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June July Newsletter

posted Jun 4, 2014, 1:15 PM by Karen Lindsey   [ updated Jun 11, 2014, 11:14 PM ]

  • A Message from the Pastor…
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."   (Philippians 4:6-7)

Last week I mentioned to Ron that it has been a year since the first tumor was discovered leading to a diagnosis of carcinoid cancer in mid-June 2013. The first few months after the diagnosis were a roller coaster.  Even though as time passed and I saw more specialized doctors, and the future didn't seem quite so bleak, still there was a heaviness of heart and mind, a feeling that there was another shoe just waiting to drop.

In September last year some friends wanted to join in prayer for me, so I flew to California where they and other prayer warriors placed their hands on my head and prayed -- some prayed in English and one prayed in what Scripture calls "glossolalia", or tongues.  That night when we (my friend Pastor Kristi went with me to this prayer session in California) were sitting at the airport in LA waiting to fly home I mentioned to Kristi that I felt "normal" in my mind for the first time since the diagnosis.  I had a deeper peace; the dark cloud that had been following me around disappeared.  Kristi said, "Of course you have that deep peace; that is what was prayed for you."  It just so happens that the woman who I heard praying in tongues was the one who prayed that I would be flooded with God's deep, abiding peace -- Kristi had understood the special prayer language which made it a bonus to have her along.

For the last year I have been covered in prayer, and it has brought me both healing and peace.  As I read the Apostle Paul's words -- "Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done" -- I was reminded that God has already done so much for me, and is still working in my body, mind and spirit.  I am so thankful for the prayers of so many faithful people -- people who believe that when Jesus instructed his disciples (and us, these many generations later) to ask, knock and seek, and to be persistent in praying for help and healing, he meant what he said!  Also as I think about the past year I can't stop thanking the Lord!

James wrote, "Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you."  A diagnosis or some other bad news will often push us away from or toward God.  But drawing close to God -- desiring his constant presence and being brought before his throne of mercy by others through their prayers -- results in a peace beyond what I could ever have imagined a year ago.  And that's what I told Ron last week: I am so thankful for the Lord's presence and peace that passes all understanding.  

I don't want this cancer diagnosis to be a big front and center issue at church -- that would be pointing to the wrong person and a distraction from the Lord Jesus and all his promises.  But I do want you to know that a year out I still feel good, and the vitality I feel is an answer to so many prayers.  Mostly, I wanted to write about it this month because I want to publicly thank God for keeping his word, for filling me with his peace and healing!!  

In early July I will return to Mayo for scans so I ask for your continued prayers.  You are always welcome to ask me about my health and I will gladly answer any questions you might have.  Again, I thank you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, for your love and prayers this last year. The Lord has been answering them.  It is my prayer that you see how great and faithful God is, and that your faith and trust in our Lord grows deeper and deeper!


love In Christ, 
Pastor Lori Hoyum


    - Newsletter items are listed by the date they occur - 



    • CONGREGATIONAL MEETING/VOTE - JUNE 1, 2014
    We will gather after worship on Sunday, June 1st, to vote on expending monies from the Capital Building fund for the portico at the entrance to the Sanctuary – ALL MEMBERS please attend!  Your VOTE Counts!  

    UPDATE:  The vote passed and we will soon begin work on our new entrance for the church!

    • ALL NEW LEWIS FORUM - "MIRACLES" - Continuing Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m.
      C. S. Lewis was one of the great Christian writers of our time.  His fiction and non-fiction works have delighted and inspired millions of people around the world.  There has been a wonderful response to our first classes offered and we are excited to start up again with C.S. Lewis’ book “Miracles”.  No prior knowledge of Lewis is required, just a desire to know more about this great Christian apologist.  Join us on Thursday evenings through June 26 at 7:00pm.  Everyone Welcome!  

      • WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
      We are excited to announce that we will soon be welcoming several new members into our family of faith here at Port Madison Lutheran Church.  If you are also interested in joining our congregation, please speak with either Pastor Lori or Pastor Ron as soon as possible.

        • CONGRATULATIONS 2014 GRADUATES
        We would like to congratulate our graduating High School Seniors from the Class of 2014!
          • GIANNA BAUCH
          • CHRISTINE MOEHRING
          • IAN HAMPTON
          • JAMES HAMPTON 
                  Wishing you all the best for a bright and happy future!

                  • MEN'S BREAKFAST FELLOWSHIP
                  Our next Men’s Breakfast gathering will be on Saturday, June 14, at 8:30am.  
                  All men of Port Madison are invited to join us for breakfast, prayer and fellowship.

