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Join Us for Worship Sunday at 8:00 & 10:30 am

March 19, 2017: Third Sunday in Lent

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The Gospel for this Sunday is

John 4:5-42 (Click Here to Read)

Living Water

In this week's gospel the Samaritan woman asks Jesus for water, an image of our thirst for God. Jesus offers living water, a sign of God’s grace flowing from the waters of baptism. The early church used this gospel and those of the next two Sundays to deepen baptismal reflection during the final days of preparation before baptism at Easter. As we journey to the resurrection feast, Christ comes among us in word, bath, and meal—offering us the life-giving water of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Immokalee Workers Fair Food Program

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March 21 at Noon

Wendy's on State St.

On March 20, thirty farm workers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Fair Food program will be staying the night at LELC. The Coalition is boycotting the Wendy's restaurant chain and are looking for people to join them in picketing Wendy's on State St. March 21 at noon. Consider joining with other members of LELC who are planning to participate.

The Immokalee workers began boycotting as a way to get fair pay for the farm workers in the area around Immokalee, Florida. Conditions were bad, and some workers were actually being held in slavery. This went to court– the first time anti-slavery law had been used in 100 years – and won, but extremely low pay and bad conditions persisted. They began boycotting because Labor law doesn't allow farm workers to strike. Currently, McDonald's, WalMart, and a number of other large corporate buyers have agreed to require growers to pay a penny more per pound for tomato picking, which doubles the farm workers’ income. Wendy's, so far, has refused to work with the coalition, and buys tomatoes only from Mexican farms, some of which also practice slavery. The call to Wendy's is to join the agreement with the Immokalee workers coalition. You can read more about it here: http://fairfoodprogram.org/

Ecumenical Lent Worship

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Thursday Evenings at Lake Edge Lutheran Church
Thursdays, March 9- April 6 at 7:00 pm
Holden Evening Prayer with Holy Communion
Theme: Reform
Wednesday Evenings at St Luke’s Episcopal Church
6:00 pm - Holy Eucharist
7:00 pm - Biblical Stories of Reconciliation and Forgiveness
Wednesday Mornings at Monona United Methodist Church
10:30 am Video/Book/Discussion Group
Theme: “Living Fully, Dying Well”
Christian perspective on living, aging, & dying as one natural process of life

Spring Clean Up: Sign Up Today!

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April 8, 9:00-11:00 am

It's time to rake, pick up debris, mulch, pull weeds and other exciting activities. The confirmation kids have already committed, come join them! Unable to do yard work? You can help organize and help with snacks. Rain date is April 22. Sign up on the bulletin board.

Thrivent Choice Dollars:

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Through March 31

If you are a Thrivent member we ask you to prayerfully consider allocating your 2016 Thrivent Choice dollars to Lake Edge Lutheran Church. Simply visit https://www.thrivent.com/making-a-difference/living-generously/thrivent-choice/ (by March 31st!) and designated Lake Edge Lutheran Church as the qualifying organization to support ministry at LELC!

New Member Class

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Sunday, March 19; 9:30 am

Final Class

All interested in membership at Lake Edge Lutheran are invited to join us to learn more about our congregation. Class is held in the library. New members will be received on Sunday, March 26.

Congregational Weekend Camp

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Sign Up Today!

Registration for the Congregational Weekend Camp is open. Information about the lodging is on the bulletin board, near the sign up sheet. Take a flier home with you so you can study it. The camp weekend is August 25-27th at Mt. Morris Camp and Conference Center. Everyone from the congregation is welcome, and invited. There are accommodations for all ages and abilities,

Building Bridges Book Study

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Wednesdays; 6:30 PM

At Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church

Christ the Solid Rock and Lake Edge continue joint studies with Mark Allan Powell’s book “Loving Jesus”. The first 25 people to sign up will receive a free copy. Please sign up on the bulletin board. See Linda Netteshiem for your book.

Personal Care Kits

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Now Collecting Towels & Toothbrushes

We are now collecting items for personal care kits with a goal of 115 Kits. Each kit contains: Bath Towel (20” x 40” to 52” x 27” light weight, dark colors recommended); Nail Clippers; Toothbrush (adult size only); Combs (sturdy); 2 Bars Bath Soap (4 to 5oz bars). For March we are collecting new bath towels and toothbrushes. Any of these items would be appreciated. The basket for all items is on the bookcase leading to the library. Thanks! Global Outreach.

Moving From Charity To Justice: A Workshop In Faithful Advocacy

WI Faith Voices for Justice

Across time and place, religious leaders and people of faith have been inspired and impelled to speak out in the public square. To help us live out our commitment to faith-based social justice advocacy, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice and Plymouth Congregational UCC present Moving From Charity to Justice: A Workshop in Advocacy. This two-session workshop introduces participants to the challenges and opportunities for congregational engagement in advocacy; explores the many forms advocacy can take, and trains participants in the nuts and bolts of advocacy – how to write a Letter to the Editor or an Op-ed; how to conduct an advocacy campaign; how to present testimony before a school board or a legislative committee hearing; and how to make a lobby visit to your elected official.

Session 1: Thursday March 23rd, 7:00-9:00 pm – In-person advocacy: presenting testimony, making lobby visits
Session 2: Thursday April 6th, 7:00-9:00 pm – Nuts & bolts of advocacy; effective letter writing
(Note: you can attend one or both sessions)

Plymouth Congregational UCC, 2401 Atwood Avenue (corner of Ohio Avenue); Street parking, except handicap parking available behind the church (accessed by Somers Avenue)

Free (free-will offering for WI Faith Voices for Justice welcomed)

Limited Spaces RSVP to lschenk@pcucc.org or 608-249-1537 by March 16

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