April 2017 Newsletter copy - Joy Lutheran Church

April 2017 Newsletter copy - Joy Lutheran Church

JOY TO THE WORLD Joy Lutheran Church, Richmond, TX Vicar Logan’s Log Disciples of Joy, Holy Week is approaching! One of the summits of the Christian ...

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JOY TO THE WORLD Joy Lutheran Church, Richmond, TX

Vicar Logan’s Log Disciples of Joy, Holy Week is approaching! One of the summits of the Christian calendar. It’s a week that runs a curious gamut of emotions. Opening with shouts of “Hosanna!,” the week devolves into shouts of “Crucify Him!” You have to wonder. What sort of figure could evoke such conflicting responses? We know the answer, of course. Jesus! A truly singular person if there ever was one. Man of sorrows and man of ten thousand charms. To this day Jesus’ provocative way about him continues to beguile and bewilder those who enter his orbit. The one response Jesus doesn’t leave open to us is indifference. On that note, let’s take a selective survey of how Holy Week conveys the singularity of Christ. For starters, consider Palm Sunday. The day the Son of David, rightful heir to the throne and peaceable king, reenters the royal city. This scene illustrates the character of the Kingdom of God Jesus has been in the business of inaugurating. Jesus won’t be the kind of king we want; he will be the king we’ve been too blind to see we needed. Skipping ahead a few days, consider also Maundy Thursday. “Maundy” is thought to derive from the Latin mandatum, which also happens to be the source for the English word “mandate.” This day commemorates the new commandment Christ issues in John 13:34: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” In this verse’s context, Jesus has just finished washing his disciples’ feet. That’s how he loved his own. He is the king who “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” (Phil. 2:7). But the week isn’t close to finished yet, and neither is Jesus’ supply of love. Then there’s Good Friday. The day the Good Shepherd laid down his life for his sheep. Our hymnody has already said best what there is to say about this day: “See, from his head, his hands, his feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down. Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown? ... Love so amazing, so divine!” Finally, while technically the first day after Holy Week, I hope I can be excused a comment or two on Easter Sunday. When reflecting on the resurrection of Christ, theologian Robert Jenson once asked, “What is the basic difference between a living person and a dead one?” His answer: “the decisive difference between a living person and a dead one is that the former can surprise us as the latter cannot…That Jesus lives means that his love, perfected at the cross, is now active to surprise us.” So watch out! Easter Sunday proclaims that Jesus is still on the loose. Wild as ever, he will continue to elude capture. And now no one (“no angel or ruler, no thing present or future, no power, no height or depth, nor anything else in all creation”) can stop him from loving you as only he—the singular Jesus—can. Your Vicar,

APRIL 2017 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 2 Prepare for Worship 3 Up Coming Events 4

On Going Events

5 Building/Renovations 6 Thank You Notes 7 Joy Life 8-9 FDIC 10 New Disciples 11 Big Heart Orphanage 12 Prayers

Logan Joy Lutheran Church, 717 FM 359, Richmond, TX 77406

Office Phone: 281-762-3310 Office Fax: 281-232-2899

E-mail: offi[email protected] and [email protected]

Web site: www.joyrichmond.org

PREPARE FOR WORSHIP Prepare for worship each Sunday by reading through the assigned lesson prior to worship. Take some time to pray and reflect upon what God might be seeking to say to you in worship. LENT 5 April 2 Ezek.37:1-14 Psalm 130 Romans 8:6-11 John 11:1-45

SUNDAY OF THE PASSION April 9 Isa. 50:4-9a Psalm 31:9-16 Phil. 3:4b-14 Matt. 26:14- 27:66

SATURDAY VIGIL April 15 Job 14:1-14 Psalm 31:1-4,15-16 1 Peter 4:1-8 Matt. 27:57-66

EASTER April 16 Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 Col. 3:1-4 John 20:1-18

MAUNDY THURSDAY April 13 Exod. 12:1-4(5-10)11-14 Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Cor. 11:23-26 John 13:1-17,31b-35 EASTER 2 April 23 Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Psalm 16 1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31

GOOD FRIDAY April 14 Isa. 52:13-53:12 Psalm 22 Heb. 10:16-25 John 18:1-19:42 EASTER 3 April 30 Acts 2:14a,36-41 Psalm 116:1-4,12-19 1 Peter 1:17-23 Luke 24:13-35


