FocusMonthly Newsletter of Zion Lutheran Church, Shawano, WI August 2012 Experiencingthe ELCANationalYouthGathering inNewOrleans!John Holtz, Abby Nead, Emily Brei, Meghan Hoﬀman, Lan-dan Holtz, Leigh Welander, Chris Holtz, and StephanieSwan gathered in the Zion parking lot Monday, July 16thto start their week-long Youth Gathering experience.
2012 Financial Update Thank you !!! June contributions were somewhat less than expected Dear Special Members of Zion, and expenses were higher so our General Fund bal- ance dropped about $6,000 to a level of $9,000. A I needed to write a special note to say Thank You slight drop in contributions is typical during the sum- for everything you have done to help me after my car mer months. Higher expenses were related to the accident. temporary increased need for guest pastors as well as There have been too many good deeds to mention the July National Youth Gathering. them all. Thank you so much for all the beautiful cards, wonderful well-wishes, and most importantly The first two weeks in July appear promising with all your prayers. I wish to thank the Prayer Shawl higher weekly contributions and lower expenses… so Ministry for the lovely purple prayer shawl. It has the financial picture appears to look pretty good with been used so often. the General Fund balance estimated to end the month I feel so blessed to be a member of the Zion Con- at about $8,000. gregation. Your kindness has helped me through some hard days, but with God’s help, I look forward Thank you, Zion members. We continue to appreci- to walking soon! ate your loyal support. ~ Noreen Christianson In Christ’s Service, Your Finance Committee: Scott Glysch, President Attention Expecting Parents! Renee’ Elertson, Vice President Gordon Holten, Treasurer Please remember to contact Leigh at the church office with information including your name, address, contact phone number, and due date of baby. This way we can be Zion Endowment Fund prepared for when the baby does arrive to “shower” you with some meals. 715-526- Grant ApplicaƟons 2017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Forms are available in the church oﬃce to apply for scholarship/grant funds. Zions Prayer Chain If you have a request for the Return completed forms by August 16 Prayer Chain, please call to the church oﬃce. Ginny Vraney (715-799-3507) or Incomplete or late applicaƟons Kathy Bruhn (715-745-6603) with your request.Pastor Sherven’s May 20th WorshipService is available on CD. There is a $3.00 charge.Call the church oﬃce or stop in during oﬃce hours to Theorder a copy. Parish RecordsNew Address! Pastor Peter Sherven 7517 Widgeon Way BapƟsm: Madison WI 53717 † July 22, 2012 Kenley LoueƩa Gwen Wilson Daughter of Roy D. & Lacey L. Wilson Sponsors: DusƟn D. Leach What happened to that bowl? Darcy J. Petersen It might be here at Zion! Anyone who has dishes left at Zion please stop by to pick Marriage: them up before the rummage sale or they † July 7, 2012 Melissa Gagner could be included in the rummage sale! & Bradley Moeller Please check the table downstairs for any Oﬃciate: Rev. Lisa Ubbelode dishes you may have left here. Thank you! Place: DePere, WI
From Your Parish Nurse... hot pepper, and 1 cup of cooking oilWell, summer is upon us. The heat, the vacations, the (seems like a lot of cooking oil) into akids, and for some, the gardens – we wait all winter blender. After blended, add to one gal-for the fun. With the gardens then, the little pests that lon of water. Strain the mixture beforechew on our beloved plants that we’ve started from pouring into a spray bottle to avoidseeds, or on the special plants we bought because they clogging. Try it on your plants.looked the healthiest on the shelf at the time of pur- For slugs: Take a small clean usedchase, are probably also upon us – or our plants any- empty margarine container and fill itway. with beer – no special kind. Press itWhen we think about the wonderful part of going out down close to the level of the dirtto our gardens and bringing the fresh garden produce where you suspect trouble and check itinto the kitchen, the thought of chemicals used on the out in the morning ! yuk, but it works.pests and our food can give a dim light to the whole They got a little tipsy….process. So I’m offering a few recipes for an organic And last, supposedly cloves kill bothersome flyingway to try to ward off those little critters and keep our insects. Cabbage worms dislike oregano and thyme.garden delights chemical-free, so to speak. Here are a You can use 1 part herbs to three parts of a filler, suchcouple remedies that may be worth trying. Let us as cornmeal. Mix together and use as a powder toknow if you have luck. apply on plants.For a spray, use 1½ tsp. Dawn per 1 quart water. Put Either way – enjoy your outdoor garden adventure.into a spray bottle and spray onto the leaves and Summer is passing along and we’re blessed with thestems. fun. Happy pest free gardening ! (We hope!)Also, this one might work. For one gallon of insecti-cide, put a few cloves of garlic, 1 small onion, a fresh Georgia Stapleton, RN Parish Nurse Thanks to those who have contacted Shawano County Public Health to make appointments for FREE car seat safety checks. The checks are provided monthly. Everyone in the community is invited. Certified car seat check staff perform the safety checks. To participate you will need the child that is to be transported in your vehicle and the car seat. Unfortunately 80% of car seats are either improperly installed or are the wrong seat for the child’s need. As a grandma transporting my grandkids, I was quite dismayed to learn about this! Here is an opportunity for a sound piece of mind when transporting our kids/grandkids in addition to providing their safety. The Public Health office can be contacted at 526-4808. Happy safe travelling! Health Ministry Dates At A Glance... North Central Blood Center Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. – Evening Exercise Class Blood Drive at Zion Fellowship Hall. New comers always welcome! August 20 ~ 3 - 7 pm No need to pre-register. Nancy Schultz, Exercise Leader Monday, August 6: Health Ministry Meeting 12 Noon Time reservation sign- up sheet at the Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 18 & 19: Blood Pressure Checks Information Desk Monday, August 20: North Central Blood Drive 3 - 7p.m or call the church office Thursdays, Aug. 9 & 23: In-Stitches 1:00 p.m., Commons 715-526-2017.
