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The Spirit of Saint Paul A R ECONCILING March, 2017


C HRIST C OMMUNITY Volume 52, Issue 3

St. Paul Lutheran Church A Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Community Phone: 505-242-5942 Email: Website: Pastoral Care Emergency Phone : 505-249-9859

CALICO BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL Phone: 505-242-4504 Email:

SUNDAY SERVICE 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion

PERSONNEL INTERIM PASTOR Pastor Phil Kettering Personal Cell Phone: 507-626-5806 DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES Seth Hartwell ORGANIST Beverly Pettit OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR AnnaMarie Padilla CALICO BUTTERFLY PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR Linda Conjurske, Director

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Table of Contents From The Pastor ................................................................................... 2 Lutheran Orientation............................................................................. 3 Adult Faith Formation .......................................................................... 3 From The Congregation President........................................................ 4 Albuquerque Interfaith ......................................................................... 5 Adopted Families................................................................................... 6 Benevolence Update ............................................................................... 7 Calico Butterfly Preschool .................................................................... 8 Camino de Vida ..................................................................................... 9 Bishop's Trip to Madagascar ................................................................ 9 Cakes for Las Vegas, NM .................................................................... 10 Friends Feeding Friends ..................................................................... 10 “It's not what we do” .......................................................................... 11 Youth News .......................................................................................... 12 Movie Night ......................................................................................... 13 St Paul Sewing Group ......................................................................... 13 Hat Day Coming Soon......................................................................... 13 Pastors Report to the Council ............................................................ 12 Caring for Our Faith Community ....................................................... 15 Congregation Council ......................................................................... 17 Council Highlights .............................................................................. 16 Calendar/Volunteers ....................................................................... Insert

BULLETIN & NEWSLETTER DEADLINES (except as otherwise noted)

SUNDAY BULLETIN: Each Wednesday at 9 a.m. APRIL NEWSLETTER: March 15th at 9 a.m.

FROM THE PASTOR “Jesus said to them, I" am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” John 6:35 (NRSV)

It is interesting to reflect on the number of times people in the Bible complain about the abundance in their lives. We often seem to think that having enough just isn’t enough. I remember hearing the story about the people of Israel wandering in the desert for years. Having left Egypt and a life of slavery behind them, they have entered the wilderness and fear the lack of food. God answers their cries and provides “manna” for them each morning. But the food God provided just wasn’t good enough. They remembered the food they had in Egypt and longed for it. Their hope of freedom, for a different kind of prosperity, one that would allow for the worship of their God, has seemingly disappeared from their memory. Their grumbling and complaining continues and their memory of being enslaved becomes distorted. Having enough just isn’t enough. Yet God’s promise means that they are no longer dependent on another nation. The Lord will take them to a place where they can care for each other and build a new life. Moses tells the people to “draw near to the Lord” because in doing so their daily needs are met and their hope for a new life is renewed. Along the way their trust in God is also renewed. The interesting part to this story is that the food they receive, the path they walk, the land they will occupy, are all gifts - they come to their new life by grace. Like Moses, Jesus will find himself in a similar position. After feeding thousands from a small portion of fish and bread, Jesus leaves with the disciples to Capernaum. The people follow them hoping for more of the same. Jesus points this out and tells them that they should look for food that will give them eternal life. He speaks of God’s presence in their midst yet they cannot see it. Their response to Jesus is to ask for a “sign”! They have just witnessed the feeding of thousands but they want another sign. They struggle seeing the grace of God in the presence of Jesus, they struggle seeing God in the work of Jesus, they struggle seeing Jesus as the Messiah. Enough just isn’t good enough. And Jesus’ response? - “I am the bread of life. Whoever 2

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comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” Grace abounds, if only people will believe. This applies to us today as much as it did to the people of Israel as they wandered in the desert or the people crossing the Sea of Galilee to find Jesus. The grace of God feeds and fills us each and every day. In the gift of the Holy Spirit, God works through us – the Body of Christ. From the abundance that God has provided, we provide for ourselves and for those in need. At the core of this “Body” there is a “oneness” that binds us together. There is a knowledge that we will not hunger or thirst for the presence of God. As we come to recognize that “oneness”, we will come to see the diversity in the Body of Christ and learn to give thanks for that diversity, for it is through that diversity that we will accomplish God’s work in today’s world. Have you ever believed that the life you have been blessed with wasn’t what you expected? Have you ever felt that your memory of “church” was better than the reality of “church” today? Have you ever been distracted by worries in the future and missed God’s call to serve those in need today? May you know that you are fed and filled each and every day by grace. May you share that grace with the world around you. May the work of God be revealed in the grace you share. Amen.

