2017-03 News and Upcoming Events



Welcome to Jerry and Jolene Bellin and their children Nathan, Carson, Jacob and Molly.

Thank you to Don Huibregtse, Jim Miller, Tom Skillman, Dave Patterson and Randy Hermes for replacing the light bulbs in the Sanctuary.

 

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC
Sunday, January 8 @ Point Location, in the library.

TAKE NOTE: In order for the church to provide the best care we can, people should let us know when someone is in the hospital or has moved to another caring facility.

 

 

DON’T FORGET . . . During the months of January, February, March and April to read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. 
Share any insights with the pastor about your reading.

 

MEN’S RETREAT MARCH 17 – 19, 2017 AT PINE LAKE CAMP, WESTFIELD

Looking for an opportunity to engage with other men in the process of spiritual growth?  Want to enjoy fellowship in a resort setting less than an hour from Stevens Point? 

 Then consider the following invitation:

 

Who:                            Men of The United Methodist Church – Stevens Point and Plover

What:                          UMM Retreat 2017

When:                         Friday, March 17 (7 pm) thru Sunday, March 19 (1 pm)

Where:                         Bishop Rader Retreat Center, Pine Lake, Westfield, WI

Cost:                            $75 per person

What’s Included:        Double occupancy w/shower, Six Homemade Meals, Fun, Relaxation & Great Outdoors

Contact Brad Northcraft at jbnorthcraft@gmail.com with questions or to reserve your spot.

 

 

WOMEN’S RETREAT MARCH 31 – APRIL 2, 2017 AT LAKE LUCERNE CAMP AND RETREAT CENTER

Join us for the Women’s Retreat March 31 – April 2, 2017 at Lake Lucerne Camp and Retreat Center We will Bee United by God’s Sweet Word as we participate in workshops such as Bee Keeping, Bible Study, Cooking with Herbs, Flower Arranging, Sweet Music with Chimes, Stamping, Mindful Movement and more. There will be devotions, worship and social time too.

The cost is $160 for 2 night’s lodging, 5 meals and all materials. A $60 deposit must accompany your registration form, registration deadline and final payment is due March 1, 2017. For more information contact bonnieclement05@gmail.com or 262-895-2644.

 

 

The Stevens Point Area YMCA is pleased to share some great news! Central Rivers Farmshed has announced that the inaugural season of the Stevens Point Area Winter Farmers’ Market will begin on November 12th and reoccur on Saturdays until the end of March. Please see the attached Press Release for the current list of vendors and details on the weekly hot breakfast, and visit Farmshed’s website for further information: http://www.farmshed.org/our-work/stevens-point-area-winter-farmers-market/

 

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Happy Birthday to our 90 and over
members, constituents and friends

Betty Fosso     March 24    90

 

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Saturday, March 25, 2017
8:00 am at the Point location

Join men of faith for breakfast & fellowship.
Menu: Scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits, juice and coffee.

 

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The following is a list of groups who are in charge of Meet & Greet:

March 5           Boy Scouts Breakfast
March 12         Touch of Brass
March 19         Wednesday Night Bible Study
March 26         Chancel Choir

April 2              United Methodist Men
April 9              Fly High
April 16            ———–
April 23           Camp Sunday-Church Camp Team
April 30           Disciples’ Diner

 

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March 23rd
Lunch @12:00 Noon

“Overview of Opportunities at The Lincoln Center”
Presenters: Donna Calhoun & Carley Prochaska

Questions or to make a Reservation call 715-344-3557

RESERVATIONS APPRECIATED!

 

 

 

 

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2017-03 Waffle Church

waffle-church-fall-winterWhat is Waffle Church?   Waffle Church is a  gathering that seeks to bring people together in a faith community that fosters acceptance and love.  It reminds us that Jesus invites us ALL to come to him as children. Everything is based on the love of Jesus! You can come alone, with friends, with a partner, or with your children. This worship is for everyone of all ages. Waffle Church invites us to get sticky in the love of God.

