ANNOUNCER. April 2015 A D V E N T L U T H E R A N C H U R C H. HERE S WHAT is HAPPENING at ADVENT in April.

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ADVENT LUTHERAN S MISSION STATEMENT *NURTURE our congregational family *SPREAD God s Word *SERVE the identified needs of the wider community HERE S WHAT is HAPPENING at ADVENT in April. April 2: SUNDAYS
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ADVENT LUTHERAN S MISSION STATEMENT *NURTURE our congregational family *SPREAD God s Word *SERVE the identified needs of the wider community HERE S WHAT is HAPPENING at ADVENT in April. April 2: SUNDAYS during April: Holy Communion at both Services. HOLY WEEK and EASTER MAUNDY THURSDAY 7 PM Confession, Absolution with individual laying on of hands, Holy Communion, the service ends in silence and darkness and the Stripping of the Altar. Worship will include the 6 th play in our series, Into Deeper Waters. April 3: GOOD FRIDAY 7 PM Service of Tenebrae at Community United Church of Christ in downtown Morton. This time of worship centers around the Stations of the Cross. Each episode in the story of Jesus suffering, crucifixion and death is marked by Scripture, silent reflection, a Power Point image, and music. Thanks to Pastor Jeff Johnston and Kim Wiese, music director at CUCC for putting together what promises to be a moving worship experience. April 5: EASTER SUNDAY Resurrection of Our Lord, 7:00 am Son-Rise Communion followed by Easter Breakfast 10:30 am Family Festival Communion concluding with Easter Egg hunt Please sign up on the sheet on the kiosk for brunch, so those serving have an idea of how many to plan for. All are Welcome!! A D V E N T L U T H E R A N C H U R C H ANNOUNCER April 2015 April 11: God s Work, Our Hands Spring Workday. We join members of most of the ELCA congregations in the Peoria area, in service to our community from 9 AM noon, at SIX worksites. We conclude with lunch at First English Church, Peoria. See article on page 7 for complete details. April 12: LUTHERAN OUTDOOR MINISTRY CEN- TER Sunday. Jesse Klosterboer, development director for the camp, will be our guest for the day. He will be presenting at both worship services, bringing along a beautiful display, and talking to the children, youth and their parents during the Sunday School hour. You can find more information about LSSI on their website. April 19: BAKED POTATO FEED following the 10:30 AM worship services. Fundraiser for the ELCA YOUTH GATHERING participants. Ella will give a brief synopsis of the youth gathering, and an introduction to the group attending, and an update on their fundraising efforts. April 25: 3 PM All Church Bingo sponsored by the Girl Scout troop See article and invite page 10. April 26: LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES of Illinois SUNDAY at Advent. LSSI is a vital outreach of the ELCA congregations in Illinois to the least of these lifted up by Jesus, those most in need of our attention and care: the homeless, disabled, families in crisis, folks addicted to drugs, children in need of foster care and adoption. Worship will include a special faith talk by Advent member, LYNN GOFFINET. Lynn is a retired director of the area foster care and adoption services of LSSI, a long time staff person and ardent supporter. We also hope to have an update on the work and needs of our adopted Single Parent Program. April 26: BAGS TOURNAMENT, at Noon. Fundraiser for the 2016 visit to Peoria by the National Lutheran Choir of Minneapolis, MN See details in Jolynn s Make a Joyful Noise article on page 5. 15 MINUTES with GOD : a prayer venture and adventure for the season of Lent What a joy and privilege to have 64 Advent members, across the generations sign up to take part. What is more several folks indicated that they made the commitment and just didn t get around to signing the form at church. That means over 70 actually participated! Each week we focused on one of the petitions of the Lord s Prayer, with a special drama and meditation during Midweek Worship and a take home leaflet with prayer suggestions and resources. The resource, with a cover page by me, was e mailed to everyone on our 15 Minutes with God list on Thursdays. In all, it was a wonderful venture. We culminate with a play and take home leaflet on Lead Us Not Into Temptation at Maundy Thursday worship. BE SURE TO JOIN US if you are in town! During the Easter season, participants will be asked to complete an evaluation/reflection on their experience and will be offered some options on how we might carry this INTENTIONAL, shared commitment to prayer forward at Advent. Look for more on this during upcoming worship services. As our Lenten adult forum study reminded us, we do indeed MEET GOD when we pray. And as our drama series reminded us, our prayer is immeasurably enriched and deepened as we learn to pray as He taught. O BRIEN S OBSERVATIONS I think much of what Jesus both taught and modeled in his praying is expressed in this eloquent poem reflection