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The Spirit of Saint Paul A R ECONCILING March 2018


C HRIST C OMMUNITY Volume 53, Issue 3

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: Website:

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

SUNDAY SERVICE 9:30 a.m. Holy Communion


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 Be Careful of what you leave Laying Around......................................... 4 Directory Drafts to Update Your Info! ................................................... 5 Adopted Families ................................................................................... 5 Adult Faith Formation........................................................................... 6 Albuquerque Interfaith .......................................................................... 6 Bread For the World Workshop ............................................................ 7 Calling All Bakers! ................................................................................. 7 Calico Butterfly Preschool .................................................................... 8 Camino De Vida ................................................................................... 9 Easter Breakfast .................................................................................... 9 Inreach Task Force .............................................................................. 9 Calendar .............................................................................................. 10 Worship Volunteers ............................................................................ 12 Friends Feeding Friends ...................................................................... 14 Friends Feeding Friends Interview w/ Else ........................................ 14 Movie Night ......................................................................................... 15 Name Tags!........................................................................................... 16 NM Interfaith Dialogue ....................................................................... 16 St. Paul Sewing Group ........................................................................ 17 Spring Forward on March 11th! .......................................................... 17 Youth News ........................................................................................... 18 Pastor’s Report to the Council ........................................................... 19 Council Highlights .............................................................................. 20 Congregation Council ......................................................................... 21

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 Saints in our Evangelical Catholic Tradition Our word “saint” comes from the same root as our word “sacred,” thus; a saint is a sacred (or holy) person. However, as the Bible makes clear, God alone is holy and, secondarily, places, items, and persons associated with God share in God’s holiness. Thus, in the Old Testament the people of Israel are called a “holy nation,” because they are “God’s chosen people.” For this reason, the Bible refers to all God’s faithful people as “saints.” In the New Testament, the word “saints” is used repeatedly to refer to all the members of the Christian community. So then if all God’s faithful people are saints, how did the term “Saint” come to be used as a special title for certain Christians? While all the people of God are saints, some have lived especially note-worthy lives that provide us with good examples of what it means to be God’s faithful people. Many early Christian communities had such revered persons among them, especially persons who had given a faithful witness to Christ under torture (these persons were called “confessors”) and unto death (these persons were called “martyrs”). Local Christians continued to honor these persons even after their deaths and hold them in fond affection. Some outstanding saints even became popular beyond their local communities, across the wider Church. These saints were celebrated (commemorated), not on their birthdays, but on the day of their death – their passing over from this life to life beyond death. Once Christianity became a part of the Roman government, church life became more formal and centralized. Gradually a master list (called a “canon”) of officially recognized “saints” was compiled, and qualifications for being “canonized” were developed. Thus, what had begun as an informal veneration of exemplary Christians by local communities became an official list of approved saints. In our Evangelical branch of catholic Christianity, recognizing and honoring notable Christians as outstanding saints remains a more informal process. While certain outstanding historical figures are universally recognized (i.e. St. Francis), there is a strong tradition of “local option,” so some Christian communities may honor notable saints not universally recognized (for example Martin Luther King or Dietrich Bonhoeffer). And while certain outstanding historical figures are universally recognized, all of the faithful people of God, no matter how ordinary and unknown, are recognized as Saints of God. As we continue through Lent following Jesus determined journey to the cross, we remember his admonition from Mark 8, to “take up your cross and follow me.” These are a few “saints” of God, followers of Jesus, who did and whose commemoration days fall within the Lenten-Easter season. 2


