The Life and Times- November-2017

November, 2017

“And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?  This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go in heaven.”
–Acts 1:10-11 (ESV) 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ,

Traditionally the four weeks leading up to the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ have been called, “Advent.” Advent means ‘arrival of a notable person/event’ and the Church throughout the centuries has used this time to reflect on the first advent of our Lord, his arrival from the womb of Mary, the virgin. The stories of the annunciation of the Christ by the angel Gabriel, the travel of Mary to visit her relative Elizabeth, the intervention of the Lord through a dream in the life of Joseph are all texts that we love to hear this time of year.

This year, however, we will be concentrating on the second advent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is that very arrival that the two men in white robes (read: angels) referred to when addressing the disciples immediately following Jesus’ ascension to the right of the Father. We tend to think of this second coming in very ominous ways, but it need not be so for the Church. Our sermon texts at the completion of our 1 Peter series will instead trace Jesus’ own teaching on the second advent from Mark 13. I know this may not feel very ‘Christmasy,’ but I hope you will find a Word from the Lord that you need in this darkening time of year. Indeed, the light shines in darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Speaking of Christmas, this year Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday. As Sunday is the Lord’s Day the plan is to have our regular service worship at 10 a.m. and then a brief service of worship that evening at 7 p.m. We will sing plenty of Christmas carols by candlelight and wonder once more at the powerful love of God that sent His Son to become truly human. Even still, this birthday for Jesus should always point us to his second coming in glory.

My prayer is that you will join us for worship as we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth, but also that you will be filled with hope that Jesus Christ is coming back for you and you will never be apart from him. I can think of no better present this year than the power of the Gospel. I hope you will receive that gift and share it with others.

In Christ’s Grace and Peace,
Pastor Bill

 

Youth Ministry Team
Chris & Becky Werner, Tim Dailey, and Pastor Bill

The middle and high school youth group will be a Kurt and Jennifer Fudge’s home on Sundays at 6:00pm.  Dinner, a devotional, and fun activities will be provided. 

Volunteers are needed to:

  1. Share a brief devotional
  2. Provide meals

Contact Jennifer at (509) 826-2953 for more information.      

       

Missions Team
George Freeman, Lyslea Mizer, 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.

We have paid our 3rd quarter mission obligations that we had budgeted.  EPC World Outreach is one of our supported missions and currently, Joe and Rooshie Mintzer are joining them on a 6-12 week short-term mission trip.  Their destination and time of departure are yet unknown.  Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare to do the Lord’s work.

 

Women’s Ministry Team
Stephanie Lamb, Janet Shacklett, Jennie Freese, Elizabeth Verbeck and Tamara Heming

Upcoming Event:
Women’s Brunch & Cookie Exchange on Saturday, December 9th at 9:00am in the Fellowship Hall.  A sign-up sheet is available at the Welcome Center.

 

Manfisher Ministry Team
Jim, Kathy, Joe, & Rooshie Mintzer and Tom & Florence Pruitt

Upcoming Event:
We need help with cooking and serving a Thanksgiving meal Sunday, November 19th.  If you want to help of get more information, contact Kathy Mintzer at (509) 322-2016.

 

Nursery Notes
Terri Cunningham and Emily Gonzalez

Nursery greetings,

We always do craft projects and the nursery has AMAZING little artists. 

In November we will do crafts related to this verse:
“Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 106:1.

 In December we will talk about baby Jesus.  “And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7.

In these two months we have a lot to be thankful for.  We always need to thank God.

 

Children’s Ministry Team
John & Jennie Freese

Children's Ministry: Trunk-or-Treat was a huge success! We had 20 cars with happy owners handing out candy, hot dogs, water and invitations to join us for worship on Sunday. We estimate that over 660 trick or treaters came and who knows how many adults! No matter your stance on Halloween, I believe that Community Presbyterian sent a clear message of love to our community. It was a unique opportunity to spend an evening with our neighbors and let them know that we want to be a part of their lives. Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to this fun outreach event!

Thank you to all of our Children’s Activity Time (CAT) teachers! Becky and Chris Werner, Maria and Bill Errico, Tamara Heming, Elizabeth Verbeck, Tonni Payne, Kathy Mintzer, Gail and Randy Langseth and new volunteers Nancy and Dave Bishop and Judy Bowling! We still have one spot left to fill, every 3rd Sunday of the month – you have your choice on serving in the younger kids’ class (grade K – 2nd) or the older kids class (3rd – 5th). It’s a lot of fun to talk about Jesus with these kids and get them to think a little deeper about God’s word with a great curriculum that outlines the lesson. Contact John or Jennie Freese (206-795-5277), if you feel called to volunteer once a month.

