The Life and Times- April-2013

April, 2013

“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’  ”

 —Matthew 18:2-3 ESV

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we enter into the season of Eastertide, which begins on Resurrection Sunday and ends on Pentecost Sunday (May 19), we would do well to understand that the Church is a community constantly in transition.  After Christ’s resurrection appearance to the disciples and his meeting with them over the course of 40 days prior to his ascension, the disciples still waited another ten days for the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.  We can only speculate the transformation and transition that was occurring in their hearts and minds over that time. What we know is that on Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came in power, the transformation was suddenly complete.  The disciples who had cowered during the crucifixion, proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ boldly anywhere and everywhere.

The transformation of disciples of Jesus by the Holy Spirit is a work that continues today.  We are born again of water and the Spirit and become like little children, growing and learning each day what it is to belong to God.  Change is a constant in the Church, for were it not so we would still be lost in our sin and hopeless without sanctification.

A few structural changes have occurred since last I wrote to you all here at First Presbyterian Church of Omak.  First, the Session has recommended as part of our transition process that we return to a name that was first used for this congregation in 1907, when we were chartered.  We originally bore the name, “Presbyterian Community Church,” but in 1910 changed our name to First Presbyterian Church (which was the popular trend at the time).  As we have been asked to mark our denominational transition with a new name, the Session thought it best to return to our old name (with a slight change), “Community Presbyterian Church of Omak.”  The name will be part of a vote of the congregation at a meeting that is yet to be set, but will likely occur in mid-May.  In addition, we will also be voting on amended Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, but these changes are cosmetic than substantive, in my humble opinion.

Second, the Session has adopted a new mission statement, “Loving the Lord our God and our neighbors as disciples of Jesus Christ.”  You will be seeing this statement frequently as we begin to refocus our mission toward these ends.

Finally, it is my place to announce that after many years of faithful service, Lyle Caudill has retired as the Treasurer.  In the interim, Dave Bishop will be filling the role of Treasurer while the Personnel Committee begins a formal search process.  Dave may be enlisting help for a few projects in the interim and if he calls on you, I do hope and pray that you will view this as service to Christ by servicing Christ’s Church.

Friends, change is inevitable.  My hope and prayer is that as we as a congregation experience change, it is the kind of change that Jesus had in mind when he put that child in the middle of his disciples.

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Pastor Bill

Teen Scene with Lance O’Dell, Christian Education Director

We are reorganizing the Christian Education Department!  After the session retreat it was decided that the Christian Education Committee would be renamed the Discipleship Committee.  This places more emphasis on all aspects of not only Christian educational training but discipleship training overall, and for all ages.  This is an exciting time for our church as we stir the pot so to speak in an attempt to bring a freshness to this area of our church’s ministry.  About a week ago I met with one of our Discipleship Elders and we discussed in detail what this ministry should look like.   Our hope coming out of the meeting was to recruit several individuals that would be interested in taking a leadership role in this committee.

There are several ministries within the church that fall under the discipleship umbrella, and each of these ministries are a significant, stand alone ministry that has the potential to generate growth and discipleship opportunities for our church.  These are vital ministries and each one needs proper care and attention.  For this to happen we are in need of several volunteers that would be willing to act as coordinators for each of the following ministries. 

Vacation Bible School:  An adult coordinator for this ministry.

(Planning, selecting curriculum, recruiting helpers, etc.)

Summer Sunday school:  An adult coordinator for this ministry.

(Select curriculum, setting up a schedule, recruit volunteers.)

Camp Coordinator:  An adult coordinator for this ministry.

(Stay in contact with Tall Timber, review scholarship applications, and promote schedules.)

Sunday School Coordinator:  An adult coordinator for this ministry.

(Recruit teachers, set up the Sunday school schedule, help train teachers, select curriculum.)

Children’s Activity Time (CAT):  An adult coordinator for this ministry.

(Select curriculum, set up a schedule, recruit volunteers.

Christmas Program:  An adult coordinator for this ministry.

(Organize and lead the program.)

Blue Angel Sunday school ministry:  An adult coordinator for this ministry.

(Organize addresses and phone numbers, call drivers and kids, recruit drivers.)

Over the next few weeks I will be calling people that have either served our church as coordinators for these ministries in the past (or currently) or have shown interest in being involved in these areas of ministry.  If you look at this list and fill God calling you to step up, or have questions please contact myself or Jerry Brucker and let us know. 

On April 8th at 6:00 pm the new Discipleship Committee will be meeting.  If you are interested in being involved with this committee please feel free to attend.  You do not have to be a Coordinator to be involved; we would appreciate your input and your support.

News You Can Use

For Sale: Our old gray metal chairs, $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. Contact Dave Bishop at the church office for more information.

Our monthly potluck on Sunday, April 14th will have a tea-party theme.  Even if you don’t bring a dish you are welcome to come.  There will be a donation plate on the table to help out with the cost of the main dish.                                                                 

      A-K bring a dessert      L-Z bring a salad

 

The Habitat-for-Humanity Yard Sale will be on Saturday April 20th, at the Gold Digger Warehouse parking lot on Main St. in Oroville. Drop off donations on Saturdays, April 6th and 13th between 10:00 am & noon or by appointment. Call Lynn Chapman, (509) 476-4626 for more information.

