Congregation Meeting on June 3

A regular meeting of the congregation will be held on June 3 following the 11:00 a.m. service.  According to the church bylaws, the June meeting is for the purpose of reporting on the budget. The proposed budget is the result of careful consideration by the Budget Committee and review and approval by the Church Council. You may obtain a copy of the proposed budget prior to the meeting from Karen Christopher, church administrative assistant (708-366-6900, ext. 207; kchristopher@graceriverforest.org).  

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1.  Opening prayer and devotion

2.  Review and approval of minutes for January and April meetings

3.  Update - Youth and Family Ministry

4.  Financial report 

5.  Presentation and review of 2012-2013 fiscal year budget

6.  Benediction

 


From the Stewardship Committee

Trust_Art_stacked.jpg"Faith is like playing sports. I must exercise my faith, like my muscles, by practicing and playing the game." 

One of this year's eighth-grade confirmands made this analogy in her statement of faith at the Witness Service on May 4. She reminds us that discipleship is faith in action. 



Grace is a strong community of faith because its members, sustained by the Spirit, are actively engaged in mission, witness, worship, education, and service.  These active expressions of our faith are supported by Grace's budget. In order to fulfill the promises to God and to each other that are expressed in that budget, we need the help of each Grace member. In the weeks ahead, prayerfully consider the many ways in which God has blessed you and sustained your faith here at Grace Lutheran Church and School. Then consider making an extra gift to Grace so that we can meet our budgeted expenses for the fiscal year that ends on June 30.

 


Worship

AscensionTiffany_UCCMontclair.jpgAscension Eve Simple Gifts
There will be an Ascension Eve service of Word and Sacrament on Wednesday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. Come to the sanctuary for 30 minutes of quiet worship and reflection.

(Image: Christ's Ascension, window by Tiffany)

Bach Cantata Vespers this Sunday
The cantata for the final Bach Cantata Vespers of this season is Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein (On Christ’s ascension into heaven alone, BWV 128) presented on May 20 at 4:00 p.m. The pre-service music at 3:45 is Graupner’s Symphony for 2 Horns, Timpani and Strings.  

Following the service, mezzo soprano Karen Brunssen will perform Lee Hoiby's “Bon Appetit! – A Delicious Opera,” a twenty-minute, one-woman opera based on a 1961 television episode featuring Julia Child. Coffee and treats will be served. There will be a free-will offering at this event to support the Bach Cantata Vespers tour to Germany this summer.

The pre-service music features French horn soloists Jon Boen and Mackenzie Merrill-Wick. Christoph Graupner was a contemporary of Bach. The Symphony is an unpublished work, transcribed for this service by Grace Cantor Michael D. Costello from scans of autograph parts.

Soloists for the cantata include Karen Brunssen, tenor Christopher M. Cock, and baritone Douglas Anderson. Pastor Costello directs the Grace Senior Choir and orchestra. The homilist is F. Dean Lueking, Pastor Emeritus of Grace Church.

The service is underwritten by an anonymous donor in memory of Paul J. Bunjes, Thomas E. Gieschen, and Herbert M. Gotsch, all of whom were professors of music at Concordia University Chicago.

The cantata preview at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, welcomes Dr. Mark Peters of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights. His topic is “A Woman Speaks in Leipzig’s Churches: Mariane von Ziegler and J. S. Bach.”

Order geraniums for Pentecost on May 27
You may help decorate the chancel for Pentecost on May 27 by purchasing geranium plants, which may be given in honor of someone or as a memorial. They will later be planted in front of the building.  The sign-up sheet is at the reception desk. The deadline is Monday, May 21.


Hymn Story

"Holy, Holy, Holy"
by Stacy Deibler

“Holy, Holy, Holy” (LBW 165), the sending hymn for Trinity Sunday, June 3, was written specifically for this festival day. Acclaimed by Alfred Lord Tennyson as “The world’s greatest hymn,” it is perhaps the best known of more than 50 hymns by the British clergyman Reginald Heber (1783-1826).

