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APOSTLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1509 S 76th St West Allis, WI 53214 414-476-2043
Apostle Welcomes you
A Message from our Pastor
Before Pastor Cathy left for the UN, she was interviewed by the press in Madison. Here is the article that appeared in the Beloit and Madison Papers:
Inside this issue:
Area pastor will participate in UN Commission
Heading to the UN
Palm Sun Brunch Job Openings
WOW Clerk’s Corner
Prayer/Praise Hope House Hams
Special points of interest:
Cathy Manthei of Clinton who is a pastor at the Apostle Presbyterian Church in West Allis, heads to the United Nations headquarters in New York City today as part of a group of local Presbyterian advocates for women. The group will meet with global policy makers dedicated to gender equality and the advancement of women. Manthei is pictured the day before her departure at the Clinton Kitchen restaurant. Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 4:00 pm Area pastor will participate in UN Commission By Debra Jensen-De Hart Features Editor beloitdailynews.com On the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 2011 at about 11 p.m., Cathy Manthei said goodbye to her job in the communications department at the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.
After 23 years on the job, the Clinton resident retired. Along the way, “A lot of what I experienced was the injustice to people,” she said. That experience included becoming aware of abuse or domestic violence against women and children. Newsletter deadline is During her years at the sheriff’s department, she also attended seminary the 3rd Monday of the month. school and she acquired an 18-hour a week job as a pastor at the Apostle Presbyterian Church in West Allis. Notify the church if you move, change your phone “The more I was there, the more I liked it,” Manthei said of her work at the number or email address church. This newsletter is published monthly by Apostle Presbyterian Church .
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PASTOR’S MESSAGE CONTINUED…... “I retired to devote more time to the church,” she said. “They had never had a woman pastor before.” Before long, 18 hours a week turned into 30. Then in the fall of 2013, another opportunity came forward. Manthei had the opportunity to apply to travel to the United Nations with other Presbyterians to meet with other ecumenical groups from around the world and the UN Commission on the Status of Women. “I never thought I’d get picked,” she said. Then the confirmation came in November. She was among those chosen to spend two weeks in New York City where the UN headquarters is located. One issue she feels strongly about is this: “If women were better educated they wouldn’t be afraid to leave,” she said of victims of domestic violence, for example. “I think girls today are short-changed, especially in the area of science and education,” she said. There are many issues people are dealing with and they need someone to speak about them, she said. Selected Presbyterians, Muslims and others will have a chance to come together and address issues concerning gender equality, justice and advancement for women at the UN headquarters. Priority areas are: • Poverty and hunger. • Access to quality education, employment and decision-making. • Full access to health, including sexual and reproductive health services. • Transformational shifts in social norms in response to violence against women and girls. “It is exciting to see Presbyterians from the United States and ecumenical partners from around the world come together in New York to advocate for four areas that are important parts of the development process in our journey towards gender equity,” said Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative to the UN and co-chair of the Ecumenical Women organization. The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. holds special status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council, providing access for the church to engage with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The Commission traditionally concludes with recommendations to the United Nations and world community intended to achieve gender equity. Manthei said she is humbled by the opportunity she’s been given. “I was born and raised in Zenda, Wisconsin — a little town of 150 people,” she said. She attended a one-room school and the only church in town, a Presbyterian congregation. “How does God send that person to the UN? I’m awestruck.” Manthei said she is looking forward to the next two weeks, to learn, to participate and to bring back knowledge that can help her in her own corner of the world. “It will be interesting to see what we can do,” she said.
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hank you to all the women and young girls who graciously accepted invitations to participate in the Gifts of Women Sunday service March 9th.You all gave such a wonderful effort and it was good to see such spirit in God's House from you, including Marilyn Stone giving us a better understanding of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and PW in her message. I also want to thank Carl Hoon, who is so musically gifted and wrote such special and meaningful words for the Simple Gifts anthem that was sung so beautifully by our Apostle Choir on Gifts of Women Sunday. The following are the words that he wrote. Thank you, Adelle Sanford SIMPLE GIFTS Music – Shaker Hymn Words – Carl Hoon For Gifts of Women Sunday 2014 Verse 1 -The gifts that we’re sharing are the gifts from above they are gifts that God has given by His love. As we share these gifts each hour of every day we are blessed that God always shows His way. (Chorus) So, here we worship in this place to sing and to pray for the whole human race. We share each and every gift we’ve had with those souls we meet and we make them glad. Verse 2 -Today we will worship knowing God is so near and we’ll pray and praise each day of every year. We share gifts to all God’s creatures great and so small and we freely give of our love to all. Verse 3 - God be with us each of us this most blessed time when we lift our eyes to You for just a sign. Time passes by so quickly day after day we just ask that You always show the way.
