The Life and Times- February-2017

February, 2017

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.”                                                                                                   —2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

When we proclaim the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ we can meet with three results. The first, and most common, is ambivalence. People hear that God saves sinners like me in Christ Jesus and that God invites them into a covenant relationship in which He is God and I am His child. The nonchalant response is to do nothing with this pronouncement. The Gospel is treated with disinterest and dismissed and both the proclaimer and the hearer go about their business (with the business of the proclaimer centered on praying for a softening of the heart).

The second result is that people respond in violence to the Gospel. The Apostle Paul, in our passage cited above, was confronted with wicked and evil men who would like nothing more than to halt the spread of the Gospel, cause him harm and destroy the Church of the Living God. Often it seems shocking that such people exist given our love of the Lord. How could anyone hate the Gospel so much? The Apostle answered elsewhere when he stated, “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance of from death to death, to the other a fragrance of life to life” [2 Corinthians 2:15-16a]. When wicked and evil men, unregenerate by the Spirit, hear the Gospel it is not the announcement of joy, peace, grace and love that it is to the saints. Instead, it is an unwelcome reminder that we are all guilty of rebellious treason against the one King and Creator of all. For the evil and wicked the response is to kill the messenger, or at least to silence the proclaimer of truth. The Apostle asked for prayer that he would be delivered from such men and we should also pray that in our evangelism we too would be delivered from those who would cause harm because we preach the truth of Christ Jesus.

The third result is that the Gospel will be honored, received and believed by those who hear it. The Apostle asks the Thessalonians to pray for him that he will both be able to proclaim this Word with haste and that those who hear would come to saving faith in Christ by surrendering to him. It is true that not all have faith and, indeed, that not all will turn and be saved—but some will! And in receiving the Gospel hearts and minds are changed, wickedness and evilness become foreign and we are saved.

In the coming months, I would like to invite you to begin praying with the words of 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2. Begin praying that the Gospel will go out with speed and be honored by those who hear it through faith. Also, pray for protection as we proclaim Christ. Finally, pray that God, who is already at work softening hearts to receive Christ, will put someone clearly in your life who needs the Gospel and then pray for the opportunity to share the truth of Christ Jesus. I hope you will enter a season of prayer for evangelism with me and that we will be able to share the stories of what God has done through us to His glory.

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.

The Fellowship Team would like to give you a “heads up” concerning our potluck on February 12th. 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!

The Green Potluck is on March 12th. Soup and Irish Soda Bread will be served and we ask that you bring a dessert or salad. Be creative and bring something green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!

Youth Ministry Team

Our current team members are Chris & Becky Werner, Kurt & Jennifer Fudge, Tim Dailey and Pastor Bill.

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, “Saved” 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.

Worship Design Team

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

We extend a welcome to those who would like to join us. We organize and plan the Sunday morning services as well as special services throughout the year. Planning worship music and special music is a part of what we do. If you have musical gifts that you would like to share, please let us know!   

Small Group Coordination Team

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

Small groups started their Winter study on January 29th with new groups and new locations. We are doing the 6-week study, “Saved” from The Gospel Project. If you are not in a small group now, please prayerfully consider being in one. There is still time to sign-up. You will be blessed!

Service Team

Our current members are Crystal Click, Randy Langseth, Fred Edelman and Lyn Pearce.

Our purpose is serving and meeting the needs of our neighbors and community. Our goal is to leave people better than they were. Currently, we are serving our most vulnerable neighbors by providing them a safe and warm place to sleep through our participation with the Rotating Shelter for the homeless. Thank you to those who are helping with this important ministry.

Mission Team

Our current members are George Freeman and Dave Bishop.

Missions to those in need is one of the most important priorities for our church. You can look at the Supported Missions board in the Fellowship Hall and see the various ministries CPC financially supports. Through EPC World Outreach we are given opportunity to participate with short term medical mission trips along with short term trips to assist EPC Missionaries (Ask Dave about his experience traveling to Lebanon!). We encourage you to consider going on a mission trip.  Let us know if you would like to be a part of our team, Proclaiming Christ at home and throughout the World!  

