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 Street

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

Hope St John's Parish

PO Box 338

Oscoda MI 48750-0338




Norma Anderson, Everlyn Arnold, Yconne Colbath, Cindy Cook, Helen Cottrell, Maris Deacon, Dick Davis,Don Dorcey, Kelly Dorcey, Daniel Foy, Susan Franks, Don & Cindy Fulton, Keegan Harrington, Rick Harrington, Chris Honsa, Carma Housler, Danielle Huffman, Bob Hunt, Chari Johnson, Dolly Johnson, Judy Kohler, Carel Lecureux, Hershel Lee, Norma Lee, Chris Loveless, Linda Loveless, Shirley Loveless, Gary Maaske, Joan Miller, Nicole Manno, Penny Mullen, Eric Nelson, Pat Odell, Kenny Patty, Sharon Pawley, Rosalie Peterson, Kathy Poslaiko, Ron Potts, Christine Purnell, Wayne Regier, Gerald Schulz, Fr. Bob McKay and his family, Maggie Burns (executive assistant to Bishop Satterlee)


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 John Rohrer, USMC Christopher Scott, USA Brian Szucs, USAF Kyle Shepherd, USA Anthony Sidoti, USAF




Dot Bissell– President

Norma Lee – Vice President

Margaret Krause – Secretary Marv Bradow

Bob Potts – Treasurer Bill Dorcey

Julie Dorcey



Marv Bradow - President

Dot Bissell - V. President , Sunrise Conference Rep.,

& Northern Convocation Rep., Secretary

Bob Potts, Treasurer

Don Schulz

Lucienne Schulz

Bev Saner



Norma Lee – Sr. Warden

Bill Dorcey – Junior Warden

Rose Marie MacDonald - Clerk

Margaret Krause – Secretary

Bob Potts – Treasurer

Julie Dorcey



Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop – ECUSA

Most Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop – ELCA

Rt. Rev. Todd Ousley, Bishop – EDEM

Rt. Rev. Craig Satterlee, Bishop – N/WLMS-ELCA

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

Rev. Chrisy Bright, Dean – Sunrise Conference



Just wondering about March Madness.

That great time of the year known as March Madness has begun. It is the time when season ending basketball games and conference tournaments determine who will play in the NCAA Tournament. Many folks will soon fill out brackets trying to select the 32, then 16, then 8, then 4 teams who will play for the national championship of college basketball. It is an exciting time and even people who don’t pay attention at any other time of the season do so during March Madness.

Another kind of March madness began this week – the season of Lent. March 5th was Ash Wednesday when some of us went to a church or other place where a pastor using ashes made the sign of the cross on our foreheads while saying, “You are dust and to dust you shall return.” Ashes remind us of our mortality and God’s supremacy. It is meant to be a sobering time of personal reflection.

But in its own way it is also a kind of March madness. Ponder some of the maddening words that go along with our reflection this month:

Jesus: “See, we are going up to Jerusalem where the Son of Man will be handed over to the religious ones, and they will condemn him to death; he will be mocked and spit upon, flogged and killed and after three days he will rise again.”

St. Mark: “Then Judas Iscariot went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and promised to give him money.”

Judas: “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him….”

Peter: “I don’t know this man….”

Pilate: “I find no basis for an accusation against this man…but I will have him flogged and release him to you.”

Jesus: “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.”

Jesus to the man hanging next to him: “Today you will be with me in paradise.”

A centurion: “Certainly this man was innocent.”

Basketball has no corner on the madness of March. I pray that you will make time to reflect on Jesus and what he did for you and all of us—it’s March madness.

Pastor Kirk Havel, Ret.,

Permission to print 2014

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And the madness continues into April – Holy Week

Palm Sunday

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven.”

Matthew 21:9

Holy Week – Monday




Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

Luke 9:23

Holy Week - Tuesday

When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”

Matthew 26: 1-2


Holy Week – Wednesday

Close friends betrayed the Lord in thought, word and deed. The Lord asked them to stay awake and pray – they did not.

Matthew 26: 23-46


Holy Week – Maundy Thursday


A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

John 13: 34

Holy Week – Good Friday

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”Holy Week – Holy Saturday


The whole earth is at rest and quiet; they break forth into singing.

Isaiah 14:7

Easter Sunday

And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.

1 corinthians 6:14

Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God forever and ever. Amen!

