The Life and Times- November-2013

November, 2013

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

-  Romans 12:2 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

When we began our transition into the Evangelical Presbyterian Church we wanted to do a few things at the same time.  First, we wanted to set a model process and give aid to other congregations in the same place we were.  To date, our information available through our website has been accessed thousands of times and we hope that our material and descriptions of our process are being used for help in the discernment process.

Second, we wanted to do more than find safe harbor, but really to move into a partnership with other congregations for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Finally, we knew we wanted more than transition.  We were longing for transformation.  As the Apostle Paul notes in the passage above, transformation is something God enacts in our life together.  We are transformed, and his transformation comes from the renewing of our minds.  The purpose of this renewal is discernment that we may better know the will of God. 

The Stated Clerk of our General Assembly, Jeff Jeremiah, challenged all of the congregations in our presbytery to move into this transformation that God is bringing about in our minds.  We need to see that our call to proclaim the Gospel goes on.  Our call to grow as disciples goes on.  Our call to mission and ministry goes on.

To that end, I am calling all of us, including myself, to begin the process of discerning how God is transforming us and where God is leading us.

Grace and peace be with you,

Pastor Bill

News You Can Use

The November potluck will be on Sunday, November 10th after worship. Even if you don’t bring a dish you are welcome to come.  A-K bring a salad    L-Z bring a dessert

Operation Christmas Child -We are collecting shoeboxes again this year for Operation Christmas Child. This ministry provides Christmas presents for needy children around the world while sharing the Gospel. The deadline for dropping off your box(es) is Sunday, November 17th.

A Church Bowling event has been planned for Saturday, December 7th, at 10:00 am at the bowling alley. Come out and enjoy some fun and fellowship!

A weekly brown-bag Men’s Bible Study is ongoing in the church library. It will begin shortly after noon on Mondays and end at 12:45 pm.

Thanksgiving Dinner - Our church would like to offer Thanksgiving dinner to any & all in our congregation who would like to attend.  It will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th at 2:30pm in our Fellowship Hall.  Sign up on the Friendship Register at church or contact the church office and indicate how many in your party. We need a final count by Sunday, November 24th. Please contact Sandra Taylor for more details 557-3540.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing – Manfisher Ministries, one of our supported missions, is the local outlet for the funds raised during the Salvation Army Kettle Drive. If you would like to ring the bell this year, please indicate “bell ringing”on the Friendship Register while in church or contact the church office. There will be opportunities to sign up for particular time slots as we move closer to the Christmas Season. Bell ringing usually begins the day after Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas Eve.

“Full Hearts, Empty Arms” This free ministry pairs mature women (aka “Old Ladies Brigade”) and young mothers who would enjoy and appreciate having a chance to go out to dinner and maybe a movie with their spouse. If you would like to find out more, please call Carol Miller (480) 307-2229 or Rosemary Price 429-2864.

Church Family Christmas Celebration Dinner! Friday, December 6th at 6pm

This will be one of the most fun dinners you have ever attended!  It is a 7- course meal, and we sing Christmas carols between each course.  The food is so yummy, and it will match the carol you sing before each course is served.  You get all this fun, food, and fellowship for only $7.00/person OR $25.00 for a family of four or more. You can’t beat that!  Come taste and “sing” that the Lord is good!  Tickets are available after church on Sundays or through the church office

Session Highlights

At the October 8th meeting:

  • Approved the baptism of the soon to arrive child of Pastor Bill and Tamara Heming.
  • Plans for installing a fiber-optic internet connection were approved.
  • September’s giving was $23,618.
  • A temporary sign reflecting the church’s new name will be installed.

SUPPORTED MISSIONS

Care Net                                              Manfisher Ministries   

Christians in Action                            Jail Ministry    

Gideons                                               Mission Aviation Fellowship

The Father’s Ranch                              Erik Brucker – Young Life      

Erin Dienst – CRU, UW                        

Scott and Terri Sasaki (New Guinea) - New Tribes Ministry

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

REGULAR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday
9:30 am, Sunday School
10:45 am, Worship
6:30 pm, Middle & High School Youth Group

Monday
12:00 Noon, Men’s Bible Study

Tuesday
9:00am – 10:00 am, Staff Meeting
5:15 pm, Handbell Choir Practice

Wednesday
1:00 pm, Faith & Leadership Class

Saturday
6:00 pm, Sanctuary

First Sunday of the Month
Communion

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

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

Second Tuesday
Session Meeting, 7:00 pm

PRAYER CHAIN
Please call the church office during church 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:

Evelyn Minnich 826-1177 or Mary Lou Brantner 826-1617.

NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

Irene Rehm (Harmony House)

Ethelyn Apple (Apple Springs)

Lorraine Swallom (North Valley, Tonasket)  

Ken Cunningham (Riverside)

Del Mundinger (Apple Springs)

Verna Hitchcock (Apple Springs)