The Chrysalis

Current news from Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church 
-- a place of safety --
November 1, 2017                 Vol. 18, Issue 11

You have just received the November 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 ( Go to the Member "Home" tab, then the "Communication" tab, and then click on "Newsletter" to find the month you are seeking.
Ministry Activity Contacts for November
(For information about an activity call the Ministry Activity Contact)

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on November 5 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Carolyn Keck

Praying and Sharing on November 11 from 9:00am to 10:30am
Carolyn Keck

Food Pantry Distribution on November 11 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Mary West

The Closet Distribution on November 11 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Leslie Stobbe & Julie Neider

Spaghetti Dinner on November 18 beginning at 4:00pm
Lisa Paulsen and Charlotte Paulsen

Pack Food Bags for Food Pantry on November 19 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Carolyn Keck

Food Pantry Distribution on November 25 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Julie Neider

Pack Hygiene Kits for The Closet on November 26 from 11:45am to 12:15pm
Leslie Stobbe

  Christmas Gift Ministry 2017

Fellow Members and Friends:

This year we are sponsoring 5 families and, for the most part, we are going to follow the same guidelines that we used last year.

  1. We would like to provide 1 clothing outfit (including shoes), 1 book & 1 toy for each elementary or middle school-aged child.
  2. We would like to give each family some household items, grocery staples, family games & outing opportunities that they have indicated they would like.
  3. We would like to provide gift cards (only) for the adult children which some families contain.

You will have three ways to be involved this year: purchase designated items for school-aged children; purchase designated items (household goods, family games, movie tickets) for family units; give cash to purchase items not signed up for and gift cards.

Everyone will receive a SignUpGenius invitation in the near future. The ministry team is asking that you indicate which of the items listed there you would like to provide. If you do not want to do any shopping, there will also be a place on the SignUpGenius invitation to indicate that you would like to give cash. Cash is especially needed this year since we need more gift cards than usual (due to the number of adult children and because one family with limited space has asked for gift cards in lieu of household goods). NOTE: Cash must be given by Sunday, November 19th, so that the ministry team can take advantage of the Black Friday sales.

The grocery staples will be purchased by the ministry team using the Thrivent Action Team Grant that we have received for that purpose. Also, please do not purchase gift cards, as all gift cards will be purchased by the ministry team.

Please bring your gifts -- either wrapped (with an easily removable label stating who it is for and what is inside) or unwrapped (with a label stating who it is for) -- to church no later than Sunday, December 10 th (earlier if possible). Please give your presents to Leslie or Lisa for safekeeping (do not simply leave them somewhere in the building).

If you have any questions please contact Marcia Freesemann at . Thank you so much for your support of this very important ministry.                                                        


Our first family is a single mom, with 2 adult children and 1 school-aged son. They are currently renting a small room from a friend and need to find a place to rent on their own very soon. They have very limited space.
Family #2 is a Mom and Dad, with 3 adult children & 2 school-aged children. The family is temporarily staying with relatives. They were living in a small trailer park which was sold to some developers and they, along with some other low income families were displaced. Since then they have been bounced around a lot.

Our third family is a single Mom with 4 young children. They are currently renting a room.

Family #4 is a Mom and Dad, with 3 school-aged children. They are currently sharing an apartment with another family.

Our last family is a single Mom with 2 school-aged children. Mom has a part time job and is currently looking for additional work to help make ends meet.

All twelve of the children are 13 or under, so please keep that in mind if you sign up for family games.

No matter how
with whom
you celebrate the day ...

Have a
Happy Thanksgiving!
HRLC Warming Center
Holy Redeemer was approached during September by Temple Emmanu El, our neighboring Jewish congregation, about the possibility of acting as a "warming center" during the month of December. they will be housing between 10 and 15 women in an overnight shelter (similar to the Rotating Shelter which we used to cooperate on with them). During the day, women with jobs will be out of the shelter working and those without jobs will need someplace to go where they will be both safe and warm.

Temple Emmanu El will provide all of the staff and other essentials for the warming center, with HRLC only needing to provide a space. It was agreed that between approximately December 4 and January 6 they would use the Upper Room of the Parish Hall on Monday through Friday, between 8:00am and 5:00pm. If anyone would like to help out with oversight during that time, please contact Pastor John. We are sure that the temple staff would be glad to have some extra help.

With the possibility of further cooperative efforts to be explored after the first of the year, the Holy Redeemer Leadership Team is very excited about this cooperative ministry venture,and will keep you informed as things develop.
Thrivent Action Team Grants
As we approach the end of the year, Holy Redeemer members and friends have several opportunities to be involved in Thrivent Action Teams being lead by members of Holy Redeemer.

The Christmas Gift Ministry has received a grant to help with purchasing food staples for our Christmas Gift Families. This Action Team is being headed up by Marcia Freesemann. You can help by contributing cash to help with buying what is needed over and above the amount that the action grant will cover ... or by contributing toward the other family items that have been requested this year ... of by signing up to purchase one of more of the items needed for the children in each of our Christmas Gift Families. Look for the SignUpGenius that has been sent recently.

