Good News From the Hilltop
News Letter for November 2017

The Pastor's Pen

With the coming of November, we enter into one of the busiest seasons of the church year. The first Sunday of the month is All Saints Sunday, the day we celebrate the Church Triumphant-the multitudes who have died in the faith. We will remember the members of Our church who have passed away in the recent past. There will also be a Special time of celebrating Our departed loved ones. You are all invited to bring a candle Or two (in an appropriate candle holder) that you will be able to bring forward during the Service and light in remembrance of a family member or a friend whose life and death has been a light to your path. I hope you plan to be with us for this moving time of Worship.

November 19 will be Consecration Sunday. This day, we will ask every member of our congregation to "step up to the plate' regarding their membership VOWS, to Support the church with their "prayers, presence, gifts, Service, and witness." If you haven't noticed, Our church's finances are a cause for Some concern this year. Our giving has been Well behind budget. While we are not a wealthy congregation, we all need to challenge ourselves: are we doing all we can-all we should do-to keep our church's ministry reaching out into the community? The Bible's guideline for giving is a "tithe." We should aspire to give ten percent of the income God gives back to his work, as a sign of our obedience and thankfulness for his provision. I won't say you'll never miss it. Ten percent is a big enough chunk that you'll feel it when you budget for your vacation, choose whether or not to buy a new vehicle, and decide if you're going to eat out or cook at home. And that's precisely the point. You'll be regularly reminded that God is your provider, the source of "every good and perfect gift.” I hope many of you will decide that this is the year you take God's challenge, and move toward becoming a tither. The more you give, the more We can do. Do you want to see our youth program expand? Do you want to see us doing more outreach into the neighborhood? Would you like us to expand Our music program? Those are all worthy goals, but they will take more money than we currently have.

Also, please resist the urge to "designate” your regular tithes to certain projects or organizations. If you feel there's an aspect of Our ministry that's being under-funded, let the finance committee know about it, and we'll see what we can do. You should trust those who have been chosen for leadership, and if you want your voice to be heard, be Sure to let us know that you're willing to serve on one of our planning bodies.

Finally, the last Sunday of November is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday of the church year. This is the day when we acknowledge the lordship of Jesus over the universe, and over our lives. This year, let us commit ourselves to truly making Christ our King, and living according to the laws of his realm. If we allow him to make a difference in Our lives, we will make a difference in the lives of those we touch, each and every day.

In Christ,

Pastor Tony



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Worship Opportunities for November 2017

November 5th - Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost - All Saints Sunday
8:30 and 11 AM Worship with Rev. Tony Tomasino
Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 AM
New Testament Message: 1 Peter 2:4-10, Message Text: Old Testament Lesson: Deuteronomy 22:1-11
Message: "Signs of Sainthood"


November 12th - Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost
8:30 and 11 AM Worship with Rev. Tony Tomasino
Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 AM
New Testament Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-18, Message Text: Old Testament Lesson: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Message: "Thankful In-Deed"


November 19th - Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
8:30 and 11 AM Worship with Rev. Tony Tomasino
Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 AM
Message Text: New Testament Lesson: Philippians 1:1-11
Message: "The People that People Are Thankful For"
Cheese Ball Sale after Worship Services
2 PM Worship Service at Heritage Hill - Everyone is Welcome!
5 - 7 PM Children - Youth Christmas Program practice in the youth room


November 26th - Christ the King Sunday - Intentional Faith Development
8:30 and 11 AM Worship with Rev. Tony Tomasino
Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 AM
Message Text: Old Testament Lesson: Deuteronomy 6:1-8
Message: "Wear It Well!"
After 11 AM service there will be a potluck lunch and discussion on "Intentional Faith Development in fellowship hall.


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                Hanging of the Greens 
              On Saturday, December 2


Welcome the Advent Season by decorating the Church. On Saturday, December 2nd at 10:00 a.m.
Join US for fun and fellowship as We prepare Our Church for this holiday Seson. All ages are neededll Pizza Will be provided.

