"The Bethlehem Star"
The Bethlehem Star Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church 1206 C Avenue Vinton, Iowa 52349 (319) 472-3784 November 2012 The Rev. M. C. Urlaub, Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org Marlys Crane, Parish Assistant www.bethlehemvinton.org email@example.com ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From the Pastor’s Desk….. “Halloween is not a holiday!” exclaimed my The nature of public events has changed. wife when the radio personality spoke of the No longer do people sit stock-still and stone coming holidays beginning with that day of silent at any but the most controlled events trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns. Halloween because now we have sound systems. No one is not a holiday in the sense of being a holy day complains about not being able to hear the band nor is it a national day of observance. at rock concerts because we have amplification. Halloween is for the most part harmless fun, but (Later in life those same people may complain we should not forget that the Church worked about not being able to hear the preacher at hard to make it so. The day after Halloween, church, however.) Our modern solution is to November 1, is All Saints Day. It is the day that turn up the volume to drown out everything else. the church established to remember and give It does not necessarily fit our sanctuary that thanks for the departed faithful and emphatically brings us together with little space apart and say that the dead do not roam this earth on mixes all the sounds together. October 31 or any other date. Please help children participate in worship. When November 1 does not fall on Sunday, Let them be taken out when their noise is not we observe All Saints on the Sunday after. On joyful and to the Lord. And let us all be glad for November 4 we will remember those faithful the many young and old who are in worship departed of our congregation in this year past together. and others who will be named. We will also Veterans Day falls on Sunday this year and witness the Confirmation of two young gives us opportunity to recognize veterans. We members, saints alive with us, who will affirm will do so and will also invite the remembrance their baptisms and say “yes” to the faith and of those who have so served in prayers on faithful lives to which they have been called. November 11. And on October 31 we will eat candy and Pastor Urlaub remember that it is Reformation Day. +++ It’s a great problem, but still a problem. We Council President’s Message have a very acoustically live sanctuary. It is Have you ever seen an award show where the great for singing because the sound reverberates, winner says something like “First, I’d like to not quite like singing in the shower, but sort of. thank my Lord and Savior”? I am always But the same sound that bounces around to make impressed that they not only remember to thank a great congregational hymn also makes spoken God, but they thank God first. words run over the top of each other and hard to distinguish and it amplifies the noise of During this time of year, it is not uncommon to commotion. Except for the once a month remember all of things that we are thankful for. noisy offering that is intended to be, well, noisy, I can name many things that I am thankful for, noise can be distracting and make it hard for and although God is one of those things, I often people to hear what they really want to hear. don’t mention God at all, let alone first. I know that God knows that I am thankful to Him so I Prayers: don’t need to tell Him, right? Baptism: Alexis Ann Van Ree on October 7, 2012. Parents are Todd & Kellie Van Ree. This year, I have decided that I am going to do Health: Julie Clingman, Bonnie Poldberg, things a little differently and include God in Sharon Weiss, Al & Sue Hughes, Paul & Helen everything that I am thankful for, especially Anderson, Arlene Carls, Lois Martin, Ardeth since none of it would be possible without God Ramsey, Scharlene Anderson, John Lindahl. in my life. I thank God that I have a wonderful Nursing Home Residents: Lily Bearbower- husband. I thank God that I have a job that I Vogt, Joanne Sagan, Norma Jean Anderson. love. I thank God that my family members are Births: Wesley David Beecher born on October healthy and safe. I thank God that I have a roof 1, 2012. Parents are Nick & Jill Beecher. over my head. I thank God that I belong to a Grandparents are Duane & Sue Mangold. welcoming and loving church community. I Madeline Rae Olson born on October 5, 2012. thank God for sending Jesus to die for my sins. Parents are Ben & Lindsey Olson. Grandparents are John & Ellen Olson and Dave & Deb Priebe. So as you gather around the table this holiday Death: Marv Mostrom on October 4, 2012. season, I hope you will join me in telling those +++ you love how much they mean to you and The quilters of Bethlehem Lutheran Church include God in all that you are thankful for. recently shipped the products of their labors to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) for