St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran Church

3800 East Third Street

Bloomington, Indiana 47401

News & Events — January 2008




Tuesday January 1, 2008

[ENS News: Canterbury highlights environmental concerns in New Year message]

The Name of Jesus (Liturgical Color: White)

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. (Psalm 8: 1)

Wednesday January 2, 2008

Men's Group meets at 7:30 p.m.

Worship at 7:00 p.m.

[ELCA News: Registration opens for the 2008 'Coming of Age' Lutheran Men's Gathering]

[ENS News: Pakistan crisis draws comment, prayers from Church leaders]

[ENS News: Jerusalem bishop objects to conservative Anglicans' planned Holy Land pilgrimage]

[LCMS News: Lilly Endowment offers pastor-sabbatical grants]

[UCC News: With four days to spare, UCC's 100,000 for Peace clears $100K fundraising goal for Iraq War refugees]

[WCC News: WCC calls on Kenyan top political figures to abandon partisan postures and negotiate a political solution to the country's electoral dispute]

Johann Konrad Wilhelm Loehe, pastor, 1872 (Liturgical Color: White)

My soul longs, indeed it faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. (Psalm 84: 2)

Thursday January 3, 2008

[ELCA News: Lutherans Seek Resolution to Violent Dispute in Kenya]

[ENS News: Nevada consecration set for January 5]

[ENS News: Churches Uniting in Christ to gather in plenary meeting]

[Helsingin Sanomat: Record number of Finns quit Lutheran Church in 2007]

[LWF News: LWF Urges Constructive Dialogue to End Kenya's Post-Election Crisis]

January 4 and 5, 2008

I-K Synod Candidacy Committee Meeting at the Synod Office

Friday January 4, 2008

[ACNS News: Epiphany Now]

[ENS News: ERD reaches out to Kenya church partners in response to civil unrest]

[ENS News: In Kenya, Desmond Tutu joins church-backed bid to end violence]

[ENS News: In San Joaquin, Episcopal Church 'alive and well']

[LCMS News: LSA opens auctions to more Lutherans]

[LCMS News: LCMS missionaries OK in Kenya]

[LCMS News: Youth poll: 'My own faith' top concern]

[PNS News: PC(USA) missionary reflects on Bhutto assassination aftermath]

[PNS News: Kirkpatrick expresses 'alarm' at worsening conditions for all Gazans]

[PNS News: PDA responds to post-election violence in Kenya]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Religion and the Iowa Caucuses]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: L.A. Gang Czar]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Mandeans]

[WCC News: WCC president receives honor]

Saturday January 5, 2008

Property Committee meets at 10:00 a.m.

[LCMS News: Thrivent ups pledge to building alliance by $20 million]

January 6 to 11, 2008

LSTC offers a one-week intensive Urban Youth Ministry course

Urban youth workers, pastors, and seminarians will look at the gifts and challenges of urban youth ministry during a one-week intensive course at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

The Rev. Lawrence J. Clark, a veteran of urban youth ministry, and the Rev. Joy McDonald Coltvet will team teach "Urban Youth Ministry." Guest speakers from urban ministry settings will share their experiences and insights throughout the week.

Grounded in biblical and theological study this course will encourage participants to reflect, rethink, research, explore, and understand the impact of urban realities on young people.

Registration for the class is on November 14 and 15. Youth workers and pastors are encouraged to apply as non-degree/special students or audit the class.

ELCA rostered and youth leaders may use continuing education funds to cover the cost.

A limited number of need-based scholarships for youth ministry workers may also be available.

For more information on the Urban Youth Ministry course contact the Rev. Joy McDonald Coltvet at 800-635-1116 ext. 727 or by email at jmcdonal@lstc.edu.

January 6, 2008

The Epiphany Of Our Lord (Liturgical Color: White)

All kings shall bow down before him. (Psalm 72: 11)
Worship at 8:30 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: How Brightly Shines the Morning Star — settings by John Leavitt and Paul Manz

Entrance Hymn: As With Gladness Men of Old (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 302)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 60: 1-6
Responsive Reading: Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14
Second Lesson: Ephesians 3: 1-12
Holy Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12

Homily: Dr. Alan Friz

Hymn of the Day: How Brightly Sines the Morning Star (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 308)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: How Brightly Shines the Morning Star — Hugo Distler

organ voluntary

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Beautiful Savior (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 838)

Communion Hymn: The Only Son From Heaven (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 309)

Sending Hymn: Arise, Your Light Has Come! (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 314)

Postlude: Processional — William Mathias

Presider: Pastor Kelli Skram

Deacon: Lynn Weddle

Lector: Jerry Smith

Acolyte: Alex Nixon

Server: Gene Laughman

Ushers: Larry and Sue Berg

Greeter: Mary Sasse

Nursery: Joan Burt

Council Coordinator: Melissa Eichmiller

Godly Play meets in the new Godly play room next to the nursery.

