Week of October 4th:

Dear Friends,

On Sunday, October 4th, Luck Lutheran will be embarking on an 8 week journey focusing on God’s generosity and kindness across the generations and our called response to it.  Our Generosity Team’s chosen theme for this year is “Joyfully Generous; Generosity……. a Lifestyle of Loving and Giving.”  The very first thing that I and our Generosity Team would like to say is a huge THANKYOU!  Your generosity through the years, and especially this year with everything being so inconsistent and uncertain, has enabled this church to continue to carry out its mission.  Not only have we been able to continue carrying out our mission, we have had opportunity to expand, learn and find new ways to reach out to our neighbors with the message of Christ.  This has only been possible through the Grace of God and the generosity of God’s people.  So, again, THANKYOU!  As part of our worshipping together for the next 8 weeks we will hear stories of people across the generations from Northwest Wisconsin via 5-7 minute videos.   These video messages will be on our Facebook page and website each week just as my weekly video messages have been.  As we begin to worship inside on October 11th, these videos will also be shown as part of our Sunday services.   We will culminate this journey on Sunday, November 22nd with our annual “Commitment Sunday.”

TOGETHER WE ARE “JOYFULLY GENEROUS” BECAUSE GOD IS FIRST GENEROUS TO US!

Peace and Love,  Pastor Greg.

*THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION and devotional videos can always be found on our website, www.lucklutheran.org

*SUNDAY WORSHIP now includes having the choice to either drive up and listen on your radio, as you have been, or you may bring a lawn chair and sit in the church yard (weather permitting)  We have a dual sound system available for both car radio and outside listening.  ALSO, we are now offering communion.  If possible, please bring your own grape juice and small piece of bread.  Pastor will be saying the words of institution from the podium, thus allowing all to commune safely in your vehicle or in your lawn chair.  We will have the elements of grape juice and bread available for anyone who forgets to bring their own.

*INSIDE WORSHIP STARTING OCTOBER 11  Luck Lutheran Church Council decided at their September 20th regular monthly meeting to open the church building for worship (with the following safety precautions in place) on Sunday, October 11th.    

Our safety precautions are based on two pillars:

  1. Biblical truths, specifically and most importantly that Jesus taught us in Matthew 22 to “love our neighbor,” and part of this loving is keeping our neighbor safe.
  2. Scientific knowledge regarding the spread of Covid.  Dr Michael Osterholm, a leading infectious disease and pandemic expert from the University of Minnesota, explains transmission as being “all about the air”, meaning the  primary way this virus spreads is through breathing in the exhaled air of someone infected with the Covid 19 virus.  Surface transmission is possible, but less likely.  He feels that we need to learn to live with this virus safely, as no one knows the endpoint.

The following safety practices will be in place as we gather inside for Sunday worship as well as all other inside church activities.

  1. One inside service at 9:30 AM.   Members can enter the church through the east doors that directly enter the sanctuary beginning at 9:20 AM.  Worshippers will still have the option of joining us with the drive-up worship via use of our FM station or online worship.
  2. Masks will be mandatory for all inside worshipers over the age of 3.  Cloth masks will be available to those that need one.  Anyone choosing not to wear a mask for any reason will be invited to worship in their car via our FM station.
  3. Social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet to be maintained.  Pews will be marked to indicate safe social distancing and ushers will direct worshippers as needed.  Worshippers should plan to keep their coats with them, as windows will be open for increased ventilation.
  4. Bathrooms are for “emergency” use only.

*FALL DINNER at Luck Lutheran will not be happening this year for the safety of our workers and guests.

*THIS WEEK’S CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30-noon.  Due to the remodel project, Paula is working from home.  Please call her on her cell phone during office hours:  (715) 554-2212.

*THE NARTHEX REMODEL PROJECT is well underway … visit the web site for photos.  In the coming weeks, we are going to need volunteers for painting and cleaning of every room!!! Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, get your work clothes and work attitude ready to go!  Come join the fun.   For times and specific jobs, please contact Brian or Steve.   Brian (612) 968-3064 or Steve (715) 557-0117.

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world..”

