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NEWSLETTER

February 2019

 

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

 

It is mid-morning as I sit here in my office on this very, very, cold day.  The temperature when I arose was a negative 32 with a “wind” chill significantly lower.  Many schools, if not all, have been closed due to the danger when we get to this level; stores, and even some restaurants, have closed.  I do not remember a time like this since Carolyn and I arrived here in the Northwoods in the fall of 2006.  It is, at the same time, (at least today) very beautiful: the sun is shining brightly and the snow, for the most part, is a gorgeous white.  But it is a dangerous situation.

 

It is in some ways very much like our world situation.  It is also very dangerous.  There are wars, and rumors of new wars, happening all over the world.  I remember a time, when Jimmy Carter came to the University of Dayton to give a speech, and he gave a speech indicating that at the time there were more than 200 hot wars happening around the world.  Isn’t that a sad commentary on our humanity?  And I doubt that we are any better off today.  In addition to wars, we are besieged by poverty, prejudices of all kinds, oppression, suppression and just plain hatred everywhere…even in our beloved country which for so many years has been a beacon of hope for people everywhere.  But in these days, the light of that beacon is fading, and the rise of self-centeredness and hatred is taking control more and more each day.

 

This kind of turn around is in direct contrast to the message of the gospel, which is always other-centered and loving.  Indeed, is this not the primary thrust of the agape message of the gospel; that is to say: of another-centered, lovingness toward all humanity.  Is this not the message of Paul when he speaks about being “a new creation,” or of John who writes in his first letter that if anyone claims to love God, but does not love his/her fellow human beings, is just, speaking very plainly and clearly, “a liar?”  True it is that there are people of faith (and I would claim all faiths) who have been true to the first principles of their faith, but unfortunately it remains a minority and there are many who claim the faith, but do not live or act upon it.  After the second world war, the existentialist philosopher, journalist, and humanitarian, Albert Camus, while addressing a large audience of clergy of all faiths, challenged them with these words paraphrased here: namely, “if you all actually lived the faith you proclaim, can you even imagine the impact you would have on the world today, an impact for peace, for decency, for respect, and love for all human beings?” (from his book: RESISTANCE, REBELLION AND DEATH).  This thought is consistent with the comments of Jesus, in His SERMON ON THE MOUNT, where He tells His followers to let their light shine before human beings so that all may see the essence of His message, a message of love.  Moreover, it is stated beautifully and clearly by the Apostle Paul in that one sentence summary of his famous chapter on love which he wrote to the Corinthians and in which he told them: “So, faith, hope, love abide, these three: but the greatest of these is love.  And it is stated equally as well by the writer of the 1st Letter of John as we noted above.

 

This “is” what our faith is about; it is what we are about; it is not a easy task; nor is it readily accepted by the world in which we live; it takes courage to proclaim and live it, but it is the most powerful commandment the Lord has given us and it will not only have a great impact on the world in which we live, but will give us the peace of the Lord which passes all understanding.

 

Have a wonderful February: love justice, do the good, and be at peace with all.

 

As always,

Pax et caritas tecum.

Bill Anderson

SESSION NOTES FROM JANUARY

 

We want to thank Ralph Kerler for filling in as secretary while Judy Allen is recuperating.

            Once Dr. Anderson, Moderator, determined there was a quorum, he called the regularly-scheduled Session meeting to

order with an opening prayer at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 11, 2019.

            Dr. Anderson reviewed the three-year Session Membership.

              Class of 2021 will be:

                        Ralph Kerler

                        Jo Mayeau

                        Don Morlan

            Class of 2020 will be:

                        Pam Fraboni

                        Bob Schneider

                        Kathy LaBarge

            Class of 2019 will be:

                        Tom Gelwicks

                        Bill Raduege

                        Sam Shugar

 

There was a detailed discussion of the Budget and Actuals for 2018.  There had been concern during the last  Quarter of 2018 about meeting the final budget, but we ended up Having a net positive.  CPC ended up 2018 with an excellent Financial record.

Elder Kerler brought up that delays in issuing Missions Checks last year were influenced by late planning and concerns about having enough funds in the checking account.  Discussion followed about how to handle this situation in 2019.  Based on the bank reserve we can probably approve the missions budget with less concern about end of year limits.  We will alsoconsider a new minimum goal for the size of our bank account reserve.

Dr. Anderson reviewed Committee Chairman and Received their acceptance.  Missions will be Elder Fraboni; Building and Grounds will be Elder Gelwicks; Personnel will be Elder Shugar; Budget and Finance will be Elder Raduege;  Stewardship will be Don Morlan.  Elder Mayeau agreed to support Elder Fraboni on Missions.

