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WELCA Meeting Times

Thursday, July 5

4:30 p.m. Bible study leaders

Friday, July 13

Noon Hannah Circle meets at Ascension

Tuesday, July 10

8:30 a.m. Esther Circle at Trumble’s

1:30 p.m. Mary Circle at Donna Soper’s (Carol Rask leads)
(Miriam Circle
does not meet in June, July, and August)

Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA

The Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA held their monthly meeting on Sunday, June 10, 2018, following worship services with nine members present. Co-President Jane Pearson opened the meeting with devotions. LeAnn Knutson read the Secretary’s report which was approved. It was noted the April minutes should also state that Donna Soper had spoken about the Rummage Sale. Treasurer Doris Guenthner reported a checking account balance of $637.14 and a savings account balance of $7,738.54. Mission in Action Committee Co-Chairman Ruth Furland reported we sent 8 quilts, 8 baby kits and 12 health kits to the Spring Lutheran World Relief In gathering. We also donated 7 baby quilts and 6 children’s quilts to the Salvation Army. The LWR Fall In gathering is Oct. 13, 2018. We discussed what to do with the graduation quilts that were not picked up at the graduation brunch. The graduates who did not receive their quilt will be contacted. It was suggested that next year WELCA representatives and the Education committee meet with Pastor Mark to determine who should receive quilts. Mission in Growth Committee Chairman Joan Anderson reported she has 61 families registered for pictures for the church directory. She is looking for volunteers to help on June 18, 19 and 20 with welcoming and registering when the families come for the picture taking. We have 8 students signed up for Vacation Bible School and several students are going to Good Earth Village this summer. Jane thanked the Esther Circle for serving the graduation brunch. She also said grief books have been given to Lois Brandt and Elaine Struck. Denise will order more books as we have only one left. We are scheduled to do Bingo at Good Samaritan on June 27. Jane will contact Sharon Anderson regarding this. Guest Night is Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Doris will apply for a Thrivent Grant to buy fresh fruit and other supplies. Georgia has sent invitations to 19 churches. 

Joan mentioned there is money remaining on her Thrivent card that could be used for Sunday morning coffee supplies.

Doris suggested we use some of the Time and Talent money to purchase plastic tables for the quilters to use. The ones we have now are very heavy and hard to move. She will check further on prices. Marilyn Danielsen mentioned some of our white tablecloths are quite stained.

We still need a chairperson for the noon lunch at the Time and Talent Bazaar on Nov. 3. Denise Sandager will assist. A newsletter from Global Health Ministries has an article describing a need for used large suitcases to distribute medical supplies and equipment. This newsletter will be posted on the WELCA bulletin board next to the Fireside Room. Saturday, June 30 is Good Earth Village Women’s Day.

Our next meeting is Sunday, July 8, following worship services. We closed the meeting at 10:50 a.m. by praying the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully submitted,

LeAnn Knutson, Secretary


Ascension WELCA meets following the 9:00 a.m. worship service on July 8 at the new Saint John‘s facility in the chapel.

Ascension Worships

Mark your calendar and plan to attend worship at the new Saint John’s facility on Sundays, July 8 and July 15. As part of “God’s Work…Our Hands,” Ascension’s Council at their May 14 meeting approved moving Ascension’s worship services to the Saint John’s Lutheran Community for two Sundays in July. A 9:00 a.m. service will be held in the chapel at the new location. A 10:30 a.m. service will be held at the old chapel. There will be no services at Ascension on those two Sundays.

Save the Date

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Ascension WELCA Salad Supper on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6:00 p.m. The program is provided by Joyce Abernathy from La Crosse, WI who speaks about faith and quilting. Free-will contributions benefit the SEMCAC Women’s Shelter.

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, July 22. Parents and children come to the baptismal font for the presentation. Reece Jeffrey, Emily Johnson, and Jack Waltman celebrate July baptismal anniversaries.

Mission Statement

A mission statement defines the vision and purpose of the congregation. Ascension’s council – along with help from the congregation adopted the mission statement “Learning, loving, doing the will of God, and reaching out to all” at their May 14 meeting. The intention is for you to become familiar with this mission statement and determine what it means to each of you personally.

