Newsletter - July Aug 2017

July/August 2017 - Vol. 21  No. 7
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                         
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
starts this Sunday, July 2, at 9:30 a.m.

The Prayer Ministry (Worship and Music) Team is excited to introduce a Summer Combined Worship Series for the month of July around the theme of sharing faith stories. Each Sunday will include a blended style of music with both the praise band and organ/summer choir participating.  The messages will consist of people from the congregation and beyond sharing of their faith stories around the theme for that particular Sunday.
We will pray together and have communion as we always do. The themes are as follows… Call and/or influential scripture faith stories, Healing faith stories/Healing Worship service, Immigrant/Refugee Faith Stories, Faith stories from our children/youth, Faith stories on influential music. We will return to our regular worship schedule on August 6. If you are interested in participating by sharing your own faith story within the context of one of these themes, please contact Pastor Lara, Aaron or Adan.
Cross+Gen Life Tour Event
Thursday, July 13, at Christ Lutheran Church in West Covina

Are you interested in discipleship education for all age groups?  Join us in a day of learning about cross+generational ministry.  Here is a bit more detail about the day…
“There is something very new, yet very old stirring in the church.  Maybe this year the next new thing - and the next Reformation - will start with you intentionally combining the wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child in the same sacred space every week, and in each other’s prayers every night in every home.  Invest a day with Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim and friends to:
  • Explore case studies of faith formation pioneers who have implemented various Cross+Gen ministries in their own churches, and are transforming the fabric of their congregations to include the gifts of all ages in worship and faith formation.
  • Learn about a world of fun and effective Cross+Gen resources that draw children, teens, young adults, parents and elders into the same “eduworship” space, fostering cross+generational faith formation, fellowship, relationships and care.
  • Experience a sneak peak of the new Luther Rock Opera, a great cross+generational way to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
  • Leave with a plan to immerse and include a wider community than ever before in your lifelong learning, worship and faith formation practices.
8-8:45 AM – Registration
   9:00 AM – Intro to Cross+Gen Ministries - Every Week at Church
  10:15 AM – Case Studies
 12:00 PM – Working Lunch (lunch is included with your paid registration)
   1:00 PM – Recap
    1:15 PM – Intro to FAITH5 Ministries - Every Night in Every Home
  3:00 PM – Working Break
  3:30 PM – Designing Cross+Gen Life for the Post-Television World
  4:30 PM – Customizing a Strategic Plan for Cross+Gen Ministries”
If you are interested in exploring this systemic change and are available on July 13, please contact Pastor Lara so that we can register as a group.  We hope to have a group of 10 or more from the congregation to come.  More information can be found at

Passport to Peru - VBE July 17-21

 Stop by our Vacation Bible Experience bright bouquet of flowers in the Sanctuary and grab a flower.  Each flower represents an item needed to make VBE a memorable experience for the kids.  Please write down which flower you took on the master sign-up sheet. We have enough toilet paper rolls.
Thanks for your contributions!

Our next VBE Work Party is on Saturday, July 8, at 9:00 am

Volunteers are also needed for

Sunday, July 16
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday, July 21
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The next Crossroads work party will be Saturday, July 8, at our alumna house in Pomona. This is a new location for most of our volunteers.
  • Location:  563 San Francisco Ave. in Pomona, just west of Towne Ave. and north of Holt Ave.
  • Time:  8:30 am to 10:30 am.
  • What to bring:  Work gloves, water bottle and a hat (if you’d like).
If anyone has tools you’d like to bring, that would be great.  Please make sure you label them so we know what belongs to whom.

Please RSVP to Vicki Claudius (909-626-7847, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by early Friday afternoon so we know how many people are coming.  We hope to see you there!
Pastor’s Bible Study meets Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.  For the month of July, we will be learning a new spiritual practice of reading scripture meditatively through Lectio Divina.
There will be no Tai Chi classes for the next few weeks due to the 4th of July holiday and Vacation Bible School.  Classes will resume on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. the week of July 24th.
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Our next Community Meal will be served
Sunday, August 27
at Sumner Elementary School
from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The Community Concerns Committee would like to thank all those who donated food and helped to serve the 50 prepared meals at Sumner School on June 11th:  Elizabeth Buckley, Barbara Hare, Rene Martin, Adriana Garrett, Glenda Bro, Claudia Hemenway, Donna Heebner, Joan Getschman, Sue Kroeger, Karen Arciniega, Kristine Pietersma, Denise Free, Jim and Marci Ellison.  Thank you to Good Shepherd for supporting our community outreach programs.
Summer collection of travel-sized toiletries!!

