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NEWSLETTER

September 2018

 

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

 

It is really hard to believe we are already into September and that so many of our friends who have returned for the summer shall soon be departing for warmer climates.  They have helped to fill our pews, not simply in body, but with the warmth, love, and joy we have come to expect from this “loving congregation.”  We shall be saddened as they slowly leave us once again, but we give thanks for their presence at the moment, for the work that they do, and aid us in doing, to spread God’s love as wide and far as we possibly can.  It was also a bit sad this year for we lost some dear and beloved friends, who are now at rest and peace with the Lord.  At the same time, we have gained some new visitors, who like all the rest, have joined right in and felt right at home, as they should in a community of God’s faithful.  We’ll do our best to keep in touch and look forward to their return late next spring.

 

On another and more somber note: as I look out at our world, I see much hatred, animosity, prejudice and abuse from all corners of this earth, including our own beloved country.  Our nation was founded on much higher principles, by our forefathers who were human, and as flawed as we all are, nevertheless had great integrity, an openness to treat all peoples equally (given the constrictions of their time), and who were, and still are – in principle at least- -always looking forward to gain greater understanding of the truths they pondered, learned and explored.  Some people stand out in history and I am sure each of us has a favorite list of heroes, but there are also names we may never know who have responded and even today continue to respond to lifting some human being up out of the quagmire of life, or addressing some other social, economic, or racial evil, to cite just a few examples.  Many do this because they have been, and are committed to the Christian faith, which, in its essence, preaches a gospel of agape love, challenging all of us to do precisely the same.  I am always reminded of this dilemma as I remember the life and death of one of my theologians, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who explored this difficulty in one of his books: Cheap Grace/Costly Grace. As a young and gifted religious leader, he challenged the Third Reich and even participated in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, (surprising for some since he was a professor of Christian Ethics) and for which he was ultimately executed, albeit just a day or so from being liberated by the Allied Forces.

 

 In his preaching, and his actions, Bonhoeffer vehemently confronted the evils of the world with the love of God.  Not only did he die in the process, but also so did many of his family.  A number of years ago, when I was teaching at the University of Geneva and the Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches, I had the pleasure of meeting his biographer, and former student, Eberhardt Bethge as well as Bonhoeffer’s niece.  It was a marvelous learning experience to say the least.  The point of the discussions was clear:  to live the gospel of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, is not easy at all.

 

The Christian faith, with its gospel of “other-centered love,” has faced crises such as the one mentioned above in just about every period of its history.  It reflects the clash of the ideal of agape-love with the realities of this world with all of its temptations and shortcomings.  It is to this proclamation of God’s love, incarnate in the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, that we have been called and by which we have been challenged, to commit our time, talents, and personal lives as well.  We all are, in a clear and profound way, called to be disciples in the here and now.  I have always liked to describe the church, which is, in essence you and me, as an “extension of the incarnate ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ.”  I wish I could take full-credit for this designation, but it is, in fact a slight modification of the thoughts of one of the most significant theologians of the 20th century England:  Dr. T.W. Manson.  I believe it is a challenge worthy of our commitment. Do you not agree?  Would the world not be a better, richer (in the purest sense) place in which to live, work, and serve?  This is, in my view, at the very least, an essential part of the core of our faith.

 

I will leave you with these thoughts and look forward to continued days of love and service as “we” share this message with a world in desperate need.

 

 

In the meantime, as always,

Pax et Caritas,

Bill Anderson

 

 

SESSION NOTES FROM AUGUST

      

 

After deciding that with three Elders excused there was a quorum present, Moderator Anderson called the regularly-scheduled Session meeting to order with prayer at 10:00 A.M. on Friday August 17, 2018.

 

 

There were several corrections to the July Session Meeting minutes which occurred because of the Annual Congregational Meeting date change.  Although Session had voted to set the Annual meeting on the third Sunday in August (August 19, 2018) the Moderator had discovered that bylaws had set the Meeting date for the fourth Sunday (August 26, 2018).  Via e-mail, Session members agreed to change the date.  Consequently, at Stewardship “Minutes” had to be changed to a week later; Elder Kerler (for Chair Elder Fraboni) on Missions, August 12; Gary Beier, CPC Treasurer, on Financials, August 19; and Elder Birmingham on Stewardship, August 26.  Also, Treasurer Beier noted that an addition error had put the Mission budget at $16,000.00 when it should have been A$14,000.00.

These major corrections made, the meeting and preparation for the Annual Meeting proceeded.

 

 

Leading into the Treasurer’s Report, Dr. Anderson noted that Elder Fraboni as Missions chair had asked that the appropriations designated as ‘round 2’ in the Missions budget be paid by September 15.  The appropriations designated as ‘round 3’ will be further discussed at the upcoming Missions meeting and be submitted to the Budget and Finance Committee for further Session consideration.  Treasurer Beier began his Treasurer’s Report by cautioning that CPC could be looking at a shortfall in the 2018 budget.  To that end, he suggested that Committees need to take another look at their budgets for 2019.  Extensive discussion followed.  In final analysis, Budget/Finance

Chair Elder Raduege noted that his committee continued to think of the budget as a working document and would have another meeting yet this fall.  All approved the treasurer’s Report as submitted.

