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A View from the Belfry November 2019

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Lay Leader Lines November 2019

Monday, October 28th, 2019

United Methodist Women November 2019

Monday, October 28th, 2019

The annual Thank Offering will be featured at the November 5 meeting of the United Methodist Women. We meet at 1 PM in Fellowship Hall of the church. In addition to the usual items in the business meeting, plans will be finalized for our annual UMW worship service to be held Nov.10.​

Plans are also in the works for the annual Christmas Tea to be held Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 PM. The tea will include the popular Cookie Walk and a Kitchen Gourmet table. Proceeds from the sales will benefit local charities. The tea is always open to the community so be sure to attend and bring your friends.​

The UMW Christmas Party will be held the following week and this will be a potluck dinner. All members of FUMC are invited to attend. Be sure to mark your calendar now.​

The monthly hymn sing continues the first Monday of each month at the Medical Care Facility. We meet at 10 AM to present a brief program of familiar hymns and a seasonal message. New participants are always welcome.​

With the recent redistricting of the United Methodist Church in Michigan, the UMW Reading Program for 2019 has been extended to the end of the year, so there is still time to finish up in reaching your personal goal. See Mary Prater for more information.​


Church Bulletin Board

Monday, October 28th, 2019

The following appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services.

· Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale, it’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

· Don’t let worry kill you off — let church help.

· For those of you that have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

· Potluck supper Sunday at 5 pm—prayer and medication to follow.

· The church will host an evening of fine dining. Super entertainment and gracious hostility.

· At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What the hell?!”.  Come early and listen to our choir practice.

· Low self-esteem group will meet Thursday at 7 pm. Please use the back door.

· This being Easter Sunday service we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

· The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoons.

· Miss Charlene Mason sang, “I Will Not Pass This Way Again”, giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

· The sermon this morning “Jesus Walks on Water”. The sermon this evening “Searching For Jesus”.

· Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24th in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

· This evening there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

· The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday— “I upped my pledge—up yours”.

                                            – Compiled by Max Bowen

From the Pastor’s Desk November 2019

Monday, October 28th, 2019

This will be my last year-end report as your pastor.  As most of you now know I will be retiring as of June 30, 2020.  I thought I would look back over the 16 years I have been here.  I have officiated at 32 weddings, 29 baptisms, 40 receptions of members, who are new or have transferred from other churches,  and 35 funerals.  I have officiated at 11 funerals for                members of the community who did not have a pastor. In my first year the church had a debt of thirty-two thousand dollars for the repairs to the stained glass windows.  You quickly paid off that debt and I found out that you didn’t like being in debt.  We repaired the sanctuary floor (I kind of miss the bounce) and again you quickly paid off that debt. I am not taking the credit for those debts being paid off, but reminding you all that we have a generous congregation.  As time passed, I went from full time to three quarter time to half time where I am today.  I need to take a moment to thank Polly who for 16 of those years made the trip from our home near Gwinn to Manistique to be with me and the church, where she has helped with Sunday School and of course her mini sermons at children’s time.

 I also want to thank Kali Lewis, my administrative assistant.  She has worn a path from her office to mine helping me when I get in trouble with the computer. Thanks Kali. God has and is doing great and marvelous things in the lives of many individuals here at Manistique FUMC. I believe our times of worship, learning and fellowship have risen to a higher Biblical norm and a spiritual growth breakthrough is happening in personal lives and in families.  Our financial giving this year has been stable, but we miss those who are away and forget to make up with their gifts. We were able to begin the year with a small cushion and I believe God’s wisdom teaches us to continue to pray, work and give for greater financial stability. While we are living in “unstable” times, we are definitely serving a “stable” God and we want to be a “stable” church in every facet! We have had some fun times with fund raisers. We started with a pie auction always a good time, then the Italian dinner, couple of silent auctions and the last one so far, the auction of the gift wrapped boxes with the contents unknown to the buyers until the purchase has been made.  All of the above goes for the new lift, along with the sale from the barn and household goods from the Edwin Renton home.  Thanks for all who worked so hard in getting the sale ready and working the two days of the sale. 

