GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
500 School Street
Kohler, WI 53044 U. S. Postage Paid
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Mailed: May 8, 2015
MAY GRACE NOTES
MAY GRACE NOTES
Grace United Church of Christ
500 School Street, Kohler, WI 53044
Thomas M. Schroeder, Pastor Volume 73 – No. 5
Home Phone: 920-458-7087
Church Phone: 920-452-6795 May 2015
Dear Friends in Christ –
With the new life of Spring coming forth from the ground and in the buds of the trees, we see the possibilities of wonder before us. These images of new life don’t necessarily rely on us, but they are affected by us and are available to us for our future. So it is with the new opportunities that lie ahead of us through our covenant with the larger church we call the United Church of Christ.
The Wisconsin Conference Outdoor Ministry is handled through Moon Beach in St. Germain, and Pilgrim Center on Green Lake. These camps offer programs year round to connect people to a deeper spiritual life, sometimes introducing people to faith. As the outreach and services grow in these camps do does the need to accommodate campers of all ages and abilities in all seasons of life. Thus UCCI, United Church Camps, Incorporated through the Wisconsin Conference is seeking to improve, build and grow our outdoor ministry in Wisconsin. Their needs seek to raise approximately $3 million in the next 3 years and their vision could use upwards of $8 million.
In addition to this request, Lakeland College, a school founded by the German Reformed Church, one of the branches of our United Church of Christ, seeks to create an endowed faculty position in the name of Rev. D. Reinhard Ulrich. The Reinhard Ulrich Endowed Chair position will teach philosophy, ethics, and Christian thought. They seek $1 million for this endeavor.
The Church Council of Grace UCC has proposed that we seek to review our participation in these programs and look at our local needs in dialogues through May and into June. We will then determine how we will solicit participation and commitment to address these needs.
Join us from 9-9:30 on Sundays May 10, 17, and June 7 to hear more. More information can be received at www.wcucc.org/ and click on the “Capital Campaign Video.”
Rev. Thomas M. Schroeder
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP IN MAY
May 10th – Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
With the earth coming to life, we are reminded that as plants need roots, human beings need contact—so Jesus says, “Abide in my love.”
The Children’s Choir will enhance the 10 a.m. service with their 5 favorite songs of the year.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!!!
May 17th – Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
Jesus prays for his disciples before he ascended. We make this day as our Ascension Day service recall Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven. We will celebrate this day with the Sacrament of Holy Communion at both services.
May 24th – Pentecost Sunday – Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
Celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples, we confirm our role as we are inspired to share God’s Spirit in our world. This Holiday weekend we will thank those who have served our nation. Please let us know of people you wish to make sure we honor by giving us a name, the service and the years they served and a picture if possible. Please do this by May 17th. Thank you.
May 31st – Trinity Sunday – 8 & 10 a.m. Worship
This Sunday we confirm our faith proclaiming God in three persons.
The Senior Choir will sing at 10 a.m. and we will honor our high school graduates at this service as well.
June 7th – Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
This Sunday will wrap up our school year calendar. The Senior choir will help us celebrate our union with God as they reprise some of their favorite anthems of the year.
June 14th – Summer Schedule Begins — WORSHIP AT 9:30 A.M.
MISSIONS AT Grace United Church of Christ
The Missions Committee thanks everyone for their contributions to the food pantries of Sheboygan County, as we delivered 6 bags of food items for the month.
The Missions Committee also thanks those who supported One Great Hour of Sharing and the Habitat for Humanity, Lakeside, offerings. Your contributions are at work to bring hope to the world.
MISSION OF THE MONTH FOR MAY—”Wounded Warrior Project” To honor those who served our country we wish to offer you a chance to help those wounded in their service. Your contribution will help deliver a WWP backpack to the bedside of a wounded warrior. (Veterans of Grace UCC recommended this program.)
EMMAUS MEAL COMING UP ON JULY 18TH!
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CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS: MAY 10TH – CHILDREN’S CHOIR REVIEW
The Children’s Choir will sing at 10 a.m. We need ALL HANDS ON DECK!
LAST DAY OF CLASSES – MAY 17TH AT 8:45
We invite the children to come and celebrate our year
Together. Art projects, games and snacks are lined up
for all. The people of Grace UCC thank our teachers
for their dedicated service. Teaching this year were:
Monica White, Tami TerMaat, Tracy Widder, Heidi
Becker, Amy and Rayven Kalmerton, and Sandy Rabe.
Assisting our teachers were: emma Hapeman, Allison
Boerner, Cortnie Ludwigson, and Rachel Eastway.
