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First News First Luther an Church LCMS March 2014 Monthly News letter VOL. 113 NO. 3

First News is a monthly publication of: First Lutheran Church 1200 Pinecrest Court, Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 622-3022 firstlutheran@sbcglobal.net www.first4others.org Pastor Mark Haas…………………....(530) 344-9410 DCE Katy Wozniak…………………...(815) 575-4147 Church Office……………………….…...…622-3022 Editor……………………….……..….Jean Haldeman

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A Rabbit-Tale By

Pastor Mark Haas

Each of us has significant milestones that we reach or surpass in our lifetime. As I was reviewing previous newsletter articles, I discovered that March has been such a milestone month in my life as I have recounted it to you. In the previous eight years of “Rabbit-Tales” I have covered…. March 2006 was my first column written for the newsletter. It identified a “nickname” for my grandfather and me, based loosely on the translation of our short last name…Haas being “hare” or more commonly “rabbit.” I still have some free-hand sketches on brown butcher paper from grandpa! Then , too, March 2006 was the month my family moved into our Clay Street home… March 9 is the anniversary date! March 2007 was a brief column on our one year anniversary in our home and in a reminiscence to Lenten seasons gone by, I recalled my prompting for becoming a pastor was based on a Lenten mid-week sermon series preached by Pastor Schinnerer at St. John’s Lutheran in Covina. He was dressed in black and preached sermons of individual passion story characters, like “I, Peter,” and “I, Judas,” and “I, Pontius Pilate.” In March 2008 I commented on the upcoming fifth Sunday in Lent when the Old Testament reading would come from Ezekiel 37 about the vision of the valley filled with dry bones…this year we are in the same lectionary cycle of “A” readings…the fifth Sunday in Lent comes in April this year! For March 2009 I reflected on coaching junior high school basketball in our Bay Area Lutheran Schools annual tournament referenced as “Canãda” as the bulk of the games played were on the campus of that junior college in Redwood City. I also commented on late dates for Easter, which when I was teaching, were crucial for when the Easter vacation break would happen, especially when Lutheran Schools switched from before Easter to after Easter…it could be a very long stretch between Christmas and Easter some years…let me tell you, the kids weren’t the only complainers! In March 2010 I recounted our leaving Fort Wayne, Indiana on a March 1, 1985, never to return again! Given it was the Midwest and a “foreign” country culturally for a family of Native Californians; and that the day we left was the day we received our travel money from the District…I had less than two dollars in my pocket at 8 AM that day…fortunately the few hundred dollars we received from San Francisco arrived when it did! Daylight Savings Time was the gist of the March 2011 column. It begins this year in the early morning hours of March 9 (oh, there’s that anniversary date again) so be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour when you head for bed on Saturday evening. I also complained to myself about not keeping up the house property as well as Dee used to and I was still repairing damages from our Pug Webster and his reign of terror! As I write this today, I have to admit with chagrin, that some of the repairs I needed done three years ago are still not addressed or fixed…not that I have a lot of visitors (typically just the kids), but this is a valuable resource to all of us! I guess I need another pep-talk on the wows of procrastination! 3


