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March/April 2019

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Wings & Feathers Newsletter for
March/April 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)  
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
-Matthew 28:19-20
 
We sit on the cusp of Lent. In a few days we will celebrate the Transfiguration of our Lord, ending the Epiphany season and leaving us ready for Lent to arrive with the observance of Ash Wednesday on March 3. I’ve had so many conversations over the past few days about how late Lent is this year – while still somehow sneaking up on us all.
 
In Living Our Baptism:  Gifts of Discipleship, by John and Robin McCullough-Bade, they write:
When a baptized Christian affirms the faith (often called confirmation) the presiding minister addresses those making public affirmation of baptism and asks the question:  Do you intend to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:
      to live among God’s faithful people,
to hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper,
to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed,
      to serve all people, following the example of Jesus,
      and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth?
 
RESPONSE:  We do, and ask God to help and guide us.  (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 236)
 
And so begins a daily claiming and re-discovering of the God-given gifts of discipleship. These gifts overlap and are intertwined as one gift flows into another and into faithful living. 
 
Throughout the season of Lent I encourage you to take a look at these promises, these marks of Discipleship, and consider how you might continue to practice them in your life and in the lives of your family.  I’ll be putting out some material through the Facebook Group and email to help guide the conversation and there are ample opportunities coming up at Holy Counselor (you’ll find information about many of them in this newsletter) to put your practice to work.
 
-Pastor Chris




 
 
CHURCH COUNCIL PRESIDENT
Submitted by Steven Ahrendt, Council President
Fellow Congregants,
 
I would like to take a moment to thank the Congregation once again electing me to serve on the HCLC council, and to thank the Council for entrusting me with the position of President. I’m hopeful that during the upcoming year as President, I can make a positive impact on our church and its membership. Through the Church Council, we are looking to continue the mission of Holy Counselor Lutheran Church locally, and nationally and worldwide through our outreach programs, and through support of other programs. We’re going to have an exciting year with numerous planned fellowship events that will bring our church community together, strengthen old bonds, and create new ones. As always, we’re looking to continue to provide physical upgrades to our church and parsonage. And of course, we’ll be holding events to ensure the financial solvency of our church, and to support our NJ Synod, and its outreach programs. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and thank you again.

 
NURTURE GROUP REPORT
Submitted by Karen Duryea,
Nurture Group Coordinator and  the church office

YOUTH GROUP
The youth group will be participating in the following in March and April:
 
  • Helping with Corned Beef Bistro March 2.
 
  • Attending Crossroads for the Middle School Retreat, March 8 - 10.  We will have 7 students attending from grades 6 – 8th.
 
  • Attending the production of Sound of Music at Glen Meadow Middle School, starring Damian Vince as Captain von Trapp and Rebekah Bruesehoff as Marta.  The performances are Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12.  We will attend on 4/12 and have a lock-in afterwards.
 
  • Help with the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 14, at 1 pm.
 
Sisters In Prayer
Sisters in prayer will meet every Saturday during Lent at 10 am.
March 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13, 20. The study is about 1 hour.
Pam will be setting up a study of bible verses and folders so if you can for the Lenten Season, please do!
 
Ecumenical Lenten Service Schedule
3/13…St. Francis
3/20…Our Lady of Fatima
3/27…Vernon United Methodist
4/03…HCLC
4/10…McAfee Bible Church
4/17…Glenwood Baptist
4/19…Good Friday 12 noon service/ Glenwood Baptist
4/21…Sunrise service 6:30am cemetery field
All services begin at 8pm, unless otherwise stated. Please bring a snack to share on the April 3 service at HCLC.

Maundy Thursday
Maundy Thursday, April 18, worship will begin at 6:30 pm. We will share soup, bread and dessert and celebrate Holy Communion. Pam Kucks will be hosting this year and will be putting up a sign up sheet in the narthex as well as using SignUpGenius online for those who prefer that method. 
 
