THE LORD’S DAY, SUNDAY, July 27, 2014



Vol.  68   THE LORD’S DAY, SUNDAY, July 27, 2014   No. 29                       
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strong words  “It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.” Isaiah 63:1 “The religious leaders thought they had finally trapped Jesus. Perhaps smugly, they brought out a woman who had been caught in adultery. They exposed her sin publicly, knowing their law required the death penalty for such a woman. Yet Jesus said, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." At that, the leaders began to walk away, and only Jesus was left with the woman. He said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" "No one, sir," she answered. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus said. "Go now and leave your life of sin" (John 8:7-11). Jesus had every right to wield his power and boast of his perfection that day. Yet consider the kindness in his words. He helped the accusers gain a bigger perspective: Every one of us is a sinner. It is not our place to judge another person. God is the Judge. Then Jesus spoke words of kindness to the woman. He did not condone her sin, but he offered her a chance to choose a better life. Jesus's words were quietly powerful because of the love behind them. We can learn a lot from Jesus's example. If we wait until the people around us rise to a higher standard before we speak words of kindness, we may never speak. But if we take every opportunity to show the power of kind words, God can work through us to change lives. Thought: When you are tempted to think kindness shows weakness, remember that God shows his power through kind words.” – Dr. Gary Chapman
 SATURDAY   SATURDAY YOUTH GROUP MEETING: 5 P.M.
                           SATURDAY NIGHT WORSHIP SERVICE: 6 P.M.                                                    
 SUNDAY         ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: 9:30 A. M.                                  
                           SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE: 10:45 A.M.
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Nursery provided. Junior Church begins about 11:15 A.M.)
 CHURCH  CALENDAR TUESDAY:  Ladies Bible Study, 7 P.M. at Bethel Church, upstairs. TUESDAY: Bible Study, 7 P.M. at church downstairs in Memorial Hall. WEDNESDAY:  7 P.M. Bible study & prayer upstairs.
CHURCH NEWS
 Men’s Breakfast is held the second Saturday of each month in Memorial Hall. * The annual meeting of Bethel Church will be held July 30th in Memorial Hall at 7 P.M. * There is a mission opportunity in Honduras February 7-14. It may seem early, but there are only 30 spots. Total cost is $2,000 for each person. The trip includes a medical assistance team as well as those who will share the gospel message. Contact Ellie McClanathan for further information. 
 
COMMUNITY NEWS  The Lions Club Fly-In Fish Boil last Saturday was a great success. It was a perfect sunny summer day with a light breeze. Planes started arriving a couple days before. 600 pounds of fish were served. An estimated 130 planes flew in.  Last year the heat index was over 90 degrees and a count of 120 planes was reported and an estimated 800 people were served.  *  Have you planned your  float for the Island Fair August 16th?  Cash prizes for the winners are awarded by the Lions Club. The theme is “The Polar Vortex to the Sunny Summer, From Snow Bunnies to Bikinis, - How We Survived the Winter”. * Scandinavian Dance Fest is at the outdoor stage by the Community Center at 7:30 P.M. on August 2nd  . There will be over 100 dancers from age 3 through 82! Kari Sena Gordon is director for the 43rd year. She started teaching at age 11. She is the third generation of her family to be a Scandinavian Fest Dance Director. The Fest is sponsored by the Community Center Committee. Many help to make this tradition an annual event. * The top five results of the opening day of the 32nd Kewaunee/Door Salmon Tournament last Saturday: (1) Rick Berken, weigh in at Baileys Harbor, 29.27 pounds; (2) Josh Arcand, Algoma weigh in, 26.48 pounds; (3) Neil Johnson, weigh in Baileys Harbor, 23.44 pounds; (4) James Witt, Algoma, 23.44 pounds; (5) Victor Novak, Washington Island, 22.22 pounds. Victor Novak won the daily port prize on the opening day at Krueger’s Kap’s Marina. The second day of the tournament, winner of the port prize at Kap’s was Randy Dorow with a 22.17 pound salmon. The third day of the tournament the winner of the port prize at Kap’s Marina was Lynn MacDonald with a salmon weighing 22.73 pounds. Results of the final days will be included next week. * The artwork of Laura Findlay Hagen, her daughter, Sophia, and her son, Finn, will be on display at the Art and Nature Center through August 20. * Volunteers had a July 12 workday on Plum Island. Trail signs were erected and an information kiosk built. July 26th is the day scheduled for the Annual Meeting and Picnic. After lunch and the meeting there was a guided hike of the island. The website is plumandpilot.org for membership, volunteer opportunities and other information. * Word was received that Terence “Terry” Crowley,83, of Goodman, WI, died July 13th at Maryhill Manor, Niagara, WI. He was a principal at the Washington Island Schools in the early 1990s. His wife, Gloria, preceded him in death in 2011.

