The Hometown News

The Bible on Your Bookshelf
The Bible. You have one in your home. It’s likely you have a copy of the Bible that has been sitting around for a while. When you look at it on the bookshelf or on the table, it brings back memories of when you read it regularly either by choice or requirement. Regardless of why you read it, you never regretted reading it, you just don’t find time to read it anymore. Maybe you think it’s too complex. Maybe you think it doesn’t ‘speak to your situation’. Maybe you don’t have an excuse, you simply have other things that you want to do. Our daily struggle with the Holy Scriptures is not that we cannot understand them, but that we choose not to read them. These are, after all, the very Words of God. Why is it, do you think, that we don’t want to read His Words daily? Sin? Yes, but a certain type of sin. A desire for things from below (earth) over the blessings from above (God). The Scriptures are not beyond our understanding, even if we read them alone. We don’t have to have someone interpret them for us every time we read them. Martin Luther believed that the Bible was understandable and could be appreby Pastor Voss

1711 Grant Street Hopewell, VA 23860 July 2010 TO GOD BE THE GLORY

hended by all. This ties in with his insistence that each of us must respond to the Bible by faith alone. The Holy Spirit gives us a power, beyond mere human knowledge, that allows us to interpret the Biblical message when reading it. An example: A man who is desperately meek and lowly and humble reads from Matthew 5, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”, and he is comforted by such words. Same city, a few miles down the road lives a man, full of pride over his accomplishments in life, reads the same passage, “Blessed are the meek…” What happens? He probably would not find comfort in such words, rather he would be chastised by them. Through the same passage, the Holy Spirit is doing God’s work in different ways. The Holy Spirit provides the illumination for Scripture. The Holy Spirit proclaims the Good News to us or the wrath of God’s Law at us. It could be the same passage, but God speaks to us individually. How does God speak to you in the Scriptures on this day? Go ahead, pick up that familiar Bible on your bookshelf. Listen to God— He’s talking to you, individually!

Inside this issue: Finance/Stewardship Elders/Deacons Nazareth Youth Missions/Outreach 2 4 6

Getting to Know Luther 9

Pastor’s Corner


The Hometown News is a publication of Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church. Member of the Lutheran Church— Missouri Synod.

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Board of Stewardship
The Board of Stewardship met on June 20. All board members were present. Thelma Klein also attended the meeting also. After an opening prayer, Al noted that Pastor Keith Loesch will serve as guest leader for the Consecrated Stewards program, which we will launch in September. The Consecrated Stewards program began in 2007 and has proved to be very effective for enhancing stewardship in congregations that have already completed it. This program will begin in mid September with the Preparation Phase. This phase, lasting about 4 weeks, will consist of prayer, preparation and publicity on stewardship and will be followed by the Program Phase. The Program Phase involves 4 weeks of concentrated emphasis on stewardship education and commitment which will culminate on ―Consecration Sunday‖ on November 14. Pastor Loesch will also lead us in a Bible study during this phase. Lastly, the Fulfillment Phase will provide follow-up of offerings, evaluation of the program and ongoing attention to stewardship education. Our next meeting will be held July 16 at 8:45 AM . Anyone wishing to attend is encouraged to do so and no reservations are required. We would like the Board of Finance and Pastor Voss to join us for that meeting.

Happy Birthday!
July 5 – Zachery Stewart July12 – Shirley Keiser July 13 – Vincent Knop July 19 – John Petik, Jr. July 20 – Al Schneider July 20 – Kathy Beahm July 28 – John Soltez July 31 – Luther Sodat July 31 – Kara Canada

John 17-22-24 Jesus Prays for Our Unity and Glory “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

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EDITOR: Susan Skalleberg ASSISTANT EDITOR: Pastor David Voss PRODUCTION EDITOR: Karen Van Worth Thank you to all who submitted articles and information to this newsletter. SUBMISSIONS We encourage you to submit your articles and ideas electronically to: or call 731-6959 Newsletter information is due in by the third Sunday of the month. CONTRIBUTORS We are looking for regular contributors to the Hometown News. If there is a certain article you would like to write on a regular basis, please let us know so we can discuss it with you. Young and old are encouraged to volunteer for this very important newsletter. SAVE MONEY AND PAPER The Hometown News is posted online at the same time it is mailed. Please consider reading it online so we can save on postage and paper. It can be found on the home page of our church website:

Glory to God on the highest and praise to the leaders of each Committee who have provided updates to the congregation this month. Our communication with one another not only keeps us united in Mission, but engaged with each other and the opportunities to serve in our church.

