August 30, 2021

Jesus brings salvation to us in our distance and desperation. Have you ever felt yourself to be an outsider? A place you didn’t really belong? Maybe you traveled to a foreign place and the language and culture didn’t make sense to you. Even more, have you ever felt like an outsider amongst your own family and friends; your own people?  And even more still, have you ever felt yourself to be an outsider to God? Foreign to him? There was too much of a divide, too great a separation, that the distance couldn’t be covered? In our gospel last Sunday, Jesus dealt with the idea of clean and unclean, of pure and impure, as acceptable and defiled. The Jews had rules they made up for keeping ritually pure, but Jesus drove to the heart. This week, Jesus continues in that same stream as he ministers to people considered unclean, impure, and defiled. Jesus travels the distance to them, and in their desperation ministers to them. Jesus brings salvation to us even (probably most especially) in our distance and desperation.  Read Mark 7: 24-37.

Peace and love,   Pastor Greg

 *OFFICE HOURS this week:  Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:30-noon.  The office will be closed next Monday, September 6 for Labor Day.

 *NEXT SUNDAY’S BULLETIN IS ATTACHED  We will resume every Sunday communion on September 5th.  The first Sunday of the month is at the altar; the other Sundays will be intinction.  We will continue to have “communion kits” available for those who wish to stay in their seats.  For those worshipping at home, you may come to the office and get communion kits during Paula’s office hours or contact Pastor Greg to get some.

 *SPREAD THE LOVE FUN DAY OCTOBER 3RD You will not want to miss this day!!!!  An exciting worship service is being planned for 9:30 a.m. and then stay for lunch, music, and all sorts of activities for the family.  You are asked to please invite friends, neighbors, cousins…EVERYONE to this day of thankfulness, appreciation and encouragement.  See the attached flier.   

 *LUCK LUTHERAN T-SHIRTS  “The Only Thing We Spread is LOVE”  T-shirts with a new color/design are now available in the church narthex.  *100% cotton, heather red color with a new design to go along with the community fun day being planned for October 3.

*Also will be good to wear on “God’s work. Our Hands.” Sunday in September.  Perhaps a nice change from the bright yellow shirts?  A limited number of sizes will be available for immediate purchase for $10 for youth sizes and $12 for adult.  If there is enough interest, a second printing may be done if your size is not available. If so, fill out the order blank.  Questions?  Contact Lori Aherns  715-441-0707  lori.aherns@gmail.com

 *OFJ Our Faith Journey…is exactly as the title says; a journey.   It is a lifelong journey.  We are excited that Wednesday evening OFJ will be starting on September 8th and will be including a worship service each week.  There is something for EVERY age!!!  The schedule is as follows:

5:45 Meal for everyone  (Please sign up in the narthex to serve a Wednesday meal…nothing fancy; make it easy!!)

6:00 Worship for everyone (those arriving at 6:00 or after are welcome to continue eating during the worship service)

6:15 Pre-K story, lesson, games, activities; 5th & 6th Grade Bible Study; 7th & 8th Grade Confirmation Class; Sr. High Youth Group; Adult Discussion Group.

*WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP SERVICES AT LUCK LUTHERAN  OFJ Wednesdays start on September 8th and will now include worship.  These services will be different from the Sunday services, so you can attend both and not experience a “repeat!”  The Wednesday services will be informal and will include Holy Communion.  See the OFJ announcement above for the Wednesday schedule.   (those arriving at 6:00 or after are welcome to continue eating during the worship service)

 *SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 during worship, our Third Graders will be receiving their Bibles, we will have the blessing of the backpacks and we will also be dedicating our newly remodeled narthex.  Please join us for an awesome Sunday morning of praise, thankfulness and fun!

*SERVICE OPPORTUNITY  The Loaves and Fishes food bank in Luck is looking for some help.  They get quite a bit of food from donations, government programs, and the United Way, but since they can’t control what is donated, they need to use donated funds to purchase food to make sure the food that goes out is balanced.  The commitment is one day a month, and help is needed for November, December, January, February and March, as Sharon Paulsen and Lori Aherns will handle the other months, with Lori Vilstrup as back up.

