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preparing for the end of the world - Saint Paul Lutheran Church

JUNE2011

Volume 15 | Issue 6

SAINT PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH

PASTOR ELIZABETH LIGGETT

715 S. Third St., Clinton, IA 52732

563-242-4102 phone |office@saintpaulclinton.org

www.SaintPaulClinton.org

“PREPARING FOR THE END OF THE WORLD”

(aka “Report on the Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly”) by Pastor Elizabeth

If all you knew about Christianity and people of faith came from the mainstream news

media, then you would think that last week we were all divesting ourselves of our assets

and preparing for the end of the world. Saturday, May 21 came and went, and so did a

new sunrise. To my knowledge, no one from Saint Paul was in theworld-is-ending-thatday”

camp, and along with everybody else, we may have rolled our eyes at the folks on

the fringes. What a pity that most of the secular world doesn’t see much distinction

between the fringe and the mainstream. As far as they’re concerned, all Christians are a

bit nutty, at best irrelevant to the real world, or at worst – causing downright harm. Pity

that they don’t know the real story.

Here’s what didn’t make the news about last weekendthe really important stuff:

Children from Saint Paul spent Saturday preparing for the end of the world by rehearsing

the musical they would present Sunday – a story filled with good news about God’s great

abundance and about how we’re privileged to respond for the sake of God’s people.

Meanwhile, in Iowa City, Lutherans from all over Southeastern Iowa gathered together to

be about the business of the church. We prepared for the end of the world by resolving

to actively fight bullying behavior among young people, and to find creative ways to fund

Campus Ministries that reach out to college students with the good news of Jesus Christ.

We prepared for the end of the world by hearing from Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla from

ELCA Global Relations about how we in the ELCA participate in “Extreme Makeover –

Global Edition” as we respond to disasters, poverty, injustice all over the world; and by

hearing from Pastor Mike Housholder of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines

inspiring stories about the difference Jesus Christ makes in people’s lives – for living today.

We prepared for the end of the world by affirming the ELCA’s campaign to fight

against malaria – an effort which is straightforward and attainable.

WORSHIP TIMES

SUN 9:15 am

THURSDAY 7:00 pm

OFFICE HOURS

MON-THUR 9:00-4:00

FRI 9:00-11:00

We prepared for the world by making the world a bit smaller – strengthening relationships

with our Companion Synod, the Pare Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania,

as we welcomed Bishop Charles Mjema, his wife (Pastor) Nahana, and their baby

daughter Caroline.

As we deliberated last weekend, we failed to make news by failing to have any contentious

conversation nor resolutions having to do with human sexuality – which as far as I’m

concerned, is big (and welcome) news. Could it be that we’re finally getting beyond that,

and can now refocus on the essential task of preparing for the end of the world? Not by

divesting – by plotting our escape from earth. But by investing in this good and troubled

world, by seeking to be part of God’s saving kingdom work for the sake of the world.

What a privilege and honor to be part of God’s work and God’s church!

That may not make the mainstream news. But it’s truly the Good News!

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From Pastor Elizabeth…

I was single in 1987 when I

came to my first pastorate

in rural Nebraska. When I

announced in 1990 that I

was engaged to a man living

in Denver, parishioners

were sure that meant I

would leave that church. I guess they were right; I did

leave that place – five years later! In the interim,

Derek and I had a commuter marriage while he finished

up schoolwork in Denver, and then enrolled in

graduate school in Lincoln. We moved on only when

we sensed from the Spirit that it was time to move on.

I’ve been fascinated by a common response

from Saint Paul folks when I’ve announced that this

summer I will begin a Doctor of Ministry study program.

Folks nod knowingly; you’re familiar with this

because two of my predecessors took on graduate

programs while here. But then some people will add,

“…and then they both up and left.” The unspoken

accusation-suspicion is this: Pastors take time doing

these extra studies on our watch, claiming that it’s for

our benefit, but then when they finish, they abandon

us, making us wonder if they were being honest with

us about their agenda in the first place. Since there’s

a chance such suspicions might be projected onto

me, I’d like to address that right now.

First, pastors leave. Unlike farmers, for instance,

who are rooted to the soil and assume they’ll

stay in one place forever, pastors are itinerant. We

go to places where we don’t have roots; we pledge to

be open to the Spirit’s leading in going where needed.

