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NEWSLETTER

July 2019

TO ALL THE “GOOD AND GENTLE FOLK “OF THE COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF LAC DU FLAMBEAU, GREETINGS!

 

 

           Well June has come and gone, but during that time frame a number of things have occurred: first: we finally got some “Spring-like” weather.  Although Winter lasted well into May, and there was still quite a bit of snow lingering around even at the end of the month, it slowly changed for the better with moderating temperatures and disappearing snow piles.  Second: May and June saw a return of our “snowbirds,” who bring so much life-blood back to the congregation during the mid-months of every year.  It is exhilarating to experience this change.  The congregation is always filled with warmth and love, but it is magically increased at this time and we can do so much more with the presence of this new vitality.  So welcome back—-everyone!

 

         On the last Sunday of June which was Peace Sunday (we traditionally observe Peace Sunday on the last Sunday of every month), we had a very nice attendance and not only did we reflect on Peace, but also on the birth of our nation, since the 4th of July was coming up on Thursday of that week.  All this made me think of love, freedom, responsibility and all of the problems and issues we are facing each day of our lives.  This also reminded me of an experience I had many years ago, that is: I remembered some powerful words of one of our church leaders spoken forty-six years ago.  I want to share some of my words and thoughts on that recollection with you here and now:

 

         It was 46 years ago that The Reverend Dr. Clinton Marsh was elected Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the USA.  At the close of the assembly, he dismissed the commissioners with a blessing and benediction most moving.  That benediction was not only appropriate for the time Dr. Marsh was Moderator, but is very much needed today in our cruel and ragged world.  It is beneficial for us to pause and meditate on His words as we celebrate our faith, often quite feebly, a faith which states unequivocally the incarnation of God’s Love is for all people, for all creation.  As we gather in worship, study our history, indeed, as we reflect on this gift of love, as it dwelt in all fullness in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, we are seriously challenged.

 

         On that occasion, Dr. Marsh said to the gathered commissioners: “And now, I am supposed to say to you, ‘Go in peace’.”  But how can I say “Go in Peace” when you are going out into a world where you are insecure, whether at home, or on your neighborhood street?  Out into a world where race is set against race and ethnic cleansing is a name for genocide?  Out into a world where people are hungry and homeless, while governments squander millions of dollars (today billions) on instruments of destruction that they dare not use?  Out into a world where every night millions of mothers watch their children sink into a hungry slumber, only to awaken (if they awaken) to another hungry tomorrow?

 

         With a world like that out there, how can I say “Go in peace?  But I dare to say, “Go in peace” because Jesus says, “”I give you my peace.”

 

         But—-remember—-the One who says, “I give you my peace” also says, ‘If you would be my disciple and [thereby] have my peace, take up your cross and follow Me!’”

 

         So, I say, “Go in peace”—-if you dare!

 

         Those were powerful words for the 1970s.  They are still powerful words for us today in these opening decades of the twenty-first century.  Not much has changed, except to worsen.  There are many wars on all of this planet; there is yet much corruption in society everywhere including politics; in the corporate world greed abounds; in society in general and especially for those who are poor, weak, disenfranchised, there is still hunger, poor housing, lack of medical care, and precious little opportunity for education and growth.

 

         The love of God Incarnate which we joyfully celebrate as a foundation of our faith and the compassion attended to it challenges each and everyone of us who claim this love incarnate as ours to be the hands, feet, and eyes of God in this world to help reconcile people with people, race with race, and nation with nation and to create a world of opportunity, peace, love, and joy for all human beings—-all of whom are children of God by whatever name God is known.  Therefore, as we celebrate the wonder of this world, let us think on these things and as we understand and appropriate them to our lives, may we gently and kindly live them allowing the world to become, as the poet John Keats once described with a now famous phrase: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever!”  And so it can be!

         So, dear friends, be at peace; do the good; share love with all you meet; and may the grace of God surround you; the gentle strength of God uphold you; and the love of God glow in and through you to a very needy world.

 

 

As Always,

Pax et caritas tecum.

Bill Anderson

 

 

“Summer Rain”

 

Oh, what is so pure as the glad summer rain,

That falls on the grass where the sunlight has lain?

And what is so fair as the flowers that lie

All bathed in the tears of the soft summer sky?

 

The blue of the heavens is dimmed by the rain

That wears away sorrow and washes out pain;

But we know that the flowers we cherish would die

We’re it not for the teasers of the cloud-laden sky.

 

The rose is the sweeter when kissed by the rain,

And hearts are the dearer where sorrow has lain;

The sky is the fairer that rain-solids have swept,

And no eyes are so bright as the eyes that have wept.

 

                                            Fannie Sherrick

 

 Love made flesh

 

           The whole concept of God taking human shape had never made sense to me.  That was because, I realized one wonderful day, it was so simple.  For people with bodies, important things like love have to be embodied.  That’s all.  God had to be embodied, or else people with bodies would never in a trillion years understand about love.

