Tuesday, September 24, 2013

September 2013


Oktoberfest! is right around the corner, and the small size or our parish makes it difficult when the bulk of the work falls on just a few.  If everyone can pull together, the whole project gets a lot easier, so here’s a special plea to the membership to get involved!

This year’s Oktoberfest! (the Eighteenth Annual), and Gottesdienst Central, is scheduled for October 13-15, (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday), and will be hosting Pastor Todd Wilken of KFUO radio and Issues,Etc.   A number of the editors of Gottesdienst  ― as many as seven or eight of us ― will be there too, as always. 

TAKE NOTE: Members of St. Paul’s go free!  FREE!  You can make a donation if you want, but don’t let finances keep you from attending.  This is your big event for your church, so be a part of it!  If you want to bring a friend, we’re asking $15.00 for your friend (which covers the banquet, and if your friend wants to come with you on Monday or Tuesday, there’s no additional charge). Register ahead, so we have a better idea who’s coming.

Pastor Wilken, who also has a popular blog, “The Bare Bulb,” will provide the guests with his insights on this conference’s theme:
“What’s So Special about Being Lutheran?”

The event begins Sunday with choral vespers at 5 pm.  Following the service is our annual bratwurst banquet.  When everyone has had their fill of brats and beer, Pastor Wilken will give a synopsis of his Monday seminar.  Following the banquet is the after-the-party party, at Pastor Eckardt’s home.

On Monday October 14th, the day begins with mass at 9:00 a.m. Following mass and a continental breakfast, Pastor Wilken will hold (continued, next page)

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forth for the rest of the day, in two sessions running until about followed by vespers.

On Tuesday October 15th, the conference will continue without Pastor Wilken, as those who remain will discuss the use and purpose of the Lord’s Prayer in the Liturgy of the Divine Service.  The Tuesday sessions, will be framed by morning low mass (spoken Divine Service) and Vespers. 

Support your congregation! Set aside Sunday and Monday, October 13th and 14h for Oktoberfest! And Tuesday too, if you can do it!

Volunteers sought! If you are able, we could really use your help.  We are a small congregation, and this year’s Oktoberfest promises to be a big one, with lots of folks attending.  So please step forward and offer your help: everyone pulling together makes the preparations a lot easier.  We need volunteers, volunteers, volunteers!

Rally Day and Autumn Catechesis

On Sunday, September 1th, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, we’ll be starting over all over again.  First, a new Sunday school term starts up. 

Also a new catechetical cycle begins—for our young people, for prospective new members, or for current members who want to review—scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 7th, at 9 am.  ANYONE may attend.  Bring your friends, bring your family, or come by yourself if you want. 

September Ushers: Alan Kraklow, Steve Kraklow, Tom Wells

September Anniversaries

9/18/1976 Tom and Sue Ann Wells
9/24/1977 Dennis and Janice Schoen

September Birthdays
9/1 John Ricknell
9/10 Jan Schoen         
9/15 Chuck Russell
9/17 Mary Beth Jones
9/18 DeAnne Anderson
9/19 Jaclyn Kraklow
9/19 Jamie Kraklow   
9/24 Stephanie Davis
9/28 Allan Kraklow

A Thank-you letter
from Cheryl and Don Moe for the gifts given in memorial of Cheryl’s mother Crystal Stoll is posted on the bulletin board in the hallway.  They also provided us with a substantial gift in memory of her parents.

Kewanee Food Pantry letter
Thank you for your support to the Kewanee Food Pantry with your donation of four bags of food.  This gift supports the continuing work done in our community.  As you may be well aware, the Kewanee Food Pantry depends on private donations in order to continue offering our current services. Last year 5487  families were assisted. We are encouraged by the help we have been able to provide to those in need. Your generosity is much appreciated.
Kewanee Food Pantry Board Member
Sandy Hill

Shut ins

Mary Hamilton at home; Mark Baker at home; Anna Baker at home; Mirilda Greiert at Kewanee Care; Ruth Snider at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo; Emmy Wear at Williamsfield Home in Williamsfield.

No activities Wednesday, August 28th: pastor will be spending a couple days visiting his mother.

Altar Guild News
We welcome Jennifer Madsen as our newest member!  Jewneel was inducted on July 14th.
Altar guild members, remember to check the wicks of the candles: not too long or bent over, not too short!

Notes for September:

There are five Sundays this month.  The first four are green, but September 29th is the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels (Michaelmas), and the color is white.
            No mass on Wednesday, August 28th; pastor will be visiting his mother for a couple of days. 
Wednesday, September 11th we will observe Holy Cross Day, and Wednesday, September 18th we will observe St. Matthew’s day.  Color for both days is red.  The other Wednesdays in September are green.

