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A Message from Pastor Jeff

Advent: The “Real” Thing

Adávent: noun \'ad-‚vent, chiefly British -vənt\ Middle English, from Medieval Latin adventus, from Latin, arrival, from advenire: the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Pastor Jeff LilleyMerriam-Webster gives this accurate, if somewhat understated, definition of Advent in its online dictionary. In a way, Webster’s dictionary may reflect how most of the world sees Advent, assuming it is seen at all. Even within Christian circles, Advent is sometimes treated as “that annoying four weeks that stand in the way of the real event of Christmas” and a time when over-zealous pastors refuse to allow God fearing Christians to indulge in a little pre-holiday carol singing. But Advent is so much more and calls for more than impatient waiting for the “real thing.” Advent is the real thing.

Advent calls us to hope. The early church lived in hopeful anticipation that God would free them from the oppressive rule of the Romans and bring peace to shattered communities. Literature like Revelations—and portions of Paul’s letters—looks toward a time in the near future when God’s kingdom will replace repressive human monarchy. That same hope lives in us as we are witness to God’s unfolding presence in our history. The afflicted are comforted, the hungry fed, the distraught given hope. God’s full reign is coming but not yet fully present. We live in hope of God’s future

Advent calls us to New Vision. The birth of Jesus, his ministry, death, and resurrection gave believers a new and different vision of God’s presence in the world. Pillars of fire, shaking ground, and burning bushes gave way to an image of God nestled in a cradle and hung on a cross. As we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus, we look through eyes of God’s infinite love. This new vision helps us to see neighbor, enemy, and even self with new eyes.

Advent calls us to discipline. These days the word discipline is bipolar. We embrace discipline in finances, athletic training, and business management but consider it offensive when applied to our life of faith and worship. Advent shares discipline and fasting with the season of Lent—calling us to renew our commitment to worship in our community of faith regularly and joyfully. Advent reminds us that we don’t have to worship, we get to worship. This Christ child whom we will celebrate in four weeks was no part-time savior; should we give only our spare time in thankfulness?

Advent stirs us up. Our prayers of intercession throughout begin “Stir us, O God,....” Just as the waters in the pool of Siloam were stirred with the power of the Holy Spirit, so God comes among us again to stir up our compassion, our enthusiasm, our love, and our worship that we might stir up a world that does not yet know God. Advent reminds us that something big is about to happen, and it’s time to get off our collective duffs and be about mission. Advent stirs us up!

Merriam-Webster reduces the definition of Advent to a calendar definition. But for us, Advent is marked with Jesse Tree singing, blue candles, discipline, reflection, prayer, hope, and an unfolding vision of God’s presence among us. Advent truly is the real thing.

Aloha,
Pastor Jeff Lilley
pr.jeff@lchwelcome.org

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Christmas Eve • December 24

5:00 PM   A Family Christmas
10:30 PM   A Baroque Christmas
11:00 PM   Choral Festival Worship

Christmas Day • December 25

10:30 am   Nativity of Our Lord

New Years Day • January 1

8:00 am   Lessons and Carols
10:30 am   Lessons and Carols

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November Council Highlights

Council met Tuesday, November 15. Here are some of the highlights of the meeting:

  • Nominations presented for Hörmann Courtyard taskforce.
  • Call Committee Update: Bishop has presented committee with four strong candidates. Skype interviews to take place December 13.
  • Recommendations presented for upcoming 2012 Council members.
  • Parking Lot Taskforce update: two excellent bids have been received. Work pending final meeting to clarify scope of work from bidders.
  • Member and plate offering were slightly low for the month, however still $5,614.00 ahead of expenses YTD.
  • Since the PV installation, system has avoided 47,387.87 kg of CO2, with a total yield of 67,696.96 kWh.
  • 2012 Budget completed and ready for review at First Half Congregational Meeting on November 20.
  • January 28, 2012, set as date for Second Half Congregational Meeting.
  • Administrator’s Report: New groundskeeper has been hired and off-site computer backup procedures now implemented.
  • Council motion to amend Fiscal Policies allowing Office Administrator as an authorized second signature on checks.

