February 2017 - Vol. 21  No. 2
I am the Good Shepherd...They will listen to my voice.”  (John 10:14, 10:16)
The Monthly Newsletter of Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church

1700 North Towne Avenue ● Claremont, California 91711
                      Phone: 909.626.2714 ● Fax: 909.626.5047                         
Rev. Lara Martin, Pastor  
Sunday Worship Services at 8:30 a.m. (Contemporary) and 10:45 a.m. (Traditional)
Combined Worship Service at 9:30 a.m. on 5th Sundays
Taize Service at 5:00 p.m. on the 1st Saturday of each month
A Stephen Ministry Congregation
            2017 CHURCH COUNCIL NEWS
Our 2017 Council got off to a good start with a productive first council meeting on January 19th.  At this meeting, our council members decided upon which areas of ministry they will oversee.  John Barkman and Jane Moser will oversee Prayer Ministry, Sam Lyon and Kristine Pietersma will oversee the Teaching Ministry, Tami DeSalvio and Denise Free will oversee Action Ministry, and Carl Gaiser and Richard Trubey will oversee Operational Ministry. 
Our council has begun recruiting members to serve on the Call Committee for the search of our new Youth and Family Activities Director.  This committee will be intergenerational in nature.  We already have two youth, Sam Lyon and Nicolas DeSalvio, who will be the voice for our youth.  This committee will be responsible for writing the job description and getting things rolling so that we can start the hiring process and have our Youth and Family Activities Director start this July. 
Our Council will be attending the annual council retreat on February 18th where we will work together to plan out our focus for 2017.  Our focus will be on Evangelism, and we are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us this year.
As a council we encourage you to read the minutes of our council meetings.  They are posted in the Fireside Room each month.  Our Council meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month and are open to anyone who would like to attend.  However, only council members can vote.  Anyone wishing to bring up an item for discussion can do so by letting Adriana Garrett know a week prior to the meeting that they would like to be on the agenda.  You will then be placed on the agenda and will be given an opportunity to present your item for consideration.  Usually this will be placed at the beginning of the meeting so that you don’t have to sit and wait throughout the whole meeting. 
At this time I would like to thank all of you for your support at our annual meeting on January 29th.  We have good things coming up this year, and it’s such a blessing to know that we have such a gracious, generous, and supportive congregation behind us.
Many Blessings,
Adriana Garrett, GSLC President
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Our next Community Meal will be served
Sunday, February 12
at Sumner Elementary School
from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

A big thank you from the Community Concerns Committee for the support of our Alternative Christmas program. Gifts were given to New Hope Project for forklift training, Providence Children's Home, Harps for the Spirit, and ELCA Good Gifts and World Hunger. Gift cards were also donated to our local Community Meals for families to purchase Christmas meals.
Children's Message, Combined Service, 1-29-17
Everybody's Birthday Party - January 29, 2016

  3      Kelly Harwood
  5      Felipe Nogales
  7      Eva Soelter
10      Chris Bach
11      Jean Merrill
15      Fran Force
17      Bob Bauer
17      Amy Garrett
17      Sandy Watts
21      Kathryn Bach
21      Shayler Bauman
21      Alvin Moore
22      Ginny Blackwell
23      Anne Brower
23      Lola Padan
24      John Barkman
24      Tom Brower
24      Scott Harwood
24      Brad Rachielles
24      Sue Van Oort
25      Grayson Bauer
26      Julia Easley
26      Charlie Rodriguez
27       Flo Gaiser
This month the Birthday Bunch will be meeting the 2nd Wednesday of the month instead of the 1st,
February 8 at 11:30 a.m.
in the Fireside Room

for their monthly luncheon and to celebrate the birthdays of
Eva Soelter, Fran Force
and Ginny Blackwell
All ladies are welcome!

