Methodist Messenger: June 2018

Pastor Ryan’s Note:

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

 

Sharing Prayers:  Be sure to notice our “Prayer Box” in front of our church (to the right as you walk up from the sidewalk)! Share with all your family/friends we would like prayer requests placed there for any and all needs/praises/etc. We give a big thanks to Norm Rice for making this with our Lord’s guidance he said! God is good all the time!!

 

Bible Study: This is on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in Pastor’s office. We are discussing the book of Acts.  Be sure to join us any time.

 

Graduates:  We also discovered Jordan Reuter graduated this year from Grangeville High School, and we gifted him with a book, “Jesus Always” and a card from United Methodist Women and our church family!!

 

Camp Scholarships available for Twinlow:  UMW is always willing to help with financing for anyone interested in going to camp. See flyers on the table by the entry of the church for dates. Also, look at their website: http://www.twinlow.org/

Let Rose Mangini, (983-0489), know if you have someone that needs our assistance in making this happen.

 

Local Camp Opportunity: From July 18 to July 22, Miracle Mountain Camp – Wanted by Jesus is available near Grangeville, (Tollgate, 20 minutes from here), for kids ages 8 to 12. Cost is $120.00. Campers to come July 18, 4 pm and ends with lunch on Sunday, July 22, after clean-up – ready to leave at 12:00 noon. Call John at 208-983-1685. See June newsletter for more information. Pastor Ryan has application form.

 

Camas Prairie Food Bank: We need canned peaches and really need soup – any kind except tomato or cream of chicken soups. We have those. Oatmeal either instant or regular. And of course -as always we use everything. Carlene and all the volunteers. Location: 411 E. North St. Grangeville.

 

Children’s Church –We are learning the importance of taking care of God’s creatures, caring for others, and caring for ourselves as we follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in our lives. We plan to begin memorizing Bible verses.

Sue Crea is helping us learn new songs each month.  We are blessed to have her enthusiasm and expertise! Also River Phillips is helping us learn the lyrics. Thank you Sue and River! We hope to present the songs sometime this summer. Sharon, Linda, Lenora, Cathy.

 

Annual Strawberry Shortcake Booth: We have started planning our booth, an annual fundraiser, which will be on the 4th of July.  Please prayerfully consider helping us make this tradition happen again this year. In the Fellowship room, there is a list of jobs. These funds are used to support local and international mission work! We greatly appreciate the whole church family and the whole community who help make this happen!

UMW (United Methodist Women) — On Thursday, June 14, 10:00 am, we will gather in the choir/yoga room for our next meeting. We welcome all ladies to our meetings which we hold 6 months out of the year (March, May, June, September, November, & December, to plan our 2 fund raisers and tell about the many mission outreach UMW do worldwide!) Check out the website for more information about UMW:

https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/

PURPOSE of UMW: The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and 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 church.

Maps that show where we have sent funds on this website: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/maps/mission-maps

MEMORIAL FLOWER TUBS: Our flower tubs this year were planned and planted by 2 ladies of our United Methodist Women, Jane Carlson and Marietta Hanson, with the help of River Phillips. Thank you all!! Below is the listing of the ones they are in memory of or in honor of. Enjoy them!

Here is a list of what they represent:

In Remembrance of

Raymond & Adele Holman;

Justin Warden & Elouise Peters

By Carol & Don Warden

 

In Memory of Daughter

Patricia Buckendorf &

Daughter-in-law, Son Hanson

By Clyde & Marietta Hanson

 

In Thanks for

Care Givers Everywhere

By Dave & Emily Poncin

 

In Memory of Ron Johns

By Linda Johns

 

In Memory of my sister,

Barbara Leonard Rabold

By Jane Carlson

 

In Memory of Our Loved Ones:

Ed Griffin, Gram Coppedge,

Glenn & Laura Vowter

By Mike & Glennda Griffin

 

In Memory of Rachel Cox

By Sharon Cox

 

To Honor of Delores Long &

Those who passed before us

By Sue Crea/Barbara Cleary

 

In Memory of Loved Ones

By Bernie & Joanie Golz

 

UMCOM (United Methodist Community Outreach Mission) – We continue to support the Idaho County Human Needs Council by providing household items to individuals and families.  We appreciate the generous donations.  We can use small appliances such as can openers, toasters, microwaves, mixers, and coffee makers.  We also could use towels of all sizes, bed linens, dishes, silverware, and pots and pans.  If anyone has furniture to donate, the council has a storage locker available for your donations.  Beds have been needed lately. Lenora, Linda, Jane, Emily, Cathy

History in Motion!  Adele’s Garden

Adele’s Garden was planted in honor of Adele Holman who was born and raised in the Grangeville Methodist Church. This church was an important piece of her life and she found solace in these walls.

Helen Adele Cravens Holman was born in Grangeville, Idaho to Jesse Coffey Cravens and Nancy Allen Jacks Cravens on May 28, 1921. She joined two brothers, Jesse Allen Cravens and Clayton Coffey Cravens. She and her brothers attended the Grangeville School. Adele graduated from Grangeville High School in 1939, graduated from Lewis-Clark Normal School in Lewiston, and continued her education at the University of Idaho graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1942. She was a teacher at Kooskia Elementary and Lapwai Elementary schools until 1951.

Adele and Emmett Raymond Holman were married in this church on June 3, 1951. Their four children, Nancy Rae Holman Thompson, Carol Adele Holman Warden, Ronald Emmett Holman, and David George Holman were brought up in the Grangeville Methodist Church.

Adele was a very active member of the Methodist Church serving on various committees along with chairing many of them. She was an integral part of the United Methodist Women, undertaking many of the projects of the group. She led the mincemeat making and candy making workshops for the women along with heading the Christmas Bazaar for many years. Adele initiated and was the driving force behind the UMC Strawberry Shortcake Booth during the annual Fourth of July festivities until her death. She was the church Lay Member to annual conference for many years. Adele and her mother were instrumental in setting up and conducting the annual Rummage Sale each fall at the church. Her famous cole slaw dressing was a vital part of the annual Salmon Dinner held each November for many years.