Grades K — 6th gather in rooms 14 & 15.

Confirmation Class meets in room 16.

Worship at 11:00 a.m.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: How Brightly Shines the Morning Star — settings by John Leavitt and Paul Manz

Entrance Hymn: As With Gladness Men of God (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 302)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 60: 1-6
Responsive Reading: Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14
Second Lesson: Ephesians 3: 1-12
Holy Gospel: Matthew 2: 1-12

Homily: Dr. Alan Friz

Hymn of the Day: How Brightly Shines the Morning Star (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 308)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Arise, Shine — Donald Pearson

Adult Choir

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Beautiful Savior (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 838)

Communion Hymn: The Only Son From Heaven (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 309)

Sending Hymn: Arise, Your Light Has Come! (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 314)

Postlude: Processional — William Mathias

Presider: Pastor Kelli Skram

Deacon: Shari Rogge Fidler

Lector: Dean Arnold

Acolyte: Mailyn Fidler

Server: Katie Anderson

Ushers: Allan and Helen Mayfield

Greeter: Margrethe O'Connor

Nursery: Matt and Tiffany Shupe

Council Coordinator: Jennifer Garl

Altar Care: Beverly Lingvai and Deborah O'Brien

Bread and Wine: Chris Ogan

We welcome Dr. Alan Friz from Huntingburg Indiana, who is providing this morning's sermon.

Youth Group meets at 5:30 p.m. for Part II of "Find Your Fit". Spiritual gifts is the theme. We'll explore the different spiritual gifts we have as a group and now those gifts fit together.

Monday January 7, 2008

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

Worship Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. in Room 12.

I-K Synod Interim Pastors Meeting in the Synod Downstairs Conference Room.

[ENS News: Melting pot at boiling point?]

[ENS News: Presiding Bishop declares February 10 Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday]

[PNS News: Tutu is hopeful for a peaceful Kenyan outcome]

[PNS News: An ever-present witness]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Mike Huckabee: Faith and Politics]

[UCC News: Religious opponents of death penalty see new momentum]

Tuesday January 8, 2008

Finance Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. in the Office.

[ELCA News: Valparaiso University Names Mark Heckler, ELCA Member, Its Next President]

[ELCA News: Registration opens for Ecumenical Advocacy Days]

[ENS News: Joint Working Group on Catholicity and Globalization issues communiqué]

[LCMS News: World Mission, POBLO co-sponsor 'Jesus and Muslims' conference]

[NCC News: Kinnamon sends messages of concern to church councils in Pakistan, Kenya]

[PNS News: George F. Barber III resigning as president of Montreat Conference Center]

[RCA News: Global Mission to Support New Church Starts]

Wednesday January 9, 2008

Altar Guild meets at 7:00 p.m. in Room 17.

[ENS News: 'A home where God is': San Juan Capistrano church offers do-it-yourself blessing kits]

[ENS News: Dan Edwards consecrated as 10th bishop of Nevada]

[PNS News: Christian Churches Together holds second annual meeting]

[PNS News: Kenyan churches, including Presbyterian congregations, assist in peace effort, relief work]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Hillary Clinton: Speeches Past and Present]

[UCC News: Survey: 'Unchurched' Americans say church is 'full of hypocrites']

[WCC News: WCC sees signs of hope in Kenya, praises churches for peacemaking role]

Thursday January 10, 2008

Adult Choir rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

Christian Education Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. in Room 17.

Mission Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. in Room 12.

