Join Us for Worship Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 am
Sunday, January 8, 2017: Celebrating Epiphany
The Gospel for this Sunday is
Epiphany comes on January 6 each year. We are celebrating Epiphany on Sunday this week (Jan. 8) Epiphany means “manifestation.” On Epiphany we celebrate the revelation of Christ to the Gentiles—that is, to all nations. Some Christian traditions celebrate three great epiphanies on this day: the magi’s adoration of the Christ child, Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, and his first miracle, in which he changes water into wine. The word and sacraments are for us the great epiphany of God’s grace and mercy. We go forth to witness to the light that shines brightly in our midst.
I’m pleased to report that Lake Edge Lutheran Church will not be losing any funds from the Gifts Committee checking account as a result of the recent fraudulent check incident. Monona State Bank has informed us that they will not hold Lake Edge Lutheran Church liable for any loss of funds. This is wonderful news and we are most thankful for Monona State Bank’s support on this matter.
We are also thankful for Chris Anderson's and Amanda McCullough Borth’s quick response in contacting Monona State Bank and the Madison Police Department when they became aware of the fraudulent checks.
While the Madison Police Department has been investigating our case, the Detective in charge has indicated that it is very difficult to apprehend the perpetrators in this type of incident. I will keep you informed if there are any future developments on our case.
Lake Edge has had a relationship with Cristo Rey in Santa Ana, El Salvador for 24 years. Several years ago we asked Pastor Carlos how we could help them. He said the best thing we could do was to provide an education for the children. Education is not mandatory and requires that the student wear a uniform and have their own school supplies. The cost to send a child to school is about $100.00 which is about a month’s income for a family. Every fall Lake Edge members provide scholarship funds, which are wired to Cristo Rey in January before the start of their school year. We have been able to support around 150 children each year. Some of the children have actually been able to pursue educational opportunities after high school. If you wish to participate in this program, please identify your donation as Cristo Rey Scholarship. There will be cards in the fellowship area if you wish to donate in someone’s name as a gift.
Saturday, January 7; 9:30 am at LELC
Madison Organizing in Strength, Equality and Solidarity
You are welcome and invited to attend this meeting.
MOSES helps congregations take the next step, from direct service to transformative justice. Rather than simply providing assistance, we form a community of neighbors who can together change public policy to make our communities places where everyone has a chance to succeed.
Wednesdays; 6:30 PM
At Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church
Christ the Solid Rock and Lake Edge continue joint studies with Mark Allan Powell’s book “Loving Jesus”. The first 25 people to sign up will receive a free copy. Please sign up on the bulletin board. See Linda Netteshiem for your book.
Because of the Packer's Game Sunday, January 8, we will reschedule Songs & Suds. Typically, we gather the 2nd Sunday of the month at Chief's Tavern on Cottage Grove Rd.
Saturday, January 7 at 7:00 pm
Lake Edge Lutheran Church
Join Chance Allies for a fantastic night of jazz in support of th Madison Area Jail Ministry. $20 suggested donation. The evening includes the jazz concert, silent auction, beverages and delectable desserts. More information at www.madisonjailministry.org. Doors open at 6:30 pm
Bible Study January 12-February 23
“This book is really a chief part of the New Testament and is truly the purest Gospel … it is a bright light, almost self-sufficient to illuminate the entire Holy Scriptures” Martin Luther
As we begin the 500th year of the reformation, plan to join in a Bible study of the Book of Romans which was Luther’s favorite epistle (letter). Beginning January 12 and running for 7 weeks on Thursdays, the study times are 1-2:30 pm or 7-8:30 pm. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.
January 15, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm
During the season of Epiphany, come and enjoy the Evening of Reflection for Women. Meg Nielsen, Deacon, will be our leader. We will meet in the church library.
2016 Pledges and 2017 Envelopes
If you are wondering what the balance of your pledge is for 2016, please call the church office and leave a message for Amanda McCullough-Borth. Envelopes for giving in 2017 are now ready to be picked up in the fellowship area near the stairs. Pick up your packet today!