HAVING A SHERIFF……….Chief Ken Elwer is soon retiring as the Chief of Police in Philomath.  If you know Ken, be sure to give him your congratulations on his upcoming transition.  I’ve copied him in this email–thank you Ken for all that you have done!  Sgt. Ken Rueben, who has been working now in Philomath for a year, will become our new Chief of Police.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a leader who orders things right for a town.  They make sure that the citizens are kept safe and secure.  They take care of criminal activity.  They dedicate themselves to bringing justice.

This Sunday at church we are going to see that this is the way that Mark explains Jesus’ ministry too.  It says, “No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man.”  As Jesus came to earth he began to set things in right order.  The lame walk.  The deaf hear.  The blind see.  Those who are opposed to his ministry (the Pharisees and Sadduccees) are properly dealt with.  And Jesus’ chief opponent–“the strong man (Satan)”–is bound and put in jail.

You have a sheriff on your side!  He will bring back order and set things the way they should be.  You can live in peace and security.  His name is Jesus.

Be sure to give thanks for our earthly sheriffs–they work hard for our behalf.  And be sure to give thanks too for our eternal sheriff–Jesus–as he always has his eye on setting things right for you.

SUNDAY’S EVENTS…………..This is the last Sunday with our normal worship schedule!  Be sure to be here as we have some excited events planned!

8:45 Last Choir Practice of the year.

9:00 Healing Service

9:45 Children and Youth are celebrating their last Sunday School opportunity with games.  The adults are gathering for our last Wired Word study (see topic down below).  *****Next week we are starting our summer study on the Book of Acts (June 14th, class starts at 8:30).

11 Worship

After worship…………Special fellowship time as grill hot dogs and celebrate the ending of the year

1:30 Bryson Skaar’s Recital in the sanctuary


WIRED WORD………..This Sunday is the last Wired Word session.  We will be taking a look at something that just happened recently in Washington State.  We will meet at 9:45 in the sanctuary.


Port Slowdown Leaves Apple Growers With Unsold Crops 

The Wired Word for the Week of June 7, 2015

In the News

Sometimes it’s important to hear the other side of the story.

Just over a week ago, several news outlets reported that apple growers in Washington state had dumped nearly $100 million worth of apples in their fields to rot and serve as compost after a West Coast port slowdown resulting from a labor dispute prevented the growers from getting all of their record harvest to markets and processors.

Once that story broke, trade groups representing the Washington apple industry received a flood of emails and comments lamenting the waste, accusing the state’s apple farmers of greed and insisting that the unsold apples be given to food banks.

One such message read, “Your farmers are selfish, and it’s going to come back to haunt them someday.”

But then, the apple growers and packers responded. In an article by the Yakima Herald, representatives from the apple industry explained that the growers had indeed lost an estimated $95 million in overseas sales because of the labor slowdown that jammed up ports in Seattle and Tacoma, but they did not dump anywhere near that value of apples on the fields.

Wherever they could, packers sent more apples to domestic markets, where the crop could be delivered by trucks. And they did send apples — lots of them — to food banks.

According to Sheri Bissell, a spokesperson for Northwest Harvest, a food bank that operates statewide in Washington, growers and packers regularly donate apples to food banks. In fact, Northwest Harvest’s Yakima warehouse received nearly 65,000 pounds of apples over two days last week. The warehouse is running out of room and will soon have to turn apples away, Bissell said.

Other food banks in the area are experiencing a similar scenario.

In the end, because apples don’t keep indefinitely, some had to be dumped. The industry reps said that every year, some rotten apples are dumped for compost or cattle feed. This year, due to the record harvest and the port labor problems, a larger number no doubt ended up on the fields, said the reps, but nothing like $95-$100 million worth.

More on this story can be found at these links:

Washington Farmers Dump Millions of Apples After Ports Dispute. NBC News
Apple Growers Dispute Dumping $95 Million Worth of Fruit. Yakima Herald 

The Big Questions

  1. How do you define “surplus” in terms of your own possessions and finances? Is there a biblical standard that can help you arrive at a definition?
  2. What obligations, if any, do one’s excess belongings and finances place on one? Why? Answer in terms of obligations to God, to one’s family, to others.
  3. Is there a point at which the amount of one’s belongings and finances becomes sinful? Why or why not?
  4. Think of incidents regarding utilization or waste of food in your area. What was done? Were churches involved in decision making and/or distribution? In what ways does your church help to channel food to the hungry?