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

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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

Methodist Messenger: July, 2017

Little About Me” by Pastor Ryan Campbell

I want to tell you about growing up and the time that God proved to me that he is real.  Others may still hear or read the events of this story and think it’s just coincidence.  To me, it is what began my journey of faith that has brought my wife, Denise and me to Grangeville, Idaho.

When I was just learning to read (maybe age 4 or 5) I managed to get my hands on some sort of Christian comic book.  In the back of the book were pages of little one or two inch ads selling this or that.  One of those little squares contained the sinner’s prayer.  If you’ve never said the prayer, it goes a little something like this:  “Jesus, please forgive me of my sins.  I accept you as my personal Savior.  I give you my life and I thank you for your love and grace.  Amen.” I remember reading that and believing that God heard my prayer.

My family didn’t attend church.  When I was quite young, I remember going to a little Nazarene church in the town that I grew up in, which was called Farmland, Indiana.  When we walked into the church, I was immediately herded away from my parents, down into the basement into a Sunday school class.  It was pretty frightening.  So my experience with church up to that point wasn’t great.

When both of my parents had to work, I would stay with our neighbors, Doris and Wayne Bousman.  They were such a sweet old couple and I came to love them like grandparents.  They would often sit quietly reading their bibles together while I would play and I remember they would pray before every meal.  They were very active at the local United Methodist Church in Farmland.

When I was in the 6th grade, I began playing the trumpet and found that I had a gift for music.  My school was Monroe Central and we were the Golden Bears!  That summer I began marching with the band and I met one of the best friends I have ever had: Ryan Oren.  We were fast friends.  He remains one of my best friends.  I spent lots of time with him and his family.  Because I became like family, his mother, Carolyn, would insist that I join them for church on Sunday mornings.  I quickly fell in love with their church (Farmland Friends) and became active in the youth group, going on mission trips to Canada and Jamaica.  I still call Carolyn “Mom 2”.

After high school, I got a job with the phone company, GTE (now Verizon) and moved from my small town to Indianapolis.  It was a bad time for me.  It was a difficult time.  I fell away from my faith and did whatever I wanted.  So between 1997 and 2005 I lived very selfishly and I was extremely unhappy.

Mid 2005, I receive a call from another friend, Shane, that I hadn’t heard from in over 8 years.  His marriage was failing and he needed a friend.  When we met up, we picked up right where we left off and he invited me to his church.  It was called House of Jesus.  It was a tiny church with a tiny congregation in the middle of a tiny field.  But I felt my faith being fanned back into life.

When I heard that my father needed some help with a small business he began, I felt like this was my call back to the small community where I had grown up.  It was a donut shop he named “Punkin’s Pastries.”  So I learned how to manage the business, make donuts, etc.  In the beginning, I was also still working in Indianapolis for an insurance company.

So my friend Shane and I always loved singing together and while I was living in Indianapolis I had taught myself how to play the guitar.  We found a group of folks who wanted to do a concert of worship music.  One night as we were leaving practice, a fellow named James heard the music I was playing in my car.  It was from a CD and James asked if I would make him a copy.  I agreed and I wrote a little note to myself that read, “Make CD 4 James.”  I folded it up and put it in my pocket.

 

When I got home, I was standing at my kitchen table, emptying my pockets when the Holy Spirit touched me so powerfully!  When I regained my senses, I don’t know how long I had been standing there but when I looked down, I saw in my hand that note but it was folded so what I saw was “4 James.”  I immediately opened my bible and read the 4th chapter of the book of James.  I thanked God for the experience, thinking that it was over…but it was not.

The next day, I was on my 1.5 hour trip back to Indy to get to work at the insurance company.  I was listening to a contemporary Christian radio station when out of the blue the Holy Spirit touches me again.  The song that was playing was by Casting Crowns.  It is called “Who Am I?”  This is one of the songs that was on the CD that I made for James the night before.  The CD was in my player, so I began listening to the song over and over, so I could learn the lyrics to sing it.  When I was a few minutes away from work, I realized that there was one line in the song that I wasn’t able to understand.  I just couldn’t hear what it was saying.  Finally I realized that the line was, “a vapor in the wind.”  I wondered why it sounded so familiar and quickly realized that it was in the 4th chapter of James that I had read the night before!  James 4:14 specifically.  The NKJ version reads: whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  …A vapor in the wind…I was so excited and I couldn’t contain it!  I told all of my friends at work what had happened.  I thanked God for such an amazing thing, thinking that it was over…but it was not.

