Posted on Fri, Jul 1, 2011
From the Pastor
It’s July and time to get away from our respective vocations (even if that happens to be retirement) to go on vacation. Whether it is a trip to the mountains, the seashore, visits back home where you grew up, or just a long siesta sitting on the patio with a good book, July and August are the months of the year when we give ourselves permission to depart from the daily routine of work and responsibility and experience some leisure time.
I will be spending time, as I usually do, at my shore house this summer with family and friends, along with a lot of crabs, fresh corn and tomatoes, and my hammock where I expect to finish reading, after a three year effort, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. I may get around to painting the guest bedroom, and finishing the remodeling job in our kitchen, which have also been three-year projects. Then again, I may not. Time just passes kind of slowly on the Eastern Shore of Virginia…
One other activity I will attend to will be worshipping at our little Presbyterian church in our town of Onancock. We have been going there for twenty years, having seen five pastors, and three interim pastors (one of whom was almost me) come and go, and each year the congregation grows older and smaller with fewer and fewer children attending church or Sunday school. In earlier days, two members of the children’s Sunday school happened to be our grandsons. Now, they are twenty- two and nineteen years old, and they have not been replaced.
Does that sound familiar?
Perhaps, in the midst of declining attendance and all the ruckus accompanying the recent changes in our Presbyterian Book of Order, we can take some comfort in the fact that our shrinking, aging church in Onancock dates back to 1683, and that it was named after a local girl named Naomi, who married an itinerate preacher named Francis….Mackemie, who is considered to be the “Father of American Presbyterianism.”
Our church still stands today. In fact, all of the churches that Mackemie started along the Eastern Shore of Maryland way back when are in still existence today. They are small and struggling, to be sure, but most of them always have been since their inception. I hope that says something about them, and about the rest of us as well, namely that we as Presbyterians have the strength to go on about our business, not without interruptions and diversions which seem almost constant, but with the determination that most certainly is. It is what we are called to do.
In the meantime, enjoy your away time, what and wherever that may be…
It’s been a long while since we’ve had young people in our church planning a mission trip, but Hannah Martinson has the opportunity to travel this year with the Christ Church’s Youth Group on an urban mission to New York City.
Their itinerary consists of soup kitchens, prayer walks, and other outreach opportunities. They will be gone from July 9 through July 17. Hannah asks for your prayers for her and the group on this trip. Additionally, if you would like to assist financially, checks can be made out to the church and designated ‘Hannah” or mailed to her at 4 Desert Spring, Roswell 88201.
Spanish class will hold its July meeting on July 13 & 14 from 2 pm to 4 pm. All interested persons can meet in the library for class.
It’s time again to help feed Hungry Harold. He will need more Jello® for July as well as Instant Potatoes and any kind of Canned Fruit. He continues his thanks for the many blessings he has received from members and friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
On a beautiful Sunday evening in May, a group of about 25 Westminster members and friends gathered in the lovely backyard of Ray and Patti Mitcham. We had been invited to meet, eat, and enjoy the Texas brisket prepared by Dr. Harry. We each brought a dish to complement the brisket. So it was a time of good eats, lots of visiting and fellowship.
Thank you to the Mitchams for hosting the event and to Dr. Harry for fixing the brisket. Also, thank you to those who brought the "fixin's" to accompany the brisket.
REMEMBER, the fellowship Committee would like your thoughts and ideas about what we might plan for future gatherings.
Who You Gonna call?
Our church has many committees that serve all of us in many ways, but do you know which committee to call or notify when you need help or have a family crisis?
That same committee also takes care of attendance records, card ministry, gives Westminster Presbyterian Church coffee mugs to newcomers, gets greeters for Sunday mornings, prays for any in need, and tries to provide friendship to all. That committee is Evangelism and Concern.
The current committee members are Nancy Armstrong, Connie Berckes, Peg Stokes, Phyllis Zumwalt and Barbara McNallen – Chairperson. We are available to help in any way that we can.
Regarding April Commissioner's Report:
Sharon Caldwell, our Associate Stated Clerk, made some clarifications and corrections to my April commissioner's report.
First, the first name of the Tucumcari minister is Amy. Elizabeth is her middle name.
Second, Sharon's note to me follows: "On another note, I was reading the Westminster Chimes over the weekend and need to clarify two things in your Commissioner's report of the April Presbytery meeting. First - paragraph reporting Sallie Watson discussed how the Sundown policy worked, and second Harold Armstrong.
These were two different items - the Sundown policy is where any Presbytery committee of Sierra Blanca non-mandated by the Book of Order must report their meetings in the past year to the Stated Clerk. If they failed to meet, they are to be Sundowned by the Stated Clerk at the April Presbytery meeting. The committee that was Sundowned was the CLP committee.
The report on Harold Armstrong was in regard to the Presbytery Emergency Response team (consisting of Presbytery members by virtue of their position on Council, Presbytery, and staff.) The purpose of this team is to come to the aid of a particular church, pastor, or member of Sierra Blanca in the event of an emergency and assist in any way possible/needed.
In this particular case, I made contact to the RP/SC Sallie Watson of Harold's medical issue, and the response team was placed in motion. The issues met were to meet with Harold and his family at the hospital and help to arrange coverage of staff at the church and worship."
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Welcome into the New, or perhaps N(FOG)ew, era in which we live. Though we are still operating under our current constitution until July 10, there is much to be done to be ready for our life together as of that day.
First, I want to tell you that all proposed amendments to our Constitution have passed, with the exception of the Confession of Belhar. So, one thing will stay the same: our Book of Confessions.
One of the amendments, 10-C, is requiring that every congregation must now have its own policy regarding sexual misconduct. We have posted a sample Sexual Misconduct Policy on the web page for both presbyteries. Please consult the sample and get someone working on devising one if you do not currently have one of your own.
