February 28th, 2021 – Vol. 75, No. 9

Knock, Knock!

“Someone’s knocking at the door. Somebody’s ringing the bell. Do me a favor, open the door, and let ’em in.” So goes a 1976 song by Paul McCartney. It’s a pretty simple concept, really. When a door is being knocked on, a knocker is there, wanting to enter. It’s so basic that Jesus uses the idea in a letter he sends to the church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22). And in doing so challenges us to consider what place he has in our lives.

Jesus has harsh words for this church. The fellowship is so messed up, if it was a cup of water, he’d throw it up (Revelation 3:16). While describing it as wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked (ouch!), he directs it to turn away from its shallow pursuits and renew the lasting purpose and value found in relationship with him (3:17-19).  And that’s when he mentions knocking at the door (3:20). Whoever hears him can let him in and share a meal (that is, life) together.

It’s easy to get derailed spiritually. It’s as prevalent now as it was to the 1st Century Laodiceans. Jesus offers a way back. Central to that way is a life oriented toward him. Are there things in your life that have more importance to you than God? Are you setting aside faith and pursuing riches? This is the essence of the challenge. Yet Jesus still offers you the way back as he knocks. Do yourself a favor, let him (back) in.                           

                                                        Pastor Rick

CHURCH NEWS

*** Do you have a need?  Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.

*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.

*** Saturday night and Sunday service: Pastor Rick has started a series on Revelation 1-3 entitled “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”.

*** Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Mike Thielkeis facilitating a discussion on, “I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament” by Walter Kaiser.

*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group: is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing

*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.

*** Women’s Bible Study:  Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua” by Barb Roose. We meet at 1:30 p.m. (no night group at this time). Contact Betty Lou to let her know if you would like the book and study guide.

*** VBS is scheduled for June 21st-25th. We need lots of volunteers for our Western themed “Children Wanted by God”. We need people to: Set up and tear down, Chuck Wagon: get food donations from parents, church members, and manage menus and arrange western snacks for the kids. Sheriffs: move groups of kids to various stations. Craft Leaders: take charge of teaching kids one craft. Game Leaders: to lead groups in various games. Storyteller: share Bible stories with groups of kids. Registrars: to sign up kids and get them going each morning. Publicity: people to hang posters and banners. If you can help, please contact Sue Tobey to let her know your availability and what you’d like to do. (989-430-4004) tobeysue@yahoo.com

*** Leadership Council meeting Monday, March 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

*** Men’s breakfast will meet Saturday, March 13th at 8:00 a.m. in Memorial Hall.

COMMUNITY NEWS

*** WICHP is providing volunteers to run errands for you, such as grocery shopping, picking up mail/packages, dump runs, etc.  Please contact us at 920-847-2108 or wichp77@gmail.com.  We are here to help!

*** WICHP is compiling a list of people interested in receiving the vaccine on the Island, so when the time comes, we can advise DCPH how many are interested.  If you have questions or want us to add your name to the list, please contact the WICHP Office at 920-847-2108 or email: wichp77@gmail.com

*** Lions Club is participating in “Roses for Spring” fund raising event.  Place your order with a Lion. $15.00 a dozen, by March 25th. They will be delivered Friday and Saturday April 16-17. 

*** Every three years, the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County is required by the State of Wisconsin to complete a strategic plan that serves as a platform to create, improve, and expand services. This document is known as our “Three Year Aging Plan” and the new plan will cover 2022-2024. There are multiple ways a resident from Washington Island can find and fill out our questionnaire.

1. Fill it out online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V2J9QJ3 

2. Stop by and pick one up at the Washington Island Community Health Program (WICHP) Office

3. Or contact the WICHP Office at (920) 847-2108 or via email: wichp77@gmail.com and someone would be happy to deliver or mail/email you a copy.

February 21st, 2021 – Vol. 75, No. 8

Some Good News, For Once

“If it bleeds, it leads” That’s a standard mindset for news organizations. News outlets know viewers gravitate to bad events, so they tend to highlight controversy and conflict.  I have felt that way about my last couple messages here. Some of the churches in Revelation had serious issues within their fellowship and their issues are potentially ours, so they need to be considered. But some good news might be nice, eh?

So, cue in the church in Philadelphia (Asia Minor, not Pennsylvania). As they receive a message from Jesus (Rev. 3:7-13), he draws out some positive details. While noting they seem a bit flimsy on strength (3:8), he praises them for keeping his word and not denying his name.  When difficulties arose, they, unlike some of the churches, remained faithful to God and kept witnessing about Jesus. As a result, the message they receive is a call to continue on and to anticipate blessings from God, both on earth and in the life to come (3:11-13).

