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April 2009


12100 Champion Forest Drive

Houston, Texas 77066


281-444-1733 FAX

Inside this Issue

From Pastor jeff

Dear Friends in Christ: One of the specific expectations outlined in my letter of call was: Recruit and

equip members to be leaders in the Kinsmen community. The Willowcreek Leadership Summit is an excellent way to experience high-caliber equipping and leadership development. For the last two years, a group from Kinsmen has attended a live satellite feed of the Leadership Summit at the Fellowship of the Woodlands. Past participants have included Bishop Mike, Linda Martens, Julie Schensted, Bob Boller,

Anthony Gordon, Pastor Mark, Susan Converse, Sherri Botker, Dolores Wendt and Laura Pate. This year‘s speakers include: David Gergen, Political analyst for CNN and PBS and former White House adviser to four presidents Dr. Tim Keller, Founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York Jessica Jackley, co-founder of, a peer-to-peer online micro-lending Web site Gary Hamel, Renowned business thinker and visiting professor at London School of Business Bono, Lead singer of U2 and activist in the fight against AIDS and poverty in Africa

Roundtable Session, in a format new to the Leadership Summit, includes top experts Henry Cloud, Carly Fiorina, David Ireland and Patrick Lencioni from a variety of disciplines, will dive into the practical skills that every leader needs, from effective hiring to navigating critical board meetings. The date is Aug. 6 - 7, 2009, and registration is $135. Please contact me if you would like to join the group.


Good Friday Golf Tournament


Crawfish Boil Tickets Now on Sale


Sunday School News and Notes


Noisy Offerings


Preschool and Mother‘s Day Out


Stroke Screening


April Birthdays


Staff Directory


See you this weekend. In Christ,

Pastor Jeff


Holy Week Schedule

Sunday 9:30 AM

5:30 PM

8:15 AM & 11 AM

Informal Worship

Traditional Worship

with Communion

with Communion on 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of each month

Classes for all ages

9:30 AM

9 - 11 AM

Contemporary Worship

Fellowship Breakfast

with Communion

Community Life Center

Education Hour


Holy week schedule

Passion/Palm Sunday 8 15 AM 9:30 AM 11AM

Service of Holy Communion with the Rite of Healing Saturday 5:30 PM

Maundy Thursday 7 PM

Easter Sunday 6:15 AM 8 AM 9:30 AM 11 AM

Good Friday 12 PM 7 PM

An Easter breakfast will be hosted by Youth and Family Ministries. All funds raised will go toward their mission, so please show your support.

No Sunday School

G r e at g o l f o n g o o d F r i day Get your clubs out and join us at beautiful Fox Creek on April 10 for the Good Friday Golf Tournament. Cost is $44 per player and includes green fees, cart and a barbecue lunch. The tournament will be a Texas Scramble format with trophies given to the top four teams, along with prizes for the closest to the pin and longest drive.

PLACE: Fox Creek DATE: April 10 COST: $44 per player

Registration deadline is April 5. A sign-up sheet is located at the Welcome Center in the Narthex. Checks should

be made payable to Men of Hosanna. Contact Bob Fox at or 713-206-4188 for more information.


C r aw f i s h b o i l t i c k e t s o n s a l e n ow Whether you call them crawfish, crayfish, crawdads or mudbugs, you can enjoy this Cajun delicacy at Kinsmen‘s Annual Crawfish Boil on Saturday, April 25, from 6:30 - 9 p.m. in the Community Life Center. Cost is $15 per person and childcare will be available. Tickets will be sold at the Welcome Center in the Narthex following the April 4, 5, 18 and 19 worship services or

in the church office during business hours. Eric Fidler and Bob Parliament are coordinating the event. Contact Lynnae Schatz at or 281-444-3127, ext. 43 for more information.

