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May/June 2019

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Wings & Feathers Newsletter for
May/June 2019

Important information about what's going on around
Holy Counselor Lutheran Church

Holy Counselor Staff
 
  Pastor Rev. Christopher Bruesehoff
  Director of Music  June Tarantino
  Office Administrator  Debbie Morris
  Bookkeeper  Larry Polagye
  Custodian  Harvey Kunnemann
 
Congregational Council
        
  President                              Steven Ahrendt
  Vice President Mark Rossi
  Secretary Matt Moller
  Treasurer Adele Huttner
  Financial Secretary Marge Kranz
  Outreach Group Emilie Dupont
  (Parish Activities Team, Membership &  Social Ministry Teams)  
  Nurture Group  Karen Duryea
  (Worship Team,Education Team, Youth Team)  
  Administration Group  Roy Wherry
  (Property Team, Information & Technology Team)  
16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’…Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’ 22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’ 23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.   -Luke 14:16-17, 21b-23
 
Last weekend a young woman named Rachel died following complications after a severe infection. In itself this tragedy isn’t anything new, it happens all the time, but I’m mentioning it here because her voice was one that I appreciated in the church today. It is a voice that will be taken up by others and still it will be missed. One quote that has shown up often in the many articles written following her death is this:
 
“This is what God's kingdom is like: a bunch of outcasts and oddballs gathered at a table, not because they are rich or worthy or good, but because they are hungry, because they said yes. And there's always room for more.”
― Rachel Held Evans (1981-2019), Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
 
Yep, I appreciate that voice, a voice that reads the Bible and sees something that shows us the law and gospel for today. Rachel read the parable of the banquet and saw what the church was supposed to be and what it still is – at least some of the time. You can still see some of her evangelical roots peeking through, while also seeing the overwhelming grace that brings her back to the table.
 
There is something here for us – and something being said about us. Many an adult has looked at a child who didn’t want to eat their dinner and said something along the lines of “If you’re hungry, you’ll eat it.” If we are hungry, then we will be at the table. The invitation has already been issued. I’d argue that you’ve already RSVP’d ‘Yes’. The question is if your hunger will drive you to the table, no matter who else is around it, no matter if you like the hymns being sung, no matter if it’s convenient or entertaining or familiar. Are you hungry?
 
Thanks to the world around us we are filled with empty calories. We are starving and don’t even realize it.
 
At the same time, as a congregation, we need to ask ourselves if we are a table ready and willing to feed those hungry people who are coming.  Have we set the table and prepared the meal, have we made sure that the doors stand open wide enough to receive the multitudes, are there enough cooks and servers?  As disciples, we aren’t only asked to satiate our own hunger, but we are called to fill the bellies of those who come to us in need.
 
I am grateful for Rachel’s voice. In June, following our evening prayer service on Wednesday, our adult study group will be working through her book “Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again”. I hope you will consider being a voice around the table at that time.
 
Blessing on you and your family this summer! If you are traveling please text, email, Facebook or call me and let me know. I’d love to include you in the prayers while you are away. If you have someone graduating or getting married, if you will be participating in an event or whatever, let me know that too – for the same reason. I want to raise us all up in prayer when HCLC gathers together.
 
 -Pastor Chris
 




 
 
BOOKKEEPER REPORT
Submitted by Larry Polagye, Bookkeeper

 
Oh, you don't know the shape we're in... Sounds like a line from a song. And maybe you don't know what the state of our church's finances are in. The short answer is we received $6,871 less so far this year than we'd planned. This means we are running about 2 weeks behind where our income needs to be to complete our mission plans for 2019.

There's a thermometer in the narthex that is a visual graph showing how much we have received in income versus where we hope to be. In February the congregation approved a spending plan that would require $193,148 of new revenue in 2019. Splitting that into equal weekly amounts means we need to receive a little more than $3700 each week. We've had some good weeks where we've exceeded that. But we've had other weeks where we've fallen short. How do we turn this around?

Looking ahead, we have our Bags for Bucks clothing drive on May 11. This allows the church to receive cash for items you are ready to discard. You can read more about that in this newsletter. Another idea being floated is possibly a Golf Outing this fall. Maybe you have ideas. Share them with a council person or Pastor Chris. Then of course there is the strength of our own congregation's support of our programs here through our offerings. Giving statements for the first 4 months have just been mailed out. Is your giving exceeding or trailing behind the level you've set for yourself? Are you in a place to give more? Regardless, your support is what makes the work we do for our Lord possible. And we thank each one of you for your prayers, your time, and your continuing financial support.
 
