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MOnday Morning News

April 9, 2018

Hi All,
  Life is a muddy sort of thing. I know there are folks who seem to have it all together, who show a remarkable composure as they cruse through life. Perhaps their lives really are as well-ordered as they appear to be – I really don’t know. But I have certainly not experienced life that way. To me, life is something that unfolds in very unexpected ways. It’s not as though I haven’t had plans or don’t make them; it’s just that I have found plans have a way of veering off on paths I never anticipated. And so I have found that it’s best to make plans but know that things will happen and opportunities arise.

I think that the basic building block in living such a muddy life is to keep our focus on the one who calls us into life in the first place. That’s what faith is about: Trusting in God as the breeze of the Spirit blows through our lives and the place where we are. There’s a great prayer written by Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and mystic, in his journal “Thoughts in Solitude.” I found it on my mom’s refrigerator as my brothers and I were cleaning out her home nearly twenty years ago. I love the way it expresses this sort of trust in God.

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me. and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.”

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Scriptures for April 15, 2018

Acts 3:12–19
Psalm 4
First John 3:1–7
Luke 24:36b–48

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Prayer Requests for April 8, 2018

Jenn, Rocky, Donna, Gary, Val, Reka, Ross, Luella, Dan, Wesley, Kerry, The Justus Family


Dear Presbytery Prayer Partners,
This week we are praying for our Committee on Ministry (COM).
This is a group of hard-working people! They have many ministries, some of which are:
To facilitate the relationships between congregations, teaching elders, commissioned ruling elders and to settle difficulties in those relationships.
To guide and supervise those who are seeking to become a pastor.
To examine and welcome pastors who come into Glacier Presbytery.
As you can tell their ministry is often complex and sometimes challenging!
The membership of the COM is always balanced between Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders. The current members are: Butch Plowman (co-moderator), Glenn Burfeind (co-moderator) Courtney Arntzen, Tim Dalstrom, Dave Dobbs, Bob Kampfer, Tim Lanham, Terilyn Lawson, Rose Leavitt, and Hap Peters.
Please keep these wonderful people and their important ministries in your prayers.
Peace be with you,

Marsha Zell Anson
General Presbyter/Stated Clerk for Glacier Presbytery
P.O. Box 1482, Polson, MT 59860 (406)871-2135

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TUESDAY, April 10

Dayton – Bible Study 10:00 AM

Polson – Bible Study 9:30 AM
Polson – Bell Choir 5:00 PM
Polson – Chancel Choir 6:30 PM

FRIDAY, April 13
Polson – Community Dinner 5:00 – 6:15 PM
Polson – Alanon Meeting 8:00 PM

SUNDAY, April 15
Dayton-Worship 9:00 AM
Polson – Adult Study 9:00 AM
Polson – Children’s Learning Time 11:00 AM
Polson - Worship 11:00 AM

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Bible Studies This Coming Week:
- In Dayton our Bible Study is reading through Hebrews. We will be reading in chapter 3 and 6 this week. We meet Tuesday morning from 10:00 to 11:30.
- In Polson we will be reading in chapters 8-10 of the Gospel of Matthew. We meet Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 11:00.

We will be blessing Jane Bronson’s new home in Ronan this coming weekend on Sunday afternoon, April 15th, at 4:00 PM. Jane and Eric invite anyone who would like to attend to bring a dish to share as we join in a time of worship and fellowship. Their address is 522 4th Ave SE in Ronan. Their house is across from the Peaks Retirement Home and is blue with white trim.


Our next Friday Night Dinner is this Friday, April 13th . The menu is Asian meatballs, rice pilaf, a green vegetable, salad and desserts. We’re all set for desserts but still need a couple of salads. We also still need greeters and clean-up folks.

Congregational Membership Class: Membership classes for our congregations are held as the need arises. We will be having a membership class on Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 to noon in the Polson Fellowship Hall. Please let Dave know if you intend to attend.

Summer Camp is Coming! Brochures for camp this summer are available at the church. Or you can visit the Camp’s web-site at You can pick up a brochure in the Fellowship Hall or the office. In Dayton, they’ll be on the table by the Fellowship Hall door.

Camp Staff Opportunities: Glacier Camp is looking for young people to be on staff this summer for our camping season. Interested folks must be 18 years old to apply. Brochures are available in the church office. Or, contact Glacier Camp directly at (406) 844-2114 or

Camp Volunteer Workdays Scheduled: The Camp will be having volunteer work days on April 16 and 17. We’ll start at 9:00 on the 16th and end at noon on the 17th. Rooms are available on Sunday and Monday nights. Please call the camp (844-2114) to reserve a room. Meals on Monday and Tuesday will be provided. Please bring a snack to share.
We’ll be working both inside and outside. Please dress for the weather and bring gloves, shovels, rakes, step-stool ladders. Projects: Clean out firepits; clean out flowerbed and flowers; Reset rock wall by Chapel, Paint campers cabins and stairs; Murphy oil soap logs in lodge; general clean-up of grounds - forest floor litter removal; bathhouses cleaned and stocked; wind stop for swing circle; clean-up of ropes course; clean barn.
Please call the camp if you can help, so they can plan for meals.



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