July 2017 Newsletter
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800 South Division Street
June 27, 2017
You’ve heard of the Freshman
15, right? That’s the often joked about yet all-too-common case of people
putting on a good 15 pounds their first year off at college. For me it didn’t
stop there. By the time college, four years of seminary, and a couple years as a
pastor were over I’d added a good 60 pounds on to what I was in my high school
days. For years I talked about needing to get in shape, but without exhibiting
the discipline necessary, it didn’t happen.
Finally, I did start actually
doing something about it. Through diligence and persistence, I was able to shed
50 pounds in the span of six months. By being disciplined and focused on my
goals, I was able to achieve them. For a while.
Because I got lazy. I quit
the gym. I stopped being diligent in watching what I ate. Over the next couple
years I didn’t gain it all back, but well over half. When pants started getting
too tight to button a couple months ago, I had a choice to make. Buy bigger
pants, or get back on course. I chose the latter. I take little joy in actually
going out and running,
I know that if I want to be healthy, I have to. Self-discipline isn’t always
enjoyable, but it’s necessary. And, I admit, it’s still a work in progress.
What does this have to do
with church? Titus 2:11-12 says: “For the
grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,
training us to renounce ungodliness and
worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the
Christians, we all want to live God-pleasing lives. We all
want to be people whose faith is
strong and evident to those around us. But like personal health, it doesn’t
happen on its own. It requires discipline. It requires taking action and doing
the things that actually bring about that change. Like the body responds to diet
and exercise, faith needs to be properly fed and cared for if you want it to
grow and strengthen. That means feeding it with the Word of God both in worship
on Sundays and in personal devotion at home. It means making it a point to spend
time in prayer every day. And it means cutting down on the junk food and poison
of the soul, taking the steps to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions” so
that they don’t continue to damage your heart, which is the temple of God.
We take care of our bodies so
that we can do things like watch our children grow up and play with our
grandkids. God likewise calls us to be disciplined in tending to our faith so
that we can rejoice in the goodness of God both in this current age and in the
age to come. It isn’t always easy. For a lot of us it may not come naturally.
But God is with you. He will give you strength. And as you run your race, he
will bless you richly.
was held June 5-9, 9 AM – 12 Noon, Monday-Thursday in the morning with a Friday
evening session and closing ceremony with cake and ice cream.
At any given day there were 45 children in attendance.
The theme was “A Mighty Fortress.”
Our sincere thanks to Anna Schmidgall
for transforming the church into a Mighty Fortress,
complete with draw bridge. The
children learned about the The Battle of Jericho, Hezekiah’s Prayer and God’s
victory over Assyria, Josiah rediscovering the
Law of God, Palm Sunday and Easter.
Our thanks to the following:
Cherlyn McBride, Megan Meyer, Pastor, Sophia Schuler, Madison
McBride and Anna Schmidgall
Norris, Megan Rhoda, Tracy Schuler, Ben Rhoda, Paige Weber and Ann Meyer
Our thanks to
the following for their snack donations—Ann Meyer, Penny Reed,
Diane Brandt, Judy Rhoda, Janni Rhoda, Normalynne Bashford,
Ramona Schuler, Carol Koehl and Neta Erdman.
From Our Parish Nurse
Did You Know
who regularly attend worship services (at least once a week) have a 20 percent
reduced risk of death, regardless of whether they smoke, drink or exercise.
Those were the conclusions of a study of more than 92,000 women by researchers
at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and
attribute the findings to the emotional support and release from stress that
regular worship provides. I was glad when
they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord!” Psalm 122:1
by permission of Better Health
ew Newsletter Series ….
I am continuing to visit and interview members of our congregation and
those interviews appear again in this newsletter.
If you would rather not be interviewed, please tell me when I call you.
Brucker was born at the Fairbury Hospital
on March 7, 1936. She and Robert
were married June 21, 1959 at the church in the country.
She has been a member of our church since 1936 and was confirmed in 1950
and she has four children. She
likes that the people in our church visit with family when they are here.
In her free time she likes to play duplicate bridge, euchre, attend
garage sales and craft sales. Her
favorite childhood memory would be playing cops and robbers with Shirley [Taylor] Schuler on their ponies.
If she could talk to anyone it would be her mom and dad.
She would like to be remembered as a caring Christian person.
When she attended Confirmation Classes, her class had to memorize Bible
verses and she wishes she could remember those verses better.
When she was younger she wanted to be a school teacher and her first job
was teaching school at Gibson City Junior High.
