The Memo from Memorial
Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Presbyterian Church, Appleton, WI
January 11, 2018

T he Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be held on Mon., Jan. 15 at Lawrence Chapel, beginning at 6:30 pm. The keynote speaker is Dr. Aly Wane, an organizer from Senegal who has worked with various human rights groups. The event is free and open to the public .

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Pastor's Message
Now that the Advent Devotionals have come to an end, you might be looking for some ideas to continue the practice of daily devotions. Below is a list of a few options I have found encouraging over the years. Each week in The Memo (in the top banner, along with links to the bulletin, calendar and newsletter) you’ll find a link to a weekly devotion that connects to the upcoming Sunday scripture reading.
I hope you find daily encouragement through one of these resources. Let me know if there are other websites or apps you have found helpful on your spiritual journey. 
D365 : A joint effort of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and several other reformed churches. The platform and content is geared for youth, but I enjoy the contemplative aspect of these reflections. Very interactive, adding music and image.  (also available as an app)
Still Speaking Daily Devotional : From the UCC church, written by diverse authors. You may choose to receive this as a daily email. 

Narrative Lectionary Daily Devotions : Devotions based on the Narrative Lectionary, which connects with scriptures read in Sunday worship. 
PC(USA) Options :
Daily Lectionary Readings : Daily scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. 
PC(USA) Mission Yearbook : Daily scripture readings and stories of Presbyterian mission.
PC(USA) Daily Prayer App : Daily scripture readings. For those who desire to grow in prayer, praying the prayers of others is a good way to learn to talk to God.  (available wherever you download apps)
UKirk Daily : Site created by PC(USA) college ministry, with daily Psalm and New Testament readings, and a closing prayer. Very simple design.  (available wherever you download apps)
In Christ,
Pastor Mike Goodwin

On Sunday, January 7, eight new elders and deacons were ordained and installed to begin their ministry within the church. This photo was taken during the "laying on of hands" portion of the service, when those members who have previously served as elders and deacons are invited to the chancel area for the Prayer of Ordination.
Great Program for Young Adult Christians -
The Synod & Per Capita 
A question that I’m sometimes asked is, “What exactly does the synod do?” I hear the question this time of year because we talk about per capita and the statement, “It supports the work of the synod” is generally part of the conversation. I get the question because I’m the presbytery’s (and your) representative to the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. I am also the chair of the synod’s Ecclesiastical Relations Committee (ERC).

Now “What does the synod do?” is a big question (that I would be happy to discuss at any time) but I would like to give you a small idea of something that is happening at synod and with my committee. I would encourage you to click on the link to a very interesting article about a new experimental program in Madison to support young adults, particularly after they have graduated. The program hopes to help young adults find spiritual care and provide a sense of community. While the Lilly Foundation supplied the bulk of the funds, ERC also played an important role. Before Lilly would make their grant, they needed to see a demonstration from other groups that were also willing to provide support. This is where the synod and ERC came in. ERC worked with the committee in Madison to provide three years of funding for the program. ERC demonstrated that we were willing to provide partnership, collaboration and support for this exciting new program. This went a long way in giving the Lilly Foundation confidence to make their grant.

So without individuals and churches paying their per capita, there would be no synod. With no synod, this type of programming wouldn’t be able to happen. ~ Greg Braatz, Commissioned Pastor

Upcoming Adult Education Classes
We will be having a variety of adult education offerings on upcoming Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m.:

  • January 14 – Animate Practices: Service. Enuma Okoro (video presenter) is a seasoned traveler, having lived and worked in countries on four continents. But she encourages us to see the needs around us. This local context can give us a new understanding of what service really looks like. This session will be led by Janie Stevenson.
  • January 21 & 28 - Watch and discuss the documentary Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence, produced by PC(USA). “Drawing on conversations with lawmakers, emergency room chaplains, survivors and victims’ families, former ATF officials, police officers, community leaders and others, Trigger shares the story of how gun violence impacts individuals and communities and examines the ripple effect that one shooting has on a survivor, a family, a community and a society.” Come join the conversation.

Introducing the Sunday Morning Lectionary Discussion!

Starting in February and continuing for the rest of the year, we will be trying something different during Sunday morning Adult Education: The Lectionary Discussion . During the Adult Education hour there will be a discussion of the lectionary text that will be preached on that Sunday. The discussion will be led by either Pastor Mike or Greg, depending on who is preaching that Sunday. For the last two years we have had a Lectionary Lunch class, and all who participated stated that the class helped them get a great deal more from the sermon, so we are bringing this class to Sunday morning. (There will still be “Sunday Times” on the third Sunday of the month.)