Revelation 7:12



April Birthdays


April 9 Barbara Blair

April 23 RoseMarie MacDonald

April 25 Gary Maaske

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April Anniversaries

April 11th Pat and Dick Irving






Monthly Schedule


April 6 Discretionary Fund and potluck

April 2,9,16 Lenten Bible Study and lunch

23,30 10am

April 13 Palm Sunday Service & Brunch

April Food Give Away call the office for

Time and date

April 18 Good Friday Service 12 – 3 p.m.

April 20 Easter Sunday

April 27 Joint Council Meeting-Hope Council

St. John’s Vestry


FYI ~ Did you know?

The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan, Todd Ousley, will be visiting with us on April 6, 2014 and he will preside at the worship service. His visit just happens to be scheduled for the same day that we have our monthly potluck, so let’s make this one extra special! Plan to stay around after the service and take part in the chat with the Bishop and enjoy the fellowship.

We have a web site!! Check it out at www.hopest.johnsparish.com

Let Go and Let GOD!

As children bring their broken toys,
with tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God,
because He is my friend.
But then instead of leaving Him in
peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help,
with ways that were my own.
At last, I snatched it back again and cried,
“How can you be so slow?”
“My child” He said, “What could I do?
You never let it go.”

Author Lauretta P. Burns





.something to think about

Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.

4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

10 minutes:
A 3-year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Parents, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.

45 minutes:
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

1 hour
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
This is a true story.. The Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities organized Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station. The questions raised; in a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.... How many other things are we missing?

Good Friday Offering

“I encourage you and your congregation to join in supporting our sister and brother Anglicans throughout the province of Jerusalem and the Middle East through the Good Friday Offering.

~Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

Episcopal Church – USA


A couple in their nineties are both having problems remembering things. During a check-up, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember
Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. 'Want anything while I'm in the kitchen?' he asks.

'Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?'
'Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?' she asks.
'No, I can remember it.'

'Well, I'd like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it?'
He says, 'I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.'

'I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll forget that, write it down?' she asks.

Irritated, he says, 'I don't need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream - I got it, for goodness sake!'

Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment and then says:
'Where's my toast?'

Thanks to Norma and Bud Rick



There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.

'Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.'
So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.

'H-M-M,' she said, 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today.'
So she did and she had a grand day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed
that she had only one hair on her head.

'Well,' she said, 'today I'm going to wear my hair in a pony tail.'
So she did, and she had a fun, fun day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and
noticed that there wasn't a single hair on her head.
'YAY!' she exclaimed. 'I don't have to fix my hair today!'

Attitude is everything.



Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Suspended Coffee

“We entered a little coffee house with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter: “Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended.” They pay for their order, take the two coffees and leave. I ask my friend: “What are those suspended coffees?” My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.” Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers – three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks “Do you have any suspended coffee?” It’s simple – people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the ‘suspended’ coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee but also a sandwich or a whole meal. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafes or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate will find hope and support? If you own a business why don’t you offer it to your clients…. I am sure many of them will like it.

This article came from the Trinity Episcopal Church newsletter. To quote the editor of that newsletter -------



My Name is Gossip.

My name is Gossip. I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted the more I am believed. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no name and no face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try the more elusive I become. I am nobody’s friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments and wreck marriages. I ruin careers and cause sleepless nights, heartaches and indigestion. I make innocent people cry in their pillows.

Even my name hisses. I am called Gossip.

I make headlines and headaches.

Before you repeat a story ask yourself:

Is it true?

Is it harmless?

Is it necessary?

If it isn’t, don’t repeat it!

Author Unknown



Blood Drive

Oscoda American Legion

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

12;00 P.M. TO 5:45 P.M.

Sponsored by the Lady Lioness

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We’ve Got Mail

Jay Deacon wrote a note that said he and his mother, Maris, enjoy reading the newsletter. Maris sends her love and best wishes. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Belated Happy Birthday Maris! They sent a check, part of which will be for the purchase of an Easter Lily for Easter Sunday and the rest will be added to our contribution to F.I.S.H. and to Shelter, Incorporated. Thank you Jay and Maris so nice to hear from you!.

Penny Mullen sent her love and best wishes. She may have to have surgery.

Beverly Saner is back in the states. She really enjoyed her time in Europe and England.

Lucienne Schulz sent very good news. Don is well now, in fact, they are both doing well! Oh happy day!

