Three Oaks United Methodist Church
Monday, October 18, 2021
You Are Welcome!
   THE PARISH POST
Volume 38 - Issue #5   
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

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“It would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around your neck than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble.” 
Luke 17:2 (Today's New International Version)
 
Protecting The Little Ones
 
Last month I read a novel by David Baldacci entitled “First Family.” Though it is a work of fiction which I picked up purely for entertainment, toward the end of the story I found a small tidbit of truth which has stayed with me ever since.
 
What caught my attention was the description of a Native American symbol (from the Lakota people). The symbol is formed by four lines – a long line intersected by two perpendicular lines at each end and a short line in the middle. It looks like this:  
 
In Native American culture this is the symbol of spiritual protection. The right line represents wicasa, or man. The left line represents winyan, or woman. The connection between the two represents the wakanyeza, or innocent children. Its meaning is that adults must always be responsible to protect the wellbeing of children.
 
This is a thought worth pondering for all of us. What are we doing to protect the children? Within our families? Within our church?
 
The month of May features what has become a major holiday in American culture – Mother’s Day. Most mothers are fiercely protective of their children. Sometimes we even speak of such women as “mama bears.” Don’t try messing with her “cubs” or you are likely to find out in a hurry how quickly she will come to their defense! 
 
Turning to the Scriptures, we learn this was the case for two of the earliest matriarchs of our faith. Sarah was intensely loyal to and protective of her child. She couldn’t stand to observe Ishmael mocking Isaac, so she had the older half-brother cast out of the family. (Genesis 21:9) Yet, Sarah’s rival – Hagar – was similarly loyal to and protective of her child. Out in the desert without any water, she thought her son was going to die. So she did the best she could in the circumstances. She placed him under a shady bush to ease his final moments and she expressed her deep love with tears. (Genesis 21:15-16)
 
Both of these women wanted what was best for their children. Though each of them made mistakes along the way, they understood the concept of spiritual protection. And, for this, we may admire them.
 
All adults are responsible for protecting the wellbeing of the world’s children, whether parents themselves or not. I’m sure you have been upset as I have about the many reported scandals within the Catholic Church. Particularly horrific was the story of a priest in Wisconsin who sexually abused 200 boys at a school for the deaf. 
 
It is not my desire to point the finger at another branch of Christ’s church. Sin can be found in every tradition and every denomination. My point is that we all must be vigilant to protect the wellbeing of the children of this world. For even in places that we assume are safe, these little ones can be quite vulnerable. 
 
In the words from Luke’s gospel (above), Jesus commands his followers to take seriously the notion of spiritual protection. Those who neglect this responsibility, or worse yet take advantage of the young, will face the Lord’s judgment.
 
As a congregation we take vows at the baptism of every child in our midst. We are charged with the task of assisting parents and godparents in fulfilling their vows to raise their children in the Christian faith. This congregational responsibility includes providing opportunities for Christian education and fellowship.  
 
And we are providing these. Thank the Lord for: Julie Becktell, Mary Behrle, Gayle Martin, Rhonda Petro, and Aimee Seifert. All of these ladies are fine mothers and dedicated Sunday School teachers. God bless them.
 
But their good work does not let the rest of us off the hook. At the service of baptism, each person in the congregation is asked to speak aloud this pledge: 

“With God’s help we will so order our lives after
the example of Christ, that this child, surrounded
by steadfast love, may be established in the faith,
and confirmed and strengthened in the way that
leads to life eternal.”
 
After the water is applied, we lift our voices in the song “God Claims You.” One particular phrase goes like this: “We your family love you so, we vow to help your faith to grow.”
 
So, friends, let us always keep before us the charge to help our children grow in faith. As Christ’s followers, we must nurture and protect the children entrusted to us. This Mother’s Day – whether you are female or male – stop and consider how you might “mother” a child in need of love and care.
 
Pastor Sherri
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
Those who serve as missionaries, especially:
Jeff & Deliegha Swanson, Charissa, Lois, and Titus in Mexico; Dr. Elma Jocson in Liberia.
 
