Posted on Mon, May 29, 2017
A Word from Our Pastor
I thought I would share the following information from the church information form and the minutes of the pastor nominating committee of a church, which shall remain nameless, with you:
“The pastor of this congregation is to be 26 years old and is to have been preaching for 30 years. He is to be tall, short, thin, heavyset, and handsome; he is to have one brown eye and one blue; his hair is to be parted in the middle, with the left side dark and straight and the right side brown and wavy and he is to be mostly bald. He is to have a burning desire to work with teenagers, and he is to spend all his time ministering to the elderly. He should greet every event with a straight face because he is to have a sense of humor that will keep him seriously dedicated to his work. He is to make 15 calls a day on church members, spend all his time evangelizing the unchurched, and he is never to be out of his office. He is expected to put in at least 26 hours a day, 8 days a week, and he should set an example of dedication to his family for others to follow.”
Report of the Search Committee: We have investigated a number of candidates for the ministry, but we regret to report that none seems suitable. Here are the comments on those we have considered so far:
NOAH: Has 120 years of preaching experience, but not a single convert.
MOSES: Stutters. Also loses his temper. Can be very violent.
ABRAHAM: Goes to Egypt in hard times. Known to lie when in trouble.
DAVID: Immoral. Might be considered for Minister of Music, if he had not fallen.
SOLOMON: A reputation for wisdom, but does not practice what he preaches.
ELIJAH: Inconsistent. Folds when under pressure. Retreats into caves.
ISAIAH: Has unclean lips; admitted it in a worship service.
JEREMIAH: Too emotional. Cries a lot. Alarmist. “Pain in the neck,” some say.
AMOS: No seminary training. Should stick to picking figs.
JOHN THE BAPTIST: Popular, but lacks tact and dresses like a hippie. (Considering his diet, he would not be happy at church suppers.)
PETER: Actually denied he knew Christ. Could not lead evangelism committee.
PAUL: Preaches well, but contemptible appearance. Long sermons; people sleep.
TIMOTHY: Has potential. Background questionable. Too young.
JESUS: Offends large segments of the audience when he preaches. Very controversial. He even offended the search committee.
JUDAS: Practical. Leadership abilities. Served on an executive committee. Good with money. Conservative spender. Cares for the poor. We were ready to make him our choice when he suddenly died. You never know about some people.
As you can see, no pastor is ever perfect. Neither is anyone else. Paul calls us “earthen vessels.” We are pots of clay, imperfect, with finger marks and streaks on our surfaces, fragile and temporary. Yet we contain an inestimable treasure: we are created in the image of God, and we bear God’s Word to those around us. The vessels may not be perfect, but they are of no importance. The treasure within is what is important. Whatever our imperfections, shortcomings, or inadequacies, let us present our treasure to the world. The Word of God ennobles the poorest of containers, and enriches all who receive it. Share the Word of God with everyone you meet.
(Thanks to the Anglican Digest, by way of the Joyful Newsletter, for the Search Committee Report.)
At its meeting on May 14 the Session conducted the following business:
Rev. Nolen informed Session that shutins were served communion in May and several members were visited.
Chair Sharon Berry of the Christian Education Committee related that the adult class will study Daniel.
Chair Phil Zollars of the Nominating Committee informed Session that Margaret Johnson has accepted nomination for elder to replace LaVerne Monteith. MSP to accept nomination.
Chair Jim Monteith of the Property Committee advised Session that the roof will be checked for hail damage; also, the possibility of meeting in the foyer during the summer months to avoid using the air conditioners in the sanctuary was mentioned.
Chair LaVerne Monteith of the Worship Committee related that nothing but praise has been heard concerning the music service on April 30; also, her resignation from Session effective June 4, 2017 has been tendered. MSP to accept resignation.
MSP to hold congregational meeting on May 28 to elect Margaret Johnson as Elder for 2020. All elders for 2020 will be ordained and installed on Pentecost, June 4.
