| Vol. 72, No. 1
Have you ever used a GPS app on your phone or car, and then deviated from the directions? When the device realizes you missed its well-planned route, it recalculates a way to get you back on track. Too bad it doesn’t work on our other choices and decisions! At some point, most of us could use a message telling us to get back on track.
One of the prophets got that job from God. In 520 BC, a guy named Haggai was told to address the people about their priorities. God’s people had been allowed to return home from exile and, while they had fixed up their own homes, the temple of the Lord remained in ruins. God has Haggai remind them that being attentive to the LORD was not a secondary matter. It was to be a priority. If they learned nothing else from their years in exile, listening and paying attention to God should have loomed large. Happily, Haggai was the push they needed, and they began to work. As a result, God told them He would be with them and bless them.
We’re like that aren’t we? We can get into routines and the occasional crises of living and lose track of remembering God’s place in our lives. Sometimes, God sends us reminders to check us. What do we do with that? As this year begins, what are some ways God might be trying to catch your attention and get you to refocus? Will you listen?
– Pastor Rick
SATURDAY Service at 6 P.M. Fellowship Dinner at 7 every other week. Communion this week.
SUNDAY Adult Sunday School Bible Study at
9:30 A.M. Learn and share truths from the Bible.
10:45 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship Service with Communion this week / Staffed Nursery
11:15 A.M Junior Church Children dismissed
CONNECT GROUP Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s. “The Truth Project” video series.
CHURCH NEWS Gifts have been received from Nancy Cannan in memory of Alton and Verna Andersen and Kristin Mutchler; from Dale and Pam Van Deusen in memory of ‘all saints who from their labors rest’; from Jerry and Carolyn Cornell in memory of Jim and Doris Cornell, Walt Nehlsen and Doris Reinke. *** Leader’s Council is scheduled for January 8th at 7 P.M. *** There will not be a Ladies Night on January 8th but there will be a Ladies Night on Monday evening on January 22.
MEN’S BREAKFAST Second Saturday of the month at Memorial Hall at church.
COMMUNITY NEWS Lonnie Jorgenson was admitted to Scandia Village in Sister Bay on 12/30/17 after spending 3 days at Door County Medical Center for complications related to his cancer. He would love to hear from islanders and asked that I send out his new address. His address is: Good Samaritan Society-Scandia Village/Lonald Jorgenson- Room 103/10560 Applewood Dr./Sister Bay, WI 54234. *** Carolyn Christine (Jorgenson) Koyen, 88, lifelong resident of Washington Island, went home to be with the Lord in Heaven and was reunited with her love in life, Alex, on December 20.. She was born on Washington Island on May 23, 1929, the daughter of William “Wally” Jorgenson and Carrie (Ottosen) Jorgenson. On July 7, 1947 she was united in marriage to Alex H. Koyen. They were blessed with four sons and one daughter, Edward (Sharon) Koyen of New Berlin, Thomas (friend, Amber) Koyen, Harvey Koyen, Kenneth (friend, Charmaine) Koyen, all of Washington Island, and Karen (Steve) Charnetski of Sturgeon Bay; nine grandchildren and four step-grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. A service will be held at a later date. (Info from Carolyn’s obituary on Huehns Funeral Home website. Read more and leave a message for the family). *** January 1st the annual Polar Bear Plunge at Schoolhouse Beach was cancelled because of a minus 30 degree windchill. *** Barbara Joyce Christensen was born January 10th, 1933 in Kewaunee, Wisconsin to Erma (nee Foss) and Truman Christensen and died December 21, 2017. Barbara was raised on Washington Island by her mother with the help of her grandfather, Matthew Foss and later, her stepfather Conrad Andersen. She married Raymond Hansen on April 8th, 1948. They were blessed with 67 years together, eight children, 20 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren (with two more on the way). Barbara will be lovingly remembered by her daughters; Paula (Jeff) McDonald and Shirley Hansen, her sons; Douglas (Pamela), Jens (Heidi), Daniel, Rich Hansen; her grandchildren; her great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Preceding her in death: grandfather, Matthew Foss; mother and stepfather, Erma and Conrad Andersen; husband, Raymond Hansen; daughter, Paula Faye; son, Michael; and great grand-daughter, Madison. (You can read her full obituary at Casperson Funeral Home online.) Memorial Service was held for Barbara on December 29th at Trinity Lutheran Church. Officiant was Rev. Carol Amadio. Organist: Diane Kahlscheuer. Pianist: Dan Hansen. Soloist: Patricia Hewitt. Readers: Jennifer Nehls, Carol Amadio. Ushers: Carolyn Foss and Cindra Hokkanen. In lieu of flowers please consider giving memorials to the Red Barn, Trinity Lutheran Church music ministry, Washington Island Music Festival or Guatemala Medical Resources Partnership(GMRP). A musical tribute and celebration of Barbara’s life will be performed at the TPAC at a date to be announced. *** 55 species of birds were reported during Washington Island Christmas Bird Count December 12-19. Go to their website to view results. *** An end of year remembrance of those that died and were mentioned in the Tidings in 2017: Edward Wayne Esserman, Judy Adelman, Allen Thiele, Nicholas Nehlsen, Judy Cornell, Virginia Greenfeldt, Richard Weisner, Walt Nehlsen, George D. McDonald, Doris Reinke, Mary Olson, Lucille Arnell, Kirby Cornell, Tom Rollo, Gert Young, Win Jones, Gene Callahan, Carolyn Koyen, Barbara Hansen. *** End of the year celebration of births in 2017 as noted in the Tidings: Cedric William (Roxanne and Billy Appel); Clara Roselynn Nikolai (Pete and Lydia Nikolai); Lucille Leila (Marisa and Andy Kehren); Jeshua Malachi (Sivy and Carey Bienert); Lucia Mae (Tom and Liz Pratt): Sebastian (Laura and Jack Nehlsen); Ryker Robert (Jake and Ali Farm).