Methodist Messenger: April-May, 2016

Methodist Messenger: April-May, 2016

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:   

As we move into the Easter season with the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, this offers us a time to re-evaluate our lives as God’s children, and look at how we give glory, honor, and praise to God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

With this in mind, I offer you the following meditation taken from the Weekly Stewardship Reflections:  Quote & Question for Reflection

From Wayne Muller in Sabbath: Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Rest (Bantam, 1999), pp. 7 & 26 (emphasis added)

“Remember the Sabbath’ is not simply a life-style suggestion. lt is a spiritual precept in most of the world’s spiritual traditions – ethical precepts that include prohibitions against killing, stealing, and lying. …How can forgetting to be restful, sing songs, and take delight in creation be as reprehensible as murder, robbery, and deceit? Why is it so important?

“Sabbath honors the necessary wisdom of dormancy. If certain plant species, for example, do not lie dormant for winter, they will not bear fruit in the [summer]. If this continues for more than a season, the plant begins to die. If dormancy continues to be prevented, the entire species will die. A period of rest – in which nutrition and fertility most readily coalesce – is not simply a human psychological convenience; it is a spiritual and biological necessity…

“The practice of Shabbat, or Sabbath, is designed specifically to restore us, a gift of time in which we allow the cares and concerns of the marketplace to fall away. We set aside time to delight in being alive, to savor the gifts of creation, and to give thanks for the blessings we may have missed in our necessary preoccupation with our work …Within this sanctuary, we make ourselves available to the insights and blessings that arise only in stillness and time.”

Why do you think that forgetting the Sabbath (on Sundays or at another regularly observed time) can be dangerous? In your opinion, how might “remembering the Sabbath,” be a blessing to yourself, to other people, and to God’s broader creation?

 

 

Graduates:  Megan Sigler will be graduating from college in May. Shandra Madden, (Nancy Thompson’s granddaughter) is graduating from high school. If anyone knows of any more graduates, please let Rose Mangini, (983-0489), know their names.  We want to honor them at a coffee hour.

MEMORIAL FLOWER TUBS: This year the cost per container will be $52.00. If someone would like to split the cost of a tub, some would be willing to share. Get in touch with Jane, 451-6615, and tell us who you wish to dedicate your flower tub in memory OR in honor of.  Write your check for $52.00, (or $26.00 to share one) to Green Acres and we will deliver the checks to them.  These need to be reserved by May 1.

The eight flower tubs are ordered. Two of the tubs will be different than the other six this year. The one at the mail box will be filled with “Watermelon” Coleus, Impatiens and Begonias, all shade tolerant plants. The one container at the handicapped access will be full of sunny Redbeckia, The other six will contain the traditional Red Geraniums plus Cordyline Spikes, Chartreuse Ipomoea Batatas (Sweet Potato Vines), Petunias etc.

Jane is hoping to winter over the geraniums and the cordyline for reuse to reduce next year’s expense. Jane is planning on caring for (extra watering, fertilizing and deadheading to keep the flowers blooming) the tubs during the summer months. Green Acres says tubs will be in place by Memorial Day.

 

Women of Faith Farewell Tour: This video event is on Friday-Saturday, April 22-23, 7 pm to 10 pm & 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and is hosted at Grangeville Christian Church, 402 West South 1st St. Cost is $15.00. Register before April 10. See Rose Mangini for registration.

Celebrate 20 years of laughter and life-changing stories with messages from the original “Porch Pals” and friends on this 2-DVD set recorded LIVE at Women of Faith Loved: The Farewell Tour. No matter how you feel, the reality is this:    You are seen.  You are known.  You are free.  You are Loved.

 

Special services: In April, at 3:00 pm, our 3 churches will be conducting the worship services each Sunday at the Grangeville Health & Reb. Center. The NP church will be on April 3, WB church on April 10, and GR on April 17 & 24. Also, the choir will be singing special songs at the Grangeville Rehab. Center on April 10 and 24. All welcome. Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song! All are welcome.

 

Trustees Report

The lights within the Globe lights have been replaced with LED lights.  This will reduce our use of electricity and also the need to frequently change those difficult lights.  Our thanks go to Jerry Zumalt and Sonny Robison for helping to make this happen.  We also wish to thank those Church members that contributed to the purchase of these expensive bulbs.

The Trustees have decided not to install security Cameras in the Church at this time, Cost to do this is about $600 and we have other needs for those dollars.

We will be looking for someone to do lawn care this summer, if you know of someone let the Trustees know.

