October 2018 Newsletter

Announcements

Service Circle for October is Rebecca.

Worship begins at 10:00am

Pastor- Jim Vickers 848-0237
Deacon- Hilde Vickers 636-2144
Administrative Assistant- Sylvia Linda Kaktins 636-2259

Every week you can be part of helping feed many hungry people in body and spirit by bringing non- perishable food for the Southquill and Area Food Bank. There are boxes and baskets by the pew in the Narthex.

In Reach/Out Reach Committee

If you know of someone who would like a visit please contact Viola Burkett, Dolores Hall, Mary Nichols, or Heather Howdle.

An Interesting Article

Let me draw your attention to this article from the Lutheran School of Theology – Chicago. It serves as a foundation for the following article and five more suggesting new directions in the missional mandate of the church. The article is A Beloved Earth Community: Christian Mission in an Ecological Age, written by David M. Rhoads, Professor of New Testament, Emeritus, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Barbara R. Rossing, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

It is late August. The Council of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on the Lake is meeting for the first time since May. The Council has taken a break over the summer. Congregational activities slow down or cease during the summer months here as in many congregations. Attendance is reduced as people go away, spending time with family at their own cottages or traveling to meet relatives and friends, attend weddings and graduations, do some sight-seeing, or attend sports and church camps.

Now it’s time to gear up for fall ministry. Many activities are routine, tradition, to be expected. The “back to church” picnic. Start-ups for Sunday School, confirmation instruction, youth group, and choir rehearsals. A Fall Stewardship event requires planning. And there are the festivals around Thanksgiving, All Saints and Advent. It’s good to return to the familiar.

But something else is happening too. There are changes, almost unnoticeable changes. Yes, there is the reduced volunteer base because people are working outside the home more. Sometimes with more than one job. And people are aging in place. But there’s something more. Something not like years before. It’s not that any one change is so noticeable, but the changes are having a cumulative effect.

The budget will need to be increased because of rising energy costs. It has cost more than expected for air conditioning this summer. Weather forecasts are calling for an early winter, with more than usual snow. That means more plowing of the parking lot, and increased fuel costs for the agency performing the service. The electrical utility has also announced greater than expected increases.

It is costing more to ship supplies and educational materials. People complain about the rising cost of fuel for their vehicles. Some families are saying that with sports and dance and music, it’s getting too expensive to be out and about, like before. Some families are cutting back.

The community has announced increased costs for water treatment, sanitation and waste removal. Recycling programs have hit a snag as there are fewer agencies willing to receive and process plastic and paper. It has been suggested that the fall stewardship supper may need to change to a dessert-only event. Rising costs at the market mean rising ticket prices, rapidly approaching the point where families think twice about participating.

What is happening in the matrix of the congregation? There is a change in the climate of ministry. But is the Council astute enough to read the signs and adjust their priorities for ministry and mission?

Now consider these words from an article written by two professors of the Lutheran School of theology at Chicago... “Earth is in crisis. The planet is facing major ecological problems: global warming, loss of species diversity, loss of forests and arable land, disposal of garbage and toxic waste, pollution of air, land, and water, over-population, depletion of non-replaceable natural resources, diminution of food sources, ocean acidification and collapse of fisheries, among others. Issues of human justice—discrimination, poverty, oppression, and displacement—are related to every ecological change. The issues are many and complex. And the survival of creation as we humans have known it is at stake.”

All across the church Councils and committees are meeting to plan their fall programming. Three questions could be asked practically everywhere.

1. How much of this year’s planning is built on the template of the last year and longer?

2. Is the council aware of the environmental changes in its local community and beyond, and the implications for ministry and mission?

3. How might the present and increasing environmental crisis change the way your congregation lives and exercises its ministry?

Our Lutheran and Anglican churches have been emphasizing being “missional” communities. How much of that emphasis includes an environmental perspective and environmental initiatives?

Professors Rossing and Rhoads suggest five principles for the mandate of the church. Next month: Mandate one: Learn about the degradation of God’s creation.

