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August Newsletter

posted Aug 5, 2014, 11:09 AM by Karen Lindsey

  • A Message from the Pastor…
"Be strong with the Lord's mighty power. Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies and tricks of the devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms. Use every piece of God's armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm." (Ephesians 6:10-13)

I like clothes. If I had unlimited resources I would spend some of it on clothes.

Did you know that as Christians we have an unlimited clothing budget? Granted it's not for fashions that change with each season of the year. Instead the Lord provides us with clothes -- a uniform, really -- that will strengthen and protect us for living out our Christian faith.

Every day is a great day for us Christians because we face every minute in the Lord's mighty power. Yes, it's true that we are engaged in a battle with the "powers of darkness" but the battle has already been won at Calvary when Jesus died and set us free from the power of sin! We just need a style of clothing that is functional for this struggle. And so we will find strength and protection in this life when we put on the full armor of God. Read the rest of Ephesians 6 for a complete description of the wardrobe that keeps you alive and beautiful!

While we were in Charleston, SC for the North American Lutheran Church convocation our Bible study theme was "Standing With . . . to Withstand". Pastor Dan Selbo of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in San Jose led the Bible study and reminded us that we need to put on the entire outfit in order to withstand the "wiles of the devil". Our battle isn't with other believers or even unbelievers -- it is with the devil. He reminded us that there are many souls Christ died for who are under attack. That fills us with a sense of urgency as a Church!

Pastor Selbo ended with three discipleship challenges:
1. We need to be disciplined in following Jesus. That means life as a disciple involves regular, disciplined study of God's Word, prayer, worship and fellowship with God's people.

2. We need to take full advantage of the full armor we have been given. (Re-read Ephesians 6!)

3. We need to commit ourselves to the call and commission that is ours in Christ.

Pastor Selbo's conclusion: Each congregation and each Christian needs to be intentional; we need to make discipleship the main thing!

We received much encouragement and inspiration while we met together for the convocation and theological conference. Let me give you a list of who spoke at the theological conference and the titles of their lectures:

· The Rev. Dr. Stephen Hultgren: "On Being 'Lovers of Truth': The Canon of Scripture and the Church's Commitment to the Truth"

· Dr. David Yeago spoke on "Luther's Way of Reading and Interpreting the Bible"

· The Rev. Dr. Mark Granquist (church historian) talked about "The Scripture Controversy in American Lutheranism: Infallibility, Inerrancy, Inspiration"

· Dr. R. David Nelson (a Biblical scholar who works in publishing) helped us understand "What is Theological Exegesis? Practical Resources for Preaching the Gospel Today"

· The Rev. Dr. Amy Shifrin looked at each piece of our worship service and taught us "Knowing the Bible through Worship and the Liturgy"

· The Rev. Dr. Christopher Seitz spoke about "The Ethics of Sex, Marriage, and the Family According to the Bible"

All these lectures took place in one 24 hour period! Our minds were bursting by the end!!

Voice of the Martyrs sent a representative to remind us that Christians are still being persecuted around the world. We should be remembering our brothers and sisters in prayer every time we are together in worship.

Dr. Amy Shifrin, director of the North American Lutheran Seminary also asked that we continue to pray for their work and our students. These are our future pastors!

We visited displays that provided information about opportunities for mission both in the U.S. and abroad, including Friends of Madagascar, Lutherans for Life, World Mission Prayer League, China Service Venture, etc. We heard from ministry partners throughout the convocation. So many opportunities for us to participate in the Lord's mission!

There is so much more we could tell you about our week. I wish we could have taken the whole congregation -- what fun we would have had, and what growth in faith and commitment to mission and outreach. Even though only a few of us attended we were encouraged to continue to provide opportunities here at PMLC to grow deeper in God's Word and in our relationship with Him. The more we are engaged in the life of the Spirit the greater will be our concern and love and energy for the unsaved, for so many who don't yet know the peace and freedom fullness of life offered to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.

I want to thank PMLC President Shirley Olsen for being such a good sport on this trip! We flew a red-eye to get to SC and got a late flight home when it was over. And we went from morning till bedtime every day that week. But we met many wonderful Christian people and were encouraged in our faith and in our efforts to reach the world for Christ. Thanks to the congregation for sending us and providing this opportunity. We pray that it will result in blessing and spiritual growth in our congregation! 

love In Christ, 
Pastor Lori Hoyum

    - Newsletter items are listed by the date they occur - 

    -->  I am happy to report that we were able to collect $284.35 for Pregnancy Resource Services during the 
    “Change for Life” baby bottle collection campaign – way to go!

    Project Backpack equips Bainbridge Island preschoolers through high school students with essential school supplies, including backpacks! Since 2000, nearly 1,400 students in need have started each new school year with our community's immeasurable contributions to help students aim for a brighter future.

    The Project Backpack community school supplies drive begins August 1st and continues through August 25th.  
    Your support in dollars or supplies is greatly appreciated.  