It involves about 60-90 minutes of your time and involves picking up orders at Wayne’s in Luck and Frederic Grocery, and delivering to the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank. You will bring the food into the Food Bank and place on the shelves, so it does involve lifting.  Sharon says it’s a good idea to have a partner, be it a spouse, friend, strong kid or grandkid.  All of this happens during the last week of each month, and a key is being made so timing can be flexible.  Please consider helping out!  Since Loaves and Fishes is in Luck, it makes sense that LLC supports this endeavor.  If you are interested, please contact either Sharon, Lori A or Lori V, or call the church office.

Yellow Bags!

As you enter church, you’ll notice the familiar Luck Lutheran bags are available.  These have been quite popular!  Our supply of 250 from 2 years ago had dwindled to only 3, so more were ordered.  Please take as many as you wish and promote our church in your every day life.  The bags will once again be our year-round “God’s work. Our hands.” project.  More information will be coming soon.

 *BFF POP-UP CHURCH….  Bible, Friends and Family!  All are welcome at these gatherings with family, friends and other church families sharing together, from 5:30-7:30 pm on Sunday evenings. Several churches will participate, each one providing a unique experience throughout the summer.  BFF will pop up at various locations in the area.  Each Sunday evening will be sponsored by a different church. Supper will be included.  A different Bible character or story will be featured each Sunday. There will be activities, games, service project, food, music, and crafts. Each location will have different activities.  If you can’t come to them all, that is ok, join the fun when you can.  Please bring  a food shelf donation for your local food shelf.   The next (and final for the summer) BFF Pop-Up Church gathering is Sunday, September 12th at Faith Lutheran Church, Balsam Lake.

 *RESPITE CARE GIVERS NEEDED IHC Support Services is a company that provides respite caregivers to families with special needs children.  They currently have a huge need for compassionate and empathetic people that may have a little extra time in their life to help parents or guardians get some much needed time to take care of their own personal needs.  There are various times and days available.  Please call Wendy Linke, IHC Support Manager at (715) 557-1819 or 866-452-3875 for more information.

*SCHOOL KITS for Lutheran World Relief.  There is a container just inside the narthex for all of us to bring our donations for the school kits.  A list of requested supplies is attached to this email.  Our goal is to complete 100 or more kits!!

*LUCK LUTHERAN CHURCH CHOIR start has been delayed due to the rising covid cases.  Start date will be announced as soon as possible.

*LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE is always ready with assistance whenever & wherever a disaster happens.  LDR is most often one of the first to arrive and last to leave when such things occur.  LDR is also one of the most reliable organizations to support with our financial gifts with virtually every dollar donated going directly to the need.  Don’t wait for another disaster to make a financial contribution, do it today.  Please give today. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope.   Give by phone:  (800) 638-3522 or write a check to Lutheran Disaster Response and mail to Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009.  If you want your donation to go to a particular disaster, please write that on the memo line. 

 

*WEEKLY READINGS: 

Monday  – Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9 God commands obedience

Tuesday- James 1:17-27 Hearing and doing the word

Wednesday – 2 Timothy 3:6-16 A good minister of Jesus Christ

Thursday-Galatians 5:22-26 The fruit of the Spirit

Friday –  Romans 1:8-15 Prayer for thanksgiving

Saturday –  Psalm 15 Who shall abide with God?

Sunday- Mark 7:24-37 Jesus heals the Gentiles

 

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “Take time to make your soul happy.”

