On Huron Wave'sOctober Newsletter 2012
Hope St. John's Parish
ministry of Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran
America Sunday worship
9:30 AM 223 E
Mill St PO Box
MI 48750-0338 Email:
site: www.hopestjohnsparish.com Tel:
(989)739-7785 Glorifying God as faithful
servants of Christ
Hope St. John's Parish
A ministry of
Episcopal Church USA
Evangelical Lutheran Churchin America
Sunday worship 9:30 AM
223 E Mill St
PO Box 338
Oscoda MI 48750-0338
Web site: www.hopestjohnsparish.com
Glorifying God as faithful servants of Christ
WE PRAY FOR
The Decker and Potts Family
IN THE MILITARY
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
Karen Rademacher - President
Dot Bissell - Vice President
Bob Potts -Treasurer
ST. JOHN’S VESTRY
Norma Lee – Sr. Warden & Convocation Representative
Bill Dorcey – Junior Warden
Rose Marie MacDonald - Clerk
Margaret Krause – Secretary
Bob Potts – TreasurerHarriet Ellwein
CHURCH- WIDE, REGIONAL LEADERS
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
The following is a prayer written by Pastor Jim Blair for the Rotary Club. It swept the world via the internet, translated into many languages, and is used internationally by the Rotary. It can now be viewed on a memorial plaque in the Rotary’s Pocket Park on E. Dwight Street. Barbara Blair said, "The Rotary did a beautiful job on the plaque." Be sure to drop by and see it!
O GOD, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
MAY WE INTENTIONALLY PLACE ‘Service above Self’ in all our daily pursuits.
Help us to remember as we walk together in this club, that whatever we might say, only be the truth.
Whatever steps we take together, let them build goodwill and better friendships among us.
Whatever goals we strive to accomplish through this club, let them be beneficial to all concerned.
And, help us to never lose sight of your many blessings, O God.
For good food, fellowship and the opportunity to serve others through Rotary.
For all of this, and for a few doses of good luck and grace, we give You our thanks. Amen
We've Got Mail
We received a note from Sharon Ann Wheeler. She sends her love and she is praying for us.
On August 10 – 11th her area was hit with heavy rains, as a result she had a flood in her basement. She has been busy cleaning up the mess. She said "Noah built an ark, I get to clean up downstairs."
One year ago, on August 23rd , we had a farewell lunch for her--- We miss your beautiful smile!—Please come back to visit!
God Bless you, Sharon Ann!!
Two flights of Snowbirds have already left. Rosemary Cook and her daughter left in August and Al and Mary Lou Luoma left mid September for a leisurely trip to their destination. We are happy that our "Snowbirds" share their summer months with Hope St. John’s ---we miss their smiling faces.
We wish you all safe travel and remind you that we love to hear from you---an e-mail works!
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Be thankful for what you have.
Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop fear.
The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling and even more beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!!Thanks again to Jan Potts
If your answer to the Banana test is:
Lion = you're dull.
Chimpanzee = you're dense.
Giraffe = you're a complete moron.
Squirrel = you're hopeless.
A COCONUT TREE DOESN'T HAVE BANANAS.
Obviously you're stressed and overworked..
You should take some time off and relax.
AND caregivers alike always appreciate a loving and kind gesture.
By Linda Foster, MA MPH Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MPH
Dealing with illness can make it easy to forget the
simple things that make us respect and love one another as family members. No matter how serious the condition, the small, kind gesture can mean so much to someone going through it, whether as a patient or a caregiver. Taking the time to show someone you care can go a long way toward helping your loved one during a difficult time.
Maggie O'Brennan, a breast-cancer patient as well as a caregiver and elder advocate in Pennsylvania, understands the importance of the kind gesture from both perspectives. Says O’Brennan, "The little things can mean so much, like fixing a grilled cheese for me and then not being upset when I can only eat a bite or two. Or telling me I am beautiful even though I am bald and emaciated. I know you’re lying but I appreciate it!"
Six Ways to Demonstrate That You Care
There are many ways to show a loved one who is ill that you care:
Offer to be there whenever your loved one needs to talk, even at three in the morning — the middle of the night is the worst time for many who are seriously ill.
Never look shocked when you see how your loved one’s appearance has changed, and certainly never bring it up it. They are well aware of it. Don’t compare your loved one to anyone else in the same circumstances — this doesn’t help.
