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Hope St. John's Parish

A ministry of

Episcopal Church USA

and the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in 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




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There is a right time for everything

A time to laugh……

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 (TLB)

Bill Cosby has written in Fatherhood this humorous account about parents and homework:

When your child is struggling in school, you have such a strong desire to help that you often find it easier just to do the work yourself than to use a middleman.

A few weeks ago my daughter came to me and said, "Dad, I’m in a bind. I’ve got to do this paper right away." "All right," I said, "what’s your plan of work?"

"You type it for me."

Once again, I typed her paper, but when I had finished and looked at the work, I said, "I’m afraid there’s just one problem." "What’s that?" she said.

"This is awful. As your secretary, I can’t let you turn this in."

"Needless to say, I rewrote it for her and I picked up a B minus. I would have had a B plus if I hadn’t misspelled all those words."

"And so, I’ve now done high school at least twice probably close to three times; and I’ve gone through college a couple of times, too."

                                                                                                                                                                Copyright 1995 Honor Books, Inc.

History of Father’s Day

The first observance of Father's Day is believed to have been held on June 19, 1910

as a result of the efforts of Sonora Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, who was inspired by her father, William Smart, a widower and Civil War veteran,

who had single-handedly raised all six of his children. Soon, the idea of Father's Day

caught on throughout the rest of the country to become an unofficial US holiday.

However, it would be decades before President Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation in 1966designating the third Sunday in June to be Father's Day, and it only

became a national holiday when President Nixon signed the official proclamation in 1972.


On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state. Although it is not certain, this flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes stopped at 15 and was later returned to 13.

In June 1886 Bernard Cigrand made his first public proposal for the annual observance of the birth of the flag when he wrote an article titled "The Fourteenth of June" in the old Chicago Argus newspaper. Cigrand’s effort to ensure national observance of Flag Day finally came when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event on June 14, 1916. However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week.

The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation to: call on government officials in the USA to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day; and to urge US residents to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the as the official flag of the United States.

Fly your flag proudly!

Brighten The Corner Where You Are

We cannot all be famous or be listed in "WHO'S WHO," But every person great or small has important work to do, For seldom do we realize the importance of small deeds Or to what degree of greatness unnoticed kindness leads For it's not the big celebrity in a world of fame and praise, But it's doing unpretentiously in undistinguished ways The work that God assigned to us, unimportant as it seems, That makes our task outstanding and brings reality to dreams So do not sit and idly wish for wider, new dimensions. Where you can put in practice your many "GOOD INTENTIONS" But at the spot God placed you begin at once to do Little things to brighten up the lives surrounding you, For if everybody brightened up the spot in which they're standing By being more considerate and a little less demanding, This dark old world would very soon eclipse the "Evening Star" If everybody BRIGHTENED UP THE CORNER WHERE THEY ARE!

~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

                                                                             Thanks to Jan Potts


Quiz on U.S. Flag


1. The first U.S. flag had:

A 13 stars and stripes

B. 13 stripes and the words "Don’t tread on me"

C. British Union Jack in the upper left corner


2. Who designed the first official flag?

A. Betsy Ross

B. Benjamin Franklin

C. Francis Hopkinson

3. The colors of the 13 red and whites stripes symbolize:

A. Courage and purity

B . England and liberty

C. It is not known what the colors symbolize


4. The Continental Congress approved the design of the first official U.S. flag on:

A. July 4, 1776

B. June 14, 1777

C. May 29, 1790


5. Francis Scott Keys wrote the words to the Star Spangled Banner anfter witnessing which of the following:

A. The burning of Washington D.C.

B. The bombardment of Fort McHenry

C. The inauguration of President Lincoln


6. The last new star was added to the flag in which year? It was the year after Hawaii became the 50th state.

A. 1940

B. 1950

C. 1960


7. According to the U.S. Flag Code, the U.S. flag should never be:

A. raised quickly

B. flown at night

C. used as clothing


8. The flag has 13 stripes. How many are red?

A. Five

B. Six

C. Seven


Answers to flag quizQuestion

1: Thirteen stars and thirteen stripes

Question 2: Francis Hopkinson

It is not known for certain who designed the first U.S. flag but it is likely that the flag was designed by Declaration of Independence signer Francis Hopkinson.

Question 3: It is not known what the colors symbolize

Question 4: June 14, 1777

Question 5: The bombardment of Fort McHenry

Question 6: 1960

Question 7: used as clothing

Question 8: Seven

27 Ways to comfort a sick friend

We all want to be there when a friend or loved one needs us most. Why not step outside the box and use these creative ways to offer help, a boost or just some much-needed distractions?

Provide a dose of delight. Take a sick friend on an excursion to a “delightful place,” such as a botanical garden, nature trail, beach or forest preserve. It can be a soul-soothing experience.

