Posts from November 2019


Hiefer Update for November 30, 2019

Heifer Update “Joy To The World” Animal The second animal I want to highlight in the “Joy to the World” gift basket is the sheep.  Two sheep are part of the gift basket.  Sheep are known for their production of wool.  Wool to help keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Sheep recipients can use the wool for clothing or sell it for extra income.  The gift of sheep is curing hunger and poverty around the world. …

Finance Report for December 2019

Finance Report As you can see from the Financial Report Summary below, Lakeview UMC had some disappointing results in October, as the monthly income was a little over $11,000 below what the Church needed to operate for the month and this caused the Year-to-Date to slip further negative a little less than $45,600. Before anyone gets too excited about the negative numbers, let me break them down into some pieces that will help everyone understand where we are having difficulty…

The Kitchen Table

The Kitchen Table The kitchen table is covered well to protect its top from harm, the family, friends and food around are happy, safe and warm. Mom creates the odors there that draw us from our coves, to harbor in that happy place where laughter comes in droves. My children come, my brothers too, as noises reach a crest, and Dad repeats a blessing known to all who love it best. My hands and arms caress each one and pass…

Pastor John’s View for December 2019

December 2019 Tales from the Mountain Sunday afternoon we had our regular video chat with our daughter, Jeannette, and family in Fairbanks, AK. Jeannette gave us an early Christmas present informing us they are coming for Christmas this year! YAY! But, then, Valerie and I started to panic; it’s Christmas, it’s going to be crazy busy getting ready for the season here at Lakeview and at Spirit Song, it’s the end of the year and we have reports due, new…

“Joy to the World” Heifer Program

Heifer Update for December 2019 Our “Joy to the World” program was all of 10 days old when I received the call.  Through generous giving, we have donated our first Gift Basket.  The Lakeview United Methodist Men can’t say thank you enough for the strong support of the Heifer Project.  We have treated families around the world the opportunity to free themselves from poverty and hunger.  Through the training that Heifer provides, families can improve their diets, sell excess product,…

On the Shelf for December 2019

Welcome to the Betty Barrick Library! We have a lot of books, old and new, that our readers will enjoy reading.  The Quilter’s Daughter by Wanda E. Brunstetter (Book 2) This is the continuing story of Abraham Fisher’s family. Abraham has married Fannie Miller. Fannie takes some of the pain from the memory of Zach, being abducted in Book One. Now they celebrate the arrival of two twins that Fannie has delivered. Her daughter, Abby, comes down from Berlin, Ohio…

Places of Holy Mystery

Psalm 122:1-9 By Benoni Silva-Netto Many childhood memories fill the cloistered spaces of my consciousness with genuine joy and great thanksgiving. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, the ritual of early Sunday mornings included my father’s compelling voice saying, “It’s time to go to church.” For a long time I thought that my father got carried away in his religious practices. But in retrospect I realize that those invitations to “go to the house of the Lord” have directed my…

Heifer Update for Nov. 23, 2019

Heifer “Joy To The World” Animal Today we will feature one of our “Joy to the World” animals, the alpaca.  These animals are well suited to highlands.  They have padded feet that don’t disturb the ground and their gentle way of nibbling the tops of grasses rather than yanking out the plants by the roots. Many of the women, while tending the herd, will hand spin the alpaca wool into yarn.  White alpacas are prized because their wool can be…
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Thanksgiving for God’s Greatest Gift

Luke 1:68-75 By Eva Stimson Zechariah has at least two good reasons to be thankful: (1) After years of childlessness, his wife, Elizabeth, has just given birth to their first son. (2) After being mute throughout Elizabeth’s pregnancy, his speech has been restored. Imagine yourself in Zechariah’s situation. What would your first words be after nine months of enforced silence? Zechariah’s first words are ones of praise. In loosening Zechariah’s tongue, God also has opened Zechariah’s eyes, giving him an…

The Heifer Project November 16,2019

That’s the line-up for the “Joy to the World” gift basket.  They will surely bring joy to several families, as they lift those families out of hunger and poverty.  Help us to send our first “Gift Basket” soon.  Visit the display in Smoot Hall and help us bring some “Joy to the World”.
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Are We There Yet?

2 Thessalonian 3:6-13  By J. Stephen Lang When the twentieth century began, most people optimistically believed that human life was improving, that humankind was progressing in the right direction. The wonders related in the Bible were in doubt, but the wonders of science and technology were not. So the Bible’s words about a dramatic return of Jesus to judge the earth struck many people as crude and quaint. Belief in heaven lost some of its appeal, since science seemed to…

Choose Your Rut Carefully

by Clayton ShanklandIn Isaiah 42:16 we read these words: “I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight.” A sign on a certain road in Australia reads, “Choose your rut well. You’ll be in it for the next twenty miles.” It’s a funny thing about ruts. They don’t have to be miles long. They can be months long – maybe even years long. And ruts don’t have to…
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