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June 2018Messenger MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE UNITED METHODIST COMMUNITY OF FAITH IN MEDFORD AND RIB LAKE WISCONSIN What is inside? Pictures / Events2Words from a Congregant3Monthly Volunteers 4 Birthdays/Anniversaries Community5Q & A Corner6Committee News7Christian Education8Calendar9Everyone is encouraged to attend the church meeting at Rib Lake UMC on Sunday, June 3rd. The meeting will take place after the 8:15am church service, and will include a presentation of ideas to be implemented and goals accomplished. RIB LAKE There will be a potluck lunch following the meeting. POTLUCK LUNCH AFTER the CHURCH MEETING | JUNE 3Medford UMC’s new SALT Board had their first meeting in the month of May. SALT stands for Simplified Accountable Leadership Team, and is also a reference to the book of Matthew: “Be the salt and the light.” Adopting a new leadership structure was one of the prescriptions given to the church through the HCI process. Training of the SALT Board will continue under the guidance of coach Kay Kotan. In addition to replacing the current Council, Board of Trustees, and Finance Committee, four members of the SALT Board, along with members from Rib Lake, will also be part of SPRC. One of the topics discussed last month was the need for a recording secretary to attend the SALT Board meetings. This would allow all members of the board to participate fully in the agenda of the meeting. A visionary retreat is being planned for October 19-20, 2018. Members of the SALT Board are: Jean Nuernberger (chair), Jim Flood, Sandy Breth, Steve Mayer, Jessica Holtman, Robert Horenberger, Cheryl Ketelhut, Brad Kalmon, and Shane Ludwig.2PICTURES / EVENTSLast month there was a training session to further understand the Simplified Accountable Leadership Model. In attendance were pastors and members from Medford, Minocqua, Rhinelander, Marshfield, and Wisconsin Rapids.Along with a new leadership structure, the HCI process has also brought Medford a new mission statement: “Making new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.â€?Beds From Christ Annual Brat Fry Friday, June 13WORDS FROM A CONGREGANT OUR MISSION, THE GREAT COMMISSION By Larry Etten All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 This is the last command that Jesus gave His disciples in the Gospels. This is the most important command in all of the Gospels; the reason being that in this command is the command to obey all the other commands. It also tells us we are called to be disciples and commanded to make disciples. We also have the authority to do so if we place ourselves under His authority. Notice that it doesn’t say to make believers. That is done by the Holy Spirit as a result of preaching and evangelizing (Mark 16:15). Salvation is a FREE gift given to us by God. Discipleship and works is our gift back to God. So, one might ask - what is a disciple? A disciple is an obedient follower of Jesus Christ who is actively involved in learning, evangelism, and making other disciples. A commissioned agent and ambassador of Jesus Christ. One who is empowered and filled by the Holy Spirit, consumed by the things of God and not the things of this world. This is what the church goers are to be. I submit to you that there is only one main criterion for a successful church in the light of eternity. It is its ability to make and demand us to be disciples, and the willingness of the people to be disciples. The success of a church is not a nice building or lots of programs. It’s not the size of the budget and its being met. It’s not the societal status of the people who come. It’s not even the dynamics or popularity of the pastor. It’s not the exciting things that happen in the church. Believe it or not, it’s not even the number of people who come into the church for the service, but it IS the number who go out as Christ commissioned; lost seeking, Spirit filled, empowered disciples of Jesus Christ.You see, the church service is really not a soul saving station. It is a soul filling station. When we are in a church service it’s about God and worship to Him. A place to fire up the Army of God and get our marching orders from the commander on the pulpit. It is the pastor’s job to fill the pulpit, not the church. It is our job to win the lost out in the world and bring them into the church and disciple them. The command to the people is to GO AND MAKE, not for the lost to come in and then make. That’s what the Great Commission is all about. So what are you? Are you just a believer or are you a disciple of Jesus Christ? If the success of this church was based on your individual ability and willingness to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ, would it be a success or a failure? You see there is nothing Satan loves more than an ineffective Christian. They