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Westminster Chimes, September 2009
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Posted on Sun, Sep 13, 2009
There is an old and probably familiar story about the big city salesman who got lost in Vermont. Driving down a backcountry road, he came upon a farmer getting his mail at the end of the driveway which led up to the farmhouse.
“Excuse me, sir,” said the weary salesman. “Could you please tell me where I am?”
“Yep,” came the reply. “You’re in Gallup’s Mills.”
With a sigh the frustrated salesman asked, “Well, could you kindly direct me to Lyndonville?”
Pondering for a moment, the farmer replied, “You can’t get there from here.”
Anyone who has ever been lost in strange territory can sympathize with the salesman, and although we chuckle at the stereotypical response of the farmer, upon reflection we can see that very often in life, where we start from can have a great deal to do with where we end up and how we get there. Quite probably the farmer went on to say something like, “Well, stranger, you need to go back a few miles and take a different turn and you’ll get there all right.”
A congregation like Westminster, facing the time between the end of one Pastorate and the beginning of another is entering the strange territory called the “Interim Time.” It is not unlike driving down a road you have never traveled before. It has been likened to the biblical time of wandering in the wilderness after the flight of the Hebrew people from Egypt. As with those ancient Hebrews in the Sinai desert, there may be murmuring and complaining when routines get upset and when accustomed services and programs are disrupted or changed. And like the Hebrews who wandered for forty years in the desert it may seem like this “Interim Time” is taking too long. But the Good News is---just as it was for those wandering Hebrews---God is part of the process.
Further Good News, is that the Interim Search Committee, has finished the Interim Church Information Form, (CIF) and it has been approved by Session and the Committee on Ministry and the search for an Interim Pastor has begun.
A skilled Interim Pastor not only serves in all pastoral capacities during the transition time, but also helps the congregation deal with the feelings that accompany the departure of a pastor, such as grief, relief, confusion and anxiety. An Interim Pastor helps the congregation think carefully about it’s ministry in the past, present, and future. An Interim Pastor helps a congregation deal with any problems before a new Pastor is called so that the new Pastor can have as happy and healthy a start as possible. Most important, an Interim Pastor understands that his or her most important responsibility is to help the congregation prepare to welcome the new Pastor so that both the congregation and the new Pastor can thrive as they serve together in ministry.
During this “Interim Time,” as we travel through strange territory, I invite us all, to keep one another and this congregation in our prayers. Let us continually seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance through this journey down new and unfamiliar roads, remembering that somehow this is all a part of God’s plan and God is with us throughout this time.
May God’s Grace and Peace be with us all,
Rev. Laura Niles Finch
There was no question that we had ample ice cream at our Social Sunday afternoon August 16th. Multiple flavors combined with numerous toppings and cookies enabled everyone to feel delightfully full. A small turnout did not dampen enthusiasm for three enjoyable games of Bingo. On the last game, Reverend Laura Finch had her entire card filled with the exception of the one number needed to say BINGO! Maybe next time…
Congratulations to winners Enid Kelley, Jordan Shilling and Wilma Williams. The prizes, Big Jax and Squirt Guns! Yes, a few people did get treated to some surprise sprinkles. It is important to remain children at heart!
For all who attended, we thank you for your participation and for your help in cleaning up. Thanks also to Russ for creatively crafting ice cream cone centerpieces. For those who were unable to be there, we missed you. The Fellowship Committee will be letting you know when another social opportunity is planned.
Evangelism and Concern Committee will next meet on Wednesday September 2 at 10:00 A.M.
P.W. Circle will resume monthly meetings starting back up on Tuesday September 8 at 9:30 A.M. For this month’s meeting, Pauline Blossom will be teaching the lesson and Connie Berckes will be hostess. We are studying JOSHUA, a journey of faith.
Choir practice will resume on Wednesday September 16 at 7:00 P.M. winding up the summer break. Come and sing or learn to do hand bells.
