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Weekly News: Oct 26-Nov 2

Category: News, Weekly Tags: October 24, 2014 @ 9:30 am

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Mustard Seed Gardeners

Mustard Seed Gardeners

Our thanks to Bob Steffen, who has led the Mustard Seed Gardeners for five years in caring for our flower beds and urns: planting, weeding, watering, and general garden care. Bob and his crew have done fabulous work. Now, as Bob retires from his gardening leadership, we thank and celebrate Bob and his co-workers in the Mustard Seed ministry.


Readings

Jeremiah 31:31–34
Psalm 46
Romans 3:19–28
John 8:31–36

Sunday Forum Series

The Church & Visual Arts
Oct. 26–Nov. 30
A special six-week series led by Father Arnie Klukas, Episcopal priest and retired professor of liturgy. Fr. Klukas will lead discussion on a variety of perspectives on religious or Lutheran art.

Welcome, Nancy Raabe!

We welcome Nancy Raabe who has been called by the synod, with the approval of the Council of Bishops, to serve part time at LM as an associate in ministry. She will work in the areas of visitation, senior ministry and adult education. Nancy will be commissioned and installed as an associate in ministry on Sunday, Nov. 23 at the 10:30 service. Bishop Froiland will be with us this day.

Women’s Study: Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9

Throughout the history of the church, women played a prominent role. Join Nancy Raabe as we read and discuss the writings of prominent women mystics. Sundays at 6:30 pm in the Luther Room (Oct. 26; Nov. 2, 9). Come early for evening prayer at 6:20 pm.

Compline: Sunday, Oct. 26

All are welcome for night prayer Sunday, Oct. 26 at 9 pm. Come listen to the LM chant choir and reflect during this brief meditative service.

Senior Day at Oakwood: Monday, Oct. 27

Luther Memorial will host a Senior Day at Oakwood Village West on Oct 27, 10am-1 pm, with worship in the Resurrection chapel, followed by lunch ($9) and a program in the Nakoma room. Nancy Raabe will present “Looking toward 2017: The Hymns of Martin Luther.”

New-to-Luther orientation & refresher: Saturday, Nov. 1

New members and those who are interested in refreshing their connection to Luther Memorial are welcome to attend on Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 am – 12:30 pm. Enjoy a theological tour, music in the balcony and Ian’s pizza and salad with friends. Please sign up at the welcome desk on Sunday or speak with Suelyn Swiggum, director of shared ministry (258-3160 or swiggum@luthermem.org).

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 2

Fall back! Set your clocks back one hour NEXT Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 am.

Incense at All Saints Sunday: Nov. 2

Incense will be used during the All Saints service on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 am. Incense will not be used at the 8 am service.

All Saints Sunday Choral Evening Prayer: Sunday, Nov. 2

Light a candle in remembrance and raise your voice in song and prayer.
The choirs of Luther Memorial Church will lead the annual All Saints Choral Evening Prayer on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 5 pm. The Arvo Pärt “Which Was the Son of” will be included among the music sung at the service, in addition to congregational singing and bell choir. Incense will be used during the service.

REGISTER NOW! 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 at the welcome desk by Oct. 26. Questions? See Pastor Pohlman.

The Road Home: Nov. 16–23

Luther Memorial will host homeless families through The Road Home of Dane County during the week of Sept. 14–21. Volunteers are needed to donate food for meals and volunteer to set up and clean up the classrooms, cook meals, play with children, do laundry, and stay overnight as hosts. Sign up in the narthex today!

Fall stewardship for 2015

Fall stewardship at Luther Memorial has begun, as we continue to grow our ministry of belonging. Please remember to turn in your pledge! Materials are available at the welcome desk, or your can pledge online at www.luthermem.org/giving.

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).

Oct. 26, 2014

Sunday Forum

9:15 am | Great Room

This week: The Church and Visual Arts (six-week series)
“Is there such a thing as ‘Christian’ or ‘religious’ art?” led by Father Arnie Klukas, Episcopal priest and retired professor of liturgy.

Next week: The Church and Visual Arts (cont.)
“What did Luther and the Reformers say about the visual arts?”

