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AU G U S T 2 0 1 3 Rallying Together Dear members and friends of First English, The summer is flying by quickly! Fall is in the air and “Kicks Off” in style at First English with a new exciting, all ages, congregation wide Rallying Together event on Sunday September 15, 2013: Inside this issue: Pastor Schmidt's 2

Sunday Sermon

Holy Land and Jordan Trip Adult Learning

Worship – 10:00 a.m.

All Member & Family Picnic Barbeque – 11:15 a.m.

Games & Fellowship – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Fall is typically the time of year when many of the activities of the church that have taken a rest for the summer months, spring back to life including: 4

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Wish List Sound of Music Auditions

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Bd. of Social Action Columbarium Update Youth Dir.

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Board of Fellowship Columbarium Summer Schedule

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Board of Evangelism Thrivent Dollars Pastor Schedules

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With the Members Parish Ed/Youth

Sunday school

New Youth Activities

Choirs

Confirmation

Adult Bible study

We will begin the day with One Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.. As Mark Allan Powell, a professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and author of “Loving Jesus” has said so well: “Worship is the corporate expression of the church’s love for God. When we worship God, we love God, as a community, together. We can love God as individuals, but worship is something more. Worship is corporate love”. Having one worship service on our day of Rallying Together will be the perfect opportunity to gather our entire congregation as ONE, worship and praise God and give thanks for the many ways God has already and most certainly will continue to bless this ministry called First English. Following worship we will continue our Rallying Together with a First English Family Picnic Barbeque complete with hamburgers, hotdogs, a variety of potluck dishes and games for all ages. Rumor has it there will be a bounce house too!! So, what can you do to make it all happen?

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Recycle Preschool Kroger Rewards

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August Birthdays

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Serving in August

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Calendar

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First and foremost plan to be there!!! Come dressed for fun!

Second, check out the sign up sheets on the board in the lounge.

Third, get the word out to members who have been gone for the summer, friends, and neighbors. All are welcome.

There are many great opportunities for grill masters, game supervisors, set–up and clean-up artists. As with all gatherings, if we all join our hands to offer our help, all will have fun. See You at Worship! Pastor Chris


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SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE: May 26, 2013 thru September 8, 2013 9:00 a.m. - Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion 10:30 a.m. -Traditional Worship (Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday) 7:00 p.m. Thursdays - Traditional Worship (Starting May 23rd)

MISSION STATEMENT ‘GO, MAKE DISCIPLES’ First English Ev. Lutheran Church 800 Vernier Road Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan 48236-1530 Phone: 313.884.5040 Fax: 313.884.4460 www.feelc.org Senior Pastor Dr. Walter A. Schmidt pastors@feelc.org Associate Pastor Rev. Christina Veres pastorchris@feelc.org Education/Youth Coordinator Renata Conger renata@feelc.org

Pastor Emeritus Rev. Paul F. Keppler

WORSHIP SCHEDULE 9:00 a.m. - Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion 10:30 a.m. -Traditional Worship Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday

Thursday Traditional Worship 7:00 p.m.

OFFICE HOURS 8a.m. — 12:30 p.m. 1:30p.m. — 4:00p.m. (Monday—Friday)

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

July 28, 2013

FELC

Luke 11:1-13

PRAYER During the war, a macho sergeant was insisting that he was an uncompromising Atheist and that that he had no use whatsoever for any belief in God. The very next day, he and some of his men were caught in a dive-bombing raid. There was nothing to do but desperately dig out a fox hole in the earth and wait. While they waited in their shallow shelter the sergeant was busy praying and praying unashamedly out loud. A soldier with him said, “I thought you said you were an atheist?” “Son,” said the sergeant, “there are no atheists in fox-holes!” This story, somewhat humorous but all too true, sets the stage for our sermon this morning, a sermon about prayer, following our gospel lesson for today where Jesus teaches us about the blessings, importance and necessity of prayer. Now I began our sermon on prayer with this story, certainly not to make light of the dangers of war, but because all too often, like the sergeant, prayer is used as a stop-gap measure. When our backs are up against the wall; when we have nowhere else to turn, then we turn to prayer. Now please do not misunderstand me, God welcomes, yes even encourages and hears our prayer at all times, even when we take him for granted the rest of the time, but these two stories from our text of the friend at midnight and the father giving the son a fish, stress the importance of a regular prayer life. But first of al let us back up and talk about what prayer is and what prayer is not, for herein, I believe, lies much of the confusion about prayer. Prayer, simply but profoundly is talking with God. Notice I did not say talking to God, for prayer must be a two-way street. Prayer is not only talking to God, but even more importantly, it is listening to God, being open to God’s guidance and direction. And those of us who are wise will recognize the reality and the purpose of the fact that God gave us two ears and only one mouth! That should tell us something; that should tell us that we should listen twice as much as we speak, and that holds true not only in our conversations with God, but also in our communications with one another. Besides, if we talk all of the time, we will never learn anything, right? We can only speak what we already know; no, it is through our listening that we learn and grow. The same is true with our prayer life. All too often people tend to view prayer as telling God what we want or what at least we think we need. But I ask you, is not God all knowing? Does God not know better than we ourselves what we need and even what we want? We do not need to inform God! (Continued on page 3)

