“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give them eternal life.” John 10:27 SHEPHERD’S VOICE Volume 35, Issue 6 July / August 2010 Published Monthly Hey Kids - come to Vacation Bible School Rev. Mike Iannelli Pastor featuring “Planet Zoom” 763-425-3879 email@example.com the coolest place to hang out this summer…. Barb Seeger Administrative Assistant 763-425-5941 firstname.lastname@example.org Renee Mosolf Administrative Assistant 763-425-5941 email@example.com Shepherd’s Care Childcare 763-493-3626 firstname.lastname@example.org At Planet Zoom, children learn how little is big—just like each little Jane Tyson bee has a job to do to help build up the hive. Planet Zoom teaches Co-Director 763-424-5932 kids that because Jesus died and rose again for them, they can play a email@example.com big role in God’s kingdom by sharing his love. Susanne Herrlin What: Vacation Bible School featuring Planet Zoom ! Co-Director 763-425-1493 Where: Shepherd of the Grove Lutheran Church firstname.lastname@example.org Date: July 26,27,28 2010 When: 9:00 am to 11:30 am Shepherd’s Prayer Chain Fill out a registration form or call to register today! 763-425-5941 email@example.com 763.425.5941 Prepare yourself for a swarmin’ good time! Marilyn Lodoen Stephen Ministry 763-420-9763 SUMMER WORSHIP SCHEDULE firstname.lastname@example.org 8:00 am – Traditional Service Shepherd Web Site www.sotg.org 9:15 am –Education Hour 10:30 am – Contemporary Service 1 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give them eternal life.” John 10:27 Blessed Greetings A long journey is coming to an end. We at Shepherd have been praying for Elise Daues for over 3 years and some of you may not know Elise and have quietly wondered why she is always in our prayers??? Well, Elise and her family have supported Shepherd with their prayers and have even contributed to our ministry in many ways. Elise and her husband Ken are our great friends from St. Louis. Some of you may remember Ken even helped us move from Janesville to Maple Grove. Both Ken and Elise have worshipped with us and many of you have read Elise’s emails. I even read a few as sermon illustrations. But, to make a long story short.... here is Elise’s final chapter. Please read though it and gleam the gems of Truth that she has so gently laid out for all to see. As you read, remember that death is not final, for the Christian it is a doorway. On one side, the effects of the curse must be endured, on the other side.... no more curse, what awaits us is a new beginning. Christ made sure of that and His resurrection proves that death is not the final chapter. As Moses was preparing Joshua to lead the Israelites into the Promise Land, he gave him some advice. Moses said, “The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” (Deuteronomy 31:8). When you read Elise’s final chapter, you will realize that she is preparing us for when it is our time to cross over into the Promised Land. Please keep Elise and her family in your prayers as she prepares for her last breath on this side of eternity and her first breath in the throne room of our God. Because of Jesus. In Him, Pastor Mike 2 From: Elise Daues Sent: Saturday, June 12, 2010 12:40 PM To: all my beloved family and friends: Subject: Final Chapter - A Journey of Love To all of my beloved family and friends ~ Of ALL the updates I have sent you, this by far is the most important. With one last request, please honor me by reading it all the way through. The update I had hoped would never need to be sent is upon me. News from the oncologist Thursday is that there is no longer anything (medically) that can be done for me now. My body has been so incredibly weakened by the years of chemo and radiation that it just cannot handle any more. Although no doctor likes to be pinned down on this type of thing (understandably), they feel I have no more than 3 months. In 2010, when we lost hold of any chemo drug that would continue to hold the cancer "at bay", we have found the cancer to be very aggressive (i.e. breast, brain tumor, expansion in liver, now in pancreas...in addition to the myriad of places it already was). Monday we will meet with hospice folks through St. Anthony's. Marissa