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Hope St. John's Parish

A ministry of

Episcopal Church USA

and the

Evangelical Lutheran Churchin America

Sunday worship 9:30 AM

223 E Mill St

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




Archives 2011

September Newsletter

October Newsletter

November Newsletter

December Newsletter













Addison Bottjen

Matt Bottjen

Gayle Chisholm

Linda Curtis

Maris Deacon

Dick Davis

Kerry Decker

Harriet Ellwein

Conrad Eslick

Susan Franks

Jim Galetto

Don Grasser

Sally Hall-Janssen

Keegan Harrington

Rick Harrington

Carma Housler

Bob & Bev Hunt

Chari Johnson

Carel Lecureux

Hershel & Norma Lee

Chris Loveless

Linda Loveless

Glen Maples

Gary Maaske

Penny Mullen

Sharon Pawley

Shelly Paton-Mills

Kenny Patty

Rosalie Peterson

Kathy Poslaiko

Christine Purnell

Alice Schell

Karen Securius

Dayna Schemanske

Lucienne Schulz

Lori Shepherd

Shirley Loveless

Karen Rademacher

Danielle Huffman

Darl Weishuhn

Helen Cottrel

Harriet Ellwein

The Decker and Potts Family


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

Dot Bissell

John Rademacher

Julie Dorcey

Bill Dorcey

Hershel Lee

Rosalie Peterson


Karen Rademacher - President

Dot Bissell - Vice President

Bob Potts -Treasurer

John Rademacher

Don Schulz

Lucienne Schulz


Norma Lee – Sr. Warden & Convocation Representative

Bill Dorcey – Junior Warden

Rose Marie MacDonald - Clerk

Margaret Krause – Secretary

Bob Potts – Treasurer

Harriet Ellwein

Bud Rick

Bev Gardner

Hershel Lee

Julie Dorcey


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







This was Randy and Marli Brown’s third visit to Hope St. John’s Parish and each time their message and music has been fresh, beautiful, and inspiring. When Randy plays the keyboard our visitors are seen snapping their fingers, clapping their hands, tapping their feet and even nodding their heads to the beat.

After the concert a delicious salad buffet luncheon was held in the fellowship hall. Many compliments were given on the food and offers of support were made for next year’s Mini Retreat.

Thank you to everyone who helped Dot Bissell make this a special occasion. Dot took on the Mini Retreat when Shirley Sproul retired after many years of chairing the event. Thank you Dot for a wonderful job!

A special thank you to Linda, from Trinity Lutheran Church, who came into the kitchen with a huge smile, grabbed a towel, and began drying dishes. She added laughter to a rather blah chore! Love that community support!!!!

Photos by Jan Potts

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!


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.


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.

www.carepages.com          Permission 8/12


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 & Heart is 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.












Supply Clergy

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

We are indeed grateful for the clergy who visit with us each week. Thank you for sharing with us. We are so blessed.

 October 7 BCP  Rev Michael Houle
October 14 ELW  Rev. Douglas Kahl
October 21  BCP  Rev. Peter Cominos
October 28  ELW ELW Rev. Gary Grieger


Monthly Schedule

October 7                       Discretionary Fund
October 4,11,18,25        Intercessory Prayer 12:15 p.m. followed by
                                       Bible Study at 1:30 p.m.
October 9                       St. Anne’s Guild
October 20                     Episcopal Convention
October 21                     Joint Council
October 23                      Grocery Give-away 12:30 pm
                                        At the Assembly of God Church on US 23





October Birthdays

October 2

Helen Cottrell

October 21

Carel LeCureux

October 27

Julie Dorcey

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October Anniversaries

October 2

Paul and Margaret Krause

October 21

Don and Carel LeCureux

October 21

Bud and Norma Rick

October 27

Al and Mary Lou Luoma






FYI-------Interesting facts

How Great is our God!

Our Creator and Redeemer…and do we think about it??? God’s accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs…..

