June, 2014 Page 2

Prayer itself is a miracle

 A car accident several years ago raised questions about prayers for the Rev. Ernesto Medina, rector of St. Martha's Church in Papillion, Nebraska.  He recovered from serious injuries and "people were saying things like, God must have a purpose for you on earth. Like someone who dies doesn't have a purpose on earth?"  The whole idea of God answering prayer "bothers me," Medina added.  "It's like, if the prayers are answered, you're in; if they're not, you're out. On the other hand, there's the assumption that you do something so your prayers can be answered. If you don't study the day before a test, and pray that God gives you the wisdom to put the right answers down anyway, you're probably not going to do very well on the test."

But prayer itself is a miracle, he said. "The miracle contained within prayer is that prayer is helpful when it helps you understand that you're turning it over to God, that you let go, that you understand that you yourself don't have power over it. So that action, whether you know it or not, that you're turning it over to God, a higher power, is the miracle."

 Even more so, "there's something about when you're praying for someone else you somehow are linked in an incarnational way with the communion of saints, so if I'm praying with you I'm linked to you and that's the miracle.  "It's about whether we trust God or not. If we're trying to manipulate the prayer we're not trusting. But if we're really living into 'thy will be done', it probably is really the only prayer."  

See you in church



Treasurer’s report for March:
Expenses: $17,714.15;
Check book balance of $18,287.46
minus pass-through and memorial fund =$16,974.12. 

*Vestry approved Treasurer’s report and minutes. 
New Business:
*Parish picnic will be after church at Judy Ratliff’s house on Pentecost, June 8th. Church will furnish chicken. Everyone brings dish to share and own beverages.
*We will wait until fall for Parish work day.
*Vestry dinner will be June 13 at 7:00p.m.
*We need information sheet with reminder of what coffee hour hosts are responsible for doing. Mary and Sallie will take care of this. 

Old Business:
*We agreed to continue Vestry prayer partners each month and add prayer for more children in church.
*Greg Camp related that he comes to church every Sat. between 7:30-8:00am and works for an hour on lawn care. He asked for us to put notice in newsletter that he would welcome anyone to help him.
*Snow removal will be contracted out.
*We discussed work in the garden.
*Allen will have postcards next month.
*Mary will work on committee for Mutual Ministry Review and find someone to facilitate.
*Sr. Warden: Triple blessings.
*Jr. Warden: Greg waiting to get estimate for new furnace from Shaw Heating.
Committee Reports:
*Fin./ Steward./Hosp.: Vestry dinner for parish on June 13.
*Worship: Plans for fall to begin soon.
*Outreach: No EP or dinner with Gateway teens in May.
*Food Pantry Board needs a liaison (Mary or Judy B). 
*Christian Formation: Brian and Byram will get together.
Next meeting: Sunday, June 22 after church and then, July 20. 

Greg Camp wants everyone to know that he comes to the church every Saturday between 7:30am and 8:00am and works for an hour cleaning up and manicuring our grounds around the church. He would welcome anyone who would like to help him. 

Anyone interested in working together on our prayer garden, please talk with Greg Camp at 497-0269.

We want to thank everyone who brought in trash bags for the month of May.
For June, we are asking everyone to bring in toilet paper again. 
Also, don’t forget to continue to use your Kroger gift card. We have already received financial benefits from this program.
The Lemonade Retreat for the teens at Gateway Children's Services will be the June 30-July 5. Please check with Judy Bramblet about helping with crafts and snacks for the teens.

The Daughters of the King will hold their regular meeting on 1 June, after church.  All Daughters and anyone interested in finding out more about the order are welcome to attend.