January 21, 2018

Vol. 72, No. 3

              Makes No Sense

I’m struck by St. Paul’s funny way of telling people about the gospel. Sometimes it’s almost like anti-persuasion, as if he’s saying, “Let me show you the most troublesome parts of our faith!” Then he highlights the central place of the gruesome, unspeakable crucifixion of Jesus. NT Wright likens it to someone loudly telling people at a fancy dinner party how he’d seen rats chewing on a dead dog. Crucifixion is, well, disgusting. But that’s his message, all the while acknowledging its difficulty for many, “But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,” (1Cor.1:17 NIV). It’s not the most savory thing to be putting out there.

Unless, of course, it’s true. And that’s what drives Paul. As a learned Jew and a citizen of Rome, he had all the training and sophistication to see through and combat this silly notion that Jesus was Messiah. Until God supernaturally confronted him and changed his mind and directed him to take all that great training and look at Scripture again. And as he pours into Scripture, he discovers that it speaks of one who would to take away sin through his death (Isaiah 53:6); that this message was for all mankind. And despite its apparent foolishness, it was God’s way of offering mankind a way back. This is faith-based, then. To believe that God would do this for people seems like a stretch. Why would God do this .. unless He loved us?
from Pastor Rick

SATURDAY
  Service at 6 P.M.  Fellowship Dinner at 7 every other 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 and Staffed Nursery
11:15 A.M Junior Church
CONNECT GROUP  Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s. “The Truth Project” video series.
LADIES NIGHT  All ladies invited to enjoy a night out at Memorial Hall at Bethel Church at 7 P.M. on Monday, January 22. This one will feature a presentation by Laura Hale about the Washington Island Library. Marianna Gibson will share how to make her apple slices and we get to taste the creation after it has baked. Come out and bring a friend.
LADIES BIBLE STUDIES  Jill Coombs study is on I,II,III John. It is at her home on Thursdays at 12:30 on Main Road.  *** Check with Michelle Jordan for days and times for her study group.
COMMUNION  The first Sunday of the month.
CHURCH NEWS   The Annual Meeting is Wednesday, January 31st, at church in Memorial Hall at 7 P.M. Members please be present so we can make a quorum. *** The next Leaders’ Council meeting will be March 5th. *** The next meeting of the search committee for a youth leader is February 7th. *** Mission reports from December 31st: Chick and Sharon Stults shared about their 45 years of membership with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU). They noted that this past year:  the “Jesus” film had been translated in another language, making it the 1500th translation; 414,000 churches were planted on over 1000 campuses; over 1 million new members were added in 2017. *** Eugene Cole, missionary to Africa, was also at church and gave an update. He noted that he had gone through many difficulties while there and asked for prayers that he would make a good decision about whether he should return. He thanked Bethel Church for the prayer support. It meant so much to him knowing that prayers were being made on his behalf. *** I need a fill-in for Tidings for the weeks of February 26 (mail out is March 2), March 5 (mail out is March 9), 12 (mail out is March 16), 19 (mail out is March 23), and 26 (mail out is March 30). If no one offers, those issues will be skipped.
MEN’S BREAKFAST  Second Saturday of the month at Memorial Hall at church.
COMMUNITY NEWS   Dick Jepsen, Chairman of the Death’s Door Barbeque Committee, has great news for the 7th annual DBBQ on Washington Island on Friday and Saturday, August 24th & 25th at the Washington Island Airport. DDBBQ is a KCBS-Sanctioned Competition with 100% certified judges and $8,000 in prize money. “The event organizers are honored to report that DDBBQ has been chosen as a participant in the Kansas City Barbeque Society charity initiative 100KCBS, whose goal is to donate 100,000 barbecue meals to food pantries across the country during the 2018 competition season.” “We are thrilled to be involved and look forward to working with KCBS, local food pantries, and our terrific teams to donate some great meals this summer.” In addition, last year $2,000 was given to the Washington Island Food Pantry, up from $1,000 in previous years. DDBBQ is presented by the Washington Island Ferry Line and the Washington Island Chamber of Commerce, and other businesses. ***The 4th Annual Washington Island Fishboil Festival (WIFF) is going to be at FitzGeralds in Berwyn, IL on February 3rd! Doors open at 3:30. Ken Koyen (KK) will offer his tasty fishboil with trimmings and a bratwurst dinner with Mann’s Store brats starting at 4:30. Kate from Fiddler’s Green will offer a Veg/ Vegan Mediterranean Delight. Entertainment starts at 4:30. Details and reservations fitzgeraldsnightclub.com *** Fragrant Isle was chosen by the state’s leading media brand and tourism television show, Discover Wisconsin, as a 2018 Choice Destination. In the TV episode premier of “Door County – Live Life Well”, Fragrant Isle was highlighted as Door County’s “All Things Lavender Destination”. Watch for a copy  at discoverwisconsin.com. *** Start planning to be on the Island for the annual Lion’s Club Fish Derby February 10 to noon February 18. Prizes will be announced at noon outside of Nelsen’s Hall on the 18th. There will be a brat and chili lunch at Nelsen’s from 11 A.M. to 1:00 P.M followed by  B-I-N-G-O.  *** Remember to email or call Lorel Gordon (lorelgordon@yahoo.com  920-847-9925) with news or announcements you would like included in the Tidings. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday. Thanks! ***

