May 2015 - St. James United Methodist Church



May 2015 - St. James United Methodist Church
2945 Main Street, East Troy, WI 53120
Rev. Lorrin Radzik
Following the Cross
May 2015
Pastor’s Ponderings
Grace and Peace in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord! Christ is Risen! Christ is Risen indeed!
Beloved, we are in the season of Easter, a season of resurrection; of new life and new hope.
Though we celebrated the empty tomb at the beginning of April, the season of Easter actually lasts
for 50 days and extends through most of the month of May, all the way until Christ’s Ascension and
Pentecost, near the end of this month. So let us celebrate the resurrection with gladness! Christ is
risen! This is the day that the Lord has made - let us rejoice and be glad in it!
Resurrection is new life and new hope. When we think of resurrection we think of wonderful things – of springtime
and Easter, or flowers and budding trees. Resurrection and Easter comes, for us, in the spring. The seasons in
which we live are in sync with the church calendar, and as we celebrate hope and new life, the world wakes up
around us, bursting forth with color and newness. But in the midst of these celebrations of newness and joy, we
often forget that resurrection comes with a cost. It does not come without pain or heartache. Resurrection and
Easter do not come without Good Friday.
There are times in our lives and even in our church where it is hard to see Easter, or where it feels as though we are
still living in the moments of Good Friday. There are times when we lose our way and get stuck in Good Friday,
never quite making it to Easter and resurrection joy. But dear friends, do not lose hope. God is at work among us!
God is doing great things at St. James! There are signs of spring and newness and resurrection here – have you
seen them? Come and take a look at the youth gathered together to study and play and grow together on the second
Sundays at 6:30. Stay for Impact! and watch people of all ages learn about God’s great love for us by working
together. Join a Bible Study and dig deeper into spirituality and God’s word. Pray with the Prayer Ministry. Sing
with the Choir. Volunteer to serve at Second Helpings. Find a way to connect with others and start something new!
Join us on May 24th for Confirmation Sunday and watch to see what God has done in 5 young adults over the last
nine months as they share with us their faith. Beloved, we serve a resurrection God and that resurrection God is
shaking us up and making new things happen here at St. James. As we look toward spring, both outside our
windows and inside our church, my prayer is that you will see our resurrection God at work in your life, and here at
St. James in new and surprising ways this season and always.
With hope,
Pastor Lorrin
May 7th
May 14th
May 21st
May 28th
Dolores Rich & friends
Joyce Reed
Brad Balgord
Our April 20th, Second
Helpings meal of sloppy joes,
chips, coleslaw, cookies and
ice cream was enjoyed by 96
people. It was a privilege for
the Second Helpings Committee to cook and serve
each and every one. All of the months are now filled
in for the rest of the year. Thank you to everyone!
The Second Helpings Committee
“Therefore go and make
disciples...” On Sunday, May
17th, join us for worship and
hear a message from our
Student Pastor about making
disciples and the
transformation that comes
when we commit our whole
lives to God’s mission in the
world. That morning we will
present bibles to our 1st graders (and to any
elementary student who has not yet received
one) and to our graduating senior. Join us for
our celebration and then plan to live out the
Great Commission by participating in some
special activities after the worship service at
10am (bring your work clothes!), followed by a
potluck at 11am. There will be projects for
people of all ages and ability levels to participate
in, so plan to come and join us as we make a
difference and change the world, one life at a
time, starting with ourselves.
Believe it or not, it’s May and we’re down to the
last scheduled Impact! before our summer
break! Mark your calendars and plan to join us
on May 3rd at 10:15am for our final Impact! of
this school year, where we’ll spend some time
learning from one another and talk about
practical ideas around the theme: Making Time
for God. Summer is almost here and if your
summer is anything like Pastor Lorrin’s it tends
to get busy quickly! Together, we’ll spend some
time and talk about some creative ways that we
can make time for God in the midst of our
summer activities, vacations, and yes, even our
beach time!  Join us on May 3rd for our final
Impact! of the year – you won’t want to miss it!
United Methodist
Women will participate
in the community-wide
rummage sale on Saturday,
May 23. Items needed for
the sale include: small household items, knick knacks,
jewelry, glassware, and other clean rummage items.
Baked items for the bake sale are also appreciated.
As you do your spring house cleaning, please
remember the rummage sale on May 23. Funds from
the UMW fundraisers are given to the Methodist
church missions. Items (NO CLOTHES!) for the sale
can be placed in the Narthex starting May 17. Baked
items should be brought to the Narthex before 9 a.m.
on Saturday, May 23. Thank you for your support.
Who: Youth in Grades 6-12
What: A time of prayer, worship, food, fellowship
and fun as we grow together in our faith!
