Vol. 113 No. 10Church Of the Reformation - LutheranOctober, 2013The Lutheran Church -- Missouri SynodWith Christ at the Heart7910 Mackenzie Road, St. Louis, MO 63123-2721314-352-1355 (office) or 314-352-7652 (fax)Reverend David C. Pelsue, Pastorwww.reformationstl.orgChurch of theReformation – LutheranAs you probably know, the carefullyworded name of our congregationmakes the point that the LutheranChurch is the church of the 16th centuryReformation – a movement that changed theentire landscape of the Christian Church andworld from that point forward.One of the many insights of the Reformationhas to do with how the Church is viewed. InRoman circles it was viewed as an outwardecclesiastical organization with the Papacy at itshead. In the new insight of Lutherans theChurch was more the “communion of saints”, i.e.the fellowship of true believers in Christ withJesus as the only head and Scripture as the onlysource of truth. This transcended thetheological drifting of Rome.The word “Reformation” meant to Luther acleansing of the outward Church of the Papacy,the Canon Law, the sacramental system,Scholasticism, saint worship, indulgences andmany other abuses and the restoration of thepure teachings of the New Testament.Luther did not want to establish a newchurch. Just six years before his death hepublished a treatise proving from the ChurchFathers and early Church Councils that he had infact restored the real Catholic Church thatpreceded the Papacy. He asserted that it wasthe Roman Church with its seven sacraments, itspope, and hairsplitting theology that was new.Lutheran – that’s the church of the Reformation!On Sunday, October 27th we’ll celebrateReformation Day in the Divine Service at both8:15 and 10:45a.m.LIFE CHAIN 2013The annual Life Chain has been set forSunday, October 6th from 2:00 to 3:00p.m. Life Chain is a peaceful andprayerful public witness of pro-lifeAmericans standing for one hour praying for our nationand for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement ofsolidarity by the Christian community that abortion killschildren and that the Church supports the sanctity ofhuman life from the moment of conception. Life ChainIS NOT political or confrontational.This is a service event for our catechumens. All ages areencouraged to come! If you are unable to stand for thewhole hour, that’s okay – we will provide you with a chairor just come and stand for however long you can. PastorPelsue will be there sitting (he is having foot surgery onthe 3rd) and making a “stand” for the unborn as he hasbeen doing for the past 22 years. Will you join him? Thisyear let’s get the COR adults to outnumber our youth!The more the merrier! All participants will be treated to aroot beer float immediately following the event.God links us together with Love!Be a link in the LIFE CHAIN USA!FLU SHOT CLINIC AT REFORMATIONCOR will host a Flu Shot Clinic on Sunday,October 13th from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the parish hall.The clinic, sponsored by the Affton Medicine Shoppe,will administer a flu shot for 30.00 ( 3.00 of which willbe donated back to Reformation). There is no out ofpocket cost if you have Medicare Part B, Part C orMedicaid. Cash, Visa, MC and checks will be acceptedfrom members with private insurance and you will receivePastor Pelsue1

a receipt that can be submitted to your insurancecompany for reimbursement. A sign-up sheet is posted onthe church bulletin board just so we can get an idea ofhow many members are interested in receiving their flushot. Also, you are invited to ask friends and family to come andreceive their shot during this hour long clinic. Please see thechurch bulletin board for more CARE about each of them and love to SHARE timeand conversation with them.Well, how about joining the Care and Share ladies (theCARE BEARS) on Thursday, October 24th at 9:30 a.m.,as we cut, tack, and arrange fabric to share with others,from infants to elderly, both locally and abroad? We’dlove to have you. We meet the fourth Thursday of themonth, 9 months of the year.Call Lois Schoech for more information at314-968-1882.UPCOMING RETIREES MEETINGSThe Retirees will have their Octoberluncheon on Tuesday, October 22nd at12:00 noon. Lunch is Little Caesar’sPizza and salad. Come prepared to shareyour favorite Halloween joke, riddle or story. Halloweendress is optional.The November 19th Meeting will be a ThanksgivingPotluck. The December 10th Meeting will be a trip toPerry County to visit the Lutheran Heritage Museum tosee Christmas Trees decorated with old world styleornaments. Look for details to follow in upcomingbulletins and newsletter. All ages are invited! Please signup on the church bulletin board.OCTOBER FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIESBoo Fest InIn-Door DriveDrive-InthSunday, October 20 – 12:00 noonPotluck and MovieBring your favorite spooktacular food to share and watch theclassic movie King Kong on the big screen. Feel free to bringa blanket if you prefer to snuggle with your