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OCTOBER 2019

First English Ev. Lutheran Church

First English Lutheran Church

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The night before my father died, my sister and I were talking about some of the memories we had of our Dad. My Dad was not the best father and I don’t have a lot of memories and many of them are not positive. As we shared some stories we also talked about his life and that his childhood was not very good either. He became a husband and father who didn’t know how to develop a relationship with his family and who chose alcohol as a way of coping with the world around him. He did care about his family and this was primarily seen in his changing the oil or waxing the car or buying pizza for dinner on a Saturday night. I did not have a great relationship with my Dad, not the one that I wanted, and although I did not appreciate many of the ways he treated me or our family, I loved him. Quite a few years ago, my Dad and I had a conversation about him as a father and about me as a son. During this conversation, my Dad apologized for how he had treated me and for what he had done wrong and my dad heard me say I forgave him. It meant a lot to me to hear him say what he said and it was important for him to hear that I forgave him and that I loved him. I am glad we were able to have that conversation even though it was a number years after I had moved out. As I think about my Dad, I am reminded that it is never too late to say you’re sorry, it is never too late to forgive those who have wronged you, and if you want to tell the people you love that you love them, now is the time. As well, as I think about my Dad, I think about my Father in heaven. I know that I have fallen far short of being the perfect child, and yet, knowing all that I have done wrong he has forgiven me and in the midst of all my less than ideal choices, He loves me. I give thanks to God for my Dad and for God’s gracious love and mercy for him and for me. And I ask God for the strength and wisdom to love and forgive as He has done for me and to take advantage of the opportunities to forgive and be forgiven and share this love with those around me. God’s peace and strength to love and forgive be with you. YIC<><


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

Senior Pastor Rev. Sean R. Motley

Thursday Morning Bible Study Our Thursday morning Bible study and fellowship time returns . Starting our Thursday morning study on September 19th at 9:30am. We will be studying the book of 1 Corinthians. Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth that he founded. He has heard there are problems in the church in Corinth and is responding to help guide these early Christians and to give guidance to us as well. If you have not joined us before this is a great time to start. Come and join us for an opportunity to grow in the knowledge of the Word of God and to share in the gift of fellowship. Again, our first time back this fall will be September 19th at 9:30 a.m. All are welcome!

pastorsean@feelc.org

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

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY Please check the calendar at www.feelc.org Grace Circle - Fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. Peace Circle - First Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Faith Circle - First Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Check the calendar at www.feelc.org

Music Coordinator Bob Foster rhfosterjr@comcast.net

Facility Use Director

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

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OFFICERS - 2019 (Officers are members of the executive committee) **President – Jeff Gates Gator613@hotmail.com **Vice President—Mark Berkesch mjberkesch1@gmail.com **Secretary – Claudette Momenee cm1ms1@aol.com **Treasurer – John Nyquist john.nyquist@outlook.com

**Financial Secretary - Shawn Vinson ssvjfv@aol.com Boards & Council Members Church Properties **Scott Bricker, Dir. ** Ted Bidigare, Asst. Dir. Mark Fett B. Decker Gordon Bush Dave Conger Evangelism **Sue Ulmer, Dir. ** Renee Strobl, Asst. Dir. Carol Erikson Margot Kahl Ed Kenny Pat Milne Social Action **Diann Ohman, Dir. **Penny Damore, Asst. Dir. Yvonne Winston Pat Thomas Shawn Vinson Kay Butler Berkesch Virginia Ditty Claudia Gram Pat Milne BJ Decker Debbie Strandhagen

**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. **Co-Dir. (OPEN) 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

