The Chrysalis

Current news from Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church 
-- a place of safety --
Apri 1, 2018                 Vol. 19, Issue 2
  Greetings!

You have just received the April 1, 2018 Chrysalis - the newsletter of Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church. Please read through it for information concerning events during the coming month. Chrysalis will be published by the office staff, in this form, near the first of each month -- with special editions during the month (if/as warranted).

If you desire a printed copy of the Chrysalis you may print this email version (as with any email you receive). There will also be a few printed copies in the narthex for visitors, and for members of HRLC who do not have printing capabilities. [Note: This is an email newsletter and does not paginate the way a non-email newsletter might.]

Should you accidentally (or deliberately) delete this email, you may also find a link to the Chrysalis on our web site (www.hrlcsj.org). Go to the Member "Home" tab, then the "Communication" tab, and then click on "Newsletter" to find the month you are seeking.
News from The Closet
The Closet at HRLC Needs You!

The Closet is running low on funds. You can help with a purchase of these items: toothpaste, toothbrushes, liquid body soap, women’s and men’s deodorant, hand or body lotion, lip balm and razors. These are the items that “sell out” each month.

In 2017, The closet served 246 adults with a hygiene kit and new underwear and socks. The average cost per person was $11.80. Average cost per month was $290.30. Organizers for The Closet considered ways to reduce costs and these ideas will be tested this year. On the horizon is greater coordination with other churches.

Your contribution (monetary donation or purchase of specific items) goes a long way to helping people that come to HRLC for basic supplies that help with health and hygiene. Thank you for considering The Closet the next time you shop.

Please contact Leslie with any questions.

Ministry Activity Contacts for April
(For information about an activity call the Ministry Activity Contact)

Pastor John's Dinner and Study on April 4 from 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Pastor John

Movies with Pastor John on April 7 beginning at 9:00am
Pastor John

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on April 8 beginning at 11:45am
Mike Hagaman

Praying and Sharing on April 14 from 9:00am until 10:30am
Pastor John

Food Pantry Distribution on April 14 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm
Mary West

The Closet Distribution on April 14 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm
Leslie Stobbe

Out and About -- Place To Be Decided -- on April 15
Contact person needed

Conversation Around the Table on April 18 from 6:30pm until 9:00pm
Pastor John

Pack Food Bags on April 22 beginning at 11:45am
Mike Hagaman

Pack The Closet Hygiene Kits on April 22 beginning at 11:45am
Leslie Stobbe

CROP Hunger Walk on April 22 beginning at 1:00pm
Kay Ammon

Progressive Theology Dialogue on April 24 from 6:30pm until 8:00pm
Pastor John

Food Pantry Distribution on April 28 from 2:00pm until 4:00pm
Mary West

Brunch Bunch on April 29 beginning at 11:45am
Evan Dowling

( Weekly) Those Who Serve -- April 2018
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April 01:
  • Usher: Leslie Stobbe
  • Reader: Kay Ammon
  • Comm Asst: Kay Ammon
  • Altar Prep: Mary West
  • Refreshments: M West & J Neider
  • Counter: Kathy Wiese
April 08:
  • Usher: Mike Hagaman
  • Reader: Pastor John
  • Comm Asst: Marcia Freesemann
  • Altar Prep: Kathy Wiese
  • Refreshments: Evan Dowling
  • Counter: Leslie Stobbe
April 15:
  • Usher: Mary West and J. Neider
  • Reader: Awic Smith
  • Comm Asst: Kathy Wiese
  • Altar Prep: Mike Hagaman
  • Refreshments: Leslie Stobbe
  • Counter: Marcia Freesemann
April 22:
  • Usher: Kathy Wiese & Evan Dowling
  • Reader: Mike Hagaman
  • Comm Asst: Mike Hagaman
  • Altar Prep: Julie Neider
  • Refreshments: Marcia Freesemann
  • Counter: Evan Dowling
April 29:
  • Usher: Leslie Stobbe
  • Reader: Pastor John
  • Comm Asst: Marcia Freesemann
  • Altar Prep: Marcia Freesemann
  • Refreshments: Marcia Freesemann
  • Counter: Marcia Freesemann
If there is a problem with the weekly listing of Those Who Serve please notify the church office so that it can be corrected when we publish the weekly worship materials.

