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NEWSLETTER

June 2017

 

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

 

As I begin to write this month’s letter, I am seated at a table in my son’s home in Boone, North Carolina. As some of you know, Carolyn and I have traveled here these past few year to attend our aldest grand-daughter’s dance performance which occurs on the last weekend of May. We had a nice leisurely drive to Boone —-a bit over 1200 miles — arriving Tuesday morning. We shall be joined this Friday by the remainder of our family to celebrate the event. As most of you know, as our children and grandchildren age, it becomes a little more difficult to gather together for these types of events. Consequently, we really enjoy the times we are able to do so.

I have also been thinking, not only while on this trip, but for many weeks now (as those of you who have been at church may have already recognized from the content of my sermons), about the critical state of the world and how our faith should respond to the life-threatening issues that continue to arise. In light of the power in modern nuclear weaponry, together with a clear lack of concern for the value of human life, i.e. any form of the human life, it is abundantly clear we live in a critically dangerous climate. However, the substance of many of the difficulties we face seems, to me at least, to have always been with us. One need not look past the primordial history, that is: the so-called Ursgeschicte, found in the first 11 chapters of Genesis, to see Humanity’s propensity for doing “wrong, albeit evil”! Whether you view this material as mythological or not (it’s your choice), either way they describe our human dilemma beautifully.

I clearly remember growing up in New York City witnessing all sorts of evil issuing forth from my neighbors, friends, and those with whom I worked. Racism, anti-Semitism, and artificial hierarchy of economics and social stratification, were prominent, to cite just a few examples. Indeed, it was my experience of these phenomena which ultimately led me to prepare for ministry in the Presbyterian Church. Moreover, the church in which Carolyn and I grew up and received our early faith instruction, was one which emphasized strong social justice concerns and critiques, in the tradition of the biblical prophetic literature, while at the same time, challenging us to be involved. It was very Niebuhrian (Reinhold, that is). We were thereby deeply influenced by the Christian ethical views of one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers — if not of all time! I still remember one of his early works, founded in large measure in the application of his understanding of the Christian faith, while a pastor in the City of Detroit; it was a dynamic, powerful attempt to reach out to those most oppressed. The book is titled: Moral Man and Immoral Society. While we have made some progress since its writing, its main themes are still valid—in my view! He later became internationally renown while teaching at Union Theological Seminary in NYC until his death in 1965.

 

In so many Christian communities from the very first years of the followers of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, to the present day, there have been and are those who view the Christian faith purely on a personal basis— being preoccupied with personal salvation and establishing artificial boundaries. Without hesitation or qualification, I agree, a right relationship to/with God is an integral part of the faith. The problem is, too often, that is where it remains. This attitude presents a seriously truncated view of the life and teaching of Jesus as the Christ, and radically minimizes our responsibilities for the world in which we live and which we serve. Jesus was not crucified for not challenging the powers of His day, political, religious, economic or social, for example, but for precisely the opposite reasons.

 

Our Christian faith, the example of which is clearly manifest in the life, teachings, death and resurrection of this very same Jesus, clearly powerfully, and consistently addresses all facets of dehumanization or oppression, whether it be religious, economic, political or otherwise. Our faith is lived out in “this-world,” carrying forward the message given to us and by which we are challenged—always—to speak today, to our world. It is a clear message of agape—other-centered love—which is not some simplistic “feel-good” attitude, but one of depth, substance, clarity, and as such is not only life-challenging, but life-giving. In my view, we have too long and too often absented ourselves from the difficult ethical dimensions of religion and it has become essentially empty. In a recent sermon I alluded to what Kenda Creasy Dean, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, discovered about the faith of the young people of our day. She described their views with this engaging phrase: Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. MTD, for short, describing religion as a way to be nice, feel good about yourself, and pretty much keep God out of things. This scenario tells us a great deal about them and us. To me it echoes Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s critique of the church during the rise of Nazism when he made a distinction in his book The Cost Of Discipleship between “cheap” and “costly” grace and the need for a “religious Christianity.” Simply stated this Moral Therapeutic Deism,is another way of describing cheap grace while “costly” grace is demanding and dangerous to the point it can be life-threatening, as it was for Bonhoeffer. Faith, when applied to life, is neither easy nor safe. It we take the Christian faith seriously, then I see our faith as an extension of the incarnate ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, the One Whom we call and claim as the Christ. It is anything but easy. It is necessary for us to proclaim this faith and boldly challenge the communities in which we live and, as including our nation and the world, if we are to move forward in our journeys to become ever more truly and fully human.

