GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
NOVEMBER GRACE NOTES
NOVEMBER GRACE NOTES
GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
500 SCHOOL STREET, KOHLER, WI 53044
THOMAS M. SCHROEDER, PASTOR VOLUME 72 — NO. 9
HOME PHONE: 920-458-7087
CHURCH PHONE: 920-452-6795 NOVEMBER 2014
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
We may be discouraged about the present and anxious about the future but one thing is for certain, there are countless numbers of people in this world who would love to be in your shoes!
In the large scope of world affairs, we are indeed most blessed. Sure it is not perfect, but we are blessed with our freedoms, our government structure, our local communities, our health care, and our access to others. We can get around or have others come to us in an ease that makes many people in this world envious. Even with all our concerns facing us, where else would be rather be than where we are?
Count your blessings, name them one by one.
Count your blessings, see what God hath done.
When we think of our parents or grandparents and what struggles they faced, we find that not only is our place a blessing, but we live in blessed times. I know of no one who would like to live in another time. Each generation faced uncertainty in their times; and when we look at what we have, where we are and what we can do—these times are a blessed time. We have been blessed!
This fact points in two directions as we enter into November. November is thought of as a month of harvest or taking stock of the harvest. It is a time to ascertain our assets, our fortunes, including our relationship with family and with God, and we give God thanks and praise. I know that I have much to be thankful for even in the midst of uncertainly and I give God praise.
However, there is a part of me that questions where we are at present. Though George Washington issued the first “Thanksgiving Proclamation,” it wasn’t until 1863 that the last Thursday of November was set and Congress changed it to the 4th Thursday in 1941. We have been doing this for a long time; but part of me in my cynicism asks if we should continue to have this holiday. I say that because we do not celebrate the holiday in the purpose to which it was given. I wonder how many people actually give thanks to God on this day? I wonder how many religious people give thanks to God on this day? Maybe we should just forget about this holiday because it has lost its purpose.
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Then I am drawn back to my senses and proclaim—it is not about others, it is about me. Do I give thanks? If I can answer that questions affirmatively, then the holiday has meaning. I know it does for me.
So November is a time to count our blessings and give thanks. November is also a good time for us at Grace because it is time for us to consider how blessed we are and how we can be a blessing. “Blessed to be a Blessing”–this year’s Estimate of Giving campaign– is an opportunity for all of us to make a
statement about how we are going to go forward. Grace UCC has been a blessing to the communities in which it serves. We reach out beyond our membership to touch and help those outside our walls. We have been open and accepting of all people who come into our presence and the presence of God. Our voice, our place in these communities, our place in the lives of our members is unique in the Christian expression of faith in our communities. We are unique, we are blessed, we are called by God to serve God’s world.
Count your blessings! Johnson Oatman, Jr., the author of “Count Your Blessings,” had it right!
Count Your Many Blessings and see what God hath done!
Peace and Joy, Rev. Tom Schroeder
BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING: If you have not received or misplaced you “Estimate of giving” card, you will find one in this issue of Grace Notes. Just cut it out, put it in an envelope and get it to the church before November 10th. Thank you for your support.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP IN NOVEMBER
NOVEMBER 2ND – 8 & 10 A.M. WORSHIP
Jesus makes it possible for us all to be great. Greatness is not found in what others think about you, but in what you can do for others. We all can bring the presence of God to another.
November 9th – 8 & 10 Worship
This Sunday’s lesson is appropriate for this time of the year as it is about being ready for the upcoming event. It is the parable of the bridesmaids – some were ready for the coming of the groom, and some were not. The Senior choir will sign at 10 a.m.
NOVEMBER 16TH – 8 & 10 A.M. WORSHIP
This Sunday’s lesson is about using our talents for the master. God gives each of us talents in our lives, no two people have the same talents, but we are all called to use them for the master.
The Senior Choir will enhance our service with their proclamation in music.
November 23rd –8 & 10 a.m. Worship
This is a day to celebrate Christ’s reign in our lives as Jesus came to give us life. We use this occasion to remember those called to god’s Perpetual Light and eternal life. We will have white carnations to remember
NANCY KOHLER, RUTH MAJERUS AND JOLA SCHWINN
(Family members are welcome to take a flower home after the service.)
We also encourage others who have lost loved ones to bring a white carnation and place it in the vase on the alter. The Children’s Choir will help us celebrate a life with God
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NOVEMBER 26TH – 7:30 P.M. THANKSGIVING WORSHIP
We respond to the President’s proclamation by gathering to worship and give thanks to God. We do this at 7:30 on Wednesday evening so people can celebrate Thanksgiving Day with their families.
The Senior Choir will embrace our worship with a proclamation in song.
November 30th – 8 & 10 a.m. Worship
The First Sunday of Advent
A Service of Word and Sacrament as we celebrate with the Sacrament of Holy Communion at both services.
DECEMBER 7TH – 8 & 10 A.M. WORSHIP
The Second Sunday of Advent
The Senior Choir will sing at 10 a.m.
DECEMBER 14TH – A FULL DAY FOR ALL!!!
8 & 10 A.M. WORSHIP — THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
11 a.m. Congregational Meeting for the purpose of passing a budget for 2015 and necessitates discussion about our two Sunday services. We may wish to change our Sunday format.
4:30 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner
Ham and rolls will be provided for a potluck supper immediately preceding the Christmas Walk. Participants are asked to bring either a dessert or salad. Enjoy time around the table together and take a walk afterwards—A Christmas Walk of the churches of Kohler. (Walk is optional.)
6:30 p.m. THE CHRISTMAS WALK OF KOHLER
This year we start at Bethany Lutheran and finish at St. John’s Catholic Church.
A fellowship time will follow at St. John’s.