February  6
Earl & Nijiko Bergh
56 years

February  7
Jake & Ann Bach
48 years

February 14
Jim & Marcie Ellison
47 years
The Women's Bible Study Group will begin a new study on Thursday, February 9, entitled Move On: When Mercy Meets Your Mess.  This is a 6-week DVD study by Vicki Courtney that encourages us to stop trying to clean up our own messes or hide them under modern day fig leaves, and find the courage to come clean and lay our hearts at the foot of the Lord and say, "I'm not okay and I need your help."
All women are welcome to attend.

Message of ELCA Presiding Bishop

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 countries.

 Eaton's message follows.

 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 resettlement program.

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 ELCA "Social Message on Immigration, " AMMPARO strategy and LIRS resources 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 ELCA Advocacy and LIRS.

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 him.

God's peace,
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop


“Christ caring for people through people!”

Are you grieving because of a divorce, family problems, depression, or the death of a spouse, a relative, or a friend? A Stephen Minister can help you through those phases by being there for you, confidentially.  Speak to Pastor Lara, or call Roberta or Gene Bauer, your Stephen Minister coordinators.

            Your Stephen Ministers are:
                    Ann Bach                                Marci Ellison
                    Ron Barnett*                           Sue Kroeger
                    Dick Bates*                             Rene Martin
                    Roberta Bauer                        Jessica Miller
                    Wendy Bjurnstrom*                 Dean Phillips*
                    Donna Catron*                        Kristine Pietersma
                    Ken Dale                                 Shirley Rude
                    Denise DeLoria*                     Claire Sekafetz*
                    Jim Ellison                              Linnea Senn*

           (*members of Rock of the Foothills Lutheran Church)
February Fellowship Event
Save the date — February 25th at 6PM in the Fellowship Hall.
The Fellowship Ministry invites one and all to a Sock Hop.
More details will be in the church announcements.
Off-Site Fellowship Opportunities
Each Monday (5 PM or so) the women of the church and friends are invited to gather at a local establishment or home for a social time of conversation, food and beverage.  Please contact Barbara Hare (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for additional information.
The locations for February ‘17 are:
06 February      Whisper House        502 W 1st St, Claremont
13 February       Eureka Burger         580 W 1st St, Claremont
20 February      Chase’s La Verne      2136 3rd St, La Verne
27 February      The Junction            1 N Indian Hill Blvd Ste 102-103, Claremont
Hope to see you on Mondays!
Each Monday (4PM or so) the men of GSLC and friends also gather at a location with craft beers on tap, usually within the area from Rancho Cucamonga to La Verne and San Dimas.  Please contact Jake Bach (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.
If you know someone who might be interested in joining us for any of our fellowship opportunities, please invite them. These are not exclusive clubs.  All are welcome!
Saturday, February 4
5:00 p.m.

Come and experience a contemplative worship with songs, silence, meditation & restoration.
Please join us following the service for a potluck supper at around 5:45 p.m.  Please bring a dish to share.  Main dish provided.
We'll be gathering
Friday, February 17
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
to watch
Pizza and drinks provided.  Please bring a salad or side of your choice.  Let us know if you're coming so we know how much pizza to order!
     Rev. Lara Martin
Office Manager
     Barbara Coleman
Director of Music Ministries
     Adan Fernandez
Worship Leader
     Aaron Copenhaguen
     Florina Scott

