Sept/Oct 2019

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Wings & Feathers Newsletter for
Sept/Oct 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)  
28Let it be known to you then that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen."30Paul lived there …31proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.
                                                                                                –Acts 28:28-31
    Even though there are technically a few more weeks of summer remaining this newsletter marks the end of our programmatic summer and the beginning of many of our fall ministries here at Holy Counselor. Like many of you, our family summer vacation is coming to an end and we are getting ready to send the kids back to school. How is your summer coming to an end? What are you doing to prepare for fall? Have you taken the time you need to refresh and rejuvenate yourself for the work ahead? Do you have plans for how you can use the fall to check in with your faith life, your discipleship and your commitment to being an important part of God’s kingdom?
                We’ve spent a lot of time over the past few months talking about the Kingdom of God on Sunday morning. It seems that even before Jesus ‘set his face’ toward Jerusalem and the events of the Passion and Resurrection Jesus was already teaching about the Kingdom of God. In Luke, chapter 10, the disciples were sent out to prepare the way for Jesus’ coming to nearby communities ended their visits, both the positive and the negative, by telling the people that the ‘kingdom of God has come near’. This kingdom is both present among us right now and coming near. It’s a bit of a paradox, it’s a bit confusing, but it also fits so well with what we experience about Christ’s gospel in the world. Christ’s good news, death and resurrection have profoundly impacted the world around us and our faith, and they continue to do so more and more every day.
                It’s important in the midst of all that we are doing that we don’t lose sight of the fact that the programs themselves are not the goal. The goal is their impact on our lives as disciples, their impact on making the kingdom of God real and relevant in our lives as individuals and as a community of faith. That only happens with you, participation in Sunday worship, Christian education, faithful stewardship and joyful evangelism. Throughout the pages of this newsletter you will find the dates and times when you are invited to engage in many of the ministries that we practice together as a church. Take note of them and pray about how you live out your Baptismal promises as a member of God’s kingdom.  I hope and pray that you and your family will be a part of the ministry here at Holy Counselor. God calls us to do great things in pursuit of the mission we share. 
                                                                                                -Pastor Chris
Financial Report
Submitted by Adele Huttner, Treasurer &
Marge Kranz, Financial Secretary

Our “Let the Son Shine In” giving challenge began in June and $4,645 has been received through the end of August. Thank you and praise God!  Summer is a time when Holy Counselor’s cash flow is tested, as giving is traditionally lower during that time.  However, our normal expenses continue and our spending plan deficit exceeds $14,700.  Your extra gifts allow us to continue to offer services to our members and others in our communities.  Learn what you help us achieve, and ways you can support our programs by visiting If you are financially able to give extra beyond your normal offering, please do so.  This challenge campaign is ending on September 22. Let us, together, make the SON shine in!
Submitted by Karen Duryea, Nurture Group Coordinator
& the church office
We will be having an orientation meeting on September 8, at 6:00pm to discuss the upcoming year. Parents and 7th and 8th grade students are invited to attend. The meeting will explain how the class is run and will include a schedule for the year of upcoming classes. Nothing tells a child that they matter more than having a new adult step up and say,” Here I am, let me help you grow in God’s word.”
If you think you would like to lead a confirmation class, please contact Pastor. He has a list of topics and all sorts of informational materials to help you teach our Confirmation kids. If you know anyone who is of confirmation age encourage them to call Pastor and attend this meeting.
In the near future, we are planning to do a drive-in movie night and lock-in. We will be helping with other activities such as a fall cleanup.
It’s that time of year again; school is starting and we are getting back in the swing of routines. Sunday school will be having registration on September 8, with classes to resume the following Sunday, Sept. 15 at 9:30am. This year we are using the curriculum Illustrated Earth: Celebrating Gods Creation. We are always looking for teachers, if you can spare a Sunday, all teaching guides and handouts will be provided. Nothing tells a child that they matter more than having a new adult step up and say,” Here I am, let me help you grow in God’s word.” So please consider helping out, or you could always team teach. Clayton and I have already decided this would be a great opportunity for us to help out and make a difference in the church.
This year, as in years past, we will be having our blessing of the backpacks, briefcases, and workbags. It’s a wonderful way to kick off the new school year and know you are one of God’s children and that he is with you every day. Blessing of the backpacks will take place at both the 8:30am and 10:30am services on September 8.

As part of our "Back to School" Sunday on September 8 we are holding a drive for school supplies. Everyone is invited to be a part by donating items from the following list:
  • Crayons
  • Glue Sticks
  • Loose Leaf Paper
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Folders
All our donations will be distributed within the local school systems thanks to the relationships we have with teachers and counselors who know exactly where they are most needed.

Our Wednesday evening prayer services have ended.  All who attended appreciated being outside in the evening for music and worship. Thanks to our musicians, Kathy Baumann, Marge Kranz, and Mark Rossi and to all who made this experience possible.
On September 1, our second service time switched back to 10:30. The 8:30 service will continue being held in the outdoor chapel through September 29, when weather permits, and then is held indoors until next spring. All who attend services in our outdoor chapel have truly enjoyed it.
Looking ahead, Reformation Sunday is October 27, this year, so don't forget to wear red to church that day!
I would like to share something that a member of the congregation shared with me. It shows to me how important Holy Counselor is in her life and how the different activities we have going on can be lots of fun but not everyone is even aware of what’s happening.
“Our camera day this year was at Willowwood Arboretum, in Chester NJ.  Six of us went on this adventure which included Aimee and Neil Nilsen who hosted the outing thru the 2018 Auction of gifts.  It was a great day with many of the perennials in bloom, well worth the hour trip and we took some great shots.  There were many fields, streams, paths, and flower gardens to explore throughout the gardens and a brand new cactus garden which was outstanding.   After 2 hours in the park we went to Bonito's in Chester for a wonderful Italian feast.  During our lunch we shared each other’s photos.”
Thanks to Marlene Clements for sharing her camera outing experience with us!

