April 28, 2019

 Vol. 73, No.16

Restored and Useful

He’d been one of my harsher critics. He tended to be a tough man, a cattle man, used to tough situations and doing things his way. He could be generous and helpful when he saw a need, but it seemed like any contact I had fell flat. Yet, after his brother’s funeral in Nebraska last week, he came up to me and said it was the best sermon I had ever preached and he listened to it. I was speechless. The sermon was on the fruit of God’s Spirit working in our lives (Gal 5:22-23), and covered similar themes as I’d preached there before when I was covering Galatians. It was no better or worse than most of my messages, from my perspective. So what was the difference?

He’d changed. Cancer had hit him hard, which was part of it. But so too did seeing many others at his clinic who were also dealing with cancer. And his heart grew. After his treatments, he kept going every Tuesday and Thursday, bringing treats, talking and praying with people. Huh.

 

We speak a lot about the transforming, restorative work of Jesus though the resurrection. Sometimes, however, we get unexpected glimpses into that work that take our breath away. He still works! His Spirit still engages and changes. After Jesus rose, he restored the thrice-denying Peter. It was tough but obvious (John 21). The point is clear. God can use anyone for his kingdom. All of us, no matter where we have been and struggled, are useful tools in His hand. Through Jesus, you are a specially equipped minister. How will He use you today?

SATURDAY EVENING  Service at 6 P.M. followed by a potluck every other week at 7 P.M.
SUNDAY    9:30 A.M. Adult Bible Class, Memorial Hall. 10:45 A.M. Worship service in the sanctuary.
CHURCH NEWS  NOTE  a date change for Daily Vacation Bible School. It will be June 24-June 28.  The theme is “Athens”. Leslie and Ron Kleckner have been experiencing health issues and are uncertain when they may be able to travel to the Island. Leslie has been a faithful leader of  DVBS and Ron a helper. Keep them in your prayers. Tuesday nights at 7 PM there is a Bible Study at the parsonage. All welcome to attend. *** Contact Jill Coombs about the date and time of the next study. *** Keep Michael Smith in your prayers during unsettled times in the Ukraine. Michael is the son of Pastor and Betty Lou. *** Ladies Night: will be May 20. The book is “Dust Bowl Girls” by Lydia Reeder. Book discussion at 6:30 followed by BUNCO. May 10: Mother Daughter Banquet, 6 P.M.  Theme is “A Mother’s Apron”. Call Marianna Gibson for reservations 847-2225. ***  “Thank you to all who brought food, called, stopped by, sent cards, provided transportation, and for other expressions of kindness during my recuperation from a fall.” – from Marian Boniface. *** The Good Friday Service included songs and scripture readings. Pastor spoke short meditations between readings. Readers included Dick and Sue Tobey, Butch and Lorel Gordon, Andy and Lisa Munao, and Debbie and Mike Thielke. Mary Andersen led songs with Pastor, Andy Munao and Betty Lou managed the sound system. Christian Cornell, Robert Bjarnarson, and Pastor played guitar accompaniment. Thanks to Kerstin Ellefson for the vases of lovely flowers in the sanctuary. An interesting note, a couple was in attendance and the man was a descendent of Rev. Peter Kitwood. Kitwood came to the Island in 1864 and felt that a church should be built. He began getting donations of materials and monies toward the project and by 1865 the church was built. *** The sunrise Easter service was well attended. Pastor Allen Schaffmeyer and Pastor Rick Smith both participated.   *** The Easter Sunday service began with a rousing trumpet duet by Pastor Rick and Lee Engstrom.  An Easter video followed. Pastor’s message focused on John chapters 20 & 21, “Restored”. Donna Bries-meister was pianist. Easter eggs were hidden in Memorial Hall (Thanks to Denise Kellerman for filling them with candies donated previously and to helpful egg hiders, and to Becky Gillespie for organizing the event.) There were many for the children to find after church. *** With spring here, this is a reminder to let Mary Andersen know about any address changes. Her contact information is on the back of the Tidings.
COMMUNITY NEWS   Heidi Hodges, the new Island Observer managing editor, brings a wealth of experience with her. She has written for the Advocate and continues to have a column in that publication, she had served as Resorter Reporter and she is an exper-ienced photographer. She and her sons have been regular campers on Rock Island through the years. Both boys are now adults. ***  The Town website is updated.   Go to https://washingtonisland-wi.gov to see meeting schedules, a calendar, minutes, agendas etc. *** Ed. Note: While we were off Island recently we were able to view the film, “Unplanned”.  See it if at all possible. It will open your eyes to the issue of abortion. ***  Memorial service for Rick Ellefson was held April 20th at Bethel Church. He was born in 1952, son of the late Richard and Barbara Ellefson. He died April 4th.  Rick’s son, Rich Ellefson, shared memories of his father including how supportive he had been of the boys (Rich and Lance) in their activities growing up. Rick had coached Little League when the boys were playing and when they switched to hockey, he got involved in that too. Rick had worked in Kenosha but his dream was to move to the Island, and his friend, Ted Jorgenson, built his house on Mountain Road. Rick was a proud dad and grandpa. He loved watching his children and grandchildren  play on Little League teams and a grandaughter play volleyball. Rick also had his pilot’s license. He enjoyed trying new recipes. Jon Mann shared memories of Rick and Rick’s grandaughter, Ashley, also talked about him, A video tribute was played that had been compiled by the family. Pastor Rick officiated the service, Donna Briesmeister was pianist, Scriptures were read by Jed and Ashley Ellefson. The family suggests gifts be given in Rick’s memory to Washington Island Little League, Unity Hospice, or DoorCANcer. Go to his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com to read or add to the memories and photos shared.  *** The 45th Annual Salon of School Art is open for viewers at the Miller Art Center in Sturgeon Bay through May 25th. Island Art teacher is Melanie Enger and she encourages Island students to

