Three Oaks United Methodist Church
Monday, October 18, 2021
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Volume 37 - Issue #3
11:00 a.m. Worship Service

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Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount,   Matthew 6:6 (The Message)
Too Busy?  
I’m reading a good book. It’s not a new book by any means. First published 20 years ago, it is now I’m reading a good book. It’s not a new book by any means. First published 20 years ago, it is now considered a Christian “classic.” Actually, the content was not particularly new even when it first appeared in 1988.
Of course, not all good ideas are new. Far from it! Some of the best thoughts of all time have been around for a long while. Though our culture places a high value on things that are new and different, as Christians we can always benefit by returning to the basics of our faith.
The book I’m reading is called “Too Busy NOT to Pray.” It was written by Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church. Just a quick glance through the Table of Contents drew me right in. The chapters have titles such as these: “God Is Willing,” “God Is Able,” “The Hurt of Unanswered Prayer,” “Prayer Busters”, and “How to Hear God’s Promptings.” 
Hybels shares many personal experiences of prayer from his own life and from the lives of his friends and parishioners. The stories are very real and human and the format is quite readable. Yet, even if I had not found anything worthwhile between the covers of the book, the title alone speaks to me. How many times have I said I was too busy to pray. . . (or to exercise or to write a letter or to take care of some mundane household matter)? Too many times to count! 
Busyness rules the day for numerous Christians. Hybels laments that many of us have our engines revving at high speed all day long and he makes the case that this is not what God wants for us. To quote him, “If you ask me, [busyness] is the unrivaled archenemy of spiritual authenticity. [It] is akin to something the Bible calls worldliness – getting caught up with society’s agenda.”  Page 119
Uh-oh, that’s hitting a little too close to home! It makes me think of the following story which has circulated on the internet. Whether true or apocryphal, it provides food for thought.
The Brick
A young and successful executive was speeding along a neighborhood street in his new Jaguar when a brick suddenly smashed into the side of his car. The driver slammed on the brakes, backed up to the spot where the brick had been thrown, and jumped out of the car. Angrily, he grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, “Just what the heck are you doing? That’s a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do that?” 
The young boy was apologetic. “Please, mister. . . please, I’m sorry but I didn’t know what else to do,” he pleaded. “I threw the brick because no one would stop. . .” With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just beyond the parked car. “It’s my brother,” he said. “He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can’t lift him up.”
As the stunned executive looked toward the spot, the boy asked, “Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He’s hurt and he’s too heavy for me.”
With a lump in his throat, the driver lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair. He took out a handkerchief and dabbed at some fresh cuts and scrapes. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay.
Thank you and God bless you,” the grateful child told the stranger. Too shaken up for words, the man watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. Then he slowly walked back to the Jaguar.
The damage to his car was very noticeable. Even so, the driver never bothered to repair it. He kept that dent in the side of his door to remind him of this message: “Don’t go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!”
Indeed, many of us are moving too fast to notice our neighbor or to receive a word from the Lord. If we want to hear the gentle whisper or “still, small voice” of the Holy Spirit, we must slow down and become quiet. Let’s not be so busy and oblivious, that God has to throw a brick to get our attention!
Lent is a great time to slow down and listen. By doing this, as Eugene Peterson says so beautifully in his Scripture paraphrase called The Message: “The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” 
May God’s grace be very apparent to you this day.
Pastor Sherri
Those who Serve as Missionaries, Especially:
Jeff & Deliegha Swanson,
Charissa, Lois
, & Titus
in Mexico. 

Those who are in the Military, Including:
Brad Bellaire
Rick Martin
Brandon McCombs
Jerry Peters Jr.
Nathan Phillips
Dustin Smith


Those Who are in Nursing Homes:
Barney Fay   (West Woods) 
Tecla Kaiser  (River Ridge)
Those who are Homebound:
Dorothy Brayboy
Lloyd Gearhart
John Desmond
Lloyd Gearhart
Nan Klinedinst
Rose Lee
Kathryn Renbarger
Marjorie Weller
Thais Williams

Those with Health Problems:
Robert Bucks
Lara Drasin
Tom Dunkel
Calvin Edden
Chuck Fox
Andrew Freehling
Donna Friedburg
Klaus Friedburg
Becky Gardner
Nicole Glidden
Mary Gregory
Allen Harrington
Bob Heward
Katie Kozel
Lucy Lee
Max Lijewski
Betty Martin
Shirley McLaughlin
Jim Miller
Stella Baca Miser
Jim Motycka
Gail Payne
Marjorie Prinzing
Lisa Schmit
Martha Schultz
Jay Stackhouse
Roy Stambaugh
Rosalie Stout
Norma Van DeWalle
Doralee Vickers
Linda Waaso
Vi Waller
Shirley White
Victor Will
Thais Williams
Those Who Grieve
The Family and Friends of. . . 
Thelma Avery
Keith Bhroman
Norman Davis
Jerry Fage
Roy & Carmen Foster
Diane Jelinek
Pam Quigley
France Ruffin
John Springer

Those Welcoming a New Baby:
Mark & Ramey Seifert, Josh & Jake upon 
the birth of Emma Grace.

