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August/September 2019

First English Ev. Lutheran Church

First English Lutheran Church

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here’s a feeling—waiting backstage before the show; preparing to walk down the aisle; readying your hands to play the first note; holding the ball at the free-throw line—when your stomach turns, your palms sweat, and your heart beats rapidly. At different times, we have all felt the nervous excitement of something big about to begin, but until this July, I have never felt it with such intensity as I did the week before Vacation Bible School. After three years of a successful new-format VBS, we heard the call of the Holy Spirit to shine the light of Christ brighter and farther than ever before. Naturally, this meant enlisting more help than ever before. As one to lead by example, Pastor Sean immediately signed up to run daily opening and closing, then encouraged members who had not worked on VBS recently (or ever) to find the role that best suited them. Thirty-eight of our members were actively involved during the week, dozens more donated meals or supplies, and countless others kept VBS in prayer. After months of preparation (and a full week of heartpounding on my part) we were as ready as we could ever be. On day one of Vacation Bible School, 120 kids poured into the Luther Center to learn about the Good News of Jesus. We had sent a targeted mass-mailing to reach families nearby. We had partnered with LifeBUILDERS to bring in our neighbors from Regent Park. There were first-timers and fifth-timers; kids from our church and kids who had never set foot in a church; from Grosse Pointes and from Detroit; kids who were excited and kids who cried when mom left for the day. The one thing that held them all together, is that the Master had invited them to a banquet, and they came to see Him. All week, the kids learned about the goodness of God; that when life is unfair, is scary, changes, is sad, and even when life is good, God is good. Kids prayed, sang, played games, explored science, played chimes, and made treats. They shared stories, supported one another at the talent show, served the community— making 300 sandwiches for the NOAH Project and 25 tied blankets for children in hospitals—and through it all, those who started the week as strangers, ended the week as family. They saw that God is good. They saw that goodness reflected in one another. It was electrifying. And then it was over. We said our goodbyes to the kids, took down the decorations, swept up the glitter, and tucked the volunteer shirts away. The adrenaline-rush was over.

There are times when faith feels like an adrenaline-rush, but that is not to say that faith is fleeting. Faith built upon the rock of Christ is not a feeling, a moment of excitement that can be squelched with a bit of bad news. Instead, it is a sure foundation that guides us to belief and action in spite of bad news because we know that even when life is bad, God is good. Sincerely,

Renata Conger


WE’RE ON THE WEB

www.feelc.org

MISSION STATEMENT ‘GO, MAKE DISCIPLES’

First English Ev. Lutheran Church 800 Vernier Road Grosse Pointe Woods, 48236-1530 Phone: 313.884.5040 FirstEnglish@feelc.org Fax: 313.884.4460

September 22, 2019 - May 17, 2020 9:30 a.m. 11:00 p.m.

Early Worship Late Worship

Thursday Morning Bible Study Our Thursday morning Bible study and fellowship time returns very soon. We will start-up our Thursday morning study on September 19th at 9:30am. We will be studying the book of 1 Corinthians. Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth that he founded. He has heard there are problems in the church in Corinth and is responding to help guide these early Christians and to give guidance to us as well. If you have not joined us before this is a great time to start. Come and join us for an opportunity to grow in the knowledge of the Word of God and to share in the gift of fellowship. Again, our first time back this fall will be September 19th at 9:30 a.m.

www.feelc.org

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY Please check the calendar at www.feelc.org

Senior Pastor Rev. Sean R. Motley

Grace Circle - Fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. Peace Circle - First Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Faith Circle - First Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Check the calendar at www.feelc.org

pastorsean@feelc.org

Educ./Youth Coordinator Renata Conger renata@feelc.org Music Coordinator Bob Foster rhfosterjr@comcast.net

Facility Use Director

Colleen Motley facilityuse@feelc.org

Life Line Screening at First English Lutheran Church Sponsored by: Vascular Centers of America

When: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

Pastors Emeritus Rev. Paul Keppler Rev. Dr. Walter A. Schmidt

Pre-registration is required by calling 888-653-6450 lifelinescreening.com/community-partners

