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 The Messenger
Publisher                                                 Volume Number                                    Issue Number    Date July/ Aug/Sept 2008
Libby United Methodist Church                                    2                                              3

1st.Corinthisans 12:27; NRSV
As the sultry days and nights of SUMMER abound, remember to stay cool. . . .Do not over exert –yourself as this can bring on a heat stroke... .Keep yourselves well hydrated and dress accordingly....
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THE NEW WINDOWS The crew has done a marvelous job installing the new windows A huge THANK YOU to the following who made this physically happen; Gene, Frank, John and Bill... . Your reward in HEAVEN shall be great we can be assured....

                             PRAY FOR OUR MILITARY

"You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, and with your whole mind. ... You shall love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37-40
Some philosophers define religion as peoples search for God. Through the use of regulations rules and rituals people seek to please God and in pleasing God be blessed saved or find wholeness in being human.
In these words of Jesus he lays down the complete definition of religion and the way to celebrate life. He quotes Deuteronomy 6:5 which is a part of the creed of Judaism known as the Shema and by which every Jewish service opens. In Jesus we encounter God who is seeking people. The way to complete our search is simply through a loving relationship which then results in our rituals. It is ­not by ritual that we please God but by accepting God's Love. We may then find ways of expressing this inexpressible love or justification through various rituals.
 Christian religion then is first and foremost relationship rather than rules, rituals and regulations. Relationships are established when we make a total commitment of life to God. Jesus continues however to quote Leviticus 19: 18 that the continuation of this relationship must issue in love for other human beings. First love God, second love people. It is when we love God that we become most able to love others. We people are not just a collection of chemicals nor merely part of brute creation, but we are made in the image of God. It is in this image that we come to life and become loveable. William Barclay, a great Scottish New Testament interpreter says, "Take away the love of God and we can become angry at man the unteachable, we can become pessimistic about man the unimprovable - we can become callous to man the machine-minder. The love of man is grounded in the love of God."
Jesus says that on these two commands, the love of God and to love your neighbor as yourself, the law and the prophets depend.
   If our religion becomes firstly the fulfillment of regulations, rules and ritual then it is time to be confronted once again by the love of God through Jesus Christ. ­
Make the time to attend church. 
Remember also the words of Jesus "If you have done it to the lest of these you have done it unto me" so REMEMBER THE FOOD BANK BY BRINGING A CAN OF FRUIT VEGETABLES, MEAT OR SOMETHlNG THAT CAN USED TO PUT TOGETHER A MEAL.
IN Life's QUEST:
                                                            With Enthusiasm; Rev. John

