Methodist Messenger: May, 2015

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

(Note: “Getting Acquainted” is about Bernie & Joanie Golz.)


From the Pastor:

                  I enjoy putting together jigsaw puzzles.  At Meadowlark, they keep a puzzle in the common room and after visiting residents I often take time to find a piece or two and put into the puzzle. This gives me a little fix without having to have a puzzle laid out in my living room all the time.

Occasionally I will start a puzzle at home, but it often takes me several weeks or longer to get it finished. I am discovering that putting jigsaw puzzles together in some ways is like living life.  For me, I start by trying to find all of the outside boarder pieces of a puzzle.  This gives me a framework or a goal to be filled in. In life, I see it as a foundation or an aim. Once I have the framework, than I start looking at the other pieces and try seeing how they relate to each other.  I look at color and shape, and start grouping unique pieces together.

In life, once we have our foundation or plan, then we can look at how the things in our current environment fit in with our foundation.  If I look at each part of my life and relate it to these things, it becomes easier to move forward and reach my goals. Unlike a puzzle which has a finished picture to check your progress against,  life is always changing and our goals or aims need to change as well, but our foundation if it is solid stays the same.  May we constantly be working on the puzzle of our lives connecting it to our Maker and Lord.

Yours in Christ,



Blackwood Legacy from Nashville coming to Grangeville UMC: Sunday, May 31, 11:00 am, during worship in Grangeville: Join us to welcome them. Here is a promotional video clip for you to check out and share:

Direct from Nashville, this talented Mansion Records group blend the best of traditional southern gospel with today’s newest country Christian sound.

The Blackwood Legacy has an all-star lineup. Formed by group leader and bass singer, Rick Price, the group has been in ministry for more than 15 uninterrupted years. Rick began his more than 35-year career singing with the legendary Dove and Grammy-award winning Blackwood Brothers Quartet, eventually being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame with the group.

Joining him on baritone is Spokane native, Luke Yates, a popular country and Christian recording artist and musician. Tenor singer, Paul Secord, was formerly a featured singer for Disney world, and is known as one of the most versatile musicians on the scene today. Our newest member, lead singer Hunter Sparkman, is a talented Christian recording artist based out of Nashville.

Performing since 2001, the Blackwood Legacy Quartet was signed to Mansion Records in 2010, and continue the grand tradition of gospel music, performing nearly 250 dates annually nationwide.

Be sure to mark your calendars to come and enjoy.  Potluck following worship.

MEMORIAL FLOWER TUBS: Our tubs have been planted and will be ready by Memorial Day weekend.  Tubs will be labeled as follows:  Susan Crea in memory of E. H. & Ann Crea; Sharon Cox in memory of Rachel Cox; Bernie and Joanie Golz for 46 wedding anniversary; Clyde and Marietta Hanson for daughter in law Son Hanson; Carol Warden in memory of parents, Raymond and Adele Holman, Justin Warden and Eloise Warden Peter; Ron and Linda Johns in memory of Dorothy and Harvey Luman; Rev. Barbara Essen in memory of Mildred Askers; & David and Emily Poncin in memory of Ernie Jennings.


Camas Prairie Food Bank: We are in need of canned fruit, jams and boxed or canned meal helpers, Chili and pork and beans etc.   We also could use some small packets of flour for emergency situations.   We need choices for diabetic food as well – sugar free and no sugar added choices.  Thank you for all your help. You are a blessing. Carlene, Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St., 983-5475.  Website is:


Sunday School:  During the month of April, the children’s Sunday School participated in the mission of raising money for the Native American Children’s Fund.  This mission project assists approximately 250 to 300 school-age children with school clothing and supplies. Without these funds, several of these children would not be able to attend school.

Our group of mission warriors raised $17.82.  Well done!  Sharon Cox and Sue Crea


Annual Strawberry Shortcake Booth: We started planning our booth for 4th of July.  We do need a chair for this all-church event.  Please prayerfully consider helping us make this tradition happen again this year.

We will be making biscuits on Tuesday, June 30, 9:00 am, in the church kitchen.  Come and join us for fun and great fellowship.  All are welcome.


United Methodist Women:  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 13, 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.  This group will be taking a break until fall.


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 sheets and towels.  We also need silverware, 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 Emily Poncin, Lenora Gregg, and Linda Johns!

Trustees Report: The Trustees met on April 13th.  We have selected Saturday, May 30th as our Spring workday.  Please mark this on your calendar, we will need all hands to show up and get the many tasks done.  Work that has been identified is as follows:

  • Trim shrubs and pull weeds out of rock garden and Adele’s Garden.
  • Wash windows
  • Sue Crea has offered to wash the curtains in the Yoga Room and will need help re hanging them.
  • Some painting to do in upstairs hall way, and trim on alley windows.
  • Clean down spouts and gutters.
  • Wash screens and clean window on the Alley side of the sanctuary.

