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“Catch the Spirit”

 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

On Highway 83

North Lake, WI  53064

                   Helen Ackley, Sr. Warden                 Website:

            Pete Buerosse, Jr. Warden                  Phone: (262) 966-7312 

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April, 2014


Pastor’s Pen   
Fr. David Couper

What a Difference a Decade Makes!

            “The Notebook,” starring James Garner/Ryan Gosling was released a decade ago (2004). It was based on Nicholas Sparks’ popular book of the same name. For me, it was the year after Sabine retired and we were thinking of down-sizing and finding a smaller parish to serve (yes, it was you we found!).

            I remember reading the book and then seeing the movie; a nice, intense, passionate love story. At the time, I am sure I identified it as a "chick flick" -- you know, the movies guys go to with their women in order to demonstrate their love. Okay, a nice flick, time to move on.

            Now, a decade later and after much loss and grief in my life (Sabine’s cancer diagnosis, my son’s suicide) it took on new meaning when I stumbled into it last weekend as we surfed for an afternoon television movie. Although the film was halfway over we decided to sit back and watch it.

            Wham! How different I found this story and how it impacted me a decade later. No longer a chick flick but a story that could be my story. The man in the story reminisced his life with his now disabled wife; their crazy, wildly-in-love early days were just like ours! Now she no longer recognizes her children -- or him. Dementia has captured her. 

            The man's adult children beg him to leave her and come home, "Dad, she doesn't know you or us anymore, so please, come home!" But he won't. He stays in the nursing home where she now lives. Each day he reads from a notebook he has kept through the years which is the story of their life together. But she only knows it as a nice story about a couple in love. She doesn't know the story is their story, who he is, or the love he still has for her.  Then there was the poignant candlelight dinner scene when some of her memories of him returned. It was a special evening supported by the nursing home staff; reminiscing and dancing to old tunes. No longer strangers. Now she remembers – now she doesn’t. Suddenly, "who are you? help!" she cries out.

            Then the ending. He wakes up during the night, steals past the nursing staff into her room, He carefully and quietly lies on the bed with her, holding her hand. In the morning, the staff finds the two of them, together in bed, joined in death.

            I sat there, frozen, with tears streaming down my face remembering our “crazy, wildly-in-love years,” raising children and spoiling grandchildren, Now growing old together. None of us knows the end which awaits us only that there will be one. 

            Yes, my friends, this is the life God has given us; still full of blessing, cherished memories, and an ability each of us has to love in a way that “passes all understanding.”

            Our children enter middle age -- a "half-time" for many of them. A time when they, too, will reflect on the first half of their life and decide if they are going to make any changes in their game plan. Many of us are in our fourth quarter. It doesn't matter what the score is. There is no scoreboard. It's only about how we play the rest of the gametime we have been given. Still time for life, love, joy, and relationship. Use it. What exists for us in the last quarter is the opportunity to get it right and play it right.  It's never too late to be a person of integrity, honesty, and faith.

            Sitting there on the couch with Sabine, watching this story of passionate love and bone-numbing loss, I deeply sensed God. I know God through Christ will keep his promise at the end of Matthew's Gospel, "I am with you always, to the end of the age. Amen." The promise is good and true. It's really all I need.

            Have a blessed Lenten season – and, yes, Easter’s a-comin’!


We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,
and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 
2 Corinthians 10:5

     “Watch your thoughts, they become words;  watch your words, they become actions;

      watch your actions, they become habits;   watch your habits, they become character;

       watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”  — Frank Outlaw

       We cannot stop the thoughts that come into our heads

        but we don’t have to serve them tea. — Rumi

 We do become our thoughts. We tend to forget that we are clay always being shaped and formed by unseen forces. Thoughts seem insignificant but they make and unmake worlds. Watchfulness is essential for our lives. We guard ourselves against outside forces with great care but forget about forces within us. Thoughts can unravel relationships and disassemble a work place.

