First Edition The Newsletter of First Lutheran Church February 2010 Issue Number: 70 Issued: Monthly 310 E. Washington Street P.O. Box 322 Stoughton, WI 53589 SOUPer Bowl Sunday, February 7 Phone: (608) 873-7761 Fax: (608) 873-5174 On Super Bowl game day, FLC will Email: firstname.lastname@example.org host a Souper Bowl of its own! To Website: www.flcstoughton.com “play”, please bring canned goods and place in the marked containers In This Issue to score a “giving to others” Worship in February ...........2 touchdown. From the Pastor .................3 Council Update...................3 The “winners” Praying ...............................3 will be the many Sharing & Caring ................4 families served Group news ........................4 by the Small Groups .....................5 Stoughton Food Fellowship Ministries ..........5 Pantry. If everyone who worships brings a can of soup, we could It’s “Soups” the Robot! He Lenten Schedule ................6 provide over 400 cans to help feed hopes you will participate in Baby Baskets .....................6 Souper Bowl Sunday!! those in need! Children’s Education ..........7 Church of the Month ...........7 Youth & Family Ministries ...8 4K Registration, Monday, February 8! Parents with 4-year-old youth are invited to sign up for FLC’s new 4K program on Monday, February 8 at Sandhill School. Wrap-around child care will also be offered. Please talk with Pastor Sara or Church Council member Kathy Hanneman for more information. It’s going to be grrrrreat! . A Faith-filled February! Sunday, February 7 Souper Bowl Sunday Council Installation We celebrate Altar Rail Holy Communion 8:30 - Senior Choir 10:00 - Faith Alive and Agape Bells Sunday, February 14 Transfiguration Sunday 8:30 - Senior Choir and Alleluia Bells 10:00 - Faith Alive Wednesday, February 17 Lent begins* with a Lenten Supper at 5:30 and Ash Wednesday Service at 7:00 pm Imposition of Ashes Holy Communion Senior Choir offers anthem Sunday, February 21 We celebrate Intinction Holy Communion 8:30 - Senior Choir and First Kids 10:00 - Faith Alive and First Kids 4:00 pm - Chili & Game Night Sunday, February 28 “Hands Free” Video Projection 8:30 - Senior Choir 10:00 - Faith Alive and Alleluia Bells *See Page 6 for Ash Wednesday and Lenten Schedule First Lutheran Staff Name Email Address Senior Pastor Bill Lehman email@example.com Associate Pastor Sara Peterson Ehrets firstname.lastname@example.org Visitation Pastor Richard Halom email@example.com Spiritual Growth Director Liz Nelson firstname.lastname@example.org Children’s Ed Director Jenny Gustafson email@example.com Office Manager Holly Freund firstname.lastname@example.org Office Assistant Erin Kelly-Ramberg email@example.com Music Coordinator Mark Everson firstname.lastname@example.org Bookkeeper Cindy Lehr email@example.com 2 | First Edition · First Lutheran Church . From the Pastor February Council News One of the blessings of serving a church At its meeting, the Church Council… with the demographics of FLC is that our Heard a presentation from organist Mark staff often experience a lot of variety in our Everson to replace the pipe organ ministries. blower. The Council approved the request. The cost is around $8,000 and For example, at the time of this writing, we are only three will be paid through extra We Still Love Sundays into the new year. We have already had four Our Church Appeal gifts. funerals, two baptisms and one birth. By the end of Learned that the church ended the year on January, we will have had a wedding and at least one a positive note in more baptism, too. both General Fund A couple of Sundays ago, two families told me they were giving and Appeal expecting another little one. Every week, we pastors talk offerings. about and pray for those who are dying. However, it is anticipated that Sunday school kids and confirmation youth keep Jenny, 2010 will be a bit Liz and Pastor Sara hopping. All three also work to tighter. As a provide intergenerational events in which everyone can result, the Council asks that all members participate. The homebound and hospitalized keep do everything they can to keep current on Pastor Halom on the road. I am often on the phone or in their promises during this year. my office with those who need counseling/pastoral care. Expressed appreciation for outgoing Council members Jeremy Eppler, Dan Karen directs the youth in Agape Bells. Kolberg, Wayne Kiefer and Gary Weum Mary and Jill direct adults in the Alleluia for their excellent contributions during their Bells and Senior Choir, respectively. Mark terms. not only accompanies our regular worship Received a report that the services, but also plays for funerals and Finance Committee would weddings. like to sponsor another Holly manages the office and all of FLC’s records from Spring Carnival as a part cradle to grave. Erin coordinates the volunteer schedules of the group’s Charitable Gift of adults and youth. Cindy takes care of our offerings, Initiative efforts. Members of whether they come in the forms of checks, cash or coin the Fellowship Committee will assist in boxes filled by children. Our custodians set up and