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A Message from Pastor Jeff

A Light for Life

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
—Isaiah 42:6–7

Pastor Jeff LilleyMany of the images of Epiphany include elements of light and illumination. The texts for Epiphany draw attention to how God is being “revealed” in the world: through the prophetic word of Isaiah, through the ministry of John the Baptist, and through the baptism and early ministry of Jesus.

Isaiah sees the coming of the Messiah as a light to the nations who will sit in darkness no more. The magi follow a bright star and find Immanuel, God with us, cradled in a manger. John, full of the Holy Spirit encounters Jesus as a dawn brings a voice and dove proclaiming this child of God. Fishermen see that light in Jesus and are compelled to follow him into a ministry of repentance, preaching, and healing.

But the light of Epiphany is so much more than the harsh spotlight of the stage or the glaring light of a desert sun. There is room for shadow that lends depth and nuance to our spiritual experience. Isaiah is plagued with the knowledge that God’s people will not believe what he has said, the magi travel with the weight of Herod’s threats dogging every step, and John hopes against hope that this Jesus will indeed be the Messiah for whom he longed. God is present in each, yet there are wonder and doubt, exhilaration and fear in each of them as well.

The light reveals much, but not all. There are shadows of truth which our best intentions and clearest thinking cannot penetrate. Our journey is to find peace there, for both shadow and light are part of full and rich living. But we are not destined to “sit” in darkness; we are welcomed into the light of Christ.

This is the word of grace that the world needs to hear. God is revealing God’s self again and again in word and sacrament, in deeds of generosity, in presence with those who suffer, in courageous heroes who stand for justice, in music and art, in theater and in the simple loving touch of the innocent child. God is revealing God’s self in hearts metamorphosed by hope, in homes for the houseless, in tiny acts of generosity, and in every moment we stand up for someone who has been knocked down.

This gift of light is not to be ensconced in church buildings nor imprisoned by apathy. It will shine. The exciting question is this: Will it shine through us, or is there another? Perhaps the greatest image of Epiphany might be you saying yes to a God who is loose in the world, bringing a light for life.

Pastor Jeff Lilley

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January Council Highlights

Council met Tuesday, January 25. Here are some of the highlights of the meeting:

  • The 2011 budget is complete and will be presented at the second half of the Annual Congregational Meeting.
  • Welcome to new Council members April Smith, Fred Benco, Karen Fay, and Tricia Howe. We look forward to having you serve on the Council this year!
  • Election of new Council Officers: Co-Presidents Mary Fastenau and Chris Bushman, Vice-President Olivia Castro, Secretary Teresa McCreary, Treasurer Fred Benco, Vice-Treasurer Anna Womack. Thank you for your willingness to serve in these leadership roles!
  • The Executive Committee will meet for Pastor/Ministry evaluation.
  • Since installation, the photovoltaic system has avoided 15,933. 36 kg of CO2 total yield of 22,761.94 kWh.

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Adult Forum Invites You On Sunday Mornings

All are invited to attend and take part in interesting discussions—spiced with fun, films, and faith studies—in our weekly Adult Forum, between services on Sunday mornings, beginning at 9:25 AM in the Boardroom.

Through February 6th, we continue with our series of Christians who changed the world, this time studying Nobel Peace Prize winner Albert Schweitzer. Beginning February 13th, the Adult Forum will begin another intriguing topic. Please come!

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Seventh Annual Faith and Arts Sunday

On February 13 we will hold our annual Faith and Arts Sunday, where we highlight the creativity of our congregation by displaying our artwork, handwork, and writing during the services.

Please sign up in the courtyard so we can show your art or craft item on that day. We need the information on the items by no later than February 6.

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Punahou Carnival Parking Fundraiser!

Friday and Saturday, February 4th and 5th

Each year the youth group requests your help with their Punahou Carnival Parking fundraiser. This year the carnival takes place on Friday, February 4th, (11:00 AM–11:00 PM) and Saturday, February 5th, (11:00 AM–11:00 PM).

