MAY - 2011
VoL 65 No.5 Published Monthly
NEWSLETTER REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH 3640 River Park Drive Louisville, Kentucky 40211-2919 Pastor Tom Engel Church: (502)776-5945 Cell: (502)210-7662 Web Address: www.Redeemerlouky.com E-Mail: tomteefish@gmailcom Keeping it Real Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist who studied children to see how they developed in their thinking skills, told an interesting story. One day a little girl and her dad were walking, and the little girl saw a marble roll down the street. The little girl was happy that the she found a pretty marble. She told her dad, "Look how this marble rolled down right to me." The dad thought this would be a good time to explain to his daughter about the laws of gravity. He went into a very long and detailed explanation on the laws of gravity. After the explanation, the little girl looked at her dad and said, "I think the marble rolled to me because it wanted me to have it." Piaget tells this story to show that there are two explanations about how the marble came to the little girl-there is the real and the imagined. For me, even as a critical thinking adult, I am like the little girl, and I prefer the imagined in this situation. The imagined is more personal and sentimental. On that first Easter morning when the women came to the tomb, they were feeling real sorrow over the death ofJesus. Just on that Friday, they saw their Lord suffer and die a terrible death on the cross. His death was real, but Jesus did tell that He would rise on the third day. This news of His resurrection was as his death was, and they would soon see this reality as they found that the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty. As much as I like the little girl's explanation about the marble, our imaginations can get us in trouble. If the women believed Jesus' words when he foretold about His resurrection, they would have not been troubled by what they imagined to be the situation that Jesus was dead when He was indeed alive. Often our imaginations get the best of us, or at least they get mingled together with what is real enough so that we do not see the reality of what is truly happening. Have you ever had a bad stomachache during the night and thought that you were going to die? The reality is that you were not going to die, but as it is true the pain was bad, a sour stomach rarely causes death. Job thought God had left him after he lost all of his possessions and his family. There is no doubt that Job's pain was real, but God had not abandoned him. God's plan was to put Job through some things as tough as they might have been, so He could bring Job to even better things. In the storm on the sea, Peter was sinking, but it was in his fear of the waves that caused him to sink. As real as the waves were, Peter did not need to fear, for the reality of the situation is that Jesus was there to help him walk on the water. Peter would eventually come to the point of a strong faith when he saw Jesus' wounds after His resurrection. He needed to see what his faith was telling him, so he would not fear but come a bold disciple ofJ esus. As children and even for adults on real eerie nights, we are scared of the dark. But the dark really cannot hurt us; it is just what we imagined that is in the dark that we fear. But with a tum on the light, we can see that there is nothing to fear. (article continues on back of page .... )
(Article continues from front of page .. ...) King David knew how to keep things real. He knew that although he walked through the valley of the shadow of death, there was nothing to fear. He knew his Lord was with him every step of the way although he was close to death, but death could not hurt him because the Lord would be sure that David only got close enough to see its shadow, and shadows cannot cause harm. What happens is that we can imagine all kinds of things that are good and bad, and as much as I like and use a creative approach to problem solving and using our imaginations to help us to break through to discoveries of new things, our imaginations often tell us that situations are far worse then they seem. The women did not need to mourn Jesus' death because the reality