Newsletter Summer Worship at 9:30 am May 28, 2017: 7th Sunday of Easter The Gospel for this Sunday is John 17:1-11 Click Here to Read. Seeking Un

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Summer Worship at 9:30 am

May 28, 2017: 7th Sunday of Easter

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The Gospel for this Sunday is

John 17:1-11 Click Here to Read.

Seeking Unity

In these days between Ascension and Pentecost, we gather with the disciples in the upper room, waiting for the Spirit to transform the church around the world. In this week's gospel Jesus prays for his followers and for their mission in his name. Amid religious, social, and economic divisions, we seek the unity that Jesus had with his Father. Made one in baptism, we go forth to live our faith in the world, eager for the unity that God intends for the whole human family.

Did You Donate this Cell Phone?


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Did you donate this cell phone to the church garage sale? If so, please contact the church office with the password required to unlock the phone. It was purchased with the intention of upgrading and personalizing the phone, neither of which can happen until the phone is unlocked. Thanks!

Vacation Bible School Needs Your Help!

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Please Help!

Vacation Bible School is scheduled to begin in just over two weeks! Thank you for your generous financial support to make this program possible.

There are a number of adult volunteer roles that have yet to be filled. Unless we find people to fill all of these roles, we will have to cancel Vacation Bible School for this summer.

If you've been waiting to check your schedule before signing up to volunteer - now is the time to do it! If you've been on the fence about whether you want to spend a day with young children, remember, not all volunteer jobs involve sitting on the floor or chasing children around. Assistance is needed to prepare and serve lunch, to greet students in the morning, to supervise students for two hours in the afternoon, and to set up for the closing program on Thursday 6/15, among other things.

Thank you for considering the ways you might help out. If you have questions, or to volunteer, please contact Sherri Kehoe at or 608-334-8660.

VBS Schedule

June 12–15
Join us at LELC for VBS Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am drop-off; 4:30 pm pick up. Closing event Thursday 5:00-6:30 pm. Children from LELC and Christ the Solid Rock that have completed kindergarten thru 5th grade are invited to join in the fun!

Lake Edge Scholarships

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Deadline May 31, 2017

Please See the May issue of The Dialogue for Details
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The Gifts Committee awards annual scholarships to Lake Edge members. Applications are now available. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2017. 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. for more information, please email Paul Searles at

Bread for the World Offering of Letters

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The Bread for the World offering of letters is happening now. Each year we hand write letters to our Congress people to urge them to pass legislation that will end world hunger and poverty. Encourage your congressional representatives to ensure funding for SNAP, WIC, and other programs that accomplish this goal. Look for a sample letter to be handed out in the near future as well as more information.

African-Centered Presentations

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Pastor Stephen will share the work and learning from his Doctor of Ministry studies entitled "African-Centered Religious Thought and Ministry".
Thursday May 25 at 7:00 pm
We will share Bible study and discussion at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sunday May 28 at 9:30 am
We will spend some process time together after our 9:30 am worship.
All are welcome to participate in all or parts of these scheduled events. Pastor Stephen would be glad to engage in conversations that would help expand understandings about congregational efforts and goals concerning these presentations and projects.

Vacation Bible School Giving Tree


We are blessed to be offering Vacation Bible School again this year, in partnership with Christ the Solid Rock Church! You are invited to help “sponsor” part of the program. Help fill our giving tree during the month of May!

Examples of sponsorship opportunities include:
* $10 will buy reusable water bottles for 10 kids;
* $15 will purchase a VBS theme t-shirt for a child;
* $20 will support a counselor’s meals for a day;
* $100 will provide a day of lunches & snacks for the kids;
* Any amount can be given to furnish art and craft supplies.

In fact, no amount is too small or too large; any gift is appreciated! The above are just suggested options. Your gifts can be given the next four Sundays. Look for the giving tree in the narthex! Any gifts given in excess of expenses for 2017, will be carried forward to help support VBS in 2018, when we are expected to receive less funding from the church. And, if you cannot contribute monetarily, we would welcome your time and talents, as we are still in need
of volunteers!

Facebook Event Feature

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One of the cool features about Facebook is the ability to create "Events" to announce activities and opportunities at LELC. Members of Facebook can "Share" Facebook events with others to help spread the word. Church staff members create our Facebook events and postings. If you think an upcoming event would benefit from being posted on Facebook, please contact the church office.

Film: “Traces of the Trade.”

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Pinney Library, June 1 at 6:30 pm

Ahearn Home, June 11 at Noon

On Thursday, June 1, at 6:30 PM, Lake Edge Lutheran will host a screening at Pinney Library of the film “Traces of the Trade.” If you’re interested in the film, but can’t make it that night, Ann and Jim Ahearn have graciously offered to screen the film a second time at their home on Sunday, June 11, at noon. If you want child care, call Ann ahead of time at 345-2767 so she can set up babysitting. The Ahearns’ home is in Cottage Grove at 405 Coyle Parkway.

You’re welcome, but not required, to bring a dish or snack for the showing at the Ahearn’s. They will have some food available. Here is a description of the film from its website at “In Traces of the Trade, Producer/Director Katrina Browne tells the story of her forefathers, the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.

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


See you at church!