 

 

 

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January 14, 2018

Vol. 72, No. 2

Jesus, Islands, and the Gathering
A man was shipwrecked on an island and finally discovered by a passing boat ten years later. While he told his rescuers his story, one of them noticed four huts and asked about their purpose.  He explained one was where he slept, another was where he prepared his food, and still another was where he went to church. When asked about the fourth, which looked neglected, he said. “Oh, that’s where I used to go to church.”

Getting along in the church. It can be an ordeal sometimes. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul urges the church to work at getting along: “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree … and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought” (1Corinthians 1:10 NIV).

Who is at the center of our faith and fellowship? Sometimes we latch on to some really good speaker, or a theological issue, or a certain church, and begin to look down on other believers and disassociate ourselves with them. That raises a question about our priorities. Paul’s call is to redirect our focus. What really matters for the Church? Is it someone’s eloquence or personality? Or is it the gospel message, the Cross of Christ? Paul indicates that is our true center and power. If we drift from this, what are we? A club of nice people, maybe, but not the Spirit empowered bride of Christ”. – from Pastor Rick
SATURDAY   Service at 6 P.M.  Fellowship Dinner at 7 every other 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 and Staffed Nursery
11:15 A.M Junior Church
CONNECT GROUP  Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s. “The Truth Project” video series.
LADIES NIGHT  All ladies invited to enjoy a night out at Memorial Hall at Bethel Church at 7 P.M. on Monday, January 22. This one will feature a presentation by Laura Hale about the Washington Island Library. Marianna Gibson will share how to make her apple slices and we get to taste the creation after it has baked. Come out and bring a friend.
LADIES BIBLE STUDY  Check with Jill Coombs and Michelle Jordan for days and times for their study groups.
COMMUNION  The first Sunday of the month.
CHURCH NEWS  REMEMBER TO GET ANNUAL REPORTS TO CHURCH NO LATER THAN JANUARY 20th so they can be put together in a booklet and be available for pick-up at church prior to the meeting! *** The Annual Meeting is Wednesday, January 31st. *** Gifts have been received from Martha Fidel in memory of the Lind Family; from Don and Glenna Riewe in memory of Carolyn Koyen. *** The Search Committee for a youth leader met for the second time January 3. They have worked on a job description, are reading and sharing a book recom-mended by EFCA, “Sustainable Youth Ministry”, plus an initial contact list of those that may have possible leads. The next meeting is February 7th. *** The next Leaders’ Council meeting will be March 5th. *** Remember the Tidings fund for gifts. Whether you receive the Tidings by mail or online, your support is appreciated. It costs about $15-$20 per year per mailing address. Besides postage there are copy machine costs, labels, etc. Thank you! *** The total amount needed for the carpeting upstairs of Memorial Hall is estimated at $20K. The old carpet is badly stained and worn.  $7,050 has already been received leaving a need of $12,950. The upstairs will utilize carpet squares so if there are spills, squares could be replaced. Thank you!
MEN’S BREAKFAST  Second Saturday of the month at Memorial Hall at church.
COMMUNITY NEWS    Eugene Joseph Callahan passed away on December 2, 2017, in Sister Bay, Wisc. Gene was born on May 31, 1937. He met Mary Jean Byrne, the love of his life, in 1953. They were married in 1960 and had four sons: Kevin, Michael, Daniel and John. Gene pursued a career in social justice. After retirement, Gene and Mary Jean moved full time to their home on Washington Island. He is survived by Mary Jean (Byrne), his wife of 57 years; his four sons and their families. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  (Full obituary was published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Dec. 31, 2017.)  Above information taken in part from the obituary. *** The Washington Island Chamber of Commerce has been working on the 2018 brochure. The Board of Directors is Mary Andersen (President); Linda Elmore (Vice President); Marianna Gibson (Secretary/Treasurer); Members: Hoyt Purinton and Pam Young. *** Washington Island Community Health Program News: Colleen Koziara, Nationally Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, will be the next speaker Jan. 18th for Food, Fun, and Facts for Later Life at Findlay’s. She will speak and also demonstrate Gentle Chair Yoga. Reservations in to Laura Findlay-Hagen by Jan.16th. This includes lunch. *** Beaver Island students were flown to our Island on Jan. 6 to compete against the girls’ and boys’ basket-ball teams.  The Washington Island teams won both games. *** 15 shanties have appeared on Detroit Harbor and the number may increase as the February Lion’s Club Fish Derby draws closer. *** Candidates for the Washington Island School Board are incumbent, Thomas (Tom) Jordan and Robert (Bob) Wagner. There is one seat to be filled. Running for Town Board Supervisors are Elizabeth Holmes, Kirby Foss (incumbents) and William (Billy) Jorgenson. At the January 17th board meeting there will be some appointed positions to fill vacated spots til the spring election. *** Katy Jordan and two girl friends will be attending their second semester of this year in college in Ireland. Katy is the daughter of Tom and Michelle Jordan. *** The Island experienced a January thaw this past week.*** 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the Rec Center. There will be another revenue matching challenge. You can help support the Rec and the Foundation by making a donation, joining the Rec Run, becoming a member, renewing your membership, gifting a membership, participating in classes offered. Stop in at the Rec or contact manager, Katie McGrane, 920-847-2226. Your support is greatly appreciated.

January 7, 2018

 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).

 

