The Life and Times- December-2015

December, 2015

The Life and Times

December 2015/January 2016 Newsletter
Community Presbyterian Church (EPC), 9 S. Birch, PO Box 826, Omak, Washington 98841

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 —Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We conclude our year in these letters to you regarding the ordinary means of grace (prayer, the Word, the sacraments) by remembering that our salvation through faith is by the grace of God.  Grace is a gift from God and we should be eternally thankful for it.

The great thing about grace (unmerited favor) is that it is a limitless resource.  We can share the grace of God with others by being gracious ourselves and never exhaust our supply of grace.  Nothing else in our world and experience quite works like this.  We have limits on the supply of food, water, clothing, shelter, etc.  But God’s good gifts including His love, mercy and grace know no bounds.

As we approach the celebration of Christmas let us remember to share grace with others and by doing so, bear witness to Jesus Christ.  There are many ways to be gracious, but let me suggest a few.  1) Seek reconciliation or offer forgiveness with a family member or a friend.  In restoring a relationship you show the grace of Christ who restored our relationship with God the Father.  2) Be kind to someone in need.  Whether it is someone who is in material need, emotional need or spiritual need, your kindness is a reflection of the kindness of God to us who provides Christ for us since we cannot save ourselves.  Do you have a friend going through a rough spot?  Show up with a pizza and talk.  Do you know someone who is struggling to get by?  A gift card to buy groceries for a day, a week or a month can go a long way.  Do you have someone you love who is in a marriage that is struggling?  Be a listening ear and a witness to the restoring power of Christ through the Word.  3) Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with someone hurt, lost and broken in sin.  The hope we have in Jesus, that God saves sinners like me in Christ, is the only hope of the world.  By sharing this hope, we are sharing the grace by which we have been saved and pointing others to Jesus who came to seek and save the lost.

As a congregation we have some exciting things on the horizon with a growing small group and servant team ministry.  If you would like to join in the opportunities to grow in your faith, details will be coming in the next few weeks.  In addition, please attend and invited others to join you at our Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.  Childcare will be provided in the nursery for children up to kindergarten age and the service will end with a candlelight singing of Silent Night.

I hope that wherever this letter finds you, it finds you living and growing in the grace of Christ and encourages you to share that grace with others.

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:

The fellowship committee invites you for caroling on December 19th starting at 5 pm. They will be handing out invitations to the Christmas Eve service also. There will be a soup dinner to follow.

 In your year end and Christmas giving, please consider adding a few dollars to the Designated Hand Bell Fund. We are hoping to raise $350 to add to our budget.  Please consider offering your talent as well as your dollars.

The youth group will be having a Christmas party Monday December 21st from 4-6. If you would like to donate cookies or drinks please contact Josh in the church office or at josh.lofthus@cpcomak.org

Your year-end giving must be dated by the 31st of December in order for it to be on your contribution statement for the 2015 year. Please have your checks to the office no later than Sunday January 3, 2016.

Please join us for the Christmas Eve service, December 24th at 7 pm.

Pastor Bill will be a holding “Getting to Know CPC” class taking place on January 3rd, following the service.

Join a 6-week small group! Small groups are coming to CPC in January 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 also we 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!

The 108th Annual Congregational Meeting to include the Annual Corporate Meeting will be held on Jan 24, 2016 following the Coffee Fellowship. Childcare will be provided.

Session Highlights:

At the November Meeting:

  • The Fellowship Committee is planning a women’s tea.
  • Giving was up in November.
  • The youth packed 35 Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes!

BIRTHDAYS for the month of December

Teresa Cutrell                   01                         
T. Lewis                            02                          
Tonni Payne                      03                          
Linda Ingram                    08                         
Rachel Steiner                   08                          
Jennifer Fudge                  10             
Will Kraske                       10                         
Evelyn Minnich                 11
Ben Kraske                        17                          
Josiah Lamb                      17
Kendra Sachse                  18
Rob Click                          26
Janet Shacklett                  28
Jim Freese                         29
Donna Dodge                    30

BIRTHDAYS for the month of January

Rosemary Price                 12                          
Terri Cunningham            19                              
Lyn Pearce                        19                          
Dorothy Kendall               28                             
Kurt Fudge                        29             
Kyle Payne                        30                            
Ryan Payne                        30                          
Draven Young                   30

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

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
1:30 pm Manfisher Meal Served

Those to Pray For:
Nancy Bishop-upcoming surgery
Carol Michelsen-health
Janice Jess-arthritis treatment
Ken Cunningham-health
Mary Henrie-health
Arlene Freeman-recovery from surgery
Rachel Steiner- health
Bill Swanson-health

            

SUPPORTED MISSIONS

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)

                                                                                                          

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

                                                  

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

                                                                

Community Presbyterian Church (EPC)
PO Box 826
Omak, Washington  98841