 

 

 

In other business, Elder Spellmeyer, Personnel Chair, asked for salary approval for the pastor and administrative assistant as submitted at the last meeting and made the motion that Elder Shugar be appointed as music director at $407/month.  All approved except for Elder Shugar who abstained.

 

 

Elder Kerler presented the following names to be placed before the Annual Meeting for election to Elder making up the class of 2021: Don Morlan, Reis Behling, and Jo Mayeau.  All approved and this slate will be given to the congregation on August 26 at the Annual Meeting.

            The meeting was adjourned with prayer at 11:30 A.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Allen, Clerk

 

 

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

              Dave Peterman                                  Sept.3

              Arlene Harle                                       Sept. 5

              Betty Adams                                      Sept. 8

              Elaine Jordan                                     Sept. 12

              Bob Schneider                                    Sept. 14

              Linda Biek                                          Sept. 14

              Helen Day                                          Sept. 18 

 

AUGUST ANNIVERSARIES

              Frank and Nancy DiCristina                Sept. 3

              Sam and Shirley Shugar                     Sept. 3

              Dennis and Sue Robertson                  Sept. 7

              Dave and Nancy Buell                        Sept. 7

 

 

THE CHOIR CORNER

Volume 1, Issue 3

                  It continues to be a struggle to put together a balanced choir, but recent outings have pointed to some measurable improvement in our musical accomplishments.  Unfortunately, there are still a few “glitches” that we need to work out to be the choir that our congregation deserves.  With only two male singers, the choral balance leans heavily to our female singers.  Much of the music we sing requires a good male section to keep our women in check and balance.  That being said, I am proud of our two very committed male vocalists.  They strive valiantly to provide the essential low range harmony that makes choral singing so effective.  With two or three more men, we’d have the makings of a good choir.  That notwithstanding, two or three more female vocalists would do absolutely no harm to our musical mix either.  So, what say you supports of the Community Presbyterian Church of Lac du Flambeau, why not give us a whirl?  Come join us in the joy of participation by singing to the glory of our Christian heritage and in supporting our committed and hard-working clergy in bringing a very worthwhile message Sunday after Sunday.  God will appreciate any efforts expended on His behalf and you’ll feel better for having put forth the effort to make our Sunday interludes much more enjoyable and meaningful.

                  A look toward the future, our anthems for September are

(pending sufficient choral participation):

Sept. 2      Ashgrove (Sent forth by God’s blessing)

Sept. 9      Old Time Religion (Get your clapping hands ready)

Sept. 16    Sing Together

Sept. 23    The Gift of Music

Sept. 30    Creation Will Be At Peace

 

                  I will be out of town on the 23rd, but have no fear, Nancy DiCristina has graciously agreed to take on the director’s duties for that Sunday.  Remember, there is no audition, entrance fee, test on reading music, nor any other impediment to your joining our fun, committed group of choral singers.  Give us a try, there is absolutely no obligation, nor penalty of any kind.

 

Your hopeful choir director,

Sam Shugar

 

 

 

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR AUGUST

Host on Aug.5 was the Lockwoods, on Aug.12 were Jan Hoppe and Deb Wilke, on Aug.19 was Nancy Madison, on Aug. 26th the Petermans.  We appreciate your time and effort.  Thank you!

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER SCRIPTURE READINGS

September 2, 2018

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Song of Sol. 2: 8-13; Ps. 45: 1-2, 6-9; James 1: 17-27; Mark 7: 1-8, 14-15, 21-23

September 9, 2018

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prov. 22: 1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Ps. 125; James 2: 1-10 (11-13) 14-17; Mark 7: 24-37

September 16, 2018

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prov. 1: 20-33; Ps. 19; James 3: 1-12;

 Mark 8: 27-38

September 23, 2018

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prov. 31: 10-31; Ps. 1; James 3:13 – 4: 3, 7-8a; Mark 9: 30-37

September 30, 2018

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Esther 7: 1-6, 9-10; 9: 20-22; Ps. 124;

James 5: 13-20; Mark 9: 38-50

 

            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 September will be: Sept. 2nd is Marie Peterman, Sept. 9th is Delma Erikson, Sept. 16th is open, Sept. 23rd is Ginny Stiles, and Sept. 30th is open.

 

            Ushers for the month will be:

Sept. 2 will be the Petermans; the rest of the month we need volunteers.

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

 

 

 

SPECIAL DATES FOR SEPTEMBER

Labor Day                              Sept. 3

National Grandparents Day        Sept. 9

Patriot day                             Sept. 11

First day of autumn                 Sept. 22

 

 

 

From trials to triumphs

  British evangelist Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947) was impoverished and illiterate during childhood.  He also stammered, which embarrassed him greatly.  When he married a Salvation Army preacher, she taught him how to read using the Bible.

  Wigglesworth recognized that all the adversities he’d faced were key to his ministry’s effectiveness.  “Great faith is the product of great fights,” he said.  “Great testimonies are the outcome of great tests.  Great triumphs can only come out of great trials.”

 

 

 

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