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A Message from Pastor Jeff

Pastor Jeff LilleyA red Schwinn Cruiser bicycle with a banana seat! That was all I wanted for Christmas when I was seven years old. We lived in Tempe, Arizona, not far from the university and only a few blocks from school. It was a neighborhood full of kids who spent the long hours after school riding around the neighborhood, racing along sidewalks, and dashing around parking lots. I had a hand-me-down bike that had been pretty much ruined by my older brother. The chain fell off at regular intervals, the handlebars were bent at an odd angle, and there was no seat. When the other kids rode off for the days adventure, I found myself poking along and falling further behind with each passing minute. Soon the bike would break down, and I walked home dragging a bicycle carcass behind me.

I begged my folks for a new bike for a couple of years. One night as I was watching TV, a Schwinn commercial showed a tow-headed kid riding like the wind on a low, red, very cool bicycle. As he stood up to pedal I caught a glimpse of the tufted yellow banana seat that made every other bike seem impossibly old fashioned and out of date. Whatever lust a seven-year old can muster came into full bloom that afternoon. I had to have that bike. Every fiber of desire quivered to possess that bicycle. On Christmas morning, I awoke to find my dream fulfilled. There, glistening red and yellow, was the bike of my dreams. I remember the excitement like it was yesterday.

While the first memory of that bicycle is etched in my mind, the last memory is hazy. The last time I remember seeing the bike was in the junk pile behind the back wall of our new house in Phoenix. Apple red had turned to rust, bright chrome had given way to a dull metallic patina devoid of luster, and the proud banana seat had long been discarded. Hidden in dirt, rust, frame, and spokes were memories of freedom, independence, and adventure. But the bike itself was used up and forgotten. The things of Christmas are like that. Perhaps we remember the desire, the anticipation, even the lust. But having acquired the object of our desire, ash returns to ash and dust to dust.

As Christmas approaches, we are inundated with commercials telling of all the things we need to need. And maybe our need to give is satisfied in this season. In the end, the stuff we buy falls to dust or fades into dim memory. But the stories we live and the families we love last long after we pack away the artificial Christmas tree and deflate the life-size inflatable snow globe. The Christ child and his promise of freedom and love cannot be packed conveniently away. His journey toward the cross is begun and all believers are along for the ride. All the stuff in the world cannot change this—or us.

Have a wonderful story this Christmas,
Pastor Jeff Lilley

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HOLIDAY SERVICES
Monday, December 24—Christmas Eve
5:00 pm Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with the children’s choir
10:30 pm A Baroque Christmas
11:00 pm Festival Choral Eucharist
 
Tuesday, December 25—Christmas Day
10:30 am Festival Choral Eucharist
 
Sunday, December 30
9:15 am Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols and Holy Eucharist
 
Tuesday, January 1—New Year’s Day
2:00 pm
(New Time!)
German Vespers
 

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November 2007 Church Council Highlights

Here are the highlights of the November 13, 2007, Church Council meeting:

  • 2007 Budget—Member and plate offerings are running at 88% of budgeted amount through October. Based on the expected increase of plate offerings at the end of the year, this is considered a positive sign. Overall, the budget is running at a deficit of $22,527.42.
  • Approval of Expenditure for the Board Room Renovation—The Council approved spending the $5,000 donation from the Miller Family Foundation for the Board Room renovation.
  • Audit Committee for 2008—The Council is asking for volunteers for the 2008 Audit Committee. The suggestion is that the Audit Committee work throughout the year, rather than just focusing on the year-end audit.
  • Church Council Members—The new board members presented at the Council meeting and then approved at the November 18th Congregational Meeting are:
    • Peggy Anderson
    • Jean-Paul Klingebiel
    • Larry Nitz
    • Teresa McCreary
    • Crescent C.

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Aloha for our Interns and Seminarian

The Lutheran Church of Honolulu has been blessed by wonderful intern pastors in recent years (Katy Grindberg and Josh Graber) and we would like to continue to share our aloha with them and with Jacob Burkman, our seminarian. Over the next few Sundays we will gather items to brighten their days over the holiday season. Fun food items, gift cards, aloha gifts or any item to share the love of our congregation may be brought to the table set up in the courtyard. Note cards will be available to write a personal note.