Weekly Readings

 Monday:          Ezekiel  18:1-4, 25-32            God’s ways are fair

Tuesday:          Philippians 2:1-13                  Christ shows us humility

Wednesday:    Exodus 17:1–17                      Water from the rock

Thursday:        Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16               What God has done

Friday:             James 1:19-27                         Hearing and doing God’s word

Saturday:         Psalm 25:1-9                           Prayer for guidance and help

Sunday:           Matthew 21: 33-46                 Parable of the vineyard tenants

Week of September 20th

Dear Baptized Children of God,

This coming Sunday, September 27th is Confirmation Sunday here at Luck Lutheran……more appropriately, the service is called, “Affirmation of Baptism.”  Five of our young people will be “affirming their baptisms,”  in essence, publicly saying YES to living out their lives as  baptized children of God.  There is the old story, that most of us have heard, where a certain church was having serious trouble with bats in the attic.  At one rather heated church council meeting over this baffling problem, one member spoke up and said, “I know how to solve this bat problem once and for all.  Just CONFIRM the bats, we will never see them in the church again!”  This story is rather humorous, but the underlying truth behind it sure is not.  As strongly and urgently as I can, I am encouraging all of you to come to worship this Sunday to show our love and support for these young people and their families.  I invite all of us to take a moment to pray about our attitudes and actions concerning our children, youth and young families.  Verse two of one of my favorite hymns, “Will You Come and Follow Me”  (ELW #798) asks the question, “should your life attract or scare?”  We are a congregation that welcomes all; of every age.  We come together in love, encouragement, support and with a common mission; to share the love of Christ.  Our lives together as followers should “attract!”  So come on Sunday.  Show your support.  Take time to re-affirm (say YES) your own baptismal promises.  And always remember, it is our loving God, through Jesus Christ who always says YES to us!

Peace and Love,  Pastor Greg.

*THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION and devotional videos can always be found on our website, www.lucklutheran.org

*SUNDAY WORSHIP now includes having the choice to either drive up and listen on your radio, as you have been, or you may bring a lawn chair and sit in the church yard (weather permitting)  We have a dual sound system available for both car radio and outside listening.  ALSO, we are now offering communion.  If possible, please bring your own grape juice and small piece of bread.  Pastor will be saying the words of institution from the podium, thus allowing all to commune safely in your vehicle or in your lawn chair.  We will have the elements of grape juice and bread available for anyone who forgets to bring their own.   Luck Lutheran Church Council decided at their September 20th regular monthly meeting to open the church building for worship (with restrictions) on Sunday, October 11th.  Service time will remain at 9:30 a.m.  The radio broadcast will continue indefinitely for those who continue to want to drive up and not enter the building.  Please watch for more details on the safety measures that will be in place.  

*THIS WEEK’S CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 8:30-noon.  Due to the remodel project, Paula is working from home.  Please call her on her cell phone during office hours:  (715) 554-2212.

*THE NARTHEX REMODEL PROJECT is well underway … visit the web site for photos.  In the coming weeks, we are going to need volunteers for painting and cleaning!!! Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, get your work clothes and work attitude ready to go!  Come join the fun.   For times and specific jobs, please contact Brian or Steve.   Brian (612) 968-3064 or Steve (715) 557-0117.

*OFJ is returning on September 23rd starting at 5:30 p.m. with supper, followed by a skit/dialogue and activity. We are planning to hold everything outside so we can safely social distance. If weather does not allow this, we will be able to social distance in the fellowship hall.

We are encouraging parents to come eat with their kids and masks will be required when you are not eating.  While eating supper, we would ask that you eat together as a family unit.  If you are not able to join us for the evening, we will make sure the kids practice social distancing during supper & through the rest of the evening.  Please know we are taking every precaution to make this a safe evening for families and we hope you will join us.  We are really excited to see everyone again!

This year’s OFJ theme will be “Dear Scared, Worried, and Misguided People of the Church. Love, Paul” At this time we are not able to meet for OFJ in our “traditional” way each Wednesday. In order to stay connected, we would like to offer an opportunity to meet once per month for a fun family activity. This will be a “come one, come all“ multi-generational evening outside that will allow room for everyone to be socially distanced.

*EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY  Love Without Limits:  Dr. Jacqueline Bussie

Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake is pleased to announce a learning event that will take place on September 27th, at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom video conference.  Dr. Jacqueline Bussie will join us to discuss her latest book, Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for a Love with No Exceptions.  This event is free to anyone within the North West Synod, as well as friends, who would like to hear how we can overthrow hate and heal hurt in today’s divided world.  The discussion will last approximately 90 minutes with opportunity for questions.   To join this exciting event, just send an email to:  bethanybic2020@gmail.com  You will receive the meeting invitation within a few minutes.  (please check your spam folder if you do not find it within a few minutes).  This invitation will contain a Zoom link to the event.   Follow the instructions and wait for the conference to begin.    Please join the Zoom event 5 to 10 minutes before the start time.  We hope that you will be able to join us.

“Dr. Jacqueline Bussie is an award-winning author, professor, theologian, and student of life in all its messy beauty.  She is a much sought after speaker and workshop facilitator. Her first book, The Laughter of the Oppressed (2007), won the national Trinity Prize.  Her 2nd book, Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the Rules (2016) won the 2017 Gold Medal Illumination Award for Christian Living.  Her 3rd and latest book, Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for a Love with No Exceptions (2018) was named by Publisher’s Weekly as “a must-read for all Christians interested in inclusivity for their communities.” An active servant-leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Dr. Bussie teaches religion, theology, and interfaith studies classes at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also serves as the Director of the Forum on Faith and Life. Though Jacqueline hails from Jacksonville, Florida, she now lives in Fargo, North Dakota—which is all the proof she needs that God’s sense of humor is alive and well.”

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “Generosity is based on knowing what you are capable of giving, and going just a little beyond..”

Weekly Readings

 Monday:          Jonah 3:10-4:11          Jonah goes to Nineveh

Tuesday:          Philippians 1:21-30    What life means to Paul

Wednesday:    Exodus 16:2–15          Bread from heaven

Thursday:        Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 God’s faithfulness to Israel

Friday:             Titus 2:11-15              God’s kindness

Saturday:         Psalm 145:1-8             The Lord is kind and merciful

Sunday:           Matthew 21: 23-32     Parable of the two sons

 

Week of September 13, 2020

*SUNDAY DRIVE-UP WORSHIP will include having the choice to either drive up and listen on your radio, as you have been, or you may bring a lawn chair and sit in the church yard (weather permitting)  We have a dual sound system available for both car radio and outside listening.  ALSO, we are now offering communion.  If possible, please bring your own grape juice and small piece of bread.  Pastor will be saying the words of institution from the podium, thus allowing all to commune safely in your vehicle or in your lawn chair.  We will have the elements of grape juice and bread available for anyone who forgets to bring their own.

*THIS WEEK’S CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:  Wednesday, Sept. 16th  and Thursday, Sept. 17th  8:30-noon.  Due to the remodel project, Paula is working from home.  Please call her on her cell phone during office hours:  (715) 554-2212.

*THE NARTHEX REMODEL PROJECT is well underway … visit the web site for photos.

We need volunteers!  Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and following.  Wednesdays at 5:00 and following.  Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. and following.   For other times and specific jobs, please contact Brian or Steve.   Brian (612) 968-3064 or Steve (715) 557-0117.

There are several furniture items that will not be used in the new narthex area.  Some of the items include: 4 green high-back chairs, couch, end tables, etc.  If you would like to see these items, call Pastor Greg (715) 419-0010 to set up a time this week to come see them.  They are being offered to members of the congregation on a first come, first served basis through the end of this week (Friday, September 18)  Free-will donations will be accepted for the items.  Any remaining items will be donated to Angel’s Hands Thrift Store in Frederic. 

*EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY  Love Without Limits:  Dr. Jacqueline Bussie

Bethany Lutheran Church in Rice Lake is pleased to announce a learning event that will take place on September 27th, at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom video conference.  Dr. Jacqueline Bussie will join us to discuss her latest book, Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for a Love with No Exceptions.  This event is free to anyone within the North West Synod, as well as friends, who would like to hear how we can overthrow hate and heal hurt in today’s divided world.  The discussion will last approximately 90 minutes with opportunity for questions.   To join this exciting event, just send an email to:  bethanybic2020@gmail.com  You will receive the meeting invitation within a few minutes.  (please check your spam folder if you do not find it within a few minutes).  This invitation will contain a Zoom link to the event.   Follow the instructions and wait for the conference to begin.    Please join the Zoom event 5 to 10 minutes before the start time.  We hope that you will be able to join us.

“Dr. Jacqueline Bussie is an award-winning author, professor, theologian, and student of life in all its messy beauty.  She is a much sought after speaker and workshop facilitator. Her first book, The Laughter of the Oppressed (2007), won the national Trinity Prize.  Her 2nd book, Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the Rules (2016) won the 2017 Gold Medal Illumination Award for Christian Living.  Her 3rd and latest book, Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for a Love with No Exceptions (2018) was named by Publisher’s Weekly as “a must-read for all Christians interested in inclusivity for their communities.” An active servant-leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Dr. Bussie teaches religion, theology, and interfaith studies classes at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also serves as the Director of the Forum on Faith and Life. Though Jacqueline hails from Jacksonville, Florida, she now lives in Fargo, North Dakota—which is all the proof she needs that God’s sense of humor is alive and well.”

Week of September 8, 2020

People of God,

One day a man was walking on the sidewalk outside a playground with a high wooden fence around it when he heard the children chanting from inside, “Thirteen!, thirteen!, thirteen!  The man stopped, and finding a small hole in the fence, he bent over to look in.  Just like that, a finger poked him in the eye.  And then the chanting continued with, “Fourteen!, fourteen!, fourteen!  Often times the teachings and expectations of Jesus and his church get us curious enough to look into it and even resolve to follow them, but then we get poked in the eye!  So it is with the expectation and teaching about forgiveness.  Our Gospel reading for this week, Matthew 18: 21-35, concerning forgiveness, follows on the heals of last week’s lesson on conflict resolution.   Forgiveness can be a very difficult thing for a lot of us.  But, here, Jesus is not just giving us a nice teaching; he intends it to be a reality for the good of our daily lives.  Jesus himself was the ultimate example of forgiveness from the cross when he said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus is our loving giver of forgiveness.  Jesus is also the giver of the possibility for forgiveness in our lives.  For us, the act of forgiving is a gift and is not only good for us, but is just as needed as air, water and love are needed for our healthy existence.  All lessons from Jesus are intended for our good and are what is best for us.  This is so true with forgiveness.  We cannot physically live without air or water.  We cannot truly live without love or forgiveness.  It is a lesson for today and all days of our lives; not a once and done kind of concept.  As followers of Jesus, we work on it step by step each and every day of our lives.

Peace and Love,   Pastor Greg.

*THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION and devotional videos can always be found on our website, www.lucklutheran.org

*NEW ADDITIONS TO SUNDAY DRIVE-UP WORSHIP will include having the choice to either drive up and listen on your radio, as you have been, or you may bring a lawn chair and sit in the church yard (weather permitting)  We have a dual sound system available for both car radio and outside listening.  ALSO, we are now offering communion.  If possible, please bring your own grape juice and small piece of bread.  Pastor will be saying the words of institution from the podium, thus allowing all to commune safely in your vehicle or in your lawn chair.  We will have the elements of grape juice and bread available for anyone who forgets to bring their own.

*THIS WEEK’S CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:  Wednesday and Friday 8:30-noon.  Due to the remodel project, Paula is working from home.  Please call her on her cell phone during office hours:  (715) 554-2212.

*GOD’S WORK.  OUR HANDS. If you ordered a yellow t-shirt for GWOH Sunday,  it’s available for pick-up; if you meant to order one and didn’t, a variety of youth and adult sizes are for sale for $10 each.  The shirts can be found on one of the kitchen carts in the kitchen (away from the narthex construction debris) during open hours, or outside by the collection basket during church services. Please place your payment in the pouch on the cart, and make your check payable to Luck Lutheran.