Waffle Church will take place the first Sunday of each month at the Point location at 9:00 am in Fellowship Hall. Join us in celebrating God’s Love!

 

REMINDER:  THERE IS NO SUNDAY SCHOOL ON WAFFLE CHURCH SUNDAY

2017-03 Spiritual Gifts Course Being Offered

 

A course is being offered for personal and spiritual growth at The United Methodist Church – Point location. Have you ever been asked the question, “What is the church?” One answer is this: The church is the body of Christ on earth. Paul wrote, “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).

The Holy Spirit has given each of us unique gifts to carry out God’s work in the world. It is not easy, however, to discover our gifts or to develop and use them effectively. That is why our congregation is offering the course Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts.

Where do you fit into Christ’s plan for the world? The answer lies in the unique gifts God has given you. This course will provide a renewed understanding of who God created you to be and God’s design for Christian
community. You’ll find clues to your spiritual gifts in the Haugk Spiritual Gifts Inventory and other gifts
discovery activities. Then you’ll explore opportunities to further develop and use your gifts.

Using your gifts strengthens you spiritually and emotionally, which equips you to serve others. A biblical
emphasis on spiritual gifts does not turn people inward but impels them outward into ministry. Spiritual gifts mobilize the Christian community for “Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world”.

Patti and Randy Hermes, Mary Gurlea and Nea Miller, from the Stephen Ministry team, will teach this course. Sessions will cover such topics as the following:

      • Why you are unique
      • Finding real joy
      • Where your spiritual gifts come from
      • Love is at the heart of spiritual gifts
      • Exploring and applying your spiritual gifts

 
The class will meet on the four Tuesdays in April (the 4th through the 25th). Two class times are available on each of those days for you to choose from, in the afternoon from 1:00 – 3:00 pm and again in the evening from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. The course will conclude with a Ministry Celebration on Tuesday, May 2 at those same times, which will affirm the efforts and accomplishments of course graduates and help individuals explore their
interests and involvement in using their gifts. A registration fee of $8 covers the cost of materials.

To learn more about the course, call Patti or Randy Hermes at 715-341-4152, Mary Gurlea at 715-321-2102 or Nea Miller at 715-344-0157. You can also find out more and register for the course on our website at stevenspointumc.org (scroll down and click on the Spiritual Gifts Course announcement). Also, brochures for the course are available in the Gathering Area on the Spiritual Gifts poster, “Have you ever…”

Your spiritual gifts have been given to you for ministry. When you begin to explore them, your eyes are opened to the marvelous possibilities that God has prepared for you. You see yourself and those around you in an
entirely new light. Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts can help you live your life more effectively and completely. Be part of this opportunity for personal and spiritual growth!

Use the form below to sign up for the course or to request additional information.
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2017-03 Ministry News

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.
– Mother Teresa

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2017-03 Finance Corner

I know that I am supposed to contribute something about finances and yet I am not sure what I feel the need to contribute has to do with finances, maybe it does in some way.

This last Sunday was all about love and how to love those that are difficult to love. I think with that comes how we then need to find a way to contribute to those that are difficult to love.

It’s funny how that service happened on Sunday because on Saturday as I was approaching a train track and almost turned around as we all usually do so we don’t have to wait for the train, I decided to wait for the train. I was remembering how when I was a child we always waited for the trains; we never turned around for trains. (I know, I know, you’re wondering how this is going to relate to the love thing. Just hang in there with me). We would count the number of cars, we would wonder if there were any hobos on the train, etc. I have a love for trains, not sure, if that came from my Dad maybe, as he loved trains. He worked as a conductor for a short time and my Grandfather worked as a conductor on trains. My son even worked as a mechanic on the trains here in Stevens Point for a while.

