St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church

3800 East Third Street

Bloomington, Indiana 47401

News & Events — October 2005




October 2005

Monroe County United Ministries' Food Pantry featured items for October are Cleaning Supplies — Laundry soap, toothpaste, dish soap and general purpose household cleaners.

Saturday October 1, 2005

Brothers! Spiritual Growth Group meets at 9:00 a.m. in Room 3.

Artists Spiritual Growth Group meets at 9:00 a.m. in Room 13.

In The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron says that "Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God." The Artist Spiritual Growth Group, "The Creative Way," will provide a forum to share our work with others from St. Thomas in a supportive, respectful environment. We will utilize principles from The Artist's Way. Familiarity with the book will be helpful, but is not required. The group will meet on the first Saturday of each month at St. Thomas, from 9-10 a.m.

October 2, 2005

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 22) (Liturgical Color: Green

Look down from heaven, O God; behold and tend this vine. (Psalm 80: 14)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Adoration — Felix Borowski (Gregory Weber, saxophone)

Entrance Hymn: Gather Us, Great Abundant Creator (printed in the bulletin)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Responsive Reading: Psalm 19
Second Lesson: Philippians 3: 4b-14
Holy Gospel: Matthew 21: 33-46

Children's Sermon: Ryan and Alicia Taylor-Byers

Homily: "What About Me?" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: A New Commandment (With One Voice 664)

Responses to the Word

Offertory: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree — Elizabeth Poston (Adult Choir)

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: We All Are One in Mission (With One Voice 755)

Communion Hymn: Blessed Assurance (With One Voice 699)

Sending Hymn: Here I Am, Lord (With One Voice 752)

Postlude: Trumpet Tune in D — David N. Johnson

Deacon: Lyman Hitchcock

Lector: Bob Cutter

Acolyte: Alex Nixon

Server: Paul Reynolds

Ushers: Gene and Gayl Laughman

Greeters: Ron and Jean Brown

Nursery: Mary Sasse

Council Coordinator: Allan Buhr

Sunday Church School from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Godly Play, ages 3 to Kindergarten in Room 8

Grades 1-2 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Room 15

Grades 3-4 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Rooms 12/13

Grades 5-6 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Room 14

Junior High in Room 16

Senior High in Room 17

Adult Bible Study in Room 17

Culture of Conversation in the Sanctuary

Worship at 11:00 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Adoration — Felix Borowski (Gregory Web, saxophone)

Entrance Hymn: Gather Us, Great Abundant Creator (printed in the bulletin)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Exodus 20: 1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Responsive Reading: Psalm 19
Second Lesson: Philippians 3: 4b-14
Holy Gospel: Matthew 21: 33-46

Children's Sermon: Ryan and Alicia Taylor-Byers

Homily: "What About Me?" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: A New Commandment (With One Voice 664)

Responses to the Word

Offertory: Panis Angelicus — César Franck (Gregory Weber, saxophone)

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: We All Are One in Mission (With One Voice 755)

Communion Hymn: Blessed Assurance (With One Voice 699)

Sending Hymn: Here I Am, Lord (With One Voice 752)

Postlude: Trumpet Tune in D — David N. Johnson

Deacon: Kris Frampton

Lector: Deb Moore

Acolyte: Chris Ohslund

Server: Dorothy Soudakoff

Ushers: Allan and Helen Mayfield

Greeter: Margrethe O'Connor

Nursery: LeAnn Lipe and Sarah Isaacson

Council Coordinator: Deb Moore

Altar Care: Shirley Mingee and Susan Lehr

Flowers: Allan and Helen Mayfield and Michael and Deborah Hall

Bread and Wine: Carol Seaman

Lutheran Campus Ministry Lunch following the 11:00 service — all students welcome! Please gather near the kitchen. Today's lunch is provided by Chris Ogan.

Property Committee meets at 6:00 p.m.

Monday October 3, 2005

Bloomington Community Band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

[ENS News: Church's mission is focus for Executive Council's October meeting]

[ENS News: Israel/Palestine: Report recommends corporate engagement, positive investment]

[ENS News: House of Bishops reports, resources available online]

[ENS News: Out of Deep Waters: Hurricane-hit diocese begins to discern its future]

[LCMS News: Mission partnership launches work in Dominican Republic]

[NCC News: Edgar urges FEMA to use caution in reimbursing faith-based groups]

[NCC News: NCC: weakening of Endangered Species Act could lead to extinction of some species]

Tuesday October 4, 2005

Worship Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. in Room 7.