Pastor’s Travels

On Sunday the 29th Carol and I will be leaving in the afternoon for the annual St. Michael conference the next day at Zion in Detroit, where I will again be a speaker this year.
- Pastor
First Tuesday
First Tuesday Altar Guild and Elders meetings will be held on September 3rd.  Altar Guild at 6 p.m.; Vespers is at 6:45, and Elders meet at 7:15.

In Our Prayers
Our current list of prayer intentions at mass includes the names on the lists here following.  To update the list, please inform pastor. 
In our parish:
Emilie Ricknell, Linda Rowe, Sharon Hartz, Chris Harden, Don Murphy, Sue Murphy, and our shut-ins: Mirelda Greiert, Mark Baker, Ann Baker, Ruth Snider, Mary Hamilton, Emmy Wear, Sara Bidni


Outside our parish:

David Dakin [req., Harrises], Anna Rutowicz [req., Harrises], Julie Ross [Svetlana Meaker’s daughter, cancer], Caleb Cleaver [req., Ricknells],
Pam Mansnarus [req., Ricknells], Christian Johnson [req., Kemerlings], Madison Lindsay [req., Andersons], Tom Fornoff [Jean Russell’s brother-in-law], Rev. Don Chambers [from Manito], Stacie Liese [wife of Rev. Michael Liese], Michelle Steuber [req., Fischers], Marilyn Johnson [req.,lative of the Kemerlings], Richard Day [req., Harden], Jill Matchett [req., Shreck], Chad Winegard, Katy Verplaetz, [Sandra’s granddaughter], Terry Shreck [Diana’s brother in law]

in the military:

John Eckardt, Donny Appleman [req., Ricknells], Thomas Kim [req., Shrecks], Jaclyn Harden Alvarez [req., Hardens], Michael Creech [req., Murphys]

in trouble: especially any unborn children in danger of abortion, and those suffering from unrest, persecution, and imprisonment in Egypt, Eritrea, Khazakstan, Sweden, Guinea, and elsewhere.  

Persecution details:

SWEDEN: Pastor condemned to hang for converting to Christianity
A candidate for baptism at the International Church of Helsinki was arrested by the Finnish police for deportation. A friend of the candidate has been condemned to death by hanging by the authorities in their home country for converting to Christianity. Unfortunately, this is all too common, especially in Sweden.  It is politically incorrect to recognize that Muslim converts to Christianity are at great risk, even of death, if they are sent to their home countries.  The Church of Sweden’s bishops even issued a letter in March 2011 advising CoS pastors to withhold baptism from Muslim refugees who convert to Christianity.

(persecution details continued on back page)

The New Testament in His Blood
This series contains brief liturgical explanations which appear in Pastor Eckardt’s book The New Testament in His Blood (Gottesdienst, 2010).

The Lavabo and the Ablutions
There are a couple of traditional washing rituals which have been largely ignored in Lutheran Churches, but which we would do well to recover in our day. One has to do with the preparation of the altar for the Holy Sacrament, and the other, with the care of the Sacrament after the distribution.
The first ritual is called the Lavabo, which means “the washing” (literally, “I will wash”). This occurs before the Prayer of the Church, after all else has been prepared, all vessels and linens put in place, and the veil removed from the chalice. When all this is finished, the celebrant turns to a server who is ready with a bowl (called the Lavabo bowl), a towel, and a cruet of water. The celebrant holds his index fingers and thumbs over the bowl as the server pours a little water over them; then the celebrant dries them on a towel which has been draped over the server’s arm. From this point throughout the distribution, these four fingers touch nothing but the sacred Hosts. As the celebrant is doing this, he prays the “Lavabo,” a portion of the 26th Psalm:
I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD: that I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works. LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth. Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men: In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes. But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me. My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.
The entire prayer is said silently, excepting the last phrase, which is uttered aloud but sotto voce, in response to which anyone nearby utters a barely audible “Amen.” The celebrant’s rubrics historically prescribe that following the Lavabo he hold the thumb and forefinger of each hand together whenever they are not being used to take, hold, or distribute the Host. After each table of communicants receives the Body of Christ, the celebrant gently rubs his thumb and forefinger together over the chalice, to let any sacred particles fall into it. Moreover, even the chalice is carefully held by the wrapping of the other three fingers of the hand around the knop. When the distribution to all communicants is completed, and all the Hosts consumed or put away, the celebrant then takes the empty chalice in both hands, using only the last three fingers of each, and extending the thumb and index fingers over the bowl of the chalice, turns to the server again. This time the washing is called “taking the ablutions.” He presents these fingers to be rinsed, and then takes, i.e., drinks, all that has been rinsed. Next, he takes the water
cruet and pours water into the sacred vessels needing rinsing, drinking the water again. This he does twice, so that in all, three ablutions are taken.
The purpose of these ritual washings is twofold. First, the Lavabo insures that the celebrant’s fingers are entirely free of all kinds of soil for the distribution of the Body of Christ. He has, of course, already taken care to wash his hands with soap before the Mass; this is a ceremonial rinsing of any foreign matter which may have come into
contact with his fingers in the meantime. Secondly, when he takes the ablutions, it is to prevent the inadvertent mishandling of any particles from the Hosts, as well as the careful
rinsing of the vessels which contained the Blood of Christ. Most importantly, both washings are subtle but important ways of confessing the faith. We believe that the Body and Blood of Christ are truly present, distributed, and received at the altar, in accordance with His clear words, “This is my body,” etc. Therefore we take care to act in accordance with our faith. We treat these Sacred Species as the most important elements on earth.
Churches all around are careless in regard to these things, and some even shockingly so, who on the one hand say they agree that the Body and Blood of Christ are truly present here, but on the other hand dispose of remaining elements as though they were nothing more than ordinary bread and wine. Their actions belie their confession. If one is truly aware that he is handling the Body of Christ, how can he treat it as a common thing?
Therefore in our age in which this carelessness seems to abound everywhere, it would truly be a fine and salutary thing to recover the subtle but clearly confessional gesture if our churches retained the Lavabo and the ablutions. The way we treat these Elements speaks volumes about what we believe them to be.
Persecution details, continued (from prayer list).

