Chapel Chat

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November 8, 2018 


FROM PASTOR JAMES        It is sometimes said that preachers tend to preach what they need to hear.  I suspect this is true for me at times.  For this article though, I am certain that I’m sharing what I need to do; and this is to make time to just have fun.  Our lives these days are so filled with work, responsibility, getting things done, and moving on to the next task that we forget to simply take time for having fun!  This is an integral part of being human…enjoying the time we are given on this life!  (You’ve certainly heard the reminder that we are human beings, not human doings!)  I found this article online lists 33 ways to “be childlike today”…each one designed to be fun and life-giving.  Give them a try!

This isn’t really a Biblical concept – to “have fun” – the only times the word “fun” is used in scripture is to “make fun” as in teasing or deriding.  We do remember, though, that Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)  May our good God help you emjoy each day, find joy, and have fun…like the little children.

PLEDGE SUPPORT – It’s that time of year when we reach out to our friends and members of Squaw Valley Chapel for pledges of financial support for the coming year.  We always hope that you will make offerings to Squaw Valley Chapel as an expression of your gratitude for God’s gifts to you and as a reflection of your hopes for SVC.  We ask for pledges because they help us plan our budget for the coming year.  The majority of our gifts come from pledges so this is the foundation of our planning for 2019.  This planning is very important to our leadership so we can work toward a strong and healthy future.  “Unpledged giving” is always welcome; and it always enhances our basic budget.

Please prayerfully consider a pledge and use (print) the form below to communicate your intentions to the Finance Committee by dropping them in the offering plate.  We will have printed forms in the narthex where you pick up bulletins and make out name tags.  If you prefer, you can simply send Bev Wilson your pledge information.  Her email address is

If you have any questions, please speak with Pastor James or Charlie Luckhart.  Thank you in advance!

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I/we intend to support the Squaw Valley Chapel during calendar year 2019 as follows:

$________________________ Annually  (or)  $__________________Monthly  (or)

Other payment schedule_______________________

It is understood this is not a legally binding pledge, and may be decreased or increased

as donor’s circumstances warrant at donor’s option.


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Many thanks to these people for helping with worship this Sunday:  

Scripture Reading: Jo Scott

Refreshments: Gisela Steiner

Greeters: Open

PRAYERS: Please continue your prayers for; Bill and Susie Steele, Emily Miller, Sharon Poland, Diane Morrison, Gail and Bob Okano, Marie Clukey, Gisela Steiner, Diane and Brad Harris, and Peggy Wiseman.

PROJECT MANA: We are continuing our Sunday donations for MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Available) which are distributed daily to the surrounding communities of Incline Villages, Kings Beach, Truckee, Tahoe City and to folks in need who are homebound.  There is a basket under the sign-in table and Karen Kimball or the Holtebecks will pick up weekly, but we’re making it way too easy for them!   Let’s fill it up!  THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

We will continue to sort the donations each week to deliver what is appropriate to the Family Resource Center and to MANA as well.  The Family Resource Center appreciates warm socks, T-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. for the homeless.


Sunday, November 11, Church Service begins at 10 a.m.

A PRAYER FOR THIS WEEK: As the dust settles from Tuesday’s elections, we are learning what yet another “new normal” is going to be.  Politicians and parties are jockeying for positions and it seems the people aren’t even part of the conversation.  This is a time when holding onto our faith and hope as given by our good God is most important.  Here’s a prayer for this week that reminds us who we are and whose we are regardless of political affiliation,


Prayer for the Election:

God of justice and compassion,

God of Republicans and Democrats and Independents,

God of the poor and the 1% and the middle class,

in the heat of this election year

we pray for our nation, our churches, and ourselves.

In the midst of meanness and deception,

may our words be kind and true.

In the midst of loud speeches and harsh accusations,

may we listen well and try to understand.

May those who follow Jesus do the work of Jesus–

breaking down the dividing walls

speaking the truth in love

meeting together in the face of disagreements. 

Holy, loving God, have mercy on your children.



~ written by Joanna Harader, and posted on her Spacious Faith blog.