June 17, 2018

Vol. 72, No. 24

             A Professor’s Query

One of the compelling aspects of Jesus is the way he handles people from a wide range of backgrounds. It seems he is not one of these guys who has a formula for every setting and person, but tailors his responses to people at whatever spiritual level they are at. For ex-ample, after he tears up part of the temple and accuses them of turning his Father’s place a market, he gets a   visit from a learned and well-trained professor of Scripture.  This teacher, Nick, had seen Jesus actions     and miraculous signs and wanted a little insight to this man. So one night he approaches him.

Upon hearing the Prof laud him as a teacher from God, Jesus retorts that unless a man is born again, he cannot   see God’s Kingdom (John 3:3). Nick is dumbfounded, wondering, somewhat graphically, of literally being born again. Jesus’ challenge is to consider the work of God’s spirit to a re-birthed life, pushing him further off balance. Jesus uses Nick’s vast knowledge of theology and Scripture and reorients it towards a new work of God.      A work based on love, truth and an intent to rescue any    who will believe.

Many of us are also well-educated. Jesus’ call is to use   the intellect we have and pursue truth. He meets us    where we’re at, with our questions, doubts and struggles. And then, sometimes he pushes us off kilter to see a different orientation towards God and his outrageous love.

From Pastor Rick

SATURDAY   Service at 6 P.M.  Followed by fellow- ship dinner at 7 P.M. 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
(Staffed Nursery).
11:15 A.M Junior Church
CONNECT GROUP  Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s. Bible study and prayer.
LADIES BIBLE STUDIES  Jill Coombs study is at her home on Thursdays at 12:30 on Main Road.
COMMUNION  The first Saturday night and the first Sunday of the month.
CHURCH NEWS   MONDAY! Vacation Bible School: TIME LAB, June 18-22. Registration 8:30 A.M. Monday the 18th. Bethel Church, 1833 Main Road. All children ages 5-11 welcome! 9 A.M. to NOON. *** The church sound equipment is failing. The total estimated cost is $2,300. If you would like to donate toward these items, please send a check with a notation it is for the church sound system. Thank you for your consideration. ***  Gifts have been received for the Bethel Builders in appreciation for their organization of and provisions for the time of refreshments after the service   of Maggie Justinger from Herb Justinger; and after the service for Lonnie Jorgenson from his family. *** Word was re-ceived that the candidate for youth leader has declined   the invitation to come to the Island to candidate. Keep praying for a leader for this important ministry. *** This summer at our worship services, we will look at a series of encounters with Jesus and how he makes impact on people where they are. In the process, we will ask how he continues to be our answer today. I’ve entitled it, ”If Jesus is the Answer, what’s the question, and who’s asking?” *** Something New: Starting June 27th on Wednesday nights we are going to have a group that will be both looking at prayer and then actually praying. Our source will be Praying with Paul, a guide developed by Dr. D.A. Carson. For those of you looking for something to do in the middle of the week while here this summer and are not involved in a connect group, come join us! 7 pm at church. *** Also, in response to some questions regarding our service times, we are taking a survey regarding our ministries, particularly the times of our worship service. It will be available the next three weekends. We will compile results and discuss it at our summer congregational meeting on July 25th.
COMMUNITY NEWS   The annual Jay Hagen Memorial Grilled Whitefish Dinner will be held at Jack-son Harbor dock on June 27 at 5 P.M. It will last as long  as there is food. This is a fundraiser for the Washington Island Maritime Museum located at the dock area. ***   Art and Nature Center opening reception was June 15th. The featured art show is “My Life in Threads”, includes   the quilts, dolls, and purses of Jill Jorgenson. View other art works, the nature room, see what’s new. Open hours are 10-4.  *** Trueblood Art and Craft Sale is Saturday, June 30 from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. Join the fun and sell   your handmade items. Table and 2 chairs are provided.  Fee is 15% of the day’s sales. Call the TPAC, 847-2528, to reserve your place. *** Graduation for seniors of Washington Island Schools was held at the Community Center at 6 P.M. June 8th. The gym was full with the attendance of family, friends and community members. Donna Briesemeister was pianist. Marleen Johnson and Michelle Jordan gave the welcome. Dr. Mati Palm-Leis presented the scholarships. Quilts, made by the Island Trinity quilters, were presented to the graduates. They are specially stitched with patterns and colors based on interests of each one.  Benjamin Johnson, son of Mar-leen and Don Johnson, gave the Valedictorian Address. Bradley Jordan, son of Tom and Michelle Jordan, gave the Salutatorian Address. Both Ben and Bradley wore gold cords signifying them as Honor Students with a 3.0 grade point or higher. The guest speaker was teacher, Michael Gillespie. Amy Jorgenson, President of the School Board, presented the Diplomas. The ceremony ended with Dr. Mati Palm-Leis presenting the Class of 2018. True to tradition, the Junior Class served as ushers: Jonathan Bass, Michael Cornell, Molly Mc-Grane, and Tiffany Wacaser. Seniors are Ben Johnson, Bradley Jordan, Finn Hagen and Korrina Ervin. After  the graduation ceremony, there was a reception and dance sponsored by the seniors, their parents and the Washington Island Student Council.  Class Motto: “  All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get   too high and the valleys too low”. Class colors were royal blue and white. The guys wore royal blue gowns and Korrina wore a white gown. The class flower was    a white rose.