A Christian Women’s Conference, “How Could He Love Me?” will take place at Riverside Lighthouse Church on Saturday, May 4th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This conference will feature guest speaker Jill Campbell Farris and live worship with Planet Uprise. Tickets are $20 at the door and include lunch. Advance tickets ($15) are available at www.brownpapertickets.com. The conference is presented by Heaven’s Cradle, “a home for teen girls where they can experience God’s amazing love and devotion.”

Coffee Fellowship Volunteers Needed – If you would like to help serve Coffee Fellowship, please contact the church office or sign up on the Friendship Register during church. You also have the option to apprentice with someone who has experience the first time you serve.

First Presbyterian Church has a new Facebook page. Check us out!

Middle School Youth Group Project: Hanging on the wall at the west entrance to our sanctuary is a quilt made made by our middle schoolers with the help of Carol O’Dell. Stop by and take a look.

2013 CHURCH OFFICERS

                               ELDERS:                                                                DEACONS:

 

Jerry Brucker, (‘13)                       826-4376               Kristi Sinnett, (‘13)                 846-9122

Barb Shackette, (‘13)                    826-0621               Linda Swanson, (‘13)              422-0480

Dave Bishop, (‘13)                         826-7518               Carol Miller, (‘13)                   422-0256

Ron DeHaan, (‘14)                         826- 6534              Carol Mitchell (’14)                826-2406

Richard Price (’14)                         826-2461              Chris Werner (’14)         (509) 631-0364

Jess O’Dell (’14)                           826-5262               Arlene Freeman (’14)             422-2327

Joe Meagher (‘15)                         422-0714               Mary Lou Brantner (’15)         826-1617

John Freese (‘15)                 (206) 795-5277                Maxine Wood (’15)               422-4200

Randy Langseth (‘15)                    826-4641                Lyn Pearce (’15)                  422-9748

Treasurer’s Report

I continue to ask for your prayers for the Treasurer’s office in the next few months.  The announcement of Lyle’s retirement ends an era of devotion in maintaining our financial records.  As I have found, there is much more to it than just receiving money, paying checks, balancing statements, and maintaining IRS and L&I requirements.  He has been a business manager with investments, insurance, memorials, equipment, supplies, property, the church bus, etc. along with many other responsibilities.  Thanks to Lyle for all his dedication in accomplishing a demanding job.

The Personnel Committee will be hiring for this position in the near future. 

I traveled to First Presbyterian Church Bellingham to work with their Business Manager Bookkeeper, Sara Brown in auditing our books and learning the finer points of managing the churches finances.  She is a CPA Bookkeeper that has helped us/me immensely.  I would recommend we adopt many of their procedures and processes along with their position description.  I like them because they provide many of the same practices and oversight that we used in the Air Force.  I would like us to automate most of the processes that we use in order to cut salary cost.  

Our first quarter of financials shows our tithing and line item income for the Operations Account to be better than last year by about a thousand dollars with balance of $51,208.86.  This, however, still leaves us with a deficit of $10,624 for the year. This is mainly due to annual Per Capita dues of $6,977.60 that had to be paid by March 31, 2013.  In addition, salaries take up approximately 72% of our operations income.  This issue is being addressed by our Session. 

Our Designated Account on the other hand is doing great with an income of $8,040.  One gift of $5,000 was presented to help pay the cost of leaving PC (USA) while another gift of $1,000 was given to pay for evangelism.  

Our Reserve and Investment Accounts are also strong with a balance of $111,859.80.

We have many blessings to be thankful to our Lord Jesus Christ!!!  May we glorify his salvation, light, and hope to our church family and to our community.            

 “He will always give you all you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern”  Luke 12:31

SUPPORTED MISSIONS

Care Net                                              Manfisher Ministries   

Christians in Action                            Jail Ministry    

Gideons                                               Mission Aviation Fellowship

The Father’s Ranch                              Erik Brucker – Young Life      

Erin Dienst – CRU, UW                        

Scott and Terri Sasaki (New Guinea) - New Tribes Ministry

Will and Cindy Kraske - North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM)

REGULAR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday

9:30 am, Sunday School (K-5)

10:45 am, Worship

7:00 pm, High School Youth Group

Tuesday

9:00 – 10:00 am, Staff Meeting

Wednesday

7:30 pm, Middle School Youth Group

Thursday

1:15 pm, Romans Class

First Sunday of the Month

PRAYER CHAIN

Please call the church office during church office hours for prayer chain requests 826-1290,

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am - noon; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. If after office hours call:

Evelyn Minnich 826-1177 or Mary Lou Brantner 826-1617.

COMMUNION

Second Sunday of the Month

Apple Springs, 2:30 pm

Third Sunday of the Month

Manfisher Meal Served, 1:30 pm

Second Tuesday

Session Meeting, 7:00 pm

First Wednesday

Worship Committee Meeting, 11:45 am

 NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

Ethlyn Apple (Apple Springs)

Lorraine Swallom (North Valley, Tonasket)  

Ken Cunningham (Riverside)

Del Mundinger (Apple Springs)

Verna Hitchcock (Apple Springs)