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Weekly News: May 24-31

Category: News, Weekly Tags: May 22, 2015 @ 9:30 am

 

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This week: The Road Home

May 24-31

Luther Memorial will host homeless families this week, with the generous help of many volunteers. If you are able to get involved, please contact Phyllis Pleuss at 827-5698 or jpleuss@charter.net.

Readings & Hymns

Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Acts 2:1-21
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
#582 Holy Spirit, Ever Dwelling
#395 Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord
#404 Come, Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove

Baptism

Baptized this Sunday is Cora Jane Heggeseth, daughter of Mike & Kirsten Heggeseth.

Guest choir this Sunday

The Central College A Cappella Choir of Pella, Iowa, with director, Mark Babcock, is participating in the 10:30 service. It is an honor to host this ensemble on their spring tour, and we thank them for their contribution to the Pentecost Festival.

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Morning Prayer

Beginning this week, morning prayer will be held Monday–Thursday at 9 am. Please note that the church is closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

Dinner with friends: try Breadbreakers!

Share a few meals with old and new friends at Luther Memorial. Each small groups decides where to meet, when and what’s on the menu. Summer groups begin in May. Sign up at the welcome desk or contact Kirsten Heggeseth, coordinator, at kheggeseth@gmail.com or 616-0772.

Celebrate Pastor Wilson’s retirement: Sunday, May 31

You are invited to a celebration honoring Pastor Franklin & Marcia Wilson, May 31, noon–2 pm. Gather in the Great Room for a light lunch and festivities. Printed copies of Sue Gaard’s recent news email regarding pastoral transitions are available at the welcome desk.

Summer choir begins Sunday, May 31

All are welcome to sing with the LM summer choir. Rehearsals are every Sunday at 9:30 am, to prepare music for the 10:30 service. The choir is open to all members, friends and visitors. No audition is required, and you may participate as your summer schedule permits.

Cheese & Beer Tasting: Tuesday, June 2

The LM Men’s & Women’s Groups will host a cheese and beer tasting event on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 pm in the Great Room. Interim Campus Pastor Eric Jones, professional beer judge and certified cicerone, will discuss pairings of some of Wisconsin’s finest cheese and beer. All over age 21 are welcome.

Blessing of high school graduates: Sunday, June 7

All of our high school graduates are invited to be blessed during the 10:30 service on Sunday, June 7.

Ride the Drive street closures: Sunday, June 7

Several downtown streets will be closed to car traffic for Ride the Drive on Sunday, June 7, 10 am–3 pm. A map of street closures is online at www.cityofmadison.com/parks/ridethedrive.

Food and Fellowship special event!

Sugar Ridge Airport
Saturday, June 13
4:30 pm–dusk

Enjoy a summer evening potluck high on a hill overlooking the Sugar River Valley. We’ll gather at Sugar Ridge Airport — just 4 miles outside the city of Verona. We’ll eat in the hangar, and (weather permitting) plane rides will be available, courtesy of owner Tom Kretschman and his team of skilled pilots. Lots of greenspace, beautiful views and whimsical historical art await. Directions will be at the welcome desk.

Your hosts are Caroline Oldershaw, Jay Suthers and Lynn Washington. RSVP by June 7 to caroline.oldershaw@gmail.com. Due to insurance liability, this event is limited to adults.

All-Church Master Planning Gathering: Sunday, June 14

The congregation is invited to gather with The Kubala Washatko Architects on Sunday, June 14 after the 10:30 service. They will share the results of a pattern survey based on input from over 30 user groups at LM. A light lunch in the Great Room is planned.

ASP youth mission trip: June 20–27

During May, volunteers will prepare for the upcoming Appalachia Service Project youth mission trip. Donations in support of this trip can be made online at www.luthermem.org/giving.

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. Questions? Contact Phyllis Pleuss, jpleuss@charter.net or 827-5698.

2016 Germany tour

Plans are now underway for LM’s tour of Germany, June 5–18, 2016. We will visit sites associated with J. S. Bach, Martin Luther and the Reformation, as well as other cultural sites in Germany. Sites include Rothenburg, Eisenach, the Wartburg, Erfurt, Schmalkalden, Arnstadt, Leipzig, Wittenberg, Dresden, Meissen and Prague. This tour has some significant changes from the 2011 tour. A full itinerary with costs and registration materials will be available in May.

Lectio Divina

For the past three years, our Lenten schedule has included Lectio Divina, an ancient spiritual discipline of meditative focus on the Gospel reading for the following Sunday. The scripture is read many times in between periods of silence, followed by a brief period for voluntary sharing. If you are interested in participating in continued practice of Lectio Divina, sign up at the welcome desk. Questions? Contact Bill Hunnex at billhunnex@gmail.com.

