Rhythm The Weekly Sunday, October 31, 2010 Welcome to all who have gathered today to experience the heart of God with us! If you Card, are a guest who has never completed a blue Guest Registration Card they are located in the pew racks in front of you. Please complete it and place it in the offering plate, or give it to an usher when leaving. Please join our congregation in fellowship between Altar flowers today services in Luther Hall for refreshments. If you are considering membership in our St. are given by the Aggas John family, you may meet with a membership counselor who is available in Luther family in honor of Hall today between services. Bill and Nancy Bradley’s 50th wedding anniversary. Clergy Appreciation Month! Please join us between services today to show apprecia- tion for Pastor Ray Scherbarth and Pastor Stephen Schilke, our Intentional Interim Pastors. We thank God for their faithful ministry among us. We also thank God for the many years of dedicated ser- vice by retired Pastors Charles Boerger and James Flem- Bill and Nancy Bradley ing, and for the continuing service of Pastor Glenn Sat- give thanks to our Lord telmeier, who assists St. John with shut-in visitation. for 50 years of marriage. There will be cake served today in Luther Hall in honor Thank you for of all of the pastors. Please stop by. all the cards, best wishes and prayers during Pastor Ap- preciation month. Your thoughts and prayers are a Please Help Keep St. John Updated!! great encouragement and support to us and our min- Our St. John website has a new link for your convenience, to do online update your istry among you. Your home address, your email address, and your phone number. continued prayers for us You can find the link under Church/Inside SJ/Change of Address. and the future of St. John are greatly appreciated. Pastor Ray Scherbarth & Special Congregation Meeting, Sunday, November 7, 2010 Pastor Steve Schilke There will be a special congregation meeting on Sunday, November 7th at 12:30 p.m. in the gym. The agenda will be the proposed 2010-11 Budget. We encour- Don't forget to bring your Mite Boxes next week! age all members to attend this meeting and be a part of the decisions and ongo- They are collected the first ing work of St. John. You are also invited to a budget discussion meeting in Lu- Sunday of every month, and ther Hall on Thursday, November 4th at 7:00 PM. these little boxes help spread the Gos- pel around the world. Please power down all cell phones and pagers. Thank you for your faithful- If you need assistance with hearing, ness in participating in this a large print bulletin, or a wheelchair, vital ministry! please see an usher. Lutheran High Northwest News Friday, November 19th LHNW Drama Presents ~ Works in Progress by Paul H. Johnson The Wyndgate Country Club – November 4, 5, and 6, at 7:00 p.m. Rochester Hills Buy your tickets at the door. $5 Adults/students, $3 Seniors/young children. Hors D’oeuvres and Silent Auction - 6:00PM LHNW website: www.lhnw.lhsa.com Phone: 248-852-6677 Dinner and Live Auction - 8:00PM Beer, wine and soft drinks included HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH!! Thanks be to Please join us for an evening of fellowship, food and fun to GOD….we are soo grateful for the generous benefit the children of St. John Lutheran School. Tickets are on hearts of ST. JOHN. We were able to raise sale now in the school office and in Luther Hall between around $350.00 for our trip to Mackinac Island in church services. Ticket prices are $75 per person from June. I would also like to say THANK YOU to now through November 7th. SHERI AMAN for her hard work behind the scenes….Thank you for your servant’s heart!! Gather a group of friends and reserve a table for up to 10 peo- ple! Reserved seating request forms are available at the ticket We met on Sunday night for some flag football but quickly sale table in Luther Hall. turned into 4 square…..The big winner that night was Ian WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION! Wellhousen. CONGRATS! We were blessed with GREAT time and conversation together. There are many ways you can participate in this year’s auction event, even if you are unable to attend! Please consider how you We will be taking one week off due to HALLOWEEN. Our might be able to contribute in one or more of the following ways: next meeting will be a service project