Michael J Sharp, Peace Maker and Martyr (October 29,1982 – March 15, 2017). MJ, as his friends called him, was born in Elkhart, IN, and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University. He first went to work for the Mennonite Peace Committee in Germany, where he also earned a MA degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, from Philipps-University in Marburg. He went to work for the Mennonite Central Committee in the Eastern Congo, coordinating work among several different church groups. He eventually went to work for the UN investigating human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. While carrying out this work, he was captured and killed. After visiting a friend in Albuquerque, MJ had fallen in love with New Mexico and moved to Albuquerque. He is commemorated on March 15. Oscar Romero, Bishop and Martyr (Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez) (August 15, 1917 – March 24, 1980), was a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in El Salvador. He later became the fourth Archbishop of San Salvador. As archbishop, he witnessed numerous violations of human rights and began a ministry speaking out on behalf of the poor and victims of the country's civil war. Oscar was chosen to be archbishop for his conservatism, but once in office his conscience led him to embrace a non-violent form of liberation theology, putting him in the line of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Like them, he was martyred for his advocacy for the poor. In 1980, he was assassinated by death squad gunmen as he presided at the Eucharist. His death provoked international outcry for human rights reform in El Salvador. He is considered the unofficial patron saint of the Americas and El Salvador. Romero is one of the ten 20th-century martyrs from across the world who are depicted in statues above the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, in London. He is commemorated on March 24. Martin Luther King, Jr., Martyr & Renewer of Society (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968), was born Michael Luther King, Jr., but later his father had his name changed to Martin, in recognition of the 16th century reformer. The son and grandson of ordained ministers, he graduated from Morehouse College, and Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. He then received a doctorate from Boston University in 1955. As pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, Dr. King led the bus boycott in that city, the first great African American nonviolent demonstration of contemporary times in the United States. As president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference he went on to become the leader of a national Civil Rights movement. At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., became the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, he was assassinated. He is commemorated on April 4. 3

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Pastor, Teacher, & Martyr, (Feb. 4, 1906 – April 9, 1945) was active in the German resistance to Nazism and a leader of the underground church. As a young theologian he studied at Union Seminary in NYC and was pastor to German language churches in London, England, but returned to Germany in 1935 to confront the National Socialists and participate in the suffering of his people. Arrested in 1943 for his efforts to help the Jews and overthrow Hitler, he was hanged on April 9, 1945, and is commemorated on that day. He is most widely known through his writings: The Cost of Discipleship, Life Together, Ethics, and Letters and Papers from Prison. -Pastor Fred Schott, Interim Bridge Pastor

FROM THE CONGREGATION PRESIDENT I’m writing this on Sunday afternoon, just minutes after our congregation met and voted UNANIMOUSLY to extend a Letter of Call to Pastor Kristi Koppel! The comments and discussion at the meeting reinforced my conviction that Pr. Koppel is the right person to accompany us on our journey forward. While we must follow certain procedures and allow Pr. Koppel time to consider and respond officially to the call, I have every confidence, based on my conversation with her, that she will accept the role of being our pastor. Amid my excitement with the action taken today, I have to remind myself that we still have two months or so before Pr. Koppel will be able to join us. I am extremely thankful for the services provided by Pastor Fred Schott during the past several months and for his willingness to stay with us for a while longer. And I am thankful for the many volunteers who have taken on a variety of leadership roles while we have been without a permanent pastor. I hope we will continue to be just as committed and involved after we make the transition to new leadership. On another subject, I am working to renew our emphasis on stewardship and make it a year-long part of the ministry of St. Paul. I have begun a process of evaluating Synod resources and exploring ideas that may be helpful to us. If you are willing to participate in assembling a group of people to work with me on this, I will be delighted to hear from you. -Paul Thompson, Congregation Council President

BE CAREFUL OF WHAT YOU LEAVE LAYING 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 4

DIRECTORY DRAFTS TO UPDATE YOUR INFO! Draft copies of an updated phone directory can be found at the Welcome Center counter through March 11th. *PLEASE stop and check your entry for accuracy. Our new pastor will be depending on it.* -Nancy Matthews