Kay Ammon has also gotten a Thrivent Action Team Grant, to help with supplies needed for the shelter which receives the health care and hygiene kits which we help to sponsor on an ongoing basis. The grant is designated for items that are needed over and above the normal contributions -- tooth paste, wash cloths, tooth brushes, soap, feminine hygiene needs, etc. You may help by either purchasing matching items or by contributing monetarily to help with purchasing. If you are interested in helping, contact Kay Ammon. An email was sent to the congregation recently outlining the needs.

In conjunction with the warming center (see article above) Pastor John has received a Thrivent Grant to provide Christmas cheer to the warming center occupants, in the form of either hoodies or blankets (or both, if we get enough). The plan is to hand these out either on Christmas Day or on the day following Christmas (depending upon whether the warming center will be at Holy Redeemer on Christmas Day or not). Watch for the SignUpGenius invitation to be sent out shortly if you want to contribute either hoodies of blankets to this ministry endeavor.

( Weekly) Those Who Serve -- November 2017
November 05:
  • Usher: Leslie Stobbe
  • Reader: Mike Hagaman
  • Comm Asst: Kay Ammon
  • Altar Prep: Mary West
  • Refreshments: M West & J Neider
  • Counter: Kathy Wiese
November 12:
  • Usher: Mike Hagaman
  • Reader: Leslie Stobbe
  • Comm Asst: Kathy Wiese
  • Altar Prep: Kathy Wiese
  • Refreshments: Leslie Stobbe
  • Counter: Leslie Stobbe
November 19:
  • Usher: Mary West and Julie Neider
  • Reader: Awic Smith
  • Comm Asst: Carolyn Keck
  • Altar Prep: Mike Hagaman
  • Refreshments: Leslie Stobbe
  • Counter: Carolyn Keck
November 26:
  • Usher: Kathy Wiese
  • Reader: Carolyn Keck
  • Comm Asst: Mike Hagaman
  • Altar Prep: Julie Neider
  • Refreshments: Carolyn Keck
  • Counter: Leslie Stobbe
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 -- November 2017
Bake Bread -- Carolyn Keck
Buy (Merlot)Wine -- Larry Estes
Buy (White Grape) Juice -- Kathy Wiese
Worship Space Preparation -- Mike Hagaman
Worship Service Preparation -- Kathy Wiese
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.
Sign Up for the following in November

Conversations Around the Table 2018

2nd Wednesday of the Month
January thru August

6:30 pm to 9:00pm

Fellowship and Tapas

Discussion of
Christianity after Religion and Grounded
Diana Butler Bass

Pastor John's
Dinner and Study 2018

1st Wednesday of the Month
January thru August

6:30pm to 8:00pm

Bring your own dinner

Viewing of
Native Peoples of North America
Professor Daniel M. Cobb


Progressive Theology Dialogue 2018
2018 will see the reprise of the Professional Theology Dialogue
(which was on hiatus during 2017)

We will generally meet on the fourth (or last) Tuesday of the Month
January thru August

6pm until 8pm

The topic under discussion will be:
Jesus and his Jewish Influences
Professor Jodi Magness

We will be using a video series from The Great Courses as the basis for the dialogue

A course outline will be provided for all participants


Literatsi Discussions
(Delmas and Auzerais)

9am until 10:30am

March 3, 2018
" The God of Small Things"
Arundhati Roy

June 2, 2018
"Firefly Summer"
Nan Rossiter

September 1, 2018
The Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles

December 1, 2018
homer and langley
e.l. doctorow
Movies with Pastor John
Bangsund Room

9am until ???

January 6, 2018
Richard Harris and Vanessa Redgrave

April 7, 2018
Nigel Terry and Helen Mirren

June 30, 2018
King Arthur
Clive Owen and Keira Knightley

September 29
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Graham Chapman and John Cleese
Christmas Tree Decorating
Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 16, for the decorating of the Christmas Tree and the decorating of the sanctuary!

The plan is to have the tree delivered the morning of the 16th and to spend the afternoon (beginning at noon) listening to Christmas music and putting on the lights and ornaments. During this time we will also be putting up the garlands, banners and decorations in the sanctuary and the church office, and putting wreaths on the doors of the church.

It is hoped that someone can be found to make some Christmas cookies for all of the workers and that we might be able to find a "wassail maker". If you know of anyone who might fit the bill, please let Pastor John know.

A SignUpGenius will be sent out the middle of November seeking people to help with the decorating. Watch for it!

