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NEWSLETTER

May 2018

 

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

   

Well, it happened!  You probably have already heard about it, but we had to cancel church services on April 15th due to heavy, and I mean heavy, snow.  It snowed for several days leaving more than 18 inches on our deck overlooking Long Interlocken Lake and we were unable to get out of the parking lot of the church for a couple of days.  Take note: this was two weeks after “Easter!”  Can you believe that?   Today is the last day of April and the snow has now mostly disappeared thanks to some very beautiful spring-like days right after the tremendous storm.  So, if you are a “snowbird,” it is safe for you to return!  It was a very long, but also very beautiful winter.  The repeated snows kept everything crisp, with trees constantly being redecorated.  But it is time, it is time for spring and summer.

          For the past few Sunday services, I have been exploring the lectionary readings for the weeks of “Eastertide,” leading up to Pentecost.  Basically, it has been an exploration of what the gift of God’s love to us in Jesus’ death and resurrection means for us in our time and how difficult it is for us to fulfill the commands Jesus gave to us as we seek to be His disciples and ambassadors of God’s love in our world today.

I have been asking: “What does love---God’s Love--- require of us?  Where are the fruitful places for sharing the gospel?  In short, we can argue any place where we abide in Jesus.  Good fruit is borne wherever Jesus is.  And when we follow and stay close to Him, we bear good fruit, whether in city-ghettos, dirt roads, open fields, the corporate world---indeed, anywhere!  In these settings, we are invited, as Jesus’ followers to consider what draws us closer to Him or pushes us farther from Him.  But how do we know when we are headed in the direction in which God wants us to go?  It is difficult, complicated, and often dangerous.

          In this modern highly technological world, the church and the faithful often have been criticized and accused of being irrelevant, out of touch, leaving fruitful possibilities to die on the vine.  Too often “religious” communities abide in mostly well—meaning, thoroughly vetted, liability preventing policy manuals even as we look around and see that we are withering indicating there is some truth to the criticisms and accusations.  We don’t want to upset the status-quo or ruffle the feathers of the faithful, even if it means dying on the vine.  But, truly, where are we existing, living?  What is near and dear to our heart?  The need to be right or the call of Jesus to be loving and merciful?

          I came across comments a woman pastor who was browsing over one of our Presbyterian journals dating back to the 1940s and she came across the following passage from a church’s Women’s Group of a Southern state regarding the segregation of denominational conference centers.  It stated:  "After much prayer, quiet meditation and earnestly seeking His will, we are impelled to offer you our suggestions concerning the teaching Negro women and young people in leadership training.  It is our belief that separate and distinct places of meeting for each race would result in exactly the kind of Christian relationship and attitude that we feel is our responsibility.”

          They further acknowledged their responsibility “for giving Christ to our Negroes” and that separate training centers “would result in true Christian social justice and properly discourage secular social intermingling.”

          The statement never once mentions the gospel or Jesus.  The final line of their paper read: “The report was submitted to the board meeting on October 28, 1943 and was approved.”  Did anyone ask during these deliberations: “What does love require?  Will this action put us closer to Jesus or farther away?”  if we are unwilling to abide with one another, how can we possibly abide in Jesus, the true vine to which all are connected?  The author of the 1 letter of John, chapter 4 put it powerfully when he declared, “If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.  And this commandment we have from Him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.”

             Calling people out from the past doesn’t require much courage.  Holding ourselves accountable today does.  Only in taking risks, which is a primary factor in sharing the gospel of love, does.  The commandment Jesus gives to His disciples and us is clear:  Love God and neighbor.  And also, to love one another.  What does Love require?  Living out the answer to that question will not only fill us with joy but bring joy to the world as well.  It will not be easy; it is complicated and difficult, but Jesus gives us peace, as the struggles go on.  There are yet many hatreds still subtly and even openly with us, e.g. racism, sexism, et.al., to which we must respond.  It is uncomfortable to be sure, but so is the gospel when it is clearly proclaimed.

          Let us, therefore, be about this challenging work for the betterment of humankind as truly and faithfully as we are able remembering, “The Good Shepherd” will always love us and is always with us.  Let us open our minds, spirits, and hearts and be receptive.

And for now, as always,

Pax et Caritas,

Bill Anderson

 

 

SESSION NOTES FROM APRIL 13, 2018

            The Session of CPC met in regular session on Friday, April 13, with only five members available.  The other four members were out of town and excused.

            After opening the meeting with prayer and welcoming the Session back to the work of the church, the Moderator moved to approve the previous meeting on January 10, 2018, which had been the annual joint meeting of Elders and Deacons.

