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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday Worship Begins! Join us Online at 9:30 am!

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 14:15-21

Spirit of Truth

Jesus does not abandon his followers. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus comes to abide with his disciples of every generation. As Pentecost draws near, we are reminded that the risen Christ dwells in us as the Spirit of truth. We receive this Spirit in baptism and pray that in our gathering around the Lord’s table the Spirit will transform us to be the body of the risen Christ in the world.


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!

Moving Forward: 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 also 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. Here are upcoming meetings:

Monday, May 18

The Ministry Evaluation Task Force will give a final report and recommendation to council.

Sunday, May 31 from 11 to Noon

The congregation is encouraged to attend via Zoom this Informal Ministry Evaluation Task Force report to the congregation (both to hear from the task force, as well as to help people connect via zoom)

Sunday, June 7 - Congregational Meeting

The congregation will 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

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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“Chalk” a pretty picture on our church’s sidewalk on Monona Drive. Express something good and kind and beautiful. Give the “walkers” something to smile about. (You’ll find chalk in a bin behind the three tall bushes by the library window.) Invite some other parishioner to meet you there. Safe distance. Chat while drawing.

Dialogue Articles Due Sunday, May 24


As we near the deadline for Dialogue articles, please send your items to Chris in the church office as early as possible. Office schedules are a bit topsy turvy these days! Because of that, articles will need to be in to the office no later than Sunday, May 24 to be included in the June Dialogue. You can email your articles to

Finance Manager Position

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At LELC, we are seeking a new Part-Time Financial Manager. Our current Finance Manager, Linda Brown, will be leaving in July, If you know of anyone that might be interested and has accounting experience, please contact Dale Dull,

Zoom! Let's Chat!

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Join Our Zoom Social Conversation:

Thursday, May 19 at 1:30 & 7:30 pm

There are two remaining opportunities to chat with others at LELC. These Zoom gatherings are designed for social conversation and offer a way for you to become acquainted with how Zoom works. You can attend by computer or smart-phone with video and audio, or you can just phone in with the number below. These are the upcoming opportunities:
May 19th 1:30 pm
May 19th 7:30 pm

Pick the 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 on my cell phone: 734.883.4564.
Peace and be safe,
Pastor Martha

Scheduled Zoom Meetings

These meetings have been scheduled to happen via Zoom in May:
Council Meeting: May 18 at 6:45 pm
Congregation Social Conversation May 19 at 1:30 pm and/or 7:30 pm
Centering Prayer: Sundays at 10:00 am

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

Zoom into Sunday Morning Fellowship!


Let’s have Sunday morning “Fellowship hour” via Zoom! Starting May 24th, we’ll “meet” for conversation at 9:00 am. Grab your coffee and sign-in to Zoom. Use the ID code: 520 433 5922
We will continue this gathering every Sunday this summer (until normalcy resumes).

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:

14 Bath Towels (light to medium weight, 20” x 40” to 52” x 27”) (dark colors)
10 Nail Clippers
6 Toothbrushes (adult size)
3 Combs (sturdy)
13 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

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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