On Huron Wave's  April Newsletter 2012

Editor: Margaret Krause

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We Pray For

Barbara Bergstrom, Pastor James Blair, Addison Bottjen, Linda Curtis, Maris Deacon, Kerry Decker, Susan Franks, Albert Grasser, Don Grasser, Sally Hall-Janssen, Keegan Harrington, Rick Harrington, Doug Hennigar’ Carma Housler, Bob and Bev Hunt, Rick Lanz, Carel Lecureux, Charlton Lee, Hershel Lee, Norma Lee, Sarah Light, Chris Loveless, Linda Loveless, Mary Lou Luoma, Gary Maaske, Diane Martinez, Lynn Martin, Eli Masich, Shelly Patton-Mills, Rosalie Peterson, Christine Purnell, Alice Schell, Lori Shepherd, Bernie Stetz, Darl Weishuhn, Iva Williams

For the family and friends of George Guirer, Helen Cottrell’s brother, who has been called home to be with God.


Prayer List For Our Military

Stephany Beck, USAF Jay Bergstresser, USN Tim Callaham, USN Mitchell Curley, USN Aaron & Melanie Engle, USAF Jarred Loveless, USN Christopher Morris, USN Jason & Tonya Rayner, US Cory Rick USAF James Rohrer, USMC John Rohrer, USMC Christopher Scott, USA Kyle Shepherd, USA Anthony Sidoti, USAF Stephany & Joel Therrion, USAF


Petition in Faith

When your problems rise up

To bog and depress

And your spirit gives way to despair;

When your mind is a vent

To a burden’s intent,

And your lips can’t give voice to a prayer –

Turn away from the thoughts

That cause you distress,

They hinder the self in repair;

Trust God to provide

What the heartstrings confide,

With assurance, you’re still in His care.

Roxie Lusk Smith


1. When you walk does your left arm swing with your right or left leg?

Left, Right, neither

2. How many matches are in a standard pack?

20, 24, 34

3. Which way does water go down the drain?

Counter clockwise, clockwise, straight down

4. Which way does a "no smoking" sign’s slash run?

Towards the top, towards the bottom left, towards the bottom right

5. On a US flag is the top stripe red or white?

Blue, white, red

6. Do books have even numbered pages on the right or left side?

Right, left, middle

7. How many lug nuts on a standard car wheel?

Five, six, eight

8. How many sides does a standard pencil have?

Four, six, eight

8. How many sides does a standard pencil have?

Four, five, six

9. On which playing card is the card maker’s trademark?

King of hearts, Joker, Ace of Spades

10. On which side of a venetian blind is the cord that adjusts the opening between the slats?

Right, left, middle

11. On which side does a woman’s blouse are the buttons?

Left, right, neither

12. How many channels on a VHF TV dial?

Thirteen, twelve, eleven

13. On a standard traffic light, is green on the top or bottom?

Top, middle bottom

14. Which way do fans rotate?

Counter clockwise, clockwise, neither

15. What is the lowest whole number on the FM dial?

87, 88, 89

16. In which hand is the Statue of Liberty holding the torch?

Right, left, both

17. How many curves are there in a standard paper clip?

Two, three, four

Answers on next page


Community Events

A community Easter Egg Hunt will take place Saturday, April 7 at the Children’s Park in AuSable Township from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. sponsored by Oscoda Church of the Nazarene.


The Weekend Backpack Program is on going.

Four foods are needed on a weekly basis for many children in the Oscoda Schools who would otherwise go without. Needed are 8 – 14 oz. plastic jars of peanut butter and jelly, boxed cereal, and 10 - 12 oz. cans of fruit.



Alleluia! Alleluia!


Health Bytes April 2012

Some Things Can’t Be Fixed

Recessions, layoffs, foreclosures, bankruptcies, terminal diagnoses, spiritual distress, hopelessness….some things, it seems, can’t be fixed—we simply "see in a mirror, darkly." This

is frustrating, exhausting, and frightening for those living with such things—and there are many who watch and wait.

Throngs of people are:

• Waiting to see what will happen with treatment for a serious illness

• Hoping and praying for an organ transplant to come through in time

• Working with a special needs child whose future is uncertain

• Wondering if their job will be saved in the coming weeks and months

• Worrying about losing (or finding) health insurance

Also wrenching is the pain of those who have recently experienced losses that they cannot change—the loss of a job that once provided income and friends; the loss of physical or

mental ability; or the loss of a loved one through a tragic death.

Some things can’t be fixed or even changed. But through all things we are held in love by the God who will not let us go.

