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March Newsletter

WELCA Meeting Times

Thursday, March 7

4:30 p.m. Bible study leaders

Tuesday, March 12

8:30 a.m. Esther Circle at Trumble’s (Rosalyn Fossum leads)

1:30 p.m. Mary Circle at Alice Jensen’s (Carol Rask leads)

7:00 p.m. Miriam Circle at Jan Jerdee’s (Lynn Hestness leads)

Friday, March 8

Noon Hannah Circle meets at Ascension

Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA

The Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA held their monthly meeting on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 following worship services. Co-President Jane Pearson opened with a devotion. Co-President Denise Sandager opened the business meeting, with the Secretary’s report read by LeAnn Knutson and approved by the ten members present. Treasurer Doris Guenthner reported our checking account balance was $807.45 and our savings account balance was $8,548.67 as of Jan. 31, 2019. She also read a thank-you from Cherrie, Darrin and Kimberly Schiltz for the Chamber Bucks we gave them.

Mission in Growth Chairman Joan Anderson commented that the new picture directories are here. If you have not received a copy, contact Pastor Mark. She also mentioned some of the outreach things taking place at Ascension, such as the Valentine boxes for seniors and shut-ins and the backpack food program at Sibley School.

Mission in Action Co-Chairman Alice Jensen said they have not quilted recently because of bad weather. We discussed making quilts for the high school graduates. We have 3 local high school seniors and 3 seniors that have moved away. WELCA has given the quilters $100 per year in the past for supplies. It was voted to increase this amount to $200.

Denise announced we still need a chairperson for the Time and Talent Bazaar in November as well as a chairperson for the morning coffee. She asked for suggestions for the Guest Night program. No date has yet been set for the Aebleskiver Supper. It was voted and approved to give a $100 donation to the WELCA Spring Event on April 6, 2019. We will have 7 confirmands this year. It was decided to give them the “Lutheran Handbook” as we have in the past.

Doris suggested that we should think about funding some improvement projects for our church building. Updating of the bathrooms was mentioned. We should think about other ideas and we will discuss them further. She also asked about rolling bandages as we have done in the past. They are needed urgently so we will set a date before the WELCA Spring Conference to do this.

Upcoming dates: Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 is the Good Earth Village Annual Meeting. Saturday, April 6, 2019 is the WELCA Spring Event to be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth. Our next WELCA meeting will be on Sunday, March 10, 2019 following the worship service.

We closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 11:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

LeAnn Knutson, Secretary

Lent 2019

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on March 6. Services at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. include imposition of ashes and Holy Communion. Wednesdays in Lent provide extra opportunities to gather for worship and nourishment. Beginning on March 13 the 11:00 a.m. Lenten service at Ascension is followed by a simple soup lunch. Wednesday evening services are at 7:00 p.m., and alternate between Ascension and Christ Episcopal.

March 13 at Ascension                   April 3 at Christ Episcopal

March 20 at Christ Episcopal           April 10 at Ascension

March 27 at Ascension

Christian Sympathy

Please pray for:

Family and friends of Celestino “Tony” Abrego II

Family and friends of Elizabeth Hansen

Volunteer to Serve a Simple Soup Lunch

Beginning March 13, the 11:00 a.m. Lenten service at Ascension is followed by a simple soup lunch, to which everyone is welcome. A sign-up sheet to prepare and/or serve Lenten lunches is on the bulletin board. This is a wonderful ministry of hospitality, and a chance to showcase Ascension’s wonderful cooks!

Celebrating Baptism

On the fourth Sunday of each month, Ascension celebrates anniversaries of Baptism for children through ninth grade. This month, Baptism Recognition is on Sunday, March 24. Parents and children come to the baptismal font for the presentation. Tanner Cardona, Arthur Hickman, Jack Jellinger, Marissa Leeman, Michelle Leeman, Faith McCullough, Chelsea Medina, and Kesi Titus celebrate March baptismal anniversaries.

Ascension’s Rummage Sale

Ascension’s rummage sale is on Friday, April 26, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. You are invited to donate gently used items including household items, clothing, furniture, etc. Because of high disposal fees, you are asked not to bring large electronics and appliances, microwaves, CD’s or VHS tapes. Small appliances are accepted if they are in good working condition. If you need help bringing items to the church, please e-mail Ascension at ascen@smig.net or call 373-3408. Items can be dropped off at Ascension anytime between 8:30 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday and from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 24 and April 25.

