Three Oaks United Methodist Church
Monday, October 18, 2021
You Are Welcome!
   

THE PARISH POST  

Volume 36 - Issue #10
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
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 God loves you and has chosen you as his own special people. 
Colossians 3:12   (Contemporary English Version)
 
No Duplicates in God’s Eyes
 
I don’t think of my first name as terribly common, though I realize there are multiple ways to spell it: Cheri, Cherri, Shari, Sharie, Sheri, Sherry, and of course the right way – Sherri.  When I was growing up, there was never another Sherri (spelled any way) in my school, let alone in my class. However, once I left home, I discovered there were others out in the world. 
 
The first time I encountered another Sherri was when I started college. At auditions for the select college choir, I met another girl with the same name who sang the same part (second soprano). We both made the cut, were seated side-by-side and thus for the next four years became a package deal – the two Sherris. Since she was very nice and also a very good singer, I didn’t mind the association.
 
A couple of years later, as an exchange student in England, I again became part of a twosome. There was another Cheri from the U.S. who was studying to become a United Methodist pastor, attending the same small seminary in Durham (only about 100 students), and also a recipient of a scholarship from Rotary International. What are the odds of that? 
 
Because of these common characteristics, we spent a lot of time together that year – studying, traveling, and attending Rotary Club meetings. In fact, there were times when I hungered for some individual space. I got very tired of the two of us being lumped together. If Cheri (with the dark hair from Texas) expressed an opinion – whether about matters political, theological, or cultural, everyone assumed that Sherri (with the light hair from Iowa – that would be me) concurred. Since she was quite outspoken, this meant I was saddled with baggage I didn’t always want to carry.
 
Perhaps these experiences were meant to prepare me for my life as a parent. Being the mother of look-alike twins, I now know how maddening it can be to have one’s identity mistaken. The other night at the boys’ soccer game, Brad and I listened to the coach  
repeatedly call Tom and Sam by the wrong names. Though we laughed about it, we noticed that they were getting a little frustrated. 
 
Most of the time, they aren’t too bothered when people can’t tell them apart. But it does get under their skin when the wrong twin gets the credit for a good play! Or, on occasion it may go the other way. That is, the wrong twin gets the blame for a mistake the other one made! Oh, the injustice of it all. 
 
Have you ever noticed that there are a lot of “twins” (and even “triplets”) in our congregation when it comes to names? There are two Julies, two Marys, two Georges, two Sallys, two Rhondas, two Chucks, two Janes (though spelled differently) and two Amys (though spelled differently). Then there are three Dorothys, three Nancys, three Jims, three Bills, and three Kens. 
 
It sure makes for rather confusing conversations! Sometimes our communication gets mixed-up due to incorrect assumptions. For instance, more than one person has thought Cheryl Thomas was our church secretary, when actually it is Cheryl Kersey.   
 
Of course, context helps. If one is talking about music and Mary in the same sentence, probably the person in question is Mary Klug and not Mary Behrle. If one is talking about repairing a roof, probably the person in question is George Frye and not George Koebel
 
Still, this is not always so clear. One Sunday during the summer I announced that Julie would be taking the kids down for Children’s Church. Julie Becktell looked up at me with a very surprised expression on her face! Soon we sorted out that it was Julie Sittig who had signed up this time. Both work with the children. 
 
Likewise, both Chucks served on the Board of Trustees at the same time. Both Janes live at Lakewood Estates. Both Rhondas are in Sisters in Faith. Both Amys took part in the young women’s group. Two of the Kens are in the same family. Two of the Bills sit side-by-side in the choir. Whew! It makes my head spin. 
 
One can readily see how challenging it might be for a newcomer to sort this all out. Fortunately, we are preparing just the tool to help. Next week photos will be taken for our new pictorial directory. I do hope you will make an appointment for a photography session. It will mean a lot to the rest of us to have your picture included in our “family album.” 
 
