Excerpts from the February 2020 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
This month and into the months to come I will share a practice with you that I’m finding to be powerful in my relationship with God and others. It revolves around the word BLESS. I learned about this practice at a Multiplying Ministries Retreat last year and decided to practice it myself. The word BLESS is wonderful. I believe that God blesses us and then we are called by God to bless others. BLESS helps me to remember and guides me in how I can be a blessing. How? The reason I capitalize the word BLESS is because it’s an acrostic word, that is, each of the letters begin a new sentence. Acrostics are handy for remembering. Here it is:
Begin with prayer… Listen to the needs of others… Eat with others… Serve the needs of others… Share your story, when appropriate...
And there you have it – BLESS! My Compass Newsletter articles will focus on each line in turn. Next month I’ll unpack the first letter and line– Begin with prayer. For now I encourage you to sit with and prayerfully think about each line of BLESS. Which ones are interesting? Challenging? Scary? Exciting? My hope is that as you do this, God will show you how to be a blessing to others in God’s way. I would love to hear your thoughts! As always please contact me if you have any questions or concerns!
In Christ, Pastor Derek firstname.lastname@example.org, (509) 380-2263
United Methodist Women February Meeting We hope to see you at our February 12th meeting! We will meet in the fellowship hall.
A Lenten Study In the Name of Jesus: Reflecting on Christian Leadership - A Lenten Study
Are you interested in reflecting on the temptations of Christ and how that applies to ourselves, to the temptation we experience in life, and how Jesus’ response to temptation can translate into being a Christlike leader? Here’s an opportunity to share and learn from others. During Lent there will be a 5-week series of classes to help you to do this. The book we will be using is “In the Name of Jesus”, by Henri Nouwen.
The classes will be starting the week of March 1st for 5 weeks at the church.
Tuesday Evenings: March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31: 6:30pm to 8:00pm Thursday Afternoons: March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
If you would like to attend but neither of these classes work for you, let us know and we can attempt to get something that will work for you. Signup will be needed by February 15th so that we can order the books.
Fellowship Time Refreshments - Donations of “finger food” refreshments such as cookies (2-3 dozen), chips, crackers, etc. are greatly appreciated for after-worship fellowship time on Sundays. Homemade goodies are great and store-made goodies are just fine too! Can you help? If you can, please call the office to sign up or see Darlene Bafus and Helen Dorrego during fellowship time.
Leadership Board Happenings.
A new year is starting for the Leadership Board. Looking back at our accomplishments is rewarding and we will be looking forward to a year of more accomplishments. The Community Engagement ministry is underway and would like prayers to successfully move forward with their plans. The Nurture and Fellowship Ministry team will meet in the near future.
The new year brought changes to the board: Election of officers brought a change to chairperson. Judy Pettigrew will now head the board/Trustees, with Lee Rogers as Vice Chair. Janet Kleinbach will continue as the liaison for Staff Parish and the District Superintendent. Pete Jivelekas stepped down from the board due to work conflicts. Ginny Flower graciously stepped into his position. Please welcome the new board changes and if you have concerns or questions, always feel free to ask any member of the board. A reminder of those on the board are Bette Ward, Joyce Nevins Ginsberg, John Lucas, Kathy Pfister, Roger Ovink, Lee Rogers, Judy Pettigrew, Janet Kleinbach. Marilyn Smith, and Ginny Flower.
Our next meeting is Wednesday, February 12th at 6:30pm. All are welcome to attend the meetings.
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.
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.