Ordained an Anglican priest in 1807, the Oxford-educated Heber was a key figure in the history of hymnology, making congregational singing a priority. Though his superiors discouraged the use of anything but metrical Psalms, Heber introduced his own hymns and those of others, dreaming of publishing a collection corresponding to the church year. The Bishop of London thought otherwise.

It wasn’t until after Heber’s death (at only 43, during his tenure as Bishop of Calcutta, India) that his widow, after finding Heber’s collection in a trunk, succeeded in publishing his “Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year” (1827).

Heber held strong opinions about the language of hymns, objecting vehemently to addressing God “with ditties or embraces and passion, or in language which it would be disgraceful in an earthly sovereign to endure.” The title of “Holy, Holy, Holy” refers to the Sanctus (Latin: Holy) portion of the Mass liturgy. Paraphrasing Revelation 4:8-11, the bold text extols the Trinity and proclaims that God alone is holy and worthy of our praise -- “for there is none beside thee, perfect in power, in love and purity.”

Many of Heber’s hymn texts are still in use. Other LBW examples include: “Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning” (84), “The Son of God Goes Forth to War” (183), “Hosanna to the Living Lord” (258) and “God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven” (281).

Since publication of the famous collection “Hymns Ancient and Modern” (1861), “Holy, Holy, Holy” has almost always been set to the tune NICAEA, composed by John Bacchus Dykes (1823-1876). A fellow Brit and Anglican clergyman, Dykes was active in the Oxford Movement to revitalize Anglican worship. He wrote some 300 hymn tunes. The title points to the First Council of Nicaea, which formalized the doctrine of the Trinity in 325.

 


Jazz Psalms

Praise God with the sound of trumpets--and saxophones, snare drum, bass, harmonica and piano!

A special Father's Day worship service at Grace on June 17, 4:00 p.m., will feature Andy Tecson's Jazz Psalms, performed by some of Chicago's top jazz musicians. Doug Anderson is the baritone soloist, and Martin Marty is the preacher.  

Andy Tecson composed his Jazz Psalms thirty years ago, in memory of Elsa Marty, wife of Martin Marty, a long-time friend and former assistant pastor of Grace Church. The jazz melodies proclaim God's faithfulness through the joys and sorrows of life as expressed in the Biblical texts. The program includes Psalm 104, a creation song for baritone soloist and jazz band; Psalm 42, a song of lament and triumph, and psalms of celebration.

The band will include Jazz Psalms composer and saxophonist, Andy Tecson; Grammy award winner Howard Levy on harmonica and piano; trumpeter and former music director for vocalist Peggy Lee, Bobby Lewis, along with trumpeter Art Hoyle, a former member of Lionel Hampton’s big band.

The offering during the service will benefit both Lutheran Child and Family Services and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. A reception will follow the service in Fellowship Hall.


Church Vocations Scholarships

During the 2011-2012 academic year, Grace's Church Vocations Initiative supported six students with scholarships. They included undergraduates Catie Becker, who plans to teach in a Christian school, and Rachel Foran, who is pursuing a religious studies major at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.  Scholarship recipients Leslie Bimler and Amy Gillespie are both graduate students at Lutheran seminaries, and Daniel Heim is studying at Duke Divinity School.  Elyssa Salinas will receive her bachelor's degree from Valparaiso University in a few weeks; she will begin studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in the fall. (Read reports from these scholarship recipients here.)

Grace's Church Vocations Initiative is committed to an intentional focus of raising up a new generation of leaders for the mission and ministry of the church. Grace provides support, encouragement, and financial assistance to members wishing to pursue a church vocational ministry.  The Church Vocations committee, chaired by Diane Carioscio, is now taking applications for scholarships for the 2012-13 school year.  

Applicants must be active members of Grace and pursuing a degree program in areas that are preparatory for Christian vocation within the church or in the secular world. They must be admitted, either as a graduate or undergraduate full-time student, in an accredited college, university or seminary. (If pursuing a vocation in the secular world, it must be an accredited Lutheran college or university.) Undergraduate applicants must be juniors or seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

The application deadline is June 15. Guidelines for applying can be found on the Grace website or at the reception desk. If you have questions, please contact Diane Carioscio (diane_carioscio@comcast.net).