     Adriana Garrett
Vice President
     Kristine Pietersma
     Allen Easley
     Richard Trubey
Council Members
     John Barkman
     Tami DeSalvio
     Denise Free
     Carl Gaiser
     Samuel Lyon
     Jane Moser
Music of the Eucharist                          
           At the Table, we are confronted with the sacrament of the altar. Growing up, I always received communion without any thought on the matter. On the tongue, on the hands, fasting before receiving, how far I should genuflect and so on. None of that matters as they are all distractions in and of themselves. Similarly, music is meaningless void of any examination to its relevance to the service and to God, specifically, the Eucharist. But once we come to understand, music, like the actions mentioned above, seeks to bring the individual back into communion with Christ. Let’s look at two trains of thought on the Eucharist that guide the music:  transubstantiation and consubstantiation.
          These two understandings on the Eucharist have been exhaustedly explored by clergy, philosophers, theologians, and academics alike so I will not delve too far. In summary, the Catholic Church affirmed at the Council of Trent (1545-63) that the substance of the bread and wine had changed into the flesh and blood of Christ. Luther went through many stages of development on his theory of consubstantiation until the late 1520s to finally express what he meant by the “real presence” of Christ in the bread and wine; we as humans, Luther defended, should not try to take the Words of Institution (“Take this, all of you, and eat of it…”) as metaphor. Luther also argued that we should not base our faith on our approval of God’s Word for how meaningful we find it to be in our lives but for the fact that God’s Word is intrinsically meaningful. Any further interpretation of the Eucharist is left to mystery outside of human comprehension. It should be noted that many modern Lutheran theologians reject or have modified consubstantiation.
            How does music translate into the understanding of either transubstantiation or consubstantiation? Generally speaking, mystics and composers would try to capture the metaphysical changing of substance, though not observable from any outward appearance, through slow tones and chromaticism. This movement of half-steps to seemingly unrelated keys is apparent in the music of Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) during the elevation of the host.
            It was typical for Frescobaldi to use the toccata as a mode of spiritual catharsis during the elevation of the consecrated elements of bread and wine. However, this is definitely not the toccata that Bach would use almost 100 years later but a slower and more sublime rendering of pitches and rhythm. In Frescobaldi’s Toccata Quarta (Book of 1627), one can observe a cadential trill typical of the era only to resolve on a chromatic lowering:

Frescobaldi prescribed the toccata to the elevation for this stylistic characteristic that would signal to the listener that change is occurring in the consecration. He later intensifies this use of chromaticism in his Toccata Chromaticha per l’Elevatione.[1]
            Dr. William Mahrt writes “the larger toccatas, for the elevation, epitomize that kind of expression. They show less purely instrumental figuration, but rather, like the late sixteenth-century madrigal, incorporate unexpected harmonic progressions which often include chromaticism.”[2]
            Luther sought to focus on the didactic use of music through hymnody, namely one attributed to Johannes Huss. The Latin hymn is Jesus Christus nostra salus which Luther uses as a basis for his theological expansion to write Jesus Christus unser Heiland in 1524. For example, Huss writes in stanza two:
O how pure this Bread, and holy!
It is Thou, Christ Jesus, wholly,
sacramental bread of heaven
here is found and to us given.
Luther writes in place of stanza two:
Forget not his love undying,
He, his precious food supplying,
Gives his body with the bread
And with the wine the blood he shed.
Luther modified every stanza out of the late-medieval mindset. Dr. Robin Leaver writes, “Luther’s hymn expresses a different and broader theological understanding of the Lord’s Supper as the surety of God’s grace in forgiveness: the Supper is grounded in the Passion of Christ (st. 1-2,4,6); it is to be received by faith (st. 3,5); and Christ’s invitation to participate is expressed in scriptural paraphrase, which simultaneously warns against justification by works (st. 7-8).”[3] The tune most associated with the hymn was one of folk tradition, one the congregation would have been familiar with and was what we would recognize as a minor mode.
            Bach later expresses his theological understanding of confessional Lutheran orthodoxy by taking the tune for Luther’s hymn and writing a chorale prelude on it in his Clavier-Ubüng III. Bach writes the melody in the pedals for this hymn tune as well as the one for baptism, Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam. This pairing of tunes through by placing the melody in the lowest register shows Bach’s emphasis on the importance of the Lutheran sacraments.
            As a colleague of mine once asked, “So what?” What does this mean for you and me? It means that we will receive the Eucharist no matter what, but it is up to us to delve deeply into the sacrament of the altar. Whatever denomination you come from, be it Lutheran or Catholic or other, the music is trying to convey and remind you, in a very specific way, what you are receiving. We must respond with care, faith, and love. Amen.

