Weekly e-News Friday, February 27, 2015

Looking Ahead

           Sunday Worship times: 8:45 a.m., 10:00 Sunday School, 11:00 Contemporary Worship

Bible Study Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Bible Study Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

WoW youth group Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 1, we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion

           Thank you to those who have paid their Per Capita of $26.27. This amount for each member is sent to the Presbytery from our general fund. Your re-imbursement is greatly appreciated.

           The Deacons have an Easter Gift for each family. This Sunday they will be handing out the second article of your Easter Collection. This piece is the bag of silver given to Judas for his betrayal of Jesus. Each week you will receive another piece taking us thru the life of Jesus leading to his crucifixion and rising on Easter morning. If your family has not received their cross be sure to ask the deacons for yours. Stop at the table in the entry way as you are leaving church. We hope that this Easter Collection will be special to your family for years to come. Note that the silver is dated 2015 marking this collection to the year you received it.

            The Sermon Sunday is “What’s Your Price?” from Genesis 37:18-28- Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery; and Matthew 26:6-16- Judas is paid 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus

“The Passover is coming and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Matthew 26:2.

The Choir will sing at 8:45 a.m.

Around Church this Week:

            Joyce Carpenter broke her hip after a great time in Bible study Tuesday evening. In some ways it is unfortunate that it happened as she was stepping over a curb at church, but in other ways it was a blessing to have others around to help before the ambulance arrived, and I was able to ride with Lew to the hospital and help make the connections there.

We had an offer Sunday morning to match donations to purchase an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) for the church in case of an emergency- heart attack. Please continue to share your thoughts with one of the Elders.

Thank you to Lanny Auringer for clearing snow off the parking lot on Wednesday.

Nichole Stoll is busy preparing materials for the WoW youth program that goes from now until Easter. Please contact Nichole if you might be able to help provide a meal or prepare one if the ingredients are provided. Help would also be appreciated for helping with craft and game times.

I am attending the meeting of the Presbytery of South Dakota in Onida today (Friday).

           Xtreme Faith Youth have a fundraiser in the form of discount cards. We hope you will buy one and tell others about it. #1- it is a fundraiser for Wild Flower youth ministry, you can think of it as a donation to the work. #2- it is an investment for you that will yield positive returns. If you use this card to for things you would do anyway- pizza, KFC, A & W, oil changes, tires, etc. – you will make a profit.

Chuckle: “The One whose throne is in heaven sits laughing. . . .” (Psalms 2:4)

One Sunday morning after church I was talking to a friend whom I hadn’t seen in some time. We chatted our way out to the parking lot before I remembered I had left my purse in the church pew. Returning to it, I found the purse gone. The minister, seeing me from his open office door, walked out with my bag in his hand.
“I thought I’d better put it in here for safekeeping,” he said. “You never know—someone might consider it an answer to prayer.”

—Eunice Cook, Marysville, OH. Christian Reader, “Lite Fare.”

 Birthdays this Week:

27 Arlene Lewis
2 LaVonne Volzke
2 Doris Harmer

Prayer Thought:

           2 Myths About Prayer by Dr. Steve McSwain

What many people have been taught to believe about prayer is just plain wrong. Here are four myths about prayer and some thoughts on how prayer may become more meaningful to you.

Myth #1: God is not “out there somewhere” Stop thinking of God as “out there somewhere” in the heavens. Instead, think of God as inside yourself.  The breath God breathed into the first humans (Gen.2:7) is the life of God in each of us. Stop thinking of yourself as separate from God. You aren’t.

Myth #2: Those who believe the most get the most. There is no proper “belief” to which you must subscribe before God will hear your prayers. Furthermore, there is no minimum amount of faith you must acquire in order to deserve Divine attention. God is not gasoline tank into which you pump the fuel of faith and, after having reached the proper limit, the pistons fire and the answers flow.

Let go of all such thinking. Instead, think of “believing” as “trusting.” Offer your prayers but make “trusting” your practice.  Praying to God may take no effort; trusting God will take a lifetime of practice.

Please keep in prayer: Joyce Carpenter– broken hip; Elvena Hyronimus- recovering from a light stroke; Rev. Dean Meeter – new spots of cancer on his pancreas, chemo is the only option; Christa DeRemiggio, Leona Kinsey; Eldora Hayes; Joyce Gries; Nicole Stoll; Dale Klutman; For Arlene Lewis, Pete and Dolores Van Regenmorter– pray for balance, core strength and protection from falls.

From PCUSA News:

Utah highest, Vermont lowest on newest church attendance poll

February 24, 2015

Forty-two percent of Americans say they attend church or synagogue once a week or almost every week, while 43% say that they seldom or never attend church. These self-reported worship service rates vary significantly from state to state. A special Gallup Poll analysis of more than 68,000 interviews conducted over the past two years shows that reported church attendance is highest in the Southern states, in Utah, and in certain Midwestern states, while church attendance is lowest in the New England states, Nevada, and other Western states.

This analysis is based on responses to this question, “How often do you attend church or synagogue — at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom, or never?”

The analysis is based on an aggregated dataset of 68,031 interviews, conducted by Gallup between January 2004 and March 2006.