One day I will leave Saint Paul, as have all your pastors

– whether they were armed with an advanced

degree or not.

But I’d just as soon my leave-taking be later

rather than sooner. Frankly, I’m hoping that this D

Min. program will enable me to stay. To stay at Saint

Paul. To stay in pastoral ministry.

I was educated a generation ago, trained to

serve a church which doesn’t exist anymore. As we

all can see, the church’s position in society has declined

dramatically, as has its role in the lives of people.

The way we’ve “always done church” is less and

less effective. We the people of God are less and

less effective at demonstrating the positive difference

that active engagement with Jesus Christ and his

church makes in our lives and the world. I feel less

and less effective as a pastor. I am tired and discouraged.

My stock answer for why I am going back to

school is, “I don’t know how to be a pastor in the 21 st

century” – and I’d like to change that.

I’ve done some reading, taken some continuing

education, and have some ideas as to how we’re

being called to change. But I’m making the considerable

financial and time investment in pursuing an advanced

degree because I need the discipline, organization,

and accountability it will require.

I will be enrolled at Seabury Western Theological

Seminary, a seminary of the Episcopal Church

located near Chicago. One-week intensive classes

will be held there each June and in Berkeley, California

each January. In between, students will be engaged

with readings, assignments, and on-line partnerships.

This is the best kind of learning because

we get the academic, theological, and theoretical stuff

while still serving in our parishes, which become laboratories

to test out what we’re learning.

One pastor currently in the program told me

he has a group of about 30 in his congregation walking

this path with him. About once per month he invites

them to a session in which he shares what he’s

learning. They learn good stuff – and become energized—and

the whole congregation is benefitting from

his education. Now. Even if he left his congregation

the minute he finished his schooling, they will have

become a better congregation because of the work

they’re doing together during the process.

So, here’s a question for you to ponder as

we look at current demographics and trends: Do we

at Saint Paul know how to be a church in the 21 st century?

I think God is calling us to change how we be

church, and how we be Christians. Everything I hear

from pastors pursing a D Min. program is that it becomes

a game-changer for them. I’m excited about

that possibility. And I know that what I gain from my

studies will depend largely on how much I’m willing to

invest myself in the process.

So – will you the community of Saint Paul

gain from my studies? I guess that’s largely up to

you. But here’s my plea: Don’t let me do this alone.

Don’t allow me to keep what I learn and gain all for

myself.

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EVENTS

EVENTS IN JUNE

Jun 2 & 5 Summer Worship Schedule Begins

Jun 2 Ascension Day Gathering, 6:00

Jun 7 Committees Meet, 7:00

Jun 7 Blood Drive in Fulton, Service sponsored canteen

Jun 8 Block Party Meeting, 5:00

Jun 16 Executive Committee, 5:00

Jun 19 Epistle Deadline

Jun 21 Council Meeting, 7:00

Jun 23 Epistle Mailing

Jun 24 IRAS Helping Hands Event & Golf Tournament

Jun 26 Community Meal, 5:30

EVENTS IN JULY

Jul 18-21 Vacation Bible School

GROUP MEETINGS

WELCA

Tuesday, June 7, 6:00

HANNAH GROUP

Thursday, June 16

1:00 Lesson at Church

LYDIA CIRCLE

Tuesday, June 14, 7:00

DEBORAH | RUTH GROUP

Monday, June 13

11:30 Yen Ching

1:00 Lesson at Church

MEN’S BREAKFAST

Tuesday, June 7, 8:30 am

ASCENSION DAY GATHERING—JUNE 2

ASCENSION DAY IS JUNE 2. The Thursday evening worship

regulars would like to invite everybody to an “Ascension Day

gathering” on Thursday, June 2. They will provide a pot-luck

supper in the lounge at 6:00 p.m., followed by worship at 7:00.

Please come for one or both!

ONE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE OR TWO?

SUMMER WORSHIP

SCHEDULE

Sundays at 9:15 - Thursdays at 7:00

As we transition to one Sunday worship service at

9:15 on June 5, we also will be considering keeping

to that schedule during the school year. Last

summer’s experience of all being together, of seeing

old friends, of having a more full sound in our large

sanctuary, of having fewer worship helpers to

recruit, was very positive. The council would like

your input. On July 10 and 17, they will host

forums after worship where folks are encouraged to

speak. In addition, you’re invited to express your

thoughts and concerns in writing. You’re invited to

fill out and return your signed form to the church

office or through the offering plate. The proposal is

that beginning this school year, the Sunday

schedule would be: senior choir rehearsal at 8:15,

worship at 9:15, Sunday school at 10:30. (We would

continue offering the 7:00 Thursday evening worship

option).

