Dekorra Lutheran Church N3099 Smith Road, Poynette, WI 53955-9435 Phone: (608) 635-7200 * Fax: (608) 635-4960 E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Web Page Address: www.dekorralutheran.org Dan Odden, Pastor * Home Phone: (608) 643-5128 E-Mail: email@example.com Tammy Craker, Intern * E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org April 2009 Newsletter From The Pastor… Happy Holy Week and Easter! Please notice the worship schedule on the cover and the calendar. May the proclamation of new life bless you and fill your days! -In God’s Grace, Pastor Dan- Creation Friendly The fact is that all this talk about going ―green‖ is not going to go away. For the rest of our lives, one of the realities about our culture will be the question of how we can create a more sustainable, earth-friendly way of life. It is a question for the church in two ways. First, as a community of faith, what do our beliefs tell us about how we should live? Second, as a people living here under God, what should we be doing in this situation? No, I‘m not going to try to answer those questions in the few words that I share with you here. It is, after all, an open question for us and our children after us to wrestle with. Nevertheless, we may as well get about the task of trying on some new ideas, asking some new questions, and taking some action! One resource that we, and our young people, should re-discover is Lutheran Bible camp ministries. There has been a long history of the Lutheran church, and our own congregation, investing time and resources in outdoor ministry. How can we do this anew? Can you help? Another idea that we might want to do is to extend our connections with nature in our worship activities. Dekorra Lutheran Church‘s worship center is the most outdoors, creation-centered setting for worship that most of us have ever experienced. What more could we do? One idea is to have a service of blessing of animals. What other ideas can you think of? What about our facility and how we live together here? Could we take some small steps in witnessing to a better relationship between our style of living and God‘s mission given to us to care for and be a blessing to the rest of creation? These are complex questions but they are unavoidable. It may be that the next generation is watching. Very likely God is watching too! What do you think we might do expand our awareness and commitment to appreciate and care for God‘s creation? God‘s Presence Be With You, Pastor Dan The Intern’s “Tern”... Calendar 6:00p 6:30p 7:00p Wednesday, April 1 Lenten Soup Supper (DMC) Confirmation Mentor Meal Night Lenten Worship Sunday, April 5 PALM/PASSION SUNDAY 7:00p Thursday, April 9 Maundy Thursday Communion Worship Friday, April 10 Good Friday Worship I think we have finally reached spring and none too soon as far as I am concerned. Spring has always been my favorite time of year. Maybe because my birthday is in the spring so I had two wonderful things to look forward to in the winter: my birthday and being able to ride the new bicycle I would get for my birthday. There was also Easter to look forward to. My favorite day was Good Friday. The best Good Fridays were the ones when the snow piles were melting down the hill onto our driveway at home. I loved to ride my bike (new or old depending when Easter was that year) through the puddles with my good friend Darla. Then after lunch we would go to church for services. I will admit I had a struggle with my faith in my adolescent years as I was trying to figure out why the day Jesus was killed was called ―Good‖. But I remember the year it dawned on me. Without this terrible death on the cross we would be forever condemned. It was only through Jesus dying on the cross that we are given eternal life. The good of the cross only comes from the bad. We are told we, too, are to carry the cross. Which means we get the good with the bad as well. Being Christians means we will have hardships and sorrows in our lives, but you and I would have to admit there are amazing times and great joys in our lives as well; sometimes we just have to look harder for them. As we get closer to Easter Day, we may be thinking more about the sadness of the cross and the sadness in our own life, but when we get to Easter I challenge you to share with others an amazing time or a great joy you have recognized in your life lately. It will make you feel better and others will feel better too. ―Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, ‗Rejoice.‘ Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.‖ -Philippians 4:4-7See you in church, Intern Tammy 7:00p Saturday, April 11 10:00a Easter Egg Hunt Sunday, April 12 EASTER SUNDAY 6:30a Communion Worship 7:30a Easter Breakfast 8:30a Communion Worship 10:30a Communion Worship 6:00p 6:30p 7:00p Monday, April 13 Executive Committee Prayer Service All Committees meet Wednesday, April 15 NEWSLETTER DEADLINE 6:30p Confirmation Theme Night Sunday, April 19 11:30a Intern Committee meeting 7:00p 8:00a Monday, April 20 Church Council Tuesday, April 21 Commission on Aging Breakfast April 24 Youth Quake at The Wilderness, Wisconsin Dells (April 24-26) 8:00a 1:30p Saturday, April 25 Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Sunday, April 26 Worship at Lodi Good Samaritan Nursing Home 2 News from the Financial Secretary It is Spring Time in Wisconsin and soon after it will be Summer Time in Wisconsin and we all know what that means: VACATION TIME! YIPPIE! And we all know that means our weekly giving at church will be down. BUMMER! So what are we going to do about that? Well, one of the ways that we hope will work is that you will mail in your offering, either while on vacation or just before you go away. So, we have included in your offering envelopes a selfaddressed envelope in which you can place your offering and mail it into the church. This is a win-win situation for all involved. Now you won't feel guilty because you missed out on giving your offering on Sunday; the church can continue to function because you did make your offering and you can still be away enjoying that well-earned vacation. Wow, God works in wondrous ways! In Christ‘s service, William 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt The annual Easter egg hunt will be held on Saturday, April 11, at 10:00 a.m. Any donations of candy are appreciated. Please drop off in the old kitchen by Palm Sunday (April 5). * * * * * * Thank You... Thank you to our Dekorra family who included me in prayers, called, or sent a note during recovery from knee surgery. You have been a blessing and inspiration to us. Thank you for all you have done. -Claudine Hanson- NOTE: The Intern Fund line item was inadvertently omitted in the March newsletter. Please be sure to consider your pledge for the intern program; it is a good thing for Dekorra Lutheran Church. * ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ * * A PLEDGE FOR DEKORRA LUTHERAN CHURCH I,_____________________________, pledge my intent to support Dekorra Lutheran Church this next year with gifts for: General Fund: Intern Fund: _______________ _______________ The following people need to pick up their confirmation pictures from the church office: Michael Brasda, Kent Riedel, and Malorie Storey. 3 Dekorra Women of the ELCA Dekorra Women of the ELCA… Baraboo Conference Spring Gathering The W/ELCA Baraboo Conference Spring Gathering will be held Saturday, April 18, 2009, at St. John‘s Lutheran Church, North Freedom. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with coffee, rolls, and fellowship at 9:30. The keynote speaker will be Sanchita Kisku from India. Sanchita is in her second year at Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC). The offering that day will be given to the Sanchita Kisku Fund to help with her education. Election of officers will also be held. There is more information posted on the bulletin board by the church office. Registration forms are also included. Deadline for registering is April 10, 2009. April Coffee Hour April 5, 12*, 19, 26 (Easter—no coffee hour) Wednesday, April 1 1:00p Hope Circle at Church Sunday, April 5 Palm/Passion Sunday 7:00p 7:00p Monday, April 6 Joy Circle at Church April 9 Maundy Thursday Communion Worship April 10 Good Friday Worship Faith D/WELCA Quarterly Meeting The Dekorra Women will hold their quarterly meeting on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at church. Devotions: Hope Circle; Program: Joy Circle; Refreshments: Faith & Peace Circle. We’ll be discussing the need for a delegate for the synodical convention in June. Also, we need to form a committee to plan for the 2009 Ice Cream Social, as well as elect a chairperson for that committee. A Plea From the Synod for Hospice & Midwife Kits As friends of Global Health Ministries we are given the opportunity to serve in a very special way by providing much needed medical supplies and equipment to areas of the world that are less fortunate than we. We have been challenged to provide "midwife kits" which GHM will send to the areas where they are needed so that the midwives and the new mothers may feel that they are not alone, that someone cares and that they can welcome the babies into a safer world. Our reward: Their profound appreciation and the joy of serving the Lord and making a difference. Dekorra’s Challenge: To provide materials to make up the kits. Especially needed items are bath towels, wash cloths, pick combs, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and jars of Vaseline. Also needed are bath-size bars of soap and Band-Aids. A complete list is posted on the bulletin boards. Monetary donations are also welcome to help purchase pain medications and vitamins, as well as for shipping costs. Questions, call Kathy Pederson (592-7511) or Renate Lokotz (635-2246). 