[ELCA News: Lutherans survey tornado-affected areas in Wisconsin]

[ENS News: Directors named for three new Mission Centers]

[ENS News: Scam emails from Sudan target U.S. Episcopalians]

[ENS News: In Kenya, Episcopal Relief and Development responds to civil unrest]

[NCC News: National Council of Churches' Justice for Women Working Group calls for observance of National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness]

[PNS News: It takes a village: Summer programs provide youngsters chance to help with Katrina recovery]

[PNS News: Up close and personal: Reflections from a PC(USA) mission co-worker in Kenya]

[PNS News: Healthy aging Web site goes online]

[PNS News: PC(USA) Pakistan missionaries safe after latest bombing in Lahore]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: John McCain: Message to Republican Jewish Forum]

Friday January 11, 2008

[ENS News: San Joaquin's remaining Episcopalians to gather for reconciliation, inclusion, celebration]

[ENS News: Plans for Holy Land conference proceed despite Jerusalem bishop's concerns]

[ENS News: Presiding Bishop inhibits San Joaquin bishop]

[PNS News: Nominations sought for Women of Faith Awards]

[PNS News: Normally safe Lahore shaken by latest Pakistan bombing]

[PNS News: Seminarians find 'connectional church' at the Presbyterian Center]

[PNS News: A Unique Fundraising 'Vehicle': Resurrected '67 Mustang brings new life to Riverside Presbytery's Joining Hearts & Hands campaign]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Hillary Clinton: On Faith and Works]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Kim Lawton: Religion and the New Hampshire Primaries]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: U.S. Hispanic Catholics]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Dr. Ben Carson]

[UCC News: Thomas denounces smear campaign against UCC's largest congregation]

Saturday January 12, 2005

I-K Synod Global Mission Meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Synod Downstairs Conference Room

January 13, 2008

The Baptism Of Our Lord — First Sunday After The Epiphany (Liturgical Color: White)

Worship at 8:30 a.m.

The liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9, copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Andantino in f — Frank Bridge

Entrance Hymn: Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 553)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 42: 1-9
Responsive Reading: Psalm 29
Second Lesson: Acts 10: 34-43
Holy Gospel: Matthew 3: 13-17

Homily: "Out Into the World" — Jeff Schacht

Hymn of the Day: When Jesus Came to Jordan (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 305)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Thy Holy Wings — John Ferguson

organ voluntary

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Thy Holy Wings (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 613)

Communion Hymn: O Blessed Spring (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 447)

Sending Hymn: Songs of Thanksgiving and Praise (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 310)

Postlude: Allegro marziale in D — Frank Bridge

Presider: Doug Bauder

Deacon: Lynn Weddle

Lector: Barb Unger

Acolyte: Jacob Buhr

Server: Mary Lou Nierzwicki

Ushers: Jeff Franz and Ruth Engs-Franz

Greeter: Shirley Mingee

Nursery: Ronna Papesh

Council Coordinator: Brad Dahlberg

Godly Play meets in the new Godly play room next to the nursery.

Grades K — 6th gather in rooms 14 & 15.

Confirmation Class meets in room 16.

High School Youth meet in the new youth room.

Worship at 11:00 a.m.

The liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9, copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Andantino in f — Frank Bridge

Entrance Hymn: Christ Whose Glory Fills the Skies (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 553)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 42: 1-9
Responsive Reading: Psalm 29
Second Lesson: Acts 10: 34-43
Holy Gospel: Matthew 3: 13-17

Homily: "Out Into the World" —  Jeff Schacht

Hymn of the Day: When Jesus Came to Jordan (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 305)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: We Saw His Glory — Erhard Mauersberger

Adult Choir

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Thy Holy Wings (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 613)

Communion Hymn: O Blessed Spring (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 447)

Sending Hymn: Songs of Thanksgiving and Praise (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 310)

Postlude: Allegro marziale in D — Frank Bridge

Presider: Doug Bauder

Deacon: Shari Rogge-Fidler

Lector: Sharon Fawbush

Acolyte: Sarah Julovich

Server: Dean Arnold

Ushers: Kaye Hill and Cindy Ohslund

Greeters: Tim and Jennifer Garl

Nursery: Sam and Andrew Eichmiller

Council Coordinator: Rita Pavolka

Altar Care: Jean Brown

Bread and Wine: Kent and Barb Unger

Lutheran Campus Ministry lunch following the 11:00 a.m. service.

Congregation Council meets at 6:00 p.m.

