Moving Forward In Faith January 2006
“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little,
I will set you over much.” Matthew25: 21
As we enter into 2006, Christ Lutheran Church moves into a distinctly new era of its ministry. We
begin the New Year without Joanne McGavran, our Administrative Ministry Assistant for nearly 13
years. During those years the ministry of Christ Lutheran has gone through many transitions. Those
transitions and Joanne’s faithfulness have enabled our ministry to continually expand. Indeed, in the
beginning Joanne was faithful over a little, relatively speaking, and God, knowing her faithfulness,
ultimately placed her over much as our ministry needs increased. Joanne has blessed our ministry
in countless ways, and she has blessed each of our lives with her kindness, support, encouragement,
friendship and deep faith. Joanne and Mike together have contributed in very significant ways to the
character and expansion of this ministry. It is with a grateful yet heavy heart that we say good bye
and Godspeed as they now share their love of Christ and extensive gifts closer to their home in Sun
As we say good bye to Joanne and Mike, we say hello to Pastor Karin Boye, and soon to our new
Executive Ministry Coordinator, Barbara Hall-Whisenhunt. This will indeed be a new era for Christ
Lutheran as we transition from what has been a pastor-focused ministry into a more ministry-
focused ministry. Rest assured, the role of the pastors continues to be to care for and guide our
members, and additionally to equip members for leadership and to foster greater participation in
ministry by all of our members. By doing so we will be able to greatly expand our ministry and
touch many more lives with the grace-filled Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This little Lutheran Church in San Clemente has continued to be faithful to God’s call for over 40
years. As we enter into 2006, having been faithful over a little, God is present nudging us onward
and presenting us with the opportunity to be faithful over much. God knows our love and the
magnitude of the gifts among us. God has and will continue to show us the way to be Christ’s
church here in San Clemente at this time in history.
We are truly blessed to have Pastor Karin Boye join with us in our ministry. Pastor Karin has
tremendous gifts and experience. In 2006 we will be able to expand into new areas of witness and
service because of her presence. I personally feel as though God has said to us: “Well done good
and faithful servants. Have I got a wonderful surprise for you… her name is Pastor Karin!”
As genuine partners in Christ’s ministry, we will move forward in faith in 2006. May God richly
bless and empower you with expanding love and deepening faith in the New Year.
2 Christ Lutheran Church January 2006
150 years ago a German pastor wanted to inspire his confirmation class through daily Bible study. He
divided scripture into passages and organized them into a calendar. But at the end there were more verses
and passages than days available, so he proceeded into the next year, then into the next, and so forth.
Since then these daily Bible readings (called Losungen: “watchwords”) have been published annually, except
during the time of the Third Reich. The Nazis considered them “spiteful attacks against party and state” (!)
and stopped the distribution – which made the Losungen become even more popular.
At the beginning of a new year, I want to share with you the Losung for the New Year 2006, because I can’t
think of any more appropriate, encouraging and guiding word for all of us:
I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5b
Read it again. Did it become true during last year’s moments when you reached a low point, when you felt
desperate, lonely, abandoned, and in spite of everything, moved on? Or in looking at 2005, do you merely
identify mountaintops - and feel grateful for all your major and minor developments, accomplishments and
successes? Or to the contrary, did you stumble and fall and are still waiting to get back onto your feet?
In any case, God’s promise stays valid: I will be with you! It is a promise which leads us into the future, into
the New Year. It is a promise we can count on - even if we can’t really believe it yet, and don’t know how it
will ever happen. Even better - neither loneliness nor despair will harm you. God will never leave you nor
forsake you. You might turn away, stop listening, and close your heart; God won’t. With God’s help you
will be able to walk through every situation. Shadows and darkness will have to vanish because of the light
given to the whole world. In one cold, holy night in December, God became one of us through a child born
in a stable. And this child grabbed your hand and will not let go, never ever: I will be with you; I will never
leave you nor forsake you. That is awesome Good News!
Wouldn’t it be great to make this Good News your personal watchword for 2006? I will do just that!
Faithfully traveling with you into a blessed and Happy New Year!
Your Pastor Karin
Save This Date A Congregational Meeting Not
January 8th, 2006 To Be Missed!
Farewell Celebration for Joanne 1965 – 2006, 41 Years of Ministry.
More information – soon What’s Next?
Come and Find Out!!!!!
