Hope St. John’s Parish

223 E. Mill Street, PO Box 338, Oscoda, MI 48750

Sunday Worship Service 9:30 a.m.


A shared ministry of St. John’s Episcopal Church and Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church


~ Glorifying God as faithful servants of Christ ~



Veterans Day November 11

World Diabetes Day November 14

Thanksgiving Day November 22

American Indian Heritage Month

Good Nutrition Month Aviation Month

American Diabetes Awareness Month

National Stamp Collecting Month

National Peanut Butter Lover's Month

Symbols of November

Birthstone: Topaz and citrine

Flower: Chrysanthemum

Zodiac signs: Scorpio and Sagittarius
PFun Facts about November

It is the last month of the Fall season.

November in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to May in the Southern Hemisphere. Elections are held in the United States on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

The third Thursday of November is the Great American Smokeout. Smokers are encouraged by the American Cancer Society to stop smoking on this day.

Some Christian churches celebrate All Saint's Day on the first day of November and All Souls Day on the 2nd.

American football is the main sport watched in the United States during this month. Most, if not all, of the leaves have fallen off the trees by the end of November.

November 2 Rosalie Peterson

November 4 Bob Pack

November 7 Jane Garside

November 17 Eric Dorcey

November 26 Diane Gary

November 6 Bob and Jan Potts/47 years



Monthly Schedule

November Potluck & Discretionary

November Bible Study

November Joint Council

November Grocery Give away

We Pray For

Barb Blair, Nora & Jackie Brundt, Dick Davis, Dr. Jim Deering, Kelly Dorcey, Neil Frisbie, Nevin Gagstedder, Bev. Gardner,John Garside, Keegan Harrington, Rick Harrington, Chris Honsa ,Priscilla Howey, Danielle Huffman, Chari Johnson,Bob Kleinbrook, Paul Krause, Carel LeCureux, Norma Lee, Rev. Richard Lee, MaryLou & Al Luoma, Rev. John MacDonald, Diane Martenez, Ava Nordeen, Kenny Pty, Rosalie Peterson, Christine Purnell, David Pettinga, Shirley Sproul, Jessica Taylor

We also pray for our family members in the military.

Jay Bergstresser, Tim Callaham, Mitchell Curley, Aaron and Melanie Engles, Jarred Loveless, Brook Morris, Christopher Morris, Patrick Morris, Jayson and Tonya Raymer, Cory Rick, Christopher Scott, Anthony Sidoti, Kyle Shepherd, Bryan Szucs,Stephany and Joel Therrion.

On The Light Side

. There was an elderly man visiting a doctor for his check-up.

As he was leaving he asked the doctor if he could recommend a specialist for his wife. "What's wrong with her?" asked the doctor. The old man explained that her hearing was getting so bad that it was almost embarrassing..

The doctor said he knew of several specialists that could help but he wanted the old man to do a little test when he got home to help the doctor determine the severity of her hearing loss. The doctor said "When you get home, make sure your wife's back is turned to you and ask her a question. If she doesn't respond walk closer and ask her again. Keep doing this until she answers

That night when the old man opened the door of his home he could see his wife in the kitchen preparing dinner. She was at the counter with her back to the door. "What's for dinner?" the old man asked.

His wife did not respond so he walks to the doorway of the kitchen and asked the question again. Still, he was greeted with silence.

This time he walks up just behind her and asks once again "What's for dinner?" His wife spins around a bit agitated and yells, "For the third time, it's Fried Chicken!!"

It is fall back time---November 5 Daylight Savings Time Ends! Set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night!!!!!




Healthy fruits and vegetables like blueberries, avocados, broccoli, and spinach

Help boost your memory.


Physical activity increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, which is necessary for brain power.


Keep your mind sharp by memorizing your grocery list or your daily to dos.

Play games that challenge your brain such as cross word puzzles.


Chronic stress impairs memory recall so reass a good book, listen to your

favorite music or practice yoga.


Adequate rest improves your mood and focus, so aim for seven to nine hours of sleep each night.

For more health and wellness information visit




I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes... I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily apprising a basket of freshly picked green peas.

I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. ;

Pondering the peas, I couldn't help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) and the ragged boy next to me. ;

'Hello Barry, how are you today?' ;

'H'lo, Mr. Miller. Fine, thank ya. Jus' admirin' them peas. They sure look good' ;

They are good, Barry. How's your Ma?' ; ; ;
Fine. Gittin' stronger alla' time.' ; ; ;
Good. Anything I can help you with?' ; ; ;
'No, Sir. Jus' admirin' them peas.' ; ; ;
'Would you like to take some home?' asked Mr. Miller. ;
'No, Sir. Got nuthin' to pay for 'em with.'
'Well, what have you to trade me for some of those peas?'
All I got's my prize marble here.' ;
'Is that right? Let me see it', said Miller. ;
'Here 'tis. She's a dandy.' ;
'I can see that. Hmm mmm, only thing is this one is blue and I sort of go for red. Do you have a red one like this at home?' the store owner asked. ;
'Not zackley but almost.'
'Tell you what. Take this sack of peas home with you and next trip this way let me look at that red marble'. Mr. Miller told the boy.
;'Sure will. Thanks Mr. Miller.'
Mrs. Miller, who had been standing nearby, came over to help me.
With a smile she said, 'There are two other boys like him in our community, all three are in very poor circumstances. Jim just loves to bargain with them for peas, apples, tomatoes, or whatever.

