The Chrysalis

Current news from Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church 
-- a place of safety --
June 1, 2017                                   Vol. 18, Issue 6
  Greetings!

You have just received the June 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.

Pentecost Sunday
is
June 4!

WEAR RED
 
Ministry Activity Contacts for June
(for information about an activity call the Ministry Activity Contact)

Literatsi on June 3 from 9:00am until 10:30am
Pastor John

Change Paraments and Decorate for Pentecost on June 3 at 11:00am
Kathy Wiese

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on June 4 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Carolyn Keck

Pastor John's Dinner & Study on June 7 at 6:30pm
Pastor John

Praying and Sharing on June 10 from 9:00am to 10:30am
Carolyn Keck

Change Paraments and Decorate for Trinity Sunday on June 10 at 11:00am
Kathy Wiese

Personnel TF Mtg on June 10 at 12:00pm
Leslie Stobbe

Food Pantry Distribution on June 10 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mary West

The Closet Distribution on June 10 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Leslie Stobbe and Paula Taddei

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on June 18 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Carolyn Keck

Change Paraments and Decorate for the Season of Pentecost on June 17 at 11:00am
Kathy Wiese

Conversations Around the Table on June 21 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Pastor John


Food Pantry Distribution on June 24  from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Carolyn Keck

Food and a Friend at Sweet Tomato's on June 24 at 6:00pm
Mary West

Pack Hygiene Kits for The Closet on June 25 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Leslie Stobbe

Food and a Friend

The next Food and a Friend Outing will be on June 24. We will meet at 6:00pm at Sweet Tomatoes (on Coleman Avenue) and enjoy a meal of salads, soups, breads, potatos and desserts -- as well as a great time of fellowship. Mary West is the contact for this event. Watch for her SignUpGenius invitation in the near future and let her know if you will or will not be attending.

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Synod Assembly Recap

     The 30th annual Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly was called into session by Bishop Mark Holmerud at 1 pm on Thursday, May 4 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Fresno, CA. The Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy joined us as the keynote speaker. The Rev. Dr. Wyvetta Bullock joined us as the ELCA Churchwide Representative and preacher. Dr. Ryan Cumming was our Bible Study Leader.
   Of the approximately 700 Voting Members, Visitors, and guests present during the course of the 3 days of the Assembly, 417 were voting members.  Of the voting members, 257 or 61.63% were lay and 160 or 38.37% were clergy. Twenty-five were persons of color and 16 had a primary language other than English.  Closed captioning was available for those with impaired hearing, as well as English to Spanish translation services.  Assembly chaplains were Pr. Patricia Vargas and Pr. Rob O’Berg.
     Resolution 2017-1  Regarding Sierra Pacific Compensation Guidelines,  Resolution 2017-2   Regarding Sanctuary Synod, and  Resolution 2017-3  Regarding Creation of a Department of Peacebuilding in the U.S. Government  all passed with amendments. For the full text of the amended resolutions, see the  Synod website .
     The Assembly adopted a 2018 -19 Budget which showed anticipated total revenue of $2,090,590 and expected expenses totaling $2,423,192.
     The Assembly approved changes to the Synod Constitution S9.01.01 that brings the Provision for election as Churchwide Voting Members into alignment with our new conferences, and did not approve Synod Constitution S7.22.01 changing the Provisions for Retired Minister Representation at Synod Assembly.
     The proposed Non-required Constitutional Provisions updating the language from “clergy and pastor” to “minister/s of Word and Sacrament,” and “associate in ministry, diaconal minister and deaconess” to “minister/s of Word and Service.”
     The following were elected to Synod Council:
Conference 1- Redwood Mountain, Lay Female: Sue Michaelsen
Conference 2 – Bridges, Lay Male: Carl Brodt
Conference 3 – Capitol Valley, Clergy: Pr. Jason Bense
Conference 4 – Sierra Nevada Foothill, Lay Female: Linda Babcock
Conference 5 – San Francisco Peninsula, Lay Male: John Allured
Conference 6 – El Camino Real, Clergy: Pr. Clark Brown
Conference 8 – Sierra Central Valley, Lay Male: Bill Turner
Conference 9 – Central San Joaquin Valley, Clergy: Pr. Paul Clark
At Large: Pr. Teresita “Tita” Valeriano
Youth: Nicholas Hayes
     Note: The Synod Council will appoint a person to serve as a Lay Female member of the Synod Council at it’s June meeting. A candidate has been suggested as a result of the Conference Meeting which took place During the Assembly.

  How's Your Prayer Life?

