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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Worship Online

Fourth Sunday in Lent

Worship Online at the LELC YouTube Channel. Click here.

Worship will be posted by Sunday, March 22
Videos will also be found through our website at LELC.org.

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 March 22, March 29 and April 5. The council will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate as is prudent. A link to Sunday Online Worship will be posted on our web site at LELC.org, on our Facebook page, and on Youtube.

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The Gospel for this Sunday:

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Open Eyes

Baptism is sometimes called enlightenment. The gospel for this Sunday is the story of the man born blind healed by Christ. “I was blind, now I see,” declares the man. In baptism God opens our eyes to see the truth of who we are: God’s beloved children. As David was anointed king of Israel, in baptism God anoints our head with oil, and calls us to bear witness to the light of Christ in our daily lives.

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To God's Beloved

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Interim Bishop Peter Rogness has given us the directive to suspend all worship and church activities for the next two weeks, so that we may support the national effort to curtail the spread of the coronavirus. While we are practicing physical distancing, let us be socially connected through the Internet, our website, our Facebook page, and by phone. And let us all be spiritually connected through God’s Word and through prayer.

Martha Butzier

It is a time when remembering God’s promise to love and be there with us no matter what is important. Sure, there have been other times when individually this remembering has been important but right now everyone is in the same situation due to the Covid 19 virus. We are all facing the need to self-isolate.

The United States has the benefit of learning from what other nations have done to contain the virus. This has led to the spreading the idea of “flattening the curve.” This is what has led to what is the latest guidelines for not having groups larger than 50 people. In the case of Lake Edge, so many of us are over the age of 60 that most of us should be staying home, period.

To put some perspective on the need for the need to cancel worship and meetings at Lake Edge, a nurse friend of mine supplied the following information. There are about 500,000 people in Dane county. Some basic math: We are a county with excellent hospitals and health care.

If this virus infects 10% of our population, that is 50,000 people. I have yet to see an epidemiologist predict an infection rate of less than 20%, but let’s stick with 10% for illustrative purposes.

If 5% of those infected develop serious complications requiring breathing support to survive, that is 2500 people.

If only 1% require breathing support to survive, that is 500 people.

There are approximately 110 ventilators in Dane County.

See why this is a big deal?

PLUS - if all the ventilators are bring used to care for patients with the COVID-19 virus, who is going to care for the victims of car accidents, strokes, heart attacks, etc...? These are sobering numbers.

I am deeply concerned as to how we can stay connected in the weeks ahead and how we can be the church. I am working with Chris and, now, Pastor Lisa Nelson of St Marks to discover ways we can collaborate as we pick our way through the wilderness of the Covid-19 virus. The following possibilities are being explored: 1) Making devotions to be place on FaceBook five days a week; 2) preparing and recording worship to be posted on our Web site and FaceBook pages; 3) I am willing to get groceries and medications for people who can’t get them because they need to stay home. Here’s my phone number 734.883.4564 and email address mbutzier@lelc.org.

Because life as we know it isn’t going to be reverting back to normal anytime soon, plans are being made to hold our synod assembly at a much later date. I will keep you informed as more information becomes available.

De’neece Hettrick plans to stand outside the window of her mother’s resident every night with a sign showing her mother and anyone who will see it that she loves her mother deeply. The distance keeps them both safe and tells a beautiful story. We used surprise people by putting a flock of pink flamingo in peoples’ yards. Imagine how lovely it would be to wake in the morning and see a sign proclaiming your love and the love of God for someone in the Lake Edge family. We can’t meet together but we can continue to satisfy hearts that are hungry for love. Whatever you are up to, however you are sharing God’s love, take a picture and share it on Facebook.

It is likely we will not be able to worship together on April 12th which is Easter. I suggest we celebrate Easter on the first Sunday we are able to gather again elbow to elbow in the LELC sanctuary. What a wonderful day it will be!

God’s blessing and my love to you all,
Pastor Martha

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Do the Five 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 FEET Stay more than 3ft apart
5 FEEL sick? Stay home

Participate in the Synod Assembly

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The Council will be selecting our voting members to the Synod Assembly to be held at the Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, May 1-2, 2020. One male and one female along with one person under 30 can represent Lake Edge. Please consider attending this opportunity to participate with our Synod. Contact the Church Office if your interested in attending the Assembly on our behalf. (Lake Edge does have a budget to cover the cost of overnight lodging)

Thank You,
Your Church Council

Please Return Keys

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If you do not have an ongoing need for a key to the church, please drop it off to the church office. Be sure to leave your name so we can record the return. If you had reason to give your key to someone else, please let us know. Keeping track of where our church keys are is important for our safety and security.

LELC Global Outreach: Personal Care Kits

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Collecting Sturdy Combs in March

We are collecting items for Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits. Included in the kits are items: One light or medium weight bath size towel (20” x 40” to 52” x 27”) – dark colors recommended. Two bath-size bars of soap (4 to 5 oz.) (Any brand in original wrapping). One adult-size toothbrush in original packaging. One sturdy comb (remove packaging). One metal nail clippers (remove packaging). A basket is available on the bottom shelf of the bookcase across from the bulletin board for your donations. Last year Lake Edge sent 174 Personal Care Kits to Lutheran World Relief. Thank you for your support and contributions.

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See you at church!

 
 
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