From the Pastor:
Thanksgiving is over and Christmas will be here before I know it. The Church bazaar is this Saturday and I have so much that I want to get done for this event. I could spend all my time baking, sewing and crafting things, but what about me? What about God? What about my inner being? Slowly I am realizing that I need to let God be in control and what he needs me to do will get done and the other things can just wait. What good am I if I’m tired and cranky or feeling stressed out? God will provide if I let him. May I give God time to nourish my soul through prayer and worship as I go about the tasks he places before me. As people come into my life, may I be open to their needs as well. Help us all to be both givers and receivers of you wonderful blessings during this Christmas Season.
To help us through this hectic season I would like to share this prayer by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
A Christmas Prayer
Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the wisdom of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus sake, Amen.
Camas Prairie Food Bank: We can always use more stovetop stuffing and any desert packages, canned pie fillings, small packages of flour, pancake mix or anything to help make Christmas special.
Thanks again to all of you and we wish all of you a very blessed Christmas.
Carlene and all the volunteers. 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/
Choir practice: We will continue having our choir practice after Advent and it is on Mondays, at 7 pm. We will be singing on each Sunday during Advent, except for the 13th!!! Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song! All are welcome.
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 local unit decided to honor 3 active people of our church with a special pin called, “Special Mission Recognition.” Funds were sent to National UMW in their honor to recognize the faithful work they do for our church and behind! The ones honored were Jerry Zumalt, Marietta Hanson, and Rose Mangini.
We also give to the Women’s mission outreach by a Pledge to Mission (we give $500.00 each year to the Inland District UMW to help them fulfill their pledge to Pacific Northwest Conference who pledges to the National UMW and they use these funds worldwide!).
The church’s support of our fund raiser is greatly appreciated making it possible for us to share locally, nationally, and world-wide!! Thank you!!
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 9, 10:00 am, at the church with no host lunch following. All are invited to join us.
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 even more like “Christmas”.
The Sharing Circle. We are trying to find a time that will work for more for our monthly fellowship time, so please think about what you might work for you and we will discuss it at our December meeting. Hope you will join this small gathering for study of God’s word, sharing your faith and great fellowship. We are open to suggestion of study material.
BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES:
Dec 2 Bailey Cullin
5 Don Warden
10 Cynthia Mattson
21 Vivian Suddreth
Dec 15 Shirley & Darrell Smith
28 Don & Carol Warden
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, too. NOTE: Please let us know if your birthday/anniversary is NOT listed. We would like to include it next time!
The Snippet Corner:
“The Heavenly Treasure In Earthen Vessels” (Taken from the Sermons of John Wesley)
- How long was man a mere riddle to himself for how many ages were the wisest of men utterly -unable to reveal the mystery to reconcile the strange inconsistencies, in him, – the wonderful mixture of good and evil, of greatness and littleness of nobleness and baseness ( barrenness). The more deeply they considered these things the more they were entangled. The more pains they took, in order to clear up the subject, the more they were bewildered in vain, uncertain conjectures.
- But what all the wisdom of man was unable to do, was in due time done by the wisdom of God. When it pleased God to give an account of the origin of things, and of man in particular, all the darkness vanished away, and the clear light shone. God said, “Let us make man in our own image.” It was done in the image of God man was made. Hence we are enabled to give a clear, satisfactory account of the greatness. The Excellency, the dignity of man. But “man, being in honor” did not continue their in, but rebelled 20 against his sovereign Lord. Here by the totally lost not only the favor, but likewise the image of God. And in “Adam all died.” For fallen “Adam begat a son in his own likeness.” And hence we taught to give a clear, intelligible account of the littleness and baseness of man. He is sunk even ‘below the beasts that perish. Human nature now is not only sensual but devilish. There is in every man born into the world, (What is not in any part of the brute creation; no beast is fallen so low.) a “carnal mind.” Which is enmity, “direct enmity, “against God.”
Dave Hammond, Church Historian
Upcoming Lectionary Readings:
1 Samuel 2: 18-20, 26