In addition to her many recognized contributions to the church, Adele anonymously donated tremendous amounts of time, energy, and money into many other projects in the church. She was a mainstay of the church. She was extremely dedicated to this church which was the backbone of her life.

When she passed away on August 8, 2005 there were many monetary donations made to the church in her memory. Mildred Asker, the Memorial Fund Chairman, took it upon herself to make sure those monies were put toward a living memorial to Adele. After consulting with Adele’s children, it was decided to build a memory garden in her name. This was a fitting tribute to her life as she loved being out in her yard full of flowers and sharing them with her church family as well as the hospital and nursing homes in the community. This garden epitomized her legacy of sharing the fruits of her labor with her family and friends and is a continual reminder of renewal and rebirth each year. (Information from Carol Warden presented to the History office)

From Dave Hammond the “History Hound”

Trustees update: The church workday was a great time of fellowship for the 15 who came to work. Here is what happened — ON THE OUTSIDE: Trimmed bushes and trees around church, cleaned moss off brick planters around entry, sprayed weeds and borders/edges (will see those results in a week or so), cleaned screens off south side of church and left them off for a while, cleaned gutters and windows (some with the help of Jerry and Sharon’s awesome man lift), sealed cracks where surface water comes into the basement on heavy rain storms, hand pulled some weeds, removed a dead bush, and cleaned walkways. ON THE INSIDE: washed windows, washed blinds in pastor’s office, dusted sanctuary, oiled panels in Children’s church room, cleaned and organized kitchenette in Fireside Room. Also, one of the tents that Griffin donated in memory of Glennda’s parents was set up, practice for booth at the park on 4th of July.

Lunch was provided by Ted and Wendy Lindsley and Ryan Campbell BBQ meat! Great fellowship went on throughout this time! God is good all the time!! Thanks everyone who helped!

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Methodist Messenger: May, 2018

Pastor Ryan’s Note: Beyond baptism: What confirmation means to United Methodists

Confirmation is a sacred day of commitment and celebration in the life of an individual and the Church.

Many lifelong United Methodists have fond memories of their confirmation class. Sometime during adolescence, they met with a group of their peers, some adult leaders, and their pastor. They may have gathered weekly in the church basement, during a youth Sunday school class, or maybe for a weekend retreat at a campground.

When the classes were complete, they then stood before their congregation, where the pastor and others put their hands on them while a blessing was said. Some then received a special lunch or a gift from their church.

Public profession of faith:

Although confirmation is not a sacrament in The United Methodist Church, it is an important marker along our spiritual journeys.

At baptism, we are initiated into the new covenant in Jesus Christ and membership in the Church, Christ’s body in the world. For many, this happens when they are very young.

We recognize children are members of their human families, but no one expects them to clean their rooms or empty the dishwasher until much later. In the same way, “baptized infants are members of the Church—the family of faith—but are not yet capable of sharing everything involved in membership,” By Water and the Spirit, The United Methodist Church’s official statement on baptism, teaches.

Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. “What God offers us must be accepted in repentance and faith,” This Is Your Baptismal Liturgy states. “Confirmation and reaffirmation are our responses of commitment, profession of faith, and rededication.”

Confirmation is not a sacrament in the United Methodist Church, but it is an important step in our spiritual journeys.

Readiness is key

Parents and church leaders often ask what age is most appropriate for young people to participate in confirmation. The issue is not so much about a chronological age, but rather about one’s readiness to assume the vows of professing membership.

“When you think about what’s required to live out these vows with integrity,” Burton-Edwards says, “it requires a measure of adult agency.” At what age that happens varies among individuals and cultures.

“If you look at the earliest point at which we give adult responsibilities,” Burton-Edwards explains of the culture in the U.S., “it’s the driver’s license.” This might indicate that a good time for people in the U.S. to consider confirmation is about the age of 16. For others it might be sooner.

Pastors may invite family members and others to participate in confirmation, a symbol of their continued support of the youth’s faith journey. The ability to live into the vows is the key determining factor, not a particular birthday. – By Joe Iovino

For additional information see: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/beyond-baptism-what-confirmation-means-to-united-methodists

Sharing Prayers:  If you have a prayer request during the week, you can send an email or call the church and it will be passed on to our local members. Prayer requests made on cards and verbally are usually emailed to all that receive the church newsletter by email. If you prefer your requests not go, just let Rose Mangini know. If you want to be sure yours is shared, be sure to write it on a prayer card.

Bible Study: This is on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in Pastor’s office. We are starting discussing the book of Acts on Wednesday, May 9.  Be sure to join us any time.

Graduates:  Who else is graduating from high school or college? David Sigler has recently received his Master’s Degree!! Congratulations!!

If anyone knows of any other graduates, please let Rose Mangini, 983-0489 or (rosemangini@hotmail.com), know their names and addresses plus how they are connected to our church.

Camp Scholarships available for Twinlow:  UMW is always willing to help with financing for anyone interested in going to camp. See flyers on the table by the entry of the church for dates. Also, look at their website: http://www.twinlow.org/

Let Rose Mangini, (983-0489), know if you have someone that needs our assistance in making this happen.

Camas Prairie Food Bank: Help is needed with boxed or packaged meal helpers such as Hamburger Helper, pasta and rice sides. We are currently serving 400-500 people each month. Our shelves are empty. Thank you for your generous help! Carlene and all the volunteers. Location: 411 E. North St. Grangeville.

Children’s Church – The children are learning about the Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit.  We use our Bibles, participate in crafts, games, and song as we learn how God is blessing us.  The Children’s Church Choir plans to sing during the service and host Coffee Hour on Sunday, May 13, which is Mother’s Day.

On behalf of the children and church school staff, we extend a “Thank You!” to Clyde Hanson for donating the beautiful map and photo of Jerusalem.  Clyde had both framed professionally for a permanent display for our educational unit.  Both will be valuable resources as our youth study events from the Bible that took place in and near Jerusalem.  The children can view actually landforms and city layout from an aerial photograph. Clyde and Marietta purchased them on their travels to the Holy Land.  We very much appreciate this special effort to enhance our educational program.
If you know any children that are K-5th grade, please invite them to join us.
Sharon, Linda, Lenora, Cathy.