take staffing the event on March 21. down tables regularly to serve people of all ages. Learned that the pastors had begun making contacts within the congregation to FLC is a big church with all kinds of people at various initiate the Praying Through The Church stages of life. We are blessed by all, from the energy of program. The initial results have been the young to the wisdom of those in their twilight years. very encouraging. (See below) See you in worship on Sundays and Wednesdays during Discussed the potential impact of a 4K Lent...no matter what your age! and wrap-around child care program at FLC. 4K registrations will take place on Pastor Bill Lehman February 8. Praying Through The Church Has Begun Our pastors have begun the process of contacting every FLC household to hear their stories and receive prayer requests. Their goal is to talk directly with an adult in each home. So, they may leave messages when they call, but they will continue to telephone until they make a personal connection. It has been a rewarding experience as they not only have been able to offer individualized prayers for FLC families, they have also heard how our members are living out their faith in their daily lives. What a blessing! There are around 600 households who call FLC home...and all of them will be contacted by the end of the year. So, don’t be surprised if you get a call from one of the pastors!! February 2010 | 3 . Sharing and Caring Congratulations to . . . Known to have been hospitalized . . . Nathan Minor and Angie Sobocinski, on Hildur Amble the birth of their daughter, Aleeya Joy John Aslakson Brittani Kvalheim, on the birth of her son, Inga Flower Keegan William Virnig Joan Grefsheim William and Jennifer Clark, on the baptism Carroll Hawkinson of their daughter, Brenna Renee Ursula Johnson Jennifer Rigdon, on the baptism of her Matt Johnson son, Joseph James. Ann Juve Elizabet (Wright) and Erik Jorgensen, on Margaret Kvalheim their marriage Gail Stiklestad Lee Waag Barbara Zander Special Prayers for . . . Juanita Gorden, mother of Daryl Gorden John Hartman, uncle of Jerry Leikness Our Sympathy to the families of . . . Chester “Chet” Johnson Mikel Kind, submitted by Stephanie Kind Alvin Ramsden Mike Oldenkamp, submitted by Christine Delores Osland Oldenkamp Helen Peterson Arthur “Art” Pundt Georgene Quam Emilee Purcell Lorin Stelzer, brother of Ken Stelzer and Brianna Wesley uncle of Mark Everson Groups at First Lutheran Quilters Circle News Come and join this group of industrious women and Tuesday, February 9 create quilts that are then donated to many organizations serving those in need. This group is Circle 3 meets at church at looking for additional hands. NO experience necessary. 9:00 am. Service project: Can’t sew? No problem! There are many jobs that dusting. Lunch at Marsala’s at need to be done besides running a sewing machine. 11:30 am. Diane Lynch, hostess. Quilting continues until Easter. They work each Phoebe Circle will meet at Monday from 8:30 am until noon. 7:00 pm at Audrey Jandrey’s . Circle 17 will meet at Knitting and Crocheting Culver’s at 1:00 pm. The January meeting will be on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30 pm in the FLC library. Bring projects to work on and share time together. Notice the colorful covers? Liturgical Publications (the newsletter printing Banner Committee company) offered a sample run using full color on the front and back covers. The advertisers on page 9 The committee will meet in the library on make it possible to send out this quality product. Monday, February 1 at 6:30 pm. Contact Please remember to support them with your business Lou Ann Ellingson at 873-8816 for information. and mention you saw their ad in the FLC Newsletter!! 4 | First Edition · First Lutheran Church . Small Group and Fellowship Ministries Chili & Game Night Joseph and the Amazing Sunday, February 21 in FLC Fellowship Hall Technicolor Dreamcoat 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Fireside Theater, Fort Atkinson Come join in the fun at a favorite Saturday, April 17, 2010 FLC event! Bring games from From the creators of Evita and home or a deck of cards. Sign up Jesus Christ Superstar comes one to bring chili, fixins’, sides or a of the most popular musicals in the dessert to share. There is last 50 years. This telling of the guaranteed to be lots of laughs biblical story of Joseph and his and a great time for all! brothers is filled with great music, costumes, laughter, joy and heart. Movie Night Featuring “Up” Utilizing many different styles of music from pop/rock Sunday, March 14 in FLC Fellowship Hall to country to musical comedy this sparkling show 5:00 - 7:30 pm follows young Joseph as he faces adversity and triumphs through his dreams and his strong, Kids, wear your jammies and bring a unwavering faith. Depart from FLC at 10:30 am, lunch favorite stuffed animal or blanket - at 11:00 am, show at 1:30 pm. Transportation will be adults, dress comfy and watch the available. movie “Up”, a story about an 8-year- There are still tickets available for this great show! old boy who ends up as a stowaway Tickets are $63.95, which includes the scrumptious with a 78-year-old man as he embarks meal and the show. Bring extra money for shopping on the adventure of a lifetime! in the Fireside Shops if you like. This is a great movie for all ages! Pizza, soda, popcorn and treats will be provided - a freewill Mother-Daughter Banquet offering will be collected. Planning Meeting Monday, February 15 at 6:30 pm Lenten Supper Helpers Bring your creative ideas and FLC is known for its yummy help plan a wonderful Lenten suppers! Sign up in the afternoon for mothers and Information Center to help with daughters. Come prepared to preparing and serving a Lenten set a date (for later this Supper. This is a great way to spring), share ideas for a get to know new people and speaker/entertainment, share your gifts with others. decorations and refreshments. See menu and dates on page 6. The possibilities are endless! Book Club News Selah (Daytime) Group Evening Group Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month Meets on the 2nd Monday of the month in the FLC library at 12:30 pm in the FLC library at 6:30 pm February - The Worst of Hard Times by February - Little Women by Louisa May Timothy Egan Alcott March - The Guernsey Literary and Potato March - Rooftops of Tehran by Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer Mahbod Seraji and Annie Barrows Join a discussion group any April - The Help by Kathryn Stockett April - The Hotel on the Corner of time! Contact Liz Nelson with questions! Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford February 2010 | 5 . The Lenten Journey Begins Ash Wednesday, February 17, begins our Lenten season with the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. Each Wednesday night in Lent starts with supper at 5:30 pm and worship at 7:00 pm. Similar to past years, we will worship using the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer Service on Wednesdays throughout Lent. The Pastors will offer sermons related to favorite Lenten hymns. Date Menu Leaders/Servers Music Groups Sermon ~ Lenten Hymn Feb 17 Pulled Pork Sandwiches Marie Christensen Senior Choir LBW #99 ~ O Lord Chips, Veggies, Dip Throughout These 40 Day Dessert Luke 10:8-17 Feb 24 Chicken Tenders Marie Christensen Alleluia Bells LBW #107 ~ Beneath The Oven Fries, Salad Cross of Jesus Dessert Isaiah 32:1-8 Mar 3 Breakfast for Supper Ann Olson Special Music LBW #97 ~ Christ The Life Sue Deneen Of All The Living 1 Corinthians 15:20-26 Mar 10 Homemade Soup Karin Campbell First Kids WOV #660 ~ I Want Jesus Bread, Salad To Walk With Me Dessert Matthew 28:16-20 Mar 17 Lasagna Diane Fossum Agape Bells LBW #92 ~ Were You There Salad, Garlic Bread Matthew 27: 45-56 Dessert Mar 24 Taco Bar with Fixin’s Amy Stepp Faith Alive LBW #104 ~ In The Cross Fruit Salad Of Christ I Glory Ephesians 2:11-18 This is an opportunity for folks of all ages to serve and also connect with others! Duties involve some light food preparation, serving the meal and smiling! Arrive in Fellowship Hall at 4:45 pm. The meals are served from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. Confirmation students in 7th and 8th Grade Confirmation are asked to help serve a Lenten Supper with their Small Group (see schedule above). 9th Graders have the option to sign up on the Youth Bulletin Board to serve on any Wednesday as a service project. Adults may sign up in the Information Center or contact Liz Nelson. Baby Baskets - Sign up to help today! Each month our congregation puts together Baby Baskets for Dane County Human Services to give to mothers in need. At Christmas our congregation brought many wonderful items that can be put in the baskets. Volunteers are needed to sort through these items and also to put baskets together throughout the year. If you are willing to help sort, call or e-mail Pastor Sara. If you are willing to take 1 to 1-1/2 hours to put together 10 baby baskets during one month this year, please sign up in the Information Center. This Is a great project to do with elementary age kids to help teach them about sharing gifts with others. 6 | First Edition · First Lutheran Church . Children’s Education Valentine’s Day - Sunday School Combined Event Sunday, February 14 during Sunday School Love, Love, Love - that’s what it’s all about! The Sunday School children will hear about the many different ways God loves us. They will make valentines of all different kinds and work on projects to share their love with others. If you would like to help with crafts or food for this event please contact Children’s Education Director Jenny Gustafson. Share your Prayers Families are invited to share their mealtime or bedtime prayers for a booklet to be used by Sunday school families. Please e-mail your family’s favorite prayers to Jenny Gustafson. Here is a sample of a prayer submitted last year: Bedtime Prayer – submitted by the Daniel, Lisa, Cade, Luke, & Claire Spilde “Dear God thank you for this day, thank you for keeping me safe, please help me to fall asleep soon, I love you, in Jesus name, Amen”. Little Blessings Family Fun Sunday, March 21, 4:00 pm, Easter Egg Hunt Families with children ages 0 - 3 