distribution Grace and peace to you! where there is need around the world. This Marta Bauer shipment included 73 quilts. LWR says that a Council President quilt is not only useful for bedding and warmth +++ but can be: France in September, 2013 a baby carrier, tied around a mother’s Pastor and LuAnn will host a tour in France on back; September 4-14, 2013. Registrations are already a market display, spread on the ground being made and space is limited. Call, email, or and piled with vegetables; check the church website for information. a sack for transporting those goods to +++ market; Food for Thought Small Group is calling all a sunshade; readers. Would you like food, fun, discussion a shawl; and most importantly and fellowship? We meet the 3rd Thursday (6:30 a constant reminder that someone, far p.m.) of each month at local or nearby away, cares a lot. restaurants and discuss the book of the month. When dining out of town, most of us carpool In addition the quilters assembled and sent 16 from the church parking lot, leaving at 5:45 p.m. fabric kits, 141 baby layettes, and 152 health Our schedule for the next two months: kits. They also gave during the year quilts to Nov. 15: The Messenger by T. David Bunn auctions for Lutheran Lakeside and EWALU Restaurant: To be determined. camps, those in need (most recently two to Dec. 20: The Shepherd’s Prayer by Richard LuAnn Urlaub’s sister who lost her home in a Barry. wildfire in North Dakota), and other causes. Restaurant: To be determined. Lutheran World Relief has set a goal of 500,000 We would love to have new members join us. quilts in 2013. LWR began after World War II If you have questions call Linda Wallace at 472- as Lutheran in America sought to give aid to 5638. their relatives in Scandinavia and Germany. It +++ now works around the world and is supported by Confirmation will be held on Sunday, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America November 4th. A confirmation reception will and the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. follow the worship service. The confirmands are: Cole Emrich and Rhea Wieditz. A few of the many Bethlehem quilters are November 11 – Sunday School kids pictured left to right: Joan Lindahl, Cheryl will deliver the food they’ve been collecting to Kelley, Doris Gosse, Mona Hanson, Helen the Vinton Food Pantry during the Sunday Burmeister, Marva Hanna. School hour. We will need a lot of parent drivers. If you don’t intend to drive and your child needs a car seat, you will need to leave that here with us. November 11 – YoungStars will sing and there will be a children’s sermon during worship. November 25 – We will go roller- skating from 2-4pm at the Vinton Skating Rink. Bring $4 plus extra if you want snacks from the concession stand. November 25 – Noisy Offering – come to worship and help us collect coins in tin cans!! LYO: The LYO thanks all those who bid on the baskets in our auction. We raised $245!! The LYO was busy in October. We +++ gathered on Saturday, October 27th to bake our Flowers for Worship in November favorite desserts for the church bake sale. Afterwards, we relaxed with a movie in 4 Al & Sue Hughes’ anniversary Augustana Hall. On Sunday, October 28th we 11 Veteran’s Day given by the Eden went to the Sander’s Pumpkin farm and family purchased a few pumpkins. After that we 18 ____________________ painted the LYO room in the basement of Inn 2. 25 Larry & Kindra Nudd’s Stop by and take a look! On October 31st we anniversary gathered together with the Jr. High, carved pumpkins, ate pizza and passed out candy and a +++ prayer to trick-or-treaters! LYO and Jr. High: Watch the bulletins and Youth Corner emails for November events. Rachel Dickinson, Coordinator of Youth Ministries November 7 – 5:30-6:30pm LIGHTs SUNDAY SCHOOL: On Friday, October 19, November 11 – Children’s Sermon w/ Nancy 16 kids (including 3 guests) came in pjs, spread Beckman blankets and sleeping bags on the floor, watched Delivering food to food pantry the movie Rio on the big screen in Augustana November 25 - Noisy Offering Hall, and ate a lot of snacks. It was a lot of fun! 2-4pm roller skating at Vinton Rachel has a discussion guide about some of the Skate Center Christian themes, such as taking up your cross, +++ that run through the movie. Let her know if you Team Christian Life would like a copy. Benton County Food Bank Donations November 7 – LIGHTs for Preschool – During the month of September, the donations 4th grade at Inn 2. 