The Apostle Paul, writing to the church in Rome, asked worried people who also were watching and waiting at a time of crisis and fear: "Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or sickness, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril?...Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:35,38)

The Rev. Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr (before suffering a stroke late in life), wrote the Serenity Prayer, which closes with the words, "And the wisdom to know the difference."

Some things we can fix…give us the wisdom to make a difference, Lord. Some things we can’t fix…some day we will fully understand. For now, Lord, grant us wisdom. And thank you for

your love from which no loss can sever us, now and forever.

SJHS Parish Nurse Program

Kim Easterle RN

Source: International Parish Nurse Resource Center

Editor’s note: It is with deep regret that I report that Health Bytes will no longer be in the newsletter. On February 1st, Kim Easterle, editor of Health Bytes, sent an e-mail informing us that we would no longer receive Health Bytes as the St. Joseph Health System has discontinued the Parish Nurse Program. Kim gave permission to print the March and April articles that she had previously sent. Thank you, Kim, for the wonderful service you provided the community these many years.


Hope St. John's Parish

A ministry of

Episcopal Church  USA

and the

Evangelical Lutheran Church

in America


Palm Sunday, April 1

Jesus arrives at the Mount of Olives. He tells his disciples to bring a donkey from the village. They did this and they threw their cloaks on the donkey and Jesus sat on it. Many spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches of palm and spread them on the ground or waved them in the air. Those who went before and those that followed were “Hosanna in the highest!” shouting “Hosanna to the son of David”, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Matthew 21; 1-11


Monday, April 2

Mary took a pint of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’feet and wiped them with her hair.What act of selfless love are we being called to do in order to change others’ lives and honor God in each other? John 12: 1-11  

Tuesday, April 3

Throughout his life, Jesus pondered his glory, waiting for his hour to arrive. We have been on a journey during lent. It is a journey to the cross. We keep our eye to the cross which is a symbol of a life full of love, joy and hope and not death.  Isaiah 49: 1-6 Creative Communications


Wednesday, April 4

Close friends betrayed the Lord in thought, word and deed. The Lord asked them to stay awake and pray – they didn’t. They lived to regret it. The purpose of prayer is to deepen our relationship with God.

Matthew 26: 23 - 46 Creative Communications


Maundy Thursday, April 21 Jesus knew that his time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. At the evening meal he washed the feet of the disciples and predicted his betrayal. He then tells his disciples that he will be with them only a little longer. And that where he is going they cannot follow now, but they will follow later. Jesus gave them a new command: “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another!”

John 13: 1 – 17 31b - 35

Good Friday, April 6

Jesus is betrayed by Judas, arrested and taken before the high priests and the Roman governor, Pilate. Pilate turns Jesus over to be crucified. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgatha. Here they crucified him, and with two others, on either side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It reads:



John 18: 1 – 19: 42

Holy Saturday, April 7

Joseph of Arimathea asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. He and Nicodemus took the body away, wrapped the body in linen and placed it in a new tomb in which no one had ever laid. The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee saw the tomb and how his body laid in it. Then they left and went home to prepare spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment John 19: 38 - 42

Easter Sunday, April 8

Mary Magdalene stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They ask her “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said “and I don’t know where they have put him.”At this time, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there but she did not realize it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Mary, Do not hold on to me for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, “I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”

John 20: 10 – 18 Let us all live fearlessly, carrying on God’s work in the world, as if we believe the things we say. Let us go forth in the name of Christ!

Bishop John’s Letter

Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world.


I write this following the funeral for my mother-in-law, Elizabeth. She was 93, of sound mind but with a body greatly compromised. She decided a week before her death that it was time to die. To her family this decision seemed noble and honorable, though it was difficult to witness her dying. In the funeral sermon her pastor spoke of her death as a friend, in contrast to deaths which come prematurely and/or tragically, death as the last enemy to be destroyed.

I think about the ELCA Malaria Campaign to which you are invited to give as generously as possible. Through Lutheran churches in Sub-Saharan Africa, we will help make it more possible for thousands of children to live a full life, to grow up and at last to die in old age nobly and honorably. While encouraging you to continue to give faithfully to ELCA World Hunger as most of our congregations do, this Malaria Campaign is a special three-year campaign over and above your World Hunger offerings. We know that another child in Africa

dies every 45 seconds to this preventable and treatable disease. We believe that our gifts together with many others would for the first time in history virtually eradicate these tragic deaths.

Your congregation’s voting members and visitors coming to the joint Synod Assembly in May are asked to present the offerings given for this campaign. In the spirit of I Corinthians 15:58, you are invited to trust that this good work will not be in vain. Trust that your offering will help give an infant or young child a chance to live.


