Methodist Messenger: March/April, 2017

Methodist Messenger: March/April, 2017   –   Grangeville/Nezperce/White Bird UMC

Our Mission Statement is: “Love Christ, Fulfill the Commandments, Receive the Holy Spirit, and project these in Community.

“And Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets.’ ” (Matthew 22: 37-40)

From the Pastor:   

This has been a winter that most of us will remember, but we are aware that winter doesn’t last forever and spring will soon be here. I know this is hard to internalize when the snow keeps coming even when we thought it might be over.

Ash Wednesday is next week and Easter will then soon be upon us. Yet there is so much going on in my life with my new house and the remodel of the parsonage kitchen and trying to go thru my things and move etc. that it is easy to forget about my soul and feel overwhelmed with all that needs to be done.  But just as winter will eventually pass, this too will be over.

As I read my daily devotionals each day, I am thankful for the wonderful messages that remind me that life goes on and God walks with me.  Yes Easter will come and pass and God will provide just what I need in order to get where I need to be and do what I need to do. I give thanks to the many people who are God’s angels as they support and encourage me in this new venture of retirement that I am headed toward.

I pray that I will take the time needed even with my busy schedule to spend quality time with God and meditate on the seasons of the Christian year like Easter and Lent and how they play a major part in my life. I pray that you too may find the time to spend with God and know his presence as we travel the road ahead, both the known and the unknown. Thanks be to God who walks with us always! Yours in Christ! Barbara


Children’s Church:  A Children’s Church program is in the planning stages. If you are interested in helping please let Sharon Cox (983-2325) or Linda Johns (983-2577) know.


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.


2017 Lenten Series Schedule

Ash Wednesday, March 1: Hosted by Asotin UMC; Mike Lawson Preaching “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit” (5 P.M. meal, 6 P.M. service)
Sunday, March 5: Hosted by Lewiston First UMC; Cody Stauffer preaching “Blessed are the Peacemakers” (4 P.M. service, 5 P.M. meal)

Sunday, March 12: Hosted by Lapwai UMC; Steve Kazda preaching “Blessed are the Merciful”
Sunday, March 19: Hosted by Orchards UMC; Hank Heschle preaching “Blessed are the Meek and Those Who Mourn”
Sunday, March 26: Hosted by Grangeville UMC; Chuck Cram preaching “Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness”
Sunday, April 2: Hosted by Kendrick UMC; Barbara Essen preaching “Blessed are the Pure in Heart.”
Sunday, April 9: Hosted by Clarkston UMC; Stephen Kingsley preaching “Blessed are the Persecuted”



Trustee Report:

Lately the Trustee Committee has evolved into a Building Committee.  As you may know, this spring we will be doing some major remodeling of the parsonage.  We have solicited bids to have the outside of the parsonage painted.  The Trustees met Friday, February 17th, to review bids and select our painter.  Weather permitting; the plan is to have it painted before the new pastor arrives July 1st.


We are also planning to remodel the kitchen top to bottom.  You may have seen the drawing Jane Carlson drafted; we plan to strip the kitchen including cabinets, move the stove to the west wall, install a built in dishwasher, microwave and new sink.  The space that currently houses the stove will be removed opening up the kitchen.


We also plan to build a laundry room taking up a portion of the garage area.  The room will be big enough to house the current washer/dryer getting them out of the kitchen.  The entry way to the laundry room will out of the kitchen; past the interior garage door and half bath.  This area will be well lighted and have a wall heater and R-21 insulation.


This should give you a general idea of the plans for the remodel.  We need to have the project completed by mid-June and ready for our new Pastor and family.  It has been a long time since we made significant investment in the parsonage and it is due.  We need to thank Jane Carlson for her effort in guiding this project.  We will pay for these upgrades using monies from our Building fund.  It is a serious outlay of money and any donation will be appreciated. Dave Poncin, for the Trustees


Finance Committee Report: At this time we have received 15 pledge cards from our church family. We wish to thank all who committed to a specific amount for this year to financial support the United Methodist Church of Grangeville.  It is never too late to do this!  It is important our Church remain a part of this community and a strong messenger of God’s word.  Your attendance is what makes our Church a great place to worship. Thanks everyone! God is good all the time.


