Zwingli United Church of Christ,
Lawrence H. Balleine, Senior Pastor
Charles G. Workman, Pastor Emeritus
Carolyn Hilliard, Coordinator of Caring Ministries
Renee Blum, Coordinator of Children’s Ministries
“Inviting all to follow Jesus through faith & action.”
DAILY Dear Friends,
BIBLE A short time before this past Christmas, the following headline
READING appeared in the State Journal: “Obama, GOP Agree on Plan.” Just
For AUGUST reading the headline put me in a good mood. I don’t recall the issue
but the fact that Democrats and Republicans agreed on something
was reason enough for me to rejoice.
A Fresh Beginning by For too long, partisan politics have been our modus operendi, and
Trusting in God’s Mercy and Kindness it continues to polarize us as a state and nation. Quite honestly, I was
hoping that headline could have somehow been a sign of things to
1 Psalm 11 17 Psalm 73 come. But evidently, it wasn’t.
2 Psalm 16 18 Psalm 91 The word that is often forgotten and not practiced is
3 Psalm 23 19 Psalm 103 COMPROMISE. It is not a bad word by any means. There are
4 Psalm 25 20 Genesis 50:15-21 hardliners who consider compromise to be a sign of weakness. Not
5 Psalm 27 so. Rather, it is more often a sign of strength. Any couple that has
6 Psalm 28 Sunday enjoyed the blessings of a good, long marriage knows the benefits of
21 2 Samuel 19:8b-23 compromise.
Sunday 22 2 Samuel 19:24-30 The word compromise actually derives from “com” (meaning:
7 Psalm 30 23 2 Samuel l9:31-40 surround with) and “promise.” I don’t know about you, but I like the
8 Psalm 31 24 Isaiah 55:1-13 sound of that: to surround with promise
9 Psalm 32 25 Jeremiah 30:1-11 When we are convinced that “It’s my may or the highway,” we miss
10 Psalm 34 26 Jeremiah 30:12-24 a great deal. When we fail to listen to each other, we miss an
11 Psalm 35 27 Jeremiah 31:1-14 opportunity where the view of the other person, party or group may
12 Psalm 36 have something significant to say from which ALL may benefit.
13 Psalm 61 Sunday As a compromise is often a good thing in marriage, it is also a
28 Jeremiah 31:15-26 good practice for politics at any level, and for our common life as
Sunday 29 Jeremiah 31:31-40 communities, states, nations, and even congregations.
14 Psalm 62 30 Jeremiah 33:1-13
31 Matthew 18:21-35 Remember, wherever you are on your life journey, there’s a place for
15 Psalm 63 you at Zwingli Church.
16 Psalm 71
I hope to greet you in church, if not before.
May the peace of Christ dwell within you,
Regular hours church office is open:
Monday & Wednesday 8-12 a.m.
Thursday & Friday 8-12 1-5 P.S. If our very deepest values are put into jeopardy because of
compromise, then maybe compromise is not the way to go. But this is
generally not the case; for when it comes to our deepest values,
there is often agreement.
From the Caring Ministry: President’s Letter
Grandparent & Me Camp I hope you’ve been having a great summer. It seems like it
wasn’t that long ago, we couldn’t wait for it to warm up.
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend Now, as I write this, I wish it would cool down. I don’t know
Grandparent and Me camp at Pilgrim Camp on Green Lake. about you, but it seems like I’ve had more things to do
This is a beautiful spot and our Wisconsin Conference has than I’ve had time. So, after being busy all week, I sure
been fortunate through these many years to own and look forward to Sunday morning. It seems that I find going
operate this camp. The theme of the camp was God’s to church helps to give me a mental and spiritual boost for
presence in our lives. I attended Pilgrim camp during my the upcoming week.
middle and high school years.( a long time ago!) Some of
the same buildings are still there, in use and some wonderful Hope you’ve been able to get to church to enjoy service,
improvements have been added. While we were there, there and hear our special guest singers. WOW! What great
was a group of volunteers improving a Challenge Trail. Oak talent.
