Methodist Messenger: December, 2017 – Grangeville/Nezperce UMC

Pastor Ryan’s Note: (End of year report from Charge Conference) Since moving to Grangeville on June 1st, 2017 and beginning as Pastor of Grangeville UMC on July 1st, there have been many positive things happening.  Transitioning from Indiana to Idaho has been a great adventure for Denise and me.  We have been greatly blessed since taking this leap of faith.

Before our arrival, White Bird UMC closed it’s doors but we have met and began building relationships with those folks.  Everyone at Grangeville UMC is very welcoming and encouraging to all from White Bird who have attended events and/or services.  We are very hopeful that they will continue to worship and fellowship during the transition of their membership from White Bird to Grangeville.

Nezperce UMC and Grangeville continue our cooperative relationship.  Denis Long and Jon Lee are doing a great job leading their congregation and it has been very enjoyable getting to know them both.  Denis and I have car-pooled to two of our Clearwater Clergy Cluster meetings, which has given us time to get to know each other personally and spiritually.  We will continue working and praying together while we build on the long-time relationship that exists between the communities of faith.

Grangeville UMC is on the move!  The congregation is energized and ready to act as the Holy Spirit guides us.  We have a great group of leaders who are prepared to change and grow in grace and spirit.  There have been new developments since our arrival.

On faith, we began a Children’s Church program October 1st for children from preschool to 5th grade.  Since the program began, the Lord has blessed us with children to attend.  We have 10 children’s names on the attendance sheet, already! The kids come up to the altar during worship to receive a short message.  After praying, they go up to our newly re-vamped Sunday school room where they receive a biblical message, make crafts, and have time to worship in music.  We have 7 teachers on a rotating schedule.  It is a great blessing to have disciples who are ready to teach the next generation.

We have also began reconfiguring our Youth Fellowship Room.  After this space is updated, we will begin initiatives to draw young adults from 6th-12th grade to come to learn about God, about their worth & purpose, and to have a good time in fellowship with like-minded peers.

Adult Sunday school continues to be a blessing before Sunday Worship Service.  The scripture reading, study, and discussion are always engaging and insightful.

Our choir is going very strong.  We have a well of musical gifts and people who are not only willing, but EXCITED to share.

We continue to support orphans at Jamaa Letu Orphanage with financial donations and people are enthusiastic about seeing the progress that the children have made since Grangeville UMC began sponsoring them.

UMCOM continues providing a much-needed ministry of supplying household items when individuals or families in need are identified by the Human Needs Council and other social services in our area.

Grangeville UMC is a church of prayer warriors who understand how much power and change comes from a group that is faithful to prayer for our families, friends, the marginalized, the lost, the hurt, our community, and the world.

UMW continues to make positive impacts on the community and the church, itself, through hard work, monetary donations, and ministry initiatives such as the Strawberry Shortcake stand during Border Days, Mincemeat making, & Annual Pie Fellowship and Bazaar.

Mid-week Bible Study has had a less-than ideal attendance since beginning in October.  We began with a spiritual gift assessment to help individuals identify their own God-given gifts and encourage others to seek out their gifts, thus allowing them to be used powerfully for the Lord.  We will be looking at possible weekday and time changes to determine when attendance can be maximized.

I am very thankful for everyone who has made an effort to make the transition into the community of Grangeville a smooth one.  The people here have been very welcoming and supportive of both Denise and me.  If there is any need that arises, I am confident that there are folks prepared to lend a hand to help any way possible.

I pray that our Lord continues to allow us to use our current momentum to carry Grangeville UMC into 2018 with a fierce determination to love God with all our heart, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

God bless!

Pastor Ryan

 

Christmas Concert: On Sunday, December 17, 3:00 pm, come and enjoy Advent music with specials shared by the church choir and others! Be sure to invite all your friends and family!

Camas Prairie Food Bank: Here are ideas/needs for Camas Prairie Food Bank this month: Boxed and packaged meals; Packaged deserts like Christmas cookies or whatever; Pie crusts; plus Jello and pudding, etc. We’re going to use whatever you bring but Christmas things will help families to enjoy their holiday. Carlene and all the volunteers. Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc.

 

United Methodist Women (UMW):  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 13, 10:00 am, at the church.  All are invited to join us. We will review our Mincemeat making, Bazaar, and Pie Fellowship.

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.

UMW End of Year Report: Last year, our annual Christmas Bazaar, Methodist Mincemeat, and Pie Fellowship was a great success as always thanks to all the church family! We made 1 batch of mincemeat without meat. We are set to make more this year on Monday, November 20. Apple peelers and strong hands are always needed so come If you can help please. We will be making less has several did not sell and ended up giving it away after several months.

The UMW Pie Fellowship and Christmas Bazaar this year is on Saturday, December 2, 10:00 to 2:00 pm. All crafts are always welcomed! Any baked goods seem to be our best sellers so if you can be sure to plan on helping us. (Suggestion is to offer samples of your goodies.) Also, jams and jellies and if they don’t sell and if you want, we donate them for use as gifts for first time visitors to our worship services throughout the year.

At our March meeting finally, the installation of officers took place by UMW District President, Madelyn Bafus, coming from Spokane with another friend! For next year’s officers, we are in need of a treasurer. Please prayerfully consider doing this for us. (If you have questions, talk to Marietta Hanson as she has help this position for several year. Thanks Marietta!)

