The Chrysalis

Current news from Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church 
-- a place of safety --
May 1, 2017                                   Vol. 18, Issue 5
  Greetings!

You have just received the May 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).
  Update to "Those Who Serve"

Another  update of the "Those Who Serve" chart was sent out to the congregation on April 20. Please look it over and note if the dates of any of your service have been changed. These changes were necessitated by the institution of the Worship Liturgy Assistants and are an attempt to utilize more voices during the actual worship service, as well as to not make the Liturgy Assistants do additional tasks during worship.

We cannot promise that this will be the last change, as we try to accommodate the volunteers that help with worship (whom we appreciate tremendously), but we will keep you up to date regularly as to what is going on. In the meantime, if you are scheduled for a time that you are unable to do a volunteer job, please be sure to get a replacement for yourself and to let both Iris and Pastor John know about the change.

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

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on May 7 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Carolyn Keck

Pastor John's Dinner & Study on May 10 at 6:30pm
Pastor John

Praying and Sharing on May 13 from 9:00am to 10:30am
Pastor John

Food Pantry Distribution on May 13 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mary West

The Closet Distribution on May 13 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Leslie Stobbe and Julie Neider

Conversations Around the Table on May 17 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Pastor John

Spaghetti Dinner on May 20 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Lisa Paulsen and Charlotte Paulsen

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on May 21 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Carolyn Keck

Movies w/ Pastor John (Makeup) on May 27 from 9:00am until 11:30am
Pastor John

Food Pantry Distribution on May27  from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Carolyn Keck

Pack Hygiene Kits for The Closet on May 28 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Leslie Stobbe

  Season of Creation cancelled during 2017

The decade long observance of the Season of Creation  will not take place during 2017, as there are not enough volunteers to adequately conduct the worship services. It takes between 8 and 10 volunteers to do justice to the services which the developers of the Season of Creation have written, and at this point in time we simply do not have the volunteers needed to undertake this worship experience this year.

As a result of this decision the remainder of this church year will be as follows:        

  1. The Season of Easter will run through June 4, culminating on Pentecost Sunday.
  2. The Season of Pentecost-Summer will run from June 11 through August 13. Trinity Sunday is June 11 and the remainder of the days will be Pentecost-Summer 2 through 10.
  3. The Season of Sabbath Economics will run from August 20 through September 20.
  4. The Season of Pentecost-Autumn will run from September 24 through November 12. Rainbow Covenant Sunday will be September 24' Animal Blessing Sunday will be October 1; these will be followed by Pentecost-Autumn 2 through 6. This season will culminate with Reformation Sunday (October 29), All Saints Day (November 5) and Christ the King Sunday (November 12).

The 2017-2018 Church Year will commence on November 19 with 3 Sundays of Advent, followed by the first 3 Sundays of Christmas.

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( Weekly) Those Who Serve --
                                     May 2017

May 07:
  • Usher: Leslie Stobbe
  • Liturgy Asst: Carolyn Keck
  • Reader: Mike Hagaman
  • Comm Asst: Kay Ammon
  • Altar Prep: Mary West
  • Refreshments: M West & J Neider
  • Counter: Kathy Wiese

May 14:

  • Usher: Mike Hagaman
  • Liturgy Asst: Leslie Stobbe
  • Reader: Pastor John
  • Comm Asst: Kathy Wiese
  • Altar Prep: Kathy Wiese
  • Refreshments: Marcia Freesemann
  • Counter: Leslie Stobbe
May 21:
  • Usher: Mary West and Julie Neider
  • Liturgy Asst: Carolyn Keck
  • Reader: Awic Smith
  • Comm Asst: Marcia Freesemann
  • Altar Prep: Mike Hagaman
  • Refreshments: Marcia Freesemann
  • Counter: Carolyn Keck
May 28:
  • Usher: Kathy Wiese & Evan Dowling
  • Liturgy Asst: Leslie Stobbe
  • Reader: Carolyn Keck
  • Comm Asst: Mike Hagaman
  • Altar Prep: Julie Neider
  • Refreshments: Carolyn Keck
  • Counter: Marcia Freesemann

(Monthly)Those Who Serve --
                                     May 2017
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Bake Bread -- Carolyn Keck
Buy (Merlot)Wine -- Larry Estes
Buy (White Grape) Juice -- Kathy Wiese
Worship Space Preperation --  Pr. John
Worship Service Preperation -- Mike Hagaman
Healing Prayers & Imposition of Oil -- Leslie Stobbe
Recorded Prelude Music -- Carolyn Keck
Choir Preperation -- None in May
Conversations Around the Table

May 17 at 6:30pm

Fellowship and Tapas

Discussion of pages 132 to 178
of 
"The God We Never Knew"

and

The Preface and pages 3 to 20
of
"Reading the Bible Again for the
First Time"

Pastor John's
Dinner and Study

May 10 at 6:30pm

Viewing of 3 Sections of
King Arthur: History & Legend

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The alliterative Morte Arthure; Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur
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Happy Birthday
in
May
May 01 -- Jean Gurga

May 23 -- Gary Swift

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May Flower Donors

05/07 -- Date Available
                               No One is Signed Up
05/14 -- Kay Ammon -- To celebrate                         Preston's 1st birthday
05/21 -- Date Available
                              No One is Signed Up
05/28 -- Kay Ammon -- To celebrate
                    Kelton's 5th birthday
May Sanctuary Lamp
Donors

05/07 -- Marcia Freesemann -- in Memory               of her Mother, Mollie Goldenstein

05/14 -- Mike Hagaman -- in Thanksgiving                                           for blessings

05/21 -- Kathy Wiese -- in Memory of her                                         Father

05/28 -- Mike Hagaman -- in Thanksgiving                                             for blessings

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May Sister Parish Support
05/07 -- Lisa & Charlotte Paulsen -- In                     honor of Tiffany's birthday

05/14 -- Kathy Wiese -- David's birthday!

