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A Message from Pastor Jeff

Then God said, “Let us make human ones in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”—Genesis 1:26

Pastor Jeff LilleyIn the first chapter of Genesis, the creation story is filled with images of God’s creative power bringing order out of chaos, speaking the universe into creation, and making good things. There is a lush, free, and generous quality to the story where God delights in everything God makes. God then made the human ones, and, as it says in the text above, set them as “rulers” over all that God had made. It has been suggested that a better translation of the Hebrew word translated here “ruler” might be “steward” or “caretaker.” God gives the earth and all that is in it into our care. Placing the human ones as “stewards” implies a relationship between God, creation, and the human ones that becomes the content and context of human history. Our place in creation is neither powerless pawn nor absolute dictator—rather we are “stewards of the gift.”

It is within this context that we speak of stewardship in our congregation. Financial gifts which help the body of Christ live God’s mission are one facet of a complex and wonderful web that began when God made us and then chose us to be God’s people. Care for the earth, for the environment, and for each other are all important facets of living as “stewards of the gift.”

This fall, we will concentrate on living out our call to be generous stewards of money. But money is not our focus. Mission is our focus. As you consider how you and your family will support the missional work of Lutheran Church of Honolulu and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, I ask you to pray, talk, and think about the many ways the people of our congregation are fed and then go on to feed others in our community and around the world. I ask you to pray about how our congregation might be even more faithful to God’s mission and how you might grow in your financial support of the mission of Lutheran Church of Honolulu.

God is up to some powerful things here, and yet we are far from fully realizing the many ways we can share in God’s mission in the world. That knowledge makes me very excited about being a generous financial steward to our congregation. I am not giving to support an institution; I am giving my money and my time so that God’s mission can grow through your ministry. I am giving so that God’s love might be known through the world.

So we are asking you for a number of things. First, please pray for our congregational leaders, for our mission, for me as your pastor, and for our staff and the greater church. Second, help us shape our ministry by becoming involved in leadership and service. Third, make a commitment to ministry by pledging a financial gift to the ministry at LCH. Finally, join with us in thankful rejoicing that God has entrusted God’s world to our keeping.

Pastor Jeff Lilley

New Administrator

We welcome Kanani Rosehill as our new administrative assistant. Kanani joins us with 16 years of experience with Foodland and brings a wealth of education and experience to our office. She will be an integral part of our ministry team as LCH grows!

It is with a sad heart that we say farewell to Coleen Howard who has served as administrative assistant at LCH for a little over two years. Join us for a farewell on Sunday, September 28th, after each service.

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LCH September Council Meeting Highlights

Mary Fastenau, Council Secretary

The LCH Council met on September 16, 2008. Here is a brief recap of the items discussed.

  • Finances. The plate and member offerings remained strong in August and were at 90% of their budgeted amount. This, combined with lower expenses for the month, created a strong balance sheet for August. However, year-to-date, the deficit is at $4,856.20.
  • Parking for Punahou students. Contributing to the strong August numbers was the fact that the parking lot is filled with students who are under contract for their parking. All of the parking spaces are rented, and there are several students on a waiting list.
  • Themes for 2008. The Council reviewed the three themes for 2008: sustainability, leadership, and outreach. The assignment for the October meeting is to come back with ideas on what the church would ask of an evangelism committee. The committee is currently not active.

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Stewardship Corner

The theme of our 2009 Stewardship campaign is “Slow and Steady Step-Up”—a theme in harmony with the centerpiece of our LCH Mission Statement: worshipping, growing, serving. Throughout this campaign, we will be encouraging each of you, like our inspiring stewardship symbol, the honu, to consider a slow and steady step-up in your gifts of time, talents, and treasure for 2009.

Our goal this year is for every member and friend of LCH to make a written pledge—no matter what the amount. More than anything else, when we make a pledge we are entering into a committed relationship with God that answers the call to be faithful stewards. Pledging means we are putting our treasure where we want our hearts to be. At the same time, your commitment will help to provide wonderful worship experiences, service to our local and global neighbors, and opportunities to grow in faith through meaningful study of scripture.

We hope you have received an invitation and replied “yes” to join the LCH Honu ‘Ohana for one of several brief stewardship gatherings on Sunday, October 5 or 12, at 9:30 am or noon or Thursday, October 9, at 8:15 pm. All gatherings will be held at LCH. If you did not receive an invitation, would still like to RSVP, or would like more information, please email: <> or call the Church Office at 941-2566.

