February Newsletter

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Pastor’s Perspective

February 2017

I read the first creation story from Genesis again the other day (Genesis 1:1-2:2:4). I really have no idea how many times I’ve read the story. But each time I’ve read it I’m stuck by the relational rhythmic beauty of the sequence and its telling. What also touches me deeply is the intimacy present throughout the story including the self-revelation of God. Everything is interrelated and flows from the wellspring of Living Word in relationship to Holy Breath and the mysterious power of the Creator.

Light is present before sun and moon. Chaos loses its hold as harmonious separation of land and sea occurs giving rise to life. God is revealed as “our,” revealing God as One but in a plural relationship within God’s self. This same intimate relationship is then commuted to humanity as we are created, female and male, in God’s image. The whole of creation reflects an intricate, interwoven, sensual dance. Each portion is unique as each element is intertwined and linked within the vibrant whole. Everyone and everything impacts the other. From simplicity arises a complexity of the whole, which then reemerges as simplicity. It is artistry in motion.

The story invites us to step into who we are as God’s created; unique and wondrously made. And, in Living Breath, we integrally joined to one and another and all of creation. Interruptions or distortions of the sequential harmony of God’s creation reverberates throughout the whole of existence. When one is hungry, diseased, forgotten, oppressed, or unjustly destroyed it inevitably effects the whole. This is an inescapable reality of God’s created elegance and order. We are created to live in intimate relationship with all that exists. On the seventh day God created rest as a gift and promise of reconnection for the whole. We are God’s as we are one another’s. Look to the cross and to the resurrection to discover, or rediscover, the symmetrical cycle of grace of wholeness blessed from the hand of God.

Peace,

Pastor Mike


Thought to Ponder

Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation!

Pope Francis


BIBLE STUDY AT WILLOW BROOK

Presbyterian Women invites all women of the church and their friends to attend a special Bible Study with residents of Willow Brook on February 21 at 10 a.m.

We will meet and discuss some of what we’ve learned and experienced in our study “Come to the Waters” where we’ve been studying about water in the Bible and in our lives: Creation, Baptism, God’s Protection, Faith, Justice, Forgiveness, and Compassion.

Come and join our fellowship with church members who can no longer travel to us so we’re going to meet with them at their residence and share our Bible Study with them.

Mark your calendars. Everyone is Welcome! We look forward to seeing you then and there.


PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN

The next women’s Bible Study lesson, Lesson 6-7—Justice and Forgiveness, will meet February16 at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The Circle of Caring will follow Bible Study.


PRESBYTERIAN WOMAN READERS

Homestead Presbyterian Women’s Literature Chairman, Suzie Harder, is reminding women that she will be asking for the names of those who have participated in the literature program by March 15. In past years, at least 12 women have participated in this program. The requirement is four books or articles from four Horizons magazines.


GUATAMALEAN CHILD

The Embrace program has provided us with an updated picture of the child we are supporting. The new picture and a form with his new health and family information are posted on the Mission bulletin board.


PRAYER CHAIN MINISTRY

Anyone interested in being a part of this ministry may call the Church Office and leave their name and phone number. If you are interested, but would like more information, call Lorna Cleland, 402-362-5601 or 621-614-6558.


LIBRARY NOTES

New books on the reading table this month are the following:

Revenge of the Middle-Aged Women

The Name of God is Mercy

A Place To Come Home To

Elizabeth Buchan’s, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, introduces the reader to Rose Lloyd, a woman of young middle age who proves that one can start over regardless of age. Her marriage and her job both end at the same time, unexpectedly. Terrified, then energized by her freedom, she sets out to begin rebuilding her life. It is a wonderful, thoughtful, and funny coming of middle age story.

The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis is a conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Torniella. Francis discusses his reasons for The Holy Year of Mercy by remembering happenings from his youth and anecdotes from his life as a pastor. He speaks to everyone about the need for God’s mercy, including himself.

In Melody Carlson’s novel, A Place To Come Home To, a mother, Maggie Carpenter, decides her successful job as a news reporter isn’t as important as moving to a quaint place in Oregon. The job listing on the Internet turns out to have many challenges, including many dark secrets. She attempts to befriend members of the community to solve the problems and secrets, but her plans are often met with distrust. It is a tale of intrigue, inspiration and faith renewed.

GREETERS FOR FEBRUARY 2017

5 (E) LORI HESER

(K) LINDA TOMS 

(W) NITA WORKMAN


12 (E) KEN GALE

(K) SUSAN GALE

(W) GREGG HEIDEN


19 (E) GARY ZOUBEK

(K) PAM ZOUBEK

(W) GEN JOHNSON


26 (E) MARILYN SPROCK

(K) ROBERT SPROCK

(W) STAN JENSEN


COFFEE FELLOWSHIP

5 JUDY MANEELY

12 KAREN BERGEN

19 LYNDA ZIEG

26 ANN PHILSON


CANDLELIGHTERS

5 RENEE KUCERA

12 EMMA NOLAN

19 RORY HUBER

26 MADELYN HEIDEN


THE CHARGE

CYNDI ATCHISON

12 B.J. SIEVERS (WA)

19 DONNA EHLERS

26 DEB HOLMES


SOUND SYSTEM

JOHN HOLMES

12 SHANNON NOLAN

19 CARYN EICKHOFF

26 MARTIN WORKMAN


USHERS FOR FEBRUARY 2017

B.J. SIEVERS

TEAM 1 KARL SHERMAN

JASON SHERMAN

STEVE SHERMAN


12 GARY ZOUBEK

TEAM 2 PAM ZOUBEK

DICK HODGE

SUE HODGE


19 KEN GALE

TEAM 3 SUSAN GALE

CHRIS TIETMEYER

DAWSON TIETMEYER


26 CLINT PHILSON

TEAM 4 ANN PHILSON

LORI HESER

LORNA CLELAND


COMMUNION SERVERS

FEBRUARY 5

GAIL NORDLUND

CINDY NABER

ANN PHILSON

CLINT PHILSON

DALE OLSON

NANCY WALFORD

KIM GARNER

GARY ZOUBEK

DALE KAHLA

STAN JENSEN


COMMUNION PREPARERS

FEBRUARY 5

DONNA EHLERS


MARCH 5

NANCY QUIRING


APRIL 2

SUE HODGE

IF YOU CANNOT WORK AS SCHEDULED, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILTY TO FIND A SUBSTITUTE. PLEASE NOTIFY THE TEAM LEADER AND THE CHURCH OFFICE OF ANY CHANGES.