Even if there is no way you can make it to the church during these three days, we ask that you either go to one of the other nearby churches where Lifetouch will be set up or – at the least – submit a photo of your family. Without strong participation, the book will not serve the purpose for which it is designed. And some people will still be left scratching their heads wondering who that other Dorothy is!
 
Of course, there are some individuals in our congregation who are not likely to ever be confused with anyone else. For example, there is only one Marlyn, one LaVern, one Elna, one Ogden, and certainly only one Zimmah! Whether your name is common or unique, I hope you know that – in the Lord’s eyes – you too are one-of-a-kind. Just as no two snowflakes are identical, so are no two people exactly the same. 
 
My boys look alike. When they were little, people actually thought they were triplets. They even have similar interests (sports, sports, and more sports!). Yet, I can tell them apart. Each one is very much his own person. Their mannerisms, their voices, their personalities are distinct. From the way their freckles line up to the way they give a hug, there’s really no mistaking them once you know them well. 
 
Similarly, each one of us is special, unique, one-of-a-kind. And God knows us so well that He can always tell us apart. The One who created us is aware of all those little things that make us who we are. With the Almighty, there is never an occasion of mistaken identity.
 
Now we need your help to celebrate the rich tapestry which is the Three Oaks United Methodist Church. Please sign up for a photography session and bring your one-of-a-kind smiling face. Then, when the directories are printed, please look through them carefully and match every face with a name. We’ll even give you a pass on learning the correct spellings. 
 
Pastor Sherri 
  
Prayer List for October
 
Dennis Beckman          Becky Gardner     
Kay Chapman             Pete Hartfert   
Aubree Couillard        Allen Harrington  
Carmen Foster           Gail Payne
Chuck Fox               Bill Ross 
Charles Freeman         Dan Ziebarth 
The Family of Rachael Stellwagen
 
 
Noisy Offering 

Have you missed the missions baskets on Sunday mornings? Now they are back, but with a twist. This month we are asking the children to collect your change again before our Sunday services. All donations will go toward Missions, including supporting a missionary family to be chosen by our Missions Committee. Instead of baskets this time, we are using large tin cans with pictures of the globe taped on them. Help us make some “noise” and support those in the mission field by dropping in a large bundle of coins this week!
  
 
Community Forums
 
Make plans now to stay informed and make your voice heard by attending the following community forums being offered in October:
 
Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.
Town Meeting at Three Oaks Elementary
This meeting will cover election issues and offer a time to get to know the candidates for Village Council.
 
Monday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.
Facilities meeting at River Valley Middle/High School
This meeting will offer discussion on possible future facility changes for the RV school district.
 
 
Becoming Soul Mates
 
WFRN Radio is bringing nationally renowned Christian authors and speakers Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott to our area for the “Becoming Soul Mates Seminar” on November 15. 
 
This is an all-day event that will be held at the Century Center in South Bend from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. and the schedule includes an hour lunch break.
 
Individual tickets are $45 and will go on sale Monday, September 15. Ordering and details are available online at www.WFRN.com/marriage or by phone at (800) 522-9376.
 
Plan now to attend this entertaining, thought-provoking, and immeasurably practical event. 
 
 
Chili Luncheon
 
Sisters in Faith will host their sixth annual Chili Luncheon for the congregation on Sunday, October 19, following worship. The menu will include: chili with all the fixings, cornbread, beverage and dessert.
 
Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children ten and under. Proceeds will support the church’s ministry to college students. Twice a year we are mailing care packages to those who are away at school. These funds will provide supplies and postage.
 
Bring your family members and friends and join us for a warm bowl of some chili dished up with some wonderful fellowship. We hope to see you there! 
 
 
World Communion Sunday
 
On World Communion Sunday, October 5, we will receive a special offering which will provide scholarships for racial – and ethnic – minority students in our country and international students coming to study in the United States. Through this offering we invest in the future leadership of the church and the global community. Please give generously. Your gifts make a world of difference!
   