Confirmation Resumes Sunday, January 29th at 11:30 am
Sunday Jan.15th @ 11:45
at the Church
To my family in faith…Thank you so very much for the very generous gift you
gave to me at Christmas. You bless my life daily with your ongoing support and
love. I sincerely consider it a privilege to serve as your pastor.
Thank you…Pastor Margaret
3 Christ Lutheran Church January 2006
Note about the Orphanage: (Sunday School: 8am on North Beach)
We are asked to not donate clothing and other
items to the Orphanage for the time being.
Women’s Bible Study
The church office will let the congregation know Join us Monday, January 9th
when there is an additional special need. 7:00pm at the Church.
Thank you to all who donate! All materials are provided, and all women
Thinking about our guys in Iraq?
Drop them a note……
CAPT Erickson, Kyrl Remember in Prayer:
CLR-25 CLC-119 Det A Lois Berg, Rodella Eide, Rose Ellingsen,
UNIT 42460 Bernice Hoste, Matthew Wild, Alex Schuppe,
FPO-AP 96426-2460 Barbara Masey, James and Patricia Johnson,
EricksonKA@cssemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil Douglas Morgan, Grant Robertson, George
1st LT. Peterson, M.H. Devendorf, Rusty Van Dame, Gisela Badir, Brad
1st LAR BN, WPNS CO. Ogle, Carolyn Jardon, Chris Menter, Al Clark,
UNIT 40620 Sophia Maria, Matt & Meredith Peterson, Vern
FPO AP 96426-0620 Ehlers, Dylan Sherman, Kyrl Erickson; disaster
email@example.com victims; Bishops Hanson & Finck; our Preschool
staff & families.
Pictorial Directories Are Here!
Pick yours up this Sunday, or call the Church office. Thanks!
Directory Changes: Heartfelt thanks for the volunteers God provided
Erika Smith Bixby this month: Dorothy Alvord, Joyce Embery,
303-C Calle Seville, San Clemente, CA 92672 Donna Running, and Mary Ann Messick
(949/361-3416) prepared the December newsletter mailing...
Ron Boden edited the newsletter and polished
Ransom & Alvina Booth (Bud & Vino)
26872 Calle Maria, the brass candle “caps”… Phil and Diane
Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 Larson and Tom Whitman set up the
(949) 661-6749 Christmas tree, strung lights and hung banners...
Diane Larson entered contributions in the
Pastor Karin Boye computer and helped in with a variety of admin.
265-A Lobiero, San Clemente, CA 92672
duties… Louise Gilliam, Mary Monasmith,
Mary Ann Messick and Joyce Embery
Don Corliss: 949/218-7056 decorated the Christmas tree… Joyce Embery
Camille and Andy Carter: add Madison and friend Sherry Pressler stitched a new
Christmas hanging… Jane Porphir installed a
Please phone the church office if changes need to be
made to your listing. new computer for Pastor Karin, and relocated
the Fireside computer to the admin. office.
From Pastor Karin and the Church Staff…
Worship With Us Every Sunday thanks to the congregation for the Christmas
gifts we received, and for your loving prayers
8:00am on North Beach & 10:30am at Church
4 Christ Lutheran Church January 2006
and support throughout the year! You are a
blessing to us!!
5 Christ Lutheran Church January 2006
JANUARY Birthday Blessings
17 Pastor Margaret
1 Katherine Skellett Shawn Johnson
2 Judy Wertin 18 Bob Engelbretson
3 Sean O’Mara 19 Jeff Johnson
Sue Seamon Jim Gordon
4 Della Felton 20 Alane Condet
Dan Silverman Jodi McKenna
6 Diane Larson 21 Stacy McKenna
8 Deb McCabe 22 Jim O’Mara
9 Betty Buck 23 Gabriel Zumberge
Mary Whitman 25 Bonnie Gillings
13 Ed Buck 26 Vicki Berg
Beverly Clements Trisha Phegley
16 Julie Tobin 28 Deborah Clark
FOLKS IN OUR FAMILY
By Shelley Sutch
The Christmas parties are a memory. Thank you to all of you who made the parties so special. The church
Christmas party committee, headed by Alane Condet did a wonderful job. Thanks to Mary Monasmith for
her beautiful decorations. Thanks for the great planning and delicious food. These events facilitate wonderful
fellowship within this family of faith.