4/7 Allen & Vickie Schoppe

38 yrs

4/17 Ewald Lopata & Joyce Hopkins 18yrs 4/18 Bruce & Kim Hong

29 yrs

4/29 Gaylord & Eva Randel

51 yrs

OFFERING FOR FEB.) 6,615.36 INVESTMENTS: 228,465.7 TOTAL MONTHLY GIFTS from all funds: 30,420.44

NALC WEBSITE For information for the NALC Newsletter visit their website at www.theNALC.org. If you have not been receiving the emails please notify the church office at: [email protected]

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UPCOMING EVENTS Holy Week Worship Schedule Sunday of the Passion April 9 Maundy Thursday, April 13 Good Friday, April 14 Easter Vigil, April 15 The Resurrection of our Lord, April 16

Purchase your Easter lily in honor/memoriam of a loved one to brighten our sanctuary during Easter Services! Cost is $10. Checks are to be deposited in the envelope at the time of sign up. The signup sheet is in the Narthex. Deadline is April 9th.

Lenten Offerings - The Parish Planning Board has designated the lenten offerings to go to ‘Water Missions International’, an NALC sponsored charity that helps provide clean, safe water to 50 countries.

WORSHIP TRAINING SESSION We are going to hold a mandatory Worship Training session for all persons involved in worship leadership.  (Yes,  “Mandatory! We know that is  “Law” speaking in a church anchored in  “Grace”, however we are way overdue to tighten up our worship leadership, train new folks and provide continuing education for our whole worship leadership team.)  It will be an efficient one day event on Sunday, April 23rd from 1p-2:30p. Eat lunch prior. This includes Assisting Ministers, Ushers, Acolytes, Lectors, Children’s Message, Choir Leadership, musicians, Praise Band and Audio. If unable to attend, it is imperative that you contact Pastor Christ. 

The Walk - April 29th Registration 7:30 am Step Off 8:00 am George Ranch Historical Park


Save the Date!  

When:  May 9th, 7 PM Where:  Pat Shipp’s house What:  a Gathering of Joyful Women!

We gain inspiration from many sources.   Do you have a devotional or a book that touches your heart?   Bring a copy with you to this Joyful Women’s Gathering to share with others in our group.  It could be a whole book that you would like others to know about or it could be just a reading that “spoke” to you.  This will be a very informal get together to share with each other. And, of course, we will have dessert to go along with the good fellowship!  A sign up sheet will be put out closer to the event so we can get a head count for dessert.   Make plans to attend and enjoy time together.  Grab a new member and get them to come too!   Summer plans:   We are planning on continuing our tradition of summer brunches.  Specifics are still in the planning stage.   If you would like to open your house to the group, please let Vickie Schoppe know.  We usually have between 20-30 ladies and everyone brings something to eat, so if you are the hostess all you really have to do is open your home!

Joy will be responsible for providing meals to homeless families on the week of April 16th April 23rd. You may sign up to cook meals or give monetary donations. For more information contact Shirley Morris 281-744-7974

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ON-GOING EVENTS Plan your Funeral! Yes Really! In light of Ron Light’s sudden passing, several folks have already asked me about planning their funerals. I encourage such planning and am available at your convenience to assist, not only with planning of the actual service, but also with information that will assist you in having all of your affairs in order for the benefit of your family. Nothing is ever “set in stone” and can be changed or updated as circumstances warrant. Let’s schedule a time to visit to talk about the faith you desire to share as your legacy, as well as the practical matters, whose preparation is an act of love and care for those who will survive us. Pastor Tim.

Meets every Thursday evening at 7:30pm.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY The Prayer Shawl Ministry group meets every Friday at 10:00 a.m. @ Mugs Coffee Bar on FM 359. This wonderful ministry brings comfort and support to those who are experiencing illness, trials, etc. They are symbolic of an inclusive, unconditionally loving God. All are welcome to join our group!

SHADE TREE MINISTRY We encourage you to sign-up for the Luther Reading Challenge. Read and Discuss Luther’s theology in preparation for the Reformation Jubilee in October 2017, which marks the 500th Anniversary. To join, just go to the website, https://www.lutherreadingchallenge.org, create a

Shade Tree provides food for the day laborers in Richmond and Rosenberg on Tuesday and Friday mornings. If you would like to help distribute food, contact Doris & James Goates. Sandwiches are prepared Monday and Thursday evenings at 6:00 (5:45) in the fellowship hall @ Joy. Temporarily Suspended.

log in, and begin reading. It’s free of charge!

