NEWSLETTER - The Anchor
We congratulate all of Hope’s graduates:
Andrew Odour – Graduated from Homestead High School. Andrew will be attending and playing football at DeAnza College. He is hoping for a scholarship. Andrew wants to study law.
Isabella Clark-Moore – Graduated from Lincoln High School, San Jose Isabella will be attending Cal State San Marcos, in the northern part of San Diego County. She plans to study anthropology.
We are very proud these youth.
In May we had two wonderful Music Sundays – one featuring Bell Choir; and the other featuring our Sanctuary Choir. Both groups played and sang wonderfully.
We deeply appreciate Alex Fremling, who taught our adult class since last fall and for many years now – and to all of his students.
Thanks also to Laura Clark-Moore, Kerry Buchholz, Isabella & Serafina Clark-Moore (and Michelle Hawk) for teaching Sunday School with our young children.
Hope’s summer months are busy:
Friday through Sunday, June 1-3: Your pastors along with Cindy McCullough and Gail Stevens will be attending the annual Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly in Sacramento. Look for an assembly update at worship on Sunday, June 10.
Friday, June 8, 6:00 p.m. we will have an End of School + Start of Summer Ice Cream party at Jacob’s Playground. Neighborhood families and Hope members are welcome
Tuesday afternoons (1:30-3:00) beginning June 12 (six weeks) – We will have a new study on “Justice”. A careful reading of the New Testament shows extreme emphasis of Jesus’ concerns for “Gracious Love” and “Justice”. We tend to emphasis ‘gracious love’ and ignore ‘justice’. This study, scheduled at a later time of day, is open to all and will include both presentations, questions and discussion.
Sunday, June 17 – Father’s Day, Outdoor worship and Church Picnic. Sign-up Sundays if you have not already done so. This event will raise funds for our youth attending the National Youth Gathering in Huston from the end of June through early July.
Summer BBQ’s – Hope plans to have a couple of barbecues this summer, one each in July and August. Look for a survey where you can mark your preferences, which will be used to pick dates.
Look for a special congregational meeting in July which will present amendments to our constitution and bylaws.
In June look for a Time-Line to be posted in the narthex showing date’s for Hope’s investment plans
Christ calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. We are to be witnesses to what Christ has done for us. Take time to notice your experiences of God’s gracious love and forgiveness. Tell others what God has done for you. We are People of HOPE, because we know God’s love for us and all people.
John Sullivan, Pastor
John Sullivan, Pastor
“but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not
disappoint us...” Roman’s 5:3-5a
‘They lose hope.’ This is what I was told as I chatted with a friend about the folks staying at the shelter. He, said, ‘You can see it happen’. When they first arrive, newly landed on the streets that is, they are in shock. They cannot believe that it has come to this, houselessness. It was only last month that they were desperately looking for a roommate, someone to share the increased rental cost or replace roommate that suddenly moved out due to job loss. Or maybe they lost their job and have used all of their savings. Regardless the cause, the result is the same; they are houseless and at the shelter.
Quickly, plans are made to be off the street as soon as possible. And then slowly, the true nature of their situation settles in. How do you fill out an on-line application when you don’t have a computer. How do you keep some clean clothes for the job interview you hope to get? How do you erase the look you get when living on the street? The broken nails, stained hands that won’t clean, leathery skin from too much sun and wind, the bags under the eyes from sleep deprivation, clouded thoughts from uncertain living and an air of desperation and unease. A shower and change of clothes can’t remove these.
And so, as I was told, hope begins to die. One slight, one setback, one day, one missed meal; one sleepless night at a time. Eventually hope dies and life turns into existence.
‘How did you get out?’ is usually answered with a simple ‘I got tired of it.’ As straightforward and appealing as this answer is, it is incomplete. There are many who are tired of their life on the street, and die tired of their life on the street. Misery will not restore hope. So, what will then? Roman’s 5:5b gives the rest of the answer, hope doesn’t disappoint us “…because God’s love is poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given us.”
