First English Ev. Lutheran Church
SEPTEMBER 2013 WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU? How would you describe yourself? No, I do not mean your physical appearance; rather I am talking about “what kind of person you are.” Do you see yourself as committed, dependable, trustworthy, one who can be counted upon? Most of us, I assume would answer in the affirmative; we do view ourselves as a dependable, committed person.
Inside this issue: Pastor Schmidt's 2
Sunday Sermon Holy Land and Jordan Trip
Join a Choir Adult Learning
Wish List Sound of Music
Bd. of Social Action Women of the Church
Board of Fellowship Columbarium
Board of Evangelism Thrivent Dollars
With the Members Parish Ed/Youth
Recycle Preschool Kroger Rewards
Serving in September
Now as a parish pastor, I would like to use that same thinking in terms of our commitment to Christ and his Church. Summer, with all of its opportunities for vacations, getting away, visiting the grandkids and many more we could name, has drawn to a close. It is great to get away, to visit family, to see interesting sights, have great adventures, or just a leisurely respite; and yes it is good to have a “change of pace” and to “recharge our batteries.” However, now that summer is past and fall is upon us, I sincerely hope and pray that each and every one of us will see ourselves as dependable, committed followers of Jesus Christ who do gather together regularly for worship, for learning, for service, for fellowship and involve ourselves in the mission and ministry which our Lord has given to his church. I know we are all busy, we all have a great deal on our plate, commitments fill up our days and we are pulled in this direction and that - such that it is very easy to take our commitment to Christ and his church for granted and find reasons to not practice our faith. Now I use that word “practice” on purpose. How does a soccer player become better at their sport? How does a pianist become a better piano player? How does a student become a better student? It is not through practice, through involving ourselves, through the commitment of being at practice, at the piano bench, doing homework and making study time, and I could go on, but I think you see my point! For example, how many of us took piano lessons or some other instrument as a kid but have not kept it up? Our ability to play has gone downhill considerable, has it not? Just so, do we not grow in our faith and draw closer to God and our fellow believers as we practice our faith through regular worship, learning and service. As humans we learn what do, do we not? Scripture reminds us that we receive faith “through the ears.” As we hear God’s word read, preached, taught, sung, prayed the Holy Spirit works through the hearing of that word to create and deepen faith within us. One more analogy, if we are on a team but make little or no effort to show up at practice or to hone our skills, we would not call ourselves a very supportive teammate now would we? My point is that not only do we need the blessings, the strength, the forgiveness, the support of regular participation in the life of Christ’s church, but our fellow members also need us! The Church is the “Body of Christ,” the “Fellowship of Believers,” the “Communion of Saints;” all of us together! When one of us is missing the whole body suffers and our ability to grow and to reach out in love and care is diminished? What kind of person are you??? See you at worship! God’s Blessings,
WORSHIP SCHEDULE: September 22, 2013 thru Memorial Day, 2014
WE’RE ON THE WEB
9:30 a.m. - Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. -Traditional Worship (Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday)
See early September schedule on Page 9 MISSION STATEMENT ‘GO, MAKE DISCIPLES’ First English Ev. Lutheran Church 800 Vernier Road Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan 48236-1530 Phone: 313.884.5040 Fax: 313.884.4460
13th Sunday after Pentecost
August 18, 2013
Grace and peace to you my sisters and brothers from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. These words of Jesus in today’s gospel reading are not exactly calming and reassuring are they? •
I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division!
People will be divided:
Father against son, son against father
Dr. Walter A. Schmidt email@example.com
Mother against daughter, daughter against mother
Mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and vice versa
Associate Pastor Rev. Christina Veres firstname.lastname@example.org Education/Youth Coordinator Renata Conger email@example.com
Pastor Emeritus Rev. Paul F. Keppler
WORSHIP SCHEDULE 9:30 a.m. - Contemporary Worship with Holy Communion 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m. -Traditional Worship Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday
Thursday Traditional Worship 7:00 p.m.
