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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in an early autumn day, and let us be glad that the much-needed rain has moved on!  As we write this note, the furnace in the office is running in order to knock the chill out of the air (same thing happened at home!), but the colors on the trees are beginning to make their annual appearance, transforming the lush green of summer into the brilliant hues of fall.  It’s a beautiful time to be in Northern Michigan, so grab a sweater and enjoy!

The transitions that take place as the seasons of the year change remind us of the transitions in life; there’s an inevitability about change that we accept, even if we don’t always like the change(s) that are occurring.  Some of us can’t wait for spring and summer, so we can get the boat back in the water or break out the golf clubs; others of us look forward to the snowy seasons so we can wax up the skis and hit the slopes and trails.  We may be anticipating retirement, moving to a new home, or sadly, facing medical concerns or the loss of a loved one.  All of these changes, and countless others, are the stuff of life; we can’t stop the transitions, we can only adjust and adapt.  Those adjustments and adaptations are made infinitely easier if we turn to our Gracious Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, for guidance and support in times of change.  We must remember that the Holy Trinity is unchanging, unwavering, and limitless in resources, so no matter what changes present themselves to us, we can handle each and every one of them through faith and prayer.  The Apostle Paul’s words from his letter to the Philippians says it well; I can do all things through him who strengthens me (Phil 4:13).

Blessings,

Karen and Greg


“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

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Pastors will be away on vacation from October 1st through 10th.  If a need arises, please contact the church office, or members of the Council, who will be able to contact Karen and Greg.

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Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  

Remember, God’s got this.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in one more day of summer, and let us be glad that the weather prognosticators aren’t calling for snow on the first day of fall tomorrow!  It does appear that we’re going to enjoy one more day of warm temperatures, but it will be considerably cooler on Thursday; it might be time to consider breaking out a sweater or light jacket, but don’t put away all your warm-weather duds just yet – we’re sure to get several more very nice days to enjoy God’s Creation!

Which leads us directly to an invitation to join us on Tuesday (September 27) for the final Adopt-A-Highway event of 2022 (rain date is Thursday, September 29); this joint ministry outreach not only benefits the environment, beautifies our region, and gets all participants a big dose of fresh air, it strengthens the bonds between Westminster and Grand Lake.  Please join us if you can!  Even if you can’t join in the fun, please hold those who will be cleaning up the stretch of US-23 in your prayers for safety.  And please hold our precious environment in your prayers and in your daily actions.  We are called to be good stewards of God’s spectacular Creation; and to be honest, sometimes we come up a bit short in that category.  Especially as we’re facing near-record prices for fuel and utilities, this is a good time to make sure furnace air filters are clean, windows and doors close snugly, and thermostats are set at proper levels (we’ve been surprised a couple of times!).  Some of you might remember an anti-littering campaign from a few decades back that featured Iron Eyes Cody, a Native American leader who was depicted standing by a road when a bag of trash was thrown at his feet from a passing car; Iron Eyes shed a tear for the damage being done to the precious Earth, and God sheds a tear when we dishonor his Creation.  Let’s all do what we can to use only what we truly need, clean up after ourselves (and maybe after others), and leave only footprints on the trails upon which we trod.

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, But the
earth He has given to the sons of men. Psalm 115:16

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Wishing you joy and peace in your Day. Remember, God’s got this!

Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  Remember, God’s got this.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in a few days of much-needed rain, and let us be glad for sunshine today!  Our lawns and gardens look ever so much happier today, and the crispness of the air earlier in the day was actually kinda’ nice, even for those of us who aren’t ready to give up on shorts and sandals – it’s still summer until next Tuesday!!

This past Sunday, our nation and the world observed the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; for those among us old enough to remember that awful day, who remember where they were and what they were doing, it was a somber day.  We lost a great deal of our collective innocence on that day, but for a brief, shining moment, we gained a sense of unity that was awe-inspiring.  Our focus shifted from what separated us to what we have in common; from bitter arguments over the news of the day to solidarity as citizens of a nation under attack. Members of the “Greatest Generation” were heard to say that it felt like the days immediately following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 that drew the United States into World War II when we pulled together to defeat evil on a world-wide scale.  In the days just before 9/11/2022, we heard a country-Western song that asked the question “Have we forgotten?”, and it seems that in many ways we have forgotten.  The rhetoric we so often hear is harsh, divisive, and demeaning of the “other,” sometimes even within our communities of faith.  This should not be; we are all called to be one in Christ Jesus, and if we’ve forgotten that, it is to our eternal shame.  We don’t have to agree on everything, or even on most things, but we must agree that as children of the Most High God, we should be loving and kind and gentle with one another.  Period.

