotin UMC, Cavendish UMC,

Clarkston UMC, Grangeville UMC, Kendrick UMC,

Lapwai UMC, Lewiston First UMC, Nezperce UMC,

Orchards UMC, Orofino UMC, Pomeroy UMC,

White Bird Community UMC

Choir:  We have started to practice special music for Easter time.  We practice almost every Monday, at 7:00 pm.  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 Bank: We need canned fruit and boxed meal helpers of any kind.  Also pancake mix/syrup, oatmeal etc. As always, we appreciate anything and everything!

Carlene, Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St., 983-5475.  Website is:


United Methodist Women:  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 11, 10:00 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 will be on Wednesday, March 18, 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 and fellowship time based on the Upper Room for that day. Hope you will join us.

Spiritual Retreat:  Dates for the UMW Spiritual Retreat in 2015 is April 24-25, 2015, at Twinlow Camp!  Theme is “The Fragrance of Christ.” It starts on Friday at 3:00 pm with dinner at 5:30 pm, and ends on Saturday around 3:00 pm. Registration is $60.00, includes Friday night stay and 3 meals. Deadline is April 15.  Scholarships are available.  See Rose Mangini if we can help you make this happen – it will be worthwhile!


UMCOM: We wish to thank all those who donated recently. Your generosity has enabled us to fulfill requests for needed items.  As winter is here, we can use blankets, comforters, and sheets.  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!




6  Mildred Asker

10  Mike Crea

11  Lee Spencer

11  Wendy French

17  Lois Peterson

31  Andrew Lane


March              30  Ted & Wendy Lindsley

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!


Sunday school in Grangeville on Sundays at 9:45 am, for all ages.

Choir Practice in Grangeville, Mondays, 7:00 pm.

Prayer, Praise and Karaoke in GR on Tuesdays starting at 7:30 am to 8:30 am or later, at Eagle’s building, 218 North C Street.

Praise Team practice in Grangeville, Thursdays, 5:00 pm.

The Snippet Corner:  Continued sermons of John Wesley Awake, Thou That Sleepest!:

(December as well as January’s were taken are from Sermon number 3#, there are two more sermons from sermon 3#. And they will be in the February Newsletter.)

  1. This is he, who, “having a form of godliness, denies the power thereof; “yea, and
    probably revises it, wheresoever it is found, as mere extravagance and delusion.
    Meanwhile, the wretched, self-deceiver thanks God that he is “not as other men are:
    Adulters, unjust, extortioners: “no, he do no wrong to any man, he “fasts twice in a week,
    “Uses all the means of grace, is constant at church and sacrament, yes, and gives tithes of
    all he has, “does all the good that he can “touching the righteousness of the law, ” he is
    “blameless; ” he wants nothing of godliness, but the power of nothing of religion, but the
    spirit; nothing of Christianity, but the truth and the life.
  2. But know you not, that, however highly esteemed among men such a Christian as this
    may be, he is an abomination in the sight of God, and an heir of every woe which the Son
    of God, yesterday, today, and forever, denounces against “scribes and Pharisees,
    hypocrites’ he hath “made clean the outside of the cup and the platter, “but within is full
    of all filthiness. “An evil disease cleaveth still until him, so that his inward parts are very
    “Our lord fitly compares him to a “painted sepulcher” which “appears
    beautiful without; “but nevertheless, is “full of deed men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
    “The bones indeed are no longer dry; the sinners and flesh are come upon them, and the
    skin covers them above; but there is no breath in them, no Spirit of the living God. And
    “If any man or woman have not the Spirit of Christ, he or she is none of his. “Ye are
    Christ’s, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you: “but if not, God knoweth that ye
    abide in death, even until now.

Dave Hammond, and the History Haven!

Get Your Smile On!

A smile is one of the easiest ways to improve your looks. Here are a few more things a smile can do:

….Smiling and laughter release endorphins in the brain that not only improve a person’s mood, but also diminish stress hormones, act as natural painkillers, and help boost the immune system. .Because smiling relaxes the body; it also helps lower your heart rate and blood pressure.

….Smiles naturally lift the face and make people look younger, more attractive, and more approachable to those around them.

….Genuine smiles will help you gain trust and build relationships with others. ..Smiling can improve productivity and motivate you to work harder.

….Smiling can help you maintain a positive attitude in life and attract others who also have a positive attitude.

…..People with high confidence smile frequently, which translates into more success.

….from the April 2014 Allegra Printer’s Press

Church Ladies with typewriters:

They’re back! Those wonderful church bulletins. Thank God for the church ladies with typewriters.  These sentences actually appeared in church:      –The fasting and prayer conference includes meals.     –Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.     –The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water. The sermon tonight: Searching for Jesus.


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