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Weekly News: Apr 19-26

Category: News, Weekly Tags: April 17, 2015 @ 9:30 am

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road-home-2015The Road Home: Sign up today!

This Sunday is the last day to sign up! Luther Memorial will host homeless families through The Road Home of Dane County during the week of April 26–May 3. Volunteers are needed to donate food for meals, set up and clean up the classrooms, cook meals, play with children, do laundry, and stay overnight as hosts. We host again May 24–31.

Readings & Hymns

Acts 3:12–19
Psalm 4
1 John 3:1–7
Luke 24:36–48
#363 Come, You Faithful, Raise the Strain
#495 We Who Once Were Dead
#372 Christ Is Arisen

Wartburg College Choir: Monday, April 20

wartburg-choir-smThe Wartburg Choir, under the direction of Dr. Lee Nelson, will present their 2015 regional tour program at Luther Memorial on Monday, April 20 at 7:30 pm. The program will feature works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Christiansen, as well as two new compositions by René Clausen.

The ensemble has received critical international acclaim for its versatility, performing some of the most challenging pieces ever written for choral ensembles. The choir frequently premieres original works by composers around the globe, most recently Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Three years ago when the choir performed at Luther Memorial the performance was stunning.

Tickets ($16.50 for adults, $6.50 for students) can be ordered online at www.wartburg.edu/choir or purchased at the door.

Food & Fellowship: Saturday, April 25

The April Food & Fellowship gathering will be a pasta bar, hosted by Bill & Anne Hunnex (5090 Caton Lane, Waunakee) [Google map], at 6 pm. Pasta and sauces will be provided. Please bring an antipasto, salad, dessert or drinks to share. RSVP by April 21 to billhunnex@gmail.com or 849-4036.

Rite of Confirmation: Sunday, April 26

Please pray for the following youth in the congregation who will affirm their baptism in the Rite of Confirmation on Sunday, April 26: Abigail Gaard, Calvin Guse, Henry Lemkuil and Branden Metzler.

Compline: Sunday, April 26

On Sunday, April 26 at 9 pm, all are invited to compline, a contemplative night prayer service sung by the LM chant choir.

Senior Day at Oakwood: Monday, April 27

Gather with friends at Oakwood Village University Woods on Monday, April 27, 10 am–1 pm, for worship in the Resurrection chapel, followed by lunch ($9) and a program in the Nakoma room. Let us know if you need a ride or special menu. RSVP by Tuesday, April 21 at the welcome desk or to Suelyn Swiggum (258-3160 or swiggum@luthermem.org).

Young families brunch: Saturday, May 2

All families with school-age children are welcome at the young families brunch on Saturday, May 2, 9:30–11:30 am at Vilas Park. We’ll play, enjoy a picnic brunch, followed by a walk through the zoo. Please bring a brunch item or snack to share. Coffee and juice will be available. If the weather is not friendly, we will meet in the Great Room. Contact Kirsten Heggeseth (kheggeseth@gmail.com) to learn more.

Food & Fellowship: Saturday, May 2

The May Food & Fellowship gathering will be hosted by Lee & Mary Powell at their cabin in Beaver Dam, starting at 4 pm. The Powells will provide meat and beverages; please bring a salad or dessert to share. Directions are available at the welcome desk.

Breadbreakers starts in May

Breadbreakers is one of the best ways to get connected at Luther Memorial. Small groups (6–10 people) eat together 2–3 times, after which the groups are shuffled and the fun starts again. Each group decides where to meet and when. Families, singles and couples of all ages are welcome! Summer groups run May–August. Sign up at the welcome desk or contact Kirsten Heggeseth, coordinator, at kheggeseth@gmail.com or 616-0772.

SAVE THE DATE! 2015 Women’s Retreat

The fall Women’s Retreat will be Friday, Oct. 2–Sunday, Oct. 4 at Sinsinawa, in southwest Wisconsin. The Rev. Miriam Hull will help us take a look at “Jesus’ Parables Revisited.” Questions? Contact Phyllis Pleuss, jpleuss@charter.net or 827-5698.

Master Planning update

The full report from Phase 3 of Luther Memorial’s Vocational Discernment (strategic planning) process is available at the welcome desk. A PowerPoint introduction to this report was presented at February’s Annual Congregational Meeting. This document includes a timeline, overview of strategic initiatives and Master Planning steps.

