October 2008 Reflections Scrubbed by forrests


									Pilgrim Lutheran Church

October 2008

Beginning Sunday, October 12th I will be preaching a seven (7) week emphasis under the theme “rEACH”. It will end on November 23rd. As we look at this word I would like you to see that it includes two words: “each” and “reach”! It Ephesians 4: 11-13 we read the following: “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Did you see it? “Until we all reach...” Each reach! I see our reach being threefold. We “reach up” in worship and praise to God. We “reach in” with our care, concern and discipleship and encouragement of one another. And we “reach out” to share the Gospel as we live out our lives in Christ for others! Let us rEACH together! It’s a great way not only to be a community but a church! Let us rEACH – Up, In and Out – with boldness! As Jesus is the Way, may our complete trust be in Him alone, Pastor Jim rEACH!

Go ye therefore… These famous last words found in the Gospel according to Matthew begin the closing instructions of the first book of the New Testament. These words speak to us directly just as if Jesus spoke them today. Prior to these words Matthew tells the story about Jesus’ life and ministry and that He died and purchased each of us with His blood and then before He leaves for heaven gives us these instructions. These instructions begin with a verb that implies action, an action that requires us to move. We learn from reading the Gospels that we do this action not because we have to in order to earn our way into heaven (can’t do that since Jesus already paid the entire cost!) it is an action we do because we want to. Jesus called His group of followers disciples. A disciple is defined as a pupil or an adherent of the doctrines of another. It is difficult to be a follower of Jesus in this society of ours. His doctrine as defined in the Gospels is contrary to what this world expects of its citizens. It is getting harder and harder every year to be a disciple of Christ. It is hard to find the time, especially if you have families for church, Sunday School, Bible study or be involved in a special ministry. I often see this when a committee or ministry group wants to meet and it takes several ‘volleys’ of emails to find a single night to meet! That is why this time of year is a particularly difficult time for some at Pilgrim. Our November elections are approaching and it will be a time to vote for some new Elders and Council members. Now before you stop here and start reading the next article or put down the newsletter thinking I know what he is going with this, it’s not going to work! Please hear me out! We really do need your help. When I joined this church Pastor Jim made an interesting comment that this church was a great church because it offers so many opportunities to serve and it does! There is no shortage of jobs, tasks, positions, etc. that need to be done/occupied. This year I am asking those involved in recruiting not to use any strong-arm tactics. No one should serve if they really don’t want to. However if you have any interest in serving and would like to serve God in one of these positions we will help you get whatever you need to serve (training, mentoring, etc.) If you been asked to fill a position and do not want to serve in that capacity please say no. Better yet if you see something that you feel you would be interested in doing please contact Sherman P, Eric V, Pastor Jim or myself. Don’t wait to be asked!! Please pray about how you can be involved. Remember being an elder or a council member does not mean you have to do all of the work yourself you can organize and delegate! Well, how did you Go?

Dave H,
Council President P.S. Please continue to pray for your church leaders and for each other (Eph. 6:18)

“And pra y in the Spi rit on a ll occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests . Wi th this in mind , be alert and

Highlights from the Church Council’s August Meeting

Treasurer’s Report Endowment Fund – Approved tuition support for Josh T, in the amount of $3,000 ($1,500 per semester) for 2007-2008 school year. Preschool Financial Report - $55,000 was moved from the cash account for the Preschool to a LCEF Stewardship Account. COMMITTEE REPORTS Education – Elders have updated the training manuals acolytes and ushers and will be conducting training sessions beginning in the fall. Stewardship – Network program will be conducted through small-groups; the program will begin later than originally planned in order to train facilitators for the groups. Youth and Family Ministry –VBS was great, with 45 children in attendance. Evangelism / Outreach Ministry Team – On August 17, Jessica W presented an overview of her trip to the Cambodian orphanage. Property Management – Don H has stepped down as chair of the Property Management committee. OTHER ITEMS Building Subcommittee – No new activity. The building plans are in the process of being adjusted due to the feedback received (changes are being made by Bob C, architect, and Tzzy W, consultant/designer). Family Ministry Vacancy Update – Approved calling a special voters meeting on September 7 regarding a budget adjustment and offer to Ruth Ann S, to fill the proposed Family Ministry & Care Director position. Health Care Plan Comparison – This item was tabled due to time; will discuss at an upcoming meeting. Governing Structure – Dave Heywood is preparing an outline for future review and discussion. 2009 Budget – All board/committee chairs will receive a copy of the budget worksheets in early September to begin preparing requests for 2009 budget. Respectfully submitted, Nancy H Secretary to the Congregation

