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Sunday, September 6, 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 Judy St. Vincent
▪ Special musical offerings by our musicians
Children's Word Time with Pastor Martha
Readings Recorded by Judy St. Vincent
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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14th Sunday After Pentecost

The Gospel for this Sunday:

Matthew 18:15-20


Conflict is a part of relationships and life in community. Jesus’ words in today's gospel are often used in situations having to do with church discipline. The prophet Ezekiel tells of warning the wicked to turn from their ways, and Paul reminds us that love is the fulfilling of the law. We gather in the name of Christ, assured that he is present among us with gifts of peace and reconciliation.

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Dialogue Articles for October are Due Sunday, September 20, 2020

Email articles to Thanks!


Jay's Socks! Vote Now!

Last Day to Vote is September 10

Many of you have commented on Jay's sock collection. You now have an opportunity to vote on your favorite pair! During the month of August, Jay featured a different pair of socks from his collection every week. You can see his stylish footwear pictured below.
Voting has begun! 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.

Click the picture to enlarge it.

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 September 19th , bring your pruning shears, lobbers and rakes to help with cleaning up a number of areas in the back of the church. Jeff Meicher has done considerable work at the church this summer and he will coordinate the work that needs to be done. Close to the church, the bushes need to be trimmed, weeds pulled and mulch put down. The areas that frame the parking lot along Hegg Ave and Lake Edge Blvd need weeds and other unwanted plants removed and mulched.

The work will start at 830 AM to 1100 AM (any amount that you can do is welcomed). The rain date will be the next day, September 20 th at the same times.

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.

Anytime: Help With Mulching 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 recommended.

We will have 1-2 different times and locations each week.

This Week:
Saturday, September 5; 1:00 – 3:00 pm; Judy and Jim St Vincent’s boathouse roof patio 2889 Bible Camp Rd, McFarland; RSVP to 608.838.1677 or
NOTE: This location has an uneven stone and paver path with two steps; please
choose a different small group option if that poses a barrier.

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 may be able to provide a
* sanitized one.)
* Providing our own refreshments.
* Restrooms will not be available for guests at host’s homes or the church at this point.
Please plan accordingly.

Watch each week’s e-newsletter for upcoming Catching up opportunities. A few more hosts are needed! Please contact Lesta Searles at 608-222-5420 or if you would like to host.
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, September 6
9:00 am - Coffee Hour: Zoom Gathering
9:30 am - Worship Online
10:00 am - Centering Prayer: Zoom
Monday, September 7
Office Closed-Labor Day
1:00 pm - Knitters: Zoom
7:00 pm - Book Club: Zoom
Tuesday, September 8
7:00 pm - Salome Circle: Zoom
7:00 pm - Altar Guild: Zoom
Wednesday, September 9
6:30 pm - Call Committee: Zoom
7:30 pm - Choir
Click here for the LELC Calendar.

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

Book of Faith Bible Study! It’s a Zoom!

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September 17, 24 & October 1

The Book of Faith will have a Bible study via Zoom. This will be an interactive Bible study in which you may ask questions or make comments on specific times.

The study will be for 3 Thursdays at 7:00 pm beginning September 17th and will last one hour. The subject for week one is the 23rd Psalm. Week two we will dig into The Lord’s Prayer, and week 3 we will look at the Beatitudes.

This is an opportunity for Everyone to join the Bible study. Join on your computer, tablet or smart phone. Here is the Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 918 9619 3833
Passcode: 598999
+13126266799 91896193833# (Just dial the one if calling from a landline. Use the keypad to enter the meeting ID and password)

Please join us for a time together.

This Week! Return School Kits for Lutheran World Relief

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Return School Kits by September 7

Please return your School Bags this week-end so they can be included in our final count.
Each School Kit contains:

▪ 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)

Thank you so much for your generosity and compassion.
Global Outreach Mission
Deb Jenson 920-296-1688
Sharon Kreul 608-222-7115
Joan Martin 608-444-2982

Healing House

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September 13-19

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


September Pop-Up Pantries

With the generosity and help of Second Harvest, the Seeds of Peace Congregations will be able to continue the pop up pantries that benefit Schenk families. There will be pop-up pantries every week in September. Pantries will be available in two locations. Volunteers are needed to help staff these pantries.

Prentice Park Pop Up Pantry
Thursdays, September 3, 10,17,24
9:15-11:00 am
803 N Thompson Dr, Madison, WI 53704
Click Here to Sign Up

The Meadows Apartments
Fridays, September 11 & 25
401 N. Thompson Dr., Madison
9:15 am-11:00 am.
Click Here 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.

LWR Update on Beirut Blast

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by Melanie Gibbons

On July 29, 2020, three shipping containers of Lutheran World Relief quilts and kits arrived in the port of Beirut. The items were bound to serve more than 24,000 refugees from across the region who are sheltering in Lebanon. The containers were in port, awaiting customs clearance before LWR released them to our partner, Anera.

Six days later, the devastating ammonium nitrate explosion rocked the port. It killed almost 200 people, injured more than 6,000, and displaced an astonishing 300,000. In the days that followed, port authorities indicated to Anera that any containers in the port were likely a total loss.

On top of the profound human impact, the loss of quilts and kits stings.

Hours of time, investments of finances, and thousands of prayers are wrapped up in the 22,500 quilts, 3,500 school kits, 19,500 personal care kits, and 2,250 baby care kits included in those three containers.

LWR staff shared this news on social media and in calls to the 315 congregations with items in that shipment. Your reactions inspired us. As we shared our collective grief over the situation, compounded by the loss of quilts and kits, we also heard from you: We will keep going. One quilter said, “Good thing I just oiled my sewing machine.”

Children in Lebanon who have received quilts and kits from LWR via Anera

Your response—borne out of your faithfulness and fueled by your love—is a light in the darkness.

On the morning of August 26, LWR staff received an urgent communication from Anera staff on the ground in Beirut. They finally got access to the port. It appeared that our three containers were in the one place in the port that provided some protection from the blast. The containers were damaged—but not completely destroyed, as first believed.

This incredible news is evolving. Anera still must sort through each carton of kits and each bale of quilts to assess the damage. Chemical testing must be conducted to measure any ammonium nitrate contamination. As we learn more, we will continue to keep our quilt and kit community updated.

We are grateful for the creative and determined ways you are refreshing your quilting and kit-making efforts in these isolating times. In Beirut and around the world, our neighbors are facing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As we hold on to hope that many of your gifts in Beirut will be salvaged, we continue to work on ways to gather your quilts and kits this fall. We need you and your quilts and kits to ensure that your love can reach every neighbor.

To receive timely information about quilt and kit collections in your area, please sign up for email updates at

Melanie Gibbons is deputy director of outreach and engagement for Lutheran World Relief. Feature photo by Matt Hackworth provided by LWR: Devastation at the Beruit port.

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: Jan Johnson, Joan Martin, Lil Genskow, Anita Grue, Jan Summ; 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, 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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