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									    THE VIEW
               from St. James on the Hill
                              April 2010



Dear Friends,

     We live in a weary world where the divisions that separate us from one another appear to be
growing. The political life in this country seems intent on perpetuating divisions rather than working
for the common good. The health care debate is only one example of the kind of nasty rhetoric that
seems to have eclipsed rational discussion and reasoned argument. But it’s not just in the political
arena that we see the divisions grow and deepen. The church is certainly not exempt from
polarization. In the ELCA the fallout from last summer’s Churchwide Assembly decision to allow the
inclusion of gay people in committed relationships on the rosters of pastors, associates in ministry,
diaconal ministers and deaconesses continues to fester in various congregations. The challenge of
living with reconciled diversity remains just that – a challenge.

     Into the midst of our divisions and struggles comes the message of the week we call “holy.” God
so loved the world – all of it – everyone in it. And God’s love trumps every division that human
beings perpetuate. Because of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, all people have access to a new and
abundant and eternal life – one that is founded on inclusion not separation. How long will it take
before we let the Easter message get through to us? Christ is risen indeed! That’s enough for me. It
doesn’t matter whether a person is young or old, black or white, American or Asian or whatever –
Christ died and rose for all. Period.

     How desperately our world needs to hear the Easter message! How desperately each one of us
needs to hear the Easter good news! It is enough. Because of Easter every division, every separation
is now bridged, for in Christ we are all one. The seven weeks of Easter are a time to celebrate, to sing
and to dance. Because Jesus rose from the dead, death has lost its power. All the powers and
principalities of this world can try to do their best at dividing us and trying to pit us against each
other. But Christ has defeated them all. In him is new life.

     The message is clear. The old is past and gone. In Christ we have a new life. Our job now is to
live that life, to show the world by the way we live that there is another way than the way of the
world. Because of Easter we can live united with sisters and brothers everywhere, we can celebrate
our diversity, and we can recognize the unity we have in Christ.

     Each Sunday we proclaim “Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia! I invite you
to join in boldly sharing the Easter greeting.

Pastor Spice
       WITH THANKSGIVING TO ALMIGHTY GOD,
                       THE PEOPLE OF
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   ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH OF GROSSE POINTE                           year, with combined issues for July-August
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             THE BLESSING AND DEDICATION                                otherwise indicated).

          OF THE NEW AND RENEWED FACILITY,                              Ruth Richardson
                                                                        Technical Editor
   AND THE CELEBRATION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY                          St. James Lutheran Church
       OF THE FOUNDING OF THE CONGREGATION                              of Grosse Pointe
                                                                        170 McMillan Road
                                                                        Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
                                                                        Telephone 313.884.0511
            THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER                                 Fax 313.884.6045
                                                                        E-mail stjamesgp@ameritech.net
                   25 APRIL 2010                                        Web www.stjamesgpf.org
                     10:15 A.M.                                         Sunday Schedule
                                                                        9:00 am Education time
                                                                        10:15 am Holy Eucharist
                 FOLLOWING THE LITURGY                                  Staffed nursery provided for infants-age 3

          THERE WILL BE A STROLLING BRUNCH,                             Staff:
                                                                        The Reverend Gerald A. Spice
         AN OPEN HOUSE, AND AN EXHIBIT AND                              Pastor (telephone ext. 104)
                                                                        E-mail pastor_s@ameritech.net
          SILENT AUCTION OF CHILDREN’S ART
                                                                        Sandra Smith
                                                                        Minister of Family Life (telephone ext. 105)
                                                                        E-mail sandi_smith@ameritech.net
                                                                        Kurt Heyer
                                                                        Minister of Music
                                                                        E-mail heyerk734@msn.com
                                                                        Ruth Richardson
                                                                        Administrative Assistant (telephone ext. 100)
                                                                        E-mail ruth_richardson@ameritech.net
                                                                        Stella Carr
                                                                        Housekeeper and Parish Chef
                                                                        Board of Directors:
                                                                        Marty Torgler
                                                                        President
                                                                        Sue Martin
                                                                        President-elect
                                                                        Mary Mathison
                                                                        Secretary
                  ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH
                      GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MICHIGAN                     Jan Graham
                                                                        Finance
                                                                        Tracey Simpson
     “St. James Lutheran Church of Grosse Pointe was organized          Child Nurture
as a mission congregation with fourteen members on April 30,            Joel Humphries
1940. During the year 1940 services were held in the Grosse             Communications
                                                                        Emily Moellering
Pointe High School. For the next eight years the growing
                                                                        Congregational Care
congregation conducted church services and Sunday School in             Karol Evard
the Punch and Judy theatre. Our own house of worship was                Missions
dedicated on December 5, 1948, a church of beauty in design             Gregg Peabody
typical of the country we revere so much.”                              Properties
                                                                        Barb Radtke
             (from the dedication of the “church house” June 5, 1955)   Worship and Music
                                                                        Kelly Clements
                                                                        Youth Nurture