by Gerhard Frost: I Thank You, Lord Thank you, Lord, for always answering prayer, but not indulging my every petty, private give me. Thank you for winnowing and refining, vetoing and delaying, refusing and revising. Thank you for being God and never less, for freeing me for wide horizons, for protecting me from my limited vision and wayward will. Thank you for foiling my every effort to unseat you and make myself king. Thank you for keeping it safe for me to pray. Thanking God for you, my amazing Advent family, remembering you in my prayers, an wishing you a blessed EASTER season, God s Peace and Comfort To Tim & Jodi Schaefer and family on the sudden death of Tim s father, Roger SCHAEFER, March 8th after complications from surgery. Roger lived in Forest City, IA with his wife of 59 years. Homebound Members Clarice Carriere 31 Waldheim, Morton Bonnie Newman 191 E. Queenwood, Morton Terrace, Morton Betty Johnson 464 S. Minnesota, Morton To the family and friends of long time Advent member, Mary Ellen VANHUSS, who died at a care center in Austin, TX, one week after her 97 th birthday. Mary Ellen had moved to TX about 3 years ago, to be closer to her daughter, Jane and family. Her funeral was Saturday, March 28 at Advent, with burial in the family plot at Emden, IL. Page 2 Please include these individuals in your PERSONAL DEVOTIONAL PRAYER. PRAYER does make a difference! Ken BISCHOFF completes a regimen of radiation therapy on Good Friday. Things continue to look very positive! Carole PETONKE has been battling Clostridium difficilecolitis (C. diff) and homebound since December. Jesse FRAIM, grandson of Bev, continuing medical care. Mary BEEBE, underwent a hysterectomy surgery for cancer and is recovering well and preparing for chemotherapy. She lives in the Portland, Oregon area. Mary Ellen VAN HUSS, continues under hospice care. Madison SELL, great granddaughter of Jean; continued treatments for cancer, in Peoria and Texas. Madison is 17 years old. Diane SCHILTZ, niece of Chuck Kinney, continued chemotherapy for a brain stem tumor. She has received encouraging recent test results! Jim McDONALD, father of Marlon, recovering from a stroke in a local rehab center. Jim & his wife live in Vermilion, SD. Roxanna TAYLOR, yearlong recovery from spinal surgery, continues under antibiotic therapy for post surgical infection. Don VESKAUF, father of Dean, treatment for multiple site cancer. Max and Lorraine TAYLOR, Matt s grandparents - Max is under hospice care after a fall and brain trauma. Lorraine is recovering well from a broken ankle. Both are in care centers in Iowa. Marian HARDIN is Kelly Nohl s mother. She is under hospice care in Peoria. Kent & Nina COLLINS, neighbors of the Chuck Kinney, dealing with major medical issues. RAY SPOONER, friend of April Wright, recent ALS diagnosis. Ed and Karleen PETERSON, friends of Kinneys who live in Bartonville. Ed continues on DIALYSIS for kidney failure. Karleen was recently diagnosed with cancer and is beginning chemotherapy. Betty MARAGOS, Chris s mother, in treatment for another recurrence of lymphoma and Mitchell MARAGOS who is still dealing with an autoimmune disease that is affecting his skin. Valerie WEGHORST, is a former class and teammate of Erin McDonald. responding well to treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Joanne STOVER, recovering very well from back surgery and is venturing out a bit. Teague KAISER is Bob & Jeannette Anderson s grandson. Diagnosed with encephalitis. He spent 1 week in the hospital and is at home under continuing medical care. He and his family live in Springfield. Page 3 Aliyah FOSTER, is a freshman at Eureka HS, a classmate of several of our Advent youth; continued treatment for a blood disorder. Theodora Tippy BACH, is Rachel Tuhy s 94 year old Mom. In April, she will be transitioning from her long time home in Carbondale Illinois to Peoria. Rachel and family are trying to get her into Lutheran Hillside Village, or another such full care facility - sometime this Spring. Several cousins of Pastor Dennis are experiencing major health issues: Bob CLAUSING, under hospice care for liver cancer, Linda CLAUSING recent stroke and upcoming hip replacement and Gail GANZLIN, brain tumor. Ralph WALKER, father of Mugs Major, at Unity Point Methodist rehab center, after suffering a stroke in early March. Julie DILLINGER, niece of Sally Ferko, back home after several surgeries for removal of multiple non malignant brain tumors. Heather WILLIAMSON who now has come down with Shingles after battling pneumonia and surgery in the last few months. Dianna JUENGER, daughter of former pastor of Advent, Alan Juenger, recently diagnosed also with brain cancer. Joe VANDERVLUGT, Ella s uncle from Indiana. Has had recurrent back problems while recovering from a recent back surgery. Becky GILLETTE, has been suffering from worsening back pain for several months. Under doctor s care, and feeling much better after a recent injection. PRAYERS OF THANKS FOR Sharon UNSICKER, recovery