The Moravian Star November 2012

The Moravian Star
November 2012
Congregational 2012 Watchword: Christ says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever
follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
SBMC Community News & Updates
SBMC Community News & Updates
Pastor’s News
Financial picture
Elders & Trustees Minutes
Parish Nurse
Intercessory Prayer
Mission News
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Lectionaries & Lectors
Sue Raye Hughes, president of Women’s Fellowship,
urges all the women of the church to attend the annual
Fellowship Business Meeting on Saturday, November 17,
at 9:30 A.M..
This annual meeting is when committee member elections
are held, decisions on the Christmas Bazaar are made,
2013 Budget and important 2013 meeting dates and Hostesses are set up for the Women’s Circle, and Fellowship
Sue Raye also noted that the annual Advent church decorating would most likely take place sometime in the last
week of November. Just in time for the first Sunday in Advent, which this year is December 2. The actual date will
be posted in the bulletin after the business meeting.
The Women’s Circle will meet at the home of Sue
Raye Hughes on Monday, November 5, at 1:30. Anne Many of you will remember our friend and former memPorter will be co-hostess.
ber, Ruth Melzer. Jan Schrader brought in an article from
the Birch Creek Fall quarterly newsletter which had a tribute
to Ruth, who at the age of 92, passed away on May 15,
Our Community Free Lunch will be Wednesday,
2012, in Houston, Texas. Ruth was the co-founder of the
November 7. Come on out and enjoy the company of Birch Creek Associates., Birch Creeks volunteer organization.
friends and good food!
“They remember Ruth, for her endless hours, unwavering
dedication, and her foresight, that helped to make Birch
Creek the strong organization it is today.” (Fall issue, pg 2)
Updates to add to your new Church Directory:
Evelyn Olson has asked to note her winter phone number in Florida; 850-981-0188.
I would like to thank everyone who
Bonny Vahey is now receiving mail delivery at home.
came to visit me at Scand after my fall
Please remove the PO Box number from her address .
and for all the prayers for my healing. All
the cards and phone calls when I returned home were
Ken & Beth Ferris’ Florida phone number: 239-543also very appreciated.
God bless you all,
Emery Koehler
SURBAUGH, William, Cheryl, H. Ph: 920-854-3130
11135 Beach Rd
Bill Cell: 765-621-1053
Sister Bay, WI 54234
[email protected] [email protected]
This year’s “Crop Walk” was a big success with 6
Northern Door Churches collecting $5634.00 so far.
There was still one church that had not reported yet,
and we are ahead of last year by over $300.00!
Twenty Five Percent will benefit local needs at Feed
My People in Sturgeon Bay. Congratulations walkers
and supporters!
Meditations from
Pastor Kerry
A Season of Civility
I have a deep appreciation for words—and how they are used. In this
election year, the words our candidates use are important. So are the
words we use when discussing our political views with one another.
The word ‘politic’ is rooted in the Greek word ‘polis’, which means city. It refers to the arena of the
people, the citizens or the state. Many of us have been taught that it is socially impolite to discuss politics and
religion in mixed company. Yet, by its very nature, politics are supposed to be discussed among the people. We
have relegated the arena of politic to the professional politician and in doing so have lost our voice in more arenas than just politics.
The word ‘civil’ is a synonym of politic, rooted in the Latin civilis, it means to relate to public life. In the
Latin, the word was related to the behavior and courteous manners of the citizens, as opposed to the rude behavior of the soldiers.
With the two words being so close to one another in meaning and intent, it is strange that we rarely use
the two together: civil politics. The Wisconsin Council of Churches began calling for a ‘Season of Civility’ several
months ago. They have some useful and valuable resources for the church to be engaged in civil political conversation. These resources call us and direct us to:
An understanding that we are all in this together
An appreciation of the value of ‘otherness’
An ability to hold tension in life-giving ways
A sense of personal voice and agency
A capacity to create community
These principles are taken from Parker Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy. This ‘Season of Civility’ is
much needed. Our political candidates would do well to honor these values.
They are, however, not limited to our political conversations. In order for the Church to be the Church,
we, too need some healing. We need to apply these same principles to our congregational, denominational and
ecumenical lives. There are serious and holy conversations going on in our congregations. When we are at our
best, we understand that we are all in this together, we appreciate the value of ‘otherness’, we hold tension in lifegiving ways, we find a sense of personal voice and we intentionally create community. When we are not at our
best, we would be wise to learn and re-learn these skills.
