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									                               Lake Oconee Lutheran Church
                                        A Stephen Ministry Congregation
                             “Our vision is to become an expanding community of faith,
                                               growing in the Holy Spirit
                                and practicing before the world a Christ-centered life.”
                                                  November 2011

Ministers:                                                                           All the People of God
Pastor:                                                                                   Ron Schornhorst
Director of Music:                                                                           Brad Rudisail
Newsletter Editor:                                                                         Darlene Zenami
1089 Lake Oconee Parkway                                                    Pastor’s Home: 706-484-9855
Eatonton, GA 31024                                                          Church Office: 706-485-4600
     Pastor:                                           Darlene:


                              O, GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD!
   November is a popular month for many reasons. It’s harvest time up north. The end of hurricane season
down here. Cool mornings. Leaves clothing themselves in bright red and yellow. And of course, more football.
But perhaps the best thing about November is THANKSGIVING DAY.
  We Lutheran Christians recall how Martin Luther explained the meaning of the petition “Give us this day our
daily bread.” Luther said that “God certainly gives daily bread to everyone without our prayers, even to all
wicked people, but we pray in this petition that God would lead us to realize this and to receive our daily bread
with thanksgiving.”
  He then went on to explain what is meant by daily bread with these words: “Daily bread includes everything
that has to do with the support and wants of the body, such as food, drink, clothing, shoes, house, home, land,
animals, money, goods, a devout husband or wife, devout children, devout workers, devout and faithful rulers,
good government, good weather, peace, health, self-control, good reputation, good friends, faithful neighbors,
and the like.”
  That’s quite a list of things for which to be thankful. We enjoy these many blessings because of the two things
that God delights in doing – “loving and giving.” This is stated so clearly in the well-known words of John 3:16,
“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but
have eternal life.”
  One of the best benefits that comes with thanksgiving is the thanksliving that shows up as we freely and
joyfully manage all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes. That’s our Christian stewardship in the best
sense of the word.
  Blessed Thanksgiving! Joyful Thanksliving!
  Pastor Ron
                                   Celebrate Christ's birth with POINSETTIAS!

                           It's once again time to sign up to buy poinsettias to beautify our
                          sanctuary in celebration of our Savior's birth! Cost of each 10" plant will
                         be $12.25 with DEADLINE November 20th for sign up. Payment of
                           $12.25 each by check should be made payable to LOLC with number of
                              plants ordered shown on check. If paying in cash, please place in
                          envelope clearly marked on front as to the number of Poinsettias. Put
                      payment in offering plate. Time is fleeting so sign up ASAP! Thank you.

   Thanks so much to Joan Mulford and Janie Seglund, who
   have volunteered to co-chair the LOLC Women's Group!
 There will be a meeting on Tuesday, November 15th, 10 a.m.
to noon, here at church. The topic: “Holiday Entertaining” by
Marilynn Sowell. For more info, contact Janie Seglund (706-
         467-9256) or Joan Mulford (706-467-3513).

Plan on attending our November 20th Voters Meeting after the service. At this meeting, the preliminary
2012 operating budget will be presented. (Voting on the 2012 budget will take place at our January, 2012,
Voters Meeting.) Elections of council, board chairs and elders will also take place on November 20th. This
year’s Nominating Committee was made up of Charlie Crouch, Bob Hooson and Pastor Ron. The
committee will present their recommended slate of candidates. Nominations can be made from the floor
at the meeting, providing the nominee has given prior willingness to serve if elected.

The Nominating Committee’s recommendations for positions that require election or re-election this year
     For President             Dick Schneider (first term)
     For Vice President        Davis Mortensen (first term)
     For Treasurer             Bob Elkins (second term)
     For Financial Secretary   Pam Smithweck (second term)
     For Secretary             Ed Fritch (second term)
     For Elder                 Leroy Horst (first term)
     For Christian Education   Charlie Helms (second term)
     For Christian Outreach    Kris Proper (second term)

On Saturday, November 26th, breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Afterwards,
 we will be decorating the church for the Advent and Christmas seasons.
Everyone is invited. As the old saying goes, “Many hands make light work.”
                     Thanks to all our faithful helpers!

                                 ADVENT SOUP SUPPERS

This year we will have four Advent Soup Suppers the Wednesdays of November 30th, December
7th, 14th and 21st. Supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a hymn sing and
evening devotions. It works best to have at least four families/individuals handling the meal
each week. Watch for a sign-up sheet appearing shortly.