 

participate. www. millerartmuseum.org. *** Congratulations to Jens and Becky Jacobsen on their marriage. A wedding reception was held April 27th at Karly’s.

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April 14, 2019

Vol. 73, No.14

Going Deeper with God and One Another

I just got asked to help with a funeral back in Nebraska, for a guy named Steve. This is a 2nd generation funeral for me as I’d done his father’s funeral 14 years ago. It was my 2nd month at the church and I’d only met his dad once at the nursing home. Talk about an awkward meeting.  As I walked into his room and introduced myself as the new pastor, he seemed none too impressed. In a low, gruff voice he blurted, “Well … good for you.” Unfortunately, that was as meaningful as it got.

Steve, however, I saw for 8 ½ years at church activities, had meals at his house, and even had an epic trip to a Huskers football game in his classic 1950’s automobile. I got to know Steve, his wife and his adult children. There’s substance to our relationship. I’ve grown to love him and his family.  On some basic level, isn’t that what church is about? Our faith in Jesus is lived out together. Together we recognize that God created and loves us. Together we face that we’re all sinners, but that Jesus came to earth and died for our sins and makes us right with God. And together we make God’s love real and visible by loving one another.

This type of community takes time, even effort, to develop. It doesn’t just happen. Our study of Hebrews has given great insights into Jesus’ accomplishments, but it also directs us to make love and care for others a tangible reality. So, how can (and will) you live alongside others the awesome love of God we remember at Easter? God bless you!

SATURDAY EVENINGS  Church service in Memorial Hall at 6 PM. A potluck follows every other week at 7 P.M.  Last Saturday (the 6th) was a potluck night and the theme was Mexican food.
SUNDAYS   Adult Bible Class at 9:30 AM. Worship service in the sanctuary at 10:45 AM.
PALM SUNDAY BREAKFAST
 All welcome for the Palm Sunday Breakfast at Trinity Lutheran Church in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday from 8:30-9:30 A.M. Suggested donation – $10. Buttermilk pancakes, bacon and sausage, oven fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, fruit, monkey bread, juices, coffee.
CHURCH NEWS  Thank you to Christian Cornell for his touching solo last Sunday. A song his father, the late Rodney Cornell, had loved and sang. He accompanied himself on guitar. Christian and Robert Bjarnarson, and Pastor Rick provide guitar accompaniment for congregational songs. ***  Last week Pastor Rick attended the  Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) Forest Lakes District Spring Conference in  Wausau. The theme was, “I will build my church”.  *** Betty Lou travelled to wrap up some business in Chicago and then headed west to visit Smith’s daughter Stephanie and husband, Bryce, and  their two daughters, Saoirse and Alora. *** Tuesday nights at 7 PM there is a Bible Study at the parsonage. All welcome to attend. *** Ladies Bible Study is Thursday at 12:30 PM, usually held at Jill Coombs. *** There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday after church. If people want to donate candy to fill eggs they can drop off at church.  Thanks! *** Keep Michael Smith in your prayers during unsettled times in the Ukraine, particularly in April.  Michael is the son of Pastor and Betty Lou. *** Gifts have been received from Herb and Marianna Gibson and Orion and Jill Mann in memory of  Louis Munao.  *** Azaleas for Easter are given from Eric and Barbara Greenfeldt in memory of Anker and Martha Greenfeldt. *** Thanks to those that have held youth meetings, most recently a fondue party at Memorial Hall. 13 kids attended.  Leaders over the winter months have included Michelle and Tom Jordan, Leila Nehlsen, Rich and Kerstin Ellefson. The search for a youth group leader continues. Contact Pastor Rick if you know of someone that would like to apply.
 COMING EVENTS AT BETHEL:
April 19
:
Good Friday Service, 7 P.M. at church.
April 21:  Community Sunrise Service at Percy Johnson East Side Park 5:50 A.M.
April 21: Easter Service at church 10:45 A.M. Saturday night will join the Sunday morning service for this weekend.
April 22: Ladies Night, the book to read is “Dust Bowl Girls” by Lydia Reeder.
May 10: Mother Daughter Banquet, 6 P.M. Call Marianna Gibson for reservations 847-2225. Do you have a special memory of your mother or grandmother in the kitchen or at work wearing an apron?  If so, contact Marianna.
COMMUNITY NEWS   Rick Ellefson, 67, of Washington Island, passed away at home on April 4.  He was born March 18, 1952 in Kenosha, son of the late Richard and Barbara Ellefson.  After graduating from high school, Rick worked for L&M Meats and St. Catherine’s Hospital in Kenosha before moving to Washington Island in 1994.  He then worked as a plumber for O’Connell Plumbing until his retirement in 2010.  Rick enjoyed watching his grandchildren play Little League, going for four-wheeler rides with his family, and being outdoors.  Rick will be missed by his two sons, Rich (Kerstin) Ellefson of Washington Island and Lance (Amy) Ellefson of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren; brother, Tully (Liz) Ellefson of Washington Island; sister, Gay (Richard) Hecker of Waco, Texas; nephews and niece. A memorial service to honor Rick’s life will be held on Saturday, April 20, at noon at Bethel Church. Family and friends may gather at the church at 11:30 a.m. for visitation.   In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rick’s name to Washington Island Little League, Unity Hospice, or Door CANcer. Casperson Funeral Home in Sister Bay is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Rick may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.  *** Word was received that Lauralee Daniels died at age 71. She had been married to former pastor at Bethel, Myron Gaul.

