The Memo from Memorial
Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Presbyterian Church, Appleton, WI
February 8, 2018

"For 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  

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The Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of Memorial Presbyterian Church, Inc. has been called by Session for Sunday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m., immediately following the 10:00 a.m. service. Copies of the 2017 Annual Report and Supplement are available in the church office.

Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
7:00 p.m. Communion Worship Service
Sermon: A Love Big Enough to Tell the Truth: You are dust and you are loved.

The "Good Shepherd" Ash Wednesday devotional may be found here .
Pastor's Message: Community Partnerships
MPC is blessed with many community partners, from longtime relationships with LEAVEN and the Samaritan Counseling Center, to more recent partnerships with St. Joe’s Food Program. Our community partnerships are good reminders that no one person or organization can do it all and no one person or organization should do it all. Just like individual church members at MPC, we each have gifts to offer and together—in partnership—we can accomplish our shared purposes. 

In the past few weeks our partnership with Lawrence University has been made prominent through the Reverend Linda Morgan-Clement preaching last week. Leave it to a Presbyterian to push us Presbyterians out of our comfort zones! In addition, several Lawrence students have stepped up to help lead music at MPC. I asked each of them to share a bit about themselves and their love of music. 

Phillip Knisely has been directing MPC’s Handbell Choir for the past year and has now begun directing the Chancel Choir on a temporary basis. Phillip is from Midwest City, Oklahoma and is a junior at Lawrence studying Music and Economics. He is currently studying jazz on the bassoon. Phillip says, “What I love about music is how it can develop many valuable skills that can carry over into many disciplines.”

Frances Lewelling usually sings in MPC’s Chancel Choir but on occasion you’ll see her accompanying the choir on piano. Frances is from Abu Dhabi, UAE. She is a freshman majoring in Piano, who loves the color orange. Frances says, “Something I love about music is collaborative playing - direct and deep communication with other musicians and an audience.”

Natalie M. Galster-Manz is a junior from Wautoma, Wisconsin, majoring in cello performance and music education at Lawrence. Back home she starting playing the organ and piano at her church when she was 13, and in recent weeks she’s been playing the organ at MPC. When she isn’t rehearsing she likes to play golf and was the first woman on the men’s golf team at Lawrence. Natalie says about her love for music, “I love being able to connect with people on a deeper level through music, whether that’s through performing or collaborating.” (Natalie's cello recital will be presented on Monday, February 19. For more information, click here .)

Each of these students is a gift to MPC. I hope you will make a point to get to know them and all of our choral scholars because they think MPC is a special place and you are a gift to them, too. The way Community Partners should be. 

In Christ,
Pastor Mike

Sunday Morning Adult Education -
Lectionary Discussion
This Sunday we will continue trying out something different for Sunday morning -- a discussion of that Sunday’s lectionary reading. We offered this kind of class on Wednesday noons in the past, and most participants agreed that it helped make the worship service more meaningful. The discussion will generally be led by whomever is preaching on that Sunday. Here is what is coming up:

  • February 11: Sunday’s text - John 9:1-41, Jesus is the light of the world, brings light to the eyes of a man born blind; Ash Wednesday’s text – John 10:1-18, Jesus as gate and good shepherd who lays down his life; and February 18 text- John 11:1-44, Raising Lazarus, Jesus as the resurrection and life, led by Pastor Mike
  • February 18: Sunday Times
  • February 25: John 13:1-17, Foot-washing as a sign of Jesus’ love and example, led by Greg Braatz
  • March 4 Text: John 18:12-27; Jesus' trial before Annas, Peter's denial

Hope to see you there - we’ll have the coffee on!
Evolving Universe/Evolving Faith
Episode 3: The New Theists
Mondays, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., January 29 – March 12
Tuesdays, 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., January 30 – March 13

So far we have discussed the awe and wonder of God and what it might mean to our faith and theology if there is life on other planets. This week we will turn our attention to God’s revelation through science. Even if you haven’t been able to make it to one of the first two sessions, please feel free to join us at any time.

To access the material, use this link or Google "Darkwood Brew." In the upper righthand corner, click on “User Area." The login name is greg.braatz. The password is springclass18!. In the middle of the page, click the folder labeled “Access Series." Scroll down until you find “Evolving Universe/Evolving Faith." Click on “Open Series." Scroll down to the third session “Evolving Universe E3 – The New Theists” and click “Open Episode”.

Each class will be offered twice each week - Mondays at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at noon. Sessions are one hour.

Hope to see you there. The coffee pot will be on.
Lenten Study
Have you ever wondered “What is the spiritual life?” and “How do I live it?”

Themes you will hearing more about 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 discussing 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. Books have arrived and are available for those who have signed up. You may also send an email to the church office to let us know you'll be participating. We look forward to seeing you there! ~ Mike & Greg

The Book Sale Continues!

As many of you know, Bev and Nelson Craig recently moved out of their long-time home and into The Heritage. One of the hard parts of their move was deciding what to do with all of the books they had collected that would not fit into their new home. The answer? Use this extensive book collection to raise money for scholarships that support the Lawrence student section leaders in our Chancel choir.

The over 600 books that didn’t make the move are currently in the Spiritual Quest Room on the lower level. Books range from Biography, Romance, History, Popular Fiction/Mystery, Art and Religion and are available to the congregation on a freewill offering basis. If you find a book you want simply give what you are willing to give (remember the proceeds are helping the choir!).

The room will be open during the Pancake Breakfast this Sunday. If you want to come during the week, we’ll be happy to open the room for you. Grab a cup of coffee and come on down and have fun browsing!
Prayer Buddies
Kids, the Prayer Buddy mailbox is packed with envelopes ready for you to pick up!