05/21 -- Evan Dowling -- People of                                                     Rwanda

05/28 -- Evan Dowling -- Victims of                           bullying anywhere in the world

Movies with Pastor John -- Make Up

We gather on May 27 at 9:00am in the Bangsund Room to view another movie about a great musician who died too young. This time:

                                     Sweet Dreams

This is the story of Patsy Cline, celebrated country singer best known for her crossover hits "Crazy" and "Walking After Midnight." She was born in 1936 in Winchester, Virginia and died on March 5, 1963 in a plan crash in Camden, Tennessee, At the time of her death she was 26 years old.

Come a little early and get some popcorn and settle in to watch a movie about one of the truly great singers of our time, who like so many others blazed brightly across the heavens of the music scene and then died too young.

May 2017 Calendar

May 01
  • Pastor John on Vacation
  • 3:00pm - Announcements Due
  • 3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)

May 02

  •  Pastor John on Vacation
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:30pm -- Office Staff Meeting

May 03

  •  Pastor John on Vacation
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm) 
  •  4:00pm -- Meditation and Communion 

May 04

  • Pastor John on Vacation 
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm) 

May 05

  • Pastor John on Vacation
  • Office Closed

May 06

  •  Pastor John on Vacation
  •  9:00am -- Evangelism Nurturing Prayers for Members
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May 07

  • 4th Sunday of Easter
  • Pastor John on Vacation
  • Benevolence/Ministry Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time
  • 11:45am - Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry 

May 08

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

May 09

  •  1:30pm -- Pastor John @ICEJ LWW Meeting
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  3:30pm -- Office Staff Meeting

May 10

  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  4:00pm -- Meditation and Communion Service
  •  4:00pm -- Pastor John -- Dinner and Study Preparation
  •  6:30pm -- Pastor John -- Dinner and Study (Mysteries of King Arthur)

May 11 

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

May 12 

  •  Pastor John Early Morning & Late Afternoon Off
  •  Office Closed
  •  5:30pm -- Pastor John -- Amper Rehearsal in Monterey

May 13 

  • Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  2:00pm -- Food Pantry Distribution
  •  2:00pm -- The Closet Distribution
  •  5:30pm -- Pastor John -- Amper Wedding in Monterey

May 14 

  • 5th Sunday of Easter 
  • Pastor John Afternoon Off
  • Mother's Day Holiday
  • Health Care/Hygiene Kit Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time

May 15 

  •  Pastor John Planning Day
  • Chrysalis Deadline (for submission of articles)
  •  3:00pm -- Announcements Due
  •  3:00pm -- Office open (until 6:00pm)

May 16 

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

May 17  

  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  4:00pm -- Meditation and Communion Service
  •  4:00pm -- Pastor John -- Conversations Preparation
  •  6:30pm -- Conversations Around the Table (until 9:00pm)

May 18 

  •  Pastor John Morning and Early Afternoon Off
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  • 3:30pm -- Office Staff Meeting

May 19 

  •  Pastor John Early Morning and Late Afternoon Off
  •  Office Closed
  •  5:00pm -- Pastor John -- Cagnolatti Rehearsal in Angels Camp

May 20 

  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  3:00pm -- Pastor John -- Cagnolatti Wedding in Angels Camp
  •  3:00pm -- Spaghetti Dinner

May 21

  •  6th Sunday of Easter
  •  Pastor Afternoon Off
  •  Food Pantry Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Service
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time

May 22 

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

May 23 

  •  Pastor John on Vacation
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm) 

May 24

  •  Pastor John on Vacation
  •  Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  •  4:00pm -- Meditation and Communion Service

May 25

  •  Pastor John on Vacation 
  •  3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
May 26 
  • Pastor John on Vacation
  • Office Closed 

May 27 

  •  Pastor John Afternoon Off
  •  9:00am -- Movies with Pastor John (Make Up)
  •  2:00pm -- Food Pantry Distribution
  • 4:30pm -- Bean Rehearsal in Mount Hamilton

May 28

  •  7th Sunday of Easter
  •  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
  •  5:00pm -- Pastor John -- Bean Wedding in Mt. Hamilton
May 29
  •  Memorial Day Observed
  • Office Closed in Observance of Memorial Day Holiday

May 30

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

May 31

  • 3:00pm -- Office Open (until 6:00pm)
  • 4:00pm -- Meditation and CommunionService


We run harder to win.
We work harder to break even.
We piece our lives together
               one cubit at a time
                              and we are left weary by our anxiety.
And then, in the midst of our fatigue,                   
          come your sovereign commandments.
We are made mindful
          that you are the glue                                       
               that connects our present and our future.
You are the link                   
          that makes continuity between our choices and our destinies,
               b etween our much striving and our inescapable outcomes.
And we,
              shocked by your relentless, uncompromising, coherence,
                    break from our idols
                      and slouch toward the neighborhood where you will us to be.

We are felled into a company of brothers and sisters
                who care for us and               
           who call us to care,
                neighbors all.
We find open air
                and free space             
           and save companions
                         whereby we may quit running
                                                    and working
                                                    and exhausting.
We  fall back into our simplicity,        
                faithful to you and to neighbors,
jut as you command us


                                                                                                        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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