OFFICE HOURS 8a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
This does not sound like the overall portrait of Jesus, we usually think of. Jesus: teacher, friend, and a nonviolent man who worked for peace and reconciliation. There are three important things that should be taken into consideration as we ponder just what the message might be for us here today living in God’s kingdom in the twenty-first century. First: In this gospel story Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem where he faces death on the cross. It appears that he knows what is in store for him-- this other baptism he speaks of that he must endure—and he is stressed – stretched to the breaking point. Second: These words are actually being penned some forty years after the death and crucifixion of Jesus. It is likely Luke is writing his account to address the situation and questions of his community. And it is very possible that all is not peaceful and quiet in the early Christian community Luke is a part of. Third: Christianity was not the widely accepted religion it is today at the time this gospel was written. Now it is true that there are various regions in our world where confessing Jesus as Savior and Lord still brings division, strife and even danger. In places like Egypt! However, here in North America going to church is a freedom we enjoy without controversy. As we join Jesus at this point of his journey toward Jerusalem he is stressed to the point of breaking; he is after all human. And because he is human, he is not spared from pain and suffering.
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He is on the final leg of his journey; his time on earth is nearing an end. be accomplished.
He is anxious for his mission to
Jesus tells his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already kindled.” We’re not used to an apocalyptic Jesus that sounds like he wants to bring destruction on the earth. These impassioned words are erupting from the heart of a man driven to complete what he is most passionate about – he knows his mission—but even his disciples, his faithful followers, don’t seem to understand the urgency. “You hypocrites! He shouts-• You can easily predict the weather patterns around you and know exactly what is coming your way, but you seem oblivious to the lack of justice and the oppression that is right in front of you. •
Can’t you see the adverse affects it will have in your future if you fail to act now?
Jesus is fired up! What do you think of when you think of fire and its effects on us? The most common aspect of fire is probably destruction. Every day – especially during the summer months we read of the destructive out of control wild fires in our western states. Homes and vast areas of forest are literally consumed by these raging fires. The losses are devastating. Closer to home we often read of houses and buildings that have caught fire –some intentionally by arsonists –destructive fires that cause heartache and loss. Another aspect of fire is heat or warmth. •
We count on fire to grill our burgers and toast our marshmallows.
Homes have fireplaces and our patios have fire pits.
• Our First English youth who take part in our trips to Michi-Lu-Ca and Stony Lake will tell you one of their favorite things at camp is the time spent at night singing and listening to stories around the campfire. Fire can warm the body and also the soul. Still another aspect of fire is its ability to bring about refinement. It’s a common practice in refining gold and other metals to apply heat –lots of high intensity heat to remove impurities. The impurities are burned up ……. and the pure gold is what remains. I grew up in a town known for glass making, Corning, NY. As a kid I was amazed as I watched the glass blowers. They would take solid hard pieces of glass and transform them into beautiful works of art. I was mesmerized as I watched them heat the glass at the end of their long blowing pipes until it glowed bright yellow and became soft and pliable. Then they gently blew air through the pipe to create and give the glowing blob of molten glass shape. With their tools they completed a masterpiece. Fire can be destructive, creating deep chasms of division. Fire can burn out of control consuming all that is in its path. Fire can work for good to bring warmth to the coldest of places, purifying and refining our intentions and actions creating something new and beautiful to behold. The answer to the question Jesus posed at the beginning of today’s gospel lesson—“Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth?” is: Of course! The overall portrait of Jesus suggests a nonviolent man, walking the way of peace and reconciliation. Here, however, this text does not focus on the teaching of Jesus as much as it does the effects of his teaching. Some people accept the teaching of Jesus and follow; others reject and walk away. As people decide, they divide. Jesus’ offer of peace and reconciliation leads to inevitable division- as me moves us out of our cozy comfort zones. •
Division of nations and lands, (Continued on page 11)
HOLY LAND TOUR – ISRAEL AND JORDAN We continue to receive reservations for our Tour to Israel and Jordan: February 26 – March 8, 2014, so please make your plans now to also join with us. Pastor Schmidt has brochures describing our tour and your will also find the brochures on the tables in the hallway. In addition, if you know of someone who might be interested, please contact Pastor Schmidt. A tour of the Holy Land is more than a tour – it is a pilgrimage! Seeing the actual sites where the Biblical events took place makes the Bible truly come alive, and is a faith strengthening experience! In addition, the “Rose Red” city of Petra, Jordan is a wonder to behold! Make your plans now to join with us!