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No, the purpose of prayer is not to keep God up to date on what is happening, or what we need – the purpose of prayer it to link us up with God, so that HIS strength, love, peace and hope can be OUR strength, love, peace and hope. (Let me say that again) In other words, God does not need our prayer, we, you and I, we need prayer! We need prayer to keep us in that loving relationship with our heavenly Father, like the branches attached to the vine, so that we might receive nourishment and life. To illustrate my point, to whom do we turn when we have a problem or concern; do we turn to a stranger? No, of course not, we turn to a trusted friend, right? We turn to one with whom we have a close relationship, do we not? Well is the same not true with our relationship with God. If we ignore God except when we have problems, will we feel as comfortable in coming to him, or will God seem to us somehow distant, removed or yes, even silent? It is like the famous story, “Footprints in the Sand.” Now you have probably all heard or read this story; but stop and think about this story and how it relates to our prayer life. “One night a man had a dream. He dreamed that he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand- one belonging to him and the other to the Lord. When the last scene had flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints and noticed that many times along the way; there was only one set of footprints in the sand. He also noticed that this happened during the lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord. “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow, that you would walk with me all the way, but I noticed that during the most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed you the most, you deserted me.” The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” No, Jesus will never forsake us, not even when we take him for granted, and at times when it seems that we just cannot go on, he will even carry us, but how much better to be able to walk with the Lord regularly, how much more intimate will be our relationship with the Lord if we talk with him daily; how much closer to the Lord will we be when we let him lead us each and every day of our lives? God does not want to be for us a sometimes God. Jesus does not want to be for us an occasional savior, the Lord wants to be walk with us each and everyday of our lives, the Lord wants to be close with us, he want to give to us his gifts and blessings on a daily basis, and the best way for us to stay close to the Lord is a regular worship, devotion and prayer life! Prayer links us to God, prayer helps make God’s will our will, prayer makes God’s gifts our gifts. And this necessity of ongoing prayer is brought out very strongly in our text. Notice first of all that Jesus was praying when the disciples asked him to teach them a prayer. Jesus sets for them and for us, the example of an ongoing, regular prayer life. The story of the friend at midnight is a story of contrasts, quite common in eastern styles of teachings. The so-called friend got up and gave his neighbor bread only because that neighbor kept bugging him and would wake up the whole neighborhood if he did not offer assistance! Now in contrast to that, God stands ready, willing and able to answer all our prayers, if we but ask; plus as Jesus adds, if we as imperfect human beings know how to give good gifts, how much more will the heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him. And who is the Holy Spirit; it is God’s ongoing presence with us. (Continued on page 11)

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HOLY LAND TOUR – ISRAEL AND JORDAN We already have ten reservations for our Tour to Israel and Jordan: February 26 March 8, 2014, so please make your plans to also join with us. Pastor Schmidt has brochures describing our tour and your will also find the brochures on the tables in the hallway. In addition, if you know of someone who might be interested, please contact Pastor Schmidt. A tour of the Holy Land is more than a tour – it is a pilgrimage! Seeing the actual sites where the Biblical events took place makes the Bible truly come alive, and is a faith strengthening experience! In addition, the “Rose Red” city of Petra, Jordan is a wonder to behold! Make your plans now to join with us!

