First English Ev. Lutheran Church
M A RC H 2 0 14 PASTOR SCHMIDT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT DATE Dear Members and Friends of First English,
Inside this issue:
Pastor Chris Veres Sunday Sermon
Lent With the Members
New Members Chili Cook-off & Family Fun Night
Gift Wish List Organ Fund Open Door Series
Board of Social Action Prayer Shawl Ministry
Board of Fellowship Sunday School/Youth News
Recycle Preschool Kroger Rewards
Serving in March
At this past Sunday’s Church Council meeting, I announced to the council that I will be retiring on Reformation Sunday, October 26, 2014. In a few weeks I will be 66 years old. I have served the ordained ministry for 40 years, and it has been my great privilege to serve as your senior pastor for 25 years. Now it is time to move on! I chose a date several months down the road to give you, First English Lutheran congregation, opportunity and time to go through the call process and select a new senior pastor. While future staffing questions obviously will be determined by the congregation in conjunction with the synod office and not myself, as I shared with the council we do have a very good program staff in place with Pastor Chris as Associate Pastor, Renata Conger as our Education/Youth Coordinator and Bob Foster as our Music Coordinator. What will be needed is an experienced senior pastor to lead the ministry and staff. I have spoken with Bishop Kreiss, and the synod will be working with First English in the call process. Major life decisions are always difficult, and the decision as to when to retire is certainly no exception. I feel extremely blest that I have been privileged to serve in the ordained Lutheran ministry. In fact, I almost feel guilty because in many ways it has not even seemed like “work,” really more like an opportunity to do what I love. And of course tied up with that is the reality of the many, many great and wonderful people I/we have met along the way. Serving in the ordained ministry means that one is involved in the lives of people in very meaningful ways, in good times and sad. Thank you for allowing me to be such an important part of your lives. Thank you also for your very gracious support of our mutual ministry. As you have heard me say many times, First English is indeed a very blest congregation with many gifted, talented members who are willing to use and to share your God-given gifts in that ministry which our Lord has entrusted to his church. The past 25 years have been very meaningful and rewarding to me and hopefully to you as well. Obviously I will have much more to say in my “farewell sermon” on October 26, 2014, however, it is important that all of us realize that once a pastor leaves it is inappropriate for that pastor to do any services at their “former” congregation unless requested by the new pastor or church council. Please help me keep those boundaries. As most of you know, our sons and their family live out of state, including obviously, all of our grandchildren. Our oldest grandchild is already a teenager, and while it certainly will be hard to for Carolyn and I to leave First English, we are looking forward to having the flexibility of being able to spend more time with our family. I am not naïve I have been around a while, and I realize that change always contains a certain amount of apprehension. But First English was around long before I was called as your senior pastor, and it will be around long after I am gone. The church is not ours; it is the “Body of Christ,” made up of all of her members. Pastors come and go, but under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the church goes on! Thank you for your confidence, support and prayers over the years. Carolyn and I covet your ongoing prayers as together we make this transition. I look forward to continuing our mutual ministry until we say farewell, the end of October. God’s Blessings, Pastor Schmidt
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WINTER WORSHIP SCHEDULE
9:30 a.m. - Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion 9:30 a.m. – Sunday School + Adult Sunday School 11:00 a.m. - Traditional Worship (Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday) **see Page 5 for Lenten and Holy Week Schedule**
John 1:29-42 MISSION STATEMENT ‘GO, MAKE DISCIPLES’
Second Sunday after Epiphany
January 19, 2014
Grace and peace to you my sisters and brothers, from God our Father, and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. One of the age old questions asked by people of every generation – Where is God in all of this?