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Council Minutes September, 2019 Jeff Gates called the meeting to order at 7:30 pm. Pastor Motley led the opening prayer. DEVOTIONAL - led by Pastor Motley with verses from Philippians. SECRETARY REPORT – Claudette Momenee motioned to accept the July meeting, Sue Ulmer 2nd and the motion carried. TREASURER REPORT – John Nyquist, no financial reports at this time. Working on wording for the new Endowment fund with Craig Kohler. FINANCIAL SECRETARY – Shawn Vinson -Working with John Nyquist on learning the system on how to post offerings. BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP & FINANCE –Pastor Sean - Continue to look for a person to chair the board. Stewardship Sunday is November 3. Will be working on the budget. All boards should submit their 2020 Budget requests by October’s meeting. BOARD OF CHURCH PROPERTY – Scott Bricker; fall clean-up is November 16. Small tree in old sign garden fell down in last storm. Will replace a step on Wedgewood side. Need to rework the downspouts on north side of building. Hired Bob Saur as a part-time maintenance person. Scott Bricker motioned to replace north side flat roof and fix gutters to stop water leaks, not to exceed $18,ooo, Kyle Clor 2nd and the motion carried. BOARD OF EVANGELISM – Sue Ulmer, presented a flow chart showing the different paths for needed visitor information; new signage and welcome flag will use $828 of the $1000 approved in July vote. Will be developing a SHEPARDING MINISTRY, Renee Strobl & Carol Erickson will work with Pastor Sean. BOARD OF SOCIAL ACTION – Penny Damore; Supplied 96 back packs for Samaritas. Supplied 24 duffle bags, 40 towels for kids that attended camp. In October will collect candy for LifeBuilders, and also collect personal items for Heartline. Will have a giving tree, and possibly a mitten tree this Christmas season. Bag lunches on February 19. Easter season will again have an ELCA good gifts drive and deliver Easter Meals for the needy. BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP –-Carol Sauter; rally Day attendance was lighter than last year, but did have Families from the community attend who received a post card about the event. BOARD OF PARISH EDUCATION – Mia Cassar; would like to have the youth more involved being ushers and greeters. During the Youth Rally Day service there was the blessing of back packs. September 22 Spark Church starts, would like some more volunteers for leaders. December 8 will be the Carol-along, with Christmas pageant. April 5 planning a special event. BOARD OF YOUTH MINISTRY – no report. BOARD OF WORSHIP & MUSIC – Kyle Clor motioned $1200 for the musicians for Reformation Sunday, John Nyquist 2nd and the motion carried. Planning on more Youth led services in the future. November 9 6:00 PM will be the ‘EAGLES tribute concert’ in the gym, there will be food, beer & wine for sale, tickets will be available online or onsite more information to be announced later. WOMEN OF THE CHURCH – Kyle Clor; September 17, 7:00 PM there will be a speaker from the ‘Vets Returning Home’ facility. October 6, 7:00 PM there will be a speaker from the Alzheimer foundation. December 1 will need help bring out trees and decorations. Friday December 6 evening will be decorating the church. PASTOR’S REPORT – Pastor Motley; Kyle Clor motions to allow alcohol to be served for the Oktoberfest and Eagles tribute concert, Penny Damore 2nd and the motion passed. Saturday October 19 – 9:00 AM will be a council retreat at the church. Every other Monday night will be a men’s bible study and football night. October 20 the boy will do a bake sale. Regina Schmidt will become a new member. Tonya Bricker has agreed to be the new facility coordinator. OLD BUSINESS – 125th Anniversary in 2021 – Planning continues - there will be a meeting September 29 after church. Oktoberfest is October 12 – 6:00 PM, there will be a meeting 9/17. Possible Photo directory. Possible Melissa Zwicker arranging a program for learning self-defense. Stewardship board to review expenses of monthly mailing of envelopes. A suggestion to create a committee to review/revise our church constitution. NEW BUSINESS – none John Nyquist motioned to close the meeting, Renee Strobl 2nd and the motion carried. We closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 9:15 pm. NEXT MEETING – October 20 7:30 PM in the lounge Respectfully submitted: Claudette Momenee

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N O T E S F R O M R E N ATA Have you heard aboutâ&#x20AC;Ś

Youth Trips 2020 For 6th-12th graders Jan 17-19 at Michindoh $65 each due Dec 22

For 9th-12th graders Feb 7-9 in Lansing

What is Spark Church?

$95 each due Nov 17

Spark Church is where kids learn about the bible. Kids explore the same Sunday readings as the adults, but at their own level.

Why Spark Church instead of Sunday School? Spark Church is not separate from worship, it is part of worship. Children are a vital part of the congregation, and should not be made to feel separate from it. Spark Church allows children to worship with their families, learn about the bible, and then continue learning at home.

Ok... so how does it work?

SUMMER SERVICE in PUERTO RICO or CHATTANOOGA! For 8th-12th graders June dates TBD $150 each due Oct 20

Families start in the sanctuary together with their big church family (aka, the whole congregation). Soon, Pastor will welcome the kids forward to share a message with them, then invite them upstairs for Spark Church. Kids will rejoin their families soon after the sermon concludes. Currently, Spark Church is only offered during 9:30 worship.

WEDNESDAYS 5:30-7:00pm Youth Group (for 9th-12th grade)

Who can attend? Spark Church is designed for kids in preschool through 5th grade. Younger children may also attend, but we ask that a parent/guardian comes with them. We also encourage a parent/guardian to attend with their special needs child, at least for the first few sessions..

Come any week and get free TMP next week!

6:30-8:00pm Confirmation (for 6th-8th grade)

How can families take the learning home? We distribute "Family Pages" with fun and easy biblebased activities to do at home. More resources will be made available in 2019, as we continue to hone the Spark Church experience.

