Mountain Lakes Presbyterian Church  

Midweek Missives

One Great Hour of Sharing – Presbyterian Hunger Program

 

Dear Friends,

 

We will have the opportunity to give to the One Great Hour of Sharing during our worship gathering on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.  The three ministries supported by this offering are the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program (PDA), the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), and the Self-Development of People (SDOP).  The story below is abbreviated, but you can access this story by visiting this link and clicking on “Lambi Fund of Haiti.

 

Also, to check out the many projects nationally and internationally, go to the International Engagement Map.  You’ll see that there are three projects in Montana – a Young Adult Volunteer site in Chinook, MT, a Pastoral and Community Support grant to folks in Deer Lodge and Anaconda after a murder/suicide in 2015, and a grant to the Northern Cheyenne Utilities Commission in Lame Deer, MT, to upgrade and assist the long-term delayed maintenance needs for fresh potable water lines and sewer lines, helping them to become self-sufficient and less dependent on the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

Your Gifts at Work in Haiti

Presbyterian gifts are at work supporting ministries of compassion, peace and justice around the world. Through One Great Hour of Sharing and gifts to the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), we and our partners are working to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes. In reaching toward this goal, one of the ways Presbyterian gifts are at work is through grants that support partners working in their home countries to bring about transformation. 

In 2015, a grant from PHP is supporting the Association Changing the Face of Ravynn Olyann (ACHVRO), the peasant association in Ravin Olyann, Haiti, in partnership with the Lambi Fund of Haiti. This grant was made possible thanks to gifts to the Hunger Program, including a generous donation from Presbytery of the James. 

Project Goal: to increase production of sugar cane, provide training in business management and accounting, and establish a small micro-credit fund to expand business opportunities for women in the community. In this small community of 4,500 people, the main source of income is farming and trade; the main crops are sugar cane, peas, corn and millet. 

Some Activities:

  •  Purchase of four acres of additional land to cultivate more of the crop (decision for this purchase was made by the entire membership of the association and benefits all involved.) 
  •  A credit fund was established for women who sell the syrup, to allow them to expand their small enterprises. 34 women have benefited from loans and all have paid them back with interest. 
  •  The association is attracting more planters to its membership; begun with 90 members, it now has 125. Hundreds of other community members also utilize the mill owned by the association to refine their products. 
  •  The credit fund for planters was increased, and planters were able to till more land and expand sugar cane production. 37 men received loans to further their production. 
  •  Hands-on credit management training was held for two days; 15 men and 19 women participated. 
  •  Thirty members received training in organizational development. Four members will attend regional training in the fall. 

Members of the association are now better able to respond to an increased demand for cane syrup. Women who take the syrup to the market are increasingly returning with goods like corn produced by others, creating an economic multiplier effect which benefits two communities at a time. 

Prayer Concerns: Prolonged drought began in the summer of 2013 and continued into 2015, causing loss of the corn crop this spring. Climate change and the lack of forest cover across Haiti, which is 98% deforested, is having a significant impact on the weather and soil conditions.  ACHVRO is seeking to locate the preferred type of additional syrup cookers to aid in production. 

 

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Maundy Thursday Texts:

Exodus 12:1-14

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

 

You can access them on-line here.

 

Good Friday Texts:

Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12

Psalm 22

Hebrews 10:16-25 or Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9

John 18:1 – 19:42

 

You can access them on-line here.

Easter Sunday Lectionary Texts

Acts 10:34-43 or Isaiah 65:17-25

Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

1 Corinthians 15:19-26 or Acts 10:34-43

John 20:1-18 or Luke 24:1-12

You can access them on-line here.