                  • FATHER'S DAY PICNIC - Sunday, June 15th   12:30-3:30pm
                  Come join us at Lutherhaven for our annual all member Father’s Day Picnic!  Enjoy boating, swimming, horseshoes, and local live music from “The Hometown Band”.  For directions, see Karen Lindsey or go to www.olympiclutherhaven.com 

                  • CHANGE...FOR LIFE!     
                  Pregnancy Resource Services - Affirming Life with Compassion
                  Pregnancy Resource Services is a non-denominational Christian, non-profit organization operating since 1984 with offices in Silverdale, Poulsbo and Bremerton.  Pregnancy Resource Service (PRS) subscribes to the Biblical Mandate to always choose life.  
                  We demonstrate God’s love by offering emotional, spiritual and practical support for everyone no matter what their circumstances.  All of our services are free and confidential.  We invite you to join us in our spring fundraising event called “Change…For Life”.  
                  If you haven’t yet picked one up…baby bottles (and PRS informational brochures) are available on the table in the Fellowship Hall for you to take home.  
                  – PRS’ Baby Bottle Fundraising Campaign runs from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day!  Please return your baby bottle filled with coins, bills, or a check to PMLC by Father’s Day - Sunday, June 15.


                    • “Project Backpack” Day - Special Fundraiser on Sunday – June 22nd 
                    Project Backpack (PBP) also known as “Children’s Fund” began in 2000. This program has helped nearly 2,500 students since then and served 182 students in just 2013 alone!  Generally, we all know that PBP provides essential school supplies but it is important to note that PBP also provides assistance with other education-related expenses throughout the year. The funds collected through Project Backpack:

                    Help families afford a few pieces of new clothing for school
                    Assists with high school fees and graduation expenses
                    Assists w/fees for student enrichment–camp, music lessons, etc.
                    Assists with daycare, especially summer programs
                    Reduces the burden of school expenses on already tight household budgets
                            Helpline’s clients appreciate the Bainbridge Island faith communities’ generous participation in the PBP drive each year. Your monetary donations are essential in supporting these ongoing student programs throughout the year.  We will be having a special collection for “Project Backpack Day” on Sunday, June 22nd, to celebrate summer (hooray!) and to collect a special offering to help PBP get ready for next year!  This is a special collection for education-related expenses. Our community-wide drive for school supplies will begin on July 28th.

                            • CHARITY KNITTING FELLOWSHIP
                            We will meet this month on Wednesday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Pastor Lori's home to work on knitting projects to donate to charity. 
                            If you enjoy knitting, please join us!  There will also be a brief devotion and prayer time before we adjourn around 9pm.




                            NALC CONVOCATION - JULY 24-25, 2014
                            • Convocation and Theological Conference to be at The Citadel
                              “Standing With...to Withstand” will be the theme for the 2014 Convocation of the North American Lutheran Church July 24-25, 2014 in Charleston, S.C.  The theme is based on Ephesians 6:10-20, where St. Paul describes the whole armor of God, encouraging followers of Jesus to “put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day.”
                                The Convocation will focus on the persecution of Christians throughout the world, and our hope to “stand with” these disciples as they witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in spite of opposition and, in some places, suffering.

                                  The Convocation — which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, and conclude at 5 p.m. Friday —will include:

                                  • —Reception of reports and sharing of information about the life and ministry of the NALC.
                                  • —Election of persons to open Executive Council and Court of Adjudication positions.
                                  • —Update on the establishment of the North American Lutheran Seminary and the election of the NALS Board of Regents.
                                  • —Updates about the discipleship initiative being undertaken in partnership with The Navigators, together with small-group breakout  sessions about discipleship.
                                  • —A keynote presentation by Robert Brock of Voice of the Martyrs, a ministry dedicated to supporting persecuted Christians around the world.
                                  • —Welcoming Bishop Roland Gustafsson and the Rev. Bengt Birgersson, General Secretary of the Swedish (Lutheran) Mission Province, who are “Bringing the Gospel Back to Sweden.”
                                  • —Report on the NALC’s application for membership in the Lutheran World Federation.
                                  • —Welcome and receive greetings from guests from the IKBG — International Christian Network, an ecumenical confessional association headquartered in Germany.
                                  • —Displays which will introduce NALC missions and ministries, together with the chance to meet other NALC members from across North America.
                                  • —Traditional Carolina-style barbeque hosted by the Carolinas Mission District at The Citadel’s Isle of Palms Beach House on the Atlantic coast on Thursday evening.
                                  • —Festive Service of Holy Communion on Friday morning with Bishop Gustafsson as preacher.  The NALC Convocation will be preceded by three significant gatherings.
                                           
                                  Lutheran CORE’s Convocation will meet July 21-22 under the theme “Sharing the Hope that is in Us.”            

                                  The annual Theological Conference sponsored by the NALC and Lutheran CORE is held between the Convocations. “Rightly Handling the Word of Truth: Scripture, Canon and Creed” is the theme of the conference which begins at 7 p.m. on July 22.
                                           
                                  The Women of the NALC Annual Gathering is on Wednesday, July 23. This year’s theme is “We are His Workmanship ... Created for Good Works.” Pastor Heidi Punt is the keynote speaker.  Registration information for all four events is available at www.thenalc.org. A list of hotels offering discounted rates is available at thenalc.org/2014-convocation.