This week

Sunday, Oct. 26
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)
5:30 pm Food & Fellowship (The Vintage)
6 pm Confirmation (Great Room, Library)
6:30 pm Women’s Study (Luther Room)
7:30 pm Compline Rehearsal (Nave)
9 pm Compline

Monday, Oct. 27
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
10 am Senior Day at Oakwood

Tuesday, Oct. 28
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
6 pm Congregation Council
(Luther Room)

Wednesday, Oct. 29
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
10:45 am Bible Study (Luther Room)
12 pm Organ Recital
5:30 pm LM Foundation (Luther Room)
7:30 pm Bell Choir (Choir Room)

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

Friday, Oct. 31
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Saturday, Nov. 1
10 am New-to-Luther (Great Room)
7 pm Propst-Roddy Wedding

Sunday, Nov. 2: All Saints Sunday
Daylight Saving Time Ends
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Sunday Forum (Great Room)
Sunday School (3rd Floor)
10:30 am Holy Communion
5 pm All Saints Sunday Choral
Evening Prayer
6:30 pm Women’s Study (Luther Room)

Upcoming Events

This Fall
Senior Day at Oakwood Village West: Monday, Oct. 27, 10 am
New-to-Luther Orientation: Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 am
All Saints Sunday Choral Evening Prayer: Sunday, Nov. 2, 5 pm
Men’s Retreat: Nov. 7–9
UW Madrigals & Chorale Concert: Friday, Nov. 14, 7:30 pm
The Road Home: Nov. 16–23
Early Music Concert: Saturday, Nov. 22, 7 pm
Commissioning & Installation of Nancy Raabe, Associate in Ministry (cand.): Sunday, Nov. 23, 10:30 am
Thanksgiving Eve Service: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7 pm
“Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Outing: Friday, Nov. 28, 2 pm

SERMON: Pentecost 19 (Oct 19)

Category: News, Sermon Tags: October 20, 2014 @ 9:00 am

The Rev. Franklin Wilson

The Rev. Franklin Wilson

Readings

Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22

Text

“…I am the Lord, there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make weal and I create woe; I am the Lord who do all these things.”
“…And you became imitators of us and of the Lord….”
“Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Listen

Given that today is Pledge Sunday, you may think that I, or the Staff, or the Council, or the Administration/Finance Committee, or the IRS chose today’s readings.   They didn’t; nor did I.  They’re simply appointed in the Revised Common Lectionary—the tri-annual series of readings appointed for seven participating Christian traditions.  Nor did we (as we probably should have) choose this day as Pledge Sunday based upon the appointed readings; to my knowledge we didn’t even look at the Lectionary.  It had more to do with the Fall schedule:  Pig Roast, Confirmation Retreat, Reformation, All Saints, and the like.  The Badger’s Football schedule may have come into it and, for that matter, the Packers as well.  They usually do.   So, miracle of miracles:  here we have Jesus—on the Day we ritualize our Fall Stewardship emphasis—here we have Jesus saying, “Give to the Emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

I suppose stranger things have happened.  For instance, last Thursday morning at 8:46 as I was driving to work on Dayton, approaching the intersection at Park, just as I was cresting the rise with Gordon Commons to my right, I saw a male student pick up a piece of trash, take a few steps, stoop, pick up a second larger piece of trash (an empty Natural Light case?), walk deliberately to the trash bin at the corner of Park and Dayton, place both items in the bin, and then continue down Park toward Johnson.  I was stunned.  It was the first time in six years at Luther Memorial that I could remember seeing a student pick up trash and not one pieces but two!  I said out loud to myself, “Mark this day: a student put some trash in a garbage bin!”  As I rolled to a stop at Park, pondering what I had just witnessed—another male student walked through the crosswalk taking the last bite from an apple.  Baseball cap in reverse, ear buds pounding entertainment, Badger shirt- flip-flops flapping, he proceeded through the crossing, went out of his way, and (as though in routine) calmly dropped the apple core into a trash bin at the corner!

I was astonished.  For the second time in less than a minute, I had observed two events I thought impossible.  Two thoughts entered my mind.  The first, and more obvious, was that I’m stupid:  if all 43,000 students on this campus behave as I routinely imagine, there’d be so much garbage on the ground we couldn’t see streets, crosswalks or sidewalks.  Judging by the trash room in the bottom floor of where I live, students behave no worse than people my age, and probably better.

