Pastor Koziol- Teaching the Little Ones about Pastor’s Vestments
The following article was taken from our own CPH website and not written by me. I felt it was so good that we should share it with the congregation. Enjoy!
“Church services can sometimes be confusing for little ones. Why is it so quiet? Why does pastor wear that funny robe? Why do we say the same thing every week? Teaching young children about the individual parts of the church service can seem daunting. And it starts with learning yourself what it all means! This is the first of a series of posts on teaching our youngest churchgoers about the parts of service.
We thank God for the work that our pastors do for us. God uses them to turn us away from our sinful actions and to give us His forgiveness, love, and grace. God uses the pastor to care for the spiritual growth of His people. Pastors have a job that is very important: we call the pastor’s job the Office of the Ministry. What pastors wear can help us to understand their office.
Dark shirt: Typically, pastors wear a dark shirt called a clerical. It reminds the pastor and those who see him that he is a sinner who needs Jesus too—just like everyone else.
White square: The clerical collar that he wears on his shirt shows a little square of white right over his throat, where his voice comes from. This shows that the words he shares are not his own sinful, human words, but the words of God from the Bible: clean and pure.
White robe: When the pastor puts the white robe over his black shirt, it symbolizes that his sin is covered by the pure glory of God. The robe, which is called an alb, covers up the man so that we think about God’s work when we see our pastor. It covers the black sin and shows the mercy and grace of Jesus. Elders and acolytes might wear white robes when they help out in the service too. This helps us to focus not on the people themselves but on the gifts of salvation and righteousness that God gives us all.
Colorful cloth: The colored band of cloth a pastor wears around his shoulders is called a stole. It is usually the same color as the altar cloth and paraments in the church as the Church Year changes. Wearing this marks the role of the pastor as distinct from the other people who may help serve communion or assist with the service. You can ask your pastor about the pictures that may be embroidered on his stole. Those pictures remind us of stories in the Bible and God’s promises to us.
Embroidered covering: Some pastors may wear another layer over their robe with beautiful patterns and symbols. This is called a chasuble. It is a further covering of the man to distinguish the Office of Ministry. The job of the pastor is bigger than he is—God does so much through the pastor. The chasuble further decorates the pastor’s vestments as a symbol of Christ’s glory.
The special things the pastor wears make up his uniform. Just like a firefighter’s uniform lets people know they can go to a firefighter for safety, a pastor’s clothing lets people know right away what his job is. No matter which pastor is wearing the uniform, all LCMS pastors share the same true words of God. We can go to them to hear the comfort of our Lord. When it comes to teaching our little ones about being in church, it can be hard to know how to explain all that’s going on. I pray that this is a helpful guide as you teach your young children about the service.”
Scrip News – Becky Beardsley
I have outlined an order schedule for the year so you can plan ahead for your scrip needs! Orders will be placed on March 29th, May 24th, July 26th, September 27th, and November 22nd. Between now and then, think about the places you go. Then keep some of those cards on hand. And thank you very much for your support to Ladies’ Aide
In Christ, Becky Beardsley
The Church Year – February 2020
In February our world has settled down to the slow nasty days of winter. Clouds, snow (as yet, not so much this year), rain, cold and mud (yeah, lots of it) mark our environment with rare days of sunshine to break the monotony. But, even in this season of darkness and clouds, we have the Light of the World before us.
Epiphany is a season of enlightenment, a time when we see that Light. In 2020 we have seven Sundays in Epiphany, including Transfiguration Sunday on February 23rd. Epiphany began on Sunday, January 12th and ends on Ash Wednesday, February 26th. The word Epiphany itself means an awakening, an enlightenment or a realization – an “ah-ha” moment. During this season we study the life and works of Jesus, looking at specific events and happenings as we become more familiar with His earthly ministry. Our Gospels will come from Matthew and Luke. The color of vestments and paraments for ordinary Sundays in Epiphany is green; Transfiguration Sunday is white.
February has only two Feasts and Festivals:
February 2 The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of our Lord (White)
February 24 St. Matthias, Apostle (Red)
Treasurer’s Report – Larry Beardsley
As I write this in late January, I am reminded of what we need to render unto Caesar. IRS tax stuff is done: W-2’s, W-3’s, 1096’s and 1099’s have been prepared and mailed. The Indiana WH-3 has been filed and the differences reconciled. Wow; we get $1.00 back from Indiana!
As I look back at 2019, I have to say that it was a mixed year. Our Building for the Future campaign was very successful – but it appears that some folks may have diverted their giving from offerings that support our annual budget to Building for the Future giving. We were fortunate in 2019 in two ways; our expenses for the year were somewhat less than we had anticipated and we had financial reserves that we could draw on to compensate for giving shortfall.
