The Chrysalis

Current news from Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church 
-- a place of safety --
July 1, 2017                                   Vol. 18, Issue 7
  Greetings!

You have just received the July 1, 2017 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 (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.
Movies with Pastor John 
Movies with Pastor John will meet twice during the month of July, in order to make up for dates that had to be cancelled.

The first meeting will be on July 1, and we will be viewing Sweet Dreams starring Jessica Lange. It is the story of Patsy Cline The second meeting will be on July 15 and we will be viewing La Bamba (the story of Richie Valens).

As always popcorn with the fixin's and trail mix is free. Bring your own candy and soft drinks. Water, Coffee and Hot Chocolate is also available for the asking.
Ministry Activity Contacts for July
(for information about an activity call the Ministry Activity Contact)

Movies with Pastor John on July 1 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Pastor John

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on July 2 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Carolyn Keck

Finance Meeting on July 5 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Marcia Freesemann

Music SGM Meeting on July 5 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Carolyn Keck

Pastor John's Dinner & Study on June 5 at 6:30pm
Pastor John

Praying and Sharing on July 8 from 9:00am to 10:30am
Pastor John

Stewardship TF Mtg. on July 8 at 11:00am
Pastor John

Food Pantry Distribution on July 8 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mary West

The Closet Distribution on July 8 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Leslie Stobbe and Paula Taddei

Conversations Around the Table on July 12 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Pastor John

Movies with Pastor John on July 15 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Pastor John

Spaghetti Dinner on July 15 at 3:00pm
Lisa and Charlotte Paulsen

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on July 16 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Carolyn Keck

Food Pantry Distribution on July 22  from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Julie Neider

Food and a Friend at  on July 22 at 6:00pm
Marcia Freesemann

Pack Hygiene Kits for The Closet on July 23 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Leslie Stobbe

HRLC Annual Picnic/Potluck and Congregational Meeting
Sunday, July 30, beginning at 11:15am
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Once again this year we will combine our Annual Picnic/Potluck with a mid-year congregation meeting. The day will be July 30, and we will begin following worship (approximately 11:15am). Watch for a SignUpGenius to come your way within the next week, so that you can sign up for what to bring and indicate that you will be present.

We will use paper plates and plastic utensils (in order to make clean up easy) and plastic table cloths (so no laundering will need to be done). Congregation members will be asked to bring appetizers, side dishes and desserts to go along with the hamburgers and hot dogs that we will be bar-be-cueing.

The congregation meeting will be decision free -- with only the reception of the Annual Reports from The Pastor, Officers and Ministries on the agenda. A new Congregation Directory is also being prepared to hand out on that day. For those unable/unwilling to attend the reports and directory will be placed in their box in the narthex.
 

  Food and a Friend in July
Our next Food and a Friend outing will take place on July 22, beginning at 6:00pm. We will meet at 8Elements  (1781 E Capitol Expressway in San Jose) for some great Indian cuisine.

A SignUpGenius was sent out during the first week in July. Please use it to let Marcia Freesemann, the Food and a Friend coordinator for this outing, know whether you will be attending or not. It is helpful to know how many will be attending, so that as we arrive at the restaurant adequate seating can be arranged.

( Weekly) Those Who Serve --
                                     July 2017

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July 2:
  • Usher: Leslie Stobbe
  • Reader: Mike Hagaman
  • Comm. Asst: Kay Ammon
  • Altar Prep.: Kathy Wiese
  • Refreshments: M West & J Neider
  • Counter: Marcia Freesemann

July 9:

  • Usher: Mike Hagaman
  • Reader: Pastor John
  • Comm. Asst: Kathy Wiese
  • Altar Prep.: Kathy Wiese
  • Refreshments: Marcia Freesemann
  • Counter: Leslie Stobbe
July 16:
  • Usher: Mary West and Julie Neider
  • Reader: Awic Smith
  • Comm. Asst: Marcia Freesemann
  • Altar Prep.: Mike Hagaman
  • Refreshments: Leslie Stobbe
  • Counter: Carolyn Keck
July 23:
  • Usher: Kathy Wiese & Evan Dowling
  • Reader: Carolyn Keck
  • Comm. Asst: Mike Hagaman
  • Altar Prep.: Julie Neider
  • Refreshments: Carolyn Keck
  • Counter: Marcia Freesemann

July 30

  • Usher: Mary West and Julie Neider
  • Reader: Pastor John
  • Comm. Asst.: Marcia Freesemann
  • Altar Prep.: Marcia Freesemann
  • Refreshments: CONGREGATION POTLUCK/PICNIC & MEETING
  • 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 --
                                     July 2017
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Bake Bread -- Carolyn Keck
Buy (Merlot)Wine -- Larry Estes
Buy (White Grape) Juice -- Kathy Wiese
Worship Space Preparation --  Pastor John
Worship Service Preparation -- Mike Hagaman
Healing Prayers & Imposition of Oil -- Leslie Stobbe
Recorded Prelude Music -- Carolyn Keck
 
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.