First English Ev. Lutheran Church
800 Vernier Road Grosse Pointe Woods, 48236-1530 Phone: 313.884.5040 Fax: 313.884.4460 www.feelc.org
Senior Pastor Dr. Walter A. Schmidt firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Pastor Rev. Christina Veres email@example.com
Renata Conger firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor Emeritus Rev. Paul F. Keppler
OFFICE HOURS 8a.m. — 12:30 p.m. ****
1:30p.m. — 4:00p.m. (Monday—Friday)
Every day we see, read about and hear stories played out for us on TV, radio and the internet. Stories from around the world of: Senseless killings, suicide bombings Tragic accidents Destructive storms Poverty, Hunger, War And much closer to home – our neighbor, relative or friend is struggling with cancer. The question reverberates in our minds – Where is God in all of this? The central question of the church at the end of the 1st Century was very similar – Where is Jesus? The first generation of believers following the death and resurrection of Jesus had expected he would return soon from heaven – his second coming. Maybe in Weeks, Maybe in months. Perhaps with in year Certainly by now almost 100 years later! Where is Jesus? We are growing weary living under Roman rule. Living as Disciples of Christ is not an easy thing! We want Jesus to return soon to rescue us from all of this. One of the keys to understanding today’s reading is that the gospels were written fifty to one hundred years after the death and resurrection of Jesus. The stories and events of Jesus had already been told orally throughout the years by the followers of Jesus. The stories written down some 50 to 100 years later by the evangelists, the accounts that eventually became known as the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, are the ones considered by the writers and compilers to be the ones people needed most to hear. The inspired words of God meant to provide: Encouragement in their journey of faith Hope and joy through their struggles. These were the stories that needed to be shared with the community as they searched for answers about God and living life as Disciples of Jesus For (Continued on page 3)
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searching for answers about God and living life as Disciples of Jesus. In our gospel reading for today we join John the Baptist, as he witnesses for Christ. John the Baptist – not to be confused with John, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus. John the Baptist is also not the writer of the Gospel of John. You may remember John the Baptist lost his head and had it served on a platter many years before the Gospel of John was penned. So many John’s to keep track of. In seminary, they taught us to keep track of who’s who by nicknaming John the Baptist- “J-Bap”- which is what I will do. John the Baptist or “J-Bap” has been out and about: Baptizing with water Preparing the way for the one who is greater than he, who will baptize with the Holy Spirit. Many people are wondering just who J-Bap is? A man dressed in camel’s hair, who survives on a diet of locusts and honey, and speaks with such authority. Is he a prophet? Is he Elijah? Is he the Messiah? J-Bap says no to all three. He claims his designated function is to identify Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. J-Bap’s purpose is to be a revealer of the Son of God, a revealer of the one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit. What is interesting to note is that in this gospel account: We don’t hear that J-Bap baptized Jesus What we do hear is that J-Bap witnesses to what he saw. J-Bap saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove and remaining on Jesus. J-Bap Reveals that he did not know Jesus but the one who sent him to prepare the way, baptizing with water—GOD – told him that the one that the dove descends and remains on is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. I think I am beginning to see why this particular story was chosen as one to tell and retell to the early Christians as they grew weary in their longing for Jesus to return and rescue them from their trials and tribulation. And as a story that was chosen as one to be included in all four gospels. The other three gospels, Matthew, Mark and Luke all report that a voice came from heaven saying this is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. The Gospel writer John reports the story somewhat differently. J-Bap serves as the personal witness to the baptism. We aren’t told for sure if John baptized Jesus himself or not. But J-Bap did witness to what he had seen and heard – maybe for the benefit of those who either were not there to see for themselves or possibly for those who did not understand the significance of the event. I am beginning to see why the gospel writer of John has chosen to tell the story as he did. There is an important revelation of “where God is in all of this” and just how God makes himself known among his people then and even now. In all four Gospel accounts, a voice is heard from heaven proclaiming Jesus to be God’s Son. In the Gospel according to John, J-Bap Continues to witness to what he has seen and heard. It is evident that J-Bap is in a relationship with God prior to this event. He hears and recognizes God’s voice He sees where God is present and active in the world. He is not afraid to boldly proclaim what he knows to be the truth of Jesus. “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (Continued on page 11)
LENT 2014 BEGINS ASH WEDNEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014 “JESUS’LAST WORDS IN HIS LAST WEEK” Lent begins, Ash Wednesday, Wednesday 5, 2014. Included in this CLEF you will the complete Lenten Schedule. As you can see we have Wednesday Midweek Services during Lent with a morning service at 10:30 AM followed by Lunch and an evening service at 7:00 PM preceded by a Lenten Supper. Our theme for our preaching series this year, which encompasses both the Wednesday and Sunday services, is “Jesus’ Last Words In His Last Week;” a look at Jesus’ teaching in the temple square during what we know as Holy Week. Thank you to all of the groups and individuals who have volunteered to host our Lenten meals. Please join with us, not only for regular worship, but also our meal gatherings as they offer great opportunities for Christian fellowship. When we reflect upon how much our Lord has done for us, it certainly does not seem a burden for us, his people, to set aside time to offer up our thanks and praise to God for his great gift of a Savior.
