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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Mailed: October 30, 2015
NOVEMBER GRACE NOTES
NOVEMBER GRACE NOTES
Grace United Church of Christ
500 School Street
Kohler, WI 53044
THOMAS M. SCHROEDER, PASTOR VOLUME 73 –NO. 10
HOME PHONE: 920-458-7087
CHURCH PHONE: 920-452-6795 NOVEMBER 2015
Dear Members of Grace Church:
We are approaching the time of year when we give thanks for the blessings in our lives– our families, friends, health and the basic reality of roofs over our heads and food on our tables that we so often take for granted. We are grateful for the gifts God has given us as individuals and as a church community. We are blessed at Grace to have so many talented and dedicated staff and members who strive to proclaim God’s word in our community and our world.
As we approach the last months of the year we find that our General Fund is almost $21,000 behind our budgeted expenses. It is not uncommon for us to have a deficit at this time of year, but this sum is the largest we have seen in a number of years. The estimates of giving are utilized every year to determine our budget, but receipts are not meeting our expenses. Because of this deficit, Church Council felt it was necessary to make the congregation aware of our financial status.
Rev. Schroder, and the Church Council know that we have your support. We have faced this in the past and shouldered the burden together. Because of your faithfulness and commitment to Grace Church, we are confident that this year’s goals will be met.
If you have any questions regarding the status of your estimate of giving or the needs of Grace Church for this year, please do not hesitate to contact Rev. Schroeder at 452-6795 or me at 550-2215.
Yours in Christ,
President, Church Council
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MISSION AT Grace United Church of Christ
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, of 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 are not as fortunate. There are two ways:
1.) Sign up to sponsor a bag complete with a gift card for a turkey and all trimmings for a meal.
Cost is $35.
2.) Or, if you prefer to do the shopping yourself, bring a bag to church by Sunday, Nov. 15th. The following items are needed: $20 gift card to be redeemed for a turkey, 1 box pie crust mix, 1 can pumpkin filling, 1 can dried onion rings, 1 can green beans, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, 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.
FELLOWSHIP LUNCHEON ON DECEMBER 13TH
FROM 11-2 P.M: Join us on December 13th for lunch.
The Evangelism Committee is putting together a soup luncheon
followed by a craft event where families and individuals will be
able to make decorations for the home or for mission outreach.
Stay tuned for details, but put this date on your calendar.
Look to invite your friends!
CHURCH SCHOOL NEWS
TEACHERS MEETING ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND AT 7 P.M.
CHILDREN’S CHOIR SINGING NOVEMBER 29TH AT 10 A.M.
MISSION OFFERING – TANZANIA
The children of the Church School are assisting the ministry of Pastor Hartmut Barsnick in Tanzania. Since 2009, Pastor Barsnick, a friend of Pastor Schroeder’s, has been spending half of the year in Tanzania working with villages to develop educational opportunities for all. Since 2009, he has opened schools in all the villages, a secondary school for the villages, and recently sent their first student to the university. Through his ministry he has brought modern medicine to an area that still believes in witchcraft. He has brought openness to an area that fears the stranger. He has brought clean water to several communities and a word of hope to all. Our children’s offerings can easily provide education for the children of Tanzania. ($10/yr. for elementary school–$25/year for colleges)
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Recently the Property Committee found a proposal for the parsonage to replace the window in the upstairs bathroom. The project, accepted and authorized at January’s congregational meeting should be completed by the end of November with a great savings.
The landscaping project in just about completed with new plantings, mulching, and pruning. Under the guidance of Marge Horneck, we once again have a beautiful exterior that should bring color and joy to all who see Grace UCC. Last month we thanked the donors for their contributions to the project. We accidently forgot to mention DOROTHY MOHR as a donor. Thank you to all!
STEWARDSHIP AT GRACE
Mary Risseeuw’s letter states our current General Fund balance and challenge as well. We thank all who step forward and support Grace. To keep you informed, financial statements through ¾ of the year are available and can be picked up at Grace. They may be found in the back classroom.
“TRUST THE PROMISE” — 2016 Estimate of Giving Campaign
We are off and running with the routes of our Estimate of Giving Campaign – “Trust the Promise” So far we have heard from 32 families for an estimate of $46,731. We still have 99 Estimate of Giving cards still out. We have 10 routes running and hope to have the packets back in by November 8th. Thank you for your support.
KWIK TRIP CARDS
Kwik Trip cards are a wonderful gift for the holidays. They are a way to say “Thank You” and a way for children to keep gas in the car. If you wish to purchase gift cards for the holidays, let us know by Nov. 15th so that we can get the right amount of cards to hand out. Thank you for supporting Grace.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP IN NOVEMBER
November 1st – Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
The worship this day deals with the text of “what is the greatest commandment?” This text shapes the way the whole month, and every month, should take shape. Come and orient your living to the way of God.
