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MOnday Morning News

Jan.15, 2018

Hi All,
 If you were in worship yesterday, you’ll know that I’ve been battling one of our seasonal bugs this past week. I managed to wake up this morning with no voice at all. I’ve joked about it before, I think preachers getting laryngitis is one of God’s little jokes on us. I’m just glad it didn’t happen yesterday morning. Anyway, I’ll be taking it easier this week.

One of the ways I convalesce is sitting on the couch with a book or two. I love to reread things I haven’t for a few years and the last few nights I’ve been reading C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. If you’re familiar with them you’ll know how, in the first book , The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the land of Narnia is under the spell of witch who has made it “Always winter and never Christmas.” Sometimes, that’s the way winter after Christmas can feel like. Now is the time that real winter begins. I’ll enjoy it for a awhile, get out and play in the snow some, but soon I’ll be counting the days till spring.

There’s a cure for the winter blahs, a cure for just about any time that the low points of the year or life get to us – laughter. Laughter is one of God’s greatest gifts to us that truly marks us as human. Just think on that, aside from laughing hyenas (and they don’t really laugh like we do) how many animals can you think of that laugh? Although we may have favorite pets that we know are capable of feeling joy, none of them can laugh like we do.

Many years ago, Norman Cousins, the editor of Saturday Review (Anyone remember that magazine?) wrote a book entitled Anatomy of an Illness. Cousins battled health problems throughout his life and the book records one of his most debilitating ailments. The illness was so painful he couldn’t sleep well at all. But he found a way to non-drug-induced pain-free sleep: old comedies – Bob Hope, the Marx Brothers, Abbot and Costello. He found that one good hour of belly laughter equaled several hours of deep, restful sleep. What a wonderful witness to the power of laughter.

Laughter helps us past the difficult parts of life whether it’s just the winter blahs or the pain of a great loss. And laughter, true laughter (not laughter at others expense), can get us past the pain of taking life too seriously. Some winter evening when those winter blahs start to close in find something that makes you laugh. An evening with good friends, a funny book, a Marx Brothers or Monty Python movie: look for something to chase those blues away and rejoice in God’s great gift of laughter.
Shalom,
Dave


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Scriptures for January 21, 2018

Jonah 3:1–5, 10
Psalm 62:5–12
First Corinthians 7:29–31
Mark 1:14–20

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Prayer Requests from Sunday, January 14, 2018

Val, Roger and Lillian, Donna, Rocky, Jenn, Jerrell, Barbara, Robin

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PRESBYTERY – WEEKLY PRAYER

Dear Presbytery Prayer Partners,
This week we are praying for the wonderful congregation in Whitlash. Whitlash is located north-east of Shelby in the beautiful Sweet Grass Hills, near the Canadian Border and is part of the Hi-Line/Missouri River Cluster. This delightful congregation is very small in numbers but gigantic in vitality and love. They have served the Whitlash Community and Southern Alberta for more than 100 years. And they are the host congregation for Glacier’s Retired-Pastor-in-Residence project which has become a model for other congregations and presbyteries.
Whitlash is served by Retired-Pastor-in-Residence, Dick Davis and Session Clerk, Marlene Grammar.
Please keep this dynamic congregation in your prayers this week.
Peace be with you,
~Marsha

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

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CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 15 – 21, 2018


MONDAY, January 15
Polson – Women’s Salad Supper 5:30 PM

TUESDAY, January 16
Dayton – NO BIBLE STUDY
Polson – Session Meeting at Dupuis’ 6:00 PM

WEDNESDAY, January 17
Polson – NO BIBLE STUDY
Polson – Bell Choir 5:00 PM
Polson – Chancel Choir 6:30 PM

FRIDAY, January 19
Polson – Alanon Meeting 8:00 PM

SATURDAY, January 20
Polson – Men’s Bible Study 8:30-10:00 AM

SUNDAY, January 21
Dayton-Worship 9:00 AM
Polson – Adult Study 9:00 AM
Polson – Children’s Learning Time 11:00 AM
Polson - Worship 11:00 AM
Polson – Congregational Meeting after Worship

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NOTICES


There will be a meeting of the Polson congregation on this Sunday, January 21, 2018 immediately after worship for the purposes of receiving and acting on the report of the Congregational Nominating Committee and voting on the Pastor’s Terms of Call.

Bible Studies: Both our Bible Studies this week are cancelled so that Dave can rest his voice. We finished reading through Acts last week so we are beginning books. In Dayton we’ll be reading through James and then Hebrews. In Polson we’ll begin reading through Matthew.

A gentle reminder from the Polson Session: If you haven’t sent in a pledge card for 2018 yet please get it into us a soon as possible.

OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW AND GIVE

January Community Dinner: Thank you to everyone who was able to make it in to help out. The weather and sickness kept a few folks away.

Lent is coming up very soon and begins with Ash Wednesday on February 14th. Be sure to keep an eye out in the days ahead for special opportunities and observances.



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