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Friday, May 05, 2017

Weekly Fridgenotes

FOR MAY 7th 2017                      

The Rev. Dr. Keith A. Spencer

Trinity Lutheran Church, Pembroke Pines, FL

 Matthew 5  Sermon Notes on “Blessed are the Peacemakers”

·        Peaceful Relationships

If you as an individual are at peace with someone, what might that mean? Free from disturbance? Tranquil? Absent of violence? They don’t bother you and you don’t bother them?

How would you describe a peaceful relationship?

·        Peacekeeping, Peacemaking, and Peacebuilding

These are the three terms that conflict theorists use.

What doers a Peacekeeper do? They keep the peace. They put themselves in between two warring factions and keep them apart. Parents know this role well. As do some family members. Peacekeepers take some risk, but they prevent almost certain harm.

·        Peacemaking and Peacebuilding

Peacemaking is actively working towards reconciliation in the world. It takes serious both Jesus admonition here for us to be peacemakers and his prayer in the Gospel of John 17:11 “So that they may be one, as we are one.”

“Blessed are the Peacemakers,” says Jesus, “For they will be called children of God.”

·        Peacemaking Requires More of Us

It is not enough, says Jesus, that our relationships be marked by peace. Jesus tells his disciples here as the Beatitudes portion of the Sermon on the Mount draws to a close that they are not only to live lives marked by peaceful relationships, but actively work to advance God’s reign of peace in the world. 

“Blessed are the Peacemakers,” says Jesus, “For they will be called children of God.”

Those who do are truly the daughters and sons of God.

·        Why Do We Need Peacemakers?

All humans also are bound together in sin.  Sin, the rupture in our relation with God, profoundly disrupts creation.  Centeredness in self, rather than in God, destroys the bonds of human community.  In bondage to sin, we fall captive to fear.  Sin entangles our social structures. The Bible describes the power of sin: ingratitude, deceit, distrust, hatred, greed, envy, arrogance, sloth, corruption, debauchery, aggression, cruelty, oppression, and injustice. These violate community and generate killing and war.

God nonetheless preserves the world, limiting the effects of sin, bringing good even out of evil and making earthly peace possible.  Through the Law, the sovereign God of the nations holds all responsible for their neighbor, protects community, and blesses creation ever anew.  God works often in hidden and inscrutable ways. God’s judgment comes upon a sinful humanity for failure to live together justly and peacefully, and calls all to repentance and faith in God.  God’s just wrath against all that causes chaos and destruction is in the service of the divine resolve for peace.*

John 14:25-27

I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

Through the cross of Christ, God calls us to serve the needs of our neighbor, especially of those groups and individuals who suffer and are vulnerable.  The cross assures us that even in our vulnerability, suffering, and death, God’s power is active through us.  In the cross we recognize that forgiveness, reconciliation, and love of enemy are essential to our efforts to build earthly peace.*

·        Enemy Love.

Enemy love. That’s what makes Christians truly different. At the heart of the radical faith proclaimed in and through Jesus, the radical faith breaking into the world, unfolding through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, is the key importance of love for enemies. The love of our enemies is not an option for Christians, it is at the heart of who we are in Christ. In our study of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus will make this explicit shortly when he says, “You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” Peacemakers are children of God. Those who love their enemies are children of God. Notice the pattern here.

·        The Geography of Peacemaking

Our everyday communities form the arena where faith acts in love for peace.  God calls us to be peacemakers in and through the many overlapping circles of communities through which God gives us life: our homes and friendships, neighborhoods and work places, congregations and volunteer associations, towns and cities, nations and international communities.  As citizens we are to seek to influence our nation’s actions for peace among the nations.  Sharing a common humanity with all people, we are called to work for peace throughout the globe. In faith we receive our world as God’s creation.  We affirm therefore that earthly peace is built on the recognition of the unity and goodness of created existence, the oneness of humanity, and the dignity of every person.  Peace is difference in unity.  It requires both respect for the uniqueness of others—finite persons in particular communities—and acknowledgement of a common humanity.*