March Madness highlighted the March 2012 topic. I believe the best basketball you can ever watch occurs during this time of year, performed by college age men and women…by the time some of them reach the NBA the game takes on a less than satisfying dynamic of overgrown and overpaid egos…give me a pure rivalry game like the recent Stanford defeat of UCLA and Duke over Syracuse any day! And then last March 2013 the topic was on “warning labels.” Or, traffic signage that is meant to protect us yet sometimes confuses us. Or, labels on medicine bottles that don’t quite match what the prescription stated or the doctor told you when you left his office. Or, the Bible’s warnings that go unheeded because we know better! Warning labels are everywhere, and more on their way with each new invention or modification…it’s getting worse all the time! There is so much law that appears grace is being trumped! Danger! Will Robinson danger! Warning! Warning! … “Lost in Space!” Well, it’s March! And this March the idea I want to leave with you is the “March toward Calvary.” Not a month, but a journey where most of March this year will be enveloped in the Lenten season. Once again we are drawn to the Cross of our Savior, Jesus. Our theme for Ash Wednesday and Holy Week is “The Crucified King.” Once again we will hear of Jesus’ confrontation with Satan in the wilderness and then watch Jesus march closer and closer to Jerusalem in order to be crucified after a march through the city and up a small hill to die outside the city walls…die for you and me so that our sins are forgiven and we are given the promise of salvation and eternal life in heaven with Him. What a wonderful gift, given to us in love, by a God who wants us to be by His side and have us see Him face to face. This March a new movie about Jesus will be available at the theater (release date February 28) titled “Son of God.” In 138 minutes it will attempt to tell the story of Jesus in Hollywood fashion. If it is true to Scripture it won’t mind marching where most modern man definitions don’t… that Jesus truly is the Son of God. It seems that every 10 or 12 years we get a new film about Jesus. The last major one was Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ,” which with all of the criticism it received was closer to the truth and reality of the Crucifixion than “The Last Temptation of Christ,” a Martin Scorsese 1988 film. But then, again, it may be my March “madness” that prefers truth to scripted “reality” shows and films. Well, enough of “March” for you? Not only a month but also a movement! Enjoy our spring rains should they pick up and arrive! I’ll see you in worship: Sundays and Lenten opportunities. And as you reflect on your life, look for that gracious God who comes to you in His Word and Sacrament! Peace be with you! Yours in Christ’s service, Pastor Mark Haas, Soli Deo Gloria

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES UPDATE MARCH 2014 In an attempt to keep the congregation informed of activities conducted by the Board of Trustees, the governing group elected to conduct the day-to-day business of the congregation as adopted by the Voters Assembly, the Board has placed quarterly updates in the “First News.” This update covers the months of December-February 2014. The vision statement of the congregation is “First for Others” following the acronym: OTHERS, referring to Outreach to the community, Teaching God’s Word, Harvest focused, Evangelize by specific need, Relevant worship and prayer, and Strengthened by God’s Sacraments. The “outcome goals” developed in 2009 as part of our “revitalization” process are numbered but not necessarily prioritized as objectives to achieve the vision statement. Copies of these goals are on the website, www.first4others.org, and can also be obtained from the church office. Stephen Minister peer supervision continues meeting once monthly to support our care-givers. Sessions are scheduled into June 2014. We continue to look for referrals from you for folks who may be assisted by a Stephen Minister. The Revitalization Fund, which currently accumulates donations to offset any expenses for our DCE Intern, Katy Wozniak, continues. We have been able to meet Katy’s salary within the current budget. To date we have not needed to access the Revitalization Fund! Our Sunday school continues with three classes, 15 children when they all attend, with seven teachers and a few aides who assist leading the classes. Our budget review of income and expenses to date shows us to be “healthy.” We will need to maintain and expand our resources to continue in this positive trend. Our May 4, 2014 Voters Assembly will address our ministry needs if revenues diminish. This Voters Assembly will also be a Board of Trustees elections meeting. Three of the five positions are up for election or re-election. We hope that you have been visiting our website for information, updates, sermons, newsletters and calendar changes. A lot of time and energy have been utilized to keep it modern and useful! The Board has taken on four aspects of the “Outcome Goals” and will be adding project management principles to further address our Vision Statement. Opportunities in financial management, parenting, marriage enrichment, a Men’s Bible Study and retreat are being addressed. As of right now, The Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University is being conducted. We have had 46 registered members of the class, about a half and half split between congregation and community. Also, a Men’s Breakfast has begun, meeting on the second and fourth Thursdays at 7 AM at the golden Waffle Café on Broadway.

