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WELCA Meeting Times

Thursday, April 4

4:30 p.m. Bible study leaders

Tuesday, April 9

8:30 a.m. Esther Circle at Trumble’s

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

Miriam Circle will not be meeting in April 2019

Friday, April 12

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, March 10, 2019 following worship services with seven members present. In the absence of the Co-Presidents, Treasurer Doris Guenthner opened the meeting with a Lenten devotion. The Secretary’s report was read by LeAnn Knutson and approved by those present. Doris reported we have a checking account balance of $739.48 and a savings account balance of $8,548.67. She had purchased 20 boxes of cards in February.

Ruth Furland and Alice Jensen reported the quilting group has completed several quilts and the LWR van will come in early May. Joan Anderson reported that she had sent Valentine cards to some members who have not been attending services as a means of maintaining contact with them. Our number of JAM students has increased and now have about 2/3 of the group and Salem has about 1/3. It was decided to roll bandages on Tuesday, March 19 at 9:00 a.m. They need to be done in time to take to the ELCA spring event on April 6. Jan Jerdee will deliver the bandages. We discussed how many quilts to make for our graduating seniors. Jan Jerdee has been trying to contact the students but has not received responses from all of them. It was decided to have at least three quilts ready. We still need a chairperson for the Time and Talent Bazaar. Joan Anderson and Ruth Furland will do this, but we are looking for chairperson for the morning coffee. Regarding a program for guest night, the name of Janet Martin who co-authored several books including “Growing Up Lutheran” was mentioned. We will ask Denise Sandager to contact her. Suggestions about some improvement projects around the church included the repair to the outside electrical box and the men’s restroom needs some updating. We will discuss these ideas at a later date. Upcoming events include the ELCA Spring Event at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth on Saturday, April 6 and the Aebleskiver Supper at our church on Sunday, April 28. 

The price of tickets was discussed — should we leave it at $7.50 or raise it to $8.00? We will decide at a later date. We closed with the Lord’s Prayer at 10:30 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

LeAnn Knutson, Secretary

WELCA Blue Earth River Spring Conference

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.

Lent and Holy Week Schedule

Lent and Holy Week provide extra opportunities to gather for worship.

April 3 11:00 a.m. worship service followed by soup luncheon at Ascension

April 3 6:00 p.m. soup supper at Christ Episcopal

April 3 7:00 p.m. worship service at Christ Episcopal

April 10 11:00 a.m. worship service followed by soup luncheon at Ascension

April 10 7:00 p.m. worship service at Ascension

April 18 11:00 a.m. Maundy Thursday worship service at Ascension

April 18 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday worship service at Ascension

April 19 7:00 p.m. Good Friday worship service at Ascension

Easter Sunday Worship

There will be one Easter Sunday (April 21) worship service at 8:00 a.m. followed by an Easter Breakfast.

Soup Supper at Christ Episcopal Church

Plan to attend the soup supper hosted by Christ Episcopal Church Wednesday (April 3) at 6:00 p.m., prior to the 7:00 p.m. Lenten service there.

Easter Flowers

If you wish to purchase flowers for Ascension’s Easter garden, the sign-up sheet with the information is posted on the bulletin board. Flowers not paid for in advance will not be ordered. Deadline for ordering is Sunday, April 14.

Volunteer to Serve a Simple Soup Lunch

A sign-up sheet to prepare and/or serve Lenten lunches is on the bulletin board.

Easter Breakfast

Join your friends and family at Ascension’s Easter brunch following the 8:00 a.m. Easter worship service on April 21. French toast by Nordean and Dorothy Krueger, ham, fruit, cinnamon rolls, juice and coffee are served.

Easter/May Baskets

The Education and Youth Committee will have cards available for you to sign at Ascension on Sundays, April 7, 14 and 21. If you would prefer, you can bring your own cards and possibly a small treat for the baskets.

Calling All Youth!

Nordean and Dorothy Krueger are asking for a big crew to help them set-up, serve, and clean-up. All youth are encouraged to help set-up, serve and clean-up beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 21. Since a list of volunteers who are available to help is needed, please sign-up on the sheet on the bulletin board or contact Joan Anderson at or text to 507-402-0193 or 507-373-7098.

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, April 28. Parents and children come to the baptismal font for the presentation. Hailey Birch and Erin Boorsma celebrate April baptismal anniversaries.

Food Shelf

Feed the hungry by bringing your items for The Salvation Army Food Shelf to church every first Sunday of the month. The March 18, 2019 collection totaled 72 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.

Attn: Education and Youth Committee

Committee meets on Thursday, April 4 at Ascension.


Ascension’s dartball team once again won League Champion. Way to go team Ascension!

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, or microwaves. 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 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 25.

Volunteers Needed for Ascension’s Rummage Sale

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 (402-0710) or Staci Waltman (383-0749) to volunteer.

