UPC Newsletter April 2021
04 Gary Olson 04 Travis & Amanda Langfitt
05 Caroline Ammerman 11 Frank & Chris Sharp
09 Mike Kruger 18 Gary & Deb Olson
17 Malinda Howieson 25 Karen Chapman & Norma Keller
28 Amanda Langfitt
ACOLYTE Ali Schmid
April 01 Maundy Thursday Service at the UCC 7:00 pm
April 04 Easter Services at 9:00 am
April 06 Blood Drive 1:00 - 6:00 pm
April 11 Service 9:00 am
April 18 Service 9:00 am / Celebration of Communion
April 25 Service 9:00 am
Church family and friends,
And just like that Easter is here!
In the newsletter last month I mentioned that the writings of Mark tend to be direct and to the point. I stated that Mark doesn’t add much fluff or extra to his story telling.
The scripture reading for this coming Sunday (28 March) will be Mark 14:1–39. This reading is the story of Jesus being arrested, brought before Pilate, mocked by the soldiers, crucified and then dying on the cross. These few verses from Mark are very important to the gospel story, and it is no surprise that Mark doesn’t add any extra to this story either. Mark writes about this time in the life of Christ and he writes in a direct and to the point fashion.
These verses make up what some folks refer to as “The Passion of Christ”. The Passion of Christ is used by some to refer to the suffering of Jesus, his crucifixion and his death. One writer I found (Danielle Bernock) referred to the Passion of Christ in a very different way. Bernock described the Passion of Christ as a display of unconditional love.
I really like what she says here.
If we want something visual to show us very clearly just how God and Jesus feel about us, we find it in these verses written by Mark. God the Holy Father is willing to give his Son as payment for our sin so we, as unholy people, can experience life at it fullest. Jesus the Son is willing to take our sin on himself, to suffer and die for us so we can be reunited with God the Father.
The Passion of Christ could be described as a series of ugly events. It could be. The Passion of Christ should be described as a beautiful display of unconditional love. It should be.
May you and your loved ones be blessed with God’s Holy Spirit!
Session Minutes March 10, 2021
The stated meeting of the Session was held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 3:00 with social distancing and wearing masks, in the Fellowship Hall. Those in attendance: Karen Wason, Mary Kallem, Carol Chapman, Jeff Fankhauser, Frank Sharp, Kevin Kakacek, and Pastor Bill Kem. The moderator excused clerk, Deb Olson.
Pastor Kem opened with devotions and prayer.
Minutes: The minutes for January 13 and for February 10 were read and M/S/A.
Treasurer’s Report: M/S/A. It was discussed that we should change our building payment to a monthly payment rather than an annual payment. It was M/S/A that we do this following our next annual payment.
Clerk’s Report: Communion will be served on March 21,2021.
Pastor’s Report: Insurance company had suggested having a security team, but now say we don’t need one. Pastor Kem said he is going to be giving the church a voucher every three or four months to reimburse him for his gas mileage. Pastor Kem has added a death benefit that he needs to pay for. He will write a check once a year for $672 to reimburse the church.
Lenten Team: There will be two services on Easter Sunday rather than one joint service.
Ordinary Time Team: Malinda Howieson requests not to be chairperson again. We will have that team get together and decide who is willing to do this.
Worship Team: It was suggested that we have more recorded music with words during our worship service. It was agreed by consensus that there will be no singing on Easter Sunday. We will continue as we are until everyone has their shot or we are outside. Serving communion will remain the same also.
Pastor Kem closed the meeting with prayer at 4:00.
Session Minutes March 21, 2021
A called meeting of the Session was held in the Fellowship Hall March 21, 2021, following worship. Those in attendance: Carol Chapman, Jeff Fankhauser, Kevin Kakacek, Mary Kallem, Frank Sharp, Karen Wason, Deb Olson, Clerk, Rev. Bill Kem, Moderator.
The following was decided by consensus:
Since the United Church of Christ Congregational (UCCC) church did not receive any stimulus funds from the government, the United Presbyterian Church (UPC) of Clarion will share the $19,000.00 it received as stimulus funds by way of foregoing payment from the UCCC for 2 to 3 months.
The UPC will pay the Clarion Chamber $100.00 to become a member.
After making our yearly mortgage payment in May of this year, the UPC will begin making monthly payments of $850.00 for the next 10 years to pay off the remaining $83,300.00 balance.
The April Session meeting date will be changed due to a conflict.