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At the December 2013 Voters Assembly meeting we revisited the Nomadic Winter Shelter, which has asked for our congregation’s assistance via a variety of options: cash for clothing, sleeping bags, donations of cash for gasoline, personnel to man the shelter, support staffing at the Mercy Way Rescue that had begun, and/or provide space for shelter, once a week during the winter months. We received sign-ups from 10 people who are interested in visiting current sites to discover how we can best serve this community need. We will also now place an offering basket on Sundays for free-will offerings as we do for HELP, SHARE and the Upper Room. Additionally, we are planning a spaghetti dinner for March 29 as a fund raiser for the shelter. Watch and listen for further details. Please contact pastor or Board President, Larry Hermone, to voice your thoughts pro or con. We will continue to revisit this opportunity at the May 2014 Voters Assembly meeting. As was mentioned in the December Board update, the Trustees have been evaluating and reevaluating our participation in the DCE Internship program. This was necessitated by the February 1 deadline for submitting a “call” for a full-time DCE or continuing in the intern program. Beginning in the November Board meeting and subsequent meetings in December, January and February, as well as special sessions of the Board, the Trustees believe that based on the congregation’s current and projected demographics and ability for a worker to thrive, that we should not continue the intern program or call a full-time worker. Therefore to help facilitate Katy in receiving a DCE call following her time with us, and in her immediate best interests for interviewing for a call, we notified Concordia University Chicago of the Board’s decision. In the meantime, Katy will remain with us through the end of June and a “farewell” Sunday is being scheduled for July 6, a year from her induction last July. Currently she is planning VBS and expanding the number of youth meeting dates and starting a high school-age Bible study during the late service. Additionally, the Board is re-addressing the job description for a “youth worker” to determine if a part-time person can be hired to address very specific measurable needs and fulfill our desire to transition and maintain an active youth ministry. The Board is also looking into social interactions for seniors with Ken Freese as the point person. Donna and Katy are researching an after school and summer program for kids needing extended child care. The Revised Equity Sharing agreement with pastor was edited from the Voters Assembly meeting in December and signed by all parties. Our current Board of Trustees: President Larry Hermone; Secretary Ken Freese; Treasurer Donna Kemppainen; At-large members Tom Hayhurst and Laurie Hertzberg. Pastor serves as an ex officio member and Katy Wozniak, DCE Intern, is a monthly guest to report on her ministry. Please inform pastor or Larry Hermone if you would like to join a meeting and be on the Agenda!

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2014 Sunday

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8a BHG Practice 8a Adult Bible Study 9a Contemporary Worship 9:15a Adult Bible Study 9:15a Sunday School 10:30a Traditional Worship w/Holy Communion 2:15p Templo 4p Fellowship 6:30p A.A FSR

8:15a 5:15p 6:30p

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8a BHG Practice 8a Adult Bible Study 9a Contemporary Worship w/Holy Communion 9:15a Adult Bible Study 9:15a Sunday School 10:30a Traditional Worship 2:15p Templo 5p Youth Group 6:30p A.A FSR

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8a BHG Practice 8a Adult Bible Study 9a Contemporary Worship 9:15a Adult Bible Study 9:15a Sunday School 10:30a Traditional Worship w/Holy Communion 11a Youth Bible Study 2:15p Templo 5p Youth Group 6:30p A.A FSR

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23 8a BHG Practice 8a Adult Bible Study 9a Contemporary Worship w/Holy Communion 9:15a Adult Bible Study 9:15a Sunday School 10:30a Traditional Worship 11a Youth Bible Study 2:15p Templo 5p Youth Group 6:30p A.A FSR

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8a BHG Practice 8a Adult Bible Study 9a Contemporary Worship w/Holy Communion 9:15a Adult Bible Study 9:15a Sunday School 10:30a Traditional Worship w/Holy Communion 11a Youth Bible Study 2:15p Templo 5p Youth Group 6:30p A.A FSR

8:15a 5:15p 6:30p 6:30p

4 Fit ‘n Fun Bells of Praise Jubilate

3:45p 6p

5 Ash Wednesday Angel Choir Bible Study John Mooney

8:15a Fit ‘n Fun 9:30a String Band Practice Noon Worship Service 6p Soup Supper 7p Worship Service

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10a Joy in the Word Bible Study 5:30p BHG Practice 6:30p Dave Ramsey/FPU 7p AlAnon

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8 Fit ‘n Fun Templo El Mesias

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7a - 8:45a Marshall Mtg. 3:45p Angel Choir 6p Bible Study John Mooney

8:15a Fit ‘n Fun 9:30a String Band Practice

7a Men’s Breakfast Group 10a Joy in the Word Bible Study 3:30p Upper Room 5:30p BHG Practice 6:30p Dave Ramsey/FPU 7p AlAnon

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4p Board of Trustees 3:45p Angel Choir 6p Bible Study John Mooney