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ADULT EDUCATION AT A GLANCE 9:30

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THE LIFE OF JESUS is the topic that we have chosen for our Adult Sunday Class beginning this fall. Remember that we have one service on Sunday, September 15, and we begin our regular fall schedule on Sunday, September 22, 2013. Our Adult Sunday School class meets during the Sunday School Hour at 9:30 a.m., in the Lounge and these sessions will be led by Pastor Chris and Pastor Schmidt. The life and ministry of Jesus is certainly central to our faith, so please join with us as we gather around God’s word to review the life and mission of our L o r d , J e s u s C h ri s t. T h i s fu l l overview will take us through the fall and winter up to the beginning of the Season of Lent. Join with us beginning Sunday, September 22, 2013, 9:30 a.m., in the Lounge and every Sunday!

9:30 a.m. THURSDAY MORNING

BIBLESTUDY Our topic for this fall’s Thursday Morning Bible Study, as chosen by our class will be: Martin Luther and the Lutheran Reformation. Our “study book” will be Luther the Reformer by James Kittelson, the late professor of Reformation History at Luther Seminar, and Pastor Schmidt has copies of the book if you would like some good summer reading; the cost is $17.00. We of course will also use visuals as several movies and other DVDs have been produced concerning the life and work of Luther, plus the Reformation. Pastor Schmidt will be leading these sessions and we meet Thursday mornings, 9:30 -11:00 a.m.; why not make your plans now to join us this fall as we together study our heritage and traditions. Did you know that more has been written about Martin Luther than any other person who has ever lived with the exception of Jesus??? Our first session will be Thursday, September 12, 2013, 9:30 -11:00 a.m., in the Lounge!

THE LUTHERAN FAITH Starting Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6:30 -8:00 p.m., Pastor Schmidt will be offering a Wednesday evening class titled “The Lutheran Faith.” In this short four week course we will be exploring together the basic tenants of the Lutheran belief; which should be an interesting tie-in to our Thursday morning class on Luther and the Reformation. All are encouraged to join with us and we especially invite new members as well as those who might be interested in being a part of the First English family. We will be meeting the same time as our Confirmation Classes, so parents of confirmation students this would be a great opportunity for you as well.

WOMEN’S CIRCLE BIBLE STUDY

Grace Circle - Fourth Monday at 7:00 p. Peace Circle - First Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Faith Circle - First Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Hope Circle - Second Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Check the calendar at www.feelc.org

“In Good Company: Stories of Biblical Women,” will be the Women’s Circle Bible study beginning this fall. We will look at stories of women from both the Old and New Testaments as well as stories of contemporary women. Ladies, please check the calendar for the various Circles meeting schedule. Women, all of our Circles would be pleased to welcome you as a guest or member!

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GIFT WISH LIST TUCKPOINTING AND PILLAR REPAIRS Just like our homes need regular repair, the same is true for our church facility. This past year

the first unit of our facility required tuck-pointing of the outer walls to prevent costly water damage. In addition the pillars by the southeast entrance to the

Narthex required repair. Our Board of Church Properties received bids for the above repairs and the Church Council approved these projects. The total cost was $19,600.00, and these repairs have now all been completed. If you would like to assist with the cost of this project

simply mail your check to the church or place in the offering plate. Please designate your gift for “Church Maintenance.” Thank You!

ORGAN FUND Our organ at First English is over fifty years old, and over the past 10 years has had switching components beginning to fail. Because the original components of the organ console haven’t been manufactured since the early 1970’s, the console and its related switching need to be rebuilt to have the organ fully functional again. The Peterson Company, which would do the console rebuild, estimates repairs to

be approximately $110,000. Funding at this point is at $52,500 thanks to the Gladys Greenburg Fund, her family has approved the use of this fund to help with the repairs. If you wish to help with these repairs, please mark your envelope "Organ Fund" and place in the offering plate or leave in the office. Thank you!

