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The Spirit of Saint Paul A R ECONCILING April 2018

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C HRIST C OMMUNITY Volume 53, Issue 4


St. Paul Lutheran Church A Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Community Office Hour Information: Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 12:00pm Monday - Thursday: 1:00pm - 4:00pm Phone: 505-242-5942 Email: info@StPaulABQ.org Website: www.StPaulABQ.org

CALICO BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL Phone: 505-242-4504 Email: calico@StPaulABQ.org

SUNDAY SERVICE 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion

PERSONNEL BRIDGE INTERIM PASTOR Pr. Fred Schott 609-731-2397, fredschottsf1014@comcast.net SENIOR PASTOR Pr. Kristi Koppel DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES Seth Hartwell ORGANIST Beverly Pettit OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR AnnaMarie Padilla CALICO BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR Linda Conjurske

Saint Paul Lutheran Church, as a community of faith in Christ, is radically welcoming, strives for justice, and loves its neighbors as itself.


Table of Contents From The Pastor ............................................................................................... 2 From The Congregation President ................................................................... 4 Adopted Families .............................................................................................. 5 Be Careful of what you leave Lying Around ..................................................... 5 2018 Directories are Available for Pickup ....................................................... 6 Adult Faith Formation ...................................................................................... 6 Albuquerque Interfaith ...................................................................................... 6 Cakes for Las Vegas.......................................................................................... 7 Calling All Bakers! ........................................................................................... 7 Camino De Vida ............................................................................................... 7 Calico Butterfly Preschool ................................................................................ 8 Calendar ......................................................................................................... 10 Worship Volunteers........................................................................................ 12 Do You Like to Spend Money? ........................................................................ 14 Easter Breakfast .............................................................................................. 14 Friends Feeding Friends................................................................................. 14 Fellowship Dinner Groups Re-Established..................................................... 15 Farewell to Pastor Fred Schott ....................................................................... 16 Greeting Pr. Koppel ........................................................................................ 16 Inreach Task Force ........................................................................................ 17 Lutheran Family Services Needs Supplies ...................................................... 17 Movie Night..................................................................................................... 18 New Members ................................................................................................. 18 Postponed Indoor Cleanup Day ..................................................................... 19 Quilt Donation / Gift Success.......................................................................... 19 St. Paul Received ........................................................................................... 19 St. Paul Sewing Group .................................................................................... 20 Theology on Tap ............................................................................................ 20 Words of Appreciation from Dr. Wilson William ............................................ 21 Youth News ..................................................................................................... 22 Pastor’s Report to the Council ....................................................................... 23 Council Highlights .......................................................................................... 24 Congregation Council ..................................................................................... 25

BULLETIN & NEWSLETTER DEADLINES (except as otherwise noted)

SUNDAY BULLETIN: Each Wednesday at 9 a.m. MAY NEWSLETTER: April 15th at 9 a.m.


FROM THE PASTOR Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, Eucharist “A rose is a rose is a rose,” said Gertrude Stein. “A rose by another name would smell as sweet,” wrote William Shakespeare. And, no matter by what name you call it, the sacrament instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper and perpetuated by his followers continues to be the same means of grace in which we receive the body and blood of the living Christ and the assurance of our forgiveness. But, while each name refers to the same sacrament, each name signifies a different aspect of this one sacrament. Naming this sacrament as the Lord’s Supper reminds us that this is Jesus’ meal. Jesus is the host – we are the guests. This is the Lord’s Table, to which we are invited and welcomed and at which we receive what our host has prepared for us. As invited guests at a meal the food we eat is the result of our host’s labor. Here, at the Lord’s Supper, we receive the results of Jesus‘ labor in his ministry and his crucifixion – the forgiveness of sin and God’s welcome. Naming this sacrament “The Lord’s Supper” also reminds us that in the beginning the early followers of Jesus observed this sacrament in the context of a real meal in which the blessing and sharing of the bread and wine were a part. Today we only sing about this being a “feast of celebration” but in the beginning it was celebrated as a feast. Naming this sacrament as Holy Communion signifies that in participating in it and in receiving the bread and wine we are in intimate heart-to-heart relationship (communion) with the one who alone is holy – the one triune God who is incarnate in Jesus and present with us. Communion is defined as the sharing and exchange of intimate thoughts and feelings between two parties, especially on a spiritual level. Naming this sacrament as a communion that is holy signifies that as we receive the body and blood of Jesus, in – through – and under the bread and wine, we are in intimate relationship with God who knows our hearts and minds through and through. It is this understanding of the sacrament we see reflected in the posture of kneeling and the attitude of quiet reverence with which some persons receive the sacrament. The name Eucharist comes from the Greek word meaning “thanksgiving.” The ancient and traditional prayers offered before the consecrated bread and wine are distributed were prayers of thanksgiving, often beginning with “W e give thanks to you A lmighty God ...”. While many of the “Eucharistic” prayers used today do not begin with “We give you thanks,” they are still clearly prayers of thanksgiving. The Communion part of the liturgy is called “The Great Thanksgiving” in the ELW, and in the opening responses the people are called on to “give thanks to the Lord our God.” Naming this sacr ament as the Euchar ist, or the 2