George Fox, renewer of society, 1691 (Liturgical Color: White)

Monday January 14, 2008

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

[ENS News: In San Joaquin, conflicting responses to bishop's inhibition issued on his behalf]

[ENS News: Williams, Kearon condemn state disruption of Zimbabwe's Anglican church services]

[ENS News: Alabama consecrates Sloan as bishop suffragan]

[PNS News: CCT adds seven new members]

[PNS News: HIV/AIDS project seeks to train, educate Malawians using the arts]

[WCC News: Praying together for Christian unity throughout a century of changes]

[WCC News: WCC director applauds liberation of Colombian hostages]

Eivind Josef Berggrav, Bishop of Oslo, 1959 (Liturgical Color: White)

Tuesday January 15, 2008

[ENS News: Christian Churches Together focuses on poverty, evangelism during annual meeting]

[ENS News: Pittsburgh bishop has abandoned communion of Episcopal Church, Title IV Review Committee says]

[PNS News: Survey: 'Unchurched' Americans say church is 'full of hypocrites']

[PNS News: We are not there yet!: Policy on inclusion of people with disabilities awaits implementation]

[WCC News: Praying for Christian unity amidst violence and HIV/AIDS]

Martin Luther King Jr., renewer of society, martyr, 1968 (Liturgical Color: Red)

For the Lord will not forsake his people; he will not abandon his heritage. (Psalm 94: 14)

Wednesday January 16, 2008

Worship at 7:00 p.m.

I-K Synod Lilly Foundation Task Force meets in the I-K Synod Downstairs Conference Room

[ENS News: Pittsburgh's Duncan, Progressive Episcopalians react to Review Committee's certification]

[ENS News: ERD extends deadline for ordering 2008 Lenten devotionals]

[PNS News: Wheeler, Mouw decry 'bumper sticker' theology: Auburn, Fuller presidents model mutual respect despite theological disagreement]

Thursday January 17, 2008

Adult Choir rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

I-K Synod Finance Committee meets in the I-K Synod Office Chapel at 2:00 p.m.

I-K Synod Academy for Mission Team Meeting from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at New Joy Lutheran Church, Westfield, Indiana

[ENS News: NYC's largest luncheon program, St. Paul's at Ground Zero featured in 'Episcopal Life Focus' multicast]

[ENS News: Antoinette (Toni) Daniels to lead Partnerships Center]

[NCC News: NCC joins in a call to Congress to seek a bipartisan plan for Iraq]

[PNS News: New Covenant Trust Company sponsors exhibit of medieval and Renaissance masterpieces]

[PNS News: Gulf blitz: Six presbyteries join to send 130 volunteers to help rebuild]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Mitt Romney: "Freedom Requires Religion"]

Antony of Egypt, renewer of the church, c. 356 Pachomius, renewer of the church, 346 (Liturgical Color: White)

The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Psalm 46: 7)

Friday January 18, 2008

[ENS News: Support Indian Health Care Improvement Act Amendments, EPPN urges]

[ENS News: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity celebrates 100 years of ecumenical commitment]

[PNS News: Fear haunts Christians after violence in India's Orissa state]

[PNS News: Christians worldwide mark 100 years of prayers for unity]

[PNS News: It's a soul issue]

[PNS News: Three new mission workers appointed]

[PNS News: Lesbian's bid to become minister moves forward: San Francisco Presbytery first in PC(USA) to apply 2006 Authoritative Interpretation to openly gay candidate]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Kim Lawton: The Use and Misuse of Religion in Politics]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Abraham Joshua Heschel]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Scott Neeson Update]

The Confession of St. Peter (Liturgical Color: White)

My god, my rock, you are worthy of praise. (Psalm 18: 2)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins

Saturday January 19, 2008

The Men's Group is again hosting Sounds of Grace, the Lutheran Gospel choir from Evansville. The 3:00 p.m. event will raise funds for The Men's Group's community outreach work with St. Vincent DePaul Society, a social services organization.

Henry, Bishop of Uppsala, missionary to Finland, martyr, 1156 (Liturgical Color: White)

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. (Psalm 5: 11)

January 20, 2008

Second Sunday After the Epiphany (Liturgical Color: Green)

Worship at 8:30 a.m.

The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Prière — Joseph Jongen

Entrance Hymn: Rise, Shine, You People! (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 665)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 49: 1-7
Responsive Reading: Psalm 40: 1-11
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
Holy Gospel: John 1: 29-42

Homily: "A Brother's Witness" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: Hail to the Lord's Annointed (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 311)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Arise, Shine — Donald Pearson

Adult Choir

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Jesus, Come! For We Invite You (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 312)

Communion Hymn: O Jesus, Blessed Lord (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 541)

Sending Hymn: O Zion, Haste (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 668)

Postlude: Toccata — Joseph Jongen

Presider: Pastor Lyle McKee

Deacon: Carolyn Sowinski

Lector: Walt Wood

Acolyte: John Isaacson

Server: Larry Berg

Ushers: Jim and Marti Doering

Greeter: David Ellies

Nursery: Pauline Caldwell

Council Coordinator: Jeff Franz

Godly Play meets in the new Godly play room next to the nursery.

