CLEF May 2015

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Ascension Day “Then [Jesus] led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. While he was blessing the, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven” Luke 24:50-51 There are some Church festival days that almost get lost in the life of a congregation. Perhaps none more than the Ascension Day. The day falls exactly 40 days after the Easter Resurrection, which means that this year the Ascension Day is on Thursday, May 14. It is almost as if this time frame is to balance off the 40 days of Lent. The time we use to prepare ourselves for Easter. Both these times before and after the most important event in the Christian Church - the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter - is a living reminder that our faith can never be stagnant. Faith is not something that is focused on one day, or one event, or one ac- tion. As important as Easter is, the period of Lent, and the time afterwards to the As- cension, are living reminders to everyone that faith is not about what God has done for us - but also what we do in response. Our response to the events of Easter comes in two ways. In the period of Lent, we take time to look at our own lives and prepare for the new life to come in the Resur- rection. A power so great that it overcame death itself. Many look at death as the end. But that is where the second response - the Ascension Day - comes in. This day stands in the way of looking at our earthly death as the end. It stands in the way of looking at faith as an historic event. As we read in Luke’s Gospel, it was the resurrected, the living Jesus who led the disci- ples to Bethany before he was taken up into heaven. The living Jesus is now sitting at the right hand of the Father, as we confess in our Creed. It is a reminder to us all that for faith to be part of our lives, it has to be a living faith. An every day faith that tells us that Jesus walks with us in our every day in life. Ascension Day is a reminder that it is the living Jesus who guides us through the val- leys and rejoices with us on the mountaintops of life. With the living Jesus as part of our every day of life, how can we do anything but live our life in faith? Live our life in faith in the confidence that the living grace of God blesses our daily life as this same grace blessed the disciples on the mountaintop of Bethany. Pr. Krister Ulmanis First English Ev. Lutheran Church Inside this issue: Notes from Chris 2 Call Committee News 3 Council Meeting Minutes Financial Summary 4 Schedules + Contact Info 7 Adult Education 8 Board of Fellowship Columbarium 9 Bd. Of Social Action Reflection Garden 10 Parish Ed./Youth News 11 Preschool Kroger 12 May Birthdays 13 Serving in May 14 May Calendar 15 M AY 2 0 1 5 M AY 2 0 1 5 M AY 201 5
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  • Ascension Day

    Then [Jesus] led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them.

    While he was blessing the, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven

    Luke 24:50-51

    There are some Church festival days that almost get lost in the life of a congregation.

    Perhaps none more than the Ascension Day. The day falls exactly 40 days after the

    Easter Resurrection, which means that this year the Ascension Day is on Thursday,

    May 14. It is almost as if this time frame is to balance off the 40 days of Lent. The time

    we use to prepare ourselves for Easter.

    Both these times before and after the most important event in the Christian Church -

    the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter - is a living reminder that our faith can never be

    stagnant. Faith is not something that is focused on one day, or one event, or one ac-

    tion. As important as Easter is, the period of Lent, and the time afterwards to the As-

    cension, are living reminders to everyone that faith is not about what God has done

    for us - but also what we do in response.

    Our response to the events of Easter comes in two ways. In the period of Lent, we

    take time to look at our own lives and prepare for the new life to come in the Resur-

    rection. A power so great that it overcame death itself.

    Many look at death as the end. But that is where the second response - the Ascension

    Day - comes in. This day stands in the way of looking at our earthly death as the end. It

    stands in the way of looking at faith as an historic event.

    As we read in Lukes Gospel, it was the resurrected, the living Jesus who led the disci-

    ples to Bethany before he was taken up into heaven. The living Jesus is now sitting at

    the right hand of the Father, as we confess in our Creed. It is a reminder to us all that

    for faith to be part of our lives, it has to be a living faith. An every day faith that tells

    us that Jesus walks with us in our every day in life.

    Ascension Day is a reminder that it is the living Jesus who guides us through the val-

    leys and rejoices with us on the mountaintops of life. With the living Jesus as part of

    our every day of life, how can we do anything but live our life in faith? Live our life in

    faith in the confidence that the living grace of God blesses our daily life as this same

    grace blessed the disciples on the mountaintop of Bethany.