We are pleased to announce that First English Life Players will be producing "The Sound of Music" as our November musical. We last did this show in 2004 (the first show we did in the Luther Center) to sold out audiences every night. Auditions will be held Tuesday, August 20 – 6:30 p.m. for children, and 7:30 p.m. for adults in the First English Choir Room. The performance dates for "The Sound of Music" are Nov. 8, 9 & 10. Please note that rehearsals this year will be on Sundays and Mondays (a change from previous years). Michael Maurice has graciously agreed to return to direct this production. Paula Doak, who has been our outstanding stage manager and director's assistant for the past several years, won't be able to help in that capacity this year. If you know of anyone who might be interested in the stage managing duties, please let me know. The cast requirements for "The Sound of Music" are: 3 Women; 5 Girls (ages 5, 7, 9, 13 and 16); 2 Men; 2 Boys (ages 11 and 14). Featured players: 4 women; 2 men and the ensemble of neighbors of Capt. Von Trapp; nuns; novices; postulants; and contestants at the Festival Concert. 6


BOARD OF SOCIAL ACTION Save the Date: Oktoberfest, Friday, October 18 Planning will soon be underway for this fall’s Oktoberfest celebration. Due to popular demand, there will be another silent auction. We will be assembling various baskets for bidding, so if you have items to donate, we want to hear from you now! Contact anyone on the Board of Social Action if you want to donate/help – Kay Butler Berkesch, JoVona Cisco, Penny Damore, BJ Decker, Virg Ditty, Claudia Gram, Kevin Hendricks, Pat Milne, Diann Ohman, Sue Reck, Carolyn Schmidt, Pat Thomas, Shawn Vinson, and Heide Warnez. No excuse to say you didn’t know anybody on the board to call!

Board of Social Action INSTALLATION SERVICE FOR RENATA CONGER, SUNDAY, AUGUST 25TH As you know our new Education/Youth Coordinator, Renata Conger has already begun her duties here at First English as we prepare for the busy fall schedule. We will have a formal Service of Installation for Renata on Sunday, August 25, 2013, which will take place at both worship services, 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.. Please make every effort to join with us as we formally welcome Renata to our shared ministry. In addition, we have asked Renata to provide for us a short introduction so that we might get to know her better………. On a chilly December afternoon, I was born to a very Italian father and a very German mother who named me Renata Simone Avolio—if you say it in an Italian accent, it sounds even better. My parents instilled in me a love of culture and diversity, of gardening, cooking, art, and literature, but most importantly, a strong faith and joy in Christ. I grew up in Detroit but began preschool at St. Thomas Lutheran in Eastpointe, which is the same school my mother and great-aunts attended and also where I met my best friend. My best friend had a mean older brother who used to tease me and call me names so obviously we fell in love eventually, but more on that later. After ten years at St. Thomas, I attended high school at University Liggett where my love for theatre, dance, and music virtually exploded. Despite my penchant for the arts, during college I decided do a bit of a one-eighty and explore the realms of science. When I wasn’t busy conducting research in the laboratory, I worked for the Department of Residence Life where I designed and carried out educational and social programs for freshman students. I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Plant Biology hoping to land a career in bioenergy research, but The Lord had other plans for me. The mean boy I spoke of turned out to be rather a charming man, so I married him and became Renata Simone Conger. We have a feisty Pembroke Welsh Corgi pup named Pilot who loves to play fetch, swim, and sleep on his back with his feet in the air. Almost two years ago we bought a house in The Woods and have been fixing it up ever since. When I am not working a house project, I can often be found in my newly-rebuilt kitchen where I love to create tasty meals and exquisite desserts. These foodie creations often find their way to the elaborate parties devised by my sisters and me, since we love to entertain. Though we love our hometown, my husband and I also love to travel and are in the midst of planning a trip to Japan which will fulfill a lifelong dream of mine.

BUILDING REMINDER

Now that we are back in the busy schedule of events at First English, a friendly reminder to turn off lights when leaving a room, and make sure that all of the doors are locked if you are the last one out. We want to keep our utility costs down and our facility safe and secure for all to use. Please remember that all facility requests should be made through Kyle Clor ((313)-881-9703 or via her e-mail at

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BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP news Baseball - Tiger vs. White Sox, Tickets for August 4, 1:00 p.m. game are sold out. Mystery Theatre Due to the power outage the weekend of July 20-21 we have rescheduled the Hawaiian Resort Murder Mystery Dinner for August 10 at 6:30 pm in the Luther Center. Join us for a fun evening and even participate in this play by Cecilia M Bouchard. No experience is needed. Cost is $6 per person (payable at the door). Come wearing your favorite Hawaiian clothes. There is a sign-up poster on the bulletin board in the hall. We will provide punch and coffee, and are asking each group or family that comes to bring a dish of either: an Appetizer if you last name starts with ‘A’ thru ‘L’ or a Dessert if your last name starts with ‘M’ thru ‘Z’. Aloha!