 
 
Those who are in the military, including:
Christopher Blackwell, Ryan Ehlert, Rick Martin, Scott McDonald, Jerry Peters Jr., Matthew Sneed and Justin Williford.
 
 
 
Those who are in care facilities:
Barney Fay, Shirley Hoadley, Tecla Kaiser and Marjorie Weller.
 
 
 
 
 
Those who are homebound:
Dorothy Brayboy, Lloyd Gearhart, Kathryn Renbarger and Thais Williams.
 
 
 
 
Those with health problems:
Nicki Alderman, Eldon Audiss, Devra Britt, Robert Bucks, Heather Ferrell & baby, Paul Friedburg, Kendall Gary, T.J. & Josh Gilly, Gus Grosse, Pete Harfert, Beverly Harrington, Daniel Harrington, Dawn Hayes, Donna Julian, Shiz Koga, Lucy Lee, Paul Lozmack, Joe McKie, Jerry Peters, Art & Elsie Portinga, Lynn Reitz, Jeff & Pam Ross, Janice Rowlison, Peggie Schaffer, Leroy Smith, Louise Uebler, Alice Vacanti and Jack Vanzine.
 
 
 
 
Those who grieve
 
The family and friends of  
Marilyn DeWitt
Estela Baca Miser
Neva Marshall
Chelsea Thomas
 
Other: 
 
Those who are seeking employment.
Ibrahim Parlak in his efforts to remain in the U.S.
William Gorzynski.
 
Please note: Names will be deleted from the above list after one month unless an updated request is received.
 
 
 
Sisters in Faith
 
Our next regular meeting will be Wednesday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m. Joan Davidson and Chris Zebell will provide refreshments. Please read chapter two “Flight Plan – Hagar” for our Bible Study
 
Mother – Daughter Banquet
 
Our church will host a Mother-Daughter Banquet on Monday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. for all the women of our congregation and their loved ones. Plan now to bring your mother, daughter, grandmother, granddaughter, sister or friend. Everyone is invited!
 
The men will be preparing and serving an Italian meal. Our program will feature music by Stacy Koziel
 
Check out the sign up sheets in the narthex, both for guests and helpers. It’s sure to be a good time! 
 
Soul Sisters
 
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 26, at 2:00 p.m. at the church.
 
  
New Members
 
We welcomed new members, Alvin and Shirley Schroeter,   and Debra Rose during our worship service on April 18. Please add their information to your church directory.
 
            Alvin & Shirley Schroeter
            8000 Warren Woods Road, Lot 81
            
Three Oaks, MI  49128-8526
            (269) 469-3553
 
            Debra Rose
            16915 Three Oaks Road
            Three Oaks, MI  49128-9701
            (305) 219-8266 
 
Work Day Report
 
Our Spring Work Day on April 17 was a great success! Many tasks were accomplished, including: waxing the pews and other sanctuary woodwork, painting the upstairs bathrooms, and installing a rain catch basin. 
 
Special thanks to the following people who gave their Saturday morning to these efforts: Pat Dimmit, Jim & Sharon Flick, Dave & Marcia Hess, Doug & Rhonda Hinman, Robin Ireland, Sabra Lambert, Rhonda Petro, Sue Rubeck, Sherri Swanson, Jim Thompson, Laura Donner, Paige Barbour and her friend, Erin.
 
Congratulations Graduates!
 
We will recognize the accomplishments of the following young people at our worship service on May 16. Please plan to attend.
 
 
Graduating from Bridgman High School:
Jeff Jakeway, son of Mike & Cindy Jakeway
 
 
 
 
Graduating from Lakeshore High School:
Casey Kaiser, daughter of Greg & Vickie Kaiser granddaughter of George & Vivian Koebel
 
 
 
Graduating from Western Michigan University:
Eryka Kettring, daughter of Darrel & Kathi Kettring
 
 
 
Graduating from Grand Valley State University:
Jan Watkins, daughter of Vern & Sheri Watkins
 
 
 
 
If we have inadvertently left anyone off this list, please let us know in the church office.
 
The community is invited to attend River Valley’s Baccalaureate Service on Sunday, May 30 at 4:00 p.m. and RV’s Commencement on Friday, June 4, at 7:00 p.m.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Church Council
 
Church Council will meet on Monday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. Please note this is a change from the date announced previously.
 
