November 2018 Newsletter

Council Meeting
Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 PM

Blessings Brothers

Last month I mentioned that the State had raised the Per Capita payment. This was an error, it’s the same as it has been in the past. Just an email from the State office that had us confused.

Thanks go out to Steve Techma for putting together a dinner plan for St Francis church to celebrate the opening of the new construction and other building enhancements. I am certain Father Charlie appreciates it.  Thanks, Steve!  Of course Thanks to everyone else who will help serve the food and cleanup.  The dedication of the new addition is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd after the 5:00 pm Mass.  If you are willing to help please give Steve a call at (231) 855-2796.

Also thanks to Denny Chandonnet for taking the lead to serve food at St Francis for the bereavement dinner.  The bereavement dinner will be held Wednesday, November 7th after the 6:00 pm Mass.  And thanks to Pat Galla for taking the lead on Veterans Day for the food service on Sunday, November 11th after the 11:00 am Mass at St Francis.  There will need to be helpers on both of these events.  Please call Denny at (231) 670-3469 and Pat at (231) 670-7392 if you can help out. 

This is what Fraternity is all about!  I thank all those who can help in advance.

Novena for Life

One of the programs we are required to do is a “Novena for Life.”  Our brother Knights from Sacred Heart are holding a Novena for Life in December.  We have been invited to attend.  With our council being as large as it is I would expect that we could make a huge difference by attending this event.  Family members are certainly welcome!  We will post exact dates and times once known.  Please attend.  We owe this to our community to defend life!

Some may wonder what a Novena is?  Most probably know what it is, but may have never participated in one.  A Novena is a series of prayers that are said for nine straight days, usually as a prayer of petition but sometimes as a prayer of thanksgiving.  For a detailed description go to the following website at Catholic Answers.

The following is information about Novena for Life is from the Supreme website:

A Higher Purpose
Lead your community in the spiritual fight to establish a culture of life in our nations. Knights and their families will come together in both public and private acts of prayer to promote the protection of life.

The protection of life is a sustained prayer intention of the Church, and in particular of the Knights of Columbus. Knights remain firmly committed to defending the right to life of every human being – from the moment of conception to natural death. To commemorate and bolster this important cause, councils will promote a novena, nine days of sustained prayer, to build up a culture of life in our parishes, homes and wider community.

Required Program
A council must conduct this required program in the Life category to be eligible to receive the Columbian Award.

Major Degree in our Area!

I have a question for all of our 1st Degree members:  What is holding you back from advancing to the 2nd and 3rd Degree?  The Knights of Columbus is based on more than just Charity, which is the 1st Degree principle.  You will never experience the fullness of Knighthood by remaining a 1st Degree.  We are collectively so much more than Charity!  It only takes a few hours of your time and is very energizing.  Allow me to put your concerns to rest:  If you are a 3rd Degree it does not mean that you have to get on the governing council. It does not mean you need to buy insurance (although we do have a top rated insurance in the country and it is a good product).  It does mean that you will experience the completeness of Knighthood as a Catholic gentleman.

Unity is the 2nd Degree principle from the Supreme website:

Unity – None of us is as good as all of us.  Members of the Knights of Columbus all know that, together we can accomplish far more than any of us could individually.  So we stick together…we support one another.  That doesn’t mean that we always agree or that there is never a difference of opinion.  It does mean that as a Knight of Columbus, you can count on the support and encouragement of your brother Knights as you work to make life better in your parish and community.

Fraternity is the 3rd Degree principle.  From the Supreme website:

Fraternity – Venerable Michael J. McGivney founded the Knights of Columbus, in large part, to provide assistance to the widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died, often prematurely.  The Order’s top-rated insurance program continues to do this today, as do the good works of individual Knights, who gave more than 75.6 million service hours in 2017, illustrating how Catholics serve each other in fraternity and mercy.  Only when you go through the ceremonies for the 2nd and 3rd Degrees will you be in full Knighthood.  There is a satisfactory fullness to being a 3rd Degree Knight. 