  The good news is we can choose to watch over our thoughts. As Rumi says we can’t prevent them but we don’t have to invite them in and give them a place at the table. We can let them go and choose to entertain thoughts that build relationships. Just something I’ve been thinking about.                   —The Rev. Matthew Zimmerman, Lawrence, Kansas via The Anglican Digest

                                                                                                              Spring A.D. 2014

Calendar & Times                                            Scheduled Reader                   Altar Flowers

April  2, Wednesday   
6:00 pm  Supper/Bible Study

April  6, Sunday         
9:30 am  Holy Eucharist                                         Debbie Marks 

April  9, Wednesday   
NO Bible Study                     

April 13, Palm Sunday           
9:30 am  Holy Eucharist                                         Susan Medd                                        Palms

April 16, Wednesday  
6:00 pm  Supper/Bible Study

April 17, Thursday     
6:00 pm  Maundy Thursday                                  Volunteer

April 18, Friday                      
6:00 pm  Stations of the Cross                               Volunteers
6:30 pm  Good Friday Liturgy                               Volunteer

April 20, 1 EASTER     
9:30 am Holy Eucharist                                         Rick Luedke                                            Easter Lilies

April 27, 2 Easter       
9:30 am  Holy Eucharist                                        Jamie McKay                                           Easter Lilies


Lessons for April

Lesson                              Psalm                          2nd Lesson                     Gospel

April   6 Ezekiel 37:1-14               130                                        Romans 8:6-11                           John 11:1-45

April 13 Isaiah 50:4-9                    31:9-16                                Philippians 2:5-11                      Matthew 26:36—27:54

April 17 Exodus 12:1-14              116:1-2, 10-17                      1 Corinthians 11:23-26               John 13:1-17, 31-35

April 18 Isaiah 52:13—53             22                                         Hebrews 10:16-25                     John 18:1—19:42

April 20 Easter readings             118:1-2,14-24                        Acts 10:34-43                            John 20:1-18

April 27Acts 2:14, 22-32               16                                         1 Peter 1:3-9                            John 20:19-31


Remember in Your Prayers

 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us:
And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that
we have the petitions that we desired of Him” (1John 5:14-15)

*Pray for the individuals on the lost Malaysian flight #370 and their families.

*Pray for those who died in the mudslide in Washington State and their families. Remember those who lost their homes. Pray for the rescue teams and all helping with rescue & recovery.

*Pray for our confirmation candidates and Sabine who is teaching and guiding them.

*Pray for a good Spring season for planting crops, devoid of flooding.

*Pray for peace and justice in all the world, especially Crimea, Ukraine and Russia.

*Pray for the hungry, the jobless, the homeless and those who see no hope in their lives.

*Pray for our leaders, both national and local, to make good decisions.

*Pray for the Millennium Goals, especially to eradicate hunger and poverty by 2015.

*Pray for St. Peter’s and its families, for the present and the future, that we may grow in Christ and be his light to the world.  Remember St. Peter’s Prayer Circle.

Let’s Celebrate!         

        Happy Birthday                          Happy Anniversary

April   5  Fr. David Couper                                     April  17  Pete & Mary Buerosse

              5  Sabine Lobitz                                              30  Charles & Kate Brumder

              7  Sheila Campbell

              8  Dan Naze

            12  Charlotte Lobitz

            25  Mary Buerosse


 The Spirit at Work!

*St. Peter’s Vestry minutes will be posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex so that all may be aware of the inner workings of our church.

*Do you know someone in the community that would benefit from an Easter food basket? St. Theresa of Calcutta has inquired of needs in the area. Please contact Kathy Marks.

*Thanks to Katy Luedke, Kathleen King, Kathy Marks and Mary Buerosse for the wonderful soups and bread served during the Lenten Bible Study.

*Thanks for remembering the winter parking rules. Hopefully we won’t have to worry about them anymore! Now we just have to watch out for the puddles of water!