    List of School Supplies Needed Most:  

    Backpacks, small and large
     1 1/2 inch 3 ring binders
    Filler Paper for notebooks
    Report covers
    Pencil boxes & pouches
    Sharpies (black and red)
    Colored pencils & markers
    Glue sticks
    Tissues/wet wipes

    Click here to visit the Project Backpack webpage for more information and to download a complete shopping list.

    The Women of Port Madison will be holding a business meeting and Jell-O luncheon on Saturday, August 2nd beginning at 11:00am.  All women are welcome to join us!!!  Please bring a dish made from Jell-O, we will ‘meet and eat’ so the meeting shouldn't take too long. 

    Sunday Morning Bible Study:  A new Bible Study class is being offered by Pastor Ron at 9:15am on Sunday mornings beginning August 3rd!  Join us at anytime as we walk verse by verse through the Book of Galatians.

    Wednesday Morning Bible Study:  We will begin our study of the Book of Deuteronomy on Wednesday, August 6th at 10:00am

    We want to encourage everyone, young and old, to come out to Lutherhaven this summer for our week of Family Camp and Vacation Bible School!  Don’t like to camp out?  Even in a comfy cabin???  That’s OK!!!  Join us during the day for camp fun and fellowship!  Family Camp will begin Friday, August 8th with an exciting and inspirational weekend planned – there will be something for everyone, including a special worship service held in the Lodge Sunday morning followed by our church picnic.   Our week at camp will conclude on Thursday, August 14th.  We are asking overnight campers, and those staying a full day, to pay $10 per person, per day to help cover the cost of meals and the lifeguard on duty.
      Cindy Courtier will be looking for volunteers to help things around camp run smoothly and she can answer any of your questions about Olympic Lutherhaven and Family Camp.

      And then…Monday morning our VBS adventures begin! It will be the Family Vacation of a lifetime! Bring your entire family
      to Wilderness Escape, and become part of the journey as Moses and the Israelites watch God guide and provide! You’ll travel back into Bible times – without setting foot outside our camp!  Each day, your family members can become part of
      history as they see, hear, touch, and even taste what it was like to live in the Bible-times wilderness!  You’ll explore the Israelite Camp tents, visit Moses, take part in games, dance to the lively Bible songs, and sample tasty tidbits as you discover more bout Moses’ adventures. These experiences make God’s Word come alive with new meaning for all who participate! Join the fun Monday through Thursday (August 11 – 14), starting at 9:30am and finishing up around noon
      followed by lunchtime and then swimming in the afternoon (A lifeguard will be on duty).  
      Come for a day or the entire time! There is no extra charge for VBS.  There are signup sheets in the Fellowship Hall to register, save a cabin or volunteer! Some supplies are still needed – look for the paper camels on the bulletin board!  Sheri Brown, can answer any VBS questions you have.  – Hope to see you there!

      Remember…Sunday, August 10th, we invite everyone to join us at Lutherhaven for worship at 11am followed by our annual Camp/Church Potluck Picnic!  No worries!  Join us when you can!
      (We will also have our regular worship service at 10:30am held at Port Madison Lutheran Church)

      • KITSAP CHORDSMEN - Annual A Cappella Extravaganza…QUEST FOR THE RING
      Saturday, August 9th - 2pm Matinee & 7pm Evening Show
      A MUSICAL JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF ACCORD with International Quartet Champions – Vocal Spectrum

      These amazing International Barbershop Harmony Quartet Champions will dominate the second half of the show.  
      Be amazed, as are we, by their phenomenal and very entertaining vocal harmonies, ranges, and chord-busting arrangements.  Tickets available from Scott Corey – we each get a $3 discount if enough people buy tickets!  

      The next Lutherhaven work party takes place during our week out at camp!  We will be working on the picnic side of Lutherhaven – our campers will be there helping out – hope you can join us!  Bring some gloves and general carpenter tools.

      We are currently looking for one or two volunteers to serve on the Olympic Lutherhaven board as the representative for Port Madison and its membership. The current volunteers (Cindy Courtier and Dan & Sheri Brown) have served for many, many years and have decided it is time for them to step down.  If you have never been out to Lutherhaven, our week at camp is the perfect opportunity for you to experience how awesome it is!  We ask you to pray about this ministry in your life. If you are interested in serving and keeping our Lutherhaven membership alive, please speak to either the Browns or Cindy!


      Pastor Ron leads an all new “LEWIS FORUM” this fall beginning 
      Thursday, September 4th at 7:00pm
      The new fall class features C.S. Lewis' book:  The Four Loves     

      We ask ourselves; "What does it mean to be loved by God?”  
      “How does God's love for us change and transform the way we love others?”

      Join in some great discussions on Thursday evenings as we study this great book by Lewis.

                • FALL MEN'S RETREAT @ STONEWATER RANCH - SEPTEMBER 26-28, 2014 
                This is a great opportunity for the men in our congregation/community to gather under Dr. Buba's teaching, guidance and inspiration. This event promises to be a huge blessing to men aged 15 to 95!  Plan to come...invite others!  We’ll see you there!