Are You Looking for a Deeper Faith Life? – Have You Been Wondering What God Has in Mind for You?
Do you want to be better equipped for Christian service? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, then Diakonia® may just be what you are looking for (and the Holy Spirit calling you to). Our Synod offers this program of 12 different 5-week courses. Students can participate in 1 to 6 courses a year, and after completing all 12 they have a graduation ceremony. They have now online so no extra driving to Madison. Instead, the time in class is the time commitment. This is an amazing faith formation opportunity. There is still time to register this year. To do that, or to learn more, please go to https://scsw-elca.org/diakonia/.
Audio/Visual System Upgrades in Sanctuary and Building Begin September 13th, and a Special Thank You
If you have been around on any recent Sunday, then you know how much of a challenge our sound system has been. The system that has served us well is on its last legs. The good news is that you all voted to upgrade our sound and video capabilities. Those upgrades will begin after Rally Sunday. Also, a special thank you to a member to offered to donate hearing assistance devices for the new system. These have been desperately needed for our current system but were non-functional. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thank You Quilters and Kit Gatherers!
Quilts, personal care kits, and school kits left our building this week! We had 80 quilts this year, with some of them even going to our new Afghan neighbors who were displaced and now reside at Fort McCoy. We had 113 kits this year. Last year we had 84, which made us number one in the synod. Thank you so much! This is neighbor service.
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. Also, check out the October newsletter for more details.
Worship Committee Needs a Minister of PowerPoint ASAP for a Short Project in September
By September 20th, we expect to be able to use the new A/V system. This will include having the order and content of worship on the screens. That means we need to start the long process of transferring everything into PowerPoint. The bright side is that I have all of Trinity Lutheran of Lake Mill’s PowerPoint decks for worship with a lot of hymns. The templates just need to be edited, the readings transferred into slides, and some other tasks. If you are saying to yourself “I could help with that” or feel the Holy Spirit nudging you, then please call the office or shoot an email to Pastor Sterling at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
A Packers Pizza Sunday – ELCA Youth Gathering Fundraiser, September 26th
What are your plans for the big 7:20 pm Packers vs. 49ers game on September 26th? It could include supporting our youth (4 so far) by going to the ELCA Youth Gathering in 2022 and some Papa Murphy’s pizza! Details are coming but expect to see an order form in these announcements and for the tasty food to be delivered on the Sunday of the fundraiser. Pizzas can last 2 days in the fridge and a couple of weeks in the freezer.
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.
ONGOING AT DEKORRA
AA – Fridays at 8 pm
All Committee Meeting–is on October 12th at 6:30 pm
Council Meeting– Special Meeting is on October 5th at 1:00 pm, Monthly Meeting is on October 14th at 6:30 pm
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 September 21st and October 19th at 6:30 pm.
Hospitality Committee now meets on the first Tuesday of the month, at 10:30 am
Youth and Family Committee- will meet on Sept.19th at 10:15 am
Yellow Bags Food Ministry –
OUR STEWARDSHIP OF WORSHIP AND GIFTS:
SUNDAY, September 12 WEDNESDAY, September 15 TOTAL GIVING: $4772.00
Attendance: 80 Attendance: 29
General Offering: $2864.00 General Offering: $550.00
Vanco Giving: $661.00 Screens Fund: $65.00
Screens Fund: $210.00
Youth Gathering: $397.00
Global Missions: $25.00
Worship Ministry Sunday, September 19, 2021
Worship Assistant: Merry Seng, Lay Reader: Kinzie Lintl, Greeters: Mary Dibble and Sharon Kampen,
Sanctuary Ushers: Bill and Diane Buckley,
Parking Lot Ushers: Dennis Cunningham, Pete Holzman, and Larry Johnson,
Acolyte: Kinzie Lintl, Stewardship: Phil and Vicki Nugier
Worship Ministry Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Worship Assistant: Soren, Lay Reader: Austin, Communion Assistant: Brianna, Ushers: Rachel and Riley,
Video Assistant: Kira
Worship Ministry Sunday, September 26, 2021
Worship Assistant: Marj Weingandt, Lay Reader: Dave Kinnunen, Greeters: Judy Brownrigg and Sharon Kampen, Sanctuary Ushers: Paul Knuteson and Bill Priske, Parking Lot Ushers: Bob Acker, Jerry Carncross and Harry Benson, Acolyte: None, Stewardship: Sharon Kampen and Holly Priske