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Sobered by the slaughter of innocent people at a Walmart in El Paso that morning, we welcomed Pastora Rose Mary Sánchez-Guzmán, her husband Fernando, and Alexa, her youngest child at a potluck this past Saturday where we learned about her work among migrants at Iglesias Luterano Christo del Rey (Christ the King Lutheran Church).

When she set about establishing a mission congregation 22 years ago, in El Paso, Texas, Pastora Rose Mary asked herself the question, "What am I called to do at this time, in this place?" The answer came to her as she began to minister to the needs of people who came to her mission start; they were mostly poor, many undocumented. "Lutherans don't usually ask the question, 'What would Jesus do?' she laughed, but that indeed guided her response. 

When the migration crisis at the border brought an urgent request for help, her church stepped up, feeding and sheltering migrants who are in transit from holding centers. She and her church now conduct border immersion trips for college students, church members, youth groups, and others from throughout the US to provide insight and understanding of the complex issues that surround the volatile issue of immigration. Pastor Bourret and Rolf Larson were part of a New England Lutheran group that visited this past May.

Our hope is to establish an ongoing relationship between Christo del Rey and Christ Lutheran Church. Meeting the pastor and part of her family is a first step.

Music Notes
Tom Berryman, Music Director
The Prelude for Sunday, August 11 is Erik Satie's famous Gymnopedie No. 1.
Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No.1
Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No.1

The Postlude is Dietrich Buxtehude's Toccata in F Major.

D. Buxtehude - BuxWV 157 - Toccata F-dur / F major
D. Buxtehude - BuxWV 157 - Toccata F-dur / F major

Looking ahead to September, we have a very full schedule of music making:

-CLC Choir rehearsals resume: Thursday, September 5
-CLC Choir and instruments play for folks at MCI Framingham at 7:30 pm
-SeptemberFest Sunday, September 15 at 10 am with "Of the Land and Seasons"
-Song leader Nick Page,  nickmusic.com , leads music in a gospel style on Sunday, September 29 at 10 am

Youth & Family
Gail Weston-Roberts, Youth & Family Ministries Coordinator

Hello, CLC Youth and more!

This week some of us are finally getting over to Hoops & Homework to hang out with the kids. This may entail playing drama games, reading aloud, running thru a sprinkler, singing songs, improvising with percussion, and so on. We'll report back as to the details posthaste. 
Thank you again for your support of the fundraising this spring: the kids are gardening raised beds with "Farmer Mike" because of your donations! Blessings growing up like springtime!

Your  Youth & Family Coordinator, Gail W-R
Adult Formation
Please forward to Pr. Bourret any thoughts as to topics/Bible studies/books you're interested in pursuing once the Adult Forum resumes in September.

CLC Book Group

"In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are." With these words Kristin Hannah opens her novel  The Nightingale , a tale of two French sisters who each adopt different responses to the German occupation of France during World War II. One tends to her home, her garden, her daughter and her neighbors when her husband is called up to serve in the army; the other becomes a  member of the underground resistance.   Through hardship, hunger, privation, and violence the sisters clash and collaborate as each tries to survive the horrors of the war. 

Join us for lively discussion for this dramatic page-turner on
                         Monday, August 12, 7 pm.
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
Last week news came that the White House is considering setting the ceiling for refugee resettlement for Fiscal Year 2020 at zero-this at a time when the number of people fleeing civil strife, gang violence, drought and deadly poverty is at its highest since the end of World War II.

Biblical faith demands that we care for the sojourner and alien among us. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which was established in 1939 and has helped more than 500,000 refugees become Americans, is our partner in the critical, life-saving ministry of refugee resettlement.

Please consider contacting your congressional representative expressing your concern about this issue. A sample text, drafted by LIRS, follows:

"I'm your constituent from [City, State], and [as a person of faith], I urge you to affirm the right of all people to seek asylum and protection. Central American families - men, women and children - are fleeing to safety wherever they can.
This must be treated as a humanitarian crisis and refugee situation, rather than an as an immigration enforcement issue. I call on you to terminate the administration's latest asylum ban that denies protection to individuals who do not first apply for protection in at least one country through which they travel en route to the United States.
I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure the administration processes and welcomes asylum seekers, stops returning asylum seekers to harm, and ends detaining children in inhumane conditions.
My community welcomes asylum seekers and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same."

  Pull out your recipe for breakfast torte aka "egg casserole" to bring to our annual                       Septemberfest brunch, Sept. 15. Sign up coming soon!

Looking Ahead

RSVP for the Financial Wellness Workshop on Monday, August 19, 7:00-9:00 pm. It's free-and invaluable-and there will be pizza-and prizes! But we do need a head count! (You should have received an evite. Speak with Pr. Bourret or Pamela Bathen-White if yours has gone missing.)

Check out the CLC Facebook page for photos of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly being held this week in Milwaukee.

                                                      LWR quilts link us to to people across the globe.

On Sunday, August 11 , we celebrate the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost ,  9:30 a.m. worship.  The Rev. Andrew Heisen   preaching and presiding.
READINGS FOR THIS WEEK - Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
August 11, 2019  

Jesus says, "It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." It is God's promise from the beginning-to Abraham, to the early church, and to the "little flock" of which we are a part today in assembly. Faith, God's baptismal gift, trusts the promises of God. Have no fear.

            First Reading                           Psalm                     Second Reading                     Gospel
             Gen 15:1-6                           Ps 33:12-22                 Heb 11:1-3, 8-16                  Luke 12:32-40
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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