Save the Date!

Good Earth Village celebrates 50 years of ministry from Friday, August 16 – Sunday, August 18. Mark your calendars and plan to spend your weekend at Good Earth Village. Bring your friends and family. Expect good food, music, worship and friends. Watch for more information coming soon!

Food Shelf

Feed the hungry by bringing your items for The Salvation Army Food Shelf to church every first Sunday of the month. The March 18, 2019 collection totaled 72 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.

April Mission Emphasis – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church serves the Valley Station area of Louisville, Kentucky and celebrated their sixtieth anniversary last fall. They are grateful for our prayers for their ministry and monetary contributions. The church serves as a lighted candle of fellowship in a community with limited financial resources. The congregation is committed to mission and friendship evangelism (friends bringing other friends to worship to learn more about God’s saving grace). Currently the congregation is discerning the future path of their ministry and welcomes your prayers for them. To give a monetary contribution to Good Shepherd, please write Mission Partner on your check memo or offering envelope.

The Stewardship committee –

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

Notes of Appreciation

Thank you JAM students for the Valentine box with your cards. We enjoyed seeing your names on the cards. God bless you all. Stan and Alice Jensen

Thank you to the special people of Ascension who care so much for their members. The Valentine box was a very nice gift. It took care of my sweet tooth and gave my heart a great lift. The card with all the signatures was great! Thank you again.

Lois Tenold

Greetings! I had so much fun reading the Valentines and all of the signatures and enjoying the treats. That was great! Thanks to Jan Jerdee for delivering the Valentines. Also, thank you to the JAM kids. Thanks for the nice photo of your group, beautiful cards, chocolates (my favorite!) and several nice visits from Joan Anderson. Thanks to Mark for taking me to church to have my picture taken for the directory.

Blessings to all! Doris Volkman

Thank you to everyone who made the Valentines and the boxes. Also thanks for all the goodies inside. Thanks to Joan for getting the young children involved in doing things for the shut-ins. Sincerely, Elaine Struck

Thanks. It was so nice of you to be so nice to me! Thank you for the Valentines box with goodies. Marlys Johnson

Breakfast with the Bishop

Southeastern Minnesota Synod Lutheran Men in Mission Seventeenth Annual Breakfast with the Bishop is on Saturday, April 27, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Cabela’s (I-35 N) in Owatonna. See the bulletin board for further information. Registration required by April 19. If you have questions, please e-mail or call 507-835-3843.

Preliminary Minutes of January 27, 2019 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting began with the Opening Liturgy at 10:32 a.m. A motion was made by Tim Samuelson to approve the minutes of the Jan. 28, 2018 Annual Meeting. Motion carried. Pastors Report: Pastor Boorsma thanked Ascension for the opportunity to serve as their pastor and also thanked the staff. President’s Report: Ascension President Phil Kohl thanked the members for their financial support in 2018 allowing Ascension to be in the “black” throughout 2018. Ascension’s participation in the Backpack Program is very successful with the Sibley School staff calling Ascension “amazing.” Aebleskiver Report: Marilyn Danielsen reported on the 2018 Aebleskiver supper and thanked everyone for their help. A date for the 2019 Aebleskiver supper has not yet been set. Mutual Ministry Report: On behalf of the Mutual Ministry Committee, Paul Ehlers asked for input from the congregation about what it needs from the committee. Denise Sandager asked Paul Ehlers how to communicate suggestions and questions. Education and Youth Committee Report: On behalf of the Education and Youth Committee Joan Anderson thanked the congregation for their help and support with the JAM program. Lutefisk Supper Report: Irene Anderson encouraged everyone to try the Lutefisk supper and asked for help. Endowment Committee Report: On behalf of the Endowment Committee Tim Samuelson shared some of the positives about Ascension which includes LEAD, Pastor’s Support Committee, Mutual Ministry Committee, and the Endowment Committee. He said the committee is planning to purchase bookmarks for hymns. Tim also thanked outgoing committee member Jan Jerdee for her commitment and service to the committee. Audit Committee Report: Treasurer, Steve Flaa thanked the members of Ascension for their financial support. Steve Flaa presented the 2019 budget which includes a 2% salary increase for the pastor and the staff. The overall budget is reduced 1.77% from 2018. Carol Rask inquired about Ascension’s goals and remittances for 2018. The Council had discussed this at the December meeting and those goal remittances will be included in future Ascension’s monthly newsletter. Jane Samuelson inquired about the “Backpack” program money and what Ascension is budgeting. The “Backpack” program is not part of the budget and that Ascension has money rolling over into the next year.