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS
HOLY LAND TOUR – ISRAEL AND JORDAN When many of you receive your March CLEF we will be on our tour to Israel and Jordan. The dates are February 26 – March 8, 2014, and we have fourteen members and friends who will be a part of this tour. A tour of the Holy Land is truly a pilgrimage! Seeing the actual sites where the Biblical events took place makes the Bible truly come alive like no traditional Bible study can. In addition, the “Rose Red” city of Petra, Jordan is a wonder to behold! If there is sufficient interest, Pastor Schmidt will be glad to show his pictures of our Holy Land tour.
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 1-800-THRIVENT (800847-4836) and state “Thrivent Choice” or on line at Thrivent.com. Again, thank you for your support; it is greatly appreciated!
We have received word that Shirley Husa (mother of Patty Jackson) passed away on February 3, 2014. “Thanks be to God who gives to us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Did you know that private music lessons take place at First English Church? Piano with Carrie Roach (586) 530-8872; Piano/Organ with Donna Gorzelski (248) 990-3652 or email@example.com; and saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe with Laura Schwanitz (586) 744-5379 or firstname.lastname@example.org Give them a call if you're interested! 4
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LENT 2014 SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014 “Question of the Resurrection” 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Contemporary Service with Holy Communion Sunday School Traditional Service with Holy Communion
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014 “The Great Commandment” Lenten Service Buffet Lunch Lenten Supper Lenten Service
10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014 “Parable of the Ten Maidens" 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Service with Holy Communion Sunday School Traditional Service 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 “Parable of the Talents” Lenten Service Buffet Lunch Lenten Supper Lenten Service 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
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EASTER SUNDAY, April 20, 2014 “The Resurrection Of Our Lord” 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Service with Holy Communion 11:00 a.m. Festival Worship with Holy Communion
FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 Good Friday “The Death of Jesus” Afternoon Service Tenebrae Service
THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 Maundy Thursday “The Last Supper” Worship Service with Holy Communion
Contemporary Service with Holy Communion Sunday School Traditional Worship Service
SUNDAY, April 13, 2014 Palm/Passion Sunday “The Triumphant Entry"
WEDNESDAY, April 9, 2014 “The Anointing of Bethany” 10:30 a.m. Lenten Service 11:30 a.m. Buffet Lunch 6:00 p.m. Lenten Supper 7:00 p.m. Lenten Service
"JESUS LAST WORDS IN HIS LAST WEEK" ASH WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 Lenten Service with Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes Buffet Lunch Lenten Supper Lenten Service with Holy Communion & Imposition of Ashes
SUNDAY, March 9, 2014 “Parable of the Tenants” Contemporary Service with Holy Communion Sunday School Traditional Service with Holy Communion
Lenten Service Buffet Lunch Lenten Supper Lenten Service
“Parable of the Two Sons”
WEDNESDAY, March 12, 2014 10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 6:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. SUNDAY, March 16, 2014 Contemporary Service with Holy Communion Sunday School Traditional Service
“Parable of the Wedding Feast” 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Lenten Service Buffet Lunch Lenten Supper Lenten Service
“To Caesar or to God"
WEDNESDAY, March 19, 2014
10:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
SUNDAY, April 6, 2014 “The Last Judgment” Contemporary Service with Holy Communion Sunday School Traditional Service with Holy Communion
