Church Out of Church, Special Speaker July 31st, Picnics, and more ...
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A Newsletter of Joseph United Methodist Church

Church Out of Church
Sunday, July 31st

 At the end of May, Joseph UMC had its first “Church Out of Church,” and it was a great success!
     The family was so thankful saying, “I AM SPEECHLESS!!!-- literally and figuratively!  Good grief---so much more than I ever expected--too much!!! Wow.
 I came around the corner and was SO surprised to see all that was done.  Then, getting some wood, noticed the back had been trimmed too--really did not expect that too.  You all are awesome-I owe you big time. Really.  I had to work today and have no voice.  I am thinking of how to repay--it will come.  Thank you, thank you.”
     We have a chance to do it again, and this time we are going to Sharon Sherlock’s house, after a short worship service at Joseph UMC at 10:00 am, to do some sprucing outside and inside. Bring garden tools, cleaning supplies, and garbage bags. 
     Bring a picnic style lunch to have together either at Sharon’s or at the park after.
Church is not somewhere we go. 
Think of Church as something deployed. We are the Church.

Special Speaker Next Sunday, July 31: Bobbie Bourne

     Many of you know Bobbie from Wallowa Lake Church Camp, but did you know that she has a career with the American Red Cross and has a passion for disaster preparedness? Bobbie will be speaking to us on July 31 about what we can think about and do to be ready.
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Mt 7:26-27).

First Sunday of the Month, Aug 7th
Collections for the Food Bank
and Imagine No Malaria

     The Estate of Barbara Nance gave the United Methodist Women items to sell.  We will have a Yard Sale on Saturday August 6th from 9am to 2 pm.
     Things for sale will mostly be kitchen items and fabric.  This sale is much smaller than the one we had in June.
     People are needed to help set up Friday afternoon August 5th at 4 pm.  Things will then be tarped for the night.  A few people will be needed to help run the sale and take the money on Saturday.  Talk to Ingrid this Sunday, or call the church office if you can help.

Where Is Your Treasure?

     Money affects your heart. Whether you are in plenty or in want, money has a direct connection to your stress level, your anxiety, and the health of your relationships. It is no wonder, then, that Jesus talked about the relationship between our treasure and our hearts.
     For a four-week period beginning August 7th, we will look at the many ways that our treasure (time, energy, money) affects our spiritual and emotional lives.
     Join us in worship starting this Sunday as we begin our new sermon series called Treasure. We will explore Matthew 6 and Jesus’ teachings on money, giving, worry, and more.
     At the end of the four weeks, we will have an opportunity to make personal commitments of our offerings to God through our church in the coming year. We will receive commitment cards in the mail, and cards will be available on Sunday mornings. We will bring these commitment cards to worship on Sunday, August 28th followed by a luncheon.
     We hope that you’ll join us in the coming weeks as we look at Jesus’ teaching on how we can avoid freedom from some of the common pitfalls related to money, and how we can give our lives and our treasure to God.
You can participate through a daily devotional books, as well as in Sunday School, and Worship.

What's Happening
at "the Place"? 

     Getting ready for the Final Building Inspection. We are getting ready to complete the handicapped ramps and parking in place.  This includes signage (which we have) mounted on posts and striping the ADA parking spaces.  
Unfortunately we ran out of paving stones for both the patio w/ ADA ramp on SW corner and for the parking spaces on Lake Street. These were supposed to be in Pasco, WA this Monday (7/25) and the Martins went to pick them up Tuesday. Completion of these tasks was scheduled as likely be on Wednesday.
     A pick-up truck load of plants was donated via Robin/Magic Garden from the Divide Camp and are being planted primarily along the new entry walkway. Magic Garden has partnered with Divide Camp for several years now and provided produce for their use. David C. is planning to custom cut paving stones to finish off edges of walkways and patios to fill out odd gaps, etc.
     The fire suppression system gets its final inspection this Wednesday (7/27).  Regarding funding, several donations have been pledged for part of the paving stones.  Still to be funded is Johnny Gibson's final grading and work on walkway and patio layout.  Still waiting completion is surveyor Tom's completion of laying out all church property corner markers; Larry Abell is coordinating with Tom.  
     Lastly, there are several small tasks to be completed in the kitchen area, and we should be able to complete this building project!  It is looking like the project may not need a mortgage loan or a very small one at best. 
     David Martin
     Building Committee Chair

3rd Annual Interfaith Picnic

You are Invited to Worship with Us on Sunday Mornings at 10:00 AM.
Adult Sunday School at 9:00 AM.
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