·        Sin and the Culture of Peace

Because all are sinners before God, efforts to build earthly peace must recognize sin’s persistent, pervasive, and subtle power.  We easily deceive ourselves about our own righteousness.  Even our best intentions can produce harmful results.  Our efforts must take account of the human tendency to dominate and destroy, and must recognize those “principalities” and “powers” (Ephesians 6:12, RSV) that cause strife in our world.  We also advocate an earthly peace that provides security from violence and aggression, seeks just order in place of tyranny or anarchy, checks unrestrained power, and defends and enhances the life of people who are poor and powerless. A Culture of Peace Foster a dynamic vision of difference in unity.  All people in their amazing diversity are God’s creatures, sinners for whom Christ died.  The powerful vision of difference in unity calls us to engage differences, not to ignore or fear them. The hope for earthly peace challenges people to strengthen their own particular communities in ways that promote respect and appreciation for people in other communities, for all share a common humanity.* 

·        A Way Forward

The Evangelical Lutheran church in America (ELCA) of which we are a part urges congregations to promote understanding through people-to-people exchanges, noting that in many situations today, religious differences are a source of enmity. Religion is used to incite people to violence. We need to learn from Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and others, discovering the ways they strive for peace, correcting distorted images, and working for mutual understanding.*

Here at Trinity, just in the past year, we have hosted multiple fellowship opportunities among ourselves, other Christian faith traditions and our Muslim brothers and sisters from the Darul Uloom Institute, our neighboring mosque. Thanksgiving Eve we shared about the generosity of our faith traditions and Maundy Thursday we shared about the love of neighbor finishing the evening by creating the “Love your Neighbor” paintings that line our east sanctuary wall. We will continue as a part of our peacemaking efforts here at Trinity to work to find face to face opportunities to promote peace and live out Jesus call to love our neighbor.

In our relationships among our family, friends, neighbors, cities, country and the world, all og creation, God in and through Christ Jesus calls us to  be actively engaged in the work of peacemaking. Every time we are sent back out into the world at the close of worship we remind ourselves of who we are ask peacemakers:

Go in peace! Love God! Love All!

*taken from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s 1995 social statement “For Peace in God’s World”


by Dr. Kristin Berkey-Abbott

This week at Trinity, we return to our reading of the Beatitudes.  We are to the passage about the peacemakers.

Most of us don't have the patience for peacemaking. It seems so much easier to declare war. We don't have to deal with all of those competing personalities and claims. We don't have to determine who is right when we declare war, because we've already declared that we are right.

Peacemakers have to listen. They have to be willing to fail and to try again. They have to wait patiently for the right moment to proceed. They have to always be alert. It's an Advent kind of profession: to declare the words of the ancient prophets (although perhaps in secular terms) and to always keep watch, to set free the captives, to comfort the oppressed, to beat swords into plowshares.

But it's not enough to leave peacemaking to the diplomats.

A few years ago, I read an article in The Washington Post about a film that explores the Freedom Riders in the U.S. South. I was struck by this quote from Rev. James M. Lawson Jr.: "Nobody else will ever be a Martin Luther King. What Freedom Riders said is that you don't have to be."

I thought of what those Freedom Riders endured, and I thought, I don’t even have what it takes to be one of those folks, much less someone huge, like Martin Luther King or Mother Theresa.

But I take comfort in knowing that even if I can’t upend my life, there are ways that peace can begin with me. I can take less extreme steps. I can make a resolution to do more than I’ve been doing.

Here are five exercises to get our flabby peacemaking muscles back into shape:

--Be kind to the people around us, the inhabitants of our daily lives. Peace begins at home, after all. We can’t expect to change the world for the better if we can’t even treat our coworkers, our friends, and family decently.

Imagine what would happen if we treated everyone with the same kind of care and compassion that we would offer to a friend or colleague who was undergoing a great crisis. The world would be a much more humane place.

