The Life and Times- September-2013

September, 2013

Pastor's Ponderings

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. —Proverbs 22:6

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Last week I was reminded of the importance of my children during the big wind storm that hit Omak on August 29.  After securing the building where we all meet for worship, I rushed home to survey the damage.  As I drove up to my home, I noticed the roof was intact (unlike many of our friends and neighbors) and no major damage had been done.  I pulled into the driveway and realized the power was out, so I parked my rig and jumped out intending to walk into the house.  I do not know how I missed the 40 foot poplar laying across my lawn, just a few feet from hitting the room where my daughter, Karen, was sleeping, but when I saw it, immediately I thanked God for His providential care of my child.

All of our children are precious.  The Scriptures are almost unique in the ancient world for their high view of children.  Children are a gift and a responsibility to their parents and guardians.  As a congregation that practices covenant baptism, we promise all of our children that we will, together as a body, train them up in the way they should go.  We recognize that the primary teachers of any child are that child’s parents, but as any parent knows, we all need help.

That’s why I am thankful for the Sunday School teachers, CAT leaders and nursery attendants.  That’s why I am thankful for the men and women of this congregation who love the children God has placed with us and model the Christian life and speak the Gospel with every breath to them.  Most of all, I am thankful that our greatest help in all of this comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth and knit all of us together in our mother’s womb.

Usually, at this time, one would expect a plea to volunteer to teach Sunday School or otherwise become involved in the lives of our youth and children.  While we could use the help, instead I would like to thank you for what you already do to help train up our children in the way they should go.  Thank you for your love, your care and your support of our children.  Thank you for the way you model the Christian life and the way you appreciate our children.  Thank you for laughing at their jokes, for applauding their efforts and for exercising patience and compassion in worship with little hands, little feet and little voices that just need to wiggle.  There is always more we can do, but I appreciate what we are already doing together as a body for our children.

I am convinced that the Scriptures speak truth.  This leads me to be convinced that when we train up a child in the way he should go, that he will not depart from it even when that child is grown.  The thing about training is that it takes tact, knowledge and patience on the part of the trainer.  On the part of the trainee, it takes willingness to learn, diligence and patience.  The common trait here is patience.  Thanks be to God that patience is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and one that God is cultivating among us.

Please, continue to help me and others raise up our children in the way they ought to go.  Teach them the faith of Jesus Christ, the joy of service to him and the power of the redeemed life to transform the world.  Let us be reminded now of how precious they are to us and not wait around for another near miss to wake up to the call of God to train up our children in the way they ought to go.


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

Pastor Bill


Teen Scene with Lance O’Dell, Christian Education Director

Even though the warm weather might lead one to think otherwise, summer is officially over.  Another school year has begun and our middle school and high school youth group students are back at school again.  Several of our high school youth groupers are running cross-country this fall, and several others are playing volleyball.  If you get a chance, pick-up a cross-country schedule and/or a volleyball schedule and take some time to come cheer them on.

As we look forward to the new school year please keep in mind the Fall Schedule as outlined below:

Sunday school starts September 8th at 9:30 for all ages.  We will begin the Sunday school year with a kick-off on the 8th in which Sunday school classes will be introduced, Sunday school teachers will be commissioned, and classes will begin.  Come join us in the sanctuary and the fellowship hall for this event.
High school youth group continues on Sunday nights from 7:00 to 9:00pm.  

Middle school youth group continues on Wednesday nights from 7:30 to 8:45pm.


            Many of you have been asking me questions recently in regards to the church wide mailings that went out and the status of our youth groups.  Though I have been unable to answer all your questions I can speak to that which I know.  Change is coming in the area of my position and our youth ministry in general and all of us view change, or look at change differently.  Change can be challenging to say the least, but change can also offer up a chance to refresh and renew.   Our Pastor and our session have been praying about this change and have been working very hard to ensure that the youth ministry of our church will continue in good hands, going full speed ahead.

            On a personal level I want to thank this church for all the tremendous support you have shown me over the years.  It has been a fantastic ride and I can’t even begin to share in all the ways that I have grown, been ministered to and thoroughly enjoyed the ministry here.  Over the past several weeks many of you have personally thanked me for the positive impact I have had on the youth of this church.  But the reality is I’m the one that needs to say “thank you.”  The youth of this community and the people of this church have left a very powerful impact on me and my family.  God is good, and I wouldn’t trade these last 14 years for anything!