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Thanksgiving, emphasizes our gratitude for all God’s blessings and especially for what God has given us in Jesus Christ the Son. Eucharist – Thanksgiving denotes a more joyous and celebrative mood than does the term “Holy Communion.” However, there can be a subtle misconception hidden in the name Eucharist or Thanksgiving. While giving thanks is something that we do, the dynamic of the sacrament clearly remains from God to us. Even when the sacrament is called “thanksgiving” it is still God doing for us – not our doing for God; it is still God giving to us – not our giving to God. At St. Paul church the bread and wine are brought to the table at the offertory, along with the gifts of money that have been gathered from the worshipers. (While we often refer to the central sanctuary fixture as the altar, it is in truth a table on which is set a meal and around which a meal – the Lord’s Supper – is shared. In the Bible world, altars are for offering up sacrifices, but here we offer no sacrifice to God. Here we receive the fruit of God’s (Christ’s) sacrifice for us. This practice of bringing the elements to the table can emphasize that the bread and wine that we are using in the sacrament are in fact regular bread and wine. This practice is especially appropriate since our bread is loaf bread and not special wafers. The point is that the bread and wine used in the sacrament are not special holy bread and wine that have been made in a special holy way and come from a special holy place. The bread and wine are ordinary bread and wine that might under other circumstances be eaten for lunch, but here, in this sacrament, the living Jesus comes to us through what is common and ordinary and thereby renders them special and holy. It is the same dynamic we confess in the incarnation when God the Son becomes truly human and comes, not in a special divine body, but in a fully human body. However, even when the bread and wine are brought to the table along with the gifts of money, we must remember that these are God’s gifts to us. These are not our gifts that we bring to God as our offerings. This sacrament is not our offering to God; it is God offering himself to us. In some congregations the practice is for the bread and wine to be present on the communion table throughout the service. Such an arrangement – having the bread and wine already present on the communion table - is a clear statement that what we are to receive is God’s gift, set out and ready for us. In some congregations the bread and wine are sitting to one side on a small table (a credence table) and are brought to the central communion table when the sacramental part of the service is about to begin. This practice also signals that what we are to receive is God’s gift. When someone invites us to dinner, sometimes the meal is already set out on the table, and sometimes the food is only brought to the table when we are ready to eat. 3

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“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” and the sacrament instituted by Jesus at the Last Supper, by whatever name, is still the means of grace in which we receive the body and blood of the living Jesus, the assurance of forgiveness, and God’s welcome. I grew up among other Christians whose worship service included an “altar call” – an invitation to come forward as a way of reaffirming your acceptance of Jesus as your Lord and Savior. In our liturgy each Sunday, coming forward to receive the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, Eucharist is in fact our affirmation of faith in which we actually receive Jesus, our Lord and Savior, in, through and under the bread and wind. Pastor Fred Schott, Interim Bridge Pastor

FROM THE CONGREGATION PRESIDENT The month of April is going to be an eventful and exciting time for St. Paul Lutheran Church. It begins with the celebration of Easter, the high point of the Christian calendar. The day will include Breakfast served by and for the benefit of our youth, followed by a Festival Worship Service with Special Music to herald Christ’s Resurrection. On the following Sunday, April 8th, we will receive and welcome several new members into our fellowship. Most of the people involved have been with us for months, but this will be an opportunity to officially recognize their association with St. Paul. The 15th will be Pastor Fred Schott’s last Sunday as our Bridge Interim Pastor. There will be a special celebration following worship to recognize and thank Pr. Fred for his 6 months of service with us. Also, worship on that day will involve a partnering with musicians from our sister congregation at All Saints Lutheran Church. We are Church Better Together! Pastor Ryan Roberts will serve as Presiding Minister on the 22nd, as we transition and prepare for new pastoral leadership. Finally, April 29th is the day we have been anticipating for almost two years, when Rev. Kristi Koppel will officially take over as our new Pastor. It will be another occasion for celebration and thanksgiving for a new chapter in the life of St. Paul. I look forward to our future together. Paul Thompson, Congregation Council President 4