*Is there anyone who would like to be St. Peter’s WEBMASTER?  Please speak with Fr. David! 

*Please check the FLOWER and BREAKFAST charts in the Narthex. The FLOWER chart has lots of open spaces after EASTER! Look at the BREAKFAST chart too! Remember, you don’t have to do Breakfast alone.  Ask a Friend!

*Prayer Request cards are available in the Narthex on the table with the Service Bulletins. They may be placed in the offering plate or given to Mary Buerosse.

*Pick up a new “Friends of St. Peter’s” directory in the Narthex!

Lenten Bible Study      Wednesday’s: 6—8 PM

St. Peter’s Lenten bible Study continues on April 2 and 16, beginning at 6:00 pm. with a light dinner of soup and bread. We will not meet on Wednesday, April 9!  We are studying the book of Acts using “Acts: The Good News of the Holy Spiritby Kevin Perrotta. You don’t need the book to join in the discussion…. bring a Bible! All are welcome.

Easter at St. Peter’s

Remembering the time changes that were instituted at the Annual Meeting, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will begin at 6:00 PM.  We are asking parishioners to bring an Easter Lily one of those days. If you prefer, you may make a monetary contribution instead.  If you would like a loved one remembered at Easter, please give their name(s) to Mary Buerosse for the Easter service bulletin.  As in years past, the “Easter” transformation in the church is awesome!

EASTER LIGHT  —-The Rev. Dr. Paul Nancarrow, Staunton, VA  (Condensed)

     Out of the dark of a shadowed church, where the faithful are gathered to remember God’s mighty acts, where the long fast of Lent is coming to its end, where the story of God’s love is being rehearsed and remembered and reconnected to people’s lives in their here and in their now—God acts, and a new first is kindled, and the Paschal Candle is lighted, and the people chant “The Light of Christ! Thanks be to God!” and Easter has begun.  Out of the darkness of sin and grief, out of the shadows of pain and suffering and ill will that so often shroud our human lives — God acts, and the light of Christ comes to us, blazing forth in new glory that is redemption and re-creation and resurrection and eternal life. This is Easter, this is our Feast of Feasts.   Out of the darkness, light shines. —Anglican Digest, Spring A.D. 2014

Outreach Committee

St. Peter’s Vestry is looking to organize an Outreach Committee as a result of the discussion at the Annual Meeting concerning St. Peter’s outreach in our the community, the county, the country and the world.  St. Peter’s Finance Committee (Pete Buerosse, Eric Dyrud, and Charlie Brumder) are already working on the church’s investments, looking forward for growth and dividends that may be utilized for outreach purposes. If you are interested in the Outreach Committee, please contact Helen Ackley, Sr. Warden.

TrailWalk for Cancer—St. Peter’s Style!

Mark your calendars now and save the date for our third annual cancer walk which will be held on Sunday, May 4, following the Sunday service.  Plans are to meet at the start of the “Bug Line” trail in downtown Merton at 11am, walk for 35 minutes in one direction, and then turn around and walk back.  We are planning to have lunch after the walk. Sheila Campbell, who is again organizing this event, will be checking out local restaurants. Final lunch details will appear in the May newsletter and weekly service bulletins. Donation checks should be made out to “LakeWalk for Cancer”. If you have any questions, please contact Sheila.  As with all activities at St. Peter’s – friends, neighbors, and family are always welcome to join us. As the TV commercials state so proficiently: “Let’s make some noise and finish this fight!”