For Church repairs, maintenance or anything that might need fixing in or around Joy, please call or e-mail the church office at [email protected] or 281-762-3310.

We will put our skilled, (& unskilled) handy men on the

Altar Guild is in need of Helpers to assist with Holy Communion. We need a few people to ,set up at early service and clean up after late service. Couples are welcome to team up. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Kathy Faucett at 281-460-1040.



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Building Project for Everyone at Joy Let’s all do something really fun and creative!!

Don Sattler shared a very interesting way to get

everyone at Joy involved in our building project. Someone told him about their church which was also under renovation and that before they put down the flooring everyone grabbed a marker/ Sharpie and wrote down their favorite Bible verse, a special devotional message that was meaningful to them or any other possibilities that will honor and glorify God. Checked this out with Pastor Tim and Accurate Construction and everyone thinks it is a great idea. John Guy said he had seen this done before and noticed several of the construction crew taking time to stop and read. Don said in his friend’s church members of the congregation know their special spot where they wrote their verse and still go to that spot after the flooring was down and project completed. What a cool way to do sort of a time capsule ‘snapshot’ of all of us at this point in time. So….. grab your Sharpie (or we will have some available) and on Easter Sunday before or after the service you attend please write!!

Building  Expansion/Remodel  Update   I  was  reading  some  scripture  for  another  Bible  study  I  do  and  Ephesians  4:1-­‐6  jumped  out  at  me  as  we  wait  for  this   project  to  come  to  compleCon.    I  feel  very  sure  the  Holy  Spirit  was  speaking  to  me  and  telling  me  to  use  this  passage.     Verse  2  says,  “with  all  humility  and  gentleness,  with  paCence,  bearing  with  one  another  in  love,  making  every  effort  to   maintain  the  unity  of  the  Spirit  in  the  bond  of  peace.”    I  think  I  am  most  concerned  that  maybe  we  are  geOng  down   about  the  delays  and  as  we  grumble  and  grouse  it  seems  it  is  a  way  for  the  evil  one  to  try  and  wedge  his  way  in  and   make  us  forget  that  we  did  pray  for  this  expansion,  God  lead  us  to  this  construcCon  firm  and  I  am  confident  God  has   great  plans  for  Joy  with  this  project.    So,  my  request  is  that  we  conCnue  to  pray  and  maybe  use  those  words  in   Ephesians  to  help  us  all  stay  unified  in  the  final  stages.    Maybe  instead  of  using  our  words  to  complain  (wow,  Lenten   service  on  the  22nd  was  extremely  convicCng  for  me  –  how  do  I  use  my  tongue?),  we  can  use  our  voice  and  energies  to   discuss  among  ourselves  some  of  the  following:   1.   What  new  ministry  or  expanded  ministry  might  be  possible  with  this  new  fellowship  space?  Where  is  God   leading  us?    What  ideas,  passions  do  you  have  for  ministry  op4ons?   2.   The  prayer  garden  will  need  some  updates/possible  change  in  locaCon  –  what  ideas  do  you  have?   3.   FDIC  has  had  a  project  in  mind  for  a  couple  of  years  of  an  outdoor  worship  space  –  could  this  possibly  be   combined  with  a  new  prayer  garden  locaCon  away  from  hustle  and  bustle  of  the  entrances–what  ideas  do  you   have?   4.   That  whole  area  from  the  exisCng  wheelchair  ramp  to  the  new  porch  entrance  needs  to  be  landscaped  and   made  a  focal  point  as  people  walk  into  Joy  –  what  ideas  do  you  have?   5.   We  sort  of  laid  low  on  flower  bed  maintenance  knowing  roofing  would  be  happening,  but  those  beds  are  calling   us  all  now  –what  ideas  do  you  have?    Come  join  us  March  27th  and/or    April  1st  to  implement  them…..   With  much  love  for  all  of  my  fellow  Joy  disciples,  Corinne  


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THANK YOU NOTES Helping Hands - We received your generous gift of $526.00 and want to thank you so much for support of our general operations. Big Heart Orphanage - Thanks you for your generosity, faithfulness, prayers and support! Cross Trails Ministries - Thanks you for your generous expression of support of $263.00. It is because of gifts from congregations like yours we are able to continue that we provide! North American Lutheran Seminary - Thanks you for your gift of $526.00 Your gift will assist us in continuing to pursue our goal, financially, and will also support our efforts to educate NALC Seminarians and to form Pastors who are driven by our core values.

