Sunday, April 22, 2018

SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018: Farewell to Yvonne

Welcome this morning! 

Until we meet again…today we say good bye to Yvonne and wish her the best as she soon heads to Texas. If you would like to bless her with a monetary gift…you will find a basket on the foyer table with a display in the Gower’s honor. From our church family to you Yvonne, a huge hug, sincere words of appreciation, and lots of love! We will sure miss you! 

Kyauna is our host for ACF this morning. 
Thanks Sonya, for hosting last week. 
Kelly has Children’s Church today.
Saturday, April 21, 2018


Don’t forget there is a challenge to all who would like to write a poem or story sharing how your mother has influenced your walk with God. Email submissions to Kyauna by May 6th and maybe your mom will win a gift basket. If your mom is gone, you (the author) may keep the basket or give it to the mother of your choice.

Friday, April 20, 2018


Construction materials have arrived and concrete work will soon start.  For those who might not have seen the original plans or may have forgotten…see the drawings on the foyer wall for a fairly close idea on what it will look like. 

Don’t forget the Fund Raiser for the remodel project…see the mug and coaster display in the foyer and if you have any questions, please see Doris or Lana.

Thursday, April 19, 2018


A book from Janet Wadlington's mother, Sharlene Stilwell MinshallWinter in the Wilderness, a romance of the old-fashioned kind taking place in the Northwest. This is also a story of loss and hope for the future. So descriptive a reader said they felt cold when characters would venture outside. Pick this up for an end of the winter, early spring read.

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From your libarian, Donna R: I give sincere thanks for the many patrons of the church library.  Also, I am so grateful for the generous donations of books that we continue to receive in the library.  Please let me know if there are any special books that you don’t see on the shelves and I can order others would probably enjoy them also.  
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Just a reminder – the librarian has the cards from the last year or so and if you would like yours, please ask. A good way to keep track of the books you have read.

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Statistics from 2017 were: Neva Jean D was the most prolific reader with 52 checkouts to her name. There were 199 items checked out from the library this year – a 40% increase over last year. I know that some items were not on cards, so the number was more than that. Thanks to all the readers who help to make the library worthwhile.

Please, when checking out items, make up a new card for 2018 and follow the example in front of the blank cards (front of file box). That will help with keeping track of library items. Thank you! Also, if you are looking for something, please ask and we can help get it into the library for you and others.


---All past 2017 books and movies, alphabetized by author last name (or DVD title) are found in a "pages" post for 2017 (see column on right-hand side).
---All past 2018 books and movies are found in a 4/1/18 post.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018


April 22, 2018
----Thank you to all who came to the Ladies Brunch…to those who helped in the kitchen, and a special word of appreciation to Jenni for being the guest speaker. It was a great day!
----Thank you Jim R., Jim H., Ron and Jan for helping Dee and pastor with the first litter pick up of the year! Thank you Jan for providing the “drinks” and Dee the doughnuts! It was a fun time!

April 15, 2018
----A belated “Thank You” to Don D. for your time with “demolition” here at the church.
----Thank you so much Mike D. for getting the mowers running, for all the time in fixing the deck wheel, and for mowing for the first time this season!! Your ministry in this area is very much appreciated!!

April 1, 2018

----Words of appreciation to Jan and Ron for the delicious cookies you provided for After Church Fellowship last Sunday!
----A sincere thank you to all who attended the Easter Potluck Breakfast…to Julie for decorating, all who brought food and helped with set up and clean up.
----Thank you Clayton for salvaging some plants this past week.
----Thank you Lee for all you time in recently “tuning” the piano.
----Did you notice the library and foyer carpet is “brighter” and the turkey residue spots are gone? THANK YOU to custodian Ed for ALL the time you spent here at the church with the carpet cleaner this past week (as well as all the other cleaning you did!)

March 18, 2018

----Thank you Dale L for the shopping you did for the church this past week. 
----Thank you to all who participated in the men's breakfast yesterday.

March 11, 2018

Thank you very much Ron and Jan for doing the church shopping this past week and to Dave L. for your assistance as well!

February 25, 2018

---Thank you very much Dave L. for plowing the church lot and roads this past week. All your time (and gas) is appreciated!!
---Thanks so much Roy for your recent donation of “treats” to the AWANA/Youth Group programs.