Rogation Days

The Rogation Days are “The Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Holy Thursday, or the Ascension of our Lord.” The name of these days, including the fifth Sunday after Easter, commonly called “Rogation Sunday,” comes from the Latin word rogare (ask). “Asking Days” were observed as early as the fifth century and were no doubt instituted for the purpose of asking God’s blessing on the rising produce of the fields, especially in the face of damaging weather. The American Prayer Book calls the three rogation Days “Days of Solemn Supplication,” and has provided a special prayer, “For Fruitful Seasons”, to be said on these days as well as on Rogation Sunday. In England the priest and people form a procession and go around the bounds of the parish (hence, “Beating the Bounds”), all the while singing the Litany and praying that God will bless the land and give the people a fruitful season. The Rogation Days serve also as a period of preparation for Ascension Day.  The Anglican Digest, Spring 1959

St. Mary’s Used Book Sale

St. Mary’s, Dousman’s 2014 Used Book Sale will take place June 4-7. The parish is now collecting used books, DVD’s and CD’s. For information on donation or to arrange for pick-up service, please call: 262-965-3924 or 262-470-8750 or 262-965-4104 or 262-490-0715. Books not sold at St. Mary’s book sale are passed on to All Saints’ Cathedral for their sale later in the summer. Remember, donations are tax deductible!

by Andy Marks

God is –

     As a mathematics teacher for thirty-nine years one of my goals was always to try to get my students to understand how proven or accepted mathematical concepts can be used to develop new, and in many cases, much more complex theorems.  In mathematics it is important to question everything.  It is only when the evolution of a concept is clear that true understanding takes place.  Simply memorizing without truly understanding usually leads to a short-lived career in mathematics.  The pieces must fit together in order to confidently move forward.  Without this solid background, doubt lingers in the back of the mind and impedes the understanding of new concepts.  With the brain being preoccupied with doubt, learning becomes increasingly frustrating and many students suddenly hit a wall. Sometimes in math a formal proof is not essential in order to validate a new theorem. A simple demonstration or discovery activity may work just as well.  The ultimate goal is for the student to be completely convinced that that each new concept is true. There are many concepts, however, that can’t be proven.  These concepts are called postulates and are mathematical statements which are accepted without proof.  Many of these are fairly obvious and easy to comprehend such as through any two points there is exactly one  line. Some, however, are not so obvious and it is here where I’d try my hardest as a teacher to convince my students of their validity. Knowing something is true leads to a certain kind of confidence that can be built upon.

     Recently I had a discussion with a friend of mine that I haven’t seen in quite a while. As we talked about the “old times” and what was new in our lives, the topic of God and religion came up.  That’s when my friend said that he didn’t know if he still believed in God. I felt bad for him and quickly thought of ways I could convince him that God existed. But then I began to wonder just how much I believed!  It seems I’ve been looking for some concrete proof of God’s existence all of my life.  I also realized that because of this doubt, my faith has been somewhat stymied. It is easy to see how this doubt can manifest itself in such a deceitful and greedy world.  How can an all-powerful, all-loving God allow so many atrocities to occur in our world?  Where is God in all the terror and injustices?   Is faith in God simply like a postulate in math, something you just accept without proof?

     On March 22,  the wife of a good friend of mine, passed away.  Denise had been on our prayer list at St. Peter’s for several months as she battled liver cancer.  The day she died, I stopped over to their house in Sussex.  Denise’s husband, Steve, quickly invited me in and ushered me into a private room where we could talk.  Five minutes into our conversation the door was pushed open and Steve’s two-year old grandson, Lucas, ambled into the room.  The gloomy atmosphere was suddenly transformed.  Steve picked him up, hugged him, and they played for awhile..  The tears in his eyes subsided for a moment, replaced not only with the love of his grandson, but perhaps the love and prayers of his family and friends as well. The love was tangible as was God’s presence!

**What could be better than knowing we’re “leaning on the everlasting arms “ of Jesus? What could be more encouraging than remembering that we’re loved by the almighty One who created us—died for us! What could be more rewarding than the knowledge that the Carpenter from Nazareth has built mansions for us in heaven!

