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NEWSLETTER

August 2018

 

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

 

We are well past the half-way mark for our “summer” season and in a few short weeks many of our friends shall be departing for a warmer climate for the oncoming winter.  Carolyn and I, however, love the winter and look forward to its coming once again with all its beauty.

 

The beauty of all the seasons here in the Northwoods is overwhelming but, at times, misleading.  We are blessed with wonder and calm, while we live in a world so filled with mistrust, prejudice, and hatred, all of which I find so very disturbing.  The church has experienced this feeling in every generation of its existence, from the time of Jesus of Nazareth, who gave us a message of love and peace along with the challenge to speak and live lives of love and service to all people.  But there is a continuous “crisis of communication.”

 

On the one hand, there is a chorus of voices, each one clamoring for our attention and each like a TV commercial with its own solution and cure for everything.  From the worlds of government, industry, and entertainment, voices declare the viability of compromise, the end justifying the means, of scoffing at the solution of others, and of action packed words influencing decisions in a lack-luster age devoid of dreams.

 

On the other hand, we have unconsciously driven a wedge, over the years, between the religious and secular and therefore the words of one are out of context in the world of the other.  Isn’t it strange and interesting though how quickly people appropriate the jargon of science, or government, or some other entity and yet are very slow to discern the vocabulary of faith?  The words of faith are not understood, and so people are engaged in a futile exercise of talking past each other.   The NY Times once put it this way: “even among worshipping people” such terms as reconciliation, grace, sanctity and redemption are no longer comprehended.  Indeed, the idea of redemption is more readily associated with grocery store coupons than religious faith.  Ernest Gordon, one-time Dean of the Chapel at Princeton University described it this way: “So many voices speaking but saying nothing.  So many isn’t there an issue here which should concern all of us?  Are we a generation of listeners who have almost lost our sensitivity and competence to hear?  Is listening tantamount to watching the scenery from the window of a fast-moving train?  Is not hearing getting off at the station and becoming involved in the struggles of humanity and human life?”

 

Anyone can listen, but hearing involves a confrontation; anyone can listen, but hearing will entail a sensitive conscience; anyone can listen, but in hearing we are claimed by human concern.  Is there any word from the Lord?  Of course, there is.  It comes from the very source of life itself.  He, Jesus of Nazareth pointing out clearly and dramatically, “by this, i.e., following my commands, shall all people know you are my disciples if you have love for one another.”

 

I have always seen in the symbol of the cross itself the reality of this fundamental faith, whether it be the crucifix, so central in the faith and thoughts of our Roman Catholic sisters and brothers, or the protestant cross---empty, symbolizing the victory over evil---the vertical of which metaphorically representing our personal faith commitment to God, as seen through Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ; and the horizontal of which makes clear the love which comes from God, a love which cannot remain hidden within us, but must reach out in peace, joy, and compassion to all people.  Here is a message, I submit to you, that is timeless.  Let us demonstrate it to all the world in our words and deeds.  There is no time more suited to live the life of love and faith---in word and deed---than the present!

 

That is all for now, but may God’s peace, joy, and love enrich your lives every day and may you, as well as me, be an enrichment to everyone we meet in this very needy, confused, chaotic world.

 

And for now, as always,

Pax et Caritas,

Bill Anderson

 

 

SESSION NOTES FROM JULY

      

Once he determined that there was a full board of nine Elders present plus CPC Treasurer Gary Beier, Moderator Anderson called the regularly-scheduled CPC Session meeting to order with an opening prayer at 10:00 am on Friday, July 13, 2018.  All members had reviewed the previous meeting minutes and finding no corrections or additions, Elder Shugar made the motion to accept the minutes as written; seconded by Elder Birmingham; unanimous approval.

Communion was served as usual on July 1 with Elder Schneider in charge.  The regular membership of CPC remains at 79, but more familiar faces are seen as additional friends and snowbirds return with each Sunday.

              In his treasurer’s report, Treasurer Gary Beier reported that the checking account was as low as it has been in several months; $3,148.83 at the end of June.  The reason for this low balance is because the painting of the church/manse/attic was paid directly from the checking account.  The actual income is $8,567.00, below budget and expenses are $11,371.00 below budget, although a deposit of $848.00 for June 24 was not made until after the end of June, so it doesn’t appear in this income report for June.  He also noted that member David Peterman has volunteered to do the annual audit of the church’s financial status, which will be completed shortly.  All approved the Treasurer’s Report on the motion made by Elder Schneider and seconded by Elder Shugar.

Dr. Anderson began his report by asking the members to remember several members and friends in their prayers: Larry Exton, a regular summer visitor who won’t be coming this year because of health problems; Florence Vallier, who is in Hospice and apparently in the final stages of her life; Keith Hazzard, a long-time friend of CPC, whose wife Lois has just died; and Esther Meyer, whose son has been bringing her to church.  He also reports that his class on Tuesdays has been going well.  They are studying the Reformed Confessions of the church.  Dr. and Mrs. Anderson will be going to Dayton, Ohio, in August and he will not be preaching on August 12 in order that they may be present at the formal adoption of their granddaughter Heavenlee, age 10, with the rest of their family.  The regularly-scheduled Session meeting has been moved to Friday, August 17, and the Annual Congregational Meeting will be held after the worship service on Sunday, August 19.

              Elder Birmingham will be doing the Stewardship Drive during the month of August; Missions chairman Elder Fraboni will speak on Missions Sunday, August 5; Treasurer Gary Beier will give an overview of the financials on Sunday August 12; and Elder Birmingham will speak on Sunday, August 19, regarding pledging and overview of the Church’s work.  The pledge cards will also be out on August 19, in time for the Annual Congregational Meeting.