[ENS News: Anglican Cycle of Prayer 2006 takes on a new form]

[ENS News: Eames speaks at Virginia seminary on reality of Communion]

[RNS News: "Transform The World" - US Churches Prepare For World Council Of Churches' 9th Assembly]

Ramadan begins

Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday October 5, 2005

There's a Place At The Table for you. The Wednesday Lunch Group meets for devotions, prayer and study of next Sunday's scriptures at noon in Room 3 for one hour. Bring a brown bag lunch.

Spanish Class meeets at 5:30 p.m. at Scholar's Inn.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Bible Study at 5:30 p.m. at Rose House.

Honors Band meets at 6:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

Sacred Space Task Force meets at 7:00 p.m.

St. Thomas Men are invited to attend weekly Bible Study and Fellowship from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 3.

Sacred Space Design Task Force meets at 7:00 p.m. in Room 13.

Worship from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.

Join us for a Weekly Worship on Wednesday Evenings (W3) Invite a friend or neighbor to come to St. Thomas for worship and fellowship, a quiet time during our hectic lives.

Gathering music will begin at 7:15. We'll learn some new music and share the old familiar hymns. Child care will be provided. Join us for this exciting new ministry.

[ENS News: Eames delivers second lecture on Communion at Virginia seminary]

Thursday October 6, 2005

Finance Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. in Room 7.

Qeq'chi is one of 23 Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala and the language of our friends in Chichipate, home of St. Thomas' Sister Parish community. Indrek Park, a linguistics scholar at IU, began learning Qeq'chi as a delegate to Guatemala in January 2003. He will offer classes in Qeq'chi for all who are interested in traveling to Guatemala with the next delegation this November — or any who are just interested! The class meets at 6:00 p.m. at Rose House.

Choirs rehearse at 7:00 p.m.

[ELCA News: ELCA Bishops Hear Presiding Bishop's Thanks, View of Assembly Actions]

[ENS News: ERD plans multi-year response to hurricanes, reaches $10 million in contributions]

[LCMS News: Eight college fairs set for fall]

[RNS News: Report Finds That Seminary Graduates Are Deeper In Debt]

Francis of Assisi, renewer of the Church, 1226; Theodor Fliedner, renewer of society, 1864 (Liturgical Color: White)

Friday October 7, 2005

[ENS News: Visual Arts 'Hard Copy' exhibition on view at General Seminary]

[LCMS News: Youth Ministry extends date to confirm Youth Gathering site]

[LCMS News: `Point of Truth` episodes to focus on `Ablaze!`]

[LCMS News: Ahlersmeyer named president of Concordia, Ann Arbor]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Germans and the Holocaust]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Supreme Court Nominee Harriet Miers]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: James Yee]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Anglican Communion Update]

Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, missionary to America, 1787 (Liturgical Color: White)

Saturday October 8, 2005

Brothers! Spiritual Growth Group meets at 9:00 a.m. in Room 3.

I-K Synod Global Mission Meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the I-K Synod Downstairs Conference Room Contact April Lynch at (317) 253-3522 or alynch@iksynod.org

[ENS News: Hurricane relief strategy outlined as Executive Council meeting opens]

October 9 to 14, 2005

Older Adult Ministry Week

October 9, 2005

Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 23) (Liturgical Color: Green)

You spread a table before me, and my cup is running over. (Psalm 23: 5)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Préambule (Psalm 23: 2) — Percy Whitlock

Entrance Hymn: All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly (printed in the bulletin)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 25: 1-9
Responsive Reading: Psalm 23
Second Lesson: Philippians 4: 1-9
Holy Gospel: Matthew 22: 1-14

Homily: "Straight Talk About Faith and Worship" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: Now We Join in Celebration (Lutheran Book of Worship 203)

Responses to the Word

Offertory: Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, Op. Posth. 122, No. 5 — Johannes Brahms

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Lutheran Book of Worship 456)

Communion Hymn: O Living Bread from Heaven (Lutheran Book of Worship 197)

Sending Hymn: O Savior, Precious Savior (Lutheran Book of Worship 514)

Postlude: Präludium in a minor — Johannes Brahms

Deacon: Indrek Park

Lector: Sue Berg

Acolyte: Hannah Wood

Server: Betty Smith

Ushers: Gene and Gayl Laughman

Greeters: Mark and Charlene Braun

Nursery: Joan Burt

Council Coordinator: Dan Seegert

Sunday Church School from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Godly Play, ages 3 to Kindergarten in Room 8

Grades 1-2 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Room 15

Grades 3-4 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Rooms 12/13

Grades 5-6 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Room 14

Junior High in Room 16

Senior High in Room 17

Adult Bible Study in Room 17

Adult Forum in Heritage Hall — "Precarious Peace" video on Guatemala (Sister Parish Committee)