Cards of Joy and Friendship: As your benevolence officer, I have recently sent out several email cards and snail mail cards. Beneficent is the act of doing good, performing acts of kindness and charity. “To promote prosperity and happiness with benevolent actions.” I look forward to sending out cards or e-cards for someone who is ill, sad, grieving, shut-in, or just needs a pick me up. Birthdays and anniversaries would be nice to know as well. Just send me an e-mail, or a note, or call 509 969 8442, or at church, so that I can respond with some kind of communication. E-mails are very important as my cards go out on this method. Not everyone has an e-mail so if need be, I’ll mail a card. We all need connection with each other and I so hope this makes people fulfilled and happy. Love to all, Anne Tipton


Choir practice:  Choir Practice continues in Grangeville on Mondays at 7:00 pm. Next practice is Monday, January 16. We are starting to practice songs for Lent/Easter. All welcome. Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!

Camas Prairie Food Bank: For this month, please try to buy items that families need for the Easter dinner such as stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, pie filling, etc. 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:


UMCOM: Now we are in need of bath & hand towels, wash rags, kitchen, dish rags, pot holders.  Also any small appliances such as toasters, microwaves, crock pots, coffee makers. 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, Jane Carlson, Lenora Gregg, Cathy Vanella, and Linda Johns!


United Methodist Women (UMW):  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 8, 10:00 am, at the church with no host lunch following.  All are invited to join us. This year’s officers will be installed by UMW District President, Madelyn Bafus (weather permitting travel from Spokane. Our annual Christmas Bazaar and Pie Fellowship was again a great success!! Thanks to all who helped make it so!


The Purpose of UMW: 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 concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the United Methodist Church.


The Sharing Circle.  Our next gathering will be on most Wednesdays, 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.


NOTE: We still have some Mincemeat –in freezer (meatless too). It is $8 a quart.


UMW Spiritual Retreat on March 31-April 2, 2017, Spiritual Retreat, Lazy F, Ellensburg WA,  at Lazy F Camp, 16170 Manastach Road, Ellensburg, WA. Theme: “Lover of My Soul.”  Plan is to offer Yoga for Beginner and young at heart, insightful Bible study, Exercise class, crafts, nature walk, and Saturday Night ice cream social. Registration due by February 24, 2017. Cost is $80-$90, for 6 meals and cabin bunks.


Mission u 2017: This is for Men, Women and Young People. It is held at the Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, from July 14, 2 pm-17, 12 noon, 2017. All School Study topic is The Missionary Conferences with Bishop Mary Ann Swenson. The 2 elective studies are Living as a Covenant Community and Climate Justice. Cost is $200.00 – $300.00 with scholarships available. To register and for more information go to:


Rocks, Ripples & Revival! (Inland District Gathering Event) Saturday, April 29, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Audubon Park United Methodist Church.

This year, our district gathering will be centered around worship rather than solely being a “training” event.  Our goal is to have clergy and lay teams inspired and equipped to more fully BE the church through a focus on engaging worship.  In order to achieve this goal, each clergy/lay team will work collaboratively to formulate a sermon series + holistic worship experience on the parables of Jesus.  We will also discuss when and how to best implement this type of worship series.

Early bird registration until April 1: $20, Regular after April 1: $25. Scholarships Available. Lunch is included in registration costs. Register at:


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

And so are of little use to the bulk of mankind, to men of ordinary capacity and education. And if some of them do descend to particulars, it is to those particulars only which do not affect the generality of men, since they seldom, if ever, occur in common life; – such as the enduring imprisonment, or tortures; the giving up, in a literal sense, their houses or lands, their husbands or wives, children, or life itself; to none of which we are called, nor are likely to be, unless God should permit times of public persecution to return. In the meantime, I know of no Writer in the English tongue who has described the nature of self-denial in plain and intelligible terms, such as lie level with common understandings, and applied it to those little particulars which daily occur in common life. A discourse of this kind is Wanted still; and it is wanted the more, because in every stage of the spiritual life, although there is a variety of particular hindrances of our attaining grace or growing therein, yet are all resolvable into these general ones,- either we do

not deny ourselves, or We do not take up our cross.

By Dave Hammond The History Haven! (The History Hound)


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