Pastor Phil LUTHERAN ORIENTATION If you are interested in learning more about St Paul Lutheran or the Lutheran tradition in general, please contact Pastor Phil. An orientation to our faith tradition is being offered in the afternoons on March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. Dan Erlander’s Baptized We Live will be used as a guide to discussion.

ADULT FAITH FORMATION If your Lenten discipline includes more scripture study (and it should for all of us), you may want to join Adult Faith Development in our study of the Gospel According to St. Matthew. Every Sunday through Palm Sunday, April 9th, we will jour ney thr ough the book of Matthew and its unique perspective on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Everyone is welcome to participate in any or all of the sessions. We meet Sunday morning after the service in the Conference Room. We will be done no later than 12 noon. -Bob Matthews 3

FROM THE CONGREGATION PRESIDENT Our annual Council retreat on January 21st confirmed that there are 6 BIG GOALS ahead of us in 2017: 1) Expansion/implementation of Action Items on Path Forward, 2) Ministry Site Profile (MSP) completion to end in Call of a Pastor, 3) Stewardship plan and implementation, 4) plan for Property management, 5) formalization of Endowment dispersement plan and 6) improvement of Communication network. Two Congregational meetings were held (1/25 and 2/11) in order to invite discussion on almost a dozen action items generated by the Path Forward Ad Hoc Committees. The conversations were spirit filled and exciting. With the recommendation of Council that we move forward in faith, the possibilities for creativity and outreach are many. As a result of the Council meeting on February 15th, we adopted substantially all elements of the Discernment Process. Eleven items to achieve sustainability will be brought forward to the Spring Congregational meeting on April 2nd. These items can be grouped into 3 categories:  Revenue Generation--explore feasibility of Cell tower (in the shape of

a cross?)/explore feasibility of photovoltaic solar panels (panels can be leased-purchased?)/explore partnering with another faith community (sharing our worship space)  Outreach/Inreach--reach out to hospitals (staff, patients, public--these

are our neighbors)/reach out to University (Luther house as well as the University community--these are our neighbors also)/ blend traditions in worship to involve all ages and with a variety of music/ investigate means to make building improvements using our own skills/work on expanding COMMUNICATION web (Google docs, etc.)  Climate/Culture--provide pastoral care for each other (circle of loving

care) /encourage broad participation and turnover on committees/ streamline the organizational structure (empower each other to let things happen more easily) Upon approval of the Path Forward recommendations on April 2nd, the congregation will be invited to HELP MAKE THESE IDEAS HAPPEN! This is the work that requires the TIME AND TALENTS of many. If you were at worship on February 12th, you heard a Mission Moment, offered by Justin Remer-Thamert, Executive Director of New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice. As people of faith, we 4

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 celebrate the good news of Christ's love and compassion for all humanity in our world today. Can we have a conversation about how this happens in our community? Your Council believes that with respect and trust, we can create a place to talk about these issues. We are working to make that happen. Watch for more about this. Walking in faith together, Paula Eglinton, Council President

ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH By Ivan Westergaard With over 50 at the workshop (February 4th), decisions were made on legislation and issues we will follow during this year's 60 day session. Member institutions indicated which weeks they would have groups of people at the State capitol to talk with legislators and to attend hearings on bills of concern. During the week of February 5th, 1st Unitarian had people there, and during February 12 - 18th, a large group from St. Andrew Presbyterian and San Ignacio Catholic were present in the Roundhouse. La Mesa Presbyterian and 1st Presbyterian were scheduled for the next week and South Valley Academy was set for another week, as was RFK Charter School. Others of us, like St. Paul, were planning to join these others and so be in Santa Fe up to the last day, March 18th. Some bills we are tracking (not necessarily supporting): Early childhood/Public education support from Permanent Fund proceeds [HJR-1 and SJR-2]; Full funding for Lottery Scholarships [HB-237 and SB-276]; Teacher/School Evaluation [HB248, HB-125 and SB-62]; Privatization of public schools [HB-46, SB-313, and SB-305]; Mental/ Behavioral Health Care provided by Medicaid [HB-2, SB-83, and SB-217]. In HB-2, we are supporting full funding for public schools and state match for Medicaid. At the workshop, we agreed to support HJR-1, SJR-2, HB-46, and SB-83. We agreed to oppose SB-89, which would require APS to break into three districts. 947 bills had been introduced as of February 4th, so there have been some more since then. To read the bills, you can go to and enter the bill number. Interested in going to the Roundhouse? It's a great experience. Contact me at 505-344-9137.


ADOPTED FAMILIES By Kay Schoenefeld More Christmas tales:  For one family, our gifts were the only ones the family had for

Christmas. Without us there would have been no Christmas.  One mom was taken to St. Catherine's and her daughters placed orchid flowers all over her wall as she wrapped herself up in the lovely, fluffy blanket she had received.  A man's children no longer have their mom and he is single parenting them without employment - they "royally cashed in" with our gifts.  One family is very large and the dad was breaking in a new fairly

new job. The mom stated they loved everything and were very grateful.  Another family said they also loved everything!  One mom wrote: "We have had a very tough year and were very

much dreading the holidays. Our 5 kids have been troopers… but we were feeling horrible that they were going to have very little for Christmas. They understand that the holidays are not about the gifts and through your wonderful gifts they have learned the power of giving - as we will definitely pay it forward when we can! Words cannot express enough how much we appreciate this and thank you, not only for the material items but for reminding our family that there are amazing people in this world that give without getting, to anyone who needs it, out of the goodness of their hearts! THANK YOU!" The counselor working with some of the families wrote: "You know these families are suffering either emotionally, physically, or economically. Therefore your gifts go way beyond the scope of just being 'simple donations'. They are instead, 'God send.' Then all of them got their toiletries and blankets--to which we added 2017 teddy bears. All was great and wonderful--and thank you again from the bottom of our hearts." (Note: W e had donations of toiletries that we gave them. The "blankets" she mentions are the quilts donated by the St. Paul sewing group - the quilts are always HUGE hits with the families.) We continue to have a special need for women's medium adult diapers. We can always use furniture, toilet paper, laundry soap, dish soap, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, cleaning supplies, TVs, 6

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sheets, blankets, bath towels, dishes, silverware, pots and pans, 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 again for thinking of our families.. Kay Schoenefeld, Cheri and Ted Parson, Dave and Susan Lund, Pat Curtin, Bill & Paula Eglinton, Randy & Marsha Kearney, Paul & Mary Thompson, Fred & Helen Disque, Hal and Cheryl Schultz

BENEVOLENCE UPDATE A Few examples of “Blessed to be a blessing” Last autumn our council had money left in the benevolence piggy bank that needed spending. They found some volunteers in the congregation to solicit ideas from you and you came through! There were more than enough suggestions for our $27,230. Let me tell you about a few of them that have already sent thank you letters:  The Storehouse ($2,250.00) has a long history with St. Paul. Though we no longer have members volunteering there (do we?), this organization helped feed over 55,000 New Mexicans last year. Financial donations allow The Storehouse to purchase food from Roadrunner Food Bank.  Navajo Lutheran Mission and School ($500.00) is in Rock Point, AZ but we know Navajoland spreads over state lines. The school has a two year goal to have a 100% certified teaching staff. Donations help buy food, curriculum, textbooks, learning tools, run the buses – the expenses any family has with children in school. Their Hozho Cafe serves 175 free meals to the hungry homeless and the elderly. Extra money would allow them to build ramps for 22 elderly women living (mostly alone) in their homes.  Reconciling Works ($400.00) is the latest name for what you may have known as Lutherans Concerned or Reconciling in Christ. This organization works to help congregations have conversations with their youth about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer identities and how they are a gift to the faith community. RW has developed materials for congregations to use and financial donations help to pay for printing and shipping costs. -Nancy Matthews 7