Still have questions? Please contact Renata Conger, who prayerfully runs all children & youth ministries at First English, if you want to know more. renata@feelc.org

3rd Grade Bible Presentation Oct 27, 10:00am 6


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Men’s Bible Study and Fellowship We will be hosting a Men’s Bible study and time of fellowship on Monday, October 7th. We will start with tailgating at 7:15 p.m. with some less than healthy snacks. At 7:45 p.m. we will share in a time of studying God’s Word and then will enjoy a little Monday Night Football with an 8:15 p.m. kick-off. We will finish our Bible study during halftime. I hope you will come out and enjoy God’s Word, fellowship, football and fantastic snacks. We will also meet on: October 21st; November 4th; November 18th; December 2nd

News from BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP… A friendly smile and handshake…that’s all that’s needed to be a greeter. If we all sign up for just ONE SUNDAY each year we’ll have this very important job covered! Come about 15 minutes before 9:30 worship, stay until 10:45 and greet again. You will have made all the folks who walk through the gathering area on the way to worship feel welcomed. Sign-up on the GREETERS board just outside the lounge.

REFLECTION GARDEN ENGRAVED PAVERS

REMINDER - It’s time to reserve your facility use dates for the calendar.

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. It's now the time to order engraved paver bricks for the Reflection Garden.

PLEASE, remember that

ALL groups

MUST let Colleen know about any event. Colleen Motley is the facility use coordinator…

Order forms can be found in the magazine rack in the hall and also in the office.

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 is the sponsor. facilityuse@feelc.org

Order deadline is October 31, 2019.

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Samaritas (Heartline) has sent us a list of urgently needed items… •

Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Deodorant

Towel sets (wash, hand and bath)

Twin bed sheet sets

Blankets/quilts Small lamps

Please deliver any items you can by Nov. 30th and may be dropped by the Pantry door.

FUTURE SIGHT OF THE WELCOME CENTER

EXCUSE OUR DUST! Please give us your feedback. Imagine you’re walking into FELC for the first time. What do you think? Tell CAROL, PAT, RENEE OR SUE (your Board of Evangelism).

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ID YOUKNOW?? Flowers may be purchased and placed on the main altar by anyone for Sunday worship services. You may honor someone's birthday or anniversary, or place them in memory of a loved one. A notice will be placed in the bulletin informing the congregation for whom the flowers are placed. Check for available dates on the sign-up sheet, located in the church office or in the Lounge on Sundays. Costs of the flowers are $19.00 per side or $38.00 for both sides, checks payable to FELC Altar Guild. Placement of flowers for the side altar is also available if the main altar is fully reserved.

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.

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;? 11


The 125th Anniversary of First English is only two years away! Now's the time to start planning. Anybody interested in being on the planning committee please contact either Jeff Gates (gator613@hotmail.com) or Mark Berkesch at (313) 886-4866 or mjberkesch1@gmail.com), we would like to get started as soon as possible. In the meantime, even if you don't want to be on the committee, please search for church related photographs or memorabilia. Most items can probably be scanned and returned to you.

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS We continue to receive your “Thrivent Choice Dollars” gifts! Thank you to all of our members who have directed their “Thrivent Choice Dollars” to support the mission and ministry of First English. Over $2,000.00 was donated last year to First English through this program. If you are a Thrivent policy holder you are eligible to also direct your support to First English. The rules have changed a bit in that now the gifting of the “Thrivent Choice Dollars” must be done annually. You can direct your gifts to First English by calling Thrivent at 800-THRIVENT (800-847-4836) and state “Thrivent Choice” or on line at Thrivent.com.

SCHEDULES & CONTACT NUMBERS Pastor Sean Motley can be contacted by e-mail at Pastorsean@feelc.org. His day off is Friday and in an emergency can be contacted at (715) 297-9991. Facility Coordinator is Colleen Motley and can be reached at facilityuse@feelc.org

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First English Lutheran Preschool is accepting new students for the 2019-20 school year. Our preschool offers a caring, Christian setting to help parents prepare their three or four year old for their kindergarten and elementary years. Students will develop their social & intellectual abilities as well as a positive self-image. Our program includes*Art

*Music

*Language

*Math

*Science

*Bible lessons

*Beginning reading concepts *Physical development

YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO RE-ENROLL EACH YEAR….SIGN UP ONCE AND YOU’RE DONE!!!! Please take the time to go online and sign-up with your Kroger card and make your donation designation to First English (#83535). It doesn’t cost you anything. Our fundraising efforts, by participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, have added up to significant money - just by purchasing your weekly groceries! If you have never signed up – please go to Kroger’s website krogercommunityrewards.com and follow the prompts and AGAIN you no longer need to register every year…...ONCE AND DONE!!! You will need your Kroger card. Remember - It doesn’t cost YOU anything (It's A DONATION FROM Kroger)……..the only thing it costs you is a little time to register your card.

