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Sunday, August 23, 2020

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

Zoom Fellowship: 9:00 am

Grab your coffee and sign-in to Zoom at 9:00 for our first weekly LIVE Sunday morning fellowship time
Meeting ID: 931 8019 0780
Password: coffee
+1 312 626 6799 (Just dial the one if calling from a landline. Use the key pad to enter the meeting ID and password)

Worship Online at the LELC YouTube Channel. Click here.

Worship will be posted by Sunday Morning and can also be accessed from, and our Facebook Page.

Worship on the Telephone at 833-273-2540

Simply dial in and listen to LELC's worship service! This is a toll free number.

This Week, Worship Includes:

▪ Children's Word Time with Pastor Martha
▪ Readings Recorded by Deb Jenson
▪ Special musical offerings by our musicians
Children's Word Time with Pastor Martha
Readings Recorded by Deb Jenson
Special musical offerings by our musicians

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, we are offering online worship temporarily instead of gathering physically on Sunday mornings in the sanctuary. To understand your feelings about resuming in-person worship services, we sent you the "Resuming In-Person Worship" survey in June. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. Based on your feedback in the survey and the recent upswing in COVID-19 cases in Dane County, the Church Council has decided to continue online worship through October 31. The council will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate as is prudent. Please watch for your August Dialogue to read more about what you told us in the worship survey.

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12th Sunday After Pentecost

The Gospel for this Sunday:

Matthew 16:13-20

Worship Through Word & Deed

In Isaiah the people are advised to look to their spiritual ancestors as the rock from which they were hewn. Jesus declares that the church will be built on the rock of Peter’s bold confession of faith. God’s word of reconciliation and God’s mercy are keys to the church’s mission. Paul urges us to not be conformed to this world but to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, using our individual gifts to build up the body of Christ. From the table we go forth to offer our spiritual worship through word and deed.

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Dialogue Articles for September are Due Sunday, August 23, 2020

Email articles to Thanks!


Destroyed in Beirut Blast: LWR Quilts & Kits

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Lutheran World Relief recently learned that three 40-foot shipping containers filled with thousands of handmade mission quilts and school, personal and baby care kits were destroyed in the devastating August 4 explosions at the port of Beirut, Lebanon.

The shipment was destined for refugees living in Lebanon, principally from Syria and the Palestinian territories. The containers were part of a shipment to be distributed by Anera, an NGO and longtime Lutheran World Relief partner that serves refugees and other vulnerable communities in the Middle East. The total value of the lost shipments was approximately $624,000.

The loss of more than 22,000 quilts, sewn by individuals and members of Lutheran congregations across the U.S., could mean a more bitter winter for thousands of refugees. “Our quilts are made with love by those who painstakingly craft them, and they’re deeply appreciated by the people in distress who receive them, both for the warmth and the message of care they provide,” said Melanie Gibbons, deputy director, outreach and engagement at Lutheran World Relief. For more information or to donate:

Church Yard Work: Help Needed!


We are in need of help with spreading 5 yards of mulch, and with other yard work on the church property. You are invited to stop by when you have the time. Please contact Jeff Meicher for information on where mulch is to be spread, other work that needs to be done and tools you will need. Thanks!
Jeff Meicher: 608-441-0721.

Worship via Telephone or DVD

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Worship With LELC on the Telephone!

You can call in and listen to LELC worship on your phone! Any kind of phone will work. Call 1-833-273-2540. This is a toll free number.

Worship on DVD

If online worship is difficult for you, or if you don't have the technology for online worship, you may still be able to watch our worship videos! We are able to provide our worship services on DVD. If you have a DVD player connected to your TV, you can pop in the LELC worship DVD and watch it like a movie DVD. If you don't have a DVD player, we can provide one for you. Please contact Chris Anderson in the church office at
608-222-7339 ext. 22; or email Chris at

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!

Something New! Small Outdoor Gatherings

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Lake Edge Lutherans Catching up!

Lake Edge’s Membership Support Mission was recently zooming and thinking of how much we missed seeing our fellow Lake Edge members in person. We hatched an idea to have small, outdoor gatherings in order to “catch up” with people in our church family. Since visiting outside is considered acceptable, we decided to set up opportunities to meet while the weather is pleasant and inviting. The sites might be a driveway, a backyard, a park, large patio, church parking lot or any area where people can spread out.