THE LORD’S DAY, SUNDAY, July 20, 2014

                                              July 20, 2014   Vol. 68   No.28





GRACE UPON GRACE!  John 1:1-17  "And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace." (v.16, RSV) What purpose does God have in leading us into situations which are uncertain and ambiguous? He does so in order that we might learn to depend on Him and not on ourselves. Just as in times of loneliness we learn to realize His presence, so in times of uncertainty we learn to realize His power. The major reason why our lives are unfruitful lies right here: we depend more on our own strength than we do on His. How can God teach us dependence unless He puts us into situations which are so uncertain that we are compelled either to choose the way of frustration or the way of faith? And if we draw back from entering such situations, we will miss a valuable spiritual education and our lives will become barren. A statement I came across some time ago sums up what I want to say concerning ambiguity and uncertainty. It is this: "God's purposes are always God's enablings." In other words, when God steers you into strange and uncertain situations, He will keep you very much in the dark concerning His purposes, but He will not leave you bereft of His grace. The purpose of God and the grace of God are two sides of the one coin. If you accept the purpose, you get the grace; if you refuse the purpose, you annul the grace. Anything God purposes for you, He gives you the grace to perform. John speaks in our text for today of "grace upon grace". One preacher I know translates that text like this: "Use the grace I give you and rest assured - there will always be more to follow."  Selwyn Hughes
 SATURDAY   SATURDAY YOUTH GROUP MEETING: 5 P.M.
                           SATURDAY NIGHT WORSHIP SERVICE: 6 P.M.                                                    
 SUNDAY         ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS: 9:30 A. M.                                  
                           SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE: 10:45 A.M.
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Nursery provided. Junior Church begins about 11:15 A.M.)
 CHURCH  CALENDAR TUESDAY:  Ladies Bible Study, 7 P.M. at Bethel Church, upstairs. TUESDAY: Bible Study, 7 P.M. at church downstairs in Memorial Hall. WEDNESDAY:  7 P.M. Bible study & prayer upstairs.
CHURCH NEWS
 Thank you to Stan Zyskowski for speaking at the Men’s Breakfast last weekend. Men’s breakfast is open to any men who would like to attend.  It is held the second Saturday of each month in Memorial Hall. * The annual meeting of Bethel Church will be held July 30th in Memorial Hall at 7 P.M. * Thank you to Chick Stults for speaking at both the Saturday night and Sunday morning services in the absence of Pastor Ryan. Pastor Ryan was at Lifest with the youth.  *  COMMUNITY NEWS  The Farm Museum sponsored a home tour on July 18th. This event is held every other year. Homes on the tour this year included:  Kristen and Stan Stevens’ home off Townline Road, Amanda DeWitt’s off Wilcox Road, Richard and Celia Stolz’s off Little Lake Road, Fragrant Isle Lavender Farm and Shop, corner of Airport and Rangeline Roads, Dan and Connie Westbrook’s home on Jackson Harbor Road.  *  The Annual Rec Center Run is July 26th. Runners need to register 15 minutes before the run which begins at 10 A.M. 10K Run = 6.2 miles; 5K run = 3.1 miles; 2K Fun Run = 1.2 miles; 5K walk = 3.1 miles; 2K walk = 1.2 miles. Age brackets: 12 & under; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59, and 60+.  Entry fee is $25 per pre-registered runner; $30 per runner on the day of the event. All entries receive both a t-shirt and participation ribbon. More information? Contact islandreccenter@live.com, or call Katie McGrane at 920-847-2226. *  Dredging recently continued in Detroit Harbor to wrap up the project. * The cement platform is poured at Schoolhouse Beach where a pavilion will be constructed for those who want to picnic. * Start thinking about a float for the Island Fair! The fair, with parade, will be August 16th. Cash prizes for the winners are awarded by the Lions Club. The theme is “The Polar Vortex to the Sunny Summer, From Snow Bunnies to Bikinis, - How We Survived the Winter”. * Scandinavian Dance Fest practice has begun with Dance Director Kari Sena Gordon. Save the date of the Fest: August 2nd. * Thank you to Butch Young who is in his 50th year of Service to Washington Island Fire and Public Safety on the Island. He currently holds the position of Assistant Chief. * Congratulations to Jonathan Bass, 13 year old accomplished pianist, on his acceptance to the Birch Creek Music Performance Center’s two week symphony session Jonathan began playing at age three. He also plays clarinet, guitar, and bass guitar. He performs at many Island music events and is a regular accompanist at Bethel Church services. * ursday 7/24 at 6:30pm for socializing & a refreshing beverage. The concert will start at 7:30pm. There will be a 50/50 raffle with winners announced at the end of intermission. Admission is $10 per person & additional donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit both organizations. All proceeds will help support the work of WICHP and United Way of Door County."Songsmith Renegades", Daniel Anderson & Travis Cooper, will be performing at the TPAC on Washington Island to benefit Washington Island Community Health Program (WICHP) & United Way of Door County, Thursday, July 24. 6:30 P.M. for socializing & a refreshing beverage. The concert will start at 7:30 P.M. There will be a 50/50 raffle with winners announced at the end of intermission. Admission is $10 per person & additional donations will be gratefully accepted to benefit both organizations. All proceeds will help support the work of WICHP and United Way of Door County. For more info call Christine Andersen 847-2108. * There was a storm with hail in areas on the Island and heavy rainfall July 14th. * Word was received that Dr. Rajesh Patel has a brain tumor. Keep him and the family in your prayers. Vilas (who was injured in a shooting and is Rajesh and Cathy’s son) is recuperating well at home. Mail can be sent to 218 Benjamin Dr, Eufaula, ALA 36027.  Dr. Patel served as Island doctor and Vilas attended high school here.