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Adult Forum: “Living the Good Life”

Knitting needles graphicDon’t forget, beginning January 8, Dr. Miller will begin his practical and informative forum, “Living The Good Life—Levels of Morality in Children and Adults.”


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Save the Date! Youth Fundraiser

February 3 and 4, 2012

Each year the youth group requests your help with their Punahou Carnival Parking fundraiser. This year the carnival takes place on Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4.

We will need adult volunteers for three-hour shifts during the carnival on Friday and Saturday. Event coordinators provide snacks and drinks, flashlights and safety vests. You provide the fellowship! Sign-up sheets will be available in the Hörmann Courtyard in January.

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From the Director of Music and Liturgy

With three months behind me, life at LCH is feeling far more familiar...and it’s just in time! Advent begins Sunday, November 27, and our beloved music program switches into high gear. We begin the season with our traditional Advent Procession and conclude with a special Christmas Eve and Christmas day.

Advent Procession is an old tradition at LCH. The church held its first procession in 1975 and continues to this day. For years now, the pattern has been to alternate years between a lessons and carols format (after King’s College, Cambridge) and an “O Antiphons” format singing a cyclical setting of the seven “O” antiphons as the core of the service. This year, 2011, the pattern suggests a lessons and carols format, and that’s just what we’ll do! The service revolves around the reading of nine lessons from Isaiah, Micah, Luke, and Matthew. Between each reading is music: choir anthems and motets or hymns for the full congregation. I’ve always loved services of lesson and carols since they alternate between word and song. It’s a beautiful pattern and one that allows everyone to take part. I can’t wait!

As Advent continues, the choir will prepare for a wonderful Christmas Eve service in which we’ll perform two Bach cantatas and a lovely small mass by Mozart. The Bach cantatas are Und ist ein Kind geboren, BWV 142 (very possibly by Johann Kuhnau), and Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191. This musical offering will feature the Bach Chamber Orchestra with Darel Stark, concertmaster, and begins at 10:30 PM. During the 11:00 PM service we’ll present a Mozart mass for the liturgy: Missa brevis in D major, K. 65. I can imagine no better way to celebrate Christ’s birth here at our home in Honolulu than with all of this beautiful music.

As we look to 2012 and the heaps of wonderful music ahead, I encourage you to consider joining our musical ensembles. The 8:00 O’Clock Ensemble is growing fantastically right now and had fifteen members on a recent Sunday. This is a great place to try your hand at singing if you’re new or prefer more contemporary, popular repertoire. The LCH Choir, which sings at 10:30 services, continues to sing the major choral repertoire and perform a number of additional large services in the life of our church. This is a great place for those with more musical experience looking for a challenge! Finally, our (mostly) all-male Compline ensemble performs nearly every Sunday evening at the 9:00 PM Compline services. This choir rehearses for the 90 minutes before the service and sings a range of repertoire mostly from the Renaissance and latter half of the 20th century. If you’re curious about any of the parts of our musical community, please contact me and I’ll help you find the best match.

Aloha,
Miguel Felipe
miguel@lchwelcome.org

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Committee/Interest Group Chairs

Committee/GroupLeader
Aloha Jam: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Archives: James Cartwright
Audit: Sarah Roseberg
Compline: Keane Ishii
Concert: Carl Crosier
Communications: Carol Langner
Council: 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: Robert Zimmer
& Francisco Barajas
Ministry Plan Task Force: Olivia Castro
Mutual Ministry: TBD
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: Jean Lilley
Stewardship: Pam Buckley
Sunday School: Laurie Leach
& Linda Miller
Worship & Music: Linda Miller
Writers’ Workshop: Kathryn Klingebiel
Youth: Adam Landherr
& Crystal Landherr

Stewardship Corner graphic

We all are one in mission, we all are one in call,
our varied gifts united by Christ, the Lord of all.

