Ebenezer United Church of Christ
Pastor’s Corner
A few years ago I began searching for three teachers who made a large impact upon my life. I had decided that when I found them I would share specifically what they had done to leave such a lasting imprint upon me and how they had changed my life. The three teachers were Allen Marcus (high school math), Randy VerStrat (9th grade history), and John VerHeek (8th grade English).
Google, Facebook, and the courage to call all the A. Marcus’ in the phonebook and not being too embarassed at getting the wrong number were the tools I used to locate these teachers. The first teacher I found was Allen Marcus...I found his widow. I spoke with her the previous winter, just before Christmas. We talked for quite awhile and finished by saying that when I came to Michigan in May for a wedding I would call her.
Randy VerStrat was easy to locate since my brother had stayed in touch with him throughout the years. To my delight I discovered that my brother had invited him to the wedding.
John VerHeek was more difficult. Google searches produced just two people with that name in Michigan. One person was far too young and the other was no longer a teacher, but he was the right age.
I found all three teachers over Mother’s Day weekend. I was in Michigan to officiate at my neice’s wedding. I met with Barbara Marcus. I met Randy VerStrat at the wedding. I found John VerHeek via Facebook. I shared with each of them what they had meant to me. All of us were moved to tears as I thanked them for what they had done for me and what they taught me.
God brings many people into our lives. We need to keep our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds open so we may understand what is happening, what God is preparing us to do either right now or later in life. Perhaps these people understand what God is doing, maybe they don’t know, they are just doing their “job.”
During the summer spend some time remembering the people that have influenced your life. Contact them and tell them what they have meant to you and your life. Share God’s goodness and blessings.

Peace and grace,

Notes from the Music Corner ...
It is good to be able to again sing praises to God during the worship service. During July a sing-along of favorite hymns will be offered 10-15 minutes before worship (8:30). Even if you do not wish to sing, you can enjoy the familiar music and words.  To date we have not had many suggestions so we’ll use lists from prior years. You still are welcome to let me know what you’d like to sing – either drop a note in the offering plate or tell me directly.
The sing-along might stimulate some interest in the chancel choir the council would like to organize. If you have an interest in either directing or singing in a choir please speak to a council member or Pastor Mike.
We are looking forward to the Sharon Bethel Quartet participate in worship on August 22. More details in the August Eagle.
Elaine Hessil

Annual Ice Cream Social Supper!
The Ice Cream Social Supper is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no sit down seating again this year - only carry-outs. Social distancing will be in place that day. 
You can stop in July 14 and place your order then or you can call Joan (920-418-5457) or Ruth (920-849-9427) by July 12 for curbside pickup. There will be two parking spots designated for curbside pickup along the north wall closest to the Fellowship Hall doors. Someone will greet you and get your order. Menu includes: Johnsonville brats, hamburgers, German potato salad, coleslaw, beans, homemade pies, and ice cream (Dixie cups). 

If you wish to make a donation to the Ice Cream Social Supper, please make checks payable to: Ebenezer Women’s Guild. Donations can be sent or dropped off at the church office, or be given to any Guild officer: Joan Woelfel, Ruth Aebischer, or Edith Knoespel. 

Pie Bakers --The Fellowship Hall doors will be open by 6:00 a.m. on July 14 if you want to drop your pies off before you go to work. We ask that everyone please try to get their pies to church by noon. It’s also very important that we know how many pies we will be getting so if you haven’t returned your post card yet, please do so by July 2

The Women’s Guild would like to thank everyone who helps on July 14, bakes a pie(s), or donates cash. It is very much appreciated!

Any questions about the Ice Cream Social Supper, please contact Joan or Ruth.
Thank you for your support!

Joan Woelfel and Ruth Aebischer
Join the Ushering Team!

We could use a few more volunteers to help with the ushering duties. Scheduling should not be more than every six or eight weeks. Obviously the more help we get, the less often you would be scheduled. Please give Shirley Lisowe (920) 418-1675 a call if you would be willing to help out!
Wednesday Nights at the Parsonage

Looking for a summer night with friends around a bonfire? If you answered “Yes” then set aside July 21 and August 18. We’ll begin at 6:30 p.m. and have a bonfire going when you arrive. Please bring your chairs, drinks, and any settings that you need if you wish to cook any food. We’ll provide bug spray, warm temperatures, and gentle breezes. Pastor’s Mike and Sue are looking forward to hosting all of you for conversation, a short Bible study and lots of fun.
Adult Bible Study

Our Adult Bible Study is held every Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the lounge. We are discussing The Wired Word. The topic for discussion will be emailed to those interested and paper copies will be available in the Narthex.