On Sunday, February 9, 2014, it was our great pleasure to welcome six new families into the First English family Please take every opportunity to welcome them and to make them to feel at home in their new church family! Alexandrea Annas 1723 Severn Rd. Grosse Pointe Woods MI 48236 248.826.6396
Sheldon and Audrey Johnson 5093 Harvard Detroit MI 48224 313.882.1694
Rosemary Yake 304 Country Club Dr. St. Clair Shores MI 48082 989.254.3567
Cathy and Matthew Harber Charles & Henry, sons 353 McKinley Grosse Pointe Farms MI 48236 513.502.6484
Jeffrey and Laura Bloom Benjamin Bloom, son 611 Pear Tree Grosse Pointe Woods MI 48236 313.590.4740
Renee Strobl Grant & Kent, sons 775 Ballantyne Grosse Pointe Shores MI 48236 313.244.8249
CHILI ENTRY FORMS CAN BE FOUND IN THE CHURCH OFFICE OR ON LINE AT www.feelc.org 6
ADULT EDUCATION AT A GLANCE 9:30a.m. ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL THE LIFE OF JESUS is our ongoing Adult Sunday School Class topic. We meet during the Sunday School Hour, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, in the Lounge, and these sessions are led by Pastor Chris and Pastor Schmidt. This full overview of Jesus’ life and teaching will take us into the Season of Lent. Would it not be good for us to know more about the life and ministry of Jesus and thus have a greater appreciation for what our Lord has done for us! Please join us as we together grow in our thankfulness and understanding of the life and teaching of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
9:30 a.m. THURSDAY MORNING BIBLESTUDY THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY – BILL O’REILLY’S - KILLING JESUS
By the time you receive this CLEF we will have completed our study of “Luther and the Lutheran Reformation” and will be preparing our new Thursday Morning Bible Study, as chosen by our class, a study of Bill O’Reilly’s book KILLING JESUS. This book has been on the best seller list now for some time and with the Season of Lent upon us, this study which looks at the background and the details of Jesus’ crucifixion is most timely. (If you have read O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln or Killing Kennedy you know that he is a gifted writer.) This new study begins Thursday, March 13, 2014, and will be led by Pastor Schmidt. We meet Thursday mornings, 9:30 -11:00 AM, in the Lounge. Please note that we will not be meeting on Thursday, February 27, or March 6, as Pastor Schmidt will be leading our tour to Israel and Jordan. We have a large, involved group for our Thursday morning study, but now that we are beginning a new study, this would be a great time for YOU to join with us! Copies of Killing Jesus are available from Pastor Schmidt, Pastor Chris and Sue, in the office, at the discounted price of $15.00
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” is our Women’s Circle Bible study for this year through spring. These studies explore stories of women from the Bible as well as contemporary women. Our study for February is “The Daughter of Jephthah.” This young woman allows herself to be sacrificed to fulfill a vow made by her father, Jephthah, Judges 11:1-40. (Remember Jesus’ words from his Sermon on the Mount to not make vows, but let your word be “Yes, Yes,” or “No, No!”) . All women of First English are encouraged to attend a Circle. Ladies, please check the calendar for the various Circles meeting schedule.
SCHEDULES & CONTACT NUMBERS Just a reminder concerning the schedules of Pastor Chris and Pastor Schmidt. Pastor Chris’ day off is Friday and in an emergency she can be contacted at 248-231-5091. Her email address is email@example.com. Pastor Schmidt’s day off remains on Monday and his home phone number for emergencies is 313-882-3520. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Church office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the office closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sue’s email is email@example.com
GIFT WISH LIST TUCKPOINTING AND PILLAR REPAIRS 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. We are currently awaiting further bids. Total funding at this point is at $61,589 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!-The Board of Worship and Music.
