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March 2018




It seems that the year 2018 is moving rapidly along.  I cannot believe we are entering the month of March already and soon will have completed one-fourth of this current year.  I still retain vivid images of our time of Advent and Christmas with all the joys and challenges that it brings to us.  Speaking of challenges, the weather, so far this winter, has been most unusual.  We have periods of dramatic cold with temperatures declining to well below zero.  I can remember one morning at negative 20.  We have experienced more snow than I remember since arriving up here in these beautiful Northwoods almost 12 years ago.  Nevertheless, it is most beautiful.  Carolyn and I love the snow, even though it is becoming more and more difficult for us to handle.  Just this past Sunday, i.e. February 25th, we were on the receiving end of a major snow storm, so much so that we could not even see the Church parking lot from the windows of the house.  The piles of snow were that high.  The beauty of it, however, enables us to transcend our difficulties as we look out into the woods and along the roads and witness a magnificent painting of snow everywhere, with the trees in all their majesty covered as well.  What a sight; what beauty; we are all rich in the wonder and magnificence of this world.  I know you who are away from our midst for the winter period are also experiencing some of the natural wonders of this world as well.  But we do indeed miss you all and look forward to your return “Up North.”  I especially miss hearing the richness of your voices as we celebrate our faith together.


This is also a very sad time in our world and in our nation, especially.  Our nation is being torn apart and polarized by the rearing of some past and current manifestations of the darker side or our humanity.  Racism, though veiled, is still with us; many of those who represent us in our governance, at all levels and within all parties, seek only their own gain, their own power, their own selves.  They struggle from what I shall simply call “I” strain.  In addition, we have had a rash of devastating death and destruction tied to military style automatic weapons.  For example: there have been eighteen mass shootings in our country since the beginning of January and as we look back into 2017, 2016 and beyond, there are many, many more.  It is no longer safe for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to attend school without fearing some sort of attack.  I know I have fears when I consider what my grandchildren are now facing each and every day.  I want to scream, time and time again, No! No! to those moments of pain and death---unnecessary moments at that.  And it is just now shootings: there is the scourge of addition of all types, poverty, war and the total dishonesty of politicians of all parties.  When I think of it, I ask myself, have I done enough of even anything to respond to this devastation.  In moments of clarity, I realize I have not really done all that I can do.   I must do more.


I am hopeful because the faith that we profess challenges us to speak up and challenge these atrocities.  It challenges us to reach out to those who are oppressed, those who are treated as being less than human; to reach out and challenge the social, educational and economic disparities that exist today and have so existed for centuries.  The core of our faith can be summed up on one word---agape---an other - centered love.  It is a beautiful concept and an even more beautiful foundation for a philosophy of life.  But it is also very difficult to achieve and maintain.  What we need, at least to begin with, is to hear this message of love expressed clearly and openly, by us as people of faith and by our faith communities.  We need to understand there will always be suffering, rejection, pain, and death.  That reality surrounds us everywhere, does it not?  But that is not the final answer.  There are billions and billions of people of faith---and not only the Christian faith.  Can we possibly imagine what would occur, if we really step up and “live” our faith and not merely “mouth” it.  For decades one of my personal favorite phrases has been: “we are what we ‘do’ and not what we ‘say’!”  The cross is a symbol of this statement as we see intersection where the love of God meets us in the realm of the world.  What we believe about agape love is only as good as we make it work in the world.


Most of you know I was a professor at the University of Dayton for most of my adult life.  UD is a Roman Catholic university operated by the Society of Mary, i.e. the “Marianists” whom I have found to be kind and generous people.  Each year at Lent, Roman Catholics (and some other faith communities as well) have followed a tradition of giving something up for the forty-day Lenten period to share in suffering with Jesus of Nazareth. This year, however, a number of students at the university have started a new tradition.  The tradition is simple: instead of giving something up (which has usually been something not so important to us), they decided to practice doing an act of kindness each day of this forty-day period.  To be, therefore, proactive with our concept of other-centered love.  I hope they are successful in this new venture; after all, each new journey begins with one step and this one is certainly on target.  Perhaps it will have an impact on all the hate, prejudice, and killing that we are experiencing.  What do you think?  And what about the high school students who are speaking out and “will have a vote” in 2020?  We are at least trying to make our voices heard!


