I really liked the Chimes piece this month. I know a great deal of work goes into it and I for one appreciate your efforts.
Posted on Fri, Mar 25, 2011
From the Pastor
If you pass through the Hondo Valley going east on Route 70, such as I do each week, and you come up to the little community of Hondo itself, you will pass the Breeding Barn of the JEH Ranch and Bailey’s fruit stand on the right side of the road. But before you quite get there, you cannot miss the large, stark-white billboard perched on top of a hill to your left. The sign has only one word on it spelled out in large, bold, block letters.
F O R G I V E
The sign has been up for about a month now, and that’s all it says, just Forgive. I keep waiting for it to say something more now that it has my undivided weekly attention, like forgive who or what? And I am wondering who or what it was that put it up to begin with, and why. After all, how much forgiveness does one need in the Hondo Valley; there is hardly anyone there. I’ve yet to see a horse on the JEH horse farm, let alone Mr. or Ms. H. themselves, and I don’t recall ever seeing an actual customer at the fruit stand. It is pretty quiet out here, even in the middle of the day.
But, it has made me think about forgiveness, as I am sure it was meant to. And it occurs to me that the act of forgiveness is not always something that is to be given or received in the midst of great personal or national transgression, such as war or acts of terror. Nor must it always be a noble act, such as forgiving someone who has betrayed or stolen from you. Forgiveness need not even be circumstantial.
Perhaps in this Lenten season we need to consider forgiveness not so much as an act at all, but more as an attitude or frame of mind. The sign has yet to answer my question of who or what, so I will take that to mean it doesn’t intend to, and its message is to persuade us to always be forgiving in mind and heart. Accept our own shortcomings and those of others. Realize that we all make mistakes; we all disappoint those who depend on us as well as ourselves. Don’t necessarily expect to be let down by others, but know that it can and will happen. Just be ready for it when it comes, and always try to be ready to forgive after it has. I think this is how God treats us, and I know we are the better for it.
Those of you who attended the wonderful Valentine Brunch, prepared and served by Ray and Patti Mitcham, had a delicious treat. There were about 20 of us there, and we thank Ray and Patti! It was a great time of good food and fellowship.
We did not have any special event planned for March. However, in April, we will have an Agape meal, on Maundy Thursday, April 21. The simple meal will be at 6:00 P.M., and the church service will begin at 7:15 P.M. After worship on Easter Sunday, we will have our annual pot-luck lunch, at 11:30 A.M. Please plan to come and bring a dish to share.
I was asked to share the recipe for a dessert that was served at the Valentine Brunch:
Mix: 2 sticks oleo, 2 cups flour and 1-1/2 cups of chopped nuts. Bake in a 9x13 pan, at 350 degrees, for 20 minutes. Cool completely.
Mix: 2 cups CoolWhip, 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese. Spread on the cooled crust.
Beat until thick: 1 package instant chocolate pudding, 1 package instant vanilla pudding, 3 cups milk. Spread on top of cheese layer.
Top with remaining CoolWhip. Shave a Hershey's chocolate bar and sprinkle on top of CoolWhip.
The PNC is still active. We have reviewed 16 applicants. There is a mix of women and men. There are some that we have viewed as not being a good fit for Westminster. There was one candidate that looked promising on paper; but when contacted, that person was not interested in coming to Westminster. Another promising prospect that the PNC was excited about also would not be a good fit for Westminster. We are currently looking at several others, and they are most promising.
Here is a quick overview of receiving personal information forms (PIFs). These may be received in one of two ways: by self-referral or through the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) which comes to us through the PC(USA). We have received both types. The self-referrals are from people who are specifically interested in coming to Roswell. With the CLC route, the candidate is not aware of the referral and it is up to the individual church to contact the candidate, which we have done. Before the candidate is contacted, the Executive Presbyter (Sallie Watson) is contacted in order for her to contact the candidate's presbytery for additional information.
