The Life and Times- March-2017

March, 2017

Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.”               —Acts 26:19-20 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Ash Wednesday, occurring on March 1 this year, is the beginning of the church tradition of the season of Lent. Lent is a time when Christians are especially invited to give attention to repentance. Repentance is the response of the Christian to the Gospel. In the Spirit-led process the Christian feels sorrow for sin and seeks, in grace, to turn to God and God’s will.

There is a part of repentance that is instantaneous. When we are overwhelmed by sin and driven to the grace of Christ in horror for our rebellion against God’s will, we are indeed repenting—and this ought, perhaps, to be a daily experience for the Christian. Indeed, in the consistent application of the saving work of Christ to us by the Spirit (what we call sanctification), we come to despise our sin more and seek to live out the righteousness of Christ. Again, this is a daily process that leads us deeper into our relationship with the Triune God.

Yet, as the Apostle Paul made clear in his testimony before King Agrippa, there is an ongoing process of repentance that seems to be more important—a viewpoint that is not Paul’s alone. Indeed, John the Baptizer was quoted as saying, ‘Bear fruit in keeping with repentance’ (Matthew 3:8). The idea is that for repentance to be true we need both the instantaneous turning from sin, but also the proven record of a changed life, complete with appropriate deeds. Practically, we all can see this makes sense.

If I tell someone, “I will never eat a cheeseburger again,” that person could give me some credence because of the trust we may have in our relationship. Yet, if that person knew me and my delight for cheeseburgers, then a pattern of change would need to be demonstrated before the statement became truly trustworthy. The initial statement is important, but it is proven true only with an established pattern of changed behavior. Therefore, in Church discipline matters, a season of repentance is often prescribed to both establish a turn away from sin and cement the pattern of change as one, in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, turns to live out the righteousness of Christ.

I pray and hope that you will view this church season of Lent as invitation to both turn from sin today and establish a pattern of repentance in the coming weeks leading up to our celebration of Resurrection Sunday on April 16.

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 Randi DeHaan, Robin Colomb, Jim & Sandee Freese and Tom Pruitt.

     The Green Potluck is on March 12th. Soup and Irish Soda Bread will be served and we ask that you bring a dessert or salad. Be creative and bring something green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!

     We will be serving Hot Cross buns and more during Fellowship Hour on Resurrection Sunday. You won’t want to miss this special treat!

Youth Ministry Team

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

     We will be having a Rummage Sale on March 31st and April1st from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm to raise funds for Camp Chelan.  You can bring your usable items to the church and make sure you come to the sale and do some shopping!    

Worship Design Team

Our current team members are Pastor Bill, George Freeman, Don & Lyn Pearce, Jim Freese, and Janet Shacklett.      

     We will be planning special services for Holy Week Starting with Palm Sunday on April 9th, Maundy Thursday Service on April13th at 7:00 pm and Good Friday Service on April 14th at 7:00 pm, held at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship. This Service will be organized by the local pastors in our area. We are planning a special service on Resurrection Sunday, April 16th. We hope you can join us for this time of celebrating our Risen Savior!

Small Group Coordination Team

Our current team members are Stephanie Lamb, Janet Shacklett and Will Kraske.

      The Winter Small Group Study, “Saved” from The Gospel Project, is just finishing. It has been well received by those who participated. Thank you to those who led a small group this time around!

      New Small groups will be starting in late April, after Resurrection Sunday. This is a wonderful opportunity to grow in your relationship with Christ and relationships within your church family.

Service Team

Our current members are Crystal Click, Randy Langseth, Fred Edelman and Lyn Pearce.

     The Rotating Shelter has ended until next Winter. Thank you to all who volunteered to serve our homeless community. Those who came to our shelter were very grateful and blessed by your kindness.

      We would love to have you join our team! We are always looking for ways to share Christ’s love by serving those in our community. We would love to hear your ideas!

Mission Team

Our current members are George Freeman 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. They are currently looking for college students, young adults, and older adults to join them for 6-12 weeks for short-term mission trips to locations where there have been very few missionaries. Please contact Dave Bishop at the church during office hours or on Sunday after the morning service if you are interested in this exciting opportunity.  

 

Nursery Notes

Think Spring! We are doing that in the nursery. In Genesis 1:9 it says, “Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.” In March, we are learning various things we can do with water. We will study the story of Noah and the Ark.

“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Genesis 2:7. In April we will learn about dirt and study the story of Adam and Eve. It’s an exciting time in the nursery! You are welcome any time to come down and join us!

