Welcome to the "Little Church with the Big Heart".
We have resumed Sunday services; 9:30 Sunday morning! We are following Washington State guide lines for cleaning, seating and social distancing etc.
Please see the 'Scribe' (below) for scheduled activities in November and December
East Valley Presbyterian Church has served the communities of Otis Orchards, Newman Lake, Liberty Lake, and Greenacres since 1986. Located on Harvard Road, just 2.5 miles north of Liberty Lake, it is a small church in which people see one another as family. The hallmarks of this congregation are the warm, welcoming, and loving way in which all newcomers are treated; its traditional-style of worship; its deep exploration of scripture; and, its firm belief in the power of prayer.
We see ourselves as “The Little Church with the Big Heart where people help one another feel safe, loved, and spiritually whole.”
Our pastor is the Reverend Marcia Taylor, a native of Spokane Valley, who has served God with us since 2000.
East Valley Presbyterian Church VOL. XXXVIII, No. 3 November/December 2021
Marcia’s Minute. How can this be? How did we move so swiftly through ten months of 2021 without realizing that time was passing? We’ve gone from complaining about grey, dreary days last spring, to celebrating getting to reopen the church at Palm Sunday, to complaining about heat and drought through the summer. Then, in the blink of an eye, the leaves are gone, frost is on the pumpkins, and it’s time to start planning our Christmas letters and shopping lists. Is time sailing past so quickly because we’re having so much fun, or because we’re wishing our lives away?
One of the things I’ve learned during the pandemic is that it is far too easy to fill my time in any given day without accomplishing anything constructive. I’ve had to struggle to relearn a routine that keeps me working on those things that need to be done, so I don’t keep falling further and further behind. In my household chores, getting the clean dishes out of the dishwasher as soon as they are ready seems to be a critical task for me. If I don’t get the clean dishes unloaded, the dirty ones just stack up until the dishwasher won’t hold all of them. (Yes, I truly hate doing dishes!) When I do laundry, I need to force myself to get the last load of clean ones out of the dryer, folded and put away, or else they too easily sit there until the next time I do laundry. I could go on. But, the important realization for me has been that when I don’t create and follow routines in my daily life, I can quickly get overwhelmed by all that has to be done. Unfortunately, when I get overwhelmed, I tend to just sit and stew about all the undone work instead of getting to it. The pandemic didn’t help because it took away so many of my alternatives and deadlines. I guess I’m just one of those people who does far better with a daily schedule. Sadly, I too often lose my to do list!
I guess there’s really no point to all that rambling confession. But maybe it will sound a bit familiar to some of you, too, and you’ll discover you aren’t alone in such frustrations. Even so, scripture does encourage us to stay busy in our lives, using our God-given gifts, serving others (and God), and not spending our lives as couch potatoes. For all that can be said about matters of our time management, for me, the best case I can make for a healthy work ethic is that I feel a lot better when I can go to bed tired at night and feeling as if I accomplished something during the day. I sleep better when I don’t have to fret about undone work. So, maybe that’s why some folks have pointed out that it’s not the day of our birth and the day of our death that matters most. It’s how we lived all the days in between.
So, maybe we shouldn’t be so startled or concerned about how quickly our days past. Maybe we should simply be more grateful for each day that does pass, and the satisfaction we’ve had in living each and every one. So, blessings to you all in these Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas seasons that are upon us. Live each day as if it could be your last.
Opportunities to Learn and Grow
Adult Education . We are now just beginning to dig into the mysteries of scripture in our study called The Wword of the Lord. In its own way, each of the Gospels delves into Jesus as both the speaker of the words of God, but also Jesus as the pre-existing Word of God who is also the long-awaited Messiah. So, in our study, we’re looking at the being of Jesus, the Christ, fully human, fully divine, the bringer of salvation. Come join us on Sundays at 11 am.
EVPC Activities in November and December
Ladies’ Coffee Klatch meets in-person on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 10:30 am at EVPC. But, on Nov. 3, we’ll gather at Orchard Crest with Marilyn Rider. Please bring your own drink. Enter through the main entrance of the facility (faces Evergreen), and sign in. We’ll gather in the lobby until Marilyn shows us where we’ll be meeting.
Second Sunday Breakfast is back in swing. Join us on Sun., Nov. 14 and Sun., Dec.12 at 8:30 am.
Men’s Group, is meeting the 3rd Thursday monthly at Holman Gardens at 8:00am. That’s Nov. 18th and Dec. 23rd.
“Ladies’ Lunch” will take a diet break in November (since the next day is Thanksgiving), but will celebrate an early New Year on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 1:00 pm at Conley’s. Let’s get together to have some of their sandwich, soup, & pie special!
Harvest Festival Potluck will be held at the church on Sunday, Nov. 21 following worship. Please bring a hot dish, vegetable, salad, or dessert to share.
Hanging of the Greens will be on Saturday, Nov. 27 at the church. We’ll begin with breakfast at 8:30 am, then work until about noon making wreathes, decorating the church for the Christmas season, and doing a little indoor fall-cleanup to spruce the place up for another six months.
Christmas Festival Potluck will be on Sunday, Dec. 19. Time will be announced. Let’s sing some Christmas carols and enjoy a feast together. Invite your friends. Please bring a hot dish, vegetable, salad, or dessert to share.
Christmas Eve Service of Carols, Candlelight, and Communion. Our special celebration of the birth of Christ will be on Friday, Dec. 24 at 4:30 pm. Feel free to invite friends and family to this time in which we give thanks and glory to God for his gift of the Christ child.
Deacons will meet Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 am via Zoom.
Session will be meeting on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 8:00 am at EVPC. December’s meeting will be announced.
Choir is preparing for Advent and Christmas. Practices are held on Mondays at 6:00 pm at the church. Join us!
Did You Know? In 2021, we will spend about $3,000 just on property insurance. Presbytery requires that we purchase a certain level of minimum coverage, which does not come cheap. With 28 members, this equates to $107 per member per year just to pay for insurance..
What Does the Bible Say About Money? Plenty! The Bible has much to teach us about many things, but it spends a fair amount of time mentioning money, riches, and treasures and how they relate to Christian principles. Here is just one example.
7 Their land is full of silver and gold;
there is no end to their treasures.
Their land is full of horses;
there is no end to their chariots.
8 Their land is full of idols;
they bow down to the work of their hands,
to what their fingers have made.
9 So people will be brought low
and everyone humbled—
do not forgive them.
10 Go into the rocks, hide in the ground
from the fearful presence of the Lord
and the splendor of his majesty!
11 The eyes of the arrogant will be humbled
and human pride brought low;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
Remember in Prayer those who are dealing with a wide variety of health and personal issues.
Our deepest sympathy to Annie Huffman and Jacque Lee in the death of Don Hand, Annie’s husband and Jacque’s brother, on Sept. 2, 2021. Don was Battalion Chief for the Spokane Valley Fire Department until his retirement.
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