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NEWSLETTER

July 2018

 

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

   

Although it is only June 26th, I am nevertheless seated at my desk preparing the July Newsletter.  It is a beautiful day here in the Northwoods, as it has been for the past few days as well.  If you aren’t here now, I wish you were, so you too could share in this magnificent setting.

            I also want to share with you the beautiful celebration we had this past Sunday, June 24th, for the retirement of our long-time, Music and Choir Director, Mary Nienaber.  Mary, as you may already know, is in her mid-nineties and has served the beloved congregation here in Lac du Flambeau as Choir and Music Director for some thirty plus years.  Consequently, at a recent meeting of Session, the board, in conjunction with her retirement, voted unanimously to have her designated as MUSIC DIRECTOR EMERITA. The presentation was made during the morning service of worship during my sermon followed by sharing a beautiful retirement cake decorated with a keyboard and flowers on top.  MMMMM!  She was not totally surprised, since members of her lovely family began appearing at her home and she gathered “something was going on.”  Nevertheless, it was a warm, wonderful moment for everyone.  Over those many years, Mary touched the lives of a countless number of people with beautiful music.  The power and value of music has been expressed in so many ways.  I shall just share two brief quotes with you here and now, one of which I quoted last Sunday, to wit: “Music gives rise to a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” (Plato, emphasis added).  The second, which was penned by one of history’s notable agnostics, who yet had an inspiring intellect and imagination, namely, Aldous Huxley, when he wrote: “After silence, that which comes closest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”  Mary Nienaber has spent a lifetime demonstrating the truth of these beautiful statements.  Thanks again Mary; enjoy all the rest of your days, which we hope and pray are many.

This was a high point for the service, a much-needed high point given the chaotic world in which we live.  Our faith, however, teaches us, from the very beginning, that there really are many of these high points in our lives.  Robert F. Kennedy captured this idea nicely when he said: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the life of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends a tiny ripple of hope, and those ripples send a current which can easily sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance!” 

 

In reality, this is simply a paraphrase of the central thrust of the gospel of Jesus of Nazareth, God’s Love Incarnate.  We are all given some talent and as we pursue God’s command to reach out to people, all people, in love and compassion, we, and we shall, make a difference.  An excellent example of this is found in 1 Samuel, Chapter 17, the story of David and Goliath, with which we are all familiar.  But sometimes the role of God in this story seems to fade away in our understanding.  David faces the giant Goliath who taunts and laughs at him.  Saul wishes for David to use his armament, but David refuses to use them and returns them to Saul, preferring his sling shot and smooth stones with which he is very familiar and very talented.  With one perfectly thrown stone, evil was brought down by the talents given to a young boy.

            Like David, we have our God-given gifts, “our” smooth stones, whatever they may be, and God uses them.  Kindness, patience, compassion, knowledge, genuine love, truthful speech, these are the weapons of righteousness and justice and are more than enough to fell the evil all around us and within.  The power of God’s Love Incarnate, freely given to each of us, will not languish when we are in need.  If we take to heart the power, presence and promises of our loving, steadfast God, we shall be able to face anything!

            Let me close with this quote from poet G.K. Chesterton: “To love means loving the unlovable.  To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable.  Faith means believing the unbelievable.  Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”  Let us be about our labor for God.

 

And for now, as always,

Pax et Caritas,

Bill Anderson

 

 

SESSION NOTES FROM JUNE

              Having determined that there was a quorum of Elders present, Dr. Anderson called the regularly-scheduled CPC Session meeting to order with an opening prayer at 10:00 am on Friday, June 8, 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; second by Elder Schneider.

              Communion was served on June 3 with Elder Kerler 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.

              The first order of business for the June meeting was to set the date for the Annual Congregational Meeting in August.  Elder Schneider made the motion to set the date for the third Sunday in August following the regular worship service, August 19.  The motion was seconded by Elder DiCristina.  The Annual Congregational Meeting was changed from December to August some time ago to accommodate more members who were often gone for the winter months.  Dr. Anderson indicated that he will activate the Nominating Committee noting that the committee is always chaired by an outgoing Session member.

In his Pastor’s Report, Dr. Anderson made note of several upcoming dates; his summer classes will begin on Tuesday, June 26 at 10 am.  The general subject of the classes will be centered on the Confessions of the Church and will begin with the Reformation.  The special recognition of Mary Nienaber will take place on Sunday, June 24 with cake following the worship service.  Also, Dr. and Mrs. Anderson will be gone one Sunday in August, the 12th, for a family celebration involving the adoption of their youngest son and daughter-in-law’s daughter, Heavenlee.