THANKSGIVING EVE worship will be Wednesday, November 23rd, at 7 p.m., with
                        Holy Communion.

     Who’s in the Spotlight?
      *** Darlene Zenami ***
       Darlene describes herself as “the leprechaun
daughter of an Irish mother and a Native American
father,” who lives everywhere she has been, and all of
her homes have been in Georgia. Mundane is not an
adjective which describes her, and her varied interests
prove that point.
       Darlene was raised in a family with two sisters and a brother in the
Atlanta area, and was taught to appreciate both sides of her Irish/Native American heritages.
She raised her children “with a heavy dose of Irish influence and pride.” Now single and loving
it, she is mother to three daughters and a son; plus she is presently “Mamaw” to six grandkids.
She says, “My kids and grandchildren represent my heart walking around outside my body.
Clichéd, but true." They also represent her most important life experiences. Darlene
accomplished homeschooling all of her children from kindergarten to graduation, which is
pretty amazing.
       After ten years of college and switching majors many times, Darlene has studied in quite
a variety of fields: art to nursing, criminal justice, religious studies and on to psychology. She
has trained in Forensic Art (composites and 3-D facial reconstruction from human skulls, based
on mathematics and anthropological studies), office work and spent considerable time writing
when she owned and operated WordNerd Services, an editing business. She prefers jobs where
she is allowed a degree of creative freedom and claims that her job at LOLC gives her that!
       Writing was Darlene’s first true passion, beginning with a writing club she started in
second grade. She runs desktop publishing named Slap Silly Press where she focuses solely on
her own work. Her writing and art have been published in numerous places including scholarly
periodicals and two cookbooks. Her artwork appears in Chef Doug Janusek's book Home
Cooking Illustrated; at Greensboro's Hampton Fine Art Gallery periodically (currently during
the month of December); and will be featured on the cover of the upcoming spring issue of Lake
Oconee Living Magazine. A small home art studio named Firebird Studio is where Darlene
works on various arts and crafts, always trying new things. The logo of her studio is “the noble
pink flamingo!” Darlene has taught numerous art classes and led the writer's group Wings As
       Rock climbing, parasailing, swimming with dolphins, traveling, reading, cooking,
listening (and dancing) to music, yoga and hiking are some favorite pastimes and experiences
in Darlene’s life. Her favorite authors include Toni Morrison, Sue Monk Kidd, Sylvia Plath,
Amy Tan, Jack Kornfield, Brad Warner, Rosemary Daniell. Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador
Dali are among her favorite artists, while the genres of music she enjoys most range from
classical, jazz and blues to hard rock.
       Volunteer work has played a large part in Darlene’s life. For a decade, she has served as
Art Therapist for Hospice Care Options; volunteers as artist for Art From the Heart (an
organization which raises money for needy/disabled children); and has edited pro bono for
non-profits. Darlene is also an outspoken advocate for equal rights for all. She says, "I've seen
a lot of pain because of 'permitted prejudices.' I hope that my grandkids' generation will be able
to change the world the same way my generation fought for racial equality." She supports the
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as well as the "It Gets Better" Project. (This organization
works to give hope and end bullying of the LGBT community.) Currently, she operates an
organization called Libertas, which benefits battered women and their children. It has been
very important for Darlene to teach her children that “giving and volunteering are simply
extensions of a soul fully alive.”
       In 1983, Darlene graduated from New Life Bible College, and she also earned
certification as an Exchanged Life Counselor through a practicum of Luther Rice Seminary.
Her degree is in Human Services, but she has studied art for over 20 years.
       Since Darlene refers to herself as a “closet adrenaline junky" – and she loves to try new
things – look for her to tackle some additional amazing projects.
       Check out Darlene's blog (Eating My Words: A Food Blog Rendered from Literature) at To view some of her artwork, visit
(Once in the site, search for her by name in the box that says "Artist Search.")
By Carol Riesmeyer


                                         Date Appetizers
(Marcia Elkins served these to our MEET & EAT group; I ended up taking the left-overs home. They are
                         even better next day! Delicious! ~ Darlene Zenami)

18-24 dates, pitted                                             8 oz. tub of fruit flavored cream cheese
3 TBS sour cream                                                           1 TBS finely chopped pecans

Mix together all ingredients ~ except the dates. Slice tops of date and stuff each one with about a 1 tsp.
                     of the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

                                   Green Goldiner Salad
                                   (Thanks to Rosemary Bonnough!)