Grades K — 6th gather in rooms 14 & 15.

Confirmation Class meets in the Youth Room.

High School Youth meet in the Education Wing.

Adult Bible Study meets in the Education Wing.

Worship at 11:00 a.m.

The Liturgy is reprinted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, setting 9 copyright © 2006 by permission of Augsburg Fortress.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Prière — Joseph Jongen

Entrance Hymn: Rise, Shine, You People! (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 665)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 49: 1-7
Responsive Reading: Psalm 40: 1-11
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
Holy Gospel: John 1: 29-42

Homily: "A Brother's Witness" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: Hail to the Lord's Annointed (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 311)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Halle, Halle, Hallelujah — (arrangement Marty Haugen)

Children's Choir

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Jesus, Come! For We Invite You (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 312)

Communion Hymn: O Jesus, Blessed Lord (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 541)

Sending Hymn: O Zion, Haste! (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 668)

Postlude: Toccata — Joseph Jongen

Presider: Pastor Lyle McKee

Deacon: Lyman Hitchcock

Lector: Margrethe O'Connnor

Acolyte: Ellie Delap

Server: Allan Mayfield

Ushers: Dave and Rita Pavolka

Greeter: Eric and Kari Isaacson

Nursery: Jane Warner and Sarah Isaacson

Council Coordinator: Kari Isaacson

Altar Care: Shirley Mingee and Charlene Braun

Bread and Wine: Michael and JayDene Laros

IU Student lunch near the kitchen following the late service

The Mission Endowment Fund Committee is meeting in Room 12 after the second service. Any St. Thomas member may submit a proposal for funds. Proposal forms are available from the church office. Please leave proposals in the MEF box near the kitchen, or in the office by THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH. Call Jerry Smith (339-4733) if you have questions.

Youth Group meets at 5:30 p.m.

Monday January 21, 2008

Church Office Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Continue the legacy of Dr. King at an inter-faith, sing-learn-act event for all ages. Climate change is a social justice issue — let's learn what we can do about it. The first in a series of educational events sponsored by the Bloomington Interfaith Climate Change Committee will be held at Beth Shalom from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The presenter will be Leslie Webb, an engineer from The Climate Change Project.

Presentation of recent findings of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Presenter Leslie Webb was trained by Al Gore and climate scientist Dr. Michael McCracken. Children will have the opportunity to enjoy music, movement, The Lorax and a reusable grocery bag to paint and take home. Refreshments provided.

February Newsletter Deadline

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

Spinners and Weavers meets at 7:00 p.m. in Room 17.

I-K Synod Office closed for Martin Luther King Day

The Pray for Justice, March for Working Families interfaith prayer service and march begins at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January 21 at Christ Church Cathedral, 125 Monument Circle, Indianapolis.

Speakers include Dr. Lionel Rush of Greater Anointing Fellowship, Rt. Rev. Catherine Waynick, Bishop of Indianapolis (Episcopal), Rabbi Dennis Sasso of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, and Andre Carson, who will honor recently deceased Congresswoman Julia Carson.

At the close of the service, the group will march to show support for janitors in a nearby building.

This event is sponsored by the Indianapolis Clergy Committee and Interfaith Worker Justice.

The Mid-North Church Council of Indianapolis presents the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration and Awards Luncheon at 11:00 A.M. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church 3421 N. Park Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46205

Guest Speaker: The Rev. Older D. Walker, Sr. Pastor of Phillips Temple, CME

Featuring the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School Mass Choir and Phillips Temple, CME, Praise Team

[ACNS News: Launch of Lambeth Conference 2008]

[ENS News: Lambeth Conference program launched; audio streams available]

[WCC News: Pope Benedict XVI and WCC general secretary Samuel Kobia to pray for Christian unity in Rome]

[WCC News: Re-inventing Dalit theology for the 21st century]

[WCC News: Prayer for unity ever more needed in the face of human suffering]

Agnes, martyr, c. 304 (Liturgical Color: Red)

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. (Psalm 5: 11)

Tuesday January 22, 2008

Girl Scout Board meets at 6:30 p.m. in Room 17.

