Prayer requests from worship on June 26

Prayers of Concern:
For Henry Arnzen’s family and friends in his passing this last week, by Dave Hammond
For Bull Bump, Gary Longmore & my brother who are all fighting cancer. Also for John Teff with second degree burns on his foot, by Shirley Smith
Prayers of Praise:
Important message today is to see people as they are and accept our differences – we are all people. Don’t be afraid to embrace others. Golden rule empowers us all. Amen.

Prayer requests from worship on June 19:

Prayers of Concern:
For Pete Lane as he will be having radiation treatments for 7 1/2 weeks for prostate cancer.  He feels fine and had no indication of any issue except for the PSA rating.The prognosis is very good for this type of cancer.
For all who lost their fathers this year including my high school friend, Lynette, by Rose
Prayers of Praise:
Dave Hammond and for an inspirational and informative History Day on June 4. It blessed all who came.

Prayer requests from worship on June 12

Prayers of Concern:
For Betty Paul’s family in her passing, by Dave Hammond
For presence and comfort for the families of those killed and injured in Orlando, FL.
For Steve Bateman from NP as his wife died this week, the same day he got home from the hospital following surgery, by Babara Essen
Prayers of Praise:
On Wednesday, June 15th, Mike and I will celebrate our anniversary of 45 years. We were married in this church, by Glennda Griffin
The carpets have all been cleaned. The church looks so nice and well kept – thanks to Dave Poncin for spearheading this effort.
For a fun baby shower today after worship to welcome Lincoln Sigler

Prayer requests from worship on Sunday, June 5

Prayers of Concern:
For Bernie Golz for health concerns
For my cousin’s family (Margaret Keith-Knapp) in the passing of her husband, Kenny Knapp this past week. They were married 73 years! by Linda Dodge
For James Tuning’s family as his funeral is today (Sunday) at 2:00 pm, at Friends Church in Woodland, ID, by Clyde Hanson
Prayer for Travel:
For Russell & Dee Ellison as they travel away from home, by Dee, thank you.
Prayers of Praise:
For meeting Ron Sigler’s son, Daniel’s son, Lincoln today!
Dave, Jerry, Jane, Emily, Buzz, Barbara Essen, Linda and Sue Crea for their work at the church Saturday!  (We like donuts best!)

Methodist Messenger: June/July, 2016


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MEMORIAL FLOWER TUBS: Our flower tubs were delivered on Thursday, and below is the listing of the ones they are in memory of or in honor of. Also, pictures of them are below. Thanks to Jane Carlson for planning these for us this year.

  • In Memory of our parents, Raymond & Adele Holman; Justin Warden & Eloise Warden Peters, by Carol & Don Warden & Family
  • In memory of Patricia Buckendorf and Daughter-in-law, Son Hanson, by Clyde & Marietta Hanson
  • In Memory of Mildred Asker, by David & Emily Poncin
  • In celebration of our Wedding Anniversary, by Joanie & Bernie Golz
  • In Honor of global work of United Methodist Women, by Rose Mangini
  • In memory of Ron Johns, by Linda Johns
  • In loving memory of my sister, Barbara Jean Rabold, by Jane Carlson
  • In memory of my Mother, Echo Pauline Essen, by Barbara Essen
  • To honor my Children, Jimmy & Katy Fox, by their Mom, Sue Crea
  • In memory of Rachel Cox, by Sharon & Jerry Cox



From the Pastor:   

Thank you for allowing me a time of vacation with my brother and time to attend the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church. I had a great week with my brother and his family and enjoyed exploring Georgia, and then it was on to Delaware. (Continued)

As many of you know, I serve as secretary of the Historical Society of the United Methodist Church, which meets once a year at a different venue across the United States to explore local Methodist history.

The Historical Society is a membership based organization affiliated with the General Commission on Archives and History. Membership is open to everyone who is interested in Methodist history, but membership in the organization is not a requirement for attending the annual event.

This year the meeting was held in conjunction with the Northeast Jurisdiction Commission on Archives and History in Dover Delaware. We met at the historic Whatcoat United Methodist Church, the oldest African American church in Delaware’s state capital.