8:15a Fit ‘n Fun 9:30a String Band Practice

10a Joy in the Word Bible Study 5:30p BHG 6:30p Dave Ramsey/FPU 7p AlAnon

8:15a Fit ‘n Fun 10a Women’s Bible Study 6:15p Templo El Mesias

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8:15a Fit ‘n Fun 3p Stephen Ministers 5:15p Bells of Praise 6:30p Jubilate

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8:15a Fit ‘n Fun 9:30a String Band Practice

7a Men’s Breakfast Group 10a Joy in the Word Bible Study 5:30p BHG 6:30p Dave Ramsey/FPU 7p AlAnon

8:15a 9:30a 6:15p

Fit ‘n Fun Bells of Praise Property Board Jubilate

Fit ‘n Fun Bells of Praise Jubilate

Angel Choir Bible Study John Mooney

Line Dancing Fellowship Hall

Line Dancing Fellowship Hall

15 Fit ‘n Fun Quilters Templo El Mesias

Fit ‘n Fun Quilters Templo El Mesias

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Line Dancing Fellowship Hall

Line Dancing Fellowship Hall

11a Lingford Baptism 4p Line Dancing Fellowship Hall 5:30p Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Fit ‘n Fun Bells of Praise Jubilate Elders

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Servants for Christ March 2014 9:00

March 2

March 9

March 16

March 23

March 30

Lionel Rogers

Lionel Rogers

Lionel Rogers

Lionel Rogers

Lionel Rogers

Stephen Cass

Stephen Cass

Stephen Cass

Bill Swift

Stephen Cass

Clay Dawson Bob Rios

Bob Rios Larry Adloff

Sound 10:30

Clay Dawson Phil Dawson

9:00 Elders 10:30

Clay Dawson

Clay Dawson

Clay Dawson

9:00 Acolytes 10:30

9:00

Dave & Kim Walz Millie Stressenger

Dave & Kim Walz Millie Stressenger

Dave & Kim Walz Millie Stressenger

Dave & Kim Walz Millie Stressenger

Dave & Kim Walz Millie Stressenger

Jerry and Kathy Tong Marian Ekness Brenda Anderson

Jerry and Kathy Tong Marian Ekness Brenda Anderson

Jerry and Kathy Tong Marian Ekness Brenda Anderson

Jerry and Kathy Tong Marian Ekness Brenda Anderson

Jerry and Kathy Tong Marian Ekness Brenda Anderson

Carol Schultz

Kathy Tong

Ushers 10:30

9:00 Altar Guild 10:30

Anne Hall LeeAn DeMoss

Ida Brady

Kathy Tong

Liturgist

Rich Yanick

Pastor Mark

Rich Yanick

Pastor Mark

Rich Yanick

Counters

R. & M. Durand

K. & F. Jones

C. Schultz, L. Hertzberg

W & J Bryld

J & K Cass

9:00

Cindy Terpe

Cindy Terpe

Cindy Terpe

Cindy Terpe

Cindy Terpe

10:30

Jean Haldeman

Jean Haldeman

Jean Haldeman

Jean Haldeman

Jean Haldeman

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Note to the Ushers: Please be sure to count and log attendance and communion in the notebook provided in the cabinet. It is vital for our records. Communion cards are collected and put in the office after the service. Please be sure to empty offering trays and return them to the altar. Put contents into a zipper bag located in the counters cupboard and put bag into safe after each service. If you are ushering at the 9:00 service, you need to start the coffee. Please DO NOT dog open the doors. There is no need for that anymore. The doors will remain open when you unlock them and the panic bars work without being dogged. If you are ushering at the 10:30 service, you need to clean up the coffee cart and put it away, remove all white sheets from the attendance pads and put them in the office. Check ALL doors in the church and Sunday school area to be sure they are locked and the lights are all off.