ADOPTED FAMILIES By Kay Schoenefeld I have mentioned before that we have kept in touch with our very first adopted family (from January, 1991!) and they have become friends. The single mom in that family now has health issues and is unable to work much. She has family here but they can only help so much. So we pitched in by paying some utility bills. She is always very grateful. A caseworker that we've known for a while now brought a client, who had just moved into her own place, to the storage unit. She was very excited to have a place to call her own. She was thrilled to get quite a few things for her new apartment, including sheets, towels, kitchen supplies, some furniture, and pictures and knick-knacks. She also got some toys for when her grandchildren visit. The same caseworker brought a second client a few days later. She, too, was happy to get several things for her apartment. Randy met a caseworker (from UNM Psychiatric Center) and her client at the storage unit to help them transport the client's new things to her apartment. The caseworker and client were very grateful - for the things and for the help. Also, our "movers" picked up several pieces of furniture and delivered them to people who were very glad to get them. 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 so much for helping these families; 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 5

ADULT FAITH FORMATION In March, Adult Faith Development will continue its Spring series of studies of Paul's letter to the Romans.  March 4

Chapters 11, 12, & 13

 March 11 Chapters 14 & 15  March 18 No Class, attend the congr egational meeting to r eceive

reports and hear the latest news about St. Paul.  March 25 Palm Sunday, No Class.

In April, we will continue with a pr esentation fr om St. Paul member Jim Sattler on his conservation and environmental work with City of Albuquerque Open Space, Pr. Bre Roberts from Lutheran Campus Ministry at UNM and CNM, and a special session with our new pastor (as soon as we can schedule it). There is no lack of interesting and challenging topics this Spring in Adult Faith Development. Join us after service in the Conference Room. All are welcome. -Bob Matthews

ALBUQUERQUE INTERFAITH Joaquin Sanchez, Interim Organizer with Albuquerque Interfaith, will soon become the Lead Organizer and will move his family to Albuquerque from the San Jose area of California in June, if all goes as planned. A.I. is developing a contract with Albuquerque Public Schools to work in three elementary schools that have high absenteeism problems. Funds for this effort to reduce the absentee rates will come from a foundation grant that the Lead Organizer will oversee, with a second organizer working in those schools and with the families of the students. These schools are ones with a very high number of students in the free lunch program, so they come from very poor families. One aspect of the program will be to engage the parents in the life of the school, which has proven to improve student attendance. A.I. continues to work on the development of comprehensive behavioral health services with the County Commission. Funding from the 1/8 cent gross receipts tax has funded several new programs. Recently announced was the Intake Center downtown where newly released inmates from the Metropolitan Detention Center will be dropped off for screening and connection to needed services. Also, the Sheriff's Office and the Police Department now both have two teams each to respond to crisis calls from families where an intervention is needed by a specially trained Social Worker and an Officer in plain clothes. A.I. efforts and involvement are 6


beginning to show real progress as we seek to resolve the lack of mental health services in the County. This effort came out of many grass-roots meetings and conversations about concerns people had that were lead by A.I. leaders in our congregations and schools. -Ivan Westergaard

BREAD FOR THE WORLD WORKSHOP A Bread For the World Offering of Letters Workshop will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 17, from 9:30 – noon. You are all invited to attend this workshop for the churches and organizations in the area who participate in the annual Offering of Letters sponsored by Bread for the World. This year’s letter-writing campaign, For Such a Time As This, is similar to last year; we will be asking Congress to preserve funding for programs that are crucial to our anti-hunger efforts. Carlos Navarro, BFW Volunteer Coor dinator for NM, has invited a panel of guest speakers to offer their perspectives on how programs such as SNAP (formerly food stamps) and WIC (Nutrition Program for W omen, Infants and Children) help people in New Mexico, and how a loss of funding could hurt many low-income families. This is an opportunity to come and learn more about local efforts to help hungry and low-income people, and to offer St. Paul hospitality to guests from other churches and organizations. Refreshments will be served for “breakfast” – coffee, juice, bagels, doughnuts, etc. Registration is not necessary, and there is no fee for the event. Hope to see you there! For further information, contact Karla Ice. -From the Outreach Team

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 or Please join us! -Kristie Peterson 7

