The Life and Times- May-2016

May, 2016

The Life and Times

May 2016/June 2016 Newsletter

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.
 —Jude 3 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

My aim is to encourage your hearts with this letter, though I must also share with you all some troubling news.  It is this latter matter that I will address first.  It is my duty to report to you all that your Session is taking steps to address a budget shortfall.  As of the end of March (more up to date information can be found in the treasurer’s report inside) we were running a deficit of roughly $10,000.  Our expenses for 2016 are down, but our giving is down far more than the Session even anticipated as we prepared and passed a budget that was smaller than 2015.  Your Elders have been and will be active in prayer in this matter.  In addition, the Session is considering several steps to reduce expenditures even further.  These reductions will impact staff and programs in the church in an adverse way necessarily as the past few years have already led the Session to cut much of our spending.  Please join your elders in prayer in this serious and troublesome area of our life together.

As I said, I had hoped to write to you of other matters, but much like the evangelist Jude, I felt the above matter had to be handed on to you as members and friends of CPC Omak.  Yet, I will continue to contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints and hope that you will as well.  We need to proclaim Christ, leading others to surrender to him in faith, to connect with fellow disciples in spiritual growth and serving this community for the glory of God.

We have a few events coming up in the next few months that I want to draw to your attention.  First, our men continue to meet for prayer and study on the second Saturday of the month (May 14 and June 11) at 6 a.m.  Next, the women of the church will be hosting a tea on June 18 with the theme of refreshment for a cost of $5 (to help cover the cost of a guest speaker).  Finally, our youth will be heading out to camp June 20-24 for a week of fun and faith.  The church will be hosting a Youth Gala Dinner and Dessert Auction fundraiser for youth camp on June 10 from 7-9 p.m.  We hope to raise funds in this way to greatly defer the cost of camp for our youth so that they may invite friends who need the Gospel.  Please consider attending and supporting our youth on June 10.

Finally, my hope is that you are seeking opportunities to share the Gospel with people who do not have a saving relationship with Christ Jesus.  Listen to others, hear their stories and hear their need for Christ, then share him.  This is the heart of evangelism, confronting the world’s need for Christ with the grace Jesus freely gives.

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,

It never ceases to amaze me how the Gospel can change the life of an individual. It has the power to take the vilest of offenders and blasphemers, change their heart, and turn them into tools for Christ. The power of the Gospel has the ability to make all the difference in people’s lives. It is the literal power of God that has been given to us to proclaim. It saddens me when I see people turn to other means for satisfaction or healing. The world makes its “solutions” very attractive to the eye and gives a false hope that everything will be ok if you just love yourself more. This is a lie that has found its way into the church. More now than ever, the church must rise and unite under the banner of the Gospel. This is the true “solution” to the issues of the world. Only through the Bible can the individual find true peace, healing, and forgiveness. This is what we as Christians must come together to proclaim.

This is our approach to youth ministry. We have many youth come through our doors that are searching. They are searching for meaning, love, acceptance and belonging. They are searching for something that only Jesus can give them. This is what we point them to at youth group. We preach Jesus and the transforming power that He gives. This is what the youth of our community need and this is what we strive to do with our youth at CPC. We do this through many different ways. One specific way is through our camp ministry. Every year, CPC puts on a camp in Chelan WA for the youth of our community. This is one of the biggest outreaches we do. It gives us the opportunity to reach the youth of our community who would never come through the doors of a church. Every day they hear about Jesus and the life that they can have through Him.

Would you please be in prayer as we are planning this event? The camp in scheduled for the end of June and we are going to begin fundraising for it so that we can give kids the opportunity to come to camp without letting the burden of finances be a deciding factor. We will be announcing our fundraising opportunities for those wish to support the youth of our community and be a part of them hearing the Gospel, perhaps for the first time. Will you commit to keeping us in prayer as we move forward with this? Please pray that the Lord will be softening the hearts of our youth even now to receive His truth into their lives. This is our goal, this is our mission. If your feel led, please contact the church office to see how you can be a part of this great mission as we work together to proclaim Christ to the ends of the earth.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Josh Lofthus

Nursery Notes

       The next two months are an exciting time in the nursery! In May, as the days get longer, I spend more time outside in the evening. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” It reminds me of the evening sky, looking for the moon, stars and the solar system. Praise God for creating an amazing world for us to live in! This will be our focus in May.