Come join us to see what the honu are up to!

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Give Aloha!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to LCH through Foodland’s Give Aloha Program. If you would like to have your contribution recognized on your LCH giving report, please give a copy of your receipt to the church office or put it in the offering plate. You are welcome to identify your contribution for the general fund or for a particular purpose (such as capital improvements). Please remember that for tax purposes, you should list your contribution as having been made to Give Aloha and not LCH.

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As part of the renovation of the Music Storage Room, Jim Sullivan donated and installed glass blocks to create attractive windows on both sides of the room. Mahalo, Jim!

New shelving was installed in the Music Storage Room on September 8. These beautiful new shelves will soon be filled with the extensive LCH music library.

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Pau Hana Friday

Pau Hana Friday is alive and well at LCH. We will gather at Ala Moana Beach Park #28A on Friday, October 3, beginning at 4:30 pm with dinner served at 6:00 pm. Main dish and sides will be provided, but bring desserts and sides if you like!

Stay for the Hilton Hawaiian Village fireworks at 8:30 pm. They’re awesome!

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Committee/Interest Group Chairs

Aloha Jam: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Archives: James Cartwright
Audit: Shannon Liston
Concert: Carl Crosier
Communications: Carol Langner
Council: Brian Weis
Fellowship: Jeanette Hanson
Finance: Roy Helms
Food for Thought: Kathryn Klingebiel
Game Night: Stephanie Miller
Garden Club: Carol Langner
In Stitches: Linda Miller
Learning Ministry: Fred Benco
Lunch Bunch: Stephanie Miller
Mary Magdalene Society: Francisco Barajas
& Robert Zimmer
Ministry Plan Task Force: Jim Niermann
Mutual Ministry/Transition: Olivia Castro
Process Theology: Fritz Fritschel
Property: Jean-Paul Klingebiel
Scholarship: Fred Benco
Social Ministry: Ray Herradura
& Robert Zimmer
Stewardship: Pam Buckley
& Jeanne Castello
Sunday School: Laurie Leach
& Linda Miller
Worship & Music: Linda Miller
Writers’ Workshop: Kathryn Klingebiel
Youth: Sean D’Evelyn

Calabash for Christine Dolfo

Please help Christine Dolfo (sister of Beverly Shelton and Ivan Kaeo) pay medical expenses for her breast cancer surgery and chemotherapy. Make checks payable to LCH and note Christine Dolfo on the memo line.

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Angel Network Ingathering

LCHers are generous! The September in-gathering for Angel Network was wonderful. A shopping cart with saimin, canned tuna, Spam, canned fruit, and personal care items was collected for Angel Network located at Calvary by the Sea Lutheran Church. Thank you for your support. In-gatherings are scheduled for the first Sunday of every month, so your next opportunity to participate is October 5.

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Leadership Roundtable

Sunday, October 5, at 10:30 am (and on the first Sunday of every month), the chairperson or another representative of each committee will meet in the Pastor’s office with Pastor Jeff Lilley and the Council President Brian Weis. This is to enhance communications between all committees. See you all there!

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In Stitches for the Fall

The LCH craft group, In Stitches, will continue to meet throughout the fall on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9:00 to 11:00 am in the Boardroom. We work on projects for the church or on our own crafts.

It is a great time for fellowship and fun. The next few meetings are October 11 and 25 and November 8 and 22.

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought will meet for a potluck supper and discussion at the home of Irmgard Hörmann on Saturday, October 18, at 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

For directions or information, please contact Kathryn Klingebiel through the Church Office (941-2566).

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A Busy Saturday at LCH: Pastor Fritz leads the Process Though Forum

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Writers’ Workshop

Writers’ Workshop will meet on Monday, October 20, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Boardroom (or the Rainbow Room) at LCH. The Fall 2008 schedule also includes meetings on November 17 and December 15.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Klingebiel through the Church Office (941-2566).

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LutherFest 2008

Michael Burnett

Saturday, October, 25, the LCH ‘ohana will observe our annual LutherFest Celebration. You won’t want to miss any of the fun.

A bottle of LCH-labeled wine prepared by the Mary Magdalene Society for LutherFest at the Diamond Head Winery.

