Methodist Messenger: September, 2015
Grangeville/Nezperce/White Bird UMC
Sunday Worship: NP – 8:30 am ;Grangeville – 11:00 am; WB 2:00 pm
Bring a Friend! Exercise your Freedom to Worship!
From the Pastor: This has been a very different summer, with the fires all around us and the smoke sapping our energy. Almost every conversation involves some comment about the fires or the smoke. Our lives seem to be turned upside down even if we aren’t directly in harm’s way. We all want to be of help, but what is the best thing to do and when? Lots of people have stepped up to help at this time and help will be needed for some time. As things get more organized and a long range plan is put in place we will have a much better idea of where, when and what help is needed. In the meantime my life is dealing with the pain of the people around me and how God is a part of that.
I offer the following excerpt from Madeleine L’ Engle’s book Glimpses of Grace, entitled “God Comes Into Our Places of Pain” which I found helpful.
“I do not want ever to be indifferent to the joys and beauties of this life. For through these, as through pain, we are enabled to see purpose in randomness, pattern in chaos. We do not have to understand in order to believe that behind the mystery and the fascination there is love.
In the midst of what we are going through this summer I have to hold on to this, to return to the eternal questions without demanding an answer. The questions worth asking are not answerable. Could we be fascinated by a Maker who was completely explained and understood? The mystery is tremendous, and the fascination that keeps me returning to the questions affirms that they are worth asking, and that any God worth believing in is the God not only of the immensities of the galaxies I rejoice in at night when I walk the dogs, but also the God of love who cares about the sufferings of us human beings and is here, with us, for us, in our pain and in our joy.
I come across four lines of Yeats and copy them down:
But Love has pitched her mansion in
The place of excrement;
For nothing can be sole or whole
That has not been rent.
The place of excrement. That is where we are this summer. How do we walk through excrement and keep clean in the heart? How do we become whole by being rent?
This summer is not the first time I have walked through the place of excrement and found love’s mansion there. Indeed, we are more likely to find it in the place of excrement that in the sterile places. God comes where there is pain and brokenness, waiting to heal, even if
the healing is not the physical one we hope for.”
May you know God’s presence during this time of confusion, chaos, and pain.
Thanks be to God.
New Bible Reading-Discussion Group: Lay Minister Denis Long would like to facilitate a Bible Reading-Discussion group at the Grangeville church. We are considering once a week for 1 ½ hours with day, time and subject to be decided by the group interested.
Call Denis at 208 507-0533, if you are at all interested and let him know. Let us enjoy the learning and the Word!
Choir practice: Our choir practice started on Monday, September 14, 7 pm. We are learning the music for maybe a couple of specials around Thanksgiving and several for Advent!!! Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!
Camas Prairie Food Bank: We are gearing up for fire victims. Some will be scattered and more help will be needed after the worst of the fire is over and Red Cross leaves. We are going to need more items that can be opened and eaten or heated easily. That includes canned meat such as tuna -very low those items. Also need easy fix package foods and of course peanut butter /jam.
Carlene, Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id. 83530, Location: 411 E. North St., 983-5475.
Website is: http://www.camasprairiefoodbank.org/
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): Our next meeting has been changed to Wednesday, September 2, 10:00 am, at the church with no host lunch following. All are invited to join us.
Health kits for UMCOR: We have 11 kits in Grangeville so far!! Thanks all, good job. These will be taken to the United Methodist Women’s District Annual meeting in Spokane, on September 12, and from there will be delivered to the Salt Lake City UMCOR warehouse.
JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: It is time to collect funds to support our 3 orphans at the Jamaa Letu Orphange in the Republic of Congo. Our dollars add up so any amount helps! To support an orphan, we are asked to submit $493.00 per child. Last year we sent funds for Patricia and Emmanie to help with loving care, shelter, food, clothing, medical care, school uniforms and an education that hopefully will give them a career and independence so important to these children. United Methodist Women also sent a scholarship of $500.00, to help of the older orphan, Ruth. This support is not available to orphans “on the outside”.
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. There are 43 girls and 27 boys. This October, folks traveling to Lubumbashi will carry them in their baggage.
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, or bring them to Grangeville church by Sunday September 27.
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 website about our orphanage is found at http://www.hopeforthechildrenofafrica.com/
Also, there are some drawings by the children at:
The Snippet Corner: (Continue) Sermon 3 “Awake, Thou That Sleepest”
Preached on Sunday, April 4, 1742, before the University of Oxford, by Rev. Charles Wesley
- By one who sleeps, we are therefore, to understand (and would to God we might all understand it!) A sinner satisfied in his sins; contented to remain in his fallen state, to live and die without the image of God; on who is ignorant both of his disease, and of the only remedy for it; one who never was warned, or never regarded the warning voice of God, “to flee from the wrath to come;” one that never yet saw he was in danger of hell-fire, or dries out in earnestness of his soul, “What must I do to be saved?”
- If the sleeper be not outwardly vicious, his sleep is usually the deepest of all: whether he be of the Laodicean spirit, “neither cold or hot,” but a quiet rational, inoffensive, good natured professor of the religion of his fathers; or where he be zealous and orthodox, and after the most straightest sect of our religion, “live” a Pharisee; “that is, according to the scriptural account. One that justifies himself; one that labors to establish his own righteousness, as the ground of his acceptance with God.”
Dave Hammond, History Hound