"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden....let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven." --Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16)NIV


Summer Worship Time is 9:30am!

June ✦ mid-September.    Hope to see you in church!

Important July Events

**Strawberry Festival in the Village Park, Friday, July 3 4:00-8:00pm

**Freedom Festival Tailgate Saturday, July 4 8:00pm till fireworks

**Community Worship  Sunday, July 5 - watch for exciting details!

**Vacation Bible School Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, July 7-8-9
Held with and at Shabbona UMC


From the Pastor:


 "With summer here, at least on the calendar, vacation plans will be in full swing." Being away from home may lead to not attending worship. With that in mind, what follows is part of my column published in the Cass City Chronicle in March.




       I hear people say things like, "Pastor, I can worship God wherever I am at . in the woods, on the lake . wherever." I agree. You can. I enjoy being outdoors and I do grow closer to God there.

        I also remember the story of a pastor who went to see a congregation member who said the same thing. In the place they were meeting there was a fire, the old fashioned kind with real wood logs that were burning. The pastor carefully separated one log from the rest of the fire. Silently the pastor and the congregation member watched that log. It burned bright for a time. But then the flame grew weaker, it didn't give off as much light or as much heat. It continued to grow weaker until it appeared to be out.

        The pastor then pushed that log, with no fire on it, back into the fire with the other logs. The flame on that log started again. It gave off light and heat; it seemed to come back to life. Not only that log burned better, but the whole fire burned brighter and warmer.

       The pastor, standing up to leave, looked at the congregation member and said, "I will see you Sunday."

      There is much truth in that story. Yes, we can, and should worship God outside of our `church', but we will all burn brighter and warmer when we are together. If we don't gather I believe our faith is not nearly as strong as when we do gather.

In Hebrews 10:24,25 we read, "24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Not gathering is obviously not something new.


         When you are away from Cass City enjoy your time! Find a place to worship. You can always go to UMC.org to look for a United Methodist Church or ask me and I will help you find one. I always enjoy seeing bulletins from other churches so feel free to share them with me.  

          See you Sunday!

                      Pastor Jackie


Group Highlights


Statistics for May 13:
       Menu: Chicken
       Total meals served: 216
       (Diners: 97; Take Outs: 101; Helpers: 18)
       Deposit (after expenses) $1029.32
       Weather: Sunny, breezy, low 60's

We are grateful for this and all helpers that were able to come.

Menu for Wednesday, June 10:  Baked Spaghetti

Please contact the following if you plan to help or have questions.

Pies and Desserts  - Donna Adams - 872-3751

Meal preparation Tuesday/Wednesday  - Connie Schwaderer 872-2315

Setting tables/Serving and/or Delivery   - Sherryl Seeley - 872-2656

United Methodist Women

We would like to thank everyone who made the Honoring Mothers Banquet so lovely and enjoyable. We had a good attendance and it was a very nice occasion.

Summer events will soon be in full swing beginning with the rummage sale on June 17, 18, 19 with a bake sale as part of it on Thursday, June 18th. Friday, July 3rd, will be the annual Strawberry Social at the Park in conjunction with Cass City's Fourth of July Festival. The proceeds from both of these events go to the Mortgage Fund. We thank everyone for your continuing support of these, as well as all of our various mission projects.

The Prayer and Self-denial offering for UMW is due. You may give your offering to Yvonne Sherman or Sherryl Seeley.

Mark your calendar for the Mystery Trip on Tuesday, August 18.

       Now the Mystery is over – the group is going to the Flint Farmers’ Market. Contact Sherryl Seeley at 872-2656 if you would like to go.

Requested from the United Methodist Women’s Luncheon on Monday, June 1

Contest-Winning Taco Casserole Recipe

3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
1 pound ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
1 can (14 ½ ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 envelope taco seasoning
2 cups nacho tortilla chips, crushed

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the cheese, salsa, tomatoes and taco seasoning. Drain pasta; stir into beef mixture.

