The Life and Times- December-2016

December, 2016

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. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 —Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we approach a busy time of year with many of us traveling, shopping and visiting, stress can creep up on us and creep out of us in the form of harsh words and cruel actions. While the holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year, they can also, for many, be a time they would rather avoid. What we all need this time of year is grace, specifically the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace is receiving what we can never earn from God. As the Apostle points out in Ephesians (quoted above), grace is the means of our salvation. We do not and cannot earn salvation, we do not and cannot deserve it, and we do not and cannot purchase it. Grace is simply a marvelous gift of our Risen Lord. This grace covers over our sin and, what’s more, it is the way God re-creates us in His image to do the good works He has set out for us in Christ Jesus.

As the Church, we need to be sure that we spend our time, our money and our attention in glorifying God and I am hard pressed to think of anything more glorifying than living in the grace of Christ and extending that grace to another. Recently I was talking with someone about grace and it occurred to me that one of wonders of grace is that it is limitless. Imagine that you are a child and you are opening a large Christmas present and inside is that one thing you have been longing to receive. Then, wonder of wonders, you look deeper into the box and discover that there are thousands of these gifts that you can give to others. The grace of Jesus is just like that and when we spend our time, our money and our attention on grace it is always a wise investment.

Over these next two months, seek to be gracious to others. Give mercy, forgiveness and love to those who do not seem worthy recipients, for it is precisely this that God has done for you. Perhaps you will volunteer with our Rotating Shelter ministry and help give a warm place to sleep to those who have nowhere else to go. Perhaps you will sign up and ring a bell to raise money to help the needy in our community. Or perhaps you will simply extend love and forgiveness to someone in your life who needs it. When we do these good works, it is not to earn God’s favor because we already have it. Be gracious as God has been gracious with you in Christ.

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

Pastor Bill

Proclaiming Christ:  Surrender, Connect, Serve

 

CPC Ministry Teams

Fellowship Team

Our current team members are Randi DeHaan, Robin Colomb, Jim & Sandee Freese and Tom Pruitt.

Our Harvest Potluck and Sing-a-long will be on November 13th. Our potluck on December 11th will once again be a breakfast, due to popular demand. We will have a sign-up sheet for this potluck the latter part of November. Men’s Breakfast will be on November 12th and December 10th. This is a wonderful time of prayer, devotion and building of lasting friendships for the men in our church. Prayer time is 6 a.m. with breakfast and devotion at 7 a.m. If you can’t make it earlier, come at 7 a.m.

The Fellowship Team will be handing out Advent calendars and/or booklets to the congregation, including the children and youth on November 27th. We pray this will bring the meaning of Christmas deeper into our hearts and bring us closer together as a congregation.

We want to let you know about the next Sunday Matinee on January 8th. We will be showing the Christian movie “Alone, But Not Alone”, a true story about pioneers who had their daughter stolen and how their faith got them through. This movie could help grow your faith. It will be shown directly following Fellowship Hour.

The Fellowship Team would like to give you a “heads up” concerning our potluck in February. We will be having a “Mad Hatter” Tea Potluck. We want to encourage you to bring a hat to wear. There will be prizes given out for the most original, funniest, prettiest, etc. Start planning now on what hat you will wear!  

Youth Ministry Team

Our current team members are Chris & Becky Werner, Kurt & Jennifer Fudge, and Pastor Bill. Kathy Mintzer and Bailey Meese with the help of Pastor Bill work with the Middle School Youth on Sunday nights.

The High School and Middle School Youth are doing the small group study, “Experiencing God” on Sunday nights. Middle School meets at church at 6:30 p.m. and High School meets at 7 p.m. at the Werner’s home.

 The Middle School Youth will be ice skating in Winthrop on November 19th with Kurt and Jenifer Fudge. The Youth will be attending Winter Jam in Spokane on November 20th. They will leave at noon from the church parking lot. The cost is $10 plus money for dinner. Everyone is welcome! On December 3rd at 7 p.m. we will be having our Gala & Dessert Auction to raise funds for Camp Chelan. Please join us! We need a team of people to handle the cooking for the Gala. If you are interested in helping, contact Becky Werner at 846-9621.