February 18, 2018
---THANK YOU Amber so much, for all the extra work you did to make last Monday’s Valentine celebration at AWANA so special. Your snacks were sure “cleaver” and delicious and the table decorations greatly appreciated!
---Yvonne, Betty, Lillie, Joyce, Dave and Gail…thanks so much for your recent donations to the Brighter Side of 50!! They are much appreciated!! The Brighter Side Valentines Banquet was a tremendous success…lots of fun and wonderful food! (See the pictures in the foyer). Thanks so much Joyce and Dee for all your work and to all those who came and helped with set up and clean up!!!

January 28, 2018
---Dee and Gail for the delicious meal at Brighter Side of 50
---For those who came and supported Brighter Side.
---Thank you very much Fred and Lana for the donation of the new phones to the church!
---Thank you Dave for plowing the driveways and lot this past week.

January 21, 2018
----Thank you so much Kyauna for joining the AWANA Snack Coordinator Crew.
----Thank you Roy for the donation of Rice Krispie Treats to the kids at AWANA!

January 14, 2018
----Thank you to the great crew who helped with potluck clean-up. It was a good start to the “potluck season” with all the help and all of the great food!

----Thank you to Marcia, Glenda, Mike, NevaJean, and Rachel for your help in taking the tree and the Christmas decorations down for the year!

----Thank you to John and Rachel for your recent donation of pop and candy to the Youth Group.

----Thank you to Mike S. for plowing the lot and driveway this past week

January 7, 2018

A belated but very sincere word of “Thanks” goes out to Roy for helping pastor shovel the walks the week before last.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


The APRIL church newsletter is out!  Thank you to all who contributed articles and a special thank you to Janet W. for “putting it all together” as well as “editing” the publication. 

 Did you receive a copy through your email?  For those who do not have email or would rather have a hard copy, Lana made several copies (thanks Lana) that are available on the foyer table.  

In addition, you can take a look at the “color version” of the newsletter, as the church copy may be found there as well. (we do not have a color printer here at the church for higer numbers of copies). 

Monday, April 16, 2018


Items on the catch-all table for:
Jan, Becky, Sonya, and a butterfly hair clip was found by Ed K.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2018: Children's Church today

Welcome on this Sunday before “Extended Tax Day”…remember another blessing of Heaven…NO taxes!!

Thank you Sharilyn for the delicious cookies you made for last Sunday’s After Church Fellowship. Today’s host is Sonya.
 Brittany has Children’s Church and thank you Jo for taking it last week.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

UPCOMING FOR SUNDAY APRIL 22: Send-off for Yvonne

Sad to say but next Sunday, the 22nd will be our last Sunday with Yvonne. To bless her we will be sending her off with a “Basket of Love and Well Wishes.” But…since she is "traveling light" to Texas…we will not be giving her “stuff” but will collect paper ($$$) for her instead. If you wish to bless her…please come prepared to give towards her “love offering.”
Sunday, April 8, 2018

SUNDAY, APRIL 8, 2017: Bright Sunday!

Welcome on this BRIGHT SUNDAY…if you are visiting or may have forgotten…today is traditionally known as Bright Sunday…thus the “bright” attire being worn by many of the parishioners this morning!

If you participated in the event today, you will find a basket of "halos" as well as various packages of crackers on the foyer table. Participants are welcome to one of each.

Becky has Children's Church this morning.

We are looking for “good homes” for our Easter Lilies.  Please feel free to take one home with you (those 70 and older have first chance and then the rest of the church family is more than welcome to have one).

As you pulled into the parking lot this morning it was hard to imagine what can take place in just one week.  THANK YOU to all who came and gave of their time to help with the removal of the porches, sidewalks, steps, siding, etc.  The new construction should begin soon!  Your prayers for this endeavor are appreciated!    

Sunday, April 1, 2018



Afshar, Tessa (Bread of Angels) 
This book is about Lydia, a seller of purple, a precious ancient dye. The book is about her story that includes dishonesty, faithfulness and fear. She meets the apostle Paul and she can finally find salvation in his message of Jesus. Discover this amazing author who brings people of the Bible to life!

Afshar, Tessa (Harvest of Rubies and Harvest of Gold)
We have just received some new biblical fiction books by Tessa AfsharThese books are about a woman, Sarah, who is a senior scribe to the queen and married to Darius, an aristocrat. Read Harvest of Rubies and then  Harvest of Gold which continues the story after she is no longer the scribe. Read about their arranged marriage in these two novels. 

Afshar, Tessa (In The Field of Grace)
A story about Ruth and Boaz.

