Posted on Sun, Aug 7, 2016
A Word from Our Pastor
Summer is drawing to a close. Vacations are ending, and students from first grade to college are preparing to go back to school. (And families who have been absent from church all summer are preparing to come back, I hope.) The summer doldrums are over. People everywhere are preparing for new beginnings. (Regardless of what the calendar might say, the new year really begins in September, although schools recently have gotten a two-week head start. (Maybe there is something to be said for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, which is celebrated in September or October.)
The church program year will be starting as well. The choir and chimes choir will begin rehearsing later this month and CASA begins again in mid-August. The adult Sunday School will begin again in September. Now is the time for some New Year’s resolutions: resolutions such as “I will faith-fully attend worship every Sunday,” “I will join a Sunday School class and be a reliable, contributing member,” “I will stop putting off joining the choir, and get involved in the music program of the church,” “I will give thanks for all God has given me by pledging and tithing to enable the church to do its work,” “I will be aware of the needs of my community, of my church, and of my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I will dedicate myself to finding ways of ministering to all of these,” and “I will pray daily for the pastor, the church, and the body of Jesus Christ in the world.”
Since this is a time of shopping lists as well –school clothes, books, pencils, computer supplies, etc. –here are two more lists of items (one clothing list and one grocery list) I pray we will all dedicate ourselves to acquiring:
Clothing: The Whole Armor of God
the girdle of truth
the breastplate of righteous-ness
the shoes of the gospel of peace
the shield of faith
the helmet of salvation
the sword of the spirit of God, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:14-17)
Groceries: The Fruits of the Spirit
self-control (Galatians 5:22-23)
Rev. Randy Nolen
Thought for the Day
The outward characteristic of a Christian is JOY.
Calling All Gardeners!
Do you want to grow your own food? Do you want to know where your food comes from? Come and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you’ve grown what you eat.
The area where the playground used to be is available for a garden. Let’s beautify our church grounds with vegetables and flowers.
Anyone interested should sign up in the narthex.
At its meeting on April 10 the Session conducted the following business:
Rev. Nolen took communion to the shut-ins. He will be out of town July 11-15.
MSP to elect LaVerne Monteith as assistant treasurer. MSP to purchase (rather than lease) a new copy machine for the office.
Chair Sharon Berry of the Evangelism & Concern Com-mittee informed Session that Adult Sunday School will be suspended for the remainder of the summer, but will start again in September.
Chair Jim Monteith of the Property Committee informed Session that a sprinkler had been repaired, and a start had been made on the playground equipment. The possibility of a garden in lieu of the playground was mentioned.
Chair LaVerne Monteith of the Worship Committee related that the air conditioning in the sanctuary was causing prob-lems with the lit altar candles. Battery operated tapers have been ordered to see if they would work better during the warmer months.
Food for Thought
“Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.”
St. Francis of Assisi
Aug. 7 Barbara McNallen
Aug. 14 Loris DeKay
Aug. 21 Margy Dye
Aug. 28 LaVerne Monteith
The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.
Remember Westminster in your will.
Just an update on our financial condition. While we’re not sure if you notice or not, a summary of the Treasurer’s Report is printed every month in the CHIMES and the Financial Report showing both the Operating Account and the Designated Account is posted on the bulletin board in the West Hall. We welcome any questions or comments you might have about it.
We appreciate the care and consideration you give each Sunday to your Tithes and Offerings helping us meet our budgeted obligations. If you recall, we approved this year’s budget based not only on received pledges, but also striving to share a portion of the generous gifts from the two estates we had received through increased giving to our mission partners. The end of June showed we had received 38% of that amount from you, our West-minster family. If needed by the end of the year, the balance will be taken from our reserve funds.
And so, thanks for your abundant generosity. It is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated and caring group of persons.
It’s time to help out Hungry Harold, once again. He says for August 2016, he is in need of Kool-Aid and/or Drink Mixes along with Pastas and Dried Pinto Beans. Many thanks are given for the blessings he has received from members and friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Community Kitchen received the following thus far in July:
25 lbs. beans
18 lbs. pasta
6 large cans Kool-Aid Mix
Thank you Westminsterites!
Outreach Progress Report
I have several exciting things to share for this month. Some of the church members have taken the time to arrange with the Gideons to provide Bibles for the Outreach ministry. What a tremendous bles-sing, as we have several people coming in who are spiritually hungry and simply don’t have a Bible. In our society of abundance, it is hard to believe, but I think more and more people are coming from very broken backgrounds and the need is great. For the effort in obtaining the Bibles, I’d like to thank Pastor Randy, Sharon H., Dorothy, Lee and Jim. If there was anyone else involved in this effort, please let me know so I can personally thank you. What a wonderful church family you all are.
The ministry has been going well with a steady flow of people coming in for help with utility bills who have gotten that, plus the personal ministry of prayer and encouragement in the Word.
Also, there is now a basket of give-away items. This is not something essential for the ministry by any means, but it’s a tool to help brighten peoples’ day. Most individuals who have come in have selected at least one item from the basket, and it’s fun to watch them enjoy it. If you have anything lying around your house that you don’t need and you’d like to contribute, please feel free to do so.
On a more sober note, funds are starting to dwindle and after deducting what has been already spent this month, they are down to less than one thousand dollars now; so please be in prayer about that. Honestly, I am not concerned for a couple of reasons: First and foremost, God is an amazing pro-vider. He uses individuals like you and me to make it happen so that we get to share in the blessing, but He is faithful to equip for what He has called us to do. And secondly, we do have some funds pledged to us that have not come in yet.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philip-pians 2:14-16a
From the Choir Loft
It won’t be long now! I hope you have taken pleasure in the summer special music. There are still four weeks (three and a half, actually) that the music makers can relax. Four more Sundays of special music for you to enjoy.
And then, the music makers will take their places in the choir room or in front of the stands and go to work. I love a LOT of what we already have, but the music makers, especially the chimers, get bored with doing the same music over and over again. The familiar is easier, but they need challenges to keep it interesting. Fortunately, there will be a Choral Read in Albuquerque which gives us the opportunity to sing a lot of new music.
I and, I believe, the music makers want to know if there are numbers you would like to hear again. (You’ll have to write it down and put it in the collection plate.) Some I don’t even have to ask about. Sometimes we do music that really ‘hits home’, and we’d like to do those again for you. We play and sing what pleases us, and pray that it pleases God. We do what we do in joy and love…how can that NOT please God.
Here is something you may not realize…there is so much love in the choir room and around the chimes tables, I can feel it. I’m sure I am not alone in this. That can, no doubt, be said of this church.
We begin again in earnest on August 24th!!! Keep in mind that we need more chimers and singers!
Mark Your Calendars!
Aug 4, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
Aug 7, Communion Sunday
Aug 14, 11:00 AM Session Meeting
Aug 18, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
Aug 18, 5:00 PM CASA
Aug 19, CHIMES Deadline
Aug 22, 9:00 AM Piece Makers Day
Aug 25, 5:00 PM CASA
Aug 28, Cents Ability Collection
June Treasurer’s Report
For the month of June:
Percent of Budget Received 37.95%
Percent of Budget Spent 49.30%
Percent of Year Elapsed 50.00%
Offerings YTD $61,472.76
Spent YTD $79,867.76
2015 Budget $162,000.00
Ability is what you’re capable of doing.
Motivation determines what you do.
Attitude determines how well you do it.
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