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June 10, 2018

Vol. 72, No. 23

Words that Count

I used to watch this show called Hills Street Blues. Based around a police station in Chicago, it followed various situations the officers and commanders faced while on duty and off. A regular feature was a pre-shift meeting highlighting issues they might face. The sergeant’s final word, after every meeting, was “Let’s be careful out there.” It was a striking, memorable caution to stay alert.

We need reminders like that in our faith lives, too. Situations arise and challenge us and it’s easy to lose sight of the connection and presence of God with us. As Paul finishes his letter to the Corinthians, he gives a similar last word: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love” (1 Cor. 16:13-14). In a letter that has dealt with difficult issues and a strained relationship between starting pastor and church, Paul’s focus is to remember who they are and to remain focused on that, culminating with that last phrase, to do everything in love.

We, as followers of Jesus, need this encouragement. Our world, so filled with strife and self-absorption, can draw us into its void. We need to be vigilant about our call. It is the love of God and others that is to defines us, over our identities from our jobs, our ethnicity, our gender and even our patriotism. This starts with the church. What will loving one another and our neighbors in everything look like today?
from Pastor Rick

SATURDAY   Service at 6 P.M.  Followed by fellow- ship potluck dinner at 7 P.M. 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 (Staffed Nursery)   11:15 A.M Junior Church
Noon
 Graduation party for Korrina Ervin after church at noon. Her mom has been undergoing treatments and will not be on the Island and her father is incapacitated and unable to attend. Bring a snack and celebrate this occasion with Korrina.
CONNECT GROUP  Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s.
LADIES BIBLE STUDIES  Jill Coombs study is at her home on Thursdays at 12:30 on Main Road.
COMMUNION  The first Saturday night and the first Sunday of the month.
CHURCH NEWS   Vacation Bible School: TIME LAB, June 18-22. R egistration 8:30 A.M. the 18th. Bethel Church, 1833 Main Road. All children ages 5-11 welcome! 9 A.M. to NOON. Imagine the thrill of traveling back in time…you could meet heroes of faith like Abraham, Moses and Gideon. You could visit ancient Greece and Rome and the first Christians. You could meet the most important person who ever lived!  *** Paul and Paula Jarot have returned to their Island home and shared word on the sudden death of Bizo, from Papua New Guinea. He had lived with Jarots and  was like a son. There will be a celebration of Bizo’s life on June 23 at Judson University in Elgin, IL.   He leaves his wife Melissa and four young boys. Go to www.gofundme.com/bizosogavo if you feel led to help the family with their many needs due to his sudden death. Thank you. *** Leaders Council meeting was held June 4th. Following are some of the agenda items:  – Praise God and thank you to all that sent in gifts for the carpeting flooring of the upstairs in Memorial Hall! The monies to cover the cost has been received. We will keep you updated on the installation time frame. –  Just a note that the Wagners (Missionaries) that were to visit the Island last weekend were unable to come. – It was approved to have the Red Cross Blood drive use Memorial Hall if they need it August 15. – It was noted that the Landscape Committee had accomplished plantings by the church entrance and by the large outdoor cross on the end of Memorial Hall. – The Semi-Annual meeting is scheduled for July 25. – The next Leaders Council meeting is Thursday, July 12. – The church sound equipment is failing. It was reported that the laptop Ryan Schmidt left for church is having problems, a new sound board is needed, and the wireless system needs upgrading. The total estimated cost is $2,300. If you would like to donate toward these, please send a check with a notation it is for the church sound system. Thank you for your consideration. – It was noted that the candidate for youth leader had been contacted after her visit to the Island and subsequent video face time interaction followed. Continue to pray for Heather and the Search Committee that God would provide the youth leader best suited for the Island.  *** A Memorial Service will be held for Maggie Justinger on Saturday, June 16, at Bethel Church at 1 P.M. A light lunch will follow. ***  Gifts have been received from Jim and Kelly Jorgenson and Glenn and Kelly Jorgenson in memory of father, Lon Jorgenson;  from Herb & Mariana Gibson and Micki and Ivan in memory of Lonnie Jorgenson; from Susan Greenfeldt in memory of husband, Nathan.
COMMUNITY NEWS   The Washington Island Forum, to be held June 25 – 29 this year, focuses on lay leaders and pastors. The Forum is a 40 year tradition sponsored by Wisconsin Council of Churches and The Christian Century magazine. It includes  4 ½ days of worship, workshops, discussion, and contemplation. www.wichurches.org *** The Islanders baseball team has won 3 of 4 games played. This weekend they host Baileys Harbor on the Island. *** Baccalaureate for the Class of 2018 was held at Bethel Church June 6th.  Pastor Rick Smith from Bethel, Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer from Trinity, and Father David Ruby from Stella Maris participated. Quilts were presented by Barb O’Connell and Ann Rose to Seniors graduating from home schooling or other schools including Briana Mohn, Kaciemarie Haller-Balogh, Mack Ellefson and Shammond Ervin. Donna Briesmeister was pianist. Quilts will be presented to the 4 Island school graduates at Graduation, Friday, June 8 at 6 pm in the Gym. They are Ben Johnson, Bradley Jordan, Finn Hagen and Korrina Ervin.  Class colors are blue and silver. Class motto is a quote from John Wooden, “All of life is peaks and valleys. Don’t let the peaks get too high and the valleys too low”.  ***

