On Huron Wave's  March Newsletter 2012

Editor: Margaret Krause

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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.



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


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 the

Evangelical Lutheran Church

in America


    FORGIVENESS----THE ACTIVE EMOTION                             

By Mary Rowe

One of the requirements that Jesus set before us when He gave us His wonderful lessons in living was that we should forgive, if necessary seventy times seven, all those who we felt had despitefully used us. I wonder if we realize just what this requirement of forgiveness entails?

Most of us pass through three stages in learning to forgive. When we first become conscious of the need to forgive, we may find ourselves thinking of situations that we seem unable to forgive---or to forget. But as we continue in our desire to do as Jesus advised, we come to the place where we do forgive---but cannot quite forget. We know that this is not good enough.

Through prayer we continue to wrestle with this particular angel until we find that we can say, honestly, "I forgive and I forget," and proceed to do so.

Then we come to the third stage in this process of learning to forgive. We find that, although we are faced with persons and situations that test our willingness to forgive, our first reaction is:

"I do not accept any hurt from persons or situations."


This is fine---as far as it goes---but don?t you think we have another step to take? Forgiveness should be an active emotion. We cannot stop at the point where we just dismiss from our mind the person or persons involved. We come to realize that theirs may be a cry for help.

What we may be seeing is the outer effect of some hurt that has been sustained by the person who, in turn, is trying to hurt us. He is in pain in his heart, and his aggression is his desire to escape from this inner hurt. He is asking us for help---although of course he doesn?t realize this.

This is where our forgiveness becomes an active emotion. We have to try to do something to help him. We would not turn away if someone came to us with a wound to be bandaged., just because we did not like to see the wound. And so it is with those who are wounded inside. The cry for help may alarm us, but it is up to us to bind his inner wound with our prayers and love.

God has given us this wonderful opportunity, and He has equipped us with the healing emotion of forgiveness. We give our love and we give our faith, and we know that we are doing what God would have us do. We are feeding His sheep. We are loving our neighbor as ourselves. We are pouring out to another who needs it, the healing ointment of love and understanding.

This is true forgiveness, for forgiveness is love in action. It is not a defensive measure, but a giving out, a putting into action of the forgiving love with which we are so richly endowed.

Forgiveness is an active emotion. Let?s act!

Daily Word Copyright

Editor?s note: One more article from my clippings of the late 60s that spoke to me to reprint




The Carpenter

Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch. Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference and finally, it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence. One morning there was a knock on John's door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter's toolbox.

"I'm looking for a few days' work," he said. "Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there I could help with? Could I help you?" "Yes," said the older brother. "I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That's my neighbor. In fact, it's my younger brother! Last week there was a meadow between us. He recently took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I'll do him one better. See that pile of lumber by the barn? I want you to build me a fence an 8 foot fence -- so I won't need to see his place or his face anymore." The carpenter said, "I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I'll be able to do a job that pleases you."

The older brother had to go to town, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day -- measuring, sawing and nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all.

It was a bridge...A bridge that stretched from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work, handrails and all! And the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming toward them, his hand outstretched. "You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said and done." The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in middle, taking each other's hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox onto his shoulder. "No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects for you," said the older brother.

"I'd love to stay on," the carpenter said, "but I have many more bridges to build."                          Author unknown

But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. Luke 6:27

Lord, impress upon us that the sure way to destroy an enemy is to

make him a friend. Transform our hearts with your forgiveness.

I am continually amazed to


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 Paul the 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.


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March 21

Mary Lou Luoma


Pastor Kahl celebrated a milestone birthday on February 8th----




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.**?? ??**.? .**??...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!??**.?

Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live!



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)



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?

a. Jewish

b. Zoroastrian

c. Pagan

d. Deist

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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Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Chef Bill Dorcey and his assistants put on a delicious pancake supper. Approximately sixty people were served sausage, bacon, pancakes, applesauce and desert. Most of our guests made a point of telling us how good the food was and offering their thanks for the meal.

Thank you to Bill, Julie, Jan, and Maggie for cooking duty; Bob, Harriet, Lori, Dennis, Helen, and Bud, for kitchen duty and clean up; Dot for set up; Karen, Helen, Julie, Harriet, Jan and Carmen for delicious deserts and to every person who helped in any way.

We are looking forward to next year.

Joint Council Highlights

A committee was formed to look into setting up a scholarship program for Hope St. John?s Parish. Bud Rick, Dot Bissell, Bob Potts and Jan Potts gathered information and came up with a program that met with your Joint Council?s approval for funding. More details will be forthcoming in future issues of the newsletter.

"Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It?s what you do for others Danny Thomas


Answers to St. Patrick Quiz

1. B

2. B

  3. C 4. D

5. C

6. A & C

7. B

 8. D




3, 2, 1 CAKE

These individual little cakes are amazing and ready to eat in one minute! They are perfect for whenever you feel like a treat without all the fat and calories that cake can have. Genius idea!


1 box Angel Food Cake Mix

1 box Cake Mix - Any Flavor

2 Tbsp Water

Makes 1 serving.


In a Ziploc bag, combine the two cake mixes together and mix well. For each individual cake serving, take out 3 Tablespoons of the cake mix combination and mix it with 2 Tablespoons of water in a small microwave-safe container. Microwave on high for 1 minute, and you have your own instant individual little cake!

KEEP remaining cake mixture stored in the Ziploc bag and use whenever you feel like a treat! You can top each cake with a dollop of fat free whipped topping and/or some fresh fruit.

Helpful Tips:

This recipe is called 3, 2, 1 Cake because all you need to remember is:

"3 tablespoons mix, 2 tablespoons water, 1 minute in the microwave!"

TRY various flavors of cake mix like carrot, red velvet, pineapple, lemon, orange, etc. Just remember that one of the mixes has to be the angel food mix; the other is your choice. The flavor possibilities are endless!

NOTES: The best thing is, you open both cake mixes into a gallon storage bag, one that 'zip locks' or 'self-seals', or a container that seals tightly, shake the two cake mixes to blend and then make the recipe. Storage of mix is simple, put it on a shelf. No need to refrigerate, since the mix is dry.

Always remember that one of the cake mixes MUST be Angel Food. The other can be any flavor. The Angel Food is the cake mix that has the egg whites in it. So, if, anyone is allergic to egg whites, you can NOT serve this recipe.

Editor?s note

I have not tested this recipe---but it sounds wonderful! Thanks Jan Potts!

Supply Clergy  

March 4  BCP Rev. Peter Cominos
March 11 ELW Rev. Douglas Kahl
March  18 BCP Rev. Peter Cominos          Healing Service
March  25 ELW Rev. Hedy Alcock

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


March 4 Potluck and Discretionary Fund

March 7,14,21,28 Lenten Bible Study & Service 10:00 am

Soup and bread lunch at noon

March 14 St. Anne?s Guild 10:30 A.M.

March 18 Joint Council

March 27 Grocery Give-away 12:30 pm

Richardson Elementary on River Road



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!




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

John Donne

Meditation 17

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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Thank You

Maggie for a won derful job creating our newsletter!