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NEWSLETTER

May 2019

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

You may not believe this, but even though it is April 29 (as I write this note to you all), it is snowing outside.  The daily forecast has snow being called for off and on all day.  However, there is not much chance of accumulation and most of it has been melting as it hits the ground.  Nevertheless, this has been a very “snowy” and cold winter.  After a fairly mild beginning in January, the snows came, and came, and came, right up until today.  Although it is beautiful, especially with the trees and the woods and all of this natural beauty, enough is enough---don’t you think??

          While all this is, in fact, happening, there is more and that of a very positive nature. Slowly, but surely, the folks who leave for the winter are returning and our Sunday congregations are growing larger, also ever so slowly.  We are so pleased to see them back and miss those who are unable to do so any longer or who have passed away.  We are, however, attracting some new folks to the congregation, due in no small measure to the warmth of the good people of CPC and their friendliness, along with their strong mission commitments.  Mission has long been a strong suit for this community of faith, and I hope it continues to grow for that is the “nature” of our business.

          There are many things happening in our world and in our own nation as well.  Tragically, houses of worship are more and more becoming a target of violence in this hateful world.  You all know, I am certain, of the bombing of churches in Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon).  This struck me rather hard, since when I was a seminary student at Princeton during the early 1960’s, several students from Sri Lanka were my classmates.  I wonder and worry about them and pray for the work they have done and are doing.  One student was the son of one of the world’s leading theologians of the day, namely, Dr. D.T. Niles.

          The many killings in our own nation of schools from elementary on up, in a wide variety of churches, especially so-called “black churches,” at public events of all sorts, the hatred, the prejudice, the lack of understanding the value of all human life---but especially those of color or specific ethnicities--- is dominating our lives in these tumultuous times.

          On Easter Sunday I placed a thought for the week from the pen of Clarence W. Hall which read: “Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”  To my mind, this is a powerful and true statement.  At the same time, I wonder why, since there are more than 2 billion people in the world who profess the Christian faith, they (we) are not acting upon this truth.  Is it because speaking the truth (of the faith) is costly?  Scary?  Difficult?  Unpopular?  Too often we practice our faith by “going to church on Sunday”, but returning to normal on Monday, it being just a little game we play, as once put by a Canadian journalist named Bliss Carmen.  Thinking about this I have often asked myself: What am I willing to risk for God’s gospel of Love so clearly enunciated and lived in the person of Jesus of Nazareth the Christ?  Or, where are people of the Christian faith to go to bear witness to the justice, love and peace of Jesus of Nazareth?  Am I willing to obey God, or would I rather bow to human authorities?  Most certainly, if we are sent as Jesus was sent, there are situations in which we are to preach and teach in His name, despite the strict orders, the violent ends, to which human powers will go to silence the redeeming, captive freeing, good news of God’s Love Incarnate!

            The stakes are high for preaching, teaching and living God’s Word of Love.  We are given the peace that passes all understanding, the power of the Spirit, and the resurrection presence of Jesus, the Christ, in order to go out into the world, to leave the safety of our locked doors, our easy institutional faith, to risk our lives, to give our truthful, public testimony to be witnesses to the righteousness, the goodness and love of God for all.  In our communities of faith, in our country and our world, there are people and places desperate to hear the TRUTH that Jesus the Messiah, lived, died and has been raised from the dead so that we might be redeemed and reconciled and be made one with God and each other.

            Am I willing to do that?  Are we willing to be witnesses to this powerful, all-embracing Love?  If so, where is God sending us right now?

            I shall close with a brief quote from the late Pope John Paul II whom I had the pleasure of meeting and sharing ideas with as part of an ecumenical conference in Rome in 1980.  While I had disagreements with the Holy Father, he was and is a person of faith from whom we may learn, even as he may learn from us.  Here is the quote:

            “Do not abandon yourselves to despair.  We are Easter people and hallelujah is our song (emphasis added).”  The good news is that Jesus is risen but that does not alone change the contemporary world.  Still before us is much work to do, a need for strong discipline, and last, but not least, sacrifice.  The fact of Easter, however, gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline and make the sacrifice.

 

Be at peace, share the Love, and

 

As always,

Pax et caritas tecum.

Bill Anderson

 

SESSION NOTES FOR APRIL

There were not enough people for a Quorum, so there are no Session notes for April.

