GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Non-Profit Organization
500 School Street
Kohler, WI 53044 U.S. Postage Paid
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED PERMIT NO. 3
Mailed: August 2, 2016
JULY/AUGUST GRACE NOTES
Grace United Church of Christ
500 School Street
Kohler, WI 53044
Thomas M. Schroeder, Pastor Volume 74—No. 7
Home Phone: 920-458-7087
Church Phone: 920-452-6795 July/August 2016
FROM OUR PASTOR’S DESK
Summer Vacation: A Time for Personal and Spiritual Renewal
The signs of summer are all around us. Flowers are in full bloom. Beaches and parks are crowded. Insects are busy doing their work of pollination. Super-hero movies are attracting record crowds. Families are preparing for special trips by car, bus, train, or plane. Family reunions are taking place all over the country. Summer presents a unique opportunity for growth by providing leisure and rest. There is more time to read and to talk with people. There is more time to visit museums. There is more time to listen to music. There is more time to appreciate what God has made and what humans have made.
Ordinarily we think of spring as a time to plant seeds. However, summer can also be a time for planting “seeds” that nourish a passion for: • God and spiritual growth, • serving one another, • awakening a fuller sense wonder.
None of these passions happen overnight. They require a long-range perspective of God, his creation, and our human role in the world.
Activities that Nourish a Passion for God and Spiritual Growth Prayer, spiritual reading, and quiet time provide opportunities to grow closer to God. Making a resolution to spend 10 extra minutes in daily prayer can make a significant difference. Reading the Scriptures and biographies and autobiographies of saints provides inspiration to live a holier life.
Reading classic spiritual books and writings can be a profound learning experience. Keeping a spiritual journal is a way to keep track of one’s spiritual progress. Here are some elements you might want to include in your spiritual journal: • things you sense around you (observations) • places you’ve visited and what you draw from them • insights you’ve had along the way • prayers you’ve prayed • special things that others have written or said • ways you’ve surprised yourself.
It is fitting and proper to conclude this section by emphasizing the most crucial activity of all: Make sure to plan moments of silence and quiet each day. This special gift allows freedom to listen to God and to use our choices as a vehicle of grace.
Activities that Nourish a Passion for Serving One Another A recent article in “America” magazine offered advice for college grads. The advice really applies to all people—young and old. One piece of advice recalled the words of the best commencement speech in the writer’s experience. The speech was all of 16 words; “No exercise is better for the human heart than reaching down to lift up another person.” These 16 words are designed to nourish a lifetime commitment to serving others.
At Baptism we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help and guide us to be open to God’s grace. Confirmation and Holy Communion continue to fill us with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit so that we can live as closer followers of Jesus. The silent moments of each day allow us to get in touch with the Gifts of the Spirit. These are: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Courage, Reverence, and Wonder.
Activities that Nourish a Sense of Wonder A sense of wonder allows us to see the world with new eyes. A starry sky viewed from a place away from city lights can lead to a sense of the immensity of God’s universe and man’s place in it. Watching a bird or butterfly from some distance can lead to understanding that each creature reflects something about God. Outdoor summer concerts and sidewalk art sales reflect the gifts that God has given to humans. When we really see not just look, when we really listen not just hear, God comes into our lives.
Take time this summer to renew your strength, especially your strength in faith. This August, our services will be shaped to help you experience the awe and wonder of God’s ways.
See you in Church.
Peace, Rev. Tom Schroeder
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7TH AT 9:30 A.M.
We will be looking at the gifts of faith and its willingness to lead a life toward God.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH AT 9:30 A.M.
We will look at the practices of faith and its power to renew the activities of the people of God.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21st AT 9:30 A.M.
We will look at the work of the Sabbath, building a foundation that cannot be shaken.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28TH AT 9:30 A.M.
We will look at the issue of hospitality. As we were welcomed into the presence of God, so shall we welcome those God places in our midst.
SEPTEMBER 4th — WORSHIP AT :30 9 A.M.
SEPTEMBER 11TH — RALLY DAY
8 a.m. Worship
8:45 a.m. Church School
10 a.m. Worship
JULY/AUGUST GRACE NOTES– 3
Mission of the Month: Helping Kids School Supply Drive
“HELPING KIDS” is the work of the Sheboygan Falls School District to insure that no child shall be sent to school without the proper supplies, nutrition, and clothing.
Helping Kids would love your help with collecting school supplies for kids whose families cannot afford to purchase school supplies. Below is a list of items needed. Thank you for your support.