              CPC Treasurer, Gary Beier, was at the meeting to make his report and extensive discussion followed.  Among other things he pointed out the Personnel costs have been lower because the church hasn’t been paying a music director or an organist.  Also, the billing for the completed painting of the church hasn’t been received yet, but that will come from the Capital Fund which has the money set aside.  He has also been rearranging and solidifying several accounts to create rate advantageous CD’s.  and, although the report only goes through May 31, there is certainly enough cash on hand to pay the bills even though the summer, which usually sees the church’s greatest gains, hasn’t really started yet.

              In other matters, Pastor Anderson reports that the new pianist hired for the summer has professed to being quite nervous, but he feels that he will only improve.  We currently pay him $135/Sunday which he is using to supplement his college expenses.  Elder Shugar continues to work with the Hayward representative of Rep. Duffy on the immigration of Luca Sartore, the Italian organist, who would like to come here to play, but has not yet been cleared by immigration officials in Italy.

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

 

Respectfully submitted,

Judy Allen, Clerk

 

 

JULY BIRTHDAYS

              Lois Hazzard                         July   7

            Ralph Kerler                           July 11

            Richard Day                           July 16

            Mary Jane Hettinga                 July 20

            Arlene Morrison                      July 22

            Darlene Costello                     July 23

            Mary Jane Stevens                 July 23

            Richard Rosenthal                  July 25

            Delma Erikson                       July 28

            Judy Grahl                             July 28

             

JULY ANNIVERSARIES

            Keith and Lois Hazzard           July 4

            John and Edi Spellmeyer        July 12

THE CHOIR CORNER

              It has been a frustrating experience to bring our choir back from furlough.  The first two Sundays yielded an average of 5 participants at the appointed hour for rehearsal and one of them was our accompanying pianist.  In the not so humble opinion of your interim choir director, it is marginal at best to rehearse for only one hour per week and expect to provide a musical experience that complements the religious service provided by our hard-working clergy.  It is also virtually impossible to deliver an acceptable rendition of the anthem chosen without sufficient voices to provide a pleasing and harmonic blend of those voices.  So, this is an appeal to our responsive, warm, and generous congregation.

              As in World War II, the appeal on fences, poles, and media everywhere called for volunteers with the plea the “Uncle Sam needs you!”  This is a piggy-back on that appeal.  Sam and the choir need you!  It is inexcusable that the melodic sounds that we hear during the congregation’s singing of our hymns should not be included in the anthems sung by the choir.  So, here it is.  An appeal to come sing with our friendly, fun-filled, “plucky”, band of vocalists and help us to “raise the rafters” with the joy of Christian music setting the mood for an ethereal experience that spills out into our local community and beyond.  Help us make the worship experience more meaningful and Dr. Bill’s tack 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.

Respectfully submitted,

Sam Shugar, Interim Choir Director

 

 

COFFEE HOUR HOSTS FOR JUNE

Host on June 3 was the Behlings; on June 10, was the Mulleadys’; on June 17 was Edi Spellmeyer; and on June 24th was the celebration for Mary Nienaber and her retirement.  We appreciate your time and effort.  Thank you!

JULY SCRIPTURE READINGS

July 1, 2018

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Sam.1:1, 17-27; Ps.130; 2 Cor. 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43

July 8, 2018

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Sam. 5:1-5, 9-10; Ps. 48; 2 Cor. 12:2-10; Mark 6:1-13

July 15, 2018

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Sam. 6:1-5, 12b-19; Ps. 24; Eph. 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29

July 22, 2018

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Sam. 7:1-14a; Ps. 89:20-37; Eph. 2:11-22; Mark 6:30-34,53-56

July 29, 2018

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Sam. 11:1-15; Ps.14; Eph.3:14-21; John 6:1-21

 

 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 July will be: July 1, Ralph Kerler; July 8, July 15, July 22, Dick Rosenthal; and July 29,

 

            Ushers for the month will be: July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, and July 29,

 

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

 

 

DEACONS REPORT

 

                The Deacons met on June 10th after services.  Jan Garvey had placed flowers at the monument for those buried in the small cemetery along side our parking lot.  Plans were made for the rest of the summer.  Shirley Shugar will serve on the nominating committee before the annual meeting in August.

                We plan a second Pantry collection in September.  We urge you to remember the Deacon’s fund collections are on the first of each month.  These funds are for the service to our members and others in need in the community through the Pastor’s fund.

                We noted that several changes are happening among the members and friends.  Please let us know of changes in address and other changes so that we can update the Church Directory, a vital tool for information among the church family.  We have heard of several changes in the past two weeks as the snowbirds have returned.  Change happens – lives take sudden turns – community becomes precious.

 

Our next meeting will be September 10 at 10 AM.

Enjoy your summer with family and friends.

 

Edi Spellmeyer, Moderator.

 

 

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 Barbara Schneider (715-588-3034), Carol Gelwicks (7115-356-9272), or Mary Jane Hettinga (715-588-3159).

 

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