            The Clerk reviewed several communications she had received from the Presbytery office and forwarded only members, including the fact that a stated Presbytery meeting would be held on Saturday, May 5. 2018 in Ely. MN.  Communion was served on April 1; Elder Shugar was in charge.  Membership of CPC is 79.  She also reminded members that Bette Rosenthal’s Service of Celebration is Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 am.  Ralph Kerler has generously offered to be the Elder in Charge in Nancy DiCristina’s absence.

            Dr. Anderson opened his report with a brief review of his visit with Mary Nienaber regarding her retirement as Music Director.  She had been a music director and piano teacher for some 70 years and has advanced music degrees. He recommends that Mary be named as Music Director Emerita and offer her a stipend, to be paid in two installments, January and June, and reviewed by the Session each year.  A motion was made to that effect by Elder Shugar; seconded by Elder Kerler; all voted in favor.  Her retirement is immediate.  A reception will be held for Mary in early summer when her family and more of the absent membership can be here to celebrate.

            As yet we still do not have a permanent organist.

            Treasurer Gary Beier had e-mailed copies of the 2018 Budget to each member as well as his treasurer’s report.  Discussion followed during which the Moderator reminded members that they need to review and adjust their budgets as the year continues.  Generally speaking, the church is in good shape, pretty much in line with recent years.  The Finance/Budget committee will meet in April, August and October to check the track of the Session committees and come to Session with any adjustments that need to be made.

            The next regularly-scheduled meeting is Friday, May 11, 2018, at 10:00 am.

                        Judy Allen - Clerk

 

MAY BIRTHDAYS

 

Grant Birmingham                               May 4

Phil Hall                                               May 8

Kathy LaBarge                        May 8

Glenn Morrison                                   May 8

Ann Vallier                                           May 9

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

 

SPECIAL DATES FOR APRIL

National Day of Prayer              May 3, 2018

Ascension                                May 10, 2018

Mother’s Day                            May 13, 2018

Armed Forces Day                    May 19, 2018

Pentecost                                 May 20, 2018

Trinity Sunday                           May 27, 2018

Memorial Day                           May 28, 2018

 

The Giver

It is beyond the realm of possibilities that one has the ability to out-give God.  Even if I give the whole of my worth to Him, He will find a way back to me much more than I gave.    

                                                -Charles Spurgeon

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR APRIL

Hosts on April 1st was Shirlee Gallagher; on April 8 was Shirlee Gallagher; on April 15th church was closed; on April 22 is Deacons and Edi Spellmeyer; and on April 29 was Ron & Deb Wilke.  We appreciate your time and effort.  Thank you!

MAY SCRIPTURE READINGS

May 6, 2018

6th Sunday of Easter

Communion Sunday

Acts 10: 44-48; Ps.98; 1John 5:1-6; John 15: 9-17

May 13, 2018

7th Sunday of Easter

Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26; Ps.1; 1John 5: 9-13;

John 17: 6-19

May 20, 2018

 Day of Pentecost

Acts 2: 1-21 or Ezek.37: 1-14; Ps. 104: 24-34,35b; Rom. 8: 22-27 or Acts 2: 1-21; John 15: 26-27; and John 16: 4b-15

May 27, 2018

Trinity Sunday

Isa.6: 1-8; Ps. 29; Rom. 8: 12-17; John 3: 1-17

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: May 6-; Bob Schneider; May 13-            ; May 20-                 ;           May 27- .

 

Ushers for the month will be:  May 6-                 ; May 13-                              ; May 20-                 ; May 27-        

As you can see we are seriously lacking volunteers for Liturgists and Ushers.

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

 

The power of Pentecost

Before Pentecost the disciples found it hard to do easy things; after Pentecost they found it easy to do hard things.

                                                A.J. Gordon

 

Deacons Donations

The Deacons will be collecting monetary donations for the LAKELAND FOOD PANTRY after the services on Sunday, May 13, 2018 and Sunday, May 20, 2018.

 

Please make your check payable directly to the ---

LAKELAND FOOD PANTRY.

 

The Community Presbyterian Church is also sponsoring the “most improved student reward”, from each grade at Lac du Flambeau Public School, during the school year with a trip to the “Waters” on May 4th.  These children have certainly earned this reward and are looking forward to it, I’m sure.

Have fun children!!

 

 

Just for pun!

Ø Every calendar’s days are numbered.

Ø A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.

Ø If you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall.

Ø Acupuncture is a jab well done.

Ø A man’s home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

Ø Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Ø Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

Ø When two egotists meet, it’s an I for an I.

Ø A bicycle can’s stand on its own because it is two tired.

Ø A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

Ø The worker who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.

Ø Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to- know basis.

 

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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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