May 31st – HONOR OUR GRADUATING SENIORS: We honor those who graduate from area high schools on Sunday, May 31st with a breakfast for all high school and middle school youth at 9 a.m. This year we honor ANDREW GROTH (KIEL H.S.),
ZIA HARRIOTT and WILLIAM HAPEMAN (Sheboygan North), and KATHRYN LINDOW (Kohler). God bless you on your journey!
EVANGELISM AT GRACE: Evangelism is sharing the “Good News.” We have great news at Grace
and I encourage you to share it with family, friends and neighbors. This month you can invite people to join us on May 10th, Mother’s Day, and share the joy of our children’s Choir. For people you know who once had a church but now are homeless, invite them to join us for the Sacrament of Holy Communion on May 17th. It is an encouraging world of welcome to invite them to partake in the sacrament since others may now withhold it from them. You can share the Memorial Day holiday weekend by inviting people for May 24th and show them how we honor those who served. Opportunities abound for inviting family, friends and neighbors.
Have you seen new neighbors or people new to the community? Share their names or addresses with the Church Office and we can extend our hospitality and welcome. You are the only means we have of identifying your new neighbors.
CONGREGATIONAL DIALOGUE: Join us at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings, May 10, 17, and June 7 for Congregational Dialogue. We will show the Conference Church Campaign video and speak of the camps and work of Lakeland College as we listen to how we can respond to the needs of agencies close to our heart. Join us as we have much to talk about!
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CAMPS TOUCH LIVES: MOON BEACH and PILGRIM CENTER have been joyful places in my life and life of my brother. I grew up just 10 cottages from Pilgrim Center as my aunt had a cottage on Green Lake jus up the road. I attended middle school and high school camps every year and found that at one camp 4 of the 10 high school boys attending would go on into the ministry.
My brother went to Moon Beach Camp where he would stack some canoes on a trailer and paddle the rivers and lakes of northern Wisconsin for a week.
Today camps can be found for every age group, families together, and Arts and Drama, just to mention a few. Church Camps are an alternative to the single sports cams that rigidly teach people just one discipline. Church Camps teach about life with God, fellowship, environment, skills and caring for our world. See the bulletin board next to the lift to see what camps are offered this year and think about taking a week with God in one of God’s sacred places. Grace UCC offers $25 scholarships to camp and the Northeast Association offers another $40 scholarship.
STEWARDSHIP AT GRACE: BRAT FRY ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3RD!! We need your help!
Join us for the evening as we celebrate together the wonders of God’s world. We need volunteers to bring things like beverages and desserts, salads and condiments. We need willing workers to set up, to cook, to serve, and to clean up. We need you to eat up – along with your friends and neighbors. Get the word out and help us make our brat fry a success.
MORE STEWARDSHIP NEWS: As of March 31st our General Fund stood at –$15,711. That is dangerously high! The only encouragement we have is that in order to compare to past years, we always need to combine March and April. Typically, April is a normal month of experiences and with Easter apart of April’s income, we should be able to bring this deficit down somewhat. What we really need is to raise our attendance at worship. It is good that we have some of the snowbirds back, but it would really help if we could improve our faithfulness to God for ourselves and for others by inviting them to join us. Now that the weather allows you to get out, invite your neighbors to Grace and we can overcome this challenge.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE IN MAY
USHERS: May 3rd – 8 a.m. Ann Ebert 10 a.m. Tom & Anneke Teaters, Betty Musil
10th M. Wandschneider Karen Groth Family
17th Church Council Church Council
24th Keith Valenstein Chuck Pfrang Family
31st TBA Lori & Rhiannon Hockrein, D.Montgomery
LAY READERS: 3—Pat Forkner; 10—Phylis Preder; 17—Janet Carter; 24—David Rabe
ACOLYTES: 3—Shelby Horth; 10—Molly Montgomery; 17—Paige Kalmerton
KITCHEN: Lynn Green & Gloria Valenstein, co-chrs.
N. Christian, C. Meiselwitz, J. Carter, K. Milbrath, M. Priebe, B. Fischer, S. Schuessler, S. Horneck, K. Kampmann, C. Lindstrom, J. Stefanczyk, T. nelson, L. Termer, V. Mavis, S. Gordon, S. Montgomery, M. Horneck, K. Cole, M. Nelson P. Mathes, R. Anderson, D. Boedeker, B. Jones
FLOWERS: 3—Henry & Marge Horneck; 10—Open; 17—Open;
24—Susie Wandschneider in Memory of Kathie Brotz; 31—Open
Grace Notes: Larry & Deb TerMaat
Bulletins: Henry & Marge Horneck
Bridgeway: Corliss Kummer