I do have a train set, which gets set up every Christmas and I do have a boxcar, which has a “family” of hobos that are with it around their campfire. That makes me think about how close they are as a “family” even though one of them may get off the train in one town and not see the others for several years. They still will know their “family” when they meet again. I’m sure they still will pray for their “family” while they are apart.

This makes me also think about the homeless people we have in our city and how close they are as a “family”. I’m sure they too, take care of one another just like any other large family does, just as our congregation does. This is a way that we can reach out and contribute to those that may be difficult to love and may be difficult to support in some eyes. We need to find a way, whether it’s monetarily or donating items to them, such as clothing or blankets, or maybe they need scarves and hats as well as the preemies do.

There is also a wonderful article that Bishop Jung as written called “New Eyes”. I would highly recommend that everyone read it. Here is the link:
http://www.wisconsinumc.org/connections/conference-news/bishops-corner/soul-food/3111-new-eyes

Peace and Grace – Joy Pennell, Finance Chair

 

2017-03 Ghana – Help Joseph Heal

Dear Congregation Member and Friends,

With strong support from our church choir, the Mission and Ministry Committee invites all members of our church to join in an effort to help the Choir Director of the Methodist Church of Aworowa, Ghana, by providing funding for a needed surgery.

Joseph Fosu is a dynamic man with a wonderful, warm and friendly personality. He serves as the Choir Director for the Calvary United Methodist church in Aworowa, Ghana. He is a retired school teacher with a vital Christian commitment and is terribly in need of a total hip replacement. For the last year he has been transported to his appointed position as Choir Director by means of a bicycle with a wooden cart behind it.  He is not able to walk the distance to church to perform his leadership duties.

You might wonder why we would help just one person. In this case it is because Joseph is not only active in his church but he is one of the esteemed leaders of the village. He serves as a contract supervisor. In Ghana, contracts are agreed upon with a handshake and the contract observer (Joseph) serves as the person who witnesses the agreement process. Additionally, he works with 5 schools and an orphanage as a mentor and leader. He is constantly sought after for his advice in village matters. His lack of mobility is hindering him in serving in these capacities.

Rev. Listowel Ayensu-Mensah’s wife, Felecia Mensah, has been in Aworowa for the last month.  She accompanied Joseph to the Wenchi Regional Methodist Hospital. The hospital superintendent, Dr. Ballu was trained in hip replacements and will be there until next June, when he will be assigned to a new location. The requisite diagnostics were completed and it was determined that he needs a total hip replacement.   The cost to a Ghanaian, for the surgery and the required rehabilitation is estimated at 30,000 cedi, which approximately $7100.00 U.S.

We ask each of you to consider giving towards Joseph’s surgery cost. Our goal is to have our church donate $2000 or more towards his surgery. You may make a donation by sending a check to the United Methodist Church, with a tag line Joseph Fosu/Ghana Surgery. Send it to the church office, attention Joy Pennell at 600 Wilshire Blvd. Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54481 by March 26, 2017. Time is of essence as the physician who can do the surgery is only available until June, 2017.

It is our hope that our congregation will help us reach our goal and that by the middle of March we will be able add our contribution to his surgery needs. Past Ghana Missionaries are working to raise additional funds so that we may reach our goal of $7100. If you ever had a chance to meet Joseph you would know what a wonderful man he is and that he is vital to their Church Choir and the community.

May God continue to bless each of you!

Sincerely,
Mission and Ministry Committee and John Munson – Ghana Mission Co-Team Leader

2017-03 Statement on Current Immigration Raids

By Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe on February 17, 2017

In the past few days, the United States has seen a surge of raids targeting immigrant communities by Department of Homeland Security officials. These raids are occurring in homes, places of work, and even near churches. We are especially troubled by the raid outside of a United Methodist Church in Virginia on February 8 where men exiting a hypothermia shelter were confronted the minute they crossed the street off church grounds. Targeting those seeking sanctuary or services provided by houses of worship will not be tolerated.
The United Methodist Church believes that “migrants should be given due process and access to adequate legal representation. Due to these raids and the ensuing detentions and deportations that follow them, families have been ripped apart and the migrant community has been forced to live in a constant state of fear.” (Book of Resolutions, ¶ 3281 “Welcoming the Migrant to the United States”.)

