Three Oaks United Methodist Church
Monday, October 18, 2021
You Are Welcome!
 The Parish Post
Volume #39 - Issue #10
11:00 a.m. Worship Service
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast  and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
   I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” 
Isaiah 49:15-16a
At the risk of sounding sacrilegious, I confess that I have been spending more and more time thinking “WWSD?” That is, “What would Sherri do?” As opposed to the common saying among Christians, “What would Jesus do?”
This is not because I believe I should be emulated as our Savior, but rather simply because I am having increasing memory problems. Let me explain. More and more often I find myself wondering where I put something – such as a file in the office or a receipt at home. I know I put it in a good safe place. So, I have to be something of a detective and think like myself. Hence, “What would Sherri do?” in this case.
It reminds me of the story about a pastor who told his elderly parishioner that at her age she should start thinking about the hereafter. The woman replied, “Oh, I do, pastor. I do. No matter where I am, I ask myself, ‘What am I here after?’” Ha. Ha.
I guess I am feeling my age these days – with a son off to college and a big birthday looming. AARP sent me an invitation to become a member way back at the beginning of the calendar year. I thought that was rushing things a bit with over nine months to go until the big 5-0. But here we are. Although I have no intention of becoming an actual “retired person” for another 15 years or so, I am indeed having more and more of those “senior moments.”
The other day I saw a friend on her birthday. Though I talked to her for quite a while, I never thought to wish her a “Happy Birthday.” It came to me much later in the day. How embarrassing.  
My only solace comes from an idea I shared last month during our worship service held in remembrance of 9-11. At that time I said that memory is a matter of the heart as much as a function of the brain. For example, I shared how our teenagers and other young people may not have actual memories of that tragic day when those planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Yet, they can choose to remember by learning of and reflecting on and caring about that event.  
Years ago I learned a Christian song called “I will never forget you, my people.” It is based on the verse above from Isaiah. In this passage God points out how mothers rarely forget their children. Yet, even if they do, the Lord will never forget us. It is as if we are engraved on the palms of his hands. 
This thought gives me comfort. Though I am finding myself more and more forgetful, I know the Lord will never forget me. If you also find yourself in those situations wondering what in the world you are “here after,” be assured that the Lord will not forget you either. 
Grace and peace,
Pastor Sherri
 Click on the praying hands to the left to be taken to our up-to-date prayer list.
Click on the pumpkins to the left to be taken to our up-to-date calendar.
We extend our sincere sympathy to Nancy Comfort at the death of her step-father, Irving Eldred on September 14.
May the Lord comfort you at this time.
Wedding Bells!
Congratulations to Keith Kehoe and Nicole Asch who were married at our church on September 10. Keith is the son of Brian Kehoe and Lisa Kehoe. Nicole is the daughter Jay Asch and Paula (Stromer) Hatfield.
Congratulations also to Aimee Busick and Odie Williams who were married at Mill Creek Barn in Watervliet on September 16. Aimee is the daughter of Marcia Hess.
May the Lord bless these couples as they begin their married life together!
Thank you to our volunteers who helped at the Mobile Food Pantry on August 30: Yuriko Cooper, Pat Dimmitt, Judy Ross, Jenny Williams, Kathy Osburn, Charles Osburn, Tom Osburn, and Pastor Sherri. Working with others from The Gathering, Real Life Community Church, and St. Mary of the Assumption Church set up went very quickly. Thanks for your time!
Dear Sisters in Faith,
Thank you so much for the delicious dinner you prepared for our family to help us as we welcome Lynneah! We enjoyed every bit!
Lynneah is doing great and growing strong!
Thank you for your thoughtfulness!
Josh, Joy, Autumn, Trey, Lynneah Ackerman
October is Pastor Appreciation month. Let’s all show Pastor Sherri how much she means to us and how much we appreciate her. We’re very blessed to have her!
World Communion Sunday
On World Communion Sunday, October 2, we will receive a special offering which will provide scholarships for ethnic-minority students in our country and international students coming to study in the United States. Through this offering we invest in the future leadership of the church and the global community. There will be a special insert/envelope in the worship bulletin. Please give generously – your gifts make a world of difference!
Chili Luncheon
Sisters in Faith will host their ninth annual Chili Luncheon for the congregation on Sunday, October 23, following worship. The menu will include: chili with all the fixings, cornbread, dessert and beverage.
