Methodist Messenger: July, 2015

Bring a Friend! Exercise your Freedom to Worship!

(Note: “Getting Acquainted” is about Ron Sigler)

From the Pastor:

          As I participated in our annual Church meeting in Pasco last week I was reminded of how stewardship plays a part in our churches.  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “stewardship”?  Budgets and spreadsheets?  Money?  Pledge cards?  A grateful response to God? What about love?

For many of us the word stewardship means “the church asking for money” or it means nothing at all.  If we think about it we might have memories of a time in the fall when we are asked to designate a sum of money to ensure there is enough financial resources to fund the budget of the church for the next year. While this pledge drive may be wrapped up in religious language, at the end of the day it is about the need of the congregation to receive rather than the need of the giver to give.

Stewardship is a way of life. It calls us to integrate our faith and the way we live our lives.  Stewardship seems to me to be a mindset, a culture and a discipline that can never be contained in the short time we designate for our pledge drive each year.  I have heard it said that stewardship is the way in which we use all of the resources that God has entrusted to our care so that we can love God and our neighbor.  I like that! Stewardship is about love.

My stewardship practices are a response to the love of God poured out for me.  I hope that we can take time throughout the year to explore the different areas in which we are stewards for God, and what the things are that hinder or motivate our stewardship. Looking forward to some honest open discussion regarding stewardship. Thanks!


Strawberry Shortcake Booth: The Fourth of July Strawberry Shortcake booth may have already taken place by the time you read this but it will happen on Saturday, July 4, starting at 11:00 am, with setup at 9:00 am.

All the many ways our faithful ones helped make this happen is greatly appreciated!!

United Methodist Women (UMW):  For the first time, we are hosting the UMW Inland District Board for their quarterly meeting on Saturday, August 8, starting at 10:00 am. They would like fruit and sweet breads to start with and a lunch around 12:30. Let Rose Mangini know if you can help with this.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 9, 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 and resume on September 2, 10:00 am, in Pastor Barbara’s office. We are open to suggestions for a study. Please join us for this time of great fellowship.

Health kits for UMCOR: (United Methodist Committee on Relief is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.)

Again this year we are collecting items to be taken to the United Methodist Women’s Meeting in September. UMW has set a goal of 10 or more health kits to be taken to the United Methodist Women’s District Annual meeting in September. Nez Perce church has agreed to provide 5 kits!! One or more of any item would be a help!

1 hand towel 15” x 25” to 17” x 27” 1 washcloth (kitchen cleaning and micro fiber towels not acceptable); 1 comb 1 metal nail file or clipper (needs to be sturdy, no pocket combs or picks please no emery boards please); 1 bath size soap (3 oz. and larger sizes only, all brands are acceptable adult size only; do not remove from original packaging original packaging); 1 toothbrush ( in original package); 6 adhesive bandages (¾ to 1 inch size common household Band-Aids); 1 plastic bag one-gallon size (sealable bags only); $1.00 to purchase toothpaste for each Kit

Camas Prairie Food Bank: Any and all items are always appreciated and needed! 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:



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: fans, silverware, 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!


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

Continued from last month:

  1. Yet again there was a sort of love and assistance which they expected one from another.

They expected whatever assistance any one could give another, without prejudice to himself. And this they extended not to those little offices of humanity which are performed without any expense or labor, but likewise to the feeding the hungry. If they had food to spare; the clothing the naked with their own superfluous raiment; and in general, the giving of any that needed such things as they need not themselves. This far, in the lowest account of it, heathen honestly went; the first thing impelled in the being almost a Christian.

  1. A second thing implied in the being almost a Christen, is the having a form of godliness; which is prescribed in the gospel of Christ; the having the outside of a real Christian. According, the almost Christian does nothing which the gospel forbids, he takes not the name of God in fain; he does not curse; he does not swear at all, but his communication is, yes, yes, and no, no. He never uses profanity the day of the Lord, nor suffers it to be profaned even by the strange that is within his gates. He not only avoids all actual adultery, fornication, and uncleanness, but every word or look that either directly or indirectly tends thereof; no, and all idle words, abstaining both from detraction, backbiting, evil speaking and from “all foolish taking and jesting”” – eutrapelia, a kind of virtue in the heathen moralist’s account; – briefly, from all conversation that is not “good to the use to edifying,” and that, consequently, “grieves the Holy Spirit of God, whereby we are sealed to the day of redemption.

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


Get Acquainted:  Amy and I first came to Grangeville UMC after our first child, Daniel was born. We had been going to the Cottonwood Community Church but it seemed pastors were coming and going, and we were looking for a slightly bigger church for the kids to grow up in.

Amy had been a Methodist most of her life.  I was raised in the Baptist church but for the last 3 years in TX, had been attending a Methodist church in Houston while I was in residency training.

Steve Rice was the minister here and he made several visits to our home to welcome us. There were several couples our age with children.  It seemed each of our kids had a special friend from the church. There were many folks from the Forest service attending and we made many friends of course.

Time passes, kids grow up, and go away to school – “Life Happens” and things change. But the core people have remained in the church and that makes Grangeville UMC a wonderful warm place to worship and serve.  Ron Sigler




July:     2          Randy Moser

6          Chuck Coen

7          Dan Sullivan

8          Jay Spencer

11        Katy Fox

20        Brini Eimers

21        Jacob Warden

27        Amy Sigler

31        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!



Saturday, July 4, 9:00 am, Strawberry Shortcake booth at the park, see article above

Wednesday, July 8, 4:00 pm, Ad council meeting

Sunday July 26, Potluck after worship in Grangeville


Upcoming Lectionary Readings:

July 5

2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10

Psalm 48

2 Corinthians 12:3-10

Mark 6:1-13


July 12

2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19

Psalm 24

Ephesians 1:3-14

Mark 6:14-29


July 19

2 Samuel 7:1-14a

Psalm 89:20-37

Ephesians 2:11-22

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56


July 26

2 Samuel 11:1-15

Psalm 14

Ephesians 3:14-21

John 6:1-21




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