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JUNE 2018


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Inside this issue: ...from Pastor Sean


Worship Schedule 125th Anniversary


New Member info Ford Piquette tour


Council Notes Barnyard Update With the Members Clinton River Cruise

Adult Education


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Bd. Of Fellowship Columbarium


Notes from RENATA


Reflection Garden Thrivent


Preschool Kroger Rewards


May Birthdays


Serving in May


May Calendar


I know I have said this before and do not wish to be repetitive, however, this again is an exciting time for us at First English. As a congregation we have become stronger in our financial stewardship and are at a point where we are looking to make a significant payment against the principal of the mortgage or even pay it off completely. We have continued to grow in our outreach to people in need around the world and in our local community and have the opportunity to improve the lives of those who are in need of transitional housing through Samaritas and working with our neighbors in the Regent Park section of Detroit to build a park and help them continue to make it a better and safer place to live. We have new Bible studies and book studies to grow in our fellowship and discipleship and are looking to implement new programs to provide more tools for parents to grow in faith with their children at First English and at home. There was a movie entitled â&#x20AC;&#x153;Waiting for Supermanâ&#x20AC;?. The point of the title was when the man, an educator named Geoffrey Canada, was a child, he had hopes of being rescued from the crime, despair, and destruction around him; he was waiting for Superman. His mother told him there was no Superman. Superman was not real and was not going to save him. Yet, supermen and superwomen are real. Too often we wait for Superman. We wait for someone to come and rescue us, someone to come and change the world for us, someone who will solve all our problems. However, someone has already come, the Son of God someone who is super human. Jesus came and through Him has come the Holy Spirit given to each of us that we need not sit and wait but be the supermen and superwomen that we need, that the world needs. This is First English. I am excited because we, as a congregation, are not sitting and waiting. We are not waiting for someone to come along and make a difference, improve our situation, care for the needs around us. The supermen and superwomen, better known as disciples of Christ, of First English are serving in continuing and new ministries, growing our care for one another and for those around us and looking toward the future asking what else in the name of Christ Jesus can we do? We may not have a fortress of solitude but we have a sanctuary for the Holy God in which we gather together to worship and we may not have a cape but we have put on us the righteousness of Jesus Christ and called together as one in the body of Christ we go out into the world that is waiting and despairing and restoring their hope, not in a fictional superhero but in a present and real Savior, Christ the Lord. Yours In Christ<><

Pastor Sean




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

Senior Pastor Rev. Sean R. Motley

Educ./Youth Coordinator Renata Conger Music Coordinator

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 ( or Mark Berkesch at (313) 886-4866 or, 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.

Bob Foster Director of Bell Choirs

Christina Judson Facility Use Director Colleen Motley Pastors Emeritus Rev. Paul Keppler Rev. Dr. Walter A. Schmidt


We welcome new brothers and sisters as members of First English: Andrew Arsenault George and Beverly Polson Carol Erickson

We give thanks to God for their presence with us in the body of Christ and as workers with us in the mission God has given to First English.


OFFICERS - 2018 (Officers are members of the executive committee) **President – Jeff Gates **Vice President—Mark Berkesch **Secretary – Claudette Momenee **Treasurer – John Nyquist

**Financial Secretary - Pamela Southard Boards & Council Members Church Properties **Scott Bricker, Dir. **Jim Lieder, Asst. Dir. Mark Fett Ted Bidigare B. Decker Gordon Bush

Evangelism Director, Open Caryl Litzenberger Margot Kahl Renee Strobl June MacMichael Jim Barnes Social Action **Diann Ohman, Dir. **Penny Damore, Asst. Dir. Yvonne Winston Pat Thomas Shawn Vinson Kay Butler Berkesch Virginia Ditty Claudia Gram Pat Milne

Parish Education **Randie Kohler, Dir. Patrick Glynn Andrea Glynn Trevor Clor Cindy Jevons Amy McIntyre Fellowship **Sue Ulmer, Dir. **Carol Sauter, Asst. Dir. Miranda Lorence Alexandrea Annas Tonya Pirker 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. Eve Feldman Elise Nyquist John Nyquist Aleks Powers Sandi Smith Worship & Music **Kyle Clor, Co-Dir. **Yvonne Winston, Co-Dir. **Dianna Atkins, Asst. Dir Mark Fett Sandy Ford Bob Foster Chris Judson Pat Palm Jane Stevens Women of the Church **Waynette Hostetler, Pres. **Denotes member of the Church Council