Tenebrae Service
Our Good Friday worship begins at 8pm on April 19. We recall Christ’s sacrifice for us through dialogue, prayers and music performed by an ensemble.
 
Easter Vigil
At this time we are looking for someone to host the Easter Prayer Vigil. . If you think you would be willing to host this please speak with Pastor Chris or Karen Duryea. The Easter Vigil will begin on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm and continue to Sunday, April 21, until 6:00 am. A sign-up sheet will be in the narthex.
 
Easter flower forms
Now is the time to place your orders for Easter flowers to beautify the altar for our Easter services. Forms are now available in your bulletins for ordering.  April 7 is the deadline for ordering the flowers. 
 
Easter Breakfast
New this year! We will be holding a breakfast between services on Easter morning. More information will follow in your bulletins. We will be using SignUpGenius online and have a sign up in the narthex . Any questions please speak with Karen Duryea or Emilie Dupont.
 
Easter Food Baskets
We will be handing out donation cards on March 24 for our Easter food baskets for the needy.  All food donations should be turned in by April 14, Palm Sunday. Food distribution is done the day before Easter, April 20 and serves local families in need. If you can help sort food and help please let the office know.

 
OUTREACH GROUP REPORT
Submitted by  Emilie Dupont, Outreach Group Coordinator, & the church office

Food Pantry
Our food pantry gave out 24 bags of food in January and February to help the needy in our area. We need more Hamburger Helper, more bar soap and more jelly in a flavor other than grape. In addition, our food pantry can always use more liquid laundry detergent. Also needed are items for kids’ school lunches, such as granola bars, juice boxes, cookies, crackers, etc. Please be generous and make a note of these items on your next shopping list.
 
WELCA
The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America group at HCLC meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 10 A.M. The next meetings are March 19 and April 16, unless you read differently in the church bulletin.  Contact Marlene Clements if you are interested in joining!
 
Outreach to the Homebound
Do you know a member of HCLC who cannot make it to church anymore?  Please let Sandy Wardell know who would benefit from a friendly visit and a CD of our recent church services. 
 
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Do you know someone who would like a hand-knit or hand-crocheted prayer shawl or lap robe?  There are many to choose from and all have been blessed by Pastor Chris.  Please talk to Adele Huttner if you would like to know how to make one to add to our collection, or if you know someone who would love an extra bit of warmth this winter and  spring.
 
UPDATES ON PAST EVENTS
 
Soup Fundraiser
On Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, we sold over 50 jars of homemade soup at our fundraiser.  We had ten kinds of soup for sale and raised $515. Half of this went to ELCA World Hunger and the rest used to fund our ministry here. Kathy Baumann directed the making and selling of the soup, and she was helped by Steve Baumann, Margie Kranz, Denise and Frank Urbaniak,  Christine and Steve Ahrendt, Emilie Dupont, Elaine Kuntz, Diane Rossi and Pam Kucks. Thank you to everyone who supported this.
 
Transgender Children and the Church
On February 25, Jamie Bruesehoff and Pastor Chris presented an educational program on Transgender Children and the Church.  It was a great opportunity to educate people on this topic, and to bring new folks into our church.  As people of faith it is important to be part of the conversation among the LGBTQ+ community and other marginalized people who may be looking for a place to worship.
  
Family Game and Dessert Night
Our Third Annual Family Dessert and Game night on February 15 was a great success!  This was a fellowship event rather than a fund-raising opportunity and everyone had a fun time playing games.  We had 15 kids (aged 11 and up) and 13 adults of all ages.  Damian Vince performed his very impressive magic show and everyone played games ranging from Twister and Jenga to Bananagrams, Apples to Apples and Snorta! (a kid’s game the adults had a really hard time with).  The entire youth group was there as part of their regular lock-in event and the younger people really enjoyed some time away from their screens but still with each other.  Everyone brought a dessert and competed for prizes from the dollar store.  There was a lot of laughter and a terrific time was had by all.