 
 
Coming Soon!
 
The Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Sodus is sponsoring their 29th annual Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, October 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs. Admission is only $1.00 and there will be over 260 exhibitors plus food vendors and a bake sale. You can check out their website at www.chapelhill-craftshow.org .
 
 
  
CROP Walk
 
The CROP Walk is coming soon and we are looking for walkers. We already have five people signed up from our church: Rick Cooper, Rhonda Hinman, Ogden & Doris Krossovitch, and Pastor Sherri Swanson. If you are not planning to walk, please sponsor one of these individuals.
 
The CROP Walk is a program of Church World Service which raises funds to stop hunger all around the world. Of the money we raise, one fourth will stay here in our community to support the Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry. This year, there is a special matching challenge grant of $1,500 if we are able to raise $1,500 more than last year.
 
This year’s walk will be held on Sunday, October 5, beginning at Lakeside United Methodist Church. Soup will be served at 12:30, followed by registration at 1:00, and walking will begin at 1:30.
 
If you would like to walk, please see Doris Krossovitch or Rick Cooper for more information. Come out and show your support to end hunger!
 
 October is Pastor Appreciation Month.  Let's all show Pastor Sherri how much she means to us and how much we appreciate her. . . She's Awesome! 
 
Hog Roast
 
Galien United Methodist Church (208 North Main Street) is sponsoring their 21st Annual Hog Roast on Saturday, October 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost for this “Pig Out” is $9.50 for adults, $6.50 for children under 12, or $30 per family. Also on the menu will be roast turkey, potatoes, vegetables, sauerkraut, salads, homemade rolls, desserts, and beverages. All proceeds will go to Ministry Shares.
 
 
 
Holiday Treasures                          
 
The Stevensville United Methodist Church is sponsoring their Annual Holiday Treasures Arts and Crafts Bazaar on Saturday, November 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be unique crafts, a cookie walk, and a luncheon menu featuring hot turkey served on a potato roll, mashed potatoes, cranberry salad, sloppy joes with chips, veggies with dip and homemade pies and desserts.
 
The church is located at 5506 Ridge Road, between John Beers Road and Red Arrow Highway. Look for the electronic sign and entrance on Red Arrow Highway. For more information, call (269) 429-5911.
 
 
B.C.A.C. Annual Meeting
 
The Berrien County Association of Churches will hold its 131st Annual Meeting on Monday, October 13, at Pioneer Memorial Seventh Day Adventist, 400 University Blvd, Berrien Springs. The program will be presented by the Benton Harbor Street Ministry with testimonies from students who have completed their GED’s and those involved in the after-school program. Music will be provided by Andrews University.
 
Members of all churches in the county are invited to take part in this evening.   Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. with the dinner, provided by Pioneer Memorial SDA, at 6:30, at a donation of $10 per person. The program begins at 7:15, followed by the business meeting at 7:45. Reservations need to be made by Monday, October 6, with payment at the door. See Pastor Sherri if you would like more information.  
 
 
Deepest Sympathy                           

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Cliff Sokolowski who died at his home on September 23.
We ask for prayers for Ellen and their children: Brian, Cliff Jr., and Analinda and their families.
 
We also extend our sympathy to Ed Hayes at the death of his uncle, Howard Miller, in North Carolina on September 11.
 
We further extend our sympathy to Jerry Thomas at the death of his sister, Ruth Thomas, on September 23 following many months of illness.
 
We also extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Rachael Stellwagen who died unexpectedly on September 28. Rachael was a granddaughter to Rose Covert and leaves behind a husband and three small children.
 
Cookie Dough
 
Sam & Tom Bartelmay are selling cookie dough from Tasty Batters as a fundraiser for New Buffalo Middle School .  Each three pound tub makes approximately four dozen one ounce cookies.  The dough is delivered frozen; it will keep for six months in the freezer and two months in the refrigerator.  The cookies are trans fat free.  (Though no promises are made about calories!)
 