NURTURE GROUP REPORT
Submitted by Karen Duryea,
Nurture Group Coordinator and  the church office
Worship
 
Outdoor Chapel Services
Our outdoor worship services will begin Sunday, May 26 at the 8:30am service. This is a great way to start your day, in the outdoor chapel with the beauty of nature surrounding you.
 
We will once again be offering an additional worship service on Wednesdays from June 5 through August 28. We gather at 7:30 pm for Evening Prayer with Holy Communion. Indoor Bible study follows from 8-9pm, for those who would like to attend.  This is a wonderful opportunity to attend church when activities and vacations prevent you from attending on Sunday mornings.
 
Sunday School
Our Sunday school program is winding down. Our last day will be May 19, with a pancake celebration.  
 
Youth Group
Upcoming
5/5 Cinco de Mayo dinner and open mic night
5/11 “Breakthrough” movie night
6/2 Confirmation Rehearsal & dinner
6/9 Confirmation 10:30
6/28 End of school year youth group lock in
 
Cinco de Mayo
On May 5 at 6:30 PM, Diane Rossi and the Confirmation class  hosted a Mexican buffet to benefit camperships for children attending Crossroads Summer Camp.  Francine Vince did the cooking and made many different kinds of Mexican foods.  There was arts and crafts and Mexican music at this fun evening.  
 
 Sisters in Prayer
Sisters in Prayer will resume on September 7. Join us as we learn to pray, discuss God’s word, and take turns leading a session. This past Lenten season we enjoyed a beautiful Lenten journey together. See you all in the fall!

 
A special note of thanks to Adele Huttner for volunteering as our organist on Good Friday and Easter, (accompanying our choir too,) when our music director was away. Great job! Thank you! Thanks also to Marissa Huttner, and Jordan and Giuseppe Fusco for sharing their classical talents with us at our Good Friday Tenebrae. We are blessed to have their contributions to this moving, somber service.
OUTREACH GROUP REPORT
Submitted by  Emilie Dupont, Outreach Group Coordinator, & the church office

Food Pantry
Our food pantry gave out 16 bags of groceries in March and April. Please continue to donate toiletries and packaged food to the food pantry. We are in need of toothpaste, brownie mix and Hamburger Helper at this time.
 
WELCA
WELCA meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 AM. The next meetings are on May 21 and June 18, unless you read differently in the church bulletin. Contact Marlene Clements if you are interested in joining.
 
Outreach to the Homebound
Please contact Sandy Wardell if you know someone who cannot make it to church anymore, but would still like a friendly visit and a CD recording of our services. We can even lend you a CD player! Sandy’s cell number is (973) 362-8590.
 
Prayer Shawls
Do you enjoy knitting or crocheting? Do you know someone who is cold all the time and would like a handmade prayer shawl or lap robe? Contact Adele Huttner to learn how you can make one, or to tell her about anyone you know who could use one.  It is a ministry of love for people both in our church and outside of it.
 
A note of Thanks
The beautiful shawl that you’ve given to Logan could not have come at a better time, and he uses it often. Logan has had a rough year and has been hospitalized four times in just the last eight months. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your support. We are extremely grateful for it.
-Amy Breitenbach

 
UPDATES ON PAST EVENTS
 
Corned Beef Bistro Dinner
This annual fundraiser brought in $660 which was split into $297 towards establishing the parking lot repair fund (45% of proceeds), $297 towards our General Fund (45% of proceeds) and $66 towards mission support (10% of proceeds).
 
Faith, Hope and Love Conference on Building Safer and More Welcoming Community
On March 23, Nancy Knecht and Emilie Dupont attended a program at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church in Ewing, NJ to learn about making our church more welcoming to LGBTQ youth and adults, as part of our Evangelism Team.  The program was organized by Jamie Bruesehoff and was attended by over 100 people from the NJ ELCA Synod.
 
Lenten 40 Days of Giving
This year we handed out cardboard barns to collect coins for the Lenten season. Monies collected were donated to ELCA World Hunger. We collected a total of $182 from the barns and $161 from other donations. The ELCA sent us a wooden cut out of a cow to paint. Thank you Larry Polagye for painting our cow to display on Easter Sunday!

 
The British Invasion Lady’s Tea
On Sunday, April 28 at 2 PM Pam Kucks held a Tea Party for twenty ladies.  The theme was The British Invasion, with many delicious foods and English teas, British music, sharing stories of past musical experiences  and many fabulous door prizes.  Thank you to all who helped with set up, prep and clean up to make this event such a success!
 