    Pr. Krister Ulmanis

    First English Ev. Lutheran Church

    Inside this issue:

    Notes from Chris 2

    Call Committee News 3

    Council Meeting Minutes

    Financial Summary 4

    Schedules + Contact Info 7

    Adult Education 8

    Board of Fellowship

    Columbarium

    9

    Bd. Of Social Action

    Reflection Garden 10

    Parish Ed./Youth News

    11

    Preschool

    Kroger 12

    May Birthdays 13

    Serving in May 14

    May Calendar 15

    M AY 2 0 1 5M AY 2 0 1 5M AY 2 0 1 5

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    Update-Senior Pastor Call Process

    The Call Committee continues meeting regularly. We have narrowed our list to a few final Pastors we interviewed. One of these candidates recently visited First English and our community. The com-mittee and the candidate were both very positive about the time spent together and feel that the Spirit may be drawing us to each other. We are prayerfully continuing forward with this candidate, with faith and hope that we are getting close. So far, the committee has:

    Reviewed 40 candidate profiles Considered 20 candidates for telephone or video conversations Removed 8 candidates because they are in discussion with other congregations. Had telephone or video conversations with 9 candidates as a committee. Removed 4 candidates after initial discussions with them. Had one decline to be considered after video conversation. Had 3 video conversations with new candidates in March. Had one in-person visit/interview in April. Please pray with us for the Lord to guide us in our mission. We have confidence and faith than He will.

    What do YOU think? Members of the Call Committee are available on Sunday mornings or at your conven-ience via phone, email, or in person. If you would like to ask questions or share your opinions please let us know. Below is contact information for each member of the committee. Not sure who we are? See our photo on the poster in the lounge. Mark Balle- (313)882-8111 (h),

    [email protected]

    John Blohm- (586)469-0199 (h),

    [email protected]

    Trevor Clor- (313)220-1028 (c),

    [email protected]

    Jeff Gates- (313)399-7409 (c),

    [email protected]

    Waynette Hostetler- (586)978-8755

    Chris Judson- (313)886-4914 (h),

    [email protected]

    Randie Kohler- (734)546-0900 (c),

    [email protected]

    John Nyquist- (248)705-2180 (c),

    [email protected]

    Marc Simone- (313)886-6544 (h),

    [email protected]

    Susan Ulmer- (313)884-4726 (h)

    [email protected]

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    .from Pastor Chris.

    Life in our rapidly changing world can be difficult. We have a God who loves us unconditionally and wants the very best for us. Even when we forget about involving God in our everyday life, thinking we can handle it all on our own or maybe thinking we shouldnt bother God with the small stuff, we

    have a God who wont let go of us ever! God is so much more than our human understanding can imagine and wants to be intimately involved in every aspect of our lives. The following is something I often share with our youth. I think it has value for all ages, how about you? Learning To Choose Well:

    Slow downdont make important decisions in a rush.

    Determine whats really happeningattempt to describe the situation.

    Find someone to talk toseek out a friend, parent, teacher or pastor to help you identify possi-ble solutions. Seek support from your faith community.

    List the options that are open to you. What are the benefits and risks? Who will it hurt? Help?

    Think about each optionpray about it. Which feels best in your soul? Body? Mind? Which en-

    gages your strength? Which makes you feel like life is draining from you?

    Imagine what Jesus would do, think, say, feel if he was facing your decision.

    Decide what you will do, but

    Take some time before you act on your decision. Keep in Mind: Each and every decision may not mean you have to go through every stepbut paying attention to Godinvolving God in the process is a good habitwe have a God who is with us! Matthew 28:20b And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Luke 18:1 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.

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    FEELC CHURCH COUNCIL MINUTES April 19, 2015

    The meeting was called to order by President, Marc Simone at 7:32 P.M. Pastor Veres offered the opening prayer. SECRETARYS REPORT: Patty Foster moved, Mark Fett seconded, the report be accepted. Motion carried.

    BOARD OF SOCIAL ACTION: Diann Ohman The MCREST representative who had been scheduled to speak to the Council this

    evening concerning FEELC possibly housing the homeless, was recuperating from surgery and not able to attend this meeting. She will be rescheduled.