ADOPTED FAMILIES By Kay Schoenefeld A single mom called St. Paul looking for help with a large utility bill. She has four kids (from 9 months to 10 years old) and is taking classes at CNM, with a goal of becoming a social worker. She hadn't been able to work for a while so she got behind with her payments. Because the people of St. Paul were quite generous in their donations recently, we were able to make a big dent in her bill, preventing her electricity from being turned off. She thanked me very heartily. A single dad we helped a year ago found himself in a bind with his utility bill. He had been working two jobs but health issues (diabetes) forced him to cut back to one job. He was quite embarrassed to ask for help but he was also very thankful that we paid his bill. Our "moving crew" picked up several pieces of furniture from several different donors and made deliveries to a variety of recipients, all of whom were very happy to get some "new stuff". Things like beds, sofas, kitchen tables, etc. can be such a boost to people who are struggling. Cheri, who works at the storage unit, reports that we really need towels and we are low on pots and pans, silverware and cleaning supplies. We also have a special need for women's medium adult diapers. We can always use personal hygiene items (e.g., toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, deodorant), furniture, toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, TVs, sheets, blankets, bath towels, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, cleaning supplies, lamps, and anything else useable. If you have large items to donate, call Kay to arrange for pickup; bring small items to the narthex coatroom (by the Adopted Families sign). To donate money, make checks payable to St. Paul, mark them for Adopted Families and place them in the Sunday offering or church office. Thank you for supporting our families. Members: Kay Schoenefeld, Cheri & Ted Parson, Dave & Susan Lund, Pat Curtin, Bill & Paula Eglinton, Randy & Marsha Kearney, Fred & Helen Disque, Paul & Mary Thompson, Hal & Cheryl Schultz

BE CAREFUL OF WHAT YOU LEAVE LYING AROUND Please be sure to hide all valuables from view in your vehicles at all times. Unfortunately, we had a car broken into because a cell phone was left visible. -AnnaMarie Padilla 5


2018 DIRECTORIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICKEUP Directories can now be picked up in the Church Office during office hours only, no directories will be mailed out. In order to protect the privacy of our members, only members and regular active participants will be able to pick up a directory. If you can only make it to St. Paul on Sundays, please contact the Church office, and ask the volunteer to reserve a directory for you for Sunday. They will write your name on a copy and place it in the Welcome Center for you to pick up. Thank you! -AnnaMarie Padilla

ADULT FAITH FORMATION In April, we'll have the opportunity to hear about ministries around town and as far away as Madagascar.  April 8—St. Paul member Jim Sattler, who is with the city's Open Space

Division, discusses (with video backup!) his work with open spaces and how you can be involved.  April 15—Pastor Bre Roberts, the new campus pastor at UNM and

CNM, shares the latest news from Lutheran Campus Ministry.  April 22—Claire Lewis, parish worker at our sister congregation

Camino de Vida, discusses their ministries with the help of some impressive videos she produced.  April 29—Rijasoa Andriamanana updates us on her ever-expanding

teacher education project in Madagascar. It's quite a smorgasbord of topics, but these presentations will give a taste of some of the far-flung ministries St. Paul is already engaged in. Food for thought, for sure! Adult Faith Development meets most Sunday mornings after service in the Conference Room. Everyone is welcome. -Bob Matthews

ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH A.I. is preparing for the "interim" legislative committees that will be meeting this summer and fall as they prepare for the state Legislature 60 day session starting in mid-January, 2019. With mental/behavioral health services high on A.I.'s agenda, research actions with key legislators and local officials are taking place and preparations being made for "public comment" at those interim committees. Similar concerns and actions are also happening in the area of public education. Locally, research actions with public officials are happening regarding the safety and preservation of our neighborhoods. All of this will lead A.I. to a Delegates Assembly in 6


the fall, and an Accountability Assembly with the candidates for Governor. Watch for upcoming events as we work on the issues that our member institutions have identified in their conversations, one-on-one and in small groups . -Ivan Westergaard

CAKES FOR LAS VEGAS Every year St. Paul Lutheran, Highland High School Culinary Department and St. Luke Lutheran join forces and bake cakes for the Behavioral Health Center in Las Vegas, New Mexico. These cakes are used for the patient's birthdays or on days when they are feeling low. This project will start on April 8th, the Sunday after Easter. Watch for more information in future bulletins on Sundays. -Sharon Hamilton

CALLING ALL BAKERS! If you like to bake and would like to share your talent, I’d like to invite you to join our communion bread baking group. We have several great recipes and typically, your turn to bake comes up about every other month. The schedule can be adjusted if there are dates that you’re unavailable. The bread is fairly easy to make, and not only is it a rewarding experience to help St. Paul in this capacity, but you will enjoy the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread throughout your house. If you are interested, but not an experienced bread baker, one of our bakers, Mandy Wang, has generously offered to teach any bakers how to bake the bread. If you have any questions, please contact me at 505-264-6424 or inkimage@swcp.com or kanpeterson@aol.com. Please join us! -Kristie Peterson

CAMINO DE VIDA Our Hispanic/Latino ministry with the Presbyterians continues to be very busy with a variety of activities just about every day of the week and very lively church school and worship on Sundays. For Lent, they had a prayer and devotion service on Wednesday evenings. Their Bible Study on Friday evenings continues to draw a large crowd. They are exploring offering literacy classes, as some folks are limited in their reading and writing skills. "English as a First Language" classes continue. The "Fence Project" is almost set to happen. Donations have come in, including the $2500 from St. Paul (approved by the Congregation Council in February), so that they can proceed on the project. After the December break-ins, the fence really became a necessity. About $22,000 was raised. 7


Come to the Adult Faith Formation class on Sunday, April 22, and meet Claire Lewis, a young adult volunteer with the Presbyterian Church USA. She will share her experience of working with Camino de Vida ministry and show videos of their programs and of the break-in. Join us at 10:45 a.m. in the Conference Room. -Ivan Westergaard

