Help keep the church mice out of the kitchen! If you leave food in the 'fridge or cupboards, please use the labels on the clipboard above the freezer to identify who left the food, when it was left, and whether others are free to use your supplies. About the 15th of each month, unmarked and expired food will be discarded. Please make it a habit to take away leftovers when you are cleaning up after an event.
Emmett Steele's faithful delivery of used clothing to a city shelter is temporarily suspended because the shelter is no longer receiving items. Please do not bring bags of used clothing to the church until we announce an alternative plan.
Thanks to Emmett for years of service!
Each Sunday morning, before and after worship services, an elf or two appears to clean up our house of worship. Bulletins are recycled, and hymnals are straightened. Good work!
Senior High youth are invited to sign up for the spring retreat, March 30-April 1, at Lutherdale which is in southeastern Wisconsin near Lake Geneva. The weekend program includes games, worship, Bible study and low and high ropes courses. The cost is $60 and there is financial aid available. Call or email Meggan to sign up at (773)493-5809.
The Biblical Theology Group has begun an extended study of Isaiah. Some of the questions to be addressed in coming weeks are: What is the nature of Hebrew prophecy? What are the ethical issues surrounding reading Jesus Christ into Hebrew literature? What is the relationship of faith to history? Everyone is welcome to attend. Bring a Bible and your own questions. The BTG meets every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Robert and Jennifer Opheim Whitener, 5228 S. Woodlawn #1E, 773-643-0468).
On Sunday, February 25, please plan to stay after or come before church to eat pancakes and support our campus ministry spring break Habitat for Humanity team. Five students will be traveling to Clemson, South Carolina, in mid-March to work with other Lutheran students from other universities to build a new "Habitat neighborhood" of five houses. As is always the case with Habitat, they need to bring a suggested contribution to help cover the cost of building materials. So, they are hoping that you will bring a suggested donation and come to the pancake breakfast! Because breakfast will be served between services beginning at 9:30AM,, the usual time for Sunday School, our short devotional time will be led by some of the children, and there will be special activities for kids afterwards around the theme of home. Everyone is invited to share good food and good fellowship at this fundraiser for a very worthy cause.
Sunday, February 11, the University Campus Ministries Association and the Student Resource and Counseling Center at the University of Chicago will present a half-day program entitled "Thinking About Relationships: What do relationships that work have in common and how can I have one?" The plenary speaker will be Froma Walsh, a professor at the University of Chicago in both the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry. She is co-director of the Center for Family Health, a family therapy center affiliated with the university. Both faculty and student couples in various kinds and stages of relationships will help to lead the break-out sessions. They will share an inside look at many aspects of their partnerships, focusing on the things that work and the things that help them overcome their problems.
Anyone who's interested is invited to attend. The program will be from 1:00-5:00 p.m. in Swift Hall, the Divinity School building on the main quad of the university. For more information, contact Pastor Goede.
A daughter, Grace Hunnewell Klinefelter was born at 5:35 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2001 to Courtney Wilder and Michael Klinefelter. She weighed in at 8 pounds, 1ounce.
Maria Viktoria Apel, daughter of Dean and Anki Apel and sister of Yeremiah and Yohannes, was born on 27 December 2000 in Manhattan Kansas, and baptized at First Lutheran Church in Manhattan on December 31, 2000. Dean, whose hometown is Manhattan, received his Master of Divinity degree at LSTC in 1992 and Master of Theology in 1993. Presently he is once again studying at LSTC working on the ThM toward a PhD. Dean did his LSTC internship as a World Mission Prayer League missionary for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya from 1990-92. He met Anki when he was teaching at Matongo Lutheran Theological College and she was working at the women's desk of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya. Anki who comes from Vännäs, Sweden is an ordained deaconess in the Swedish state church. Son, Yeremiah, was born in Vännäs, Sweden and Yohannes was born in western Kenya. From 1997-2000 they served as teachers at Matongo Lutheran Theological College and Ogango Lutheran Deaconess College is Western Kenya and hope to return to those posts later this year.
Augustana singers took part in the Bach for the Sem Concert which was held at St. Luke Lutheran Church on Sunday, January 14. They were sopranos Jane Hinlicky and Jean Nye and basses Larry Long and Bill Tompsett. James Kelhoffer played the trumpet and Larry Long the continuo organ.
Tomomi Yoshida, friend of Taichi Araki and one of the sponsors at his baptism on Sunday, December 31, 2000, left on January 7 to return to Japan. Tomomi is studying to be an elementary teacher. While in Hyde Park, Tomomi had the opportunity to visit the Lower School of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools which she had learned about in her studies in Japan.
Milly Dordal announced for the Property Committee during the Sunday, January 14 worship service that baby changing tables have been installed in both the men's and women's downstairs washrooms. With at least 18 babies and toddlers under the age of two the changing tables will come in handy.
Several Augustana members are serving churches in the Metro-Chicago Synod. The Rev. Laura King has recently taken the position as interim pastor for Christ the King Lutheran Church at 18th and South Wabash. The Rev. Philip Anderson has been preaching on Sundays at Trinity Lutheran Church in Beverly.
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
We are part of God's epiphany. In baptism God calls us. In the eucharist Christ feeds us and sends us to the world--just as God called Isaiah, and just as Jesus sent Simon, James, and John. The good news handed down to us is meant to be passed on to others.
1 Corinthians 15:12-20
A fundamental decision is placed before us this day: Will we choose the way of blessing or the way of woe? The death and resurrection of Jesus is the pivot on which the decision turns. To be in Christ means that we get planted by streams of water and are rooted among those who thirst for God's reign. The eucharistic acclamation points the path to life: "Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again."
1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50
The promise and its fulfillment may not look at all alike, even though they are intimately connected. Paul speaks about seeds and plants as he tries to picture resurrection life. Joseph's brothers never thought they would see him alive again, so how shocking he must have appeared to them as an Egyptian leader! Jesus invites us to sow seeds of new life by loving enemies. Today we also remember Martin Luther, who saw in the gospel the heart of the matter--a seed to be planted for new life.
2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2
Things are not always what they seem! Bread and wine can become a place where we meet God. We, too, are changed in our encounter with grace. When Moses came back from speaking with God, no one could look at him the same. Deaconess Elizabeth Fedde, whom we commemorate today, worked for God by serving others. Her work was a reflection of God's transfiguring love.
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent with ash on our foreheads. This cross is an echo of our baptismal anointing, when we were buried with Christ. The ash is a chilling reminder of our mortality, but because our death is now in Christ, our endings are beginnings. The Lenten disciplines of acts of kindness, prayer, and fasting are tools of discipleship that can lead us to renewal as we bury all that is holding us back from being truly alive.
Richard Johnson, President (2001)
Kathleen Anderson, Vice President (2002)
Neva Hefner, Treasurer (2001)
Bennie Currie, Secretary (2003)
Clara Nelson, Financial Secretary (2002)
John Gorder, Pastor
Nancy Goede, Campus Pastor
Administration & Personnel - William Tompsett
Archives - Erl Dordal
Augustana Master Plan - Richard Johnson
Campus Ministry - Lori Gudas
Christian Education - Douglas Larson
Churchyard - Phil Hefner
Evangelism - Joyce Sampson
Finance & Stewardship - Sandra Henley
Parish Life - Alma Massie
Property - Mark Granfors
Social Ministry - Robert & Jennifer Opheim Whitener
Worship & Music - Marilyn Olson
ISAIAH - Deborah Burnet
Women of Augustana - Neva Hefner
Janelle Rozek Darlage