The Messenger January 2012
Our Redeemerʼs Lutheran Church 609 Southwood Drive So. San Francisco, CA 94080
Reflection – Pastor Lori Happy New Year! Life can seem so fresh at the beginning of a new year. That’s why some of us make New Year’s resolutions – because on Day One the new year feels like a clean slate, a time to begin again. Particularly after the excess of food and spending that many of us indulge in during Christmas and New Year celebrations, maybe we’re feeling the need to get some balance back into our lives. So now is as good a time as any to ask ourselves once again: How are we, as Christians, called to live? “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. – Titus 2:11-14 Hmm. What are the chances that “renouncing impiety and worldly passions” is on our resolutions lists? Are any of us resolving to live lives that are “selfcontrolled, upright and godly”? Are we planning to be “zealous for good deeds”? We thought New Year’s resolutions were about diet and exercise! Diet and exercise are important – and so is living out our Christian calling in our time and place. The words above, from the apostle Paul, may sound out of place in our culture, but that’s exactly why we need to hear them! We are called to something radical: We’re called to live counter to a culture that worships individuality and wealth and power. We’re called to worship and serve Christ, who at Epiphany (Jan. 6) is revealed to Continues page 2
Inside This Issue
Interim Ministry Update
Interim Ministry Update cont.
Save the date & Prayer request
Reflection – Continued be the Light of the World. “And lo, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” – Mt. 2:9b11 Like the magi, we have seen Christ. We experience Christ in the face of those who have offered us love and healing, and we see Christ in those we serve. We are sustained in Holy Communion by Christ’s presence in bread and in wine. We enter into Christ’s death and resurrection in the waters of baptism. We might not use Paul’s language and say all of this makes us “zealous for good deeds” – but we might say that knowing God’s grace in Christ makes us want to give back the love we’ve experienced. That doesn’t mean we resolve to be perfect, but that we try to live lives pleasing to God, knowing there is mercy when we stumble. In this new year, let’s resolve to thank God daily for the fresh, new lives we have in Christ. May all our days be centered in the truth that God has said yes to us. May the light of Christ shine in us throughout 2012 and for all our days!
Interim Ministry Update – Pastor Lori The council met a few weeks ago to talk out some of the issues raised at Barbara’s resignation from council. Together we talked about organizational flow, decision-making, communication and the dynamics at ORLC. We started with this: Q: Who runs the business of the church? A: The church council. Q: Who does the pastor report to? A: The church council. Q: Who reports to the pastor? A: The staff. Q: Does ORLC operate this way? If not, how does it operate? A: Individuals or groups sometimes make decisions that leave the council, pastor or others out of the loop. Why does this matter? When there isn’t a clear process for making decisions and deciding who does what, things either fall through the cracks or they get done without involving those who should be involved. People get frustrated, angry and offended. Having processes in place could help avoid these pitfalls. Continues page 3
Interim Ministry Update – Cont. Other comments from the meeting: ~It was noted that people feel slighted or “out of the loop” when pleas for contributions are directed at individuals rather than the congregation as a whole. ~It was noted that some projects/repairs should have gone to council before the plans were carried out, and this can feel “disrespectful” to council members, ~It was suggested that people need to be encouraged to speak their minds AND offer solutions as well as complaints. ~It was suggested that regular gatherings similar to the “green talk” might help people learn to communicate better (which is also the goal of the Congregational Retreat being discussed for early next year). The “action items” from the meeting were that I would debrief with staff about the issues raised here, and that this information would be presented to the congregation. So here it is. Q: How can you help change the dynamics at ORLC? A: Each of us must answer this for ourselves.
