The Life and Times- January-2018

January, 2018

Pastor’s Ponderings

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called son of God.” -Matthew 5:9 ESV

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ,

As we enter a new year we do so looking back and looking forward. Individually we look at the year behind for its successes and failures. The business folks among us begin year-end events, closing out the books of last year and preparing for a new financial year. The educators prepare to complete a school year and look beyond to a new school year.

As a congregation, we too spend time looking back and looking forward. We do this at our annual meeting, to be held following worship on January 21, 2018. The annual report is presented as various ministry leaders relay what has been done and what is to be done for the glory of our God. I hope you will prioritize this important event in the life of our church.

All of this time of reflection has led me in a different direction this year. I have spent time in prayer considering the conflict that surrounds us. To be sure, we have interpersonal conflict right in our congregation, our community and our country. People seem to always find a way to be angry and upset with each other. As a pastor I have spent much of the last year studying interpersonal conflict and I hope to be a peacemaker in our community and our congregation. In the end, my reflection has led me beyond this, to what really matters, peace with God.

Sin is open rebellion against God. Sin is our conflict with God’s will. God has declared His will in His Word and sin is us declaring that we will go our own way instead of the way of God. We do this in both conscious and unconscious ways. Either way, we have rift of conflict between us and God.

To make peace with God is to remove the rift of conflict caused by sin. As a sinner, I am unable to do that on my own. Thanks be to God that Jesus Christ has stepped into the rift and brought us peace with God. The shed blood of Jesus on the cross is the end of our rebellion when we put our trust and declare loyalty to him in faith. Jesus is the peacemaker because he is the Son of God. To be like him, to make peace with God through him and with one another is to be a child of God.

I hope and pray that as you reflect and look forward this year that you will feel the call of the Holy Spirit to be a peacemaker for Christ has made peace with you.

In Christ’s Grace and Peace,

Pastor Bill

 

Note: Not all Ministry Teams are represented in this newsletter

YOUTH MINISTRY
Chris & Becky Werner, Tim Dailey, and Pastor Bill

The middle and high school youth group will be a Kurt and Jennifer Fudge’s home on Sundays at 6:00pm.  Dinner, a devotional, and fun activities will be provided. 

Volunteers are needed to:

  1. Share a brief devotional
  2. Provide meals

Contact Jennifer at (509) 826-2953 for more information.
We are also on the lookout for a new youth director! If you know of anyone that would be a perfect fit, contact the church staff!

NURSERY
Terri Cunningham and Emily Gonzalez

Nursery greetings,

Welcome to 2018! In the new year fun and exciting things will be happening in the nursery. We always do craft projects and the nursery has AMAZING little artists. In January we will talk about how wonderful God thinks we are when we don’t feel that way. “I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” Psalm 139:14. We will also talk about how God helps us with our emotions. Psalms 8:4 says “what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human being that you care for them?” We will learn how much God loves us and how to share that love with others. That is our scripture lesson for February. Parents, you are welcome anytime in the nursery.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
John & Jennie Freese

Thank you to all of our Children’s Activity Time (CAT) teachers! Becky and Chris Werner, Maria and Bill Errico, Tamara Heming, Elizabeth Verbeck, Tonni Payne, Kathy Mintzer, Gail and Randy Langseth and new volunteers Nancy and Dave Bishop and Judy Bowling! We still have one spot left to fill, every 3rd Sunday of the month – you have your choice on serving in the younger kids’ class (grade K – 2nd) or the older kids class (3rd – 5th). It’s a lot of fun to talk about Jesus with these kids and get them to think a little deeper about God’s word with a great curriculum that outlines the lesson. Contact John or Jennie Freese (206-795-5277), if you feel called to volunteer once a month.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY
Stephanie Lamb, Janet Shacklett, Jennie Freese, Elizabeth Verbeck and Tamara Heming

Upcoming Event: Sign up now for the Beth Moore women's weekend in Seattle and experience her powerful biblical teaching!  We will leave Friday morning, February 9th and return Saturday evening, February 10th.

Tickets are $59 for 10 or more, $79 otherwise.  Once we know who will be attending, we will arrange hotel accommodations. Beth's teaching is sure to encourage, challenge, and change every woman who attends!

MISSIONS
George Freeman, Lyslea Mizer, and Dave Bishop

We are currently praying for more members on our team. 
If you have a heart for missions, at home and abroad, please come and talk to us.

EPC World Outreach is one of our supported missions and currently, Rooshie Mintzer is joining them on a short-term mission trip in Malaysia.  Please keep her in your prayers as she prepares to do the Lord’s work.

SUPPORTED MISSIONS

Christians in Action
Moody’s KMBI Radio Ministry
Manfisher Ministries
NAIM – Will & Cindy Kraske
The Father’s Ranch Ministries
Okanogan County Jail Ministry
EPC Church Plant
CRU – Erin Dienst
Fire Victims & Asst. Aid Programs
Omak Food Bank
Care Net
Tall Timber
Samaritan’s Purse
Omak Community Outreach
Positive Life Radio
EPC World Outreach –
          Mike & Tammy Migas
          Adger & Sandra McKay

NURSING HOME RESIDENTS
Ken Cunningham & Carol Michelsen (Regency)
Lorraine Schumann, Mary Henrie, & Bunny DeTro (Apple Springs)

PRAYER REQUESTS
Ken Cunningham, Rachael Steiner, Mary Henrie, & Carol Michelsen – health,
Those healing from cancer,
Military Personnel,
The lost, CPC supported missions