In July, we had a great Strawberry Shortcake sale at the Art in the Park during Border Days again with lots of help from our faithful church family. Thanks all!! And a special thank you to Barbara Cleary for co-chairing this for us with me!! We did have it on the 3rd since that event was on the 3rd and 4th – Monday and Tuesday for the first time! We thought Monday would have more customers, still not sure if there were. Some said they missed it because they came on the 4th. In 2018, we will be having it on the 4th as that lands on Wednesday.

We paid our “Pledge to Mission” of $500.00, last year again to the District UMW treasurer, which helps support mission work around the world! Also sent extra funds to “Mission Magic” and “World Thank Offering,” 2 other UMW suggested fund raising projects, which go in many different directions too.

We supported our local food bank with $200.00, and throughout the year with food items. We bought supplies such as paper products and other items used in the kitchen, fellowship hour kitchenette, plus other places throughout the church. We have given a scholarship of $500.00, to a college girl from the Jamaa Letu Orphanage as we have done for many years now.

I again attended the annual UMW District meeting held in Sandpoint in September where I delivered 3 toddler quilts that Marietta Hanson made and a check for $200.00, to be donated to a mission outreach in Spokane called Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. See more info at: http://www.vanessabehan.org/give/donating-items/. I also took another check for $200.00, to be given to the UMW Conference treasurer for another mission project, a women’s homeless shelter to purchase hygiene products in Spokane, WA.

During the year, we donated $100.00 to Twinlow Camp, $100.00 to local YWCA, $100.00 to support Katherine Parker, a missionary in Kenya, plus we paid for several new blinds throughout our church. We also supported River Phillips with a Swim scholarship of $200.00!

We can do this much mission outreach thanks to all our church family and friends! You are greatly appreciated!!

Again, our unit completed the Mission Today Challenge, a Silver Star for 9th year in a row. We should be very proud!! I completed Plan 1 to earn a certificate for the UMW reading program, reading 5 books from the 5 categories. Several of the books for this year can be borrowed from the public library. Many of the books are shared in the church fellowship room on the top shelf by the fireplace. Check them out! Rose Mangini, UMW President

Annual Trustees Report for Charge Conference 2017 —  Projects Completed in 2017:

Lease agreements for 2017 have been reviewed and executed by Shirley’s Dance Studio and Jennifer Glassman’s ballet classes. Pastor Ryan has signed the lease agreement for the Parsonage. Irrigation system checked and blown out for the season. Head Start is renting one classroom upstairs as office space for the school year 2017-2018. Remodeling of Parsonage kitchen and utility room as well as interior and exterior painting was completed this spring. Parsonage construction was done by Norm Rice. Electrical work done by Live Wire Electric, Cottonwood. Plumbing done by Clint Stark. Cabinets from Home Depot. Appliances and flooring from Lindsley’s. Exterior painting by Beth Dalgliesh. Parsonage professionally cleaned by J & L Cleaning Service. Basement floor stripped and refinished by Orvil & Shirley Sears. Maintenance on church heating system has been ordered for this fall.  Parsonage maintenance has been done. Jane Carlson and Buzz Smith installed new blinds in choir room. Jeff Schacher replaced roof cap and shingles that blew off church roof. Oxarc inspected fire extinguishers. Craig Spencer and Jerry Zumalt did most of the lawn care this summer.

Thanks to the Trustees and to the people that have contributed their time and efforts to keeping our Church in good repair. For the Trustees, Dave Poncin,

 

United Methodist Community Outreach Ministry (UMCOM) End of Year Report:   This has been an active year for our community outreach ministry. UMCOM continues to supply household items to individuals/families when needed.  Our mission is to supply items such as bedding, linens, dishes, cookware, and small appliances that aid daily living.

We work through our local Human Needs Council which represents agencies, local, and state programs with the purpose of exchanging information and advocacy for basic human needs in our area, and developing efficient methods of providing those needs. Members of UMCOM attend monthly meetings.

Our ministry thrives due to the continued, generous donations of items from our members and friends.  New pillows and some needed items are purchased through a church budget allotment.  We also accept monetary donations. Local thrift shops are also supportive and help keep our supplies stocked.

We are blessed with this opportunity to fill this need in our community. Emily Poncin, Jane Carlson, Lenora Gregg, Cathy Vanella, and Linda Johns.

 

HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN–JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: We did it!! We sent $1,520.00, to support our 2 orphans and a college student! Thanks UMW and all that helped us again give these 3 kids help and make their lives better. See Newsletter for more info.

 

Children’s Church:  We are pleased to have started up Children’s Church in October, which is held immediately after Pastor Ryan’s children’s sermon at our 11:00 worship service.  The Children’s Church team consists of Jane Carlson, Sharon Cox, Lenora, Gregg, Linda Johns, Cathy Vanella, Shirley Lane, and Pete Lane.  Two team members will be present each Sunday.  Included are children in grades K-5. Please help us welcome our families with children!

 

Historian Report:

I started the Historian course back on September 25th, the course is a great asset to not only Historians but to anyone who has great interest in the History of the United Methodist Church.

I stay very busy not only inside my office but also out of it. I have been several places, such as the County Courthouse, where I have been researching the churches property. I still have several other locations like the State Historical Society website, and have to go over to the museum as well as the Library. I am hoping to start interviewing people. I also have to check out the Conference Archives. I am going through all of the files of the church records, and re-filing many of them.

Barbra Essen is my study-buddy; Clyde Hanson helps me at times as well. I do a great deal of reading, and note taking. My office hour varies, but most of the time I am there on Wed, Thurs, Friday, & Saturday from 10:00 am-1:30 pm. Unless something happens to come up, the office is closed Christmas, Thanksgiving and Border Days. Sometimes I will be gone doing Interviews! In that case I will have it posted!

