Please join area clergy, county leaders, and concerned community members as we join hands and hearts in the work of ending homelessness in Clark County. All proceeds to benefit the House of Mercy; a homeless facility in Loyal, serving local women and children.
The worship service will be on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Allan & Connie Walter’s Farm; W4077 Heintown Rd.; in Loyal. Music begins at 10 am, the Worship Celebration is at 10:30 am, and Lunch at Noon.
The House of Mercy began as a community initiative born from the compassionate hearts of local community members, churches, businesses, and local organizations. Catholic Charities was invited in to join their Beyond Shelter Program and resources to this initiative’s efforts. Their mission is to provide dignity and stability of a permanent home, as well as supportive services to homeless women and women with children from Clark County. House of Mercy is located in Loyal and currently has three apartments available for housing.
The House of Mercy also contains a small office and potential rooms available for single women/women with children for emergency housing. These rooms will offer shared cooking, laundry, washrooms, and dining space. Emergency housing is for a short-term stay. The funds raised from this event will help us finish these rooms and open the emergency housing facility.
Mark your calendar for the 11th Annual Charcoal Chicken Dinner to be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017, serving from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We will have a drive thru available plus serving in our dining hall. Besides chicken to be purchased by the quarter or half, we will serve potato salad, baked beans, dinner rolls, milk, coffee and bars/cookies. The price will be $9.00 for half chicken, $7.00 for quarter chicken.
To help defray costs, we will be asking for food donations; people to work preparing the food, set up tables, serve on Sunday, etc; and volunteers to circulate flyers. Cash donations are welcome also. A sign up sheet will be available at church starting April 9th.
If you have any questions or want to volunteer for any of the above, please call Cathy Langreck at 715/--267-6711 or Chris Briski at 715-267-6247. Thank you.
Once again, our churches will celebrate the birth of Our Savior, Jesus of Nazareth, who is Emmanuel, God with us.
On Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, we will have services featuring Lessons & Carols with Communion and Congregational Candle Lighting as we sing “Silent Night.” At Emmanuel, the service will be at 4:00 p.m., with bell ringing to follow. Nazareth’s service will be at 6:00 p.m. The service at Our Savior’s begins at 8:00 p.m.
On Christmas Morn, Sunday, December 25, services will celebrate Christ’s birth with Carols with Communion at our regular Sunday worship times; Nazareth at 8:00 a.m., Our Savior’s at 9:30 a.m. and Emmanuel at 11:00 a.m.
Joint Sunday School Service on December 18
Sunday School students from Our Savior’s, Nazareth and Emmanuel will present a Joint Christmas Program at Our Savior’s at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday December 18. This will be the only service that Sunday. Everyone is asked to provide treats for the cookie and dessert potluck following the service. People are encouraged to wear festive holiday sweaters to celebrate the season.
There will be a rehearsal for Sunday School students on Sunday, December 11 from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm at Our Savior’s. If students need costumes in advance, the Sunday School teachers are asked to contact Our Savior’s with sizes and quantities.
Lessons and Carols to Ring in the New Year
The Sunday, January 1st services will ring in the New Year with services of Lessons and Carols, but will not celebrate Holy Communion. Pastor Brian will be on vacation between Christmas and the Annual Report and Meeting Season.
Share Your Talents For Christmas
If you would like to share your musical talents with the community during our Christmas Eve or Christmas Morn worship services; whether it is you, or several of your friends, and would like to sing, play, or do both, please let Pastor Brian know as soon as possible.
Additionally, readers are needed for the Christmas Eve, Christmas Morn and New Year’s Day services at all 3 churches. If you would be willing to read a lesson or prayer at these services, please contact Pastor Brian.
You can give to ELCA World Hunger in three ways:
1) You can contribute loose change, cash or checks by putting them in the blue water jugs entrance to the sanctuary at each church.
2) You can purchase an ornament and an animal from God’s Global Barnyard. Near the blue water jugs are a collection of ornaments with a dollar amount. If you purchase an ornament, that money will go to purchase that animal for a needy farming family. You get a goat ornament, for example, and a family gets a goat, and Pastor Brian is $50 closer to wearing a Packers stole through January and February.