Summer Coffee Hours Many thanks to those that volunteered to do the coffee hours this summer!!!! Family Picnic This year we will be having the picnic along with Rally Day events on September 15. Watch the weekly bulletin for further details.

SUMMER SCHEDULE OF WORSHIP AND A LOOK AT FALL! Just a reminder that we are now in our Summer Worship Schedule. Our Contemporary Service is at 9:00 a.m. and our Traditional Worship is at 10:30 a.m. In addition, for our members who are out of town on weekends during the summer months, we add a Thursday Evening Traditional Worship Service beginning at 7:00 p.m. Our last Thursday worship for the summer will be Thursday, August 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m. Please note that with our Rally Day events we will have a few changes in the schedule for the first two Sunday's following Labor Day. On Sunday, September 8, 2013, we will continue with our Summer Schedule, 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship and 10:30 a.m. Traditional worship. On Rally Day, Sunday, September 15, 2013, we will have one service at 10:00 a.m. so that all members, young and old, can join with the Church Picnic and Rally Day festivities following worship, here on our church grounds. Beginning, Sunday September 22, 2013, we begin our regular Fall Schedule, Contemporary Worship and Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Traditional Worship at 11:00 a.m.

COLUMBARIUM FOR FIRST ENGLISH F i r s t E n g l i s h L u t h e r a n C h u r c h h a s a p p r o v e d a Columbarium Project for our facility. When sufficient niches are sold, the Columbarium will be placed in the narthex (please see computer drawing on the bulletin board in the main hallway). Before construction begins, the companion niches, which hold two urns, will be sold for $1,500.00; after construction begins they will sell for $1,800.00. We will give the congregation sixty days notice before raising the price to $1,800.00. Niches will be assigned on a “first come-first-served” basis, with members being able to choose the location of their niche within the Columbarium. To date nine double niches have been sold. If sufficient niches are not sold, all funds will be returned to those who purchased niches. If you have any questions please speak to Pastor Schmidt. 8


Board of Evangelism Notes Evangelism Board Welcomes you back to church! We are hoping to give you some good opportunities to enjoy fellowship and share with friends looking for a good Christian environment. We want you to learn and play and share and of course eat with new activities. Here is our plan: SEPTEMBER 25, AT 4PM TO 8PM IN THE LOUNGE- CARDS/DINNER/CARDS This is directed at adults that are looking for a social gathering once a month or something to do while the kids are in catechism. You can come at 4 have dinner at 5:30 and either go home or play more cards. For those who work you can come at 5:30 for dinner and then play cards till 8pm. You can come alone and find a group to play with or bring your own foursome. 4:00p.m. to 5:30 p.m. you can play cards, game or just chat 5:30 p.m. Board of Evangelism provides dinner (donation welcome) 6:30p.m. to 8:00 p.m. cards , games or chat, your choice. This event will be every 4th Wednesday of the month. OCTOBER 4 – 6th WOMENS RETREAT AT MICHI-LU-CA Cost is $125.00 per person Enjoy the beginning of fall colors at Michi-Lu-Ca and the company of faithful women as we reflect on and try spiritual practices that draw us closer to God and one another. Lots of relaxation and choose-your-own- adventure time is built into this retreat as well! Choose from canoeing, hiking trails, making a craft, or just relaxing in the comfortable Adirondack chairs all over camp. Please let Nancy McCarthy know ASAP if you are interested in this weekend fun. OCTOBER 9TH WEDNESDAY – EVANGELISM 101 - PROGRESSIVE DINNER We again will bring you a class on Evangelism every 2nd Wednesday of the month which includes a potluck dinner. Everyone is invited, again the parents of catechism children may find this very convenient. The first dinner will be a progressive dinner to familiarize everyone with areas of the church you may not have been to yet: Soup in the Youth Room at 6:30 followed by: Salad in the Choir Room Main dish on the Sunday School level and completed with: Dessert in the lounge. The first dinner will not be potluck, it will be provided by the Evangelism board. We hope you will plan on attending and extend an invitation to friends to join you at all of the events and activities we are planning. Please let us know, if you can how many will be coming, so we can plan accordingly.