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MUSIC NOTES “With March Madness going on with the college basketball players, the media is al-
ready talking about “next year” and the possibilities of the next year’s team. Anyone who directs, coaches or teaches a group from year to year is always concerned how the current year will stack up with the groups’ history. As the director of the New Beginning Contemporary Choir, I naturally have the same concerns, but I want you to know that this group of New Beginning singers have never disappointed me as their leader. As they are now in the midst of preparing “The Cross Of Christ” this year’s program; I continue to believe that this year’s offering will not only be a great musical experience, but will be exceptional because of the exciting spirit this year’s singers have to share their Christian intensity in their personal praise and dedication to God. The program will be presented at Apostle on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 PM and Sunday May 4th at 10:00 AM. I hope you will mark your calendar and bring some guests to enjoy this special hour of worship and music. Just so you know; there is a new Presbyterian hymnal available to congregations of our Presbyterian Church. It is a very interesting collection and is very inclusive of a variety of styles of music. In a talk the main editor of the collection gave on the hymnal she related that a hymnal is like a family scrapbook. It contains a lot of family history and pictures of a variety of time periods and events. The editors felt that they wanted to encompass the variety of musical snapshots so that no-one’s musical picture would be left out. I think that we are doing well in offering the congregation a good variety of music from traditional to modern and I thank you, the congregation, for being accepting of this variety. As we sang Sunday in our hymn: “Praise the Lord, let the earth hear His voice. Praise the Lord let the people rejoice. Come to the father through Jesus the Son and give Him the glory; great things He has done. “And to that I say… “Amen!” Blessings, Carl
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MOTHER’S DAY CARDS ties, learn improved farming methods, and implement healtheducation and communityBeginning, Sunday, April 27th Mother’s Day cards will again be development projects. These available in exchange for a do- activities are long-term responsnation of your choice to “Healthy es to families trapped in cycles of Women Healthy Families”. Our poverty and poor health. gifts to this ministry help women in communities where PresbyThe Mother’s Day card acknowlterians work around the world to edges that a donation has been initiate local water and sanitation made to “Healthy Women programs and educational activi- Healthy Families” in honor of the
Mother’s Day Cards
card’s recipient. Cards will be available in Fellowship Hall following worship beginning Sunday, April 27th. Thank you for your support of this ministry.
PALM SUNDAY BRUNCH
The Deacons will join us in Fellowbe offering a de- ship Hall followlicious brunch on Palm Sunday, April 13. Please
ing the church service. A free will offering will be taken.
JOB OPENINGS NURSERY ATTENDANT
PART TIME CUSTODIAL POSITION
Sunday morning from This position is planned to be 6 to 12 8:30 am to 11:30 am hours a month.
Applications and job descriptions are available from the church office. 414-476-2043.
Office hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 Application deadline is am to 2:30 pm. Application deadline 1:00 pm April 7, 2014 Pick up an application or is April 2, 2014 Start date approxicall to have it mailed to Start date you. mately May 5, 2014
April 27, 2014
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Easter Flowers Spring is in the air! The last day of taking orders is March 30 The Deacons are once again sponsoring the purchase of lovely flowers to be given to shut-ins or to adorn our sanctuary over Easter and then be taken home by you after Easter. Aimee Griswold will be in Fellowship Hall during coffee hour, Sunday morning March 30, to assist in taking your orders. Hydrangeas and Azaleas are $18. Mums are $13. Lilies, Tulips, Hyacinths, and Daffodils are $10. Stop by and see Aimee and put a little "spring" in your step. Payment needs to be made at the time your order is taken. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Acts of Kindness Through one act of kindness, God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. Through one act of kindness, Jesus Christ willingly gave himself to die for us. At the February WOW, attendees were challenged to share God’s love by serving others with “acts of kindness”. After they completed an act of kindness, they were encouraged to write it on a heart shaped note and post it on the “acts of kindness” board in fellowship hall. There were many “acts of kindness” accomplished during the month. A few included: Took neighbor to hospital when her family was unable. Had a friend sleep over when she was sad. Took flowers to a person at the drive up window at McDonalds. Helped make breakfast and buy groceries for the less fortunate. Made dinner and took it to an elderly neighbor. Helped a friend tie her shoe. There were over 40 “acts of kindness” posted on the board. Our current “acts of kindness” campaign is over, but we encourage you to continue sharing God’s love through “acts of kindness”.