OPEN DOOR SERIES
April 6, 2014 7:00 p.m. Come hear THE GRUNYONS, as they return to the First English Music Series after a brief appearance last year with the Grosse Pointe Community Chorus. The nearly two dozen talented singers will croon popular favorites in an irresistible eight-part vocal jazz style that is interspersed with zany commentary and loads of fun! ADMISSION $10.00 Adults $ 7.00 Students and Seniors
COLUMBARIUM FOR FIRST ENGLISH SUGGEST VOTE TO MOVE FORWARD At the February meeting, our Church Council voted to host a congregational meeting after Easter (date yet to be determined), to vote on moving ahead with the Columbarium Project for First English. The Board of Stewardship and Church Council have unanimously voted to move ahead with this project and they seek congregational approval to do so. Members who have purchased niches have expressed that they want to move forward and create closure for their loved ones by having the opportunity for committal. 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-firstserved” basis, with members being able to choose the location of their niche within the Columbarium. To date nine double niches have been sold. Again, more detail will be forthcoming, but we wanted to keep the congregation informed. If you have any questions please speak to any member of the Board of Stewardship or Pastor Schmidt 8
BOARD OF SOCIAL ACTION Helping Hands for Homeless A big thank-you to the confirmation class and adult helpers who proved the old adage “many hands make light work.” In just over an hour, we had 350+ bag lunches boxed and loaded on February 12 for Vinson Express Delivery the next morning (thanks, Shawn and John!) to Central United Methodist across from Comerica Park. With the winter we’re having, lunch “guests” start lining up at 10:30 a.m. The church is also open as a warming center the days they don’t provide lunch, so our “extra food” was appreciated, especially the bananas. And, to all our anonymous angel food pantry givers…we LOVE YOU!! Our panty shelves were nearly bare after loading 47 food baskets for our Giving Tree families in December. Little by little the shelves are filling. If you can spare a can or two, we still need basics: canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, peanut butter ‘n jelly, pasta sauce, canned tuna and chicken. Thanks for your continuing support!
Pantry PB& J You’ve heard the expression “back to basics.” This time we’re talking food. Each month we’ll ask members to donate another “basic” to restock our pantry. March is Peanut Butter ‘n Jelly month. Consider buying a jar or two for our shelves. Obviously if you find a great deal for other pantry basics, bring ‘em in. There’s always room for more! The pantry is always open on Sunday mornings, so come take a look. Thank you!
Faith Circle is sponsoring a "PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY". Women will make shawls for those who are homebound, living at a health care facility, or perhaps, handling various health afflictions. The shawls, and an occasional afghan or lap robe, will be blessed during our worship service on various Sunday mornings throughout the year. Items will then be gift wrapped and delivered by members of Faith Circle. Our first blessing will held on March 23, 2014 at both worship services. PLEASE JOIN US!!
We are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.) 9
BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP news Save the date: COMING EVENTS Lenten meals begin March 5
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday - March 5 There will be a lunch served following the 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning Lenten services at 11:30 a.m. and a supper preceding the Wednesday evening service at 6:00 p.m…..service to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Parish Education/Youth News from Renata Sunday School
Confirmation & Youth Group
The Board of Parish Education is pleased to host the Lenten Lunch on Wednesday, April 2nd. We look forward to this opportunity to serve you!
Middle School is hosting a Lenten Dinner on March 26th and High School is hosting one on April 2nd, with an accompanying Jail Bail. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Scholarship Fund for programs like Confirmation Camp and the Work Camp
Offerings for Animals Please visit http://lwrgifts.org/ to see how the Sunday School children will use their offerings. They have raised over $100 this year — enough to donate a goat! In parts of the world where food supply is precarious, a hearty goat can survive, giving milk that nourishes and sells. This goat can feed a family in Latin America, Africa, or Asia, not just for one day, but for a lifetime. Parents, please remind your children to bring an offering each week. Every little bit counts!
Summer Camp Deposits Are Due! Middle school youth (including incoming 6th graders) are attending Confirmation Camp at Stony Lake from July 13th-18th. High school youth (including incoming freshmen and graduating seniors) are attending Work Camp in Racine, Wisconsin from June 20th-28th. If you would like to attend either of these, please submit a $100 deposit (payable to FELC) by Friday, February 28th.
What We’re Learning This Month
Preschool through fifth grade are learning about the “Four Friends” who went the extra mile to bring a paralyzed man to see Jesus and how Jesus ignored cultural rules to heal him. Join us each Sunday at 9:30am as we go “walking and leaping and praising God!” Middle school will take a look at three significant changes that they experience: the physical changes of their bodies, the emotional changes in their heart/mind, and most importantly the changes they go through in their approach to their relationship with God. High school students are looking at how to grow as part of a family. While respecting authority is a priority in the discussions, we're also encouraging students to lead at home, giving teenagers have a unique opportunity and responsibility to boldly live for Jesus and model a life with Christ.