The meeting began with an address by Bishop Peggy Johnson, the local Bishop. Later, by Fred Day, General Secretary of the Commission on Archives & History of the UMC, gave a report on General Conference which had just concluded.

There was a scholarly presentation on Bishop Levi Scott, the first native of Delaware to become a Methodist Bishop, and an all-day bus tour with major stops at Barratt’s Chapel, Old Union Church near Odessa (the home church and burial place of Bishop Levi Scott, and Fort Delaware.

Barratt’s Chapel is the oldest surviving church building in the United States built by and for Methodists. But it earns its title as the “Cradle of Methodism” because of what happened there in 1784.

Following the Revolutionary war, with peace returned, John Wesley sent his friend Thomas Coke to America with instructions to find Asbury and to discuss with him the future of American Methodism. Coke came to Barratt’s Chapel on Sunday, November 14, 1784, expecting to find Asbury. As Wesley’s personal emissary Coke was invited to preach. During the sermon Asbury arrived. Coke came down from the pulpit and embraced him. A star in the floor of the Chapel commemorates this historic meeting. During this service the sacraments of baptism and communion were administered for the first time by ordained Methodist clergy.
Following the service, Coke and Asbury adjourned to the home of Philip Barratt’s widow, across the field from the Chapel. That evening they formulated plans to call all the Methodist preachers together for a meeting in Baltimore on Christmas Day. At this Christmas Conference of 1784, the Methodist Episcopal Church was organized.

Fort Delaware, was started in 1848 as the largest costal defense fort in the country. It was completed in 1860, just one year before the Civil war. During the war although not having been built for this purpose, it housed Confederate prisoners, and by 1863 there were 6,000 prisoners and the prison had been expanded to house 10,000. By August 1863 there were 12,500 prisoners there.  About 2,700 prisoners died while being held at the fort. Over the years it has served as a fort with guns but was closed in 1944. During its entire history this bastion and its predecessors, which were built primarily to protect Philadelphia and its harbor, never fired a shot.

This gives you some idea of what I have been about.

Next year our meeting will take place June 26th to 29th in Alaska in conjunction with the meeting of the Western Jurisdictional Commission on Archives & History. It will be a great opportunity to learn about Methodist history in Alaska and what impact Russia had on all that.  For anyone interested in History, it will be a wonderful adventure.  Thanks again for allowing me this time. Barbara


Trustees Report: Friends, on June fourth we will be conducting a work day at the Church.  Jobs needing to be accomplished:  1) Trim Shrubs, Ted Lindsley will head up this project, will need help in cleaning up the trimmings so bring a rake.  2) Putting Kick Plates on the Front door of the Church. Buzz Smith has indicated he will do this, he may need someone to help him.  3)Cleaning Front porch and washing off the table. Bring rags and a bucket.  Windows need washing, bring glass cleaner and rags to accomplish this job.
Our work day will start at 0900 with coffee and doughnuts about 1030, and should be done by noon.  Hope you can make it. Dave Poncin, For the Trustees


Camas Prairie Food Bank: Our special needs right now are: Peanut butter and jam/jelly;
Fruit; Any thing for diabetes -sugar free-no sugar added fruit etc. Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St., 983-5475.

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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, June 8 10:00 am.  All are invited to join us.

The Sharing Circle.  Our next gathering will be on Wednesday, June 1 & 15, plus July 6 & 20, 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: This will take place on Monday, July 4, at Art in the Park. Please call Pastor Barbara, our chair, to let her know how you would like to help with this all-church event. Please prayerfully consider helping us make this tradition happen! See you there!

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.


UMW Project: Days For Girls – Greetings, Sisters in Christ! Anyone interested in helping make these, I will see to it that they are taken to the meeting in October. Below is our Conference person in charge of this project: I want to share information about a hands-on project that the Conference team is inviting you to participate in. That is making washable sanitary pads and bringing them to our Conference UMW Annual Meeting at Ronald UMC in October. We are partnering with an organization called Days For Girls (DFG). DFG pro-vides washable sanitary pads to 200,000+ girls and women in 85 countries on 6 continents. Female students typically miss one month of school per school year because they don’t have sanitary pads. DFG also helps young women to remember that their bodies are their own, and that they are worthy of health, opportunity and dignity. To get the patterns and very specific instructions, go to I will be certain to have patterns and information available for you in the Mission room at Mission u as well. See you there!! Linda Key


What is the difference between Catholics and Protestants?