Happy Birthday

November 9 -- Carolyn Keck
November Flower Donors

11/05 -- April Kellett -- in celebration of
Carolyn Keck's birthday

11/12 -- Advent -- no flowers

11/19 -- Advent -- no flowers

11/26 -- Advent -- no flowers
November Sanctuary Lamp

11/05 -- Leslie Stobbe -- Honoring Saints
past and present

11/12 -- Mike Hagaman -- Preparation
for the Lord's birth

11/19 -- Pastor John and Marcia -- in
celebration of Trace's birthday

11/26 -- Mike Hagaman -- in Thanks Giving
November Sister Parish Support
11/05 -- Mike Hagaman -- for Blessings

11/12 -- Mike Hagaman -- for the children
of Rwanda

11/19 -- Pastor John -- in memory of the
"Butterflies" (Minerva, Patria &
Maria Teresa Mirabel)

11/26 -- Mike Hagaman -- in Thanks Giving
Giraffe at Akagera Game Preserve
November 2017 Calendar

November 01
  • 3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)

November 02
  • Pastor John - Book Study (Mazatlan)
  • 9:30am - Office Open (until 1:30pm) 

November 03
  • Office Closed

November 04
  • Members Praying for Members (All Day, whenever you like)

November 05 
  • All Saints' Day
  • Daylight Savings Time Ends -- 2:00am
  • Special Benevolence/Ministry Offering
  • Recycling Collection
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Liturgy
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time
  • 11:45am - Pack Food Bags

November 06
  • 9:30am - Office Open (until 1:30pm)
  • 10:00am - Announcements due

November 07
  • Election Day
  • 1:00pm - Office Open (until 4:00pm)

November 08   
  • 3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)

November 09
  • 9:30am - Office Open (until 1:30pm)

November 10
  • Veterans Day Observed
  • Office Closed 

November 11
  • Veterans Day
  • 9:00am - Praying and Sharing
  • 2:00pm - Food Pantry
  • 2:00pm - The Closet

November 12
  • Christ the King Sunday
  • Health Care/Hygiene Kit Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Liturgy
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time

November 13
  • 9:30am - Office Open (until 1:30pm)
  • 10:00am - Announcements due

November 14
  • 1:00pm - Office Open (until 4:00pm) 
  • 5:30pm - Music Staff Meeting

November 15    
  • Chrysalis Deadline
  • 3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)

November 16    
  • 9:30am - Office Open (until 1:30pm)

November 17 
  • Office Closed 

November 18 
  • 3:00pm - Spaghetti Dinner

November 19  
  • 1st Sunday in Advent
  • Food Pantry Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Liturgy
  • 11:15am - Fellowship Time
  • 11:45am - Pack Food Bags

November 20
  • 9:30am - Office Open (until 1:30pm)
  • 10:00am - Announcements due

November 21  
  • 1:00pm - Office Open (until 4:00pm)

November 22
  • 3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)

November 23  
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 24
  • Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Prayer Vigil for peace in the Middle East 

November 25
  • 2:00 pm - Food Pantry

November 26
  • 2nd Sunday in Advent
  • The Closet Offering
  • 10:00am - Celebration and Communion Liturgy
  • 11:15am - Fellowship
  • 11:45am - Pack Kits for The Closet

November 27
  • 9:30am - Office Open (until 1:30pm)
  • 10:00am - Announcements due

November 28
  • 1:00pm - Office Open (until 4:00pm)

November 29
  • 3:00pm - Office Open (until 6:00pm)

November 30
  • 9:30am - Office Open (until 1:30pm)

Advice to a Prophet

When you come, as you soon must, to the streets of our city,   
Mad-eyed from stating the obvious, 
Not proclaiming our fall but begging us 
In God’s name to have self-pity, 

Spare us all word of the weapons, their force and range,   
The long numbers that rocket the mind; 
Our slow, unreckoning hearts will be left behind,   
Unable to fear what is too strange. 

Nor shall you scare us with talk of the death of the race.   
How should we dream of this place without us?— 
The sun mere fire, the leaves untroubled about us,   
A stone look on the stone’s face? 

Speak of the world’s own change. Though we cannot conceive   
Of an undreamt thing, we know to our cost 
How the dreamt cloud crumbles, the vines are blackened by frost,   
How the view alters. We could believe, 

If you told us so, that the white-tailed deer will slip   
Into perfect shade, grown perfectly shy, 
The lark avoid the reaches of our eye, 
The jack-pine lose its knuckled grip 

On the cold ledge, and every torrent burn 
As Xanthus once, its gliding trout 
Stunned in a twinkling. What should we be without   
The dolphin’s arc, the dove’s return, 

These things in which we have seen ourselves and spoken?   
Ask us, prophet, how we shall call 
Our natures forth when that live tongue is all 
Dispelled, that glass obscured or broken 

In which we have said the rose of our love and the clean   
Horse of our courage, in which beheld 
The singing locust of the soul unshelled, 
And all we mean or wish to mean. 

Ask us, ask us whether with the worldless rose   
Our hearts shall fail us; come demanding   
Whether there shall be lofty or long standing   
When the bronze annals of the oak-tree close.

Richard Wilbur
  HRLC Staff

Revd. John L. Freesemann, Pastor
Rev. Pascal Mugambage, Sister Parish Pastor
Iris Amerson, Administrative Assistant
Richard Urbanek, Musician

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