Posted on Mon, May 30, 2016
A Word from Our Pastor
A little girl was saying the Lord’s Prayer (not the Presbyterian version), and she said, “Forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.” It’s funny, but it’s also profound. “Forgive those who put trash in our baskets.” We all carry around a trash basket filled with memories of past hurts, slights, insults, and injuries. Many times we refuse to forgive past wrongs. We let them weigh us down. Many times those who have done us wrong in the past don’t even remember the event. Sometimes they are not even aware that they hurt us. They may or may not carry around their own burden of guilt, but it is probably lighter than the burden of anger and hurt that we carry around. It has been said that no one can make you feel bad unless you let them. And yet, we let them.
“They’ll know we are Christians by our love.” The defining characteristic of the Church is love. How can we love someone we cannot forgive? How can we love God if we cannot forgive? Jesus said, “How can you love the Father, whom you have not seen, if you cannot love your neighbor, whom you have seen? Dump out the trash basket. Forgive and let go. No one can put trash in our baskets without our permission.
Now we come to the first part: “Forgive us our trash baskets.” If we do not forgive others, can we expect God to forgive us? To put the words of the Lord’s Prayer into the form used by many modern translations of the Bible: “Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.” “Forgive us…AS we forgive…” That word as can be interpreted in several ways: Forgive us at the same time as we forgive, forgive us when we forgive, or forgive us to the same extent that we forgive. Do we refuse to forgive others but expect God to forgive us?
If we can’t forgive, then we are failing to exhibit the chief characteristic of the Christian: love. Love for God and love for others. How can we love one without the other? Can we, in good conscience, ask God to forgive us, knowing we have not forgiven others? Why do we carry our trash baskets around, daring others to put stuff in them? Lose the trash basket. Forgive others, and then forget what they have done. Even if we do “forgive” someone, we frequently keep the memory of what they have done. That is not true forgiveness. When God forgives our sins, it is as though they never happened. God doesn’t go back and dig up old sins. Why do we? Forgive those who sin against you, and then open your heart to receive God’s forgiveness.
Rev. Randy Nolen
In keeping with the mission orientation of our church, it was suggested by Elder Margy Dye to institute a program called Operation Westminster Troop Support. There are several of our members who are closely associated with men and women currently serving overseas. These patriotic service members look forward to receiving goodies from home, and we know that our members can gather together all sorts of treats for them to enjoy. Some of the items I will mention you may already have at home and the others are of nominal costs. We will have a box in the narthex, appropriately deco-rated, for you to deposit your donations. The packing will be done by Margy and her helpers and mailed to the recipients at the expense of the church.
Please give Margy the appropriate addresses for your friends and relatives to whom the boxes will be mailed. They can contain any of the following items that were mentioned at Session, plus any other small items that you know would be appreciated. Keep in mind that the box is the size of the small priority boxes at the post office. If the box is going to someone you know and you want to designate its contents, that can be done; otherwise, we will put an assortment of items that will please any gender.
ITEMS: dental products, soaps and creams, deodorant, socks, baby wipes, deck of cards, gum, candy, cookies, paperbacks, samples size of various products, etc. Let your imagination lead you!
We will keep you informed about the boxes as we send them out. Right now we have not established deadlines for delivery, but the sooner we receive items, the sooner we can begin brightening up the day of our Westminster Troops.
At its meeting on April 10 the Session conducted the following business:
Randy introduced Bob Power who passed out some ideas he has come up with to increase our membership – all were discussed but no decisions made at this time.
Rev. Nolen took communion to the shut-ins and visited several members. He will be out of town June 17-25.
Clerk of Session reported that Phyllis Lester and Marno Talbott were installed as session members’ class of 2019 today. The Annual Reports are prepared and ready for pick-up.
Larry Loy has agreed to be our Commissioner.
Chair Ann Dye of the Communications Committee has notice ready for the CHIMES on WTS (Westminster Troop Support).
Chair Margy Dye of the Christian Education Committee informed Session that Sharon Berry will lead the Adult Sunday School Class.
Chair Phil Zollars of the Fellowship Committee related that 37 were in attendance for the Mother’s Day Dinner.
The Presbyterian Women reported that May 9 was their last meeting until September.