Mound Lodge, a year around lodge has been added, with air In June, I had the chance to go on the mission trip to
conditioning, etc. Of course, this is where we stayed, luckily, Tennessee. I’m glad I went. The work was interesting and
as it was very warm. This was a great time for bonding with rewarding. I think we all, if able, should try to make a
my granddaughter and planting seeds of faith in our mission trip to help someone less fortunate. I definitely
youngsters. I think all of us will remember our camp need to give a huge thank you to the man who pulled off
experiences. It is good for all of us to be without television,
this trip so smoothly – Paul Rieder.
newspapers, and electronic games for a few days! It is good
to be in a different environment, even if the time goes Another big thank you goes out to Larry, Cyndi and Phenix
quickly. The “Me’s” (which meant the youngsters) signed up Foley, for putting together our entry in the Homecoming
to help set the tables and cleanup after meals. Everyone parade. If you saw it, it was a montage of things we’ve
had some free time, along with swimming, fishing, games done around the church this past year. You sometimes
and crafts. Grandparents became acquainted almost as forget how active we are.
quickly as the kids. We discussed our churches, the younger
We have so much to be thankful for, and so much to be
generations, and our faith journeys. I thank our conference
for giving us a wonderful place and opportunity to share and proud of at Zwingli church
rejuvenate our spirituality. So again a big thank-you to all who keep things going so
smoothly at our church. A special big thanks to Rev.
Carolyn Hilliard Balleine for all he does for us, and keeps our church going
Coordinator of Caring Ministries in the right direction
John Baebler, Congregational president
Zwingli United Church of Christ
Hymn of the Month Consistory Meeting
Since we celebrate our mid-summer communion service on June 8, 2011
August 7th, it is appropriate that we study a communion hymn.
Chosen for individual and group study is Richard Blanchard’s Present: John Baebler, Nicole Baebler, Cyndi Foley, Jim Meier, Barb
Pluss, Paul Rieder, Paul Risley, Liz Rolph, Jonathon Rupp, Leroy
“Fill My Cup, Lord.”” Spring, Bruce Workman and Sheri Wichser
Staff Present: Pastor Balleine and Carolyn Hilliard
Like the woman at the well I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy; President John Baebler called meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.
‘And then I heard my Savior speaking;
Opening prayer was given by Pastor Balleine.
“Draw from my well that never shall run dry.”
Cyndi Foley read June’s Bible Study. Discussion Followed.
Treasurer’s Report: Christine Turner reported May was a good month.
Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord! We were able to cover all expenses and had $1,667.25 extra income.
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul; Because June is a quarter month end, we will probably need to take
Bread of heaven feed me ‘till I want no more -- from Reserve Funds to cover next month’s expenses. Bruce Workman
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole! made a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report, 2nd by Jonathon Rupp.
May 2011 Year to Date
There are millions in this world who are craving
Current Income $15,651.41 $75,005.72
The pleasure earthly things afford;
From Reserve Funds $(1,667.25) $18,041.89
But none can match the wondrous treasure Total Income $13,984.16 $93,047.61
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord. Actual Expense $13,984.16 $93,047.61
Current Income – Actual $ 1,667.25 $(18,041.89)
So, my brother, if the things this world gave you Secretary’s Report: May’s minutes were reviewed and a few
Leave hungers that won’t pass away, revisions were needed. Paul Rieder made a motion to accept the
My blessed Lord will come and save you, secretary’s report with corrections. Cyndi Foley 2nd. Motion carried.
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray. Pastor Larry’s Report: Pastor Balleine reported the conference
meeting is coming up and Jonathon Rupp and Pastor Larry will be
Refrain attending. The meeting will be important because of the new
conference/association structure goes into effect in July. On Sunday
14 members of the church will be leaving for the Nashville, TN work
camp and 1 member will be leaving for Moon Beach Work Camp.
Zwingli’s Income from pledges & offerings $88,832
Barb Pluss will present the sermon provided by David Moyer, our
Transferred from Undesignated/Reserved Funds $29,216
conference minister. Paul Risley will be our
Actual Expenses $118,048 through June.
