On Huron Wave's March Newsletter 2012
Editor: Margaret Krause
If you would like to help with the purchase of Easter
If you would like to help with the purchase of Eater Lilies, please sign up on the bulletin board or send your name to:
Hope St. John?s Parish,
P.O. Box 338
Oscoda, MI 48750 by April 1s
Please include the name of the person(s) you wish the Lily to be in memory of or in honor. The donation is $15.00. Please make your check payable to Hope St. John?s Parish. Thank you.
Lilies, please sign up on the bulletin board or send your name to: Hope St. John?s Parish, P.O. Box 338, Oscoda, MI 48750. Please include the name of the person(s) you wish the Lily to be in memory of or in honor. The donation is $15.00. Please make your check payable to Hope St. John?s Parish. Thank you.
Health Bytes March 2012
Spring Cleaning for Freedom
So many of us have accumulated so much more than we need. It bursts from our closets, overflows our shelves and clutters our lives. Lent might be a wonderful time to deliberately release ourselves from the many "things" we own by cleaning out our closets and simplifying our lives in a prayerful and intentional way. On one level, this is ridding ourselves of things we don?t need, or things that we hated to part with. Certainly, many of us have many things that are "extra" or "unneeded" for us, but could be wonderful for those who can?t afford to buy clothes at a store. Another level of this journey into personal freedom is to ask ourselves how much do I really need? How many jackets, sport shirts, dresses, shoes? How much jewelry? How much sporting equipment? How much electronic equipment? How much of so many things we have in our lives? We can get as serious and go as deeply into this as we desire to find fruit. This is not "should I get rid of what I don?t need?" This is different, more faith-filled and takes us into giving up ?good? stuff ? perhaps stuff we are attached to ? because we want to experience the exercise of freedom. We do this because we sense that we are not free when we are attached to "things." Often being free from worldly attachments frees us to find our treasure in God. This freedom, too, will place us in greater solidarity with those who have so much less than we imagine we could survive on, yet they find great happiness and joy in trusting in God. What else might I do to become freer to love or "to live simply so others can simply live?"
"Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man?s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." Luke 12:15
SJHS Parish Nurse Program
Kim Easterle RN
Adapted from Creighton University Online Ministry
Hope St. John's Parish
A ministry of
Episcopal Church USA
and theEvangelical Lutheran Church
All things are lawful," but not all things are beneficial. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up. Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other."- St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 10: 23-24
Scientific research often uncovers things we in some sense already knew. Research has told us for years what is the optimal average caloric intake to help keep our bodies functioning well. Very recent findings suggest that overeating, especially in the aging, doubles the risk of a type of memory loss. At least on the first finding, we just knew that. Regarding the second, we are probably surprised, but not shocked.
In a society where food is both relatively abundant and inexpensive, it is not unlawful to eat virtually whatever and as much as we want. But often it is not beneficial; we know it is not good for us. In the verses above St. Paul takes us beyond the personal dimension. For Paulthe expression of our vast personal freedom, granted us through the death and resurrection of Jesus, must always be informed and shaped by our love for others. "Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other." For you, as a member of your congregation, this means acting in a way which this word of life makes plain. Your participation, your contribution in your congregation is informed and shaped by your love for your brothers and sister. In one sense you, a redeemed child of God, are free to not participate, to not contribute. But the Word, is clear. "All things are lawful, but not things build up." Love means you seek not your own advantage, but that of the other.
So it is also true for all of us as members of the synod and of the ELCA. Our freedom could stop at the door of our local community or of our synod. But if that were extent of our vision we?d miss Paul?s point. He would argue that "grace through faith" means freedom to love, freedom to seek the advantage of the other, even to the farthest reaches of the earth, not the narrow confines of the immediately visible and touchable.
During the season of Lent and into the early weeks of Easter you are asked to seek the advantage of mothers-to-be, infants, children, and elderly living in sub-Saharan Africa. The ELCA has embarked on a three-year concerted effort, together with people of good will throughout the world, to eradicate malaria. You are also asked to seek the advantage of Advent Lutheran (Lake Ann), the newest organized congregation in our synod, to help them build their first ministry facility. The collections of our individual expressions of generosity will fill the offering baskets at the Synod Assembly.
