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NEWSLETTER

November 2018

 

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

 

As I write this version of my column for the monthly Newsletter, I am in my office late on a Saturday afternoon reflecting on the changes which occur at this time every year.  A significant change for me is simply that some who have left for the warmer climates are no longer with us and it makes me more than a little sad.  At the same time, we also have seen some new faces appear on the scene---some of whom go south as well and some who do not.  But we are always delighted when everyone is here among us during the summer months adding so much to the quality and resourcefulness of this group of God’s people---brothers and sisters all.  Much is accomplished by this small group of the faithful in the way of serving others both financially and with personal active commitment to many local service organizations.  And, on Sunday mornings, it is, and has been in all my years here among them, one of the warmest, most welcoming congregations Carolyn and I have ever experienced.  We have loved our years here and continue to love this community.  So, we’ll miss those who are gone for a while, love those who remain and look forward to next spring and summer.

However, there are other issues and incidents that make our hearts heavy---very heavy.  As I listen to newscasts, read the newspapers and journals of all sorts, both religious and secular, I am deeply saddened by the deep divisions that are taking place in our nation and around the world---some of them being fostered and/or less supported by many of our Christian communities.  Seeing children being separated from their families, aching for people who are fleeing devastating circumstances in their home countries, murder, rape, enslavement of all sorts, and seeing them characterized as thugs and criminals is devastating and so out of step with the gospel of God’s love made incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth.  This is unworthy of any who profess the Christian faith; they, and sometimes we, are out of touch with who and what the true nature of our nation is, and there is lacking a basic understanding of who and what our God is and what our God commands of us if we are to call ourselves disciples.  Let us, all of us, remember, at one time or another we were immigrants just as they are.  We are, and have always been, a nation of immigrants.  Hear a first principle and major foundation of our faith---straight from Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ Himself, recorded for us in the well-known statement: “Inasmuch as you have done it to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto Me” This is the agape—other-centered love we call the gospel; it is the foundation of our faith and the foothold of our responsibility in and for the world, as it has been for almost two thousand plus years and even longer if we include, as we should, Judaic history.

 

It is not easy to profess this Christian faith; as Dietrich Bonhoeffer once declared: living the Christian faith is “costly, very costly” and may I add dangerous---even as Bonhoeffer himself paid for his faith with his life in Nazi Germany.  So many communities of faith live a life of “cheap grace,” a life that does not demand much.  Albert Camus, addressing a group of Christian clergy after World War II challenged them with these paraphrased words: “Can you imagine how much good you could accomplish, if you actually lived the love you so easily proclaim,” (Resistance, Rebellion, and Death.)

 

If we really believe the gospel, it is incumbent upon us to speak up and out and to live accordingly.  This must be done even with respect to all who would disagree with us and this gospel.  Ultimately, I truly believe, agape-love will conquer evil; I believe goodness will drive out hate and prejudice.  We have been here before many times, which is abundantly clear when you check through the annals of history.  Perhaps it is more difficult in our era because of many factors, e.g. the ease, because of technology, to spread ideas---true or false---rapidly; the natural tendency to fear that which we do not know or that which challenges us and our ideas.  And ultimately because “we” have to respond.

If we truly believe the Christian faith and its powerful principle of agape-love then we should remember that this principle is an “active” verb, that is to say: We are what we do, not simply what we say!  In light of incidents like the Florida High School shootings, the most recent tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill community in Pittsburgh, or the Connecticut children who were murdered and seems to have faded from our memories, or the threats to former presidents and high ranking officials, and so many others, it is incumbent upon us as followers of the “Prince of Peace,” the One Who is God’s Love Incarnate, to do all we can to make this world the kind of world our faith commands: a world of peace, joy, respect, and love to, and for, all.  We must think about these things and then act in love.  Enough for now!

 

Finally, as we approach the Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas seasons, truly times of renewal, let us think on these things, pray over these things, and then DO that which we are able to do!

In the meantime, as always,

Pax et Caritas,

Bill Anderson

 

SESSION NOTES FROM OCTOBER

         

        Once he determined that there was a quorum 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, October 12, 2018.

        It was reported that two CPC families have made permanent moves this past month: Ann and Phil Hall and Bill and Barbara Streng.  Ann and Phil are both members and moving to Tucson, AZ.  Barbara, a retired member of the Presbytery, and Bill, a member and former elder at CPC, have moved to their home in Green Valley, AZ.  We wish both of these CPC families our blessings and heartfelt best wishes in this new phase of their lives.  We will miss them!

The deaths of two long-standing members – Eunice Beson on September 23rd and Florence Vallier on September 25th – brings the membership of CPC down to 77.

        Treasurer Gary Beier was in attendance for the meeting and made his monthly report through August.   Year-to-date income is $8200 less than budgeted.  However, some monies expected from PW and The Attic have not yet been received.  The current bank balance is $18,000.  Extensive discussion followed.  In final analysis, it was agreed that while a close eye needs to be kept on budget, the purpose of the church is to care for others and this church has done well.

Budget/Finance chair Elder Raduege reported via e-mail that the Finance Committee met October 3 and he presented the proposed 2019 budget, making note of the fact that the budget is a working document and a guideline to track expenses and income.  Additions to salaries included an increase to the Pastor’s salary and increases for secretarial and music.  There is also an increase in the cost of snowplowing.  However, there is a decrease in building expense due to the completion of the painting and the installation of new furnaces.  The proposed budget will be reviewed and approved at the December Session meeting.