Evangelism & Concern
The Mission and Stewardship Committee is highlighting the work of Lend-A-Hand of Roswell, Inc. this month. Lend-A-Hand's mission is to foster the growth and expansion of human and community services. They address the problems of poverty, hunger, homelessness, and other issues affecting the quality of life with the funding and resources available. The office for LAH is at 300 N. Missouri in the Presbyterian Center building.
Member Agencies of LAH are Good Samaritan Food Program, Roswell Outreach, Presbyterian Outreach, Community Kitchen of Roswell, and Salvation Army Food Bank and Emergency Shelter. LAH operates as an umbrella under which these Agencies function in cooperation with each other and whomever they serve.
Good Sam Food Program managed by Rosemary Smith, located at St. Peter's Church, provides emergency grocery items, clothing, blankets, coats, and household items to those in need. Roswell Outreach, under direction of Phil Rubinstein assists with emergency food needs, clothing, and on Thursday mornings provide showers for homeless folks. Presbyterian Outreach, directed by Laura Torrez, supplies emergency assistance with utilities, prescriptions, transportation, and eyeglass and dental needs.
Community Kitchen located in the basement of St. Peter's Church provides hot meals every weekday and sack lunches on the week-ends. The Salvation Army assists with emergencies for utility cut-offs, rent, food, bus tickets, clothing and discounts on medical needs. Emergency shelter is made available by securing local motel rooms.
Donations to Lend-A-Hand are shared with the Agencies to support their missions. At Westminster we designate each fifth Sunday as Lend-A-Hand Sunday and remind you to bring your donations of food items and/or cash at that time. Last year our monetary gifts from Westminster to LAH totaled $1,811.35.
Don’t forget the Hoedown for Hunger, formerly known as the Lend-a-Hand’s Summer Soiree. It will be held on September 24th, 6 pm to 9 pm at St. Peter’s Gym, 111 East Deming.
There will be supper, dancing to the Tom Blake Trio + 4, a silent auction and more going on. Tickets are available now by calling 575-623-8412.
Please call the Church office for the new addresses of the following:
Dottie & Jason Parsons & Lee Perkett
As chairperson of the Worship Committee, I especially want to say “Thank You” to Phyllis Lester, Patty Voorhees, Ann Dye, Pauline Blossom and Sharon Howell. This committee has extra duties until an interim minister is selected.
We secured someone to fill the pulpit every Sunday. One of our committee members delivered a very memorable sermon. We have provided Liturgists and ushers, and a floral offering every week. We have also had someone either to play the organ or the taped music prepared by Sharon. (Thank you John Hoover and Julia Esquibel.)
If anyone feels called to volunteer as a member of the Worship Committee, we would welcome your help!
Sympathy is extended to Delores Mayberry of Artesia on the loss of her husband ‘Red’.
Also to Val Thoreson of Santa Paula CA who’s husband Syd lost his battle with cancer this month.
Our prayers are with both families in their time of grief.
The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.
Remember Westminster in your will.
MUSTARD ROAST BEEF
Yield: 8 servings
Source: "1,001 Delicious Recipes for People with Diabetes"
- 1/4 cup apricot preserves
- 2-4 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
- 2-3 teaspoons reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
- 1 teaspoon crushed caraway seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon crushed black, or mixed, peppercorns
- 1 boneless beef sirloin tip roast, fat trimmed (about 2 pounds)
Mix all ingredients except beef in medium bowl. Spread on
all surfaces of meat. Place meat on rack in roasting pan.
Roast at 350 degrees F. until meat thermometer registers 140
degrees (medium), or 160 degrees (well done), 30 to 45 minutes.
Next month’s recipe will be supplied by Patty Mitcham. Tag Patty!
¨ September 1, 7 PM. Property & Worship committee meetings
¨ September 2, 10 AM. Evangelism 7 Concern Committee Meeting
¨ September 8, 9:30 AM. PW Circle
¨ September 8, 7 PM. Session Meeting
¨ September 14, 2 PM. Mission & Stewardship Committee Meeting
¨ September 24, 6 PM, Lend-A-Hand Hoedown
¨ September 27, Cents-Ability
¨ September 28, 9 AM. Piece Maker’s Day
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