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Sunday, July 19, 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
▪ Scripture Read by Jan Hagen
▪ Special musical offerings by our musicians
Children's Word Time with Pastor Martha
Scripture Read by Jan Hagen
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, the church council has made the decision to offer online worship temporarily instead of gathering physically on Sunday mornings in the church building. At this time, worship will be offered online through July 31st. The council will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate as is prudent.

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7th Sunday After Pentecost

The Gospel for this Sunday:

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

Wheat and Weeds

It is an age-old question: why is there evil in the world? In the parable of the wheat and the weeds Jesus suggests that both grow together until the harvest. With Paul, we long for the day that all creation will be set free from bondage and suffering. Having both weeds and wheat within us, we humbly place our hope in the promises of God, and from the Lord’s table we go forth to bear the fruit of justice and mercy.


LELC Blood Drive Coordinator Needed

Blood Drop

Would you like to coordinate Red Cross Blood Drives at LELC? As a part of the Seeds of Peace group of area congregations, we have hosted a blood drive at LELC twice a year. The coordinator provides scheduling for blood donors including signup sheets and information on how to schedule online, recruits volunteers to help at the drive, finds people to provide treats to serve to those who donate and is in communication with the Red Cross.
If you are interested in coordinating our blood drives, please contact Chris in the church office at

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Needed: DVD Players

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Do you have a DVD Player in good working order just sitting around gathering dust?

Would you be willing to donate it? At LELC, we are working hard to connect as many people as possible to our recorded worship services. Some folks do not have online capabilities but would enjoy watching our worship services on DVD. A few folks don't have a DVD player.

We can use DVD Players that connect to a television set and DVD Players that are stand-alone with their own screen.

If you have one to donate, please contact Chris Anderson in the church office at 608-222-7339 ext. 22, or Thanks!!

Thank You, Linda Brown

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Linda’s last day as Financial Manager was July 15th. We want to thank you for sharing your expertise in accounting, your patience and being part of the Lake Edge family for the last two years. We wish you well as you expand your teaching activities. We will miss you and hope that you will keep in touch in the future.
Your friends at Lake Edge

New Finance Manager

Jim Manos

Jim Manos is our new Financial Manager for Lake Edge Lutheran Church

Please welcome Jim Manos as the new part-time Financial Manager for Lake Edge Lutheran Church. Jim has begun his orientation with Linda Brown.

Jim has experience in accounting having worked with private business, non-profit and a church. He will also continue in his role as owner/operator of Main Street Yoga.

Jim's office hours will be: Monday - Wednesday, 9:00am - 1:00pm; Thursday, 9:00am - 12:00 Noon
The work hours are subject to change due to workload.

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 two summer dates are July 19-25 and September 13-19. Our church will be responsibe 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

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. 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 is Changing!

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It has been enjoyable learning how to Zoom with all of you. I received an email from Zoom explaining they are making some changes that will impact us and our future zooming. Beginning on July 1, 2020, all of the Zoom meetings scheduled on the Lake Edge account will have new links, meeting ID's and passwords. This information can be found on our online calendar. As always, please call me if you have any questions or concerns. My cell phone is 734.883.4564.
Pastor Martha

All Zoom meetings are listed on the LELC Online Calendar. Each calendar entry for individual Zoom meetings includes links and information needed to join the meeting.
Click here for the LELC Calendar.

This Week's Zoom Meetings:

Sunday, July 19
9:00 am - Coffee Hour: Zoom Gathering
10:00 am - Centering Prayer: Zoom
Monday, July 20
6:45 pm – Church Council: Zoom
Wednesday, July 22
6:30 pm - Call Committee: Zoom
7:30 pm - Choir: Zoom

Click here for the LELC Calendar.

Reduce COVID-19 Stress: The 4 M's

Practice the 4 M's every day to reduce the stress we feel because of COVID-19.
On the CBS Morning Show, Dr. Varma Shared the "For M's" of Mental Health. The basic points are below. You can find the video by clicking here.