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

June
Cheese & Beer Tasting, hosted by Men’s & Women’s Groups: Tuesday, June 2, 7 pm
Women’s Group (morning): Thursday, June 4, 10 am
Blessing of High School Graduates: Sunday, June 7
Food & Fellowship: Saturday, June 13, 4:30 pm
All-Church Master Planning Gathering: Sunday, June 14, 11:30 am
ASP Youth Mission Trip: June 20–27

July
Men’s Group: Tuesday, July 7, 7 pm
Women’s Group (evening): Tuesday, July 7, 7 pm
Women’s Group (morning): Thursday, July 9, 10 am

August
Men’s Group: Tuesday, Aug. 4, 7 pm
Women’s Group (evening): Tuesday, Aug. 4, 7 pm
Women’s Group (morning): Thursday, Aug. 6, 10 am
Ice Cream Social at Oakwood: Sunday, Aug. 9, 2 pm

May 24, 2015

Sunday Forum

9:15 am | Great Room

This week: No forum.

Next week: Conversation with Pastor Wilson in the narthex.

This week

Sunday, May 24
The Road Home (May 24–31)
8 am Holy Communion
10:30 am Holy Communion, Sacrament of Holy Baptism

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day – Church Closed

Tuesday, May 26
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
7 pm Council (Luther Room)

Wednesday, May 27
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
10:45 am Bible Study (Fireside Room)

Thursday, May 28
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Saturday, May 30
Synod Assembly (May 30–31)
5 pm Healey-Ballweg Wedding

Sunday, May 31
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Sunday School (3rd Floor)
9:15 am Sunday Forum (Narthex)
10:30 am Holy Communion
12 pm Pastor Wilson Retirement Celebration (Great Room)

SERMON: 6 Easter (May 10)

Category: News, Sermon Tags: May 10, 2015 @ 9:00 am

The Rev. Franklin Wilson

The Rev. Franklin Wilson

Readings

Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

Text

“The Lord will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with equity.”
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you… love one another.”

Listen

“You are my friends if you do what I command you … love one another.”  I wonder about the “if.”  The very fact that I wonder, the fact that the “if” threatens me, indicates that I read Christ the way I read a legal contract: as a matter of law.  It tells me that, when push comes to proverbial shove, I hear Christ’s command not as gift, but as burden.  It tells me that I don’t abide in Christ’s love; that I’m not Christ’s friend; that I don’t qualify.  Which (from my side) is true, and yet (from Christ’s side), is false.

Still, the “if” haunts me.  It condemns me to uncertainty at best.  Worse than that, the if subverts even my uncertainty, leaving me with the certainty that I don’t abide in Christ, that I fail Christ’s love.  So long as the “if” endures, the best I can hope for is a certain uncertainty: the lingering suspicion that I’m not.  But, then, according to St. Paul, uncertainty may suggest hope, the very ground in which Christ grows faith.

Did you ever doubt your mother’s love?  Hollis did.  When Hollis was five years old, there was a day when he could not believe his mother loved him.  His family had just moved into a neighborhood of farmlets—little weekend acreages with small barns, a couple of out buildings, a pasture, a hay field, a small orchard, and neighboring houses across the fields.

Linda and Bill lived to one side, Pete and Irene on the other.  Linda was also five, and became friends with Hollis that first week.  Each day when kindergarten was over, they’d race from the bus, have a snack, and then meet in the field to plan adventures.  Sometimes they’d chase chickens; sometimes they’d explore the woods or throw rocks at cattle.  Or they’d play hide and seek in the barn.  Then, one day, they decided to take off their clothes and race naked around the hay mow.  They had a blast chasing each other shrieking at the top of their lungs.  It was perfect Eden until Maxine, Linda’s frantic mother, discovered them.  Their shrieks had caught Maxine’s ear.  Suddenly, she was there: an enormous cat pouncing on a cowering mouse.  The field stretched continental as furious Maxine dragged Hollis pell-mell across it, swatting his bare behind with every giant step.

By the time Maxine delivered Hollis into the hands of his mother at the back door, he knew he had committed mortal sin, that he was as good as dead, that judgment would be swift, that he would never again be welcomed home, or anywhere else in the neighborhood.  As Maxine proclaimed his sin, he was certain he’d forfeited his mother’s love: he’d be disowned, sent away—probably to “Woodburn,” the infamous reform school, the place his older brother had said was a hell hole from which you could never return.  He’d have to pack his bag and forfeit his dinner.  The police would soon arrive and take him away.

As Maxine turned and huffed off back across the field, Hollis waited for the hammer to come down.  Standing stark naked inside the utility room, shivering with fear, he awaited the worst:  judgment, condemnation, rejection.  Shaking her head, his mother left the room, and went inside.  He could hear her footsteps on the stairs.  Maybe she was going to get a gun.  Maybe she was going to get a suitcase.  Maybe she was going to get his little brother to protect the sleeping child from the shame of such a wayward brother.