Committee Chairs were appointed as follows:
COMMUNICATIONS – Chair Ann Dye
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION – Chair Margy Dye
EVANGELISM & CONCERN – Chair Sharon Berry
FELLOWSHIP – Chair Phyllis Lester
MISSION & STEWARDSHIP – Chair Marno Talbott
NOMINATING - Chair Phil Zollars; Session member - John Martinson, congregation mem-bers – Julia Esquibel, Margaret Johnson, Buckly Zumwalt
PERSONNEL – Chair John Martinson; Session member – Phil Zollars
PROPERTY – Chair Jim Monteith
WORSHIP – Chair LaVerne Monteith
A Father’s Day Dinner will be held on June 19 at 11:00 AM with the church providing the food.
Elder training scheduled for May 22 will be held following worship service.
Thought for the Day
The outward characteristic of a Christian is JOY.
Offerings given through the Presbyterian Women for this past year are as follows:
$149.50 for a double stroller for our Christmas CASA family;
$16.00 to Thank Offering;
$28.00 to Birthday Offering; and
$100.00 to Presbyterian Outreach.
The generosity of our circle is amazing and appreciated.
Food for Thought
“Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.”
St. Francis of Assisi
June 5 Jim Monteith
June 12 Bill Briney
June 19 Sharon Berry
June 26 Ann Dye
The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.
Remember Westminster in your
Lee & Dorothy Straley
It’s time to help out Hungry Harold, once again. He says for June 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 in May:
25 lbs. pinto beans
13 lbs. pasta
4 cans Kool-Aid
2 lbs. rice
6 lbs. navy beans
1 lb. instant potatoes
8 cans vegetables
Thank you Westminsterites!
Outreach Progress Report
The Outreach program is going very well. This month has experienced a steady flow of people coming in with varying needs and degrees of need. Of course our ministry is to mainly help people who are about to have a utility disconnected, but it is a privilege to sit with people and have them explain the circumstances they are enduring, because then I get to encourage them by letting them know that God is bigger than all their problems. CRE Adam Soliz, my predecessor, taught me well. First, I take care of business. That is, I provide them with the assistance on their bill. Then I ask if they need prayer. I haven’t had a single person or family turn me down for prayer yet.
Before I pray for a family or individual, I like to express Bible verses that I hope will impact them in understanding that God wants to help them in their point of need. One of my favorite passages in Scripture is the tried and true message found in Matthew:
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single [q]hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:25-33
As a final note I’d like to say I am really enjoying this position, and I would like to thank all of you for giving me the opportunity to work here.
Have a wonderfully blessed day!
Father’s Day Luncheon
On Sunday, June 19, a Father’s Day luncheon will be held in the fellowship hall at 11:00 A.M.
Consider bringing a memento of your father with pertinent information, such as his name and something about the item.
Please sign up to attend by Sunday, June 12, as the church is providing all the food and we need to know how many to prepare for.
JUST COME AND ENJOY YOURSELF!
Ivan Stauffer, former Roswell resident and head of one of the first families to join the newly-chartered Westminster Presbyterian Church in 1962, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in Houston, Texas. He was 97 years old.
Ivan was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; his parents John Stauffer and Edith Pratt Stauffer; and three sisters, Violet Shonk-wiler, Eunice Gyger, and Betty Inness and one brother, Glenn Stauffer. He is survived by his three sons, Kent of Kenner, Louisi-ana, Mike of Taos, New Mexico, and Rick of Houston, Texas, daughter-in-law Sandy, and grand-children, Laura Stauffer of Port-and Oregon, Matthew Stauffer of Kenner, Louisiana, Christy Young and Chere’ Morgan of Ohio.
Ivan, Dorothy and their three sons were all members of the church; and all five – especially Ivan and Dorothy – were enthusiastic choir members. Mike and Rick were members of the church’s first Communicants class. After the last of the boys graduated from college, Ivan and Dorothy moved to Denver.
Ivan was born April 2, 1919 on a farmhouse near Goehner, Nebraska. He attended the Phillips Consolidated School and graduated salutatorian of his class in June of 1937. In September of that year, he enrolled at the University of Nebraska and attended classes for two semesters.
After working at a dairy farm for a few months, Ivan accepted a position with the Agricultural Adjustment Administration. There he met and married Dorothy Wright August 31, 1941. On December 26, 1942, he was inducted into the US Army and assigned to the 259th Ordinance Battalion Headquarters. In April of 1944, he was sent overseas and saw combat duty in New Guinea and the Philippines. He later served as part of the Allied occupation forces in Nagoya, Japan.