Herbs of the Bible:  Date Palm

“Now, the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the produce of the land, you shall keep the festival of the Lord, lasting seven days; a complete rest on the first day, and a complete rest on the eighth day. On the first day you are to take choice fruit from the trees, and palm fronds, leafy branches and poplars, and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.”  -- Leviticus 23:39-40

 The best known reference to palms is that of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, where he was welcomed and acclaimed “King of the Jews.” Spreading, carrying, and waving palm branches was a sign of respect long used by Jews to indicate celebration and triumph in their Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot.  Sukkot was a harvest festival held upon tithing the first harvest to the Temple. According to Leviticus, four species of plants were offered: fruit from the goodly tree or citron tree, branches of palm, boughs of myrtle, and willows of the brook.

     The food value of the date palm included fresh and dried fruit and honey. Fruits were preserved by drying or pressing into large cakes. A date syrup, or “honey,” was pressed from the fresh fruit. Honey from bees is mentioned only four times in the Bible, while date “honey” is mentioned forty-nine times.

     The life-giving properties of the palm and its survival in the barren deserts has been a symbol of strength and longevity throughout history. Palm fronds were symbols of Judea; after the Romans forced Judea into retreat, the palm replaced the bay laurel leaves as the Roman symbol of victory. After centuries of persecution, Christians adopted the palm as a sign of triumph over both the Hebrews and the Romans. During those times the palm became a symbol of martyrs, the triumph of faith over the destruction of the body. Its Latin name, Phoenix, is translated from Phoenicia (modern Lebanon and Syria), “the land of the palms.”

     From earliest times the date palm was associated with Palestine. It was the symbol on its coinage. To those who inhabited Palestine, the illustration suggested the straight and erect growth of the tree, its unbranched and unencumbered stem, and the beauteous crown of leaves at its summit. It would also remind them that the palm flourished in the desert; its presence always indicated moisture.

     There is an old adage “There are as many uses for dates as there are days in the year.” Date palm leaves are woven into mats. The fibers provide thread and rigging for boats. Wood from the palm trunk is cut into planks and used for doors, beams, and rafters. Flour is derived from the pith of the tree. The heart of palm is eaten in salads. Oil expressed from the seeds is used to make soap. The kernels are ground up or soaked in water and used for animal food. The sap of the palm tree, collected in the morning, ferments by evening. This may be one of the strong drinks mentioned in the Bible, or it may be the date honey that the ancient Israelites fermented into date honey wine.

The Seven Wonders of the World


The most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.

Easter Wisdom from a Five-year-old       
The Anglican Digest, Easter, 2008

    It’s hard to single out a favorite moment in such a spiritually eventful week. But one I won’t forget is the conversation I had with a very sweet, very smart five-year-old girl in the minutes leading up to the Good Friday children’s service. Looking up at the rugged cross we place at the chancel steps, she wanted to tell me that she knew all about the death of Jesus.  She didn’t flinch in telling me about the people who betrayed him, or about the angry crowds. But she knew, too, about Easter, about how “he wasn’t dead anymore.” Then she asked if I knew why the Easter bunny is so special. “Because,” she said confidently, “it was the first one to see Jesus alive.”

    You’re never too old to learn, I thought. Her mother’s face clouded with concern. I asked her not to worry. Her child is so interested in the story. She’s so open to the truth, she will find it.  —The Rev. William McD. Tully, St. Bartholomew’s, New York, New York.

God is like….

A fifth grade teacher in a Christian school asked her class to look at TV commercials and see if they could use them to communicate ideas about God. Here are some of the results.

God is like COKE. He’s the real thing.

God is like HALLMARK CARDS. He cares enough to send His very best

God is like SCOTCH TAPE.  You can’t see Him, but you know He’s there…

God is like THE U. S. POST OFFICE. Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet nor ice will keep Him from His appointed destination.

God is like TIDE. He gets the stains out others leave behind…

God is like ALLSTATE. You’re in good hands with Him.


**Seven days without prayer makes one WEAK!

**The gift of a cheerful disposition: The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, even if it’s just saying “hello” or “thank you.”




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