Joy Lutheran Church, I wanted to let you know how the funds that your church donated were used. I have attached a couple of photos of some of the kids that you helped during our motel week. The photo of the three boys is the Linzy family, and you helped with transportation to and from school that week. The other photo is a member of the Virgil/Evans family. You helped get a new tire for the family vehicle. Our other family was the Titus family. You helped with putting an application down for an apartment for the family as they were getting ready to transition out of level 2 and into permanent housing. Gift cards for food were also purchased for the families to use during that motel week. Thank you so much for all that you do, Brenda Foster Housing Navigator Fort Bend Family Promise 4645 Cartwright Rd. Missouri City, Tx. 77459 281-403-3923

Mike Posey would like to thank Joy for the donation of $200 to assist Love One with sock donations for Houston’s homeless. With the $200 we were able to donate 282 pairs of socks for this event. On 3/25 Love One went to the streets and was able to pass out 1000 pairs of new socks and a little compassion to the Houston homeless. lovefortheone.org

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Joy Life

We would like to get a group from Joy together to attend a few Skeeters games! If this is something you or your family would be interested in please call the Church office at 281-762-3310 or Paula Curry at 713-515-7197, and we will begin planning! OLIVE GARDEN’S PASTA E FAGIOLI


Please join us on May 7 right after 2nd service at Rudy’s BBQ in Richmond. A sign up sheet will be in the narthex so we will have an accurate count! We hope everyone will come along for lunch and fellowship.

Soup recipes Since we were unable to hold our annual soup suppers we would like to share a soup recipe. If you have a recipe you would like to put in contact Tammy Soward or Paula Curry! JOY TO THE WORLD

2 Tsp Olive Oil 1 lb ground beef 1 lg onion, chopped 2 cups each, diced carrots & celery Hot Water 1/2 cup instant Bouillon granules 2 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp black pepper 1 1/2 to 3 tbs fresh chopped parsley 1 tsp hot red pepper sauce 6 cups chunky pasta paste 1 (15 to 16-ounce) can each, drained and rinsed: red and white kidney beans 2 cup cooked pasta (macaroni or small shells) Heat oil in large skillet or soup pot over medium-high heat. Add beef and sauté, stirring to break up, about 5 minutes, or until beef loses pink color. Add onion, carrots and celery, simmer 10 minutes. Place 1 cup hot water in small bowl and add bouillon granules to dissolve. Stir bouillon mixture, oregano, black pepper, parsley, pepper sauce into skillet. Simmer 10 minutes. Add 1 quart water, or enough to reach desired consistency; stir and simmer about 30 minutes. Stir in beans. Stir in pasta just before serving. Makes about 1 gallon.

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FDIC Easter  Candy   for   the   Easter   Egg   hunt   is   needed.   Please   place   in   the   basket   in   the   narthex.   Candy   should   be   individually   wrapped.   Please   bring     by   Sunday,   April   9th   at   the   latest.   Thanks   for   your  parCcipaCon!!  

Our  annual  Easter  Egg  Hunt  is  done  by  the  Jr   and  Sr  High  SS  classes.    They  fill  and  hide  the   eggs   for   our   younger   SS   kids   and   our   guests   on   Easter   Sunday.   The   Easter   Egg   Hunt   will  begin  at  about  9:30  aher  a   short   Easter   devoCon.   Children   should   bring   their   own   Easter   baskets.  

Mark your calendars!!

Easter Breakfast Tacos to Go!

Since we are unable to have our annual Easter Breakfast with the fellowship hall under construction, we will instead serve breakfast tacos from Rudy’s BBQ in the Gathering Place. You can stop in and pick up a few or sit and eat!

Camp Joy is back!! Camp Chrysalis counselors will be here on site with us the week of July 30th – August 4th. Please make every effort to plan your summer events around this week. We encourage you to start talking now to friends, neighbors, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc. to invite them to a great week. Registration and more details will come in the May newsletter

