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The Life and Times- March-2018

Pastor’s Ponderings

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.-Hebrews 4:16 ESV

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ,

I have been teaching through the Letter to the Hebrews since January of this year. What I love most about Hebrews is how it highlights the continuity and cohesion of the Word of God. One of the highlights so far has been seeing how Leviticus 16 clearly informs and interprets Hebrews 4:14-16 (and vice-versa).

In Leviticus 16 we find the laws and instructions concerning the massively important Day of Atonement. This was one day every year that high priest would enter the Holiest Place and make atonement for all of Israel. In order for the High Priest to enter the place where God’s glory dwelt he would have to go through extensive rituals. He would then approach the Ark of the Covenant, bringing incense and blood to the Mercy Seat. The

Ark, a fancy word for a box, contained the tablets of the 10 Commandments, but on top of it were two cherubim arranged to form a bench (see Exodus 25:17-22). This was throne of the invisible God and the place where God would meet with His people’s representative.

The author of the letter to the Hebrews picks up on the theme of the Mercy Seat and the Day of Atonement in Hebrews 4:14-16. The author wants us to understand that Jesus is superior as our great high priest. He has not passed an earthly curtain, but the heavenly veil; not merely passing into an earthly holy place where God’s glory dwells, but into the presence of the Holy One of Israel where He dwells in all His glory in heaven itself. Jesus brings atonement into the presence of God and is our invitation to come to the Father. Jesus not only invites but give us courage to approach the throne of grace, the true throne of God of which the Mercy Seat was an earthly representation, to receive mercy and grace in times of need.

The Word of God has a beautiful way of fitting together and telling one continuous testimony about our God. I hope that you are seeking to learn and understand God’s Word more and more each day. Reading and learning from God’s Word is a tremendous means of grace by which the Holy Spirit applies the grace of Jesus Christ to our lives. Daily Bible reading, small groups and other Bible Studies form a large part of what we do as followers of Jesus here at CPC Omak. If you would like to study Hebrews, it is never too late to jump into Sunday School (Sunday at 9) or Sunday School Remix (Tuesdays at 2). Come explore God’s Word with us!

In Christ’s Grace and Peace,
Pastor Bill

 

Note: Not all Ministry Teams are represented in this newsletter

YOUTH MINISTRY
Chris & Becky Werner, Tim Dailey, and Pastor Bill

No Report

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

NURSERY
Terri Cunningham and Emily Gonzalez
Nursery greetings,

Thank you, Jesus, and thank you parents for allowing us to enjoy the kids in the nursery. What a blessing! In March we will learn about needing rest. Mathew 3.3.-28 says “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” We will talk about what rest looks like. In April we will read Noah and the Ark. We will learn about how we use water. Busy times in the nursery, come see all the fun!

-Miss Terri & Miss Emily

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY
Becky Werner

Contact Becky Werner at 509-846-9623. if you have questions or would like to volunteer to teach or help teach Children’s Activity Time.

WOMEN’S MINISTRY
Stephanie Lamb, Janet Shacklett, Jennie Freese, Elizabeth Verbeck and Tamara Heming

Contact Stephanie Lamb at freeselamb@gmail.com if you have questions or would like joint the Women’s Ministry Team.

MANFISHER MINISTRY
Jim, Kathy, Joe, & Rooshie Mintzer and Tom & Florence Pruitt

No Report.

MISSIONS
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 or call Dave Bishop at the church.

 

BOOKMARK
Joe Meagher

Vignettes of an Ordinary Life, by Marian Adams (McClanahan). This is a book by an extraordinary, longtime member of Community Presbyterian Church, Omak. The book is about her faith, life, and experiences over a period beginning with the roaring twenties through the current years. No doubt a read of this book will remind the reader of a beautiful woman close to the reader. It did for me of my wife, Carolyn. It conjured up a statement made by Sophia Loren in a recent interview, “Women who are loved by someone close are beautiful.” This is a book that should be read by all who have the good fortune of knowing a beautiful woman.

 

On my trip to Malaysia, I spent time with our missionaries there and the people they have been befriending and building relationships with in order to share the gospel. To the Malay people, there very identity is Islam, which makes them an especially hard group of people to reach. I saw how God has truly called our missionaries to this difficult country, and how much love and compassion they have for these people they’re ministering to.

While in that part of the world, I also was given the chance to go to Indonesia to visit some more missionaries who have started a business of breeding and selling Sea Cucumbers. They’ve set up their Cucumber “cages” on a remote island, getting the villagers there excited and involved with this business, and using it as a tool to begin ministering to them.

I had a wonderful time seeing how God is using our workers there for his glory and furthering of his kingdom! Please continue to pray for this part of the world, that more would come to know him as their Lord and savior

-Rooshie Mintzer

 

Financial Report March 6, 2018

I am so thankful to be back at work full time after starting 2018 with 7 weeks of Flu and Pneumonia. Thank you for all your prayers.

The Lord provided funds to finish 2017 in the black with an excess of $11,456 to start 2018. This was a blessing in that we have started the first 2 months of 2018 with a deficit of $7,989. January and February 2018 income were $27,917, a decrease of $8,499 from last year’s $36,43.6 during the same period. Our expenses for January and February 203.8 were $35,906, a decrease of $258 from 203.7’s expenses of $36,3.64. Expenses are in accordance with the 203.8 Budget, however, our income is not where we thought based upon historical data. As in years past, our income starts low in the beginning of the year with a higher income toward the end-of-year. I look forward to the higher income.

Tithing takes priority over Designated giving. Maintaining a balance between Tithing and giving to a Designated Fund is important for continued growth of the church. Tithing is the mainstay to support church operations to include, salaries, utilities, upkeep, and the mission of the church. The church mission includes ministry to people of the church and the community along with support to the denomination for local and world missionaries, church planting, and growing the kingdom of the Lord. Designated giving pays for special projects such as youth camp, sound system renovation, community aid support through Manfisher Ministries, new church sign, Omak Food Bank, Okanogan Homeless Shelters, women’s ministry, and other missions not included on the Session’s Operations Budget. Remember, designated funds can only be used for the purpose designated by the donor making the gift.

Our Designated Funds has a balance of $10,427 with funds for Manfisher Ministries, community aid for the needy, missions, homeless shelter, women’s ministry, hand bell choir, sound system upgrade, youth camp, minor building repair, and the Deacon’s funds.

Our Vanguard Investment Funds were doing great until the market finally made a correction. The high balance of $227,231 occurred on January 26, 2018 and the low balance of $210,878 occurred on February 8, 2018. Our current balance is $216,159. This investment account is for major repair of our building, replacement of interiors, or equipment; however, they can be used for emergency operations should we have shortages in salaries, utilities, maintenance, and other processes to keep the church functioning.

Once again, I ask for prayers for our church 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. There is nothing the Lord can’t do through the Holy Spirit working in his people’s hearts!

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

Note: We are getting the Blue Angel up and running again! If you are needing a ride to church on Sunday, contact Dave Bishop at 826-1290.

 

PRAYER CHAIN
Please call the church during office hours for prayer requests. If you prefer to email, contact Riata Marchant 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

NURSING HOME RESIDENTS
Ken Cunningham & Carol Michelsen (Regency)

Lorraine Schumann, Mary Henrie, & Bunny DeTro (Apple Springs)