 

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July 1, 2021

Dear Friends,

Usually, people have a sense of anticipation about going home, especially if they had a happy childhood there. We think of home as the place where we’re known and loved and accepted as we are. It’s a place you can kick off your shoes and go straight to the refrigerator for something to eat without having to ask.  It’s the place of old memories of “the good old days” when we were young and carefree.  It’s a place of familiar and comforting sights and sounds and smells and friends and neighbors—and it’s where family is .  Such nostalgia was not awaiting Jesus when he returned to his hometown, unfortunately.  In the gospel text for next Sunday, Jesus takes his first trip back home to Nazareth since he started his ministry, but it didn’t go too well.  Ministry of all kinds in any place can be difficult; yet we are called to use our gifts for the good of all.  Jesus is with us in our every endeavor!  Happy and safe 4th of July.  May we all…always appreciate our many blessings and share them with others.

Peace,Pastor Greg 

*OFFICE HOURS this week:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday; 8:30-12:00 noon  (Please note, the office will be closed on Monday, July 5th for the holiday)

 *SUNDAY BULLETIN IS ATTACHED  please note that the Synod Office is no longer preparing the “Hearts at Home” worship materials

*BFF POP-UP CHURCH…. See the attached flyer.  Bible, Friends and Family!  All are welcome at these gatherings with family, friends and other church families sharing together, from 5:30-7:30 pm on Sunday evenings. Several churches will participate, each one providing a unique experience throughout the summer.  BFF will pop up at various locations in the area.  Each Sunday evening will be sponsored by a different church. Supper will be included.  A different Bible character or story will be featured each Sunday. There will be activities, games, service project, food, music, and crafts. Each location will have different activities.  If you can’t come to them all, that is ok, join the fun when you can.  Please bring  a food shelf donation for your local food shelf.   The next BFF Pop-Up Church gatherings is Sunday, July 11th at North Valley Lutheran Church.  Please see the attached flyer for more dates and locations.  The first one on June 27th was a lot of fun, well organized and very worthwhile.  People of all ages were there!!!!

*CHRIST JAM 2021 for students who have completed 5th – 8th grades will be at Luther Point Bible Camp on July 24th.  All of these students/families have or will receive a letter (as well as an email and text) about this.  Please register with Stephanie Johnson stepcast16@yahoo.com as soon as possible.  Call Pastor Greg with any questions.

*SUMMER WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Monday,  July 12th and August 16th  “Sundae Worship Services”….. No, we didn’t misspell Sunday!!!!  Instead of having every Monday evening worship services this summer, Pastor Greg has chosen one Monday evening each summer month to offer a “Sundae Worship Service”  Come with your lawn chair and we will have fun worship services outside by the camp fire pit next to the church building and enjoy ice cream sundaes afterward.  Bring the whole family!!  In case of bad weather, we will hold the services in the fellowship hall.  These three services will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 10th   “ATV Worship Service.”  Another unique worship service for all of us!!  This one will be held on July 10th at 4:00 at Bone Lake Park.  For those who just want to come to the worship service, you may simply meet at Bone Lake Park at 4:00.  For those who want to drive or ride along on an ATV, meet at the church at 3:30 and we will leave for a nice ride out to the park.  Food and utensils will be provided.  Bring your own beverage.

Saturday, August ????  “Church Family & Friends Picnic and Worship Service.”  Time and place is still to be determined for this fun worship and fellowship event.

Note……There will be regular Sunday morning worship services in addition to these special services each of these weeks.  All of the special services will be different than the Sunday morning services…come to them all!!!

*LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE is always ready with assistance whenever & wherever a disaster happens.  LDR is most often one of the first to arrive and last to leave when such things occur.  LDR is also one of the most reliable organizations to support with our financial gifts with virtually every dollar donated going directly to the need.  Don’t wait for another disaster to make a financial contribution, do it today.  Please give today. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope.   Give by phone:  (800) 638-3522 or write a check to Lutheran Disaster Response and mail to Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009.  If you want your donation to go to a particular disaster, please write that on the memo line. 

