Weekly News: Nov 2-9

Category: News, Weekly Tags: October 31, 2014 @ 9:30 am


Luther Memorial Church - All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday Choral Evening Prayer

Sunday, Nov. 2 | 5 pm

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’ Evening Prayer 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 music for bell choir. Incense will be used during the service.


Joshua 3:7–17
Psalm 34:1–10, 22
1 John 3:1–3
Matthew 5:1–12

Incense at All Saints Sunday

Incense will be used during the All Saints service at 10:30 am and the 5 pm choral evening prayer. Incense will not be used at the 8 am service.

Women’s Study: 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 (Nov. 2, 9). Come early for evening prayer at 6:20 pm.

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.

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”

The Rev. Brent Christianson

The Rev. Brent Christianson

Thank you from Brent Christianson

Many thanks to the Luther Memorial members who were part of my retirement recognition; and many thanks to Luther Memorial for 21 years of partnership!

Men’s Group: Tuesday, Nov. 4

The Men’s Group will meet Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 pm. Pastor Wilson will lead discussion on “Biblical Brothers: Jacob and Esau.”

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.”

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!

Nancy Raabe

Nancy Raabe

New associate in ministry: Sunday, Nov. 23

Nancy Raabe 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. She will work part time in the areas of visitation, senior ministry and adult education.

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.

UW choral concerts: Dec. 7

The annual UW winter choral concerts will be held at Luther Memorial on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 and 4 pm.

Christmas Gifts for Transitional Families

The Outreach Committee is looking for volunteers to buy Christmas gifts, wrap them and drop them off at the church by Sunday, Dec. 7. These gifts will be delivered to homeless or recently homeless families in Dane County on Saturday, Dec. 13. More information will be available at the welcome desk soon.

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.

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.

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

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) or Pastor Brad Pohlman (444-7604).

Nov. 2, 2014

Sunday Forum

9:15 am | Great Room

This week: The Church and Visual Arts (six-week series)
“What did Luther and the Reformers say about the visual arts?” led by Father Arnie Klukas, Episcopal priest and retired professor of liturgy.

Next week: The Church and Visual Arts (cont.)
“Is there a specifically ‘Lutheran’ approach to the visual arts?”

This week

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)

Monday, Nov. 3
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Tuesday, Nov. 4
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
6:30 pm Library (Library)
7 pm Men’s Group (Fireside Room)

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

Thursday, Nov. 6
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)
5:30 pm Recorder Ensemble (Choir Room)
7 pm Adult Choir (Choir Room)

Friday, Nov. 7
Men’s Retreat (Nov. 7–9)
9 am Morning Prayer (Nave)

Sunday, Nov. 9
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)
6:30 pm Women’s Study (Luther Room)

Upcoming Events

Men’s Group: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 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 as Associate in Ministry: 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

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
Gifts Delivered (Christmas Gifts for Transitional Families: Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 am–noon
Advent Quiet Day: Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 am–3 pm
Preschool Christmas Program: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 10:30 am

SERMON: Reformation Sunday (Oct 26)

Category: News, Sermon Tags: October 26, 2014 @ 9:00 am

The Rev. Scott D. Anderson


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


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.


Please sign up at the welcome desk on Sundays or speak with Suelyn Swiggum, director of shared ministry, at 258-3160 or

The Road Home: Nov 16-23

Category: News Tags: August 19, 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.


BEFORE Nov 16: Contact Dale Lavelle (274-1228, or Larry Thies (845-9267,

AFTER Nov 16: Please contact Phyllis Pleuss at 827-5698 or

Senior Day at Oakwood Village West: Oct 27

Category: News Tags: August 18, 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

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.

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 (

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.