Gifts and Memorials July 2—15, 2012 Area gardeners have an opportunity to share their extra produce with those inBuilding Memorial Fund need this summer. We are all feelingBy: Bernadine Wendt the pinch of tighter budgets, and some In memory of Todd & Gehardt families are struggling to put food on Wendt the table. Share the Bounty is a hun-By: Bernard & Delores Paulson ger program which allows gardeners to In memory of Victor Lund and bring their excess produce to drop-off Hazel Paulson sites where it is distributed to familiesMissionary for a Day and individuals who can use it. ThereBy: Lois Kruse is no paper work. And recipients get healthy food and garden- In memory of Lawrence Kruse ers know their produce will not be wasted!Health Ministry Share the Bounty is coordinated through the Shawano Co. UW-By: Odena Kreklow Extension Office. Local drop-off sites: In memory of Erna FletcherBy: Sharon Erickson SAFPARC—218 E. Richmond Street In memory of Phil Erickson 9:00—11:30 am. Monday thru Friday.Youth - Camp Scholarships Lutheran Counseling & Family Services Thrift StoreBy: Ted & Mary Ann Rudie 2324 E. Richmond Street In memory of Victor Lund and 9:30 am—5:00 pm. Monday thru Thursday Hazel Paulson 9:30 am—6:00 pm FridayBy: Yvonne Wolf 9:30 am—3:00 pm Sat. In memory of Victor Lund and Hazel Paulson Goodwill Industries—300 Lakeland Road 9:00 am—9:00 pm. Monday thru SaturdayNational Youth Gathering 10:00 am—6:00 pm SundayBy: James YeakeyEndowment Quantities of produce both large andBy: Steve & Sandra Rhode small are accepted! We ask that it be reasonably clean and of good quality.Park Sound System Fund Boxes will be provided at the site.By: Ronald & Deiadra Cook In memory of Victor Lund Contact Linda Olson, UW-Extension Family Living Educator atUndesignated 715-526-6136 with any questions.By: Don & Marilee Eggert In memory of Erna FletcherBy: Herthal Larsen In memory of Ervin LarsenBy: Eugene & Eleanora Peterson In memory of Victor Lund and Hazel PaulsonBy: Bernard & Delores Paulson In honor of Pastor Sherven’s RetirementZLCW—Faith Circle and theJerusalem CemeteryBy: Wayne & Luann Tuma & family The 2012/2013 Sunday school year is just around the In memory of Donald & Betty Tuma corner and it is time to be gearing up for a fun year with all our Zion youth. Ascension Lutheran in Navarino We will be having a meeting for all teachers on is hosting “Thee Big Event” August 22 at 6pm. Please note this in your cal- August 25 ~ 9am—9pmMusical guests, speakers, food, kid’s games, endar and plan on attending. See you all then. & more! See flier on 4-sided display.