I came across an article I would like to share.  It is titled “All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten “, written by Robert Fulgham, “All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate-school mountain, but there in the sand pile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned. Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balanced life, learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. Take a nap every afternoon. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that. Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup, they all die. So do we. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned-the biggest word of all – LOOK. Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living. Take any of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or your government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if all-the whole world-had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess. And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.”

As always, you are all in my prayers.                                                                                                                                                                        

Peace and Grace,

Pastor Don

Lay Leader Lines October 2019

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Q: I’ve been debating with myself on whether or not I would like to serve on a church committee or hold some office in the church. How do I apply for a position as an officer or committee member? Are there any specifications I need to have? If I get on a committee, how long would I serve?

A: If you are interested in holding an office in the church, all you need to do is let the pastor, lay leader or a member of the Lay Leadership Committee (formerly called the Nominating Committee) know. The members of this and all other committees are posted on the secretary’s desk and on a bulletin board in the entry. Some positions do have a requirement that the position be held by a church member in good standing in the church, and some specify the length of time which the person shall have been a church member (often two or three years). Some positions are for three year-terms, and some specify that the member cannot succeed him—or herself for a second term, although after a break the person can again serve on the same committee. Other committees have no term limitations. The specifications for each office are included in the Book of Discipline. In addition, the pastor has booklets which describe the qualifications and duties of each of the required church positions. Committees established by the local church and not required by the Book of Discipline such as our REACH Committee do not have any specifications other than those established by the local church. If you have ever toyed with the idea of serving the church as a committee member or church officer, why not give it a try? We can always use new members with fresh ideas and the unique skills which they can bring to the church leadership!   

A View from the Belfry October 2019

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

What happened??!!?? It was summer, and then even before August had ended, it was autumn! Even early in September trees were turning colors in places, and mosquitoes were disappearing! Pretty soon it will be Halloween, I wonder if we’ll have a Trunk or Treat event at this church as we did last year! It was great fun to see all the kids dressed in their Halloween costumes, getting candy from the trunks of cars in our parking lot! How about repeating the fun, folks?

It is also approaching church conference time. For those of you who never go to church (also known as charge) conference, we conduct a lot of the church business at this time, such as setting the church budget for the coming year, approving lay servants, recommending those who are working toward becoming local pastors, and electing church officers. You might want to come and participate. Everyone can attend the church conference, but only church members are allowed to vote. A great deal goes into preparing for the church conference, such as filling out forms, preparing a slate of potential officers, filling out forms, arranging the service according to the direction of the District Superintendent, filling out forms, filling out forms, filling out forms…. well, you get the idea. Sometimes the forms seem overwhelming, but we really do have some important issues to discuss and business to conduct. This year our church conference will be held on October 24th, with the Staff Parish Committee meeting at 3:00 and the conference at 4:00. Why not come? I’ll promise to be there, or, for those of you who don’t like bats (I don’t                               understand why not, but I can accept that there are some of  you who don’t), I promise to either stay away or keep well hidden!

From the Pastor’s Desk October 2019

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

On Saturday mornings he would sleep until the sun kissed his face just enough. He wouldn’t shower because what was the need? He didn’t need the hot water to rouse.  Chris wanted the baby blanket of ‘just awake’ to      remain soft on his skin as long as it could. And he would intentionally not strap on his wristwatch; the next few hours were not hours to him.  These were the sweetest honeycombs of his week. All he needed was his cardigan and books, a wallet to stay lucky and a gait to remind himself, “Nothing else matters right now.”  Each Saturday morning Chris made his way to Rojo’s in the square just down and to the left of the uneven brick road that snaked squarely round the Yankee Doodle Taproom. Bought, roasted and brewed their own fair-trade organic coffee, they did. That, with a local pastry. Who could want for a better morning? His first pass through the daily psalm and gospel text would often be bookmarked with crumbs of huckleberry scones and stains of Yirgacheffe dripped just so. But the second time around was different. For the second chew through the text, a different locale was needed. He did not expect to taste much the first time; it was always on the second sip of a passage that the flavor made itself known. And for that, he would retire to the third floor of an un-named library.

