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Sunday, August 16, 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
▪ Special musical offerings by our musicians
Children's Word Time with Pastor Martha
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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11th Sunday After Pentecost

The Gospel for this Sunday:

Matthew 15:10-28

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In Isaiah we hear that God’s house shall be a house of prayer for all people and that God will gather the outcasts of Israel. The Canaanite woman in today’s gospel is a Gentile, an outsider, who is unflinching in her request that Jesus heal her daughter. As Jesus commends her bold faith, how might our church extend its mission to those on the margins of society? In our gathering around word and meal we receive strength to be signs of comfort, healing, and justice for those in need.

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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:

Sunday, August 16th: Road Rally


Arrive any time between 1 and 1:30 in the church parking lot.

This is kind of like a scavenger hunt You drive around on a country road and find things on a list. You will need two or more people,so bring your family: one drives; the others look and count. Children will enjoy it. You will need enough gasoline for an hour or two, a pencil or pen. Maybe, snacks for your family. Restrooms will not be provided. At the end of your route, return to church and hand in your answer sheet. The most-correct, less-time, carload WINS! The winners will be announced on-line on Thursday. To sign up,
email Mary Graper No limit; everyone’s welcome to play. All ages

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Blood donors will receive a $5 Gift Card by email,
thanks to our partners at Amazon.

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!

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 16
9:00 am - Coffee Hour: Zoom Gathering
9:30 am - Worship Online
10:00 am - Centering Prayer: Zoom
Monday, August 17
1:00 pm - Holy Knitters: Zoom
6:45 pm - Council Meeting: Zoom
Wednesday, August 19
6:30 pm - Call Committee: Zoom

Click here for the LELC Calendar.

Response Journaling: Finding Joy

Check out this video clip from CBS and Gretchen Rubin's tips on creating time and space for a Power Hour that will help you cope with anxiety while helping others.

How are you surviving, finding joy, etc. in the middle of this pandemic?

How are you finding joy and/or motivating/inspiring others during this COVID-19 Pandemic? Please respond with a short paragraph by email to the address below and each week we will include one or two in the weekly e-letter.

To start us off, this week, here are responses from 2 people who find Joy in the face of adversity:

Jan Etnier: On a recent walk, Jan came across a group of teenagers, respectfully writing with chalk on the sidewalk the names of recently deceased African Americans who are in the limelight of the Black Lives Matters Movement. She found joy in the social consciousness of these young people...that they would take the time to respectfully honor people whose lives mattered. Witnessing this incident which may have otherwise caused her sadness...upon reflection caused her to choose joy in the young sidewalk artists.

LaJeane Hettrick (my Momma): has been confined to her apartment at the Heritage Monona for 149 days. Mom finds joy in being blessed with each new day. Mom finds also joy in the simplest things: watching the cars, people,and people with dogs who drive or walk by her window that faces Owen Rd., sending and receiving cards to and from friends, and catching up on the phone with people she has not seen, and finishing the mittens that her daughter crochets for children in the public schools who may not have them. LaJeane likes to help people in any way she can...which brings her joy.

Judy McClain once said "Pain is inevitable, misery is an option, but JOY is your CHOICE." Try choosing joy in the face of the current adversity and tell us how that looks for you.
Replies to:
Peace and much 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 2: August 9, 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.

School Bags for Lutheran World Relief

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It is that time of year when your support is needed for filling school bags! If you are new to Lake Edge, this is an outreach project where you can help by filling school bags with specific items that go to children around the world so they are better able to participate in school. You purchase items from a list to fill the bags and then they get returned to church by the beginning of September. Box Car Loading Day is September 26 at the railroad yard where the bags are then shipped for distribution.
With church not currently open, the Peace and Justice Mission will drop one or more bags at your doorstep, or you may pick up from Joan Martin. There are 165 School Bags to be filled and the contents are the same as in previous years. The Contents you purchase and put in your School Bags are as follows: (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


Fridays August 14 & August 28
There will be a second pop-up food pantry at the Meadows Apartments, 401 N. Thompson Dr., Madison from 3:00 to 4:15 pm. The dates are . 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.

MOSES Candidate Forum

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MOSES held a candidate forum via Zoom for the candidates in the primary election for the 16th and 26th State Senate districts. Only Democrats showed up, although all candidates were invited. The seven candidates for the 26th district and Melissa Sargent, one of two Democrats running for the 16th district, were in the forum.

If you want to see the forum, you can watch it at this link on the MOSES Madison Facebook page:

Capital Times coverage of the forum is here:

MOSES asked the candidates questions about criminal justice issues. You can learn about MOSES issues from this forum, as well as hearing from the candidates.

In Our Prayers

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Please pray for:

those who grieve including: the families of Ed Fredrichs, Brian Liddicoat , Hunter Kottke, Lisa Swan Meyers and Nancy Schultz;

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


See you at church!

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