Elder Fraboni, Missions Chair, presented the members with the Mission Committee recommendations for their Mission disbursements to date.  She also requested Session send out checks for disbursements noted by the committee as round 1 as soon as possible, totaling $10,500.00.  The committee will meet before the next meeting to discuss the 2019 budget and bring recommendations to the Budget and Finance Committee.

              Elder Gelwicks, Building/Grounds Chair, reported his desire to explore a contract with Island City Drey regarding snow plowing for next winter.  After extensive discussion, Elder Raduege made the motion to allow Elder Gelwicks to proceed, seconded by Elder Kerler and all approved.

              The next meeting of the CPC Session will take place on Friday, August 17, at 10a.m.  There being no further business, Elder Shugar called for adjournment, seconded by Elder Kerler; the meeting was adjourned with prayer by Dr. Anderson.

              The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a.m. on a motion by Elder Shugar, seconded by Elder Schneider and everyone stood for Dr. Anderson’s closing prayer.

Respectfully submitted, Judy Allen, Clerk

 

AUGUST BIRTHDAYS

              Jack Miller                           Aug. 3

              Esther Meyer                       Aug. 3

              Marie Peterman                   Aug. 12

              Charles Granger                  Aug. 16

              Carol Gelwicks                    Aug. 17

              Diane Bridgeforth                 Aug. 19

              John Spellmeyer                  Aug. 21

            

AUGUST ANNIVERSARIES

 

              Tom and Carol Gelwicks      Aug. 1

              Mark and Jo Mayeau          Aug. 6

              Dr. Bill and Fran Raduege    Aug. 24

              Charles and Ellen Granger   Aug. 26

              Ries and Pat Behling           Aug. 28

              Jerry and Linda Lockwood    Aug. 29

     

THE CHOIR CORNER

                  It continues to be a frustrating experience trying to bring our choir back from furlough, but progress is being made.  We have the prospect of a few more members (new and returning) which makes choral singing more harmonious and pleasing to our congregation.  What is disappointing is the existence of decent voices in the congregation (we listen during hymns) who have perhaps sung chorally in the past but for some reason you have decided to avoid becoming part of the solution.  True, it is a commitment on the part of our choir members---a commitment to assisting in the delivery of the best Christian service to our congregation, to assist our Clergy and to our Holy Trinity.  We are not yet where I want us to be chorally, but I am encouraged and confident that we shall, once again, become an integral part of the Christian experience at Community Presbyterian.  We are working toward that goal and we are making reasonable progress.  I am pleased with the efforts being put forth by our small band of loyal singers and am proud of the dedication that they evince under very trying circumstances.  We are a fun group and you can join us just by making your presence available and blessing us with your musical talent.  I believe that if you can talk, you can sing chorally where the secret is in blending your voice—not trying to stand our operatically.

                  Help us make the worship experience more meaningful and Dr. Bill’s task a little easier and more pleasant.  Come and participate at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.  Rehearsal ends at 9:30 a.m. in time for the “coffee-and” discussions.  Incidentally, we are adding a few new anthems to our library to “freshen” what we have to offer in the way of choral music.

Respectfully submitted,

Sam Shugar, Interim Choir Director

 

 

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR JULY

Host on July 1 was Delma Erikson, on July 8 were the Hettingas, on July 15 were the Lockwoods, on July 22 were the Gelwicks, and on July 29th was Shirlee Gallagher.  We appreciate your time and effort.  Thank you!

AUGUST SCRIPTURE READINGS

August 5, 2018

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Sam. 11:16-12:13a; Ps. 51: 1-12; Eph. 4: 1-16; John 6: 24-35

August 12, 2018

19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Sam. 18: 5-9,15,31-33; Ps. 130; Eph. 4:25 – 5:2; John 6:35,41-51

August 19, 2018

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14; Ps. 111; Eph. 5:15-20; John 6: 51-58

August 26, 2018

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

1Kings 8:(1, 6, 10-11) 22-30, 41-43; Ps. 84; Eph. 6: 10-20; John 6: 56-69

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 August will be:

Aug. 5 is Ginny Stiles; Aug. 12 is Delma Erikson; Aug. 19 is Don Morlan and Aug. 26 is open.

            Ushers for the month will be:

Aug. 5; Aug. 12; Aug. 19 are Gary and June Beier; Aug. 26. We have 3 dates open for Ushers and one open for Liturgist.

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

 

A SERMON ON LEGS

 

I’d rather see a sermon

 than hear one any day:

I’d rather one would walk with me

 than merely tell the way.

 

The eye’s a better pupil,

 and more willing that the ear.

Fine council is confusing,

but example’s always clear.

 

           Edgar A. Guest

 

 

 CPC HAS TALENT

            A special potluck is being planned for September.  The date is Thursday, September 13th, 5 p.m.  It will be an evening to enjoy wonderful hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and the chance to see your church friends’ talents.  We have a very talented congregation, and this is your opportunity to share your arts and hobbies.

            We are interested in everything whether it’s photography, art, knitting, pottery, woodworking, stamping, coins, making fishing lures—we want to display your talents that evening.  This is not just for those who create paintings—beauty is in the eye of the beholder whether it’s a fish lure or a knitted scarf.  Our goal is to display the talents of our members because we believe “CPC Has Talent”.

            For more information or to sign up to be in the exhibit, contact Linda Lockwood (715-588-3223), Carol Gelwicks (7115-356-9272).  So, mark your calendars for Sept. 13th at 5:00 PM.

 

 

 

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