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

Food Pantry
Our food pantry gave out 20 bags of groceries in July and August, and we are so thankful to all the people who stepped up and donated over the summer, because our pantry had gotten really low. We are in need of tuna, chili and rice at this time, and can always use toiletries like soap, body wash and shampoo and laundry detergent because they don't expire.
WELCA will meet Sept.16, and Oct.15, at 10am. All women of Holy Counselor are invited to join this mission focused group. Contact Marlene Clements (973)-827-1024 or call the office if you would like to join this group.
WELCA is planning a Paint & Sip on October 5, from 1-4pm.The cost per person will be $35. Each participant will get a 16x20 canvas for painting and wine and refreshments for inspiration. A sign-up sheet is available on the kitchen bulletin board.
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 them 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.
First Annual Golf Outing
On September 18, we will be holding our first annual golf outing at Black Bear Golf Club. This will bring together great friends, loyal community partners, and dear family and church members for a day of challenging golf to benefit the ministries of our congregation.
The day’s event includes: a continental breakfast, 18 holes of golf (using carts), buffet luncheon, prizes, a silent auction and lots of fun and fellowship. To add a little more excitement to the day we will have a variety of contests with great prizes. Join us for a round of golf and/or provide a sponsorship to help us make this event as successful as possible. To download a form, go to Mail in the completed form and your check or bring to the church office.
Painting the Halls Party
Saturday, October 19, we plan to hold a painting party to get our kitchen and hallway repainted.  Emilie Dupont is supplying the paint and rollers and everyone is welcome to come and help.  The more people we have to paint, the quicker the job will go, and Emilie needs to know how many rollers and brushes we need.   It has been years since these walls have been painted. Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details.  Text Emilie at (973) 570-2896 if you can come on that Saturday to paint, or if you would like to donate food, drinks or painting supplies.

A Note from the Music Director
Submitted by June Tarantino
Choir Rehearsals
After Labor Day, choir will resume rehearsals. Starting September 5, choir will meet from 7:30-9:00 on Thursday evenings. Are you interested in joining us? Please come!
Christmas Cantata
Save the date! Our Christmas Cantata is scheduled for 2:00 on December 21. If you would like to join us, or if someone you know would like to participate, please contact me. Rehearsals for this concert begin in November and will take place during our regular Thursday evening rehearsals. Extra singers are always welcome!
Special Music
Do you play an instrument? Students and adults are encouraged to share their talents through the music ministry of Holy Counselor. Come see me, and we can discuss ways you might help us worship through music. 
Thank you
I would like to thank Adele Huttner for playing the organ and piano when I was unable to be at services throughout this year. Her willingness to help is greatly appreciated. Her talents and dedication are assets to the music ministry at Holy Counselor. Thank you, Adele!

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631
Dear Holy Counselor Lutheran Church,
Thank you for your gift of $120 to Lutheran Disaster Response.
With your Spirit-filled generosity you bring help and hope to families and communities reeling from disaster here in the United States and around the world. No matter the variety of disaster, no matter the variety of need, your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response make possible short and long-term recovery and rebuilding of lives and livelihoods.
Thank you for sharing the gifts God has activated in you!
In Christ,
The Rev. Robin Brown
Mission Funding Director, Congregations
Frank & Denise Urbaniak  
Ray & Sue Loughren
Dave & Wynn White
Donald & Maria Sugar

Derek & Sandra Chiappini 

Bill & Carolyn Bonstra

Carl & Ginny Schotter 

Mike & Mary Ann Molini

Craig & Kristin Williams

Ken & Valerie Seufert

Mike & Dawn McCormick

Ron & Emilie Dupont

Bob & Nancy Knecht

Joe & Lynda Dans

Bruce & Sandy Laga

Joe & June Tarantino



Krista White

Nick Chiarchiaro

Patrick Murphy

Jade McCarthy

Phillip Heerschap

Paige Ziegler

Stephen Jordan

Sam Dupont

Leslie Deutch

John Donovan

Lillie Ahrendt

Rachel Chappell

Kelly Chiarchiaro

Robert Knecht

Jade McCarthy

Vincent Scaffidi

Hunter Bermel

Michelle Woolley

Alex Molini 
 Patricia Holleran

Christopher McCann

Larry Polagye

Debbie Morris

Ray Loughren Jr.

Robert Wilson

Pam Kucks

Lucas Gomez

Kevin Cooke

Madeline Chiappini

Oliver Brig

Bryan Chappell

Linda Scott

Jason Meerendonk

Laurel & Juliet Gonzalez

Aaliyah Martinez

Quinn Riley

Mary Ann Molini

Ashley Cooke
September 2019 Volunteers for Services
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October 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 ☺ 
 Thrivent Financial
    Lead Financial Consultant: Mark Kleindienst
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