Weekly News: Sep 14-21

Category: News, Weekly Tags: September 12, 2014 @ 9:00 am


Luther Memorial Church - The Road Home

THIS WEEK: The Road Home Luther Memorial will host homeless families through The Road Home of Dane County during the week of Sept. 14–21. To volunteer or donate food, contact Phyllis Pleuss at 827-5698.



Numbers 21:4b–9
Psalm 98:1–4
1 Corinthians 1:18–24
John 3:13–17

Welcome back, nursery attendants!

Please welcome Brett Dietrich and Sarah Albin. They have returned to supervise our nursery this semester. Children ages 4 years and younger are welcome in the nursery 10 am–noon downstairs in the preschool.


All are welcome for night prayer this Sunday evening at 9 pm. Come listen to the LM chant choir and reflect during this brief meditative service.

Sign up for fall Breadbreakers

Breadbreakers is one of the best ways to get connected at Luther Memorial. Small groups of 6–10 people gather to eat together 3–4 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! New groups begin Sept. 1. Sign up at the welcome desk. Questions? Contact Kirsten Heggeseth, coordinator  (, 616-0772).

Women’s Study begins Sunday, Sept. 21

Throughout the history of Christian spirituality women played a prominent role. Join Nancy Raabe as we read and discuss the writings of prominent women mystics. Readings are available at the welcome desk.

Game night! Friday, Sept. 26

Gather in the Great Room for an evening of fun for all ages on Friday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 pm. Bring your favorite games and a snack to share!

New members received: Sunday, Sept. 28

New members will be received during Holy Communion on Sunday, Sept. 28. Stop by the welcome desk to register, or contact Suelyn Swiggum (, 258-3160 ext 15) to learn more.

Sign up for Women’s Retreat: Oct. 3-4

Join us for an overnight retreat at Holy Wisdom Monastery Friday, Oct. 3–Saturday, Oct. 4. Cost is $120 and includes lodging and three meals. Partial scholarships are available—see Phyllis Pleuss. Holy Wisdom is handicapped accessible. The Rev. Marsha Swenson will lead us in exploring “Faith and the Me Filter.” Sign up at the welcome desk. Questions? Contact Phyllis Pleuss at 827-5698 or

FREE EVENT! Fall Pig Roast: Sunday, Oct. 12

You are invited to an all-church BBQ on Sunday, Oct. 12, down to the Great Room. Uphoff pork is the best around! Proceeds support LM Preschool and El Salvador mission.

Men’s Retreat: Nov. 7–9

The 2014 LM Men’s Retreat is November 7–9 at the St. Anthony Retreat Center in Marathon, Wis. This year’s retreat is on the “Life and Writings of C. S. Lewis.” Sign up sheet at the welcome desk by Oct. 26. Questions? See Pastor Pohlman.

Fall theater outing: Friday, Nov. 28 “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

LM tickets are still available for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical at the Overture Center—Friday matinee, Thanksgiving weekend. Special rate: $45/seat, 3rd row of the circle. Children must be 6 years old. To reserve your tickets, sign up at the welcome desk or email Bob Steffen ( or Suelyn Swiggum (  by Oct. 1. A few tickets have been generously donated and are available at reduced cost ($10); please contact Suelyn if interested.

Pastoral care

When in need of pastoral care, please call or email the church office (258-3160 or In case of emergency or on weekends and evenings, please contact the pastors at home:
Pastor Franklin Wilson…..204-9268
Pastor Brad Pohlman………444-7604
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Sept. 14, 2014

Sunday Forum

9:15 a.m., Great Room

This week: Special Congregational Meeting
The congregation will vote on a contract with Kubala Washatko Architects for a revised master plan for facility renewal.

Next week: The Road Home Celebration
2014 marks the 15th anniversary of The Road Home and LM’s participation in this vital ministry. Kristin Rucinski, director, will join us.

This week

Sunday, Sept. 14
The Road Home (Sept. 14–21)
8 am Holy Communion
Confirmation Blessing
9:15 am Special Congregational Meeting (Great Room)
Sunday School (3rd Floor)
10:30 am Holy Communion
Confirmation Blessing
4:15 pm Children’s Choir (Choir Rm)
4:15 pm Training Choir (3rd Floor)
5 pm Youth Choir (Choir Room)
6 pm Confirmation (Great Room)
7:30 pm Compline Rehearsal (Nave)
9 pm Compline

Monday, Sept. 15
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
5 pm Outreach (Luther Room)

Tuesday, Sept. 16
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
10 am Quilters (Luther Room)
10 am Oakwood Tour (Nave)
7 pm Executive Cte (Luther Room)

Wednesday, Sept. 17
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
10:45 am Bible Study (Luther Room)
12 pm Organ Recital
5:30 pm Campus Communion
7:30 pm Bell Choir (Choir Room)

Thursday, Sept. 18
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
5:30 pm Recorder Ensemble (Choir Room)
7 pm Adult Choir (Choir Room)

Friday, Sept. 19
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Sunday, Sept. 21
Home Communion
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Sunday Forum (Great Room)
Sunday School (3rd Floor)
10:30 am Holy Communion
4:15 pm Children’s Choir (Choir Rm)
4:15 pm Training Choir (3rd Floor)
5 pm Youth Choir (Choir Room)
6 pm Confirmation (Great Room)
6 pm Women’s Study (Luther Room)

Upcoming Events

This Fall
Game Night: Friday, Sept. 26
New Members Received: Sunday, Sept. 28
Women’s Retreat: Oct. 3-4
Pig Roast & Ministry Fair: Sunday, Oct. 12
Confirmation Retreat: Oct. 17-18
Food & Fellowship: Sunday, Oct. 26 (The Vintage)
New-to-Luther Orientation: Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 am
Men’s Retreat: Nov. 7-9
The Road Home: Nov. 16-23
“Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Outing: Friday, Nov. 28, 2 pm

Mark your calendar!

