Posted on Tue, Apr 26, 2011
From the Pastor
One of the several books that I read when I am living at our house on the Eastern Shore of Virginia is Around the World with Mark Twain. It is wonderful account of the experiences that Twain and his wife and daughter had while traveling on a world speaking tour to recoup the financial losses he sustained in a bad business deal. Twain travels from Elmira, New York, westward to California, where he embarks on a steamer to Australia, New Zealand, the countries of Southern Asia, around the cape of South Africa, and eventually back to New York and home.
Much of the narrative contains the texts of several of his monologues delivered in theaters along his tour route, and there is one in which a particular quote speaks to the season of Easter, which we are still celebrating even after Easter Sunday has passed.
Twain was not a conventionally religious man, even though he was born into a Presbyterian family, and he had something of a jaundiced view of human nature and a rather bleak estimate on the general value of life. He writes:
“Whoever has lived long enough to find out what life is, knows how deep a debt of gratitude we owe to Adam, the first great benefactor of our race. He brought death into the world.”
Whenever he was in the mood, Mark Twain could be as sharp tongued as he was sharp witted. And he often used both to castigate organized religion. If you want proof positive, pick up a copy of his book, Letters to the Earth. But, perhaps we owe a debt of gratitude to Twain as well as Adam when we try to put the human condition in a better perspective, which for me at this point in the ecclesiastical calendar is the Easter side of the cross.
In his letter to the Romans Paul refers to Jesus as the “new Adam,” the one who by his life, death and resurrection brings new life into the world. Now, I doubt that Twain spent a lot of time reading Paul’s letter, let alone trying to comprehend what the doctrines of justification and redemption are all about. Perhaps we haven’t and we don’t either. But we have heard the Easter story and we have heard the words, He is risen, often enough to believe we know what that means. It means that love and joy have replaced depression and despair, that kindness has replaced selfish and violent behavior, that hope has replaced fear, and life has trumped death.
The task for the church and the world now is to act on what we believe. When Jesus arose from the tomb, he went back to Galilee, to his disciples. He went back to work.
That is where we belong as well, on this Easter side of an empty cross…
An Appreciation Luncheon for all CASA volunteers was held on April 14. Two of the award winners for 2011 are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Harriet Pinkerton was chosen for Lifetime Achievement Award and Fred Bennett for Best Report Writing. Way to go! We are proud of you.
This month’s PW meeting will be on May 9 at 9:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. We will study Lesson 9, entitled “Journey into the New Jerusalem,” with Revelation 21-22 as our scripture reference. Kathleen Sherman will be the lesson leader, and co-hosts for the meeting are Patti Voorhees and Margaret Johnson. Following the meeting, we have been invited to join the ladies from Lydia Circle at Cerritos for fellowship and lunch. A head count is needed, so please contact either Nancy Armstrong (575.623.5721) or Margaret Johnson (575.910.4609) by May 4 if you are able to attend.
Also, mark your calendars for our potluck luncheon on June 13. We will install officers for the upcoming year and dedicate the birthday offering. We have invited the ladies from the Lydia Circle of FPCR to join us as our guests for this meeting.
Men’s Prayer Breakfast
It is with great sadness that I must announce the demise of another men’s ministry. Due to age and health concerns, our men’s prayer breakfast will be discontinuing effective May 2011.
For those who do not know the history of this ministry, I thought it would be of interest. The prayer breakfast began in the 1970’s, with a small group meeting at what is now the restaurant at the Frontier Motel. Over time, it met at several restaurants, the last being at what is now the Leisure Inn. Upon completion of the fellowship hall, Marvin Byrd agreed to cook pancakes for the men. When Marvin became unable to cook, Robert Sherman took over. When Robert’s work schedule changed, Bill Berckes took over the cooking.
During the early 2000’s, as many as 26 men attended every Thursday morning. As the group began to dwindle, breakfast was moved to Saturday, in order for working men to attend. When no additional men expressed an interest, we moved back to Thursdays.
During the life of the ministry, prayers have been sent up for not only church members but also to family members and friends. The prayers and the cards we have sent have touched people all over this country. We have received numerous cards and letters attesting to the power of these prayers.
Our group now stands between 5-7 men. We, therefore, decided that we would disband. We are hopeful that if our church ever hires a new minister who is interested in reviving this valuable ministry, we will look forward to starting up again.
We hope you all enjoyed the Easter Fellowship Pot Luck. It is always enjoyable when we can spend some time visiting and catching up (as well as enjoying the good food).
