Excerpts from the current 2019 UMC Compass Newsletter
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
There are three things on my mind as the month of February begins. First, I’m looking forward to finishing our current sermon series Greater Gifts with a close look at what the Apostle Paul calls ‘a still more excellent way.’ The way of Love! The Greater Gifts series focused on the gifts that God gives us: our baptism, the spiritual gifts each of us are given for the common good, the gift of community as we are the body of Christ together, and running through it all, the gift of love! The Greater Gifts series leads into a new sermon series called See All the People. The sermons will look at how people responded to Jesus and how Jesus responded to them. Jesus truly saw all the people; and as a result, the people were always with him. As our church makes connections in the community to bring people to know Christ, we would do well to make note of the way Jesus responded to the crowds. These two sermon series together help us to see how we can make a stronger connection to our community. As we discover (or rediscover) our spiritual gifts, understand our need for one another and the love of God, and know that wherever Jesus goes, a crowd is sure to follow, the question is: “Is our church ready to go and meet the crowds as we ‘see all the people’?” Second, for the last year or so the leadership of our church has looked at moving to a Single Board Model of church governance. Many other UMC churches have made this change over the last several years. The basic idea is to simplify the administrative structure of the church by combining the Trustees Board, Finance Committee and Staff Parish Relations Committee into a single Leadership Board. This allows the new leadership board to lead and respond quickly to the ministry needs of our church and community. Making the switch is an involved process that requires a church vote at a Special Charge Conference. In the coming weeks you will receive a special newsletter which will outline the details of a Single Board, and the dates of several special ‘town hall’ meetings where you can ask questions and make suggestions. I will be meeting with various groups of the church explaining the details as well. I look forward to speaking with you about it. There isn’t enough room here to go into the important details so I hope you will take a close look at the informational materials that are coming soon! And last of all I ask you to lift the 2019 Special General Conference of the UMC which will take place February 23-26 is St. Louis in prayer. The Pacific Northwest Conference of the UMC, which we are a part of has a webpage that provides background and details on the Special Conference. Here is a link: Information about the 2019 Special Session of the General Conference No one knows what the end result of the Special Conference will be and how it will affect Riverview UMC. That is why prayer is needed so please do so!
United Methodist Women’s Meeting February 2nd 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 Trustees Corner The following are some of the highlights from our January Trustee’s meeting: • Upgrading the garage to provide off-site storage for our church records and designated storage area for the various church groups needing long-term protected storage areas. We will need shelving, cabinets, and four drawer file cabinets. Please let the Trustees or the office know if you hear of any special deals. • Investigation of costs to upgrade the siding and “old style” windows on the south side of the building due to their gradual, but continued, degradation. • Safety and security issue discussions are continuing. Development of safe evacuation procedures has been a primary issue but there are many other issues to be addressed. Aneda Evans has the lead in this area and has been doing a great job! • Purchase of a new vacuum cleaner. The old vacuums “bit the dust” for the last time. Thanks to John Lucas for arranging the purchase. Also, a big thank you to the church members that have donated funds to help cover some of the cost of this purchase. • Approved an upgrade for the office copy machine. The new copiers are faster, print in color, and are about the same cost as the current machine. • 2018 Financial Report: About $8,000 was spent on maintenance, repair, etc. during 2018. This was about $2,000 under the $10,000 authorized amount. The following individuals continue to serve as your appointed Trustees: Lance Dever, Aneda Evans, Dale Kennedy, Alan Kleinbach, John Pettigrew, Lee Rogers, Nanette Walkley, and Bette Ward. Judy Pettigrew continues to serve as our Secretary. Please contact any of us with your concerns or for more information. Lee Rogers Chairman Trustees
Birthdays: Jordan Jonker 2/13 Duffy Kennedy 2/14 Larry Bafus 2/26
Anniversaries: Jim and Tammy Droppo 2/2 Bethany and David Riddle 2/17 Ruth and Henry Freese 2/21 Ron and Judy Anderson 2/22
Bite 2 Go Volunteers Needed Our Bite 2 Go participation and partnership with Mark Twain Elementary is going strong! If you are interested in helping with this activity, please sign up on the form in the fellowship hall or contact Bette Ward.
Camping/Mission Scholarship Scholarships are available to assist youth and scouts that would like to attend a summer church camp, a scout camp, or a mission trip. One scholarship ($200 maximum) per attendee is available each calendar year. To request a scholarship, please contact the office to receive the scholarship application. The completed application will need to be turned in 3-4 weeks before the event. Information that may be considered in the approval of the scholarship is: • Regularly attends and participates in youth group. • Regularly attends church. • Boy Scout member in good standing. • Financial need.
Youth Group: Be on the lookout for details about another fun activity evening, All youth in grades 6th through 12th are welcome to attend RUMC youth group activities.
Crossover! A Year Long Quest! Our weekly discussion group meets each Monday at 1:30pm. It is not too late to join our small discussion group for the remaining time of a yearlong study of Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking!
Are you interested in the book and study but are not able to make it to a weekly study group? Consider subscribing to the Cross Over to Life Blog. If you subscribe you will receive posts about the weekly topic, have access to discussions and other resources to compliment the study. The link to subscribe is: https://greaternw.us10.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=96eb8c46eb31229bd1ebf97ce&id=e7e3acea6e 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
Meals Ministry Our church community is filled with many members that wish to share their gift of meals and hospitality. A new meals ministry begins immediately and is open to all to participate and receive! If you have a planned surgery or procedure, please let us know so that your church friends and family can bless you with meals. If you are faced with an unexpected hospital stay or illness, please let the office know so that we can help. Remember, people WANT to help! We will be using www.takethemameal.com for our scheduling. Not tech/computer savvy? No worries! Janiece will get you on the schedule and will call you with a reminder if you would like. Remember, meals do not need to be homemade!
Snores and Smores Camping Group Announces the 2019 Camping Trip Greetings fellow campers! Are you feeling a bit down from the long gray days of winter? Are you anxious to get the RV or tent out of storage and get camping? Well, for heavens sake don’t do it now it’s still winter out there! But I do have a great opportunity for you to consider. The Snores and Smores camping group will be heading out again this year to Hells Gate State Park in Lewiston Idaho. Last year’s trip to Hells Gate was an overwhelming success and campers liked it so much that we’re going back again this year. The dates for the 2019 trip are May 17, 18, and 19. There were still lots of camping sites available as of just a few days ago, although word has it that several of the Snores and Smores campers have already made reservations. Have a friend, relative, or neighbor that might like to join in, invite them as well. The trip is open to all so come join in the fun! You can find out more about the campground and make reservations by visiting the campground website https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/parks/hells-gate. The trip from the church is about 2.5 hours and only 130 miles. It’s a great drive through the Palouse region of our state and the two-lane roads are good for the entire way. So, join us this year at Hells Gate State Park for a fun filled weekend of camping, food, and fellowship. There are lots of activities such as hiking the many trails in the park, disc golf, boat rides up the Snake River, biking your way around the park, or reading a good book as you watch the river flow by on its way to the ocean. In addition, the Nez Perce National Historic Park is just a short drive from Hells Gate, with fascinating displays of artifacts and a glimpse of the traditional life of the Nez Perce people. And, located in the park, the Jack O'Conner Hunting Heritage and Education Center displays the hunting trophies of outdoor writer and conservationist Jack O'Connor and tells the story of American's hunting heritage. For more information call me at 509-492-1821 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’d If you’d like to join the Snores and Smores mailing list, just send me your email and you’ll be added. Happy Camping! Dave Riddle
Calendars for February 2019
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.