  • Four strong adults to help with set-up from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday
  • Two early birds to help with the pre-school parking from 6:15 AM to 8:15 AM on Friday
  • Six adult volunteers for each of the following shifts:
    • Friday from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    • Friday from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Friday from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    • Friday from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM
    • Saturday from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
    • Saturday from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    • Saturday from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    • Saturday from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Event coordinators provide snacks, drinks, flashlights, and safety vests. You provide the fellowship! Sign up in the Hörmann Courtyard on Sunday or contact Jerelyn Watanabe through the Church Office (941-2566) if you have any questions.

Here are a few reminders for those who have volunteered to work:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your designated shift and check-in with a coordinator in the Boardroom. This will allow enough time to set up the parking lots at the start of the day and relieve the previous shift worker promptly.
  • If you’ll be parking your car, please pay the parking fee asked of you in order to eliminate any confusion of your identity as a volunteer. You will be reimbursed.
  • Wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements: sunscreen, hats, rain gear (ponchos, umbrellas), and jackets (especially for the shift starting at 3:00 PM and throughout the night).
  • Light snacks and beverages will be available throughout the weekend and a meal if you work two or more consecutive shifts.

Thank you!
Pam Buckley, Jean Lilley, and Jerelyn Watanabe

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Committee/Interest Group Chairs

Aloha Jam: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Archives: James Cartwright
Audit: Oliva Castro
Compline: Keane Ishii
Concert: Carl Crosier
Communications: Carol Langner
Council: Chris Bushman
& Mary Fastenau
Fellowship: Jeanne Castello
& Mary-Jo Estes
Finance: Fred Benco
Food for Thought: Kathryn Klingebiel
Garden Club: Carol Langner
In Stitches: Linda Miller
Learning Ministry: Fred Benco
Mary Magdalene Society: Bobby Broyles
Ministry Plan Task Force: Olivia Castro
Mutual Ministry: April Smith
Pau Hana: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Pre-Compline: The Rev. Fritz Fritschel
Process Theology: The Rev. Fritz Fritschel
Property: Jean-Paul Klingebiel
& April Smith
Scholarship: Fred Benco
Social Ministry: Ray Herradura
& Robert Zimmer
Stewardship: Pam Buckley
Sunday School: Laurie Leach
& Linda Miller
Worship & Music: Linda Miller
Writers’ Workshop: Kathryn Klingebiel
Youth: Sean D’Evelyn
& Crescent C.

For All We Know...

Fritz FritschelI am suggesting something slightly different for Saturday, February 12, at our Process Forum.

Are you willing to take a look with me at the sermon delivered at the German Vespers at LCH on January 2nd? You can find an English version of the sermon at this link: <>.

The sermon is entitled “Musings on Cantata 28,” the cantata that was sung at the Vespers. I will have copies of the sermon available also, in case you want to receive in that way.

Although the title may make it sound like we will be doing musical analysis, there are actually a number of process related themes over which we can chew. Join us February 12 at 9:30 AM at LCH. There will be a repeat session on Sunday, February 13th, around noon.

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Golf: Good Ol’ Lutheran Fun

golf graphicCalling all golfers and wannabees! Our first outing of 2011 is planned for February 13!

When: February 13, 12:15 PM
Where:   Fort Shafter
What: Nine holes

Contact Peggy Anderson through the Church Office (941-2566)..

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Writers’ Workshop

Writers’ Workshop has set its Spring 2011 schedule. We will hold our next meeting on Monday, February 21, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Boardroom at LCH. Future meetings are scheduled for March 14 and April 18. There may also be a May meeting, which is TBA. All are welcome. For information, , please contact Kathryn Klingebiel through the Church Office (941-2566).

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The LCH—UH Volleyball Connection is....Nick Castello!