Laissez les bon temps rouler


Sunday school Easter Egg Hunt This annual event will be on April 5, during the Education Hour for all children through fifth grade. If your child is not in Christian Education and would like to participate in the Easter Egg Hunt, meet Lynnae Schatz at the Nursery at 10 a.m. on April 5. No Sunday School Classes April 12 Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Offerings The Sunday School has a barnyard. The Sunday School offerings are dedicated to God‘s Global Barnyard, which is a part of the ELCA World Hunger Appeal. People in need around the world are helped by supplying animals and the means to raise them. Hardworking

the cycle of poverty, one turkey for a family‘s yard and two chicks. Each chick costs $10 and provides 10 chicks to build an egg business. For more information, visit and link to God‘s Global Barnyard.

families then have enough food to eat and sell and communities have a chance to escape the cycle of chronic hunger and poverty. Through March 8, 2009, the Sunday School has collected $375.69 – fish to build and stock a community fish farm, one goat and pig for a family to break

Sunday School Teacher Meeting A meeting will be held April 19, at 10:30 a.m. in room 15 to discuss the end-of-year celebration and the Akaloo curriculum. For more information, contact Lynnae Schatz at or 281-444-3127, ext. 43.

Lu t h e r h i l l o p p o rt u n i t i e s Golf Tournament Calling all Lutherhill supporters! Lutherhill is working toward another successful Ministries Golf Tournament. The eighth annual tournament will be held at the Longwood Golf Club on April 24. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the year round camping ministry of Lutherhill. For more information or to register, contact Jen Kindsvatter at or 888-266-4613, or visit

Family Retreat Does your family need a breath of fresh air? Experience quality family time without distractions during the Spring Family Retreat May 8 - 10 at Lutherhill. The ropes course, arts and crafts and other camp activities will be available. Laugh, learn and relax together as one. The cost is $70 per person for those aged 13 and older and $40 per person for those 12 and younger. If interested, contact Lynnae Schatz at or 281-444-3127, ext. 43.

S e n i o r a d u lt s

On the road again … 

Mark your calendar for these upcoming day trips:

Science. They also will view the Butterfly exhibit.

FRIDAY, MAY 15, is October 2008‘s trip rescheduled — a tour of the Port of Galveston aboard the Sea Gull II and a visit to the Lone Star Flight Museum.

Look for further information, including registration deadlines and costs, in the upcoming weeks‘ worship guides.

FRIDAY, JUNE 12, Kinsmen‘s Senior Adults will be one of the first groups in Houston to see the Terra-Cotta Soldiers at the Houston Museum of Natural

To learn more about this active group, contact Larry Liverhouse at or 281-353-6974.


April 19 Noisy Offering: Global Mission ―…to the end of the earth.‖ In today‘s world, the global and the local are no longer segregated. In so many ways we are interconnected. Our global relationships provide a lens for seeing the world in new ways and an avenue for engaging in ministry with one another. It is our commandment to walk together with all of God‘s people in all the world. Together, we participate in God‘s reconciling mission.

earth through teaching and restoring, and becoming empowered in community with God and one another. They are committed to working with the most vulnerable in society by ministering to those hungering for hope, feeding and educating children living in extreme poverty, seeking justice in their communities and developing leaders and mission outreach. And they need our help.

Kinsmen has formed the ―Partners in Global Service‖ Committee that is linked to our synod and the ELCA Global Mission Unit. It is the committee‘s mission to translate to our congregation the needs and joys of Lutheran communities in lands far beyond us and to seek ways of serving the ends of the

April's Noisy Offering will go toward Global Mission, and our Kinsmen Partners in Global Service Committee will decide where these funds will have the most impact. Monies will be collected on April 19.

GLIMPSES OF GRACE March Noisy Offering Water 2 Thrive


March Synod/ELCA




2009 TOTAL


Pac k 4 4 o to s tay bu s y i n A p r i l March was a light month for Pack 440 as far as activities were concerned, but April will be quite a different story. The pack will be camping the first weekend of the month along the coast at Quintana Beach Park. While camping, the scouts will participate in a beach cleanup and kite flying. April 18 is the Scout Fair at Reliant Center. Packs, Troops and Crews from

all over the Sam Houston Area Council will spend the day hosting and/or participating in cooking and other events. April 25 is the pack‗s spring field trip. The pack will be attending the San Jacinto Day reenactment and tour

the Battleship Texas. Scouting is a year-round activity, so it is never too late to sign up or drop in for a meeting to see what this organization is all about. Contact Pack 440 at for information or questions about scouting.