 

Elder Kerler is going to check out transportation options for members such as Jim Baumann who have a special need.

Dr. Anderson reported that Judy Allen had surgery on her right should and arm and is currently in Avanti for rehab.

There will be no Session meeting in February or March.  The next meeting will be Friday, April 12 at 10:00 AM.

           

Respectfully submitted by Elder Kerler volunteer clerk.

 

 

FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

            Mary Nienaber                        Feb. 6

            Erv Teichmiller                        Feb. 7

            Ken Biek                                 Feb. 11

            Barbara Schneider                  Feb. 13

            Liz Clark                                  Feb. 15

            Rick Kamerad                         Feb. 17

            Sue Robertson                        Feb. 19

            Rev. Bill Anderson                  Feb. 22

            Carol Schmitz                         Feb. 23

FEBRUARY ANNIVERSARIES

            John and Claudia Tegtmeier   Feb. 13

              Dave and Marie Peterman             Feb. 13

THE CHOIR CORNER Piano

First, on behalf of our choir, I wish to thank our caring and warm congregation for your compliments on our last several choral anthems.  It amazes me that such a small band of singers can create the blend of voices and harmony cherished by musicians everywhere.  It is no small feat, but it is also not without a great deal of effort from our small group of committed choral participants.  Imagine for a moment what we could accomplish with a few more members particularly in the men’s sections.  I dream of choral concerts, of musical parables, and perhaps combined sessions with our sister choir in Manitowish Waters.  Such dreams notwithstanding, it still gives us great pleasure to be able to provide an important and integral part of the church service supporting our clergy and pleasing so many of our congregants.  Again, thank you for your kind words and thoughts and please consider joining our merry band.  We are a fun group and enjoy each other and singing for your pleasure.  Our selections for February include:

Feb. 3 will be an Anthem for Communion.

Feb. 10 will be “Trust and Obey”.

Feb. 17 will be “You’ll Never Walk Alone”.

Feb. 24 will be “Gather Your Children, Dear Savior, in Peace”.

We rehearse at 8:30 A.M. for one hour each Sunday. Please consider joining us.  You don’t know what you are missing!

 

CoffeeCOFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR JANUARY were:

 

Jan. 6, 2019:  Linda and Jerry Lockwood

Jan. 13, 2019:  Deb and Ron Wilke

Jan. 20, 2019:  Jill Consie

Jan. 27, 2019:  Fran and Bill Raduege

 

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

 

 

FEBRUARY SCRIPTURE READINGS;

FEBRUARY 3, 2019

4TH Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jer. 1: 4-10; Ps. 71: 1-6; 1 Cor. 13: 1-13; Luke 4: 21-30

 

FEBRUARY 10, 2019

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isa. 6: 1-8 (9-13); Ps. 138; 1 Cor. 15: 1-11; Luke 5: 1-11

 

FEBRUARY 17, 2019

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jer. 17: 5-10; Ps. 1; 1 Cor. 15: 12-20; Luke 6: 17-26

 

FEBRUARY 24, 2019

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gen. 45: 3-11, 15; Ps. 37: 1-11, 39-40;

1 Cor. 15: 35-38, 42-50; Luke 6: 27-38

           

            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 February will be:

Feb. 3: Sam Shugar

Feb. 10: Nancy DiCristina

Feb. 17: Sam Shugar

Feb. 24?

           

Ushers for the month of February will be:

Feb. 3?

Feb. 10: Ron and Deb Wilke

Feb. 17?

Feb. 24?

           

Please sign up for Liturgist and Ushers in the Fellowship Hall.  Your participation is urgently needed and greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your help.

SPECIAL DATES FOR FEBRUARY

 

African-American History Month

Ground Hog’s Day                              February 2, 2019

Valentine’s Day                                   February 14, 2019

President’s Day                                   February 18, 2019

DEACON’S REPORT FOR JANUARY

At our first meeting of the year, we planned our calendar for 2019.  With no new Deacons we each will repeat our assignments.  Our group of six will prepare communion the first Sunday of the month and greet members and guests as they arrive for services.  The roster is posted on the board near the podium.  Jillanne Consie will continue the Prayer Chain and serve as secretary, Fran Raduege is the treasurer.  Mary Jane Stevens is in charge of paraments and banners.  Shirley Shugar sends cards as needed and Shirlee Gallagher does the flowers for the church.

 

Please remember to keep us informed about needs of our members and friends.  Call the church or any of the Deacons with your requests.  And remember to use the special “Deacons” envelopes each month in support of these services.  We are pleased to operate with the same budget as last year, thanks to your support.  Our next meeting will be on March 11 at 10:00 a.m.

 

Edi Spellmeyer - Moderator

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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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