8000 People are Refugees from Afghanistan at Fort McCoy – Here’s How You Can Help
This has happened so quickly, that the situation will change weekly. The Afghani refugees in our area are at Fort McCoy. At the moment, the Catholic Charities of La Crosse is working to get specific basic needs to these homeless human beings. Eventually, resettlement will begin, with Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services (LIRS)/Lutheran Social Services (LSS) resettling 100 families to the Greater Milwaukee Area. Jewish Social Services hopes to resettle 50 more families in the Greater Madison Area. Resettlement will be difficult. These folks will not be allowed to legally work for around 6 months, because that is the time it will take for them to get green cards. They will also not be able to access the social safety net until after that time. That means they will need material and financial support much longer than most refugees that our nation welcomes. If you want to learn how to help specifically, please see the September 9th of the Synod’s “What Matters” e-newsletter at https://scsw-elca.org/news/.
Needed: Crafters for Prayer Cloth Ministry A prayer cloth is a mini-version of a prayer shawl. The crafter infuses prayer to provide love and comfort to the person who will receive the Prayer Cloth. They are small enough to be tucked in pockets, and purses. They also can be carried into surgery and taken on vacations. Anyone who needs comfort or wants support in their prayer life could use one. Our Pastor could take them on visits, have a basket available to take, or donate to local community facilities. Are you a knitter, crocheter, or quilter? Just want to help? You can sign up on the bulletin board, and patterns and yard will be in the Fellowship Hall starting in October. Please contact Jill Emmons if you have any questions or details on what these look like – (608) 692-1425 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, check out the October newsletter for more details.
Acolyte Training – October 24th, During Sunday School
Serving as an acolyte at worship is one of the traditional services 5th and 6th graders (as well as older kids and adults) share with our community. This year’s training will happen on October 24th. If you have a 5th or 6th grader in Sunday School, please try not to miss that day. Even in these strange pandemic days, acolytes are an important part of the worship team and we are excited to serve with our young people.
Please Wear Red on Reformation Sunday – Sunday, October 31st at 9 am Worship
October 31st we Lutherans celebrate the Reformation. The worship Committee will decorate the Sanctuary and you are invited to wear Red and other very bright colors.
Please Share Names of People to Be Remembered During All Saints Sunday (November 7) by October 31
During this pandemic, we have missed so many typical opportunities to grieve loved ones who have died bodily. We will take the opportunity to grieve, remember and commemorate on November 7th during worship. Please call the office or email Pastor Sterling at email@example.com to let us know who you would like to be named during the service. Please include your relationship with that individual. The person you asked to be named and remember need not be family and does not need to have died in the last year.
Save the Date: November 2nd – 5th Wanting Professional Holiday Photos and to Support the Mission Trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering?
Dekorra member Sheri Birchler will be offering professional photography sittings in time for the holidays. She will donate the sitting fee to DLC for the 2022 ELCA Youth Gathering. Stay tuned for more details.
Thank Offering Service will take place on Sunday, November 14th with special guest Katie Luther
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes will be collected for delivery the week of November 15th. If you would like to donate items or pack a box some ideas are…balls, dolls, stuffed animals, toy cars, jump ropes, yo-yo’s, musical toys. Health items include toothbrushes, a bar of soap wrapped in a washcloth in a sandwich bag, comb/brush. School supplies, coloring books, books, sunglasses, flip flops, hair accessories, small flashlights with the batteries. Drop them off at Church or wrap a box and fill it. It is a fun project to do with your kids or as a family. Any questions, call Kathy Pederson at (608) 592-7511
Christmas Angels Coming Soon! – Supporting the Salvation Army and the DLC Youth Headed to the ELCA Youth Gathering in 2022. Watch your bulletins and newsletters.
ONGOING AT DEKORRA
AA – Fridays at 8 pm
All Committee Meeting–is on November 2nd at 6:30 pm
Council Meeting– is on November 11th at 6:30 pm
Bible Study The Chosen: Bible Movie and Study begin on Oct 15th till Dec 10th at 10:00 am (not on Nov 26)
Blood Drive –Next Blood Drive is December 13th, 2021
Registering ahead of time is encouraged. Walk-ins may be limited.
Hope Circle– 1st Wednesdays of the Month, 1 pm
Joy Circle– 2nd Tuesdays of the Month, 1 pm
Faith Bible Study The group will meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 9:30 am. Anyone is welcome to attend the Bible study!
DLC Book Club 2021 – Always at 1 pm
Worship Committee – 1st Wednesday of the Month, at 1:00 pm
Constitution Committee –will meet on October 19th at 6:30 pm.
Hospitality Committee now meets on the first Tuesday of the month, at 10:30 am
Yellow Bags Food Ministry –
OUR STEWARDSHIP OF WORSHIP AND GIFTS:
SUNDAY, October 10 WEDNESDAY, October 13 TOTAL GIVING: $2216.00
Attendance: 74 Attendance: 24
General Offering: $1064.00 General Offering: $455.00
Vanco Giving: $626.00 Sunday School: $6.00
Screens Fund: $45.00
Youth Gathering: $20.00
Worship Ministry Sunday, October 17, 2021
Assistant Minister: Sue Poznanski, Reading Minister: Judy Brownrigg, Greeters: Phil & Vicki Nugier, Sanctuary Ushers: Brad & Sara Simplot, Parking Lot Ushers: Paul Knuteson, Mike Keller & Harry Benson, Acolyte: None, Cantor: Merry Seng, Stewardship: Phil & Vicki Nugier
Worship Ministry Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Assistant Minister: Soren Lynk, Reader Minister: Briahna Lund, Communion Minister: Rachel Schmudlach, Ushers: Austin Browne, Acolyte: Riley Browne, Video Minister: Rachel Schmudlach, Cantor: Keira Cartwright, Jaylee Busser, Austin Brown
Worship Ministry Sunday, October 24, 2021
Assistant Minister: Al Bilse, Reading Minister: Marj Weingandt, Greeters: Jeff & Lisa Bothun, Sanctuary Ushers: Sharon Kampen & Bill Priske, Parking Lot Ushers: Dennis Cunningham, Pete Holzman & Bob Acker, Acolyte: Kinzie Lintl, Cantor: Barb Verbitsky, Stewardship: Sharon Kampen & Holly Priske
Worship Ministry Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Assistant Minister: None, Reader Minister: Soren Lynk, Communion Minister: Austin Browne, Ushers: Rachel Schmudlach, Jaylee Busser & Fayth Hesselberg, Acolyte: Emile Sile, Video Minister: Olivia Homewood, Cantor: Bill Emmons, Stewardship: Sharon Kampen & Holly Priske