GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Non-Profit Organization
500 School Street U. S. Postage Paid
Kohler, WI 53044
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED PERMIT NO. 3
Mailed: April 4, 2016
APRIL GRACE NOTES
Grace United Church of Christ
500 School Street, Kohler, WI 53044
Thomas M. Schroeder, Pastor Volume 74—No. 4
Home Phone: 920-458-7087
Church Phone: 920-452-6795 April 2016
A Message from our Pastor–
CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN TODAY, ALLELUIA!
SONS OF MEN AND ANGELS SAY, ALLELUIA!
RAISE YOUR JOYS AND TRIUMPHS HIGH, ALLELUIA!
SING, YE HEAVENS, AND EARTH REPLY, ALLELUIA!
SOAR WE NOW WHERE CHRIST HAS LED, ALLELUIA!
FOLLOWING OUR EXALTED HEAD, ALLELUIA!
MADE LIKE HIM, LIKE HIM WE RISE, ALLELUIA!
OURS THE CROSS, THE GRAVE, THE SKIES, ALLELUIA!
These festive words of Charles Wesley, penned in 1739, have jubilantly opened many Easter morning services, and well they should. For these words echo the enthusiasm, the joy, and the victory of God which many folk have experiences through the ages. However, these words are not limited to the emotional joy of Easter, they also reflect the truth of the route to that joy. This poem ends with a clear route, “the Cross, the Grave, the Skies.”
Yes, there would be no Easter without the death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. There would be no victory over death and the grave for anyone without our Lord first having to experience agony and death himself. Does this seem so odd that God would make Christ endure so much for our ultimate joy? I would think not, in light of how God works in the world and in life itself.
Spring is a joyous time of the year, with its colors and new life breaking forth; but Spring would not be so joyous without the season of Winter and its snow, the appearance of death. Flowers are a delight to the eyes, but for the flower to bloom, first the seed, then the blossom must give themselves up to their ultimate fulfillment.
For all athletes, as our high school student athletes know, competing for championships, first they must endure the hard work of practice and the price of giving their time to the sport before the victory can be won. The students that earn the highest awards, “Magna Cum Laude,” or any awards know firsthand how they had to study and give themselves to hours in such service before the gift can be obtained. The mother and father who rejoice in the birth of a child must pass through the time and focus of the labor process and its experience before the celebration of joy can be complete.
So it is that time and time again life enacts the true experience of God’s joy and victory. First the cross and then the skies, the resurrection, the sheer joy of happiness that is God’s order and that is the Good News of Easter and life. It is resurrection and victory over death. It is about living again to a greater happiness. Take time this Easter season to experience the wonder of God and start to live again. This can be done through worship and praise. Join us in celebrating God’s victory over death and experience the nearness of God in your life.
God Bless, Pastor Tom
April Grace Notes — 2
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP IN APRIL
April 3rd — 8 & 10 Worship
Experience the true joy of Easter as the disciples experienced the wonder of new life
when Christ comes to them. The Sr. Choir will join us at 10.
April 10th — 8 & 10 Worship
The resurrection of Jesus gives the disciples joy, but also vision. As Jesus commands Peter “to feed my sheep,” Jesus calls all His disciples to join in the process.
April 17th—8 & 10 Worship
God touches our lives in many ways and on this Sunday we will talk about the touch of God shaping us as a good shepherd shapes the actions of their sheep. The Sr. Choir will sing at 10.
April 24th — 8 & 10 Worship
As we prepare to leave April behind, Jesus talks about leaving his disciples. Before he goes he gives one final commandment “love one another.” So we move into the world to love one another.
The Children’s Choir will sing at 10 a.m.
CONCERT AT GRACE—April 1st from 7-8:30 p.m.—We will once again host a free concert for the people of the community. Lake Affect, a local barbershop quartet will start the evening off followed by the Concordia singers of Sheboygan. The Concordia Singers are a choir of 36 voices under the leadership of Frederick Strassburger. The evening will conclude with Dan Ognavic entertaining the crowd with songs on the organ. It should be a delightful evening of music. Join us and invite your neighbors and friends. Refreshments will follow the concert.
THANK YOU FOR GRACING GRACE ON EASTER! We thank the following people for their gift of Easter lilies to help decorate the sanctuary. With their help and the work of the Daughters of Grace, we were able to transform the sanctuary into a radiant garden so that we could celebrate the resurrection of Christ from dead. Thank you.
