Methodist Messenger: August, 2015

From the Pastor:

          It’s interesting how we take so much for granted in our lives.  I have discovered that I was blessed in my life to have people around me who demonstrated their devotion and faithfulness to the church. It was a given for me that they and I would be there for worship and Sunday school.  On those rare instances when they were absent everyone would be asking if they were alright. I learned early that attendance was important and expected, and that I was important and valued as was everyone else.  I saw people using their gifts helping with Sunday school, worship or volunteering in the office or with the youth. As I experienced this I grew to know that I was expected to do the same.  I saw how it was a way in which people gave praise and honor to God as they shared their gifts.

As a child I remember traveling with my parents and the importance I felt about attending Church every week so that I could have perfect attendance.  I also remember how good I felt after having been in worship.  Music has been important for me and as I grow older I realize how much the hymns of my childhood have influenced who I am.

Today I give thanks to all of the people past and present in my life, who have been faithful and live they faith to the fullest.  The young who are looking to the church for guidance and the old who are faithful even in trying situations.  I pray that I will always find a way to use my gifts for the glory of God, knowing that at times God calls me into areas that I don’t want to go.  May others look back and remember my faithfulness and willingness to be involved and give thanks to God.

Our churches constantly give us opportunities for worship and praise as we use our gifts for God. May we all pray that God helps us see his will for us and gives us the strength to follow that will?  Pray that our church will find people willing to share their gifts so that others can grow and be blessed by God’s spirit. There is always something that we can do around the church to help spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  If you see a job that needs to be done, ask yourself if it is something that you can do and if so volunteer to do it and experience God’s blessing.

Thanks be to God!  Barbara

Sunday school: Summer is more than half over and fall is quickly approaching.  Children’s Sunday school has been in a holding pattern for the summer, working around vacations and family obligations but hanging in there just the same. The fall session begins in September. Volunteers are needed to share teaching responsibilities especially the first Sunday of each month.

Presently the faithful attendees are River Phillips and Jeri Lynn Cox.  The insights that these two bring to often amaze me, the simple and straight forward thoughts of children have the ability to demonstrate the power of the voice of the Lord.  I pray that we can continue Children’s Sunday school, volunteers and prayers are needed.

Thanks, Sharon Cox


Strawberry Shortcake Booth: Strawberry Shortcakes, Strawberry Shortcake please!  Our 4th of July Strawberry shortcake booth is just a memory.  It is our biggest moneymaker of the year for the United Methodist Women and a wonderful time of fellowship for the whole church.  People from the community start asking about it weeks in advance looking forward with anticipation to tasting those strawberries.

This year I give thanks for the great crew that gave of their time and energy in order for this event to happen. To the people who helped make biscuits and or provided angel food cakes, bought supplies, picked up and or hauled supplies, got the new tent, made new aprons, worked on setup, or cleanup or helped collecting money or dishing up the orders, you all did a wonderful job. Thanks also to the people at Askers who allow us to store our berries and supplies in their cooler until we need them and the staff who volunteered to help us haul them.

Thanks!   Barbara

(And a BIG thanks to you Barbara for chairing this event!! You did a fantastic job!!!)


Camas Prairie Food Bank: We always need boxed or canned meal helpers. Also need canned meat, peanut butter/jam and canned fruit.  We are also in need of quart zip lock bags for re-packaging of bulk food.

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!


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. Thanks ladies for all your help!!

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!! We have 5 completed kits now, with enough clippers for 5 more! One or more of any item would be a help! Complete kit has: 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


The Snippet Corner:

Sermon 3 “Awake, Thou That Sleepest”

Preached on Sunday, April 4, 1742, before the University of Oxford, by Rev. Charles Wesley

  1. And first, as to the sleepers here spoken to. By sleep is signified the natural state of man; that insensibility of his real condition, wherein every man come into the world, and continues till the voice of God awakes him.
  2. Now, they that sleep, sleep in the night, “The state of nature is a state of utter darkness; a state wherein darkness covers the earth, and gross darkness the people.” The poor unawakened sinner, how much knowledge nothing yet as he ought to know, he knows not that he is a fallen spirit, whose only business in the present world is to recover from his fall, to regain that image of God wherein he was created he sees no necessity for the one thing needful, even that inwards universal change, that birth from above, figured out by baptism which is the beginning of that total renovation, that sanctification of spirit, soul, and body, without which no man shall see the Lord.
  3. Full of all diseases as he is, he fancies himself in perfect health. Fast bound in misery and iron, he dreams that he is at liberty, he says, “Peace! Peace! While the devil, as a strong man armed is in full possession of his soul, he sleeps on still and takes his rest, though hell is moved from beneath to meet him; though the pit from whence there is no return hath opened its mouth to swallow him up. A fire is kindled around him, yet it burns him yet he lays it no to hear.


Church Finances:

Here are the figures of the monthly giving for the 1st 7 months of this year showing the faithful donations we receive.

Month                                     Breakdown of giving:                                          Total giving for the month:


Pledges                 $8761.50

Plate                              99.00

Sunday school            26.53

Rent                            150.00

Total:                                                                                      $9037.03



Pledges               $5046.00

Plate                        102.00

Sunday school           24.51

Nezperce                    50.00

Rent                           450.00

Total:                                                                                      $5672.51


Pledges               $4667.50

Plate                        212.00

Sunday school           36.47

Rent                          150.00

Jamaa Letu              245.00

Total:                                                                                      $6498.25


Pledges               $5174.50

Plate                        246.25

Sunday school           34.50

Rent                           150.00

Total:                                                                                      $5605.25


Pledges               $5054.50

Plate                        135.00

Sunday school            1.85

Rent                          150.00

Total:                                                                                      $5341.35


Pledges               $5291.00

Plate                          78.00

Rent                           300.00

Total:                                                                                      $5669.00


Pledges                                 $3539.00

Plate                        106.00

Jamaa Letu               500.00

Total:                                                                                      $4145.00

As you can see, some months have been low! That makes it hard to keep up our good record of paying for all required expenses of keeping our doors open. Please prayerful consider increasing your offer. We do thank you for your continued support. Thanks to the Lord for all of His blessings!



1      Jimmy Fox

1      Ron Johns

6      Ted Lindsley

13    Glenn Vawter

20    Michael Griffin

25    Sharon Cox

29   Jordan Reuter

30   Luke Moser


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!



There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country. “Is there anything breakable in here?” asked the postal clerk. They lady answered, “Only the Ten Commandments.”

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People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention.

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Everything can change in a blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.

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A small boy approached his father, saying proudly, “I know what the Bible means!” His father smiled and replied, “What do you mean, you know what the Bible means?” The son replied, “I do know!” “Okay,” said the father. “What does the Bible mean?”

That’s easy daddy, it stands for: Basic Information Before Leaving Earth!”


Believe in miracles!





Upcoming Lectionary Readings:

August 2

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a

Psalm 51:1-12

Ephesians 4:1-16

John 6:24-35


August 9

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33

Psalm 130

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

John 6:35, 41-51


August 16

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

Psalm 111

Ephesians 5:15-20

John 6:51-58


August 23

1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43

Psalm 84

Ephesians 6:10-20

John 6:56-69

Count your blessings instead of your crosses.

Count your gains instead of your losses Count your yes’s instead of your no’s.

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count the full years instead of the lean

Count your deeds instead of the mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth.

Count on God instead of yourself!

Author Unknown


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