December 31, 2017

Vol. 71, No. 52

         Our Hope and Strength

           Our children’s Christmas program revolved around the Max Lucado story of a crippled lamb who, because of his limitations, was left behind at the stable while the healthier livestock went to pasture. He was bitterly disappointed about that. We humans, too, bristle at any notion of being limited or less capable than others. We live in a world where we inflate each other with talk of being anything you want.  Realistically, we all have limitations. Whether it’s size or coordination in athletics, limited tonality in music, intellectual limitations in fields like science, even finances, some things we won’t do well.
That doesn’t mean we don’t have significant skills and strengths to offer. And when we remember God’s work and plan in our lives, even weakness can be a gift that God gives. In Lucado’s story, a man and woman come and have a baby in that stable. And in the chill of night, the lamb, perfectly placed, was able to snuggle up to and keep the baby warm.  In his weakness, he was available to use his strength to minister. Paul, a bold, learned faithful believer at one point begged to be relieved of some difficulty in his life. God told him no, saying, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul realized, “When I am weak, then I am strong”. (2 Cor. 12:9-10) Recognizing our place in God’s story, even when we’re confused and disoriented, is our true hope and strength.
Happy New Year!
from Pastor Rick Smith
SATURDAY   Service at 6 P.M.  Fellowship Dinner at 7. The theme is chili. Make your favorite recipe or bring a topping, side, or dessert.
SUNDAY
  9:30 A.M. Adult Sunday School
10:45 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship Service
11:15 A.M Junior Church
CONNECT GROUP  Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s. “The Truth Project” video series.
COMMUNION SUNDAY  The first Sunday of the month.
CHURCH NEWS  It was great to have Rick and Betty Lou’s daughter and family here over Christmas. Stephanie and Bryce Jameson and daughter Saoirse Nicole travelled from their home in Nebraska. *** A committee has been formed to concentrate on the search for a youth director. They met for the first time December 6th and planned the next steps to take. They will meet again January 3 at church at 5:45.  *** Thank you to Eric and Barbara Greenfeldt for their gift which included a poinsettia in memory of grandparents, Anker and Martha Greenfeldt.  *** Leader’s Council is scheduled for January 8th at 7 P.M. *** The Annual Meeting is Wednesday, January 31st. *** Thanks to all involved in presenting the Children’s Christmas Program Sunday morning the 17th.  It revolved around the Max Lucado book, “The Crippled Lamb”.  Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus (played by a real baby, Charlie Dennis), shepherds, angels, and wise men entered and positioned themselves on stage. Tara DeJardin read the story interspersed with songs. Group songs included “C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S”, “Twinkle Little Star”, “Away in the Manger”, “Mary had a Little Lamb”, “Jesus Loves Me.”  Madeline and Corbin Kellerman sang “Silent Night”. Paige Gunnlaugsson and Ellie Isaacson sang “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”.  Jed Ellefson read a poem. Congregational songs were included. At the beginning of the service trumpets were played by Lee Engstrom and Pastor Rick Smith. Sound system and visuals: Betty Lou Smith. Pianist: Donna Briesemeister. Leaders: Denise Kellerman, Meghann Haertig, Becky Gillespie, Leila Nehlsen. Participants: Charlie and Ellie Dennis, Williamson Gillespie, Noah, Gideon, Christian Haertig, Devon, Kinsey, Ashlyn, Tara DeJardin, Madelyn and Corbin Kellerman, Cydney Kickbush, Mason and Ellie Isaacson, Jaxin Lindgren, Brody and Jed Ellefson, Nicholas and Amanda Mohn, Paige Gunnlaugsson.
MEN’S BREAKFAST  Second Saturday of the month at Memorial Hall at church.
COMMUNITY NEWS    Santa and his helper made a visit to Mann’s Store December 16th.  There were treats for each of the children and refreshments for adults including the traditional rosettes. *** The Community Prayer Gathering is at the Rec Mosling Room the first Tuesday of each month at noon. All denominations welcome. ***  It was great to see Dorothy Lindsey featured as ‘Server of the Week’ (actually the Year!) in a recent issue of the Peninsula Pulse. She and her late husband, Dennis, lived on the Island for many years and ran several successful drive-in restaurants. *** Word was received that Carolyn Koyen, 88, died on December 20th in Sturgeon Bay at the Golden Living Center. Our sympathy to the family. A service will be held at a later date. More next issue. *** January 1st is the annual Sportsman’s Club Trap Shooting Event with chili lunch. It starts at 10:30 A.M. *** January 1st at noon is the Polar Bear Plunge at Schoolhouse Beach led by Jens Hansen (aka Papa Bear). Last year there were about 10 participants from youngsters to senior citizens. The parking areas look like a busy summer day for this event.  *** Congratulations to Sophia Rose for making the Dean’s List at St. Norbert College for Fall Semester 2017.  Let me know if you have (lorelgordon@yahoo.com)  news of college students or other news: *** Word was received that Barbara Hansen died  December 21. Our sympathy to the family. The Memorial Service was scheduled for December 29th at Trinity Lutheran Church. More next issue. *** Water was added at the Little League field a day last week to create an ice skating rink. Joel Gunnlaugsson spearheaded the project with help from Jonathan Mann and crew, Jeffrey Andersen, Jeff Heal and support from the Lions Club.
                    Have a Blessed New Year!
from the Tidings staff.