We give thanks for the amazing people and bountiful gifts that are the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Over the past weeks, we have asked “What you are passionate about at LCH?” and you have answered through Temple Talks, bulletin inserts, and courtyard conversations. You have also responded with your gifts of energy and time and through your pledges to further God’s mission here at LCH.

Thank you for your commitment to continuing our mission by 41 pledges of $176,107.86 to LCH’s 2012 operating budget, (as of November 26). We are blessed by your passions and your generosity.

For years LCH vision groups dreamed, discussed, and debated three major projects: fixing the back parking lot, covering the Hörmann Courtyard for protection from the elements, and calling an associate pastor. In March LCH took a leap of faith and made a commitment to embark on all three projects. The m1ssion campaign is the fund raising response designed to realize those dreams. Donations were made to support these dreams even before we were able to organize a fund raising team, and now the m1ssion campaign has received 33 pledges of $93,257 over the next two years.

Much of the ground work for these projects is under way. Bids for the parking lot have been received. A group is being organized to guide the development of the Hörmann Courtyard project. The call committee has begun preliminary interviews with the list of candidates from the bishop.

There are still opportunities to pledge to the LCH general operating budget and the m1ssion campaign. You will find pledge (PDF) and Simply Giving (PDF) forms on the usher stand in the back of the church and on the 2012 Stewardship webpage.

In response to several requests, we have also added the ability to pledge in the form of monthly credit card payments made through PayPal. You will find a link on the 2012 Stewardship webpage. Because of the fees levied on every credit card transaction (about 2.5% is deducted by PayPal on every transaction), this page is intended primarily for visitors, but it can be used by anyone.

LCH is a congregation of many, varied passions—feeding the hungry, reaching out to veterans, a refinished parking lot, vibrant fellowship, a covered courtyard, learning opportunities, music, an associate pastor, uplifting worship experiences. Mahalo for you, your passions, and your commitment to our mission:

Welcoming to all
Worshipping, growing, serving
Christ’s community

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Offering Envelopes

Offering envelopes will be available at church on Sunday, December 18, for those who requested them when making a pledge. If you would like a box of envelopes for your contributions but did not make a pledge or forgot to check the box your pledge card, please let the office know, and a box will be ready for you on December 18.

Of course, you do not need a box of envelopes to contribute. You are welcome to just drop your check in the offering plate without putting it in an envelope or to put your check or cash in a plain envelope from home or one of the envelopes provided in the pews.

If you still have envelopes from this year or from previous years and want to keep using them, that’s fine too. However, since numbers are reassigned each year, the counters may not be able to match your “old” number with you. So, if you use old envelopes, please cross out the number and be sure to write your name on the envelope.

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What’s New on the LCH Website?

Bill Potter, Webmaster

Bill PotterWhile there was not much listed during November on the “What’s New?” page on the website, it doesn’t mean that there haven’t been changes. In fact, very early in the month of November, the page count on our sitemap went over 900!

The sitemap lists most of the individual pages of the website and shows how they are organized in folders. Many websites post a sitemap so that human visitors can see how the site is put together and help them navigate around. Even more importantly, the sitemap helps the automated crawlers that index web pages for search engines like Google get to every part of a website.

I added a sitemap to the LCH website in September 2007, and at that time, we had about 400 pages. So, we have been adding pages at a rate of about 125 a year, or about one new page every three days.

One of the new pages since the beginning of November is a pledge page in the Stewardship 2012 section. As with most of the website, the primary focus is for visitors rather than members and regular attenders. As you may have read in this month’s Stewardship Corner, the cost to the church for processing credit card contributions (2.5% of the amount contributed) is significantly higher than the cost of electronic funds transfers ($.20 per transaction for Simply Giving) or checks (no charge).

As Christmas approaches, look for the special Christmas worship schedule with details about special services on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. To make it easy for you to find and convenient for telling your friends, I have set up a special URL: <www.LCHwelcome.org/Christmas>.

