Thoughts & Inspiration
Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome. (Unknown)
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Spring and the warm summer season is quickly approaching. Try to take a few minutes out of your busy lives to get outside and enjoy God’s Amazing Creation!
Brenda K. Malpass & Nancy Sherman
Just a reminder…..if you have an announcement or notice you would like to share in the newsletter, please get it to the office or contact Brenda or Nancy.
UP-COMING MEETINGS & EVENTS
Bible Study – 10:45 am (Lakeview Manor)
Choir – 6:30 pm (church)
PW Gathering: 5/6 – Pres. Church-TC (9:00-3:00)
MOPS: 5/8 & 5/22 (last one) – 9:30 am (Fireside)
Deacons Meeting: 5/9 – 6:00 pm
Outside Cleaning Bee: 5/11 – 10:00 am
Inside Cleaning Bee: 5/15 – 9:00 am
Session Meeting: 5/15 – 6:00 pm
Presbytery Mtg. HERE: 5/20 – 9:00 am
Shirley Butcher’s 90th B’day Celebration: 6/3, 2-5:00
Deacons Meeting: 6/13 – 6:00 pm
Open House-Pastor’s Home: 6/17, 1-5:00 (Exec. Director of Mungere School, Tanzania)
Session Meeting: 6/19 – 6:00 pm
BIG TICKET Festival: 6/21-24 (Gaylord)
Community VBS: 7/9-13
Deacons Meeting: 7/11– 6:00 pm
MUSIC Sunday: 7/16
Session Meeting: 7/17 – 6:00 pm
A NOTE FROM PASTOR LOIS MAY 2017
Spring is arriving – we will soon host the Presbytery of Mackinac. I hope everyone will join in the preparations to make this day enjoyable for our guests! Thanks to the coordinators. I urge everyone to join in the cleanup days May 11 and 15.
Since we’re preparing to host Presbytery, this strikes me as a good time to reflect on what it means to be Presbyterian.
We Presbyterians seek to do things “decently and in order.” We have a two-part constitution: The Book of Confessions (Part I) and the Book of Order (Part 2). Our confessions guide our theological outlook. They represent centuries of witness to faith. The newest one, which we just approved, comes from South Africa.
We don’t have a lot of complicated requirements to be Presbyterian: we just have to affirm that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.
We don’t expect uniformity in understanding God and God’s work in the world. We don’t think we have a monopoly on following Jesus. We respect the other branches of Christ’s church.
We do adhere to some basic ideas common to the Reformed tradition:
- We trust in Jesus as Lord of all and as head of the church.
- We believe that God is sovereign.
- We view Scripture as the “unique and authoritative witness to Jesus Christ.” We study the Bible because we are always discovering new things the Holy Spirit wants us to know and understand about the mind of Christ.
- We study the Confessions but don’t have to agree with every word, especially since they have different perspectives.
- We accept that we’re saved by grace alone and that Scripture guides our faith and practice.
- We are chosen for loving service as well as salvation. We are social activists. Our actions should reflect “what God wants for all people.” We can’t “cut ourselves off from parts of the church with which we disagree.” We want to spread Christ’s love.
- We recognize our sinfulness.
- We view Christian education as important. We seek to nurture all disciples and teach according to Presbyterian principles.
- We care about others: our members, our community, and our world.
Being Presbyterian also means willing to serve our church’s higher councils: Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly. I urge everyone to consider serving on a Presbytery committee this year. If you are interested, please contact Joseph Leach at:
231-330-1698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Quotations from The Presbyterian Leader materials for “Serving as Ruling Elder”.
How Much to Donate? God Knows
I have been saving an article from the business section of the New York Times in the May 1, 2010 issue. It seems as your treasurer, if I’m to make a contribution to the newsletter, I should say something about finances. Our financial campaign is over. Now is our time of giving.
The above title is actually a title from the New York Times article. The article is very long. Perhaps I will use other parts of it for other newsletters. For this newsletter I am quoting a subparagraph of the article entitled “Formula from the Bible, the Koran and in the Book of Mormon”, beginning with the second paragraph:
“Given our support for houses of worship, it seems reasonable to ask how much the various holy books would have us give. Perhaps the best-known prescription for giving is the Mormon practice of tithing where members give 10% of their income to the church each year. The concept of tithing appears in several places in the Bible including the book of Genesis, where Jacob promises to give a 10th of what he receives back to God. In Deuteronomy, meanwhile, there is a commandment to tithe “all the increase of thy seed that the field bringeth forth year by year.” The year-by- year yield does indeed sound like an ancient agrarian version of what we now think of as annual income.
Muslims, however, take a different approach, according to Omid Safi, a professor of religion at the University of North Carolina. In Islam, there is a required charitable contribution known as the Zakat, but instead of tapping income, the Koran specifies a donation of 1/40 (2.5%) of one’s accumulated wealth each year.