Sincerely: Dave Hammond The History Hound!

 

Church’s Facebook page:  Please find our church’s new page on Facebook Pastor Ryan set up for us and share with your friends: https://www.facebook.com/grangevilleumc/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

 

The Snippet Corner: The John Wesley-Sermon 49: Continuation of The Cure of Evil- Speaking

  1. And how extremely common is this sin, among all orders and degrees of men! How do high and low, rich and poor, wise and foolish, learned and unlearned, run into it continually! Persons who differ from each other in all things else, never the less agree in this. How few are there that can testify before God. “I am clear in this matter: I have always set a watch before my mouth, and kept the door of my lips! What conversation do you hear, of any considerable length; whereof evil-speaking is not one ingredient and that even among persons who, in the general, have the fear of God before their eyes, and do really desire to have a conscience void of offence toward man.

Dave Hammond the Churches Historian (the History Hound)

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Methodist Messenger: November, 2017

Pastor Ryan’s Note:   WHY WE APPORTION

Apportionments are our first mile of giving.  They are the framework for our connectional ministry and mission.  When we give generously through our local church, our congregation can pay its apportionments.  And through those apportionments, we support many causes across the world.

For 2017, Grangeville UMC made a commitment to pay 55% of our total apportionments.  100% of the total would be $11,789.00.  We have paid $4,288.00, which is 36% of that total.  We need an additional $650.00 in the months of November and December, which will be a total of $1,300.00 to meet our 55% goal.

Please prayerfully consider increasing your giving as much as possible so that we can support the connectional ministry and mission of the United Methodist Church as a whole, thus fulfilling our commitment.

Thank you and God bless,

Pastor Ryan

 

Children’s Church:  We are pleased to have started up Children’s Church in October, which is held immediately after Pastor Ryan’s children’s sermon at our 11:00 worship service.  The Children’s Church team consists of Jane Carlson, Sharon Cox, Lenora, Gregg, Linda Johns, Cathy Vanella, Shirley Lane, and Pete Lane.  Two team members will be present each Sunday.  Included are children in grades K-5. Please help us welcome our families with children!

Our team is looking for someone to help by making some large posters of the words to the songs we want to have the kids sing. We have a CD of them for the words. Let one of us know if you would be willing/interested in doing this for us!

 

Bible Study Gathering continues: After completing the sessions with Pastor Ryan about Spiritual Gifts, we now gather to read and discuss bible scripture. We are on Romans 2, for Tuesday, November 6, at 6:00 pm. If you are interesting in coming to these but Tuesday is not a good day and/or time, please let Pastor Ryan know.

Also, if you did not come to the sessions of Spiritual Gifts and would like to do the Assessment about your gifts, please talk to Ryan to get a copy.

 

UMCOM: We would like to thank all who donated items recently! We have been busy this past month supplying items for individuals/families referred by the human needs council.

We are now in need of twin size bed sheets. Also, we need blankets and comforters for all size beds. With winter coming, we anticipate more need for these items. Also needed are small appliances: microwaves can openers, hand mixers, coffee pots, and toasters.

We are blessed to be able to participate in human needs council’s efforts to support families in our area. If you have household items to donate please call the church or one of our UMCOM team. Thank you very much! Emily Poncin, Jane Carlson, Lenora Gregg, Cathy Vanella, and Linda Johns!

 

Camas Prairie Food Bank: We now need the following: Soups (all kinds except tomato), Tomato sauce, Olives, Desert mixes, Dressing mix, and Mac and cheese. Thanks so much! As always anything is appreciated.

Carlene and all the volunteers. Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St. Website is: http://www.camasprairiefoodbank.org/

 

United Methodist Women (UMW):  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 8, 10:00 am, at the church.  All are invited to join us. We will continue planning our Mincemeat making, Bazaar, and Pie Fellowship.

 

Annual Pie Fellowship and Bazaar:  Pie Fellowship and Christmas Bazaar is on Saturday, December 2. Be sure to save this date! On Monday, November 20, 9:00 am, we will be making our Famous Methodist Mincemeat. Apple peelers and strong hands are always needed so please save this date! 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.

 

The Sharing Circle.  These monthly gathering have resumed on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. 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.

 

Special Events with UMW for next year: April 14, 2018, District UMW Spiritual Retreat, more details soon. May 17-20, 2018, Assembly, Columbus, OH: We are excited to share the theme of the 2018 Assembly: The Power of BOLD In 1869, eight women came together to send a woman doctor and woman teacher to India and form the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society. One hundred and fifty years later, that society is the largest faith-based women’s mission organization in the world, changing lives for women, children, youth and families down the street and around the globe. United Methodist Women has been, is and will be a unique movement for transformation in our church and world. We have inherited a legacy of bold, courageous action. What will our legacy be? Assembly will help United Methodist Women membership grow and deepen as we respond to God’s calling for us today. Our legacy propels us into a bright future in which the goals of justice are in reach. Assembly will also equip attendees for action on our four priority issues: Maternal and Child Health, Climate Justice, Ending Mass Incarceration and Economic Inequality. Attendees will have envisioned, named and committed to the next 150 years for United Methodist Women knowing that the future is you! Assembly will be in Columbus, Ohio, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Assembly dates are May 18-20, 2018. There will be an optional, pre-event Ubuntu Day of Service and a public action on Thursday, May 17th. Assembly officially begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 18th with a Community Gathering launch and 150th celebration, followed by the opening of the Experience Hall, pre-registered workshops and another Community Gathering at 7 p.m. The Assembly ends at approximately noon on Sunday, May 20. Registration Rates opens Sept. 1, 2017 and closes April 9, 2018. Early Online Registration – 9/1/17 – 11/30/17, $295.00; Online Registration – 12/1/17 – 4/9/18, $330.00; Paper mail-in form (Early rate does not apply to mail-in forms due to their associated added costs) -9/1/17 – 4/9/18, $330.00; Ubuntu Day of Service (optional) – Filled until capacity, $60.00. Registration for the Assembly is online at www.umwassembly.org.