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Caro United Methodist Church Mission Committee


The Mission Committee would like to let the Congregation know what's in store for the next few months. We have all witnessed either first hand, through family or friends or via the news, the terrible devastation and disasters around us. UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is a wonderful, Methodist organization that responds immediately to all disasters here and overseas. You have responded overwhelmingly to the request for donations, with $1,002 being sent to them. The funds will be used to distribute cleaning bucket kits, hygiene and health kit to name a few. UMCOR is one of the last to leave a disaster area and your support is SO appreciated.

Operation Christmas Child boxes will be collected and dedicated on November 12th. The information table is in the narthex. The noisy offering for the first part of November will be used to help cover postage costs. The latter part of November, the collection will help fund Christmas gifts and a breakfast for the Hilltop residents. Please put December 16th on your calendar and join us in celebrating Christmas with the Hilltop folks.

December is a special time for celebrating the birth of our Lord. We will have our yearly Advent collections taking place then. Please be sure to visit the mission bulletin board to see which organizations are featured for the noisy collections.

We appreciate your support throughout the year. There are so many worthwhile organizations that need support but we are trying to narrow it down to one a month. If there are any others that you Would like our church to support, please let us know. Please feel free to donate to those organizations that you prefer and that touch your heart.

Blessings to you always,
Mission Committee


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Camp News

2017 Camp Summary

Total Cost of Camp
 $5,499.00                                      Bay Shore Camp
    $490.00                                      Camp Barakel
 $5,989.00                                      Total
-$2,052.00                                      Payed by Parents and Bay Shore Discounts
 $3,397.00                                      Payed by Caro United Methodist Church

Donations to Camp Fund
     $500.00                                     United Methodist Women
     $531.19                                     Noisy Offering and Camp Fund Offering
  $2,690.00                                     Individual Donations
     $215.00                                     Begining Camp Fund Balance

Total Number of Campers            18

                       Male                                    10
                       Female 8
                       Caro UMC Affiliation 8
                       Other Church Affiliation 5
                       No Church Affiliation 5
                       Full Scholarship 11
                       Partial Scholarship 2
                       1st - 4th Grade 2
                       5th - 8th Grade 13
                       9th - 12th Grade 3

 Thanks so much for your prayers and contributions, they are a gift of love to many.

If you have any questions, please contact Coni Bahr

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement to the children and youth in our church and community!


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REMEMBER: Bazaar and Luncheon November 11 9 AM - 3 PM in fellowship hall.


2018 umw assembly

You are invited to the 2018 United Methodist Women Assembly. READ it here, and WATCH the video. For more information or to register go to

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Special Announcement

Welcome to our Youth Director, Brett Green.

For the last 5 years my life has been all about sharing the gospel with the youth. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to show your teens the story of Christ and bring them closer to Jesus and each other. My goal is to bring our community closer through love and compassion for each other, while instilling core Christian values and knowledge in our youth. I've only been around for six weeks (starting 10/23/2017) and can already see the youth group is growing in their faith as well as their bond with each other. It is truly remarkable the love and compassion of the youth - if you just give them a little in return. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share Christ love here at the Caro United Methodist Church. As for my personal life goes, I'm a wrestling coach at Caro schools, I wrestle for Mott while I study criminal justice there. My hobbies mostly consist of gym and different forms of martial art training. I cannot express enough how blessed I am to have this position, it's a dream come true!


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BUY your Food Bank paper ornament todaY AND HELP FEED HUNGRY PEOPLE IN your community.

The Good Samaritan Food Pantry volunteers will once again be selling ornaments at Churches, restaurants and local businesses in November and December. This is our main fundraiser for the year and we appreciate the generous support we have received in the past. We hope you will partner with us again this year.





Bible Study is Coming

Starting on November 9, Pastor Tony will be leading a Bible study on the Book of Revelation. The Study will take place in the morning at 9 a.m., then again in the evening at 7 p.m., on the Second and fourth Thursday each month. (In November, we'll meet on the second and FIFTH Thursdays, since the fourth Thursday is Thanksgiving.) Come join us for inspiration and fun!



