Methodist Messenger: October, 2015

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:

I go to church

Not because a sermon is preached, though it can be helpful;

Not because good music is provided, though I obtain much benefit from the musical part of the service;

Not because other people go, though following the crowd is all right when the crowd is going the right way;

Not because I have the habit, though I consider the custom of church attendance valuable;

Not because I am afraid God will punish me if I am absent, though neglect of church attendance brings moral and spiritual poverty;

Not because at church I wear my best clothes, though, I like most people, I enjoy being well-dressed;

Not because there I am in the best society, though the company of Christian people is very attractive to me;

Not because I agree with all the religious ideas and lifestyles of everyone who goes. I don’t; it’s impossible.

I go because Jesus went even when he could not agree with the scribes and Pharisees, nor the congregation.

I go because God is my Creator and friend, the source of all that is worthwhile in my life and in my world.

—First United Methodist Church, Upland, California



Camas Prairie Food Bank: We are starting to think of upcoming holidays. So we are needing pie fillings, canned milk, cake/cookie mixes, jello/pudding etc.  As always we need boxed and canned meal helpers.   We could really use jiffy mixes.
We have lots of green beans and corn so can use other vegetables.
Also, i wonder if anyone would be willing to donate quart type bags.  We use these for repackaging large bags of food.  We can use zip lock type bags, gusset type or bags with twist ties.  The bags just need to be able to close tightly so can’t use fold over.
Thanks for your continued help.

Carlene, Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St., 983-5475.

Website is:


Choir practice:  Our choir practice is on Mondays, at 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!


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: 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 will be on Wednesday, November 11, 10:00 am, at the church with no host lunch following.  All are invited to join us. We will be making our mincemeat on Monday, November 23.


Health kits for UMCOR: I took 36 kits 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.

Wow! Our 3 churches donated as much as all the other district churches combined!! Thanks so much! Grangeville had 15, White Bird 4, and Nez Perce 17!! Great job!


JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: We have collected funds in the amount of $732.00, to support our 3 orphans at the Jamaa Letu Orphanage 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. Make your check out to the church with “orphanage” in the comment line. For cash, envelopes are on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Room.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”. 

The website about our orphanage is found at

Also, there are some drawings by the children at:



The Snippet Corner: (Continued) Sermon 3 “Awake, Thou That Sleepest”

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

  1. This is he, who, “having a form of godliness, denies the power thereof,” you, and probably reviles it, whosesoever it is found, as mere extravagance and delusion. Meanwhile, the wretched self-receiver thanks God, that he is “not as other men are; adulters, unjust, extortioners,” no he does wrong to any man, he “fasts twice in a week,” uses all the means of grace, is constant at church and sacrament, yes, and “gives tithes of all that he has,” does all the good that he can “touching the righteousness of the law,” he is “blameless,” he wants nothing of godliness, but the power, nothing of religion, but the spirit: nothing Christianity, but the truth and the life.
  2. But know you are not, that however highly esteemed among men such a Christian as this may be, he is an abomination in the sight of God, and an heir of every woe which the Son of God, yesterday, today, and forever, denounces against “scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites” he has “made clean the outside of the cup and the platter, “but within is full of all filthiness. An evil disease cleaveth still unto him, so that his inward parts are very wickedness.” Our Lord fitly compares him to a “painted sepulchre, which appears beautiful without, but nevertheless, is “full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. “The bones indeed are no longer dry: the sinews and flesh are come upon them, and the skin covers them above: but there is no breath in them, no Spirit of the living God. And, “if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. “ You are Christ’s if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you,” but, if not, God knoweth that ye abide in death, even until now.

Dave Hammond, History Hound


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