Our annual Church Council is set for Sunday, November 11th following worship. While I do not believe
that there is any business that will divide us or destroy us, it may serve as an opportunity for us to practice civility...with unity, diversity and love.
Financial Update: September, 2012
Good News/Bad News
The good news is that at the 3rd quarter our congregational giving is up. During the first 9 months of 2012,
congregational giving is up about 1.5% over the same period in 2011! This does not include non-budgeted giving
like monies received for the water well.
The bad news is that we remain behind in our payments to the Moravian Church, Northern Province for
our funding of the Common Ministries, Pastor’s Retirement and Health Benefit. We began 2012 owing several
months for 2011 and we have not been able to get caught up. The proposed budget for 2013 accounts for us
carrying over these must pay items to the Province.
HOWEVER, it is not too late. Whatever we can pay for 2012 before Jan. 15, 2013 will make our budget
and our financial health better. I would ask that each of you consider your giving pattern throughout this year. If
it fits with your pledge for 2012, I say AMEN! If you believe you could be a stronger giver financially to the
church, but don’t know how, please ask. We possess a wealth (no pun intended) of resources to help individuals
and families be better financial stewards.
The great news is that the ministry of the Sister Bay Moravian Church continues to flourish. We have an
obligation to make sure the ministry of the Moravian Church,
2 Northern Province flourishes as well. So let’s get to
Family Centers of Door County are presenting a
Breakfast Social for older adults.
Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers
of Door County
Door County Rib Fest
They invite you to join them as they say goodbye to auSaturday,
November 17
tumn with a mini concert b 3 outstanding musicians,
Bay Yacht Club.
Karen & Ken Stillman and Bob Bradley. The trio have
at 4:00 pm for cash bar
played together for many years. If you like Blue grass
and silent auction, with serving from
and Folk music you’ll not want to miss this Social!
5:00-7:00 pm or until ribs are gone.
9:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 7
night's fare will include samples of
Get a carpool going and drive down to the
chef's ribs, baked beans, coleSouthern Door Family Center,
slaw, and desserts.
1400 Cty Rd DK, in Brussels.
The event also includes Ken-Ya-Sing DJ Service, a silent auction with items from local businesses and indiSounds like a great way to start the day!
The suggested cost to attend is $ 5. per person and in- viduals, and 50/50 raffles. Tasters will vote for their favorite ribs in the professional and amateur categories.
cludes a hearty meal, coffee, juice and
Tickets are $18 per person and are available by calling
door prizes.*
the Neighbor-to-Neighbor office at 743-7800. There are
*Call by Tuesday, October 30 to reserve.
a limited number of tickets available so purchase of tick920-825-1430 or
ets in advance is strongly encouraged.
Immanuel Lutheran Church in Baileys Harbor is having a Harvest Dinner
Saturday, November 10th, from 4:30 to 6:30
Savory chicken & meatballs with all the trimmings * Homemade pies for dessert
Music provided by the Praise Band
‘Women of the Word’ will have handmade items for sale at 3:30. Proceeds to benefit Feed My People.
Adults $10 Children (6-12) $5.00
Under 6 Free
the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church will welcome historian, Eunice Wollin Crockett, to share the development of the early Moravian Church on Sun, November 4th at 4:00 pm.
“Letting the Bible Read You! Exploring Ancient and
Titled “From Hus to Herrnhut,” Wollin Crockett will lay
Modern Ways of Praying and Applying the Scriptures
out the development of Christianity in Eastern Europe
into Your Life”
leading up to the rise and martyrdom of John Hus. It will
Registration forms have been sent to your church office explore the “Hidden Seed,” the refuge with Zinzendorf,
in the TEN newsletter. Cost is $50 if you come on Satur- and the eventual flourishing of the Moravian tradition as
Moravians began to reach out to other parts of the world.
day and $10 per night if you stay overnight.
November 9th -11th at Mt. Morris Camp & Conference
Born in North Dakota, Eunice Wollin Crockett grew up in
Midwestern Moravian communities. Her father, Rev. Clarence Wollin, was ordained in his home church of Lake
Mills, WI, and her mother, Esther Piper Wollin, was the
The facilitator will be Tom Caflisch, who has served as
second generation to play the organ at Ebenezer MoraDirector of Education and Nurture for the First Presbyte- vian Church in Watertown, WI. If you are planning to
rian Church in Baraboo WI, and has worked with the Mo- attend, please call the Sturgeon Bay Moravian
ravian congregations in the Madison area in youth minis- Church. 920.743.6218.
try and interim preaching. He also is the manager of a
not-for-profit Christian bookstore in Baraboo.