February’s lectionary reading:
  • February 4 – John 4:1-42. Jesus meets the women at the well. (Greg will lead.)
  • February 11 – John 9:1-41. Jesus is the light of the world; brings light to the eyes of a man born blind. (Mike will lead.)
  • February 18 – Sunday Times
  • February 25 – John 13: 1-17. Foot-washing as a sign of Jesus’ love and example.

See you then, the coffee pot will be on! ~ Greg Braatz
Faith and Science Bible Study
The upcoming Adult Education Bible Study will look at the intersection of Faith and Science. The class, entitled “Evolving Universe, Evolving Faith,” was developed in partnership with the Adler Planetarium in Chicago along with the Clergy Letter Project, an organization committed to demonstrating that religion and science can be compatible. The sessions include topics such as: “Awe, Wonder and God - Could There be Life on Other Planets?”, “Is There Evidence of God?,” and “Ethic and Evolution.”

We will be testing a new format in this class, with all materials available on-line. Comments we have heard repeatedly are, “I wish I could have watched the video before the class to get more out of the discussion,” or “Now that we have had the discussion, I wish I could go back and watch the video because I believe I would get more from it.” With this class format, both of these will be possible.

The seven-session course will begin on January 29. Each one-hour class will be offered twice each week: Mondays at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at noon. 
Hope to see you there! 
Lenten Study
Have you ever wondered “What is the spiritual life?” and “How do I live it?”

Themes you will hearing more in this coming year are Faith Formation and Path to Discipleship. These are pathways for people to consider or reconsider the Christian faith, to encounter Jesus and the Good News, and to live as disciples in a supportive faith community. To help us start exploring these themes, this year’s Lenten study will be considering Henri J.M. Nouwen’s book, Making All Things New: An Invitation to the Spiritual Life . Making All Things New is Nouwen’s answer to two questions: “What is the spiritual life?” and “How do I live it?” He describes why we so desperately need to pursue the spiritual life, which he contrasts with a life of worry, and gives practical advice about engaging in the spiritual life through the complementary disciplines of solitude and community.

Ash Wednesday is on February 14 (yes, it is very early), so the class will start on Sunday, February 18 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The study will consist of five sessions: an introduction, three sessions from the book, and one wrap-up session. 

There is a sign-up sheet on the Fellowship table for those interested so that we know how many books to order. We look forward to seeing you there! ~ Mike & Greg

Serrv Sale Reaps Great Benefits
Serrv, a nonprofit organization with a mission "to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide" wishes everyone a very Happy New Year, and shares the following good news on all that's been accomplished in 2017! MPC's annual Serrv Sale - and your participation in it - contributes to this effort. For more information, visit their website here .
New Logo Introduced
MPC's new logo, which was introduced to the congregation last Sunday, will be seen more and more in the days and weeks to come, as we gradually "roll out" this beautiful new icon that represents our new mission statement: Connect. Inspire. Serve. In order to be good stewards of church finances and the environment, we will deplete our current supply of letterhead, envelopes and bulletin covers before ordering new stationery. For a detailed description on how this logo came to be, click here .
Sign Up Today for Luau Potluck
Sunday's the deadline to sign up for the Wisconsin Luau Potluck on January 21! Let's gather with the warmth of our church on a cold winter day and enjoy ham (cooked with pineapple, of course) provided by the Fellowship Group. Please bring a dish or two to share (no need to make it a Hawaiian recipe!) Plates and tableware will be provided. The sign-up sheet is on the Fellowship Table in the west hallway or send an email to the church office to let us know you'll be there!
This morning our Holy Land travelers began their journey! You are welcome to travel with them, armchair-style, by following their itinerary here and keeping them in your prayers throughout the next nine days.
Save the date! The annual Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive is scheduled for February 18 - March 11, 2018. Start watching for sales on hygiene and paper products. A full list of needed items may be found here

Children and Youth Ministries
New This Sunday!
3-4 Year-Old Class Added to Sunday School Program

This Sunday we will be launching the new 3-4 year-old Sunday School program! All children ages 3 through Grade 6 will gather in the Sunday School room for a shared Bible story and music time. Then, the younger kids will go to a separate room for age-appropriate activities and crafts. This exciting new development will allow for both younger and older children to connect with the Bible story and material using activities that are best for each age group. This Sunday’s lesson is “Jesus Helps in a Storm," based on Mark 4:35-41. Parents, if you’d like to take a look at some home-based activities prior to the lesson, click here

Kinderchurch (Age 3 – Grade 2)

Children participate in this age-appropriate worship service by attending the 10:00 a.m. worship service with their parents for about 15 minutes, and then moving to the Kinderchurch room as a group. This Sunday's lesson is "Baby Jesus is Presented to God." Kinderchurch is not held on those Sundays when communion is served, so that children will be able to participate in communion, with their parents’ approval.