In a recent service of worship, I included, as thoughts for the week, three quotations which I think are relevant and appropriate to the thoughts here in this newsletter.  Let me share them with you.



             Let us be the people of God, let us be, as people of faith, the continuing manifestation of God’s incarnate love found in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, the One we call and claim as the Christ!                         


             Have a wonderful March; See you again on paper in April.


And for now, as always,

Pax et Caritas,

Bill Anderson





There will be no Session Notes for February and March




Your Deacons carry out the important Prayer Chain – an up to date response to the needs of the members and their friends compiled from the blue cards received each Sunday and personal requests from you.  If you wish to be included in the chain, please let Jillanne Consie or Edi Spellmeyer know.  Jillanne keeps all of us informed by e-mail – so be sure to give us your current address.  Some of you on the chain who have moved away may choose to be removed.  Please let us know.

We are preparing for Spring events – flowers for Easter – palms for Palm Sunday – and looking into the best way to honor the most improved students at LDF school.  We will honor Mothers in May with a contribution to the Lakeland Pantry.

Winter has been long and cold, and our numbers are down a bit at worship – but the friendly sounds from the coffee hours never seem to reflect that.  Bette Rosenthal, our past Moderator, often reminded us of this special gift with a constant plea to “please help us to keep this spirit going at CPC.”  Today we mourn her passing and pledge to remember her prayer for this church.

Please continue to inform us of special needs of others so that we can meet those needs, if possible.

Keep on hoping for Spring!

Edi Spellmeyer, Moderator

Set Free


“Christ’s death becomes the rod, the cudgel that breaks the necks of the fears that are the enemies of my peace; His Word becomes the staff by which He hold on to me and rescues me from danger.”

Sinclair B. Ferguson, Deserted By God!



Pam Fraboni                                       March 3

Bill Streng                                            March 6

Nancy DiCristina                                 March 12

Connie Doedens                                 March 13

Owen Karlmann                                  March 15

Dennis Robertson                               March 24

Florence Valliere                                 March 25





World Day of Prayer                               March 2

Daylight savings time begins                   March 11

First day of Spring                                   March 20

Palm/Passion Sunday                               March 25

              Holy Week begins

Maundy Thursday                                     March 29

Good Friday                                             March 30



Day by day

Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.  Then let every one of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others, some goodly strength or knowledge gained for yourself.

John Ruskin


Hosts on Feb. 4th were Fran Raduege and Edi Spellmeyer; on Feb. 11th was Jill Consie; on Feb. 18 was Carolyn Anderson; and Feb. 25th was Deb Wilke.  We all appreciate your time and effort.  Thank you!


March 4, 2018

Communion Sunday

3rd Sunday in Lent

Ex. 20: 1-17; Ps. 19; I Cor. 1: 18-25; John 2: 13-22

March 11, 2018

4th Sunday in Lent

Num. 21: 4-9; Ps. 107: 1-3, 17-22; Eph. 2: 1-10; John 3: 14-21

March 18, 2018

5th Sunday in Lent

Jer. 31: 31-34; Ps. 51: 1-12 or Ps. 119: 9-16; Heb. 5:5-10; John 12: 20-33

March 25, 2018

Palm/Passion Sunday (Holy Week begins)

Peace Sunday

Palms: Mark 11: 1-11 or John 12: 12-16; Ps. 118: 1-2, 19-29;

Passion: Isa. 50:4—9a; Ps. 31: 9-16; Phil. 2: 5-11; Mark 14: 1-15:47 or Mark 15: 1-39 (40-4


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 will be:  March. 4-Sam Shugar; March.11-; March.18 –; March 25-needed

Ushers for the month will be:  March 4-; March 11- ; March 18- March 25 – open.  There are no Ushers signed up for March.   There are no Liturgists signed up passed the 4th.Please sign up for the open positions.  Thank you.


According to Matthew’s account, what was torn when Jesus died?    

1.  Mary’s headdress – she tore it as a traditional Jewish sign of grief

2. Jesus’ robe – the soldiers divided it among themselves or         

3. The Temple curtain – torn in two from top to bottom


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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