--We can give away more of our money. The ethicist Peter Singer reminds us of how far our money will go, especially if we give to the developing world. So this year, instead of buying more consumables from big corporations, why not give the money to a worthy organization like Lutheran World Relief. Just 1% of our income would make a huge difference to people in the developing world—and we likely won’t even miss it.

--Keep in touch with our legislators. Some days, it makes a difference. There are plenty of social justice groups who will alert us when important legislation is up for a vote, and we can call or e-mail. It takes very little time or money, and it keeps us connected to the larger world, and the issues that matter.

--Dream. What would a more just world look like? We sometimes forget to devote ourselves to dreaming impossible dreams, especially as we grow older.

I've always told my students that they should plan what they would do in leadership positions, because they may very well find themselves there some day, and it might be sooner than they think. I tell them about Nelson Mandela, and that the reason that he was prepared to be president of South Africa was that he spent all that time in jail (more years than most of my students have been alive) planning for what he would do if he took over the country. He didn't nurse anger or bitterness. No, he planned, along with his compatriots, who were imprisoned too.

The world of peacemakers has always begun with individuals who say, “Why is the world this way? Here’s how it would be better!”

They’re often dismissed as silly dreamers, but later, the rest of us get to enjoy the fruits of their imagination: a nation where African-Americans don’t sit at the back of the bus, a world where a dissident writer can be elected as President of Czechoslovakia, a planet where the arc of history continues to bend towards justice (to borrow the wonderful words of Dr. Martin Luther King).

--We sometimes forget the most important thing we can do. Throughout human history, humans have prayed for social justice, even when they couldn’t imagine how it would be delivered. We can join that elegant tradition.

Walter Wink reminds us that even if we believe in free will, this belief doesn't mean that God can't act in the world. But God won't act if we don't ask or demand it: "This is a God who works with us and for us, to make and keep human life humane. And what God does depends on the intercessions of those who care enough to try to shape a future more humane than the present" (Engaging the Powers: Discernment and Resistance in a World of Domination, page 301).

Five simple exercises—but how they can change a trajectory, both our own personal trajectories and the trajectory of society.

Trinity Lutheran Church

8362 Pines Blvd Suite 431 Pembroke Pines, FL 33024


Office (954) 989-1903 • Pastor Keith’s Cell (954) 668-6077

Care and Visitation Team

For visitation/communion for those homebound or in the hospital

Contact Bev Grant  954-885-0394 or Lisa Montalchi 954-297-1325 or Ron McCoy (954) 790-3106 or leave a message with the office


Rather than email out prayer lists, we now have a prayer team coordinated by Lisa Montalchi that prays for those on our prayer cards during each service, then prays daily for the concerns expressed on them. If you want to be a part of the prayer team, please contact Lisa. If you have a prayer concern that comes up during the week, please email or call Lisa Montalchi 954-297-1325 or fitlisa71199@gmail.com

Primarily the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from noon to 2PM
and on the fourth Thursday from 6PM – 8PM
Dany Vega (954) 907-1562 vdvega@bellsouth.net
Current Needs:
Here's our current wish List:
Pasta sauce (We are completely out)
Jelly, Peanut butter, Peas, Green beans, condensed soup
- peanut butter
- green beans
- peas
- condensed soupT
- jelly
- peanut butter
- green beans
- peas
- condensed soup


Lisa Montalchi  (954) 297-1325  fitlisa71199@gmail.com


May be brought in any Sunday and left on the Altar for the duration of worship in honor or memory of a loved one or for the glory of God.

Trinity is now an Amazon.com Operation Smile Participant

You can support Trinity with each purchase that you make through Amazon.com with NO ADDITIONAL COST TO YOU!

By registering and using the smile.amazon.com link,

a small percentage of what you spend at Amazon

will be returned as a gift to Trinity.


