Three Oaks United Methodist Church
Monday, October 18, 2021
You Are Welcome!
Volume 39 - Issue #4   
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds

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“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
Being Patient for Easter
We all know the old saying: “Patience is a virtue.” Some people think that comes from the Bible. It doesn’t; however, there is plenty in the Good Book on this subject.  For a sampling see the verses above.
It’s probably fair to say that I do not have a great deal of patience. In recent months my patience has been put to the test in several ways. Around the church, this has been related primarily to how equipment has been functioning – or more accurately, not functioning. Specifically, we seem to have very bad luck when it comes to getting necessary parts in a timely manner. 
Our two and a half week wait for parts to run the new video system pales in comparison to the three and a half month wait we have had in getting our photocopier repaired. As of this writing, it is still not working. Heavy sigh. Lord, give me greater patience.
The subject of patience comes to my mind as I contemplate the special events we will celebrate in the month ahead. Easter faith is an exercise in patience. Often, we Christians find ourselves stuck in the pain and sorrow of Good Friday moments. It seems that the new life of resurrection may never come. How long, O Lord, will we have to wait? 
In this, we are probably not a whole lot different from the first disciples. As we read the Gospels, we get the sense that after the crucifixion the followers of Jesus  were   wandering  around   aimlessly,  feeling absolutely hopeless. Their wait for resurrection joy was only until the third day, and yet they weren’t sure they would make it through to the other side.
Jesus had told them repeatedly that he would rise again. He let them know that he would have the final victory over sin and death. And yet they were very impatient, and consequently riddled with doubt.
There’s a song in one of our church songbooks (The Faith We Sing #2211) which goes like this: “Faith is patience in the night, waiting for the morning light, never giving up the fight. Spirit of God, give us faith.” 
These words give me encouragement and I hope they will encourage you, also. If you find yourself surrounded by the darkness of night right now, don’t give up. Know that morning will surely dawn once again. Be patient; have faith. 
Continue to pray for patience – for yourself and for your pastor. And may you have a very blessed Easter!
Pastor Sherri
"When one member suffers, we all suffer; and when one member is honored, we all rejoice.”  I Corinthians 12:26
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, Jim Parker, and Laura Wright.
Those who are in care facilities:
Barney Fay, Shirley Hoadley, Tecla Kaiser, Marjorie Weller, and Thais Williams.
Those who are homebound:
Dorothy Brayboy, Lloyd Gearhart, and Kathryn Renbarger.
Those with health problems:
Dick Adamec, Deb Barbour, Mert Bartelmay, Shirley Busick, Rose Covert, John Feather, Beverly Harrington, Daniel Harrington, Eva Hecht, Dan Huntman, John Ireland, Laurie Johnson, Maria Joseph, Sayuri Kakimoto, George Koebel, John Lambert, Les Lee, Lucy Lee, Alex Mandarino, Rylie Miller, Morgan Nicely, Nicole Phillips, Marjorie Prinzing, Sherri Puett, Herschel Relford, Bill Ross, Janice Rowlison, Judy Schinske, Adeleine Sheldon, Keiko Shimizu, Louise Uebler, Vollman family, Vi Waller, Wayne Weller, Thais Williams, Jim Wisner, and Chris Zebell.
Those who grieve
Family and friends of Lois Boyle, Ormand Frierdich, Wes Leonard, Alicia Manigold, Rich Snow, and Randy Zebell.
Those with a new baby:
Colby & Tabitha Caid at the birth of their daughter, Chloe Lorraine, on February 4.
Our church Steering Team.
Our confirmation class.
Vacation Bible School.
Those seeking employment.
Families with divorced parents trying to resolve child custody issues.
All the people suffering in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami, and radiation leaks.
Please note: Names will be deleted from the above list after one month unless an updated request is received.
You Can Help!
We are looking for a volunteer (or two) to assist our nursery attendant on Easter Sunday, April 24. If you would be so willing, please inform Staff-Parish Relations Committee Chairperson Rick Cooper or Pastor Sherri.
River Valley High School will present “Oklahoma” on April 15 and 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Heather Rowlison will be in the cast as “Gertie.” 