Sunday School Teachers, Youth Workers, Bible Study
Leaders, CEC members, etc – we encourage you to attend.
For more information, contact Sheila Petroni.
Parish Nurse - Kathy Wagner,
M.S. R.N.
The Landing of the Pilgrims
by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
The Northern Door Health and Wellness Ministry composed of volunteers and Parish Nurses from area
churches as well as the YMCA has
just completed its first full year in
service. One focus of the group has
been the Community Health Information Programs
(CHIP) every month for 60 minutes on a Sunday afternoon. Topics for the programs are generated by
community issues, “hot” topics, or those suggested
by attendees at the programs. By the time this comes
to you we will have concluded a 3 part series on
“Diseases of the Blood”, leukemia and stem cell
transplantation. Unfortunately it was poorly attended,
as the information presented by Dr. Winkler from
Green Bay Oncology was timely and very well presented. The good news is that all programs are available on DVD free of charge.
NDHWM would be delighted if you have an interest
and an hour to volunteer. We need greeters at the
program locations, help with set up of the rooms, and
handing out materials if the speaker has them. This
ministry continues to provide two opportunities every
month for blood pressure screenings. We can be
found every first Tuesday of the month at Main Street
Market from 10 am to noon, and the 4th Tuesday of
the month at Loaves and Fishes from 4:15 pm to
Upcoming programs include Susan Johnson, Chaplain from Door County Memorial Hospital, speaking
on Nov. 11 at Scandia Village Education Room about
“how to talk to someone who is in distress or hurting”.
Following that there is no December program, but
resuming in January with topics of abuse and anger
management, and a very pertinent issue for our time
of “The Conversation”…how to approach the topic
with family about end of life decisions.
See Kathy Wagner for further information or if you
have an interest in volunteering.
The Landing of the Pilgrims
The breaking waves dashed high,
On a stern and rock-bound coast,
And the woods against a stormy sky
Their giant branches tossed;
And the heavy night hung dark
The hills and waters o'er,
When a band of exiles moored their bark
On the wild New England shore.
Not as the conqueror comes,
They, the true-hearted came;
Not with the roll of the stirring drums,
And the trumpet that sings of fame;
Not as the flying come,
In silence and in fear;-They shook the depths of the desert gloom
With their hymns of lofty cheer.
Amidst the storm they sang,
And the stars heard, and the sea;
And the sounding aisles of the dim woods rang
To the anthem of the free!
The ocean eagle soared
From his nest by the white wave's foam;
And the rocking pines of the forest roared-This was their welcome home!
There were men with hoary hair
Amidst that pilgrim band:
Why had they come to wither there,
Away from their childhood's land?
There was woman's fearless eye,
Lit by her deep love's truth;
There was manhood's brow serenely high,
And the fiery heart of youth.
What sought they thus afar?
Bright jewels of the mine?
The wealth of seas, the spoils of war?-They sought a faith's pure shrine!
Coming Soon!
Door County Habitat for Humanity will be delivering their delicious Christmas Fruitcakes on November 12th, so put your order in to make sure
you will get one! The cost this year is $10.00.
Ay, call it holy ground,
The soil where first they trod.
They have left unstained what there they found-Freedom to worship God.
Please remember in your prayers
In Sympathy: Bo Johnson was received into the more immediate presence of our Lord and Savior at 3:30
a.m. on Friday September 28. Please be in prayer for the comfort and peace of our LORD for Annika, and the
extended Johnson family, in this very difficult time of mourning. A Student Memorial Service was held on
Wednesday October 3, 2012 at the Door Community Auditorium at Fish Creek, and a Community Memorial
Service was held on Wednesday October 17, at the Door Community Auditorium.
Marston Anderson, nephew to Ardis Fletcher, died on Wednesday October 17th of a massive heart attack while he
was working. A Memorial service was held at Sister Bay Moravian Church on Friday, October 26th.
Please remember in your prayers:
Those who are ill or recovering: Violet Beckstrom, Ollie Bergwin, Charlie Burton, Dick Daniels, Alicia Doudna & her
fiancé Andrew Kratzat, Bob Flaherty, Jim Henneman, Nancy Hughes, Marvin Ketterling, Karen Krauss, Hank Krapf, Bev
Knutson-Bochek, Paul Linden, Paul Malmgren, Margret Moegenburg, Elayna Murphy, Randy Pluff, Shirley Rosenquist .