We had a great turn out for our Valentine’s Day party and visit with Orbit; the Isotopes mascot. The children enjoyed laughing with him and of course, his big floppy ears. 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 spring, weather changes and the amazing power of the wind. Our preschoolers be making wind socks and exploring the many changes spring brings to the world around them. Our younger children will be making spring collages and learning about the different colors they will see. Curriculum Theme: Spring, W eather, T em perature, T he W ind. Bible Memory Verse: Matthew 5:14 - You are the light of the world. We will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt this month on March 29th. Each classroom will have an opportunity to hunt for eggs on the playground. A center party will be on that day as well at 3:00 pm. Family members are invited to attend the events! IMPORTANT DATES March 29 - 10:00 am: Easter Egg Hunt 3:00 pm: Easter Par ty 3:00 pm: Visit fr om NM Isotopes Or bit March 30 - Closed: Good Fr iday We welcome 7 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 for information. COOKING WITH KIDS: BUNNY BRUNCH INGREDIENTS  Mini Bagels  Cream Cheese  Peanut Butter  Pretzel Sticks  Raisins  Shredded Carrots  Cheese

DIRECTIONS 1. Cut cheese into small rectangles and circles for the cheeks and teeth. 2. Arrange ingredients in individual containers. 3. Lightly toast bagels and allow to cool slightly. 4. Using plastic knives or spoons, have children spread cream cheese on their bagel and arrange pretzels, raisins cheese and carrots to make a bunny face. 5. Repeat step 4 using peanut better

Don’t worry too much about what the bunnies look like. The important thing to focus on is the process of making something yummy and healthy together. ENJOY! -Linda Conjurske, Calico Butterfly Director 8

CAMINO DE VIDA Our sister mission congregation in the South Valley is seeking funds to build a fence around the church property. This will provide a barrier to those who might try to access the property for ill gain, as happened three times in December. Three lockable gates will provide limited entrance and also make the space safe for the children to play and for outdoor events. The large lot to the south of the building is also used for late night dealings and other activities, so the fence will provide some security from that activity. Contributions are being requested to help cover the cost (about $18,000). About $10,000 has been contributed thus far. If you would like to contribute, speak to me or John Adolphi for details. Also, plan to attend the Adult Faith Formation Class on Sunday, April 22nd. Clair e Lewis, a Pr esbyter ian Young Adult volunteer who is giving a year of service to Camino de Vida, will talk about this mission of the ELCA and the Presbyterian Church USA, and share videos of their programs and of the break-in. -Ivan Westergaard

EASTER BREAKFAST Easter Breakfast at St. Paul will be on Sunday, April 1st 2018 from 8:00 a.m. till 9:30 a.m. A St. Paul tr adition ever y year , the Easter Br eakfast will be organized and served by the youth before the Easter Service. This will be a great opportunity for the church community to share a meal and connect to one another. The breakfast menu includes ham, egg casseroles, hash browns, cinnamon rolls, fruits, and orange juice, with vegetarian dish options. In the past, different groups of people came for conversations and fellowship. This year, young children will hit a piĂąata and enjoy some goodies. Free will offerings will be collected for the youth scholarship funds. So far, seven of our youth are going to Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in Colorado, and the money from the Easter Breakfast will help the church send them up there. Your presence is warmly appreciated, and so is your support. See you all then! -Rijasoa Andriamanana

INREACH TASK FORCE Ministry/Activity Forms: Under the clock in the Volunteer Office is a list of all the ministries and activities the Inreach Task Force (ITF) could bring to mind. If your ministry or activity (including special recurring events) has not been crossed out yet, please fill out one of the forms and place it in the basket! The I.T.F. will begin compiling this information in March! -Nancy Matthews 9

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LOCATION KEY: B.O.R.C.C.: Blessed Oscar Romer o Catholic Chur ch; CHAPEL: Chapel Room ; CHOIR: Choir Room, CR: Conference Room, FC: Friendship FH: Fellowship Hall, KIT: Kitchen, LAB: Labyrinth, LIB: Library, N: Narthex; SANC: S WC: Welcome Center ; YR: Youth Room, ALL MEETINGS MARKED “(CLOSED)” ARE P



8:00a: Outr each (CR) 6:30p: NM Confer 9:30a:Wor ship (Sanc) ence of Churches 10:45a:Y/A FF (FH/CR) Workshop (FH) 11:00a: B.O.R.C.C.