came home yesterday, and Justin is on his way home today. We have (hopefully) been sensitive with each of them, attempting to exert zero pressure, yet lovingly talking through what options are there for them with regards to how/where they spend their next days/weeks, as they both were enrolled in summer classes (Cape and MO State). This cancer journey has been so much more than dealing with pain and meds. Has it been difficult? Surely. Has it been challenging? Yes. But I refuse to complain. The answer to questions like, "Why didn't the meds work?" or, "When did the cancer start?" may be hard to answer, but the answer to, "How can she not complain?" is a very easy one. Because my entire life has been a journey of love....cancer and all. When I look back over my lifetime, I see the hand of God everywhere. Mercy and grace abundant, situations that I can only say could exist but by the divine plan of God. I have been "journaling" since early on in my cancer journey. It's the first time I ever took the time to record snips of my life. Until I started doing that, I did not clearly see how present God was in my life! Once my eyes were opened, I was then able to take a step back and look at the larger picture of my life from childhood on, and it was quite humbling to see that God has been obviously there all along...I just didn't realize it. We were disappointed to find out Thursday (prior to our appointment) that not only was my oncology nurse on vacation that week, but my oncologist was out-of-town dealing with a family emergency. Since April 2007, I have never had a visit where both were gone at the same time! This resulted in us receiving the terminal news from an unknown doctor and nurse. I could not believe, of all the visits I have made to that office, this ONE time the doctor and nurse I had bonded so deeply with, loved and respect, were absent! Yet on the way home I had to smile, as I realized how much incredibly harder it would've been to hear the news from them, as surely everyone would have been in a flood of tears and it would've been a highly- charged emotional scene, causing distraction to the other patients and staff there. At this time I want to thank EACH of you for being prayer warriors on our behalf, as well as many other things. Many of you provided dinners, care on bad days, lovely supportive calls and cards, been my chemo partner, provided transportation, loved-filled cookies, Christian 3 fellowship and above all.....LOVE. My entire family and I would like to take this moment to thank you from the depth of our hearts for your gracious love and care. Because of our love for you, I am compelled to ask you (if you are not a Christian) to open your hearts and minds to the love of God and the gift of eternity offered through His son Jesus Christ. There is only one way to heaven. It is through Jesus Christ. My life as we know it is coming to an end on this earth. But I have such peace and joy knowing without doubt that soon I will be reunited with my loving parents and all other loved ones who have gone before me; I will experience complete healing of body; and most importantly I will finally meet my Maker. The tears you see in my eyes have nothing to do with fearfulness or despair, they are strictly related to the heartache of realizing my role as wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, etc. is coming to a conclusion, and my dreams of holding my grandchildren hostage from my kids won't be fulfilled. : ) But to offset that, all I have to do is think of the lifetime of love and blessings I have received from God since I took my first breath, and I immediately think, "Who could complain?" I can't, and I won't. In my heart I have great consolation knowing I have done everything possible on my end to give the treatments as much chance for success as possible, and that whatever I had to offer as a mother has already been gifted to Justin and Marissa as they are now adults. In closing, I ask that no one be discouraged in light of our news. If you are, please go outside and smell the flowers, go hug your spouse or watch your children run across the yard. Real blessings, present always. Drink them in with deep thankfulness. It's times like