Church Life (at Cashmere Presbyterian Church)
We offer opportunities for YOUR FAITH TO GROW and for SERVICE TO OTHERS at Cashmere Presbyterian Church.
"Church Life" is the living portion of our Christian faith, the interaction with our church family.
It is fellowship, friendship, sharing, caring, loving, and living the life we are call to as Christians.
It is putting into practice the teachings we learn through worship, Bible study, and prayer.
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Upper Valley Disciples
Food, friendship and a faith-boosting Bible study - these are three regular features at the monthly meetings of Upper Valley Disciples in the beautiful surroundings of Ingalls Creek Lodge. Monthly gatherings are from 1-3 pm, several times during the year. This is a group for those seeking prayer support, social connection and spiritual enrichment in an informal, "easy-to-enjoy-each-other" setting. UVD meets on the third Tuesday of the month for a fall session (September, October, November,) then take a winter break in January, February and March and resume meeting for a spring session (April, May and June) followed by a July BBQ. We do not meet in August or September.
Each session is preceded by a time of snacks, fellowship and casual catching up, followed by a few moments of opening prayer, where both praise and petition can be brought before God by anyone who wishes. Then comes a short Bible study with round-table discussion and sharing.
Seeking a place to grow in grace and have a great time doing it? Plan to join us and bring a friend...all are welcome! Hope to see you there.
Check out the Church's CALENDAR for exact meeting dates.
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Around seven years ago, Pastor Chuck Clarke had a goal to start a Bible study group in Leavenworth, Washington because our congregation had several couples living nearby (twenty minutes away from Cashmere Presbyterian Church). The group was originally called the “548’ers”, which referred to the telephone prefix for Leavenworth.
It started with great enthusiasm, but there was low attendance. After about a year, the group was self-sustaining under the direction of two members, Doug W. and Doug A. As time went on, more friends from outside Leavenworth wanted to join. Since this wasn’t an “exclusively Leavenworth” group, we had a dinner for anyone in our church who wanted to attend. We explained that our group was only interested in learning more about the Bible and prayerfully expressing our “Joys and Concerns”.
Early on, we had agreed to rotate hosts for each month’s meetings. That worked out very well. We had increased attendance to about 25 souls, which included couples and "singles".
One humorous incident to tell: The hosts were trying and succeeding in outdoing each other as far as desserts were concerned. To avoid going overboard, we agreed we would limit the desserts to just cookies. But one member still goes overboard!
We have a barbeque each spring, adjourn for the summer, and resume in the fall. Frances and Arnold coordinate the meetings. With a few families moving away, the “Upper Valley Disciples,” as we are now known, average fourteen members from Leavenworth and a like amount from Cashmere at each month’s gathering.
For many years, Upper Valley Disciples (once called 548ers) had monthly evening meetings. The times together included light refreshments, fellowship, Bible study, prayer time, music, and a good bit of laughter! These gatherings were in the homes of the participants. A decision was made to try meeting at the Ingalls Creek Lodge Grand Room in the afternoon on the third Tuesday of the month. This would eliminate the need for night driving as well as provide a larger meeting space. The photo represents the third gathering at Ingalls Creek.
We have annual potluck dinners that feature BBQ ribs, deliciously prepared by none other than our own forever-young Dorothea.
Groups Meet for Food, Fun, and Fellowship!
Fellowship Dinner Groups "re-form" each spring with groups meeting once a month for three months. Small randomly-formed groups of 7-9 people meet monthly for a meal together. Meals can be shared in the home of one of the members, at a "no-host" restaurant gathering or even in the church Fellowship Hall.
We have had several rounds of these groups and participants have found that they are getting to know friends in the church much better. Groups include adults who are:
All members and friends of the church are welcome to participate!
If you want more information, please contact Jan or Pastor Chuck.