For a friend who is seriously ill and housebound, drop off some food, books or videos, but keep your visit short so as not to tire them out.

Burn a CD of your friend’s favorite songs or a selection of soothing, tranquil music.

Organize a group care network for a sick loved one. Email a group of close friends and set up a rotating system for coming over and helping with household chores or caregiving.

Offer to help with the day-to-day stuff that needs to be done, such as a grocery trip, a Target run, doing a load of laundry, bringing home cooked food or walking the dog.

When you’re at the grocery store call your sick friend and say “I'm here what do you need?” Or, “I have the kids after school... don't worry.”

Be a stable, reliable presence in your friend's life. Speaking calmly and checking in regularly can be a huge comfort to someone whose life has been turned upside down by a health challenge.

Keep in touch through regular emails or CarePages website postings. Say something. Say anything. Let him or her know they are not alone.

Send a weekly care package to a sick co-worker. Set up a drop box on your desk and ask co-workers to “lend” their favorite magazines, DVDs, and/or CDs to help your colleague pass the time.

A plant or a small bouquet of flowers is always appreciated--even after the healing process of surgery, chemo or other illnesses has begun.

Offer to arrange child care at no cost to the family when an illness happens that involves small children.

A health crisis can create chaos in so many ways. Send over a cleaning service to clean the house and restore a sense of serenity and order.

Create a gift basket with fruits, granola bars, magazines, a deck of cards, candies, a package of thank you cards, stamps, a notebook and a pen.

Donate your frequent flyer miles or give an airline gift certificate to a family member of a sick friend who lives far away.

Send books, DVDs or CDs through Amazon to help a sick friend pass the time.

Send a box of seasonal fresh fruit through Harry and David to a friend who is recovering from illness or surgery.

Hire a manicurist/pedicurist to do a house call for a sick friend.

Buy a gift membership to an online DVD rental service so your recovering friend can receive movies through the mail. Gift memberships can be purchased for one month up to a year.

If your friend is bed-bound or in the hospital
for a while, send or drop off some soft, fluffy slippers, a soft bed pillow, lavender scented linen spray, wonderful pajamas, comfy socks, or foot massage cream to make them feel pampered.

Throw a feel-good get-together. Shower a friend with practical and meaningful gifts to help him or her get through a tough time, such as surgery or chemo.

Provide food for the soul. Organize a pool of cooks to whip up comfort food to give and share, and make sure you've got a team in place to create your own meals-on-wheels network.

Become the wheels. Offer to accompany your friend to his or her medical appointment.

Put together a get-well kit. Include bottled water, green tea, Kleenex, fruits, vitamin C, and a bundle of healthy remedies.

Provide healing hands. Massage can be a powerful tool for calming our psyches. Get your friend a gift certificate for a massage that can be redeemed when he or she feels up to it.

Empower your friend or loved one by providing them with a box filled with inspirational books, inspiring quotes and music.

Provide entertainment. Offer to take a sick friend to the movies. Or bring over a DVD, make some popcorn and watch a funny movie together.

Laugh, chat, and share as you normally would. Remember that a person is not defined by illness. They are still the same friend to you and want to continue to do their part in the give and take of friendship.

Care Pages Copyright


Pork Chops and Brussel Sprouts

You will need a frying pan that is large enough to hold 4 pork chops


Fry bacon crisp set aside

4 PORK CHOPS (I have used boneless)

1 medium onion chopped

Dredge pork chops in flour, salt and pepper

Brown chops in the bacon drippings on both sides (depending on thickness) about 7 minutes total. Over cooking will make the meat tough. Remove chops from pan and keep warm.

Sauté chopped onion in frying pan

Add ˝ cup white wine, scrapping bottom of pan.

Add 2/3 cup of heavy cream

1 tsp. Dijon mustard (I added additional)

Reduce this sauce by half.

Add chops and simmer 3 minutes

*this recipe works well also with just two pork chops

Break crisp bacon into pieces and serve over brussel sprouts or on a salad



Addison Bottjen, Linda Curtis, Maris Deacon, Dick Davis, Kerry Decker, Harriet Ellwein, Conrad Eslick, Susan Franks, 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, Sarah Light, Chris Loveless, Linda Loveless, Glen Maples, Gary Maaske, Penny Mullen, Sharon Pawley, Shelly Paton-Mills, Kenny Patty, Rosalie Peterson, Christine Purnell, Alice Schell, 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 Christopher Morris, USN Jason & Tonya Rayner, USN Cory Rick USAF James Rohrer, USMC John Rohrer, USMC Christopher Scott, USA Kyle Shepherd, USA Anthony Sidoti, USAF Stephany & Joel Therrion USAF

The family of Barbara Bergstom, The family of Pastor Jim Blair

Our prayers of love and the promise of the resurrection are lifted to the family of Pastor Jim Blair who made the final journey home on May 24th. Visitation will be held at the Buresh Funeral Home on Friday, June 8th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A memorial service will take place June 9 at Grace Lutheran Church in East Tawas at noon. A luncheon will be served following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hope St. John's Parish in Oscoda or Grace Lutheran Church
in East Tawas or St. Joseph Hospice Care in Tawas City.