When: Second Sundays of the month from 6:30pm8:30pm
We’ve popped balloons, played sea themed games,
eaten pizza, and done Bible study. We’ve talked
about dreams and hopes for the future, and we’ve
worshiped together. Now we’ve even got an empty
room, all to ourselves. If you are in grades 6-12,
you’re invited to join us on the second Sundays of the
month from 6:30-8:30pm for youth group as we
learn more about each other, more about God, and
plan for the future. Bring your calendars and join us
on May 10th at 6:30! If you have questions, talk to
Pastor Lorrin and plan to come for a night of fun!
See you there,
Pastor Lorrin
Don’t forget to bring your items
for the food pantry each Sunday!
These items are “always” needed
no matter what month or
season, they are:
Laundry soap, dish
soap, sugar, flour, and
cookies. The theme for MAY is: “Back to the
Basics” the items needed this month are:
canned fruit, canned vegetables, pork & beans,
tuna, spaghetti sauce and pasta.
Our district is getting a new name! Come;
celebrate our South East District on August 1,
10 – 11:30 a.m. at Oconomowoc: Good Shepherd
On Sun., May 31 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM Caldwell
UMC (8504 Caldwell Road, Mukwonago, WI 53149)
will be hosting a training event for laity and clergy in
our Circuit group – and you can invite family
members or friends to attend with you. This training
focuses on how to QUESTION a person who might
be in a potential suicide crisis; PERSUADE someone
to get help; and then REFER someone to appropriate
resources (QPR). The training is about recognition
and referral, and can be implemented by anyone. QPR
is NOT a form of counseling or treatment for suicidal
people. QPR is intended to offer hope through
positive action. While all members of the community
are encouraged to attend, this training is not meant for
loved ones who have lost someone to suicide within
the last six months. Debbie Rueber from the Kenosha
County Department of Health and Human Services
will be the QPR certified instructor. The training is
offered to you at no cost. Please sign-up with your
pastor by May 24 so we can ensure there will be
enough resource materials for everyone.
Many thanks to all who participated in our Sunday to Save
Lives on Easter, and during the season of Lent by praying
for and donating to Imagine No Malaria. Through the
hard work of our Confirmation Class, your generous
giving, and with God’s help, we have met and exceeded
our goal of $2000 - in just two months! To date, we have
collected $2032.05, an amazing amount of money, given
to end preventable deaths caused by malaria infected
mosquito bites. Thank you for making a difference in the
lives of so many people in sub-Saharan Africa, thank you
for committing to play a part in helping the Wisconsin Annual Conference reach its $1 million dollar goal, and
thank you for helping the United Methodist Church work toward reaching its $75 million dollar goal! As our
confirmation students have been telling us: every dollar counts, every dollar makes a difference! Thank you for
your extravagant generosity toward our Confirmation Class mission project and toward the work that Imagine No
Malaria continues to do in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Africa through the people of the United Methodist
Church. Thanks be to God!
Pastor Lorrin
Pastor Lorrin will be away for vacation and Annual
Conferences in both Wisconsin and West Ohio during the
end of May and the month of June. During her vacation,
she will have the opportunity to spend time with family
and friends in Massachusetts, celebrate with her husband
Dave as he is ordained as a Deacon in the Episcopal
Church in New York, spend time on the beach with and
babysit for her niece in Pennsylvania, and see family and
friends in Ohio. During the time away she will also be in
attendance at the West Ohio Annual Conference, where, as a clergy member of the Annual Conference,
she is required to be a voting delegate on important legislation and West Ohio’s representation for the
General and Jurisdictional Conferences. She will then return to Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Annual
Conference, where she is also a clergy member and required to be in attendance and will spend a week of
her vacation in this beautiful state as well.
Many thanks to our wonderful Lay Servants who have agreed to lead worship while Pastor Lorrin is away,
as well as to the area clergy who have agreed to serve on call for Pastor Lorrin in the event that a pastoral
emergency should arise while Pastor Lorrin is on vacation or at Annual Conference in West Ohio. If there
is a need, please contact the church office, and Maureen will be able to connect you with the pastor that is
serving on call that week and will help with any needs that might arise.
Pastor Lorrin will be leaving following a celebration of our Student Pastor Kookho Kim and our
Confirmation Students on the afternoon/evening of May 24th and will be on vacation through June 6th.
She will be in attendance at the West Ohio Annual Conference in Lakeside, Ohio from June 7 through
June 11th and will return to Wisconsin and be in attendance at the Wisconsin Annual Conference from
June 12-June 15th. Pastor Lorrin will then be on vacation June 16-21st and on June 28th.
Take a Moment . . . To Grow Closer to God!