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Endowment Fund Last month I wrote an article about the new Endowment Fund that we established for First Lutheran. In simple terms, our Endowment Fund is a savings account for the church. It exists to provide funding for projects and expenses that exceed our normal budget for the year. Uses could range from a scholarship for a seminary student to a remodel of our facilities to funding a new mission project to serve the community. We don’t know what God has planned for us, but the Endowment Fund will help us be ready. An endowment fund is a new thing for the church and possibly a new concept for many of us. Here are answers to a few questions that you might have. Q: I already donate regularly to the plate offering. Are you asking me to change that? A: No. The church depends on regular donations to cover our ongoing expenses. A donation to the Endowment Fund should be a “special” event. Very often that event happens when God calls us home. A donation to the Endowment Fund is a legacy that helps continue the church’s work even after we’ve gone to our heavenly home. Q: Who decides how the money is used? A: We have a committee of five (5) church members that makes recommendation to the Board of Trustees at least once a year. If the Trustees approve the recommendations, then they are brought to the Voters for a final decision. Q: Can I designate how my donation will be spent? A: Yes. You can direct your gift to be used in any way that advances the church’s work. Q: Can I donate a car or boat or real estate? A: Yes. Q: How do I set up a gift from my estate? A: This is something that requires legal help in drafting your will and/or trust. If you don’t have these already in place, then a lawyer can do this for you. Bob Henkell can advise you on how to get this done. Once the documents exist, then it is a simple matter to include a gift to the Endowment Fund. Q: Will the church have to pay tax on my donation? A: No. As a non-profit organization we are exempt from paying taxes on gifts to the church. One thing to consider is donating property that would require your beneficiaries to pay tax. An IRA would be an example of taxable property. Your lawyer can advise you on this and help reduce the tax burden for your beneficiaries. Q: What if I have more questions? A: You can contact Bill Swift at 647-1880 or WSSwift@att.net He may not know the answer himself, but can get it for you.

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I am happy to be back in California after my trip home to Chicago! Time seems to be rushing ahead of me with Lent right around the corner and graduation fast approaching. February was a busy month for me with preparations for VBS, expanding our youth activities, planning for the Lent family event and working to add programming for our elementary aged kids. Lots of exciting things coming up in the next few months! It was below zero every day and there were piles of snow to greet me when I landed in Chicago. The weird Chicago weather did extend my trip an extra day, but I was grateful for the extra day to just spend time with my mom and David! I also had a wonderful time catching up with all of the other interns and seeing how God has blessed them and their congregations. God is truly a great and loving God! The youth group will start to meet EVERY Sunday night starting March 16th. We will still meet 5-7 downstairs in the Fellowship Hall for food, fun and fellowship! We will also be starting a youth Bible Study on Sunday mornings from 11am-12, during the late service. The class will start on the 16th of March and will meet in the Sunday School Hall. All students 5th grade and up are invited to come! VBS! This year our theme will be “Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides and Provides” and we will be looking at Moses and the Israelites. The dates for VBS will be June 16 -20th. We had volunteer informational meetings at the end of February and are still looking for some more people to help out! If you would like to help out with VBS in anyway, please talk to me and we’ll find the best place for you to serve.

On April 9th we will be having another fun family event at church! This time we will be focused on Holy Week and look at the different events that happened during that time. We will be having an Italian Potluck for dinner, so be on the look out for more information and sign-up sheets! 10


CONTINUING/COMING IN MARCH 2014… We conduct our worship services at 9 AM (Contemporary) and 10:30 AM (Traditional). Adult Bible Classes on Sunday are offered at 8 AM and 9:15 AM. Sunday School for nursery/preschool age children through age 12 meets at 9:15 AM! Children will leave the sanctuary during the early service, following the Lamb’s Sermon, for classes in the Fellowship Hall and Sunday School wing.

REVITALIZATION We continue to receive donations to the “Revitalization Fund.” You may recall that our stewardship program (2011) involved these items…Financial Growth by Three Means: (1) Commitment to tithing, (2) Increased contributions annually, and (3) Specific pledges to the Revitalization Fund. Thank you for your considerations and any special donations!

MUSICIANS/SINGERS “By His Grace,” our contemporary service worship leaders, is seeking out more instrumentalists and singers to accent their ministry. In the meantime, Bill on guitar and Denise on keyboard are our instrumentalists along with Clydene, Jenny, Marcia, Katy Wozniak, our DCE Intern, and Bill as vocalists! Do you know someone, maybe you, who could join along? Let Bill Rosenberry or pastor know.

LITTLE BACK PACKS The donations of nutritional snacks and drinks are very much appreciated by students at Schnell School! In February, 19 backpacks were filled to overflow! Thank you! Your generosity has been outstanding! Watch and listen for fill dates! Thank you very much!

