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September Newsletter



Pastor’s Message Eliphaz the Temanite, one of Job’s “comforters,” explained his dilemma in these memorable words, “Humans are born to trouble, just like sparks fly upwards” (Job 5:7). How encouraging! Just wait, Job, the other shoe will drop. And shoes seem to be dropping all around us. Yet another new variant; a contentious midterm election season; wild fires; tropical storms; earthquakes; etc. And those are biggies. All sorts of smaller, more personal shoes come down in our lives. Illness, job troubles, school stresses, family conflicts, uncertain futures, to name a few. As Eliphaz might say, “That’s whole lotta sparks!” But to give the Temanite his due, he goes on to say “As for me, I would seek God, and to God I would commit my cause. He does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number. He gives rain on the earth and sends waters on the fields” (Job 5:8-10 NRS). He goes on to note all of the places where God intervenes to counter the “troubles.” Even when the other shoe is dropping, there are blessings from God to hold on to. What blessings are you holding on to? The old hymn tells us to “count your many blessings, name them one by one; and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” I know I have been surprised. Have you? Remember, there is no day in your life so bad that God is not present and blessing you in some way. The surprise may even come from an unexpected place. I have no idea where a Temanite is from, but some suggest it is ancient Edom. Edom and Israel did not get along. Having Eliphaz comfort Job would be rather like having a Palestinian comfort an Israeli. Yet it sometimes happens. And maybe should for us as well. Here’s a thought for a devotional time for September. Comfort someone you don’t like. Encourage someone you don’t get along with. Do something good for an enemy. After all, we all have sparks to contend with. May God richly bless you during this month. Pastor Rob Music at Memorial We are excited to be returning to our musical groups this fall. Anyone is welcome to join Chancel Choir and/or Joyful Bells. Our first rehearsals for the fall will begin on Thursday August 25th: Chancel Choir at 6:30pm and Joyful Bells at 7:30pm. Reach out to our music director, Sarah Brumm, with any questions. sbrumm@memorialchurchumc.org or (414) 881-8893 Trustees’ toolbox. August saw the trustees finish baseboards in both north hallways. We cleaned another closet. Assorted lightbulbs were replaced. Carpets were cleaned. Another tree has been requested for the cemetery and Johnson’s nursery has been contacted. In addition to church maintenance, we are working to build a “little free library” for Glenwood school. Other things Glenwood needs are; Pull up pants Underpants Tee shirts All in size 4t to small adult. Kids sometimes have accidents, and the school needs clean clothes for them. Sassy sewers and crafters We are looking forward to a new season of crafters and sewers. September 9-11th is the Quilt Expo in Madison. Please contact Pat about attending. Car pooling would be a great thing. Due to scheduling issues, our only meeting will be September 17th At 10 AM. ****Special project planned- no sewing needed We have a simple star we would like to teach you how to make. Hopefully, The goal is to eventually make enough to give as a Christmas Eve gift to whoever comes to church. Please join us . It will be fun. Anyone is welcome. Questions call Pat Ehlert 414-647-8299 or paehlert@att.net Sunday School Updates We will be starting with Rally Day on September 11th. Please join us after worship for food, fellowship, and fun! Sunday School Classes will begin the September 18th. We will meet from 9:15 – 10:00 AM and the children’s chime group will meet 10:00 10:15 AM in the choir room each week. This year, we will have two classes to best serve our congregation’s youngest members – a Pre-K through 3rd grade class and 4th grade through 6th grade class. Please Contact Katie Fetzer with any questions at kafetzer@uwalumni.com First Sunday of the Month events. Food pantry donations. We accept them all month, really. This is run in conjunction with Blessed Hope. All donations go to United Methodist Children Services. CANNED BEANS are in such need! Red, pinto, cannellini, black, great northern, green, butter, chickpea, pork & beans. This is a big staple for many families and the pantry is very low! Also canned soup, tuna, peanut butter, canned chicken, mac & cheese, any breakfast cereal, oatmeal, and crackers too! Toilet Paper, toothpaste, bar soap too! Please pick up a few extra items every time you shop and bring them to church. Gift Cards. We are attempting to move into the 21st Century! Many gift cards can be used via the RaiseRight app on your phone. Gas cards being an exception. You can reload many gift cards via the RaiseRight App at your convenience. I did that with the Home Depot card to purchase a few items while I was in Home Depot. An invitation needs to be sent from me, the administrator of our account. $0.15 charge for each gift card order with using a checking account no matter the amount of the order. Credit Card orders are 2.6% fee on order total News from the Administrative Assistant I am taking classes at MATC for Video Production Assistant. This is to get better informed about video production for our live streaming. Pretty intense! I will be working in the Milwaukee PBS Studios for my lab work! Monday office work will be done remotely. I expect to be in the office Tuesday until 9:00 - 11:30, Wednesday 10:00 AM – 12:15, Thursday 9:00 – 1:00 PM. The office phone is forwarded to my mobile phone 9:00-1:00 Monday – Thursday. I am in class Mondays and Wednesdays during normal office hours. Office Hours: Monday office work will be done remotely. I expect to be in the office Tuesday until 9:00 - 11:30, Wednesday 10:00 AM – 12:15, Thursday 9:00 – 1:00 PM. The office phone is forwarded to my mobile phone 9:00-1:00 Monday – Thursday. I am in class Mondays and Wednesdays during normal office hours. Expect to be available 10:00 am to 12:15. Church Website: www.memorialchurchumc.org Office Email: office@memorialchurchumc.org Office Phone Number: 414-545-2440


Pet Blessing 2022 October 9, 2022 2:00 PM In honor of the feast day of St, Francis , the world’s great friend to all creation, we will provide an opportunity to bless our four-legged friends for another year, Wedding Invitation A Celebration of LOVE Please join us as we begin our new journey together Susan Rae Lierman Weber and Seward Emerson Owen, Jr. On the Ninth of October, in the year of our Lord 2022 The celebration is part of the usual Sunday 8:55 AM service Blessed Hope United Methodist Church, West Allis, WI Reverend Robert D. Odum officiating “You are the answer to my years of asking.”


September Birthdays: 3 Donna Hurley 5 Jackson Lang 8 Vicky Heckman 11 Gabriel Perez 16 Chris Guse, Neal Chartier 17 Beverly Reese 19 Greg Ettlie, Virginia Braley 21 Sonny Fausel 27 Don Reid 29 John Stoekl, Emil Brandenburg September Anniversaries 19 Ricki & Jessica Tulachka 24 Jeff & Carol Lemanczyk


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