[ELCA News: 'Trading Graces,' Lutheran Services in America's auction, starts Feb. 5]

[ELCA News: ELCA Continues Humanitarian Support in Darfur, Earthquake Relief in Peru]

[ENS News: Archbishops of Canterbury and York to reach new audiences through websites' revamp]

[ENS News: GAFCON organizers challenge Jerusalem bishop's concerns for planned Holy Land event]

[ENS News: Bonnie Anderson encourages open conversation in Albany diocese]

[ENS News: Myanmar elects Stephen Than Myint Oo as Primate and Bishop of Rangoon]

[ENS News: Trinity Institute opens on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, addresses religion and violence]

[LCMS News: St. Louis sem chorus releases new CD]

[LCMS News: Quake relief leads to mission partnership in Peru]

[LCMS News: Convocation will discuss Synod's 'theological principles']

[LCMS News: Volunteers needed for holistic ministry in Peru]

[RCA News: One Thing Empowers Church Leaders]

Wednesday January 23, 2008

The missionary team of David Wunsch and Kate Lawler will be at Saint Thomas at 7:00 p.m. to give a presentation of their work, to engage in dialog with us and to answer any questions that we might have. Come join us that evening. Some topics might include:
What ELCA missionaries really do
How mission work is funded and how they are paid
What the "accompaniment model" really means
The state of Lutheranism in southern South America

Basketball at 9:00 p.m.

Shalom Community Center has committed to provide volunteers to work a concession stand during nine Indiana University basketball games. Through this effort we hope to raise at least $5000, but we need volunteers!

Volunteers need to indicate whether they can arrive two or three hours prior to the game. The stand closes down before the games are over, so most of the time, everyone will be finished with the clean-up and ready to leave by the time the games are over, or shortly thereafter.

I-K Synod Pastoral Counseling Committee meets in the I-K Synod Office Chapel at 1:00 p.m.

[ELCA News: Lutheran Bishop Joins Call to End Israeli Blockade of Gaza]

[ENS News: San Joaquin: 'Moving Forward, Welcoming All' conference to host online audience January 26]

[ENS News: Archives will launch African American web exhibit]

[PNS News: Presbyterians called to work for economic security for older adults]

[PNS News: 'Abraham's dysfunctional family': Canadian pastor makes case for interfaith relations in new book]

[UCC News: Prayer journals, dedicated at Amistad Chapel, now heading to UCC chaplains in Iraq]

[WCC News: WCC asks for prayers, advocacy and solidarity with churches in Gaza]

Thursday January 24, 2008

Adult Choir rehearses at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.

I-K Synod Conference Deans Meeting in the I-K Synod Office Chapel

[ELCA News Women of the ELCA to celebrate 'Bold Women's Day' February 24]

[ENS News: ERD responds to emergencies in Indonesia and the Gaza Strip]

[ENS News: Religion and violence focus of Trinity Institute's theological conference]

[ENS News: Province VIII seeks lay representative for vacated Executive Council seat]

[LWF News: LWF, LCMS Directors Affirm Shared Lutheran Identity, Urge Further Mutual Dialogue]

[PNS News: Bruce Reyes-Chow is second candidate for GA moderator]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Kim Lawton: Abortion Politics]

[WCC News: Christian youth movements call for signs of unity]

January 25 and 26, 2008

I-K Synod Council Meeting in the I-K Synod Office Chapel

Friday January 25, 2008

I-K Synod Assembly Planning Committee Meeting from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the I-K Synod Office Chapel

[ELCA News: LDR Begins Next Phase of Disaster Response along U.S. Gulf Coast]

[ENS News: Anglican Women's Empowerment to welcome delegates to 52nd UNCSW assembly]

[ENS News: Gaza's Ahli Arab Hospital receives support from American Friends, ERD]

[ENS News: Winter Talk XX goes north to Minnesota for spiritual growth and storytelling]

[ENS News: 'Traces of the Trade' premieres at Sundance, gets bought by PBS]

[PNS News: Open Invitation: Consultation unites Presbyterian groups doing mission, outlines partnership for future]

[PNS News: Jack L. Stotts is dead at 75: Theological giant's career spanned pastorate, classroom and seminary president's offices]

[RCA News: Reggie McNeal Challenges Leaders at One Thing]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Religion and the Presidential Primaries]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: The 5 Browns]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Bioethics Update]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Jewish Life and Times at the Movies]

[WCC News: Konrad Raiser's 70th birthday]

[WCC News: WCC general secretary confident about Christian unity progress]

The Conversion of St. Paul (Liturgical Color: White)

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. (Psalm 67: 3)

January 26 to February 2, 2008

Eleventh Annual Week of Chocolate

A New Death by Chocolate — Interactive Murder Mystery will be at St. Thomas Church again this year. This event is hosted by Citizen Advocacy of South Central Indiana. Admission is $15.00 (advance purchase is encouraged). Proceeds from the event will benefit its host agency.

