Three Oaks United Methodist Church
Monday, October 18, 2021
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Volume 37 - Issue #4   
11:00 a.m. Worship Service

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 “We know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with him.”
2 Corinthians 4:14

Lift Off!  
A friend of mine tells me that she is looking forward to keeping her grandson during spring break. She describes this as a “project.” While the child’s parents are away, she is hoping to instill a whole host of good habits in his life – from daily reading to nighttime prayers.
I remember when I considered my own children something of a “project.” Now, suddenly the tables are turned. Our boys have decided that I am their “project” and, specifically, they are trying to get me in better physical shape. With the arrival of spring, I am being encouraged to get moving by following a walk-run program.
It goes something like this: The first day, walk fifteen minutes. (So far, so good, I can do that!). The next day, alternate walking and running – walk 5, run 1, walk 5, run 1, walk 5. (Well, it’s possible, but it’s not pretty.) Gradually I am to increase the running and decrease the walking. Within 12 weeks I’m supposed to be able to run 30 minutes non-stop. How are you betting?
Beginning this program made me think of a field trip I took not too long ago to the Air Zoo Museum of Kalamazoo. While there, I learned about Bernoulli’s Principle. For those who haven’t studied up on scientific concepts lately, this is the explanation given for how planes are able to fly. 
Basically, as I understand it, Bernoulli’s Principle tells us that when a plane moves there is more air traveling over the top of the wings than under them. Therefore, the higher pressure beneath pushes the wings upward and creates lift. Speed, wing shape, and air density (temperature) all affect the amount of lift created. (Don’t ask me any more details – that’s as far as my limited knowledge goes!) 
These days, while I am alternately walking (mostly) and running (very briefly) around our neighborhood, I keep hoping that Bernoulli’s Principle will take over my body and I’ll just lift off! Well, I don’t literally expect my feet to leave the ground, but it would be nice to be able to run like the wind (for longer than one minute). So far it hasn’t happened. Even so, hope springs eternal! 
This is a marvelous season of hope. Springtime changes bring new life to the earth. The celebration of Christ’s resurrection brings new life to our spirits. Death does not have the last word. Just as Jesus was raised from the dead, those who believe in him are promised that one day we shall be raised, also. 
To me, that is even better to know than Bernoulli’s Principle. Whether I am ever able to run or not on this earth, I know that someday I will achieve “lift off” as my life here is completed and I am raised to the next. Praise the Lord!  
Happy Easter to you and your family. 
Pastor Sherri

Our Prayer Concerns
Those who Serve as Missionaries, Especially:
Jeff & Deliegha Swanson,
Charissa, Lois, & Titus
in Mexico. 

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

Those Who are in Nursing
Barney Fay   (West Woods) 
Tecla Kaiser  (River Ridge)
Those who are Homebound:
Dorothy Brayboy
John Desmond
Lloyd Gearhart
Nan Klinedinst
Rose Lee
Kathryn Renbarger
Marjorie Weller
Thais Williams 
Those Who Grieve
The Family and Friends of. . . 
Rick Havlin
Lamont Hemphill
Kevin Lee
Raelee Lester
Mary Rose
Martha Schultz
Jay Stackhouse
Fern Vollman
Those who have lost their jobs.
Those with marital distress.
Thom & Lisa Schmit, Corrie & Peter in China.
Addresses for Cards and Visits:
 Telephone for Dr. Klaus & Donna Friedburg: (734) 528-0832
Sisters in Faith
Nineteen women enjoyed our annual dinner out on Wednesday, March 18, at the Red Arrow Roadhouse. 
Our next regular meeting will be Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 p.m. at the church. Joanie Davidson and Rhonda Hinman will provide refreshments. The Bible Study is “Michal – Out of Step”.  We will also be planning for the Mother – Daughter Banquet. All women are welcome to join us. 
Soul Sisters 
Nan Klinedinst enjoyed having her church friends gather for a birthday party on March 11.
On March 24 seven of us had lunch together at Viola’s. 
Our next meeting is Wednesday, April 29, 2:00 p.m. at the church. Also, we hope many will attend the Sacrifical Breakfast in Buchanan on April 9 (see article below).
Sacrificial Breakfast

