May 2019 Newsletter

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PASTOR'S MAY ARTICLE

I’ve been enjoying deepening my faith

through meditation using an app on my

phone called “Bible Coloring.” It highlights

key verses of scripture throughout the Bible

and has you color a picture associated with

each of the verses. I’ve found it a really

meaningful way to reflect on some important

scripture verses. This week I have found

myself thinking a lot about the Tower of

Babel story from Genesis 11:

4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a

city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and

let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we

shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” 5 The Lord came down to see

the city and the tower, which mortals had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Look, they are one

people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will

do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go

down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s

speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth and

they left off building the city. 9 Therefore it was called Babel, because there the Lord

confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad

over the face of all the earth."

At first it seems almost unfair what God is doing. Why wouldn’t God want God’s

people to succeed? Why wouldn’t God want God’s people to be the best that they can

be? Why would God purposefully and intentionally thwart our mission?

I think the key phrase to pay attention to is when the people decide to make their

giant tower, they do it “to make a name” for themselves (Gen 11:4). Christians should


never be acting in ways that are puffing themselves up or building up their own

reputations, their actions should always be to the glory of God; making a name for God

and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

And when we are doing ministry in the name of God, we usually can tell. God

sends us signs and encouragement in ways big and small that help us to know that we

are on the right path. But when we stray and decide to do it how we think instead of

how God wants God will always throw a wrench in our plans. If something is not

working out the way we want or going the way we think it should, it is important to

remember that what we want is not the same as what God wants. And maybe in those

moments, like the tower of Babel, God is stifling our mission and our endeavors because

they are not what we should be doing in the first place. It is a hard practice, but even in

the midst of failure, decay or nonsuccess, we should learn to accept that what we

wanted so dearly might not be what God wants. Thus, God is working to redirect us and

set us on the right path, the path that will glorify God’s name and bring God’s Kingdom

to the entire world.

So think about the towers you are building in your lives. Where are the places where

you are reaching higher and higher without concern for those who are being left down

below? How are you pushing to be better without recognizing that everything you have

is because of the grace of God and not of your own doing? Who are you excluding when

perfection, reputation and control become the idols in your lives?

So I invite you to humble yourselves and come down from your towers. Come down

and enjoy looking up to God and beside you towards your neighbors. That is where the

view is the greatest and the love is the strongest. And you will find rest when you

realize it is not all up to you and everything does not depend on you. You’ll find relief

when you realize the push and pull to be better, bigger, faster, stronger, richer and

more successful are nothing more than false idols. And you will discover that true

greatness is a man who humbled himself upon a cross, giving up his tower and his glory

for our sake. If he can fall so far to show his love for us, maybe we can come down to

earth too, to show our love for God and for our neighbors with humility, grace and

respect.

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Alleluia! Jesus is risen!

Also, it is spring! Spring is a perfect

time to renew and grow in our faith.

We celebrate the resurrection of

Jesus and of all that God has

made. This year, so far, I have

issued a challenge each month

that will help you become more

missional, that is spread the love of

Jesus around to those you might

not normally.

By inviting friends and family to our

worship or events, by blessing three people each week, by eating a meal with three

people each week, and by taking time each week to sit and listen for the Holy Spirit. To

make these have even more impact, it is important that we KNOW about Jesus’ life. It

is hard to try to walk the path of someone if you haven’t studied where they have been.

I found that while I was writing my sermon in April, that I knew the story, but there was

a LOT I had missed and really needed to LEARN much more. So I studied the verses, I

researched them, I read what other pastors had to say. It is amazing what you can

learn about these passages that we have become so use to hearing. Now I am not

saying you need to do that with with this challenge, that would be a lot, but I will

challenge you to read the gospels in depth.

There are many tools out there you can use. Devotionals, mobile apps (I like

YouVersion), Study bibles, Google, etc. Find one that works for you! Your challenge

this month, to add onto the other challenges, is to set aside one block of time each

week to read the gospels and really learn them. Start with whichever one you prefer or

you can bounce around, the goal being to really understand what it means to follow

Jesus.


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Here is some help to get you started. These verses follow along with the sermons that

Pastor will do throughout the month.

