Evangelical United Church of Christ—Tell City, IN Pastor J.T. Hills—812.547.6060
What Is Maundy Thursday? What is Maundy Thursday? Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, believed to be the day when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples. Most notably, that Passover meal was when Jesus washed the feet of His disciples in an extraordinary display of humility. He then commanded them to do the same for each other. Christ's "mandate" is commemorated on Maundy Thursday "maundy" being a shortened form of mandatum (Latin), which means "command." It was on the Thursday of Christ's final week before being crucified and resurrected that He said these words to his disciples: "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another" (John 13:34). What was so "new" about this command? Well, for one thing, it raised the definition of love to a new and higher standard. Jesus sacrificially met His followers' deepest need---that of new spiritual life and the forgiveness of sins. He even loved His enemies, and He calls us to show love to those who don't appear to deserve it. Just as Jesus loved sinners "to the end" (or "to the max" (John 13:1) when He had nothing to gain from them, so must we. The Bible says that there was nothing attractive about sinful mankind that drew Him to love us. God loved us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). Salvation is not only a wonderful gift that protects us from the penalty that we deserve (Romans 6:23), the work of Christ also embues new life, grants spiritual strength, and motivates godly action in those who believe: "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works." (Titus 2:11-14) While Scripture doesn't forbid us to commemorate days like Maundy Thursday, the main question is are we observing Christ's new command to love---especially those who deserve it least? "Beloved, let us love one another. For love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love." (1 John 4:7-8) (Continue on page 2)
APRIL 15, 2017 - MAY 31, 2017
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Maundy Thursday Bible Verses Luke 22:27-38 - " When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” .." John 13:2-17 - "Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Philippians 2:1-11 - "Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness...
CALLING ALL GRADUATES! As we prepare for the spring and graduation celebrations, we are in need of the names of church members who are graduating from high school, college, and graduate school. If you or someone that you love fits this description, please get your/their name and contact information to the church office no later than May 16th.
Great Day of Service On Saturday, April 22, 2017 will be Perry County Great Day of Service sponsored by the Perry County Ministerial Association. EUCC will be helping to weed and mulch flower beds in a local park. We’ll meet at the City Hall Park Gazebo at 9:00 a.m. for a short prayer service before heading out to serve. Please sign up in the narthex or the office if you are interested in helping. If you have any questions, contact Pastor JT or Linda Kramer. Church Growth & Mission Team Page 2
HAPPENINGS AT OUR CHURCH DISHES FOR STREET FAIR The Fellowship Team will be collecting dishes for the Street Fair all year. So, clean out your cabinets and bring the dishes that you don’t want to the church office. LOOK WHAT’S COMING! The Mother-Daughter Banquet will be on Monday, May 8, 2017 in Fellowship Hall at 6:00 p.m.. The theme of the banquet is “Quilts”. Tickets went on sale April 9th. Tickets are $10.00 per person which includes a catered meal and an evening of entertainment. Sales will continue on Sunday, April 16 and April 23 before and after worship. See Lois Curl or Beth Gonzalez for more information. ALL CHURCH PICNIC will be held on Sunday, April 30th at Mulzer’s Camp from 5:00—7:00 p.m. Please bring a covered dish or a dessert. Everyone’s invited to attend. GAME NIGHT is the 2nd Sunday of the month from 5-7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Come join us for games and pizza, fun and fellowship. BUILD-a-BEAR See the flyer in The Caller. Our youth are collecting funds to Builda-Bear for a Foster Child this month. EUCC members, bring your dollars this month for the children or drop your donation by the church office to help Build-a-Bear for Foster Children! MEN’S LENTEN BREAKFAST at EUCC on Saturday, April 15th at 8:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. GREAT DAY OF SERVICE on Saturday, April 22nd. Meet at City Park Gazebo at 9:00 a.m. EUCC will be weeding and mulching in a local park. Bring rakes, hoes, small diggers, gloves, etc. Sign-up in Narthex of church if you wish to help. GRADUATION SUNDAY on May 21st. Reception for all graduates in Fellowship Hall immediately after worship.
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Women’s Guild News Tickets for the Mother/Daughter Banquet went on sale in the church Narthex before and after worship on April 9th. They will be sold again on Sunday, April 16th and 23rd. Tickets are $10.00 each. Remember seating is limited. If you like quilts, you will really enjoy what Lois and Beth have in store for us. Some of you have been asking for the recipe of Linda Franchville’s delicious Apple/Walnut Coffee Cake that she brought to our Lenten Prayer Coffee. Linda has graciously shared her recipe with us. You will find it at the end of this news article. The next Guild meeting will be April 13th at 1:00 p.m. Melba Ayer President ****************************************************************************************
Apple/Walnut Coffee Cake from the kitchen of Linda Franchville Beat Together: 1 ½ cups oil 2 cups granulated sugar 2 eggs Add 2 teaspoons vanilla Sift Together: 3 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 teaspoons cinnamon Mix All: Peel and dice 3 heaping cups of apples Add with 1 cup diced walnuts Add with batter. Bake at 350 degrees approximately 50 min. in 9 x 13 pan Cool & dust with powdered sugar
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Perry County Grief Support Group The Perry County Grief Support Group welcomes anyone grieving the loss of a family member or friend.
