July Newsletter

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Pastor’s Perspective

July 2018

It feels natural to reflect on what it means to be free as we enter the month of July. July 4th marks the celebration of our national Declaration of Independence in 1776. Hopefully we each take to time to consider the historic cost of our national freedom, the price which was and is being paid for it. Freedom is a gift to be valued, not taken for granted. It is also odd in its nature in that as a “gift” it is something which requires vigilance and ongoing protection.

There is a form of freedom, as it exists in its purest sense, which well predates 1776 (though this freedom certainly influenced that document). It is a freedom which comes in and through the gospel of Jesus Christ and is lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. Freedom of this sort has nothing to do with political “rights” or “protections.” It comes from an awareness that one is made in the image of God and each person, each creation of God, holds infinite value in the sight of the Creator. Freedom experienced in this manner sees through the often constructed illusion of freedom which loudly proclaims that freedom is scarce and a commodity which must be violently protected. The illusionists of freedom whisper deceit and mislead with ideas intended to seduce and frighten us with the notion that human value is limited by economics, military might, color of skin and ethnic origin, and artificial borders. Gospel freedom, on the other hand, is a dynamic force which sees through the fog of concocted barriers and has the courage to endure oppression, loss of property and position, and even loss of life. Those who experience the embrace of authentic freedom often create fear in the hearts and the minds of the gate keepers of the illusion of freedom. Gospel freedom is part of the reason that Jesus was crucified, he lived a life authentically free in God.

And, in the example of Christ Jesus, we find the rub. Freedom and “safety” don’t walk together, ever. Being truly free, living a gospel centered freedom is inherently dangerous. Standing for and with those on the margins, like Jesus did, can make followers of Christ outcasts also. Why? Because we uphold the dignity of human beings, all human beings. We will name the actions of those whose behavior is intended to bring division, hatred and strife, even at great risk to ourselves. Behavior initiated and intended to bring division, whether in direct action or in the form of rhetoric, is the work of The Liar. Gospel freedom means we have already “died” and now we live and do so as those emboldened by the Crucified and Risen Lord.

Pray about this during July. At least take a few moments on July 4 to consider what it means to be free in the sight of God and through the living, dynamic invitation of the gospel. You and I have freedom, always, because we are claimed by the Creating God in which we each live and move and find our being. Amen.

Peace,

Pastor Mike

Thought to Ponder

Jesus unrolled the scroll and found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me to bring good news to the poor, He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Luke 4:17b-19

Recognizing Readers

At the Spring meeting of Homestead Presbyterian Women, Suzie Harder, literature chairman, recognized 10 women, plus 1 for their participation in the Homestead PW literature program. The women are Lorna Cleland, Konda Cooper, Ann Eddy, Donna Ehlers, Sue Hodge, Deb Holmes, Gen Johnson, Mary Nettleton, Ann Philson, Margot Woolard, in addition, our plus one, Steve Holmes. Mrs. Harder included this message with our certificate, “Congratulations on your“extra” reader! I shall use you as an example for other churches that our reading list is appropriate for anyone to tackle.” So men, if you like to read, check out the variety of our reading materials.

PW Coordinating Team Meeting

The women of the congregation are always welcome at the Coordinating Team meeting, but this is a special invitation to attend the August 9th meeting at 9:30 a.m. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee and help plan the Fall Adventure….ideas needed. If you are unable to attend the meeting, give your suggestions to a team member or the office secretary.

FOOD PANTRY

We are in need of the following items: Sugar, coffee, plastic milk containers, laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers (size 3-4). Thank you for your continued support of this mission.

Embrace Updates

May was a busy month for Embrace (our Guatemalan project), as usual. The “home gardens” are flourishing with cilantro, onions, and radishes. It is good for the families to have gardens as they are waiting for rain to come before planting their corn. Most are running out of last year’s corn and it will take three months for the new crop to be ready. Monthly food bags certainly help them.

Our church is participating in a new “Mid-year Extra” for the children. Embrace has asked us to provide a pair of sturdy shoes for our child. In addition to providing for our child, money from PW and the Mission fund were sent to provide for several other children who have no sponsor. This was made possible by the financial support you provide. Instead of wearing, flip flops, jellies, and boots without socks (creating fungus) children will have a pair of sturdy shoes. Thanks for your support, in addition to the monthly sponsors. There are new pictures of the work being done by Embrace on the Mission bulletin board.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Supporting our York Elementary school children with school supplies and milk money, is about to begin. The support of our congregation makes a difference to many students and teachers throughout the year. Your generosity is appreciated!