Nursery Notes

Greetings from the Nursery! Our space has been remodeled and made larger. Attendance has grown to nine since the remodel. Thank you to Maria Errico who painted the walls, making a beautiful and fun place for God’s little ones. Thank you to Jim Wood who volunteered his time and skills to the project.

In February, we will learn about how to love others as Jesus loves us. Our verse for the month is “ …You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31. You are welcome to come and visit and see all the fun things we will be doing in the nursery this month.

God Bless You,

Terri Cunningham & Emily Gonzales

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. Many thanks to the teachers who have volunteered their time. May God bless each one of them!

Our vision is to help the children of CPC grow in their faith in Jesus Christ and to equip them to share the Gospel with others.

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

February 2017

Praise the Lord, as he delivered us from a wicked deficit of more than $40,000 in the middle of the year to finish in the Black by $13,092.  I would like to give thanks to the Lord for warming the hearts of our congregation, bringing us new people, leading us into small groups, and giving us direction through “Experiencing God”. The year 2016 was one of God’s miracles leading us into new thinking about the way we worship, tithe, and do his work.  In terms of growth, I think this has been the best year since I started coming to the Presbyterian Church of Omak in 2009. The Lord blessed us in 2016 with financial funding to pay all our expenses in seeking to glorify his name in this valley, the nation, and around the world.  Our total operations and designated income for 2016 was $246,519.  These figures include $205,807 in tithing, $11,801 in missions, and $28,910 in designated giving. We finished the year with a $13,093 surplus to expenses of $233,426.  The other phenomenon for 2016 was having a budget of $233,357 and coming within $69 of that budget, although expenses went in a different direction than planned. Our building’s upkeep and maintenance continues to be our second largest expense next to salaries.  Utilities, repair of heating and air-conditioning, and other building related expense closed-out at $38,462. Salary expenses closed out at $139,779.       

While overall this was a positive year, it was not without pain. The Administrative Committee, Financial Team, Personnel Team, and Session acted to make some tough decisions on reducing expenses by cutting the Youth Director position and reducing other staff salaries. We were 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 most of the duties for Middle Schoolers.  There is nothing the Lord can’t do through the Holy Spirit working in the hearts of his people! 

While our mutual funds were on a roller coaster ride, down over $24,000 at one point, they finished strong giving us a positive $12,706 gain for the year. The Session established Investment Commission (Financial Team) made positive changes to better manage our investments and reduce the cost of fees. This change resulted in moving our investment funds from Edward Jones to Vanguard.  The close-out balances of Edward Jones were Allianz Mutual Fund $29,350 and American Washington Mutual $80,214. Our current Vanguard Investment balance is $148,808. 

We also have a Reserve Savings account balance of $20,002 for operational emergencies or cash shortages.  In addition, we have $6,000 Designated Savings Account for Building Maintenance Emergencies. Our designated giving accounts are doing well with a balance of $28,948 for Youth Programs; Fellowship; Deacon Events; Manfisher support; Building Renovation of Nursery, Bathrooms, a new Projection System for the Sanctuary; and new dishwashers for kitchen

Our average monthly income for 2016 was $20,543 in meeting our average monthly expenses of $19,452.

Total Monthly Income 2016    

    Jan          Feb          Mar          Apr         May         Jun          Jul           Aug          Sep          Oct          Nov        Dec

$15,836   $13,889   $16,203   $17,561   $22,352   $22,007   $24,608   $12,819   $20,112   $26,950   $23,963   $30,219

    I continue to believe the Holy Spirit is at work, as I have seen a new spark in revitalization energy in our church through embracing concepts of small groups.   The Lord has blessed our church with people who give of their time and money for the glory of God.  One family contributed $9,500 to help make up income shortfalls in providing funds to Manfisher Ministries, Father’s Ranch, and the youth program.  Another family contributed $3,500 and another $1,500 to make up shortfalls. We are blessed with people to cut grass, remove snow, fix leaks, keep our finances in the black, study our investments, manage our staff, provide fellowship events, and so much more!!!  Thank you church!!!!   