2. Transfer to a greased 11-in x 7-in baking dish. Cover and bake at 3500 for 20 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with tortilla chips. Bake 10 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 7 servings.

All Church Picnic


      You are invited to an All-church Picnic on Thursday, June 11. It will be held at the Tuckey Hunting Lodge about 1/4 mile east of Schwegler Road on M-81. There is an arch on the drive with the Tuckey name on it.

      Roy, Kathy, Robert and Barbara Tuckey will host the picnic. Roy will be roasting hot dogs and brats. Everyone should bring a dish or dessert to share.

      There will be a social hour starting at 5pm with dinner planned at 6pm.

      If you plan to attend call Kathy and Roy at 872-3439 (or email rktuckey@speednetllc.com) so enough food will be prepared. Hope to see you there.

Mission Project for Cass Community Shelter

Cass Community mission project is for Inner City Detroit Children living at the shelter. Each year they have between fifty and one hundred children there.

Need are:

Clothing for boys and girls sizes up to youth:
socks - underwear - black slacks - plain white polo or buttoned shirts.

School supplies: paper, pencils, erasers, etc.

Health Kits: band-aids, tooth brushes, tooth paste, combs, etc.

You will find a black box labeled Cass Community Donation Box in the coat rack area from June 9 to August 17.

Mission to Women’s Shelter

          The UM Women wants to thank everyone who donated items for the Women’s Shelter in Caro. This shelter offers limited shelter for women and children in the area who are battered and or homeless.

          They help the women find work and permanent housing. Skills such as how to make your own laundry soap and other survival abilities are taught.

          Items donated included bleach, cleaning supplies, cereal and canned god, bedroom slippers and dish soap. All these items are needed and will be put to good use. This is a needed mission project within our own area and a good “feel good” thing.

Celebrating Mothers Dinner

          The Celebrating Mothers Salad Dinner was held in the church multipurpose room on May 9 at 6pm. It was sponsored by the United Methodist Women. There was a social hour with snacks from 5 to 6pm. Joyce Sheldon gave the greeting and Pam Burns gave the prayer.

          Fifty-eight ladies attended and each brought a salad. Dessert was cake. Eight men from the church did the serving and clean-up.

          The room was decorated with eleven topiaries made by Pam Burns and eleven quilted tea format place mats made by Joyce Sheldon. There were over twenty antique teapots on the tables donated by Joyce Sheldon, Pam Burns, Shirley Wisenbach, and Jane Mitchell. Chairs were marked and whoever had the marked chair was gifted one topiary.

          Cassie Simpson and Garrett Rockwell provided entertainment for the group in the sanctuary. Mothers’ Day poems were read by Joyce Sheldon, Pam Burns and Jane Mitchell. Door prizes were awarded. Closing prayer was offered by Pastor Jackie Roe.



Freedom Festival Fireworks
Tailgate Party

It has become a tradition watching Cass City’s dazzling 4th of July fireworks display from the church’s parking lot.

Starting at 8:00pm, concessions are served at the back of the church. There are hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, individually wrapped baked goods, and water to name a few.

Helpers are needed about 6:00pm to get the food ready. Contact Lori Inbody at 810-414-9411 if you can help. There will be sign up for donations on the table in the narthex straight out the sanctuary doors.

Proceeds go to our Camp Fund. Our policy is to pay 2/3rd’s of the registration fee to one United Methodist Camp of the camper’s choice for each child of camping age in our congregation.

Annual Conference Report

As Lay Representative from our church, I attended the Detroit Annual Conference on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14,15,16 at Adrian College. The days are scheduled completely and you get lots of exercise moving from one location to another. Each day begins with breakfast between 6:30 - 8:00am, followed by worship at 8:00am in the Chapel. After church services, we adjourn to the Dawson Auditorium for business sessions and usually a speaker. Lunch is served from 12 - 1:30pm, cafeteria style with lots of variety and selections. That is followed by another business session for the afternoon. Dinner is from 5:00-6:30pm in the cafeteria followed by more business in the evening.