When they come back with their red marbles, and they always do, he decides he doesn't like red after all and he sends them home with a bag of produce for a green marble or an orange one, when they come on their next trip to the store.' ;

I left the store smiling to myself, impressed with this man. A short time later I moved to Colorado, but I never forgot the story of this man, the boys, and their bartering for marbles. ;
Several years went by, each more rapid than the previous one. Just recently I had occasion to visit some old friends

in that Idaho community and while I was there learned that Mr. Miller had died. They were having his visitation that evening and knowing my friends wanted to go, I agreed to accompany them. I’m here to fix a leaky meet the relatives of the deceased and to offer whatever words of comfort we could. ;

Ahead of us in line were three young men. One was in an army uniform and the other twwore nice haircuts, dark suits and white shirts...all very professional looking. They approached Mrs. Miller, standing composed and smiling by her husband's casket. ;

Each of the young men hugged her, kissed her on the cheek, spoke briefly with her and moved on to the casket. Her misty light blue eyes followed them as, one by one; each young man stopped briefly and placed his own warm hand over the cold pale hand in the casket. Each left the mortuary awkwardly, wiping his eyes. ;

Our turn came to meet Mrs. Miller. I told her who I was and reminded her of the story from those many years ago and what she had told me about her husband's bartering for marbles. With her eyes glistening, she took my hand and led me to the casket.
'Those three young men who just left were the boys I told you about.
They just told me how they appreciated the things Jim 'traded' them. Now, at last, when Jim could not change his mind about color or size....they came to pay their debt.' ;
'We've never had a great deal of the wealth of this world,' she confided, 'but right now, Jim would consider himself the richest man in Idaho ...' ;

With loving gentleness she lifted the lifeless fingers of her deceased husband. Resting underneath were three exquisitely shined red marbles.

The Moral: ;
We will not be remembered by our words, but by our kind deeds. Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath.

Today I wish you a day of ordinary miracles ~ A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself... ;

An unexpected phone call from an old friend....

Green stoplights on your way to work.

The fastest line at the grocery store....

A good sing-along song on the radio...

Your keys found right where you left them.

From a recent e-mail I received. Enjoy

Bishop Satterlee’s October Newsletter



Joined in Christ’s death and resurrection in the waters of baptism, we share in Christ’s work. We are united to Christ’s priestly ministry. The Christ with whom we are united in baptism is our great high priest (Heb. 9:11) and, as a result, we become a priestly people (1 Pet. 2:9). All believers share in Christ’s priesthood. Luther wrote, “For whoever comes out of the water of baptism can boast that he [or she] is already a consecrated priest, bishop, and pope…we are all priests of equal standing.” Luther is proclaiming a radical equality, based on Baptism, which overturned all ecclesiastical status. Baptism inaugurates the individual Christian’s ministry to the Christian community and the Christian community’s ministry to the individual Christian. In Baptism, God calls all Christians to minister to one another and to the world in whatever station or occupation they ?nd themselves. Though our ministries may differ, all Christians are equally priests through their union with Christ's priesthood.

We say that “giving thanks and praise to God and bearing God’s creative and redeeming word to all the world” is our baptismal vocation. According to The Use of the Means of Grace, Christians profess baptismal faith as they engage in discipleship in the world. God calls Christians to use their various vocations and ministries to witness to the Gospel of Christ wherever they serve or work (UMG, 52). We teach “the priesthood of all believers,” the belief that, in baptism, all Christians are gifted and called by the Holy Spirit to offer ourselves in service as a way of giving thanks for all that God has done and continues to do for us in Jesus Christ. Every aspect of our life—including our roles as parents, spouses, children, family members, teachers, students, neighbors, citizens, employers, employees, volunteers, and friends—belongs to God and is a way Christians proclaim and bear witness to Christ through loving service in the world. Occupations and callings are not higher or lower, better or worse, or more or less connected to God’s work of reconciliation. All work is a calling from God and an opportunity to

serve. Paul says, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and

there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (I Cor. 12:4-7).


