Methodist Messenger: October, 2016

From the Pastor:   

God with us!

This is a day that the Lord has made!  Today is one of those beautiful fall days when it is easy to see God as I look around the neighborhood.   Yet there are many days when this is not the case.  Days when I wake up in pain, tight with stress, or full of loneliness and maybe even fear.  The truth is that we all have these days.  Days full of agenda items that we feel need to be attended to, meetings that go longer than expected or where no one shows up, interruptions that come, at what we feel is the worst time, life happens. Yet I can always rely on God to be there with me.

As I start my day, reading my devotionals and singing praises to God, I am reminded of how Jesus gave his all for me.  I cannot ask for any more, but I must claim this gift.  If Jesus gave his all then he is not going to walk away from me when I feel like I am having a bad day.  So on those days when things are hectic and seem out of control, I can be assured that God is right there with me in the midst of the confusion and that things will be ok.

I also need to remind myself that my expectations may not be what God had in mind.   It is amazing how often I realize that even though I may have been uncomfortable or felt like the day wasn’t one of my best, that God brings wonderful things out of it.  God is in control and I will never really understand all that goes on, but I need to trust that God is there and it will all be ok, even if it is painful or full of grief.  I am slowly learning that God’s timing may be different from mine, but it is always just the right time.

May you be open to claiming God’s grace and love at all times in your life. Praise be to God and his son Jesus as they walk with us. Hallelujah, praise the Lord!

Yours in Christ, Barbara

 

All-church meeting: Gregg Sealey, our District Superindent will be spending the day on Monday, October 3, with us. He will be in NP at 9:00 am, WB at 1:00 pm, SPRC at 5:00 pm, GR at 6:00 pm. This is an opportunity to build a relationship with the DS, to share hopes, dreams, challenges, and Look to the future. Anyone interested in the health and vitality of our churches are encouraged to pray for and attend, and share! If you wish, bring finger food to share.

 

Milk jugs needed: The Residents of Grangeville Health and Rehab are planning to build a lit-up igloo for this upcoming Christmas season. A total of 500 clear/frosted plastic gallon milk jugs will be needed for this to be possible.

Please collect these and drop them off at the Center or bring them to church and I will deliver them. Thanks, Rose

 

Choir practice:  Our choir practice is on every Monday at 7 pm. We are learning the music for maybe a couple of specials around Thanksgiving and several for Advent!!! Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!

Wednesday Night Bible Study: This started on September 21, at 6:00 pm. Pastor Barbara is leading the Bible study based on the book, “Jesus’ Parables About Making Choices” by James W. Moore.  Please come and join us. If you are interest in the study but that night does not work, let Barbara know please. It can be changed if some other night works for more. This book will be used for about 6 weeks at which time another book will be chosen.

 

Monthly Bible Study: On Saturday, Sept. 24, 9:30 am, a group gathered here to study a book called “Hosting the Presence: Unveiling Heaven’s Agenda,” by Bill Johnson.  This is an ongoing group of ladies from several churches who sing praises, share a study, fellowship, and go out to lunch each month. Call Rose (983-0489) for more information.

 

HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN–JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: We continue to raise funds for our 3 girls! Please prayerfully consider helping. Make your check out to our church, and for cash envelopes are available on the table in the Fellowship Room. We have $246.00, (which includes $51.00 donated by the Sunday school class).

Our dollars add up so any amount helps! To support an orphan, we are asked to submit $493.00 per child. With each of us giving a little, we can do this again! 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.

United Methodist Women last year also sent a scholarship of $500.00, to help of the older orphan, Ruth. Ruth is now at her own request living with her brother who is a captain in the army.

As of this fall, there will be 10 new students from the orphanage starting college! The youngest of the students who entered college last November is Benitha Tshala.  We will be supporting her for the next several years. She is called Benee’ and started school in Medical Science at the University of Lubumbashi satellite, a private school for the medical board. Benee’ wants to be a RN nurse. She likes to read, especially romances; likes magazines about modeling. Below is a picture of her and our 2 orphans, taken in May, 2016.

