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Jan/Feb 2020

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Wings & Feathers Newsletter for
Jan/Feb 2020

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)  
learn to do good; seek justice,
 rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan,
 plead for the widow.

    Isaiah 1:17
 
…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 28:20
 
One of the things often said in conversations about the church, discipleship, and faith is that “God works in the margins”. That can mean a lot of different things, often for different people, but two common themes are: that God cares deeply about the people of God that are forced (or left) on the margins of society and that God is especially present and active in the margins of our own lives.
 
The first can be difficult for some because we don’t know where it leaves us when we aren’t the ones on the margins. That’s a bit of a knee jerk response though. God is present – everywhere. God also tells us over and over throughout scripture that we are called to be with those on the margins of society. Often, in the Bible, these parts of society are represented by the ‘widow, the orphan and the stranger’. In the time that much of the Bible was written these three groups were left outside of whatever social safety net existed and God brings prophets and teachers among the people to remind them that God still cares and calls all of God’s people to do something to help, to step outside of the official response to those folks and instead to step into the margins with them, to walk alongside them, and take up the call to help. It is a call to radical accompaniment and justice.
 
That, of course will push many of us to the edges of our own comfort zones. It will take us to our own margins to those places where we are uncomfortable. Fortunately, God is there too. As disciples we are often called to stretch ourselves. Whether it is to practice our discipleship more (prayer, worship, giving, learning, etc.) or to walk alongside people we wouldn’t usually find ourselves with, we find ourselves in our own margins. God doesn’t push, call, drag or take us to those places alone though; God is there, the rest of the Christian community is there, and we need to be there too. So the next time you find yourself called to something different, feel stretched, or on the edges of what you are comfortable with take a moment, pray that you might be able to see where God is walking with you, and know that you are not alone.  

                                                                                                                                              -Pastor Chris


 
NURTURE GROUP REPORT
Submitted by Pam Kucks
 
The season of Advent was a special one at Holy Counselor. The Hanging of the Greens was a lovely morning spent by members of all ages decorating our church for Christmas, stuffing Christmas cards for mailing, and putting up our tree in the sanctuary.  A special thanks to all who came out, purchased angels and stars, and poinsettia plants, and made this time memorable. $214 was raised through Angels and Stars and, as has been our practice, was sent to Family Promise of Sussex County to assist them in their care for those needing homes.

College Care Packages were sent out to our college "kids" who were preparing for their finals and school projects.  It is a wonderful way to let them know they are not forgotten and spread comfort & joy to them. This year marked the 10th anniversary of this outreach and a big thank you to Thrivent for their financial support. 
 
Remembering those who serve we sent a package and note to those in our congregation who are actively serving our country: Kurt Rossi, Garrett Cobb & Matt Harper. Please keep them in your prayers.

The Confirmand Reunion They enjoyed dinner together as they gathered to share and rejoice for all that we have and to support our present Confirmation students as they prepare for their Confirmation in the spring.
 
In closing, as we enter and journey into a new decade I leave you with the words of Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord.  They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
God Bless.

 

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

Food Pantry
Our food pantry gave out 20 bags of groceries in November and December. We are so thankful to Max Ahrendt and his family and the Youth Group, who organized and held two food drives in our area.  We also received a lot of food from the Hamburg Public School and some from the Vernon Schools as well. 
 
WELCA
The Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America group at HCLC normally meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 AM. The holiday luncheon will be held at Milano’s in Hamburg on January 21, at 12pm. There is no meeting in January. Contact Marlene Clements if you are interested in coming to the luncheon. All women of Holy Counselor are invited to attend. The next meeting will be held on February 18, at 10am.
 
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
A prayer shawl is meant to console the grieving, comfort the sick and give hope to those in despair.  It is also used to celebrate milestones or the beginning of a new chapter in someone's life. Do any of these situations apply to you or someone you know?  If so, ask Pastor Chris or Adele Huttner for a prayer shawl.  It will remind you of the love of the Lord and the people of Holy Counselor, who knit, crochet and give them with love.
  
 
UPDATES ON OUR RECENT OUTREACH EVENTS
 
On December 8, Lily Ahrendt ran a bake sale for our church and raised about $180. Thank you for all your hard work baking, Lily!
 
