The (Church) Mouse April, 2016

...the monthly newsletter of the First Presbyterian Church of Yellville, Arkansas

Men's Bible Study

Joe Hatcher and Jim Hampton have organized a Men’s Bible Study, to meet at the church each Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The first study theme will be "Messianic Prophecies of the Old Testament That Jesus Fulfilled.”

Men are invited to join as the group studies the scriptures together, shares ideas, grows in the knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ and is blessed by that knowledge. Bring your Bible and notebook.

The format will be an informal, open discussion that hopefully you will find challenging and interesting. All of this will be scripture-based and together we will make it work.

JOY Group to See Production of "Moses"

Friday, April 22, we’ll head to the Sight & Sound Theater in Branson to see the presentation of “Moses”. We will leave the church at 1:00 p.m., the production begins at 3:30 p.m. The price is $45.00 per person.

Please sign up or let me know if you plan to attend so I can make arrangements for us to sit together. This should be a great production! Those who wish, can plan to eat dinner afterwards before coming home.


Presbyterian Pilgrimage Weekend Coming

April 28—May 1, 2016

Presbyterian Pilgrimage is an exciting three day weekend full of singing, chapel services, short talks followed by discussion, fellowship, surprises, and lots of good food served up by the great staff at Ferncliff. If your spiritual life needs an “energy boost” to cope with the cares and worries of the world, come join us in this faith renewal program. You won’t be disappointed!

Registration deadline is April 18th! Cost is $200 for the weekend to cover room and board. Scholarships are available.

More information is on the bulletin board at the church, or at the Pilgrimage website. Registration forms are in the bulletin rack by the office or can be downloaded here, or you can register online here.

For more information, contact: Clark or Madeleine Middleton, Clay Parton or Linda Truitt, David or Paula Boatright, Claudia Brigham, or Becky McGaughey

Women's Ministry

Next Craft Day is Thursday, April 19 - We will be making Mother's Day cards for the ladies at Creekside Nursing Home. Bring a sack lunch and meet in the kitchen at 11:30 a.m. If we don't finish, we will meet again on Tuesday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m.

Spring Creekside Birthday party will be April 21 at 2:00 p.m. We can always use extra hands to help serve refreshments. A signup sheet is in the back of the church if you can help or provide any of the items listed.

This month we will be collecting items to make small goodie bags for the moms at Serenity House in Mountain Home. Serenity, Inc. was founded as a volunteer organization in 1988 in Mountain Home, Arkansas, to provide emergency shelter and advocacy services to women and children dealing with domestic violence. The items we would like are small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotions, body wash, perfume sample bottles, small pieces of jewelry, hair accessories, etc. Please put your items in the pink flowered basket located in the kitchen.

Mark Your Calendars!

We did it! We “built” Ark #3 for Heifer!

Our ark will be “christened and set sail” as part of our celebration when we install our new pastor. Thanks to all of you who have given so generously to this project. The ark will provide animals, employment, food and business opportunities to many people in the United States and around the world. These blessings multiply as the gifts of animals are passed on to others.

So, what do we do now?

After the exciting presentation by Tommy and Noel Tyler, there has been much talk about organizing a group to go to Guatemala this fall to participate in the Habitat for Humanity program. Some of us who are too “long of tooth” to make the trip and do the labor involved, could help provide materials for some of these projects:

What can we do? With God’s help, we can accomplish wonders!

Habitat for Humanity: Guatemala Trip Planning

What is Habitat for Humanity, and why is it important?

Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living in sub-standard housing or lacking the basic necessities of human existence.

One in four people in the world live in poverty. Habitat works in 1,400 communities across the U.S. and more than 70 countries.

My Experience in Guatemala

It was my privilege December 4-13, 2015, to help build a house, stove, outdoor bathroom and a water purification system for Mayan Indian families in the mountains of Guatemala. None of the work is a handout, but a hand up in improving the quality of life for families and children.

I was fortunate to be on the trip with Clive Rainey, the first volunteer with Habitat and close friend with the founder Mildred Fuller. Although the organization is based on Christian principles, the main mission is not to evangelize the world but to support improving human existence to a level that will open the door to improving human spirit. As a retired educator, whose lifelong motivation was to provide to children the mental and emotional tools to improve the quality of life for them and future generations, I found that HFH adds to the improvement of the human spirit by also providing for the basic needs of housing and a quality home environment.

The trip to Guatemala touched a real nerve with me since it reminded me how much getting a gas stove, running water and indoor bathroom impacted me when I was five years old! I feel enriched and fortunate for the opportunity to pay it forward to help others. I have been helped by many people and the trip helped me realize how truly blessed we are in the USA.

“The reality,” writes Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford, “is that if children don’t live in decent homes, the odds of their staying healthy plummet. If they’re not healthy, they don’t get educated; and if they don’t get an education, they don’t get decent jobs, meaning they won’t be able to care for their families or break out of the stranglehold of poverty.”

I am going back to Guatemala and hope others in the area will join me and enjoy the special experience. Are you interested in going or just in learning more about HFH?

On Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30, I will be sharing information about this opportunity! Hope you can make it!