Three Oaks United Methodist Church
Thursday, December 02, 2021
You Are Welcome!
Volume 39 - Issue #6   
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
Open Hearts, Open Doors, Open Minds

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“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” 
Ecclesiastes 3:1
The summer my sister got married was a busy and rather stressful time for my family. My poor mother, in particular, woke up nearly every night thinking of something else that needed to be done. Blissfully, I missed most of the planning because I was living in England at the time. However, when I returned stateside a month before the wedding I could tell that tensions were running high.
During this period whenever I approached my mom with a question or request, I was told, “After the wedding.” So we began to joke about it in our household:  there was “B.W.” (Before Wedding) and “A.W.” (After Wedding) and never the twain should meet. 
Much as I picked on my mother at the time, now I understand a little better what she was going through. For currently I am feeling rather frantic and everything in my life is either “B.G.” or “A.G.” That is, “Before Graduation” or “After Graduation.” Lots of things are being put on hold in order to get through our next big event – the day when Ben graduates, our relatives come to visit and we celebrate with a party. One of my other sons came to me recently saying he needs some new clothes. “A.G.,” was my reply.  And I realized my voice sounded just like Garnett
So what have I been doing to get ready? Primarily, trying to find pictures. Now, for many of you this might mean simply taking the neatly numbered photo albums off the shelf. For me, it is more like a search and rescue mission – combing through closets and drawers for boxes and envelopes of long-forgotten photos! Though this activity has been very time-consuming, I have to say that it has been also quite rewarding in re-living memories from the past.  
When the boys were little, it drove me crazy that I could never get them to be still and look at the camera and smile sweetly. People used to tell me that someday I would treasure these less-than-perfect photos more than the ones which looked professional. It turns out they were right. I have found myself laughing out loud at the funny faces and crazy poses I have discovered: tongues sticking out, eyes rolled back, rabbit ears over the head, and silly dance moves. What hams! 
Through these images I’ve witnessed so many milestones in Ben’s life: first day of school, first time riding a bike, first race, first date; birthdays, holidays, vacations, etc. Now we come to a new milestone: graduation. It is significant, not only for him but also for us as parents. 
You see, things will most definitely change for our family when Ben steps out into the world to begin college in the fall. I don’t mean that our pace will slow down a whole lot. We will still have two children living at home, after all. However, the dynamics around the house will be different. Contrary to what you might guess based on his public persona, Ben is actually our most talkative child at home. This is why I so frequently quote his profound observations and funny comments in my sermons and newsletter articles. 
A well-known passage from Ecclesiastes states, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Much as it is hard for me to believe that our son is graduating, I know it is time. He is ready to start the next chapter of his life. And I can’t help but be excited for him. I suspect there will be many other wonderful milestones yet ahead: college graduation by the grace of God, hopefully employment, possibly marriage, and maybe even grandchildren one day. 
Proverbs 22:6 instructs us: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” It is my fervent desire that this will be true in the lives of our children. There are definitely no guarantees about the choices they will make, but as parents we must do our best and leave the rest to God.
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, and Marjorie Weller.
Those who are homebound:
Dorothy Brayboy, Lloyd Gearhart, Kathryn Renbarger, and Thais Williams.
Those with health problems:
Dick Adamec, Carole Borr, Fran Connelly, Ken Gibson, Lahrie Guthrie, Beverly Harrington, Daniel Harrington, Robert Hass, Dawn Hayes, Eva Hecht, Laurie Johnson, George Koebel, Les Lee, Lucy Lee, Alex Mandarino, Morgan Nicely, Mike Novak, Nicky Phillips,  Debbie Robertson, Bill Ross, Frank Ruprich, Dorothy Schwark, Barb Truhn, Wayne Weller, Shirley White, Bob Zeiger, and Joanne Ziebarth.
Those who grieve
Family and friends of Cheryl Brown and Carolyn Watkins.
Those just married:
Paul Bardo and Katye Aseltine.
Nicholas Braun and Sarah Pressey.
Our church Steering Team.
Our confirmation class.
Vacation Bible School.
All the people suffering in Japan following the earthquake, tsunami, and radiation leaks.
Flood victims in the south, especially along the Mississippi River.
Tornado victims in Joplin, Missouri and throughtout the Midwest & South.
Peace in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Israel, the Ivory Coast and throughout the world.
The Gideons. 
Please note: Names will be deleted from the above list after one month unless an updated request is received.
Congratulations Graduate!
Congratulations to Kayla Geminder, granddaughter of Perry & Bonnie Pickens, who will graduate from Buchanan High School on June 5.
Well Done!
