Riverview United Methodist Church, 4012 W. Court St. Pasco, WA 99301 Mailing address: P.O. Box 2306 Pasco, WA 99302 Phone: 509-547-5981; Office Email: email@example.com
From the Pastor’s Desk
Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
Hello Friends, November is here. The trees in my yard are colorful and dropping their leaves all over the place. The temperature is slowly dropping with frost on the windshield several time already. A reminder of what is to come. The days are getting shorter and standard time is back on the first Sunday of the month. It also means that there is an election in full swing. We are bombarded with campaign advertising all designed to get us to vote for or against. Some of the advertising is informative, alas, most is fear based and not helpful. Many of you are wrestling with which way to vote. I commend you and encourage you to engage in a prayerful manner! The words of Paul the Apostle are a useful guide for how followers of Jesus should engage in all things. “Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” All that we do should reflect the values and teaching of Jesus! In both our personal lives and the civic sphere in which we live. Living this way is challenging to say the least. We do so giving thanks to God through Jesus. That’s how we stay grounded in God’s reality and call. Paul writes that we are to “...be thankful people. Col. 3:15b).” I like that we celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s a wonderful opportunity to practice thankfulness in our present realities. What are you thankful for? I have a long list for which I’m thankful. At it’s core I’m thankful for my relationship with Jesus. It makes all the difference in both the good times and times of trouble. It’s my prayer that this is true for you as well!
United Methodist Women’s Lending Library In the southeast corner of the Fellowship Hall is a treasury not of money, but of knowledge. UMW’s books range over 5 topics: Education for Mission, Leadership Development, Nurturing for Community, Social Action and Spiritual Growth. There is a wealth of information to make us think about topics current in Methodist thinking. We have books for all readers, grade 1 through adult. Please browse through the books and take one home to read. They are self-checkout so write your name on the card and put it in the file box on top of the bookcase. Women, if you are interested in joining the UMW reading program please contact Ginny Flower. We’d love to have more readers. Even if you only read one book we can put you on our list of Riverview women readers.
Country Store Thanks to everyone that helped with donating ingredients for the lunch, scrubbing the kitchen, donating items to sell, working at the event, clean-up, and the many other tasks; you are greatly appreciated! The country store brought in over $1600 and the knitting group brought in over $275.
United Methodist Women November 3rd All are welcome to attend! Meetings are held at 10:00 a.m. the first Saturday of the month at the church. We have a social time upon arrival, a business meeting, and then a program. I hope you can join us! —- Kathy Pfister
Birthdays Sharleen Davies 11/2, Henry Freese 11/2, Lanny Spriggle 11/3, Jan Greenwell 11/6, Julie Ester 11/7, Richard McAndrew 11/11, Lance Dever 11/17, Tanner Brennan 11/19, Lucinda Cort 11/26, Gerva Hughes 11/26, Dorothea Reed 11/26, and Tina Villegas 11/30.
Anniversaries Doug and Bonnie Hickman 11/12 Frank and Lillian Headley 11/24 (If we missed your November birthday or anniversary, please contact Janiece and she will get your information added. You can also send your information to: RiverviewUMCPasco@gmail.com) Baked Goods— The holiday season is quickly approaching! At my home, this time of the year means festivities, decorations, traditions, and of course LOTS of baking. If baking is on your holiday list of to-dos would you be willing to share some of your creations? Donations of cookies, candy, pies, etc. are greatly appreciated for after-worship fellowship on Sundays. If you would like to donate or have questions, please contact Helen Dorrego or Darlene Bafus,
Grateful Living— gratefulness.org Gratefullness.org is a tool that can help you start or maintain your grateful living way of life. This website is a wonderful resource that shows and reminds on how to be present and take notice of the abundance of beauty and blessings encountered each day. Dave Riddle recommends this site highly!