Submitted by Rev. David Saude

50th Anniversary CDs

50th Anniversary CD’s are available. Anyone who would like a CD please contact Pastor Jim.

Pastor’s Perspective

One theologian says that the Creation is inside God. God has made a space within God’s self for the universe. Such speculations may not have any connection with reality, but they can lead us into meditation on our relationship with the Creator. Slowing down to engage in meditation on our relationship with God is a good thing because it also can give us the space to reflect on our relationship with those around us.

Are we in love with those around us? Are we in love with the plants and animals we share this planet with? As we read and listen to the story of Jesus found in the Gospels we are taken into a new reality where the trials and tribulations of our lives are the gateway to a more complete relationship with God and with others.

Sometimes things get in the way of this relationship. We may become fearful of something or someone. When this happens, we can read what Paul writes in his letter to the Romans 8:31-39. It is important to realize that nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus came to earth to renew our relationship with him, the Creator. We are not able to go to him, so he came to us, and showed us the way of eternal life. Perfect love casts out fear, and God’s love casts out our fears, so we can live in love for God, for others , and for ourselves....Amen

Submitted by Pastor Jim

Choir Resumes

Bouquets to our incredible choir people!
Thank you for singing at the 50th ELC anniversary celebration. We give thanks for your faithfulness.

Choir is back preparing music for the fall season. We have been asked to sing for the Remembrance Day Service. We are also preparing for Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas.
Everyone is welcome to come to rehearsal Tuesdays 6:30.
Please let Viola know if you are not able to come to practice. (Phone 204-848-5008)

(sing to “Stand Up, stand up for Jesus)
Sign up, sign up for choir. Especially if you sing, It's time to sing His Praises. Let the rafters ring. We welcome every person And sing His love to you To share the love of Jesus. A gift from us to you.

Submitted by Viola Burkett

ELW News

Service Circle Rebecca
October 5 Friday 10 am: Set Up Thanksgiving Display
October 11 Thursday 1:30pm :Rebecca @ Kathie’s
7:30pm Naomi @ Sharon’s

October 13: Saturday Westman Women @ ELC
Heather Howdle speaking and leading Bible study in the morning.
A recycling craft after lunch. Cost for the day $10.00.

Submitted Dolores Hall

Council News

Worship time will change to 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Your Council believes that 11:00 a.m. is a reasonable time when days are shorter and weather an unpredictable – more time for snow to be cleared.

PLEASE NOTE: Remembrance Day falls on Sunday this year. Worship time on November 11, 2018 will be at 9:00 a.m. to allow participation in the Remembrance Day Service at the Legion.

ELC will participate in the Royal Canadian Legion’s “Bells of Peace” commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice. Speak to Cliff if you would like to participate in the tolling of the bell 100 times at sunset on Remembrance Day.

Piano update: Although a piano is available in the States, it is held up by US Dept of Wildlife and Fisheries because of the ivory. 90 day wait period for export papers was lengthened by summer holidays. Waiting...

Submitted by Benita Nylen

Q&A Column

I'm beginning to pull together ideas for the 2019 issues of Canada Lutheran and am particularly interested in receiving questions that could be explored in the Q & A column.

For example, I've been thinking about the fruits of the Spirit and a question that keeps popping up for me is "What is joy?" I haven't come up with much of an answer that really satisfies me and I'm wondering if someone else has some ideas about joy they'd like to share.

I'd like to hear some of your questions and your answers if you have some. Please contact me at editor@elcic.ca

Submitted by Kenn Ward, editor, Canada Lutheran

New Hymn for October

ELW #826: Thine the Amen


The words written by Dr. Herbert F. Brokering, was a Lutheran pastor and well known author, poet, playwright, hymn writer, and popular speaker. He was a frequent presenter for Lutheran youth gatherings. He always liked to stretch people. You always knew he would challenge you and you would grow in faith.
Music by Carl F. Schalk, was a noted Lutheran composer, author, and lecturer. Schalk was a member of the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship, which produced Lutheran Book of Worship in 1978.