Our BLOG Page is now PayPal enabled – so that anyone may make a donation either through their PayPal account or without a PayPal account by using a credit card. In either case Donate by clicking on the PayPal button on the top right-hand side of the page and follow the instructions at http://pastorkeithsblog.blogspot.com/


The Executive Committee which serves through  FEB 2018

Eileen Soler through 2017*           President            (954) 483-3238

Lisa Montalchi through 2017*       Vice President    (954) 297-1325

Ron McCoy (appointed)                 Assist. Treas      (954) 790-3106 

Tina Hines through 2018               Treasurer            (786) 271-3789

Basi Perkins through 2020*           Secretary            (954) 439-1596 

At-Large Council Members include:  Zory Graciani  through 2019, Pastor Keith, Eileen Manella through 2018, Pat Messmer  through 2018*, Lois Cozier through 2018*

“*” = eligible for a second 3-year term

The next Congregational Council Meeting will take place at the Parsonage on Monday MAY 22nd 2017 at the Parsonage at 7PM (council members meet at 6:30PM for a meal and conversation). These meetings are always open to the congregation beginning at 7PM. Any new business to be considered for this meeting should be submitted to the office in writing either by email at tlcppines@gmail.com or by written note with contact information by Sunday May 14th  
See notes later on in these fridgenotes




Help is needed Saturday May 27th at 9AM at 2840 NW 105 Lane

Sunrise, FL 33322 (954) 235-3918 to help pack up the moving truck.

Please come out if only for  a few hours.


Trinity’s next visit from the Bloodmobile is Sunday May 21st.

Upcoming dates include: July 23rd, September 24th, November 26th


Save the dates Mon - Fri July 24th – 28th from 9am – 4pm!

Sign up and information sheets now available in the office and in the narthex or

contact Tina Hines (954) 893-6597 or Piper Spencer (954) 668-1620

·        MAY 14th is MOTHER’S DAY!




This is In place of the May Gala.

Make a donation for any amount to support the ELCA’s International Women’s Leadership Initiative and enjoy a top notch brunch without long lines or reservations at CAFÉ CHARTER! No tickets or other cost.

ü FREE GOODIES! Everyone  attending will receive a free raffle ticket good towards prizes like loaves of Pastor’s Oatmeal Wheat  Bread or a framed print of several of his photographs and more!

ü FREE FLOWERS for Mothers or to share with the mother in your life!


For the specific purpose of voting on Trinity council’s recommendation to grant an easement to 7100 pines plaza INC and Sky sunshine daycare for the establishment of a playground

ü Trinity was approached last summer with a request for an easement for a daycare moving in next door to build a required playground on our property so that they could be licensed and operate.

ü Council spent the last 9 months negotiating with the daycare and the shopping center to ensure the final agreement was satisfactory to all parties. Throughout this process, Tom Gearhart, Al and Shirley Gearhart’s son and a lawyer, guided us and reviewed every draft. We have also been in touch with both our insurance company and our current loan holder to ensure that the agreement is satisfactory in their eyes.

ü The daycare will have its own insurance and hold liability. They will be inspected, reviewed, and licensed by the City of Pembroke Pines. They are responsible for maintaining the area.

ü The area in question is the Trinity property south of the current fenced in area behind Charter Hall extending approximately 85 feet to the south and no further west then the current fence that surrounds the large ficus behind Charter. For those who remember the Prayer Labyrinth, it covers essentially the same area.

ü We are granting an easement for the expressed  purpose of allowing the construction of the playground. Trinity will continue to own the land and is contractually permitted to use the playground when it is not in use by the pre-school. The easement is on a four-ear renewable contract  with an escape clause should Trinity decide to sell that portion of the land sometime in the future.

ü For the easement Trinity will be permitted to use the playground (designed for pre-school age children for a Monday through Friday pre school) and received $250 a month compensation that increases $50 a month each year of the agreement is in force.  The playground will be fenced in for security. There is no cost to Trinity for allowing the easement or maintaining it.

ü If you have any questions prior to the meeting please direct them to either Council President Eileen Soler or Pastor Keith  




- jelly

- peanut butter

- green beans

- peas

- condensed soup

 THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  Please leave donations in the narthex.

