November 2, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

November 2, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

November 2, 2020

The Saints Came Marchin’ In. We had 34 folks worship in the chancel, I’m hoping a good number of you at home, too, and of course, all our Christian brothers and sisters from all time and places. “Rise up, O Saints of God,” the world needs our love and grace!

Be sure to worship again next Sunday in-person or on-line. What might the Lord have for you to hear or learn? Approach worship with praise and expectation. God shows up!

THIS WILL BE THE LAST E-MESSAGE UNTIL NOVEMBER 16  I’ll be back! Until then, we have some birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate!










The theologian, Karl Barth, advised “We must hold the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.”  Jesus did not call us disciples to withdraw from our world but to live in it as God’s children and witnesses. We are to be informed and involved, with the ways and words of Christ leading us. We make ourselves available to be the hands that helps God work the transform of the world and hearts. Republican, Democrat or Independent, voting is one of the places we prayerfully apply our faith. God’s peace be with you and with our nation.

I’LL BE ON VACATION NOVEMBER 3 – 12 at the Outer Banks, NC with my seminary friend and colleague, Pastor Ann Melot.

I never leave town without arranging for a pastor to be available in the event you would want or need a pastor’s presence and care. This time, Pastor Lee Brumback (St. Paul’s Funkstown) has graciously agreed to provide that presence and care if you need him. His cell number is 1-540-335-1710.





A Greyhound bus.

























COMPUTER INK GIVEAWAY  Does anyone use Canon #5 or #8 cartridges in your printer?  I have a slew of ink cartridges that I purchased right before my printer died. My new one is not a Canon. If you or someone you know can use them, they are yours. Free.          Pastor LMA


Many of you may remember Scott Paddock from the summer when he so generously helped us set up and run our sound board for our Drive-in and Outdoor Worship Service. What you may not know is that Scott is also the District Director at Mason-Dixon Council, Boy Scouts of America. Scott approached us about becoming the charter organization for an already well-established Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop. Their former charter organization closed and they needed a new home. They have been meeting outside but with the colder weather coming, that would not remain practical.

First, Council President Doug Wright and I approached our Re-Opening Team to talk about this unexpected request and opportunity while COVID is still with us. After discussion, that team approved of welcoming the scouts as long as they followed CDC and Maryland State protocols. Doug and I then met with Scott, to get our questions answered about the space needed, insurance, COVID guidelines and just how the relationship works between scout troops and their charter organization. All the answers we got indicated that we would have the protections we require and the mutual cooperation that we would all want. It was thought for now the “Fellowship Hall” (where the Sunday School usually meets where there are accordion doors.) would be the space they would use Monday nights at 6:30 pm and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. There were no schedule conflicts. The next step was to ask the congregational Council to weigh in.

After Doug provided a great summary of information from our meeting with Scott, the Council met via Zoom on Sunday. Scott join the meeting to answer any additional Council concerns. The following motion was made and unanimously passed:

Haven Lutheran become a charter organization. Troop 103 and Pack 103 allowing the use of Fellowship Halls following COVID19 guidelines as stated by CDC and state of Maryland Governor’s office, including wearing masks inside, cleaning the rooms after each meeting use by disinfecting and sanitizing during COVID, no food only bottled water will be permitted in the rooms.

The provisions listed and the area they will use may change when COVID is no longer a factor. When Sunday School returns to our building, we are assured the scouts will follow their own code — to leave a place better then they found it.

We know that we have been denying outside groups from using our building to minimize possible transmission of COVID. We still think that is a good policy to continue. We are not ready yet to open our entire building to a large variety of community groups. However, when this Scouting need and opportunity came to us, the Re-Opening Team and Council thought it was truly a Holy Spirit moment — community outreach to a youth program with solid values, the backing of a sound organization (Boy Scouts of America) which is “ready to go” with a healthy number of scouts and adult leaders. We hope you agree.

More details to come as they unfold. Keep this new community effort in prayer. God’s Word. Our Hands.



Romans 1:7 “To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1: 2 “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours”
Ephesians 1: 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus

The Greek work used for “saints” by Paul is derived from the word “holy,” “set apart.” In Paul’s writing, saints is used rather than the word disciples. Anyone who followed and learned from a teacher was a disciple. But those who followed Jesus, were made holy by Christ through the Holy Spirit and set apart to love and serve God and those who God loved. In Paul’s mind, you were not a “member” of a church, you were a saint of God’s and a member of a community of saints, called to witness to God’s love and grace by the way you lived your life. So YOU, family and friends, are the saints of Haven. We are not perfect or arrogant, but gladly available and led by the Holy Spirit to be and become the beloved, servant children of God we are, for the sake of God’s world.

In my All Saints sermon, I spoke of the Ben Long frescos at Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion: The Churches of the Frescoes in North Caroline (pictures on this page) and the John Nava tapestries of the Cathedral of Our Ladies of the Angels in Los Angeles, CA (See then next page) I thought you might enjoy seeing some of these pieces of art, in which both artists used everyday people — acquaintances and strangers — as models for the faces of the saints. (You can find more pictures on-line)









Look at the children, woman and men from different times and places. I was surprised to see that the close-up picture of tapestry included St. Martin de Porres, commemorated in the Lutheran church calendar tomorrow, November 3. Martin (9 December 1579 – 3 November 1639) was born in Peru to a freed woman of Panama, probably black but also possibly of indigenous stock, and a Spanish grandee of Lima, Peru. His parents never married. each other. Martin inherited the features and dark complexion of his mother and his father did not acknowledge his son for eight years. After the birth of a sister, the father abandoned the family. Martin was reared in poverty, subjected to discrimination (disparagingly) called “half-breed,” “war souvenir” or “mulotto”,) and even as a child he gave his heart and his goods to the poor and despised.

When he was 12, his mother apprenticed him to a barber-surgeon. Martin learned how to cut hair and also how to draw blood—a standard medical treatment then—care for wounds, and prepare and administer medicines.

After a few years in this medical apostolate, Martin applied to the Dominicans to be a “lay helper.”  Some sources say he chose this route into the religious order out of humility but others indicate that the religious order at the time did not accept mixed race men as brothers. After nine years, the example of his prayer and penance, charity and humility, he was permitted to make full religious profession as a Lay Brother. Many of his nights were spent in prayer and penitential practices; his days were filled with nursing the sick and caring for the poor. It was particularly impressive that he treated all people regardless of their color, race, or status. He was instrumental in founding an orphanage, took care of slaves brought from Africa, and managed the daily alms of the priory with practicality, as well as generosity. He became the procurator for both priory and city, whether it was a matter of “blankets, shirts, candles, candy, miracles or prayers!” He was also said to have a heart and a way with animals.  Among our Roman Catholic siblings, Martin DePorres is called the patron saint of innkeepers, barbers, public health workers and persons of mixed race and those who suffer from discrimination.

Just think, there are 147 known and unknown saints on those tapestries in that Los Angeles Cathedral. Each with a story that is likely a blend of hardship and success, challenges and accomplishments, struggles to be faithful to our Lord’s ways and able to contribute goodness to the world as they relied on the grace of God. That description should sound familiar, my brothers and sisters, because it is our story, too. Different details and experiences, but the same Lord who calls, inspires, empowers, encourages and loves us all. “Let your light so shine before others, that they see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Amen

Your pastor and partner in ministry,
Linda M Alessandri

(Stephen Pastena — one of Haven’s saints — playing a favorite Bach piece)

“When the Saints Go Marchin’ In” (Bruce Springsteen & Band, Dublin)

“Grateful” Elevation Worship

“The Joy of the Lord” (Rend Collective)


 November 2, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri