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:
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.
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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