D ov e Ta l e N e w s l e t t e r JUNE 2014
A message from Pastor Josh Reese “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT)
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
Is your Bible worn out? Does it look like you’ve been reading it? Are there special passages marked or personal notes here and there? I suppose more important than the outward appearance of the cover and the crinkle of its pages is the place it takes in your heart. Do you depend on it? More than ever I believe in the Word of God. Week in and week out it is the source of confidence I have as I step to the pulpit. It is the living document I go to again and again to hear God speak. God’s glory shines most clearly in our worship services when they are drenched thematically in scripture. Below is a personal prayer that I have recently begun to pray in preparation for each week as we gather for corporate worship. Elements of this prayer have been borrowed from Alistair Begg’s short book, Preaching for God’s Glory. If you have had a tough time connecting with scripture or if you simply desire for God’s word to take a more meaningful place in your heart, I would encourage you to make this prayer your own and join me in submitting to God’s ways. Heavenly Father, we bow our hearts under the majestic authority of your written word. May we know your truth and be humbled by your presence. May we hear not what we want but what you’ve chosen. Speak to our souls. Take away our confusion. Fill us with your clarity. May we know the strength and authority of heaven. Our focus now is on you and your glory. May we expect the unexpected as we listen for you. In Jesus name, Amen. Because He lives, Pastor Josh Reese
Building a community that loves Christ, to reach a community for Christ. 6065 Hwy 70 • St Germain,WI 54558 • 715-479-2173 • [email protected]
Joshua Reese, Senior Pastor • [email protected]
Daniel Shields, Associate Pastor • [email protected]
June 25, 2014
A St. Germain church member and dear servant of Christ in our midst is in urgent need of a kidney transplant. If you are willing to consider being a kidney donor, please contact Pastor Josh for information at 715-479-2173.
SATURDAY 6:00 pm Worship Nursery & Children’s Church available
SUNDAY 8:30am Worship NO Nursery or Children’s Church avail
10:30am Worship Nursery & Children’s Church available
A big thank you to all those that showed up for Spring Cleaning day. We managed to do a thorough cleaning of the first floor and the outside. Unfortunately we ran out of energy before getting to the basement. Also thanks to those that provided the lunch for the crew.
SUMMER PARKING As most of you know our parking lot can fill up on certain services. Pier of d’Nort has agreed to let us use their parking lot on Sundays for overflow. It would help if a few of the “regulars” would park there to save more space for our summer visitors.
Saturday, June 14th 7:00am *Every 2nd Saturday of the month Sign up at the Welcome Center.
DID YOU KNOW? If you have to miss a worship service because of illness or vacation, you can receive Sunday sermons digitally! Download sermons from our church website (www.stgefc.com). Click on the “Resources” link and you’ll see “Sermon Archive.” You may also request a CD of the sermon! Please contact Dan Shields for more information or to order a CD. ([email protected]
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JULY 21—25, 2014 9:00am—12:00pm Pre-K to those entering 5th grade To register stop by the Welcome Center or register online at www.answersvbs.com/vbs/stgefc
By Mary Kahl Carol Balasingham is planning on coming to St. Germain at the end of August (God willing). She has invited the ladies of St. Germain to join her in her ministry to women in Indonesia. She and her husband Bala are helping to support national missionaries within Indonesia who are living out their faith in sometimes hostile environments. She is inviting us to connect with some of the women there, to pray for them and be an encouragement to them. We are going to have different opportunities to participate. Some will be called to GO. Most will be called to PRAY for these women. Some may be called to GIVE so that these women can gather together in a retreat to encourage one another. Whatever we are called to do, we SERVE our Lord Jesus. Watch for details as we get closer to August, then come and find out about the partnership with our sisters half way around the world. Please be praying for how God wants us at St. Germain, and you as an individual, to participate.
WOMEN’S STUDY AT THE ROCK A summer women’s study begins Monday evening, June 2nd at 7:00pm at The Rock in Eagle River and meets week ly. The study is a DVD study by Beth Moore on Revelations. All women are welcome! Please join them! Any questions can be directed to Pam Zaugg at 715-479-3388.