Inquirers' Class for new members and others meets in Room 3

Worship at 11:00 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Préambule (Psalm 23: 2) — Percy Whitlock

Entrance Hymn: All Who Hunger, Gather Gladly (printed in the bulletin)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 25: 1-9
Responsive Reading: Psalm 23
Second Lesson: Philippians 4: 1-9
Holy Gospel: Matthew 22: 1-14

Homily: "Straight Talk About Faith and Worship" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: Now We Join in Celebration (Lutheran Book of Worship 203)

Responses to the Word

Offertory: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need — Virgil Thomson (Adult Choir)

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: The King of Love My Shepherd Is (Lutheran Book of Worship 456)

Communion Hymn: O Living Bread from Heaven (Lutheran Book of Worship 197)

Sending Hymn: O Savior, Precious Savior (Lutheran Book of Worship 514)

Postlude: Präludium in a minor — Johannes Brahms

Deacon: Ellen Mills

Lector: Hannah Fidler and Haley Garl

Acolyte: Meg Garl

Server: Carol Seaman

Ushers: Deborah Owens and Kaye Hill, assisted by Andrew Eichmiller and Sarah Julovich

Greeters: Tim and Deb Moore

Nursery: Mary Krupinski and Ben Eichmiller

Council Coordinator: Jennifer Garl

Altar Care: Barb Unger and Nona Johnson

Flowers: Debra Schmidt and Tim and Deb Moore

Bread and Wine: Rick and Susan Goldsworthy

Parents of Youth going to the 2006 Youth Gathering meet briefly with Ryan & Alicia after the 11:00 a.m. service.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Lunch following the 11:00 service — all students welcome! Please gather near the kitchen.

Sacred Harp Singing from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark's United Methodist.

Friday Musicale Group meets in Sanctuary from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Youth Groups meet from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Congregation Council meets at 6:00 p.m.

[ENS News: 'Positive investment' in Israel-Palestine central to Council action]

Monday October 10, 2005

Indiana University Choral Rehearsal at 2:30 p.m.

Sister Parish Delegate Orientation at 6:30 p.m. at Rose House

Bloomington Community Band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

[ENS News: Flooding devastates Central American communities, ERD responds]

[ENS News: Asian earthquake prompts prayers and pledges]

[ENS News: Summary of resolutions passed by Executive Council]

[ENS News: Lay employees: Council seeks employment equity]

[ENS News: Disaster-preparedness plans needed, Executive Council says]

[LCMS News: LCMS World Relief accepting donations for earthquake relief]

[LWF News: German Theologian Dr Eva-Sibylle Vogel-Mfato Is LWF Europe Area Secretary]

[LWF News: New Youth Council Member Michel Ngoy Mulunda]

[LWF News: German Theologian Dr Eva-Sibylle Vogel-Mfato Is LWF Europe Area Secretary]

[LWF News: New Youth Council Member Michel Ngoy Mulunda]

Tuesday October 11, 2005

Extension Homemakers meet at 1:00 p.m. in Rooms 12 and 13

Worship Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. in Room 7.

[ENS News: Church Publishing acquires Morehouse, Living the Good News]

[ENS News: Black congregational development conference set for November 13-18 at Kanuga]

[ENS News: Mauritian bishop underscores theological education, Anglican unity as priorities]

Wednesday October 12, 2005

Liturgy information session at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary followed by Oktoberfest at Warner's

Honors Band meets at 6:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Bible Study at 5:30 p.m. at Rose House.

St. Thomas Men are invited to attend weekly Bible Study and Fellowship from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Rooms 12 and 13.

Christians in the Natural World Spiritual Growth Group meets at 6:30 p.m. in Room 7.

Spiritual Journaling Spiritual Growth Group meets at 6:30 p.m. in Room 13.

Christian Education Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. in Rooms 16 and 17.

Worship from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.

Join us for a Weekly Worship on Wednesday Evenings (W3) Invite a friend or neighbor to come to St. Thomas for worship and fellowship, a quiet time during our hectic lives.

Gathering music will begin at 7:15. We'll learn some new music and share the old familiar hymns. Child care will be provided. Join us for this exciting new ministry.

[ENS News: Eames issues warning on future of World Anglicanism]

[ENS News: Presiding Bishop thanks Senator John McCain in letter for senate action regarding Guantanamo detainees]

[LCMS News: 2007 Gathering returns to Orlando, shifting site from New Orleans]

Thursday October 13, 2005

Indiana University Choral Rehearsal at 2:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Qeq'chi is one of 23 Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala and the language of our friends in Chichipate, home of St. Thomas' Sister Parish community. Indrek Park, a linguistics scholar at IU, began learning Qeq'chi as a delegate to Guatemala in January 2003. He will offer classes in Qeq'chi for all who are interested in traveling to Guatemala with the next delegation this November — or any who are just interested! The class meets at 6:00 p.m. at Rose House.