All Contributions to be posted to 2017 accounts must be received by December 31, 2017 by 12:00 noon. Thank you, Sandy Lippowiths.


Reformation Celebration - Want to learn a little more about the Protestant Reformation? To mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's "95. Theses," Pastor Tony, Pastor Nicholas Schmeltzer (First Presbyterian), and Pastor Cameron Steele (St. Paul Lutheran) will be collaborating on a presentation at the Caro District Library on November 6, 6-7:30 p.m. There'll be interesting talks on the background and main issues of the German and English Reformations, a look at the role of hymnody in the Reformation, and some time for refreshments and mingling. Please come Support this significant ecumenical endeavor.




The Sunday morning 9:30 a.m. Drama Class has moved to a new classroom. We now will be meeting in the old childrens music room. Your co-operation in not using it as a storage area is greatly appreciated.

Do you know anyone who needs dinner plates? After several attempts of trying to sell them, we are now offering them up to members, friends and families. Suggested donation is .25 cents. Some are on a table in the Fellowship hall (with more available).



REMINDER: The Upper Room and Our Daily Bread devotional booklets are available in the literature racks in the Narthex.



December 3 Hilltop Residents Christmas Gifts
December 10 Tuscola County Crisis Center
December 17 Imagination Library
December 24 Positive Alternatives



Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Crafts, Baked Good Candy, Jewelry Trinkets Treasures
670 Gift Road Caro, M. 43723
Table Rental $10.00 Contact Shona Vennevy or Church Office 989-673-2246
Soup, Sandwich, Dessert Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

You may set up your display on Friday November 10th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. or Saturday November 11th starting at 7:30 a.m.


Operation Christmas Child
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The Mission Committee is excited to be involved with OCC again this year. The Christmas boxes will be collected and dedicated at Church on November 12. The cardboard boxes are limited this year, but we will have regular shoe boxes available in the narthex. We are encouraging the use of plastic boxes that lock down, as they can be reused by the children in many ways (Storing their belongings safely and away from the weather, carrying water and supplies home.) Please NO CANDY or TOOTHPASTE. Gum in plastic containers can be included. If you have any questions, please ask a Mission Committee member.

Thanks again for being a part of a worthwhile mission!



First Presbyterian Church of Caro announces the first program of 2017-1018. Friends of Music series. The concerts include music for the organ and organ plus flute. Concerts are open to the public and free of charge. First Presbyterian Church. “American Classic” organ and its 1903 building are physical assets - cultural treasurers- that the congregation wishes to share generously with the community. The Friends of Music series programmatically responds to this mission. The series welcomes the support of patrons to cover program expenses, to commission new music works, to celebrate the pipe organ's seventieth birthday, and to maintain the instrument. If you have any questions or would like to become a patron - remember all gifts are tax deductible and will be credited in concert programs.

Friday, November 10 at 12:00 p.m. Music for the Harvest and of Thanksgiving.
Friday, December 10 at 12:00 p.m. Music and the Spoken word for the Advent Season
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 12:00 Music and the Spoken Word for the Christmas Season
Friday March 2 at 12:00 p.m. Music and the Spoken Word for the Lenton Season.
Friday, April 27 at 12:00 p.m. Music and the Spoken Work for the Easter Season.




You can support our church's mission work while honoring or remembering an important person or event in your life by making a donation to light the Missions Candle on the altar. The Missions Candle will be lit at the morning services on the Sunday you choose. A note acknowledging your donation will appear in the bulletin on that same Sunday, and your, donation will be used to support our church's mission work. Brochures are available in the Welcome Center that explain the procedure for donating. There is a suggested donation of $25, but any amount will be accepted to light the Mission Candle..



The Power of Prayer

 If you have a prayer request for our church Prayer. Chain, please call Joan Morrison. If she is not available, please call Marly Carr or the church office at 673-2246. If you would like to be a part of the Prayer Chain, please contact Joan Morrison.


