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Hope St. John's Parish

A ministry of

Episcopal Church USA

and the

Evangelical Lutheran Churchin America

Sunday worship 9:30 AM

223 E Mill St

PO Box 338

Oscoda MI 48750-0338

Email: hope-st.john@sbcglobal.net

Web site: www.hopestjohnsparish.com

Tel: (989)739-7785

Glorifying God as faithful servants of Christ




Archives 2011

September Newsletter

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Addison Bottjen, Matt Bottjen, Gayle Chisholm, Linda Curtis, Maris Deacon, Dick Davis, Kerry Decker, Harriet Ellwein, Conrad Eslick, Susan Franks, Jim Galetto, Don Grasser, Sally Hall-Janssen, Keegan Harrington,Rick Harrington, Doug Hennigar, Carma Housler, Bob and Bev Hunt, Chari Johnson, Carel Lecureux, Hershel Lee, Norma Lee, Chris Loveless, Linda Loveless, Glen Maples, Gary Maaske, Penny Mullen, Sharon Pawley, Shelly Paton-Mills, Kenny Patty, Rosalie Peterson, Kathy Poslaiko, Christine Purnell, Alice Schell, Karen Securius, Dayna Schemanske, Lucienne Schulz, Lori Shepherd, Darl Weishuhn



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



Karen Rademacher –  President

Norma Lee - Vice President

Margaret Krause – Secretary

Bob Potts – Treasurer

Dot Bissell

John Rademacher

Julie Dorcey

Bill Dorcey

Hershel Lee

Rosalie Peterson


Karen Rademacher - President

Dot Bissell - Vice President

Bob Potts -Treasurer

John Rademacher

Don Schulz

Lucienne Schulz


Norma Lee – Sr. Warden & Convocation Representative

Bill Dorcey – Junior Warden

Rose Marie MacDonald - Clerk

Margaret Krause – Secretary

Bob Potts – Treasurer

Harriet Ellwein

Bud Rick

Bev Gardner

Hershel Lee

Julie Dorcey




Most Rev. Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop – ELCA

Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop – ECUSA

Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, Bishop – EDEM

Rt. Rev. John Schleicher, Bishop- N/WLMS-ELCA

The Very Rev. Owen Williams, Dean – Sunrise Conference

Rev. William McClure, Jr. - Dean – Northern Convocation

Carol Moggo, President of the Northern Convocation


Mark the date on your calendar!

Mini Retreat, Saturday, September 8th

10 am to 12:00 Noon with a delicious salad luncheon to follow

The very popular Marli and Randy Brown will once again present a musical treat.

Their music style is light and contemporary/ inspirational in piano

and vocal format through the use of choruses and freshly arranged hymns.


Primary Election

August 7th

Please remember you cannot split your vote, you may only vote for one political party.


On the Light SideA true senior moment!!!!!!!!!!
Several days ago as I left a meeting at our church, I desperately gave myself a personal TSA pat down. I was looking for my keys. They were not in my pockets. A quick search in the meeting room revealed nothing.
Suddenly I realized, I must have left them in the car. Frantically, I headed for the parking lot. My wife has scolded me many times for leaving the keys in the ignition. My theory is the ignition is the best place not to lose them. Her theory is that the car will be stolen. As I burst through the doors of the church, I came to a terrifying conclusion. Her theory was right. The parking lot was empty.
I immediately called the police. I gave them my location, confessed that I had left my keys in the car, and that it had been stolen. Then I made the most difficult call of all, "Honey," I stammered. I always call her "honey" in times like these. "I left my keys in the car, and it has been stolen."
There was a period of silence. I thought the call had been dropped, but then I
heard her voice. "Idiot", she barked, "I dropped you off!"
Now it was my time to be silent. Embarrassed, I said, "Well, come and get me.”

Angrily she said, “I will as soon as I convince this police officer that stopped me that I didn’t steal your car!”

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Accept that some days you're the pigeon,
And some days you're the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet,
Just in case you have to eat them.

* Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be
recalled by their maker.

If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, It was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

* Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

* The second mouse gets the cheese.

* When everything's coming your way,
you're in the wrong lane.

* You may be only one person in the world,
but you may also be the world to one person.

* We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.


