The Life and Times- July-2016

July, 2016

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you!  May those who love your salvation say evermore, ‘God is great!’ But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord do not delay!

 —Psalm 70:3-5 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Lament is a challenging genre in the Psalms. It involves a clear complaint, a clear statement of the impact of that complaint and clear hope for God.  Psalm 70, quoted in part above, is an example of a prayer of lament (one of the most numerous psalm genres in the Bible).  Lament is appropriate anytime we come against an obstacle, enter into a situation, or are confronted with an adversary that we simply do not have the power to handle.  We turn to God in these times and tell Him the truth—we are poor and needy and without him we have no hope, no help and no deliverance.

I am personally lamenting the decision Session made at their May meeting to eliminate the Youth Director position.  In light of the financial picture of CPC this was the painful forward for us together.  I want to be very clear that Session’s decision was a financial one and does not reflect on Josh’s performance or his qualifications for office.  Indeed, during the meeting Josh showed his character and integrity over and again.  He encouraged the Session as they made the painful choice and then said, “I trust God and His providence...My hope is that this will lead others to get involved in the discipleship of our youth.”  I am praying that his hope is realized and I hope that you will join me in that prayer.  I also hope you will be praying for Josh and Lauren as they face uncertainty at this time.  Pray for God’s provision for them and for CPC.  Pray that God will lift up many who are willing to invest in the lives of youth and lead them to Jesus Christ and help them to grow in discipleship.

Lament is the proper place to start in these prayers.  We can lament what seems lost, lament what we seem unable to handle and lament our personal and corporate failures.  Yet, as Psalm 70 indicates, lament cannot be a pity party where we only complain.  Lament should and must focus us on God, on His love for us, on His providential care and on the salvation we have from God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Lament yields to hope and praise.  Lament yields to petition for God’s help.  Lament in the end, is a place to start, but hope is where it must end.

I hope that you will join me in prayer and hope for our ministry here in Omak at CPC.  I hope that you will strongly consider how you can proclaim Christ, especially to youth in our community.  And I hope that in Christ Jesus we all find hope himself.

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

Pastor Bill

 

Proclaiming Christ:  Surrender, Connect, Serve

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

“For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no grounds for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” 1 Corinthians 9:16

Greetings Friends and Family,

With Chelan camp behind us and the rest of summer ahead, we have much to be thankful for as a church and as a youth group. Camp was fantastic! There were many kids that decided to come for the week as well as many college and adult volunteers that made the week possible. We are very blessed as a church to have many individuals that care about our youth and invest in their lives. Camp was a great time of fun as well as gospel oriented conversation. The youth that attended were presented with the gospel and encouraged to walk in the light of Jesus Christ. Although we were all tired and our eyes were heavy at the end, we were able to look back and see how the Spirit moved throughout the week. Praise the Lord for taking our human efforts and using them to bring the Gospel to those that need it.

Now that summer is in full swing we as a youth group will be resuming our summer schedule. The high school will be meeting Monday nights at 6 PM for youth group and the middle school will be meeting Sunday nights at 6 PM. Please pray that the Lord cultivates the seeds planted in the hearts of our youth and brings those that He desires through the doors of our church. Being summer, you can expect to hear of some activities or events that the youth may be involved in. Please keep the youth group in prayer as we continue through the year.

I thank you for your continued support in the Lord through your prayers. There is nothing more important than prayer when it comes to the support of our youth. Please continue to pray that the Gospel is proclaimed confidently, the Word of God is held high, and the youth in our community are encouraged to follow the One that is above all, Jesus Christ. It is in His name that I wish you all peace.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Josh Lofthus

 

Nursery Notes

This time of year I think about laying on the beach with my non-alcoholic umbrella drink, soaking up some sun. In July we will be doing just that! Our scripture focus will be Psalm 95:5. Come and check out the nursery to see how we will be studying that scripture. The last Sunday in July we will be having a beach party that relates to our scripture for the month. There will be more details to come.

In August our scripture will be, The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours; the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.   Psalm 89:11. We will be talking about all the things God has made, how we use those things and how we are to be thankful to God for what he has made. Thank you parents for letting us spend time with your little ones! Please know that we always appreciate volunteers who would like to lend a helping hand.

God Bless You,

Terri Cunningham & Emily Martin

 

Children’s Ministry Team

Hello Community Presbyterian Church!  Children’s ministry at CPC continues to run smoothly thanks to the wonderful people God has called to serve in this ministry.  During the summer we have combined the older and younger CAT classes in an effort to give the teachers more of a break. 

