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First English Ev. Lutheran Church

First English Lutheran Church

July 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Thank you for such a wonderful celebration of the 25th anniversary of my ordination. I have been truly blessed to be here with you and by your love and kindness. It is a joy to journey with you in faith and look forward to the upcoming years as we continue to reach out into our community and world with the gospel and grow in love toward one another through Christ our Lord. Thank you for the stole that is being made, for the getaway to Frankenmuth, for all the gifts, the food, the special music and all the practice that went into it, all the effort that so many people made so this would happen and for being here with me and my family and lifting us up in prayer. Again, we are truly blessed as part of the First English family. As I listened to the beautiful words shared by Pastor Nicole and was surrounded by so many wonderful saints of God, I kept thinking about the other. I thought about the people who were visiting from some of my previous congregations. Char who was a great support to me as our preschool director and a confidant who helped me navigate some of the challenges of that first call. Dawn who has served as an inspiration in her dedication to studying the Scriptures. Pastor Nicole who has gone from being a confirmand and high school student that I served to a friend and colleague. Tom who worked with me in some very challenging instances and was a solid rock of reason and support who stood with me in the toughest of moments. Then there was my mother who provided for me and has loved me from the day I came into being. I would not be here if not for my dearest and most wonderful wife, Colleen. You can only imagine how tolerant, patient, and forgiving she has been. She has been the constant reminder of Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love for me by her words and her love that has been far more than I ever deserved. My three sons who have taught me many things and have challenged me to be better than I am. And here and now, I am surrounded by so many loving and caring servants of Christ and blessed by the musical talents, dedication and caring of Bob who so lovingly cares for this body of Christ, and Renata who not only cares so lovingly and passionately for the youth, children and families of the congregation but is an incredible blessing as a faithful partner in ministry. Lastly, all of this is because of the grace of God who knit me together in my motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s womb. Who claimed me in the waters of baptism, blessed me with salvation, has given me a family in Christ, has been present with me no matter how much I have pushed Him away, and who called me to the great honor of proclaiming the gospel and administering the sacraments as a pastor in the church of Jesus Christ. My life is what it is because of the other, because of those whom God has placed around me and the love and gifts they have shared. I thank God for everyone who reads these words and for all those who have made it possible for me to be who I am. As well, I thank all those who read these words and all those who have blessed me with their presence more than they will ever know. Yours In Christ<><

Pastor Sean R. Motley


May 26 - September 8, 2019

WE’RE ON THE WEB

www.feelc.org

10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

Sunday Worship Wed. Evening Worship

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

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

Fax: 313.884.4460 www.feelc.org

Senior Pastor Rev. Sean R. Motley pastorsean@feelc.org

Educ./Youth Coordinator Renata Conger renata@feelc.org

Thank you to everyone who donated flowers or cash for the Church gardens this year. They would not have looked so good without your help; and all the rain gave the flowers a great boost. The Gardening Team can always use extra help. Call Carol Sauter (313 881-6969 or email: alcarolsauter@comcast.net) for more information.

Music Coordinator Bob Foster rhfosterjr@comcast.net

Facility Use Director

Colleen Motley facilityuse@feelc.org Pastors Emeritus Rev. Paul Keppler Rev. Dr. Walter A. Schmidt

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On June 16th, 2019 our group of nine youth and two adults formed a circle, clasped hands, prayed, and pile into a van destined for a week of community service in Pittsburgh, PA. The van, generously donated by the Milne family, carried mattresses, pillows, duffel bags, work gloves, & four coolers overflowing with junk food to Pittsburgh, PA for a week of community service. Despite the beauty of the area, thousands of its residents experience daily food and housing insecurity. It was our privilege to partner with local organizations committed to addressing these issues. Jack Bidigare and Kylie McClendon served at the Kneed Café, where patrons could pay for their own meal, donate towards someone else’s meal, or eat for free. Colin Burke served with the Belair Rehab Center, which provided compassionate adult care for the mentally disabled. Renata Conger and Laila Lane worked with Light of Life to provide faith-based day care for children of recovering addicts. Mia Cassar and Aleks Powers split their time between rehabbing a house with Habitat for Humanity and sorting donated items at The River’s needbased clothing closet. RJ Cassar, Adolf Lane, and Carys Rees-Baker facilitated kids’ activities with the Boys and Girls Club. Kate Pirker sorted clothes, hygiene kits, and more with World Vision (the global organization who runs the 30-Hour Famine). Whether out at our service sites, during daily worship at our host church, or shopping for even more junk food at Target, our group grew closer to one another and closer to God. First English has been so generous in supporting us both financially and spiritually. By lifting us up in prayer — that we would journey safely, have fun, work hard, and grow in relationship with our savior — you have given us a gift that will outlast this lifetime. We sincerely thank you for this experience and look forward to the next trip.