    Diann Ohman and Penny Damore filled out and returned a Food Pantry survey sent from the Synod. The SAVE OUR CHIILDREN WALK in honor of Paige Walker & Christiana Samuel will be held on May 2 beginning at 11:00 A.M.

    walking from Cadieux to Alter Rd. All are invited to attend. There will be a meeting for volunteers at Beaumont Hospital on Thurs. evening, Apr 23.

    LSSM is asking for volunteers and/or donations to update the facilities of the Wayne County Family Center Servant project. LSSM will hold a Service Event July 13-18. See Diann Ohman or Penny Damore for more information.

    An EVENING WITH LSSM will be held Apr. 30 at Zion Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, beginning at 6:30 P.M. LSSM will sponsor a SUPER RUN/WALK TO SERVE FOSTER CHILDREN on May 2 at Wayne State Univ., Adams Field.

    The 5K Run/Walk begins at 8:30 A.M. and the 1K Run/Walk begins at 10:00 A.M. See Diann Ohman for more details.

    TREASURERS REPORT: Pam Southard Pam was delighted to report, for the first time in several years, we had a surplus balance

    for the month of March. Pam Southard moved, Waynette Hostetler seconded, the report be accepted.

    BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP: Waynette Hostetler 1. The committee needs at least one additional member.

    FINANCIAL SECRETARYS REPORT: No report

    BOARD OF CHURCH PROPERTIES: Gordie Bush 1. Clean up day is May 9. Rain day is May 16. We need the congregations participation! 2. The lawn service contract has been awarded to Skurda Landscaping for $3040, for the season.

    Peace Circle has ordered and is donating new carpeting for the Associate Pastors office. They will also be purchasing new flooring for the Bridal Lounge.

    BOARD OF EVANGELISM: Patty Foster On May 19 blankets will be presented to the High School Seniors during a church service. Sue Vallone will be asked to change the service times in our ad in the Grosse Pointe News when needed.

    BOARD OF PARISH EDUCATION: Chris Simone May 19 is the last day of Sunday School for the summer. Field Day activities will be held. Vacation Bible School will begin Aug. 3 from 9:00 A.M. 12:00 PM.

    BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP: Claudette Momenee 24 people have signed up for the trip to the DIA on Apr 24. On Mothers Day (May 10) all women will receive a flower as they leave church. On Fathers Day (June 21) the annual Fathers Day BBQ will be held on the church lawn. The sign-up sheet for the Summer Coffee Hours is on the bulletin board in the hallway. Volunteers are needed.

    BOARD OF YOUTH MINISTRY: Renata Conger Preparations are continuing for the upcoming National Youth Gathering in Detroit. St. James, St. Paul and First English youth have formed a group entitled Pointes Lutheran Youth Rally (PLYR) to prepare for the

    Rally and for fellowship. The group will meet at St. Paul May 1, 6:30-10:00 P.M. Apr. 26 is Youth Sunday at FEELC. They will be conducting the services. They will also be sponsoring a Drive-in Lunch for the

    congregation. May 8 6:00 to Midnight there will be a Middle School Late-night party at FEELC.

    (Continued on page 5)

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    BOARD OF WORSHIP & MUSIC: Mark Fett Mark Fett moved, Patty Foster seconded, $1000 be taken from the Music Enrichment Fund to pay for Instrumentalists for Music

    Sun. (June 14). Motion carried. The Columbarium will be dedicated on May 10 between services. Burials will be at a later date determined by the individuals who

    have ashes available for interment.

    WOMEN OF THE CHURCH: Waynette Hostetler On May 16 there will be an outing to the Edsel and Eleanor Estate for lunch and a tour of the home. Jackie Stein and

    June MacMichael will act as docents. ASSOCIATE PASTORS REPORT: Pastor Veres

    Confirmation classes are wrapping up for the season. Four young people will be confirmed this year. Four Junior High and 2 Senior High students will be attending Stoney Lake Camp. Synod Assembly is to be held May 15-16 at St.. Johns in Farmington Hills.