The deadline for the May 15, 2017 edition of The Caller is Sunday, April 30, 2017. Please submit your information via e-mail to Linda Kramer at [email protected]
You can also drop your article off at the church office. Linda & Karen
We meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. on the main floor of the United Methodist Church (702 10th St. in Tell City). This is a non-denominational group and is led by Jeff & Betty Jones.
Cancer Support Group The Cancer Support Group is now meeting every Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Perry County Memorial Hospital in Education Room A. All cancer patients, survivors and caregivers are welcome.
The group is open to anyone needing support in dealing with the death/loss of a loved one. You may contact Lois Humphrey (812-5475982) for information or if anyone just needs a listening ear (related to grief). You may also contact the United Methodist Church at 812-5472800 for further numbers/ information.
For more information, contact Glen Griepenstroh at (812-547-4164).
Grounding Prayer Last summer, we started something new by beginning our worship with a grounding prayer. If you are interested in leading a prayer or writing your own short worship prayer, please talk to Pastor JT.
Church Attendance for March 19-April 9 March 19—89 March 26—69 April 2—73 April 9—84
Yard Signs The Church Growth and Mission team have yard signs advertising our church. They are in the Narthex of the church. Please take one if you would like to display one in your yard.
Holy Week Schedule April 13
7:00 p.m. ……...Maundy Thursday (Sanctuary)
7:00 p.m. ……...Good Friday Meal & Service (FH)
7:00 a.m. ……...Easter Sunrise (City Hall Park) 8:00 a.m. ……...Pancake Breakfast (Fellowship Hall) 10:00 a.m. ……...Easter Celebration (Sanctuary) 11:00 a.m. ……...Easter Egg Hunt (After Worship—Church Lawn)
April 1 – Alan Kessler, Jane Upmeyer, Mark Fenn 4 – Maxine Amos 5 – Linda Weiss 6 – John Werner 7 – Ben Hauser 8—Tasa (Leistner) Fortwendel 9 – Andy Hauser 10 – Aaron Poehlein 11 – Verna Lottes 12 – Carman Leistner 13 – Mary Ann Hughes 14 – Holly Richardson 15- Savannah Kellems 16 – Leonard Lehman, Jay Leistner Delene Griepenstroh 17 – Josephine Lahee 18 – Debbie Ramsey 19 – Rachel Woznicki 20 – Pam Newton, Molly Richmer 21 – Evelyn Gengelbach 22 – Susan Ewing 26 – Monia Lehman, Carole Cross 30 – Gary Butler
May 3 – Linda Castello 5 – Mary Ruth Heck 7 – Bill Bradley, Julie Denu, Eric Gehlhausen 8 – Bonita Ballis, Julie Hauser, Debra Held 9 – Matt Schultz 12 – Laverna Gayer, Larry Peter, Amanda Fenn 13 – Corliss Krueger 15 - Karen Marcroft, Bethany Peter 18 – Pat Dyer 19 – Julie Guillaum 20 – Brody Ewing 21 – Linda Carter, Paul Taylor, Michael Richmer, Joe Woznicki 23 – Rhonda Hauenstein 24 – Ruth Ann Werner 26 – Cole Dickenson 27 – Staci Upmeyer 29 – Larry Scherzinger 31 – Makaylee Buntin, Marsha Guillaum, Rita Werner
Happy Anniversary! April
4 – Chris & Lori Glenn 8 – John & Rita Werner 9 – Leonard & Monia Lehman 20 – Dan & Sarah Hall
20 – Dean & Judy Howe 22 – Gary & Debbie Butler 30 – Jake & Julie Hauser
Worship Leaders Liturgist April 16
Ushers Jerry Brunner Laura Denoncour Steve Owen Frank Poehlein
Lea Ann Gehlhausen
Mark Fenn Donna Kratzer Pat York John York
Jerry Belcher Sara Belcher Gretchen Hawhee Mary Emma Owen
Mary Aders or Linda Franchville Dan Gayer Dan Lacy Allison Zoglman
Chris Goffinet Keith & Linda Kramer Steve Upmeyer
****VOLUNTEERS NEEDED**** Volunteers are needed to be a liturgist on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in being a liturgist for a Sunday, please call the church office 812-547-7059. Thanks to each of you for helping with our Worship Services!
CALENDAR OF EVENTS April
Every Sunday--Adult Bible Study (9:00 a.m. FH) Sunday Worship (10:00 a.m.) *Every Sunday--11:00 a.m. Sunday School Classes for youth 11:00 a.m. Adult Class (Faith Formation) *2nd Sunday-Church Growth & Mission Team (4:00 p.m.) *1st Monday--Building & Grounds Team (6:00 p.m.) *2nd Monday—Christian Ed Team (5:30 p.m.) *3rd Monday--Church Council (6:30 p.m.)
Maundy Thursday Service (7:00 p.m. Sanct.) Good Friday Meal & Service (7:00 p.m. FH) Men’s Lenten Breakfast (8:00 a.m. EUCC) Easter Easter Sunrise Service (7 a.m. City Hall Park) Pancake Breakfast (8 a.m. FH) Easter Worship Service (10:00 a.m. Sanct.) Easter Egg Hunt (11:00 a.m. Church Lawn) Great Day of Service (Saturday morning) Worship (10:00 a.m.) Faith Formation (11:00 a.m.) Build-a-Bear Workshop Youth Sunday Worship (10:00 a.m.) Faith Formation (11:00 a.m.) All Church Picnic (5-7 p.m. Mulzer’s Camp)
May 7- Worship (10:00 a.m.) Faith Formation (11:00 a.m.) 14- Worship (10:00 a.m.) Faith Formation (11:00 a.m.) Mother’s Day 21- Worship (10:00 a.m.) Faith Formation (11:00 a.m.) Graduation Sunday (after worship) 28- Worship (10:00 a.m.) Faith Formation (11:00 a.m.) 29- Memorial Day
*Every TuesdayCancer Support Group (6:00 p.m. PCM H) *2nd Tuesday--Budget & Finance/Stewardship Team (6:15 p.m.) *Every Wednesday― Chancel Choir Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.) *Every 1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesday―Bell Choir (5:00 p.m.) *Every Thursday― Table of Blessings (Set-up 4:00 p.m.) Table of Blessings (5:00 p.m.) *2nd ThursdayComm. & Tech Team (6:30 p.m. or via email—Check with Karen Marcroft to see if they are having a monthly mtg.)
Chancel choir rehearsals at 6:00 p.m. Apr. 19, 26 & May 3, 10, 17, 31 Bell Choir rehearsals at 5:00 p.m. Apr. 19 & May 3, 17
*2nd Thursday—Women’s Guild (1:00 p.m.)
If the day or time for your team to meet has changed, please let me know so that I can keep this page updated.
Great Day of Service Saturday, April 22 All Church Picnic Sunday, April 30
Thank you. Linda Kramer Page 9
Dale Presbyterian Church Salad Luncheon On Tuesday, April 25 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Micah Center, Dale Presbyterian Church will be hosting its second annual SALAD LUNCHEON. All you can eat salad, hot rolls, drinks for $8.00. A perfect outing or lunch break. Please spread the word. You can get tickets ahead of time or at the door. Attached is a flier which we would love for you to post or share. Thank you!
COUNCIL NEWS The Church Council met on March 20, 2017. The following items were discussed: 1. The church picnic will be held on Sunday April 30th in connection with the Youth Sunday at worship service that morning. The picnic will be held at Mulzer's Camp in Troy, IN from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each committee will be asked to furnish certain items (drinks, food, games, etc) So far the Budget and Finance Team will be providing ice cream and the Fellowship Team will be providing hot dogs and buns. Each church family is asked to bring a covered dish to share with the meal. More news to follow in the weekly church bulletins. 2. The Building and Grounds Team has hired a new groundskeeper. We welcome aboard Bradley Belcher as the new groundskeeper. 3. April 22nd will be A Great Day of Service in the community. It is also Earth Day. EUCC will be helping to mulch and weed flowerbeds. There will be a sign up sheet in the Narthex for anyone interested in helping that day for a half a day or an hour or two. All are welcome and appreciated. 4. Each team council representative was reminded to have their chairman turn in a 2016 year end report. 5. Dorothy Kessner and Jerry Belcher are working on a visitors’ greeting team. Members of this team will greet visitors on Sundays in church, give them a small gift, and pass out information about our church to them. 6. In the February and March issues of The Caller the congregation was asked to fill out a Recognition Form. This form is not to nominate anyone for recognition. This form is for each church member to fill out about themselves and their involvement within the church. The Church Council would like to form a book of this information for the church's records. We encourage you all to fill it out and send it to the church office, put it in the offering plate at worship or just drop it off in the church office. You do not have to give specific dates or years; just fill it out the best you can. We thank you for taking the time to fill it out and for returning it. 7. On May 21, 2017 we will have Graduation Sunday during the Worship Service. We would like to know the names of church members who are graduating from high school, college, and graduate school this year. We will have a celebration for all graduates during Worship Service and in Fellowship Hall following the service. 8. The Chili Supper brought in $365 in donations which was given to the Gas Company Fund to help people in this county pay their gas bills. The Gas Company matches whatever funds that are given to them with an equal amount. Thank you to all who gave. The Church Council would like to remind all church members that they are welcome to come to our monthly council meetings. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the church office. Lea Ann Gehlhausen Council President
The 2016 Team Reports will be in the May issue of The Caller. Page 11
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