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OFFICERS - 2019 (Officers are members of the executive committee) **President – Jeff Gates Gator613@hotmail.com **Vice President—Mark Berkesch mjberkesch1@gmail.com **Secretary – Claudette Momenee cm1ms1@aol.com **Treasurer – John Nyquist john.nyquist@outlook.com

**Financial Secretary Boards & Council Members Church Properties **Scott Bricker, Dir. ** Ted Bidigare, Asst. Dir. Mark Fett B. Decker Gordon Bush Dave Conger Evangelism **Sue Ulmer, Dir. ** Renee Strobl, Asst. Dir. Carol Erikson Margot Kahl Ed Kenny Pat Milne Social Action **Diann Ohman, Dir. **Penny Damore, Asst. Dir. Yvonne Winston Pat Thomas Shawn Vinson Kay Butler Berkesch Virginia Ditty Claudia Gram Pat Milne BJ Decker Debbie Strandhagen

**Denotes member of the Church Council

Parish Education **OPEN, Dir. Mia Cassar Trevor Clor Jim Feldman Patrick Glynn Andrea Glynn Nancy McCarthy Amy McIntyre Holly Wilson Fellowship **Tonya Pirker, Dir. **Carol Sauter, Asst. Dir. Miranda Lorence Alexandrea Annas Robbin Vitale Jackie Tambourine Stewardship & Finance **Dan Rustmann, Co-Dir. **Tom Liebold, Co-Dir. Curt Sylvester Craig Kohler Waynette Hostetler John Nyquist Sherrill Wolford Youth Ministry **Liz Nyquist, Co-Dir. **Heidi Feldman, Co-Dir. Elise Nyquist John Nyquist Aleks Powers Sandi Smith Worship & Music **Kyle Clor, Co-Dir. **Dianna Atkins, Asst. Dir Carys Rees-Baker Mark Fett Sandy Ford Bob Foster Chris Judson Pat Palm Jane Stevens Roger Ulmer Yvonne Winston Women of the Church **Waynette Hostetler, Pres.

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10:00 a.m. Youth-led Worship 4


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Council Minutes No Council Meeting in August

Thoughts from Pastor Sean….. Dear Brothers and Sisters, The dog wanted to play. I was sitting comfortably and an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by a large dog. So, I began to play with the dog. He can be a bit wild at times and somehow he ran into me and I began to fall backwards. I was really not falling as much as folding back as my knees bent in the normal ways knees do, however, as I bent backwards I was building momentum such that I didn’t have control of the bending and my surgically reconstructed left knee was being forced to bend more than it is really capable of doing any more. This was not good. It held together and the pain was actually pretty minor, but as anyone who has fallen knows, once you start to fall, once you have momentum, it’s difficult to stop. Although momentum in a fall may not be so good, momentum when it comes to the ministries in which we are engaged and God’s calling to reach out to all people with the gospel of salvation is wonderful. I believe with our contacts in the community and with LifeBuilders that we have been developing, visible in the turn out and in those who provided their ministry during VBS, God has given us some more momentum to evangelize and serve the people in our community. I believe we need to take advantage of this and focus ourselves as a congregation on inviting others to join us in worship, or at a Circle meeting, or Bible study, or Oktoberfest so that people continue to hear that First English is a place where you will hear the gospel and you will be greeted through Christ in loving fellowship. This is what children and parents found at VBS and what I know everyone who joins us finds as well. Let us be intentional in inviting others, in asking that person whom we keep meaning to ask, in calling others in Jesus name to join with us in praising God and growing as disciples. God bless you and all the ministries He has established at First English. Yours In Christ<><

Men’s Fellowship Event •

What:

Men’s Trap Shoot and Picnic Lunch This is for both new and experienced trap shooters.

When:

Saturday, September 14th

Where:

River Bends Park, Shelby Township

Meet:

At First English at 9:00 a.m. or at River Bends Park at 10:30 a.m.