Cost is just $5 for adults and $3 for children ten and under. Proceeds will support the church’s ministry to college students. Twice a year we are mailing care packages to those who are away at school and providing gas cards to those living at home. These funds will provide supplies and postage.
Bring your family and friends and join us for a warm bowl of some chili dished up with some wonderful fellowship.
B.C.A.C. Annual Meeting
The Berrien County Association of Churches (B.C.A.C.) will hold its 134th Annual Meeting on Monday, October 10, at Second Baptist Church activity center, 600 Donald Adkins Drive, Benton Harbor. This year’s theme is “the Past, Present, and Future” Celebrating 20 years of Benton Harbor Street Ministry.
Members of all churches in the county are invited to take part in this evening. Registration begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. for a donation of $10 per person. The program/business meeting begins at 7:15. Reservations need to be made by Monday, October 3, with payment at the door. See Pastor Sherri if you would like more information.
Advent Devotional
Once again this year Faye Sittig is coordinating a devotional booklet to be used by the congregation during Advent. If you have been contacted, we would appreciate having your devotion in the church office this month. Time is needed for typing, copying, and assembling the booklets before they are distributed – hopefully mid-November. It is always a treat to read reflections on the Christmas season from members of our church family. Thanks for your help.
Hog Roast
Galien United Methodist Church (208 North Main Street) is sponsoring their 24th annual Hog Roast on Saturday, October 15, 5:00 -7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door or you may call 269-545-8121 for Carry-Out. The cost for this all-you-can-eat “Pig Out” is $8 for adults, $5 for children under 12, or $30 per family. Also on the menu will be roast turkey, potatoes, vegetables, sauerkraut, salads, homemade rolls, desserts and beverages. All proceeds will go to Ministry Shares.
Kick-Off Update
Thirteen children and youth had a great time at our Rally Day kick-off for the 2011-2012 Sunday School year. There were animal photographs everywhere, following our theme “All Creatures Great and Small.” Thanks to our teachers, especially coordinator Julie Becktell, for planning such a fun time.
If your child hasn’t started back to Sunday School yet, we hope to see him or here this Sunday.
Save the Date
Our fall Harvest Dinner will be held on November 6. Plan now to attend this wonderful meal. More details will be forthcoming in the worship bulletins.
Fall Luncheon
Everyone is  cordially invited to the United Methodist Women’s Annual Fall Luncheon on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 in the Fellowship Hall of Water’s Edge United Methodist Church located at 24 South Whittaker Street in New Buffalo. Donations of $6 for adults and $3 for children may be made at the door or you may purchase tickets in advance from any member of the United Methodist Women. They will be serving a large selection of home cooked menu choices including beverage and dessert from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Cancer Benefit
A Fight Against Cancer Benefit for Dave Sikorski will be held on Saturday, October 1, 4:00 p.m. at The Featherbone Restaurant. Dave is the grandson of Les Lee and Lucy Lee and nephew of Julie Sittig. Tickets are $10 in advance (you may purchase them at The Featherbone Restaurant) or $15 at the door, children ages 6-12 are $5. Please come together as a community to support Dave and his family in his battle with cancer. For more information call Kim at 269-405-5677 or Holly at 269-820-2010.
September 14, 2011
Dear friends,
My mother, Donna Friedburg, passed away this morning, just nine days short of her 88th birthday. She, along with my father, Klaus, led a remarkable life as they traveled the world and savored the many cultural wonders they encountered. Music, art and wonderful people enriched their lives and brought them joy at every turn.
The last 2 ½ years for both Donna and Klaus were spent here in Ypsilanti at the Sanctuary at St. Joseph’s Village, a senior citizen residence for both independent living and assisted living that is part of the St. Joseph’s hospital complex. Klaus, as you know, preceded Donna in passing away last November. Donna’s passing away today came at the end of four days in the hospital following a very mild heart attack. Her recovery from that was very good and the expectation was that she was to go home this morning. At about 7:15, however, she simply stopped breathing and left this earth. We are grateful that she did not suffer and passed in peace, without pain.
The many, many friends, who filled my parents’ lives in Manistee, and Three Oaks before that, were cherished by them. Even though direct communication became limited after their move to Ypsilanti, they fondly remembered all of you and the good times they shared with you. On behalf of myself and brothers Paul and Jerry, heartfelt thanks to all of you for keeping them in your thoughts and especially to those who continued to stay in touch with notes and phone calls during their time here in Ypsilanti.
