Posted on Tue, Feb 25, 2014
From the Pastor
THIS IS MY CHURCH
It is composed of people just like me.
It will be friendly if I am.
It will do a great work if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes if I am generous.
It will bring others into fellowship if I bring them.
Its seats will be filled if I fill them.
It will be a church of loyalty and love, of faith and of service, if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these.
Therefore, with God’s help, I dedicate myself to the task of being
All these things I want my church to be.
--Old Union Remind
This item was sent to me years ago by my aunt, who got it from her church bulletin. There is a great deal of truth in it. The church is a family. It is made up of human beings, and like any human institution, it is imperfect. Like any family, it has some people who are easy to get along with and some who are less so. But you adapt, and you make allowances for those who are not as easy to get along with because they are family, and you love them.
The Church, as God’s chosen instrument, will accomplish God’s purpose. Whether any one church will be a part of that accomplishment, and to what degree, depends on the members of that church family. If this church is not all that you feel it could be, please help make it better. If you see things that need to be done, don’t complain to someone else about them; volunteer to do them yourself, if possible. Or help organize a group to get them done. And in dealing with difficult people, remember: you cannot change anyone else. You can change how you react to them. Make up your mind to respond to them as a Christian, accepting them and loving them for who they are and trying to understand their point of view.
Every family has those with differing ideas and viewpoints. The Church is no different. We will not all agree on how things should be or how things should be done. But we should respect others’ rights to their opinions, even if we don’t agree with them. Everyone has a reason for what he/she does and thinks. None of us can truly understand anyone else’s journey. All people are basically seeking the same things; we differ in how we go about obtaining them.
“Mutual forbearance” is a term tossed around frequently lately in the political struggles within the PC(USA). It is a good idea in all interpersonal relations. Being different does not make someone else bad. Everyone has reasons for thinking and doing, reasons which we may not know. Let us respect each other for who we are, and, when necessary, let us agree to disagree. We all agree on one foundational principle: Jesus Christ is Lord. In that, we all stand united.
The Rev. Randy Nolen
Our next meeting is on March 10, at 9:30 am. We will be studying Lesson #6, “Becoming a Holy People.” Our lesson leader will be Margaret Johnson, and our hostess will also be Margaret Johnson. Hope to see you there.
Mark your calendars! Save the date!
Here is a listing of the upcoming Fellowship events. Unless otherwise noted, they will all be held at 11:00 a.m. after our Church service.
March 16, 2014, will be our Saint Patrick's Day potluck. Dig out your best Irish jokes, and if you have Irish ancestors, we'd love to hear a story about them.
April 20, 2014, is our Easter Dinner potluck. We always have a great time and a good turnout.
May 18, 2014, is the May potluck. We will come up with a good idea for your amusement!
June 15, 2014, is the Father's Day potluck. How about some Bar-B-Que-themed food? (i.e. ribs, corn on the cob, baked beans, hamburgers or hot dogs!!) They wouldn't need to be cooked on a grill. Just an idea. Give me some feed-back on it 'cause I'm running out of ideas!
We will take a break from potlucks until our September Pic-a-nic in the park on the 21st. That one is held at 5:00 p.m. at the Enchanted Lands Gazebo behind the church. Cold picnic foods are the best way to go.
That's everything for now. We appreciate the help in the kitchen and with set-up and clean-up. Remember, fellowship is one of the cornerstones of this church!
Julia Esquibel, Fellowship Chair
The adult Sunday school class will resume its study of Kate E. Huggins’ Called to be God’s People, with a discussion of Session 6, “Common Complications,” on February 23 and Session 7, “God’s Call to New Life,” on March 2 at 10:45 after the morning service. On March 9 the class will be convening to decide what the next round of study will be. The class meets in the library, and newcomers are always welcome.
It’s that time once again, time to help out Hungry Harold. He says, for March 2014, he is in need of Kool-Aid and/or Drink Mixes along with Pastas and Dried Pinto Beans. He gives thanks for the many blessings he has received from members and friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Hungry Harold would also like you to know that on the recent Souper Bowl Food Drive, 23 sacks of groceries, 25 lbs of beans, and $327.50 cash were delivered to the Community Kitchen and St. Peter Good Sam. Thanks for your continued generosity.
Our library now boasts a multi-volume set of Calvin’s Commentaries, donated by a generous friend of the church. The books were produced by the Calvin Translation Society of Edinburgh, Scotland, translated from the original Latin by the Rev. William Pringle.
As most of you know, John Calvin was a prominent theologian, active and instrumental in the development of the Reformed theology and considered by many the father of the Presbyterian Church. This set of books is a treasure, commenting at length on all the books of the Bible, and we are grateful to our benefactor. Check it out.
Anne Gravel the Librarian
Session at Work
At its meeting on Sunday 09 February 2014 the Session conducted the following business:
Pastor’s Report: – Randy was elected co-moderator of the Commission on Ministry of the Presbytery. Randy will be out of the pulpit on 23 February.