God Bless You,
Terri Cunningham & Emily Gonzalez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Children’s Ministry Team

     We just started a new quarter with “The Gospel Project” curriculum. The Rescue Begins is the theme title and the children will be studying the life of Jesus, His death, and His resurrection. The children are enjoying this series, especially the songs that go with it!

     Our most immediate need right now is filling a teaching position that just opened. 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.

     Our vision is to help the children of CPC grow in their faith in Jesus Christ and to equip them to share the Gospel with others. We would love to have you join us in our efforts!

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

  • CAT Teachers:  Although we currently almost have just enough teachers to fill out the schedule, 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             March/April 2017

While last year started slow, the Lord filled our hearts for giving to finish the year with an income of $246,519. This is the highest income since I became familiar with our church finances in 2009. Praise the Lord for all his blessings.

We are starting this year with income of $36,416 for January and February, an increase of $6,691 from last year. Our expenses for January and February were $36,163, an increase of $1,285 from last year. This increase in expenses reflects renovation of the nursery, bathrooms, sanctuary projection system, along with pastor’s and administrator’s offices. After all expenses, we finished the first 2 months of this year in the black by $253.  We should have enough money in Designated Funds to complete these projects. 

Our Vanguard Investment Funds are doing well with a balance of $152,913. This is an $8,349 gain from our December 2016 investment balance of $144,564. We moved our investment funds from Edward Jones to Vanguard in order to reduce transaction fees.    

Our Designated Funds has a balance of $23,898 with funds to renovate our offices, bathrooms, sanctuary projection system, and kitchen. The Wells Fargo Reserve Savings has a balance of $20,004 for emergency operations should we have shortages in salaries, utilities, building maintenance, and other processes to keep the church functioning. The Wells Fargo Designated Saving account has a balance of $6,001 for capital expensesRemember, 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.  

Session passed a 2017 Budget of $212,000 based upon prior spending history. Session along with committee and team chairs prayed asking for discernment on where the Lord is leading our congregation to do his work in the coming year. The Financial Team and Session made space in this budget to provide funds where and when the Lord leads us. We will continue trusting the Lord to provide all that is needed to grow his Church in this valley, in this nation, and in this world.  

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. There is nothing the Lord can’t do through the Holy Spirit working in his people’s hearts!  

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

 News for You

The Green Potluck will be Sunday, March 12th. Soup and Irish soda bread will be served and we are asking those with the last name beginning with A-M to bring a salad and N- Z to bring a dessert. Be creative and bring something green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Daylight Saving Time is March 12th. Don’t forget to move your clocks forward!

We will be having a Work Party Week March 20th – 25th in the church sanctuary to put up a new projection system and replace lights. Volunteers are needed to build scaffolding and climb ladders! Contact Dave Bishop or the church office if able to help.

My Homeless Poems by Elsie Ford, will be held at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm. Elsie will be reading her original poetry inspired by her time as a homeless person. You will hear God’s words of hope Refreshments will be served and there will be music by M&M Duo. Admission is by donation, all proceeds benefitting Manfisher Ministry programs for the homeless.  

The Camp Chelan Rummage Sale will be held at CPC on Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st. We will start at 9:00 am and finish at 4:00 pm both days. You can bring your usable items to the church from now until March 30th.

There will be a Memorial Service for Bill Swanson on Saturday, April 8th at 11:00 am. A luncheon will be served following the service.

 The Maundy Thursday Service will be a special communion service at CPC, on April 13th at 7:00 pm.

The Good Friday Service will be held at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship on April 14th at 7:00 pm. This service is being put on by the local evangelical churches in our area.

Christians In Action will hold their annual Sonrise Service on Sunday, April 16th at 6:30 am, located at the Omak Memorial Cemetery, 2517 Elmway Street. 

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.

Fellowship Team will meet the first Sunday of the month during Fellowship Hour. Grab some goodies and come join us as we plan the events at CPC!

The Men’s Breakfast meets every 2nd Saturday at 6:00am for prayer and 7:00am for fellowship, food and devotional. If you can’t make it at 6:00am, join us at 7:00am!  We will meet on March 11th and April 8th.

Deacons will meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month during Fellowship Hour.

Session will be meeting on the 4th Sunday of the month at 2:00pm. Please pray for your Elders.

We have joined 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.

BOOKMARK

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

Traveling Light by Max Lucado

This recommendation comes from Maxine Wood. This book guides us through Psalm 23, showing us how to let go of spiritual weight we were never meant to carry. In our journey through life we need to empty from our “spiritual baggage” grief, doubt, shame, fear, and emotional and spiritual burdens, refilling it with faith, hope and trust in a compassionate God.

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 are coming in late April, following Resurrection Sunday.