are invited to attend all Little Blessings activities. Older siblings are always welcome too! These events are tailored for our congregation’s littlest lambs. This is a great opportunity to get to know other families and share the joys and challenges of raising children. Contact Jenny Gustafson with questions. The next activity is an Easter Egg Hunt, with storytelling and other fun activities, on Sunday, March 21 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Sign up in the Information Center or contact Jenny Gustafson. Skaalen Home “Church of the Month” in February FLC is the Church of the month for Skaalen Home during the month of February. There are many opportunities to serve including: Wednesday, February 3 at 1:30 pm - assist with the Holy Communion Service. Please arrive at Skaalen by 1:15 pm to help residents to the Chapel. Thursday, February 11 at 1:30 pm - help serve ice cream in the Friendship Room. Wednesday, February 17 at 10:30 am - assist with the Ash Wednesday Service. If you could, please arrive at Skaalen by 10:15 am to help residents to the Chapel. Perhaps you would like to share a musical gift during this service. Tuesday, February 23 at 11:00 am - join the Out-To-Lunch Bunch group as they visit an area restaurant for lunch. Friday, February 26 at 2:00 pm - assist with the monthly Partnership Program. The “Church of the month” provides a 15 to 20 minute program, refreshments and a setup/serving crew of 4 to 6 people. Wednesdays in February at 1:30 pm - assist with Bingo in the Friendship Room. Sunday mornings in February at 10:30 am - assist with the worship service held in the Chapel. If you are willing to help with one or more of these activities, please sign up in the Information Center or contact Pastor Sara. February 2010 | 7 . Youth and Family Ministries Important Date Reminder: Senior High Youth News! Confirmation Camp: FLY Senior High Discussion Group Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 pm June 20 through 25. Meet for supper and faith-filled Registrations and deposit are due conversation. Let Pastor Sara know if Monday, February 1. you can make it! Please turn yours in if you haven’t already done so - if you have, thank you! Luther College Scholarships are available. Nordic Choir Concert Please contact Pastor Sara Sunday, February 21 for more information. Sign up now to enjoy a great concert and dinner! The concert is at Bethel 7th or 8th graders who would like to go Lutheran Church at 4:00 p.m. The with other 7th and 8th graders need to group will meet at church at 3:00 pm get the registration forms in SOON so a and go out to eat following the concert. spot is reserved with the group. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for adults. Summer Musical Camp Save the Date! 7th Grade Confirmation Sexuality Retreat Plans are in the works to have another great Saturday, February 6, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm week of music, crafts, food and fun times Mark your calendars to save the date! Parents and together here at FLC. Mark your calendars: students will spend the day together discussing how your August 9 - 13 - music camp faith impacts decisions you will face in the future. There will August 14 - evening performance be large and small group discussions and games. August 15 - morning performances Please talk with Pastor Sara if you have questions or would like to see the material ahead of time. Pastor Lehman, Watch for future announcements about the title Pastor Sara and Liz Nelson will lead the retreat. A morning what exciting musical will be performed! snack and lunch will be provided. There will be many parts/solos available. Watch for more information about auditions in future newsletters! Hope to see you there! Youth Rummage Sale April 2010 God Sightings - Where have If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to clean out the attic, you seen God at work lately? garage, basement or your closets, God was at work with the this is the thing for you! The annual Confirmation Youth the week Youth Rummage Sale is scheduled after the earthquake in Haiti. for April 2010. (Some might need Before class they were spending that much time…) time in conversation about how This event is a huge fundraiser for the youth. You can feel youth their age could help those good for two reasons: getting organized and donating your in Haiti in need. They came up stuff to the youth! with many practical ideas! They were also While your treasures can’t be stored at the church until a able to relate it to how helping people in Haiti few weeks before the sale, please box them up and mark helps them to obey the 7th and 9th them “FLC Youth Rummage Sale” and watch for future commandments by helping and serving announcements as to when donations will be accepted. others! 8 | First Edition · First Lutheran Church . . First Edition The Newsletter of First Lutheran Church 310 E. Washington Street P.O. Box 322 Stoughton, WI 53589 Phone: (608) 873-7761 Fax: (608) 873-5174 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.flcstoughton.com FEBRUARY 2010 .
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