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Sunday, October 11, 2020

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:

▪ Guest Preacher: Rev. Lisa Nelson, St. Mark's Lutheran, Madison
▪ Readings Recorded by Jim St. Vincent
▪ Special musical offerings by our musicians
Guest Preacher: Rev. Lisa Nelson, St. Mark's Lutheran, Madison
Readings Recorded by Jim St. Vincent
Special musical offerings by our musicians

You will find worship on: YouTube,, and on our Facebook Page.

Online Worship Through December 31

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. Based on your feedback in the survey we sent you in the summer, and the recent upswing in COVID-19 cases in Dane County, the Church Council has decided to continue online worship through December 31. The council will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate as is prudent.

Outdoor Worship Service October 25

While we’re waiting for the day that we can resume indoor services, you're invited to attend our second outdoor worship service in the church parking lot on Sunday, October 25 at 11:30. The service will be held--in your lawn chairs--in the north end of the parking lot, nearest the church doors. We also have room for five cars that could be parked close enough to hear the service with car windows rolled down. Pastor Martha, Patrick and Jay will lead the service from the sidewalk near the doors. The service will include communion.

To ensure your safety and comfort, we’ll limit attendance at the service so that households are spaced at least six feet apart and yet close enough to Pastor Martha, Patrick and Jay to hear the service as it’s broadcast through our new sound system.

If you’re interested in attending the service, please reserve your space by Friday, October 23 by contacting Judy St. Vincent at 608-838-1677 or If it rains at the time of the service, we’ll cancel it. (We all braved the drizzle at the September 27 outdoor service!)

We’ll follow the latest precautionary guidelines for everyone’s safety, so if you attend the outdoor service, we ask you to:

▪ Bring your own chair, wear a mask, use sanitizer and observe physical distancing
▪ Enter and park in the middle and south end of the parking lot
▪ Follow directions from greeters / ushers as they guide you to and from your space
▪ Refrain from singing and speaking as a congregation
▪ Refrain from entering the church building; it will be locked and restrooms will not be available
Bring your own chair, wear a mask, use sanitizer and observe physical distancing
Enter and park in the middle and south end of the parking lot
Follow directions from greeters / ushers as they guide you to and from your space
Refrain from singing and speaking as a congregation
Refrain from entering the church building; it will be locked and restrooms will not be available
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19th Sunday After Pentecost

The Gospel for this Sunday:

Matthew 22:1-14

Come to the Banquet

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 which 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.


Congregational Meeting October 11 via Zoom

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There will be a Special Congregational Meeting October 11 at 11:00 am via Zoom.

To join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smart phone with audio and video, click here.
Indicate the Meeting ID: 945 6843 3886
When prompted, enter the Pass-code: 666910

To join the meeting from a telephone with audio only, call 312-626-6799 (Dial 1 first if calling from a landline. )
Follow the instructions to enter:
Meeting ID: 945 6843 3886
Pass-code: 666910

Click here for the Agenda

June 7, 2020 Meeting Minutes
Click here for June 7, 2020 Congregational Meeting Minutes

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Dialogue Articles for October are Due Sunday, October 25, 2020

Email articles to Thanks!

Pastor Martha Away & Pastoral Coverage

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Pastor Martha is away on a well deserved vacation through October 22. If you have a pastoral emergency, please contact the church office. We will be able to connect you with one of the pastors covering for Pastor Martha while she is away.

We've Come This Far By Faith: A focus for 2021

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Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.
Proverbs 3:9

While I don’t know everyone’s story, I know enough of them to know that 2020 has been a pretty tough year for LELC folks, both collectively and individually. Collectively and individually we have known loss and unwelcome change. We have weathered conflict and sought healing. We are in the throws of a very uncertain time. The Stewardship Team recognizes this. At the same time, we are moving forward with our annual Stewardship campaign through grace and compassion.

The vibrant ministry of Lake Edge Lutheran Church is possible because of your generous donations! The Stewardship Team asks you to reflect on your giving to the church, and consider how you might increase that giving for 2021. Your volunteer time, gifts-in-kind, estate gifts, and weekly offerings are all greatly appreciated. Look for a mailing in early October with the 2021 Promise of Giving card, and plan to return your card through the mail by November 1st. Thank you for your continued support of your faith community!

Fred R Swanson (for all of us)

Carpet Cleaning


October 9th

On October 9th in the afternoon, the carpet on the main level of the church will be cleaned. It takes about 24 hours for it to dry. If you can, please avoid walking on the carpet until the following Sunday. Thanks!

Church Yard Work: Help Needed!


The fall is rapidly approaching and a perfect time to have a good workout and fun time finishing up the church yard work for the year. Come and join others (at a safe distance), talk to each other as well accomplishing the yard work.

On October 24th , from 830 AM to 1100 AM, gather at church to rake the leaves. Please bring rakes and other supplies you might need. Again Jeff Meicher will coordinate the activities. The rain date will be the next day, October 25 th at the
same times.

Be sure to bring your own water and snacks. Unfortunately because of COVID 19, no refreshments will be served. Thanks to all who have been working on the yard this summer and to all of you who will participate this fall.

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.
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Click here for Zoom Meeting information on the LELC Calendar.

Centering Prayer Continues on Zoom


Sundays at 10:00 am.

Meeting ID: 891 1479 5135
Passcode: 161681
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

Healing House

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October 11-17

For those of you who are on team Healing House, we are not yet providing meals due to the virus.
We are partnering with Lake Edge UCC and one of their members has accepted donations and is doing the shopping for the house. Enough money has been donated at this time. Our next commitment is October 11-17. For the next time around we'll ask for meals to be cooked or frozen. More information will be shared as I receive it.

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

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.

Help Needed for Pop-Up Food Pantry


October Pop-Up Pantries

Our church’s association with Seeds of Peace have fed 200 families during the last 10 weeks of summer. So successful that Second Harvest has agreed to extend their services through the end of October. These recipient families are ecstatic tobe receiving fresh produce, dairy, canned goods and protein for their families.

We need more help for this to be a continued success. Can you help one of the following days? Your time commitment is only 2 hours and many times it is shorter than that. October 8, 15 or 22. Call me please and indicate what day would work best for you. Chris Maloney 608-358-5248.

Trunk 'n Treat October 24


Trunk ‘n Treat will be held on October 24th, in the parking lot. It is for families with children (they are the Treat-“beggars”) AND for all other members of Lake Edge (they bring the treats). Great fun is had by all. To sign up, please call or email Mary Graper (222-1081 or We’ll talk about Covid safety when you sign up. (Everyone will wear masks and keep safe distancing.) It IS possible to have fun and be safe, at the same time. Just come and see.

New Ping Pong Table

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The new ping pong table is ready to use! One half can be folded up so one person can play/practice alone (be sure to lock it into position tho). With both halves folded up, locked and red straps buckled together, plus unlocking the wheels, the table can be wheeled out of the way.

MOSES Newsletter

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You can read current and past issues of the MOSES Newsletter! Click Here.

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In Our Prayers

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Please pray for:

Those who grieve: the family of Mary Ann Jerred

Those who are ill, hospitalized, recovering, or who are in special need of a healing touch from God, including: Terry Jackson, Dick Sonn, LaJeane Hettrick, Jan Johnson, Joan Martin, Lil Genskow, Anita Grue, Liz Ekola, Audrey Simonson, John Kollath, Pat Bitter, Kathy Simmons, Terry & Rose Mary Jackson, Shirley Boettcher, Debbie Staffeld, Kathleen Berkley, Don Small, Del Jasper, Marilyn Jerrick, 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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