ABLAZE—Let’s Fill the Bucket!
We are half way through our 5 year commitment to financially support the work of Ablaze! However, our contributions have fallen way off with only $205 received for the year against our yearly commitment of $2170. It is time to get those contributions back on track so we are bringing back the ABLAZE! BUCKET! Perhaps we should call it the Amazing Ablaze! Bucket because when that bucket was out front where we could see it, contributions were very good. Remember, our contributions are supporting the district’s mission work being planned, the work being implemented and the work ongoing to share the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the unchurched in our district including our very own community of Hopewell. Envelopes in which to place your Ablaze! offerings are

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Elders’ Meeting Report
The elders met on June 7th. Present were Arnie Slimmen, Bob Dry, Steve Foxx, Clint Reierson, and Pastor Voss via teleconference. We discussed reaching out to a local family with the Gospel and financial assistance. We also discussed planning dinners to benefit the benevolence fund so we could reach out more to people in need financially while sharing with them the love of Jesus Christ.

Deacons’ Meeting Report
The Board of Deacons met June 7, 2010. Present were Karen Van Worth, Bonnie Foxx, Thelma Klein, and Carol Slimmen. Bonnie led a devotion The board discussed the call list for calling members and it was stated that this list is not for casual calling but is to be used in emergencies when it is necessary to get information out to the whole congregation. The board will write a letter of acceptance to the Koehler Scholarship for Landry Doane the only student applying this year. It was noted that the teachers retreat will be held July 10 th and that VBS will be held August 9th - 13th. Council meeting will be July 21st. At 7pm. With regard to the sick or needy, the board noted that in-person visits are preferred, but a phone call will work at times when a visit isn’t possible. The meeting closed with prayer. Next meeting will be July 12th at 7pm.

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Pray for One Another

Prayer List updated as of July 5, 2010

For our brothers and sisters in Christ in nursing homes Velma Fleming, HHCC (227) Mildred Skroback, HHCC For our brothers and sisters in Christ who are home-bound Mary Petik For our members and friends serving our country in the military Bruce Layne Danny Petik Chris & Jenny Graham Dustin Petik James Eckenrode David Petik Jeff & Stacey Crosson Courtney Williams Michael McKinzie Jeffrey Head Steve & Bonnie Foxx Brandon Edwards For our members and friends away at college – Landry Doane Casey Davis Brandon Edwards For our members who are sick, hospitalized, in need of spiritual care or recuperating— Evelyn Rayner Rowena Carter Andy Petik Cierra Thomas Tina Doane Annette Dry Jordan Layne Kathy Beahm Nicki & Cierra Thomas For our friends who are sick, hospitalized or recuperating Jonathan Weston Rita Joyner Joann Miller Jeff Walter Phyllis Kane Suzie Hilton Dorothy Kunkel Regina Davis Freddie Gonzalez Kay Slade Bernard Carter Johnnie Ingram Garland Moss Joseph Hilton For the families of the Saints departed Betty Morris

Bible Study and Adult Confirmation
Whether you are young or old, visitor or pillar, we have a Bible Study for you! SUNDAYS 9:30 AM Meet in the “Old Church” Room at 9:30 AM for a Bible Study on Hebrews led by Al Schneider. Pastor Voss leads a discussion and Bible Study on the official LCMS position on current events, called “This We Believe” in the conference room. We discuss everything from abortion to capital punishment. Be prepared to share, listen, and learn from God’s Word. This is an entry level class, we keep it simple. Arnie Slimmen leads an eight week adult confirmation class in the church basement meeting room. If you are new to the Lutheran faith and/or would like to join our church, please contact Arnie to join in. WEDNESDAYS 7:00 PM Wed. July 17th we will watch the second half of “Luther”. A movie about the life and times of Martin Luther. Starting July 21, Steve Foxx will re-start his Bible Study on the Book of Revelation in the Old Church Room. Join us at 6PM on Wednesdays for a meal and fellowship!