Cost is $14 per tub. The following thirteen flavors are available: lemon cranberry, snickerdoodle, triple crown (white, milk and dark chocolate chunks), white chocolate macadamia nut, sugar, extreme chocolate with Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter, night and day (chocolate batter with white chocolate chunks), crispy treat (includes Rice Krispies), chunky chocolate, key lime white chocolate, and peanut butter chocolate chunk.
 
See Pastor Sherri to place an order.  Checks may be made payable to her.  Orders must be received by Sunday, October 5.  Delivery will be in late October or early November.
  
 
Fall Luncheon
 
First United Methodist Church of New Buffalo will hold its annual Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, October 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $6. The church is located at 24 South Whittaker Street in Bew Buffalo. Be sure to come to the Fellowship Hall to enjoy a great lunch!
  
 
E-Mail
 
Our church is starting to make greater use of electronic technology. There are two clear advantages: speed and cost. E-mail is fast and it is free.
 
We are using e-mail for: prayer requests, meeting reminders and sending out the newsletter. You will be given a chance to sign up for any or all of these communications when you come to have your photograph taken for our new church pictorial directory.  You can also call us with the information or send a note to our address: toumc@att.net.
 
We will not publish your e-mail address without your permission. It is our practice to send everything by BCC (blind copy) so that others on the list do not receive your address. We will only send business-related items from the church, no forwards of poems, jokes, stories, or any other propaganda. And we discourage others from sending these latter items unless there is mutual consent between the parties communicating. 
 
So, if you would like to help save the church office time and money, please make sure we have your current e-mail address.
 
  
Sunday School News
 
Our Rally Day kick-off on September 7 went well. To introduce their new mission project, Nothing But Nets, the children led this cheer in worship:
              Don’t let them bite. . . 
              We’re gonna fight. . .
              Buy a net. . .
              It will fly on a jet. . .
              It will go over a bed. . .
              And protect their head. . .
              When it touches the net. . .
                                           It’s said. . .THE MOSQUITO. . . WILL BE DEAD!
 
Be sure to fill those collection cans and help us buy bed nets for the children of Africa. Pick up additional cans or buttons in the narthex.
 
We now have five volunteers rotating as our lead Sunday School teachers. They are: Mary Behrle, Julie Becktell, Aimee Seifert, Rhonda Petro and Gayle Martin. Thanks to these individuals and the many others who willingly serve as helpers each week. 
 
Top 40 (49) Countdown ~ Facts & Figures
 
Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote! We received 70 ballots. It was obviously difficult to limit your choices to just five. In fact, not everyone did.  There were seven ballots with more than five songs listed, though also ten ballots with less than five songs listed. 
 
Altogether, 139 different songs received at least one vote. Of these, 23 are found only in The Faith We Sing, 16 are found only in Hymns for the Family of God, nine are found only in The United Methodist Hymnal, seven are not found in any of our church songbooks, and the remaining 84 are found in more than one of the above books. 
 
If we gave a week to each and every song, it would take us nearly three years to complete the countdown! That seems too long, so we are not going to count down the 90 songs that acquired just one vote. However, we’ll save the list and keep those in mind for the future. 
 
Therefore, we are left with 49 songs that received multiple votes. Beginning September 14, we started featuring one of these each week. Since more than a third of the songs (18) received just two votes, we are going to be stuck at a tie for 31st place for the first several months. Since three Christmas songs made the Top 40 (now 49) list, we will use these in the month of December even if they come a bit out of order. 
 
Six songs received more than ten votes, with the highest garnering 23. These selections are being kept top-secret (!) until the end of the countdown next summer. If you miss one of our worship services over these 49 weeks, you will find a list of the hymns that have already been sung on our church website at www.toumc.org.
 
 
Women’s Health
 
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Susan G. Komen Foundation is offering free mammograms throughout the month of October to women over the age of 40 who are uninsured or underinsured. You may call (800) 873-0649 to schedule yours today.
 
