June 2012

The Churchmouse

Monthly Newsletter of Community Presbyterian Church

Benson, Arizona

JUNE 2012


Church Website: www.bensoncpc.webnode.com


Church Email: bensoncpc@yahoo.com



Summer Thoughts from Pastor Jon

According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he was wasting his time in such a seemingly frivolous activity.


Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its string, and placing it on the ground. Then he said to the critical Athenian, “Now answer the riddle, if you can. Tell us what the unstrung bow implies.”


The man looked at it for several moments, but had no idea what point Aesop was trying to make. The great storyteller explained” “If you keep a bow always bent, it will break eventually; but if you let it go slack sometimes, it will be more fit for use when you need it.”


People are like that too. Which is a good thing to remember as we come to another summer season. We all need to take time to rest. Jesus himself offered this invitation to all who followed him: “Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).


It is never too late to learn the important lesson in life that a mad dash to fill life with motion doesn’t necessarily fill it with meaning. In fact, God doesn’t want us to fill all the vacant moments of our days with activity, or to fill every moment of silence with noise. No, God calls us to rest sometimes. He wants us to rest secure in his grace. He wants us to rest physically from our work. And he wants us to rest from our worries, our pressures, and our busyness. I really think God calls us to be productive in our rest … by really resting - not worrying about things to do or places to be, but to view our rest as a productive activity of its own, valuable all by itself in contributing to a godly life. So often our frantic lives steal from us the very things God made us to enjoy. Rest returns enjoyment to the days God has blessed us with.


Signs of summer are all around us: school’s out, triple digits read regularly on the thermometer, our winter visitors have flown the coop, choir’s on vacation, and Hilbert Bernal and I have ditched the robes and sport cool Hawaiian shirts to lead worship. This is a relaxed season of life, a time to listen our God’s voice and let it soothe our spirits and calm our hearts and minds. We can relax in God’s presence and rest in his grace. WE can rest … because GOD chose to rest one day per week. If God, the Almighty Creator and Sustainer of the universe saw the importance of rest, how dare we make busyness our idol?


Throughout this month of June, let’s remember to take a moment each day in our hectic lives to accept the rest Jesus offers to each of us, whether it be a few minutes to study his Word, a few minutes in prayer, or just plain relaxation. Refreshed, we’ll be able to better serve our Lord together in this ministry he has called us to share at CPC.


Accepting God’s call to R & R, Pastor Jon



Praises & Prayer Concerns


Sympathy to the family of Charlie McCrillis who died on May 11


Bob Conaway receiving care in TX and for Nina looking after him


For the family of Ben Maynard, Sue & Bill Dupee’s brother in law who passed away last week


Family of Albert Bernal, Hilbert’s uncle who passed away


Bill Martin to recover quickly from shingles


Continued prayers for Tom Outland’s brother as he recovers from accident


Lynn Hestand’s sister in law, Melinda having health problems


Lynn’s friend, Kandis Kelly & her daughter, Sharlie in the loss of their husband & father


Wimmer family relatives: sister cracked pelvis, niece with broken shin bone,

Son’s mother-in law broke her shoulder


Millie Taticek’s brother in law had surgery after massive stroke


Surgery for Nancy Allen’s brother, Lee to recover use of arm and hand


Safety for Dan Rhodes & fellow soldiers in Afghanistan


Recovery for Bob Justice, friend of Jean & Bill Martin and for daughter, Maggie


Dave Lambert’s mom, Patsy broke her shoulder and injured hand


Continued recovery for Elaine Newnham’s sister, Marcia after suffering a stroke

All of our graduates


Jobs for those seeking employment


All of our CPC friends traveling to their summer homes





Thanks to everyone for their help & prayers while Darlene Dobbins is recovering


Thanks for the prayers for Pastor Jon’s Pop, Slim Somerville, now home in Cherry Valley, CA after surgery and rehab for broken hip.


Good medical report for Sue Adams


Bob Ehler’s Dr has declared that he doesn’t need further treatments!


Praise the Lord for He is Awesome!!





Sunday, June 3, following worship


In a survey on our church website (www.bensoncpc.webnode.com) folks who spend the summer locally responded unanimously to the question: “Should we continue First Sunday of the Month Potlucks during the summer?”