          The speakers are always very motivating with excellent messages. This year, the Saturday morning speaker at 8:00am worship was Dr. William Dobbs, who was born and raised in Cass City and the Trinity UM Church. Bill has served the conference for the last few years as Assistant to the Bishop and Bill will be retiring this year. I happened to meet him walking on campus two or three times and each time we stopped and visited for a few minutes. It was good to see him and hear his message.

          One of the main votes during the business sessions centered around the matter of merging the Detroit Conference with the West Michigan Conference to make one Conference for the State of Michigan. A vote on that was taken by written ballot and the ballots were directly sealed in lock box bags to be opened only after the West Conference voted at their Annual Conference in June. So the outcome awaits to be revealed.

          I thank you for putting your trust in me to represent you at Conference.

                         submitted by Sherryl Seeley



 We just want to congratulate you
 As you graduate today,
It's a treasured moment in your life,
 No one can take away
 May you know God's hand upon you
 As you go forth from this place,
 Into a future of expectation,
 With an abundance of God's grace.
                  ©By M.S.Lowndes  Owner Of Heavens Inspirations 2003-2015






   Katie House                                                                         Libby Venema



United Methodist Giving Program

Where is your treasure?
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:21 NRSV

Designated Giving
Advance for Christ and His Church

Through the Advance for Christ and His Church, individuals, groups and congregations may choose from among many ministries in the United States and around the world. Each ministry has been evaluated and approved by the Advance Committee.

Unique features of the Advance are:

-One hundred percent of every nickel, dime or dollar contributed to the Advance goes to the ministry designated by the giver, because administrative costs for the Advance are funded by World Service and other sources.

-Advance giving is called “second mile” giving because the “first mile” priority is for local churches to pay 100% of their World Service and conference benevolences.

-Advance giving is completely voluntary and in addition to apportioned funds support.

Bay Shore Camp

Bay Shore Summer Camps are offering an instant $50 rebate ($25 of Teddy Bear and Primary Camps) for First-time Campers or Returning Campers bringing a friend who has never attended a Bay Shore Camp (Both will receive $50 off!)

Our policy is to pay 2/3rds of the registration fee for each child of camping age in our congregation to attend one United Methodist Camp of the camper’s choice. If paying the 1/3rd of the registration fee creates a hardship, please contact Pastor Jackie.

Make sure you check out the camp schedule at bayshorecamp.org! Once you pay your 1/3rd (if you are able) bring your confirmation to the church office to be paid in full.

VBS Camp Discovery

July 6-7-8

Held with and at  Shabbona UMC

Calling all children from pre-school to 6th grade to come to Camp Discovery! It will be an exciting time learning how Jesus works through them in their everyday lives. Older children and adults are encouraged to be helpers when your schedule allows.

We have partnered with the Shabbona UMC for the last several years and it has been a rewarding experience for all involved.

Supper is served to the children and participants at 5:45pm. This is a great help for parents who are just getting out of work but don’t have time to get supper before Bible school starts. Now they can just drop them off - or stay and not worry about having something to eat. Bible School starts about 6:00pm on Monday, July 6, Tuesday, July 7 and Wednesday, July 8. The classes end about 8:00pm. If needed, transportation can be arranged from Cass City to the church on Decker Road and back again. Please let us know at 872-3422 or email the church at ccumc@airadv.net or talk to Lori Inbody.

Hoping to see you there!

Tuscola County Senior Health Fair

Friday, June 19 ✦ 10am - 2pm
Cass City High School
Admission: Free

Workshops (Diabetes and VA Discussion), Free Massages provided by Tendercare, Skin, Head, Neck, Mouth and Foot Assessments by SVSU Nursing Students, Free Crafts, Free fruit, cookies, iced tea and lemonade. Lunch will also be sold. Free Hearing Tests by Hozer’s Hearing, Cash and Prizes (must be present to win), Entertainment by Walt & Dan Bristol, LeRoy Howard & Dave Stieler, and much more!