Last month, the middle and high school youth (along with some friends from Hope, Dearborn) fasted for 30 hours in order to learn about world hunger. Now is our opportunity to make a difference! On Sunday March 2nd, after both services, there will be a display in the Lounge where the youth will be sharing their experiences and you may make a donation to the cause.
Important Dates March 1, 5:00-10:00pm Chili Cook-off (MS/HS Late Night Party) March 26, 6:00-7:00pm MS Lenten Dinner April 2, 6:00-7:00pm HS Lenten Dinner & Jail Bail
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At the very heart of this message – it’s about Evangelism. EVANGELISM – Now that’s is a word that we often shy away from. Many of us probably still think of the image of going door to door, speaking to complete strangers about our faith in Jesus as evangelism. Maybe your image is of the street corner preacher standing on a soap box or the modern day evangelist wearing a two-sided placard shouting out a message to college students as they pass by on their way to class. Evangelism is sharing the good news of what God has done and is doing through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for us and for all the world. Evangelism is noticing what God is doing in our lives, sharing that with others and inviting them to “come and see” for themselves. A phrase I learned many years ago concerning evangelism is: Make a friend, Be a friend, Bring that friend to Christ. Now that is a far cry from the door to door or street corner preachers that often turn people off by in your face threats or coercion. “Have you been saved?” “The End is Near!” “Do you know where you are going when you die?” When it comes to evangelism, follow the lead of Jesus as he showed the way to his faithful followers. When two of J-Bap’s disciples followed Jesus, he asked, “What are you looking for?” They asked where Jesus was staying. Jesus invited them to come and see – and the disciples spent the day with Jesus. What might this mean for us? I’ll name three. First -- Notice where God is present and active in the world. Practice naming where you saw or felt the presence of God in the world and in the lives of people. Second -- Share these stories of God’s presence. Spend time listening to the stories of others and share your own – Not just at church and with your church friends – but outside these doors too. Share why you like to come here to church. Third -- Invite them to come and see for themselves. We invite people to things all the time – come to dinner, a play a sporting event. We can surely invite them to share in God’s love which is for all people. Someone had to love us enough to show and to tell the story of Jesus. We know what we know only through epiphany – that is, witness and testimony. And as for that scary word EVANGELISM?? Studies have shown that the #1 reason people say they came to church – someone invited them! We are a chosen people called to a journey of faith. A journey that takes us through ups and downs – the hills and valleys of life. So I return to the opening question, “Where is God” in this? As Jesus said in our Gospel lesson “Come and See”. The disciples came and saw and remained with him. Jesus is active is our lives. We are reflections of his love. Make a friend, be a friend, and bring that friend to Christ. Our Lord and Savior Jesus- the one God promised to send to save us from sin, give us new life, and to be with us forever – has come. We as God’s people are called to be bearers of the truth and witnesses of the resurrection. How will we respond to God’s call? Now may the peace and love of Christ which surpasses all of our understanding be and remain with you this day and always. Amen. Preached by Rev. Christina Veres, January 19, 2014 11
RECYCLE PAPER BIN
BRING YOUR PAPER!!
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. NO CARDBOARD OR PHONE BOOKS ARE ACCEPTED. 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.
Accepting enrollment for 3 & 4 year olds for 2014-15 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.
