The Life and Times- July-2017

July, 2017

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.”       —Matthew 5:14 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

In the Sermon on the Mount (located in Matthew 5-7), Jesus sat in the midst of his disciples. Outside of the ring of the disciples were the crowds. The image we get of this crucial teaching of our Lord is Jesus in the center speaking to his disciples (the Church) and through his disciples to the crowds (the Lost) surrounding those disciples. This is still the image we need of our mission to proclaim Christ to this world. Jesus speaks to us in the Word of God (the Bible) and through us to the lost, hurt and broken sinners in the world.

It is in keeping with this model of missional proclamation that Jesus tells his disciples that they, “are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13a) and “the light of the world” as cited above. These two images of the Church’s infiltration of the world are vital to our understanding of the mission of CPC right here in our community in Omak. The disciples of Jesus were never meant to hide away from the world, creating so-called ‘holy huddles’ of isolation and separation. Instead, the Church is to disperse into the world on a mission to proclaim the Gospel by being salt that gives Christian flavor to the world and light that illuminates the truth of the Gospel (that God saves sinners like me in Christ).

We can see this same principle at play in various places in the Old Testament. For instance, Joseph during his sojourn in Egypt brought blessing to that land by his very presence. Indeed, were it not for the presence of Joseph, Egypt would have succumbed to famine (see Genesis 41:53-57). In another story, the presence of a little Israelite slave girl and her loving grace to Namaan led him to Israel where he was healed of his leprosy (see 2 Kings 5:1-14). The presence of God’s people brings blessing to even those who do not trust the Lord. Christians today are to bear this tradition and promise with them. We are to take our faith to work with us, without neglecting to do so while at rest or play. In this way, we carry on the covenant made with Abraham when God promised him, “I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2b).

Our very presence in our community should bring blessing to this city. We do this by sharing the joy of our salvation and the sure and certain hope we have of resurrection life with Jesus widely and broadly. While we can see this mission of blessing on a grand scale, to ensure your participation in the ministry to be salt and light it is perhaps best to think on a very local level. With whom do you interact on a daily basis? Who are your friends and neighbors who do not know Jesus and how can you be a blessing in their lives? This is not a call to abdicate speaking the Good News of Jesus Christ in favor of good deeds. Rather, it is a call to use our lives as a witness and opportunity to proclaim, with words and aloud, that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior—our hope, our joy and our love. Be salt and light right where you are and bless others with the Gospel.

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 Robin Colomb, Jim and Sarah Stone.

     We are looking for new leadership! Please let us know if you are interested in planning events in the church that help bring us together as a church family. The Deacon Board is organizing the Annual Church Picnic on July 30th at 12pm at Conconully State Park. There will be a “Men’s Shoot Out” August 20th at the Riverside Gun Range. The time of this event is to be determined.

    

Youth Ministry Team

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

The M.S. and H.S. Youth Group will be at Kurt and Jennifer Fudge’s home on Sundays at 6:00 pm. Supper, a devotional and fun activities will be provided. Volunteers are needed to share a brief devotional. Contact Jennifer for more information.       

       

Mission Team

Our current members are George Freeman, Lyslea Mizer, and Dave Bishop.

Rooshie Mintzer, Joe Mintzer and Lyslea Mizer plan to go on short term mission trips this Fall through EPC World Outreach. Please pray for them as they answer God’s call to serve and spread the gospel in other countries.

 

Women’s Ministry Team

Our current members are Stephanie Lamb, Janet Shacklett, Jennie Freese and Elizabeth Verbeck.

 “What types of activities are there for women at this church?”

 “I wish I could be a part of a women’s Bible study.”

 “I long for friendship, but it’s hard to get to know people on a Sunday morning”

 “I want to be mentored by godly, older women.”

 “I am bored and have nothing to do.” (Okay, no one actually said that last one. Ha-ha)

Women of CPC Omak, we have heard you! The new Women’s Ministry Team has been meeting to pray, to research, to define vision, and to plan a year of ministry events just for you! We’re excited about growing as we study God’s Word, building friendships through targeted events, and loving our community through a TBA ministry opportunity. More information about the big September kickoff coming soon!

 

Manfisher Ministry Team

Our current members are Jim & Kathy Mintzer, Joe Mintzer, Rooshie Mintzer, Tom & Florence Pruitt.