*WEEKLY READINGS: 

Monday  – Lamentations 3: 22-33      There is still hope

Tuesday –  2 Corinthians 8:7-15         Generous giving

Wednesday –  Acts 4:23-31                Believers pray for boldness

Thursday –  Isaiah 57:14-19                The Lord helps the helpless

Friday –  Luke 4:31-41                       Jesus heals many people

Saturday –   Psalm 30                         God turns mourning into dancing

Sunday –   Mark 6:1-13                      Jesus sends the twelve

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “Sometimes we just need a hug. No words. No advice. Just a hug.”

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June 2021
Dear Friends,
In the 17th chapter of John’s gospel, we have recorded for us a prayer of Jesus.  It is not just any prayer, but a final prayer – a prayer which he uttered to God the Father, in the presence of his disciples, after instructing them in order to prepare them for the difficult road ahead, and before his time of suffering. Think about what a treasure this is!  Christ prays for us!  The prayer is deeply encouraging because in it he prays for you and for me.  The prayer is insightful because through it his heart and mind are revealed.   Please notice three things about verses 6-19,(our gospel lesson for this Sunday) which make up the middle portion of Jesus’ farewell prayer: First of all, Jesus prayed specifically for those given to him.  Secondly, Jesus prayed that those given to him would be kept by the Father. And thirdly, Jesus prayed that those given to him would be sanctified.  Kept and sanctified – that’s us!!—through Jesus.  ~Pastor Greg
*INSIDE WORSHIP is offered for ALL worship services utilizing the safety protocols set forth by the council.  Updated safety protocols are in the attachment.  Drive up worship via radio broadcast FM 107.5 will continue to be available.
*OFFICE HOURS this week:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30-12:00
*NEW OPPORTUNITY ALERT!  The Church Council of Luck Lutheran, has voted unanimously to pursue a possible partnership with Luther Point Bible Camp in regards to their Youth Ministry Associate program.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to bolster our youth program and look to how we can grow and develop into the future.  There is much more information coming in the next newsletter, in subsequent emails and in temple talks at worship about this partnership with Luther Point.   The council has called for a congregational vote on June 6th.   Please listen to the temple talks, read the newsletter article & emails and ask your questions prayerfully and carefully.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Pastor Greg or Kelly Steen for more information.  What Does a Youth Associate Do? Every church has a different need for youth ministry. Youth associates can: lead existing youth programs, start new programs, plan and implement retreats and special events, assist with worship on Sundays and more! The Youth Associates are also supported by the experienced staff at Luther Point Bible Camp.  When planning lessons and more, each ministry associate has access to the combined 20+ years of parish youth ministry experience the Luther Point Staff has to offer.   Overview Luther Point Bible Camp strives to partner with its member congregations in ministry year-round. By partnering with congregations in the Youth Ministry Associate program we are able to better provide year-round support for churches and provide a vocational discernment experience for young adults. What is a “Youth Associate?” A youth associate is a young adult who has been carefully interviewed and hired by Luther Point Bible Camp to work with both your youth ministries and the ministries at camp. Most youth associates are discerning a call to ministry and taking this time to experience parish ministry and camping ministry firsthand.
*GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS  Luck Lutheran Church is joining forces with Luck High School on their “Give Back Day.”  We will be cleaning up the Luck Village Cemetery.  Work will begin at the cemetery on May 24th (May 25th if bad weather) from 8:00-11:30.  Bring your wheel barrow, shovels, wire brushes and positive attitude to work together!!
*FINANCIAL ASSISTANT POSITION As voted on and approved at the January 2021 annual meeting, Luck Lutheran Church is searching for a financial assistant to help with the management of church funds.  The financial assistant will work to help prepare budgets, recording of monies received and distributed, explore and make recommendations regarding debt services and grant opportunities that may be available for our church.  Applicant should have an interest and knowledge of financial matters. Interested individuals should contact Council President Kelly Steen by email: kellysteenma@gmail.com by May 28th.
*ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE at Luck Lutheran Church is June 5th from 8:00-12:30.  Items may be brought to the church Tuesday, June 1 thru Friday, June 4 from 5:00-7:30.  No televisions, computers or printers.  Please volunteer to help.  Sign-up sheets are in the entry way of the church or call the Paula during office hours.
*LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE is always ready with assistance whenever & wherever a disaster happens.  LDR is most often one of the first to arrive and last to leave when such things occur.  LDR is also one of the most reliable organizations to support with our financial gifts with virtually every dollar donated going directly to the need.  Don’t wait for another disaster to make a financial contribution, do it today.  Please give today. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope.   Give by phone:  (800) 638-3522 or write a check to Lutheran Disaster Response and mail to Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009.  If you want your donation to go to a particular disaster, please write that on the memo line.
*WEEKLY READINGS:
Monday           Acts 10:44-48                         Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit
Tuesday           1 John 5:1-6                            Faith conquers the world
Wednesday     Romans 12:9-21                      Love with sincerity
Thursday         Luke 24:44-53                         Jesus ascends to heaven
Friday             Leviticus 19:17-18, 33-36       Ritual and moral holiness
Saturday          Psalm 98                                 Make a joyful noise
Sunday            John 17:-19                             Christ’s prayer for his disciples
*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God, is the heart of the Mother.  Happy Mother’s Day!”
May 3, 2021