Then, it is going to be essential that each of our congregations have their By-Laws and Articles of Incorporation up to speed. There are several good resources online at the PC(USA) website, among them samples of these.
Finally, thanks to my colleague, Sue Krummel, in Great Rivers Presbytery, here is a list of changes in the NFOG that your Session will want to consider addressing in its own rules:
* A new member is not required to make a public profession of faith in worship; your Worship Committee and/or Session will want to decide together the best thing for your congregation.
* There is no longer an inactive roll of members; Sessions will need to decide if there is anything that needs to be done with regard to the people who are currently on that roll - prayer, newsletter, etc.
* The detail about how to prepare someone for membership is no longer part of the FOG. Sessions might want to have a discussion about how it now prepares people for membership and whether that seems to be adequate.
* There is no longer a requirement for Sessions to review their rolls of members. (Perhaps the annual per capita statement will be motivation enough!)
* Congregations must now provide for their own quorum for meetings. Otherwise, they will need a majority of their MEMBERSHIP - the official number on the roll - present in order to conduct business.
* There is no mention of using Roberts Rules of Order in a congregational meeting; Sessions may wish to decide the best way for them to conduct business there.
* There is no mention of how much notice needs to be given for a congregational meeting, beyond requiring that it be announced in worship before the meeting occurs. Sessions may wish to make their own rules about what kind of notice must be given, how far in advance, whether it can be electronic or not, etc.
We're definitely wandering through the (N)FOG together, friends. We will help each other as we go. Hope that these are some helpful things to get you started; I'll be sharing more as time goes along.
From Sallie Watson,
It is with great sadness that I write this article. Joe Peeples, Stacye Hunter's father, passed away on June 8, 2011. Private family services were held according to Joe's wishes. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Joe's name to: The Conquistador Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 2603 N. Aspen, Roswell, NM 88201, 575-622-3461, or Valley Christian Academy, Attn: Mr. Fuller, 2803 W. Fourth St, Roswell, NM 88201; 575-627-1500.
I knew Joe many years, and we corresponded via e-mail and in person. Joe had an inquiring and ever-expanding mind. He loved his family greatly and enjoyed picking up his grandchildren from school. Joe will be missed by all that knew him. All of us at Westminster extend our heartfelt sympathies to Stacye, Mike, Grant, and the rest of their family.
Submitted by Larry Loy
More from Sallie
It is with a heavy heart that I write to you this morning. I have received notice that First Presbyterian Church in Dexter has voted to withdraw from the PC(USA).
At this point, I probably have as many questions as you must have. I don't know anything more yet about the exact way forward; that will come. For now, I am grieving this breach in the body of Christ, and the fact that such action was taken without any opportunity for dialogue.
In the meantime, please pray for our brothers and sisters in Dexter, the Presbytery of Sierra Blanca and me as we try to sort things out and seek God's will.
Blessings to you,
Chase Martinson just graduated with Honors form Goddard High School in May. During his junior and senior years in high school, Chase took concurrent enrollment courses at Eastern New Mexico University- Roswell towards an Associate's Degree in Engineering and Design Technology. He has already completed 26 hours towards this degree. Chase plans to continue at ENMU-R this fall to complete the degree. He will then continue to pursue a Bachelor's Degree, but is unsure of the emphasis right now.
Chase has worked as a ski/snowboard instructor at Ski Apache in Ruidoso for the past two winters. He was certified as a Wildland Firefighter this spring with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Mescalero, NM. Chase has already been to four wildfires this summer and really enjoys the work.
Chase has his own Party Entertainment business. He performs magic shows, juggling and unicycling tricks for parties for all occasions. Chase also enjoys mountain biking, skateboarding, skiing and snowboarding in his spare time.
Chase has been a devoted member of WPC. He has served as a greeter and operated the sound system as well as been an active participant in youth activities when WPC had a viable youth program. He attended the Faith in 3D conference in Orlando two years ago and presented a slide show for the congregation during a pot luck dinner featuring their activities while in Orlando. Chase leaves with our congratulations, thoughts, prayers and thanks for your presence.
Update on Latest HH build
This is an excerpt from Habitat’s newsletter: The Framing
We continue to Build at 1208 E. Beech: With our new Partner Family – Angela Leal and family, the framing is almost finished, roof decking is complete, the porch is being built. Thanks to Eloy Ortega, Jim McDevitt, Mike Puckett, and good volunteer help, we are well on our way.
Work on site begins at 6 AM due to the heat, but if you cannot make it that early, you are welcome to join us in our build when convenient. We have been stopping for the day at around 11 AM.
Happy July 4th – alert: We will be working on Saturday, July 2.
Westminster’s PW met in June for a potluck luncheon, inviting the Lydia Circle from FPC to join us. PW will re-convene in September beginning a study entitled Confessing the Beatitudes by Margaret Aymer. All ladies are welcome.
You can find July’s lectionary calendar on a table in the narthex. Plan to pick up yours on Sunday.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance,
it is a matter of choice;
it is not a thing to be waited for,
it is a thing to be achieved.”
~ William Jennings Bryan
Mark Your Calendars!
July 1, 2 pm. Worship Committee Meeting
July 3. Communion Sunday
July 4. Independence Day. Office Closed
July 5. 7 pm. Property Committee Meeting
July 14. 9 am. Comm. Kitchen
July 15. Chimes Deadline
July 21. 9 am. Comm. Kitchen
July 24. Cents-Ability Collection
July 25. 9 am. Piece Maker’s Day
July 28. 9 am. Comm. Kitchen
July 31. Lend-A-Hand Collection
June 5 -- 64
June 12 -- 65
June 19 -- 45
June 26 -- 47
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