Weekly e-News Friday, May 2, 2014
Sunday Worship times: 8:45 a.m. Traditional, 11:00 a.m. Contemporary. Coffee and snacks are served after the first service; Sunday School for all ages at 10:00 a.m.
Bible Studies Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Collision HS group after school on Wednesday.
Xtreme Faith meets Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. for a light meal with families for our last gathering of the season.
Mission Opportunity: Dive In Day 2014 is Saturday, May 3. Dive In Day is a ministry opportunity as we get together with volunteers from First Presbyterian Church and reach out to make a difference in the community in the name of Christ. The event begins with breakfast at First Pres. 7:30-8:15 a.m. It’s not too late to sign up to participate from a selection of projects that start at 8:30 a.m.: Spring cleaning at the Banquet; clean out and reorganize the pantry at St Francis House; Glory House spring cleaning/painting; gardening at Heartland House (weather permitting); Habitat for Humanity; visiting nursing homes to share your pets; making and tying quilts for cancer patients; also some other projects at the church. There are sign-up sheets at church by the mailboxes or call Mike McCallum for details at 361-4967.
Craft Club: Spring is here, I think. The birds think so anyway. With that in mind, it would be nice to make something for our outdoor spaces. GARDEN TOTEMS will be our May project. You will need to bring a variety of glass/ceramic items with which you will create your totem. This is a good chance to use any old vases, plates, or other glass/ceramic items. Search thrift shops or rummages for items if you need more. Search Pinterest, google, etc., garden totems for ideas. The glue will be provided for a small fee for this project, or bring your own. E6000 is recommended. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 17th at 10 a.m. to try this craft with Peggy Jensen.
Here are some ideas:
Wild Flower Rummage Sale is Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 26 thru 28.
While spring cleaning; please set items aside for our Rummage Sale. With everyone’s help, either with donation of items, assisting with set up, sorting, selling and take down, this can be a real church-wide victory. Items can be brought to church for storage until the sale.
We need volunteers right away to make and distribute signs around the neighborhood.
Lana is looking for someone to help her organize this project.
Set up will be June 25! Sale June 26 thru 28
The Sermon Sunday is “Walking and Talking With Jesus” from Psalm 116:1-19- responding to God for the blessings we receive; and Luke 24:13-35- Jesus on the road to Emmaus
“They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?’” Luke 24:32
The first Sunday each month we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Sunday is also a special day as we add two new members to the Wild Flower Presbyterian Church family when Bret Daggett and Chandra Anderson will be formally received into membership during the 11:00 a.m. worship. We also look forward two weeks to May 11 when Siena Hawkins will join during the 8:45 a.m. service. There is a background information for each of them in the May-June Newsletter.
Around Church this Week:
We were very thankful for each of those who helped with our Spring Work Day as well as those who brought, served and cleaned up after a refreshing lunch. We appreciate the efforts of Marilynn Parham, Joan Reich, LaVonne Volzke, Peggy Jensen, Lana Semelsberger, Toni Healey, and Chandra Anderson on the inside of the building and windows in and out. Roger Parham, Gary Van Regenmorter, Dick Thompson, Pastor Dave and a dozen of our Nepali friends and neighbors worked to set pavers along the shed, hauled dirt around the church raising the cement water dispersers under the downspouts and filled various holes on the lawn, and fencing the garden.
Greg Parham rewired and replaced the light fixture outside the front door. We can give thanks for his gift every time we see the doors bathed in bright light.
Thanks for the group of faithful ladies who came Friday morning to put the newsletter together and in the boxes as well as those copies that were mailed. This week was a little extra for me in the office as I took on Leola’s normal duties and finished and printed the newsletter while Leola is recovering from her fall, after stepping off a curb and not realizing that there was a curb there.
The light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and her makeup.
As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up..
He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, the jailor approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, ”I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, giving the guy in front of you the finger, and cursing at him like mad. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, so naturally… I assumed you had stolen the car.”