I BELIEVE IT’S BEST FOR SAINT PAUL THAT

DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR WE…..

[ ] return to a two-service Sunday schedule (8:00 and 10:30

worship with Sunday school at 9:15) because___________

_______________________________________________

_______________________________________________

OR

[ ] move to one Sunday service at 9:15 (with Sunday school at

10:30) because __________________________________

_______________________________________________

_______________________________________________

Signed ______________________________________________

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YOUTH NEWS

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

JULY 18 TH – 21 ST

Youth, ages 3 (and potty trained) ~

going into 6th grade are

welcome to join us at

Saint Paul's Vacation Bible

School July 18th ~ 21st.

Children will be encouraged to

grow in faith, have fun and share

some of God's love with the world!

We also invite youth going into 7th

grade - college age, and adults, to

volunteer at VBS to help in whatever

way they feel comfortable. We will be looking for

teachers, helpers, kitchen help, decorators, etc. To

volunteer, or if you have any questions, please call

Jen Heine at 243~9298 or Traci Bailey at

243~4658.

Marie Hoegh

Scholarship

Winners

This year we

received two applications for the Marie Hoegh

Scholarship. Marie Hoegh was a school

teacher and life-long member of Saint

Paul who established a scholarship upon her

death for any new college-bound student. We

are pleased to announce that Ben Owen and

Chris Kennedy will each be presented (via

their colleges of choice) with a $500 scholarship

on behalf of the scholarship committee.

Ben Owen is the son of Doug and

Audrey Owen and will be attending University

of Northern Iowa, majoring in Vocal Music

Education. Chris Kennedy is the son of Kerry

and Sheryl Kennedy and will be attending

Ashford University, majoring in Business

Leadership. Congratulations to both students!

Also, congratulations to all graduates!

READING THE BIBLE TOGETHER.

EWALU BIBLE CAMP TURNS 50!

In honor of their 50 th birthday, EWALU is inviting us

to set a goal of 50 birthday gifts of $50 (over and

above our regular giving)! These gifts will be used

to spruce up buildings, repair bridges and trails,

update media tech, and eliminate all debt! The congregation

council has endorsed this; watch for more

information. IN ADDITION, EWALU has compiled

an extensive volunteer work list, and we’re talking

about assembling a work team for a weekend this

summer. If you are interested, examine the work list

posted on the Small Groups list in the lounge and

sign up there, or contact Brian Johnson, 243-9746,

bdjohnson57@yahoo.com or Justin Grager, 659-

1519, email: jgrager@hotmail.com.

If you’d like to open your bible, but

don’t know where to begin, this

might be for you. Pastor Liggett is

looking for folks interested in

gathering for one hour per

week to read through the bible

together. That’s it. No books to

buy or read. No flipping back and

forth in the bible. No complex theology or

intimidating discussion. This isn’t a bible study, but

rather, a read-along. All you need is your bible of any

translation, and you won’t be asked to read aloud unless

you want to. If you are interested, please speak to Pastor

Liggett or sign up on the Small Groups board in the

lounge; we will decide on a time that works for any who

are interested.

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TABLE FOR FIVE… THOUSAND

SPRING MUSICAL

Photography by Jean Black

from Dear Charlie Photography.

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COUNCIL PROGRESS

ON ADDRESSING TOWER

WATER ISSUES.

Following spring storms, in which water

again leaked into the tower room (now

Audrey’s office), the council is revisiting

solutions. There are issues in this room,

as well as adjacent rooms and the ceiling

above the elevator. Audrey has moved her

things out of her office (and will soon be on

her summer hiatus). The damaged ceiling

tiles will be removed to air out the waterdamaged

parts, and later replaced.

Council is pursuing bids for bricking off the

louvered part of the east side of the tower

(it is only the east side that is giving us

trouble). Repair and restoration could

possibly be funded at least partly through

money left from the New Hope gift and/or

memorials designated for property, but

we’ll determine if we need to have a

special financial drive.

Information Referral & Assistance’s

Annual Helping Hands Event

will be Friday, June 24th.