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liturgist. Denise Pinnow and Pansy Balleine led worship Memorial E. F & G: Nothing reported.
Day weekend because Larry traveled out east for a memorial Finance: Nothing additional reported.
service for his cousin Anna. Tomorrow evening, our church will Memorials: Barb Pluss reported all the bills for the Labyrinth Room
host the large group involved with the Interfaith Hospitality are in. They are looking at publishing an article in the Chimes for
Network. We are this year’s host church for the worship service Long-term Giving options. Speakers for the sanctuary are in
during Homecoming which will be held in Montesian Gardens. progress.
Holy Communion will be served. There are some weddings on Mission: Paul Rieder reported Hospitality Network is progressing
the horizon. nicely. Tomorrow evening’s meeting will take place at our church.
Coordinator of Caring Ministries: Carolyn Hilliard reported she This committee is looking at a potential date to serve a meal at
continues to visit with members of the church. The Walk-it-with-a- Crossroads Campus Ministry. A special offering “Strengthen the
Book summer session has the book selected and will probably Church” will be collected on June 12th. The Mission Basket brought
begin after Homecoming. $65 during the Kalberwurst Dinner. The Mission Trip Work Camp is
Coordinator of Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries: nearing.
John Baebler read Renee’s report. The Luau on the last day of Publicity: Cyndi Foley reported the best way to get info published in
Sunday School was a huge success. The children also did a nice a timely manner is to e-mail Cyndi – email@example.com.
job presenting their memory work. We also recognized our Stewardship & Membership: Jonathon Rupp reported this
teaching staff and are fortunate to have staff that has been committee is discussing envelopes for members that are not active.
consistent for many years. A big thank-you to Pastor Larry for The initial Talent Challenge ingathering took place on June 5 and
getting on the Dunk Tank board. Women’s Guild co-sponsored $2,650 was collected.
Worship & Music: Nothing reported.
this event. Vacation Bible School will be hosted by our church this
year and is only a few days away. Helpers and supplies are still
Float for Homecoming parade – Foley Family will lead,
needed. Fellowship Hall will be turned into a Marketplace.
Postcards are being sent to families that have children that could Workman trailer and truck will be used. Sheri Wichser will
participate. send entry to Rachel Rufer for the parade.
Staff Suggestions: Nothing reported.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: Zwingli’s 125th Anniversary will be in 2012 and we need to
Administration: Nothing reported. start planning for this celebration. A committee will be
Building & Grounds: Bruce Workman, Jonathon Rupp and John needed.
Baebler reported they are working on air conditioning issues, choir
room cabinets, door to sanctuary on westside, upper bathroom New Business:
floors, reroute venting for furnace through chimney and heat for
New Room. A big Thank-you to Jonathon Rupp for installing the Bruce Workman will look into getting recycling bins for our
new cabinetry in the North Room. church so we can recycle.
Christian Education: Sheri Wichser reported this committee
discussed potential ways to get younger families more involved Meeting adjourned at 7:49 p.m.
with our church family. Next year’s Sunday School curriculum will
be reviewed as the curriculum this year was not very good.
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Hazel Kundert 100 years young! (Hazel Kundert continued from previous page)
of 5th & 6th or 7th & 8th grades. She states that teaching 7th & 8th
Mrs. Hazel Kundert will celebrate her 100 birthday July 26. To grade would have paid $5 more a month. Still, Hazel chose 5th &
the many 5th and 6th graders who passed through the halls of 6th grade.
Monticello Public Schools, she will always be affectionately
called, Mrs. Kundert. Hazel says there is a bonus in teaching. Retired since 1976, Hazel has enjoyed painting, tending her
“One can see the fruits of one’s labor.” She continues to enjoy flowers, and seeing her grandchildren and great grandchildren
visiting with her former students. “I feel fortunate to have grow. She still plays Bridge every other week.
worked at a profession I enjoyed.”
