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CHICAGO (Jan. 30, 2017) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of
the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a pastoral message addressing President Trump's
executive order to restrict entry by refugees and visitors into the United States from seven predominately Muslim
Eaton's message follows.
January 30, 2017
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
Yesterday, we heard these words in the Gospel reading from Matthew 5:1-12, the beginning of Jesus' Sermon on the
Mount. In the Beatitudes, Jesus lays out a vision for life in God's realm, characterized by seeing those who are
often most disregarded, including the meek, the mourning and the peacemaker, as bearers of God's blessing. Over the
coming weeks, we will continue to hear this Gospel, including Jesus' call for his disciples to be carriers of God's
light and hope and reconciliation to a world deeply in need of them.
In this spirit, earlier last week I communicated with the Trump administration asking that it not stop the U.S.
refugee admissions program or stop resettlement from any country for any period of time. The Bible calls us to
welcome the stranger and treat the sojourner as we would our own citizens. I agree with the importance of keeping
our country secure as the administration stated in its executive order last Friday, but I am convinced that
temporarily banning vulnerable refugees will not enhance our safety nor does it reflect our values as Christians.
Instead, it will cause immediate harm by separating families, disrupting lives, and denying safety and hope to
brothers and sisters who are already suffering.
Refugees being resettled in the United States have fled persecution because of their race, religion, nationality,
political views and/or associations. They wait for years for the chance to go home. But sometimes, there is no home
for them to go back to. We know from our partners at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) that only 1
percent of all refugees are chosen for resettlement.
People of faith helped start and still sustain the refugee resettlement program in the United States following
World War II. As Lutherans, many of our ancestors faced the pain of having to flee their homes and the joy of being
welcomed in new communities across the United States. As we have done throughout history, millions of Lutherans
across the country honor our shared biblical values as well as the best of our nation's traditions by offering
refuge to those most in need. We are committed to continuing ministries of welcome that support and build
communities around the country and stand firmly against any policies that result in scaling back the refugee
We must offer safety to people fleeing religious persecution regardless of their faith tradition. Christians and
other religious minorities suffer persecution and rightly deserve protection, but including additional criteria
based on religion could have discriminatory effects that would go against our nation's fundamental values related
to freedom of religion.
I invite ELCA congregations into learning, prayer and action on behalf of those who seek refuge on our shores. The
"Social Message on Immigration,"
are good places to start. You can also make a donation to
Lutheran Disaster Response
. Those who have been part of resettling refugees or have their own immigration experience have important stories
to share with their communities and testimony to make. I also encourage you to consider adding your voice by
calling your members of Congress to share your support for refugees and using online advocacy opportunities through
current alerts at
In Matthew 25:35, Jesus said, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." Our Lord not only commanded us to welcome the
stranger, Jesus made it clear that when we welcome the stranger into our homes and our hearts – we welcome
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
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New Text Message Service Available at CLC
Ever skip an email from an organization – like say, your church – because, well, you’ve been just too busy to pay
attention – and they all seem to be endless? I certainly have. I
still do. Regularly.
Ever miss something important because you did? Me, too.
Ever start reading those emails because you missed something? Nope, me, either.
Ever skip a text message from someone? Nope, me, either. I read them all.
So … in an effort to get the really important news and reminders to you without cluttering up your life, we here at
Christ Lutheran Church will be beta-testing some text message services.
You won’t get signed up to something you don’t want. We will be inviting you to try out this service on an “opt-in”
basis. You will have the choice whether to join us or not.
We also intend to keep these text messages to a minimum – at most four or five reminders a month in the busy season
and even fewer in the slow season of the church.
If you would like to help us test this communications effort out, let Collette know at the church office (623-9229)
and she’ll send you an invite. We appreciate your feedback as we work to keep the communications
Voting members of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) approved a number of key actions during the 2016 ELCA Churchwide
Assembly held in New Orleans Aug. 8-13. The assembly is the highest legislative authority of the
The 945 voting members:
* Elected William B. Horne II of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clearwater, Fla., vice president of the ELCA. Horne
was installed during closing worship Aug. 13.
* Accepted the "Declaration on the Way," a unique ecumenical document that marks a path toward
greater unity between Catholics and Lutherans. At the heart of the document are 32 "Statements of Agreement" that
state where Lutherans and Catholics do not have church-dividing differences on topics about church, ministry and
the Eucharist. The document also presents the differences that remain.
* Approved AMMPARO - the ELCA's strategy to Accompany Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy,
Representation and Opportunities. The ELCA developed this strategy based on commitments to uphold and guarantee the
basic human rights and safety of migrant children and their families; to address the root causes of migration in
countries from Central America's Northern Triangle and Mexico and the treatment of migrants in transit; to work
toward just and humane policies affecting migrants in and outside the U.S.; to engage as a church with all of its
companions, affiliates and partners to respond to the migration situation and its causes; and to advocate for
migrant children and their families.
* Approved the Ministry of Word and Service roster. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, ELCA associates in
ministry, deaconesses and diaconal ministers will be a single, unified roster of Ministry of Word and Service. The
accompanying constitutional amendments related to the roster were also considered and approved by the assembly.
