“Do you have any plans for this summer? Any trips? Any excursions? Any adventures?”
When I was recently asked this question at church, I had to pause a moment and think about it. Other than some study leave, I didn’t have much planned; and I felt a little envious of the plans I heard about from others. I also began to worry a little about how empty the pews might be this summer. Then it occurred to me that the most itinerant worshiper of all was Jesus himself! After all, according to the Gospels, Jesus never stayed in one place more than a day or two—he seemed to be always on the move.
So, it turns out from the very beginning, a Christian doesn’t have to stay in any one place, or even have a permanent address. So, that means-Get Going! Enjoy yourselves! Think of us often and have a safe trip! But as long as we are following in the footsteps of Jesus, you might try following his lead in regard to things you must see.
The people! Wherever He went, Jesus saw the people. It wasn’t the grandeur of the human or natural wonders that the gospels describe. It was the people: who they were; how they reacted to Jesus; what they needed; what they believed; their strengths or weaknesses. That was the arena of endless amazement and unparalleled success in which Jesus told the story of his life and changed the lives of those who shared his story.
Wherever you go this summer, near or far, familiar or foreign, once you’ve taken pictures of the mountains, lakes, and animals, focus your mind and heart on the guy next to you at the viewpoint or the woman ahead of you in line. As strangers, you have the wonderful freedom to be yourselves to each other, and now and then it will allow you to touch each other’s lives in a way old friends can’t. It worked again and again for Jesus; it just might work for you!
Then when you get back, we can share stories of, not only, “What I Did On My Summer Vacation,” we can also share, “Who I Met On My Summer Vacation!” You might be surprised at how your story fits the job description of a Christian disciple.
Traveling Mercies to Everyone,
Rev. Laura Niles Finch
Sunday, August 16, following worship, there will be an INQUIRER’S CLASS led by the Rev. Laura Niles Finch for anyone wishing to learn more about what it means to be Presbyterian or for anyone interested in becoming a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!
Fellowship Committee did not meet during July since there were no activities planned; but as mentioned in our June Chimes, our committee will be finalizing plans for a fun-filled (let us not mention calorie-filled as well) Ice Cream Social including games. This will be on Sunday, August 16, at 3pm. Details will be forthcoming.
Thanks to all the volunteers who have signed up for the coffee/refreshment table after worship. Your smiles and treats are greatly appreciated.
The Mission and Stewardship Committee chose your “Cents-Ability” offering program to highlight during July. Cents-Ability originated in 1976 as “Two- Cents-A-Meal,” a project begun by Presbyterian Women to involve individuals and families in a corporate response to world hunger.
Congregations invite every member – of all ages – to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanks for what we have received and also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus’ command: “You give them something to eat.”
These small acts of faithfulness can add up. We began our Cents-Ability program in 2005. Since that time, we have collected a total of $3,335 to aid towards hunger. Each individual congregation can designate where they want their hunger funds to go; and Westminster’s offering is divided this way: 25% to the National Presbyterian Hunger program; 25% to the Presbytery of Sierra Blanca Hunger program; and 50% to local or regional hunger programs. From 2005-2007 this was Cristo Rey Project in Santa Teresa; since 2008 our 50% has been designated for the Community Kitchen here in Roswell.
We have designated the fourth Sunday of each month as “Cents-Ability Collection Sunday” and the buckets are placed near the sanctuary entrance to receive the coins; however if you forget them on that day, we’ll take them any time. The offering is allowed to accumulate and distributed annually in December. Thank you Westminster for having your coins “make a joyful noise unto the Lord” as they are received and used.
Presbyterian Women Happenings
Since the first Monday in September falls on Labor Day, our first meeting in September will be on Tuesday, September 8 at 9:30 am. See you there!
There are still a few spaces on the flower calendar for this year. You may use this opportunity for service in memory of a loved one or to honor someone special while helping to beautify the sanctuary to the glory of God.
See Marno Talbott, worship chair, if you have any questions. The flower calendar is posted on the west wall of the sanctuary. And thank you all who have placed flowers in the sanctuary this year for worship.
We received a note from Don Coppock thanking all the members of Westminster for their prayers and cards. He writes that on May 7th, he had open heart surgery for replacement of his aortic valve.
He was up walking by the third day and has had no problems. Way to go Don!
Please contact the Church office for Don’s new address.
Bill and Connie Berckes and R. Lee Perkett, Jr. are very happy to announce the wedding of their daughter and Mom, Dorothy C. Berckes to Jason Allen Parsons, on July 27th, in Deming. Dottie will be teaching a 5th grade class in Deming and has moved there.
…The grandson of Marno Talbott, Channon Turnbow, married Ashley Cych on July 13. Best wishes to you both!
Your WPC website is continually updated as we receive news of upcoming events. If you haven't checked it out, go to www.wpcroswell.org. Links will take you to the daily lectionary, Presbytery of Sierra Blanca web site, the Synod website, the Book of Confessions and other PC (USA) information. The calendar is as current as the information we receive. We post the Chimes including back issues and have photos of events in the life of our church. If you have suggestions or comments, you may speak to Robert Blossom, Fran Beason, John Hoover, Tom Johnson, Larry Loy, Margaret Johnson or contact us by email at: email@example.com.
We are saddened to hear the news that Leland DeWolf, husband to Elsie DeWolf, passed away on July 26. He was a long-time member of Westminster Presbyterian Church until they moved to be closer to their children a few months back. We will miss him and our prayers are with his family.
Attention: to anyone who has yearned to try out a riding lawn mower –
We have a signup sheet for mowing the lawn of the church. If anyone is able, we would appreciate your help. The riding mower has just been equipped with a new battery and is eager to have you try it out! For additional information, you may contact any of the property committee members:
And to those who have helped thus far, thank you for a job well done.
Property Committee Chair
Cheese Topped Taco Pie
Prep. Time: 25 min. Ready in 1 hr. 15 min.
Crust: Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust (from 15 oz. pkg.) Softened as directed on package.
1 lb lean ground beef
1 Pkt. (1.25 oz.) Old El Paso Taco seasoning mix
1 Jar (16 oz.) Old El Paso Thick ‘N’ Chunky Salsa
1 Jar (4.5 oz.) Green Giant sliced mushrooms drained
1 Can (2.8 oz.) French Fried onions
1 Cup Ricotta cheese
8 Oz. (2 cups) shredded taco flavored cheese blend
1 Small tomato seeded, dried
1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Prepare pie crust as directed on package for one crust baked shell using 9” glass pie pan or 10” dish pie pan. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until light golden brown.
2. Reduce oven temp. to 350 degrees F. Brown ground beef in large skillet over medium-high heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Stir in Taco seasoning mix and salsa. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered 4 minutes stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and half of the friend fried onions. Mix well. Spoon mixture into baked crust.
3. In small bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup of the taco flavored cheese blend and eggs. Mix well.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes or until slightly puffed.
5. Remove pie from oven. Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese evenly over filling. Sprinkle remaining French fried onions in center of filling. Return to oven. Bake an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
6. Sprinkle tomato around edge and in center of filling. Let pie stand 10-15 minutes before serving.
From Lorna Hoover
The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.
Remember Westminster in your will.