PASTOR LARRY’S MESSAGE
Our First Annual Friend’s Day
Hopefully you were able to attend our worship service this past Sunday on Friend’s Day. I suspect everyone who did was encouraged. I certainly was! We had a good number of visitors in attendance. Thank You, Lord! I believe our attendance was the largest since I started ministry at NUCC. Thank you to all who helped to make it an uplifting day: those who invited someone, those who lifted the day up in prayer, Nina with her beautiful solo, (“There is a Savior!”), Don & Chris for their wonderful music, those who extended a warm greeting to our guests, those who helped with the food, our trustees who prepared the grounds and facility so beautifully and exceptionally well, and those who helped in other ways! Thank you, Lord, for blessing our prayers and efforts!
Sunday I met visitors in attendance from each of four means of outreach:
- Received an invitation to attend from someone in our church family
- Received a flyer in the mail. (Flyers were mailed out to all those living in the residential centers of Newport and Old Town.)
- Saw the ad placed in the Newport Miner
- Someone from our church knocked on their door and invited them to the service
A study was published several years back of what adults were searching for when switching churches. The most important factor the study found is the beliefs and doctrine of the church. Eighty-nine percent of adults surveyed indicated they selected a new church based on what the church says it believes. The second most significant factor in a church switcher’s decision to attend their current church is preaching (87 percent) and the third is authenticity of the church members and the pastor (86 percent). These numbers indicate church switchers select a new church based on what the church says it believes and whether they live it out.
The study further found that eighty percent said worship style is important and sixty-nine percent said music is also among the top ten most important factors in choosing a church.
Due to COVID-19 many people were forced to stop attending church services. And a considerable number of people have not gotten back into the habit. So, it is plausible many people are ready to return to church and open to trying a new church where they can also make new friendships.
The research from the study also revealed how church switchers look for a new church:
- The most common search method is in-person visits (83 percent).
- 64 percent say they were first introduced to their new church by an invitation from a friend or acquaintance.
- Word of mouth and existing familiarity with the church are also common means of introductions (27 percent).
- And 25 percent say they were first introduced to the church when they saw it while driving.
Most switchers have to attend at least four times before deciding to attend regularly (46 percent). Only 16 percent decide to attend regularly based on one visit. Welcoming proved to be a significant factor in a switcher’s decision to stay with the church. It was wonderful to witness the warm welcome extended to our guests this past Sunday by our church family!
I am of the belief that prayer is of the upmost importance. We desire to be connected to what God is seeking to do in the community. It is His Church. We are not seeking to employ marketing tactics to grow a social group. No! We desire His blessing as we strive to be a church fellowship permeating with love and grounded upon sound doctrine. As Joshua declared to his congregation, “Choose this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!” Let us continue to pray that the Lord will guide us to those who are searching for Him, will use us, and bless our efforts to touch the hearts of many on their and our own, personal journey of faith.
I suspect we will want to have another Friend’s Day next year. Should we schedule one during both the Spring and the Fall?
Hello to all and many blessings,
For those of you who weren’t there, we had our Friends Day this past Sunday and it was a resounding success in a number of ways. New people who had never been to our wonderful church, either invited by someone or they saw our ad in the Miner or someone left a brochure on their doorstep. There were also some folks we hadn’t seen in a while, however they got there they were all welcome. Most stayed for fellowship after the service, which was awesome. If you weren’t there you really missed out. Thanks to all who made this happen.
At this point I need to put on my Moderators hat and as your Lay leader I am going to address an issue that has been weighing heavy on my soul. The only way I know how to address this is just dive in, headfirst. So here goes, I find it very disturbing that some folks have decided to leave our church for a number of reasons. Some are because of ill-conceived perceptions about who we are and the direction we are headed. For those of you who have decided that we’ve made changes that you don’t necessarily agree with, let me give you something to ponder. We followed the direction of the UCC and Pacific Northwest Conference for decades, and our numbers have continued to decline. To quote Albert Einstein, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
We now have a pastor who teaches Bible based sermons every Sunday. Yes, admittedly there have been some mistakes but we’re still trying to get it dialed in. There seems to be two schools of thought here, either you believe the words in the Bible as written or you pick and choose what you believe is truth. There are some who have decided to believe gossip and innuendos without having come to a Sunday service. There is also a person among us who is stirring the pot behind our backs. That person needs to cease this action. Please consider the harm you’re doing to the people you at one time considered as your friends and church family.