at THE RAINBOW CONNECTION. We will meet from 5-7pm on November • Purchase a ticket(s) to the event! Invite your family and 7th at St. John and walk over. BRING YOUR RAKES and friends! we are in need of tarps. We will be doing some leaf clean- • Sponsor a teacher ticket. All St. John teachers receive a compli- up for this AMAZING organization. mentary ticket, and you have the opportunity to purchase a Melissa Hammett email@example.com 248-818-0861 ticket on their behalf. Details are available through the school office and at the ticket sale table on Sundays in Luther Hall. GROUP: 5-6th grade YOUTH GROUP We enjoyed a very sunny and • School families may contribute towards your classroom auction bustling day at Yates Cider Mill on October 17. The cinna- basket. Look for details from your classroom basket coordina- mon donuts with cider were delicious! We took a hike tor. along the river and had a moment of thanks to God for such • Donate an item, gift basket, or service. a beautiful day in a beautiful place. We had 8 children pre- sent in our group. Thanks to all the parents for bringing the • Make a cash donation. kids and thanks to all the kids for staying together! • Advertise a business in the program. We look forward to our next 5-6th Grade YOUTH meeting For questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org in the Art Room on Saturday, November 27, 1-3 pm. LET’S 248-402-8041 BUILD A FLOAT FOR THE ROCHESTER CHIRSTMAS 2010 Auction Committee: PARADE! Parents are invited to stay and participate. We Lisa Hill, Mary Osani, Kathleen Schmidt, Kim Vitu will be working on folding flowers and paper mache candy figurines. Please wear work clothes; it may get messy! PLEASE RSVP! email@example.com or SCHOOL BOOK FAIR 248-709-1865 The annual School Book Here is our chance to share with our community the real Fair will be held in the reason for the season-JESUS!!!!! Atrium November 1 – 5. 5-6th Grade YOUTH are also invited to our DECEMBER The theme is “Reading YOUTH GROUP activity. Join us December 19. We hope Saves the Day!” You are invited to browse during school to proudly carry on a tradition started by our 5th grade hours Monday – Thursday; Thursday evening, and Friday teacher, Mr. Pfund. Did you ever see the sign on his desk morning during parent-teacher conference times. There will that says JESUS? He made it by hand and we hope to make be a large variety of books for all ages, preschool through one of our own to keep or give as a gift. Meeting time and adults, including religious books. Remember, Christmas is place TBA. presents! coming, and books make wonderful presents Ten percent To God give the glory! of the profit will be sent to “Cows for Kenya”, a LCMS Carrie Brechtelsbauer and Suzanne Crandall World Relief effort. 3rd/4th Grade Youth Group What: Movie Night - Toy Story 3 Also, if you love seeing children and books come together, Where: St. John Church, Youth Room welcomed. all volunteers are gratefully welcomed If you would like to When: Saturday, November 13 6:45-9:00 help, talk to Pat Klein in the Media Center, e-mail her at Bring: snack to share firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Lucy Moerer at 248-652- RSVP: helpful, but not necessary 9458. Laura Gilbert email@example.com - 248-894-4090 Stephen Ministry Attendance & Financial Update… Care- Stephen Ministers Are Care-Givers, Offerings for the weeks of October 24 …… $23,508 Cure- God Is the Cure-Giver Attendance for the week of October 24 ….. 707 The role of a Stephen Minister is to RIGHT TO LIFE VOTING ENDORSEMENTS give care. They listen, empathize, en- The General Election is Tuesday, November 2. The Right to Life courage, pray, and provide emotional and spiritual support on of Michigan Political Action Committee has endorsed candi- a weekly basis to hurting people for as long as the need persists. dates at the federal, state and local levels. Before voting, gener- God works in and through them to bring hope and healing. If ate a personalized ballot with RLM-PAC endorsed candidates you are feeling lonely, experiencing a crisis, struggling through highlighted. To do so, go to www.rtl.org and click on 'Generate a difficult time, or simply find yourself stressed by everyday ProLife Ballot'. life, please contact Dcs. Linda at 248-402-8008 to learn more about Stephen Ministry. Our Stephen Ministers are ready to Sidewalk Prophets Concert care