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THANK YOU’S Dear Congregation, The holidays are behind us and we are in the deep freeze here in Wisconsin. Hopefully warmer weather will be right around the corner! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your donation. I think we can all agree on the fact that everything costs more these days. These are very difficult economic times. Jobs are few and far between with lots of competition for each one. It seems like everything is going up in price and it costs more for energy every day. It is getting harder and harder to find an extra few bucks or some extra clothing we might not need anymore, or household items to part with. Your sacrifices are appreciated by all of us at Good Samaritan and by your clients. It is your goodwill that is allowing us to continue in our mission to give a helping hand to those less fortunate than ourselves. We provide the basics, like food, clothing, a bar of soap or a toothbrush along with many other things people need. Our clients wouldn’t be able to have these things without your help. Any of you working with kids or youth groups should get an extra pat on the back because you are teaching our next generation that there is more to life than just us. Helping others is important and this is a lesson that folks need to learn as young people and keep close as they grow up. Again, thanks to all of you. Without you, we wouldn’t be here. Sincerely, Good Samaritan
To The Apostle Deacons Marianne and I would like to thank the Deacons of Apostle Church for the delicious meals, flowers and cards and especially for your prayers. All these are very much appreciated. Thank you very much and may God bless each one of you. The Carus’ Pastor Cathy Manthei, I just wanted to thank you for attending my wife Holly’s services. Holly and I had not been active at Apostle for several years, mostly because I work 3rd shift and usually slept. Holly didn’t like attending alone. Thank you for your prayers and thoughts. Maynard (Bud) Martin On Monday, February 3, 2014 a package was delivered to Apartment 17 in Minocqua, Wisconsin for Beatrice and James Baumann. Assorted gifts, including puzzles, wash cloths, hand towels, delicious pecans, some calendars and a loving letter from Cathy Manthei telling us the items were from Apostle Church friends. We enjoyed the gifts and they are treasured. Your brother and sister in Christ James Baumann and Joanna Schuff
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To the Apostle Women’s PW Group, the Board of Deacons, Chancel Choir and our entire family of friends at Apostle, The family of Beatrice June Baumann (Kaeppel) are thankful for all the love and concern shown at the funeral. We cherish all the cards, letters and emails we received. Each and every prayer helped us through this time of grief and sorrow. We are so appreciative for your participation in remembering, in celebrating, the life of Dad’s wife, our Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and sister in Christ Jesus. The donations of financial support for the Haiti Education Foundation, a memorial donation to Apostle Presbyterian Church Women’s Group and to Monmouth College, will be so designated in Beatrice's name. The Women’s Group did a great job on the meal!!!! Everyone enjoyed it and I want to thank you for providing it! James E Baumann, Joanna Schuff, James A Baumann, Sharon Tefelske and William Baumann
COMMITTEE MEETING DATES AND TIMESApril 15th the following committees will meet. It is the third Tuesday of the month at the following times: 6 PM 6:30 PM 7 PM
Christian Education (Hazel Johnson, Moderator) Evangelism/Membership (Penny DeCamara, Moderator) Mission (Laurie Sether, Moderator)
April 16th the following committees will meet. It is the third Wednesday of the month at the following times: 6 PM Building and Grounds (Theresa LaMott, Moderator) 6:30 Staff and Administration ( Charmaine Wargolet, Moderator) 7 PM Finance (Dean Puschnig, Moderator) 7PM Hospitality (Mike Lempke;Bonnie Rosen Moderator(s) ) Worship and Music ( Kari Keske, Moderator) will continue to meet on the first Thursday of each month. The session is REALLY looking forward to having new opportunities to be of service to the congregation. I hope you will prayerfully consider being on ONE committee that helps forward the ministry of Apostle. If you don't know which one might need you, talk to Cathy!!! She would be happy to help YOU pick a committee that needs your gifts and talents!!!