Available at Ascension’s Worship Service

Ascension offers large print bulletins and hymns as well as personal sound receivers which are all available from the ushers.

Attention: Quilters

There is no quilting in July and August. We’ll see you again on Sept. 6.

Ruth Furland

Christian Sympathy

Please pray for: Family and friends of Gertrude Ness.

July Mission Emphasis – Saint John’s Lutheran Community

Originally formed in 1961, Saint John’s now consists of two communities in Albert Lea. Saint John’s provides living arrangements ranging from independent living to skilled nursing care and memory care. Please prayerfully consider your gifts to St. John’s Lutheran Community.

Also, Ascension will be holding worship services at the Saint John’s Lutheran Communities on Sunday, July 8 and Sunday, July 15. Please join us.

Blessings, Stewardship Committee: Steve Flaa, Mark Anderson, Mike Kalis, Denise Sandager

Photo Directory Update

Thank you to everyone who had their photograph taken or supplied a photograph for Ascension’s directory.

Thank You for Volunteering at Loaves and Fishes

The Discipleship and Social Ministry Committee thanks those who volunteered to be a part of this experience.

Invitation to Guest Night

Emmons WNALC hosts Guest Night on Wednesday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Emmons Lutheran Church. From Amboy, MN, guest speaker Tina Haroldson’s sense of humor is balanced with her practical biblical perspectives and her passion for Holy Spirit infused ministry. You will remember Tina from Ascension’s 2017 Guest Night.

Notes of Appreciation

I want to express a heartfelt thank you to Pastor Mark, the people who worked in the kitchen and special church members who kindly provided food and service for the funeral of my husband, Harold (Babe). My family and I very much appreciate all your thoughtfulness and loving words of sympathy. These past few months have been hectic, and I hope you all know how much I appreciated all the acts of kindness.

Sincerely, Lois Brandt and family

Alice Jensen and Susie O’Sell thank everyone who helped clean Ascension’s kitchen. Special thanks to Cherrie Schiltz for cleaning the ovens, Doris Guenthner for recording the inventory and LeAnn Knutson for organizing the cupboard with the take-home containers. You are all very much appreciated.

Nina and I want to thank the Ascension congregation for the generous check presented to Good Shepherd. It was a complete surprise and very much appreciated. We want to thank everyone who contributed and worked at the rummage sale to make it the success it was. Again, we appreciate your spiritual and financial support.

Rich and Nina Hallum

On behalf of the Ecumenical Food Pantry, we extend our sincere gratitude for your contribution of $25 on April 30. It is through the generosity and support of donors like you that our food pantry is able to provide services that are vital to meeting the needs of those in our community.

Ecumenical Food Pantry

Food Shelf

Feed the hungry by bringing your items for The Salvation Army Food Shelf to church every first Sunday of the month. The June 11, 2018 collection totaled 40 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.

Seeking Hospice Volunteers

Do you enjoy visiting with others and making a difference? Consider becoming a Hospice Volunteer in the Albert Lea area. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Jodi Meyer, Volunteer Coordinator of the Saint Croix Hospice at or call 507-508-3091 or 507-779-7227.

2018 Altar Flower Calendar

There are three opportunities available if you wish to donate altar flowers in 2018. Please contact the church office at or call 373-3408 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. if you are interested. Thank you.

25th Annual Lutheran Night at the Twins: Twins vs. Cleveland Indians

Game day is Tuesday, July 31. Coach bus leaves at 4:00 p.m. from behind Hy-Vee in Albert Lea. Cost is $45/person. For reservations call Bob and Genie Hanson at 507-373-8655 or Wayne and Bev Indrelie at 507-826-3267.

June 11, 2018 Committee and Council Minutes

Present: Phil Kohl, David Jensen, Keli Enser, Steve Flaa, Joan Anderson, Jane Pearson, Pastor Mark Boorsma and Georgia Wentzel

Present by phone: none

Others present: Marilyn Danielsen

Absent: David Enser, Jerry Hickman

Meeting was called to order by Council President Phil Kohl.