this that often people will question the value of prayer. Don't doubt - God hears and responds to all prayers. We just need to remember that our will may not be His will. I know that God could still heal me at the 11th hour! He has that power and strength! But I also know that it is not His plan to heal everyone....for if that happened, there would be no need for faith. I do not anticipate sending any additional updates out, and my time on the pc will dwindle. But don't for a moment think that just because I am no longer communicating with you that we have lost thoughts of you and love for you, as those are deeply embedded in our hearts and will always be there. All of my love and thanks, Elise Final quotes - and lucky you - today you get two! : ) "God does not send people to hell. He simply honors their choice." Max Lucado "Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened!" Dr. Seuss (I hesitated to send the Seuss quote because once my last breath is taken, my true living will begin so it's not "over". But I think the point of this quote is beautiful....don't focus on the moment's loss, rather focus on the lifetime of joy) 4 Nature’s Notes Minnesota’s State Flower “Showy Lady’s Slipper” The State of Minnesota certainly hit a home run when the Showy Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium reginae) was chosen as our State Flower. Sometimes this orchid might be referred to as the Pink and White Lady’s Slipper but I prefer the more accurate name “Showy”. This orchid will grow in all parts of Minnesota except for in the South Western part of the state. It is one of our tallest orchids standing up to 3 feet tall. However that does not necessarily make it the easiest to find. They grow in deep moist woods, swamps, bogs etc. which are also home to the little pests known as mosquitoes and wood ticks. But that never deters me as every year I spend some time searching out this beautiful orchid always looking for a different image than what is already in my stock file. Like many orchids it may take up to 10-12 years for it to show the first flower. All native orchids are protected species, which makes it against the law to dig up unless you have a special permit from the state. Many times you may find this orchid along some of the roadside ditches especially in central and northern Minnesota. But one of the best places to easily see this beautiful orchid is at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Just go in the wildflower garden and you will find them. However, with the warm spring they may be past peak by the time you read this article. Their peak blooming time is generally from the middle of June to the first week of July, so keep those dates in mind for next year. This image was taken at a Scientific and Natural Area in Northern Minnesota close to Itasca St. Pk. This is one of my favorite places to photograph this orchid; it is a spruce-tamarack bog and the perfect environment for not only this orchid but many others. In taking this image, my goal was to show that environment. This image is one of my personal favorites. In Him John Pennoyer www.impressionsofnature.net 5 Hey Present/Past Youth Groups! As I attended Church one morning, I walked into the youth room and walked away in disgust, you all know what I am talking about. The orange carpet, the dark ceilings, multi-colored wall paint, poor quality furniture and the list goes on and on. So… I decided WE can make some change, sooner than later! A Youth Group MAKEOVER!!! I spoke with Pastor, who said we have a few funds we can start with, and then we as a group can fundraise for additional needed funds. I have a million thoughts running through my mind, so please bare with me and I hope you want to help! This project can be completed soon, by August, if we all pitch in a few hours. God has given each of us talent and I know we can use our specific gifts to make this youth room new and fun! First, I am planning on calling a few local churches to set up times to walk through and get ideas from their youth rooms. If anyone would like to join me, let me know! Second, we need to devise a remodel plan. What will this room include? What type of carpet, what color paint, what type of