and back at work after back surgery. Harmon BOWMAN, father of Deb Simmons, excellent recover from a broken pelvis. He and his wife, Joanne, live outside the Quad Cities. CHRISTIAN CAREGIVING Ministry Update: The Communion Ministers program at Advent is up and running and going strong! Communion ministers are trained lay volunteers who, following worship each Communion Sunday, carry the consecrated elements to folks who were not able to get to worship due to illness, hospitalization, residence at a care center, etc. The lay visitor shares Communion with those folks in a brief devotional service. We are looking for more folks to serve as Caregivers and Communion ministers. The next Christian Caregiving training is set for late April and early May, Thursday evenings. Communion ministers can be trained in one sit down session with Pastor Dennis. You do not have to be a Caregiver to serve as a Communion Minister. We also have as one of our 2015 ministry goals: to partner with Morton Terrace and Villa care centers in caring for their residents. A particular focus is to provide visitors for residents who receive few or no visits. Between the 2 facilities, we have identified 14 persons to receive such visitation care. Now we need willing caregivers to do these visits. If you would like to get involved, or just want to know more about any of these opportunities for ministry, talk to Pastor Dennis or the Christian Caregiver coordinator, Judy Stegmaier. Bad Girls of the Bible And What We Can Learn from Them Bible Study Please join this study at 1:00 PM every Monday in the church library. Please direct questions to Johnna Maragos at See you there! There will NO Class Monday, April 6, Please read the story of our next bad girl, Delilah from Judges 16 before the next study on April 13. Advent Members, Kroger has changed their rewards program. Gift cards are no longer required! All you have to do is register your Kroger Plus card and designate Advent to receive the benefits. Each time you shop and use your plus card, Advent will get credit. Easy, right? So get registered ASAP...INSTRUCTIONS ARE BE- LOW. If you need help, don't have a computer, etc. contact me. Thanks, Jodi Schaefer Advent Lutheran NPO number is TO USE THE KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PRO- GRAM: Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up. If you do not yet have a Kroger Plus card, they are available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. Click on Sign In/Register Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the New Customer? box. Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions You will then get a message to check your inbox and click on the link within the body of the . Click on My Account and use your address and password to proceed to the next step. Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. Update or confirm your information. Enter NPO number (10654) or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm. To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization s name on the right side of your information page. REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after you register your card(s). Do you use your phone number at the register? Call , select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number. Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count. Page 4 Sunday Worship & Learning Schedule 8 & 10:30 AM Worship 9:00 AM Fellowship Hour 9:15 AM Rotation Sunday School & High School Rejuvenation 9:30 AM Adult Learning Forum 11:30 AM Confirmation (Two Sunday s a month) MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE April 2015 Welcome Spring, 2015! Another Advent music year is rapidly coming to a close, and it s been wonderful in so many ways. The introduction of Now the Feast and Celebration, the inaugural performance of both a men s and women s group, and a second season of The Holden Evening Prayer show an expansion of the music ministry commitment at Advent. The Sunday School will begin working on their SPRING MUSICAL, Simon Says which is the rockin story of the trial of Simon Peter. The performance will be May 10, Mark your calendars! The Adult/HS choir will be presenting a PATRIOTIC CENTERED SUNDAY on May 17, 2015 and welcome all who would enjoy sharing this music. The National Lutheran Choir, based out of Minneapolis, MN., will be coming to Peoria, on Feb. 19, 2016, and be presenting a concert as part of Trinity Lutherans Concert Series. This is the first Central Illinois concert for the choir, and offers a true Lutheran worship experience through music. Fundraising is necessary to cover travel/lodging expenses for the group. The Advent fundraiser will be a Bags tournament on April 26, 2015, in the FLC following the 10:30 service. Start planning your teams, and more information will follow! Thank you to everyone who has shared their many gifts during the music year at Advent! With One Voice, Jolynn Lottman For he [Christ] is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. - Ephesians 