Last month brought much excitement for our children and families. They got to hunt for eggs and even got a surprise visit from a very tricky and slightly mischievous leprechaun. The children enjoyed laughing and, of course, finding gold coins in their cubbies. As we go forward with our current school year, we are continually grateful for the amazing opportunity to serve the children and families who are part of our center. This month, the children will be learning about nature, our planet, things that happen on a farm, and about things that grow in our world. Our preschoolers will be talking about different jobs on a farm and participating in planting activities where they can watch things grow. Our younger children will be making nature collages and practicing the many animal sounds they could hear on a farm. Curriculum Theme: Nature, Plants Grow Too, Our Planet, On the Farm Bible Memory Verse: Psalm 118:24 - This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. We will be hosting an Earth Day Planting Family Event on April 19th. We will have lots of potting soil and things to plant available for families to dig into with their children. It is our hope that the families will take their creations home and plant them in their own yards or elsewhere in the environment! IMPORTANT DATES ď‚ˇď€ April 19 - 3:00 pm: Ear th Day Planting Family Event We welcome 9 new children to Calico Butterfly so far this year! We currently have openings in our infant through twos classrooms. Please contact us at (505) 242-4504 or Calico@StPaulABQ.org for information.

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COOKING WITH KIDS: EARTH DAY SNACK INGREDIENTS  Half a cucumber  1 slice of red apple  2 mini pretzel sticks  1 large pretzel stick  2 mini heart cutters in different sizes, or a sharp kitchen knife DIRECTIONS 1. Slice your cucumber into thin rounds. Take your larger heart cutter and cut hearts out of the cucumber. If your heart cutter is the right size, all that should be left is the skin. 2. Take the remaining skin and using your smallest heart cutter, cut several hearts out of the skin. 3. Grab your slice of red apple, and using the larger heart cutter, cut out 1 heart. 4. On a plate, place the largest pretzel stick as a tree trunk and the 2 mini pretzel sticks as tree branches. 5. Arrange your cucumber hearts around the tree and put your 1 red apple heart in there too. Don’t worry too much about what the tree look like. The important thing to focus on is the process of making something yummy and healthy together! -Linda Conjurske, Calico Butterfly Director

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Worship Voluntee APRIL 1

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Presiding Pastor

Pr. Fred Schott

Pr. Fred Schott

Assisting Minister

Jan Krakow

Jonathan Ice

Communion Assistants

Linda Cronk Phyllis Lynn Else Tasseron

Linda Cronk Phyllis Lynn Jan Krakow

Lectors

Clark McLean

Else Tasseron

Acolytes

Rotsy Josoa Isabella Wilkerson

Chase Keller Lauren Keller

Altar/Sacristy Care

Sharon Hamilton Marlys Weinhold Robyn Schlegel Kristie Peterson

Else Tasseron Robyn Schlegel Vera Rhee

Worship Adventures

Shirley Nilsson

Seth Hartwell Jim Graf

Ushers Greeters Friendship Corner

Easter Breakfast

Ruth Monteverdi’s 90th New Member Sunday

Welcome Center

Matt Pettersen

Karla Ice

Communion Bread

Mandy Wang

Phyllis Lynn

Stephen Minister

Paula Eglinton

Terry Cole

Counters

Roger Hein Jeff Peterson Katherine Boissiere Sharon Hamilton Else Tasseron

Judy Lalani Kevin Blackerby Becky Scheib Chuck Yaple

REMINDER: April Schedules are due on March 15th. If you need mo


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Pr. Fred Schott

Pr. Ryan Roberts

Pr. Kristi Koppel

Hal Nilsson

Terry Cole

Shirley Nilsson

Kathy Callahan Shirley Nilsson Mino Rakotoarijaona

Rado Josoa Rindra Josoa Linda Cronk

Luana Carey Paula Eglinton Kelly Hardison

Ivan Westergaard

Patrick Rabezanany

LaVonne Winther

Rado Josoa Rindra Josoa

Diana Mullen Rojo Josoa

Rado Josoa Rindra Josoa

Diane Remer-Thamert Robyn Schlegel Kathy Callahan

Marlys Weinhold Sharon Hamilton Nancy Matthews Kevin Blackerby

Sharon Hamilton Marlys Weinhold Robyn Schlegel

Cheryl Schultz

Seth Hartwell

Seth Hartwell

Pastor Fred’s Farewell Party

TBD

Welcome Pastor Kristi

Becky Scheib

Nancy Jenkins

Ruth Monteverdi

Margy Wienbar

Cheryl Schultz

Pat Montague

Paula Eglinton

Greg Flynn

Paula Eglinton

Margy Wienbar Jan Bowers Sue Margison Carl Scheiber Patty Crown Chip Wills

Hal Nilsson Shirley Nilsson Luana Carey Kay Fulton Herb Korff Becky Dusenberry

Roger Hein Jeff Peterson Katherine Boissiere Sharon Hamilton Else Tasseron

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-Thank you, AnnaMarie Padilla