Everyone is invited but please assess your own level of risk and decide what is best for your health and safety. We will try to find hosts in various parts of our membership area, but you are not defined by your neighborhood. If the time works for you, consider yourself invited! RSVPs are suggested.

We plan to have two different times and locations each week. The first two are:

Tuesday, August 25; 3:00 pm
Karen and Jerry Cook’s driveway
5014 Twin Oak Drive, Madison; 608-334.0101;
Thursday, August 27; 6:30 pm;
Church parking lot Hosted by Jean Berg; 608-347-4387;

We will reduce risk by:

▪ Wearing masks properly (covering your nose and mouth)
▪ Observing at least 6 feet of distance
▪ Bringing our own chairs (If unable, contact your host who will provide a disinfected chair)
▪ Provide our own refreshments
Wearing masks properly (covering your nose and mouth)
Observing at least 6 feet of distance
Bringing our own chairs (If unable, contact your host who will provide a disinfected chair)
Provide our own refreshments

Please watch each week’s e-newsletter for upcoming Catching up opportunities! If you would like to host an event, please contact Lesta Searles at 608-222-5420 or

Note: The visits will be cancelled in the event of rain.

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!

Zoom Meeting Calendar

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Many meetings take place and groups gather virtually using Zoom. All Zoom activities are listed on our online calendar and include the information you need to log in. You will find our calendar at As always, please call me if you have any questions or concerns. My cell phone is 734.883.4564.
Pastor Martha

Click here for the LELC Calendar.

This Week's Zoom Meetings:

Sunday, August 23
9:00 am - Coffee Hour: Zoom Gathering
9:30 am - Worship Online
10:00 am - Centering Prayer: Zoom
Wednesday, August 19
6:30 pm - Call Committee: Zoom
7:30 pm - Choir: Zoom

Click here for the LELC Calendar.

Response Journaling: Finding Joy

How are you finding joy in the midst of the pandemic?

Last week, a link was posted to the news clip featuring Gretchen Rubin about creating a daily EMPOWERMENT HOUR". Her main points were " Action is the antidote to Anxiety" and that if you can find a way to connect, help someone, make a difference in spite of COVID-19 you may find happiness along the way.

My Mom, LaJeane would agree. In our daily talks, she revisits this idea that no matter how small the effort, people need to JUST DO SOMETHING. We know that there is a ton of wisdom floating around in the LELC church family. People could benefit from that wisdom. Please share your experiences so that others who need help may benefit. What inspires you? What helps you to not be limited or to get unstuck? Where do you find joy? what brings you joy in the face of the present adversity?

Here is where I find joy: Nature. Every day that the sun is up and the wind is low, you will find me on the lake on a standup paddleboard. Sometimes I just go out and float, other times I get in a workout. It is hard not to find joy in the middle of the lake...with nature all around me. It really is an incredible experience each time. In addition, like Mom, I find joy in helping Gretchen's clip resonates with me. It reminds me that service to others is hugely empowering ... the gratitude from the people I help and the smiles on their faces is worth the price of admission. Mom is right. DO SOMETHING, joy will be the unintended outcome.

Send your responses to: Chris will publish them in the weekly e-newlsetter.

Peace and love. Milele.

Centering Prayer Continues on Zoom


Sundays at 10:00 am, meeting number is 891 1479 5135. We meet for about 45 minutes doing a brief check-in, a 20 minute sit (silent prayer) followed by discussion of a daily reading from The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living, based on excerpts from the works of Father Thomas Keating, one of the three architects of centering

Jay's Socks!

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Jay's Socks Week 3: August 16, 2020

Many of you have commented on Jay's sock collection. You are going to have an opportunity to vote on your favorite pair. During the month of August, Jay will feature a different pair of socks from his collection every week. We will track his stylish footwear in the weekly newsletter. Voting will begin following the August 30th service. Email your votes to Mary Graper at The winning pair of socks will be revealed on Rally Sunday, September 13th. The last day to cast your vote will be Thursday, September 10th.

Road Rally Results!


It was impossible to decide which car did the best. Completed forms were 97%-100% correct. “Times” were within 20 minutes of each other. (The best % score took the longest time. How do you figure that?) Therefore, all cars are the “Winner”!

School Kits for Lutheran World Relief

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There are only 27 empty school bags left to be filled with supplies. Our goal is to fill all the bags and send out with our Personal Care Kits and Quilts to Lutheran World Relief on September 26.