 

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.

HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN–JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: Enough funds to support our 2 orphans at the Jamaa Letu Orphanage and a college student in the Republic of Congo are getting really close to meeting our goal!  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! Please prayerfully consider helping. To date we have $1320.00, which includes $500.00 from United Methodist Women account to support our college student.   

The Snippet Corner:  The Sermon of John Wesley – Sermon 48

“And; he said to them all, if any man will come to me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Luke 9:23

  1. It has been frequently imagined, that the direction here given related chiefly, if not the Apostles; at least to the Christians of the first ages, or those in a state of persecution. But this is a grievous mistake; For although our blessed Lord is here directing his discourse more immediately to his Apostles, and those other disciples who attended him in the days of his flesh; yet in them he speaks to us, and to all mankind, without any exception or limitation. The very reason of the thing puts it beyond dispute, that the duty which is here enjoined is not peculiar to them, or the Christians of the early ages. It no more respecting all times, and all persons, yes and all things; not meats and drinks only, things pertaining to the senses. The meaning is, “if any man”, of whatever rank, station, circumstances, in any nation, in any of the world, “will effectually “come to me, let him deny himself’ in all things; let him take up his cross” of whatever kind; yes and that “daily; and follow me. Amen:

Dave Hammond the Churches Historian (the History Hound)

Church’s facebook page:  Please find our church’s new page on facebook Pastor Ryan set up for us and share with your friends: https://www.facebook.com/grangevilleumc/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

UMC Giving Tuesday is Nov. 28. We hope on Nov. 28, you will once again join United Methodists around the world to change lives on UMC #GivingTuesday. In 2016, you were among the more than 2,550 people from 19 countries who gave gifts of more than $850,000 toward Global Ministries missionary support and Advance projects. Thank you for your faithful giving through The Advance, the designated giving channel of The United Methodist Church. Frederick Buechner once described “calling” as the place “where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” One of the great things about The Advance is it allows you to invest your resources where your passion answers specific needs in the world. The UMC #GivingTuesday theme this year is “Connect Your Passion with God’s Mission.” One hundred percent of your gifts made online through The Advance goes to the missionary or project of your choice. Our impact areas this year are: · Food and Agriculture · Church Development · Disaster Response and Relief · Education · Health · Economic Empowerment · Social Justice · WASH/Water and Sanitation· Women and Children · Mission Personnel.

Now is a great time to start thinking about how you want to connect your passion to God’s mission on Nov. 28. Visit umcmission.org/give to learn more about missionaries and projects. Your gift on UMC #GivingTuesday will help bring hope and healing to a world in need. We would like to encourage you to share this information with your friends, family, and church members. We will be sending you more information as the weeks go by. In mission together,

Thomas Kemper General Secretary General Board of Global Ministries

Thank you! This is the time of the year to give thanks, so thanks to the following:

The pastor for leading and guiding the congregation

Trustees for keeping the buildings, grounds, etc. repaired and in working order.

The music providers, ushers, greeters, scripture readers, communion servers, fellowship hosts, and all that have stepped up to be officer, committee chairs, and do whatever needs to be done.

All who support our church by attending, giving, and praying! Thanks be to God for all His many blessings.

Methodist Messenger: September, 2017

Pastor Ryan’s Note: I would like to begin a Wednesday evening bible study.  I feel that a mid-week recharge is helpful to our ministry and I can think of no better way to do that than to sit down for a time of fellowship and digging into the Holy Word of God.

I would like to transition into this bible study with a four week study on Spiritual Gifts.  I have a simple program that I have put together that will help us understand spiritual gifts, identify and interpret our own spiritual gifts, how God has used them in our past, and how we can allow God to use them to powerfully minister now and moving forward into the future.

I am going to be passing out a sign-up sheet to help me know how many are interested in the Spiritual Gifts Study and Bible Study on Wednesday nights.  I have tentatively planned on beginning at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 27th.

Please pray for wisdom and discernment regarding this expansion of our ministry.

Also, below is an article I wanted to share from the website:

http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Resources/News-Stories/2014/April/0423worsthelpafterdisaster

Thank you and God bless! Pastor Ryan

Top four worst, and best, ways to help after a disaster, by Susan Kim*

When disaster strikes, often we see heart-wrenching images on television. People have lost everything. Their homes are swept away or lie in a tangled heap. Their belongings are ruined.

How you Can Help: SUpport UMCOR

Flood buckets from UMCOR help after storms. File image by Mike DuBose.

Looking for a way to support storm survivors? Fill a bucket with the most helpful supplies for clean up after a disaster.

We immediately want to help – a good intention that stems from compassion for our fellow human beings. However, be certain to couple your compassion with good judgment on the best ways to help disaster survivors.

Here are the top four most common pitfalls into which helpers fall after a disaster – and what they should do instead.

Resist the urge to jump from your couch and drive to the disaster site. When Hurricane Sandy struck the mid-Atlantic, scores of people decided to drive to New Jersey, New York and other affected areas. The result? Clogged interstates, a worsening gasoline shortage, and volunteers arriving in droves and diverting the attention of emergency personnel. What to do instead? When you watch or read the breaking news about a disaster, respond immediately – with prayer or a cash donation.