June 3, 2018

Vol. 72, No. 22

Who Knew?

I approached Mark, the seminar leader, looked him in the eye and put out my hand, but did not say a word. He put out his hand, looked at me, trying to figure out what I wanted and why I wasn’t saying anything (Yes, Virginia, sometimes I can be a jerk). And then his eyes flickered with recognition and said, “I know you.” …That felt pretty good. Mark and I had ministered together on Marquette’s campus in Milwaukee back in the 80’s. It’s been 30 years since we’ve seen each other, but he knew me. On some level, I mattered enough to be remembered.

When Jesus came to this earth, he sought people out to let them know that God hadn’t forgotten his creation. He wants all to see they matter to him. He knows our names, the numbers of hairs on our head, our needs, wants and troubles. But most of all, he came to provide a way back to restoration. Our broken lives, regrets, and issues are neither surprising nor deal-breakers for God. He even offers us new life, now and forever. That is Paul’s basic message in 1 Corinthians 15, that Jesus died and rose so that we too could enjoy God’s presence forever. You matter to God. Who knew?
from Pastor Rick


SATURDAY
  Service at 6 P.M.  Followed by fellowship dinner at 7 P.M. every other week. Missionaries Peter and Gretchen Wagner will share.  Communion.
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 (Staffed Nursery)  Peter and Gretchen Wagner will share. Communion.  11:15 A.M Junior Church
CONNECT GROUP  Tuesday, 7 P.M. at Pastor and Betty Lou’s.
LADIES BIBLE STUDIES  Jill Coombs study is at her home on Thursdays at 12:30 on Main Road.
COMMUNION  The first Saturday night and the first Sunday of the month.
CHURCH NEWS  The next Leaders Council meeting is this Monday, June 4th. *** Baccalaureate for the Class of 2018 will be at Bethel on June 6th at 7 P.M. Graduation will be at the Community Center Gym on June 8th. *** Thanks to Peter and Gretchen Wagner for sharing and speaking at  the services this weekend. *** Graduation party for Korrina Ervin is Sunday, June 10th after church  at noon. There will be snacks and cake! Her mom has  been undergoing intense cancer treatments and will not be on the Island and her father is incapacitated and unable to attend. *** Thanks to the Landscaping Committee for their work on the church landscaping. It looks lovely.
COMMUNITY NEWS   CORRECTION: Open House for Leroy Johnson’s family and friends will be on June 16th from 11-4 at his home on corner of Main and Town Line.  *** The Islanders baseball team won their first two games. This past Sunday was against Sister Bay and it was the Islanders first loss. ***  Happy Graduation and End of Year School Picnic at the Red Barn Friday June 8th. WICHP provides sloppy joes, hot dogs and beverages. This is a community potluck so bring a dish to share. Thanks to the Washington Island Ferry line the children will be able to get on board the Packer train and ride from school to the park. Parents or guardians should join their child/children at the Red Barn Park, have lunch and provide the ride home. *** Congratulations to Valedictorian Benjamin Johnson, son of Marleen and Don Johnson and to Salutatorian Bradley Jordan, son of Tom and Michelle Jordan. *** 44th Annual Salon of Door County High School Art is a celebration of students’ works in the Visual Arts. A variety of mediums from over 100 students in all 5 Door County High Schools age 15-18 were displayed at the Miller Art Center in Sturgeon Bay from April 21 through May 29. The Art Teacher at the Island schools is Melanie Enger. $100 Award of Excellence was presented to Korrina Ervin and an Honorable Mention Award of $50 was presented to Alissabeth Mohn. The Art Departments of each school also receives a check for $100. *** The Memorial Day weekend included many business openings plus there was a big rummage sale at the Community Center and car wash fundraiser for the Chicago/Madison trip for students. The Twice Around shop also opened and many were searching out treasures there! *** Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands had a busy weekend on Plum Island. The Festival of Nature brought two boatloads of visitors plus the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel conducted an interview on the Women in Preservation Program (WIP). Volunteers planted over 1700 pollinator plants. Some even braved the storms and overnighted on the island. (Info from the FOPPI website). *** After some stormy weather Friday and Saturday night and a steamy Sunday, Monday was pleasantly warm with the sun breaking through the clouds. A large crowd gathered for the American Legion Post #402 sponsored Memorial Day program. Post Commander Bill Nauta welcomed everyone and led the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. Pastor Rick Smith gave the invocation. Donna Briesemeister was pianist. The essay question this year was timely – What would you do to end school shootings? The students whose essays were chosen were Kayla Ervin, Rylie Lux, and Jonathan Bass. Bill Nauta gave the presentation about  “Island Merchant Mariners during WWII”. Pastor Rick Smith gave the benediction. The Legion members led the way to the cemetery where the wreath was placed at the flag pole. Doug Huffman read the Departed Comrades Roster. Pastor Alan Schaffmeyer shared some thoughts and gave the prayer. The Color Guard and Rifle Squad gave the Salute and Tribute. Bob Gillespie played “Amazing Grace” on bagpipe. The march continued to Schoolhouse Beach where a wreath was placed for those that died at sea. The Color Guard and Rifle Squad again gave the Salute. TAPS was played on the trumpet by Leo Derrico. The beautiful Quilts of Valor were displayed over the backs of pews. Thanks to Paula McDonald who makes the wreaths each year. Thanks to all that were involved in this service that honors those who been willing to pay the ultimate price so that we can enjoy freedoms today. *** Greg Kriegsmann died on May 21, 2018. He was in hospice care at Scandia in Sister Bay fighting the long term effects of an injury suffered in an auto accident years ago. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his sons, Karl (Maria Elena) and James (Kit Paulson) and two grandchildren, Liam and Luz Elena. Greg and Barb have a home on Little Lake Road here on the Island.