Dot Bissell - President

Karen Rademacher – Vice President

Margaret Krause – Secretary

Bob Potts – Treasurer

Norma Lee- Senior Warden

Julie Dorcey

Rosalie Peterson

Bill Dorcey

Hershel Lee

John Rademacher


Karen Rademacher - President

Dot Bissell - V. President

Secretary - Don Schulz

Bob Potts -Treasurer

Lucienne Schulz

John Rademacher


Norma Lee – Sr. Warden & Convocation

Bud Rick - Representative

Bill Dorcey – Junior Warden

Rose Marie MacDonald - Clerk

Margaret Krause – Secretary

Bob Potts – Treasurer

Bev Gardner,  Julie Dorcey, Harriet Ellwein, Hershel Lee



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


June 16th - Sharon Ann Wheeler

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Also, a belated Happy Birthday to Dick Irving! Dick’s birthday was May 17th!


June 13 Arnie & Yvonne Colbath

June 17 John & RoseMarie MacDonald

June John & Karen Rademacher


Supply Clergy

June 3 BCP Rev. Peter Cominos

June 10 ELW Rev. Douglas Kahl

June 17 BCP Rev. Peter Cominos Healing Service

June 24 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

June 3 Potluck and Discretionary Fund

June 6,13,20,27 Bible Study summer schedule to be announced

June 12 St. Anne’s Guild 10:30 A.M.

                                        June 17 Joint Congregational Meeting

                                        June 24 Joint Council Meeting

June 26 Grocery Give-away 12:30 pm

                                         Richardson Elementary on River Road

                                         Parking lot will open at 11:20 A.M.!


Kevin had shingles.
Those of us who spend much time in a doctor's office should appreciate this! Doesn't it seem more and more that physicians are running their practices like an assembly line?
Here's what happened to Kevin:

Kevin walked into a doctor's office and the receptionist asked him what he had. Kevin said: 'Shingles.' So she wrote down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat.
Fifteen minutes later a nurse's aide came out and asked Kevin what he had...Kevin said, 'Shingles.' So she wrote down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told Kevin to wait in the examining room.
A half hour later a nurse came in and asked Kevin what he had. Kevin said, 'Shingles..' So the nurse gave Kevin a blood test, a blood pressure test, an electrocardiogram, and told Kevin to take off all his clothes and wait for the doctor.
An hour later the doctor came in and found Kevin sitting patiently in the nude and asked Kevin what he had. Kevin said, 'Shingles.' The doctor asked, 'Where?'
Kevin said, 'Outside on the truck. Where do you want me to unload 'em??'



Would you know how to handle these sticky financial situations? Take our quiz, then find out what an etiquette expert recommends:Q: You and your spouse join another couple for a restaurant dinner, splitting the bill and tip. The other couples leaves what you consider a stingy tip. Do you:

1. Leave your own appropriate share of the tip and ignore your friends’ cheap choice.

2. Leave a little extra tip yourself to make up the difference.

3. Ask your friends how they calculated their tip, then pleasantly let them know the average gratuity is now a bit higher.

Answer of last page.

Photo from the Oscoda Press of Harriet Flanders and her beautiful jewelry carvings. She won a blue ribbon at the Sunrise Woodcarver’s Show. Congratulations Harriet!

Hope to see you there!


Money Manners

Answer: B

“if this is the first time it’s happened with this couple, quietly put in enough extra to cover their lack of tip. The wait staff works hard and will appreciate it,” says Jodi R.R. Smith, author of the Etiquette Book; A Complete Guide to Modern Manners. If it happens again, a face-saving way to “educate” friends about tipping is to say, “It looks like we’re short a couple of dollars for tip. I have some extra.” Message sent. Or ask in advance for separate checks so your waiter will know you’re not skimping.

Thanks to the MacDonalds


Bishop John’s Letter - June 2012

FIRST TAKE THE LOG OUTKenneth Inskeep, lead researcher for the ELCA who assisted us this winter and spring in discerning who we are as congregations and synods in the Lower Peninsula, reflects that to be an ELCA Christian is to be non-judgmental.

“Taken” and daily reborn by the immeasurable grace of God, our response to this centerpiece of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ may be best shaped by the words of Matthew 7:1-5: “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.”