LENT 2014 The first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday. This year Lent begins on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 with services at noon and 7 PM. A soup supper will precede the evening service. Please join us under the theme: The Crucified King!

CNH DISTRICT LWML CONVENTION Information packets and registration forms are available in the narthex and from pastor for the May 2-4, 2014 LWML Convention at McClellan Park in Sacramento. See the announcement page elsewhere in the newsletter!

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CNH DISTRICT MISSIONS CONFERENCE Information packets and registration forms for the April 5, 2014 Missions Conference to be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran in Livermore are available in the narthex and from pastor! Sign up soon! See the forms attached to the newsletter for more information!

MEN’S BREAKFAST Hey guys! Mark your calendar for the second and fourth Thursdays at 7 AM! You are invited to a breakfast for guys to be held at the Golden Waffle Cafe on Broadway, hosted by Tom Hayhurst and Ken Freese. Come to talk about vintage cars, likes and dislikes, the Bible, and what ailing you! This is the first step in establishing a Men’s Ministry at First! The direction we follow is yours to help determine. Join us for food and talk (both on your own dime!).

PASTORAL ACTIONS Deaths: Richard Gordon 2/21/2014; Memorial Service at First Lutheran 2/25/2014

Hi Friends ... Just to let you know about our new production! March 8th & 15th 7:00 PM St John the Baptist Church 307 Montrose, Folsom Tickets: Adult $15 Senior and Student $12 Children $8 Available at door. Doors open 6:30

The Diary of Anne Frank We have a wonderful cast and the play is amazing! Hope you can join us. The NY Times, said, "A lovely tender drama…Strange how the shining spirit of a young girl now dead can filter down through the years and inspire a group of theatrical professionals in a foreign land." The NY Herald-Tribune said, "The precise quality of the new play at the Cort is the quality of glowing, ineradicable life—life in its warmth, its wonder, its spasms of anguish and its wild and flarin...g humor…Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett have fashioned a wonderfully sensitive and theatrically craftsmanlike narrative out of the real-life legacy left us by a spirited and straightforward Jewish girl…as bright and shining as a banner." The NY Post called it "…a moving document on the stage." The NY Daily News said, "There is so much beauty, warm humor, gentle pity…in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK that it is difficult to imagine how this play could be contained in one set on one stage…this is a fine drama." 12


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Elections for the Board of Trustee's Annual Transition Each year we need to plan for the transition of the Board of Trustee’s. If any of you are interested in placing your name in nomination or potentially placing someone else’s name in nomination please contact Pastor Mark or myself. Thanks for your consideration. Larry Hermone 626-8493

Dear Visiting Angels, Thank you so much for visiting my Mom, Malinda Wendt, at Gold Country Independent Apartments. She enjoys her time with you and loves to show me whatever special gift you left behind, whether it be cookies, or flowers, or a card or best of all the beautiful quilt made by our own First Lutheran Quilters. Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated! We are so grateful to be part of the First Lutheran family.