Choir rehearsal at 7:00 p.m.

[ENS News: Reconciliation perspectives, workbook offered by seminary dean]

Yom Kippur

Friday October 14, 2005

Indiana University Choral Recital at 8:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

The Passion according to St. John by Arvo Pärt sung by the IU Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Carmen Helena Téllez, Music Director.

Youth Event (IU Madness) — meet at church at 6:45 p.m.

[ENS News: Methodist, Episcopal bishops hold first-ever dialogue]

[ENS News: Danforth holds mirror to religious-political right, left]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Sri Lanka Tsunami Relief]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Anthony Shadid on Iraq]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Ramadan]

[RNS News: Charles E. Blair Foundation Announces Completion Of Project To Fund 1,000 Evangelical Churches In Ethiopia]

Day of Thanksgiving (Canada) (Liturgical Color: White)

You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths overflow with plenty. (Psalm 65: 12)

Massie L. Kennard, renewer of the church, 1996 (Liturgical Color: White)

Saturday October 15, 2005

Brothers! Spiritual Growth Group meets at 9:00 a.m. in Room 3.

Youth Group — Jars of Clay concert at Sherwood Oaks at 7:00 p.m. (Tickets are $17.50; please see Ryan or Alicia if you want to reserve your spot)

[ENS News: South Asian earthquake relief continues through ERD]

Teresa de Jesús, teacher, renewer of the church, 1582 (Liturgical Color: White)

October 16, 2005

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 24) (Liturgical Color: Green)

Ascribe to the LORD honor and power. (Psalm 96: 7)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Prelude on "Rhosymedre" — Ralph Vaughan Williams

Entrance Hymn: Not Alone for Mighty Empire (Lutheran Book of Worship 437)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 45: 1-7
Responsive Reading: Psalm 96: 1-9 [10-13]
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10
Holy Gospel: Matthew 22: 15-22

Homily: "Save Us From Smugness" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: Lift Every Voice and Sing (Lutheran Book of Worship 562)

Responses to the Word

Offertory: O Taste and See — Ralph Vaughan Williams (Adult Choir)

Alla Sarabanda — Ralph Vaughan Williams

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: When Our Song Says Peace (reprinted from New Hymns and Songs)

Communion Hymn: O God of Life's Great Mystery (Lutheran Book of Worship 201)

Sending Hymn: O God of Earth and Altar (Lutheran Book of Worship 428)

Postlude: Praeludium and Fugue in e minor — Johann Krebs

Deacon: Betty Smith

Lector: Susan Colston

Acolyte: Tom Sowinski

Server: Sue Berg

Ushers: Ruth Engs-Franz and Jeff Franz

Greeter: Kay Isaacson

Nursery: Nancy Winningham

Council Coordinator: Debbie Moore

Sunday Church School from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Godly Play, ages 3 to Kindergarten in Room 8

Grades 1-2 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Room 15

Grades 3-4 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Rooms 12/13

Grades 5-6 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Room 14

Junior High in Room 16

Senior High in Room 17

Adult Bible Study in Room 17

Adult Forum in Heritage Hall — Guatemala and Mission Delegation (Sister Parish Committee)

Inquirers' Class for new members and others meets in Room 3

Worship at 11:00 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Prelude on "Rhosymedre" — Ralph Vaughan Williams

Entrance Hymn: Not Alone for Mighty Empire (Lutheran Book of Worship 437)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 45: 1-7
Responsive Reading: Psalm 96: 1-9 [10-13]
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10
Holy Gospel: Matthew 22: 15-22

Homily: "Save Us From Smugness" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: Lift Every Voice and Sing (Lutheran Book of Worship 562)

Responses to the Word

Offertory: Christ Be My Leader — Michael Bedford (Children's Choir)

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: When Our Song Says Peace (reprinted from New Hymns and Songs)

Communion Hymn: O God of Life's Great Mystery (Lutheran Book of Worship 201)

Sending Hymn: O God of Earth and Altar (Lutheran Book of Worship 428)

Postlude: Praeludium and Fugue in e minor — Johann Krebs

Deacon: Indrek Park

Lector: Carol Seaman

Acolyte: Emily Garl

Server: Dean Arnold

Ushers: Dave and Rita Pavolka

Greeter: Chris Ogan

Nursery: Jane Warner and Haley Garl

Council Coordinator: Dean Arnold

Altar Care: Laurel Reynolds and Pauline Caldwell

Flowers: Penny Pennington

Bread and Wine: Jerry and Betty Smith

Lutheran Campus Ministry Lunch following the 11:00 service — all students welcome! Please gather near the kitchen.

Lutheran Hills Appreciation Day Cookout at the camp. Worship is at 10:00, cookout at noon. There will be games, crafts, and hayrides.

Women's Chorus Rehearsal at 7:00 p.m.

October 17 to 19, 2005

2005 Brown Country Adventure at Lutheran Hills

A three day excursion for adult couples and singles, based at Lutheran Hills, that explores the main streets and back streets of Nashville and Brown County, IN. Your guide and host is Judy Rehmel (Vice President of the Indiana-Kentucky Synod) who will guide your trip through Nashville for browsing antique shops, galleries, wine tasting, dining at the Abe Martin Lodge at Brown Co. State Park, and the beautiful fall colors of Brown County. Pastor Deb Dingus (Lord of Life Lutheran Church, West Chester OH) will serve as Chaplain. Contact us for complete schedule and registration packet. $90.

Monday October 17, 2005

Spinners and Weavers meet at 6:30 p.m. in Rooms 16 and 17.

Bloomington Community Band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

[ENS News: Young Adult Ministry Network celebrates ministries in abundance at Denver meeting]

[ENS News: 'A vision seen, a call obeyed' by American Churches in Europe at convention]

[Religion News Service News: Jim Wallis And David Beckmann Represent Chorus Of Religious Leaders Urging Protection Of Food Stamps]

Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, martyr, c. 115 (Liturgical Color: Red)

October 18-24, 2005

Sukkot

Tuesday October 18, 2005

Andy Kotylo's Organ Recital in Music Annex 406/407 at 7:00 p.m.

I-K Synod Social Ministry Meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Synod Office Chapel.

[ENS News: Boyer set to speak at October 29 workshop in Virginia]

[ENS News: Episcopal Church leaders endorse comprehensive immigration reform legislation]

St. Luke, Evangelist (Liturgical Color: Red)

Our help is in the name of the LORD. (Psalm 124: 8)

Wednesday October 19, 2005

There's a Place At The Table for you. The Wednesday Lunch Group meets for devotions, prayer and study of next Sunday's scriptures at noon in Room 3 for one hour. Bring a brown bag lunch.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Bible Study at 5:30 p.m. at Rose House.

Junior High Honors Band meets at 6:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

St. Thomas Men are invited to attend weekly Bible Study and Fellowship from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Rooms 12 and 13.

Ministry Coordination Team meets at 7:15 p.m. in Room 7.

Worship from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.

Join us for a Weekly Worship on Wednesday Evenings (W3) Invite a friend or neighbor to come to St. Thomas for worship and fellowship, a quiet time during our hectic lives.

Gathering music will begin at 7:15. We'll learn some new music and share the old familiar hymns. Child care will be provided. Join us for this exciting new ministry.

[ENS News: Los Angeles pilgrims hear challenges of Holy Land Christians]

[ENS News: Presiding Bishop calls on Congress to oppose budget package]

[ENS News: Episcopal Church's audit report now available online]

[ENS News: Evolution controversy puts Wichita woman's faith under the microscope]

[ENS News: 'Give that woman a chair,' Olympia bishop tells St. Margaret's gathering]

Thursday October 20, 2005

Qeq'chi is one of 23 Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala and the language of our friends in Chichipate, home of St. Thomas' Sister Parish community. Indrek Park, a linguistics scholar at IU, began learning Qeq'chi as a delegate to Guatemala in January 2003. He will offer classes in Qeq'chi for all who are interested in traveling to Guatemala with the next delegation this November — or any who are just interested! The class meets at 6:00 p.m. at Rose House.

Adult Choir rehearses at 7:00 p.m.

[ENS News: Palestinian education is central to Los Angeles parish partnership]

[LWF News: Churches, Civil Society Organizations Affirm Continued Advocacy for Debt Cancellation]

[LWF News: Looking Back at 30 Years of Life-Changing Experience]

[NCC News: Church Council Calls Proposed $50 Billion Cuts To U.S. Social Programs 'Inconceivable']

Friday October 21, 2005

[ENS News: 'Diversity is a wonderful gift from God']

[ENS News: New Orleans cathedral's bicentennial celebrated in Thanksgiving special]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Faith and Family in America Survey]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Religion and Suicide]

Saturday October 22, 2005

Brothers! Spiritual Growth Group meets at 9:00 a.m. in Room 3.

LYO meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Synod Office Chapel.