EGYPT: Christian Girls Snatched by Traffickers

One of the challenges facing Christian families, particularly in Upper Egypt, is the kidnapping of young Christian girls. It generally happens when the girls enter their teen years. To help avoid this tragedy, some families relocate to Christian villages. But that can present a whole new set of challenges.  Last year, a Helsinki Commission hearing revealed that the number of disappearances and abductions of Christian girls has been increasing. Human trafficking expert Michel Clark told of more than 800 cases. Still, many Islamic leaders and government officials debunk claims that Christian girls are being trafficked. They insist that the conversions and marriages are not forced; they are simply the result of amorous love between young people of different faiths.

ERITREA: High School Students Suffer Severe Hardship

Eritrean authorities are punishing 39 high school students for their Christian faith, excluding them from a graduation ceremony and subjecting them to beatings and hard labor. After completing a four-month military training required in Eritrea, the students have been arrested for their "Christian beliefs and for their commitment to Christ." According to a recent press statement, "The youths are now enduring beatings, forced hard labour and insufficient food and water" at the SAWA military training centre. Sources add that "authorities are also threatening the students with long imprisonment and exclusion from university should they 'fail to renounce Christ.'" An estimated 3,000 mostly Protestant Christians were incarcerated for their faith by the end of 2010. (It is estimated that the figure is now about 1,200.) The prisoners are held in shipping containers in desert camps, with some kept in underground cells. "The conditions are inhumane: Children and the elderly are amongst the prisoners sharing skin diseases, dysentery and other horrors in confined, unventilated spaces," reports Elizabeth Kendal of the Religious Liberty Commission. "Torture is routine.... Several Christians have died in custody, and others have perished in the desert trying to escape."

KAZAKHSTAN: Pastor Detained Despite Insufficient Evidence  (Source: Forum 18 News Service)

Pastor Bakhytzhan Kashkumbayev, who leads Grace Church in Astana, was arrested May 17th on criminal charges for allegedly "harming health" and has subsequently been detained. The "evidence" justifying his detention appears thin. Lyazzat Almenova, on whose health the authorities claim to be basing their case, has written to the Astana Prosecutor's Office to say she is psychiatrically healthy. "The authorities forcibly put me in a psychiatric ward," Lyazzat says, "in order to disregard my appeals and petitions in favour of Pastor Kashkumbayev...who is totally innocent and has not harmed my health at all." On July 18th, Pastor Kashkumbayev stated "They will inject me with special substances. It will not take much for the authorities to make me a 'vegetable'.... I am begging you to protect me."

GUINEA: Wave of Violence Causes Devastating Loss
Judicial authorities in Guinea are investigating a series of violent outbursts that left 95 people dead and 130 wounded. In the city of Nzérékoré, about five churches, four pastors' homes, and an undetermined number of shops and properties were burned or looted.  In Beyla alone, two churches were burned and several buildings were ransacked. Within a Catholic compound, assailants looted and burned the nuns' quarters, the presbytery, and most of the offices.  World Watch Monitor warns that Islamic fundamentalism is increasing in southeastern Guinea. The organization claims that the violence perpetrated in this part of the country has strong religious dimensions. In the nation of 10 million people, 85 percent of the population is Muslim. Christians represent only 4 percent of the overall population.

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