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another,
agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love
and peace will be with you. 2 Corinthians 13:11

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Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  

Remember, God’s got this.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in cobalt-blue skies and the merest hint of color on the edges of a few leaves, and let us be glad that we still have a ways to go before autumn begins in earnest and we have to break out the sweaters and light jackets!  The last few mornings have given us a light “tap on the shoulder” to let us know what’s coming, but then the sun warms the air as the day progresses, and we can still be comfortable in short sleeves.

Now that we’re past Labor Day (and should no longer be wearing white… ), the kids are back in school, plans are being developed for Thanksgiving and Advent, and maybe travel to warm places when the weather Up North turns really cold; such is the rhythm of life.  As you’re studying your calendars, planning for fall and winter activities and events, we’d like to gently suggest that you include the church in your considerations of how to allocate your time.  Many of you are already actively engaged in many aspects of church life, and that’s wonderful!  But some of us have taken some time away from regular worship attendance and participating in other aspects of our communities of faith.  The bottom line is that we miss you, and we look forward to seeing you more often as the seasons turn!  Your presence with your church family is the greatest gift of all!  Always remember that God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

Come, let us worship and bow down, Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. Psalm 95:6

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  Let us rejoice in the ongoing pleasant late-summer weather, and let us be glad that summer doesn’t really come to an end until September 22nd, in spite of what the catalogs coming in the mail might suggest.  We have four more weeks of long, sunny days to enjoy; so rather than beginning to pack up the patio furniture and check on the condition of the snow shovel, let’s delight in these coming weeks.  It’s really a matter of priorities.

We don’t mean to discount the importance of preparing for the inevitable changes in the seasons, nor do we intend to minimize the work involved in closing down cottages as the season dwindles away; we have a couple of seasonal “toys” that require winterization as well.  But rather than focus on what’s coming down the road, why not enjoy what we have while we can?  Why not make it a priority to enjoy some time on the water, or at the beach, or hiking a trail, instead of fretting over putting things away?  And while we’re at it, why not make it a priority to enjoy being in God’s presence every day, instead of saving your devotion until Sunday during worship?  Unlike the oft-fleeting seasons of the year, God is constantly, unavoidably, relentlessly present, longing to engage with you no matter what you’re doing.  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to get to know your Maker better, and to get to know you better as well!  We all try to hide parts of ourselves from God (which is a pointless enterprise), but what we’re really doing is hiding our self from our self – as we engage freely with the Almighty, and examine all aspects of who we truly are, we will come to realize that God loves us even when those parts of us that we don’t much like come to the fore.  And then maybe we’ll come to love ourselves a little bit more.

Blessings,

Karen and Greg


So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 2 Corinthians 5:9

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When: Thursday, September 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: North Bay Beach House in Presque Isle, near the marina
To Register: Return registration form by September 18thwith your check for $25 payable to the Grand Lake Chapel Guild 

 Does simply thinking about chocolate bring a smile to your face?

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Try thinking about this—hanging out at a café with friends while enjoying your favorite hot beverage, nibbling on a brownie or bit of chocolate pie, laughing, talking, and relaxing together – it’s a perfect gathering!  Join us at Café Chocolat.  It’s a retreat where we’ll focus on God’s grace—with a bit of chocolate sprinkled on top.

Café Chocolat Registration Form

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in the ongoing great weather, and let us be glad that we have several more weeks of summer to enjoy!  There’s just something about summertime Up North, isn’t there?  We often comment that we live where other people come for vacation, and it’s all too easy to take our blessings for granted.

That’s true for myriad other things beyond beautiful weather and magnificent scenery; the love of a pet, the gift of quiet time, the delight of a favorite meal or treat, and the list goes on and on.  Why is it that so many of us seem to have such a hard time being appreciative of what we have been blessed with, be it where we live, or who we live with, or how we get to spend our time?  Maybe it’s because there are so many other things that demand our attention as we go through our days, or maybe because we’ve become complacent.  The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 that “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus,” and this is not meant as a gentle suggestion, it’s meant as clear instruction.  To give thanks in all circumstances requires a level of intentionality that may compete with other “have to’s” in our lives, but this act, being grateful, has been proven to lift a sour mood or change the trajectory of a day filled with drudgery; so why not give being intentionally appreciative a try?  What have you got to lose?  And think of what you might gain!

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

You are my God, and I give thanks to You; You are my God, I extol You.  Psalm 118:28

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You are invited to a Ladies’ Retreat!

See the women’s Ministries Page for all the information

When: Thursday, September 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: North Bay Beach House 5602 E Grand Lake Road, Presque Isle, MI, just before the Marina
To Register: Return registration form by September 18th with your check for $25 payable to the Grand Lake Chapel Guild, Grand Lake Community Chapel 8025 E Grand Lake Rd, Presque Isle, MI 49777

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Join us at Café Chocolat.  It’s a retreat where we’ll focus on God’s grace—with a bit of chocolate sprinkled on top.