Mustard Seed Gardeners

The Mustard Seed Gardeners are looking for help with spring cleanup and planting. All who enjoy gardening are welcome! Contact contact Mary Powell at maryepowell@mac.com to get involved.

Pastoral care

When in need of pastoral care, please call or email the church office (258-3160 or office@luthermem.org). In case of emergency or on weekends and evenings, please contact the pastors at home: Pastor Franklin Wilson (204-9268) or Pastor Brad Pohlman (444-7604).

Upcoming Events

April
Wartburg College Choir Concert: Monday, April 20, 7:30 pm
Confirmation Rehearsal & Dinner: Saturday, April 25, 5:30 pm
The Road Home: April 26–May 3
Rite of Confirmation: Sunday, April 26, 10:30 am
Compline: Sunday, April 26, 9 pm
Senior Day at Oakwood Village West: Monday, April 27, 10 am

May
Young Families Brunch: Saturday, May 2, 9 am (Vilas Park)
Food & Fellowship: Saturday, May 2, 3 pm (Powell’s cabin)
Cantate Sunday: Sunday, May 3, 10:30 am
Women’s Group (evening): Tuesday, May 12, 7 pm
Women’s Group (morning): Thursday, May 14, 10 am
Ascension Holy Communion: Thursday, May 14, 7 pm
Game Night: Saturday, May 16, 6:30 pm
The Road Home: May 24–31

April 19, 2015

Sunday Forum

9:15 am | Great Room
This week:  Looking back on the cross — the Passion story from Easter perspective, led by the Rev. John Ruppenthal.

Next week: The Triangle Community Ministry, an ecumenical ministry serving  residents of downtown Madison.

This week

Sunday, April 19
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Sunday Forum (Great Room)
9:15 am Sunday School (3rd Floor)
9:15 am Acolyte Training (Nave)
10:30 am Holy Communion, New Members Received
4:15 pm Training Choir (3rd Floor)
4:15 pm Children’s Choir (Choir Room)
5 pm Youth Choir (Choir Room)
6 pm Confirmation (Great Room, Luther Room)

Monday, April 20
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
7:30 pm Wartburg College Choir concert

Tuesday, April 21
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
10 am Quilters (Luther Room)
5:30 pm The Road Home Leaders (Library)
7 pm Executive (Luther Room)

Wednesday, April 22
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
10:45 am Bible Study (Fireside Room)
12 pm Organ Recital
5:30 pm Campus Communion
7:30 pm Bell Choir (Choir Room)

Thursday, April 23
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
5:30 pm Recorder Ensemble (Choir Room)
7 pm Adult Choir (Choir Room)

Friday, April 24
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Saturday, April 25
3:30 pm Roang-Gaarder Wedding
5:30 pm Confirmation Rehearsal (Nave)
6 pm Confirmation Dinner (Great Room)
6 pm Food & Fellowship

Sunday, April 26
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Sunday Forum (Great Room)
9:15 am Sunday School (3rd Floor)
10:30 am Holy Communion, Rite of Confirmation
4:15 pm Training Choir (3rd Floor)
4:15 pm Children’s Choir (Choir Room)
5 pm Youth Choir (Choir Room)
6 pm Confirmation (Great Room)
7:30 pm Compline Rehearsal (Choir Room)
9 pm Compline

SERMON: Easter Day (Apr 5)

Category: News, Sermon Tags: April 5, 2015 @ 9:00 am

The Rev. Franklin Wilson

The Rev. Franklin Wilson

Readings

Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm 118
1 Cor. 15:1-11
Mark 16:1-8

Text

“Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised….And going out they fled from the tomb, for trembling and ecstasy had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone for they were afraid.”

Listen

“Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified.  He has been raised.”  But they were alarmed—so freaked out, they fled the tomb in ecstatic fear and said nothing to anyone.  They were terrified: the dead man was alive again. Moreover, they would see him in Galilee.  How would that go down?

Don’t be alarmed?  Who’s the young guy think he’s fooling?  Maybe angels are that cool.  Maybe, like Spock, they have ice in their veins.  But even Vulcans die.  Check out Leonard Nemoy: way cool though he was, he’s spending this Easter on the down side of sod.  But, then, what if he were no longer dead?  Suppose when you turn to share the peace this morning it’s Spock there beside you: cool as an Easter angel, flashing his Vulcan salute.  “Peace to you,” says Spock.  “Don’t be alarmed,” he says, “They’re gonna beam us up.”

