The Life and Times- March-2015

March, 2015

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

 —Isaiah 55:10-11 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Over the course of this year in my letters to you I will be addressing what we call the ordinary means of grace, namely: Scripture, prayer and the sacraments.  This month we will explore the study of God’s Word.

God’s Word written is the revelation of who God is and what He calls us to do.  In the Word we have everything necessary and sufficient for our salvation and indeed the final authority on all matters the Word addresses.  Even more, as cited above, God promises in the Scripture that His Word accomplishes the task to which he purposes it.  Indeed, the purpose of God in the Word is to bring you to Christ (see John 20:31).

So how do we read the Bible?  My usual response is frequently, prayerfully and carefully.  The Study of Scripture, ideally, is a daily discipline.  While there is no formula for how much time we should spend in the Word, I usually suggest enough time to read a page or two.  The challenge with reading short passages is we often miss the larger story of Scripture.  Indeed, in extreme cases of reading a verse or two, we may actually miss the point of the Scripture entirely!  I once heard a sermon from Job and it was obvious the speaker did not realize the verse he had chosen was not from the faithful Job, but from one of his companions who would later be rebuked by God for speaking falsely.

The study of God’s Word should also be accompanied with prayer.  We can think of the Word and prayer as two parts of our conversation with God.  We speak in prayer and we listen in the Word.  Even if we feel a nudge or leading of the Spirit in our prayer, we should still listen in Scripture to confirm it is truly God leading us.  In this way, we can be assured that we are coming to know the true God and are being led by the true Savior in the true Spirit.

If you would like to grow in your ability to read and comprehend Scripture, may I suggest joining our Bible 101 large or small group gatherings.  Our large group is meeting on Wednesdays until Resurrection Sunday at 7 p.m.  Check with the church office about various small group options.  In addition, if you want to get into God’s Word I would be happy to be of assistance to you.

God’s Word is vital for the life of Jesus’ disciples.  As the calendar turns to March, I hope and pray that you are continuing in your study of the Word and are receiving the benefit of coming to know God more and more and seeing how your faith in him has grown.  Truly God’s Word is a means by which we come to know and receive the grace of Christ.

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 April 12thpotluck. A-M bring a salad and N-Z bring a dessert.

The Fellowship committee would like to invite you to a Seder Dinner. This will take place March 29th at 12:30 pm in the fellowship hall. Tickets will be $10 each and can be purchased in the narthex following the service or in the church office. Child care will be provided and if you are willing to help prepare the meal or set tables please contact Sandee, Randi or Bonnie.

Seder Menu:
Green salad
Waldorf salad
Challah bread
Rosemary potatoes
Apple cake

Holy week schedule: Palm Sunday, March 29, before the service we will meet in the fellowship hall for the distribution of branches. The Good Friday service will be April 3 at 7 pm and will be a service of the 7 Last Words. The Easter sunrise service will be April 5 from 6:30-7 am at the Omak cemetery, behind the Catholic Church on Elmway.

The youth group will be selling fragrant, long-lasting candles March 15-29 to help pay for camp costs.  You will love these in your home or to have on hand for gift-giving. They can be purchased in the narthex before and after the service or in the church office. Thank you for supporting Chelan Camp 2015!

Session Highlights:

At the February 10th Meeting:

  • Kurt Fudge was elected to chair the Building and Grounds Committee
  • A revision was made to the Bylaws.
  • The audit report has been accepted and filed.

BIRTHDAYS for the month of March
Bob Shacklette                    01
Rod Dodge                          02
Ron DeHaan                       03
Goerge Freeman                 06
Doug Carpenter                  07
Phylicia Lewis                    20
Butch Mitchell                   29

BIRTHDAYS for the month of April
Jennie Freese                        01
John Grods                           01
Kristi Sinnett                        04
Leila Townsend                   07
Cindy Kraske                       13
Linda Foster                         15
Patty Helberg                       16
Randy Langseth                    27
Chris Werner                        27
Jenifer Watts                        29


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

12:00 Noon, Men’s Bible Study

5:15 pm, Hand Bell choir practice

Bible 101, 7:00 pm

6:00 pm, Sanctuary

First Sunday of the Month

Second Sunday of the Month
Potluck, following the service
Apple Springs, 2:30 pm

Third Sunday of the Month
Manfisher Meal Served, 1:30 pm

Second Tuesday of the Month
Session Meeting, 7:00 pm

Second Wednesday of the Month
Deacon Meeting, 1:00 pm

Lorraine Swallom (North Valley, Tonasket)  
Ken Cunningham (Riverside)
Del Mundinger (Regency)
Carol Michelsen (Regency)

Those to Pray For:
Janie Roberg-health      
Carol Michelsen-health
Jennifer Courtin-health
Janice Jess-arthritis treatment
Riley (foster child of the Bishops)-adjustment to new living situation
Ken Cunningham-health
Patty Helberg-healing from fall
Mary Henrie-health
Carol Michelsen-recovery from surgery

Please call the church office during 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                                                                                   

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)