The school supplies that we will be collecting throughout July are:

Composition books

Pink erasers

Black or blue ink pens

Black or blue dry erase markers

Highlighters

Hard Plastic Pencil boxes

Scissors

Kleenex

Snack Crackers

Milk money

Your gifts given children opportunities to succeed and helps create a sense of belonging for those in need. Thank you for caring and sharing.


1ST PRESBYTERIAN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

Our Foundation board would like to thank all those who participated in the program presented by Mary Minner Serovy.

Mary is our representative from the Presbyterian Church U
SA Faoundation. Mary has spent over a year with our board to establish one endowment process and guideline for our congregation that can allow all of us to build a legacy to support and expand our ministry and mission. The program she presented was our kick-off for the endowment program.

The PC USA Foundation has many opportunities for individuals and organizations to invest for themselves/family/church or charity. There are many possibilities.

We focused on Convenant Funds. These are mutal funds that require a minimum of $500.00 investment. These funds belong to the NAMED OWNER. You have access to your funds. You choose whether to reinvest dividends & interest or to have those paid to you or to another person or organization. You also designate where funds go upon death. You can add to funds and take out funds as the owner of the account. This is a private account between the owner and PC USA.

Our hope as a church is that you will see this as an opportunity to join together to build a legacy for the generations who come after us.

Session is in charge of using the funds that are given through dividends or interest as designated by the owner of the fund.

We hope to build funds to support and grow

Ministry Outreach and Mission

Music and Worship

Scholarships

Christian Education for children and youth

Undesignated

Please feel free to contact anyone on our Foundation board or Session if you need more information. We can also put you in touch with PC USA Foundation via Mary Minner Serovy.

Please consider this investment opportunity. It truly can be a win/win for you, your family and the work of this congregation as we reach out to community and the world doing the work God calls us to do.


JULY 15 WORSHIP

Worship service will be held on the south lawn of the church. CE will host a potluck brunch after worship. Please bring a breakfast or lunch dish to share.


USHERS FOR JULY 2018

     CLINT PHILSON

ANN PHILSON

CHRIS TIETMEYER

DAWSON TIETMEYER


8        KEN GALE

SUSAN GALE

ANN EDDY

LORNA CLELAND


15      ORVILLE DAVIDSON

SHARON DAVIDSON

STANLEY JENSEN

CARYN EICKHOFF


22       JACK GARNER

RICK GARNER

KIM GARNER

NITA WORKMAN


29       CINDY NABER

ALEX HILDEBRAND

GALE BARNHILL

KAREN BARNHILL


COMMUNION SERVERS

JULY 1

JACK GARNER

CARYN EICKHOFF

BOB COOPER


AUGUST 5

DONN ATCHISON

SUSAN BEAUCHAMP

DALE KAHLA


SEPTEMBER 2

KARL SHERMAN

CARYN EICKHOFF

LYNDA ZIEG


GREETERS FOR JULY 2018

1 (E) ORVILLE DAVIDSON

(K) MILDRED BARR (W) SHARON DAVIDSON


(E) DALE OLSON

(K) SUSAN BEAUCHAMP

(W) NANCY WALFORD


15 (E) KARL SHERMAN

(K) KAREN HOWARD

(W) CARYN EICKHOFF


22 (E) LORI HESER

(K) KAREN BERGEN

(W) ANN EDDY


29 (E) STAN JENSEN

(K) NANCY QUIRING

(W) CHARLEEN KIMBERLY


COFFEE FELLOWSHIP

1 ANN KIRKPATRICK

8 NANCY HALL

15 ANN PHILSON

22 KAREN BERGEN

29 LYNDA ZIEG


CANDLELIGHTERS

1 ELIZABETH BEAUCHAMP

8 SKYLAR HUBER

15 CAMILLE ERDMAN

22 MADELYN HEIDEN

29 RENEE KUCERA


THE CHARGE

1 CINDY NABER 

8 CARYN EICKHOFF

15 NANCY HALL

22 ALEX HILDEBRAND

29 JUDI NORDLUND


SOUND SYSTEM

1 CARYN EICKHOFF

8 GALE BARNHILL

15 JOHN HOLMES

22 MARTIN WORKMAN

29 NANCY QUIRING