·        ITEMS NEEDED FOR Blessing bags for Homeless People

Small fruit cans or pudding cups, protein or granola bars, small packages of salt+pepper and sugar, powdered drink mix small for a bottle of water, travel size toiletries and sanitary pads for ladies , plastic cutlery, coffee sticks , tea bags, wet wipes, small used blankets ( no comforters please).

Please leave donations in the narthex.




In memory of Earline LaCroix, her family provided Chocolate Easter Eggs this Lent. Donations received from those eggs will be use to purchase new altar ware in her memory.


A second AED Memorial Fund has been established in order to provide an AED for Charter Hall in addition to the one already purchased for the Sanctuary. In case of a heart attack seconds matter, so having an AED in a building where so many people spend coffee hour and other activities is important. Our goal is $1400.

You may use the special offering envelopes located on the offering and prayer card stand or write “AED Fund” on the memo line on the check. If paying via Trinity’s PAYPAL account please indicate that it is for the AED Fund on the memo line that paypal  provides.


Information corrections or additions to this section of the weekly email may be sent to Pastor Keith at tlcppines@gmail.com.

·        Pastor Robb GRIMM who recently moved from south Florida to California was hit by a car while crossing the street and is recovering from his injuries. You may send him a note of encouragement C/O 155 S Orange Grove Blvd, Apt C Pasadena, CA 91105

·        Eileen SOLER’S  Uncle Franny died this past week. Notes of condolence may be sent to her at 2637 Everglades Dr Miramar, FL 33023

·        David Palacino is now home after a brief hospitalization. Notes of encouragement may be sent to him c/o 2630 Arcadia Drive Miramar, FL 33023

·        Dora Gresely has been suffering from some significant health challenges. Notes of encouragement may be sent to her  1791 NW 96 Terr, Apt 4D Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

·        Dottie Cerrone’s son and mother have both had significant health issues recently. Notes of encouragement for Dottie may be set c/o 1640 SW 157 Avenue Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

·        Sunday April 2nd we bid goodbye to our long-time Snowbirds Gladys Jarrett and her daughter Dianne Heikkila who have sold their place here in Florida. You may keep in touch:

Dianne Keikkila 253 Point Dr. RR #4 Echo Bay Ontario, Canada  POS-ICO

Gladys Jarrett 149 Edmonds Ave Sault Ste Marie Ontario, Canada  P6B 3E4

·        Barbara HULSHOFF died February 7th and was taken by her family to be buried in Germany.  Notes of condolence may be sent to her husband Tony Hulshoff at 13255 SW 9 Ct G-201 Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

 ·        Notes of Gratitude for the beautiful work of Annie Broderson and her Girl Scout and parent volunteers who built the recent Veteran’s Garden Expansion in memory of Bill Manrodt as well as renewing the “Go in Peace” sign and entrance area and weeding an mulching throughout the rest of the garden may be sent C/O 1467 NW 153 Lane Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

·        Chris Petrillo’s (8:30AM service) sister Linda Kjeldgard recently died here in Hollywood. Pastor Keith was able to visit for the service of Commendation of the Dying. Notes of condolence may be sent to Chris and Karen Petrillo 7111 Lee St Hollywood, FL 33024.  Also to Linda’s son Carsten Lankheim C/O the same address.

·        Lynette Brown is home after a brief hospital stay. Notes of encouragement may be sent to her at  2840 NW 105 Lane Sunrise, FL 33322

·        Al Gearhart  has returned to Hillcrest and enjoys visitors.   You may send notes of encouragement to him c/o 12731 SW 13 Manor  Davie, FL  33325

·        Richard Jeboo is struggling with the effects of his COPD. Send him notes of encouragement c/o 8761 SW 9th Court Pembroke Pines, FL 33025

·        Notes of condolence in memory of Sandra Carter may be sent to her mother Jean Carter  901 Colony Point #6 119  Pembroke Pines, FL 33026 and Sandra’s sister Dottie Luongo 11582 Gorham Drive Cooper City FL 33026