    SENIOR PASTORS REPORT: Pastor Ulmanis

    Barbara Chase has requested a transfer of membership to Christ the King. Mark Fett moved, Patty Foster seconded, the request be granted. Motion carried,

    One baptism was held this month Zerelda Conger, daughter of Renata and David Conger. Thursday morning Bible Studies continue with a new topic each week. Pastor continues to conduct services at Shorepointe from time to time. Pastor has written an article for the Grosse Pointe News. Pastor attended the Grosse Pointe Memorial Mens Breakfast. Pastor is looking for a local engraver for the Columbarium plaques hoping the turn around time will be faster and less expensive,

    OLD BUSINESS:

    The summer services schedule will remain the same as the winter services. But a Thursday evening service will be held at 7:00 P.M. beginning May 21 and ending Sept. 3.

    NEW BUSINESS: 1, The Summer Council meeting will be held on July 19 after the 11:00 service. The May and Sept. meetings will be held at normal times.

    A Baby in Office proposal was presented and discussed. Patty Foster moved, Mark Fett seconded, the proposal be accepted.

    Motion carried. The proposal was as follows: The duration of the agreement is to last until the baby is six-months or crawling, whichever comes first. The parent must take every precaution to ensure the safety of the baby during office hours. The parent must make provisions to ensure that work is being completed in spite of the added distraction of a child. The parent must make every attempt to minimize disruption to other staff and members of the congregation during office

    hours. The baby must not accompany the parent during

    scheduled meetings with Church members, staff, youth, etc. Marc Simone gave an update on the progress of the Call

    Committee. The Committee has had an in person interview with a candidate and will be proceeding with further interviews with him. There is still much work to be done. The committee is asking for the prayers of the congregation and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

    ADJOURNMENT: Mark Fett moved, Pam Southard seconded, the meeting be adjourned. Motion carried. Time 9:15 P.M. CLOSING PRAYER: Pastor Ulmanis

    Respectfully submitted, Chris Judson, Secretary

    (Continued from page 4)

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    BRING YOUR

    PAPER for

    RECYCLING!!

    Please take time to drop all your clean, dry newspapers, magazines, office and

    copy paper, advertising inserts and junk mail into the recycle bin in the park-

    ing lot. You dont have to sort anything or remove staples. Please bag your

    shredded paper. NO CARDBOARD OR PHONE BOOKS ARE ACCEPTED.

    The AbiBow Recycling, LLC program is designed for organizations to recycle

    paper -- most of all, its an opportunity for us to recycle and help the

    environment.

    Save our Children's Future walk (families of Paige Stalker and Christiana Samuel). It is going to be held on May 2, 2015 - starting at 11:00am, walking on Mack Ave. from Cadieux to Alter Rd. There will be transportation along the route for those who find they can't complete the walk; St. Clare Montefalco, and Spirit of Love (across from Harry's Restaurant) and of course Higher Grounds Coffee Caf...will be stops for bathrooms or breaks. Hopefully, one or two people from each church to "rally the troops" from their perspective church will walk, especially your youth/young people.

    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be holding their

    used book sale at First English in May. Hours for the sale are:

    Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21, 2015 10:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Full price

    Friday May 22, 2015, 10 :00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Half price

    Saturday May 23, 2015, 9:00 a.m. 12 noon Bag Sale$10 / bag

    While First English is not a public donation center for used books, members of

    the congregation are invited to leave books in the classroom across the hall from

    our preschool room downstairs. Members of the AAUW are using the room to

    sort/price books and would welcome our donations!

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    WERE ON THE WEB

    www.feelc.org

    MISSION STATEMENT

    GO, MAKE DISCIPLES

    First English Ev. Lutheran Church

    800 Vernier Road Grosse Pointe Woods,

    48236-1530 Phone: 313.884.5040

    Fax: 313.884.4460

    www.feelc.org

    Interim Senior Pastor

    Rev. Krister Ulmanis

    [email protected]

    Associate Pastor

    Rev. Christina Veres [email protected]

    Ed./Youth Coordinator

    Renata Conger [email protected]

    Music Coordinator

    Bob Foster

    [email protected]

    Director of Bell Choirs

    Christina Judson

    [email protected]

    Pastors Emeritus

    Rev. Paul Keppler

    Rev. Dr. Walter A. Schmidt

    OFFICE HOURS

    8a.m. 12:30 p.m. lunch

    1:30p.m. 4:00p.m.