Join a Choir - You'll Be Glad You Did!!! It is our wish to provide musical opportunities for members and friends of First English of all ages. We would hope that all who are interested in worshipping through music would join the choir(s) best suited to their needs. When children enter the fifth grade, they are eligible to become one of our Lord’s Company Singers. This choir is part of the Catechism requirement for some sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, but we have younger volunteers as well. This choir rehearses from 6:00-6:30 on Wednesdays when Catechism is meeting. The Lord’s Company Ringers is our youth bell choir. They meet on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:00 to prepare for their performances during Sunday morning and special worship services. Our Good News Singers are composed of singers of high school age through age 100. This choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00, and performs almost every Sunday from September through June. The Good News Singers also sing for most special worship services, including two seasonal Music Sunday Services each year. These special services often include performance with instrumental ensembles or orchestra. Now is a perfect time to join one of our musical ensembles. For more information, you can call the church office at 313 884-5040, or Bob Foster, our Coordinator of Music at (313)926-4341. 4
ADULT EDUCATION AT A GLANCE 9:30 a.m. ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL
What could be more appropriate to begin our fall Adult Sunday School learning than a study concerning the center of our faith, the life and mission of Jesus Christ! Thus THE LIFE OF JESUS is the topic that we have chosen for our Adult Sunday School Class beginning this fall. Remember that we have one service on Sunday, September 15, and we begin our regular fall schedule, including Adult Sunday School, on Sunday, September 22, 2013. Our Adult Sunday School class meets during the Sunday School Hour at 9:30 a.m., in the Lounge and these sessions will be led by Pastor Chris and Pastor Schmidt. This full overview of Jesus’ life and teaching will take us through the fall and winter up to the beginning of the Season of Lent. Join with us beginning Sunday, September 22, 2013, 9:30 AM, in the Lounge and every Sunday!
9:30 a.m. THURSDAY MORNING BIBLESTUDY Martin Luther and the Lutheran Reformation is our topic for this fall’s Thursday Morning Bible Study, as chosen by our class. Our “study book” will be Luther the Reformer by James Kittelson, the late professor of Reformation History at Luther Seminar. Pastor Schmidt has copies of the book- the cost is $17.00. We of course will also use visuals as several movies and other DVDs have been produced concerning the life and work of Luther, plus the Reformation. Pastor Schmidt will be leading these sessions and we meet Thursday mornings, 9:30 -11:00 AM; why not make your plans now to join us this fall as we together study our heritage and traditions. Did you know that more has been written about Martin Luther than any other person who has ever lived with the exception of Jesus??? Our first session will be Thursday, September 12, 2013, 9:30 -11:00 a.m., in the Lounge!
THE LUTHERAN FAITH On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Pastor Schmidt will be offering a class titled “The Lutheran Faith.” Wednesday evenings are very full at First English and at our first session we will look at our calendars to set up additional gatherings. All are encouraged to join with us and we especially invite new members as well as those who might be interested in being a part of the First English family. We will be meeting the same time as our Confirmation Classes, so parents of confirmation students this would be a great opportunity for you as well.
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,” will be the Women’s Circle Bible study beginning this fall. We will look at stories of women from both the Old and New Testaments as well as stories of contemporary women. September’s topic will be “Hannah, A Promise Keeper.” To refresh your memory Hannah was the mother of Samuel. Ladies, please check the calendar for the various Circles meeting schedule. Women, all of our Circles would be pleased to welcome you as a guest or member! 5
GIFT WISH LIST TUCKPOINTING AND PILLAR REPAIRS Just like our homes need regular repair, the same is true for our church facility. 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.
Funding at this point is at $52,500 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.
