St. Andrew's-Cheney Memorial Church
August 2001
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Green Olive Trees

But I am like a green olive
tree in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love
of God for ever and ever.
I will thank thee for ever,
because thou hast done it.
I will proclaim thy name,
for it is good, in the presence
of the godly. Psalm 52:8-9

When David wrote this Psalm 52 he was undergoing a crisis in his own identity. It was written immediately after David had fled from King Saul. Raised from a mere shepherd boy to commander of the army of Israel and son-in-law to the king, David was now a fugitive fleeing for his life. At such a time David needed a solid understanding of who he was. In Psalm 53 he affirmed his true identity.

Using an analogy David described his life. "I am like a green olive tree...." he wrote. The tree is green and alive, a growing and fruitful plant. David selected the olive tree because it was one of the most important plants in the Middle East.

Our lives are like such a tree. We are alive through the grace of God. "And you hath He quickened, who were dead...." wrote St. Paul. (Eph. 2:1) We grow in grace and bear the fruit of the life giving Spirit of God. (Gal. 5:22,23)

The olive tree David envisioned was a special house plant. We are like a plant "in the house of God." The believer is Godís prize possession and His joy. And our cultivation is His pleasure and desire.

With that image in mind David made three affirming statements about how he would live his life. David proclaimed, "I trust in the steadfast love of God for ever and ever." He was now an outcast for King Saul no longer loved him, but Godís love is constant. People may and will fail us, but Godís love never fails. We can trust His love.

Secondly, David affirmed his gratitude to God. "I will thank thee for ever, because thou hast done it." We really cannot thank God enough as we remember all that He has done for us. St. Paul admonishes us to, "give thanks in all circumstances...." (I Thess. 5:18) Note the word "all." As David fled for his life he was thankful to God. This incident in Davidís life was an important part of his preparation for something greater.

In his third affirming statement David wrote, "I will proclaim thy name for it is good, in the presence of the godly." David, even in his most trying hour, determined to tell everyone about the goodness of God toward him. It is certainly true that the psalms David wrote at that time have been an encouragement to countless believers down through the centuries.

David, even as he fled from Saul and became a hunted man, could say I know who I am and of what my life consists. What David says of himself is also true of every believer.

by Rev. F. M. Levi

Parish News

Rev. Levi taught a class on Christian Ethics at Cranmer Theological House, June 18 to June 29, 2001. Thank you to Rev. Robert Novak who preached in Pastor Leviís absence.

Very "Exciting" Bible School

Our first Bible School was just that, very "exciting" and rewarding. Teachers, helpers, courageous kids, all had a lot of fun. The children raised over $230.00 for missions - Stepping out for Jesus into India - in America for missionaries, Joe & Bobbie Palangattil, in Naperville, IL. God really blessed our week. We all went back in time.

Stepped into the Palace with Esther: Elizabeth Horn as Persia, Fran Chessman as Queen Not-Afraid.

Stepped into the Lionís Den with Daniel: Shirley Drobnak as Safari Sue, Rev. Frank Levi as Jungle Jack.

Stepped into the Nile River with Miriam: Nancy Toomey as Bullrush, Anne Horn as Niles.

Stepped into the Battlefield with David & Goliath: Loretta Sellers as Faith, Adam Sellers as Faith, Annamarie Sellers as Slingshot.

Stepped into the Temple with Josiah: Edwina Greco as Pureheart, Parham Horn as Seeker.

Courageous Guides were: Michelle Klingen, younger preschoolers, Janet Novak & Melissa Drobnak, older preschoolers, Anne Horn & Krystine Tempinski, Kindergarten & 1st graders, Parham Horn, 2nd & 3rd graders, Annamarie Sellers, 4th & 5th Graders.

Fran Chessman was in charge of the kitchen snacks and picnic, and she was promotional Director. John M. Horn ran errands. Patty Levi was VBS Director. Connie Gerske helped with art work.

Thanks to the Lord and all His workers & prayer warriors who made our VBS a huge success. Thank you parents and all 41 courageous kids as well. We couldnít have done it without you!

Church/Preschool/VBS Family Picnic

Place: Monee Reservoir
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2001
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm.
Hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, pop provided. Bring a dish and come along.

Happy Birthday!

Aug. 1 - Anne Robertson
Aug. 7 - Rev. Frank Levi
Aug. 7 - Florence Auman
Aug. 18 - Adam Sellers
Aug. 22 - Robby Robertson
Aug. 24 - Joan Reagan
Aug. 29 - Bob Fulk
Aug. 30 - Mary Fulk

Missionary of The Month

Rev. Chester Matadi

The Reformed Episcopal Church in Liberia
c/o P.O. Box 5020
Monrovia, Liberia
West Africa

Domestic Missions

Please remember areas of outreach in San Diego, CA, with the Rev. Jerry Kistler, Southern Orange Co., CA with Dr. Stephen Kennedy, Redding, CA with the Rev. David Stark.

St. Andrewís Preschool Open House

Sunday, August 26th, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Refreshments served
All are welcome.

Anyone interested in signing their child up for our September 2001 through May 2002 Preschool year for ages three to five, please contact our secretary at 614-7006 or our Director, Judy Ashmore at 799-2253. Parents who have already registered their child are asked to bring their childís completed papers to the Open House.

Womanís Guild Officers 2001-2002

Elizabeth Horn ............... President
Mildred Buescher .......... Vice-President
Patty Levi ...................... Secretary
Edwina Greco ............... Treasurer
Fran Chessman ............. Devotional Director

Little Things

by Ruth Lommatzsch

Itís the little things that add up to
Produce the wonders you can do.
Why you can give one little penny
And send it where they havenít any.
Then you can say a little prayer,
Godís answer reaches anywhere.
Just think of all the joy it brings -
For this we know, prayer changes things!

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