School Supplies Needed
Backpacks Colored Pencils
2 pocket folders Highlighters
Plastic 2 pocket folders 12” ruler
Glue sticks Basic Calculator
24 ct. box crayons Washable water color paints
Plastic supply box Post it notes – 3×3
#2 pencils 8 oz. Elmer’s glue
Pencil pouches (older kids) Scotch Tape
Pink erasers Pens (black, Blue, & Red)
Scissors Pencil sharpener w/cover
Kleenex Wide rule lose leaf paper
Ziploc bags (qt., gal., & snack) 3 subject notebooks
7 pocket plastic Accordion Folders 3 ring 1” binders
1 subject (wide ruled) spiral notebook
Expo dry erase markers – Black
Crayola washable markers (classic colors)
Gym Shoes (Gift card for Payless Shoes)
Vinyl Resting Mat (for Kindergarten)
Sm. Activity Books for indoor recess – 2nd grade
God bless you as support the Missions at Grace!
STEWARDSHIP BY THE NUMBERS
The attendance is seeing a little less each service than last year and our offerings seem to be showing this decline. Through June, the deficit from expenses to income is at –$14,882. The expenses to date are at 53% of our projected expenses for the year. This reflects a later arrival of summer and our willingness to complete our OCWM contribution in the first 10 months of the year.
The income shows the rental, plate offering (visitors) and interest are at or nearly at 50%. The area we have fallen behind is in member giving at only 41%, or a month behind. The bad news is that this is a large deficit to cover and we will need your help. The good news is that we have often been one month behind in this comparison. The picture looks bright because we have a track record of faithful participation and support. We are counting on you.
For your information, financial statements for the first 6 months are available for you to pick up in the church foyer. We will mail them out about August 15th. You can help us lower expenses by picking yours up in the coming weeks. Thank you for your support.
Dates to remember:
Stewardship Committee meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 7
Church Council meeting Sunday, August 21 at 10:30
Missions Committee meeting Monday, Aug. 22 at 7
Evangelism committee meeting Tuesday, Aug 23 at 7.
A NOTE FROM PAUL GREEN: A big thank you to everyone involved in this year’s Brat Fry.
1) The Lord blessed us with a nice day and a little precipitation
around 6 p.m.
2) We had a good turnout with good revenue.
3) The congregational support was very good. Lots of strong backs, excellent chefs and servers, lots of great desserts and salads, baked beans (um), along with great attendance and a hard-working group that stayed for cleanup. What a help! Everyone’s participation was sincerely appreciated!
IN CONCERT—Father & Son summer tour: PAULTODD & PAULTODD
St. Peter’s UCC, Fremont Street, Kiel on Aug. 16th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $25 when purchased at door. Call 920-894-2404 (flyer on bulletin board).
CHURCH SCHOOL IS GETTING READY!
We are getting ready for our classes. The material has arrived and we are asking for help on August 28th at 10:30 a.m. for a cleanup up day of the classroom settings. Come and join us as we spruce up the place and get rid of the old to make room for the new. We can’t do this for the children without your help!
BIRTHDAYS FOR AUGUST
AUGUST 1 – Cole anniv., Schoneman anniv., Bryan Teaters, Joyce Atkins
3 – Dan Montgomery
8 – Amanda Fenner
9 –Michelle Nelson,
10 – Rev. Barb Loose
13—Casey TerMaat, Chris Atkins
15—Ryan Stefanczyk, Kampmann anniv.
14 Don Fenner
17– Zia Harriott
18 – Kalmerton anniv.
19 – Lisa Scheppmann
20 – Lois Meyer
21 – Will Hapeman
22 – Cole Kamlmerton
23 – Tom Leonhardt
25 – Ziegelbauer anniv.
26 – Shari Jensen
28 – Larry TerMaat, Lindstrom annivg.
29 – Boerner anniv, Karen Groth, Ruth Anderson,
Larry & Deb TerMaat anniv.
30 – Max Becker
31 – Atkins anniv., Valerie Schuessler, Ben Waterman,
Grace Notes: Richard & Carol Schoneman
Flowers: 7—open; 14—Don & Marcia Fenner; 21—open; 28—Larry & Deb TerMaat in celebration of their 46th anniv.
Ushers: 7—Kurt & Noah Becker, Rachel Eastway; 14—Karen & William Groth, Chris Widder; 21—Larry & Deb TerMaat, Tiffany TerMaat; 28—Scott & Ronda Hendricks, Betty Musil
Lay Readers: 7—Marge Horneck; 14—Mary Risseeuw; 21—Barb Loose; 28–open
Kitchen: Sherry Lindow and Laurie Lindow, co-chrs.