Volunteers are needed! A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board to volunteer for picking up items to be sold at the sale, setting-up prior to the sale, working at the sale, serving coffee and donuts, and cleaning-up following the sale.

Aebleskiver Supper

Plez comme til den Aebleskiver aftensmad 28 April 4:00 til 6:30 p.m. Velkommen! Please call Marilyn Danielsen (373-0518), Jan Hickman (373-0983) or Staci Waltman (377-2353) to volunteer.

Ascension Offers Scholarship

Each year Ascension offers scholarships for post-secondary education. Members who are high school seniors, post-secondary or non-traditional students may apply. If you are planning on furthering your education next year, Ascension invites you to apply for a scholarship. Scholarship applications and guidelines for applicants are available on Ascension’s website www.ascensional.us or at the church office. Completed applications must be returned to Ascension’s church office no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, March 15. If you have questions, please contact Joan Anderson or a member of the Scholarship committee.

Notes of Appreciation

A correction to the February 2019 newsletter: The following thank-you was from Lois Brandt. Thank you JAM boys and girls for the nice cards you make. I like that you share a few words with me. Thank you to Joan Anderson for being the delivery person and taking time to visit. Last but not least, thank you to Pastor Mark for bringing Communion. Love to all, Lois Brandt

Thank you, friends of Ascension and JAM students, for the nicely decorated box of Valentines, candy, cookies and gifts. It was fun reading all the cards and the candy and cookies were delicious. Thanks for thinking of me. Russ Furland

Thank you to all for the Valentine greetings, treats, and coins. Thanks to Rosalyn Fossum for delivering the goodies and to those who wrapped and decorated the box. We appreciate your thoughtfulness. Stan and Alice Jensen

Thank you to the JAM youth for making the pretty Valentine box, to everyone who sent Valentines, and to Karen Flim for making the delivery. It was so fun to open the box and read the Valentines and enjoy the special treats. I appreciate your remembering me.
Margrette Aasen

A great big thank you for the box of Valentines! I spent Valentine’s Day morning reading the Valentine greetings. Also thank you for the edibles you included. I will use the coins and pencil. Thank you. Arlene Matson

We cannot begin to tell you how thrilled we were when Lowell and Diane Doppelhammer came to visit us and to drop off the Valentine box. What a wonderful surprise! Ascension has and always will hold a special place in our hearts as we remember all the love from there. Thank you to the JAM youth for making such a pretty box. We loved the Valentines and treats. Thanks again for remembering us!

Herb and Caroline Sorenson

Greetings from Kentucky! Hope everyone is ok after all the snow and falling temperatures. Stay warm! Thank you as always for being such a great mission partner since 1991. You kept Good Shepherd going for our ministry on Dixie Highway. Pastor Romer has retired. We are waiting to hear from the Bishop in Indianapolis as to Good Shepherd’s future. We had seventeen in church on Sunday when I preached. This was our last Sunday at Good Shepherd after being members since 1979. We are looking for a Lutheran church in the east end of Louisville where we have moved. It’s a sad time for us, but it’s also a new beginning. We are looking for a church with a good Sunday school program for our six-year-old grandson and us. Thank you once again for your spiritual and financial support. Also thanks for checking on my mother as she adjusts to a new living situation. Rich and Nina Hallum

Spring Ahead! Daylight Savings Time Begins

Set your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, March 9.

Attn: Youth

Nordean and Dorothy Krueger are providing ham, French toast, cinnamon rolls, and juice for Ascension’s Easter breakfast on April 21 following the 8:00 a.m. worship service. They are asking for a big crew to help them set-up, serve, and clean-up. All youth are encouraged to help set-up on Saturday, April 20, and/or help on Sunday. Since a list of volunteers who are available to help is needed, please contact Joan Anderson at 507-402-0193 or 507-373-7098, e-mail to andermark@charter.net or text.

March Mission Emphasis – Albert Lea Food Shelves

March is known as “Food Share Month” in Minnesota. Albert Lea has two food shelves, The Salvation Army Food Shelf and the Ecumenical Food Shelf located at the First Presbyterian Church. The Salvation Army Food Shelf is one of the outreaches of the local Salvation Army Church. The Ecumenical Food Shelf is an interfaith organization established in 1979 and provides food and personal care items to those in need. The food shelves welcome our monetary donations. And prayers are always welcome.