       In June we will talk about our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus. Our scripture for this month is John 14:6, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” We will be doing some exciting things in the nursery the next two months related to both passages. Be watching for fun things to come!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
God Bless You,
Terri Cunningham & Emily Martin                                                                                                                                                 
Children’s Ministry Team

Greetings from John and Jennie Freese (and our children Ava, William and Ruby).  We have volunteered to lead the children’s ministry team for the next 2 years and would like to give a quick intro as well as a look into the challenges we are facing.

Children’s ministry at CPC oversees the spiritual development of children in the church from birth through 5th grade.  On any given Sunday that could mean 20 to 30 children.  Praise God for our growing number of children and praise God for those who have been willing to serve in this ministry!

As we continue to rebuild the children’s ministry our primary goal is to have something for each age on Sunday morning which at present means either nursery or CAT (Children’s Activity Time).  Some of the challenges we currently face include:

  • Transition from nursery to CAT:  Currently our younger CAT group goes up through 2nd grade.  Do we need to divide this up and have a class for the 3-5 year olds?  This of course would require more volunteers.
  • Transition from CAT to youth ministry:  How do we get the older kids in CAT to transition to youth group?  Over the past few years we have typically seen kids fall away once they “graduate” from CAT.
  • Managing children without parents:  Do we continue to keep children in the sanctuary for the first part of service or should we offer something downstairs that would run for the duration of the service?  This of course would require more time and planning from our small group of volunteers.
  • Caring for the spiritual needs of our volunteers and parents of children:  We seek God’s wisdom in how to care for the children of our church without burning out our team of volunteers. 

Here in the next couple of months we will be organizing a planning retreat to discuss the above issues and how to address them starting this fall. Please be prayerfully considering whether God is calling you to help out in some way.  God’s Word offers specific commands on loving children. (Matt. 19:14, Eph. 6:4,…)  We strive not to view children’s ministry as just another set of tasks to fill up our time, but rather as coming alongside Jesus and being nurtured as we minister with Him.

Please be in constant prayer for the children of CPC.  And if you feel God nudging you to help out with this ministry, please let us know and we can discuss where your gifts might be a good fit within the ministry.  Children’s ministry would fall apart without the many volunteers we have and we are always thankful for those willing to follow God's call. 

In His service,                                                     
John & Jennie Freese                                                           

Treasurer’s Report  May 2, 2016                                                                                                

The year 2016 has proven to be one filled with losses and gains. While I believe the Holy Spirit is at work to revitalize our church, we face major challenges with loss of revenue coming from the departure of ten families from our church.  This left us with a revenue loss in excess of $25,000 from the previous year.  In addition, giving/tithing has been down.  Last year we averaged just over $20,000 a month while the first four months of 2016 averaged only $15,000.  I am projecting a shortfall of approximately $41,000 from our 2016 Budget of $233,357.  Session has approved moving $20,000 from investment accounts to meet our expenses.  This means we still have to come up with another $21,000.  Your Financial Team, Administrative Committee, and Session are working on ways to increase income and cut expenses.  The cutting expenses will have to come from operating expenses to include salaries.  Please join me in praying for guidance and wisdom through this process.  We have to trust the Lord to provide everything we need to fulfill his plan on his timing and not our plan on our timing.  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 through the Holy Spirit working in people’s hearts!  

Giving for March and April were $30,249 down $12,518 from the same period last year.  Our expenses for March and April were $39,393 down by $4,085 from last year.  With giving not keeping up with expenses, we now have a deficit of $15,044 for the first four months of the year.  We required $19,446 average monthly income to meet our 2016 goals for the ministry of Christ.  We must look at some combination of increased income and/or expense cuts equaling $41,000.