A Member of Zwingli UCC, Hazel, Doris Wagner, Ruth
Hazel spent a total of 46 years at the School District of Wittenwyler, and Grace Klassy were the original members of
Monticello; 12 years as a young student and 34 as an the Altar Guild. Initiated by Rev. Pegel, these ladies were active
experienced teacher. Her first job (after graduating from Green in the Guild for 16 years. They completed more than 50 banners,
County Normal) was teaching at a one-room schoolhouse in took care of many altar duties (flowers, candles, robes, etc.), and
Attica. She got the job after approaching school board member supported one another during stressful times. The women
E.T. Lewis, while he was doing farm chores. He said, “Any girl worked as a team making the banners. Hazel was the designer;
willing to walk through a cow yard to talk about a teaching Ruth, the lettering person; Doris, the sewer; and Grace, the
position can have it.” ironing person. After a morning of banner making, the women
would have lunch and play Bridge. The highlight of their
Hazel Zweifel married Kenneth W. Kundert on June 16, 1935. “career” came in 2003 when the ladies received the Life Service
They moved to Blanchardville where he was a “Smith-Hughes” Award for their contributions. Hazel also belongs to the Prayer
instructor (Ag Teacher). After 4 years, they moved to Jefferson Chain. “I have used it myself several times.”
were Kenneth took a new teaching job. Married women did not
teach back then. Later, with small son in tow, the Kunderts She is very appreciative of her Church Family who have
moved to Kenneth’s family farm south of the Monroe city limits. supported her in times of joy and sadness. Rev. Muehlmeier
They were only there for five months when Kenneth was performed the marriages of both her parents and Hazel and her
accidentally electrocuted in a farming accident. He was 30 years husband. Rev. Pegel was pastor during the illness and death of
old. her only child, Ken, at the age of 50. “The support I received
from the Pastors and Church Family have helped much in
This gracious lady truly believes that God does provide. Shortly accepting the negative experiences I have endured.” For that she
after moving back to her former home in Monticello with her 3- is very grateful.
year-old son, Kenneth R.; neighbor and school board member,
Chris Stauffer, offered her a teaching position at Monticello. As a Community, we are very grateful for “Mrs. Kundert.” She
Mrs. Kundert recalls she was offered the choice is a “class act”.
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Women’s Guild Executive Board Meeting (Women’s Guild Board meeting continued from previous page)
Friday, July 15, 2011, 6:00 p.m. For the Spiritual Life Department Kathleen reported that Walk it
with a Book will be starting July 20th. Questions were asked if it
The Meeting was called to order at 6:10 by co-president Judy
were possible to start a walk it with a book with evening hours.
Busser reciting a prayer.
Kathleen was going to put an article in the chimes to see if
Present were: Judy Busser, Kathy Baebler, DeeDee Bruns.
anyone would be interested. The only thing was that Carolyn
Cyndi Foley, Barb Pluss, Kathleen Sulzer, Jeanette Broge and
Hilliard would not be able to conduct the class so if there was
interest someone else would need to be the start up person.
Absent were: Ashley Busser, Kathleen Grossen, Sue Rieder,
Susan Hefty, Karen Brugger, Margie Waelchli, Carol Leck and
The Early Summer Event on the last day of Sunday school was
a huge hit with the kids and will be continuing. Advertising
around town helped quite a bit.
The secretaries report was reviewed from the January 29.2011
Executive Board meeting with one minor correction. Judy
Notice: Barb Duerst has said that 2012 will be her final year as
made a motion to accept the report with the correction, Cyndi
Chairperson for the Women’s Guild Basket auction We will be
seconded the motion. Motion passed.
sad to see her go as she does a terrific job If anyone is
interested in taking over the basket designing now is the time
The treasurer’s report was given by Cyndi. Barb made a motion
to get involved to be shown the ropes& ribbon cutting.
to except the treasurer’s report and Judy seconded the motion.
The upcoming Zwingli summer supper is set for Saturday
August 13th. Those people whose names are on the list in the
Regarding our Child Fund International sponsorship, Cyndi
2011-2012 W.G. Yearbook will be sent Cards in order to verify
reported that the monthly donation has been raised from
how they can help. Responses will be due back by August 1st.