We have a new bishop

Stanovsky elected a bishop of UnitedMethodistChurch JulY 19,2008 News media contact: Marta Aldrich * (615) 742-5133*     Nashville {JCO8008}
By Marta W. Aldrich
PORTLAND, Ore. (UMNS)-The Rev. Elaine J.W. Stanovsky of Seattle has been elected a bishop by the Western Jurisdictional Conference of The United Methodist Church. .
Stanovsky, 54, a district superintendent in Seattle, was elected on July 19 on the 25th ballot. She is the last of eight new U.S. bishops elected this week at five jurisdictional meetings across the United States. She will fill one of two openings in the church's Western Jurisdiction. The Rev. Grant Hagiya, of Redondo Beach, Calif., will fill the other after being elected on July 18.
Ordained as a United Methodist deacon in 1981 and as an elder in 1983, Stanovsky has served Washington congregations in Renton and Seattle and headed the Church Council of Greater Seattle from 1990 to 1995. She has been a district superintendent in Puget Sound and in Tacoma, as well as a director of connectional ministries for the Pacific-Northwest Conference and assistant to the bishop.
She will become one of 50 active U.S. bishops, including six serving the 12-state Western Jurisdiction. The jurisdiction is home to 390,000 United Methodists in seven annual conferences that span Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, as well as one missionary conference in Alaska.
An Episcopal assignment committee was to announce later on July 19 where Stanovsky and other active bishops will serve for the next four years. Their assignments will be effective Sept. 1. A consecration service was scheduled for 2 p.m. PT at First United Methodist Church of Portland. Endorsed by the Pacific Northwest Annual (regional) Conference, Stanovsky was elected after receiving 53 votes cast by 70 delegates.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. "I claim my baptism this day and the special callings to which God has called me," said an emotional Stanovsky after her election was announced. "... May God lead us faithfully forward in the name of Jesus Christ."
Surrounded by her husband, Clinton Stanovsky, and their three grown sons, she said she has thought a lot about family as of late. "I am so grateful for a family that brought me into the church," she said.
Stanovsky and Hagiya will fill two vacancies created in the Western Jurisdiction College of Bishops by the retirement of Bishop Beverly Shamana and the resignation of Bishop Edward Paup. Paup has been elected to lead the United MethodisJ Board of Global Ministries, the church's mission agency, effective Sept. 1.
 The Western Jurisdiction, convening once every four years, conducted its business July 16-19. The United Methodist Church was created in 1968 by a merger of the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist churches. Methodists elected their bishops at one national gathering until 1940, when the jurisdictional system was instituted. Bishops in the EUB church were elected at one national gathering until 1968. Aldrich is news editor of United Methodist News Service
AGING WELL; change unsettling for elderly BY Missy Buchanan
Not long ago there was mutiny at my mother's senior residence center. Well, almost. Someone in
the office decided to move bingo from Tuesday to Monday afternoon. Bad idea. I was sort of amused by the fierce fire storm that blew up following the announcement. You could see the disapproval on the residents' faces. Don't mess with bingo!
The episode reinforced something I already knew about many older adults. Change is hard.
If we are honest though, most of us would have to admit we're not quick to embrace change either, unless someone else has to do the changing. No matter our age, there's a certain comfort in the routines of life.
Consider then the significant changes older adults have already endured in their latter years. Many
havesuffered the  loss of a spouse. They have given -­up homes where they had created decades of memories. They have sorted through a lifetime of stuff, trying to decide what to give away and what to keep. Some have relocated to an unfamiliar city to be closer to family.
Even those who have stayed in their own homes have had to deal with declining health and mobility. Faced with so many changes and such little control, it's not surprising that older adults cling to the few things they can count on. Like bingo on Tuesday afternoon and pancakes on Wednesday morning.
In most instances, it's not really a matter of selfish stubbornness. It's about a sense of security.
I have noticed this with my own 91-year-old mother. Understandably, she carefully guards what little independence she has left. She finds comfort in knowing that her water glass is on the cork ­coaster and her bobby pins are in the jar next to the toothpaste. She knows she can count on the current weekly magazine being in the bottom drawer and two tissues tucked into her right pocket. It is a simple but significant ordering system
Like my mother, most older adults So when it comes to change, we should all be gentle in our judgments. Sometimes change is necessary or inevitable. But we must never forget that routine is vitally important to an older person's sense of security. And try not to mess with bingo.
Ms. Buchanan, a member of FUMC Rockwall, Texas, is the author of Living with Purpose in a Worn Out Body: Spiritual Encouragement for Older Adults (Upper Room Books).
Sherry's humor corner:
Pastors Business Card
A new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door. Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote Revelation-3 :20" on the back of it and stuck it in the door.
When the offering was passed the following Sunday, he found the card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message :Genesis 3:10." Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter. Revelations 3 :20 begins "Behold I stand at the door and knock." Genesis 3: 10 reads, "I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid for I was naked."@
I'm not praying for anything for myself... "just a new bike for my brother that we can both ride" .
*A Sunday school teacher asked a little girl if she said her prayers every night." No not every night," declared the child, because some nights I don't want anything!"
* Did you ever notice? When you put the 2 words "The" and IRS together, it spells THEIRS"?
    the church around the world
from United Methodist News Service­ http://umns.umc.on:
Iowa bishop expresses thanks for support
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-Following devastating floods in his state, United Methodist Bishop Gregory Palmer said the church is focusing on residents who have little resources and are dependent on the government, the church and volunteer organizations for assistance. Most residents displaced by the floods don't have flood insurance. Three Cedar Rapids United Methodist congregations-St. James, Salem and Trinity ­have buildings that were heavily damaged. The bishop expressed his gratitude "for the ways in which we have felt the support and love, tangibly and spiritually, of United Methodists all over the world."