Don’t give the shirt off your back. Did you know that donations of used clothing are commonly called “the second disaster?” When clothing piles up at a disaster scene, it must be stored, hauled away or sorted by volunteers who could better use their time helping disaster survivors. Instead, cash donations help disaster survivors purchase needed items from local businesses, which boost an economy weakened by disaster.

Don’t believe that recovery takes only a few days. Well-intentioned donors often give money or relief-supply kits only while a disaster is prominent in the news headlines. In fact, for a major disaster, recovery can take years. If donations dry up after a week or two, responders no longer have the resources to help disaster survivors. Those survivors feel forgotten, and their recovery doesn’t progress.

Don’t forget your own disaster preparation and training. If you want to respond in a safe, helpful way, seek disaster-response training and learn how to prepare yourself so you can respond should the need arise. Preparing can be as simple as forming a plan with your neighbor, or as involved as becoming a specialized responder who serves on a United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Early Response Team.

The next time disaster strikes, put your compassion into action through prayer, cash donations, relief-supply kits, training and volunteering. You will help disaster survivors around the world.

*Susan Kim is a freelance writer and regular contributor to http://www.UMCOR.org. This article originally appeared in Interpreter Magazine, March/April 2014 edition. The issue was dedicated to the work and ministry of UMCOR.

Church’s facebook page:  Please find our church’s new page on facebook Pastor Ryan set up for us and share with your friends: https://www.facebook.com/grangevilleumc/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Choir practice:  Our choir practice started on Monday, September 11, 7 pm. We are learning the music for maybe a couple specials around Thanksgiving and several for Advent!!! Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!

Dedication of Church Memorials: Clyde and Marietta Hansen presented two dozen more of the Worship & Song hymnals in loving memory of their daughter, Patricia Buckendorf, at the Sunday worship service on August 20. They had gifted that many plus the accompaniment edition several years ago. We sang several hymns from this and now have enough to go around. We will be singing more of the wonderful songs in them as Pastor Ryan and the Song Team leads us. Thank you Clyde and Marietta!!

Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee: This committee will be setting up a covenant between the pastor and our church. It will be available soon. If you would like a copy of this, contact, Sharon Cox, chair of this committee.

Meeting with Rev. Gregg Sealey: Gregg, District Superintendent, will meet with the Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Committee on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 9:30 am, without the pastor present.  I will then meet with all of your church leaders (including your pastor) at 12:30-1:30 pm, after service, for the remainder of our conversation.

During our time together, we will engage in a:

  • Devotional / Spiritual Practice to more fully ground us in the “why” of what we do as people who follow Jesus.
  • “Local Church Leadership Conversation” – In conjunction with your pastor, we will plan a facilitated conversation or workshop tailored to the needs of the congregation. We can dream about the future life of the church and its ministry as well as strategize about the most faithful way forward for your church.

(Traditional Charge Conference Our annual official “Charge Conference” and its associated business will be done at a later time before December 15.)

Children’s Church:  Starting on Sunday, October 1, we will be offering a “Children’s Church” to take place during the 11:00 am worship service on Sunday mornings. This will include the children remaining in the service until “Children’s Time,” at which point they will go to a classroom for the remainder of the service, talking about the message and scripture, doing crafts, etc. Be sure to share this with all of your friends and family. Postcards will be mailed out soon inviting children. If you know of any who should be on our list, let us know. –Linda Johns, Sharon Cox, Shirley Lane, Cathy Vanella

Art Show: Jackie Zumalt’s art show of water media paintings is from Wednesday, September 6, to Monday, October 2, at the Valley Art Center, 842 6th Street, Clarkston. The opening reception is Sept. 8th, from 4-7 pm.

Camas Prairie Food Bank: For this month need are great need of canned soup and Mac & Cheese. Any donations of fresh fruits and vegetables are always welcome and appreciated. Thanks so much! As always anything is appreciated. Carlene and all the volunteers. Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St. Website is: http://www.camasprairiefoodbank.org/

UMCOM: We have a good supply of linens, dishes, towels. We do need twin size bed sheets.  We continue to need small appliances, toasters, coffee pots, microwaves, vacuums.  We are blessed to have the opportunity to work throughout the Human Needs Council to supply individuals and families in need of household items.  A special thanks to Dave Hammond for bringing in an additional needed shelves for linen storage. Thanks from Emily Poncin, Jane Carlson, Lenora Gregg, Cathy Vanella, and Linda Johns.

Camas Prairie MOPS: It is a Christ-centered gathering of local moms to find support, encouragement, and a much needed break to breathe and grow spiritually. What to Expect: Brunch. Childcare. Speakers Videos. Occasional crafts, Friends. Who comes: all moms of kids’ age birth through high school. Website: http://www.mops.org/groups/camasprairiemops For more information contact: Real Life Church,1005 Highway 13 Suite A, Grangeville, ID 83530-5065, First and third Wednesday of every month at 9:30-11:00 am, Phone (208) 451-3285

 

United Methodist Women (UMW):  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 6, 10:00 am, at the church.  All are invited to join us. We will start planning our Mincemeat making, Bazaar, and Pie Fellowship which will happen on Saturday, December 2. Be sure to save this date!

The Sharing Circle.  These monthly gathering will resume in October with the first one on October 4, 10:00 am. 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.

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.

 HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN–JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: We continue to collect funds to support our 3 orphans at the Jamaa Letu Orphanage in the Republic of Congo. 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! Please prayerfully consider helping. To date we have $200.00.