That Sunday, I was at House of Jesus with my friend Shane and I was telling them this story.  When I had finished, I sat down thinking, once again that it was over,  when a little lady in the 2nd pew stood up and made her way over to me.  She had a paper folded in half that she handed to me.  She said, “This is the Sunday School lesson I wrote on Wednesday and I feel like God wants me to give it to you.”

 

When I opened the folded paper, it was titled “Choices.”  And just below the title was scripture from the book of James, chapter 4 vv. 13-15:  Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.  Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”  But now you boast in your arrogance.  All such boasting is evil.

From that moment on, I knew that I must do what I can do to glorify God NOW.  I may not have tomorrow to do it.  I follow God from day to day, asking him to direct my path.  In living this way, He led me to the United Methodist Church.  He led me to my wife, Denise (which is a wonderful story that began in the 3rd grade.)  Now, he has lead me to Grangeville United Methodist Church in Grangeville, Idaho where I plan to continue following his lead and working to encourage others to have faith in God, to accept Jesus and ask forgiveness for their sins.  Then to “do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can,” as John Wesley put it.  Do these things now because what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away…  a vapor in the wind.

 

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 hamburger helpers, rice-a-roni, and other easy meal helps. Also canned fruit is always helpful. 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.

Annual Strawberry Shortcake Booth: First, I want to say a BIG thank you to Barbara Cleary as my co-chair. We were both busy but I so appreciate your help and encouragement. And a BIG thank you to all the church family in helping make this happen. It amazed me how everything fell into place! Of course we do need to thank this community to supports our booth each year for 29 in a row now. Last but for sure not least, I thank our Lord, our Rock, our Strength, and our forever faithful God!

This year, we picked the 3rd as the Art in the Park was a 2-day event, so we were missed on the 4th I am told by several. It was a hard decision to make. We had long hours that day and did our best. Our Lord will bless and guide us as we decide how these funds are used. Rose Mangini, UMW President

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.

 

MEMORIAL FLOWER TUBS: Our flower tubs were delivered on Thursday, May 25, and below is the listing of the ones they are in memory of or in honor of. Thanks to Jane Carlson for planning these for us again this year. Jane had been watering them every day when it has been hot. UMW paid for the cost of improving the watering system so hopefully they will continue to help make our church look nice.

Here is a list of what they represent: In memory of our parents, Adele & Raymond Holman, Elouise Warden Peters, Justin Peters, by Carol & Don Warden & Family; In memory of Patricia Buckendorf and Daughter-in-law, Son Hanson, by Clyde & Marietta Hanson; In Honor of All Care Givers, by David & Emily Poncin; In celebration of our 48 years together, by Joanie & Bernie Golz; In Memory of Ron & Jewel Hunter, Bob Fisher, John Muhlstein, Cliff Eidemiller, by Craig & Jane Spencer; In loving memory of my parents, Beth & Richard Leonard, by Jane Carlson; In Memory of my brother, Fred Essen, By Barbara Essen; In Honor of our 11 children, By Barbara Cleary & Sue Crea; In Memory of Rachel Cox, by Sharon & Jerry Cox; In Honor of orphans at Jamaa Letu Orphanages, by Rose Mangini.

 

UMCOM: Now we are in need of small appliances such as toasters, microwaves, crock pots, coffee makers. Also cook pots and small utensils are all ways needed. Thanks to all who have donated items! 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!

The Snippet Corner:  Cont. of John Wesley’s Sermon 48: In order to supply this defect in some degree, I shall Endeavour to show. First, what it is for a man to deny himself, and what to take up his cross; and secondly, that if a man be not fully Christ’s disciple. It is always to the want of this.

  1. 1. I shall, first, endeavor to show, what it is for a man to “deny himself, and take up his cross daily.”

This is a point which is of all others, most necessary to be considered and thoroughly understood, even on this account, that is it, of all others, most opposed by numerous and powerful enemies. All our nature must certainly rise up against this, even in its own defense; the world, consequently, the men who take nature, not grace, for their guide, abhor the very sound of it. And the great enemy of our souls, well knowing its importance, cannot but move every stone against it. Dave Hammond- The History Hound (History Haven)

The Military BibleStick:  This summer, express your appreciation for our service members by providing them a Military BibleStick. This small digital audio player is designed speci­cally for the safety of deployed Troops. Each one includes the complete Audio New Testament along with 65 minutes of selected Psalms. You can help us get God’s Word, the most valuable tactical gear available, to those who continue to protect our freedoms.

For more information, check out their website: https://militarybiblestick.com/about/

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!