Preschool News In March the preschoolers will continue practicing their letters as they work their way through the alphabet. The children will strengthen their math skills by practicing counting, number recognition and writing simple number sentences. As Lent begins we'll learn more about the life of Jesus through books and the children's Bible. With winter winding down the children will learn the saying, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." We'll graph "lion" and "lamb" days as we watch for signs of spring in the month of March. Check out our hallway for art projects on display and photos of classroom activities. If you or someone you know is seeking a preschool program, contact Christine at 313.655.7367 to arrange a classroom visit and/or learn more about our program. -Christine Simone
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM Have you enrolled or re-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 purchasing your weekly groceries! Up a little from the last quarter, our latest quarterly check was in the amount of $290.16!! If you have never signed up – go to Kroger’s website krogercommunityrewards.com and follow the prompts. You will need your Kroger card. 12
3/2: Nancy Booth, Barbara Jubera, Anna Nyquist, Michael Seppala, 3/20: Andrea Bloom, Julie Thomas
3/21: Rea York, Amy McIntyre
3/3: Lisa Caputo
3/22: Patricia Jackson
3/7: Patricia Marl
3/23: Noah Simone
3/8: Gretchen Busam, Giana Fett
3/24: Bailey Elsinger, Nicholas Gassenfeit, Debra Gurney, Jay Holsinger, Matthew Reck
3/9: Justin Conn, Kathleen Lindbloom, Mark Loehr, Barbara Schreiber 3/10: Shelley Breckenridge, Walter Schmidt, Cora Schram, Christine Kline
3/25: Jennifer Scherer, Alonna Hogan, Michael Setchell
3/11: Natalie Udell
3/27: Jennifer Ritts
3/12: Daniel Burau, Nathan Davey,
3/28: Eric Balle, Robert Dedow, Nancy
Tilford, Nancy Tuuri 3/29: Christopher Crowe, Andrew
3/13: Mario Bologna, Karen Mancini 3/14: Kelley Forbes, Brian Levinson, Robert Simone
Glynn, Gregory Parsons, Marguerite Ward
3/15: Diana Allor, Brian Campbell, Rick Gram, Carlye Trowbridge
3/30: Jennifer Barger, Janet Keppler, Marti Miller, Lauren Nehls,
3/16: Mark Seppala
3/17: Jean Demeulemeester, Amanda Symonds
3/31: Alexa Andary, Mary Klein, Cameron Marchetti
3/18: Ashley Bowlin, Owen Nies 3/19: Mark Berkesch, Mark Fett, Michael Roussin, David Sauter
USHER Mar. 2
GREETERS Mar. 2 Mar. 9 Mar. 16 Mar. 23 Mar. 30
9:30 A.M. Team #5
9:30 A.M. Shirley Lamar Margot Kahl Judy Leo Sue Reck Shirley Lamar
11:00 A.M. Team #6
11:00 A.M. John Nyquist Dee Friscan Dan Rustmann Nancy McCarthy Marion McClendon
Team #9 Dan Rustmann
Ash Wed. Mar. 5 - Team #8 - Charles Jackson Mar. 9 David Zwicker Team #1 Mark Fett
Wed. Lent Mar. 12 - Team #7 - Ken Kohler Mar. 16 Mike Guest
Wed. Lent Mar. 19 - Team #2 - Mark Berkesch Mar. 23
Wed. Lent Mar. 26 - Team #6 - Mark Balle
ACOLYTES Noah Simone
Ash Wed. Mar. 5 Emily Conn/Emily Dalian Mar. 9
Ella Ford/Nathan Ford Haley Rozycki
Wed. Lent Mar. 12 Mar. 16
Parker Rustmann Daniel Feldman
Anna Jackson/Andrew Bezel Katie Link
Wed. Lent Mar. 19 Mar. 23
Sam Kohler Noah Simone
Nora Smith/Kristen smith Samantha Potter
Wed. Lent Mar. 26 Mar. 30
LAY READERS 9:30 A.M. Mar. 2 Kathy Lang Mar. 9 Brandon Tambourine Mar. 16 Jackie Tambourine Mar. 23 Mike Garrisi Mar. 30 Kathy Lang COMMUNION ASSISTANTS 9:30 A.M. Mar. 2 Margot Kahl Pam Southard Mar. 9 Brandon Tambourine Jackie Tambourine Mar. 16 Shirley Lamar Pam Southard Mar. 23 Mike Garrisi Margot Kahl Kathy Lang Steve Lang Mar. 30
11:00 A.M. Patty Foster Cindy Jevons Joe Warnez Jayne Blohm Mark Berkesch
11:00 A.M. Nancy McCarthy Nicole McCarthy