2:14 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We need to talk. Ferguson, Missouri; Norman, Oklahoma; Madison, Wisconsin; Staten Island, New York; and Charlottesville, Virginia: recent events in these and other places prove we are not living in a postracial society. I know it s difficult to talk about race because too many Americans do not want to believe racism still exists in our country. Yet, as always, Christ promises to be alongside us, even in the most difficult of times, working for our reconciliation. Because of God s promise, we can and must have a deep, honest and even painful conversation about racism. This month our country commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March and its significance in the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Lutherans were in Selma to join more than 70,000 people to remember and honor the courage of the veterans of the civil rights movement. Selma symbolized the very best of the human spirit to work cooperatively for change at any cost. Conversely, it also demonstrated the lowest levels of hatred, violence and resistance to change. Overt forms of racism are no longer legally sanctioned, but the legacy of racism, sadly, endures. Institutional policies and practices still privilege some while limiting access and opportunities to others. Today, the Voting Rights Act has been weakened by the removal of federal oversight of local voting laws and millions of poor and people of color fill the cells of our criminal justice system. We have said, Racism a mix of power, privilege, and prejudice is sin, a violation of God s intention for humanity. (Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture, 1993) Ongoing racial justice conversations are occurring and work is happening. But in cases where these are not, we shouldn t wait until another racial event is widely reported before we talk. Here are a number of ways: Listen to and learn from the experiences of people of color in your communities. Contact the Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries and the Racial Justice Ministries at the churchwide organization. Connect with your synod anti-racism team. Be in conversation with your synod bishop and staff. Many of our synods are equipped to help connect you with local resources on anti-racism education and racial justice ministries. Learn more about our ongoing racial justice work. This church has helpful guidance in our criminal justice social statement and in the race, ethnicity, and culture social statement.* Advocate for local, state and federal legislation and regulations that guarantee to all citizens the right to vote. Join the ELCA e-advocacy Network at As a church called to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must continue to listen deeply, to speak out about racial equity and inclusion, to respect and uplift the dignity and humanity of every person and to join with others in organizing for change. In baptism we have become part of the body of Christ and in Christ there is no barrier between us. I pray that our Lord will use us and this moment to make this baptismal promise a reality in our lives and in this church. God s blessings, Elizabeth A. Eaton Presiding Bishop Page 5 Thank you to all the people who cleared our walkways this snow season: Larry Williamson, Chip Carlson, Bruce Simmons, Jim Rohweder, and Marty Hanson Thank you to all those secret shovelers, too! Thank You! Dear Advent, Thank you for preparing all the lunches for the kids in Be Like Jesus. Thank you for letting the junior high stay at your church. You are so generous to share your space with us. God Bless, The Be Like Jesus Junior High Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. Martin Luther We Care, Inc. wishes to acknowledge and express its deepest appreciation for your thoughtful gift of 17 bags of pantry items. Your friends at We Care, Inc. Page 6 PEDAL FOR A PURPOSE is a 260 mile Bicycle adventure, held each year during the week of the Annual Central/ Southern Illinois Synod assembly. Spearheaded by two pastors and a lay leader in our synod, it invites cyclists to join in a ride from Nauvoo to Springfield as a fundraiser for mission projects of our Synod. Last year the ride raised almost $24,000 in support of Lutheran Campus Ministry. This year all funds go to our Companion Synods in Madagascar for training of pastors and catechists for their rapidly growing outreach! The event runs from June 1through June 4. Advent will be hosting the group on the night of June 2. In addition to allowing the group to bunk at the church facility for the night, we agree to prove SHOWERING places all the participants and an evening meal at the church. SIGN UPS to provide showering space and to assist with the meal will be available during May. RIDERS are also being recruited If interested, see the flyers on the kiosk in the entry area at the church. Offering to date March /01/
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