Martin Friedburg
Coming Soon!
The Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Sodus is sponsoring their 32nd annual Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, October 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs. Admission is only $1.00 and there will be over 280 exhibitors plus food vendors and a bake sale. You can check out their website at .
Mission Trip
Eight individuals (six youth and two adults) went to Bay City, Michigan, for a “Week of Hope” Mission Trip this past summer. The team was: Paige Barbour, Julie Becktell, Laura Donner, Nettie Donner, Andrew Keller, Paul Keller, and Sara Williams.
They will give a presentation on their trip on October 30. Please plan to be in worship for this time of sharing.
Finance Update
Listed below are the figures from our treasurer’s report last month.
                       Income       Expenses    Ave. Monthly Need
August     $7,657.33    $8,874.83          $10,545.00
                         Income       Expenses       Shortfall
Year-to-date    $71,185       $82,144.33      $10,959.33      
Submitted by
Jim Thompson,
Financial Chairperson
Save the Date
Sunday, November 6, is the date of our annual Church Conference with our District Superintendent, Rev. Neil Davis. This year we will be hosting Lakeside and New Buffalo at our church. The Staff-Parish Relations Committee (S-PRC) will meet at 2:00 p.m. and the full Conference will convene at 3:30 p.m. Committee chairpersons are asked to submit an annual report on activities to the church office by October 23. These will be combined in a booklet for members who attend the conference.
Historical Corner
submitted by
 Eleanor Desmond
The Acorn, October, 1911
Mrs. Root’s sister, Miss Francis McIntire, who is at the Chicago Training School spent a few days visiting.
Pledge cards for pastoral support and benevolence will be circulated next Sunday. It is desired that all will sign for a definite weekly payment. The editibus of the conference minister have arrived and may be obtained from the pastor for $.25.
Area Agency on Aging, Inc.
Region IV Area Agency on Aging is a local not for profit agency that has a range of programs, services, classes and resources serving seniors and adults with disabilities throughout Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties.
Do you know someone who is living in a nursing home? If they are on Medicaid and they want to move to a home or apartment there is help available. A skilled professional will visit your loved one at the nursing home to discuss their living options and review all community services available Call Region IV Area Agency on Aging at 1-800-442-2803 or check out their website at .
Good Luck!
The fall sports season is underway at our area schools. We wish all the best to these student athletes. Look for their many accomplishments in our local paper.
Paige Barbour             RV Middle School volleyball
Sam Bartelmay            New Buffalo soccer
Tom Bartelmay            New Buffalo soccer
and cross country         RV Middle School football
Dana Hammons            River Valley Varsity volleyball
Troy Robertson            Western Michigan University cheerleading
Maggie Seifert              New Buffalo Middle School Cross Country
Kyle Seifert                   RV Middle School football
Susan Seifert               New Buffalo volleyball coach
Camp Clean-up Day
Crystal Springs Camp in Dowagiac needs your help to clean up and close up camp for the winter on Saturday, October 15, at 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Bring your gloves, rakes, gas powered leaf blowers, chainsaws, and tarps for dragging leaves. On the agenda are light construction projects, roofing and plumbing work. Please RSVB to Jeff Parsons at 269-683-8918 or so they know how much food to prepare for lunch. This is a huge job that can be made simple with many hands.
Marriage Encounter
Take your spouse to a United Methodist Marriage Encounter weekend. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon married couples can get away from jobs, kids, chores and phones – and totally focus on each other.
The next Marriage Encounter weekend is scheduled October 14-16 in Detroit. For more information, call 866-633-3862 or check out the website at .
Walk to Emmaus
The next dates for the “Walk to Emmaus” are: Men, October 6-9 and Women, October 13-16. Both of these events will be held at the Vicksburg United Methodist Church. If you would like to participate in these spiritually refreshing events, please see Pastor Sherri for more information or you can check out: .

Our Youth Group is meeting every Sunday during Sunday School and on Monday, October 3, at 7:00 p.m.  Anyone in grades 5-9 is welcome. If you have any questions, please call Julie Becktell at 325-5162 or the church office at 756-2053.
 Thank you...
Jim Thompson for painting the front doors of the church.