Pastor Sherri will be on vacation April 1 through 8. For emergency needs Pastor George Lawton of Lakeside UMC will be available. You may reach him at (269)469-8468 (home). 
Easter Celebration
We look forward to a wonderful resurrection day celebration at our church on Easter Sunday, April 24. 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.
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. 
Spring Sports 
Many of our youth are participating in sports at this time of the year. Best wishes on your season!
Ben Bartelmay             New Buffalo Baseball
Sam Bartelmay            Shoreline AAU Basketball
Tom Bartelmay            Shoreline AAU Basketball
Dana Hammons           River Valley Softball & Track
Jessica Kersey             River Valley Soccer 
Paige Barbour              River Valley Sunshine Softball
Andrew Bellaire           Three Oaks Baseball
Laura Donner               River Valley Sunshine Softball
Nettie Donner               River Valley Sunshine Softball
Haley Goodenough      River Valley Sunshine Softball
Kaitlin Goodenough     River Valley Sunshine Softball
Cameron Seifert           Three Oaks Baseball
Kevin Seifert                Three Oaks Baseball
Kyle Seifert                  Three Oaks Baseball
Steven Seifert              Three Oaks Baseball
Emma Springer            River Valley Sunshine Softball
Macey Springer            River Valley Sunshine Softball
Daniel Vollman             Three Oaks Baseball
Madison Vollman          River Valley Sunshine Softball
We are sorry if we have omitted anyone from this list. Let us know in the office if your child is involved in any special activities. 
Guest Speaker
Dr. Ray McAllister will be our guest speaker on April 3. Dr. McAllister has had a deep, passionate relationship with God since youth. He enjoys praying, studying the Bible, as well as other activities like amateur radio and origami. In August of 2010 Dr. McAllister received a PhD. in religion, Hebrew Scripture emphasis, from Andrews University. Dr. McAllister is also totally blind. He lost his vision when he was 12 due to a degenerative birth condition. He sees it as his mission to help others see the beauty of God’s love. Please plan to attend worship on April 3 to welcome Dr. McAllister and his wife, Sally, to our church and to hear the inspiring message he has prepared for us. We will also receive a special offering on this day for the Christian Record Services for the Blind.  
New Member Reception
We received nine new members on March 20. Be sure to update your church directories with the following:
Sabrina Bellaire
5472 Elm Valley Road
Three Oaks, MI  49128-9542
Doug & Vera Deau
112 Featherbone Avenue
Three Oaks, MI  41928-1172
Bill & Tracy Donner
7010 West Forest Lawn Road
Three Oaks, MI  49128-9506
Doreen Hammons and Dana Hammons
12333 California Road
Sawyer, MI  49128-9221
Dorothy Schwark
8000 Warren Woods Road
Lot #30
Three Oaks, MI  49128-8523
Debby Springer
19711 Hudson Lake Road
Galien, MI  49113-9796
Please extend a warm welcome to these persons as they join our church family. Welcome! 
We share our sincere sympathy with Marilyn Snow at the death of her husband, Rich, on March 10. Please remember Marilyn in prayer and their children Andy, Tara and Casey. May God comfort you in this time of grief.
Also, former member Ormand Frierdich passed away March 16 at the age of 90. If you would like to send a note to his wife, Gert, the address is:
Gert Frierdich
7805 NW 28th Place
Apartment #M102
Gainesville, FL  32606-8653
Lenten Worship Series
The River Valley Ministerial Association is sponsoring community worship services during the Lenten season. The theme this year is “Christ in the Strangest Places: Foreshadowed, Fulfilled, Forever.” This special series explores some of the lesser-known people, places and things through which God revealed himself to his people in the Old Testament.
Soup Supper begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by worship at 7:15 p.m. at these locations: April 7, “Invest” at Lakeside United Methodist Church (corner of Red Arrow Highway and Lakeside Road, Lakeside); April 14, “Finish” at Sawyer Christian United Church of Christ (corner of Sawyer Road and Flynn Road, Sawyer); and April 21, Maundy Thursday, “Christ the Passover Lamb of God” at St. John Congregation of Three Oaks (12 W. Ash St., Three Oaks). The final service will be held on Good Friday, April 21, at 7:00 p.m. (without a meal) at Harbert Community Church (corner of Three Oaks Road and Harbert Road), 7:00 p.m. Plan now to worship with your friends and neighbors.