The church demonstrates that sometimes we can get this faith thing right. Not in a triumphal “I’ve mastered Christianity” approach but an attitude of “I am keeping my eyes on Jesus and growing closer to him.” And that they’re a bit weak signals for us that the way forward in faith is not “powering through” in our own strength, but being faithful while relying on his empowering spirit in our lives. As we do, we too can look forward to God’s strength and love to cascade and bless us.     Pastor Rick

CHURCH NEWS

*** Do you have a need?  Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.

*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.

*** Saturday night and Sunday service: Pastor Rick has started a series on Revelation 1-3 entitled “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”. As a challenge, sit down and read (or listen to) all of Revelation in one sitting sometime this month.

*** Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Mike Thielkeis facilitating a discussion on, “I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament” by Walter Kaiser.

*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group: is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing. We’ll be looking at the Book of Revelation to coincide with Rick’s series on the Churches in Revelation entitled, “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”.

*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.

*** Women’s Bible Study:  meets on Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua” by Barb Roose. We meet at 1:30 pm (no night group at this time). Contact Betty Lou to let her know if you would like the book and study guide.

*** Men’s breakfast will meet Saturday, March 13th at 8:00 a.m. in Memorial Hall.

*** Dan Nelson (and wife, Dawn) need our help. You will find a Dan Nelson option on Bethel’s giving page on our website.

*** VBS is scheduled for June 21st-25th. Our first organizational meeting will be at church in Memorial Hall, Wednesday, 2/24/21 at 1:00 p.m. We need lots of volunteers for our Western themed “Children Wanted by God”. If you can’t make the meeting please contact Sue Tobey to let her know your availability and what you’d like to do. (989-430-4004) tobeysue@yahoo.com

COMMUNITY NEWS

*** WICHP is providing volunteers to run errands for you, such as grocery shopping, picking up mail/packages, dump runs, etc.  Please contact us at 920-847-2108 or wichp77@gmail.com.  We are here to help!

*** WICHP is compiling a list of people interested in receiving the vaccine on the Island, so when the time comes, we can advise DCPH how many are interested.  If you have questions or want us to add your name to the list, please contact the WICHP Office at 920-847-2108 or email: wichp77@gmail.com

*** Fish Derby competition results.  1st place winners, Hunter Bjarnarson for lawyer, Tara DeJardin for perch, Jim Jorgenson for Northern.  Other categories were whitefish, walleye, and brown trout but no entries.

*** Every three years, the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Door County is required by the State of Wisconsin to complete a strategic plan that serves as a platform to create, improve, and expand services. This document is known as our “Three Year Aging Plan” and the new plan will cover 2022-2024. There are multiple ways a resident from Washington Island can find and fill out our questionnaire.

1. Fill it out online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V2J9QJ3 

2. Stop by and pick one up at the Washington Island Community Health Program (WICHP) Office

3. Or contact the WICHP Office at (920) 847-2108 or via email: wichp77@gmail.com and someone would be happy to deliver or mail/email you a copy.

February 14th, 2021 – Vol. 75, No. 7

A Rose by Any Other Name

William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet centers around a couple’s love for one another despite their families’ hatred for each other. In pondering their predicament, Juliet wonders, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other word would smell as sweet.” Her point? The true character of a thing or person is there despite what you call it. Romeo’s surname, Montague, brings revilement to her family, yet Romeo himself brings her delight and joy. Were he to change his name, nothing about him would be different.

Jesus employs similar imagery in his message to one of the seven churches he contacts in Revelation (3:1-6). As he examines the church in Sardis, he points out a disconnect between the name or reputation they have and reality. Though thought of as alive, his assessment is that they are actually dead. Jesus sees their true character and tells them they need to wake up, remember what they have received in the gospel, persevere, and repent (3:3).

There’s a harshness there that’s tough to hear, especially for those of us who have identified as Christians for much of our lives. Has my faith gone dead? Am I highlighting spiritual successes from the past but living stagnantly? Or am I growing, deepening, and getting challenges that are revitalizing my faith? Being a disciple of Jesus is a life of faithfulness and dedication, lived out daily in ups and downs and yet perseveres. What spiritual truths do you need to wake up to?     Pastor Rick

*** Remember: if you feel sick, please stay home. For Saturday night and Sunday services we are practicing social distancing in Memorial Hall for your comfort and safety. We will record the service and it will be available later Sunday.

CHURCH NEWS

*** Do you have a need?  Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.

*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.

*** Saturday night and Sunday service: Pastor Rick has started a series on Revelation 1-3 entitled “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”. As a challenge, sit down and read (or listen to) all of Revelation in one sitting sometime this month.

*** Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Mike Thielkeis facilitating a discussion on, “I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament” by Walter Kaiser.

*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group: is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing. If you haven’t been to a Bible study in a while, this is a good one to start! We’ll be looking at the Book of Revelation to coincide with Rick’s series on the Churches in Revelation entitled, “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”.

*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.

*** Women’s Bible Study:  meets on Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua” by Barb Roose. We meet at 1:30 pm (no night group at this time). Contact Betty Lou to let her know if you would like the book and study guide.