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DO YOU LIKE TO SPEND MONEY? It is that time again, to decide how to give some of the proceeds from our endowment away to organizations and projects taking place in our community. If you have a special project or organization and you want to have a voice in how this money is spent, please join the Benevolence Team on Tuesday, April 17th at 4:30 pm in the Conference Room of St. Paul, or contact Sharon Hamilton. - Sharon Hamilton

EASTER BREAKFAST The Easter Breakfast was a huge success again this year! Nearly 100 plates of yummy casserole, ham, and fruits were served (with jello!), and children had fun hitting the piñata in the fellowship hall! $460 of free-will offering was collected to help send our youth to Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp this summer. The youth and their parents would like to give a big “thank you” to the congregation members who provided food items, came for breakfast, and donated money. Your contribution in many ways made the event a great turnout. The following people are specially acknowledged for their extra steps: Kathie and Peter B.; Mino, Patrick, and Gabriel R.; Vanessa and Eleanor H.; Hannah, Elke, and Kira P.; Dana and Diana M.; Nancy J.; Chuck Y.; Nina and Bella W.; Kikao, Rado, Rindra, Rotsy, and Rojo J. -Rijasoa Andriamanana

FRIENDS FEEDING FRIENDS Friends Feeding Friends served the first Thursday of March and we had enough food to serve everyone. We served about 110 clients who enjoyed spaghetti, lasagna, salad, bread, cookies and fruit. It smelled wonderful and the clients were very appreciative. We had enough servers: Hal and Cheryl Schultz, Jose Duran, Luana Carey, Paul Thompson, Kay Fulton, and Nancy Jenkins. I want to apologize to Pat Montague for not listing his name in the members of my FFF group in the Annual Report. Pat has faithfully served FFF for several years as a cook and server. If I missed anyone else, I deeply apologize. If you would like to become a member of one of the teams that prepare and serve food, please contact Nancy Jenkins at 505-269-0855. -Nancy Jenkins

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FELLOWSHIP DINNER GROUPS RE-ESTABLISHED!! On February 18th a group of interested folks gathered in Fellowship Hall for a potluck supper to see if they could reorganize and reinvigorate St. Paul’s Fellowship Dinner Groups. By the end of their time together they’d created groups for the whole of 2018, with a series of Spring gatherings proposed for March, April and May as well as Fall gatherings in September, October and November. And here are those groups, with the group coordinator for each listed first: Spring Group One: Alicia and Greg Ruch-Flynn, Nancy & Bob Matthews, Nancy Jenkins, Jan Krakow, Betty Hutchinson & Linda Cronk Spring Group Two: Jonathon & Karla Ice, Linda Fitzgerald & Ivan Westergaard, Sue Margison, Else Tasseron, Matt & Susan Simonds Spring Group Three: Shirley & Hal Nilsson, Ashleigh Maus & Lexi Velazquez, Jeff & Hannah Peterson, Judy Lalani, Becky Scheib, Fall Group One: Becky Scheib, Jeff & Hannah Peterson, Else Tasseron, Nancy & Bob Matthews, Judy Lalani Fall Group Two: Nancy Jenkins, Matt & Susan Simonds, Shirley & Hal Nilsson, Linda Fitzgerald & Ivan Westergaard Fall Group Three: Sue Margison, Betty Hutchinson & Linda Cronk, Jan Krakow, Ashleigh Maus &Lexi Velazquez, Alicia & Greg Ruch-Flynn. For the first dinner meeting in March coordinators were in touch with their group members to set up an initial date, time and place to meet. By the time you read this it’s likely that all of those groups will have had their first dinner together. One of the biggest difficulties for everyone interested in participating in these groups, given the busy lives we all lead, is setting a date to meet that works for everyone. We spent some time talking about that issue and the fact of the matter is that it rarely will work for everyone. So flexibility, as in all things, is key and knowing that you might not be able to make one dinner but hopefully being able to make the rest, keeps folks participating. The groups have been encouraged to invite others to join them at any time, so if you have an interest in participating but were unable to commit or unsure about committing at the time of the original gathering, feel free to jump in at any time. All you have to do is call one of the coordinators 15

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and hop on board! It continues to be a good way of getting to know some of those we perhaps don't know all that well so far, and to simply strengthen our community of St. Paul. While Carol Ann and I are not officially coordinating this endeavor, we remain available to field questions or assist in any way if needed. Sue Margison, & Carol Ann Sorensen Fellowship Dinner Coordinators

FAREWELL TO PASTOR FRED SCHOTT Our Interim Bridge Pastor, Fred Schott’s, last Sunday with us will be Sunday, April 15th. We’d like to show him our appr eciation for having led, guided, and cared for us over these past several months while we continued to seek a new pastor, via our hard-working Call Committee. Some folks have expressed a desire to have something other than a sheet cake at our farewell gathering with him after service on that Sunday. It was suggested by one of our congregants that we have a “Cookie Bar” for a change. So… We’re asking all St. Paul members who are willing to do so, to bake and bring one dozen of their favorite cookie recipe to contribute to our Cookie Bar experience. And for those who are worried that we might just end up with way too many cookies, two thoughts: 1) One can NEVER have too many cookies; and 2) If we have any left-overs they will be frozen and kept for a future Friendship Corner offering of goodies. So ladies and gentlemen, please start your baking!! -Sue Margison