Nick Castello playing volleyballNick Castello, raised in the congregation by his parents Jeanne and Randy, has joined the UH men’s volleyball team at the libero position. This is a recognition of Nick’s superior athleticism and academic determination. What does a libero do? Take a look at the bulletin board for some more information about this vital position, as well as the posted schedule for home games.

Join with some of your LCH friends for a night at Stan Sherrif Stadium, and cheer on Nick and his teammates. Volleyball is a fast moving, exciting sport, and UH fans are passionate spectators. You’ll be amazed by the level of teamwork and split-second timing involved. Go Warriors, and go Nick!

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OYEA logo

Youth Activities Calendar of Events

Bowling Alley Lock-in: Friday night and Saturday, February 18–19,
10:00 PM to 6:00 AM.

OYEA Summer California Trip: Monday, June 27, to
Wednesday, July 6 (more details to follow)

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Return of the OYEA Bowling Alley Lock-in!

When: From 10:00 PM on Friday, February 18, through 6:00 AM on Saturday, February 19.

Where: We will gather at LCH and commute to St. John’s Lutheran in Kailua. From there we will carpool to K-Bay Lanes on the Marine Corps Base.

What to Bring: $10.00, socks (for the bowling shoes) and a spirit prepared for a night full of fun, tons of games, and laughter.

Please sign up at your church and turn in your money to your pastor so we know how many to expect. Come join us for fun and feel free to bring a friend.

Any questions? Call the Church Office (941-2566).

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OYEA Goes to California!

Events and Activities on the Trip:

  • Disneyland
  • Service Project
  • Fun and Fellowship

For Middle School Youth

  • Camping at El Camino Pines Camp in the mountains above Los Angeles
  • Camping under the stars, hiking, swimming, watching squirrels!

For High School Youth

Western States Youth Gathering Graphic: Romans 8:30-38

Cost for the trip: $500 per person plus airfare. (The $500 includes housing, programs and some meals.)
Don’t be scared of the price. There will be fundraisers, and scholarships will be available!

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What’s New on the LCH Website?

Bill Potter, Webmaster

Bill PotterWith the new year, new quarter, and new month, our website has undergone its regular reorganization with a new issue of the HeartBeat, a new list of readings and music, and the Congregational Life page archived.

Normally, there would also be a new page showing fourth quarter visitors to the web page on Google Earth, but the website that converted my Google Analytics data to the form used by Google Earth has disappeared, so I cannot produce new pages at present.

However, there has been one major addition. In September 2009, I introduced pages that would produce new pages each day for Morning, Noon, and Evening Prayer and Compline using the daily lectionary in the back of the ELW. We continue to have at least a few visitors who use this service on a daily basis. In fact, the other day I got an email from someone in St. Croix Falls, WI, who has been using these pages on a regular basis.

Several months ago, I was reading a post on a great blog, Lutheran Zephyr, about daily prayer which said that the offices of Morning and Evening Prayer are too elaborate for most people to follow on a regular basis. The post held up the simpler pattern in Luther’s Small Catechism and his pamphlet A Simple Way to Pray (PDF). I pondered this post for several months, and finally over my vacation between Christmas and New Year’s, I tried my hand at bringing that simpler form to the net.

If you go to <>, you will find links to Lutheran Morning Devotions and Lutheran Evening Devotions, both reproducing the pattern of the Small Catechism: blessing, creed, Lord’s Prayer, and a brief prayer for morning or evening. In keeping with the final rubric in the Catechism and additional suggestions in A Simple Way to Pray, you may choose among a number of optional items: additional prayers—the Episcopal collect of the day (since the ELW prayers are under copyright), Pastor Fritz’ ecological prayers, and individual petitions—as well as the Ten Commandments, and the lectionary psalm and lessons for that day.

Each user can select the options they want to include, and the system will put a cookie on the computer to remember those selections. You can even choose to have the system automatically select the appropriate for the time each time you go to <>. Depending on options selected, Morning and Evening Devotions will take from two to five or six minutes.

