The Marks of Discipleship

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The Beacon - May 2016


The monthly newsletter of Light of Christ Lutheran Church
Delano, Minnesota
May 2016
The Marks of Discipleship

Pray daily

Worship weekly

Read the Bible

Serve at or beyond Light of Christ

Relate to others for spiritual growth

Give of my time, talents and resources
And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law.

Galatians 2:16

What does it take to be a good Christian? How do you know what you are doing is right by God?

This Letter to the Galatians, along with the Letter to the Romans, sets clearly what it means to be Christian and what it takes to be right. “Works of the law” are those things that begin with “You must…” Anything that comes across as obligation or demand is law.

Truly, to be acceptable to God you have to do nothing! In fact, it is not up to you anyway. Jesus Christ on the cross has made us acceptable and worthy to God.

This fact makes some uneasy. Some well-meaning Christians want to put stipulations on God’s grace, that you “have to accept it,” or “you have to receive Jesus in your heart.” In truth, you don’t have to do anything.

But that does not mean a good Christian does nothing. Faith means trusting that God’s mercy and forgiveness are true for you. Faith means trusting that God loves you in particular. And so, because we believe God’s mercy and trust God’s love we respond in certain ways. Because we have faith in God’s benevolence we behave in ways that please the God we love.

Light of Christ Lutheran Church lists in our worship bulletins every Sunday some of those ways we respond to God’s love. They are behaviors that express our faith in God and that strengthen our desire to live in ways that please God.

The Marks of Discipleship

Pray daily

Worship weekly

Read the Bible daily

Serve in and beyond Light of Christ

Build spiritual relationships

Give faithfully of my time, talents and treasures
You are delightful to God. May you please our loving God always.
Pastor Chris

Interim Update for May 2016

Much is happening at Light of Christ. Along with our usual programs and events, changes in staff are happening. The Children, Youth and Family Task Force has recommended the hiring of Rachel Bash as Director. More information is in this newsletter. Rachel will begin in August after she finishes her position in Jerusalem with Young Adults in Global Mission.

The Call Committee will have received profiles of pastors and will begin interviewing this month. Interviewing takes time for several reasons. Interviews have to be scheduled around candidate’s availability, and some may come from out of state. Interviews are lengthy and require much discussion by the committee following each. Interviews are followed by on-site visits, which means scheduling across several Sundays. Second interviews usually follow, as well as background checks. All this requires our patience as the committee diligently carries out their work. They will keep us informed of their progress.

We also add to our staff a new Office Assistant. Lucina Gustafson will serve LoC part-time as support to Terri Reuter, our Office Administrator. Lucina will also have responsibilities for volunteer support services.

This month LoC has a unique and unprecedented opportunity of a resident theologian on our staff. Dr. Ibrahim Bitrus is from Nigeria and knows our sister congregation, Nyanya Lutheran Church, very well. Dr. Bitrus will be teaching, leading worship, preaching and other ministries during his time with us. A list of some of his activities at LoC are also in this newsletter.

Summer is fast approaching. Graduations are this month, members return from winter homes and from colleges, preparations are taking place for youth trips and other summer events. Work goes on at LoC. This month please review your financial support of LoC. Consider scheduled on-line giving so as to keep current through the summer months. Your contributions are important for a strong beginning for our next Pastor and the next Director of CYF Ministries.

Thank you,

Pastor Chris

This QR Code provides a simple and easy way of supporting Light of Christ through online giving weekly, monthly or a one-time gift. If

you don’t have a QR scanning app on your phone, they are free and quickly installed. Thank you! The Stewardship Committee

March Financials

  • Faith Sharing for the month:


  • Expenses for the month:


New Member Sunday

May 15, 2016

New members will be received on Sunday, May 15 at both worship services. An orientation for new members will be held at 7:00 p.m. on May 3. If you have an interest in becoming a member of LOC, please contact the church office at or


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LOC members serve the Lord by
sharing, caring and loving through
Monthly Service Teams.
May Service Team families:

John & Jessica Allaire

David & Carol Anderson

Mark & Paula Anderson

Shirley Banick

Bill & Mary Buenger

Jeff & Holly Caple

Don & Cheryl Collins

Terry & Dawn Cook

Ray & Nancy Cordes

Beth Coulombe

Mike & Pat Czock

Joanne Flaten

Carol Galarneault

Randy & Lisa Hemmer

Scott & Wendy Kohls

Joel & Jan Lemke

Dan & Jodi Lind

Connie Olson

Kurt & Jill Radermacher

Derek & Sandy Schansberg

Brad & Lisa Spencer

Terry & Linda Splettstoeszer

Jerry & Sue Untiedt

We rejoice as we welcome into our church family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism:baptsm14.tif
Paige Leigh Froehle

Born: September 5, 2015

Baptized: April 10, 2016

Parents: Peter & Kelly Froehle

Sponsors: Michael Eittreim

Samantha Tuhy

Kendall Ann Zitzloff

Born: January 11, 2016

Baptized: April 10, 2016

Parents: Steve & Tonya Zitzloff

Sponsors: Curt & Emily Chapa

Brad Zitzloff

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family of Norma Gradjelick, mother of

LoC member,

Lori Skogman. Ms. Gradjelick’s funeral was held at Light of Christ on April 9, 2016.