Worship Design Team

Our current team members are Pastor Bill, Don & Lyn Pearce, Jim Freese, and Janet Shacklett.      

We extend a welcome to those who would like to join us. We had a Praise Team meeting on October 30th that had a great turnout! You can look forward to more instruments and singers on your CPC Praise Team. Advent begins on November 27th and we are planning special music and the lighting of advent candles during that time. We will have the annual Christmas Eve Service on December 24th at 7 p.m.  

Small Group Coordination Team

Our current team members are Stephanie Lamb, Janet Shacklett and Will Kraske.

“Experiencing God” Small groups end the week of December 11th. We will start up again in January with a new study and new groups to choose from. If you are not in a small group now, please prayerfully consider being in one in January. You will be blessed!

 

Nursery Notes

I will praise the name of God with song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30. This is the verse we will be learning from in November, with a focus of being thankful for all that God has given us.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11. We will learn what this means in December as we celebrate Jesus’ birthday. Also, this month we will be doing a food drive for the food bank. You can teach your child the gift of giving by having them bring in a non-perishable food item when they come to the nursery.

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your wonderful children!

God Bless You,

Terri Cunningham & Emily Martin

 

Children’s Ministry Team

Hello Community Presbyterian Church!  Our new curriculum called “The Gospel Project” is a chronological 3-year plan that is taking the kids through the Bible with a focus on Christ. The teachers and children are enjoying this study that translates well to the various age groups.

On December 18th, the children will be sharing special music during the church service. You won’t want to miss it!

Some areas where we continue to need help (Please pray about these ministry opportunities):

  • CAT Teachers:  Although we currently have just enough teachers to fill out the schedule, additional teachers would be a blessing and help reduce the workload of the current volunteers.
  • CAT Helpers:  If you don’t think you’re prepared to teach a class but you’re willing to lend a helping hand we could use helpers as we hope to schedule at least 2 adults per class.
  • Blue Angel drivers:  Want to serve children without having to teach?  Being a driver you’ll have a chance to get to know the children and their families that God brings to us each week. 
  • Anyone with gifts they wish to share:  Do you enjoy cooking or baking?  Do you like music?  Do you like crafts?  If there is a gift you feel God is calling you to share, please talk to us and we’ll try to find a way to get your gifts involved in teaching our children about Jesus.

In His Service,

John & Jennie Freese

 

Treasurer’s Report  November 4, 2016

I would like to start this report on a positive note by giving thanks to the Lord for warming the hearts of our congregation to give $45,246 over the last two months. This giving helps make up for the two months in which we received only $26,706 in revenue.  It’s also more than we received for the entire first three months of the year.  Prior to the last two months our average monthly income was approximately $17,000.  Our 2016 Budget was $233,357 requiring approximately $19,500 per month in revenue to support salaries, building maintenance, utilities, missions, Christian education, outreach programs, and many other programs to further the Kingdom of our Lord.  We also had $3,650 in unbudgeted expenses to repair heating/air-conditioning and plumbing problems. We are also blessed with reserves in which we withdrew $20,000 to maintain our expenses until cuts could be made.

The Financial Team, Administrative Committee, and Session acted to make some tough decisions on reducing expense by cutting the Youth Director position and reducing other staff salaries by closing the church on Fridays. We are blessed to have volunteers that stepped-up to take on many of the Youth Director duties. We are also blessed to have a Pastor that took on some of these duties.  There is nothing the Lord can’t do through the Holy Spirit working in his people’s hearts! 

Over the last three months, we have cut monthly average expenses from $19,500 to $15,900.  Budget cuts along with continued giving should put us in the Black by the end-of-year report given to the congregation in January 2017. 

