This morning the weather is crisp and quiet after yesterday’s snowfall. At the North Fork Community Church yesterday we wondered if the snow might keep people away, but no. Here they came to have lunch with their fellow neighbors. The ladies had been busy all morning fixing a lunch of barbecued chicken, twice-baked potatoes, peas, salad, rolls and for dessert a to die for peach and apricot cobbler. Smiles were everywhere (and no waiting in line).
Every other year Bill and I travel south for the winter. This year is our year to stay home. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. It feels so right to be here with these people in this place at this time.
Christmas is right around the corner and I am filled with the spirit of Christmas. Not the commercial Christmas, but the beginning Christmas. The birth of our Savior who would come to earth to give His life for us. It is amazing that we continue sinning and God still sent His only Son to save us. What a Father in Heaven. Each day our first thought should be about living according to God’s wishes and our last thought should be to thank Him for the day and ask forgiveness for having thoughts and doing things that are not according to His will.
I make a vow here and now that I will do my best to think of others in the coming new year and put myself after instead of before those who are important in my life and to those who are not important now, strive to make them more important.
God bless you all and Merry Christmas
Every time I read Luke chapter 2 I think of our little daughter, Carrie. She went to live with the Lord when she was just 7 years old. She has just barely learned to read, when we bought her a children’s bible. It was the NIV version, and had tons of wonderful pictures. She just loved it and carried it around with her, even to school. When she got home each day, She would open it to Luke chapter 2 and read it aloud to her baby sister. She had only owned the bible for about 6 months, but it was dog eared by the time she actually left us to be with her beloved Lord Jesus.
She would tell us “I’m going to see Jesus pretty soon, you know.” The Holy Spirit had revealed to her the profound love of God in sending His only Son as a baby to secure our place at His side for all eternity. He had also told her that He would be taking her home. From these few verses of His Holy infallible Word, this little child discovered all any one ever needs to know.
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them and they were terrified. But the angle said to them, “do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.” Luke 2:8-14.
I pray that you all can fathom the great depth of His love to you this Christmas, knowing that He came as He promised, as a babe, and that He lived with us as a man, and that He died for us on the cross. So that each of us , just like Carrie, can say with assurance and joy, “I’m going to see Jesus pretty soon, you know.”
Live in it and Rejoice!
Naturally we wish everyone a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS along with a joyous and happy new year.
I have been thinking quite a bit lately about where our joy and peace come from. For the believer of course it comes from God. But I think it requires more than just believing, Satan believes and trembles.
Jesus came to set us free from all the garbage that Satan heaps upon us. Jesus has already paid the complete price for our freedom. It is up to us to accept what He has given us and walk away from Satan’s temptations and lies. We can be completely free and victorious as we follow Christ and walk in His freedom. That is the purpose of His coming.
Live in it and rejoice.
Phillip and Glady W.
I’m excited to be a part of the North Fork Community Church. We want to share God’s word with you so much that I am willing to overcome my fear of the computer!
It’s Thanksgiving time. I’m sitting here trying to come up with something so profound it will wow your socks off. But I’ve been sitting and nothing has come to me yet! So maybe I should tell you a little something of our Thanksgiving holidays.
It used to be my Mom would be cooking and preparing for at least 2 days. All that preparation and it would take a half hour at the most to be stuffed to the brim. Such delicious food. My Mom could cook! My brothers and sisters (7 in all) would come from far and wide to join in the festivities to reunite with my mom and dad and with each other. My grandmothers and adopted grandmothers (every family has those), neighbors, friends, and even complete strangers would join at our table. We would have a special blessing at Thanksgiving. So thankful and blessed with our food, the blessing of being able to be together, all were healthy, and every year pray God would allow us to be back the next year.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy name, O Most High: To declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness by night
For Thou, O Lord, hast made me glad by what Thou hast done, I will sing for joy at the works of Thy hands. Psalm 92:1-2,4
This year is different. The kids will do the cooking, the setting up and the putting away. My mom isn’t able to do it anymore. There will be grand kids and great grand kids, the starting of the next generation of my family. The grandmothers and the adopted ones are gone now. Different neighbors and different friends come. But what I will miss the most is my dad won’t be there either.
Holidays are like seasons, they are different every time they come around, but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever. Heb.13:8 Make the most of each one and be thankful.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him. Psalm 28:7
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Psalm 136:1
This is the Thanksgiving season. Come join us and give praises of thanksgiving to our Lord and Savior.
This past weekend we enjoyed our North Fork Church annual overnight campout. Many adventurous members of the North Fork Community Church gathered at Twin Creeks Campground Friday and Saturday for fun and fellowship. We filled up on delicious food almost to the point of misery. However, a few walking trips around the campground made room for more delicious eats.
There were lots of laughs, storytelling, a little tattletailing, and a few rolling of the eyes to go along with some of the biggest fish stories. Some ventured out along the hiking paths to see if some of those elusive huckleberries could be found. While others took to the higher country on a jeep tour. Another couple wandered down to the creek to get a worm wet and came home with the next morning’s breakfast meal. I don’t believe they even shared a bite.