Annual Strawberry Shortcake Booth: We have started planning our booth, an annual fundraiser, which will be on the 4th of July.  Please prayerfully consider helping us make this tradition happen again this year. In the Fellowship room later this month, there will be a list of jobs. These funds are used to support local and international mission work! We greatly appreciate the whole church family and the whole community who help make this happen!

UMW (United Methodist Women) — On Thursday, May 10, 10:00 am, we will gather in the choir/yoga room for our next meeting. We welcome all ladies to our meetings which we hold 6 months out of the year (March, May, June, September, November, & December, to plan our 2 fund raisers and tell about the many mission outreach UMW do worldwide! Check out the website for more information about UMW:

https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/

PURPOSE of UMW: The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and 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 church.

Maps that show where we have sent funds on this website: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/maps/mission-maps

UMCOM (United Methodist Community Outreach Mission) – We continue to support the Idaho County Human Needs Council by providing household items to individuals and families.  We appreciate the generous donations.  We can use small appliances such as can openers, toasters, microwaves, mixers, and coffee makers.  We also could use towels of all sizes, bed linens, dishes, silverware, and pots and pans.  If anyone has furniture to donate, the council has a storage locker available for your donations.  Beds have been needed lately. Lenora, Linda, Jane, Emily, Cathy

Methodist Messenger: April, 2018

Pastor Ryan’s Note:

“Look at how good and pleasing it is when families live together as one!  It is like expensive oil poured over the head, running down onto the beard – Aaron’s beard! – which extended over the collar of his robes.  It is like the dew on Mount Hermon streaming down onto the mountains of Zion because it is there that the Lord has commanded the blessing: everlasting life.”

-Psalm 133

Coming off an amazing Holy Week and Easter Sunday service, I am so energized and excited about the future of Grangeville UMC!  I see the church coming together as one and responding as the Holy Spirit moves within our hearts as sons and daughters of God.  As we are coming together in this spirit of unity, I want you to consider attending an important meeting that is coming up very quickly.

The Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church will be holding Table Talks on Sunday, April 15 from 2-5pm at Lewiston First UMC.  These talks are designed to be a way to engage in respectful dialogue regarding the future of the UMC globally.

I am encouraging everyone who has time and availability to attend.  All members of the United Methodist Church are invited to take part in the conversation.  I want Grangeville UMC, Nez Perce UMC, and our friends in White Bird and surrounding communities to be present to listen and engage in meaningful conversation.

This will be a chance to hear the history that has brought us to this point, the proposed ways forward, and a way to increase your knowledge and understanding of the direction in which the church is moving.

Please pray about and consider attending the Table Talk conversation on Sunday, April 15th from 2-5pm.  Pray that the Holy Spirit guides us through positive conversations that are good and pleasing to the Lord.  And please pray that we are truly united as the Body of Christ; all our families, living together as one!  How good and pleasing it is!

God bless you!

Pastor Ryan

 

Table Talks: INVITATION FROM OUR BISHOP AND DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT – Finding a Way Forward Together. This event is at Lewiston First UMC on Sunday, April 15, 2:00-5:00 pm. United Methodists in the Alaska, Oregon-Idaho and Pacific Northwest Conferences are being encouraged to participate in Table Talk conversations being planned in various settings across the Greater Northwest Area. These opportunities will provide attendees a way to engage the church’s current discussion of human sexuality and the report of the Commission on a Way Forward within a structure of worship and respect for one another. To develop that sense of respect, participants are asked to commit to a convent for respectful dialog. In short, the covenant asks them to: Stay Curious, be kind, and to listen with the same amount of passion with which I want to be heard.

Both worship and a covenant for respectful dialog are essential when we ask for God to be present in our conversations and recognize that we can sometimes get in the way of that. All across the area are asked to seriously consider participating in one of these opportunities.

Bishop Elaine JW Stanovsky sees that respectful dialog as a key to helping the church move forward, both her in the northwest, and globally. “Christians don’t need to beat each other up when we disagree.” she says, “If you love your church, and want it to see its mission witness remain strong around the world, I hope you will come to one of the Table Talks. If you are sick and tired of opposing sides in the church fighting about human sexuality, and who should be welcome in the Church, I hope you will come to one of the Table Talks. We can find a deeper unity, and new ways of listening to God and one another.” Registration is appreciated if you are going please, at: Directions – RSVP

 

Learn More about the Way Forward: The Commission on a Way Forward was proposed at the 2016 General Conference by the Council of Bishops “to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.” The proposal was approved and a 32-member commission was named in October of 2016.You can learn more about their composition, vision, and how they are structuring their work here.

The Council of Bishops have also called a Special Session of the General Conference to be held be held February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri limited to acting on the report from the Council “based on the recommendations of the Commission on a Way Forward.” Updates from the Council of Bishops can be found here.

Additional prayer resources have been produced for conference efforts surround all of this work in prayer. While each of the three conference in the Greater Northwest Area have completed their assigned weeks of prayer, you might still find resources and inspiration as others continue this work. You can learn more about this Praying Our Way Forward effort here.

 

Sharing Prayers:  If you have a prayer request during the week, you can send an email or call the church and it will be passed on to our local members. Prayer requests made on cards and verbally are usually emailed to all that receive the church newsletter by email. If you prefer your requests not go, just let Rose Mangini know. If you want to be sure yours is shared, be sure to write it on a prayer card.

 

New way to connect:  Here is a website to share with family and friends to connect with our church. Check it out!  It is for smart phones, ipads, etc. which requires a download of an app:

https://aware3.com/umc/

 

Bible Study: This is on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in Pastor’s office. For April, our next one is April 11 and one on April 18, as we continue to discuss Romans with Pastor Ryan. Then there will be a break until Wednesday, May 9.  Be sure to join us any time.

 

 

Graduates:  Who is graduating from high school or college? If anyone knows of any graduates, please let Rose Mangini, (rosemangini@hotmail.com or 983-0489), know their names and addresses plus how they are connected to our church.  United Methodist Women want to honor them during a Fellowship Hour and gift them with a devotional book. Thanks!