2 medium tomatoes                                        1 medium bell pepper (any color you prefer)
1 small head of lettuce                                                                1 large onion
1 small cucumber                                                          5 oz. salad olives, drained
10 radishes

Cube all vegetables.

1/3 cup sour cream                                     1/3 cup cottage cheese

Mix together and fold into vegetables.

                                            Lentil Soup
                                  (Thanks to Clay Bonnough for this!)

                                      2 # lentils                       2 gallons water
                                      3 bouillon cubes, ham preferred ½ # onions, diced
                                      ½ cup celery, diced               ½ cup carrots
                                      4 frankfurters or knackwurst, sliced thin (optional)

                                      Wash lentils well. Combine all ingredients ~ except meat ~ in
                                      crockpot. Cook on high about 4 hours. Add meat and cook
                                      another 2 hours.
                              Extra Cheesy Mac & Cheese
         (I got this recipe from an ex-boyfriend's niece. It's yummilicious! ~ Darlene Zenami)
1 # box of any pasta, cooked as per instructions on box              1 16 oz. tub of cottage cheese
1 12 oz. sour cream                                                        1 onion, diced (optional)
1 ½ # cheddar cheese, grated + a little extra

Mix all ingredients together well. Cover with foil and bake at
450° until bubbly. Remove foil, sprinkle a bit of extra cheddar.
Place under burner just long enough to melt the cheese. And
don't even think about how many calories you're consuming
as you sit down to eat it! 

                               Herbal Chicken Casserole
                                      (Thanks, again, Rosemary!)
1 fryer chicken, boiled and deboned                                    1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup                                                       1 pkg. herbal stuffing
1 stick margarine, melted                                                    2- 2 ¼ cups chicken broth

Place deboned chicken in a 9x13x2 baking dish. Mix soups together with 1 ½ cups chicken broth, and
pour over chicken. Mix stuffing mix with margarine as well as ½ to ¾ cups of broth. Spoon mixture
over chicken. Place in a preheated 375° oven, uncovered. Bake for 30 minutes or until stuffing is
lightly brown. (This can be made ahead of time, frozen then baked when you're ready to serve.)

                                   Buttermilk Pecan Pie
                   (Thanks to Lorraine Hilpipre for this wonderful holiday dessert!)

1 stick margarine, melted                                                        ¼ cup buttermilk
½ cup of sugar                                                                       1 TBSP flour
1 tsp. vanilla                                                                     2 eggs, beaten
1 cup chopped pecans                                                                     Pie crust

Mix flour with sugar; add melted butter. Slowly add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and pecans. Pour into an
unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

LOVING HANDS QUILTERS would like to be accessible to all interested in
participating. Our meetings are not well attended lately. If you would like to
participate, but feel another day/time would work better for you, please sign the
sheet on the round table with your name and preferred day/time. We could use
crocheters, those who sew ~ even those who don't know how to sew! Our quilts
are easy, and our ladies can teach anyone interested. (No children, please.)

                                RAISING MONEY FOR MISSIONS

Faith's Craft Shoppe Sat. Nov. 12th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church and School,
2111 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta, GA 30068. Parking and Admission are FREE. Faith Ladies
Guild/LWML are joined by over 25 different vendors from around Georgia for a wide assortment of
unique affordable hand-crafted items. Bring a friend and get your Christmas shopping done early!
There will be a Bake Sale for your sweet tooth, a Food Court by the C.I.R.C.L.E. Youth Group and
entertainment by Faith Lutheran School Children. Money raised is used to support a variety of Missions
including, but not limited to, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Lutheran Bible Translators, Ministries
United in Service and Training (M.U.S.T.), Roland Trinklein Scholarship Fund, St. Paul Concordia
University, Care packages for the Troop, Charlotte Travis Scholarship Fund and Navajo Child
Sponsorship Program. The Faith's Craft Shoppe is sponsored by Faith Ladies Guild/Lutheran Women's
Missionary League and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. For more information, please call Sharon
Phillips at 770-973-8877 or visit their website at

Just in time for the holidays! Portrait artist Darlene
Zenami is offering her LONG-TERM MEMORIES
portraits for sale! She can draw animal as well as
human portraits – immortalizing your loved ones in
charcoal. For information on prices or commissions,
contact Darlene at or 706-816-
7674. Attached is a sample of her work; to view more,
visit Thanks!

granddaughter, Mia Ann Riesmeyer, born October 14 !              th

                     HUGE THANKS to Steve Orr for raising money for Libertas ~
                      just in time for the holidays! Most of the money will be used to
                    assist women at Circle of Love Center in creating a memorable and
                          happy holiday season for themselves and their children!
                                           Thank so much, Steve!

