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Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church Annapolis, Maryland

From the Pastor... Welcome, Happy Morning! Welcome One Another! Volume 4 Issue 4 April 2014 Publication date: April 11, 2014

Inside this Edition  

Church Council report

Re-print of 3rd Anniversary Article


Celebrating the 5th Grade 1st communion

Lutheran Book of Worship hymn 153 is an Easter hymn. Its title “Welcome, Happy Morning!” pretty much speaks for itself, especially if we know what morning we’re talking about. Was there any more welcomed morning than the one on which Jesus rose? Is there any morning, other than Easter, that we should welcome more even today? But welcoming Easter morning and the One who rose on that morning is only “part of the story.” As Christians, you and I are called to another kind of welcoming as well. St. Paul wrote of this other kind of welcoming in his letter to the Romans. There we read in chapter 15, verse 7: “THEREFORE WELCOME ONE ANOTHER, AS CHRIST HAS WELCOMED YOU, FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.”

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For those who live in and through the Risen Lord Jesus, welcoming Easter morning and welcoming others go hand in hand. As we move through Holy Week toward the joy of Easter, I invite you to think about this connection. Both our Easter worship and our welcoming of others can be done, as Paul says, “for the glory of God.” They are both ways to honor God and His great gifs to us in our risen Lord Jesus. This Holy Week, I invite you, to look for others around you (both in worship and also elsewhere) to whom you can offer a sincere and heart-felt welcome. Let that welcome come from your own thankfulness to God for all that God has given you. Let that welcoming of others be a natural result of your on-going welcoming of Easter morning and all that it means to you. JUST ONE MORE REMINDER: WE WORSHIP TOGETHER ON …. Palm Sunday, April 13 @ 9:00 a.m. (Gymnasium, 716 Bestgate Rd.) Remembering Jesus’ Entry into Jerusalem before His Suffering Maundy Thursday, April 17 @ 7:00 p.m. (Second Floor Library) Remembering and Receiving Jesus’ Giving of the Lord’s Supper Good Friday, April 18 @ 7:00 p.m. (Second Floor Library) Remembering Jesus’ Suffering and Death Easter Sunday April 20 @ 9:00 a.m. (Gymnasium) Remembering and Celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection (A Brass Group joins us. An Easter Egg Hunt follows the service.) A Blessed Easter to All! -- Pastor Miller

Church Council... Mission Committee Report:

the lead. Amy will find out if they elected by written ballot. Steve still want us to handle advertising. opened the floor to nominations. Deb Dillner reported that two The results of the votes were Pat different individuals have made Worship and Music Report: the same suggestion for some of Beth reported that the committee Ogle as president, Timothy Vis as vice president, Debbie Allen as the use of the money so far. The met 1 ½ weeks ago to discuss treasurer, Lesli Paola as secretary, committee will continue to Lenten services. Janna Leigh has Tracy Bathgate as a member at discuss options. a large load on her plate so they large and Deb Dillner as member Youth Committee Report: have asked Eric Apland to assist at large. with some of the services. Randy shared that the group Our next Council meeting will be going to work camp has grown to Melanie and Beth are working on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 6:30 a total of 23. The Youth Support a covering for the chime choir pm in the church office. table. Committee met yesterday. Respectfully submitted by Lesli Michele requested to step down Publicity committee: Paola as youth director due to personal Steve Hopp shared that the reasons. The committee has endowment trifold brochure is at decided to handle the youth the printer. Thanks to Bruce director position as a committee Bathgate they have pictures of rather than to bring someone in at Pastor cutting the cake during our this time. Randy has had some annual celebration. Methods for parents volunteer to get involved reaching out to locals are being so he is thinking about having investigated. them take turns leading the senior high youth on Sundays. Plans are Property Committee Report: moving forward on the work Jim Reece met last week with the camp details including reserving committee. They have walked the vans and paying $4,000 some properties and will deposit on the trip. They hopefully have some to discussed fund raising ideas and recommend exploring further. will check with AACS about the Pastoral Call Committee ability to do some car washes, Report: flower sale and possibly a yard sale. The youth are planning some Steve Wrobel shared that the fun events including Sky Zone committee will have a meeting in and seeing Son of God movie the next two weeks. One of the with discussion afterwards. new council members will be Fellowship Committee Report: asked to join the call committee. Tracy reported that is working on date for Baysocks night and will check that site is secured for the church picnic on the last Sunday of September. Christian Education Report: Amy shared that Faith goals are going well. July 21 through the 25th is Vacation Bible School week this year. The St. Paul Lutheran pastor’s wife is taking VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2

President Report/Stewardship committee: Pastor and Jim called the owner of the church office property and were able to negotiate a 3 year lease of the office spaces. The AACS lease goes through August of 2017 and the office spaces go through February 2017. New Business: New Council officers were Page 2

Happy 3rd Anniversary We are happy to report that “The Capital� printed an article about Annapolis Evangelical Lutheran Church's 3rd anniversary. They even printed our picture of Pastor Miller cutting the cake.

