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Dear Brothers and Sisters, In our nation, one cannot read a newspaper, listen to the radio or visit the internet without finding some story, editorial or report about guns or issues with school shootings. The recent shooting in Florida was a horrific event and should never have happened. However, although this is the most promoted story, when it comes to children it gets worse. During this week about five children will be killed by drunk drivers, about thirty-five children will be killed by abuse and neglect, about eight children under the age of fourteen will have killed themselves, and over seventeen thousand babies will have been aborted. So what is wrong?

Inside this issue: ...from Pastor Sean


Worship Schedule Build a Barnyard


New Member info 125th Anniversary


Council Notes TMP Needs You! Supply room info 30 Hr. Famine

Adult Education


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Bd. Of Fellowship


Notes from RENATA


Thrivent Facility Use info


Preschool Kroger Rewards


March Birthdays


Serving in March


We are currently focused on guns and gun control and I am not attempting to make comment on that but to say that even the strictest laws or no laws at all will have little to no affect on where we find ourselves as a nation. The school shooting is a symptom of something far greater and stricter gun control may reduce the number of shootings but it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect the disease. It wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the children who are beaten or starved to death by parents, the kids that are killed by drunk drivers, or even provide the chance at life outside the womb for those who never have a chance. No child should be shot, or starved or beaten to death or killed by anyone else, this is not how God intended for us to live together. Yet, we see the reality of sin around us every day and a new law or a different political leader is not going to change this. I am not writing to bring about despair and sadness nor a sense of helplessness. I am writing about hope. The reason I say hope is because we recognize that this is not how life should be, this is not the way life should be in our nation. I say hope because as long as we call sin sin and know that this disease is only cured through the Lord Jesus Christ there is the hope of transformation and restoration and life out of death. The cure our nation needs is found in Christ, the valuing of life and the love of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighbor, the call to serve one another, the sense of worth and value as a child of God. The cure is in Christ and we are the medics, the doctors, the nurses the rad techs, the ones who carry this with them by the power of the Spirit into our suffering land. This is the message of Lent and Easter. We see our sinful selves and we look up to the cross and see forgiveness and life. Like the disciples who believed all was lost, that they were doomed and would soon be dead when Jesus was crucified soon found on Easter morning that the hope for today and forever is Jesus the Christ. We see a nation that has lost its way and has traded God in for the trappings of the world and know there is hope, that Jesus is raised up out of the tomb and God can raise us up and raise up our nation as well. May the certainty of the resurrection, the fire of the Spirit and the need of our neighbor propel us into proclaiming the good news to our nation and world. YIC<><

March Calendar


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

Ed./Youth Coordinator Renata Conger Music Coordinator Bob Foster Director of Bell Choirs

Christina Judson Facility Use Director

9:30 a.m. (With Holy Communion ) 11:00 a.m. (Holy Communion 1st and 3rd Sundays) Wednesday’s - Lenten schedule beginning Feb. 14th 11:00 a.m. Service with lunch to follow 7:00 p.m. Service with dinner preceding at 5:45 p.m.

Build a Barnyard for Lent Are you going to give up something for Lent? The Board of Social Action is asking you to do something more buzz-worthy. Yes, we are talking $20 to purchase honeybees – beeswax can be transformed into soap, candles and honey to create a small sustainable business. Or donate $10 for 10 chicks – a protein-rich meal and steady income at the market. Think about adding a rooster for $15 and help the farm grow! Maybe piglets ($30 a piglet) are more your style. You can even purchase a share of a cow for $50! These animals are all part of ELCA’s good gifts to combat hunger in 83 countries. Our goal is to collect enough funds for animals, tools and seeds for three family farms ($2145). We will have sheets available with prices for various animals if you want to specify how to spend your donation. Our drive begins the Sunday before Ash Wednesday and ends at Easter. If you still want to give up chocolate or cheese or wine for Lent, that’s great. But, please, go a step further. Use the money you saved to help us build a global barnyard and help families escape hunger…for good. Thank you! Board of Social Action

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


"Discover First English" This class is intended for those who would like to join our congregation, for members who want to renew their understanding of the teaching and ministry of the congregation, and for those who want to know the pastor in a more informal way. We will be having classes following the 11:00 a.m. Sunday worship service for all those interested in membership at First English Lutheran Church. Contact the church office at 313-884-5040 or Pastor Sean to sign up.

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.