Thought for the Day
The outward characteristic of a Christian is JOY.
On Monday, June 12 at 10:00 AM, a program on Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will be presented by Dixie Loy. Any and all members are invited to attend.
The PW/PDA workshop is for individuals, families, and congregations to begin conversations to set up a plan of action in the event of disaster, maintain order throughout the chaos, and build relationships to strengthen our faith community. The mission is to help prepare, through ongoing conversations that educate and build awareness, of what we can do when disaster happens.
How often do we face lightning storms, floods, hurricanes, or fires which we did not cause or have anything to do with? Disasters of nature and those that are manmade bring chaos to hundreds of thousands of lives every year and have lasting effects.
This information is brought to you by Presbyterian Women and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Our mission is to care for families and communities impacted by disasters and help them achieve their longterm physical, psychological and spiritual recovery as a witness to the healing love of Christ.
PDA is funded by the generous gifts to the church’s One Great Hour of Sharing. Annually PDA responds to at least 20 U.S. disasters and 30 international disasters. These responses are coordinated through local judicatories (presbyteries and synods) with specialized volunteer teams. In the U.S. disasters, during consultations, work is done to foster relationships within those boundaries. International disaster teams are partnered with Presbyterian, Reformed and ecumenical churches and other faithbased, nongovernmental indigenous organizations.
Take time today to begin a plan of prepared readiness for bumps in the road of life, as we are led by our Lord.
Hope to see you all there.
Food for Thought
“Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words.”
St. Francis of Assisi
The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.
Remember Westminster in your will.
June 4 Nancy Armstrong
June 11 Sharon Berry
June 18 Bill Briney
June 25 Jim Monteith
From the Music Makers
It is SUMMERTIME!!!
The music makers are glad to have some time off, and actually, so am I, except that now I have the summer slots to fill up. I know you will enjoy whatever happens. You all are so loving and so forgiving. We love you for that.
I can tell you that in June:
Tom Blake will fill up one Sunday, the flute ensemble will share their talent, and we will get to enjoy Brittnye Lamb’s flute and Cissy Mayne’s cello. Cissy may bring friends; we’ll just be pleased and surprised however that turns out.
For me—I am going to go visiting and looking for a place to retire. Why not Roswell? Too far away from family.
I’ll see you when I get back. God bless us all!
‘But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peaceloving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.’
James 3:1718 NIV
Wow. That Bible verse says a lot. What I understand most from it is that a direct result of true wisdom is to love peace. It is easy to state as a general rule that we pursue peace, but the daily challenges that crop up in our lives can make the peace we long for very elusive. Stress, anxiety and fear are the antithesis of peace.
Imagine a morning that you wake up feeling really great. You have a satisfying stretch, pour yourself a cup of coffee, pull out your Bible and sit down on the couch to enjoy a very sweet time with God. It is starting out to be a wonderful day! But before you can get in the Word, you spill some hot coffee on your leg, the dog bites the cat, your spouse suddenly throws open the door to complain about the high repair bill on the roof and how there is no money to pay it, the kids come rushing in fighting and insisting that the other injured him/her, and the phone rings with bill collectors on the other end. All this and you haven’t even had your first sip of coffee yet. Of course each one of our specific circumstances is different, but you get the idea. When life comes rushing in on us like that, our natural tendency is to get frustrated, angry and stressed. And then our peace is gone. In the case of the Outreach Ministry, our customers tend to have financial stress which is why they come in for help.
The amazing thing is that our peace is not dependent on our circumstances. Again we may know this in theory but the practical reality is so hard to grasp. Our peace is based on relationship, not what is going on around us. Isaiah 26:3 says, ‘You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You: because he trusts in You.’ It is interesting to note that that verse does not say that all our circumstances will be easy, or even peaceful; only that our own hearts and mind will be kept in peace as we keep our minds stayed on God with trust and confidence.
