Thoughts and Ponderings from Pastor:
Happy Quasimodo Geniti!
I know that on Sunday, April 11th, we celebrated with Pastor Tasler on the 50th anniversary of his ordination…but it was also Quasimodo Geniti Sunday!
How often have you said, hey, Happy Quasimodo Day?!
Those strange words come from the first words of the Introit (in Latin) for the Second Sunday of Easter, quasi modo geniti infantes, which means, like newborn infants.
Like newborn infants, long for the pure Spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good (1 Peter 2:2-3).
Hungry newborns, ah, they do long for their milk, don’t they? And believe me, they sure do make sure everyone knows about it, no matter the time, day, or night, right?
They hunger for it, they need it, and with it, they grow.
We who have been born again, born from on high by the blessed work of the victorious Lamb of God also are need of the pure Spiritual milk of God’s Word.
We do not live on bread alone but are designed to live on the Word of God. That is what gives us true health and growth.
It’s interesting that this Introit, and these words, quasi modo geniti infantes, always fall on the Second Sunday of Easter, or Thomas Sunday.
A Sunday when we note how willfully unbelieving Thomas and fellow unbelieving disciples were, cowering behind locked doors in fear rather than rejoicing with Jesus in Galilee where He had told them to go meet Him.
Though we likely are not cowering in fear of persecuting religious leaders, we are surrounded by many enemies. We are behind locked doors, or at least, locked down.
For most, it is out of love for those around us, and joining in efforts to help curb the spread of COVID. For some, there could be some fear as well, or at least, healthy concern and care as they may be more at risk.
For some people, they are, for a time, kept from meeting Jesus where He has promised to come to us, where His people are gathered in His name and around His Word and Sacrament.
But, even behind locked doors, or locked down, our risen and living Jesus still comes to us!
Know that no matter how separated or lonely you might feel, your victorious and living Lord comes to you and is with you!
Spend time in His Word!
As I briefly mentioned before worship on Sunday April 11th, many Pastors, and worshippers, have referred to the Sunday after Easter as ‘low Sunday’, mainly because the Sunday following Easter is traditionally one of the least attended services of the year.
Well, here at Christ Lutheran, not only was it not ‘low Sunday’, but we were still celebrating Easter and the joy of Pastor Tasler’s anniversary!
I know that many of you worshipped with us online and do so every week...praise God for technology!
Many of you worship online because of health concerns with COVID, because of distance, and for other reasons. Whatever the reason, we love you, we thank you for worshipping with us, we hope and pray that you are being blessed by our online worship.
Whether you worship in the sanctuary, online via Facebook Live Feed, or our website, we long for the pure Spiritual milk, that by it we may grow up to salvation…
… Happy Quasimodo Day!
May Bible Readings:
2: Acts 8:26-40; 1 John 4:1-11; John 15:1-8
9: Acts 10:34-48; 1 John 5:1-8; John 15:9-16
16: Acts 1:12-26; 1 John 5:9-15; John 17:11b-19
23: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21; John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15
30: Isaiah 6:1-8; Acts 2:14a, 22-36; John 3:1-17
Holy Communion in May:
Holy Communion will be celebrated on Sunday, May 9th, and May 23rd.
Sunday Morning Bible Study: World of Yesterday, World of Today.
Bibles and Coffee: Walking With God In The Desert. Tuesdays at 10:00am.
Hope Womens Center: Love In The Home
Special Days in May:
According to our records, this month Brian Chipman (4th), Rev. Bob Tasler (5th), Tim Benecke (6th), Karen Johnson (11th), Ray Hamman (18th), Larry Winkleman (22nd), Jean Deamron (29th), and Genie Chipman (29th) celebrate their birthday, and, Mike and Karon Simmons (11th) celebrate their wedding anniversary. God bless your special day!
This month our Member Spotlight is on Pastor Bob Tasler. Since we celebrated his 50th anniversary of his ordination, let’s get to know a little more about him!