Children, Youth and Family Information Event

Parents/guardians, youth and children are invited to an information and learning event on May 11 at 7:00 p.m. The event will start in the Sanctuary with the Confirmation students, dismissal of the students around 7:15 or 7:20 and then continue discussion until 7:45 p.m. The event will help prepare families for the new ministries and staff, answer questions and inform families about plans for current ministries. Children are welcome at the meeting and we hope to see you on May 11!

Youth Worship – May 22

The youth will lead worship on May 22 at both the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. worship services. Both middle and high school youth are invited to participate by being ushers, greeters, readers and musicians. A practice is tentatively planned for May 18 at 7:00 p.m. To sign up, contact Sonja Nelson or go to
Summer Trip Meeting – STILL OPENINGS!

Youth and their families are invited to a pizza and planning meeting on May 8 at 11:45 a.m. Please RSVP. Both trips, Mission Trip to New Orleans and Adventure Week to Flathead Lutheran Camp, have available openings. Contact Sonja Nelson IMMEDIATELY to sign up.

Support the Youth by Hiring a Babysitter!

The youth attending the summer trips, the Mission Trip and the Adventure Week, are offering to babysit to fund their trip.  If your family is interested, contact Sonja Nelson.

She will provide a list of student names and contact information.  The families will then arrange date and times for the babysitting. Funds donated to the youth will go to the cost of the trip.  Contact Sonja at church or at Thank you for supporting the youth!

Children, Youth and Family Task Force UPDATE

The CYF Task Force recommended Rachel Bash as the new Director of Children, Youth and Family Ministries, and we rejoice as we announce that Rachel has accepted the position. Rachel was a stand-out candidate and her skills and abilities fit the ministry at LOC. Rachel is currently in Israel, participating in the ELCA Young Adult Global Mission program and plans to begin her ministry at LOC on August 1. Thank you to our Task Force, Gwen Egly, Annette McClelland, Ryan Green, Sandy Schansberg, Nathan Moe, Laura Jaunich and Rene Moen. For more information about the ministry, families and congregation members are invited to attend the CYF Information Event on May 11 at 7:00 p.m.


Sonja Nelson, Interim Director of CYF

Vacation Bible School Registration

It’s getting hot and it’s time to plan your summer! Join

us for our evening, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Vacation Bible School

on July 31 – Aug. 3. Register on-line at our website, Volunteers are needed in many areas.

Light of Christ Lutheran Church,

Hello, my name is Lisa De La Cruz and my husband Mike and I lost our son during a Marine Corps routine practice exercise.  Sgt. Dillon Semolina was with the United States Marine Corp on 1/14/16 during a helicopter training mission when his helicopter collided with another Marine Corps helicopter.

The reason for this email is to ask for assistance in helping future families and keeping our Dillon's name alive.  Mike and I are compelled to honor Dillon's name through the "Sgt. Dillon Semolina Scholarship" that we have created in his name and honor.  Quite important to Dillon, continued education and physical fitness were near and dear to his heart throughout his adolescence and on through his short adult life. We are selecting 1-2 students at Dillon's former High School in Delano, MN to receive this scholarship in his honor.  We are currently at $3,100 of our $5,000 goal. Regardless of any amount you provide, it does add up and we are respectfully asking if you could assist in any amount possible to keep Dillon's dream alive and help these future students follow in his footsteps. To donate, please go to:

Thank you for considering.


Mike and Lisa De La Cruz (Lisa Bachand-Delano Grad 1989)

In honor of our son,

Sgt. Dillon Semolina

Love INC Birthday Ministry

The Birthday Ministry is a

Love INC Gap Ministry that

Light of Christ facilitates.

“Shopping appointments”

are scheduled at our

birthday supply store for

persons that are referred to

LoC from Love INC. LoC provides birthday party supplies and a gift for kids ages 1-12, referred by Love INC. If you are interested in being a part of this Love INC Gap Ministry, please contact Terri in the church office, 763-972-2400 or The time commitment is minimal: 2nd Thurs. of each month from 6:00-7:30 pm and/or 3rd Sat. of each month from 10:00-11:30 am. Shifts rotate among available committee members so are periodic.