[LWF News: Chilean President Commends Lutherans' Commitment to Human Rights]

October 23, 2005

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost (Proper 25) (Liturgical Color: Green)

Their delight is in the law of the LORD. (Psalm 1: 2)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, Variation 1 — attributed to Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Entrance Hymn: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (Lutheran Book of Worship 549)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18
Responsive Reading: Psalm 1
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8
Holy Gospel: Matthew 22: 34-46

Homily: Alicia Taylor-Byers

Hymn of the Day: Let Me Be Yours Forever (Lutheran Book of Worship 490)

Responses to the Word

Offertory: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, S. 1115 — Johann Sebastian Bach

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart (Lutheran Book of Worship 325)

Sending Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Lutheran Book of Worship 315)

Postlude: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, Variation 4 — attributed to Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Presider: Pastor Lyle McKee

Deacon: Betty Smith

Lector: Lyman Hitchcock

Acolyte: Hannah Wood

Server: Linda Zellmer

Ushers: Larry and Sue Berg

Greeter: Mary Sasse

Nursery: Celina Nierzwicki

Council Coordinator: Missy Eichmiller

Sunday Church School from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Godly Play, ages 3 to Kindergarten in Room 8

Grades 1-2 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Room 15

Grades 3-4 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Rooms 12/13

Grades 5-6 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Room 14

Junior High in Room 16

Senior High in Room 17

Adult Bible Study in Rooms 12 and 14, studying the Gospel of John

Adult Forum in Heritage Hall — International Development (Chris Ogan)

Worship at 11:00 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, Variation 1 — attributed to Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Entrance Hymn: Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven (Lutheran Book of Worship 549)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Leviticus 19: 1-2, 15-18
Responsive Reading: Psalm 1
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 2: 1-8
Holy Gospel: Matthew 22: 34-46

Homily: Alicia Taylor-Byers

Hymn of the Day: Let Me Be Yours Forever (Lutheran Book of Worship 490)

Responses to the Word

Offertory: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree  (Adult Choir)

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart (Lutheran Book of Worship 325)

Sending Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling (Lutheran Book of Worship 315)

Postlude: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, Variation 4 — attributed to Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Presider: Pastor Lyle McKee

Deacon: Ellen Mills

Lector: Chris Ogan

Acolyte: Allison Welken

Server: Sharon Fawbush

Ushers: Mark and Sue Head

Greeter: Marian Baughman

Nursery: Dean and Sandy Arnold

Council Coordinator: Missy Eichmiller

Altar Care: Jean Brown and Charlene Braun

Flowers: Bob Cutter and Lester and Gladys Dorman

Bread and Wine: Mark and Charlene Braun

The rose on the altar announces the birth of Teagan Riley, daughter of Shane and Laura (Boggess) Hanna and grandchild of Darrell and Kathleen Boggess, born Wednesday, October 19.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Lunch following the 11:00 service — all students welcome! Please gather near the kitchen.

New Members Class will begin on Sunday evening, October 23 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in rooms 16/17 (by the kitchen). If you are interested in joining the St. Thomas Congregation, please come to these informative classes!

Youth Groups meet at 5:30 p.m.

Women's Chorus rehearses at 7:00 p.m.

[ENS News: In Hiroshima, Presiding Bishop preaches at Resurrection Church]

[ENS News: Japan's Anglican leaders welcome Presiding Bishop for visit affirming shared 'journey of reconciliation']

James of Jerusalem, martyr (Liturgical Color: Red)

Monday October 24, 2005

November Newsletter Deadline

Bloomington Community Band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

[ENS News: Live internet discussion focuses on religions and Middle East policy]

[NCC News: Symposium sees a future for the ecumenical movement, though not in the form of councils and institutions]

Tuesday October 25, 2005

The Retired Group will tour the Tibetan Cultural Center followed by noon lunch at Ladyman's Café. Meet at the church at 10:00 a.m. to carpool to the Center. To make a reservation please call Pauline Caldwell.

Girl Scouts meet at 6:00 p.m.

[ELCA News: ELCA Announces Two Leadership Appointments]

[ENS News: Korean peninsula reunification affirmed by Presiding Bishop]

[ENS News: DuBose Lectures explore theology of church architecture]

[ENS News: Religious leaders call on Hastert to oppose housing restrictions]

[ENS News: Peace in Jerusalem means peace for the world, Bishop Riah says]

[NCC News: Edgar: 2000th death in Iraq is a 'tragic milestone' that 'didn't have to happen.']

[NCC News: National Council of Churches Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Rosa Parks]

Shemini Atzeret

Wednesday October 26, 2005

There's a Place At The Table for you. The Wednesday Lunch Group meets for devotions, prayer and study of next Sunday's scriptures at noon in Room 3 for one hour. Bring a brown bag lunch.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Bible Study at 5:30 p.m. at Rose House.

