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 email@example.com.
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.
Save These Dates: Uncommon October, November, and December Worship Opportunities
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.
Mission Opportunity – Kinship Mentoring of Columbia County
Kinship is a “Big Brothers, Big Sisters” style community-based non-profit and it needs mentors for youth aged 5-14. In their letter to Pastor Sterling, their chairperson asked “Who better than Christian adults to be mentors?” Who better? If you are selected, you will be given the training, support, and structure to make yours and the child’s experience safe and positive. For more information see www.kinshipcc.org or reach their program coordinator Sara McChesney at firstname.lastname@example.org or (608) 697-3260.
Lutheran Summer Music Program Accepting Nominations Now – A True Music Academy for High School Students
Lutheran Summer Music is a month-long music academy for high school students. During this program, they participate in large ensembles (band, choir, orchestra) and chamber music; receive lessons on primary and secondary instruments; and enroll in electives such as chapel choir, church music, handbells, composition, jazz band, conducting musical theatre, and more. The daily schedule includes morning and evening prayer, classes, recreation activities, and concerts by faculty and guest artists. It is a fantastic month of music-making and worship! See www.lsmacademy.org for more information and how to nominate a music-loving student.
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 newsletters.
The Women of Dekorra are planning a Bake and Lefse Sale on Saturday, November 20th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. We are raising funds to help our youth in their plans for attending the Youth Rally in Minneapolis next summer, as well as funds for the missions and work of the women. It has been many months since we have had a project and hope we will have wonderful participation.
ONGOING AT DEKORRA
Fellowship Hour– Sundays after Worship (weather permitted)
AA – Fridays at 8 pm
All Committee Meeting–is on November 9th at 6:30 pm
Council Meeting– is on November 11th at 6:30 pm
Cristian Ed Meeting–is on November 3rd at 9:30 am
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 17 WEDNESDAY, October 20 TOTAL GIVING: $3570.30
Attendance: 50 Attendance: 24
General Offering: $2595.00 General Offering: $586.00
Vanco Giving: $311.00 Sunday School: $3.30
Screens Fund: $30.00
Youth Gathering: $20.00
Habitat for Humanity: $25.00
Worship Ministry Sunday, October 24, 2021
Assistant Minister: Al Bilse; Reading Minister: Marj Weingandt; Greeters: None; Sanctuary Ushers: Sharon Kampen & Jerry Carncross; 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: Emile Sile; 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
Worship Ministry Sunday, October 31, 2021
Assistant Minister: Barb Beyer; Reading Minister: Dave Kinnunen; Greeters: Dick & Carol Johnston; Sanctuary Ushers: Paul Knuteson & Sharon Kampen; Parking Lot Ushers: Larry Johnson, Mike Keller & Harry Benson; Acolyte: None; Cantor: Merry Seng; Stewardship: Jeff Koch & Sheri Birchler
Worship Ministry Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Assistant Minister: None; Reader Minister: Keira Cartwright; Communion Minister Soren Lynk; Ushers: Olivia Homewood & Fayth Hesselberg; Acolyte: Austin Browne; Video Minister: Briahna Lund; Cantor: None; Stewardship: Sharon Kampen & Judy Brownrigg