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June 2008—In this Issue:
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June 2008 HeartBeat (PDF)
spirit moves in strange and wonderful motions
flame and dove descend from whispered breath
and beckon longing hearts to beat unfettered by fear
dancing fire skips from head to head
a game of cosmic duck, duck, goose where all are sent
some hide their tinder hearts afraid to catch on fire
some breathe it in like spring morning
wind of God tickles noses and stirs up dust
whorls of joy play about the courtyard and children dive into their midst
kites leap from unwary hands to color sky and nip clouds
anxious hands drag against the pull but freedom’s joy is undenied
parthians and medes, elamites and greeks hear peace in swirling breath
she speaks in wind-born tongues sweet to listening ear
spirit moves in strange and wonderful motions
fire burns and wind blows but who will join the dance?
Pastor Jeff Lilley
Through the generosity of the LCH ‘ohana, we have almost reached our goal to raise $4,260 for “Blessed to Build Two Blessings” by May 31. The total of our contributions as of May 25 was $3,530. Mahalo to everyone who helped us get this close. There is still a chance that we can reach our goal by May 31, but if not, we will continue to welcome your donations. We want LCH to be the first congregation in the Synod to complete our campaign!
If you have not participated but would still like to help meet our challenge, please drop off or mail your contribution to the church office during the week. Be sure indicate B2B2B on your gift and include any names you would like to have acknowledged by LCH, the Pacifica Synod, and our partner South West Synod in Ethiopia.
Even more important than your dollars are your prayers. Please keep our Pacifica Synod and the South West Synod in your prayers as new seeds are sown to spread the Good News of Jesus across the world!
Roy Helms, Treasurer
June 1st is the first Sunday of the month, and once again the people of LCH will be bringing in their contributions for the Angel Network. The congregation has been especially generous in recent months, as shown by the load in Pastor Jeff Lilley’s vehicle (right).
All manner of non-perishable food items and personal care items are welcome for the monthly ingathering. Canned stew, Spam, cup noodles, and canned tuna are especially popular.
On Sunday, June 1, at 10:30 am (and continuing the first Sunday of every month), the chairperson or another representative of each committee will meet in the Boardroom with Pastor Jeff Lilley and Council President Brian Weis. This is to enhance communications between all committees. See you all there!
Would you like to learn more about the sacrament of Holy Communion? Has your youngster not yet received first communion? Come join Pastor Jeff for First Communion class on Sunday, June 8, immediately following worship. Lunch will be served as we learn about the origins, practice, and meaning of Holy Communion. Families should attend the event together and plan to join their youngsters at the communion rail for first communion on Sunday, June 15. Of course, children may begin receiving communion at any time, but parents are encouraged to provide this opportunity to deepen their child’s understanding of the sacrament. Please call the office (941-2566) to let Pastor know if you and your family will be attending.
In Stitches, the LCH craft group, is going strong. They meet the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the Boardroom and work on items for the church as well as their own projects. Come for the fellowship! Upcoming meetings are June 14 and 28.
For more information, please call Linda Miller through the Church Office (941-2566).
The ELCA has released its draft study on Human Sexuality and is encouraging individuals, congregations, and synods to study and comment on the document prior to October 2008. LCH will conduct a number of discussions about the draft study, and you are encouraged to attend one of the events. In addition to the study held in May, several additional opportunities have been scheduled. We look forward to bringing your comments to the ELCA.
Human Sexuality Draft Study Discussions
Final fundraiser for Summer Camp!! The youth from seven churches will be at Christ Lutheran in Mililani from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 14.
OYEA’s last car wash raised $1,200, and Thrivent added another $400, for a total of $1,600. Thrivent will also be matching a third of the profits for the June car wash.
Please help our youth make this last fundraiser a success!
The Fellowship Committee is hosting a Father’s Day luncheon in the Hörmann Courtyard on Sunday, June 15, after the 9:15 am service. The committee invites all LCH members and guests to enjoy this happy celebration. The food will be provided by the Fellowship Committee. We look forward to seeing you there in honor of all our fathers.
Camp Erdman on the North Shore June 29–July 4 (Sunday thru Friday)
OYEA is bringing professional counselors from Camp WAPO in Wisconsin to lead a week of Summer Bible Camp for our Hawaii youth. A week of fun, fellowship, and great opportunities to learn about God’s Word with the theme: “Blessings from God.”
Sunday, April 27, finally saw the dedication of the renovated Boardroom, Sacristy, and Counting Room. Back in November when the renovations began, Pastor Jeff said the work would be done in six days. He was partly right—the major work was completed in six days; the small stuff took six months.
Members and friends who toured the rooms after worship were impressed with the careful attention to detail in the project, and everyone agreed that the work had created a much more inviting meeting space.
Stephen and Linda Miller were among the many who toured the renovated Boardroom on April 27.
This month’s Game Night is on Saturday, June 28, at 6:30 pm at Stephanie Miller’s home in Kaimuki. Please bring a game and a pot-luck dish to share.
If you have any questions or need directions, please contact Steff through the Church Office (941-2566).
The 2009 ELCA National Youth Gathering will be held July 22–26, 2009, in New Orleans, LA. Yes, this is over one year away, but the registration for the event opens in September of this year. Pastor Jeff is willing to lead a group for this event. Who can go? Anyone entering high school Fall of 2009, in high school, or who will graduate in 2009 is eligible to attend. Cost for the event is $295 registration, $200 (or more) hotel, plus round trip flight to New Orleans ($1,200?). If you are interested, please contact Pastor Jeff at 941-2566.
