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Westminster Chimes, July 2009
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Posted on Tue, Jun 30, 2009
As we move into the long, hot, days of summer I was reminded of the story I read a while back by Laverne W. Hall entitled “Faith.”
“The fields were parched and brown from lack of rain, and the crops lay wilting from thirst. People were anxious and irritable as they searched the sky for any sign of relief. Days turned into arid weeks. No rain came.
The ministers of the local churches called for an hour of prayer on the town square the following Saturday. They requested that everyone bring an object of faith for inspiration.
At high noon on the appointed Saturday the townspeople turned out en masse, filling the square with anxious faces and hopeful hearts. The ministers were touched to see the variety of objects clutched in prayerful hands—holy books, crosses, rosaries.
When the hour of prayer ended, as if on magical command, a soft rain began to fall. Cheers swept the crowd as they held their treasured objects high in gratitude and praise. From the middle of the crowd one faith symbol seemed to overshadow all the others:
A small nine-year-old girl had brought an umbrella.”
Now that is what I call faith! Sometimes as we grow older, more skeptical, more worldly, we begin to stop believing in miracles and may even begin to lose our faith, especially when even the church seems to be going through times of transition and change. But that nine-year-old girl is still in touch with her faith and belief and she may be a role model for us all.
Corrie Ten Boom writes, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” And Corrie ought to know, for she survived the Holocaust; and when asked how she was able to continue to believe in the midst of great anguish and suffering, she answered, “Through the power of prayer.” Corrie trusted that God was still at work in her life even when she knew she might not see the next day.
We do not know what the future of Westminster is but we do know and believe that God is still at work in our midst and so our task is to have faith in our trusted God and to hold Westminster Church and one another in prayer.
God’s Grace and Peace to all,
Rev. Laura Niles Finch
I would like to tell you a little bit about one part of CASA that this church decided was worth doing. Veva Byrd was the member along with Pastor Tracy Spencer-Brown that got the ball rolling. Sessions were set up for twelve weeks during the school year, and either one or two during the summer. We first tried to have both boys and girls, but found out that didn't work well.
The girls began meeting at CASA and we had the boys meet at Westminster. We meet every Thursday at 6pm and a meal is prepared. From two to five mentors try to show the boys, ranging in age from 12 years to 18 who have been in trouble, how they can change their lives. If the boys attend the meetings and participate, they have a graduation ceremony and receive a diploma.
Many of the boys have had no attention at home and we find them leery at the first meeting. Gradually they realize that we are there to feed them and make them feel comfortable. The mentors are the teachers and do a wonderful job. Some of the boys meet one-on-one with Daniel Chacon from CASA for various reasons. Some of the young people have a job, some are involved in sports, but some do not do well in groups. We feel this has been a wonderful experience for us; we learn something new each week. There are four volunteers from WPC: Mike Hunter, Stacye Hunter, Phyllis Lester and Patty Voorhees. The classes have been smaller this year; but we feel if we have only one of the boys turn his life around, the program is worth the time and effort. WPC has been generous in giving to our fund to provide meals for the groups and we appreciate you all. As long as there is a need, we hope that WPC continues to participate in this endeavor.
We celebrated Father's Day with a luncheon honoring fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and cousins and even some future fathers in years to come. The food and fellowship which followed worship was wonderful. Thanks to those who helped prepare the fellowship hall, to those who brought yummy food to share and to those who cleaned up. And a special thanks to Russ for making the card stands for the tables. If you were there, we enjoyed our fellowship together.
If you missed this one, you were missed and hope to see you at our ice cream social the third Sunday in August at 3pm. More details will follow later. With summer travel, we will not have a fellowship dinner in July but wish you all a safe and happy summer. We'll see you in church if you're not on the road.
First, let me apologize because surely a number of you will receive this more than once! Sorry, that's just the nature of "group" lists, there is always overlap.
We need your help. The Presbyteries of Sierra Blanca and Santa Fe are continuing their work as we move ever closer to greater cooperation and shared staff and tasks between the two presbyteries. One of the groups doing this important work is the Implementation Team (IT), and at this time they are one person short. Elder Ann Blakely has had to resign due to pressing family obligations. We need to replace her as soon as possible so that Sierra Blanca continues to have full representation on the Team. Our other members are Ministers John Camp and Gary Dill and Elder Sharon Caldwell.