Congratulations to Ben Bartelmay who has been awarded the Terence Mulivhill Scholarship and a Lions Club Scholarship. Way to go, Ben!
Congratulations also to Morgan Weers who has been awarded a Masonic Scholarship and a Pokagon Fund Scholarship. We’re proud of you!
Congratulations to Tom Bartelmay, Sam Bartelmay, and Morgan Weers, who were inducted into New Buffalo National Honor Society on May 16.
Love Is in the Air
Best Wishes to Katye Aseltine and Paul Bardo who were married May 21 in Wheaton, Illinois. Katye is the daughter of Bill & Lynn Kolbusz.
Congratulations also to Nicholas Braun and Sarah Pressey who were married May 21 in South Haven. Nick is the great-nephew of Dorothy Shook.
May the Lord bless your families at the special time.
Please Note:
George & Vivian Koebel have sold their home in Three Oaks and moved to St. Joseph.
Their new address is:
     2447 Shoreham Highlands Drive
     St. Joseph, MI  49085-9275
New phone number: (269) 429-1555
Doors to Justice
Your offering on Peace with Justice Sunday helps the children of God everywhere to live lovingly and peacefully. Half of the offering supports peace with justice ministries globally through the General Board of Church and Society, and half assists annual conference-related work such as the West Michigan Conference Peace Network.
Live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you,” wrote the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth. Help to bring peace and justice to a hurting world. We will receive this offering on June 19. There will be an insert in your worship bulletin with more information; make checks out to TOUMC with “Peace with Justice” in the memo line. Please give generously on Peace with Justice Sunday; your gift makes a world of difference!
Sunday School Volunteers
Thank you to the individuals who have led our children’s Sunday School during the 2010-2011 school year. They are: Julie Becktell, Mary Behrle, Nancy Caid, Gayle Martin, and Rhonda Petro. And a special thank you to our elementary helper, Dana Hammons.
Sunday School is now taking a break until September. Mary Behrle will be leading Children’s Church each week during the summer. If you would like to volunteer as a helper, please speak to Mary or call the church office.
Flea Market
We will be taking our annual shopping excursion to the flea market at Shipshewana on June 21. We will leave the church at 7:00 a.m. and return at approximately 7:00 p.m. Everyone in the congregation is invited. Please sign up in the narthex so we will know how many vehicles are needed. If you sign up and then are not able to make it, please call someone else who is planning to attend so the group will not need to wait on you. 
Special Music Sign-Up 
We are looking for special music over the summer months. Please sign up in the narthex to share your talents with the congregation. 
Well Done!
Congratulations to Paige Barbour who received third place last month in a speech contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal financial services organization. Great work, Paige!
Free Popcorn!
During the Flag Day Parade on Sunday, June 12, we are planning to give away bags of popcorn as an outreach effort. Please contact Bob Behrle if you are willing to help. We will need several volunteers.
Don’t forget your Dad on
Sunday, June 19th, Father’s Day!
Bring your dad to worship with you.
Help Needed
We are looking for someone to make coffee each week after worship. If you are willing to help, please speak with Chris Zebell or Pastor Sherri.
Help Feed Hungry People
A community garden jointly sponsored by the Village of Three Oaks, Three Oaks Township, and the River Valley School District is being planted beside Three Oaks Elementary School. Five beds are being reserved for shelters, pantries, and soup kitchens in the area that serve the needy. Organizers are looking for assistance in tending these plots. Our congregation has been asked to contribute $100.00 and two to four volunteers toward this effort. If you would be so willing to make a donation of your money and/or your time, please contact Steve Shimek at 756-3724.
Special Sunday
On Sunday, July 3, we will have the opportunity to thank our military troops / service personnel by collecting a special Strength for Service offering. Strength for Service to God and Country is a daily devotional book that is specifically written for those in the service of others. Your gift will help to send these much needed books to the men and women overseas who protect our freedom daily. Our church will also receive books to distribute locally in our community. Check out the poster on the bulletin board for further information.
 New Member Class 
There will be a New Member Class on Monday, June 20, at 7:00 p.m. for those interested in joining our church. Anyone is welcome even if you aren’t sure you are ready to officially join at this time. Material presented will cover the history, beliefs, and organization of the United Methodist denomination, as well as information about our own congregation. Most importantly, we will try to answer any questions you have. Please speak with Pastor Sherri if you would like to know more. 
Dear friends,
I want to say thank you for your prayers on my behalf. Also, for some cards I received. Each day is a little easier than the last. I’ll be in the brace for another month or so, and I have about two more weeks of therapy. I know that all the prayers from many people got me through this.