of it all was that Jesus was alive. Christ's death and resurrection is a reality for us. There is no doubt that the pain in our life is very real, but we need to be sure what seems to be happening is not real. It may seem in our pain that God does not or even has abandoned us. It may seem that He is so far from us that His not caring for us in our darkest moments. But the reality is that God is near with the victory of Jesus' resurrection over all that can hurt us. I still like the little girl's explanation about the marble over the dad's long lecture about the laws of gravity, for I will always go with the imagination with feeling over dry and cold reasons. But when things seem to be going bad for us, we need to remember that Christ is with us with His resurrection. Christ's victory is our reality in every situation. Pastor
EASTER LILIES We would like to thank the following who donated lilies to the glory of God on Easter Sunday: Sheila Renn Herman N. Miesner Chris & Marcia Hermann in honor of Dick & Mary Mangeot, and John & Bernice Hermann. Homer & Geraldine Holland in memory ofMary & Eddie Lunsford. The Randolphs in memory of Don Randolph. Nina Harris in memory of Walter Harris and Lamont Griffith. George & Carole Shramovich in memory ofHerman A. & Ellen E. Miesner. Michael Hollins Jerry & Sharon Sauer Ken & Ellen Stice in memory of Roscoe & Mildred Stice and Donnie Stice. Tom & Fran Miesner Karen Krigger Sandy Barron John & Kathleen Haeker
Ladies Ruth Circle - Watch bulletins for next scheduled meeting. Dorcas Circle's Dinner Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 6: 15 p.m. at Cunningham Restaurant, 630 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY. (587-0526). ITEMS for sale - The Dorcas Circle has light weight brooms and dishcloths in stock. Brooms cost: $7.50 each and dishcloths are $l.25 each. If you are interested in purchasing a broom or dish cloths, see Ellen Stice. Aluminum Recycling - Continue to save your aluminum and bring it to church. Proceeds received will be used for capital improvements for the church buildings. Soup labels - Continue to save all your Campbell Soup product labels and box tops from General Mills cereals and products. Bring labels and box tops to church and place in narthex. Pull Tabs - aluminum pull-tabs found on beverage cans can be brought & placed in narthex for Ronald McDonald House. The Food Pantry is open the fourth Wednesday of the month from 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. The Food Pantry is ALWAYS in need of contributions - rice and pasta in pound packages and jars/cans of spaghetti/pasta sauce, canned goods such as vegetables, beans, fruits, peanut butter and tuna are always needed. As always, thanks for your continuing support of this Redeemer outreach initiative. Monetary gifts are also greatly appreciated! Any and all donations are appreciated. Thanks! For your information: The first Sunday of every month tile congregational members are invited to bring items for the food pantry. Plastic Grocery Bags - Bring all your useable, clean plastic grocery bags to church to be used for the food pantry. The Food Pantry would like donations of paperback books to be distributed on Food Pantry Wednesdays. Remember our home-bound Mattie Bass Samuel Robinson Juanita Scott Norma Ott Doris McCool Jeanette Grewe Frieda Krueger (out of town)
Blood Pressure Checks - The Wellness Committee will conduct Blood Pressure Checks on the following Sundays beginning at 11:00 a.m.: May 15
(Note: lfyou need to get in touch with Pastor Engel, call his cell phone at 502-210-7662.)
The Lutheran Hour can be heard every Sunday morning on radio station WHAS 84 AM at 6:30 a.m.
A 2011 Year Flower Chart is on the door between the fellowship hall and the narthex of the church. Flowers can be placed on the altar in memory of a loved ones, in celebration of Baptisms, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings, Graduations, etc. The cost of the flowers is $25.00. Several families or individuals can go together in placing flowers on the altar. Envelopes for payment are located next to the flower chart. The following dates are still open: June 19; July 3, 24; August 7, 14; October 30; November 6, 20; December 4, 11.