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 companion niche, please contact the church office. 3

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 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 February 18, 2018

Jeff Gates called the meeting to order at 7:40 pm. After a 35 min Devotional of Mathew 11, 28-30, Pastor Motley offered the opening prayer. SECRETARY REPORT – Mark Berkesch motioned to accept January’s minuets with noted changes, Scott Bricker 2nd and the motion carried. TREASURER REPORT – no report. FINANCIAL SECRETARY – Pam Southard, pledges for 2018 have been posted into the system. BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE –Tom Liebold, still investigating options for a mortgage pay down. BOARD OF CHURCH PROPERTY – Scott Bricker, Tree trimming will continue based on weather; investigating options for changes to the Wedgewood sign; there were repairs to the Air Handler system; adjustments to the new alarm system continuing; reschedule date for the Chili Cook-off is March 24. BOARD OF EVANGELISM – Pastor Sean, reported there will be 2 new members joining. BOARD OF SOCIAL ACTION –Diann Ohman, February 18 was the kick off for the Barnyard drive, the goal is for donations to purchase 2 farms at $715 each, there are boxes and envelops for donations ; Ice Cream Social will be on June 3 to benefit Samaritas’ aged-out foster kids. BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP – Sue Ulmer, Ash Wednesday Lenten meals were well attended: ‘COME & KNIT’ group continues; ‘FOURTH TUES BOOK CLUB’ starts on February 27, 7:00 pm the book will be ‘Wonder’ by R.J. Palacio; a reminder to contact Jackie for supplies for events such as funerals; finally a reminder for coffee hours KISS. BOARD OF PARISH EDUCATION – Renata Conger, VBS will be held 7/30 – 8/3 and the theme will be ‘Ship Wrecked’. BOARD OF YOUTH MINISTRY – Renata Conger,, Fund raising continues for the National Gathering; the Sub sale was very successful; BIBLES &BAGELS will be offered through Lent; 2/28 the youth will serve Lenten dinner with Jail Bail; Renata Conger motioned to allow Elise Nyquist and Aleks Powers to join the Board of Youth Ministry, 2nd by Mark Berkesch, and the motion carried. BOARD OF WORSHIP & MUSIC – Kyle Clor; rescheduled refresher of duties for the Ushers was held on 2/18; looking for more ushers for substitutes; looking into CPR training for ushers; summer worship schedule will be same as last year with one 10:00 service. WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – Waynette Hostetler, on 4/21 9:30 am there will be a Samaritas tour with lunch afterwards. PASTOR’S REPORT – Pastor Motley, commended the wonder leadership & participation of the different events that happen around the church; the next Synod assembly meeting will be at the Missionary Baptist Tabernacle of Detroit. OLD BUSINESS – none. NEW BUSINESS – 125th Anniversary will occur in 2021. Waynette Hostetler motioned to close the meeting, Pam Southard 2nd and the motion carried. We closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 9:05 pm. Respectfully submitted: Claudette Momenee 5

FYI - The supply room has been cleaned out.

In the near future it will be locked. You will need to contact Jackie Tambourine at least one week before your scheduled event for your supplies, Minimal supplies will be stocked in the Lounge and Luther Center kitchens. Please, note that the following items are in the Fellowship Hall kitchen. If anything belongs to you PLEASE claim by the end of March as that is when it will be tossed. • Punch bowl • Box of fire proof leaves • Box marked Bd. Of Worship & Music - Sandy Ford • Manual meat slicer • Black plastic bag with plates, forks & tablecloths • Professional can opener • Box of votive candle holders • Box of ‘Wizard of Oz’ table decorations • Footed cake plate • An orange box of plates, silverware, hot cocoa mix • Pink Easter baskets • Professional soup pot • 7 large glass vases • One roll of table cloth type paper • 3 mosaic pitchers • 2 boxes, 1 bag artificial flowers


How to ensure we have a healthy Supply Room Let me introduce myself - my name is Jackie Tambourine and I am on the Board of Fellowship. It is currently my responsibility to keep the pantry stocked, but I need your help. (Just a side note, I am a little OCD when it comes to being organized.) I have attempted to clean out the pantry but there is a lot of stuff stored in there that I have no idea who it belongs to. If your circle or board may have something stored in there, please take a look. If you do have something, please put it in a plastic storage container and mark it. If I can't find an owner or owners, I will put something out in the December or January CLEF listing what is in there. If no one steps up, I will then donate, repurpose or throw out. Also, if you have an upcoming event and require a lot of utensils, plates, cups, etc. please send me an email ( with the date, what you need and the quantity. I will pull what you need and let you know where it's at. Lastly, if you do take something out of the pantry and it looks like we are running short, there is a list of supplies posted. Please mark what's needed and either give to Sue or put it on her desk. The two of us will then place an order. By doing this, it will eliminate scrambling to get supplies. Thank you and have a blessed day. Jackie


THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY We are finishing up the book of Genesis and will soon be engaging in a new foray into theological excitement. Which means we will be having a wonderful time growing in fellowship, hearing the Word of God, discussing and sharing and enjoying good Lutheran coffee and treats. Come and join us on Thursday mornings from 9:30a.m. until 11:00 a.m. All are welcome.

WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 8

News from the Board of Fellowship…. COME KNIT WITH US! Watch the fellowship bulletin board for upcoming dates in March. We’ll be meeting at 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall kitchen. Sign up and join us! The “FOURTH TUESDAY BOOK CLUB” will meet on Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 PM in the lounge. Our next read will be posted on the bulletin board and in the Sunday bulletin. Stay tuned. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! To all who are providing Lenten lunches and suppers, thanks for bringing us together around the ‘breaking of bread’. We could not provide this fellowship opportunity without each of you. A special shout-out to St. Paul’s for the three Lenten lunches! 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!

Mar.7 Mar. 14 Mar. 21

LENTEN MEALS FOR MARCH St. Paul Bd. Of Parish Ed. St. Paul

Middle School families Altar Guild Social Action/Worship & Music



Dates: March 16-17 Goal: $1500 Donate or join at Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to drop off your returnables at church before the famine starts!

Vacation Bible School July 30-Aug 3 See Renata if you can help this year.


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

REMINDER - to reserve your facility use dates for the calendar. PLEASE, remember that ALL groups MUST let Colleen know about any event. Colleen Motley is the facility use coordinator… If you have something that needs to be put on the calendar, please let her know ASAP. Please, send her a short e-mail asking her to reserve your date, time, location, name of the event and what group or person is responsible.

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 $168.18 DOWN 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.


3/23: Noah Simone

3/2: Nancy Booth, Barbara Jubera,

3/24: Bailey Elsinger, Nicholas Gassenfeit,

Anna Nyquist, Michael Seppala,

Jay Holsinger; Pr. Sean Motley, Matthew Reck

Mary Stewart 3/3: Lisa Caputo

3/25: Jennifer Scherer, Michael Setchell

3/7: Patricia Marl

3/26 Aaron Motley

3/8: Giana Fett

3/27: Jennifer Ritts

3/9: Justin Conn, Kathleen Lindbloom,

3/28: Eric Balle, Nancy Tilford, Nancy Tuuri 3/29: Christopher Crowe, Andrew Glynn, Gregory Parsons, Marguerite Ward

Mark Loehr, Barbara Schreiber 3/10: Shelley Breckenridge, Cora Schram, Christine Kline Benjamin Bloom

3/30: Jennifer Barger, Marti Miller, Lauren Nehls, Alison Canup 3/31: Alexa Andary, Cameron Marchetti

3/11: Natalie Udell 3/12: Daniel Burau, Nathan Davey, 3/13: Mario Bologna, Karen Mancini

3/14: Brian Levinson, Robert Simone 3/15: Brian Campbell, Rick Gram, Carlye Trowbridge 3/16: Mark Seppala 3/17: Amanda Symonds 3/18: Ashley Bowlin, Owen Nies 3/19: Mark Berkesch, Mark Fett, Michael Roussin, David Sauter 3/20: Andrea Bloom, Julie Thomas 3/21: Amy McIntyre 3/22: Patricia Jackson If your birthday does not appear on this list and you would like it to, please contact the church office with your information in order to update our computer records. Thank You.


GREETERS 4-Mar 11-Mar 18-Mar 25-Mar

9:30 a.m. Shirley Lamar Pirker Family Judy Leo Cassar Family

11:00 a.m. Fett Family W. Hostetler Donahue Family Jim Barnes


9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.