Dear Friends,

Joy is not an emotion, but an attitude—a state of mind or manner of being.   Isaiah 61:3, talks about putting on the oil of joy and a garment of praise like you would a healing salve or a protective cloak.  Joy is to be applied and worn.  It is putting on an attitude of gratitude, no matter the situation or circumstance.  Joy is sometimes a blessing, but it is often a conquest.  In this week’s gospel reading from John 15,  Jesus says, “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.”  Writer—C. W. Metcalf was working as a hospice volunteer when he met 13-year-old Chuck, who was terminally ill. One day young Chuck gave Metcalf half-a-dozen sheets of paper with writing on both sides and said, “I want you to give this to my mom and dad after I die. It’s a list of all the fun we had, all the times we laughed.” Metcalf was amazed that this young boy, on the verge of death, was thinking about the well-being of others.  Metcalf delivered the list. Years later, he decided to make a list of his own. Surprisingly, he found it difficult at first to compile his “joy list.” But as he began looking each day for the moments of laughter, satisfaction, and joy, his list began to grow.  Joy… is putting on an attitude of gratitude, no matter the situation or circumstance, while we think about the well-being of others.  Joy In Christ,Pastor Greg

*INSIDE WORSHIP is now being offered for ALL worship services utilizing the safety protocols set forth by the council.  Updated safety protocols are in the attachment.  Drive up worship via radio broadcast FM 107.5 will continue to be available.

*OFFICE HOURS this week:  Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30-12:00

*LUTHER POINT BIBLE CAMP SPRING CLEAN-UP DAY  The camp is always in need of special skills and talents! Spring Clean-Up Day May 8th beginning at 9am Lunch Provided!

*NEW OPPORTUNITY ALERT!  The Church Council of Luck Lutheran, has voted unanimously to pursue a possible partnership with Luther Point Bible Camp in regards to their Youth Ministry Associate program.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to bolster our youth program and look to how we can grow and develop into the future.  There is much more information coming in the next newsletter, in subsequent emails and in temple talks at worship about this partnership with Luther Point.   The council has called for a congregational vote on June 6th.   Please listen to the temple talks, read the newsletter article & emails and ask your questions prayerfully and carefully.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Pastor Greg or Kelly Steen for more information.  Each Monday I will add a little bit more information about this partnership.  This week I give you an overview and a description of what a youth associate is.   Overview Luther Point Bible Camp strives to partner with its member congregations in ministry year-round. By partnering with congregations in the Youth Ministry Associate program we are able to better provide year-round support for churches and provide a vocational discernment experience for young adults. What is a “Youth Associate?” A youth associate is a young adult who has been carefully interviewed and hired by Luther Point Bible Camp to work with both your youth ministries and the ministries at camp. Most youth associates are discerning a call to ministry and taking this time to experience parish ministry and camping ministry firsthand.

