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NEWSLETTER

October 2018

 

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

 

As I am sure you are all aware, the time has come when so many of our beloved community are departing for warmer climates and will be missing our “glorious and beautiful’ winter.  Nevertheless, it has been a great summer with a number of gatherings at the church for friendship and fellowship and, in addition, to display the plethora of artistic talent we have right here in our midst.  I refer, of course, to the “Art Festival” and gathering recently held.  The variety, the quality, and the beautiful insights displayed on that evening were incredible.  We shall have to make that an annual event.  But also, the cold is coming, the leaves (another beautiful event in these North Woods) are turning and we can experience the beauty of God’s creation right here in our midst.  I wish all of our “snowbirds” well as they depart and look forward with great anticipation to their return next spring.

 

On a sadder and more solemn note: as I follow news accounts, of all sorts---certainly political ones, but not only political, there are serious social, economic, and a host of prejudicial issues that bedevil us.  There is no shortage in sharing the blame; it does not matter what your political affiliation might be, your race or ethnicity, your status in society, or how much influence you may or may not have.  There is enough pain, suffering, and evil to gather us all in.  And in this general sweep, I also include the religious institutions of the world, who, while they have great insight and thought, significant resources and talent, they, i.e. we, have a difficult time working together for the common good.  It is, to frequently, “my way, or the highway.”  This past Sunday, which was Peace Sunday, I delivered a sermon entitled: Freedom, Love, and Spirituality in Huckleberry Finn.”  Of course, it was the challenging thought of Mark Twain and even though Twain was very critical of institutional religion (and in this regard he stands firmly with the prophetic tradition as he echoes the thoughts of Micah, Amos, Ezekiel, right up to and including Jesus of Nazareth), he was no atheist.  Rather he, like others, saw the power in God’s love and grace and how it was thwarted by institutional religions of all sorts.  Jesus was not well-received, nor were the prophets who preceded Him.  As a matter of fact, Twain argued that if Jesus came back in his day, he himself would not be a “Christian!”  What do you think about that today?

We need to be reminded of the power of God’s love again in our day.  We need to be more focused on others, on the world, and on the critical issues that face us.  I have argued for many years that not only have we been created in God’s image and likeness, but as a result, we partner with God in the ongoing-ness of creation as it moves through history.  The fundamental principle at the foundation of this movement is fairly simple: Love others as we love ourselves.  What a world this would be, don’t you think, even if we can only garner a smidgeon of this truth---love others, as we love ourselves and to continually remind ourselves that love is an active verb; love is something we must do, at least in the sense of the Christian faith and many other religious communities as well.

Allow me to close with a poem I wrote several years ago, simply entitled: THE GIFT:

            Life’s greatest gift is simple, pure, and clear,

            Always other-centered, bringing light that all may            see

            And hear the touchstone, the model: Jesus of    Nazareth

            God’s love incarnate: quietly, gently, always near.

           

            Love has no bounds, belongs to no race,

            Nation, gender, or season, this gift of peace,

            Joy, and compassion is freely given.

            God’s love incarnate for all---always the reason.

 

As God’s children in the world today, we truly have our work cut out for us; but then, we are led by “The Master Craftsman.”

In the meantime, as always,

Pax et Caritas,

Bill Anderson

 

 

SESSION NOTES FROM SEPTEMBER

      

After deciding that with two 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, September 14, 2018.

             

Elder Spellmeyer reported the hiring of our new organist, Tracy Gabryel in September.  We are very grateful and thankful for our new organist.  Thank you

 

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Allen, Clerk

 

 

Deacons Report

The Deacons met on Sept. 10 and began plans for the Christmas Season.  We order flowers, wreaths and fund a supper for those who decorate the church.  Mark your calendars for Thurs. Nov. 28 at 4PM.  Join us for a soup supper at 5.

The Deacons received a lovely Thank You note from the Lakeland Pantry for our contribution to their cause.

Our September Pantry collection netted $1610. Thanks to all of you.  Our treasurer reminded us that we continue to need your financial support for the rest of the year.  The pastor’s fund for aid to those in real need is busier in the winter months.  Keep the Deacon’s fund envelopes coming in.

One of our duties is to prepare communion elements.  Over Labor Day we had an unexpected group of 25 enter the church just before the service.  Edi and Carolyn noticed that we had not prepared enough bread and grape juice.  They left the service and returned with extra elements – just in time.  Wish we had a movie of last-minute efforts.

Shirlee Gallagher reported that plans for the LDF school Swim Party are in place for May 3, 2019.

The next meeting will be on Dec. 16, after church.  We plan to take down the Christmas decorations after the New Year.

Enjoy October day in the Northwoods.  Fill your hearts with joy. 

 

 

Edi Spellmeyer, Moderator

 

 

Highway D Fall 2018 Cleanup

Thanks to the volunteers that helped our Church with the Fall 2018 Hwy D Cleanup.  We do from WI Hwy 70 north to Indian Village Road.  It was overcast and a little cool, but that’s just fine, this year we had 7 men and 4 women which included 1 Roman Catholic.  Nice ecumenical and gender mix!

