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Weekly News: Nov 23-30

Category: News, Weekly Tags: November 21, 2014 @ 9:30 am

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Welcome, Nancy Raabe!

New Associate in Ministry

Nancy Raabe

Nancy Raabe will be commissioned and installed as an associate in ministry today at the 10:30 service. The Rev. Mary Froiland, Bishop of South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, will preside. Nancy will serve Luther Memorial with a focus on senior ministry and spiritual formation for women.


Readings & Hymns

Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24
Psalm 95: 1–7a
Ephesians 1:15–20
Matthew 25:31–46
#634 All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
#707 Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us
#432 The Head That Once Was Crowned

Thank you, volunteers!

Thank you to all who volunteered for The Road Home Nov. 16–23. A special thanks to Dale Lavelle and Larry Thies for their leadership and commitment to this vital community program.

Fabric needed for LM quilters

The LM quilters are in need of sheets for Christmas quilting projects. Please drop off your donation of material at the church office or the welcome desk. Thank you!

Fall stewardship for 2015

Pledges continue to come in. Over 140 to date! Thank you for your partnership in LM’s ministry of belonging.

Seeking Sunday School teachers

The Sunday School needs 1–2 teachers to teach older students (grades 3–4 or grades 5–6) every other week. See Amy Grunewald Mattison or email at amygrunewaldmattison@gmail.com. Thanks to all our teachers and assistants and to those of you considering this ministry!

Thanksgiving Eve service: Nov. 26

Come to a special Service of the Word on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7 pm. An offering will benefit Grace Episcopal Food Pantry.

Emmanuel Come! Advent Devotion

Oakwood Village West
Thursday, Dec. 4 | 10 am
Gather for a time of devotion, song and prayer in the Resurrection Chapel. All are invited. No reservation is necessary. Let us know if you need transportation. Contact Suelyn (258-3160 ext. 15 or swiggum@luthermem.org) with questions.

UW choral concerts: Dec. 7

Come and listen, or volunteer to help host, the annual UW winter choral concerts on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 or 4 pm. A volunteer sign-up sheet is at the welcome desk.

Christmas Gifts for Transitional Families

The Outreach Group needs volunteers to buy Christmas gifts and drop them off at the church by Sunday, Dec. 7. All are welcome to wrap gifts and enjoy pizza on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5–7 pm. Volunteers are also needed to deliver these gifts to homeless or recently homeless families in Dane County on Saturday, Dec. 13. Sign up in the narthex today!

Honoring & Remembering at Christmas

Honor or memorialize a friend or family member this Christmas by making a special donation to the ELCA World Hunger Appeal or toward the cost of Christmas trees, wreaths, garlands or poinsettias to beautify the church during this season. Forms are available at the welcome desk and online at www.luthermem.org/giving/honor-remember.

Advent Quiet Day: Saturday, Dec. 13

Luther Memorial will host an advent quiet day—a day of daily prayer, devotion, meal and quiet time. Learn more at the welcome desk.

Food & Fellowship: Saturday, Dec. 13

The holiday Food & Fellowship will be Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 pm at Randy & Debbie Raasch’s home (6103 Spring Pond Ct, McFarland). Please RSVP at 838-6921 after 7 pm or email raasch@surgery.wisc.edu with your top three choices of what you would like to bring for the meal. Choices are appetizer, soup, salad, vegetable, potato, meat, dessert and bread.

New members received: Sunday, Dec. 14

New members will be received during Holy Communion on Sunday, Dec. 14. Stop by the welcome desk to register, or contact Suelyn Swiggum (swiggum@luthermem.org, 258-3160 ext 15) to learn more.

Preschool Christmas program: Dec. 16

All are invited to the annual preschool Christmas program on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 10:30 am in the Great Room.

Year-End Giving

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Bob Uphoff

“How have we been blessed here at Luther Memorial? We have tremendous people, good programs, a magnificent facility, devoted leadership — and so much more. Let’s look at that and ask, what does it mean to us? And what is our commitment to keeping it going?”
Bob Uphoff,
Congregation Council President

Please make a gift to support Luther Memorial’s ministries.
There are many ways to do this:

  • Your one-time cash, stock or mutual fund gift
  • Your recurring gift (pledge)
  • Your Thrivent Choice Dollars® (applicable to members)

Every dollar makes a difference. Thank you for your generous participation.
For assistance, go to www.luthermem.org/giving, ask at the welcome desk or call 258-3160.

Contributions received by noon on Dec. 31 will appear on your 2014 contribution statement.

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).

Nov. 23, 2014

Sunday Forum

9:15 am | Nave

This week: The Church and Visual Arts (six-week series)
“Requirements for worship: a walking tour of the LM nave,” led by Father Arnie Klukas, Episcopal priest and retired professor of liturgy.