Council Minutes MAY - JUNE, 2018 Jeff Gates called the meeting to order at 7:40 pm. After a 30 min Devotional of when God has been present in our lives, and a challenge to recognize God’s presence in our lives during the next week; Pastor Motley offered the opening prayer. SECRETARY REPORT – Mark Berkesch motioned to accept April’s minuets (no changes), Pam Southard 2nd and the motion carried. TREASURER REPORT – John Nyquist, distributed a draft of the April 2018 and YTD financial reports. John Nyquist motioned to accept the draft reports, Scott Bricker 2nd and the motion carried. FINANCIAL SECRETARY – Pam Southard, no report. BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE –Tom Liebold, contributions to the Miracle Month fund drive to pay down our mortgage is continuing. Waynette Hostetler will do a temple talk May 27 about the drive. BOARD OF CHURCH PROPERTY – Scott Bricker, because of rain, the date for Spring clean-up around the grounds TBD; Outside lighting changes have been completed; There is a member who would like to fund the changes to make the Wedgewood sign LED, estimates will be obtained; Continue researching estimates for tile repair at LC entrance; Working on DTE billing issues are being resolved; End of June will repave the parking lot; There will be another Paver order sent soon. BOARD OF EVANGELISM – no report. BOARD OF SOCIAL ACTION – no report. BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP – Sue Ulmer, SUMMER COFFEE Hour sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board in hall; Last ‘FOURTH TUES BOOK CLUB’ meets May 22; Development of the conference and Board storage room continues est completion is Fall 2018; May 13 celebrated MOTHER’S DAY with bookmarks & flowers; May15 there were 9 who participated in creating a garden craft class; June 2 is the tour of the FORD PIQUETTE PLANT w/ optional lunch, sign-up on bulletin board; June 17 is the FATHER’S DAY BBQ. BOARD OF PARISH EDUCATION – Randi Kohler, May 20 was Field Day; VBS 7/30 – 8/3 will be held at Christ Church, volunteers are needed. BOARD OF YOUTH MINISTRY – no report. BOARD OF WORSHIP & MUSIC – Kyle Clor; there were meetings held May 20 for communion assistants, There will be other meetings scheduled for Lay readers; there has been a suggestion of a possible concert event for a fund raiser by an ‘Eagles Tribute’ band sometime next year, would need church wide support of the members to plan details of event. WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – Waynette Hostetler, After the Samaritas tour there are envelopes posted on the bulletin board for those who would like to further support their mission. PASTOR’S REPORT – Pastor Motley, Would like to do something to honor Leslie Nelson’s leadership of the TMP outreach to GPNHS students who is stepping down after 7 years; OLD BUSINESS – 125th Anniversary in 2021. – There is a possibility of acquiring the corner stone of original bldg. New Event Coordinator – in process Organ Repair – no new progress to report NEW BUSINESS – None. Waynette Hostetler motioned to close the meeting, John Nyquist 2nd and the motion carried. We closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 9:10 pm. Next Council meeting will be July 15 in Pastor Motley’s office. Respectfully submitted: Claudette Momenee 5

Global Barnyard Update Those piggy banks just kept on coming. We now have enough money for EIGHT family farms… amazing! Considering our goal was three family farms ($715 per family farm), we are so grateful for everyone’s support. The only ones not so thrilled – the bank – who had the “privilege” of counting over $1000 in change! Again, thank you for helping to feed families and erase hunger! Board of Social Action


Kathy Lindbloom entered life eternal on May 15, 2018 â&#x20AC;&#x153;None of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.â&#x20AC;? Romans 14:7-8

On May 6, 2018 the following were received as new members to First English: Robert John Cassar; Ian James Donahue; Luke Kellay Kohler; Katerina Morgan Pirker.


THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY We have just finished studying the book of Exodus and growing in the knowledge of God’s faithfulness throughout history. We will be taking a short recess from the Thursday morning Bible study and resuming in September. Our study in the fall will start with Paul’s letter to the Galatians. A powerful letter and witness to the grace of God and the salvation that comes through Christ. If you are available on Thursday mornings beginning at 9:30 a.m., make plans to join us in September.

All are welcome.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY Please check the calendar at

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


News from the Board of Fellowship…. If your group is responsible for a coffee hour, please feel free to keep it simple! Donut holes, some fruit (for those on restricted diets), juice and coffee will do nicely. We don’t want to wear you out! Planning a church event? Please contact Jackie Tambourine (from our board) at to assemble the supplies needed, including flatware and paper products. Give Jackie at least a week’s notice please. Thanks! ***For smaller events like coffee hours, supplies are available in the kitchens and in the lounge closet.

FORD PIQUETTE AVENUE PLANT TOUR (birthplace of the Model T) - Saturday, June 2nd. (See page 6)

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.


N O T E S F R O M R E N ATA Confirmation & Youth Group Confirmation Sunday! Eighth graders RJ Cassar, Ian Donahue, Luke Kohler, and Katerina Pirker were confirmed on May 6 during 11:00am worship. This Class of 2018 will leave a giftâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to be announced â&#x20AC;&#x201D;in gratitude for all that the church has done to support their faith journey.

Important Dates June 2, 5:00 p.m.- midnight 8th Grade Welcome Party (High School)

Last day of Youth Group is May 30

Vacation Bible School hosted at Christ Church, Grosse Pointe

July 30-Aug 3 If you can help in any way, please see Randie Kohler! 10

FELC REFLECTION GARDEN ENGRAVED PAVERS 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.