If you are unable to fulfill a task on the date assigned please procure a replacement and notify the office concerning the arrangements you have made.
(Monthly)Those Who Serve -- April 2018
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Bake Bread -- Awic Smith
Buy (Merlot)Wine -- Leslie Stobbe
Buy (White Grape) Juice -- Awic Smith
Worship Space Preparation -- Julie Neider
Worship Service Preparation -- Mike Hagaman
Healing Prayers & Imposition of Oil -- Leslie Stobbe
Recorded Prelude Music -- Pastor John
Praying & Sharing Leader -- Pastor John
  If there is a problem with the monthly listing of Those Who Serve please notify the church office so that it can be corrected when we publish the weekly worship materials.
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Conversations Around the Table 2018

April 18
6:30 pm to 9:00pm

Fellowship and Tapas

Discussion of
Christianity after Religion
(199 to 270)

Meet in the Bangsund Room

Pastor John's
Dinner and Study 2018

April 4
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Bring your own dinner

Viewing of
Native Peoples of North America
(Sessions 7 to 9)

Meet in the Bangsund Room

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Progressive Theology Dialogue 2018

April 24
6pm until 8pm

Jesus and his Jewish Influences
with
Professor Jodi Magness

Sessions 7 to 9

Please read through the material for the evening in the course outline prior to class

Meet in the Bangsund Room

Movies with Pastor John 2018
April 7
9:00am until 11:30am

Bangsund Room

" Excaliber "

starring
Nigel Terry Nicol Williamson
Nicholas Clay Cherie Lunghi
Helen Mirren Liam Neesen

Excalibur , or  Caliburn , is the  legendary sword  of  King Arthur , sometimes also  attributed with magical powers  or associated with the rightful  sovereignty  of Britain. Sometimes Excalibur and the Sword in the Stone (the proof of Arthur's lineage) are said to be the same weapon, but in most versions they are considered separate.

Christmas Gift Ministry
Christmas seems far away but it’s not too soon to start making preparations for our Christmas Gift Ministry. Offerings for this ministry are taken on the first Sundays in April & October. Once again the Christmas Gift Task Force is making plans to give 4 or 5 needy families from one of our local school districts a Christmas to remember and we are asking for your help.

These families struggle to just provide the basics and they will not have much of a Christmas unless we help them. We will be contacting the school district in September to get specific information about the families we will sponsor. Concentrating on household items and grocery staples has worked very well for the past several years, so we will continue that for 2018. The children will still each get a book, a toy and a set of clothes, and we will provide family games and activities they can all do together. The presents that we have provided for the past several years were very greatly appreciated by both the families and the school district, and the homeless liaison is very happy that we are going to continue this ministry.

The current members of this task force are Marcia Freesemann, Lisa Paulsen & Leslie Stobbe. If you would like to participate in this ministry please call Marcia Freesemann at (408) 270-5722 or e-mail sjdragonlady@aol.com . There will be a task force meeting in mid to late September and we will let everyone know when the exact date and time have been scheduled.

Please consider making a generous contribution to this ministry. What you give may be the only thing they receive for the holidays. Thank you for helping to make a Merry Christmas for these families!
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Happy Birthday
in
April!
April 20 -- Mike Hagaman

April 21 -- April Kellett
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Flower Donors
(April)

04/01 -- Members of HRLC donating flowers for Easter*

04/08 -- Date is available

04/15 -- Carolyn Keck -- in celebration of April's birthday

04/22 -- Kathy Wiese -- in memory of her mother

04/29 -- Leslie Stobbe -- in loving memory of Bessie Vicari
Sanctuary Lamp Donors
(April)

04/01 -- Pastor John and Marcia -- in celebration of Pastor John's 27th Anniversary at Holy Redeemer

04/08 -- Mike Hagaman -- in celebration of the resurrection

04/15 -- Pastor John and Marcia -- in celebration of Brooklyn's birthday

04/22 -- Leslie Stobbe -- in memory of Bessie Vicari

04/29 -- April Kellett -- in celebration of all of her nieces
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*Easter Dedications
Kay Ammon -- In celebration of her children and their families
Evan Dowling -- In memory of Dad, Mom, Madre and Baby Max
Marcia Freesemann -- In memory of Don and Winnie Watson
April Kellett -- in loving memory of Susie & John
Leslie Stobbe -- In loving memory of Gloria Stobbe
Leslie Stobbe -- In loving memory of Bessie Vicari
Kathy Wiese -- in memory of her parents
Pastor John -- in memory of Terry and Rita Freesemann
Sister Parish Support
(April)
04/01 -- Pastor John -- In observance of the Rwanda Genocide Day of Remembrance

04/08 -- Lisa Paulsen -- in celebration of Cynthia's birthday

04/15 -- April Kellett - Hope

04/22 -- Leslie Stobbe -- Christ is risen!!