7:00p April 12 – Easter Sunday 6:30a Communion Worship 7:30a Easter Breakfast 8:30a Communion Worship 10:30a Communion Worship 6:00p 7:00p Thursday, April 16 Peace Circle at Church Faith Circle at Church Update: We have not had very many donations, so please consider giving something now! Thank you!! Saturday, April 18 Baraboo Conference at St. John‘s Lutheran, North Freedom 9:00a Saturday, April 25 D/WELCA Quarterly meeting at Church Looking Ahead: May 20-21, 2009: W/ELCA Bible Study Seminar at Wartburg Seminary June 26-27: W/ELCA Biennial Convention at the Bishop O‘Connor Center More information to follow. NEW CARDS & NAPKINS (EASTER TOO!) Check them out in the fellowship hall. There‘s other items like coffee, tea, hot cocoa, etc. 4 Easter Breakfast Time! It is almost time for the Dekorra Youth Annual Easter Breakfast. As is customary, the youth are again graciously asking for your help donating items. There are sign-up sheets on the youth room door for items such as eggs, butter, juices, milk, baked goods, and fruits. We also are looking for some people to donate and mix together the items for the egg bakes. We could use a few empty ice cream buckets if you are looking for an excuse to buy and eat some ice cream! All confirmation and high school youth are a part of this event. And all parents of such children are also involved by default. Those who were previously mentioned, please sign up to help set up on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and/or Sunday morning to help serve and clean up. The youth thank you for all your help and are looking forward to working hard to serve a great breakfast and to raise money to help in future missions and youth activities. * * * Evangelism Committee... The Big Birthday Bash: Saturday, May 2, 2009 Different ideas are moving forward as our evangelism committee makes plans for ―The Big Birthday Bash‖ which will be held on Saturday evening, May 2nd. We will begin with a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. and after eating we will have fun with some music, stories, and fellowship. We will be having drawings for several ―prizes‖. Our wonderful seamstress and famous quilt maker, Janet Hungerford, has designed and is making a beautiful small quilt which will be given away. You do not have to buy tickets to be the winner of this quilt; the only requirement is that you are present at the Big Birthday Bash. Our plans for the evening are to honor everyone who has had, or will have, a birthday during 2009! So that includes everyone! We also plan a special recognition of members of Dekorra who are (or will be) 80 years of age or older. If possible, we would like to ask those who are 80 (and older) to bring a memento of your childhood or younger years along with you (i.e., a toy, special remembrance, autograph book, picture, or anything interesting). Also, we would like everyone to bring a picture of themselves as a baby or young person. Plan now to join us for this annual evangelism ―spring event‖—come at 5:00 as we plan on eating at 5:30. If anyone needs a ride, please call June Fiske (6352794) or Joan Ayers (592-3244). After a long, cold, snowy, and windy winter, it is time to celebrate, so we hope to see you there! June Fiske, Co-Chair Evangelism Committee We remembered the following people in our prayers during the month of March: Stuart Schlender (June & Al Fiske‘s brother-in-law); Bob Gray (Janet Glimme‘s friend); Gladys Lamberg (Ruth Nelson‘s mother); Ruth Christianson (sister of Carol Lottes); Lorraine Knuteson; Val Kamps (Kathy Pederson‘s mother); Clenora Hoversten (sister-in-law of Tom & Loretta Hoversten); Betty Kauten (Gene Hehl‘s sister); Harriett Friedli (Janet Kienast‘s mother); Pastor Larry Gedde (brother-in-law of Claudine Hanson); and Holli Yaeger (Chuck & Penny Judd‘s daughter). Prayers for those serving our country in the Military... Megan McDonel (Gene & Betty Hehl‘s niece); Mark Clayman (Bob & Connie Clayman‘s nephew), Bill Warren (son of Cheryl Lytle), Charles Judd (nephew of Chuck & Penny Judd), Quinten Case (greatnephew of June Fiske), Chad Adler (son of Jane Rees), and James Wampole (Gene & Betty Hehl‘s nephew). If this list is incorrect or incomplete, please contact the church office. 