Chaplain works on 'maximum' ministry DENVER-After encouraging inmates to write their personal testimonies, the Rev. Yong Hui McDonald chaplain of the Adams County Detention Facility in Brighton, Colo., saw the prospect of a devotional book to be shared within the prison community as well as beyond its walls. With the help of United Methodist churches, she formed the Transformation Project: Prison Ministry and raised enough funds in 2005 to publish a book of prisoners' spiritual reflections, Maximum Saints Make No Little Plans. Two volumes followed. "', "When I say 'maximum saints,' that means they are using their gifts to the maximum to serve the Lord and help others," McDonald explains.
Native American songbook provides gifts
NEW YORK-SinQing the Sacred: Musical Gifts from Native American Communities is a new release from the Global Praise program of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries.
Bonhoeffer achieves martyr status with United Methodists
NEWPORT, Ark.-Although Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been dead for more than 60 years, the well­known German theologian has been a role model of faith for many Christians, including the Rev. Charles Sigman, 42, the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Newport. Sigman has helped make the Lutheran pastor the first martyr officially recognized by The United Methodist Church. "I always find myself quoting him because of the way he lived his faith and because he really teaches us all that there are things in this world worth dying
Illinois college signs pact with university in Liberia.
EAST PEORIA, fi1.-An agreement fostering collaboration between an Illinois community college and the United Methodist University in Monrovia, Liberia, was consummated June 9 in a signing ceremony. The partnership between Illinois Central College and United Methodist University formally "opens the door for student and faculty exchange for collaboration," said John Erwin, president of Illinois Central College ," Sigman said.
Ailing children navigate with Wheels of Love
CONROE, Texas—With just a few modifications, a simple red wagon is transformed into "Lizzie's Limo," enabling 4-year-old leukemia patient Elizabeth Long to navigate her hospital with the help of her family. She received one of the first wagons produced by the Wheels of Love ministry launched in 2007 at First United Methodist Church in Conroe near Houston. The wagons are customized with N poles, holders for oxygen bottles, car seats and a trailer. Retired millwright Richard Stanton started the ministry last year to help seriously ill children and their parents move more easily through hospitals, their homes and their
Eleven women receive seminary scholarships
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-The 11 scholars awarded the 2008-09 Georgia Harkness Scholarships will visit Honduras in December as part of a continued program of global women's leadership development begun in 2007. The seminary scholarships are awarded to women over 35 who are preparing for ordination as United Methodist elders as a second career.
United Methodists declare victory for farm workers MIAMI-United Methodists are celebrating a victory for farm workers following an agreement by Burger King Corp. to pay more for tomatoes picked by workers in Florida. The nation's second largest fast-food chain agreed to pay an extra 1.5 cents per pound for tomatoes picked in Florida, most of which will go to the workers. United Methodists in F1orida have with groups in Florida to bring about the change.
Student Forum explores social concerns in D.C.
WASHINGTON-More than 400 United Methodist students, campus ministers and young adult seminarians scattered across the U.S. capital during Student Forum 2008 to learn how they could
use their voices to fig4t for just public policies. The students met with lobbyists, legislative aides,
United Methodist agency officials and a tenants' group that works for equitable housing, among others. The May 22-25 forum is an annual leadership development event for United Methodist college students and is sponsored by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry and organized by the United Methodist Student Movement.
Africa University awards degrees to 354 students MUTARE, Zimbabwe-Africa University presented degree certificates to 354 students from 16 African countries on June 7 at the United Methodist-related school's 14th graduation ceremony. This year's graduating class increased the number of Africa University alumni to more than 2,600. Founded in 1992, Africa University was the first private university to open in Zimbabwe. It has an annual full-time student population of 1,300.
United Methodists in Texas raise $1 million for nets
THE WOODLANDS, Texas-The groundbreaking covenant partnership between the Texas and Cote d'Ivoire annual conferences of The United Methodist Church has yielded its first fruits-more than $1 million in donations from Texans to fight malaria in West Africa. At $10 a net, the gift will buy more than 100,000 nets planned for distribution in Cote d'Ivoire in November as part of a national vaccination campaign. The distribution will include another 400,000 nets authorized by the United Nations Foundation through the Nothing But Nets ­fundraising campaign. The United Methodist Board of Global Ministries will playa key role in helping with the logistics of the distribution.
Stop Hunger Now marks 10th with million meal event
RALEIGH, N.C.-Marking the 10th anniversary of Stop Hunger Now, the nonprofit organization has set a goal to package 5.5 million meals in 2008; On Aug. 23, its University Million Meal Event hopes to bring together 4,000 volunteers from nine colleges and universities to assemble 1 million meals in one day. "We have a vision of ending hunger in our lifetime," said the Rev. Ray Buchanan, a United Methodist pastor who founded Stop Hunger Now in 1998. The organization has provided more than $44 million in direct aid to more than 60 countries.
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The Man in The Glass:
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day.
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn't your father or mother or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass.
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum
And think you're a wonderful guy.
But the man in the glass
says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye.
He's the fellow to please--------
never mind all the rest
For he's with you clear to the end.
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world
down the pathway of years                                                                                                            
And get pats on the, back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears                                                          
If you've cheated the man in the glass.