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  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church | Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer | ELCA

    February, 2019

    Dear Friends in Christ,

    This year we have a very long season following the day of Epiphany. Lent doesn’t start until March 6th when we observe Ash Wednesday. Such a long season allows us time to delve into Jesus’ time with the people, his time revealing to all people his divinity but also his humanity through his love and care, his teachings that embrace ordinary people, his understanding of their lives.

    His miracles too were for and of help to these men, women and children, young and old, of the towns and villages of Judea. He showed care for a wedding couple who suffered a lack of wine at their wedding festivities, provided an abundance of fish to doubting fishermen, and taught ordinary people how to pray.

    Jesus extends that same care and those same lessons for us here today with his continued presence and his continued concern for even the small ordinary events in our daily lives.

    Psalm 37 that will be read on February 24 urges us to commit ourselves to the Lord. “Put your trust in the Lord and do good. Take delight in the Lord, who shall give you your heart’s desire.” says the Psalmist.

    Jesus also urged such commitment in his Sermon on the Plain,which says, ‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

    Take time this Epiphany season to meditate on these readings from Luke

    and from Psalm 37.

    Blessings, Pastor Jeanne

    Office Schedule

    • Mondays at BLC,

    8:00am-10:00am & 12:30pm-3:30pm

    • Wednesdays at BLC, 8:00am-12:00pm

    • Tuesday & Thursday mornings at LCOR

    • Friday as needed

    OFFICE CLOSED February 18th, President’s Day

    Sunday Worship Schedule

    9:00 a.m. Bethlehem Lutheran Church

    10:30 a.m. Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer

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    The Call Committee has held one

    preliminary interview with a possible

    candidate. This week the Synod Office

    will be sending information on two more

    possible candidates. Once the Call

    Committee reviews the Personal Ministry Statement (resume) of each additional

    candidate we will set up a preliminary interview with each. The coordination of

    the additional interviews will take a few weeks to take place.

    The Call Committee worked diligently to put together a set of very insightful

    questions to ask the candidate(s) in order to gain the best understanding about

    the person and if they would be the right fit for our congregations. We will use

    the same questions for all the interviews.

    The Call Committee will work diligently to determine a top choice to recommend

    to both church councils. Then the Committee will work with the Councils and the

    Synod office on the next steps.

    Please pray for the following who have been submitted to our

    prayer list: Ed Dorn, Arden Sheets, Robin Meng, Dick Mai,

    Wilbur Hall, Nadine Barlow, Marvin Rosten, Lon Dahl, and

    Annie Jo Green. Your prayers are sincerely appreciated and may God bless you! Please remember that names are kept on our prayer list for three weeks, and then removed. If you would like for someone to be kept on our ongoing list, please let Terresa know.

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    Parish Register

    Darrel Dudden passed away December 20, 2018; memorial

    service held at Heer Mortuary on December 28th.

    Roger Iverson passed away January 24, 2019.

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    Campus Ministry Sunday

    February 10, 2019

    Our churches will be welcoming student preachers to our

    congregations this February 10th! Campus Ministries across

    the Rocky Mountain Synod are sending out student

    preachers for the 3rd Annual Rocky Mountain Synod Campus

    Ministry Sunday. Join us this day to share with these

    students in worship and hear the story of campus ministry!

    Food Bank of the Rockies

    Eleven out of twelve months each year, the Food Bank of the Rockies offers free

    food items to members of Morgan County. To receive the food items, you bring

    bags, boxes, and carts to Mark Arndt Event center in the Morgan County

    Fairgrounds in Brush at 10:00 a.m. To sign in, you

    need an ID (driver’s license or ID). You will be able

    to go through the line and receive the food items.

    If you wish to volunteer to be one of the adults or

    young people (middle school or high school) giving out

    the food items, you can come at 9:00 a.m. to help

    organize the items. Then you can “work the line”

    giving out the food items or helping the elderly carry their boxes and bags to

    their cars. If you are in high school, this is a great opportunity to earn

    community service credits for scholarships, etc. It probably would be best for

    you to attend school if the food bank days are on a day that school is in session.

    The days are Wednesdays throughout the year.

    The dates of the food bank for 2019 are listed below. Please consider

    volunteering your time and ability for this wonderful opportunity.

    January 23, February 27, March 27, April 24, May 22, June 26, (no July date),

    August 28, September 25, October 23, November 27, and December 18.

    Hope to see you there!

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    Springing Forward with WELCA's Soup and Salad Supper

    LCOR's WELCA (Women of the Evangelical

    Church of America) will be hosting our

    annual Soup and Salad Supper on

    Monday, March 11th, beginning at 6:00

    P.M. in our fellowship hall. Women from

    BLC are invited to join us for this fun

    evening of food, fellowship and


    LCOR and BLC women are each asked to bring a salad or soup to share AND bring

    along a friend! Dessert and beverages will be provided. So that we will have a

    nice assortment of soups and salads, please sign up with Margie Dorn at

    church. BLC women may call Margie at 867-5378 to sign up.

    We “LOVE” Games Night! WELCA is hosting a We “LOVE” Games

    Night on Friday, February 15 from 6:30 - ?

    for all members of LCOR and BLC….plus,

    bring a friend!

    Games! Fellowship! Snacks! Please bring games you wish to play, snacks to share, and

    any drinks you wish. (Sorry…no alcohol.) Coffee, tea, and

    lemonade will be provided. There might be prizes!

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    LCOR Library


    Ardyce has found 2 new fiction books about the Amish people. The first is

    titled, Anna’s Crossing, by Suzanne Woods Fisher. (FIC Fis). It follows Anna

    who is sailing in 1737 with other Amish believers to start a new life in America.

    Although she is fearful of sailing, she feels compelled to go with the group

    because she is the only one who speaks English. Much of the book is about the

    difficult sailing, but part of it is about other ships carrying slaves, having a

    water shortage onboard, and a romance with the ship’s carpenter. The story of

    the crossing is a great description of the dangers our ancestors faced in

    immigration. (c. 2015)

    The second book is titled, The Amish Groom, by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan

    Meissner. (FIC Cla) This features a young man who has a very complicated and

    conflicted background. He tells his story in first person narrative. He was born

    to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch (non- Amish) father. He was raised as a

    military kid until his mother passed. His father placed him in the care of his

    Amish grandparents. To further complicate his story, he has been dating an

    Amish girl, trying to pray for direction in where he belongs. Then he meets a girl

    in California who captures his attention. To which world does he belong? Will he

    become an “Amish Groom”? c.2014

    Thank you, Ardyce for finding these books.

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    Dear Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Youth Group,

    Thank you for your year-end gift to ELCA World Hunger. Your gift

    to ELCA World Hunger helps fight hunger in more than 60 countries

    – including the United States – with a special focus on working

    efficiently and effectively to reach families and communities most in

    need. When people are connected with basic resources, like land to

    farm, clean water, seeds, healthcare, livestock, microcredit,

    education, access to markets and good jobs, they can build their own

    lasting solutions to hunger. Your gift helps people break free from

    hunger and poverty. Your generosity makes a life-saving difference.

    When almost 1 billion people face hunger in our world today, it’s a

    problem that affects us all. Thank you for being part of the solution,

    and helping ensure thi