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"Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza," ("God is our refuge and strength,") - Psalm 46:1

With Pr. Bourret and Rolf Larson just returned from the New England Synod AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) -- sponsored border immersion, this Sunday's visit from Pr. Britta Meiers Carlson could not be more timely. Pr. Meiers Carlson is the Pastor-Developer of Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer (new dawn) in East Boston. She will lead the adult forum at 9:00, and preach at 10:00. Come and see and hear how our church is engaged with Spanish-speaking immigrants on the territory of New England!

The Rev. Britta Meiers Carlson is the Pastor Developer of Nuevo Amanecer, a Spanish language ministry in East Boston, Massachusetts. Pastor Britta enjoys working with congregations who are discerning mission in changing neighborhoods. She is particularly interested in how the Christian message speaks to immigrants and how immigrant stories nurture communities of faith. Pastor Britta is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. She lives in East Boston with her husband, Reed and her son, Anthony. 

Iglesia Nuevo Amanecer is an ELCA Mission Development in East Boston. This Spanish-language ministry works out of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and serves as a chaplaincy to the base community that is connected to the church. Nuevo Amanecer seeks to provide spaces for encounter with Jesus through its spiritual support of the East Boston Community Soup Kitchen, faith-rooted organizing and leadership training, and monthly celebrations. The mission has also been a vital resource in helping Our Saviour's Lutheran Church to become a bilingual congregation.

The border wall: graffiti reads, "We are not illegals; we are international workers."

Estela and Bertha, partners in community empowerment in their Juárez colonia of Anapra (and makers of delicious gorditas!)

A mural spanning more than a wall of the Oscar Romero Hospitality Center for migrants, depicting and naming martyrs of the Salvadoran civil war that claimed the lives of some 75,000 civilians between 1980-1992.

Pastor Bourret celebrates seminarian Sharon Ward who

has completed a year of field education with us. Godspeed, Sharon, and come visit soon!
Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
The CLC Choir will sing Alice Parker's setting of the Easter hymn, "O for a shout of sacred joy" for the Offertory Music.
The Organ Prelude is an arrangement of Bach's famous "Sheep may safely graze and pasture."
The Organ Postlude is an arrangement of the tenor aria "Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn" from Bach's Cantata 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden. A video of this movement begins at 11:15 below:

J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 4
J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 4 "Christ lag in Todesbanden"
Tom Berryman, Music Director
Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Interim Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator

Hello, CLC Youth and Families!
Here's a shout-out that  we need to present the check to Hoops & Homework in Framingham! As a reminder, we raised $800 total, so yay!

I'd like to arrange a visit with at least a few of us very soon, on a Friday or Tuesday after school so we can go with Sharon Ward, who just happens to drive a minivan. Things are hectic this month with the end of school and my theater-producing and -building schedule, but  can you make Tuesday the 21st or Friday the 31st?  If yes, we can figure out the details of carpooling and go on over and meet some kids. :)

And here's a "Save The Date": the next  Wonder & Wisdom supper-church event is coming up on  Sunday, June 26, 5:00pm. It will be, appropriately, Pentecostal-involving FIRE.  Flame-y stuff!  So I hope you can get this on your calendar now.  :)

Thanks, all!  Yr. Yo. & Fam. Coord. Gail W-R.
Adult Formation

Adult Forum

Even if you're not a regular participant in the adult forum, you'll want to come this Sunday, when we welcome Pr. Britta Meiers Carlson. See the top story for an introduction to Pr. Meiers Carlson and her ministry!

Bible Study

Led by Pastor Richard Hurst, the Bible study group meets each Thursday at the church. We invite you to join with us as we gather for coffee and refreshments at 9:45 a.m. in the Memorial Room so that the hour discussion/study can begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. 
Call to Action
Our semi-annual meeting II will follow worship on Sunday, June 2, 2019. The slate of nominees for Congregation Council and the Endowment as well as program, committee, and financial reports are available for reading prior to the meeting. Pick up your copy in the narthex or in the parish hall and be prepared for fruitful conversation. 
CLC's next Family Promise Host week begins next Sunday, June 2 - 9.  Trained volunteers are needed  to prep and host meals, stay overnight, and assist with set-up, breakdown, and laundry.

Please register on CERVIS at  www.familypromisemetrowest.org , or contact coordinators Robin Hurst or Mary Avalos to assist you.  Thanks to all for your willingness to serve!
This Sunday, 5/26, a special collection will be made to support upgraded mattresses for use by all adult guests and overnight volunteers during our Family Promise host weeks.

Thanks to all for your continued support of this important mission.
We move to our summer schedule on Sunday, June 16, when worship begins at 9:30. We'll also enjoy a Jazz Liturgy so it's a great day to invite friends to worship!
Looking Ahead

Dorothy Nail has completed a new quilt for next fall's Lutheran World Relief in-gathering. Last Friday baby kits, health kits, school kits, and hundreds of quilts were loaded onto a tractor trailer truck headed for the distribution center in Baltimore. 
On Sunday, May 26th , we celebrate the Sixth Sunday of Easter ,  9:00 a.m. Adult Forum, 10:00 a.m. worship. Pastor Rebecca Bourret   preaching and presiding.
May 19, 2019  Fifth Sunday of Easter

This coming Sunday is the thirty-sixth day of Easter, and so we are still singing some rousing Easter hymns. We continue reading from Acts, Revelation, and John's gospel. Come to worship, to share in the fruits of the tree of life.

First Reading      Psalm           Second Reading                      Gospel
Acts 16:9-15         Psalm 67       Revelation 21:10, 22--22:5       John 14:23-29 
Sing For Joy
Enhance your understanding of the weekly scripture readings by listening to Sing For Joy http://www.stolaf.edu/singforjoy/ from St. Olaf College.  The Sing For Joy radio program, produced by St. Olaf College , has a simple mission: to explore the weekly themes of Christian worship by providing the best in sacred choral music and thoughtful commentary. The musical performances eloquently "do the talking," while the concise remarks from host Pastor Bruce Benson illuminate the meaning of the texts.
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