May 2016











Hope Lutheran Church

of Forest Hills



God’s work...Our hands


Hope is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

in America



Worship Sundays

10:30 am



Taize Prayer Service

7:00 p.m.

first Friday of every month

(except July & August)



The Rev. Susan C. Schwartz, Pastor


For pastoral emergency,

contact  Pr. Schwartz

Home at 412-241-6668

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353 Ridge Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15221


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Susan Lescinsky, Secretary

Office Hours:

Mon.-Thurs. - 9 a.m.-noon





Jane Cushion, President

Kristina Fennell, Vice President

Janet Moberg, Secretary

Beverly Koch, Treasurer

David Hauser, Assistant Treasurer

Kathie Nelson, Board Member

Peg Copeland, Board Member

Don Furtivo, Board Member

Arnold Wlahofsky, Board Member



In recent meetings of both the Church Council and the Eucharistic Ministers I have been sharing about the distinct role of the ordained clergy.  One of the things that surprised me, and well, maybe all of us, is that we have not all understood what pastors are supposed to do and how the pastor’s functions are distinctly different from that of lay people. So I am taking some time here to talk about the specific role of the pastor.


The function or role of the pastor was laid down by the early Lutheran Church fathers in the 1500s. We find the definition in the Augsburg Confession which was written by Philip Melanchthon.  The same definition of the pastor’s role is found in the Letter of Call used by the ELCA. The “Letter of Call” is the official notification sent from a particular congregation, and signed by the Bishop, to a specific pastor indicating that the congregation wants that pastor to come and serve them. Within the “Letter of Call” is the definition of what that pastor is asked to do. The Augsburg Confession and the Letter of Call both define the role of the pastor. Fundamentally, the pastor is called to do two things: preach the word and administer the sacraments. Of course pastors do other things as well, but at the very core the pastor’s main function is to preach the word and administer the sacraments.


So what does that mean? How is that lived out?


It is the pastor’s responsibility to preach and teach and lead in worship. Now that does not mean that only the pastor of the congregation can teach, but it does mean that it is the duty of the pastor to oversee what is taught and who teaches. Likewise, that does not mean that only the pastor of the congregation can preach, but it does mean that the pastor must find a qualified substitute when s/he will is not be in the pulpit. So as your pastor that means that when I am planning to be on vacation and miss a Sunday morning, I very intentionally call the Synod Office to ask for available “pulpit supply” or talk to clergy friends who are qualified and familiar with Hope. It is my responsibility to do that and I take it seriously.  Hope has a very active Worship and Music Committee who work very hard to make sure our services really focus on the God we worship. The committee considers new worship styles, the hymns to be used, changes that need to be made, décor and flowers for worship, and the like.  In the end it is really the pastor’s responsibility, yes, but it is very important that members of the congregation provide input in the decision-making process and that the pastor listen carefully to the concerns of the congregation about worship.


It is the pastor’s responsibility to administer the sacraments. In the Lutheran Church we acknowledge two sacraments: Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.  Yes, other things, like marriage and ordination and confirmation are important, but they were not instituted by Jesus, and for Lutherans one of the reasons a sacrament is a sacrament is because Jesus commanded us to do it. Now, next month and the month after we will talk about the sacraments a bit more, but a few comments for now. Both Holy Communion and Holy Baptism are normally administered in the church sanctuary within the worship setting. But they can be administered other times as well. And baptism may be administered by a lay member. Baptism by a lay person is rare, but it does happen and is permissible especially if the baptismal candidate is gravely ill. I have heard my mother and other nurses talk about the instruction they received in their training in regards to baptizing a dying baby. Holy Communion is different. While


lay members may distribute the elements, only an ordained person may consecrate them and ensure  that the elements are shared appropriately . There is a distinction here.  This is why lay people may assist the pastor at the altar and why Eucharistic Ministers may take the consecrated elements to those members to whom they have been assigned.  The laity may help in the distribution, but they never consecrate the elements nor do they make decisions about who receives communion. Only the pastor may give assignments to Eucharistic Ministers. When Eucharistic Ministers commune members they are always, always doing so because they work under the direction of the pastor and have been specifically asked by the pastor to see this particular person.


Next month I’ll share a bit more about Holy Baptism.


Pastor Schwartz

May Coffee Hour    

Sunday, May 1, 2016   

Following Worship


The May Coffee Hour will be sponsored by

Lynda Joyce and Esther Harris


Sponsor a Coffee Hour in celebration of a special event or in honor of someone dear to you.  The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Narthex.  Sponsors are asked to provide goodies for 30 people.  (Please no Styrofoam). 