 
 
Golden Cross Sunday
 
May 9 is Golden Cross Sunday. The special offering received on this day promotes health and welfare ministries within our West Michigan Conference. Agencies which benefit from these funds are the Methodist Children’s Home Society, Clark Retirement Community, and Bronson Methodist Hospital.
 
There will be an insert in your worship bulletin on this day that will further explain these particular missions. Please consider how your gifts can support these concerns and give generously. You may use a pew envelope and mark it “Golden Cross”.
 
When we serve one another, all of us are enriched.
 
 
 
 
 
Don’t forget your mom
on Sunday, May 9th,
Mother’s Day! 

Bring your mom to
worship with you.
 
 
 
Peter Pan
 
New Buffalo High School is presenting the play “Peter Pan” on May 15 at 7:00 p.m., May 16 at 3:00 p.m., May 21 and 22 at 7:00 p.m., and May 23 at 3:00 p.m.
 
The play features the talent of Tom Bartelmay as “Tootles”, the head of the Lost Boys and Sam Bartelmay as “Starkey”, a pirate.
 
Join Us
 
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 6. The River Valley Ministerial Association will 4hisglory@csinet.net offer a brief service at the Three Oaks Village Hall (14 Maple Street) at 12 Noon. Prayers will be offered for our governmental leaders, military troops, schools, churches and others. Join us as we give some time to honoring God at this annual event.
 
The Global Day of Prayer is Sunday, May 23. This day is about bringing glory to God and opens the door for churches to unite and to pray together across denominational and racial lines. We are gathering locally but we are praying globally. A service is being planned for 3:00 at the New Buffalo High School football stadium. If you are interested in helping with plans, contact Mike Cluster at (269) 470-3604 or by e-mail at 4hisglory@csinet.net .
 
 
Save the Date
 
A piano concert by Oregon recording artist John Nilsen is being planned for Thursday, June 17, at our church. John is a classically trained pianist who plays original compositions of folk, jazz and classical music along with arrangements of favorite hymns. He has recorded 17 CD’s.
 
John is a lifelong Methodist, the son of a pastor. He has performed in 40 states, but this will be his first performance in Michigan. There will not be any charge for the concert, though a free will offering will be received.
 
 
We, the Allen Harrington family, would like to thank our wonderful church family for all thoughts and prayers for us during the long time of Allen’s illness. A big, big thank you for all the cards he received over the years. We want to thank all those who worked so hard on the luncheon following the Celebration of his life. It was very nice. And a big thank you to Pastor Sherri for all her visits and calls to Allen with her great concern for him. 
Respectfully,
Cary, Nancy, Cody, Rachae, Luke, Debbie, Troy, E.J., Tiffany, Elizabeth, Katherine, Anna, Josh, Charlie, Daniel, Kevin, Cathy, Kenzie, Baily, Mark, Kris, Carlie, Cooper and Beverly Harrington
 
Congratulations!
 
We rejoice in the baptism of Austin Flick on April 25 at our church. Austin is the son of Jason & Melissa Flick, grandson of Bob & Linda Flick, and great-grandson of Don & Louise Uebler.
 
May the Lord bless your family at this special time.
 
Haiti News
 
Our Missions Committee is collecting School Kits for Haiti to take to Annual Conference June 3 – 6. Please bring these supplies to church before May 23 and place in the box in the narthex. We will dedicate these kits on May 30 during worship.
 
All items must be NEW.
  • Pads (or loose leaf) 8 ½” x 11” ruled paper (not spiral note pads)
  • Unsharpened pencils with erasers
  • Erasers, 2 ½”
  • Blunt-tipped scissors (rounded tip)
  • 30-centimer rulers
  • Small hand held pencil sharpeners
  • Boxes of 24 crayons (only 24)
  • Construction paper
 
In order to pay for shipping and the purchase of items that are not donated, we will also be glad to receive financial contributions. You may use a pew envelope and mark it “Haiti”.
 
