Methodist Messenger: June, 2015

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

From the Pastor:

            The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church is an instrument for setting forth the laws, plan, polity, and process by which United Methodists govern themselves. Each general conference of the denomination amends, perfects, clarifies and adds its own contribution to the Discipline, yet many United Methodists are unfamiliar with this book.

This month I would like to highlight several sections from the Discipline for you to ponder and consider: Section II. The Ministry of All Children, Paragraph 127. The Ministry of the Laity and Section IV. Servant Ministry Paragraphs 135-137, (see below).

May we gain a better understanding of who we are as Methodists and may we ponder and reflect on how all of this effects our own lives.  Maybe this will start a discussion among us, who knows.


The Book of Discipline

Section II, The Ministry of All Children

#127 The Ministry of the Laity–The ministry of the laity flows from a commitment to Christ’s outreaching love. Lay members of the United Methodist Church are, by history and calling, active advocates of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every layperson is called to carry out the Great Commission (Mathew 28:18-20); every layperson is called to be missional.  The witness of the laity, their Christ-like examples of everyday living as well as the sharing of their own faith experiences of the gospel, is the primary evangelistic ministry through which all people will come to know Christ and The United Methodist Church will fulfill its mission.

Section IV, Servant Ministry

#135 Christian Discipleship–The ministry of all Christians consists of privilege and obligation.  The privilege is a relationship with God that is deeply spiritual.  The obligation is to respond to God’s call to holy living in the world.  In the United Methodist tradition these two dimensions of Christian discipleship are wholly interdependent.

#136 Our Relationship with God: Privilege—Christians experience growth and transition in their spiritual life just as in their physical and emotional lives. While this growth is always a work of grace, it does not occur uniformly.  Spiritual growth in Christ is a dynamic process marked by awakening, birth, growth, and maturation.  This process requires careful and intentional nurture for the disciple to reach perfection in the Christian life.  There are stages of spiritual growth and transition: Christian beginnings; Christian birth; Christian growth; and Christian maturity. These require careful and intentional nurture for the disciple to come to maturity in the Christian life and to engage fully in the ministry of all Christians.

#137 Our Relationship with Christ in the World: Obligation—The ministry of all Christians in the United Methodist tradition has always been energized by deep religious experience, with emphasis on how ministry relates to our obligation to Jesus Christ.  The early Methodists developed a way of life that fostered reliability, and their methodical discipleship is best expressed in the General Rules that John Wesley first published in 1743, which remain in The United Methodist Book of Discipline, pages 75-78.

MEMORIAL FLOWER TUBS: Our tubs have been planted and are in place.  Tubs will be labeled soon as we had to order new holders since the old ones are nowhere to be found.

They will appear 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 very thankful for all your help. You are a blessing. Please keep us in mind as you make your garden and any time you have extra and need someplace to donate, we can always use it! Any and all items are appreciated!

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: Pastor Barbara Essen has agreed to be our chair this year!! Thanks so much Barbara.  Please be ready to help in any way she asks.

The Fourth of July Strawberry Shortcake booth will be on Saturday, July 4, starting at 11:00 am, with setup at 9:00 am. As always, we will need help in all ways!! Please come and give us a hand to make this happen again!!

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, June 10, 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. We have had several recently.

Now our needs are: dish towels/dish rags/potholders/ bath towels/cloths, hand towels, cookware, serving/mixing bowls, utensils, hand mixers, can openers and curtains/rods of all sizes.  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!



June     4  Carrie Coen

8   Barbara Essen

17  Elizabeth Coen

18  Kay Stumpf

24  Beth Plagmann

25  Jonna Urbahn



8  John & Annelle Urbahn

12  Robert & Sarah (Griffin) Shepherd

15  Mike & Glennda Griffin

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!

Write a letter to our Jamaa Letu Orphans! There is a one-time opportunity to write letters to the children, teens and young adults who are part of the Jamaa Letu Orphanages. This October, folks traveling to Lubumbashi will carry them in their baggage.

There are two possibilities – At Annual Conference in June, there will be a ‘Change the World’ activity to be held on Thursday, June 25. As an option, attendees will be invited to write letters to Jamaa Letu residents, university students and staff. A table will have supplies and information about each resident. You may also write letters, individually or as a church. It’s a myriad of possibilities!

Write the full name of the resident on the envelope and leave the envelope unsealed. Then, send the letter(s) in a larger envelope to: Orphanage PNW Conference (P.O. Box 13650, Des Moines, WA 98198) before September 30.

Is it possible to send something to the residents? This is a natural impulse as we relate to children and teens who are important to us. Very small items may be included in their envelope. Items such as age-appropriate postcards, bookmarks, etc., are workable – nothing thick or too lumpy! Also, fun things for every resident may be sent if small – balloons come to mind.

The number of times that people have asked about writing letters is almost too numerous to count. There are good reasons for it not being possible which makes this opportunity even more exciting.

Our 3 we support at Grangeville church are: Scholarship for Ruth Tabu Milenda (by UMW), Patricia Matula, 5 years old, and Emmanie Kismba, 6.

The website about our orphanage is found at

Pictures of the orphans are posted on face book & can be downloaded at:


The Snippet Corner: The Sermon of John Wesley—Sermon 2: The Almost Christian

First what is implied to being almost; secondly, what in being altogether, a Christian.

  1. Now in that being a Christian is implied, first heathen honesty, no I suppose will make any question of this; especially since by heathen here, I mean not that which is recommended in the writings of their philosophers only, but such as common heathens expected one of another, and many of them actually practiced. By the rules of this they were taught that they ought not to be unjust; not to take away their neighbor’s goods, either by robbery of theft; not to oppress the poor, neither to use extortion toward any; not to cheat or overreach either the poor or rich, in whatsoever commerce they had with them; to defraud no man of his right; and if it were possible to owe no man anything.
  2. Again: the common heathens allowed that some regard was to be paid to truth, as well as to justice. And accordingly, they not only held him in abomination who was forewarn, who called God to witness to a lie; but him also who was known to be a slandered or his neighbor, who falsely accused any man. And indeed, little better did they esteem willful lairs of any sort accounting them the disgrace of human kind, and the pests of society.

John Wesley preached at St. Mary’s, Oxford, before the University, on July 25, 1741.

“Almost you persuaded me to be a Christian,” taken from Acts 26-28.

From Dave Hammond the Churches Historian


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