Healing:             
Sara M, peace, joy and safe travels as she visits Israel from September 21st thru October 1st. Gretchen E, peace, joy and safe travels as she visits Slovenia, Croatia & Italy from 9/18-10/18. Sylvia S and family, as she awaits test results for a mass on the brain. Jim E & Family, peace as they mourn the loss of his wife, Julie (Melody P’s aunt). Doris H, strength, comfort, peace & total recovery at home after intestinal surgery. Erma K & Family, comfort & peace as they mourn the loss of her husband, Ed . Melody P, strength, peace and the will to work with doctors in helping bring her to full recovery. Ruth K, comfort, peace & an increased appetite as she continues to recover at home from surgery. Keith W, son of Norretta W, comfort, peace & total healing from lung surgery on 8/21. Shirley Runyan, comfort, peace and complete healing as she is receiving chemotherapy weekly. Trinity Lutheran Church & School, Cedar Rapids, IA, many members still need help due to the floods. Julie M, cousin of Sarah W, comfort & peace as she has undergoes treatment for MS. Lilly C, daughter of Cheryl Ann S, comfort & total recovery from surgery of tumor under chest bone.

Thanksgiving:  Thanksgiving for the birth of a healthy baby girl, Hannah Leigh D delivered to Joe and Mary
D of Illinois on 9/13. She is the niece of Dave and Rachel D  Janice T, mother of Pam T, thanksgiving as they found no blockages/enough oxygen to heart her

Sustaining prayer of comfort and healing:
Jeannette B, Bob C, David C, Gene C, Mark E, Sharon E, Aelena E, Art G, Nan H, Juanita M, Jon M, Hailey O, Tony P, Blenda P, Alice R, Lida S, Paulette S, Jolene W, Bruni W, and Jeri Y.

Serving in the Military:
Lord, hold our troops in Your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Especially…. Craig S (Ruth Ann, Clinton & Lisa) Mele R, Fort Hood, Texas (Pastor Jim, Pam & Josh) Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen

Here is how Luther himself explained the meaning of his seal in a letter to a friend: "Grace and peace from the Lord. As you desire to know whether my painted seal, which you sent to me, has hit the mark, I shall answer most amiably and tell you my original thoughts and reason about why my seal is a symbol of my theology. The first should be a black cross in a heart, which retains its natural color, so that I myself would be reminded that faith in the Crucified saves us. For one who believes from the heart will be justified" (Rom. 10:10). Although it is

Sunday, October 5, 2008 8:30 and 11:00 A.M. The Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost LWML Sunday ~ “Opened Eyes…Hearts Ablaze!” Sunday, October 12, 2008 8:30* and 11:00* A.M. The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost rEACH emphasis begins! Sunday, October 19, 2008 8:30 and 11:00 A.M. The Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost Each Encouraged! Sunday, October 26, 2008 8:30* and 11:00* A.M. The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost Reformation Sunday Each Empowered! • Indicates Holy Communion Celebrated

Dear Friends of Pilgrim Lutheran Church, Thank you for your approval of the revised church budget. The paperwork was sent to me and I am accepting the position. I will arrive in Seattle about the 14th of October. I am looking forward to working with Jennifer, until the arrival of the baby, then continuing many of the ministries Jennifer has lined up and introducing some new ideas. I ask for your prayers in this transition for me. I look forward to working together with you the members as we work for God’s kingdom through outreach, inreach and upreach. In His Service, Deaconess Ruth Ann S

Watch us Grow! Construction for the New George R. White Library and Learning Center At Concordia University in Portland ! Visit our "live camera" update site and view the fantastic construction progress being made to the George R. White Library and Learning Center, which will also be home to the new Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership. Our grand opening is scheduled for August, 2009. To view live of the George R. White Library and Learning Center, visit: http://www.cu-portland.edu/giving/success/librarycenter.cfm

Concordia University Announces 2008 College Fair Tour Schedule Interested in learning more about Concordia University? We may be in your area soon. Counselors from Concordia University's Office of Admission have an extensive schedule, traveling to many schools and college fairs throughout the region September, October and November. For a complete list of where Concordia will be and when visit: http://www.cu-portland.edu/admissions/fairs/. Counselors also appreciate the opportunity to visit congregations to meet with prospective students and their families when they are on the road. For additional information or to arrange a visit to your church call our offices at 503-280-8501 – we look forward to hearing from you!