The Stewardship committee –

Steve Flaa, Phil Kohl, Betty Helgerson, Julie Jensen, Denise Sandager

Food Shelf

Feed the hungry by bringing your items for The Salvation Army Food Shelf to church every first Sunday of the month. The Feb. 11 collection totaled 77 pounds. Thank you to Darryl and Karen Flim for making the deliveries. Donations are welcome any day, but the first Sunday is the special emphasis.

Ascension’s South Door

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Department held a security seminar for churches, prompted in part by school/church/synagogue shootings in the news. One suggestion was to limit the “ways in” to a place of worship, particularly while the service is happening. At their Dec. 10 meeting, Ascension’s congregational council adopted a plan to lock the south door after the service begins. This plan would still permit anybody to enter through that door before a service, but then lock it up once the service begins. This procedure began on Sunday, Feb. 3. If you have thoughts or suggestions about this, please speak with any council member.

2019 Altar Flower Calendar

There are a few opportunities still available if you wish to donate altar flowers in 2019. Please contact the church office if you are interested. Thank you.

Now Open

“The Perfect Gift” a Christian gift shop selling cards, jewelry, T-shirts and gift items is located in the church foyer off the Clark Street entrance to First Lutheran Church. Hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

February 11, 2019 Committee and Council Minutes

Feb. 11, 2019 minutes are printed pending their approval at the March 12, 2019 meeting.

Present: Tim Samuelson, David Jensen, Keli Enser, Steve Flaa, David Enser, Pastor Mark Boorsma, Georgia Wentzel

Absent: Jerry Hickman, Phil Kohl

Meeting was called to order by President Tim Samuelson. Tim Samuelson asked for two agenda changes for this meeting: (1) add co-insurance to the Old Business and (2) have the Pastor’s Report as the first item rather than the last agenda item. A motion was made by David Jensen to approve the agenda changes. Motion carried.

Steve Flaa made a motion to approve the Jan. 14, 2019 minutes and the Jan. 27, 2019 organizational minutes which are to include the following present: Jodi Dietz, David Enser, Keli Enser, Steve Flaa, David Jensen, Phil Kohl, Tim Samuelson, Mark Boorsma. Motion carried. Treasurer Steve Flaa reviewed the Treasurer’s report with the Council. The ending balance in Ascension’s general account on Jan. 31 was $5,698.15 which is down $1,886.84 from Dec. 31.

Discipleship and Social Ministry: The committee is willing to change their meeting date when more members are present. The number of “Helping Hands” serving groups is being decreased to three with members divided between the three groups. All Ascension members are included in one of the “Helping Hands” serving groups. Loaves and Fishes serving dates are Mondays, June 17 and June 24, 2019. Lenten soup lunches following the 11:00 a.m. worship service begin on Wednesday, March 13, and continue through April 10. A Thrivent Grant is available for the food and supplies for those serving. Georgia Wentzel will post the sign-up sheet. The Staff Appreciation dinner will be in May. The staff is to let the committee know of optional dates. Visitation committee assisted with distributing Valentine boxes and continues to visit members.

Education and Youth: Joan Anderson was elected the committee chair. The committee did not choose a date and time for their monthly meeting, but will remain flexible. The committee is considering modifying the monthly Baptism Recognition. The Education and Youth committee will ask the Scholarship committee to set up a meeting. Joan Anderson will send the letter to the 2019 confirmands letting them know of the requirements to be eligible for a scholarship upon graduation and a letter to the 2019 graduates informing them of Ascension’s scholarship for which they can apply. There were many helpers for craft night. Nordean and Dorothy Krueger are preparing French toast and ham for the Easter Breakfast following the Easter service. The committee is considering the possibility of a youth lock-in at the YMCA assisted by Gustavus Adolphus students on Friday, March 29 or May 3.

Property and Grounds: David Enser was elected committee chair. Committee will meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. beginning March 12, 2019. Committee reviewed and updated the Usher Guidelines. Opening procedures were reviewed. Key holder suggestions are needed. The request from member Tammy Krowiorz to use Carlsen Hall on Sunday, May 5, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. was approved. The willow tree from Ascension’s neighbor’s yard was removed. Permission was asked and services completed during winter and there are no tracks.