furniture, tv, games, do we include a coffee shop? Etc. Third, we need to begin gutting the entire youth room. Getting rid of the carpet, ripping out the wall of cabinets, and removing all the furniture etc. Forth, we need to fundraise. Off the top of my head I thought car wash, but I know there are a million other things we can do! Fifth, we go shopping! (The ladies will love this!) We buy everything new!!! Sixth, we begin the reconstruction. Seventh, we finish and dedicate the room to the past, present and future youth of Shepherd of the Grove. If you are interested, please respond! I am eager to begin, the sooner we begin, and the faster we finish. It will be a great experience, a good volunteer project and an opportunity for all of us to give glory to God as we serve the youth of our Church! We need your ideas! We need your help! And we need your enthusiasm! I am excited. Facebook me, or call/text me @ (763) 213-3050 I look forward to working with any and all of you! In Christ, Brandee Iannelli 6 Within Our Flock If your birthday/anniversary is missing or incorrect, please contact Renee at the church office so we can update our church records. July Birthdays: August Birthdays: Sue Meyer July 2 LeAnne Adrian August 2 Caleb LaRue August 15 Alexis Epperly July 5 Lee Jordan August 5 Joyce Nistler August 18 Donna Noetzelman July 5 Derek Mosolf August 6 Aislinn Anderson August 19 Kent Casperson July 10 Logan Jackson August 9 Matt Mosolf August 20 Brian Anderson July 12 Adaku O’kafor August 9 Joseph LaRue August 21 Ryan Koch July 12 Judy Bierbrauer August 11 Zach Lehman August 22 Kelly Gilbert July 20 Grace Kackman August 11 John Roles August 25 Mia Weslander July 21 Mike Lehman August 11 Shirley Mingus August 27 Ruth Haines July 23 Alyssa Klindworth August 13 Lou Grams August 28 Amy Corona July 26 David Meyer August 13 Brandee Iannelli August 29 Katie Painter July 26 Michaela Feist August 14 Karen Hiles August 31 Jordan Ledin July 28 Adrian Helgeson August 14 Alexis Harcey July 31 Crystal Iannelli July 31 August Anniversaries: July Anniversaries: Pastor Mike & Carol Iannelli August 2 24 years Susanne & Kevin Herrlin July 3 30 years Tracy & Kathy Wolf August 12 33 years Alan & Angie Johnson July 6 9 years Kay & Jim Manning August 18 26 years Roger & Rhonda Koch July 6 36 years Sarah & Terry Jewell August 19 5 years Nathan & Julie Pratt July 23 5 years Jackie & Jim Heintz August 21 20 years Dave & Diane Margenau July 27 42 years Larry & Flo Kackman August 24 53 years Bonnie & Allan Klindworth July 30 27 years Randy & Jane Tyson August 24 35 years Bob & Marie Reinke August 28 62 years BAPTIZED AT OUR ALTAR Addison Rose Jackson MAY OFFERINGS & TUITION YEAR TO DATE daughter of Zach & Amanda Jackson Contributions $45,948.28 Contributions $211,896.95 Sunday, June 20, 2010 Expenditures $44,231.95 Expenditures $207,056.27 $ 1,716.33 $ 4,840.68 SHEPHERD’S CARE ENROLLMENT MARRIED AT OUR ALTAR Zach & Sarah (Birkeland) Tyson Mar Apr May Saturday, June 19, 2010 Infants 1 2 2 Toddlers 8 10 11 Preschool 19 23 23 Jeff & Heidi (Craft) Lundholm Total 28 35 36 Saturday, June 27, 2010 7 **Just a reminder!!** Parish Life’s upcoming event… Lemon-Lime in the Summertime!! It’s time for SOTG’s church picnic! Sunday, July 11th (following 2nd service) Bring your own meat to grill and a dish to share! Beverages and condiments will be provided. Bring your family & friends!! Join us for some great food & fellowship! Coming in August… SOTG’s Annual Golf Outing!! Saturday, Aug. 14th Mark your calendar and watch the bulletin for more details as the date approaches! You won’t want to miss it!! Sponsored by the Parish Life Committee. 