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Bible Study on Tuesday

Not a part of an Adult Study on Sunday Morning? Join Pastor Jeff to talk story about your faith each Sunday morning at 9:15. Bring your stories, questions, curiosity, or desire to fall in love with God and each other to the circle of chairs located near the water cooler in the Hörmann Courtyard. This is an informal time of sharing for persons of any age.

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Lutherfest

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Lutherfest a great success! Mahalo nui loa to Francisco Barajas with the auction, to Robert Raasch with the bar, to Jeanette Hanson and her capable Fellowship committee with the evening’s dinner, to Fritz Fritschel and Angie and Jim Niermann for the Martin Luther skit, to Fred Benco and his lively accordion music, and to Carl Crosier and choir for the madrigals. We hope you had as much fun as we did, and we look forward to next year’s celebration.

Note: The proceeds from the auction and refreshment sales have netted $2180. Add the $1300 match from Thrivent, and we have some seed money for the repair and paving of the rear parking lot.

Peggy Anderson, Stephanie Miller, and Jean Lilley (in the background) at the Lutherfest auction.Peggy Anderson, Stephanie Miller, and Jean Lilley (in the background) at the Lutherfest auction.

Follow this link for more pictures from Lutherfest, including a cake for Martin Luther’s 524th birthday.


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The AIDS Memorial Quilt Display

The Lutheran Church of Honolulu in collaboration with The NAMES Project Foundation Hawaii Islands Chapter are pleased to host this observance of the 19th Annual International World AIDS Day and also the 20th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on display
9:00 AM Opening Hawaiian Chant by Kaipo
  Opening Worship led by LCH Pastor Jeff Lilley
10:00 AM and ongoing
throughout the day
Quilt Panel making and Red Ribbon Lei making led by Linda Miller and members of LCH’s In Stitches group
11:00 AM Other displays, performances, prayers, etc.
5:00 PM Hawai‘i Vocal Arts Ensemble under the direction of Tim Carney
6:00 PM St. Mark’s Saintly Singers under the direction of David Kayner
Sunset Candle Lighting Vigil
  Reading of Names
7:00 PM Open
8:00 PM Open
9:00 PM Conclusion of Quilt Making Project with The NAMES Project, Hawaii Islands Chapter, volunteers

On December 2, the display of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be open during Sunday Services at 8:00 AM, 10:30 AM, and during the Advent Procession at 7:30 PM.

We are currently taking any volunteers to add to the program from 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 1. If you would like to volunteer prayer time, etc. please contact: Ray Herradura or Peggy Anderson.

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Save The Food Basket this Saturday

Save The Food Basket is a non-profit community activity, which supplies food, dry goods, and meals to people who are disabled with HIV/AIDS. Your commitment to this project in the past has been greatly appreciated.

This year, LCH has been asked to collect 150 bottles of dish liquid and another 150 bottles of laundry detergent in approximately 12 oz. sizes.The recipients cannot purchase these items with food stamps, so this is where Save The Food Basket comes in. Please bring your items to LCH for collection by Saturday, December 1.

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Food for Thought this Saturday

Food for Thought will meet for our monthly potluck supper and discussion at the home of Irmgard Hörmann this Saturday, December 1, at 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

For directions or information, please call Linda Miller through the Church Office (941-2566).

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fasting & feasting—Advent 2007

This Advent, LCH plans to give $3200 to Kokua Kalihi Valley (KKV), earmarked for medical care for Pacific Islander immigrants. How will we do this? By fully matching a $1600 grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, awarded through their Care Abounds in Communities collaboration with individual congregations.

After the pie potluck on Thanksgiving (wow!), we’re all ready to cut back a little. Consider foregoing one meal a week, or skipping a restaurant outing during December, and pledge the $15–20 saved toward fasting & feasting. A $15–20 pledge from 100 members will easily meet our goal of $1600.

KKV was started over 30 years ago by Jory Watland, a local Lutheran pastor. It has become a major social service agency in the Kalihi area, providing medical, dental, translation, social work, and many other services to immigrant families. Presently, Pacific Islanders make up a large group of new residents in our state, and the support of KKV is invaluable as they transition to a new life in Hawai‘i.

Because of the calendar stipulations of Thrivent, all donations to fasting & feasting must be made by Christmas Day. Please be sure to include “fasting & feasting” on your check. May our own Advent blessings be enriched by sharing with others in our community.

