From the Pastor
I know that the church bat has been keeping all informed about what goes on around and in the church. I am just amazed that when someone mentions something that needs to be done, it is done.
October 10th our first mission speaker will deliver the message at the 11:00 am service, with a potluck to follow. So, with the potluck on that date, I mentioned it to Rita Salter and she said she would take care of it. When I am in the building alone, at times I hear a noise and there Rita is taking care of some detail, like making sure that the pews are clean, all the forms are in the pews and the pencils are sharpened. No fuss, she just gets it done. Thanks, Rita, for doing all the “little” things that make the church run smoothly.
Boy, was I surprised when I stepped into the basement last Friday morning. As most of you are aware, we had a basement full of water. This was ground water that our three sump pumps were not able to handle. Again, a call went out and helped arrived. Vic and Sharon Vanderville, their daughter Jenny, and her husband Ray just waded right in and started moving furniture out of the water. Vic brought another sump pump in, placed it in the kitchen, and rearranged the discharge pipes. Shirley Reno came and helped with the mopping up, along with Pat McConnell on the squeegee. Sandy Houghton and Bill Turek also came and helped. Water finally stopped during the night on Sunday. During church service, Vic asked for help in sanitizing the basement and quite a crew showed up. Thanks to all who came Tuesday to clean and sanitize the basement and move the furniture back in place. The city is going to look into the water problem, as we did not have this problem prior to Cedar Street being repaved. The city has contacted the engineers who were on the project and they are at this time investigating.
Again, thanks to all.
Grace and peace,
2 Maggie Morrison
3 David Kaiser
4 Audrey Newborn
5 Belinda Gardapee
10 Cory Gardapee
13 Silas Bromley
13 Sharon Vanderville
13 Michaela Weinert
15 Donna Lindberg
18 Christian Lawrence
19 Monica Giles
19 Ashley Jahn
19 Jas Lopez
20 Brett Tallman
26 Pat Duyck
27 Pete Moore
27 Stacey Morrison
22 Hank & Carol Weinert
Memorial gifts have been given in the names of:
· by Rita & Louie Salter
· by Mr. & Mrs. Tom Burge
Thank you Sharon and Vic Vanderville for all the big and little things you do for the church and secretary.
—The Spoiled Princess
Thank you Shirley Reno for filling in at the church office.
The date for the October General Meeting of the UMW has been changed in observance of Mission Celebration 2010. The meeting will be held Monday, October 11.The day will begin at 11 AM with a presentation by a Mission Interpreter. This program will be followed by a luncheon in the Interpreter’s honor. The event is open to all interested and I encourage you to attend this informative program.The UMW meeting will follow the luncheon and will feature the annual Pledge Service led by Darlene Pruess. (The November general meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3. At 1:30 PM and will feature our annual Thank Offering.)This year, our annual UMW Sunday will be held on Oct. 10 in observance of Celebrating the Joy of Mission. The message will be presented by a Mission Interpreter and the rest of the service will be presented by UMW members. In addition, the youth who have completed their special reading program will be recognized.It’s not too soon to make plans for our annual Christmas Tea. This will be held on Saturday, December 4, at 1 PM in fellowship hall of our church. The theme of the program will be music. Plan now to attend and bring your friends. Also, start working on your items (if you haven’t already) to be included in the Mini-Bazaar. As in the past, the proceeds of the sale will benefit local non-profit agencies.Looking even further ahead, the UMW Christmas Party will be Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 5:30 PM. The party will begin with a potluck dinner, which will be followed by a program created by our own talented Janet Helmbold. This event is always a great way to welcome in the holiday season and close the UMW books on the year. It is open to all FUMC women and guests. Mark this date in your calendars now.
SPOTLIGHT ON MISSIONS
—Norma Johnson, Coordinator
Mujila Falls Agricultural Centre in Zambia
Selling more than 1,000 eggs per day is not an easy chore. Our chickens have been transferred to our newly refurbished building and are now producing about 1,300 eggs per day. It takes us two hours or more just to get the eggs over the rough roads to Mwinilunga. We are looking for a partner who will agree to just a 20 percent markup.
Our latest news has been the birth of our first four calves from our heifer and a new bull, Baluba. All four calves are heifers, which is just what we want. Our old bull produced mostly bull calves and this greatly slowed the growth of our small herd!
The maize crop is about to be harvested and is looking better than any previous crop. This week we are hauling in the soybeans and preparing our crib to receive the new corn crop. Also, this year we are receiving many more bananas, plantains, guavas, and pineapples. My canning jars are now all full and our freezer is about half full of processed fruit.
In other news, we have started a second preschool daycare center at our church in Kanyama and already have about 40 students. Last year we hosted Annual Conference and participated in the Mwinilunga District Agriculture Show, good venues for showing our projects.
by the Rev. Paul L. Webster, a Global Ministries missionary serving the Mujila Falls Agriculture Centre in Kanyamba, Zambia
FOR OUR PRAYERFUL CONSIDERATION
Let us continue to lift one another in daily prayer. Here is a prayer guide to help you.