December 17, 2017

 Vol. 71, No. 51

                         Jonah’s Gift?
     For our advent theme of joy this week, we looked at the book of Jonah. You may know that Jonah ends up being anything but joyful in his story. The question is, why does anger so consume him? … In a nutshell: God gives Jonah an opportunity to speak to a neighboring land. Jonah, however, is reluctant to go and attempts to run the other way. Apparently, he hated those people. God “persuades” Jonah to go anyway and he then tells the people in the land that they are doomed because of their wickedness.
A funny thing happened on their way to utter destruction. They listened to Jonah’s message and changed, so much so that God relented. This now angers Jonah. He’d wanted them to die. So he gives God a piece of his mind and becomes embittered, which, sadly, is how the book ends. But was that Jonah’s end?
Miriam at Fiddlers Green posed this thought, “Who wrote the book? If Jonah, did he have a change of heart?”  Hmmm. Did Jonah eventually own his story? Does he put it out there to tell us, “Yeah, I did that. I’m not proud of it, but learn from me. Trust God and allow his forgiveness and mercy to come to you.”? Haven’t we all rejected God? And doesn’t Jesus come taking away sin, and bringing us back to joy? “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
– Pastor Rick

SATURDAY    Service at 6 P.M. The next Fellowship Dinner is December 30. The theme for the 30th is chili. Make your favorite recipe or bring a topping, side, or dessert.
SUNDAY
  Adult Sunday School Bible Study at
9:30 A.M. Learn and share truths from the Bible.
10:45 A.M. Children’s Christmas Program.
11:15 A.M No Junior Church this Sunday
CONNECT GROUP  Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s. “The Truth Project” video series.
LADIES BIBLE STUDY  Jill Coombs:  Christmas Bible Study on Thursday at 12:30.
COMMUNION SUNDAY  The first Sunday of the month.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Saturday Night December 23: Service at 7 P.M.
Sunday Morning December 24: Service at 10:45 A.M.
Sunday December 24:  Christmas Eve Service at 6 P.M.
CHURCH NEWS  OPEN HOUSE at the Bethel parsonage December 26 from 6-10 P.M. All welcome! *** Thank you to all who baked and shopped at the annual Bethel Builders Cookie Walk. It was held at 3 P.M. instead of the usual 1 P.M. because the Packer game came on at noon. The array   and assortment of  cookies was expansive and beautifully presented. There was also coffee and cake available for those who stayed to visit and enjoy the Christmas music and fire in the fireplace.  Happy buyers left with cans of cookies to savor at home and/or to share with others. The cookies were sold out before the first hour was up. Thanks to Kirsten and Rich Ellefson for the additional Christmas decorations for the event. *** The third Ladies’ Night was held December 11th.  There was a white elephant exchange, BUNCO, and singing of some carols! Food, Fun, Fellowship. Watch for the Ladies’ Nights to resume in the New Year. All ladies invited! *** CAROLING: Hop in the church bus on December 20th at 6 P.M. and join us for Christmas caroling. Hot chocolate at Herb and Marianna’s after.  Thanks to the Gibsons for opening their home for carolers each year. *** Remember the Tidings fund if you feel led to support this outreach. *** A committee has been formed to concentrate on the search for a youth director. They met for the first time December 6th and planned the next steps to take. They will meet again January 3 at church at 5:45. *** Leader’s Council is scheduled for January 8th at 7 P.M. *** The total amount needed for the carpeting upstairs of Memorial Hall is estimated at $20K. The old carpet is badly stained and worn.  $6,150 has already been received toward the estimated $20K. (The downstairs carpet in Memorial Hall cost $19,640 so the estimate for the upstairs is based on that.) The upstairs will also utilize carpet squares so if there are spills, squares could be replaced. *** NO TIDINGS NEXT WEEK! HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS!
MEN’S BREAKFAST  Second Saturday of the month at Memorial Hall at church.
COMMUNITY NEWS    Washington Island Bird Count is December 16th this year with a rain date of the 17th. (It is interesting to note that snowy owls have been sighted in several places on the Island.)   *** Community Prayer Gathering is at the Rec Mosling Room the first Tuesday of each month at noon. All denominations welcome. *** The Island had a big snowfall on the 13th with some wind creating drifts.  There is ice forming at the edges of harbors. The first official day of winter is Thursday, December 21st. It is the winter solstice and is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight in the whole year. *** The Washington Island Ferry Line was honored at this year’s Season of Lights at the Rec Center on December 11. Manager, Katie McGrane presented a special  plaque to President of the Ferry Line, Hoyt Purinton. The names of those that had purchased tree lights and the recipients were read, and the lights on the tree were turned on. There were refreshments available. *** The production at the TPAC December 9th “Christmas Island” was organized and directed by the talented and imaginative Donna Russell and helpers. Performers ranged from little children, kids from grades k-12, plus community members.  Disney characters were incorporataed. There were multiple songs. Thanks to all involved and the sound and lighting crew.