1. Where do you live? We live in Castle Rock CO and Casa Grande AZ…6 months each.
2. Who makes up your family? My wife Carol, son Chuck and his wife Debbie (3 children)…they all live in Phoenix. Son Brian, his wife Kersta, and two grown children, one married.
3. Where were you born? In a farmhouse near Windom, MN. The doctor came out, Dad later paid him $20!
4. Besides being a Pastor, what else have you done, or do? I am a Lifer, only been a Pastor. I worked my way through college washing dishes, painting houses, sweeping floors and being a hospital orderly. I left Seminary with $150 in my pocket, a wife, and no bills.
5. What is your favorite Bible Passage? John 15:5, I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
6. What is your favorite food or meal? Angel hair Spaghetti with Filet Mignon, sweet potato, fresh bread, German chocolate cake, a good coffee, and Hennessy XO Extra Rare Cognac.
7. What is the last book you read? Dark Sky by C. J. Box. I read 2-3 books a week. My Kindle Fire is hooked to our public library here and the supply of books is endless.
8. What is something interesting that we may not know about you? I attended Country School and my teacher had met Laura Ingalls Wilder. I have Pitch Recognition which allows me to identify most notes when I hear them. It’s starting to fade though…most everything is!
The March 9th meeting was called to order by Vice President Bob Olson as he led us in prayer; Pastor had the opening devotion.
The minutes from the February 9th Council meeting were accepted as corrected (2 minor changes).
Pastor’s Report: Pastor reviewed items from his written report, adding that the Monday morning prayer service is being attended by 3 to 10 people.
Financial Report: Dave Erickson shared his report and explained that there is a ‘glitch’ in the Church ledger software. Sandy has contacted Concordia (St. Louis) for help. The audit for 2020 has not yet been completed. As of April 13th, the Church accounts are: General Fund, $8,967.18; Building Fund, $219,636.53; Ministry Reserve Fund, $77,125.41.
Elders: Robert Rowland reported that the Veteran Outreach Center is no longer in operation (Coolidge). Since the VOC--Helping Hands is one of our missions, a motion was M/2/A (made, seconded, and approved) that future mission checks to VOC be discontinued.
Trustees: Mark Villwok reported that the internet feed goes ‘in and out’, it needs to be upgraded. Mark asked if we are ready to shut the water off to kill the lawn in preparation for the building expansion. Mark filed a police report on the destruction of the posts for the new “no trespassing” signs.
Activities: Karen Johnson reported that the rummage sale was a success and cleared $1,600; she thanked the many people who gave of their time. A motion was M/2/A to gift the woman employed by The Cleaning People ($25 each) for their hard work in getting the Church ready for Sunday service. The Church picnic and auction will be held at the Church on March 14th. The Council agreed to host the Easter breakfast. Reverend Tasler’s celebration on April 11th is ready.
Music: Carole Schwarz reported that the organ continues to work! She had cataract surgery recently and will have another in the near future so might be unable to play for a couple of Sundays.
Building Committee: Becki Peterson met with Jeff VanHise (contractor) and David Arambula (architect) on February 18th, to consider options and was informed construction costs have increased substantially. The expansion project will now cost $349,000. How we can achieve our fire rating is one of the topics being explored. As for landscaping, Bob and Bert Olson have graciously offered to buy the initial requirements for any drip system needed to get water to trees and plants to be preserved. Bob presented a drawing of the lot with proposed plantings that can be presented to the city zoning department when further developed. The committee will approach the city about setting aside a “reserve area” for an outdoor patio/seating area. This would help avoid the cost of gravel in an area close to the Church building. In the future, we want to see a beautifully designed area.
…Dave Erickson suggested options that could be used to simplify purchases made by the Trustees. Mark Villwok will get a debit card in his name from BBVA with a limit of $1,000.
…Pastor made a motion to transfer Ruth Wolfe and William Lawrence from Church on Earth to the Church Triumphant, motion was seconded and approved.