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Nazareth Youth
The youth group is getting excited about the mission trip to Indianapolis, IN. We got a small taste of togetherness camping on June 12th, and we all had a great time. The Indiana trip is scheduled for July 18, 2010 - July 23, 2010. We have five adults and seven teens going. We’ll be staying at Christ Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. That will make us feel right at home! Our duties will be handed out to each of us when we arrive.. In the past we have done everything from Vacation Bible School for disabled children to painting fences for the elderly. We are all very excited and grateful to the church for supporting us in the trip and praying for us when we leave. Our God is Awesome and we love the Lord!

The Nazareth Youth

P.S. – We specifically wish to thank the congregation for their generous support of the car wash in June. We raised over $500, which will go toward the summer can drive as well as the mission trip.

Board of Missions and Outreach has a special mission project for August— Sandra’s Closet Sandra’s Closet was developed in memory of Sandra Smith Williams who was a member of Nazareth Lutheran in the late 60’s and 70’s. She attended with her sister Karen Smith (Habb) . Sandra’s closet was developed in memory of Sandra after she passed away from breast cancer in 2002. The Junior Women’s Club has placed a closet in each Elementary School in memory of Sandra. Sandra loved to shop, and she often bought items on sale for many children that could never have afforded them. These closets are now being stocked with school supplies for children in the city that can not afford to have the supplies needed for their education. Some of the many items that are in the closets are: pencils, paper, notebooks, glue, crayons, scissors, bookbags, markers, colored pencils, folders…Just any thing that is needed by a student. Our mission in August is to help fill these closets in memory of one of our former members. More information will be available soon about how to donate. ♦

July 2010 Praise and Thanksgiving – An Encounter at the Market—by Sue Skalleberg
I met a national treasure at the market yesterday. She was probably a few years older than I, with a couple more wrinkles. We paused for a minute beside the frozen foods, talking about how we all have to look for bargains these days. The lady said she was concerned for people with children, ―How do they do it?‖ Then she answered herself, ―Lots of beans and oatmeal!‖ We chatted on, and it was pleasant, it was more than pleasant. ―Well,‖ she said with a grin, ―I’m glad I’m old!‖ After she left with a merry wave I stood by the freezer case with happy tears in my eyes. How amazing, the way God draws strangers together with a smile! Are you over 60? Be a national treasure! You have been through a lot. Perhaps you are tired and achy. But there is no one else like you, and your smile is a gift. Best of all, Jesus loves you eternally! "You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the LORD.” —Leviticus 19:32

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Dr. Maier Seminar Planning Meeting Wednesday, July14, 5:30 PM

September 24-26, 2010 Holiday Inn Select—Koger South 1021 Koger Center Blvd. Richmond, VA 23235 Deadline for Registration: August 23, 2010

Church Website Statistics for 6/7-7/7 (
91 different people visited for a total of 219 Visits 1:42 Average time on Site 30% of our visitors were new visitors

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A New Bible Study Opportunity is Coming
On Wednesday, August 11, at 11:00 AM, we will begin a day time mid-week Bible study designed to help and support us as we deal with events that occur in our earthly lives. Our first study will deal with the grief we face after the loss of a loved one. The study guide is titled ―Living with Grief” and consists of six lessons - Grief: Facing Your Loss; Grief: The Cry of Pain; Grief: The Cry of Longing; Grief: The Cry for Supportive Love; Grief: The Cry for Understanding and Grief: The Cry for Significance. Initially, we are planning to meet every other week. Lunch will be served after Bible study to provide opportunity for fellowship. This Bible study will be a wonderful opportunity to invite friends and neighbors to attend with you. If you would like to take part in this Bible study, please register by placing your name on the sign up sheet posted in the narthex so that a sufficient supply of study guides are on hand. Al Schneider will lead this study.♦

General Notes
LWML: Our annual Can Drive for the City of Hopewell has begun!. Please look in your pantry or get an extra can or two at the grocery store. There are many adults and children in Hopewell that go without meals daily. This is a great Christian Outreach to our community. TENDING THE FLAME: The Tending the Flame Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Koger Center in Richmond, July 30th, 31st and August 1st. Speaker Reggie McNeal will present Living Letters - being the letters of Christ in a world seeking hope and Good News. The cost is now $90. You can also register through the internet at If you have any questions, please see Al Schneider. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL The theme for this year is "Planet Zoom" and it is from Sunday, Aug. 8th thru Thursday, Aug. 12th at 68:30pm.

