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NEWSLETTER

December 2018

 

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

 

Carolyn and I have just returned from a wonderful Thanksgiving visit with our family in Durham, N.C.

As I write this note to you this month, we are entering a very special time in the Christian year.  I guess I could say “Happy Christian New Year,” since Advent which is now upon us announces the beginning of another New Year in the life of the church.  It reminds us we need to continue to have hope, tolerance, love, peace and joy in our lives and to bring those marvelous values and attitudes to others.  The world is in such need of this kind of philosophy of life instead of the “ego-isms” that permeate so much of the world’s and our society.

Christmas, which is so popular and so commercial, often overshadows this real meaning of Christmas for us.  Yes, in this commercialization, there are momentary references, perhaps some singing of carols and references to Christmas Eve services, but little real or significant attention to the values, precepts and challenges to be loving, gracious toward all, to recognize the goodness in the world.  No, we seem preoccupied with this commercialization supported so strongly by the corporate world.  In many ways, Christmas has become a secular holiday which begins, for the benefit of commerce, earlier and earlier every year.

This is not to say there are no good qualities in this commercial Christmas.  For a short time, at least, there seems to be an increase in friendliness and generosity, some of which we experienced on our recent trip.  But it is short-lived, after New Year’s Day, it slips back into old habits.  But the gift of God’s Love, incarnate, for all of us, is much more demanding, (could this be why we shy away from it?) challenging and difficult.  But I always remember the ending of the musical Les Misérables, when Jean Valjean, who is about to die, offers these words of wisdom: “To love another person is to see the face of God!”  there can be no greater gift than that---in my view for this is truly A FOREVER LOVE!

Let me close with a poem I wrote a couple of years ago entitled:

“REMEMBERING CHRISTMAS”

Music fill the air around us;

            Smiles are on the faces of people everywhere-         

             --especially children whose eyes are bright                     

             with anticipation and joy!

Christmas! ---a marvelous---but fleeting moment in our lives!

Overcome by the excitement, splendor and delight,   we miss the essence of the season---“Love Incarnate!” 

            A love without boundaries,

            A love of and for all people,

            A love---the font of all joy and happiness,

            A love with power to bring peace to our heart,

            To give hope to a world in need,

            Peace to a world blinded by its Greed and emptiness! 

 

Nevertheless, we can be joyful, 

            We can be hopeful,

            We can be thankful,

            For this wonderful, most gracious gift,

            The gift of “Love Incarnate,”

            Which brightens every human heart,

            Enlightens every mind,

            And strengthens every will

            With its peaceful, loving, “Life-giving Presence!”

 

And now, as always, Pax et caritas tecum---peace and love be with you and yours this Christmas—and all the days of your lives.

 Bill Anderson

SESSION NOTES FROM NOVEMBER

            Once he determined that there was a quorum, Moderator Anderson called the regularly-scheduled Session meeting to order with an opening prayer at 10:00AM on Friday, November 9th, 2018.

Pastors Report

            Dr. Anderson began this meeting by noting that the Behlings will be moving shortly and newly-elected elder Reis will resign immediately without taking office. Elder Kerler will begin a search for a replacement and report to December meeting. Ordination and installation of new Session members planned for January but could happen later because the Session doesn't meet in February or March.  Dr. Anderson will continue with Jo Mayeau regarding ordination and installation. Dr. Anderson also noted that he had received communication from Carol Gelwicks, Co-President of Presbyterian Women of CPC, asking for Session assistance. In her letter, she had outlined 11 things in the life of the church that PW has been doing and should be continued but PW is having difficulty getting anyone to be responsible for. Major among these things has been The Attic. Betty Adams has been PW and Attic treasurer for many years and is now seeking to retire. Unfortunately, no one has come forward at this time. Dr. Anderson has suggested to PW that the Attic books be kept by the Mission committee under the Outreach portion of the committee. Extensive discussion followed. Mission chair elder Fraboni agreed that doctor Anderson's suggestion only makes good sense. The Attic account will be kept separate from Missions account. Missions committee will meet shortly and needs to add more members with an Attic/PW treasurer specifically in mind.  Dr. Anderson the proposed that on a year’s trial basis, to be reviewed by Session at the end of 2019, that someone on Missions committee serve as Attic/outreach/PW treasurer and that other activities as outlined by Carol be handled on an as needed basis as they come up throughout the year.  With general agreement, Elder Shugar made the motion; seconded by Elder Kerler; motion carried with stipulation that it would be reviewed in a year.     

Dr. and Mrs. Anderson will be going on vacation after service on November 18---Emerson Coy will be pulpit supply---and on November 25, Erv Teichmiller will be pulpit supply.  Rev. Teichmiller will be paid for three Sundays pulpit supply since he was not paid two times before due to oversight.  Elder DiCristina made the motion; seconded by Elder Fraboni; passed unanimously.

Treasurers Report

            Treasurer Gary Beier was not in attendance for the meeting but made the budget available through October.  Income is down at this point but will pick up these last couple of months.  Extensive discussion followed.  Elder Fraboni pointed out that the Attic contribution has not shown up yet and Elder Shugar questioned the $200 organist signing bonus which should be made immediately since it was due in two months.  All approved the Treasurer’s Report on the motion made by Elder Shugar and was seconded by Elder Gelwicks.

