Posted on Thu, Apr 27, 2017
A Word from Our Pastor
If you read the Sunday bulletin closely, you will see that the next few Sundays are identified as Sundays of Easter, rather than Sundays after Easter. Easter is not a onetime thing that we observe once a year and then don’t worry about again until the following year. Easter is not just the Resurrection, but a season of forty days commemorating the time the risen Lord spent with his followers following his Resurrection up until his ascension into Heaven.
In reading the book of Acts, which gives us the history of the early Church, we see that the religious leaders of Jerusalem had the early disciples arrested and, in some cases, executed, for teaching about Jesus. They demanded that they stop claiming that Jesus was the Son of God and they demanded that the Church stop blaming them for the death of Jesus, but you will notice that neither the Gospels nor Acts mentions that they demanded that the Church stop proclaiming the Resurrection. How could they?
Jesus appeared to his followers on the Emmaus Road, in the upper room, by the Sea of Galilee, and finally, on the hill from which he ascended. Paul tells us, in an episode not reported in the Gospels or Acts, that the risen Lord appeared to more than 500 of his followers. Even if the “scribes and Pharisees” did not see the risen Lord themselves, they certainly were aware of his Resurrection, and it is possible, if not probable, that there were those in their families or circle of friends who were followers of Jesus. Even one of the greatest of the rabbis in Jewish history—Gamaliel, the mentor of the Apostle Paul—if not a follower of Jesus, at least had an open mind about him. He reminded the High Council of others who claimed to be the Messiah and how their movements had died with the death of their founders, and he advised them that, if Jesus were not the Messiah, then his movement would also fail, but that if he were the Messiah, nothing on earth could stop his Church.
We know, of course, that nothing could stop the Church. It survived persecution by the Jewish authorities. It survived persecution by the Roman authorities, eventually becoming the official religion of the Empire. It survived the fall of the Empire, the internal wars and the corruption of the Middle Ages, the rupture of the Reformation, and the intellectual attacks of the Enlightenment. Today the Church is under attack passively by a society which doesn’t believe and doesn’t care, and actively by a rogue faction of Islam in many parts of the world and, in the Western democracies, by an atheistic political movement which confuses freedom of religion with freedom from religion.
While things may look somewhat unsettled these days, remember: Easter is not just one day. It is a season, and it is a continuing process. The Risen Lord is still with us and the Holy Spirit is still with us; guiding us, teaching us, and loving us. In the hymn Onward, Christian Soldiers are the words “gates of Hell can never ‘gainst that Church prevail.” That is still true.
Some see the book of Revelation as doom and gloom and frightening things. But one Biblical commentator has said, “I have read all of the book of Revelation, and I know how it ends. The good guys win.” Yes, we do.
At its meeting on March 12 the Session conducted the following business:
Rev. Nolen informed Session that shutins were served communion in March and several members were visited. It was also reported that a memorial service for Shirley Power was held and new elder training would take place in May.
Chair Phyllis Lester of the Fellowship Committee related that an Easter potluck luncheon would be held on April 16 at 11:00 AM.
Chair John Martinson of the Personnel Committee informed Session that the leave time policy had been clarified.
Chair Jim Monteith of the Property Committee reported that a leak in one of the bathroom sinks needs a washer; also, that the mower works great.
Chair LaVerne Monteith of the Worship Committee related that the lilies will be here this week; and Phyllis will prepare communion for the Maundy Thursday service.
Thought for the Day
The outward characteristic of a Christian is JOY.
On Monday, May 8 at 9:30 AM, the next meeting of the PW Circle will be held and Lesson 9 “Who Is Jesus… according to Contemporary Culture Interpretations” will be discussed.
Lesson leader will be Dixie Loy and the hostess will be Dorothy Straley.
Dixie Loy will present a PDA awareness program at the June meeting which will begin at 10:00 AM. More information to follow on this presentation.
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.
May 7 Barbara McNallen
May 14 Loris DeKay
May 21 Dorinne Lykins
May 28 Larry Loy
From the Music Makers
You think all I think about is music. You are mostly right. Even old music—how to make it a little bit newer. New music—how to make it easier to sing. And then there’s music that you just have to hear one more time.
If that happens to you while in WPC, it is very OK to say, “I NEED to hear that again.” Sharon, or the choir, or the chimers will happily oblige.
Life is short, and for all of us it is getting shorter. So what if the service lasts 5 or 6 minutes longer; that song may not come around again in our lifetime. How sad to not get to hear that song again.
I try to pay attention to what you tell me you like—so you can hear it again. “Hallelujah” is a case in point. Several of you commented on that song so it gets a rerun in May.
May will have some secular songs that I think have a place in worship. Who can argue with “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”? Frankie Laine told us why “I Believe”. Who doesn’t need to know “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”? Lauren Amos gave us a new respect for “Bless this House”. There are many more and maybe some of you will help me remember what they are.
Our year winds down and we begin to think of the summer guest soloists or groups we enjoy. I hope to include a few new faces and voices this summer. I guess you’ll see how it all works out.
God bless the Music Makers. God bless us all!