    And THANKS to all others who donated directly to Circle of Love Center!
                        Altogether, we raised $425!

THANKS also to all who helped make our Oktoberfest possible! I am grateful for all
       who came, brought food, cooked! ~ Sincerely, Barbara Hardesty

    And another THANKS to Barbara Smolinski who donated postage for one of our recent mailouts!

                          SPOTLIGHT ARTICLES
Carol Riesmeyer has done an absolutely fantastic job of providing me with
spotlight articles to place in each newsletter. Her writing is very tight and
appealing! (She even made me seem interesting in this month's spotlight
                          article! ) Kudos, Carol!

 Carol wants to continue to send these articles to me for publication ~ and I
want that, too! I have come to know details about many of you I would have
                    never known without Carol's articles!

If you haven't already, please make sure you fill out a questionnaire (on the
round table at the back of the sanctuary, as well as in this newsletter). You
   may hand it to Carol or simply put it in her hanging file in the narthex.


                                      Darlene Zenami

“Who’s in the Spotlight at LOLC ?” ~ A newsletter column
   Questionnaire for ____________________            Please return to Carol Riesmeyer

    Place of Birth:

        Schooling/Education/Military Service:

        Religious Affiliations & Background:

    List training, degrees and positions held:

    Spouse, marriage date, children, grandchildren:



FAVORITES (Books, movies, games, places, trips,
admired persons, etc.)


What else would you like the folks at LOLC to know
about you?
(Feel free to use extra paper.)

                                                                                  USHERS             ALTAR CARE           COFFEE HR
                                                                                  Hilpipre, Uehlin   Uehlin, Hansen       NONE

  Lake Oconee
Lutheran Church                     November 2011                                 GREETERS
                                                                                  6: Neuleib
                                                                                  13: Proper
                                                                                                                          6: Hardesty
                                                                                                                          13: OPEN
                                                                                  20: Larsen                              20: Stallings
                                                                                  27: Anderson                            27: Stokes
                                                                                  20: Larsen
                                                                                  27: Anderson

                  Sun               Mon            Tue            Wed               Thu              Fri              Sat

                                    MONDAY         1              2                 3                4                5
                  Sunday School     Exercise       Elders, 9am    Quilt
                  & Choir           Group, 6:30    Quilt Guild,   Workshop,
                  Practice, 9am     p.m.           9am            9am
                  Worship                          Quilt Board,
                  Service,                         12:30 pm                         Ralph Wilson                      Sara Rudisail
                  10:30am                          Bonnie

                  6                 7              8              9                 10               11               12
                                    Janie Fritch
                                    Phil Johnson                  MAHS, W/A         Joan Mulford     Gary Roper
                                    HARDESTY,                                                        WILSON, W/A

                  13                14             15             16                17               18               19
                  Council Mtg,                                    Nursing Home                                        BOCO, 10 am
                  after service                    SM Mtg,        Min, 1:30pm
                                    Bob Mai        6:30pm

                                                   Donna Crouch                                      Margo
                                                   Harold                                            Reynolds

                  20                21             22             23                24               25               26
                  Collecting                                      Newsletter                                          B'fast/decorating
                  mites                                           articles due,                                       8 am
                  Voters Mtg,                                     noon
                  after service                                   T'giving
                                                                  Service with      Tom Uehlin
                                                                  7 pm

                  27                28             29             30                EVERY THURS EVERY FRIDAY
                                                                                    Divine Drama Divine Drama
                                                                  Advent Soup       Class, 6:30pm Class, 9:30am
                  Free BP                                         Supper,
                  Check, after                                    6:30 pm
                  service                          Marlene
                  Lillian Blosser                  Hannah Craig
                                                                  Dick Braun

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