SQUEEZE OUT CANCER!!: The Board of Christian Education and Youth will be hosting one of Anthem’s 9th Annual LemonAid Stands on July 16th, 17th and 18th to ―put the squeeze on childhood cancer‖. This event helps the research and treatment of the many forms of cancer that effect children. Each glass of lemonade will be $1 and will be sold right here at Nazareth Lutheran Church. The proceeds will go directly to fighting cancer in the local Richmond and Tri-cities areas. Last year our children raised over $200. Let’s see if we can raise more! Please show your support and help ―SQUEEZE OUT‖ cancer! Teacher’s Forum: On Saturday, July 10 from 8:30 AM to noon we will have a teacher’s forum to be refreshed in the foundation of our teaching, Jesus Christ, to learn about resources available to us, and to listen and learn about effective ways to reach children and adults. All teachers at Nazareth are encouraged to attend this very important forum led by Pastor Voss. Snacks will be provided.


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Learning about Luther
Luther, Martin (November 10, 1483–February 18, 1546), preached daily, and grew immensely popular through his exposition of the Holy Scriptures in the common language. After objecting to the methods of the Catholic Church in trying to raise money at the cost of true teaching, Emperor Charles V summoned him to Diet of Worms to renounce his views, Martin Luther stated: Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen. Among his many works, Martin Luther wrote:  I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.  I advise no one to place his child where the scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt.  If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ.  In his life, Christ is an example, showing us how to live; in his death, he is a sacrifice, satisfying our sins; in his resurrection, a conqueror; in his ascension, a king; in his intercession, a high priest. In 1529, Martin Luther wrote his hymn, A Mighty Fortress (Ein ’Feste Burg): A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing. Our helper He amid the flood, Of mortal ills prevailing. Martin Luther wrote in his Table Talk, 1569: Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has: it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but—more frequently than not—struggles against the divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God. Martin Luther remarked: Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection not in books alone, but in every leaf in the springtime. From “Great Quotations”, William Federer, 2001

Teacher’s Retreat Last fall, our Teacher’s Retreat had to be cancelled. The information from that retreat is still pertinent and will be presented to all teachers of youth or adults. It is my hope that you can attend our “Teacher’s Forum” on Saturday, July 11, from 8:30 AM—noon. Bagels, donuts, juice, and coffee will be served. We will meet in the church basement. Worship Time Research Research into possibly changing the worship time to 10AM is still underway. The time of Worship will not change unless the congregation votes for such a change. This is why your voice is so important. Pastor will host three open forums for you to share your thoughts on the possibility for this change. Date Sunday, July 18 Wednesday, July 21 Sunday, July 25 Wednesday, July 28 Time 10:30-10:45 AM 5:45-6:00 PM 10:30-10:45 AM 5:45-6:00 PM Where Sanctuary Conference Room Sanctuary Conference Room

Church Organist An advertisement has been placed with the Richmond Area Organist Guild. We have received one call thus far, but have no interviews scheduled. Please pray that the Lord presents us with the right candidates for this very important role within His church. Mission Planning Meeting IV– Debrief and Discussion—Saturday, August 7, 9-11AM Our 40 Days of Prayer for our church has led us into the summer refreshed and with the time we needed to contemplate what we have discussed so far this year. One thing that we learned from our congregational meeting in June was that we were not completely unified on our “critical targets” (those who we wish to reach out to and how). A mission planning meeting on August 7 is scheduled to discuss what we have planned thus far. There will be very little presentation at this meeting. The goal of this meeting will be to pray and talk. To look at what we have planned thus far and agree upon a unified vision moving forward. This is a shorter meeting that we certainly hope you can attend. Gospel Contacts Anytime you share the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord with someone, please add a paper fish to our fish net. Simply write your first name, the date, and if you want, the first name of the person you shared the Gospel with. Our goal, as a congregation, is to have 240 fish in our net by the end of the year! Can you share the Gospel with someone this month? The Lord will provide the opportunity, and the words. Trust in God—he will use you to grow His church.

Nazareth Lutheran Church 1711 Grant Street Hopewell, VA 23860


Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church
"Reaching out to all in faith and love, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, and serving joyfully!"