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.