The Life and Times- September-2017

September, 2017

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you”                                                                                                                                              —2 Thessalonians 3:1 (ESV)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

            Our purpose as a church is to proclaim Jesus Christ as the savior of mankind—the only one we have and the only one we need. As those who have received the amazing gift of grace in Christ, we are uniquely qualified to share him with others. Yet, as a pastor friend of mine once pointed out, what happens in the lives of many believers is that we slowly become isolated from those who need to hear the Gospel and instead are embedded in our communities of faith. This creates an inward focus to the ministry of a congregation with the desires and preferences of those already here trumping the mission to proclaim Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul surely knew this was a danger, and so he continued to push the frontiers of the church and bring the Gospel to those who have not heard the life-giving message of salvation in Christ Jesus. In other words, the Apostle Paul was outward focused and encouraged the Thessalonians to be the same.

            An outward focused congregation believes and behaves on the basic assumption that we are here for the benefit of those who do not yet believe. To be sure, to be effective in our mission we will need to be equipped and maturing in our faith. One way we will do this in the next few months is to offer an adult Sunday School class in evangelism. The curriculum, “Becoming a Contagious Christian,” was developed by Bill Hybels with help from Matt Mittelberg and Lee Strobel. In this course, you will be able to identify an evangelism style that will help you to turn outward to those who need Jesus Christ. Our class is set to begin September 10 at 9 am and will run for 7 weeks. In addition to the Sunday School hour, we will have the same curriculum during our ‘Sunday School Remix’ on Tuesday afternoons beginning September 19 at 2 pm. If you have felt intimidated about evangelism, believed evangelism was only knocking on a stranger’s door or have never really thought about how you can, ‘do the work of the evangelist,’ I highly recommend attending this course.

            Training is only good if it is put into practice. To that end we will begin in little and big ways to have outreach oriented events. The first of these events will be our Okanogan County Fair Outreach booth. Our booth will be a place at the fair where people can stop and receive prayer, a place to sit and rest or even just a bottle of cold water (since Jesus said, ‘And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.’ [Matthew 10:42 ESV]). I am pleased to say that our volunteer list for the booth is full, but we can always use extra help. If you are at the fair, at least stop by and say hello. If you are not at the fair, lift up a prayer that someone in this community will draw a little closer to the Savior through our effort.

            Another upcoming outreach event will be our third annual Trunk-or-Treat on October 31. Last year we saw over 400 children and their families come through our event and enjoy our decorated trunks, get some candy and generally feel welcomed by our congregation. If you did not participate last year, plan to do so this year. It is a wonderful way to spend Reformation Day.

            These outreach events are important, but they fall short of the actual work of evangelism. For these outreach events to turn into evangelism it will take you in prayer and presence forming relationships with those who do not yet know Jesus as Savior and sharing the Gospel, that God saves sinners like us in Christ, and inviting the other to put trust in Jesus. Evangelism is done best on a person-by-person basis. It involves us going out and forming new disciples in the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God. I hope you will join in our outreach efforts and give yourself to the ministry of evangelism.

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

Pastor Bill

 

Youth Ministry Team

Our current team members are Chris & Becky Werner, Tim Dailey and Pastor Bill.

      The M.S. and H.S. Youth Group will be at Kurt and Jennifer Fudge’s home on Sundays at 6:00 pm. Supper, a devotional and fun activities will be provided. Volunteers are needed to share a brief devotional. Contact Jennifer for more information.       

       

Mission Team

Our current members are George Freeman, Lyslea Mizer, and Dave Bishop.

     We have added the Okanogan Community Homeless Shelter as one of our Supported Missions! You can keep up on what is happening with our various Supported Missions by looking at the Missions Board in the Fellowship Hall.

 

Women’s Ministry Team

Our current members are Stephanie Lamb, Janet Shacklett, Jennie Freese and Elizabeth Verbeck.

            Calling all women, high school aged and older! You are invited to the Women’s Ministry Kickoff, “Paint and Pie” on September 30th from 6:30-8:30pm. Learn about CPC’s new ministry to women while following the instructions of a master painter in order to create your own Mona Lisa! We’ll also have some of the county’s best fruit pies for sampling. Please sign-up at the church so that we can have enough paint supplies for everyone. Contact anyone from the WMT for more information. See you there!