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“Omnipotence and the Marketplace”

Fritz FritschelProcess theology is very interested in developing an understanding of divine power. Many of the traditional notions of power seem to have been usurped by the “marketplace.” This will be the topic for the next presentation in the Process Forum Series. Join us on Saturday, December 8, 9:30-11:00 a.m. for the discussion, led by Fritz Fritschel. A repeat session will be held on Sunday, December 9, at 12:00 noon with a light lunch. Check the LCH website <Table Talk/Spirituality and Theology/Process Talk> for access to an article entitled, “The Market as God,” by Harvey Cox.


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First Sunday Ingathering

ANGEL NETWORK

Mark the first Sunday of every month on your calendars and make that extra trip to Costco or Sam’s Club. While donations for Angel Network are welcome any time, Pastor Jeff has set the first Sunday of every month as a special ingathering for Angel Network. Bring canned foods, sample-sized shampoo, soap, personal items, etc. Spam, Cup-a-noodle and canned tuna are favorites. Also, bring plastic grocery bags which are used to distribute the items to our friends in need. There is a table set up in the Hörmann Courtyard to receive your donations.

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The Jesse Tree

As Advent approaches, we would like to invite everyone to be part of our Jesse Tree devotions each Sunday of advent in the nave at 9:15 am. It is a tradition at LCH for the children to present this short service of music and readings during Advent. It lasts about 20 minutes. This year, the Jesse Tree service will be held on December 2, 9, 16 and 23. The older children will read Bible stories and prayers, the youngest children will hang ornaments on the tree representing each story, and everyone will sing the Jesse Tree song. Please come and enjoy this very special offering from the children of the congregation.

Find out more about the Jesse Tree and see pictures from previous years’ devotions on this page.

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Audit Committee

Are you interested in being on the 2007 Audit Committee? Please let Council President Brian Weis or Pastor Jeff Lilley know.

Several LCH youth helped with the ingathering for Operation Backpack at Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church.Several LCH youth helped with the ingathering for Operation Backpack at Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church.


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In Stitches

The LCH craft group, In Stitches, will continue to meet through the Fall. The meeting dates are as follows...December 8 and 22; the second and fourth Saturdays of each month in the newly refurbished Board Room, from 9:00-11:00 am.

We work on church projects, as well as our own projects, and encourage each other in our art. For more information contact Linda Miller through the Church Office (941-2566).

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Lunch Bunch

The next Lunch Bunch will be on Sunday, December 9 (the second Sunday of every month). Everyone will meet in the Hörmann Courtyard at 12:00 noon and decide where to go and have lunch. Please join us for fun-filled fellowship!

For more information, contact Stephanie Miller through the Church Office (941-2566).

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Writers’ Workshop

Writers’ Workshop will meet on Monday, December 10, from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Board Room (or the Rainbow Room) at LCH. This will be our last meeting of the year; to kick off the new year, our next session is scheduled for January 7, 2008.

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Game Night

You are invited to the next Game Night on Saturday, December 22 (fourth Saturday of every month), a Caroling Party at 6:30 pm. It’s a potluck at Stephanie Miller’s home, so bring a dish of your choice, and a game! Would love to see you there and hear how your Thanksgivings went.

For directions to Steff’s home or for more information, contact her through the Church Office (941-2566)

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Come Deck the Halls!

We will be decorating the church for Christmas on Monday, December 24, from 9:00 am till it’s finished. Come help us transform the sanctuary.

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Giving from the Heart

Thank you to the 42 commitments made for this year’s “Giving from the Heart” stewardship campaign. A confirmation letter of your 2008 pledge has been mailed this past week. If you haven’t received this letter, please contact Bill Potter at <fin-sec@lchwelcome.org>. In addition, if you’ve requested offering envelopes for next year, they should be ready for distribution on December 16. If you did not request envelopes on your pledge card or didn’t pledge and would like envelopes, please contact Bill.

Still haven’t filled out your pledge card? Don’t worry. You can still turn in your “Giving from the Heart” pledge card via the offering plate or through the church office. We welcome any contribution that you are able to give.

Thanks to all of you for giving from the heart to our various ministries and programs here at LCH.

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The Board Room before refurbishingThe Board Room after refurbishingThe Board Room before (left) and after (right) refurbishing.