We are pleased to announce that First English Life Players will be producing "The Sound of Music" as our November musical. We last did this show in 2004 (the first show we did in the Luther Center) to sold out audiences every night. The performance dates for "The Sound of Music" are Nov. 8, 9 & 10. Please note that rehearsals this year will be on Sundays and Mondays (a change from previous years). Michael Maurice has graciously agreed to return to direct this production. Paula Doak, who has been our outstanding stage manager and director's assistant for the past several years, won't be able to help in that capacity this year. If you know of anyone who might be interested in the stage managing duties, please let me know. Thank You, Bob 6
BOARD OF SOCIAL ACTION Save the Date: Oktoberfest, Friday, October 18, 2013 Planning will soon be underway for this fall’s Oktoberfest celebration. Due to popular demand, there will be another silent auction. We will be assembling various baskets for bidding, so if you have items to donate, we want to hear from you now! Contact anyone on the Board of Social Action if you want to donate/help – Kay Butler Berkesch, JoVona Cisco, Penny Damore, BJ Decker, Virg Ditty, Claudia Gram, Kevin Hendricks, Pat Milne, Diann Ohman, Sue Reck, Carolyn Schmidt, Pat Thomas, Shawn Vinson, and Heide Warnez. No excuse to say you didn’t know anybody on the board to call! Board of Social Action
BUILDING REMINDER Now that we are back 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.)
Presents: “THE SHOCK OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING” AT FIRST ENGLISH The Women of the Church at First English Ev. Lutheran Church cordially invites community men and women to join members at its October 7, 2013, 7:00 p.m., special event, “The Shock of Human Trafficking.” The program will be held in the Lounge. There is no charge; dessert and coffee will be served. Special Agent James Klawitter , Department of Homeland Security, will reveal the latest developments in the destructive aspect of human trafficking in today’s society in the United States, and more alarmingly, right here at home.
BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP news September 15th – Rally Day & Church Picnic This year we are combining the two events, hopefully all age ranges will attend the day’s events, helping to bring all members together. There will be one service at 10:00 am after the service will start the picnic and rally activities. There will be no coffee hour that day. There are sign-up sheets are in the Lounge area. I encourage you to take time to look at them and hopefully sign-up on one or more of the sheets. They are for limited times – so you will not be tied to a task all day. Here is the list of the sheets. Saturday set-up Sunday morning set-up Kitchen helper Grilling Games assistant Bounce House supervisors Clean-up For the picnic part we will supply grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and beverage. We are requesting that a dish is brought to pass (this is not mandatory). Any food dishes can be dropped off to the Luther Center kitchen before the 10:00 service. Coming Events: November 27 - Thanksgiving Eve Service after glow reception December 8 - Light supper before the Carol-Along
COLUMBARIUM FOR FIRST ENGLISH First English Lutheran Church has approved a Columbarium Project for our facility. When sufficient niches are sold, the Columbarium will be placed in the narthex (please see computer drawing on the bulletin board in the main hallway). 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-first-served” basis, with members being able to choose the location of their niche within the Columbarium. To date nine double niches have been sold. If sufficient niches are not sold, all funds will be returned to those whopurchased niches. If you have any questions please speak to Pastor Schmidt. 8
Board of Evangelism Notes Evangelism Board Welcomes you back to church! We are hoping to give you some good opportunities to enjoy fellowship and share with friends looking for a good Christian environment. OCTOBER 4 – 6th WOMENS RETREAT AT MICHI-LU-CA Cost is $125.00 per person Enjoy the beginning of fall colors at Michi-Lu-Ca and the company of faithful women as we reflect on and try spiritual practices that draw us closer to God and one another. Lots of relaxation and choose-your-own- adventure time is built into this retreat as well! Choose from canoeing, hiking trails, making a craft, or just relaxing in the comfortable Adirondack chairs all over camp. Please let Nancy McCarthy know ASAP if you are interested in this weekend fun. Registration forms are on the bulletin board across from the office We hope you will plan on attending and extend an invitation to friends to join you. The Board of Evangelism members: Patty Foster Margot Kahl Nancy McCarthy Patty Ruggiero
Caryl Litzenberger Ruth Platts
Monna Nieto Judy Leo
FALL SCHEDULE – PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES! Sunday, September 1st & 8th: Contemporary Service is at 9:00 AM and our Traditional Worship is at 10:30 AM (same as our Summer Schedule). Thursday evening services will resume next summer! On Rally Day, Sunday, September 15, 2013, we will have one service at 10:00 AM so that all members, young and old, can join with the Church Picnic and Rally Day festivities following worship, here on our church grounds (if inclement weather, in the Luther Center). On, Sunday September 22, 2013, we begin our regular Fall Schedule, Contemporary Worship and Sunday School at 9:30 AM and Traditional Worship at 11:00 AM.
THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS A sincere word of thanks to all of our members who have directed their “Thrivent Choice Dollars” to support the mission and ministry of First English. Last year the combined total gifts were over $2,000.00. If you have a Thrivent policy 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 (800-847-4836) and state “Thrivent Choice” or on line at Thrivent.com. Again, thank you for your support; it is greatly appreciated! 9
Peter Max Moskaluk received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on August 4th. He was born on December 10, 2010 and is the son of Stephen W. and Melanie (Stenberg) Moskaluk. His sponsors are Regina Thomas and Ronald Scherz. Welcome to the Lord’s family! Carter Christopher Halloran received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on August 11th. He was born on August 22, 2012 and is the son of John D. and Karilyn M. (Veres) Halloran. His sponsors are David T. and Kimberly A. Hannah. Grandparents are Pastor Chris and Bob Veres. Welcome to the Lord’s family! Ryan Noble Hollenbeck received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on August 18th. He was born on June 4, 2013 and is the son of Michael R. and Lisa A. (Puzzonia) Hollenbeck. His sponsors are John Puzzonia and Jennifer Hollenbeck. Welcome to the Lord’s family! Renata Simone Conger was formally installed our as Education/Youth Coordinator on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Welcome to the ministry of First English!
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Attention: Confirmation Students and Parents! When: Wed. September 18th @ 6:30 PM What: Orientation Meeting for all students & parents (or sponsoring adult) Where: Fellowship Hall Why: You will receive the schedule, get an overview of the program and program requirements and meet teachers and guides
Parish Education/Youth News from Renata Register Online for Sunday School Here are step-by-step instructions for how to register your Preschool through 12th grade children for Sunday School. Please visit feelc.sparksundayschool.org. Enter your name, email address, password, and security question & answer to get started. You will then get a confirmation email. Use the link in the email (or the one above) to log on to your user account. Click on "Profile" in the top right corner, then click "Edit Profile" to complete your personal information. Be sure to include your address, cell phone number, and place a checkmark next to fields that apply to you. Click "Save" at the bottom of the page. Back on the "Profile" page, click "Add Family Member" to register your child for Sunday School. Please be sure to complete at least the first two sections (General Information & Emergency Contact Information). Click "Save" and repeat as necessary for each child. Sunday Mornings Opportunities for 6th-12th Grade We are looking into Sunday School curriculums for you too, of which, one example can be found here; be sure to check out the sample videos! You are also welcome to help in the nursery or elementary Sunday School classes. With so many opportunities to learn and grow together, we hope you are as excited for September as we are!
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Division within cities and towns
• Division within families, which are deep and wide in places like Egypt and much closer to home in Detroit.