A Way To Help Your Church

If you are comfortable working on a computer, you might be interested in recording or learning to record our worship attendance.

Each Sunday, worshipers are asked to sign the pew registry. These persons’ names are recorded so that each year we can see who has attended regularly and who hasn’t.

This is not a hard task, and it really doesn’t take a long time doing it. You can do it when you have the time. If you have worked on a spreadsheet program, it will be quite easy. If you haven’t worked on a spreadsheet program, you will be surprised at how easy it is and what you will learn and apply to your own needs. I (Linda) will walk you through every step and be available for your questions.

Please contact the church if you feel led to help.


A Giving Story to Make Your Heart Smile.

A lot of you know that my family and I (Judy Wallace) are beverage can tab collectors for the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor in memory of our infant granddaughter.

Awhile ago when I was set up at an art show, I asked a gal for the tab from her empty pop can. She asked why and I proceeded to tell her. When she left my booth she asked for my business card. A couple weeks later she called to say she had posted it on Facebook, had 2 one gallon bags full, and now what should she do with them? I answered that she should keep collecting and we would meet up before I take them to Ann Arbor in October. When we were in her area, that is what we did and by then she had 2 big paper grocery sacks full.

I recently had an email from her that read:

I have a couple of buckets of tabs for you. If you are down in the Dryden area or if we are in the Cass City area we'll meet up. I am going to have a competition with our youth group next school year. They team up with a couple of other churches and they go to a youth conference every June in Stubenville, OH. I told them that whichever youth group collects the most tabs I will donate $300.00 to pay for one youth to go to conference from their group.

I am in awe at someone being so generous. Before this started she was a total stranger, practically still is, but one with a huge giving heart.

Hills and Dales Hospital, Rolling Hills Golf Course, Pigeon Lutheran School and numerous individuals are examples of some sources also doing a fabulous job collecting tabs just to name a few. 1,200 tabs makes 1 pound and our record year is 202 pounds. That is 242,400 aluminum can tabs. We are hoping to break that number this year.

The Ronald McDonald House asks for $10.00 a night to stay. If you cannot afford the $10.00 you give a donation or just walk away. When we stayed there the Med Inn asked for $70.00 a night, huge difference. Medical and traveling expenses are so high that 75% do not pay anything. It is totally funded by McDonald's and donations.

These aluminum tabs, when collected in large numbers, are recycled and one source of donation money.

I am asking anyone with a giving heart to save their tabs. A few here and a few there add up when we put them all together. They can be dropped off at our church any time. There is a canister for them in the East entry.

 And the bonus is that your heart will smile when you know you are helping a family with a sick child.

Thanks so much from my family,

                                              Judy Wallace

Top-of-the-Thumb Leisure Ministries

Top-of-the-Thumb Leisure Ministries is an ecumenical arm of the local church, which seeks to strengthen the Christian community among residents and visitors in the Thumb area. We work together to provide programming in tourist communities, regular meetings for worship and fellowship, and training for Christian Leaders in ministry.

Each Sunday evening between June 14 and August 9, Vespers are held at the Pigeon River Mennonite Church, 7120 Geiger Rd., Pigeon. The air-conditioned building is located 2 miles south of the IGA store in Pigeon, 3/4 mile east on Geiger Road.

Sunday vespers begin at 7:00pm with Worship and Praise and refreshments.

The schedule is:

  June 14: Deb & Dale Ackerman

  June 21: All for Hymn

  June 28: Living Truth

  July 5 - to be announced

  July 12: Singspiration w Jerry Dietzel

  July 19: Kent Gabrielson & Michelle Kuhl

  July 26: New Perspective

  August 2: Sacred Heart Caro’s Men Choir

  August 9: Steve & Karen Bouverette

And Sunday, November 8: An Evening of Song at the Elkton UMC at 7:00pm is also sponsored by the Top-of-the-Thumb Leisure.