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March 2014 Evangelism Outreach Message Today, as I turned my Calendar to the month of March, suddenly the message “Beware the Ides of March!” came into my mind and I promptly recalled my final days in high school before embarking for military service in World War 2. I had the role of Mark Anthony in Shakespeare's “Julius Caesar” . My memories of those events indelibly linked the Ides of March (March 15) with the 44 B.C. assassination of Julius Caesar and the “prophecies of doom”. After I returned from active duty, I commenced studies at Valparaiso University and once again the “Ides of March” came front and center during class discussions of “human rights” which I learned are viewed quite differently by Christians than by Non-Christians. At that time vivid mind pictures of contemporary inhuman behavior were the brutal actions of Hitler and the Nazi party upon the Jews, and the Bataan death marches! Throughout the passage of the many years since WW2, I found the knowledge of the significance of the human rights perspective of great value in reasoning with non-Christians. The discussion of human values and “rights” is of great value in clarifying for the non-Christian the difference between a world without God and our world with God. Without the Bible as the standard “rights” will always be an issue among people. The issue will always be a matter of disagreement on who makes the rules of right and wrong, who enforces them, and who has the authority to change them. If there is no God, one has difficulty establishing grounds for proving the assertion that one way is moral and another immoral. Thus, the majority are free to exterminate the minority, as was done by Hitler and the Nazi party. However, for Christians, the rules of right and wrong are clearly delineated in the Holy Bible. Also, via the Bible Christians learn they are not capable of perfect obedience, therefore, God has provided the means of forgiveness and restitution. Accordingly, it is very important that we Christians manage our time to eagerly carry out our mission on this earth. Especially, that of bringing God's gift of love to our neighbors. The Bible presents accounts of Jesus and His disciples accepting, including, and deeply loving people of all walks as they met them - despite age, race, gender, social standing and failings. That is our mission, too! We are to allocate our time to weekly, monthly, throughout our time on earth continuously reach out to our neighbors, and help them find the way to salvation as we enjoy it! I am evaluating recent outreach seminar materials becoming available from LCMS ministry support organizations. As soon as I discover a presentation that seems most applicable to our First Lutheran neighborhoods I will arrange to obtain the materials and schedule a First Lutheran Outreach Ministry workshop. We all need to gain insights most relevant to the unique cultural, social and other environmental situations present in our community and refresh our energy for accomplishing outreach to our neighbors who are not Christians or no longer are active in Christian worship. Our CNH District Missions Conference on April 5 plans to include some workshops in the afternoon which intend to focus upon helping the CNH District congregation members to become active neighborhood missionaries. As the detailed arrangements for this conference are completed some of the content may be recorded and made available for our use. The conference will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1385 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, CA 94550 May God Bless your Outreach, Harold Williams Outreach Leader 18


Dear Partners in Mission, Our me in Ghana was full and amazing. We had a team of ten, who were very united, worked very well together, and enjoyed lots of laughter in the process. I am going to divide my updates into two different ones, because it will be too long to try to get it all in one. We spent the first few days teaching and enjoying children in the village of Mankomeda, where my daughter, Jamie, is the official Queen Mother. Then we le) there for 6 days, and did a lot of ministry in Juaben, about six hours north of there. Then we returned for another day in Mankomeda. This update will center on our me in Juaben, where we worked long days. On Sunday, I preached the sermon at Grace Power Fellowship Church, where our host, Pastor Joseph Wayoe, is the pastor. The rest of our team taught Sunday School classes to all different ages there. The congregaon has noceably grown since I was there last year. They worship with great energy and joy. We were also able to parcipate in the 23 bapsms that day. We rolled up our pants or skirts, took off our shoes, and got into the water to help the pastor pull the people up a)er they were immersed. It was a new experience for most on our team! Monday through Wednesday, we went to different schools in the mornings, where the women of our team taught over 3,000 children! In two Muslim Schools, they taught morality, not able to menon Jesus, but the students know we are Chrisans, so they know the source of our teaching. This is the fourth year we have done this, and one of the school principals has joined our host church! At the other school, over 100 students worship Jesus early on Sunday morning! So that is obviously excing. The staff at both schools treat us with great care and respect.

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In the a)ernoons, the men on our team led a Pastors Conference at Shiloh Bible School in Juaben, where the students are eager to learn. I asked them how many of them wanted to be bad pastors, and they emphacally said NO! They seemed to soak in everything we taught them, wanng to know God's word accurately. And they asked many quesons, some very different than quesons we would field in America. On Wednesday, we also were invited to the main Shiloh Bible School in Kumasi, where nearly 100 students are training. I was thrilled to speak to them, and then the Arch Bishop took our team out to dinner. We had some of the finest Chinese food we have ever had! We did not expect that in the middle of Africa. Every evening, we led Bible Study for Pastor Joseph's church members. More than fi)y people walked for a variety of distances in the dark to come and hear. They certainly made us feel special. We all stayed healthy throughout our stay there, though we had a few minor health issues on the flight home. But it was a marvelous ministry with an incredible team. I was blessed to share these experiences with my wife, daughter, sonin-law, and daughter-in-law. That made it even more special! Pastor Darrel Deuel On behalf of: Janet Deuel, Candace Deuel, Jamie & Tim Eisenbeisz, Alice Beltran, Pastor Eric Ishimaru, Erik Kosney, Chad Tapp and Cindy Terpe

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In Matthew 25, Jesus says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited, me in…” We have many opportunities to respond to Jesus’ great love by showing that love to others. Stephen Ministry is one way our congregation shows that love to people who have deep needs for care. You also have many opportunities to show Jesus’ love during the week. As you encounter people this week, try asking yourself, “How can I show the Jesus today?” You will love the result! All God’s blessings to you and your families from your Stephen Ministers!

