From the Pastor:
This year Lent begins early on February 10th. Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the Saturday before Easter. This represents the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Throughout Scripture, ashes speak of mourning and regret, and so we will be gathering at noon on Feb. 10th for our Ash Wednesday service, at which time we will receive the mark of the cross in ashes as a sign of repentance. This cross of ashes placed on our foreheads is a sign of our turning to God and laying our mourning and regrets before God. It reminds us of the importance of God in our lives. It is a “reality check. We are God’s inheritance, and belong to God. As God’s children are we really living so as to share God’s ways of love, peace, and justice? Do we know that God loves us? As we travel our Lenten Journey may we each discover our own way of confronting our sinfulness, remembering our mortality, and giving thanks for the gift of salvation we receive through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. May this Lenten season be filled with opportunities to discover the practices that nourish our individual souls and move us closer to this God of love. Thanks be to God!
A Gift of Love:
As you all know the Nez Perce church has had a slow but steady increase in attendance at regular Sunday worship, an average of 10-15 now. Sometimes we have had on special occasions 25-40 and we had the problem of not enough Hymnals. The church had considered buying another dozen which would have been a strain on the budget.
I asked the District Superindent, Dale Cockrum for help and he put a note on the Inland District website. The Methodist UMC at Pomeroy under the leadership of Rev. Bob Totton came to our aid and gave the NP church 12 of their extra hymnals to use when there is a crowd at Nez Perce. There are hymnals for all and joyful songs to be heard.
Thank you for your loving gift Pomeroy UMC!
Denis Long, CLM
Do you want to be counted as a member of UMW? Who can join United Methodist Women? Any woman who commits herself to the PURPOSE of United Methodist Women and to engage in mission, study, personal growth and social action can join. You don’t have to be United Methodist or meet an age requirement to be a member.
Purpose: The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
The entire program and organization of United Methodist Women focuses on mission. Our mission initiatives include: Providing opportunities to grow spiritually; Equipping women & girls to be leaders; providing transformative educational experiences; Organizing for growth & flexibility; Working for justice through service and advocacy.
For more information, websites below will be helpful.
We would like to include any and all women who wish be to part of our local unit. Please let Rose know if you are interested in any way so we can list you on our annual report as a member.
United Methodist Women (UMW): Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 9, 10:00 am, at the church with no host lunch following. All are invited to join us.
Please come as Nancy Connolly will be sharing about the classes available at the Hope Center.
The Sharing Circle. Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, February 3, 17, plus March 2 and 16, at 10 am, at church in Pastor Barbara’s office. We meet 2 Wednesdays a month usually. Call the church office for confirmation for meeting please. All are welcome! Please come and connect with our sisters in Christ. We are sharing and fellowship time based on the Upper Room for that day. Hope you will join us.
Choir practice: Choir Practice continues in Grangeville on Mondays at 7:00 pm. We sing songs for Lent/Easter. All welcome. Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song! All are welcome.
Camas Prairie Food Bank: Thanks again to all of you and have a blessed new year.
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/
UMCOM: (United Methodist Community Outreach Ministry) Now we are in need of blankets and NEW bed pillows.
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!
Help needed: In April, at 3:00 pm, our church will be conducting a worship service each Sunday at the Grangeville Health & Reb. Center. Please consider helping with this. Let Pastor Barbara know which Sunday you can be in charge of. All are welcome to come and join us in praising our Lord with these folks.
The Snippet Corner: The Sermons of John Wesley- Sermon 124 “The Heavenly Treasures in Earthen Vessels”
- By considering, therefore, these things in one view, — the creation and the fall of man, — all the inconsistencies of his nature are easily and fully understood. The greatness and littleness, the dignity and baseness, the happiness and misery, of his present state, are no longer a mystery, but clear consequences of his original state and his rebellion against God. This is the key that opens the whole mystery, that removes all the difficulty, by showing what God made man at ﬁrst, and what man has whatever we regain. It is true, he may regain a considerable measure of “the image of God wherein he was created: “But still whatever we regain, we shall “have this treasure in earthen vessels.”
In order to have a clear conception of this, we may inquire. First what is “the treasure” which we now have; and, in the Second place, consider how “we have this treasure in earthen vessels.
- And, first, let us inquire. What is this treasure which Christian believers have I say, believers; for it is of these directly that the Apostle is here speaking. Part of this they have, in common with other men, in the remains of the image of God. May we not include herein. First an immaterial principle, a spiritual nature, endured with understanding, and affections, and a degree of liberty; of a self-moving, ye, and self-governing power (otherwise we were mere machines, stocks, and stones) And secondly, all that is vulgarly called natural conscience; implying some discernment of the difference between moral good and evil, with an approbation of on, and disapprobation of the other, by an inward monitor accusing. Certainly, whether this is natural or superadded by the grace of God, it is found, at least in some small degree, in every child of man. Something of this is found in every human heart, passing sentence concerning good and evil, not only in all Christians, but in all Mahometans, all pagans, ye, the vilest of savages.
- May we not believe, that all Christians, thought but nominally such, have sometimes at least, some desire to please God, as well as some light concerning what does really please him, and some convictions when they are sensible of displeasing him.
Such treasure have all the children of men, more or less, even when they do not yet know God.
- But it is not these of whom the Apostle is here speaking: neither is this the treasure which is the subject of his discourse. The persons concerning whom he is here speaking are those that are born of God; those that, “being justiﬁed by faith,” have now redemption in the blood of Jesus, even the forgiveness of sins; those who enjoy that peace of God which pass all understanding; Whose south do magnify the Lord, and rejoice in him with joy unspeakable; and who feel the “love of God shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto them. “This, then, is the treasure which they have received; – a faith of the operation of God; a peace which sets them above the fear of death, and enables them in everything to be content.
One of John Wesley’s prayers: Thou art praised, O Lord, by all Thy works, and magniﬁed by everything which Thou hast created. The sun rejoices to run his course, that he may set forth Thy praise who made him. Nor do the moon and stars refrain to manifest Thy glory, even amidst the silent night.
The History Haven, Dave Hammond, Church’s Historian