On Sunday, May 22nd, the LOC Library will host an OPEN HOUSE between services in conjunction with the Youth Coffee Fundraiser (which will be moved to the hallway area outside of the Library for this event). Grab a coffee, if desired, and then come and meet your Library Committee and learn how to use our new catalog to find books that might interest you.  Cookies and punch will be served and you can also sign up for a FREE BOOK (one each for a Child, a Teen and an Adult). We look forward to seeing you and hope you'll get excited about our Library!

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Sue Quist, Director of Music

Can you Name This Hymn?

Test Your Hymn Knowledge – and be a WINNER!

..when thou say’st to them, ‘Be still’ -Wondrous sovereign of the sea….” Tell Sue the name of this hymn and you will win the prize of the month. You can even email her the answer at

Summer Worship Music

We would love to have a variety of special music throughout our Summer Worship Season – both Sundays and Wednesdays. Do you sing, or play an instrument? Help us sing praises to our Lord.

Want to do special music? …contact Sue

The Music Team is a group of congregation members who meet every other month to pick hymns and music for worship.

Love to sing? Want to be part of a group that guides the musical direction of the church? JOIN US - come as little or as often as you can.

Watch the bulletin for upcoming meeting date or contact Sue.

Top 5 Contemporary Christian Songs of April 2016

1. You Are Loved by Stars Go Dim

2. Trust in You by Lauren Daigle

3. Tell Your Heart to Beat Again by

Danny Gokey

4. Everything Comes Alive by We Are


5. Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin

“I play the notes as they

are written, but it is God

who makes the music.”
Johann Sebastian Bach

The Peace and Justice Ministry meets on May 21st at 10:15 a.m.

Youth & Adult Education

Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:30 am, Room 101

May Adult Bible Studies:

May 1:  Dr.  Ibrahim Bitrus

May 8: Coffee & Questions with Pastor Chris

May 15:  Dr. Ibrahim Bitrus

May 22:  Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?

May 29 (10:15):  Humor in the Bible (part 2)

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Fourth graders received

First Communion

Please pray for these 4th graders who received their first communion at the April 3 & 17 services: Teague Collings, Ella Dallmann, Karli Donley, Sean Droneck, Benjamin Engel, Halle Gallus, Jacob Heinzen, Grant Horeis, Camden Lee, Will Magaard, Cael Olson, Nolan Peterson, Rilie Schmidt, Sidney Schmit, William Sorensen, James Stigman, Brogan Stoddard, Jack Tuchtenhagen, Luke Tuchtenhagen, Hannah Williams

Sundays, April 3 & 17


Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday, May 11th @ 10:00 am

Topic: Dr. Ibrahim Bitrus will speak about Nigerian life for women in large cities, villages and the church



We will be discussing Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber – how a stand-up comic became an ELCA Lutheran pastor. Join us on May 5th at 7:00 pm in the church library to discuss the book.

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We will be discussing Pastrix by Nadia Bolz-Weber – how a stand-up comic became an ELCA Lutheran pastor. Join us on May 5th at 7:00 pm in the church library to discuss the book.

Last day of quilting before

summer break is May 23rd.

We will resume on Sept.

12th. Have a great summer!!

WE ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE SCHEDULE WORSHIP ASSISTANTS! Beginning this month, we are converting the scheduling for each worship assistant group to the SignUpGenius method of scheduling. This allows volunteers the opportunity to choose the dates they participate, rather than being assigned an arbitrary date that may or may not work with their schedule. Lectors, ushers and altar guild include members who have specifically volunteered to be as such, and will receive their own invites for each respective group. New participants in those groups are always welcome! Just contact the church office if interested. For greeters, each member family is asked to serve approximately one time per year. If we have your (correct) email on file, you should receive a notification via Constant Contact with a link to follow for sign-up instructions and available dates. We will also start to include a link in the weekly e-news (if you are not signed up and would like to be, contact the church office) and reminders in the bulletins. Members who do not have email or internet access can still contact the church office to be manually signed up for an available date. If there are open slots at the time of that month’s Beacon publication, the church office will fill those spots manually. Other than the schedule printed in the monthly Beacon, paper copies of the quarterly schedule will no longer be mailed out. This will save the church time and postage, while being more efficient and accommodating for volunteers. You will automatically receive an email reminder from SignUpGenius several days prior to the date you chose. If your email address changes, or if you haven’t received an email to sign