        Personnel co-chair Elder Shugar advised that the committee and various members of the congregation are very pleased with the new organist, Tracy Gabryel.  Ms. Gabryel officially became a member of the CPC staff on September 9 with an initial salary of $8500 (paid monthly) and a mileage allowance of $15.00 per event (Sunday worship, funerals, etc.).

Missions chair Elder Fraboni reported that the Missions Committee is now recommending that Session authorize funds be expended to Round 2 as proposed in the amount of $3,640.  The motion for Session approval was made by Elder DiCristina; seconded by Elder Spellmeyer; unanimous approval.  She then pointed out that $1000 had already been sent to the Presbyterian Disaster Relief Agency to aid hurricane victims as part of the regular budget and made the motion that another $1000 be sent as soon as possible; seconded by Elder Gelwicks; all approved.

 

The next regularly-scheduled Session meeting will be Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

         

 

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Allen, Clerk

 

Deacon’s Report – October 2018

        In October the prayer list was busy with reports from our members and their friends.  We continue to pray for strength to see others through their problems.

        Services for Florence Valliere was held on Oct. 13th.  A luncheon was served to 60 or so.  Chuck Valliere brought homemade cheese cakes and a pumpkin sheet cake.  The family was pleased with the luncheon.  This service to families is one that is gratifying to the Deacons serving those who grieve.  Cards and notes to members continue throughout the year.

        Our next meeting will be on Dec. 2 – after services.  We are also required to attend the December meeting with the Session on Dec.14 at 10am.  Mark your calendars.  Church will be decorated on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 4PM.  Supper at 5PM.

        Our snowbirds are on wing to their winter nests.  We thank God for the hearty members who share the winter months with us.  Thanksgiving upon us-let us give thanks for all our blessings. 

Edi Spellmeyer, Moderator

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS

         Carolyn Anderson              Nov. 6

         Ginney Stiles                      Nov. 9

         Barbara Metz                     Nov. 14

         Jillanne Consie                   Nov. 16

         

NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES

        Richard and Helen Day              Nov. 24

THE CHOIR CORNER

Volume 1, Issue 5

               A sage once wrote, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”  That is the mind set of your choir director

these days.  I constantly wish for more support, particularly with our men’s choral complement.  And while I am in wish land, I envision what we could accomplish with a few more female voices.  I am eager to organize a hymn fest of familiar hymns, spirituals, and gospel music with some “outside talent” to add to the enjoyment of such an undertaking and to feature our musical instrument as played beautifully by our own, Tracy Gabryel.  As director of the Methodist Church of the Pines choir, I did that with a complement of popular show tunes which were compared to and with religious offerings.  That was several years ago and employed several of Community Presbyterian Church’s congregation as “outside talent” as well as several local talented singers.  The reviews of that program were very positive, and it was fun to do.  I threw a gauntlet in front of that choir and they took it up and threw it right back.  What a blast that was.

        Sadly, with our very small choir, such an undertaking would be virtually impossible.  But, one can wish and dream, can’t one?  If you think you might enjoy participating in such an endeavor, why not start by joining our choir and working with us to accomplish something of which we would all be proud, and which would be enjoyable.  Contact me or any choir member for information as to our programs, schedules, etc.  we’d love to have your help while you are having a great time personally.

        November’s anthems are as follows:

Nov. 4th Celtic Communion

Nov. 11th With a Voice of Singing

Nov. 18th Deep River

Nov. 25th Gather Your Children, Dear Savior, In Peace

 

Respectfully submitted,

Sam Shugar, Choir Director

 

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR SEPTEMBER

Host on Oct. 7 were the Lockwoods; on Oct. 14 were the Hettingas; on Oct. 21 was Shirlee Gallagher, and on Oct. 28 were the Gelwicks.  We appreciate your time and effort.  Thank you!

 

 

NOVEMBER SCRIPTURE READINGS

November 4, 2018

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ruth 1: 1-18; Ps. 146; Heb. 9: 11-14; Mark 12: 28-34

November 11, 2018

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ruth 3: 1-5; 4: 13-17; Ps. 127; Heb. 9: 24-28; Mark 12: 38-44

November 18, 2018

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Sam. 1:4-20; 2:1-10; Heb. 10: 11-14(15-18)19-25; Mark 13: 1-8

November 25, 2018

34th Sunday in Ordinary time

Christ the King/Reign of Christ

2 Sam. 23: 1-7; Ps.132: 1-12(13-18); Rev. 1: 4b-8; John 18: 33-37

 

        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 November will be:  Nov. 4 is Grant Birmingham.  The rest of the month is open.

 

        Ushers for the month of November will be:

Nov. 25th are 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.

 

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“Vegetables are a must on a diet, I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.”  Jim Davis

“Variety’s the very spice of life that gives it all its flavor.”

                                        William Cowper

SPECIAL DATES FOR NOVEMBER

All Saints’ Day                    November 1

Daylight-Saving Time Ends   November 4

Veterans Day                     November 11

Thanksgiving Day               November 22

Christ the King Sunday        November 25

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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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