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SENIOR MOMENTS April 8th, 2014 TUESDAY Once again, we will have an opportunity to go to the new CUISINE RESTAURANT at MATC, Milwaukee Campus. The new restaurant is on the first floor -- northernmost door on 6th Street -Room #104. Everyone will be responsible for their own tab -most entrees are less than $15.00 (plus tax and tip). Salad and soup are extra. Dessert is also available. Our time slot is 11:30 a.m., so we will carpool from Apostle no later than 11:00 a.m. WE MUST HAVE ALL RESERVATIONS BY APRIL 2ND Please call one of the following for your reservations: Vera Bernhardt
APRIL 2— WOW APRIL 3—PWCT MEETING, WORSHIP/MUSIC MEETING APRIL 5— PW SPRING GATHERING APRIL 8—SENIOR MOMENTS, SUPPORT GRP SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN, COVENANT CIRCLE APRIL 13— PALM SUNDAY DEACON BRUNCH APRIL 14—SESSION
Synod School, is an annual midsummer ministry of the Synod MARY of Lakes PAULL CIRCLE APRIL 15—CE, EVANGELISM, MISSION, and Prairies of the PresbyterianChurch (USA) APRIL RESOURCE EASTER BRUNCH, BLDG/GRNDS, Join us for a16—FAMILY week of: STAFF/ADMIN, FIANCE, HOSPITALITY July 22-27, 2012 Worship for all ages, with spirited Synod School 2012
Buena Vista University, Storm music and singing: APRIL 17—FAITH CIRCLE, Lake, Iowa 7:00 PM MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE Daily convocation on the theme www.lakesandprairies.org/
Classes for 18-GOOD youth and adults of all APRIL FRIDAY SERVICE AT APOSTLE 7:00 PM school.html ages’
APRIL 19—DEACON MEALS Bookstore and global fair-trade gift shop
APRIL 20 — EASTER Sing-a-longs and nightly coffeehouses with live music APRIL 24– HOPE CIRCLE
APRIL 27– DEACONS
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(Worship on Wednesday’s)
Plan to come to the next WOW - we are combining Mission and CE! Dinner is served at 5:45 and our project will follow: In preparation for our next WOW on April 2nd, please sign up to bring in food to prepare as a part of the evening. We are making 20 cold lunch meals with 2 sandwiches each as well as water bottles, dessert, chips, granola bar, fruit . . . Please contact me to sign up and I will have a sign up sheet in church. Contact Laurie Sether at 262-422-9976 or email@example.com to sign up At our last Session meeting we were talking about the Book of Order (BOO) and what it says about being a member of a church. We study portions of the (BOO) at each meeting. It is a learning process each Elder continues to participate in for their own understanding and knowledge of the Presbyterian faith. This is what is says about “The Ministry of Members” Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a joy and a privilege. It is also a commitment to participate in Christ’s mission. A faithful member bears witness to God’s love and grace and promises to be involved responsibly in the ministry of Christ’s Church. Such involvement includes: proclaiming the good news in word and deed, taking part in the common life and worship of a congregation, lifting one another up in prayer, mutual concern, and active support, studying Scripture and the issues of Christian faith and life, supporting the ministry of the church through the giving of money, time and talents, demonstrating a new quality of life within and through the church, responding to God’s activity in the world through service to others, living responsibly in the personal, family, vocational, political, cultural and social relationships of life, working in the world for peace, justice, freedom, and human fulfillment, participating in the governing responsibilities of the church, and reviewing and evaluating regularly the integrity of one’s membership, and considering ways in which one’s participation in the worship and service of the church may be increased and made more meaningful. This is a good reminder for all of us what it means to be a member of Apostle Presbyterian Church. We are glad you are here! Linda Hoon, Clerk of Session
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Divine Intervention, is the name of the program at Tippecanoe where we serve dinners and provide items for their shelter. Their calendar has been released for the program season from April 1-November 30. Meals are served at rotating host churches on each Friday. They have many openings, so please contact me at 262422-9976 or firstname.lastname@example.org. with any date you are available, and I will secure it. Divine Intervention and Guest House emergency needs! Both organizations have sent out an emergency plea for items that were used up during the long, cold winter. Please place any item in either the Jesus box or the basket in the sanctuary with a note on where you would like to see the items go, and I will deliver. Tippecanoe: Sugar, creamer, coffee (decaf and regular), paper towels, liquid hand soap Guest House: Body wash, razors, deodorant, shampoo, plastic hangers, coffee, cough drops & cold medicine, ibuprofen, 2014 pocket calendars Thank you for generous donations to Horace Mann - we have donated 14 bags and boxes of much needed items and the principle was astounded at the open hearts here at Apostle. Now I have even more to bring! Divine intervention meal of February 24 was an amazing success and we look forward to March 24. Plan to come to the next WOW - we are combining mission and CE! In preparation for our next WOW on April 2nd, please sign up to bring in food to prepare as a part of the evening. We are making 20 cold lunch meals with 2 sandwiches each as well as water bottles, dessert, chips, granola bar, fruit . . . Please contact me to sign up and I will have a sign up sheet in church. Thank you for your amazing generosity!