April 7, 2019

Vol. 73, No.13

Disciplined for Good

I played football from grade 4-8.  My coaches were tough, in-your-face guys who were not afraid to yell and scream to make their point. They pushed us to be where we were supposed to be in order for the team to make plays on the field. Early on, we lost a lot of games. Eventually, however, we won lots as we grew up and learned the game and the systems. I credit those coaches for what they got out of my teammates and me, even if they were far from nice on the field. Legendary Cowboys coach Tom Landry says about coaching that “A coach is someone who tells you what you don’t want to hear, who has you see what you don’t want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be.”

In our faith life, God sometimes allows us to experience far-from-nice things for a similar reason. In Hebrews 12, God is compared to a good father, who, at times, disciplines his children. Discipline often smarts, and no one enjoys it at the time (Hebrews 12:5-11), but if God is disciplining us, there is something He wants us to see. My friend Luke has been challenging me to ask God, particularly in hard times, where He was in those moments. And then to further ask what He wanted me to see from it. You see, none of us gets this perfectly and we all need a redirect at times, even grizzled old pastors and leaders. Part of growing is being humble enough to realize we still have a ways to go, but the One guiding us also loves and wants the best for us.

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SATURDAY EVEINGS  Church service in Memorial Hall at 6 PM. A potluck follows every other week at 7 PM.
SUNDAYS   Adult Bible Class at 9:30 AM. Worship service in the sanctuary at 10:45 AM.
CHURCH NEWS
  Tuesday nights at 7 PM there is a Bible Study at the parsonage. Anyone is welcome to attend. *** Ladies Bible Study is Thursday at 12:30 PM, usually held at Jill Coombs. *** There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday after church. If people want to donate candy to fill eggs they can bring it to Church the next few weeks.  Thanks! *** Keep Michael Smith in your prayers during unsettled times in the Ukraine, particularly in April.  Michael is the son of Pastor and Betty Lou. *** Plan ahead: Bethel Church Vacation Bible School 2019 will be held June 17-21. The theme is “Athens”. *** Gifts have been received from Ray and Virginia Asplund in memory of Leon and Marie Shellswick, for their anniversary, and also for Leon’s birthday. Memorial gifts given in memory of Louis Munao were received from Dick and Sue Tobey and from Bob and Peg Nikolai. *** Easter lilies in memory of someone or in honor of someone can be ordered by calling Kerstin Ellefson, 847-2903. Thank you Kerstin! *** Easter lilies already given: from Martha and Russ McCartney in memory of Chuck Jorgenson and in honor of Everall Jorgenson; from Marjorie and LeRoy Bass in memory of Louis Munao; from Lorel Gordon in memory of brother Ben, and parents, Betty and Cliff Young. *** It was great being able to hear Andy Munao III preach at Ryan Schmitz’s church in Eustis, Florida via internet. He is an associate pastor at the church. Andy the third is the son of Andy and Lisa Munao and grandson of Andy and Bonnie Munao, all of Washington Island.  
 COMING EVENTS AT BETHEL:
April 19
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Good Friday Service, 7 P.M. at church.
April 21:  Community Sunrise Service at Percy Johnson East Side Park. Sunrise per google will be 5:54 A.M. This semi-sunrise service will be held at 6:30 A.M.