We celebrate the baptism of Isabella Gedert on March 27. Isabella’s parents are Shawn & Jennifer Gedert. Grandparents are Bob & Linda Flick, and Dick & Pat Gedert.
May God bless your family at this joyous time! 
All the ladies of our church are invited to the annual Maundy Thursday Sacrificial Breakfast on April 21 at First United Methodist Church (132 Oak Street) in Buchanan. Fellowship over breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. If you would like to attend, please sign up in the narthex so Pastor Sherri can RSVP for our group. 
One Great Hour of Sharing
"You are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:4b
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) brings relief when a catastrophe strikes. We rush to disaster areas all over the world with aid. But, along with food, clothing, shelter and medical help, we stay to assist survivors rebuild lives. That’s what United Methodists do in response to God’s love. From re-educating former soldiers to feeding schoolchildren to establishing medical clinics in remote villages, we provide hope for millions in nearly 100 of the poorest countries in the world. Once a year, during One Great Hour of Sharing, you can join United Methodists worldwide by making a special offering to support this humanitarian aid. Please do your part by giving generously. Now, more than ever, the world needs you.
We will observe One Great Hour of Sharing on Sunday, April 10. There will be an insert in your worship bulletin. Every gift helps, but when you give all you can, your generosity is more meaningful.  It is multiplied.  It is a miracle.  And it becomes enough.  Please give generously to One Great Hour of Sharing. 
Youth Center
A new community Youth Center is open at St. John Congregation Parish Hall (10 West Linden Street) on Wednesdays, 2:45 to 6:00 p.m. Kids can come after school to socialize with friends and play a variety of games with adult supervision. For more information or if you have questions call Pastor Mark Keel at (269)612-7236. 
Vacation Bible School
The dates have been set for our community Vacation Bible School this summer: June 20 through 24. We will be following the theme “Panda Mania: Where God Is Wild About You!” Each day’s lesson focuses on a portion of Psalm 139.
Many volunteers are needed. Please consider being a volunteer. If you need more information, speak with Pastor Sherri.
Thank you all very much for the gas card. Anything helps with gas money.
Bless you all.
Jeff Jakeway
Pastor Sherri,
Thank you to the Kitchen Crew for the great meal prepared for the Barbour family.
Peace and Love,
Elaine Ferguson (Deb Barbour’s mother)
Sisters in Faith
Twenty-six ladies enjoyed a wonderful meal out at Red Arrow Roadhouse last month.
Our next regular meeting will be Wednesday, April 13, one week earlier than usual due to Holy Week. Refreshments will be provided by Sherri Swanson and Chris Zebell. We will watch the second half of the DVD “Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible” with Liz Curtis Higgs and plan for our Mother-Daughter-Sister Banquet. 
Spaghetti Dinner
Berrien County Association of Churches is sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner on Monday, April 25, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Union Memorial African American Episcopal Church (911 South Crystal Avenue, Benton Harbor). Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. This includes: meat sauce or meatless sauce, salad, garlic bread, drink and dessert. All proceeds will benefit Benton Harbor Street Ministry. For tickets or more information call the Berrien County Association of Churches office at (269)926-0030.
. . . Dennis Comfort for preparing PowerPoint presentations to illustrate Pastor Sherri’s sermons this past month. This has taken a tremendous load off her shoulders and they have been done so beautifully. We appreciate your service!
. . . Doris Krossovitch for faithfully and creatively decorating our narthex table to recognize the changing seasons. Please let Doris know how much you enjoy these displays and please do not move the various items.
. . . Bob Behrle for purchasing gifts for our new member class.
. . . Doug Hinman for spending many hours configuring a new computer system in the church office.
. . .Joe Hinman for running the sound system during worship and filling in as our temporary custodian.
. . .Bill & Tracy Donner for donating a changing table to assist parents with little ones in the downstairs restroom.
. . .Ken & Becky Seifert for donating a new foosball game table to our youth group.