There will be events each day of the week with "all you can eat chocolate!" at the Bloomington Convention Center.

Saturday January 26, 2008

Basketball at 1:00 p.m.

Shalom Community Center has committed to provide volunteers to work a concession stand during nine Indiana University basketball games. Through this effort we hope to raise at least $5000, but we need volunteers!

Volunteers need to indicate whether they can arrive two or three hours prior to the game. The stand closes down before the games are over, so most of the time, everyone will be finished with the clean-up and ready to leave by the time the games are over, or shortly thereafter.

[ENS News: San Joaquin Standing Committee not recognized as official, Presiding Bishop says]

Timothy, Titus and Silas, missionaries (Liturgical Color: White)

Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory. (Psalm 48: 10)

January 27, 2008

Third Sunday After the Epiphany (Liturgical Color: Green)

Worship at 8:30 a.m.

The Liturgy is reprinted from the liturgy booklet Now the Feast and Celebration by Marty Haugen

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Mutinhimira Marimba Ensemble of Indiana University

Entrance Hymn: Oh, Sing to the Lord (Cantad al Señor) (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 822)

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 9: 1-4
Responsive Reading: Psalm 27: 1, 4-9
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18
Holy Gospel: Matthew 4: 12-23

Homily: "A Great Light" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: We All Are One in Mission (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 576)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Marimba Ensemble

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 674)

Communion Hymn: In a Lowly Manger Born (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 718)

Sending Hymn: We Are Marching in the Light (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 866)

Postlude: Marimba Ensemble

Presider: Pastor Lyle McKee

Deacon: Carolyn Sowinski

Lector: Gail Seegert

Acolyte: Hannah Fidler

Server: Sue Berg

Ushers: Frank and Mary Lou Nierzwicki

Greeters: Barb and Kent Unger

Nursery: Nancy Winningham

Council Coordinator: Jeff Franz

Godly Play meets in the new Godly play room next to the nursery.

Grades K — 6th gather in rooms 14 & 15.

Confirmation Class meets in the Youth Room.

High School Youth meet in the Education Wing.

Adult Bible Study meets in the Education Wing.

Worship at 11:00 a.m.

The Liturgy is reprinted from the liturgy booklet Now the Feast and Celebration by Marty Haugen.

A Time of Preparation

Prelude: Mutinhimira Marimba Ensemble of Indiana University

Entrance Hymn: Oh, Sing to the LOrd (Cantad al Señor) (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 822)

Introit: Listen, God is Calling (Tanzanian traditional; text at Evangelical Lutheran Worship 513)

Adult Choir

Liturgy of the Word
First Lesson: Isaiah 9: 1-4
Responsive Reading: Psalm 27: 1, 4-9
Second Lesson: 1 Corinthians 1: 10-18
Holy Gospel: Matthew 4: 12-23

Homily: "A Great Light" — Pastor Lyle McKee

Hymn of the Day: We All Are One in Mission (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 576)

Responses to the Word

Offertory Anthem: Marimba Ensemble

The Liturgy of Holy Eucharist

Communion Hymn: Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 674)

Communion Hymn: In a Lowly Manger Born (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 718)

Sending Hymn: We Are Marching in the Light (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 866)

Postlude: Marimba Ensemble

Presider: Pastor Lyle McKee

Deacon: Lyman Hitchcock

Lector: Emily Garl

Acolyte: Allison Buhr

Server: Rita Pavolka

Ushers: Tim and Debbie Moore

Greeter: Matt and Tiffany Shupe

Nursery: Penny and Jacob Buhr

Council Coordinator: Jennifer Garl

Altar Care: Kay Isaacson and Karen Blaisdell

Bread and Wine: Lori Rowold

Flowers: Jean Brown and Karen Cline

We thank our special guest musicians this morning, comprising the Mutinhimira Marimba Ensemble of Indiana University (Sheasby Matiure, director; Abby Byers, Colleen Haas, Clara Henderson, Dave Lewis, Mark Miyake, Austin Okigbo, Gillian Richards-Greaves, and Angela Scharfenberger).