up for your group, please contact

the church office to update your

information. Sign-up increments

will typically be for 3-month time


01 Mark & Melissa Larson

03 Peter & Kelly Froehle, Brandon

& Wendy Sleypen, Andrew &

Samantha Trible

04 Sherri & Bill Field

06 Jeff & Holly Caple, Troy & Laurie


07 Tom & MaryAnn McKay

09 Wade & Holly Sprengeler

11 David & Sandy Parpart

12 Todd & Cathy Berghoff

13 David & Linda Carter

16 Cody & Kelly Thompson

17 Brian & Aimee Kettenacker

18 Wes & Jessie Aylsworth, Lee &

Holly Langner, Jason & Lindsey


20 Larry & Sally Adams, Mitchell &

Kristen Cayler, Aaron & Elizabeth


21 Fred & Jennifer Schmitt

22 Kevin & Vicki Noetzelman, Bob

& Jennifer Slipka

24 Fred & Wendy Caslavka, Todd

& Cherie Kuechle, Richard &

Krista Reske

28 Stan & Edith Droneck

31 Michael & Kristy Klaphake


01 Erin Olson, Jacob Olson, Braylee Rue, Jason Schmidt

02 Wade Baluski, Susan Heinzen, Bill Weis

03 Eden Henson, Brian Lee, John McClelland

04 John Becker, Carmen Hanson, Sue Schultz

05 Brooks Gabrick, Avery Klaphake, Emery Klaphake

06 Sarah Bingea

07 Scott Dallmann

08 Jim Chiapetta, Jessa Johaneson, Hayden Rue, Lisa Schroer, Tonya Zitzloff

09 Wes Aylsworth, John Magner

10 Katelyn Elstad, Carol Kocina, Emma Meyer

11 Derek Techam

12 Natalie Benson, Melanie Paulson

13 Ella Frake

14 Andrew Trible

15 Bria Barfnecht, Julia Egly, Leo Hanson, Brandon Heinzen, Jeannie Ludwig, Mark Simenson, Jennifer Slipka, Sydney Wuerger

16 Benjamin DeMars, Tristen Griffin, Sandy Schansberg

17 Michael Bunker, Zackary Cordes, Robin Olson, Anika Paulson

18 Bob Gielau, Linda Moore, Jonathan Olson, Taylor Olson, Diane Schmidt

19 Danny Chock, Christopher Mikkelsen, Jacob Will

21 Halle Gallus, Bonnie Snaza, Linda Splettstoeszer

22 Brooks Halbersma, Del Hirsch

23 Jessie Aylsworth, Benjamin Mielke, Devin Schansberg, Madison Schansberg

24 Karli Donley, Hunter Fitch, Vicky Rootes

25 Tanner Kroells, Nan Schoborg, Steven Williams

26 Emma Allaire, Olivia Mitchell

27 Cody Bigot, Curtis Czock, William Hauge, Jacob Maschino, Lindsey Thompson

28 Emma Lotzer, Ashley Nordlie

29 Wendy Anderson, Abigail Froehle, Matthew Schuette

30 Brian Anderson, Grant Dallmann,

Brad Goldbeck, Tate Olson, Anthony Prezioso

31 Gabrielle Mielke


Please note: If you are unable to serve on your assigned Sunday, please arrange for a substitute

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Council Rep: 8:15 Janine Holter 10:45 Stacy VanCura

Greeters: David & Stacie Nelson Scott & Carol Nelson

Acolyte: Molly Lohmann Sylvia Leonard

Lector: Bonnie Snaza Carolyn Hirsch

Ushers: Penny Bailey, Len Beilke John McClelland

Lisa Boecker, John Schroedl Kent Wischmann

Altar Guild: Ginny Iverson, JoMarie Williamson Kylee Amdor
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Council Rep: 8:15 Stacy VanCura 10:45 Robin Olson

Greeters: Scott & Deanna Olson David & Sandy Parpart

Acolyte: Gavin Carson Jack Voss

Lector: Loree Kinney Dale Russenberger

Ushers: Steve Crosby, Craig Schansberg Dale & Janelle Russenberger

Wade & Holly Sprengeler Becky Coyle, Derek Schansberg

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Council Rep: 8:15 Robin Olson 10:45

Greeters: Dan & Melanie Paulson Brad Pappas & Carolyn Milano

Acolyte: Duncan Lee Maya Carson

Lector: MaryAnn McKay Lisa Spencer

Ushers: Greg Johnson, Tom McKay Steve & Anne Farniok

Joe Vieau, John Zerull Brad & Lisa Spencer

Altar Guild: Lori Skogman
Sunday, May 22, 2016 – YOUTH SERVICES

Council Rep: 8:15 Robin Olson 10:45

Greeters: Youth Youth

Acolyte: Hogan Williams Jadyn Horin

Lector: Youth Youth

Ushers: Youth Youth

Youth Youth

Sunday, May 29, 2016 – 9:00 a.m

Council Rep: Lector: Jacob Olson

Greeters: Jacob & Erin Olson Ushers: Dan & Laurie Langner

Acolyte: Jack Magner John & Tracy Magner
Please note: If you are unable to serve on your assigned day, please arrange for a substitute and notify the church office. Thank you! Telephone: 763-972-2400 Email:

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