November 8th — Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
The month of November deals with our “Thanksgiving.” It is appropriate that the text for this day deals with the gift of the widow. We will celebrate Veterans Day on this Sunday, showing our power point of those who have served.
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November 15th — Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
As the Christian year ends, it is appropriate to look toward the future.
As we live, we should always look and act toward the future.
The Senior Choir will sing at 10.
November 22nd – Worship at 8 & 10 a.m.
This is the final Sunday of the Christian year. We pause to look back, especially at those we lost,
and then look forward to the future. A white carnation will be on the altar to remember Carol Lorenz who passed away this past year. Members and friends are invited to bring a white carnation and place it on the altar to remember other loved ones.
The Senior Choir will sing at 10 a.m.
November 25th — Thanksgiving Service at 7:30 p.m.
Our annual Thanksgiving service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25th.
This is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday – maybe the only way. This day is set aside for all people to say thank you, and what better way to say thank you than at worship.
The Senior Choir will join us to celebrate this holiday.
November 29th — Worship at 8 & 10 a.m. with Holy Communion
This is the first Sunday of Advent and we will celebrate with the Sacrament of Holy Communion at both services. The Children’s Choir will sing at 10 a.m.
STRAW POLL QUESTION: The Church Council is trying to figure out if we need more than a 6:30 p.m. service on Christmas Eve. For years we have had a second service at 11 p.m.; but recently the 6:30 service has become very popular and the need for the second service has come up. Do we need a second service? If so, what would be an appropriate time (9, 10, 11?). Let Council members know before Nov. 15th, or call the church office and leave a short message with your thoughts (452-6795).
IN MEMORIUM: Our prayers go out to the family of CAROL LORENZ who entered the light of God’s perpetual presence on September 30th. We also extend our prayers to the family of DONALD BRAATZ, the husband of our choir director, Audrey, who passed away on October 23rd.
May God bless these families and continue to watch over them.
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 “Holiday Service of Remembrance” to be held at Blessed Trinity Parish in Sheboygan Falls on Sunday afternoon, November 15th at 4 p.m.
The public is welcome. Call 467-3431 for more information.
HANDLING THE HOLIDAYS PROGRAM sponsored by the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home invites you to their 25th annual program featuring speaker Richard J. Obershaw, a nationally recognized Grief Therapist. BLUE HARBOR CONFERENCE CENTER, WED. NOV. 11TH AT 6:30 P.M.
R.S.V.P. 452-7711 See bulletin board in the foyer for further information
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THANK YOU — A WORD FROM PASTOR SCHROEDER
I would like to thank all of you for the surprise reception held on October 25th. It was truly a surprise and received with heartfelt appreciation. I still do not know who to thank for organizing the event, but I do know who to thank for the sincerity of the event. I thank all of you!!! The faces of those who could attend and the well wishes of others was a beautiful sight and a blessing received.
I am truly thankful that I serve Grace Church and the people who look to Grace as their spiritual home. With 36 years in the ministry, 26 of them at Grace, I have been blessed to do my best to proclaim God’s presence. One of the best illustrations of God’s presence has been the openness and friendship of the people of Grace. You have walked with me on this journey and have made it a beautiful journey to behold. I look forward to continuing to serve you
God bless and thank you! Tom Schroeder
OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE IN NOVEMBER
USHERS: 1ST — 8 A.M. Ann Ebert 10 a.m.–Scott & Ronda Hendricks, Fred Grube
8th — M. Wandschneider Tom & Anneke Teaters, Betty Musil
15th — Keith Valenstein Karen Groth Family
22nd — Tom Widder Chuck Pfrang Family
25th THANKSGIVING EVE 7:30 Chuck Pfrang Family
29th 8 & 10 a.m. CHURCH COUNCIL MEMBERS (communion)
CHILD CARE: TBA
LAY READERS: 1—Pat Forkner; 8 – Phylis Preder; 15 – Janet Carter; 22– David Rabe
Kitchen: Laurie Joa and Marilyn and Jenny Hanson, chrs.
G. Inmann, C. Garnett, J. Matson, M. Boerner, A. Ebert, L. Billmann, D. Horneck, L. Lindow, S. Jaberg, J. Kummer, S. Rabe, B. Protzmann, L. Rolloff, A. Weber, J. Leonhardt, M. Fenner, N. Limberg, L. Meyuer, M. Price, L. Litt, I. Trotter, B. Schroeder
GRACE NOTES, BULLETINS, AND BRIDGEWAY SPONSOR: Margaret Widder
FLOWERS: 1—Scott & Ronda Hendricks; 8—OPEN; 15—Paul & Lynn Green; 22—OPEN;
25 – Thanksgiving Eve – Tom & Bev Schroeder; 29–OPEN