May 27, 2018

 Vol. 72, No. 21

Memorial Day is a time to come together as a community and honor those that lost their lives fighting for our freedoms.

God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;

From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.

Join us for the Memorial Day Program at Bethel Church, Monday at 10:30 A.M. The American Legion #402 presents the program including a special speaker, three student essays read on a subject assigned to students this year, singing of patriotic songs, and marches. At the cemetery there is a reading of departed comrades and at the waters edge at Schoolhouse Beach a wreath is placed for those lost at sea.

SATURDAY   Service at 6 P.M.  Followed by fellowship Potluck  at 7 P.M. Meet the candidate for the youth director position.
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.
LADIES BIBLE STUDIES  Jill Coombs study is at her home on Thursdays at 12:30 on Main Road.
COMMUNION  The first Saturday night and the first Sunday of the month.
NO MEN’S BREAKFAST THE MONTH OF MAY
CHURCH NEWS   Remember Daily Vacation Bible School at Bethel Church on June 18-22. The theme is TIME LAB. Starts at 9 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. *** The next Leaders Council meeting is June 4th. *** Baccalaureate for the Class of 2018 will be at Bethel on June 6th at 7 P.M. Graduation will be June 8th. Seniors are Korrina Ervin, daughter of Valerie Fons and Joe Ervin; Finn Hagen, son of Laura and Jeff Hagen; Ben Johnson, son of Don Johnson and Marleen Johnson; Bradley Jordan, son of Tom and Michelle Jordan. *** Pastor Rick attended the Moody Pastor’s Conference May 21-24  at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. *** Missionaries that Bethel has supported, Peter and Gretchen Wagner, will be here to speak June 2nd &  3rd. *** This weekend a candidate for youth director will visit the Island and  Bethel Church.  Pray for the church and the candidate that God would direct and guide in this decision. *** Gifts were given to the church in memory of Maggie Justinger – one from Theodore Gunnlaugson and one from Perry and Cathy Jorgenson.
COMMUNITY NEWS   Congratulations to Quentin Jensen and Amanda Tuttle on their wedding day May 19th at  St. Paul Lutheran Church in Green Bay. The wedding message was titled “Be Devoted To One Another In Love”, based on Romans 12:10.  Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Tuttle and Greg Jensen and Glenna (Don) Riewe. Maid of Honor was Jackie Tuttle; Best Man, Jack Lardo; Katy Lau, Hilary Heard, Nicole Deprey, Kelly Wagner, Tiffany Theis were Bridesmaids;  Groomsmen were Tanner Dvorak, Craig Gunnlaugsson, Jonathan Mann, Steven Walter, Jonathan Tuttle. Flower Girl-Avery Buchner. Ring Bearer-Beckham Braun. Ushers-Tracy Bloom and Dylan Deprey. Organist-Jean Bakeberg. Soloist- Renee Ouradnic. Officient-Pastor Carl Schroeder.  The Maid of Honor and bridesmaids wore full length lavender gowns and carried flowers accented by royal blues. The men wore tuxes with royal blue vests and boutonnieres.  The bride wore a beautiful white strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline, jeweled belt and full skirt. She had a headpiece with a long veil and carried a bouquet of white flowers with accents of royal blue and purple. The reception and dinner were at the Riverside Ballroom.  *** The Islanders baseball team has won their first two games. One against Egg Harbor and the second against Maplewood. ***  Thanks to students and other volunteers for participating in the annual roadside cleanup on the Island on May 11. *** Leroy Johnson died on May 10th in Racine after a lengthy illness. He was born Nov. 26, 1944 to Verl and Tom Johnson.  He is survived by two children in Racine: Jeff Johnson and Dawn Arneson and their children, and by his two brothers Ivan and Lon Johnson and families. No services are planned but an open house is planned on June 9 from 11-4 at Leroy’s house on the corner of Townline and Main Rd. for friends and families. *** May 26th to 27th (this weekend) there will be an Overnighter and Work Day (or just Work Day if you prefer not to stay overnight) on Plum Island.  Boat Pickup (Detroit Harbor):  9:00 am. Tasks may include: repair the dock behind the boathouse, install post caps, paint metalwork, tighten cleats, add backing plates, replace decking as needed, trail work, beach patrol, remove invasive plants, prepare for Lighthouse event.*** Last weekend was the  Bird Festival which included birding on Washington Island, Rock Island, and Plum Island. The variety of events included bird banding, bird watching, and presentations at the TPAC. For more info go to: www.wianc.org/birdfestival *** Last weekend was the Open House and Health Fair at the Washington Island Rec Center. There were several informative representatives at tables with displays and handouts. *** Happy Graduation and End of Year School Picnic at the Red Barn Friday June 8th. WICHP provides sloppy joes, hot dogs and beverages. This is a community potluck so bring a dish to share. Thanks to the Washington Island Ferry line the children will be able to get on board the Packer train and ride from school to the park. Parents or guardians should join their child/children at the Red Barn Park and provide the ride home. *** Congratulations to Mae Williamson on her 92nd birthday this weekend.

May 20, 2018

Vol. 72, No. 20                                                                      

Gifted For a Purpose

A precocious young camel asked his mother about their unique physical traits. He wondered about their large three-toed hooves, their very long eyelashes, and the large hump on their backs. His mother explained that for traveling through the desert they needed the hooves that way to stay stable on the sand. The eyelashes were to protect their eyes during the common sandstorms and the hump was to store water for long treks across the dry terrains of the desert. The young camel was quite impressed. He said, “That is really cool, mom! But I have one more question… If we have all these cool desert things, why are we living in a zoo?”

Camels are gifted with particular skills in this world.  As followers of Jesus, God also gives us particular gifts, skills and passions. He gives them to us to build up God’s church. It is not about us as individuals, first and foremost (though we do benefit), but an orientation of ministering  to others. St. Paul directs believers to consider how and where to use those gifts in the best ways, with the community in mind (1 Cor. 12-14). Ultimately, our model is Jesus, who had tremendous gifts. Yet he laid many of those aside, “emptying himself” (Phil 2:7), so that he might help people get back into relationship with God. As you consider your spirit given gift(s), how can you take them “out of the zoo” and into the world?
from Pastor Rick