I find it fascinating that each of the three major religions includes tithing. What do you think?
Ken Visser, Treasurer
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The Deacon Board has been busy this quarter! With the resignations of Lorna Peebles and Kelly McGinn, we now have 7 Deacons. So the first order of business has been to again restructure the Deacon Lists. Hopefully everyone in the congregation knows who their Deacon is for 2017! Those who had either Lorna or Kelly as their Deacons will be informed of who their new Deacon will be.
An important activity of our Board is maintaining contact with our congregation. We hope you have received a card, call or even a prayer shawl over the last quarter. During the past few weeks a drive has been underway to let our college students know that we miss them. Thank you for all the financial support you have extended so the Deacons could purchase Subway gift cards for each student. These will hopefully reach them before their exams!
The church sadly experienced the loss of Nancy Shipe in March and the Deacons prepared and served at her funeral reception at the church. On a happier note, a cake was ordered and served to celebrate Shirley Butcher’s 90th birthday in February.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry is still looking for someone to be responsible for maintaining the ministry during the winter months or year-round. A special thanks to Phyllis Childs, who is keeping the ministry amply supplied with the beautiful works of her hands! Several shawls have been given during this quarter and we are also looking for more knitters. Please let your Deacon know if you would like to help or if you know of someone who would appreciate a shawl.
Susan Kinloch, Moderator (Deacon’s Board)
AS WE SAY OUR “GOOD-BYES”
On Saturday, March 18h Nancy Shipe passed away suddenly from a heart attack. Her funeral was held on Wednesday, March 22th at the Penzien Funeral Home in East Jordan. Nancy became a member of First Presbyterian Church on December 10, 1980. She and Lyle had moved to The Brook in Boyne City recently, but were still able to attend worship occasionally. We will all miss Nancy’s smiling personality and her request on Hymn Sunday, “How Great Thou Art”. We keep Lyle, Patty, David, Dennis and their families in our thoughts and prayers.
Arvita C. Walczak was a friend to the First Presbyter congregation and attended several years ago, sharing her Native American traditions with us. Arvita passed away on February 6, 2017 at Grandvue Medical Facilities at the age of 82. There were no services planned by her family.
Dorothea (Dory) Arnott passed away on January 31, 2017 at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire, MI. Dory was born on April 10, 1942. Even though Dory wasn’t a member of First Presbyterian Church, she was a dear friend to many in the congregation and attended on a regular basis for many years. A celebration of her life was held on February 17, 2017 at the Pleasant Valley Free Methodist Church.
DEB’S RECIPE CORNER
Do you need a salad that will stand out from the ones everyone else brings? I have a recipe for you! I discovered this one in the cookbook put out by the Jordan Valley Arts Council, and the recipe was submitted by Nancy Carey. Anytime I have taken this to a dinner, it gets rave reviews! It is perfect for this time of year since our summer fruits and veggies aren’t really available yet. The original recipe calls for a small can of mandarin oranges, but I don’t think that’s enough, so I use a large one. Also, feel free to add as many grapes and nuts as you want. No need to limit them! Don’t let the curry scare you off as it is really mild. Give it a try!
Curried Fruit and Nut Salad
1 package baby spinach
1 head of Romaine, torn into bite size pieces
1 large can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup seedless grapes, halved
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup salad oil
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion (red, or I use Vidalia)
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 avocado, peeled, seeded and sliced
Combine greens, fruit and almonds in a salad bowl. Combine oil, vinegar, sugar, garlic, onion, curry powder and soy sauce in a screw top jar. Just before serving, toss the salad with some of the dressing and garnish with the avocado. Happy Spring!
- Nancy Visser was appointed Clerk of Session; Ken Visser was appointed
- $100 sent to PAC for the All-Night Senior Party; $100 sent to the Depot (new Youth Center)
February – no meeting
March – (minutes not yet approved, as we didn’t have an April meeting)
- Personnel Committee established: Ken Visser, Brenda K. Malpass, Nicole Youngs & Toni Jeffery. Julie Dowty’s supervision was moved to the Personnel Committee.
- $100 donated to the Grandvue chaplaincy fund
- $248 paid for an ad in the EJ Visitor’s Guide (Pastor’s name was added per her request).
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Luke 18:16 “But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’”
The word of God instructs us how we are to treat children, and our Secret Pal program is putting it into action. Thank you to all of our Secret Pals who have continued to love, pray for, and encourage our youth. You are doing a mighty work for the Lord and these kids! We are looking forward to our revealing ceremony where you will get to meet your secret pals face to face during the Fellowship time after worship on June 11. Please mark this date on your calendars and plan on attending.