While raids occurred over the past decades under the Obama, Bush and Clinton Administrations, we are especially concerned about the lack of discretion that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have shown recently as they profile communities – especially Latinx people – and engage in mass arrests.

To the United States government: we call upon you to immediately cease arrests, detainment, and deportations of undocumented immigrants, including children, solely based upon their immigration status until a fair and comprehensive immigration reform is passed.

To people of faith: We affirm that all are created in the image of God and we are called to welcome immigrants into our congregations, provide care for those facing separation from their families, and advocate for policies that uphold the civil and human rights of all migrants.

To all who live in fear of detention, deportation or separation from your family and community: you are valuable, deserving of opportunity, your contributions to society are important, and we will stand with you to advocate for justice.

“To refuse to welcome migrants to this country – and to stand by in silence while families are separated, individual freedoms are ignored and the migrant community in the United States is demonized by members of Congress and the media – is complicity to sin.” (Book of Resolutions, ¶ 3281 “Welcoming the Migrant to the United States”.)

2017-03 UMCOR Sunday (Formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is March 26, 2017

When disaster strikes around the globe—Haiti’s 2010 earthquake or Typhoon Haiyan in 2013—so many watching the drama unfold on our living room televisions feel entirely helpless. How could any one person make a difference in the wake of such widespread devastation? As responders around the globe scramble to help survivors, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, is prepared to act. So don’t be fooled by the word committee.

Together we reach children, families and communities who have experienced devastation
in the wake of disaster

The response of UMCOR isn’t something “they” do, it’s something “we” do. When You Give You Equip Christ’s Body to Serve in His Name That’s because your generous giving to UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing) is what allows UMCOR to act as the arms and legs of Christ’s church, moving toward the most vulnerable in their darkest days. Convinced that all people have God-given worth and dignity—without regard to race, religion or gender—together we are assisting those impacted by crisis or chronic need.
Because you give, the United Methodist Church’s compassionate response to human suffering continues today:
When tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, we responded
When children in Zimbabwe lost parents to AIDS, we responded
When a massive tsunami devastated lives in Japan, we responded
And when the next mass crisis occurs, we will be prepared to respond

UMCOR will be able to offer aid in Jesus’ name to those who suffer because United Methodists give through UMCOR Sunday, (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing).  In fact, it’s your generous giving that allows us to respond when disaster strikes. Not “they.” We.

Ensure the United Methodist Church Can Keep Helping. Will you continue to give to UMCOR Sunday (formerly One Great Hour of Sharing)? Will you continue to meet the needs of the children, families and communities who’ve experienced devastation in the wake of disaster? When we meet the needs of those who suffer we actually minister to Jesus, who said: “I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.  I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.” (Mt. 25:35-36, CEB)

As we respond, we recognize Jesus in those who are reeling in the wake of disaster.

To give by mail: Send checks to: GCFA, P.O. Box 340029, Nashville, TN 37203 or donate here.

2017-03 Here’s What People Are Saying About Stephen Ministry . . .

“I was ready to give up. But my Stephen Minister wouldn’t let me. He kept encouraging me and gave me the motivation to keep going.”

“Stephen Ministry really made a difference for me. I’d encourage anyone going through a tough time to consider a Stephen Minister.”

“As a man, I found it difficult and awkward to reach out for help. But I’m glad I did. I probably could have made it alone, but it sure was a lot easier having a Stephen Minister to talk to.”

If you would like more information on our Stephen Ministry or know of someone who may be in need of a Stephen Minster, please contact Pastor Howard or Randy Hermes, Coordinator.