  
Extra copies of the annual Church Conference report booklet are
available in the narthex for anyone who would like them.
 
 
Ministry Shares
 
Do you ever wonder what “Ministry Shares” do and who benefits from them? Consider this information recently published by the Conference Treasurer.
 
When our congregation sends money to the Annual Conference in the form of Ministry Shares, we join with approximately 35,700 other local congregations across the denomination to support: 
MISSIONS – In 165 countries, we support 1,812 missionaries, 80,000 Volunteers in Mission placements, 102 UMC community centers and mission colleges.
HEALTH & WELFARE – 225 retirement homes, 70 hospitals, 50 child-care facilities and 30 ministries for persons with disabilities.
EDUCATION – Eight two-year colleges, 82 four-year colleges, 10 universities, 13 seminaries and one professional school.
 
Yet, there’s even more. In the West Michigan Conference, we also support new church start-ups, campus ministries, Christian camping and outreach to help the least of God’s children throughout the six districts. 
 
When our District Superintendent, Rev. Neil Davis, was here last month he commented on the wonderful support our church has shown for Ministry Shares. In the last nine years, we have paid 100% eight times. So far this year, we are on target to do so again with 67% paid through August. 
 
This is no small undertaking. In 2008, our Ministry Shares amount to $14, 262. In 2009, they will increase to $16,105. This is nearly 13% of our projected budget. Thank you to those who continue to give faithfully to our General Fund. Through your generosity we are able to touch many lives, both locally and globally.  
 
Survey Results
 
Thanks to those who completed our survey and to Nancy Comfort for collating the results. Not as many people participated as hoped, but we appreciate all input given. There was a strong consensus to hold a picnic next summer and to continue sponsoring lunch out after worship every month or so. The survey committee will work with the Fellowship Committee to plan some of these fun activities.
 
 
Website Update
 
Over 60% of Americans now have Internet access and 40% of Americans have been online for more than three years. These are the findings from a recent Pew research study. In the past five years, the Internet has so penetrated the American conscience that it is almost unthinkable anyone would open for business without opening a digital front door as well. 
 
A radical shift has occurred in our society. The Pew study found that fifty-eight percent of Americans, when asked where they will go for basic information about government services, would first go online. Sixty-nine percent of Americans receive most of their news from online sources. Sixty-three percent of Americans expect businesses to have a Website. 
 
Recognizing that more and more potential visitors are checking us out online, our church has recently launched a website. Through the wonderful talents of Dennis Comfort, this has become a very attractive and useful resource. We hope it will engage newcomers to the community and reach out especially to the younger generations who are so computer savvy. 
 
Yet, there is something for everyone on our website. Even if you have been a member of the congregation for many years, you will find items of interest there. Dennis has prepared several in-house pages which will especially appeal to those who already participate in the life of the congregation. For instance. . . Are you signed-up for some volunteer service at the church but can’t remember the date of your commitment? Check out the schedules for: acolytes, liturgists, greeters, coffee time, special music and Sunday School helpers. Weren’t able to make it to church on Sunday? Check out the archive of worship bulletins to see what you missed. Tired of waiting for your newsletter to arrive? Check out the website where it will be posted as soon as it is typed and therefore available a lot sooner than it will travel by bulk mail.
 
This is your one-stop source for all current information pertaining to our Three Oaks United Methodist Church. Also, you can dig into a little church history, including a new section on the filming of “Prancer” twenty years ago. There are lots of pictures from recent fun events, as well. New things are being added all the time. If you haven’t yet visited www.toumc.org, you don’t know what you’re missing!
 
