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First English Ev. Lutheran Church

Dear Brothers and Sisters, I was making some fried eggs the other day and thinking about having heard it said that the chicken is not committed to your breakfast, but the pig is. The pig really does have to go all in for us to enjoy some bacon or sausage whereas the chicken lives to lay eggs another day. This made me think about Jesus. I realize bacon and eggs is not a symbol in the church for the Son of God but bear with me. Jesus was and is committed to our salvation. He was willing to suffer, go to the cross and even lie in the grave for our sake. Jesus was willing to endure the mocking, the scorn, the hatred and the pain inflicted by those He came to save so that we would know without doubt that there is nothing in this world that could ever separate us from the love of God. Jesus is committed to us and each day Jesus comes to us again with forgiveness, grace and mercy. Every morning we awaken to, maybe not eggs, but a slate that has been cleaned of all wrongdoing and a yoke, (not yolk), that is easy, (not over easy) and a burden that is light. Everyday Christ comes to us anew that we might live the new life that has been given to us. This Easter season we are reminded of Jesus total commitment to His people and His daily presence as Immanuel, God with us. We also hear that same calling as followers of Jesus, to do the works that He has done, to be committed as the risen people of God, not just for a day or moment, but as the risen people of God every day for all time. We have been saved by the grace of God and are called to live in this grace, to commit ourselves to the life that has been won by the victorious Lamb of God. It took a lot for the pig to be a part of breakfast, and although no one is making sausage patties out of us, a lot is asked of us as disciples, basically our whole lives. Then again, there is no life outside of Christ. During this Easter season give thanks and praise to God for the gracious salvation that has been give to us through Christ Jesus. Thank God for the depth of His amazing love for and commitment to His people. And if you happen to have a run in with some bacon and eggs remember Jesusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sacrifice, His continual presence and His calling to follow, to commit yourself to the One who has brought you life and sustains you each day that the life of the kingdom would be your life today and tomorrow and forever. YIC<><

Pastor Sean



Early Worship

11:00 a.m.

Late Worship

(with Holy Communion at all services) MISSION STATEMENT ‘GO, MAKE DISCIPLES’

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

We are finishing our study of the gospel of Luke and beginning a new study. This is a great time to join in for a time of studying the Word of God, sharing in fellowship and enjoying some treats in good Lutheran fashion.

All are welcome.

Senior Pastor Rev. Sean R. Motley

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY Please check the calendar at

Educ./Youth Coordinator Renata Conger

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.

Music Coordinator

Check the calendar at

Bob Foster

Facility Use Director

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


Notes From Renata

the Parish Education & Youth Ministry Coordinator

30-Hour Famine 2019 Recap The 2019 Famine marked the 6th Famine that I have personally planned. Each year, the process is a slurry of nerves and excitement—what’s our donation goal? Will I get enough adult volunteers? What if the basement floods while we’re asleep? The event seemed off to an especially rocky start before it even began. In addition to not having a fully functioning youth room yet, I’d unknowingly set the date for the same weekend as both the band trip and state choir festival. Upon this discovery, my stomach dropped— ”uh oh, there goes half of my participants…” Then the Spirit reminded of Paul’s words in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I cannot know everything, nor can I control everything, so I can spend my time worrying, or spend it doing my best and give the rest up to God. Thanks to a constant stream of prayers and the seemingly tireless work of Pastor Sean and the board of Church Properties, the youth room was completed. So when a dozen youth gave up their free weekend to fast, pray, and feed the hungry, I felt elated.

Not only was this the first event held in our newly remodeled youth room—which looked and functioned better than any youth room we’ve ever had, or that anyone has ever had—but this was a Famine of many “firsts.” We had several students fast fully for the first time; Haley Rozycki, seasoned Famine veteran, volunteered as an adult leader for the first time; and for the very first time, a head pastor of First English fasted for 143 hours to support us. God was at work in new and powerful ways.

In addition to fasting, learning, and prayer, our group returned 4,520 empties, built two cardboard huts, knit an entire skein of plastic yarn (which will create a sleeping mat for the homeless), and raised over $2000 to give food, medicine, education, and scripture to starving people across the globe. I could not be more proud of our youth. I could not be more grateful to the adults who support the famine. And I cannot praise God enough for all he continues to show me each year that I am part of this ministry. 3

OFFICERS - 2019 (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. ** Ted Bidigare, Asst. Dir. Mark Fett B. Decker Gordon Bush 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

**Denotes member of the Church Council

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.


