The Life and Times- May-2015

May, 2015

The Life and Times

May /June 2015 Newsletter
Community Presbyterian Church (EPC), 9 S. Birch, PO Box 826, Omak, Washington 98841

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed?  And how are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard?  And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, 'How beautiful are. The feet of those who preach Good news!'

 —Romans 10:14-15 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Throughout this year my letters to you will address what we call the ordinary means of grace, namely, prayer, Scripture and the sacraments.  Last time my letter discussed the private study of Scripture and this month I would like to turn to the public exposition of Scripture, what we usually call preaching.

In the letter to the Romans (cited above), the Apostle Paul places an emphasis on the Word proclaimed as the entry to faith in Christ.  When the Word is rightly proclaimed by one who is duly sent it allows to hear of Christ Jesus and, in God's grace, to come to saving faith and a growing reliance upon him. While everyone is called to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ it seems the Apostle has a more formal setting in view in the passage (i.e. Formally sent/commissioned for the task).  It is from this that the model of the teaching elder is developed (see also1 Timothy 5:17-19).

The Word, when rightly proclaimed, is not only means of receiving grace by connecting one to Christ, but is also a mark of the true church.  To that end the one teaching must be careful to be faithful to the Scriptures and the Lord of those Scriptures.  This is why we set aside some elders for further training and study to take the task of preaching.  On a weekly basis these teaching elders study the Scripture, seek the Spirit in prayer and compose and deliver the Word of God proclaimed for the flock they have been called to lead (see 1 Peter 5:1-5).  This is why the local church matters so much.  While we can hear great preachers on the radio or the web, it is the local church's preaching ministry that God is directing to you.  Why is such careful attention warranted?  Well Jesus gives many stern warnings about leading others astray (see Matthew 18:6).

The Word proclaimed is meant to lead you to and connect. You with Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  It is this reason that we call it a mean of grace.  As such, in closing, we should make regular use of preaching, which means regular attendance at worship. See you Sunday!

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:
Summer schedule: Our summer schedule will start May 24th with service at 9:30 am and no Sunday school.
Camp registration forms are now available. Please pick one up on the welcome table. Turn them into the church office when complete.
Starting May 24th our Sanctuary service will move to Sunday’s at 5 pm..
 It’s bottle time!! Please pick up a baby bottle at the welcome center and support CareNet.

Do you need answers to ‘big” questions?? Join Pastor Bill Wednesday May 20th at 4pm in the library or Sunday May 24th at 11:30 in the Parlor for “Big Questions “with Pastor Bill. If you have a question  about faith, life, the universe, etc.please email it to Pastor Bill, bill.heming or drop it off in the church office.

Session Highlights:
At the April Meeting:

  • The Session unanimously accepted Josh Lofthus as the new youth director
  • A motion was made and seconded to keep the summer worship schedule at 9:30 am
  • A motion was made and seconded to move the Sanctuary service from Saturday to Sunday at 5 pm

BIRTHDAYS for the month of May

Joe Mintzer                        01
Barb Shackette                   03
Maureen Walsh                  07
Barron Sachse                    11
Alisha Cutrell                     12
Paul Freese                         13
Bill Errico                          14
Randi DeHaan                    15
Ella Errico                          16
Dave Lamb                         16
Sandy Grods                        25
Marian Heming                   29

BIRTHDAYS for the month of June

Ava Freese                           05
Trenton Werner                   12
Job Schaefer                        12
Jim Mintzer                         15
Lyslea Mizer                        17
Bonnie Freese                      21
Tom Pruitt                            22
Fred Edelman                       27
Everett Click                         27


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

12:00 Noon, Men’s Bible Study

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

Those to Pray For:
Carol Michelsen-health
Janice Jess-arthritis treatment
Ken Cunningham-health
Mary Henrie-health
Carol Michelsen-recovery from surgery
Bill Swanson-congestive heart failure
Lorraine Schumann-healing from fall
Rachael Steiner-hip
Robert Kendall-safety on hike
Ramona Anderson-neck surgery
Chelan Camp

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


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)

Community Presbyterian Church (EPC)
9 S. Birch, PO Box 826
Omak, Washington  98841
(509) 826-1290
Pastor: Rev. Bill Heming
Youth Directors:
Dave and Stephanie Lamb

Sunday School:
9:30 am
10:45 am