This event includes a golf tournament,

dinner and silent auction.

The event raises money that

IR&AS uses to assist area people

in need by helping them pay for

rent, utilities, gas, work clothes,

prescription medications and

more.

IR&AS is asking Saint Paul members to

put together a themed basket to be auctioned

at the event. If you wish to help in putting together

a basket please call the office so we can

let IR&AS know. 242-4102

Want more information about GOLFING at

the HELPING HANDS EVENT? Fliers are on

the bulletin board. -or- call IR&AS at 243-5818

Tornado in Joplin, Missouri

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

An outbreak of tornadoes tore across the Midwest this weekend,

leaving a path of destruction from Texas to Minnesota.

Especially hard-hit is Joplin, Mo., where a powerful tornado

leveled parts of the community, killing at least 89 people.

Residents say the city is completely unrecognizable.

The building that housed

an ELCA congregation

has been destroyed,

according to its pastor.

Please keep the Rev. Bill

Pape and the people

of Peace Lutheran

Church in Joplin in your

prayers.

This outbreak is one of

several destructive

storms this spring. Communities throughout the Midwest and

South have also faced widespread damage due to floods and

severe storms.

ELCA Disaster Response is already assessing the situation in

Joplin and other areas affected by severe storms and flooding.

Your gifts are needed to help provide for the immediate and

long-term needs of those affected by these disasters.

All of your gifts—100 percent—designated for "U.S. Severe

Storms" will be used for emergency and long-term assistance

following these storms. Please give generously and continue to

pray for those whose lives have been uprooted by this

disaster.

Sincerely,

The Rev. Daniel Rift

Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal

Give through your congregation or send your check

directly to: ELCA Disaster Response

39330 Treasury Center

Chicago, IL 60694-9300

Collection for Veterans Home

The Women of the ELCA are collecting Forever Stamps

and lap robes for the Veterans Home in Marshalltown.

The lap robes can be crochet, knitted, quilted (lighter

weight please), fleece or something suitable as a coverup.

These items can be brought to church by August 1 st .

Please contact Roberta Jurgersen at

242-2859 with any questions.

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JUNE 2011

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

1 2

9:00-Noon ARCH in FH

6:00 Ascension Day

Gathering

7:00 Worship

3 4

5

9:15 Worship

2:30 Purpose Team

6

10:00 Prayer Group

7

8:30 Men’s Breakfast

6:00 WELCA

6:00 Trust Committee

7:00 Committees Meet

Service sponsored

Blood Mobile in Fulton

8

5:00 Block Party Meeting

9

9:00-Noon ARCH in FH

5:00 ARCH in FH

7:00 Worship

10 11

12

9:15 Worship

1:30 Doug Kennedy’s

Eagle Scout in FH

Pastor Liggett at Continuing Ed

13

10:00 Prayer Group

1:00 Ruth/Deborah Circle

Pastor Liggett at

Continuing Ed

14

7:00 Lydia Circle

Pastor Liggett at

Continuing Ed

15

Pastor Liggett at

Continuing Ed

16

1:30 Hannah Circle

9:00-Noon ARCH in FH

5:00 Executive Committee

7:00 Worship

Pastor Liggett at

Continuing Ed

17

Pastor Liggett at

Continuing Ed

18

19 Father’s Day

9:15 Worship

Epistle Deadline

20

10:00 Prayer Group

21

7:00 Council Meeting

22 23

9:00-Noon ARCH in FH

7:00 Worship

Epistle Mailing

24

IRAS Helping Hands

Event & Golf Tourney

25

26

9:15 Worship

5:30 Community Meal

2:30 Purpose Team

27

6:30 CROP Meeting

28 28 30

9:00-Noon ARCH in FH

7:00 Worship


SERVER SCHEDULE

JUNE 5 JUNE 12 JUNE 19 JUNE 26

ACOLYTE 9:15 Marisa H.

Katie P.

ALTAR GUILD 9:15 Betty Chekal

Barb Larson

COMMUNION

ASSISTANT

LECTORS 9:15

Kory K.

Betty Chekal

Barb Larson

9:15 Jule Luckritz Marcia Lass

Jule Luckritz

Ellie H.

Kiersten H.

Betty Chekal

Barb Larson

Caleb C.

Isaac C.