SATURDAY   Service at 6 P.M.  Followed by fellowship dinner at 7 P.M. 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.
LADIES BIBLE STUDIES  Jill Coombs study is at her home on Thursdays at 12:30 on Main Road.
COMMUNION  The first Saturday night and the first Sunday of the month.
NO MEN’S BREAKFAST THE MONTH OF MAY
CHURCH NEWS   A gift was received from Phyllis Horstmann in memory of Magdeline (Maggie) Justinger. *** The Memorial Service for  Maggie Justinger is June 16 at Bethel Church. *** Mother/Daughter Banquet was held May 11th in Memorial Hall at church. A reported 112 girls and ladies attended. Thanks to all involved for another wonderful event celebrating the women in our lives. *** Vacation Bible School is June 18th – 22nd. The theme is TIME LAB.  Contact Leslie Kleckner if you can help with this important ministry. *** The next Leaders Council meeting is June 4th. *** Baccalaureate  for the Class of 2018 will be at Bethel on June 6th at 7 P.M. *** Just a note to remind readers that the price per year for each Tidings is $15 – $20 a year. Even if you read it online there are costs. Your support is appreciated!
COMMUNITY NEWS    Big rummage sale & car wash on Saturday, May 26 at the Community Center, from 9 A.M. to noon. This is a fundraiser for the Chicago/ Madison trip. If you have items to donate, contact Sue Cornell at 847-2507, to arrange for pick-up or you can drop items off in the front hallway of the Community Center or School on May 23, 24, 25. Please, no clothing! *** The Island Party held on May 5th at the Community Center resulted in the following Raffle Drawing Win-ners: Celebrate Party at Karly’s for 16 – Andy Austin;  Big Night Out with 12 $50 certificates for Island restaurants – Ed Wasie; Family Rec Center membership – Nancy Thiele; Ferry Ticket booklet – Leo Derrico; Karfi Tickets and Lunch at Time Out Concessions for 4 – Amy Rose  and Steve Lynch. Red Carpet Awards: For commitment and service to the community: Kathy and Jim Findlay, 40 years at Findlay’s Holiday Inn; Kenny Koyen at the Granary and KK Fiske; Mitt Austin; Valerie Carpenter; Washington Island Ferry Line; Mann’s Store;  Dr. Beth Lux; Ed Wasie; Mack Gunnlaugsson; Nelvie Cauldwell. Costume Awards: Most Villainous – Lou and Gloria Small as Pirates of the Caribbean; Most Dramatic – Caroline Reiter as Audrey Hepburn; Best Couple – Kyle and Dean Ransom as Thursten and Luvvie Howell; Most Comedic – Steve Lynch as John Belushi (Samurai); Best Hair and Makeup – Jeannie Hutchins as Miss Piggy; Most Timeless – Amy Rose as Marilyn Monroe; Most Authentic Couple – Denise and Andy Kellerman as Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow from Game of Thrones; Best Look A Like – Dave Small as Indiana Jones; Most Original – Russell Rolffs as Tom Hanks in Castaway. Thanks to the Community Center Committee members: Jim Sorensen, Marsha Gunnlaugsson, Liz Pratt, Donna Russell, Emily Small, and Howard Scott. Thanks to Heidi Gilbertson, from Island Café and Island Bread Company, for the three course dinner, to those that donated prizes, helped with decorations and others that helped in any way to make this a great time while raising monies to support the Community Center sponsored activities including funds for the kitchen remodel.  (Thank you to Emily Small for the info.) *** Mayfest, held Sunday, May 27, is a Prelude to the Music Fest season. There is a concert by Fest Musicians at Trinity Lutheran Church, plus a dinner, wine pull, and silent auction at the Island Dairy. The 2018 Music Festival is scheduled for July 30-August 10th. This is the 27th season! ***The memorial service for Carolyn J. Koyen is on May 25th at Trinity Lutheran Church for a time of visitation from 9:30 to 11 A.M. A graveside service and luncheon will follow. *** The Islanders team won their first Door County League game against Egg Harbor, played on the Island. *** Our sympathy to the family of Lorna Bell Cornell. She died May 12. She was born April 14, 1941 to Robert and Florence Bell. She is survived by her husband, Jack, and children Robert (Patty), Lisa (Greg McDougal) and Jeffrey, and four grandchildren: Robert Ainslie Bell Cornell, Aislinn Fay Cornell, Allison Marie McDougal and Timothy John McDougal. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. The family asks that memorials be made to Trinity Lutheran Church on Washington Island. *** May 18, 19, 20 is the Bird Fest.

May 13, 2018

Vol. 72, No. 19

What the World Needs Now …

Have you ever had some sappy love song stuck in your head? There are so many of them! Love is so profound and foundational to how we gauge life that people keep writing and singing about it. Even Scripture gets in on the act. There’s a whole book by Solomon in the Old Testament dedicated to love (Song of Songs), and an entire chapter about it by Paul in the New Testament (1st Corinthians 13).  In that piece, Paul almost waxes poetic, indicating that love is to undergird all we do. Any gift, skill, or  action done in ministry is a waste of time if love for others does not accompany it.

Paul goes on to describe what love is and isn’t, things like patience and kindness, not envious, not boastful, not self-seeking, etc.(1 Cor 13:4-7).  His list has a familiar, gospel, ring to it. In fact, if we were to (as Gordon Fee suggests) replace the word “love” with “Jesus,” we are in the ballpark of seeing what love is all about. Jesus and his life, teaching and sacrifice personifies what love is: To love others is to treat others in the ways that He did. Now, here’s your challenge:  Instead of replacing  “love” with “Jesus, ” replace it with your own. And then assess yourself  based on this criteria, in your relationships, your business practices, your ministries. Is this your priority as well? If not, what needs to be adapted?
from Pastor Rick