This class is open to everyone regardless of biblical knowledge and background. Please bring a Bible. If you do not have one or forget your Bible, we have plenty to share.

We look forward to seeing you in the class and having fun talking about the weekly topics.
THANK YOU Many thanks are due to Ralph Schmid and Adam & Vern Gasch. They recently placed 19 flower pots around Chilton. Your efforts are noticed every year by countless people in the community.
Flowers were provided by Brilliont Blooms.
Virtual Service

If you are unable to make it to service you are welcome to view the service Live on Facebook. As a reminder, you can always tune into 95.5 within a block of the church during the service!
Ebenezer Church Council
Meeting Minutes: June 13, 2021
Meeting called to order at 9:45 a.m. 
Prayer lead by Joan
Present: President Zach Platner, Vice President Ken Lisowe, Secretary Stacey Vernon, Joan Woelfel, Dennis Winkler.
Motion for approval of agenda and last month's minutes by Ken, seconded by Joan. All in favor. 
Treasurer's Report
Revenues for May.                6,483.00
Expenses paid for May.          7,213.33
Ending Checkbook Balance.     71,072.58
Money Market Acct.             251,617.89
Total cash Equity.                 86,819.64
Cambridge Investment.           62,847.71
Ministers Report:
Visitation Log
Committee reports:
·        Christian Ed/Music
·        Mission
·        Property: Carpet cleaning completed, church roof has been repaired, landscaping/cleanup completed. Parsonage gutter covers to be completed 6/22/21.
·        Stewardship: Ice cream Social 
·        Evangelism: flower pots finished and distributed.
·        Membership: continuing updates
Old/Continuing Business:
·        Downstairs bathrooms (still looking into it)
·        Membership updates
·        Pastoral Health Insurance Increase
·        Pastor Pension
·        Happy Hour Lease 2021-22
New Business: 
·        COVID updates: Motion made by Joan and 2nd by Stacey to add singing before worship starting Sunday, July 4th. All in favor 
·        Church Choir: Add to announcements that anyone interested in joining the choir or leading/directing the choir should contact a member of the church council. (We would like to see if there is enough interest to have a church choir again). (Keep in the announcements for a couple months) 
Other Business: looking into purchasing a lawnmower. 
**Next Council Meeting: July 18, 2021**
Motion to adjourn made by Dennis, 2nd by Joan, all in favor at 10:55 a.m. All in favor.
Minutes Submitted by:
Stacey Vernon
Approved by: The Church council via email. 

Tod ~ David ~ Lorraine ~ Da’Nisha ~ Vern
Pam ~ Pastor Sue ~ Zachary ~ Rebecca 
Terry ~ Da'Monique ~ Patrice ~ Diane
Arlene ~ Gary ~ David ~ Audrey ~ Jeff
Kathy ~ Sharon ~ Janice ~ Ryann ~ Diana
Betty ~ Virginia ~ Audra ~ Mary ~ Bob
Rod ~ The Waldvogel Family ~ Ann~Tony

Due to privacy laws, last names cannot be printed on the prayer list because the Eagle goes on the church website which can be viewed by anyone on the Internet. 

If you want someone added or removed, please contact the church office.
Thank you.
(920) 849-4331

The office phone messages are not monitored daily; if you have an emergency, contact Pastor Mike at (920) 286-1956 or via email.

If you have a non-emergency, send the office an email)
Pastor's Cell Phone: (920) 286-1956
Cole Woelfel: July 4
Jordan Kress: July 7
Bea Pingel: July 9
Tyler See: July 10
Sadie Kubichka: July 11
Terra Head: July 16
Vern Gasch: July 18
Donald Pagel: July 18
Megan Tyson: July 23
Chris Stenz: July 23
Judy Mattes: July 27
Emily Wagner: July 27
Royce Verrier: July 30

May God bless your years and may you continue to bless Ebenezer!
Scrip: If you are in need of Scrip, please let Kelly know. If you are interested in re-loadable cards and direct pay to avoid contact, there is a small fee for credit card charge and bank withdrawal.

Kelly Brown
  • Men's Group Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. on July 8 at 7 Angels!
  • Ice Cream Social on July 14!
  • July 18: Council Meeting 1:00 p.m.
  • July 21: Wednesday Night Bible Study and bonfire at the Parsonage!
  • Pastor Mike continues to hold a daily morning Bible study Monday - Friday on his YouTube Channel. The daily study is posted at 6:15 a.m.
  • The May/June Upper Room is available in the Narthex.
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