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A Message from Pastor Jeff

Special Congregational Meeting Set for October 13

Pastor Jeff LilleyThe Congregational Council has called a special congregational meeting on October 13th, 9:15 AM, for the purpose of committing the congregation to calling a second pastor to serve Lutheran Church of Honolulu with a regular (non-term) call.

Background: Pastor Angela Freeman was called July 2012 to serve at two-year term call as associate pastor. The term call will end July 2014. Since the call process is very unpredictable, Pastor Angela needs to begin looking immediately, with the hopes of avoiding unemployment, if her call here lapses prior to receiving a new call.

Process: Over the next few weeks, you will receive several informational items (including this article) so that you can make an informed and faithful decision. A “best guess” preliminary budget will be distributed so that you can see the additional expenses in context with the rest of the budget. For now, you should be aware that salary and benefits for a second pastor come to about $87,500 per year. Additional programming expenses may also be incurred but would not represent a major increase.

On October 13th, a special congregational meeting will be held where members will have an opportunity to express their views, ask questions, and vote on issuing a “regular” call for a second pastor. If the congregation votes yes to move forward with calling a second pastor, then the staff and council will move forward with the bishop’s office to be ready to vote on issuing that call at our January congregational meeting.

Voting: Voting will be by anonymous written ballot at the congregational meeting.

Voting “yes” means that the congregation desires to issue a “regular, non-term call” to a second pastor and is committed to budgeting for the position for the 2014 fiscal year. It is important to understand that a “yes” vote means supporting a budget for fiscal year 2014 sufficient to fund that call.

Voting “no” means that Pastor Angela will immediately begin her search for another call and her responsibilities at LCH will shift somewhat to help us form a ministry that is manageable by a single pastor. The congregation would then need to recast our vision and goals to better reflect our more limited resources.

After the Congregational Meeting: Should the congregation vote affirmatively, the pastors and council have agreed to work with the bishop’s office to issue a call to Pastor Angela as “co-pastor” of LCH, rather than “associate pastor.” The pastoral staff currently function in this way and feel it will be the best course for the ministry and mission of the congregation. The change in title has no effect on salary since salary is based on a education and experience. At the second half of the congregational meeting in January 2014, the congregation will be asked to approve an operational budget which includes the co-pastor’s salary and benefits, vote on calling Pastor Angela as co-pastor, and approve a salary and benefits package. Pastor Angela’s current term call would then expire on issuance of the new call as co-pastor.

FAQ

Q:   Can we simply extend Pastor Angela’s term call for another year?
A: No, It would not be in the best interest of either LCH or Pastor Angela to continue with a temporary arrangement.
 
Q: If we call Pastor Angela, and in a few years one of the Pastors decides to take another call, what happens?
A: Our calls will not be “co-terminus.” That means that even though one Pastor leaves, the other may remain called to LCH.
 
Q: How long will Pastor Angela stay?
A: As long as there is a call to be in service to God at LCH.
 
Q: How will be able to afford calling a second pastor?
A: Increased revenue through congregational giving and rental of building space are the two main ways we can achieve a balanced budget. Cuts in other areas of ministry may be possible but will have to be weighed against the overall mission of LCH.
 
Q: Will Pastor Jeff leave if we don’t call Pastor Angela?
A: Only if you ask him to.
 
Q: How long will Pastor Angela stay?
A: As long as there is a to be in service to God at LCH.
 

With peace,
Pastor Jeff Lilley
pr.jeff@lchwelcome.org

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Office Closed
Columbus Day
October 14

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September Council Highlights

Council met Tuesday, September 17. Here are some of the highlights of the meeting:

  • Brian Gionfriddo was introduced as the parish coordinator. Brian has extensive non-profit experience and will be a welcome addition to the staff at LCH.
  • Mission Campaign pledges/receipts received at approximately 62% of total campaign.
  • Financial Review Committee has completed nearly all past audits and will begin auditing FY2013 this month.
  • A special congregational meeting was set for October 13, 2013, to consider calling a second pastor to a regular, non-term call.
  • Two example versions of the new website template were presented for critique and input.

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LutherFest 2013

Celebrating 500 Years of Luther

German food graphicBreak out the Wienrschnizel and put on the Leiderhosen, its time for LutherFest again!!