5:30–6:30 pm Social Hour—Enjoy pupus, non-alcoholic punch, coffee and tea, as well as beer and LCH-label wine for sale in the Wine and Beer Garden.

6:00 pm Red Jello Contest—Yes, there will be another Jello Contest! Entries must be in by 6:00 pm. Watch for categories to be announced soon. Dust off your prize-winning family recipes and prepare for the competition.

Ilse Layau slices the meatloaf to be served at IHS. You can enjoy this famous dish at this year’s LutherFest on Saturday, October 25.

6:30–7:30 pm Potluck Dinner—Main dish of our famous IHS meatloaf provided by the church. Enjoy this delicacy that is faithfully prepared and served by dedicated LCH volunteers every month at IHS. Please bring the following to complement the meatloaf:

Last names A–H Salads and vegetables
Last names I–P Desserts and fruit
Last names Q–Z Main dish

7:30–8:00 pm Program—Jello contest winners will be announced, along with other surprise entertainment.

Please check the weekly Announcement Sheet for updates.

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Are you able to donate two hours on the last Wednesday of each month?

HeartBeat Team Leader and Team Member(s) Needed

With the departure of Team Leader Biz Person, LCH needs a volunteer to lead the HeartBeat mailing team. Other team members are also wanted. It will take approximately two hours of your time on the last Wednesday of each month. Both training and written procedure are available. While the team has been meeting at 9:00 am, there is flexibility to meet later during the day if that is convenient for all members of the team.

Call the church office at 941-2566 if you can donate your talents to this special communication activity.

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What’s New on the LCH Website?

Bill Potter, Webmaster

Bill PotterAround the middle of September, the revision to the Spiritual Resources pages went live. This page was one of the skimpier parts of the website, so we are happy to have more resources available to LCHers and others who may visit the site.

The first part of the expanded Spiritual Resources page includes a variety of prayer resources. There are a few links to the Prayer Center of the ELCA website, as well as a daily feed of ELCA Prayer Ventures. You may want to consider adding these individuals and ministries to your personal prayer lists. In addition, we have a page with links to Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline services updated on a daily basis. I would have preferred links to Lutheran versions of these services, but since none exist, we have links to Episcopal and Anglican versions.

The next section is Bible resources, and this is made up of links to materials on the ELCA website and on the Book of Faith website maintained by Augsburg Fortress. Since the first of these sites is being revised and the other is under development, additional links will be added on our page as they become available. There is also a “Today’s Bible Reading” feed from the ELCA.

The last substantial section contains theological resources. Again, there are a number of links to the ELCA website, as well as links to all of Pastor Fritz’s articles available on the Star-Bulletin website.

In addition to work on the Spiritual Resources page, I have added pictures to the slideshow showing work on the music storage room and another one of the Mary Magdalene wine tasting and bottling to provide wine for LutherFest. I’m thankful for pictures from several different photographers. If you have pictures of LCH events or people that you would like to contribute to the website, please pass them along. You will be given credit on the page where the pictures are used unless you would rather remain anonymous.

Turtle stewrdship graphic: Slow and Steady

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A Busy Saturday at LCH: The Archives Work Group sorting and processing materials from the LCH archives. Helping out in September were Marlise Tellander, Jim Cartwright, Chuck Huxel, and Jean-Paul Klingebiel.

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Aloha from the Schmidts

Aloha all!!

Or I guess it’s “Hey ya’ll!!” now. We are now officially in NC, having moved into base housing this past Wednesday, receiving our household goods on Thursday and unpacking for a while to come. So glad to order a sweet tea and not get any fruit in it (although I did enjoy the plantation ice tea) and Bojangle’s biscuits—’nuff said!!!

Our new address and home phone are available through the Church Office. My hotmail and email addresses are both still good. I will probably keep the Hawaii cell phone number for a couple more months, so that will still be good for a bit.

Selena and I are both working and the kids are already in school, so life is moving along. Give us a holler if you are in the area—the house is always open!