Junior High Honors Band meets at 6:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

St. Thomas Men are invited to attend weekly Bible Study and Fellowship from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Rooms 12 and 13.

Spiritual Journaling Spiritual Growth Group meets at 6:30 p.m. in Room 7.

Worship from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m.

Join us for a Weekly Worship on Wednesday Evenings (W3) Invite a friend or neighbor to come to St. Thomas for worship and fellowship, a quiet time during our hectic lives.

Gathering music will begin at 7:15. We'll learn some new music and share the old familiar hymns. Child care will be provided. Join us for this exciting new ministry.

[ELCA News: ELCA Publisher Cautiously Optimistic as 2005 Nears End]

[ELCA News: Lutherans Continue Damage Assessment Following Hurricane Wilma]

[ENS News: Korea's Anglicans welcome Presiding Bishop, collaboration on reunification]

Philipp Nicolai, 1608; Johann Heermann, 1647; Paul Gerhardt, 1676; hymnwriters (Liturgical Color: White)

Simhat Torah

Thursday October 27, 2005

Qeq'chi is one of 23 Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala and the language of our friends in Chichipate, home of St. Thomas' Sister Parish community. Indrek Park, a linguistics scholar at IU, began learning Qeq'chi as a delegate to Guatemala in January 2003. He will offer classes in Qeq'chi for all who are interested in traveling to Guatemala with the next delegation this November — or any who are just interested! The class meets at 6:00 p.m. at Rose House.

Choirs practice at 7:00 p.m.

Lutheran Campus Ministry Board meets at 6:45 p.m. at Rose House.

[ELCA News: Lutheran Men in Mission Takes First Steps in Three-Year Plans]

[LCMS News: Responding to weary after Wilma's wallop]

[LCMS News: 'Headcount' at Synod colleges hits new record]

[LCMS News: Members help churches clean up from Katrina, Rita]

[LCMS News: High school finds benefits in offering classes online]

[LCMS News: Sem plans relief trip; invites laypeople to come]

[LCMS News: 'Lutherhostels' offer opportunities for learning, say participants]

[LCMS News: St. Louis seminary chorus announces Advent tour]

[LCMS News: Gamaliel dies; led seminary in India]

[LCMS News: Dealing with disaster: What is a Christian to make of the tragedy?]

[LCMS News: New `Leaders Notes` help teach stewardship principles]

[LCMS News: LCMS World Relief accepting funds for quake, flood relief]

[LWF News: LWF Council Members Share Insights on Israeli-Palestinian Program]

Friday October 28, 2005

Pipes Spooktacular, the Annual Halloween Organ Music Concert sponsored by the Bloomington AGO chapter, at 7:30 p.m.

Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 — Richard Strauss

   (Scott "Evil" Elsholz)

Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565 — Johann Sebastian Bach

   (an unholy legion of organists)

Toot Suite, S. 212: Preloud — P.D.Q. Bach

   (James "Ghoulish" Guyer and Nancy "Ghostly" Guyer)

Sonata in c minor: Fugue — Julius Reubke

   (Andrew "Killer" Kotylo)

Toot Suite, S. 212: O.K. Chorale — P.D.Q. Bach

   (James "Ghoulisher" Guyer and Sarah "Chiller" Childress)

Suite Gothique, Op. 25: Toccata — Leon Boëllmann

   (Benjamin "Spook" Straley)

Pumpkin Carols

   (David "Den of Sin" Sinden)

Fantaisie No. 2 — Jehan Alain

   (Avi "Franken" Stein)

Toot Suite, S. 212: Fuga Vulgaris — P.D.Q. Bach

   (James "Ghoulishest" Guyer and Sarah "Chillier" Childress)

Toccata in b minor — Eugène Gigout

   (Chris "Shredder" Schroeder)

Flights of Fancy: Tango Fantastico — William Albright

   (Christopher "Darth Vader" Young)

[ELCA News: Women of the ELCA Executive Board Welcomes, Adjusts, Changes]

[ELCA News: Lutheran Pastor from New Orleans to Help Debut Television Program]

[ENS News: Out of Deep Waters: New Orleans kids find a place in Newark]

[ENS News: ERD assists Florida communities impacted by Hurricane Wilma]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Faith and Family in America, Part One: Beliefs and Behavior

St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles (Liturgical Color: Red)

In the LORD have I taken refuge (Psalm 11: 1)

Milvian Bridge Day

Saturday October 29, 2005

Brothers! Spiritual Growth Group meets at 9:00 a.m. in Room 3.