1. Movement: 15 minutes of walking or moving around (preferably in the sun) helps with melatonin levels and therefore sleep quality
2. Meaningful Engagement: connect with people in anyway on any, email, letters, skype, zoom...
3. Mastery: do something that feels good to you and uses your creative energy
4. Mindfulness: deep breathing, relaxation, meditation
1. Movement: 15 minutes of walking or moving around (preferably in the sun) helps with melatonin levels and therefore sleep quality
2. Meaningful Engagement: connect with people in anyway on any, email, letters, skype, zoom...
3. Mastery: do something that feels good to you and uses your creative energy
4. Mindfulness: deep breathing, relaxation, meditation

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

Zoom into Sunday Morning Fellowship!


The congregation is invited to a weekly Zoom meeting on Sunday mornings at 9 AM

The details to join the meeting are as follows:
You can attend by computer or smartphone with video and audio, or you can just phone in with the number below.

To Join the Zoom Meeting by smart phone or computer, click on the line directly below this line.
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)

If you have questions, please call me at church or here is my cell phone number 734.883.4564.


Senate Candidate Forum July 2020

Online Event: Tuesday July 28; 6:00-8:00 pm

All candidates were invited to this forum. Please click here for details on those who are participating.

Candidates will be given an opportunity to answer questions about ROC Wisconsin issues like conviction-less revocations, old law parole, Treatment Alternatives & Diversions, solitary confinement, sentencing, and mass supervision. We will also ask them if they support the Unlock the Vote Campaign and the campaigns to close MSDF and GBCI.

Click here to register for this event.
Questions? Contact Mark Rice, MOSES Community Organizer, at

Doing the Most Good 2020 Summer Red Kettle Campaign

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July 30, 2020 at Metro Market

Every year, The Salvation Army helps nearly 30 million people; roughly one person per second!
One hour shifts. Please contact Chris Maloney to sign up for one of the shifts below.
To sign-up or for questions contact Chris Maloney: 608-358-5248 or

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

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

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

Hopeful Flowers

Church Flowers

Sunday Morning 6:30 AM, I went to our church to check on the roses to see if they needed pruning. The Memorial Garden was lovely in the early morning sun. I paid my respects to the queen of the garden (roses) and tidied them up. I walked around and thought how lonely our church looked. All the happy faces that usually grace the building were not there. I had an empty feeling. I glanced over at the entrance doors where smiling Chuck is every Sunday welcoming the family who worships within its walls. The flower pot still had the signs of winter; a group of pine cones and some pink artificial flowers which in the winter was welcoming. It made me sad. This is not right. It was time to forget about the past, to look into the future to when we could all worship together again. The pine cones are gone now and replaced with bright, living, hopeful flowers.

Help Needed for Pop-Up Food Pantry


Pop Up Second Harvest Food Pantry at Prentice Park Apartments starting July 16th

There have been so many changes in our programs lately due to COVID. Our beloved Schenk Weekend Nutrition Program is one of them. We have not delivered food to the Schenk families since February. Seeds of Peace Schenk Adoption Partners along with Pastors Lex (UCC) and Staci (Lakeview Moravian) have put together a program, partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver food to the Schenk families in the apartments, on Thompson Drive. This is a combined effort of all of the Seeds of Peace churches. Once again this cannot be done without help from the good people of our church. You will be needed to help unload the pantry truck and load and hand out grocery boxes to the families. The boxes weigh about 25 pounds. We will meet at 803 N. Thompson Drive, Madison at 9:15. The time commitment, right now, is 9:15 to 11:00. Four people are needed on each day. The dates are July 16 (already taken), 23 and 30. Please go to to sign up with Sign Up Genius. Thank you for all that you do. Chris Maloney 608-358-5248;

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: Liz Ekola, John Kollath, Pat Bitter, Nancy Anderson, Jan Johnson, Kathy Simmons, Terry & Rose Mary Jackson, Shirley Boettcher, Debbie Staffeld, Kathleen Berkley, Du Wayne Zimmermann, Don Small, Del Jasper, Marilyn Jerrick, Christine Thompson, LaJeane Hettrick, Ken Neundorf, Wesley Simmons, Gabe Blood, Doug Siebert, Lisa Pietrowiak, Jim Jerney, Ken Jackson, Lorraine Hansen, Casimir Brandon, Nancy McFadden, Tony Paulson, Judy Fritz, Bette Paulson, Audrey Simonson, Wes Stiemke, Judy Kollath, Joyce Narveson, Albert Singer;

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


See you at church!

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