deceive the lost as to what a Christian is and they degrade the Excellency of God. In fact, there is a place in the Bible that says if you’re not involved in the ministry of reconciliation the grace you received from God is in vain. Why? Because you’re not using the grace that God has given you to win others to Christ. You are keeping it for yourself. So many people think that being a good Christian is going to church and Bible study, reading your Bible, praying and helping others. All of these things are great and do please God, but being a good Christian is being a disciple. This is the call for the believer! I believe that much of the failure to effectively carry out the Great Commission has to do with the lack of understanding to what it is and misconceptions about it. Some think that it means we have to send missionaries to foreign countries. Some think that it means we have to baptize believers. To some it means that we haveto support missionaries. Some even think that the Great Commission is the church leaders and pastor’s responsibility, not mine - that’s what I give money to the church for. We have to understand that just as you have to accept Christ as your personal Savior, this command to be a disciple and to make disciples, is for you personally. Next time in this series of discipleship we will look at the cost of being a disciple. At the end of each of these messages, I want to give you examples of when opportunities for evangelism are missed. Did you know that there is probably someone who comes right into your house every week that you do not share Christ with? They are telemarketers. Here is where you can be a televangelist. This is a win-win situation. You either get to win them to Christ, or else annoy them for a change. Just simply be polite, tell them up front that you will give them your time and consider their offer if you can have a few minutes of their time at the end. Most of the time they will agree because they want to sell you something. The first time I was convicted to do this I was blessed and it ended up being a half-hour call. Look for missed opportunities. Don’t be the one who is in the witness protection program.4PEOPLE SERVING, LEADING, PRAYING, LISTENING, & CELEBRATING Weekly Volunteer Schedule(M) Afternoon CircleWorship Greeters June 3 June 10 June 17 June 24Wednesday, June 6, 1:30 p.m.(M) Paul & Alice Johnson (M) Herman Pernsteiner / Janis Liske (M) Marge Blair / Wendy Bockin (M) Steve & Eunice MayerHostess: Alice Johnson Devotions: Barb Schief Scripture Word: “salvation”Worship Leaders/Liturgists June 3 June 10 June 17 June 24(M) Steve Mayer (M) Jerry Hubbard (M) Hannah Horenberger (M) Cheryl Ketelhut(R) Carol Punzel (R) Lilliannet Rosario (R) Dorathy Nelson (R) Karon DallmannThe May / June edition of The Upper Room is now available, made possible by Afternoon Circle.Coffee Fellowship June 3 June 10 June 17 June 24(M) TBD (R) Ray Parks (M) Cheryl Ketelhut / Marla Hemke (M) Glatha Smith / Kathi Burton (M) Jerry HubbardBIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES FOR THE MONTH OF JUNEJune 4Counting Committee June Financial Secretary: Jim Flood June 3 (M) Pete Loniello June 10 (M) Shawn McDonnell June 17 (M) Kelley Isola June 24 (M) Eunice Mayer*You are responsible for finding a replacement if you are unavailable on your day. Please notify the office of any changes. *If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Crystal Lemke at 715-965-4006.(M) Keenagers On June 13, Keenagers will be visitingJune 6 June 7 June 8 June 10 June 11 June 12 June 13 June 14the new First Baptist Church building for a tour. Please meet at the church at 10:45am to carpool. Lunch will follow at a nearby restaurant.This month the Medford UMC Eternal Flame burns in memory of these members who are no longer with us: June 3 June 10 June 17 June 24Ethel Simmons Irene Edblom Robert Rohrick Evelyn FredricksonJune 17 June 21 June 23 June 25(M) Stan/Patsy Schmidt (A) (M) Grace Ingersoll (B) (M) Brenda Clark (B) (M) Marlene Schwartz (B) (M) Ron/Brenda Bengtson (A) (M) Diane Horenberger (B) (R) Howard Troyk (B) (M) LeRoy/Patty Zittlow (A) (R) Kenneth/Ruth Mannel (A) (R) Jolene Kennedy (B) (M) Ethan Kirkeeng (B) (R) Gary Nelson (B) (M) Darci McDonnell (B) (M) Valerie McRoberts (B) (R) Hollie Harvey (B) (M) Eunice Mayer (B) (R) Jerry/Linda Stellbrink (A) (M) Steve/Eunice Mayer (A)*Please submit corrections to the church office or by emailing mcumc@tds.netFor we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.