WELCA Report: WELCA reported having given contributions benefiting the following: Lutheran Disaster Response $1,101.50; Good Earth Village $552; Lutheran Campus Ministry $552; Lutheran Campus Ministry $552; Thank offering $460; Circle offering $199.75; Ascension Mission Support $177; SEMCAC $382. Denise Sandager, WELCA Co-president, reported that WELCA hosted the fall bazaar, guest night salad supper, brunch for the high school graduates in the congregation, mission quilts, and kits for World Relief. She thanked the men, women and youth for their assistance. Treasurer, Doris Guenthner, reported the WELCA books were audited and accepted. Old Business: There was no old business. New Business Lynda Everhard nominated Jodi Dietz to serve a three year Council term. Motion carried. There were no other nominations. Joan Anderson moved to cease nominations. Motion carried. A motion was made by Mark Boorsma to cast a unanimous ballot for Jodi Dietz. Motion carried. Motion to cease nominations for the Nominating committee was made by Joan Anderson. Motion carried. A motion made by Mary Boorsma to cast a unanimous ballot for Lynda Everhard, David Enser, Keli Enser, and Joan Anderson to serve on the Nominating committee for a one year term ending in 2020. Motion carried. Motion to cease nominations for the Blue Earth River Conference Assembly was made by Mary Boorsma and to cast a unanimous ballot electing Roger and LeAnn Knutson, Tim and Jane Samuelson, and Paul Ehlers as congregational delegates for the Blue Earth River Conference Assembly on Feb. 10, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth Minnesota. Keli Enser made a motion to cease nominations for delegates to the Synod Assembly and to cast a unanimous ballot electing Tim and Jane Samuelson to the Synod Assembly in Rochester, MN on May 31 and June 1, 2019. Motion to cease nominations for congregational delegates to Saint John’s Lutheran Community was made by Tim Samuelson and to cast a unanimous ballot electing Karen Flim, LeAnn Knutson, Cliff and Carol Rask. Motion carried. Motion to cease nominations for Good Earth Village delegates was made by Steve Flaa and to cast a unanimous ballot electing Dennis and Lynda Everhard, David and Keli Enser. Motion carried. A motion was made by David Jensen to approve the 2019 budget. Motion carried. A motion was made by Ellen Kohl to approve the following goals: Food for Backpacks $7,000; Mission Support Supplement $6,000; World Hunger $5,000; Mission Partner (Good Shepherd) $4,000; Good Earth Village $2,000. Motion carried. Jane Samuelson made a motion to submit the name of Kristen Vein for Synod Bishop. Motion carried. Phil Kohl recognized the outgoing officers and committee members. There were no comments regarding having Ascension’s south door locked beginning Feb. 3, 2019 once the service begins.

Irene Anderson requests that youth be included on the Communication committee. A motion was made by Keli Enser to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried and meeting adjourned at 11:47 a.m.

Respectfully submitted

Keli Enser, Council Secretary

March 12, 2019 Committee and Council Minutes

March 12, 2019 minutes are printed pending their approval at the April 9, 2019 meeting.

Present: Tim Samuelson, David Jensen, Keli Enser, Steve Flaa, Jodi Dietz, David Enser, Phil Kohl, Mark Boorsma

Absent: Jerry Hickman

Others Present: Paul Ehlers

Meeting was called to order by President Tim Samuelson. Tim Samuelson asked for two agenda changes: (1) To the Old Business determine whether the Council should hold its monthly meeting on August 13 which is the same night as the WELCA Guest Night; (2) to the New Business discuss inclement weather church service cancellation guidelines. Tim Samuelson pointed out a correction to the Feb. 11, 2019 and asked that the minutes show that the Pastor’s Report is changed permanently on the agenda to follow the Committee Reports. David Enser made a motion to approve the Feb. 11, 2019 minutes with Tim Samuelson’s correction. Motion carried. Treasurer Steve Flaa reviewed the Treasurer’s report. The ending balance in Ascension’s general account on Feb. 28 was ($3,539.59) and is down $9,237.74 from Feb. 1. However, the cash balance as of today (March 12, 2019) is $3,471 and all the bills have been paid. Phil Kohl authorized Council President, Tim Samuelson, to sign the 90% co-insurance endorsement. This insures the property for at least 90% of what the replacement cost would be. Motion carried. Tim Samuelson will contact Jerry Hickman regarding attending the Council Meeting via telephone. Discipleship and Social Ministry: Committee asks Georgia to post the Loaves and Fishes work sheets at the end of May for June 17 and 24, 2019. Lenten service soup lunches will continue to fill in as needed. A pan of bars will be provided for evening Lenten services at Ascension. Staff Appreciation Dinner is scheduled for Friday, May 10, at 5:30 p.m. Easter cards will be sent by WELCA. Education and Youth: Unless notified otherwise, this committee will meet on the second Tuesday (the same as Ascension’s Council) at 6:30 p.m. The committee’s April 2019 meeting will be 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at Ascension. May 3 Mini lock-in plans were discussed.