$33.00 to $37.00. Kathleen made a motion to approve the four
Those who do not respond will still be receiving a phone call
dollar increase. Judy seconded the motion. Motion passed
from the event chairpersons. Chairpersons tentatively plan on
meeting August 3rd at 6:00 for final preparations.
Both the Kitchen Department and Child care reported no
problems and that everything is going well.
A suggestion was made for having a speaker from the Interfaith
Hospitality Network at the Fall Guild meeting. The suggestion is
For the Library Department Carol Leck is putting articles in the
being looked into.
church chimes highlighting books that the library has to offer.
There were some Readers Digest condensed books pulled
At 6:50 Deedee made a motion to adjourn, Stephanie
from the library. These books were set at the side entrance into
seconded. Co-president Kathy gave the closing prayer.
the sanctuary for anyone interested in taking them home.
Kathleen removed the remaining books that were not taken.
Submitted by Barb Pluss, WG Secretary.
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Bunch to Lunch Possible New Bible Study
Sunday, August 7th An interest has been expressed in
an early evening bible study for
We will travel to Brodhead to those who want to study the bible
eat at one of our favorite but who can’t take part in current
places. groups because of the times that
THE SANDBURR they meet. A possible time was
suggested as 6:30 pm on a week
The menu has a large variety of night. Those who would like to be
meals. There is something for included in the study will decide on
everyone! the day of the week that would be
Meet at the East Entrance after church (10:30) to carpool. If possible for them. They will also
you like good food and friendly fellowship, join in on Sunday. choose the type of study they want.
Choices are endless. If you are
interested in helping form a study group, please contact Cyndi
Foley or Kathleen Sulzer
Walk-it with a Book Kathleen Sulzer, Women’s Guild Spiritual Life Chairperson
This group meets for an early 30
minute walk on Wednesddays and at
7:30 a.m. have coffee, etc. with a
discussion of the book “Walking Home” ATTN: Confirmation Gatherings
by Margaret Guenther.. You are
welcome to join us at 7:30 for the A meeting for all second year
discussion only. Each chapter is a confirmands, parents, and
separate story, so it’s never too late to mentors is scheduled for Monday
come! This is a light-hearted group. It is a great way to start evening, August 22nd, at 7 pm. We
your day. will gather in the lounge/library and look at what is involved with
the second year of our confirmation program.
A meeting for all incoming confirmands and their parents will
Senior Choir occur on Wednesday evening, August 24th at 7 pm in the
& lounge/library. This meeting serves as an introduction and
Senior Chime Choir orientation to our confirmation program. All who have attained
will begin at least the 7th grade are welcome to come to this gathering
Wednesday, Sept. 14th and become a part of the confirmation program.
Walk to Cure Diabetes 2011 Giving Records
Sunday, September 18, 2011 Individual reports of offerings received by the church are sent to
At Warner Park, Madison members at the end of June and September each year so that
I’m asking for your support in a very special cause. This year, I they may check our records for accuracy. A final report is sent
will again be taking part in JDRF’s Walk to Cure Diabetes, at the end of the year to everyone who has contributed during
along with one half million other walkers across the country, as the year to be used for income tax purposes.
we try to reach our goal of raising $89 million. These reports show a breakdown of how our members want
Type 1, or juvenile diabetes, is a devastating disease that their money used. If I have entered offering under an incorrect
affects millions of people, a large and growing percentage of category, I need to be told so that I can make a correction. I
them children. can make a correction until the records are closed at the end of
the year. I have copies of all reports at my home so I can look
There is some good news, though. JDRF is our best hope for up a report and the weekly source sheets and envelopes that
finding a cure. It funds more type 1 diabetes research than any are the basis for the reports. I am glad to do that. My phone
other charity worldwide and it’s making progress along many number is 325-4692.
promising paths toward better treatments and a cure.