The next regular meeting will be held on April 13, 2021 at 6:00pm.
Special Voters Meeting:
On Sunday March 28th, a special Voter’s meeting was called to order by President Paul Roloff. He led us in prayer and established that there was a quorum present.
Paul reported that over the last 2-3 years the Church has had many setbacks and changes to the original building plan and adding on to the existing building and remodeling the kitchen as planned is beyond our financial reach
Rev. Tasler and Bob Olson thanked the committee and explained that due to a major change in the plans, the committee felt it important to present new options to the congregation, including the fact the benefactor who paid off the Church loan does not want to see the Church back in debt to accomplish our goals. He reminded the congregation that another donation is expected, but we will be asked to use Gallo Construction.
They presented the idea of a modular unit that could house a new kitchen and required restrooms. This unit would give us more space than the original building plan and come in at a much lower cost.
Rev. Tasler presented a handout to all members that included the option of a separate modular unit from Modular Solutions Limited.
He explained that the building committee is asking the congregation for permission to move ahead on the stand-alone unit which is 52% larger at 1,872 square foot and the required landscaping. Discussion ensued.
After much discussion regarding, (1) selling a portion of the lot, (2) any rezoning issues/concerns, (3) building security, (4) dry rot, termites, and mildew, (5) city landscaping requirements (one tree every 30 feet with 3 shrubs in between), a motion was M/2/A for the building committee to move ahead with the plans to use the modular unit and get the project started.
Pastor closed the meeting with prayer, and we sang the doxology.
Celebration for Pastor Tasler:
On Sunday April 11th, we joyfully celebrated Pastor Tasler’s 50th anniversary of his ordination, and what a day it was!
We surprised him as Rev. Dr. Larry Stoterau was here to preach, a friend of Pastor for the past 50 years!
Donna and Sandy presented him with a beautiful golden stole that they created, designed, and sewed.
If you missed the service, it can still be seen on our Facebook page (CLC COOLIDGE)…once on our page, scroll down until you see the video for April 11, 2021.
The women of LutherAnns ended their year by heading out for a delicious lunch at The Homestead Restaurant in Gilbert…a fun time was had by all, especially the State trivia game led by Carol Rein.
They will gather again in the Fall for their next meeting…look for more details in the bulletins and newsletter in September and October.
WOW (Women of Worth—LWML) News and Notes:
…Noisy Offering: We continue to gather our monthly Noisy Offerings to assist mission projects. YOU have donated generously, THANK YOU for your support of missions!
In April we supported Hope Women’s Center here in Coolidge.
In June we will be supporting Christ Lutheran’s Little Lambs Tuition Scholarships in Boulder City, Nevada.
Little Lambs is a light shining in a community where only 6% of the population attend a Trinitarian Church. By providing childcare to children in diapers, preschool and afterschool programs, children and their families are brought into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Scholarships will allow Little Lambs to expand their reach. This is such a great cause!
All women of the Church are welcome to join our group. Please consider joining us! Just show up and you are a member!
The May WOW meeting will be Wednesday, May 19th, at 1:30pm.
News From Our Synod:
On April 18, 1521, three and a half years after he nailed the 95 Theses to the Church door in Wittenberg, Martin Luther made his historic stand at the Diet (official meeting) in the German city of Worms (pronounced Vorms).
Accused of fostering heresy, he was directed by Charles V and other leaders to recant his teaching about the pure Gospel or face death.
As recounted in his writings, Luther concluded his statement to the Diet with the words, “Since then your serene majesty and your lordships seek a simple answer, I will give it in this manner, neither horned nor toothed, unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason, for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves, I am bound by the Scriptures. I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience.
I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me, Amen.