[1] Roland Jackson, “On Frescobaldi’s Chromaticism and Its Background,” The Musical Quarterly 57, 2 (April 1971), 257-8.
[2] Dr. William Mahrt, “The Musical Shape of the Liturgy,” (Richmond, Virginia: Church Music Association of America, 2012), 80-1.
[3] Dr. Robin Leaver, “Luther’s Liturgical Music: Principles and Implications,” (Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007), 156-7.
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Readings for February
Date   First Lesson                     Second Lesson                          Gospel
   5      Isaiah 58:1-12                    1 Corinthians 2:1-16                    Matthew 5:13-20
 12      Deuteronomy 30:15-20      1 Corinthians 3:1-9                      Matthew 5:21-37
 19      Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18         1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23      Matthew 5:38-48
 26      Exodus 24:12-18                 2 Peter 1:16-21                          Matthew 17:1-9
                                Contemporary              Traditional           Taize (Sat)
                                   8:30 a.m.                    10:45 a.m.             5:00 p.m.
  January 1                 Combined                         78                          12
  January 8                       37                               78
  January 15                     50                               60
  January 22                     45                               44
  January 29               Combined                       105
For Those Who Grieve
  • Don and Bobbie Obert at the death of their 4-month-old great-grandchild, Dean Bishop, from SIDS
  • Annie Kirk at the death of her son Tomaria Daniels and her daughter Tarnecia’s father, Edward H. Kirk
  • The Eskildsen Family at the death of Edward Eskildsen
  • The Harwood Family at the death of Ray Harwood
  • The Endter Family at the death of Margaret Endter
  • The Foley Family at the death of Audrey Foley
  • The Piibe and Rude Family at the death of Remy and Samuel Piibe
Living with/Receiving Treatment for Cancer
  • Steven Hay (Sue Kroeger's son)
  • Trygve Eriksen
  • Ruth Carlson
  • Kimberly Budovec-Crim
  • Gene and Roberta Bauer
  • Luverne Tengbom
  • Eileen Gilbert
  • Anna Petrovich's granddaughter Johanna and her three daughters, ages 3 months, 2 years and 5 years, involved in a hit- and-run car accident in Lakewood, WA on November 29th.
  • Al Moore
  • Don Nale
  • Diane Campbell
  • Kayla Beth Clayton (Crystal’s niece)
  • Heatherlee Escareno (DeJarnettes’ daughter)
  • Ruth DeJarnette
  • Eva Soelter
  • Debbie Carrick (Judy Ferns’ daughter)
  • Lisa Ferns (Judy Ferns’ sister-in-law)
Convalescent Home  (visitors welcome)
Ginny Blackwell @ Mt. San Antonio Health Center in Claremont
Pat Courtney @ Sunlit Gardens on 19th St. in Alta Loma

Lynette Tengbom (USAF) Tacoma, Washington
Jeff Robb (USMC) Camp Pendleton
Jacob Impastato (USCG) Hawaii
Alanna Impastato (Coast Guard) Arctic
Hal DuBois (USN) & Bill DuBois (USMC)
Church-Wide and
Community Concerns
  • We pray for President Trump, for our leaders of congress and for those who serve in our courts… may God's wisdom, peace and love fill and guide them in their leadership.  We pray for all those elected to offices of authority, that God give them wisdom and discernment in their decision making.
  • We pray for our new 2017 Council, Pastor Lara and all who serve in leadership here at GSLC.
  • We pray for the victims of terrorist attacks and violence throughout the world.
  • We pray for those in prison and those who are recently paroled, that they know God’s presence and that God guide them in their transition back into society.
  • We pray for the organizations such as Inland Valley Hope Partners and Central City Lutheran Mission as they reach out to the most vulnerable in our community.
  • We pray for the Claremont Interfaith Community, that we be united in our common humanity through efforts such as the Interfaith Walk for Peace.
  • We pray for the torn and divided peoples of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq; for refugees and uprooted families; for all living in camps and for those who assist them; and for all who have been bereaved, injured and traumatized.