* Approved the 2017-2019 budget proposal. The budget includes a 2017 current fund spending
authorization of $65,296,005 and a 2017 ELCA World Hunger spending authorization of $24.8 million; a 2018 current
fund income proposal of $64,057,220 and a 2018 ELCA World Hunger income proposal of $25 million; a 2019 current
fund income proposal of $64,151,175 and a 2019 ELCA World Hunger income proposal of $25 million; and authorizes the
Church Council to establish a spending authorization after periodic review of revised income estimates.
* Approved various memorials - or proposals - from the ELCA's 65 synods. In addition to memorials
considered "en bloc," the assembly separately approved the following: deepening relationships with historic Black
churches; toward a responsible energy future; repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery; peace with justice in the
Holy Land; justice for the Holy Land through responsible investment; African Descent Lutherans; call to discernment
on U.S. foreign and military policy; welcoming refugees; and supporting military personnel, veterans and their
* Elected members to serve on: Church Council, Portico Benefits Services, Mission Investment Fund,
Augsburg Fortress, Committee on Appeals, Committee on Discipline and Nominating Committee.
* Adopted amendments to the ELCA Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing
Our synod was well-represented by nine
voting members to this year's Assembly. Our thanks to Bishop Andy Taylor, Chris Baldwin, Pastor Brenda Bos, Jay
Finnecy, Lori Herman, Pastor Kim Krogstad, Pastor Samuel Kumissa, Karen Lathrop and Abigail Vaughn for giving so
graciously of your time and talents to serve our synod and our church.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's observance of the reformation's 500th anniversary
Oct. 31, 2017, will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95
Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany – an act that sparked the Lutheran
We will be conducting
an annual Safety Training for all church volunteers that work with children (under 18 years old).
This includes those of us involved in youth ministry, puppetry, Sunday school, day care
(non-professionals), and the Church Council. This training is based on the Boy Scouts of America
Youth Protection training. It will be approximately 90 minutes in duration and go over some of the
policies that we want to implement in keeping the children and ourselves safe. Date
Help Support Christ Lutheran Church
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Christ Lutheran Church
show your Maka'i card and make a donation (up to $249 per person) at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms
checkout from September 1-30, 2016. Foodland and Western Union Foundation will match all donations up to a total
of at least $300,000 for all organizations combined.
Thank you for your suport!
Blessing of the Animals
The Twenty-second Annual PET SUNDAY is being held on October 2, 2016 at 10:45 a.m. Bring your pets to
worship service and a Special Blessing at 10:45 a.m. Come early, at 9:30 for some Pet Fellowship. Please
have your pet on a leash or in a carrier and under your control at all times. Prayers of
Remembrance will be said for pets who have died
this past year. Please call the church office 623-9229 or email:
firstname.lastname@example.org with the
Joy of Christ
We are pleased to
announce the installation of our pastor
Rev. Keith R Wolter
Sunday, June 21,
GOOD NEWS PERSON OF THE
- for completing an Eagle Scout
Leadership Service Project for Christ Lutheran Church.
Mahalo to the boyscouts of troop 135 &
volunteers who replaced the CLC property fence along Meheula Parkway. It took approximately 340
fence slats, 50 support beams, 1,360 nails, 16 gallons of paint and primer, and 50
The project was first planned by Alex in the spring
of 2013 and primed back in June. During two weekends in September, the fence was built and painted.
What was the hardest part? "Keeping everything organized and all the workers on task." replied
Great job! Any other members of your troop need a
Russ Kino performing “The Wheels on the Bus” with the kids in the CLC Variety
Russ was baptized in Christ
and has been a Church Member Since 1990. Russ is a much appreciated volunteer at Christ Lutheran. He's not afraid
to get dirty. He dug the trench for the telephone cable & the ditch for water drainage. He is one of our Garden
Angels busy planting and pruning. He knows the weed whacker, lawn mower, power washer, and edge trimmer quite well.
On occasion you may have seen him on a Saturday afternoon with a paint brush in his hand. He has also participated in golf tournaments, work parties, Faith In Action service
projects and fellowship events. Russ is a guy who quietly works behind the scenes to do the things that need to be
done and is a fantastic example of the Good Things about CLC.
COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS
In March we recognized Dick Crislip as one
of the good things at Christ Lutheran.
Dick is a
founding church member, since 1980.He has served as Council
President & has been
an IHS volunteer leader, feeding the homeless for several years.He has
also volunteered in the church as the Head Teller Coordinator, Communion Assistant, Greeter and on Hui Cleanup
crew.Dick is a wonderful example of leading by example. He is retired
from the Hawaii Dept of Education where he worked at Wahiawa Middle School for many years. He is also an active
member of the Lions Club. Dick has been a Faithful servant of God and CLC. We are Blessed to have him on our
In November we gave Mary Lou Kimoto recognition as one of the “Good Things” of CLC. Mary
Lou has been an active member of CLC since 1988. Mary Lou comes to us from Philadelphia, PA and is
married to Vern Kimoto. Mary Lou is very involved at CLC. - recycling cardboard for the preschool, heading up
our compassion international campaign, runs the yearly Christmas Tree Angel project (including shopping for
others that may not have the time). Additionally, she is a member of the worship and music committee, helps in
the CLC office, waters altar flowers, writes notes of encouragement to others with health issues and even
leaves candies and treats in the office mail boxes.
Hugs to you Mary Lou!
We appreciate all the Good that you do for CLC!