The Board of Evangelism members: Patty Foster Margot Kahl Nancy McCarthy Patty Ruggiero

Caryl Litzenberger Ruth Platts

Monna Nieto Angel Kruetzan Judy Leo

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS A sincere word of thanks to all of our members who have directed their “Thrivent Choice Dollars” to support the mission and ministry of First English. Last year the combined total gifts were over $2,000.00. If you have a Thrivent policy 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 1-800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and state “Thrivent Choice” or on line at Thrivent.com. Again, thank you for your support; it is greatly appreciated! PASTOR’S SCHEDULES & CONTACT NUMBERS

Just a reminder concerning our Pastor’s schedules. Pastor Chris’ day off is Friday and in an emergency she can be contacted at 248-231-5091. Her email address is pastorchris@feelc.org. Pastor Schmidt’s day off remains on Monday and his home phone number for emergencies is 313-882-3520. His email address is pastors@feelc.org. Church office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with office closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Sue Vallone's email is sue@feelc.org 9


Jessica Marie Foster and Nolan Roswell Hughes were united in marriage at First English on Saturday, July 27, 2013. May God’s love continually surround their life together as husband and wife. A Funeral Service was held at First English for Agnes Prost on Thursday, July 18, 2013. “Thanks be to God who gives to us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”

Sa D ve at th e! e !!

Parish Education/Youth Attention: Confirmation Students and Parents! When: Wed. September 18th @ 6:30 PM What: Orientation Meeting for all students & parents (or sponsoring adult) Where: Fellowship Hall Why: You will receive the schedule Get an overview of the program and program requirements Meet teachers and guides

NEW Sunday School Curriculum

We are so excited to have discovered Spark: Activate Faith! With its rotation model, children read from their Bibles each day and dive deep into its stories via crafts, games, cooking, and more. Keep watch for further information on how to order your own Spark Bible at a discounted rate. See you in September!

Come Paint the Youth Room!

Join us on Sunday, August 25th from 6:30-8:30pm for chalkboard paint, pizza, and pop. Who knows? Maybe Renata (your brand new Youth Coordinator, of course) will bake some yummy cupcakes too! Hope to see you all there!

DOES THE CHURCH HAVE YOUR CORRECT E-MAIL ADDRESS Do you receive church information quickly and timely??? To receive the Monthly CLEF and weekly Newsnotes….simply send a message “Please add to e-mail list” to sue@feelc.org to be included. Also add the church e-mail address www.feelc.org to your computer’s trusted sites list. Thank you for helping the church keep mailing costs to a minimum. Please r (Please remember to notify the Church office if your e-mail address changes!)

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In addition, this emphasis upon prayer is highlighted all the more by Jesus’ well known words, “I tell you, ask, and it will be give you; seek or search and you will find, knock and it will be opened unto you.” Plus, in the Greek, the language of the New Testament, these are all present imperatives, meaning that we are to continually ask, seek and knock, so that continually we may draw closer and closer in our relationship with the Lord. Now, let us address a question that is often asked, or at least pondered, and that question is does God really answer prayer? Now I know that that almost seems blasphemous to ask that question, especially from the pulpit, but the reality is that all of us at times in our lives have taken our requests to God and it seems at least, that he has not answered our prayer. And often it was and is at those very difficult times of life – severe illness, concerns for our children, worry about our jobs, the economy, a trying problem that we are wrestling with, and the list goes on. However, the scriptures tell us loud and clear that God does hear and answer prayer, all prayers; there is never a busy signal or voice mail with God; we do not need to leave a text message and he will get back to us! NO! God does stand ready, willing and able to hear and answer all of our prayers, any time, day or night! But you know, what we often forget is that no is also an answer to prayer, or not yet is also a valid answer or maybe our prayer is answered in an all together different way than we expected; and then, much later, with the insight of hindsight, we realize that God has indeed answered our prayer. And once again our human relationships give to us a good illustration. Do we as parents always answer yes to all of our children’s’ requests? Do we not, for their own good, often have to say no or maybe later or those dreaded words that all kids hate to hear, wait until you are older? Why then should it strike us so strange that God who knows all and sees all may need to say no to us! Plus we need to bear in mind that God has given to us free will, and that he will not trample the freedom that he gave to us when he created us in his image. Just as parents at times need to let their children experience the consequences of their actions, the same is true with our relationship with God. We simply cannot have both our freedom of the will and expect God to magically mend all of our problems and the problems of the world. However, what we can be certain of is that God wants what is best for us, that God does hear and answer all of our prayers, that he has given to us his Holy Spirit to deepen our faith relationship and guide and direct us each and every step of our lives if we will but let him. Do you remember what St. Paul says about the Spirit and prayer in Romans, chapter 8; words that have been a great source of strength and comfort in my life. He says, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he, who searches the hearts of all, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” Yes, even when we do not know what to pray; even when we cannot seem to express what is in our hearts and minds; when we are in that close relationship with the Lord, God’s Spirit brings our needs, our requests, our thoughts, our feelings, our burdens to the throne of grace and God gives to us his love, care, peace and strength, working that which is best for us. St. Augustine put it so well many years ago when he said, “God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them!” Something to think about, wouldn’t you agree??? As always, our Lord says it best! Ask and it will be given you, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened unto you – maybe not in the way we asked, or in the way we sought, but we do know that in everything God works for good with those who love him. And that, my friends, is a promise that we can count upon onto eternity! AMEN Preached July 28, 2013 – Dr. Walter A. Schmidt 11