A very high percentage (about 72%) of the congregations and a few representative sub-groups in the two Lower Peninsula synods took time in February to complete the Response Form regarding the mission gifts and potentials for our congregations and for our synods. The joint synod Discernment Team has just reviewed a first draft of the analysis of the rich data provided on the forms. A report with recommendations for next steps will be presented at the Synod Assembly and then sent to all congregations soon thereafter.

Staff of the ELCA Research and Evaluation department who helped us with the analysis were amazed by the striking number of Response Forms submitted, 194 in all. Thank you to all who participated, and thank you to the key lay leaders, deans, and pastors who provided coaching during this important step in discerning what God is calling us to be and to do.

~ Bishop John

The Joint Council voted to send a donation to the Malaria Campaign and another to Advent Lutheran in Lake Ann (the building of a new church campaign). Karen and John Rademacher, Hope St. John’s voting members, will take the donations with them for collection at the synod assembly in May.


Giving Thanks

Thank you to everyone who gave to the Easter Lily Fund. The church sanctuary should be in bloom for Easter Sunday. Watch for a picture in the next issue of On Huron Waves.

Don’t forget to drop those coins in your cans or jars in thanks for your many blessings! Also, remember to bring those receptacles to church with you Easter morning so that we may make a joyous noise.

Thank you to Jan Potts for her wonderful ideas for the fall bazaar!

Thank you to all who visit with our shut ins or make calls just to say "Hi!"

Thank you to our wonderful soup makers. The soups for the Lenten Bible Study were most delicious.


Monthly Schedule

April 1 Breakfast Potluck and Discretionary Fund

April 5 Maundy Thursday Service 7:00 p.m.

April 6 12:00 p.m. readings and meditation, 1 p.m. service,

2 P.M. Stations of the Cross

April 4 Lenten Bible Study & Service 10:00 A.M.

Soup and bread lunch at noon

April 11,18,25 Bible Study 9:30 A.M.

April 10 St. Anne’s Guild 10:30 A.M.

April 15 Joint Council

April 24 Grocery Give-away 12:30 pm

Richardson Elementary on River Road

Parking lot will open at 11:30 A.M.



Archives 2011

September Newsletter

October Newsletter

November Newsletter

December Newsletter






April Birthdays

April 7

Barbara Bergstrom
April 9

Barbara Blair

April 23

RoseMarie McDonald

April 25 Gary Maaske

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And many more!


APRIL 11 Happy Anniversary to Pat and Dick Irving

Excerpts from the Testimony of Two Men by Taylor Caldwell

Submitted by Harriet Ellwein

"I heard a story once, about a schoolmaster who took his class of seventeen-year-old youths out to see the dawn, a sort of scientific expedition."

It was an unusually black night for all of the waning moon and stars. The young men and their teacher stood in a dark and stubbly field, where they could see the wideness of the sky without the interruption of buildings. They faced the east, yawning and chilled, and there was the faintest sparkle of frozen dew on the dead stems and grasses of the field. Then imperceptibly a blue-gray shadow lightened the east, the merest specter of a shadow. Then, instant by instant, there was a brightening, the palest gold brightening, though the earth was as still as if it were the first day of creation and nothing lived yet to see and no glimmer of radiance touched it. The boys began to feel a curious and disturbing awe, and they did not know why, but their instincts shook off the dull sloth of the learning they had absorbed over the year and murmured.

The first flush of glow drew deeper and stronger, then in the midst of it there began a palpitating, pure and august, like wings of light, endless multitudes of them, and the sky glow, spreading broader and higher and vaster into the dark sky, had intimations of grandeur beyond the experience or imagination of those present. Yet the earth remained black and still and hushed beneath the heavens, without form or shadow or shape or sound. It appeared to wait.

Suddenly, into that throbbing gold, becoming more brilliant by the second, the scarlet trumpets of the dawn were lifted, fanned out from edge to edge of the light, and the whole mighty east glowed and quickened and it seemed to the boys that they saw great red flung banners in its midst, and the majestic rising of archangel trumpeters before the sun. The stupendous glory, so silent yet resounding as no mere exclamation or voice or drum could resound, seemed to be proclaiming the imminent arrival---of a King. But still the earth was dark and not the most fragile movement of light was yet upon it.

The schoolmaster was pleased by the struck attention of the boys, and he said, "You can almost feel, can’t you, the roll of the earth eastward toward the sun?" But some of the boys involuntarily cried out, "Hosannah!" and others shouted, "Alleluia! Alleluia!" And for the first time in their lives fell on their knees and lifted up their hands to the dawn in reverent and exalted greeting.