5:30-6:30pm. Food – during the Sunday Fellowship hour on Fellowship – Fun. Choir from 6:30-7:00pm is September 9th and 23rd totaled $92.31. A check encouraged, but not required. for this amount was sent to the Benton County Remember that we will be collecting Food Pantry so they can buy the needed hats and mittens for the school nurses and food/personal items for distribution to those in Thanksgiving food for the food pantry until need. Thank you for your generosity. November 11. VAMA Winter Warmth Project Leigha age 5 months. They are so excited to be Thank you to everyone who gave clothes or cash a part of the Bethlehem congregation and to assist with the Winter Warmth project. The appreciate all the warm welcomes. Vinton Ministerial Association supports this +++ effort to make sure the children in the Vinton Thank you’s…….. community have warm clothing for this A sincere thank you to our Bethlehem family for upcoming season. The items were taken to the your cards, calls and prayers during our recent central gathering site so they could be medical procedures and surgeries. We are both distributed to those in need. on the road to recovery. A special thank you to Pastor for his visits, calls and words of wisdom. Bethlehem to join in the Vinton Community God has truly blessed us with all of you. Craft/Bake Sale scheduled for November 3: Sue and Al Hughes Remember the community bake/craft sale at the +++ skate center on Saturday, November 3. Women’s Bible Study Bethlehem has chosen to be involved with this The theme verse for the November Women’s event to help with the sale of the cookbook and Bible Study is John 6:11-12. “Then Jesus took to generate some additional funds for worthy the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he projects. Please consider donating to this sale distributed them to those who were seated; so and also attending and purchasing items. Again, also the fish, as much as they wanted. When thank you for your support. they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather +++ up the fragments left over, so that nothing may As you enjoy fellowship hour after worship on be lost.’” Sundays, please listen for the “bell” to Jesus invites us to “come and see” what it is like ring……If you or anyone should have any to be in the presence of the one “who came announcements to make, such as birthdays or down from heaven.” We will join the crowds in anniversaries, team announcements, etc., please the Gospel of John as they eat their fill of five feel free to ring the bell to grab everyone’s barley loaves and a couple of fish, with more attention. pieces left over than there were to begin with. In +++ the abundance on the mountainside, we will Spotlight on New Members…………. gather to be fed with the bread of life, so that Todd, Kellie and Alexis Van Ree – none may be lost. Todd and Kellie were married on October 9, Please join us at one of these times: 2010 and had their first baby, Alexis (Lexi) on Monday, November 12th 11:30a.m. May 20, 2012. They both come from large Pizza Ranch families. Todd works at PMX as a caster and Monday, November 19th 6:30p.m. enjoys hunting, fishing, boating and Augustana Hall snowmobiling. Kellie works at the Vinton Lutheran Home as their Corporate Consultant If you have any questions, please contact Marta and also does some Home Health nursing as Bauer for further information. well. She enjoys snowmobiling, playing cards, +++ and boating. Help Iowans in need this holiday season Chad, Cynda, Jaxson and Leigha Mehlert – During the holiday season, Lutheran Services in Chad works for Rabe Hardware in Blairstown as Iowa reminds you that there are many people in an installer and plumber. He graduated from our state who are in need of the healing hand of Benton Community and Kirkwood. Cynda Christ and the hope His love brings. Thankfully, works at Dr. Walter Cunningham School in through our shared ministry with your Waterloo as a special education teacher and also congregation and the three Iowa synods of the part-time for the YWCA of Black Hawk County. ELCA, LSI is a way for children, families and She graduated from Chariton High School and individuals in need to find healing and hope. UNI. They have two children: Jaxson age 3 and Your support of LSI’s services is the fuel that From runaway to a college scholarship allows us to bring life-changing programs to the Like millions of teenagers before her, Misha is people we serve. Your help is preventing child putting her bedroom in boxes and soon she’ll abuse, keeping families together, building unpack them in a college dorm room, her whole futures for our youth and supporting future unfolding before her. It’s a rite of passage independence for people with disabilities. that almost didn’t happen. Less than a year ago, Misha was in a crisis There is still time to make your gift go even shelter, a high school runaway who had just farther for people in need through the been picked up by police. Her senior year had Responding to Love matching gift campaign. spiraled out of control. Her mom, Barb, was furious with her behavior. Her dad, Jack, was Because of the generosity of several donors, all struggling to stay sober. Her boyfriend, a 21- new and increased gifts will be matched $1 for year-old with two kids, was draining her every $2 above and beyond the amount given in confidence and her college savings account. 