At the November Voter’s Meeting, we approved a budget of about $166,000 for 2020. The ability of a church, or any organization for that matter, to meet a budget is based on two factors:
1. The amount of money people decide to contribute
2. How often members make those contributions.
I have been Treasurer for 8 years (and I just agreed, with the help of God, to keep it two more years) and I have developed a good sense of just how money flows into and out of Zion’s checking and savings accounts. As I look at our 2020 budget, I have a sense that we can meet that budget by how we react to the two factors I mentioned above.
1. Treasurers always would like to see members be willing and able to give more money to the church, but strangely enough – asking members to give more in their offering envelope isn’t the biggest factor in meeting our budget.
2. By far the biggest factor in meeting our budget is how faithful members are in making their gifts. As I said in the previous item, the size of the gift is not of greatest importance – faithfulness is. The widow’s mite brought faithfully counts as much in the treasury as the rich man’s bag of gold given rarely.
Every member of Zion’s financial team has said at one time or another that faithful giving is important. A member may well say “Well, when I come to church, I put X-dollars in the plate”. But, if that member only contributes that amount one half or one third of the time … . Now, this is not just about money. Being in church faithfully is the best solution. Church attendance is about fellowship in Christ. We should be in church to share in Christ’s gifts to us; His Word, His Body, His Blood. We need fellowship with those who share a common faith with us.
If you anticipate being absent for a while, start giving an extra amount before you take off on that trip to the tropical paradise. Then, when you return to the reality of Indiana winter, you won’t have to make up your giving in just one or two weeks – you’ve prepaid your offering.
Please plan to attend our Ash Wednesday service! February 26 at 7:00 PM
PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THE VOTERS MEETING AFTER WORSHIP ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH!
NEW LEADERS TAKE OFFICE:
To Members of Zion,
Charlie Martz made the unselfish decision to resign as the President of the Congregation due to his complicated medical situation. The Church Council accepted his resignation on January 12, 2020. The Council then took the necessary steps, following the letter of our constitution, to place Lance Hoffman into the office of interim Congregational President. The term will expire November 2020.
January 19, 2020 saw three new officers installed during the church service. Lance Hoffman as interim President, Teri Williams as Head of the Board of Stewardship, and Kari Krehl as interim Financial Secretary, completing the term vacated by Teri Williams.
Please thank these individuals for being willing to commit their time and energy to serve you the members and Zion the Congregation during their term in office.
Included in the thank-yous should also be the outgoing officers of Church Council who faithfully served the members of Zion for many years. Becky Beardsley and Charlie Martz……. THANK YOU!!!
President’s report: Lance Hoffman
I would first like to commend Charlie Martz for recognizing that it was time to step aside. It is not an easy thing to give your responsibility to someone else. It takes a person of great integrity, introspection, and inner strength to hand off to someone else a job you took upon yourself; realizing you cannot finish it. Zion, as a congregation, can now seamlessly move forward and Charlie can focus all of his attention on his health and family.
I will only say at this time that I am humbled at the opportunity to serve you and that I will endeavor to lead as a servant for Zion.
Do not hesitate to communicate with me any ideas, dreams, concerns or epiphanies that you may have.
That is a question everyone asks themselves over and over because it is a date that changes year by year. The answer isn’t all that simple because it involves factors like church traditions and astronomy – neither of which is easy to understand.By definition; “Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon”. Well, that didn’t help much, did it?
The Paschal full moon is the first full moon after the beginning of spring, the Vernal Equinox. That didn’t help much either – because the first day of spring can be as early (astronomically) as March 19th or as late as March 22nd. Fortunately the church has agreed that March 21st will be considered as the first day of spring.
So, we can start to make a bit more sense out of that definition with which we started.“Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon in spring”. If March 21st was a Saturday with a full moon, Easter could be March 22nd, the earliest date. If things lined up with a full moon on March 20th, Easter would not fall until April 25th, the latest date. This year, the Paschal Full Moon is on April 7th, the next Sunday is April 12th – Easter! [As a trivia note; this is the earliest Easter will be until 2035 – another 15 years.]
CALENDAR NOTES /EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2020
2/2 – CHURCH COUNCIL – 11:00 AM
2/16 – VOTERS MEETING – 11:00 AM
2/23 – ELDERS MEETING – 11:00 AM
2/26 – ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE – 7:00 PM
Though we are truly grateful for ANYTHING you provide, the Ladies Aid will be focusing on boxed pastas and sauces this month for the Seminary’s food pantry.