Grace Note 2.11.2018

Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park and Lutheran Campus Ministry

Sunday, February 11, 2018

8:15 am Holy Communion
9:30 am Education Hour

10:45 am Holy Communion
12:00 pm Confirmation Field Trip to Oriental Institute

Welcome to Padraig!

This week in worship, we welcome Padraig McGuire as our interim cantor. Padraig is an interim pastor in the synod and a former member of Augustana. Welcome, Padraig!

Ash Wednesday Worship
Wednesday, February 14, at 7:30pm

The sanctuary will be open for prayer and meditation from 11am to 2pm; during that time, ashes will be available from one of the pastors.

It may seem like a strange thing to be proud of, but Lutherans are all over it when it comes to sin. We think about sin in ever changing and expanding terms, even while most of the world says there is no such thing as sin. We continue to confess and repent and reconcile and maintain our disciplined observations of Lent, even while most of the world ignores the need to deal with sin and denies death exists.

We’re rascals, we Lutherans. We’re perversely proud (but not too proud) that we continue to confront sin straight on. It’s just practical, really. Lent is all about self-examination, looking at sin without looking away, then doing things to overcome it, and that’s just practical. You can’t make changes in your life without first acknowledging your problems, and being honest about how big they are. You can’t overcome injustice around you without committing to action, sometimes action that will cost you, in order to right a wrong against your friends and neighbors.

Ash Wednesday begins this very practical season. There’s lots of opportunity this year to observe the day at Augustana. The church will be open from 11am to 2pm for prayer and meditation, and you can receive ashes from one of the pastors during this time if you would like. There will be worship with imposition of ashes at 7:30pm.

Did you do anything to celebrate Christmas this year? Did you get together with anyone? Decorate or bake or buy presents? It’s good to celebrate at Christmas time; it’s also good to prepare and observe at Lenten time. It’s good to balance these seasons of your life, to both celebrate and reflect. This balanced and mature approach is very helpful in building a strong spiritual life, one that can help you get through hard times, as well as celebrate the happy times in life.

So come on Wednesday and be marked with ashes, that very ancient sign of repentance. Come and spend some time in prayer and meditation with others who realize the great value of acknowledging sin and doing something about it.

See you Wednesday,
Pastor Goede

LCM Winter Health Care Packets
What is God trying to tell all of us? What are we called to do 50 years later? Lutheran Campus Ministry’s goal is living out our faith, through action. Therefore, we’d like to invite you to join as we organize to put together winter health care packets for our homeless siblings in Christ, in Faith and in Love! But we need YOU!

We’re looking for the following items: shampoo; toothbrushes and toothpaste; combs; soap; razors; chapstick; thermal socks; hats and gloves; gift cards to restaurants such as McDonalds or stores such as CVS or Walgreens; gum; water; granola; trail mix; first aid kit items. We’d like to make anywhere from 50-100 packets. Please prayerfully consider bringing some to church with you–you can drop these off in a box by the Campus Pastor’s office. Please bring your donations to the church by Ash Wednesday(February 14). We will begin assembling them Friday afternoon, February 16th at Augustana.

“Hate, Then and Now”
Joe Levin, a co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will speak on “Hate, Then and Now” on Thursday, February 22, at 6:30pm at Augustana.

The SPLC is the premier U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups.They currently track more than 1,600 extremist groups operating across the country. They publish investigative reports, train law enforcement officers and share key intelligence, and offer expert analysis to the media and public.

This program is sponsored by the Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council.

Demonstrating to Demand Protection for Dreamers

Approximately one hundred Christian pastors and Jewish rabbis gathered downtown at Federal Plaza on Monday to demand protection for Dreamers, those immigrants brought to the United States at a young age who remain without documentation. Four religious leaders from the Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council, including Pastor Goede, joined the demonstration. The action was scheduled for exactly one month before protection will end and deportations will begin for Dreamers.

Peace Camp 2018
by Elaine Worcester

Last June Augustana held its first-ever Peace Camp. Peace Camp was a three-evening event with activities appropriate for all ages, centered around the theme of peace in our community. Participants ate together, sang together, created the peace-themed Peace Rocks that now line the front of our garden, and came together in Peace Circles. Thought-provoking sessions in anti-racism training were complemented by opportunities to enjoy yoga outdoors. At the end of the evening we gathered around a campfire in the garden to enjoy music, stories, and whatever else we wished to share.
Now it is winter, but summer will be here soon, and our thoughts turn to what we can do to enrich our spiritual lives this June. I hope that we can make Peace Camp 2018 just as memorable as the first one. I invite anyone interested in helping to plan and run this event to send an email message to, drop a note in my mailbox in the church office, or speak to me or Pastor Goede in person. Please get in touch by February 25.

Continuation of the Annual Meeting
to consider the 2018 budget
Sunday, February 25, at noon
Planning to move soon?

International students would love to help you by claiming the stuff you’re leaving behind! If you have household items that you would like to donate before you move, consider offering them to international students who could use them. Send your list to Pastor Goede, and you will likely save yourself a trip to Goodwill. One immediate need: one LSTC student is preparing to receive family members in April and is looking for furniture. Please let Pastor know if you have furniture you would like to donate.

Upcoming Adult Forums:
Offspring of the Reformation Series

Sunday, February 11
Anabaptism and the Baptist Church, with John Albright

Sunday, February 18
Calvinism, with Marilyn Krogh

Sunday, February 25
Anglicanism, with Stacy Alan

Sunday, March 4
Methodism, with Bernard Brown

Illinois Coalition on Immigrant and Refugee Rights

If you or your loved ones need help as immigrants, the Illinois Coalition on Immigrant and Refugee Rights can connect you with legal and social services, plus others who are going through the same thing. Check out their website at

Giving to the Church
This year, we are doing offering envelopes by request. If you would like to use envelopes for your pledge offering, please request a stack from the office. Alternatively, consider setting up electronic giving! If you need help to set that up, talk to Jim Vondracek.
Augustana Leadership

Terms expiring January 2019:
Max Kellogg
(campus ministry rep, one year term)
Carol Albright
Jeanette Bordelon
Keith Cooper
Marcy Miller

Terms expiring January 2020:
Celeste Garrett
Bahati Kimondo
Melinda Billingsley

Terms expiring January 2021:
Carolyn Rahaman
Anika Mathews
Elaine Worcester

Committees & Projects
Christian Education – Lise Sveen
Community Breakfast – Robin Mitchell
Finance – Jeanette Bordelon
Hyde Park Refugee Project – Dorothy Pytel
Personnel – Rochelle Robinson-Dukes
Property – Peter Pytel
Stewardship – open
Worship & Music – Marcy Miller

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