April 21: Easter Service at church 10:45 A.M. Saturday night will join the Sunday morning service for this weekend.
April 22: Ladies Night, the book to read is “Dust Bowl Girls” by Lydia Reeder.
May 10: Mother Daughter Banquet, 6 P.M. Call Marianna Gibson for reservations 847-2225. Do you have a special memory of your mother or grandmother in the kitchen or at work wearing an apron?  If so, contact Marianna.
COMMUNITY NEWS   Running for the School Board for the April election were: Amy Jorgenson, Kirsten Purinton, and Tom Jordan.  Sarah Duggan Goldstein did not run for re-election. There were 3 candidates running to fill 3 vacancies. All three were elected. There were 18 write-ins. Running for Town Chairman was incumbent Gordon Jaeger and Richard Tobey. There were 16 write-ins. Richard Tobey had the highest votes. There were three running for Town Supervisor: Richard Tobey, Lawrence Kahlscheuer, and write-in, Martin Andersen. Tobey and Andersen got the most votes. There were 19 write-ins. Each position is for 2 years. Incumbent Supervisor, Cheena Wade, chose not to run. Supervisors that come up for election in 2020 are Bill Jorgenson and Kirby Foss.  Justice of the Supreme Court: Brian Hagedorn, 188; Lisa Neubauer, 226. Court of Appeals Judge, Lisa K. Stark 378, 3 write-ins. The School Board resolution to exceed the revenue limit by $595,500 for the school year 2019-2020 and by $635,000 for the school year 2020-2021. Yes-289. No-130. The total number of ballots was 444. ***  Michael and Dani Gillespie are the parents of Dorene Mae Gillespie  born March 29 at DoorCounty Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. She joins brother, Williamson, at home. Island grandparents are Bob and Becky Gillespie and great grandmother is Mae Williamson.  *** The Washington Island Electric Cooperative was actually incorporated in 1939 but the first lines weren’t energized til December 20, 1945 due to World War II. The annual meeting is scheduled for May 12th. It starts at 10 A.M. followed by lunch. Door prizes will be drawn. As the boxholder mailer states, it will be the 73rd annual meeting but the 79th anniversary.

March 31, 2019

 Vol. 73, No.13

The Substance of Our Hope

I was reading about a Bishop in Vietnam who, after the city of Saigon fell, was imprisoned for 13 years, 9 in solitary confinement. At the outset, he was filled with despair. “The entire world was falling down around me,” he said. “My family and friends, my home, my diocese and freedom had all been taken from me. And I asked God how I could do his work in this place. It seemed so dark …” God’s answer, he says, was “’Just do my will. That is the work I want you to accomplish.’ And I never despaired again.”

At times, we find ourselves in places that are dark. Our hope, though, is that God knows. He knows where we are and what we are experiencing. And he directs us to discover the ways He is working despite the darkness that threatens us. Hebrews 11 follows up a vivid description of Jesus’ work to reconcile us with God with a reminder of what faith is all about.

Faith, at its core, is grounded in God’s true existence and creation. Believing and acting on that knowledge is crucial. The author of Hebrews then gives several Old Testament examples (folks like Abraham, Sarah, Moses and Rahab) that demonstrate that principle. We are called to live by faith. We get through good times and dark times by faith.  In the end, our call is to fix our eyes on Jesus, to consider him who endured so much on our behalf. And as we remember him, we do not grow weary and lose heart (Hebrews 12:1-3). He is our hope and the source of our strength and resilience.