for you! The Dove Award Winning Sidewalk No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives Prophets are coming to the Worship Cen- in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12 ter at Faith Lutheran in Troy on Sun- day, November 21st, at 6:30pm. Funds INTERCHURCH WOMEN ~ Tomorrow morning St. from this concert will be donated to Gifts John will be hosting Interchurch Women of Greater For All God’s Children and St. Paul Com- Rochester. Registration and coffee will begin at 9 munity Lutheran Church (Pontiac). Mark am, our church reports at 9:30, followed by Deacon- your calendars for this great concert. Online tickets and further information available at ess Linda Nobili and Sue Wood's African program. www.GiftsForAllGodsChildren.org. A luncheon will follow the program. If possible, Sandy Irwin at the school office has a limited number of $15.00 please provide a salad for our buffet luncheon. We tickets for sale too! will also be collecting packaged food products for the Food Pantry. Church Extension Fund enjoys a rich tradition of consistent growth that now spans four genera- OWLS THANKSGIVING DINNER tions of Lutherans. Michigan’s Church Extension Fund is a ministry – a community of Lutheran OWLS who plan to attend the Thanksgiving Dinner on Friday, investors – that serves as the primary source of capital funding November 12 must be sure to make their reservations by call- for Lutheran churches and schools in Michigan. CEF provides ing Arnold Schilke at 248-672-4838 by the Monday, November affordable, low-interest loans for buying, building, expanding, 8th deadline. renovating and equipping churches and schools for the preach- The dinner meeting will begin at 12 o'clock noon. The entire ing and teaching of God’s word. Beyond this important work, meal will be provided, as well as the table service. A free will Michigan’s Church Extension Fund connects with its investors offering will be taken to cover the cost of food. Arnold Schilke by offering competitive savings and retirement options and more and Leah Hummel are the coordinators for this meeting. The through a host of financial investment products. ~ Bob Schafer program will include music selections by the St. John Choraliers, directed by Julie Espinoza. “Life Quote” Lutherans For Life St. John seniors enjoy this fellowship event very much. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! “Life Quote” from Lutherans for Life “We fight the good fight of faith knowing that God loves human life. We The Annual St. John Christmas Concert is coming know this because God became man, and for us fights the on Sunday December 12th at 4:00 P.M. The choirs Valiant One, whom God Himself elected. The Second Per- and instruments are preparing their praises, as son of the Holy Trinity took on our flesh, fought the devil once again we celebrate the birth of Christ in song in the wilderness, overcame temptation, died our death, and word. It is time for all who would like to sing in the Mass redeemed us from sin, and rose again from the grave. In Festival Choir to plan on the following three rehearsals: Him, everything is finished, everything is accomplished, Wednesday, December 1st and December 8th at 8:00-8:30, after Advent Services and Saturday December 11th at 9:00-12:00 in everything is paid for. In Him, the fight is already over, the choir room. Please feel free to contact me if you have ques- the victory already won. So rejoice, dear Christians! Satan tions. firstname.lastname@example.org Hope to see you on De- does not prevail. One little word has felled him!” cember 1st and 8th at 8:00 p.m. Dennis Haegele, Interim Direc- ~ Rev. Christopher Esget tor. (586)731-5580 If you have an extra vehicle you have been considering donating, please call Charity Motors, Inc. Car Donation Program and tell them you want to donate your vehicle and designate the proceeds to “St. John Lutheran Church”. You will receive a tax deduction while helping out your church! Call Charity Motors, Inc. at 313-933-4000. 