Wonâ€™t you join us for a cup of coffee & great conversation? Please join us for fellowship each Sunday after worship in Fellowship Hall. The Evangelism Committee is looking for fellowship volunteers to make coffee and provide a light snack. Please see the sign-up sheet in Fellowship Hall or contact Penny DeCamara (414) 4790781.
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PRAYER AND PRAISE SECTION
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
Linda has complications foltimes very successful lowing knee surgery Cathy’s exciting time at the UN CONTINUE PRAYERS FOR Hazel Meh’s son David HEALING OF MANY KINDS: visited from Maryland. Jean Maercklein at Library 10yrs since last visit. Square Karen Cushing does not Jane Ellingen at home reneed back surgery again covering from a stroke and Mike & Lejean Lempke’s heart attack safe return from TX Alex and Ann Lazarides, Alex on chemo for liver CA EXCELLENTS IN PIANO Howard & Joe Fidler at COMPETITION FROM Heritage Memory Care Ethan & Delaney VU, Mo Philip health concerns Darby & Delaney Shotton Rich and Marianne Carus Don Leaman Thank you to Darby Shot Audrey & Karen Schicantek ton & Delaney Vu for play Betty Weger ing for the Gift’s of Women Peggy Schicantek’s brother Sunday in law Joe fighting CA SYMPATHY TO:
Teresa Puschnig in heavy chemo tx for lung CA and the entire Puschnig family Josie Volkmann following hernia surgery Lyn Norby, Ginny’s granddaughters mother in law who is in Froedtert hosp Dick & Bonnie Lange-Dick is in the hospital for serious leg problems Jim DeCamara, Tommy’s dad who is facing brain surgery Craig Howard the Presbytery Executive recovering well at home after successful CA surg Lois Anderson’s sister Penny & her hus Dan. Dan Floyd Fulton Family on has CA. Pray for comfort JOYS: Floyd’s passing for both Mike & Marilyn Stone back Lois Anderson’s family on Nancy Berghoefer after from Little Rock the passing of LaVerne’s shoulder surgery New committee meeting sister, Lois Diehl Terry Sweeks daughter
COVENANT CIRCLE COLLECTING FOR
HOPE HOUSE HAMS Covenant Circle has been providing three pound canned hams at Easter time to Hope House on Milwaukee's near south side for over 15 years. We have been able to afford 100 of the hams in the past few years because of the help from our devoted Apostle members who have contributed to this very worthwhile mission project. This year we are again asking you to help us reach this goal of 100 hams with your contributions. There are envelopes in the pews marked "Hope House Hams" that can be placed in the offering. Checks should be made out to Covenant Circle. If you have any questions, please call Gail Rogers at 414-327-6855. Thank you in advance for your support.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPECIAL APRIL/MAY FRIENDS APRIL 4-1
4-10 Harvey Edminster
4-24 Emily Rogers
5-22 Robert Smith Jr
4-27 Dean Puschnig
5-23 Lillian McGough
4-27 Joyce Robinson
5-24 laine Curtis
4-28 Mya Athy
5-24 Karen Schicantek
4-28 Mason Kaddatz
5-25 Brady Robert Smith
5-25 Logan Gerald Smith
5-26 Karen Cushing
5-11 Noah Sack
5-27 Darby Shotton
5-11 Al Sanford
5-30 Jesse Hall
5-14 Gail Rogers
5-30 Jeff Holmbeck
4-14 Delaney Shotton
5-15 Aliza Lewitzke
5-30 Ky Simono
4-18 Chris Simono
5-18 Janice Nilsson
4-13 Nancy Berghoefer 4-13 Audrey Schicantek
4-15 Peggy Schicantek 5-16 Penny DeCamara 5-31 Kendall Simono 5-17 Margaret Riebow 4-17 Bob Estlund 4-18 George Vu 4-22 Delaney Vu
5-22 Howard Fidler 5-22 Heidi Sether