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CHURCH NEWS  Keep Michael Smith in your prayers during unsettled times in the Ukraine, particularly in April.  Michael is the son of Pastor and Betty Lou. *** Plan ahead: Bethel Church Vacation Bible School 2019 will be held June 17-21. The theme is “Athens”.
April 1:  Bethel Builders, 7 P.M. at church. Working on Mother -Daughter Banquet plans.
April 19: Good Friday Service, 7 P.M. at church.
April 21:  Sunrise Service at Percy Johnson East Side Park. Sunrise per google will be 5:54 A.M.
April 21: Easter Service at church 10:45 A.M. Saturday night will join the Sunday morning service for this weekend.
April 22: Ladies Night, the book to read is “Dust Bowl Girls” by Lydia Reeder.
May 10: Mother Daughter Banquet, 6 P.M. Call Marianna Gibson for reservations 847-2225. Do you have a special memory of your mother or grandmother in the kitchen or at work wearing an apron?  If so, contact Marianna.
COMMUNITY NEWS   Island Party May 4th!  Swing into Spring! At the Community Center and the newly renovated kitchen may be usable by then.  There will be a swing dance beginners lesson at 7 P.M. followed by social dancing. Dances may include the Jitter Bug, the Charleston, Boogie Woogie, Shag, Balboa, Lindy Hop. No partner or experience needed. Dressing for the 1930, 1940 or 1950 decades is encouraged. Cocktails at 5:30, dinner, salutation, and dessert at 6 P.M. Cost is $40. All profits go to the Community Center. Sweepstakes tickets are available from each of the Community Center Committee members: Marsha Gunnlaugsson, Liz Pratt, Emily Small, Jim Sorensen, Howard Scott, Denise Kellerman, Donna Russell. 1st prize is a Grub Grab including gift certificates from Island restaurants; 2nd is a Family Pass at the Rec Center; 3rd is a Ferry Line passenger pass book. *** The 45th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art will be held from Saturday April 20th to Monday May 27th.  Washington Island art students participate in this event each year. It includes works in a range of media from a total of more than 100 students county wide, including  15-18 years of age. *** The ferry schedule for March 22 to April 26 is: Leaving the Island are trips at 7 AM, 8:45 AM, 10:15 AM, Noon, 2 PM, and 4 PM. Trips from Northport to the Island: 8 AM, 9:30 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM,  and 5 PM. Friday night trips start April 5th to November 1 – from the Island the ferry leaves at 7 PM and 8:30 PM. It leaves Northport at 7:45 PM and 9:15 PM. Their new brochures are available. Or go online to check out the new layout, the schedule, and other information. ***  The Sportsman’s Club will again sponsor a “Learn to Hunt Turkeys” class for anyone 10 years and older that have not yet hunted turkeys. There is a required class at the Sportsman’s Club on May 4 starting at 1 P.M.  Mentored turkey hunting begins on May 5. Contact Butch Young to sign up or for  more information. *** At the Island Clinic you get information on adopting a soldier. There is a specific list of needed items and you can place them in the box there. ***  “The mission of the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands is to work cooperatively with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to support the goals of preservation, restoration, maintenance and contem-porary use of the lighthouses, accessory buildings, structures and other historic resources on Plum and Pilot Islands. To conserve and protect wildlife resources, while providing opportunities for quality wildlife-dependent recreation.” Go to their website for interesting articles and information on the work they are doing.  https://www.plumandpilot.org/ 

*** From a copy of the Island Exchange of News & Ads March 31 and April 7, 1988, is the following excerpt:  “Sunday, March 20, was the first day of Spring and the first day of swimming at the Washington Island Recreation Center.  Approx-imately 300 people came to look at, use, and appreciate the beautiful facility that Washington Island is so fortunate to have for their community.” *** April 4th will be the Door County Public Health Department’s immunization clinic at the Community Center, from 10 – 11:30 AM. Pediatric vaccines will be available to ages 18 or younger. Tetanus/Pertussis is FREE to all children regardless of insurance status. Adult vaccines will also be available.
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March 17, 2019

 Vol. 73, No.11

“Many great prayer warriors can usher us straight to God’s throne through their prayers. Sometimes we will join in prayers that can seem too lengthy, and at other times not long enough. Are we weighing the significance of our prayers by their length or how eloquent they are in the words we speak? Or is humbleness the key to our prayers being heard?

Through the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, we learn about prayer. The Pharisee, confident in his own righteousness, listed everything he did right. Instead of giving God praise and petitioning for his sins to be forgiven, he thanks God that he is not like others he considers less righteous. The tax collector, who wouldn’t look up to heaven, instead beat his breast pleading to God to be merciful to him, a sinner. Because of his humble prayer, the tax collector was justified before God.

The lesson for us when we pray is to have a heart that is grieved by our sins, to confess them before our holy God and to be completely dependent upon His grace to forgive us. May we humble ourselves before our loving Father, together exalt His holy name, and ask Him to forgive our sins as a nation and as His people.

“For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.” —Isaiah 66:2 NKJV (copied from Leslie Kleckner’s facebook message.)