1.After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, Who was that masked man? Invariably, someone would answer, I don't know, but he left this behind. What did he leave behind?________________.

2. When the Beatles first came to the U.S. .In early 1964, we all watched them on The _______________ Show.

3 'Get your kicks, __________________.'

4. 'The story you are about to see is true. The names have been changed to ___________________.'

5. 'In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ________________.'

6. After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we 'danced' under a stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the '_____________.'

7. Nestle's makes the very best . .. . . _________ ______.'

8..Satchmo was America 's 'Ambassador of Goodwill.' Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was _________________.

9. What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? _______________.

10. Red Skeleton's hobo character was named __________________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, 'Good Night, and '________ ________.. '

11. Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their______________.

12. The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ____________ &_______________.

13. In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, 'the day the music died.' This was a tribute to ___________________.

14. We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it. It was called ___________________.

15. One of the big fads of the late 50's and 60's was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist. It was called the __ ______________.
Answers on the last page.






The picture above was taken sometime between 1887 when the church was built and 1952 when they removed the spire from the tower as it was beyond repair. Note that River Road was a dirt lane at the time of the picture and the fence at the front of the church. The person who furnished this picture said there was no date on it but thought it more than likely was from the early 1900’s.

The congregation was organized on August 29, 1887 and was called Eleazar Swedish Lutheran Church. (Eleazar meaning Help.)

In 1930 the Swedish language was discontinued. There was some talk of moving the church to East Tawas.

1944 - Services were discontinued and the church was in a great state of disrepair.

1947 - Alice Haglund requested the church be opened for her daughter’s wedding in January. Windows were replaced and some repairs were made. Once again a few services were held.

1949 - At the July congregational meeting it was voted to change the name from Eleazar Evangelical Lutheran Church to Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church.

1952 - Repairs to the church consisted of a new foundation, new steps and a furnace room was built in the basement. Railings were installed on the steps.

1952 - 53 saw the removal of the old pot bellied stove and a new heating system installed along with new wiring and light fixtures.

1954 - The Parish Hall was started and city water was installed so the church for the first time had indoor plumbing.

1955 - The Parish Hall at the back of the church was completed and the chancel area was completely remodeled. Membership was 143.

1962 - The membership was at an all time high of 357.

1977 - The Gresham’s house, to the right in the picture on the previous page, was bought and demolished and the trees removed to make a parking lot.

Pastor James Blair was called in 1987 and retired in 1997.

1993- Wurtsmith Air Force Base closed. Many churches in Oscoda noticed quite a dropin membership.

In 2001, Steve Abend was installed August 21st as a part time pastor. Matt Gary, the Senior Warden of St. John’s Episcopal Church had conversations with Pastor Abend in 2002 - 03 about the possibility of the two churches joining together. St. John’s was without a pastor and did not have the funds to call one on their own. During that time each congregation visited the other’s worship service and got to know one another. A vote was taken and the decision was made to join the two churches in a shared ministry with worship services in the Episcopal building and offices and the outreach center to be located at the Hope Lutheran building. The new-shared ministry’s name, after much deliberation, became Hope St. John’s Parish. The Covenant was entered and signed on January 1, 2004. Bishop Mark Hanson and Bishop Ed Liedel officiated at a worship service at which many members of both churches were accepted by both bishops. Some of those who were accepted have happily referred to themselves as lutherpalians.

Hope St. John’s Parish

The new home of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church

Pastor Abend left in 2005. Pastor Lyle Klemen was named Interim Pastor in April, 2005 and served until August 2007. Since then Hope St. John’s Parish has been served by supply clergy from both denominations.

The Hope Evangelical Lutheran members leased their building (with an option to purchase) to Reverend Tom Anderson to house the Evangelical Anglican Church (now known as the Hope Anglican Church) and the Emmanuel Homeless Shelter. In 2011 an offer to purchase was made to the Hope Evangelical Lutheran congregation by Reverend Anderson which was accepted.

1987 - Pastor Blair wrote in the centennial booklet “this is an opportunity to look back and celebrate, not the passage of a hundred years, but the very life of our congregation. God has given each of its generations renewed cause for hope in His salvation.”

