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Sunday, February 4, 2018

5th Sunday After Epiphany Worship at 8:00 & 10:30 am

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The Gospel for this Sunday:

Mark 5:21-43

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Breaking Down Barriers

A woman finds healing by touching Jesus’ cloak, and a girl is restored to life when he takes her by the hand. In both cases a boundary is crossed: in Jesus’ time the hemorrhaging woman was considered ritually unclean, polluting others by her touch, and anyone who touched a corpse also became unclean. In Mark’s gospel Jesus breaks down barriers, from his first meal at a tax collector’s house to his last breath on the cross as the temple curtain is torn in two. We dare to touch Jesus in our “uncleanness” and to live as a community that defines no one as an outsider.

Celebrating Black History Month

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The Negro Speaks of Rivers

By Langston Hughes - 1921
I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.
I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky Rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

Whiteness & Anti-Racism


February 4 & 11; 9:30 am; Adult Ed Room

Our Whiteness and Racism conversations continue with the exploration of the terms “non-racist” and “anti-racist.” We will also be exploring the reasons for the creation of Black History Month. All are welcome!

Blood Drive At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Blood Drop

February 5; 1:00-6:00 pm

Bad weather has created a severe shortage in donations. 28,000 Blood Drives have been canceled due to natural disasters. All blood types are urgently needed! Please schedule an appointment today. For information and to make an appointment, go to St. Luke’s is located at 4011 Major Ave. Madison.

Bible Study Matthew Chapters 14-28

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Through February 8, 2018
1:00 pm and 7:00 pm The Book of Faith study on the Book of Matthew is a continuance of our recent program and will cover the 2nd half of Matthew. Thursdays at 1-2:30 pm or evenings at 7-8:30 pm in the Learning Center. Sign up now on the bulletin board.

Pastors’ Emergency Fund

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Sunday, February 4

The Worship Mission has designated the first Sunday of each month for donations to the Pastors’ Emergency Fund. Donations are used to assist with security deposits, rent, or other bills. Most recipients simply need a $25 gift card to Woodman’s for gas or groceries.
If you use the printed envelopes for your offerings, you will find a Pastors’ Emergency Fund envelope provided for each month. There are also designated “Pastoral Emergency Fund” offering envelopes by the entrances to the sanctuary. Simply put your name on the envelope and place it in the offering basket. In addition, loose cash from the offering on the first Sunday of the month will go to the Pastors’ Emergency Fund.
You are encouraged to make donations to the Pastors’ Emergency Fund at any time, but we hope that focusing on one Sunday each month for donations will help our pastors more consistently meet the needs of those in our community.

Looking Through an African-Centered Lens

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Presented by Rev. Stephen Marsh
At New Life Lutheran Church
7564 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison
4:00- 6:00 pm
Part II: Sunday February 18 The River of Struggle: Black Life in the Americas
Part III: Sunday, March 11 The Secret of Joy: How the Struggle Continues
Looking forward to seeing many of you there!

New Hours for Office & Finance Manager


Our Office and Finance Manager, Amanda McCullough Borth is in the office Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Cristo Rey Scholarship Program

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Lake Edge has had a relationship with Cristo Rey in Santa Ana, El Salvador for 25 years. Several years ago we asked Pr. Carlos how we could help them. He said the best thing we could do was to provide an education for the children. Education is not mandatory and requires the student to wear a uniform and have their own school supplies. The cost to send a child to school is about $100.00, a month’s income for a family. Every fall Lake Edge members provide scholarship funds, which are wired to Cristo Rey in January before the start of their school year. We have been able to support around 150 children each year. Some of the children have actually been able to pursue educational opportunities after high school. If you wish to participate in this program, please identify your donation as Cristo Rey Scholarship. There are cards in the fellowship area if you wish to donate in someone’s name as an alternative holiday gift.


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