6 10:45a: Calico Chapel 9:00a:BULLETIN (Chapel) DEADLINE 6:30p: Cor o Lux (FH) 10:30a:Staff Me 5:30a: Wor ship





9:30a:Wor ship (Sanc) Interfaith (CR) 10:45a:Y/A FF (FH/CR) 6:30p: NM Confer ence of Churches 11:00a: B.O.R.C.C. (Chapel) Workshop (FH)

18 9:30a:Wor ship (Sanc) 10:45a:Semiannual Congregational Meeting (FH) 11:00a: B.O.R.C.C.

19 6:30p: NM Confer ence of Churches Workshop (FH)

13 10:45a: Calico Chapel 9:00a:BULLETIN (Chapel) DEADLINE 5:30p: Pr oper ty (CR) 10:30a:Staff Me 5:30p: WTT (Closed) 3:00p: Calico (F (Lib) 6:00p: Theology 6:30p: Cor o Lux (FH) (Monks Corner/May


PRAY.ACT 9:00a:BULLETIN (FH) DEADLINE 10:30a Stephen Min 10:30a:Staff Me (Lib) 4:00p:Calico Bo 10:45a: Calico Chapel 5:00p: Pr ay.Fas 9:30a: Sewing Gr oup



1:30p:Visitation (CR) 6:30p: Cor o Lux (FH)


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y Bulletin: Each Wednesday at 9 a.m.; April Newsletter: March 15th, at 9 a.m. se check with the office at 505-242-5942 before scheduling a meeting.

Worship Volunteer MARCH 4TH




Presiding Pastor

Pr. Bre Roberts

Pr. Fred Schott

Pr. Fred Schott

Pr. Fred Schott

Assisting Minister

Greg Flynn

Barry Haak

Linda Roe

Nancy Jenkins

Rado Josoa Rindra Josoa Mino Rakotoarijaona

Jan Krakow Kristie Peterson Kelly Hardison

Patty Crown Kathy Callahan Shirley Nilsson

Luana Carey Kay Fulton Else Tasseron


Jan Bowers

Diane RemerThamert

Greg Flynn

Bob Matthews


Rotsy Josoa Isabella Wilkerson

Chase Keller Lauren Keller

Rado Josoa Rindra Josoa

Rojo Josoa Rotsy Josoa

Sharon Hamilton Marlys Weinhold Robyn Schlegel Kristie Peterson

Diane Remer-Thamert Robyn Schlegel Vera Rhee

Worship Advent.

Kay Fulton

Seth Hartwell

Andi Trybus

Seth Hartwell

Welcome Center

Nancy Jenkins

Ruth Monteverdi

Bob & Nancy Matthews

Karen Oligher

Communion Bread

Sharon Howard

Eileen Shannon

Sharon Howard

Kristie Peterson

Stephen Minister

Nancy Jenkins

Terry Cole

Greg Flynn


Roger Hein Jeff Peterson Katherine Boissiere Sharon Hamilton Else Tasseron

Communion Assistants

Altar/Sacristy Care

Robyn Schlegel Marlys Weinhold Sharon Hamilton Kathy Callahan Nancy Matthews Else Tasseron Kevin Blackerby

Margy Wienbar Jan Bowers Judy Lalani Kevin Blackerby Sue Margison Carl Scheiber Becky Scheib Patty Crown Chuck Yaple Chip Wills

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

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Terry Cole

LaVonne Winther

Kay Fulton Paula Eglinton Mino Rakotoarijaona

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Robyn Schlegel

Roger Hein

Shirley Nilsson

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Sharon Hamilton






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-Thank you, AnnaMarie Padilla

FRIENDS FEEDING FRIENDS Friends feeding friends served about 120 people in February. We had plenty of food and were able to serve seconds. We also had plenty of servers, thanks to Jonathan and Karla Ice, Else Tasseron, and David Lund. With the help of Marsha Kearney, a member of the congregation who is a Thrivent member, filled out the needed paperwork and was able to get $250 from Thrivent to be used for FFF supplies. We have a storage shelf in the closet at the west end of Fellowship Hall for cups, lemonade, iced tea, dressing, cheese and fruit. I want to thank all the cooks, servers and supporters of FFF who continue to supply a hot meal to those in need. The clients of St. Martin's are very appreciative. 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

