Hope St. John's Parish
A ministry of
Episcopal Church - USA
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Sunday worship 9:30 AM
223 E Mill Street
PO Box 338
Oscoda MI 48750-0338
Web site: www.hopestjohnsparish.com
Glorifying God as faithful servants of Christ
Hope St John's Parish
PO Box 338
Oscoda MI 48750-0338
WE PRAY FOR
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)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 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
Marv Bradow - President
Dot Bissell - V. President , Sunrise Conference Rep.,
& Northern Convocation Rep., Secretary
Bob Potts, Treasurer
ST. JOHN’S VESTRY
Norma Lee – Sr. Warden
Bill Dorcey – Junior Warden
Rose Marie MacDonald - Clerk
Margaret Krause – Secretary
Bob Potts – Treasurer
CHURCH- WIDE, REGIONAL LEADERS
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.,
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And the madness continues into April – Holy Week
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.
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.
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 9 Barbara Blair
April 23 RoseMarie MacDonald
April 25 Gary Maaske
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April 11th Pat and Dick Irving
April 6 Discretionary Fund and potluck
April 2,9,16 Lenten Bible Study and lunch
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 atwww.hopest.johnsparish.com
Let Go and Let GOD!
As children bring their broken toys,
Author Lauretta P.
.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.
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
ON THE LIGHT SIDE
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
'I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll forget that, write it
down?' she asks.
Thanks to Norma and Bud Rick
There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the
'Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.'
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
'H-M-M,' she said, 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle
The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and
'Well,' she said, 'today I'm going to wear my hair
in a pony tail.'
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!'
Be kinder than necessary, for everyoneyou meet is fighting some kind of battle.
“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 -------
“WHAT AN IDEA!”
NOTHING GOOD COMES FROM GOSSIP
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!
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 –
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.
Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath
More interesting facts in the next newsletter!
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FROM THE KITCHEN
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!
Julius Caesar according to Shakespeare
The time when the sun crosses the equator and days and nights are equal in length.
8. Lexington and the Minutemen
Margaret Krause, Editor
Ignore the typos and grammar, I did!
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