Education Series “Why Palestine Matters” begins September 22

PCM is excited to invite young adults, senior citizens, and those in-between to join me in a five-week Sunday School study this fall beginning Sunday, September 22nd in the fellowship hall at 9:00 a.m.

We will be privileged to have as our speaker, Muna Nassar from Bethlehem, the 2019 Presbyterian International Peacemaker on Sunday, October 6th. She works with Kairos Palestine, a Christian Palestinian movement which advocates for ending the over 50-year occupation of Palestine and achieving a just solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict.

While our beloved teacher, Mike O’Bradovich, takes a well-deserved break from his adult-education role on Sunday mornings, we will explore together the subject of Israel/Palestine today and the history behind it, using the newly-published study guide entitled Why Palestine Matters: The Struggle to End Colonialism.

The study guide was created by the Presbyterian Israel/Palestine Mission Network, a group of Presbyterians challenged by the church’s General Assembly in 2004 to explore the subject and speak to us members of the church on the topic. We are reminded by this publication that the Presbyterian Church has had a mission presence in the Middle East since the 1800s. We are also reminded by the Biblical scriptures that Palestine is where our Christian faith had its beginnings as did the Jewish faith. The third Abrahamic faith, Islam, also has its Palestinian connections. Today Palestine consists of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, the places we hear about regularly in our daily news along with news of the State of Israel.

The final Sunday of the series, October 13th, we will again be privileged to hear from a Palestinian speaker, Robert Massoud, a Palestinian Canadian whose family fled war in Palestine in 1947-1948.  You know Robert by reputation for Zatoun, his fair-trade company, whose olive oil we purchase each Christmas season.


Book Club For September

Here we are again!  Updating everyone on what the Men and Women’s Book Clubs are reading and discussing in September!

WOMEN’S BOOK CLUB:  The women are reading “The Day The World Came To Town….9/11 In Gander, Newfoundland”.  A true story and account of a community that exemplifies love, kindness, and generosity during one of the most horrible days in the life of our country.  Meeting times are at noon at PCM and 6:30 p.m. in a member’s home.  Contact Diane Frans at 402-572-1158 or

MENS’S BOOK CLUB:  The men are reading “It Can’t Happen Here” by Sinclair Lewis, a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy.  Mark Frans is the person to contact for additional information at 602-677-1535 or

Be there or be square!
Diane and Mark Frans, The Reading Spouses

A Message About Mission Projects

The month of August has turned out to be packing month. We packed in a beautiful decorative way, 22 baskets for the silent auction to be held August 24th at Calvin Crest. Kudos to those creative Packers.

August 23rd your mission crew and its helpers will be packing 120 bags for the BART (Benson Area Refuge task Force) giveaway on August 24th we still could use dish soap and any warm coats for children.  This is an excellent time to check out the clearance sales for backpacks, an item we never have enough of.

School supplies were packed  by Debby Marsh, her grandson Kyle and daughter Amanda. Four trips with a loaded dolly were needed to pack her van. Then they took items to Edison School and unloaded it. Thank you to such an industrious family for all their hard work and this is just in time for the new school year.

Speaking of school supplies—”no more clipping” is the new motto for Box Tops for Education. The new upgraded version is pictured here and explained on the bulletin board in the Commons. There also is a list of acceptable items for Box Tops scanning. You may also go to their website for more information. In addition for your information Campbell Soup labels are no longer being accepted.

August 11th blood drive racked up 40 units of blood thank you Mike Osborne and Lauren Ilg, who were your hosts. the next blood drive at PCM will be in January and after hearing this
month menu you might all want to come. 60 egg salad quarters were donated by the now healthy Mary McLean and also on the table was fried chicken, potato salad, macaroni salad, brownies and chocolate cookies. Sounds like a party to me.

The Garden Mart staff has really been industrious this year. Each week a beautiful presentation of vegetables is available to all church members and anyone else who comes. We have a plethora of tomatoes, beans, zucchini, cucumbers, winter squash (spaghetti style) and even apples from the trees on our property. We still come up with about fifty pounds of leftovers that are picked up by Saving Grace food rescue every Monday morning and taken to pantries that afternoon. This particular Monday after our blood drive we had leftovers from that blood drive which included all the goodies I named above.

Adult Education This Fall

Increase your understanding, deepen your faith… whatever you hope to gain, there are possibilities for your adult Christian Education this fall. So far, we have scheduled:

SUNDAY MORNINGS, 9:00—September 8 and 15: The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women  . Kathleen Keefer was an ecumenical delegate this year; she strongly appreciates the work of the United Nations and will share with us her experience of the Commission.

September 22 and 29, October 6, 13, and 20: Why Palestine Matters— Sandie Hanna has been part of the Peacemaking community of the Presbyterian Church (USA), especially with Palestine and Israel. She has been to Palestine and Israel and has frequent contact with the Palestinian and Israel peacemaking communities. She will help us understand and appreciate the importance of Palestine beyond what you see in the news.

CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR ELDERS & DEACONS –Those who wish to participate in the Church’s “Extended Table” outreach to members who cannot come to communion, and who have not yet been educated in the theory and practice of what we do, are invited to come Thursday, September 12 at 6:00 pm for a workshop led by Pastor Bob.

IN-DEPTH BIBLE STUDY—Is it “All Greek to you”? Pastor Bob leads Bible study using the Greek New Testament (no, you don’t have to read Greek; he does that!) on Saturday mornings. We will study the Acts of the Apostles beginning Saturday, September 14 at 10:00 am.

Help Us Grow

Electronic Giving is a convenient, consistent way to help our church grow.

Consider scheduling a recurring electronic contribution today. It’s easy! You will no longer need to write out checks and prepare envelopes every week. Even when travel, illness or other circumstances prevent you from attending services,  your electronic contributions will continue to be received on an uninterrupted basis.

Get started today!

Fill out the authorization form (in Commons area) and turn form in to the office with your information.

Calvin Crest Family Fun Day – August 24

Camp Calvin Crest is hosting a family fun day on August 24th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Here’s an opportunity for everyone to have fun with a familiar figure.

Pastor Bob will be manning the “dunk tank”.  Here’s your chance—come and check out your aim!  There will be many activities to take part in—worship service, silent auction, raffle, hayrack rides every hour from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Pool, sand volleyball, maze, gaga ball and crafts  – to name a few.

The baskets for the silent auction provided by PCM were made by Missions and will be auctioned to help provide scholarships to young people attending Calvin Crest. Plan to attend and enjoy the day.


Children’s Library Donations

From time to time we receive lovely donations from congregational members for our Children’s Library.  Please contact Diane Frans at 402-572-1158 or if you have books that you have left in the library for that purpose.

Unfortunately it is hard to know if books left in the library are for a donation or are simply someone’s personal book(s) that were left in the library.  Properly informing me would help me to decide about placing the book in our library and properly marking them as PCM property.


PCM Care Line

Wondering who might be in need of your care, prayers, and concern? One way to identify some of those individuals and families is through our telephone system—the Care Line.

During office hours, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, simply call the church and ask to be connected, extension 303. The volunteer at the reception desk will dial the extension. Should you only be able to call outside of those hours, then call the church and when prompted, dial 303. This will connect you.

Additions and changes to the call line can be made by contacting Winnie Pinch at 402.571.0606 or through email at any time of the week.

Those whose prayer requests on Sunday indicate a desire to be included on the care line are added early in the week. If you have questions, contact Winnie.