Our Designated giving accounts (Donor Designed Restricted) have a balance of $20,767 with funds to renovate our Nursery, Kitchen, Fellowship, and rest room flooring.  These funds also support small groups, Manfisher Ministries, Omak Food Bank, Care Net Pregnancy, Hand Bell Choir, Deacons care, Presbytery and General Assembly Per Asking’s, travel to Presbytery and General Assembly meetings along with missions’ trips.  Wells Fargo Savings has a balance of $26,000 for immediate emergencies.  Our Mutual Funds have a balance of $103,300 to fund major repairs and renovation of our building or replacement of interiors or equipment; however, they can be used for shortages in operating funds if needed.  Remember, designated funds can only be used for their designated purposes. 

In looking at the loss/transfer of members with little growth, I believe we must continue to embrace “Simple Church” and small groups to reverse this trend.  While we have seen some improvement, 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 for our community.

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

The “Harvest” Potluck will be on Sunday, November 13th.  There will be a Thanksgiving Sing-a-long in the sanctuary following the potluck. We will provide ham and rolls. We ask you please sign-up to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert.

Winter Jam is Sunday, November 20th. We will leave at noon from the church. You are welcome to join our youth at this powerful worship event in Spokane. The cost is $10 plus money for dinner. Please RSVP to Becky Werner at (509) 846-9621 to ensure there will be enough drivers.

Operation Christmas Child boxes are due Sunday, November 20th. Pick up a box and label today and bless a child this Christmas!

You are all invited to the wedding of Emily Martin and Miguel Gonzales on Saturday, November 26th at 7:30 p.m. The service will be held here at CPC with a reception to follow.

The Community Prayer Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at Our Savior Lutheran Church and on Tuesday December 27th at a location to be determined. Don’t miss this opportunity to pray with the Christians in our area, for our community and Nation.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Rotating Shelter. We will be hosting November 13th -19th and December 4th -10th.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing starts November 25th. Sign-up for an hour to help support those in need in our community. Most of the funds raised will go to Manfisher Ministry for their 2017 support of the community. 

The Gala and Dessert Auction will be December 3rd.  We need donations of bake goods for the action. We also need a team to cook for the dinner. Contact Becky Werner, 846-9621 to volunteer for this event.

Manfisher Meal is served the 3rd Sunday of the month at 2pm. If you would like to help with this ministry, please contact Kathy Mintzer.

Fellowship Team will meet the first Sunday of the month during Fellowship Hour. Grab some goodies and come join us as we plan the events at CPC!

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

Deacons will meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month during Fellowship Hour.

Session will be meeting on the 4th Sunday of the month. Please pray for your Elders.

We have joined Pray Washington 24/7. CPC’s day to pray is the 2nd of every month. For more information, contact Don Pearce at don@donpearce.net or 422-9748.

Bookmark

A place to share books that honor God and support Biblical teachings

Darwin’s Black Box by Michael J. Behe

This recommendation comes from Jim Wood. This book endeavors to prove that creation is too complex to have happened by accident. It is a challenging read, but Mr. Behe’s points are well founded.

 

Join a small group! Small groups are happening at CPC in 2016!  We believe that being connected to one another is crucial in the life of a Jesus follower.  With small groups meeting different places and different times, we hope you will find just the one for you.  Our study this Fall, “Experiencing God”, will be finishing the week of December 11th.

 

Schedule of Events

Sunday
9 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10 a.m. Worship
(Children’s Sunday School during service)
5 p.m. Sanctuary
6:30 p.m. Middle School Youth Group
7 p.m. High School Youth Small Group

Monday
12 p.m. Men’s Bible Study

Wednesday
2 p.m. Sunday School Remix

First Sunday of the Month
Communion

Second Sunday of the Month
2:30 p.m. Apple Springs

Third Sunday of the Month
2 p.m. Manfisher Meal Served

 

Supported Missions

Care Net
Okanogan County Correctional Facility 
The Father’s Ranch
Erin Dienst – CRU
Will & Cindy Kraske-North American Indigenous Ministries
Manfisher Ministries
Christians in Action
EPC World Outreach-Mike & Tammy Migas
EPC Short Term Medical Missions