The councils for both Our Savior’s and Emmanuel have asked our office staff to develop a new self-published church directory. The directory will be available at the beginning of the year. Photographs and information will be collected before and after worship services during November, and will be available in small three-ring binders at the beginning of the year, in time for annual meetings.
We will begin taking pictures at both churches before and after the worship services. We are looking for volunteers to help with collecting forms and taking photos in November. If you are willing to help, please contact Pastor Brian or the Parish Office.
You can fill out the information form at church, or can download it here.
The churches in the cooperative ministry discussions met on Tuesday, October 20 at St. Paul’s in Curtiss. One of the decisions made is to give the group the name of Sowing Seeds Lutheran Ministries, and to use this logo.
Contract discussions between Pastor Brian, Pastor Kris and Nazareth have been concluded, and the contract will be presented to the church councils. The contract to provide pastoral care for Nazareth would go into effect on December 1. For Nazareth ONLY, Pastor Brian will take the lead in worship and administration, while Pastor Kris will take the lead in visitations and pastoral care. Their roles at their current churches will not change.
What may change is so Pastor Brian can also lead Sunday services at Nazareth, worship times at Our Savior’s and Emmanuel may change as well. The proposed schedule of Sunday worship times is:
Nazareth 8:00 a.m.
Our Savior’s 9:30 a.m.
Emmanuel 11:00 a.m.
These are still proposals. If you have questions or concerns, please talk to Pastor Brian or to a church council member.
The first event sponsored by Sowing Seeds Lutheran Ministries was a Joint Reformation Sunday Evening Worship Service & Potluck on October 25th at Nazareth in Withee. Thanks to everyone who attended and brought a dish to pass. Special thanks to Our Savior’s Tone Chimes, and Linda Turnquist and Russ Dean for accompanying on “A Mighty Fortress.”
Halloween originally started as a church holiday. Really.
Check out this article from Vibrant Faith on the three days when we remember our loved ones who have died, and the traditions that used to go along with them. Maybe you might include one of the traditions to remember those who are no longer with us.
BTW, in the Lutheran tradition, we celebrate October 31 as Reformation Day because in was on that day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the church door. He chose that day because the next day, All Saint's Day, was one of the highest attended church services of the year.
Thanks to the enthusiasm of our youth and the generous support of many, ELCA World Hunger’s Walk for Water fundraising challenge of $500,000 was met – and now it will be doubled!
To date, more than $500,000 has been received and thanks to a generous family, $500,000 will be matched – totaling more than $1 million in gifts for ELCA World Hunger-supported water projects.
Your gifts are making a difference! Your support is helping create healthier families and stronger economies through projects that provide clean drinking water through spring boxes and boreholes, support for irrigation systems, education about sanitation in rural villages, and so much more. Thank you!
While we celebrate meeting our goal, our work is far from over. Continue the momentum of the Walk for Water challenge with special resources, educational opportunities, and fundraising events that will help our friends around the world break the cycle of hunger and poverty.
Check out the celebratory video!
Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner and Fair Trade Sale
Wednesday, October 28 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
$15 per person / Children K-6th grade $7
Carry outs are available.
Menu includes: Lutefisk, Swedish Meatballs,Lefse, Pie and all the trimmings.
The Lutheran World Relief Fair Trade sale is held at the same time.
Our Savior's Lutheran Church 110 W Begley, Greenwood WI
A prayer to use to bless your pets and animals on this, the remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi.
Blessed are you, Lord God,
maker of all living creatures.
You called forth fish in the sea,
birds in the air, and animals on the land.
You inspired St. Francis
to call all of them his brothers and sisters.
We ask you to bless this animal.
By the power of your love,
enable it to live according to your will.
May we always praise you
for all your beauty in creation.
Blessed are you, Lord our God,
in all your creatures! Amen.
The five churches who are in discussions over an area ministry agreement are sponsoring a Joint Reformation Sunday Evening worship service and potluck at Nazareth on Sunday, October 25.
The service, with Bishop Rick Hoyme as our guest preacher, will begin at 5 p.m., with a potluck supper to follow. This will NOT replace the individual church’s services on that day.
Each church is asked to bring a particular item for the potluck:
A variety of updates on Our Savior's and Emmanuel's Youth Ministries
First Communion Class Scheduled
Pastor Brian will lead a class on Holy Communion on Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at Our Savior’s. Children in Third Grade are invited to take this class, as are others who have not had their First Communion. Each child will need to be accompanied by an adult; a parent or baptismal sponsor is appropriate.
Students will be invited to receive their First Communion on Sunday, October 18th. Please contact the Parish Office at before the class to sign up. (This is a correction from the October Messenger on the date of First Communions.)
K3WL Kontinues In October
Our second K3WL (Kids on the 3rd Wednesday Learn about God) session will be on October 21. Sessions will run from 3:30 pm, or when the bus arrives, until 5:30.
We forgot to include a spot for those who are participating, but aren’t using the Greenwood bus, so a revised permission slip is below. If you’ve already filled one out, you don’t have to do it again. A revised permission form can be downloaded from the link to the right.
Luther League Elections & Plans
At the September 16th Luther League meeting, new officers were elected. They are: Madeline Johnson, President; Tiara Wuethrich, Vice President; Andrew Petke, Treasurer; and Dylan Nielsen, Secretary.
Upcoming fundraising activities are being discussed, but will include: Christmas Wreath sales and the Soup-er Bowl Bowl of Soup Sale.
Luther League meetings are the third Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. The next meeting is Wed., October 21st.
Emmanuel Pie Making Day
Emmanuel will have a church community fundraiser. We are having an apple pie making day at Longwood Parish Hall on October 17th beginning at 8:00 am and finishing when all the pies are made. We are hoping to bake 150 pies.
There are jobs for everyone: men, women and children. Apple peelers, pie crust rollers, pie tin fillers, deliverers and cleanup are some of the jobs needed. All help is welcomed and appreciated! Monetary donations are also accepted to help buy supplies.
Pie Committee-Carol Missling, Nancy Garrett, Lois Himes
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