Come celebrate with your LCH 'Ohana at LutherFest Saturday, October 26th.

Beer and wine will be available, there will be a green jell-o contest, and you are invited to bring your favorite dish to share at das Fest.

Adult Forum

“The Five Love Languages”

Have you ever felt like your efforts are not appreciated? Please come and contribute your insight to discussions on “The Five Love Languages—deepening your relationships with God and with others.” We will meet in the Boardroom at 9:30 after first service.

  • September 29—“If you really loved me....” and “Words of Affirmation”
  • October 6—“Quality Time”
  • October 13—“Gifts”
  • October 20—“Deeds of Service”
  • October 27—“Physical Touch”

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O‘ahu Monthly Youth Gathering

Don’t miss the next youth group night of fun on October 6! Middle and high school youth from Episcopal and Lutheran congregations all over O‘ahu will gather for activities and worship. This month there will be a picnic in Kapolei Regional Park. Dinner will be provided, so you don’t have to bring anything. We’ll meet at LCH and carpool to Kapolei together.

Please RSVP to Pastor Angela at <pr.angela@lchwelcome.org> ahead of time.

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Process Forum

The next Process Thought session will be Saturday, October 5th, 9:30–11:00 AM in the Boardroom. We will focus on an article from the website “Jesus, Jazz and Buddhism.” The article is written by Jay McDaniel who teaches college classes on world religions. This particular webpage, A Process Appreciation of Islam, can be found at <www.jesusjazzbuddhism.org/a-process-appreciation-of-islam.html>.

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Spiritual Deepening

Saturday, October 12 • 10:00–11:30 AM

Photo of stones piled up“Lectio divina” and “contemplative prayer” are ancient spiritual disciplines that draw us deeper into our lives with God. Not only can practicing these disciples together with a small group help keep you accountable in prayer, but it can also add an invaluable dimension to your prayer life. Pastor Angela will be leading this time of prayer and guiding the participants through the disciplines. If you have never used these practices or if you are a master, you’re welcome to gather in the Boardroom for the morning. Everyone is welcome!


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Fall Confirmation Classes

Students entering grades 6 through 9 are invited to a time of learning and faith growth we call Confirmation. Confirmation is typically made during the fall of the 9th grade year when the teen will affirm his/her baptism and continued commitment to the church as a young adult. This happens during worship on Sunday morning. The classes usually meet twice a month. The topics of learning range from the Bible, Lutheranism, and the wider Church to other faith traditions and discussions about our own personal faith in Christ and what it all means.

If you or your child is interested in participating, please contact Pastor Angela at <pr.angela@lchwelcome.org>. The first class will begin on October 15 at 3:30 PM in the Rainbow Room.

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Committee/Interest Group Chairs

Committee/GroupLeader
Aloha Jam: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Archives: James Cartwright
Audit: Sarah Roseberg
Concert: Miguel Felipe
Communications: Carol Langner
Council: Mary Fastenau
Exploring Boundaries: Carol Langner
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: Mike Formby
Pau Hana: Pastor Jeff Lilley
Process Theology: The Rev. Fritz Fritschel
Property: Jean-Paul Klingebiel
& October 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: Pr. Angela Freeman

Stewardship Corner graphic

Be not afraid

Luke 12:32 says, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”

All too often, we are fearful people. We worry about the economy, our jobs, our children, our parents, violence in the world. How easily we forget that God is in charge. Having faith in God to meet all of our needs provides us comfort. We must not be afraid.

Let us not be afraid to share. We continue to meet the needs of our neighbors by providing meals for the hungry, making wonderful music, giving encouragement for healing, and bringing hope for justice. We are ever thankful of the friendship, fellowship and fun we experience at LCH! We can choose to contribute to these ministries and activities with our time, talents, and treasures.

Let us not be afraid to save. There have been many positive comments about Pastor Angela after the first year of her two year call as our co-pastor! If you are thankful for her presence among us, please consider supporting her and the ministries she is leading: campus ministry, youth and family ministry, and outreach to our neighborhood. Won’t you consider saving a little more each month and giving to make this two year call with us into a permanent one?

Let us not be afraid to spend. Our dream to cover the Hörmann Courtyard is coming much closer to realization. An engineer has been engaged to evaluate our existing structure, and we have received an estimate to purchase the materials for the covering. We currently have about 5% of the funds to complete the Hörmann Courtyard covering through the Mission Campaign plus another 10% more in a previously established restricted fund for this project. We still need your help!