Ruth Engle Patty Jackson
Kyle Clor Patty Ford Waynette Hostetler Nancy Heaphy Ruth Engle
Grace Circle Stewardship Faith Circle FELC Preschool Worship & Music
#6 #7 #1 #2 #3
COFFEE HOUR Mar. 2 Mar. 9 Mar. 16 Mar. 23 Mar. 30 COUNTERS Mar. 2 Team Mar. 9 Team Mar. 16 Team Mar. 23 Team Mar. 30 Team
Carol Mackenzie Kay Butler/Kristen LaMagno
FRIENDLY CALLERS Mar. 2 Nancy McCarthy Mar. 9 Patty Foster Mar. 16 Diann Ohman Mar. 23 Judy Leo Mar. 30 Waynette Hostetler ALTAR GUILD Anna Unit: Lydia Unit:
Sun 9:30 Contemporary Worship 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Traditional Worship 12:45-6:30 Sports
Daylight Savings Begins 9:30 Contemporary Worship 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Traditional Worship 3:00-8:00 Sports
16 9:30 Contemporary Worship 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Traditional Worship 12:00 New Member Reception 3:00 -6:30 Sports 6:30 Board & Council Mtgs
23 9:30 Contemporary Worship 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Traditional Worship 6:30-8:00 Sports
30 9:30 Contemporary Worship 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Traditional Worship 3:00-8:00 Sports
Mon 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:30 Music Lessons 6:30-9:30 Sports
8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:30 Music Lessons 6:30-7:30 Sports 6:30 Girl Scouts Trefoil
8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:00 Music Lessons
8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:30 Music Lessons 4:30-7:30 Sports 7:00 Grace Circle
8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:00 Music Lessons 6:30-9:30 Sports
Tue 10:00 GPN Pizza Lunch 3:00 Music Lessons 4:30-9:30 Sports 5:30 Exercise Class 7:00 Peace Circle
11 10:00 GPN Pizza Lunch 3:00 Music Lessons 4:30-7:30 Sports 5:30 Exercise Class 7:00 Board of Church Property
10:00 GPN Pizza Lunch 3:00 Music Lessons 4:30-9:30 Sports 5:30 Exercise Class
10:00 GPN Pizza Lunch 3:00 Music Lessons 5:30 Exercise Class 6:30-7:30 Sports
Wed 5 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 10:30 Lenten Worship + Lunch 12:00 Faith Circle 3:30 Music Lessons 4:30-9:30 Sports 5:15 Lord's Company Ringers 5:45 Lord's Company Singers 6:00 Lenten Dinner 7:00 Lenten Worship 12 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 10:30 Lenten Worship + Lunch 3:30 Music Lessons 4:30-9:30 Sports 5:15 Lord's Company Ringers 5:45 Lord's Company Singers 6:00 Lenten Dinner 7:00 Lenten Worship 19 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 10:30 Lenten Worship + Lunch 3:30 Music Lessons 4:30-9:30 Sports 5:15 Lord's Company Ringers 5:45 Lord's Company Singers 6:00 Lenten Dinner 7:00 Lenten Worship
26 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 10:30 Lenten Worship + Lunch 3:30 Music Lessons 4:30-9:30 Sports 5:15 Lord's Company Ringers 5:45 Lord's Company Singers 6:00 Lenten Dinner 7:00 Lenten Worship
Thu 9:30 Bible Study 3:30 Music Lessons 4:30 -9:30 Sports 5:30 Exercise Class 6:30 HS Youth Group 8:10 Good News Ringers
9:30 Bible Study 3:30 Music Lessons 4:30 -9:30 Sports 5:30 Exercise Class 6:30 Good News Singers 6:30 HS Youth Group 8:10 Good News Ringers
9:30 Bible Study 3:30 Music Lessons 4:30-9:30 Sports 5:30 Exercise Class 6:30 Good News Singers 6:30 HS Youth Group 8:10 Good News Ringers
9:30 Bible Study 3:30 Music Lessons 4:30-9:30 Sports 5:30 Exercise Class 6:30 HS Youth Group 6:30 Good News Singers 8:10 Good News Ringers
8:45 Preschool MS/HS Lock-in
CLEF ARTICLES DUE
9:00 Princeton Review 5:00 Chili Cook-off & Family Fun Night
7:00 Piano Fed. Festival 5:00 GPN Cast Party
MS/HS Lock-in 10:00 Sports
10:00 Passamani Shower