The Counting Room before refurbishingThe Counting Room after refurbishingThe Counting Room before (left) and after (right) refurbishing.


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Mahalo Corner

The Miller Family Charitable Fund gave a $5,000 grant to LCH for refurbishing the Board Room. Many thanks go to Stephen and Linda Miller and family. Thanks, also, go out to all of the LCHers who volunteered to move all of the furniture, etc. out, shop for supplies, repair and paint the ceilings and walls, install new fixtures, and get the rooms (Board Room, Sacristy, Utility Room, Counting Room) back in order and ready for use. It’s amazing what some new flooring, new fixtures, and a lot of helping hands accomplished in a week. Thank you, Lord, for the many blessings you have bestowed upon us.

Mahalo to On On at McCully Chinese Restaurant. Norman Wong of On On has provided 10% discount coupons for take-out or dine-in orders; the coupons are available at the church office. In addition, On On is also giving LCH a 10% donation of all food purchased with the use of the coupon. It’s a Win-Win situation.

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Keep in your prayersKeep in Your Prayers...

Amalie      Gwen Linda
Anita Jackie         Lorie     
Bill Jerry Mary
Dorothy Joe Rosemary
Eric Kathy Shane

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poinsettia, the December birth flowerDecember Birthdays

12/03 Betty Petersen
12/04 James Sullivan
12/04 Jerelyn Watanabe
12/06 Jean Lilley
12/11 Joseph N.
12/16 Arlene Buss
12/17 Carly Schweigert
12/18 Adelheid Kuehnle
12/18 Jacob Burkman
12/19 Andrew Yeh
12/20 Peggy Anderson
12/23 Linden Doescher
12/23 Michael Burnett
12/24 Sophie C.
12/28 Rusty Walker

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LCH Worship Participants—8:00 AM Holy Communion
  December 2 December 9 December 16 December 23
LECTOR Linda Miller Vicki Gorman Chuck Huxel TBA
COMMUNION
ASSISTANTS
Peggy Anderson
Bob Tellander
Laurie Leach
Crescent C.
Ken Bauchle
Jim Sullivan
TBA
ACOLYTE Crescent C. Sophie C. Seth L. TBA
LAYING ON
OF HANDS
  TBA    
USHER Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco
LCH Worship Participants—10:30 AM Choral Eucharist
  December 2 December 9 December 16 December 23
LECTOR Don Person TBA TBA TBA
DEACON Stephen Schmidt Sean D’Evelyn Bob Zimmer TBA
SUBDEACON Kore S. Karyn C. Mary Fastenau TBA
COMMUNION
ASSISTANT
Charlotte D’Evelyn TBA Randy Christensen TBA
ACOLYTES Karyn C.
Mary Fastenau
Olivia Castro
Kore S.
Jordan M.
Kelsey Lloyd
TBA
LAYING ON
OF HANDS
  TBA    
USHERS Chuck Huxel
Francisco Barajas
Don Person
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
Chuck Huxel
Francisco Barajas
Don Person
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
Chuck Huxel
Francisco Barajas
Don Person
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
Chuck Huxel
Francisco Barajas
Don Person
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
ALTAR
GUILD
Jeanette Hanson
Olivia Castro
Mary-Jo Estes
Billie Jean Ries
Jeanette Hanson
Olivia Castro
Mary-Jo Estes
Billie Jean Ries
Jeanette Hanson
Olivia Castro
Mary-Jo Estes
Billie Jean Ries
Jeanette Hanson
Olivia Castro
Mary-Jo Estes
Billie Jean Ries

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Heart Beat Deadline

Next Heart Beat Deadline is Tuesday, December 18!

offering plate graphicAttendance and Offerings for November


November 4    8:00 AM Service 33      Offering $3,589.26
  10:30 AM Service 102   Music Fund $300.00
  Compline 23   Social Ministry $25.75
  Total 158      
November 11    8:00 AM Service 43   Offering $3,940.97
  10:30 AM Service 79   LutherFest $2,182.55
  Compline 28      
  Total 150      
November 18    8:00 AM Service 56   Offering $2,399.68
  10:30 AM Service 111   Music Fund $355.00
  Compline 27   ELCA World Hunger $140.00
  Total 194      
November 21    8:00 AM Service 33   Offering $2,046.92
  10:30 AM Service 112   Thanksgiving Offering $356.00
  Compline 21   Music Fund $120.00
  Total 166      

