The Life and Times- January-2015

January, 2015

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

 —Acts 2:42 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I pray and hope this letter finds you well in the new year.  If you are like me, you are hoping that this year will be better than the one before it.  That is not to say that last year was not without its joys and triumphs, but rather to say that we are always longing for growth and maturity.  Perhaps, like me, you are considering reading through the Bible this year.  If you are, know that you are in my prayers as you set out on a great endeavor that will surely enrich your life as you sit with God’s Word.

Perhaps you have also set some new year resolutions.  I always caution people about such things, but in the beginning of the year when everything seems so fresh and new, it is hard to take such caution.  We often set for ourselves goals that are laudable—losing 10 pounds, exercising regularly, eating healthier, mending fences with those who have become distant.  Sometimes our goals even lean toward the heroic—writing the great American novel, learning a foreign language, giving more of time, talent and treasure to serve others.

It is these heroic goals that often lead me back to what we call the ordinary means of grace.  You see, if you are like me, often time intentions outpace actions.  I truly intend to do what I resolve to do, yet I do not.  It is a bit like when Jesus tells his disciples, “The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Mark 14:38).  Yet, do not despair, for Christ has overcome our weakness and has given us grace.  Instead of focusing on the extraordinary things we want to do, let us instead focus on the ordinary means of grace afforded to us in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

In the modern English version of the Westminster Longer Catechism the question is raised, “What are the external ways Christ uses to bring us the benefit of his mediation?”  The answer, citing the passage in Acts 2 above, states, “The ordinary external ways Christ uses to bring the benefits of his mediation to his church are his regulations, particularly the word, sacraments, and prayer, all of which are made effective for the salvation of his chosen ones.”  The classic answer calls the ordinary external ways, ‘the ordinary means of grace.’

My hope this year for you, as well as for myself, is that we concentrate on the ordinary means of grace: the study of God’s Word and the joy of hearing the Word read and proclaimed; the celebration of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s supper; and the offering of prayers of all sorts to God to adore him, to confess to him, to receive his guidance, to ask for His supply or to pray for each other and for the world.  Over the course of the year we will explore these ordinary means of grace in these letters.  This month, however, I simply ask that you rest in Christ and receive what he so freely gives in word, sacrament and prayer.

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:

Please join us for the January 11thpotluck. We will be having soup and rolls. A-M bring salad and N-Z bring dessert.

The Session will meet Tuesday January 13th at 7 pm in the Memorial Parlor. All incoming and outgoing elders please plan on attending.

The Deacons will meet Wednesday January 14th at 1pm in the church library.

There will be a baby shower for Susana Kistler January 17th at 2 pm. Please RSVP by calling Crystal Click at (509)848-9838 or the church office. She is registered at Wal-Mart and Amazon.

A congregational meeting will be held January 25th directly following fellowship coffee hour. Childcare will be provided.

Check out the church website for updates! There is now a page for all volunteer schedules.

Session Highlights:

At the November 4th Meeting:

  • We welcomed 4 new members into CPC Omak.
  • The nominating committee reported all nominees have been elected.
  • A motion was made and seconded to receive a special Christmas Eve offering for the EPC gratitude gift fund.
  • Giving for November was $20,830.00

BIRTHDAYS for the month of December
Teresa Cutrell                      01
T. Lewis                              02
Toni Payne                          03
Linda Ingram                       08
Rachael Steiner                    08
Jennifer Fudge                     10
Will Kraske                         10
Evelyn Minnich                   11
Ben Kraske                          17
Josiah Lamb                         17
Kendra Sachse                     18
Nancy Bishop                      20
Rob Click                            26
Janet Shacklett                    28
Jim Freese                           29
Donna Dodge                      30

BIRTHDAYS for the month of January
Rosemary Price                    12
Dave Jorgensen                    16
Terri Cunningham                19
Lyn Pearce                            19
Dorothy Kendall                   28
Kurt Fudge                            29
Kyle Payne                            30
Ryan Payne                           30


10:45 am, Worship
5 pm, Bible Basics
6:30 pm, Middle & High School Youth Group

12:00 Noon, Men’s Bible Study
1-2 pm, Staff Meeting
7:30 pm, Men’s Bible study

5:15 pm, Hand Bell choir practice

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)

Those to Pray For:
Janie Roberg-health
Jennifer Fudge-health and potential relief
Lelia Townsend-recovery from surgery
Suzanne Carpenter-health
Carol Michelsen-health
Jennifer Courtin-health
Mary Henrie - health
George Freeman – health
Bobby Corson – cancer


Please call the church office during church 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

Irene Rehm (Harmony House)
Ethelyn Apple (Rose Garden)
Lorraine Swallom (North Valley, Tonasket)  
Ken Cunningham (Riverside)
Del Mundinger (Apple Springs)