May Committee Meetings


Outreach Committee ~        Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 pm

Worship & Music ~               Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 pm

Christian Ed.Committee ~  Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 pm




Friday, May 6

7:00 pm

The May Taize service is sponsored by

Margaret Copeland in loving memory

 of her beloved husband,

Charles E. Copeland, M.D.



Geraniums for Pentecost

Sunday, May 15, 2016


6 in. potted Red Geraniums - $6.00 each


Order deadline ~ Sunday, May 8

(order envelopes available in the Narthex)


Semi Annual Congregational Meeting

Sunday, May 22, 2016


            *Elect Council Members

            *Committee Reports

            *Elect a Nominating Committee for Council Members for

                        the following year




May & June Pocket Change


                                                                                             All pocket change collected during the month of May and June will go to Camp Lutherlyn.


                                                                                                “Bucket contributions for Buc-A-Chick” raised enough for 70 Chicks and 2 Roosters.








Flea Market


Saturday, May 7, 2016

9:00 am ~ 3:00 pm


  •                                                                                                                                               Sell your own "fleas"
  •                                                                                                                                             Reserve a table today!
  •                                                                                                                                    Call Bev @ 412-877-5117 for details





Movie Night


Friday, May 20, 2016

7:30 pm

(Current Issues Awareness)







Looking Ahead



Welcome Summer


Sunday, June 26

~after worship~



Halloween Party

October 28th

6:00 pm

Put your thinking caps on

for your costume!



Hope Partners in Ministry for May 2016


Assisting Minister: David Hauser                                                                     Altar Guild:  Bev Koch









May 1


JoAn Kress

Kathie Nelson and Jerry Meier


May 8



Jane Cushion


Peggy Copeland and Carol Harper


May 15



Cheryl Finlay


Rick and Ruth Boyle

Pentecost ~


May 22


Barb Kochuba

Jane Cushion and Pam Hall


May 29


Peggy Copeland

Kristi Tunder and Kristina Fennell



Hope’s Partners in Ministry are reminded to contact the church office as soon as possible at 412-242-4476

or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are unable to meet your obligation to serve for any reason.




Collating Team


Ruth Ann Bellas

Don Furtivo

Pearl Furtivo

Pam Hall

Doris Hoffman

Diane Rose

Betty Scott




The sympathy of Hope

is extended to

The Botwright Family & Friends

upon the death of


Frances Botwright





The May

Sanctuary Candle of Hope

is sponsored by Ken Noll

 in memory of his father,

Wm. A. Noll.





The May issue of Hope Notes is sponsored by JoAn Kress

 in memory of her brother,

Art, on his birthday.



May Birthdays                        May Anniversary


7th       Kayla Tarpley                         2nd      Paul & Kathy Gaberson

8th       Leann Dase                            11th     Daniel & Lynda Joyce

14th     Mary Beth Tomo-Gardner      19th     John & Janice Kuretich

16th     Pam Hall                    

19th     Kristie Beech

24th     Kyle Tarpley               

26th     Bev Koch

27th     Kevin Finlay

30th     Ruth Boyle

30th     Christine Kossuth

31st     Heather Moberg


 We are pleased to let you know that we have made a deposit in your account on behalf of Thrivent Financial's Thrivent Choice(R) program. We hope this gift helps to further support your important work.

      - Amount of deposit: $92.00.
      - Thrivent Financial members who directed Choice Dollars to your
        organization last month are:


  • Helen Schratz
  • Mary Tomo-Gardner



May 2016



Holy Communion

    Sunday, May 1

    10:30 am

Coffee Hour

    Sunday, May 1

    ~following worship

Worship & Music

    Wednesday, May 4

    6:00 pm

Christian Education Committee

    Thursday, May 5

    7:00 pm


    Friday, May 6

    7:00 pm

Flea Market

    Saturday, May 7

    9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Helping Hands

    Saturday, May 7

    10:00 am

Holy Communion – Mother’s Day

    Sunday, May 8

    10:30 am

Church Council

    Monday, May 9

    7:00 pm

Relationship Workshop

    Saturday, May 14

    9:00 am

Holy Communion - Pentecost

    Sunday, May 15

    10:30 am  

Shelter Meal

    Sunday, May 15

    8:00 pm  

Hope Notes Deadline (June Issue)

    Monday, May 16

Outreach Committee

    Tuesday, May 17

    7:00 pm

Movie Night

    Friday, May 20

    7:30 pm

Holy Communion

    Sunday, May 22

    10:30 am  

Congregational Meeting

    Sunday, May 22

    Following worship  

Collate Hope Notes

    Wednesday, May 25

    9:30 am

Holy Communion

    Sunday, May 29

    10:30 am


Memorial Day Weekend