First take the log out. Daily repentance for me means to “catch” myself focusing on the irritating aspects, errors, shortcomings, and sins of others, then instead to see what I would miss without the help of the Holy Spirit: the log in my own eye. Repentance changes everything. Now my neighbor is first a fellow human being, first a beloved—by God if not so much yet by me—sister or brother. By the power of God, I remove the log from my own eye, I look squarely at my own failings, my own condescending tendencies, my own distancing from those I find distasteful, “weird,” or sometimes repulsive. Now I see the “speck” in my neighbor’s eye, now I see a fellow sinner beloved and heir of forgiveness. Now as a more clear-sighted relationship of love is established, I may rightly say to my brother or sister, “Let me take the speck out of your eye.” I might say, with a hopefully humble heart, “I see a speck in your way of seeing things that may get in the way of your experiencing the fullness of God’s love for you.”

I write this to you just days after the Joint Synod Assembly. In my view it was a great one: inspiring worship, sound biblical teaching, provocative plenary conversations (which I have grown to love), and in the midst of a hundred balls in the air, quality one-on-one visits with a number of sisters and brothers. I did pray before and during the Assembly for God to do whatever log-removal surgery was necessary. I knew none of us would be perfect, but at worst I saw just a few specks. Mostly, I saw sinner/saints yearning to live a faithful life, re-appreciating the rich gift of being church and seeking to be in loving, respectful relationships with each other and with neighbors not physically with us that weekend.

In a previous letter to you I proposed some very high goals for our assembly offerings: $100K for the ELCA Malaria Campaign and $100K for Advent Lutheran Church, Lake Ann. The actual figures were about $41K for Malaria and $5.4K for Advent. On the one hand, I was disappointed. On the other hand, with the log removed I came to appreciate that both offerings were near records for special Assembly offerings. With the log removed I saw that we made significant progress in accompanying our neighbors in Africa and Lake Ann.

As a summer discipline I invite you to join me in a Spirit-led daily logging operation. “First take the log out…” Blessings to you as you cherish the beauty of this season and continue to grow in grace.

~ Bishop John



Update on Penny Mullen

Penny is recuperating in Lakeview Manor in Tawas City, room 109. We are sending her our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery!

I’m sure she would love a card or a visit.



Margaret Krause, Editor

Ignore the typos and the grammar, I did!

Complaints or corrections 724-5203

Spring Clean-Up June 2nd

Inside and outside; windows, doors, pews, weed the flowerbeds, prune shrubs, you name it, it’s time to spruce up the church and grounds and we are counting on you to help. The church will be open by 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Lunch will be provided.




The meeting will be held on Sunday, June 17th following coffee in the Fellowship Hall. Approximate time 11:00 a.m. Mark your calendars!Emmanuel Mission Emergency Homeless Shelter is in need of tall kitchen trash bags, paper toweling, toilet tissue, sanitizing sprays, fresh fruit and vegetables, bottled water, flip-flops in adult sizes and prayers for their clients.

Oscoda Rotary 2012 Summer Concert SeriesAll concerts are on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the beach. The first is June 28th - McKinney Washtub Two


Emmanuel Mission Emergency Homeless Shelter is in need of tall kitchen trash bags, paper toweling, toilet tissue, sanitizing sprays, fresh fruit and vegetables, bottled water, flip-flops in adult sizes and prayers for their clients.




Summer is upon us and the swimming season starts. The following excerpts from an article in the Detroit News could be most helpful. MANY PEOPLE MISS DROWNING SIGNS

BY Pam LeBlanc

Kids sometimes die while adult watches.

Television programs and movies have taught us that when someone drowns, they flail their arms and yell. It’s nosy and noticeable, right?

In reality, drowning is more often silent. Someone who is drowning gasps for air and doesn’t waste effort waving his arms. He or she can’t call for help – it’s physiologically impossible.People who are truly drowning push down in the water with their hands to try to get their head above the surface. Their head is typically low in the water and tilted back. Their mouth is open and gasping. Their eyes are glassy, unable to focus or closed. Their body is vertical in the water, and they’re not kicking.

It is called the instinctive drowning response.

“A lot of peole don’t recognize that as a drowning,” says Don Brant, a Texas public safety official. That is not to say that someone who is yelling and splashing is not in trouble. But that person might still be able to grab a lifeline. Once a person starts drowning, they’ve got just 20 to 60 seconds before they’re gone.

Supervision and constant awareness are key for staying safe around water. Understand what your limitations are; be familiar with the body of water you are in and what’s around you.



Just like the Canada Geese, our snowbirds are making their way home for the summer. Penny Mullen was on one of the first flights. Then Don and Lucienne Schulz, Pat and Dick Irving, Bev and Bob Hunt and Bob Pack, Shirley Sproul, and Al and Mary Lou Luoma, Bev Saner  arrived on one of the last flights. Great to see their smiling faces!