The Life and Times- October-2013

October, 2013

Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!  Come buy wine and milk without money and without price…Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

 —Isaiah 55:1, 6-7 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As a congregation we share four major values: Discipleship, Evangelism, Fellowship and Worship.  The Session has grouped its committees around these four value areas and we seek to follow the Lord’s will as we continue to make disciples, build up disciples, live as a body and give all glory to God.  In recognizing our values, we understand that we are constantly seeking to do more and to do better in the way we carry out our ministries.

Over the past months, the Evangelism Committee has been praying and seeking the Lord’s will.  The challenge before the committee was creating a place and time for members of our greater community to come to the waters of God’s mercy (see the passage in Isaiah above).  It is painfully obvious that the setting aside of Sunday morning for worship is no longer a cultural norm.  Stores, restaurants and other businesses remain open Sunday morning and many in our community who are desperate for Jesus, are scheduled to work Sunday mornings.  In response to this, the Evangelism Committee began to dream about a worship service that would be offered in the evening as a tool for this congregation to reach out with the Gospel.

After some discussion, the service came to be called, “Sanctuary.”  Sanctuary comes from the Latin word, sanctus, which means holy, and it refers to a holy place.  We use the term to describe the large room where we worship together because we realize that our usual place of worship has a holiness to it that sets it apart.  The hope is that our Sanctuary service will provide a sacred time and place in the lives of our community for people to receive God’s grace just as they are.  The service is meant to be a different worship environment from Sunday morning and will have its own unique ethos and order of service.   The Sanctuary service is set to begin October 19 at 6 p.m. and continue every Saturday so long as the Lord should will it.

Now, to be sure, this is only one way we as a congregation are reaching out into the community with the saving love of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We need many more ways to reach into the lives of our friends, family and neighbors with the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord and those ways will be as unique and creative as the people of God in our congregation.  Let us continue to extend the love of God into our community.  Pray for a way to share the Good News that Jesus is Lord and perhaps extend a warm invitation to the Sanctuary service to someone who is hungering and thirsting for the mercy of God we have through faith in Christ Jesus.

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

 

 

Hello from the youth ministry team!

In addition to the wind and the rain, excitement is in the air!  Our youth are back to school and with that comes the added adventures of sports and clubs and lessons. (And parents everywhere cry, “and carpooling and take-out and sport physicals and registration fees…!”) 

We hope you will add Sunday night youth group at Community Presbyterian to your weekly schedule!  The youth ministry team has formed and has spent time planning and praying.  We are looking forward to what God will do in all of our hearts and especially in the hearts of our youth.  As much as we love the kids in this valley, He loves them more!

Each Sunday night will begin at 6:30pm with dinner.  Middle and high school will meet together for this.  Praise and worship, a message, and small groups will fill out the rest of the night.  The evening will end no later than 8:30pm.  Thank you for your patience on this last point as we adjust these first few weeks!  J

Please pray that kids put their faith in Jesus as they come to learn that in uncertain times…

God is bedrock under my feet,

The castle in which I live,

My rescuing knight.

My God—the high crag where I run for dear life,

Hiding behind the boulders,

Safe in the granite hideout    

-Psalm 18:2 (The Message)

News You Can Use
The October potluck will be on Sunday, October 13th after worship. Even if you don’t bring a dish you are welcome to come.  A-K bring a dessert    L-Z bring a salad

Middle School and High School Youth Groups are moving to Sunday nights from 6:30pm -8:00pm beginning Sunday, October 6th. There will be a meal, games, and study. There will be no Middle School Youth Group on Wednesdays going forward.

Night of Praise & Prayer Service on Saturday, October 12th at 6:00 pm. Come and worship with our Praise Team!

Sanctuary, an outreach service for reaching our community with the Gospel, will begin Saturday, October 19th from 6pm -7 pm. This will be a weekly service.

"Full Hearts, Empty Arms” from Rosemary Price - While on the wonderful Women's Retreat at Hidden Hills earlier this fall, Carol Miller and I had a chance to listen to young mothers in our various groups and during meals.  We heard one wistful wish time and time again; specifically how much they would enjoy and appreciate having a chance to go out to dinner and maybe a movie with their spouse.  Since money is tight for these families, one big impediment is the cost of having to pay the babysitter.  Carol and I thought it over, and decided that two needs might met in one action.  Many of us whose children have grown and moved away ache for the touch of a baby, or would love playing with children while Mom and Dad get a well-deserved break.  Our idea is that two of us would sit with the children in their own home...(some brave husbands might even participate!)  If any meals fall within the hours we'd be sitting, Mom/Dad would provide the meal. We would have this set up well in advance with all concerned. This would be so neat...we older folks would get to know the children and they us.  If you'd like to find out more, please call Carol or me.    Carol Miller (480) 307-2229 or Rosemary 429-2864.

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.

Session Highlights
At the September 10th meeting:

  • Jim and Sandee Freese were received as members
  • Dave and Stephanie Lamb will be offered the Youth Director Position
  • A resolution amending church by-laws was passed reflecting the definition of marriage as “one man – one woman.”
  • The transfer of our church out of the PC(USA) to the EPC is complete.

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)

SCHEDULE

Wednesday
1:00 pm, Faith & Leadership Class

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

Those to Pray for

Carol Michelsen - health

Pat Helberg – health

Mary Henrie - health

George Freeman – health

Dorothy Kendall – health

George Turner – health

Chloe Peterson – health

Darrel & Darlene Ferguson – health

Paul and Mary Ashbrook – Mary’s health (dementia)

Jackie, Dave Jorgenson’s mother - health

Ken Cunningham – heart and lung issues

Bobby Corson – cancer

Rhonda Pock - cancer

Betty Welton – cancer

Kathleen Blakney – cancer

Raylene Piersma – respiratory health

Madison Hansen – complications from fracture

Janice Jess – continued healing of foot

Mabel (Lyn Pearce’s mother) – fracture from fall

Randy Roach, Patty Helberg’s son – recovery process

Webb, Sandra Taylor’s brother-in-law – praise for recovery

Bill (Pastor Bill’s father) – prayer for recovery

NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

Irene Rehme (Harmony House)

Ethlyn Apple (Apple Springs)

Lorraine Swallom (North Valley, Tonasket)  

Ken Cunningham (Riverside)

Del Mundinger (Apple Springs)

Verna Hitchcock (Apple Springs)

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.