GREETING PR. KOPPEL I don’t know about you but, one of the first things I noticed about our new Pastor, Kristi Koppel, when I met her for the first time was the purple streak in her hair. And I remember thinking to myself at that moment, “Oh, this is gonna’ be interesting!!” And of course she then referenced it during her subsequent presentation to us, even offering to share her hair dye with us. Well I think we should get the jump on her and give her a really personal and warm welcome to St. Paul when she first appears with us on Sunday, April 29th. To that end, and with that pur pose in mind, I have procured four cans of purple hair spray dye that can be easily washed out with shampoo and water as soon as one is tired of sporting the look. And I’m asking all good-natured and willing St. Paul congregants to avail themselves of the opportunity, when you get to church that morning, to add a streak of purple to your hair. And for those of our members who 16


may be “hair-challenged” be assured that a purple streak can work on your pates as well! I know this congregation has a sense of humor (after all, you put up with me), and have observed first-hand that she does too. And I can’t think of a better way to say “W elcome” to her other than by appearing in the pews bedecked with purple streaks in our hair on April 29th. So join in! -Sue Margison We are also encouraging everyone to wear purple as well! -AnnaMarie Padilla

INREACH TASK FORCE NEWS Ministry/Activity Information Forms: Thanks to all of you who have already turned in a Ministry/Activity Information form about what your committee or task force or activity is here at St. Paul. It is amazing the number of people it takes to make our communal life happen! We still have no information on a variety of activities and ministries. We'll try to post a current list of our needs and will hang it on the wall of the long hallway. We'll also post a current spreadsheet of what we have gathered so far. Please check your information - I had trouble with some hand writings… Collecting aluminum is another way we do Inr each. Pr oceeds fr om aluminum we collect and sell is given to the very youngest of our children in Sunday School and they decide which ministries should be supported with their funds. They are very savvy spenders! The blue collection box for aluminum donations is at the far end of the refreshment table in Friendship Corner. -Nancy Matthews

LUTHERAN FAMILY SERVICES NEEDS SUPPLIES! Lutheran Family Services is placing new r efugee families into Albuquerque communities. In our standard apartment set ups, we are currently in need of new pillows, lamps, mixing bowls and serving utensils. New or gently used only. Please contact Donations Coordinator Sandi Bertholomey 505-933-7014 or sandi.bertholomey@lfsrm.org to schedule delivery times, pick-ups or questions. Address: Lutheran Family Services, 4105 Silver Ave SE, Albuquerque. NM 87108. - Sandi Bertholomey

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MOVIE NIGHT SCHEDULE UP TO AUGUST Date

Movie

Rating

Main Dish

April 20th Lady Bird R Chile Stew Lady Bird is a movie about Marion McPherson, a California nurse, who works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her— loving, strong-willed, and deeply opinionated. What Greta Gerwig has done — and it’s by no means a small accomplishment — is to infuse one of the most convention-bound, rose-colored genres in American cinema with freshness and surprise. May 18th To Kill a Mockingbird Not Rated Burrito Bar Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. To kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Throughout the movie, a number of characters (Jem, Tom Robinson, Dill, Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond) can be identified as mockingbirds—innocents who have been injured or destroyed through contact with evil. June 15th Crash R Macaroni & Cheese Crash is a movie about Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives who collide in interweaving stories of race, loss, and redemption. July 20th Loving PG-13 Taco Salad Bar Loving is the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision. August 17th St. Vincent Pg-13 Chinese Food St. Vincent is a movie about a young boy whose parents have just divorced, and who finds himself an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door. Starring Bill Murray. -Brought to you by the Movie Night Team

NEW MEMBERS! On April 8th, we will be welcoming the following people as New Members of the congregation: Marie & Harlan Lenander, Mary Graves, Sandra DeSalvo& Jerry Simon, Brian Schull & Michael Flesland, Lexi Velazquez & Ashleigh Maus, Carrie, Joaquin & Gabriella Rubalcaba, and Jaen Ugalde. Please join us in welcoming them to our chur ch family! If you are interested in becoming a member of St. Paul, please notify the pastor, or contact the Church Office at 505-242-5942. -AnnaMarie Padilla, Office A dministrator 18


POSTPONED INDOOR CLEANUP DAY PLEASE NOTE - POSTPONEMENT: The Indoor Cleanup Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 21, has been postponed for now. Stay tuned for further plans. In the meantime, you now have more time to clean your own closets. -John Adolphi, Property Manager and the Property Committee.