Later this month you will receive a letter and a commitment card so that you and your family may prayerfully consider your personal responses to God’s love. Commitment Sunday will be on November 10th, so please bring your commitment cards to church with you that day, and we will dedicate ourselves to furthering the ministries of LCH.

We need your prayers. We need your energy. We need your contributions of time, talent and treasure. All that we do here at LCH is in grateful response to the love God has shown to us. Let us not be afraid to share, save, and spend to do God’s work with our hands.

Mahalo Ke Akua,
Your Stewardship Committee: Pam Buckley,
Bill Potter, April Smith, Karen Fay

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Join us for Movie Night!

A free fellowship event will take place on Saturday, October 12, at 7:00 PM in Isenberg Hall. We’ll be showing “Lilies of the Field,” starring Academy Award winner Sidney Poitier. This classic from 1963 (in the original black and white!) is a funny, sentimental, charming, and uplifting film.

Let’s gather together for 95 minutes of old fashioned fun at the movies! Enjoy singing along with the “Amen” song. Drinks and popcorn will be available. Everyone is welcome!

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Exploring Boundaries and Beyond

Sunday, October 20, 6:00–7:15 PM in Isenberg Hall

Exploring Boundaries graphicThe next “Exploring Boundaries...and Beyond” will feature a presentation by Steve Miller on “Charity vs. Self-Sufficiency.” The discussion will center around the most preferable and practical use of charitable giving: micro-lending, sustainability, development projects, etc. The date may have to be switched from Sunday, October 20, to some other date, so please stay alert for further notices

Another Thanks to Laurie: After hearing Laurie Rubin’s presentation at our “Exploring Boundaries” session on Sunday, September 15th, one of those attending said we should extend another thank you to her in the next HeartBeat. Laurie, born blind, gave a reading of her recent book, “Do You Dream in Color?” As a trained operatic singer, she also delighted us with one of her own recent, whimsical compositions.

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animate faith

Wednesdays 6:00–7:30 PM • October 16 through November 20
LCH Boardroom—with dinner!

You’re invited to a 7-week adult education course that imaginatively explores central topics of Christianity. Topics will be: God, Religion, Jesus, Salvation, Cross, Bible, Church. Each session the group will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection, and share ideas with the group. If you’d like to participate in the class, please plan on attending each week and RSVP to Pastor Angela by Monday, October 6 by email at <pr.angela@lchwelcome.org> or by calling the church office.

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ELCA Ministry Coaching

The ELCA will be holding a coaching training event here at LCH. This training is for those who are interested in supporting and walking with congregations and their leaders who are in transition. A ministry coach can be either a lay person or a rostered leader, but the coach must be active member of a congregation. The coaching will be held at LCH Thursday–Friday, October 17–18th. Email or speak with Pastor Angela for more information and to register. You must be registered by October 13th.

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What’s New on the LCH Website?

Bill Potter, Webmaster

Bill PotterThe beginning of the academic year and LCH’s program year has brought a flurry of updates to some of the key pages on the LCH website.

On the Congregational Life page, check out short articles about the first OYEA event of the year, Sarah Roseberg’s farewell, and the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the ELCA. The Exploring Boundaries page was also updated with information about programs scheduled this fall.

Members of the staff and the Communications Committee have been working with our developer on the redesign of the LCH website. Keep your eyes peeled for the roll out in the next few weeks.

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Celebrate our Heritage at LutherFest

Don’t miss our annual LutherFest Celebration on Saturday, October 26. LutherFest is an evening dedicated to four things dear to the hearts of everyone at LCH: food, fellowship, frivolity, and more food.

The evening begins at 5:30 PM with pupus in the Hörmann Courtyard. There will be time to enjoy a glass of our own LCH wine, a Hawaiian/seasonal brew (for a donation of Luther Bucks), or a nonalcoholic beverage. Dinner is potluck, and there will be another great food contest.

Dust off your favorite recipe that involves green jell-o, and enter in the contest. Entries will be judged on taste, appearance, Lutheran heritage, and innovativeness.