 

CHURCH NEWS  Ladies Night will be Monday, March 18, tomorrow night, at 7 p.m.   There will be discussion on the book, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”,  A book will be chosen for the next month and Nelvie  Cauldwell will be teaching us how to make egg rolls.  All ladies invited! Bring a friend! *** Michael Smith, 60B, Peremoha St., KB 39, Pomichna, Kirovohradska Oblast, Ukraine. 27030. Michael, son of Pastor and Betty Lou Smith, has been stationed in the Ukraine. Keep Michael in your prayers during these unsettled times there, particularly this month and next month. *** Plan ahead: Bethel Church Vacation Bible School 2019 will be held June 17-21. The theme is “Athens”. Time is from 9 A.M. to noon. Bethel Church Vacation Bible School 2019. *** It is good to have Pastor Rick and Betty Lou back from a trip to Arizona to visit Rick’s mother and sister. In Rick’s absence for one Sunday, Doug Quenzer came over to the Island to preach. Thanks Doug!
COMMUNITY NEWS
 Congratulations to Billy and Roxanne Appel on the birth of their second son, Levi Andrew Clifford Appel. He was born on March 7th and weighed 9# 1 oz. and was 20 inches long. He joins brother, Cedric. Grandparents on the Island are Andy and Lisa Munao, great grandparents on the Island are Andy and Bonnie Munao. *** The Washington Islands (as in more than one) Birding Festival is May 16-19. You can register at the Washington Island Art and Nature website: wianc.org  *** We were sorry to receive notice that Edward Wasie FNP, APNP will be transitioning to Sturgeon Bay as an Urgent Care Provider. He will continue to work with Door County Medical Center. A recruitment process is underway to find a replacement for his position.  *** The 45th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art will be held from Saturday April 20th to Monday May 27th.  Washington Island art students participate in this event each year. It includes works in a range of media from a total of more than 100 students county wide, ages 15-18 years of age. *** February 15-18 was the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)  This is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org  According to findings there for Washington Island, top number of bird sightings were posted by Melody Walsh, 27 species, and Donna Benson, 19. Go there to see more information on the species reported. Or go to the global site for more bird info. gbbc.birdcount.org  Each checklist submitted during the GBBC helps researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society learn more about how birds are doing, and how to protect them and their environment. *** Tidbit from the Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands: The Pilot Island lighthouse was built in 1858 and the Keeper’s Quarters on Plum in 1892, The Plum Island boathouse was built in 1939, Go to their website for information on the progress of restoring buildings on Plum and Pilot. plumandpilot.org  *** Ann Polzin-Jensen and her daughter, Lily, travelled to Australia to visit the  Australian Zoo, an hour north of Brisbane. The late Steve and Terri Irwin’s vision has always been to make Australia Zoo the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility in the entire world. They met with daughter, Bindi, and son, Robert. who have been active at the zoo since they were little. Lily was photographed multiple times with them and with animals and she and Ann were featured in the local newspaper.  The ferry adds trips to its schedule starting March 22nd! *** When you head back to the Island in the spring or early summer, remember to let Mary Andersen know of any address changes. ***  On March 9th, the Sturgeon Bay Mason’s provided 57 Steamboat dinners to Island residents who are caregivers, home bound or seniors. Thank you to Tom Pinney & Andy Starr with the Mason’s for their coordination/transportation, to Wendy Schubert with the Aging & Disability Resource Center for her event organization, to our volunteer drivers who delivered the meals and to Hoyt Purinton & his WIFL crew for transporting the dinners safely to the Island. It is so appreciated by our residents who receive the meals and brightens their days!

March 3, 2019

 Vol. 73, No. 9

Running on Empty

I got nothing. The tank seems empty. I’m trying to fill this space and I’ve been blanking all week. “Write something inspirational, pastor! Come on man, that’s your job. Go deep.” Yeah yeah yeah. Still nothing.

Between the heavy loss and physically moving so much snow, I’m lacking inspiration. And I sense I’m not alone. Wherever I go, there’s a malaise hanging over us. We’re making it through, today. If we’re not talking about the great sadness, we are talking about the relentless weather. So what do we do with this? How do we break out of it? Good question. We need something bigger and deeper. We need help.

I’m reminded of this Puritan phrase for uninspired times: “Pray until you pray.” On some level it seems idiotic. How is that supposed to work? If I can’t pray, how do I even start? On our own, it feels futile. Except we do have help in this. St. Paul directs us, “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26). OK. There’s a start.

With that, we also have words, good words. Scripture can reorient us until our feelings change. Use  God’s words, like in Psalm 27:13-14: “I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Wait for it. OK. Take heart and wait for it. Read, or listen, to the Word and then wait. Let’s pray (or attempt to for now).