We even have divisions in our churches. This week nine hundred and fifty-two members of our more than 4 million member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America of which we are a part, met for our Church wide Assembly in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On Wednesday afternoon history was made as the first ever, female Presiding Bishop of the ELCA was elected. The election of Elizabeth Eaton was a surprise for many who were expecting Mark Hanson to be re-elected for a third term. He had served for the past 12 years and most felt he would continue on for another 6 years. The Spirit moved in another direction. There is no doubt this election will bring about division. There will be some who think: A woman! A woman is not capable of the task. There will be some who think the choice was made only for the sake of change. It will be interesting to see the Holy Spirit at work in the days ahead. Will this be the spark that starts a more consuming and refining fire in the mission of the church? A fire that the Holy Spirit will use to mold us and shape us into something new and different? We are part of a church body far bigger than this community of faith called First English Lutheran. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the ELCA of which we are a part is 4 million members strong. As I listened to the pod casts of our new Presiding Bishop elect, Elizabeth Eaton, I felt confidence that God is truly present in this new leader of Christ’s mission. In her words, “We don’t agree on everything but we do agree on the cross of Christ.” In the days ahead we need to be flexible, we need to be open to the purifying, refining fire of the Spirit while maintaining the rich tradition we have been blessed with throughout the years. I’d like to end with prayer. I have prayed the Holy Spirit prayer at least once a week for the last 20 plus years. Some of you may know this prayer. I first learned this prayer on a Via de Cristo retreat weekend. A lay person led Christian retreat weekend whose purpose is to “stir up the fire” in people like you and me in the church to bring the message of Christ to the world. It stirred the fire of God’s love within me and set me on the path which led me here today. Will you please bow your heads and pray with me: Come Holy Spirit Fill the hearts of the faithful And kindle in us, The fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, And we shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth Oh God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, Instructs the hearts of the faithful, Grant that by that same Holy Spirit, We may be truly wise and ever rejoice in his consolations. Through Christ our Lord.Amen. Now may the peace of Christ which passes all understanding be and remain with you this day and always. Preached 8/18/13 – Rev. Christina Veres 11
RECYCLE PAPER BIN BRING YOUR PAPER!!
NO CARDBOARD OR PHONE BOOKS ARE ACCEPTED.
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.
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 September 2013 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.
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 12
groceries! In fact our latest quarterly check was in the amount of $281.98!! If you have never signed up – go to Kroger’s website krogercommunityrewards.com and follow the prompts. You will need your Kroger card.
9/1: Penelope Damore, Sydney Eger, Julia Guest, Marc Simone 9/2: Nancy Koester, Jack Schmid, David Zwicker
9/18: Keith Forbes, Ella Ford, Eric Gassenfeit, Jacqueline Michoski, Jodi Pudlo
9/3: Julie Brooks-Nyquist, Ronald Cislo, 9/19: Curt Sylvester, Connie Thomas Judy Leo, Brody Spicer, 9/20: Edward Puddock, Jr., Irene Pyle, Arnold Stenzel Joanne Swanson 9/4: Michael Mancani, Gordon Reck 9/21: Chris Ditty, Brent Gilbert, 9/6: David Mancini Beverly Jackson 9/7: Eleanor Staup 9/22: Judith Elwert, Sally Link, Donald Nicol III, Brayden Pudlo, Gordon Stewart, Sr.
9/8: David Burau, Patrick Cisco, Zachary Potter, Annie Rao, Steven Sabol
9/24: Andrew Stewart
9/9: Rachel Boutin, Nicole Stewart
9/10: Patricia Bertelsen, Colin Horbal, David Kreutzans, Patricia Palm 9/11: Ruth Dittman 9/12: Alexander Gassenfeit, Lindsey Morgan, Janet Quantz, Shawn Slaten
9/26: Paul Keppler, Charles Riffenburg 9/27: Walter Loehr, John Logan, Ernest Richardson 9/28: Mary Herbert, Mary Tampakes 9/29: Allison Cornell, Joseph Kreutzans,
9/13: Kathy Buier, Kathy Jensen 9/14: Mason Nelson, Lindsay Wiitanen 9/15: Scott Homuth, Nikandra Koenig, Kathleen Lang, Eleni Telegadas 9/16: Madison Belisle, Anna Jackson, Tiffany Kreutzans, Deborah Sloss, Scott Vallee, Donald Wolford 9/17: William Bezel, Gertrude Hubbard, Conner Stempien
Robert Swanson 9/30: Jodee Jones, Erynne Stanton
EARLY Team #4 Marc Simone Team #7 Mark Balle
LATE Team #5 Joe Warnez
Team #6 Marion McClendon
USHER Sept. 1
Team #9 (10:00a.m. one service) Charles Jackson
Team #2 Mark Berkesch
Sept. 15 Team #1 Mike Guest Team #5 Joe Warnez
Sue & Marty Bay
Sept. 22 Team #4 Marc Simone LATE
Sept. 29 EARLY
Sept. 1 Tom Kohler
Anna Jackson (one service - 10:00 a.m.)