The Snippet Corner:

Continued from July newsletter: The Sermons of John Wesley Sermon 48 (Self-Denial)

But is not all: Even those who have in some measure shaken off the yoke of the devil, who have experienced, especially of late years, a real work of grace in their lives, yet are no friends to this grand doctrine of Christianity, though it is so peculiarly insisted on by their Master. Some of them are as deeply and totally ignorant concerning it, as if there was not one word about it in the Bible. Others are farther off still, having unawares imbibed strong prejudices against it. These they have received partly from outside Christians, men of a fair speech and behavior, who want nothing of godliness but the power, nothing of religion but the spirit,– and partly from those who did once, if they do not now, “taste of the powers of the world to come. “But are there any of these who do not both practice self-denial themselves, and recommend it to others. You are little acquainted with mankind, if you doubt of this. Dave Hammond (The Churches Historian) The History Hound

Prayer requests from worship on Sunday August 6:

Prayers of Concern:
For Clara Mae Turner, my Grandma, who is in a lot of pain – arthritis in back, hips, legs. Need to control pain – healing prayers for Mom (Sue Campbell) as she helps, by Pastor Ryan
For Shirley, my sister-in-law, as she has tests on Monday, August 7, to find her internal bleeding, by Rose Mangini
For Einer Family as we have been in a motel since June. Three houses have fallen through so far. Prayers that we find a good house by September, by Chris Einer
For Summer Rose as she is pregnant after being assaulted and has chosen to keep her child. She is part of our family, by Chris Einer. Please watch over her and give me the strength to foster and father her child.
Prayers for a house to come open for Chris, the kids with Summer, by Dave Hammond
For Ryan Spyke, my brother, who is traveling across the south giving relief to tornado victims. His car broke down on Saturday, by Chris Einer
Prayers of concern and safety of all wild land firefighters every where, by Emily Poncin
Keep my two sisters and my brother-in-law in prayer for all the traveling they do, by Dave Hammond
Prayers of Praise:
Carol Warden’s son, Joshua and Carolyn have a new daughter, born today, Sunday, August 6:  Lindley Camas Warden, 8 lb 1 oz, 19 1/2 inches
Congratulations to River Phillips in winning all of his events except one at the Swim Meet in Grangeville on Saturday, August 5! Good job River, by Sonny Robison

Methodist Messenger: August, 2017

Pastor’s Message – 2 Samuel chapter 7:  After the Israelites had defeated the Philistines and the Ark of the Covenant was returned to Jerusalem, the Word says that the Lord had given King David rest from his enemies and as he settled in his palace he began to think about the Ark and about God.  He became upset because he was living the good life.  Here David is in the comfort of his beautiful cedar palace that was so lavish…and God’s ark was in a tent.  I think we can all see how that could be a splinter in one’s mind, right?  King David is in this amazing palace and God was in a tent.  Remember, the permanent temple wasn’t built until King Solomon’s reign years later.  King David felt that God was being mistreated and he was expressing his displeasure to his prophet, Nathan.

That very night the Word of the Lord came to Nathan.  The Lord commanded Nathan to tell King David that God hasn’t dwelt in a house ever since he delivered the Jews out of Egypt and he has never demanded that of anyone; He has never even asked why no one built a temple for the Ark.  God wasn’t concerned about this.  God knew when it was going to be time for this and this was not God’s time.  The Lord told Nathan to ask of King David: Are YOU the one to build me a house to dwell in?  God knew full well that Solomon would be the one to build the temple.  How many times are we guilty of questioning God’s timing?

Then, using the prophet Nathan, the Lord reminded the king that he took David out of the pasture, where he was a simple sheep herder.  God took him and made him King of Israel.  Once again, don’t all of us have to be reminded of where we come from every once in a while?

Sometimes we have to be reminded of all the things that God has done for us to bring us to where we are, today.  Sometimes we need to be reminded of God’s promises; that God is always with us.  God was with David as he was sitting there complaining to Nathan.  He heard every word.

God told David, I have been with you wherever you went.  I didn’t let your enemies destroy you.  I protected you.  Even after all the times God came to his aid throughout his life, David still had to be reminded that God is always here protecting us!

The Lord promised David that He will make him known as one of the GREATEST MEN to ever walk the earth.  Then God promised to provide a place for the Israelites; He said that He’s going to give them a home where they wouldn’t be disturbed.  He promised to give them a place where they would no longer be oppressed; where they would receive rest from their enemies.

God promised that he himself; that GOD HIMSELF will establish a house for David; and that the HOUSE OF DAVID and his kingdom will endure forever; the Lord promised that David’s throne will be established FOREVER.  REMEMBER ALL THIS BECAUSE IT’S ALL CONNECTED!

Now, verse 47 in the book of Luke is right after the Virgin Mary begins her visit with her relative, Elizabeth.  WHICH WAS AMAZING IN ITSELF:  When Mary arrived, she greeted Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist; and when she did, the unborn baby in Elizabeth’s belly LEAPED in her womb.  Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit at the sound of Mary’s voice.

This was because Mary was pregnant with Jesus and the Holy Spirit revealed this to Elizabeth.  Elizabeth began blessing Mary and telling her, “blessed is the child that you will bear!”