Camp Scholarships available for Twinlow:  UMW is always willing to help with financing for anyone interested in going to camp. Also, look at their website: http://www.twinlow.org/

Let Rose Mangini, (983-0489), know if you have someone that needs our assistance in making this happen.

 

Camas Prairie Food Bank: Help is needed with boxed meal helpers. Thanks for all the help. It is appreciated! Carlene and all the volunteers. Location: 411 E. North St. Grangeville.

 

Church Finances: The financial costs of the church have significantly increased this year because we are committed to paying our apportionments, have taken on the entire cost of the pastor’s salary, and insurance costs have increased.  The church’s operational costs have also increased as we develop and implement more ministerial programs.  An additional expense we need to help with is Pastor Ryan’s Emory University classes and the educational/travel cost. The Administrative Council sincerely thanks everyone for their participation, confidence and generous giving.  We are committed to building a more vibrant, viable presence in our community; one that’s worthy of increasing support. Finance committee

NEWS: Here and there:

Pastor Ryan has a 2nd youtube song. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzRFqvMW4n0&feature=youtu.be

He also shared: Looking back on life, I realize how many INSANELY dangerous situations God got me though without so much as a scratch. One accident, in particular, sticks out and these were the thoughts that the Holy Spirit used to inspire me to write this song.

Children’s Church – Our Children’s church choir was pleased to sing during the Easter Service. Dylan Cox joined Pastor Ryan for a special song. We continue to learn about Jesus and his life. This month we will learn about events after Jesus’s resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  We enjoy singing, learning, and crafts each Sunday, and encourage you to invite children to come join us.

UMW (United Methodist Women) — On Thursday, May 10, 10:00 am, we will gather in the choir/yoga room for our next meeting and continue our plan for this year’s Strawberry Shortcake booth, which will take place on Wednesday, July 4. Save this date now please. If you would please prayerfully consider co-chairing this event and let Rose Mangini know!

We welcome all ladies to our meetings which we hold 6 months out of the year (March, May, June, September, November, & December, to plan our 2 fund raisers and tell about the many mission outreach UMW do worldwide! Check out the website for more information about UMW:

https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/

PURPOSE of UMW: The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and 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 church.

Maps that show where we have sent funds on this website: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/maps/mission-maps

On Saturday, April 14, there is a UMW District Spiritual Growth Retreat at the Bozarth Mansion & Retreat Center, Spokane, “Growing Spiritually through Difficult Times,” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. REGISTER: $30. See Rose for a registration form. For additional ideas of Spiritual Growth go to:

https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/spiritual-growth

UMCOM (United Methodist Community Outreach Mission) – We thank you for your continued donations.  We can use small appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, can openers and microwaves.   Also, we can use towels, blankets, and sheets of all sizes as well as other household items.  We are honored to support the Human Needs Council.  If anyone would like to know more about the council’s work in our county, meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at noon. Contact one of our team to attend.  Thanks very much, Lenora, Linda, Cathy, Emily, Jane.

Your Help is needed: Volunteers ARE THE HEART of Hospice.   Syringa Hospital & Clinics (SHC) Hospice is conducting a 2-day training program for mature and caring individuals who desire to volunteer with the only Hospice in this area.  Hospice serves 12 communities in Idaho and Lewis counties so we welcome volunteers from all local communities.

Hospice is more than a place – it is a philosophy of care for persons at the end of life.  Hospice seeks to enhance the dying person’s quality of life and to provide support for family and other caregivers.  We at SHC Hospice work as a team and focus on the hope that every day will be the best that it can be for the patient and their family.  Volunteers help to make this a reality.

The volunteer training program is on Monday, April 16th and Wednesday, April 18th 9am – 4:00pm, at the Soltman Center, 600 W. Main St. in Grangeville (across from SHC).  Refreshments & lunch will be provided both days.

Please pre-register by calling Syringa Hospice at 983-8550 or toll free 800-772-5137 & ask for Cindy or Tara.

Lectionary:

April 8: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31

April 15: Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48

April 22: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

April 29: Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8

The Snippet Corner:

GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR MARION O. HOLT: August 22, 1965 On October 16, 1966: Marion Holt was honored for her untiring service to Grangeville United

Methodist Church of Grangeville, Idaho. Along with a certificate, she was also given a brand-new hymnal of the United Methodist Church, her name was embossed in gold letters across the bottom of the hymnal. She was honored for her dedicated spirit, what she had showed while singing in the choir and her devoted years of service to the church.

The entire members of the choir had signed the first two pages of the hymnal, to show each of their gratitude on this very special occasion. Here are those that had signed the hymnal: Ralph & Dixie Kringer; Audrey Eddings; Esther von bargen, Director; Burtha Ornans; Deebie Koole; Eleanor S. Hull; Yuvonne Swanstrorn; Tillie Thompson; Jannie Ruark; Becky Mc Murphy; Bea Perry; Floyd Omans; Wm. Dezell; David Schwarz; Milva Manville; Lois Weider; Rosa Smith; Mary Knuston; Bertha Buttenhoff; Ann Crea- Supt of Sunday school; June Sawyer.

Member’s & Friends of the church! Neal Jordan, Clare Olmsted, Muriel Lindsley, Samuel Lindsley, Mildred W. Keith, Dellajean Smith, Harold W. Smith, Joanne Kale, Martha Crowell, Joan Beddesn, Margie Gortsema, Alien Stokes, Margie Martin, Minette Decker, Sharon Carlson, Ruth Pottala, Don Ruark, Ron & Lindajohns, Tom Biddison, Stewart Manville, Jemie Gregg, Warren & Helen Parks, Rev. David Hullin & wife, Judy Hullin with much love! Pastor Don Lange, Rev. Charles R. Mastin, Mel Brown, San Bemiedeis, California, Stewardship manager 1966, Olga M. Chase— very dear friend, Irene McConnell, Ed Brainard, Bernice Gerneml, Finance Sec. and churches Treasurer.

Rev. Ralph W. Mobry, 4-13 Perkins St. Rome, GA. 3016l- visiting pastor, April 1967; Sidney A. Walker, D.D. 7995 S.W. 69th St. Portland, Or.

