We would like to invite all to our Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale. The first 50 adults to arrive at the bazaar will be able to have their name in drawings for donated crafts and goodies. All children will have a separate drawing. You do not need to be present to win.
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December 8, 6:00 P.M.
Please join us to cook freezer meals! We will then exchange cookies and relax and listen to Christmas music. More details to come…
All are welcome to celebrate the holiday season with this traditional Latin American festival, Posada Navídeña! Fun for the whole family. This year Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmer will host. Join us.
All of the ladies are invited to my house for a “girls’ night out” this Saturday (Nov. 18).
It’s at 6:00 p.m. We will be watching the 2010 BBC version of Hamlet and eating dinner and snacks. Anyone who comes, please bring either something very healthy to eat with dinner or something very very yummy to eat as a snack.
Attached is a Google maps that has a tiny house on it where my home is. I live at 7550 E. Ashmore Ave., right behind Cache Camper, just off Bogard.
Here is a look at the preachers who will be conducting service while I am away on my sabbatical.
All month of January: Hazel Davidson
Ash Wednesday in February: Hazel Davidson
Palm Sunday on March 25: Lisa Smith Feigle
Maundy Thursday on March 29: Hazel Davidson
Easter Sunday on April 1: Hazel Davidson
April 8: Caesar Marciales
April 15: Bishop Shelley Wickstrom
April 22: Alan Budahl
The rest of March and April: Deb Till, Richard Clinch, Deb Burlinski, and Dena Luchsinger
Lent services will be at River of Life with Pastor Bill
Good Friday will be at Good Shepherd with Pastor Rick
Other people who may fill in are: Susan Halvor, Dana Tesch, and Janet Jacob
First let me thank you all for giving me the opportunity to go on a sabbatical. Just to clarify, a sabbatical is not a giant vacation although it may look like one with just a brief glance.
A brief overview:
Hawaii- a time of rest and rejuvenation.
West coast- a time of exploration and a time to visit other ELCA congregations. I have regularly attended only one Lutheran Church in my life -Trinity! I want to see how other Lutheran churches worship.
England- seeking out roots. Both Paul and I have family roots in England; Paul through his mother’s side, the Havens and Diane through her father’s side, the Harveys, (who immigrated fist to Canada and then the US only three generations ago.)
During all of this travel, study and learning will be taking place. While in Hawaii I will work with the book of John, first as a devotional source. I will be using a text by Jamie Clark-Sole, Reading John for Dear Life. Next I will also study the Gospel of John from Jewish perspective using a text by Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg, The Jewish Gospel of John: Discovering Jesus King of all Isreal. Finally I will use a text by a Lutheran professor, Robert Smith, Wounded Lord: Reading John through the Eyes of Thomas. I also want to begin learning how to slow down and meditate as a devotional tool. I have purchased DVDs to help me in this endeavor. Perhaps when I return some of you may want to join me in continuing to learn about meditation as a devotional tool.
While in England I will visit churches that are using café style worship to learn how it is used in other places. Café style worship is most widely practiced in England and Australia. Café style worship has been used successfully for several years in England as a way to attract younger families to worship who are not familiar or comfortable with traditional worship styles. I will also participate in Even Song weekly.
While I am away:
As we look forward together to my being away, I am confident that all will be well at Trinity while I am absent. God has blessed us with many able leaders for such as small congregation. The worship committee is working with me to cover all the Sundays I am away with pastors, preacher and presiders for communion. I have begun conversations with Pastor Bill Ottum and the people at River of Life about Advent and Lenten midweek services. Our current plan is that they will join us for all of Advent and Trinity will join River of Life for all of Lent. Plans are being made to cover all the activities of Holy week.
Two years ago I attended a seminar on transitions. The goal of the seminar was to help pastors and church leaders in making decisions about change. One of the options for change was staying where you are but finding ways to refresh and renew yourself so you can continue. That was the option I chosen for myself; To stay at Trinity and to use the Sabbatical as a time to change me so that I come back renewed, refreshed and ready to continue on as your pastor at Trinity.
The altar and labyrinth has been set up now and will be open tonight!
November 2, from 5:30- 7:30pm at United Protestant Presbyterian Church in Palmer, 713 S. Denali Street.
El Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead is an important holiday celebrated across Latin America for remembering and honoring those who have passed away. The tradition is also celebrated in the church during All Saints Day. It is a festive, joyous time of celebration.
This is a wonderful opportunity for families to remember loved one who have passed away.
Everyone is welcome to participate by adding to the community altar. You can bring flowers, pictures, candles or any mementos of loved ones to place on the altar that will be left up through the festival on Sunday. There will also be sugar skulls available to paint and place on the altar.
Families can make the sugar skulls and walk the labyrinth.
We will be celebrating and giving a money gift to Pastor Hazel for obtaining her citizenship. If you are interested in helping to fund this, please put your money in an offering envelope, and write Hazel Citizenship for the designation.
This year United Protestant Presbyterian Church in Palmer is helping me host a Día De Los Muertos celebration on Sunday, November 5 from 1pm-5pm. It is a time to remember loved ones who have passed on; it is particularly special to my children and I this year as we remember someone very special to us. Join us in the festivities! Bring pictures or tokens of those individuals that have been special to you and place them on our communal alter. There will be music, arts and crafts projects, food and celebration.
Day of the Dead is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Church holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people of Latin America have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones. Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico and the Catholic world… Italy, Spain, South America and the Philippines all celebrate All Souls and All Saints Day on November 1st and 2nd. Special Masses and cleaning of the cemetery tombs are part of the traditional activities… however it’s only in Central and Southern Mexico where the colorful parties take place in the cemeteries and elaborate ofrenda altars are built in the homes to honor specific family members who have passed on.
Weather permitting we will pull carrots, dig potatoes, and generally clean up the garden for winter on Saturday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. There are inside jobs like washing carrots to do as well as outside jobs. I hope to see you there. Many hands make light work.