Those who have lost their jobs.
Jeff Comfort in a time of transition
Thom & Lisa Schmit, Corrie & Peter in China.
Those interviewing with the Board of Ordained Ministry.
Addresses for Cards and Visits:
Thais Williams
Caretel Village
3905 Lorraine Path, Room 77
Coventry House
St. Joseph, MI  49085-8630
Nan Klinedinst
Woodland Terrace 
8850 Red Arrow Highway
Magnolia Court
Bridgman, MI  49106-9524
                                        Sisters in Faith
Our next regular meeting will be Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. at the church. Rhonda Petro and Sharon Flick will provide refreshments. The Bible Study is “Jezebel – Friends in Low Places”.  We will also be planning for the Mother – Daughter Banquet. All women are welcome to join us.
We will have our annual dinner out the following evening – Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 p.m. at the Red Arrow Roadhouse. Many entrees are available for just $10. All the women of the church are invited to this fellowship time. Please sign up in the narthex so we know how many plan to attend.
Soul Sisters 
This month we will celebrate Nan Klinedinst’s birthday at Woodland Terrace in Bridgman on March 11, at 2:00 p.m. Call Helen Heward at 465-6948 if you have any questions.
Baby News
Congratulations to Mark & Ramey Seifert on the birth of a baby girl, Emma Grace, on February 17. Emma weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces   Joshua & Jacob are the big brothers and Ken & Karen Seifert are the happy grandparents.
May the Lord bless your family at this joyful time.
  One Great Hour of Sharing 
With the One Great Hour of Sharing offering, the United Methodist Church rebuilds lives and communities around the world by helping the United Methodist Committee On Relief keep its promise that 100% of your designated gift goes to specific causes. UMCOR receives no World Service funds and the One Great Hour of Sharing offering supports UMCOR’s staff and other “costs of doing business”, which allows them to work in more than 80 countries and be there for millions of people after devastating natural disasters. For more information, visit their website at .
We will observe One Great Hour of Sharing on Sunday, March 22. There will be an insert in your worship bulletin. Your support is imperative so please give generously.
  Valentine Tea
We had close to 60 people in attendance at our annual Valentine Tea, including several women from First UMC in New Buffalo and Olive Branch UMC in Galien. Everyone had a marvelous time. Mary Behrle had us in stiches one minute, then in tears the next, with her program called “Learning to Live with an Older Sweetheart”. The finale of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” by Joe Heward and Bob Behrle was wonderful! Also, Elvis made a surprise appearance earlier in the evening. Who knows what will be in store for next year?   Don’t miss it!  
Lenten Worship Series
The River Valley Ministerial Association is sponsoring community worship services during the Lenten season. The theme this year is “By His Stripes: Healing Wounded Relationships.”
Christianity is about relationships: our relationship with God and our relationship with others. Follow Christ along his Lenten way and discover how he reclaims us and all our relationships in this exciting series during Lent.
The services are every Thursday in March at 6:30 p.m., with a soup supper served first.  March 5 is “The Destructive Pattern of Invalidation” at Three Oaks Free Methodist Church (12 East Michigan Street, Three Oaks); March 12, “The Destructive Pattern of Negative Interpretation” at First Reformed Church (301 North Elm Street., Three Oaks); March 19, “The Destructive Pattern of Withdrawal” at First Congregational Church (108 East Ash Street, Three Oaks); March 26, “The Secret of Not Having Unrealistic Expectations” at St. John Congregation of Three Oaks (12 West Ash Street, Three Oaks); April 2, “The Secret of Forgiveness and Absolution” at Sawyer Christian United Church of Christ (corner of Flynn and Sawyer Roads, Sawyer).
Two additional Holy Week services will round out the series. These will not include meals and will be held as follows: April 9, Maundy Thursday, at Lakeside United Methodist Church (corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeside Road.), 7:00 p.m.; April 10, Good Friday, at Harbert Community Church (corner of Three Oaks Road. and Harbert Road.), 7:00 p.m. 
The services will continue every Thursday in March at 6:30 p.m., each at a different church in town. The schedule will be published at a later date. 
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8. . . Don’t forget to “spring” ahead one hour. . .