One final thought, and my intent is not to offend, but as the saying goes if the shoe fits. Maybe it’s just me, but seems like the folks who preach inclusiveness and forgiveness and kindness are not practicing what they preach. Just some food for thought.
Oops, one more final thought. We’re still in need of someone to step up and become our next Treasurer. We have streamlined the requirements for the position so please pray on it. We’re also about to start our annual stewardship drive so please be thinking about what you can do.
Well, I’ve probably ruffled enough feathers for now, so I’ll sign off.
Blessings to all,
Bill Mitchell, Moderator
THANK YOU, ALL SO MUCH MOST GENEROUS HEARTS!!!!
Because of You:
We will be sending more than 50 Shoeboxes to Children all around the World.
(This beats last year’s record of 40!!!)
And Our “Little Red Wagon” continues to make its rounds filled with food-
To our 3 Food Banks.
Our “Cold Weather Clothing Box” will go out for donations
At the beginning of November. Gently used coats, boots, gloves,
and hats etc. gratefully accepted.
Missions will host a Coffee Hour on Sunday, November 13 with a “Pumpkin Theme”.
Basket Donations will go to our Food Banks.
Once again, Thank you all so much.
CALLED TO CARE
I will not be able to continue being Memorials Chairman after the first of the year. Due to family health issues and other personal considerations, I do not have the time to do a good job for the Memorials Committee. My hope is that someone will step up and want to devote their time and efforts to this worthwhile cause.
Thanks to all who have donated to the Memorial Fund.
The next meeting will be Thursday, November 10, 2022
Women’s Fellowship Report- October
At our last meeting we had a great turnout of 17 ladies. We enjoyed a catered lunch from Mi Pueblo. Thanks for arranging that, Joyce!!
The program was about Newport’s new commercial kitchen, presented by Michele Masuen. The kitchen is located on Penrith hill and is scheduled to have its grand opening in the spring. Thank you, Michele and your team, for all the hard work to make this happen for our community.
Our next meeting will be on Friday, November 11th at noon in the fellowship hall. The hostesses are Michele and Jackie. I’m sure they have a fabulous meal in mind for our lunch. Bring your appetite and a FRIEND!!
The program will be planning our Christmas Gift and Bake Sale, which is Dec. 2nd and 3rd. We will be selling hand-crafted items, baked goods, jam, and of course a table full of gently used Christmas décor. If you have any crafts already made, please bring them for show and tell. We will have a sign-up sheet for baskets and goodies. Please bring your baskets, and or donated raffle basket items to the church anytime and leave them on the side table in the fellowship hall.
Next time you get your hair done, nails done or get a massage, don’t forget to drop off a flyer at the shop and perhaps someone will donate a free service for our baskets.
FINANCE COMMITTEE – CHIMES UPDATE
The Newport UCC finance committee continues its search for additional members to join its committee to help manage the church’s finances, especially the addition of a new church treasurer. Please consider and pray on becoming the church’s treasurer. Feel free contact Mitch Walker or Bill Mitchell to learn more.
It is Stewardship/Pledge drive time of the year. As such, the church is looking for members who would like to be a part of this year’s Stewardship committee. This is a three-month opportunity to help direct, impact, and contribute to how the church reaches out to, and encourages, its members on the importance of giving their time, talent and/or treasure. Help our church stay strong and continue to grow its positive impact on our community.
Finally, things are getting more expensive for all of us, and the church is no exception. In the last year alone, we have had to hire a private lawn care company to mow, fertilize and care for our turf and landscape. In addition, we have added the help of an accountant to keep the church’s finances in good order and are now considering hiring a local handman to help the church take care of its facilities. Add these new costs to the general overall cost of ‘everything’ and one can easily see why contributing your time, treasure and talent to the church is more important now than it has been in a very long time. We need your help!