We prepare and serve a meal at Manfisher Ministries every third Sunday of the month. We invite you to join us for our Bible study at 1:30pm and meal at 2:00pm to get to know the great people over there. On July 16th, we will be serving a picnic at Civic League Park. If you want to help cook, serve the meal or get more information, contact Kathy Mintzer at 509-323-2016.

 

Finance Team

Our current members are Tom Pruitt, Ron DeHaan, Chris Werner.

CPC finances can be reported as stable, having steadily improved during the past year. Expenses are slightly below the 2017 budget and the investment reserve fund is doing well. As the finance team begins preparations in September for the 2018 budget, with God’s blessings and continued support and generosity of our church family, we look forward to safely managing ordinary operational expenses and expanding mission efforts both within CPC and our local community.

Nursery Notes

Greetings from the Nursery! In the months of July and August we will be enjoying the story of Noah and the Ark. In July, we will focus on the animals of the Ark. One of the animals we will study is the cow. We will learn about the various types of food that God gives us from cows.

In August, we will focus on the rainbow and God’s love for us through the promise it represents. The next two months will be a busy time in the nursery. Feel free to come and join us and see what we are doing!    

God’s Love to You,

Terri Cunningham & Emily Gonzalez

                                                                                                    

Children’s Ministry Team

The Gospel Project’s, The Rescue Begins has the children studying the life of Jesus. The children and teachers are enjoying this series! We are on Summer schedule for the months of July and August and will go back to a normal rotation in the Fall.

We are partnering with C.H.I.E.F. this year for our VBS. Volunteers are needed to help with this outreach. VBS is July 24th-28th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Community Center in East Omak.

Our most immediate need right now is filling Teaching and Helper positions. Please pray about whether The Lord is calling you to this ministry. If you have any questions, please come and talk to us or call John at (206) 795-5277.

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

  • CAT Teachers:  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

July 7, 2017

The Lord continues to bless our church!  Giving is up and expenses are down for the months of May and June.  Our total income for May was $17,495, however, June’s income of $23,841 brought our monthly average up to $20,097 for the 1st Half of Fiscal Year 2017.  This was up from the average of $17,974 for the same time last year. Our tithing for May and June was $30,670, our mission’s giving was $1,775, and our designated giving was $8,891.  We received a check for $5000 designed for our Vanguard Investment Account for emergency use.  Additional designated funds were received for Youth Camp and Building repairs.  While designated giving is great for special projects/programs, tithing pays for church operations, salaries, building maintenance, utilities, Sunday school and youth programs, fellowship and worship programs, local and international missions, church planting, and support of our EPC Presbytery and General Assembly. 

Our expenses were down by approximately $3,370 from this period last year.  This in large due to cutting the Youth Director position along with decreased spending in fellowship, youth meals and building maintenance.  The increase in income and decrease in spending has resulted in a surplus of $12,886 for the year.  I ask for your continued prayers in keeping our income up, expenses down and guidance in resolving our youth program leadership challenges. 

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! 

Our Vanguard Investment Funds are doing great with a balance $182,758 as of July 6, 2017. On June 6, 2017, we moved $26,000 from our savings accounts earning on the average of 66 cents per month to Vanguard Investments.  This fund has provided returns of $12,191 from our initial December 2016 investment balance of $144,564.     

 Our Designated Funds has a balance of $22,194 with $8,613 to pay for youth camp, $2,500 for a new church sign, $1,061 for building renovations, $948 for travel to seminars, $2,680 in memorials funds, $1,916 for Manfisher Ministries, along with other funds for Care Net, Omak Food Bank, hand bell choir, and emergencies.  Remember, designated funds can only be used for the purpose designated by the donor.  The investment accounts are for major repair of our building or replacement of interiors or equipment; however, they can be used for shortages in operating funds if needed.    

Please see me should you have questions or ideas concerning our finances.

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

 

Commissioner’s Report

General Assembly 2017: Generation to Generation (Psalm 79:38)

In going to GA for the first time, I was open to whatever the Lord had, and boy did He have a lot! I have served on various boards for a long time, and attended many Convention style activities, but never one involving the Church.

We arrived in Sacramento to a heat wave normally reserved for late July or early August, but nothing we have not experienced here in Omak. The first session I attended was regarding Youth and Family Ministries. The key nugget I got from that was the need for the church to connect inter-generationally in an authentic and organic manner. We need to not be like society has become and separate ourselves into induvial tribes.