2:30 PM GriefShare Meeting - Mary Martha Room Activities at St. John 6:30 PM International Bible Class - Scheduling Office Sunday 7:00 PM LifeLight - Mary Martha Room 9:15 AM Confirmation Class - Music Room 8:00 PM Bibles & Basketball - Gymnasium 9:30 AM Sunday School Wednesday 9:30 AM Bible Study - "This We Believe" - Concordia Hall 9:00 AM LifeLight - Concordia Hall 9:30 AM Bible Study - "Say Goodbye to Whining." - Gr 8 room 9:00 AM Women's Bible Study - Martin Luther Room 9:30 AM Just Me and Thee Bible Class - Mary Martha Room 1:00 PM Women's Bible Study - Church Library 9:30/11:00 AM Bible Study - "God Speaks to Pastors and to Us" 7:30 PM Senior Choir Rehearsal - Choir Rehearsal Room - Media Center Thursday 9:30/11:00 AM Bible Study - "Book of Job" - Room 100 10:00 AM Men's Small Group (Bates) - Chapel 9:30/11:00 AM Bible Study - "Anger/Worry" - Room 101 10:30 AM Men's Small Group (Fedototszkin) - Church Library 11:00 AM Abundant Life New Member Class - Concordia Hall 6:00 PM Jubilate Bell Choir Rehearsal - Choir Rehearsal Room Monday 7:00 PM Vestry Budget Presentation - Luther Hall 9:00 AM Interchurch Women of Rochester - Concordia Hall 8:00 PM AA - Concordia Hall 4:15 PM LifeLight - Church Library Friday *** NO SCHOOL*** 7:00 PM Elders Meeting - Martin Luther Room 9:00 AM ESL Class - Concordia Hall Tuesday Saturday 1:00 PM ESL Class - Concordia Hall 8:00 AM Bibles & Basketball - Gymnasium Project Compassion Ministries, Inc. A Grief Support Group meets weekly on Tuesday from 2:30 until 4:40 PM. Each Annual week we discuss a different aspect of the mourning process. If you are experienc- Harvest Festival of Music ing the pain of grief please consider our group. It is a place where you can be with “O Give Thanks” others who understand and care. Contact Linda Baroli if you have any ques- Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 4:00pm tions. cell 248-895-0310 home 248-650-4137 at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GATHERING!! "The Bridge" 1 TIM. 2:5 14175 Farmington Rd. Mackinac Island HERE WE COME! We are so blessed by the ability to attend the MICHI- Livonia, MI 48154 GAN YOUTH GATHERING!! The dates for this amazing event are June 26 - 29th. The cost Donations: is $349.00 pp which includes 3 nights lodging, ferry service, gathering t-shirts, 5 meals, lug- gage transfer and registration/activities. Thanks to the St John congregation our cost will be Adults $8.00 in advance/$10.00 at the door lower from the fund raising from our pancake breakfast. Seniors (62 and older) and students (under 25) $8.00 I will be hosting a parent information night on Nov 14th in the YOUTH ROOM from 6- 7.....We will be collecting $100.00 deposit for each child that would like to attend. I HOPE ∗ children under 12 free THE ROOM IS PACKED!!!!!! For more information call: Project Compassion Ministries Special guests will include Bob Lenz, Bill Yonkers, Anthony Creeden, Scott Giger, Swen & 1-313-897-7470 or 1-800-626-9622 Dean!!! To name just a few.......ALL GRADES 8th - 12th are able to attend. PRAISE GOD FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY!! Melissa Hammett 248-818-0861 email@example.com Prayers of the Church During the week of October 31-November 7, please include in your prayers... Hope & Healing: Donna Heuser, Jim Boldt, Tommy Schomaker, Eric Colon, Daniel Hofmeister, Beth McGaw, Daniel Schmidt, Audrey Radford, Christopher Chapman, Ken Cissell, Kevin Rafdal, Andrea Bierema, Marge Haber, Jim Ev- ans, Rev. Robert Koch, Larry Barton, Andrew Miller, John Mohr, Jerry Bantin, Jim Heins, Alasen (granddaughter of the Grockis), Dorothy, Dave, Debra, Adam and Ryan Jankovich, Harvey King, Sharon Barton, Gail Kunz, Stan Rae, Carly Jones, Amanda Runey, Teresa Storinsky, Sharon Hinds, Pat Hofmeister, Monica, Carol, Chase Bunting, Bill Schak, and Renee Katrubis. Hospital: Peter Harris and Patricia Burgess (mother of Shari Oleskie) Surgery: Surgery Judy Bradley Undergoing Cancer Treatment: Larry Garr, Alan, Tollie, Dave Milkey, David Weidenhofer, Christina Wilke, Mike Naylor, Mar- shall Strong, Don Niehaus, Barbara (sister of Katie Gibbs), Bonnie Davis, Albrecht Maier, David, Jim Wendler, Elaine Chapman, Sonny Heise, Shirley Taylor, Linda Roszak (in hospice care), Dorothy Filar, Nancy Hoard, Bob Hobson, Paul Schwan, Phillip Hemke, Gail Cramer, John, Roger Smith, Roger Miller, and Karen Allen. Bereavement: Family of Richard McIlvride centers: Deaconess Linda asks you to remember our homebound/nursing centers Henrietta Beale, Ella Beyerlein, Lillian Botkins, Sharon Brink, Margaret Cooper For Healthy Pregnancy: Lisa, Holly Simon, Alexandra (Snyder) Tillard, and Sheryl. Military Service: Collin Larkin, Tom Bahr, Michael Denton, Tyler Doebler, Karl Duerk, William F. Ford, Katie Garcia, Michael , Grover, Ryan Hudson, Alan Hurd, Matthew Landry, Jessica Mitchell, Lawrence Oberst, Michael Roggero, Terrence Sroufe, Pat- rick Taylor, Jason (grandson of Lou Bandemer), Jody, Michael Borst, Andrew Brown, Sam, Alex Carlos Guerra, Caryn Finch- Collier and all serving in the military. Other Petitions: For the Cookie Walk to bring glory to God. St. John Lutheran Church Vestry Minutes to Meeting #161 October 18, 2010 Subject to Approval at the Next Vestry Meeting The regular October Vestry Meeting was called to order at 7:09 p.m. by chair Dave Hofmeister. Present: Dave Hofmeister, Tom Meissner, Jan Brautnick, Arlan Hughes, Lisa Garr, Rob McGlone, Pam Peck, Jeff Schultz, newly elected vestry members John Berney and Dan McCallum, Pastor Steve Schilke, and Pastor Ray Scher- barth. Mark Hall arrived late. There were 18 guests signed in. Pam Peck opened with a devotion and prayer. The October Agenda was approved after adding School, Elders’, and Pastors’ reports to it. The September 20, 2010 meeting minutes were approved as presented. Dave referred to the Meeting Guidelines on the back of the agenda. Time was given for Member Input. Reports: Organ Committee Report – Bev Koch distributed two letters (attached) from Mr. Roch L. Morin of J.A. Hebert and Son, Assoc. including the three bids for a solid state control system for the organ, as well as the recommended bid for the Classic Organ Works system, its installation, and additional components needed to fix and update the organ. She also explained specific information regarding the findings of the committee. It was moved, seconded, and carried to authorize the Organ Committee to prepare communi- cation to the congregation about the needed replacement of the control system and the recommended up- grade of the organ’s capabilities. Care Giving/Outreach Report – Deaconess Linda Nobili gave a report on the African Mission trip. Infor- mation and a presentation for the congregation will be made available to the congregation soon. She also reported that we have lost a number of long time members through death in recent weeks. Neighborhood House and St. Paul in Pontiac both have overwhelming needs at this time and a donation from The Love for Others Fund was made to assist with their immediate needs. The Women’s Ministry will hold the Ad- vent Brunch on November 20th and the Cookie Walk on December 11th. The Abundant Life Class con- tinues and new members will be welcomed on November 21, 2010. It was reported that five people would like to revive the Alaska Mission and she will be discussing the possibility of this with them. Hy- giene items can be left at the bottom of the stairs outside room 100, and two donors have stepped forward to help keep the church nursery open. Her report is attached. Resource Manager’s Report – Bob Schafer reported that the MLT has discussed putting a plan in place to recognize called workers on special years of service anniversaries. They are taking this to the Elders to develop a plan. Bob distributed a possible change in policy 18.104.22.168 concerning Continuing Education Assistance. It was moved, supported, and carried to table this topic until the November Vestry Meeting. Bob also requested and was granted time at the next Congregation Meeting to give a presentation on in- vesting in the Church Extension Fund. His report is attached. School Report – Principal Gordon Kennedy reported that as of October 18th school enrollment was at 207. Area Lutheran churches without schools continue to be contacted about allowing their member children to attend St. John at a member rate. The faculty will be attending an in-service for area Lutheran Schools at Lutheran High North on October 22nd. Teachers will begin training in using the Smart Boards on Oc- tober 25th. October 20 is the earliest that the SEVIS program would advise if we were getting any inter- national students. The School Report is attached. Elders Report – Elder chair, Rob McGlone reported that the Elders will be doing a survey soon among members to receive input as to what they feel comprises “member in good standing” particularly in re- gard to holding an elected church office. It was suggested that Round Table discussions be held as well. He reported that the annual Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 12th at 4:00 p.m. only. Pastors’ Report – Pastor Scherbarth reported that local area