 
Notes of Thanks 
 
Sisters in Faith,
Thank you so much for your continued thoughtfulness. Home-made packages are the best surprise that comes in the mail. I enjoyed every part that my roommates didn’t enjoy first!
Thank you so much!
Love,
Kerri Becktell
 
 
Sisters in Faith,
Thank you for the fuel card. As most of you know, times are tough and every bit helps!
Thanks again!
Tom Martin
 
Dear Sisters in Faith,
Thank you very much for the care package. I really appreciate you thinking of me while I am at school.
God Bless,
Joe Hinman
 
Sisters in Faith,
Thank so sooo much for the care package! It is so great to be thought of. This package is always a wonderful pick-me up! Not to mention the cookies are DELICIOUSYUM! Thanks again.
Good Bless,
Eryka Kettring
 
Many thanks to. . .
Alex Renbarger, Judy Ross, Shirley Hoadley, Cheryl Thomas, and John Foster for serving up ice cream and smiles at our Ice Cream Social on September 20.
 
. . . to George Frye for making repairs to our flat roof over the kitchen pantry.
 
. . . to Rhonda Petro for setting up lovely visual displays in conjunction with the sermon series on Moses.
 
. . . to Jim Flick and Rhonda Hinman for arranging the purchase of a new refrigerator last month.
 
 
Soul Sisters
 
We had a nice time visiting Nan Klinedinst at Woodland Terrace for our meeting last month. Thanks to Helen Heward for providing refreshments of Jello cups and cupcakes. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 29, at 2:00 at the church.
 
  
Port-A-Pit Update
 
We want to thank everyone who helped with the Chicken Dinner. There are too many to name, but each one of you are appreciated whether you helped by baking bar cookies or helped prepare and set up on Friday or worked on Saturday, you make this fundraiser possible. We have such a willingness to help; it’s great to have such a wonderful church family. We had 31 bakers, 10 in the kitchen on Friday, and 33 people working on Saturday.
 
We had the best and biggest variety of bar cookies this year. There were a lot of yummy looking (and tasting) bars. Even though we didn’t sell nearly as many dinners as usual, we still did pretty well. Our profit as of September 29 was $1,840.00 with some money still to come in. Regardless of what our profit is, we have a lot of fun working together. The dinner is all about fun, food, fellowship and fundraising.
 
With thankfulness to each of you,
 
Fellowship Co-Chairs:
Rhonda Hinman and Ellie Rogers
 
Bible Study
  
Bible Study continues on the book of Exodus on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the pastor’s office. No preparation is required. Come join us as we explore God’s word!
 
 
 
 
 
Concert
 
Anne Harris will be at the Acorn Theater on Friday, October 17, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. Don’t miss this very special show celebrating the release of Anne’s fourth studio record, “Gravity and Faith”. Anne’s music is a blend of violin-infused pop/rock arrangements with folk flavoring and introspective lyrics. You can check out her website, www.anneharris.com and hear a sample of her songs.
 
 
 
 
Wedding News
 
Congratulations to Hope & Dave DeJong, who were married on September 19. Hope is the daughter of Jack and Alex Renbarger. We also appreciate their help with our Ice Cream Social the day after their wedding.
 
 
 
 
Sisters in Faith
 
The next meeting of Sisters in Faith will be Wednesday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m. Nancy Comfort will bring devotions; Nancy and Pastor Sherri will bring refreshments. Our Bible Study will be “Delilah – The First Cut Is the Deepest”. We will work on plans for the Cookie Walk on December 6.
 
 
 
Looking Ahead
 
On November 2 our congregation will observe “All Saints Sunday”. On this special day we remember those who have gone before us into God’s heavenly kingdom, especially those who have died in the past year.
 
Our worship service will include the celebration of Holy Communion as we gather around the Lord’s table with the “great cloud of witnesses”. If you have lost a loved one in the past year, please turn in their name (and date of death, if known) to the office by October 30 so they may be included in our remembrances.
 
 
Fall Clean Up
 
On Saturday, October 25, Crystal Springs Camp in Dowagiac needs your help to clean up and close up camp for the winter. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Jeff Parsons at (269) 683-8918 or crystal@locallink.net so they know how much food to prepare. This is a huge job that can be made simple with many willing hands. Won’t you consider joining with others for a rewarding day of work and fellowship?
 
