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Pastor’s Perspective

October 2017

It is amazing how connected the whole of creation is once we take a moment to consider it. Whether it’s the dirt, a rock, a flower or tree, animals, the birds of the air and human beings throughout the world, we are all made of the same stuff at our foundation. Understood from our basic beginnings we all arise from the same place, the same identical material. Further it’s the same energy that binds us all together. The diversity of created wholeness can distract you and me from this astounding reality but we are far more the same than different!

Throughout all of this order is God. Yes, God. Okay, I’m a Christian pastor, and I’m supposed to say that kind of thing. I’m supposed to support the idea that God does indeed exist and is the primary mover of all creation. It might surprise you, however, that I actually don’t support the concept that “God exists.” Further, what I’ve said about the mutuality and connectedness of all creation doesn’t support that brief phrase either. Let me explain what I mean.

To say “God exists” makes God an object. God becomes an object, separate, much like any other object. It is the same as saying “my coffee cup exists” or “the church building exists” or “the Bible exists.” All these do exist, but as separate, finite objects. God transcends this. God, in God’s nature, IS existence. That’s a subtle but remarkable difference. To say “God is Existence” is consistent with God’s self-given name to Moses at the burning bush, I WILL CREATE WHAT I WILL CREATE (a far better translation of the Hebrew language when compared to many English translations of I AM). With God as existence itself, or the Ground of Being to use theologian Paul Tillich’s words, we are drawn together beyond the material atomic matter and energy of our foundation into a shared consciousness and infinite love which is eternal and indestructible. It means each facet of creation, regardless of how we might interpret it, is connected and valued as part of the “existing order.” Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not saying God is a rock. What I’m saying is as “God is Existence” an enduring connection exists that, like energy, can neither be created nor destroyed.

As we consider our call as Christians, to follow Incarnate Existence, Jesus the Christ, we must never separate one from another. All of humanity are our brothers and sisters and hold the same image of God, image of existence, as do we. The only walls and barriers which exist are those our self-centered egos create. We walk in a oneness with EXISTENCE itself. In this we complete the circle of Paul’s encouragement that nothing can separate us from the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ.

Peace,

Pastor Mike


A Thought to Ponder

How interesting that scientists sometimes sound more mystical than theologians. God’s presence in these qualities [God as Existence] rings out in the Breastplate, St. Patrick’s magnificent prayer, a soaring call to the universal presence of Christ, the uniquely Christian name for God:

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me,

Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort me,

Christ to restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in the quiet,

Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in the mouth of friend and stranger.

Now I see it as a beautiful expression of the Infinite Face of God . . . God is less like an object and more like a process—the Creative Urge and the Evolutionary Impulse.

Paul R. Smith


Library Notes

There is a wide variety of books this month! They are books that would be interesting for men as well as women. Take a minute to check them out.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is not a new book, but it was donated to the library recently and it is an excellent read or maybe a reread. Sara takes the reader inside the life of Jacob Jankowski who accidental was tossed onto a train that was carrying the Benzini Brothers circus. The Great Depression was just beginning and Jacob, who was nearly ready to graduate from veterinary school, was looking for work. Working with the circus was a good break for him with his background; however several situations make it very difficult. Marlene and Rose, circus performers, bond with Jacob and the trio works together for survival in this difficult situation.

A.B. Snyder tells his story to Nellie Snyder Yost in Pinnacle Jake and Pinnacle Jack’s Roundup. His story preserves the way of life of cowboys. It begins in North Platte, NE in 1887. Pinnacle Jake was the nickname of A.B. Synder who was a young cowboy on 101 Ranch. Pinnacle Jake’s story telling of life in cattle country during the ‘80s and ‘90s makes for good reading.

If you enjoy reading poetry, Drawn to the Light by Marilyn Chandler McEntyre will be of interest. McEntyre has taken 18 painting of Rembrandt’s work and has written original poems to accompany them. She includes many Biblical characters that are encountered in the paintings and poetry. It is a fresh way of viewing some of Rembrandt’s most powerful religious paintings.


Same Kind of Different as Me—Book Study with Pastor Mike

Pastor Mike looks deeply into a story of God’s transformative power as he invites all to share in this exploration of self, community and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus the Christ. Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. on October 5 & 12 we enter the worlds of Denver, Deborah, and Ron in their combined stories of hope, pain, salvation and deliverance. The study is an interactive, discussion format. The Same Kind of Different as Me is a powerful book which invites the reader into a moving story in which humanity and the Kingdom of God are revealed in harmony. Join us and enjoy Christian fellowship sustained by the Holy Spirit! If you need additional information, or need child care, please feel free to contact Pastor Mike.

Attention Presbyterian Women!!!!!!

On October 12 at 11 a.m., women attending the Fall Adventure will leave the church to travel to Kerry’s for lunch. Following lunch the group will go to The Pumpkin Patch near Sutton, on the way, a stop will be made in Geneva to do shopping. Reservations will be needed for lunch. A sign-up sheet will be available on the table in the fellowship hall on October 1 and 8.

GREETERS FOR OCTOBER 2017

1 (E) JACK GARNER

(K) GEN JOHNSON 

(W) DORIS MOSES


(E) GALE BARNHILL

(K) KAREN BARNHILL

(W) CARYN EICKHOFF


15 (E) JIM BARR

(K) DALE OLSON

(W) NANCY WALFORD


22 (E) KAREN BARNHILL

(K) GALE BARNHILL

(W) ANGIE TIETMEYER


29 (E) ROGER MANEELY

(K) STAN JENSEN

(W) LORI HESER


COFFEE FELLOWSHIP

1 CAROL BARR

DOROTHY FISBECK

15 LYNDA ZIEG

22 DONNA EHLERS

29 JUDY MANEELY


CANDLELIGHTERS

RORY HUBER

8 SKYLAR HUBER

15 RENEE KUCERA

22 EMMA NOLAN

29 CAMILLE ERDMAN


THE CHARGE

1 JUDI NORDLUND

8 CINDY NABER

15 DEB HOLMES

22 CINDY NABER

29 DEB HOLMES


SOUND SYSTEM

GALE BARNHILL

8 GALE BARNHILL

15 JOHN HOLMES

22 SHANNON NOLAN

29 GALE BARNHILL


USHERS FOR OCTOBER 2017

1 JIM BARR

 ORVILLE DAVIDSON

SHARON DAVIDSON

STANELY JENSEN

CARYN EICKHOFF


CINDY NABER

DALE OLSON

NANCY WALFORD

KAREN BARNHILL

GALE BARNHILL


15 GARY ZOUBEK

PAM ZOUBEK

DICK HODGE

SUE HODGE


22 KEN GALE

SUSAN GALE

CHRIS TIETMEYER

DAWSON TIETMEYER

29 CLINT PHILSON

ANN PHILSON

LORI HESER

LORNA CLELAND


COMMUNION SERVERS

OCTOBER 1

ANN PHILSON

DALE OLSON

ELAINE WAGGONER

CINDY NABER

CLINT PHILSON

NITA WORKMAN

NANCY WALFORD

JERRY WAGGONER

KIM GARNER

JACK GARNER