Mary had just been visited by the angel, Gabriel.  So she wasn’t showing that she was pregnant.  She didn’t have a belly out to here…and there is no indication that she told Elizabeth anything about her encounter with Gabriel.  It says that these things happened just as Mary greeted Elizabeth.  Elizabeth told her, “As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for JOY”

Okay, I said I was going on to verse 47…that was verses 39-45…I JUST GET A LITTLE EXCITED.  I’m just amazed by the Word of God.  Praise the Lord!  Alright (breathe) verse 47…

Mary begins praising the Lord because her spirit rejoices.   I feel like that’s where I just was….. praising the Lord because His word makes my spirit rejoice!!   HALLELUJAH!!

Mary shows her humble spirit.  She shows her humility.  These are the exact same qualities that we heard God reminding King David of, right?  And like David, Mary’s name has survived ever since.. All the way up to today Mary has been known; her name has been remembered and revered.

She began her life humbly and God saw something special in her and he allowed her to be blessed; He allowed her to be remembered AS BLESSED throughout history…for thousands of years.

We remember Mary and we remember King David today just like God promised we would, don’t we?  Mary goes on in verse 49 – She doesn’t take any of the credit but gives it all to God.  She says, “The Mighty One has done great things for me.  Holy is HIS name.”  Humility…humbleness…

She tells us that God’s mercy extends to those of us who fear him.  She tells us that GOD IS POWERFUL.  She says that he performed mighty deeds and scatters those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

You don’t even have to be outright about being proud.  Outwardly, you can act like you’re the most humble person in the world but GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART.  He wants you to be humble to the core.  Mary tells us in verse 52 that God has taken the rulers, the greatest men and brought them down from their throne and lifted up the humble.  He gives good things to the hungry and has sent the rich away empty.  He has helped those who serve him and he has been merciful to Abraham and all of his descendants – JUST LIKE HE PROMISED HE WOULD – God keeps his promises.

Romans 16:25-27 tells us that God is the one who has brought us here! He’s the one who has established us.  He did this by keeping his promises.  He revealed the answer to the amazing mystery of all the prophets’ writings to us.

All the prophetic writings about a Savior; the mystery that was hidden since the very beginning was solved by the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Isaiah 9:6-7 is THE PROMISE.  This was God’s ultimate promise to us and God revealed this to Isaiah EIGHT CENTURIES before Jesus came to earth!

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.”  THAT SOUNDS A LOT LIKE GOD’S PROMISE TO DAVID, DOESN’T IT?

Now I’m going back to Luke 1 verses 26-38 when the angel Gabriel came to Mary in Nazareth.  She was pledged to be married to Joseph, who was a descendant of King David.  And maybe you didn’t know this but Mary was also descended from the line of David.

Gabriel tells Mary in verse 32 that Jesus will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and verse 33 he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end. Verse 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.  For NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.”  Then the angel left her.

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.  WE NEED TO BE REMINDED of this.  The WORLD NEEDS to be reminded of this!

John 1:1-2, 14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning. The word became flesh and lived for a while among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Remember God’s TRUTH.  The birth of Jesus was prophesy fulfilled.  If there ever was an ultimate question for us…if there is a “why” for the entirety of our existence.  Jesus Christ is the ultimate answer.  JESUS CHRIST IS GOD’S PROMISE!

Meet Pastor Ryan’s wife, Denise: (article from the Syringa Hospital newsletter) New Employee: Please welcome Denise Campbell, RN to the Nursing Department. Denise moved to the area from Indiana seven weeks ago with her husband Ryan, who is the new Pastor at United Methodist Church. Denise received her BSN from Ball State University in 1995 and has experience in emergency, urgent care and hospice. She has two sons, Cory (22) and Brayden (20) and enjoys reading, baking and hiking.                          

Trustees: First of all thank you for all your thoughts and prayers while I have been recovering from the recent surgery.  Yes I am better but not there yet.

So many Church members worked so hard on getting The Parsonage remodel accomplished.  We can all be proud the Parsonage was ready for our new Pastor, and a great job it was.  The painting contract has recently been completed and with that done the Spring Plans for Parsonage are completed.  Thanks to Beth Phlagmann and her crew for a great job.

Pastor Ryan and others have put together a Sunday School Team to get the education program for youth started hopefully in October.  With this kind of enthusiasm can the program fail? The group is looking at all aspects of the new program: Rooms, organizing materials, cleaning, new flooring etc.  Sharon Cox and Linda Johns are coordinating the effort and will be involved with the planning with Pastor Ryan in making the program work. If you would like to be involved, contact Pastor Ryan, Linda or Sharon.

The Trustees will be meeting to visit and review plans and approving work that may need to be done.

For the Trustees, Dave Poncin and Linda Johns

School Supply Donations needed: Community Action Partnership are again having a school supply drive for School District 244 and homeschoolers in our community. A complete list of needed items are in the Fellowship Room. There is a box in the Entry for the items for your convenience and will be delivered. (Donation Deadline: Friday, August 14.)  Any help will be appreciated.

The Military BibleStick:  We were able to send last month $200.00 for these which was doubled, so we were able to send 16 of these to our troops. Thanks everyone who helped us do that!

They reach service men and women, deployed in some of the most dangerous areas of the world, with God’s Word in audio — It can go with them and sustain them in even the most difficult circumstances.

It contains the entire Audio Drama New Testament and selected Psalms chosen specifically for “warriors,” yet it’s only about the size of a pack of chewing gum.

Designed to military specifications for safe and discreet use in low-light conditions, it features a matte black finish and red-light-only operation — and runs on a single AAA battery!

Each service member who receives a Military BibleStick also has the option to request a free Audio New Testament or Kids Bible for family back home — although they may be separated from loved ones, they know they are listening through the Word together. Military BibleSticks provide real hope for our heroes!