*THE NARTHEX REMODEL PROJECT is well underway … visit the web site for photos.

We need volunteers!   For times and specific jobs, please contact Brian or Steve.   Brian (612) 968-3064 or Steve (715) 557-0117.

*OFJ UPDATES Blessing of the backpacks will be held at the 9:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday, September 13th.  You can drive up and listen on your radio or you may bring a lawn chair and sit in the church yard (weather permitting).

As you probably guessed, OFJ will look a little different this year.  Our theme this year will be “Dear Scared, Worried, and Misguided People of the Church. Love, Paul” In order to stay connected, we would like to offer an opportunity to meet once per month for a fun family activity. This will be a “come one, come all” multi-generational evening outside that will allow room for everyone to be socially distanced.  Please join us on September 23rd from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for a campfire and other activities.  More details will be provided soon.

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “But I give best when I give from that deeper place, when I give simply, freely, and generously, and sometimes for no particular reason.  I give best when I give from my heart.”

Weekly Readings

 Monday:          Ezekiel 33:7-11          God’s judgment seeks repentance

Tuesday:          Romans 13: 8-14        Love for one another

Wednesday:    Exodus 12: 1–14         The first Passover

Thursday:        Psalm 149                   A new song of praise

Friday:             Galatians 5: 13-15      Love fulfills the law

Saturday:         Psalm 119: 33-40        A prayer for understanding

Sunday:           Matthew 18: 21-35     A parable about forgiveness

Week of August 10,2020

Dear Children of God,

A six-year-old boy couldn’t see his mother so he panicked and began shouting frantically, “Joyce! Joyce!” His mother was just an aisle away and she chided him, “You shouldn’t call me ‘Joyce,’ you should call me ‘Mother,’ because I am your mother, you know.” “I know,” said the child, “but the store is full of mothers.”

In Matthew 15: 10-28 we read about a mother who prayed. Before giving her an answer, Jesus tested her humility and faith. The text says, “A Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.’ But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, ‘Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ And He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ But she said, ‘Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.’ Then Jesus said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once.” Matthew 15:22-28 (NASB).

I am thankful for this Canaanite woman and I am thankful for my own Mother.  For in their persistence and perseverance in prayer, I have caught a glimpse of God’s vision for our world; a world where grace comes to us in the most unexpected ways, where the smallest speak with the loudest voices and the powerful act with humility.  Persistence and perseverance…….Keep at it!!

Peace and Love, Pastor Greg.

*THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION and devotional videos can always be found on our website, www.lucklutheran.org

*NEW ADDITIONS TO SUNDAY DRIVE-UP WORSHIP will include having the choice to either drive up and listen on your radio, as you have been, or you may bring a lawn chair and sit in the church yard (weather permitting)  We will have a dual sound system available for both car radio and outside listening.   ALSO, we will be having communion.  Please bring your own grape juice and small piece of bread.  Pastor will be saying the words of institution from the podium, thus allowing you to commune with those in your vehicle.

*NARTHEX REMODEL is underway.  This will take many volunteers to complete!  Please contact Brian Paulsen or Steve McCormack to volunteer your time and to discuss specific tasks.

*LUTHER POINT NEWS Waterfront Rental at Luther Point From: $20.00 Enjoy an hour and a half at Luther Point Bible Camp’s swim beach located on Big Wood Lake in Grantsburg, WI. an experienced lifeguard will be on duty. We are limiting our beach to three families per time block. Family size is limited to 8 people. All people must be a minimum of 14 years old to swim without a parent or guardian present. In addition, Luther Point is also offering rentals of their cabins this summer. Visit lutherpoint.org to make your reservations for the beach or cabins

*SCHOOL KIT COLLECTIONS  There will be a tote placed outside each Sunday morning for you to pick up the list of needs or to drop off your purchased donations.  Thank you for your support of this worthy project!” You may also call the church office for further information.    LWR School Kit items are still being collected. We have enough pens and erasers, but need more of everything else. Menards seems to have the best deals. If you don’t want to shop, make a donation!  With most items coming in at $0.50 each, $10 goes a long way. Our goal is to complete 100 kits.