            The next regularly-scheduled Session meeting will be on Friday, Dec.14, 2018 at 10:00 AM.       

            There being no further business to come before the meeting, Elder Fraboni moved to adjourn the meeting and Dr. Anderson asked all in agreement to stand for the closing prayer.  Meeting adjourned at 11:15 AM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Allen, Clerk

 

DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS

           

            Janeen Clarke                       Dec. 1

            Judy Loertscher                     Dec. 3

            Shirley Shugar                        Dec. 5

            Pat Behling                             Dec. 10

            Audrey Eder                           Dec. 13

            Alan Schmitz                          Dec. 15

            Gloria Tamms                         Dec. 24

            Dennis Gathmann                   Dec. 25

            Greg Stiles                              Dec. 26

           

DECEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

           

            Bob and Barbara Schneider  Dec. 2

            Paul and Jan Hoppe              Dec. 11

            Bill and Barb Streng               Dec. 16

            Jim and Helen Sauer              Dec. 20

            Glenn and Arlene Morrison   Dec. 22

            George and Gloria Tamms    Dec. 24

 

 

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR NOVEMBER

Host on Nov. 4 was Jill Consie; on Nov. 11 were the Radueges; on Nov. 18 was Debbie Wilke, and on Nov. 25 were the Lockwoods.  We appreciate your time and effort.  Thank you!

 

 

DECEMBER SCRIPTURE READINGS

December 2, 2018

1st Sunday of Advent

Jer. 33: 14-16; Ps. 25: 1-10; 1 Thess. 3: 9-13;

Luke 21: 25-36

December 9, 2018

2nd Sunday of Advent

Mal. 3: 1-4; Luke 1: 68-79; Phil. 1: 3-11;

Luke 3: 1-6

December 16, 2018

3rd Sunday of Advent

Zeph. 3: 14-20; Isa. 12: 2-6; Phil. 4: 4-7;

Luke 3: 7-18

December 23, 2018

4th Sunday of Advent

Micah 5: 2-5a; Luke 1: 46b-55 or Ps. 80: 1-7;

Heb. 10: 5-10; Luke 1: 39-45 (46-55)

December 30, 2018

1st Sunday after Christmas Day

1 Sam. 2: 18-20, 26b; Ps. 148; Col. 3: 12-17

Luke 2: 41-52

 

            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 December will be:  Dec. 9 is Edi Spellmeyer.  The rest of the month is open

 

            Ushers for the month of December will be:

Dec. 2 are the.  The rest of the month is open

 

            Please sign up for Liturgist and Ushers at the Fellowship Hall table.  Your participation is urgently needed and greatly appreciated.

SPECIAL DATES FOR DECEMBER

First Sunday of Advent                                   Dec. 2

Second Sunday of Advent                              Dec. 9

Third Sunday of Advent                                  Dec. 16

First Day of winter                                           Dec. 21

Fourth Sunday of Advent                                Dec. 23

Christmas Eve                                                Dec. 24

Christmas Day                                                Dec. 25

New Years Eve/Watch Night                          Dec. 31

 

MISSIONS OUTREACH

 

            This year we have identified TWO local charities: Girls On The Run (GOTR) and Wild Instincts.  We can have an immediate impact on both worthy organizations.  Girls On The Run of the Northwoods is experiencing a hardship in the LDF area due to the requirement of sneakers for the girls to run in.  Currently they are allowing many of the students to run in socks.  This is where Community Presbyterian Church comes in.  Kelly Seegliger, Council Director has offered to buy shoes from Walmart for those unable to afford them.  LDF has 16 – 20 girls participating this year 3rd through 8th grade.  The 2nd organization facing difficulties especially during the winter and spring is Wild Instincts.  They are a group of volunteers rehabilitating our Northwoods wildlife.  They have taken on a tremendous need to our communities.  Both of our selections have awesome websites if you would like to learn more.  Thank you so much for considering donating to our Giving Tree this year.

            Checks can be made out directly to the GOTR Northwoods “sneaker fund” or Wild Instincts.  I will make sure our gifts get to the organizations accompanied with a letter from us.

 

Pam Fraboni

 

Deacon’s Report – November 2018

              The Deacons have turned our activities toward the Advent Season and preparation for the Christmas season.  Flowers may be ordered through Shirlee Gallagher.  Please sign up to provide poinsettias for the sanctuary on Christmas Eve.  This is an opportunity for you to honor family or friends at the Christmas Season.  Watch for inserts in the bulletins for order instructions.

              The church will be decorated on Oct. 28th with a soup supper to follow.  New permanent wreaths will be hung at the entrance to the church.

              The Deacons will meet with the full Session on Dec. 14th at 10:00AM.  There have been many conflicts around our December meeting – so a January meeting will be announced later.

              Plan to join us for the Christmas Eve service with your family and friends.  May all the Seasons joy fill your hearts and homes.

             

Edi Spellmeyer, Moderator

 

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