    (MondayFriday)

    WORSHIP SCHEDULE:

    9:30 a.m. - Early Worship with Holy Communion

    9:30 a.m. Adult + Youth Sunday School

    11:00 a.m. -Late Worship (Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sunday and special Sundays)

    SCHEDULES & CONTACT NUMBERS

    Pastor Kristers day off is Friday. He can be contacted at 226-787-2370 or by e-mail at [email protected] Pastor Chris day off is Friday and in an emergency she can be contacted at 248-231-5091. Her email address is [email protected]

    Church office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the office closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sues email is [email protected]

    HELP BEAUTIFY THE CHURCH GARDENS THIS SUMMER. Please bring a Begonia plant (or flat of them) to church on

    Mothers Day, May 10th. Cash donations will also be accepted to purchase begonias or plants for the flower

    pots at the church entrances. Need more information, call Carol Sauter (313 881-6959) or

    e-mail her at [email protected] Donations can be left by the Luther Center entrance doors.

    If you are unable to bring your flower donation on Sunday, May 10th call Carol for an alternate time to drop

    off.

    So that you can be acknowledged, please identify your flowers.

    THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

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    WOMENS CIRCLE BIBLE STUDY

    The topics of our Womens Circle Bible studies for this winter into spring offer a variety of subjects. Hope Circle continues in the study from Gather magazine,

    Transforming Life and Faith. This study looks at the transforming power of Jesus, in the transformation stories of Paul, Moses, Lydia, Philip and the Ethiopian, plus

    more. Hope Circle does not meet during Lent. The focus for the next meeting May 6th will be the story of the suffering and endurance of Job. Peace Circle continues in their study of the book Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis

    Higgs. All women of First English are encour-aged to participate in the learning, service and

    fellowship of one our various Circles.

    Please see the calendar for Circle meeting dates and please join us.

    Grace Circle - Fourth Monday at 7:00 p.m. Peace Circle - First Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Faith Circle - First Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Hope Circle - Second Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Check the calendar at www.feelc.org

    9:30a.m. ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door of the Castle

    Church in Wittenberg Germany. Historians have assigned this event as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Thus in 2017 we will celebrate the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation. Our Presiding Bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, has suggested that, as we look forward to that celebration, we study Luthers Small Catechism. She points out that

    it could be argued that no other experience is more universally Lutheran than studying Luthers Small Catechism.

    So, our Adult Sunday School Class for this fall will be an overview of Luthers Small

    Catechism. Not only will this give us an opportunity to celebrate our Lutheran Heritage, but Luthers Catechism is also an excellent review of the basics of the Christian Faith!

    We have a nice size group on Sunday mornings, but we would love to have YOU join us as well. Our sessions meet during the Sunday School Hour, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in the Lounge.

    Thursday morning Bible Study meets at 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

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    Summer Coffee Hour sign-up sheet - is now located on the bulletin board in hallway. We really need your participation in hosting a coffee hour. Regular and decaf coffee packets to make the coffee are supplied by the church, it is up to you if you want to serve anything else, you are welcome to set out a free will offering plate to cover any costs. Please consider a date or two. If you have any further questions, you can contact Claudette at (313) 884-4642. May 10 - Mother's day, we would like to honor all women of the church by giving them a flower with an inspirational verse. This is our way of saying 'Thank you' for all you do for family, friends and church. We will distribute them after the services as you exit the sanctuary. Enjoy the day! June 21 - Father's day, we will again have a BBQ to honor all the men of the church. This will be held on the church lawn or in Luther Center if weather is bad. We will supply food, some children's activities, games, and a 50/50 raffle. Look for more information in next month's Clef and the bulletin board in hallway. Mark your calendars to do something different, attend a Thursday Night service then after join in an evening of games for children and adults, and some snacks. We are planning on August 20. More details TBA

    BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP news

    COLUMBARIUM FOR FIRST ENGLISH

    The Columbarium has been completed and its dedication date will be May 10, 2015. We are in the process of contacting those that have purchased niches for placement selection.