Council Minutes April, 2019

Mark Berkesch called the meeting to order at 7:35 pm. Pastor Motley led the opening prayer. DEVOTIONAL led by Pastor Motley a reflection on the empty tomb and how the disciples did not keep the news that he has risen to themselves, that we should continue do the same with the surrounding communities. SECRETARY REPORT – Kyle Clor motioned to accept the March meeting, Penny Damore 2nd and the motion carried. TREASURER REPORT – John Nyquist, distributed financial reports for March 2019 and YTD. John Nyquist motioned to accept the reports, Kyle Clor 2nd and the motion carried. FINANCIAL SECRETARY – Pam Southard, 1st Quarter statements will be ready by May. BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE –no report. BOARD OF CHURCH PROPERTY – Scott Bricker; Youth room repairs are complete; Conference room renovation continues; Chili cook-off with Christ the King church was well attended and will plan another next year. May 11 is spring clean-up with rain date of May 18. Plan on doing landscape changes with church members which will save money. BOARD OF EVANGELISM – Sue Ulmer, Renee Strobl has agreed to be the assistant director. Will be reviving the ‘new member sponsor’ program. Blanket ceremony for graduates will be on June 2. If there are any comments (positive or negative) about the events posted in the weekly bulletin contact Sue Ulmer. BOARD OF SOCIAL ACTION – Penny Damore, There were 20 families that received Easter Dinner baskets. Lutheran World relief fund raiser for farm supplies raised enough for 2 farms. BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP –-no report. BOARD OF PARISH EDUCATION – Mia Cassar; The Easter Egg Hunt was held inside because of weather. Still looking for volunteers for VBS July 29 – Aug 2 contact Renata Conger or Pastor Sean. BOARD OF YOUTH MINISTRY – John Nyquist; 12 Youth participated in the 30 hour Famine. The Youth led services on Palm Sunday. May 19 will be a car wash. BOARD OF WORSHIP & MUSIC – Kyle Clor the board wished to THANK all who help with Easter services. WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – June 6 will be a tour of the main Detroit Library cost is $10 there will be a lunch after at a nearby restaurant. PASTOR’S REPORT – Pastor Motley; Bob Foster continues to recoup and is expected to return in June. The organ pieces are back in the church, an inventory will be done to make sure there is nothing missing. Continue to work with the lawyer J. Berger of Clark Hill law firm for further action. Would like to aggressively advertise for VBS to the surrounding communities Grosse Pointes and St Clair Shores (approx. 6000 households with children) with the approximate cost of $3000. OLD BUSINESS – 125th Anniversary in 2021 – Planning continues Possible Photo directory. Possible Randie Kohler arranging a program for learning self-defense. NEW BUSINESS – none. Kyle Clor motioned to close the meeting, Pam Southard 2nd and the motion carried. We closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 8:45 pm. NEXT MEETING – MAY 19 Respectfully submitted: Claudette Momenee


Rain Date - May 18 FELC REFLECTION GARDEN ENGRAVED PAVERS Have you seen the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reflection Gardenâ&#x20AC;? 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. Orders will be placed twice a year, once before Easter and once before Christmas. Order forms can be found in the magazine rack in the hall or in the office.


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;?


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.


Come tour the Detroit Main Library with us. June 6th at 11:00 a.m. $10.00 per person We can meet at church and carpool. The tour highlights the architecture of Cass Gilbert, as well as the many works of famed craftsmen and architects. Our docents will share with you the history, art and architecture of Detroitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s acclaimed Main Library. You will discover the Grand Staircase, the Pewabic fireplace, the Ernie Harwell Room, and other surprises along your 1-mile walking journey.

Private Tour With a private tour, you and your group can experience the magnificent art and architecture of the Main Library in a more intimate setting. We will also plan on a place for lunch afterwards TBA. This event is sponsored by the Women of the Church Please look for the sign up at church and let us know how many will attend. We regret that this is on a Thursday, they only do private tours on Tuesday and Thursday. Take the day off it will be worth it!


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.

REMINDER - to reserve your facility use dates for the calendar. PLEASE, remember that ALL groups MUST let Colleen know about any event, even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a repeat event from past years. Colleen Motley is the facility use coordinatorâ&#x20AC;Ś 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.


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.

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 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





*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 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.