*CHURCH OFFICE HOURS this week:  Monday, Thursday, Friday mornings 8:30-noon

*GENEROSITY QUOTE FOR THE WEEK:   “The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion, with humor and style, and generosity and kindness.”

Weekly Readings

 Monday:          1 Kings 19: 9-18                     The Lord appears to Elijah

Tuesday:          Romans 10: 5-15                    Anyone can be saved

Wednesday:    Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28            Joseph is sold by his brothers

Thursday:        Psalm 105: 1-6,16-22, 45b     God’s faithfulness to Israel

Friday:             1 Thessalonians 3: 6-13         Timothy brings good news

Saturday:         Psalm 85: 8-13                        Restoration of God’s favor

Sunday:           Matthew 15: 21-28                 A woman’s faith

Week of August 3, 2020

Dear People of God,

I will be away on vacation from July 27-August 8, so today’s devotional part of my weekly Monday email is repeated now.    The gospel stories for the Sundays of August 2 and 9 are two of the most familiar stories in the Bible.  First we have Jesus feeding the 5,000 followed by him walking on water. I remember hearing these lessons during the very early years of Sunday school. The morals of these stories are still the same that they were so many years ago. In the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus demonstrates that God is a God of abundance. When Peter steps out of the boat and begins to sink because he allowed the wind and the waves of the storm to distract him, we learn that we should keep our eyes on Jesus.  It is interesting to watch the disciples as this whole story unfolds. First they want to send the crowd away in order to fend for themselves. Jesus tells the disciples that they should care for the people. “You give them something to eat,” Jesus says.  The disciples respond in verse 18, “We have nothing, but two fish and five loaves of bread.” The emphasis (and probably no different than how any of us would respond) is on “we have nothing.”  We don’t usually admit it out-loud, but often we feel like God is a stingy God—a God of scarcity.  We don’t say it, but we prove these feelings in our actions! (or lack of actions!)  This is usually because our list of wants is way longer than our needs. When we change our perspective, stop focusing on our wants and offer prayers of thanks for what we do have, God suddenly appears to be a God of abundance.  After experiencing Jesus’ abundant provision in the feeding of all these people, the disciples find themselves on the Sea of Galilee in the middle of a great storm. Jesus comes to them walking on the water. The disciples see him and in verse 26, Matthew records that they are terrified. Peter asks Jesus to have him walk on water. Jesus beckons him and Peter obeys. He walks on the water, but then notices the waves and focuses on the storm around him; takes his eyes off Jesus and starts to sink.  God abundantly provides for us both spiritually and physically.  It is just a matter of what we are focusing on.  Who are you looking at?  With the incredible provisions that God provides, we now are challenged to hear God’s call, get out of the boat and follow Jesus. Keeping our eyes on Jesus; the storm, wind and waves don’t faze us. If we start to sink, Jesus reaches out to us and pulls us up. Such is the life of faith of a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Peace and Love,  Pastor Greg.

*Pastor Greg away on vacation July 17-August 8.  Please contact Pastor Angie Kutney of Joy Lutheran Church, Centuria in the case of pastoral need.  (715) 222-7915.

*With the passing of the narthex remodel project, we are asking that pledges be turned into the office as soon as reasonable to do so.  If you have not pledged or made a donation, you still may do so.  Like all giving to the church, your pledge remains confidential.

Narthex remodel vote results:  Paper ballots cast: 41 yes; 29 no.  On-line ballots cast: 28 yes; 5 no.  Total votes cast: 103.  Total yes votes: 69.  Total no votes: 34.  The project passes with both a simple majority as well as 2/3rds.

*The most up to date information and devotional videos can always be found on our website, www.lucklutheran.org

*Due to the continuing rise of covid cases, the church council voted (not unanimously) to continue with radio drive-up worship as we have been doing, and soon adding the sound system where people can either listen on their car radios, or bring a lawn chair and sit in the yard.