Conversations Around the Table

July  12 at 6:30pm

Fellowship and Tapas

Discussion of pages 85 to 144
of 
"Reading the Bible Again for the
First Time"

Pastor John's
Dinner and Study

July 5 at 6:30pm

Viewing of 3 Sections of
King Arthur: History & Legend

Spenser, Milton and the Renaissance Arthur
Idylls of the King -- the Victorian Arthur
Wagner and Twain -- King Arthur in the Late 1800's
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Happy Birthday
in
July
July 5 -- Kathy Wiese

July 26 -- Marcia Freesemann
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June Flower Donors

07/02 -- Leslie Stobbe -- May we hold
                             all land sacred

07/09 -- Kathy Wiese -- Happy Birthday!

07/16 -- Date Available
                      No One is Signed Up

07/23 -- Date Available
                      No One is Signed Up

07/30 -- Date Available
                           No One is Signed Up
June Sanctuary Lamp
Donors

07/02 -- Pastor John and Marcia -- In                               celebration of their anniversary

07/09 -- Pastor John and Marcia -- In
                         memory of Terry and Rita
                         Freesemann

07/16  --  Marcia Freesemann -- In memory
                         of her father, Paul Goldenstein

07/23 -- Pastor John -- In celebration of
                         Marcia's birthday

07/30 -- Mike Hagaman -- In Thanksgiving
                         for blessings

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June Sister Parish Support
07/02 -- Leslie Stobbe -- The most fertile
                             lands were built by the fires
                             of volcanoes

07/09 -- April Kellett -- Wisdom

07/16 -- Mike Hagaman -- In thanksgiving
                             for blessings

07/23 -- Lisa/Charlotte -- In honor of
                            Cheryl's birthday

07-30 -- Mike Hagaman -- in thanksgiving
                             for blessings
Building the new church
Trippin' with Pastor John
Once again Pastor John is taking to the road and anyone who wants to go on the outing is invited! This time he is planning to visit The Blackhawk Museums, in Danville. This will be an all day trip, with plans to leave the church at 9am and to return around 7pm. Arrangements will be made to eat during the day, based upon group preferences.

While at the Blackhawk Museums we will visit The Automotive Exhibit (which is currently enhanced by the additon of "Transatlantic Style" -- A  Romance of Fins and Chrome) and the Spirit of the Old West Exhibit. In addition, at the current time these two exhibits are supplemented by a third: Art of Africa.

The original SignUpGenius invitation will be sent again to all members of the congregation to give everyone a chance to indicate their interest. Watch for it the week of July 10th. 
Even though hours are isted on the calendar
during July
Office Hours will be intermittent!

Before coming to the office, be sure to call
to make sure that someone will be available to help
you when you get there.

If you call and no one answers, leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 


July 2017 Calendar

July 01
  •   Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •   Prayer Vigil (all day) for active and inactive members 
  •   9:00am - Movies with Pastor John 

July 02

  •  4th Sunday after Pentecost
  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off 
  •  Benevolence/Ministry Offering
  •  Recycling Collection
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship 

July 03

  •  Pastor John Day Off
  •  3:00pm  - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:00pm  - Announcements Due

July 04 

  •  Independence Day Holiday -- Ofice Closed 

July 05

  •  3:00pm  - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:00pm  -  Finance Meeting
  •  4:00pm  - Contemplation and Communion
  •  4:00pm  -  Music SGM Meeting
  •  6:30pm  - Pastor John's Dinner & Study

July 06

  •  9:00am  - Pastor John Book Study in San Jose 
  •  3:00pm  - Office Open (until 6:00pm) 

July 07

  •  Pastor John Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off
  •  Office Closed
  • 12:30pm - PastorJohn -- Pangelini Wedding (Tiburon)
  • 5:30pm - Pastor John -- Vidal Wedding (Sacramento)

July 08

  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  9:00am - Praying and Sharing Service
  • 11:00am - Stewardship Meeting
  •  2:00pm - Food Pantry Distribution (until 4:00pm)
  •  2:00pm - The Closet is Open (until 4:00pm)

July 09 

  • 5th Sunday after Pentecost
  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  Health Care/Hygiene Kits Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time

July 10

  •  Pastor John Day Off
  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 1:00pm)

July 11

  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  • 10:0pm - Office Staff mtg.
  •  4:00pm - Music Small Group Ministry mtg.