May 1st- May 5th : Luke 12:4-12, John 14:8-14, Luke 14:12-14, John 21:1-19

May 6th- May 12th : Luke 5:1-11, Luke 12:29-32, John 10:22-30

May 13th - May 19th : Luke 6:12-16, John 10:31-42, John 13:31-35

May 20th - May 26th : Luke 10:25-28, Luke 19:1-10, John 14:23-29, John 5:1-9

May 27th - May 31st : Luke 2:25-38, Luke 24:44-53, Luke 1:39-57

I have used the ELCA

Lectionary schedule for these,

if you want to continue with

this set up, let me know and I

would be happy to get you

them!

Blessings and peace,

Anne Pickering

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2019 Challenge list

1. Invite a friend to church

2. Be a blessing to 3

people each week

3. Eat with three people

each week

Listen for the Holy Spirit

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REPORT ON EASTER

BREAKFAST 2019

We served a Breakfast

before our Easter Service Sunday, April 21. We invited all to come early and have

Breakfast. Our children and youth sold tickets for $5.00 each and $20.00 per

family. We sold 53 tickets and served approximately 71 people including


families. WELCA was inspired to help with a $500.00 donation and we raised

$309.32 from ticket sales and extra donations. Our total donations for the camp

fund was $809.32.

The $250.00 seed money we got from our Thrivent Action Team participant

was used to buy the groceries and paper products we needed to cook and serve

a large hot breakfast. This money will help the children who live in our

community and attend our church go to the wonderful camp available through

Living Waters Ministries; Stony Lake Lutheran Camp.

This camp helps them grow in faith and confidence to take that faith out

into the community. To quote the Living Waters Ministry link in Mitten Synod

website: Our programs are designed to form faith, equip leaders, empower

service, and create communities centered in Christ. Children will grow in faith

and in confidence as they learn to see Christ in their neighbors and in

themselves!

Traditional

Worship

Adult Bible

study, 9am

Sunday

mornings,

10am

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Paul Bible Study

Pastor will be leading a study on the

Letters of Paul starting on Wednesday,

May 1, 6:15-7:30pm and continuing

Wednesdays in May. Childcare will be

available (every Wednesday except May

22).

SAMARITAS

We will be having a guest speaker, Eric

Cole from Samaritas, join us Sunday, May

5 at the 10:00am worship service! We will

be hearing about a new mission

opportunity, High-Fives, and how to

support people in need right here in

our state!

Sewing & Quilting

Tuesday mornings at All Saints,

9am

Meditative Worship Service

Saturday, May 4 th , at 4:00pm,

we are trying out a new service

and would like feedback from the

congregation. This will be a

quiet, reverent, traditional

service, featuring the rite of

healing. Childcare will be

provided in the nursery so parents can worship without distraction.

Christian Education

Tuesday, May 7, 5:30pm


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WELCA

Tuesday, May 7, 6:30pm

We will be discussing the fall Holiday Bazaar. Come ready with ideas to

share!

B.L.A.S.T. (Bible Learning And Sharing

Time

Join us 10:00am-11:30am

The next BLAST dates are:

May 11: We will be planting sunflowers

and rehearsing Apple Red Happiness for

Mother's day the next Day!

Be at All Saints for a rehearsal Sunday

May 12 at 9:00am.

June 8: Details to come!

Don't forget to celebrate the

important women in your life on

Sunday, May 12th!

Council

Tuesday, May 14, 7:00pm


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Social Concerns

Project update

March was a great month for those of us on the Social

Concerns team.

Soles4Vets/Footprints of Michigan

We had two very large loads of shoes, boots, socks, blankets

and warm clothing items. The Leslie Legion members who

work with this organization wanted to me pass on their

heartfelt thanks for all or you’re generosity. They were very

impressed with the way our congregation embraced this

project to help our homeless vets her in the Lansing area.

Ware’s Prescription Gap program/Noisy Offering

During the Month of March we collected $304.94 to help with

this program that helps so many low income people. Thank

You for your generous participation.

A big thank you to all of you for helping us help those in

need.

Cindy Vlasic and the whole Social Concerns Team

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I

command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your

brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’

Deuteronomy 15:11


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The North/West Lower Michigan Synod

Assembly will begin on Thursday May, 16

and run through Saturday, May 18, 2018.