Peace to you all,
Stephen, Selena and kids

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Attendance and Offerings for September
Date Worship Service    Attendance Offering Fund    Offering Amount
August 31    8:00 AM Service 40 Offering $2,119.50
10:30 AM Service 74 Learning Ministry $50.00
Compline 21 ELCA World Hunger $50.00
Total 135 Youth $30.00
    Angel Network $25.00
September 7    8:00 AM Service 44 Offering $2,661.60
10:30 AM Service 73 Sunday School $1.00
Compline 33 Social Ministries $12.45
Total 150 Learning Ministry $5.00
    Facilities $5.00
    Music—Instruments $25.00
September 14    8:00 AM Service 45 Offering $2,201.25
10:30 AM Service 80 Sunday School $0.50
Compline 30 Music Storage System $500.00
Total 155 Social Ministries $26.00
September 21    8:00 AM Service 48 Offering $2,395.50
10:30 AM Service 78 Sunday School $0.80
Compline 46 Learning Ministry $50.00
Total 172 ELCA World Hunger $50.00
    Music $20.00
    Angel Network $10.00

Attendance and Offering for Sunday, September 28, 2008, were not available at the time of publication.

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Keep in Your Prayers...
Amalie Hanna Ken
Anita Hugo Linda
CJ James Lorie
Christine Janae Paige
Dan Jerry Pat
Emelda Jim Rosemary
Gary Joe Shane

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October Birthdays
Date Name
10/03 John Purtzer
10/05 Akiyo Takamune
10/05 Ingrid Weeks
10/07 Lois Watanabe
10/08 Joe Suske
10/09 Dot Hutchins
10/10 Paul Benco
10/12 Jacob W.
10/14 Patricia Lilley
10/14 Stephen Miller
10/17 Karen Roberts-Ogawa
10/19 Sieglinde S.
10/19 Sophia S.
10/19 Kathrine Mahina W.
10/24 Katherine Crosier
10/25 Lynn Juvinall
10/26 Campbell Mansfield
10/26 Rafael S.
10/28 Randy Castello
10/28 Jan Flachsbart

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LCH Worship Participants
Holy Communion (8:00 AM)
DATE October 5 October 12 October 19 October 26
LECTOR Jimmy Castro Linda Miller April Smith Cindy Scheinert
Peggy Anderson
Bobby Broyles
Laurie Leach
Crescent C.
Ken Bauchle
Kyra Ann T.
Bob Tellander
Stephanie Miller
ACOLYTES Kyra Ann T. Sophie C. Colin B. Crescent C.
  Robert Zimmer    
USHERS Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco
Choral Eucharist (10:30 AM)
DATE October 5 October 12 October 19 October 26
LECTOR TBA Angie Niermann Peggy Brandt Jim Cartwright
DEACON Ray Herradura Sean D’Evelyn Robert Zimmer Michael Burnett
SUBDEACON Bob Tellander Karyn C. Jeanne Castello Sylvia Hormann-Alper
Jeanne Castello   Randy Christensen Jeanette Hanson
ACOLYTES Mitchell G.
Karyn C.
Mary Fastenau
Ray Herradura
Olivia Castro
Jordan M.
Karyn C.
Ray Herradura
USHERS Chuck Huxel
Francisco Barajas
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
Chuck Huxel
Francisco Barajas
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
Chuck Huxel
Francisco Barajas
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
Chuck Huxel
Francisco Barajas
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
Stephanie Miller
Susan Burns
Karen Fay
Marlise Tellander
Stephanie Miller
Susan Burns
Karen Fay
Marlise Tellander
Stephanie Miller
Susan Burns
Karen Fay
Marlise Tellander
Stephanie Miller
Susan Burns
Karen Fay
Marlise Tellander

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Heart Beat Deadline

Next Heart Beat Deadline is Tuesday, October 21!

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Heavenly Humor

Will Rogers’ insights on politics still timely

Cartoon: My dad has so much trouble explaining the Trinity, I didn't ask about the Electoral College.The great American humorist Will Rogers kept people of both parties laughing through the political campaigns of the 1920s and the Great Depression. Everybody loved him.

His comments in his newspaper columns and in his radio talks are as timely today as they were then. In an Oct. 2, 1922 newspaper column, Rogers observed:

“After listening to the World Series (on radio), I figure on account of it being Sunday I could leave it turned on and not have to listen to some politicians.

“But what do I get? Four preachers, all at different places. What was they doing? Saving the sinner? No. Two of ’em was saving the Republicans and the other two was saving the Democrats. The old sinner won’t get much consideration till after Nov. 4.”

Here are some other Will Rogers’ observations:

“I’m fond of the candidate for public office who, during a fierce campaign, penned this note to his opponent: ‘Dear Sir: Let us make a deal—if you promise to stop telling lies about me, I will promise to stop telling the truth about you.’”