*GOD’S WORK. OUR HANDS  Luck Lutheran Church is joining forces with Luck High School on their “Give Back Day.”  We will be cleaning up the Luck Village Cemetery.  Work will begin at the cemetery on May 24th (May 25th if bad weather) from 8:00-11:30.  Bring your wheel barrel, shovels, wire brushes and positive attitude to work together!!

*FINANCIAL ASSISTANT POSITION As voted on and approved at the January 2021 annual meeting, Luck Lutheran Church is searching for a financial assistant to help with the management of church funds.  The financial assistant will work to help prepare budgets, recording of monies received and distributed, explore and make recommendations regarding debt services and grant opportunities that may be available for our church.  Applicant should have an interest and knowledge of financial matters. Interested individuals should contact Council President Kelly Steen by email: kellysteenma@gmail.com by May 28th.

*ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE at Luck Lutheran Church is June 5th from 8:00-12:30.  Items may be brought to the church Tuesday, June 1 thru Friday, June 4 from 5:00-7:30.  No televisions, computers or printers please.   *LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE is always ready with assistance whenever & wherever a disaster happens.  LDR is most often one of the first to arrive and last to leave when such things occur.  LDR is also one of the most reliable organizations to support with our financial gifts with virtually every dollar donated going directly to the need.  Don’t wait for another disaster to make a financial contribution, do it today.  Please give today. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope.   Give by phone:  (800) 638-3522 or write a check to Lutheran Disaster Response and mail to Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009.  If you want your donation to go to a particular disaster, please write that on the memo line.

*WEEKLY READINGS:

Monday           Acts 8:26-40               Phillip and the eunich

Tuesday           1 John 4:7-21              God is love

Wednesday     Isaiah 41:8-10              The Lord’s chosen servant

Thursday         1 Peter 5:6-11              Tending the flock of God

Friday             Deuteronomy 31:6-8   Joshua becomes Moses’ successor

Saturday          Psalm 22: 25-31          A vow of thanksgiving

Sunday            John 15:9-17

Love one another  *GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “Prayers should be the key in the morning and the lock at night.”

April 19, 2021

Dear Beloved Sheep of the Savior’s pasture,

This coming Sunday is “The Good Shepherd Sunday.”  I have a few visuals I will be using throughout the service on Sunday that will only be able to be seen by those inside.  If you have been vaccinated and are ready, please consider coming in for worship this week!  Throughout the Bible, human beings are often metaphorically described as “sheep.”  If you know anything at all about sheep, you will know that this is not exactly a compliment!!  Sheep are, after all, particularly unintelligent and helpless creatures.  So….if sheep are to have any hope at all, it will be because they have a good and loving shepherd!  We do!!

Baaaaa, Pastor Greg

*INSIDE WORSHIP is now being offered for ALL worship services utilizing the safety protocols set forth by the council.  Drive up worship via radio broadcast FM 107.5 will continue to be available. 

*OFFICE HOURS this week:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30-12:00

*RUBY’S PANTRY next food distribution is tomorrow…Tuesday, April 20 from 12:00 – 1:30 rain or shine.

*KINDNESS PANDEMIC  Thank-you to all who participated in the March Easter grass growing project and for donating to Family Pathways.  A check for $50 was sent on behalf of LLC,  which has buying power of $350, so a little goes a long way!

“Shower the people you love with love, 

show them the way that you feel.

Things are gonna be much better

if you only will.”  (James Taylor)

April is upon us, so of course the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind, and this, along with the verse from James Taylor’s song “Shower the People” leads to the theme for April’s Pandemic of Kindness:  “April Showers of Gratitude”.  The idea is to pick a person each week of April to shower your gratitude in as many ways as you can think of.  It could be sending a note, a phone call, making a favorite meal or treat, some flowers or a small gift.  Choose whoever you wish; someone in your family, a friend, a co-worker, anyone that you feel needs some gratitude from you.  If you wish to share a gratitude story for the website or weekly email, published anonymously, please send to Pastor Greg.  