*As we all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has made food banks even more important to even more people.  The Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Luck has an urgent need for more volunteers.   Loaves and Fishes operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from  10:30am to 1:00pm for lead, and 11am to 1pm for general volunteers.  At least 3 people need to be present to manage the need.  Please give volunteering some prayerful consideration.  Remember, as people of God, we do God’s work with our hands, always!  If you are interested in helping, please contact Sharon Paulsen @ 612-819-1741 or Lori Aherns @ 715-441-0707.

*At home VBS has started, but it is not too late to join!!!  Please check the July newsletter, our website and Facebook page for more details.  The dates are: July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, and August 12 Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. To Register: Join the Facebook Group “Mystery Island VBS at LLC” or via email at newsletter@lucklutheran.org

*See the attachment to order your Luck Lutheran God’s Work.  Our Hands. T-shirt.  God’s Work.  Our Hands. day is coming up on September 13.     Deadline to order Luck Lutheran “God’s Work. Our Hands. “ t-shirts or sweatshirts has been extended to August 9.  We’re having trouble coming up with a service project that’s Covid-19 safe, but the shirts are still a great way to promote our church in the community. Order blanks are available in the entry and at Sunday worship, as well as online.

*LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE (LDR) continues to be very busy around the country (including in Wisconsin with the recent flooding) coming to the aid of many affected by natural disasters – even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your financial assistance with this important ministry is vital to helping neighbors in need.  LDR is most often the first to arrive and the last to leave when disaster strikes.  LDR is an extremely reputable and trustworthy organization; your donation goes directly to where it is needed most.  You may give by calling 800 638-3522 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or you may call the church office for more information.

*LUTHER POINT NEWS Waterfront Rental at Luther Point From: $20.00 Enjoy an hour and a half at Luther Point Bible Camp’s swim beach located on Big Wood Lake in Grantsburg, WI. an experienced lifeguard will be on duty. We are limiting our beach to three families per time block. Family size is limited to 8 people. All people must be a minimum of 14 years old to swim without a parent or guardian present. In addition, Luther Point is also offering rentals of their cabins this summer. Visit lutherpoint.org to make your reservations for the beach or cabins

*SCHOOL KIT COLLECTIONS  There will be a tote placed outside each Sunday morning for you to pick up the list of needs or to drop off your purchased donations.  Thank you for your support of this worthy project!” You may also call the church office for further information.    LWR School Kit items are still being collected. We have enough pens and erasers, but need more of everything else. Menards seems to have the best deals. If you don’t want to shop, make a donation!  With most items coming in at $0.50 each, $10 goes a long way. Our goal is to complete 100 kits.

*Church office hours this week:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30-noon.

*Generosity quote for the week:  “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

Weekly Readings

 Monday:           Isaiah 55:1-5 (An invitation to abundant life)

Tuesday:         Romans 9:1-5 (God’s choice of Israel)

Wednesday:    Genesis 32:22-31 ( Jacob wrestles at Peniel)

Thursday:        Psalm 17:1-7, 15 (Prayer for deliverance)

Friday:             1 Timothy 6:11-19 (The good fight of faith)

Saturday:         Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 (The Lord is kind and merciful)

Sunday:           Matthew 14-22-33 (Jesus walks on water)

Week of July 20, 2020

Dear Hearers and Doers of the word,

For the Sundays of July 12, 19 and 26, we have / have had parables as told by Jesus.  In his book, “The Parables of the Kingdom,” C.H. Dodd wrote, “At its simplest, a parable is a metaphor or simile, drawn from nature or the common life, arresting the hearer by its vividness or strangeness, and leaving the mind in sufficient doubt about its precise application to tease it into active thought.”  I love Jesus’ parables!  They certainly give us good insight to the Kingdom of Heaven (here and now as well as later), but also give us reason to think, imagine and respond to them from our own individual perspective, using our own individual God-given talents and resources.  God’s gifts to us are so often unexpected, but they always require a response.  In terms of this week’s parable of the mustard seed; sometimes we think we have nothing to offer as we see ourselves as only one person, with limited resources.  But with God, all things are possible.  As you read and hear this and all of Jesus’ parables, open your minds and allow them to be “teased into active thought.”  Plant your mustard seed and just see what God will do with it!