We are doing our 2017 Budget different this year! The 2017 Budget has only been approved for the first 90 days. We are discerning where God will lead us for the rest of the year.     

Dave Bishop

Administrator 

Your CPC Church Leaders

Session:                                                                                   Board of Deacons:

Pastor Bill Heming (Moderator)                                             Jennifer Fudge (Moderator)

Dave Bishop (Clerk of Session)                                              Bonnie Freese (Secretary)

Elder George Freeman                                                            Maria Errico

Elder Kurt Fudge                                                                    Patty Helberg

Elder Dave Lamb                                                                    Sandee Freese

Elder Jim Wood                                                                      Lyslea Mizer

Elder Paul Freese                                                                    Randi DeHaan

Elder Don Pearce                                                                    Dolores Edelman

Administrative Committee:                                                  Ministry Committee:

Elder Kurt Fudge (Chair)                                                       Elder Dave Lamb (Chair)

Elder Jim Wood (Vice Chair)                                                

Leaders:

                                                                                                Children’s Ministry Team—John Freese

Finance Team—Tom Pruitt                                                     Small Group Team—Stephanie Lamb

Building & Grounds—Barb Shackette                                   Youth Ministry Team—Becky Werner

Personnel Team—Dolores Edelman                                       Service Team—Crystal Click

                                                                                                Worship Design Team—Don Pearce

                                                                                                 Fellowship Team—Jim & Sandee Freese

                                                                                                 Manfisher—Jim & Kathy Mintzer

           

Nominating Committee:                                                                  

Elder- TBA                                                                              CPC Office Staff:

Elder- TBA                                                                             Pastor Bill Heming (Head of Staff)

Deacon-TBA                                                                           Dave Bishop (Administrator/Treasurer)

Barb Shackette                                                                        Lyn Pearce (Administrative Assistant)        

Ron DeHaan                                                                           Terri Cunningham (Nursery Coordinator)

Jim Freese                                                                               Emily Martin (Nursery Assistant)         

Tom Pruitt                                                                               Linda Asher (Custodian)          

 

News for You

“Souper Bowl” Sunday is February 5th! Bring a can of soup with you to church for the Omak Food Bank, and help those in need in our community.

Volunteers are needed to help with the Rotating Shelter. We will be hosting February 5th- 11th and February 26th- 28th. Sign-up to host for a night at the Welcome Center.

The Mad Hatter Tea Potluck is Sunday, February 12th.You can sign-up to bring tea sandwiches, scones, salads or desserts. Bring a hat to wear and you may win a special prize! There will be prizes for the prettiest, handsomest, ugliest, most creative, vocational and hobby.

The Community Prayer Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 28th here at CPC! Christians In Action is organizing a special Night of Worship and Prayer. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to pray and worship our Lord with other Christians in our area.

The Green Potluck will be Sunday, March 12th. Soup and Irish soda bread will be served and we are asking those with the last name beginning with A-M to bring a salad and N- Z to bring a dessert. Be creative and bring something green for St. Patrick’s Day!

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!  We will meet on February 12th this month. Tom Pruitt is providing the Breakfast and Bill Errico is leading the devotional.

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

Session will be meeting on the 4th Sunday of the month at 2:00pm. 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.

We are updating the church directory! Please fill out a Directory Information card at the Welcome Center if you need to update your contact information or want to be added to the CPC Directory.

BOOKMARK

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

American Miracles by Michael Medved

This recommendation comes from Joe Meagher. This book chronicles God’s miracles in important American historical events such as the Pilgrims, Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Louisiana Purchase to name a few. The book’s main point is that more likely than not, God’s presence in our lives gives us inexpressible and issue solving joy!

 

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 Winter, “Saved” from the Gospel Project, is a six-week study starting the week of January 29th