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MOnday Morning News

Oct. 23, 2017

Hi All,
 My note for what to write about this week just has one word: Stewardship! Yes, it is that time again when we ask you to give prayerful consideration to your giving for the coming year. To prime your prayers, I thought I’d share with you from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians about one congregation’s experience: the churches of Macedonia.

But first a little bit of background. As Jesus’ disciples received the gift of the Spirit on Pentecost, God added many folk to their number and the church began to grow. The book of Acts reports how the church continued to grow, about how Peter, Philip, Silas and Paul all took the Gospel out into the world. By the end of the book, Christ’s message of love has come to the center of the Roman world as Paul is sent there to stand before the Emperor. It is quite the adventure story!

Of course, all this took money – Jerusalem’s money – and the people of the mother church had driven themselves into poverty in their giving. Paul wanted to rectify this, and so we find Paul constantly urging the congregations he helped establish to give to the Jerusalem church.
That’s the background. Here are the words from Second Corinthians 8:1-7 (I’m quoting from Eugene Peterson’s, The Message): Now, friends, I want to report on the surprising and generous ways in which God is working in the churches in Macedonia province. Fierce troubles came down on the people of those churches, pushing them to the very limit. The trial exposed their true colors: They were incredibly happy, though desperately poor. The pressure triggered something totally unexpected: an outpouring of pure and generous gifts. I was there and saw it for myself. They gave offerings of whatever they could—far more than they could afford!—pleading for the privilege of helping out in the relief of poor Christians.

This was totally spontaneous, entirely their own idea, and caught us completely off guard. What explains it was that they had first given themselves unreservedly to God and to us. The other giving simply flowed out of the purposes of God working in their lives. That’s what prompted us to ask Titus to bring the relief offering to your attention, so that what was so well begun could be finished up. You do so well in so many things—you trust God, you’re articulate, you’re insightful, you’re passionate, you love us—now, do your best in this, too.

Wow! What a stewardship sermon that is! Lifting up another church as an example of how to give is nothing new – even Paul did it! What could the Corinthian Christians do but dig deep with a challenge like that. It still challenges me nearly two thousand years later. What I find most incredible, though, is not that the Macedonian Christians gave so generously out of their poverty. What amazes me is that, as Paul wrote, they “… pleaded for the privilege of helping out.” I can understand generosity, I can understand giving, but I am absolutely floored by the idea of begging to give. That leaves generosity in the dust!

We Christians are fond of thinking that giving is a spiritual discipline – something we do which teaches us joy and leaves us open to God’s grace. But how often do we think of it as something we beg to do. Certainly I don’t! I kind of like the idea of discipline, of doing something because it’s good for me – like eating my vegetables. But begging to give means that those Macedonians had gone beyond giving out of a sense of duty or of nurturing their own spiritual growth. They had discovered the deep joy in being an integral part of God’s work in the world. Begging to give displays an eagerness, an intense willingness to seek the good for others over ourselves.
As you pray about what to give to the church this coming year think about the eagerness of those Macedonian Christians. What an example for us – to be so eager to give that we beg to help.

PS: Opal Loveless passed away early this morning. No word on a Memorial Service yet but I will get the information out as soon as I can.
Opal has been such a presence through the years. A few of you can probably remember when she and Larry first came to Polson, but many. Opal came to the Polson church as an Elder having been ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Kila, MT sometime in the early ‘60’s. Her faithful service and quiet presence will be remembered for many years to come. Please be sure to keep her family in your prayers.

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Scriptures for October 29, 2017

Deuteronomy 34:1–12
Psalm 90:1–6, 13–17
First Thessalonians 2:1–8
Matthew 22:34–46

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Prayer Requests from Sunday, October 22, 2017

Pat, Val and Bob, Denny, Erica, Travelers, Kathleen, Richard and Jane, Jo, Our Nation, Donna, Travis and Leah, Jenn, Rocky and Linda, Robin, Barbara, Roger, Mary

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Dear Presbytery Prayer Partners,
This is our final week to be in prayer for our denomination’s six agencies that work on behalf of the whole church.
This week, we are praying for the good people who work at the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, which seeks to glorify God by contributing to the spiritual and intellectual vitality of the church. They publish books, curriculum, Presbyterian Today magazine, These Days Devotionals, the new hymnbook, Glory to God and much more.
You can purchase books online in two ways through and
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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TUESDAY, October 24
Dayton – Bible Study in Acts 10:00-11:30 AM

WEDNESDAY, October 25
Polson – Bible Study in Acts 9:30-11:00 AM
Polson – Bell Choir 5:00 PM
Polson – Chancel Choir 6:30 PM

FRIDAY, October 27
Polson – Alanon Meeting 8:00 PM

SATURDAY, October 28
Polson – Kitchen Clean-Up 9:00 - noon

SUNDAY, October 29
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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The Polson Deacons have scheduled a Kitchen Work Day for this coming Saturday, October 28th from 9:00 to noon.

Weekday Bible Studies: In both Dayton and Polson we’ll be in chapters 16 and 17 of Acts. Come join us! In Dayton we meet on Tuesday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 and in Polson on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11:00.

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Our Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Dayton will be on Thursday, November 16th from 12:00 to 2:00. Watch for sign-up information to help out with the feast.