5th Grade Class making the Communal Bread

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Celebrating 1st Holly Communion

Sunday, April 6, eight of our youth received the sacrament of Holy Communion. We welcome them to the Lord’s Table: Tracy Nicole Grollman, Taylor Marie Grollman, Kelsey Elizabeth Dodson, Olivia Marie Paola, Hanah Kay Rumpler, Oliver Alan Lee Bridges, Andrew Seung Gebelein, Hope Lin Mosby, Savannah Elise Keckler

Receiving Their New Bible


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Youth Work Camp Support

The youth will be taking orders for summer flowers from Homestead Gardens beginning on Sunday, March 30th until Sunday, April 27th. The pickup date for flowers is Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the lower parking lot of Annapolis Area Christian School. The funds raised will help the youth attend work camp this summer in Scranton, PA. Any questions please contact Judy Stroetzel at 410-268-1154 or

Flower Sale Pick-up & Car Wash On Saturday May 10th from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm the youth will be holding a Car Wash in the lower parking lot at Annapolis Area Christian School. All donations will go to help the youth attending Work Camp in Scranton, PA this July. Give your mom the gift of a clean car for Mother's Day! For those that ordered flowers from the Flower sale, pick-up will be from 9:00 am until 12 noon on Saturday May 10th at the lower parking lot as well. Come pick up your flowers then get a car wash! If you ordered flowers and cannot be there on May 10th please make arrangements for someone to pick them up for you. Any questions on the flower sale please contact Judy Stroetzel at 410268-1154 or

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Easter Flowers The Altar Guild will be purchasing a lily for the altar and invites members of our congregation to purchase additional flowers to beautify our place of worship. A donation of $15.00 per plant is requested and we ask that you pick up your plant after the service. Forms and envelopes will be provided at the entrance table where hymnals are placed. Return the form and enclosed check in the offering plate.

Nursery Sign-up There is now a link on the home page of the church web site . Follow the link to sign up and take a turn in this important ministry. Thank you, Karen Schrader.

Endowment Board Report: Speaking for the entire Endowment Board, I would like to extend a sincere appreciation to our congregation for approving the sharing of the John and Bernice Swanson Gift in support of our church Endowment Fund. $82,260 was deposited to the Endowment and brings our total fund to approximately $100,000. Your approval to share this gift allowed our Endowment to immediately grow to a level that will allow us to meaningfully support our congregations ministry. This is a important step for us all and your trust and confidence in establishing a workable endowment is a positive part of our future growth. This fund will use investment earnings to support religious, charitable, and educational activities not part of our regular operating budget of our church. The fund can help support outreach and benevolence programs and educational ministries of AELC as well as assisting with specific capital expenditures and equipment for our church. We are in the process of developing a brochure that will be available soon. This document will clearly outline in detail specifically how all of us can be a part of this important ministry. Thank you all again for making this possible. Kim Shults


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Calendar... 9:00 a.m. Sundays: 10:15 a.m. Sundays: 10:30 a.m. Sundays:

Worship with Holy Communion Coffee Fellowship Education Hour for all ages


Wednesdays in April

7:00 p.m.

Lenten Worship Services

Thursdays in April

6:15 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Chime Choir Rehearsal, Suite B Choir Rehearsal, Suite B Maundy Thursday (AACS Library) Good Friday (AACS Library) Easter Sunday Eater Egg Hunt & fellowship

Friday in April Sunday April 20

Our Mission Support A “thank you” letter was received from the Frederickson’s for our congregations continued support and prayers as they continue to be part of God’s work in North Africa


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Worshipping at Annapolis Area Christian School 716 Bestgate Road Annapolis MD 21401 Church office 1203 West Street Suite F Annapolis MD 21401 443-837-6436 email:

Supporting the church... Donors 70 ½ or older have a unique gross income, which can create opportunity to support Annapolis further tax savings. A married Evangelical Lutheran Church. couple may both contribute that amount, if both meet the age Current law allows you to transfer requirement and both have IRAs. (or “roll”) up to $100,000 directly from your traditional or Roth IRA Please see your tax advisor for and the transfer will not be information. considered taxable income. These gifts can also reduce your adjusted Page 7

Anchored in Scripture ...Sharing Life in Christ

Church Staff Pastor: The Reverend Gerald A. Miller Music Director: Janna Ryon Church Secretary: Donna Pruzinsky Bookkeeper: Cindy Miller Youth Director: Dr. Michele Comer


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