District Conference
Our District Conference is Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at South Haven UMC. The theme is “Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations”. We hope to take a group from our church. Please sign up in the narthex so we can carpool.
Trustees News
The Trustees will meet on Wednesday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m. and have set Saturday, April 18, as our Spring Work Day (rain date: April 25). If you have ideas for projects that need to be completed around the church please speak with one of our officers: Ron Petro, chairperson; Doug Hinman, vice-chairperson; and Chris Zebell, secretary. 
Bible Study
Join us for our next Sunday morning Bible Study. The book we are using is “Too Busy NOT to Pray”; it costs $12.00. The study will begin on March 15 at 9:30 a.m. Please sign up in the narthex so we know if there is enough interest to form a group.
We extend our sincere sympathy to John Foster at the death of both his parents, Roy Foster on January 31, and Carmen Foster on February 4.
We also extend our sincere sympathy to David Springer at the death of his brother, John Springer, on January 31. John was 100 years old.
We further extend our sympathy to the family of Thelma Avery who died on February 7.   Thanks to all who donated food for the funeral dinner and to Rhonda Hinman for organizing everything and to Pat Dimmit, Jim & Sharon Flick, Dave Hess, Ogden & Doris Krossovitch, Dorothy Shook, and Jim & Charmaine Thompson for working in the kitchen.
New Member!

On February 8 we welcomed Pat Dimmit as a new member to our church. Make sure to give her a warm handshake when you see her and make note of her contact information in your church directory.
Pat Dimmitt
806 North Elm Street
Three Oaks, MI  49128-1038
(269) 756-3531
We will receive more new members on March 8. Please speak with Pastor Sherri if you would like to join the church at this time.
Free Lenten Materials
There are many free Lenten materials available on the table in the narthex including prayer booklets on several themes.   Pick up one today!
Website Addition!
Thank you to our webmaster, Dennis Comfort, for adding an online picture directory of the Three Oaks UMC family to our website.  This is not visible to the general public.  Instructions are being sent to all those who receive the Parish Post online.  Or you may call the church office for details.
The online version of the directory is even more complete than the books which were recently published.  Dennis & Nancy are taking pictures of those who were not photographed by LifeTouch last fall.  Please see them after worship if you were not included then or you would like an updated photo. 
You may also contact Dennis, by CLICKING HERE if there are any corrections that need to be made or if there is any personal information you would like to have removed.  In addition, we are planning to add e-mail addresses for those who consent to having them published.  To give permission for this, please notify the Dennis by clicking above.
Directory Updates
We have compiled some corrections for the hardcopy editions of your new pictorial directory.

Dave & Marcia Hess
16193 Gardner Road
Galien, MI  49113-9757 ~ NOT Three Oaks
Dianne Hollenbeck
Address is fine, add LOT 92
Phone: (269) 231-5244
Brittany Jakeway  49106-9388
Marjorie Weller
8000 Warren Woods Road
Lot #92
Three Oaks, MI  49128-8519
Phone: (269) 231-5244
Melenie & Eden Mensinger – fi is supposed to be ½.
Nick Reitz
11080 Residence Drive, Room 133
North C Living Center,
Allendale MI  49401-8407

Phone: (269) 756-9395
Brian Terry
1865 Dayton Road
Buchanan, MI  49107-8236
Cell Phone: (616) 990-1806

