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THE UPDATE August 2011

An Exciting New Opportunity for Personal Growth What is a Life Group? Life Groups are the new small group ministry starting at our church this fall. A Life Group is a small group of adults who commit to meet together once a week for threemonth terms to build relationships through Bible-based study, support, prayer, and fellowship. At the end of each three-month term, each member may decide to continue with the group, try another group, or take a break. Life Groups, like Sunday School classes, are part of the Education Ministry of the United Methodist Church of Ephrata. Participation in small groups is vital because life change (transformational spiritual growth) happens in small groups. We believe that the most effective way to promote spiritual growth is to develop significant relationships with one another. Small groups facilitate and grow these relationships. What Happens in a Life Group? A Life Group meets weekly for a time of study, support, prayer and fellowship. Each Life Group determines the length of their meetings. The meetings should last one to two hours, depending on the needs and desires of the group members. Each Life Group will also be encouraged to plan and carry out a mission project and one social event for each three-month term. Life Groups can study different things. Some groups may do a study associated with the current sermon series. Others might chose to use a small group curriculum or DVD curriculum series. Others might study a book of the Bible together or read a book together.

How long does a Life Group last? The members of each Life Group commit to meet weekly for a three-month term. The Fall Term generally runs September—November with a break for December and the Spring Term runs January—March with a break for April. We may also decide to offer a Summer Term. Understandably, a Life Group may decide to break for a week because of holidays. At the end of each term, each member may continue with the group, try a new group, or even take a break from a Life Group. Additionally, the group as a whole may decide to take a break for the next term. What is Required to be a Part of a Life Group? Joining a Life Group requires a commitment. Each Life Group will create a covenant for each member to sign. Covenants may state that members commit to attend meetings regularly for three months, to complete the group study before each meeting, or to participate in a service project. Each Life Group will determine the specifics of their group, but these are the essential elements. We encourage the covenant because commitment to actively participating in the group is key to significant relationships being built among one another, and we want each Life Group member to get the most out of his or her participation in the group. I hope you’ll consider joining us for this exciting new ministry. It is a great way for us to grow closer as a church and to grow personally as disciples of Christ. On page three you’ll find descriptions of several new Life Groups forming in September. — Pastor Geoff Helton

“Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.”


AUGUST 2011 MONDAY, AUGUST 1  Trustees Meeting: 6:30 PM TUESDAY, AUGUST 2  Quilters: 9:00 AM  Grief Talks: 4:00 PM SUNDAY, AUGUST 7  Food Bank Donations  Worship Service: 10:00 AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 9  Quilters: 9:00 AM SATURDAY, AUGUST 13  Edna Blair Memorial Service: 11:00 AM Reception to Follow SUNDAY, AUGUST 14  Worship Service: 10:00 AM Pastor Steve St. John to Preach TUESDAY, AUGUST 16  Quilters: 9:00 AM  Church Council: 6:30 PM SUNDAY, AUGUST 21  Worship Service: 10:00 AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 23  Quilters: 9:00 AM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24  Update Deadline: 12:00 Noon THURSDAY AUGUST 25  Community Dinner: 5:30 PM SUNDAY, AUGUST 28  Worship Service: 10:00 AM TUESDAY, AUGUST 30  Quilters: 9:00 AM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31  Update Folding: 9:00 AM

I would like to thank the congregation of the church for their continued support, cards and prayers as I battled breast cancer. Being lifted up in prayer was what got me through. The cards from so many were appreciated and were truly a bright spot during some dark days. May God’s love shine upon you and bring you the peace He has brought me. With much love and gratitude, Cami (Hatch) Krumm  A great big thank you to the following people who helped with the June Community Dinner: Louise Sivula, Gayle Price, and Marj Burkhart. Your invaluable help in the prep work, the serving, the dish washing, and the clean-up is so very much appreciated.  

Dear Methodist Church Family, I want to thank you all for the prayers, cards and kind words our family received at the passing of our mother, Verna L. Irving. The service was beautiful, meaningful and mother would have been pleased. Thank you Pastor Geoff for guiding us through this process, to Sam for taking care of the last minute details that were so important to our family and to the United Methodist Women for the amazing luncheon provided after her service. We are truly blessed to be a part of this church family. The Family of Verna L. Irving 


Fall2011 The two following small groups will launch this fall with more options to follow in the Spring. Depending upon interest, we may form other groups as needed. The church will work to provide childcare if needed, so please let us know if having childcare available would help you participate in a small group. Monday Evenings 6:30-8:00pm — Change the World Led by Pastor Geoff and Meagan Helton Our Monday Evening Group will begin with the book Change the World by Rev. Michael Slaughter. In this provocative, passionate and often critical book, Slaughter, lead pastor at Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, takes a hard look at the seeker-sensitive, attendance-focused strategies that have driven the church growth movement for the past 20 years—and finds them severely lacking. "Let's quit worrying about numbers in the pews," asserts Slaughter, "and begin to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our homes, our communities, and the outermost places of the world." In such chapters as "Disciples vs. Decisions," the author describes the mission-driven, locally-focused and challenging philosophy of congregational life that's made a significant impact in places like Darfur, Sudan. This group is for people interested in growing in active and committed discipleship, “serving as the hands and feet of Jesus in our homes, our communities and the outermost places of the world.”