After that is reviewed, and assuming the PNC is content with the all information at this point, then there would be a telephonic interview accompanied with a background check of references that were provided by the candidate. If everything appears to be satisfactory with the candidate and if both parties are agreeable, then a neutral pulpit is identified and the candidate preaches a sermon at that neutral site. I am certain that at this point there would be an additional interview/conversation with the candidate. If both parties are happy with each other at this point, then additional conversation is conducted regarding negotiations of salary and benefits.
If there is agreement on this point, then the candidate is invited to speak at one of our services, and feedback is obtained from the congregation. Either that day or within a short period of time the candidate is presented to the congregation as a recommendation from the PNC.
During this season of Lent, our Worship Committee would like to encourage everyone to attend services. On Maundy Thursday, April 21, our agape meal will begin at 6:00 P.M. in the fellowship hall with our worship service beginning at 7:15 P.M. Tom Berckes will lead the choir in Easter music on April 10, Palm Sunday and Easter; and this year the Worship Committee will be providing Easter lilies for Easter Sunday.
We would also like to thank those who volunteered for ushers and liturgist and for providing flowers for worship. Your gifts and service to the church are very much appreciated.
PW from Westminster will co-host the annual presbytery PW meeting, which will be held on Saturday, April 9, from 9:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church. Then on Monday, April 11, we meet for our regular monthly meeting in WPC’s fellowship hall. The title of April’s study is “The Empire Has Fallen! Evacuate Now!” The scripture reference is Revelation 17-18. Connie Berckes will provide the lesson study, and Phyllis Zumwalt will be the meeting’s hostess. All women are welcome!
It’s time once again to help out Hungry Harold. He says for April, he is in need of Kool-Aid along with Dish Soap and Bleach. He continues his thanks for the many blessings he has received from members and friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Adult Christian Education Classes
Greetings! After a couple of false starts in March, we had a great kickoff on our new lesson series on the 20th. It was quite a turnout. Thirteen people showed up for the class, including a new couple, Don and Debbie. And, as always, everyone really took part, so it was a lively discussion on a sometimes controversial subject—the Bible as the Word of God, offering revelation, authority, and inspiration as interpreted in the Reformed tradition.
It’s a six-week program, called Being Reformed; Faith Seeking Understanding—Theology for Presbyterians, by Donald K. McKim. It hopes to open up, enhance, enrich, expand our knowledge of what it means to be Presbyterian Christians in today’s world.
The oncoming chapters are entitled “God for Presbyterians,” “Jesus Christ for Presbyterians,” The Holy Spirit for Presbyterians,” “The Church for Presbyterians,” and “The Future for Presbyterians,” We are ordering a few new copies to take care of the growing attendance. Everyone’s invited!
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Mission & Stewardship
Several of you have inquired about disaster relief support for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. You can do this by making your check out to Westminster, marking it for "Japan Disaster" and placing it in the collection plate. But do you know--you've already given to the Japan Disaster and others like it throughout the world!
When you give each year to One Great Hour of Sharing, your gifts go to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Fund. On January 12, 2010, when the devastating earthquake shook the island country of Haiti, you were right there. That's because within 24 hours, your gifts to OGHS offering were at work providing food, shelter, clean water, and medical assistance to the victims in that region.
And in the months that followed, gifts through the Presbyterian Church have continued to provide food for hundreds of thousands of displaced Haitians providing not only necessary food, but also opportunities for thousands of Haitian farmers to work and be part of the recovery from the disaster.
You helped to rebuild Holy Cross Hospital and the adjoining nursing school. This is one of the few medical facilities that have continued to operate, even after many of the international medical aid groups have left.
When you give to One Great Hour of Sharing, you are making a conscious decision to be present with the love of Christ at some of the most critical and vulnerable places and events around the world. And while gifts are welcomed at any time, we emphasize the work done and need for these gifts during the Lenten Season. Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing.
Mission & Stewardship Committee
CROP Walk 2011
Attention, all you walkers! Start getting in shape for the annual CROP Walk. It's scheduled this year for May 1, at 2 PM. And while we might not have a lot of walkers participating, let's all sign up to support this project with our monetary gifts. Last year total contributions from Westminster were $852.00. Let's try to meet or exceed that amount this year.