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PRAYER CONCERNS 

Various Holy Week Observances

Local Communities of Faith

Al-Anon – developing relationships of trust

Olivia Bourne – praises, parents get to bring her home

Ethan (Hazel Tyler's grandson in the Philippines) – hospitalized with fever & convulsions

Joyce Bissell – making progress, continued prayer for healing & recovery

Family & Friends of the late Dee Mahoney

Standing up for Truth, without fear and anger

Wyatt and Ethan Wold – moving to Kalispell

Olivia Bourne – praises, parents get to bring her home

On-going:

  • Healing & Recovery:  John Detton, Monty Montgomery, Shari Rutenberg, Joanne Guyer, Liz Lazarus, Joan Reeve Owen, Ron Wollen, Sean Dalrymple, Wyatt Wold, Betsey Ellis, Johanna Lemons, Jon West, Sarah Cooper, Delmar Lemons, Bruce Vasko, Charlie Hahn, Marilyn Peterson, Barb Jackson, Theresa Jenner, Leslie Berkey, Todd Carter, Connie Keen, Joe Heaston, Penny
  • Those with Cancer:  Angie Kimmel, Babbie Cameron, Allen Hintz, Owen Tyler, Adam Mathewson, Marsha Anderson, Sam Hall, Judy Bales, Joan Binder, David Bell, Laird Robinson
  • Syria, Turkey, Philippines, South Sudan Refugees, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Russia, Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, West Africa, Lebanon, France
  • Our nation, military, & peace in the world 
  • Presidential Elections

 

 Long-term:  Robert Hintz, Norma & Jerry Growley, Suzie Allen, Nancy Gullikson, Bud & Randy Hunter, David & Betsy Reeve 

 

Calendar

Mar. 22 – Al-Anon, 6 p.m. (Tuesdays)

Mar. 23 – Final Lenten Study & Prayer, 6:30 p.m.

Mar. 24 – Maundy Thursday, 6 p.m. @ MLPC

Mar. 25 – Good Friday Service of Nails, 3 p.m. (Potomac)

Mar. 27 – 8:30 a.m. Easter Community Breakfast @ Community Hall

              –  11:00 a.m. Easter Celebration – It’s a Party!!

Apr. 4 – 10 – Pastor Carrie and family on vacation

Apr. 10 – Gideons Visit during Worship

Apr. 15-16 – Presbyterian Women’s Retreat, Kalispell

Apr. 28 – Pastor Carrie in Conrad, MT (Camp Board Meeting)

May 1 – Summer Worship Hours begin, 10:30 a.m.

 

 

 

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Maundy Thursday Dinner & Prayer

 

Maundy is derived from the Latin mandatum, “commandment.”

 

On this day we recall Jesus’ words, recorded in John 13:34,

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.

Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”

 

Join us this Thursday of Holy Week @ 6 p.m.

to share a simple meal, recall the story of Jesus and the disciples,

explore symbolic washingpray and sing.

 

 

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Glacier Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering

Within Our Hands Lies… Abundant Hope 

April 15-16, 2016 

“Let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.”   1 John 3:18 

We all have been called to show our love to others by serving them, transforming our love into action. Abundant hope really does lie in our hands, hearts, and thoughts when we use them to serve those around us. Moreover, our action can help spread that hope further than we could imagine, because others will be inspired by what we do. 

We welcome guest presenter, Wanda Beauman of the Denver Presbytery and the Synod of the Rocky Mountains. She also serves as the PW (PCUSA) Vice Moderator for peace and justice concerns. Wanda will speak to us about the Educate a Child, Transform a World initiative, Growth in the Work and in the Participation of Presbyterian Women Inc. and the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) program. 

She will not only share information about each, but will also engage us in her presentation. Through our time at the 2016 Spring Gathering, we hope to deepen our realization of the calling that God has given us in hopes that we can go back to our churches and put our love into action, inspiring others to do so, as well. 

Please click here to register on-line.  More details about the gathering, including scheduling and hotel information is available in the attachment to this e-newsletter.

 

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Al-Anon

 

We are the hosts for our local Al-Anon group.

The group is meeting on Tuesday evenings @ 6:00 p.m.

This group is open to those who have friends or loved ones

who struggle (or have a history) with alcohol and/or drugs.

Contact Terry Bolton, 499-0349, for more information.

 

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Pastor’s Hours:

Pastor is available Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Call the church at 677-3575 or cell phone at 406-210-8169.

Monday is Pastor's Sabbath



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