Some areas where we are still looking for help:

  • CAT Teachers:  Although we currently have just enough teachers to fill out the schedule for next year additional teachers would definitely 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 definitely 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. 

For VBS this year we will again be participating with Mission to the World.  This will take place during the week of

 July 25-29 at the East Omak Community Center.  Volunteers are always welcome, or just drop off your kids!

In His service,

John and Jennie Freese

                                                         

Treasurer’s Report July 5, 2016

Please pray for our church on a daily basis as we face challenges with loss of members and income to support the church’s ministries. I believe the Lord will provide everything we need to be his disciples to the community, the nation and the world.  While at the EPC General Assembly last week, I learned that the Mexican Presbyterian Church has over 6,000 churches and over 10 million members. They have asked to partner with us to spread the gospel in both Mexico and the US.  We will be looking for their help in planting a Hispanic Church in the Omak/Okanogan area.  In addition, I learned that ISIS is driving more Muslims to Christianity than in the last 1400 years combined. We have opportunities to support short term mission trips to the Middle East in providing discipleship to Muslims.  I have signed up for logistics support of a Medical Mission trip in August/September to assistance Syrian Refugees crossing the border. I have information for anyone interested in participating in a short term mission trip.

Last September I asked for your prayers concerning the churches financial deficit of $13,559.  The Lord warmed hearts to bring in $52,541 the last two months of the year allowing us to finish in the black.  I again ask for your prayers in resolving a $13,624 deficit at the end of June.  There is nothing the Lord can’t do through the Holy Spirit working in his people’s hearts! 

Giving for May was the best of the year with a total of $20,934.  Tithing for June was $15,554 which is about the average for this year.  I am now projecting our total income for the year to be at $191,000.  This is $41,357 below our planned budget of $233,357.  

Session has cut budget expense by $15,853 so far with another meeting on July 10th to consider reducing an additional $6,510.  This is needed in order to reduce the need to take more money from our reserve accounts.  We have already moved $19,993 from our reserves pay our expenses.  Session has cut Admin by $1,250, Fellowship by $400, Deacons by $500, worship by $100, Evangelism by $217, Discipleship by $400, EPC giving by $100, Property & Grounds by $3,736, Personnel by $8,400, and Missions by $500. In looking at the loss/transfer of members with little to no growth, I believe we must embrace “Simple Church” and small groups to reverse this trend.  Churches that come out of decline are usually focused outward rather than inward.

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.  I believe the Lord will guide us through these changes in proclaiming his word.  Sometimes we think things are falling apart when they are actually falling into place for his plan.  There is nothing the Lord can’t do! 

Our other account balances are doing satisfactorily: Designated giving accounts have a balance of $21,000; Wells Fargo Reserve Savings $16,811; Wells Fargo Designated Saving $5,877; Allianz Mutual Fund $27,072; American Washington Mutual $76,958; and Franklin-Templeton Mutual Fund $15,678.  Thank you Lord for your investment accounts.

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.  Please come and visit with me on questions or ideas concerning our finances. 

David Bishop

Treasurer

 

“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

General Assembly Report

I was pleased to represent our church in mid-June at the 2016 General Assembly held in Livonia, Michigan.  I bring back greetings as well as blessings from EPC.  This was my first GA and although I’ve attended many school conferences, I was unsure how a church conference was developed.  I was impressed with the agenda and dedication of the EPC administration and seminar leaders.  Topics were relevant, informative and focused on the vision of EPC.

To the glory of God, the EPC family aspires to embody and proclaim Jesus’ love as a global movement of congregations engaged together in God’s mission through transformation, multiplication, and effective biblical leadership.   

 As you see from this vision, evangelism is the central theme.  It was a blessing to see that our church is aligned with the national EPC.

Dave Bishop and I attended sessions from 8 am to 9 pm each day. During the five-day conference I attended seven leadership seminars that I considered pertinent to our local area (Conflict Reconciliation, Commissioner Orientation, A Christian Response to Homosexuality, Leadership and Marriage, Responding to Refugees and Persecution, Outreach to Hispanic Communities, and Leaders of Small Churches).  I attended seven sermons including one on Ecclesiastes Chapter 9.   I was involved in 5 EPC Business Sessions and a Standing Committee on Ministerial Vocation. I was able to review then vote on the vital proposed Position Paper on Human Sexuality. 