We are also looking forward to our “God is love” party where elementary age kids will be invited to attend a party full of learning, crafts, stories, song, and Fun!!!! Fun!!!! Fun!!!! This planning is in the works, so stayed tuned.
Looking ahead we have Vacation Bible School coming up in July. The dates are July 9th through the 13th. I am looking for youth volunteers, crew leaders, God Squad dancers, and Security people. Please contact me if you can assist in any of these areas!!!!! Our next meeting is on April 18th. I am supposed to have lists of helpers and their contact information for the Team Captains. Many have responded and I have you down. However, if you haven’t responded yet please contact me as soon as you can. One thing is for sure……Life in the church is always moving and grooving. The Holy Spirit is at work and the blessings are many. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN!!!!
Please feel free to contact me via email or phone with any questions:
email@example.com, 231-645-3213 (Cell) 582-3739 (Home).
Yours in Love and Service,
Julie Dowty, Youth Director
Birthdays in May
1: Kathryn Bell 3: Gabby Snyder; Kay Hughes 4: Kim Peters
8: Alan Hettig 10: James Camiller; Lindsey Malpass-Skop
15: Debbie Chappuies 18: Nicklas Camiller 19: Haley Curnow 23: Jeff Cook
24: Brooke Hawley 27: Larry Spence 28: Debbie Cook; Emily Kline
30: Kari Camiller; 31: Esther Porter; Bristol Skop John Jason
Anniversaries in May
6: Patti & Larry Spence 11: Ted & Tracey Sherman
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Birthdays in June
2: Garrett Wilson 3: Jessica Dowty 6: Ted Sherman
9: Jim Raymond 11: Linda Stone 12: Mya Pofahl
13: Jim Shepard; John Wilson 17: Joy Hettig 18: Dee Hawley
19: Madeline Malpass 20: Wava Dietrich 22: Lukas Olstrom
24: Lorna Peebles 27: Jackson Raymond 28: Gayle Gotts; Patti Spence
29: Cal Gotts
Anniversaries in June
2: Don & Shirley Bowers 7: Tad & Brenda Malpass
9: Dorothy & Denny Archer 26: David & Linda Stone 27: Rich & Wava Dietrich
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Birthdays in July
3: Marilyn Jesiek Alex Thumser; Theo Payne 11: Nicole Youngs
14: Judy Bryan 16: Julie Dowty 21: Sam Wilson
22: Ted Jeffery; Kirsten Malpass 23: Wade Gotts 25: Meryn Vrondran
26: Aaron & Ethan Nachazel 29: Liz Nachazel 31: Anne Olstrom
Anniversaries in July
8: Frank & Jennie Saad 9: Mary & Dennis Jason
11: Ken & Donna Kline 31: Andy & Sarah Malpass
Grace Vs. Mercy, Mercy Vs. Grace
Julie Dowty, Commissioned Lay Pastor
We hear of grace and mercy often in our prayer lives, in worship, and in the Bible. Some use the terms jointly, others intermittently and sometimes we use them to encompass a generalized understanding of God’s love for us. This can make the terms somewhat vague to those of us in the faith who seek understanding and clarity. In an attempt to help the kids understand the terms used in worship, I was alerted that maybe others would benefit from a bit of exploratory definition seeking. So here goes…
The Webster Dictionary defines mercy as lenient or compassionate treatment. Finding this out, I sought out the term Compassion. According to Webster, compassion is a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. Hence, when we pray for God’s mercy, we are praying that God hears our cries with compassion and care to alleviate our hurts and/or the problem that we are praying for. Recently, we read a lesson where we were told that Jesus had mercy on the blind man and so he healed him. Using this definition, Jesus felt the man’s pain, anguish and cry for healing to the point where he wanted to alleviate it, and as a result he healed him. In our prayer life we often say, “Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.” Lord hear and feel our pain and help us to alleviate it.
The Webster dictionary defines grace as unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification. Having read this, I felt the need to break it down for better understanding. First, unmerited divine assistance means God’s Help/forgiveness even though we don’t deserve it and we can’t earn it. Sanctification is defined as cleansing, therefore setting apart and making Holy. Romans 3:23-24 reminds us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Redemption is to rescue (often from sin) with a ransom. As we look at our Scripture from Romans, we are taught that we all have a sin problem. No one is above it. The only one who walked this earth without sin was Jesus Christ, and He redeemed us (rescued us from our sin problem) with his life on the cross. We could never earn it, it was a gift and his grace continues today to be a gift to us through faith in Him. Today we have forgiveness even though we are sinners, we do our best but we make mistakes. The great and glorious news is that God loved us so much that he sent Jesus Christ to die for us, to pay the price for us, so that we may be forgiven people and be promised eternal life. Eternal life??? What will it be like??? Now that is a theological topic for another day!
- PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S GATHERING – Presbyterian Church in Traverse City. May 6th from 9:00am-3:00pm. Pastor Lois will be attending and can give a ride to any women who would like to attend.