Additionally, I think it is very healthy for us to take our eyes off of our own selves; and even when we are wronged, to do our best to bring peace to a situation. The verse in James says that by doing that we will reap a harvest of righteousness. And although I admit I don’t understand the full ramifications of what that means, it sure does sound good.
This is my hope for each one of us for this coming month and always: that in a world filled with turmoil we are saturated with the wisdom that comes from above so we know how to minister peace to others, as well as stay ourselves in that place of perfect peace. God’s love for us is so intense and so great that He longs to be our refuge in it all.
I pray that your peace is so perfected that you discover great joy in each and every day, as it is God’s great delight to bless you. And when your world starts to shake, please remember this verse: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:67
Have a wonderfully blessed day!
Barbara McNallen is very proud to announce that her granddaughter, Claire Ella McNallen, recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Speech and Hearing Sciences. In the fall, Claire will begin studying in the Masters Degree program at UNM to obtain a Masters of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences. She will then begin a career as a Speech Language Pathologist.
John and Karen Martinson proudly announce that Hannah Martinson graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She will start a residency program at UNMH in June in the Labor and Delivery/Mother Baby Unit. Hannah would like to thank the church family for all your love and support.
It’s time again to help out Hungry Harold. He says for June 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.
For May we delivered the following to Community Kitchen as well as the Food Bank:
24 lbs. pinto beans
23 lbs. pasta
7 lg. cans KoolAid Mix
18 oz. rice
10 pkg. Ramen noodles
4 pkg. instant oatmeal
1 pkg. bean soup
16 oz. salsa
8 oz. baked beans
1 gal. hominy
Breading mix for fish
Thanks to all!
Food for Thought
May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.
Harriet Pinkerton has been in touch with Miles and Sandy Turner and wanted to inform everyone that they are both doing well.
They also celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May.
Harriet was told that one of their grandsons is an entertainer on a cruise ship, and he is having a ball.
God’s Plan for Aging
Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good.
Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things requiring them to bend, reach & stretch. And God looked down and saw that it was good.
Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good.
So if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s God’s will. It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath.
Why Me? Lord
Me (in a tizzy): God, can I ask you something?
Me: Promise, you won’t get mad?
GOD: I promise.
Me: Well, I woke up late.
Me: My car took forever to start.
Me (growling): At lunch, they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.
Me: On the way hone, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call.
God: All right….
Me (loudly): And to top it all off…when I got home, I just wanted to soak my feet in my foot massager and relax, but it wouldn’t work. Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?
GOD: Well, let me see….the death angel was at your bed this morning, and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Me (humbled): Oh….
GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that might have hit you if you were on the road.
Me (ashamed): ……..
GOD: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick, and I didn’t want you to catch what they have. I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.
Me (embarrassed): Oh….
GOD: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give a false witness about what you said on that call; I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me (softly): I see, God.
GOD: Oh, and that foot massager…it had a short that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I’m sorry, God.
GOD: Don’t be sorry; just learn to trust me…..in all things, the good and the bad.
Me: I WILL trust you, God.
GOD: And don’t doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.
Me: I won’t, God. And let me just tell you, God; thank you for everything today.
GOD: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God, and I love looking after my children.
You can’t outgive God; give liberally and you will not be able to hold what He gives in return! Besides, it is not yours anyway.
Mark Your Calendars!
June 4, Communion Sunday
June 4, Day of Pentecost
June 8, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
June 11, Trinity Sunday
June 11, Session Meeting
June 12, 10:00 AM PW/PDA Program
June 16, CHIMES Deadline
June 18, Happy Father’s Day!
June 22, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
June 25, Cents Ability Collection
June 26, 9:00 AM Piece Makers Day
March Treasurer’s Report
For the month of April:
Percent of Budget Received 27.45%
Percent of Budget Spent 34.66%
Percent of Year Elapsed 33.33%
Offerings YTD $41,181.62
Spent YTD $51,993.02
2017 Budget $150,000.00
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