Reclining in a reading chair gazing out through thick tall panes upon some large elm or maple, there Chris would savor again the sweet words that he had seen before but perhaps never truly relished until that moment. Chris was never able to find the time that he so gladly misplaced on those mornings. He made the time, light enough to forget about it for a while. 

I came across this story on the internet, author unknown, and I envied him and at the same time I admired him, the way he chucked time out the window to enjoy a little Jesus in the morning. I thought, “I want whatever that is.” Not too long ago I heard someone refer to the ‘tyranny of the calendar’. There are several different thoughts on the ‘tyranny of the calendar’, and I think I understand. Each of us has our own pace.  Some are content with their daily reclining sessions, while others have too much and seem in a perpetual state of “hanging in there.” And there are still those of us who no matter the level of chaos or calm, find   choppy waters of dissatisfaction wherever we set sail. In this story, Chris was a busy guy, who made the time to cultivate a rich inner life with God. Never one to brag or bluster, but I would guess you could see the effects on his face after one of his Saturday morning quiet times.  I would imagine almost a radiance, maybe like Moses after taking too long on Mount Horeb. So why don’t we just take not minutes, but a few breaths and blinks, sauntering with scripture and something to sip.  You know, we get this Christian life all wrapped around the axes sometimes. But it’s really just that simple, and infinitely beautiful. You don’t even have to speak; just listen and enjoy Him.

UMW – Submitted by Carol Weinert

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

September 2019

Here it is September again – time to put away the white shoes, beach towels, sun screen and bikinis, and begin thinking about fall harvest, schooldays and United Methodist Women’s programs. But first, let’s recap the summer.​

Our UMW August picnic was, as usual, a big success with perhaps the largest number of UMW ladies attending, including UMW members from Newberry and McMillan. We were also pleased to see in attendance past president Bobbie Clift from Marquette and current UMW president Patti Steinberg. The offerings in the salad luncheon were delicious and speaker Maurita Holland gave an informative talk on UP wildflowers. If you missed the picnic, guess you will have to wait until next year to see what will be presented.​Looking ahead to the upcoming season of UMW programs, the annual District Celebration will be Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Gwinn. Featured speaker will be former “TV star” turned United Methodist pastor Vicky (Crystal) Prewitt. If you would like to attend, get your registration form soon as the deadline is early September. We always carpool to these events so don’t let transportation discourage you from attending. ​

Locally, we will resume our UMW meetings on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 1 PM in the church Fellowship Hall. Meetings are open to all interested church women. ​

The monthly Hymn Sing continues the first Monday of each month at the Medical Care Facility. We meet at 10 AM to present a brief program of familiar hymns and a seasonal message. However, there will be no Hymn Sing in September due to the Labor Day holiday.​

With the recent redistricting of the United Methodist Church in Michigan, the UMW Reading Program for 2019 has been extended to the end of the year, so there is still time to finish up in reaching your personal goal. See Mary Prater for More information.​

UMW Picnic

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

August 2019

Thank you to everyone who participated in making our UMW picnic a success. To Maurita Holland, our speaker, for her presentation on wild flowers in our area, and her homes in Gulliver  and Ann Arbor. Maurita compared the many wild flowers that exist at her home in Ann Arbor, her home on the beach on Lake Michigan and to t he areas in Sweden where she visits.

The salad luncheon was prepared by the UMW. No two salads were alike! Good job ladies! The dessert was prepared by the UMW, with Candace’s recipe. The cupcakes were fun to make, pretty, and very yummy. The napkins, made to look like a lotus flower, were a challenge for some of us, being frustrating, but a lot of laughs putting them together. This was  another one of Candace’s ideas. You can still see some of them hanging in the fellowship hall.

The beautiful hydrangea centerpiece was made by Sharon Vanderville, everything used came from her garden.

We are already looking forward to our next event. Christmas Tea! Get your thinking caps on!!                                                                                                                                Thank again, Lynn LaRose