6 Allison Liebold Jeffrey Lieder Liz Nyquist Mark Collins Matt Nyquist

13 Joshua Motley

20 Doris Smith Jennifer Passamani

27 Claire Ford


5 Blake Stevens

12 Alpheus Conger Carla Nelson Dennis Wickline Tommy Bloom

19 Robert McIntyre


28 Claire Gram Gennette Faust

21 Andrea Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Boyle Chrissy Anderson Fiona DiMarzio Julie DiCicco

14 Austin Tilford Gary Hubbard Jim Nelson Kyle Clor

7 Chris Earles Eric Reardon Hank Harber


29 Suzanne Lieder

22 Brian Bledsoe

15 Christopher Mancani Jim McGraw Jordan Ulmer Kev Hendricks

30 Beth Swanson Jaclyn Lieder Russ Milne

23 Lynne Evers

16 Jim Zwicker Len Engle

9 Michael Moore

2 Greg Blackburn

1 Blake DiCicco Sara Mancani

8 Andrea Glynn Becky Bauer Carl Bauer Gerry Udell Nick Dinverno



31 Colin Burke

24 Deanna Clark

17 Alyssa Rozycki Karen Schlichting Stella Moore

10 Eve Feldman Miranda Lorence

3 Nathan Motley


25 Aleksander Powers David Ulmer James Lieder JB Cisco Kathy Jevons

18 Patricia Chantler Savanna Wereley


4 Emily DeRongle Joanne Herrington Nicholas Schreiber


GREETERS 9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

LAY READERS 9:30 a.m.

5-May *Shirley Lamar

5-May Jim Feldman

11:00 a.m. Mark Berkesch

12-May Smith

*Waynette Hostetler

12-May Dave Conger

Mark Fett

19-May *John Nyquist


19-May Mike Garrisi

Jayne Blohm



26-May Cindy Jevons

9:30 a.m.

5-May Team #8 Jackson 12-May Team #5 McClendon

19-May Team #2 Berkesch

11:00 a.m.


Team #7 Zwicker Team #6 Balle Team #1 Guest

9:30 a.m. 5-May Joe Clor

26-May Team #3 Fett

May-5 Barrett Nelson

11:00 a.m.

Mark Berkesch

Pam Southard

John Blohm

Penny Damore

Nate Judson

12-May Pam Southard

ACOLYTES 9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

Gary Ford

Carol Sauter

Sandy Ford

Judy Freund

Kathy Jevons

Margot Kahl

Giana Fett

19-May Mike Garrisi

Charles Jackson

May-12 Kylie McClendon

Morgan McIntyre

Alek Willson

Patty Jackson

May-19 Jack Bidigare

Allie McIntyre

Holly Willson

Patty Foster


26-May Carol Sauter 10am Rosemary Yake Pam Southard

FRIENDLY CALLERS 5-May Waynette Hostetler 12-May Judy Leo 19-May Margot Kahl



5-May Evangelism 12-May ____________

volunteer needed

19-May Church Properties SPARK CHURCH

26-May Youth Ministry (begin one service)

5-May Cassar’s 12-May Pam & Kristen 19-May Glynn’s & Nancy


26-May n/a

5-May Team #4 Pat Milne 12-May Team #5 Ted Bidigare 19-May Team #6 Kyle Clor


26-May Team #7 Pam Southard

Anna Unit: Nancy Heaphy/Alice Rustmann Lydia Unit: Waynette Hostetler/Judy Leo






9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Spark Church 11:00 Late Worship 7:00 GP Young Persons AA


Easter Sunday 9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Spark Church 11:00 Late Worship 6:30 Board & Council Meetings 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

Palm Sunday 9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Spark Church 11:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA

9:30 Worship Service 9:30 Spark Church 11:00 Worship Service 7:00 GP Young Persons AA




MEMORIAL DAY Office Closed

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons




8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lesson 6:00 Sports






10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 2:45 Music Lessons 7:00 Tuesday Book Club

10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 2:45 Music Lessons

10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 2:45 Music Lessons

10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 10:30 Faith Circle 2:45 Music Lessons 7:00 Peace Circle


8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons










9:30 Bible Study 4:00 Music Lessons 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers



9:30 Bible Study 4:00 Music Lessons :00 Maundy Thursday Worship

9:30 Bible Study 4:00 Music Lessons 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers

9:30 Bible Study 4:00 Music Lessons 6:30 Good News Singers 8:15 Good News Ringers





8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga



9:00 Holy Yoga 1:00 Good Friday Worship 7:00 Good Friday Worship

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga

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







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