I have had inquiries about offerings for Church World Service
I have an extremely high personal goal this year and it may blankets. We had intended to cross out a sentence on the
sound unreasonable but I believe with all of my heart that you special envelopes which said to make the checks out to CWS
will help me reach this goal as it is very close to my heart. My but we didn’t manage to get that done this year so some of our
father, who passed away in 1984 lived 37 years with Type 1 members made out their checks that way. If a check was made
diabetes which developed as a result of the wounds he out to CWS, it was sent along with our Zwingli check to CWS.
sustained in WW11 where he lost both legs. This is my 37th The envelopes are printed that way because not all people who
year as a Type 1 diabetic, so I hope that I will be able to outlive use them are giving through a church. We plan to fix the
my father with this disease and do my part to help find a cure. envelopes next year before they are fastened into the February
My goal is the total number of years my father and I have had Chimes. I also had a question about an offering that was shown
diabetes times $100 for each year. Would you please help me as a memorial. If the family brings in a memorial check from a
reach my goal of $7,400.00? member, I enter it on that member’s giving record. Again, I am
Now, more than ever you can make a crucial difference. Won’t always glad to explain why the offering was entered in the
you please give to JDRF as generously as possible? Together, computer the way it was.
we can make the cure a reality. Kathleen Sulzer, Financial secretary
You may donate online by going to http://www2.jrdf.com
Select Donate in the upper right corner
Have You Noticed How Beautiful
Name: Sue Sinnett Team: GHC-SCW
Walk Location: Wisconsin Click the link to my name
the Flowers have been around our
Or you may make your check out to JDRF and get it to me prior sign this summer? Thanks to
to the walk on September 18th DeeDee, Tim & Claire Bruns for
planting & watering them!
Thank you in advance for your support, Sue Sinnett
Music in the Park Gospel Choir Tour to Germany
Zwingli Church to host Do you want to
outdoor concert. Sing gospel music?
Travel to Germany?
One Achord – a gospel
Enjoy choir fellowship?
singing group from
Waupaca, who has shared Then join the Wisconsin
with us frequently in worship Conference Gospel Choir Tour to Germany in August of 2012.
will present a concert on From August 17-22 The Gospellers, a gospel choir made up of
Saturday evening, August singers from UCC churches across Wisconsin, will travel to the
20th, from 7 to 8 pm. It will Berlin-Brandenburg area of Germany for a tour.
be held at the Octagonal
Shelter on the northeast To prepare we will
shore of Lake Montesian. Attend 2 overnight retreats at Pilgrim Center in Green
Their concert will include both sacred and pop songs.
Rehearse once a month from October through June in
Everyone is invited to come and enjoy. A freewill offering will be venues across the state (twice in Tomah and Stevens
received for the life and mission of Zwingli Church. Come; bring Point, twice in a location nearer to your home).
a lawn chair and your friends and neighbors. Sing at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Conference
In Germany we will
Stay in homes
Worship on August 21st
Perform 8-10 times
On Sunday morning, August 21st , One Achord will lead our Sing with German gospel choirs
morning worship service. They will present a number of musical Tour cultural and historical sites
pieces as well as an inspirational message.
Two-thirds of the spots have been filled for this tour. Sign up
Left behind For information see Pastor, click on “German Gospel Tour”
under “Events” on the homepage of the Wisconsin Conference
A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. “The man
website (wcucc.org) or contact:
named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city,”
he said, “but his wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of Fritz West
The boy asked, “What happened to the flea?” e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Supper Sink or swim?
Too busy? Too hot? Don’t want to cook? Come join us on People’s stories about
Saturday, August 13, 2011 from 5;00 to 7:30 for the Zwingli learning to swim often sound
Summer Supper. Bring the whole family and enjoy good
like this: “My dad tossed me
people, good food, and great fellowship!
into the water. I didn’t have
P.S. Zwingli ladies, the mailing for assistance with the supper a choice — I flailed around
has gone out. Please respond by mailing your postcard back to
until I found myself
But an elderly Christian tells a
Judy Busser, variation of this story: “Wanting to
Wormen’s Guild co-president teach me to swim, my father
threw me off the dock into the lake. I sank.” But then he goes
Friends of Zwingli, on: “So my father jumped in with me.”