pillow on thefloor. Deadline for signing up is Sunday, October 13th.Celebrate the ReformationGerman Food PotluckSunday October 27th – 12:00 noonEVANGELISM NEWS!Join us as we take a step back in timeand celebrate the Reformation. Deadline to sign-upis Sunday October 20th.Mackenzie Place Evening WorshipPlease join Evangelism Members at Mackenzie Place forour next evening worship service on Thursday, October24th at 6:30 p.m. This service consists of hymns, readingsand prayer. Following the service, while enjoyingrefreshments, we have an opportunity to visit withresidents of Mackenzie Place. We encourage all interestedReformation Members to join us in this communityservice. If you would like to help in this outreach, pleasecontact Jim Fink at 636-692-1145. If you are unable toattend but would still like to help, we are always in needof baked goods to follow our worship services.SPECIAL UPCOMING SERVICESOctober 27th - Reformation Sunday- Divine Service both services.- Special music and processional.November 3rd - All Saints’ Day - DivineService at both services. Thanking God forHis goodness and grace in the lives of thosebelievers who have gone before andespecially remembering those whom theLord called home from our parish duringAffton Days OutreachPastor Pelsue and Jim Fink handed out 72 bottles of waterduring the Affton Days Parade. Each bottle was wrappedwith a label inviting people to Reformation and quotingJohn 4:13-14. People were very thankful for the water andseveral people promised to visit our worship service. Joinus next year for this easy way to meet our community.the last year.NEWSLETTER DEADLINEPlease be sure you have all items/articles forthe November newsletter into the churchoffice by no later than Monday, October21st. Articles may be e-mailed [email protected], faxed (314-352-7652), orplaced in the church secretary’s mailbox.CARE & SHAREDo you enjoy getting together withsome of your friends who occasionallybecome quite a bunch of CUT UPS?Of course, some of their jokes may be rather TACKY, but2

CONCORDIA HISTORICAL INSTITUTEAUXILIARY MEETING & TOURAFFTON CHRISTIAN FOOD PANTRYOCTOBER COLLECTIONJoin the Concordia Historical Institute for atour of Concordia Publishing House onThursday, October 10th. Meet at CPH, 3558 SouthJefferson, in their lobby at 1:00 p.m. Mrs. Jean Baue willby the tour guide. See the church bulletin board for moreinformation or call Connie Seddon at 314-721-8262.Foodcollections for the month of October benefitting theAffton Food Pantry are canned goods (vegetables, fruit,soup & meat), non perishable food items (rice, noodles,etc.) and peanut butter in plastic bottles.CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OFNEW AMERICANS’ BENEFITReturn all groceries to the basket (narthex) or shoppingcart (parish hall). Please - no glass containers or clothing.Thank you for your donations! Reformation Ladies ClubCFNA is sponsoring a Trivia/Bingo/SilentAuction and Supper on Saturday,November 16th at Webster GardensLutheran Church. Christian Friends of New Americans’Benefit supports the sharing of Christ’s love throughEnglish classes, sports, after school tutoring, home Biblestudy and leadership formation classes, furnituredistribution, medical care, and more for St. Louis’refugees/immigrants. Can you and/or your favoriteorganization contribute a silent auction item or themebasket? Contact Carol: [email protected], 314-5178513, YOU!OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION to all of thegenerous companies who donated to ourchurch picnic. Members, please support these businesses they are truly an asset to our community. Thank You!Biggies RestaurantCreve Coeur CameraDave & BustersGus’ PretzelsHodak’sJohnny Mac’s Sporting GoodsHoliday Inn-Southwest Viking RestaurantKassebaum Restaurant, Inc-SubwayMaggiano’s Little Italy Massage EnvyMcDonald’s Office/Hillmeyer OperationsSam’s ClubSam’s SteakhouseSchnucks MarketsSessions FixturesSilver Dollar CitySt. Louis Symphony OrchestraThe Old Spaghetti FactoryTower TeeVetta-Concord SportsWal-MarkWehrenberg TheatersZiegenhein Funeral HomeTIME CHANGEDaylight Savings Time ends on Sunday,November 3rd, at 2:00 a.m. – Don’t forgetto set your clocks back on Saturday (11/2) before you goto bed.LUTHERAN COLLEGE FAIRStudents and parents are invited to attenda College Fair and Workshop on Sunday,October 13th at the LCMS InternationalCenter, 1333 South Kirkwood Road. Registration beginsat 6:30 p.m. followed by a Financial Aid Seminar at 6:45and the College Fair from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.The Men's Club would like to thank everyonefor their assistance on September 14th for theCOR Clean Up Day. I know everyone thattook part expressed their happiness that theywere able to help beautify our church and glorify God bydevoting their time and efforts. The Men's club enjoysassisting the church in a variety of ways so please continueto support us in our efforts.Your friends in Christ,- Jamie McAlister - Men's Club President- Tyler Schrader - Men's Club Vice PresidentAdmissions representatives will be available to answerquestions regarding admission, academic programs,student life, housing, and financial aid. All familiesattending will receive four APPLICATION FEEWAIVERS (up to a 75 value each!) applicable for anyLutheran College/University listed on the fee waiver.Please visit their website at formore details.Discover a group of colleges that has faith in your future!3