Joan Anderson moved that the May 14, 2018 Council minutes be approved. Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s report was received and reviewed. Treasurer Steve Flaa reports all the bills are paid and the ending balance in Ascension’s general account at May 31, 2018 is $6,324.74.

Discipleship and Social Ministry: Committee reports a few volunteers are still needed for Loaves and Fishes on June 18 and 25. Joan Anderson from the Visitation Committee reports that she visited with several members and made arrangements for photographs of them to be in Ascension’s new pictorial directory.

Education and Youth: Book bags for JAM students will be cut, sewn, and embroidered with a name. Lutheran World Relief book bags may be made by members of the congregation. Donated school supplies needed for each book bag include five pens, five pencils, one ruler (cm), one scissor, one eraser, and five 70 count spiral notebooks. The school supplies are not to include logos or symbols. The bags will be filled on “God’s Work…Our Hands” Sunday, Sept. 9. Eight children registered for Vacation Bible School and some are also registered at Good Earth Village Bible Camp. Five are registered for Grand Camp at Good Earth Village. The youth have helped serve at the Aebleskiver Supper, brunches and Easter breakfast. The committee will clean and fill the church activity bags this summer. The committee reviewed the Time and Talent sheet and had no suggestions for revisions. The committee will meet with Pastor Erica Cunningham and Christie Ness from Salem to finalize the JAM.

Property and Grounds: Committee removed the dead tree in the northeast corner, cleaned the east outside wall under the drains on the church, and also cleaned the east and north walls of the garage. The four roof leaks in the kitchen and one leak in the choir loft were assessed. The white board was repaired.

Stewardship: In regard to “Stewardship for all Seasons” Steve Flaa attempted to reach Rev. Peter Reuss at the Southeast Minnesota Synod office, however, he was on vacation at the time so Steve will call again at a later date. The committee reviewed the time and talent sheets and learned how the responses are tabulated. Denise Sandager will write the “Giving Emphasis” article for the July newsletter. Because the new pictorial directory photographs are taken in June, there is no Visitation program meeting. The committee asks those currently involved to continue to do so in June. In July, the committee will resume duties.

Worship and Music: Committee recommends to the council that as part of “God’s Work…Our Hands” Ascension’s worship services be at Saint John’s new chapel at 9:00 a.m. and at 10:30 in the old chapel and to use Ascension’s scheduled ushers and greeters. The committee listened to part of all the liturgical settings. They agreed to continue with Setting 10 for now and then possibly go back to Setting 1. The committee agrees that it is good to make changes. The committee will review the Time and Talent sheet at the July meeting.

Old Business: Marilyn Danielsen reported to the council that the April 22, 2018 Aebleskiver Supper netted $1,849.08. A motion was made by David Jensen to donate $1,549.08 to ELCA Mission Support and $300 to the scholarship fund. Motion carried. Marilyn Danielsen left the meeting. Ascension’s council suggests that the Mission Statement adopted at their May 14, 2018 meeting be put into the Sunday bulletins, incorporated into the newsletter and, if possible, used in the Sunday worship service. Keli Enser, Phil Kohl, and Joan Anderson will contact possible candidates for a Communications Committee. A motion was made by Keli Enser to adopt Policy C12.01.A18 “The council members may attend meetings and be counted toward a quorum by using telecommunications. Telecommunications is defined as computer programs such as Skype, Google + or equipment such as a cell phone, land line speaker phone and other equipment that allow for two way group conversation that can be heard simultaneously by the assembled council and the individual member on line.” Motion carried. Council discussed the Carlson Campership policy C12.05.02. After discussion Joan Anderson volunteered to write a provision for this policy to be brought to the July 9, 2018 council meeting. Pastor Boorsma and Phil Kohl reported on the June 5, 2018 meeting they attended where Grace Lutheran made a presentation on their backpack project of feeding food insecure students at an area school. As part of “God’s Work…Our Hands” a motion was made by Steve Flaa that Ascension raise $4,800 to provide a backpack project of feeding food insecure students at a local school. Motion carried. As part of “God’s Work…Our Hands” Pastor Mark Boorsma made a motion to move Ascension’s worship service on Sundays, July 8 and 15, to Saint John’s. The 9:00 a.m. service will be at the new Saint John’s chapel. Ascension will also provide the 10:30 a.m. worship service at the old chapel. Motion carried. Steve Flaa made a motion that the loose change and cash contributions not included in offering envelopes made at the Sunday, July 8, and Sunday, July 15, worship services at Saint John’s be designated to Saint John’s. Motion carried.