June BIRTHDAYS 2—Phil Frasier 5—Anna Reese 6—Wes Westenberg 6—Leo Ramirez 7—Kim Simonis 9—Brandon Hunt 11—Jocie Monge 12—Jacqui Monge 13—Grant Brown 14—B.J. Opichka 14—Michael Iselin 14—Aaron Hewitt 16—Pavel Hrdlicka 16—Bob Owens 16—Bill Bonack 17—Janice Gruber
17—Luke Mailette 17—Charlene Wichmann 20—Shalea Nellis 21—Scott Lynum 21—Hayley Bolanowski 21—Isabella Bolanowski 22—Cindi Tosch 23—Micah Quiroz 23—Lori Huelskamp 24—Joan Kazda 24—Judy Kuiper 24—Dave Zillmer 25—Tom Ebert, Jr. 29—Trent Kamentz 29—Lynda Bolte 30—Jennifer Cox
ANNIVERSARIES 1—Phil & Joanna Frasier 5—Harold & Nellie De Ruiter 12—Lou & Connie Strom 13—Rick & Kathy Paul 18—Ron & Kerry Vermoch 18—Gary & Tammy Hewitt 19—Craig & Julie Smith 23—Dan & Judy Kuiper 23—Mike & Caryn Johnson 24—Len & Pam Larsen 26—Chuck & Pam Zaugg 26—Scott & Chris Lynum 28—Jed & Leah Lechleitner 29—Al & JoAnn Yanke
Spring has finally arrived. The grass has turned green and is growing. That means that we are again asking for help to keep it mowed. We have the mowers, both riding and push. All we need is the manpower. A sign up sheet is on the Welcome Counter. If you can help, sign up. If you have questions call Harvey Overturf 715 479 3483. A word of caution for the mowers. Do not attempt to mow the side hill on the ditch with the rider. We do not want any accidents. Also do not mow around the back side of the parking lot. The gravel is very hard on the blades.
CHURCH COUNCIL NEWS
Purchase of a defibrillator was discussed. More information is needed before a decision is made.
Pastor Josh gave an update from the Search Committee regarding the Associate Pastor search.
A Building Committee update was given by Harvey Overturf. Work is being done on selecting an architect.
Jim Hoover gave an update of recent revision to the proposed By-Laws. Once the revisions are reviewed by the Elders and Council, they will be given to the congregation for their review and approval at the next congregational meeting, July 27th. Harvey Overturf provided information on the parking lot expansion proposals. After some discussion, it was decided to table the parking lot expansion proposal until fall at which time the council can revisit the proposals. In the meantime, Harvey will check with Pier of d‘Nort to see if we can use their parking lot on Sunday mornings.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Todd Monge gave a Building Committee report. The preliminary plans have been given to the Elders. In addition, bids are being asked for from three architectural firms to complete the plans.
Jim Hoover reviewed the status of the By-Laws project. Further revisions have been made due to congregational input. The Elders are finalizing their review of these inputs and will have it available soon for congregational review before the next congregational meeting in July.
There was a vote to accept Jeff Kraft and Harvey Overturf as Elders. They were both approved.
Pastor Josh discussed the church organizational chart .
Pastor Josh talked about the current status of the Associate Pastor search and took questions.
Northwoods Share Community Dinner A Northwoods Share Community Potluck Dinner is set for Tuesday, June 17th at The Rock in Eagle River. Please bring a dish to pass. Northwoods Share will provide the main dish. Doors open at 4:00pm with dinner served at 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome! Invite your friends and neighbors!
Northwoods Share Needs Ministry Northwoods Share Needs Ministry Pantry offers paper and soap products along with personal care items to those in need. Located in the lower level of The Rock on E. Wall Street in Eagle River, this pantry is open on Wednesdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. If you or someone you know is in need of help, please come by and see how this group shares first the love of Jesus and then these other items. There is a donation box near the coat rack if anyone would be interested in helping out with donations of paper products (paper towels, Kleenex, toilet paper), soaps (dish and laundry detergent and any cleaning products) and personal care items (shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, diapers, Band Aids, toothpaste, shaving cream, etc.) Thank you from Northwoods Share! Any questions, please call Pam Zaugg at 715-479-3388.