 

Camas Prairie Food Bank: Hello it’s hard to believe but holidays will be here again before we know it.  So I’m thinking holiday’s food ideas to help us start getting ready. –desert mixes to include sugar free for diabetics.  Jello pudding – canned milk – canned pie filling and we still need canned fruit.   We always need chili. As always we use anything and everything. Thanks again. Carlene of the 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/

 

The Snippet Corner: The Sermons of John Wesley- Sermon 48 Self- Denial

The denying of ourselves and the taking up our cross, in full extent of the expression, is not a thing of small concern: It is not expedient only, as are some of the circumstantial of religion; but it is absolutely, indispensably necessary, either to our becoming or continuing his disciples. It is absolutely necessary, in the very nature of the thing, to our coming after Him and following Him; insomuch that, as far as we do not practice it, we are not his disciples. If we do not continually deny ourselves, we do not learn of Him, but of other masters. If we do not take up our cross daily, we do not come after Him, but after the world or the prince of the world, or our own fleshly mind. If we are not walking in the way of the cross, we are not following Him; we are not treading in his steps; but going back from, or at least wide of Him. Amen!

Dave Hammond the Churches Historian (The History Hound)

United Methodist Women (UMW): Our next UMW unit meeting will be on Wednesday, November 9, 10:00 am.  All are invited to join us.

In September, we started planning our Mincemeat making and Christmas Bazaar. On Monday, November 21, 9:00 am, we will be making our Famous Methodist Mincemeat. Apple peelers are always need so please save this date! Our Bazaar will be on Saturday, December 3. Be sure to keep that in mind as you make your jams and jellies. Any and all crafts are always welcomed! Any baked goods seems to be our best sellers so if you can be sure to plan on helping us.

UMW PURPOSE – The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose Purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concept of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

A Legacy is Born: United Methodist Women inherits the vision and toil of women’s missionary societies of eight denominations since 1869. Its 147-year legacy started when the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society first organized in Boston in response to a lack of women’s health in India. In 1869, Mrs. William Butler and Mrs. Edwin Parker, wives of missionaries to India, were home on furlough. They spoke to a group of women in Boston. Only six women were present because of an intense storm. Mrs. Butler told about the desperate spiritual and physical needs of women in India. A male doctor could not treat women. Schooling for girls was almost non-existent. Single, trained and dedicated women were needed for medical and educational work.  And so the work of United Methodist Women begins and continues.

The Inland District UMW Annual Meeting was held at Fowler United Methodist Church, Spokane, Washington.  Inland District Vice President Donna Bagwell presided.  We heard very informative presentations from Ann Reinhart, Western Jurisdiction Guide for the Be Just Be Green Initiative who spoke on the 13 Steps of Sustainability.  Karen Fisher, Seven Rivers Lay Leader, spoke on the Up from the Ashes initiative concerning the Carlton Complex fires.  UMW 150 Anniversary and Legacy Fund were lifted up by UMW Conference President Marilyn Wudarcki

The Sharing Circle.  We are trying to meet every Wednesday if several are coming. Please come and connect with our sisters in Christ. We are sharing and fellowship time based on the Upper Room for that day. All are welcome!

 

2015 Clearwater Complex Fires: Several church members supported the recovery effort in Kamiah- thank you!  Thanks! Sincerely, Jerry

Brief overview for those of you who were not able to attend the dedication, celebration and remembrance activities, on Saturday in Kamiah, Idaho: Special events, sponsored by the American Red Cross and the WUNCCIL Group were held throughout the day, Saturday, September 24th, 2016, in Kamiah, Idaho.  During the morning, a dedication service was held at two of the residential homes rebuilt after the fires last summer.  Following the home dedications, a program was held in the Kamiah City Park,  to thank all of the emergency responders that worked long hours during last summer’s fire season; Idaho, Lewis and Clearwater County Commissioners; Emergency Managers Jerry Zumalt, Idaho County; Don Gardner, Clearwater County and Bob West, Lewis County; State Representative Dan Johnson; all of the volunteers that came into the area to support the Red Cross Shelters and the church based organizations from all over the United States and Canada, to help the area rebuild throughout this last year.  Dave Hasz, Chairman of the WUNCCIL Executive Committee, introduced the WUNCCIL Board, giving a summary of all of the activities the group was involved in this past year and future goals, including Camp Noah in January 2017 for grade school children.  A heartfelt thank-you was given to the American Red Cross, the Mennonite Disaster Services Organization, the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief and all of the local businesses that donated items throughout this last year.   At the end of the program, all in attendance were invited to enjoy a community barbeque.

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