“As our church continues into its next century, may we and they be guided by the Holy Spirit to see the possibilities for mission and service here in Oscoda as vividly as our predecessors.”

2012 - And here we are in that next century and we will continue keeping this record for future generations so they too will appreciate our efforts as we make this new shared ministry journey that God is guiding.

Reference material:

Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church 100th Anniversary Booklet – Wanda Schmidtke, Centennial Coordinator and Historian

Chronological lists of facts and of Pastors (Many records previous to 1911 were kept in homes and were lost in the great fire)

Also Joint Council Minutes and other documents

Editor’s Note: As I read all the historical information given to me, I had a vision of so many faces that had been a part of the history of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church and some of them made the move into this new shared ministry. I dedicate this newsletter to Gene Saner, Jude Bradow, Dean Adams. Marian Haglund Hopcroft, Joyce Haglund Stewart, Natalie Haglund, Barbara Bergstrom, and Pastor James Blair who have made their journey home to be with God since we began this shared ministry. Also, to all the people who were a part of this wonderful history.


QUASQUICENTENNIAL-----125th anniversary

Pronouncing this behemoth word actually isn’t all that difficult…kwos-kwi-sen-ten-ee-uhl

I googled the word and found that a Duke University professor Robert L. Chapman, a linguist and lexicographer had personally invented the word on August 7, 1961.

Previously, the term “cenquadtennial” had been coined, but Chapman suggested that since the established “sesquicentennial,” was based on the Latin semis que---“and a half”—a merging of either quarta que or qua appropriate. Of his merged options, he proclaimed “quasquicentennial” to be “the least ugly.”

By 1963 the word began to appear in dictionaries. Chapman wrote in 1965, “In the future, when festival authorities tackle the problem of a name, they may be lucky enough to locate the answers they need.


 On August 12th we celebrate Hope Evangelical Church’s Quasquicentennial with a special potluck following the worship service.

St. Anne’s Guild will furnish the meat.

Let’s have a menu to match the name!

A sign up sheet will be available---get out your favorite recipes.



 August Birthdays

August 9 - Jan Potts

August 23 - Rosemary Cook

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Supply Clergy

August 5 BCP Rev. Peter Cominos

August 12 ELW Rev. Douglas Kahl

August 19 BCP Rev. Peter Cominos Healing Service

August 26 ELW Rev. Douglas Kahl


We are indeed grateful for the clergy who visit with us each week. Thank you for sharing with us. We are so blessed.

Monthly Schedule

August 5 Discretionary Fund

August 2,9,16,23,30 Intercessory Prayer 12:15 p.m. followed by

Bible Study at 1:30 p.m.

August 1,8,15,22,29 Bible Study 5 P.M. (light dinner)

August 12 Quasquicentennial Celebration and Potluck

August 14 St. Anne’s Guild 10:30 A.M.

August 19 Joint Council

August 28 Grocery Give-away 12:30 pm

At the Assembly of God Church on US 23



Charles Swindoll

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...We are in charge of our Attitude.

Submitted by Lucienne Schulz




5 tips to ask for what you need

Everyone needs a helping hand now and then but often the people who could use the most help are those who tend to think they can do it all by themselves. So instead of becoming overwhelmed and don’t know what to do next, why not ask for help. Practice some of the following tips and remember everyone needs a helping hand now and then. It gets easier to ask the more you go for it!

Ask someone you trust. It’s usually more comfortable reaching out to a close friend or family member that you know you can count on. Think of the people in your life who make you feel safe. Perhaps they are responsible, kind, caring, conscientious or all of the above. These are the people to get
you through.

Don’t worry about appearing vulnerable.
Needing help is not a sign of weakness or failure. True strength comes from using all the resources that are available to you. Most times, you’ll find that people actually want to help. If you’re a little nervous, start your request by saying, "I'm not really comfortable asking for help, but I was wondering if you might be able to do something for me."

Be specific.
The person you are asking will be more likely to respond favorably if they know exactly what is required of them. Instead of just telling your boss you need more time on a project, for example, ask if you can extend the deadline three days to really get it right. If you’re asking a spouse for more help around the house, give them specific chores that need tending to.

Break it down. If the help you need seems overwhelming and requires multiple hands (such as caring for an aging family member), try to break the help down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Give each person a little to do, and together you will feel more empowered in accomplishing your goal.