*** Men’s breakfast will meet Saturday, February 13th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Becoming the Man God Created You to Be #1 -Tough Love. First in a series of seven virtues for being a man based on Mark Batterson’s book, Play The Man.

*** Dan Nelson (and wife, Dawn) need our help. Dan is facing a daunting medical condition. One way to directly help Dan and his family is to donate financially to help them meet their medical obligations. You will find a Dan Nelson option on Bethel’s giving page on our website.

COMMUNITY NEWS

*** The Town Van is available to transport Island residents to their medical appointments only (no shopping). To schedule your medical van transport, call Ti Heal at: 920-535-0444.  If you would like to volunteer to be a driver, please call Ti at the above number. Applications are at the Town Office.

*** The Medical Equipment Loan Closet is available to Island residents. Call the WICHP office at 920-847-2108 to arrange for pick up and return of medical equipment.

*** Winter Festival: Season of Lanterns (to benefit Dan Nelson and family) Saturday, February 13th 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Island Ball Park.

*** WICHP is providing volunteers to run errands for you, such as grocery shopping, picking up mail/packages, dump runs, etc.  Please contact us at 920-847-2108 or wichp77@gmail.com.  We are here to help!*** WICHP is compiling a list of people interested in receiving the vaccine on the Island, so when the time comes, we can advise DCPH how many are interested.  If you have questions or want us to add your name to the list, please contact the WICHP Office at 920-847-2108 or email: wichp77@gmail.com

February 7th, 2021 – Vol. 75, No. 6

Who Are You Listening To?

A lost, little boy was crying for his mother in a department store around Christmastime. Sympathetic shoppers kept giving the unhappy fella quarters and dimes to cheer him up. Finally, a store clerk came up to him and said, “I know where your mommy is.” The little boy looked up with his tear-drenched eyes and said, “So do I … just be quiet!”

While this story is amusing, it does illustrate the basics of deception: fooling people into believing something false. On larger scales, the actions are not so humorous. Nor are they uncommon. Ruses such as internet scams, false reports, or imposters who are not what they seem, are increasingly prevalent. And the church is not immune to such issues.

In Revelation 2, the letter to the church in Thyatira refers to a woman who was misleading people into sinful practices (Rev 2:18-27). Unfortunately, the church was not preventing this. So Jesus rebukes them and warns of dire consequences for those who follow her. In many respects, this church was very good (2:19). They were loving and hardworking and caring, but they had this unaddressed flaw.

There’s caution for us, here. In living out our faith, various voices will offer us guidance. Many will be spot-on. Others will sound good, but be off. How can we know? For believers, the Bible is our ultimate guide. Knowing Scripture, meditating on it, and then scrutinizing even our favorite voices is an essential task for staying on track.      Pastor Rick

*** Remember: if you feel sick, please stay home. For Saturday night and Sunday services we are practicing social distancing in Memorial Hall for your comfort and safety. We will record the service and it will be available later Sunday.

CHURCH NEWS

*** Do you have a need?  Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.

*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.

*** Saturday night and Sunday service: Pastor Rick has started a series on Revelation 1-3 entitled “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”. As a challenge, sit down and read (or listen to) all of Revelation in one sitting sometime this month.

*** Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Mike Thielkeis facilitating a discussion on, “I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament” by Walter Kaiser.

*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group: is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing. If you haven’t been to a Bible study in a while, this is a good one to start! We’ll be looking at the Book of Revelation to coincide with Rick’s series on the Churches in Revelation entitled, “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”.

*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.

*** Women’s Bible Study:  meets on Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Winning the Worry Battle: Life Lessons from the Book of Joshua” by Barb Roose. We meet at 1:30 pm (no night group at this time). Contact Betty Lou to let her know if you would like the book and study guide.

*** Men’s breakfast will meet Saturday, February 13th beginning at 8:00 a.m.

*** Dan Nelson (and wife, Dawn) need our help. Dan is facing a daunting medical condition. One way to directly help Dan and his family is to donate financially to help them meet their medical obligations. You will find a Dan Nelson option on Bethel’s giving page on our website.

*** We need cleaners! If you are interested in helping clean at Bethel Church, there is a monthly sign-up sheet on the table by the entrance in Memorial Hall.

COMMUNITY NEWS

*** The Town Van is available to transport Island residents to their medical appointments only (no shopping). To schedule your medical van transport, call Ti Heal at: 920-535-0444.  If you would like to volunteer to be a driver, please call Ti at the above number. Applications are at the Town Office.

*** The Medical Equipment Loan Closet is available to Island residents. Call the WICHP office at 920-847-2108 to arrange for pick up and return of medical equipment.

*** Winter Festival: Season of Lanterns (to benefit Dan Nelson and family) Saturday, February 13th 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Island Ball Park. Lanterns are available for a minimum donation of $50. Live music, food, hot drinks, and family games on the ice. Masks required for a Covid-19 safe time.