If you would like to donate direct, see the information on this website: https://militarybiblestick.com/donate/

Who would be willing to serve our church as Benevolence Chair: Ann Tipton has resigned from benevolence chair as they are now attending another church. Please let Pastor Ryan or Jerry Zumalt know if you would like to do this or know of anyone willing to take over that committee. She had been sending out emails and snail mail cards to people on our prayer request lists and others who needed some encouragement. Thanks.

 

“Cristo Vive International” is an annual camp for ones with disabilities & their families help at ALACCA camp and will be on August 6-12, this year. Cristo Vive Idaho began its ministry in 2008, and has hosted many summer camps in the beautiful hills of Harpster, ID. http://www.cristovive.net/idaho/  On Sunday, July 16, Carol Schmidt will share about their needs and ask for prayers. Please consider supporting them.

Camas Prairie Food Bank: For this month need are great need of any boxed or packaged meal helpers such as hamburger helper-tuna-suddenly salad, and so on. Any donations of fresh fruits and vegetables are always welcome and appreciated. Thanks so much! As always anything is appreciated.

Carlene and all the volunteers. Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St. Website is: http://www.camasprairiefoodbank.org/

United Methodist Women (UMW):  Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 6, 10:00 am, at the church.  All are invited to join us.

The Sharing Circle.  These monthly gathering will resume in the fall.

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.

NOTE: We still have some Mincemeat –in freezer (meatless too). It is FREE!

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.

 HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN–JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: It is time to collect funds to support our 3 orphans at the Jamaa Letu Orphanage in the Republic of Congo. 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! Please prayerfully consider helping.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. They are in a family setting with lots of attention and loving.

The UMW sponsorship of a student has been changed again. We were paired with Benitha Kabongo Tshala, but Benee’ is the only student who is fully funded by one sponsor, a woman from Lynden UMC who even increased her support when Blessing mentioned that the annual cost is higher.

Our new student is Ekanga Akambo Horticia who prefers Hortica.  She is among the newest group of students.  She is studying Public Health at ISTM Gestion Hospitaliere. Horticia is on facebook if you would like to connect with her. I am her friend. She does not know much English but loves to chat. I found a site that will translate for us! She is at:

https://www.facebook.com/horticia.ekanga.1

The site I use is: http://www.bing.com/search?q=translation+french+to+english&form=APMCS1

UMCOM: Many thanks to those who have donated recently! Especially thank you for the crock pots and cookware. We have a good supply of linens, dishes, towels.  We continue to need small appliances, toasters, coffee pots, microwaves, vacuums.  We are blessed to have the opportunity to work throughout the Human Needs Council to supply individuals and families in need of household items.  A special thanks to Dave Hammond for bringing in an additional needed shelves for linen storage. Thanks from Emily Poncin, Jane Carlson, Lenora Gregg, Cathy Vanella, and Linda Johns.

Church’s facebook page:  Please find our church’s new page on facebook Pastor Ryan set up for us and share with your friends: https://www.facebook.com/grangevilleumc/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Choir practice:  Our choir practice started on Monday, September 11, 7 pm. We are learning the music for maybe a couple specials around Thanksgiving and several for Advent!!! Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!

The Snippet Corner:

The sermons of John Wesley- Sermon 34:  The Original, Nature, Property, and Use of the Law!

  1. Perhaps there are few subjects within the whole compass of religion so little understood as this. The reader of this Epistle is usually told, by the law St. Paul means the Jewish law; and so, apprehending himself to have no concern therewith, passes on without farther thought about it, indeed some are not satisfied with this account; but observing the Epistle is directed to the Romans, thence infer that the Apostle in the beginning of this chapter alludes to the old Roman law. But as they have no more concern with this, than with the ceremonial Law of Moses, so they spend not much thought on what they suppose is occasionally mentioned barely to illustrate another thing.
  2. But a careful observer of the Apostle’s discourse will not be content with these light explications of it. And the more he weighs the Words, the more convinced he will be that St. Paul, by the law mentioned in this chapter, does not mean either the ancient law of Rome, or the ceremonial Law of Moses. This will clearly appear to all who attentively consider the tenor of his discourse.

Dave Hammond (The Churches Historian) The History Hound

River Phillips swimming tomorrow 8/5/17

Come and help cheer River on to another win! The swim meet is at the Grangeville city pool Saturday, August 5th from 9 am to 1 pm.

River’s parents will be providing drinks and chips and will have their base of operations set up near the handicapped spot.

All are welcome to come and root root root for the home team!! We are all praying for you, River!

Prayer Praises and Concerns 7/23/2017

Praises:
River Phillips did a great job at his swim meet, placing 1st in all but one event!! Great Job!! Praise the Lord!!
Concerns:
Neva Schell, Buzz’s older sister as she recovers from a triple heart bi pass, by Shirley Smith
Ronnie Beckerleg as she recovers from cancer surgery, by Shirley Smith
JoAnne McHugh’s sister Arlene died as a result of a house fire, by Lenora Gregg
Dave Altman, my neighbor has bladder cancer and dementia who is on Hospice, by Lenora
Those who have recently lost loved ones. Prayers of grace and hope for God’s love, mercy and deliverance, by Jerry Asker
My friend Annette Smith who starts therapy this week. Please keep her in your continued prayers, by Dave Hammond
My friend Linda as she is in Hospice care house. May she feel our Lord’s comfort and peace, by Rose Mangini
My friend in Sandpoint, Jan, who has complications after cancer surgery, by Rose Mangini
Travel mercies for Christine Johns as she begins her drive back to Los Vegas Monday, by Sue Crea