|Sunday|| September 26
|| Service of the Word -- 9:00 AM, in person and on Facebook Live;
followed by Service of the Sacrament* with the Lord's Supper;
Tim T. officiating.
(Communion is not part of the FB Live broadcast --
please contact Pastor Lou if you are not attending in person
and would like to arrange to have communion.
|Sept. 25 - Oct. 1|| Pastor Lou and Debbie traveling/attending ALC pastor conference,
No classes this week.
Wayne L., for peace and comfort at the death of his wife, Arlene, on Sunday 9/19;
Curtis & the Robill-rd family, at the loss of his Uncle Fred (fishing accident);
For the healing of our country and all citizens during these times of unease, disease, and unrest;
EECMY churches, pastors, and students we support in Ethiopia, brutal events & persecutions in civil war;
Christians in Afghanistan;
Those who may be struggling with depression or loneliness;
> Friends and Family battling Cancer:
John Schaf-r, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis; chemotherapy treatments for monthly for 6 months;
Kaitlin (Dawn V. granddaughter), that thyroid cancer surgery follow-ups wipe it out;
Carol (Mike L-hou's daughter-in-law);
Sharon K., (Pastor Hesse's second cousin), stage IV esophageal cancer;
Grant C., (Kelli's friend's son, age 6), chemotherapy week 5 -- embryonal rhabdomysarcoma;
Elijah T, age 5, (nephew of Malea), recently diagnosed with leukemia; chemotherapy has begun;
Wayne R., (friend of the Bensons, businessman & former ML mayor);
Jackie L. (wife of Stan's friend Mark --Basin Propane), needing a miracle after stage 4 liver cancer diagnosis;
Emma, (14 yr old daughter of Norm's friend Bob Tatum);
Carol G., (friend of Ila and Charlene), multiple myeloma;
Emily, (friend of Kelli), brain cancer, frontal lobe;
Aliyah (Ila's 3-yr old niece) and Bill, (brother of John Schafer), both with glioblastoma brain cancer.
> Those who mourn the loss of loved ones;
especially Wayne, the Robill-rds, Conah-ns, Neust-ls, LeM-sters, Hesses, Blazers, Tuckers;
>Friends and family members who struggle with addictions of various kinds,
>Expectant mothers (and fathers!) -- and for those who would like to be;
especially Kari & Kevin Kunk-l.; Lexi & Caleb;
>Engaged couples preparing for marriage, especially Josh & Amanda; Darby & Talen; Glen & Erika; Gaige & Danielle;
> Thanks, Blessings, and Praises
-- It's a Boy! Ronan Curtis, born 9/15, firstborn of Alec and Emily; Congrats to Curtis & Shelley, proud grandparents for the third time;
-- Happy Birthday this week to Keith H-ll, (9/22), John Sch-fer (9/23), Sue McC & Melody (9/23); Ann LeM (9/26); Bertina G. (9/30); Lee L (10/1);
>Continued Prayers for:
Active military & law enforcement (especially Jonathan P., Olaf M., Brady E., Jordan M., Luke S., Logan H.; * Justin E, Jeff W, David H; Riley C;
Evie at home; Gordon at Brookdale/Hearthstone - Vicki G at Columbia Crest - Carlos S.; Joe Morr-ss (eye issues) --Jake & Jennifer (Charlene's daughter, grandson) - Julie Reyn-lds (Laurie O. sister, breast cancer) - Joe M., Danette, Kyle E., Loren, Josh - Rev. Steve My-rs (in Spokane).
Pastor Lou and Debbie will be driving to Brookings, South Dakota this week attend the Augsburg Lutheran Churches annual pastor conference at the Institute of Lutheran Theology, departing Sept. 25 and returning approx. October 1. Email and cell phone messages will be checked and replied to whenever service signals are available. Thank you Tim T. for again filling the pulpit on Sunday Sept. 26.
CROSSROADS FUNDRAISER BANQUET
The annual Crossroads dinner event, for 2021 is scheduled for October 9 at the Fairgrounds 4-H building. Living Word purchases a Table at this banquet, giving opportunity for 8 of our members to attend, eat a good prime rib dinner, and listen to the speaker at no direct cost to them. There will be an opportunity to donate to the work of Crossroads. Please consider your ability/desire to attend this year and let Pastor and/or Debbie know ASAP (phone or email). We have space for 2 more at our table.
Did You Know ...
... that Living Word Lutheran Church has been the main support for the seminary of the North Central Ethiopia Synod of the Mekana Yesus Church for several years? This relationship began when the Augustana District of the LCMC noticed our annual contribution was just about what was needed to support their seminary students at about 50% of costs (the student is expected to pay the balance), and allowed Pastor Lou to travel with a group of AD pastors to visit there in 2018, meet the leadership and bishop, and develop a good knowledge of what they do there. The church in Ethiopia has been growing at an amazing rate, but now an ugly civil war (Chrisian vs Muslim governments, and tribal lines) has caused many Christians to flee to the smaller towns to avoid the atricities and threat of death that have been happening there. The situation has become very dire, and an appeal has been issued for funds to be raised asap to help these refugees. Living Word has been blessed with generous givers and low fixed operating costs, and at the member meeting on Sept. 13 it was decided we would send $10,000 of our uncommitted funds to this Crisis Fund to be made available immediately, while the AD is challenging all congregations of the district to raise at least that much more in special funding. Anyone who feels personally moved to send a donation in to this emergency fund can follow the links above, or speak to Pastor Lou for more details.
Many of you have noticed the deterioration of a number of our sanctuary chair coverings. Those chairs were first put into use in 2007 when we moved into the room at ML Christian School. When we moved to this location, another 50 chairs were purchased in 2012, some with arm rests to assist those who need some help standing from the sitting position. When the first chairs started showing wear, ("cheap Chinese fabric," we were told), we bought a few replacement backs and seats, and had some extra fabric from the first set to help with some of the other repairs. It appears now, however, that the company we had been using is no more (covid?), and so the search is on for a fabric that matches 'close enough' and a company that will sell it to us as non-commercial buyers. Several leads are being followed at this time. So YES, they do need to be fixed! As soon as we get some fabric, we will schedule a "staple gun party" for any and all to help get that done! Stay tuned & thank you.
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Attendance last Sunday; Sept. 19, 2021: 48 + 6 live on Facebook service