David W. Biles, pastor, E. Vincent Smith, Ken Carlson, Stephen P. Paci

Marion never knew a stranger! Marion was a very devoted worshiper I have been told, Lois

Weider and Marion had been friends for years.

(A kind soul has passed along this great journey called life, but the many memories they have

shown will never be forgotten, for the tender-hearted person and the kindness they had shown,

will never be lost in time!

From Dave Hammond the “History Hound”

Chronic Disease Self-Management Class: Are you ready to make a change? Are you ready to feel great? Peer-led interactive workshop for participants with one or more chronic conditions. Learn new tools to take day-to-day responsibility for your care; Increase skills necessary to manage your chronic conditions; Learn how to work effectively with your health care providers.

This will take place from April 16th – May 21, Monday 5 pm-7:30 pm, 6 sessions, one day per week, 2½ hour, at United Methodist Church, 404 W Main St, Grangeville. To register call Renee Stevens 208-400-0026 or Maja 208-983-8590

YWCA Annual live auction: On Sunday, April 29, 2:00 pm, fundraiser for our local UWCA program this will take place at the Cottonwood Community Hall, 501 King Street, Cottonwood, ID. For more information, see flyer in church’s front window, or contact Kristy with YWCA 208-983-0888. April is Sexual Assault Awareness month – and time for the 4th Annual Live Auction – His, Hers, and Ours – formally the Purse Auction.   ALWAYS a FUN event!!!!   And a big fund raiser to support victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in Idaho County!!!

Methodist Messenger: March, 2018

Pastor Ryan’s Note:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I thank God.  I thank God for you because His children are one of His greatest blessings!  I thank God for the strength and dedication I have witnessed as the Body of Christ here in our communities of Grangeville, Nezperce, and White Bird work and support one another through changing times and circumstances.
Sunday April 8th, District Superintendent Gregg Sealey will be conducting a workshop that will teach us how we can simplify the leadership structure of Grangeville UMC.  In preparation for this workshop, we have received a book that explains in great detail what this “flat” structure can look like, what it takes to move toward and through this new model, as well as challenges and advantages of it.  There is a copy of the book available, if you would like to take a look through it.  We can also order additional books. If you would like a copy to own, please let us know.
I encourage everyone to attend this workshop on April 8th after worship service & potluck.  We hope this will be a great learning opportunity for all as well as a good time for us to fellowship.  We all want to be as nimble and effective as possible in our ministry and it is our hope that this simple governance structure will help us to accomplish greater service to the community and world, in the precious name of Jesus Christ!
I thank God for you!  Praise the Lord!
Pastor Ryan 

Sharing Prayers:  If you have a prayer request during the week, you can send an email or call the church and it will be passed on to our local members. Prayer requests made on cards and verbally are usually emailed to all that receive the church newsletter by email. If you prefer your requests not go, just let Rose Mangini know. If you want to be sure yours is shared, be sure to write it on a prayer card.

Church’s Facebook page:  Sermons on Facebook -Pastor Ryan is sharing is Sunday morning sermons on the church’s facebook page live! Share this with all your family/friends! If you do not have a page, look on a friend/family’s page to catch it when you cannot come to worship.

Please find this here and share with your friends:

https://www.facebook.com/grangevilleumc/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Bible Study: This now will be on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in Pastor’s office, as we continue to discuss Romans with Pastor Ryan. Be sure to join us any time.

 

Camas Prairie Food Bank: Help is needed with: boxed meal helpers, jiffy mixes, and any deserts. Thanks for all the help. It is appreciated! Carlene and all the volunteers. Location: 411 E. North St. Grangeville.

NEWS: Here and there:

Church directory update – For your copy of the directory see round table in fellowship room.

Head Start update — Alice Weaver, Head Start Program Director, will be discussing more with the possibility of a proposal for use of the church to accommodate their children and program delivery at our next Ad. Council meeting on 15 March.  All are welcome to come to this. She will actually arrive a little before 4 pm to refresh her memory on space & possibilities.  If possible, please attend this council meeting to participate in the discussion.  I don’t think we’ll make any final decision on the 15th, but do think we should be aware of any request and the requirements/impacts accommodating that request might have for the church and our current programs/ministry. Let’s pray about this until then for our Lord to guide us.

Head Start has explored a couple of other options in Grangeville, and those options won’t work for various reason, so they are interested.  First, though, Alice will meet with our local school officials to determine, officially, if the school is going to take back the space Head Start is now using.  Sincerely, Jerry Zumalt

Choir – Choir practice will be at the Grangeville Health & Rehab. on Monday, March 5, at 4:00 pm. Come and get a preview of our new songs for Lent/Easter. We will be sharing them during worship starting on March 11.

Children’s Church – We continue to learn more about Jesus’s life and his ministry.  This month we are learning about His miracles here on earth.  The class enjoyed hosting Coffee Hour in February, serving cookies they decorated.  All had a good time, and they were wonderful servers!  We are preparing new songs to sing for the Easter season, and hope to present them soon.  We thank Lenora Gregg for providing a keyboard so we can practice in the classroom. We continue to explore our new Bibles, and are working on art projects.

We thank Dave Hammond for his beautiful and skillful model of Noah’s Ark!  We commend him for getting all those animals lined up!

Many thanks for all who help with and support our children’s church.  Each child is a blessing!

If you would like to join our team either as a leader or helper, please let Linda Johns or Sharon Cox know.

Trustees Next meeting is Wednesday, March 7, 4:30 pm. Also, see February Ad. Council minutes below also.

UMW (United Methodist Women) — PURPOSE: The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and 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 church.

Maps that show where we have sent funds on this website: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/maps/mission-maps

On Thursday, March 8, we will gather in the choir/yoga room for our next meeting, and start our plan for this year’s Strawberry Shortcake booth, which will take place on Wednesday, July 4. Save this date now please. If you would please prayerfully consider co-chairing this event and let Rose Mangini know!