That evening we participated in the first of many worship services that preceded either speakers or church business. These were rich times of singing both contemporary and traditional music, prayer and hearing the Word of God. Musically, it was wonderful to see so many hands raised in worship no MATTER the style of music, whether it was modern or old-time hymns! In prayer, the corporate gathering of saints lifting up their petitions as one was powerful. The words given from the pulpit were strong, encouraging and admonishing when necessary. In other words, an appropriate mix of comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. Both the services commissioning new missionaries and remembering those who have passed on to glory were highlights.

 I had opportunity to attend other sessions regarding National Leadership, and Gender Identification/Dysphoria and Understanding. The National Leadership session was informative in understanding some of the inner workings of the EPC, and the denomination looks very healthy. There is still some leftover fear of leadership becoming like the PCUSA in structure, but from my perspective those were just fears, and their concerns are unfounded.

On the gender issues, it was informative to hear from someone who has come out of such confusion, and found the love of Jesus is able to overcome the trials he has faced throughout his life. There is a lot to understand on this issue overall, and it is something the church as a whole needs to not shy away from showing the love of Christ to all the confused and hurting souls. We were reminded how the world is trying to make all what God has called wrong, right, and standing for God means also standing in love for those who need and desire His deliverance and mercy.

Overall it was wonderful to be with Lyn, and with Bill and Tamara and the kids at GA. The EPC is still growing, and is still finding its way, but is committed to following the King of Kings and Lord of Lords above all else.

In His Service,

Elder Don Pearce

News for You

Camp Chelan was June 26th-30th. This was the fourth year for this camp, which is located at Daroga State Park. It was a week filled with amazing activities, heartfelt worship and the gospel of Christ. Thank you to all who worked hard to make this camp happen. Thank you to those who donated to the camp and sponsored campers. A total of fifty-three youth attended camp this year!

CPC is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on July 18th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can schedule an appointment to donate at 1-800-733-2767 or download the Blood Donor App on your cell phone.

VBS is July 24th-29th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm, located at the Community Center in East Omak. We are partnering with C.H.I.E.F. this year and welcome those who want to volunteer their time for this ministry.

The Annual Church Picnic is Sunday, July 30th at 12:00 pm, located at Conconully State Park. Bring a potluck dish to share and something to grill on the BBQ if you like. Plates, napkins, cutlery and beverages will be provided. A Discovery Pass or purchasing a $10 parking pass is necessary if you wish to park on the grounds. Carpooling is encouraged and the Blue Angel will be available for transportation needs.

CPC has many Ministry Teams that provide opportunities to serve the church body and the community. If you would like to join one of the teams, contact Dave Lamb, Don Pearce or one of the current team members.

H.S. & M.S. Youth Group is at the Fudge’s home on Sundays at 6:00 pm. Supper, God’s Word and fun will be served! Volunteers are needed to share a devotional. Contact Jennifer Fudge for more information.

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

The Men’s Breakfast meets every 2nd Saturday at 6:00am for prayer and 7:00am for fellowship and food. They will not meet in July or August, but will resume in September.

Deacons will meet on Sunday, September 17th during Fellowship Hour, after taking the summer off.

Session will be meeting on August 27th at 12:00 pm. Please pray for your Elders.

We participate in 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.

DVD’s of Thom Rainer’s inspiring series, “Simple Church”, are available for you! Contact the church office if you want a copy.

For those who prefer to tithe electronically, you can use Vanco, accessible through the CPC website, or your personal online banking. Contact Tom Pruitt for more information. Thank you for supporting CPC ministries!

BOOKMARK

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

Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World, by Alec Ryie; Penguin Random House, 2017.

This book recommendation is from Joe Meagher. It is a history of the Protestant faith; timely written and well documented on the 500th anniversary of Luther’s theses; and has as its purpose to persuade us we cannot understand the world and American ages without understanding the dynamic history of Worldwide Protestant Christianity. In a most interesting way he points out that about one eighth of the human race belongs to Protestantism and it has decisively shaped the world we live in. The book is a scholarly description of how this happened; especially interesting as to the contributions made by Presbyterians. Buzz Aldrin was a Presbyterian elder as well as an astronaut; he brought consecrated bread and wine from his home church. The first food and drink consumed on the moon was a Presbyterian Eucharist! Ryie is a professor at Durham University Department of Theology and Religion; with a doctorate in Theology from Oxford University. 

Join a small group! Small groups are happening at CPC in 2017!  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. New Small Groups will start in the Fall.