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The Good Samaritan Fund of Tuscola County Churches

Anchor Cove Outreach Church ~ Assembly of God ~ Caro St. Christopher Parish
Caro United Methodist ~ Colwood Church ~ Community of Christ ~ First Presbyterian
Kingston United Methodist ~ Lighthouse Baptist ~ Living Waters Chapel ~ New Creation Community
Shabbona United Methodist ~ St. Paul Lutheran ~ Wahjamega Country

Report for
October 1 - 31, 2017

We want to thank everyone for your continued support. It means so much to the people and families being served. Your dollars and donated food items help many in need.

To help pay bills: We dispersed $5,313.36 serving 15 households (36 persons).

From the food pantry: We dispersed 4,043 pounds of food serving 82 households (327 persons).

Thanks once more for your generosity!

Summary of Totals

Total number of households served 89. 

Total number of people served 346 (Adults 220 Children 126). Some may have received both bills paid and food. 

Groceries given out 4,043 pounds.

Total money dispersed $5,313.36 (Gasoline Cards - $Zero) (Housing - $1,992.00) (Medical Supplies - $Zero) (Utilities - $2,260.71) (Other Items - $1,060.65) (Food Pantry Supplies - $Zero)

Income & Expense Report

Total Deposits $6,134.00 ($3,104.00 for paying bills + $3,030.00 for Food Pantry)
Total Expenses $66.64.
(Charter Phone Service and half of FAX line service  -$59.98)

Reported by Bernard Kreh

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Thank You:
We want to thank all of you for the cards and prayers after the loSS of Our father Harold Cregeur - Carol Corkins and Judy Reid.
God's Blessings to Pastor Tony and my church family for your prayers, hugs, cards, and calls. Just got home from the hospital again and all those things you have done are very uplifting. I appreciate the Visits from Pastor Tony, as I know his schedule is busy. Remember God loves you and So do I! Mary Lou Earl.

A Big Thank You to all who contributed to ending hunger locally and across the globe by participating in the CROP Walk with donations, walking/rocking, and organization/promotion (especially Shelly Nesbitt). Our church raised a total of $1,115.00 and had 23 walkers/rockers- the Youth Group had a great first year raising over $300 and leading the way with 10 walkers. A grand total of 37 walkers/rockers plus many furry companions from six community groups participated and raised over $1,800.

Thank you so much for your donation of notebooks for Our Students. Those Students with a low Socio-economic status truly appreciate it. Rhonda Bringard, Assistant Principal, Caro Middle School.

Sympathy: Our sincere sympathy to the following families on the loss of loved ones -

To Tim & April Jaster on the death of Tim's sister, Pam Stephens on October 3, 2017.

To Judy Reid and Family and Carol Corkins and family on the death of their father Harold Cregeur on October 4, 2017. To the family of Betty Moore on hear death October 6, 2017.

To the family of Virginia Lanaway on her death October 20, 2017.

To the family Savilla Cogan and Virginia Shay on the loss of their son in law/brother-in-law James Nikolai on October 22, 2017.

The Tomasino Family is grieving the loss of Cornelia's mother, A. Ruth Tuinstra. The Staff Parrish Committee is inviting you to join us in a memorial in her honor. We are collecting jigsaw puzzles to donate as gifts to area care facilities in her memory. We are requesting puzzles with 500 pieces or less - if gently used, please make sure all pieces are intact. She especially loved birds. We will be collecting them until November 13, 2017. Blessings, Caro United Methodist Staff Parrish Committee.


To Chris and Holly on the birth of their daughter Makenna Daneen Shay on October 22, 2017. Proud grandparents are Terry and Virginia Shay and Great Grandma Savilla Cogan.

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Ministers: Our 358 Members
Pastor: Rev. Tony Tomasino
Administrative Asst: Brenda Ryan
Organist: Nancy Reim
Youth Director: Brett Green

Custodians: Jo Emery
Maintenance Custodian: Mark McCracken
Treasurer: Shona Vennevy
Financial Secretary: Sandy Lippowiths
District Superintendent: Rev. David Kim
Bishop of Michigan Area: Rev. David Bard