SATURDAY   Service at 6 P.M.  Followed by fellowship dinner at 7 P.M. 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.
LADIES BIBLE STUDIES  Jill Coombs study is at her home on Thursdays at 12:30 on Main Road.
COMMUNION  The first Saturday night and the first Sunday of the month.
NO MEN’S BREAKFAST THE MONTH OF MAY
CHURCH NEWS   A gift was received from Gloria Bernstein in memory of Maggie Justinger. *** Vacation Bible School is June 18th – 22nd. The theme will be TIME LAB.  Let Pastor or Becky Gillespie if you can help. *** Pastor Rick will be attending the Moody Pastor’s Conference May 21-24  at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. It begins Monday night and ends on Thursday night. *** This year the Bethel Builders Picnic after the Banquet will be Wednesday, May 16th at Gibsons at 5:30 P.M.. *** The next Leaders Council meeting is June 4th. *** Baccalaureate for the Class of 2018 will be at Bethel on June 6th at 7 P.M. *** Thank you to those that have  sent gifts toward the new flooring for the upstairs Pastor’s office, the meeting room, the youth room and the open area. The current amount is  $10,113. * Peter and Gretch-en Wagner are making the transition from the mission  field after giving a lifetime of service to the Lord. Most recently serving in South Asia, the Wagner’s have also happily served here in the United States plus many years among the Quechua people of Bolivia. During this transition time into post career years, they will continue to travel to South Asia in a consulting role to lend help to the indigenous people who carry on the work that the Wagner’s began. They will be here to speak June 2nd &  3rd. .
COMMUNITY NEWS    The Annual Meeting of the members of the Washington Island Electric Cooperative, Inc. will be THIS Saturday, May 12 at the Community Center at 10 A.M. This is the 79th year. There will be a reports and door prize drawings. A lunch will be served after adjournment. *** The Island Café and Island Bread Company will have a fund raising dinner for Guatemalan Medical Resources Partnership (GMRP) on May 21 at 5 P.M. There will be a New Orleans type dinner with music. Seating is limited so contact Island Café for reservations. Cost is $75 each with $50 of that going to the GMRP. *** The celebration of life for Lonnie Jorgensen was held at Bethel Church  on May 5th.  Pastor Rick Smith officiated. Donna Briesmeister was pianist. The Processional Song was “The Old Rugged Cross”. Scripture readings were read by granddaughters Helen Hecht and Hanna Ritchay Hailey Jorgenson and Amber Jorgenson. Grandson Ryan Jorgenson with friend Paige Gunnlaugsson sang “She’s More Than Just Another Flag”. Ryan had sung this in honor of Lonnie’s time in the service at a Veteran’s Day Program and Lonnie was present to hear it. Memories of Lonnie were shared by some in attendance. Pastor mentioned how Lonnie’s room at the Scand was decorated with pictures and items of special interest to  him during his lifetime. There were pictures on display at the service and some mementos were placed lovingly in his casket. Pastor Rick spoke about reflections on a life. He noted that when asked what Lonnie wanted for the message, Lonnie said, “Preach it!” There was a graveside service for the family followed by a lunch and time of fellowship in Memorial Hall. Pallbearers were Perry Jorgenson, Tom Bloch, Kermit Jorgenson, Chris Hecht, Russ Jorgenson, Tom Koyen. Honorary Pallbearers were Larry Young and Dave Lackowski. Memorials may be made to: Door Cancer Inc., PO Box 423, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; Scandia Village- Good Samaritan, 10560 Applewood Rd.,Sister Bay, WI 54234; Washington Island Community Health Program, 1765 Townline Rd., Washington Island, WI 54246. *** CORRECTION: The new Art Gallery open at Den Norske Grenda features works of artists Ragnar Flesvig (not Ragna Larsen) and Sonja Noonan. My apologies for the error. *** Big rummage sale & car wash on Saturday, May 26 at the Community Center, from 9 A.M. to noon. This is a fundraiser for the Chicago/ Madison trip. If you have items to donate, contact Sue Cornell at 847-2507, to arrange for pick-up or you can drop items off in the front hallway of the Community Center or School on May 23, 24, 25. Please, no clothing! Thank you! *** The Island Party held on May 5th at the Community Center included many attenders wearing  creative costumes representing favorite film stars. (One even came dressed as Miss Piggy!) Lots of fun and great prizes. More next issue. ***  The annual town meeting will be held on Monday, the 14th at the Community Center. *** A food drive was held May 12 with bags of unperishable food to be placed by mailboxes to be picked up by the mail carrier and added to local food  pantries. Thank you for your donations.

May 6, 2018

Vol. 72, No. 18

            What Good Are You?

Have you ever been asked, “What good are you?” It’s often meant to be a negative slur when we’ve been a disappointed to someone. It’s pretty harsh. Makes us wonder if we have any value at all. Obviously, from a biblical perspective, we know that God has made us good (it says so in Genesis1) and that he loves and values us so much that he sent Jesus to die for our sins (John 3:16). That’s an indicator that there’s something good about us. But, positively, what are we good for?