According to Paul, it is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that gives us hope. Well then, it must be then, that we need to pray that people are filled with the Holy Spirit. Yes, indeed, we should. And yet, that is not enough. Paul speaks further to this in 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
It is through our acts of love that people will see the grace of God. Seeing the grace of God in our loving acts may lead to faith, with faith comes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit hope is sustained. It is not enough that we donate to those in need, we need to meet them where they are at, sharing the love of God with them, trusting that through us, God’s love will be made known and the Holy Spirit will be welcomed into their lives.
Hello Hope Members,
We are coming into a somewhat cooler spring towards summer than I would like, but the flowers have been gorgeous, the pollen too much, and the sunshine warming to our spirits.
Council Retreat was very uplifting spiritually. We talked about having an afternoon/bring your lunch bible study.
We should have timelines available this month for you to see progress on the multitude of things voted on in March. If you are willing to help in any way, please see Pastor, myself, or Loretta.
We will be planning a few WOW grill outings this summer, as well as ice cream socials for the children by the playground. Please think about coming out for one or more to welcome the neighbors, and fellowship as a Church together. It is a joyful, relaxing time for all.
We have outside worship and the annual Church picnic on June 17th (Father’s Day) with root beer floats for dessert. There will be a free will donation to pay for picnic goodies. Any money left over will be given to our Youth for the Houston trip.
Please remember to keep all of our Pastors and lay members going to Synod Assembly June 1-3rd in your prayers.
We want to ask God to bless our nation and keep it safe from harm. Give our leaders spiritual guidance so they would lead with God's Wisdom and Purpose.
We remember all who are sick, lonely, grieving; those in need of jobs, housing, utilities, and food.
We remember our students who are getting out of school for the summer or graduating. Give them safe, restful summers to recharge for the year to come.
We ask that God would help us be God’s “hands and feet” in our community in whatever way we can.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
The Rebecca Circle will gather on Monday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. in the Conference Room. Lunch follows. Bring a sandwich to share.
All women are welcome. Come, join this great group of women!
This will be the last circle until fall. The women will start their fall gatherings on Monday, September 10th, as the first Monday is Labor Day.
The Men’s Breakfast group will meet on Saturday, June 9th, at 8:00 am at Sara’s Kitchen in Santa Clara. All men are welcome!
The group will continue to gather during the summer. Plan to come and enjoy this great get-together each month!
Sunday, June 17
Following Outdoor Worship
Our annual church picnic will be held on Sunday, June 17th, following worship. All are invited to attend this fun time!
Our great menu will consist of:
Scrumptious hamburgers and Jumbo Hot dogs, with all the trimmings,
(vegetarian hamburgers upon request),
Green tossed salad
In honor of Father’s Day – Root Beer Floats
If you have a special appetizer you would like to share, please do so.
There will be a Free Will offering which will benefit our youth for their trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston after picnic expenses.
Help is needed for set up, clean up, purchasing food items, barbecuing, etc. Call the church office if you can help.
SIGN UP SOON SO WE CAN GET A HEAD COUNT!!
A message from Bishop Elizabeth Eaton,
Dear Friends in Christ,
The ELCA recognizes the God-given dignity of all people and is committed to the full and equitable participation of women and men in church and society. God rejoices – and the world is blessed – when all have opportunities to flourish and freely share their gifts for the common good.
I am heartened that we as a church body are engaged in a concerted discussion around women and justice in church and society. The 2009 Churchwide Assembly authorized a social statement process, and the work will continue long after a social statement is brought to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly. Right now, however, are the years for focused conversations.
Whatever your experiences and perspectives, you are invited to use the ELCA study, “Faith, Sexism, Justice: Conversations toward a Social Statement.” It is a call to hear new things and to explore together how matters of justice and sexism intersect with faith. I encourage its widespread use across our church – in congregations, conferences, circles, social ministry organizations, campus ministries, youth gatherings, homes and classrooms. Your participation in this process is important because the feedback you share will help the task force continue to think together with our whole church when they sit down to shape the first draft of a social statement.