RECYCLE PAPER BIN BRING YOUR PAPER!!

NO CARDBOARD OR PHONE BOOKS ARE ACCEPTED.

Please take time to drop all your clean, dry newspapers, magazines, office and copy paper, advertising inserts and junk mail into the recycle bin in the parking lot. You don’t have to sort anything or remove staples. Please bag your shredded paper.

The AbitibiBowater Paper Retriever program is designed for organizations to recycle paper and earn money -- the more you fill the bin, the more money FEELC makes! Most of all, it’s an opportunity for us to recycle and help the environment.

First English Lutheran Preschool Accepting enrollment for 3 & 4 year olds for September 2013 First English Lutheran Preschool offers an academic program to help prepare your child for kindergarten. With a small class size, our program includes Bible lessons, math, music, science, art, language, beginning reading concepts and physical development. First English has a very large and bright classroom for your child to spend their morning socializing with friends. Call our director Christine Simone at (313) 886-6544 for more information or to arrange a classroom visit.

KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM E! AS E ur PL yo l l ro -en e R R GE O KR rd Ca

Have you enrolled yet?? Please take the time to go online and sign-up or renew your card and make your donation designation to First English (#83535). If you don’t remember the email address that you used previously to

enroll, you can call (877)576-7587 to remove any email attached to your card number and then proceed to enroll again. Our fundraising efforts, by participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, have added up to significant money - just by 12

purchasing your weekly groceries! In fact our latest quarterly check was in the amount of $281.98!! If you have never signed up – go to Kroger’s website krogercommunityrewards.com and follow the prompts. You will need your Kroger card.


8/19: Michael Reesman 8/1: Asiya Bahnke

8/20: Jacob Campbell

8/2: Lauren Davey, Shirley Lamar, Jillia Nixon

8/21: Marcus Faust, Barbara Wegner 8/22: Lauren Vallee

8/3: Jason Barger, Jeffrey Homuth 8/4: Brooke Bauer, Gerry Richardson

8/23: Angel Kreutzans, Linda Schneider, Jane Stevens 8/24: Kathryn DiMarzio

8/5: Shaun Brown, Anne Koenig, Andrew Vojinov

8/25: Christopher Bowlin, Andrew Nyquist, Gail Rowley

8/6: Heide Warnez, Dorothy Woodard 8/7: Cathy Schwanitz, Sherrill Wolford

8/27: Richard Landgraf, Lauren McGraw, Parker Rustmann 8/28: Cynthia Pangborn, Steven Tampakes, Kristen Smith

8/8: Bruce Jones, Eric Liebold, Edward Schwartz

8/31: Sean Ditty, Jeffrey Jensen, Debra Strandhagen, Thomas Waldner

8/10: Thomas Caputo, Evan Nyquist, Lydia Rustmann, Evan Smith 8/11: Anne Pangborn 8/12: Ryan Frohock, Mitchell Pangborn 8/13: Julie Passamani 8/14: Jacob Duffy, Waynette Hostetler, Nan Strandhagen 8/15: Christopher Lang, Kylie McClendon 8/16: Kathryn Buda, David Cornell, Nick Mancini, Mary Marschner, Carl Rust 8/17: Donald Elwert 8/18: Stuart Sturton

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August 11

August 4

GREETERS

Roger Ulmer Shirley Lamar

Angel Kruetzan

The Bezel family

9:00 a.m.

