GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Non-Profit Organization
500 School Street
Kohler, WI 53044 U.S. Postage Paid
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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
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP IN SEPTEMBER
RALLY DAY– September 11 – Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
This day starts our school year schedule and return to two services on Sunday.
On this day we hand out Bibles to those entering third grade, welcome the choir back for our 10 a.m. service.
September 18 – Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
As we take shape of our future, we are mindful of the call to be faithful. The question of faithfulness is the true question of trust and reliability. Let us strive to be faithful.
September 25 – Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
On this Sunday we hear the story of Lazarus and the rich man. The conclusion hinges on the question “Will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead?” Will we?
The WINDS OF WORSHIP will join us at 10:00
October 2 – Worship at 8 & 10 – SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION
WINDS OF WORSHIP – Sept. 25 at 10:00
The Winds of Worship is a flute ensemble with over 15 people playing flutes, from piccolo to alto. With the variety of sounds, comes a variety of music. They will make the morning service a blessing to those who attend. Join us on this festive day.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 — RALLY DAY
8:45 Church School
Join us in the Sanctuary as we start our Church School program and introduce our children to the program and their teachers.
We will hold 2 classes with age 4 – Grade 2 on one level and Grades 3 – 8 in another.
We are always looking for teachers to rotate in the schedule and high school youth to assist.
Call Rev. Schroeder (452-6795) if you wish to help.
STEWARDSHIP AT GRACE – KWIK TRIP SCRIPT: Grace UCC has now entered the script world. We off $20 gift cards for merchandise at Kwik Trip including gas and groceries. You can use these cards like cash for your purchases. Grace offers these cards at face value and receives a 10% donation on their use. Help Grace out and purchase our Kwik Trip cards. Thank you.
STEWARDSHIP BY THE NUMBERS
This year our summer attendance declined by about 30 people from last yea. We look forward to catching up with the attendance in the near future as people faithfully come and worship.
The General budget sits at $–13,165 as of July 31. We have anticipated some of this deficit, but we need to catch up on about $11,000 of the deficit. We can do it and have done it in the past, but we need your help. Remember Grace, but more than that remember God and give thanks!
To my friends at Grace Church,
Thank you for your support and condolences during these past few weeks after the
passing of my mother, Betty Luedeke. The lovely plant that the church sent was
comforting to see at the funeral. My mother was a wonderful woman and will be
greatly missed by her family and friends.
Bev Schroeder and the Family of Betty Luedeke
MISSIONS AT Grace United Church of Christ
Through September 4th, we are collecting food and school supplies for area schools. Many families have problems affording school supplies and new clothing for their children. We offer the supplies so they can afford the clothes. Contributions to our Mission of the Month will go to help the children of the Sheboygan Falls School District. Thank you for your support.
SEPTEMBER 11 – OCTOBER our Mission of the Month will be our Emmaus Meal served at the Salvation Army on Saturday, October 8. We will need your offering to cover the cost of the entrée and sides. We anticipate that we will serve about 150 people. We need your help if we wish to serve them homemade cookies or brownies. Sign up on the bulletin board in the foyer so that we can help God and feed the hungry.
26th ANNUAL COATS FOR KIDS Community Service Campaign
Area residents are asked to donate new or gently used coats. We accept coats of ALL SIZES for people of ALL AGES. THE NEED IS GREATEST FOR CHILDREN’S COATS. See flyer on bulletin board for drop of location and times at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home in Sheboygan. To receive a coat
see location and times which are also on the flyer.
GRACEFUL YOGA: Thursday, September 29 at 6 pm
We have a return event with yoga, starting Thursday, September 29 with a new time, 6:00. Joy us for this gentle, yet invigorating way to release the tensions of the day, while putting your body through a variety of poses. We invite allpeople to join us, beginners and those who have done it before. Bring a mat and plan to lay on the floor for a while.
FLOWERS: We still have some vacancies for people to sign up and sponsor flowers for our services. The flowers are in red plastic cups that can be removed from the vase and taken home. (I you have accidently taken a gold metal vase insert home, please return it.) Thanks.
Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Sing in a Choir
1. You make so many new friends
2. It’s one of the best feelings
3. Singing is a great way to relax
4. Choirs are a great place to network
5. You get to go on tour sometimes
6. You might get lucky
7. It’s good for your health
8. The stories from the veterans
9. Your friends and family will love watching you perform
10. Making music is privilege
Give it a go!
Choir rehearsalare on Wednesday evenings at 7:30. Everyone’s welcome!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE IN SEPTEMBER
Kitchen: Sherry Lindow and Laurie Lindow, co-chrs.