2 – APRIL 2010                                                                                             THE VIEW
                    April 2010
            Sunday                        Monday                   Tuesday       Wednesday                  Thursday             Friday                     Saturday
                                                                             31 March                                   The Easter Triduum
                                                                                                              April 1              April 2                       April 3
                                                                                                       Maundy Thursday         Good Friday                   Easter Eve
                                                                             Noon Holy Eucharist
                                                                                                             7:00 pm              7:00 pm                      8:00 pm
                                                                             6:15 pm Adult Handbells                                                      The Great Vigil
                                                                             7:00 pm Holy Eucharist                        (and 1:00 pm Service at          of Easter
                                                                             7:30 pm Chancel Choir                         St. Paul Lutheran Church) (Champagne reception following)

4    Easter Day                      5                        6              7                         8                   9                          10
                                     Easter Monday – church
                                     offices closed
10:15 am Holy Eucharist


                                                                                                                                                      5:00 pm Holy Eucharist


11     Easter 2                      12                       13             14                        15                  16                         17
9:00 am Education time               8:45 am MOPS program                    7:00 am
9:45 am Fellowship                                                           Men’s Bible Breakfast
10:15 am Holy Eucharist                                                      9:30 am Morning Glories

12:30 pm Peer Ministry
                                                                             6:30 pm Adult Handbells                                                  5:00 pm Holy Eucharist
                                                                             7:30 pm Chancel Choir

18     Easter 3                      19                       20             21                        22                  23                         24
9:00 am Education time
9:45 am Fellowship
10:15 am Holy Eucharist              1:00 pm
11:30 am Board of Directors          Congregational Care                                                                                              5:00 pm Holy Eucharist
4:00 pm Youth Forum at Caribou                                                                                                                        Youth Art Exhibit and
                                                                             6:30 pm Adult Handbells                                                  Silent Auction – bidding
 Newsletter Deadline                                                         7:30 pm Chancel Choir                                                    begins