We have it on good authority that Sisters Merry Margarita and Merry Merlot (or their friends) will be on hand to trade donations (of cash or checks) for Luther Bucks. Use your Luther Bucks to cast your vote in the contest, and donations of Luther Bucks will also allow persons of age to indulge in their preferred libation. All donations will benefit the Mission Campaign.

While the organized part of the “frivolity” remains to be determined, word is that it will include a visit from “Brother Martin.”

Mark your calendar now for LutherFest on October 26.

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Young Adult Game Night

Saturday, November 2 • 7:00 PM • Boardroom

photo of various board gamesWe’re planning ahead and looking for help! Mark your calendar for Game Night! Bring your favorite board game to share, a snack, and a friend. Great time to get to know folks better and have some fun together at church. Baby sitting will be available for a small fee. Please RSVP if you’d like a sitter, and if you’d like to help hosting, please contact Pastor Angela at <pr.angela@lchwelcome.org>.


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Sophia Wins Hawai‘i Keiki Stars!

Sophia's winning performanceCongratulations to Sophia S. for winning the 2013 Hawai‘i Keiki Stars Vocal Competition! Folks from LCH waved signed in the audience and cheered her on to victory. She “wowed” the audience with her moving rendition of “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie. The winner received $500.00 cash and gifts from local sponsors. To see and hear Sophia’s winning performance be sure to watch KHON2 on Sunday, September 29th at 6:30 PM. Eight-year old Sophia is the daughter of musician parents and the sister of another rising star, Raphael.


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Hukilau Fall Assembly

10:00 AM–2:00 PM • Saturday, October 19
Calvary By the Sea

Please join us for a morning of worship, fellowship, and learning at the Fall Assembly. This year's theme revolves around Health Care.

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Attendance and Offerings for September
Date Worship Service    Attendance Offering Fund    Offering Amount
September 1    8:00 AM Service 51 Offering $2,969.00
10:30 AM Service 73 Sunday School Offerings $5.00
Evening Prayer 49 Wounded Warriors $20.00
Total 173 Social Ministries $55.00
    Musical Instruments $5.00
    Mission Campaign $1,090.00
       
September 8    8:00 AM Service 49 Offering $10,688.06
10:30 AM Service 93 Sunday School Offerings $5.00
Total 142 Mission Campaign $3,625.00
    Wounded Warriors $150.00
       
September 15    8:00 AM Service 42 Offering $2,016.00
10:30 AM Service 78 Sunday School Offerings $2.00
Evening Prayer 17 Mission Campaign $50.00
Total 137 Angel Network $30.00
       
September 22    8:00 AM Service 49 Offering $1,541.00
10:30 AM Service 77 Sunday School Offerings $2.00
Total 126 Mission Campaign $3.00
    Social Ministries $55.00
    Music Fund $750.00

Attendance and Offerings for Sunday, September 29, 2013, were not available at time of publication.

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Prayer Requests
Carl Gene Shirley prayer request graphic
Chris George Stephen
Elaine Karen Susan
Eric Maggie Trinity