I encourage you to give Lutheran Morning and Evening Devotions a try. I think you will find them an excellent starting place for the journey to a richer prayer life.

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Attendance and Offerings for January
Date Worship Service    Attendance Offering Fund    Offering Amount
January 2    8:00 AM Service 49 Offering $2.034.00
10:30 AM Service 87 ELCA World Hunger $50.00
German Vespers 148 Musical Instruments $5.00
Total 284    
January 9    8:00 AM Service 48 Offering $2,861.00
10:30 AM Service 79 German Vespers $936.00
Compline 19    
Total 146    
January 16    8:00 AM Service 59 Offering $2,548.00
10:30 AM Service 80 Facilities $100.00
Compline 18 Benefit Concert $75.00
Total 157 Hanson Memorial Fund $50.00
January 23    8:00 AM Service 49 Offering $8,945.68
10:30 AM Service 86 Sunday School Offering $1.00
Compline 15 Social Ministires $50.00
Total 157 Music Fund $537.00
    Hanson Memorial Fund $2,500.00

Attendance and Offerings for Sunday, January 30, 2011, were not available at time of publication.

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Prayer Requests
Carl Karen Ruth votive candle graphic
Gene LaVerne Shane
Judy Maggie Susan

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February Birthdays
Date Name Primrose: February birth flower
02/01 Christian David Arakawa
02/02 Lynda Ikehara Gibson
02/04 Robin Bush
02/07 Rev. Karl Bachman
02/07 Cheryl Crozier Garcia
02/07 Daniel G.
02/12 Carolyn Koehler
02/12 Michael Okikawa
02/14 Raymond B. Herradura
02/16 Judie O. Boutá
02/16 Colin B.
02/17 Jaylene H.
02/24 Teresa McCreary
02/25 Noelani Nitz
02/27 Elijah Kaeo, Sr.
02/28 Roy Helms

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LCH Worship Participants
Holy Communion (8:00 AM)
DATE February 6 February 13 February 20
Faith and Arts Sunday
February 27
LECTOR Michael Formby Juditha Murashige Bill Hamblet Chris Bushman
Michael Formby
Bill Hamblet
Peter Lee
Kim Clissold
Laurie Leach
Crescent C.
Ken Bauchle
Peggy Anderson
Kyra Ann Takamiya
Bill Hamblet
Crescent C.
Chuck Huxel
Michael Formby
Jim Sullivan
Bobby Broyles
Carolyn Koehler
ACOLYTE Kyra Ann Takamiya Sophie C. Colin B. Missy H.
  Stephanie Luuloa    
USHER Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco
Choral Eucharist (10:30 AM)
DATE February 6 February 13 February 20
Faith and Arts Sunday
February 27
LECTOR Jim Cartwright Angie Niermann Roy Helms Kathryn Klingebiel
DEACON Sue Haas Steve Jensen Mary Fastenau Frank Haas
SUBDEACON Frank Haas Josie Bidgood Ray Herradura Penny Lawhn
Penny Lawhn
Randy Christensen
Mary Fastenau
Bob Tellander
Bob Zimmer
Cheryl Crosier Garcia
Sue Haas
Randy Christiansen
ACOLYTES Ray Herradura
Reid W.
Nathalie J.
Savannah M.
Bob Zimmer
Reid W.
Nathalie J.
Savannah M.
  Bob Zimmer    
USHERS Chuck Huxel
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
Chuck Huxel
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
Chuck Huxel
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
Chuck Huxel
Nan Wond
Chuck Pearson
ALTAR Linda Miller
Nedra Walker
Lois Watanabe
Lori Nishimura
Phyllis Hormann
Linda Miller
Nedra Walker
Lois Watanabe
Lori Nishimura
Phyllis Hormann
Linda Miller
Nedra Walker
Lois Watanabe
Lori Nishimura
Phyllis Hormann
Linda Miller
Nedra Walker
Lois Watanabe
Lori Nishimura
Phyllis Hormann

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Heart Beat Deadline

Next Heart Beat Deadline is Tuesday, February 15!

