July 2019

Pastor Nikki's Notions

Dear Friends,

It's summertime! Often this is the time of year when things slow down around church. Many of our programs are taking a break, lots of folks are traveling around visiting kids and grandkids, our pews are emptier than usual, and if meetings or work can be put off for another time (maybe a time when the weather is not beckoning us outside), they are! Here in Wisconsin, summertime can be such a wonderful reprieve, a time of rest and renewal, a time to settle into the slower rhythms of life.

Personally, I think summer is a great time for reflection and spiritual renewal, a time when we are called upon to stop and smell the roses. To look around us at the beautiful world that God has created, and the beautiful life we lead in it. It’s a time to look to those places where God is at work, where new life is springing forth, where the cycles of life and growth and death move in nature and in our souls. We’re reminded at this time of year that it is incumbent upon us not to miss out on the summertime moments of joy: a beautiful sunrise, blossoming flowers, the heat of the summer sun, or a day at the beach or the lake. Take the opportunity to bask in the goodness of the Son: to slow down, to breathe deep, and to just enjoy life. Even if just for a moment.

As Father Mike Boutin writes in his blog, “What better memory for parents than a child standing on the beach with a bucket and pail making their first sand castle and watching it being washed away by the tide, only to start all over again? Can't that memory become a kind of metaphor for our lives: endings and beginnings as the tides of life swirl around us, and finding the strength and resilience to stand there in the midst of it all, ready to begin again, even when the castles of our dreams are washed away, only to realize that they were made of sand?

Or what about that summertime experience of jumping into the pool on a really hot summer day, bracing yourself for the shock of it all, but knowing that you will be better for it? Doesn't that experience summarize some of the most challenging moments of our lives, when we have to stop just putting our toe in the water, and instead jump in, head first?”

For me, the best memories of summertime have been around a campfire in the densely forested hills of the Kettle Moraine at the end of a long day, wrapped up in a blanket. It seems on those nights, someone was always strumming a guitar, and we’d all be staring up at the stars in awe or admiring the beauty of the embers of the fire casting shadows, throwing sparks. We could hear crickets and frogs filling the night air with their songs. These nights were so serene and joy-filled and reflective. Can't we learn something from those moments about reflectivity, and quiet, and deep gratitude?

Summertime has a lot to teach us in its days. Just take a moment, breathe deep, and don't miss them. And then, pray. Rest fully in God’s presence, in all of the miraculous, profound grace God is working into every inch of our lives. Be affirmed. Be encouraged. Be renewed - by the God who loves you.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Nikki

Call for Communion Servers
We are currently in need of four servers for July 7th (which is right around the corner). Lori Petersen will prepare the elements for that day. Please respond if you are able to Lori at LPLPMAIL@yahoo.com
There are also other dates throughout the end of the year where we are in need of volunteers. Please see the bulletin board and sign up for a day if you can.

High School Graduates
Receive Special Quilts

On Sunday, June 16th our two high school seniors received special quilts from our church family made by Cynthia Hennig! (Kudos to Cynthia for her hard work and beautiful quilts). Evan Marsh will be attending Northern Michigan University and is interested in an electrical or mechanical engineering degree. Our other grad, Scott Saddler will be attending the University of Nebraska and is still undecided on his major. We wish both of these great young men success as they continue on their journey.

4th Annual Family Promise Golf Outing
Family Promise is looking for golfers and raffle items for their 4th Annual Golf Outing at Paganica Golf Course in Oconomowoc on Saturday, July 13.  Cost is $85 per person and includes golf, cart, dinner, contests, prizes, etc. ($20 dinner only).
The outing is a 4-person scramble and will begin at 11 am with a shotgun start. Register by July 6th. After that the cost will increase to $95 per person.
There is a flyer on the bulletin board, as well as sign-up sheets you are welcome to take. Please contact executive director, David Tennyck, for more information. He can be reached at 414-587-2476 or david@familypromisewaukesha.org.

Back to School
for our “Knoll Crest Kids”
Look for the “Apple Tree” in the gathering area July 14!  We will be providing school supplies and gift cards for our “Knoll Crest Kids” who will be attending local schools in the fall.  The supplies will be due back on August 18. More details to follow. Contact Jane Lurvey with any questions…

Sunday, July 7 communion will be served.
New Summer Sessions for Little Dresses
We’re not taking the summer off this year!  Little Dresses will meet monthly this summer on Wednesdays July 17 and August 21 from 12-4 in the conference room.   We will be sewing dresses, cancer scarves and winter hats.  Your help is welcome for a variety of sewing and non-sewing jobs.   Come join us!
July Food Pantry

For the month of July please consider donating "From the heart". Bring donations any Sunday throughout July. Our main collection will be July 28!


Host the DPC Summer Picnic
Do you have some great outdoor space? Considering hosting the DPC picnic. If you are interested please contact the church office at delafieldpres@centurytel.net.

The first Sunday of each month is designated loose change Sunday.  All loose coins and bills received go to the Deacons Fund to support their missions.  As always, your generosity is appreciated!
                                         JULY 7 - MARY RASMUSSEN
                                         JULY 14 - AL WILCOX
                                         JULY 21 - KATHY ROSEN
                                         JULY 28 - MARK ZWASKA

                                       JULY 7 - CAROL BUECH
                                       JULY 14 - DUANE AND ROSIE LAWSON
                                       JULY 21 - AL AND DENISE WILCOX
                                       JULY 28 - ED AND VALERIE MAREK
Worship Team will notify you when you are scheduled.
Please be responsible in fulfilling your time-slotted assistance.
*If you cannot make your date, please call someone ahead of you on the list and switch!
Thanks, Session
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