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Pastor Yang

Don’t’ Be Afraid to Be Yourself

I think everyone has fell into peer pressure at least once in our lives. Especially as we reached out teenage years it seemed as if peer pressure was everywhere. Whether it was pressure to join a certain sport, dress a certain, or even ask a certain person out to a dance – peer pressure could either destroy you or make you do things you normally wouldn’t have.

As a fifth grader I went to a small private Lutheran school on the Eastside of Wausau ever since I was in kindergarten. Many of the people in my class I’ve known for years and since enrollment was small we were all very good friends. I guess you can even say the whole school was almost family like since there was only between 80-100 students at a time in the elementary school. You would think that since I belonged to such a tight knit group peer pressure wouldn’t be an issue but in reality it sometimes made it worst. My three sisters, my younger brother, and I were the only non-White students in the school and I guess I always felt as though I had to conform to the lifestyle and even ideas of my fellow classmates.

I remember one time my teacher asked us what our favorite foods were. As a child my mother would take some dried fish or squid that was sold as the local Asian grocery store and smash the squid or fish into a powder. She would later make some “sticky rice” which was meant to be eaten by hand and I would dip the sticky rice into the fish powder. I know, it doesn’t sound like much and it may even make you stomach turn a little but as a child I love this stuff and every now and then I still crave for it. As the teacher as each student one by one their favorite foods I started get nervous. Would I really say sticky rice with dried fish? As the teacher got closer and closer I carefully listened to the answers of the students before me.

“Hot dogs!” “Hamburgers!” “Spaghetti!” “Pizza!”

When I heard the magical “P” word I knew I was going to pizza instead. So when it came to my turn I yelled out enthusiastically – “PIZZA!” – at which the students and the teachers laughed. In my heart though I knew it was a lie. Not a complete lie because I did love pizza but it still played second fiddle to sticky rice and dry fish.

I fell in to peer pressure and wanted to be cool or more like I wanted to be like everyone else in my class. When I think back to it I wish I would have been more truthful but then again that’s asking a lot from a 11-12 year old.

The lesson. Don’t be afraid to be who you are. Even as adults it may be a rule we already know but it’s still hard to do on a daily basis. What I’ve learned that people appreciate your honesty and often times when it can be a useful teaching moment for others as well. Over the years I have learned to be opened about others about my life and even though I won’t tell you every little secret I do not mind sharing most things if asked. I also noticed that the more honest and open you are with others the more others are honest and open others are to you as well – at least most of the time.

Fennimore UMW News:

June was most likely named for the Roman goddess Junopatroness of marriage and the well-being of women. Another interpretation says that the name came from the Latin juvenis, “young people,” who were celebrated at this time

 

June contains the summer solstice on the 21st in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours.

 

UMW Quarterly meeting…… we are waiting to see how things progress in the next couple of weeks.  We are set to meet on Wednesday June 24th at 6:30 PM here at the church.  If church opens up for onsite services, we may go ahead and have our meeting.  Of course, each person must decide if they feel they can attend.  We will announce on the website by the week before.

 

FROM THE 1996 UMW COOKBOOK

Peanut Butter Temptations – June Klais

 

½ C. Butter
1 ¼ C. Flour

½ C. Peanut Butter
¾ tsp. Baking Soda

½ C. White Sugar
½ tsp. Salt

½ C. Brown Sugar
1 pkg. Mini Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Cups

1 Egg

1 tsp. Vanilla

 

Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla, mix well. Sift dry ingredients and blend in. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Shape batter into 1” balls, place in ungreased small muffin tins. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove immediately; press a peanut butter cup in each until only the top shows. Let set a while before removing from tins.

 

WARNING!! Use caution when unwrapping peanut butter cups, some may migrate into your mouth and cause a shortage for the final product. But then again, I could live with that!

 

UMW Officers
Kim Cathman 822-3196

Judy Nelson 822-3355

Lori Budzinski 822-6727

Audrey Doan 822-6527

Christian Education

Vacation Bible School 2020 has been cancelled for the moment due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

June 1st Message from Tsuker Yang

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say.  Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning…. this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law.  But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. (Acts 2:14-15, 23-24)

In this last couple days, if you turned on the news or opened your Facebook, you know about the riot that happened in the city of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  It was the major news throughout last week. Someone commented on Facebook that it was worse than Covid-19.  Of course, what was considered essential was forced to close, even destroyed.  Unthinkable!  Those who involved were not drunk.  They stood up for something important. Their minds would be commendable, but their actions were senseless.

Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday, the day which gave birth to the church.  It was so because someone stood up for something.  Peter and the eleven stood up for Jesus (with sensible mind), defending, as well as proclaiming, his innocence, resurrection and Messiahship.  Like Peter and the eleven, we are people of Pentecost, our faith in Jesus Christ should evoke us to stand up for something.  Two hundred years or more after the Day of Pentecost we have people who are known as the Apologists stood up with Peter to defend Christ’s divinity and teachings and the Christian life.  Throughout church history, we have people who stood up for Jesus.  The question is, what can we stand up for Jesus in our time and especially this challenging time?

We can stand up to be faithful.  We can be prayerful.  We can be loving.  We can proclaim Christ’s Lordship, love and grace.  We can value one another’s life and sacred worth as in the eye of God.  We can respect each other regardless of our differences, or culture and ethnicity. We will not cause harm or destruction to the community and businesses. We can stand for love, justice, peace,
non-violence, and the common good of all people. We will do good, do no harm, and stand up for Jesus.

Prayer:
Merciful God, may your name be praised and honored among all people.  We pray for your Holy Spirit to lead us, our leaders and our communities across the country, and teach us how to love one another. Empower us to stand up for your peace, justice and mercy for all in this challenging time.  Amen.

As of June 1st …

 

Only 207 days until CHRISTMAS!

 

 

June Food Pantry Needs:

Mixed Vegetables
Canned Fruit
Cereal

Whole Kernel Corn

Green Beans

Spaghetti Sauce

 

Searching For Truth

Seeking the Truth Adult Bible Study

Seeking the Truth; which meets in the Library on Sundays between
services will be starting a NEW bible study on Sunday, February 16 th
called Armour of God by Priscilla Schirer.  All are welcome!
Please let us know as soon as possible so we can get your book
ordered.  Questions? Please contact Glen or Christine Klais.

Youth Impact is going strong!

We meet on Sunday nights from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the FUMC Basement.  Activities vary from week to week, but there is usually some combination of food, games, and spiritual-growth too.  All students in grades 6-12 are welcome.  Bring a friend!

Call or email Katie Volz-Oyen with any questions!
kvolz324@gmail.com
319-325-7343

 

 

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