As a synod, we give away 50% of all the mission support we receive from you, plus much of the rest to ministries we directly sponsor or support taking place within and beyond our territory. To give away less would not be unlawful. But love calls us to be generous. In Christ, we are free to do this. And is the wonder and mystery of God?s grace, we find ourselves not diminished but spiritually enriched and healthy beyond our dreams an we seek the advantage of the other.
~ Bishop John
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The Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church on River Road was sold recently to the Hope Anglican Church which also houses the Emmanuel Mission, an emergency homeless shelter ministry.
Karen Rademacher, President of Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church and Dot Bissell, Vice President, presented Reverend Thomas Anderson, Pastor of the Hope Anglican Church, with the transfer of title to the property.
Pastor Kahl celebrated a milestone birthday on February 8th----
A BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU
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Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live!
DIOCESAN SUMMT MEETING
On January 28th, Bud Rick, Dot Bissell and I (Margaret Krause) went to Midland to attend a summit meeting of all the convocations in our diocese. Dana Howard, one of the representatives and a past president of the Northern Convocation, sent the following e-mail to all the churches in the Northern Convocation. It is a summation of what went on at the meeting and an urging to all of us in the Northern Convocation to prepare our requests for funds with much thought and preparation.
This email is not edited and does contain some texting.
NC refers to the Northern Convocation, which Hope St. John?s is a part of.
Last Saturday was subject event and I have waited a few days to comment and let it sink in. The NC was well represented with 15 and Saginaw Valley that was on home turf only upped that. It began with talk, which boiled down to what tasks are best done at the diocesan level and what at the grassroots.
Experience clearly shows that formation and ministry is best done by the diocese. So we limited the priorities ranking session that came next to social service/outreach. In general I saw six categories of social service that convocations are currently funding which are in no particular order: food banks, counseling, domestic violence, shelters, job and literacy, deaconate ministries and other poverty easement projects. I think the true goal of that session was working together with each convocation to see that all of us share common core values and goals. Then we ranked and scored the individual projects. I picked one from each category above and specifically was parochial in citing John Wallace's ministry and Grace Center as two primes from the NC. Then came lunch.
The second half was more talk and then it got parochial as some were caught up in the old. IMHO two of the convocations work poorly and we work well so we have a lot to protect. I do not think what we do is endangered by consolidation. Any way the onus is now on us to present our case well as the funds are centrally handled. We are supposed to pay off our current promises and commitments and send the rest of the funds on hand to the diocese escrow account.
I see it as an opportunity. It is up to us to make good presentations on our outreach programs and to be well represented in determining the process by which they are distributed. There are some problems in the way it is being done and foremost was no administrative funds for the convocation, which mostly means travel money, which is important to us due to distance, and financial restrictions it would be on some of our representatives. This I discussed with the diocesan treasurer (Bob Meikel) and he assured me it would be covered in some form.
Permission to print 2/2/12
St. Anne?s Valentine Luncheon
St. Anne?s Guild held a St. Valentine?s Day
luncheon in appreciation for all the support that the ladies offered over the past year.
It was a fun afternoon and delicious food!
Photo by Jan Potts (More pictures on our web site (click)
LENTEN RETREAT MARCH 8
The vestry of St. Andrew?s-By-The-Lake in Harrisville has invited Hope St. John?s to a one day Lenten retreat on March 8th from
9 A.M. to 1 P.M.. The topic is "Different Ways to Pray". The Reverend Heather Barta, an Episcopalian priest, will lead the retreat. There is no charge but they do ask us to register so they know the number for lunch preparation.
Call (989) 335-4054
Schedule For Holy Week
Palm Sunday 9:30 A.M., Fr. Cominos
Maundy Thursday 7:00 P.M., Fr. Cominos
Good Friday ---Noon - 3:00 P.M.
12:00 P.M.?Readings and meditation
1:00 P.M.---Service, Pastor Kahl
2:00 P.M.---Stations of the Cross
Easter Sunday 9:30 A.M., Pastor Kahl
All are welcome! Check our web site for additional information.
Please check the bulletin board for sign up sheets! Thank you!