People would be surprised she would like to learn to drive a semi and
learn to roller skate. Her parents,
Erma [her sister], and Franklin [her brother] are the people who have had the
greatest influence on her life. Her
favorite Bible verses are: Psalm
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of
the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy
staff they comfort me. And
16 For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
Brucker was born January 10, 1935 in
Lawndale Township at home.
Robert and Alma were married June 21, 1959.
Robert along with Jim Reeser and Bill Barrett were confirmed May 25,
1959. He has four children and has
been a member of our church since 1959.
He likes that our church is close to his house, he just goes with the
flow. His favorite way to spend his
free time is to play tennis, shoot pool and drive out to the farm.
As a teenager he loved to play football.
If he could talk to anyone it would be his dad and mom.
He would like to be remembered as pleasant and easy to get along with.
He wishes he were a better speaker and when he was younger he wanted to
be an engineer. His first job was
baling hay and he feels his dad had the greatest influence on his life.
Beitz was born December 17, 1947 at
home in Clarksburg.
She and Norman were married February 23, 1964 and they have four
children. Shirley was confirmed in
1964 and has been a member of our church since 1967.
She and Norman agree on what they like most about our church is that we
follow the teachings of the Bible and what Jesus commanded his disciples to do,
we study the Bible and follow the creeds.
Shirley likes to ride along with Norman when he drives
around. Her favorite childhood
memory would be going to the log cabin in the woods of her grandparents.
If she could talk to anyone it would be Norman’s sister, Rosemary
O’Donell, and her mom and dad. She
would like to be remembered as a great grandmother.
When she was younger she wanted to be an ice skater.
Her first job was babysitting at a very young age.
Her grandparents had the greatest influence on her life.
She and Norman share a favorite quote, “Do unto others as you want them
to do unto you.”
Beitz was born April 9, 1945 at home
in Stewardson. He and Shirley were
married February 23, 1964 and they have four children.
Norman went to
Trinity Lutheran School
at Stewardson and was in Confirmation Class with eight others every day while he
was in 7th and 8th grades.
He was confirmed in 1959. He
and Shirley agree on what they like most about our church is that we follow the
teachings of the Bible and what Jesus commanded his disciples to do, we study
the Bible and follow the creeds.
Norman’s favorite way to spend his free time is to just
drive; and he loves to hunt. His
favorite childhood memory is at Christmastime at his grandmother’s house, his
grandmother would put all seventeen grandchildren on the stair steps and they
would sing Christmas carols. If he
could talk to anyone it would be his mom and dad.
He would like to be remembered as a herdsman and a dairy farmer.
He wishes he were a better Christian.
When he was younger he wanted to farm the home place and his first job
was working for another farmer up the road from where he grew up.
People would be surprised if he sat at home and did nothing.
He feels Mr. Andrew Komaracheck, a grade school teacher for all eight
grades at Trinity
School, had the greatest influence on his life.
Norman and Shirley share a
favorite quote, “Do unto others as you want them to do unto you.”
Seeman was born at St. Mary’s
Hospital in Streator July 9, 1942 and went on Saturdays from fifth grade through
eighth grade for Confirmation classes.
She was confirmed with fourteen others in her class in 1956 at St. John’s Lutheran
Church in Flanagan.
Janet and Roger were married September 15, 1962 and they have three
children. She has been a member of
our church since July 2002. She
doesn’t care for a lot of the hymns that we sing and wishes that we sang more
familiar ones. Her favorite way to
spend her free time is to swim at MCO in
One of her favorite childhood memories was playing with the neighborhood
children in Flanagan. If she could
talk to anyone, it would be her dad.
She wishes she had better health and when she was younger she wanted to
be a nurse. Her first job was
waitressing at a restaurant in Flanagan.
Her fourth grade teacher, Miss Cavanaugh and her eighth grade teacher,
Miss Triplett had the greatest influence on her life.
Her favorite saying is “Never say never.”
born at the Fairbury
Hospital on January 23,
1939. Roger and Janet were married
September 15, 1962 and have three children.
He has been a member of our church since July 2002.
Roger was confirmed in the church in country in 1952 by Pastor Skibbe
along with Dallas Wendling, Colleen Rhoda, Marcia Jones and Ronnie Winterland
after going for two years on Saturdays.
His favorite way to spend his free time is going to
Florida and he used to play volleyball and pickle ball in
he could talk to anyone it would be his mom.
He wishes he could see better.
All he ever knew was farming, so that is what he wanted to be.
His first job was farm chores.