Easter Flowers
Our Worship Committee is once again making Easter flowers available for purchase.   All plants come in six inch pots. Tulips and Hyacinths are $6.50 each; Traditional Easter Lilies and Chrysanthemums are $7.00 each; Stargazer Lilies are $8.00 each. Order forms will be in the worship bulletins and all orders must be turned in by April 10. Please include payment with your order. 
Our G.R.A.P.E.S. Youth Group will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt during Sunday School on Palm Sunday, April 17. Children fourth grade and under are invited to attend. 
Church Camp
Children and youth (grade 1 and up) will find wonderful opportunities to grow in faith while making friends at church camp. There are several different United Methodist camp sites throughout our West Michigan Annual Conference, the closest being Crystal Springs outside Dowagiac. Camps are offered throughout the summer, so choose the week that works for you.
Pick up a brochure in the narthex for detailed information. You could also speak to one of our youngsters who attended last year: Kyle or Cameron Seifert. Now is the time to sign up. Our church will offer scholarship money to those who register by May 1. Please speak to Pastor Sherri if you have questions or concerns. 
We invite members of the church to contribute to the camp scholarship fund. Use a pew envelope for your gift. A week of camp costs $379.00 per child. 
Save the Date
Plans are underway for our annual Mother-Daughter-Sister Banquet. It will be held this year on Monday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m.
The program will feature our own Mary Behrle.  Mary always knows how to put a smile on our faces and joy in our hearts, so we look forward to what she has to share.
The men of our church will be cooking and serving the meal once again. The menu will feature roast turkey, sweet potato casserole, salad and more.
Be sure to sign up in the narthex this month. We need to know how many guests to plan for and how much kitchen help we can expect.
Camp Clean Up
On Saturday, April 9, Crystal Springs United Methodist Camp in Dowagiac needs your help to clean up and open up the camp for the summer. Some of the jobs on the agenda are moving picnic tables, picking up sticks, moving leaves, and turning on water systems. If possible bring with you: rakes, gas powered leaf blowers, gloves and tarps for dragging leaves, basic tools for light construction and plumbing work, and pick-up trucks with open utility trailers. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and lunch will be provided. This is a huge job that can be made simple with many hands. If you can help please RSVP to Jeff Parsons at (269)683-8918 or e-mail so they know how much food to prepare for lunch. 
Historical Corner
Submitted by Eleanor Desmond
From The Acorn, April 1911:
The Hustlers baseball club composted of the members of Rev. H. J. Root’s class of young men in the M. E. Sunday School held a business meeting Monday evening. Gray suits with maroon trimmings were ordered the following day. The ball park west of the office building (?which office building?) is to be put in shape as soon as ground is sufficiently dry. The suits are guaranteed to arrive within ten days from the date the order was placed.
Members of the team are:
            Harley Weed                 Edward Dolph
            Stanley Nash                Ora Branch
            Dick De Freez               Tommie De Freez
            Bert Wadkins                Henry Paff
            Henry Brower               Dellwood Hall
May 1911:
The Hustlers will go to Bridgman to play The Giants Saturday afternoon. The Hustlers lost to the Giants 7-11. 
Dok Elma’s E-musing
February 2011
February seems to be productive in different ways. The Annual Conference has been held here in Ganta, with around 15,000 attendees and guests from United Methodist Churches from other West African countries and the US. I could only attend the morning Bible Studies which were excellently led by Rev. & Rev. Crissman of North Carolina. At that time I was wondering if the sheep ever think about other things when they are in green pastures and still waters. Next day I listened to the Crissmans’ discuss about us followers of Christ being both sheep and shepherd. God is always full of surprises. I also met the Liberian President Helen Johnson Sirleaf, who came not as president but as a United Methodist.
This month also the first doctor, Dr. Willicor, went to Kenya for his personal medical concerns and I was left alone. We had to stop elective (non-emergency) cases because it is next to impossible for one medical doctor to run this 150-bed hospital. Still I have operated on 115 patients, of which 19 were Caesarian deliveries. This prayer bulletin was weeks in the making, therefore delayed in coming. Dr. Willicor has arrived back in Liberia but from the airport he proceeded to be admitted to a nearby hospital. 