Cost:

$20 per person (covers park entry, shells, clay pigeons and picnic lunch)

RSVP:

By September 7th by either email, pastorsean@feelc.org or call the church office at 313-884-5040

Additional Information: Shotguns, (12ga and 20ga) will be available but please bring yours if you have one. (Shells that will be provided are 12ga and 20ga) Also, please bring hearing and/or eye protection if you have it otherwise hearing and eye protection will be available if needed. 6


Men’s Bible Study and Fellowship We will be hosting a Men’s Bible study and time of fellowship on Monday, September 23rd. We will start with tailgating at 7:15 p.m. with some less than healthy snacks. At 7:45 p.m. we will share in a time of studying God’s Word and then will enjoy a little Monday Night Football with an 8:15 p.m. kick-off. We will finish our Bible study during halftime. I hope you will come out and enjoy God’s Word, fellowship, football and fantastic snacks. We will also meet on: October 7th;; October 21st; November 4th; November 18th; December 2nd

News from BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP… Rally Together on Sunday, September 15th -for EVERYONE!!!! -Immediately following the 10:00 a.m. Youth Worship Service -Potluck meal for all: bring a salad, side dish or dessert to pass….. **coney dogs and beverages will be provided

Thanks to all who provided summer coffee hours!!! Our regular schedule starts Sunday, September 22, with two coffee hours following each worship service. The schedule is posted on the Fellowship bulletin board, on the lounge kitchen frig, and in the office.

REFLECTION GARDEN ENGRAVED PAVERS

REMINDER - It’s time to reserve your facility use dates for the calendar.

Have you seen the “Reflection Garden” lately on the east side of the church? This area has been transformed into a quiet, peaceful green space for sitting and reflecting. A donation of $50.00 or above, will give you the opportunity to have an appropriate message engraved on one of the paver bricks. Order forms can be found in the magazine rack in the hall or in the office.

PLEASE, remember that

ALL groups

MUST let Colleen know about any event. Colleen Motley is the facility use coordinator… If you have something that needs to be put on the calendar, please let her know ASAP. Please, send her a short e-mail asking her to reserve your date, time, location, name of the event and what group is the sponsor. facilityuse@feelc.org

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Adopt a Student We need your help! Our Board is again supplying new backpacks for Samaritas foster care children. We just need the “stuffing” (school supplies). Here’s what we need… 

New No. 2 pencils and colored pencils

New markers

New pens

Loose leaf paper

Spiral notebooks

New folders

Pencil sharpeners

Let’s help foster kids start school ready for success. Please drop your supplies in the wagon next to “student” Dieter outside of Pastor Sean’s office by Sunday, September 16. Staples, Meijer, and Kroger are already offering great back- to-school sales. Or, if you prefer, write a check out to FELC-School Supplies and we’ll scout out the best deals!

Thank you! The Board of Social Action

October 12, 2019 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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Looking ahead - October 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., the Women of the Church will be hosting an event on THE TEN WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMERS. Watch the bulletin, newsnote and bulletin board for further info...

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ID YOUKNOW?? Flowers may be purchased and placed on the main altar by anyone for Sunday worship services. You may honor someone's birthday or anniversary, or place them in memory of a loved one. A notice will be placed in the bulletin informing the congregation for whom the flowers are placed. Check for available dates on the signup sheet, located in the church office or in the Lounge on Sundays. Costs of the flowers are $19.00 per side or $38.00 for both sides, checks payable to FELC Altar Guild. Placement of flowers for the side altar is also available if the main altar is fully reserved.

The price of a niche is $1,800.00 plus the cost of the urn, the engraving of the marble front and shipping. The niche holds two urns. If you are interested in purchasing a niche, please contact the church office.

“The Board of Evangelism is excited about engaging more members in our greeters ministry. So we are asking each of you to sign up for one Sunday (or more if you like) during the year to greet members before the 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. What does this look like? You will come about 15 minutes early to greet in the gathering area those before the 9:30 service, stay for the 9:30 a.m. service, and then greet those coming for the 11:00 a.m. service. It will only take about a half hour of your time to welcome our members and visitors for one Sunday out of the year. A smile, a friendly hello, or a hand shake are the only skills required! A list of dates, starting in September, will be provided. Please include your name and a method of reaching you. If for some reason you can’t make the date you signed up for you can easily switch. Your generosity in serving is greatly appreciated.” 9


The 125th Anniversary of First English is only two years away! Now's the time to start planning. Anybody interested in being on the planning committee please contact either Jeff Gates (gator613@hotmail.com) or Mark Berkesch at (313) 886-4866 or mjberkesch1@gmail.com), we would like to get started as soon as possible. In the meantime, even if you don't want to be on the committee, please search for church related photographs or memorabilia. Most items can probably be scanned and returned to you.