3) Our young people (and anyone who wants one) can pick up a Global Barnyard Bank to collect change, and they can turn it in at the Joint Sunday School Program, or on Christmas Eve or Christmas Morn.
If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Brian.
Join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and William B. Horne II, an ELCA member from Clearwater, Fla., for a live webcast conversation on the complexity and implications of racism Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. (CDT).
Through its social statement – “Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture” – ELCA members have expressed this church’s calling to confront racism and advocate for justice and fairness for all people. The statement is grounded in the conviction that the church has been gathered together in the joyful freedom of the reign of God announced by and embodied in Jesus. That reign has not come in its fullness, but the message of God’s “yes” to the world breaks down all dividing walls as we live into that promise.
“Talking about race and racism is hard work for most of us,” says Horne. “Our Christian witness compels us to confront our sinfulness in all forms from within and outside of ourselves. It is more beneficial if we do it together.”
In several public statements, Eaton has called for deep conversations about racism and racial justice, particularly in response to several events in the United States.
“God’s intention for all humanity is that we see the intrinsic worth, dignity and value of all people. Racism undermines the promise of community and fractures authentic relationships with one another. We need to talk and we need to listen, but we also need to act,” says Eaton.
A link to the live webcast will be embedded on this page. A live stream also will be available at www.Facebook.com/Lutherans. Twitter hashtag is #ELCAConfrontRacism.
Interested in submitting a question for the ELCA presiding bishop to consider during the live webcast? Send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name and your congregation’s name, city and state.
For more information, go to elca.org/webcast
Both Emmanuel and Our Savior’s Vacation Bible Schools will be learning laboratories. We will spend time this summer in the SonSpark Labs learning that God’s Plan 4 U = Jesus.
Alterations to the VBS schedules have been made at each church.
Emmanuel’s VBS will be held Monday to Friday, June 8th-12th from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The closing celebration will be at Emmanuel on Friday, June 12th beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Our Savior’s VBS will be held Sunday to Thursday, June 21st -26th from 5:45 to 8:00pm with the closing celebration on Friday.
Both churches need help with volunteers to teach and lead various parts of the program. Emmanuel is specifically looking for help with arts and crafts. A list of items that are needed will be in the May newsletter, but with the science theme of this year’s VBS, any “laboratory” or “sciency” materials that could be donated or loaned will be greatly appreciated.
Contact Vita Gosse, Emmanuel/Nazareth Coordinator or Joan Turnquist, Our Savior’s Coordinator with any questions.
Our Savior's No Salad, Salad Luncheon fundraiser is coming April, May and June. Envelopes will be available. This year a large salad bowl will be in the gathering area. You can drop your envelope in the bowl, place it in the offering or give it to Sue Johnson. Remember you can donate any time of the year with any amount.
Emmanuel’s Spring Free Garage Sale will be Wednesday, May 6 to Friday, May 8. Items can be dropped off to the Parish Hall at Emmanuel beginning on Easter Sunday.
Mark your calendar for the 9th Annual Charcoal Chicken Dinner to be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015, serving from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. We will have a drive thru available plus serving in our dining hall. Besides chicken to be purchased by the quarter or half, we will serve potato salad, baked beans, dinner rolls, milk, coffee and bars/cookies. The price will be $8 for half chicken, $6 for quarter chicken.
To help defray costs, we will be asking for food donations; people to work preparing the food, set up tables, serve on Sunday, etc; and volunteers to circulate flyers. Cash donations are welcome also. A sign up sheet will be available at church starting April 5th.
If you have any questions or want to volunteer for any of the above, please call Brenda Noah or Cathy Langreck.
Please mark your calendars for the following events:
April Our Savior's No Salad - Salad Luncheon
Wed., April 8 Our Savior's Sunday School on Wednesday at 3:30 pm
Sunday, May 3 Our Savior's Charcoal Chicken Dinner (serving from 11 am to 2 pm)
Tues., May 5 Central Wisconsin Cooperative Ministry Group Meeting at Our Savior's in Greenwood
May 6 to May 8 Emmanuel's Free Garage Sale
June 8-12 Vacation Bible School at Emmanuel
June 21-26 Vacation Bible School at Our Savior's
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