B e pa rt o f a n a dv e n t u r e t h i s s u m m e r — i n P e ru Join others in a cultural immersion trip to Peru, July 27 - Aug. 2, 2009.

trip to Lima and surrounding communities. People from several congregations in our synod will travel Adults and youth (traveling with their together. parents and/or While on this guardians) are trip, Kinsmen “Adults and youth are encouraged to learn more encouraged to learn members can more about life in about life in South America and especially learn how our South America and about our Lutheran brothers and sisters ...” congregation especially about our might link Lutheran brothers and with a sisters on this powerful

Lutheran congregation in Peru to possibly do mission and ministry together. For more information, please contact any Kinsmen Partners in Global Service committee member — Terry Richter, Julie Schensted, Denise Cook, Ana Woods, Judy Biffle or Pastor Jeff.


Before and After school kinsmen News Summer at Kinsmen Lutherhill will be coming to Kinsmen this summer to provide day camp for many of the weeks when Camp Hope is not in session. Information can be found in the Narthex. This is an exciting addition to our current summer offerings. Tuition rates will be the same as those of Camp Hope. Space is limited, so book your spot early. Call the office at 281-444-3127, ext. 35 for details. Before and After School Fall Registration Now Underway Registration has begun at Before and After School Kinsmen for the 2009 2010 school year. Current schools served by our program include Greenwood Forest, Klenk, McDougle,

Kaiser, Wunderlich, Harmony Science Academy and Yeager Elementary. Transportation is provided from Kinsmen to school in the morning and from school to Kinsmen in the afternoon. The school opens at 6:30 a.m. for before school care and closes at 6:30 p.m. for after care. Tuition rates for the upcoming school year will not increase, and there is an early-bird discount available for those who register by April 15. For more information, call the church office at 281-444-3127, ext. 35. B & ASK Leadership Change ―I am blessed to be given this opportunity,‖ stated Director of Before & After School Gundi Talbert, who succeeds outgoing director, Susan

Wardinski. Gundi been employed with Kinsmen since 2008 is a certified childcare director with the State of Texas and has worked with children for 10 years. Her background includes work in accounting and business. She attended North Harris College and Sam Houston State University and has attended many conferences on early childhood and childhood development. Gundi is married and has two children; Julian and Kayla. Please welcome Gundi Talbert to her new position.

C O O K I N G at k i n s m e n Sunday Fellowship Breakfast 9 - 11 AM Community Life Center $5 $2 FREE

Adults (10 years and older) Children (4 - 9 years) Children (3 years and younger)

Prefer coffee, juice and doughnuts only? A Continental-style breakfast is available. Look for the free-will offering basket on the table.

Wednesday Fellowship Dinner 6 - 7 PM Community Life Center $6 $3 FREE

Adults (11 years and older) Children (3 - 10 years ) Children (3 years and younger)

April Menu April 1: April 8: April 15 April 22: April 29:

Spaghetti No dinner scheduled Barbecue Chicken Fajitas Fish

Adult dinner includes entrée, vegetables, salads, dessert and drinks. Children can choose from hot dogs, chicken nuggets, chips and applesauce.

Helping hands are always welcome! If you can serve in any way, contact Joan Horner at 281-444-3127, ext. 12.

D e a d l i n e s f o r p r i n t p u b l i c at i o n s Kinsmen always welcomes its members‘ news submissions. The information provided helps keep the congregation and the community informed about worship and mission opportunities, arts and music programs, small groups and fellowship events that it offers adults, youth and children. To ensure the best possible results, please adhere to the following

deadlines: WORSHIP GUIDES/STALL SHEETS Deadline: 5 PM Monday prior to service NEWSLETTER Deadline: 15th of each month If the church office is closed on the deadline date, please submit your news item on the prior church business day.

HOW TO SUBMIT NEWS All news and photos are preferred electronically, so please send them to Susan Emfinger at If you have no access to e-mail, submissions may be faxed or hand-delivered to the church office.


Women’s retreat On March 6 - 8, 27 Kinsmen women enjoyed a weekend of pampering and fellowship at Lutherhill. The weekend included JoNell Gerland leading Bible studies, as well as massages, food, rock wall climbing, food, zipline, food, glass etching, food, fellowship and food.

W e h av e a w i n n e r !

J o b o p p o rt u n i t y

Jared Woods recently won The Woodward Academy‘s Second-Year and Novice National Championships. In the final round of the Lincoln-Douglas debate tournament, Jared defeated the Bronx High School of Science on a 2-1 decision to take the title. Jared, 16, is a sophomore at Northland Christian School and is the son of proud parents, Michael and Ana Antoni Woods.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is seeking a Financial Representative. Responsibilities for the position include helping secure financial futures for Lutheran congregations, has independence with local team support and on-going training and freedom to set their own schedules. To apply or to get more information, contact Blakely Threadgill at or 281-807-2620, ext. 2632.