Charles Jackson (one service only - 10 a.m.) Ken Kohler Judy Leo The Bezel family John Conn
Sept. 15 Evan Nyquist
Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29
Sept. 22 Noah Simone
Samantha Potter Katie Link Nora SMith
Kathy Lang (10:00 a.m. - one service only)
LAY READERS EARLY
Mike Garrisi Jackie Tambourine
Yvonne Winston Marti Miller
Sept. 22 Sept. 29
SEPTEMBER SERVICE SCHEDULE SEPT. 1 9:00 10:30 SEPT. 8 9:00 10:30 SEPT. 15 10:00 - ONE SERVICE SEPT. 22 on 9:30 11:00
Brandon Tambourine Jackie Tambourine
Mike Garrisi Margot Kahl
Kathy Lang (10:00 a.m. one service) Steve Lang
Margot Kahl Carol Sauter
Shirley Lamar Pam Southard
Nancy McCarthy Nicole McCarthy
Sept. 29 COFFEE HOUR
Sept. 1 Marti Miller Sept. 8 Social Action Sept. 15 Rally Day & Family Picnic Sept. 22 Faith Circle Sept. 29 Peace Circle COUNTERS Sept. 1 Team #4 Pat Milne Sept. 8 Team #3 Ruth Engle Sept. 15 Team #2 Nancy Heaphy Sept. 22 Team #5 Jeff Gates Sept. 29 Team #6 Kyle Clor FRIENDLY CALLERS Sept. 1 Margot Kahl Sept. 8 Diann Ohman Sept. 15 Roger & Sue Ulmer Sept. 22 Waynette Hostetler Sept. 29 ALTAR GUILD Anna Unit: Janis Jevons/Kim Jevons Lydia Unit: Kay Butler/Kristen LaMagno GARDENING Sept. 1 Yvonne Winston/Diane Teshta Sept. 8 Claudette Momenee/Nancy Heaphy Sept. 15 Virg Ditty/Kyle Clor Sept. 22 Claudette Momenee/Diane Moskaluk
9:00 Contemporary Worship 10:30 Traditional Worship
8 9:00 Contemporary Worship 10:30 Traditional Worship 6:00 Sound of Music Rehearsal
15 10:00 Rally Day/Back to Church Worship 11:00 Church Picnic/Rally Day 6:00 Sound of Music Rehearsal 6:30 Board of Stewardship Mtg. 6:30 Board and Council Meeting
22 9:30 Contemporary Worship 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Traditional Worship 6:00 Sound of Music Rehearsal
29 9:30 Contemporary Worship 9:30 Sunday School 11:00 Traditional Worship 6:00 Sound of Music Rehearsal
10:30 Faith Circle
3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Exercise Class 6:30 Monthly Grief Support 7:00 Bd. of Church Property 7:00 Peace Circle
9 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:30 Music Lessons 6:00 Sound of Music Rehearsal 6:30 Girl Scouts Trefoil
10:00 GPN Pizza Lunch 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Exercise Class
10:00 GPN Pizza 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Exercise Class
16 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:30 Music Lessons 6:00 Sound of Music Rehearsal
23 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:30 Music Lessons 6:00 Sound of Music Rehearsal 6:00 Grace Circle
30 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:30 Music Lessons 6:00 Sound of Music Rehearsal
11 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 11:30 Hope Circle 3:30 Music Lessons
8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:30 Music Lessons 6:00 Grief Support 6:30 Catechism Orientation
24 8:45 Preschool 9:30 Exercise Class 3:30 Music Lessons 5:15 Lord's Co. Ringers 6:00 Grief Support 6:00 Lord's Co. Singers 6:30 Catechism
6:30 Good News Singers
9:30 Bible Study 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Exercise Class 6:30 Good News Singers 8:10 Good News Ringers
9:30 Bible Study 5:30 Exercise Class 6:30 Good News Singers 8:10 Good News Ringers
9:30 Bible Study 3:30 Music Lessons 5:30 Exercise Class 6:30 Good News Singers 8:10 Good News Ringers
9:00 Church Picnic/Rally Day Set-up