This year’s theme is Like Living

Stones. Presiding Bishop Elizabeth

Eaton will be the guest speaker.

Jeanne Emens and Christy Mitchell

are our 2019 delegates, along with

Teagan Carl, our youth

representative.

Pastor Christin will be honored and celebrated Friday night

May 17 in honor of her 5 year anniversary in ministry!!!

Congratulations Pastor, we love you and appreciate you, and

are so grateful for your leadership at All Saints!!! ☺

Worship Team

Tuesday, May 21, 10:00am

Graduations & Bible Blessing

Sunday, May 19 we will be celebrating Leaha Sinnaeve's college

graduation from Albion, & her sister Lauren Sinnaeve's graduation

from Mason High School. There will be a Bible blessing for the 4th

graders during the 10am worship service. If your child is in 4th

grade or older and has not received a Bible please let Christy know

ASAP.

We will also be thanking Christian Education volunteers!


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Green Acres

Sunday, May 19, 4:00pm-Kids will be singing Apple Red Happiness!!! ☺

Faith Alive

Sunday, May 26, 3:00pm-4:30pm

We will be working on our Faith Statements in preparation for Confirmation/Pentecost

Sunday, June 9! Only those being confirmed on June 9th are required to attend.

Planning for a pizza party is in the works! Date and time TBD. ☺

SAVE THE

DATE!!!! ☺

Vacation

Bible School

Monday June 24th- Wednesday June 26th

Children ages 4 through 5th grade welcome to The Polar Blast!!!

Where? Mason First Presbyterian Church!

131 E Maple St, Mason, MI 48854

Participants and Volunteers please register here:

https://vbspro.events/p/events/polar-blast-2019

Sponsored By: All Saints Lutheran/The First Presbyterian Church/Sts. James, Cornelius & Cyprian/First United

Methodist Churches


Join us at

the

Cooley Law

Stadium for

their

Faith &

Community

Night!!!

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This event features Lansing's very own professional soccer team in their

inaugural season and will take place Saturday, June 22, at 7:00pm!

Sign up on the bulletin board for attendance and if you'd like a hot dog

voucher (includes a hot dog, chips, & a drink: $5.) orr if you'd like a

hamburger voucher (includes a hamburger, chips, & a drink: $7.)

We hope you can make it, we are looking forward to an exciting and funfilled

night full of faith and family fun!!! ☺

From the Ignite website:

“The Lansing Ignite community is assembling for an Orange Out at the

stadium, along with Faith and Community Night provides a way to connect

with your community and celebrate your faith. This evening will feature a

pre-match Q&A about the intersection of faith and soccer with a number of

players from the team. The pre-match presentation will also include

recognition of faith leaders in our community.”


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Happy Birthday!!! ☺

May 8 - Connie Reinsmith

May 9 - Fred Kleibusch

May 19 - Michael Stevens

May 23 - Lois Martinson

May 25 - Donna Germain

May 26 - Allison Meyer

May 26 - Paul Weesner

May 27 - Russ Stevens

May 1 - Fred & Marilyn

Kleibusch

May 16 - Mike & Stephanie

Meyer

May 29 - Pr.Christin &

Luke Fawcett

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All Saints Lutheran Church Council Minutes – April 09, 2019

God’s Word put into Action

In attendance: Terry Weesner, Pastor Christin Fawcett, Anne Pickering, Ron Enger, Carolyn Chisnell, Pete Vlasic,

Alison Furton

I. Call to Order & Mission Statement - 7:04 P.M. (Anne Pickering)

II. Five Practices of a Fruitful Congregations: Chapter 1 (Anne Pickering)

a. Main theme is that churches need to reshape their approach to ministry. Instead of telling the people to

come and see their church, they take their church out and GO and DO in the community.

i. Come and See method

ii. Go and Do method

b. Questions posed:

i. What are some third places that come to mind?

ii. What does the Go and Do look like to you?

iii. How can our church better use both methods above?

iv. What is the CRAZIEST idea you can come up with to GO and DO?

III. Devotion and Prayer (Pastor Christin Fawcett)

IV. Celebrations from Previous Month

a. VBS Meeting (June 24 – 26)

b. Lenten services and skits very successful!