 
 
 
Addresses for cards and visits:
 
Barney Fay
West Woods of Niles
1211 State Line Road 
Niles, MI  49120-4729 
 
Nan Klinedinst
Woodland Terrace
8850 Red Arrow Highway
Brigman, MI  49106-9524
 
Marjorie Weller
West Woods of Niles
1211 State Line Road
Niles, MI  49120-4729 
 
Photo Directory
 
  
Now is the time to sign up to have your picture taken for our new directory. So far, 42 families have scheduled an appointment. Yet, we have almost that many yet to schedule. Please save our committee members the trouble of calling you – call the church office today.
 
Lifetouch will be at the church October 6, 7, and 8 in the afternoon and evening. If you cannot make it any of those days, we ask that you visit one of the other area churches photographing this month (call our office for details) or submit a photo.
 
  
Prayer Chains
 
Are you on one of our church prayer chains? We invite you to sign up when you come to have your photo taken next week. Messages can be received by phone and/or e-mail. The calling order will be re-organized later in the month, after everyone has had a chance to sign up. It will then be mailed out to all those involved.
 

 
Marriage Encounter
 
There is plenty of work to be done on each person’s part when it comes to taking your marriage to the next level. Great marriages are built over time. Attending to and protecting against threats to the marriage are the cornerstones to its health. Open, sincere and honest conversations can produce rewards that last a lifetime. Find out how on a United Methodist Marriage Encounter weekend! From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores, TV and phones – and focus totally on each other. The next Marriage Encounter Weekend is November 7 – 9, at Youth Haven Ranch, between Lansing and Jackson. For more information see: www.encounter.org or contact registration couple Chuck & Dalice Yost at (313) 937-1051 or CYOST@twmi.rr.com .
 
 
UMCOR Emergency Offering
 
Haitians are people of great spiritual strength and courage but unfortunately the least in resources. This is especially true in the wake of Hurricanes Gustav, Hannah, and Ike. They have devastated the country, wiped out crops and livestock, and destroyed homes and roads. A minimum of 700 dead bodies have been recovered, mostly children.
 
Let us shore of the Haitians faith by helping them in this crisis. For nearly twenty years the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church has been in a mission partnership covenant with the Methodist Church of Haiti. We do not have to develop a system for relief thanks to this channel.
 
Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton has challenged all congregations in Michigan to come to the aid of our fellow Christian family in Haiti. We will collect a special offering on October 19 for the “Michigan Area Haiti Hurricane Emergency Relief”. Envelopes will be provided in your worship bulletins. These funds will be directly administered by the Michigan Area Haiti Task Force in consultation with the local leadership of the Methodist Church of Haiti. Please give generously to help our Haitian friends.
 
 
October Anniversaries
   
2nd

Jamie & Julie Flick

4th

Matt & Nancy Caid
 
 
5th
Mark & Ramey Seifert 
 


6th

Mike & Cindy Jakeway
 
 
Chuck & Julie Sittig

11th
Steve & Aimee Seifert

12th
Bill & Jayne Payne

13th

Allen & Beverly Harrington

16th
Eric & Dana Lee

23rd
Jim & Robin Ireland

29th
Jon & Deb Barbour

31st
Ron & Rhonda Petro 
 
 
October Birthdays
2nd
Thelma Avery
Helen Heward
 
4th
Katie Kozel
Kenneth Seifert, Jr.
 
5th
Les Lee
Nikki Springer
 
 
 
7th
Amanda Ireland
Sherri Swanson
David Vollman
 
10th
Michael Petro
 
15th
Cameron Seifert
 
16th
Bob Behrle
 
18th
Ron Petro
 
22nd
Melissa Noble
Jane Temple
 
23rd
Elsie Portinga
 
24th
Michael Flick
 
25th
Lil Lewis
 
28th
Ricky Martin
 
31st
Laura Gearhart