Our Stephen Ministry Team

Tom & Peggy Hayhurst Judy & Warren Bryld Larry & Vicki Hermone Barbara Calvo

Lori Vickers Kathleen Pennington Bill Rosenberry Pastor Mark

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Tom Davis

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Maryanne Farley

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Anne Hall

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Phil Corson Jean Haldeman

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Gene Dammel

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Melissa Opsahl

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Donna Kemppainen

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Andy Miller

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Diane Lemke Marcia Davis Mindy Durand

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Cameron Jones

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Robert Kerr

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Laurie Hertzberg

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Kris Terpe

3/25/2006 Cameron and Sandy Jones

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 9, 2014 Turn your clock ahead 1 hour before you go to bed on the 8th!

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Prayer Warriors Corner Kathy Cass, Lay Prayer Minister

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18

Dear Friends - Our Lord’s peace to you. In this latter part of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he has just given them and us a list of the spiritual gifts we need to fight Satan and he finishes it off with the command to pray. We are to bring everything to our God. Nothing is too small for His attention. And we are to be in continuous prayer for each other. Our weekly prayer list is so important! And an awful lot of Sunday bulletins are left behind each week. These bulletin lists let us know were prayer is needed. It is foolish to think we can remember where prayer is needed without reminders. My life over the last few years has been filled with challenges that have been teaching me how important your prayers are. I would have been hard pressed to meet these challenges without your intercessions. To each of you who heard the nudging of the Holy Spirit and responded thank you so much. I have been learning to be much more faithful in praying for those of you and family and friends who are on this list. Remember what I shared with you about what I heard a pastor on KFIA say one year: “the single greatest task Christians are called to is to pray.” And in Luke 5:16 “ Jesus often withdrew to lonely places to pray.” The one thing that only Christians can do is to effectively pray. Satan works hard to keep us from doing so. Think of all the distractions that are thrown our way to keep us from praying. Think of the doubts that are sent our way about our effectiveness in prayer. God our Heavenly Father wants us to talk with Him - often. He wants our praise and thanksgiving. He wants us to pray for each other. Do you know it is impossible to have negative feelings toward someone you are sincerely praying for? I know I sound like a broken record but the sense of urgency of the need for prayer in our church in order for us to meet its mission and for it to be a fulfilling place for each of us keeps growing in me. I can only hope and pray our God builds that sense of urgency in each of us. God bless each of you. Love in Christ, Kathy

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Announcements Line Dancing come join us for line dancing every Saturday at 4:00pm. There are about twelve of us and we are really enjoying it! No experience required. So far we have learned two dances and a lot of steps. Come anytime and join us.

“Angel Choir” for children of all ages: Every Tuesday at 3:45pm, meet with Cindy in the sanctuary. There will be some music that is geared toward the younger children and some that the older children will do by themselves. They will also be learning to play the Orff instruments.

VBS—June 16-20. Invite your friends, family and even neighbors! The more the merrier.

Easter is coming! Sometime in March we will be putting out the forms for donating an Easter Lily for the Easter service. Watch for them, the cost will be $10.00 per lily.

Ash Wednesday, March 5 Services at Noon and 7:00 pm Soup Supper at 6:00 pm "Peace Lutheran LWML” All-you-can-eat delicious spaghetti dinner Saturday, March 22 4:00pm - 7:00pm A fundraiser for Mac and Fawn McCandless, who are active members at Peace. Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for children. Mac is suffering from cancer and has medical bills that continue to climb. Questions, please contact Susan Ambriz at 916-927-0469. Thank you."

Lutheran High School’s Annual Gala Dinner & Auction “Una Bella Sera” (A Beautiful Evening) Saturday, March 15, 2014 Sunrise Event Center in Rancho Cordova. Tickets are $50 per person or you can sponsor a table at various levels. If you would like to buy a ticket or want more information you can call the school office at (916) 691-2277 or email ipowers@lhselkgrove.com. Friends, Neighbors & Alumni are welcomed! There will be a hosted bar, fine food, entertainment, silent & live auctions, and fellowship.

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