 

CHURCH NEWS  Plan ahead: Bethel Church Vacation Bible School 2019 will be held June 17-21. The theme is “Athens”. *** The next Leaders Council meeting is March 14.  *** Tuesday night was the monthly Ladies Night at church. Lorel encouraged comments from those that had read the book chosen last month and Betty Lou announced the next book, titled “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”. The following program was all about tea. Ladies sat at lace covered tables for four.  Vases each held one tulip. Place settings included beautiful tea cups that had been handed down or gifted from family members. In spite of the cold evening, several dressed up for the occasion. Betty Lou then led a game based on Jeopardy with the following categories: Tea Trivia, Tea Around the World, English Tea Services, and Types of Tea. There were point values for each correct question. Ex.: “A citrus spiced tea made with black tea, oranges, lemons, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg.”  The prize winning table included Meghann Haertig, Janet Engstrom, Eileen Cornell. (It was four with Betty Lou but she was game host.) High Tea followed. There was an assortment of teas available, finger sandwiches, carrot cake, and two kinds of scones. Betty Lou read a short account about sharing of tea across generations. Sue Tobey gave a devotional. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. The next Ladies Night will be March 18.  There will be discussion on the book, noted above, and Nelvie  Cauldwell will be teaching us how to make egg rolls.  All ladies invited!
COMMUNITY NEWS  Jeannie Gunnlaugsson thanks everyone for their well wishes, calls, food, prayers, and the lovely afghan shawl made by the ladies at church.  The outpouring of love and care was greatly appreciated before and after her surgery. *** Our sympathy to the family and friends of Louis Andrew Munao, Sr., 58.  He passed away on February 19. He was born October 13, 1960 the son of Andrew Sr. and Bonnie Munao.  Lou joined the family business and became the Vice President of Shipyard Island Marina, where he worked alongside of his mom, dad, brother, and son.  Lou and Jennifer Graham were united in marriage on September 10, 2006 at the Washington Island Stavkirke.  He was a basketball coach, problem solver, piano player, drag racer, and a lover of Ford trucks.  Lou loved to make others happy with his mischievous demeanor and wild sense of humor.  He was generous, kind, patient, and encouraging and attentive and caring about other’s well-being.  He was a hardworking family man, who was a proud and loving husband, father, and grandfather.  Lou will be missed by his loving wife, Jennifer; children, Gena (Ron) Fisco (and their children, Emma and Vincent), Louis Jr. (special friend, Haley Jonas), Jonathan, Anthony, Elizabeth, and Jillian; parents, Andrew Sr. and Bonnie; brothers, Andrew Jr. (Lisa) and Anthony (Vanessa) Munao; sister, Janette Munao; father-in-law, Colin Graham (Mary Weir); mother-in-law, Jill Graham; sister-in-law, Alison (Mark) Stewart; former wife, Deidre; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. A funeral service was held on February 26, at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church. Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church and Pastor Rick Smith of Bethel Ev. Free Church co-officiated the service.  Family members shared loving, humorous and heart-breaking memories of Louis.  Pianists, Dan Hansen, Diane Kahlscheuer, Jonathan Bass; organist, Diane Kahlscheuer; readers, Tom Nikolai, Larry Kahlscheuer, Rachel Schuchardt; greeters, Mike and Amy Jorgenson, Paula and Jeff McDonald; ushers, Jeff Cornell, Keith Mann; pallbearers, Andrew Munao, Jr., Louis Munao, Jr., Anthony Munao, Jonathan Bass, Orion Mann, Ronald Fisco, Jordan Daschev, Dave Kozy. The committal at the Island cemetery was private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Lou’s name to Nicolet Bank, where his family has set up a memorial fund for his minor children and grand-children, Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Bethel Ev. Free Church, Washington Island Mosling Recreation Center, or Smiles Therapeutic Riding. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Lou may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com. Continue to keep the family in prayer as they go forward in their lives without Louis. *** Washington Island Fire Fighters recently completed National Fire Entry Level Fire Fighter 1 & 2 on Washington Island. NWTC Fire Instructor Paul Swanson taught the course here on the Island and then concluded with the Practical Exam at NWTC’s Training ground in Green Bay. Congratulations to Adam Steffans, Mike Cornell, Chris Cornell, Casey Dennis, Miryam Gregg, and Mike Nickell and Captain Tom Block on completing this National Fire Certification.

February 24, 2019

Vol. 73, No. 8

Guess Where I Am

Monday night I sat in an office I’ve not been in for a long time: the senior pastor’s office at Redeemer EFC in Milwaukee. My friend Jeff had an elders meeting there and the current pastor offered it as a place to read while I waited. I’d been the youth minister at Redeemer for 9 years and was in that office a lot. As I sat, many memories rushed in, some of them good, many of them ordinary, and even a few that were painful. The man who’d been a spiritual father to me, Paul, was its first inhabitant. So I called him up.

We reflected on the physical space, but also the great times we shared, both spiritual and not. Funny how being in a place brings back so much. Along with those good times, tough ones came back too: some regrets, some hurts and even some lingering bitterness. Had that always been there? Our life seems overwhelming sometimes, doesn’t it? We get disappointed in ourselves, in others, in the church. Where are we supposed to go with that?

