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					First Lutheran Church
240 West Hardanger Gate         Address Service Requested
Lee, IL 60530

Pastor Sarah Schaffner

Phone: 815.824.2356


Please join us Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012:

Breakfast starts at 8:00 AM
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
240 W. Hardanger Gate, Lee, Illinois 60530
815-824-2356 or 2729

                                                                   April 2012

                              Pastoral Ponderings

        Have you seen Jesus lately? I have! Do you know where? In each one of you.
It’s been incredible. I’ve seen him in the stories you’ve shared about struggling to pray;
in the ones where you’ve caught yourselves saying to some new acquaintance “you
know, there’s this little church I go to…maybe you should come!” I’ve seen him in your
tales about conversations at work, home, and at the store…those ones about Jesus and
faith and doubts. In all those times, God is so vividly present, calling you…and you
amaze me, with how often you follow.
        So I thank you—I thank you for showing me Jesus. I thank you for showing me
Jesus. I thank you for praying and opening your hearts to each other these past six
weeks. And to answer your question (because God told me you’re asking!)—“no, we’re
not done yet!” You see, we’ve really just started—we’ve opened the window and let the
Spirit in…and now it’s time to see where she’s leading us.
        So, here’s your April assignment: continue praying. Continue praying with each
other, for each other, and for those we’ve yet to meet. Continue asking for the Spirit to
show us which way to go. Because on Saturday, April 28 at 9am, we are going to gather
together to (you’ve guessed it!) pray, discuss, and listen to where God is calling First
Lutheran, to where God is calling each one of us.
        You’ve given your time these last six weeks—you’ve allowed Jesus to unbind
your hearts and open your soul—and now we take step number two, a step into the future,
a step into the unknown, but a step that is held by God. So, I ask you to please take the
time once again on Saturday, April 28, and continue the journey we’ve started,
continuing to follow the Spirit that has lead us this far.
        See you soon!


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Council Members:

President: Joyce Dolister Vice Pres: Larry Aska Sec: Kristin Spickerman
Mike Davis, Alex Johnson, Janell Koroscik, Joyce Davis, Dave Koroscik, John
    Northern Illinois Synod “Funds for Mission” Miracle Sunday May 20, 2012

   “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
  Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything
 that I have commanded of you. And remember, I am with you to the close of the age.
                             (Matthew 28:19-20 NRSV)

       These words of Jesus remind us of the ministry imperative we have together as a
church and how all of us are called to participate in God’s mission of proclaiming the
good news of Jesus. This year, our Northern Illinois Synod celebrates 25 years of
ministry. In this first quarter century, our Synod has been recognized throughout the
church for as a missional synod. We take seriously the Great Commission of Jesus to go
out and proclaim the gospel.
       For the past number of years, we have been blessed with the Northern Illinois
Synod Mission Fund. The Synod Mission Fund provides ministry grants in partnership
with the Evangelical Lutheran Church In America for starting new missions,
redeveloping congregations, and providing seed money for specific outreach ministries in
       Just this past fall, our ministry of proclamation gave birth to a new Latino mission
start in East Moline, Illinois. Pastor Jose Cortes has been called by our Synod to be the
mission developer for Iglesia San Jose Obrero. Grants from our Synod Mission Fund for
the next three years will be vital in supporting this new ministry. Our Synod Mission
Fund has been instrumental in the in the proclamation of the good news of Jesus through
new ministries such as Iglesia San Jose Obrero.
       Indeed, our Synod Mission Fund is a blessing! However, today the Synod Mission
Fund has about a year and a half of life remaining. It is important that we strengthen the
Synod Mission Fund so that we can continue to be bold in proclaiming the gospel.

Northern Illinois Synod “Funds for Mission” Miracle Sunday is May 20, 2012!
      In order to strengthen our Synod Mission Fund, we will have a Synod-wide Miracle
Sunday on May 20, 2012. The goal of our “Funds for Mission” program is $300,000.
“Funds for Mission” Miracle Sunday will be an exciting opportunity for congregations
and individuals of the Northern Illinois Synod to share a one-time gift for the purpose of
building our Synod Mission Fund. It is also a meaningful way to participate in the joy of
reaching out with the gospel in a way that one congregation cannot do alone.
      Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in “Funds for Mission”
Miracle Sunday on May 20.
      It will be a great day of celebration and generosity throughout our Synod as we
share gifts to enable new ministries to be strong in their ministry, strengthen redeveloping
congregations as they transform their ministries, and provide seed money for new
outreach ministries in our Northern Illinois Synod.
      Please prayerfully consider a generous gift to “Funds for Mission” and help enable
our Northern Illinois Synod to remain a strong and vibrant “missional synod”. It will be
an exciting day and one of celebration as gifts are shared in thanksgiving for God’s love
in Christ and in making Christ known!
Hello First Lutheran Friends,
         My mother is celebrating her 90th birthday in April. We are planning an Open House and
we invite the members of the church to join us. The key points are:

