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May 21, 2014 - May 19-25 Newsletter

The Messenger

God is still speaking…..

May 25, 2014
6th Sunday of Easter

Date: May 19th through May 25th, 2014

Dear Calvary Memorial,

Message from the Pastor
Walt Whitman wrote and poem that is question with an answer ….
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring-What good amid these, O me, O life?

Answer:
That you are here-that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

What might Calvary contribute as our verse?

Faithfully, Rev. Deb
P.S.-  Your trivia question of the week….what TV commercial is using this poem right now?

This Sunday’s Music
PRELUDE:

Ave Maria (Meditation on the First Piano Prelude of Bach
by Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

French composer Charles Gounod was inspired to improvise a melody that can be played simultaneously with the famous C-major prelude from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. Gounod’s father-in-law wrote down the improvisation and arranged it for violin (or cello) and piano in 1853. The tune became so popular that on May 24, 1859 the piece was published for voice and piano using the traditional Ave Maria text. Often heard at Catholic weddings or funerals with the sung Latin text, the original instrumental version is an appropriately thoughtful prelude.

OFFERTORY: Agnus Dei from Mass in B minor

by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

One of Bach’s final works, the B minor Mass was premiered in the United States on May 19, 1886 in Cincinnati, OH, an oddity considering it took over 135 years to make it to this country.  Even though Bach was a Lutheran, he continued in the long tradition of composing a Catholic Mass in hopes of securing a job with the new Holy Roman Emperor, Augustus III, Elector of Saxony; Bach got the job! The traditional Catholic Mass consists of five unchanging sections that have often been set to music: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus-Benedictus, and Agnus Dei.  The text of the Agnus Dei, recited or sung during communion, comes from the first chapter of John: “Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.” This transcription for cello and piano is inspired by the original for tenor solo and orchestra.

POSTULUDE: Noël Nouvelet

15th Century French Tune

The first hymn we sing today as a congregation uses the text by the twentieth century British priest John M. C. Crum. The tune, however, is over 600 years old! First used as a Christmas hymn in France, translated into English in the 1600s, and still sung in churches today (“Sing We Now of Christmas”), the melody is now more popularly known with the text we sung today.

Coffee Hour

Come celebrate Hilma Jaeger’s 99th Birthday!  This Sunday Tootie and Norine will provide the birthday treats.

Happy Birthday Hilma!!

Please consider bringing a treat in June.  Sign up in Fellowship Hall.
Sunday School
Our Sunday School program takes a hiatus for the summer months.   Have a safe and wonderful summer.
Food Pantry
Please continue to bring in your canned goods.  We especially need canned fruit, canned vegetables, soups and proteins.  Thanks for remembering the Food Pantry.

Scriptures
May 25th

Acts 17: 22-31
Psalm 66: 8-20
1 Peter 3: 13-22
John 14: 15-21

Participants
May 25th

Pastor:
Rev Deb

Piano:
Joshua Parman

Greeters:
Earl & Nancy Wellenstein


Transition

This will be my last week here at Calvary as I have decided to spend more time with my family.

I have met so many nice people, thanks for making me feel like a part of your congregation.

Patty

Contact Information
Calvary Memorial United Church of Christ
4515 N. Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI   532225

Sunday Services at 9:30 a.m.

Reverend Deb Howland, Intentional Interim Pastor
djhowland.205@gmail.com
262-542-3833

Linda O’Krent, Council President
lindyloop@sbcglobal.net
414-303-2777

Patty or Sandy, Church Office & Food Pantry
calvarymemorialucc@gmail.com
414-461-7375
Tues. and Wed. afternoons


May 16, 2014 - May 12-18 Newsletter

The Messenger

God is still speaking…..

May 18th,  2014
5th Sunday of Easter

May 12th through May 18th , 2014

Dear Calvary Memorial,

Message from the Pastor
Dear Friends,
Did you know that you can get a free daily devotional from the UCC website delivered to your email every day? The writers are the best and most diverse perspectives our denomination includes and embraces. The following is from a pastor in Chicago … some continual thoughts about forgiveness. Remember: sign up at ucc.org.
Joy,
Rev. Deb

Why Should We Forgive?
Matt Fitzgerald

“Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now.” – 1 Peter 1:14

In my early twenties I worked for developmentally delayed adults. I had two roommates on my caseload named Dave and Johnny. Picture the “Odd Couple” with two Oscars. In an inhospitable world, Dave and Johnny thrived. It was the best friendship I’ve ever seen.

Then Dave caught Johnny rifling his sock drawer, stealing money. Weeks went by. Dave refused to forgive. Their home was all stony silence and Johnny’s awkward overtures. He asked for grace and he got none.

With his face full of pain Dave said, “Why should I forgive him? He doesn’t deserve it and I don’t feel like it.” The life had gone right out of their apartment.

Why should we forgive? Christianity doesn’t answer. God just forgives. The implication is that only an ingrate will refuse to practice mercy after receiving it from Christ.

An ingrate, or a person who doesn’t know either the measure of their debt or the fact that it’s been erased. This is why Church reminds us that that we’re sinners and then insists we’ve been forgiven. How will we learn to forgive? We will discover how much we need to be forgiven. And then we will learn that God loves us nonetheless.

I wish I had told Dave this twenty years ago. He didn’t know it. He didn’t go to church. But neither did I. At that point my Christianity was rusty. I know better now. So do you. Let’s not keep silent. Otherwise we leave Dave to suffer, his refusal to forgive its own penalty as he sits in a home once filled with love, wishing desperately that life were different, unaware that it already is.

Prayer

Dear God, give us the faith to accept your mercy. And then give us the wisdom to proclaim it. Amen.