For example:

the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days;

-those of the canary in 14 days;

-those of the barnyard hen in 21 days;

-the eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days;

-those of the mallard in 35 days;

-the eggs of the parrot and ostrich hatch in 42 days. (Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!

God’s wisdom is seen in the making of an elephant. The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body, too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily.

The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation.

God’s wisdom is revealed in His arrangement of sections and segments, as well as in the number of grains.

-Each watermelon has and even number of stripes on the rind.

-Each orange has an even number of segments.

-Each ear of corn has an even number of rows.

-Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains.

-Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row has an odd number.

-The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.


-All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks, and Lord specified thirty fold, sixty fold, and a hundred fold all even numbers.

God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day. Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a

conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed.

The lives of each of you may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, if you will only entrust Him with your life. If you try to regulate your own life, it will be a mess and a failure. Only the One who made the brain and the heart can successfully guide them to a profitable end.

On the Light Side

There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country.

:"Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the postal clerk.

"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the lady.

Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord."

And there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it’s morning."

A Father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!"

His father smiles and replies, "What does the Bible mean?"

That’s easy, Daddy"…the young man replies excitedly, "it stands for Basic Information Before Leaving Earth."

Sunday after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about.

The daughter answered, "Don’t be scared, you’ll get your quilt." Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed. Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea and the Mom asked him what that morning’s Sunday school lesson was about.

He said, "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming."

Thanks to Harriet Ellwein

The Banana Test

There is a very, very tall coconut tree and there are four animals...

A Lion   A Chimp   A Giraffe,


A Squirrel

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.

Altar Guild

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.


Exercising a Great Privilege and Responsibility

As much as we may be soured by the volume and tone of all the recent campaigning, voting on November 6th is a great privilege and responsibility. As members of the ELCA we are not mandated to vote in a particular way, certainly not for particular candidates. The way we vote on this particular issue on the ballot is not about some litmus test to judge our faithfulness to Christ. Yet it matters that our response to God’s grace in Christ is understood to be much more than a private matter. Freed in Christ we are called to give public expression to our faith, to witness publicly to God’s love for the world. Thoughtful voting is a part of that public expression.

We have rich resources to inform our thinking, including our social statements and messages. One of them, the 1993 Social Statement, Caring for Creation, provides a careful and, I believe, prophetic word. Reading or re-reading this statement could be helpful to you particularly as you prepare to vote on one of the issues on the Michigan ballot: the 25x25 proposal. A "yes" vote would call for a 25% reduction in green- house gas emissions by 2025. [Care for Creation, like our other social statements is accessible on the ELCA website, www.elca.org.] Every proposed legislation just as every person running for office will be less than perfect. As ELCA Christians, seeking always to become more deeply rooted in the Word, we do not believe that any legislation or any party or any particular leader will usher in the fullness of the kingdom of God. That fullness will come in God’s time and in God’s way.

Still it matters that we think about and vote with care, weighing the pros and cons about issues that affect the whole human family and indeed, all of creation. In addition to the social statements I encourage you to use our synod guiding principles found on the home page of our own website, www.mittensynod.org, together with your daily reading of Scripture, as your own guiding principles when you pray about the issues and the people who will be on the ballot.

We are not defined as Christians by our position on any particular issue. Being Christian is always about the One who decided "at great cost" to make us his own. Our baptism into the crucified and risen Christ, marked with the cross of Christ forever, is our most important ID, given to us completely by grace, the only sign or proof that finally matters in defining who we are. We live out of our freely given belonging to Christ. We show our gratitude for this amazing gift by caring about what is best for our whole society, especially for those who voices are least likely to be heard. Thinking, studying, praying, then exercising the great privilege and responsibility of voting on November 6th is one excellent way to show that gratitude.

~ Bishop John ~

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Proverbs 10:19


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.

Take naps.

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.

Be loyal.

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!