On Saturday, December 21, WELCA held their Cookie Sale at the Christmas Cantata!  They worked very hard to create a good variety of cookies and they raised over $500 for their scholarship fund. Thank you WELCA!
 
UPCOMING OUTREACH EVENTS
 
We will be holding our annual soup fundraiser in between services on Sunday, February 2.  Stop by and pick up some delicious soup to keep you warm and healthy!  All are welcome to join in the soup preparation on Friday, January 31, beginning at 4:30pm for set-up and cooking at 5:00pm.  Stop by on your way home from work. Dinner and fellowship will be provided free of charge!
If you would like to make some homemade soup ahead of time, we have the quart containers to separate it for you. Please bring the soup Friday evening so we can package it for you. 
 
On Tuesday, February 25, the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will be held.  It will be organized and run by the Ahrendt family, who will do much of the serving and cooking along with Pastor.  The dinner will run from 5:30-8pm.
 
Flower chart
The new 2020 flower chart is now available on the bulletin board in the hallway. Please consider placing an arrangement on our altar to commemorate or honor a loved one and also who is donating the flowers. The florist has raised our price of the arrangements and delivery to $25. Please use the provided envelopes for your payment by the chart.

 
Last year’s golf outing netted the church $4000.  This year I would like to double that amount or even triple it! But I need YOUR help! Join me on February 9 between services to discuss our plans for this year’s outing. I am looking for at least 6-8 individuals willing to help me make this year’s outing a HUGE success. In order to do this, we need to share the work load. Meet me in the room next to the kitchen for coffee and cookies at 9:30am to do this. If you can’t make it and would still like to help you can reach out to me at the office during the week or on any given Sunday. We can do this TOGETHER and make our outing a SUCCESS!
The staff at Holy Counselor would like to thank everyone
 for their generosity to all of us for the holidays.
 
Pastor Chris
Debbie Morris
June Tarantino
Harvey Kunnemann
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631
 
Dear Holy Counselor Lutheran Church,

 Thank you for your gift of $350.00 to Lutheran Disaster Response. With your Spirit-filled generosity you bring help and hope to families and communities reeling from disasters here in the US and around the world.
 Thank you for sharing the gifts of God has activated in you!
 
In Christ,
The Rev. Robin Brown
Mission Funding Director, Congregations
Join us on Jan. 12, at 9:30am, as we hold an informal discussion about the 2020 ministry spending plan, in the room next to the kitchen.  This conversation is an opportunity for more people to impact the ministries of the congregation for 2020. If you have ideas or concerns about the financial health of Holy Counselor’s ministries, please make every effort to participate.
 
The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, following a single worship service at 10am.  The approximate starting time of the meeting will be 11am. Please join us in the Sanctuary to review 2019, vote on a 2020 spending plan and elect new council members. After the meeting, we will gather for a potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share.
Lillian Theune

Mike Silvestri

Rebekah Bruesehoff

Frank Pietrowski

Amy Wengenroth

Joseph Dans

Daniel Seufert

Daniel Harper

Madelynn Faber

Joseph Ionta

Richard Heerschap

Morgan Ziegler

Michael Murphy

Harvey Kunnemann

Joseph Faber

Peter Lagas

Julia Loughren

Joanne Shuppon

Jourdan Duryea

Aimee Nilsen

Sandy Laga

Lauren Chiarchiaro

Faith Hartlage

Valerie Seufert

Megan McCann

John Stabrylla

Joan Vince

Nicholas Chiappini

Damian Vince

George Schreck

Kelley Schofield

Reba MacPeek


 
 
Susan & Stephen Jordan

Vincent & Lori Scaffidi

 
Kristen Laga

Gale MacPeek

Hannah Scaffidi

Kara Urbaniak

Justin Duryea

Katherine Heerschap

Sarah White

Sara Bosland

Corinne Chiarchiaro

Carl Schotter

Nancy Knecht

Lauren Schreck


Ryan Dans

Heidi Brig

Leo Brig

Kenneth Seufert

Katherine Hirsch

Caroline Williams

Michaela Woolley

Pete Buist

Brayla Pietrowski

 
January 2020 Volunteers for Services
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February 2020 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

 mark.kleindienst@thrivent.com
                    https://connect.thrivent.com/mark-kleindienst/   
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