By Linda Conjurske

March, 2017

This month’s curriculum theme is Spring, Weather, Temperature, The Wind. The childr en will be lear ning about changes in the weather and about the power and uses of the wind. Our classroom will be making kites, windsocks, and weather charts. Our Bible Memory Verse for this month is Matthew 5:14 - You are the light of the world. We are hosting St. Patrick’s Day classroom parties on March 17th. I think we will have many green items to enjoy at our parties. We will serve Shamrock Mini Pizzas for the children and families joining us. We welcome 14 new families to Calico Butterfly so far this year! Availability is very limited. Please contact us at (505) 242-4504 or for infor mation . COOKING WITH KIDS: SHAMROCK MUFFINS Ingredients: 

Green pepper slices


English Muffins


Sliced Cheddar Cheese

Directions 1. To make one, slice a green pepper crosswise near the pointed end to get a small, three-lobed shamrock shape. If your pepper has four lobes, you've got a lucky clover instead! 2. Use remaining pepper pieces to cut into a small slice for a stem. 3. Split English Muffins in half and toast 4. Top toasted muffing it with a slice of Cheddar and the pepper shamrock 5. Place the muffins on a tray, then broil it in a toaster oven until the cheese is melted 6. ENJOY!



CAMINO DE VIDA OUR HISPANIC/LATINO MINISTRY CONTINUES TO SERVE Many of the participants in our Spanish language new church development are experiencing fear, given the current climate of treatment towards immigrants. Families are feeling threatened due to the aggressive tactics of ICE that is being encouraged at the national level. They are hearing about families being broken up, long time residents being placed in detention centers, and American born children and "Dreamers" being denied their rights. To help with this, sessions are being held to help families understand their rights, how to handle confrontation with ICE, and what legal services are available to help them. The congregation is reaching out and offering support to fear-filled people, as our faith would have us do. The Rev. David Martinez has been helping Pastor Guillermo Yela with the education and youth ministry over the last year on a very limited part-time basis. His hours will be increased a bit this year, as he will provide pulpit supply on Sundays when Pr. Guillermo has to be away. Pr. David is paid a stipend, plus mileage. New families continue to show up on Sunday mornings. Attendance varies, as many have to work Sundays, especially if one needs to work 2 or 3 jobs in order to make ends meet. St. Paul continues to support this ministry, a joint effort of the ELCA and the Presbyterian Church USA. -Ivan Westergaard

BISHOP'S TRIP TO MADAGASCAR The bishops from the 4 ELCA synods that are companions with the Lutheran Church in Madagascar (FLM) made a joint trip to visit church leadership and ministries in our companion synods. Joining Bishop Gonia from the Rocky Mountain Synod were Assistant to the Bishop Deacon Erin Power, Synod Council Vice-President Earline Bohling, and Pastor Brad Doty, chair of the RMS Companion Synod Committee. During their trip the delegation met with newly elected FLM President David, as well as with the synod presidents from our four companion synods, at Betela Seminary. The RMS delegation was able to visit all four synods during their visit. We invite your prayers for all ELCA members on this trip, for their conversations with our companions, and for the strengthening of our relationship as Church Together. -ELCA 9

CAKES FOR LAS VEGAS (NM) St. Paul is providing cakes again for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institution in Las Vegas, New Mexico. These cakes will be used to help the patients celebrate a birthday or to cheer them up when they are having a bad day. Highland High School Culinary Department has again offered to bake and store 50 cakes until they are picked up by the Institute. There are three ways you can help: 1) You can bring cakes mixes and frosting - February 26th, March 5th, and March 12th. 2) You can donate money to purchase eggs and oil. 3) Or you can bake a two layer cake. Pick up boxes on March 5th & March 12th and br ing the cakes to church on March 19th. The Institute will pick up the cakes on March 20th. Last year we provided them with 97 cakes for which they were most grateful. -Sharon Hamilton