News You Can Use:

Regular Schedule Coming – Beginning this Sunday, September 8th, we will move to our regular schedule of Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship at 10:45 a.m.  In addition to children’s Sunday School, please join us for Adult Sunday School as we will have two classes, Essentials of Our Faith (Beginners) with Ron Kramer and Faith & Leadership (Intermediate) with Pastor Bill Heming.  Pastor Bill’s class will also be taught at an alternate time on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm in the Memorial Parlor.

Opening Prayer for Sunday School Teachers and CAT Leaders will be held this Sunday, September 8 before going to classes.

The September potluck will be on Sunday, September 15th 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

Special Event Announcement - Eric Metaxas, the voice of “Breakpoint” heard on Moody Radio and the author of “Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” will be speaking in Wenatchee on Monday, October 7 at 7:00 pm at the Wenatchee Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online at This event is in celebration of 30 years of ministry for Life Choices in the Wenatchee Valley. Life Choices provides life-affirming reproductive health and family services. If there is enough interest within the congregation, the church will purchase a block of tickets and provide transportation. If you are interested in attending and riding the Blue Angel, please contact the church office no later than Tuesday, September 10th.

Sunday School Teachers/Substitutes needed - If you are interested in teaching a Sunday School class, or being available as a substitute, please contact the church office.

Ministry Opportunity - We are in need of at least one Blue Angel driver. As a driver, about once a month, you will need to contact and pick up children for our Sunday School program. Please contact Randy Langseth (826-4641) or the church office (826-1290) if this is an area where you feel called to assist.

Westminster Bell Choir – The Handbell Choir is beginning a new season this fall and is looking for ringers. If interested please contact Marian McClanahan at 429-7429. The bell choir practices on Tuesdays in the loft at 5:30 pm beginning Tuesday, September 17th.


Session Highlights

At the August meeting:

·        The transfer to the EPC is complete with the transfer of Pastor Bill’s credentials and benefits. (which was completed August 30th)

·        Approved a new Youth Director position description and approved a hiring committee headed by Ron DeHaan

·        A meeting with the parents of the youth was scheduled.

·        Approved by-laws

·        A letter was approved to send to the congregation regarding the financial health of the church.

Later in August at a special called meeting:

·        Further consideration was given to the Youth Director position


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)




9:30 am, Sunday School

10:45 am, Worship

7:00 pm, High School Youth Group


9:00 – 10:00 am, Staff Meeting

5:30 pm, Handbell Choir Practice


1:00 pm, Faith & Leadership Class

September Birthdays

If we have missed your birthday let us know so we can put it in.

Evangeline Lamb                                                   Sept 1

Madison Hansen                                                   Sept 6

Dale Cutrell                                                            Sept 14

Jerushah Mintzer                                                     Sept 15

Ramona Anderson                                                Sept 17

Kinza Ingram                                                          Sept 18

Lynn Vess                                                               Sept 18

Joe Turk                                                                  Sept 19

Gary Bramer                                                          Sept 24

Ron Kramer Sr.                                                      Sept 24

Dolores Edelman                                                     Sept 27

Tazman Ingram                                                     Sept 30









7:30 pm, Middle School Youth Group

First Sunday of the Month


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


Norah McCorkle - travel

Madie Hansen – shattered fibula

Carol Michelsen - health

Pat Helberg - health

Loretta Houston – praise and prayer for recovery

Bobby Corson – severe health concerns

Lorna Caudill - health

Mary Henrie - health

George Freeman – health

Ken Cunningham – heart and lung issues

Darrel & Darlene Ferguson – health

George Turner – health

Jeff Turk – health

Dorothy Kendall – health

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

Jackie, Dave Jorgenson’s mother - health

Janice Jess – continued healing of foot

Raylene Piersma – recovery from hip replacement surgery

Sean Lange, Raylene Piersma’s son – stage 4 cancer

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

Betty Welton – Cancer

Kathleen Blakney – recurrent cancer

Chloe Peterson – serious health concerns

Emily Carton & Family – Passing of Jim Shove

Rhonda Pock - cancer










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.














Ethlyn Apple (Apple Springs)

Lorraine Swallom (North Valley, Tonasket)  

Ken Cunningham (Riverside)

Del Mundinger (Apple Springs)

Verna Hitchcock (Apple Springs)