Have fun, and Happy Spring!  The Outreach/Evangelism Committee

*LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE is always ready with assistance whenever & wherever a disaster happens.  LDR is most often one of the first to arrive and last to leave when such things occur.  LDR is also one of the most reliable organizations to support with our financial gifts with virtually every dollar donated going directly to the need.  Don’t wait for another disaster to make a financial contribution, do it today.  Please give today. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope.   Give by phone:  (800) 638-3522 or write a check to Lutheran Disaster Response and mail to Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009.  If you want your donation to go to a particular disaster, please write that on the memo line. 

 *WEEKLY READINGS:

Monday           Acts 3:12-19               Peter speaks in the temple

Tuesday           1 John 3:1-7                Children of God

Wednesday     Joshua 1:1-9                God’s commission to Joshua

Thursday         2 Timothy 3:14-17      Paul’s last instructions to Timothy

Friday             Nehemiah 8:1-8           Ezra summons the people

Saturday          Psalm 4                       An evening prayer

Sunday            John 10:11-18             The Good Shepherd

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “Be the change you wish to see in the world.

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April 12, 2021

Dear Easter People,

Christ is risen! (Christ is risen indeed!) Even though all of the Peeps and chocolate bunnies are now in the 75% off carts, we are still in the liturgical season of Easter, which spans 50 days from the Resurrection to Pentecost.  It’s important that we think about Easter as more than just one day of celebration.  A whole season of Easter prompts us to maintain the energy of those who first ran from the empty tomb.  Even two weeks later, we should be buzzing with excitement over the news of Christ’s resurrection.  In fact, most theologians remind us that every Sunday is truly a celebration of the Resurrection, although practically speaking it can be hard to sustain that level year-round.  For the disciples, the days after Christ’s crucifixion were a mixture of emotions.  Many of them had fled the scene at the garden of Gethsemane and foot of the cross.  We might imagine they huddled together in the shadows, trying to stay under the radar and out of sight so that they would not meet a similar fate.  John’s gospel reveals them shutting out the rest of the world in a locked upper room, presumably from fear.  But we know the gospel message continued to spread.  Do you remember the refrain from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famous rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar?  The apostles sing “what’s the buzz? Tell me what’s  happening’” over and over again.  In Luke’s account of these days, just before this coming Sunday’s text, (Luke 24: 36b-48) two disciples travel to Emmaus, and a stranger joins them to talk about it all.  That stranger, of course, turns out to be the risen Christ, revealed in the breaking of bread.  Almost immediately, Cleopas and the other disciple race back to Jerusalem, a 7 mile trip, to proclaim that “The Lord has risen indeed”  This is the news that should keep us buzzing!!

Continued buzzing,  Pastor Greg.

*INSIDE WORSHIP is now being offered for ALL worship services utilizing the safety protocols set forth by the council.  Drive up worship via radio broadcast FM 107.5 will continue to be available. 

*OFFICE HOURS this week:  Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:30-12:00

*RUBY’S PANTRY next food distribution is Tuesday, April 20 from 12:00 – 1:30 rain or shine.

*KINDNESS PANDEMIC  Thank-you to all who participated in the March Easter grass growing project and for donating to Family Pathways.  A check for $50 was sent on behalf of LLC,  which has buying power of $350, so a little goes a long way!

“Shower the people you love with love, show them the way that you feel. Things are gonna be much better if you only will.”  (James Taylor)

 

April is upon us, so of course the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind, and this, along with the verse from James Taylor’s song “Shower the People” leads to the theme for April’s Pandemic of Kindness:  “April Showers of Gratitude”.  The idea is to pick a person each week of April to shower your gratitude in as many ways as you can think of.  It could be sending a note, a phone call, making a favorite meal or treat, some flowers or a small gift.  Choose whoever you wish; someone in your family, a friend, a co-worker, anyone that you feel needs some gratitude from you.  If you wish to share a gratitude story for the website or weekly email, published anonymously, please send to Pastor Greg.  

