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MOnday Morning News

Feb. 19, 2018

Hi All,
  A number of years ago, the lights in my study were going out at a remarkable rate. The tubes began flickering, and then, suddenly one morning, I came in, slapped the switch and jumped at the spark that flew out of the fixture over my desk. Needless to say I never turned them on again. It wasn’t long, though, before the fixtures were swapped out and I was no longer in the dark – at least not physically. The old ones were trashed and the new ones installed. (The one that had sparked had melted wires and scorch marks!)

What an improvement! Not only did I get new lights, new tubes were put in too. And these were not like the old ones, these were brighter and somehow “felt” better. The replacement tubes were “full-spectrum” lights. What a difference they made! You see, this had all happened at this time of year, when the snow continues to fly and spring is yet a faint promise; all that cloud cover just sits over our heads like a blanket blocking the sun. Suddenly I had this unexpected change in the way I felt. Instead of feeling like I was going from one dimly lit cave to another I was looking forward to going into my study and flipping on the lights. The dreariness lifted and my spirits brightened. I just hadn’t realized how much the light (or lack of it) had affected me. And things haven’t changed. These late winters have been much more easy to take ever since. Such a change light can make!

John begins his gospel : “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5) Our world, like John’s, is still terribly gloomy. It seems that there is enough pain and suffering, and enough war and rumor of such, to last a multitude of lifetimes. But the light continues to blaze away, evaporating the darkness around it. As Christians, we have a two-fold relationship to that light. We are invited to be near it, to draw comfort from it; and we are called to be the light, bringing hope into the world. The light of Jesus is a comfort to us in a dim world and a call to be that light. May this season of Lent be a time when we gather closer to the light that we might be the light God calls us to be – the light of God’s hope and love for a dark world.

PS: Two quick additional items:
1.You can download the weekly Lenten study sheet by clicking here. With each Monday Morning News during Lent I’ll send out one of these. It’s based on the Scriptures for the previous Sunday and is designed to be used in any way you’d like. It contains the Scripture readings, several reflections on various themes in the readings and a number of reflective questions at the end. I hope this will enrich your experience of the season.

2. Presbytery is in Helena next weekend, February 24 and 25. I’ll be there and our pulpit will be filled by Don Gordineer. Don is a retired Lutheran pastor who lives in Dayton.

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Prayer Requests from Sunday, February 18, 2018

Val, Rocky, Gary, Donna, Barbara, Robin, Pat, Terry, Wesley

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Dear Presbytery Prayer Partners,
This week we are praying for Glacier Presbyterian Center’s (the camp) staff. This is Heather’s last week with us. She will be missed. Please pray for her and for the rest of the staff, LJ, Rachelle, Kimberly and Chuck as they move through this transition.
Please also pray for the Camp Board as they move through this transition as well.
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, February 19
Polson – Women’s Salad Supper

TUESDAY, February 20
Dayton – Bible Study 10:00 AM
Polson – Session Meeting 6:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, February 21
Polson – Bible Study – 9:30 AM
Polson – Caregiver’s Support Group 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Polson – Bell Choir 5:00 PM
Polson – Chancel Choir 6:30 PM

FRIDAY, February 23
Polson – Alanon Meeting 8:00 PM

SATURDAY, February 24
Polson – Deacon’s Meeting 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, February 25
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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Bible Studies This Coming Week:
- In Dayton we will be in chapters 3-4 in James. We meet Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:30.
- In Polson we will be in chapters 5, 6, and 7 of the Gospel of Matthew. We meet Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 11:00.

Yarn! Yarn! Yarn! If you’re a knitter you might like to check out the Polson Fellowship Hall. There you’ll find a real knitter’s treasure trove of many thicknesses and textures. Come look it over and take some home. This is perfect for knitting hats!


Our next Friday Night Dinner will be here before we know it! With February being such a short month, it comes quickly. You may find sign-up sheets for our next Community Dinner on Friday, March 9th in the Fellowship Hall.


Glacier Presbytery Retreat
February 24 & 25 @ First Presbyterian Church of Helena
Children, Youth and Trauma

Have you ever encountered a child or youth that you just could not relate to nor understand why they act the way they do? Difficulties in child development often are associated with complex emotional trauma. These special needs youth are often misunderstood, leading to poor assessments, misguided interventions and multiple academic and out-of-home placements.
Caregivers, pastors, church educators and leaders are frequently frustrated and repelled by the powerful repertoire of emotional and behavioral difficulties. The emotional and behavioral difficulties compound over time and are increasingly resistant to intervention and change. Across time, these high-risk youth fail and are failed by academic and social systems that focus on symptoms and don’t understand their central issues. With a developmental lens, this presentation will focus upon the impact of complex trauma upon the developing brain of children and youth and the untoward emotional, social, and psychological impacts.

Our Presbytery Retreat begins at 12:30 on Saturday going through to Sunday morning worship with the congregation of the Helena church. A fee of $20.00 is asked to cover Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch and materials for the presentation.) Glacier Presbytery Retreats are open to everyone!
For more information or to register: Call: 871-2135, email:

Our Seminar is led by Jim Fitzgerald, CEO of Intermountain. Jim joined Intermountain in 1978, working as a cottage counselor in the residential services program. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2001, Jim was Director of Operations, working in all facets of program development, training, policy, and finance.
Throughout his career, Jim has focused the agency upon strengthening families and improving society’s ability to provide prevention, protection, treatment and permanency for all vulnerable youth. Working with a dynamic Board and staff, he is responsible for guiding the vision and mission of Intermountain, and transforming Intermountain into a nationally recognized children’s mental health agency.
Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of California, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Montana.

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