25     Easter 4                      26                       27             28                        29                  30
     70th Anniversary Celebration    8:45 am MOPS program
    Blessing and Dedication of Our
      New and Renewed Building
9:00 am Education time
9:45 am Fellowship
10:15 am Holy Eucharist
11:30 am Art exhibit and auction;                                            6:30 pm Adult Handbells
         strolling brunch                                                    7:30 pm Chancel Choir
April Worship Assistants:                                     Building on Blessings
                                                          “Finishing Touches” Wish List
Altar Guild:                                     We are continuing to get positive responses from our generous
Ray Radtke, Karol Evard and Marcia Wilson        members toward our wish list of finishing touches that will
                                                 “help make God’s house our home.” For more information on
Ushers:                                          any of these opportunities please speak to Andy Martin, Marty
                                                 Torgler, Sue Martin, Susan Allison or Pr. Spice.
Dale Marshall, Bob Crowder, Joel Humphries,
Jerry Partridge and Fred Schneider               Gathering Space: Furniture (tables, chairs, etc.)    $10,000
                                                     Built-in cabinets/kitchenette                     $5,066 (*)
                                                     Sound/video equipment                             $4,000
Assisting Ministers:                                 Cabinet for AV equipment                          $2,500
4/4     Jim Lingscheit                               Flat screen video/TV monitor                      $2,500
4/11 Marcia Wilson                                   Food/beverage cart/server                         $2,000
                                                     Built-in refrigerator and dishwasher              $2,139
4/18 Emily Moellering
4/25 Ray Radtke                                  Narthex: Bench                                        $1,000
                                                     Informational display monitor                     $1,000
                                                     Tack board for announcements and events           $1,000
Acolytes:
                                                 Nursery: Built-in cabinets                            $3,528 (*)
4/4    Aidan Clements, Molly Peabody,
                                                     Shelving and storage cubbies                      $4,000 (*)
       Jimmy Peabody and Maddy Ohlsson               Bead board wainscot paneling                      $2,500 (*)
4/11 Nora Smith, Andrea Garberding,                  Rocking chairs (2)                                 $800
       Alexa Bryan and Tomas Garberding              Other furniture (table and chairs, crib, etc.)    $1,500
4/18 Megan Kramer, Marisa Stieber,                   Artwork, accessories and toys                       TBD
       Katherine Shrader and Anna Simpson        Sacristy: Built-in refrigerator                       $1,199
4/25 Tomas Garberding, Alexa Bryan,              Pastor’s Office: Desk and chairs                       TBD (*)
       Alissa Martin and Emily Richardson
                                                 General Areas: Misc. office furniture                 $2,000
                                                     Additional phones                                 $1,200
Lectors:                                             Shelving for closets                               TBD
4/4    Karen Clein and Fred Whitehouse               Interior signage                                  $3,000
                                                     Artwork                                            TBD
4/11 Stu Pettitt and Iris Whitehouse
4/18 Shelly Thorp and Nora Smith                 Second Floor: Kitchenette cabinets                    $2,456
                                                     Microwave oven                                     $200
4/25 Don Ulbrich and Janet Graham                    Refrigerator                                       $800
                                                     Coffee maker                                       $120
Greeters:
                                                 Youth Lounge: Decorative light fixtures                $800
4/4   Mary Mathison and Margie Fahim                 Ceiling fans                                       $400
4/11 Dick and Emily Moellering                       Bookcases/display shelves                          $200
4/18 Helen Minichelli and Edith Petrosky             Accessories/artwork                                $500
4/25 The Garberding Family                       Music Room: 8-foot white board                        $1,000
                                                     Desk                                               $800
                                                     Bell foam to pad tables for bells                  $320
                                                     Book shelf stereo system                           $200
 Readings for those serving as lectors will be       6-foot tables for bells                            $200
 emailed when possible, sent by regular mail,
 or they can be picked up from the office.       Undercroft/Classrooms: Folding room partition         $3,000
 Please call the office if you do not receive    Sanctuary/Narthex: Replace red doors with glass       $2,500
 your reading.                                   Terrace: Benches                                      $2,000
 A reminder to all worship assistants:               Hose cart                                          $250
 Please find a substitute if you are unable to
 serve as scheduled, and call the office with    Exterior: St. James sign at alley corner             $25,000
                                                      Lighting and sign at office entrance             $2,000
 the name of your substitute a week in
 advance. Thank you!                             Notes: Strikethrough indicates the item/project has been
                                                        underwritten. (*) Indicates some progress has been
                                                        made toward the item/project.

4 – APRIL 2010                                                                                          THE VIEW
             F ROM THE M INISTER OF F AMILY L IFE – S ANDI S MITH