This Sunday is New Member Sunday
On this Sunday, May 18th, we will be receiving new members at Calvary.   Several people have expressed interest in joining us on the journey of faith into God’s future.

Many of us remember the “old way” of taking in church members…classes & sponsors – official, formal and it worked really well for a world that no longer exists.

We will be offering an interim process.  the education classes previously offered to new members will be integrated into worship and our Messenger so that all of us can learn, re-learn, or learn something new about both Calvary and the UCC.
About Sunday’s Music

Albert Hay Malotte (1895-1964) celebrates his birthday on May 19. He was an American pianist, organist, composer, and educator. His most famous contributions were the settings of “The Lord’s Prayer” and “Psalm 23″ that are ubiquitous in church services, weddings, funerals, and concert halls. Apart from his religious music, Malotte wrote extensively for Disney in its early years.

We have sung “Blessed Be Your Name” the last two weeks. This is a modern piece touching on the same subject as the great hymn “It Is Well with My Soul.” Both hymns are inspired by St. Paul’s words in 1 Thessalonians about giving thanks in all circumstances.

Coffee Hour
Please join us after the Sunday service for Coffee.

We always need volunteers to bring a treat to share.  Sign up in Fellowship Hall.
Food Pantry
The following note was sent to The Food Pantry Crew:
“I am confined to my house.  I am fighting cancer.  I thank the Lord that I am doing as well as I am.
I have some good days, and I have bad days.  Thank the Lord it is as well as it is.
Thanks so much for being so nice to me.
God bless each one of you.”
It is signed by one of the Pantry’s clients.

Thanks to all of you who support this Food Pantry! 

Scriptures
May 18th

Acts 7: 55-60
Psalm 31: 1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2: 2-10
John 14: 1-14

Participants
May 18th

Pastor:
Rev Deb

Piano:
Joshua Parman

Soloist: Jim Cleary

Greeters:

Tottie Seidl

Vacation


Rev Deb will be on vacation from May 22-24.

Please contact Linda O’Krent if you have a pastoral emergency.

Thanks.

Contact Information
Calvary Memorial United Church of Christ
4515 N. Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI   532225

Sunday Services at 9:30 a.m.

Reverend Deb Howland, Intentional Interim Pastor
djhowland.205@gmail.com
262-542-3833

Mike Bannier, Council President
mbannier@wi.rr.com
262-894-1710

Patty or Sandy, Church Office & Food Pantry
calvarymemorialucc@gmail.com
414-461-7375
Tues. and Wed. afternoons


May 8, 2014 - May 6-11 Newsletter

The Messenger

God is still speaking…..

May 11, 2014
Fourth Sunday of Easter

Mother’s Day

May 6th through May 11th, 2014

Dear Calvary Memorial,

Message from the Pastor
Dear Friends,
Many thanks to all 45 folks who engaged in holy listening and holy speaking during worship last Sunday.
We spent time offering our concerns, insights,visions, and brainstorming for our future. Ann Rudolph was facilitated our conversation. She helped us try to be as specific as we could about what was on our minds and in our hearts. Several of us took notes on behalf of the Transition Team who will now take these ideas and prioritize them as well as helping to shape how we go about reaching some of these goals. As I said last week at the conclusion of worship- we won’t be done by Christmas. Some of the ideas will strengthen and create a path forward for our interim. They may also help us develop an idea of what our future leadership needs will be. Other ideas will develop into a “to do” list for both immediate and longer term future. We ask for you prayers as we move forward and promise to keep you updated as we move forward.

At the April Council meeting, I was hired for a second 6-month contract. It will be my privilege to work with you between now and the middle of November. Last week we received Mike Bannier’s resignation as President of Council. Mike has seen this congregation through a most long and difficult time. We are grateful for his kindness and service. We support his need to rest and re-create and we offer him our thanks for his leadership and strength on behalf of Calvary. Linda O’Krent, as Vice-President, will be taking over the duties as Council’s president. Please pray for both of them!

Our theme this Eastertide is “practice resurrection.” Let us continue on the journey of new life in faith.
Faithfully,
Rev. Deb

Food Pantry
Thanks to everyone who has generously supported the food pantry here at Calvary.   It is a busy place each and every Wednesday afternoon.

When the pantry began in April of 2012, it was in response to a need within our own church community.  Quickly, we realized that there was a need in the greater community.
today we partner with both Feeding America and Starbucks.  We have many volunteers and financial support from Brookfield Congregational UCC who make this pantry a reality.

A grant from Immanuel  UCC brought a new freezer as well as support for several months.

Please consider bringing in canned goods – we appreciate all and need protein the most.

We thank you!
Friendship Club
Thursday, May 8th (TOMORROW)
9:30 am
Maxim’s on Capitol

Children’s Choir
The children will be singing this Sunday, May 11th for Mother’s Day.

If your children are singing, please come 10 minutes BEFORE the service, from 9:10 to 9:20 am for the last practice.  Thanks!


Thanks to everyone at Calvary for the cards, calls and prayers.  They are much appreciated.

Ilene Dahm

Scriptures
May 11th

Acts 2: 42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2: 19-25
John 10: 1-10

Participants
May 11th

Pastor:
Rev Deb

Piano:
Joshua Parman

Greeters:
Bobbie White

Contact Information
Calvary Memorial United Church of Christ
4515 N. Mayfair Road
Wauwatosa, WI   532225

Sunday Services at 9:30 a.m.

Reverend Deb Howland, Intentional Interim Pastor
djhowland.205@gmail.com
262-542-3833

Mike Bannier, Council President
mbannier@wi.rr.com
262-894-1710

Patty or Sandy, Church Office & Food Pantry
calvarymemorialucc@gmail.com
414-461-7375
Tues. and Wed. afternoons



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