If this day and time does not work for you and you would like to be a part of this, please let Rose Mangini, President know. We would welcome all ladies to our meetings which we hold 6 months out of the year to plan our fund raisers and tell about the many mission outreach UMW do worldwide! Check out the website for more information about UMW: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, there is a UMW District Spiritual Growth Retreat at the Bozarth Mansion & Retreat Center, Spokane, “Growing Spiritually through Difficult Times,” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. REGISTER: Deadline April 1, $25 — After April 1, $30. See Rose for a registration form.

LEADERS are CLM Sue Robinson and Pastor Kathy Barrack. WHY ATTEND: What difficulties and challenges are you facing today? Are you searching for ways to grow spiritually through tough times? Are you trying to help friends or family members who need emotional and spiritual support? Has your life changed in ways that test your faith and your relationship with God? Plan to attend and you will be comforted, fed, enlightened, encouraged and inspired! You will have an opportunity to deepen your walk with God, and find light for the path ahead of you.

BOZARTH CENTER is a magnificent Tudor mansion set on 20 acres of forested land and gardens with beautiful views of the Little Spokane River Valley. Your day will include laughter, sharing, presentations, reflection, and worship. Check out the website below:

https://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/bozarth-mansion-and-retreat-center-spokane

For additional ideas of Spiritual Growth go to: https://www.unitedmethodistwomen.org/spiritual-growth

History of UMW Mincemeat — Dave Hammond found an old newspaper article from 1983, about the beginnings of our annual homemade mincemeat making with some recipes. A duplicate copy is displayed in the hallway of the church. Check it out!

UMCOM (United Methodist Community Outreach Mission) — We continue to supply items to individuals and families through the Human Needs Council.  We appreciate your generous donations!  We could use small appliances such as can openers, microwaves, toasters, toaster ovens, and coffee makers.  Also linens, blankets, and towels are always needed.  If you have furniture items to donate such as beds, chairs, tables, couches, or dressers we will see that they are added to the Council’s storage unit.  Please let one of the team members or the church office know.  Thanks very much! Lenora, Linda, Emily, Jane, Cathy.

NP News – The Nezperce UMC has been providing snacks once a month to the Kids Club program at the Nezperce Christian Church.  Kids Club meets each Wednesday after school to teach prepared Bible lessons to kids from first to sixth grade.  The kids have fun playing games while learning Bible stories Bible verse. We also work as volunteers at Kids Club each week.

The Snippet Corner: Cont: Sermon 62 — The End of Christ’s Coming!

  1. There is, therefore, an absolute necessity, if ever we would conquer vice, or steadily persevere in the practice of virtue, to have arms of a better kind than these, otherwise, we may see what is right, but we cannot attain it. Many of the men of reflection among the very Heathens were deeply sensible of this. The language of their heart was that of Media; – Video meliora proboque, Deteriora sequeor. [Ovid, Metamorphoses, vii.21: ‘I see the better and approved of it, but I follow the worse.’

How exactly agreeing with the words of the Apostle; (Personating a man convinced of sin, but not yet conquering it 1) “The good that I would, I do not; but the evil I would not that I do!” The importance of the human mind, even the Roman philosopher could discover; “There is in every man, “says he, “this weakness,” (he might have said, this sore disease); “Gloria sits, – thirst for glory. Nature points out the disease; but nature shows us no remedy.”

  1. Nor is it strange, that though they sought for a remedy, yet they found none. For they sought it where it never was and never will be found, namely, in themselves; in reason, in philosophy; broken reeds, bubbles, smoke! They did not seek it in God in whom alone it is possible to find it. In God! No; they totally disclaim this; and that in the strongest terms. For although Cicero, one of their oracles, one stumbled upon that strange truth. Nemo unequal vir Magnus sine afflatus divino fuit (‘there never was any great man who was not divinely inspired’), yet in the very same tract he contradicts himself, and totally overthrows his own assertion by asking, Quis pro virtute aut sapientia gratis dedit Deis unquam?-whoever returned thanks to God for his virtue or wisdom? The Roman poet is (if possible) more express still; who, after mentioning several outward blessings, honestly adds:

Haec satis est orare Jovem, quae donat et aufert:

Det vitam, det opes: aequum, mi animus ipse parabo.

We ask of God, what he can give or take – Life, wealth: but virtuous I myself will make.

From Dave Hammond the “History Hound”

Methodist Messenger: February, 2018

Pastor Ryan’s Note:  To our Nezperce United Methodist Church Family,

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

We are blessed to continue growing in relationship, faith, and ministry with you!  The two churches have been yoked for many years, along with White Bird UMC.  Now the relationship has changed.  White Bird has closed its doors and the two remaining churches are independent.  Even now, we can, and with God’s guidance, WILL find ways to continue our connectional ministry that reaches beyond all three of our communities.

Whitebird, Grangeville, and Nezperce are each very unique and are all comprised of very unique individuals with unique gifts; spiritual and otherwise.  That being said, we are bound together as the Body of Christ!  Our hope lies in working together and using our God-given free will to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth.

We are connected as Christ’s body.  I am confident that we can all fellowship, worship, work, and play together.  We are not ONLY Grangeville UMC or Nezperce UMC.  We are THE CHURCH and as Christ’s church in the world today, I hope and pray that God will continue to increase our faith as his grace increases.

If we haven’t met, please drop me a line, give me a call, or stop in to Grangeville UMC so I can meet you, shake your hand, and get to know you.  And as always, if any needs arise, we will assist in any way we can.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  Matthew 28:19-20

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit!  Amen.

Pastor Ryan Campbell

Bible Study: This now will be on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am in Pastor’s office, as we continue to discuss Romans with Pastor Ryan. Be sure to join us any time.

