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TODAY / March 27 / Third Sunday of Lent
Guest Preacher: Paul Milner
-- Adult Forum: Water in Worship: The Ecology of Baptism – Water often moves us to wonder, joy, terror or peace, and many times water moves us to prayer. In this age of ecological emergency, the images of water that saturate our baptismal theology and prayers are as needed and relevant as ever before. Our speaker, Dr. Benjamin Stewart, is the Assistant Professor of Worship, Dean of the Chapel, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where he has taught since 2009. All are welcome!

NEXT SUNDAY / April 3 / Fourth Sunday of Lent
-- Adult Forum: Cardiac Symptoms: Gender Differences You Need to Know! Let’s have a “heart to heart” with St. Luke’s member, Dr. Tim McCurry. He will explain the nature of cardiac blockages and prevention. He will discuss the difference in symptoms men and women experience with blockages and some of the newer diagnostic tests generally available. All are welcome!

THANK YOU TO OUR GUEST PREACHER THIS MORNING, PAUL MILNER. Paul is one of several St. Luke’s members who are serving as guest preachers in these weeks before an Interim Lead Pastor begins serving at St. Luke’s.

INTERIM LEAD PASTOR: The Council is pleased to report that St. Luke's has employed the Rev. Dr. George J. Koch, Jr. as Interim Lead Pastor. Pastor Koch is currently serving out his term as Interim Lead Pastor for Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Chicago and will begin his service for St. Luke's on May 1. Over the past seven years, Pastor Koch has served as Interim Pastor for several congregations in the Chicago area. Prior to that, Pastor Koch served as Director of Campus Ministry for ELCA and, for nearly 20 years, as a full time pastor of a congregation. Pastor Koch resides in Elmhurst with his wife. As his start date approaches, Council will be providing additional information about welcoming Pastor Koch to our congregation and about the interim ministry process.

TODAY, and again on APRIL 3, from 9:45 to 11:00 a.m., St. Luke’s Career Transition Ministry will be holding a support group meeting for both St. Luke's and all Park Ridge residents (i.e. invite your neighbors), who are currently or will be unemployed in the near future. The meeting agenda will be for members to share with the group what is and is not working in your current job search. Please direct any questions to Paul Sheehan at pmsheehan91@gmail.com or 847/318-8911.

NEXT SUNDAY, April 3, is the first Sunday of the month. The first Sunday of every month is when we collect donations for our local food pantries – Elijah Pantry and Maine Township Pantry. The demand for food from food banks across the country is at an all time high with demand exceeding donations received. Won’t you please mark your calendar for next Sunday, and the first Sunday of each month, so you’ll remember to bring along your donations? Isaiah 58:10 “if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.”

WHO WILL COME VISIT ME IN THE HOSPITAL? Pastor Kristi Weber (847/280-1518), Pastor Paul Stone (847/778-1997), and Julie Russell (847/778-1631) will share the responsibility for visiting members who are hospitalized or who request a visit during a time of illness or recovery. When Pastor George Koch arrives, he will also make visits and the team of visitors may change. Pastor Mac Minnick makes many phone contacts with members and is available for visits to members in care institutions upon request. Please remember, you need to let the church office know you are or will be hospitalized. We won't know unless you tell us. HIPPA laws prohibit the hospitals from calling us without your permission.

LENTEN-EASTER OFFERING. We are in the midst of the Lenten season. It is a period of 40 week days during which Christians make the journey with Christ to Jerusalem where he will be rejected, mocked, betrayed, tried and put to death. WE are encouraged to reflect on the meaning of God’s action in Christ and its benefit to the world and to each one of us. As disciples and followers of Christ WE are called to the disciplines of prayer, alms giving and fasting. On Easter Sunday WE celebrate the power and love of God in the resurrection of Jesus as God reveals the “more to come” of life. Each year we receive “seasonal offerings” to supply financial resources for the ongoing ministries of the congregation. $20 of every $100 contributed to St. Luke’s goes to support ministries outside the congregation. These include many ministries that directly assist people in need and support agencies that provide services in a most effective way. This year we have a goal of receiving $18,000 through the Lenten-Easter offerings. Please contribute your offerings using the Lenten offering envelopes and the special Easter Sunday envelope that are in the offering envelope boxes. You may also use a “pew” envelope and designate it for the “Lenten-Easter offering.”

WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY, 7:15–8:00 p.m. (after the worship service). Attend one or all of the weekly Bible Studies. No attendance taken! We meet in the conference room. That You May Have Life: Stories from John’s Gospel – We will take a closer look at stories from John’s Gospel that we will hear on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings during Lent. March 30 – The story of the man born blind from John 9.

THURSDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY. Each Thursday morning we gather to study the texts for the forthcoming Sunday. Why not join the discussion on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.? This Thursday’s meeting focuses on John 9:1-41.

ALL ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE in an Intergenerational Sunday School event next Sunday, April 3, in the 7th/8th grade classroom downstairs. People of all ages are welcome to come and do an art project. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children.

COFFEE SERVERS ARE STILL NEEDED FOR THE FOLLOWING DATES: April 3 and 10. Please note that Sarah Post is the new contact for this group. Please Contact Sarah at sohlsis@gmail.com to schedule a Sunday or two or feel free to call her at 847/318-5614 if you have any questions. Thank you!

IS YOUR CHILD ASKING ABOUT RECEIVING COMMUNION? Children in fourth and fifth grades and their parents have had their first class (or refresher class for those already communing). Children younger than third grade are invited to join their parents and Pastor Weber for a one session early communion class Tuesday, April 5, 5:00-6:45 p.m. Please contact Pastor Weber kweber@stlukespr.org if you are interested in participating with your child in either the early or the fourth/fifth grade communion classes.

FIRST TUESDAY MEN’S BREAKFAST. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 5, at 8:00 a.m. Our Chefs will be the two “Swedes,” Carl Blomgren and Art Johnson. They will prepare our usual breakfast: orange juice, pancakes, sausage and our great “Lutheran Coffee.” While we eat, we can engage in lively conversation. After breakfast we will hear from our guest speaker, Milton Nelson, retired Maine South History Teacher. He will fill us in on some interesting facts about the evolution of Chicago and the surrounding area. Ask some of your friends to come along. All men are welcome. (They don’t have to be members of St. Luke’s.) See you all then!

SAVE THE DATE, Wednesday, April 13, for the Global COW Dinner in support of World Hunger this Lenten season. While you wait, take the opportunity during this season of reflection to consider learning more about World Hunger (visit www.elca.org or check out the book “Our Day to End Poverty”), teaching someone new at St. Luke’s about our bread basket program, or committing at a different level to help fill our basket to the brim. To date, your gifts have exceeded $5,000, enough for 5 loaves in the Bread Basket (each loaf represents $1,000 in donations). Our 2011 goal is $27,000. Simply use a “World Hunger” offering envelope in the pew racks, or mark your donation with the words “World Hunger Appeal.” Thank you for your generosity!

FORTY-SOMETHING FOR LENT 2011. The Social Ministry Committee would like to ask that you please consider giving 40 items of food to Elijah's Pantry in Logan Square during this Lenten season. This food drive has been a rewarding Lenten tradition at St. Luke's for a long time. The food will be taken to the pantry on Palm Sunday, April 17. The pantry's wish list of food items, as well as a sign-up sheet, will be on the Social Ministry portion of the bulletin boards outside of the first floor restrooms. The total number of signatures we receive will help us determine how many vans will be needed to transport the food. Cash is also welcome. Any questions, please call Ken Schoy at 847/823-3957. Thank you.

THE EASTER MESSAGE IS BACK! The youth attending the 2012 National Youth Gathering will be selling “nominations” for a recipient of this year’s Easter Message: a yard display announcing the risen Christ on Easter morning! This year nominations are 1 for $5 and 3 for $10. Children, Confirmation Students and high schoolers are invited to nominate as well at a rate of 1 for $1 and 6 for $5! Look for a youth or youth director wearing bunny ears or a cling-on bunny before and after worship to cast your nomination. You can also put nominations and checks in Jeannine Oakes’ mailbox.