 
Condolences
 
We share our sympathy with Bonnie Pickens at the death of her sister-in-law, Marilyn DeWitt, on April 19. May God comfort you in this time of grief.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Summer Worship schedule will begin on June 6. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. for June, July, and August with Children’s Church at 10:15 a.m. Our adult Sunday morning Bible Study will take a break for the summer months. 
 
We will be looking for individuals or groups to take part in special music for the summer months as the choir will be taking a break. Please sign up in the narthex to share your talents with the congregation.
 
Sharon Flick,
Worship Chairperson
 
 
Thank you to. . .
 
. . . Ron Petro for spending several hours getting our office computers up and running, installing a new modem and donating a new router. Also, for replacing all the light bulbs in the sanctuary.
 
. . . Doug & Rhonda Hinman for making arrangements to dispose of our two old unused pianos.
 
. . . Jim Flick for locating and splitting a globe for our weekly mission offering.
 
. . . Marcia Hess and Rhonda Hinman for painting the upstairs bathrooms.
 
. . . Dave Hess for hanging a catch basin, downspout and gutters outside the church.
 
. . . Sisters in Faith for giving the kitchen a good spring cleaning.
 
 
High Seas Expedition
 
Get ready to sail the high seas! This year’s community Vacation Bible School theme is “High Seas Expedition – Exploring the Mighty Love of God”. Each day you and your crew mates will experience the deep, rolling waters of God’s love as we splash our way through rousing songs, play “Ship Rec” games, and enjoy snacks from the galley. Our favorite chipmunk, Chadder, will be starring in “Sail Away Cinema”.
 
 VBS will be held at the Free Methodist Church (12 East Michigan Street) on June 28 – July 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All children ages four through those completing 6th grade are invited. Lots of help will be needed, especially as Crew Leaders. If you would like to volunteer please speak with Pastor Sherri or call Tammy Hauch at 756-9736.
 
Plan now to join us on a fantastic voyage and find out whether Chadder and his crew are lost at sea
 
News From Your Finance Committee
 
The first quarter of 2010 has come to an end and we are in good shape financially. The first quarter General Fund beginning balance was $3,363.71. The first quarter General Fund income was $36,619.99 and the expenses were $27,885.96. The first quarter General Fund ending balance is $12,097.74.
 
The first quarter Designated Fund beginning balance was $3,186.71. The first quarter Designated Fund income was $2,254.00.
 
Through the donations from our congregation, the following designated funds were given out in the first quarter of this year.
 
Piano Fund                  $1,246.90
Haiti Relief (UMCOR)         1,090.00
Human Relations Day             84.00
Helping Hand                   133.83
Racial Ethnic Local Church      25.00
One Great Hour of Sharing      249.00
Wesley Foundation              165.00 
Total:                      $2,993.73
 
This leaves a first quarter Designated Fund ending balance of $2,446.98.
 
An audit of the finances for the year 2009 was done by Paul Sittig. Thank you, Paul; your donated time and expertise is greatly appreciated.
 
There have been two items added to the 2010 budget under the Benevolent Giving section. These are Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry for the amount of $100.00 and Missionary Dr. Elma Jocson for the amount of $200.00. Anyone wishing to donate to these causes please put your donations in a pew envelope and mark it accordingly.
 
Thank you everyone for a good first quarter.
 
Jim Thompson,
Finance Chairperson
 
 
Church Camp Sign-up
Last chance to sign up for church camp. Registration money needs to be sent in by May 15. Please speak with Pastor Sherri right away if you want to go and would like to receive a scholarship from the church.
 
 
 
 
 
Fundraising
 
Harding's e-scrip is a great easy way for us to earn funds for our church! All you need to do is pick up a Hardings card from the table in the narthex and call the 1-800 toll free number to activate your card. Then present your card to the cashier each time you shop and our church will receive up to 4% of your purchase. You can pay for your groceries any way you like – cash, check, debit cards or credit card. 
 