*** The Trueblood Performing Arts Center is sponsoring the “Short Film Contest 2021”, featuring vignettes 2-3 minutes in length, filmed on your handy smartphone. Subject matter should be Island related or at least 4.5 miles of the Island.  Videos must be emailed to Mike Olson by February 28th at mike@elegantfoods.net Prizes! Details at tpacwashingtonisland.com

January 31st, 2021

Vol. 75, No. 5

For Want of a Nail

Benjamin Franklin once quoted this proverb in Poor Richard’s Almanac: “For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.” The message? Sometimes, big things are lost in little details.

There’s a connection to our spiritual lives, here. Compromising our faith is a real challenge. Jesus addresses this in his letter to the Church at Pergamum (Rev. 2:12-17). While commending the church for faithfully enduring persecution, he exposes some false teaching, too. While the church stood strong against outside attacks, sinful activity and teaching was going unchecked within.

Recently, two of my spiritual heroes were discovered with serious moral issues. Their writings, speaking and outreach inspired and challenged me for over 30 years. But alongside their renowned faith, something wasn’t right. It undoubtedly started subtly, then built, was justified, and then their sin became known. I am grieved and alarmed by this. Grieved at their actions but alarmed because I’m reminded that I am not immune to this, and neither are you. Compromise is ever before us.

Are there things you’re more permissive of now than before? If so, what will you do about it? The thing is, Jesus knows. And He loves you too much to allow it to continue to harm you (Heb. 12:4-13). Take care of it, now.                  Pastor Rick

*** Remember: if you feel sick, please stay home. For Saturday night and Sunday services we are practicing social distancing in Memorial Hall for your comfort and safety. We will record the service and it will be available later Sunday.

CHURCH NEWS

*** Do you have a need?  Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.

*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.

*** Saturday night and Sunday service: Pastor Rick has started a series on Revelation 1-3 entitled “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”. As a challenge, sit down and read (or listen to) all of Revelation in one sitting sometime this month.

*** Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Mike Thielkeis facilitating a discussion on, “I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament” by Walter Kaiser.

*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group: is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing. If you haven’t been to a Bible study in a while, this is a good one to start! We’ll be looking at the Book of Revelation to coincide with Rick’s series on the Churches in Revelation entitled, “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”.

*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.

*** Women’s Bible Study:  meets on Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Jesus Over Everything”. This is a DVD study. We’ll meet in Memorial Hall at two different times to accommodate schedules.  The first at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m.  Contact Betty Lou to let her know which session you plan to attend or if you would like the book and study guide.

*** Bethel’s annual meeting is Sunday, January 31st at 2:00 p.m.  Please plan on attending. We will meet in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing. Please plan on attending as a quorum is required for official business like the budget for next year.

*** Men’s breakfast will meet Saturday, February 13th beginning at 8:00 a.m.

*** Dan Nelson (and wife, Dawn) need our help. Dan is facing a daunting medical condition. One way to directly help Dan and his family is to donate financially to help them meet their medical obligations. You will find a Dan Nelson option on Bethel’s giving page on our website.

*** We need cleaners! If you are interested in helping clean at Bethel Church, there is a monthly sign-up sheet on the table by the entrance in Memorial Hall.

COMMUNITY NEWS

*** The Town Van is available to transport Island residents to their medical appointments only (no shopping). To schedule your medical van transport, call Ti Heal at: 920-535-0444.  If you would like to volunteer to be a driver, please call Ti at the above number. Applications are at the Town Office.

*** The Medical Equipment Loan Closet is available to Island residents. Call the WICHP office at 920-847-2108 to arrange for pick up and return of medical equipment.

*** Winter Festival: Season of Lanterns (to benefit Dan Nelson and family) Saturday, February 13th 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Island Ball Park. Lanterns are available for a minimum donation of $50. Live music, food, hot drinks, and family games on the ice. Masks required for a Covid-19 safe time.

*** The Trueblood Performing Arts Center is sponsoring the “Short Film Contest 2021”, featuring vignettes 2-3 minutes in length, filmed on your handy smartphone. Prizes! Details at tpacwashingtonisland.com

January 24th, 2021

Vol. 75, No. 4

Faith in a Harsh, Contentious World

“Good News!” Many of you recognize that as the signature statement from one of our missionaries. Every email update starts out that way giving praise to the work God is doing. Every update, that is, until his most recent ones. Now it is “Not So Good News.” It seems conflicts have arisen and he’s asking for prayers. 

The cry for help is a good thing when we face difficulties. And sometimes God miraculously helps us out of jams. But then, sometimes he doesn’t. Sometimes, God’s answer is that we’re still going through the difficulty and need to remain faithful. That’s the setting for the Smyrna church from the book of Revelation. (Revelation 2:8-11). Ancient Smyrna, which is not far from our missionary, gets a letter from Jesus acknowledging that they’ve faced hard things. He goes on to tell them that they will face more oppression, but they are to remain faithful, even to death.