Volunteers were Grant Birmingham, Dave Buell, Jill Consie, Rick and Ruth Kamerad, Ralph Kerler, Judy Loertcher, Bob Schneider, Marge Sho Ho, Rick Wilke, and Ron Wilke.  Again, special thanks to Bob Schneider and Ron Wilke who took care of the last 3 sections south of Hwy 70 which have the steepest banks.  It’s always satisfying to get back to the natural beauty of our local roads.

 

 

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS

 

              Jo Mayeau                                 Oct.   1

              Don Morlan                                Oct. 14

              Diane Galaty                              Oct. 24

              Nancy Teichmiller                      Oct. 26

              Dennis Tibstra                           Oct. 27

              Ann Hall                                     Oct. 29

              LaNita Hobbs                             Oct. 30

                           

OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIES

             

              Alan and Carol Schmitz              Oct. 14

 

 

 

THE CHOIR CORNER

Volume 1, Issue 4

                  What a joyous sound that filled our church on Sunday (September 9th) and hopefully for many, many Sundays to come as our marvelous organ once again sprang back to life under the very skilled hands and feet of our new organist/pianist, Tracy Gabryel.  It seemed like an eternity without those majestic chords and rhythms, but we’re back on track.  If you haven’t heard the organ lately, you are missing a wonderful experience.  Tom Gelwicks had arranged to have the difficulties we were experiencing with the organ repaired and it sounds marvelously mellifluous.  As one of our members, upon hearing Tracy’s ministrations on the keyboard, was heard to say, “it sounded as if Nancy had returned to us” – very high praise indeed.

                  The choir continues to improve.  We have had several past members return from their summer jobs, etc.  Jill Consie has returned, and Nancy DiCristina is able, with Frank’s improving somewhat from his medical difficulties, to join us periodically.  Owen Karlmann has agreed to return if he can overcome his difficulty in standing (we’ll provide a chair, if necessary).  However, with these promising developments, we are faced with the problem of losing Jan Hoppe and Delma Erikson to their winter hiatus.  So, we’re caught in the gain one, lose one game that never seems to end.  We still need several men to help our very small but feisty bass clef singers and a few more women would add the icing to our choral cake.  If you have a love for and of singing and you haven’t decided to join our choral family, you are missing loads of fun.  Grant Birmingham keeps things light and there’s a rumor around that he will try out for the America’s got Talent TV program as a comedian.  And, guess what, there’s no admission fee, no money needed to join this fabulous family, no tests nor auditions to pass or admission events in which to participate.  Just come to rehearsal and say, “Sam, I’m here!”  After all the handshakes and hugs are over, you’ll feel like you’ve been with us forever.  And believe me, after Pastor Bill has rendered his prayer for Divine assistance, you’ll be singing like a nightingale, and you’ll be able to throw away that phantom bucket that you brought in which to carry the tune.

                  The choral anthems for October are:

Oct. 7:    Anthem for Communion

Oct. 14:  In this Very Room

Oct. 21:  A medley of favorites including:

Down By the Riverside;          

I’ve Got a Home in Gloryland;

Do Lord;

and a few stanzas of Old Time Religion.

Oct. 28:  Wonderful Peace

 

Your hopeful choir director,

Sam Shugar

 

 

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR SEPTEMBER

Host on Sept. 2 was the Morrisons; on Sept. 9 were the Lockwood’s; on Sept. 16 were the Wilkes; on Sept. 23 were the Peterman’s, and on Sept. 30 were the Spellmeyers.  We appreciate your time and effort.  Thank you!

 

 

OCTOBER SCRIPTURE READINGS

October 7, 2018

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 1:1; 2: 1-10; Ps. 26; Heb. 1: 1-4; 2: 5-12; Mark 10: 2-16

October 14, 2018

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 23: 1-9, 16-17; Ps. 22: 1-15; Heb. 4: 12-16; Mark 10: 17-31

October 21, 2018

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 38: 1-7 (34-41); Ps. 104: 1-9, 24. 35c;

 Heb. 5: 1-10; Mark 10: 35-45

October 28, 2018

Reformation Sunday

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Job 42: 1-6, 10-17; Ps. 34: 1-8 (19-22);

Heb. 7: 23-28; Mark 10: 46-52

 

           

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 October will be:  

There are no Liturgists signed up for the month of October.

Ushers for the month of October will be:

Oct. 21 will be the Zickerts.  The rest of the month is open

 

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

Betty Adams

 

Betty Adams has served as treasurer for Presbyterian Women for twenty years.  She has done an incredible job of handling the funds for us.  We appreciate her dedication as well as her attention to detail.  She can account for every penny!!

At the PW Board Meeting on September 24th, Betty asked to be relieved of her position.  We want to thank Betty for doing such an excellent job for so many years.

 

 

SPECIAL DATES FOR OCTOBER

World Communion Sunday,       Oct. 7, 2018

Reformation Sunday,               Oct. 28, 2018

Reformation Day,                   Oct. 31, 2018

 

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