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St. Peter Lutheran Church, Bassett, NE Pastors John & Melody Brink jbrink-ne@hotmail.com
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June 2013

The ordinary. Webster’s Dictionary defines “ordinary” as “the regular or customary course of things” (http://www.webster.com/dictionary/ordinary). Some people may define “ordinary” as “Boring” with a capital B. The month of June begins a time in the church called “Ordinary Time.” I’m not sure there’s anything ordinary about it. Actually, our calling it “Ordinary Time” does not come from that definition of “ordinary.” It comes from a Latin word that means “numbered.” And, as you’ll notice, we begin to number the Sundays after Pentecost. Another word for this time of the church year is “The Green Season.” You’ll notice that once Pentecost is done, the red paraments that are out are changed to green. It is no mistake that the Green Season takes place during a green time of the church year. This is the time of year when things begin to grow, and grass and nature turns green. It is a time of renewal and new birth. It is a great time to think about faith. It is a great time to think about who God is and what God has done. It is a wonderful time to see the extraordinary with the ordinary.

However, sometimes we have a problem with the ordinary and find it too boring. It’s a challenge sometimes to see the extraordinary around us. We think everything is so ordinary that we try to spice it up a little. This happens all the time in the passing of rumors and gossip. It can affect many people and their lives. There is a way, though, to help us manage this kind of spicing up life: the Three Gatekeepers. The Three Gatekeepers comes from an Arab proverb, and they are easy to remember because they contain so much common sense. The first gatekeeper asks “Is it true?” When we hear something while we are out and about or on the phone at home, it is a good first question. Many times, it is impossible to know if something is true. If you haven’t talked to the person that the rumor is about, then you do not know if it is true. Therefore, you should not spread that rumor to any more people. The second gatekeeper asks “Is it kind?” Is the gossip about someone talking about how they helped 20 kittens escape a fire? Or is it talking about what a horrible, rotten person they are because they don’t feed their kittens? If the gossip/rumor passes the first gatekeeper’s question, this question will probably be a little more challenging. The third gatekeeper asks, “Is it necessary?” This will certainly put most gossip/rumors to rest. Most of the things that we say about other people are not necessary. They are not pertinent to our lives nor are they pertinent to other peoples’ lives. In this Green Season, I invite you to take the Ordinary Time and look at the extraordinary that you see within the world and in your own life. I invite you to look for God’s fingerprints. This

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Continued from Pastor Melody This does not include that which is gossip and rumors. It does include noticing the beauty of creation. It includes being God’s feet and hands in this world. It includes loving our neighbor as ourselves. It includes being in relationship with God and those who are around us; and doing it in a why that fosters love and grace. God is truly extraordinary. Spread that word. It is true, kind, and necessary. Thanks be to God! In God’s Peace and Love, Pastor Melody

Church camp at Cleveland Bible Camp this summer has a tentative date of July 12-14 (Friday evening through Sunday) More details coming in the future. If you can help with this memorable event, clear your calendar for those 2 nights! Kids will thank YOU! There will be a planning meeting on Wed, June 5th at 7pm at St. John’s for anyone interested in helping plan for the camp. If you are unable to come to the meeting, but would like to help in any way, contact Kristi Beard or Lori Stolcpart. ………………………………………………….

June – July – August 10:00 am Fellowship time 11:00 am Church services at St. Peter
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-----------------------------------------------------------------Please keep the following people in your prayers: Karen Anderson, Rick Stolcpart, Carol Trout, Conrad Anderson, Ruby Cook, Gary Harris, Marion Bauman, Alice Dunn, Barb Morlang, Jeannie Shankland, Bailey Salers, June Kelly, Jayne David, Loree Hansen-Haugen, Judy Johnson, Shantelle Baker, Jane Evans, Mona Mangum, Betty Stolcpart, Bud Gray, Jim Krajcek, Delbert Mundorf, Virginia Aulner, Megan Huss, Michelle Burgess, Bill Laue, Military men & Women:

Chris & Jenn Magnussen, Matt Magnussen, Kelly Peterson, Doug Harlan, Josh Bravo, Nick Brooks, Monica Olson, Corey Novotny, Pat Brooks, Paul Carpenter, Tim Dodge, John Brink Jr, Matt Brink, Spencer Jenkins, Justin Imm, Chris Kizzire, Justin Peck,

