Words of Grace by Pastor Benson – January 2020

2020 – Begin the New Year Right!

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

(Micah 6:8, NIV)

What are your goals for 2020? What will you be focusing on? What activities will you be involved in? How are you going to live your life in 2020?

As we begin the New Year it is good to see what God has to say about these questions. What does He want us to focus on in 2020 and beyond?

The prophet Micah records the words of God and in Micah 6:8 he says that God wants His people to focus on three things: (1) to act justly, (2) to love mercy, and (3) to walk humbly with your God. Awesome advice from our Creator, wouldn’t you agree? Wouldn’t the world be a better place if everyone lived by these 3 morals?

  1. To “act justly” or to promote justice is a great goal to have for 2020! There are many injustices taking place in our world. It began with sin entering the heart of mankind years ago. But we also know that Jesus Christ will bring an end to all injustices when He return to earth one day. Then He will bring complete justice to bear upon all of mankind. How we long for that day!
  2. To “love mercy” means think of others more than yourself. It means to help others in need and not just focus on your own needs. To love mercy means that we value forgiving others when they have hurt us in some way. It means we give people a second or third chance after they messed up in some way.
  3. To “walk humbly before your God” means that we realize we our own limitations. And that we know our place in God’s creation. We acknowledge that God is the Creator and Provider. He is totally righteous and perfect. Our rightful place is to submit to His power and position. We find peace and fulfillment when we bow to His authority and protection. May God richly bless your 2020 and beyond!

And here are three more things to focus on in the coming year.

“Day by day, oh, dear Lord, three things I pray, To see thee more clearly, Love thee more dearly, Follow thee more nearly, day by day.”                                                                             (words from the song Day By Day from the musical Godspell)







Reports are due to the church office NO LATER THAN Sunday, January 12, please. Reports needed: Pastor, Chairman, Treasurer, Deacons, Trustees, Parish Education Committee/Sunday School, WMF Chairman and WMF Treasurer. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the Annual Meeting, January 26 at 10:45 a.m. following the worship service. Your input is needed as decisions are made furthering, and concerning, our congregation’s ministry.

A Pot-Blessing will follow the meeting, there is a sign-up sheet on the entryway table.



We are still in need of Ushers for April, June, July, August & September; Readers are needed for June, July & August. Greeters needed for March, April, July and August. You probably remember that we need you to sign up more than once and we thank you so much for your willingness to do that!



If you would like to donate altar flowers to beautify our sanctuary Sunday mornings, please see flower chart on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall, the dates for all of the Sundays are written in. Cost is $50. Let Patty know if you will be providing your own flowers from another source.



Huge thanks to those who volunteered their time to beautify our church for Christmas and then put the decorations away after! We thank those who gave of their valuable time!



Monday, January 13 – 1:30 p.m.

Spirit Lifters will meet and greet each other in the New Year 2020 on Monday, January 13 at 1:30 pm at the church. We’ll be coming together to study session 3 of Sheila Walsh’s “The Longing in Me”. Study leader will be Jane Tesdall.



Thursday, January 16, 9:30 a.m. Studying Lesson 3, The Woman at the Well;  Hostess: Debbie Steffes




Shoe Box love gifts for January: Socks and Tee Shirts

Please place your gifts in the plastic box on the table in the lower entryway.

We thank everyone (especially Duane & Barb Wolfe) who helped fill the shoe boxes Grace was able to pack and send this past Christmas!



Food should be delivered to CYCM between 5-6pm. The meal this month will be on Wednesday,  Jan. 15, 2020. There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the lower entryway.


REMEMBERING  To Pray for Our Church Family & Friends

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,

with thanksgiving, present your request to God.” Philippians 4:6

In need of Healing:

Bob Arnsdorff, Katie Becker, Marcia Davidson, Don Edmondson, Jason Hecht, Alberta Larson, Brandon McDonnell, Judy Peterson, Sy Salinas, Bob Stangland, Bob Williams


Serving our Country: Tracy Graham, US Coast Guard & Kendall Wills, US Navy

PLEASE let us know if you would like to add or remove a name from the “pray for” list.



5 –      Craig Laudeman, Keegan Slagle

8 –      Kim Hecht, Don Anderson

9 –      Jan Torkelson

10 –    Izabella Salinas

12 –    Jackie Anderson

30 –  Jan Cepiel



None we are aware of



Pianist: Norma Arnsdorff

Scripture Reader: Kim Hecht

Ushers: Kris Houchin & Bob Johnson

Greeter: Patty Houchin

Flowers: Patty Houchin

Don’t forget our website! The address is shown above, please check it out. Listen to sermons, read the newsletter, view our calendar, daily Bible readings, request prayer, etc.