Community Concerns Committee will have a collection bin located in the Narthex.  Please collect all those toiletries and place them in the bin!!  At summer’s end, all toiletries will be distributed to IVHP, CCLM, Mariposa Hope House, and our Prison Ministry.  Blessings to all our families as they enjoy
the summer fun!!
The Community Concerns Ministry provides opportunities for members and friends of Good Shepherd to donate food items to our local Inland Valley Hope Partners food distribution center. The most needed items include peanut butter, packaged dinners, canned foods, women's hygiene products, and baby food and diapers. Due to the new state legislation, the food center also needs tote/shopping bags for clients to carry their food home. Please consider making your food donation in a reusable bag!!
Confirmation 6-11-17
Pastor Lara
Jazmin Scott, Arely Scott, Zachary DeSalvio

Discover Islam Event - June 2017
VBE Work Party
Church Picnic 6-25-17

July & August Fellowship Events

July Ice Cream Social
Our fifth Sunday fellowship is a potluck with an Ice Cream Social on July 30th.  The brunch will be in the fellowship hall following the service.  Activities will start around 10:45 a.m.  A sign-up sheet will be available following the service beginning July 9th.  Come join us for this time of sharing!
August Sandless Beach Party
Saturday, August 19th, finds us gathering at the home of Al and Sue Robb for a Sandless Beach Party.  There is a pool and spa to enjoy so bring your suits and towels.  The potluck event will begin at 6 PM.  More details will be in the Sunday bulletins in August.


  1      Carina Lyon
  4      Richard Crim
  4      Giampaolo Santoni
  5      Brenda Grani
  6      Bob Oaks
  8      Shirley Rude
  8      Jazmin Scott
10      Bobbie Obert
10      Brian Rachielles
10      Sue Robb
11      Dave Herrig
11      Xeno Martin
12      Sophia Copenhaguen
12      Karen Oaks
13      Cynthia Rodriguez
18      Alan Robb
20      Judy Ferns
20      Mike Rodriguez IV
27      Anna Berge


Dave & Jean Merrill

July 1 - 16 years

Don & Bobbie Obert

July 7 - 10 years

Al & Sue Banman

July 8 - 39 years

Trina Johnsten & Dennis Trotter

July 18 - 19 years

Humphrey & Irene Kiuruwi

July 27 - 37 years


Al and Laurie Swanson-Moore

August 2 - 19 years

Keith & Sandy Tygum

August 3 - 49 years

Ernie & Renee Johnson

August 4 - 44 years

Gerald & Shirley Rude

August 8 - 57 years

Richard & Cindy Trubey

August 9 - 36 years

Rob & Jenifer Overy-Brown

August 15 - 8 years

Stan & Pat Lunde

August 16 - 54 years

Shand & Ariana Garrett

August 23 - 37 years

Victor & Nancy Miller

August 23 - 37 years

Bob Bauer & Claudia Hemenway

August 27 - 40 years

  2      Marion Rosenthal
  4      Charla Trubey
  5      Sandra Tygum
  5      Thelma Ross
  6      Allen Easley
  7      Jon Grosland
12      Milt Hanson
12      Laurie Swanson-Moore
14      Jane Moser
15      David Bauman
15      Tami DeSalvio
16      Doug Lyon
17      Tom Moy
18      Normunds Sulcs
20      Nico Impastato
21      Ryan Woolford
23      Adrian Moy
24      Steven Kirkpatrick
25      Jacob Dvorak
25      Jeremy Dvorak
26      Zachary DeSalvio
27      Jayden Sillert
28      Merry Bestard
28      Brenna Ryan
30      Greg Free
The Birthday Bunch will meet
July 5 at 11:30 a.m.
in the Fireside Room

for their monthly luncheon and to celebrate the birthday of
Anna Berge.
All ladies are welcome!
The Birthday Bunch will meet
August 2 at 11:30 a.m.
in the Fireside Room

for their monthly luncheon and to celebrate the birthday of
Marion Rosenthal.
All ladies are welcome!
Saturday, July 1 and August 5
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.
Stephen Ministry

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.  Proverbs 12:18
How do you know what to say when someone is in pain?  Jesus was presented with pain and grief as he traveled about preaching the Word.  His ability to heal and calm spread before him as he traveled so that he stopped going into the cities and opted to “go out in the hills” rather than face the crowds.  The people, by the thousands, found him, listened to him, and were healed by him regardless of his location or the weather.  Jesus had the power of the Father to achieve miracles.  He knew what to say.  He healed, and He prayed.
How do you know what to say when someone is in pain?  We see pain and grief as we go about our daily business, but no one comes to us for solace and healing.  We don’t possess “healing powers” as Jesus did.  More than likely we avoid someone else’s problems, because we each have our own “cross to bear.”  “I don’t want to hear your problems; I have enough of my own.”
How do you know what to say when someone is in pain?  What if you have the pain and need someone to talk to?  This is Stephen Ministry—this is what we do.  We learn how to talk to and listen to someone in pain.  This is the “tongue of the wise (that) brings healing.”  If you are in pain, we are there for you.  We will listen to you, we will pray with and for you, but we do not counsel.  We will stay with you as long as we are needed.
By the way, there are a lot of life’s problems that are included in “pain,”  such as grief, loss of a family member, loss of a job, a new job, a new home, illness, old age, disease, a new baby, an operation, a hospital stay, or retirement.  If you have a need, or would like to acquire a “healing tongue,” call the church office or talk to one of the Stephen Ministers listed below in this newsletter.
How do you know what to say when someone is in pain?  Say something healing, we’ll show you how.
May your life expand to fill available time for Him
                                                                                                Gene Bauer

“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.  Contact Pastor Lara, Sue Kroeger or Kristine Pietersma, your Stephen Minister coordinators.