Peace and Love,  Pastor Greg.

*Narthex remodel vote results: 

Paper ballots cast: 41 yes; 29 no                       On-line ballots cast: 28 yes; 5 no

Total votes cast: 103.              Total yes votes: 69.            Total no votes: 34

The project passes with both a simple majority as well as 2/3rds.

*The most up to date information and devotional videos can always be found on our website, www.lucklutheran.org

*Church Council voted (not unanimously) to continue with drive-up worship as we have been doing due to the continuing rise of covid cases.  This will be revisited at the July 20 regular council meeting.

*As we all know, the Covid-19 pandemic has made food banks even more important to even more people.  The Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in Luck has an urgent need for more volunteers.   Loaves and Fishes operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from  10:30am to 1:00pm for lead, and 11am to 1pm for general volunteers.  At least 3 people need to be present to manage the need.  Please give volunteering some prayerful consideration.  Remember, as people of God, we do God’s work with our hands, always!  If you are interested in helping, please contact Sharon Paulsen @ 612-819-1741 or Lori Aherns @ 715-441-0707.  In addition to this……..throughout the month of July, donations to any local Family Pathways Food Shelf will be matched in part by the Open Your Heart Grant.  Any donation amount will help to stock the shelves with food, strengthen volunteer support, and empower Family Pathways and communities to be prepared to meet what lies ahead.

*At home VBS has started, but it is not too late to join!!!  Please check the July newsletter, our website and Facebook page for more details.  The dates are: July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, and August 12 Time: 6:30-7:15 p.m. To Register: Join the Facebook Group “Mystery Island VBS at LLC” or via email at newsletter@lucklutheran.org

* If you would like a mid-year contribution statement, please call the church office and let Paula know.

*See the attachment to order your Luck Lutheran God’s Work.  Our Hands. T-shirt.  God’s Work.  Our Hands. day is coming up on September 13.

*LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE (LDR) continues to be very busy around the country (including in Wisconsin with the recent flooding) coming to the aid of many affected by natural disasters – even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your financial assistance with this important ministry is vital to helping neighbors in need.  LDR is most often the first to arrive and the last to leave when disaster strikes.  LDR is an extremely reputable and trustworthy organization; your donation goes directly to where it is needed most.  You may give by calling 800 638-3522 Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or you may call the church office for more information.

*LUTHER POINT NEWS Waterfront Rental at Luther Point From: $20.00 Enjoy an hour and a half at Luther Point Bible Camp’s swim beach located on Big Wood Lake in Grantsburg, WI. an experienced lifeguard will be on duty. We are limiting our beach to three families per time block. Family size is limited to 8 people. All people must be a minimum of 14 years old to swim without a parent or guardian present. In addition, Luther Point is also offering rentals of their cabins this summer. Visit lutherpoint.org to make your reservations for the beach or cabins

*SCHOOL KIT COLLECTIONS  There will be a tote placed outside each Sunday morning for you to pick up the list of needs or to drop off your purchased donations.  If you are a Menards shopper, they are running good deals on a couple of items we need for the LWR School Supplies project. Spiral notebooks and 10 packs of pens are on sale for $.25 each, following  a $.72 each mail-in rebate, in the form of a certificate to be used at Menards.  This offer expires after July 25. Sharpeners and blunt scissors are also on sale at reduced prices. Thank you for your support of this worthy project!”You may also call the church office for further information.

*Church office hours this week:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:30-noon.

*Generosity quote for the week:  “Generosity is not always tax deductible.”

Weekly Readings

 Monday:          Isaiah 44: 6-8                          The Lord’s promise to Israel

Tuesday:          Romans 8: 12-25                     Future glory for God’s people

Wednesday:    Genesis 28: 10-19a                 Jacob’s dream at Bethel

Thursday:        Psalm 139: 1-12, 23-24           The inescapable God

Friday:             1 Peter 1: 3-9                           A living hope

Saturday:         Psalm 86: 11-17                      Save me, Lord

Sunday:           Matthew 13: 31-32, 41-52      Parables of the kingdom

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