At the Parsonage:

  • Paint front door porch and steps.
  • Track light needs a longer plug in wire to eliminate the extension cord.
  • Kitchen sink leaks around the faucet, needs a new washer.
  • Door in the half bath sticks and needs shaved down.
  • Trim Lilacs on the North side of the lawn.

We are open to other projects that need to be accomplished.

The Plan is to start the work day at 9:00 am Saturday, May 30th. We will all bring a sack lunch and the church will furnish the drinks, water, coffee etc…

Drew Lindsley will again mow the Church lawn after school is out and Track season over.  Until then, Ron and Dave will do the lawn mowing.

Craig Spencer has fertilized and edged the lawn, he has also done some spot weed spraying to control dandelions in the Church yard.

Looking forward to having a successful spring work day, hope to see you there…

Dave Poncin for the Trustees


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

Choir Practice in Grangeville, no more practice until fall.

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.


Getting Acquainted: 

Bernie was baptized into the Christian faith as an infant in the 1920’s in a small town in Wisconsin.

Joanie was baptized into the Christian faith as an infant in the 1930’s in a big city in Minnesota.

Their paths crossed in the 1960’s.  Bernie’s wife had passed away at the age of 30.  Joanie’s husband drifted away in his 30’s.  Bernie was one of Joanie’s son’s teachers in 1967.  Joanie cheerfully exclaims that her kids picked him out.

The two married in 1969. They lived and worked in White Bear Lake, MN until Joanie’s three children were grown and schooled.  The family’s faith continued in the Lutheran church in White Bear Lake for 13 years.

Bernie and Joanie retired to Arkansas and Joanie sang her heart out in praise to our Lord at a big church there.

They spent winters in Mesa, AZ, when their home was in Arkansas.  They had a great church in Mesa as well.

Bernie and Joanie have been together for 46 years, this year.  When Wendy and Ted Lindsley asked them to move to Grangeville in June 2013, they had to say YES as the furniture was on its way in the U Haul.

Praise the Lord.  When they arrived the United Methodist welcomed them in so many blessed ways.

We as Methodists in Grangeville are privileged to be their church family.

“Thank – you- We love you all–and God bless you!” Joanie Golz

We love you and Bernie right back!

Submitted by Sue Crea



May                  15  Dave Poncin

18  Cindy Roberts

19  JoAnne Young

19  Glennda Griffin

21  Carly Reuter

23  River Phillips

27  Denis Long

28  John Geis

29  Megan Sigler


May              20  Craig & Jane Spencer

28  Dan & Cynthia Mattson


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!

The Snippet Corner:  The Sermons of John Wesley – Sermon 8:  The First Fruits of the Spirit

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

  1. By them which are in Christ Jesus, St. Paul evidently means, those who truly believe in him; those who being justified by faith, have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. They who thus believe do no longer, walk after the flesh, no longer follow the motions of corrupt nature, but after the Spirit; both their thoughts, words, and works are under the direction of the blessed Spirit of God.
  2. There is therefore now no condemnation to these. There is no condemnation to them from God; for he hath justified them freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Jesus, hath forgiven all their iniquities, and blotted out all their sins. And there is no condemnation to them from within; for they have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that they might know the things which are freely given to them of God (1 Cor.2:23); which Spirit being witness with their Spirits, that they are the children of God. And to this is added the testimony of their conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, they have had their conversation in the world. (2 Cor.1:12). Dave Hammond, and the History Haven

A GREAT MESSAGE – Our God is an Awesome God!!

When GOD solves our problems, we have faith in HIS abilities. When GOD doesn’t solve our problems HE has faith in our abilities.

One may observe God’s accuracy in the hatching of eggs. . . . . -those of the canary in 14 days; -those of the barnyard hen in 21 days; -eggs of ducks and geese in 28 days; -those of the mallard in 35 days; the eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days. (Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!)

See God’s wisdom in the making of an elephant. . . . The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body – too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily. The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first.

How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation! Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.  Each orange has an even number of segments. Each ear of corn has an even number of rows. Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains. Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number. Amazing.   The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather. All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day. Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture, and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed.

The lives of each of us may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, if we will only entrust Him with our lives. If we try to regulate our own lives, we will have only mess and failure.

Only God, who made our brains and hearts, can successfully guide them to a profitable end.

I Pray God Bless You In Ways You Never Even Dreamed.                         –Author Unknown



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