All the ladies of our church are invited to the annual Maundy Thursday Sacrificial Breakfast on April 9 at First United Methodist Church (132 South 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 sign up in the narthex by April 5 so Pastor Sherri can RSVP for our group.
Save the Date
Our Mother – Daughter Banquet will be held this year on Monday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. We hope all women of our church will plan to attend. Once again the men are preparing and serving the meal. Stay tuned for more details about how you can help!
                                                              Lenten Worship Series
There are three more opportunities to attend the Lenten community worship services sponsored by the River Valley Ministerial Association.
Thursday, April 2, is “The Secret of Forgiveness and Absolution” at Sawyer Christian United Church of Christ (corner of Flynn and Sawyer Roads, Sawyer). Soup Supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by the worship service.
Two additional Holy Week services will round out the series. Maundy Thursday Service, April 9, will be at Lakeside United Methodist Church (corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeside Road.) at 6:30 p.m., not 7:00 p.m. as was previously announced. The service will consist of a Christian version of the traditional Passover Seder Meal. This will be a complete dinner of turkey breast and various vegetable dishes. The traditional Seder readings and questions will be incorporated into the meal and a service of Holy Communion will follow. Please sign up in the narthex so the congregation will know how much food to prepare.
The Good Friday service will be at Harbert Community Church (corner of Three Oaks Road and Harbert Road), 7:00 p.m. This will be a service of readings from the Passion Story interspersed with music. 

Trustees News
The Trustees have set Saturday, April 18, as a spring cleaning day at our church. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. and hope to finish sometime around noon. 
Several projects are planned, including: changing air conditioner filters, dusting light fixtures, checking light bulbs, waxing woodwork, fixing pew envelope holders, and cleaning ceiling fans. Please contact one of our Trustee officers if you have any other suggestions.
Sign up in the narthex so we know how many plan to be there. Remember, many hands make light work!

Sisters in Faith,
Thanks a lot for being nice. . . you sure know how to make a kid happy!
Thank you very much for the care package. It was a nice surprise. It means a lot to me to know that you are all thinking of me.
Steve Petro
Sisters in Faith,
Thank you so much for the care package! It is always a wonderful surprise!   Once again the cookies didn’t last too long around here! (Mmm!)  Thank you again and I am looking forward to seeing everyone this summer! 
Eryka Kettring
Thank you to the Sisters in Faith for the wonderful dinner they brought us after the baby was born. It was delicious and very appreciated.
Mark, Ramey, Josh, Jake, & Emma Seifert
Thank you to our church family for all the prayers, cards, calls, and everything done for Martha Schultz, even if it was just a moment of thought in your heart.
Karen Seifert and family
We extend our sincere sympathy to the family of Kevin Lee who died March 9 at 54 years of age. He was the son of Leslie Lee and Lucy Lee, brother of Julie Sittig, Karen, Eric, Laurie, Tina and Lianna. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Thanks to those who brought food for the wonderful funeral dinner, to Doris Krossovitch for making phone calls, to Rhonda Hinman for setting up the tables, and to our kitchen workers: Rhonda Hinman, Robin Ireland, Sally Preece, Ellen Sokolowski, Chris Zebell, and our newest members – Pat Dimmitt and Sabra Lambert.  With so many hands pitching in, the clean-up went quickly. We appreciate your service!
We also extend our sincere sympathy to Karen Seifert at the death of her mother, Martha Schultz, on March 13. Martha was 98 years old. She lived her whole life as a faithful servant of the Lord and died exactly 15 years to the day after she lost her husband, Nelson. We rejoice in her new life in Christ!
We further extend our sympathy to David Vollman and family at the death of his grandmother, Fern Vollman, on March 7. May the Lord comfort you in this time of sorrow.
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!
Spring Sports
Best wishes to the following student athletes as their spring sports sessions get under way.
Troy Robertson     New Buffalo Track
Jeff Jakeway         Bridgman Baseball
Ben Bartelmay       New Buffalo Baseball and Track
Sam Bartelmay      New Buffalo Middle School Track &
                                 Bridgman/Lake Township Youth Soccer
Tom Bartelmay      New Buffalo Middle School Track &
                                 Bridgman/Lake Township Youth Soccer
Jessica Kersey        River Valley Soccer