Hardly a word of comfort. Why not a rescue? Yet for many who follow Jesus, this is hardly a surprise. Proclaiming faith in Christ in this world can be dangerous. If it hated the Son of God enough to kill Him, then it’s likely we’ll receive it too (John 15:18-19). Our reward is the long game, eternity, not this life we have now. A “crown of life” is Jesus’ offer for a loving heart and faithful witness (Rev 2:10). Be faithful. We don’t know what’s ahead, but God does.                  Pastor Rick

*** Remember: if you feel sick, please stay home. For Saturday night and Sunday services we are practicing social distancing in Memorial Hall for your comfort and safety. We will record the service and it will be available later Sunday.

CHURCH NEWS

*** Do you have a need?  Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.

*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.

*** Saturday night and Sunday service: Pastor Rick has started a series on Revelation 1-3 entitled “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”. As a challenge, sit down and read (or listen to) all of Revelation in one sitting sometime this month.

*** Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Mike Thielkeis facilitating a discussion on, “I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament” by Walter Kaiser.

*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group: is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing. If you haven’t been to a Bible study in a while, this is a good one to start! We’ll be looking at the Book of Revelation to coincide with Rick’s series on the Churches in Revelation entitled, “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”.

*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.

*** Women’s Bible Study:  meets on Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Jesus Over Everything”. This is a DVD study. We’ll meet in Memorial Hall at two different times to accommodate schedules.  The first at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m.  Contact Betty Lou to let her know which session you plan to attend or if you would like the book and study guide.

*** Men’s breakfast will meet Saturday, February 13th beginning at 8:00 a.m.

*** Reminder: Annual reports are due!

*** Bethel’s annual meeting is Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m.  Please plan on attending. We will meet in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing.

*** Dan Nelson (and wife, Dawn) need our help. Dan is facing a daunting medical condition. One way to directly help Dan and his family is to donate financially to help them meet their medical obligations. You will find a Dan Nelson option on Bethel’s giving page on our website.

*** Thank you to Lois Gunnlaugsson for her generous gift in memory of Family & Friends

*** Thank you to Carolyn and Jerry Cornell for their thoughtful gift in memory of parents Jim and Doris Cornell.

*** We need cleaners! If you are interested in helping clean at Bethel Church, there is a monthly sign-up sheet on the table by the entrance in Memorial Hall.

COMMUNITY NEWS

*** The Town Van is available to transport Island residents to their medical appointments only (no shopping). To schedule your medical van transport, call Ti Heal at: 920-535-0444.  If you would like to volunteer to be a driver, please call Ti at the above number. Applications are at the Town Office.

*** The Medical Equipment Loan Closet is available to Island residents. Call the WICHP office at 920-847-2108 to arrange for pick up and return of medical equipment.

*** The Trueblood Performing Arts Center is sponsoring the “Short Film Contest 2021”, featuring vignettes 2-3 minutes in length, filmed on your handy smartphone. Prizes! Details at tpacwashingtonisland.com

*** Donate for monument restoration to American Legion Gislason-Richter Post 402, PO Box 143, Washington Island, WI 54246.

January 17th, 2021

Vol. 75, No. 3

Getting A Faith Diagnosis

In my 30’s, I was having knee problems and, being a sports guy and youth pastor, I wanted to get better. So, I decided to see someone who knew more about knees than me, an orthopedic doctor. In our first meeting, the doctor grabbed my leg and instantly analyzed my problem – a torn ACL (later confirmed with an MRI). His advice: reconstructive surgery. After hearing about the process and the recovery I had a choice: listen or not.

Whether we listen and heed another’s assessment ultimately depends on how much we trust the advisor. In Revelation chapters 2-3, the 7 churches have their ministry reviewed by none other than Jesus.  With a mixture of praise for good practices and criticism for areas where they’ve faltered, the Great Physician challenges them to remain faithful. The first church he assesses is in the city of Ephesus (Rev 2:1-7). There’s lots to know about the ministry in Ephesus (see Acts 18:18-20:38, Ephesians; 1st and 2nd Timothy). Lots of good things happened there.

Jesus’ appraisal, however, is that, along with the good, they’d forsaken their first love for God and others. They had a heart problem. It can happen to each of us, can’t it? The remedy, Jesus says, is remembering where we started in faith (2:5). Where is your heart these days? Are there areas where you, too, have “lost that loving feeling”? Often, we can think we’re standing firm without realizing we have blind spots (1 Cor. 10:12). Recentering on Christ’s work is always a good prescription.   Pastor Rick

*** Remember: if you feel sick, please stay home. For Saturday night and Sunday services we are practicing social distancing in Memorial Hall for your comfort and safety. We will record the service and it will be available later Sunday.

CHURCH NEWS

*** Do you have a need?  Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.

*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.