Birthdays this Week:
Please keep the family of Joyce Gries in your prayers after the passing of her son, Ron, on Monday. In addition, Joyce fell while disembarking from the plane when she returned from Mississippi, and is in pain.
Thursday, May 1, was National Day of Prayer. Since the National Prayer Breakfast that every president except Barak Obama has attended, Dr. James Dobson has been catching a great deal of criticism for sharing a stance against abortion in reflecting on current legal battles his organization is facing over being required by the Affordable Care Act to fund abortions through the type of insurance coverage (very similar to the struggles of Hobby Lobby except Dobson’s is an explicitly Christian organization). I have included an article below.
This week we might focus on how Christian issues affect and impact our country. To lift up our government and individual officials in our prayers.
Please keep in prayer: Joyce Gries and Leola Bergeson– both fell this week and are recovering Lana Semelsberger; Lew Carpenter; Donna Haffner– biopsy found more cancer; Jack Auringer; Wilma Altena; Wendell Pribyl; Jim and Edith St. Clair; For Arlene Lewis, Dale Klutman, Pete and Dolores Van Regenmorter– pray for balance, core strength and protection from falls.
Janice Hahn storms out of National Day of Prayer gathering over James Dobson’s abortion ‘rant’
By Donna Littlejohn, The Daily Breeze; Posted: 05/01/14, 8:04 PM PDT
Harbor Area Rep. Janice Hahn stormed out of Thursday’s National Day of Prayer gathering on Capitol Hill, saying she was outraged by what she later characterized as a “hateful political rant.”
Evangelical Christian radio host James Dobson delivered strong words to President Barack Obama, who was not in attendance, over his administration’s position on abortion, calling Obama the “abortion president.”
“When the ranting and rambling started about Planned Parenthood, I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ ” Hahn said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles News Group later in the day. “So I stood up and shouted, ‘This is completely inappropriate for the National Day of Prayer’ and stormed out.”
Dobson’s wife, Shirley, serves as chairwoman of the event, also was among the speakers.
Hahn, who had come to hear keynote speaker Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, said Dobson’s comments “did harm” to the bipartisan spirit in which the event, in its 63rd year, is held.
Dobson, who founded the conservative organization Focus on the Family, told those gathered in the Cannon Caucus Room that before Obama was elected “he made it very clear that he wanted to be the abortion president.” “He didn’t make any bones about it, that this is something that he really was going to promote and support. And he has done that. And in a sense, he is the abortion president.”
Specifically, Dobson took the Obama administration to task over the Obamacare mandate that employers, including Dobson’s organization, must provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and other contraceptives or face a fine.
During his remarks, Dobson read a letter he sent to his supporters and political leaders stating that the “assault on the sanctity of human life takes me where I cannot go,” adding that as a matter of religious conviction and conscience that he would refuse to pay the fine.
Many in the audience gave Dobson a standing ovation.
Later, Hahn tweeted: “James Dobson’s hateful political rant had no place at the #NatlPrayerBreakfast.”
Asked about the response from the stage to her walkout, Hahn said she was seated in the back and that Dobson “didn’t stop talking.” Hahn said that she’s considering writing a personal letter to Dobson. “This was just such an affront to me personally and religiously, it was an affront to everything we are trying to do in Washington, D.C., to not bring politics into our congressional prayer (gatherings).”
Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, co-chair with Hahn of the weekly congressional prayer breakfast, told the Washington, D.C., publication Roll Call that he understood Hahn’s frustration. “I can understand Janice’s position and, as co-chairman of the National Prayer Breakfast, which every president [before Obama] has attended for the last 63 years, we work really hard to keep politics completely out of that.”
He also told the publication that Dobson’s religious beliefs and stand on abortion are inseparable.
“I can also well understand Dr. Dobson’s frustration because it is their belief that assisting in any way, including providing funding for abortion, is a sin. It’s not something that he should support and so he felt like this was a good time to let people know what he was going through. So I understand that.”
Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<