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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 - Pamela Southard milady724@gmail.com 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

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.

**Denotes member of the Church Council

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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 sign-up 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.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;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 canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the date you signed up for you can easily switch. Your generosity in serving is greatly appreciated.â&#x20AC;?

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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

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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22 Arden Vallee Courtney Joondeph

29 William Henderson

21 Lauren Link William Gierman

28 Jeffrey Stein Karri Tuuri Marie Caputo Mary Seppala Mike Gates Rebecca Sloss

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15 Erica Meier Jeff Gurney Matthew Hollenbeck

14 Jeffrey Bloom

30 Craig Mathes John Balle Ken Kohler

23 John Russell Mary Kohler Rick Zwicker Sara McClendon

16 Logan Ritts Robin Breckenridge Whitney Joondeph

9 Noah LaMagno

2 Charlie Ulmer John Chantler

1 Mackenzie Campbell Samantha Potter

8 Emma Pangborn Kirsten Schoensee

Tuesday

Monday

7 Reagan Moore RJ Cassar Tristan Duffey Yvonne Garvin

Sunday

31 Kyle Chase Lauren Nyquist William Hassig

24 Bob Foster Pam Southard Rebecca Tito

17 Cheryl Nelson Margot Kahl

10 Sue Ulmer

3 Bryan Ulmer John Guest

Wednesday

25 Alexandra Tomlinson Heather Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Boyle

18 Courtney Kohler Jayne Blohm Julia Henderson Nora Smith

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4 Alan Blohm Haley Rozycki Janice Wilson Robert Balle

Thursday

26 Amy Cornell Shane Spicer

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12 Luke Kohler

5 Christi Forsythe

Friday

27 Brett Reardon

20 Emily Dalian

13 Lindsey Warren

6 Amy Warren Ashley Joondeph

Saturday


GREETERS

10:00 a.m.

LAY READERS 10:00 a.m.

7-Jul 14-Jul

John Nyquist Carol Erickson

7-Jul 14-Jul

Holly Willson Dan Rustmann

21-Jul 28-Jul

Al and Carol Sauter Waynette Hostetler

21-Jul 28-Jul

Jim Feldman Mark Berkesch

USHER 7-Jul 14-Jul 21-Jul 28-Jul

10:00 a.m. Team #3 Fett Team #4 Donahue Team #5 McClendon Team #6 Balle

COMMUNION ASSISTANTS 10:00 a.m.

ACOLYTES 10:00 a.m. Jul-7 Jul-14 Jul-21 Jul-28

7-Jul

Pam Southard Kathy Jevons Rosemary Yake

14-Jul

Alice Rustmann Dan Rustmann Joe Clor Mark Berkesch Penny Damore Judy Freund Patty Foster Mike Garrisi Carol Sauter

21-Jul

Giana Fett Allie McIntyre Kylie McClendon Evan Smith

28-Jul

FRIENDLY CALLERS 7-Jul 14-Jul 21-Jul

Carol Litzenberger Waynette Hostetler Judy Leo

28-Jul

Margot Kahl

GARDENS 7-Jul 14-Jul 21-Jul 28-Jul

COFFEE HOUR 7-Jul 14-Jul 21-Jul 28-Jul

Judy Leo/Carol Erickson Diane Teshka/Yvonne Winston Nancy Heaphy/Penny Damore Virg Ditty/Alice Rustmann

ALTAR GUILD Anna Unit: Karen Olson Lydia Unit: Pat Palm/Pat Thomas

COUNTERS 7-Jul 14-Jul 21-Jul 28-Jul

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Claudette Momenee Alto's ï&#x192;&#x203A;volunteer needed Tenors

Team #6 Kyle Clor Team #7 Pam Southard Team #1 Waynette Hostetler Team #2 Nancy Heaphy


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10:00 Worship Service 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

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

Sunday

28

21

14

7

15

8

1

29

22

CLEF ARTICLES DUE

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Monday

Tuesday

30

23

16

9

2

7:00 Worship Service

7:00 Worship Service

7:00 Worship Service

7:00 Worship Service

7:00 Worship Service

Wednesday

31

24

17

10

3

7:00 Women’s Summer Bible Study

7:00 Women’s Summer Bible Study

7:00 Women’s Summer Bible Study

INDEPENDENCE DAY OFFICE CLOSED

Thursday

25

18

9

4 OFFICE CLOSED

Friday

26

19

12

5

Saturday

27

20

13

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