The leak in the gutters on the west side of the Church and the cement erosion will be repaired by Jeff Schacker Construction.

The security light in the Alley has been repaired and now operates on a dark to dawn timer.

The Trustees will be meeting to plan a Church work day in the spring when we have warmer weather. Dave Poncin, For the Trustees

Camp Scholarships available for Twinlow:  UMW is always willing to help with financing for anyone interested in going to camp. Let Rose Mangini, (983-0489), know if you have someone that needs our assistance in making this happen.

 

United Methodist Women (UMW):  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 11 10:00 am.  All are invited to join us.

The Sharing Circle.  Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, April 6 & 20, plus May 4 and 18, 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.

 

Annual Strawberry Shortcake Booth: We have started planning our booth for 4th of July.  Pastor Barbara will be our chair again for this all-church event. Thanks Barbara! Please prayerfully consider helping us make this tradition happen again this year.

We will be making biscuits on Thursday, June 30, 9:00 am, in the church kitchen.  Come and join us for fun and great fellowship.  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/

 

Climate Vigil Lanterns:  Anyone interested in decorating store-bought lanterns with colored tissue paper to be used at the General Conference to be used May 12. A discussion guide is at: www.pnwumc.org/climatevigil. Also see Channels #91, page 6.

 

Envisioning Hope for The United Methodist Church Compiled by Marie Kuchstanovsky.

The Pacific Northwest delegation to the 2016 General and Western Jurisdictional Conferences is preparing to serve at the global gathering in May and jurisdictional meeting in July. The ten lay and ten clergy delegates and reserves are reading the legislation in the Advance Daily Christian Advocate (bit.ly/gc16-aedca) and meeting regularly to discuss and hear from leadership.

Our group is also in prayer for each other and for God’s vision for the global church. We ask you to join us in hope, prayer, and discernment. Our Bishop is encouraging our Greater Northwest Episcopal Area to be in prayer together on the First Sundays leading up to and directly following General Conference with special bulletin inserts provided (greaternw.org/words-of-prayer) for local church use.

Bishop Grant Hagiya and his colleagues on the Council of Bishops, have also invited each annual conference to host a 24-hour prayer effort with the intent of creating a groundswell of prayer in the days leading up to General Conference. The Pacific Northwest Conference has been asked to dedicate time to pray for General Conference on April 13. You can sign-up to be a part of the 24-hour prayer vigil atpnwumc.org/gcprayer.

A large part of our prayer and preparation is also visioning about both conferences and identifying our call in the midst of that vision. In order to share some of those thoughts with you, delegates have been asked to respond to one of the two questions:

What is your hope for General Conference? Why were you called to serve on the delegation?

See March Channels for complete article.

 

The Sermons of John Wesley Sermon 45: The New Birth

  1. If doctrines within the whole compass of Christianity may be properly teamed fundamental, they are doubtless these two the doctrine of justification, and that of the new birth: the former relating to that great work which God does in us, in renewing our fallen nature. In order of time, neither of these is before the other these is before the other: in the moment we are justified by the grace of God, through the redemption that is in Jesus, we are also “born of the Spirt;” but in order of thinking, as it is teamed, justification precedes the new birth. We first conceive his wrath to be turned away, and then his Spirit to work in our hearts.
  2. How great importance then must it be of, to every child of man, thoroughly to understand these fundamental doctrines. From a full conviction of this, many excellent men have wrote very largely concerning justification, explaining every point relating there to, and opening the Scriptures which treat upon it. Many likewise have wrote on the new birth: And some of them largely enough; but yet not so clearly as might have been desired, nor so deeply and accurately: having either given a dark, abstruse account of it, or a slight and superficial one. Therefore a full, and at the same time a clear, account of the new birth, seems to be wanting still; such as may enable us to give a satisfactory answer to these three questions: First, why must we be born again What is the foundation of this doctrine of the new birth? Secondly, how must we be born again. What is the nature of the new birth and? And thirdly, wherefore must we be born again. To what end is it necessary. These questions, by the assistance of God. I shall briefly and plainly answer: and then subjoin a few inferences which will naturally follow.
  3. And, First, Why must we be born again What is the foundation of this doctrine, The foundation of it lies near as deep as the creation of the world; in the scriptural account whereof we read, “And God,” the three-one God, “said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness. So God created man in his own image, the governor of this lower word, having “dominion over the fishes of the sea, and over all the earth,”- but chiefly in his moral image: which, according to the Apostle, is “righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24) in the image of God was man made. “God is love.” Accordingly, man at his creation was full of love; which was the sole principle of all his tempers, thoughts, words, and actions. God is full of justice, mercy, and truth; so was man as he came from the hands of his Creator. God is spotless purity; and so man was in the beginning pure from every sinful blot; otherwise God could not have pronounced him, as well as all the other work of his hands, “very good” (Gen. 1:31). This he could not have been had he not been pure from sin, and filled with righteousness and true holiness. For there is no medium: If we suppose and intelligent creature not to love God, not to be righteous and holy, we necessarily suppose him not to be good at all; much less to be “very good.”