Give back. Remember, you can always return the favor. This can even help build your relationship and strengthen your connection with that person.

Care Pages Email

Copyright 2012


Bishop John’s August Letter


I don’t remember being as conscious of the need for rain as I have been this year. I know there have been years when the grass was brown, the crops were stunted, and yields were poor. Maybe it’s because new heat records have been experienced this year combined with a drought throughout much of the nation. Maybe it’s a greater consciousness, a global perspective I lacked when I was younger. For me, growing up in Michigan, water always seemed plentiful. Now I know of places all over the planet where even a cup of water is a precious commodity.

Last night (7/26) the heavens opened, and this morning I walked into the office using an umbrella. Blessed rain: though it comes too late for some crops, it still seems an especially wonderful gift. I’m just back from the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans. While it rained there a lot, we (over 33,000 of us) were made aware of the harsh reality of women and children in other lands walking miles just to obtain fresh water. Many of us experienced a small taste of what it would be like to carry 25-40 pounds of water even a fraction of that distance. Our shoulders and backs ached even after only a mile with this burden.

We did carry the water containers as part of the ELCA “100 Wells” project. The goal was for youth and their adult leaders to raise $250,000 from donors “paying” so much a mile to provide for 100 wells to be dug in the most drought-stricken places on earth. At the end of the Gathering over $406,000 had been raised! Surely enough to make a difference, more than enough to compensate for our aching muscles. Broken Walls

A special joy at the Gathering was the day approximately 500 youth and adults from the two Lower Peninsula Synods met in a hotel ballroom for worship. A separating wall, made from large boxes, was dismantled to create a large floor cross, expressing a theme for the Gathering from Ephesians 2: For [Christ Jesus] is our peace; he…has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. Bishop Kreiss and I were among a number of bishops invited to talk with youth about the dividing walls (often literal) around the world, walls that Jesus “in his flesh” came and continues to come through us to break down. In modest but not insignificant ways, all of us were sent out to be wall-breakers, tasting what it means to no longer see others as strangers and aliens, but “citizens with the saints.”

~ Bishop John ~



Quiz answers
01 The Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet.
02 The Ed Sullivan Show
03 On Route 66
04 To protect the innocent.
05 The Lion Sleeps Tonight
06 The limbo
07 Chocolate
08 Louis Armstrong
09 The Timex watch
10 Freddy, The Freeloader and 'Good Night and God Bless.'
11 Draft cards (Bras were also burned. Not flags, as some have guessed)
12 Beetle or Bug
13 Buddy Holly
14 Sputnik
15 Hoola-hoop



Thank you Rosemary Cook for your kind words. It is always such a delight to have you with us at Hope St. John’s.

Thanks to all my church family for your love and support!

Thanks to Bud and Norma for helping with the ins and outs of newsletter mailings.

Thanks to all who keep our church looking cared for and beautiful. What a blessing!

Thanks to the leaders of the Bible Studies!

Thanks to our ushers, hosts of coffee hour, LEMS, Altar Guild, Joint Council, Hope Council, and St. John’s Vestry members.

Also St. Anne’s Guild!!!

Many thanks to Dot and Karen for all that you do for the church.

From the kitchen of Mary Lou

Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Vegetable cooking spray

One 6-oz. box seasoned croutons

1 lb. breakfast sausage

1 8-oz. pkg. shredded Mexican cheese blend

1 4-oz. can mushrooms

8 eggs

2 cups whole milk

1 10 1/2 oz. condensed cream of mushroom soup

Spray baking dish with cooking spray. Place sausage in sauté pan. Cook until brown . Break sausage up into small crumbles. Drain

Sprinkle sausage over croutons.

Sprinkle cheese over sausage

Drain mushrooms. Place on top of cheese.

In mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, and soup; mix well & pour over sausage mixture. Cover, refrigerate 2 hrs. or overnight

Remove from refrigerator let stand 15 min.

Bake uncovered 55-60 min. 325 degrees. Remove from oven & let stand 5 min. Serve.

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Margaret Krause, Editor

Ignore the typos and the grammar, I did!

Complaints or corrections call 724-5203