May Birthdays 4 - Marcella Oldham 5 - Renee Yore 8 - Kathie Tyrrell 9 - Ralph Trueblood 13 - Susie Carter 16 - Troy Windhorst 18 - Michael Geddes Tony Sauer 21 - Pamela Barnett 25 - Doris Swain 30 - AmyRenn
June Birthdays May Wedding Anniversaries 1 - April Ellis 21 - Eddie & Helen Jackson (45th) 7 - Jerry Sauer, Jr. 23 - Scott & April Ellis (13th) Vilis Yore 24 - Paul & Bettie Miesner (36th) 9 - Karen Schumacher 31 - Wayne & Daphne Jones (25th) 11 - Carolyn Randolph 12 - George Shramovich Eileen Wallace June Wedding Anniversaries 13 - Michael Hollins 5 - Farmer & Ruth Malone (1st) Sarah Frederick 7 - Gerald & Heather Oliver (8th) 14 - Logan Scott 10 - Mark & Sheila Renn (22nd) 16 - Amber Littrell 15 - Kenneth & Ellen Stice (48th) 24 - Jess & Sarah Metzmeier (5th) 18 - Trevor Geddes 23 - Wayne Krigger 29 - George & Carole Shramovich 28 - Doris Koshewa (43rd) 29 - Clayton Engel 30 - Leonard & Myra Veregge (4th) 30 - Olga Wood Dee Carter Hospitalized in April Death Melvin Young Bryant, Sr., father of Karen Krigger, Juanita Scott died Wednesday, April 20, 2011. His funeral was Jerry Sanders, father of Cynthia Lewis held on Monday, April 25. Mother's Day Breakfast - The men of Redeemer are again sponsoring a Breakfast, Sunday, May 8, beginning at 9:15 - 9:55 a.m. in the fellowship hall, honoring mothers. Everyone is welcome! Free will offering will be received. On Sunday, May 8, during the Christian Growth and Fellowship period, the Board of Education would like to meet with persons who have participated in "CGF" discussion groups during the past eight months and persons who have not. We would particularly like to learn from members of the congregation what was successful about the program and where improvements should be made. Please join this group after the service on Sunday, May 8th. The Board of Education would like to thank the ladies who have prepared the refreshments for the Christian Growth and Fellowship program over the last eight months. They've spoiled us with their delicious offerings each Sunday. Thanks to C. J. Fletcher-Thomas, Sandy Barron, Pat Coppage and Sophie Krigger who coordinated their efforts. The Community Festival & Health Fair will be held on Saturday, June 18, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. We will have a yard sale at the festival. Please donate your good useable household items, decor, toys, ladies accessories (purses, jewelry, belts), linens, towels, washcloths, etc. No Clothes please. You can start bringing your items by May 1st. The 13th Annual Lutheran Family Services Golf Scramble will be held this year on Saturday, June 25th, 2011, at Tanglewood Golf Course in Taylorsville, KY. Check in and lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. with tee off at 1:30 p.m. Anyone interested may contact LFSK at 899-5991 for registration or other information.
2011 GRADUATES Eric Schumacher will graduate from Purdue University with a Bachelor Degree in Computer Graphics Technology and a manor in Organization Leadership and Supervision. Jonathan Krigger will graduate in the Honors Program at University ofLouisville with a degree in Philosophy and Political Science and 2 manors. Amanda Grau will graduate from North Bullitt High School She plans to attend Murray State University in the fall Amy Renn will graduate from Easter High School She plans to attend Murray State University in the fall studying Equine Management. Kayla Krigger will graduate from the 8th grade at the Brown School She will attend Brown High School in the fall Emily Grau will graduate from Freedom Elementary School She will attend Hebron Middle School in the fall
Lawn Maintenance - We need volunteers to help with the cutting of the church lawn. We have a sign up sheet on the door between the narthex and the fellowship hall. For more information call Tom Miesner, 239-6063) or Jerry Sauer (895-2085). Shawnee Neighborhood Fresh Stop - Fresh Stop by New Roots (non-profit organization) will have organic food program at Redeemer the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month from June to October, beginning June 9th. See brochure.
CAMP CEDARBROOK Camp Cedarbrook will once again be hosting a Friday Night Fish Fry on the 3rd Friday of each month, May thru October. This year there will be some changes to our event. In particular, we will not be serving desserts with our meals. We have elected to offer our churches the opportunity to use this as a fundraiser for any groups in their congregation. Sign-up will be first come first serve. Please inform your youth leaders, preschool leaders, MOPS groups or any other group of this opportunity. Last year, which was our first year after many years of no fish frys, we averaged 100 guests per event. We hope to average at least 150 this year with broader advertising both inside the church and outside. This years dates are: May 20, June 17, July 15th (Family Fun Day and Combole event on July 16th also), August 19th, September 16th, and October 21 s1. Serving times are from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me at 502-415-0316. Thanks Craig Warren, Cedarbrook President (Directions to Camp Cedarbrook - Take 1-64 west from Louisville, exit at Lanesville, turn left (south), turn left at the first crossroad, (1 block). The camp is 1/2 mile down Old Corydon Pike on the right.)