We received a note from the Loaves and Fishes Café Committee, thanking us for our contribution each month. It is wonderful for homeless to have a place during the winter months to keep warm and have a hot bowl of soup and a sandwich. Also to read and share fellowship!

Shirley Sproul sent a note. She has been visiting some of her family out west. She sends her best wishes to all!



Bishop’s Letter –

March, 2014

Lenten Disruption

I heard my whole life that Lent is a journey. Scripturally speaking, the forty days of Lent recall Noah and his family’s cruise in the ark, Moses and Elijah’s trip to Mount Horeb (they didn’t go together), Israel’s wandering in the wilderness (though we are talking years rather than days), and Jesus’ sojourn in the desert. Growing up, my family’s Lenten journey boiled down to an additional trip to church on Wednesday nights for Lenten worship. As a preacher, the lectionary provided me a Scriptural trek. But, alas, Lent, as a journey, was mostly an idea, a concept, or a metaphor.

Not this year! Our pilgrimage (Cathy and I) which began in mid August and ended in mid February, gave me new insights into what the Lenten journey could be. It’s about letting go and leaving behind without knowing where you will end up and when you will get there. It’s about doing without stuff you thought you couldn’t do without, and then trying to figure out how to get rid of much of it when you get it back. It’s about depending on others without any way of repaying. It’s about losing an identity, orientation, and place to land in order to reclaim a more foundational identity, orientation, and place to land. Lent is about disrupting your life trusting that God can do something amazing. You will know it’s a journey because some days will feel like a vacation and other days like a sentence. And you will spend much of the time feeling exhausted, and uplifted, and grateful as the connection to God grows.

Perhaps the most important insight is that the Lenten journey is a communal act, a team sport, if you will. None of us can keep Lent alone. The question is not what I will do for Lent but what we will do for Lent. I notice some congregations are having a pre-Lenten gathering on the Wednesday before Ash. What a wonderful idea to plan the trip together! The question faith communities might ask is this: “How can we disrupt our common life for the forty days, trusting God to act in amazing ways?”

I write to you from my home office. A few things and lots of boxes surround me. Cathy and I are grateful to our synod council for making it possible for us to live in our synod even as we wait for our house in Chicago to sell. We feel like we’ve crossed the Jordan into the land of promise. Now we unpack from the journey and behold the new us that is reflected in our new home. I think that’s a metaphor and experience of resurrection.

I look forward to the ways our paths will cross this Lent!

~The Rev. Craig A. Satterlee, Ph.D., Bishop

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Quiz on Spring: No answers include snow!

       1 There’s a marvelous number,“Springtime for Hitler”, in a Broadway show that spoofs almost everything.

What is the name of that show?

2. Spring is great for you, but who was told “Beware of the Ides of March”? He didn’t listen.

3.The poet Tennyson wrote that “In spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thought of______?

4.Define “equinox” our weather experts refer to it frequently at this time of year.

5.What is the birthstone for April?

6.And how about the birthstone for May, when everything is green again?

7.We thrill to the beauty of spring flowers—daffodils, hyacinths, tulips. Ah, tulips. Who was the singer who is always identified with “Tiptoe Through the Tulips”?

          8. “By the rude bridge that arched the flood, their flag to April’s breeze unfurled” was fired the shot heard around the world, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote. Where and who were involved in this part of our American history?

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The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the 1500's

Most people got married in June because they took their early bath in May, And they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone
in it.

Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!
Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath them It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."
There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings Could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery In the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence: a thresh hold.

More interesting facts in the next newsletter!

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It is getting close to rhubarb time----I hope!!!

Rhubarb Dump Cake

1 pound rhubarb cut into ¼ inch pieces (between 3 and 4 cups)

1 cup white sugar

1 (3ounce) strawberry jell-o

1 package yellow cake mix

1 cup water

¼ cup butter melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Spread the rhubarb evenly in the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle the sugar over the rhubarb, followed by the jell-o, and finally the cake mix. Pour the water and melted butter over the top. Do not stir. Bake for 45 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender..

A facebook recipe---I haven’t tried it yet but the picture looked so yummy!

“God is in His heaven. All’s right with the world.” wrote the poet.

Ah, spring---and how welcome!

Quiz answers

The Producers

Julius Caesar according to Shakespeare


The time when the sun crosses the equator and days and nights are equal in length.



Tiny Tim

8. Lexington and the Minutemen


Margaret Krause, Editor

Ignore the typos and grammar, I did!

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