Posted on Tue, Aug 30, 2016
A Word from our Pastor
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At its meeting on August 14 the Session conducted the following business:
Rev. Nolen will be in Alamogordo Aug 20 for COM exit interview with Robert Reno.
Chair Sharon Berry of the Evangelism & Concern Com-mittee informed Session that lessons are prepared for Adult Sunday School which will start again in September.
Chair Phyllis Lester of the Fellowship Committee related to the Session that no formal meetings will be held for her committee, and no date had been set for the start of CASA. The Fellowship Committee will be responsible for Friday supper, and Saturday breakfast & lunch for the Presbytery meeting held at Westminster on September 23 & 24.
Chair Marno Talbott of the Mission & Stewardship Com-mittee submitted a written report as well as a list of Minutes for Mission for 2016-2017.
Chair John Martinson of the Personnel Committee informed Session that reviews will be held with pastor and staff.
Chair Jim Monteith of the Property Committee informed Session that the metal doors for the sanctuary are being made. Will look into having the cook stove repaired. Will see if CASA might be interested in having their boys active in a garden next summer (possibly a straw garden). Will see if City can help us reclaim our land that is being used for parking.
Thought for the Day
The outward characteristic of a Christian is JOY.
Circle will begin on Sept. 12, 2016 at 9:30 am.
Our new lesson book for this year is “Who Is Jesus?”
The leader for Lesson 1 - “…according to Mark?” will be Dixie Loy, and Margaret Johnson is hostess.
Hope to see you all there.
Sep. 4 Phyllis Lester
Sep. 11 Jim Monteith
Sep. 18 Dorinne Lykins
Sep. 25 Ann Dye
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.
Music is the only sensual gratification in which mankind may indulge to excess without injury to their moral or religious feelings.
No one in Westminster is more aware of our appreciation for the music that our choir provides each Sunday than our Music Director, Veloy Millett. Even though our church allows the choir to take a hiatus during the summer months (which is well deserved since they put in so much time preparing each week for our enjoyment), Veloy has been tasked with the job of filling the special music spot in our bulletin. Being the artist that she herself is, she has a wealth of talented friends who are willing to come to our church to sing, play a music instrument, either as a solo or group. No one can say “No” to Veloy, and because of her pleasantly persuasive personality we have been blessed to have been well indulged this summer.
Veloy, we thank you for the music you and the choir have provided, the special music during the summer, and the music that will again be heard in our sanctuary come September. The opening chimes selections are the perfect beginning for the worship service itself and the anthems sung always enhance the service. Thank you for your fellow devotees for your shared talents!
It’s time to help out Hungry Harold, once again. He says for September 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 August:
10 lbs. beans
9 lbs. pasta
10 lbs. rice
11 cans vegetables
12 pkgs. Ramen noodles
6 cans chicken
Thank you Westminsterites!
Outreach Progress Report
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?
Wow, our God is a good, good Father. I love how this church, through you all, reflects the truth of that verse in allowing this ministry to continue. The funding was touch and go for several weeks, but we are now on solid ground in that we have sufficient finances to continue unhindered for awhile.
This has been an amazing month. We have assisted many more people than we do on an average basis. It has been very, very busy! This is probably due to the fact that several of the other churches and organizations that also help people are temporarily out of funds, so people are being re-directed to us. This is a huge blessing, number one, due to your generosity, and that of others, we have adequate funds to assist the extra amount of people coming in; and additionally it provides the opportunity to minister to more lives. A handful of people prayed to receive Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior, many were encouraged to know they matter and to find hope in Him, and everyone coming in was prayed for! If you find the time, please pray for them that they will know how very real God is and what a joy it is to fully follow Him.
I pray that each of you have an amazing, truly blessed and wonderful month.
From the Music Makers
Here we go again!! As usual, we need more singers and more chimers. We are in possession of the third octave of chimes and need people to ring them. Our chimes have been refurbished and are in tip-top condition. We have some unheard music for the chimers to work on, but it isn’t enough. This group has become well-trained and they get bored of the music rather quickly. I have to work hard to keep them interested.