Youth Fellowship (Grades 7-12)

This past week in Youth Fellowship, we continued our series on Faith and Science. We took a look at the history of modern science, and how it has been influenced by Christian scientists throughout the years. We also discussed why we think that sometimes, Christians have a hard time accepting scientific theories. We then looked at the different ways we come to know God, both through his Word and his creation. They both say different things, but point us to the same God, and both are valuable to growing our faith. Youth Fellowship meets on Wednesday nights from 6-7:30, and is for students grades 7-12. We’d love to have you join us! ~ Joel Screnock
Sundays Available for Chancel Flowers
There are several Sundays still available in 2018 f or you to contribute a chancel flowers. You may contribute in honor or in memory of a loved one, and the flowers may be in the form of a bouquet, a potted flower, or a green plant, or even flowers from your garden! Just sign up on the poster outside the church office, or call the church at 734-1787. Then, fill out this  form and send it in via  email  or postal service. Payment may be made by check or  online .  
Per Capita Payments
This year, the church per capita rate has increased to $35.33, which is multiplied by our total membership as of December 31, 2016. That means that on March 31, 2018, MPC will be asked to send a check in the amount of $11,022.96 ($35.33 x 312) to the Presbytery of Winnebago. Please consider contributing $35.33 for every MPC member in your household to offset this cost. Thank you.

The MPC Prayer Group meets every Wednesday morning from 9-10 am in the Chapel, praying for our families, our church, our community, and our world. If you have a prayer request, please email it to the church office .

This week, let us pray for:

  • Alice Baumbach shared the good news that Ana's thyroid test results were negative, so she will now undergo radioactive iodine treatment, followed by a week of isolation.
  • Beth Lepinski's mother was hospitalized briefly following a fall in her home. She is now in a nursing facility and undergoing physical therapy.
  • Lucia Stevenson has begun a cardiac rehabilitation program following her stent procedure.
  • O.C. Boldt, continues his recovery from a pelvic fracture.
  • Krista Mischler, who is undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
  • Nathan Roth, who continues his recovery from heart valve replacement surgery.
  • Betty Lockhart's brother, Bob, is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer.
  • Carolyn Zuehls' stem cell transplant, which took place this past month, was quite successful. She is feeling well and is in good spirits, and will remain in Milwaukee for several weeks for follow-up care.
Sunday Morning Volunteers
Many thanks to all of our Sunday Morning volunteers! The new Winter/Spring schedule was emailed this past week. If you did not receive it, please contact the church office . If you are unable to serve on the day you are scheduled, please arrange for substitute and email the church office.
Sunday, January 14, 2018

Greeters: Johnson Family
Head Usher: Les Angell
Ushers : Steve Bloemer, Jane Slater, Jon & Jill McElhaney
Reader: Kari Zink
Kinderchurch : Kathy Privatt, Leader; Ashley Zuege, Greeter
Fellowship Hosts : Jeanne & Peter Ryerson
Counters: Lee Parker, Connie Olson
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Greeters: Francie Kopecky, Marie Desens
Head Usher: Jim Bowman
Ushers : John Koskinen, Emily Guttenberg, Sonja Song, Pat Spindler
Reader: Curtis Dahlen
Kinderchurch : Joel Screnock, Leader; Dolly Manning, Greeter
Fellowship Hosts : Kathy & Jeff Privatt
Counters: Francie Kopecky, Sonja Song
Community Notices
Open House: Fox Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines
Tuesday, January 16, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Grace Lutheran Church (lower level), 900 N. Mason St., Appleton

If you enjoy singing, come join the fun and harmonize with new friends. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, will find a part that fits her voice range. Contact Terrie via email or visit the Sweet Adelines website here .

Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, January 24, 11:30 a.m.
Olive Garden, 1275 N. Casaloma Drive, Appleton

Wichmann-Fargo Funeral Homes invites you to enjoy a complimentary lunch while learning about the benefits of advance funeral planning. The presentation will be followed by an informational Q&A session. Reservations should be made by calling 920-297-2742.

For the Soul of a Nation, No Deportation
Sunday, January 28, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton

The ESTHER organization is sponsoring an interfaith community event to hear the stories of DACA recipients, discuss the future of the program and learn how to advocate for the passage of a clean Dream Act.

Joy Conference
Saturday, February 3

For over 40 years, the Joy Conference has educated and entertained attendees with stories of hope and courage. Join them on Saturday, February 3 at Fox Valley Lutheran High School's auditorium for "A Legacy of Joy." Three nationally recognized speakers will share their humorous and touching tales of life, allowing all to escape the depressions of winter and find joy in our hearts. For more information on the conference, go to this site , or call 920-832-4763.

"The Memo from Memorial" is published every Thursday.
Deadline for notices is Wednesday at 5:00 pm.
Send all information to Paula Hoglund or contact the church office at 920-734-1787.