Prayer requests from worship on April 30:

Prayers of Concern:

For Emily and Dave’s safe journey and prayers for Dave’s healing, by Dave Hammond
NOTE from Dave and Emily:  April 30, 2017
Dear Church Family: We’re home! We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your thoughts and prayers recently as the Poncin’s went through Dave’s medical procedure. We could feel them working in our medical providers, care givers, and people we encountered as we traveled this adventure God led us through. Thanks so much for being there and being you. He’s still pretty weak but looking toward to visiting with you. Dave & Emily
For Anne Tipton as she is fighting an illness at this time
For Alissa Einer as she has fractured her hip and needs better medication
For Barbara Monty, my older sister who is in assisted living and is getting very confused, by Clyde Hanson
For Jessie Hackford who will meet this week with plastic surgeon and cancer team in Salt Lake City to determine her treatments, by Clyde Hanson
Prayers of Praise:
The daffodils on the altar are from Marietta’s garden. They are real!
It was great to have 1 day of spring, Saturday, yesterday. We are hoping for more ahead!

Prayer requests from worship on April 23:

Prayers of Concern:

For Dave Poncin for healing and for Emily and family for strength and peace. Dave is doing better and their son, David is there. He has lifted all their spirits.
For my grand daughter, Ellea and her family as she sees a specialist on Tuesday, April 25, for her ongoing leg pain, by Rose Mangini
For my ongoing belly pain and dr. apt. on Wednesday, April 16, by Rose Mangini
For Karen Teff as she deals with Pneumonia, by Shirley Smith
For Jessie Hackford who had surgery last Monday and Tuesday at Salt Lake City for her stage 3 cancer and will know more on treatments this Friday, by Clyde Hanson
For family of Alane Haener Robie who died this week at the age of 53 (youngest child of Earl and Aggie Haener, and a 4-H leader who impacted many lives with her good cheer). Her death was a shock to her whole family who will need continued prayers.
Prayers of Praise:
Clyde Hanson turned 29 again on Friday, April 21, let’s sing Happy Birthday.
Amy Sigler has improved and is a Rehab. center which is helping her, by Ron Sigler
Choir and Wendy Lindsley’s special music was great!!

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, tiptonanne551@gmail.com 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: http://www.camasprairiefoodbank.org/

 

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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mission-u-2017-tickets-27244496021

 

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: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edts1nq48a591f56&llr=qku46dbab

 

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)

Prayer requests from worship on February 19:

Prayers of Concern:

For Amy Sigler’s Mother, by Ron Sigler

For Reverend William (Bill) G. Berney’s family as his service is today in Olympia. He was 89. He served this church from 1957-1961, by Pastor Barbara (this family is close friends of hers)

For Joan Whetley, friends of Dave and Julie, who has had a stroke and fallen and re-broke her arm, by Dave Hammond

For those unfortunate victims down in southern CA, by Dave Hammond

Prayer of Travel Mercies:

For everyone traveling around the world. Flight delays, floods, fog, ice, ran, snow and wind! Mud slides and sink holes as well.

Prayers of Praise:

Tom Barr is a new great grandfather to a new little grandson named Jaxson. Congratulations!! by Shirley Smith

For good eye surgeons, by Joanie Golz

For the great display of donated food for the food bank! Thanks all who brought some and to Marietta for her work! (REMINDER: next Sunday is the end)

Methodist Messenger: January, 2017

From the Pastor:   

2016 is over and I would like to thank everyone who contributed toward my Christmas present from the congregation. I pray that our Christmas celebrations brought you hope, peace, love and joy. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it special.

The New Year has now begun and we find ourselves in a deep freeze. This week the weather is predicted to be cold, possibly below 0 degrees.  The last few weeks have been interesting as well, with lots of snow and blowing wind causing drifts that curtailed our activities. Many of us have been busy shoveling snow, helping others get plowed out, or hunkering down waiting to get plowed out.  It is a time when many suffer from depression and the weather only makes it worse. It is also a time when the number of deaths rises and we have seen several in our community the last several weeks. Please keep those who struggle or are grieving in your prayers. And yet each day has had its surprises.

I am reminded that each day does hold surprises. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when they come to us.   The surprises may come to us as sorrow or as joy, but God tells us not to be afraid of it.  Just as he told Mary and the Shepherds to not be afraid.  Surprises open up new places in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.  The weather we have been dealing with lately came to many as a surprise.  Some embraced it with joy thinking about the great skiing or other winter play activities they enjoy, others saw it as a hindrance and lots of work. Because we haven’t seen this kind of weather for many years, we forgot about how it impacts our lives. Yet it has brought both joy and sorrow.