Art Auction Art Due April 11
The Kids in Bloom children’s art auction is right
around the corner and it’s time to start turning in the
projects you have been creating based on the theme
“Growing in the Spirit.” All submissions for the art
auction are due by Sunday, April 11 to Sandi or the
church office. We hope you have been working hard,
preparing your best work for this worthwhile event
that will benefit Haiti Earthquake Relief.
                                                          Children who are currently in grades 4-8 are invited
                                                          to Valparaiso University this summer to participate in
                                                          the Young Lutherans Sing (YLS) program. YLS is a
Kids in Bloom Art Auction                                 choral and worship experience that provides young
Saturday, April 24 – Sunday, April 25                     people with a variety of hands-on experiences and
                                                          opportunities to develop musical skills. Participants
Throughout the season of Lent the children and youth
                                                          also will gain knowledge and appreciation of the
of our church have been busy creating pieces of art
                                                          church’s songs for future spiritual growth and
that reflect spring and the new life we have in Jesus
                                                          worship leadership in their own congregations.
Christ. They are donating their best pieces to the
church for a silent auction to raise money for Haiti      Michael Burkhardt will once again serve as the
Earthquake Relief. The artwork will be displayed in       YLS choral clinician and conductor. Internationally
the church beginning Saturday, April 24. Bidding          known for his creative work with children, Michael is
begins after the 5:00 pm service and will continue        in frequent demand as a choral and keyboard
after worship on Sunday, April 25, in conjunction         specialist. Award-winning author and master
with the dedication of our new and renewed building       storyteller Walter Wangerin, Jr. will be a guest
and the celebration of our 70th anniversary. We look      speaker at this year’s YLS camp.
forward to this opportunity to support the children of
                                                          Participants live in dormitories on campus and are
the congregation with their service/offering project
                                                          assigned to program counselors. The dates for this
and to share fellowship with one another.
                                                          year’s program are July 27-31. The majority of the
                                                          $400 registration fee, which covers room, board and
                                                          program fees, will be underwritten by the St. James
CROP Walk – May 2                                         Youth Fund. Please see Pastor Spice or Sandi Smith
The confirmation class invites the congregation to        for additional information.
join them and other Grosse Pointe/St. Clair Shores
area churches on Sunday, May 2 at 12:30 pm to
participate in the annual CROP Walk for hunger. The       Prepare for the Youth Service
CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome
                                                          The youth will again be leading the congregation in
Poverty) Walk is a 1 or 5 mile walk along beautiful
                                                          worship during the annual Youth Led Worship
Lake St. Clair. People from all walks of life come to
                                                          Service on Sunday, May 9. We have many ways for
participate in the walk. Twenty-five percent of CROP
                                                          you to be involved: readers of prayers and lessons,
Walk proceeds go to local hunger missions. This is a
                                                          acolytes, ushers, greeters and musicians. Please let
great opportunity to get involved in the community
                                                          Sandi know if you are interested in participating.
and give to the people of the world. Help us reach our
personal team goal of $750 by either physically
walking on May 2, collecting funds as a “Spirit
Walker,” donating to one of our confirmation youth        Save the Date for VBS
or volunteering at the event. Please contact Sandi        August 2– 6, 9 am – noon, hosted here at St. James.
Smith to sign up as a participant, volunteer or donor.    More details to follow!


THE VIEW                                                                                        APRIL 2010 – 5
                                                              11. Kroger will send an email to the address you
Shop at Kroger and                                                entered earlier in the process (this can take up
Earn Money for St. James                                          to 10 minutes)
Every time you shop for groceries and swipe your              12. Open the email from Kroger. Read the email
Kroger Plus card St. James will automatically earn a              and either click on the link within the email
rebate – but first you have to register. A total of 38            or copy and paste it into your browser.
households used their registered card during the last         13. Sign in: click on the “Click here” button and
quarter (and earned $278.23 for St. James!), and                  type in your email and password.
those who are registered can continue to earn rewards         14. Under the Kroger Community Rewards
for St. James through April.                                      section at right, click “Edit Kroger
Beginning in April, everyone must re-enroll to                    Community Rewards Information”
continue earning rewards. All participants must have          15. Find your organization by typing in the
a valid online account at Kroger.com and must sign                organization’s NPO number 84265
up online to participate. Your friends and relatives          16. Click on the organization name that you
can register too!                                                 want. Please make sure you click on the
                                                                  circle to the left of your organization so that
Step-by-step instructions:                                        it becomes highlighted.
Go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com.                         17. Click “Save Changes”
Click “Michigan.”
                                                              18. Scroll over the page and make sure all
Click Re-enroll if you were registered online before              information is accurate. You are now
April 1, 2010.                                                    registered!
     1. Put in your e-mail
     2. Put in your password (If you forgot the            We will be happy to assist anyone with registering
         password you set up originally go thru the        online — just contact the office.
         “Forgot your password” option.)
     3. Find your organization by typing in the
         organization’s NPO number 84265.                  Donate Empty Printer Cartridges
     4. Click the option “Select Your Organization”
                                                           We can recycle used printer ink and toner cartridges
     5. Click the option “Save Changes”                    for $3.00 each, which really helps our budget. There
Click Enroll if you have never been part of Kroger         is a box in the new workroom in the office area for
Community Rewards or if you registered with the            your used cartridges. Bring them in any time!
scan bar method in person at a Kroger store (not
online).
     1. Click “Sign up today” (to the right)
     2. Enter your zip code and click “Search”             Food for the Hungry
     3. Click on the arrow to display the list of stores   Each week we ask you to bring a hearty non
         in your zip code and highlight your preferred     perishable food item with you and place it in the
         store                                             baskets by the side altar area near the pulpit. The
     4. Enter your email address and password              food is delivered to Christ Church Iroquois and then
     5. Click “Next”                                       shared with over 100 families who come to their
     6. Type in your Kroger Plus Card number. (If it       church looking for food. Personal toiletries also are
         says that this card has already been used,        needed, especially bar soap, toothpaste, deodorant
         please call the number on the back of your        and razors. In their effort to pack 100 fairly uniform
         card.)                                            bags each week, the food pantry volunteers are able
                                                           to purchase many food items very cheaply at
     7. Enter the security code (from the box above it)
                                                           Gleaners, but some items such as soups and jelly are
     8. Enter your contact information                     either unavailable for unaffordable. Boxes with
     9. Click “Next”                                       individual packets of cereal, hot chocolate and snack
    10. Verify that your account information is            bars are really helpful for dividing up to make the
         correct. Check box for agreement of the           100 uniform bags to distribute.
         terms and conditions and click “complete
         information”