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October Birthdays
Date Name Marigold: October birth flower
10/05 Akiyo Takamune
10/07 Lois Watanabe
10/09 Dorothy (Dot) Hutchins
10/10 Paul Benco
10/12 Jacob W.
10/14 Stephen Miller
10/17 Karen Roberts-Ogawa
10/19 Sieglinde Schmidt
10/19 Sophia S.
10/19 Mahina Katherine W.
10/24 Katherine Crosier
10/25 Lynn Juvinall
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 6 October 13 October 20
Children’ Sabbath
October 27
Reformation Sunday
LECTOR Carolyn Koehler Peggy Anderson Hunter N.
Wyatt Y.
Amanda Lippert
COMMUNION
ASSISTANTS
Laurie Leach
Mike Formby
Peter Lee
Sheena Lim-Urban
Peggy Anderson
Amanda Lippert
Chuck Huxel
Jeff Mack
Kirstin Yost
Peggy Anderson
Mike Formby
Peter Lee
Sheena Lim-Urban
Amanda Lippert
Jim Sullivan
Carolyn Koehler
ACOLYTE Sophie C. Sophia S. Grant Y. Dylan D.
LAYING ON
OF HANDS
  Stephanie Luuloa    
USHER Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco Fred Benco
Choral Eucharist (10:30 AM)
DATE October 6 October 13 October 20
Children’ Sabbath
October 27
Reformation Sunday
LECTOR Aaron Gould Peter Flachsbart Nathalie J.
Savannah M.
Aaron Gould
DEACON Ray Herradura Jim Cartwright Mary Fastenau Frank Haas
SUBDEACON Mary Fastenau Frank Haas Jim Cartwright Bob Tellander
COMMUNION
ASSISTANTS
Randy Christensen
Phyllis Hormann
Sue Haas
Bob Tellander
Ray Herradura
Bob Zimmer
Randy Christensen
Phyllis Hormann
ACOLYTES Nathalie J.
Coco J.
Reid W.
Max W.
Lillie J.
Miranda L.
Miranda L.
Savannah M.
LAYING ON
OF HANDS
  John Bickel    
USHERS Francisco Barajas
Church Huxel
Peter Flachsbart
Chuck Pearson
Nan Wond
Francisco Barajas
Church Huxel
Peter Flachsbart
Chuck Pearson
Nan Wond
Francisco Barajas
Church Huxel
Peter Flachsbart
Chuck Pearson
Nan Wond
Francisco Barajas
Church Huxel
Peter Flachsbart
Chuck Pearson
Nan Wond
ALTAR
GUILD
Marlise Tellander
Marjan Lynch
Nedra Walker
Alicia Zuniga
Marlise Tellander
Marjan Lynch
Nedra Walker
Alicia Zuniga
Marlise Tellander
Marjan Lynch
Nedra Walker
Alicia Zuniga
Marlise Tellander
Marjan Lynch
Nedra Walker
Alicia Zuniga

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HeartBeat Deadline

Next HeartBeat Deadline is Tuesday, October 15!

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Heavenly Humor

Cartoon: Mother to child: Smile; the days go the way the corners of your mouth go. Reprinted by permission of Bil Keane Kids Say the Funniest Things

A priest at St. Richard’s Church in Jackson, MS, was asking questions of children about to receive their first communion. “What was served at the Last Supper?” he asked a little girl.

The girl thought for a while, then replied, “Well, first they had a salad...”

—via Jeff Totten, Hammond, LA

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Calendar: October 2013
Day Date Event and Time
Thursday October 3 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
Holoholo Pickup, 2:00 PM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Saturday October 5 Process Thought Forum, 9:30 AM
Sunday October 6 Angel Network In-Gathering
Holy Communion,
8:00 AM
Christian Education, 9:30 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Blessing of the Animals, 3:00 PM
Oahu Youth Gathering @ Kapolei, 5:00 PM
Poetry Group, 7:00 PM
Evening Prayer, 7:30 PM
Monday October 7 All Staff Meeting, 5:00 PM
Mutual Ministry Meeting, 6:30 PM
Tuesday October 8 Hukilau Pastors’ Meeting, 9:30 AM
Wednesday October 9 Finance Committee Meeting, 12:30 PM
Thursday October 10 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Saturday October 12 “Lilies of the Field” Movie Night, 7:00 PM
Sunday October 13 Clergy Appreciation Day
Holy Communion,
8:00 AM
Christian Education, 9:30 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Monday October 14 Office Closed—Columbus Day
Worship & Music Meeting, 6:30 PM
Tuesday October 15 Heartbeat Deadline, 9:00 AM
Executive Council Meeting, 6:00 PM
Council Meeting, 6:30 PM
Thursday October 17 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
Holoholo Pickup, 2:00 PM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Friday October 18 IHS Meal Prepared, 1:00 PM
IHS Meal Served, 5:30 PM
Abendmusiken Concert, 7:30 PM
Sunday October 20 Children's Sabbath
Holy Communion,
8:00 AM
Christian Education, 9:30 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Exploring Boundaries & Beyond, 6:00 PM
No Evening Prayer this evening
Monday October 21 Writers’ Workshop, 7:00 PM
Thursday October 24 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM
Saturday October 26 One Pot One Hope, 10:00 AM
LutherFest, 5:30 PM
Sunday October 27 Reformation Sunday
Holy Communion,
8:00 AM
Christian Education, 9:30 AM
Choral Eucharist, 10:30 AM
Thursday October 31 Book of Faith Bible Studies, 10:00 AM
Holoholo Pickup, 2:00 PM
LCH Choir Rehearsal, 7:00 PM

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