- Jeremiah 2:10 (NIV)COMMUNITY July 15-205REACHING BEYOND OUR WALLS Grades 6-12 Lake UMC Community Food Pantry (open every third Wednesday at 9 a.m.)1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.Dry cereal Canned fruit Juice - frozen/canned Canned tuna - preferably “in water” Jelly Canned vegetables Spaghetti sauce Hamburger Helper - Tuna Helper Peanut Butter - Creamy / Crunchy Chef Boyardee/Franco canned pasta dinners Canned soups: Cream soups, chicken, tomato Toilet tissue & Paper towelsPlease do not donate damaged or expired food.Ruby’s Pantry is brought to Medford by our friends at the Ole’ Country Church. This once-a-month grocery distribution will be held at the National Guard Armory at 10am to 12pm on June 23rd, or on the 4th Saturday of each month. For a cash donation of $20, you will receive a generous amount of groceries. Bring your own containers to carry your groceries (two 18oz totes or two banana boxes per share). There are no income requirements - everyone is welcome! For more information or to register as a volunteer, please contact Ron or Madonna Blackburn at 715748-2944.Did you know that the World Record for longest duration without sleep is 11 days? Did you also know that you are more likely to die from sleep deprivation than from hunger? The mission of Medford UMC’s Beds From Christ program is to provide beds to residents of Taylor County so they can get a restful night's sleep. Your donation makes a difference in the life of many. There is a donation box in the Medford campus lobby, or you can mark ‘Beds from Christ’ on your giving envelope.6Q & A CORNER / WORDS FROM A LAY LEADER What is the SALT Board? The SALT Board is the name of Medford UMC’s new leadership team. SALT stands for Simplified Accountable Leadership Team, and is also a reference to the book of Matthew: “Be the salt and the light of the earth.” The SALT Board will replace the current Council, Board of Trustees, and Finance Committee. Four members of the SALT Board will also serve on SPRC, along with members from Rib Lake. The change to Simplified Accountable Leadership Model was prescribed to the church during our HCI (Healthy Church Initiative) process. The members of the SALT Board were nominated by the Nominations Board, and voted into their positions on April 21 by the members of the church. The boards members are: Jean Nuernberger (chair), Jim Flood, Sandy Breth, Steve Mayer, Jessica Holtman, Robert Horenberger, Cheryl Ketelhut, Brad Kalmon, and Shane Ludwig. Their first meeting was held on May 9th, and the next meeting is scheduled to take place on June 13th. If you have any questions about the SALT board, please contact a member of the board or Pastor Angel. Do you have a question or comment about something happening in our churches? Please submit your questions by: Emailingemailingleaving a note on a communication cardTo My Dear Church Family: Wow- the middle of the year is here. How are you doing with your spiritual growth? Summer does bring new growth all around us. Beautiful sights may not be what they appear. A blossom maybe appealing to the eye yet it is sapping nutrients needed for true beauty and growth. Has integrity in your life been altered? Sin like a weed can come beautifully packaged, appearing harmless. Yet it takes your believe and sets doubt, brings in disbelieve, pulls you away from the spiritual journey you had started. Is something weakening your faith? Thank you to those who provided kind words and feedback as I acted as worship leader during service. Evaluation is a good thing. Does what I hear bring me closer, or open a wider gap in my spiritual growth? As the maze of daily life can be as challenging as a corn maze we can ask for help. God is always watching, listening ready to help. The Bible is our “handbook” on spiritual growth. God loves us and is not scorning for mishaps. We are to read the bible daily, make it a habit. The words speak to each individual as that person needs; will hear the meaning in them. As translations lose some original meaning the Lord will have the understanding thought each of us need. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV) Dear God, Help us to focus on you daily, give us courage to start anew when we fail. In Jesus name I ask. Amen. HCI is underway and making progress. Vacations are planned; things maybe a little quieter in our fellowship and outreach, but individually keep active. Support how you can, feedback, assistance, even an hour of your time can make a big difference in someone’s life. Dear Lord, Let us not be distracted but what is happening around us if it is not taking us closer to be Your disciple. Open our thoughts, hearts, and ears to your true words. Put us into action to do that which is needed for our fellow man as the Christian we are meant to be. Help us to grow our church. Lead us to nourish our bodies, minds, so we may share You with those we meet throughout the day. Thank you for the sun, new growth, warmer, longer days. Thank you for the families, possessions we have. In Jesus name may we be what you have planned for us. AmenJean Wimmer, Lay Leader of Medford UMC715-748-2804email: jeanwimmer@gmail.com7COMMITTEE NEWS WHAT’S HAPPENING? Membership: Medford: 93 Rib Lake: 