 

 

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

Camas Prairie Food Bank: Canned bean, any kind; soup; fruit; boxed or packaged meal helpers, any kind; and oatmeal. Thanks for all the help. It is appreciated! Carlene and all the volunteers. Location: 411 E. North St. Grangeville

The Snippet Corner: The Sermon of John Wesley- Sermon 62 The End of Christ’s Coming

  1. Many eminent writers, heathen as well as Christian, both in earlier and later ages, have taken to describe, in the liveliest colors, the deformity of vice both vice in general, and of those particular vices which were most prevalent in their respective ages and counties. With equal care they have placed in a strong light the happiness that attends virtue, and the misery which usually accompanies vice, and always follows it. And it may be acknowledged, that treatises of this kind are not wholly without their use. Probably hereby some, on the one hand, have been stirred up to desire and follow after virtue; and some, on the other hand, checked in their career of vice,- perhaps reclaimed from it, at least for a season. But the change effected in men by these means is seldom either deep or Universal; much less is it durable; in a little space it vanishes away as the morning cloud. Such motives are far too feeble to overcome the numberless temptations that surround us. All that can be said of the beauty and advantage of virtue, and the deformity and ill effects of vice, cannot resist, and much less overcome and heal, one irregular appetite or passion “For the purpose was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” l John 3:8 From Dave Hammond the “History Hound”

Jamaa Letu OrphanageOn behalf of the Hope for the Children of Africa Task Force, I thank you for your continued support and interest in the well-being of the children of Africa. Your sponsorship of Emmany and Patricia will make a huge difference in their lives. Funds sent to support our college girl by UMW, Horticia, will be a big help for her too!! Hortica is a second year student at the ISTM Gestion Hospitaliere in Lububashi which trains students in public health and nursing.  Her intention is a degree as a Medical Technician. Her full name is Ekanga Akambo Horticia Patience. Your financial support helps make her education possible.  On her behalf and on behalf of the Hope for the Children of Africa task force, thank you.

Your donation supports them 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. This support is not available to orphans “on the outside.” These children receive lots of love; it is like a family setup. We now have several students who have graduated from college (18 attending college)! We have 35 girls and 22 boys at the two orphanages. This note recognizes and thanks you for your donation included in our check of $1,570.00. Facebook has a page about the Orphanages:

https://www.facebook.com/HopeForTheChildrenofAfrica/

The website about our orphanages is found at:  http://www.pnwumc.org/hfca/?page_id=119

This year’s pictures of the orphans are posted there and can be downloaded. Thank you so much for being a supporter of this wonderful orphanage.  We are blessed to be a blessing! Christ’s servant, Rose Mangini, Sponsor Coordinator of Jamaa Letu Orphanage, PNW Conference of UMC, Bishop’s Task Force of Hope For the Children of Africa 

NEWS: Here and there:

Sermons on Facebook -Pastor Ryan is sharing is Sunday morning sermons on the church’s facebook page live! Share this with all your family/friends! If you do not have a page, look on a friend/family’s page to catch it when you cannot come to worship.

Church directory update – For your copy of the directory see round table in fellowship room.

Choir – Choir practice starts again on Mondays at 7:00 pm, with the first one on February 8! We are starting to practice several new songs for Lent/Easter. All are welcome! Come and enjoy the fun fellowship and praising our Lord with song!

Children’s Church – We have been learning about Jesus’s life and how he touched the lives of those around him.  We are also earning about God’s love for us and how the Holy Spirit fills us.  Our new Bibles have arrived and we are beginning to explore them and learn about how they are structured into books, chapters and verses.  In the future we hope to begin memorization of verses.  We began the year with singing two songs on Jan. 21st, and hope to prepare songs for the Easter season.  On February 11 we plan to host Coffee Hour.  Please invite any children you know of to join us each Sunday at 11:00.  After Pastor Ryan’s children’s time we go to our classroom upstairs.  Many thanks to those who help and support us support us!

UMCOM – (United Methodist Community Outreach Mission) This month we’ve again begun to supply items to individuals and families through the Human Needs Council.  Your donations are very much appreciated!  We could use small appliances such as can openers, microwaves, and coffee makers.  Also linens, blankets, and towels are always needed. If you have furniture items to donate such as beds, chairs, tables, couches, or dressers we will see that they are added to the Council’s storage unit.  Please let one of the team members or the church office know. Thanks very much! Cathy, Emily, Jane, Lenora, Linda

UMW – (United Methodist Women) On Sunday, February 4, during worship, Pastor Ryan will install our 2018 officers. Our next will be in March. Watch the bulletins for more details.

New Officer for 2018 – We now have a coordinator for funerals and weddings, Tova and Joe Claudouhos.  Thanks Tova and Joe!!

Governing BoardOn April 8, after Grangeville worship and potluck, District Superintendent, Rev. Gregg Sealey will have a workshop here about our new governing board. The book about this has been ordered: “Leadership & Organization for Fruitful Congregations” and if you wish to see it before the meeting, let Pastor Ryan know.

NP News – Christmas wreath fundraiser 2017: We made 38 Christmas wreaths and collected $589.00.  It cost the church $270.00 to have a wreath maker made.  We will use the wreath maker every year as the churches fundraiser.  Ten percent of $319.00 was given to the Nezperce UMC and the remaining amount of $287.10 plus 10 cents was given to the Nezperce American Legion for building repairs.  Nezperce’s email address is nezperceumc@yahoo.com

Trustees committee plans – Ted is check to see if windows are under warranty for repair. Completed these items recently: installed front doorbell into office, chalked around windows above pastor’s office, and cut doors in youth room area. Other needs: new lighting for Sunday school office, UMCOM room needs brighter bulbs, more lighting in foyer, lighting in Children’s church rooms, and make heating system as efficient as possible.

 

Lectionary:

February 4: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

February 11: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

February 14: (Ash Wednesday) Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

February 18: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

February 25: Genesis 17:17, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38

 

 

Cluster Lenten Service schedule 2018 – Below is the dates, locations, and speakers for this annual event during Lent with all the Methodist churches near us. Please note on March 18, we will be hosting this at the Grangeville church. Save the date now please! Also Pastor Ryan will be the speaker on March 25, in Orofino.

DATE                                                 CHURCH                                           SPEAKER

February 14 (Ash Wed.)                     Clarkston                                             Chuck Cram

February 18                                         Lewiston First                                     Kay Totten

February 25                                         Orchards                                             Bob Totten

March 4                                               Lapwai                                                            Hank Heschle

March 11                                             Kendrick                                             Stephen Kingsley

March 18                                             Grangeville                                          Kaylissa Beale

March 25 (Palm Sun.)                         Cavendish/Orofino                             Ryan Campbell

Methodist Messenger: January, 2018

Pastor Ryan’s Note: TO ALL OUR CHURCH FAMILY IN WHITEBIRD

            To the church of God in Whitebird, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – their Lord and ours:  Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

            All of us at Grangeville UMC would like to welcome each of you into community with us…to be blessed and also to be an integral blessing within our communities.

