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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Worship Online

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Worship Online at the LELC YouTube Channel. Click here.

Worship will be posted by Sunday morning
You will find worship on: YouTube,, and on our Facebook Page.

Online Worship Dates Revised

For the health and safety of our community of faith, the church council has made the decision to offer online worship temporarily instead of gathering physically on Sunday mornings in the church building. At this time, worship will be offered online through May 24. The council will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate as is prudent.

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The Gospel for this Sunday:

John 14:1-14

Way, Truth, Life

As we continue to celebrate the fifty days of Easter, this week's gospel includes Jesus’ promise that he goes to prepare a place for his followers in his Father’s house. Our baptism commissions us to share Jesus’ mission in the world. As 1 Peter reminds us, we are a holy people, called to proclaim the one who called us out of darkness into light. In words and deeds we bear witness to the risen Christ—our way, our truth, our life.


Congregational Meeting

Sunday, June 7 at 11 am

Ministry Evaluation Task Force and Call Committee Recommendations


Here to Help

Martha Butzier

If there are things you need help with during the time of social distancing, please let Pastor Martha know. No problem is too big or too small. She is available by phone 734.883.4564 or email She is pretty good at troubleshooting problems that arise. Call her. She would love to hear from you!

Your Offerings: Mail In or Give Online

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Click Here for Online Giving

Please remember that you have the option of making your weekly offerings online at the Online Giving link above. You are also welcome to mail your offerings to the church at 4032 Monona Dr. Madison, Wi 53716. Church staff is monitoring mail, phone messages and email messages. Your mailed offerings will be received safely.
Thank you!

Deciding Our Future Ministry

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Even though we're unable to gather together in worship, fellowship, council, or missions, we continue on our journey together. That includes the ministry evaluation task force and their report to council and the congregation. We are planning to try some new ways to connect with you and continue moving forward. The council has been meeting virtually via zoom, where we can see each other and talk with each other. Those without a computer or i-pad to connect via video, can also call into the meeting. We'd like to introduce that technology to the congregation for meetings, and perhaps some fellowship together. To that end, we've purchased a subscription to zoom for the congregation, and we've scheduled the following:
Monday, May 18 - Ministry Evaluation Task Force final report and recommendation to council - May 18
Sunday, May 31 from 11 to noon - Informal Ministry Evaluation Task Force report out to the congregation (both to hear from the task force, as well as to help people connect via zoom)
Sunday, June 7 - Congregational meeting - to consider the recommendations from the task force on future ministry and related staffing, as well as the recommendation from council for members of the call committee. While we hold out hope that at least some of us can gather in person for this meeting in June, we'll plan it for at least some, if not all of us, to attend virtually via zoom.

We look forward to connecting with you in the coming weeks as we consider our future direction in ministry together. We hope you are staying healthy, and praying for each other and our ministry together.

Yours in Christ, on behalf of the Church Council,
Jim St. Vincent

Membership Support Mission Update


We want to let you know that the Membership Support Mission and Care Team are active during this time of social distancing! While we cannot meet in person as a community, we are connecting by phone or email with members of our church family to check in. If you have not yet received a call and would like to let us know how you are doing or how we can support you, we invite your call. Don't be shy! Please call any of us listed below:

Jean Berg: 608-347-4387
Judy Bieri: 608-609-9766
Karen Cook: 608-334-0101
Susan Marsh: 608-213-7444
Lesta Searles: 608-222-5420

We also are aware there many acts of kindness going on. Thanks to all who are reaching out to others! It’s reassuring to know that our Lake Edge family is thinking about each and every one of us.

Here's another suggestion. Since we are all paying attention to washing our hands for 20 seconds, instead of counting or singing Happy Birthday, say the Lord's Prayer, or sing This Little Light of Mine or Jesus Loves Me. Lift yourself up during the process!

Spring Clean Up Challenges


We can't gather as a group to clean up the LELC grounds, but we can come individually. Drop by the church and do a little bit of yard clean up when you can. Please follow Social Distancing protocol. If someone else is at LELC working in the yard, please plan to come back another time.
Volunteers are asked to bring their own yard tools since there won't be anyone at the church to give access to the church's yard tools. There will be a tarp on top of the blue sand barrel by the Hegg Ave. entrance, so the yard waste can be dragged over to the curb on Hegg Ave. for the city to pick up. Thanks. Jeff

Chalk: An Outside Experience

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How do you talk with someone you haven’t seen for awhile AND do something kind for the Madison Eastside people—-at the same time? Why, of course: chalk our church’s Monona Drive sidewalk with good wishes and pretty pictures!
1. Call a friend, or gather your family. Set a meeting date at church. Keep safe distancing at all times.
2. Bring your chalk (or find the church-chalk which is hidden in the three bushes near the library-window on the Monona Drive side)
3. Pick a sidewalk square and draw, draw, draw. Put a baggie (provided) over the church-chalk (for “no germs”). Go anytime. Go again, after it has rained.
4. Celebrate May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, or general Birthdays/Good Health/Happy-day.
5. Return the chalk to its hiding place. Take your baggies home to your trash.

Zoom! Join the Conversation Today!

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Next Zoom Conversation:

Thursday, May 7 at 7:30pm

Several Zoom meetings have been set up for the congregation to gather via Zoom in preparation for holding a Congregational Meeting in June. You can attend by computer or smart-phone with video and audio, or you can just phone in with the number below. The schedule for the meetings is as follows:
May 7th 7:30 pm
May 19th 1:30 pm
May 19th 7:30 pm

Pick a date and time convenient for you and join the conversation with other people from Lake Edge. It's the next best thing to being together again.