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS We continue to receive your “Thrivent Choice Dollars” gifts! Thank you to all of our members who have directed their “Thrivent Choice Dollars” to support the mission and ministry of First English. Over $2,000.00 was donated last year to First English through this program. If you are a Thrivent policy holder you are eligible to also direct your support to First English. The rules have changed a bit in that now the gifting of the “Thrivent Choice Dollars” must be done annually. You can direct your gifts to First English by calling Thrivent at 800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and state “Thrivent Choice” or on line at Thrivent.com.

SCHEDULES & CONTACT NUMBERS Pastor Sean Motley can be contacted by e-mail at Pastorsean@feelc.org. His day off is Friday and in an emergency can be contacted at (715) 297-9991. Facility Coordinator is Colleen Motley and can be reached at facilityuse@feelc.org

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First English Lutheran Preschool is accepting new students for the 2019-20 school year. Our preschool offers a caring, Christian setting to help parents prepare their three or four year old for their kindergarten and elementary years. Students will develop their social & intellectual abilities as well as a positive self-image. Our program includes*Art

*Music

*Language

*Math

*Science

*Bible lessons

*Beginning reading concepts *Physical development

YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO RE-ENROLL EACH YEAR….SIGN UP ONCE AND YOU’RE DONE!!!! Please take the time to go online and sign-up with your Kroger card and make your donation designation to First English (#83535). It doesn’t cost you anything. Our fundraising efforts, by participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, have added up to significant money - just by purchasing your weekly groceries! If you have never signed up – please go to Kroger’s website krogercommunityrewards.com and follow the prompts and AGAIN you no longer need to register every year…...ONCE AND DONE!!! You will need your Kroger card. Remember - It doesn’t cost YOU anything (It's A DONATION FROM Kroger)……..the only thing it costs you is a little time to register your card.

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Monday

5 Andrew Vojinov Anne Koenig

12 Mitchell Pangborn Teddy Harber

19 Dane Willson Jonathan David Trowbridge Michael Reesman

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Sunday

4 Brooke Bauer Gerry Richardson

11 Pat Thomas Romey Pangborn

18 Stuart Sturton

25 Andrew Nyquist Gail Rowley

27 Lauren McGraw Parker Rustmann Richard Landgraf

20 Jacob Campbell

13 Julie Passamani

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Tuesday

28 Cindy Pangborn Judith Annâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;e Kristen Smith

21 Marcus Faust

14 Colleen Motley Jake Duffy Nan Strandhagen Waynette Hostetler

7 Lilou Hull Sherrill Wolford

Wednesday

29 Alice Rustmann

22 Catherine Scherer Lauren Vallee

15 Chris Lang Emma Burke Kylie McClendon

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23 Angel Kreutzans Jane Stevens

16 David Cornell Mary Marschner Nick Mancini

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2 Jillian Nixon Lauren Davey Shirley Lamar

1 Asiya Bahnke

8 Edward Schwartz Eric Liebold

Friday

Thursday

31 Debbie Strandhagen Sean Ditty Thomas Waldner

24 Kati DiMarzio

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10 Evan Nyquist Evan Smith Jack Kline Lydia Rustmann Thomas Caputo

3 Jason Barger Jeffrey Homuth

Saturday


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30 Madelyn McDonald

29 Allison Cornell Anthony DiMarzio Joseph Kreutzans Robert Swanson

22 Brayden Pudlo Donald Nicol Judith Elwert Sally Link

16 Anna Jackson Deborah Sloss Donald Wolford Madison Belisle Scott Vallee Tiffany Kreutzans 23

15 Eleni Telegadas Kathy Lang Nikandra Koenig Scott Homuth

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17 Conner Stempien William Bezel