Other activities are worship services held at Duggan’s Campground and Port Crescent State Park. There are Story Hours with games, songs, and crafts along with coffee hours and other activities like building sand castles, beach volleyball, tie dying, campfires, sing-a-longs, videos, and soccer.

If you want more information call 989-435-2451 or 989-375-4113.

Staying Spiritually Fit

Prayer is like exercise: Neither is an end in itself. Just as exercise is intended to make us physically fit by strengthening our muscles so we can manage more activity, engaging in prayer leads to more prayer. The harder one works at exercise, the greater the results. But if we give up the routine, the results won't hold. The same goes for prayer.

Writes Rev. Kate Braestrup in Beginner's Grace (Atria Books), "There will be no moment - in this life, anyway - when I will be able to say, `That's it! I've prayed, and the prayers have paid off: I'm a fully conscious, totally grateful, and unstintingly generous person. I can just start stuffing myself as soon as the plate hits the table."

Rather, she notes, "The more you give, the more you will be able to give; the more you receive, the more you will be willing to receive; and the more you pray, the more you can . pray."


What is a dad?

A dad is someone who wants to
catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up, brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who wants to
keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail.

Retirement Party Planned for Rev. Dr. Dobbs


The Rev. Dr. William Dobbs is retiring in June after 43 years of pastoral ministry. In celebration, a retirement party will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 2-4 P.M. at the Michigan Area Ministry Center (located at 1011 Northcrest Road, Lansing, MI 48906). You are invited to come and help us reflect, remember, and recall Bill's faithfulness over the course of his ministry as pastor, chaplain, District Superintendent, and Clergy Assistant to the Bishop of the Michigan Area.

In addition, you are invited to send a note sharing how Dr. Bill's ministry affected your journey, so he may be able to have these memories as he moves into the next phase of his life. If any of you have photos you would be willing to share, they would be appreciated as well. All photos and notes need to be received by Rev. DeAnn Dobbs no later than June 1st. You may email them to her at ddobss@genesisumc.org or mail them to:

ATTN: Rev. DeAnn Dobbs
Genesis UMC
Suite 304
1601 Galbraith Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Your presence and memories are truly the only gifts the family is asking for. If you wish to do something more, donations to the William D. Dobbs Scholarship Fund at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary would be appreciated. This scholarship fund was established in celebration of Dr. Bill's 25th anniversary in the ministry. It is the hope of the Dobbs family that this fund can become permanent, and they feel this would truly be the most fitting way to honor Dr. Bill for a lifetime of service to the Church. Donations may be mailed directly to the Seminary at:

ATTN: Development Office
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Please note that it is for the William D. Dobbs Scholarship Fund in the memo line of your check.

Dr. Bill is a Thumb native. He grew up in the Cass City area. He was a former member of the Trinity United Methodist Church (UMC), one of the congregations to precede the Cass City UMC.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rev. DeAnn Dobbs or David Dobbs.

Our Faithfulness these past weeks:



Worship / S.S


General    Mortgage


  78            17

3988.50     905.00


114            21

1648.00     370.00


  70            27

1692.50     600.00


  64            23

1707.50     348.00


  91            25

1946.51     537.00

 UMCOR- Nepal Earthquake: 20.00
 Hall Use: 330.00
 Bottle Return (Camp): 62.60

My father

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.                                                  -Anne Sexton

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"Many an excellent man is tempted to forget that the best offering he can make his children is himself."

                                               -Henry Neumann


Photo Gallery


   Welcome Baby Boy Nelson!




Courtney Nelson
Baby Shower held in May


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Hamburger/ Hot Dog Dinner To Support the God’s Country Parish Mission Trip


Our Mission Team: Clay Evans, Janet Muntz, Boyd Evans, Bruce Gardner, and Pastor Jackie.




