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MOnday Morning News

May 21, 2018

Hi All,
 All through the church season following Easter one of the suggested Scripture readings will be from Acts. The readings leapfrog through the story of how the Gospel spreads from Jerusalem to Rome, ending with the apostle Paul’s house arrest in Rome. The Book of Acts is like an adventure story of how the message of the Gospel travels out into the world. At one point in the story, when Paul arrives at Athens, the adventure seems to be on hold, at least for him. Fleeing some places that had become a little hot for him, Paul is waiting for his friends to catch up with him on their missionary journey through Greece. But Paul does not wait on the sidelines. Left out of the headliner match, he begins one of his own. “While Paul was waiting for them in Athens,” the story goes, “Paul was deeply distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he argued in the synagogue ... and also in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.” (Acts 17:16-17)

That little phrase, “While waiting...” says it all because Paul doesn’t wait! He does just the opposite. Not content with sitting and waiting, Paul finds things to do. Perhaps in these words is a lesson that we in the church need to take to heart. How often do we use waiting for something to happen as an excuse to keep us from doing what we could be doing? “Lord, just as soon as the we can get our head above water, we'll get to feeding the hungry.” “When we make the budget, then we'll really be able to do your work, Lord.”

It seems to me that we could do a lot of waiting for things to get finished before we get to doing the work of the gospel. But Paul's example is this: That even in the waiting there is time to be about God's business in the world. Let us be looking for where God is moving in the world around us and joining in, not waiting around for something to happen.

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Scriptures for May 27, 2018

Isaiah 6:1–8
Psalm 29
Romans 8:12–17
John 3:1–17

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Prayer Requests for May 20, 2018

Val, Donna, Rocky, Helen, Jenn, Gary, Barb, Robin, Steven, Ormand

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Dear Presbytery Prayer Partners,
This week we are praying for the Basin Community Church, which is a new worshiping community south of Helena at the Merry Widow Mine.
The Basin Community Church worships in both Korean and English. Rev. Ok-Kee Kim serves as their pastor.
Starting a new worshiping community is a LOT of work, and it is a HUGE blessing. Please pray for this congregation and their wonderful pastor. Be sure to open the attached picture to see them.
Peace be with you,

Marsha Zell Anson
General Presbyter/Stated Clerk for Glacier Presbytery
P.O. Box 1482, Polson, MT 59860 (406)871-2135

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MONDAY, May 21
Dayton – Session Meeting 1:00 PM
Polson – Women’s Salad Supper 5:30 PM

FRIDAY, May 25
Polson – Alanon Meeting 8:00 PM

Polson – Deacon’s Meeting 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, May 27
Dayton-Worship 9:00 AM
Polson – Adult Study 9:00 AM
Polson – Children’s Learning Time 11:00 AM
Polson - Worship 11:00 AM

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Our Polson Choir and Bell Choir are on summer hiatus beginning this week. The Choir will meet each Sunday morning at 10:20 for a quick rehearsal before worship.


Polson Senior Graduation Lunch: As we have for over fifty years, we will be serving lunch to our high school seniors on the eve of their graduation. Graduation rehearsal is a week from this Friday on June 1st and we will be serving the seniors at 11:30. We will have a big need for cookies as well as volunteers to help decorate and set-up. And, since we will be serving our guests at their tables, we will have big need for servers – about 10 or 12. If you can help out with please call or e-mail Becky Dupuis at 883-2433 or

Polson Summer Yard Care: Be sure to look for the sign-up sheet to provide yard care at the Polson Church each week. We ask members of the congregation to sign-up to mow the lawn each week. This is especially important in these first few weeks of spring as the grass grows so quickly.

Camp Lifejackets: The lifejackets at our Presbytery Camp have reached the end of their life and need to be replaced. We need 50 lifejackets of various sizes and each one costs about $15.00. A generous donor has offered to match every gift that comes in to help cover the cost. If you would like to make a donation to cover a lifejacket (or two) you may make your contribution in several ways: by placing a check in the offering plate, sticking a check in Dave’s mailbox at the church, or mailing your check to the Camp . Be sure to make your contribution out to “Glacier Camp” and put “Lifejackets” on the memo line.

