Posted on Wed, Jun 28, 2017
A Word from Our Pastor
Have you ever noticed that many coupons and sales announcements advertise, “while supplies last”? Contests frequently offer prizes “while supplies last”. It seems to me that “while supplies last” is the perfect caveat. I’m not saying that anyone would refuse to sell the item at that price or that the contest sponsor would avoid giving away any prizes by claiming to everyone who asked that the supply had been exhausted. It would be bad publicity for the store or sponsor, if word ever got out, and state and Federal agencies would take action against them. But you have to admit that it does leave the perfect out if one were inclined to be unscrupulous. “Sorry, we ran out. We told you it could happen. Someone else got them all. You’re too late.”
Many years ago, a softdrink company ran a promotion in which they put letters inside the bottle caps. If you collected the letters to spell your last name, you won a large amount of cash. The catch was that they printed thousands of caps with consonants, but very few caps with vowels. You can’t have a last name without vowels, right? Well, a Mr. Czyz did. The company tried to avoid paying the prize, explaining that they hadn’t counted on someone having a last name with no vowels, but the courts ruled that they had to pay.
God doesn’t play games with grace. We are not promised grace through Jesus Christ, “while supplies last”. Jesus Christ doesn’t offer grace only to those with no vowels in their names. The supply of grace is unlimited. There is always enough to go around. It doesn’t matter whether your name is Leilani or Przyzky. There are no catches, no fine print, no tricks. God offers grace freely to all through Jesus Christ. We only need to reach out and accept it. “My grace is sufficient for all your needs.” Thanks be to God.
At its meeting on June 11 the Session conducted the following business:
Rev. Nolen informed Session that shut-ins were served communion in June and he had attended the Presbytery Leadership Team Retreat on June 10.
Clerk of Session reported that on June 4 Bill Shue was ordained; and Bill Shue, Nancy Armstrong, Barbara McNallen and Margaret Johnson were installed as Session Elders. Anne Gravel has been dropped from the active roll by her request; and Peg Stokes, A.J. Harrison, Shirley Power, and Jean Rockhold have been dropped due to death - leaving our current membership at 54.
Chair Barbara McNallen of the Evangelism & Concern Committee informed Session that new pictures are needed for the wall in the vestibule as the present ones have badly faded. Tom Johnson has volunteered to take the pictures.
Chair Jim Monteith of the Property Committee advised Session that $2,091.32 had been received from the insurance company for minor hail storm damage and would be added to the property budget. Bids are being solicited to fix the sign at the parking lot entrance; also, need to have the limbs on the cottonwood tree checked. MSP to host a spay/ neuter clinic on July 13, 14, 15, & 16, 2017.
Treasurer reported to Session that a $50.00 donation had been received from the Hudson’s of Mississippi for allowing them to park in our lot.
Thought for the Day
The outward characteristic of a Christian is JOY.
From the Music Makers
I’m back!!! and glad of it. It was a great trip (saw every member of my family in the area & some from out of the area), but it is a LONG drive home.
So, what are you looking forward to for July? All I can tell you is “GOOD STUFF”. There are many things in the air, but it seems harder to pin people down. I promise a few surprises; you’ll just have to be in church to find out. Somehow, it was easier last year.
Come September we will still need chimers; one for sure since Marno is retiring. Four would fill her vacancy and the three that have existed all last year. Think about it. Some of us think it is great fun. I’m “coloring” new music for when we start up again.
I pray that all of the singers will return. There is so much music we haven’t sung yet. It baffles me that singers are not standing in line waiting to be fitted for a robe. I guess that’s my dream.
Stay tuned. There are folks out there who want to be our special music. If any of you readers want to volunteer to be our special music (it doesn’t have to be music) we can talk Sharon out of her offertory slot with promises—or chocolate.
God bless us all.
The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.
Remember Westminster in your will.