Believing that prayer is one of the foundations of our corporate and individual faith journeys, Holy Redeemer offers a number of opportunities, and resources, for prayer. It is hoped that members are taking advantage of the resources we produce, as well as the opportunities for prayer that present themselves.

Among the many offerings made available on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis:
  • The Weekly Prayer Resources, with a variety of different levels of prayer offered
  • The Prayer Wheel, for special prayer requests
  • Contemplation and Communion each week on Wednesday at 4:00pm
  • Praying and Sharing on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9:00am
  • Prayer Vigil for Members on the 1st Saturday of the month at any time you choose to participate
  • Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East each month on the 24th at any time you choose to participate
  • Vigil of the Tomb each year during Holy Week

In addition, Holy Redeemer offers continual opportunities for personal meditation, either as individuals or as a group. If you are interested in engaging in one, contact Pastor John.

( Weekly) Those Who Serve --
                                     June 2017

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June 4:
  • Usher: Leslie Stobbe
  • Liturgy Asst: Kay Ammon
  • Reader: David Smith
  • Comm Asst: Carolyn Keck
  • Altar Prep: Mary West
  • Refreshments: M West & J Neider
  • Counter: Kathy Wiese

June 11:

  • Usher: Mike Hagaman
  • Liturgy Asst: Leslie Stobbe
  • Reader: Evan Dowling
  • Comm Asst: Marcia Freesemann
  • Altar Prep: Kathy Wiese
  • Refreshments: Marcia Freesemann
  • Counter: Leslie Stobbe
June 18:
  • Usher: Mary West and Julie Neider
  • Liturgy Asst: Kay Ammon
  • Reader: Pastor John
  • Comm Asst: Evan Dowling
  • Altar Prep: Mike Hagaman
  • Refreshments: Leslie Stobbe
  • Counter: Carolyn Keck
June 25:
  • Usher: Kathy Wiese & Evan Dowling
  • Liturgy Asst: Leslie Stobbe
  • Reader: Pastor John
  • Comm Asst: Marcia Freesemann
  • Altar Prep: Julie Neider
  • Refreshments: Carolyn Keck
  • 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 --
                                     June 2017
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Bake Bread -- Awic Smith
Buy (Merlot)Wine -- Leslie Stobbe
Buy (White Grape) Juice -- Awic Smith
Worship Space Preperation --  Mike Hagaman
Worship Service Preperation -- Kathy Wiese
Healing Prayers & Imposition of Oil -- Carolyn Keck
Recorded Prelude Music -- Pastor John
Choir Preparation -- None in June
 
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

June 21 at 6:30pm

Fellowship and Tapas

Discussion of pages 21 to 84
of 
"Reading the Bible Again for the
First Time"

Pastor John's
Dinner and Study

June 07 at 6:30pm

Viewing of 3 Sections of
King Arthur: History & Legend

Enriching the Legend -- Tristan and Isolde; The Holy Grail from Chretian to Dan Brown; Arthuria in Medieval Art
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Happy Birthday
in
June
June 11 -- Pastor John
June 20 -- Lisa Paulsen
June 26 -- Toni Gurga

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June Flower Donors

06/04 -- Kay Ammon -- In celebration
                                 of Brian's birthday
06/11 -- Date Available
                                No one is signed up
06/18 -- Date Available
                                           No one is signed up
06/25 -- Kay Ammon -- In celebration
                  of Macy and Analisa's 10 years of              marriage
June Sanctuary Lamp
Donors

06/04 -- Mike Hagaman -- In Thanksgiving
                                                         for blessings

06/11 -- Marcia Freesemann -- In                            Cel ebration of Pastor John's
                  Birthday

06/18 --  Mike Hagaman -- In Thanksgiving                                           for blessings

06/25 -- Leslie Stobbe -- Reduce Rain
                   Forest Deforestation NOW!

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June Sister Parish Support
06/04 -- Pastor John -- In Memory of                       Bobby Kennedy -- assassinated                 06/06/68
06/11 -- Leslie Stobbe -- Remembering
                   Victims of ISIS
06/18 -- Lisa Paulsen -- For all Creation
06/25 -- Marcia Freesemann -- In Honor
                   of Pastor John's Ordination
Personnel Task Force Mtg

The   Personnel Task Force will meet on June 10, beginning at noon. The topic under discussion will be future efforts as we continue our search for a new musician. The meeting will last approximately an hour, as we discuss the job description, remuneration and benefits and places to advertise and/or seek applicants.