Transition As you hopefully know by now, I will be Ladies of all ages are invited to join us for a weekend stepping down as Director of Family Ministry of fellowship, worship, spiritual growth and with the arrival of our first little one (estimated relaxation. The total cost for the conference is $141 due date is November 14). I have fully enjoyed serving on staff at (scholarships are available) and includes the Pilgrim over the past three and a half years, and am looking conference, lodging and most meals. Please speak forward to my new calling as a full-time stay at home mom. with Jennifer G if you are available to go – we have a Andrew and I are eager to embark on the many adventures of few spaces left to fill. parenthood, and will certainly be blessed by the continued support of our Pilgrim family. I am quite excited that my position Each week the children in our preschool chapel sing praises to God. One favorite song is” My God is So Great” Baby Shower for Jennifer at Pilgrim will be filled by Ruth Ann Shimoi, who is scheduled to Saturday, October 25 at 2:00pm arrive in mid-October. We welcome your input as we work My God is so great, so strong and so mighty! together through these times of transition. There’s nothing my God cannot do. Watch for more information - Jennifer G are His, the rivers are His, The mountains The stars are His handiwork too. My God is so great, so strong and so mighty! There’s nothing my God cannot do.

Women’s Retreat at Cannon Beach October 17 – 19

coming soon!

The children enjoy showing arm muscles when they sing about their strong God. We remind them that they are growing strong; but God is even stronger. The greatest demonstration of God’s power is in the story of our salvation. Jesus left His home in heaven to live the perfect life to take the punishment for our sins. He suffered, died and rose again for us. Because of what Jesus has done we are children of God. You are welcome to join us in chapel each Tuesday and Wednesday at 11:35 and show your faith muscles too.

Stephanie H,

Preschool Director

LWML News This month is very special. We are hosting the Fall Lake Washington Zone Rally. The Rally is on October 4th from 8:30 until about 11:30. Registration is $5.00 and begins at 8:15. Breakfast begins at 8:30. We are pleased to have as our speaker, Vicar Matthew B. Matthew is from Sudan and currently ministers to a large group of Sudanese people by preaching God’s Word twice a month at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Renton. Matthew will be sharing how the Christians in Sudan have been persecuted. He will also relate his own powerful testimony of escaping his war torn homeland and his journey to Washington State. Several members from the Sudanese community will also be sharing hymns in their native language. Please join us for this very special presentation. Be sure to invite a friend. This is a growing ministry and you will find out your congregation can be a part of this outreach. Sunday October 5th is LWML Sunday. The theme for the service is “Opened Eyes…Hearts Ablaze.” Our mite box intake last month was $40.00. Our mission grant focus this month is on the Financial Assistance for the Concordia Theological Seminary Food and Clothing Co-op Amount $5,000 The Food and Clothing Co-op on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, plays a key roll in helping students feed and clothe their families during their seminary years. Nearly seventy percent of the students are second-career men with families. The Food and Clothing Co-op is supported through individual donors, churches, and organizations. Currently, the Food Co-op

NW LCMS Middle School Gathering at Wildhorse Canyon in Antelope, OR October 3 – 5 Grades 6 – 9 Please keep our youth and adult participants in prayer as they join over 250 participants for a weekend of worship & bible study, games, friendship and fun! Pilgrim attendees are John K (6th grade), Jessica L (7th grade), Aaron L(7th grade), Mark R (7th grade), Andrew S (7th grade), Audrey S(9th grade), Jessica T (9th grade) and Dawn S (adult).

Youth Corn Maze Adventure Saturday, October 18 from 5:45pm – 10:00pm (note departure time change) Grades 6 – 12 Grab your buddies and help us navigate our way through a giant corn maze. Participants need to bring a flashlight, grubby clothes & shoes, a completed permission slip and $10 for admission and ice cream. RSVP to Jennifer G by Sunday, October 12 for transportation. Our friends from All Saints and Christ the King will be joining us for this adventure! Sr. High Insanity Night November 21 – 22 7:00pm Friday – 7:00am Saturday Grades 9 – 12 Join 75+ area teens for an up-all-night adventure! Activities will include 3 hours of unlimited play at the Family Fun Center, Worship, Pizza, Broom Hockey, Ultimate Chicken, Ninja Games, Videos and Breakfast. This is a great event to invite your friends to! Cost is $35/person (scholarships are available). Payment and registration forms are due by Sunday, November 9. If you are an adult who can handle being up all night with lots of teens, please speak with Jennifer G right away, as we need willing chaperons!

Join Us for Sunday School!!! Our class structure for this year is as follows: Ages 0-2 (childcare in the nursery) Preschool & Kindergarten Grades 1-3 Grades 4-5 Grades 6-8 (Confirmation w/ Pastor Jim in his office) Grades 9-12 (Meet in the Annex) All preschool and elementary students gather in the youth room at 9:45am for our large-group opening worship and then break into age-based classes for the remainder of the Sunday School hour. Please make sure students are arriving on time so that they do not miss any of the excitement! We extend many thanks to all who are giving their time to serve in this ministry – we couldn’t do it without you!