 

December 10, 2017

Vol. 71, No. 50

                                 

          Advent Advice from Micah

As we are fully into the advent season now, one of the readings we come to often is for the Bethlehem candle regarding Micah’s pronouncement that a ruler was going to come from the little town or village. (Micah 5:2). Micah is one of the Minor Prophets and was a contemporary of Isaiah, Hosea, and Amos. The world was often dark during those years. International trouble and intrigue were often on the horizon, and a lack of faith in the lives of God’s people was a source of God’s rebukes. Micah address faithlessness and point people back to God or face consequences.
Back then, the Assyrians were a daunting  threat. Finding ways to survive against such a juggernaut was leadership’s concern and they began trusting in their international alliances instead of consulting God. Today, threats towards our faithfulness continue, whether it’s prosperity, pride, doubts or a self absorbed culture. Micah sends word that God will prevail, and that trusting Him to bring that ruler from Bethlehem is the right path. As he asserts God’s ultimate authority, he reminds us of what matters: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 ESV).   As we prepare our hearts for Jesus, what are the ways we can stand for justice, demonstrate kindness, and humbly maintain our growing deepening walk with our God?
– Pastor Rick

SATURDAY    The December 9th service and dinner is cancelled due to the school’s “Christmas Island” program at the TPAC. The December 23 week will be skipped but there will be a dinner on Saturday night, December 30. The theme for the 30th is chili. Make your favorite recipe or bring a topping, side, or dessert.

SUNDAY   Adult Sunday School Bible Study at
9:30 A.M. Learn and share truths from the Bible.
10:45 A.M. Morning Worship Service.
11:15 A.M  Junior Church Children dismissed prior to the message, about 11:15.   (Nursery provided.)
CONNECT GROUP  Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s. “The Truth Project” video series.
LADIES BIBLE STUDY  Contact Jill Coombs.
COMMUNION SUNDAY  The first Sunday of the month.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Sunday Morning December 17th : Children’s Christmas Program at 10:45 A.M.
Saturday Night December 23: Service at 7 P.M.
Sunday Morning December 24: Service at 10:45 A.M.
Sunday December 24:  Christmas Eve Service at 6 P.M.
COOKIE WALK   COOKIE WALK AT 3 P.M. TODAY! Sponsored by the Bethel Builders. 1#, 2#, and 3# cans available to fill. Also enjoy a cup of coffee and piece of cake while visiting.
CHURCH NEWS  Thank you to Bob and Peg Nikolai for the gift of a poinsettia “in memory of Kristin Mutchler, from mom and dad.” *** The next Ladies Night is Monday, December 11th.  There will be a white elephant exchange (funny if possible), BUNCO, and singing of some carols! All ladies invited! Food, Fun, Fellowship. This will be the last meeting til into the New Year. *** CAROLING: Hop in the church bus on December 20th at 6 P.M. and join us for Christmas caroling. Hot chocolate at Herb and Marianna’s after.  