Pat Dimmitt
806 North Elm Street
Three Oaks, MI  49128-1038
(269) 756-3531
Sabra Lambert
202 Greenlawn Street
P. O. Box #35
Galien, MI  49113-0035
(269) 545-0189
                                          Order Soon! 
Starting soon the Worship Committee will begin taking orders for Easter Flowers. All orders must be turned into the church office by Palm Sunday, April 5.
The details are not yet available regarding all the types of flowers that will be available. Make sure to look in your worship bulletin on Sundays and check our website ( where we will post the details as soon as they are available.
Dear Church Family,
I wish to express my gratitude to you and others who so graciously gave of your time to celebrate my birthday. Thank you for all the cards. I feel God has blessed me all of my life and this party was indeed a crowning blessing.
Virginia Feather
I just wanted to send a think you to all who put together the lovely care packages. Mine was filled to the brim with goodies!!! I loved it!!!! What a fabulous Valentine’s Day Gift to receive from back home!!! Thank you all so much once again, and hope YOU all have a very blessed Happy Valentine’s Day as well!!!!
Peace, Love, & Happiness and God Bless!
With Love,
Kelsey Jakeway
Dear Sisters in Faith,
Thank you for the care package and for thinking of me. I really appreciate that you remember me while I am at school.
God bless,
Joe Hinman
Your Kindness in our time of sorrow was deeply appreciated. Thank you Pastor Sherri and church family for all of your kindness. The luncheon was very good. The service was beautiful. She is now our angel up in Heaven.
The family of Thelma Avery
Dick & Wanda family
Stan & Linda family
Bill & Sallie
Rick & Marilyn family
Barb & family
All the ladies of our church are invited to the annual Maundy Thursday Sacrificial Breakfast on April 9 at First United Methodist Church, 132 Oak Street, in Buchanan. Fellowship over breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a special time with our own Mary Behrle presenting the program entitled “And in the Spring. . . the Miracle Will Come”. If you would like to attend, please see Pastor Sherri to RSVP.
The camp brochures are here and it’s not too early to sign up! The church is hoping to offer 50% camp scholarships. Pick up a brochure in the narthex or CLICK HERE for further information.
Spring Walks
The spring sessions of “Walk to Emmaus” (a short course in Christianity) will be held at the Three Rivers United Methodist CHurch. The men’s session will be April 16-19 and the women’s session will be April 23-26. If you, or someone you know, would like to participate in this spiritual renewal program, please see Pastor Sherri for an application. 

Alex Renbarger
has also been on the Walk to Emmaus and can share her experience. For more information check out the local area website at or nationally at
Thanks to. . .
. . . Dorothy Fay who donated a vacuum and roaster oven to the church.
. . . Jerry Thomas for getting one of our older vacuums repaired.
. . . George Koebel who framed the body of Christ picture in Fellowship Hall.
. . . Helen Heward  for a decorative piece in the ladies’ restroom.
. . . Doris Krossovitch for table decorations in the narthex.
. . . Jim & Sharon Flick and Rhonda Hinman for re-arranging the parlor furniture.
. . . Rhonda Hinman for providing dried flower arrangements around the church.
Hawaiian Luau
Forget about winter for an afternoon and come join us after church on Sunday, March 8, for a Hawaiian Luau. The menu will be pork, Hawaiian rice, vegetable, fruit salad and dessert. There is no need for you to bring anything but your family. There will be no charge for the meal but donations will be taken for camp scholarships. Plan now to wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt, or just bright colors, and come for a fun time at our first Hawaiian Luau.
Berrien County/Grand Valley Relays for Life
Marcia Hess is a co-chair for her Relay for Life team which will walk at the Berrien County Fairgrounds on June 26. She would be glad for any sponsors or any volunteers who would like to join the team. 
Kerri Becktell is again participating in Grand Valley State University’s Relay for Life in April. She would appreciate any donations. Please see Julie Becktell if you would like to sponsor her. 
P.E.T. Update
Ray Truhn, our mission speaker in November, recently updated us on what is going on in his Personal Energy Transportation shop in Galien.  
Last year he shipped from his shop: 1,278 Pivot Pins; 957 Trailer Bushings; 3,118 Crank and Fork Bushings; 75 Child Front Ends; 496 Axles; 101 Crank Bearing retainer Tubes; plus a variety of miscellaneous parts.
This year he has been asked to provide 20 front ends for the child-size unit each month for a new shop that is opening in Holland.   That is a very ambitious goal! If you, or someone you know, would be interested in helping Ray, please see Bill PayneRay would appreciate any help, especially someone who could weld pieces together. If you have any time, he has plenty to build.
Kairos Prison Ministry
Kairos Prison Ministry is active in 32 states and in eight countries. It conducts over 650 weekend retreats to help develop Christian Community within the prison. In addition to the weekend, which includes 40-50 team members from virtually every denomination, the team returns once a month to the prison for a two to three hour reunion with all of the Kairos weekend participants.  Kairos does two weekends per year with up to 42 participants in each facility where they are active. We are asking for support of the Westville guests as well as for the team members from New Buffalo First United Methodist Church, in the following areas:
Prayer Support: There will be a 72 hour prayer vigil during the time the team is at Westville Correctional. To offer prayer support, go to and select “Prayer Vigil” from the menu on the first screen. Find Westville Correctional in the listing and click on the date column (May 7-10, 2009) to open up the times available. Select a 30 minute period you will be in prayer for the weekend participants.
Financial Support: Every Kairos weekend costs between $5000 and $6000. Each team member is asked to raise $250 of this support. One way to offer support is to sponsor a “guest” on the weekend. Each participant or guest costs $125. General support of any amount is also greatly appreciated. Make any checks payable to “Kairos”.
Attend the Closing: At the end of each Kairos weekend, there is a closing. The guests who participated are given the opportunity to speak to the team and any outside people who have come to support them, by answering a series of three questions.  If you would like to attend the closing, provide your full legal name and date of birth to Pastor Sherri  by May 2.  Plan to be at Westville Correctional at 2:00 p.m., CDT on Sunday, May 10. The closing will be over around 4:00 p.m., CDT. You should not wear anything khaki in color and women should wear slacks, pants (no skirts, dresses, or shorts). Please do not wear any jewelry other than wedding rings.
The closing is an experience that will bless both you and the participants at the same time. It will help you understand why this ministry is so powerful and how God is using Kairos to reach people that might never know His love otherwise.
Cookie Baking: New Buffalo First United Methodist Church has a goal of 400 dozen chocolate chip cookies to be baked and distributed at Westville Prison during this weekend. If you can help contribute some, please pick up a recipe and bagging instructions from the narthex.
Lay Speaking Classes
The Lansing District Committee on Lay Speaking Ministries will offer lay speaking classes at Potterville United Methodist Church in Potterville on April 25, May 9 and May 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Registration fees for the Basic Course are $30.00 and $40.00 for the Advanced Course. Registrations must be turned in by March 21.
The following three classes will be held all three days: The Basic Course in Lay Speaking Ministries Class (explores service opportunities and ministry of the laity); Advanced Course: Lay Speakers Lead in Mission Outreach; and, Advanced Course: Lay Speakers Are Accountable Disciples.
If you have ever thought of becoming a lay speaker, consider registering for these upcoming classes.  For more information, or for a registration form, see Pastor Sherri.
Historical Corner
Submitted by Eleanor Desmond
Virginia Feather celebrated her 90th birthday – What a party! 
For one of her favorite hymns she chose “This Is My Father’s World”. This hymn is taken from a sixteen verse poem written by Rev. Maltbie D. Babcock (1858 – 1901). He was born in Syracuse, New York, and was recognized as one of the outstanding Presbyterian ministers of his generation. He was a champion baseball pitcher and swimmer, full of fun and mischief, yet strong in his convictions and principles.
Rev. Babcock was a skilled musician, playing the organ, piano and violin. He was an admirer of nature, as reflected in this hymn. He was often heard saying “I’m going out to see my Father’s world”, as he took his morning walk to a hill outside of town to view Lake Ontario and the surrounding countryside. 
(From “101 Hymn Stories” by Kenneth W. Osbeck)