In his letter to Corinth, St. Paul indicates that each and all believers receive gifts and talents that God’s Spirit gives (1 Cor. 12:4-7). That can make us feel special on some level, which is sort of okay, but not really the point. Whatever gifts and talents God gives us, He  gives for a reason, and that reason is, as 12:7 states, “for the common good.” You see God wants us to be part of the working out of His kingdom as a community, or as He illustrates, like a body. All of us have a part, even if they’re different parts. And all of this is for something bigger than ourselves. It’s God kingdom, and helping others find and discover the wondrous love of Jesus. So, you are very good and have a role to play because God loves you and has good work for you to do. So what’s your part?

from Pastor Rick

SATURDAY   Service at 6 P.M.  Followed by fellowship dinner at 7 P.M. 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.
LADIES BIBLE STUDIES  Jill Coombs study is at her home on Thursdays at 12:30 on Main Road.
COMMUNION  The first Saturday night and the first Sunday of the month.
NO MEN’S BREAKFAST THE MONTH OF MAY
CHURCH NEWS   Stephanie and her daughter Saoirse, are here visiting parents (and grandparents), Pastor and Betty Lou. *** The Mother Daughter Banquet is May 11th. Make reservations with Marianna Gibson 920-847-2225. *** May 19 and 20 the candidate for youth leader will be here with his wife and family. More details to come.  *** Gifts have been received from Loretta and Charles (Junior) Goodlet in memory of their fathers; from Kermit and Jill Jorgenson in memory of Maggie Justinger; from Daryl Johnson in memory of Maggie Justinger.
COMMUNITY NEWS    Correction: Last week we had Louise instead of Eloise. It should have read:  Eloise Jensen Curran’s husband, Edward Curran, passed away after a a long bout with lymphoma. *** The annual town meeting will be held May 14th at  6 P.M. at the Community Center. *** National Day of Prayer was observed at the Rec Center at 12:30 last Thursday.  *** Nine students from 7th & 8th grade had a great time in Washington D.C. with chaperones Tyler McGrane, Sue Cornell, Don Johnson. (I mistakenly had Paola Valentincic as a chaperone last issue.) *** A new Art Gallery is open at Den Norske Grenda featuring Ragna Larsen of Washington Island Wood Gallery and Sonja Noonan with her oil  paintings.*** Lonald Glenn Jorgenson, 82, of Washington Island, passed away with family by his side at Scandia Village Good Samaritan on April 27, 2018.  He was born on Washington Island, November 13, 1935, the eldest son of Leonard and Sylvia Jorgenson. Lonnie was a graduate of Washington Island High School and remained on his beloved island throughout his lifetime except for  two years in the Army. He returned to Washington Island and met and married the love of his life, Diane Boniface, on March 18, 1961. Lonnie and Diane raised their four children on their farm. Lonnie was a hardworking man and typically worked multiple jobs while also farming. Lonnie enjoyed all things “island” especially the outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing, especially with his sons. He always had one of the largest vegetable gardens. Lonnie played baseball in the Door County Baseball League. He is survived by his four children: Glenn (Kelly) of Jacksonport, Jim (Kelly) of Washington Island, Liz (Chris) Hecht of Sister Bay, Mike (Amy) of Washington Island. Grandchildren: Megan (Scott) Lindgren, Amber (Johnny), Hannah (Vinny) Ritchay, Diane (Logan) Haen, Matt, Helen, Hailey, Ryan and three great grandchildren. Siblings:  Kermit (Jill), Perry (Cathy), Russ, Joyce (Dave) Lackowksi, sister-in-law Marion Boniface and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.  He was preceded in death by his wife Diane, special friend Teri Oberg, parents and brother-in-law Jim Boniface. The family thanks all the doctors and nurses that took such good care of Lonnie and would also like to thank all of the wonderful friends and relatives who stopped by to visit Lonnie and our family while he was on the island and while at Scandia Village. We are truly blessed! NOTE: The funeral service is this Saturday, May 5th, 11 A.M. at Bethel Church followed by a time of remembrance and fellowship. *** The May Food, Fun, and Facts of Later Life will be Thursday, May 17th at noon til 1:30. All 50 and over are welcome plus parents of the senior class are invited. The special guests will be members of the 2018 senior class. They will share their future plans. Seniors are Korrina Ervin, Finn Hagen, Ben Johnson, BradleyJordan. Contact Laura Findlay Hagen for reservations by May 15. *** An Earth Day Celebration was postponed til this weekend, May 4-6. Join in for tree planting, vineyard pruning, wreath-making, snacks and more. Pruning and planting lessons from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. on each day. Go to gatheringgroundwi.org for the schedules. *** The Vet returns on May 25-26. Call Liz Holmes for an appointment with Dr. Ross Schilling. Deadline for appointments is before Wednesday noon of the week he arrives.