Thanks to the Gibsons for opening their home for carolers each year. *** Remember the Tidings fund if you feel led to support this outreach. *** CHILDREN’S PROGRAM PRACTICE: Monday, December 11, 3:34 P.M. All children invited to participate! *** Call Kirsten Ellefson, 920-847-2903 if you would like to purchase a poinsettia in memory of, or in honor of, someone. ***  The following was mentioned in church as a praise and bears repeating. It was a heartfelt thank you to all those who provide food for lunches after a funeral or memorial service for families and others. Most times remaining food is sent home for the grieving families to share as they gather together. *** Sharon Stults gave a report, with slides, about Alexander (Sasha) Charnitski, a missionary in Belarus that Bethel has been supporting for about 20 years. She noted that he is an artist and a missionary to the homeless and orphaned. More recently his major focus has been in running a soup kitchen to feed those in need. Bethel has one of his paintings of a child praying.*** Michael Smith now has an address: ul. Vyshneva 9A g Pomichna / Dobrovelichovskiy r-n/ Kirovohradska obl / 27030 /  UKRAINE. The “/” indicates a line change. Let’s flood him with Christmas cards! No packages allowed. *** A committee has been formed to concentrate on the search for a youth director. They met for the first time last Wednesday. *** Thank you to Daniel Nerenhausen for donating the beautiful wreaths to the church. *** The total amount needed for the carpeting upstairs of Memorial Hall is estimated at $20K. The current carpet is badly stained and worn.  $6,150 has already been received toward the estimated $20K. (The downstairs carpet in Memorial Hall cost $19,640 so the estimate for the upstairs is based on that.)
MEN’S BREAKFAST  Second Saturday of the month at Memorial Hall at church.
COMMUNITY NEWS   Washington Island Bird Count is December 16th this year with a rain date of the 17th. If you can help in this venture, please come to an organizational and informational meeting on December 2nd at Karly’s at noon. (It is interesting to note that snowy owls have been sighted in several places on the Island. I remember seeing one years ago and it was memorable.)  *** Community Prayer Gathering is at the Rec Mosling Room the first Tuesday of each month at noon. All denominations welcome. *** Third grade students (over 250) in all  Door County schools were to receive a dictionary compliments of the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club.  This is an ongoing annual program. *** Note the ferry schedule changes: Monday, December 4th through Tuesday, January 2nd, there are  four trips per day. Leaving the Island at 8 A.M., 10 A.M., 1 P.M., and 3:30 P.M. Leaving Northport the schedule is 9 A.M., 11 A.M., 2:15 P.M. and 4:30 P.M. Wednesday, January 3rd through Thursday, March 22, from Northport 9:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. and from the Island, 8 A.M. and 1 P.M. Vehicle reservations are required from December 22 – March 22. On Christmas Day there will be one ferry crossing and from the Island, the ferry will leave at 10 A.M. and leave Northport at 11 A.M. *** Word was received that Gene Callahan died. More next week.