6 – APRIL 2010                                                                                          THE VIEW
                                                        The Congregational Care Committee coordinates
           The Valparaiso University Guild              volunteers as the need arises to provide meals or
                       presents its                     transportation for our members who are ill, injured or
              Annual Spring Luncheon                    recovering from surgery. Please speak with Emily
                and Fashion Show                        Moellering if you would like to become involved.


                                                        Volunteers Welcome!
                                                        Fellowship Time
                                                        Sunday mornings at 9:45 we gather in our new
                                                        Gathering Space for food and fellowship. It’s a time
                                                        to greet one another informally, to share what’s been
                                                        happening in our lives, to make new connections and
                Friday, May 7, 2010                     to enjoy good coffee and food. Now we need you!
                      12 Noon                           Please volunteer to host this fellowship time by
            Grosse Pointe War Memorial                  providing the food – or by making a donation of
                       $30.00                           money for the food on a specific date. If you are
                                                        willing to host a Sunday, please phone the office
             Fashions by Coldwater Creek
                                                        (313.884.0511).
            For tickets and information call:
                      Jan McCuen                        Altar Flowers
            313.881.9799 or 313.505.1500                Dates are available if you would like to place flowers
                                                        on the altar in 2010. Please phone the office to
        All proceeds benefit Christian higher           reserve a date. You may order flowers from a florist
         education at Valparaiso University             of your choice or bring an arrangement with you to
                                                        church on Sunday morning.
                                                        Worship Assistants
                                                        We have openings for assisting ministers, lectors,
Morning Glories                                         acolytes, ushers and altar guild members. Might you
You are invited to join the Morning Glories each        be willing to serve in one or more ways? Talk with
month for Bible study, refreshments and fellowship.     Pastor Spice about your willingness to serve.
Jane Schneider will host the April 14 meeting at her
home at 9:30 am. The study based on Paul’s letters to
the Romans. Please let Jane know if you will attend     Are you getting it?
and if you need a copy of the study.                    The St. James E-news, that is. It is delivered
                                                        electronically every Wednesday. If you’re not yet
                                                        receiving this weekly email update, let the office
Thank you                                               know and we’ll make sure you are added to the list.
The Congregational Care Committee wishes to thank       Also, an increasing number of people are receiving
all those who volunteered to prepare a meal for Karen   their issue of the newsletter by email, saving the
Clein. Karen is grateful to the following people who    church the cost of postage, paper and printing. By
delivered a meal to her while she was recovering        joining them you will also receive your newsletter in
from knee surgery:                                      a more timely manner. If you have been receiving
      Mary Mathison                                     your monthly newsletter through the mail but have
      Emily Moellering                                  access to email and are willing to try this method of
      Beverly Polson                                    distribution, please notify the church office. Extra
      Ray Radtke                                        printed copies of the newsletter are always available
      Jane Schneider                                    to pick up at church, too.
      Iris Whitehouse
      Marcia Wilson


THE VIEW                                                                                       APRIL 2010 – 7
                                     St. James Lutheran Church
                                                       Triduum
                       Maundy Thursday                                                     April 1
                              7:00 p.m.                  Holy Eucharist
                       Good Friday                                                         April 2
                              7:00 p.m.                  Liturgy of Good Friday
                       Easter Eve                                                          April 3
                               8:00 p.m.                 Easter Vigil
                                                         (champagne reception following)

                          The Three Days are the most important services of the year.
                                      Come, invite friends to join you.




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St. James Lutheran Church of Grosse Pointe
170 McMillan Road
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Phone 313.884.0511 Fax 313.884.6045
Southeast Michigan Synod
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Reverend Gerald A. Spice, Pastor
The Reverend Gustav Kopka, Jr., Pastor Emeritus

								
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