 Cooks Roy & Kathy Tuckey Bruce Gardner,  Yvonne & Rod Sherman, Ardis Monroe,  Chris & Archie Allen and taking the picture: Paula Gardner





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Caring and Sharing

Please keep this page available throughout the month for prayer needs and addresses.

Worth Remembering: When sending cards to people in the hospital - put that person's home address as the return address on the envelope! That way, should that person be moved or released, your thoughtful card will reach them without needing a new envelope and more postage.



Our sympathies for the family and friends of Joan Montgomery.

Our condolences to Tavis and Carrie Osentoski, Chris and Daniell Osentoski, their families and friends on the death of their grandmother, Marie Osentoski.

We send our sympathies to Dean and Nancy Hutchinson, Janis and Sherryl Seeley, Mick and Barb Kirn, their families and friends on the death of their cousin, James McQueen.


Max Johnathon Wilkins, infant son of Max and Dr. Mallory (Powell) Wilkins was baptized on Sunday, May 10, 2015. He is the grandson of Morris and Pam Powell and great-grandson of Jack and Lois Gallagher.


♣ Pastor Jackie and our ministry here in Cass City and beyond, The Blue Water District with Rev. Duane Miller, interim D.S., our incoming D.S. Rev. Elizabeth A. Hill, The Detroit Annual Conference, our bishop Rev. Deborah Kiesey and The United Methodist Church.


♣ Our shut-ins at this time: Maxine Profit, Ann Milligan, Ed and Judy Profit, John and Melody Frankowski, Dorothy Knight, Elizabeth Stine, Marilyn Morgan, Joan D. Merchant.

Current Issues: Ellen Stoutenburg (recuperating from lung cancer surgery) Pat Greenwood (Praise! Catheterization revealed no need for a stent),

Those facing or living with cancer and treatments: ♣ Wanda friend of Donna Adams ♣ Terry Burgess Lawson friend of Chris Allen’s family ♣ Marilyn Lautner [Melody Frankowski’s mother] ♣ Suzanne Dillon ♣ Julie Patterson ♣ Denise Jones (Leukemia) ♣Kathy Tait (daughter-in-law of Dolly Misch) ♣ Gary Casey (friend of Leah Sherman Renner) Denise Jones (daughter-in-law of Gary & Doris Jones) ♣ Naomi Barnes

Others:♣ Rick Dillon ♣ Garrett Ricker (River’s Edge - Bay City for therapy) ♣ Margaret Czekai [dialysis] ♣ Shirley Wisenbach ♣ Gerald and Donna Auten ♣ Elaine Proctor ♣ Dolly Misch ♣ Rev. Bob & Charlene Garrett ♣ Esther Guinther ♣ Don Loomis ♣ Ruth Wichert ♣ Roy & Shirley Wagg ♣ LaVerne Rutkowski

♣ Calvin Kilmer (Barb Kirn’s father) ♣ Dora Fobear’s brothers (Gary with back injury, David had surgery and great nephew Jimmy has a cyst on his pancreas)

Tendercare,4782 Hospital Dr., C.C.: Shirley Geiger, Bobbie Churchill

Satchell’s Retirement Home, 2662 E. Caro Rd., Caro 48723: Dorothy Knight

Northwood Meadows, 6086 Beechwood, C.C.: Marv Hobart, Elizabeth Stine, Joan D. Merchant.

Service People: Curtis Dickinson, Jeffery Hanselman, Marc Inbody, Mike Furness, Kendra Parsons, Tim Karr, Matt Essenmacher, Jeremy Klinkman.

From our Mailbox:

From Pat Gee: Thank you so much for your condolences of our loved one, Steven Auvil, Jr.’s death notice. Years of separation makes no difference when it comes to friendships! Pamela Gee Auvil (mother), Kelly Gee (aunt), and Pat Gee (grandma)

The Family of Jay Wisenbach: A BIG Thank You to all who drove me to Saginaw when Jay was sick. Thanks to the ladies that did the lunch, it was great. A special thanks to Pastor Jackie for all her running and a great message.

