Love Letter Living Lord Lutheran Church • 2725 58th Avenue • Vero Beach, FL 32966 (772) 778-1500 Volume 25, Issue 1 January, 2010 Be A Living Lutheran Feature Article On Faith and Life Worship Services On the Lighter Side Flowers, Candle, and Prayer List Worship Assistants Birthdays Just for Kids Calendar Alive in Christ Happy 8:30 A.M. Holy Communion New 9:45 A.M. Sunday School Year 11:00 A.M. Holy Communion Pastor The The Rev. David A. Charlton Welcome Place http://www.LLLchurch.com Where You Office@LLLchurch.com Pastor Emeritus The Rev. William D. Wolfe Belong 2 FROM THE PASTOR Dear Members and Friends of Living Lord, I hope you had a joyful holiday season and wish Our music director, Shirley Goodell, has you well in 2010. As we give thanks for the light announced her intention to retire at the of Christ this Epiphany season, there are several end of January. We thank Shirley for things I would like to share with you: sharing her many gifts with Living Lord as organist and director of the First of all, Dona, Sam and I would like to Living Lord Singers, Chancel Choir, thank the people of Living Lord for the Bell Choir, Musical Major and Mi- Christmas gift you gave to us on Decem- nors. We will miss having her and ber 20. We thank you for your generos- Harlan with us on Sundays and wish ity and are thankful for your love and them many blessings in the years to support. You helped to make our Christ- come. mas a blessed one. As you see, Living Lord has many new oppor- tunities and faces many challenges in the com- Living Lord is inviting you to join one of our ing year. In this we are not alone, as Vero new CHRISTIAN LIFE GROUPS. Beach, Indian River County, the ELCA and These groups will meet twice a month our nation face similar challenges and opportu- during February, March and April, gath- nities. We are thankful that as we face the fu- ering for fellowship, conversation, prayer ture, we do so with hope, because our Lord, and mutual support. Each meeting will Jesus Christ, lights our way. One of my favor- center around the discussion of the book ite prayers expresses our hope beautifully: Signs of Belonging which explores Lu- ther’s teaching on the seven marks of the Lord God, you have called your ser- church. You may sign up for a Christian vants to ventures of which we cannot Life Group by signing up in the narthex see the ending, by paths as yet un- or calling the church office. Group mem- trodden, through perils unknown. bers are asked to buy a copy of Signs of Give us faith to go out with good Belonging for $10.99 and to agree to at- courage, not knowing were we go, tend the group faithfully. but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. (LBW, p 153) May the peace of God, which passes all under- standing, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord. Pastor David 3 LIVING LORD LOVE LETTER NEWS QUILTING Thursday, January SARAH CIRCLE Tuesday, THANKOFFERING Thank you 21st, 10 AM to 1 PM. The January 29th at 2 PM. Please for your contribution of $100.00. quilting ladies cordially invites note that we are meeting in the Your Thankofferings support in- all the ladies of Living Lord to afternoon to accommodate more spiring and exciting speakers, join them. You may not be able ladies. We would love to have preachers and musicians at Women to “SEW” a quilt but , can you you join us. Maybe you don’t of the ELCA events; offer scholar- use scissors? Tie a knot? Use like to go to meetings, but you ships for continuing education for straight pins? These are the would like to help with our so- women in ordained ministry, aca- steps towards making a quilt. A cial events. That’s great! Let demics and leadership; provide group of ladies gets together the us know and we will be sure to health care and education for third Thursday of the month. keep you “in the loop”. Call women in third world countries; These quilts are sent to the Lu- Jean Swanson (early service) offer services and sanctuary for theran World Relief Organiza- 978-9364 or Marion Crane refugees and first-generation immi- tion. Bring your lunch if you (late service) 770-0523. grants; and many other services to want to stay the full time, as the women all over the globe. Your ladies take a lunch break. Stay 2010 Thankoffering boxes are as long or short a time as you available in the Narthex. like. COOKIE WALK Many thanks QUILTING Thursday, January to all the bakers (we even had MEN’S/WOMEN’S BIBLE 21st, 10 AM to 1 PM. The quilt- one man baking) for making the STUDY BREAKFAST ing ladies cordially invites all the delicious treats. Thanks to Saturday, January 16th. The ladies of Living Lord to join Marion Hawk for making the ladies study this year is Paul’s them. It would be nice for a few gingerbread Christmas Tree. letter to the Romans. We will more ladies to join this group. Aunt Millie was the happy win- be combining December and You may not be able to “SEW” a ner and