The Memo from Memorial
Weekly newsletter from Memorial Presbyterian Church, Appleton, WI
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wishing everyone a wonderful 
Father's Day this weekend!
Who's On First?
This past Sunday we continued our congregational summer preaching series, hearing from Resident Christian Educator Joel Screnock. I'll let you in on a small secret: this was Joel's first sermon and I believe he hit it out of the park!
Renee and Joel have done a great job starting us out and I'm now even more excited to hear what our fellow members of the congregation will have to share with us in coming weeks.
A little more of what is to come:
June 18 - Richard Dodge - 1 Kings 3:1-15 & Romans 12:1-8 - "Now What?"
June 25 - Connie Olson - 1 Samuel 17:17-50 - "Facing Your Goliath"
July 2 - Greg Braatz - First in a series on the 10 Commandments - "The Law - Who Cares?"
July 9 - Greg Braatz - Second in a series on the 10 Commandments- "You Shall Have No Other Gods"
I believe we can look forward to some very unique worshiping experiences this summer!  ~ Greg Braatz,  Commissioned Ruling Elder

Church Office Summer Schedule

The church office will be closed on Fridays throughout the summer, 
from  June 9 through September 1.  We will also be closed on July 3-4 (Monday & Tuesday). 
Have fun in the sun, everyone!

And many thanks to Lili Braatz, who stepped up to the plate (or lawn mower, as the case may be!), to provide lawn care this summer!
For Your Viewing Pleasure

On the first day of summer, Wednesday, June 21, NBC 26 will air an in-depth segment featuring our partnership with Petersen Farms, St. Joseph's Food Program, and our own community garden.  

Be sure to tune in at 10:00 pm on the 21st to see our mission in action.  It will also be posted on their website the following day.  Watch fellow MPC members serving in the garden!
Lunchtime Organ Recital Series

This summer's Lunchtime Organ Recital Series, now in its 22nd year, is in full swing! This week's recital will be held on Wednesday, June 21 at 12:15 pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Appleton, with Dr. David Troiano as the featured organist on the Schaefer/Holtkamp Organ.

MPC will be hosting the recital on Thursday, July 13 at 12:15 pm. with featured organist Andrew Birling. The complete schedule may be found  here

Mission in Action
Warming Shelter Dates Available

Thank you to all who helped out at the Warming Shelter on June 8th and 9th. Everyone at the shelter seemed to enjoy the food that we prepared and served. The Warming Shelter depends on the assistance of churches and community organizations to provide the evening meals and to serve as hospitality hosts. Without this assistance they would not be able to exist. They are currently housing approximately 60 homeless individuals a night.

There is more work to be done before we will complete our 2017 commitment to the Warming Shelter. We are also scheduled to work at the Warming Shelter on August 4th, 5th and 6th and December 7th, 8th and 9th. We currently have many open slots. Volunteers are needed to provide food, serve the food, and work as hospitality hosts from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight on all of these dates. We also need someone to set out the morning breakfast on August 6th. Please help us complete this important mission project. The signup sheets will be available in the east hallway at church on June 18 and 25.  You can also sign up online by following this link to Warming Shelter Volunteer Opportunities . You can also sign up by contacting Fred Umland at 903-8981 or via email.  
Salvation Army Collection this Sunday!

Remember to grab a bag of groceries on your way out the door on Sunday morning for our monthly collection for the Salvation Army!   

Pray Without Ceasing

Wednesday Morning Prayer Group

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and it will be yours." 
Mark 11:24
The MPC Prayer Group meets every Wednesday from 10:00 am - 11:00 am in the Chapel, praying for our families, our church, our community, and our world.  We are here to pray for anything you might need.  Please let your prayer request be made known by writing it down in a note and placing it in the prayer request box in the church office, or email to the Group Coordinator, Connie OlsonAll requests are confidential. If you would like to join the group, please also contact Connie. 
This week, let us pray for...