Stewardship: Steve Flaa was elected committee chair. Denise Sandager is recording secretary. Date and time of the meeting will remain at 8:00 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month. The giving emphasis for March is The Salvation Army Food Shelf. Denise Sandager will write the article for Ascension’s newsletter. Committee discussed options for beneficiary of Ascension’s April 2019 Rummage sale and welcomes input from others in the congregation. This item is tabled until the March meeting. Committee discussed “Stewardship for All Seasons.” An informational webinar is scheduled at the end of February. This will be discussed at the March meeting. Options for fall 2019 “God’s Work our Hands” project will be discussed at the March meeting.

Worship and Music: David Jensen was elected committee chair. If Council meets on the second Tuesday of the month, the Worship and Music committee will meet at 6:30 on the second Tuesday of the month. Committee suggests using the current liturgy for a season. When the liturgy is changed, the committee is considering using setting 6 or 8.

Pastor’s Report: Two confirmation classes have been cancelled due to inclement weather. On Feb. 3 Pastor Mark officiated at the 2:00 p.m. worship service at Thorne Crest. As Chair of the Committee on the Election of a Bishop he reported that the nomination for candidate deadline was Jan. 30. Eleven individuals were nominated. Due to inclement weather, the Conference Assembly which was to have met on Feb. 10 was postponed two weeks until Feb. 24.

Old Business: Structuring the Communications Committee was discussed. Phil and Ellen Kohl are continuing to work on the format for Ascension’s Constitution and By-Laws. There have been no comments on Ascension’s south door being locked when the worship service begins. The Council plans to share Ascension’s worship service two Sundays this summer, possibly in July, with Saint John’s Lutheran Community. A motion was made by David Jensen to approve the SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) Use of Building Agreement. Motion carried. A motion by was made by David Jensen to approve Ascension’s co-insurance endorsement. Motion carried.

New Business: The council was in agreement to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. beginning on March 12, 2019. The Sunday brunches at Ascension will continue to benefit ELCA Mission Support unless the Council determines otherwise. Marilyn Danielsen mentioned to the Council that she is looking for ideas on how the proceeds of the April 28, 2019 Aebleskiver Supper could be used. A motion was made by David Enser to continue the Dahl Copiers maintenance agreement from 11/17/18 to 11/16/19 in the amount of $620 which includes parts as available, labor and travel for the Risograph copier in Ascension’s office. Motion carried. Regarding council vacancies, Tim Samuelson will visit with some possible candidates. Committee appointments will be included on the March agenda. Council installation will be on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Council seeks delegates to attend the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations meeting on Saturday, April 27, 2019.

David Jensen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.

Following the Lord’s Prayer, the meeting adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Keli Enser, Secretary

Ascension Participants Worship and Contribute

At Worship:     Weekly Budget:     Contributed:

Feb. 3 62         $4,135.06           $2,660

Feb. 10 52       $4,135.06           $2,237

Feb. 17 46       $4,135.06           $3,685

Feb. 24 Worship service cancelled
                           
$4,135.06             $   510

January 2019 Charitable Contributions

Below are the charitable contributions for January 2019. World Hunger and Mission Partners are paid on a quarterly basis so contribution amounts will be included quarterly.

2019 Goals Total 2019

ELCA Support Supplement $ 6,000.00 $ 214.17

Good Earth Village – Ascension $ 2,000.00

Mission Partners $ 4,000.00

Sibley Backpack Food Program $ 7,000.00 $ l,738.20

World Hunger $ 5,000.00 ________

$24,000.00 $ l,952.37

Save the Date

The Women of the ELCA Blue Earth River Conference Spring Event is at Trinity Lutheran Church, 235 E 7th Street in Blue Earth on Saturday, April 6. Registration/Coffee is from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. followed by the program from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.








                                                                                                        


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Please express your thanks to these volunteers
whose service helps us all worship well!     
  
      
*Attention Volunteer Greeters:  The Worship and Music Committee is so grateful to have your smiling, welcoming faces greeting folks as they enter Ascension.  In an effort to improve follow-up with visitors, we ask you to invite them to sign the guest book in the narthex so that a follow-up card can be sent.  Thank you.