 

Perhaps come of these issues can constitute the foundation for my summer classes which I shall begin sometime toward the end of June at our usual time, i.e. Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 10:30 until noon, at which time we may continue for a bit around the lunch table (brown-bag). What do you think? There are a myriad of questions, issues, or debatable options surrounding the Christian faith of ours. Lets explore!!

 

 In any event, welcome back and enjoy the summer in the great “North Woods!”

 

As Always,

Pax et Caritas, >

BilBill Anderson

 

 

SESSION NOTES

 

After noting that this was the first regularly-scheduled Session meeting since the joint meeting with the Board of Deacons in January, Dr. Anderson welcomed the full Session and, declaring a quorum, called the meeting to order with an opening prayer.

 

 Dr. Anderson then made the announcements concerning the memorial services for Sue Morlan, Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 PM and for Ruby Matz the following Saturday, May 20 also at 2:00 PM. Both of these women were members in good standing and will be sorely missed by the Community of Faith. Elder Fraboni wil serve the Morlan family and Elder DiCristina will serve the Matz family.

 

Communion was served on January 1 (Epiphany Sunday), elders Raduege and Birmingham in charge; February 5 and March 5 with elder Spellmeyer in charge; April 2 and April 13 (Maundy Thursday) Elder Rosenthal in charge; and May 6, Elder Schneider in charge. Membership of CPC is at 78, with the two Recent deaths.

 

Dr. Anderson reviewed his email indicating his intention to take some time at the end of this month to travel to see family. He plans on being gone Sunday, May 28.. Elder Shugar will conduct worship service and preach. Also, he will hold his usual summer classes this year, but is still trying to decide on the topic of the classes. In addition, he has been in conversation with the Personnel Committee regarding additional help in the office and asks that Mary Jane Stevens be hired for whatever time is needed. Motion was made by Elder Rosenthal; seconded by Elder DeCristina; approved by all.

 

In a special report from Elders Gelwicks and Schneider, chairmen of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, several major items were outlined:

 

The lights in the front of the church and the Attic building will be replaced shortly.

 

The new fans in the sanctuary are here and waiting on the electrician to install them.

 

Installation of the new roof has already begun and should be completed by Wednesday night.

 

The Church exterior needs to be painted. Gelwicks has obtained several bids for the work and would recommend the firm of Dietrich Painting and Wood finishing of Minocqua. They will paint the main church building, the manse and the Attic. Elder Raduege indicated that the money was there to do the job; all voted aye.

 

Also, special thanks must go to Ralph Kerler who has been monitoring the propane this winter and spring.

 

THE NEXT REGULARLY-SCHEDULED SESSION MEETING IS FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017, AT 10:00 AM

 

 

THANK YOU

 

On behalf of myself and all my family I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Rev. Anderson, Nancy Siroin, Bette Rosenthal, and all the deacons for their role in the celebration of life service for my beloved wife, Sue. I and all my family were overwhelmed with the love and gratitude shown to us by all those present and so many more who could not be there, but expressed their love and sympathy for us in so many other ways. May God bless you all. What a wonderful congregation you all are.

 

Don Morlan and the entire family.