R E G I S T E R N OW F O R M AY 5 S T RO K E S C R E E N I N G Did you know ... Eighty percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs? Ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke? Stroke is a leading cause of death and permanent disability? Are you at a risk? Life Line Screening, presented by

Memorial Hermann, will be at Kinsmen on May 5 providing medical screening for stroke, vascular disease and heart rhythm. Cost is $139. Pre-registration is required, so call 800-690-0289 and use source code 5754. Screenings are fast, painless and convenient. For more information, visit


April Birthdays Emily Burton


Lois Harris


Cory Hudson


Dennis Shaffer


Jan Rall


Bruce Best


Caroline Ehlers


Steven Edwards


Connor Hardy


Samantha Beecher


Kyle Wittenberg


Bob Rall


Cyndi Claxton


Ron Dogotch


Aaron Meyer

4/23 4/23

Ronald Wittnebel


Michelle Adams


Nicolas DeWitt

Mark Adam


Chloe Chaponis


Amanda Kolkhorst


Matthew Scanland


Logan Millman


Gerald Avant


Linda Van Deilen


Michele Watson


Matthew Hughes


Kristine Dunens


Sharon Anderson


Madison Zbranek


Jamie Fretwell


Roland Rinn


Elizabeth Nona


Brandon Holloway


April Miller


Caitlin Hardy


Chuck Harris


Richard Schmidt


Elizabeth VanHoose


Parker Johnson


Ashlyn Langer


Angela Williamson


Gretchen Hock


Rob Adams


Kara Carlton

4/24 4/24

Cecil Mosqueda


Stephen Nott


Eric Mengel

John Landgraf


Lauren Lettieri


Alexandra Froebel


Todd Kolkhorst


Adam Rudy


Joan Thorkelsen


Krystle Wallner


Kristen Schulze


Trevor Lenzen


Colin Nott


Patricia Woodward


Valeria Avalos


Hannah Lowe


Meagan Cox


Jacob Hardy


Stacey Smith


Owen Wysocki


Barbara Velotas


Kyle Krupka


Ron Wood


Erin Wood


Steven Pate


Valerie Richey


Sarah Jane Petrucciani

4/27 4/27

Gloria Avant


Rick Smith


Joshua Scott

Julienne Burton


Karlis Dunens


John Hymel


Steve Feldman


Darlene Mataway


Kimberly O‘Neal


Ryan Hall


Phil Mc Cue


Ryan Nelsen


Michael Beam


Jennene Salazar


Sheri Smith


Sally Miller


Amanda Mc Cracken


Lance Wernette


Lynnae Schatz


Darren Gibbons


Holly Hardy


Karl Knudson


MacKenzie Gibson


Denise Shurbet


Kevin Edwards


Jenny Beth Robertson


Amanda Hamric


Thomas Gros


Lisa Feldman


John Lindblom


Maggie Smith


Brenda Nona


Kamp Kinsmen 2009


June 8 - August 14 Rising Kindergarten - Rising 7th Grade Weekly Fees (early registration deadline: Sunday, April 5) Camp Day (9:15 AM - 3:45 PM) $80 per child Before Care (6:30 - 9:15 AM) $25 per child After Care (3:45 - 6:30 PM) $25 per child Registration Forms Available through Church Office or Web site 281-444-3127, ext. 35

Connection is a monthly publication of Kinsmen Lutheran Church.

Deadline for submitting news is the 15th day of each month or the previous church business day if the deadline falls on the weekend or on a church holiday. Articles are preferred electronically, but may be faxed or hand-delivered to the church office.