KIDS NEED CAMP! Vacation Bible Day Camp has been set for the week of June 25 through June 29, 2018. This year it will be at the Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in Lakeside. Vacation Bible Day Camp is for children entering 1st grade and completing 5th grade.
Transportation, Food and Fun Provided! After boarding the bus at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Day Camp BEGINS on the bus with activities & games led by CAMP staff.
Space is limited and slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Pick up a registration packet from Polson Presbyterian, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Community Presbyterian of Dayton, or from Pam McCrumb at Cherry Valley. Packets can be returned to each church or to Mrs. McCrumb.
What can members of congregations do to help? Donations are needed to support scholarships for campers who cannot afford the $78/week fee.
Please designate your gift to the Vacation Bible Day Camp.
Hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Partnership with Polson Presbyterian Church and Community Presbyterian of Dayton.


Two great opportunities to grow in the faith are coming up soon; our Presbytery Retreat in Conrad, June 9th and 10th, and the Lanham Lectures at our Camp, July 22nd to 24th. Read on for more information.

Glacier Presbytery Retreat
June 9 & 10 @ First Presbyterian Church of Conrad
Prepare to Be a Blessing

Disasters both natural and human caused can overwhelm our communities, our churches, our families and even ourselves. We can mitigate the effects and be a blessing to those suffering if we lay the groundwork for resilience ahead of time. We invite you to learn how to be a blessing in the event of a disaster at the Glacier Presbytery Retreat, June 9-10.
Come learn about free resources available through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and ways your congregation can be a blessing to those impacted by a disaster. You will also have an opportunity to begin to formulate a disaster plan for your congregation and practice some tools for personal resilience.
We begin on Saturday at 12:30 and finish with worship on Sunday morning.
Registration Fee of $20 covers Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch, the presentation and materials.
For more information or to register: Call: 871-2135, or email: Glacier Presbytery Retreats are open to everyone!

Our Presenters…
The Rev. Katherine “Cully” Culpepper is a member of the Presbytery of Lake Michigan, PCUSA. Since ordination in 1985, she has served primarily and intentionally in transitional ministry, including congregations in rural, suburban and urban settings, transitional staff for two presbyteries and camp ministry. She joined Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team in 2011 and has been involved in response to both natural and human caused disasters. In the fall of 2017 she presented workshops on building resilience at the annual meeting of the Presbyterian Church Camp and Conference Association.
The Rev. Dr. Bruce G. Wismer is an ordained teaching Elder and has served in ministry for 35 years and currently he along with his spouse Karen are Co-Pastors at Pine Shores Presbyterian in Sarasota, Florida. He is a member of the National Response Team of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. He has been involved in both national and international disaster responses, beginning with the onslaught of church burnings and Hurricane Mitch. He is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional and is co-author of Recovering from Un-Natural Disasters: A Guide for Pastors and Congregations After Violence and Trauma, (Westminster John Knox, 2017)


This will be the eighth year of these highly popular seminars led by the Rev. Tim Lanham, from Sunrise Presbyterian Church in Great Falls, Montana.

“I saw Satan fall like lightning...” -- Luke 10.18

The problem of evil raises many questions -- especially among people of faith.
What, exactly, is evil? How do we understand its power and presence in the world today -- especially if we believe, as Scripture teaches, that God is good? Where did evil come from? Why does it even exist? How does the witness of the Bible inform and enlighten our understanding of evil as a force and problem in the world today?
Evil represents an intriguing and troubling phenomenon -- from its first mention in Genesis to the description of its ultimate fate in the closing chapters of Revelation. Come and be a part of our discussion about how we face evil from the perspective of our Judeo-Christian faith.
Dates: July 22-24, 2018 Location: Glacier Presbyterian Center (the camp!)
Located on the Flathead Lake, just south of Lakeside on Highway 93 near mile marker 93.
Commuters (includes one meal/day) ........$ 55/person/day
Single Room ..............................................$160/person
Double Room..............................................$ 97/person
(Single and Double Room occupancy includes your room, dinner on Sunday, three meals on Monday, breakfast and lunch on Tuesday.)

To Register: Contact Marsha 406-871-2135 or

July 22:
4:00 – 5:30 Check in
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Class 1

July 23:
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Class 2
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Class 3
4:00 Class 4
6:00 Dinner

July 24:
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Class 5
12:00 Sack lunch



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