 

                           

December 3, 2017

 Vol. 71, No. 49                                                              

A Heart of Thanks

I’ve been reflecting on our community Thanksgiving service last Wednesday. The testimonies of salvation, survival, community and connectedness were awesome! Thank you to Michele Jordan, Valerie Fons, Evelyn Kirchner, Marlene and Jerry Mann, and Jake and Shirley Ellefson! Your stories help direct us toward what Thanksgiving is about!

Thanksgiving also propels us towards preparing for Christmas. With many, “preparation” means rushing for awesome holiday deals. For those with faith in Jesus, there are even richer things at hand. But we’re also aware of a tension that exists. Increasingly, we observe efforts to eliminate God and His influence.  Sentiment for a freedom “from” religion grows. Some see it in the move in terminology from “Christmas” to “Holiday.” Yet, it is deeper than that.

Psalm 2 orients us to this tension. Here, world leaders want to throw off the “chains” of God (2:1-3). The effect on God? He laughs, scoffs and warns. The psalm then points toward a Son who will come, and the nations will be his inheritance. We still live in this tension. Who or what will we follow?  At Christmas, the stories, the carols, even the gifts remind us that his coming was both an expression of love and to engage in battle for people’s souls. The battle continues even as we recognize that what we prepare for is his return to set things to right. So celebrate the first coming, but don’t lose sight of what lies ahead. The king is coming, praise God, he’s coming again!
SATURDAY   Join us in Memorial Hall for service at 6 P.M. *** The next Fellowship Dinner, that follows at 7 P.M. will be December 9 and the theme will be a favorite Christmas dish. The December 23 week will be skipped and there will be a dinner on Saturday night, December 30. The theme for the 30th is chili. Make your favorite recipe or bring a topping, side, or dessert.
SUNDAY
  Adult Sunday School Bible Study at
9:30 A.M. Learn and share truths from the Bible.
10:45 A.M. Morning Worship Service.
11:15 A.M  Junior Church Children dismissed prior to the message, about 11:15.   (Nursery provided.)
CONNECT GROUP  Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s. “The Truth Project” video series.
COMMUNION SUNDAY  The first Sunday of the month.
CHRISTMAS SERVICES
Sunday Morning December 17th  – Children’s Christmas Program at 10:45 A.M.
Saturday Night December 23: Service at 7 P.M.
Sunday December 24: Morning Service at 10:45 A.M.
Sunday December 24:  Christmas Eve Service at 6 P.M.
COOKIE WALK   NEXT SUNDAY THE 10TH!  IT WILL START AT  3 P.M. so as not to interfere with Packer fans! NOTE THAT TIME CHANGE.
CHURCH NEWS  Last week the Tidings was skipped because of Thanksgiving. We always take that week off to spend time with family. A week is also taken off at Christmas. *** Thanks to Kirsten Ellefson and sons, for decorating the church for Christmas. It looks beautiful. Also to the person who gave the 2 wreaths (white bows) that are placed at church. *** The second Ladies Night was held at Bethel on Monday night November 27th. This meeting involved making Christmas cards and ornaments and decorating cookie walk cans. Thanks to Sheryl Young for providing materials and directions