 
A Special Note to People Organizing Fundraisers
Although we are desperately in need of funds at this time, it is important to remember that our fundraising events should primarily be ministries, not just “money makers.” For this reason, we do not sponsor raffles or games of chance, and we encourage events that donate proceeds to ministries outside of our congregation.  Our goal is to promote fellowship and service to the entire HCLC community, rather than just a small group. With these goals in mind, Church Council is instituting a new policy for fund raising events. Before each monthly Council meeting, people planning an event in the next month must complete a Google Form and discuss the event with Pastor.  The form will go to Council for approval, and only then will the date and event be entered into the HCLC calendar.  Thank you for your willingness to follow this procedure.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Annual Corned Beef Bistro Dinner
Saturday, March 2 was our Annual Corned Beef Bistro Dinner.  As always, there was lots of food including corned beef sandwiches, cabbage, coleslaw, potatoes and desserts, and excellent entertainment. There was also a Family Feud-type of game show. Lots of fun was had by all!  45% of ticket sales will go to our General Fund, 45% will go towards resurfacing our parking lot, and 10% will go to support our Synod’s outreach ministries. 
 
Shrove Tuesday and our Annual Pancake Dinner
March 5 is Shrove Tuesday and our Annual Pancake Dinner from 6- 9pm.  The Ahrendt family does most of the cooking and planning, along with the Youth Group Confirmation Class and Pastor Chris, but we need others to help too.  Please sign up in the narthex to bring something.  This is a fun evening of fellowship before Lent begins.
 
Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Our Easter egg hunt will be held on Palm 
Sunday, April 14, at 1 pm for Pre-K- 6th grade.  Plastic eggs, non-candy items and Easter candy donations are greatly appreciated! Donation cards will handed out on March 10 for needed supplies. Please put all donated items in the basket located in the narthex. All donations are due by April 7. Confirmation kids, please speak to Christine Ahrendt to see how you can help. Your helping will count toward your hours! Two adult volunteers are needed for the day of the event. If anybody would like to help please contact Christine Ahrendt.
 

Note of thanks from the Knecht’s
 
It is with a grateful heart that we give thanks to the Lord for our Holy Counselor family. In our time of trouble you were there with meals, visits, phone calls and rides to the doctor for both Bob and me. My recovery would have been so much harder without all the support that was extended to us. I am looking forward to seeing you all in the near future.- Nancy & Bob Knecht.


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Family Promise of Sussex County
19 Church Street
Newton, NJ 07860
 
Dear Friends,

Thanks to you, your donation of $271 will provide ongoing professional supports, advocacy, case management, life training, food, shelter, and other needed resources to stabilize families.

Best regards,
Merle Tanis
Board President


 

President…Steve Ahrendt
Vice President…Mark Rossi
Secretary….Matthew Moller
Treasurer…Adele Huttner
Financial Secretary…Marge Kranz
Outreach Group Coordinator... Emilie Dupont
Nurture Group Coordinator…Karen Duryea
Administration Group…Roy Wherry

 
We welcome our new members to council, Marge Kranz and Adele Huttner. We thank Denise Urbaniak for her 6 years of service and Sandy Wardell for her 4 years of service on the church council.
 
Joe & June Ionta

Emma & Pete Buist

 
James & Cheryl Dahl

George & Lauren Schreck

James & Ellenette Seely

Mark & Pam Kucks

Walter & Helen Gratson

 
Douglas Vince Jordan Tarantino
Aileen Donovan Eric Dahl
Lora Urbaniak Evan Schilling
Carli Williams Joe Tarantino
Morgan Tarantino Bruce Laga
Hannah Vince Nicholas Schreck
Lauren Emmerich Kurt Rossi
Stepheni Baumann Frank Silvestri Jr.
Fred Schoenagel Max Ahrendt
Renea Rossi Wesley Sanders
Margaret Kranz David Rimmer
Marissa Huttner Joseph Diovisalvo
Oliver Bruesehoff Gregory Cooke
Michael Deutch Stephen Baumann
Walter Gratson Kathryn Pietrowski
 
March 2019 Volunteers for Services
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April 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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