Thank you for the letters, cards, prayers The storyteller’s wisdom shines in his application: “God doesn’t
and phone calls. I am home from Pleasant toss us into life and leave us alone to sink or swim. By sending
View Nursing Home now and doing the Jesus, God jumped right in with us to save us from death, hold
best I can. My family and everyone have us protectively and help us navigate life.”
been so helpful. Thank you all
Also thank you Rev. Balleine and Carolyn,
your visits and concern meant so much to
me. Late bloomers
I hope to see you soon. The pink crepe myrtle finally bloomed — two full months after
every other tree of its kind in the area and just as the changing
weather signaled the season’s end. Between the rocky soil, too
The family of Mitch Wagner much shade and not enough water, the tree was doing the best
would like to thank it could under the circumstances.
everyone for the cards, Sound familiar? Like that tree, we’re often “ ... afflicted in every
memorials, and kind words. way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair;
We appreciate your loving persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”
concern. (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, NRSV). At times, every-thing seems to go
against us. Nothing comes easily. Life is a struggle.
Tarea & Aiden Wagner
But in Christ, we are not undone. We can persevere. We can
Dan & Mary Kay Berry bloom, even under the harshest circumstances.
Let go! Taking the long way
Much attention is being paid to the heavy backpacks kids now It’s human nature to look for shortcuts. We want the quickest,
lug to school. My fifth-grader’s backpack weighs nearly 20 surest route to our destination. Delays, detours and dead ends
pounds — more than one-quarter of her body weight! are frustrating and discouraging.
This year I bought my kids backpacks with wheels to ease the Consider this: “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not
muscle strain. Problem solved? Wrong. They continue lugging lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that
the packs on their backs, and I keep reminding them to put the was nearer ... . God led the people by the roundabout way of
packs down and roll them. the wilderness toward the Red Sea” (Exodus 13:17-18, NRSV).
The Red Sea looked like a fatal wrong turn, but God was
I don’t understand it — or do I? We adults carry heavy burdens,
protecting the Israelites. He had a plan in place to lead them to
too. They pile up and weigh us down. The cumulative weight
the promised land.
can be crushing. But we don’t have to carry our troubles. Jesus
tells us to let him shoulder the load (see Matthew 11:28). Jesus When God seems to prefer delays and detours in your life,
already took away our biggest burden by dying on the cross. So keep in mind that the long way just might be better.
we can truly “Let go … and let God.”
Dear Mr. Baebler & Pastor Larry;
Who was Bartholomew?
The Green County 4-H Foods Committee
On August 24, the church remembers St. Bartholomew, who is
Thanks you for the use of your wonderful
listed among the disciples. Because Bartholomew is never
named in the book of John — while a follower named and spacious kitchen facilities on
Nathanael is mentioned only there — many scholars believe Thursday, July 7th. We had the perfect
Bartholomew and Nathanael were the same man. Further, arrangement for a wonderful learning
Bartholomew’s name is next to Philip’s in Matthew, Luke and experience for our food preservation
Mark, while in John, Philip introduces Nathanael to Jesus (who workshop!
says, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Our most sincere appreciation!
[John 1:47, NRSV].
Besides the Bible, Eusebius, the father of church history, is first
to mention Bartholomew. Eusebius reports that Bartholomew Pat Slister
gave a Hebrew translation of Matthew’s gospel to Christian
converts in India. Bartholomew also preached in Mesopotamia, Pam Burke
Persia, Egypt and Armenia, where he was killed. Tradition
holds that Bartholomew was either beheaded or flayed alive
and then crucified upside-down.