But that’s the thing.  Maybe Nemoy got beamed, but Jesus didn’t.  Here’s the thing about Christ’s resurrection: on the third day, they didn’t beam Jesus to the warp-speed safety of a star ship. They didn’t zap-tingle him into some distant galaxy, a hidden dimension of the multi-verse.

The risen Jesus didn’t skip off to a perfect paradise like Andromeda 3 or Telexis 7.  That’s what I would have done.  And so would’ve Bones McCoy, James Kirk, O’Hara, and Spock.  That’s what we’d do too.  A little well-deserved R and R seems appropriate following the week Jesus had.  Passion Week’s no picnic:  handed over to the authorities, rejected, abused, humiliated, tortured, and killed.  Who couldn’t use a little beam up after that?

Get some rest. If you haven’t got your health, you haven’t got anything.  Take it easy. Take a break.  Take five.  Kick back. Relax.  Enjoy.  You deserve it.  Pamper yourself.  A little post-redemption down-time. But this angel’s no trekkie.  He says, “Go, tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before you to Galilee.”

Galilee?  Imagine Spock risen from the grave, and the first thing he wants is you to see him in Kronos—the dead center of Klingon territory.  Galilee’s no place for rest and relaxation.  It’s the center of revolution, a borderline Gentile nightmare (Galilee of the Gentiles!), a down-home zone fraught with constant struggle.

“Go tell his disciples and Peter that he goes before you to Galilee.”  But resurrection’s not supposed to include ordinary Galilee.  Galilee’s the routine we know:  life in the shadow of death.  Galilee is all who have lived and all who have died.  We try to remember them, but we can’t. Their number’s too vast.  Trying to remember all the dead is tantamount to what God said to Abraham:  “look at the stars and number them if you are able.”  Abraham wasn’t able; and, despite our telemetric advantage, neither are we.  Numbering the dead would be like counting the grains of sand on the earth.  It can’t be done.  Numbering the grains of sand, counting the stars, like counting the hairs on our head, is like, well, it’s like raising the dead: impossible.

Impossible for us, but not for God.  For God, all things are possible. The Christ who heads to Galilee is the very One who says we are each known by the God who made us.  That sounds like wishful thinking.  How could anybody know everybody?  Impossible.  But Jesus goes further:  Not only are we each known to our Creator, the Father even numbers the hairs on our head.

Of course, that’s ridiculous; impossible.  Yet, like the resurrection of the dead, it’s impossible for us, but not for God.  Jesus isn’t a professor of science, or a super-hero, or even a philosopher of logic.  He’s more complex than that.  Jesus is science. Christ is the hero of loss, the Logician of impossible.  He’s the Logic of life through death.  He’s the Lord of loss as gain; the Prince of power in weakness.  He’s the Knowledge of unknowing to know, the Science of less as more; the Least forever more than all.

Easter is more than entertaining diversion, a break between games, the televisual soft of non-speak.  Far from soft, resurrection is the hard word of Galilee; the Compass of death into Life, the forever Feast of death’s death:  “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines …. And he will swallow up death forever.”

The Risen Christ skips not the light fantastic.  He skips nothing.  He goes to Galilee, goes ahead into real life, the struggle of life fraught with death.  He goes not to a luxury star ship or an exclusive club, but to mundane Galilee, where everyone has gone before.  And more:  Christ gives a feast for all peoples. A feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines…for all peoples.  For all peoples?  Is that even possible?  Christ is the impossible made actual.

In the deadliest of places (Earth!), the Risen Lord holds the crown-jewel of feasts, the Easter meal of Christ’s own body and blood. We eat and drink him: the fruit of eternal life.  Christ swallows death forever.  He consumes our death, even as we swallow him.  Easter brings ecstatic terror.  The terror of life beyond death.  Since Christ has been raised, what’s left to beam up?  Christ is risen.  Easter beams down.  Alleluia!

New-to-Luther: Apr 18

Category: News Tags: March 25, 2015 @ 9:00 am

New-to-Luther orientation & refresher

Saturday, April 18
9:30 am–Noon


New members and those who are interested in refreshing their connection to Luther Memorial are welcome to attend. Enjoy a theological tour, music in the balcony and ministry highlights.

New members will be received during Holy Communion on Sunday, April 19.

Questions?

Please sign up at the welcome desk on Sundays or speak with Suelyn Swiggum, director of shared ministry, at 258-3160 or swiggum@luthermem.org.