*** Saturday night and Sunday service: Pastor Rick has started a series on Revelation 1-3 entitled “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”. As a challenge, sit down and read (or listen to) all of Revelation in one sitting sometime this month.

*** Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Mike Thielkeis facilitating a discussion on, “I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament” by Walter Kaiser.

*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group: is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing. If you haven’t been to a Bible study in a while, this is a good one to start! We’ll be looking at the Book of Revelation to coincide with Rick’s series on the Churches in Revelation entitled, “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”.

*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.

*** Women’s Bible Study:  meets on Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Jesus Over Everything”. This is a DVD study. We’ll meet in Memorial Hall at two different times to accommodate schedules.  The first at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m.  Contact Betty Lou to let her know which session you plan to attend or if you would like the book and study guide.

*** Men’s breakfast will meet Saturday, February 13th beginning at 8:00 a.m.

*** Reminder: Annual reports are due!

*** We need cleaners! If you are interested in helping clean at Bethel Church, there is a monthly sign-up sheet on the table by the entrance in Memorial Hall.

COMMUNITY NEWS

*** The Town Van is available to transport Island residents to their medical appointments only (no shopping). To schedule your medical van transport, call Ti Heal at: 920-535-0444.  If you would like to volunteer to be a driver, please call Ti at the above number. Applications are at the Town Office.

*** The Medical Equipment Loan Closet is available to Island residents. Call the WICHP office at 920-847-2108 to arrange for pick up and return of medical equipment.

*** The Trueblood Performing Arts Center is sponsoring the “Short Film Contest 2021”, featuring vignettes 2-3 minutes in length, filmed on your handy smartphone. Prizes! Details at tpacwashingtonisland.com

*** Donations are appreciated for the restoration of the Island Veteran’s Memorial Monument. (Located between Bethel Church and the Art and Nature Center.) The monument will be 100 years old in 2021. The American Legion Post 402 is looking for donations to reach the $20,000 goal. Thank you for considering a donation toward this beautiful memorial that is a testament to those from the Island that have served in war. Send donations to American Legion Gislason-Richter Post 402, PO Box 143, Washington Island, WI 54246. Thanks!

*** The youth ski trip is planned for Friday 2/26 through Sunday 2/28. Whoever plans on attending can help participate in fundraising. We are planning on selling fun bags of pasta in January and then a Jack’s Pizza sale in early February.

January 10th, 2021

Vol. 75, No. 2

Getting A Faith Diagnosis

In my 30’s, I was having knee problems and, being a sports guy and youth pastor, I wanted to get better. So, I decided to see someone who knew more about knees than me, an orthopedic doctor. In our first meeting, the doctor grabbed my leg and instantly analyzed my problem – a torn ACL (later confirmed with an MRI). His advice: reconstructive surgery. After hearing about the process and the recovery I had a choice: listen or not.

Whether we listen and heed another’s assessment ultimately depends on how much we trust the advisor. In Revelation chapters 2-3, the 7 churches have their ministry reviewed by none other than Jesus.  With a mixture of praise for good practices and criticism for areas where they’ve faltered, the Great Physician challenges them to remain faithful. The first church he assesses is in the city of Ephesus (Rev 2:1-7). There’s lots to know about the ministry in Ephesus (see Acts 18:18-20:38, Ephesians; 1st and 2nd Timothy). Lots of good things happened there.

Jesus’ appraisal, however, is that, along with the good, they’d forsaken their first love for God and others. They had a heart problem. It can happen to each of us, can’t it? The remedy, Jesus says, is remembering where we started in faith (2:5). Where is your heart these days? Are there areas where you, too, have “lost that loving feeling”? Often, we can think we’re standing firm without realizing we have blind spots (1 Cor. 10:12). Recentering on Christ’s work is always a good prescription.   Pastor Rick

*** Remember: if you feel sick, please stay home. For Saturday night and Sunday services we are practicing social distancing in Memorial Hall for your comfort and safety. We will record the service and it will be available later Sunday.

CHURCH NEWS

*** Do you have a need?  Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.

*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.

*** Saturday night and Sunday service: Pastor Rick has started a series on Revelation 1-3 entitled “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”. As a challenge, sit down and read (or listen to) all of Revelation in one sitting sometime this month.

*** Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Mike Thielkeis facilitating a discussion on, “I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament” by Walter Kaiser.

*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group: is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing. If you haven’t been to a Bible study in a while, this is a good one to start! We’ll be looking at the Book of Revelation to coincide with Rick’s series on the Churches in Revelation entitled, “The Church Health Exam: 7 Churches get an Assessment from the Master”.

*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.

*** Women’s Bible Study:  meets on Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Jesus Over Everything”. This is a DVD study. We’ll meet in Memorial Hall at two different times to accommodate schedules.  The first at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m.  Contact Betty Lou to let her know which session you plan to attend or if you would like the book and study guide.