Nancy McCarthy Marion McClendon

Dan Rustmann

Dee Friscan

10:30 a.m.

August 11

August 4

Shirley Lamar Pam Southard

9:00 a.m.

Mark Berkesch Marti Miller

10:30 a.m.

COMMUNION ASSISTANTS

August 18 August 25

Brandon Tambourine Jackie Tambourine

Nate Judson John Blohm

Team #10 David Zwicker

Margot Kahl Carol Sauter

Team #9 Charles Jackson Team #1 Mike Guest

Pat Milne

August 18

August 11 Team #11 Dan Rustmann Team #3 Mark Fett

Team #5

Jeff Gates

10:30 a.m. Team #8 Ken Kohler

August 18 Team #2 Mark Berkesch 10:30 a.m. Anna Jackson

August 4

Team #6

9:00 a.m. Team #7 Mark Balle

August 25 9:00 a.m. Samantha Potter Daniel Feldman

August 11

USHER August 4

ACOLYTES August 4 Nora Smith

Samantha Potter

Mike Garrisi Deb Sloss

August 11 Parker Rustmann

Emily Dalian

August 25

August 18 Emily Conn

August 18

August 11

August 4

Claudette Momenee

Board of Church Property

Choir (Tenors)

The Nyquist family

Margot Kahl

FRIENDLY CALLERS

Waynette Hostetler 10:30 a.m.

August 4

Diann Ohman

Team #1

LAY READERS 9:00 a.m.

Marti Miller

August 11

Roger & Sue Ulmer

August 18

COUNTERS

August 25

COFFEE HOUR

August 25

Gerry Udell

Joe Warnez

August 18

Waynette Hostetler

Waynette Hostetler

August 4

Jackie Tambourine

Mark Berkesch

August 25

Team #1

August 11

Deb Sloss

Mark Fett

August 25

August 18

Brandon Tambourine

August 11

August 4

BJ Decker/Janice Wilson

Claudette Momenee/Judy Leo

Carol Logan/Kyle Clor

Lydia Unit:

Anna Unit:

Pat Palm/Pat Thomas

Audrey Johnson/Kim Jevons

ALTAR GUILD

August 25

August 18

Virg Ditty/Judy Leo

GARDENING

August 25

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Sun

9:00 Contemporary Worship 10:30 Traditional Worship

9:00 Contemporary Worship 10:30 Traditional Worship

9:00 Contemporary Worship 10:30 Traditional Worship 6:30 Board & Council Meetings

9:00 Contemporary Worship 10:30 Traditional Worship

4

11

18

25

Mon

9:30 Exercise Class 6:00 Princeton Review

5

Tue

10:00 Volleyball 5:30 Exercise Class

6

Wed

9:30 Exercise Class 10:00 Volleyball

9:30 Exercise Class

6:00 Princeton Review

6:00 Princeton Review

13 5:30 Exercise Class

12 6:30 Grief Support

9:30 Exercise Class

7:00 Bd. of Church Property

5:30 Exercise Class

6:00 Princeton Review

5:30 Exercise Class

6:00 Princeton Review

9:30 Exercise Class

6:30 Sound of Music Auditions

6:00 Grief Recovery Series

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6:00 Grief Recovery Series

20

9:30 Exercise Class

19

26

6:00 Princeton Review

9:30 Exercise Class 6:00 Princeton Review

9:30 Exercise Class 6:00 Princeton Review

7

14

21

28

Thu 5:30 Exercise Class 7:00 Summer Worship

5:30 Exercise Class 7:00 Summer Worship

5:30 Exercise Class 7:00 Summer Worship

5:30 Exercise Class 7:00 Summer Worship

5:30 Exercise Class 7:00 Summer Worship

1

8

15

22

29

8

Fri

2

9

16

23

30

Sat

3

10

9:00 Princeton Review 11:00 Pink Door Cottage

6:30 Murder Mystery Dinner Theater

17 9:00 Princeton Review

24 9:00 Princeton Review

11:00 Pink Door Cottage

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