Mostly importantly, I was blessed to spend a week with Christians dedicated to glorifying God in all they do.  If you’ve taken a trip with a group of Christians, you know what I experienced.  The presenters and attendees were positive in their comments and outlook on what God is doing in our lives.  Prayers were genuine and focused on God’s providence.  Policy and procedural actions were geared to reduce or eliminated stumbling blocks for non-believers.  The Position Paper on Human Sexuality clearly presented EPC’s stance on Homosexuality, Marriage and Singleness but did so in a manner void of condemnation and exclusion.  God can and will forgive sin when heartfelt repentance is evident.  Personally, I was pleased with the tone of paper and give all credit to the Lord for working with the committee selected to prepare the paper. 

My Standing Committee was on Ministerial Vocation that addressed the requirements to become a pastor.  Specific coursework as well as field experience were reviewed.  Having dealt with this in teacher certification, I was impressed at the intent to have ministers well-prepared to enter the call.  Preparation is vital in light of many ministers leaving the vocation.

As always, blessings to all and thank you again for your prayers and support for this worthwhile trip.

Elder Ron DeHaan

News For You

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

Fellowship Team will be meeting on the first Sunday of the month during the fellowship hour. Grab some goodies and come join us! This meeting is open to anyone who enjoys ministering to others by planning events and activities.

Session will be meeting on Sunday, July 10th at 1pm. Please pray for your Elders.

Our church picnic will be July 17th at Hidden Hills Country Inn, hosted by Ron and Martha Thomas. They are located at 104 Hidden Hill Lane, Tonasket. GPS will get you there! The picnic will be following the service. Please bring a salad or dessert to share.

We will be working with Mission to the World when they do VBS at the East Omak Community Center, July 25th-29th. Contact John and Jennie Freese if you would like to volunteer or for more information. Please pray for this outreach opportunity.

The Community Prayer Meeting will be held on July 26th at CPC. Don’t miss this opportunity to pray with the Christians in our area, for our community and Nation.

We will be having a Youth Ministry Round Table August 3rd at 7:00pm- 9:00pm to discuss the future of our Youth Ministry. This is a chance for the Youth Ministry Team to meet with the parents of our youth.

Movie & Popcorn Night will be on August 27th at 6pm. Don’t miss this fun, family event! Popcorn and beverages will be served and childcare is provided.

Cookies, cookies and more cookies are needed for Fellowship Hour. Your help is appreciated! Place in a zip-lock bag, date and put in the freezer. Thank you for helping with Fellowship Hour.

Looking for a summer mission project? Habitat for Humanity is building a home for a local family at 420 South Ash Street. They are seeking Christian volunteers to be a part of this community effort. They need skilled labor and those with access to equipment. Everyone who would like to help out is welcome! Contact Ken Vander Stoep at (509) 631-0701.

We are putting together a Wedding Scrapbook of all the weddings that have taken place in our church. We would love photos, programs, name of pastor, etc. For more information, contact Barb Shackette. You can email us at info@cpcomak.org.

Join a 6-week 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.  Not only do we grow closer to God through a small group Bible study, but we also 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 Fall!

 

REGULAR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday
9:30 am, Worship
5:00 pm, Sanctuary Service
6:00 pm, M.S Youth Group

Monday
12:00 pm, Men’s Bible Study
6:00 pm, H.S. Youth Group

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

 

BIRTHDAYS for the month of July

Brett Fudge                        1

Carol Michelson                6

Richard Price                     6

Joe Meagher                      6

Emily Martin                     6

Lloyd Foster                      7

Norah McCorkle               9

Marian McClanahan        15

Gail Langseth                  16

Don Pearce                      19

Joe Miller                        24

Joan Michelsen               25

Avarie Werner                30

BIRTHDAYS for the month of August

Stephanie Lamb             1

John Freese                    2

Mary Hancock               8

Kathy Mintzer               11

Susana Kistler               12

Maria Errico                 15

Scott Sinnett                 19

Slater Errico                 28

Tamara Heming           30

 

PRAYER CHAIN

Please call the church office during office hours for prayer requests at:

 826-1290,

Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – noon; 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. If after office hours call Lyn Pearce at:

(509) 422-9748 or

Cell # (360) 471-1741.

 

SUPPORTED MISSIONS

Care Net                                  Manfisher Ministries   

Christians in Action                Okanogan Co. Correctional Facility    

The Father’s Ranch                 Erik Brucker – Young Life       

Erin Dienst – CRU, UW         EPC World Outreach- Mike & Tammy Migas 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)

Mary Henry (Rose Garden)

Bunny DeTro (Apple Springs)

 

Those to Pray For

Carol Michelsen-health

Ken Cunningham-health

Mary Henrie-health

Rachel Steiner- health

Bill Swanson-health

Vince & Maureen Walsh-health

Frank Anderson-healing from heart issues

Monica Hansen- healing from cancer