Mary Ann Bichler
Bev Kramer, Paul & Lynn Green, We also want to thank Bev Kramer,
Marcia & Don Fenner, Pilz Family, Linda Billmann & Barb Ruppel for
Henry & Marge Horneck, decorating the sanctuary for Easter!
Rosemary & Wayne Lohse,
Dorothy Mohr, Marilyn Hansen,
Jack Lorenz in memory of Carol,
Rev. Barb Loose, in memory of
Milton and Ruth Loose, and Rev. Charles & Shirley Koch.
GRACE UCC NEEDS YOUR HELP: We are looking for two people to head up our Brat Fry to be held on June 1st this year. Please contact Rev. Schroeder if you are interested.
IN MEMORIUM: Our prayers go out to Betty Jones and her family with the loss of her husband, Bob, on March 12th. A memorial service will be held in April 29th at Grace UCC for Bob. May God bless them and welcome Bob into his heavenly realm.
April Grace Notes–3
STEWARDSHIP AT Grace United Church of Christ
Giving is good for you!
Almost every book or seminar about personal health mentions the ability of one to give beyond one’s self. There are studies that show giving decreases stress, enhances the immune system, reduces toxic stress chemicals, improves cardio vascular circulation and promotes healthier sleep.
Americans are trying to change their ways. Increase in exercise, shifts in eating habits, greater interest in yoga and meditation, and an increase in workout groups are signs people are interested in taking care of themselves but many fail to know that the call of God is to love others as you love yourself. Thus, to really help yourself—help others through giving to God and people. This will help you feel closer to God’s whole order and get you on track with a deeper
sense of meaning. These are essentials in feeling good about yourself. So give thanks to God that you can give – no greater love does one have than to give their life for another. Good stewardship starts at home and goes on to greater things.
Stewardship by the Numbers: March started with a General fund balance of $–6,378. The good news is that we hold more services in march than any other month. The challenge is that it is the end of the first quarter of the year—meaning we have quarterly bills to pay. Our income was about $10776, about normal, and our normal expenses of the month are about $11402. We have a challenge before us. The solution is our faithful support of God’s activities at Grace. May God enrich you so that you can give thanks in person.
MISSIONS AT GRACE
Thank you for your contributions to our Mission of the Month and to One Great hour of Sharing. Your help makes a difference for many. The Mission Committee also thanks all those who bring food items for local food pantries. We cleaned out some cupboards and sent the food items and school supplies to the Sheboygan Falls schools program to benefit those children who do not have enough supplies for school. They were all very grateful for your help.
Northeast Association Meeting
Bethlehem UCC, Kiel, on LaxChapel road on
April 16, 2016
The Rev. Tisha Brown will lead the meeting. She is the Associate Conference Minister for Leadership Development and Adult Faith Formation and she will describe the Shift initiative and help get churches involved. The meeting runs from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. Grace UCC is entitled to two delegates besides your pastor. If you are interested in going contact Rev. Schroeder immediately.
Wisconsin Conference Meeting
Wisconsin Conference United Church of Christ 2016 Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting June 10-12
Green Lake Conference Center.
See Rev. Schroeder if interested in attending.
April Grace Notes — 4
BRAT FRY, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1st— WE NEED YOUR HELP! WATCH FOR DETAILS ON HOW YOU CAN BE INVOVLED. (date mentioned on page 2 was an error)
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE IN APRIL
USHERS: 3—8 A.M. Rick Weeden 10—Kurt & Noah Becker, Rachel Eastway
10 Marie Boerner Karen & William Groth, Chris Widder
17 TBA Larry, Deb and Tiffany TerMaat
24 Paul Green Scott & Ronda Hendricks, Betty Musil
ACOLYTES: 3—Shelby Horth; 10—Molly Montgomery; 17—Paige Kalmerton;
24 – Colton Ziegelbauer
LAY READERS: 3—Marge Horneck; 10—Mary Risseeuw; 17—Barb Loose; 24-TBA
GRACE NOTES: Phyl Preder
BULLETINS: Larry & Deb TerMaat
FLOWERS: 3—Tom and Judy Leonhardt in celebration of their anniversary
10, 17 and 24—OPEN
KITCHEN COMMITTEE: Co-Chrs: Sherry Leonhard, Laurie Lindow
L. Lindow, T. Nelson, L. Joa, M. Hanson, J. Hanson, S. Harriott, E. Hitchcock, K. Milbrath,
C. Lichtenberg, M. Bogard, M. White, D. Ziegelbauer, L. Litt S. Schuessler, P. Mathes, J. Stefanczyk, Tina Horth, N. Dummer