Betty Chekal

Barb Larson

Brach Jennings

GREETERS 9:15

Darlene Clausen Evelyn Hubbart Pat & Henry Clark Barb Larson

ASSISTING

MINISTER

9:15

USHERS EARLY Bob Wright

Wally Schilling

Bob Wright

Wally Schilling

Bob Wright

Wally Schilling

Bob Wright

Wally Schilling

FLOWERS

9:15 Ruth & Dave Meyers

Pastor Elizabeth &

Derek Grimmell

SUMMER WORSHIP

SCHEDULE

Sundays at 9:15 - Thursdays at 7:00

SERVERS ARE NEEDED

PLEASE SIGN UP to help as Lector,

Communion Assistant, Altar Guild or

Assisting Minister. Clipboards to sign up

can be found under the bulletin boards in the

hallway.

PEW CARE

JUNE 6 Dixielee S.

JUNE 13 Elayne G.

JUNE 20 Evelyn H.

JUNE 26 Darlene C.

TELLERS

JUNE 6 Elayne G

Lois S.

Judy D.

JUNE 13 Elayne G.

Irene N.

Judie C.

JUNE 20 Darlene C.

Judie C.

Lois S.

JUNE 26 Darlene C.

Irene N.

Judy D.

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CONGRATS

anniversaries

Harry and Barb Echelbarger 06/01/1947

Barb and Lanny Reed 06/05/1993

Wally and Fern Schilling 06/07/1952

Elizabeth Liggett and Derek Grimmell 06/09/1991

Vernon and Diane Dornbush 06/15/1956

Steven and Laurie Guidebeck 06/16/1984

Jim and Ruth Nelson 06/17/1978

Jason and Leslie Stumbaugh 06/17/1995

Doug and Audrey Owen 06/19/1971

Robert and Margo Gifford 06/27/1970

Ray and June Wilden 06/27/1987

JUNE 19

birthdays

Boock, Ruth 06/01

Cox, Gary 06/01

Kowalke, Mary 06/01

Nielsen, Irene 06/01

Chekal, Betty 06/03

Luckritz, Jule 06/03

Brunson, Tina 06/04

Colah, Judie 06/05

Meyers, Amy 06/05

Luebe, Carolyn 06/07

Guidebeck, Paige 06/08

Dornbush, Diane 06/09

Richardson, Mark 06/09

Turner, Laura 06/09

Grimmell, Derek 06/10

Young, John 06/11

Dennis, Judith 06/15

Anderson, Ryan 06/16

DeLoe, Beth Ann 06/16

Snyder, Lauren 06/18

Adams, Roxanne 06/20

Grager, Justin 06/20

Housenga, Kylie 06/22

Sterk, Leah 06/22

Jensen, Chad 06/24

Petersen, Elene 06/24

Jacobs, Brenda 06/25

Corbisier, Blake 06/27

[Jesus said] No one can serve two masters;…

You cannot serve God and wealth. Matthew 6:24

There are those who recognize the power of wealth for

good and for evil. They use their wealth to help those who

hunger or who suffer from disease and want, and to provide

resources for others to build schools, businesses, and infrastructure.

When wealth is used in this way, God is the

master being served. Wealth becomes the servant.

Master, let me serve only you and use my blessings to

serve your people. Amen.

Cheryl Anderson Erdmann

in The Word in Season

LAUGHS

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SAINT PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH

715 S. THIRD STREET, CLINTON, IA 52732

SUMMER WORSHIP

SCHEDULE

Sundays at 9:15 - Thursdays at 7:00

2011 Congregation Council:

Brian Johnson (President)

Jim Nelson (Vice President)

Lisa Clarke (Secretary)

Al Rathje (Treasurer)

Evelyn Dymkowski

Mert Schmidt

Justin Grager

Jule Luckritz

Joan Guidebeck

Ted Eilders

Jean Grager

June 2011

VOLUME 15 | ISSUE 6

EPISTLE

ONLINE

www.saintpaulclinton.org

1 PREPARING FOR THE END

2 FROM PASTOR LIGGETT

3 EVENTS

4 YOUTH NEWS

5 MUSICAL PHOTOS

6 NEWS & WELCA

7 CALENDAR

8 SERVERS

9 CONGRATS & LAUGHS

SUMMER WORSHIP

SCHEDULE

Sundays at 9:15 - Thursdays at 7:00

JULY ISSUE DEADLINE - SUNDAY, JUNE 19

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