LIFESOURCE/ST. LUKE’S BLOOD DRIVE ON MARCH 15. The Social Ministry Committee would like to thank all the members of the congregation for their donations to this year’s blood drive and for past blood drives. Thanks for using the Lifesource web site and phone number contact to sign up. This made for a successful blood drive. 20 of the 29 people who signed up were successful in donating with five people giving double! This is a very worthwhile cause that can make a vital difference in people’s lives. A special note of thanks goes out to Jean Igoe who headed up the drive this year. Thank you, again, and we hope to see you next year!

FROM THE LIBRARY Have you read Nickel and Dimed: On (not) getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich? It’s a bestselling account of the author’s attempt to make a living while working as a waitress, hotel maid, Walmart associate, house cleaner and nursing home aide. In an afterword, the author makes it clear that the plight of the underpaid has not eased since her firsthand account, and thus this book is more relevant than ever.

A FAITH-FILLED TREAT. Lutheran Woman Today (LWT) magazine offers faith-filled articles and bible studies that inspire, challenge, comfort, and encourage. To subscribe, call 800/328-4648; a one-year subscription (10 issues) is just $12. Find LWT online at WWW.LUTHERANWOMANTODAY.ORG.

LENTEN DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES: For daily devotions throughout the year St. Luke's offers Christ in Our Home (large print) and Word in Season. For special Lenten daily devotions, Christ's Kingdom is a resource developed by Lutheran Indian Ministries. Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is one of the many ministries that are part of Lutheran Indian Ministries and is the community in which St. Luke's high school youth plan to share their mission trip experience in July 2011. Email devotions that are part of St. Luke's Let Your Light Shine campaign are also available in your in box 2-3 times per week. To sign up, please contact info@stlukespr.org.

Activities for the Week of March 27

8:30 a.m. Holy Communion/Third Sunday of Lent
9:45 a.m. Adult Education – No Sunday School for children and youth
9:45 a.m. Career Transition Ministry meeting
11:00 a.m. Holy Communion/Third Sunday of Lent

6:00 p.m. Adult Education Committee meeting

12:00 p.m. “Let Your Light Shine” senior luncheon
8:00 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous

12:00 p.m. Mid-week Lenten worship service
5:45 p.m. “Invitation to Prayer” (prayer and silent reflection in the library)
6:45 p.m. Mid-week Lenten worship service
7:20 p.m. Adult Education
8:00 p.m. Celebration Ringers
8:00 p.m. Al-Anon

9:30 a.m. Bible Study
7:45 p.m. Chancel Choir rehearsal
8:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous

7:00 p.m. Friday Bridge Group
8:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon


8:30 a.m. Holy Communion/Fourth Sunday of Lent
9:45 a.m. Intergenerational Sunday School Event/Adult Education
9:45 a.m. Career Transition Ministry meeting
9:45 a.m. Book discussion – Giving to God
9:45 a.m. Sanctuary Choir rehearsal
10:00 a.m. Flute Choir rehearsal
11:00 a.m. Holy Communion/Fourth Sunday of Lent
8:00 p.m. Narcotics Anonymous
8:00 p.m. Al-Anon
8:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous
8:00 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon

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Sunday Ministers – All the members of St. Luke’s
Rev. Kristina C. Weber, Acting Lead Pastor - ext. 12 - 847/384-1084 (home)
Rev. Dr. Malcolm L. Minnick, Jr., Pastor Emeritus - ext 29 - 773/637-0081 (home)
Anne Krentz Organ, M. Mus., Director of Music Ministries - ext. 14
Melinda Ramseth Hoiland, M. Arts, Director of Children’s Choirs - ext. 15
Jeannine Oakes, Director for Children, Youth and Family Ministries, ext. 16
Jeanne Rice, Parish Coordinator - ext. 10
Annette Kern, Office Administrator - ext. 17


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