Next week: The Church and Visual Arts (cont.) | Great Room
“The Gothic style and 21st century Christianity”

This week

Sunday, Nov. 23: Christ the King
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Sunday Forum (Great Room)
Sunday School (3rd Floor)
10:30 am Holy Communion, Commissioning & Installation of Nancy Raabe
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)

Monday, Nov. 24
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Tuesday, Nov. 25
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
6 pm Admin & Finance (Library)
7 pm Congregation Council (Luther Rm)

Wednesday, Nov. 26
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
10:45 am Bible Study (Fireside Room)
12 pm Organ Recital
7 pm Thanksgiving Eve Service of the Word

Thursday, Nov. 27
Thanksgiving – Church Closed

Friday, Nov. 28
Church Closed

Sunday, Nov. 30: 1 Advent
8 am Holy Communion
9:15 am Sunday Forum (Great Room)
Sunday School (3rd Floor)
10:30 am Holy Communion, Sacrament of Holy Baptism
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)

Upcoming Events

November
Thanksgiving Eve Service: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7 pm
“Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Outing: Friday, Nov. 28, 2 pm

December
Men’s Group: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7 pm
Senior Day/Advent Carols & Devoptions: Thursday, Dec. 4, 10 am
Gifts Due (Christmas Gifts for Transitional Families): Sunday, Dec. 7
UW Choral Christmas Concerts: Sunday, Dec. 7, 2 & 4 pm
Gifts Sorted (Christmas Gifts for Transitional Families): Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5 pm
Advent Quiet Day: Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 am–3 pm
Food & Fellowship: Saturday, Dec. 13, 6 pm
Gifts Delivered (Christmas Gifts for Transitional Families): Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 am–noon
New Members Received: Sunday, Dec. 14
Preschool Christmas Program: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 10:30 am
Greening of the Nave: Sunday, Dec. 21, 4:15 pm
Christmas Eve Eucharist: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 5 pm & 11 pm
Christmas Eve Carol Sing: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 10:30 pm
Christmas Day Eucharist: Thursday, Dec. 25, 10:30 am
Third Day Carol Sing: Saturday, Dec. 27, 7 pm

SERMON: Pentecost 23 (Nov 16)

Category: News, Sermon Tags: November 16, 2014 @ 9:00 am

The Rev. Brad Pohlman

The Rev. Brad Pohlman

Readings

Zeph 1:7, 12-18
Psalm 90:1-12
1 Thess 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

Listen

Christmas Gifts for Transitional Families: Volunteers needed!

Category: News Tags: November 10, 2014 @ 9:00 am

christmas-gift-tagsYou can help brighten Christmas for homeless or recently homeless families in Dane County. Volunteers are needed now to:

  • Purchase gifts and/or household supplies. Select a tag or two (or a whole family!) from the board in the narthex. Shop for the gifts and return them, wrapped and labeled, to church by Sunday, Dec. 7.
  • Be a last-minute shopper to purchase gifts the week of Dec. 7 with program funds.
  • Sort & prepare gifts on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5–7 pm. All ages are invited. Pizza will be provided!
  • Deliver gifts on Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 am–noon.

To get involved, please contact Maria Brown at maria.brown3@sbcglobal.net or 251-2736.

The Road Home: Nov 16-23

Category: News Tags: November 5, 2014 @ 9:00 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 Nov. 16-23.

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 Nov 16: Contact Dale Lavelle (274-1228, dellbb1@gmail.com) or Larry Thies (845-9267, ldthies@charter.net).

AFTER Nov 16: Please contact Phyllis Pleuss at 827-5698 or jpleuss@charter.net.

Advent at Oakwood Village West: Dec 4

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

Emmanuel Come!

Advent Devotion

Oakwood Village West

Thursday, Dec. 4 | 10 am

Gather for a time for a time of devotion, song and prayer in the Resurrection Chapel. All are invited. No reservation is necessary. Let us know if you need transportation. Questions? Contact Suelyn Swiggum (258-3160 or swiggum@luthermem.org).

Sunday Forum series: The Church & Visual Arts

Category: News Tags: November 3, 2014 @ 9:00 am

Oct. 26–Nov. 30

9:15 am | Great Room

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.

Oct. 26: “Is there such a thing as ‘Christian’ or ‘religious’ art?”
Nov. 2: “What did Luther and the Reformers say about the visual arts?”
Nov. 9: “Is there a specifically ‘Lutheran’ approach to the visual arts?”
Nov. 16: “Is Luther Memorial’s worship space ‘Lutheran’?”
Nov. 23: “Requirements for worship: a walking tour of the LM nave”
Nov. 30: “The Gothic style and 21st century Christianity”

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.

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.