After the war, he returned home to Nebraska where he worked for the War Assets Administration to certify veterans for purchase of war surplus. Later, he worked at a tractor and implement company as the business dealer manager. In 1956, he moved with his family to Roswell, New Mexico where he began working for the US Geological Survey and was soon promoted to Administrative Assistant. In 1973, Ivan was promoted to Administrative Officer and transferred to the Denver Federal Center. He retired from the Federal Government with 32 ½ years service on February 29, 1980.
He will be remembered by family and friends as a loving father, husband, proud patriot, US Army veteran, avid golfer and bowler, excellent singer, and master of ceremonies.
Private family services will be held later this year in Aurora, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to honor his memory with a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Submitted by Mike Stauffer
Food for Thought
“What matters most…isn’t what we have – it’s actually who we have.”
How to Use the Bible
When in sorrow – read John 14
When people fail you – read Psalm 27
When you have sinned – read Psalm 51
When you worry – read Matthew 6:25-54
Before the church service – read Psalm 84
When you are in danger – read Psalm 91
For the blues – read Psalm 34
When God seems distant – read Psalm 139
When discouraged – read Isaiah 40
If you want to be fruitful – read John 15
When doubts come – read John 7:17
When lonely or fearful – read Psalm 25
When you forget your blessings – read Psalm 103
For Jesus’ idea of a Christian – read Matthew 5
For the Bible’s idea of religion – read James 1:19-27
If faith needs stirring – read Hebrews 11
When you feel down and out – read Romans 8:31-39
When the world seems bigger than God – read Psalm 90
Vacations in the Night
Do you ever wake up in the night and find that, no matter how hard you try, you can’t get back to sleep again? The next time this happens, don’t try to go back to sleep! ENJOY your wakeful hours. Welcome them as extra hours in your day to do with as you like. Don’t be concerned about the sleep you are losing. If you needed sleep VERY badly Nature would see that you got it. It is not the lack of sleep, it’s the worrying about it that gets people into trouble.
Do two things: First, close the door of your mind to all the things you think about in the daytime – your vexations, the decisions you have to make, ALL of your worri-some problems. Squander these gift hours on thoughts that inspire, that lift your heart.
How do you come by such thoughts? Paul made some excel-lent suggestions: “WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE GOOD, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE HONEST, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE JUST, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE PURE, WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE LOVELY, WHAT-SOEVER THINGS ARE OF GOOD REPORT; IF THERE BE ANY VIRTUE, AND IF THERE BE ANY PRAISE, THINK ON THESE THINGS.”
The First Parent
Whenever your kids are out of control you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to his kids. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.
And the first thing God said unto them was: “Don’t.”
“Don’t what,” asked Adam.
“Don’t eat the forbidden fruit,” said God.
“Forbidden fruit? Really? Where is it?” Adam and Eve asked, jumping up and down excitedly.
“It’s over there,” said God, wondering why he hadn’t stopped after making the elephants.
A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and he was very angry.
“Didn’t I tell you not to eat that fruit?” the First Parent asked.
“Uh huh,” Adam replied.
“Then why did you do it?” God asked exasperatedly.
“I dunno,” Adam answered.
God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus, the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is a reassurance to this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give your children wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be so hard on yourself. If God had trouble handling his children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?
Patty Voorhees, church member and former Roswell resident, died May 25, 2016 in Austin, Texas.
Services will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas probably on June 18, 2016.
Days to Remember
June 7 – Primary Election Voting
June 18-25 – General Assembly, Portland, Oregon
June 19 – Father’s Day
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2801 West Fourth Street
Roswell, NM 88201
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Mark Your Calendars!
June 5, Communion Sunday
June 7, Primary Election Voting
June 9, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
June 12, 11:00 AM Session Meeting
June 17, CHIMES Deadline
June 19, 11:00 AM Father’s Day Luncheon
June 23, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
June 26, Cents Ability Collection
June 27, 9:00 AM Piece Makers Day
April Treasurer’s Report
For the month of April:
Percent of Budget Received 26.94%
Percent of Budget Spent 33.04%
Percent of Year Elapsed 33.33%
Offerings YTD $43,636.00
Spent YTD $53,529.81
2015 Budget $162,000.00
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