In area Assisted Living & Nursing Care Centers:
Lenny Beckstrom, Barbara Ferry, Don Johnson, Elaine Kalms, Gordie Langenkamp, Dawn Schutt, Ethel Tencate, and
June Witalison
Serving in the military:
Cole Church, Bryan Duff, Brian Flood, Patrick Flood, Aaron Frick, Scott Glabe, Austin Lent, David Mann, Todd Pichette,
Billy Jack Sargent, Jimmy Wiltse.
Mark your calendar for the Midsummer Music
Christmas Concert! They will be performing
at SBMC on Thursday, November 29th, at
7:00 pm. More information will be forthcom-
Thanksgiving Basket Schedule
NOVEMBER 4 - Pumpkin, evaporated milk,
NOVEMBER 11 - Pie crust mixes
(Saturday NOVEMBER 17 assemble baskets)
NOVEMBER 18 ”Sponsored” turkeys
(Monday NOVEMBER 19 distribute baskets)
Thank you to the Men’s Fellowship Bible
Study group for volunteering to serve as
Ushers during the month of November.
ENDS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 4. Fall back 1 hour.
Join us in Thanksgiving Worship
with Ephraim Moravian Church
and the residents of Scandia Village, Nov. 18th, Sunday Eve at
6:45 pm, in the Scand Gathering
Family Centers of Door County will again have
“Children’s Christmas Stores,” including one at the
Ephraim Village Hall on Saturday, December 1st.
They need help from the community in order to have
these 4 “stores”, giving children the opportunity to shop
for family Christmas gifts at highly discounted prices.
Areas to help include: Setup and price inventory.
Check in parents & assigning children a number.
Elves Help children shop.
Gift Wrappers - Assist in wrapping all presents.
Cashier/Check Out -Add totals & check Children out.
DONATIONS: See flyer on bulletin board for things to
donate. Call Sara at 902-825-1430 or email at
[email protected]
Denver, Nashville, New Orleans, Chinook, Tucson, Austin, San Antonio,
Chicago, and Hollywood.
Karena Malmgren
Fundraising Update: $5125 (goal:
from Los Angeles
karenagoestolosangeHow Can You Support Me?
Your Prayers: Pray for me and for the
(Karena is is serving one
people with whom I will live and serve
year as a volunteer for the YAV prothis year.
gram in Hollywood. As a Young Adult Your Financial Gifts:
Volunteer, As a YAV she partners with - Make checks payable to “Door” and
an agency providing support
write “Hollywood and Karena Malmfor troubled and disadvantaged young gren” on the memo line. Mail checks
adults in the Hollywood area.
August 30 - Fifty-five young adult vol- 430 West 9th Ave.
unteers arrived at the Newark airport
Denver, CO 80204
at various times last Monday. I arrived - For online donations, go to
around 12:30 after spending a week in, select the link
New York City catching up with friends for “Donate”
from Honduras and my brother, Jeff.
- For phone donations, call the DOOR
The excitement and nervousness
National Office at 303.295.3667
could be tasted as we loaded into vans
and headed to Stony Point Retreat
Center. We began to share our stories
with one another finding similarities
along the way – friends who also went
abroad, spoke Spanish, recently
graduated from college, and had a
passion for social justice.
Karena goes to Los
I’ll admit that I originally thought, “I’ve
already done the whole volunteer service thing, there’s not that much I can
learn in an orientation week…”
I was wrong.
I met a supportive group of incredible
people with riveting stories and an
abundance of passion. I saw brokenness and pain in the hearts of those
that would be serving alongside me
and I witnessed healing and love. We
listened, shared, sang, had a talent
show, and broke bread with one another.
It’s a pretty amazing experience when
like-minded young adults come together and are intentional about creating community even when knowing we
will part ways and enter our own adventures in the coming year. I will
pray for these friends and hope that
you too will pray for all of the YAVs
heading to Guatemala, Kenya, Ireland,
Meeting Joel McHale with my roommates (Khalicia, Drew, Joel, me,
Kendra, and Savanah)
September 21 Paramount Studios is right down the
block. The Hollywood sign is in our
backyard. People dress up in costumes daily to earn tips on Hollywood
Boulevard. Tourists take pictures with
the stars plastered on the sidewalk.
People from all walks of life have traveled from near and far to try to make it
in the city that is primarily identified
with movie stars and movie studios.
But not everyone can “make it,” and
many end up joining the already large
homeless population.