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Process Thought Forum

We will use an article by Jay McDaniel entitled “Zen and the Self.” Find it on the Religion-Online website: <www.religion-online.org/showarticle.asp?title=2491>.

We will have a poem to help focus our discussion. Hope to see you there!

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Attendance and Offerings for November
Date Worship Service    Attendance Offering Fund    Offering Amount
November 6    8:00 AM Service 47 Offering $6,043.00
10:30 AM Service 95 Social Ministries $80.00
Compline 28 Music Fund $1,268.00
Total 170 Wounded Warriors $200.00
    Mission Campaign $105.00
    Prepaid 2012 Pledges $350.00
       
November 13    8:00 AM Service 56 Offering $5,595.00
10:30 AM Service 83 Sunday School Offering $2.12
Compline 19 Altar Flowers $100.00
Total 158 ELCA World Hunger $100.00
    Wounded Warriors $108.00
    Mission Campaign $110.00
    Calabash $205.00
       
November 20    8:00 AM Service 54 Offering $4,044.00
10:30 AM Service 85 Sunday School Offering $3.50
Compline 19 Bread for the World $75.00
Total 158 Mission Campaign $1,500.00
       
November 27    8:00 AM Service 48 Offering $8,559.07
10:30 AM Service 83 Sunday School Offering $1.00
Advent Procession 91 Seasonal Offerings $30.00
Total 222 Social Ministries $110.00
    Mission Campaign $160.00
    Bread for the World $100.00

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Prayer Requests
Barbie Judy Ruth prayer request graphic
Carl Karen Ryan
Cindy Katy Sally
Debbie Kristin Stephen
Gene Maggie Susan
Gus Pat Ulrike

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December Birthdays
Date Name Holly: December birth flower
12/03 Betty Petersen
12/04 James Sullivan
12/04 Jerelyn Watanabe
12/09 Masako Schwabenitz
12/10 Tom Juvinall
12/12 Penny Lawhn
12/17 Mark Brommer
12/17 Carly Schweigert
12/18 Jacob Burkman
12/18 Adelheid Khuehnle Wallace
12/19 Andrew Yeh
12/20 Peggy Anderson
12/25 Nicole E.-N.
12/23 Michael Burnett
12/23 Linden Doescher
12/24 Sophie C.
12/28 Welmon Walker, Jr.

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LCH Worship Participants
Holy Communion (8:00 AM) and Christmas Eve Family Worship (5:00 PM)
DATE December 4 December 11 December 18 December 24
Christmas Eve
December 25
Christmas Day
LECTOR Jim Sullivan Ruth Johnson Michael Formby Bill Hamblet  
COMMUNION
ASSISTANTS
Peggy Anderson
Laurie Leach
Peggy Anderson
Peter Lee
Crystal Landherr
Adam Landherr
Bob Tellander
Amanda Lippert
Michael Formby
Peter Lee
Peggy Anderson
Chuck Huxel
Bill Hamblet
Adam Landherr
Crystal Landherr
Don Johnson
 