On April 18, 2021, the Synod commemorated the 500th anniversary of Luther’s defiant defense of the pure Gospel by observing “Here I Stand” Sunday, as called for by the adoption of Resolution 4–09 at the 2019 Synod convention. The resolution reads, in part:
“WHEREAS, Scripture gives us encouragement with these words: ‘Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful’ (Heb. 10:23) … therefore be it Resolved, That April 18, 2021, be declared ‘Here I Stand’ Sunday throughout The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, its districts, circuits, and congregations … and be it finally Resolved, That our churches and people be encouraged to spend time in prayer, asking the Lord to continue to bless the proclamation of the Gospel.”
May is a wonderful month, filled with all sorts of interesting facts:
May is named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. Also from the Latin maiores, ‘elders’ who were elected during the month.
Since May contains both Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, here is the proper way to display the American Flag:
Public Law 94-344, known as the Federal Flag Code, contains rules for handling and displaying the U.S. flag.
While the federal code contains no penalties for misusing the flag, states have their own flag codes and may impose penalties.
The language of the federal code makes clear that the flag is a living symbol.
In response to a Supreme Court decision which held that a state law prohibiting flag burning was unconstitutional, Congress enacted the Flag Protection Act in 1989. It provides that anyone who knowingly desecrates the flag may be fined and/or imprisoned for up to one year. However, this law was challenged by the Supreme Court in a 1990 decision that the Flag Protection Act violates the First Amendment free speech protections.
Traditional guidelines call for displaying the flag in public only from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag may be displayed at all times if it’s illuminated during darkness.
The flag should not be subject to weather damage, so it should not be displayed during rain, snow, and wind storms unless it is an all-weather flag.
It should be displayed often, but especially on national and state holidays and special occasions.
The flag should be displayed on or near the main building of public institutions, schools during school days, and polling places on election days. It should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
When carried in procession with other flags the U.S. flag should be either on the marching right (the flag’s right) or to the front and center of the flag line.
When displayed on a float in a parade, the flag should be hung from a staff or suspended so it falls free. It should not be draped over a vehicle.
When displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, the U.S. flag should be on its own right (left to a person facing the wall) and its staff should be in front of the other flag’s staff.
In a group of flags displayed from staffs, the U.S. flag should be at the center and the highest point.
When the U.S. flag is displayed other than from a staff, it should be displayed flat, or suspended so that its folds fall free.
When displayed over a street, place the union so it faces north or east, depending upon the direction of the street.
When the U.S. flag is displayed from as projecting from a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the unless the flag is at half-staff.
When suspended from a rope extending from the building on a pole, the flag should be hoisted out, union first from the building.
When flags of states, cities or organizations are flown on the same staff, the U.S. flag must be at the top (except during church services conducted at sea by Navy chaplains).
The flag should never be draped or drawn back in folds. Draped red, white, and blue bunting should be used for decoration, with the blue at the top and red at the bottom.
The flag may be flown at half-staff to honor a newly deceased federal or state government official by order of the president or the governor, respectively.
On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon.
Out of respect for the U.S. flag, never:
…dip it for any person or thing, even though state flags, regimental colors and other flags may be dipped as a mark of honor.
…display it with the union down, except as a signal of distress.
…let the flag touch anything beneath it: ground, floor, water, merchandise.
…carry it horizontally, but always aloft.
…fasten or display it in a way that will permit it to be damaged or soiled.
…place anything on the flag, including letters, insignia, or designs of any kind.
…use it for holding anything.
…use it as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should not be used on a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be attached to the uniform of patriotic organizations, military personnel, police officers and firefighters.
…use the flag for advertising or promotion purposes or print it on paper napkins, boxes, or anything else intended for temporary use and discard.
…During the hoisting or lowering of the flag or when it passes in parade or review, Americans should stand at attention facing the flag and place their right hand over the heart.
Uniformed military members render the military salute. Men not in uniform should remove any headdress and hold it with their right hand at their left shoulder, the hand resting over the heart. Those who are not U.S. citizens should stand at attention.
When the flag is worn out or otherwise no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
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