 
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Our Easter Egg Hunt was held on April 14, Palm Sunday and was a big success again this year.  We had 37 children and about 80 adults attend, and our Youth Group/Confirmation Class helped organize the hunt with Christine Ahrendt and Diane Rossi.  Our teens helped with face painting, crafts, games, dancing and two separate hunts, one for the 15 toddlers/preschoolers and one for the 22 school age children.  We gave out 3 special prize baskets along with the over 650 eggs, and had cake and refreshments provided by Francine Vince.  Damian Vince served as our Easter Bunny, and he made sure every child got enough eggs.  Thank you to everyone who helped with this joyful community event.
Easter Food Baskets
Nine grateful families received Easter food baskets for their Easter dinner. Thank you to all who donated to this outreach project.
 
Easter Breakfast
Karen Duryea and her family ran a very successful fundraiser between services at HCLC on Easter morning. The Duryeas, with help from Margie Kranz and Emilie Dupont, served eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, ham and cheese sliders, fruit salad, and other breakfast treats to more than 50 people.  The breakfast raised $146 for camperships. Many of our church’s children attend camp events at Cross Roads throughout the year.
  
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Car Wash Fundraiser
On May 12, Doug Vince, Emilie Dupont and the Confirmation Class will be washing cars during the 8:30 and 10:30 services (and in-between), to raise money for camperships.  If you would like your car washed, please park in the designated car wash area in the front parking lot.  Donations will be accepted during services even if you don’t want your car washed.
 
Bags for Bucks Fundraiser
Clean out your closets!  On Saturday, May 11, please bring bags of used wearable clothing, shoes, coats, gloves, hats, scarves, purses, backpacks, belts, ties, sheets, comforters, blankets, pillows, curtains, towels, and tablecloths to our church parking lot, where they will be collected between 2:00 and 3:00 PM.   Shoes must be in a separate bag. You can also bring bicycles, scooters, stuffed animals under 2 ft. tall, small toys, baby accessories and strollers.  We will receive $.20 for each pound collected, to go towards our parking lot fund, our general fund, and mission support.  If you are not able to drop off your items on May 11, please contact Denise Urbaniak at (973) 769-5650 or Marge Kranz at (973) 222-7339 to schedule a time to drop off.
 
Littman String Quartet
Jordan Fusco (Tarantino) will be performing with the Littman String Quartet at Holy Counselor on Saturday, May 18, at 2pm. If you have attended any of their previous concerts, you know this event is not to be missed!  It is a wonderful opportunity to hear professional musicians perform together in a truly intimate setting. There is no charge for the concert, but donations at the door are appreciated. Come support this awesome ensemble, and bring your friends!

 
Larry & Donna Polagye

Rich & Amy Wengenroth

Mark & Diane Rossi

 
 
Ken & Donna Wiik

Chris & Jamie Bruesehoff

Joe & June Arrotti

Pete & Karen Lagas

Rich & Katherine Heerschap

Neil & Aimee Nilsen

Doug & Francine Vince

Jim & Linda Lacherza

 
June Arrotti                Keagan Duryea
Marilyn Maute            Cole Reginio
Kellie Shane               Mark Kucks
Jason VonOesen         Sandra Chiappini
Gregory Cooke Jr.      Wynn White
Nathaniel Mania         Brooke Holzlein
Denise Urbaniak         Patrick Howell
Jessica Fitzpatrick      Connor Michaelis
Thomas Baumann       Tamara McCloskey
Steven Rosal               Andrew Potzer
Dave White                 Shannon Donovan
Sean Murphy              Frank Reginio
Derek Chiappini         Michael Kitchin
Dawn McCormick      Kristen Silvestri
Darios Hartlage          Elaine Kuntz
Kristen Pushko           Richard Conklin
Marcus Gomez           Lucinda Seufert
Marlene Clements      Nicole Lacherza

 
Steve Schofield
 
June Tarantino 

Joanne Woodruff 

Joseph Dans
  
James Lagas 

Michael Rossi

Cory Sweetman  

James Stoeckel

Fred Deutch 

Francis Bosland
 
Jamie Bruesehoff  

Christine Heerschap

Kristi Mania 

Eric Hunt

Jared Mania

Frank Hunt

Kurtis Stoeckel

Beth Christopher

Jeff Christopher

Thomas McCann

Donna Polagye

Tyler Deutch
 
Alicia Dahl

Nicholas McCann

Kassandra Faber

Amy Fitzpatrick

Harold MacPeek
May 2019 Volunteers for Services
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June 2019 Volunteers for Services
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Meeting/Event scheduling: 
All events at Holy Counselor need to be added to the church calendar by the office to avoid unnecessary conflicts. Please let the church office know at least one month in advance if your group or family would like to hold a meeting or event at the church, so it can be entered properly. Thank you ☺ 
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