Pastor Jeff marks the newly baptized with the sign of the cross as the confirmand looks on.
This year’s celebration of Trinity Sunday was especially meaningful because it included both a baptism and confirmation.
Jason and Elise Fox brought their young daughter, born March 17, to be baptized. Pamela Taylor and the baby’s parents were her sponsors.
Sieglinde (“Linde”) S. entered into full membership through confirmation. Linde is the daughter of Stephen and Selena S.
LCH delegates at the Synod Assembly Pastor Jeff Lilley, Peggy Anderson, and Bob Zimmer represented LCH at Synod Assembly, May 1–3 in Irvine, California.
There was plenty of business for our delegates, but the highlight of the Assembly was the dedication of the new Center for Mission & Learning.
Another part of the visit for our delegates was the opportunity to present a check for $2,500, the first installment of our B2B2B—“Blessed to Build two Blessings”—pledge. LCH is among the first congregations in the Pacifica Synod to begin fundraising for the B2B2B campaign.
The churches of the Hukilau Conference presented the synod with a koa paddle for the new Center for Mission & Learning. The paddle (shown at left) features a map of the Hawaiian Islands, the ELCA Logo, the Hukilau Conference logo, and the names of the eleven congregations in the Hukilau Conference.
Pacifica Synod Bishop Murray Finck was deeply moved and appreciative of the gift.
A large and enthusiastic crowd enjoyed another in the Bach Pilgrimage series of Abendmusiken Concerts on Sunday, May 11. This concert, the fifth in the series of concerts tracing the life of J.S. Bach, was a fundraiser for the Institute for Human Services. Ticket sales and donations totaled $3,009, so with a 1:3 match from Thrivent, IHS will receive $4,012 for their important work in with the homeless in our community.
Former LCH Intern Pastor Josh Graber just returned from a mission trip to Africa, which he described in a letter posted on the LCH website. (The letter also includes news of Josh’s family.) He completed his M.Div. at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and graduated on May 25.
Josh has written again and invites everyone to his ordination on Sunday, July 27, at 5:00 pm at Mercy Seat Lutheran, 697 13th Avenue NE, in Minneapolis, MN. Josh will be serving as a young adult pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Moorhead, MN, starting August 1.
LCHers are proud of you. Go, Josh!
Bill Potter, Webmaster
One constant concern for a church website is the tension between the needs of visitors and the needs of members. In the past, I have talked about this in terms of content (what to include) and organization (where to put things). With regard to content, I have opted to include a wide variety of content that is meaningful to both visitors and members. And with regard to organization, I have generally made content for visitors more prominent since regulars will be more familiar with the website and will probably be more willing to search a little to find what they are looking for.
But there’s another part of this tension that I have not discussed before, and that is the question of language.
A generation or two ago, it may have been reasonable to assume that most people had a general acquaintance with the language Christians use. That is no longer a safe assumption in the U.S. as a whole, much less in a multicultural and religiously diverse state like Hawaii. In addition, current research indicates that many non-Christians are turned off by the image of the Christian church and its associated ways of speaking.
For these reasons, the gurus of church website design say: “Avoid all ‘churchy’ jargon and ‘Christianese’ language throughout the site, especially on the homepage.” (This is tip number 4 in the list “70+ tips for effective church sites” by Tony Whittaker of the website Internet Evangelism Day.)
In general, we have tried to follow this advice, but it is often hard to talk about what we do at LCH without using churchy language.
A few weeks ago, Larry Nitz suggested that we include some kind of a dictionary of Christian terms that visitors might not understand, and I found what I think is quite a good one on the site SpiritHome.Com. (Look for the Subject Index.) However, it seemed too much to expect visitors to go to another site to look up the meaning for words on our website. Fortunately, I stumbled on a way to display definitions or explanations using “tool tips” that appear when you move your cursor over a designated location on a web page. (This is similar to the feature that shows the captions of pictures on our site when you hold your cursor over them.)
I am currently working out exactly how this will be done, but unless there are big problems, we will have added this feature to the Visitor Information page by the time this issue of The HeartBeat appears. (You can find the Visitor Information page using a link on the left side of the Home page.)
The plan is to show words with definitions or explanations in color (probably green, but that may change). When the cursor is moved over the word, the shape changes to a ? (or a ? is added to the arrow in some browsers) and after a second or two, a small box appears with the definition or explanation.
The process is a little labor intensive since it’s necessary first to identify the words to be explained, then write the definitions or explanations, and finally code the explanations into the pages. However, I think this will make our site a more effective tool for evangelism. You can expect to see definitions popping up on many of the main pages of the website this summer.
We hope that this enhancement will bring the LCH website closer to our goal of being “welcoming to all.”
used ink cartridges and old cell phones
Drop your used printer ink cartridges/toners and old cell phones (handsets and batteries only) at the LCH church office or in a drop box located at the church. Two companies will turn the cartridges and cell phones into cash. The minimum we can send in is 50 cartridges and 35 cell phones. This is an ongoing fundraiser to support the Institute for Human Services meal that LCH provides on the third Friday of each month for the homeless.
Next Heart Beat Deadline is Tuesday, June 17!
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