Just Married
Congratulations to Adam Hinman and Amy Snooks who were married on March 14 at First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids. Adam is the son of Doug & Rhonda Hinman, and grandson of Dolores Hinman and Jim & Charmaine Thompson. May the Lord bless you as you begin your new life together. 
We rejoice in the baptism of Greta Mae Vollman on March 29. Greta is the daughter of David & Amy Vollman. May the Lord bless your family at this special time. 
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 check (Quicklink: camping) 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 thru19 and the women’s session will be April 23 thru 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
Too Good Not to Share
The following is submitted by Bill Swanson.
In Florida, an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians, Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.
The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, “Case dismissed!”
The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, “Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays.”
The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant.”
The lawyer said, “Your honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”
The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned.”
New Member
We welcome Sabra Lambert who joined our church on March 8. We’re glad you are here! Please make note of her information in your church directory. 
Sabra Lambert
202 Greenlawn Street
P. O. Box #35
Galien, MI  49113-0035
(269) 545-0189  
You Are Needed!
Calling all United Methodist groups and individuals! Your help is needed to clean up and open up Crystal Springs UM camp in Dowagiac.
The work day is scheduled for April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to ???. Lunch will be provided. We will be moving picnic tables, picking up sticks, moving leaves, and turning on water systems. It’s a huge job that can be made simple with many hands. Please bring with you: rakes, gloves, chain saws, gas powered leaf blowers, tarps for dragging leaves. Basic tools for light construction and plumbing work, pickup trucks and open utility trailers. You can RSVP to Jeff Parsons at (269) 683-8918 or crystal@locallink.netso they know how much lunch to prepare. Won’t you consider joining with others for a rewarding day of work and fellowship?
We look forward to a wonderful resurrection day celebration at our church on Easter Sunday, April 12. The morning will begin with a breakfast sponsored by our Fellowship Committee at 9:30 a.m. The menu will consist of egg bake, muffins, fruit, juice and coffee. Please sign up in the narthex so we know how many plan to attend.
At 10:00 a.m. there will be special activities for the children planned by our Sunday School teachers. Then at 11:00 a.m. we will gather for a joyful worship service in the sanctuary as we proclaim “Christ is risen!” Please invite your friends, neighbors, and relatives to join us for this very special day in our church. 
Congratulations to Troy Robertson on a great season with the New Buffalo boys basketball team, finishing with a District Championship!
Congratulations also to Troy Robertson and Abby Bowen (Aimee Seifert’s niece), who were both in the Top 10 at the Mr. Blossomtime and Miss Blossomtime contest. Way to go! 
Spring Luncheon
Everyone in our church is invited to the United Methodist Women’s Annual Spring Luncheon at First United Methodist Church in New Buffalo on Wednesday, April 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Tickets will be available at the door and cost $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. The church is located at 24 South Whittaker Street, in New Buffalo.
Come enjoy a home cooked meal to warm the heart. 
Thank yous to. . .
. . . Jim Flick for installing a shelf in the worship closet at the base of the Elm Street stairs.
. . .Joe & Helen Heward for a beautiful new flower arrangement in the parlor which was donated in memory of Thelma Avery.
. . .George & Vivian Koebel for a framed poster entitled “The Invitation” which is being hung in the parlor. 
. . .Sharon Flick for cleaning out the refrigerator.
. . .Robin Ireland for cleaning out several drawers and cabinets in the kitchen.
. . .Bill Swanson for working extensively on our electric piano.
Mission Opportunity
The Kairos Prison Ministry at Westville Correctional Facility spring dates have been changed to May 14 through17. There are many ways you can support this ministry: Pray, make a financial contribution, bake cookies (pick up a recipe from the narthex), and attend the closing on Sunday, May 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT. Those who would like to share in this special time of worship and fellowship must provide their full legal name and date of birth to Pastor Sherri by May 8.
Back by Popular Demand
Many of you will remember our celebration of “Holy Humor Sunday” last year. Everyone had such a good time that we are planning to do it again this spring. The date is April 19 (the Sunday after Easter).
Throughout the morning worship service there will be several “humor breaks” where members will have the opportunity to tell a brief joke. These may be of a religious nature, though they don’t have to be. The important thing is that they are “clean” and appropriate to a church setting. We want to remember that Jesus is in our midst, observing all we say and do.
If you would like to share a joke on “Holy Humor Sunday” please tell Pastor Sherri in advance to she can plan the service accordingly. We hope everyone will attend on this joyful day and come prepared to share a laugh!
Special Offering
Your offering on Native American Ministries Sunday nurtures outreach in Native American communities and provides scholarships for United Methodist Native American seminary students.
Our Native American Ministries offering will be received on Sunday, April 26. Special offering envelopes will be provided in the worship bulletins. Checks should be made payable to our church with NAMS on the memo line. Please give generously. Your gift makes a world of difference!
Volunteers Needed
Our nursery attendant will be away on a spring break trip Easter Sunday, April 12. We are searching for at least two volunteers to stay with the children during our 11:00 worship service. There will be a Veggie Tales movie available to help keep the children occupied. If you are willing to serve in this way, please speak with George Koebel or Pastor Sherri.
Three Simple Rules
Do you remember the Three Simple Rules from the teaching of John Wesley? They are: Do No Harm, Do Good, and Stay in Love with God.
Twenty individuals participated in study groups over the past couple of months to learn more about these important rules. Thanks to Bob Behrle and Pastor Sherri for leading the groups. Thanks to Paige Barbour, George Koebel, Doris Krossovitch, Alex Renbarger and Martha Spychalski for sharing in worship some of the things they learned. Thanks to our Sunday School children for presenting their special version of the Three Simple Rules song, with a beat!
The study is over, but now the practice begins. . . 
                             New Brochures! 
 Recently the church purchased glossy full-color brochures to promote the ministries of our church. Copies of these are located inside the Sycamore Street door and on the narthex table. Feel free to take some to share with family, friends, and neighbors. You might use this resource as a way to invite someone to attend worship with you – particularly for the upcoming Easter holiday.
Also, we are placing brochures at businesses around town. If you have a suggestion for where they might be used, please speak with Evangelism Chairperson Alex Renbarger.