Adult Education

Sunday morning Adult Education classes at Grace offer ideas to think about all week long, as well as opportunities to grow in faith in fellowship with other Grace members. Here's what's coming up in the next few weeks:

Bible study
The Bible study group is currently discussing Romans, led by Bob Jandeska. The group meets every Sunday morning in the conference room.

May 20
Emerging Church Movements. How is God working today through creative and fresh expressions of church to extend the influence of Christ into every sphere of society?  Dr. Rick Richardson, associate professor at Wheaton College, will explore answers to these questions in this second session of a two-part series.

A Woman Speaks in Leipzig’s Churches: Mariane von Ziegler and J. S. Bach. Mark Peters, Associate Professor of Music, Trinity Christian College, talks about Mariane von Ziegler, a remarkable woman in 18th century Leipzig. She is the author of the libretto for the afternoon's cantata, "Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein."

May 27
Billy Graham and Modern America. Grant Wacker, Professor of Christian History, Duke University Divinity School, is writing a biography of Graham. He'll discuss his work.

Building Schools in Nepal. David Heinz, Grace member and woodworker, will describe his work with rebuilding and funding schools in Nepal.

June 3
From Hosea to Malachi Overview:  Majoring in the Minors. Pastor Modahl begins a four-week series on the minor prophets of the Old Testament.



Fellowship

Planning Meeting for the Fall Bazaar
All women of Grace Church interested in learning about opportunities for service at this year's Fall Bazaar are invited to a kick-off meeting on Monday, June 11, 7:30 p.m., at the home of Beverly Lueking, 829 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest. Join event co-chairs for dessert, coffee, and conversation about how you can lend time and talent to this time-honored Grace tradition. The Bazaar will take place the weekend of November 2-4, 2012, and will showcase handcrafted items, culinary delights and much more!  A Friday evening dinner and a Sunday morning brunch are planned.

If you love to sew or bake, decorate or design, or simply want to explore many other ways to get involved, please join us on June 11. To RSVP, or for more information about ways to serve, please contact Ann Anderson (708-386-5737; alueking@comcast.net), Julie Christopher (312-213-9440; jac1-2-3@hotmail.com), Beverly Lueking (708-366-8599; bevlueking@gmail.com) or Nancy Wohlford (708-366-7680; nancy@wohlford.com).

Cornerstones
Grace's group for seniors meets on May 16. Food and fellowship at 10:00 a.m., followed by Bible study, worship and luncheon.  This is the last Cornerstones meeting until the annual picnic on June 13.

Reel Talk
The movie discussion group meets on May 18, 7:00 p.m., in the church library. The film is “Up,” the award-winning Pixar animated film from 2009.

Religion in Literature
Grace's book group, Religion in Literature, meets on May 18, 8:00 p.m., at the Baumgaertners, 841 W. Monroe, Apt. 5PH, Chicago. Barbara Hofmaier will lead the discussion on selections from Edith Pearlman’s short story collection, "Binocular Vision."  A copy of the book is available in the Grace Church library.

Dialogue Group meeting

The Dialogue Group will meet on May 16, 10:00 a.m., in the conference room. David Heim, executive editor of The Christian Century, will speak on "An Editor's Reflections on Christian Ethics."  Everyone is invited. 


Youth Gathering Garage Sale

Save your unwanted-but-still-good attic treasures for the Youth Gathering Garage Sale on Saturday, June 9. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the expenses of 14 teens and chaperones who will be attending the 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans.

Drop off times
Sunday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
Monday-Thursday, June 4-7, 10:00 a.m. to noon; 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. to noon.  

If you need to bring items at a time other than these, please contact Pastor Faulstich (708-366-6900; kfaulstich@graceriverforest.org). If you need large items picked up, contact event chairs Candice Buchbinder (buchprod@earthlink.net), Julie Modrich (julesmodrich@comcast.net), or Mary Paulson (sherwinho1@comcast.net), or Pastor Faulstich.  

Garage sale organizers also need grocery bags (paper and plastic) and coat hangers.  Leave these in the bin outside the Youth Room.