It seems that joy and sorrow are never separated. When our hearts rejoice at a spectacular view, we may miss our friends who cannot see it, and when we are overwhelmed with grief, we may discover what true friendship is all about. Joy is hidden in sorrow and sorrow in joy.  If we try to avoid sorrow at all cost, we may never taste joy.  Henri J.M. Nouwen a noted theologian of the 20th century, says that joy and sorrow are the parents of our spiritual growth. Think about it.

This year may we embrace the surprises in our lives, both the joys and the sorrows, knowing that God walks with us and sustains us, and may God’s presence shine thru our lives bringing Glory to God in everything. Praise the Lord!

Yours in Christ,     Barbara

 

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

 

Cards of Joy and Friendship: This year I am so pleased that the council has allowed me to become your benevolence officer. Beneficent is the act of doing good, performing acts of kindness and charity. “To promote prosperity and happiness with benevolent actions.” I would be the person who would send 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, tiptonanne551@gmail.com

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: Needs are: canned veggies-chili-stew and other meal helpers. Thanks again to all of you and have a blessed new year.
Carlene and all the volunteers. Camas Prairie Food Bank, Inc., P.O. Box 686, Grangeville, Id.  83530, Location: 411 E. North St., 983-5475.

Website is: http://www.camasprairiefoodbank.org/

 

Trustee Report – Year End, 2016:

This report will share some of the highlights of year 2016 of work accomplished to the Church by the Trustees and high light some of the work that needs to be done.

  • Conducted a spring work day to clean up around the Church, trim the shrubs, and wash windows, general clean-up, thirteen people attended this day.
  • Painted trim on the outside of the Church, caulked the windows, and washed the vinyl siding as well as cleaning and tightening the gutters. This work was contracted.
  • Craig Spencer and Gavin Lewis did the lawn care this year.
  • Replaced molding in the Narthex. Norm Rice cut and fitted the molding Linda Johns stained and finished.
  • Also completed routine maintenance, checked fire extinguishers, managed janitorial contract, arranged to have needed work done etc.

Some work we will be trying to accomplish in 2017:

  • Paint the Parsonage.
  • Before July, have the Parsonage professionally cleaned for our new Pastor.
  • Conduct a spring work day at the Church.
  • And certainly more stuff will need to be done to keep our Church home looking good.

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 January 2, 2017

 

Finance Committee Report: This is a gentle reminder to those of you that wish to pledge your financial support to the United Methodist Church of Grangeville.  Our 2017 Stewardship drive is scheduled to end January 8th.  Please consider your support of the Church and help us with our financial planning by making a pledge.   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. (Pledges are always welcome any time of the year.)

 

UMCOM: Now we are in need of new pillows and warm large blankets too (we have a lot of lap sized blankets). And we are short on cooking utensils, like spatulas, measuring cups, vegetable peelers etc. 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.

 

UMW Social Justice Priorities 2016–2020: You are invited to engage actively in four priority justice issues. Go to the website listed below for more information. These include:

  • Economic Inequality
  • Climate Justice
  • Criminalization of Communities of Color
  • Maternal and Child Health

http://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/actionalerts

 

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.

 

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 2016: Here are some Climate Justice videos – check them out: The Story of Stuff – Bottled water – https:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GorqroigqM; United Mission in Nepal (UMN) Climate change is real – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-myWlM9NI

 

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

  1. It is for this reason, that so many Ministers of Christ in almost every age and nation, particularly since the Reformation of the Church from the Innovations and corruptions gradually crept into it, have wrote and spoke so largely on this important duty, both in their public discourses and private exhortations. This induced them to dispense abroad many tracts upon the subject; and some in our own nation. They knew both from the oracles of God, and from the testimony of their own experience, how impossible it was not to deny our Master, unless we will deny ourselves; and how We attempt to follow Him that was crucified, unless we take up our cross daily.

The History Haven, Dave Hammond, Church’s Historian

 

Happiness – keeps you sweet

Trails         – keep you strong

Failures       – keep you humble

And God     – keeps you going!

from Crosswalk.com

Prayer requests from worship on Sunday, November 20

Prayers of Concern:

For my sister-in-law, Jackie Chaffins who has been diagnosed with State 3 lung cancer and is starting treatments and hopefully surgery to remove the lung, by Carol Warden
For Mark Willig who has been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. He is very ill and no longer able to teach school. Pray for him and his family as well as the school district to find a replacement to teach science the rest of this school year.
For Jane Carlson who is home with cold/flu (her trip was good otherwise)
For Dave Johnson who had another heart attack (3rd one) recently, by Dave Hammond
Prayers of Praise:
Dean Payne had good outcome of surgery on wrist as tumor was benign, by Denis Long
Good to see Pete Lane and a joy to having young children in our midst today
Great special music by everyone – thanks for sharing! It is always a blessing to praise the Lord!