*90th birthday Open House for Mary Ellen Prestegaard
*Saturday April 21, 1 - 4 PM
*Cake, coffee and punch
*Indian Oaks Country Club on Preserve Road south of Shabbona
*No gifts please
*Everyone is invited
Thank you - Eric

D. Eric Prestegaard

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FYI: We will be collecting a couple of "Retiring Offerings" in the next few months to
help offset the expenses for Kim Delhotal's trip to the 2012 ELCA Youth Gathering:
       Mark your Calendars for Saturday, April 28th at 9am-12ish! It’s time to look
forward; to see where the Spirit is leading; to pray, discern, converse, pray, and listen to
God to see what happens next. Food will be provided! See you then.

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        New Member Sunday—April 29th at 10:30am worship, with reception to follow.
Come welcome into the “official” roster rolls of First Lutheran, those who are already an
“official” member of the body of Christ.
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        Northern Illinois Synod “Funds for Mission”
Miracle Sunday will be May 20. Offering envelopes
will be distributed in our congregation in a
newsletter, as well as in your bulletins on Miracle
        New Orleans: 100 Wells Challenge at ELCA
Youth Gathering in July - Just $2500 could build a
well that provides clean water for up to 500 families.
The 100 Wells Challenge allows youth of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
across the country to make a difference by raising $250,000 to build 100 wells or
support water projects where they are needed most.
 100 Wells Challenge             Giving to build wells and provide clean water
        Every day, millions of women and children in developing countries walk several
hours to collect water that is safe for their families to drink. Sadly, too often the water
that they find is contaminated. Unclean water causes millions of people, especially young
children, to contract preventable deadly diseases every year.
        One in eight people still do not have access to safe drinking water and more than
half of the diseases in the world are caused by unclean water.
        ELCA World Hunger is concerned about the growing lack of clean water,
especially among people who live in poverty around the world and in the United States.
Yes, there are people in the United States who don’t always have access to clean water.
        ELCA youth have the opportunity to support the clean water challenge by
donating to the "100 Wells Challenge" in conjunction with the Gathering. Just $2500 will
build a well that can bring clean water to as many as 500 families at a time. The 100
Wells Challenge unites the hopes of Lutheran youth across the country to raise $250,000
and build 100 wells or support water projects where they are needed most.
        Think about how many times you rely on clean water during the day, and give
what you can to meet this challenge. There will be collection receptacles at the Gathering
for your group’s contribution, or you can send a check at any time to ELCA World
Hunger, P.O. Box 71764, Chicago, IL 60694-1764. Be sure to put “100 Wells Challenge”
in the memo line so that it can be totaled with other gifts.
  First Evangelical Lutheran Church Mission Statement:
               Called By Christ to Serve
                               Sonja Schultz, John Mielke,
Please pray for those sick or grieving:
Marlene Hilleson, Diane McBride, John Hodge, Walter Slaughter,
Laura Koppenhoefer, Donna Dow, Ronell Schaffner, Nancy,
Andy Swindell, Judith Koroscik, Joyce Thorson, Paul Sanderson,
Laura Clark.

Please pray for those serving overseas:                              All men and women serving.

Please pray for those in school: Megan Davis, Devin Post, Alex Dolister,
Mark Aska, Kevin Poterek, Kale Post, William Poterek, Holly Kroeschel.

**If your friend or loved one is on the prayer list, please tell Pastor Sarah (even if you think she should already know)
as you are able and desire, their connection to you and maybe even what we are praying for… this will help others see
how wide the community of faith extends, and how far our prayers reach. Thank you.

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April   Birthday Greetings to:
1       Anita Cradduck                             20        Amanda Kroeschel Erlenbach
3       Pastor Steve Dow                           21        Mark Aska
7       Mary Ellen Prestegaard                     25        Cheryl Simpson
17      Donna Kroeschel                            29        Scott Aska
19      Dean Winterton

 (Please let us know if we have left you off our Birthday Greetings list. As we rebuild
our calendar of names and dates, please let Deb Poterek know names and dates to add.)