FRIENDS FEEDING FRIENDS St. Paul continues to be the “guest chef” for Project Share (located at St. Martin’s Hospitality Center) the first Thursday of each month, providing a meal to well over 200 clients. With the continued increase in number of meals being served, we find ourselves needing to look at other ways to involve more people in the program. Also, we are in need of someone to take over the coordination of the program. If you know of someone who might be interested, please contact me or any of the team leaders. If you find that you have some free time on the first Thursday of the month, we always need people to help ser ve the meal. Ser ver s must be at least 18 years of age and in jeans or pants (no shorts). All servers need to be at St. Martin’s by 4:45 p.m. St. Martin’s is located at 1201 3rd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM. 3r d Str eet is a one-way street going south and St. Martin’s is on the west (right side) just south of Summer St. If you can cook, we need you on a team. We have three teams at St. Paul, each serving a meal quarterly. The team leaders are Nancy Jenkins, Randy Kearney and Cheryl and Hal Schultz. We also gladly accept any donations to help defray the costs (a check can be made out to “St Paul Lutheran Church,” with “FFF/Hospitality Fund” being noted under remarks). If interested in taking over the coordination role, helping out, or if you have any questions, please contact Marsha Kearney at 505-899-9705 or -Marsha Kearney


“IT'S NOT WHAT WE DO” At the end of the sixth chapter of the Gospel according to John, many disciples who had been following Jesus left him. Looking at the 12, Jesus asked, “Will you also go away?” Simon Peter answered, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:66-68). It was a kind of crisis at the beginning of the Jesus movement. Jesus had been teaching about the gracious gift of life that comes from the Father through Christ. People were amazed by the multiplication of the loaves and fish and all of the talk about the bread of life. They wanted to know what they had to do to be doing the works of God. Jesus’ answer, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent (John 6:29),” didn’t sit well the crowd. I suspect that the most fervent among them wanted marching orders and the more careful wanted a checklist to make sure they were on track. Questions in Scripture are fascinating: they are often more revealing than the answers. “What do we do?” “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” (Matthew 19 :16). The people in John and the young man in Matthew wanted to know not only what they could do to save themselves, but to be assured that it was indeed in their power to save themselves. We don’t ask different questions today. When it comes to the great metaphysical questions we ask, “How do I know? How am I sure?” It’s a hard thing to believe that it’s God’s good and gracious will that all be saved from death, and since we can’t save ourselves, God has done it through Jesus’ death and resurrection. It’s not what we do or even about that which we are certain, but what God has done, and God’s faithful and sure promise. In a recent survey of ELCA Lutherans, Kenneth Inskeep, director for research and evaluation, asked the question: “What must you do to be saved?” Fifty percent answered: “Do good works.” Fifty percent of Lutherans. At least half of us admit that, deep down, we believe it’s still up to us. Let’s not beat ourselves up—this isn’t a Lutheran phenomenon, this is not an American phenomenon, this is not a 21st-century phenomenon — it’s a human phenomenon. We either disbelieve for joy or don’t want to give up control. This is precisely why we need well-trained confessional, scriptural, theological, liturgical, compassionate pastors and deacons: to keep us pointed to Jesus, to the law, to the cross, to the resurrection and away from the world’s siren song of self-help, self-determination and self-righteousness. 11

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And this is precisely why we need confessional, scriptural, theological, liturgical, compassionate laypeople: so we “… fear and love God, so that we do not despise preaching or God’s word, but instead keep that word holy and gladly hear and learn it” (Martin Luther’s Small Catechism). Two major initiatives requested by the ELCA Church Council and informed by your input have come to the same conclusion. The Theological Education Advisory Council and the Called Forward Together in Christ process both lifted up the importance of well-formed lay, consecrated and ordained leadership. We must keep the saving gospel of judgment and promise as our foundation and future. This is the work of the entire church. It’s not up to the seminaries to identify and recruit pastors and deacons, nor is it the exclusive province of the ordained and consecrated to be grounded in the word. Start looking at fourth and fifth graders in your congregation. Support church camps, Lutheran campus ministries, and Lutheran colleges, universities and seminaries. Encourage Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM). We’ve received a $3 million gift to the ELCA Fund for Leaders, which will provide full tuition scholarships for up to 60 additional students over the next three years. This is just one part of a multifaceted leadership initiative that we are launching now. When people ask how the ELCA can be relevant, I answer: only if we are sure that our hope is in the living Christ and only if we share that with the joy of the gospel. -By Elizabeth A. Eaton A monthly message from the presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her email address:

YOUTH NEWS Mid and high school youth had an interesting retreat on Sunday February 19th. The planned day excursion to Schultz cabin in Jemez mountains was altered in route when the winter storm warning actually dumped a beautiful snowfall that rapidly covered the roads. A hike in the snow, lunch at Los Ojos in Jemez Springs (they were so helpful and welcoming) and then games and youth led worship time at the Peterson's home allowed for lots of laughter and time to practice flexibility and good humor when things don't go as planned. The snow was beautiful! Hopefully next time we can see the cabin too. -Dana Mullen 12

MOVIE NIGHT Movie Night is moving, for March only, to the last Friday in March --March 31st! We will be showing Jesus Christ Superstar. This r ock opera movie was directed by Norman Jewison in 1973. It is focused on Holy Week. It is a plausible, non-stereotypical representation of Jesus and this sets it apart from the traditional films about Jesus. The film version of the musical stage play is told in an anachronistic manner. With music by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, there is sure to be a sing-a-long. Please plan to join us on March 31st, for laughter, good food, and the dynamic conversation that this movie will provoke. Please join us at 6 p.m. for a supper. Please bring a side dish and/or dessert if you are able. We will start the movie shortly after 6 pm. We look forward to seeing everyone there! –Alicia Ruch Flynn

SAINT PAUL SEWING GROUP Just finished the Annual Report for 2016 and was amazed by the number of quilts and lap robes that were distributed this past year - 111. We could never have made that many had it not been for all the donations of time, supplies, and support we have been fortunate to receive from the St. Paul congregation. As always, our thanks to everyone involved. We are beginning to once again fill the shelves with quilts and lap robes to be distributed during the year. As always, we’re looking for others to join us, and you don’t even have to know how to sew! We usually meet the third Tuesday of the month in the Fellowship Hall 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. This month we will be meeting on March 21st. Bring a lunch. Any questions or suggestions, please contact Marsha Kearney at 505-899-9705 or Susan Latella at 505-508-2001. Sewing Group members include: Kathy Kimler Altobelli, Darlene Beard, Marilyn Kraemer, Peggy Neiman, Vonna Hopkins, Ruth Kimler, Barbara Maxwell, Susan Latella, and Marsha Kearney

HAT DAY COMING SOON To a compliment directed at the hat, each Black lady will give a little frown and deprecatingly say, T " his thing? I almost didn't wear it it's so old." As she turns away the Black woman's smile is resplendent. -Maya Angelou Find your hat...the day is coming! 13


PASTOR’S REPORT TO COUCIL Mission Statement: St. Paul Lutheran Church, as a community of faith in Christ, is radically welcoming, strives for justice, and loves its neighbors as itself.

Church organization and General Business:  I reviewed minutes and provided input for the Worship and Music

committee. Work continues on for Lenten worship and Holy Week.  I continue to meet with individual staff members on a weekly basis.  I attended the monthly Interim Pastor’s meeting for February in

Denver. The Congregational Guide for Comprehensive Ministry congregational evaluation methods were reviewed.  130 Lenten devotionals (Free Indeed) have been ordered ($1.50 per

copy) and received.  “Honoring Our Neighbor’s Faith” will be used as an opening

devotion for council meetings. This book looks at 32 faith traditions, compares their basic principles to the ELCA, and includes discussions questions.  I participated in the Council retreat last Saturday. “Path Forward”

goals and objectives were reviewed and discussed. Congregational review of this path was held on two different dates in the last month. I continue to meet with Paula and Paul on a weekly basis to discuss the implementation of the Path Forward and miscellaneous church business.  I received a letter from Swaim & Danner (law firm) informing me

that a trust had left funds for St Paul. I must sign a consent and release form, return it to Swaim & Danner, in order for the funds to be released. I would like the Council to approve my signing of this document as the pastor of St. Paul Lutheran.  The ELCA’s Ministry Site Profile is the next step in the process to

call a pastor to a permanent position (i.e. a settled call). This document can be reviewed at: 

Worship and Music:  I presided over a marriage ceremony on 2/10/17. Seth Harwell and

John Adolphi acted as witnesses for this wedding.