Happy Easter!
Dorothy Goodenough
Concert Event
Anne Harris with special guest Ernie Hendrickson will be in concert for an acoustic event on Friday, June 17, 8:00 p.m. at the Acorn Theater in Three Oaks. Admission is $20.00. For more information see , or .
Open Houses
Everyone is invited to a Graduation Party for Ben Bartelmay on Sunday, June 5, 3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the New Buffalo Township Park.
Everyone is also invited to a Graduation Open House for Morgan Weers on Saturday, June 18, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at 107 West Locust Street, Three Oaks.
Everyone is also invited to a Graduation Open House for Jessica Kersey on Sunday, June 19, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 210 East Michigan Street. 
Please Note
Our Summer Worship schedule will begin on June 5. 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.
Sisters in Faith
Thank you to Sisters in Faith for providing the nice fleece blankets as gifts for our graduates. Our next regular meeting will be Wednesday, June 15, at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by Faye Sittig and Bonnie Pickens.  
Our annual summer picnic will be Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 p.m. at Marcia Hess’ home (16193 Gardner Road, Galien). All women of the church are invited to join us. Please sign up in the narthex so we know how many plan to attend.
Directory Update
Please check the directory copy in the narthex and make any needed changes by June 5. We hope to have new directories printed and available for you to pick up by the end of the month. 
Vacation Bible School
What happens when a pack of fun-loving panda bears invades a church? It’s a wild celebration of God's unconditional love! At Panda Mania Vacation Bible School, kids will discover that God has a purpose and a plan for everyone and that he crafted each of us with his own loving hands. Each day’s lesson focuses on a portion on Psalm 139.
Our community Vacation Bible School will be held at the Free Methodist Church June 20-24 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon each day. All children ages four through those completing the 6th grade are invited. Please fill out a pre-registration form in the narthex for your child or children.
Our church is being asked to provide refreshments for one day of Vacation Bible School. A list of needed supplies is in the narthex. Please sign up for what you will bring by June 12. 
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
We acknowledge with gratitude the faithful support of your congregation. Through your 100% giving to the conference ministry shares, we are able to sustain our shared mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Your generous giving empowers United Methodist evangelistic efforts, supports development of vital congregations with worship resources and leadership training, encourages church growth and incubates new places of worship.
In a year of financial difficulty for many, you have made the sacrifice of giving generously. Almost three of every four churches in our conference gave 100% in 2010. By joining hands with our connected congregations, we achieve far more than we ever could achieve as individuals or as a single congregation. In recognition of your faithful support, United Methodist Communications has prepared a poster certificate for display in your church (now on the bulletin board).
We pray that. . . “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
In Christ,
Dale Kimball, President CFA
Pros Tumonong, Conference Treasurer
Mother-Daughter-Sister Banquet
Fifty-nine women, girls and their guests turned out for our Mother-Daughter-Sister Banquet last month. We enjoyed a wonderful Italian meal of lasagna, salad, garlic bread, ice cream and Milano cookies. Grateful thanks to the men who served and cleaned up: Bob Behrle, Rick Cooper, Jim Flick, Dave Hess, Doug Hinman, Jim Ireland, and Bill Payne. Thanks also to the folks who prepared the meal: Rick Cooper, Jim and Sharon Flick, Doug and Rhonda Hinman, Elna Rogers, Bill Swanson, and Chris Zebell.
We enjoyed a wonderful program by our very own Mary Behrle on the topic “Motherhood. . . Deal or No Deal?” As usual, she had us in stitches as we reflected on the challenges and joys of motherhood.
P.E.T. Update
Ray Truhn recently received the following note and picture to the left of this article about child-size P.E.T.s being made in Holland, Michigan. Ray thinks the forks and pivots in the picture look like they came from his shop in Galien.
“Each year a Blessing of the Bikes is held at the fairgrounds here in Holland. A Harley motorcycle-riding local pastor conducts the service with prayers for safe summer riding. There were thousands of bikes and riders. It has been a big event for the last ten years. Our fund raising chairman is also a Harley driver and led us in making P.E.T.s for the event. We had a lot of people showing a lot of interest and stuffing donations in the box.” 
Blessings, Al Kindig 
Parking Lot
Our Church Council voted to have  Arnt Asphalt Sealing in Benton Harbor re-surface our parking lot. It has been ten years since this was last done. We have raised $225.00 so far toward the cost of $1,200.00. If you would like to contribute please use a pew envelope for your gift.
Dear Friend;
Thank you for your gift of $100.00 It is helping to make possible our unique ministry to the blind.