It seems to be a season for twins because in a span of one week I delivered three sets (see picture). This is my first time to welcome to the world this many twins. Last January there were nine sets of twins! All of them are strong and well. Much as I am awed by these, I am exhausted, needing sleep and feeling restless. Coloring my hair didn’t occur to me but I keep getting olfactory hallucinations – instead of fuel, I smelt of 'tocino' (processed, salty-sweet pork). Maybe I should just color my hair before I start seeing things! Toward last week relief came and I was able to get my eight hours of sleep. One Liberian doctor was gracious enough to do alternate one week-straight night calls. And as the number of finished cases increases, the complications also increase. These problematic patients drain my energy faster than being on my feet all day. During one procedure, I punctured myself really bad when the suture needle went straight into my finger. I have started taking HIV prophylaxis and so far no untoward side effects.
Please pray for our OR team, our patients and us doctors. Extra prayers for Dr. Willicor – for correct diagnosis to his illness and healing.
There has been a steady stream of Ivorian refugees brought here for medical care but thankfully only one old woman who is a direct war casualty. She was running away from the fighting when a big branch fell and hit her right thigh breaking her femur. Well, I would like to tell you of a 26 year old Ivorian man who had a chronic ulcer on his right leg. Iric has been brought to different bush doctors, clinics and hospitals in his country. But the progress he had was from an ulcer of the right leg to swollen leg; to black, dry gangrene of the right foot; to weeping, foul smelling right lower extremity. They got to the border and were brought here by an NGO (Non Government Organization). By the time I got him my only option was to do an AKA (above knee amputation). I did that after meeting with the mother and the patient. Iric's mom comes to our chapel service every morning. The first few days she was requesting prayers for strength and guidance. Then later on she praised God for Iric's recovery. She even brings other patients’ relatives to the chapel service, giving witness to God's faithfulness and encouraging others to trust in Him. Iric remains in good spirit and keeps a happy outlook. After 3 months, he will be ready for prosthesis fitting. Let’s pray that something will be available at the right time.
War is always devastating. Continue praying for the Ivory Coast, and the Arab countries, especially Libya. My heart broke when I heard over BBC short wave a Libyan man who recounted their ordeal. I imagine running towards an ambulance hoping to get medical help, only to find that the ambulance carried armed men with orders to kill. Please, Lord, intervene quickly for all the oppressed.
I'd like to remind you that friends at Ridgecrest United Methodist Church are helping me to get this prayer bulletin to you. (Thank you John Veazey and Laura Miller). You can directly e-mail me or Facebook or call me +231-880 673586 (EDT +5 hours). Thank you for all your love and prayers. 
P.E.T. Update
Make sure to check out the new P.E.T. Report on the narthex bulletin board. It is full of interesting news about this worthwhile ministry.
Jesus said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?” Mark 4:30 (New American Standard Bible)   
Please Note
Please turn in all submissions for next month’s Parish Post newsletter by Easter Sunday, April 24.
April Anniversaries
14 Yuri & Kristy Vanzine
18 Bob & Mary Behrle  (#30!)
19 Albert & Dorothy Brayboy
21 Brad Bartelmay & Sherri Swanson
23 George & Vivian Koebel
25 Don & Louise Uebler
27 Mike & Nikki Springer
30 Jim & Charmaine Thompson
  April Birthdays   
  4 Eleanor Desmond
  4 Jim Thompson, Sr.
  7 Haley Goodenough
  8 Bill Payne (#80!)
  9 Lonnie Zebell
 11 Rhonda Hinman
 12 Perry Pickens
 13 Marjorie Weller (#98!)
 15 Chris Zebell
 22 Bill Parker
 22 Alvin Schroeter 
 26 Bonnie Pickens
 26 Melanie Mensinger
 26 Zachary Prim
 28 Parker Vanzine
 29 Art Portinga
 30 Rhonda Petro
 30 Elsie Zabel (#80)
Sunday Services
April 3  
Guest Speaker: Dr. Ray McAllister
“See God’s Power Enable His Church”
Mark 10:46-52
Fourth Sunday in Lent 
April 10
“Death Stinks”
John 11:1-45
Fifth Sunday in Lent
April 17
“Who Wants to Be a Donkey?”
Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11
Palm Sunday
April 24
“In the Garden with the Lord”
Scripture: John 20:1-18
Easter Sunday