God’s Cake Sometimes we wonder, 'What did I do to deserve this?' or 'Why did God have to do this to me?' Here is a wonderful explanation! A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away. Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.' 'Here, have some cooking oil,' her Mother offers. 'Yuck' says her daughter. 'How about a couple raw eggs?' 'Gross, Mom!' 'Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?' 'Mom, those are all yucky!' To which the mother replies: 'Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake!' God works the same way. Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times. But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good! We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

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Once upon a time there was a girl who had four friends. She loved the fourth friend the most and adorned him with rich robes and treated him to the finest of delicacies. She gave him nothing but the best. She also loved the third friend very much and was always showing him off to neighboring kingdoms. However, she feared that one day he would leave her for another. She also loved her second friend. He was her confidant and was always kind, considerate and patient with her. Whenever this girl faced a problem, she could confide in him, and he would help her get through the difficult times. The girl's first friend was a very loyal partner and had made great contributions in maintaining her wealth and kingdom. However, she did not love the first friend, although he loved her deeply, she hardly took notice of him! One day, the girl fell ill and she knew her time was short. She thought of her luxurious life and wondered, 'I now have four friends with me, but when I die, will I be alone.' Thus, she asked the fourth friend, 'I loved you the most, endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company? 'No way!', replied the fourth friend, and he walked away without another word. His answer cut like a sharp knife right into her heart. The sad girl then asked the third friend, 'I loved you all my life. Now that I'm dying, will you follow me and keep me company?' 'No!', replied the third friend. 'Life is too good! When you die, I'm going to marry someone else!' Her heart sank and turned cold. She then asked the second friend, 'I have always turned to you for help and you've always been there for me. When I die, will you follow me and keep me company?' 'I'm sorry, I can't help you out this time!’, replied the second friend. 'At the very most, I can only walk with you to your grave.' His answer struck her like a bolt of lightning, and the girl was devastated. Then a voice called out: 'I'll go with you. I'll follow you no matter where you go.' The girl looked up, and there was her first friend. He was very skinny as he suffered from malnutrition and neglect. Greatly grieved, the girl said, 'I should have taken much better care of you when I had the chance!' In truth, you have four friends in your lives: Your fourth friend is your body. No matter how much time and effort you lavish in making it look good, it will leave you when

you die. does not include that which is gossip and rumors. It does include noticing the beauty of creation. It Your third friend your possessions, status and includes beingisGod’s feet and hands in wealth. this world. When you die, it will all go to others. It includes loving our neighbor as ourselves. It includes being God those Your second friendin is relationship your family andwith friends. No and matter who are around us; and doing it in a why that how much they have been there for you, the furthest they can stay by you is up to the grave.God is truly extraordinary. fosters love and grace. Spread that word. It is true, kind, and necessary. Thanks be to God! And your first friend is your spirit. Often neglected in pursuit of wealth, power and pleasures of the world. In God’s Peace and Love, However, your spirit is the only thing that will follow you Pastor Melody wherever you go. Cultivate, strengthen and cherish it now, for it is the only part of you that will follow you to the throne of God and continue with you throughout Eternity.
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May 7, 2013 St. Peter Lutheran Church Council met May 7, 2013. Present were JT Shaw, Lori Stolcpart, Kristy Beard, Pastor John and Co-Treasurer Carol Friedrich. Pastor opened with a prayer. A quorum was not present. The Minutes of the April meeting were read by Lori Stolcpart. The financial statement was discussed. Pastor’s report included the need for at least one person trained at each Food Pantry opening; the Q125 Community Worship to be held at the bandshell; the Ministerial Association planning a food booth in the street by the bank after the parade and Confirmation will be Sunday, May 12. Old Business included the advertising our house for sale on 511 State Street. Quotes will be given for the restroom remodeling so fundraising can start. A member needs appointed to council to replace the term of Terri VanHouten. Pastor discussed the Simply Given program for automatic giving to the church. We will relocate the refrigerator from the house to the youth room downstairs. Church Camp will be held July 12-14 at Cleveland Bible Camp. New Business included Joint Council at St. Peter on May 21st at 7:00. Q125 parade float ideas were discussed. Paperwork from Nebraska Department of Roads to keep the sign along Highway 20 acknowledged. We would like members borrowing from the church to document the items taken on a paper in the kitchen. We examined the benefits of becoming members of St. Peter. The meeting was closed with the Lords’s Prayer.

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