[ELCA News: ELCA Presiding Bishop's Statement on the Life of Rosa Parks]

[LWF News: LWF Sunday 2005 Focuses on HIV/AIDS]

October 30, 2005

Reformation Sunday (Liturgical Color: Red)

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. (Psalm 46: 4)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Ein feste Burg, S. 720 — Johann Sebastian Bach

Entrance Hymn: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Lutheran Book of Worship 229)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Jeremiah 31: 31-34
Responsive Reading: Psalm 46
Second Lesson: Romans 3: 19-28
Holy Gospel: John 8: 31-36

Homily: Testimonies by the Confirmands; "Three Birthdays" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (Lutheran Book of Worship 230)

Responses to the Word

Offertory: Holy God We Praise Thy Name — John Ferguson (Adult Choir)

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Amazing Grace (Lutheran Book of Worship 448)

Communion Hymn: Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness (Lutheran Book of Worship 224)

Sending Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God (Lutheran Book of Worship 533)

Postlude: Toccata and Fugue in d minor, S. 565 — Johann Sebastian Bach

Deacon: Betty Smith

Lector: Linda Zellmer

Acolyte: Alex Nixon

Server: David Ellies

Ushers: Frank Nierzwicki and Paul Reynolds

Greeters: Wayne and Lois Selk

Nursery: Ronna Papesh

Council Coordinator: Jennifer Steinbachs

Sunday Church School from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Godly Play, ages 3 to Kindergarten in Room 8

Grades 1-2 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Room 15

Grades 3-4 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Rooms 12/13

Grades 5-6 in the Sanctuary from 9:45 to 10:00 a.m., then in Room 14

Junior High in Room 16

Senior High in Room 17

Adult Bible Study in Room 17

Adult Forum in Heritage Hall — Council Q & A (preparation for congregational meeting on November 13)

Inquirers' Class for new members and others meets in Room 3

Worship at 11:00 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Ein feste Burg, S. 720 — Johann Sebastian Bach

Holy Baptism

Baptismal Hymn: I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry (With One Voice 770)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Micah 3: 5-12
Responsive Reading: Psalm 43
Second Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 2: 9-13
Holy Gospel: Matthew 23: 1-12

Homily: Testimonies by the Confirmands; "Three Birthdays" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (Lutheran Book of Worship 230)

Responses to the Word

Offertory: Holy God We Praise Thy Name — John Ferguson (Adult Choir)

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Amazing Grace (Lutheran Book of Worship 448)

Communion Hymn: Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness (Lutheran Book of Worship 224)

Sending Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God (Lutheran Book of Worship 533)

Postlude: Toccata and Fugue in d minor, S. 565 — Johann Sebastian Bach

Deacon: Andrew Klein

Lector: Allan Buhr

Acolyte: Ben Eichmiller

Server: Dean Arnold

Ushers: Phil and Lissa May

Greeters: Chris and Maren Foley

Nursery: Matt and Tiffany Shupe

Council Coordinator: Dean Arnold

Altar Care: Beverly Lingvai and Karen Blaisdell

Flowers: Frank and Mary Lou Nierzwicki

Bread and Wine: Jim and Kay Eagleman

We welcome through Holy Baptism Alexander Keith Shetterley, son of Robert and Lisa, grandson of Craig and Kathy McDonald, and brother to Eli.

Reception for Confirmands at 12:00 p.m.

Those being confirmed in the faith today are:
Emily Garl, daughter of Tim and Jennifer Garl
Celina Nierzwicki, daughter of Frank and Mary Lou Nierzwicki
Alison Welken, daughter of Wayne and Laurie Welken

Thanks also to musicians:
Phil and Lissa May, trumpets
Dave Pavolka, trombone
Kari Isaacson, horn

Lutheran Campus Ministry Lunch following the 11:00 service — all students welcome! Please gather near the kitchen. Today's lunch is provided by Lynn Weddle.

[ENS News: From Shanghai to Taipei, Presiding Bishop welcomed to church united, diverse]

[ENS News: In Taiwan, Presiding Bishop affirms cross-cultural understanding]

Monday October 31, 2005

Bloomington Community Band rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in Heritage Hall.

[ELCA News: ELCA Allocates $675,000 to Aid Survivors of Disasters Worldwide]

[ENS News: Black clergy charged to live the vision of God]

[ENS News: Global South Encounter outlines challenges]

[ENS News: Hurricane evacuees assisted through EMM sponsorship initiative]

[LWF News: First African American Lutheran Bishop Honored]

[LWF News: Lutherans' Biblical Understanding, a Significant Response to Emerging Movements]

Reformation Day (Liturgical Color: Red)

The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. (Psalm 46: 4)

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