Fall classes

Classes have begun! Contact Pastor Brad Pohlman at to learn more.

Sunday Forum
Sundays: 9:15 am (Great Room)

Sunday School
Ages: 3 years – grade 6
Sundays 9:15 – 10:15 am
(Education wing, 3rd floor)

Nursery care for ages 0-4 will be available Sundays 10 am-noon.

Ages: grades 7-9
Sundays: 6 – 7:45 pm
(Great Room, Luther Room)

NEW! Women’s Study
Sunday evenings (Library)
Sept. 21, 28;  Oct. 5, 26;  Nov. 2, 9

Fall music

Contact Bruce Bengtson at to get involved.
Noon Organ Recitals
Wednesday, Sept. 3

Recorder Ensemble
Thursday, Sept. 4, 5:30 pm

Adult Choir
Thursday, Sept. 4, 7 pm

Bell Choir
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7:30 pm

Training Choir
Sunday, Sept. 7, 4:15 pm

Children’s Choir
Sunday, Sept. 7, 4:15 pm

Youth Choir
Sunday, Sept. 7, 5 pm

SERMON: Pentecost 13 (Sep 7)

Category: News, Sermon Tags: September 7, 2014 @ 9:00 am

The Rev. Brad Pohlman

The Rev. Brad Pohlman


Ezekiel 33:7-11
Psalm 119:33-40
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20


Young families brunch: Sept 13

Category: News Tags: August 7, 2014 @ 8:00 am

Come for a morning of conversation and play on Saturday, Sept 13 at 9:30 am in the Great Room. We’ll enjoy brunch, then let the children play with toys from the preschool. Please bring an egg dish, fruit, breakfast pastry or juice to share. Learn more at the welcome desk or contact Kirsten Heggeseth (

The Road Home: Sept 14-21

Category: News Tags: @ 7:00 am

Dale Lavelle and Larry Thies

Dale Lavelle & Larry Thies, coordinators for The Road Home at Luther Memorial Church

Luther Memorial will host homeless families through The Road Home of Dane County during the week of Sept. 14-21.

Sign up in the narthex for the following volunteer opportunities:

  • set up/tear down
  • meal preparation
  • kitchen anchor
  • evening host
  • activity host
  • overnight host
  • breakfast host

We thank all those who have committed their time to this outreach ministry and continue to do so. New volunteers are welcome to try this ministry and experience the feeling of providing this very important service to families who are in need of support at this challenging time in their lives.


BEFORE Sept 14: Contact Dale Lavelle (274-1228, or Larry Thies (845-9267, with questions.

AFTER Sept 14: Please contact Phyllis Pleuss at 827-5698 or to find out how you can help.

Game night: Sept 26

Category: News Tags: August 6, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Luther Memorial Church - Game Night

Gather in the Great Room for another evening of fun for all ages on Friday, Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Bring your favorite games and a snack to share!

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

New members received: Sept 28

Category: News Tags: August 5, 2014 @ 9:00 am

New members will be received during Holy Communion on Sunday, Sept. 28. Stop by the welcome desk to register, or contact Suelyn Swiggum (, 258-3160 ext 15) to learn more.

Senior Day at Oakwood Village West: Aug 25

Category: News Tags: August 4, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Celebrate summer with friends and family at Oakwood Village West on Monday, Aug 25, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., with worship in the Resurrection Chapel, followed by lunch ($9) and a program in the Nakoma/Westmoreland rooms. Let us know if you need transportation or a special menu. RSVP by Tuesday, Aug 19 at the welcome desk or to Suelyn Swiggum (258-3160 or

Ice cream social: Aug 10

Category: News Tags: June 16, 2014 @ 9:00 am

All are invited to an ice cream social at Oakwood Village West on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2–3:30 p.m. Luther Memorial hosts this hospitality event for all the residents of Oakwood Village.

Letter from Jamie Stark, missionary in El Salvador

Category: News Tags: June 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am

Learn more

Letter from Jamie Stark pdf (June 2014)

Check out his blog on living faith in a contrasting culture.
Jamie’s blog:

Jamie Stark - El Salvador Missionary

Jamie Stark: Missionary in El Salvador

How can you support Jamie’s mission work?


The Lutheran Bishop of Jordan and Israel gives one of Christian Chavarria’s crosses as the Lutheran World Federation’s gift of welcoming upon the installation of Pope Francis to his new post in Rome.


Christian Chavarría sketches out his Salvadoran sunset cross designs in his workshop above the temporary home of the main Salvadoran Lutheran Church.

Food & Fellowship: Aug 2

Category: News Tags: @ 9:00 am

July’s Food & Fellowship gathering is sliding into August. Please meet us on Saturday, Aug. 2 at KJs Curry Bowl at 7005 Tree Lane (across from Memorial High School) [Google map] at 6 pm. KJs is one of the few restaurants in America to specialize in dishes from Sri Lanka. Contact Phyllis Pleuss at 827-5698 or by Thursday, July 31 if you plan to attend.