            Coming Sunday, October 8th we will start a Women’s Small Group lead by Jennie Freese. More about this six-week Bible study coming soon.

 

Manfisher Ministry Team

Our current members are Jim & Kathy Mintzer, Joe Mintzer, Rooshie Mintzer, Tom & Florence Pruitt.

     We prepare and serve a meal at Manfisher Ministries every third Sunday of the month. We invite you to join us for our Bible study at 1:30pm and meal at 2:00pm to get to know the great people over there. We need help with cooking and serving the meal on Sunday, September 17th.  If you want to help or get more information, contact Kathy Mintzer at 509-323-2016.

 

Service Team

Our current members are Fred & Dolores Edelman, Crystal Click, Lyn Pearce & Randy Langseth.

     September 7th- 10th   we will have a booth at the Okanogan County Fair! This is an opportunity for our church family to share God’s love, be a source of joy and a beacon of hope. We will hand out cold bottles of water, have children’s activities, and be available to pray with people. Thank you to all those who have volunteered for our booth!

     Trunk-or-Treat will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 5:00-7:00pm. Bring your vehicle (feel free to decorate it with a family friendly theme) and LOTS of candy to the church parking lot. This is a wonderful event geared to bless the families in our community, giving them a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience.

 

Small Groups Team

Our current members are Will Kraske, Janet Shackette and Dave Lamb.

     Fall Small Groups are starting the week of September 17th. We will be doing the study Your Church Experiencing God Together. Sign-up for a group on Sunday, September 10th during Fellowship Hour.

 

Nursery Notes

Greetings from the Nursery! God is helping us find creative ways to learn about Jesus. In September, the scripture for the month is, “And he said, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’” Exodus 33:14. We will be doing some outdoor camping activities in the nursery. Come and see our tent and campfire!

1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” We will learn about giving all our fears to God.  For the safety of your children, please remember to sign your child in and out of the nursery.

God’s Love to You,

Terri Cunningham & Emily Gonzalez

 

Children’s Ministry Team

The Gospel Project curriculum has the children studying the life of Jesus. The children and teachers are enjoying this series! We are back to a normal teaching rotation as we head into Fall.

Please pray for the children as they head back to school and into busy schedules with sports and activities. Pray for their safety and also that they will shine the light of Jesus wherever they go.

Our most immediate need right now is filling Teaching and Helper positions. Please pray about whether The Lord is calling you to this ministry. If you have any questions, please come and talk to us or call John at (206) 795-5277.

Some areas where we continue to need help (Please pray about these ministry opportunities):

  • CAT Teachers:  Additional teachers would be a blessing and help reduce the workload of the current volunteers.
  • CAT Helpers:  If you don’t think you’re prepared to teach a class but you’re willing to lend a helping hand we could use helpers as we hope to schedule at least 2 adults per class.
  • Blue Angel drivers:  Want to serve children without having to teach?  Being a driver, you’ll have a chance to get to know the children and their families that God brings to us each week. 
  • Anyone with gifts they wish to share:  Do you enjoy cooking or baking?  Do you like music?  Do you like crafts?  If there is a gift you feel God is calling you to share, please talk to us and we’ll try to find a way to get your gifts involved in teaching our children about Jesus.

In His Service,

John & Jennie Freese        

                            

Treasurer’s Report September 1, 2017

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

Giving for July was $20,176 with expenses of $19,195 resulting in a positive balance of $981. While the offering for August was $22,638, expenses were $23,762 leaving a deficit of $1,124. August income figures are deceiving in that $10,473 went for donor designated funds to support the Okanogan Community Homeless Shelters and Vanguard Investment Fund. This left the General Fund with $12,165 to pay for the facility upkeep, salaries, and ministry support. The shortfall for August was a concern but not an issue as we came into August with a surplus of $13,867. We will have a surplus of $12,742 going into September. Income for July and August of 2017 exceeded the amount for the same period in 2016 by $5,386. This is noteworthy in that August has been the worst income month for many years.  

After receiving a donor designated check for $5000, our Vanguard Investment Account has a balance of $193,677.91. This account is for emergency use. Additional designated funds were received for 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, 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. 

Once again, I ask you to pray for our church in the coming year.  The Lord has blessed us in so many ways to provide the time, talents, and funds to do His work in our community, in our Presbytery, and in our General Assembly. Please visit with me with any questions or ideas.