May baskets will be prepared on Easter Sunday during breakfast and cards signed. Congregation members can bring treats for the baskets. Baptism Recognition will be March 24. There will be no youth service in April. There are no more committee members needed. The committee will discuss youth fund ideas at the April meeting. Property and Grounds: Committee approved the use of Carlsen Hall to Sharon Bowen on Saturday, Sept. 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thank you to Rick Krueger for paying for the repairs to the transformer that was damaged during snow removal on the north side of Ascension. Roof leaks are being addressed. Stewardship: The committee will suggest to the council that the beneficiary for the proceeds of Ascension’s April 26 and 27 rummage sale 50% to Mission Partner, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Louisville Kentucky and 50% to Ascension’s general fund. The April giving emphasis is Ascension’s Mission Partner, Good Shepherd Lutheran in Louisville, Kentucky. Steve Flaa and Betty Helgerson attended a “Stewardship for All Seasons” webinar. Denise Sandager has also visited with people at Grace Lutheran regarding this. Committee will recommend “Stewardship for All Seasons” to the Council next month.

Worship and Music: The committee will discuss the liturgy at the April meeting. Maundy Thursday worship services are at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on April 18. Good Friday worship is at 7:00 p.m. on April 19. Easter Sunday worship on April 21 is at 8:00 a.m. Ascension Day (May 30) plans are to meet at Edgewater Park at 5:30 p.m. for pizza, hotdogs and s’mores. Committee reminds everyone to dress in layers. Committee will check into an available date to share Ascension’s worship service with Saint John’s Lutheran Community.

Mutual Ministry Committee: In an effort to familiarize Ascension’s members with the mission of each committee, Paul Ehlers representing the Mutual Ministry Committee asked the council for guidance on how this could be accomplished. It was discussed to have one committee on a Sunday do a temple talk and to begin this in early fall. Tim Samuelson volunteered to be a moderator. This will be included on each committee’s April 9 agenda. Paul Ehlers left the meeting.

Pastor’s Report: Pastor Boorsma led worship and served Communion March 12 at Senior Towers. Fourteen residents attended and were very appreciative of Pastor Boorsma coming to lead worship. Lent began on March 6 with two Ash Wednesday services held at Ascension. Ascension’s Lenten worship services are at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays followed by soup lunch. The soup lunch is a great community outreach. Evening services at 7:00 p.m. toggle between Ascension and Christ Episcopal with six area pastors participating. The sermon theme for this year’s Lenten series is based on the “I Am” statements of Christ. (continued on page 12)

Pastor Boorsma asked each committee to let him know if their committee would prefer devotions at the beginning of their committee meeting instead of the “Dwelling in the Word” which is currently being used. 

Old Business: The August 13, 2019 Council meeting is the same date as the Ascension WELCA Guest Night. After discussion, the Council chose to meet at 7:30 p.m. on August 13, however, each committee that would normally meet at 6:30 p.m. on August 13 may wish to choose another date and time for their committee to meet. This item will be included on each committee April 2019 agenda.

New Business: Council vacancy discussed. Tim Samuelson will contact Jerry Hickman regarding attending Council meetings via phone when he is out of town. Phil Kohl suggested that as was done in 2018 a quarterly Personnel Committee meeting with Ascension’s staff be held. There are two vacancies on the Personnel Committee. Tim Samuelson and Steve Flaa volunteered to fill the two vacancies and serve on the Personnel Committee along with current members Keli Enser and Phil Kohl. Georgia Wentzel is to set up this meeting sometime after April 15. Steve Flaa made a motion that 50% of the proceeds of Ascension’s April 26 and 27, 2019 rummage sale benefit Ascension’s Mission Partner church, Good Shepherd Lutheran in Louisville, Kentucky and 50% benefit Ascension’s general fund. Motion carried. Steve Flaa made a motion that 50% of the Lenten service collections benefit the Salvation Army Food Shelf and 50% benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry unless designated otherwise by the donor. Motion carried. The beneficiary of the proceeds from Ascension’s April 28, 2019 Aebleskiver supper will be determined at the April 9 Council meeting. Having delegates from Ascension attend the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations meeting on Saturday, April 27, 2019 was discussed. Council discussed possible guidelines for inclement weather. The Council President and Pastor determine if worship will be cancelled and will notify the various radio and television stations. Pastor Boorsma will also put a notification on the answering machine at Ascension. Phil Kohl requests that the Jan. 27, 2019 Annual Meeting minutes be published in Ascension’s April 2019 newsletter.

Discussion agenda: Tim Samuelson will call a meeting of the Communication Committee. Keli Enser will contact the Scholarship Committee.

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:

Mar. 3           60           $4,135.06         $4,602

Mar. 10         26            $4,135.06         $3,380

Mar. 17         60            $4,135.06         $4,180

Mar. 24         65               $4,135.06           $2,527

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.


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.