Tea Time
 
The LaPorte Christian Women’s Club invites all ladies to a luncheon on Tuesday, May 4, 12 Noon to 1:30 p.m. Indiana time, at Portofino Restaurant (3233 North State Road 39, LaPorte) at Briar Leaf Golf Club. The cost is $10.00 and seating begins at 11:15 a.m. Pam Byer, of Valparaiso, will present a program “Tea Parties” and talk about her unique collection of tea cups. Music will be provided by Michael Goodwin of New Buffalo. Amy Gardner, from Luna Pier, Michigan, will speak on how her life changed “From Laughter to Joy”. For more information see the bulletin board in the narthex or call Gay at (269) 469-3959. 
 
Holy Humor Sunday
 
We celebrated “Holy Humor Sunday” on April 11 during worship. Our very own Mary Behrle, of Never Stop Dreaming, shared a humorous message entitled “Life Is Funny: Why Aren’t You Laughing?” As usual, she had us in stitches. 
 
Bill Swanson shared an unforgettable rendition of the song “I’m My Own Grandpa!” To figure out how that can be, here are the lyrics:
 
 
Oh, many, many years ago
When I was twenty-three
I was married to a widow
Who was pretty as can be
This widow had a grown-up daughter
Who had hair of red
My father fell in love with her
And soon the two were wed

This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life
For my daughter was my mother
'Cause she was my father's wife
To complicate the matter
Though it really brought me joy
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy

This little baby then became
A brother-in-law to Dad
And so became my uncle
Though it made me very sad
For if he was my uncle
Then that also made him brother
Of the widow's grown-up daughter
WHo of course is my step-mother

Chorus
I'm my own grandpa
I'm my own grandpa
It sounds funny I know
But it really is so
Oh, I'm my own grandpa

My father's wife then had a son
Who kept them on the run
And he became my grandchild
For he was my daughter's son
My wife is now my mother's mother
And it makes me blue
Because although she is my wife
She's my grandmother too

Now if my wife is my grandmother
Then I'm her grandchild
And every time I think of it
It nearly drives me wild
For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw
As husband of my grandma
I am my own grandpa
 
Five of our youth – Paige Barbour, Lucie Behrle, Laura Donner, Nettie Donner, and Katharine Kersey – presented a memorable skit called “The Old Rabbits’ Home”. Four of the characters were modeled on famous rabbits: N. R. Jizer, Trixie Rabbit, Plugs Bunny, and Codger Rabbit. They learned from the fifth bunny that the true meaning of Easter is about more than colored eggs. These girls gave quite a dramatic performance. Thank you!
 
In case you missed this special day or couldn’t hear all the punch lines, we have printed here all the jokes that were shared.
 
Sharon Flick:
“You are a gift from God,” I told our 4-year-old granddaughter. Sweetly, she looked up and questioned, “Did I come wrapped in paper?”
 
Jim Flick:
Deep in thought our 4-year-old grandson pondered, “I know that God lives in my heart. So why don’t I ever feel him walking around?”
 
Rhonda Petro:
As a Sunday School teacher I am sometimes amazed at the things our children say.   One Sunday we were studying the power of kings and queens in Bible times.   After talking about a few examples I said,   “There is a higher power.   Can anybody tell me what it is?”

Without hesitation one child blurted out, “Aces!”
 
Zimmah Fox:
Our minister  announced that  admission to  a church  social  event would be six dollars per person. “However,  if you’re over 65,” he said, “the price will be only $5.50.”

From the back of the congregation, a woman’s voice rang out, “Do you really think I’d give you that information for only 50 cents?” 
 
Sue Rubeck:
Our church suddenly stopped buying from its regular office supply dealer. So, the dealer telephoned Pastor Sherri to ask why. 
 
“I’ll tell you why,” said Pastor Sherri. “Our church ordered some pencils from you to be used in the pews for visitors to register their attendance.” 
 
“Well,” interrupted the dealer, “didn’t  you  receive them yet?”
 
“Oh, we received them all right,” replied Pastor Sherri.    “However, you sent us some golf pencils. . . each stamped with the words, ‘Play Golf Next Sunday’.”
 
Alex Renbarger:
A mother and her five-year-old son were headed to McDonald’s for breakfast one day, when they passed a car accident. With concern for those who might be hurt, the mother pointed to the terrible scene and said to her son, “We should pray.”

From the back seat she clearly heard his earnest request: “Please, God, don’t let those backed up cars block the entrance to McDonald's.”
 
