GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Non-Profit Organization
JULY GRACE NOTES
GRACE UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
500 SCHOOL STREET, KOHLER, WI 53044
THOMAS M. SCHROEDER, PASTOR VOLUME 73—NO. 7
HOME PHONE: 920-458-7087
CHURCH PHONE: 920-452-6795 JULY 2015
FROM OUR PASTOR
Dear Friends in Christ,
Dr. Charles Garfield wrote a little story about a toll booth. It goes: “Late one morning in 1984, I headed for lunch in San Francisco. I drove toward one of the toll booths. I heard loud music. It sounded like a party, or a rock concert. I looked around. There were no other cars with their windows open. No trucks or motorcycles. I looked at the toll booth. Inside it, the man was dancing.
‘What are you doing?’ I asked. ‘I’m having a party,’ he said. I had a dozen other questions for him, but someone in a big hurry to get somewhere started punching their horn. I drove off. But I made up my mind to find this guy again. There was something in his eye that says there is magic with him.”
The magic in the person’s attitude, the God given gift that let’s one sing, let’s one see the beauty, or at least let’s one see hope, in every situation. Your attitude is the one basic ingredient in your life that you can control. Genetics, environment, other people and, too often your own schedule, are to some degree “out of your control,” though influenced by you. Your attitude, however, is totally under your control, if you desire to do so.
Viletor Frankl, a holocaust survivor and author of Man’s Search for Meaning, wrote “Everything can be taken from a person but one thing is the last of human freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”
In this regard, God has given each one of us the building blocks to develop an attitude of hope and determination. God has assured us of God’s loving presence through the gift of the Holy Spirit. God has shown us love by giving the ultimate sacrifice through the gift of Jesus Christ, and God has given us the tools we need to live a full life with the goodness of creation. It is up to us to see these gifts and accept them as gifts given to us by God. With the acceptance of these gifts, we come to realize we have been blessed and we have much to be thankful for. In our willingness to give thanks to God, we see God’s activity in our world and thus see hope. In our willingness to give thanks, we develop open and grateful hearts; in our willingness to give thanks we come to see the majesty and awe of God. This leads us to worship. It all centers on our attitude. It is our choice to dance our way through life.
Abraham Lincoln said, “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” There is a Swedish song that has the phrase “those who wish to sing always find a song.” The Bible states: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. By his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3).
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Be mindful and choose to live the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would want them to do to you.” Live in the wonder of God’s love and have a great summer. Remember we are here always for you—that is the choice we make for you! God Bless, Rev. Thomas Schroeder
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP IN JULY
JULY 5TH – WORSHIP AT 9:30 A.M.
Outdoor worship–- Weather permitting
If it is dry and above 65 degrees, we will worship outside on the east lawn. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Dan Ognavic will provide the music and Rev. Schroeder will bring the message.
JULY 12TH – WORSHIP AT 9:30 A.M.
The story of the beheading of John the Baptist and the story of David bringing the Ark of the Covenant into the city, reminds us of choices we make in regard to bringing God into our lives. Special music of the day brings Beck Charbonneau to our worship.
JULY 19TH — WORSHIP AT 9:30 A.M.
The story we look at, continuing the reading from Mark 6, is to hear of God’s choosing us through Jesus.
JULY 26TH – WORSHIP AT 9:30 A.M.
Feeding the hungry, walking on water—is there no thing Jesus can not do? Join us to discover the joy of worship through the sounds of the BIG CEDAR BLUEGRASS BAND!
(And on August 30th COMMON THREADS will enhance the sounds of our worship.)
PRAYER PARTNERS – PRAYER CIRCLE: About every month our Prayer Circle gets together to review our ministry through Grace Church. On Thursday, July 16th at 10 a.m. all are welcomed to join us in this ministry. In between meetings, prayer lists are sent out weekly and the prayer partners lift up our needs while at home.
PROPERTY – WATCH THE GROUNDS: Marge Horneck has been in contact with landscapers and is spearheading the process to update our external looks. Watch for future offerings where you can get involved. Thank you, Margy!
MISSION AT GRACE
The Mission of the Month is the Salvation Army Emmaus Meal
On July 18th Grace Church will serve the Emmaus meal, a hot lunch program, at the Sheboygan Salvation Army. We need people to help set up (9—10 a.m.), to cook and serve (10 a.m.—1 p.m.)
and to clean up (Noon – 2 p.m.).
We also need contributions of cookies and potato chips. Please help us if you can.
FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION: Every week we have wicker baskets in the front hall to receive your donations and contributions to the food pantries of Sheboygan County. Bring non-perishable items and help feed you neighbors in need.
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STEWARDSHIP AT GRACE
Some look at the church as a place. To some it is a place of worship, or a place of compassion, or a place for weddings and funerals. Some people look at the church as a warehouse of supplies in times of need, to feed the hungry, visit the sick and comfort those who grieve. Some people see the church as simply worship. But no matter how you see the church, what we need to know is that the church is more than a place or a congregation, it is God’s place. It is God’s place that relies on us to keep it going and giving those services to all in need. In that regard the church is like a lighthouse – protecting, guiding, saving, and bring ight to a dark world. To keep the lighthouse operational daily checkups and normal maintenance are required. So it is with the church and its members. We need to keep up with the maintenance of our relationship with God and the maintenance of the building so that it can be a beacon of hope in our world. Enjoy the summer, but remember to help maintain the church!
STEWARDSHIP BY THE NUMBERS: May was great as we cut our deficit by almost a third. The General Fund as of May 30th, was at a deficit of $–8,280. Unfortunately, June is a month filled with quarterly payments so our future will be a challenge to continue to overcome our deficit. Please remember the church this summer!
EVANGELISM AT GRACE: May through August finds a lot of homes sold and people moving in and out. If you notice a new family in your neighborhood, invite them to join you as you come to church. If this is too uncomfortable for you, inform the church office of new people in your neighborhood and the office will send out an invitation. Truth be told—only through invitations, are people going to come and visit us. Get the word out there; invite your new neighbors!
New Associate Conference Ministers
BUS TRIPS TO UCCI CAMPS
Bus Trip to Pilgrim Center—August 29, 2015
8 a.m. pick-up at Ebenezer UCC in Sheboygan. We will arrive at Pilgrim Center by 9:30 a.m. Our time spent at Pilgrim Center will include Ley Chapel, a tour of buildings and grounds; explanation of needs and visions; a meal. We will depart at 2:30 p.m. Cost: $30
Bus Trip to Moon Beach—September 11-12, 2015
There will be a 4:30 p.m. pick-up on September 11 at Ebenezer UCC in Sheboygan and arrive at Moon Beach by 10 p.m. Our time on Saturday at Moon Beach will include breakfast; a tour of the campground; explanation of needs and visions; and lunch at Noon. The bus will depart at 1 p.m.
Bus Trip to Moon Beach/Pilgrim Center
(check one/or both) ___ August 29; __ September 11-12
Pick-up Location (check one)
___ Ebenezer UCC Sheboygan ___ 310 Park and Ride ___ Union UCC Green Bay
Address: __________________________________________________Phone Number: ______________
Food Restrictions: ___________________________________________________________
Enclose check for $30 or $35/person, payable to Grace Congregational UCC, 2801 Garfield Street, Two Rivers, WI 54241
Deadline TO SIGN UP: August 7.
Moon Beach: Describe any Lodging Needs (i.e. close to lodge, roommate preferences, etc.) _____________________________________________________________________________________
Birthdays and Anniversaries in July
1—Glenn & Cathy Valenstein anniv
2 – Eleanor Mehring, Drew Bogard, LaVerne Gier, Margie Price
4—Pfrang anniv., Isla Grusznski
6 – Tom Schroeder;
7—Curt Scheppmann, Marie Boerner, Jon Tesmer Calvin Stefanczyk
9—Marge Weeden, mcNitt anniv.
11- David Grusznski, Jack Bolling David Rabe, Tami &
12- William Groth Scott TerMaat anniv.
13- Eric Groth
14- Rebecca Payne Richard Schoneman
15- Price anniv., Sherry Leonhard
24—Lichtenberg anniv. Kim Pizer
28—Joa anniv., Lindstrom anniv.;
Opportunities for Service in July
JULY GRACE NOTES AND BULLETINS: Cam and Lynn Litt
BRIDGEWAY – OPEN
FLOWERS: 5—Rev. Barb Loose; 12—LaVerne Gier in memory of Dick; 19—Elain Hitchcock
KITCHEN: Laurie Joa and Marilyn & Jenny Hanson
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. Mayer, M. Price, L. Litt, I. Trotter, B. Schroeder
USHERS: 5—Tom & Anneke Teaters, Betty Musil;
12—Karen Groth Family
19—Chuck Pfrang Family
27—CHURCH COUNCIL (Communion)
LAY READERS: 5—Pat Forkner; 12 –Phylis Preder; 19—Janet Carter; 27—David Rabe