Happy St. Patrick?s Day Quiz
The patron saint of Ireland is a famous Christian figure, but surprisingly little is actually known about him. Take this quiz about the man and the many legends that surround him.
1. Why is the shamrock associated with Saint Patrick?
a. He had 3 sons
b. He is said to have used it to explain the Trinity.
c. It represent the three wise men
d. It is an Irish national symbol
2. According to his "Confessions," St. Patrick was ashamed of his:
a. tendency to lie
b. poor Latin vocabulary
c. fear of snakes
d. lack of zeal in praying
3. What religion were the Irish before Patrick converted them?
4. Why is Saint Patrick?s Day March 17th?
a. It was his birthday
b. It was the day he arrived in Ireland
c. It was the day he drove away the snakes
d. It was the day he died
5. How did Patrick first get to Ireland?
a. He went on a trip with his parents?
b. His storm-tossed boat accidentally landed there.
c. He was kidnapped by marauders and sold into slavery there.
6. A famous prayer attributed to Saint Patrick includes which lines?
a. I arise today/Through God?s strength to pilot me.
b. May the road rise up to meet you.
c. Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
d. Both 1 and 3
7. When he was first in Ireland, St. Patrick spent 6 years as:
a. a preacher
b. a shepherd
c. a sailor
d. a farmer
8. A biographer of St. Patrick sees him as a mystic because the saint:
a. Had visions in his sleep
b. Heard voices
c. Saw visions while awake
d. All of the above.
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We are indeed grateful for the clergy who visit with us each week. Thank you for sharing with us. We are so blessed.
We?ve Got Mail
An e-mail was received from Mary Lou Luoma. She wishes to extend her thanks to her friends in Christ at Hope St. John?s for all the prayers, cards, and even telephone calls she received recently. She is doing well and hopes to be walking again soon. She is moving around very well with a walker but still cannot put weight on her left leg. She and Al pray for "our up north" church and look forward to seeing us in the spring.
Penny Mullen writes that she has an infection in her left eye. Hopefully by the time you read this newsletter her eye is all better but keep her in your prayers.
Sharon Ann Wheeler sent a newsy note. She said she would write more but her carpal tunnel syndrome was giving her problems.
Lucienne Schulz sent a note (in both French and English) thanking us for our prayers and caring.
Thank you for all your messages!
ON THE LIGHT SIDE
All Saints Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has a weekly husbands' marriage seminar. At the session last week, the Pastor asked Ole Westrum, who was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, to take a few minutes and share some insight into how he had managed to stay married to the same woman all these years.
"Vell," Ole replied to the assembled husbands, "I've tried to treat her nice, spend da krone on her, but best of all, I took her to Norvay for da 20th anniversary!"
The Pastor responded, "Ole, you are an inspiration to all the husbands here! Please tell us what you are planning for your 50th anniversary.
Ole proudly replied, "I'm gonna go get her!"
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A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly the light turned yellow just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.
As she was still mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her out of her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He said, "I?m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the
guy in front of you, and cussing a blue steak at him. I noticed the "What Would Jesus Do" bumper sticker, the "Choose Life" license plate holder, the "Follow me to Sunday School" bumper sticker and the chrome plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk."
"Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car!"
Thanks to ML & JP, e-mail pals
St. Joseph Health System
Grief Support Program 2012
March 8 Thursday?s
3:00 ? 4:30 p.m. Classroom C
Please register---form on the bulletin board
People need people and friends need friends. And we all need love, for a full life depends
Not on vast riches or great acclaim, Not on success or on worldly fame,
But just in knowing that someone cares, And holds us close in their thoughts and prayers?
For only the knowledge that we?re understood, Makes everyday living feel wonderfully good.
And we rob ourselves of life?s greatest need, When we "lock up our hearts" and fail to heed
The outstretched hand reaching to find, A kindred spirit whose heart and mind
Are lonely and longing to somehow share, Our joys and sorrows and to make us aware
That life?s completeness and richness depends, On the things we share with our loved ones and friends.
Helen Steiner Rice
Devotions upon Emergent Occasions
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, apart of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend?s or of thine own were. Any man?s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee?"
Margaret Krause, Editor
Ignore the typos and grammar, I did!
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Maggie for a won derful job creating our newsletter!