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MOnday Morning News

June 12, 2017

Hi All,
  “Practice Random Deeds of Kindness and Thoughtless Acts of Beauty,” reads a not uncommon bumper sticker. It’s an answer to what we so often read about in the news each morning – random ugliness from the hands of humanity. Suicide bombers, dictators feathering their own nests at the expense of their citizens, children caught in the crossfire of opposing sides. We read all about it, feeling powerless to do anything against such a great, cold vacuum of evil. But, seeking to be kind, providing beauty for others, here is an antidote for such hopelessness.

Bumper stickers may be something new; the ideal on the one I quoted above isn’t. A good part of Paul’s message to the Christians of Rome was about theology, but in the twelfth chapter he begins to tell them what all this means in their everyday life. He writes: Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. What the Christian life means, Paul says, is to give our lives whole-heartedly to God. And much of what he says readily fits into doing random and unexpected acts of kindness for friends and strangers.

My thought for us this morning is to exhort all of us to do just what Paul suggests: “…outdo one another in showing honor. … Contribut[ing] to the needs of the saints; [and] extend[ing] hospitality to strangers.” Almost sounds like a contest, doesn’t it. And what better competition for God’s people to get into than trying our best to contemplate and do deeds of kindness for strangers, provide beauty for the everyday lives of our neighbors, and show our love of God in the way we live our lives for one another.

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Scriptures for Sunday, June 18, 2017

Genesis 18:1-15
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Romans 5:1-8
Matthew 9:35 - 10:1, 5-8

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Prayer Requests from Sunday, June 11, 2017

Val, Mary, Travelers, Gary and Family, Lucy, Donna, Rocky and Linda, Jenn, Barbara, Robin, John, Bob, Desi, Ron, Gary, Kathy, Lynn, Children

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Dear Presbytery Prayer Partners,
This week we are praying for all the Pastors, Ruling Elder Commissioners and guests who will be attending the presbytery retreat in Hot Springs this weekend June 17 & 18. Please pray for safe travel for all including our speaker Ben Mathes, who is the founder of Rivers of the World ministry. Please pray for the Hot Springs congregation as they make their final preparations. Please pray that as we worship, learn and fellowship together, we’ll build new relationship and discover new ways of serving our communities and congregations as emboldened servants of Christ.
Everyone is welcome at presbytery retreats. To learn more about this visit our website at

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, June 12
Polson– Worship Committee 4:00 PM
Polson– Christian Nurture 5:15 PM


Polson–Caregivers Support Group 1:30 – 2:30 PM

FRIDAY, June 16
Polson– Alanon Meeting 8:00 PM In the Fellowship Hall

Polson– Men’s Bible Study 8:30 – 10:00 AM

SUNDAY, June 18
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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This coming Sunday, June 18th is Pie Day in Dayton! Ladies bring a pie for our annual Father’s Day Appreciation after worship. Also, be sure to sign-up to bring pies for our July 8th Quilt Show.

Polson Worship in the Park and Picnic: Be sure to mark your calendar for our annual Worship and Picnic at Boettcher Park on Sunday, July 23rd.

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Friday Night Community Dinner: To so many who helped out with our Community Dinner last Friday: Thank You!! It was a fun time and we served about 70 or so folks.

Dayton Quilt Show on July 8th: The Dayton congregation will be having a Quilt Show, Bazaar and Lunch on Saturday, July 8th. The show will go from 9:00 to 4:00. Lunch will be available from 11:00 to 2:00. Dayton has an incredible community of wonderfully creative quilters. This is a must see event for anyone who enjoys perusing our local art galleries.

Polson Church Summer Yard Care: The way we keep our lawn trimmed in Polson over the summer is through your participation. We’ve got June well covered but will need some folks for July and August. Be sure to look for the sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall.

Our June Presbytery Retreat will be in Hot Springs this weekend on June 17th and 18th at the church in Hot Springs. The speaker at this retreat is the Rev. Ben Mathes, Presbyterian pastor and founder of Rivers of the World ministry. He is a dynamic speaker who will be talking about his work around the world and how we can see ourselves as missionaries in our own communities. Rivers of the World Vision Statement: “With your help, we equip leaders and churches to bring about sustainable change in difficult to reach villages.”

Summer Camp Programs

Summer Program at Glacier Camp: Information about our upcoming camping season at Glacier Camp is out. You can either pick a brochure at the church of go to
There are day camps for younger children, camps for primary, junior and senior high age kids as well as horse and adventure camps. One new offering is a quilting camp offered from July 10-14. Scholarships are available for all children either through our congregation or Glacier Camp. Be sure to ask.

KIDS NEED CAMP! Vacation Bible Day Camp is set for next week, June 19 through June 23, 2017. This year it will be at the Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in Lakeside. Vacation Bible Day Camp is for children 6-10 years of age.
Transportation, Food and Fun Provided! After boarding the bus at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Day Camp BEGINS on the bus with activities & games led by CAMP staff.
Space is limited and slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
Pick up a registration packet from Polson Presbyterian, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Community Presbyterian of Dayton, or from Susan Stuber at Cherry Valley. Packets can be returned to each church or to Mrs. Stuber.
What can members of congregations do to help? Donations are needed to support scholarships for campers who cannot afford the $75/week fee.
Please designate your gift to the Vacation Bible Day Camp.
Hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Partnership with Polson Presbyterian Church and Community Presbyterian of Dayton



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