QUILT DONATION / GIFT SUCCESS THANKS TO THE WHOLE CHURCH. Thank you from the youth for your incredible generosity in helping this church- wide activity for enfolding our new pastor in love and helping youth attend RTLC this summer. In our two Sunday donation drive plus recycling, we collected $277. Quilters, we send a special thanks to you for giving the quilt for youth programs and thus starting this fun inclusive endeavor to welcome our new pastor while helping us attend church camp. -St. Paul Youth

RECLAIMING JESUS: A CONFESSION OF FAITH A group of Roman Catholic, Episcopal, and Protestant clergy pushed back against negative influences in our country with a statement titled Reclaiming Jesus: A confession of faith in a time of crisis. The statement, by 23 faith leaders and seminary heads, seeks to reclaim Jesus from forces they believe are co-opting Christ for political gain. You can read the full statement at http://www.reclaimingjesus.org or view the article written on the Sojourners website: https://sojo.net/articles/reclaiming-jesus-howconfessing-faith-can-respond-moral-and-constitutional-crisis. -Karen Borch

ST. PAUL HAS RECEIVED A COMPLIMENTARY COPY... St. Paul has received a complimentary copy of Draft of the Social Statement on Women and Justice on behalf of the Office of the Presiding Bishop of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). It is now available in print and on the web for discussion and response throughout our church. It is intended to encourage deliberation on what this church should say about pressing issues of sexism and patriarchy. The draft is available for download from ELCA.org/resources or by calling 800-638-3522. If you would like to r ead and r espond to this important document, but cannot download it, there is one copy on the desk of the welcome center which can be checked out, read and returned. 19


Also available are response forms. Just sign your name, date taken, and phone number, read it and return so another person can take advantage of it. Send your response form to: ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice, Office of the Presiding Bishop, 8765 W, Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631-4101. -Sharon Hamilton

SAINT PAUL SEWING GROUP It’s been an exciting Spring for us as we saw the quilt made for the Youth Group make what I call “The Circle of Love.” Many thanks to Dana Mullen for coming up with the idea! The quilt top was beautifully hand quilted, a gift from one of our congregation members. The sewing group finished the quilt and donated it to the youth group for a fundraiser. Not only did the youth group raise funds for summer camp, but the new pastor will be welcomed with “a hug from God” from the entire congregation. The sewing group is staying busy, both at our monthly meeting and at home putting laprobes and quilts together for distribution later this year. Sewing group members are Kathy Kimler Antobelli, Darlene Beard, Vonna Hopkins, Marsha Kearney, Ruth Kimler, Marilyn Kraemer, Susan Latella, Barbara Maxwell, Peggy Neiman and our own “Quilting Bee.” Sincere thanks to all of you who have donated fabric and other needed items! Thanks also to Thrivent Financial for funding used to purchase batting and bed sheets needed for the quilts and lap robes. We are back to our regular schedule, meeting the third Tuesday of this month (April 17th). We will gather at 9:30am until 2:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. If you would like to join us, br ing a lunch. You don’t even have to know how to sew. Any questions, please contact Marsha Kearney at 505-899-9705 or Susan Latella at 505-508-2001. Thrivent Financial members – if you are interested in putting together an Action Team Project proposal and need help filling out the forms, please contact Marsha Kearney. Every full member is allowed two projects a year. Thrivent provides help and support, which includes a $250 Visa card to be used toward the project . -Marhsa Kearney

THEOLOGY ON TAP Theology on Tap meets the second Wednesday of each month, 6:00 pm, at 3rd & Silver at Maya Restaurant. Food and drink is also available at Monks Corner next door. Come join us for good food, dr ink and conversation with others from around town. All ages welcome. -Nancy Matthews 20


WORDS OF APPRECIATION FROM DR. WILSON WILLIAM Peace be with you all. I lack appropriate words to say for what you have done for me other than thank you so much—“asante sana.”. What inspires me most is that many people at St. Paul congregation still remember me. May almighty God keep everyone in health. Your contributions have enabled me to reach as many people as possible: secondary school laboratory technicians, chemistry teachers and undergraduate chemistry students. For a long time, most of our chemistry laboratory experts have been preparing normal solutions instead of standard solutions for regular laboratory practices and final examinations. Because of that there have been variations during grading national examinations for both form (grade) four and form (grade) six examinations. Each school has set its own criteria for evaluating its chemistry students. The problem is that other academic disciplines use standardized grading schemes throughout the country. My book contains the knowledge on how to prepare standard solutions and many others which are useful for both technicians and chemistry teachers who are in charge of the chemistry laboratories. The book project also addresses the problem of a limited number of laboratory technicians serving an increasing number of secondary schools. The book will enable chemistry graduate teachers to work by themselves without depending upon technicians. I hope this will also provide an opportunity for the government to improve laboratory equipment shortages. At the end, I expect secondary school A and secondary school B, if given the same problem, should be able to obtain the same volumes if they are all using standard solutions. With your contributions plus $1000 I will add, I should be able to get more than 500 copies. The plan is that once the first batch is distributed, I will produce another one using the same money. Student teachers will get one copy for $3.75, teachers and technicians will pay $4 per copy. Starting March 26, 2018, I will begin teaching sixty secondary schools teachers and technicians in Lushoto district based on a request by that District Secondary School officer that I supervise their initial experiments. Thereafter, each school will buy a copy of a book. After that activity I have been asked by two District education officers in the Tanga region to supervise their staffs. This exercise will be done during holiday time when the University is closed. Beginning in August, 2018, I will have more than two months which will enable me to reach more regions in the country. Once again thank you for your positive, generous response to my project. Kindly convey my special greetings to your new pastor, the Rev. Kristi Koppel. I will keep you posted. -Dr Wilson Ngambeki William 21


