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NEWSLETTER

September 2017

 

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

 

It is hard to believe that we are already in on the end of the Summer Season up here in these lovely Northwoods. It almost seems as if our good friends from the South and southwest have just arrived and yet “Labor Day,” the traditional, symbolic end of the Summer holiday season is upon us.

 

Nevertheless, it has been refreshing, invigorating, and life-enhancing to see so many of you return and share in our services of worship, our mission activities, and our efforts to share God’s gift of love, peace, and joy with as many as we are able to reach. Despite the fact that we are a small congregation, our mission outreach stretches far and wide. It is a real tribute to the beauty of your faith that this is reality for we have reached many through our support of scholarship students, through local, national, and international needs via our PC(USA) connections. In addition to these on-going missions, we have also responded to a number of national disasters through the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

 

It is not unfair to say that we, as a “faith community,” embark on meaningful journeys of love and service which brings to each of us a sense of sharing the gospel message of love and peace to a world very much in need. Indeed, as I look out over our “octogenarian” congregation, and I get a sense and feeling of purpose in life and what we are called to do.

 

We are living in times which are very complex and a world which is fragmented and fearful. At the same time from the perspective of our faith when I look out over this same mixed up world, I realize we have an opportunity to bring joy, peace, and love to this dehumanized and fearful society. We have a responsibility to appeal to humanity’s hopeful nature and what it means to be a people advocating the common good—a good reflecting God’s Incarnate, other-centered love. What we do individually and as a community can, and does, make a difference during a time when the bonds of our common humanity are frayed. We are called to be community builders; we are called to advance justice, foster civil discourse, and listen respectfully to a diversity of viewpoints, as we model what it means to work across differences.

 

This is a responsibility we take to heart. Walking in the light or ”Incarnate Love,” we do not accept hate; we reject racism, bigotry, and violence. Each of us has a role to play in this quest, one in which we work together to learn, discover, and service others.

 

Let me conclude these notes with a reference to a poem I wrote a number of years ago. It is simply titled:

 

PARADOX   

 

 Truth, e’er so elusive, though constantly pursued

In this age of ours;

Beauty, blighted by a disinterested, self-centered,

Society of shallow men;

Love, bandied about in an amoral world, who now

Knows its precious meaning for us?

 

But still, in tender moments of silence—

In moments of flight to the Noumenal

When we listen with our hearts,

When we feel with our souls,

When we see with our spirits,

We all may know!

 

For Truth, and Beauty, and Love are Everywhere

Waiting to be born!

 

 I hope you enjoy your remaining days up here with us in the Northwoods. You are a most valuable part of our worshipping and serving community.

 

In the meantime, and as always,

Pax et Caritas,

Bill Anderson

 

 

SESSION NOTES

 

Meeting at their regularly-scheduled time on Friday, August 11, the Session of CPC had several pressing matters to conclude:

 

The Personnel Committee under the direction of Elders Spellmeyer and Shugar has recommended to the Session that the contract with Dr. Anderson as Stated Supply for Community Presbyterian Church be renewed for the year beginning Oct. 1, 2017. That recommendation was unanimously and enthusiastically approved by the Session and the Clerk directed to notify Presbytery immediately.

 

The Personnel Committee also recommended that continued support be given to the positions of Administrative Assistant, Organist, and Choir Director while maintaining an open discussion about the need to find possible replacements in the future.

 

Chairman of the Nominating Committee Elder DiCristina reported that her committee will recommend the following slate of officers for election as the class of 2020 to the Annual Congregational Meeting: Elders: (for their second term) Pam Fraboni and Robert Schneider, and Ralph Kerler; Deacons: Shirley Shugar and Shirley Gallagher.

 

Dr. Anderson formally thanked Elder Sam Shugar for filling the pulpit on Sunday, August 6, while he was officiating the wedding of Michelle Johnson, a former scholarship recipient of CPC. Communion was postponed until the second Sunday in August.