LUTHERAN HIGH SOUTHEVENTS & ACTIVITIESSEND ME ST. LOUIS SATURDAYOn October 12-13, 2013, more than8,000 volunteers will join hands at 400 projects throughout the St. Louis region.Trivia Night! The Lutheran SouthBand program will host its annualTrivia Night on Saturday, October 13th. Doors open at6:15 p.m. The contest begins at 7:00 p.m. The cost is 15per person or 90 for a table of 6. Prizes and free lightrefreshments! Contact Philip Bliese, 314-729-1747.Christians from all over St. Louis will be serving families,kids, seniors, neighborhoods, cities, public servants,schools and more. Opportunities exist for every age,ability level, and work preference.Visit LHSS! The LHSS Admissions process is beginningfor the Class of 2018! Prospective 8th graders and theirfamilies can choose a Shadow Day, EducationalConsultation with the principal, and/or a walk in visit on“Walk n Wednesdays.” For more information, contactJayne Lauer, Director of Admissions at 314-631-2842, ext.426 or [email protected] is now open for Serve St. Louis! Go to CONVALESCENT HOMEAUXILIARY MEETINGOctober 28, 201311:30 a.m.Laclede Grove Auditorium723 So. Laclede Station Road, Webster Groves, MOPresenter: Ed Golterman “Kiel Man”Program: “From Kiel to Peabody”BACH AT THE SEMConcordia Seminary and the AmericanKantorei, enters its 21st season with a full schedule ofSunday concerts in October, December, February andApril. All concerts are at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St.Timothy and St. Titus on the campus of ConcordiaSeminary. A free will offering will be taken at eachconcert. The first concert is October 20th. These concertsare made possible through the financial support of thepublic. Please give generously as you are able.A light lunch of a sandwich and dessert will be served.Contact Erlynne Gaebler at 314-968-6977 forreservations.LUTHERAN CHURCHEXTENSION FUNDLater this month we celebrateReformation Day. We remember thosewho boldly proclaimed that we have been saved by gracethrough faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, there are so many inthis world who do not know Christ and who believe thattheir works alone will gain them favor with their god. OurLutheran churches are sharing hope in Christ Jesus intheir communities. Your investment in LCEF will assistcongregations in carrying out that mission. Call 1-800843-5233 or visit for more information.ADOPT A VETThe St. Louis Veterans HomeCommittee seeks your support in aneffort to provide every Veteranresiding at the Missouri VeteransHome – St. Louis with a holiday gift. A 30.00 donationwill ensure that every Veteran receives a gift. Ten dollarswill be placed in each resident’s personal account to spendas he/she chooses. The remaining amount ( 20) will beused to purchase a gift.CHURCH OFFICE VACATION/SURGERYSCHEDULESMissouri Veterans Home – St. Louis is a 300 bed skilledcare nursing facility. Donations of all sizes both large andsmall are always welcomed. This recession has impactedall of us within our community and we are grateful tothose who still manage to allot a donation to those Heroeswho ensured our nation’s freedom. Pastor will be out of the office from October 3rd thruOctober 15th due to foot surgery.Please “Share in the Spirit” by adopting a vet. Make yourcheck payable to St. Louis Veterans’ Home Committeeand mail it to: 10600 Lewis & Clark Blvd., St. Louis, MO63136. Please note “Adopt a Vet” on the memo line.Thank you for supporting our veterans.Please keep these dates in mind if you need somethingfrom the church office. Sheri will be on vacation from October 28th thruNovember 1st and will return to the church office onNovember 4th.4

UN-APPROVED MINUTES for CHURCH OF THE REFORMATION-LUTHERANChurch Council Meeting, September 19, 2013PRESENT: Mark Bliese, Jim Fink, Brenda Hargett, John Hargett, Derek Hotzel, Jack Jeffcott, Jill Pelsue, Dale Thielker, Hal Uthoff,Pastor Pelsue. Derek arrived fifteen minutes late. Dan Kamp, Linda LaFlamme and Dan Reimler were absent but excused.The meeting was called to order at 7:31 p.m. by Vice-president Hal Uthoff. A quorum was present. Pastor used Responsive Prayer 2from LSB, asking Mark Bliese to read the Gospel lesson from Luke 15:1-10, with the Introit from Sunday past as the psalm and thecollect from Sunday past being used as well. Linda LaFlamme will have the devotion for the October meeting.The minutes of the June 13, 2013 Church Council meeting were reviewed. A correction to the Board of Elders report was noted, whereinstead of Sandra Kaasch it should be Sandra Raasch. Brenda Hargett moved that we