We also thank Sarah Wangberg, violin, and Bill Ewing and Eric Isaacson, guitars, for enhancing the musical portions of the liturgy.

IU student lunch near the kitchen following the late service

Fair Trade event — sample and purchase a variety of Fair Trade coffees and teas between services at St. Thomas. Sponsored by the Global Mission Committee.

[ENS News: 'You are the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin': hundreds offer support at 'Moving Forward, Welcoming All' celebration]

Lydia, Dorcas and Phoebe, witnesses to the faith (Liturgical Color: White)

Monday January 28, 2008

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

I-K Synod Christian Education Committee meets in the I-K Synod Office Chapel from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

[ACNS News: Archbishop of Canterbury's Liverpool lecture - Europe, Faith and Culture]

[ENS News: Evolution Weekend to elevate discussion on religion and science]

[ENS News: South Carolina consecrates Lawrence as 14th bishop]

[NCC News: Archbishop Christodoulos dies at 69]

[PNS News: Consultation unites Presbyterian groups doing mission, outlines partnership for future]

[PNS News: Homeless ministry founder is third candidate for GA moderator]

[PNS News: Twin Cities presbytery restores Capetz ordination: Openly gay man set aside ordination in 2000 to protest G-6.0106b]

[PNS News: Presbyterian Army chaplains defend former School of the Americas]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Rich Cizik: "What Do Evangelicals Want?"]

[Religion and Ethics Newsweekly News: Lynne Hybels: "The Evangelical Church is Global"]

[WCC News: WCC fellowship's 60th anniversary - Making a difference together then and now]

Thomas Aquinas, teacher, 1274 (Liturgical Color: White)

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (Psalm 119: 103)

Tuesday January 29, 2008

In conjunction with the Episcopal/Anglican campus ministry, The Lutheran Center at Ball State University in Muncie will present "A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer" at the Student Center Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.

I-K Synod Worship Committee Meeting in the I-K Synod Office Chapel

I-K Synod Stewardship Meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the I-K Synod Office Downstairs Conference Room

[ELCA News: Lutheran youth prepare for 'Souper Bowl of Caring' Feb. 3]

[LWF News: LWF Mourns Death of Greek Orthodox Archbishop Christodoulos]

[PNS News: $1 million given for camps, conference ministry]

[PNS News: World Mission 'retools' to better serve grassroots Presbyterian mission efforts]

[RCA News: Affinity Network Equips Young Women in Ministry]

[UCC News: Seeking an end to millenniums-old feud, UCC announces advertising outreach to scientists]

[WCC News: WCC mourns the death of Greek Orthodox leader Archbishop Christodoulos]

[WCC News: Kenyan churches to receive WCC solidarity visit]

Wednesday January 30, 2008

[ACNS News: Anglican Covenant Design Group meets in London]

[ELCA News: 2008 ELCA Hein-Fry Lecture Series opens February 7]

[ENS News: Kenya missionaries return to work despite continuing unrest]

[LCMS News: Second wave of immigrants become pastors]

[LCMS News: Participants note progress of 'March for Life']

[LCMS News: Meeting focuses on common interests of LCMS, LWF]

[PNS News: Presbyterian Publishing Corporation makes sales budget 14 consecutive months]

Thursday January 31, 2008

I-K Synod Leadership Support Committee meets in the I-K Synod Office Chapel from 9:30 a.m. to noon

A new Death By Chocolate,(part of the 11th Annual Chocolate Fest) hosted by the Citizen Advocacy of South-Central Indiana will be presented in St. Thomas' Heritage Hall, 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available in the church office for $15.00. Proceeds will benefit the host agency.

[ELCA News: ELCA, Episcopal Presiding Bishops Urge Advocacy in Immigration Policy]

[ELCA News: David Olson Appointed Interim Bishop of ELCA Metropolitan New York Synod]

[ENS News: Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee urges local expressions of communion agreement]

[ENS News: 'Refugees are children of God,' Presiding Bishop, ELCA leader say in joint statement]

[ENS News: Prayer service for Kenya held at Virginia seminary]

[PNS News: Two Presbyterians receive prison time: Pair entered Army base while protesting U.S. military school]

[PNS News: From Russia with love: Van Marter to chronicle PC(USA) mission and blog his experiences]

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