BAD WEATHER CLOSING: This is the time of the year when the weather changes and it is prudent to inform you of how you can know if we cancel programs at Grace. CHANNEL 12, WISN, WILL POST ANY CANCELLATION NOTIES. You can also contact Grace via the phone, and our answering machine should have a cancellation message. We will also post it on our website: www.graceucckohler.org. If we have your e-mail address, we will try to send out a notice and we will post a notice on our Facebook page. This is the procedure—we just hope we never have to use it!
MISSION OPPORTUNITIES AT GRACE
Food Pantries of Sheboygan County: Our wicker basket in the foyer is placed there for people to fill with food stuffs and hygiene supplies. Every month we send the contents on to the food pantries in our area. You can pitch in by bringing items every week and leaving them behind in the basket.
November Mission of the Month—Thanksgiving Mission – “It’s in the Bag”
For most of us, having a nice thanksgiving dinner is a given. We know we’re going to have a beautiful turkey with all the trimmings; and, oh yes, the wonderful smell of pumpkin pie in the home! For some, the special meal on this day is not a guarantee. If you are one of the fortunate ones, you can help a family of 4 who is not as fortunate. There are two ways: Sign up to sponsor a bag complete with a gift card for a turkey and all trimmings for a meal Cost is $35.
Or, if you prefer to do the shopping yourself, bring a bag to church by Sunday, November 17th.
The following items are needed: $20 gift card to be redeemed for a turkey, 1 box pie crust, 1 can pumpkin filling, 1 can dried onion rings, 1 box of potatoes (need to be non-perishable), 2 containers of Bisquick biscuit mix, 1 box of Stove Top stuffing mix, 1 packet of turkey gravy mix, and 1 can of jellied cranberries.
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SUNDAY STUDY TIME—9-9:30 — NOVEMBER 9, 16, 23: On November 9, 16 and 23rd Rev. Schroeder will offer a study time from 9-9:30. He will show pictures of places he has visited and share their significance to the faith. Join us on Sundays at 9 a.mm.
STEWARDSHIP AT Grace United Church of Christ
“Blessed to be a Blessing” – The 2015 Estimate of Giving Campaign
The 90th anniversary was a wonderful event for those who gathered. At that time we shared stories of how Grace Church had an impact on people’s lives through the years. In short, we heard about how blessed we were that Grace Church was here.
Now it is time to start our journey toward the century mark so we set our sights toward the future. Now Grace Church sets its sights on God’s mission – to be a blessing. So ““Blessed to be a Blessing” is our theme and our motto.
Estimate of Giving cards were sent out to everyone; but if you lost yours or have not seen one, a card is part of this issue of Grace Notes. Please cut it out and get it to Grace by November 100th. To date we have received 46 out of the 150 cards to families. We thank you for your generous and faithful support.
As of September 30th, the General Fund was at $ –10,331. This amount is a significant but is the lowest deficit we have had at this time in the last seven years. We have paid all the quarterly payments for the year and have met our OCWM goals. With your faithful support, we should do well.
KWIK TRIP CARDS: Help Grace and get gassed up! Grace Church offers gift cards to Kwik Trip of $20 and $25. These cards are good for gas and merchandise. They are great for the youth in your families. Grace Church receives 10% back in each card sold. If you wish to order cards for gifts, please let us know so we can order extras. If you buy $2,000 worth, we will give you 5% back. This is a perfect win-win for Grace and you.
YOUTH OUTING — SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH AT 1:30
Odyssey lanes has given us a discount for Sunday,
November 16th at 1:30. Youth are invited to bring a friend
and join us at Odyssey. Please let Rev. Schroeder know if
you are coming.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE IN NOVEMBER
Ushers: 2nd – 8 a.m. Ann Ebert 10 a.m. – Deb & Larry TerMaat, Tiffany TerMaat, Cortnie Ludwigson
9th M. Wandschneider Karen, Andrew & William Groth
16th Keith Valenstein Kurt & Noah Becker, Nicole Leicht
23rd Tom Widder Scott & Ronda Hendricks, Fred Grube
Thanksgiving Eve (same as above)
30th CHURCH COUNCIL (Communion)
Acolytes: 2—Shelby Horth; 9—Molly Montgomery; 16—Paige Kalmerton;
23—Molly Montgomery; Thanksgiving Eve—Molly; 30—Paige Kalmerton
Lay Readers: 2—Pat Forkner; 9—Phylis preder; 16—Janet Carter; 23—TBA; 30—TBA
Child Care: all Sundays—TBA
Kitchen: Bev Schroder and Monica White, co-chrs.
D. Pfrang, S. Harriott, S. Grusznski, C. Kleeman, N. Dummer, M. Bogard, J. Homiston, P. Linck, P. Preder, D. Pilz, P. Forkner, L. Joa, T. Nelson, L. Termer, V. Mavis, S. Gordon, S. Montgomery, M. Horneck, K. Cole, M. Nelson, P. Mathes, R. Anderson, D. Boedeker
Flowers: 2 – Montgomerys; 9—Hopperts; 16 – Valensteins; 23—Atkins; Thanksgiving—Schroeders;
Bridgeway, Bulletins, and Grace Notes sponsor: Margaret Widder
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“Holiday Service of Remembrance” Thanksgiving and Christmas can be particularly difficult times for those who are adjusting to the death of a loved one. Wenig Funeral Homes are hosting a service to be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls on Sunday, November 9th at 2 p.m. The public is welcome. Call 467-3431 for more info.
Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home invites you to our 24th Annual Handling the Holidays Program on Wednesday, Nov. 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Blue Harbor conference Center in Sheboygan. Grief Therapist, Richard J. Obershaw will be the featured speaker. R.S.V.P. 452-7711