8 Attention Ladies! **Last chance to order your tickets for the 2010 conference! I have 22 ladies registered to attend the conference! Check your calendars and call to reserve your spot today! We’d love to have you join us! ** Women of Faith’s Over the Top Weekend WHAT: Over the Top 2010 Conference WHEN: Friday, Oct. 22 10:00AM – 3:30PM 7:00PM – 9:30PM Saturday, Oct. 23 9:00AM – 4:00PM WHERE: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN COST: $69.00 Upper Level (Price includes 2 full days & 2 box lunches!) SPEAKERS & GUESTS: Patsy Clairmont, Marilyn Meberg, Sandi Patty, Anita Renfroe, Lisa Welchel, Nicole Johnson, Andy Andrews, Mandisa, and Mary Beth & Steven Curtis Chapman. **Please call Rhonda Koch (763-559-9010) by August 1st! 9 Shepherd’s Softball MITE BOX SUNDAY Schedule! July 18th Wear your blue and come out to support out Lutheran Women’s Missionary League team! All games played on Sundays at Maple Grove Junior High School, 7000 Hemlock Ln N. LWML MEETING Tuesday, July 27, 6:30 pm July 11 6:00p Field 3 July 18 6:00p Field 1 Serve The Lord With Gladness July 25 6:00p Field 2 7:05p Field 3 SONSHINE CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATES! MUSIC FESTIVAL HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE Kayla Epperly Ashley Epperly This is a Christian music From Osseo Senior High U of M Duluth with BS in Math festival in Willmar, MN Teaching in Mankato from July 16-18. This Crystal Iannelli From Maple Grove Senior High Merrilee Nathe event is open to those To Avada Cosmotology School Augsburg College with BA in who have completed the Communication Studies eighth grade. Younger students may attend if Alyssa Klindworth Jane Tyson accompanied by a From Maple Grove Senior High Ashford University, Clinton IA To Arizona State with BA in Organizational Mgmt parent. Tickets are $85 for the full event plus Zach Tyson $10 premium Eli Broad College of Business camping/shower pass. Michigan State University Call Randy Tyson 763- with BA in Accounting 424-5932 for ticket Calvin Zimmermon information. See Concordia University, St. Paul sonshinefestival.com for with BS in Finance artists schedule. Working for Ameriprise Financial Shepherd’s Prayer COME WORK IN OUR BEAUTIFUL CHILDCARE CENTER! Shepherd’s Care is looking for Rule 3 qualified infant teacher and preschool teachers for the fall. Please call Jane or Susanne at 763- 493-3623. 10 SERVING JULY 2010 ALTAR GUILD: 4 Group 4 - Barb Seeger, Pauline Foley, Pam Tatro Communion Sun. 11 Group 5 - Arlene Meyer, Alma Christenson, Suzanne Kinnear, Kathy Anderson 8:00a – 1st & 3rd 18 Group 5 10:30a – 2nd & 4th 25 Group 1 - Renee Mosolf, Carol Iannelli, Shirley Mingus, Amy Corona 8:00 am 10:30 am GREETERS: 4 Glenn & Judy Bierbrauer OPEN 11 Barb Augustin OPEN 18 Pauline Foley & Ruth Haines Chuck & Pam Tatro 25 Bev Fricke Robin, Brittney & Brianna Davis SCRIPTURE 4 Kathy Wolf Praise Team READERS: 11 Rhonda Koch Praise Team 18 Judy Lau Praise Team 25 OPEN Praise Team CHILDREN’S 4 XX OPEN CHAT: 18 XX Robin Davis SOUND: 4 Randy Tyson David Breutzmann 11 John Pennoyer Lawrence Hiles 18 John Pennoyer OPEN 25 OPEN OPEN PROJECTOR: 4 OPEN Mary Gaster 11 OPEN Renee Mosolf 18 OPEN OPEN 25 OPEN OPEN ELDER: 4 John Pennoyer, Kent Casperson OPEN 11 John Pennoyer Mike LaRue 18 Kent Casperson OPEN 25 OPEN OPEN USHERS: 8:00a Group 2E Maynard Noetzelman, Ken Grams, Web Webster, Bob Reinke 10:30a Group 2L Lorry Hedlund, Terry Hedlund, Chuck Tatro, Cindy Dreier 11 Join the fun and meet new friends at Planet Zoom … Vacation Bible School July 26, 27, & 28, 2010 9:00 – 11:30 am Open to all children preschool through 4th grade Kids grow in faith as they ZIP into VBS and ZAP into God’s Word. They help each other learn with memorable activities, confess that they BELIEVE in Jesus, our Savior, and then ZOOM out to share Jesus’ love in the world. Planet Zoom gives kids many opportunities to participate, lead, and tell others about Jesus. Name______________________________________________________ 12 Age______ Birthday _____________ Grade this fall ____________ Address____________________________________________________ Shepherd of the Grove Lutheran Church City______________________________________ Zip____________ Best way to reach you: 11875 West Eagle Lake Drive Phone number_______________________________________ OR Maple Grove, MN 55369 Cell number ________________________________________________ and Childcare Center Email address_______________________________________________ Emergency Contact – Name and Phone Number ______________________________________________________ Food Allergy yes ___ no ___ List __________________________ Shepherd of the Grove Lutheran Church 11875 West Eagle Lake Drive Maple Grove, MN 55369 763.425.5941 A $5.00 donation would greatly “bee” appreciated!