Rhonda Hinman for organizing the Chicken Dinner for the past seventeen years! And for the best ever potato salad and baked beans.
Sisters in Faith
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 19, at 7:00 p.m. Marcia Hess and Sherri Swanson will bring refreshments. We will read chapter 2 of our Bible Study “Celebrating Friendship.” We will pack the college care packages on Monday, October 3, at 10:00 a.m. Please remember your cookies if you agreed to bake some.
Our Chili Luncheon will be held on October 23 after church. We still need more people to bring chili, cornbread, and dessert. Please sign up in the narthex to help.
Please place your name on any items left in the church refrigerator. Adding the date of use would be helpful, as well. We have had a lot of things accumulating – so someone has to go through and throw out these perishables. Also, be aware that space needed for church events will take priority over personal items. Thanks for your cooperation!
CROP Hunger Walk 2011
This year some 2,000 cities and towns nationwide are joining together in interfaith CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walks around the theme “Ending hunger one step at a time.” Our annual Harbor Country CROP Walk will meet at the Church of the Mediator (14280 Red Arrow Highway) on Sunday, October 2. Registration and a light lunch will be served at 12:45 and the walk will step off at 1:30 p.m. 
Twenty-five percent of the funds raised here in Harbor Country will go to the Harbor Country Emergency Food Pantry. The rest will support projects of Church World Service. More than $100,000 has been raised in our community over the past 25 years.
The walk route is approximately three miles long; rides will be available to return you to the church at any point along the way. There is still time to pick up a pledge sheet. If you are not able to walk, please sponsor one of our walkers who have already signed up: Sabrina Bellaire, Karen Christ, or Sherri Swanson.
For more information about Church World Service and CROP Walks you may check out and If you have questions about our local walk speak to Mission Chairperson, Judy Ross, or Pastor Sherri.
Special Remembrance
On November 6 our congregation will observe “All Saints Day.” On this special day we remember those who have gone before us into God’s heavenly kingdom, especially those who have died in the past year.
Our worship service will include the celebration of Holy Communion as we gather around the Lord’s table with the “great cloud of witnesses.” If you have lost a loved one in the past year, please turn in their name (and date of death, if known) to the office by November 1 so that they may be included in our remembrances.
Music Concert
A Praise Gathering concert will be held Sunday, October 2, 3:00 p.m. at Lake Township Park (Gast Road south of Bridgman). Instruments of Faith and several other groups will perform hymns and gospel music. Everyone is invited to this time of inspiration. Bring a lawn chair.
New Member Class
There will be a New Member Class on Tuesday, October 25, at 7:00 p.m. for those who are 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.
 Please Note:
All submissions for next month's Parish Post Newsletter need to be turned in to the church office by October 20.
 October Anniversaries:
2 Jamie & Julie Flick
4  Matt & Nancy Caid
5  Mark & Ramey Seifert
7  Mike & Cindy Jakeway
7  Chuck & Julie Sittig
11  Steve & Aimee Seifert
12  Bill & Jayne Payne (60th)
16  Eric & Dana Lee
17  Ron & Cheryl Kersey
18  Jeremy & Karen Christ
23  Jim & Robin Ireland
29  Jon & Deb Barbour
October Birthdays:
2 Karen Christ
2 Helen Heward
4 Katie Kozel
4 Kenneth Seifert, Jr.
5 Les Lee
5 Nikki Springer
7 Amanda Ireland
7 Sherri Swanson
7 David Vollman
15 Cameron Seifert
16 Bob Behrle
16 Sabra Lambert
22 Melissa Noble
22 Jane Temple
23 Elsie Portinga
24 Michael Flick
25 Lil Lewis
28 Rick Martin
October 2        
World Communion Sunday
“Don’t Fit In – Fit Together”
Philippians 3:4b-11
October 9        
Bev Lawton preaching
October 16      
“What Are You Wearing to the Party?”
Matthew 22:1-14
October 23
“What Belongs to God?”
Matthew 22:15-22
October 30  
Mission Team Presentation
World Communion Sunday
On World Communion Sunday, October 2, we will receive a special offering which will provide scholarships for ethnic-minority students in our country and international students coming to study in the United States. Through this offering we invest in the future leadership of the church and the global community. There will be a special insert/envelope in the worship bulletin. Please give generously – your gifts make a world of difference!