David Bishop

Administrator   

"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

 

Opportunity of Giving

The Okanogan Community Homeless Shelter is one of CPC’s Supported Missions. They are building “Tiny Houses” for our homeless population, providing the need for shelter during the cold months of the year. Each “Tiny House” will cost approximately $4500 each. Session has approved a designated fund for the purpose of raising money to fund the building one of these houses. If you would like to donate, please write your check to Community Presbyterian Church and put “Homeless Shelter” on the comment line. You can contact Pastor Bill or Dave Bishop for more information. Thank you for generously giving to the Supported Missions at CPC!

 

News for You:

CPC has a booth at the Okanogan County Fair, September 7th-10th. This is an opportunity for our church family to be a sign of God’s love, a source of joy and a beacon of hope. We will hand out free water, have children’s activities and be available to pray with people.

Adam’s Road will be having a Free Ministry Event at CPC on Thursday, September 14th at 7pm. They will be sharing their testimonies, ministering in music and handing out free CDs! Invite your friends and family and be blessed by their powerful, life changing ministry!

Adult Sunday School is starting on Sunday, September 10th at 9am and Sunday School Remix will start on Tuesday, September 17th at 2pm. We are doing the study, Becoming a Contagious Christian. Come and learn how to share your faith!

Women’s Ministry Kickoff, “Paint & Pie” is on Saturday, September 30th from 6:30-8:30pm. Learn more about CPC’s new Women’s Ministry, follow the instructions of a master painter to create your own Mona Lisa, and enjoy the county’s best fruit pies. Please sign-up at the church so that we have enough paint supplies.  

New Member’s Class will be held on Sunday, October 1st. Lunch will be provided. Join us and learn more about CPC!

Trunk-or-Treat will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 5-7pm at the CPC parking lot. Bring your decorated vehicle and LOTS of candy and minister to the families in our community.

Mark your calendars! Join us at CPC on Saturday, November 11th from 1-4pm for an open house, celebrating Evelyn Minnich’s 100th birthday. Refreshments will be served and memories shared.

H.S. & M.S. Youth Group is at the Fudge’s home on Sundays at 6:00 pm. Supper, God’s Word and fun will be served! Volunteers are needed to share a devotional. Contact Jennifer Fudge for more information.

Manfisher Meal is served the 3rd Sunday of the month at 2pm. If you would like to help with this ministry, please contact Jim & Kathy Mintzer.

The Men’s Breakfast meets every 2nd Saturday at 6:00am for prayer and 7:00am for fellowship and food. They will meet September 9th and October 14th.  

Deacons will meet on Sunday, September 17th and Sunday, October 15th during Fellowship Hour.

Session will be meeting on September 24thand October 22nd at 12:00 pm. Please pray for your Elders.

We participate in Pray Washington 24/7. CPC’s day to pray is the 2nd of every month. For more information, contact Don Pearce at don@donpearce.net or 422-9748.

BOOKMARK

A place to share books that honor God and support Biblical teachings

 The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray; Bloomsbury Press 2017 (This book review comes from Joe Meagher). The author points out Europe (including UK) is committing suicide by allowing huge numbers of migrants into their countries facilitated by their open borders. Murry writes, European’s have little desire to fight for themselves or even take their own side in arguments regarding the consequences from mass migration. Europe was and is content to stand back from itself, wishing the mass migration problem will not be noticed. European’s 21st century is going to be entangled with a different culture’s demands supported by that culture’s large migration numbers. Murray writes that European governments have been unable to stop the mass migration process once started; that the death of Europe is the European Christian culture’s death.

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 p.m. Manfisher Meal Served

 

                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

PRAYER CHAIN

Please call the Church during office hours for prayer requests at:        

(509) 826-1290

Monday – Thursday

9 am – noon, 1-4 pm  If after office hours, call

Lyn Pearce at:

(509) 422-9748 or

Cell # (360) 471-1741

Email: lyn.pearce@cpcomak.org

 

 

SUPPORTED MISSIONS

Care Net

Okanogan County Correctional Facility        

The Father’s Ranch                            

Erin Dienst – CRU                 

North American Indigenous Ministries- Will & Cindy Kraske

Manfisher Ministries  

Christians in Action

EPC World Outreach-Mike & Tammy Migas

EPC Short Term Missions