At my workplace, Social Services at
Blessed Sacrament, I start the day
before the sun has even risen. I ride
my bike with my housemate and coworker, Drew, 2 miles
6 past several of
our sleeping clients as we head into
the parish building that contains the
social services we provide. The model
of the agency has changed drastically
in the last 6 months. [email protected] (Social
Services at Blessed Sacrament) no
longer provides breakfasts, lunches,
showers, and clothes to the Hollywood
homeless and low-income clients, but
rather provides a place for participants
to engage in conversation and relationships centered around group-like
activities. Groups include Morning
Mindset (Meditation/Mindfulness – I
class I might eventually lead!!), yoga,
art, sports discussion, 12 Step Recovery from Drug and Alcohol Abuse,
among others. I have met some incredible participants at [email protected] who
have wonderful stories and add fascinating insights to conversations we
have on a daily basis.
Today we hosted a cross-cultural conversation encouraging our homeless
clients to engage with international
students from around the world studying at King’s College adjacent to
[email protected] After introductions around
the room, our clients began teaching
the international students slang from
“the hood.” This dialogue was a beautiful exchange where our clients were
able to offer an incredible service –
practice with the English language –
while being empowered at the same
Last night we also opened La Casa de
la Communidad, our neighborhood
ministry house that welcomes the
population of our primarily Latino community. We had about 12 kids show up
for homework help, to eat cookies and
drink lemonade, and to relax in a safe
space in the neighborhood… more on
this ministry in future posts!
Your continued prayers and support
are much appreciated. Please keep
the Hollywood Homeless in your
prayers – that they would have their
spiritual, emotional, and physical
needs met. If you have comments,
questions, or prayers please send
them my way!
03 - Kerry Krauss
04 - Linda Schaefer
06 - Jerry Knudson
07 - Evelyn Olson
08 - Kent Sitte
10 - Ethel Tencate (94)
12 - Ruth Daniels
Mitch Olson
Willard Sunstrom
18 - BobFlaherty
25 - Paul Pfundtner
26 - Jan Schrader
29 - Bill Schaefer
23 - Paul & Cheryl Lubahn
If you are celebrating a birthday or anniversary this month & your name is omitted, please call the office to make sure
we have a date and/or correct date
Kathy Ray 854-2538
04 - Deuteronomy 6:1-9, Hebrews 9:11-14, Mark12:28-34
11 - Ezekiel 34:11-16, 23-24,Hebrews 9:11-14, John10:1-10
18 - Daniel 12:1-3, Hebrews 10:11-14, 19-25, Mark 13:1-8
25 - Daniel 7:9-10,13-14, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37
11 Daylight
Savings begins
9:00 Sun.School
10:00 Worship
NOV. 4
4 9:00 Sun.School
& Adult Study
10:00 Worship
4:00 St.Bay Mor.
Ch. See pg. 6
Kathy Ray
Ardis Fletcher
Fran Burton
Dave Schrader
8:00 Mens Fellowship
12-2:00 Parish
5 1:30 Wm’s Circle
6 8:30 Prayer Prtnrs
@ the home of Sue
Raye Hughes . CoHostess Anne Porter
9:30 Wm’s Study
6:00 Choir
7:00 Bells
Community Free
lunch 12:00
12-2:00 Parish
8:30 Prayer Prtnrs
9:30 Wm’s Study
6:00 Choir
7:00 Bells
8:00 Mens Fellowship
T.E.N. (Teach Education Network of
the Western District. Annual Retreat.
at Mt. Morris. November 9-11. “Letting
the Bible Read You!”
Fall back 1 hr
8:00 Mens Fellowship
9:30 a.m.
Wm’s Fellowship
Business Meeting
12-2:00 Parish
6:45 SBMC &
Eph. Thanksgiving Ser. @ Scand
Gathering Rm
29 8:00 Mens Fellowship
8:30 Prayer Prtnrs
9:30 Wm’s Study
6:00 Choir
7:00 Bells
8:30 Prayer Prtnrs
9:30 Wm’s Study
6:00 Choir
7:00 Bells
12-2:00 Parish
7:00 Midsummer Music Holiday Concert @ SBMC
Youth Sunday School (Oct - May) 9:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Adult Bible Studies: Sunday 9:00 a.m. Women's Study, Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Men’s Study, Thurs. 8:00 a.m.
Pastor Kerry’s office hours: Monday through Wednesday 9:00 - Noon, always available for a time to meet
Cell 920.854.0015
Parsonage 854.4559
Church Office 854-4080
Mon through Thursday 8:30-12:30
Judy Pichette
email: [email protected] Secretary: [email protected]
Sister Bay Moravian Church
Box 1010 . Sister Bay . WI . 54234
November, 2012