04/29 -- Lisa Paulsen -- for Easter
"Tree of Life" near Sister Parish
April 2018 Calendar

Apr 1
Benevolence/Ministry Offering
Easter Sunday
Pastor John - Afternoon Off
Recycling Collection
10:00am – 11:15am Contemplation and Communion
11:15am – 11:45am Fellowship

Apr 2
Cesar Chavez Holiday
Office Closed

Apr 3
Pastor - Morning & Early Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open
3:00pm Announcements Due

Apr 4
Pastor - Morning and Early Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open
6:30pm – 9:00pm Pastor John's Dinner & Study

Apr 5
Pastor - Morning and Early Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open

Apr 6
Office Closed
Pastor - Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off

Apr 7
Members Pray for Members
Pastor - Afternoon Off
9:00am – 12:00pm Movies with Pastor John
3:30pm – 4:30pm Pastor - Richter Wedding (San Rafael)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Telle Wedding (Sacramento)

Apr 8
Easter 2
Health Care/Hygiene Kit Offering
Pastor John - Afternoon Off
10:00am – 11:15am Contemplation and Communion
11:15am – 11:45am Fellowship
11:45am – 12:15pm Pack Food Bags

Apr 9
Office Closed
Pastor - Day Off

Apr 10
Office Closed
8:30am – 3:30pm Pastor - Book Study (San Jose)
3:00pm Announcements Due
4:30pm – 6:00pm Music Staff Mtg.

Apr 11
Pastor - Morning and Early Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open

Apr 12
Pastor - Morning and Early Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open
5:00pm – 10:00pm Pastor - Union Activity

Apr 13
Office Closed
Pastor - Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off

Apr 14
Pastor - Afternoon Off
9:00am – 10:30am Praying & Sharing
2:00pm – 4:00pm Food Pantry
2:00pm – 4:00pm The Closet
5:00pm – 6:00pm Pastor - Guerrero Wedding (San Jose)

Apr 15
Chrysalis Deadline
Easter 3
Food Pantry Offering
Pastor John - Afternoon Off
10:00am – 11:15am Contemplation and Communion
11:15am – 11:45am Fellowship
1:00pm – 3:00pm Out and About

Apr 16
Office Closed
Pastor - Day Off

Apr 17
Pastor - Morning & Early Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open
3:00pm Announcements Due

Apr 18
Pastor - Morning and Early Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open
6:30pm – 9:00pm Conversations Around the Table

Apr 19
Pastor - Morning and Early Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open
6:30pm – 9:00pm BLT Meeting

Apr 20
Office Closed
Pastor - Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off
Apr 21
Pastor - Afternoon Off
12:00pm – 5:00pm Work Day -- Outside

Apr 22
Easter 4
Pastor John - Afternoon Off
The Closet Offering
10:00am – 11:15am Contemplation and Communion
11:15am – 11:45am Fellowship
11:45am – 12:15pm Pack Food Bags
11:45am – 12:15pm Pack The Closet Kits
1:00pm – 5:00pm CROP Hunger Walk

Apr 23
Office Closed
Pastor - Planning Day

Apr 24
Pastor - Morning & Early Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open
3:00pm Announcements Due

Apr 25
Pastor - Morning and Early Afternoon Off
9:30am – 4:30pm Pastor - Book Study (Woodland)
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open

Apr 26
Pastor - Morning and Early Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 5:00pm Office Open

Apr 27
Office Closed
Pastor - Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off
2:00pm – 3:00pm Pastor - Sloan Rehearsal (Capitola)

Apr 28
Pastor - Afternoon Off
10:00am – 11:00am Pastor - Sloan Wedding
2:00pm – 4:00pm Food Pantry
7:00pm – 9:00pm Food and a Friend

Apr 29
Easter 5
Gifts for HRLC
Pastor John - Afternoon Off
10:00am – 11:15am Contemplation and Communion
11:15am – 11:45am Fellowship
11:45am – 1:15pm Brunch Bunch

Apr 30
Office Closed
Pastor - Day Off
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Not the kingdom of death

Christ is risen!
We give thanks for the gift of Easter
that runs beyond our explanations,
beyond our categories of reason,
even more, beyond the sinking sense of our own lives.
We know about the powers of death
powers that persist among us,
powers that drive us from you, and
from our neighbor, and
from our best selves.
We know about the powers of fear and greed and anxiety,
and brutality and certitude.
powers before which we are helpless.
And then you ... you at dawn, unquenched,
you in the darkness,
you on Saturday,
you who breaks the world to joy.
Yours is the kingdom ... not the kingdom of death,
Yours is the power ... not the power of death,
Yours is the glory ... not the glory of death.
Yours ... You ... and we give thanks
for the newness beyond our achieving.
Amen.

--Walter Brueggemann
  HRLC Staff

Revd. John L. Freesemann, Pastor
Rev. Pascal Mugambage, Sister Parish Pastor
Vacant, Administrative Assistant
Richard Urbanek, Musician


Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church | (408) 296-4040 | (408 (296-4044 | HRLC95126@aol.com HRLCSJ.org
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