"Do not let your loved one get away with things that might be harmful or wrong, just because they’re ill," O’Brennan says. "Sometimes they need a wake-up call.".
Watch movies with your loved one, even if you hate the movie she chose; you can watch what you like some other time. That is what kindness is all about.
Remember to be grateful when your loved one is able to get up and make dinner for you, or if your loved one attempts to help you with a home repair.
"Your loved one’s illness is very personal; show respect for their privacy. Do not discuss their situation with friends or strangers without permission. Trust is invaluable," O’Brennan advises.
The Kind Gesture When You’re the Patient
Helping to take care of you can sometimes leave your loved ones emotionally exhausted, and feeling helpless and frightened. As the patient, there are ways you can show them you care and help them feel more comfortable with your illness. "When you’re feeling really ill or don’t feel like talking, let your loved ones know — they cannot read your mind," says O’Brennan.
Here are other ideas:
Be ready to comfort your children or grandchildren when they show signs that they’re afraid of losing you. If you’re unsure of the best way to talk to them about your illness, ask your medical team or a social worker for suggestions. There are also good web resources for age appropriate ways to talk to children about illness.
Overlook the fact that you were brought a spoon instead of a fork or that your nephew didn’t buy you the peanut butter you like. In the grand scheme of things, these insignificant annoyances really don’t matter.
O’Brennan suggests that you always accept your loved ones’ help even when you don’t need it because it makes them feel better to do something for you.
Don’t criticize what they do or how they do it. And try to "understand when loved ones are tired and cranky," says O’Brennan.
Always say "I love you" before your loved ones leave or before hanging up the phone.
Share your thoughts and fears with her and allow her to share hers with you.
"Believe there is an answer to every problem if you think outside the box, and share that positive attitude," O’Brennan says.
JOINT COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS
Have you noticed the new facia and the new seamless gutters on the church? We were long overdue for new gutters and the facia will eliminate having to paint the wood. It certainly looks cleaner.
The church signs are in the process of being refurbished, thanks to the Hope Lutheran Council. The big sign should be back in place by the middle of October.
Sharing Hands & Heartis an ALL FAITH prayer ministry for any that knit or crochet. Prayer and making projects for several charities are our focus. We will be meeting the second Wednesday of each month at Grace Community Presbyterian Church, 6012 Skeel, in Oscoda. Meetings are 1-2:30 and 6-7:30 p.m., whichever time works best for you. Our next meeting is October 10th. For questions or more information contact Betty at 739-1825. I hope to see you there.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.
WISHING YOU A GLORIOUS FALL
AND A HAPPY ALL SAINTS DAY!
WORRY IS LIKE A ROCKING CHAIR;
IT GIVES YOU SOMETHING TO DO,
BUT DOESN’T GET YOU ANYWHERE.
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The Banana Test
There is a very, very tall coconut tree and there are four animals...
A Lion A Chimp A Giraffe,
they decide to compete to see who is the fastest to
get a banana off the tree.
Who do you guess will win?
Your answer will reflect your personality. Answer on the next page
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St. Joseph Hospital ended the Parish Nurse Program so there will be no Flu Shot Clinic at Hope St. John’s or any of the other local churches this year. You can get flu shots at Gilbert’s Drugs, Rite Aid or from your doctor. If you have Medicare the cost will be covered.
Hope St. John’s is in dire need of a couple of people who would be willing to learn how the Altar is prepared for services. Our goal is to have one person who would be willing to serve one Sunday each month. Sharing the monthly duties makes for light work for everybody. Don’t hesitate, we have an excellent instructor and lots of written instructions that makes serving easy. See Norma Rick or Dot Bissell.
I REGRET OFTEN THAT I HAVE SPOKEN;
NEVER THAT I HAVE BEEN SILENT
Here is something each and every one of us can learn from
A Dog's Purpose (From a 6-year-old).
... Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa , and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.
He said, ''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued,
''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
From the Kitchen
Italian Green Beans
6 slices of bacon fried crisp---set aside—drain most of the grease
sauté one med/lg onion chopped
In a casserole mix:
4 cans of green beans drained
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of catsup
the sautéed onions
and crumbled bacon
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes
Margaret Krause, Editor
Ignore the typos and the grammar, I did!
Complaints or corrections call 724-5203
Give Thanks to Margaret.... for once again she's done an OUTSTANDING job on our newsletter!