While Session is taking action to move investment dollars and reduce expenses, we need your help in controlling our spending and better utilizing our dollars in doing the Lord’s work.  I am requesting your help in coming up with ways to raise income or reduce spending through the coming year.   We must ensure we have funding before buying, that we don’t already have it, and making the right purchase for the right price. 

Compare 2015 to 2016 Monthly Income

2016 Total Monthly Income     

    Jan         Feb          Mar        Apr        May    Jun     Jul      Aug    Sep     Oct     Nov     Dec
$15,789   $13,888   $14578   $15672   $ 00    $00     $00     $00     $00     $00     $00      $00

2015 Total Monthly Income     

    Jan         Feb         Mar        Apr           May         Jun         Jul             Aug       Sep        Oct         Nov         Dec
$16,177   $16,340   $20,575   $22,192   $24,617   $17,032   $23,450  $16,935  $12,726  $18,478  $27,253   $25,288

Our other account balances are doing satisfactory: Designated giving accounts have a balance of $22,000 with funds to renovate our Nursery and rest room flooring; Wells Fargo Reserve Savings at $16,811; Wells Fargo Designated Saving at $5,877; Allianz Mutual Fund at $27,484; American Washington Mutual $76,151; and Franklin-Templeton Mutual Fund $15,927.  Our three mutual funds have increased in value over the last six weeks.  Remember, designated funds can only be used for their designated purposes.  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     

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
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:

Deacons will meet every month on the 3rd Sunday during fellowship hour in the library.

Session will be meeting on Sunday, May 22nd, at 2:00pm in the church library. They will not meet in June and July. Please be in prayer for your elders!

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 5th at 5pm-7pm at the Civic League Park. Join the churches in the county and pray for our community and Nation. There will be music and light refreshments served.

The Ohio Northern University Choir will be performing at CPC on Sunday, June 5th at 7:30pm. This is a wonderful event that you don’t want to miss! We will be providing housing for this group of 40. They house in groups of 2 or 4. We will also be providing them with a potluck dinner that evening and giving them breakfast in the morning before bringing them back to the church at 8am. If you would like to participate in this opportunity of hospitality, see Janet Shacklett after the Sunday service to sign-up.

The Youth Gala Dinner & Dessert Auction will be June 10thfrom 7:00pm- 9:00pm. Be sure to come and help us raise money for the youth going to Chelan Camp. Desserts are needed for the Dessert Auction. Contact Becky Werner if you would to donate something yummy!

The Lady’s Tea will be June 18thfrom 11:00am to1:00pm. The theme is “The God Who Refreshes”. The cost is $5 per person. The speaker is Sandra Sullivan from Arizona who will share her inspiring story. This is a wonderful event to bring a friend or family member to.

Chelan Camp is June 20th thru 24th. This is a terrific outreach for the youth in our community. Please pray for those attending and serving at the camp.

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 last 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.

Our church picnic will be in August. We are in need of a location! If you would like to host it this year, please contact Sandee Freese.

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 weeks to come.

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

REGULAR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday
9:30 am, Adult Sunday school
10:45 am, Worship
5:00 pm, Sanctuary Service
6:00 pm, Youth Group

Monday
12:00 Noon, Men’s Bible Study

Wednesday
2:00pm, Sunday School Remix

Thursday
5:00 pm, Bell Choir Practice

First Sunday of the Month
Communion

Second Sunday of the Month
2:30 pm Apple Springs

Third Sunday of the Month
12:30, Deacon Meeting
1:30 pm Manfisher Meal Served

PRAYER CHAIN

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

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- The Migas    
Will and Cindy Kraske - North American Indigenous Ministries (NAIM)

Those to Pray For:
Carol Michelsen-health
Ken Cunningham-health
Mary Henrie-health
Frank Anderson-healing
Rachel Steiner- health
Bill Swanson-health
Vince & Maureen Walsh-health

NURSING HOME RESIDENTS
Ken Cunningham (Regency)
Del Mundinger (Parkplace)
Carol Michelsen (Regency)
Lorraine Schumann (Apple Springs)
Mary Henry (Rose Garden)
Bunny DeTro (Apple Springs)