The Life and Times- August-2015

August, 2015

The Life and Times

August/September 2015 Newsletter

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

Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.’

 —Acts 2:37-39 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I continue now in my letters to you on the topic of the ordinary means of grace; namely, prayer, the Word and the Sacraments. This letter will address baptism, the first of the two Sacraments (the other being the Lord’s Supper).

The passage from the Acts of the Apostles cited above comes at the conclusion of Peter’s Pentecost sermon.  After proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the people ask Peter and the apostles what they can do to respond in faith to the Word.  Peter tells the people that they are to repent and be baptized.  He further says that this promise, signified in the waters of baptism, is not just for those who heard him that day, but also for their children and for those in far off places whom the Lord will call to himself.

We continue in this baptism tradition.  Baptism, as a sacrament, is celebrated in response to the Word proclaimed.  This means, literally, that baptism is always preceded by the Word and is a logical and necessary response to that Word.  Because the promise of baptism is not just for those who hear, but also for their children, we offer the sacrament to believers and their children.  The meaning of baptism, whether for a believer of for his children, remains the same:  God has called you to himself in a covenant promise.  As it is a covenant sign, baptism does not necessarily lead to or signify salvation.  When one is baptized, he receives and takes part in God’s covenant promise, meaning that he has received the grace of being part of the people of God.  The hope, always, is that salvation was either the precipitating cause of the act of baptism (credo or believer’s baptism) or the expected outcome of being raised and nurtured in faith (paedo or infant’s baptism).

Baptism is a sign that is administered once in a lifetime.  It marks and signifies God’s own people—yet it is an invisible sign.  God knows his own and calls his own to himself.  The water of baptism is a symbol and sign of that call.  Whenever anyone is baptized we should remember our own baptisms and commit ourselves once more to coming alongside the newly baptized to teach and train them in the faith of Jesus Christ. In this way, we all receive grace in the sacrament.

My next letter to you will address the Lord’s Supper.  Until then, I pray that you will think and give thanks for baptism, praising God that in those waters He claimed you for Himself.

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

Pastor Bill

Loving the Lord our God and our neighbors as disciples of Jesus Christ

News You Can Use:

*A Progressive Picnic is being planned for August 23rd.  First to Tom and Florence Pruitt’s (43 Woods Rd.) home for a green salad bar, please bring a topping to share.  Second stop will be Paul and Bonnie Freese (164 Bide-a-Wee Rd.) for hamburgers and then to John and Jennie Freese (153 Old Riverside Hwy) for dessert, please bring a dessert to share, and swimming!  Please fill in the RSVP card in in the church office if you are planning to attend. The picnic is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m.

*A youth “all nighter” is being planned for August 28th. More details to come!

*The youth group is looking for a High School girl’s small group leader. If you are interested please contact Josh or call the church office.

*If you are interested in cooking a meal for the youth group (starting September 13th) please contact Becky Werner at 846-9621 or in the church office.

* A youth group parent meeting is scheduled for September 1st 7 pm.

*A Sunday school/CAT parent meeting is scheduled for August 18th at 7 pm. Childcare will be provided.

*The Big Questions class will run through August 19th..

* Don’t forget September 13th service starts at 10:45 and Sunday school at 9:30

*If you missed the pictures for our new directory in August, not to worry, there will be another chance in September!

*The assistant to the clerk of Session is looking for a few people to help digitize our session meeting minutes, if you can help please call the church office.

Session Highlights:

At the June Meeting:

  • The Session approved the baptism of Nathaniel Nicholson, Jobe and Zoe Schaefer, Silas Kistler and Karlee Werner
  • Youth group times have changed. High school meets Sunday at 6:00 pm and Middle school meets Monday at 6:00 pm.
  • The Deacons and the Session will not meet in the summer. They will both reconvene in September.

BIRTHDAYS for the month of August

Stephanie Lamb                01
John Freese                       02
Mary Hancock                  08
Kathy Mintzer                   11
Susana Kistler                   12
Maria Errico                      15
Scott Sinnett                      19
Slater Errico                       28
Tamara Heming                 30

BIRTHDAYS for the month of September

Evangeline Lamb                 01
Dale Cutrell                         14
Jerushah Mintzer                 15
Keith Kistler                        16
Ramona Anderson               17
Kinza Ingram                       18
Gary Bramer                        24
Dolores Edelman                 27
Zoe Shcaefer                        30
Tazman Ingram                    30


9:30 am, Worship
11:15 am, Big Questions
5:00 pm, Sanctuary Service
6:00 pm, High School Youth Group

12:00 Noon, Men’s Bible Study
6:00 pm, Middle School Youth Group

4:00 pm, Big Questions

First Sunday of the Month

Second Sunday of the Month
2:30 pm Apple Springs

Third Sunday of the Month
1:30 pm Manfisher Meal Served

Those to Pray For:
Ted Piersma-healing from hip surgery
Carol Michelsen-health
Janice Jess-arthritis treatment
Ken Cunningham-health
Mary Henrie-health
Bill Swanson-congestive heart failure
Lorraine Schumann-healing from fall
Rachael Steiner-health
Ramona Anderson-healing from neck surgery
Robert Kendall-safety on hike
Emily Carlton-health
Jennifer Courtin-health



Ken Cunningham (Regency)
Del Mundinger (Parkplace)
Carol Michelsen (Regency)
Lorraine Schumann (Apple Springs

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


Care Net                                                           Manfisher Ministries     
Christians in Action                                         Jail Ministry      
The Father’s Ranch                                          Erik Brucker – Young Life
Erin Dienst – CRU, UW                                
Will and Cindy Kraske - North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM)

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

(509) 826-1290

Pastor: Rev. Bill Heming

Youth Director: Josh Lofthus




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