V. Recognition of Visitors

a. Pete Vlasic was welcomed

VI. Reading and Approval of Minutes

a. All approved to accept the 3/12/2019 meeting minutes as written

VII. Approval of Agenda

a. All approved to accept the 04/09/2019 council meeting agenda with amendments noted below

i. Amendment #d: Microphones

ii. Amendment #f: Synod Assembly Funding (Pastor Christin Fawcett)

VIII. Executive Reports

a. Council President (Anne Pickering)

i. No official report

ii. Letter was written to the Bishop regarding synod support, and Christy mailed

b. Vice President (Terry Weesner)

i. No report

c. Treasurer (Ron Enger)

i. Report submitted. On the Treasury report, Ron will begin to report the day the funds were posted

at the bank; this will prevent reconciliation issues. 2019 Non Designated Income Received is

$26,560.58. Last Sunday in March largest offering in past 2 years! However, we have spent

$10,200.64 more than we took in still leaving a deficit.

ii. The water bill for March 2019 was 7 times the amount.

iii. Ron sat through the completion of the 2018 audit.


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IX.

d. Pastor (Pastor Christin Fawcett)

i. Pastor Christin presented the Pastor’s Report with some of the following details:

• Worship

o Sunday Worship Services – 3, Green Acres, Holden Evening Prayers

• Pastoral Care (Home Communion (4), Green Aces Communion (10), Pastoral

Counseling, etc.)

• Teachings – Faith Alive

• Meetings (Conference Pastors, Worship, Committees, Music Planning, VBS Planning

• Upcoming – Holden Evening Prayer (Wednesday in Lent), Palm Sunday: Sundaes & Egg

Hunt, Good Friday Community, Easter Vigil, Baptisms of Max Casteel and Julia Vowels,

Easter Sunday, Green Acres, Faith Alive, Meditative Service, Samaritas Guest Speaker,

Synod Assembly, Honoring Graduates/4 th Grade Bibles

Old Business

a. Peachtree Information (Ron Enger)

i. Tabled for the next meeting; the Stewardship Committee submitted a proposal from June 2018 to

review the sale of the property. The zoning configuration still requires confirmation. Ron will

review for the next meeting.

b. Thrivent

i. The Stewardship Team (represented by Pete Vlasic) presented 3 options for the investments of

the Thrivent funds. The goal outlined is to protect the principal while keeping the funds somewhat

accessible (no early withdrawal penalties). The portfolio presented is considered the lowest risk

with greater expected return on investment compared to current savings account at Dart Bank.

Ron motioned to allow the Stewardship Team recommendation to invest the funds in the

3 accounts selected; second motion by Carolyn. Motion approved.

Credit Card (Ron Enger)

Tabled for next meeting

Microphones (Terry Weesner)

Tabled for next meeting

Mutual Ministry (Anne Pickering)

Carolyn is contacting additional people to join this committee

Synod Assembly Funding (Pastor Christin Fawcett)

Additional $200.00 cost for Teagan’s attendance needs to be allocated out of another fund

Terry motioned to allocate funds from the Family and Youth Ministry account to pay for Teagan’s attendance to the Synod

Assembly; second motion by Carolyn. Motion approved

New Business

Bishop’s Pastor Sharing Suggestion (Pastor Christin Fawcett)

The Bishop has contacted Pastor Christin about a Pastor Sharing proposal with the details to be presented and

reviewed at a future meeting.


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Tabled for a future discussion

Team Reports

Council Member assignments has been established for each team as outlined below.

Worship (Terry Weesner)

Report presented notes from 03/19/2019 meeting

Outreach (Terry Weesner)

Christian Education (Alison Furton)

Social Concerns (Carolyn Chisnell)

Report presented notes from 03/21/2019 meeting

Finance (Ron Enger)

Property (Ron Enger)

Stewardship (Sarah Rohr)

Mutual Ministry (Carolyn Chisnell)

WELCA (Paul Weesner)

Fellowship (Sarah Rohr)

Music Planning (Paul Weesner)

Report presented for March – June 2019

Audit Committee (Alison Furton)

Nominating Committee (Terry Weesner)

Next Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Adjournment with Lord’s Prayer (8:56 p.m.)

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