Editor’s note: This is from one of Harriet’s favorite books. It seems to speak to sunrise Easter morning!


Someone has written these beautiful words. It's a must read.

Try to understand the deep meaning of it.

1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout the journey.

2] So why is a car's WINDSHIELD so large & the rear view mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.

4] All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.

5] Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold!

6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.

Thanks Mary Lou Luoma


Quiz Answers

1. right

2. 20

3. clockwise

4. towards the bottom right

5. red

6. left

7. 5

8. 6

9. ace of spades

10. right

11. left

12. 12

13. bottom

14. clockwise

15. 88

16. right

Supply Clergy

April 1

BCP Rev. Peter Cominos

Palm Sunday

April 5

BCP Rev. Peter Cominos

Maundy Thursday

April 6

ELW Rev. Douglas Kahl

Good Friday

April 8

ELW Rev. Douglas Kahl

Easter Sunday

April 15

BCP Rev. Charles Curtis

Healing Service

April 22

ELW Rev. Douglas Kahl

April 29

BCP Rev. Gary Grieger



To be made the evening before Easter.

This is a great recipe to teach children the REAL story of Easter. Teach them that the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior is not dead, but HE Has Risen!

You will Need:

1 cup whole pecans 1 cup sugar

1 tsp. vinegar tape

3 egg whites wooden spoon

pinch of salt zippered baggie

Now grab an apron and let’s get started.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.


This is important don’t wait till you’re half done with the recipe—mark the Bible first.

Place pecans in zippered baggie and let the children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested He was beaten by the Roman Soldiers.

Read John 19: 1 – 3

Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross he was given vinegar to drink.

Read John 19: 28 – 30

Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life.

Read John 10: 10 – 11

Sprinkle a little salt into each child’s hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus’ followers, and the bitterness of our own sin.

Read Luke 23: 27

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.

Add 1 cup sugar.

Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know this and how to belong to Him. Read Psalms 34:8 and John 3:16. Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.

Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3. Fold in broken nuts.

Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60. Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt: 27: 65 - 66 GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22. On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty! Read Matt. 28:1-9

Thanks to Jan Potts




The Young Priest

An elderly priest, speaking to the younger priest, said, "It was a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theater seats. It worked

like a charm. The front of the church always fills first now."

The young priest nodded, and the old priest continued, "And you told me adding a little more beat to the music would bring young people back to church, so I supported you when you brought in that rock ‘n’ roll gospel choir, now our services are constantly packed to the balcony."

"Thank you, Father," answered the young priest, "I am pleased that you are open to the new ideas of youth."

"All those ideas have been well and good,"said the elderly priest "but I’m afraid you’ve gone too far with the drive thru confessional."

"But, Father," protested the young priest, "my confessions and the donations have nearly doubled since I began that!"

"Yes," replied the elderly priest, "and I appreciate that. But the flashing neon sign, ‘Toot n Tell or Go to Hell’, cannot stay on the church roof."


Acts 4:8-12

Pastoral reflection.....

In his explanation of the first commandment Martin Luther says that " a god is that to which we look for all good and in which we find refuge in every time of need." The question isn't "Do we believe in God?" but rather " who or what is our God?"

If we trust in our money our technology, our abilities or our government to provide for our needs and fix all our problems, then these things become our God. As Christians we believe as Peter and John did, that salvation comes through Jesus Christ. However, as sinful human beings we often put these "other gods" first. Money, talent, governments and technology can all be used by God in our lives. Ultimately the money will lose value, the governments will fail and the batteries in our devices will go dead.

Christ, however, is the same yesterday, today and forever. That is remind ourselves that our help, our hope and our salvation comes from Christ alone.

What do you rely on in times of great need? Is prayer your first response in times of trial ? What changes do you need to make in order to put Christ first?

Lord Jesus, help me this day to put you first. To consult you before every hard decision. To remember you when I speak to others To rejoice with you in every blessing and lean on you in every trial. To take every opportunity to introduce you to the people I meet.

I pray this in your name. Amen

Submitted by Al Luoma


Noisy Collection

Let’s hear a lot of jingling coming from your jars or cans where you have been storing up your noisy collection for Easter Morning! This collection will be shared by F.I.S.H. and Shelter, Inc.



Received a lovely note from Bev Saner, our world traveler. She is having a wonderful time with her children.

Penny Mullen continues to have problems with her eye. Keep her in your prayers.

John Deacon sent a note to let us know how his mother, Maris, is doing. We send her our best wishes.









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