for the cards and Lorel Gordon for the materials and directions to make the glass ornaments. Watch for the next meeting on December 11th as there will be a white elephant exchange (funny), BUNCO, and singing of some carols! All ladies invited! This will be the last meeting til into the New Year. *** The Community Thanksgiving Service was at Bethel Church this year and all Island clergymen participated in the service with Pastor Rick giving the message. A pie social followed and included a wonderful array of pies.  *** Did you know the church website is set up for viewing on your smartphone? Check it out. *** CAROLING: Hop in the church bus on December 10th at 6 P.M. and join us for Christmas caroling. Anyone welcome. *** Remember the Tidings fund if you feel led to support this outreach. *** Call Kirsten Ellefson, 920-847-2903 if you would like to purchase a poinsettia in memory of, or in honor of, someone.
MEN’S BREAKFAST  Second Saturday of the month at Memorial Hall at church.
COMMUNITY NEWS   Washington Island Bird Count is December 16th this year with a rain date of the 17th. If you can help in this venture, please come to an organizational and informational meeting on December 2nd at Karly’s at noon. *** Friday, December 8th is the annual WICHP and Student Council sponsored Christmas breakfast in the School Commons and all students and people 50 years + are invited to attend.  Make your reservation with Laura Findlay Hagen by December 6th. The Bethel van (with wheelchair accessibility is available for pick up and drop off.) *** Although the Election isn’t til April 3rd, 2018, December 1st was the first day to begin circulation of nomination papers for Town Board Supervisors and the end is January 2, 2018. There are two Town Supervisors openings. Incumbents are Kirby Foss and Elizabeth Holmes. If a primary is needed, that will be held February 20th, 2018. *** Community Prayer Gathering is at the Rec Mosling Room the first Tuesday of each month at noon. All denominations welcome. *** Mann’s Mercantile hosted their 4th Annual Pre-Christmas Celebration & Sale on Black Friday, November 24th that included a visit with Santa and his helper.*** There was a great turnout of sellers and buyers for the annual Black Friday Sale at the Rec Center the 24th of November. *** Herb and Marianna recently returned from a trip to visit her sisters and brothers and families in New Mexico. They also visited with son Art and family in Houston and a friend of Marianna’s from Moody College that she hadn’t seen in over 40 years. They travelled a total of about 4500 miles. *** December 9th is the Island Christmas program at the TPAC starting at 6 P.M. This is a Donna Russell extravaganza that includes kids from school and others from the community. You won’t want to miss it. *** Muzzleloader season started November 27 and goes through  December 6. Bow season continues to January 7. *** Congratulations to B.J. Sliwa on earning her Red Cross certification. She successfully completed the 17 courses required. *** The incumbent coming up for election on April 3, 2018 for the School Board is Thomas Jordan. A declaration of candidacy must be filed no later than 5 P.M. January 2 at the office of school district clerk. The first day to circulate nomination papers is December 1 and the final day is 5 P.M. January 2.