The Life and Times- April-2016

April, 2016

The Life and Times

March 2016/April 2016 Newsletter

Community Presbyterian Church (EPC), 9 S. Birch, PO Box 826, Omak, Washington 98841

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

 —2 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The Spirit is on the move at Community Presbyterian Church of Omak.  I have seen in the past month men, women and children taking seriously the call to proclaim Christ to our community and for this I am deeply thankful.  I want this letter to be a testimony to you about what God is up to with CPC right now.

We have had six small groups meet and explore God’s will and call.  I hope and pray in the coming weeks those discussions will begin to coalesce into definite teams of people seeking to serve our community, to reach out to those without a saving relationship in Jesus Christ and share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

At the last Session meeting I consistently heard the Elders ask the question, “How would this help us to proclaim Christ?”  That question has bubbled to the surface in other venues as well and has led the Session to set a new direction for their leadership.  The Session has reduced its committees to three (one old, two new).  The nominating committee will remain as a vital tool to seek the Lord’s will and call people to service as officers in the church as the Spirit leads.  What is new are the two committees of Session: the Ministry Committee and the Administration Committee.

The Ministry Committee will oversee the congregation’s call to discipleship and evangelism.  It will be made up of Elders and the leaders of four key mission areas: Children, Youth, Small Groups and Service Teams.  Again and again, the question before the Ministry Committee will be how do we best proclaim Christ and lead men, women and children to surrender to God through faith in Jesus Christ, connect with other disciples and mature in our faith in Christ and serve our community by meeting others where they are with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  It is an exciting time as we transition to this new mode of leadership and there are many more questions than answers.

The Administration Committee will oversee the support functions of the ministry of CPC, namely: finances, personnel, and property.  Those three areas will be service teams and the leaders of those teams will sit on the committee with Elders from the Session providing leadership.  Much like the Ministry Committee, the question before the Administration Committee will always be, “How do we best support the proclamation of Christ?”

Beyond the official changes at the Session level I have also seen our members emboldened to serve and share their faith.  I have seen a growing desire to not just know the faith, but live the faith and I have seen it in action.  Again, for this, I am deeply thankful.

So what’s coming?  We will be starting a new small group session following Resurrection Sunday.  Service Teams will begin to form under the leadership of our Vision Team.  An opportunity to get to know CPC will be offered to those new to our congregation the Sunday following Resurrection Sunday.  What is coming is a new season of fruitfulness in the proclamation of Jesus Christ here in this place!

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

Pastor Bill

Proclaiming Christ:  Surrender, Connect, Serve

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

“For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no grounds for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
1 Corinthians 9:16

Dear Friends and Family,

Youth group is a place where the Gospel is proclaimed.  Through lessons and events at youth group, we make sure that the Gospel is at the forefront. This is our goal: Making disciples and sending them into the world to make more. We are so thankful for all of you that have come along side us and encouraged our youth.

We are gearing up for summer here at CPC. With our Chelan Camp on the horizon, we are making preparations for our biggest outreach tool of the year. Chelan Camp is an incredible time for kids to get to know each other as well as be exposed to the truth of the Gospel on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis. Please be in prayer for the leadership, that they would be given wisdom in how to best approach camp this year. Also, please be in prayer for the kids that will be coming to camp. Pray that the Lord will be preparing their hearts to receive the Gospel and accept the free gift of grace. It will truly be a great time!

Please be in prayer for all our youth at CPC. It is a hard fact that there are many influences that seek to take the affections and desires of youth today and steer them away from Christ. It is our duty as Christians to be the light in the darkness and give these youth love, encouragement, and truth whenever possible. You have a vital role in this fight. Without the prayers and support of the body of Christ, this would be impossible. You are truly appreciated.

If you ever have time, stop on in to our youth group and see what we are all about. We meet every Sunday night starting at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there!

Thank you for all your support and prayers and I pray that you find the peace that passes all understanding as we walk this Christian walk together.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Josh Lofthus

Nursery Notes

    “I pray that God will take care of all of your needs with the wonderful blessings that come from Christ Jesus.” (come to the nursery and ask me where this verse is found!) God is sure blessing us and is taking care of our needs in the nursery. I feel so very blessed! The above verse is the scripture for March. We will do projects that relate to that.

    The scripture for April is, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelation 22:13. We will be planting seeds that they can take home and watch grow as one of our projects.

    I am blessed to work with God’s special little people. I would love to chat with you and find out more about your child and share with you how they are doing. I look forward to seeing you.

God Bless You, 
Terri Cunningham              

Treasurer’s Report                  March 4, 2016

    I would like to start this report on a positive by giving thanks to Lord for finishing last year with $89 above all our expenses.  While I was concerned at the end of September with a $13,559 deficit, the Lord warmed hearts to bring in $52,541 the last two months of the year allowing us to finish in the black.  We are also blessed with reserves and investments in excess of $150,000. There is nothing the Lord can’t do through the Holy Spirit working in his people’s hearts! 

    Giving for January and February was $29,677, down $2,839 from the same period last year.  Our expenses for January and February were $36,338, an increase of $2,472 from last year.  With giving down and expenses up, we now have a deficit of $11,660 for the first two months of the year.  We require $19,446 average monthly income to meet our 2016 goals for the ministry of Christ.  We will need $26,106 in revenue for March in order to get back on track to meet our budget expenses.  Session cut budget expenses by $5,903 for 2016 in order to reduce the need for tapping into the reserve account to pay our expenses; however, we all know this is in God’s hands.  I plan on requesting Session to transfer $5,000 from our reserves to our checking should income not increase.  In looking at the loss/transfer of members with little to no growth, I believe we must embrace “Simple Church” and small groups to reverse this trend.  We must get out into the community and work with all God’s children.  It will require a lot of prayer and much work on our behalf to bring people to the good news of Jesus Christ.  We must pray and ask for guidance in doing God’s will for our church and the community.