Team #4

Team #5


John Donahue Team #7

Marion McClendon Team #8


David Zwicker Team #2

Charles Jackson Team #3

Mark Berkesch Team #6 Mark Balle

Mark Fett Team #5 Marion McClendon


LAY READERS 4-Mar 11-Mar 18-Mar 25-Mar

9:30 a.m. Jim Lieder Sue Ulmer Mike Garrisi Jackie Tambourine





9:30 a.m. Penny Damore

11:00 a.m. Mark Berkesch

Mike Garrisi Wayne Ford

Charles Jackson Patty Jackson

Jackie Tambourine Margot Kahl Pam Southard Shirley Lamar Penny Damore Wayne Ford Jackie Tambourine Mike Garrisi Pam Southard

Waynette Hostetler John Blohm Nate Judson

ACOLYTES 4-Mar 11-Mar 18-Mar 25-Mar

9:30 a.m. RJ Cassar Jack Bidigare Justin Conn Jack Bidigare

11:00 a.m. Kylie McClendon Morgan McIntyre Katerina Pirker Kylie McClendon







#6 M. Balle

Luke Kohler


Church Property


#1 M. Guest

Giana Fett


#4 J. Donahue

Allie McIntyre COUNTERS 4-Mar

COUNTERS Team #2 Nancy Heaphy

11-Mar 18-Mar 25-Mar

Team #3 Ruth Engle Team #4 Pat Milne Team #5 Ted Bidigare



4-Mar 11-Mar 18-Mar 25-Mar

Patty Foster Caryl Litzenberger W. Hostetler Judy Leo

ALTAR GUILD Anna Unit: Kathy Jevons Lydia Unit: Kay Butler-Berkesch/Amy McIntyre

11:00 a.m. Marti Miller Diann Ohman Joe Warnez Sue Ulmer

COFFEE HOUR 4-Mar Grace Circle 11-Mar Faith Circle

SUNDAY SCHOOL 4-Mar Nora, Kristen, Katie 11-Mar Mia & RJ 18-Mar 25-Mar


Morgan & Allie Patrick & Andrea


9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA





9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Worship Service 6:30 Board & Council Meetings 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

PALM SUNDAY 9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA


8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise 3:30 Music Lessons

8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise 3:30 Music Lessons

8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise 3:30 Music Lessons





26 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise 12:30 Red Cross Blood Drive 3:30 Music Lessons 7:00 Grace Circle



8:00 - 10:00am Monday-Friday the gym is open for walking

10:00 GPN Pizza lunch 10:30 Faith Circle 3:00 Music Lessons 5:45 Exercise 7:00 Peace Circle




9:00 First Friends 10:00 GPN Pizza lunch 3:00 Music Lessons 5:45 Exercise 7:00 Bd. Of Church Property

9:00 First Friends 10:00 GPN Pizza lunch 3:30 Music Lessons 5:45 Exercise

9:00 First Friends 10:00 GPN Pizza Lunch 3:30 Music Lessons 5:00 Sports 5:45 Exercise


8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 10:30 LENTEN WORSHIP + LUNCH 3:00 Music Lessons 5:30 Lord’s Co. Ringers 6:00 Lord’s Co. Singers 5:45 Lenten Dinner 7:00 Lenten Worship

8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 10:30 LENTEN WORSHIP + LUNCH - First English 3:00 Music Lessons 5:30 Lord’s Co. Ringers 6:00 Lord’s Co. Singers 5:45 Lenten Dinner 7:00 Lenten Worship 8:30 Sports

8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 10:30 LENTEN WORSHIP + LUNCH - First English 3:00 Music Lessons 5:30 Lord’s Co. Ringers 6:00 Lord’s Co. Singers 5:45 Lenten Dinner 7:00 Lenten Worship 8:30 Sports

8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:00 Music Lessons 5:30 Lord’s Co. Ringers 6:00 Lord’s Co. Singers 8:30 Sports





Thursday 9:30 Bible Study 3:00 Music Lessons 5:45 Exercise 6:30 Good News Singers

9:30 Bible Study 3:00 Music Lessons 3:30 Sports 5:45 Exercise 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers

9:30 Bible Study 3:00 Music Lessons 5:45 Exercise 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers

9:30 Bible Study 3:00 Music Lessons 5:00 Sports 5:45 Exercise 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers





29 9:30 Bible Study 3:00 Music Lessons 5:00 Sports 5:45 Exercise 6:30 Good News Singers 7:00 Maundy Thurs. Worship 8:15 Good News Ringers


8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga 7:00 8 for 4 (Blohm)

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga 5:00 30 Hour Famine

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga





Piano Festival




30 Hour Famine





8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga 11:00 Good Friday Worship 7:00 Good Friday Worship


CLEF March 2018  
CLEF March 2018