Excerpts from the September 2021 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!
1 Give ear to my words, O lord; give heed to my sighing.
2 Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray
3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch. Psalm 5: 1-3 NRSV I find myself sighing quite a bit these days. With the continuing impact of the Covid Delta Variant, Hurricane Ida, wildfires in the west, Afghanistan… The list is long and continues to grow. Hence the sighing. The temptation is to disengage and get busy with trivial things so I feel better. Is that the solution? I don’t think it is. The words of Psalm 5 are helpful. The Psalmist is angry about what’s happening in their world. The key point is that in spite of everything, the Psalmist calls out to God! Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my sighing. Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
I find that my sighing often is a call to prayer. As I pray the Holy Spirit helps me understand how I can respond in ways that engage the problems and not run away from them. Especially if they make me uncomfortable! Verse 3 encourages me to bring my sighs before God in prayer and then watch. Watch for what? For the ways that God answers and leads me to respond and engage.
How can we engage here at Riverview UMC? On the next page of this newsletter you will find several ministry opportunities. I encourage you to prayerfully consider participating in ways that are appropriate for you.
What are you sighing about? Take it before God in prayer and then watch for how God answers! As always please contact me if you have any questions, concerns or ?
In Christ, Pastor Derek
Fall Teacher Support School Supply Drive
Riverview UMC is building relationships with our school teachers by providing support for their classrooms through a school supply drive. Here are the supplies our teachers have asked for:
Plastic pouches that fit in a 3-ring binder • Multicolored construction paper (bright colors)
Erasable markers • Expo markers
$5 or $10 gift cards • Colored pencils
1-inch 3-ring binders • Sharpened pencils
Flexible dish covers( fit variety of siz- • Labels es/shapes)
Please bring the supplies to Sunday Worship or deliver them to the church office during Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-Noon
The Riverview UMC Community Engagement and Nurture and Fellowship Ministry Teams will announce more ways we can support our teachers, their students and schools shortly! Please lift them up in prayer as the new school year starts!
MCOR Hurricane Ida Disaster Relief
In response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Ida, much of which is still becoming clear, UMCOR remains in prayer for the many communities impacted by this major storm. UMCOR is in coordination with conference disaster response coordinators in the region to assess the scale of damage and has awarded a grant to the Louisiana Conference to support initial emergency relief efforts. Once the situation evolves, early response teams will be invited by the conference to help with needs such as debris removal and the tarping of roofs.
Need a Ride? Have you been wanting to attend Sunday worship services but lack transportation to and from RUMC? We can help! Volunteers from the congregation have offered to help give rides. Call at 509-547-5981 or Janiece at 509-492-0231 and we will be sure to make this happen! Senior Leadership Board Meeting
The Senior Leadership Board will be meeting on Wednesday, September 8th. Board members invite you to bring them your ideas or concerns regarding RUMC.
September-October Upper Room: We have received our delivery of the September-October edition of the Upper Room. If you would like a copy, please let the office know. We can leave copies out by the church’s front door, do a contactless home delivery, or we can mail you a copy.
Chaplaincy Health Care Corner: Chaplaincy Health Care will be having their Lighting the Path fundraising breakfast on November 9th from 7:30—8:30 a.m. This is one of the organization’s main fundraisers that helps fund the agency’s many program. For more information call their office at 509-783-7416 or visit https://chaplaincyhealthcare.org/lightinpath.
Back to School Drive!
As mentioned above, we are adopting 3 teachers from RUMC and their classrooms. But, we will continue with our traditional supply drive for Mark Twain Elementary! In addition to the supplies listed below, the school is always in need of changes of clothing in case of accidents or playground mishaps. Sweats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and leggings are always appreciated.
Suggested Items for Twain School Supply
Pens—Blue or Black
Hand-held pencil sharpeners
2-inch three ring binder
Ziploc bags (gallon and quart sizes).’ .
Please bring any supplies you would like to donate to the church office by September 15th We have some school supply drive collection boxes in the church office.