We will be organizing Connection Groups to support and build on your relationships with Jesus and others in our church family through study of God’s Word and prayer.
SUMMER CONNECTION GROUPS
These groups will be for couples and singles. They meet weekly starting the week of June 22, 2014 and ending the week of August 24, 2014. Some meet during the day, others in the evening. We encourage you to sign up to participate in one of these groups. Please stop at the Welcome Center to sign up.
Unfortunately, there will be no Women’s Connection Group study of Ruth & Esther as originally planned. This study will be postponed until September. In the meantime, those interested in a summer study should consider joining one of the Summer Connection Groups.
DAY AT THE PARK SUNDAY, JULY 6th at the St. Germain Community Park
WORSHIP SERVICE 10:30am PICNIC & FUN STUFF 12:00pm MUSIC PROVIDED BY five thirteen three
Invite your family, friends and neighbors!
Don’t forget that Trig’s, Camp’s Sentry and Northstar Shell give a percentage of our purchases back to the church. Turn in your Trig’s and Camp’s receipts at the stores. Bring your Northstar Shell receipts in to the church office.
CARE TEAM CORNER Laura Wipperman, Care Team Leader 715-479-7490 [email protected]
Joella Wrasse, Café 2:42 715-892-5168 [email protected]
Pat Van Acker, Congregational Care Coordinator 715-892-1741 [email protected]
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” John 3:2 June is the beginning of the summer season. This is the season to think of summer safety for ourselves, our family and our friends. Summer is the warmest time of the year with the rays of the sun most direct. Webster’s dictionary defines Ultraviolet as; those rays that are just beyond the violet end of the spectrum. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation consists of invisible rays from the sun. The three bands of the UV light are UVA, UVB, and UVC. UVC rays are not of concern because they don’t reach the earth’s surface. The earth’s atmosphere absorbs UVC wave lengths. The UVB rays burn the skin and can damage the eyes. UVB rays in combination with snow and cold can cause snow blindness. Research suggests that daily exposure to UVB over years could cause cataracts. UVA rays, however, cause aging, wrinkling, and loss of skin elasticity. UVA rays also increase the damaging effects of UVB, including skin cancer and cataracts. Therefore, sunglasses don’t need to be fashionable, they just need to block 99-100 % of the UV rays. The first and best line of defense against the sun it to wear a hat, sunglasses, and cotton clothing of a tight weave. Stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and wear skin protection factor (SPF) greater than 15. Children are more susceptible to sun rays and should follow these guidelines also. Keep babies out of direct sunlight and in the shade with clothing on arms and legs, and see your health care provider about use of SPF for babies. We need summer sun for the growth of seeds for food, but people need to be safe from the damaging rays of the summer sun. There has been indications that we can’t get enough Vitamin D, especially here in the north woods. The best way to acquire this (Vitamin D) is exposure to the sun’s rays. So exposure to the sun is both important and dangerous, but with a little forethought and cautiousness, we can get out and enjoy the long awaited summer fun. Follow the points given above and don’t forget to drink extra water when playing hard in the summer sun as well to keep your skin and body hydrated. Have a great summer, keep safe and enjoy the family and friends as they come to visit. Monthly Health Events: Blood Pressure Clinic: First Weekend of the month, half hour before and half hour after service on Saturday night(6:00 p.m.) and the 10:30 service on Sunday. Please note for the month of June, the Blood Pressure Clinic will be held on June 7 and 8. Survey and Upcoming Health Education: In the fall (September 2014), we would like to hold education sessions on health topics quarterly. In the next month, you will be receiving surveys with the 8 topics our Congregational Care Coordinator has been certified to teach (through the Grapevine Project-which is part of the Wisconsin Women’s Health organization) and will be seeking input from the congregation as to the preferred day, time of day, topics of interest, etc. Hopefully in August we will have a schedule for the 4 topics preferred by the congregation to be held for the 2014-2015 season. Surveys will be going out the first week in June.