It will take divine inspiration to make our old music sound new. Please don’t expect miracles. Since we were unable to attend the Choral Read in Albuquerque, I will have to listen to a lot of CDs to hear what is new and interesting, AND music this choir can pull off. Suggestions come from the singers themselves…this is NOT a one-person arrangement. We are in this together, and that may well be why it all gives me so much joy.
Sharon is a BIG part of the choir…without her we are nothing.
If you have been toying with the idea of singing with the choir, or giving the chimes a try, please make it known to us. We will help you all we can, just as we help each other. God bless us all.
We prevent God from giving us the great spiritual gifts He has in store for us, because we do not give thanks for daily gifts.
We think we dare not be satisfied with the small measure of spiritual knowledge, experience, and love that has been given to us, and that we must constantly be looking forward eagerly for the highest good. Then we deplore the fact that we lack the deep certainty, the strong faith, and the rich experience that God has given to others, and we consider this lament to be pious….
Only he who gives thanks for little things receives the big things.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
Rewards of Small Victories
Dwight L. Moody, the famous 19th century evangelist, once declared: “I have never met a man who has given me so much trouble as myself.” Such a statement must have been encouraging indeed to his hearers, many of whom probably had considerable dif-ficulty in living up to their ideals.
Trying to be our better selves is a tough job but it is worth whatever it takes. It was the distinguished scientist, Dr. Alexis Carrel, who said, “Self-discipline is always rewarded by a strength that brings an inexpressible inner joy.”
Each day brings scores of oppor-tunities to all of us to develop the character muscles which develop this strength. One such exercise is to keep your mouth shut—to resist the temptation to take a dirty crack at somebody or to repeat a bit of juicy gossip which, even if true, ought not to be spread. Another is to seize a chance to do a kindness - and leave it unadvertised. Still another is to recognize your responsibility for any influence you may be exerting upon others – and to act accordingly. Small victories, achieved through such exercises, you probably will discover do not come easy. In winning them you probably will find out what Moody meant when he told about being such a lot of trouble to himself. But if you win enough such victories you will glow in the “silent, inner joy” they will earn for you! (Robins Reader)
Make the most of happy days and thank God for them all.
Make the most of sunny hours before the shadows fall.
Make the most of every scrap of good that comes your way.
Enjoy it and be thankful at the ending of the day.
Make the most of what you learn with every passing year.
Do your best by those you love and help them while they’re here.
All too swiftly time goes by, so value every bit.
Take life as it comes to you and make the most of it.
Mark Your Calendars!
Sep 1, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
Sep 1, 5:00 PM CASA
Sep 4, 9:30 AM Communion Sunday
Sep 4, 11:00 AM Worship Committee Meeting
Sep 5, LABOR DAY – Office Closed
Sep 7, 5:15 PM Chimes Practice
Sep 7, 6:30 PM Choir Practice
Sep 11, 11:00 AM Session Meeting
Sep 12, 9:30 AM PW Morning Circle
Sep 14, 5:15 PM Chimes Practice
Sep 14, 6:30 PM Choir Practice
Sep 15, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
Sep 15, 5:00 PM CASA
Sep 16, CHIMES Deadline
Sep 18, 10:45 AM Evangelism & Concern Committee Meeting
Sep 21, 5:15 PM Chimes Practice
Sep 21, 6:30 PM Choir Practice
Sep 23 & 24, Presbytery at WPC
Sep 25, Cents Ability Collection
Sep 26, 9:00 AM Piece Makers Day
Sep 26, 11:00 AM Mission & Stewardship Committee Meeting
Sep 28, 5:15 PM Chimes Practice
Sep 28, 6:30 PM Choir Practice
Sep 29, 9:30 AM Community Kitchen
Sep 29, 5:00 PM CASA
July Treasurer’s Report
For the month of July:
Percent of Budget Received 44.39%
Percent of Budget Spent 57.85%
Percent of Year Elapsed 58.33%
Offerings YTD $71,906.40
Spent YTD $93,715.66
2016 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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