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Family Circus cartoon © Bill Keane from JoyfulNoiseletter.com. Reprinted with permission of Bill Keane.Heavenly Humor

Bibles & cell phones

Fr. Taras Miles, pastor of St. Demetrius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Belfield, ND, sent this item from The New Star in Chicago, IL:

  • “Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?”
  • “What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?”
  • “What if we flipped through it several times a day?”
  • “What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?”
  • “What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?”
  • “What if we gave it to kids as gifts?”
  • “What if we used it when we traveled?”
  • “What if we used it in case of emergency?”

Who Does What?

A man and his wife were having an argument about who should brew the coffee each morning.

The wife said, “You should do it because you get up first, and then we don’t have to wait as long to get our coffee.”

The husband said, “You are in charge of cooking around here, and you should do it because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.”

Wife replies, “No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.”

Husband replies, “I can’t believe that; show me.”

So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says “HEBREWS.”

Family Circus cartoon © Bill Keane from JoyfulNoiseletter.com. Reprinted with permission of Bill Keane.

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Calendar: December 2007

Sunday, December 2—Angel Network Ingathering
AIDS Memorial Quilt Display, during all services
8:00 AM Holy Communion
9:10 AM Christian Education
10:30 AM Choral Eucharist
12:00 noon Fellowship Potluck
7:30 PM Advent Procession
Monday, December 3
6:00 PM Mutual Ministry/Transition Team Meeting
Tuesday, December 4
10:00 AM Adult Bible Study
Wednesday, December 5
10:00 AM Preschool Chapel
Thursday, December 6
7:00 PM LCH Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, December 8
9:00 AM In Stitches
9:30 AM Process Theology Forum
3:00 PM Private—Hungarian Reformed Church
Sunday, December 9
8:00 AM Holy Communion
9:10 AM Christian Education
10:30 AM Choral Eucharist
12:00 noon Process Theology Forum
12:00 noon Lunch Bunch
4:30 PM Joint Confirmation Christmas Party
8:30 PM Pre-Compline Discussion
9:00 PM Compline
Monday, December 10
7:00 PM Writers’ Workshop
Tuesday, December 11
10:00 AM Adult Bible Study
6:00 PM Executive Committee
6:30 PM Council Meeting
6:30 PM Worship & Music
Wednesday, December 12
10:00 AM Preschool Chapel
Thursday, December 13
7:00 PM LCH Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, December 15
11:30 AM Christmas Concert at State Library
Sunday, December 16
8:00 AM Holy Communion
9:10 AM Christian Education
9:15 AM Congregational Meeting—1st half
10:30 AM Choral Eucharist
8:30 PM Pre-Compline Discussion
9:00 PM Compline
Monday, December 17
7:00 PM Aloha Jam
Tuesday, December 18
9:00 AM Heart Beat Deadline
10:00 AM Adult Bible Study
Wednesday, December 19
10:00 AM Preschool Chapel
Thursday, November 20
7:00 PM LCH Choir Rehearsal
Friday, December 21
1:00 PM Prepare IHS Meals
5:30 PM Serve IHS Meals
Saturday, December 22
9:00 AM In Stitches
1:30 PM OYEA Gift Exchange
3:00 PM Orchestra Dress Rehearsal (Christmas)
6:30 PM Game Night
Sunday, December 23
8:00 AM Holy Communion
9:10 AM Christian Education
10:30 AM Choral Eucharist
8:30 PM Pre-Compline Discussion
9:00 PM Compline
Monday, December 24—Office Closed
9:00 AM Setup for Christmas
5:00 PM Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
10:30 PM A Baroque Christmas
11:00 PM Festival Choral Eucharist
Tuesday, December 25
10:30 AM Festival Choral Eucharist
Wednesday, December 26
9:00 AM Heart Beat Mailing
Thursday, December 27
7:00 PM LCH Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, December 29
2:30 PM Orchestra Dress Rehearsal (New Yea’s Day)
Sunday, December 30
9:15 AM A Festival of Lessons & Carols and Holy Eucharist
10:30 AM Fellowship Potluck
8:30 PM Pre-Compline Discussion
9:00 PM Compline

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