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

           (*members of Rock of the Foothills Lutheran Church)
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 July ‘17 are:
03 July         Independence Day Holiday (No Gathering)
10 July         Mi Ranchito                                1964 W Foothill Blvd, Upland
17 July         Bardot                                       206 W Bonita Ave, Claremont
24 July         Donna Heebner’s*                      2015 Creekwood, Upland
31 July         Casa 425                                    425 W 1st St, Claremont

* Joint event at 4:30 PM with the Men’s Ministry
The locations for August ’17 are:
07 Aug         Chase’s LaVerne                         2136 3rd St, LaVerne
21 Aug          The Junction                              1 N Indian Hill Blvd, Claremont
21 Aug          Limericks Tavern                       1234 W Foothill Blvd, Upland
28 Aug         Espiau’s Mexican Restaurant      109 Yale Ave, 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!
We'll be gathering
Friday, July 21
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!
We'll be gathering
Friday, August 25
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
Youth & Family Activities Director
     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
  NOISY OFFERING for May 2017 is $116.32 and for June is $94.10.
Year-to-date is $453.51.
Readings for July
(Sunday worship will be off lectionary for this month of combined services)

Date      First Lesson            Second Lesson                 Gospel
   2         Jeremiah 28:5-9        Romans 6:12-23                 Matthew 10:40-42
   9         Zechariah 9:9-12       Romans 7:15-25a               Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
 16         Isaiah 55:10-13         Romans 8:1-11                   Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
 23         Isaiah 44:6-8             Romans 8:12-25                 Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
 30         I Kings 3:5-12            Romans 8:26-39                 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

Readings for August
Date      First Lesson            Second Lesson                 Gospel
   6         Isaiah 55:1-5             Romans 9:1-5                     Matthew 14:13-21
 13         I Kings 19:9-18          Romans 10:5-15                 Matthew 14:22-23
 20         Isaiah 56:1, 6-8         Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32      Matthew 15:[10-20] 21-28
 27         Isaiah 51:1-6             Romans 12:1-8                   Matthew 16:13-20
                                Contemporary              Traditional           Taize (Sat)
                                   8:30 a.m.                    10:45 a.m.             5:00 p.m.
  June 4                            54                                69                        17  
  June 11                          58                                69
  June 18                          23                                71
  June 25                          34                                77
For Those Who Grieve
  • The Soelter Family at the death of Eva Soelter
  • Anna Berge at the death of her sister, Maxine Courts
  • The DeSalvio Family at the death of Steve
Living with/Receiving Treatment for Cancer
  • Ray Lockhart (Karen Oaks' father)
  • Steven Hay (Sue Kroeger's son)
  • Ruth Carlson
  • Trygve Eriksen
  • Marion Rosenthal
  • Al Moore
  • Kimberly Budovec-Crim, as she recovers from lung transplant
  • Jeff Trask (Denise Free's brother)
  • Gene and Roberta Bauer
  • Nita Lemm
  • Daniel Torres (friend of Laurie Swanson-Moore)
  • Bill Corrette (Leader of Africa Mission Trips to Providence Children's Home in Kenya)
  • Carlos Figari (friend of Laurie Swanson-Moore)
  • Ava Frances Ruvacalba (8-week-old has SMA, which has no cure - praying for a miracle)
  • Heatherlee Escareno (DeJarnettes’ daughter)
  • Luverne Tengbom
  • Don Nale
  • Ruth DeJarnette
  • 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 the victims of the many wildfires throughout California and the firefighters who continue to fight them.
  • We pray for your creation everywhere:  for the waters that nourish life, for vegetation that fills the earth, and for animals of every shape and species.  We pray especially for those who have been affected by the recent flooding and storms.
  • We pray for guidance for President Trump, his cabinet and counselors, and all in authority over our nation, that they may be just in purpose, wise in counsel, unwavering in duty.  In the administration of their solemn responsibilities, may they uphold the honor of our nation and secure the welfare and protection of all people.  Make us, who come from many nations with many languages, a united people who delight in our many different gifts.  Give those whom we have entrusted with authority the Spirit of Wisdom, that there may be peace and justice throughout our land.
  • 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 Crossroads Inc., 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.
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