Children’s Christmas Program at Pilgrim Wednesday, December 17 at 7:00pm All Ages Rehearsals will be held on the following dates and times: Sunday, November 16 from 9:45 – 10:45am (during Sunday School) Sunday, November 23 from 11am – 12:30pm (during the Voter’s Meeting) Sunday, December 7 from 9:45 – 10:45am (during Sunday School) Saturday, December 13 from 10:00 – 11:00am (Dress Rehearsal) Sunday, December 14 from 9:45 – 10:45am (Dress Rehearsal during Sunday School) Please speak with your child(ren) about how they would like to be involved in this year’s production. Opportunities include speaking/acting roles, solos, group roles, reading, and behind the scenes assistance. We are still in need of 1-2 people to serve as the directors of the program for this year. The script and music will be provided. Please speak with Jennifer G to learn more The this opportunity. aboutfreedom to be what we have been called to be!

Family Pumpkin Party at Pilgrim Sunday, October 26 12:30 – 2:00pm All Ages Join us for an afternoon of food, crafts, games & prizes, and LOTS of candy! Costumes are encouraged. Service opportunities for all ages are available and include assisting in the kitchen, helping with craft and game booths, handing out candy, donating supplies, and clean-up crew. Speak with Jennifer G to find the right match for your time and talents!


On October 31st we celebrate Reformation Day, the day that marks Dr. Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses [sentences] to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Martin Luther was not defacing the door but rather using it [common in that day] as a community bulletin board.

Youth Cookie Decorating at All Saints Sunday, December 7 from 6:30 – 9:00pm Grades 6 – 12 We’ll join area youth for an evening of fellowship and fun. More details will be by the beginning of November.

This document was a call to the spiritual freedom that we have in Christ. That call is as much of a “freedom from” as it is a “freedom for.” The Christian church in Luther’s day was being corrupted by false teachings that enslaved people into believing that they could earn God’s favor by doing the right things. Luther realized that Bible passages like Ephesians 2:8 clearly teach that “by grace we have been saved, through faith.” (NIV) It is all God’s doing in Christ that makes us the saved people of God. But Ephesians 2:10 completes the picture by adding that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV) The traditional Gospel reading for Reformation Day is John 8:31-36. The opening two verses quoting words from Jesus are critical for us to understand and believe: “If you hold to [continue or remain in] my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (NIV) Being a Christian steward is not a once in a lifetime experience. It is a process that continues day after day. It is a process in which we live out what we have been called to be—namely, the children of God. Just as children resemble and imitate their parents, so also we Christian stewards imitate our Heavenly Father. God’s stewardship is shown in loving and giving—loving the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son (John 3:16). Loving and giving are major parts of our calling as God’s stewards. We are called to love the Lord, our God, with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbors as we already love ourselves. As God’s stewards we desire to remain steadfast in his Word and demonstrate our faithfulness in acts of loving and giving. The beautiful part is that God’s Holy Spirit empowers us to live as God’s loving and giving stewards when it comes to our management of money, time, skills, relationships and all the other blessings that he daily showers upon us.

Outreach Ministry Team

November 7, 2008 This is part of the Billy Graham Crusade ministries. Operation Christmas Child will provide an opportunity for Pilgrim Church to pack shoe box full of items to a needy child in a foreign location. Sign ups will begin on Sunday, October 19. We will gather together on November 7 (Friday night) for fellowship, to pull the boxes together and bless them on their way. These boxes need to be delivered to their drop off zone by Nov. 17-24.

November 14-16 This is an opportunity for all couples, newly engaged, the just married, empty nesters and the solid 60year. It is an opportunity to celebrate and learn the unique qualities of what marriage in Christ looks like. Frankly, marriages are in trouble and they get more difficult with time. Invest in your marriage, your children and their future, come and join Pastor and Pam R for this weekend. The weekend begins in Blaine at 5pm (Friday) and ends Sunday at 12:30pm. The cost is about $300 per couple.

November 29 Please save this date. We are in the planning stage of organizing a mission opportunity and update program. More details to come.

Dec. 21,

time to be set


Car Caroling, is an IN REACH ministry to our church family, we travel by car to special individuals and families to sing and bring cheer to their lives. Last Christmas we visited 2 members who have since returned back to our Father in Heaven. CHANGE SERVICE REQUESTED

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