       

Treasurer’s Report September 1, 2017

The Lord continues to bless us with resources to reach out into our community along with supporting missionaries around the world to spread the gospel.   

Thanks to all who participated in Halloween Trunk-or-Treat!!!  It was a huge success handing out what seemed to be tons of candy and serving approximately 700 hot dogs along with bottles of water. While the Okanogan County Fair Booth was slow, we did reach out to all who stopped for a cold bottle of water, handouts, and prayer.  We can only pray this will bring people into the church to know Jesus. I pray we continue to reach out into the community to give people hope through Jesus Christ!!!  

Offerings for September and October were $36,285.  This is down by $10,777 from this same period last year. Giving for September was $17,544 with expenses of $20,633 resulting in a deficit $3,090. While the offering for October was $18,741, expenses were $18,830 leaving a deficit of $89. While the last 3 months ended in deficits, we are still in the black by $9,563 heading into the last 2 months which are normally the best giving of the year. Don’t forget, tax season is coming and what a better way to give than to do so for the Lord’s work.  

As of October 31, our Vanguard Investment Account has been doing great with a balance of $201,678. We are currently at $21,054 in investment returns over the last year; this is based upon the stocks and bonds which could come down with a market correction.  This account is for emergency use for shortages in income to maintain the ministry along with restoration from wear and tear of a 27-year-old building. 

Additional designated funds were received for the Okanogan Homeless Shelters, Administrative and Computer Support, Manfisher Ministries, Care Net, Omak Food Bank, and building repairs. While designated giving is great for special projects/programs, tithing pays for church operations, salaries, general building maintenance, utilities, Sunday school and youth programs, fellowship and worship programs, local and international missions, church planting, and support of our EPC Presbytery and General Assembly. 

Please pray for our church finances and volunteerism 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.  We must be willing to give our time, talents, and treasures to the Lord’s work.  We would love to have more volunteers in Buildings & Ground, Personnel, Administration, Clean-up, and Fellowship. 

David Bishop
Administrator/Treasurer     

“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:

 

BOOKMARK

Eric Metaxas' 2017 book: Martin Luther, published on this 500th anniversary of tacking his 95 theses on the Catholic church door on October 31, 1517, showing we are justified by faith; thus beginning the Reformation; recently celebrated jointly by members of our church and members of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. The sermon and presentations followed closely the events as set forth in Metaxas' book, from Luther's birth in 1483, his education, including law studies, posting the theses, his trials by the Catholic Pope in 1521, translation of the New Testament which was published in 1523, using the Greek source rather than the Latin source, to preaching his last sermon in 1546, and much more such as telling us of deplorable living conditions in those days, including horrible diseases without cure. Thus began the Protestant age we enjoy today.

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. Fall Small Groups will start the week of September 17th.

REGULAR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Sunday
9:00 a.m. Adult Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Worship
(Children’s Sunday School during service)
5:00 p.m. Sanctuary
6:00 p.m. M.S. & H.S. Youth Group
(Located at the Fudge’s home at 5 Weatherstone)

Monday
12:00 p.m. Men’s Bible Study

Tuesday
2:00 p.m. Sunday School Remix

Second Saturday of the Month
6:00 am Men’s Breakfast

First Sunday of the Month
Communion

Second Sunday of the Month
2:30 p.m. Apple Springs

Third Sunday of the Month
2:00 p.m. Manfisher Meal Served

 

                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

PRAYER CHAIN

Please call the church during office hours for prayer requests.
If you prefer to email, contact Georgia Lamb at
secretary@cpcomak.org
during or after hours

 

 

 

SUPPORTED MISSIONS

Christians in Action
Moody’s KMBI Radio Ministry
Manfisher Ministries
NAIM – Will & Cindy Kraske
The Father’s Ranch Ministries
Okanogan County Jail Ministry
EPC Church Plant
CRU – Erin Dienst
Fire Victims & Asst. Aid Programs
Omak Food Bank
Care Net
Tall Timber
Samaritan’s Purse
Omak Community Outreach
Positive Life Radio
EPC World Outreach –
          Mike & Tammy Migas
          Adger & Sandra McKay