Afshar, Tessa (Land of Silence)
This book is about the woman who touched the robe of Jesus to be healed and is the book featured this week. She is engulfed in guilt and tragedy when illness overtakes her. She hears about a man who can heal by His touch – can it be that He can heal her physical being and her soul? Check this book out by this amazing author.

Afshar, Tessa (Pearl in the Sand)
Remember Rahab? This is an historical novel about her. Read her story starting with her beloved father selling her into harlotry at a young age, her youthful independence and being a servant of the Lord when called upon to do so. Check this out and read her amazing story.

Bolton, Martha (Never Ask Delilah for a Trim...And Other Good Advice)
This book is a devotional for teens and young adults. A 90-day devotional covering topics that help with Godly decisions that teens have to make. Each devotional includes a scripture, prayer and “bumper sticker” thought to ponder and remember. Parents and teachers might be interested in this also. This should be a fun book as it is written by a former staff writer for Bob Hope. Check it out!

Bright, Bill and Dekker, Ted (Blessed Child)
This book of intrigue and danger is an excellent read. A young orphan boy abandoned in an Ethiopian monastery, a relief expert, and a French Canadian nurse all work together to escape to America and find out how really special this young boy is.

Bunyan, John (The Pilgrim's Progress)
Designated one of the most important books in the English language and an important Christian allegory, this book was written in 1676 and is worth reading. It is about man's search for salvation. This book has been printed, read and translated more often than any other book besides the Bible. Pick it up for an interesting read during these gloomy/sunny days!

Cooke, Cynthia (Luck and a Prayer)
A love-inspired romance – just right for these gloomy, foggy days of winter. It is about a policewoman in unfamiliar territory with dark shadows trying to solve a mystery. It is a story about trust in God and acceptance. 

Laurie, Greg (Hope for Hurting Hearts) 
We realize that life is fragile and when we lose someone, we are shaken. Read this book. Some of the chapters titles are intriguing such as Where Were You, Lord? and A Choice of Eternities. Pick up this short but powerful book and ponder our short life on earth and how to deal with loss. And check out a couple of new books in the Children's and Youth's section.

Martin, Charles (The Mountain Between Us)

Oke, Janette (Drums of Change: The Story of Running Fawn) 
This a book about Blackfoot woman who is struggling to put together her beloved history and the takeover of the white men and their religion. The story takes place in Calgary and her new school, Mission Boarding School. Janette Oke has many other book series in our library.

RenfroeAnita (DVD Purse-onality)
Anita sings, prays and uses humor about our everyday foibles to draw the audience in. If you need a good laugh, pick up this DVD and enjoy comedy about everyday issues inspired by her love of God. Her songs are delightful and her prayers inviting while her faith shines through

Slattery, Kathryn (If I Could Ask God Anything:  Awesome Bible Answers For Curious Kids)
Are you wanting to talk with your children or grandchildren about the Bible? Check out this book which answers all kinds of questions that children may be interested in; for example, “What is Christianity?”, “Who is God?”, and “Why Couldn't Jesus Just Stay on Earth Forever?” This author has contributed to Guideposts magazine and is an author of many books for children.

Superbook Explorer:  In the Children's Section we have a new one about the Tower of Babel and the Day of Pentecost along with Isaac and Rebekah.

Wadlington, William Jewell (Trident Arising)
This book is about bigotry and prejudice in our world and about America's conscience. This book should make one think!

Warren, Rick (The Purpose of Christmas)
So Christmas is over but is it really? Pick up this book by the author of the bestselling The Purpose Driven Life and founder of Saddleback Church in California. He claims Christmas is “the best news we could get” by meeting our three greatest needs. Chapters include A Time for Celebration, A Time for Salvation, and A Time for Reconciliation. Pick this book up and reflect on Christmas during the start of the New Year.


Welcome to all today on this Resurrection Sunday!  
Today we will celebrate the Lord’s resurrection with a special program. Thank you ahead of time to all who are participating and a special Thank You to
Mike Y. for heading this celebration.  

Re: the egg hunt…etc…all kids 12 and under…meet in the library following the service. THANK YOU to you generous folks for the egg and candy donations! 

Dianne Eppler has made a very special Easter Basket for the young person who finds the special egg. Inside the egg you will find a yellow star “smile face” eraser. See pastor to claim your basket.
Saturday, March 31, 2018


An Easter tradition here at Cedonia is the annual gift of lilies from Theresa C. and her husband Dennis and son, Marvin of Spokane. Theresa is related to many in the church and has been giving the church lilies for years!! These lilies will be given away next Sunday. 