  • The family of Ruby Baer, who passed away on Wednesday. A service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, with Greg Braatz officiating. Her obituary may be found here.
  • Sharon Nelson and her family, on her mother's passing.
  • Ellen Wright, who moved to Illinois to live with her daughter's family.
  • Marie Desens asks for prayers for her granddaughter, Ashley, who is pregnant and experiencing preeclampsia. Also, Marie's friend, Nancy, is awaiting a kidney transplant.
  • Ellen Braatz is continuing her physical therapy following her recent stroke.
  • Clint Robson will soon be scheduled for aortic valve replacement.
  • Nelson & Bev Craig ask for prayers for their dear friends, Russ and JoAnn. Russ has cancer throughout his body, and JoAnn has COPD and must be on oxygen at all times.
  • Cathy Hatfield asks for prayers on behalf of her friend, Carol Johnson. Carol's younger brother John will undergo open heart surgery on June 23rd for an aortic aneurysm.
  • Connie Volkman wishes to express her appreciation for all the prayers on her behalf as she recovers from knee surgery. Her recovery is going very well.
  • Mary Francis, as she is experiencing multiple health issues.
  • Susan Kirkham's son, Matthew, who is struggling right now.
If you have a prayer request for the prayer chain, please send it to Paula Hoglund  for inclusion in next week's communication.

Summer Volunteer Schedule 
The Summer Sunday Morning volunteer schedule may be found here, along with volunteer contact information .  Please check the schedule to determine when you are scheduled. If you did not receive your schedule via email, or would like a hard copy mailed to you, just contact the church office

If you are unable to serve on the day you are scheduled, please arrange for a substitute and  email the church office with any changes. Many thanks to all of our Sunday Morning volunteers throughout the year!
Can You Help? 

Two individuals are needed to serve as Sunday Morning Fellowship Hosts. You would serve approximately once every three months, and your first Sunday will probably occur in late summer. If  you are able to serve in this capacity, please  email  the church office or call 920-734-1787. Thank you!

Sunday, June 18
Greeters: Kirstin & Barry Telfer Family
Head Usher: Peter Ryerson
Ushers: Pam Dodge, Gayle Hardt, Elaine Presby, Christine Cornell
Scripture Reader: Eric Edwards
Fellowship Hosts: Scott and Cathy Kornish
Counters: Lee Parker, Mark Smith

Sunday, June 25
Greeters: Patty Ogilvie, Sharon McElrath
Head Usher: Mike Harer
Ushers: Valerie Bayer, Fred Umland, Connie Olson, Francie Kopecky
Scripture Reader: Cathy Hatfield
Fellowship Hosts: Ann and Mark Smith
Counters: Francie Kopecky, Sonja Song
Community Notice

Lunch & Learn

Wichmann-Fargo Funeral Home invites all to a  complimentary Lunch & Learn program on Wednesday, June 21 at 11:00 a.m. at Waverly Beach, N8770 Fire Lane 1 in Menasha. The program will explain the emotional and financial benefits of advance funeral planning, followed by informal questions, answers and a complimentary light meal. Reservations are necessary, and may be made by calling 920-739-1231.

In This Issue

Events This Week

Sunday, June 18
Father's Day
Salvation Army Collection
10:00 am Worship Service
11:00 am Fellowship

Monday, June 19
1:00 pm Visitation Teams
6:30 pm Property Meeting
7:00 pm Mission Outreach

Tuesday, June 20
6:30 am Good News Women
9:30 am Staff Meeting
6:00 pm Fellowship Meeting
6:30 pm Board of Deacons

Wednesday, June 21
10:00 am Prayer Team

Thursday, June 22
6:30 am All Things Considered Men's Forum

Sunday, June 25
10:00 am Worship Service  
11:00 am Fellowship

Worship Services

This Sunday's

Sunday, June 18
2nd Sunday after Pentecost
I Kings 3:1-15, 
Romans 12:1-8

Sermon: Now What?

Richard Dodge
Guest Preacher


Sunday, June 25
3rd Sunday after Pentecost
1 Samuel 17:17-50

Sermon: Facing Your Goliath

Connie Olson
Guest Preacher


Sunday, July 2
4th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: "Why did God give us the law and is it still relevant today?"

Greg Braatz
Commissioned Ruling Elder


Sunday, July 9
5th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon: You Shall Have No Other Gods

Greg Braatz
Commissioned Ruling Elder

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Pastor Mike is on sabbatical through Sept. 5, 2017.

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