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   Checking Account               Recap 2012
                               Feb. Statement                Year To Date
 Opening Balance:                   $3,109.77
 Deposits: Offering                 $3,976.88                       $9,448.41
 Transfers:                         $4,820.00                      $10,466.00
 Checks:                           -$6,545.44                     -$19,575.99
 Ending Balance:                    $5,361.21

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                              Worship Assistants – April 2012
                                    Easter                                                        FYI
  April..2012      Apr..1                            Apr..15         Apr..22       Apr..29       May..6
   Sunday                                                                                       9:15 A.M.
                  9:15 A.M.                         9:15 A.M.       9:15 A.M.     9:15 A.M.
     First       10:30 A.M.                                         10:30 A.M.   10:30 A.M.
                                  Breakfast 8      10:30 A.M.                                   10:30 A.M.
  Lutheran       Fellowship                                         Fellowship    Fellowship
                                 Worship 9:15      Fellowship                                   Fellowship
  Church of       Time 10                                            Time 10       Time 10     Time 10 A.M.
                                     A.M.         Time 10 A.M.
 Lee Worship        A.M.                                               A.M.          A.M.
                                                                       Doris     John & Sue    Joan Benner
                 Joyce Davis     Deb Poterek      Dolister Family
Greeters                                                             Erickson    Montgomery
Lector            Kristen           Sue
                                                  Rita Thompson     Larry Aska    Beth Post    Deb Poterek
(Readings)        Edecker        Montgomery
                                                  Becky Jarman                      Becky      Joan Benner
                  Koroscik                                          Kroeschel                    Kristen
Communion                        Davis Family        Kristin                     Jarman Deb
                   Family                                            Family                      Edecker
Assistants                                         Spickerman                      Poterek
                                                                    Larry Aska
                 Larry Aska       Larry Aska        Larry Aska                    Larry Aska     Koroscik
                                                                       Deb                        Family
                Deb Poterek      Deb Poterek       Deb Poterek                   Deb Poterek
Ushers                                                               Poterek
                    Joyce                                             Joyce         Joyce         Janell
                                 Joyce Dolister   Joyce Dolister                                 Koroscik
Altar Care         Dolister                                          Dolister      Dolister
Other:                                           Council 11:30 am
                                   Nurture Kitchen Sat. April 14
                                        8:30 am - 11 am.

If you’re unavailable on your scheduled date, please arrange your replacement.

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Readings: To read along with the Sunday verses and for Lectors to know
for their week.
Palm Sunday 04/01/12 Isaiah 50:4–9a Psalm 31:9–16 Into your hands, O LORD, I
commend my spirit. Philippians 2:5–11 Mark 14:1—15:47 or Mark 15:1–39 [40–47]

Easter Sunday 04/08/12
Acts 10:34–43 Isaiah 25:6–9 (Alternate) Psalm 118:1–2, 14–24
This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
1 Corinthians 15:1–11 Acts 10:34–43 (Alternate) Mark 16:1–8 John 20:1–18

04/15/12: Acts 4:32–35 Psalm 133 How good and pleasant it is to live together in
unity. 1 John 1:1—2:2 John 20:19–31

04/22/12: Acts 3:12–19 Psalm 4 The LORD does wonders for the faithful.
1 John 3:1–7 Luke 24:36b–48

04/29/12: Acts 4:5–12 Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.
1 John 3:16–24 John 10:11–18

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 First Lutheran of Lee         Mon        Tues         Wed         Thur           Fri            Sat
1.                       2.          3.          4.              5.         6.           7.
Palm Sunday                                                      Maundy     Good
Sun. School 9:15 am                                              Thursday   Friday
Fellowship 10 am                                                 Service    Service
Worship 10:30 am                                                 7 pm       7 pm

6 PM at Faith,
Rochelle, Holden
Evening Prayer
5 pm Potluck

8.                       9.          10.         11.             12.        13.          14.
EASTER SUNDAY                                    Grace Place,                            Nurture Kitchen
Breakfast starts 8 am                            NIU,                                    8:30 to 11 am.
                                                 Fellowship 7,
Worship 9:15 am                                  Worship 9 pm
                                                                                         Join us to eat
                                                                                         and cook!

15.                      16.         17.         18.             19.        20. 16.       21.
Sun. School 9:15 am                              Grace Place,                            1 - 4 pm
Fellowship 10 am                                 NIU,                                    90th Birthday
                                                 Fellowship 7,
Worship 10:30 am                                 Worship 9 pm                            Mary Ellen
                                                                                         Prestegaard at
Council 11:30 am                                                                         Indian Oaks
                                                                                         Country Club

22.                      23.         24.         25.             26.        27.          28.
Sun. School 9:15 am                              Grace Place,                            Marking the
Fellowship 10 am                                 NIU,                                    Calendar:
                                                 Fellowship 7,
Worship 10:30 am                                 Worship 9 pm
                                                                                         9 am - 12'ish!

29.                      30.                                                             April 2012
Sun. School 9:15 am
Fellowship 10 am
Worship 10:30 am
New Member
Sunday -
Reception following

   Easter Flower Sponsors: We will be ordering Easter Flowers. Please give your Easter
   Flower Sponsor information to Sue Montgomery or Deb Poterek.

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