Methodist Messenger: November/December, 2016

From the Pastor:   

It is time again to write a monthly newsletter article and my mind is going in many directions.  We are moving toward charge conference and the holiday season is already upon us. The Wi-Fi is out at the church and I seem to be running behind on everything. Something needs to change.  It is time to sit back and listen to God. I want things to get done yesterday but God has other plans.  As I thought about this, I was reminded of a poem by Helen Steiner Rice entitled:

A Prayer for Patience

God, teach me to be patient–

Teach me to go slow–

Teach me how to “wait on You”

When my way I do not know…

Teach me sweet forbearance

When things do not go right

So I remain unruffled

When others grow uptight…

Teach me how to quiet

My racing, rising heart

So I may hear the answer

You are trying to impart…

Teach me to LET GO, dear God,

And pray undisturbed until

My heart is filled with inner peace.

And I learn to know YOUR WILL!

 

I hope you find it helpful and your life less stressful.  God is wonderful!

Yours in Christ,

Barbara

 

Choir practice:  Our choir practice continues on every Monday at 7 pm. We are learning the music for several specials during Advent!!! Please come and enjoy fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!

 

HOPE FOR THE CHILDREN–JAMAA LETU ORPHANAGE: We have done it!! We have collected funds to support our 3 orphans at the Jamaa Letu Orphanage in the Republic of Congo.  We have $1491.00, (which includes $91.00 donated by the Sunday school class). Thank you so much!! This make a BIG difference in these girls’ lives to have funds for their schooling, daily care, and a loving, safe place to live!! Please keep them in your prayers.

 

Camas Prairie Food Bank: Some needs of holiday’s food ideas to help are:  Jello pudding – canned milk – canned fruit – pumpkin.  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/

 

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

On Monday, November 21, 9:00 am, we will be making our Famous Methodist Mincemeat. Apple peelers are always need so please come to help peel apples and enjoy the fellowship! (Men are also very welcome!)

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 homemade candies and 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.

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!

Social Action Priorities for 2017

Climate Justice.  Climate Justice requires policies for real reductions in emission, international and national agreements to mitigate climate change, and human rights framework to protect God’s creation for present and future generations.

Economic Justice/Wealth Inequality.  The United States has seen a major concentration of income and wealth in the top one percent during recent decades, making life harder for the majority.  Minimum wage jobs cannot sustain a family.

Mass Incarceration.  Our current system of mass incarceration criminalizes communities of color and creates a permanent subservient underclass.  Felons face discrimination for jobs, rentals, loan applications and education.

Maternal Health.  Women are still dying in childbirth and children continue to die from preventable diseases.  Many communities lack access to good healthcare.  The impact is greater for African-American, Latina, and Native Americans.  Environmental and social factors contribute to this disparity.

Fun at the NP UMC on Halloween:  Members of the congregation of the NP UMC had a fun time on Halloween. Vern and Lee Ann McMaster, and John Lee passed out candy to 50 Trick-or-treaters. Included with the candy was a handout telling of the church’s worship time at 8:30 am on Sunday.  Both McMasters were in costume as was John Lee which delighted the children as did the ringing of the church bell.

Members are planning to make Christmas wreaths using evergreen from Denis’ Ranch. Fun is hopping at NP UMC – come join us at worship on Sunday at 8:30 am.

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

  1. But may not this very consideration make it reasonable to inquire, if much has been said and Wrote on the subject already, what need is thee to say or Write any more I answer; There are no inconsiderable numbers, even of people fearing God, who have not had the opportunity either of hearing What has been spoke, or reading what has been wrote, upon it. And, perhaps if they had read much of what has been written, they would not have been so much profited. Many who have Wrote, (some of them large volumes.) do by no means appear to have understood the subject. Either they had imperfect views of the very nature of it, (and then they could never explain it to others.) or they were not sensible of the absolute, the indispensable necessity of it. Others speak of it in so dark, so perplexed, so intricate, so mystical a manner, as if they designed rather to conceal it from the vulgar, than to explain it to common readers. Others speak admirably well, with great cleanness and strength, on the necessity of self-denial; but then they deal in generals only, without coming to particular instances.

Dave Hammond the Churches Historian (The History Hound)

 

Note from your editor: I am hoping to receive information from members, groups for each issue. I would like it by the 25th of each month in order to have time to print it before the first of the month. You may send it by email to grangevilleumc@mtida.net. Thank you to all that sent articles this month. The quotes that are used as fillers are from church bulletins or were announced at church services. Next newsletter will be for 2 months, January and February with info needed by December 28. Thank you, Rose