Committee Reports and Recommendations:
MISSION & STEWARDSHIP - materials for One Great Hour of Sharing have been received and will be in bulletins 1st Sunday of Lent
NOMINATING – has three names from the congregation for the Nominating Committee and most of the others needed.
PROPERTY – will invest in a security night light out back and a motion activated recorder
– has worked up a tentative design to move sound booth
WORSHIP – written report – will have a Christian Seder Maundy Thursday 17 April - will coordinate with Communications Committee to have this advertised in the Roswell Daily Record.
February 2 -- 54
February 9 -- 47
February 16 -- 61
February 23 -- 54
Presbytery at Work
Alternate Commissioner’s Report to Session
Re: Stated Meeting of January 24 and 25, 2014
Hobbs First Presbyterian Church served as host church for this stated meeting. The people were welcoming, serving a hot dinner to those who wished to partake prior to the commencement of the meeting on Friday at 7 pm.
The Friday portion of the meeting consisted of welcome, introductions, excused absences, approval of agenda, granting privilege of the floor, seating of corresponding members, etc. This was followed by worship including the necrology report read at this time. The moderator (Harold Armstrong) and moderator-elect (Janelle Kane) were installed as well. Dixie Loy is moderator of Presbyterian Women and will be attending gatherings on the following dates:
PWP Grand Canyon, Scottsdale, AZ Feb 28- Mar 1, 2014
PWP de Cristo, Tucson, AZ Apr 5-7, 2014
PWP Santa Fe, Albuquerque, NM Mar 15 or Mar 22, 2014
PWP Sierra Blanca, Westminster, Clovis, NM TBA (Spring, 2014)
Her written report is posted on the presbytery website. Following worship, we adjourned until Saturday morning at 8:30 am.
Larry Loy, stated clerk, spoke on his written report (on website) citing clerk’s training and adjustment to a new position.
Clayton Cobb from the Board of Pensions had a lot of information on upcoming, positive changes in the health care area, not only for pastors but changes which could impact any staff member. In 2015 health care will become available for dependents. Clayton encouraged conversation to begin in churches as to who would pay for this if taken advantage of. The 401.b plan will be offered to any paid staff member for $15/year.
Our cluster time centered more on the frustration of declining membership and tossing around ideas to attract youth. One idea was to look for young couples in hopes that when/if there were children the parents would remain as members. Also there will be a cluster meeting in June, date/time to be announced, to watch the opening of the General Assembly at FPC Roswell. This will co-hosted by Westminster-Roswell. Suggested doing a different cluster experience once a quarter. Also looking at officer training in the fall.
Amy Pospichal, TE at Tucumcari, made a motion to move the April stated meeting to May 9 and 10. This was M/S/P.
The Commission on Ministry reported on the installation of Lucus Keppel at Corona United and Community Presbyterian Church of Ancho, the installation of Kent Leydens as Designated Pastor at Roswell First, and appointed TE Harold Armstrong and Randy Nolen as co-moderators of COM and TE Kent Leydens as COM secretary.
Administration & Finance reported that we had good year financially. Investments did well. Missouri property under real estate contract and was sold with the understanding that repairs would be done. The rep from A & F was in Roswell just prior to the presbytery meeting and reported that repairs have been done There were several changes to the 2014 budget, one being the inclusion of rent paid to WPC Roswell for the presbytery office space. This was not included in the original budget presented but was added…and will be paid at the current rate of $50/month.
Born on November 16, 1918, Ruth Bertha Carl Eimer entered the Church Triumphant on February 3, 2014. There was a small service following morning worship on February 16.
Volunteers needed -
The Prayer Chain Needs You!!
People are needed for the church’s prayer chain(s). If you would like to volunteer, please contact team captain Harriet Pinkerton, at 575-622-3767.
Mark Your Calendars!
March 1, 8am. Men’s Breakfast
March 2, Communion Sunday
March 2, 10:45am. Evangelism & Concern Committee Meeting
March 2, 11:00am. Worship Committee Meeting
March 5, 4:00pm. Chimes Practice
March 5, 6:30pm. Choir Practice
March 6, 9am. Comm. Kitchen
March 6, 5:00pm. CASA
March 8, 8:00am. Men’s Breakfast
March 9, 11:00am. Session Meeting
March 10, 9:30am. PW Circle
March 12, 4:00pm. Chimes Practice
March 12, 6:30pm. Choir Practice
March 13, 5:00pm. CASA
March 15, 8am. Men’s Breakfast
March 19. CHIMES Deadline
March 19, 4:00pm. Chimes Practice
March 19, 6:00pm. Choir Practice
March 20, 9:00am. Comm. Kitchen
March 20, 5:00pm. CASA
March 22, 8:00am. Men’s Breakfast
March 23. Cents-Ability Collection
March 24, 9:00am. Piece Maker’s Day
March 26, 4:00pm. Chimes Practice
March 26, 6:30pm. Choir Practice
March 27, 5:00pm. CASA
March 29, 8:00am. Men’s Breakfast
March 30. Food Drive
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