And Adult Prayer Buddies, remember to check your mailbox, as well, for notes from your buddy!

Pancakes and More!
This Sunday, after the church service, Youth Fellowship will be hosting a pancake breakfast as a fundraiser for their upcoming mission work trip. Last year, thanks to your support, we were able to take 6 students to Louisville, and this year we are planning a trip to Boston! So come on down after church and enjoy some pancakes before the congregational meeting! Cost will be $5 per person, or $20 per family.
Help for the Homeless Drive
The collection box will be arriving soon for the annual Help for the Homeless Drive this month. Last year, the Fox Cities community donated more than $166,000 worth of supplies, stocking the shelves of 19 local crisis agencies.
Let's join in and help with this great effort by bringing in new hygiene and cleaning items. These items are not covered by Wisconsin Food Share, and are very much needed! A large box will soon appear in the east hallway. Here's a list of needed items.
Office Position Available
MPC is currently searching for full-time office manager. The position has oversight for all church communication, serves as primary office contact, manages the church office, and serves as part of the Leadership Team. Preferred candidates will be both creative and detail-oriented. The position will begin in March 2018. Check out the full position description here .
Applications Due April 15
This year, applications for the three scholarships available to members of Memorial Presbyterian Church are due two weeks earlier than in previous years. Please note that all applications and supporting documentation are now due by Sunday, April 15 .
The scholarships available are the Huss Family Memorial Scholarship, the Presbyterian College Scholarship, and the Ellmaker Scholarship. Selection is based on church involvement, community activities, leadership, and academic achievement. Award recipients will be notified by the Scholarship Team in time for high school awards ceremonies. For more information and application forms, visit the church website or call the church office at 920-734-1787. 
Children and Youth Ministries
Sunday School Program (Age 3 - Grade 6)

All children ages 3 through Grade 6 gather in the Sunday School room in the lower level for a shared Bible story and music time. Then, the younger kids go to the adjoining room for age-appropriate activities and crafts. This new schedule allows 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 “Who is the Greatest?," based on Mark 9:33-37. Parents, if you’d like to take a look at some home-based activities prior to the lesson, click here

Kinderchurch Worship (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 "Jesus Heals a Boy." Kinderchurch is not held on those Sundays when communion is served (typically the first Sunday of every month), so that children will be able to participate in communion, with their parents’ approval.

Wednesday Night Youth Fellowship (Grades 7-12)

This week we returned to a series we started last year, entitled Can I Ask That? Our topic was “Why do bad things happen to good people?", led by volunteer leaders Chad and Renee. We're also gearing up for a busy weekend, with a lock-in on Saturday and serving up a pancake breakfast on Sunday! Youth Fellowship is open to students from grades 7-12, and meets on Wednesday nights from 6-7:30. Join in!

New Sunday Morning Youth Program! Last Sunday, we launched a new program for students currently eligible for Youth Fellowship (Grades 7-12) called Awaken! This new program will meet on Sunday mornings at 8:45 a.m. during the Sunday school hour, and will provide a relaxed atmosphere to discuss current events and a brief lesson over a cup of coffee. This program will run through the month of February. Join in!
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:

  • Andrew, the son of Karen Ziemke, of St. Joseph Food Program, is recovering from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in early January.
  • Betty Lockhart's brother, Bob, is nearing the completion of his chemotherapy sessions, with the expectation that he will be cancer-free when it the sessions are over.
  • Krista Mischler has finished her chemotherapy and radiation, and will receive long-term care for her lung cancer treatment regimen.
  • Beth Lepinski’s mother is now home and assessing long-term care options.
  • O.C. Boldt continues his recovery from a pelvic fracture.
  • Francie Kopecky asks for prayers for Janice, age 77, who is undergoing chemotherapy for an aggressive form of lung cancer. Francie also reports that her coworker's daughter, Em, who had two ostomies several months ago, is now well enough to be looking for a job.
  • We were so happy to see Carolyn Zuehls back in church on Sunday! Her return home was well ahead of the original schedule after having undergone a stem cell transplant. Please pray for continued healing and recovery.
S unday Morning Volunteers
Many thanks to all of our Sunday Morning volunteers! The new Winter/Spring schedule was mailed in early January. 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, February 11, 2018

Greeters: Alice Baumbach
Head Usher: John Hill
Ushers : Betty & Steve Lockhart, Bev Hill, Mary Peterson
Reader: Jim Bowman
Kinderchurch: Cori Marinan, Leader; Dolly Manning, Greeter
Fellowship Hosts : Linda Boldt, Francie Kopecky
Counters: Connie Olson, Jeanne Ryerson
Sunday, February 18, 2018

Greeters: L'Esperance Family
Head Usher: Les Angell
Ushers : Connie & Andy Ogilvie, Jeanne Nymoen, Jane Stevenson
Reader: Cathy Hatfield
Kinderchurch: Kathy Privatt, Leader; Ashley Zuege, Greeter
Fellowship Hosts : Laurie McCulloch, Elaine Presby
Counters: Francie Kopecky, Sonja Song
Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Scripture Reader, Greeters, and Ushers: Members of the Youth Group

Communion Preparation : Christine Cornell, Dolly Manning
Communion Servers: Fred Umland, Marie Desens, and Laurie McCulloch

Community Notices
Family Interaction Volunteers Needed
Outagamie County Health and Human Services

Volunteers are urgently needed to supervise visits between foster children and their parents in order to ensure that children can remain connected with their parents and other important adults in their lives. If you are looking to make a difference with families and children in this community, contact Penny Jane Strauss or call 920-832-5515.

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Deadline for notices is Wednesday at 5:00 pm.
Send all information to Paula Hoglund or contact the church office at 920-734-1787.