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Summer Worship at 9:30 am

July 30, 2017: Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

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The Gospel for this Sunday is

Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52;

Click Here to Read.

Great Surprise!

As Solomon prays for wisdom, we seek to more deeply know the treasures of faith. In this week's gospel Jesus offers everyday images that reveal to us the reign of God: a tree that becomes a sheltering home, yeast that penetrates and expands, a treasured pearl, a net that gains a great catch. Even as we seek the riches of God’s reign, the great surprise is that God’s grace finds us first!

Urgent Need for Blood Donations!

Blood Drop

Donors will receive $5 Target Gift Card

In recent days the Red Cross has received frequent and urgent requests for blood donations. Please sign up today for the blood drive at LELC. All donors at our drive will receive an email for a $5 Target eGiftCard™ after their attempted donation. Please be sure to give the Red Cross your email address when you register.

Blood Drive Tuesday, August 1: Make An Appointment!

Hosted at Lake Edge Lutheran
1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
For an appointment, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: EastMadisonSofP

Walk-ins are welcome! You can save up to 15 minutes when you donate blood by using RapidPass. Visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass for more information.
Volunteers Needed! Please volunteer to help with registration or with providing and serving snacks. Sign up today on the bulletin board for a 2 hour shift between 11:30 am & 6:00 pm and/or to provide snacks. You may also contact Fay Hanson at 222-7675.

Luke House Meal Thursday, August 4

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Luke House is this Thursday, August 3, 2017. Please have the food that you provide to church by noon that day. Dessert Bars should be cut. If you cannot bring the food that you usually do, please find someone else to bring it for you. If you would like to help serve, please arrive at Luke House by 4:45 pm. Questions or concerns contact Joan Martin at (608)839-1370. Thank you for your continued support of this great ministry.

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Faith, Sexism and Justice

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August 2, 9 & 16 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church; 6:00-8:30pm Our ELCA Synod and the ELCA national office need your help! We want to include your views and perspectives in some important conversations that will lead to the creation of an official ELCA Social Statement on Faith, Sexism and Justice. The sessions will take place at St. Stephen’s on Wednesday evenings, August 2, August 9, and August 16. Pastor Elisa Brandt and Connie Kilmark will moderate the discussions. To attend, please sign up at this link: https://tinyurl.com/ELCA-Study-Signup. St. Stephen’s is located at 5700 Pheasant Hill Rd., Monona. To learn more about ELCA Social Statements and their role in your congregation’s ministry and outreach, go to this link: https://www.elca.org/Faith/Faith-and-Society/Social-Statements

Old-Fashioned Picnic

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August 20, 11 am at LELC

Following worship join us for games, potluck, fellowship. Pulled pork, hot dogs and lemonade Provided. Bring a dish to pass. There are sign-up sheets on the bulletin board. Indicate number attending and check the box of what you would like to bring!
Any Questions? Contact the church office or contact Nancy Pike by text at (608) 332-4370 or email at pikenancy56@gmail.com. Please Join Us!

Kitchen & Gas Stoves

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Please, Do Not Turn Off the Gas!

Recently, we discovered that someone had turned off the gas to the stoves in the church kitchen. This creates a very dangerous situation, as all pilot lights must be re-lit manually. Our greatest concern is that one pilot light might be overlooked (it is easy to forget the oven has a pilot light, too). If one pilot is left unlit, the gas may ignite causing a fire and possibly an explosion. So please, do not turn off the gas to the stoves unless it is some kind of emergency.

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The pilot lights also help to dry the cast iron on the stove. Because the gas was turned off, moisture on the stove has caused the cast iron to rust and it must be cleaned.

Good Working Order

Finally, our kitchen gets a fair amount of use, and so the stoves and other appliances and equipment need to remain in good working order. If you use the kitchen, please make every effort to leave the kitchen clean and ready for the next time it is used.
Thank You!

Save These Dates!

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Please mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

August 1, 1:00-6:00 pm - Blood Drive at LELC
August 13, 6:00-9:00 pm - Annual Jazz Concert
August 20, 11:00 am - Old-Fashioned Church Picnic
August 25-27 - Congregational Weekend Away

See bulletins and newsletters for details!

Bags for LWR School Kits are here!

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Pick Yours Up Today, Fill & Return by September 3, 2017!

Poverty stricken areas of the world do not have the essential supplies needed in their schools. Bags are provided for you to fill with these items: 4-70 sheet notebooks (no loose-leaf paper); 1-30-centimeter ruler (centimeter on one side ,inches on the other); 1-pencil sharpener; 1- blunt scissor (safety scissor); 1- eraser; 5-unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers; 5-ballpoint pens (no gel ink)- blue or black ink; 1-box of 16 or 24 crayons

Gifts Committee: Matching Gifts Needed

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At the recent congregational meeting, two special initiatives were approved to be funded through the gifts committee:
1) part time youth pastor for the next year
2) repair of the front rock wall and improving drainage near the front door to prevent water from reaching our elevator shaft and basement hallway.

The Gifts Committee will match donations to these projects. Please check the bulletin and June Dialogue for details about how you can contribute to these important initiatives.

As always, thank you for your support of these types of special initiatives through the gifts committee. Jim St. Vincent, Chairperson, Gifts Committee

Summer Choir!

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Next: August 20

Interested in singing in the choir? Want to meet new friends, have fun and worship the Lord at the same time? Summer choir meets on the 3rd Sunday, August 20, with rehearsal at 8:30 am in the choir room. All are welcome! Soli Deo Gloria!

Congregational Weekend at Mt. Morris

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August 25-27

Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center

Near Wautoma, WI

There's still room for you to attend the LELC Congregational Weekend at Mt. Morris! Information about lodging and activities is on the bulletin board. For more information, contact Mary Graper.
Weekend Theme:
Christa Fisher, Leader for Cross-Generational Learning Time
"Spend a weekend in nature exploring this divinely sanctioned space. Together we will explore and experience the gift of Sabbath, the joy of being without expectation. While there will be many opportunities for multi-generational learning and doing, nothing is required. You are free to spend yours days engaged in arts and crafts, biblical study, nature exploration, swimming, hiking, fishing, or simply lying in the sun, listening to the birds sing and the children laugh. This weekend is your Sabbath - it has been established so that you might experience rest and joy!”

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