The Fellowship Committee would like to have ideas and suggestions for some of our future meetings. If you have something to contribute, please talk to Goldene Mondragon, Julia Esquibel, or Marno Talbott.
Be the first to welcome church attendees with a “Good Morning” and a smile. Sunday morning greeters are needed between 9:00 am and 9:30 am. The signup poster is in the Narthex.
Remembering Cecil Rockhold
(September 7, 1918 - April 14, 2011)
Memorial services for Cecil Rockhold, were held Wednesday, April 20, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Bob Williams officiating. Cecil was born in Union Star, Missouri, along the Third Fork of the Platte River. Cecil was a charter member of Westminster, serving the church as Elder and in many other capacities. He was a willing participant in the many projects organized for improvement of the church and community. He will be remembered by all who knew him and for his unique style of wit and humor. Our prayers and sincere sympathy are extended to Jean (his wife of 70 years) and two children, Margaret and 'Rocky,' and the rest of his extended family.
First Lieutenant (in the cadet corps) Jonathan Pinkerton, NMMI high school senior, was a recent recipient of the Character Counts Award at a banquet given in honor of the 114 students exhibiting six core principles in their everyday lives: respect, caring, trustworthiness, fairness, responsibility, and citizenship.
Jonathan, the grandson of our own Harriet Pinkerton, was one of twelve from the Institute chosen for this honor. This is the seventh year of the awards program encompassing Roswell and the greater Chaves County. Students are nominated by their teachers and school leaders and are between the ages of 10 and 18. Jonathan will graduate this spring but plans to return to NMMI for his college freshman year this fall.
Another grandson was honored by Character Counts of Chaves County: Matthew Straley, grandson of Dorothy and Lee Straley. This honor comes from the Spring Athletes of Recognition program in the area of track and field. Matthew has been a two-time recipient of Character Counts! Football Athlete of Recognition, in addition to being the recipient of two senatorial nominations and one congressional nomination for the U.S. service academies. His current plans include attending the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology to study petroleum engineering.
Our heartfelt congratulations to these two young men!
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN OF SIERRA BLANCA PRESBYTERY (PWP-SB)
April 9, 2011
First Presbyterian Church
It is time to welcome Spring 2011 with the Annual Spring Gathering at First and Westminster – Roswell. On April 9, 2011, ladies attending were welcomed by Alma Daniels, FPC-Roswell Lydia Circle, and Goldene Mondragon WPC-Roswell Bible study group. A short poem "You Still Have Hope," was read by Dixie Loy, in memoriam Jane Berckes and Ruth Sherman. Both were charter members of WPC-Roswell and active PW of SBP members. We began at 9:35 a.m. and hoped to be dismissed by 2:30 p.m.
Last year members asked for an educational program format to be held at our spring gathering. Our theme focused on the hope PW brings to the world through Justice and Peace. We learned that the hope of others is sometimes our responsibility. We must be in a "present-moment" ministry daily through our actions and attitudes.
*How we do it can make a difference and bring an awareness of equality for all to the forefront.
*How we do it is to work with and in worthwhile endeavors such as homeless shelters and domestic violence prevention programs.
Joan Fenton, PW in the Synod of the Southwest (PWSSW) Justice & Peace Representative, presented an enlightening program for those attending. Joan is also a member of PADVN – Presbyterians Against Domestic Violence Network. She gave us some ideas of how to be fair and just and promote peace in our all too violent world today. We thank her for being with us at this time.
PWP has recommended a community project for all PW to participate in: Handbags for Others, and we will report the culmination of our efforts in the fall. PW of FPC-Carlsbad presented "Heart and Hands" of PW with their project wonderful mats made of recycled plastic bags. PW of Carlsbad makes and provides these mats for the homeless in their community. Our love gift offering, of $81.00, was designated to go to Presbytery Outreach located in Roswell. Dixie Loy, who attended the PW PC(USA) Leadership Event Sept. 2010, encouraged all PW to continue studying, praying, and reaching out to others together. The next gathering will be held at Sonoma Springs PC(USA) on October 22, 2011. We hope to see you there. (Gathering dismissed at 2:08 p.m.)
