Grace Note 4.7.17

Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park and Lutheran Campus Ministry

Sunday, April 9, 2017

8:15 am Holy Communion
10:45 am Holy Communion
12:00 pm New Member Session

The Three Days
Maundy Thursday               Thursday, April 137:30 pm
On this night, we remember the events of Jesus’ last hours by washing feet, as Jesus washed his disciples’ feet.  We eat the Holy Supper, as Jesus ate the Last Supper with his disciples, and we strip the altar, as the soldiers stripped Jesus.
Good Friday                              Friday, April 147:30 pm
On this night, Good Friday, we read the story of the crucifixion, or the Passion, as told by the gospel writer John.  We pray for our world, and meditate on the mystery of the cross and salvation.
Easter Vigil                           Saturday, April 158:00 pm
On this night, we strike new fire, a sign of the first work of the Creator, and the one who is the Light of the World.  We tell some of our “family stories” from the Old Testament, and renew baptisms. After we celebrate the first Eucharist of Easter, we have a late night party with good food, breaking all the fasting of Lent.

Easter Sunday
April 16th

8:15 am Holy Communion
9:30 am Easter Breakfast
10:00 am  Easter Egg Hunt
10:45 am  Holy Communion

Spring Work Day

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 8
9am to 1pm

Please come join the Property Committee and other building users to clean the church inside and out.
Bring rubber gloves, rags and work gloves.
Donuts, pizza and drinks will be provided
Children are welcome!

Easter Vigil Reception, April 15

This annual event is followed by a gala reception in the Fellowship Hall.  Please sign-up on the sheet in the narthex, to provide food and drink for this joyous get-together, as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.

Easter Sunday Activities

The Easter breakfast will be served from 9:30-10:30amin Gorder Hall by our Sunday School children and confirmation students. There will also be an Easter egg hunt starting at 10am. We need volunteers for clean-up following the breakfast, as well as another adult supervisor for the egg hunt. Donations of food for the breakfast would be appreciated. There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex or you can contact Lise Sveen:lise@uchicago.edu.

Augustana Organ Project!!!

The Morris J. Niedenthal Memorial Organ will be undergoing a revamping project which will begin on Easter Monday and will be in progress for approximately a month. A local organ building firm has been contracted to do the work to upgrade our instrument. A generous member of the congregation has offered to match funds raised by the congregation to pay for this project. To date we have raised $7,000.00 of the $20,000.00, if you would like to contribute to this endeavor any gift of any amount will be gladly received.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with me, Jerrad J. Fenske, interim cantor.

Gay Pride Parade June 25

Reconciling Works is an organization that works for the full participation of all people in the Lutheran Church, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Augustana is a member congregation. They are beginning to lay plans for the Gay Pride Parade on June 25. If you would like to help plan Augustana’s participation in the parade, please talk to Pastor Goede.

Community Benefits Agreement

The Obama Presidential Center is coming to the South Side, but how will South Side residents benefit from the $500 million center being built in Jackson Park? Community members are demanding access to affordable housing, strengthened neighborhood schools, economic development opportunities and living-wage jobs. Join the South Side Agreement for a Community Benefits Agreement to make your voice heard. Tell the Obama Foundation, the City of Chicago, and the University of Chicago to sign a Community Benefits Agreement—a legally binding agreement that guarantees community-controlled development!
Date and Location: Tuesday, April 18th at 6pm, Hyde Park Academy High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave. (Wheelchair accessible!)

Statement of Welcome in Action
Recently, Augustana played a small part in a bit of history. You may have heard about a federal judge in Hawaii who placed a temporary restraining order on the second Executive Order restricting travel from Muslim-majority countries. An amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief is an argument filed with a court on a case where the amici curiae are not parties to the case directly, but have an interest in the case’s outcome. The Hyde Park Interfaith Council was able to sign on as amicus to a brief filed on this case, in part because Augustana (and other faith communities) had already voted to not discriminate against people on the basis of religion, nationality, or residency status. It was because we had already voted on our updated statement of welcome that Dorothy Pytel, our rep to the Interfaith Council, was able to affirm Augustana’s position quickly enough to confirm, and thus play a part in a brief that contributed to the stay of the Executive Order and its travel restrictions. If you have any questions about this or would like to read the briefs, please contact the church office or Erika Rist. Many thanks to Dorothy for her work on the Interfaith Council and congrats to Augustana for playing this part in history!
Support Shelley
Friends of Shelley” is a new Facebook group dedicated to helping Shelley Barnard and her family through upcoming months of treatment for late stage colon cancer. Anyone can join this group and sign up to provide meals, rides and other help for Shelley, Chris, Sandy, Jacob and Sarah. This replaces an earlier website; Shelley is a Facebook fan, so this will connect you to news about her. Please contact Erika Rist, Nancy Dishno, or the church office with any questions.
Support LSTC’s International Students!  Attend the Spring Guild Meeting!
All are welcome to attend the spring gathering of the LSTC Guild on Saturday, April 29thfrom 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the seminary in room 350.  Focusing on the theme “Sharing the Gospel in Challenging Times”, the program will be presented by international students Chrisida Nithyakalyani Anandan from India (who worships at Augustana and is a member of our choir!) and Lal Piang from Myanmar.  Devotions will be led by Andrianotahina Naivoson Hery from Madagascar.  Brunch will be served for a cost of $15.  Please RSVP your attendance by 4/21 to Marilyn Olson at molson@lstc.edu.  Show your support for LSTC’s large and vibrant community pf students and scholars–the future leaders of the global church.  Your optional membership of $20 or a donation in any amount is always welcome.  See Jean Nye, Carolyn Ulrich, or Laura Williams for more information.
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At this Reconciling in Christ congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome.
Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park is committed to partnership in the gospel with all people, without discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, race, ethnicity, residency status, ability, disability, or age.

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