ACOLYTE Sophie C. Missy H. Colin B. Savannah M.  
LAYING ON
OF HANDS
  Jim Sullivan     
USHER Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco  
Choral Eucharist (10:30 AM) and Christmas Eve (11:00 PM)
DATE December 4 December 11 December 18 December 24
Christmas Eve
December 25
Christmas Day
LECTOR Peter Flachsbart Penny Lawhn Jim Cartwright Mark Russell April Smith
DEACON Phyllis Hormann Josie Bidgood Bob Zimmer John Bickel Ray Herradura
SUBDEACON Bob Tellander Frank Haas Phyllis Hormann Mary Fastenau Jeanne Castello
COMMUNION
ASSISTANTS
Randy Christensen
Bob Zimmer
Randy Christensen
Sue Haas
Josie Bidgood
Bob Tellander
Jim Sullivan
Chuck Huxel
Jim Sullivan
Carolyn Koehler
ACOLYTES Nathalie J.
Reid W.
Savannah M.
Miranda L.
Lillie J.
Ray Herradura
Seth Lilley
Nathalie J.
Bob Zimmer
Reid W.
LAYING ON
OF HANDS
  Bob Zimmer      
USHERS Nan Wond
Chuck Huxel
Chuck Pearson
Nan Wond
Chuck Huxel
Chuck Pearson
Nan Wond
Chuck Huxel
Chuck Pearson
Nan Wond
Chuck Huxel
Chuck Pearson
Nan Wond
Chuck Huxel
Chuck Pearson
ALTAR
GUILD
Olivia Castro
Mary-Jo Estes
Billie Jean Ries
Penny Lawhn
Olivia Castro
Mary-Jo Estes
Billie Jean Ries
Penny Lawhn
Olivia Castro
Mary-Jo Estes
Billie Jean Ries
Penny Lawhn
Olivia Castro
Mary-Jo Estes
Billie Jean Ries
Penny Lawhn
Olivia Castro
Mary-Jo Estes
Billie Jean Ries
Penny Lawhn

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HeartBeat Deadline

Next HeartBeat Deadline is Tuesday, December 20!

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Heavenly Humor

God’s kids say the funniest things

One morning, Jennifer Smoter of Green Oaks, IL, told her son, Dayne, who plays on a hockey team, “Finish your breakfast. You need fuel to skate fast today.” “But Jesus starved for 80 days, and he was fine,” Dayne replied. “Yeah, but Jesus wasn’t getting cross-checked,” his father, Jon, said.

—via Nancy Tangney, Kalamazoo, MI

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Calendar: December 2011
Day Date Event and Time
Thursday December 1 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
Weekly Staff Meeting, 2:00 PM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Saturday December 3 Call Committee Mock Interview, 10:00 AM
Sunday December 4 Angel Network In-Gathering
Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Jesse Tree, 9:10 AM
Christian Education, 9:30 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Leadership Roundtable, 11:45 AM
Piano Recital, 2:00 PM
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM
Monday December 5 Mutual Ministry Meeting, 6:30 PM
Wednesday December 7 Confirmation @ Calvary, 6:00 PM
Thursday December 8 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
Weekly Staff Meeting, 2:00 PM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Saturday December 10 In Stitches, 9:00 AM
Process Thought Forum, 9:30 AM
Call Committee Interviews, 10:00 AM
Sunday December 11 Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Jesse Tree, 9:10 AM
Christian Education, 9:30 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Process Thought Forum (Rpt.), 12:00 Noon
Call Committee Interviews, 12:20 PM
Confirmation @ St. John, 3:00 PM
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM
Monday December 12 All Staff Meeting, 5:00 PM
Call Committee Interview Wrap Up, 6:30 PM
Tuesday December 13 Hukilau Pastors’ Conference, 9:30 AM
Wednesday December 14 Finance Committee Meeting, 12:30 PM
Thursday December 15 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Friday December 16 IHS Meals Prepared, 1:00 PM
IHS Meals Served, 5:30 PM
Sunday December 18 Holy Communion, 8:00 AM
Jesse Tree, 9:10 AM
Christian Educations, 9:30 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Pre-Compline Discussion, 8:30 PM
Compline, 9:00 PM
Monday December 19 Aloha Jam, 6:00 PM
Tuesday December 20 Heartbeat Deadline, 9:00 AM
Council Meeting, 6:30 PM
Thursday December 22 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Saturday December 24 In Stitches, 9:00 AM
One Pot One Hope, 9:30 AM
Family Christmas Eve Service, 5:00 PM
A Baroque Christmas, 10:30 PM
Festival Choral Eucharist, 11:00 PM
Sunday December 25 Christmas Day
Christmas Day Service, 10:30 AM
Compline will not be sung this evening.
Monday December 26 Office Closed-Christmas Holiday
Wednesday December 28 8:00 O’Clock Ensemble, 6:30 PM
Thursday December 29 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM

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