*** Men’s breakfast will meet Saturday, February 13th beginning at 8:00 a.m.

*** Reminder: Annual reports are due!

*** We need cleaners! If you are interested in helping clean at Bethel Church, there is a monthly sign-up sheet on the table by the entrance in Memorial Hall.

COMMUNITY NEWS

*** The Town Van is available to transport Island residents to their medical appointments only (no shopping). To schedule your medical van transport, call Ti Heal at: 920-535-0444.  If you would like to volunteer to be a driver, please call Ti at the above number. Applications are at the Town Office.

*** The Medical Equipment Loan Closet is available to Island residents. Call the WICHP office at 920-847-2108 to arrange for pick up and return of medical equipment.

*** The Trueblood Performing Arts Center is sponsoring the “Short Film Contest 2021”, featuring vignettes 2-3 minutes in length, filmed on your handy smartphone. Prizes! Details at tpacwashingtonisland.com

*** Donations are appreciated for the restoration of the Island Veteran’s Memorial Monument. (Located between Bethel Church and the Art and Nature Center.) The monument will be 100 years old in 2021. The American Legion Post 402 is looking for donations to reach the $20,000 goal. Thank you for considering a donation toward this beautiful memorial that is a testament to those from the Island that have served in war. Send donations to American Legion Gislason-Richter Post 402, PO Box 143, Washington Island, WI 54246. Thanks!

*** The youth ski trip is planned for Friday 2/26 through Sunday 2/28. Whoever plans on attending can help participate in fundraising. We are planning on selling fun bags of pasta in January and then a Jack’s Pizza sale in early February.

Vol. 75, No. 1

January 3rd, 2021

Servants’ Quarter #3

Ephesians 6:7 states, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people…”  As we bid farewell to 2020 and anticipate 2021, it’s good for us to remember what our primary purpose is and what attitude or demeaner we should adopt while carrying out our mission.  How do we serve “wholeheartedly” and what does that look like?

The word, “wholeheartedly”, encompasses both an enthusiastic attitude and a commitment to a purpose or goal.  What a great word for us to adopt for this coming year!  Whatever we do this year, let’s do it wholeheartedly, as to serving the Lord!  If our primary focus is serving the Lord, any task we take on to help our family or neighbors or community, will be devoid of any sense of drudgery or resentment. Every such task takes on an eternal purpose, which will give us a sense direction and a healthy self-image because we are a reflection of our relationship with Jesus.

2020 presented us with many challenges that we’ve never experienced before, and hopefully never do again.  But if we do, we’ll be better prepared to handle them.  As 2021 unfolds, and we’re faced with challenging circumstances, keep in mind James 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”  Remember that God always has a purpose with the tests He allows us to experience…and they’re usually specific to aiding the growth of our faith walk.         Elder Mike

*** Remember: if you feel sick, please stay home. For Saturday night and Sunday services we are practicing social distancing in Memorial Hall for your comfort and safety. We will record the service and it will be available later Sunday.

CHURCH NEWS

*** Do you have a need?  Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.

*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.

*** Saturday night and Sunday services will be online this weekend. Go to Bethel’s website for the link to the service.

*** Sunday School: Cancelled for January 3rd.

*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing. If you haven’t been to a Bible study in a while, this is a good one to start! We’ll be looking at “Christians at Our Best”

*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.

*** Women’s Bible Study meetson Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Jesus Over Everything”. This is a DVD study. We’ll meet in Memorial Hall at two different times to accommodate schedules.  The first at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m.  Contact Betty Lou to let her know which session you plan to attend or if you would like the book and study guide.

*** Thank you to Peg Nikolai for her generous gift in memory of Bob Nikolai and Kristin Mutchler.

*** Thank you toHarold and Karen Kapell for their generous memorial gift.

*** Reminder: Annual reports are due!

*** We need cleaners! If you are interested in helping clean at Bethel Church, there is a monthly sign-up sheet on the table by the entrance in Memorial Hall.

COMMUNITY NEWS

*** The Town Van is available to transport Island residents to their medical appointments only (no shopping). There are Covid-19 protocols in place to protect you and the drivers. Your temperature will be taken, some questions will be asked, and there is a limit of two riders and masks are required. To schedule your medical van transport, call Ti Heal at: 920-535-0444.  If you would like to volunteer to be a driver, please call Ti at the above number. Applications are at the Town Office.

*** The Medical Equipment Loan Closet is available to Island residents. Call the WICHP office at 920-847-2108 to arrange for pick up and return of medical equipment.

*** Thank you, Washington Island Lions Club and Fire Department for preparing the ice rink for another winter of fun!  A huge thank you to all the volunteers for your help removing snow and with final preparations.