she, in turn, gave it to January’s lessons. Many quilt but , can you use scissors? Daniel Anderson. Thanks to thanks to Lois Akers for teach- Tie a knot? Use straight pins? those who helped with the set- ing this class. The ladies meet These are the steps towards mak- ting up and breaking down the at Bob Evan’s at 8 AM for ing a quilt. A group of ladies gets tables. We were able to raise breakfast. Bible study starts together the third Thursday of the $750 (plus $220 contributed by about 9:15 AM in Fellowship month. These quilts are sent to the Thrivent) which went to the Hall. Reservations are needed Lutheran World Relief Organiza- General Fund. A number of tins for the breakfast, so either use tion. Bring your lunch if you of cookies were given to shut-ins the sign up sheet or call Phyllis want to stay the full time, as the plus a large tray went to another McCoy. Her number is 778- ladies take a lunch break. Stay as local church that was hosting a 2663. Feel free to come to ei- long or short a time as you like. Christmas dinner for the home- ther or both. less. The men meet at the church for devotions at 8 AM and then go UNDECORATE Sunday, January 10th following the late service. We had such a good time decorat- ing the church that we thought we would undecorated the same way. So come join us, have a light snack, and have some fun. We especially need help with the Christmas Tree. Page 4 LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF TO EXPAND RELIEF WORK IN PHILIPPINES FOLLOWING DESTRUCTIVE TYPHOONS Baltimore, December 7, 2009 — The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided Lutheran World Relief with a $400,000 grant to support ongoing relief work in the Philippines after a series of devastating typhoons caused flooding, displacement, and massive destruction. “There are still many families who have not yet been reached with aid,” says Joanne Fairley, LWR’s Regional Director for Asia and the Middle East. “Our goal is to quickly deliver food and other essential items into the hands of the people who need it.” On September 26, typhoon Ketsana slammed the island of Luzon, followed just days later by ty- phoon Parma on October 3, and then typhoon Mirinae on October 31. The three storms caused major flooding on the small northern island, destroying homes, claiming over 1,000 lives, and displacing thousands of families. In the wake of the typhoons, many families continue to live in evacuation shelters or outside near river banks—an extremely dangerous place to reside in the event of future storms. Meanwhile, there have been 178 deaths and thousands of reports of leptospirosis, a bacterial infection result- ing from exposure to unclean water. Lutheran World Relief has been working with local partners, including the Lutheran Church of the Philippines, to deliver water, food and other items to families in the wake of the storm. With the Gates grant, LWR will work with local partner, Center for Empowerment in Resource and Development (CERD) to deliver food, drinking water, sleeping mats, blankets, kitchen utensils, mosquito nets, health kits and shelter items to an additional 17,000 families (75,000 people) still coping with post-storm conditions. “There are so many families who have lost everything in these storms. While they need help now with food, clean water, and other supplies, they will also need help well into the future to rebuild their lives,” adds Fairley. More funds are needed to support a long-term comprehensive response to this disaster. Lutheran World Relief is accepting donations for its “Asia Disasters” fund online at lwr.org/giving, by phone at 800-LWR-LWR-2 or by mail at Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21298-9832 USA. DIRECTORY UPDATES SPECIAL GIFTS RECEIVED Please make these changes to your directory to keep it current. A contribution has been given to Dot Esdale Living Lord to the Glory of God in c/o Locust Grove Retirement Home,69 Cottage Road honor of Pastor David by Helen and Mifflin, PA 17058 Harold Hayden. Doug & Jennifer Klock, 837 Greenleaf Circle, Vero Beach, FL 32960 (new address) Page 5 Birthdays Phyllis McCoy 1/1 Ellie Gross 1/2 Karen Ruggierio 1/5 Peter Christoph 1/6 Phyllis King 1/6 Ron Sample 1/23 Louise Martin 1/29 Isabella Patrick 1/29 Marian Graul 1/31 Anniversaries Alton & Joan MacDonald 1/7 If you have not let us know your birthday or anniver- sary, please stop by or call the office and give us the date so we can extend our best wishes and list you in our Love Letter. WORSHIP SERVICE READINGS FOR JANUARY 1/3 Jeremiah 31:7–14 Psalm 147:12–20 Ephesians 1:3–14 John 1:[1–9] 10–18 1/24 1/10 Nehemiah 8:1–3, 5–6, 8–10 Isaiah 43:1–7 Psalm 19 Psalm 29 1 Corinthians 12:12–31a Acts 8:14–17 Luke 4:14–21 Luke 3:15–17, 21–22 1/31 1/17 Isaiah 62:1–5 Jeremiah 1:4–10 Psalm 36:5–10 Psalm 71:1–6 1 Corinthians 12:1–11 1 Corinthians 13:1–13 John 2:1–11 Luke 4:21–30 6 WORSHIP ASSISTANTS 8:30 AM 