2011, up to $150,000. “He wanted to control her,” said Barb of Misha’s boyfriend. “He pressured her to quit softball, to Thank you for your partnership in ministry to quit high school. He took her money.” our fellow Iowans during this holiday season. To make a gift to LSI and be part of the Responding It was that day that Deb, an LSI caseworker, to Love matching gift campaign, give via our walked through the shelter door. secure online giving site at Misha’s mom Barb contacted LSI’s Brief www.LSIowa.org/give or call us at Intensive Services program, seeking help. The 866.584.5293. program fills the gap for families who do not +++ qualify for traditional state services, but need From Lutheran Services in Iowa……… support during a crisis. Taking care of caregivers “Misha wasn’t receptive at first to services, but Deb built a relationship with her,” Barb said. During November, we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month. Caregivers may call And slowly, Barb realized the program could themselves husband, wife, parent, son or help not just Misha, but their whole family. daughter, but no matter what their title they play an important role in caring for loved ones who “We would not be where we are today without need their assistance. While this care is given Deb,” she said. “We were spinning out of freely and lovingly, it can be stressful at times. control. It was a bad thing that happened, but it ended up being good for all of us. Jack got At Lutheran Services in Iowa, we celebrate sober. It woke him up. He had to be present.” family caregivers in communities throughout Iowa and offer programs that assist them as For Barb, all the work was worth it. they take on this vital role. LSI’s home health “I send Misha texts all the time that I’m proud of care programs provide important services to her,” Barb said. “I’m proud she graduated. I’m families including home visits by skilled nurses, proud she has a scholarship to play softball. I’m homemaker services to assist with light glad she stuck with it, and that she’s focused housework and respite services for those caring now. You wouldn’t know it today that she was for a family member with a physical or mental the same child she was before Deb.” disability. At LSI, we understand the difficulties and benefits of caring for a loved one. That is [This family’s names have been changed for why we are here to support this important group privacy at their request.] of people that take on these rewarding responsibilities. For information on Lutheran Services in Iowa, visit www.LSIowa.org. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LSI.iowa. Bethlehem Ev. Lutheran Church Consolidated Fund Activity Report for September 2012* Beg. Disburse- Transfers/ End. Account Name Receipts Balance ments JE’s Balance Building Fund 0.00 3,669.00 942.17 (2,726.83) 0.00 Cap Campaign Fd (227,845.45) 0.99 0.00 2,726.83 (225,117.63) Equip Replace Fd 3,398.06 500.00 0.00 100.00 3,998.06 General Fund B 1,781.00 2,664.00 0.00 (2,497.00) 1,948.00 General Fund A 14,630.73 8,985.00 14,654.93 1,938.00 10,898.80 LYO Fund 11,148.20 100.00 0.00 92.00 11,340.20 Memorial Fund 1,444.69 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,444.69 Property Fund 11,497.90 0.00 0.00 200.00 11,697.90 *Does not include Sunday, September 30 offerings or transfers BIBLE READING CHALLENGE Thursday, November 1 1 Timothy 3 Isaiah 36-37 Psalm 119:97-120 Friday, November 2 1 Timothy 4 Isaiah 38-39 Psalm 119:121-144 Saturday, November 3 1 Timothy 5:1-22 Jeremiah 1-2 Psalm 119:145-176 Sunday, November 4 1 Timothy 5:23-6:21 Jeremiah 3-4 Psalm 120 Monday, November 5 2 Timothy 1 Jeremiah 5-6 Psalm 121 Tuesday, November 6 2 Timothy 2 Jeremiah 7-8 Psalm 122 Wednesday, November 7 2 Timothy 3 Jeremiah 9-10 Psalm 123 Thursday, November 8 2 Timothy 4 Jeremiah 11-12 Psalm 124 Friday, November 9 Titus 1 Jeremiah 13-14 Psalm 125 Saturday, November 10 Titus 2 Jeremiah 15-16 Psalm 126 Sunday, November 11 Titus 3 Jeremiah 17-18 Psalm 127 Monday, November 12 Philemon Jeremiah 19-201 Psalm 128 Tuesday, November 13 James 1 Jeremiah 21-22 Psalm 129 Wednesday, November 14 James 2 Jeremiah 23-24 Psalm 130 Thursday, November 15 James 3 Jeremiah 25-26 Psalm 131 Friday, November 16 James 4 Jeremiah 27-28 Psalm 132 Saturday, November 17 James 5 Jeremiah 29-30 Psalm 133 Sunday, November 18 1 Peter 1 Jeremiah 31-32 Psalm 134 Monday, November 19 1 Peter 2 Jeremiah 33-34 Psalm 135 Tuesday, November 20 1 Peter 3 Jeremiah 35-36 Psalm 136 Wednesday, November 21 1 Peter 4 Jeremiah 37-38 Psalm 137 Thursday, November 22 1 Peter 5 Jeremiah 39-40 Psalm 138 Friday, November 23 2 Peter 1 Jeremiah 41-42 Psalm 139 Saturday, November 24 2 Peter 2 Jeremiah 43-44 Psalm 140 Sunday, November 25 2 Peter 3 Jeremiah 45-46 Psalm 141 Monday, November 26 Galatians 1 Jeremiah 47-48 Psalm 142 Tuesday, November 27 Galatians 2 Jeremiah 49-50 Psalm 143 Wednesday, November 28 Galatians 3:1-18 Jeremiah 51-52 Psalm 144 Thursday, November 29 Galatians 3:19-4:20 Lamentations 1-2 Psalm 145 Friday, November 30 Galatians 4:21-31 Lamentations 3-4 Psalm 146 The Bethlehem Star Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church 1206 C Avenue Vinton, Iowa 52349 Return Service Requested The Rev. M. C. Urlaub, Pastor (319) 472-3784 www.bethlehemvinton,org