pastors will be looking at the Brooksie Way Run and how it could be held without conflicting with church services in the Rochester area. Installation of all Elder, Foundation, and Vestry members will be on Sunday, October 24th at all services. He also stated that President Maier is committed to helping St. John and he will be happy to come back in the fu- ture. Over → Action Items Election of Vestry Officers - Following nominations, the following new Vestry officers were elected by ballot vote: Chair-Dan McCallum, Vice-chair- Mark Hall, Financial Officer- Tom Meissner, and Sec- retary- Dave Hofmeister. Foundation Governors Proposal – Dave Hofmeister read a proposal from the Foundation Governors suggesting amending the current By-Law of the St. John Lutheran Church and School Foundation Sec- tion V, Article B by increasing the number of Foundation members from six to seven. Questions arose including how this would affect replacing one third of the members each year. It was suggested that we ask for more detail and a plan from the Foundation as to how this change would be handled before the Vestry would take any action. Vestry 2010-11 Calendar – Dan McCallum distributed a proposed Vestry Calendar for the 2010-11 Pro- gram Year. The calendar was accepted, with the understanding that adjustments could be made as needed. (Calendar attached) Jan Brautnick will set up a devotion schedule for the monthly Vestry meetings. It was moved, supported, and carried to adjourn the regular meeting and move to Executive Session to discuss upcoming budget issues. The meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m. with prayer by Dave Hofmeister using the previously circulated In- tentional Prayer Ministry Request sheet. Janice Brautnick, outgoing secretary The Elders, having been charged with working with the congregation in clarifying the phrase “member in good standing” as used in the St. John Constitution, are seeking input and direction from the congregation. As such, we have developed the follow- ing question for your consideration: What attributes should a “member in good standing” possess and be considered by the nominations committee when re- viewing nominations for elected lay-leadership positions? Please fill out this questionnaire below and hand it to an Elder or drop it off in the church office. We will also have several forums with the congregation to consider this question, so keep an eye on the Rhythm for dates and times. The Elders What attributes should a “member in good standing” possess and be considered by the Nominations Committee when review- ing nominations for elected lay-leadership positions? The Elders, having been charged with working with the congregation in clarifying the phrase “member in good standing” as used in the St. John Constitution, are seeking input and direction from the congregation. As such, we have developed the follow- ing question for your consideration: What attributes should a “member in good standing” possess and be considered by the nominations committee when reviewing nominations for elected lay-leadership positions? Please fill out this questionnaire below and hand it to an Elder or drop it off in the church office. We will also have several forums with the congregation to consider this question, so keep an eye on the Rhythm for dates and times. The Elders What attributes should a “member in good standing” possess and be considered by the Nominations Committee when review- ing nominations for elected lay-leadership positions? The Elders, having been charged with working with the congregation in clarifying the phrase “member in good standing” as used in the St. John Constitution, are seeking input and direction from the congregation. As such, we have developed the follow- ing question for your consideration: What attributes should a “member in good standing” possess and be considered by the nominations committee when re- viewing nominations for elected lay-leadership positions? Please fill out this questionnaire below and hand it to an Elder or drop it off in the church office. We will also have several forums with the congregation to consider this question, so keep an eye on the Rhythm for dates and times. The Elders What attributes should a “member in good standing” possess and be considered by the Nominations Committee when review- ing nominations for elected lay-leadership positions?