Church History Items Wanted We are only two years away from Redeemer's milestone 125th anniversary, and are starting to look for some specific anniversary materials. If you believe you can help, please see Eric Schumacher.
Church Videos: Eric has begun transferring VHS videos of past church functions to DVD to a) archive and preserve them for the future, and b) to create a church history video for both the anniversary, and for permanent viewing on the internet. Anyone having videos of services or special functions such as Gong Shows, Men's Club Roasts, Community Festivals, etc., please see Eric. He can copy VHS, DVDs, and even Beta tapes. Transfer of old 8-16mm films can also be arranged if anyone has any. Confirmation Pictures: The church has a collection of confirmation class pictures, but there are many holes we would like to fill. These are years we currently have photos of: 1890,1904,1911,1914,1915,1932, 1934, 1936, 1941 , 1947, 1948, 1950, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967,1976,1978,1985,1986,1987,1988,1989, 1997, 1998, 1999,2001,2003,2005, 2007, and 2010. If you have photos of any classes NOT listed, please see Eric. All of the photos listed can currently be seen on the church's website in our "Photo Album," listed under "History, Media, and Archives." St. James Items: We have very few items related to the history of St. James. (One vintage exterior photo of the building at 39th and Greenwood, and the dedication bulletin.) Any photographs or documents we could copy would be very much appreciated. Please see Eric. Sf. James Oral History Project: With so few physical reminders of St. James history, Eric is wanting to create an oral history of the congregation with any and all who were members. Participants would sit down with him for a video interview about their involvement and favorite memories of the church. Interviews can be conducted singularly, or as a group, and can be filmed at church, participants' homes, or wherever else would be most convenient. The interviews will be compiled into a history video, and will also be used for any future written history.
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Voter's Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 15, with the Election of Officers for the 2011-2012, following the worship service. Mark Your Calendars! - Wine & Cheese Auction is scheduled for Sunday, September 18. Watch for more information. Health Fair & Street Festival is schedule for Saturday, June 18, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Breast Cancer Screening...
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.SUNDAY Food Pantry/Other 9:15 a.m. Gathering 9:45-10;00 a.m. Worship Service w/Com. 10:00 am Guest Pastor: Rev. Harold Linn Food Pantry Collection Fellowship 11-11:15 a.m. "CGF" 11:15-12:00 Noon Deacons 12:00 Noon
Choir Rehearsal 9:00 Food Pantry/Other 9:15 Mother's Day Breakfast 9:15 a..m. Gathering 9:45-10 a.m. Worship Service 10:00 Youth Choir 11:00-11:15 Sunday School/Conf'. 11:15 a.m. "CGF" Infonnational Meeting 11:00 a.m. Choir ReheaiSal9-:0Q a.m. Food Pantry/Other 9:15 Gathering 9:45-10 a.m. Worship Service w/Com. 10:00 a.m. Blood Pressure Checks 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday 4:15-6:00 p.m. .
Church Oeaning! Workday
Camp Cedarbrook Fish Fry 4:30-7:00
Youth Choir 11:00-11:15 am. Swtday SchooUCon 11:15 a.m. VOTERS MEETINGlElections
Choir Rehearsa19:00 a.m. Foof Pantry/Other 9:15 a.m. Gathering 9:45-10 am. Worship Service 10:00 am. Youth Choir 11:00-11:15 am. SWlday School/Conf. 11:15
DinnerMtl: 6:15 p.rn. Cunningharns on 4th Street
Choir Rehearsal 9:00 am. Food Pantry/Other 9:15 Gathering 9:45-10 am. Worsldp Service 10:00 am. Youth. Choir 11:00-11:15 a.m. SWlday School/Con! 11:15 am. L WLM 5th SWlday
Food Pantry! HIV Testing 9:00-10:30 am.
Serving in May: Com. Assist: John Coppage Lay Reader: Tony Arnold Acolytes: Elizabeth Grau Kayla Krigger Altar Guild : Sharon Sauer Bettie ~esp.er
Ushers: Eric Sclluffiacher Chris Hennann l\fichae1 Hollins Herman l\1iesner Eric Wahl Jonathan Krigger
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