NOTE: Pastor Barbara will be on call for possible Federal Jury duty
the month of November in Coeur d’Alene.
From the Pastor: Small Groups
Many years ago I participated in a Covenant Discipleship group made up of clergy in the then Spokane District. It was a wonderful experience, where we gathered once a week for communion and to uphold each other up by asking the difficult question, how is it with your Soul? This is not an easy question to answer. It took time to develop a level of trust where we felt able to really share with each other but we were called to hold each other accountable when at times we tried to avoid the question. As the weeks went by we were able to focus and share at a deeper level. It was an enriching yet frightening experience. Eventually, I was transferred to another area of the state where others weren’t interested in this type of group or felt they didn’t have time for it.
At the Bishops Symposium which I recently attended, Kevin Watson was our main speaker and talked about small groups similar to this called class meetings. It was interesting to learn that up until the early twenties in order to be a member of the Methodist Church you had to participate in a class meeting on a regular basis were you dealt with the question of how is it with your soul. These meetings allowed people to really question what was going on in their lives and their place in society. They build relationships that would last a lifetime. It also was one way in which the Methodist Church people were different from society in general.
In our world today, it is often difficult to identify how we are different from the general society, yet God calls us to be different. If you would be willing to have so conversations around the idea of a class meeting and what it would mean to explore more deeply your relationship with God, let me know and we can begin that conversation.
May we all find ways to become more grounded in our faith, as God walks with us. Praise the Lord!
Choir practice: Our choir practice is on Mondays, at 7 pm. We will be singing on Sunday, November 29, at 11:00 worship and at the 5th Sunday Hymn Sing at 6:00 pm, (See dates to remember below) and several during Advent!!! Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!
Camas Prairie Food Bank: We are starting to think of upcoming holidays. So we are needing pie fillings, canned milk, cake/cookie mixes, Jell-O/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: 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: pots, pans, skillets, and dinner plates. All items are appreciated! 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.
The date for mincemeat making is on Monday, November 23, 8:00 am. Please save this day and come help us make our famous Methodist mincemeat. As always, we need some peelers on that day.
Our annual Christmas Bazaar and Pie Fellowship will be on Saturday, December 5. Be sure when making your jams, jellies, etc. to make a few extra for this bazaar with some hand-made craft items as well. Our best sellers seem to be home-made candies and baked goods!! Set up for this will be on Friday, December 4, 9:00 am. Please come and help us make our church “Christmas” looking.
JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: To support all three we are in need of $159.00 more funds. Please prayerfully consider giving a few more dollars to make our goal!!We have collected funds in the amount of $1327.00, 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.”
Trustees Report: Thanks to Ron Johns for mowing the Church Lawn. (Editor’s note: Also a thank you to others who have been doing this.)
Finished the remodel and upgrading of the Parsonage Bathroom: Replaced the sub flooring which was water damaged, and the linoleum. Painted the room and hallway to back door, installed new water saving toilet, a sink and cabinet to allow for some counter space, a wall cabinet and new lighting. Also trimmed the bathroom door to make room for a rug in front of the sink. Total cost was $2,354.37, which was taken from our Summit Building Fund.
Installation of fans in the sanctuary will be completed this week. It is planned to buy the fans with dollars from the Memorial Fund, estimated at $1200, other costs will come from the Summit Building fund investments.
Ron, Linda Johns, Jerry Zumalt and Dave Poncin cleaned the basement and stage area in preparation for the fund raiser for ﬁre victims that was held October 24”’ and 25”’. A play hosted by the Cornerstone Theater.
Deanna English is hosting a meditation class for teachers, it will be four sessions we have negotiated rent at $40.00 Dates are November 3, 12, 19, and 24.
Dave Poncin, for the Trustees
The Snippet Corner:
The Sermons of John Wesley- Sermon 3 Awake Thou Sleepest (continued):
- This is another character of the sleeper here spoken to, he abides in death, though he knows it not, he is dead unto God. “Dead in trespasses and sins; “For to be carnally minded is death “Even as it is written;“ By one man sin entered into the world , and so death passed upon all men; “not only temporal death. But likewise spiritual and enteral,
“In that day that thou eat. “ Said God to Adam, “Thou shalt surely die, “not bodily (unless as he then became mortal), but spiritually: thou shalt lose thy life; of thy soul; thou shalt die to God: shall be separated from him, thy essential life and happiness.
- Thus ﬁrst was dissolved the vital union of our soul with God; insomuch that “in the midst of natural life “life, we are” now in spiritual “death. “And herein we remain till the Second Adam become a quickening Spirit to us; till he raises the dead, the dead in sin, in pleasure , riches or honors. But before any dead soul can live, he “hears” (hearkens to) “the voice of the Son of God”: he is made sensible of his lost estate, and receives the sentence of death in himself, he knows himself to be “dead while awake.
Dave Hammond, History Hound