            I was sad to hear that Whitebird UMC closed its doors just prior to my arrival in Grangeville.  However, I do expect to see us continue to build upon and maintain positive worship, communication, vision, and mission with all who are willing to continue doing the Lord’s work in and through the United Methodist Church and our ministries.

            I have resounding hope and I truly believe that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can all work together to make this new relationship dynamic and allow the grace of God to overflow into each other’s and the lives of all those with which we are blessed to come into relationship.    

            If ever a need arises, whether it is a need to share your prayers of PRAISE and THANKSGIVING or prayers of concern, physical, emotional, or spiritual needs, we would love to add your prayers to ours, help any way we can, and lift you all up in the precious name of Jesus Christ.  In God’s wisdom, he has allowed many ways for you to use your spiritual gifts, to be included and integrated, to build upon your strengths, and to help the Body of Christ grow in grace and righteousness.  

           Please take a moment to call, email, or just stop in to talk.  I would love to meet you, pray with you, and continue with you, in Christ’s mission, to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”  Matthew 28:19-20

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.  My love to all of you in Christ Jesus.  Amen.

Pastor Ryan Campbell

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

Camas Prairie Food Bank: We always need soups, fruit, canned meat, plus packaged or canned meal helpers. Carlene and all the volunteers. Location: 411 E. North St. Grangeville

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

  1. “Speak evil of not man,” say the great Apostle: – As plain a command as, you, how few are there that so much as understand it What is evil-speaking it is not. As some suppose, the same with lying or slandering, all a man says may be as true as the Bible and yet the saying of it is evil-speaking. For evil-speaking is neither more or less than speaking evil of an absent person; relating something evil, which was really done or said by one that is not present when it is related. Suppose, having seen a man drunk, or heard him curse or swear, I tell this when he is absent; it is evil-speaking. In our language this is also, by an extremely proper name, termed backbiting. Nor is there any material difference between this and what we usually style tale-bearing. If the tale be delivered in a soft and quiet manner (perhaps with expressions of good-will to the person, and of hope that things may not be quite so bad.) Then we call it whispering, but in whatever manner it be done, the thing is the same: – the same in substance, if not in circumstance. Still it is person, when he is not present to answer for himself.

Dave Hammond- Churches historian (History Hound)

NEWS: Here and there:

Sermons on Facebook -Pastor Ryan is sharing is Sunday morning sermons on the church’s facebook page live! Share this with all your family/friends! If you do not have a page, look on a friend/family’s page to catch it when you cannot come to worship.

New Members – Joe and Tova Cladouhos recently had their membership transferred to Grangeville United Methodist Church! Welcome you 2! Check out the article in this newsletter about them and be sure to get to know them as part of our church family.

Concert – Our church choir put on a community Christmas Concert and it was a great success!! Thanks everyone!! We had over 80 come to enjoy our 6 special songs plus one we learned with Pastor Ryan and Ted Lindsley on guitar with several others helping us make wonderful sounds!!

Choir – We had a great time again this Advent season sharing special music many times, beginning on the last Sunday in November thru Christmas Eve Candlelight service. We also went one Monday evening for practice doing all 6 of our songs at the Grangeville Health & Rehab. They seem to really like them too!

Children’s Church – Our ladies are doing an amazing job helping the many children who are coming to our Sunday morning worship service now. Thanks ladies!! (They are: Linda Johns, Sharon Cox, Jane Carlson, Lenora Greig, and Cathy Vanella. Pete and Shirley watch the little ones who are 3 and under.

Children’s choir – We were really blessed at the Christmas Eve morning worship service with 2 special songs by our new Children’s choir. Children were: Jerri Lynn Cox, Tessa Howell, Nevaeh Russell, Ava Lane, Dylan Cox, Alex Rogers, Charlie Lane, Luke Cox, Sam Rogers, and Connor Lane.

Christmas Eve – Our Sunday morning service was outstanding with 69 in attendance, Children’s choir sharing 2 special songs, and lighting the 4th candle on our Advent wreath, the candle of Hope. Candlelight service at 6:00 pm was also outstanding with over 50 in attendance, church choir sharing for the last time until Lent, singing many Christmas carols, and listening to several readings!! Thanks to all who helped make this happen. Praise God for His many blessings!

Bible Study – Tuesdays continue to have a few come to discuss Romans with Pastor Ryan. Be sure to join us any time. If another time would be better, we are willing to change, just let Pastor Ryan know!

Donated turkeys – Our church received 3 turkeys from the Wild Turkey Federation, with 2 going to YWCA to needy families. The 3rd was cooked by Pastor Ryan and delivered to Lori and her sons who are living in a hotel. God is good all the time!

Officers for 2018 – January is when the new slate of officers start who were elected at our Charge Conference. Be sure to thank them for the service! Officers are: Council Chair, Jerry Zumalt; Finance Chair, Dave Poncin; Financial Secretary, Rose Mangini; SPPRC Chair, Lenora Gregg; Lay Leader, Ron Sigler; Lay Member to Annual Conference, Carol Warden; Memorials Chair; Emily Poncin, Treasurer,       Jane Spencer; Safe Sanctuary Admin., Sonny Robison, Clyde Hansen; Historian, Dave Hammond; Trustee Chair, Ted Lindsley. (NOTE: If you want a copy of Charge Conf. report, see Rose Mangini)

Governing Board – In February or March, Pastor Ryan will be setting up workshops in order to begin our new governing board.

NP email – Nezperce’s email address is nezperceumc@yahoo.com

Our church’s helpers – Our church is so blessed with many behind the scene workers. We sincerely thank you and appreciate all of you whomever you are! Many little jobs are completed when no one else is around so if you see someone shoveling snow or the such, be sure to thank them!!

 

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)