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October 15, 2017: Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

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The Gospel for this Sunday is

Matthew 22:1-14

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In Isaiah we are given a vision of the great feast to come, when God will wipe away death forever. In Jesus’ parable about a great banquet, those invited do not come, so the invitation is extended to others. In our liturgy God spreads a table before us. Even amid anxiety and hardship we rejoice in the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. With great joy we feast at the table of the Lord, and we go forth to share the wonderful invitation with others hungering and thirsting for the abundant life of God.

Preaching Forum Today!


TODAY! Thursday, October 12 at 6:00 pm

& Thursday, October 9 at Noon

The pastoral support committee is hosting two congregational forums concerning the preaching at Lake Edge over the past three years, and its relationship to our congregational Vision Statement. The forums will be held Thursday, October 12, from 6:00-6:45 pm; and Thursday, October 19, from 12 noon-12:45 pm in the sanctuary. All congregational members are welcome to attend. There will be three guided questions that will help to frame the discussions. The questions are available for those who prefer or need to provide written ​opinions. The questions can also be found on our website at, and can be responded to on line​. The impetus for these forums is connected to Pr. Stephen’s Doctor of Ministry work. However, it is also a wonderful opportunity for you to be heard concerning the preached word at Lake Edge. Please consider being a part of this effort. A big “thank you” from Pr. Stephen to all who are able to participate.

Promise of Giving: October 15

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Please remember to bring your Promise of Giving cards to worship on Sunday, October 15.

Returning Prisoner Simulation

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Saturday, October 14; 10:00 am - 1:00pm

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church
5700 Pheasant Hill Road, Monona
If you were to take a walk in the shoes of someone just released from prison--would you find your way? The Returning Prisoner Simulation, run by Madison Area Urban Ministries, puts participants in the role of someone who has just been released from prison and provides a unique, interactive opportunity to understand the experiences of individuals when returning to the community from prison. Participants try to accomplish a list of tasks that newly released prisoners must do during their re-entry. The interactive role-play workshop helps people to start to understand the various barriers and difficulties individuals face when return to the community after a period of incarceration. After participating in the simulation, hear from a panel of formerly incarcerated individuals about their experiences. Sign up today to join in a journey of healing and reconciliation. There is a suggested minimum $12 donation per person to help us to cover the costs associated with the event. Any and all proceeds directly support the Restorative Justice Programs of Madison Area Urban Ministries. Sign up online at:

Lake Edge Children Need You!


Sermon Activity

A small army of volunteers helps to lead the sermon activity time each Sunday throughout the school year. The goals of this time are for kids to have a chance to spend their energy in constructive, age-appropriate activities during the sermon time; to build relationships across generations; and to allow parents/guardians a chance to enjoy the sermon without worrying about their children. Each Sunday, one adult volunteer is needed to lead the activity. 2-3 confirmation students will join the leader to help with the activity or with general crowd control. Resources are available to help with planning, and some of the Sunday School teachers can help secure supplies.

We need 4 or 5 more volunteers to commit to this ministry in order to make it a success for this school year! Most volunteers help out 2-3 times throughout the year. Are you being called to work with our children? Please contact Pastor Katya if you are interested, or would like more information. Thank you!

Sunday Adult Education


Join us Sunday mornings, 9:30 am in the Adult Education room for a variety of educational opportunities.

October 15: Advance Care Planning, Meriter Spiritual Care Department

October 22: Funeral Planning with Pastor Katya

October 29: Racial Justice Coalition

Immigration Education Forum: Sergio Gonzales

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October 17 at 6;30 pm

Lake Edge UCC, 4200 Buckeye Rd, Madison
Sponsored by Seeds of Peace
Leading this educational forum is Sergio Gonzales, a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an organizer for the Dane Sanctuary Movement. He has given several presentations in recent months to Dane County interfaith communities and is a highly recommended speaker. Sergio will address immigration issues in Dane County, and share information on the Dane Sanctuary Coalition, why this should be important to people of faith, and what role churches have played in the Sanctuary movement. He will provide information on how congregations or individual members can assist without making a formal sanctuary declaration.

Fall Yard Clean-Up


October 21; 8:00 to 10:00 am

Please join us to rake leaves and clean up the church property. Add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. If possible, please bring rakes! Refreshments will be available.

Holistic Healing Book Study


Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 pm in the Library

Led by Sally Averkamp

Have you or a loved one ever been given a seemingly incurable diagnosis like: autism, ADHD, MS, interstitial cystitis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, colitis, IBS, or enlarged heart only find years later that people were indeed recovering from it? That has happened to me on a number of occasions as I, first, tried to heal my children and then later, when I tried to heal myself. Unfortunately, I found that these healing methods were not easy to find and, most often, I learned of them as the result of talking to the right person at the right time. In this Book Study, we will discuss one important book each month starting with The Prime: Prepare and Repair Your Body for Spontaneous Weight Loss by Kulreet Chaudhary, MD. on Monday, Oct. 23 at 7 pm in the Library at Lake Edge Lutheran Church, 4032 Monona Dr, Madison. (Read the reader reviews on Amazon.)

Book of Faith Bible Study

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September 28-November 2;

1:00 pm and 7:00 pm

On September 28, we begin a 6 week study of the Book of Matthew, Jesus’ words and actions, and what they say to us. The sessions will be offered twice each Thursday from 1:00 to 2:30 pm and from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. We will begin with pie, ice cream and fellowship, followed by Bible study. Pastor Katya will lead the study. Sign up now on the bulletin board. See you there.

Lutheran Disaster Response Hurricane Relief

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This season has seen some of the worst hurricanes on record, and there may be more to come. From Texas to the Dominican Republic, Lutheran Disaster Response is there. As a church, we’re standing by our neighbors who have already been affected, and we are ready to assist in additional locations as disaster strikes. The road to recovery is long, and Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to accompany those affected in every phase. Your gifts will be used entirely (100 percent) for direct response. Together, we can help provide immediate and long-lasting support for those whose homes have been devastated or who have been otherwise affected by hurricanes. Give now to support survivors of disasters.
To Donate:
Make checks payable to Lutheran Disaster Response. Write "Hurricane Response" on your check's memo line and send to: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; P.O. Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 22116-8009. Or call 800-638-3522 to make a donation with a credit card. Operators are ready to assist you Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Central Time.


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