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Wishing you joy and peace in your day! Remember, God’s got this!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in the picture-perfect day that we have been blessed with, and let us be glad for mild temperatures and crystal-clear skies!  Today is one of those days that it just feels great to be alive, and today is one of those days that invite us to consider the perfection of God’s plan for our lives.

Sometimes the weather isn’t what we might want it to be, sometimes our gardens don’t produce the way we’d like them to, and sometimes we go through experiences that are painful.  At those times, we have to remember that a dedicated life of faith isn’t a guarantee against challenges, rather it is a guarantee of a safe passage to the other side of life’s difficulties, where we will find God’s right and perfect outcomes at God’s right and perfect time.  What we find isn’t always what we wanted, or when we wanted it, but our faith informs us that God wants only good for us; and God’s ways are not our ways, and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. In all though times our Lord offers to strengthen and carry us through.  So on a glorious day like this one, let us enjoy a perfect summer’s day, and let us consider that when the skies are gray and the winds are high, soon and very soon we will be blessed with perfection.  And let us remember that when life gets a bit bumpy, or downright hard, someday we will be blessed with God’s loving care and an eternity in Paradise with our Lord.  What a blessing!!

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

For “everyone who calls on the name
of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10:13

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in another day to enjoy the blessings of Creation and of liberty, and let us be glad for the myriad opportunities to explore, experience, and enjoy life to its fullest wherever we are!  Welcome to the month of August, and let us embrace the joys of another month of summer Up North!

All of us have our favorite summer pastimes, be it fishing or boating or bicycling or camping, or any one of a thousand different things; but let us invite you to consider trying something completely new and different this week.  One of the greatest gifts we enjoy is the God-given freedom to choose how we’re going to spend our time each day (even if we’re working for part of the day), and sometimes we might find ourselves in a “rut,” doing the same things every day.  While there is great comfort in the predictable, in the routines of life, there is also delight to be found in the new and different.  So try taking a different route to an appointment, ride a bicycle if possible instead of taking the car, or order something new for lunch; the point is that God has placed an incredible smorgasbord of experiences in front of us to choose from!  Choose your daily devotion from a different resource to see how others approach their faith, take a prayer break along a woodland trail instead of on a beachfront bench, or vice-versa.  Experience the goodness of God in a new place, a new way, with a new mindset, and see what incredible things might come your way!  And always remember that God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!

Blessings,

Karen and Greg


See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.  Isaiah 43:19

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in life-giving rain falling that is so badly needed, and let us be glad that the forecast is for a dry and sunny weekend!  Our lawns and gardens are smiling right now!

The perfect timing of the gentle rain this morning brings to mind the perfect timing of all of God’s provisions for our needs.  Have you ever given serious thought to how many times the exact thing you need has shown up at the exact time you needed it; often when you had absolutely no idea of how you were going to deal with a particular situation?  You weren’t sure how to pay an unexpected bill, or you didn’t know how to adjust your calendar to accommodate a special event, or you were concerned for a loved one’s welfare, and a check came in the mail from a long-forgotten source, or a surprise cancellation cleared your schedule, or the phone rang just when you were on the verge of panic?  We’ve experienced countless such moments, and they have never failed to put a smile on our faces, even if that smile was at times accompanied by tears of joy – or of relief.  But such moments have often caused us to hang our heads in shame, because we had not trusted in the ultimate source of all things.  It may be rather redundant to say, but God wants only good for us.  God wants us to put our complete faith in him to provide what we need, when we need it; and he always comes through.  Sometimes we miss out on his provision, because we were expecting something that looked or sounded or felt different, but if we do miss out, that’s on us, not on God; because God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good.

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

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Remember, God’s got this.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Greetings in Christ!

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!  Let us rejoice in real summer-like temperatures, and let us be glad that air conditioning is available for those who are uncomfortable in the heat!  Not to mention how nice the lake water feels when it’s warm outside!  We’ve been on such a roller coaster with the weather lately, and it’s kinda’ nice that it feels like summer (at least for a few days).

And isn’t it kinda’ nice that following our Lord and Savior isn’t a roller coaster ride?  Isn’t it comforting to know that God is the same today and tomorrow and forever?  No matter what we’re facing on any given day, no matter how badly we may think we’ve messed up, Jesus Christ loves us!  God is holding us in his loving arms, and we are able to deal with anything that comes our way!  It’s so easy to forget these unalterable facts when we’re in the midst of struggle, but we have to remember that we can do all things through him who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).  We have to remember that we are loved, that we are offered forgiveness, and that God wants only good things for us.  These eternal truths can lift us out of any despair we might be feeling, and set us back on the path to a glorious day!  God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!  Go out and make it a spectacularly good day!

Blessings,

Karen and Greg

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:13c

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Wishing you joy and peace in your day!  Remember, God’s got this.

Wishing you joy and peace in your day!

Remember God’s got this!