 

The Food for Kidz program will be held this year on October 28 with CPC again a full participant with a donation of $500.00 (a designated table). Members are encouraged to join in this program and more information will be available shortly. The LDF Lions Club will be in charge of the Food for Kidz program this year and many of our members are also members of Lions.

 

Judy Allen, Clerk

 

 

GOD’S LEFT HAND

 

A 6-year-old and his Grandma went for a walk one autumn day. “Look at the gorgeous leaves!” Grandma exclaimed. “Just think, God painted each one of them just for us!”

 

“Yep,” said her grandson, “and He did it lefthanded.” Perplexed, Grandma asked, “Why do you think God used His left hand to create all this beauty?”

 

“Because,” said the boy matter-of-factly, “we learned in Sunday school that Jesus sits on God’s right one.”

 

 

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS

 

 Coffee hour hosts for Aug. 6th were Delma & Betty, Aug. 13th were the Morrisons Aug. 20th, Shirley Gallagher, and on Aug. 27th Delma and Betty

 

 

SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

 

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

 

Frank and Nancy DiCristina  Sept. 3

Sam and Shirley Shugar      Sept. 3

Dennis and Sue Robertson   Sept. 7

Dave and Nancy Buell          Sept. 7

 

 

BE YOURSELF FOR GOD

 

Rabbi Joseph Liebermann describes a dream where he dies and goes to stand before God’s judgement seat. As he waits, the rabbi fears that the Lord will ask him, “Why weren’t you a Moses… or a David...or a Solomon?” Instead, God surprises him by simply asking, “Why weren’t you Rabbi Liebermann?”

When our lives are over, God won’t ask us why we weren’t a Mother Teresa or another saintly soul. He simply wants us to be who He created us to be.

 

“We are His workmanship,” St. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10. In Greek, workmanship means “a piece of art.” You are God’s masterpiece. Life isn’t a game of comparison. It’s a journey of discovery of how God has uniquely created you to perform specific tasks in this life.

 

 Your life is God’s canvas. Don’t hinder the painting process!

 

Mike Paulison

 

 

A SIGN OF WHAT’S TO COME

 

When God is about to do something great, He starts with a difficulty.

 

When He is about to do something truly magnificent, He starts with an impossibility

 

 Armin Gesswein

 

 

SEPTEMBER SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

September 3, 2017

Communion Sunday

 22nd Sunday in Ordinary time

Ex. 3:1-15; PS. 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b; Rom. 12:9-21; Matt. 16: 21-28

 

September 10, 2017

23rd Sunday in 0rdinary time

 Ex. 12:1-14; Ps. 149; Rom. 13:8-14; Matt. 18: 15-20

 

September 17, 2017

24th Sunday in 0rdinary time

Ex. 14:19-31; Ps. 114; Rom. 14:1-12; Matt. 18:21-35

 

September 24, 2017

25th Sunday in Ordinary time

Ex. 16:2-15; Ps. 105:1-6,37-45; Phil. 1:21-30; Matt. 20:1-16

 

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: Delma Erikson on Sept. 3, Marie Peterman on Sept. 10, Sept. 17 is open, and Don Morlan on Sept. 24th.

 

Ushers for the month will be Allen and Mary Jane Hettinga on Sept. 24th. The rest of the month is open.

 

We really need people to sign up for ushers and liturgists this month. The sign-up sheets are on the table in the Fellowship Hall. Please add your names!!!!

 

 

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

 

 “God only gives each of us a certain amount of time to be on this earth and every day when we wake up, we get to decide how we are going to spend those precious minutes and hours.”

 

Rory Feek

 

 

THE GIFT OF TIME

 

From the first seconds of our existence until the last moments of our life, God has not intended to leave us any empty time….nor any for us to lose. The important thing is to know what He wants us to do with it.

 

Francois Fenelon

 

 

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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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