Bite 2 Go — Our Bite 2 Go participation and partnership with Mark Twain Elementary has resumed! If you are interested in helping with this activity on Fridays, please contact Bette Ward. Bite 2 Go is a program through Second Harvest that helps get weekend food supplies to children in need during the school year. More information can be found at https://2-harvest.org/bite-2-go/
Trustees Corner — The Trustees met a week later than usual in October to accommodate travel schedules. Our next meeting is scheduled for November 13th at 7:00 p.m. Some of the topics discussed include: Trustee Budget. Bette Ward reported that the Trustees have spent $7,610.00 of the $10,000.00 Trustees budget. This represents 24% of the budget and 21% of the year remaining respectively. Clearly, we should end the year within budget and most likely with a surplus remaining. Water Quality. Further discussions were held concerning rust in the water pipes. We have heard concerns about having rust in the pipes and are investigating water quality standards associated with rust as well as investigating potential fixes for the problem. The water pipes within the church are largely inaccessible which is a problem. Stewardship Campaign. We plan to prepare a brochure for the upcoming Stewardship Campaign. The brochures will describe new opportunities for all in some unique and fun ways. Stay tuned. Off-Site Storage. Some very preliminary ideas were advanced concerning the use of the garage for off-site storage of some of our important church records and other materials. This would require construction of some shelving, installation of cabinets and purchase of fire protected files. Further discussion is planned. Lee Rogers Chairman Trust
Thank You! A big thank you to Rafael of ProClean for donating his time and service. He did a great job on the Fellowship Hall carpet!
Community Comfort Closet The church office has received an increase in calls from the community asking for help in obtaining basic self-care care items (soap, toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.) At this time, we do not have any supplies to help. What does the church community think of having a small comfort closet supplied with these basic items? Items could be donated and Janiece would be able to direct the community callers to come the church during office hours.
2018 Charge Conference The Riverview UMC’s Charge Conference will take place as part of the Tri-Cities Missional Circuit Gathering Workshop. A missional circuit is a grouping of congregations that share a geographical area and have similar or overlapping mission fields. The idea is that the clergy and laity of an area look together at the missional needs of their area and support one another in the work and even, at times, working together! The initial step into this happens this fall with regional gatherings focusing on developing a heart of peace and an outward mindset. Our District Superintendent Mary Huycke will be leading us. . The meeting is Saturday Nov. 10th at Central United Protestant (CUP) from 9am till 3pm. Charge Conferences & lunch will be held between 11am-1pm
Crossover! A Year Long Quest! December 2, 2018—November 24, 2019 Bishop Stanovsky will soon be inviting United Methodists and friends in to join a year long devotional study. This study begins with Advent 2018. This study will be based on We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian McLaren. McLaren introduces us afresh to the principles of Christian faith and bible teachings. Each week, in 3-4 pages, he invites us to revisit biblical principles and our lives of faith. We will be forming several groups at Riverview UMC. More details to come in the eNews and Ministry News announcements. From the Website: Jesus said that he came so people “could live life to the fullest.” - John 10:10 (CEB) Come with me on a year of Crossing Over to LIFE, beginning with Advent, December 2, 2018. The journey begins as Brian McLaren leads us on a year-long exploration on the bible and faith in his book, We Make the Road by Walking. I hope that across the Greater Northwest many of you will gather in small groups for this study, but you can do it as an individual if a group isn’t possible for you. I hope you will invite people from across generations and cultures, and from outside as well as inside the church — maybe family members or friends who are curiousbut-not-committed to Christian faith. I hope that together we can explore and discover new ways to respond to the challenges we face in our lives, in the Church, the nation and the world. Each week, in 3-4 pages, McLaren invites us to revisit biblical principles for living. You’ll receive blog posts to expand your study, with reflections and prayers and a place for comments and conversation. As we journey together, we’ll add opportunities for conversation, further study and action.
Riverview United Methodist Church, 4012 W. Court St. Pasco, WA 99301; Mailing address: P.O. Box 2306 Pasco, WA 99302;Phone: 509-547-5981; Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.