The 2nd and 3rd Degree ceremonies will be Saturday, November 10th, at St Mary's in Spring Lake.  Registration starts at 9 am.  These ceremonies usually end wound noon or so.  If you are a 3rd Degree member you are welcome to come and see the new Degree, it’s worth the short trip.  Call me at 231-286-3994 if you will have it in your heart to attend and I will help you attend.  We could meet at the hall that morning and call pool.  Please let me know if you plan to attend,  I need a count for the lunch that is provided.  Oh yeah, a free lunch too!

Coming Activities

  • November 3:  Consecration of St Francis church building after the 5 pm mass at St Francis.
  • November 7:  Bereavement Mass and dinner for those in St Francis who lost family in 2018.  This will be after the 6 pm Mass at St Francis.
  • November 10:  Major degree at St Mary’s in Spring Lake.  Registration at 9 am.
  • November 11:  Veterans Day lunch after 11 am Mass at St Francis.  All veterans and families are welcome.
  • December 8:  Children’s Christmas Party, signup at the Hall - Adult Party that evening.

Knights Usher Schedule at St Francis:

  • 11-18-2018
  • 12-09-2018
  • 12-30-2018

Please step up and help out if you are at the 11:00 am Mass (try to arrive 20 minutes early for Mass).

Vivat Jesus!
John Schneller, GK

Tidbit Announcements:

November Events:

  • Building Association meeting Monday, November 12th at 6:30 pm
  • Usher at St Francis 11:00 am Mass October 18

October - Council Meeting Highlights:

  • Per Capita assessment issue resolved
  • In good standings with Supreme

Membership Goals 2018-2019:
31 new members and 11 new insurance members.

Members needed: 31
New insurance members needed: 11

Building Association News:

Wednesday Dinner Crew

We want to thank the volunteers who have made the Wednesday Dinners a great success for the Knights #706.  Everyone looks forward to these dinners and are always waiting for the next months’ menu to be published to see what to look forward to.  These dinners have been well attended by the Knights of Columbus golf league members, Polish Fest Committee and other Knights members and the general public.

Here is a list of volunteers…if we missed anyone we sincerely apologize.

  • Deb Sechen
  • Charlie Seche
  • Stacia Starr
  • Barb Langlois
  • Sandi Gowin
  • Dan Tejcham
  • Steve Tejchma

Good Ole Fashion Steak Fry….Yeehaa!

Not too many places have a Steak Fry in October (in Michigan) where the charcoal grill is in use.  The steak grillers braved the cold temperatures and the high winds to provide the perfect steak for everyone.  The dinner was well attended, as usual, and we appreciate everyone coming out and having a good time. 

We want to thank those that volunteered to make the Steak Fry a great event. 

  • Jeff and Sue Zaloga
  • Dan Tejchma
  • Jim Tejchma
  • Paul and Kathy Kuharevicz
  • Tim & Jami Kordecki

Duff’s Firehouse Pizza – Friday, November 9, 2018

You do not want to miss out…These pizzas are fantastic!

Thanks for making the Knights of Columbus #706 a great organization and a great place to meet and eat.

Building Association President,

Tim Kordecki

Ladies Night at the Hall

The second Ladies Night Out was held on October 18 at the club. There were 80 ladies in attendance.  The night was hosted by Barb Langlois and Sandi Gowin. An evening of appetizers and dessert, decorating bags for the Kids Food Basket and a silent auction was held.  The silent auction was very successful and we wish to thank the members who made a donation to this event.  One item donated was a dinner for eight prepared in your home by Chef Gavin Alm.  We have raffle squares available for $10 each and hope to fill this up in the very near future.  Again, thank you to all who supported this event.  We will have a total amount for the Kids Food Basket donation from this event in the near future.

Barb Langlois & Sandi Gowin

Joke of the Month


Baiting Deer Is Illegal.  This corn pile is intended for squirrels, chipmunks, and other such critters.  Any deer found eating this corn will be shot!!

Bonus Joke:

Working Out!

I finally realized that I needed to get in shape, so I made plans to join a club and work out for one full year.  The year I picked is 2023.


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