Ed. Note: Dr. William, who received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from UNM in 2011, was active at St. Paul during his years in Albuquerque. He now teaches at Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University, a Lutheran school in Tanzania. Recently he asked our help to raise up to $2,500 to make affordable a textbook he has written for his students and colleagues. Members and friends of St. Paul generously contributed more than that to his project.

YOUTH NEWS: Happy Easter and resurrection day. I am sure we will have had a wonderful breakfast gathering by the time you read this. Thanks to all who took part. RTLC Campers: We will need to look at our finances, pr esent our need to council and request funds made through the quilt project and Easter breakfast to complete all payments by mid May. Also we will need up to date camp physical exams. We are looking for volunteers to help pr esent the Congr egational Quilt to Pastor Koppel at end of month. Let me know who is interested. -Dana Mullen

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PASTOR’S REPORT TO COUNCIL Having previously made a commitment for another meeting in Santa Fe, I am unable to attend the council meeting on March 21st. From February 22nd - March 21st, I have:  Been on site at St. Paul on Sundays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.  Conducted necessary office activities including newsletters & bulletins.  Preached and presided at worship each Sunday, with the exception of March 4th.  Conducted Calico Chapels on Tuesday mornings.  Participated in weekly staff meetings.  Participated in planning the Lenten, Holy Week & Easter worship, along with BORCC.  Met with and consulted individually with Calico & congregation leaders.  Worked with the Outreach Committee to identify persons to be welcomed into the congregation. For more detailed comments on my ministry here, I refer you to my report in the 2017 annual report booklet. Respectfully, Pastor Fred Schott, Interim Bridge Pastor

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March 21st, 2018 In March, Council:  The treasurer reported that giving is way down. He discussed the new tax laws and the way members can contribute from their retirement accounts. He is working with Calico to develop a new budget for the preschool.  It was reported that Calico is working hard on advertising their program.

They are trying to increase enrollment and have contacted the Cancer Center and UNM. United Church of Christ is closing their preschool and Calico hopes to offer their services to the children that will be affected. The Board is requesting continued support for Calico through positive energy, positive attitude, and hard work. Calico advertised in New Mexico Kids magazine, has placed banners facing the street, is doing a 5000 postcard mailing to households within a six mile radius of the school, and has posters and flyers available if someone wants to post them at offices or workplaces. The walk-through in the fence between St. Paul and Cancer Center is planned for April or May.  Council voted to appointment of a "Bridge" Mutual Ministry Committee.

Members are Roger Hein, Diane Remer-Thamert, Pat Montague, and Margy Wienbar. Alternates are: Chris Adolphi and Greg Flynn. Council members agree that this is a great mix of people.  Council voted to add a line to the Welcome Statement. Citizenship

Status: By birth, by choice, undocumented, dreamer, asylee...  Council voted to sponsor a table at the New Mexico Council of Churches

event on April 14 at Sandia Presbyterian Church. The cost of the table is $250 and each table seats 8 people. Those who would like to attend should contact Shirley Nilsson or Paul Thompson.  New members will be received on April 8th. We have five families who

have requested membership.  Sharon Hamilton will be setting up a table for the annual "Cakes for Las

Vegas Behavioral Health Institute" drive. On April 8 she will begin asking for cakes, cake mixes, and frosting. On April 15the cake mixes will be taken to Highland High School Culinary division to be baked. On April 22, baked cakes will be deliver ed to St. Paul and on April 23 they will be picked up and delivered to Las Vegas. The goal for this year is 100 cakes!  Pastor Schott's last Sunday is April 15. We are having a cookie bar to

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 We will welcome Pastor Koppel on Sunday, April 29 and will present

her with a quilt made by the sewing group. A celebration will be on the labyrinth if weather permits.  The official installation for Pastor Koppel will be May 19 at 10:00 am.

There will be a luncheon, and the Bishop will be in attendance. Look for more information to follow. Respectfully submitted by Nancy Jenkins, Council Secretary

CONGREGATION COUNCIL PAUL THOMPSON, President, Liaison to Finance; RIJASOA ANDRIAMANANA, President-Elect, Liaison to Calico Butterfly; PAULA EGLINTON, Past-President; JOHN ADOLPHI, Treasurer; NANCY JENKINS, Secretary; AMY GILLESPIE, Financial Secretary; ELKE PETERSON, Youth Council Member; SHARON HAMILTON; JEFF PETERSON; PETER BOISSIERE; JONATHAN ICE; KELLY YAPLE

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