July 2 Barbara McNallen
July 9 Daniel Ivey
July 16 Betty Hanson
July 23 Loris DeKay
July 30 LaVerne Monteith
Food for Thought
“Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.”
St. Francis of Assisi
In Him (Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:45
I was pondering on the beautiful construct of our church sanctuary, and how the architect had designed it in such a way as to point to the light. This brings such a delight to my heart because it reminds me of how I was delivered out of the darkness when I gave my life over to Jesus Christ. I was never a drug addict nor a criminal nor any other such thing that the world would readily identify as darkness, but I did not have a relationship with the King Eternal, and so my world was dark. I did not even recognize it as such until I came to the Light, and literally and ever so cliché like, my eyes were opened. And as hindsight is 2020, looking back I could see how dark my world was without walking in relationship with the One who created me.
Life can be hard, and its challenges can be intense. And I believe most of us have experienced the verse in Peter that tells us our enemy prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he might devour. He tramples on us, chews us up and spits us out. Ouch! But the good news is we have VICTORY IN JESUS! He who is the light of the world is also our deliverer. Therefore, let your heart be encouraged. He is a God of hope. He will not allow the enemy to press beyond the boundaries that He allows to accomplish His good purpose in us. And it’s my understanding that His purpose in our trials is to root out those things that would hinder or impede a pure relationship with Him as our wedding Bridegroom. Because God’s intention toward us is always very, very good. So if you are going through a difficult time, know that God is giving you an opportunity to draw nearer to His heart. And if things are going great for you right now, recognize that as a very personal blessing from God. Because He is Light, and He wants you to enjoy the goodness of who He is.
I want to express another heartfelt THANK YOU for all of you who continue to support this ministry. Your generosity is being used to minister to many. June has been a very slow month, but that is ok because it gives me time to catch up on paperwork and such.
Additionally, I would like to extend an invitation for any of you to visit with me while I am in the office and I can sit down one-on-one with you to show you exactly what I do to minister with people as well as how our finances are being used. It would be my pleasure to take the time with any of you and chat and show you our financial snapshot. It is your money and you have a right to know how it is being used.
Have an absolutely wonderful day in the light and love of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
It’s time again to help out Hungry Harold. He says for July 2017, he is in need of KoolAid 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.
Everyone must have been vacationing in June because we didn’t deliver anything to Hungry Harold or Community Kitchen. Let’s make up for it in July.
Thanks to all!
A Prayer for a Good Day
Just for today I will be happy.
I am going to need your help.
I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me.
I will replace them with happy thoughts.
Just for today I will make a big effort to be agreeable.
I will be cheerful, Lord. I will not be crabby.
I will lift my face in a smile instead of a frown.
I will remember fondly the warmth of hugging another.
I will hug someone today.
I will even hug my dog or my cat.
Today, Lord, I will do something good for someone else.
I will not count the cost.
I will not ask the price.
Dear Lord, thanks for listening to my grand plans.
Above all, just give me a smile,
And a helping hand to get through my day.
Q. What kind of man was Boaz before he married Ruth?
Q. What do they call pastors in Germany?
A. German Shepherds.
Q. Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
A. Noah. He was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.
Q. Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
A. Pharaoh’s daughter. She went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little prophet.
Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?
A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.
Mark Your Calendars!
July 2, Communion Sunday
July 4, Office closed for Independence Day
July 6, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
July 9, Session Meeting
July 20, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
July 21, CHIMES Deadline
July 23, Cents Ability Collection
July 24, 9:00 AM Piece Makers Day
July 30, Food Drive
May Treasurer’s Report
For the month of May:
Percent of Budget Received 32.54%
Percent of Budget Spent 43.22%
Percent of Year Elapsed 41.67%
Offerings YTD $48,810.62
Spent YTD $64,829.30
2017 Budget $150,000.00
Real Christianity is a new, courageous, joyful life.
All people smile in the same language.
We can learn to do most things that Jesus did!
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