10 Colin Horbal David Kreutzans Pat Palm Patricia Bertelsen

9 Rachel Boutin

8 Annie Rao Patrick Cisco Steven Sabol Zachary Potter

Tuesday

3 Brody Spicer Judy Leo Kent Strobl Ronald Cislo

Monday

1 2 Julia Guest David Zwicker Marc Simone Penelope Damore

Sunday

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18 Ella Ford Jackie Michoski Jodi Pudlo

11 Charlie Harber Ruth Dittman Ryleigh Willson

4 Gordon Reck Michael Mancani

Wednesday

26 Paul Keppler

19 Curt Sylvester

12 Alexander Gassenfeit Amanda Weber Liam Wiitanen Shawn Slaten

5 Andrew Kline Shawn Vinson

Thursday

27 Ernie Richardson John Logan Shawn Nelson

20 Edward Puddock Irene Pyle Joanne Swanson Stuart Mackenzie

13 Kathy Buier Kathy Jensen

6 David Mancini Scott Bricker

Friday

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21 Beverly Jackson Brent Gilbert Chris Ditty Grant Strobl

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7 Ellie Staup

Saturday


GREETERS 10:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

LAY READERS 10:00 a.m.

1-Sep

1-Sep

Yvonne Winston

8-Sep

8-Sep

Patty Foster

15-Sep

15-Sep RALLY DAY

22-Sep 29-Sep

22-Sep Jim Lieder 29-Sep Liz Nyquist

USHER

10:00 a.m.

1-Sep

Team #4 Donahue

8-Sep

Team #5 McClendon

15-Sep

Team #6 Balle

22-Sep 29-Sep

Team #7 Zwicker

Team #1 Guest

Team #2 Berkesch

Team # 3 Fett

11:00 a.m.

15-Sep 22-Sep 29-Sep GARDENS

22-Sep 29-Sep

11:00 a.m.

Mark Berkesch Penny Damore

8-Sep

15-Sep

COMMUNION ASSISTANTS 1-Sep

1-Sep

8-Sep

Diann Ohman Dan Rustmann

10:00 a.m.

FRIENDLY CALLERS

1-Sep

11:00 a.m.

Claudette Momenee/Diane Teshka Carol Erickson/Yvonne Winston Judy Leo/Nancy Heaphy

Mike Garrisi

Judy Freund Gary Ford Sandy Ford 15-Sep Rally Day Youth-led Service 22-Sep Alek Willson 9:30 am Holly Willson

Rosemary Yake John Blohm

Carol Sauter 29-Sep Jack Bidigare Kelley Bidigare Penny Damore

Nate Judson Patty Jackson Charles Jackson Waynette Hostetler

8-Sep

COFFEE HOUR

Yvonne Winston/Claudette Momenee

1-Sep

No Coffee Hour

Carol Sauter/Alice Rustmann

8-Sep

Peace Circle

15-Sep RALLY DAY ALTAR GUILD

Anna Unit:Kathy Jevons

22-Sep Church Property 29-Sep Fellowship

Lydia Unit: Kay Butler-Berkesch/Amy McIntyre COUNTERS 1-Sep

Team #7 ??

8-Sep Team #1 Waynette Hostetler 15-Sep Team #2 Nancy Heaphy 22-Sep Team #3 Ruth Engle 29-Sep Team #4 Pat Milne

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10:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

10:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

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10:00 Youth-led Worship Service RALLY DAY 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

10:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

10:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

Sunday

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9

2

30

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CLEF ARTICLES DUE

8:45 Preschool

LABOR DAY OFFICE CLOSED

Monday

10:00 Tai Ch1 10:30 Faith Circle 7:00 Peace Circle

10:00 Tai Chi

Tuesday

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17

10

3

7:00 Worship Service

7:00 Worship Service

8:45 Preschool

Wednesday

25

18

11

4

9:30 Bible Study 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers

9:30 Bible Study 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers

8:00 Lifeline Screening 9:30 Bible Study 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers

Thursday

26

19

12

5

Friday

27

20

13

6

Saturday

28

21

14

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