Thank You and Transitions Thank you for welcoming me into the faith community of Zion; I have felt your care and concern already as many have expressed their support and pray- ers as I work through family tragedy. I have also enjoyed the fellowship, deli- cious food and kind words of welcome both at the potluck following worship at Jerusalem and at the church picnic at the lake - wonderful opportunities to enjoy the gift of community our faith gives us. As I continue getting to know the community of Zion, I will be asking many questions in order to learn your reflections about life at Zion and also your hopes for the future. In order to help with this process, we will be setting up a Transition Team. I will work with this group to help get feed-back from you, the members as we ask together where God is leading Zions future minis- try. The transition team will help set up some meeting times for members to gather together to discuss the goals you would like to accomplish during this time of transition as you prepare for your future. The tran- sition team will report to the congregation council and together we will set our goals for the months ahead. This can be a very exciting time as the congregation opens itself to new possibilities for the future; this is a time for prayer and a time to imagine the things God can accomplish through the ministry of Zi- on. I realize this is a new and unknown process to all of you. Please ask questions so you will understand what is happening and so you can be involved in this important time in the life of your congregation. God has blessed Zion with many committed leaders and staff. I have also appreciated the volunteers who have jumped in to help me in leading worship and the various ministry that happen here. Together we can help people feel welcomed and we can joyfully celebrate together Gods living presence with us. Jesus is here and I see Jesus love and compassion in you. Thanks be to God! God’s Peace, Pastor GiseleYouth and Family dates at a glance: ♦ Rally Sunday is September 9 ♦ Kid’s Church begins September 9 during the 8am service ♦ Blessing of the Backpacks will be during the 10:30am service September 9 ♦ Teacher installation will be during the 10:30am service Sept 9 ♦ 3rd grade Bibles will be on September 16 during the 10:30am service ♦ 10th grade Confirmation class will begin September 12 ♦ KOZ after school program will begin September 12... .paperwork must be turned in! ♦ Acolyte training will be held on September 26 Please be watching your mail for details and times
New Books in Zion’s Library Dating Do-Over by Wendy Lawton is Book Four in the Real TV series. Bailey’s senior prom is just weeks away, and all she wants is a date. Her best friend Jenn is determined to change Bai- ley’s brainiac image so that her secret crush, Trevor, will finally notice her. Thanks to Luke, Jenn’s twin brother, Bailey finds herself on the hit reality show, Dating Do-Over, and gets much more than the date she wanted. When the hip producers get her whole school involved, Bailey is thrust into the spotlight while the cameras roll, she discovers the value of real friendship. TJ and the Time Stumblers, written by Bill Myers, is the story of TJ Finkelstein, Tuna and Herby. Join this unlikely trio as they stumble into one hilarious catastrophe after another while acci- dentally learning the importance of such core values as love, honesty, patience, and kindness. Lessons from a Sheep Dog - A True Story of Transforming Love by Phillip Keller is the story of those first tense weeks with Lass and allows us to see Lass’s dramatic transformation from a scrawny, enraged animal into the strong, vibrant worker she was bred to be. Lass learns the lessons of trust, obedience, faithfulness and discipline. A Social Statement on Criminal Justice Hearing the Cries: Faith and Criminal Justice The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is preparing a social statement that address- es issues in criminal justice. The 2013 Churchwide Assembly, it is anticipated, will consider the pro- posed social statement. Learn about the statements development and find resources for thinking about the issues on the ELCA website at www.elca.org. The ELCA released, Hearing the Cries: Faith and Criminal Justice, a study written by the Criminal Saturday, October 6 Justice Task Force. The study was created to invite Waypost Camp on Mission Lake, Hatley members of the church to engage in moral delibera- tion on this major social issue. The responses fromThis is a bike tour through the scenic countryside that sur- the study were used by the task force as they wroterounds the camp and supports a camping ministry that im- the draft social statement.pacts the faith lives of thousands! How to Get InvolvedCyclists of all ability levels can ride any one of the routes, Now that the Draft Social Statement on Criminalincluding 15-, 20-, or the 70-miles route (to celebrate the 70th Justice has been released, synods will be hold-Anniversary!). The finish line celebration will include a free ing hearings to receive feedback on the docu-Italian meal and the chance to swim in Mission Lake as youcool down! ment. Those who are not able to participate in a synodical hearing are invited to study the draft in a Visit crosswayscamps.org group and submit a form (available online) to for more information provide feedback to the task force. and to register. A copy is available in the church office.
Women of the ELCA Fall Retreat Zion’s Annual Rummage September 14—15 at Imago Dei Vil- donaƟons lage, Cloverleaf Lake Road, Clintonville. may be Cost depends on days of aƩendance, brought to meals, and lodging. A limited number of Zion’s scholarships are available (scholarship & fellowship applicaƟon deadline is August 15). hall thru Retreat registraƟon deadline is August 30th. Bake August 1st.RegistraƟon forms available at the InformaƟon Desk, inthe church oﬃce, via church email or downloadable Please scheduleonline at ecsw-women-of-the-elca/ecsw-women-of-the- your calendars to Rummage Saleelca.html. volunteer August 2 - 3 - 4 the week of July ● Thursday 8am - 4pm 30 - August 4 Oﬃce Hours ● Friday 8am - 4pm for set-up, pric- July 30—August 3 ● Saturday 8am - Noon ing, selling, and Monday thru Thursday Bake Sale - Aug 2 - 3 Direct any quesƟons 9:00—12:00 1:00—4:00 ● Thursday 8am - 4pm to Donna & Jerry Friday 9:00—12:00 ● Friday 8am - 4pm Milbauer. Debbie will be on vacaƟon!AUGUST FOCUSZION LUTHERAN CHURCH1254 SOUTH UNION STREETSHAWANO WI 54166-3461Address Service RequestedFOCUS is published monthly byZion Lutheran Church.1254 S. Union St., Shawano, WI 54166Rev. Gisele Berninghaus, Interim PastorLeigh Welander, Minister of Family LifeRev. Howard BuenƟng, VisitaƟonGeorgia Stapleton, Parish NurseDebbie Bernard, Admin. AssistantRev. James Sack, Missionary to Japan People of ZionPhone: 715-526-2017e-mail: email@example.com