Dorothy Shook:
A visiting minister waxed eloquent during the offertory prayer. “Dear Lord,” he began with arms extended and a rapturous look on his upturned face, “without you we are but dust ....”

He would have continued except at that moment a little girl who was listening carefully leaned over and asked in a very audible voice, “Mommy, what is butt dust?”
 
Dawn Hayes:
Gladys was the preacher’s wife and accompanied her husband each Sunday to church. One particular Sunday when the sermon seemed to go on forever, many in the congregation fell asleep.

After the service, to be sociable, she walked up to a very sleepy looking gentleman. In an attempt to revive him from his stupor, she extended her hand in greeting and said, “Hello, I’m Gladys Dunn.”

To which the gentleman replied, “You’re not the only one!”
 
 
Thank you to all who helped make this an enjoyable day.
 
 
 
 
Globe Offering
 
Perhaps you’ve noticed that we’ve replaced our “noisy offering” cans after several people remarked that they were too noisy! Now we are collecting our “globe offering” in two split globe halves. We are inviting our acolytes to pass these immediately after they light the candles. Hopefully, by doing this during the announcements instead of before church begins, we will reach more people.
 
All donations to the “globe offering” will be used for missions outside our church, as needs are determined by our Missions Committee. Past uses have included support for a missionary family, as well as covering shipping costs for supplies going to Haiti.
 
Even small amounts of change add up. Last year we raised $313.77 through this offering. Some years in the past we have raised $500, $600 or even $800. So bring your change to church and help us out. We appreciate every penny, nickel, dime and quarter. Bills are acceptable, also!
 
 
Driver Education
 
FIVE good reasons to take the AARP Driver Safety Program:
 
  • Learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws, rules of the road and much more in this classroom setting.
  • Find out how to adjust your driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time.
  • Get an insurance discount. Course participants may be eligible to receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. (Consult your insurance agent for further details.)
  • Important information about intersection safety and right-of-ways.
  • Millions of people have taken advantage of this life-saving course.
 
The AARP Driver Safety Class will be offered at the River Valley Senior Center (13321 Red Arrow Highway, Harbert) on May 13 & 14, 1:00 – 6:00. Cost is $12.00 for members, $14.00 for non-members. Call (269) 469-4556 to sign up.
 
Love Links
 
We are collecting “Love Links” for the Youth Service Fund. One dollar buys a link to be added to a long paper chain which will be displayed at Annual Conference. All dollars raised will provide grants for youth ministry projects. If you would like to contribute, please use a pew envelope by May 9. For more information, see Alex Renbarger or check the article on the bulletin board.
 
 
 
Youth News
 
Once again we have a youth group at our church! This is great news since the past few years have not seen much youth activity at Three Oaks UMC.
 
The youth gathered for a lock-in just before Easter. Five of “our own” kids from the congregation invited seven friends and the next thing you know the church building was full of twelve lively young teens.
 
Most of the eleven hours at the lock-in were spent having fun – playing board games and video games, playing musical instruments, watching movies, talking and eating. Still there was time given to a more serious activity called “Peter’s Walk” on Friday evening. Walking from one Sunday School room to the next, while blindfolded, the youth engaged in multi-sensory experiences as they learned about Simon Peter’s journey with Jesus.
 
Grateful thanks to our youth leaders, Julie Becktell and Rhonda Petro, who planned the lock-in and spent the whole night with this energetic crowd (getting very little shut-eye ). Thanks also to Ron Petro and Pastor Sherri who helped with the evening activity (before going home to sleep!).
 
The youth also are keeping busy with various service projects. Some of them helped out with the spring Work Day at our church. This summer they are planning a Yard Sale for July 16 and 17. Proceeds will be used for a Mission Trip in the summer of 2011.
 
If you are doing spring cleaning at your house, please consider what things you might donate to the youth. We will begin receiving saleable items in the church basement next month so sorting and pricing can begin as soon as school is out. Thanks for your help! 
 
P.E.T. News
 
We recently received an e-mail from Ray Truhn in Galien  regarding the P.E.T. (Personal Energy Transportation) vehicles.
 