On a more exciting note one group missed the turn off for the campground and began a gradual climb up the mountain hoping that the road would eventually make its way around and drop into the camp. Up, up they went until it became quite evident that all that was happening was up! As the road narrowed with every foot of altitude, with great relief they found a little place to turn around. With a small widening of the road and a twelve point turn they were able to make their way back down and join the party. In time to eat of course.
We all had a fantastic and very memorable time. What more could one ask for being surrounded by people you love, blue sky, no mosquitos, horse flies, or other various nuisances and we even escaped the smoke for a time. Our God is so good! To be in the middle of all He has created how could one not realize beyond a doubt that there is a God of the universe. Clearly we have seen through what has been made, God has revealed Himself to us.
North Fork Idaho Quilting at Stitchin’ Post
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to stop in and visit the women at The Stitchin’ Post. It was so good to see friendly faces and receive GREAT HUGS from friends that I hadn’t seen in a while! The North Fork Community Church as part of their Community Missions donated the use of the Old Rock Shop building which has been renamed “The Stitchin Post”.
The Stitchin’ Post is intended to be used as a gathering place for their friends and neighbors to Sew, Quilt & Craft! When I walked in the door, I was greeted by smiling faces and some much needed hugs, women chatting pleasantly huddled over colorful patchworks of fabric, and my favorite the “Potluck Food Table” overflowing with yummy delights.
Talk, talk, talk….I couldn’t stop talking. Really, I was there to take pictures for the North Fork Church website, but couldn’t resist the food table. So I quickly changed gears and decided work could wait, hanging out at the Stitchin Post for a while sounded better.
As good as lunch was, desserts were even better! No I didn’t eat all this dessert in one sitting, I took part of the delicious sweets home, sadly they didn’t last through the day…I gobbled everyone up! I am hard pressed to find better cooks in Lemhi County than the women of North Fork! Don’t cook, not to worry, chips and snacks are always great additions to the food table!
Time for “Show and Tell” as the quilters showed off the early stages of the Ladies Auxiliary North Fork Quilt they are now sewing to raffle off at this fall’s annual pancake supper. This quilt raffle benefits the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department.
I wondered as I watched the women happily stitching away if they realize how much their volunteer efforts to sewing this quilt each year really matters to our community! I also happen to be the secretary for the North Fork Fire Department and have first hand knowledge that the funds raised from this Quilt Raffle has helped our budget more than once allowing the Fire Department to purchase much needed equipment and/or firefighter supplies and gear.
I want to buy RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THIS QUILT! I love the autumn colors in this quilt and the detail work of the birds and pine cones is outstanding! Wish I had at least a thimble full of these ladies talents!
If you just want to get out of the house and be surrounded by generous, kind and inviting women, bring your own project or just yourself, a potluck dish to share and enjoy the day at the Stitchin’ Post every Tuesday through the end of March or early April depending on the weather. Once the weather gets nice, there are gardens to be worked on, yards to be maintained….just the warmth and sunshine beckons most of these women to the great outdoors!
I hope to get back to the Stitchin Post in the next few weeks to post the progress of this beautiful quilt project.
Happy Quilting Ladies and thank you for the hospitality…I had a great time!
The North Fork Community Kitchen part of the NFCC Community Outreach has been serving a FREE HOT LUNCH on Wednesday’s from 12:00 to 2:00 to our neighbors and friends in the community!
We invite you to come for delicious hot lunch and lively conversation!
This started out to be a soup kitchen which lasted all of one week. If you ask me I think it’s because the North Fork women are such fabulous cooks, they just couldn’t help themselves sharing their talents for making simple ingredients taste fabulous. The Community Kitchen’s Free Hot Lunch for the Community Menu changes weekly.
This week I had the pleasure to sample hot roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy along with the most delicious green beans dressed up with onion and bacon, cranberries and scrumptious crescent rolls and an outstanding pumpkin surprise dessert. While the food was wonderful, sharing my meal with old friends and new was even better!
Invite your friends and neighbors…. do you see something missing from this picture?
Everyone is all smiles, you too could feel the warmth, please join us….do you see something missing from this picture?
Yes joking, laughter, and happiness exudes from the NFCC Community Kitchen….do you see something missing?
Have you guessed yet, what is missing from the above pictures?
The answer is LADIES, WOMEN, MOM’S, GIRLS, GRANDMAS, FRIENDS!!!!
Every week brings more guests to the NFCC Community Kitchen, but I saw 90% MEN. Yes, Men we are GLAD you are here, but where are the Women? Winters can be long and lonely for many people and after living here for 10 years, I see that women have a harder time getting out in the winter.
I challenge you to think of the women in your neighborhood? Can you think of anyone who might like to get out for a few hours, mingling with friends and neighbors while enjoying a yummy meal they don’t have to cook or clean up after, then please by all means invite them to lunch at the North Fork Community Kitchen!
Thanks for stopping by and God Bless
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