The overall response patterns for the general American population are as follows:

How often do you attend church or synagogue?
Frequency Percentage
Once a week 21,333 31
Almost every week 7,239 11
Once a month 9,069 13
Seldom 18,273 27
Never 11,103 16
Don’t know 152 Less than 0.5%
Refused 862 1
Total 68,031

The basic structure of self-reported church attendance suggests a relatively evenly divided population. A little more than 4 in 10 Americans report being regular church attenders — those who go to services every week or almost every week. About the same percentage of Americans report being infrequent church attenders — those who seldom or never go to church. Thirteen percent attend once a month, while about 2% don’t know or refuse to answer.

Previous Gallup analysis confirms that reported church attendance varies widely by subgroup. Women are more likely to attend than men, older Americans are more likely to attend than younger Americans, blacks are more likely to attend than whites, and members of specific religious groups and denominations are more likely to attend than members of other groups.

The large sample size available in this analysis allows Gallup to look at variation in reported church attendance across another variable of interest: geographic location.

The table below displays the reported church attendance within each of the 48 contiguous states of the Union (Alaska and Hawaii are not routinely included in national polls due to time zone differences). The sample sizes in some smaller states such as the District of Columbia, Wyoming, and North Dakota are small, but in no instance do sample sizes for any individual state drop below 150, providing reasonably stable estimates even for these smaller states. (South Dakota is #19)

It is clear that there is wide variation in reported church attendance across these 48 states. The range is 34 percentage points, from a high of 58% attendance in Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina to a low of 24% in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Certain broad geographic patterns are clear:

Church attendance is much higher in the South than in any other specific region. Of the traditionally Southern states, Virginia has the lowest reported church attendance rate (44%), which is still above the national average (42%).

Church attendance is high in Utah (55%). Previous Gallup research has shown that Mormons have a very high “yield” of church attendance among their members, and Utah is the most heavily Mormon state in the Union.

Church attendance is high in certain Midwestern states, including in particular Nebraska (53%).

At the other end of the spectrum, the data make it clear that reported church attendance is lowest in the New England states — New Hampshire (24%), Vermont (24%), Rhode Island (28%), Massachusetts (31%), and Maine (31%). The only slight exception is the New England state of Connecticut (37%), where church attendance is somewhat closer to the average.

Church attendance is also lower in Nevada (27%) and other Western states, including Washington (32%), California (32%), and Oregon (32%).

The five most populous states in the Union are California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Illinois. Church attendance is below average in California, New York, and Florida, above average in Texas, and right at average in Illinois.

Another way of looking at these data is to subtract the percent who say they seldom or never attend church from the percent who attend weekly or almost every week. That figure can be called “net church attendance”.

Based on this variable, there are four states with a net church attendance of 30 percentage points or more — Louisiana (+33), Mississippi (+33), Alabama (+31), and South Carolina (+30).

There are three states that have a net church attendance of -30 or less — Vermont (-38), New Hampshire (-37), and Nevada (-33).

How Often Do You Attend Church or Synagogue?
Aggregate from Gallup Poll interviews
January 2004-March 2006
Once a week Almost every week Once week or almost every week Number of Interviews
% % %
Alabama 45 13 58 1,120
Louisiana 44 14 58 1,015
South Carolina 44 14 58 1,005
Mississippi 45 12 57 620
Utah 44 11 55 673
Arkansas 43 11 55 783
Nebraska 39 15 53 436
North Carolina 39 14 53 2,191
Tennessee 40 12 52 1,502
Georgia 39 13 52 1,920
Oklahoma 38 12 50 960
Texas 37 13 49 4,119
Kentucky 39 10 48 1,252
Kansas 35 12 47 714
West Virginia 35 11 46 620
Indiana 35 11 46 1,571
Missouri 34 11 46 1,569
Iowa 31 14 46 886
South Dakota 31 14 45 206
Virginia 32 13 44 1,817
Minnesota 30 14 44 1,379
Delaware 33 11 43 180
Wisconsin 29 14 43 1,358
Idaho 33 11 43 486
Pennsylvania 33 10 43 3,984
North Dakota 32 11 43 165
Ohio 33 9 43 2,955
Illinois 31 11 42 2,317
Michigan 30 12 42 2,186
NATIONAL AVERAGE 31 11 42 68,031
Maryland 28 13 41 1,274
New Mexico 33 8 41 512
Florida 30 9 39 3,514
Connecticut 27 10 37 865
Wyoming 25 11 36 190
Arizona 27 9 35 1,303
Colorado 25 10 35 1,335
New Jersey 26 9 34 1,688
Montana 23 11 34 387
District of Columbia 25 9 33 117
New York 25 8 33 3,871
Oregon 23 9 32 1,116
California 23 8 32 6,601
Washington 23 9 32 1,783
Maine 25 7 31 477
Massachusetts 24 7 31 1,586
Rhode Island 20 8 28 274
Nevada 20 7 27 525
Vermont 16 8 24 226
New Hampshire 17 7 24 399


Eternally Blessed,    

Pastor Dave Ullom <*}}}<.

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