The Life and Times- October-2015

October, 2015

The Life and Times

October/November 2015 Newsletter

Community Presbyterian Church (EPC), 9 S. Birch, PO Box 826, Omak, Washington 98841

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

 —1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I am pleased to address you once more on the ordinary means of grace (prayer, the Word, the sacraments).  This month I will take up the topic of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

In the church we welcome people into the covenant community through the sacrament of baptism.  The Lord’s Supper is a continual sign of our unity with one another and with Christ.  Indeed, it is Christ Jesus himself who instituted and commended the practice of this sacred meal to us at his last supper with his disciples before his crucifixion.

Like baptism, the Lord’s Supper is always to be joined to the proclamation of the Word.  Even when we extend the table to our members who are unable to attend worship, the Word is always presented in conjunction with the sacrament.  Indeed, the Apostle Paul gives a dire warning following our passage cited above about the sacrament in an unworthy manner.  To be sure, the Apostle was warning the Corinthians against using the meal as a status symbol (which was part of the reason the Reformation took place), but any abuse of the Lord’s Supper is to be discouraged if not outright avoided.

When it comes to the table, it is the Session’s duty, as the duly elected elders of the congregation, to oversee the admittance of our children to the table.  As parents, it is our duty to instruct and encourage our children who have been sealed in baptismal covenant to come to the Lord’s table when ready.  As a parent I personally look forward to my children being lovingly examined by the Session with regard to their faith and understanding of the Table and being admitted to receiving the good gifts of God presented there.  The Session is further charged with encouraging the entire congregation to make use of this means of grace and to neglect the necessity of us meeting together to share our common holy meal.

The Lord’s Supper connects together as a body and connects to our head, Jesus Christ.  As such it is a vital act of the church to remember who it is who gave his life on our behalf and who we are as his bride.  Even more, in the power of the Spirit, Christ is present with us in the act of the sacrament.  That does not mean a physical presence, but a real spiritual presence, none-the-less.

I hope you will continue to make use of the means of grace in the coming months and think deeply about the unity involved at the table.

This month I would also encourage you to participate in our upcoming trunk-or-treat event in the church parking lot on the evening of Reformation Day (October 31).  More details will be coming in the weekly bulletin for this fun outreach event.

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

News You Can Use:

*The Father’s Ranch  is seeking participants for their Women’s Chorus and Children’s Choir for TFR’s 2015 Christmas concert (December 4th). If you are interested, please contact TFR at 486-8888 or programdirector@thefathersranch.com.

*Please join us for the monthly potluck, October 11th, directly following the service. A-M bring a salad and N-Z bring a dessert.

*Our cookie jar (for coffee fellowship) is running on empty. Please bring your cookies in a zip lock bag marked with the date and put them in the freezer.

 *Needed are more willing hands in order to make the most of the ringers’ talents and the potential of the beautiful three-octave set of Schulmerich bronze handbells, as well as three octaves of Malmark hand chimes.  Enjoying music and loving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, are basic requirements.  The ability to read music at a rudimentary level will serve well, however, choir members and director are ready to help new ringers. The choir meets for practice once each week, which means a commitment of all ringers from October through May.  Practices this season will be on Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. in The Loft. Come to The Loft on Thursday, October 8th, at 5:00 p.m., to watch and listen and/or be ready to make the commitment.  Please call the church office for more information.

*“Checking Out The Church “classes will be held October 18th & 25th and November 1st at 12:45. Please call the church office for more information.

*We are looking for volunteers for “Trunk-or-Treat” happening on Halloween. Please call the church office for more information.

Session Highlights:

At the September Meeting:

  • The Session approved The Father’s Ranch to hold a Christmas program at the church. The date will be December 4th.
  • The new sound board has been installed!
  • Dave Bishop was elected the new clerk of Session.

BIRTHDAYS for the month of October

Anita Piersma                    01                      
Ruby Freese                       01                           
William Freese                  01                          
Linda Swanson                  01                         
Dawson Sachse                  01                          
Melyssa Sachse                  02             
Frank Anderson                  08                         
Janice Jess                          09                          
Suzanne Carpenter             10
Garrett Click                       12
Madeline Click                   19
Bill Swanson                       22
Pete Colomb                       23
Bill Heming                        24
Arlene Freeman                  27
Maxine Wood                    29
Becky Werner                    29

BIRTHDAYS for the month of November

Matt Pearce                        01                          
Georgia Lamb                    06                              
Pearl Goff                           09                          
Dave Bishop                       10                             
Coby Ingram                      15             
Shane Townsend                15                            
Lorraine Schumann            30                          

REGULAR SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

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

Monday
12:00 Noon, Men’s Bible Study

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
1:30 pm Manfisher Meal Served

Those to Pray For:
Carol Michelsen-health
Janice Jess-arthritis treatment
Ken Cunningham-health
Mary Henrie-health
Bill Swanson-congestive heart failure
Ramona Anderson- neck
Jennifer Courtin-health

SUPPORTED MISSIONS

Care Net                                                               Manfisher Ministries     

Christians in Action                                         Jail Ministry      

The Father’s Ranch                                         Erik Brucker – Young Life            

Erin Dienst – CRU, UW                                

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

 

                                                                                                                   

NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

 

Ken Cunningham (Regency)

Del Mundinger (Parkplace)

Carol Michelsen (Regency)

Lorraine Schumann (Apple Springs)

 

                                                                           

 

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

community Presbyterian Church (EPC)

PO Box 826

Omak, Washington  98841

 

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