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR APRIL

 were:

April 7, 2019:  Edi Spellmeyer

April 14, 2019:  Palm Sunday

April 21, 2019:  Easter Brunch

April 28, 2019:  Jill Consie

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

LAKELAND FOOD PANTRY ANNOUNCEMENT

            The Deacons will be collecting for the Lakeland Food Pantry on May 12th and May 19th and will also be donating $100.00 to Lakeland Food Pantry in honor of all the Mothers in Community Presbyterian Church’s congregation.

We would like to thank you all ahead of time for your generous donations.  They are very much appreciated

 MAY BIRTHDAYS

Grant Birmingham                             May 4

Phil Hall                                              May 8

Kathy LaBarge                                  May 8

Glenn Morrison                                 May 8

Ries Behling                                      May 13

Organization of our Congregation  May 13 (1924)

Barb Streng                                       May 13

Jan Hoppe                                         May 17

Allen Hettinga                                   May 19

MAY ANNIVERSARIES

Bob and Janeen Clarke                   May 5

Allen and Mary Jane Hettinga         May 5

Rick and Ruth Ann Kamerad          May 23

 

 

THE CHOIR CORNER

 

As the church year progresses, the choir is struggling, with decreasing numbers, to present a passable program for the enjoyment of our congregation and to provide assistance to our Clergy as it continues to deliver extraordinary messages of hope, compassion, and other love.  With one of two sopranos temporarily incapacitated and our remaining spartan crew, we have had to juggle choristers around---some singing parts for which their voice ranges are not as well suited, in an attempt to provide musical balance to our anthems.  And so, while the result is not quite up to our standards, it is, as they say, generally “good enough for government work.”

            But we are capable of a higher standard than good enough for government work.  We are always hopeful that a few kind members of our congregation will find it in their hearts to help us out by contributing their musical talents in support of our choral efforts.  And, we are eagerly awaiting the return of a couple of choir members from their winter vacations.  This will bolster the choir a little.  As some intelligent person once said, “Hope springs eternal.”  Your Choir Director is and always will be eternally hopeful!  Since, at the moment, I am unable to come up with a new and fresh way of asking for support for the choir, I shall close with the list of anthems for May, as always assuming enough participants to deliver these offerings acceptably.

            May 5th is “Can God Provide a Table in the Wilderness

            May 12th is “We Thank Thee for Our Mothers”

            May 19th is “Faith of Our Fathers”

            May 26th is “Peace”

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sam Shugar, Choir Director

 

 

MAY SCRIPTURE READINGS

 

May 5, 2019

3rd Sunday of Easter

Acts 9: 1-6 (7-20); Ps. 30; Rev. 5: 11-14; John 21: 1-19

May 12, 2019

 4th Sunday of Easter

MOTHERS DAY

Acts 9: 36-43; Ps. 23; Rev. 7: 9-17; John 10: 22-30

May 19, 2019

5th Sunday of Easter

Acts 11: 1-18; Ps. 148; Rev. 21: 1-6; John 13: 31-35

May 26, 2019

6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 16: 9-15; Ps. 67; Rev. 21: 10; 21: 22-22: 5; John 14: 23-29 or John 5: 1-9

           

            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 May will be:

May 5th:  Grant Birmingham

May 12th:

May 19th:

May 26th:

Ushers for the month of May will be:

May 5th: 

May 12th: 

May 19th:

May 26th:

 

As you can see, we are in serious need of Liturgists and Ushers.  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 MAY 2019

National Day of Prayer                                   May 2

Mother’s Day                                                  May 12

Armed Forces Day                                         May 18

Victoria Day (Canada)                                    May 20

Memorial Day                                                 May 27

Ascension                                                       May 30

 

 

AGE ACTIVATED ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER

(Thank goodness there’s a name for this disorder)

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.  As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier.

I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I’m going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table and see that there is only one check left.  My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I’d been drinking.

I’m going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don’t accidentally knock it over.

The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye – they need water.

I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I’ve been searching for all morning.  I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I’m going to water the flowers.

I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote, but I won’t remember that it’s on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I’ll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.

So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill.

Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

The car isn’t washed, the bills aren’t paid, there is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter, the flowers don’t have enough water, there is still only 1 check in my checkbook, I can’t find the remote, I can’t find my reading glasses, and I don’t remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing go done today, I’m really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I’m really tired.

 

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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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