    The price of the niches are $1,800.00. The Niches will hold two urns and will be assigned on a first come-first-served basis, with members being able to choose the location of their niche within the Columbarium. If you are interested in purchasing a companion niche, please contact the church office.

    We are looking at doing a new church photo directory and hoping for some volunteers to help coordinate its creation. If you are interested in helping in any way or having input on format, please contact Randie Kohler at (734) 546-0900 or [email protected]

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    BOARD OF SOCIAL ACTION Pantry Youve heard the expression back to basics. This time were talking food. Each month well ask members to donate another basic to restock our pantry. May is everything month. Please consider buying one or two items for our shelves. Obviously if you find a great deal for pantry basics, bring em in. Theres always room for more! Please be mindful of expiration dates on all food items. Unfortunately we have had to remove items from the pantry because of expired dates. Thank you for your help! Board of Social Action

    FELC REFLECTION GARDEN

    ENGRAVED PAVERS

    Have you noticed the Reflection Garden located on the east side of the church?

    This area has been transformed into a quiet, peaceful green space for sitting and reflecting. A donation of $50.00 or above, will give you the opportunity to have an appropriate message engraved on one of the paver bricks. Order forms can be found in the magazine rack in the Gathering Area.

    Questions? Contact Marc Simone or Gordy Bush.

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    CHRISTINE SIMONE: OUR FACILITY COORDINATOR Christine Simone is our Facility Coordinator She is also our Pre-School Director and is very fa-miliar with our facility She will be doing the scheduling of our many and varied activities within our facility. If you have a facility request, please contact Christine at 313-655-7367 or [email protected]

    Parish Education/Youth News from Renata Confirmation & Youth Group

    Support Our Gathering Experience! As we prepare to attend the 2015 ELCA Na-tional Youth Gathering, we hope that you will keep all Christian young people, within our congregation and elsewhere, in your prayers. If you would like to support our group, please consider participating in the upcoming

    Youth-led Worship Service and Drive-in Lunch (details below). We thank you for all you have done and all you continue to do to strengthen youth programming here at First English.

    PLYR Gathering Rally Come join fellow Lutheran youth in our community for a Pointe Lutheran Youth Rallies (PLYR) event! On Friday, May 1 from 6:30-10:30pm, all middle and high schoolers are invited to St. Paul in the Farms for FREE evening of pizza, band performance by Captive Free, games, and more! This rally will focus on the 2015 National Gathering in order to get us all hyped for the event. Please speak with Renata or Pastor Chris for more info.

    Middle School Late-night Party The confirmation class has worked very hard this year and have earned a well-deserved evening of shenanigans. All middle schoolers with at least 50 points are invited to a special event on Friday, May 8th from 6:00pm-midnight for food and games. Great work you guys!

    Important Dates April 26, 11:00am MS & HS Youth-led Worship April 26, noon-2:00pm HS Drive-in Lunch May 1, 6:30-10:00pm PLYR at St. Paul Lutheran Church, GP Farms May 8, 6:00-midnight Middle School Late-night Party May 17, 9:30 - 10:30 am Sunday School Field Day

    Sunday School Vacation Bible School

    We are excited to announce the 2015 VBS themeCamp Discovery! Campers of all ages learn that God gives them the wisdom and the courage to step out in faith as Jesus works through themwhether theyre at school, playing with

    friends, or helping out at home. Get excited for a camping adventure that makes a lasting impact on kids as they sing songs around the campfire, act out Bible stories, make crafts, and eat tasty treats. Its all happening during the morning hours of August 3-7 for children entering Preschool through 6th Grade this fall! Current middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adult volunteers are needed! Contact Renata, Pastor Chris, or Christine Simone to sign up!

    Childrens Offerings for LWR Our children have offered up over $140 so far this year, which is enough to donate a goat and chickens. For farmers in the Philippines, a hen and chicks means eggs to eat, eggs to sell and chicks to grow a flock. Empower them and give the gift that keeps on giving: independ-ence, sustainability and success. Please keep the dona-tions coming and check out the progress thermometer, across from the office, to learn more.

