Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18
1 Corinthians 3:10–11, 16–23
All are invited to a St. Patrick’s Day celebration Saturday, March 15, 6 pm, at Randy and Yvonne Eide’s house (2 Boston Ct., Madison) [Google map]. Please bring a salad, beverage or dessert. We will provide corned beef, cabbage and other vegetables. The Reads will bring Irish soda bread.
RSVP by March 12 to email@example.com or 273-8985.
Luther Memorial will host homeless families through The Road Home of Dane County during the week of March 16-23.
Sign up in the narthex for the following volunteer opportunities:
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.
AFTER March 16: Please contact Phyllis Pleuss at 827-5698 to find out how you can help.
Saturday, March 1
9 a.m.–2 p.m.
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, lunch with friends and ministry highlights.
Please sign up at the welcome desk on Sundays or speak with Suelyn Swiggum, mission resource coordinator, at 258-3160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families with children ages 4 and under: Come get to know other families Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the Great Room. We’ll enjoy brunch together and let the children play. Older siblings are welcome. Please bring an egg dish, fruit, breakfast pastry or juice to share. Learn more at the welcome desk or contact Kirsten Heggeseth (email@example.com).
Amy Grunewald Mattison, Sunday School coordinator
Here we are, smack in the middle of winter. It’s been a long time since those first magical flakes fell on us as we were scurrying around from concerts and shopping in December. And it appears it will be a while before we see the slushy beginnings of spring. So it is fitting that this is a year when the time between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday is long. There is no rush of getting the musical ready for a mid-February showing. We will wait along with the natural world for a change in our routine, when we are reflective of Christ’s suffering during Lent and leaning towards Holy Week. And there can be a drudgery in waiting for change—in shoveling yet more of those magical snowflakes, in motivating our children to put on the layers and go out to play. But there is something amazing to me in how frozen we are right now. Looking at the piles of snow on the sidewalk that are level with our youngest’s shoulders, I am reminded of the impossibility of our humankind in affecting such a radical transformation. It will be a while, but surely spring will come and life will poke through the last bits of snow. It is not unlike our faith in God, who is remaking us through Christ all through our life, not only at the beautiful times when our faith is renewed but also during the day-to-day of this long, cold winter.
And Jesus looked at them and said, “With humankind this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
This fall the Sunday School supported the medical mission of Luther Memorial members Leland Albright and Susan Ferson. Leland and Susan have been working at Kijabe Hospital doing neurosurgery and nursing care and improving the lives of thousands of children and their families. Their challenges are many, but they trust that God has sent them there for this work. They ask for our continued prayers, which they tell us is the greatest gift we can offer them.
After our noisy coin collection each week this fall, the children gathered over $300 to send to Leland and Susan. They also held their buckets in the narthex after Sunday services and created two huge Christmas cards to send to them. We look forward to partnering with them again next fall.
Cows, sheep, chickens, and vaccines? What do these things have in common? They are all gifts that we can purchase through the ELCA Good Gifts World Hunger program we are participating in this season. As we collect our noisy offering each Sunday, children can think about which animals to purchase to help families across the globe. Or they may purchase an after school program to help children closer to home. Or vaccines. The Good Gifts catalog features a number of ways in which our larger church body reaches out to serve God’s people near and far. Collect coins in the barns at home or work, and we will combine them with our weekly offerings on March 9. Children will go through the catalog in their classrooms to choose “items” after we have the tally.
The final stitches are being made in our quilt! The long-arm quilter took great care to highlight the special features in the children’s squares. The design weaves in and out, like a winding road to remind our children that while our directions may change throughout life, it is our hope that they all lead back to the church. We are grateful that Laura Guse (2–3 grade co-teacher) has taken on the task of stitching the binding (all 40 feet of it!). Her family looks forward to reclaiming their ping-pong table. Stay tuned for an installation date.
Each year the youth of Luther Memorial put together a musical for the day leading up to Ash Wednesday. This highly entertaining evening includes dinner and is perfect for the wiggly child, so please consider coming out and seeing our youth at their best. Funds for the evening support the annual mission trip to Appalachia.
Luther Memorial has several options for Ash Wednesday services. Children are often very touched by this solemn marking of our humanness and the change in the church year. For preschoolers who have a break in the day, there is a service at noon. For older children who can stay up past 8, the church gathers at 7:30. If that is too late, I encourage you to attend the Campus service at 5:30. All services are in the nave and all include the imposition of ashes.
Beginning Sunday, Feb. 2, all adults are welcomed to participate in a faith refresher class on Sunday evenings in the Luther Room, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Come early for evening prayer at 6:20 p.m. The class will focus on reading and interpreting the Bible. Sign up at the welcome desk.
Contact Pastor Pohlman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 258-3160 ext. 13.