From Anita Loomis: Thanks to all of you for thinking of us and thank you so much for the great meals! God bless you! (Don would say “Amen” to my note!)

From Ellen Stoutenburg: I’d like to thank my church family and everyone for the many acts of kindness shown to me during my surgery.

Thanks, again!


Newsletter: Yvonne Sherman (proofing), Courtney Nelson, Tanya Evans, Janet Muntz, Janis Seeley, Judy Profit

Pew registries Dora Fobear

Folding Bulletins: Janis Seeley

All those who clean, especially Char Fahrner for overseeing this as well as cleaning.

A Big Thank You to Tavis and Carrie Osentoski who put up a new mail box at the parsonage!

June Birthdays:

Barb Stickle             Gary Wichert

Ken Smith               Amy Wilkewicz

Ruth MacLachlin     Stacee Markel

Dorothy Mantey       Doris Jones

Mandy Czekai         Ted Furness

Dean Hutchinson    Lola Flores

Chuck Erla              Pam Powell

Lee Stranahan        Stacey Steely

Jesse Merchant       John Merchant

Archie Allen             Betsy Dillon

Nikki Czekai            Madison Radabaugh

Amy Smith               Ross Sherman

June Anniversaries

Mark & Angie House (25)

Rev. Bob & Charlene Garrett (64)

Dan & Kristie Warren (16)

Roger & Linda Marshall (53)

Bob & Barb Stickle (65)

Eddie & Robyn Williams (5)

Dr. Phil and Charlene Rice (49)

Dailey & Linda Parrish (47)


Please be aware that Linda may have shortened or erratic hours over the summer.

Always call before coming up to the church to see if someone is here.

Please use the answering machine at 872-3422 or email (ccumc@airadv.net) to let Linda know your needs or to get your questions answered.

Tuesdays from12:30 - 3:00pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am - 3pm will be her main office hours, other days and times will be according to the workload.

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More from the Detroit Annual Conference

The following are from significant events in the lives of clergy who are affiliated with is congregation.

Celebrating the Lives of the Faithful

Each year at Annual Conference, those who have passed into life eternal are remembered. This past year, the lives of two former pastors who were assigned to the Salem congregation were celebrated.

Rev. Clare Patton August 20, 2014  (Served as pastor from 1983-1989)

Clare loved to build things and had established himself as a building contractor when he experienced a marvelous conversion experience. The words of the gospel song “What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought, since Jesus came into my heart!” became his testimony. When called to ministry he dedicated himself wholeheartedly to spreading the Good News. A grand-daughter remembers how strong his testimony of Christ was and that he was always willing to give service to those in need. A son states it this way: Dad was a BUILDER!! He built a close and long relationship with his Lord and Savior. He built relationships with his parishioners in each church he ministered in. He built relationships between all the people he served. He helped build and administered construction projects in every church he served. He helped build the plans, the buildings and the long range vision for Bay Shore Camp. In short, he was a Kingdom Builder! It was a joy to share in that ministry!! (By his wife, Louine Patton)

Rev. George William Dunstan January 3, 2015 (Served as interim pastor in the 1990's)

Bill was a very kind, gentle and loving man. I was fortunate to have him in my life for 46 years. I was his partner in all things. We served as conference statisticians back in the 70's when it was all done by hand. He loved the Lord, his family and the church families that he served for 28 years. He had 7 children, three of whom went to be with the Lord ahead of him. As was said at his funeral, he was appointed to the church triumphant on January 3, 2015 where he still serves his Lord. I will miss him deeply until I am reunited with him once again. (By his wife, Bonnie Dunstan)