accept the minutes as corrected. John Hargettseconded her motion. The motion carried unanimously.PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Derek Hotzel wanted to express thanks to the Men’s Club for the clean-up, both inside and out, onSaturday, September 14. A job well done.VICE-PRESIDENT’S REPORT: Hal Uthoff questioned why we have on our church council agenda an “Approval of Agenda”. Sincethe agenda is set by our church bylaws (Article XV, Section 1), there is no need for this line. Hal reported that he will be forming theNominating Committee by October to fill expiring church council positions. He is getting clarification on those expiring positions. Halalso noted that the Church of the Reformation-Lutheran’s 60th anniversary will occur April 29, 2014. He suggested church councilstart working to determine what type of celebration we should hold.FINANCIAL SECRETARY’S REPORT: John Hargett read Dan Kamp’s report on the monthly income summary for July and August2013. A sub-total income toward budgeted expenses of 17,078.10 was collected for July, with interest on checking and savings of 150.41 and 33.31 in Thrivent Foundation and eScrip electronic funds transfer, for a combined sub-total budgeted income of 17,261.82 for July. Income toward non-budgeted designated funds for July was 565.68. The total income for July was 17,827.50. Asub-total income toward budgeted expenses of 18,805.96 was collected for August, with interest on checking and savings of 0.37and 32.26 in Thrivent Foundation and eScrip electronic funds transfer, for a combined sub-total budgeted income of 18,838.59 forAugust. Income toward non-budgeted designated funds for August was 270, with pass-thru funds of 382. The total income forAugust was 19,490.59. The full reports can be viewed on the bulletin board near the nursery.TREASURER’S REPORT: John Hargett noted that we are current on all obligations. We had 17,151 in expenses for July, with 411in non-budgeted expenses. Notable items from these expenses include 1,349 for insurance, which is down 5.7% from 2012. We had19,533 in expenses for August, with 684 in non-budgeted expenses. Notable items from these expenses include 235 for a newfirewall for the church network (with thanks to Dean Larson for installation) and 470 for repair of a nave window (this was to theclear glass, not the stained glass)PASTOR’S REPORT: Pastor reported on two possible new member families. He reported on the current Bible class offerings:Wednesday morning Bible class is looking at the Smalkald Articles (as an aside Pastor mentioned that the Bible class went toConcordia Historical Institute’s museum at the LCMS International Center), Sunday morning Bible class is using the book “Broken”by Jonathan Fisk, Monday evening Bible study is being led by Fieldworker Adam Matheny. On September 12 Pastor attended aworkshop, along with some other congregational members, on “peace in the parish”, which was held by the Missouri District. Pastorhelped on the Men’s Club service day. He will be attending the Theological Symposium at Concordia Seminary on September 24-25.He noted that confirmation class has started, with two in the 8th grade class and three in the 7th grade class. The Medicine Shoppe,located next to church, has offered to hold a flu clinic just as they did last year. This will be held October 13 during Bible study hour.Pastor had contacted council members previous to their meeting to gain approval. Pastor is working with John Michael Franklin on hisEagle project.BOARD OF STEWARDSHIP: Linda LaFlamme was absent. No report.BOARD OF EVANGELISM: Jim Fink reported that the Affton Parade route has been changed for this year and it will pass in front ofchurch. The parade is on September 21 at 10 a.m. Jim will have bottles of water that have Scripture verses referring to water on theoutside of the bottle. This will be handed out to people needing water during the parade. He reported that attendance at the MackenziePlace worship is averaging 22 people. He is working with the Sunday school, per Brenda Hargett, on Thanksgiving and Christmascards for residents of Mackenzie Place. He is still working on the idea of a grief share.BOARD OF FELLOWSHIP: Jill Pelsue reported the July activity, held July 16th, was the All-Star Baseball game. Approximately 20attended, who watched the game on the big screen tv and had a potluck of All-American food. August’s activity was the church picnic,held August 25. Over 100 attended! Brenda Hargett was named Queen of the Rummage Sale, The Hung family took the “Cream of the5

Crop” Award. Best pie blue ribbon went to Karen Liebmann and best cake blue ribbon went to Micah Hung. A special thank you toChef Hargett (John and Brenda’s son) who judged the pies and cakes. There were many other prize winners during the day. A specialthank you to Gerry Kamp for all the give certificates that she obtained. The September activity was a Nantucket potluck on the 15th.There were 26 in attendance, who watched “Captains Courageo