“It’s unfortunate that contestants in political campaigns don’t behave with as much dignity as the contestants in livestock shows.”

“The mind is a wonderful thing. It starts working the minute you are born, and only stops when you get up to make a speech.”

“There should be a moratorium called on candidates’ speeches. From now on, they are just talking themselves out of votes.”

“I love a dog. He does nothing for political reasons.”

“Congressmen and fellows like me are alike in some ways, I guess. But when I make a joke, it’s a joke. When they make a joke, it’s a law.”

Cartoon: Pastor surrounded by money: 'I forgot to give the sermon!'

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Calendar: October 2008
Day Date Event and Time
Wednesday October 1 Joint Confirmation, 6:00 P.M.
8:00 O’Clock Ensemble, 6:30 P.M.
Thursday October 2 Book of Faith Bible Study, 10:00 A.M.
Preschool Chapel, 10:00 A.M.
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 P.M.
Friday October 3 Pau Hana Friday, 4:30 P.M.
Saturday October 4 OYEA Hawaiian Waters Park, 11:00 A.M.
Sunday October 5 Angel Network Ingathering
Holy Communion, 8:00 A.M.
Christian Education, 9:10 A.M.
Honu ‘Ohana Groups, 9:30 A.M. and Noon
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 A.M.
Leadership Roundtable, 11:45 A.M.
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 P.M.
Compline, 9:00 P.M.
Monday October 6 Mutual Ministry Meeting, 6:00 P.M.
Wednesday October 8 Finance Committee, 12:30 P.M.
Joint Confirmation, 6:00 P.M.
Thursday October 9 Book of Faith Bible Study, 10:00 A.M.
Preschool Chapel, 10:00 A.M.
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 P.M.
Saturday October 11 In Stitches, 9:00 A.M.
Process Theology Forum, 9:30 A.M.
Hukilau Conference, 10:00 A.M.
Mary Magdalene Society, 6:00 P.M.
Sunday October 12 Bread for the World Sunday
Holy Communion, 8:00 A.M.
Christian Education, 9:10 A.M.
Honu ‘Ohana Groups, 9:30 A.M. and Noon
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 A.M.
Social Ministries Meeting, 12:00 P.M.
Process Theology Forum, 12:00 P.M.
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 P.M.
Compline, 9:00 P.M.
Monday October 13 Discoverers’ Day—Office Closed<
Aloha Jam, 6:00 P.M.
Tuesday October 14 Worship & Music Committee, 6:30 P.M.
Wednesday October 15 Joint Confirmation, 6:00 P.M.
Thursday October 16 Book of Faith Bible Study, 10:00 A.M.
Preschool Chapel, 10:00 A.M.
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 P.M.
Friday October 17 IHS Meals—Prepared, 1:00 P.M.
IHS Meals—Served, 5:30 P.M.
Saturday October 18 Food for Thought, 6:30 P.M.
Sunday October 19 Holy Communion, 8:00 A.M.
Christian Education, 9:10 A.M.
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 A.M.
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 P.M.
Compline, 9:00 P.M..
Monday October 20 Writers’ Workshop, 7:00 P.M.
Tuesday October 21 HeartBeat Deadline, 9:00 A.M.
Executive Committee, 6:00 P.M.
Council Meeting, 6:30 P.M.
Wednesday October 22 Joint Confirmation, 6:00 P.M.
Thursday October 23 Preschool Chapel, 10:00 A.M.
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 P.M.
Saturday October 25 In Stitches, 9:00 A.M.
Concert Dress Rehearsal, 2:30 P.M.
Lutherfest, 5:00 P.M.
Sunday October 26 Reformation Sunday
Confirmation Sunday
Holy Communion, 8:00 A.M.
Christian Education, 9:10 A.M.
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 A.M.
Abendmusiken I, 4:00 P.M. Poster (PDF)
Joint Confirmation—Operation Backpack, 4:30 P.M.
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 P.M.
Compline, 9:00 P.M.
Wednesday October 29 HeartBeat Mailing, 9:00 A.M.
8:00 o’clock Ensemble, 6:30 P.M.
Thursday October 30 Book of Faith Bible Study, 10:00 A.M.
Preschool Chapel, 10:00 A.M.
LCH Choir Rehearsal at St. Andrew’s, 7:00 P.M.

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