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Heavenly Humor

Cartoon: hiring a weather man for TV: we are impressed with you accuracy rating of 25%Valentine’s Day ‘love’

Kids’ definition of “love” on Valentine’s Day in Sunday school, via Lowell Yoder, Holland, OH:

“Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.”

—Herbert, 6

“There are two kinds of love. Our love. God’s love. But God makes both of them.”

—Mary, 5

“If you want to love better, you should start with a friend you hate.”

—Jimmy, 7

Cartoon: couple at altar, wife says: For richer or poorer...I will have to ask my accountantGod’s kids say the funniest things

“One Sunday I was sitting in a front pew with my grandson, Caleb, age 7. He was particularly antsy that day and unable to sit still.

“Eventually he rolled off the pew with a thud and stayed on the floor, rolling back and forth. Just as I was about to take him out, the lay reader said, ‘Éand this was the place where they sacrificed the innocent children.’

“From under the pew, everyone heard Caleb say, ‘Oh, that’s pathetic!’

“So at least he was listening down there!”

—Shirr Keithan, Catawissa, PA

For years Dr. Don and Dona Cooper of Stillwater, OK, had a clipping of the following story on their office bulletin board:

“The little boy and his mother were having a discussion about death. ‘Mom, if heaven is so wonderful, why don’t people want to hurry up and get there?’ he asked.

“Well, Johnny,” the mother replied, “God has placed inside all of us something that makes us want to live.”

“Oh,” the boy replied, “that must be what our livers are for!”

Dona Cooper reported: “This summer one of our dear friends had a successful liver transplant, so along with a get-well card, we sent him this clipping. He replied that he also got a card from another friend who wanted to know if the transplant came with onions.”

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Calendar: February 2011
Day Date Event and Time
Wednesday February 2 Confirmation @ Calvary, 6:00 PM
Thursday February 3 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Friday February 4 Punahou Carnival Parking Fundraiser, 11:00 AM
Saturday February 5 Punahou Carnival Parking Fundraiser, 11:00 AM
Sunday February 6 Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Christian Education for All Ages, 9:15 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Leadership Roundtable, 11:45 AM
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM
Monday February 7 Staff Meeting, 11:00 AM
Tuesday February 8 Worship and Music, 6:30 PM
Wednesday February 9 Finance Committee Meeting, 12:30 PM
Confirmation @ Calvary, 6:00 PM
Thursday February 10 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Saturday February 12 In Stitches, 9:00 AM
Process Thought Forum, 9:30 AM
Young Organists Recital (PDF), 7:00 PM
Sunday February 13 Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Christian Education for All Ages, 9:15 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Process Thought Forum (Rpt.), 12:00 Noon
LCH Golfing Event, 12:15 PM
Joint Confirmation, 3:00 PM
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM
Monday February 14 Staff Meeting, 11:00 AM
Aloha Jam, 6:00 PM
Tuesday February 15 Heartbeat Deadline, 9:00 AM
Council Meeting, 6:30 PM
Thursday February 17 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Friday February 18 IHS Meals Prepared, 1:00 PM
IHS Meals Served, 5:30 PM
Orchestra Rehearsal for Bach Vespers, 7:00 PM
OYEA Bowling Alley Lock-in, 10:00 PM
Sunday February 20 Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Christian Education for All Ages, 9:15 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Bach Vespers (Poster), 7:30 PM
Compline will not be sung this evening.
Monday February 21 Office Closed—Presidents’ Day
Writers’ Workshop, 7:00 PM
Wednesday February 23 Confirmation @ Calvary, 6:00 PM
8:00 O’Clock Ensemble, 6:30 PM
Thursday February 24 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Friday February 25 Downtown Lunch Bunch, 12:00 PM
Saturday February 26 In Stiches, 9:00 AM
Sunday February 27 Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Christian Education for All Ages, 9:15 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM
Monday February 28 Staff Meeting, 11:00 AM

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