July 2019 Newsletter

Announcements

Service Circle for July is Rebecca.

Worship begins at 10:00am

Administrative Assistant - Sylvia Linda Kaktins 204-636-2259
Council Chair - Dolores Hall 204-636-2415

Every week you can be part of helping feed many hungry people in body and spirit by bringing non- perishable food for the Southquill and Area Food Bank. There are boxes and baskets by the pew in the Narthex.

In Reach/Out Reach Committee

If you know of someone who would like a visit please contact Viola Burkett, Dolores Hall, Mary Nichols, or Heather Howdle.

Council News

FaithLife Financial will discontinue the POP (Pre-authorized Offering Program) as of 10 August 2019. Council is investigating possible alternative solutions including E-transfers, electronic fund transfers through the bank or EFT Canada (recommended by FaithLife) which charges a flat rate of $9.95 a month and $0.50 per transaction.

Congregational Picnic at LaVerne Uhl’s on Wednesday, July 24th at 5:30 p.m. Please BYO meat to barbeque, beverage, utensils, pot-luck dish and chair. Everyone welcome! If it rains on July 24th, alternate date is July 31st, same time and place.

Submitted by Benita Nylen

ELW News

Service Circle - Rebecca

No circle meetings in July.

The general meeting was held on Wednesday June 19th with 10 members present. It was decided to send $500.00 to LAMP to help with Vacation Bible School in the North.

To the end of June the following items have been sent to CLWR: Large Quilts: 145
Small Quilts: 49
Blankets: 8
Layettes: 50
Thank you to all for your support.

The Westman Fall Workshop will be in Erickson on Saturday October 5th. Remember Your Prayer Partner and have a safe, happy summer.

Submitted by Dolores Hall

Worship and Music

Since January 2019, we have learned six new hymns. Congratulations for being courageous, “Hallelujah! YES, PRAISE the Lord! Sing him a new song. Sing his praises, all his people.” Psalm 149:1

The new hymn for July is #407, O Living Breath of God. The words for this song was written by Osvaldo Catena, who was born in Santa Fe Province, Argentina. It was translated from Spanish into English by Gerhard M. Cartford. The melody is a Swedish folk tune.

Happy singing, “Come now, and fill our spirits; pour out your gifts abundant. O Living Breath of God, Holy Spirit, breathe in us as we pray.”

Pastor's FArewell

Summer has arrived, the hot times are upon us. We work to do what the season brings. make hay, weed the garden, mow the yard, pick the produce. For students it is a time of play, chores, perhaps a summer job. We may take a break and go to the beach or on a hike, or go to visit relatives and friends. Our lives follow similar patterns stretching over years instead of months. We begin as helpless babies, we grow and learn, we mature and become productive, we have children and nurture them, we work to provide for their future and ours, we let the next generation take over and then, hopefully enjoy the fruits of our labours until we die.

This cycle of life that is part of Gods creation is one that reflects the Creator’s intentions for us. The cycle of life has given us the gifts of foresight and evaluation. Every generation is given more insight and more capabilities, but to what end? In Genesis humans are given the task to rule over the earth. That means to care for it since part of ruling is responsibility. We rely on the earth for our existence. As humans we have a responsibility to care for the creation for our future and for the future of all living things.

We don t seem to be doing as well at this as we might. That too is part of the dynamic of life. We learn as we fail. The beginning of Jesus message to us is "Repent for the kingdom of God is near to you". When you make mistakes, learn from them so you can change your ways.

Part of the care for creation is the care we have for each other. As we relate to one another we make mistakes. Knowing what we‘ve done is wrong allows us to learn and reconcile with others. The first step is admitting that we have done something wrong. People avoid this because we have this sense that admitting a mistake means that we are weak and vulnerable, but admitting mistakes is actually the sign of a person who is strong. Jesus calls us to be perfect, or complete, and how can we be whole unless we admit our imperfections so that they may be made perfect by God‘s forgiveness. By God‘s grace we have been saved through faith (or trust) in God’s forgiveness. This effect is multiplied as we extend our forgiveness to others when they do wrong to us. Let us enjoy the summer and the cycle of life that God has given us, and let us see the handiwork of the Creator everywhere.

As I write this I am conscious that I will no longer be your Pastor after June 30th. Although we will miss you all, I am happy that both you and us are in Gods hands who will provide for you and us in the future. Remember to support one another in the proclaiming of the Good News of Jesus, and Gods Holy Spirit be with you all....Amen

Happy Retirement!

Pastor Jim Vickers

Deacon Hilde Vickers

Sandra Hall