Have fun, and Happy Spring!  The Outreach/Evangelism Committee

*LUTHERAN DISASTER RESPONSE is always ready with assistance whenever & wherever a disaster happens.  LDR is most often one of the first to arrive and last to leave when such things occur.  LDR is also one of the most reliable organizations to support with our financial gifts with virtually every dollar donated going directly to the need.  Don’t wait for another disaster to make a financial contribution, do it today.  Please give today. Your gifts ensure that our church will be able to provide help and hope.   Give by phone:  (800) 638-3522 or write a check to Lutheran Disaster Response and mail to Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009.  If you want your donation to go to a particular disaster, please write that on the memo line. 

 *WEEKLY READINGS:

Monday           Acts 4:32-35               The sharing of goods

Tuesday           1 John 1:1-2:2             The word of life

Wednesday     Hebrews 11:1-40         The meaning of faith

Thursday         2 Corinthians 4:7-18   Living by faith

Friday             2 Corinthians 5:6-10    We walk by faith

Saturday          Psalm 133                   The blessing of unity

Sunday            Luke 24:36b-48           Jesus appears to the disciples

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “This is what Is considered true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it cost you nothing.”

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 *KINDNESS PANDEMIC Heartfelt thanks to all participants in our holiday Kindness Pandemic.  Everyone had such great ideas.  We’ll never know how far our kindness virus spread, but if even only a few were impacted positively, that’s enough!  It was wonderful to see such a great and generous response.  The Evangelism/Outreach Committee would like to keep the spirit of Christmas going for the whole year!  We will try to come up with a mini Kindness Pandemic project to help us all serve our neighbors by putting love into action, in accordance to Jesus’ great command to love one another.  We’ll post a monthly project idea that hopefully will appeal to you or your family. Feel free to substitute your own idea if you prefer, and if you have a suggestion for a future project, let Pastor Greg know and he can pass on to this committee.  For January’s “spread,” this time of year there is usually a stack of Christmas cards you may not be sure what to do with.  Instead of just discarding, save them for this month and every day spend a few minutes enjoying the card and praying for the person that sent it.  Easy and powerful!”

 *LUTHER POINT BIBLE CAMP WELLNESS RETREAT January 22-23.  Camp is offering a new Wellness retreat,  Healthy Habits:  The Key to Wellness.  Presenters will be Wendy Peterson and April Johnson.  Go to www.lutherpoint.org to register or for more information.

*ASH WEDNESDAY is February 17th and begins the Lenten season.  Worship will begin at 6:30.  There will be no Wednesday meals this year.

*MIDWEEK LENTEN WORSHIP services on Wednesdays at 6:30 during Lent.  This year’s theme is “Prayer, A Conversation with God.”  Prayer is communication with God, but so often we put all of our emphasis in our praying on recited prayers or intercessory prayers, but this leaves out the equally important part of listening in our praying.  Join us for midweek Lenten worship; this year as we explore the listening part of prayer.  Pastor Greg is requesting pictures of you praying.  These pictures can be of yourself, you and your spouse or loved one, your family around the dinner table, at the bedside, inside, outside, hands folded, hands raised….whatever….however you pray!!  Please email your pictures to Pastor Greg at llcpastor@lakeland.ws.  These pictures will be used in a musical collage at worship on Ash Wednesday.

 *WEEKLY READINGS:

Monday           Jonah 3: 1-5, 10                      Jonah goes to Nineveh

Tuesday           1 Corinthians 7: 29-35            Live without anxiety

Wednesday     Philippians 4: 4-7                    Paul encourages his co-workers

Thursday         Isaiah 40: 26-31                      The Lord gives strength

Friday              Joshua 1: 1-9                           The Lord speaks to Joshus

Saturday          Psalm 62: 5-12                        God is powerful and kind

Sunday            Mark 1: 21-28                         Jesus teaches in the synagogue

 

*GENEROSITY QUOTE for the week:  “God always gives his best to those who leave the choice with him.”

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