From the office of our Blessed Savior: Come and let us ascend to the house of our Lord, where He is truly worshipped, and celebrated this day with a Holy joy, imploring His mercies for all we need, and blessing His bounty for all we have.

So rule us here, that we may obey Thy grace; so favor us hereafter, that we may enjoy Thy glory.

Blessed by Thy Holy name, O glorious Son of God, and blessed be Thy praise; nor be at all but all Thine.

Amen.

Dave Hammond the “History Haven”

 

Thank you and Good Luck, Rev. Dale! As Dale Cockrum has been our District Superintendent for 8 years ending this June, we wish him the best in his years ahead! It has been a pleasure, Dale to work with you and get to know you. May you continue to serve our Lord in many ways.

Kamiah Wildfire Update:  Several of our church members donated to the Kamiah Wildfire Unmet Needs Committee for Clearwater, Idaho and Lewis County (WUNCCIL) to help in the volunteer re-building efforts for those fire victims without resources, last fall.  These folks had no insurance, very little income and no hope of recovery without assistance.  I’d like Grangeville UMC church members to see how their donated funds are being utilized and the difference their support is making.

There are two links below to recent stories done by KLEW News in Lewiston to focus attention on this effort being managed by the ecumenical faith based Kamiah Executive Committee…all with private donations.  The donated funds are administered by a 501c3 appointed neutral fiscal agent overseen by Idaho Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (IDVOAD).   100% of the donated funds are used to support/address the fire victim’s needs.  Absolutely no funds have, nor will any be diverted for administration or overhead costs of any kind.

Those interested in making a tax deductible donation to WUNCCIL can do so by mailing a check to Idaho-VOAD at P.O. Box 16761; Boise, ID 83705-6761.  Please note “WUNCCIL” on the check notation line.  The Idaho VOAD Treasurer will send a receipt.

WUNCCIL wishes to thank Ms. Katy Dudley, St. Joe’s RMC, for reaching out to Carol at KLEW to cover the story.  Dave Hasz, Kamiah, is referenced below; he chairs the WUNCCIL Kamiah Executive Committee.  Sincerely, Jerry Zumalt

Here is the link for Part 2 of the news clips: http://klewtv.com/news/local/wunncil-is-rebuilding-houses-and-rebuilding-lives-for-kamiah-fire-victims

http://klewtv.com/news/local/kamiah-clearwater-complex-fire-victims-rebuild-after-devastation-broke-out-last-july

This project will be ongoing, but it is a great start! It’s also great example of how NCIN can support incident response and recovery efforts.

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Prayer requests from worship on March 20

Prayers of Concern:
For the West family in the loss of Paul, by Dave Hammond
For family of Melanie Allardate as she died unexpectedly on Wednesday, by Carol Warden
For Joanie and Bernie Golz.  Mom and Bernie are doing well. They will be at Syringa Monday afternoon for 2 weeks of rehab, by Wendy Lindsley
For JoAnne Young who is in care center in Coeur d’Alene waiting for possible heart surgery, by Pastor Barbara
For travel mercies for those traveling over Easter weekend and spring break

Prayer requests from worship on Sunday, March 6

Prayers of Concern:
For John Gilbert who is hospitalized with complications from a transplant, by Linda Johns
For Shirley Smith as she is having surgery on Wednesday, March 9, on her shoulder and hand
For Bruce whose cancer returned, brother of Karen Tefft, by Shirley Smith
For Shauna who is 35 weeks pregnant with complications, daughter-in-law of Karen Tefft, Shirley Smith
For all how were it by the tornadoes, by Dave Hammond
Prayers of Praise:
We are anticipating the birth of 2 babies in our extended family in mid-March! Spending Easter with them, by Jane and Craig Spencer
Praise for our choir! Be sure to see us on facebook and join the group for our church (Like the posts so others will see them.)