As I reviewed the course of events, a second thought appeared:  “And you became imitators of us and of the Lord….”  That’s Paul writing to the Thessalonians.   Imitators.  Was the second student imitating the first?  Was the first imitating somebody else?  A teacher?  A parent?  A custodian?  A city employee?  Another student?  Of course, I realized he probably wasn’t imitating me, as I had (only a few yards back) tossed a used piece of chewing gum out the window of my ancient Volvo, the car I proudly drive as a not so subtle sign of my faux humility and pseudo environmental concern.  The car probably gets fewer miles to the gallon than the late-model Audi for which I lust—the silver one past which I drive on my way to my parking place on the third floor of our condo garage.

Lest you think this is all about the latest issue of Car and Driver or merely an old man’s simplistic view of a complex world, I should probably come out of the closet and admit it’s all about stewardship—everything from the moment we are baptized until our funereal ashes are safely tucked away in the columbarium—is all about stewardship, our care (or lack thereof) for that which belongs to another.

And who is the “Other” to which all things belong?  Isaiah the Prophet reminds us as he tells the ancient Persian emperor, Cyrus: “From the rising of the sun and from the west… there is no one besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other.  I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the LORD do all these things.”

The LORD is the owner, and whether we put our trash in the bin or toss it from a moving car, we are his stewards—managers of that which belongs to another.  We are answerable to him as we are to none other.  Oh, the campus police might rightly cite me as the lazy slob I am, and some day they probably will, even as I look down my nose at the younger members of our community who occasionally either in a fit of youthful joy or drunken despair toss their cookies or an empty pizza container on the ground for someone else to clean up.  But the truth is, like it or not, we are all stewards; whether faithful or unfaithful remains to be seen.  Even Cyrus, the pagan emperor, is called to serve the one LORD, even though he does not know the God of Israel!  Stewards do not choose their master, but their master chooses them.

“I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the LORD do all these things.”  In the age of Ebola, and ISIS, drone strikes, starvation, global warming, droughts, earthquakes, and storms, this word of the LORD is a terrifying message.  As it is now, so it was in the age of the Plague, the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and countless crucifixions—of which our Lord’s was but one brief example.  “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”  What can it mean?  Is it possible the LORD does all things?  And, if so, why?

“Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  Is anything not God’s?  As Isaiah indicates, even the emperor belongs to God.  Giving to the emperor is giving to God. Generosity’s the point—not ours, but God’s, the unmerited generosity of the God who gives his only Son for the salvation of the whole world.  And generosity comes, of all things, not merely through information and knowledge, but by imitating the God of all who gives without end.  Like a student who gives a little time picking up trash on the way to class.  In such a world, even a pledge card imitates the one God who creates out of nothing.  After all, there is none other, and we are his—everything is.  In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Women’s Study: Sundays at 6:30

Category: News Tags: August 22, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Women Mystics Ancient and Modern
Sundays: 6:30 pm (Luther Room)
Module 1: Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5
Module 2: Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9

Nancy Raabe

Nancy Raabe

Throughout the history of the church, women played a prominent role, from the 4th- and 5th-century ascetics living in desert communities to social activists of our era. Who were these women, how did they speak about God, and what was their hope for humanity? Join Nancy Raabe as we read and discuss the writings of prominent women mystics, from the ancient Desert Mothers through Hildegard of Bingen (12th century), Julian of Norwich (14th century), Therese of Lisieux (late 19th century), Evelyn Underhill (20th century) and Dorothy Day (20th century). Readings are available at the welcome desk.

Senior Day at Oakwood Village West: Oct 27

Category: News Tags: August 21, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Celebrate fall with friends and family at Oakwood Village West on Monday, Oct. 27, 10 am–1 pm, 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, Oct. 21 at the welcome desk or to Suelyn Swiggum (258-3160 or swiggum@luthermem.org).

New-to-Luther: Nov 1

Category: News Tags: August 20, 2014 @ 9:00 am

New-to-Luther orientation & refresher

Saturday, Nov. 1
10 am–12:30 pm
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.

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.

Game night: Sept 26

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

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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 (swiggum@luthermem.org, 258-3160 ext 15) to learn more.

Young families brunch: Sept 13

Category: News Tags: August 4, 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 (kheggeseth@gmail.com).

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.

Questions?

BEFORE Sept 14: Contact Dale Lavelle (274-1228, dellbb1@gmail.com) or Larry Thies (845-9267, ldthies@charter.net) with questions.

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

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.