The Special Events committee took this to heart, and have planned our first summer potluck for June 3, following the morning worship service. Our theme for the day is …well… SUMMER! We’ll have an old-fashioned barbeque, with hot dogs and hamburgers hot off the grill for everyone! We ask that you bring a side dish to share - maybe your favorite summer picnic food.


We look forward to seeing you all there, and sharing fellowship around the table.


David Lambert and Cindy Millinor, Special Event Elders


Staff Vacations


As our summer season unfolds, members of our CPC staff will be taking vacation time away from Benson. Please pray for safe travel for all.


First, as the choir takes a well deserved break from worship leadership and musically talented folks share special music, Choir Director Hilbert Bernal and wife Vicki will be traveling to San Diego, with a special treat attending a summer baseball game with their beloved Arizona Diamondbacks playing the San Diego Padres in the relatively new ballpark. The Bernals also hope to tour the U.S.S. Midway, an historical naval attraction in San Diego Bay. Then they will be off to Utah to visit Vicki’s folks and extended family before returning home.


Also traveling to southern California will be Pastor Jon and Trish Hermes, and granddaughter Marley. They will be visiting Jon’s folks, especially his pop who just returned home from a hospital stay and rehab for a broken hip. Vacation time will also include a stay at the beach at Carlsbad, with visits with the many Hermes relatives who live nearby squeezed in around surfing and sand castles!


At the end of June, Church Secretary Sandie Obergh and husband Art will also be going to San Diego for a family wedding, then returning by way of Las Vegas for a visit with Art’s sister and family.


Church Treasurer Gil Hafner and Jean Rodgers are going to North Carolina to attend a grandchild's college graduation, and then will enjoy time at their mountain retreat at Pinetop in the White Mountains.


CPC Preschool Director Lynn Hestand and family hope to have a visit with her mother in northern New Mexico.


Pianist Jill Vieu and husband Ross continue to take mini-vacations around the southwest to roping events in which Ross competes.



July 9-13


As the school year comes to a close, our Christian Education committee is busy planning for another week of Vacation Bible School. It will be held Monday-Friday, July 9-13, and the theme will be “SonRise National Park” where kids are invited to come to a land of invigorating power where there is nothing between you and God’s big sky. Our VBS campers will enjoy the thrills of daily treks where they can face extreme challenges and learn to depend on the promises of Jesus. They will discover the true treasure described in Philippians4:19 “My God will meet all you needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”


The five days of VBS will feature these themes: True Peace, True Riches, True Power, True Love, and True Hope, with Bible stories, Bible games, crafts, snacks, and music that all emphasize the theme of the day.


As always, adult helpers are needed to make our week of Vacation Bible School a success. If you can lend a hand in teaching, leading games, helping with snacks, etc., please speak to Trish Hermes and Lynn Hestand to volunteer. And everyone can pray for a successful and inspirational week to touch the lives of the young people in our parish and wider Benson community! Thanks!





We will be taking a summer break until fall when the days are cooler and many of our ladies have returned from their travels and summer homes. We had a lot of fun with the Beatitudes Bible Study this year and were happy to have more women visitors and friends join us in the study. One thing that we did differently this year was to have our Spring Salad Luncheon in April so that our winter visitors could join us, along with PW visitors from different cities and in May had our regular meeting. We will start our new year in September and hope to see our members bring a guest with them. The more ladies we have the more we can do for our Church and other projects that we are interested in.

Elections were held and the officers will remain the same, they are as follows:

Moderator: Cindy Millinor

Secretary: Leanne Heinlein

Treasurer: Ruby Riddle

Have a wonderful and safe summer and we will see you in the fall.

Moderator: Cindy Millinor




Our CPC Men’s Breakfast Group will now be meeting for breakfast during the summer at Sandra’s on 4th between the Benson Family Dental office and Arnold’s Flower Shop at 7:30 a.m.





Arlene Slaughter, has safely returned to her family and home in Indiana. For her friends who would like to drop a note to her, the address is 815 B Wayne Ave., Crawfordsville IN 47933.


We were also happy to hear from Berdena Van Ginkel who is doing quite well in her new place in California. Although she is not able to make it to church there is a group who come and sings gospel songs once a month at her residence which everyone enjoys.







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