*** Randall Stuart Sorensen, 74, of Washington Island, died unexpectedly at home on Friday, December 25, 2020. He was born June 15, 1946 on Washington Island, son of the late Stuart Hagen and Jane Deloris (Jacobsen) Sorensen. On July 30, 1980, Randy and Kathleen Margaret Getchius were united in marriage at their home on Washington Island. He worked as a commercial fisherman for 20 years and at Washington Island Electrical for 15 years until retiring. During retirement, he worked for Fragrant Isle as the field manager, a job he truly loved and enjoyed. Randy is survived by his three sons, MacDennis Buettner of West Allis, Jim (Sara) Sorensen of Washington Island, and Randall Sorensen of Washington Island. In honor of Randy’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held in 2021.

*** Please pray for the family of Grace Ann Carpenter who died December 25th. No obituary is available at this time.

Vol. 74, No. 50

December 20th, 2020

Of Shepherds and Sheep

Merry Christmas! What a great time of year! Along with gift-giving and parties there’s so much to consider. When you reflect on the Christmas story what grabs your attention? Is it the message Mary received from Gabriel? Or the uncomfortable spot Joseph think he’s in? Or how about the shepherds? Who are they and how do they fit into this anyway?

The Bethlehem shepherds were likely raised in synagogue. They’d have known of the prophecy of a Savior coming from a little village (Micah 5:2-5). So, when the angel appeared and proclaimed an anointed baby was being born (Luke 2:8 ff), they checked it out (2:15-20). It seems strange that the recipients of the message are shepherds, and not priests or other religious leaders, but it fits.

There are lots of references to shepherds in Scripture. Many to do with actual shepherds, including David. Many others, however, use the concept of shepherding to show how good leaders act (as in the Bethlehem prophecy of the coming godly ruler (Micah 5:4)). God’s leaders are called to “shepherd their flock” and care for their “sheep”, not ignore or abuse them (Ezekiel 34). Jesus will refer to himself as the good shepherd who will lay down his life for his flock (John 10:11-18).

Shepherds represent God’s overarching plan for life and leadership. And though they have a small part in this story, they point towards the child who will, himself, shepherd us into his everlasting flock.                        Pastor Rick

*** Remember: if you feel sick, please stay home. For Saturday night and Sunday services we are practicing social distancing in Memorial Hall for your comfort and safety. We will record the service and it will be available later Sunday.

CHURCH NEWS

*** Do you have a need?  Contact Janet Hanlin at 920-535-0021.

*** The Giving Option is live on Bethel’s website: http://www.islandbethelchurch.com.

*** Tuesday night Adult Connect Group is meeting at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall to accommodate social distancing. If you haven’t been to a Bible study in a while, this is a good one to start! We’ll be looking at “Christians at Our Best”

*** Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary. We’re working through, “I Will Lift My Eyes Unto the Hills: Learning from the Great Prayers of the Old Testament” by Walter Kaiser.

*** Youth Group: For information regarding scheduling, please contact Michelle Jordan at 920-535-0081.

*** Women’s Bible Study meetson Thursdays. We’ll be studying, “Jesus Over Everything”. This is a DVD study. We’ll meet in Memorial Hall at two different times to accommodate schedules.  The first at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m.  Contact Betty Lou to let her know which session you plan to attend or if you would like the book and study guide.

*** Christmas Eve Service will be Dec. 24th at 6:00 p.m.

*** Our Christmas caroling night is cancelled this year.

*** No Saturday service December 26th. Combined service on Sunday morning December 27th at 10:45 a.m.

*** No Sunday School December 27th.

*** Reminder: Annual reports are due!

*** Bethel Builders Cookie Walk (A New Way) was a HUGE success! Thank you to all who participated in taking orders, baking dozens and dozens of wonderful cookies and other treats! Thank you to those who bought the cookies and those who worked getting the orders in the right hands. Enjoy!

*** We need cleaners! If you are interested in helping clean at Bethel Church, there is a monthly sign-up sheet on the table by the entrance in Memorial Hall.

COMMUNITY NEWS

*** The Town Van is available to transport Island residents to their medical appointments only (no shopping). There are Covid-19 protocols in place to protect you and the drivers. Your temperature will be taken, some questions will be asked, and there is a limit of two riders and masks are required. To schedule your medical van transport, call Ti Heal at: 920-535-0444.  If you would like to volunteer to be a driver, please call Ti at the above number. Applications are at the Town Office.

*** The Medical Equipment Loan Closet is available to Island residents. Call the WICHP office at 920-847-2108 to arrange for pick up and return of medical equipment.

*** December 21st – Light Up the Night contest – decorate your house and/or yard – community viewing (from the safety of one’s car) will be from 5-9pm.  Call Emily Small at 920-535-0999 if you have questions.

*** Annual polar Plunge – January 1st at 12:00 p.m.  Bring water shoes – the rocks are slippery.  Contact Kim Bremer for more information at 920-421-4538.

*** New Year’s Day Trap Shoot – Sportsman’s Club “Ump-Teenth annual Trap and Loot Shoot” January 1st – Contest starts at 10am.  $10 entry fee.