New Business: None

Pastor’s Report: Congratulations to Phil and Ellen Kohl on the birth of a new grandson. Pastor Boorsma officiated at the funeral of Muriel Engen on May 19 and the funeral of Babe Brandt on May 30.

Keli Enser made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried.

Following the Lord’s Prayer, the meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Keli Enser, Secretary

Thank you from Ascension’s Mission Partner

First and foremost, my very sincere thanks for your profoundly generous gift to us. The kindness and generosity of Ascension is inspiring and deeply felt. Furthermore, I apologize for not realizing that two others gifts were received earlier in the year and responding; once again proving that a pastor is not the first to know. Thank you so much for all you have done over the years to help Good Shepherd. Despite our losses and struggles with costs, we continue to get visitors and have one couple who is interested in joining.

Good Shepherd remains a welcoming congregation and its witness to the Gospel remains equally steadfast. No matter what the future brings, this is alone what matters. On June 3, I was indeed grateful to celebrate with them my 35th year of ordination, and as I said at my 30th, “I cannot think of any better congregation to celebrate with than Good Shepherd.” This will be my last parish and one I hope continues its ministry beyond my tenure as their pastor.

Again, in behalf of all those at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, I thank you for your generous gift. We are most grateful for your partnership with us in our mission. As always, we remember you in our prayers and pray that God would continue to bless Ascension Lutheran Church as we begin the Sundays after Pentecost.

Wishing a safe and healthy summer to all of you.

Peace be with you,

Pr. Jeff Romer

Ascension Lutheran Church Council and Committee Members
Church Council:
Phil KohlPresident                 David JensenVice President
Keli Enser
- Secretary               Steve Flaa - Treasurer
Joan Anderson                         David Enser                
Jerry Hickman                                     
Jane Pearson                            

Education Committee                  Discipleship and Social Ministry Committee
*Joan Anderson                         *Jane Pearson
*David Enser                              Theresa Coughlin
Andrea Ashley                             Doris Guenthner                     
Aharon Anderson                         Alice Jensen
Del Boyken                                
Nordean Krueger

Property and Grounds Committee    Stewardship Committee     LEAD Team
*David Jensen                                 *Mark Anderson               Gene Anderson
*Nordean Krueger                            *Cliff Rask                       Irene Anderson
Delmar Boyken                                Rev. Ken Jensen               Joan Anderson
Ron Hansen                                     Eugene Anderson              Mark Boorsma
Bruce Riemer                                   Irene Anderson                
Jane Samuelson
Tim Samuelson                                                                                             

Worship and Music Committee          Audit Committee                GEV Delegates
Michelle Cardona                             Steve Flaa                         Dennis Everhard
*David Jensen                                 LeAnn Knutson                 
Cliff Rask
  Marilyn Danielson                          Gerald Rasmusson            
Carol Rask          
  Paul Ehlers                                                                          
Chuck Sandager                                     
  Gayle Olson                                                                                                        

Nominating Committee                      Personnel Committee   
Mark Boorsma                                      Joan Anderson                      
David Enser                                         Keli Enser                   
Keli Enser                                           
Phil Kohl
Don Hauge
                                          Jane Pearson                                                                                        
Lynda Everhard                                                                         

Scholarship Committee                      Endowment Fund Committee   

Keli Enser                                         Bill Danielson                          

Lola Evans                                        Dennis Everhard                            
Nordean Krueger                               Jan Jerdee                     
                                                        Tim Samuelson                   

Chuck Sandanger                                                     
St. John’s Home Delegates   
Cliff and Carol Rask
Karen Flim
LeAnn Knutson 

Ushers are asked to be at the church one-half hour prior to service time.  Thank you.   
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.