Sale information
Shop the Youth Gathering Garage Sale from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. Or come to the pre-sale on Friday evening, June 8, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The entrance fee for the pre-sale is $10. 


Children, Teens and Young Adults

2012 graduates
On May 20 at both services we will give thanks for the accomplishments of Grace members graduating from high school, college or graduate school.  High school graduates will be invited forward in those services.  Please email Karen Christopher (kchristopher@graceriverforest.org) if you would like to be included.  Tell us from where you are graduating, where you are headed, and if you will be present on May 20 at one or both services.

Vacation Bible School
This summer's VBS program, "Splash in God's Word," is scheduled for June 11-14, 5:30-7:30, for children age 3 through those entering fourth grade. Fifth-graders through high school youth are invited to help as leaders. Contact Pastor Faulstich to volunteer.  You can register online.

Confirmation Summer Intensive
This year’s Confirmation Summer Intensive will take place June 4 through June 7 for youth entering 7th and 8th grades in the 2012-13 school year.  Sessions are from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with dinner included.  The topics are Pastor Faulstich’s favorites – Luther, Lutheran History, and Lutheran Theology.  Announcements with all the details were mailed last week.


Grace School News

Congratulations
Twenty-one young people will graduate from Grace School on Wednesday, May 30. The graduation service begins at 7:30 p.m.

Scrip orders due by May 23
The next order date for Scrip gift cards is May 23.  Orders will be received before the end of the school year.  There are just a few classes left waiting to receive iPads earned through Scrip sales!

Box Tops
Grace School is still collecting Box Tops; each box top is worth ten cents.  See the list of participating products here.


Serve at Grace and in the Community

Looking for ways to serve at Grace and beyond? Contact Donna Mindrum, Social Ministry chair, 386-7513; donnamindrum@hotmail.com).   Here are some current and ongoing projects:
•    Donate to the special food drive being conducted in the next few weeks.  Bags will be handed out between services on May 20 and 27th.  Nonperishable items and canned goods may be returned to the bin in the atrium by June 3 for delivery to food pantries the following week.
•    Volunteer at Oak Leyden Developmental Services in Oak Park. Work with staff to provide enrichment experiences for adults with varying degrees of developmental difficulties. Contact Don Becker (beckers606@yahoo.com).
•    On the third Monday of every month, a group of Grace members gather at Fraternité Notre Dame to make sandwiches for distribution to the needy in the Austin area. If you would like to help, please email Kristin Schnabel at kristin.schnabel@gmail.com.
•    Join volunteers to make pillowcases for the ConKerr Cancer pillowcase project, Wedmesday, June 20, 7:00 p.m. at Grace.



Beyond Grace

Memorial Service at Concordia Cemetery
Pastor Thomas Johnson of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Chicago will officiate at a memorial service at Concordia Cemetery, 7600 Madison Street, Forest Park, on May 26, 11 a.m.  There will be an open house and refreshments before and after the service. 

LCFS golf outing
Golf “Fore” Kids Charity Outing returns June 5 to Ruffled Feathers Golf Course in Lemont.  This popular outing supports the programs of Lutheran Child and Family Services.  Details here.

Taizé prayer services at DePaul on Memorial Day weekend
At last Sunday evening's Taizé service at Grace, Brother Emile of the Taizé community invited worshipers to the prayer services associated with the Pilgrimage of Trust to be held at DePaul University's athletic center on the Chicago campus over the Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28. Check the schedule here.



Ministry Partners

Each Sunday, we pray for one of Grace’s partners in ministry as selected by the Benevolence Committee. Here are a few more details about the groups featured on May 6 and 13.

ELCA education and vocation programs support the development of a wide variety of church leaders grounded in Scripture and the Lutheran confessional tradition and equipped for ministry in a rapidly changing environment.
   

ELCA World Hunger responds to hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world by addressing root causes. Through a comprehensive program of relief, development, education, and advocacy, people are connected to the resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty.
   
Food for the Poor's relief programs and projects provide food, housing, health care, education, water projects, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance to the poorest of the poor in Caribbean and Latin American countries