Senior Day at Oakwood Village: Apr 27

Category: News Tags: March 24, 2015 @ 8:00 am

Senior Day

Oakwood Village University Woods

Monday, April 27 | 10 am – 1 pm

 

Gather with friends at Oakwood Village University Woods on Monday, April 27, 10am-1 pm, for worship in the Resurrection chapel, followed by lunch ($9) and a program in the Nakoma room. Let us know if you need a ride or special menu.

RSVP

By Tuesday, April 21 at the welcome desk or to Suelyn Swiggum (258-3160 or swiggum@luthermem.org).

Young families brunch: May 2

Category: News Tags: March 23, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Luther Memorial Church - Young Families Brunch

Young families brunch

Vilas Park

Saturday, May 2 | 9:30 – 11:30 am

 

All families with school-age children are welcome at the young families brunch on Saturday, May 2, 9:30–11:30 am at Vilas Park. We’ll play, enjoy a picnic brunch, followed by a walk through the zoo. Please bring a brunch item or snack to share. Coffee and juice will be available. If the weather is not friendly, we will meet in the Great Room.

Learn more

Contact Kirsten Heggeseth (kheggeseth@gmail.com) to learn more. For questions on the day of brunch, call (608) 772-6820.

Women’s Group: April 7 & 9

Category: News Tags: March 22, 2015 @ 9:00 am

2015 Schedule

Tues, June 9, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, June 11, 10 am (Library)

Tues, July 14, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, July 16, 10 am (Library)

No meeting in August

Tues, Sept. 8, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Sept. 10, 10 am (Library)

Tues, Oct. 6, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Oct. 8, 10 am (Library)

Tues, Nov. 10, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Nov. 12, 10 am (Library)

Tues, Dec. 8, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Dec. 10, 10 am (Library)

Women’s Group

The Women’s Group is a monthly gathering for women of all ages to learn together and to get to know each other in a climate that is welcoming and open. Two sessions (morning and evening) are offered each month; the same topic will be presented at both sessions. Light refreshments and transportation as needed will be provided. For questions or to arrange a ride, please contact Nancy Raabe at raabe@luthermem.org or 258-3160 ext. 16.

women's-groupNext meeting: 

Tues, May 12, 5 pm (Great Room):
Dinner with special guest, Bishop Mary Froiland

Thurs, May 14, 10 am (Library)

Lenten Quiet Day, Study of The Passion: Mar 14

Category: News Tags: March 1, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Saturday, March 14 | 9 am – 3pm

All are welcome to participate in a day of daily prayer, devotion, meal and quiet time.

The Rev. Arnie Klukas will lead discussion on the Passion at 9:30 am and at 1:30 pm.

 

9 am Morning prayer
Nave
9:30 am How to meditate with a work of Christian art
Led by the Rev. Arnie Klukas
Great Room
10:30 am Reflection time
Great Room
11:30 am Midday prayer
Nave
Noon Potluck lunch
Soup, salad, bread
Great Room
1 pm Share time
Lenten practices among us
Library
1:30 pm Praying the Passion of St. Mark in words and images
Led by the Rev. Arnie Klukas
Great Room
2:30 pm Evening prayer
Nave
3 pm Depart in peace!

Game night: Mar 21

Category: News Tags: @ 9:00 am

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Gather in the Great Room for another evening of fun for all ages on Saturday, March 21 at 6:30 pm. Bring your favorite games and a snack to share!

How much fun is Game Night at Luther Memorial? See for yourself!

Chazen tour: Mar 8

Category: News Tags: February 13, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Chazen Museum of Art

Special exhibition: The Saint John’s Bible

Sunday, Mar. 8

Thank you for signing up! Our tour is now full. If you’d like to walk over together, please meet by the church east entrance/courtyard door at 12:10 pm. Contact Suelyn if questions (swiggum@luthermem.org).

Learn more

Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible

Chazen Museum of Art

Sunday Forum “Jail Ministry”: Feb 15

Category: News Tags: January 14, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Sunday Forum
Sunday, Feb. 15 | 9:15 am
Great Room

The Rev. John Mix of the Madison Area Lutheran Council (MALC) jail chaplaincy program will lead discussion on jail ministry in Dane County.

Learn more

Learn more about the staff, mission and events at MALC online at www.malc-online.org.

Donate

The Outreach Group and Madison Area Lutheran Council is collecting writing materials and new or slightly used adult winter coats (size XL and larger) for use by inmates in need. Please drop off donations at LM in the narthex by Sunday, Feb. 15.