PWP Leadership CT
Dixie Loy, WPC—Roswell
Sherry Kearns, FPC—Carlsbad 2011-2013
Muriel Gossage, FPC—Carlsbad 2011-2013
Judy Kemper, Sonoma Springs—Las Cruces
Janet McPherson, FPC—Las Cruces
*Justice & Peace Representative
Peggy Fischer, FPC—Alamogordo
Search Committee Chair (2012)
Sherry Kearns, FPC—Carlsbad
*Search Committee Member (2013)
Connie Berckes, WPC—Roswell
Search Committee Member (2014) OPEN 2014
Ann Blakley, FPC—Las Cruces
Sherry Kearns & Judy Kemper
Judy Kemper & Dixie Loy
* positions being filled for vacant terms
Hope is a marvelous thing.
It gives us reason to continue
and courage to move ahead,
when we tell ourselves
we'd rather give in...
HOPE puts a smile on our
face...our feet on the path...
moves us to act when
our soul is confused...
HOPE is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and
nurtured, and something to
refresh us in return. It can be found in each of us and it can bring light to the darkest places,
Never lose Hope.
Thank You – from Annette
“One day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.” This is the motto I have had over my desk since August 2010. It was spoken by Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach For America. Teach for America is a federally sponsored, AmeriCorp, nonprofit program that places top college graduates as teachers in low-income schools for two years. The goal of TFA is to reduce the achievement gap of education that is persisting in America by providing dedicated and persistent teachers to the most at-risk students in the country, which tend to be those below the poverty line and minorities.
I have known for about two years now that I wanted to do something to give back to our country before I furthered my education by attending graduate school. Teach for America has always been in the back of my head as a great program for me in which to spend my time; however, I never truly thought it would happen. It is a rigorous program with an application process that took over half of my senior year with multiple interviews, background checks and exams. And after that entire process, the program has only a 13% acceptance rate (lower than Harvard Law).
Well, I am humbled to say that I was chosen as part of that 13%. And I want to thank you, my church family, for that. I truly believe that I have been blessed with this opportunity and that you have all helped me to this point. I know that growing up at Westminster has instilled in me values and a belief in the goodness of humanity that can never be shaken. You have all taught me throughout my life: taught me bible verses, the point of right and wrong, the value of human life, and greatness of our God. These lessons have brought me to where I am today, and I believe that they will help me in these next two years as a Teach for America corps member.
Speaking of which, these next two years will include months of training, teaching exams, tutoring, and lessons plans…and then I will actually start teaching my own classroom of secondary biology in the Mississippi Delta. I am almost complete with what can only be described as the most amazing four years of my life to date, and I am about to start the two most challenging. I am terrified. I am excited. I need your prayers! Thank you for all you have done for me so far, and I can’t wait to continue down this road with you!
Grace and Peace in the name of Our Lord,
If you would like more information on Teach for America, please visit teachforamerica.org. I also recommend the awesome documentary which premiered last fall: “Waiting for Superman.”
If you are interested in participating in Spanish learning at basic levels, please speak with Bob Williams (623-3323).
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Comments Made in the Year 1955
A couple of items coming to you courtesy of Marno from the Lincoln, NE, newspaper:
When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon? Guess we’d be better off leaving the car in the garage.
No one can afford to be sick anymore, at $15 a day in the hospital, it’s too rich for my blood.
Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?
I read the other day where some scientist thinks it’s possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.
It’s time once again to help out Hungry Harold. He says for May, that he is in need of Kool-Aid, Napkins and 12 oz. Styrofoam bowls. He gives his thanks for the blessings he has received from members and friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
And from Anne, we have some bulletin bloopers which we hope you enjoy!
The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'
Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community.
Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.
The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.
Remember Westminster in your will.
Mark Your Calendars!
May 1, 2 pm. CROP walk starting at First Methodist Church
May 3, 7 pm. Property Committee Meeting
May 4, 2 pm. Evangelism & Concern Committee Meeting
May 5, 9:30 am. Community Kitchen
May 5, 5:00 pm. CASA
May 6, 2 pm. Worship Committee Meeting
May 8, 11 am, Session
May 9, 9:30 am. PW Circle
May 9, 2 pm, Mission & Stewardship Committee meeting
May 12, 5:00 pm. CASA
May 19, 9:30 am, Community Kitchen
May 19, 5:00 pm. CASA
May 20. Chimes Deadline
May 22, Cents-ability
May 23, 9:00 am. Piece Maker’s Day
May 26, 5:00 pm, CASA
May 29. Lend-A-Hand Collection
Pastor’s office hours:
Mon. – Tues.: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and by appointment
Admin. Asst. office hours:
Monday - Friday:
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Contributions are kindly requested by the third Friday of each month.
Tony Merz & Enid Kelley
Ann Dye & Fran Beason
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