Retiring Clergy for 2015

Rev. William Dobbs

It has been a wonderful 43 years! I’ve served 5 different congregations from the cornfields to the state capital and from the university to the lakeshore and have never regretted answering God’s call to ordained ministry. I have been blessed to serve as a Superintendent and as the clergy assistant to two bishops and can truthfully say that I have had a wonderful time at every stop along the way since that day in 1972 when I stopped being a high school band director and became a seminary student and local church pastor. Every congregation has featured great friends and wonderful memories! I’ve made my share of miss-steps and have experienced first-hand the transforming power of forgiveness by members of each parish. I’ve shared the highs and lows of life with persons in every community I have served and would do it all again if time and energy permitted. And every day in every place my ministry and my life have been blessed by not having to face them alone; I have been privileged to share them with Janice for more than 50 years! Her love and support has truly been amazing. Together we have been blessed with 4 wonderful children who have been both understanding of the demands of parish ministry and forgiving of the times we couldn’t be there.

So I would like my ministry to be summed up by the statement that I tried to love the people of God called me to love wherever they were for as long as I had the opportunity. And that I had the grace of Eli to know when my work was ended and my Sabbath had begun. I want to conclude by saying thank you to all who allowed me to be their pastor, to the two annual conferences that have welcomed me into membership, to all those who shared ministry with me as colleague and friend, to the children and grandchildren who have been such an incredible blessing and to the woman who kept her vow to love me in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer, as long as we both shall live.

Now we go to live out the rest of our life’s journey in retirement. We don’t know where these next years will take us, but, just as we were excited for each new parish or opportunity, we can’t wait to see what God has in store for us! Shalom!

Also retiring were the Reverends Paul and Linda Donelson.

Time to Fish in Deeper Waters

Highlights from Rev. Bill Dobb’s Sermon from Detroit Annual Conference’s SUNDAY flyer.

... with apologies to Friday’s preacher, Scott Chrostek, who spoke about God’s practice of calling misfits, Bill asserted that Jesus called fishermen on purpose. “Those fishermen knew how to work hard. They knew how to work with others and the importance of taking care of their nets,” Bill said. And, most importantly, “They understood if you are not catching, you are not fishing.”

He (Bill) then offered three piece of counsel for churches:

1. Learn to take care of your net. “What catches folks is not us but Jesus Christ... present Christ to them in such a way that people cannot possibly be confused... if we want to flesh out Jesus, we have to be loving and accepting.”

2. Learn you won’t catch people staying in shallow water. “We can’t wait for Jesus to throw fish in the boat... We must fish in the deeper waters of diversity ... I believe with all my heart we must fish in deeper water of youth and young adults.”

3. Remember to keep Jesus in the boat with you. “When I look at the statistics, it amazes me the number of churches that have had no baptisms... The days of no baptisms have got to end. We must not be willing to accept empty nets anymore.”

  Scheduled Volunteers for June

Greeters Captain, Pam Burns
June 7   Don & Anita Loomis
         14    Janet Muntz/Pat Greenwood
         21    Jon & Char Fahrner
         28    Jim & Stephanie Baker  

June 7   Morris Powell
         14    Bruce Gardner
         21    Chris Allen
         28 Joyce Sheldon          

Media Tech: Sound & Projection
June 7   Jordan Kittle
         14    Jordan Kittle
         21    Hank Janik
         28    Hank Janik             

Communion Steward

Sunday, June 7 Shirley Wisenbach

Ushers: Captain: Kathy Tuckey
June 7   Henk & Margreet deVor
         14    Roy Tuckey/Molly Costantino
         21    Roy & Kathy Tuckey
         28 Shirley Wisenbach / Connie Schwaderer

Altar Guild
June 7   Bob & Barb Tuckey
         14    Pat Greenwood
         21    Caren Clara
         28    Bob & Barb Tuckey

June 7  Erin Inbody
         14    Glenda Wilson
         21    Tanya Evans
         28    Tanya Evans

June 7   Tuckey Family
       14    UMW
       21    Dennis & Laura Hill

Lock Up
June 7   Gary Wichert
         14   Mick Kirn
         21   Ron Kittle
         28   Rod Sherman

Lawn Mowing
June 7   Dan Dickinson
         14    Archie Allen
         21    Mick Kirn
         28    Mark House            


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