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 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



First English Lutheran Preschool is accepting new students for the 2018-19 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





*Bible lessons

*Beginning reading concepts *Physical development For further information, please contact our director, Emily Brenner-Stump at (517) 896-5604 or

the amount of $169.58 UP A BIT FROM LAST QUARTER!! If you have never signed up – please go to Kroger’s website and follow the prompts and AGAIN you no longer need to register every year…...ONCE AND DONE!!! You will need your Kroger card.

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! Our latest quarterly check (dated 12/5/2017)was in

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.


6/17: Christian McDonald, Thomas Schwanitz, 6/1: Anthony DiMarzio, Dolores Friscan

Annalise Udell

6/2: Kathryn Wesserling

6/18: Emilio Cornell, Leslie Nelson,

6/3: Julie Lieder, Robert Phillips

Donna Reesman

6/4: Amelia Flynn, Megan Warren

6/20: Karen Olson, Kimberly Stein,

Ryan Hollenbeck

David Vojinov

6/5: Claudia Gram. Brian Heaphy,

6/21: Alan Stein

Karen Nasiatka

6/22: Collin Chase, Aiden Collins,

6/6: Jonathan Bay, Wendy Campbell,

Renae Coston, Austin Detweiler,

Dominic Vitale II, Sophia Vitale

Katelyn Kohler

6/7: Deborah Garrisi, Cameron Schreiber,

6/24: Brandon Tambourine

Mackenzie Stewart

6/25: Jeffrey Kurtz

6/8: Nancy Heaphy

6/26: Antoinette Fett, Jason Mancani,

6/9: Darcy Downing

6/27: Amanda Campbell,

6/10: Mary Blohm, Eric Fett, Ruth Horn,

Logan Detweiler, Gregory Gurney,

Paul Reed

Rebecca Marchetti

6/11: Brandon Loehr, James Nyquist,

6/28: Douglas Ford, Roger Ulmer

Stacy Zwicker, Audrey Johnson 6/12: Matthew Beardsley, Gail Lindbloom, Marion McClendon 6/13: Laura Card, Glen Cornell, Jeffrey Gates, Doris Lamore, Daniel Vasquez 6/14: Susan Portera, Ella Telegadas,

Bruce Udell, Hannah Kadrich 6/15: Joseph LaMagno, Laura Mancini 6/16: Cheryl Maniaci


GREETERS 3-Jun 10-Jun 17-Jun 24-Jun

9:30 a.m. * Bezel Family * Beverly Jackson Bidigare Family *Shirley Lamar


10:00 a.m. Team #1

11:00 a.m.

LAY READERS 3-Jun 10-Jun 17-Jun 24-Jun



Team #2



Team #3



Team #4

Donahue/C Kohler

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m. Dan Rustmann Holly Willson Joe Warnez Mark Berkesch




Gary Ford Sandy Ford Pam Southard Mike Garrisi Marti Miller Waynette Hostetler Rosemary Yake John Blohm Nate Judson Holly Willson Alek Willson Penny Damore

ACOLYTES 3-Jun 10-Jun 17-Jun 24-Jun

10:00 a.m. Katerina Pirker RJ Cassar Giana Fett Justin Conn





3-Jun 10-Jun 17-Jun 24-Jun

W. Hostetler Judy Leo Mark Berkesch

3-Jun 10-Jun 17-Jun 24-Jun

GARDENS 3-Jun 10-Jun

GARDENS Logan/Damore Teshka/Winston

COUNTERS 3-Jun 10-Jun

Team #7 Pam Southard Team #1 Waynette Hostetler




Team #2 Nancy Heaphy




Team #4 Pat Milne

Margot Kahl


ALTAR GUILD Anna Unit: Ruth Engle/Carol Logan Lydia Unit: Waynette Hostetler/Judy Leo



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

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





10:00 Worship Service 6:30 Board & Council Meetings 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

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


9:30 Exercise 3:30 Music Lessons

9:30 Exercise 3:30 Music Lessons



18 9:30 Exercise 6:45 Piano Recital - Donna G




3:00 Music Lessons 5:45 Exercise





3:00 Music Lessons 5:45 Exercise 7:00 Bd. Of Church Property

5:45 Exercise

5:45 Exercise


9:30 Exercise Class 3:00 Music Lessons 7:00 Worship Service

9:30 Exercise Class 3:00 Music Lessons 7:00 Worship Service




20 9:30 Exercise Class 7:00 Worship Service

9:30 Exercise Class 7:00 Worship Service


3:00 Music Lessons 3:30 Sports 5:45 Exercise

3:00 Music Lessons 5:45 Exercise

3:00 Music Lessons 5:00 Sports 5:45 Exercise






9:00 Holy Yoga 4:00 8 for 4 (Blohm)

9:00 Holy Yoga

9:00 Holy Yoga

9:00 Holy Yoga













CLEF June 2018  
CLEF June 2018