(This was taken from private individual’s opinion!)

Answer: One of the first major differences between Catholicism and Protestantism is the issue of the sufficiency and authority of Scripture. And authority of Scripture. Protestants believe that the Bible alone is the source of God’s special revelation to mankind and teaches us all that is necessary for out salvation from sin. Protestants view the Bible as the standard by which Christian behavior must be measured! This belief is commonly referred to as “sola Scriptura” and is one of the “five solas” (sola is Latin for “alone”) that came out of the Protestant Reformation as summaries of some of the differences as summaries between Catholics and Protestants. While there are many verses in the Bible that establish its authority and its sufficiency for all matter of faith and practice, one of the clearest is 2 Timothy 3:16 where we see that “all Scripture” is inspired by God and profitable for teaching. They believe that both the Bible and sacred Roman Catholic tradition are equally binding upon the Christian. Many Roman Catholics doctrines, such as purgatory, praying to the saints, worship or veneration of Mary, etc., have little or no basis in Scripture but are based solely on Roman Catholic traditions. Essentially the Roman Catholic Church’s denial of sola Scriptura and its insistences that both the Bible and tradition are equal in authority undermine the sufficiency, authority and completeness of the Bible.

(The Sermons of John Wesley will continue later.)

Dave Hammond —the history hound!


HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN:  At General Conference on Friday night, The PNW Conference dinner with South Congo and Zambia delegates forge a bond between both peoples through covenant and mutual care of orphans in Africa.

A young woman who is wearing beautiful garb from Africa graces the stage. Wiping tears from her eyes, she introduces herself in front of a crowd of friends, family members, and strangers. “I hope in my sharing, I can bring you closer to the lives of those in Jamaa Letu Orphanages.” Claudine Blessing Kasongo is the first from JLO to graduate college…and she is sharing her story.

On this night, friends from The Pacific Northwest Conference with members of its Bishop’s Task Force, Hope for the Children of Africa welcomed delegates from the South Congo and Zambia during this year’s General Conference in Portland. Bishops Grant Hagiya (The Greater Northwest Episcopal Area), Pete Torio (Baguio Episcopal Area), and Kainda Katembo (South Congo Episcopal Area) were in attendance. Guests were treated with a delicious barbecue dinner that brought together hungry attendees for lively conversation and the building of new relationships.

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Also, more on the dinner and pictures of our first college graduate from the orphanage spoke – check it out at:


Weekly happenings:

 Sunday school in Grangeville on Sundays at 10:00 am

Prayer, Praise and Karaoke in GR on Tuesdays starting at 7:30 am to 8:30 am or later, at Eagle’s building, 218 North C Street.

Praise Team practice in Grangeville, Fridays, 5:05 pm. (Call office to check for sure in case it has changed.)

General Conference Results:  Washington, D.C.: Reviving a tradition that is more than a century old, the United Methodist Council of Bishops sent this letter today to the people of The United Methodist Church following the 2016 General Conference, held in Portland, Oregon, May 10-20. The letter reads as follows: To the people of The United Methodist Church:

The Council of Bishops brings you greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who has called us to be servant leaders of the church. In 1812, Bishop Francis Asbury, Bishop William McKendree and General Conference Secretary Daniel Hitt sent the first letter to churches following General Conference. This letter seeks to revive that tradition. Many bishops will also be communicating individually in their own areas.

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Bishops in no rush to form sexuality panel: United Methodist bishops say they worry more about getting the new human sexuality commission right than getting the group appointed fast.

That means the bishops have yet to set a timetable for when they expect to have the commission up and running. They also have not decided how many commission members there will be.

However, they already are talking about the kind of qualities they would like commission members to have. For more go to: