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Join us on August 7 for our church potluck picnic and worship.  Soldiers Memorial Park, Shelter #2 at 10:30am.  Please bring a dish to pass.  Church will provide hot dogs, buns, Mt Dew, Pepsi and Lemonade.     Bring a lawn chair if you would like.  Hope to see you there!!
Mineral Point United Church of Christ
Worship at 10:30am
July 2022 News
St. Francis Xavier Church – Mt. Washington, KYOUT ON THE WAY
Thanks for the warm welcome to Jim and I as we are getting to know you a bit better.  The sermons I’ve been preaching are about the Holy Spirit – and I’m grateful to those of you who join us by Zoom.  If you are ever interested in a copy of the sermon, I can certainly give you one, but I’ll warn you, I seldom preach what’s on the pages.  The Spirit is a huge part of where the sermon and the service go each week. 
I’m sorry we were unable to be with you for worship on the 26th.  A four-day flu bug of some sort had me down for the count! It’s wonderful to be a part of a community where the laity are willing to step up in such a variety of ways to provide leadership!
You may wonder what I’ll be doing as a interim during this time.  First, of all, every church I’ve ever served, I’ve seen as an interim ministry.   I don’t see one church as a place I’ll be ‘forever.’  My experience is that the Spirit would like to ‘blow us where the Spirit will’ – if we’re willing.   I never know when the end of the ministry will be in a certain church – whether it will be long lived or short lived.   I’ve agreed to be with you until your next pastor is sent by God to serve you. 
When Sonny was with you, he worked through many of the interim tasks that assisted you in working through your history and developing a profile.  I’ve ready through the newsprint that held all that wisdom and will be doing a little digging to see if I can better understand how to be of assistance and healing to you.
Additionally -
  • I meet with the Council.  Your Council have been called out to ‘lead’ at this time in this history of the Church at Mineral Point, and I want to get a sense of how things work for you, what may be the places for new learning and experiments, where more training might be necessary.  I am always happy to hear from any member of the church about a concern.  I don’t have much of an agenda, but I do love transparency and directness.  I’m pretty approachable really and all conversations are confidential if you ask them to be. 
  • In the same way, I am available for pastoral visits, so if you would like me to see you at the hospital, I’d be happy to do so.  I will need you to reach out to me directly, as many hospitals will no longer call pastors or ask for your church affiliation.
  • I will be doing what I call ‘balcony ministry’ – looking at things from an outsider’s or visitors’ perspective, so that I might offer you an idea for what you may be overlooking.  I have a pretty extensive ‘tool kit’ or ‘doctor’s kit’ that I can use to prescribe, but first comes the diagnosis, of course!
  • I will be honoring your traditions for a while – I really don’t know how long it will be before I ask you to do ‘an experiment’.  As the church seeks to find ways to reach out to new people there are some things we will have to try.  But we’ll experiment in a gentle, well-communicated way!  
  • For most of Pentecost, we’ll be talking about the Holy Spirit and the Church of Jesus Christ.  As summer winds down, we’ll talk more about spiritual growth.  
  • I’ll be trying to find some new ways to strengthen communication.  
  • I’ll be out introducing myself to people in Mineral Point.   Relationships are central to any renewal and redevelopment, both within and outside of the church.
  • I’ll be doing a lot of listening!  And looking.
See you in church or around Mineral Point – soon, I hope!
Grace and peace,
Pastor Sue
Welcome to July
I am hoping you are all enjoying the summer, with family and friends.

I hope you have had an opportunity to meet Pastor Sue, we are so lucky to have her with us.  We are planning for fall for children/teen events, please let one of us know what you are thinking or have other suggestions or can assist with these events.
We had a great deal of fun with the children after school on Wednesday a few times this year, and I would love to continue that with the children and maybe a dinner?
Please send me some feedback on this. Please email to:  
joshkeu@gmail.com

Council started discussing building repairs and discovered a screen in the attic had been blown in, thank you Alex for climbing into the attic to repair, and get the pigeons that decided they had a new home out of there. Thank you always to Jim Bennett and Bob Wenger and many others for helping all winter and always when needed. Upon climbing in they found another piece of wood out between the stained-glass window in the attic above the basement door.   

As you know we need to have the ceiling in the sanctuary painted and the chapel.  This was painted a number of years ago.  We will be getting estimates on that.  One side of the building needs to still have the stain glass completed, and there are some painting touch ups to do.

WE would love to hear your ideas for the building usage. 

We have the community dinner which is serving about 70-90 a month, would love some more people eating in for the fellowship.  St. Mary’s/St. Paul’s has partnered with us which is great.  WE appreciate there help and also have students from the high school honor society that assist serving and running up and down the stairs with many adult helpers also.  Thank you everyone.