If you are joining the meeting by computer or smart-phone (audio and video) just go to the link below to join Zoom Meeting and follow the instructions. It will tell you how to download the app if you don't already have it at this link:
Meeting ID: 520 433 5922

If you are joining by phone (audio only) use this number: +1.312.626.6799 US (Chicago)

If you have questions, please call me at church or here is my cell phone number 734.883.4564.
Peace and be safe,
Pastor Martha

Scheduled Zoom Meetings

These meetings have been scheduled to happen via Zoom in May:
Council Preparation: May 11 at 6:00 pm
Usher's Meeting: May 11 at 7:00 pm
Salome Circle May 12 at 7:00 pm
Quilters Gathering: May 13 at 10:00 am
Council Meeting: May 18 at 6:45 pm
Congregation Gathering May 19 at 1:30 pm (see instructions above)
Congregation Gathering May 19 at 7:30 pm (see instructions above)
Centering Prayer: Sundays at 10:00 am

Participants will receive ahead of time the information needed to join these meetings.

LELC Scholarships


The Gifts Committee awards annual scholarships to Lake Edge members

The order of priority for these scholarships is:
1. A member attending an ELCA seminary for a Masters of Divinity degree and pursuing
ordination in the ELCA;
2. A member attending an accredited ELCA college for an undergraduate degree;
3. A member attending an accredited institution of higher learning for a two- or four-year undergraduate degree.

Students are eligible to receive an annual scholarship a maximum of four times.

2020 Lake Edge Scholarship Application Procedure
The deadline for applications is May 31, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
Please write a one-page letter addressed to the Gifts Committee. Letters should include:
 Your name, address, phone number, email address, and number of years you have been a
member of Lake Edge Lutheran Church;
 The name of the seminary or school you will be/are attending;
 Why this scholarship is important to you; and
 Your current school, church, and community activities.

First time applicants please make sure to also include one copy of your grade transcript from your current school and a copy of your SAT/ACT score. All materials should be mailed to:
Lake Edge Gifts Committee Scholarship
4032 Monona Drive
Madison, WI 53716

Or they may be emailed to:

The Gifts Committee will make the final decision on awarding scholarships. This decision will be made based on academic merit, need, and involvement in church, community and school activities. Successful applicants may reapply in future years for a maximum of four times, but are not guaranteed a renewal.

Drive-Up to Lake Edge with Personal Care Kit Donations!


Saturday, May 16, 2020; 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

The Peace and Justice Mission is collecting items for Lake Edge to send to Lutheran World Relief. Our goal is 150 kits to be collected by the end of May. To help reach our goal we are planning a drive-up service for you to drop off donations. The following items are needed to complete the kits:

19 Bath Towels (light to medium weight, 20” x 40” to 52” x 27”) (dark colors)
20 Nail Clippers
6 Toothbrushes (adult size)
9 Combs (sturdy)
43 Bars of Soap (Bath-Size, 4 oz to 5 oz)

Peace and Justice Mission members will be in the parking lot to receive donations. Please keep in mind it is important for everyone to maintain social distancing. There will be 5 well-marked boxes near the church entrance doors, one for each item needed. You can choose to get out of your vehicle and place in the appropriate box, (one vehicle at a time) or we will collect your donation through your window using a pole to keep us six feet from one another.

If there is a surplus of a an item at the end of the round-up, it will be used for next year’s kits. Please help us complete our goal and swing on over to the Lake Edge Parking lot on May 16! It will be so good to see you -- even from a distance!
Thanks! -- Peace and Justice Mission

MOSES Asks Us to Help Prisoners and Guards Escape COVID-19

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(Corrected Link Below)

MOSES is calling on its members (and that includes members of Lake Edge Lutheran) to email and call Governor Evers to ask him to bring together all involved parties to get as many people out of jails and prisons as possible, those who really are not a threat to public safety, and, in some cases, should have been out months or years earlier.

This is very important given the crowded, unsanitary conditions in prisons, to keep prisoners and prison staff from suffering the death penalty via COVID-19, and to avoid carrying more infections into the communities and families of prison staff.

Governor Evers’ administration has already taken some strong steps. In early April, Kevin Carr, the Secretary of the Department of Corrections, ordered the immediate release of 1,148 people who were being held on revocation holds. An additional 68 people were released from the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility who had been held on an "alternative to revocation". He further ordered the expedited release of everyone eligible for Earned Release who would be expected to be out in less than a year.

But the Governor also has other powers he can use, and, as well, he can call on judges, district attorneys, sheriffs, the parole commission, and DOC Secretary Carr to use their powers. Examples are: “compassionate release” for elderly and infirm prisoners; and parole for some 3,000 prisoners who were sentenced under the law before 2000, when they were supposed to get parole much earlier than the law prescribed after the year 2000. Under Governor Walker, thousands were not paroled appropriately, and around 3,000 are still in prison when they should be out. While the DOC has been reviewing such cases one by one, it could go a lot faster.

So please, call or email Governor Evers, and call or email your State Senator and Representative and ask them to tell Governor Evers how important this is.

For a window into the unsanitary conditions in prisons, you can read a Wisconsin Justice Initiative article here:

The link below has been corrected
Life Inside a Wisconsin Prison

May Bike Ride Cancelled


The May 17 bike ride around Lake Monona has been cancelled. When the time comes for resuming group activities, a new date will be scheduled. Stay tuned, stay safe, and if biking, maintain at least six feet of clearance and remember to announce your presence before passing! See you soon!

Do the Five Things

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Help Stop Coronavirus

1 HANDS Wash them often
2 ELBOW Cough into it
3 FACE Don't touch it
4 FEET Stay more than 3ft apart
5 FEEL sick? Stay home


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