As a pastor who has served in congregations and in synodical leadership, I am quite aware that it can be challenging to have conversations on these complex topics that are so close to our homes, congregations and communities. I believe the task force has produced a study for these conversations that you will find spiritually enriching, engaging, respectful, clear and well-balanced.
As people of God, set free in Christ and brought together in loving community, we are called to work for justice and the flourishing of all God’s people. We can be confident that the Holy Spirit will faithfully lead us through this conversation. God bless you as you join in. In God’s grace, Elizabeth A. Eaton Presiding Bishop Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
In God’s Grace,
Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” Ephesians 3:20-21
I always like to know where my money is going and how it is being spent. The following is the updated report on the 5-year ELCA fund raising campaign, Always Being Made New.
Four years ago in February of 2014 the ELCA set the daring goal of raising $198 million in 5 years to increase support for existing and new ministries. It was called, Always Being Made New. Through the first four years, $144 million has been received in gifts and multi -year commitments to the campaign. (73% total has been raised to date.) Eighty one percent of all ELCA congregations gave to a campaign ministry.
The break down by Category:
Renewing Congregations; $1.1 Million
(14% of 8 million goal)
Disability Ministries: $280,000
(7% of $4million goal)
ELCA New Congregations: $1.2 million
(30% of $4 Million goal)
Young Adults in Global Mission : $5 Million (83% of $6 Million Goal)
Global Ministries: 2.3 Million
(40% of $5.75 Million goal)
Long Term Missionaries: $9.4 Million
(50% of 16 Million goal)
International Women Leaders: $2.4 million
(60% of $4 Million goal)
Youth and Young Adults: $371,000
(9% of $4 Million Goal) This seems rather glaring to me since they will be the generation to take the reigns.
ELCA fund for Leaders: $15.5 Million
(100% of $15 Million goal)
ELCA Malaria Campaign: $15.5 Million (103% of $15 Million goal
ELCA World Hunger: $85.3 Million
(74% of $115 Million goal)
Campaign for Where Needed Most $6.2 Million (496% of $1.25 Million goal)
So what’s been accomplished so far with these monies?
11 New global Ministry Evangelism Projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America
18 Additional Congregational new start ministries
518 projects supporting sustainable solutions that get at the root causes of hunger and poverty around the world.
521 Seminary students with an ELCA fund for Leaders Scholarships
125 International Lutheran Women with academic scholarships and training and networking opportunities
230 Missionaries working alongisde companions in 40 countries
62 countries around the world with ELCA World Hunger supported programs.
31 grants for workshops, training , education and camps distributed through disabilityministries
315 your Adults in Global Mission served or serving in 15 countries.
26 renewing congregations grants at work in synods across the ELCA
21 new or enhanced youth and young adult ministries with a grant to grow existing programs or start new ones.
In addition to this campaign of Always Being Made New, ELCA members responded with generosity to numerous disasters in 2017 contributing an additional $23 Million in support. $41 Million total has been raised for Lutheran Disaster Response during the life of the campaign.
God’s blessings to all.
FAITH, SEXISM, JUSTICE:
Conversations toward a Social Statement
The Evangelical Church in America Task Force has been working on the “Faith, Sexism, Justice” statement since 2009 and is offering a bible study on the subject to congregations.
Please refer to the letter from Bishop Easton on page 12 as she invites congregations to participate in this study.
Hope will beginning this study on justice on Tuesday, June 12, from 1:30-3 pm in Knutsen Hall. Our congregation members and friends are encouraged to participate in this informative study.
Annual Pie Social &
Be Sure to put this date
on your Calendars!!
Proceeds from the auction will benefit
Sacred Heart Community Services’ Housing Assistance Program.
Watch for Pie Sign ups at the end of July
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