Summer  Sunday  School    2017–  What  is  your  passion?    Where  is  God  leading  you  to  Serve?   FDIC  team  has  been  hard  at  work  brainstorming  and  making  plans  for  Joy.    Summer  Sunday  School  has  tradiConally  been   a   way   for   us   to   try   to   give   our   awesome   regular   Sunday   School   teachers   a   break.     We   have   discussed   several   opCons   for   this  year  and  have  decided  we  would  like  to  bring  back  “Summer  of  Service”  with  a  likle  bit  of  a  twist.    We  would  like   everyone  in  the  congregaCon  from  kids  to  adults  to  think  of  their  passions  –  what  speaks  to  your  heart?    Pastor  Dick  sort   of  got  the  ball  rolling  when  he  asked  if  he  could  use  a  Sunday  to  talk  about  the  Prison  Ministry  he  does.    We  know  there   are   many   of   you   who   volunteer   or   are   involved   in   all   kinds   of   projects/ministries   that   are   your   passions.     Would   you   please  consider  sharing  with  our  Sunday  School  this  summer?    If  you  are  not  totally  comfortable  taking  the  total  lead   one  of  our  FDIC  team  would  be  happy  to  be  there  with  you.    Please  pray  about  this  to  see  if  God  is  leading  you  to  take   part   with   us   in   Summer   Sunday   School   this   year.       Please   call   or   email   Corinne   to   discuss   your   ideas/passions   or   quesCons  at  [email protected]  or  281  773-­‐4518

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On March 26th Joy received new Disciples through Affirmation of Baptism! Steve & Deborah Alley, & The Ray Family, Bryan, Samantha, Rylee, Brennen & Tate. We welcome them to Joy!


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We Remember in Prayer Prayer is one of the Marks of discipleship. We invite everyone to grow in your prayer life. These persons and concerns have been lifted up in the prayers of the people of the people of Joy over the past few weeks. Our NALC Staff: The NALC, Bishop John Brodosky; General Secretary Mark Chavez; Mission Director Pr. Gemechis Buba; Assistant to the Bishop Pr. David Wendel; NALS President Rev. Dr. Amy Schifrin, STS; South Texas Mission District Dean Tim Christ Our Sister Congregations & Synods: Church of the Living God (Chinese), Pr. Joshua Ong; The Oromo Evangelical Church, Pr. Kamiso Boru - Houston; Iglesia Lutherana de Christo Rey, Bishop Bezaleel Hernandez - Reynosa, Mexico; The Ethiopian Church, Mekane Yesus Congregational Members

- On-going Concerns:

Duane Boenig

Taylor Garrou

Lindsay & Stephen Lacy

Mike & June Meyer

Doris Bosse

Lou Gross

The Light family

Helen Pittard

Gail Frankevich

The John family

The Metze family

Milton Richards

James Goates

Darleen Kastner

Betty McDow

Relatives & Friends Camryn Adkison & family

Trey Duhon

David Gardner

Judd family

Margaret Murray

Marilyn Bucoy

the Swisher family

Michelle Garcia

Savannah & Ruth Lerman

Anne Marie Rodrigues

Craig family

Justin & Erin Felker & Lillie

John & Betty Garrou

Steve Levering

Ester Salazar

Penny Diegelmann

Joyce Franklin

Komel Grover

Anthony Lopez

Fred Tonn

Ward Delcomyn

Skylar Hastedt

family of Paula Johnson

Cynthia McConathy

Larry Wittle

John Duffy

Mindy Hoo

Stan & Kathy Kubelka

Chuck McFadden

In Sympathy: To the families & friends of Jocelyn Chavez, d. 6/6/17 & Malaquias Sanchez, d. 3/17/17, & Joann Jares, d. 3/22/17, & Paula Johnson, d. 3/24/17. Military: Joseph Malsey, & David Kelley lll Our Values: Faithful - Family - Friends - Fun Our Vision - Joy to the World! Our Mission: Called by God, we reach out joyfully to share Jesus Christ with all people by building healthy relationships with God and one another.

Parish Planning Board - Bill Bray (Vice-Chair.),Rick Curry, Doris Goates (Chairperson), Lori Hamner, Susan Krabbe, Larry Mikeska, & June Tesch. Joy Administrative Staff - Tim Christ, STS-Pastor; Logan Wilmoth, Vicar; Paula Curry - Administrative Assistant; Beth Horstman - Treasurer; Denyse Bray - Evangelism; Laura Cabato - Social Ministry; Paula Curry &Tammy Soward - JoyLife; Corinne Light & Betty Chirst - Youth & Family Ministry; Bill Bosse - Communications; Lou Gross - Worship Joy Ministry Leaders & Teams - Darin Mielke - Choir Director; Carol Boenig- Organist & Accompanists; Tammy Canterbury, Rick Curry, Jeanette & Milton Richards - Praise Band; Vickie Schoppe- Joyful Women & Women’s Bible Study; Mike Meyer - Men’s Bible Study;