(Pastor is looking for someone to water them around Thursday or Friday of this upcoming week…please let him know on Sunday if you can help out.)
Friday, March 30, 2018


Ed and Julie will be gone next week on a trip to Oregon.
Thursday, March 29, 2018


REMEMBER next Sunday is
BRIGHT SUNDAY!!! For those 
not familiar with this tradition…wear you “BRIGHTEST” outfit to church and all who participate will receive a gift! Those who don’t participate get no prize except for the enjoyment of seeing the rest of us at our “brightest”!!! (And…pastor’s wife always reminds him… “It is bright Sunday not clash Sunday!”)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE and some crocuses for the taking

The rocks, bricks, and plants etc. have been removed from the front of the church. Thank you so much Ray and Fred B. for helping pastor in this endeavor and also for your help in emptying the bell tower room. 

Thank you Clayton for salvaging some plants this past week. If anyone wants some of the remaining crocuses (in the former water feature garden) help yourself. Remember, you have until Tuesday morning (April 3).

We are now ready to begin demolition for Phase I of the Church Remodel Project. The porches, steps, siding, etc will be removed this week. If you would like to help…that would be GREAT!!  We are having a work day this Tuesday April 3 beginning at 9 am. All are invited. If you have any questions please see Harold or Ray. 
ALSO…beginning next week…we will be entering and exiting the building through the museum! 

Please be in prayer for all aspects of this project. AND…thank you to everyone for your generous giving which is allowing us to begin the process of improving our church building.
Sunday, March 25, 2018


Welcome to all on this Palm Sunday. 
Today we will be sharing in communion.

Thank you so much Joyce for baking the cookies for last Sunday’s After Church Fellowship--especially in light of how involved your week had been…and thank you Susan for taking her place as “onsite host.  Jan will be our official host this morning.

 Kyauna has Children’s Church today.  
Saturday, March 24, 2018


Here is the schedule for Resurrection Easter Sunday…

---> Easter Potluck Breakfast at 9 am. Regarding breakfast some suggestions are egg dishes, breakfast casseroles, potatoes, muffing, rolls, fruit, juice, milk, etc. pancake/waffle batter may be cooked here…please precook breakfast meats.

 --->NO Sunday School. 

--->The annual Easter Program will begin at 10:30.

--->Easter Egg Hunt for kids 12 and under following the service of celebration. Donations of eggs (plastic and hard boiled/decorated) as well as candy to place in the plastic eggs are always welcomed!
Thursday, March 22, 2018


Since construction will soon begin on Phase I, we will be in need of room in the museum to store items from the bell tower room. The new roll top desk presently in the museum, is for sale and pastor will make you a GREAT DEAL by considering ANY OFFER. Be sure to check it out. Money from the sale will go towards the building fund. 

As many of you noticed…parking near the shed/cemetery has become somewhat restricted with the arrival of the trusses. And…soon, site prep will begin. Please bear with us.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


For those who don’t have email…you will find the March Newsletter on the foyer table. Thanks again Janet for putting it together and sending out emails. Thanks Lana for sending copies to extended church family.
Sunday, March 18, 2018

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2018: Children's Church today

Good Morning and welcome to worship today.

Thanks Janet J. for hosting last Sunday’s After Church Fellowship! Joyce will be our official host this morning. Plan to stay and visit and enjoy the “treats.” 
Marshall has Children’s Church today.
Sunday, March 11, 2018

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2018: Daylight savings time begins

Good morning to all.  Hope you all remembered to set your clocks AHEAD one hour on Saturday night.

Jo has Children’s Church today. 

Thank you so much to all of you who jumped in to assist with clean-up following last Sunday’s potluck. Your time and willingness to help is noted and appreciated!
Thursday, March 8, 2018


The 2018 Directories and Prayer Calendars are out!! You will find them on the foyer table and we thank you for your patience as we had originally hoped to get these out in January. A special thank you to Jenni and Lana for all their work in putting these together and copying them for the church family!

Please let pastor know if there needs to be any additions and changes to the new directory.


Need some Roundup for spraying weeds, etc?? 
See pastor for info.
Sunday, March 4, 2018

SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018: Potluck today


Thank you Kelly for last week’s ACF… 
Kyauna has Children’s Church today. 
Potluck today….If you have not helped with potluck clean up so far this year…please consider being on the crew.