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MOnday Morning News

August 14, 2017

Hi All,
God is good!
All the time!
All the time!
God is good!

That’s the way we begin our time together in Polson every Sunday morning. Instead of saying “Good morning!” we’re affirming God’s goodness in our lives – not just some of the time but all of the time. A Presbyterian congregation in Chicago begins their Sunday worship in a similar way. They sing the Doxology. (You know, “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.) It’s the same thing. Beginning worship praising and confirming God’s goodness, God’s good will toward us.

I’ve wondered what someone walking off the street, with no real sense of the Christian message, might think of the way we begin things. Would this strike them as absurd; “God is good, all the time!” Or would they be astounded by the courage it takes to say something like that.

I’m certainly astounded by the courage I know is displayed while I hear us affirm God’s goodness each Sunday. I recall the people lifted up in prayer, I recall some of the distressing trials many of us are facing and I’m astounded by our willingness to say that “God is good, all the time!” It goes along with our prayers for peace in the midst of a chaotic and violent world. It all appears a fool’s errand by any other measure than faith. To affirm that God is always good takes courage.

To affirm that “God is good, all the time!” is to affirm that we are not victims of the pain and anguish that come our way, but rather it’s students. To say that God is good flips our experience of life on it’s head. Instead of allowing life to happen to us, we embrace it as a gift from God. We may dread the pain life brings us but we don’t need to feel that such trials are useless. Everything that happens to us is a gift from God teaching us to trust God’s goodness even more. I guess I’m thinking of Paul’s words to the church in Rome when he says: We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8.28)

What a joy it is to affirm God’s goodness! What a gift it is to know that no matter what may come our way, God is with us and God is good – all the time!

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Scriptures for Sunday, August 20, 2017

Psalm 122:1-9
Psalm 67:1-7
Colossians 3:1-4
Matthew 6:25-33
Scriptures for Sunday, August 27, 2017
Isaiah 51:1–6
Psalm 138:1-8
Romans 12:1–8
Matthew 16:13–20

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Prayer Requests from Sunday, August 13, 2017

Wanda, Joel, Ormand and Pat, Val, Lynn, Denise, Jim, Ron, Jenn, Rocky, Mary, Donna, Robin, Barbara

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Dear Presbytery Prayer Partners,
We are continuing to pray for our ministry partners. This week we are praying for Montana Association of Christians (MAC).
MAC is an ecumenical group that seeks to serve Jesus together.
MAC’s covenant is:
We covenant as ecclesiastical judicatories, congregations, non-profit organizations, and individuals in Montana to make visible our unity in Jesus.
MAC’s Mission is:
We are called together by God to,
1. Pray together as one
Be present in our state’s broken places
2. Walk in the freedom and openness of the Holy Spirit
In the newly reorganized MAC individuals, congregations may become members.
If you’d like to learn more about MAC you can go to:
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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MONDAY, August 14
Dayton – Session Meeting 4:00 PM

TUESDAY, August 15
Polson – Session Meeting 6:30 PM

WEDNESDAY, August 16
Polson – Caregivers Support Group 1:30 – 2:30 PM

FRIDAY, August 18
Polson – Alanon Meeting in the Fellowship Hall 8:00 PM

SATURDAY, August 19
Polson – Men’s Bible Study 8:30-10:00 AM

SUNDAY, August 20
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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Be sure to mark your calendar for our annual Dayton Hymn Sing on August 27th. We’ll meet at 5:00 PM in the sanctuary to sing followed by dessert in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00.

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Tis' time to think: “Back to School in just a wink.”
College bound this year from Polson are: Lydia Dupuis, Tyler Dupuis, Hannah Hobbs and Remington O'Conlough. Please help them off to a good start by bringing items for the Care Bags, which will be sent to them on Saturday, August 26th.
Suggestions for items to purchase:
Sunflower seeds, packs of dry soup mix, Nuts, Chex Mix, Nutella, Puddings, Pretzels, Dried Fruit, Candy bars, Granola, Fruit Roll-ups, Protein Bars, Pens & Pencils, Note pads, Stick-it notes, Small cans of juice, Peanut butter, Pop tarts, Cheese & crackers, Mac 'n cheese. Just a few ideas to get you started.
If you prefer to make a cash donation, it will be used to purchase gas, coffee or phone cards. There will be a place in the Fellowship Hall to put your donations. We must have them all by Friday, August 25th . Mailing will take place on Saturday, August 26th.
We have always been very supportive of this project and the Christian Nurture Committee hopes this will be another successful year. Many thanks!!

Advent Planning Team: Yes, we are already thinking about Advent! If you would like to help plan for the upcoming season please give Becky Dupuis or Pastor Dave a call. Our organizing meeting will be the week of September 18th.

Ray of Hope, a Christ-centered homeless shelter in Kalispell, is about to complete their women and children’s shelter. Named “Peggy’s House,” it will be ready in the fall. The shelter will house about 26 women and their children. As a part of getting them ready for their coming opening the Dayton congregation is collecting new and gently used twin bed sets and towels. For more information call Kathy Walker at (406) 270-0605.

San Francisco Theological Seminary Seminars Exploring our Faith ~ Expanding our Understanding

Faith and Public Life: The Church’s Role in the 21st Century

Dates: August 28 - 30 Location: Glacier Presbyterian Center (the camp!)

Professor: Dr. Jim McDonald – President of San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS)
A lifelong Presbyterian, Jim McDonald became San Francisco Theological Seminary’s 11th president in July 2011. He is Professor of Faith and Public Life.
Before coming to SFTS, Jim worked for 13 years at Bread for the World, a faith-based grassroots advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. that urges policymakers to reduce hunger in this country and around the world. In 1998, after completing a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University, he joined Bread for the World as an international policy analyst and led a broad legislative coalition that secured substantial debt relief for the world’s poorest countries. In 2000 he became Bread’s Vice President for Policy and Program. In 2010 he became Bread’s Managing Director.

The world is in a profound state of turmoil. Fear abounds. People are suffering. We have toxic leaders, dysfunctional systems, and a politically polarized church and society. Increasingly, the world, driven by hostility and apprehension, seems intent on building walls to separate people one from another. We must also acknowledge that religion itself too often contributes in a negative, harmful way to the pain and suffering of others. The state of the world is a call for compassion. It’s a call for the church to be a sign of hope, a place of acceptance and love, a catalyst for peace, healing, and justice.
This seminar will explore the biblical and theological foundations of the Church’s loving, hopeful engagement with the world, and ask how a pastor and congregation can be both prophetic and pastoral in pursuing ministries of justice, healing, and peace.

Who should attend?
- Pastors & Commissioned Ruling Elders (CRE’s)
- Those who may consider a CRE ministry
- Ruling Elders, Session members, Deacons

Click here to find out more.



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