5 Intergenerational Education Ever dreamed of taking your entire family on an unforgettable vacation...to the Holy Land?!? For FREE?!? Well, Dekorra Lutheran Church can make that happen. Ok, well, sort of. Come journey with us as we explore the many historical sites of Bethlehem, Capernaum, Nazareth, and Jerusalem, to name a few. Taste foods from these far off regions, see photos from past and present day, and experience the awe of Jesus‘ life here on earth. Our ―flight‖ will ―depart‖ from the sanctuary on Friday, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. Enjoy an in-flight snack and slide show. Once you arrive, you will not want to leave! Dates and times: Friday, May 1st: 6:00–8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2nd: 9:00– 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 8th: 6:00–8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9th: 9:00-11:00 a.m. Please call the church office today to reserve your seats!! We will have ―onboard‖ child care available as well as child care in the ―Holy Land‖ for children under 5. Please make sure and mention that to Laurie (our travel agent), when you call! We look forward to traveling with you and experiencing life in the footsteps of our Lord. In Christ, Monice Knuteson & Tammy Craker Mortgage Retirement Celebration! Our final mortgage payment will be made on April 23, 2009, and we will celebrate this accomplishment on Sunday, April 26th. This includes a special observation during worship services, as well as cake served by the church council between services. Please join us in recognizing this achievement. Thanks be to God!!! * * * Annual Reports are due May 15, 2009 for the annual meeting to be held in June. 6 Sunday School... Our current Sunday School mission projects are as follows: 1. Food Pantry collection (for Lodi and Poynette) 2. Columbia County Humane Society collection (see list below) 3. Ronald McDonald House pop tab collections Human Society collection wish list: Liquid laundry detergent; antibacterial liquid soap; dish soap; bleach; canned dog food; canned cat food; Vitamin C; cat litter; paper towels; garbage bags. Please, no dry food...Mounds provides all the dry food. Thank you for your donations!!! Monice & Sherri Knuteson Co-Directors * * * ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP Come help us clean up along Cty. Rd. CS from the interstate to Whalen‘s Grade on Saturday, April 25th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Be sure to wear your gloves; we will provide safety vests and bags. * * * Easter Butterfly Proceeds This year monies received from the Easter Butterflies will go to the Portage Habitat for Humanity Build that starts in April, and to Global Health Ministries for shipping costs for kits. 7 The butterfly is the symbol of hope and new life and is often seen connected with Easter. At Dekorra, the sanctuary is decorated with Easter lilies and butterflies. Your Easter gifts this year will be given to area mission ministries. Your gift can be designated in honor or in memory of a special person or occasion. If you wish to give a gift undesignated, your name will be placed on the butterfly. Include the amount of your gift on your weekly offering envelope and mark ―Butterfly‖. Please leave your form in the butterfly box in the back of the church by Sunday, April 5. Your Name _____________________________________________ My Easter gift for Mission Ministries is _________________. I would like the bulletin and butterfly to read: In Memory of ___________________________________ Given by ______________________________________ OR In Honor of _____________________________________ Given by ______________________________________ ************************************************************************************************************************************************************** Orders are being taken through Sunday, April 5 for Easter Lilies to be placed in the chancel Easter Sunday, April 12. The cost for each plant is $11.00. If you wish to help provide flowers for the worship area, please complete this form, place it along with payment of $11.00 per plant in the marked box in the back of the church. Please make your check payable to Dekorra Lutheran Church and write Easter Lily in the memo space. Do not place this money in your offering envelope. The plants may be picked up after the 10:30 a.m. Easter morning service or left to share with shut-ins. Please note: Easter Sunday Services are at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Your Name ________________________________ I will provide _______ Easter Lily(ies) for the chancel this year. I would like the bulletin to read: In Memory of _________________________________ Given By _____________________________________ OR In Honor of __________________________________ Given By _____________________________________ _______ I have included the cost of $11.00 for each plant with my order form.
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