FRIENDS FEEDING FRIENDS INTERVIEW W/ELSE While at St. Martins, to serve the dinner for Friends Feeding Friends, I spoke with a young man, Jose. This is a sad story. You may ask yourself why you would read it; don't you have enough to struggle with? And you can't solve his problem anyway… Two reasons to read this Story: yes, you help, by being or becoming one of the people, who cooked this delicious warm meal. And, yes, Jose is no exception at all. You need to know that there are many “Jose’s” who need that warm meal. Jose is only 21 years old, waiting for the dinner and he was willing to talk with me. As I sat down, I noticed the 'empty' eyes in this young man's face. I asked how long he had been homeless and surprised me with his answer: "six days". Of course I asked what happened six days ago and he proceeded to tell me about the fight he had with his mom, after which she kicked him out. Jose completed elementary to high school. But at age 16 he began to abuse drugs: everything he could put his hands on. He is still using, because now he is addicted, i.e. he NEEDS to have the drugs in his mind and body.  Did he ever had a dream, of what he wanted to become? "No"...  What does he want NOW for his life? "Sitting on a couch and watch movies"...  Does he want help with his addiction? "No" As I thanked him for talking with me, I also gave him the address where he could get help. -Else Tasseron 14




Main Dish

March 16th Mass (Bernstein) Not Rated Chicken Alfredo Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis asked Bernstein to compose a piece for the 1971 inauguration of the Kennedy Center and as the son of Russian-Jewish parents, a social liberal, and lifelong activist, Bernstein made a surprising choice: the Roman Catholic Mass. Mass premiered on September 8, 1971, at the inauguration of the Kennedy Center, directed by Gordon Davidson, conducted by Maurice Peress, and choreographed by Alvin Ailey. The performance was fully staged, with over 200 participants. The eclecticism of Mass's music includes rock, gospel, folk, Broadway and jazz idioms appearing side-by-side with 12-tone serialism, symphonic marches, solemn hymns, Middle Eastern dances, orchestral meditations, and lush chorales. 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 15

NAME TAGS! Did you hear what Pr. Kristi said when she arrived for the Meet and Greet? “Thank you for wearing name tags!” If you cannot find yours, please let the office know or write your name on the clipboard next to the name tag box. -Nancy Matthews

NM INTERFAITH DIALOGUE The Nature of Evil: What is Our Response? Is the subject of the 2018 colloquium hosted by the NM Interfaith Dialogue. Consider these questions:  How do we define evil: by results or intent?  If evil brings suffering, death, destruction, and broken relationships, why is it also attractive and tempting?  Why is it that the Abrahamic Traditions – perhaps more so than other religious traditions – find the issue of evil and suffering to be so problematic for belief in a loving and just God?  How can we find a way to speak with one voice about the evil and suffering attendant upon warfare and conflict, environmental degradation, and poverty in our world? The colloquium will be Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 7:30 – 2:30 pm at Congregation B'nai Israel, 4401 Indian School Road NE. Tickets to the event, which include breakfast and lunch, plus networking time, cost $40 ($20 for students). Register on line at spring-colloquium/. There is a poster in our lobby about this event.


-Nancy Matthews


SAINT PAUL SEWING GROUP The Sewing Group has had another successful year with over 105 quilts, lap robes, and blankets being distributed throughout the year, spreading “Hugs from God”. Nearly 600 hours of volunteer time went into the making of the quilts and other items. We received fabric, bed sheets (used for the back of the quilts), and sewing supplies from a number of our congregation members, and are so very thankful for their support. We had two Thrivent Financial Action Team projects approved in 2017 and used the seed money to purchase the batting, bed sheets, and other needed supplies. Recipients of “Hugs from God” included congregation members (graduates, Pastor, and newborns), Lutheran Family Services refugee program, adopted families, El Ranchito de Los Ninos, CLN Kids (on a mission to end child homelessness), and Veterans Administration hospital patients. We also completed a quilt (with a hand-sewn quilt top donated to the group) which was presented to St. Paul’s youth group to raise funds for their activities. We met most months in the fellowship hall at church, as well as doing a lot of work from home. 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” . -Marhsa Kearney