Let us remember more of our shut-ins with notes of encouragement this week:

·        Tony HULSHOFF 13255 SW 9 Ct G-201 Pembroke Pines, FL 33027

·        Ann DIAMOND C/O Mike Nelson  PO Box 95 Viola, IL 61486

·        Nona WHITE 1141 NW 84 Terrace Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

·        Ingeborg Slingsby 7361Allen Drive Hollywood, FL 33024

- tuna
- cereal /oatmeal
- chunky soups
- condensed soups
- mashed potato

The Pantry will be open Thursday , Feb. 4 TH 12pm - 2 pm and Thursday, Feb. 18 TH 12pm-2 pm and 6pm-7pm



Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

14th   TWO SERVICE ONLY: 8:30AM and 10AM
14th   SUNDAY TEXT: EASTER WEEK 5  - 1 Peter 2:2-10  and John 14:1-14
14th   AMAZING MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH! Make a donation to support the ELCA’s International Women’s Leadership Initiative and enjoy a top notch brunch without long lines or reservations at CAFÉ CHARTER!
14th   Special Congregational Meeting following each service

21st   SUNDAY TEXT: EASTER WEEK 6  - 1 Peter 3:13-22 and John 14:15-21

21st   Bloodmobile

28th   Healing Sunday

28th   Cake during Coffee Hours for those celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, or other special days during April/May 2017

28th   Ascension of our Lord Sunday - Ephesians 1:15-23 and Luke 24:44-53


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

4th         Pentecost Sunday   Acts 2:1-21

4th     Broward-Bahamas Conference Pentecost “Singsation” Event  4PM (choir rehearsal at 3PM)

11th   Holy Trinity Sunday

11th   Blessing of the Graduates during worship

11th   Equality Rally for Unity and Pride  Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale @3PM


Matthew 5:13-16 Being Salt and Light

18th   Reconciled in Christ (R.I.C.) Anniversary Recognition

25th   SUNDAY TEXT: Matthew 5:17-20 I have come to fulfill the law

25th   Healing Sunday


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

2nd        SUNDAY TEXT: Matthew 5:21-26 On Anger and Sin

9th     SUNDAY TEXT: Matthew 5:27-32 Adultery and Divorce

16th     SUNDAY TEXT Matthew 5:38-48 On Loving our Enemies

23rd   SUNDAY TEXT: Matthew 6:19-34 Treasures in Heaven

23rd     Blessing of VBS Volunteers

23rd   Healing Sunday & Bloodmobile

24th – 28th VBS DAY CAMP


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

13th   Blessing of Teachers/Staff returning to school

20th   Blessing of the Students returning to school

27th   Healing Sunday


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

24th   Healing Sunday and Bloodmobile


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues


12th – 14th Synod Assembly in Kissimmee

22nd Healing Sunday

29th   Confirmation

31st   Joint Worship Service Archdiocese of Miami


Weekly “Noisy” Offering collection for Luther Springs Camp continues

22nd Thanksgiving Eve Service

23rd   Thanksgiving  Dinner at Trinity

26th   Healing & Bloodmobile

26th   Advent Wreath Building

Trinity Prayer List 4/30/17

Virginia W., Maria C., Dora, John W., Justice for Fred W. Gaynel, Al and Shirley, Diana, Ray, Nona, Ingeborg, Tony, Lynette, Healing for Bev, God’s blessings on Dr. Louis, The Charlton Family gathering, Carl and family, Tiffany and family, Victoria, Glen, Hyacinth and family, Claire, Sunbeam and family, Ainsworth, Vivian, Pastor Keith, his family, and his parents, Tyrone, Joyce, Enid, Pearl, Bob, Richard (healing), Elizabeth (infant passed away/depression), Jim H. for health and healing, Priya (healing), Ron T., Eddie C., Cathy, Viv, Jessica, Katrina and family, Healing for Pastor Grimm, Beryl, Steve

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