For balance, the ideal choice would be a female elder, but this isn't strictly necessary. What is critical is that the person be active in the work of the church; be very familiar with the work and structure of the Presbytery; be able
to travel to Albuquerque for meetings; be able to take the time for those meetings which sometimes go for a couple of days; be willing to make a minimum of a two-year commitment, as the IT will continue to be involved in the transition process for that length of time; be able to participate in telephone conference calls, sometimes in the evening and sometimes during the typical work day; be willing to occasionally take on sub-committee tasks, which may involve extra travel or meeting times.
We are writing to you, our ministers, clerks, and those in leadership positions in the Presbytery of Sierra Blanca, to ask you to give some thought to suggesting a person or persons for this important position. The names will go to the full Council, which will make the final choice. The deadline for submitting nominations is July 3rd. You may nominate by email to the Presbytery office:
Thank you for your help.
Presbytery of Sierra Blanca
The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.
Remember Westminster in your will.
Our prayers this month are with the friends and family of Dr. Frank
English and Shirley Ann Monroe. Shirley was a former choir director at WPC, and Dr. English was the physician for many of our congregation. Both recently passed away.
Please remember to call me or any evangelism committee member if you or a friend, are in the hospital, or leave a message with Tina, our Administrative Assistant.
Our prayer concerns this month were: Ann Hartford (recovering well from hip surgery), Jerry Makowski, Dakota Hiatt, Veva Byrd's grandson, Tina's daughter, all our members who will be vacationing this summer, Peg Stokes, Harriet Pinkerton and all students who are on summer break. Our next meeting will be September 2, at 10 a.m. Remember to sign up to be coffee hosts and greeters.
In His love and service,
Evangelism & Concern, Chairman
Youth, Arts & Drama Groups
First Presbyterian will be hosting an ARTS Camp for youth in July. For additional information you may call FPCR at 575.622.4910.
We were saddened to learn of the recent death of our dear friend and former choir director, Shirley Ann Monroe. She had been in failing health several months. Her niece arranged services in Roswell at the Adventist Church, corner of Union and Jaffa Street for June 28th.
Our sympathies are also with John and Lorna Hoover with the death of John’s mother. Travel mercies and prayers as they travel to and from Pennsylvania.
Welcome new Session Members
Marno Talbott, elder, has joined session for the class of 2012. Marno is chairing the Worship Committee, formerly chaired by Fran Beason, outgoing session member. We also welcomed three first-time elders as well: Phil Zollars, class of 2012, chairs the Property Committee formerly chaired by Robert Blossom; one of our newest members, Loris DeKay, chairs the Fellowship Committee, class of 2011, fulfilling the remainder of the term of Kathleen Sherman; and Nancy Armstrong, class of 2012, chairs the Mission Committee, formerly Chaired by Fred Bennett.
The nominating committee, chaired by Ann Dye, presented their slate of candidates to the congregation on May 24, at a congregational meeting; and the vote was unanimous by the congregation. The ordination and installation service, led by the Rev. Jeff Finch, was held the last Sunday of May with new leadership effective June 1.
At our June session meeting, the outgoing session members were thanked during fellowship time and light refreshments were provided. There was also time for new committee chairs to meet with their predecessors. Our gratitude to the dedication and service of Christ’s servants: Fran, Robert, Kathleen, and Fred; and appreciate the new servants of Christ: Nancy, Loris, Marno and Phil.
3 lbs hamburger
2 medium diced onions
2/3 cup catsup
1 cup cracker crumbs
Salt & pepper to taste
Mix, form and brown.
2 cans jellied cranberry sauce
½ bottle chili sauce
½ cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp lemon juice
Mix and heat until dissolved. Pour over meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees 45-50 minutes.
***Fast and easy alternative is to use a 2-lb bag of frozen, precooked meatballs. Preparesauce as above. Place in a crock pot for6-7 hours.
Stir a couple of times through out the cooking time. This can be doubled for feeding a crowd***
The homemade meatballs are delicious if time is of no problem. The alternative ones get eaten just as fast.
¨ July 2, 10 am. Community Kitchen
¨ July 13, 2pm, Mission Committee
¨ July 14, 7pm, Session Meeting
¨ July 16, 10 am, Community Kitchen
¨ July 26, Cents-Ability collection
¨ July 27, 9am. Piece Maker’s Day.
¨ July 30, 10 am, Community Kitchen
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