Dear PET supporters,
 
Along with building our regular completed PETs for many overseas distribution partners we are currently working on a special shipment of metal and purchased parts for 500 PETs to be sent to the New Life Center (mission) in Zambia, Africa.  The Center will use local wood and local labor to build the bodies, paint, assemble and distribute these PETs in Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  They have the talent, tools and experience and have done this before.  There are several PET Affiliates and parts makers such as myself involved in making the metal parts for these PETs and purchasing the wheels, bearings, chain, sprockets and the thousands of screws, nuts and other hardware items.  The Zambia and Congo waiting list of people in need has no end - as it is in so many places in the world where there are thousands of local people in need of mobility.  Speaking with a missionary who recently came back after spending eight years in India, he told me that he could drop one million PETs in India and still have people, lots of people, crawling on the ground.  So many live where a wheel chair will not work and the PET lets them move over the sand, gravel and rough terrain.  For those who do receive a PET, their life is instantly changed for the better.  Having been on a PET distribution in Central Asia, we know first hand the life changing effect receiving a PET can have on someone who can not walk and on the life of their caregiver as well.  
 
If you feel it in your heart to help with the purchase of the 1,500 solid tires and wheels, 4,000 bearings, 1000 sprockets, nearly one half mile of chain and 177,750 hardware items (nuts, bolts, screws, washers, pins, etc) or wish to help with the purchase of metal for the metal parts we are making for the Zambia order or help with the costs to ship this container of parts to Zambia, please mark your check for use on the "Zambia PET order".  If you wish to specify exactly where the donation is to be used or have any questions, please let us know.  
 
Don't forget to see newsletter attached. (NOTE: this newsletter is on the bulletin board in the narthex.)   I had originally started to just forward out the copy of the PET International newsletter but then thought this would be a good time to bring you on board with some of our current work which includes this special request for Zambia.  Some have asked about PETs going to Haiti.  We have one shipment of PETs headed to Haiti now and are working with distribution partners on the ground in Haiti.  The need is going to be great and long lasting.  We have had PETs in Haiti for several years.  I understand there was a shipment of PETs on one of the boats in the harbor at the time of the quake.  Last I heard we didn't know for sure if they were lost but it was assumed so.  Some of you may remember we lost a load of PETs in a shipwreck off the coast of Nicaragua a few years ago.  
 
Your help, support and Prayers are what keeps the hundreds of us volunteers busy.  We volunteers and those who receive their free PETs thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  
 
Thank you,
God Bless,
Ray Truhn
3313 Olive Branch Road
Galien, Michigan 49113-9736
(269) 545-2435
 
 
 
  
 
May Anniversaries
 
  5 Ed & Pam Behnke 
  6 Richard & Yuriko Cooper
11 George & Sally Frye
19 Jason & Melissa Flick
20 Dan & Danielle Birochak
31 Tim & Kandace Vantilburg
 
 
 
  
 
  May Birthdays   
  
   3 Mike Becktell
   Leia Williams 
  
4 Tara Snow  
   6 Jerry Thomas
   8 Martha Spychalski
   8 Shawn Gedert
 10 Nicole Pappa
 14 Bill Ross 
 
15 Brian Terry
 18 Mark Peterson
 19 Steven Seifert 
 20 Lucy Behrle
 20 Kelsey Jakeway
 20 David Schlundt
 21 Clay Frye
 23 Brad Hauch
 24 Matthew Peterson
 24 Shirley Schroeter
 28 Mike Jakeway
 30 Caitlyn Cline
 31 John Foster
 
Sunday Services
 
May 2
Communion
Sermon: “The Litmus Test for a Christian”
Scripture: John 13:31-35                                  
 
May 9
Mother’s Day
Golden Cross Sunday
Sermon: “Finding Your Way Home”
Scripture: John 14:15-21, 23-29
 
May 16
Ascension Sunday
Graduate Recognition
Sermon: “Send-Off”
Scripture: Acts 1:1-11
 
May 23
Day of Pentecost
Sermon: “Firebrand”
Scripture: Acts 2:1-8, 11b-12
 
May 30
Trinity Sunday
Bob Behrle preaching