Prayer Study
Our study of the book “Too Busy NOT to Pray” began on March 22 after a brief delay. It meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the pastor’s study and will continue through the month of May. All are welcome!
Approximately 65 members of the congregation enjoyed a good time at our Hawaiian Luau last month. Music was provided by Bill Swanson on his Hawaiian guitar. Tom Bartelmay shared a hula dance.  Several of the women modeled authentic Hawaiian muumuus loaned by Jane Temple. Donations for camp scholarships totaled $228.
Thanks to our Fellowship Committee for preparing a great meal and organizing such a fun time. The decorations were especially festive! Check out the Picture Album on our church website ( to see photos. 
Lay Speaking Classes
The Lansing District Committee on Lay Speaking Ministries will offer lay speaking classes at Potterville United Methodist Church in Potterville, Michigan, on April 25, May 9 and May 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. 
Registration fees for the Basic Course are $30 and $40 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
What’s in a name?
One of the first questions when a baby is born is what is his/her name? Robert soon becomes Bob, Junior or some other nickname.
Throughout the Bible names have changed -- Abram to Abraham (Genesis 17:5), Sarai to Sarah (Genesis 17:15), Naomi to Mara (Ruth 1:20). 
Over the years Sunday School classes have had names:  The Gleaners – The Truth Seekers – The Olivet Class – The Crusaders and yes, The Men’s Group.
This is a picture of the Faith, Hope, Charity F.H.C. class taken in 1944 when these young ladies joined the church and received a corsage and a Bible.
Back row: 
Esther Martin (Thomas)
Helen Ray Hampton, teacher
Donna Rose (Edinger)
Front Row: 
Patricia Stevens (Fretsch)
Eleanor Stanage (Desmond)
Louise Duddleson (Uebler)
Louise Gearhart (?)
The faces are not too clear but look at the hair styles! And the happy smiles!!!

April Anniversaries
Yuri & Kristy Vanzine
Bob & Mary Behrle
Albert & Dorothy Brayboy

Brad Bartelmay & Sherri Swanson
George & Vivian Koebel
Don & Louise Uebler
Mike & Nikki Springer
Jim & Charmaine Thompson

April Birthdays

Eleanor Desmond
Jim Thompson 
Haley Goodenough
Heather Caid
Bill Payne
Lonnie Zebell

Rhonda Hinman
Perry Pickens
Marjorie Weller
Chris Zebell
Rachae Harrington
Melanie Mensinger
Bonnie Pickens
Zachery Prim
Parker Vanzine 
Stephanie Lee
Art Portinga
Rhonda Petro
Elsie Zabel


 April Service Schedule

April 5
Palm Sunday
“Filling the Need”
Mark 11:1-11
April 12
Easter Sunday
“That’s Not All, Folks!”
Mark 16:1-8
April 19
Holy Humor Sunday
Genesis 17:15-19; 18:1-2, 9-15; 21:1-6
April 26
Native American Sunday Offering
Luke 12:35-48