Taming the monsters From Our Church Records
Children know a lot about monsters. Although opinion varies on Wedding:
what the creatures look like, consensus exists on several David Indergand & Kimberly Schmid
points. Monsters lurk under the bed, are nocturnal, are June 11, 2011
frightening beyond reason and disappear in the presence of
I think kids might be onto something. You see, grown-ups have Anna Albrecht Parisi
their own “monsters” to face. They don’t match up with 11/10/50 – 5/17/11
childhood fears but can be just as terrifying. Ordinary problems
that seem manageable during the daytime can become Sylvia Schneeberger
monstrous at night. 12/15/19 – 6/29/11
When fear and worry rob us of sleep, we can tell them we’re in
no shape to deal with them. We can trust God to handle our Memorials:
concerns. He’s more than capable of dealing with the monsters In Memory of Shirley Baebler Designated to General Fund by
under every bed. family & friends
—Adapted from HomeTouch In memory of Don Avery Designated to Interfaith Hospitality
Family & Friends
Save me a pew Joan Dunbar
The world’s largest Protestant Christian congregation is Yoido
Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea. Since its founding in n memory of Sylvia Schneeberger Designated Interfaith
1958, the church has grown exponentially. By 1983, seven Hospitality Network by
Sunday services weren’t enough to accommodate all the Bob & Barb Getman
worshipers, so satellite churches were established. Walt & Eileen Aulthaus (undesignated)
The main church, located directly across from South Korea’s
National Assembly, can seat 26,000. But membership is so
large that people are told which week of the month they can Ultimate comfort
attend worship. What an incredible witness in a country where
only about 30 percent of the citizens are Christians! “For each of us, the time is surely coming when we shall have
nothing but God. Health and wealth and friends and hiding
What would it take for our church to have a similar “problem”? places will all be swept away. … To the man of pseudo faith,
And what can you do about it? that is a terrifying thought, but to real faith, it is one of the most
comforting thoughts the heart can entertain.”
August 7, 2011 Acolytes: Kristina Janisch & Kallista Baebler
Communion Greeters: Jim & Jeanne Gempeler
Ken & Patty Gempeler
Audio Recording: Dean Ferguson Special Music by One Achord
Child Care: Muff, Nicole & Kallista Baebler Head Usher: Clarence Pluss
Acolytes: Dylan Beckwith & Ashley Risley Ushers: Alton & Ruth Sherman, Hans & Nicole Sulzer, Dustin &
Greeters: DuWayne & Myra Fenner Sandy Trumpy
Jim & Cinda Field Refreshment Table
Special Music: Kay Freitag No Bulletin Sponsor
Head Usher: Clarence Pluss
Ushers: Consistory persons - Liz Rolph, Barb Pluss, August 28, 2011
Paul Risley, Jonathon Rupp, Nicole, Baebler,
Paul Rieder Audio Recording: Dean Ferguson
Preparing Communion Elements: Barb Pluss Child Care: Paul & Sue Rieder
No Refreshment Table: Why not join the Bunch to Lunch Acolytes: Brecklyn Klosterman & Derek Blum
Group; just meet at the east entrance of the church Greeters: Marian & Karen Gempeler
following worship. Dave Gietzel & Barb Duerst
Bulletin Sponsored in honor of Charles Workman’s 95th Special Music by Dave Gietzel
Birthday (8/10) Head Usher: Clarence Pluss
Ushers: Leroy Spring, Henry Waelchli, Buck & Margie Walls,
August 14, 2011 Heather & Hailey Wing
Audio Recording: Richard Weichmann No Bulletin Sponsor
Child Care: Carol Schultz & Linda Trumpy
Acolytes: Julia Gempeler & Andrew Yaun September 4, 2011
Greeters: Janet & Mary Field
Joan Flood & Eileen Althaus Audio Recording: Richard Weichmann
Special Music by Diane & Savannah Bettin Child Care: Beth Voegeli & Kathleen Grossen
Head Usher: Clarence Pluss Acolytes: Sandy Trumpy & Max Cruse
Ushers: Ken Risley, Paul Risley, Jonathon Rupp, Lauren Greeters: Bob & Barb Getman
Schilder, Ken Schlapbach, Glen Spring Gary & Denise Gilbertson
Refreshment Table: by Bruce, Kathy & Hannah Workman in Special Music by Rick & Paula Ritschard
Celebration of Charles Workman’s 95th Birthday. Head Usher: Clarence Pluss
No Bulletin Sponsor Ushers: Terry, Tim, Sheri, & Victoria Wichser,
Bruce & Hannah Workman
No Refreshment Table – Join the Bunch to Lunch
August 21, 2011 Bulletin Sponsor in loving memory of John C. Elmer and all
Audio Recording: Sue Sinnett loved ones by Virginia Mennicke
Child Care: JoAnn & Anna Cruse