If you have any bags out, please make arrangements to return them by September 7. And if you are still able to claim a bag or two, see contact information below. We are happy to deliver and pick up!

Help us reach our goal and get these last 27 bags filled with school essentials for children around the world who are in great need. Thanks!

Deb Jenson 920-296-1688
Sharon Kreul 608-222-7115
Joan Martin 608-444-2982

Each School Kit Contains: (To keep uniformity it is very important to not add any additional items.)

▪ 4 70-sheet notebooks of wide or college-ruled paper (8" x 10 1/2")
▪ 1 ruler (one side 30-centimeter or one side inches)
▪ 1 Pencil Sharpener
▪ 1 Blunt Scissor
▪ 1 Eraser
▪ 5 Unsharpened #2 Pencils with erasers
▪ 5 Ballpoint pens (blue or black ink-no gel ink)
▪ 1 Box of Crayons (16 or 24)
4 70-sheet notebooks of wide or college-ruled paper (8" x 10 1/2")
1 ruler (one side 30-centimeter or one side inches)
1 Pencil Sharpener
1 Blunt Scissor
1 Eraser
5 Unsharpened #2 Pencils with erasers
5 Ballpoint pens (blue or black ink-no gel ink)
1 Box of Crayons (16 or 24)

Can we fill 165 school bags during a pandemic when we are not meeting in person on a regular basis? Yes, we can!

To receive your bags, let us know how many you want by doing one of the following: Email or text Deb Jenson at (920-296-1688);
Call Joan Martin (608-444-2982); Call Sharon Kreul (608-222-7115)

Let us know when it’s ready for pickup and we will make arrangements to get it from you, or stay tuned as we move forward with future decisions on reopening the church building.
Thank you so much for your generosity and compassion.

The Peace and Justice Mission

Healing House

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The Healing House is a place a homeless child or family member can go to heal after surgery. Lake Edge has partnered with UCC, (United Church of Christ) to provide meals to the families who are temporarily housed there due to surgery or childbirth. There are 63 medical respites in the United States; Healing House is the first in Wisconsin. Madison’s Healing House is at 303 Lathrop Street. It is an eight bed facility. They need our help with meals for the residents.

Our dates are September 13-19. Our church will be responsible for a day or two, not the entire week. Anita and I are looking for individuals who have an interest in this volunteer opportunity. Even if you are vaguely interested please contact one of us so we can put you on a call back list for helping. Because of COVID it is not clear, right if we will be able to provide a hot meal or just the groceries.

Chris Maloney:; 608-358-5248
Anita Grue:; 608-6980345

Help Needed for Pop-Up Food Pantry


Friday August 28
There will be a pop-up food pantry at the Meadows Apartments, 401 N. Thompson Dr., Madison from 3:00 to 4:15 pm. Helpers are really needed. Go to to sign up. It is easy to sign up. If you have questions, call Chris Maloney 608-358-5248. The boxes are significantly lighter than 25 pounds. LELC is part of Seeds of Peace who are headlining this endeavor.

In Our Prayers

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Please pray for:

those who grieve including: the families of Caroline Erickson, Ed Fredrichs, Brian Liddicoat:

Those who are ill, hospitalized, recovering, or who are in special need of a healing touch from God, including: Joan Martin, Lil Genskow, Anita Grue, Jan Summ; Liz Ekola, Audrey Simonson, John Kollath, Pat Bitter, Jan Johnson, Kathy Simmons, Terry & Rose Mary Jackson, Shirley Boettcher, Debbie Staffeld, Kathleen Berkley, Don Small, Del Jasper, Marilyn Jerrick, LaJeane Hettrick, Wesley Simmons, Gabe Blood, Doug Siebert, Lisa Pietrowiak, Jim Jerney, Lorraine Hansen, Nancy McFadden, Tony Paulson, Judy Fritz, Bette Paulson, Wes Stiemke, Judy Kollath;

Our neighborhood church partners: Lake Edge United Church of Christ, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church, Monona United Methodist Church, Lakeview Moravian Church, Zion Lutheran Church, and Plymouth UCC;

Our synod and national church staff; our sister congregation, Cristo Rey, El Salvador; our companion church, The Northern Evangelical Lutheran Church in India; and our ELCA partners in the Caribbean Synod and the Slovak-Zion Synod

Do the Six 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 MASK Wear it
5 FEET Stay more than 6 feet apart
6 FEEL sick? Stay home


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