54 SPRC: Has moved to the HCI Board, now named the SALT Board. Rib Lake: Looking for someone to run the slideshow during service. Training provided. Contact Pastor Angel 1.414.400.3486 or Crystal Lemke: 715.965.4006 Food Pantry of Rib Lake is open on the third Wednesday of each month. Contact: Karon Dallmann. Medford Food Donations: Delivered to Indianhead. Egg cartons may also be donated. Thanks to Glatha who makes the delivery. Clean bread bags also are requested. (A blind man makes them into rugs to support his family.) Place under table in church lobby. Thank you. Outreach: Beds From Christ Annual Brat Fry on Friday, June 1, 8:30am-5pm. Help requested. For bed applications or donations see web site. Contact Jerry Hubbard. Other outreach activities please contact Jean Wimmer 715.748.2804 Life Groups: New studies starting soon. See page 8. Contact Jean Nuernberger 715.965.4403. Library: Contact Jean Wimmer 715.748.2804 Trustees: Meet every other odd month. July is next meeting. Changing lights to LED, landscaping are on agenda. Contact John DeBruyne 715.748.5765. Leadership Development: In planning stage. Contact: Pastor Angel UMW: Help with ingathering see display in fellowship hall. Questions, Contact: Brenda Clark 715.678.6055 or Jean Wimmer 715.748.2804 Afternoon Circle: Meetings 1st Weds each month (June 6). Annual Rummage Sale May 31, June 1, June 2. Contact: Jill Pickreign 715.678.2418. Keenagers: Meet Second Wednesday of month. Contact: Barb Schief 715.748.6001 Lay Member to Annual Conference: Jean Wimmer is attending. “One with each Other” is this year’s theme. June 15-18, Madison Marriott West, UMCOR collections will be delivered. Contact: Pastor Angel Memorial: Name plaques in the church lobby are being brought up to date. Contact: Mary Lou Costello 715.748.2154 Lord’s Acre Sale: Contact Steve Mayer 715.748.3835 Submitted by: Jean Wimmer, Medford Lay LeaderFor God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. -John 3:16 (NRSV)8CHRISTIAN EDUCATIONCHILDREN’S CHURCH & LIFE GROUPSWar Room Bible Study Authors Stephen Kendrick & Alex KendrickLocation: Medford Library – Small Conference Room Dates: Tuesdays - June 19 – July 24, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.War Room Bible Study includes 5 scriptural lessons and inspiring movie clips found in the Kendrick Brothers’ movie War Room. This short series provides a variety of heart-felt and/or humorous movie scenes and Bible study. Session topics include: Dealing with Spiritual Lukewarmness, Christian Accountability, Grasping Grace and the Gospel, Engaging in Spiritual Warfare, and Trusting God in Prayer. [] For more information or to register for this Bible Study contact Jean Nuernberger @ 715 965-4403 or e-mail Please register by June 6th so materials can be ordered.Bible Study - The Book of Acts Location: Medford United Methodist Church Fellowship hall Dates: Wednesdays – June 20 – August 1, 2018 Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not required. For more information contact Pastor Angel.June 3 (R) Tanya (M) Shawn & Shane June 10 (R) Karon (M) Pat & Crystal June 17 (R) Dorathy (M) Wendy & Shawn June 24 (R) Lilliannet (M) Cheryl & Lilliannet But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me …”Luke 18:169CHURCH EVENTS IN JUNE 2018 SunMonTueWedThuCharge Office Hours:2(M) 8am - 5 pm Rummage Sale(M) 8am -12pm Rummage Sale78 Office closed91415 Office Closed162122 Office Closed232829 Office Closed3056 Office closed7The office is located at the Medford Campus.4 Office closed56Sat1 Beds from Christ Annual Brat Fry @County MarketTuesday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Wednesday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Thursday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm3 2nd Sunday after PentecostFri(M) 1:30pm Afternoon Circle(R) 8:15am Worship (R) 8:15am Children’s Church(M) 5:00pm Lay Servants(M) 8:30am Bible Study (R) 9:30am All Church Meeting w/ Potluck lunch to follow (M) 10:15am Worship (M) 10:15am Children’s Church 103rd Sunday after Pentecost11 Office closed1213 (M) 10:45am KeenagersHoly Communion (R) 8:15am Worship(M) 6:30pm SALT Board(R) 8:15 Children’s Church (M) 8:30am Bible Study (M) 10:15am Worship (M) 10:15 Children’s Church174th Sunday after Pentecost18 Office closed1920(R) 8:15am Worship (R) 8:15am Children’s ChurchJuly Newsletter Pictures and Articles Due(M) 8:30am Bible Study (M) 10:15am Worship (M) 10:15am Children’s Church(R) 9:00am Food PantryFather’s Day24 5th Sunday after Pentecost25 Office closed(R) 8:15am Worship (R) 8:15am Children’s Church (M) 8:30am Bible Study2627(M) 7:00pm Children’s Church Staff(M) 3:00pm Sticker Day34(M) 10:15am Worship (M) 10:15am Children’s Church1 6th Sunday after Pentecost Holy Communion (R) 8:15am Worship2 Office closedVolunteers needed for Sticker Day.
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