Robert, Shirley, Ryan Reno
Bill & Char Rohring
Louie & Rita Salter
Jim & Ginger Stark
Rick, Pam, Lynnelle, Brett Tallman
Tom & Marcia Tevelde
William & Gayle Tufnell
Cory, Holly, Jude, Linnea, Dayne,
Robert & Eleanore Weber
Henry & Carol Weinert
Kathy, Michaela Weinert
Bill & Shirley Westphal
Jack & Connie Whitsitt
Paul, Karen, Kaleb Ackley
Ron & Ruth Annelin
Rev Don & Polly Bedwell
Kevin & Carla Brower & family
Thomas & Phyllis Burge
Thomas Burge, Jr.
Ted & Louise Burson
Please keep the following people in your prayers: Jim Hagman, Wayne Weaver, Doug Finch, Marcus Coldsnow, Kathy Weber, Bill Hoar, Marilyn Fritz, Emma Tufnell, Norma Johnson, Shirley Westphal, Gene Johnson, Mae Gilroy, Clara Mersnick and Dorothy Hendricks.
Please remember those serving our country: Keegan Feichtenbiner in Iraq and Greg Mulligan.
Children’s Sunday School will begin November 7. If anyone is interested in teaching Sunday school please contact the church office. We are in need of a few items to get us started:
· 1 roll of clear adhesive contact paper
Please continue to watch the bulletin and newsletter for other items needed in the future
GFS Marketplace now offers enrollment online for the Fun Funds program. This will greatly reduce the amount of printed paper necessary to administer the program for our church. It makes it easier for our supporters to enroll and participate in the program. The web address which is specific for our church is: http://www.gfs.com/funfunds/home.page?OrgNumber=2305580.
If you have any questions please call the church office.
Bible Study Books are in. The cost is $10. Please see the church secretary.
Small home for rent. One of our church members has a small home for rent. For details, please call the church office.
Picture directory will be completed after all pictures have been taken. If you have NOT had your picture taken yet, please contact Shirley Reno or Sandy Houghton. Or if you have a photo (no copyrighted accepted) you would prefer to use, either mail or email it to the church.
A View from the Belfry
Hi from your resident bat! You know, I just don’t believe it! They’re at it again! Where do they get the know-how and the energy to do all the things they do? Since I’ve been here, they’ve remodeled the social hall and the bathrooms, installed a new back door and a protective roof over it, made moveable partitions for the Sunday school, fixed the folding doors to the sanctuary, planted flowers and maintained the landscaping around the church, built floats for parades, donated a crèche for outside the church at Christmas, and made a large angel to decorate the social hall for Christmas programs. Even at that, I’m not sure that I remember everything they’ve done! They also bring in beautiful home-grown flowers for the altar and fresh produce from their garden, just to give away. Now they’ve installed a ceiling fan in the secretary’s office, and are working on widening the doorway so she can move equipment and supplies in and out more easily. And for all this work, they don’t charge a dime! Wow! They’re here in the morning, the afternoon, and the evening. They may even be here all night, for all I know, but I’m not sure because that’s when I’m out catching insects for my dinner. Hmm. I wonder if they could build me an automatic mosquito dispenser so I wouldn’t have to work so hard for my meals. Well, even if they don’t come up with one, many, many thanks to Vic and Sharon Vanderville for all their hard work. You two are amazing!
LAY LEADER LINES
Q: I am writing a will, and would like to leave money to the church. However, I don’t want it to be used for paying the phone bill or covering insurance payments or other things like that. What can I do to be certain that my money will be used according to my wishes?
A: When you give the church a donation, you may specify how you want the money to be used. Your wishes are recorded and the money is deposited in an account set aside for specific uses rather than in the general account. We are very careful to use designated funds only for the purposes for which they are intended.
Q: What if I want my funds used for something special for church, but don’t know exactly what would be needed or useful?
A: You can consult with the pastor or a member of the Board of Trustees about what the church needs, or what would improve the church’s ability to fulfill its mission. In the past we have developed “wish lists” of suggestions which may give you an idea. You do not have to select something from such a list, of course. However, it may be best to consult with the pastor before designating how you want the money used, since there may be valid reasons why a specific item might not be welcomed. For instance, as much as a full-sized grand piano might be a wonderful gift, we could be hard pressed to find a place for it in this church!
Lectionary for October 2010
Lamentations 1:1-6 Psalm 137
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
2 Timothy 2:8-15
2 Timothy 3:14—4:5
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Starting last Wednesday, September 22, we received several inches of rain in 2 days. Friday morning, the church basement was flooded. Over 5 inches of rain water stood in some areas. The sump pumps just could not keep up with the water coming in. Members arrived at the church armed with mops and wearing boots.
Tuesday, September 28, a work bee came into the church to bleach and do clean up.
How blessed we are to have such wonderful, caring and ambitious members. Thank you to all of you for donating your time.