Thank You Notes Thank-you to all who helped create the Advent Christmas environment in the sanctuary – Judie and Tom, Audrey, Helen and James, Fran and Stan, Sam; Cindy and the young people who lit up the Advent Spiral; and presented the Christmas eve play: Jeanette for working with me on the AdventEpiphany liturgy and coordinating Advent - Christmas décor before leaving for her mother’s memorial service; the social concerns and congregational activities committees for their extra work during the holidays. -Pr. Lori
- Lawrence H. Carroll
Save the Dates! Annual reports due to office by Jan. 6 Lay worship training/refresher class Jan 15 after worship Community Lunch Sat., Jan 21st Men’s breakfast @ Calvary Lutheran, Sat., Jan 28, 8 am Congregational Annual Meeting Jan 29 after worship (Lunch provided by council )
Claudia Anderson (Schizophrenia & anxiety) Calvin Burns (brother-in- law of Walter Johnson, on dialysis) Claude Chirolo (Mel Chirolo’s brother, cancer) Mel Chirolo (mourning the passing of Eva, his wife of 63 years) Cool Family (mourning the passing of their mother Josephine Cool) !"#$%&% Denelle Crespo (16 year-old teenage girl; gradually loosing her eye sight; cause unknown; family friend of Judie & Tom Oliver) Tylor, David, & Diane Flynn Patty Banegas (mourning the passing of her mother, Lorraine Gerdes) Ann Johnson (sister-in-law of Walter Johnson) Mike Lewis (the Quades’ son-in-law; cystic fibrosis) Betty Merellas (multiple medical problems) Niel Nielson (Parkinson’s) Sindy Olsen (mother-in-law of Beverly Boblitt’s grandson Devin; inoperable brain tumors) Dennis Quade (Parkinson’s) Timothy Repp (son of Kathy Repp, repeated strokes affecting his eye sight) Jay Sage (Will & Steve Kongle’s grandfather; multiple medical problems) Sauer Family Triggas Family (mourning the passing of Jim Triggas) Anna Van Nuys (wife of John Lutz’ father; cancer) Amodeo Family Pr. Mert Johnson Harper Mettenbrink Alex Eickmann Bishop Mark Holmerud If you wish to Add or Remove names please call the office 650-583-5622
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December Community Lunch - Judie Oliver We had 54 guests at our December Community Lunch. This was our Christmas lunch and we served Swedish meatballs, spinach salad with feta cheese and pomegranate seeds, peas and red velvet cake for dessert. Thanks to Barbara, Jo, Fran and Audrey for baking cakes and Fran for the homemade frosting. I would also like to thank those of you who provided special gifts for our holiday lunch – Christine (Julie Lutz’s caregiver) who made goodie bags for our guests, Darlene Marsh for the knitted hats and all of you who donated blankets, socks, coats and sweaters. It really made a difference in people’s lives. I would also like to extend a special thanks to Bob Everat for playing Christmas carols and choir members who sang along with our guests. It was so lovely to hear live music and beautiful voices to get us all in the Christmas spirit. As we wrap up the year, I tallied up our guest list. We served approximately 555 (not including the congregation) people over the course of the year. We average 46 people per month. That may not seem like much but when you consider how small our congregation is and how much we do for our community it’s phenomenal. We had a couple who walked from Serramonte Blvd in Daly City to the Salvation Army in South San Francisco only to find out they are not serving food until January. Fortunately they saw our sign and came back in time for lunch. This confirms how important our lunches are to the community and how desperate people are for a meal. Thank you all for your help and support throughout the year. We can’t do this without you and we make a big difference by bringing comfort and joy to so many. We are looking forward to the New Year as we continue to do God’s Work with Our Hands. The next luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2012. Set-up and food prep begins at 10:30 a.m, lunch is from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., with clean-up starting at 12:00. The menu will be Chicken Pot Pie, Salad, Rolls, Dessert, Fresh Fruit, Coffee/Tea or Lemonade. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. You can contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 650-488-0704.
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January (Mr.) Kok Hong See-Tho Clarence Santy Laura Ellison Alicia Garrison (Shirley Kongle’s granddt.)
Rev. David Rohrer Caroline Basil Larry Lutz Viola Basil Rev. Mary Rowe Doran Lambert Ashley Lynch
Our Redeemerʼs Lutheran Church 609 Southwood Drive So. San Francisco, CA 94080 Phone: 650-583-5622 Worship: Sunday 10:30am Interim Pastor Lori Eickmann Music Director Jeanette Cool Council President Helen Greenstrand Vice President Bill Zemke Secretary Audrey Rohm Treasurer Patty Banegas Financial Secretary Claudia Quade
20 | Ron Smrz (Shirley Kongle’s son-in-law)
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Megan Zemke Karen (Christine) Caturay Shirley Kongle Betty Merellas Gen Christine