Worship Committee News
Our Worship Committee has been very busy lately preparing for Lent and Easter. Thanks to these committee members for organizing such a delicious soup supper on Ash WednesdayJoanie Davidson, Dorothy Fay, Jim & Sharon Flick, Dolores Hinman, Robin Ireland, Doris Krossovitch, and
Charmaine Thompson. 
Since Sharon is now directing the choir, she has asked for some help in preparing our communion elements on the first Sunday of each month. We have volunteers signed up through May, but if you would be willing to take a turn sometime in the future – please let Sharon know.

March Anniversaries
Richard & Marilyn Snow
Jerry & Barb Peters
Perry & Bonnie Pickens

29thCharles & Marlyn Williams

March Birthdays

Danielle Birochak,
David Springer,
Macey Springer
Sharon Flick
Troy Robertson
Deb Barbour
McKenzie Uebler

Dorothy Brayboy
Kaitlin Goodenough
Tecla Kaiser
Nan Klinedinst

Steven Petro
Tom Martin
Morgan Weers
George Frye
Cody Harrington
George Koebel
Dawn Hayes
Jacob Barbour
Sally Preece
Erwin Klug
Ellen Sokolowski
Josh Ackerman
Jim Ireland

Lenten Sermon Series: 
Too Busy NOT to Pray
March 1
First Sunday in Lent
“Praying Like Jesus”
Luke 11:1-4
March 8
Second Sunday in Lent
“Adoration: Entering Holy Space”
Luke 1:46-55
March 15
Third Sunday in Lent
“Confession: Naming Our Faults”
Luke 18:9-14
March 22
Fourth Sunday in Lent
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering
“Thanksgiving: Expressing Gratitude”
Luke 17:11-19
March 29
Fifth Sunday in Lent
“Supplication: Asking for Help”
Luke 11:5-13