Shaped to Serve
God has made each of us a unique individual shaped to serve and to glorify Him!
Memories--they can come to us at any moment. Something we are doing pulls up a memory of having done it
before or, attending an event or hearing a laugh reminds us of people and times gone by. Good memories,
bad memories, sad memories, happy memories. Memories that light the corners of our minds, water colors
of a life lived and still to be lived.
Our granddaughter, Taylor, had a yellow blanket that, I think, was connected to her body when she was a
baby. Everywhere she went, so did the blanket. In time, the blanket was unrecognizable—turned into
ribbons flowing in the wind. Her parents felt it was dangerous to carry around, so they packed it away and
bought her a new blanket. Needless to say, Taylor was very sad and cried for her tattered blanket. Our
thoughts were that she was too old for a blanket. But, when she and I talked about it, I got a completely
different viewpoint. To Taylor, it wasn’t the need to carry a blanket. To her, the blanket represented her
store of memories—memories from the first four years of her life. She is 16 now, and hasn’t had a blanket for
many years. But the tattered blanket is still in her bedroom reminding her of loving memories sweetened
through time.
Memories are blessings from our Lord. Timothy relates that precious memories trigger our honest faith. (2
Timothy 1:5-14) He reminds us that God has given us special gifts of ministry and a Bible full of events and
people to remember. We honor God by studying the Bible, celebrating the stories during religious holidays,
and passing our faith to our children. Understanding what has happened in the past contributes to who we
are now, but what we think happened is far more significant. We need to pay attention to it and pass it
forward correctly since memory is the key to our actions.
Memorizing scripture gives us what we need--a strong spiritual foundation. No other single exercise pays
greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and more
effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your faith will be solidified. (Growing Strong in the
Seasons of Life)
Whether it is a blanket with stored memories, memories of events from our past, or the Christian foundation
we build from memorized scripture, the reason for the gift of memories is to remember Jesus, to run to Him,
to love Him, and to invite Him to take up residence in your heart. Those who serve God most joyfully are the
ones who know him most personally. Praise be to God!
Judy McFarlane
For Annual Conference, we have decided to gather items to create Cleaning Buckets and Women’s Kits
(that will stay within Wisconsin and be used at Harbor House, United Methodist Children’s Services, and
Northcott Neighborhood House.) Below is a list of items that we will be collecting. Please bring them to
church by June 1, 2015 so that we can assemble these items.
MMDC Cleaning Bucket:
Secure product lids. Place all items in bucket. Sizes are important as all items must fit in bucket. Put list
on outside and seal bucket. Include $5 shipping per bucket.
- 5 gal. bucket with resealable lid (clean)
- liquid laundry detergent - 50 oz.
- household cleaner concentrate - 12 to 16 oz.
- antibacterial dish soap - 16 to 28 oz.
- air freshener - 8 or 9 oz. (aerosol cans must have
protective cap)
- insect repellent (not killer) - 6 oz. to 14 oz. (with
protective cap)
- 5 scouring pads (not steel wool)
- 1 scrub brush
- 18 cleaning towels (Easy Wipe, reusable)
- 7 sponges, assorted sizes
- 50 clothes pins (snap)
- clothesline (cotton) approx. 3/16" diameter X 100 ft.
- dust mask 5 pack (disposable and sealed in a bag)
- latex gloves package of 2 pair (Premier)
- work gloves - 1 pr. (Wells Lamont, Canvas Dot)
- trash bags - 24 (rolled into 2 sets of 12) (Glad tie, approx. 30 gallon or larger)
Women’s Kits:
All NEW items, please. All items in a 1 gallon plastic zipper bag. No shipping costs.