Thank you to everyone who helped out in supplying the Ray of Hope shelter in Kalispell. Last Friday, oodles of bedding, towels etc. were delivered to them by Kathy Walker and others in the Dayton congregation. Construction continues on “Peggy’s House” and their opening date will be in the spring. The shelter will house about 26 women and their children.

Over the next few weeks the moderators of our various session committees will be sharing with us something of what we do as a congregation. The following Carolyn Heinz’ words to us about our Christian Nurture Committee

Christian Nurture Stewardship Report
Oct. 22, 2017
The month of November is right around the corner….. and in the life of the church we often think of November as ‘Stewardship Month’.
But as a member of our session and moderator of our Christian Nurture Team, I would like us to think of ‘stewardship’ in a different sense and just how that sense of stewardship relates to Christian Nurture.
Stewardship is not ‘a seasonal program’.
Stewardship is not just ‘raising money through pledges’ and donations.
True stewardship is a journey.
Stewardship is about life, in fact it is a way of life.
We are stewards of God’s love and all that he has given us. The love that we learn about through the life of Jesus. You notice that I didn’t say the love we ‘learned about’… past tense! We are called to a process of continuous learning about what our faith in Jesus Christ means and how this is expressed in our daily lives…… it is a journey. And that is how stewardship is related to Christian Nurture …. A journey of learning for all ages. An opportunity to learn and grow…. both together and as individuals….. as we nurture each other.
Christian Nurture, as a specific part of our church offers several opportunities to learn together as we share God’s love.
- Children’s Learning Time gives adults the opportunity to teach the children of our church family about stories given to us through the Bible, both Old and New Testament. This year we are using a curriculum that helps our team to plan learning session directly related to scriptures used during worship each Sunday morning.
- ‘The Life of Christ’ computer program teaches older youth about the life of Jesus and his followers in a challenging way. We still haven’t discovered all the clues in the castle needed to unlock the boxes in the professor’s office!
- Including our children and youth in worship is essential to nurturing their growth and understanding of God’s love ……. Back to School Sunday, opportunities to read the Gospel, Children’s Time, Advent participation…. Taking the offering.
- Keeping connected with the part of our church family who are currently attending college is very special. We send care packages and cards throughout the year.
- Vacation Bible Day Camp experienced its 3rd year last summer with 50 kids is attendance. About half of the kids attending would be considered ‘unchurched’. Many of them were from low income families. They were able to come because of support from many of you. Hopefully, this ecumenical outreach program will continue for years to come. Next summer will be our second session at the Lutheran Camp and then it’s back to Glacier Camp for the next two years.
- As adults we have several opportunities to nurture the growth of our faith through fellowship with each other.
- Adult Bible Study on Sunday mornings at 9:30,
- Wednesday Bible Study with Dave at 9:30,
- Men’s Fellowship Breakfast on the 1st Saturday of the month,
- Women’s Soup & Salad Supper on the 3rd Monday of the month at 5:30,
- Men’s Bible Study on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
- Adult Retreats….. some at our camp. There is one coming up next weekend. (Check out The Monday Morning News.)
- Presbytery Retreat, 3 times a year. The Presbytery Retreat at Cutbank Presbyterian Church was a perfect example of experiencing spiritual growth and the joy of God’s love. The theme was ‘The Sent People of God’ – ways to journey beyond the walls of our church building and be stewards of God’s love.
- Friendship Table Dinner every 2nd Friday of the month is a special time for fellowship with each other and our community here in Polson.
Reaching out beyond the walls of our church building is an important part of ‘Christian Nurture’ in the true sense of the word.
Yes, Stewardship is a journey, a way of life. We as the church, carry out our mission of sharing God’s love through the ministry of our members. All of us are called to use our God-given gifts and talents for the ministry and work of our church… both within and beyond our walls. This calling is the very heart of stewardship.
And yes, we live in a monetary world. So part of the way we live our lives is related to how we use our resources. To be stewards of God’s love and nurture each other and God’s people in our world, we must ask ourselves… ‘What is God’s share of our resources… be it money, time, energy, prayer…. all part of our ‘resources’.
Stewardship is a journey… a way of life as followers of Jesus Christ.


San Francisco Theological Seminary Seminars Exploring our Faith ~ Expanding our Understanding
Practices of Hope, Beauty, and Compassion for the End of the World

Dates: October 29 - 31 Location: Glacier Presbyterian Center (the camp!)

Professor: Wendy Farley
Wendy Farley, is Professor of Christian Spirituality and Director of spiritual direction and spiritual formation programs at SFTS. She spent 28 years at Emory University, where she was professor of religion and ethics and chair of theological studies before coming to SFTS. She has led a number of retreats. She has studied Christian and Buddhist meditation practices as well as yoga, chant, and using beauty as a contemplative practice. She is interested in ways spiritual practice and theology contribute to resilience and compassion in dark times. She has written extensively in the areas of theology and spirituality, including The Wounding and Healing of Desire, The Thirst of God, and Gathering Those Driven Away.
As we think about the destructiveness of climate change and the threat of nuclear war, it may be helpful to remember that much of the Bible was written in the aftermath of destruction that ended the world as the people at the time new it. Except for the authentic letters of Paul, all of the New Testament was written after the world Jesus and his followers knew had been destroyed by war. This is the world to which the good news comes, into which the Divine chose to dwell, toward which our practices of compassion and hope are directed.

Who should attend?
- Pastors & Commissioned Ruling Elders (CRE’s)
- Those who may consider a CRE ministry
- Ruling Elders, Session members, Deacons

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