Movies with Pastor John -- New Schedule

The revised schedule for Movies with Pastor John is as follows:

  • July 1, 2017 -- La Bamba, starring Lou Diamond Phillips as Richie Valens
  • August 5, 2017 -- Sweet Dreams, starring  Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline
  • September 28, 2017 -- Selena, starring Jennifer Lopez as Selena

Movies start at 9:00am, in the Bangsund Room, and we will be done by noon. Pastor John provides the popcorn, with all the fixings; bring your own candy and soft drinks.

June 2017 Calendar

June 01
  •  Pastor John Book Study in San Jose
  •  3:00pm - Announcements Due
  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)

June 02

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

June 03

  •   Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •   Prayer Vigil (all day) for active and inactive members 
  •   9:00am - Literatsi at iJava (until 10:30am)
  • 11:00am - Change Paraments and Decorate for Pentecost Sunday
  •   3:00pm - Pastor John -- Stevenson Wedding (in Stockton) 

June 04

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

June  05

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

June 06 

  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:30pm - Office Staff Mtg.

June 07

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

June 08

  •  Pastor John Morning and Early Afternoon Off 
  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  5:00pm - Pastor Union Activity

June 09

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

June 10

  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  9:00am - Praying and Sharing Service
  • 11:00am - Change Paraments and Decorate for Trinity Sunday
  • 12:00pm - Personnel Task Force mtg.
  •  2:00pm - Food Pantry Distribution (until 4:00pm)
  •  2:00pm - The Closet is Open (until 4:00pm)

June 11 

  •  Trinity Sunday 
  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  Health Care/Hygiene Kit Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time

June 12 

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

June 13 

  •  1:30pm - Pastor John -- ICEJ LWW mtg.
  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:30pm - Office Staff mtg.
  •  4:00pm - Music Small Group Ministry mtg.

June 14  

  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  4:00pm - Contemplation and Communion Service

June 15 

  •  Pastor John Morning and Early Afternoon Off
  •  Chrysalis Deadline (for submission of articles)
  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  6:30pm - BLT mtg.

June 16 

  •  Pastor John Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off
  •  Office Closed
  •  5:00pm - Pastor John -- Walton Rehearsal in Oakdale

June 17 

  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  9:00am - Eddy Vicari College Graduation Ceremony in Santa Cruz
  • 11:00am - Change Paraments and Decorate for Pentecost Season (Summer)
  •  4:00pm -- Pastor John -- Walton Wedding in Oakdale 

June 18

  •  2nd Sunday after Pentecost
  •  Pastor Afternoon Off
  •  Father's Day
  •  Food Pantry Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time
  • 11:45am - Pack Food Bags

June 19 

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

June 20 

  •  Pastor John on Staycation
  •  9:00am - Pastor John -- Book Study (Woodland)
  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm) 

June 21

  •  Pastor John on Staycation 
  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:30pm - Office Staff mtg.
  •  4:00pm - Contemplation and Communion Service
  •  4:30pm - Pastor John Conversations preparation
  •  6:30pm - Conversations Around the Table

June 22

  •  Pastor John on Staycation 
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
June 23 
  • Pastor John on Staycation
  • Office Closed 

June 24 

  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off 
  •  Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East
  •  2:00pm - Food Pantry Distribution
  •  5:00pm - Pastor John -- Rasmussen Wedding in Hughson
  •  6:00pm - Food and a Friend at Sweet Tomatoes

June 25 

  •  3rd Sunday After Pentecost
  •  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 
June 26
  •  Pastor John Planning Day
  •  3:00pm - Announcements Due
  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)

June 27 

  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:30pm - Office Staff Meeting

June 28

  • 3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  • 4:00pm - Contemplation and Communion Service

June 29 

  •  Pastor John Morning & Early Afternoon Off 
  •  3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm) 

June 30 

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


We are frightened and flee to certitude.
We hide our real selves
           and run from our bodily life
                     into safe mantras of assurance.
We put all our wagons in tight circles of certitude,
           imagining that our life there will be safe and happy.
But you, in your relentless rule,
           will not let us flee or hide or pretend.

You are like a thief in the night
           or like rust that eats away at our pretend world.
You keep after us in your subversive poetry that pierces all of our denials.
You are the God of all truth.

In your truthfulness
        you expose our deathliness;
          you judge our littleness;
          you call us out from our self-denying pride.

Give us courage for your truth
          that will make us free,
                    free for ourselves,
                    free for you in joy and gladness,
                    free for all your children
          and all your creatures.          
                     

                                                                                                       Walter 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
Position Vacant, Music Director

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