Kinsmen Staff Rev. Jeffery Alvestad, Senior Pastor — Ext. 18 Rev. Mark England, Youth & Family Ministry — Ext. 24 Bruce Elijah, Associate in Ministry — Ext. 15 Susan Converse, Director of Administration — Ext. 17 Julie Hughes, Administrative Assistant — Ext. 10 Susan Emfinger, Media & Communications Coordinator — Ext. 21 Irene Baasen, Accounting & Financial Reports — Ext. 14 Lynnae Schatz, Coordinator, Children‘s Ministries — Ext. 43 Linda Thomas, Principal Organist Elizabeth LeMay, Traditional Worship Coordinator — Ext. 22 Kristen Schulze, Contemporary Worship Co-Coordinator

OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM Timothy Browning, Contemporary Worship Co-Coordinator Joan Horner, Parish Assistant/Hospitality, — Ext. 12 J.D. McCollom, Media Team Coordinator Sherri Botker, Director of Kinsmen Kids Preschool/Mother‘s Day Out — Ext. 23 Gundi Talbert, Director of Before & After School Kinsmen — Ext. 35 Eileen Edwards, Before & After School Kinsmen Registrar — Ext. 37 Willie Stewart, Head Custodian Ruben Cervantes, Custodian Lonnie Davis, Custodian

MISSION CONGREGATION Celebration Church 281-758-1279 Rev. Chris Markert, Mission Pastor — 281-840-0195


Easter Breakfast—Sunday, April 12 The congregation is invited to celebrate Easter with us in the CLC at the Easter Breakfast. The Senior High Youth are sponsoring this breakfast to raise money for upcoming servant trips and training. We hope you can attend and show your continued support for our youth. You can also support our youth by showing off your baking talents and signing up and volunteering to provide pastries for the breakfast. The sign-up sheet is located on "The Messenger" bulletin board near the church library. You may donate monetarily toward items needed for the youth to purchase if you prefer. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Pastor Mark or Mary Collins.

The Hallelujah Hoedown in February was a great success only because of the extraordinary generosity of this congregation. We have so many to thank for this wonderful event. Thank you to all who came to this event and supported our youth. Thank you to all who donated items for the silent auction — including the Confirmation Classes who made baskets, those who made baked goods and fine woodwork, those who solicited area businesses and those who donated from their own resources. Thank you to all who donated and prepared the delicious barbecue. Thank you to all who ―countrified‖ our CLC with western decorations. Thank you to all who organized the games and entertainment. Thank you to all who helped get the word out with publicity.

APRIL 2009


5th Grade Milestone Fifth Grade Youth and Parents are invited to join us for the first of a two-part class entitled ―Beginnings.‖ The class will take place on Sunday, April 26, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in the Youth and Family building on the first floor in the Community Room. Parents and children should attend together. I encourage you to recognize this Milestone in your child’s life. The next class will occur in the late summer before the beginning of school. If

Confirmation News We hope you have had a meaningful Lent and your faith life has been enhanced by participation in the many worship opportunities here at Kinsmen. During Lent you have been attending our Wednesday evening worship services, taking ―sermon notes‖ and coming to ―Cross Training‖ following Wednesday worship. Our 8th Grade Confirmands have been meeting with their mentors throughout Lent, exploring on their Spiritual Gifts and working on their projects. These projects will be on display at the Confirmation Rehearsal Dinner on Sunday, April 26, 2009, (set up is at 5 p.m.) as well as on Confirmation Sunday, May 3, 2009. I know we will all enjoy reading about your experiences and learning about your Bible Verse and how it relates to your faith.

30 Hour Famine for Jr. High!!! We had so much fun doing the famine with the Sr. High Youth that we are going to do a Jr. High 30 Hour Famine, too. The Junior High event will be Friday, May 15 – Saturday, May 16. Youth Groups from all over our Synod will be joining us for the 30 Hour Famine to raise money and awareness to fight world hunger. It should be a great event.


Attention Graduation Seniors! Graduation Milestone – Sunday, April 19 If you are a graduating senior we want to recognize you as you celebrate your accomplishment and look forward to the next step in your journey. On Sunday, April 19, at the 11 a.m. worship service, we will be calling you forward, recognizing, gifting and blessing you. Please send us one baby photo and one current photo to help us with our celebration plans. You can drop the picture off at the Kinsmen office or e-mail it to us at

Zach Menk, Steven Pate, Evan Anderson and Pastor Mark have now completed interviews for paid staff and look forward to hiring employees this month. We are now receiving applications for Support Staff. Support Staff are rising 8th and 9th Grade Youth who are interested in serving as volunteers at Camp Hope. Please pick up your application from ―The Messenger‖ and turn it in by May 10. Camp Hope—It’s a Jungle Out There -

June 29 – July 2: “Call of the Wild”

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