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 Rotsy Josoa was confirmed on 1/22/17.  Kendyl Christine Yaple was baptized on 2/12/17.  The St. Paul Council was installed on 2/19/17.  Scott Thompson is currently planning on presiding and preaching at

St. Paul on 3/19/17.  Luther House Sunday will be observed on 4/23/17. Students will

assist with worship and Pastor Anne will preside over communion and preach. She will also be leading Adult Education on this Sunday.  Worship for the Lenten season will continue to offer two gatherings

on each Thursday. The noon gathering will include a soup luncheon and a devotion focusing on a selection of Hebrew words and their meaning. The evening (6 p.m.) will include soup and a 20 -30 minute Taize worship service (6:30). Sign up sheets needed.

Education (Growing in Faith):  We will begin a weekly text study to explore the lessons for the

upcoming week during Lent.  Confirmation classes have started. This curriculum will be focused

on Luther’s Small Catechism (the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Holy Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist). We will meet at Hal and Cheryl Schultz cabin for a “miniature retreat” to kick off the spring sessions on 2/19/17.  I will be offering a new “members” class during the Lenten

season. This will be a four week class using Dan Er lander ’s Baptized We Live as a guide to discussion and will meet Sunday afternoon on March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th.

Property:  Sonrise is moving forward on the implementation of a wireless

network. They will be installing the upgrade (40mb speed) next Wednesday. Thank you for your support!  Two windows to the pastor’s office doors were installed. This will

help create a safe church environment.  We have had a “mouse issue” in our kitchen. An exter minator

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Pastoral Care and Counseling:  I met with the Visitation Committee and made visits with committee

members last month. I will continue to meet with homebound members during February. Pastoral Care and Counseling averaged 16 hours per week during January. This included hospital visits, office appointments, family consultations, and telephone conferences.

Misc.:  I was out of town January 23 - February 7 (two Sundays). Pastor Hal

presided on January 29th and Pastor Ben Larzelere presided on February 5th.  I will not be here on March 19 or April 23 (see Worship and Music

above). I will not be taking a full week off in March. Janet and I are planning on meeting our daughter (Kaley) and her husband (Jake) in Tuscany. This will require that I am gone for three Sundays (May 14, 21, and 28). I would like to council to approve my vacation and “monthly absence” for this special trip.

Pastor Phil


CARING FOR OUR FAITH COMMUNITY IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE a member of our Faith Community who is in need of prayer on the Healing Prayers list, only with their consent, you may submit their name by email at or fill out a yellow prayer request card and state with their permission you would like to add their name to the Healing Prayer list. Thank you. -AnnaMarie Padilla WE PRAY HEALING PRAYERS FOR those who have had recent surgeries and illnesses:  Millie Weeks  Jere Krakow


February 15, 2017

COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS Your Council Members…  Began using “Honoring Our Neighbor’s Faith” for opening devotions.  Authorized Pastor Phil’s signing of a trust document releasing funds for St. Paul.  Were reminded of the February 19th installation of Council members.  Learned that a wireless network will be installed in the church before the end of the month.  Approved time away for Pastor Phil’s family trip to Tuscany in May.  Received a positive report on activities and enrollment in Calico Butterfly Preschool.  Held an extended discussion around submitting a position statement based on St. Paul’s open spirit of welcome for newspaper publication, followed by a decision to refine the proposed statement in email exchanges before actual publication.  Received and adopted recommendations around benevolence distribution.  Voted to present 11 of the recommendations from the Path Forward discernment process to the congregation at the April 2nd meeting for approval of Council action in prioritizing for implementation.  Decided to send a letter with pledge cards as soon as possible and encourage commitment of time and talent at the annual congregation meeting.  Moved to send $1,200 from our seminary fund to assist Juan De Dios from Cristo Rey with his seminary training.  Approved paying for a member’s room at Luther House through the end of the semester. Shirley Nilsson, Council Secretary


As a Reconciling in Christ (RIC) Community, this congregation specifically welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons as partners on the journey of faith.

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St. Paul Lutheran Church

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