                                  NOTE:  Pastors Ron and Lori as well as Shirley Olsen, will fly back to South Carolina to attend the 2014 NALC Convocation and Theological Conference at The Citadel.  We ask that you pray for their safe travel and for an inspired and productive week for all.

                                  • OLYMPIC LUTHERHAVEN MEMBERSHIP
                                  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 of camp and VBS is the perfect opportunity for you to experience how awesome it is!  We ask you to pray about this ministry in your life and maybe talk to the Browns and/or Cindy.  If you are interested in serving and keeping our Lutherhaven membership alive, please let us know!  

                                  And, please remember that this ministry is not a budgeted item so your donations to help pay for our membership are always welcome!

                                    • PMLC CHURCH PICNIC - SUNDAY, JULY 27
                                        We would love to hold another rousing annual picnic this year but we need a volunteer to head this up!  If someone is willing to "lead the charge", then we can plan a meeting to organize activities and signups later in June – would anyone like to volunteer???

                                        • JOIN US FOR FAMILY CAMP & VBS     AND…A WEEK OF FUN AT LUTHERHAVEN!
                                        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 a church picnic.   Our week at camp will conclude on Thursday, August 14th.  We are asking overnight campers and those who come out for the whole day to pay $10per person to help cover the cost of meals.  Cindy Courtier will be looking for volunteers to help things run smoothly and 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 Escapeand 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 about 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 the day or the whole week!  There is NO charge for VBS.  There will be a signup sheet in the Fellowship Hall and Sheri Brown, can answer any questions you have.  

                                                                                                        Hope to see you all there!!!    


                                          • SUMMER BIBLE CAMP
                                            Olympic Lutherhaven is offering an all-church Youth Summer Bible Camp for children from grades 3 through 8 for the dates of 
                                              August 2-7, 2014.  Registration will close on July 14th, or sooner, as space is limited. The camper registration fee is $150 or $130 if a deposit with completed forms is postmarked by June 23rd.
                                              The fee includes all meals, lodging, crafts, and a camp T-shirt.  Camp rules, camper and counselor information letters, registration forms and medical consent forms are available on-line for you to print out at www.olympiclutherhaven.org or see Karen Lindsey in the church office.  Camp activities will include Bible study, swimming, boating, crafts, games, fellowship, and an appropriate service project.  It is our goal and desire to make this Bible Camp a memorable, safe, and spiritually rewarding experience for all.
                                              NOTE: Applications are also available for the positions of Camp Counselors, Kitchen and other Adult Volunteers!


                                                • JUNE 2014 - SHARING GOD'S BOUNTY   BY PARISH PUBLISHING
                                                Overcoming Pride
                                                In his book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis wrote the following about pride: “Pride is the one vice of which no man in the world is free; which everyone in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians, ever imagine they are guilty of themselves.” We demonstrate pride when go our own way and do our own thing. It is “my will be done” not “thy will be done.”

                                                Pride is sinful and destructive. It destroys gratitude to God for all his kindness to us. It destroys our desire and ability to serve others. It destroys contentment for it feeds our competitive nature so that we are not satisfied with just being wealthy or intelligent, but we want to be wealthier and more intelligent than anyone else.

                                                Through faith, we are changed by God from being self-serving, proud people into people who are humble and seek the welfare of others before ourselves. God changes us from being people who always want to be in control into people who desire to be controlled by God. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). In Rick Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life, he wrote, “Humility is 
                                                not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” Through faith, we understand our need for humility. We become more humble as God molds and transforms us by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2).

                                                Pride has no place in our lives as Christians and stewards. First Peter 5:6 reads, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand that he may lift you up in due time.” It is God alone who can exalt us (Psalm 75:7). If Christ himself, God’s only begotten Son, humbled himself, should we not follow his example and humble ourselves? Because Christ humbled himself, God exalted him (Philippians 2:9)

                                                David, the shepherd-king, put our situation in proper perspective: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4). The inference is that, although we are insignificant, God has exalted us: “You made [us] ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under [our] feet.”

                                                Humility allows us to accept our smallness and God’s goodness. In the words of Martin Luther, humility is the decision to “let God be God.” We are stewards through humility. We are to honor him with what we have, what we are, and what he will make of us.


                                                Let us be generous with gifts we can give to others: Time, Good Example, Acceptance, Seeing the Best in People, Self-esteem, Self-disclosure, Helping Someone Learn Something New, Listening, Fun, and Letting Others Give to You.

                                                • JUST A REMINDER... Check for up to the minute information about all of our activities on our calendar!
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                                                Karen Lindsey,
                                                Jun 11, 2014, 11:02 PM
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