YOUTH NEWS: 1. Seven students are registered for summer Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp (RTLC) -- three age groups 2. Watch for fund raising opportunities for RTLC 3. Help with Easter breakfast decorating on Saturday, March 31st, and breakfast serving Easter Sunday 4. Youth participated (and did quite well) in the city-wide Amazing Race on February 3rd. -Dana Mullen


PASTOR’S REPORT TO COUNCIL Since the January 17th Congregational Council meeting I have:  Been on site at St. Paul each Sunday, Tuesday & Wednesday  Conducted necessary office activities including newsletters & bulletins  Preached and presided at worship each Sunday  Conducted Calico Chapels on Tuesday mornings  Attended staff meetings each Wednesday  Participated in the Worship & Music committee meeting  Made a “home-bound” visit  Met with persons seeking pastoral assistance  Coordinated services with the Adopted Families project  Consulted with members regarding congregational matters  Attended the Northern NM Rocky Mountain (RM) Synod Conference meeting on February 10th  Prepared and submitted the 2017 parish report to the RM Synod  Planned and coordinated Ash Wednesday services & preached and presided at 12:00 p.m. and with Father Frank at 7:00 p.m.  Participated in a Worship & Music quarterly planning session on February 17th  Attended the Calico Board meeting, and meeting of the Finance Committee on February 21st. FYI  I had signed up for a course at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe on Tuesday & Wednesday 02/27-28 & 03/6-7, and will be leaving the office at 12:00PM on those days.  I will be attending a conference in Mescalero, NM, 03/1-4. Pastor Breonna Roberts, UNM Luther House campus pastor will preach and preside on Sunday, March 04, and Pastor Hal Nilsson will be on call for pastoral emergencies. Respectfully, Pastor Fred Schott, Interim Bridge Pastor


January 17th, 2018 January’s Council:  A presentation was made by Mickie Segotta from the Cancer Center which described a pass-through through the fence between SPLC and the Cancer Center so patients can park in the church lot if there is no parking available in the CC lot. The property to the east of our lot is UNM Health Services property and the Cancer Center is looking for funding to pave that lot and add 50 parking spaces. We would allow patient RVs to park in the church lot during the day while the patient gets treatment. The RVs would not be allowed to park overnight.  The treasurer reported the new tax laws allow direct giving from a person's IRA to the church without having the money taxed. He is willing to discuss this with anyone who is interested.  Pastor Schott reported that Pastor Roberts will preach on March 3. He will be out of town at a conference.  Paul Thompson discussed the need for a Mutual Ministry team and has names of congregation members who have expressed interest in being on that team. He will meet with the Executive Committee.  John Adolphi will be overseeing the janitorial service.  Calico Preschool is working hard to increase their enrollment and have 5 new students. They are also offering a discount to Cancer Center employees who enroll their children in the school. The church is offering free parking to parents of Calico students who work at the Cancer Center.  Camino de Vida has experienced several break-in at their church and is asking churches in the area for financial help so they can build a fence around their property. A motion was made to give Camino de Vida $2500 from the Endowment Fund. Motion passed unanimously  Outreach presented a request to become a YAGM covenent church. A motion was made to become a covenant congregation that commits to supporting YAGM annually and create a covenant with the YAGM country program in Mexico. We would give $2000 a year for two years with the option for extending the support. Motion passed unanimously.  Outreach requested that the Endowment Fund allocate funds for Bread for the World and NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice. The amount would be up to the discretion of the Committee. Motion was made and passed unanimously.  The Council authorized Paul Thompson to sign the Memorandum of understanding with BORCC. Respectfully submitted by Nancy Jenkins, Council Secretary 20



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