It wasn’t long before she was back: no gun; no suitcase; no baby brother. She had gone to fetch some clothes. “Here,” she said, “Put these on while I make you a sandwich.” Hollis was crying and, amid his tears, saying how sorry he was.  But, seeing the clothes and hearing “Sandwich,” he managed to mumble, “Aren’t you mad?”

“Oh,” she said, “I’m a little mad at Maxine for getting so worked up over the two of you.  That’s just something kids do.  I’d probably be a little angry at you if you did it again.  But I expect you’ve learned it’s best to keep your clothes on when playing with the neighbors.”  “Here,” she said, “Eat your sandwich, and don’t worry too much about Maxine.  She’ll get over it.  I just hope Linda doesn’t get it any worse than you did.”

Linda and Hollis never spoke of it, so he never knew.  But he did know this:  there’s a world of difference between the varieties of love.  When Christ Jesus bids us abide in his love, he says we can trust the dependability of his love, not ours.  Whereas our love for anything and everything is inconstant, and changing with the weather, or with age and circumstance, Christ’s love for us is constant, unchanging, and eternal.  As Luther might say, we cannot of our own ignorance or weakness alter Christ’s love.  Christ’s love is more like a mother’s—only stronger, more durable, and utterly dependable.  Yet a mother’s love (or indeed any parent’s love), impressive though it may be, is merely a sign of that love which Christ alone exhibits not merely for good people but especially for the bad, for us not merely when we’re lovable, but most especially when we’re not—when the “if” haunts, and we know in ourselves that we fail Christ and his commands.  Even so, and especially then, Christ abides.  His cross-death signs his love.  He bears the shameful pain for us.  The death we deserve, he takes upon himself.  This, then, is love: we did not choose him, but he chose us, and gave himself for us when we were naked, afraid, and trembling at the door in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Celebration honoring Pastor Wilson: May 31

Category: News Tags: May 9, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Celebration honoring Pastor Wilson

Sunday, May 31 | Noon

Great Room

You are invited to a celebration honoring Pastor Franklin & Marcia Wilson, May 31, noon–2 pm. Gather in the Great Room for a light lunch and festivities. Printed copies of Sue Gaard’s recent news email regarding pastoral transitions are available at the welcome desk.

Cheese & beer tasting: June 2

Category: News Tags: May 8, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Men’s Group Cheese & Beer Tasting

Tuesday, June 2 | 7 pm

Great Room

The LM Men’s & Women’s Groups are hosting a cheese and beer tasting event on Tuesday, June 2. Interim Campus Pastor Eric Jones, professional beer judge and certified cicerone, will discuss pairings of some of Wisconsin’s finest cheese and beer. All over age 21 are welcome.

Food & Fellowship: June 13

Category: News Tags: May 7, 2015 @ 9:00 am

Sugar Ridge Airport
Saturday, June 13
4:30 pm–dusk

Enjoy a summer evening potluck high on a hill overlooking the Sugar River Valley. We’ll gather at Sugar Ridge Airport — just 4 miles outside the city of Verona. We’ll eat in the hangar, and (weather permitting) plane rides will be available, courtesy of owner Tom Kretschman and his team of skilled pilots. Lots of greenspace, beautiful views and whimsical historical art await. Directions will be at the welcome desk.

Your hosts are Caroline Oldershaw, Jay Suthers and Lynn Washington. RSVP by June 7 to caroline.oldershaw@gmail.com. Due to insurance liability, this event is limited to adults.

Game night: May 16

Category: News Tags: May 6, 2015 @ 9:00 am

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Gather in the Great Room for another evening of fun for all ages on Saturday, May 16 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!

Women’s Group: May 12 & 14

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

2015 Schedule

All meetings have been rescheduled
to the FIRST week of each month.

Tues, June 2, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, June 4, 10 am (Library)

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

Tues, Aug. 4, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Aug. 6, 10 am (Library)

Tues, Sept. 1, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Sept. 3, 10 am (Library)

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

Tues, Nov. 3, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Nov. 5, 10 am (Library)

Tues, Dec. 1, 7 pm (Fireside Room)
Thurs, Dec. 3, 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, 6:30 pm (Great Room):
Dinner with special guest, Bishop Mary Froiland

Thurs, May 14, 10 am (Library)

Ascension Holy Communion: May 14

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

The Ascension celebrates the risen Christ at the right hand of God, seated “in the heavenly places.”

Thursday, May 14

7 pm

Young families brunch: May 2

Category: News Tags: April 21, 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.

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).