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14 Ellie Klingbail John Slavko Pat Bloom

21 William Reardon

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20 Daniel Feldman Madison Vens Michele Nehls

27 Gabriel Lawrence Jamie Moore Rose Bush

7 Amy Gutzman Cheryl Fett Haley Brush Stephanie Liebold

6 Jack DiCicco Jason Mears Jessica Le Duc Katie Link Martin Bay

13 Gizelle Geha Keith Kurtz

Monday

Sunday

29 Ashley Nehls Katie Passamani Nico Marcolini

22 Cindy Jevons Joseph Mihelich Kathryn Marschner

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30 John Marshall Liam Duffey

23 Kim Jevons Linda Rozycki

9 Cher Michoski Emily Roorda Joe Vallee Nona Busam Robb Elwert Shirley Bedard Wally Augustyn 16 Dominick Zwicker Jack Mihelich

2 Alexandrea Annas Brandon Gierman Hope Kadrich Jill Bush

1 Mark Balle Shirley Brush Suzanne Swanson

8 Dawn Hogan Elise Nyquist Geneva Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil Samuel Kohler

Wednesday

Tuesday

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24 Diane Moskaluk Sue Reck

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3 Danny Foster Gordon Bush Janis Jevons Jennifer Rio Liz Davey Patrick Potter 10 Clare Tuuri Jessie Hughes Rena Bloom

Thursday

25 Diann Ohman Nicholas Foley

18 Charles Burke John Marschner

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4 Paul Wilson Robert Klingbail

Friday

26 Randall Tambourine

19 John Blohm

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5 Melissa Hassig

Saturday


GREETERS

9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

LAY READERS 9:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

6-Oct

6-Oct Holly Willson

Jane Stevens

13-Oct

13-OctDave Conger

Liz Nyquist

20-Oct

20-Oct Jim Feldman

Mark Fett

27-Oct

27-OctMike Garrisi

Jayne Blohm

USHER

11:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

6-OctTeam #4 Donahue

COMMUNION ASSISTANTS 9:30 a.m.

Team #5 McClendon

6-Oct Joe Clor

11:00 a.m.

13-OctTeam #8 Jackson

Team #7 Zwicker

20-OctTeam #6 Balle

Team #1 Guest

Judy Freund

Alice Rustmann

27-OctTeam # 3 Fett

Team #2 Berkesch

Mike Garrisi

Dan Rustmann

13-OctCarol Sauter

Gary Ford

Holly Willson

Sandy Ford

Evan Smith

6-OctTeam #5 Ted Bidigare 13-OctTeam #6 Kyle Clor

Barrett Nelson

27-OctCarol Sauter

20-OctTeam #7 27-OctTeam #1 Waynette Hostetler

Patty Foster

Alek Willson 20-Oct Penny Damore COUNTERS

Kathy Jevons

Mark Berkesch John Blohm Nate Judson Waynette Hostetler

Alek Willson

Patty Jackson

Holly Willson

Charles Jackson

ALTAR GUILD Anna Unit:Karen Olson Lydia Unit:Pam Balle/Patty Jackson

COFFEE HOUR 6-Oct Stewardship 13-OctVolunteer Needed 20-Oct Social Action 27-OctEvangelism

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Evangelism


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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

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

Sunday

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8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 7:00 Grace Circle

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 7:15 Men’s Fellowship & Bible Study

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8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 7:15 Men’s Fellowship & Bible Study

Monday

10:00 Tai Chi 10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 2:45 Music Lessons

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10:00 Tai Chi 10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 2:45 Music Lessons 7:00 4th Tues. Book Club

10:00 Tai Chi 10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 2:45 Music Lessons

10:00 Tai Ch1 10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 2:45 Music Lessons

10:00 Tai Chi 10:30 GPN Pizza Lunch 10:30 Faith Circle 2:45 Music Lessons

Tuesday

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Youth Group 6:30 Confirmation Class

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Youth Group 6:30 Confirmation Class

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Youth Group 6:30 Confirmation Class

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Youth Group 6:30 Confirmation Class

8:45 Preschool 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Youth Group 6:30 Confirmation Class

Wednesday

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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

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 cLessons 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

Thursday

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8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga

8:45 Preschool 9:00 Holy Yoga

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

Friday

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4:00 D. Simone

6:00 OKTOBERFEST

Saturday

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