Clerk of Session
Recently there was a change in positions within the session. Sharon Cutrell resigned as Clerk of Session, and Larry Loy will be filling that position until such time a more permanent solution is found.
If someone needs a contact person and Dr. Harry is not available, feel free to refer them to me. My name and number are listed on the telephone greeting when someone calls the church.
If there is anyone who thinks he or she would like to be clerk, contact Dr. Harry or Larry Loy for additional information as to duties.
Clerk of Session
Not long ago I heard a woman say, “When I am in a theological discussion and I express a belief, someone asks me where to find that in the Bible, and I can’t answer that.” Well, maybe she might not be able to right off the bat, but if she has the time to do a bit of research, the answer is available, and she could surprise someone next time.
Your church library has a number of Concordances to help you find what you’re looking for. The one I like is Cruden’s Complete Concordance to the Old and New Testaments, by Alexander Cruden, AM. This is a time-honored help to students, offering 774 pages of words from the Bible and the places in scripture where they may be found. It’s not a new book—last copyrighted in 1949, so sometimes you have to look for the form of the word you’d find in the King James version, like “hath,” for instance. There is an appendix, too, with two lists of proper names, one for locating people not often found in the Bible, and another giving the Greek root of most of the names and interesting facts about their meaning.
Another sort of Concordance is a newer, shiny, compact, little hardback, entitled Where To Find it in the Bible–the Ultimate A to Z Resource, by Ken Anderson, Christian writer and film maker. It is according to subject matter rather than specific words. This little jewel is usually in the book cart–can’t put it away; it’s such a handy little rascal.
We also have some fine Commentaries and Interpreter’s Bible References in both big sets and single volumes that I want to tell you about. Next month. Look, too, for Bible Dictionaries and Encyclopedias and Handbooks.
The Reference Library shares space with books of Biography and Fiction in the fine bookcases that the Property Committee obtained for us a while ago. Look along the east wall.
Some people have asked me how to check out a book. Write your name and the date on the card in the pocket on the inside of the front cover and put it in the little box that stands on the right-hand corner of the little desk. I’ll put it away later. If you need help finding anything, I’m usually there on Tuesday mornings and Sundays and happy to help.
Check it out!
Anne the Librarian
Field Of Honor
The Field of Honor is a community event that will take place on September 9th through 16th this month. Thousands of American flags will proudly stand at the New Mexico Military Institute on Stapp Field to honor all those who died on 9/11, veterans, and those who have made the supreme sacrifice so that our land remains free.
This event is being sponsored through the Elk’s Lodge at 1720 North Montana. The committee meets the 2nd Monday of the month
at 6:30 pm. All who are interested in helping out are invited to attend. They need volunteers to assemble flags, post flags, read names, and take down the field. To volunteer, get more information or to purchase a flag (at $25 each), call the Elk’s Lodge at 575-622-1560. You can also email them at:
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Mark Your Calendars!
April 1, 2 PM. Worship Com. Mtg.
April 4, 3:00 PM. Spanish Class
April 5, 7 PM. Property Com. Mtg.
April 6, 2 PM. E&C Com. Mtg.
April 7, 9:30 AM. Comm. Kitchen
April 9, 9:30 AM. PW Spring Gathering at FPCR
April 10, 11 AM. Session Meeting
April 11, 9:30 AM. PW Circle
April 11, 2 PM. Mission & Stewardship Committee Meeting
April 11, 3 PM. Spanish
April 15. Chimes Deadline
April 18, 3:00 PM. Spanish Class
April 21, 9:30 AM. Comm. Kitchen
April 21, 6:00 PM. Agape Meal
April 21, 7:15 PM. Maundy Thursday Service
April 24. Cents-Ability Collection
April 24, 11:30 AM. Easter Potluck
April 25, 9:00 AM. Piece-Maker’s Day
April 25, 3:00 PM. Spanish Class
April 28 & 29. Presbytery – Ruidoso
Ray & Patti Mitcham
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