 

                      Jane Vonnegut Yarmolinsky

 

 

 

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR JUNE

 were:

June 2, 2019: the Lockwoods    

June 9, 2019:  the Hettingas

June 16, 2019:  the Spellmeyers

June 23, 2019: 

June 30, 2019:  the Radueges

Thank you all for your time, hard work and contribution to the fellowship.

 

 

JULY BIRTHDAYS

 

         Ralph Kerler                 July 11

         Richard Day                  July 16

         Mary Jane Hettinga         July 20

         Arlene Morrison             July 22

         Darlene Costello            July 23

         Mary Jane Stevens         July 23

         Richard Rosenthal          July 25

         Delma Erikson               July 28

         Judy Grahl                    July 28

 

JULY ANNIVERSARIES

         John and Edi Spellmeyer         July 12

 

 

THE CHOIR CORNER

 

 

In catching up on some deferred reading, I have had an epiphany.  I always wondered why singers seem to be ageless over their lifespans.  I came across an apparent reason for this phenomenon while reading a fascinating article in the June issue of AARP Bulletin titled “Your Brains Best Day”.  To wit and verbatim the article claims:

 

Pick up a musical instrument.  Using MRIs, Godfried Schlaug, Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, found and ‘age-decelerating’ effect in the brains of people who consistently made music.  Just listening to music may not be enough.  ‘Actively engaging with music or music-making activities, such as singing, with others or alone, is where the real benefit comes from.’” Schlaug says.

 

 

So, once again, I extend an invitation to all who prefer to maintain a sharp, inventive and inquisitive neurological capacity to join the few of us who are constantly reinvigorating our brains ability to keep us “young and vibrant”.  And the best part is that this process is free to anyone and all.  Just join us at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings and revel in your increasing brain functionality and enhanced perceptions as the aging of your brain slows down.  Sounds like a burden.  Perhaps, but it’s a lot of fun and its free.  Come on, try it out.  It won’t cost you anything to try it.

 

Anthems for July are planned to be:

July 7:  For the Joy of Music

July 14: Here at Thy Table Lord

July 21: Hymn of Praise

July 28: Wonderful Peace

 

Sam Shugar, Music Director

 

 

 

JULY SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

July 7, 2019

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Kings 5: 1-14; Ps. 30; Gal. 6:(1-6)7-16;  Luke 10: 1-11, 16-20

 

July 14, 2019

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 7: 1-7; Ps. 82; Col. 1: 1-14; Luke 10: 25-37

 

July 21, 2019

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Amos 8: 1-12; Ps. 52; Col 1: 15-28; Luke 10: 38-42

 

July 28, 2019

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Hosea 1: 2-10; Ps. 85; Col 2: 2-15(16-19); Luke 11: 1-13

 

         These readings are suggested by the Presbyterian Planning Calendar and may be changed depending on the topic of the sermon.  Liturgists will be called each week to tell them what the readings will be.

Liturgists for the month of July will be:

July 7: Delma Erikson

July 14:

July 21:

July 28:

 

Ushers for the month of July will be:

July 7: Ron and Deb Wilke

July 14: 

July 21:

July 28:

 

As you can see, we are in serious need of Liturgists and Ushers.  Please sign up for Liturgist and Ushers in the Fellowship Hall.  Your participation is urgently needed and greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your help.

 

 

 

Potluck

 

 

CPC experienced an interesting potluck with 2 murders and a group of interesting characters.  Many thanks to Shirlee Gallagher who organized a very entertaining evening with a “Who Dunit Theme”.  Shirlee provided the scripts and meats and gave us a fun potluck.  Thank you Shirlee!

 

 

Weighed Down

 

Many people dream of having the “right stuff” to fly to space.  Recently, 18,300 people applied for just 12 astronaut spots at NASA!  Fanfare over the moon landing’s 50th anniversary is sure to spark even more interest.

 

         Leaving behind earthly troubles and floating in zero gravity must be amazing, right?  Not, it turns out, for one’s body.  Weightlessness takes a heavy physical toll in space.  Without resistance, muscles waste away and bones weaken.  Bodily systems we take for granted are disrupted, causing disorientation.  To counteract these effects, astronauts wear resistance suits while exercising.  Ironically, after escaping Earth’s gravity, they must replace it.

 

Similarly, we long for trouble-free days and pray for an end to earthly burdens, not recognizing that exertion, whether physical or spiritual, builds strength.  “He who knows no hardships will know no hard I hold,” said Harry Emerson Fosdick.  “He who faces no calamity will need no courage….The characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.”

 

         Every weighty challenge is a reason to “rejoice…knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” (Romans 5: 3-4, ESV)

 

                          Stephanie Martin

 

 

 

Our approachable Lord

 

There is not a hint of one person who was afraid to draw near [Jesus].  There were those who mocked him.  There were those who were envious of him.  There were those who revered him.  But there was not one person who considered him too holy, too divine or too celestial to touch.  There was not one person who was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected.  Remember that.

                 Max Lucado, God Came Near

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As people of God and servants of our Lord Jesus Christ, we believe our mission to be the building of a strong fellowship, ministering to the spiritual and physical needs of the church, the community, and the world, fulfilling our Lord’s command to “love our neighbors”.

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