‘But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.’ Hebrews 11:6
As most of us know, it is through faith and placing our confidence in the Almighty that we draw near to God. The ministry has been rather slow this month due to the mild weather and resultant lower utility bills, but one thing I’ve noticed with many of the people coming in for help is that their world circumstances seem to have torn them down. And so a common response seems to be to not trust their Creator. Not everyone of course. Some of those coming in have tremendous faith. But as a general rule, many lack faith and do not seek God on a regular basis. It saddens my heart and I try to encourage them to put their confidence in God, because we know it is He who can take the brokenness of their lives and turn their circumstances around.
Faith is a choice though, and it should not be dependent on our circumstances. Even the man Job in the Bible, when he was in the midst of his turmoil and heartbreaking events, cried out in Job 13:15, “Though He slay me, yet I will hope in Him”. That is true faith, because Job did not take it off when things were hard and put it on again when things went well. He trusted in God during his darkest hours. That is genuine faith, and the type that I believe deeply pleases God.
It’s the type of faith I surely wish I could impart to my customers, because then they would see God’s goodness even in their struggles. And then they would also experience His help in it all. As the Psalmist cried out, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them ALL.” Psalm 34:19
I tried to express the progression of faith in a poem I write:
Faith is the substance of those things hoped for;
God is He who instills it in our heart’s core.
Faith leads to hope that we may Trust in Him
and despise those things that are to Him, well…sin.
It motivates our hearts to sing new songs
and in hard circumstances keeps us strong.
It’s POWERFUL! It’s beautiful! and wise.
It spurs us on and strengthens all love’s ties.
Treasure it in your heart, don’t let it go,
Then the riches of God will in your soul flow.
When faith becomes true and not a dream.
THEN comes the evidence of that unseen.
In His love,
Tom Berckes’ temporary address at Rehabilitation is as follows:
Uptown Rehab, Room 411B
7900 Constitution Ave., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110-7513
Tom’s telephone number is still his cell: 575-626-3497
What a great 93rd birthday!
Want to thank all of you who sent me cards & especially Marge who brought me a yellow rose.
Was great having my whole family here and even a granddaughter & spouse from Phoenix.
It is wonderful to have your whole family be home and enjoying each one’s company.
God is good all the time. All the time God is good.
It’s time again to help out Hungry Harold. He says for May 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 April we delivered the following:
44 lbs. pinto beans
12 lbs. pasta
5 lg. cans KoolAid Mix
Thanks to all!
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is you have a choice every day regarding the attitude you will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. You are in charge of your attitude.”
God is Like……
God is like Coke: He is the real thing.
God is like Bayer aspirin: He works wonders.
God is like General Electric: He brings good things to life.
God is like Tide: He gets the stain out.
God is like an American Express card: Don’t leave home without Him.
God is like Frosted Flakes: He makes you feel grrreat.
God is like Allstate: With Him, you’re in good hands.
God is like Ivory: He’s 100% pure.
God is like Hallmark cards: He cares enough to send the best.
God is like AT&T: The more you hear the better He sounds.
God is like Rolaids: He gives 100% relief.
God is like Dial soap: Aren’t you glad you know Him? Don’t you wish every body did?
God is like State Farm: Like a neighbor He is there.
God is like Maxwell House coffee: Good to the last drop.
God is like Ford: Have you tried Him lately?
God is like Williams paint: He covers the earth.
God is like Omaha Life: He is there when you need Him.
God is like an Auto Body shop: You wreck ‘em, He’ll fix ‘em.
God is like Pontiac: He builds excitement.
God is like E.F. Hutton: When He speaks, people listen.
God is like Dairy Queen: He’ll treat you right.’
God is like BelTone: He is here to hear you.
Food for Thought
“There is more than just one kind of success. And the greatest success of all is the success of the spirit that keeps itself undefeated and still aspiring whether life is easy or hard, successful or unsuccessful, happy or unhappy.”
Dates to Remember in May
May 4, 2017 –
National Day of Prayer
May 7, 2017
May 14, 2017
May 25, 2017 celebrated on May 21, 2017
Ascension of the Lord
May 29, 2017
Mark Your Calendars!
May 3, 5:15 PM Chimes Practice
May 3, 6:30 PM Choir Practice
May 4, 5:00 PM CASA
May 7, Communion Sunday
May 8, 9:30 AM PW Morning Circle
May 10, 5:15 PM Chimes Practice
May 10, 6:30 PM Choir Practice
May 11, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
May 11, 5:00 PM CASA
May 14, Happy Mother’s Day!
May 14, Session Meeting
May 17, 5:15 PM Chimes Practice
May 17, 6:30 PM Choir Practice
May 18, 5:00 PM CASA
May 19, CHIMES Deadline
May 22, 9:00 AM Piece Makers Day
May 22, 10:30 AM Mission & Stewardship Committee Meeting
May 24, 5:15 PM Chimes Practice
May 24, 6:30 PM Choir Practice
May 25, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
May 25, 5:00 PM CASA
May 28, Cents Ability Collection
May 29, Office Closed for Memorial Day
April 9 (Palm Sunday)…………..42
April 13 (Maundy Thursday)…....7
April 16 (Easter)………………….61
March Treasurer’s Report
For the month of March:
Percent of Budget Received 18.93%
Percent of Budget Spent 26.99%
Percent of Year Elapsed 25.00%
Offerings YTD $28,387.62
Spent YTD $40,485.37
2017 Budget $150,000.00
Be willing today to be used by God!
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