1/3 Reader Susan Reaves, Ushers Joan Basso & Frank Pepe, Communion Assistant Ellie Gill Worship Assistant Maureen McNeill, Altar Guild Phyllis McCoy , Acolyte Emily Hudson 1/10 Reader Frank Lombard, Ushers Terri Kaeppel & Phyllis King, Communion Assistant Beverly Lombard, Worship Assistant Maureen McNeill, Altar Guild Phyllis McCoy , Acolyte Doug Klock 1/17 Reader Joan MacDonald, Ushers Shirlee Lohuis & Frank Pepe, Communion Assistant Sue Siket, Worship Assistant Maureen McNeill, Altar Guild Phyllis McCoy , Acolyte Taylor Nuttall 1/24 ReaderTommie Rudiger , Ushers Nancy Anto & Ellie Gill, Communion Assistant Clara Wolfe , Worship Assistant Maureen McNeill, Altar Guild Phyllis McCoy , Acolyte Isabella Hudson 1/31 Reader Clara Wolfe, Ushers Al & Joan MacDonald, Communion Assistant Ellie Gill, Worship As- sistant Maureen McNeill, Altar Guild , Acolyte Hanna Nuttall Call Ellie Gill (770-4786) if you would like to be a worship assistant at the 8:30 service. 11:00 AM 1/3 Reader Fred Winther, Ushers Jack Kusch & Howie Spears, Communion Assistant Marion Crane, Worship Assistant Lisa DeFrances, Altar Guild Phyllis McCoy , Acolyte Dominic Patrick 1/10 Reader Gini Knoblauch, Ushers Alan & Lisa DeFrances, Communion Assistant Ellie Spears, Worship Assistant Lisa DeFrances, Altar Guild Phyllis McCoy , Acolyte Malinda Robinson 1/17 Reader Ruth Winther, Ushers Ginnie & Jack Lewis, Communion Assistant Marion Crane, Wor- ship Assistant Lisa DeFrances, Altar Guild Phyllis McCoy , Acolyte Alicia Knappman 1/24 Reader Gini Knoblauch, Ushers TBA, Communion Assistant Ellie Spears, Worship Assistant Lisa DeFrances, Altar Guild Phyllis McCoy , Acolyte Sam Charlton 1/31 Reader Joan Kenney, Ushers Alan & Lisa DeFrances, Communion Assistant Marion Crane, Wor- ship Assistant , Altar Guild Phyllis McCoy , Acolyte Brooks Robinson Call Ellie Spears (388-5719) if you would like to be a worship assistant at the 11:00 service HOSPITALITY BULLETINS are given to the Glory of God (cost is $7 - sign up in Fellowship Hall) 1/3 In honor of the Regan~Harris family from Hugh & Liz Harris 1/10 In honor of the Regan~Harris family from Hugh & Liz Harris 1/17 In honor of the Regan~Harris family from Hugh & Liz Harris 1/24 In honor of the Regan~Harris family from Hugh & Liz Harris 1/31 In honor of the Regan~Harris family from Hugh & Liz Harris 7 FLOWERS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY ARE GIVEN TO THE GLORY OF GOD 1/3 by Al an and Joan MacDonald in honor of their 54th wedding anniversary 1/10 available—2 1/17 available—2 1/24 available—2 1/25 in honor of the birthday of Harold Hayden by his wife, Helen Available—1 The cost for the altar flowers is $20 per bouquet. Please indicate if you are signing for one or two bouquets. Many times, we have altar flowers available after worship. If you know of someone who would enjoy receiving a bouquet, please let Ellie Gill (770-4786) or Jack Stueber (778-3858) know. The Eternal Candle is $35 per month. Sign up in Fellowship Hall and payment may be made by mail or put in the offering plate. THE ETERNAL CALENDAR FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY is given to the glory of God What it is: A group of people who have offered to pray daily for Jimmy Ball Casey Horland members of our congregation, +Agnes Bestmann David Jacques their family, or friends who are in Kathy Kenney need of special help during a cri- Gordon Briggs ses in their lives whether it is ill- Sandy Bruce Dawn Martin ness, operation, depression, griev- Sal Caccammo Spencer Nuttall ing, etc. These prayers are a con- Isaac Charlton +Joanne Reese Prayer requests can be made to tinuation of those offered by Pas- +Jean Paul Cote Bryan Schiffres Living Lord Prayer Chain tor during weekly worship ser- Mary Schwarting by calling Ellie Gill vices. +Betty Disher Megan Simcox The “Chain” currently consists Diane Doerr at 770-4786. of 12 ladies with one coordinator Barbara Faville Michael Staggs and three sub-coordinators. Each Dyral Fessler +Carol Valentine sub-coordinator has a group of 4- Marlene Fraehmke 5 “callers”. The sub-coordinators Pastor Mark Frickey calls the first person in her group with the name of the person to be placed on the Prayer List. A re- + Denotes member lay system follows and, in a short period of time, all 12 callers are praying for the individual in need on a daily basis until healing has occurred. We are currently praying for 35 persons. With several of our members moving away, we are in need of more “callers” and MILITARY “coordinators”. If you would like Rev. John Bergstresser (United States Marine Corps) to participate in this most mean- Travis England (United States Air Force) ingful activity, please notify any Jim Gerlaugh (volunteered for 2nd tour in Afghanistan) of the following coordinators: Martin Steele (United States Air Force) Ellie Gill (770-4786); Rosalie Fanlo (563-0818); Shirlee Lohuis (567-5063) or Marion Crane (770-0523).