Thursday Evenings 7:00pm — Feasting on the Word Led by Dean and Marlene Albee

Our Feasting on the Word small group will use a study by the same name. This study uses a program called the lectionary, which has been used by pastors and churches to align the reading, preaching and teaching of scripture with the church year. This means that when the church isn’t in a special sermon series, the groups study will often align with the scripture readings and message of Sunday morning. This group is for people that are interested in growing in their knowledge and love of scripture and in applying God’s word to daily living. To Sign up for a Life Group: 1. Send an e-mail to with the small group you are interested in, as well as the names of those who wish to join. Also indicate if you need childcare. 2. Sign up during coffee hour at church beginning Sunday, August 7th.


Other News Our church’s soup kitchen ministry, Community Dinners, will have a meal on August 25th. Please contact Camille and Christy Price to see how you can help our church share God’s love in this practical way.

Can you hear me now? The proposed repairs and upgrades to the church’s sound system have been approved by the Trustees! An account has been set up for the sound system, so now you can give to help our church improve Sunday morning worship by fixing and upgrading this system. The total estimated cost for the repairs and upgrades is around $20,000 and we have already received the following funds: $4500 from the Endowment Fund $1800 from the Yard Sale $100 in individual donations $6400 raised so far The Trustees plan to commit around $8000 to this project. This means that we need to raise $5,600 before work can begin. Please consider giving to this important project. You can give a check (mark “sound system” in the memo line) or cash ( in an envelope marked “sound system”). You can place your gift to the church in the offering plate or send it to the church office : 117 C. Street NW, Ephrata, WA 98823

Nursery Attendant Position Now Open

The Church’s Staff-Parish Relations Committee is now accepting resumes for our Nursery Attendant Position. We’d like to express our thanks to our current Nursery Attendant, Cassidy Goeden, who will be moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington.

The Church’s Nursery Attendant works approximately 3 hours (8:30-11:30) during the school year and 2 hours (9:30-11:30) during the summer. The Nursery Attendant watches infants and children under Kindergarten age during our Sunday school hour, our worship service and often during special worship services (such as Christmas Eve, Good Friday, etc.). The Attendant is also responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the room and the toys. The church is looking for a reliable, responsible person with initiative to care for nursery age children. The church requires that all applicants be 14 years or older (if under 16 we require that applicants have passed the child care workshop offered by the Hospital). Applicants must be willing to receive First Aid Training and AED training. Please submit a cover letter and resume to the church office by August 15 to be considered.


Heifer International Project Our Sunday school classes have collected enough money to buy the following animals from Heifer International: One Llama $150.00 One Goat $120.00 One Sheep $120.00 One Pig $120.00 A trio of Rabbits $ 60.00 Two flocks of Chicks $ 40.00 Some Bees $ 30.00 Total $640.00 Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, they are empowered to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. With gifts of livestock and training, they help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. Heifer International refers to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of Heifer International’s mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace. This picture is on the front of the thank you card that Heifer International sent to our Sunday school kids.

United Methodist Women On July 25th, twelve women enjoyed the annual UMW summer brunch held at Dolores Pheasant’s home. Those who serve at the Maternity Closet were honored. Hostesses were JoAn Isaman, Vivian Winters, Vivian Plew, Dolores Pheasant and Tura Yount. Baby receiving blankets were brought by the ladies for the Layette Project that Donna Jancura puts together and supplies most of the items. Dolores Pheasant told the story of Dr. Catharine Hamlin, the Mother Theresa of our age. She spent forty years in Addis Ababa running one of the most outstanding medical programs in the world at the Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia. She and her late husband developed the surgery that changes lives of outcast women all over Africa. They and their team of doctors and staff have treated more than 34,000 women, returning health and dignity to otherwise forgotten women. Dr. Hamlin told her story in the book The Hospital by the River. She has been on the Oprah Winfrey show twice. The next UMW meeting will be September 12th.