July 12  

  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 2:00pm)
  • 10:00am - Contemplation and Communion Service
  •  4:00pm -  Pastor John -- Conversations Preparation
  •  6:30pm -  Converations Around the Table

July 13

  •  Pastor John Morning and Early Afternoon Off
  •  9:00am  - Pastor John -- Pautz Wedding in Capitola
  • 10:00pm - Office Open (until 1:00pm)
  •  5:00pm  - Pastor John -- Union Activity

July 14 

  •  Pastor John Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off
  •  Office Closed 

July 15

  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  Chrysalis Deadline for Articles for August/September 
  •  9:30am  - Movies with Pastor John
  •  3:00pm  - Spaghetti Dinner  

July 16

  •  6th Sunday after Pentecost
  •  Pastor Afternoon Off 
  •  Food Pantry Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time
  • 11:45am - Pack Food Bags

July 17 

  •  Pastor John Day Off 
  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 6:00pm)

July 18

  • 10:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm) 
  • 10:30pm - Office Staff Meeting

July 19  

  • 9:00am  - Pastor John Book Study in Woodland
  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  • 10:00am  - Contemplation and Communion Service

July 20  

  • Pastor John Morning and Early Afternoon Off
  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 1:00pm)
  •  5:00pm  - Pastor John -- Espinoza Rehearsal in San Jose
July 21 
  • Pastor John Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off
  • Office Closed 

July 22 

  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off  
  •  2:00pm - Food Pantry Distribution
  •  3:00pm - Pastor John -- Espinoza Wedding in San Jose
  •  6:00pm - Food and a Friend at 8Elements

July 23 

  •  Sunday of Sabbath Economics
  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  The Closet Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time
  • 11:45am - Pack Hygiene Kits for The Closet 
July 24
  •  Pastor John Vacation 
  •  Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East
  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 1:00pm)

July 25 

  • Pastor John Vacation
  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  • 10:00pm - Announcements Due

July 26

  • Pastor John Vacation
  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 2:00pm)
  • 10:00pm - Contemplation and Communion Service

July 27 

  •  Pastor John on Vacation 
  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 6:00pm) 

July 28 

  •  Pastor John on Vacation
  •  Office Closed 

July 29

  • Pastor John on Vacation

July 30

  • Sunday of the Basileia of God
  • Pastor John Afternoon Off
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:30am - Congregation Picnic/Potluck and Congregation Meeting

July 31

  • Pastor John Planning Day
  • 10:00am - Office Open (until 1:00pm)


All around us is loss.

Our old world is daily diminished before our very eyes.
We weep over our losses
          the way in which Jesus wept over lost Jerusalem.
We grieve over 9/11
          and th loss of our certitude,
          the expose of our vulnerability,
          the forfeiture of our entitlement,
          the collapse of our security,
          the failure of our privilege.
We are overwhelmed
          about how deep
                    and how broad is the loss for those of us
                              who have been so well situated
                    that we thought "it could never happen here."

The loss causes us to be sad ... and angry ... and anxious.
And the more we measure
          and calculate
          and feel the threat of newness,
                    the deeper is our sadness,
                    the wider is our anger,
                    the longer is our anxiety.

Envelop us in the tears you must surely shed over our world that is gone.
Give us freedom, amid such loss,
          to stand with you
          as you grace this world with your presence.
You are the Friday God of death.
So give us courage and chutzpah
          to be honest in our grief
          and to reckon that you are in the midst of it
                    and perhaps the cause of it.

Receive our grief and go there with us,
          perhaps there to conjure newness for us
that we cannot imagine for ourselves.


                                                                                  W alter Brueggemann, Cincinnati, 2011

                [reproduced from Embracing the Prophets in Contemporary Culture]

  HRLC Staff

Revd. John L. Freesemann, Pastor
Rev. Pascal Mugambage, Sister Parish Pastor
Iris Amerson, Administrative Assistant
Richard Umbarak, Music Director

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