Our church was part of the Gospel Fest this year, which was to be at the park but with the rain which was needed we moved to Faith Lutheran.  It was a great day. 
We are meeting on July 11 at 6:30 in the chapel at our church to discuss next year's plans.  We are inviting all churches to join and anyone else that has interest.  This will be a Saturday in June 2023, starting at 2PM so more people can attend, we are talking to the fair grounds for possible use of the building in case of rain.  Please consider coming to talk about this.

We had a great day of fellowship, and the music was wonderful.  The group has already talked to groups in Mineral Point to be part of the music for the day.

Please call anyone on council, and me with ideas, needs, wants, and if you can help with any event or have ideas for new uses for us all.

Some thoughts,
  • Bible study,
  • Youth group getting started again,
  • Knitting night
  • Day trip somewhere?
  • Quilting groups?
  • Bingo
  • Idea?????

Prayers to each of you, Kandy
2022 Council Members
Kandy Keuler (President)                   608-553-1300
Bill Buckingham  (Vice President)      608-437-4895
Betty Hogan                                        773-620-4821
Diann Wenger                                     608-574-2627
Jim Bennett                                         608-987-3756
Trudy Tibbits      608-987-2810           608-574-1987
Lynne Buckingham                              608-443-8980
Penny McConnell                                608-574-5319
 

 




July:
3rd Karen Tennessen                       
10th Deb Ivey              
17th Kandy Keuler             
24th Trudy Tibbits    
31st Teagan McConnell
August:   
7th picnic at soldiers
14th Chuck Tennessen        
21st Dick Josh
28th   Betty Hogan
 
 September:
4th Julia Marr                                 
11th Jessie Potterton                           
18th Larry McNeil   
25th   Juli Schult
Keep all the members in our congregation in your prayers.  There are several that would enjoy a card or a call.
If you would like us to add someone on the prayer list at church, please call Penny at 608-574-5319.

July Community Meal 
When:  Wednesday July 27
Where: Dine-In UCC Fellowship Hall (lover level)
Pickup curbside, Maiden St entrance or home delivery is available 
How: Reservations are appreciated, but not required
Contact: Mary at 608-987-2478 or 608-553-0501.  Pat at 608-987-2259
Who: Anyone and everyone are welcome!  Please pass the information to other you may know.

With continued APPRECIATION to all of our volunteer donors of goods, financial support, and hands on help.  Some of those people are: 

  • Volunteers from our congregation and community.
  • Partners at the St Mary's/St Paul's congregation.
  • Students from MPHS National Honor Society.

Looking forward to volunteers from the Iowa County 4H Ambassadors. 

Wisconsin Conference Annual Meeting
The Annual meeting was held June 10-12 at Green Lake Conference Center.  This years theme was "Building up the Beloved Community", with emphasis on mental health and well-being for ourselves and those around us. 

Keynote speaker was Rev. Sarah Lund who spoke on "Good Enough Love"

'Only God's love is perfect. Yet we sometimes put too much pressure on ourselves and others to be perfect. What if there was a 'good enough' way to love? By building beloved communities of good enough love, we make space for everyone to belong, including our imperfect selves.
Rev Lund shared and provided a resource available, especially focused on youth: a short booklet titled "Blessed Youth Survival Guide" copies are available at no charge from Rev Lund. 

Rev. Franz Rigert was re-elected as Conference Minister by unanimous vote.

Our church was a featured congregation at the history tables.  Photos and information from our church were displayed for all to see during the conference meeting. 

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP NEWS
 
DESSERTS and POPCORN AT JAMMIN ON THE PORCH were a success!
Thank you to all who donated, worked and attended!  A special Thank you to Diann and Lynn for making fresh popcorn which was a popular item. 
 
The RUMMAGE SALE was also a success earning more than $1000 while also providing opportunities for recycling and repurposing of treasures. Thanks for all who donated, set up, worked, promoted, cleaned up and delivered after the sale.  Many hands make light work!  Thanks to Karen for overall leadership.  Watch for next year’s date and start saving your treasures!
 
Thank you to all who are watering and maintaining the PLANTERS IN FRONT OF CHURCH.  The flowers add to the beauty of our historic building.
 
Thank you for any contributions you can make to these and all events.  Women’s Fellowship funds are used to support the church in many ways—ovens, tables, serving dishes, flowers, paint, etc.
 
NEXT WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP MEETING—10 am, Tuesday, July 12 in the basement.  Agenda items: Fabulous Fifties, Pasty sale plans and price, Rummage sale review and date for 2023, other.
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