- PENTECOST SUNDAY June 4th – We will be having a potluck after Worship.
- BACCALAUREATE/GRADUATION – Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 pm – EJ Auditorium. Graduation will be Sunday, June 4th at 2:00 pm.
- SECRET PALS REVEALING! Sunday, June 11th following the worship service. You won’t want to miss this!
- BIG TICKET FESTIVAL – Gaylord: June 21-24. Julie Dowty will be taking several youth to this great music festival. If you are interested in more information or obtaining tickets, please see Julie or visit www.bigticketfestival.com. More than 60-artists will be performing over the 4-day event.
- FREEDOM FESTIVAL – Tuesday-Saturday, June 27-July 1.
- COMMUNITY V.B.S. – Sunday, July 9th – Thursday, July 13th. If you would be willing to help out, please contact Julie Dowty…..there are many areas in which you can volunteer.
- MUSIC SUNDAY/PICNIC – July 16th. Mark your calendars
- The next newsletter deadline will be Wednesday, July 19, 2017. If you have anything you would like to share or would like to put in the newsletter, please contact Nancy or Brenda!
We will be HOSTING the PRESBYTERY MEETING…..May 20th. In preparation therefore, we are having an OUTSIDE WORK BEE on Thursday, May 11th at 10:00 am, and an INSIDE WORK BEE on Monday, May 15th at 9:00 am. Additionally, many volunteers will be needed for preparation, food & hospitality. There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall if you would like to be a part of this special event!
Most of you are aware that Connie Gillespie has moved back to East Jordan and is in Room #107 at Grandvue. If you have a few extra minutes in your day, stop by and say hello….she loves visitors.
Jen & John Wilson & boys have moved! Their new address is:
110 Hillcrest (next door neighbors to Denny & Dorothy Archer), East Jordan, MI 49727
We wish them well in their new home & in remodeling Jen’s Grandmother’s home for another “future move”! Blessings to the Wilson Family!
Prayer Concerns and Celebrations:
Please keep Tad, Brenda, Kirsten and Keegan Malpass in your prayers at the passing of Brenda’s father, Ray Towne of Boyne City on March 21st.
We ask that you also pray for Nathan, Lindsey, Bristol and Laken Skop at the passing of Nathan’s Grandfather, Ray Skop of Boyne Falls on March 24th.
Prayers for Healing for members: Mary Kraemer, Shirley Butcher, Mary Jason, Larry Spence, Ken Kline, Joy Hettig, Lillian Martinek, Nancy LaCroix
Prayers for healing for family and friends of members: Christopher Jacobs (friend of Mary Kraemer); Family of Ginger Dykstra (friend of Pastor Lois); Bob & Evon Pluister; Tom & Jody Dabrowski (Bob/Cele’s neighbors), Sookie Ostrander (friend of Shelly Malpass), Si Doctor
Those with cancer or chronic issues: Children/Youth: Casey Gardner, Adults: R.G.V., Olive Brown, Laura Freeman, Lorraine Hawley, John Doidge, Charlene Brennan, Angie Skop, Martin Rebec, Tom Reid Jr., Jack Peterson, Janene Wilkins, Carolyn Topalian
Our nursing home residents: Connie Gillespie, Jean Peterson & Esther Porter (Grandvue residents)
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Hi there! I just received the Subway gift card and I wanted to say thank you SO much! I am so blessed and thankful to have such wonderful people supporting me and keeping me in their prayers. It will definitely be used within these next couple weeks left of school! Thank you again, Stephanie Buckholz
YOU’RE INVITED to a Graduation Open House for Trent Raymond. Come celebrate with us Saturday, June 3rd, 10a.m.-1p.m. hosted at the home of Trent’s Uncle Bill & Aunt Linda Chase, 1420 Lalonde Road, EJ. After graduation, Trent will attend Lake Superior State University.
YOU’RE INVITED to a 90th Birthday Open House Celebration for Shirley Butcher – Saturday, June 3rd from 2:00-5:00 pm in the church Fellowship Hall (hosted by her daughter, Kathy Everhart). Cards only, please.
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We will be sharing this FUN SPOT each newsletter.
Hope you will make your list and participate!
Five fun things you might not know about people in your church family……………
- I enjoy riding horses.
- I was last employed as a preschool teacher.
- I LOVE working in my garden!
- I still own my first car – a 1969 Mustang Mach 1.
- I enjoy Nordic & Alpine skiing.
- I grew up in Africa.
- I want to take another trans-Atlantic cruise on the Queen Mary 2.
- I enjoy kayaking in the local lakes and rivers.
- I was blessed to see my favorite Rembrandt painting “The Return of the Prodigal Son” in St. Petersburg, Russia.
- I enjoy keeping our home and property looking good!