May 30, 2011

Memorial Day, 2011

Eternal God,

Creator of years, of centuries,
Lord of whatever is beyond time,
Maker of all species and master of all history --

How shall we speak to you
from our smallness and inconsequence?
Except that you have called us to worship you
in spirit and in truth;
You have dignified us with loves and loyalties;
You have lifted us up with your lovingkindnesses.

Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling
[though we sometimes feel that low]
and without fear
[though we are often anxious].
We sing with spirit and pray with courage
because you have dignified us;
You have redeemed us from the aimlessness
of things' going meaninglessly well.

God, lift the hearts of those
for whom this holiday is not just diversion,
but painful memory and continued deprivation.
Bless those whose dear ones have died
needlessly, wastefully [as it seems]
in accident or misadventure.

We remember with compassion those who have died
serving their countries
in the futility of combat.
There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation,
when all the answers we are offered
fail the question death asks of each of us.

We believe that you will provide for us
as others have been provided with the fulfillment of
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

By Rev. Dick Kozelka (ret)
First Congregational Church of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN.

Sunday Bulletin, May 29, 2011

Note: The cook-out scheduled for June 5
has been moved to June 12

May 15, 2011


Our deepest sympathy to
the family of Opal McGhee.

Opal McGhee, age 85 of Lincoln Park, died May 13th 2011. Opal is preceded in death by her loving husband Raymond E. McGhee. Loving Mother of Kathleen Kelley, Mrs. Deborah (James) McMullen. Dear Grandmother of Michael Rentschler, Miryah Rice, and Bryan (Brandy) McMullen, and Great Grandmother of Cayla Rentschler, Emily Rentschler, Philip Rentschler, and Alexandra Anthony . Brother Mr. James D. Brown also survives. Visitation : Tuesday May 17th, 1-8pm, Wed. 10-11am Services: 11am at J.L. Peters Funeral Home 3880 Fort Lincoln Park Mi. (313-928-6500). Interment Michigan Memorial Cemetery , Flat Rock. Sign the register book and express your sympathy at

She will be missed by her family at Grace Bible Church.

Sunday Bulletin, May 13, 2011

May 9, 2011

Before the Throne of God Above

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great High Priest who's name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When satan tempts me to dispair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see him there
Who made an end of all my sin
Because a sinless savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the judge is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there the Risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangable I Am
The King Of Glory and of grace
One in Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased by His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God
With Christ my Savior and my God

These lyrics were written by Charitie Lees Bancroft who was a hymn writer in the late 19th century.

(Charitie was born on 21 June 1841, at Bloomfield, County Dublin, the fourth child of Rev George Sidney and Charlotte Lees. The Rev George Smith was the minister of Colebrooke church, in the Church of Ireland parish of Aghalurcher from 1838-1867 and during this period the family including Charitie lived in Ardunshin House near Brookeborough, County Fermanagh, Ireland. In 1860 one of Charitie's first compositions O for the robes of whiteness appeared in leaflet form in the immediate aftermath of the Irish 1859 revival. In 1863 she wrote perhaps her best known hymn "Before the Throne of God Above" which she entitled The Advocate (a hymn which was revived in evangelical circles in the late Twentieth Century). In 1867 Charitie's father took the family to Tattyreagh, Omagh, County Tyrone, when he became the rector of St Columba's Church Charitie continued with her compositions eventually publishing them in a volume entitled Within the Veil in 1867.

In 1869 a Liverpudlian Arthur Bancroft married Charitie in Edinburgh, Scotland. Records of her married life are scarce but it seems she was widowed twice. She died on 20 June 1923, in Oakland, California, USA aged 82 bearing the name de Cheney.)

May 7, 2011

Birthdays & Anniversaries


Irene Stewart - May 3
Galle Dale - May 4
Grace Langdon - May 7
Zachary Godin - May 8
Jan Royal - May 14
Wendy James - May 15
Allyssa Gilham - May 18
Soukeyna Dale - May 22
Allyson Roelofs - May 31


Eric & Kelly McKee - May 9
Bob & Rachel Norman - May 25
Bill & Artie Wilkins - May 28

Sunday Bulletin, May 8, 2011