If any of the above sounds interesting to you, please contact Mitchel Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-590-6381. I would love to hear from you.
Newport UCC Finance Committee
After calculating the cost of producing and mailing the Chimes, it has been determined that the Newport UCC will no longer mail your monthly issue of the Chimes to your door. In the next few months, the church email list will be updated with your help. This can’t happen overnight, but must happen by January 2023. If you did not get Covid updates from the church, you are not on the church email list. If you want to be on the Chimes email list, contact the church. You can email your request to email@example.com or mail your request to Newport UCC at P.O. Box 959, Newport, WA 99156. You can also call the church office at 509-447-4121.
There will be a form at church that you can fill out with your current email address.
For those of you who don’t have email, or want a paper copy of the Chimes, you can pick up a copy at church, or it will be mailed to you.
Thanks for your help with this cost saving measure.
The Chimes Committee
Do you love reading the Chimes?? I do!!!
Please let us know how you would like to receive your copy of the Chimes.
Email My copy. My email address is _____________________________________________
Pick up my copy at church. Yes_____________
Mail my copy to: ___________________________________________________________________
I don’t want to receive a copy of the Chimes Yes ______________
A small Trustees group met on Friday October 14th at Newport Pie and Coffee for a brief meeting. George had provided a list of things that some of the Trustees may not know about where and how things are repaired and stored in the church. Also, next year’s lawn care and fertilizing program was discussed and suggested that we have Richard from Wild Coyote Lawn care manage the fertilizing program. The lawns have not looked this good in a very long time.
We didn’t see a need to hold a fall cleanup workday as the church and grounds are all in very good condition. The sprinklers have been blown out and hoses drained. There is one strip of heat tape on the roof that needs to be reattached and George will take care of that.
As I move on to other things and the Trustees select a new chairman, I encourage members of the church to get actively involved with the Trustees group. To expect a small group of two or three members to maintain and care for the church and grounds is asking a lot of them. There are always others that step in to help when needed or asked, but to have more people involved in the decision and planning activity is key to making good decisions for the church.
Thanks to everyone who helped on Sunday mornings by greeting, being a lay reader, providing music, running the sound system, or hosting coffee hour. You are much appreciated. Please sign up if you can help enhance our worship experience.
Pastor Dan Berg will be here Sunday, October 30.
Looking ahead, we will soon be making plans for the Advent season and Christmas, which will be on a Sunday this year.
We will no longer be receiving aluminum cans at our Church. Thank you all for supporting this funding for our activity program over the years.
Don’t Forget to get your copy of our recently published cookbook. The title is “the Queen of Quick”(you too can cook!) It contains 137 simple and delicious recipes, and many helpful hints as well.The cookbook is a fundraiser for Women’s Fellowship and will sell for $15. So, start your Christmas shopping now ladies. So far, we have sold 75 and have 25 left, so get your cookbook quickly.
Let’s Keep it Rolling!
It benefits the three area food banks: Newport, Oldtown and Cusick.
Reminder: you can bring food any Sunday and place it in the wagon.
The office and Called to Care are trying hard to keep the prayer list in the bulletin accurate and updated. It would help the office if you would please send prayer requests to the office by e-mail or fill out the tear off tab from the bulletin and place it in the offering basket or blue office folder.
It began as an egg, but from where did it come?
You will get the answer before this poem is done.
A hungry caterpillar hatches from this egg
and stuffs itself with leaves for a few weeks,
As it grows it sheds its skin several times
which is fascinating and uncommonly unique.
Food eaten now will be stored and used as an adult,
This process is amazing, I’m not making this up.
When the creature is full grown it’s eating does stop,
The next stage is called a chrysalis or pupa
covered in a cocoon from bottom to top.
On the outside it hangs looking like nothing is going on,
But inside it is changing, the transition has begun.
Slowly the chrysalis opens, a new creature does emerge,
Known simply as a butterfly, its beauty is hard to describe with words.
God shows his mastery of this life cycle beginning to the end,
And now the Butterfly will lay an egg and the cycle will start again.