The Life and Times- May-2017

May, 2017

Pastor Bill

Behold, is it not from the Lord of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire and nations weary themselves for nothing? For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”                                                                                                                                             —Habakkuk 2:13-14 (ESV)

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Life has a rhythm to it. That rhythm has been established by God in the creation of the world. Indeed, the work of creation took six days and the Lord rested on the seventh day. Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week (Sunday) and met with his disciples the following week on the same day. As believers, we find ourselves in both of these rhythms. The rhythm of creation in which work and rest are in proper measure and the rhythm of the new creation in which we begin each week celebrating the new creation that God has wrought and is bringing and will bring through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Work and rest are vital aspects of human existence and both are gifts from God, even if work has been tarnished by sin.

The prophet Habakkuk despaired in his own day that the wicked within Israel and the wicked outside of Israel would triumph. Indeed, he turned to God and God had to remind Habakkuk that he was still in sovereign control and would orchestrate both little and big things according to his will for his glory. Triumphs and defeats, success and failure, frustration and relief are under the sovereign hand of our God. We can add that work and rest, plenty and want, sickness and health, all of these are in the Lord’s hand and can be used for his glory. Our place is to turn to the Lord no matter the time and seek his will and his glory.

Our hope, in the end, must be in God who raised Jesus from the dead. The Lord is glorified in his creation either in the end of rebellion by judgment or salvation. Habakkuk is so sure that the Lord will triumph that he sees a day when the whole earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord. No one will wonder at or question the existence of God. No one will wonder at or question God’s intent for creation. All will know his glory and all will come into relief either to our consternation in unbelief or to our great salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.

So, what is to be done? I believe we are called to spread the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as we await the ultimate fulfillment of Habakkuk’s vision. To that end at CPC we need to be seeking ways to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with friends and neighbors. The Session needs to hear from you as well with ways we can help support and equip you to better proclaim the Gospel in your daily life. God has given you a rhythm of work and rest in the new creation. God is sovereign control. God is your hope. Live in the knowledge of his glory and fill the earth with the proclamation of the glory of grace in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Pastor Bill

Nursery

Praise be to God who loves us and to Jesus who saves us! Last month we studied scriptures that talked about dirt and water. We planted cucumber and watermelon seeds that are healthy and growing, just like the children! In May, we will learn about what is in the sky. Our verse for the month is, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1.

In the month of June, we will learn about obeying our parents. Colossians 3:20 says, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” The last Sunday of June, we will be having a party in the nursery. Be looking for the invitation! Also, during these two months, we will be discussing personal safety, reminding children not to take food from people they don’t know, and who we can hug and who we shouldn’t.

Thank you for having such precious children! Please remember that it is our church policy that parents must sign-in their children when dropping them off and initial the sign-in sheet when they pick them up.  

God Bless You,

Terri Cunningham & Emily Gonzalez

 

Children’s Ministry Team

The Gospel Project’s, The Rescue Begins has the children studying the life of Jesus, His death, and His resurrection. The children and teachers are enjoying this series, especially the songs that go with it!

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

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

May 4, 2017

Our Father in heaven has truly blessed us!!  Let us give praise and thanks to the Lord for all He has provided.  This time last year we had a deficit of $15,044 while projecting a shortfall of $41,000 for the year. We had to withdraw $20,000 from our investment account to pay operations and maintenance cost.  Thanks to prayer, the CPC Church family, the Finance Team, the Administration Committee, and the Session, our income is up and expenses are down.  We were able to put the $20,000 back into our investment funds.  After the first 4 months of 2017, we are operating in the Black by $10,074.  Give Hallelujah and Amen!!!  The Year-to-Date (YTD) income is $79,247, up by $15,759 from last year. The YTD expenses are $69,173, down by $7,962 from last year.  Giving for March and April was $42,831 compared to 30,249 for the same period last year.  Our expenses for March and April were $33,010, down by $6,384 from last year.  I know the Holy Spirit is at work in our church as the Lord helped us overcome the major challenges of 2016.  We must continue to pray to discern where the Lord’s money is best used to grow and glorify the Kingdom. 

In addition to increased income, the Lord warmed the hearts of individuals to pay for renovation of bathrooms, Pastor’s office, Administrator’s office, one Sunday School Classroom, and the purchase and installation of a new projection system.  We are also growing in the knowledge of God’s word through Small Groups and Bible Studies.  He has blessed us with new people seeking His word.  

Our other account balances are doing well: Designated giving accounts have a balance of $20,997 with some funds to support renovation projects, youth camp, Manfisher Ministries, Deacons, fellowship, memorials, Omak Food Bank, Care Net, and the Hand Bell Choir. Designated funds can only be used for the purpose the donor has specified.  Our Wells Fargo Reserve Savings has a balance of $20,005 while the Wells Fargo Designated Saving balance is $6,001.  Our Vanguard Investment Funds have done well over the last 4 months raising from $144,564 to the current balance of $153,326.  This investment account is for emergencies, major repairs to our building, replacement of equipment, along with shortages in operating funds.

The Financial Team, Administrative Committee, and Session are continuing to pray for guidance on ways to increase income and keep expenses corresponding to our income.  In addition, our Session, committees, and teams are discerning through prayer and discussions on where the Lord is leading us to best disciple this community.  Please pray for the Lord’s 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.  Sometimes we think things are falling apart when they are actually falling into place for the Lord’s plan.  There is nothing the Lord can’t do through the Holy Spirit working in people’s hearts! 

Once again, I ask you to pray for our church in the coming year.  The Lord has blessed us in so many ways to provide the time, talents, and funds to do His work in our community, in our Presbytery, and in our General Assembly.  Please come and visit with me for any 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

The Camp Chelan Rummage Sale brought in over $2000! Thank you to those who helped set up and work at the sale. Also, thank you to those who generously brought in items for the sale. Your efforts will send many youth to camp this summer!

There will be a New Member’s Class on May 7th at 12:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. This class is for those who want to know more about the church and the EPC, with the possible interest of membership. We hope you can join us!

The Community Prayer Meeting will be May 23rd at 7:00 pm, located at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship.

Camp Chelan is June 26th-30th. This will be the fourth year for this camp, which is located at Daroga State Park. It is a week filled with amazing activities, heartfelt worship and the gospel of Christ. Youth can register for camp at the church office or the CPC website. The cost is $180 and the registration deadline is June 23rd.  Through fundraising and generous donations, there are several camperships available!

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 or one of the current team members.

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 May13th and June 10th.

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

Session will be meeting on June 4th at 12:00pm. 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

Embracing Defeat by John Dower; 1999, Allen Lane, Publisher

This recommendation comes from Joe Meagher. This is a fascinating history of Douglas MacArthur’s Christian beliefs during the reconstruction of 1945-1951 Japan. His principle ideology rested in Americans whose faith in God and love of country, “…transcended all selfishness and self-serving instincts.” He recognized and applied the doctrine that the United States is “pre-eminently” Christian. Macarthur’s love of God is apparent throughout this book; an inspiration to the reader. He presided over the reconstruction of postwar Japan with this Christian philosophy as his métier.