Congregational Notes

Prayer Requests “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of Praise” James 5:13 One of the most wonderful gifts we are given is the gift of prayer. We can pray for one another in times of need as well as times of celebration. ONGOING HEALTH PROBLEMS Bob St. Clair Jr. Bob St. Clair Sr Bill Black Cami Krumm Patsy Meyer-Odell

Dee Gray Jim Walker Lee Ann Rafael Montiel

BEYOND OUR WALLS Irene Armstrong Opal Burck Louise Gallaway Bill Lowry Bill Turner Helen Ruth Don & Arline Callan Louise Moore Lenora Walters Jim & Ruth Walker Linda Morris

Wedding Anniversaries August 3 August 3 August 9 August 19

Louis & Jenni Bunkelman Albert & Margaret Treiber Geoff & Meagan Helton Ed & Tura Yount

Treasurer’s Report As of June 30, 2011


$ 62,823.18

Expense Total

$ 62,305.02 $ 518.16

NEW HEALTH PROBLEMS Ellen Fenimore Eleanor Hoople Steve Pederson Bev Canfield Marlin Cordelia Lauren Dean Albee Ron Whitman Maggie Whallon

Hazel Scobey Sally Johnson Dave & Family David Clees E. D. Wiley Neal Tom Price Theresa Gervin Vivian Winters

For Grieving Families Family & friends of Jean Stetner Family & friends of Edna Blair

Birthdays in August August 3 August 5 August 5 August 6 August 7 August 9 August 17 August 19 August 25 August 29 August 30

Jackie Ovenell Linda Bryant-Smith Rob Christensen Megan Pheasant Tom Vinup Robert Goeden Omar Pederson Von Hoyt Tura Yount Dean Albee Bob St. Clair


WORSHIP SERVERS— August 7, 2011

WORSHIP SERVERS— August 28, 2011

Assistant of the Day: Scott Kellams Ushers: Marilyn Grass & Bob Miller Greeters: Pat Boyd & Eleanor Hoople Liturgist: Ann Chandler Sound Tech: Thomas Pheasant & Ken Slininger Coffee Hour: Marlene Albee Lead Counter: Denis Plew Assistant Counter: Louise Ingebrigtson Flowers: Jackie Ovenell Activity Time: Meagan Helton

Assistant of the Day: Jeff Pheasant Ushers: Larry Holleman & Barb Deycous Greeters: Ted & Jackie Ovenell Liturgist: Linda Bryant-Smith Sound Tech: Thomas Pheasant & Ken Slininger Coffee Hour: Mona Kaiser Lead Counter: John Morris Assistant Counter: Linda Bryant-Smith Flowers: Ann Chandler Activity Time: Mary Fulk

WORSHIP SERVERS— August 14, 2011 Assistant of the Day: Bob Bluhm Ushers: Tom & Dolores Pheasant Greeters: Shirley Pederson & Shirley Morris Liturgist: Beverly Dell Sound Tech: Thomas Pheasant & Ken Slininger Coffee Hour: Dolores Pheasant Lead Counter: Shirley Pederson Assistant Counter: Georgia Bassuer Flowers: John Morris Activity Time: Cammy Hatch

WORSHIP SERVERS— August 21, 2011 Assistant of the Day: Tom Pheasant Ushers: Mike & Beverly Dell Greeters: Camille & Christy Price Liturgist: Camille Price Sound Tech: Thomas Pheasant & Ken Slininger Coffee Hour: Tura Yount Lead Counter: Kathy Buhl Assistant Counter: Marj Burkhart Flowers: Roberta Osborn Activity Time: Maggie Reynolds Edna G. Blair Memorial Service Becky and Mike Blair would like to invite you all to join them in the celebration of their mother’s life on Saturday, August 13, 2011. Graveside Service - 10:00 AM Valley View Memorial Park, Soap Lake Memorial Service - 11:00AM, here at the United Methodist Church with a reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Mordhorst Estate Sale August 12 and 13, 2011 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 427 C Street SW Ephrata, WA If you have any questions, see Camille.

Men’s Fellowship The Men’s Fellowship Group will be starting again on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 7:30 am with breakfast and a new Bible study. The study, led by Ed Rogers, is called “God’s Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions”. Using Biblical characters as examples, bestselling author and Pastor, Rick Warren helps you find answers to six of life’s toughest questions about stress, failure, confidence, significance, loneliness, and change. Mark your calendars for this date and plan to attend.

Choir Alert Any previous or new choir singers can get together to sing at church on August 7th. Just come at 9:00 am and we will practice a song to sing at the 10:00 am worship service. Choir director, Tom Pheasant, promises to do a familiar song that we have already sung, not a new one. Thinking of singing with the choir? Why not use this time to try us out? We will be starting our choir practice again on Wednesday, Sept. 7th.

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August 2011

Update Deadline August 24th 12:00 noon Get your articles and announcements in!

Update on proposed repairs and upgrades to our church’s sound system, along with ways to give to this project on pg. 4.

Mark your calendars! Sunday School for all ages begins on Sunday, September 11th at 9:00 am.

Our front page article reveals the details of our church’s new small group ministry launching this fall.

Thank you for supporting the work of the church through your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness as we pursue our mission:

“Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.”

August 2011 Update  
August 2011 Update  

The August 2011 edition of "The Update," the newsletter of the United Methodist Church of Ephrata in Ephrata, WA.