This thing is, our savior, Jesus, ministers on our behalf at the right hand of God’s throne (Hebrews 8:1-2).  And in calling on Jesus, we discover that not only can we know God, but our wicked acts and sins will be remembered no more (8:11-12). Restoration and peace are accessible because of Jesus. That’s our hope when things seem dark. Do you know how much God loves you? Enough to die for you … and he did. Go to Him with boldness and discover hope and peace.

                    

CHURCH NEWS  Plan ahead: Bethel Church Vacation Bible School 2019 will be held June 17-21. *** The next Leaders Council meeting is March 14.  ***  “Today we received wonderful news that the Turkish government  extended Dana’s residence permit for two more years! This means that we can continue to be a part of the harvest that is happening now.  Praise God. Brian’s permission is good for another year. Very recently, a middle aged married woman named Mehtap came to faith in Christ.  She came to understand the Gospel mostly through her own reading and just a little help from us.  Mehtap is already comfortable praying out loud, and every prayer of hers so far has been for the spread of the Gospel.  Amen!”  – from Dana and Brian Phipps, missionaries in Turkey, from a February 7 update. *** It was great to see former  Pastor Phil Green and hear him speak last Sunday. After he left the Island he was stranded at the airport in Chicago because of a winter storm.
COMMUNITY NEWS   Elizabeth Hansen and Ryan Burns of Chicago are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Logan Locke Burns, on January 8, 2019. Maternal grandparents are Joan Hansen and Jens Hansen, both of Washington Island; paternal grandparents are Sheila and Mitch Kristie of New Lenox, IL. Congratulations! *** Congratulations to Emily and David Small on the birth of their daughter, Vivian Marjorie. She was born on February 15th and weighed 9#. Paternal grandparents are Lou and Gloria Small. Maternal grandparents are the Stiefels, who own a home on the Island. *** The Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands are hosting their first booth in the lobby of Canoecopia.  Canoecopia is the largest paddle sport event in the world! Located in Madison, WI at the Alliant Energy center, this three-day weekend will host 180 seminars and clinics where you can learn about gear for paddling, develop your skills and discover new places to paddle. Dates are March 8-10. The Washington Island Chamber of Commerce has had representatives there for several years.  *** The annual Ice Party location was changed to Jackson Harbor this year. Many gather for this winter celebration. This year the monies collected were donated toward the building of a new concession stand at  the Island ballpark. ***  The annual Lion’s Club Sweetheart Valentine’s Day Dinner was held February 13th.  Each year they treat the women in their lives to a special dinner.  The ladies are an instrumental part of  the Lion’s Club fundraisers. *** Results from the Lion’s Club 42nd Annual Ray Hansen Memorial Ice Fishing Derby: (Thanks to Bill Jorgenson for the information!)
Lawyer
1st prize ($100) Hunter Bjarnarson  10.16#
2nd prize ($50) Bill Jorgenson           9.23 #
3rd prize  ($25)  Chase Bjarnarson     8.04#
Salmon/Trout
1st prize ($50) Aaron Cornell           10.18#
2nd prize ($25) Kailee Mohn            20.20#
3rd prize  ($15) No one.
Perch
1st prize ($50) Aiden Purinton             .97#
1st prize ($50) Jim Jorgenson               .97#
2nd prize ($25) Aaron Breznahan         .89#
3rd prize  ($15)  Dennis Young            .81#
Northern
1st prize ($50  Tara Dejardin            13.21#
2nd prize ($25) Vesta Davidson        12.91#
3rd prize  ($15) No one.
Walleye: No one for any of the three prizes.
The Lion’s Club served lunch at Nelsen’s Hall and it was followed by BINGO. This is always a fun winter weekend. The ferry line added extra boats to get people over and back. *** Word was received that Louis Munao died February 19th. Our sympathy to his wife, Jennifer, and their children Gena, Louis, Jonathan, Anthony, Elizabeth, and Jillian, his parents, Andy and Bonnie Munao, and other family members and friends. *** Sympathy to the family of John W. Erickson, 68,  who died on January 26th.  John was the youngest of   Robert and Louise Erickson’s children. Louise was instrumental in the purchase and preservation of the Jackson Harbor Ridges land. After retirement John worked tirelessly as leader and mentor of Alcoholics Anonymous statewide and nationally and more recently with opiate addictions. His favorite place to be was at the family cottage just off West Harbor. A Memorial Service was held in Middleton, WI February 23rd.  A service on the Island will be held next summer. Online condolences can be made at www. Gundersonfh.com *** Ann Wiley, 81, died January 29, in Madison, WI. She earned a BA and MA in English from UW Madison. She worked as a budget analyst for the State of Wisconsin and after retirement, worked as high school English teacher. She enjoyed spending summers on the Island. Online condolences can be made at www.gundersonfh.com  Our sympathy to her family.