The Personal Ministries Department of Christian Record Services for the Blind is committed to developing programs and services which help the blind see Jesus – programs like Missionaries Of the Blind, in which loving, dedicated volunteers visit the blind, develop a trusting friendship, and invite them to church.
Thank you for opening your heart to the blind.
Helping the Blind See Jesus,
Pastor David M. Klinedinst,
Personal Ministries Director
I want to personally thank you for your donation to Christian Record Services for the Blind. Because of your generosity you have made a difference in our patrons’ lives.
Thank you!
Dr. Ray McAllister
Historical Corner
Submitted by
Eleanor Desmond
The Acorn
June 1911
Latest news of the Hustlers Ball Team:
Michigan City White Sox, 8 – Hustlers, 0
New Troy, 7 – Hustlers, 0
New Troy, 10 – Hustlers, 7
Michigan City White Sox, 0 – Hustlers, 6
Michigan City Silver Swans, 6 – Hustlers, 4
Michigan City Silver Swans, 7 – Hustlers, 4
The boys are discouraged by public not giving them liberal patronage.
The Acorn, July, 1911
The Hustlers baseball team has broken up.
The King’s Daughters led by Mrs. Julius Carrier held a jollification at Hudson Lake.
The Pansy Class led by Mrs. Jennie Brower held a picnic in Michigan City.
The Ladies Aid will be selling homemade candies at Dewey Cannon Park. 
. . . to Ron & Rhonda Petro for purchasing a neat new block table for our nursery. 
Sunday School Mission
Fill a can this summer with your loose change to help our Sunday School kids with their annual mission project. If you didn’t already get a can, pick one up in the narthex.
Following this year’s theme of “God Smiles in Flowers,” we will be sending money to the children of Japan so they can purchase seeds for flowers and other plants after the devastating earthquake and tsunami their country suffered earlier this year. Let’s help them grow something beautiful! 
Finance Update
Listed below are the income and the expense and the budget for the first four months of 2011.
As you can see, the income is less than the expense, even though the expense is less than the amount that is budgeted for this time period.
                     Income         Expense       Budget
January    $10,055.59     $10,966.32    $ 9,725.88
February   $ 8,816.65     $ 7,278.45    $ 9,707.42
March      $ 8,743.48     $11,078.97    $10,300.18
April      $ 8,284.75     $ 9,682.72    $12,148.63
Total      $35,900.47     $39,006.46    $41,882.11
Work Day
Thank you to everyone who lent a helping hand at our Spring Clean-Up Day last month. These persons are: Vera Deau, Sharon Flick, Dave Hess, Doug Hinman, Rhonda Hinman, Robin Ireland, Bill Payne, Jayne Payne, Sherri Swanson, and Jim Thompson.
All woodwork in the sanctuary, parlor and narthex was oiled and polished. Light bulbs, batteries and filters were changed. Much was accomplished by these willing individuals. Thanks again! 
Confirmation is Sunday, June 12. Come celebrate with our young people and support them as they profess their faith.
From Our Webmaster
 With the publication of this newsletter, I draw to a close my service to you as your webmaster.  It has indeed been a pleasure to create this website for you and hope that that you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed maintaining it over the past three years.  I thank you for all the kind comments that have been passed on to me during this time, and also for the help I have received from those of you that have made contributions.  May God be with you!
Dennis Comfort
Please Note
Please turn in all submissions for next month’s Parish Post newsletter by June 19.
June Anniversaries
   2 Mark & Sabrina Bellaire
   2 Art & Elsie Portinga
   4 Ogden & Doris Krossovitch
 20 Shawn & Jennifer Gedert
 22 Jack & Alexis Renbarger 
 June Birthdays 
   1 Katherine Kersey
   1 Ed Rogers
   2 Jamie Flick
   2 Thais Williams (90!)
   3 Nettie Donner
   3 Dick Zabel (80!)
   4 Tim Vantilburg
   5 Bill Donner
   5 Kathryn Renbarger
   6 Albert Brayboy (80!)
   9 Betty Swanson
 14 Jeff Jakeway
 14 Marge Vidal
 22 Jacob Musick,  
 22 Mike Springer
 24 Abigail Prim
 26 Jeanie Hauch
 26 Julie Becktell
 27 Michael Davidson
 30 Doug Deau
 30 Yuri Vanzine 
Sunday Service Schedule 
June 5
“Ninety Minutes in Heaven
the Power of Prayer”
June 12
“Claim the Name”
Romans 10:8b-13
June 19
Father’s Day
“Faithful Fathers”
Deuteronomy 6:1-12
June 26
“Simple Acts of Kindness”
Matthew 10:40-42