Remember to check our online calendar for the most current, up-to-date happenings! www.stgefc.com You can find us on Facebook, too!
Youth Calendar June
Last day of School!
17 Noah’s Ark!
Sunday Night Lights 68pm @ Church
Sunday Night Lights! Middle & high school students come on out to the church for awesome games, food, campfire, smore’s, free stuff, Music and relevant teaching about Jesus! Make sure to bring your friends to this because it will totally be worth it! Noah’s Ark! Coming to the world’s largest waterpark is always a must each summer! If this is your first event with our church, we will have a permission slip for you to fill out. Things to bring: spending cash (food, souvenirs, lockers), swimsuit (modest please), towel, sunscreen, and sandals.
Scheduled to Serve—Saturday SATURDAY GREETERS 6:00 PM
*JUDY KUIPER *JEAN NEUMANN
DEB & WAYNE PETTERSON
LARRY SNEDDEN CRAIG & JEANNE RISMON
JUDY KUIPER VALERIE SNEDDEN
DEB & WAYNE PETTERSON
PAT VAN ACKER
*Bold text indicates greeter responsible for purchasing bread and juice for Communion.
SATURDAY NURSERY JUNE
7— Brian & Kim Haas 14— Dave & Julie Zillmer 21— Meisenburg Family 28— Cox Family
SATURDAY CAFÉ 2:42 JUNE 7— 14— Julie Zillmer 21— 28— Barbara Kroschel
SATURDAY CHILDREN’S CHURCH JUNE
7— Charlie & Liz DePuydt 14— Wendy Reese, Joella Wrasse 21—Wendy Reese, Colleen Bolanowski 28— Wendy Reese, Bev Hunt
Scheduled to Serve—Sunday SUNDAY MORNING GREETERS *Front door people also come back at the end of the service and stay at the Welcome Center to answer questions and assist folks until everyone has left.
*BUTCH & CARLA SCHINKER JEFF & JEANETTE KRAFT
*JOHN & PEARL HUJET CHUCK & PAM ZAUGG
*BUTCH & CARLA SCHINKER JIM & KNOBBY HOOVER
*BOB & ANN OWENS WES & BEV WESTENBERG
*JIM & MARY ANNE KELLNER JIM & KAREN GRACE
*CHUCK & PAM ZAUGG JOHN & PEARL HUJET
*DAN & LAURA WIPPERMAN HARVEY & HELEN OVERTURF
*JEFF & JEANETTE KRAFT JEAN NEUMANN, LUELLA SHERREN
*JIM & KAREN GRACE BUTCH & CARLA SCHINKER
*JIM & KNOBBY HOOVER BOB & ANN OWENS
SUN MORNING NURSERY—10:30 SVC
SUNDAY CHILDREN’S CHURCH—10:30 SVC
1— Pam Larsen, Joe Reid, Sr. 8— John & Joan Kazda 15— Joe & Lauren Klessig 22— Dan & Kelley Kellner 29— Laura Bonson, Jenna Kukanich
1— Cheri Shields, Laura Bonson 8— Cheri Shields, Becky Webber 15— Beth Fojtik, Meadow Lofy 22— Beth Fojtik, Melissa Hrdlicka 29— Pearl Hujet, Norma Pennycuff
SUNDAY MORNING CAFÉ 2:42
1— Joanna Frasier, Megan Frasier 8— Lori Huelskamp, Sara Waltz 15— 22— 29— Courtney Paul
1— Jeff Maines, Dave Zillmer, Ron Vermoch 8— Gary Kellner, Bob DeSutter, Butch Schinker 15— Terry Gromer, Harlan Bosacki, John Kazda 22— Jeff Kraft, Ray Weber, Thomas Brusoe 29— Jeff Maines, Tom Ober, Dennis Doud