Baptismal equality and the priesthood

of all believers provide the foundation for a

,Lutheran understanding of worship. Worship is an action of the whole people of God. Christians are not passive participants, but play an essential priestly role. Each contributes for the bene?t of all. Luther determined that, for people to play their priestly role, worship must be accessible to them. Using the vernacular allowed the congregation to pray together so that all could hear and speak as one body. Music, particularly the singing of hymns, permitted all Christians to exercise their priestly role. Worship also requires many different people. Some serve as readers of Scripture, cantors, musicians, and leaders of prayer. Some serve as ushers and greeters; others prepare and serve at the altar. Many serve as the common voice of the assembly, proclaiming the Word through hymns, liturgy and creed, and enacting the Word by offering, praying, greeting one another with the peace of Christ, and receiving that same Christ in the Holy Supper. Finally, someone—the pastor— serves by preaching and administering the sacraments. By calling forth the gifts of each and requiring the participation of all, Christian worship both celebrates the priesthood of all believers and forms the assembly to live in the world as those joined to the death and resurrection of Christ.

I can think of no better way to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation than by spending time re?ecting on how your vocations are ways that you prayerfully participate in Christ’s own work of reconciling the world to God’s very self and then claiming that ministry as the important gospel work that it is.

The Rev. Craig Alan Satterlee, Bishop, Ph.D

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A funny thing about our nation.

July 4 is America’s birthday, but April 15th is when it collects presents.



In the September issue a list of the first 40 suggestions was printed. This is the final 37. Thanks Jan Potts.

42. Relieve gallbladder pain
43. Has helped some people improve symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland, results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal
44. Energy boost
45. Flaky, dry skin
46. May relieve acid reflux and indigestion when taken with each meal
47. Adrenal fatigue
48. Alzheimers
51. Asthma, even in children
52. Autism
53. Cholesterol - improves HDL ('good' cholesterol) to LDL ('bad' cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
54. Chronic fatigue
55. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
56. Stronger immune system
57. Mental Clarity
58. Depression
59. Helps with inflammation in Crohns
Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when applied topically)
60. Athletes foot
61. Back pain/sore muscles
62. Canker sores
63. Acne
64. Cellulite
65. Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)

66. Genital warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
67. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
68. Use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing other oils/butter in recipes with coconut oil.
69. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in it’s solid form – greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
70. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.
71. Nutritional supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
Other Uses
72. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with Deet! Tons safer too.
73. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
74. Goo Gone - just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
75. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
76. Polish Furniture - coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
77. Polishing Bronze - all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
78. Seasoning cookware
79. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products

The Diocese of Eastern Michigan

Written by Katie Forsythe

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan

Dot Bissell aand Margaret Krause were the delegates for Hope St. John’s Parish at the convention that was held on the 20 and 21st of October in Bay City, Michigan at the Doubletree Hotel.

 Bishop Provisinal Catherine Waynick’s unanimous election was on Friday evening and she was welcomed with a standing ovation.

 The following morning the keynote speaker was the Bishop of the Diocese of Western Michigan. His wonderful message was on adapting to challenges we and the world wide church faces in the dawn of the new day and what our biggest fears are and what we might hate to lose. That opened the door to many questions and comments from the church delegates. Great conversation!

There were two workshops and every delegate and had the opportunity to attend both.

Quiz for November

1. Name the largest freshwater lake in the world

#2. Who was the legendary Benedictine monk who invented champagne?

#3. Name the seventh planet from the sun.

#4. What is another word for lexicon?

#5. Who invented the rabies vaccination?

#6. Which is the only American state to begin with the letter ‘p’?

#7. Name the world’s largest ocean.

#8. Which four British cities have underground rail systems?

#9. What is the diameter of Earth?.

#10. Name the world’s biggest island.

#11. What is the world’s longest river?

#12. Which country is Prague in?

#13. What is the capital city of Spain?

#14. Name the actor who starred in 142 films including The Quiet Man, The Shootist, The Searchers and Stagecoach.



Beautiful bright walls and ceiling in the sanctuary, no more tripping o,n the waves in the carpet and clean carpet in the fellowship hall , entrance and hallway---just in tine for the holidays!

The ceiling fans are working.

Thanks to Bill Parsons for sticking to getting the whole job done in spite of all kinds of road-blocks that popped up all summer!

Thanks to Char for taking on the coffee hour and the kitchen.

Great job!.

The lawn looks great Vance ----and Marji has the flower beds looking fantastic for this time of the year!

Hope St. John’s organist, Bobby Peacock, has finally received his taping date for Wheel of Fortune! After eight years of try outs.

The episode he will be in will be taped on November 9th and will air during the week of December 4th.
Excitement reigns!

A very nice note was received from Sharon Ann Wheeler. She said she missed coming to visit us this past summer as she has been very ill! Please keep her in your prayers!



Answers for November quiz

1. Lake Superior

2. Dom Perignon

3. Uranus

4, Dictionary

5. Louis Pasteur

6 Pennsylvania

7. Pacific

8. Liverpool, Glasgow. New Castle, London

9. 8,000 miles

10. Greenland

11. Amazon

12. Czech Republic

13. Madrid

14. John Wayne


Margaret Krause, Editor

Ignore the typos and grammar, I did!

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