    Field Day The Sunday School academic year is coming to a close on May 17th. To celebrate anther great year of learn-ing, this last day will consist of games and fun activities. We hope to see all of your

    children there and please make sure to thank the teachers and volunteers; it wouldnt happen without them! Please leave your fancy clothes at homegrass stains possible!

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    May is a busy month is preschool as we wrap up our letter of the week activities for the year with the letter M. Well make a special project for Mothers Day and read about the funny antics of the Five Little Monkeys. The remainder of May is devoted to letter/number review,

    rereading our favorite stories from the childrens Bible, learning some classic childrens stories such as the Three Bears and the Three Little Pigs and preparing for our end of the year program. During the program we share songs with parents & grandparents and announce our paper plate awards.

    First English Lutheran Preschool is accepting new students for the 2015/16 school year. Our preschool offers a

    caring, Christian setting to help parents prepare their three or four year old for their kindergarten and

    elementary years. Students will develop their social & intellectual abilities as well as a positive self-image.

    Our program includes-

    *Art *Music

    *Language *Math

    *Science *Bible lessons

    *Beginning reading concepts

    *Physical development

    If you or a friend are seeking a preschool for this fall, please contact our preschool director/lead teacher, Christine Simone, at [email protected] or 313.655.7367 with questions or to arrange a classroom visit.

    Have you enrolled or re-enrolled yet?? Please take the time to go online and sign-up or renew your card and

    make your donation designation to First English (#83535). It doesnt cost you anything. If you dont remember

    the email address that you used previously to enroll, you can call (877)576-7587 to remove any email attached

    to your card number and then proceed to enroll again. Our fundraising efforts, by participating in the Kroger

    Community Rewards Program, have added up to significant money - just by purchasing your weekly groceries!

    UP from the last quarter, our latest quarterly check was in the amount of $188.79!! In the beginning we were

    receiving over $400.00 from Kroger. If you have never signed up please go to Krogers website

    krogercommunityrewards.com and follow the prompts. You will need your Kroger card. Remember - It

    doesnt cost YOU anything (It only costs Kroger)..it only costs you a little time to register your card.

    KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM -

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    5/1: Blake DiCicco, Sara Sawdon

    5/2: Greg Blackburn

    5/4: Natalie Hays, Joanne Herrington,

    Kevyn Sawdon, Nicholas Schreiber

    5/5: Blake Stevens

    5/6: Mark Collins, Allison Liebold,

    Jeff Lieder, Elizabeth Nyquist,

    Matthew Nyquist

    5/7: Christine Earles. Eric Reardon

    5/8: Becky Bauer, Carl Bauer,

    Nicholas Dinverno, Andrea Glynn,

    Anna Marschner, Matthew

    Pautke, Gerry Udell

    5/9: Michael Moore

    5/10: Miranda Berkesch, BJ Decker,

    Eve Feldman

    5/12: Thomas Bloom, Joshua Frohock,

    Dennis Wickline

    5/14: Kyle Clor, Gary Hubbard,

    Bethany Marchetti,

    James Nelson, Austin Tilford

    5/15: Christopher Desbien,

    Kevin Hendricks, James McGraw,

    Jordan Ulmer

    5/16: Leonard Engle, James Zwicker

    5/17: Craig Frohock, Alyssa Rozycki,

    Sean Udell

    5/18: Patricia Chantler

    5/19 Robert McIntyre

    5/20: Jennifer Passamani, Doris Smith

    5/21: Chrissy Anderson, Julie DiCicco,

    Andrea O'Boyle, Fiona DiMarzio

    5/22: Brian Bledsoe

    5/23: Lynne Evers

    5/24: Nicole McCarthy

    5/25: James Cisco, Kathleen Jevons,

    James Lieder, David Ulmer

    5/27: Claire Ford, Brandon Michoski

    5/28: Gennette Faust, Daniel Harris

    5/29: Suzanne Lieder

    5/30: Raymond Francis, Jaclyn Lieder,

    Patricia Milne, Russell Milne,

    Elizabeth Swanson

    If your birthday does not appear on this list

    and you would like it to, please

    contact the church office with your

    information in order to update our

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