We welcomed hundreds to worship with us on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to honor our Lord’s birth.
Both of our Pastors, the musicians, choir, and all who helped with worship made this year very special.
William LaPalme received the gift of Holy Baptism on November 26th, and Rob and Ani Blankenship on
December 18th. Richest blessings to you and your families as you grow in Jesus’ love!
Six new members joined our family of faith on December 11th. Welcome to Karen Anderson, Steven
Clippinger, Christine and Skyler Frerichs, and Chris & Monika Suarez. We look forward to knowing you
and working with you to make Christ known!
Lloyd Darden recently returned from his journey with the Storm of Santas. Look for more about this mission
of mercy in the February newsletter.
January is the month we gather for our Annual Congregational Meeting. This year it is January 29, 2006, at the
church, following the second service. Please try to attend. We need voting members so we can vote on the
2006 Budget and hear about the exciting plans for our ministry this coming year.
There were so many needs in 2005. There was a tsunami, then came hurricanes Katrina and Wilma. You
responded to these needs financially. We also had the increasing needs of the orphanage and we really
demonstrated that God is working here at Christ Lutheran. We collected thousands of dollars. Check out Pastor
Margaret’s article in this issue, Christmas at Orphanage #29.
What will God have in store for us in 2006 and beyond? We don’t know but I am sure we will step up together
and faithfully address it.
Happy New Year!
6 Christ Lutheran Church January 2006
La Cristianita Preschool
From The Director…
The new year, - a time to reflect on the past, appreciate today, and set
goals for the future. For parents, the holiday hype is behind us and we
are left to pick up the pieces with our children who have spent the past
month so overwhelmed with excitement that we don’t know where to start
in the regrouping process. A friend sent this to me several months ago
and I’ve held onto it thinking that this month would be the perfect time to
Someday when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell
them, as my mean mom told me: I loved you enough…to ask where you were going, with whom, and
what time you would be home.
I loved you enough to be silent and let you discover that your new best friend was a creep.
I loved you enough to make you go pay for the bubble gum you had taken and tell the clerk, “ I stole
this yesterday and want to pay for it.”
I loved you enough to stand over you for 2 hours while you cleaned your room, a job that should have
taken 15 minutes.
I loved you enough to let you see anger, disappointment, and tears in my eyes. Children must learn
that their parents aren’t perfect.
I loved you enough to let you assume responsibility for your actions even when the penalties were so
harsh they almost broke my heart.
But most of all, I loved you enough… to say NO when I knew you would hate me for it.
Those were the most difficult battles of all. I’m glad I won them, because in the end you won, too. And
someday when your children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates parents, you will
Was your mom mean? I know mine was. We had the meanest mother in the whole world! While other
kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast. When others had a Pepsi and a
Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches. And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was
different from what other kids had, too.
Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You’d think we were convicts in a prison. She
had to know who our friends were, and what we were doing with them. She insisted that if we said we
would be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.
We were ashamed to admit it, but she had the nerve to break the Child Labor Laws by making us work.
We had to wash the dishes, make the beds, learn to cook, vacuum the floor, do laundry, empty the trash
and all sorts of cruel jobs. I think she would lie awake at night thinking of more things for us to do.
7 Christ Lutheran Church January 2006
She always insisted on us telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. By the time we
were teenagers, she could read our minds and had eyes in the back of her head. Then, life was really
Mother wouldn’t let our friends just honk the horn when they drove up, They had to come to the door
so she could meet them. While everyone else could date when they were 12 or 13, we had to wait until
we were 16.
Because of our mother we missed out on lots of things other kids experienced. None of us have ever
been caught shoplifting, vandalizing other’s property or ever arrested for any crime. It was all her
Now that we have left home, we are all educated, honest adults. We are doing our best to be mean
parents just like Mom was.
I think that is what’s wrong with the world today. It just doesn’t have enough mean moms!
Leigh Ann Lopez
Please join us at 9:05 in the sanctuary
In Our Classroom…
In January we spend a lot of time learning about winter in God’s world. Did you know that
some animals sleep all through the winter – we will learn all about hibernation. Some of our
classes will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream. for our society. We will be
using the colors blue and white in our artwork. It’s going to be fun – you should come by to
Dates To Remember…
January 3 - School Resumes
January 11 & 12 - Vision Screens by Dr. Scott Anderson
January 16 - NO SCHOOL – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day