- 1 antiperspirant
- 2 bars of soap
- 1 toothbrush
- 1 washcloth
- 1 toothpaste
- 1 comb
- 1 hand sanitizer
- 1 nail clipper, emery board
- 1 sewing repair kit
- 1 travel-size tissue box
- 1 pen & pad of paper
- 1 lip balm
- 1 travel-size shampoo
- 1 hair spray/mousse
- 6 adhesive plastic bandage strips (plain)
Worship in May
May 3
May 10
May 17
May 24
May 31
Abiding in Jesus & Bearing Good Fruit
Abiding in Jesus & Loving One Another
Ascension Sunday: Change the World Sunday (Regular Service) Student
Pastor Kookho Kim Preaching
Pentecost & Confirmation Sunday, Celebration of Student Pastor
Kookho Kim’s Ministry
Trinity Sunday: Joyce Reed Preaching
May 1
May 6
May 12
May 15
May 17
May 18
May 18
May 18
May 19
May 19
May 20
May 20
May 21
May 25
May 27
May 29
May 29
Lawrence Weber
Jean Malmstrom
Ben Adams
Ruth Ebert
Mark Triebold
Terry Dignan
Meghan Spees
Nicole Spees
Jim Cox
Paul LaPlant
Bob Garvens
Bonnie LaPlant
Karen Davis
Emily Werth
Susan Hudzinski
Lisa Gitz
Marcia Boeing
May 1
May 10
May 12
May 15
May 19
May 21
Russ & Joanne Gale
Adam & Tiffany Milne
Paul & Victoria Blaho
Greg & Vicki Hahn
Shawn & Kim Golliher
Dave & Stacey Spurlock
A Mission of St James United Methodist Church
Our mission at Noah’s Ark Christian Day Care is to provide a safe, fun and
spiritual environment for children. We are a state licensed not-for-profit
religious organization. Every day the children choose structured activities
and also participate in prayer time. Our role is to present a well-rounded
curriculum that focuses on the child and includes social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development
under professional and personal care. Our duty is to treat each child with respect, dignity, and self-worth,
which will help your child develop a positive self-image, and constructive interactions with peers and
caregivers. At Noah’s Ark we strive to communicate openly and encourage you to be involved, and your
ideas, thoughts, and suggestions are always welcome. All the children receive the highest quality care in a
healthy, safe, spiritually filled environment.
Staff Highlight
This month we would like to welcome our newest staff member Jessica.
Hi my name is Jessica Berg. I am 19 years old. My birthday is August 19th. My hometown is Eagle,
WI, but recently I moved to Mukwonago. I’m currently a sophomore at UW-Whitewater. Before, attending
UW-Whitewater I graduated from Palmyra-Eagle high school. After, graduating from High School a
semester early; I decided I wanted to stay at home and commute to college. I am going to school to receive
a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Adaptive Education. My dream one day is to become a 2nd
or 3rd grade teacher. I have always had such a great passion for working with children and kids of all ages
ever since I was little. I genuinely enjoy teaching and helping children grow every day. I am very excited to
be a part of the Noah’s Ark team. I’m looking forward to being a part of just one milestone in these
children’s lives.
Infants: 4
Toddlers: 5
Preschool: 7
School-age: 11
Curriculum / Themes for the Week
April 4-8
Theme: Celebrate our Mother’s
April 11-15
Theme: National Transportation Week
April 18-22
Theme: Patriotic Week
April 25-29
Theme: Pet Week
Please like us on Facebook at Noah’s Ark Christian Daycare
Total Enrolled: 27
St. James Dates
May 2015
Girl Scouts meet
6-9 p.m.
In Fellowship
Worship 9 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
meeting 10:15a.m.
Choir practice
6:30 p.m.
AA meets in
Fellowship Hall
7:30 p.m.
Worship 9 a.m.
Mother’s Day
Sunday School
10 a.m.
Class 11-12:30pm
Crafters meet
9 – 11 a.m.
Worship 9 a.m.
Change the World
Sunday Activities
10 a.m.
Potluck 11 a.m.
Meal 5:30 p.m.
AD Council
7:30 pm
Worship 9 a.m.
with Confirmation
& Student Pastor
31Worship 9 a.m.
Final Sunday School
10 a.m.
Suicide Prevention
training @Caldwell
1 – 3 p.m.
Girl Scouts meet
6 – 7:30 p.m.
In Fellowship
United Methodist
Women meet
@ 12 noon
Choir practice
6:30 p.m.
AA meet 7:30pm
Worship Staff
meeting 7:30pm
SPRC meeting
7 p.m.
Red Bird Circle
Spring Luncheon
Circle Luncheon
Choir practice
6:30 p.m.
East Troy
Worship 11am
Knitters meet
11-12 p.m.
East Troy
Worship 11am
Knitters meet
11-12 p.m.
East Troy
Worship 11am
Knitters meet
11-12 p.m.
Choir practice
6:30 p.m.
AA meets in
Fellowship Hall
East Troy
Worship 11am
Knitters meet
11-12 p.m.
AA in Fellowship
Hall 7:30pm
Pastor Lorrin on
vacation til 6/6
9:00 a.m. –
3:00 p.m.
dinner &
5-7 p.m.
St. James United Methodist Church
2945 Main Street
East Troy, WI 53120
Following the Cross
Published monthly by St. James United Methodist Church, Editorial Committee
Rev. Lorrin Radzik and Maureen Loehe, Administrative Assistant
Deadline for June Issue: Friday, May 15, 2015 (No late articles can be accepted)
(Submit to church office)
Phone # (262) 642-7642
Church Office Hours
Monday – Thursday
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday - Office Closed
Worship Hours
Worship – Sunday morning @9:00 a.m.
Sunday School – after Sunday worship 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. (September – May)
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