    While Session has taken action to reduce expenses, we need your help in controlling our spending and better utilizing our dollars in doing the Lord’s work.  I am requesting your ideas and help in coming up with ways to raise income or reduce spending through the coming year. We must ensure we have funding before buying, that we don’t already product, and making the right purchase for the right price.  Check with me and look at the shelves before buying.

    Our other account balances are doing satisfactory: Designated giving accounts have a balance of $21,434 with funds to renovate our Nursery, Kitchen, and rest room flooring; Wells Fargo Reserve Savings at $16,809; Wells Fargo Designated Saving at $5,877; Allianz Mutual Fund at $25,640; American Washington Mutual $71,961; and Franklin-Templeton Mutual Fund $34,443.  Our three mutual funds had been on a roller coaster ride due to an unstable stock market.  Remember, designated funds can only be used for their designated purposes.  The investment accounts are for major repair of our building or replacement of interiors or equipment; however, they can be used for shortages in operating funds if needed. 

    Once again I ask for prayers for our church in the coming year.  The Lord has blessed us in so many ways and we must trust in him to provide the means to do his work in our community, in our Presbytery, and in our General Assembly. 

David Bishop
Administrator   

"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

News For You:

For the Maundy Thursday service, CPC will be presenting “The Living Last Supper” on March 24th at 7:00pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite friends.

The Good Friday service will be held at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship on March 25th at 7:00pm. This service is being put on by the local evangelical churches in our area.

Christians in Action will hold the annual Sonrise Service on March 27th at 6:30am, located at the Omak Memorial Cemetery, 2517 Elmway St.

Deacons will meet every month on the 3rd Sunday during fellowship hour in the library.

Session will be meeting on the 3rd Sunday, March 20th, at 2:00pm in the church library. Please be in prayer for your elders!

The Lady’s Tea Team will meet every 1st Sunday after the service, during fellowship hour in the library. We are planning the Lady’s Tea that will be held June 18th. Come join us!

The Men’s Breakfast meets every 2nd Saturday at 6:00am for prayer and 7:00am for fellowship, eating and devotional. If you can’t make it before 7:00, join us then!

“The Think Green Potluck” is March 13th. We will be having potato and ham soup and Irish soda bread. Last names with A-M please bring dessert. Last names with N-Z bring salad.

Fellowship Team will be meeting on the last Sunday of the month during the fellowship hour. Grab some goodies and come join us! This meeting is open to anyone who enjoys ministering to others by planning events and activities.

We are putting together a Wedding Scrapbook of all the weddings that have taken place in our church. We would love photos, programs, name of pastor, etc. For more information, contact Barb Shackette. You can email us at info@cpcomak.org.

Pastor Bill will be holding a “Getting to Know CPC” class taking place on Sunday, April 3rd following the service at 1:00pm. Lunch is provided for those who RSVP.

Join a 6-week small group! Small groups are coming to CPC again in April 2016!  We believe that being connected to one another is crucial in the life of a Jesus follower.  Not only do we grow closer to God through a small group Bible study, but we also make bonds of friendship which encourage us to proclaim Christ.  With different small groups meeting different places and different times, we hope you will find just the small group for you.  Watch for small group sign-ups in the weeks to come!

REGULAR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday
9:30 am, Adult Sunday school
10:45 am, Worship
5:00 pm, Sanctuary Service
6:00 pm, Youth Group

Monday
12:00 Noon, Men’s Bible Study

Wednesday
2:00pm, Sunday School Remix

Thursday
5:00 pm, Bell Choir Practice

First Sunday of the Month
Communion

Second Sunday of the Month
2:30 pm Apple Springs

Third Sunday of the Month
12:30, Deacon Meeting
1:30 pm Manfisher Meal Served

BIRTHDAYS for the month of March
Bob Shacklette                     01
Rod Dodge                           02
Ron DeHaan                         03
George Freeman                   06
Doug Carpenter                    07
Phylicia Lewis                      20
Butch Mitchell                      29

BIRTHDAYS for the month of April
Jennie Freese                         01
John Grods                            01
Kristi Sinnett                         04
Leila Townsend                     07
Cindy Kraske                        13
Linda Foster                          15
Patty Helberg                        16
Randy Langseth                    27
Chris Werner                         27
Jennifer Watts                        29

PRAYER CHAIN
Please call the church office during 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:
Lyn Pearce (509) 422-9748

SUPPORTED MISSIONS

Care Net                                               Manfisher Ministries     
Christians in Action                             Okanogan Co. Correctional Facility   
The Father’s Ranch                              Erik Brucker – Young Life            
Erin Dienst – CRU, UW                      EPC World Outreach- The Migas    
Will and Cindy Kraske - North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM)

Those to Pray For:
Carol Michelsen-health
Martha Thomas-healing from knee surgery
Ken Cunningham-health
Mary Henrie-health
Frank Anderson-healing from heart surgery
Rachel Steiner- health
Bill Swanson-health
Vince Walsh-healing from broken kneecap

NURSING HOME RESIDENTS
Ken Cunningham (Regency)
Del Mundinger (Parkplace)
Carol Michelsen (Regency)
Lorraine Schumann (Apple Springs)
Mary Henry (Rose Garden)
Bunny DeTro (Apple Springs)