 

 

JUNE BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

 

Marge Tibstra        June 4

June Beier             June 10

Elizabeth Holten     June 10

Jerry Knuth            June 13

Tom Gelwicks         June 16

George Zickert        June 21

Edi Spellmeyer        June 22

Betty Schneidmiller  June 23

Jessica Holten         June 25

Paul Hoppe             June 29

 

Phil and Ann Hall             June 13

 Jack and Billie Miller         June 15

Greg and Ginny Stiles       June 22

Ken and Linda Biek           June 23

Erv and Nancy Teichmiller June 29

 

 

HIGHWAY D CLEANUP

 

Special thanks to those who volunteered to help our church with the Spring 2017 County Highway D Cleanup. Each Spring and Fall we cleanup the section from WI Hwy 70 north to Indian Village Road. After Ralph cancelled the first day because of predicted rain, it turned out to be a nice sunny day. But we rescheduled for Thursday, May 4th and Mother Nature cooperated. Helpers were Betty Adams, Dave Buell, Bob Clarke, Tom & Carol Gelwicks, Ralph Kerler, Jack Miller, Bob Schneider, Marge Sholte, Rick & Ruthann Kamerud and Sam & Shirley Shugar. Marge was the mystery lady Ralph mentioned last fall. Although not an official church member, this is the second time she’s volunteered. Bob Schneider does the last two sections of Hwy 70 which has steep banks and lots of junk this year. We had a total of 14 big bags of garbage plus various signs and one very heavy piece of cast iron. Great feeling of satisfaction when the grasses and soils reemerge.

 

 

JUNE SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

June 4, 2017

Communion Sunday

Day of Pentecost

Acts 2:1-21 or Num. 11:24-30; Ps. 104:24-34, 35b; I Cor. 12:3b -13 or Acts 2: 1-21; John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39

 

June 11 2017

Trinity Sunday

Gen. 1:1-2:4a; Ps. 8; 2 Cor. 13:11-13; Matt. 28:16-21

 

June 18, 2017

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gen. 18:1-15 (21:1-7); Ps 116:1-2, 12-19; Rom. 5:1-8; Matt. 9:35-10:8 (9-23)

 

June 25, 2017

12th Sunday in Ordinary

Time Gen.21:8-21; Ps. 86:1-10,16-17; Rom. 6:1b-11; Matt. 10:24-39

 

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

 

Liturgists for the month will be Grant Birmingham on June 4th, and Delma Erickson on June 28th. The remaining two Sundays are open. Ushers for the month will be Dave and Marie Peterman on June 4th; Edi Spellmeyer and Carolyn Anderson on June 11; and Owen Karlmann on June 18th. June 25th is open. There are sign-up sheets in the Fellowship Hall.

 

 

ATTIC NEWS

 

The Attic is now open Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M. Volunteers are always needed and welcome.

 

 

PRAYER HELPS

 

A man was seen praying in a church and was approached by a fairly officious person in clerical garb. Said this person: “May I help you?” The response came clearly, “No thank you. I am being helped!” Anonymous

 

 

OBEYING FATHER

 

 King Duncan in his book, Amazing Grace, tell about a father who said that Father’s Day was the one day when his children listened to him. “I tell them not to spend a lot of money on gifts for me. They never do.”

 

 

WHAT’S YOUR MOTIVATION

 

In a Park (or maybe a garden) somewhere in Europe, nest to a beautiful flower bed, there was a sign, written in three languages:

 

In German: Picking flowers is prohibited.

In English: Please do not pick the flowers.

In French: Those who love flowers will not pick them.

 

What is your motivation for doing God’s will, obeying God’s commands? Fear of authority? Sense of society’s expectations? Or love?

 

Marilyn Allen

Plymouth Presbyterian Church

St. Helens, Oregon

 

 

COFFEE HOUR

 

Coffee Hour hosts for May were the Radueges on May 7; the Millers on May 14; Jill Consie on May 21; and the Lockwoods on May 28.

 

 

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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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