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November Newsletter

Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA

The Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA held their monthly meeting on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 after worship service with 12 members present. The meeting was opened by Co-President Denise Sandager. The Secretary’s report was read by LeAnn Knutson and approved by those present with a correction noting that Miriam Circle will serve coffee at St. John’s on Sunday, Nov. 18, not Oct. 21. The Treasurer’s report was given by Doris Guenthner showing a checking account balance of $686.60 and a savings account balance of $7,745.61.

Ruth Furland reported that Lowell and Diane Doppelhammer delivered 5 quilts, 15 school bags, 8 personal care kits and 6 baby care kits to the LWR van. It was voted to donate $25.00 each spring and fall to the LWR Shipping Fund. Joan Anderson said she has the activity pages for the photo directory ready to be sent. Bonnie Jensen stated we will be making lefse Oct. 18, 19 and 20. We still need for food for the workers and more clean up people.

Denise said we are still looking for a Secretary for WELCA. Our Thankoffering Sunday is Nov. 18. Doris will check with Georgia to see if it would be possible to include the Thankoffering envelope in the next monthly newsletter. If it is not, we will place them in the mail boxes on Nov. 5. We are also looking for more cashiers for the Time and Talent Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3.

The Ascension Property and Grounds Committee will be purchasing much needed new lighting for the sanctuary at a cost of about $800 – 850. It was voted for WELCA to pay for this project.

Regarding changes for the 2019 WELCA Handbook – we will hold the joint circles meeting in September in the afternoon at 2 p.m. since attendance was so low at the evening meeting last month. Denise will check who will be serving the confirmation reception and graduation brunch in 2019. We are expecting 7 confirmands and 6 graduates. St. John's Auxiliary meeting is on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 with coffee at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10.00 in the St. John's Chapel with a program by Tim O"Shielda at 10:30. This is a very important meeting as they will be voting on some constitutional rvisions to replace the Auxiliary with 3 committees. Every church should plan to attend.

Announcements: Good Earth Good Gifts Gala will be held on Thursday evening, Oct. 18 at the Rochester Golf and Country Club. Time and Talent Bazaar is Saturday, Nov. 3. Our Thankoffering service is Sunday, Nov. 18. Our next meeting is Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 after the worship service. We closed by saying the Lord’s Prayer at 11:00 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

LeAnn Knutson, Secretary

All Saints; All Called

What does it mean to be “called?” Is that just for pastors and professionally religious folks? How do we live out Christ’s call in our lives? The Mutual Ministry team invites you to come and join us after worship for brunch and fellowship on Sunday, Nov. 4 (All Saints Sunday), to share ideas and celebrate Pastor Mark’s 25 years of call to ministry.

Christ Episcopal Hosts Thanksgiving Eve Service

Christ Episcopal welcomes Ascension Lutheran and United Methodist congregations to celebrate Thanksgiving together at a 5:30 p.m. worship service on Wednesday, Nov. 21.

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, Nov. 25 parents and children come to the baptismal font for the presentation. Elizabeth Chamjock, Gracie Enser, Sophie Enser, Reese Miller, Ryker Richards, Kylie Titus and Tony Titus celebrate November baptismal anniversaries. 

2018 Project Lefse

A huge thank-you to everyone who helped to prepare, make, and clean up after lefse making as well as to those who brought food for the workers.
You are what make the lefse project possible. Bonnie Jensen, Lefse Lady

Notes of Appreciation

What a blessing it was to receive your gift in the mail! Thank you so much for your check in the amount of $281.60 received on 9/13/2018 designated for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota . . . Your gift will provide new life and hope to the 1 in 65 Minnesotans who utilize the services of LSS of MN each year.

Pastor Kathryn A. Tiede

Thank you for your generous gift of $850 given to St. John’s Lutheran Community. Your generosity and thoughtfulness are very much appreciated. May God bless you.

Diane Wichmann

Thank you for remembering me with kind words and acts as I recuperate from my broken hip. Elaine Hallum

On behalf of the Ecumenical Food Pantry, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your contribution of $25 on July 31, 2018. Your donation will help keep pantry shelves stocked. Our sincere thanks!

Thank you so much for the gift of school supplies. We appreciate your kindness. Halverson School

Thank you for the donation of school supplies. The beginning of the school year can get a little spendy so every donation is greatly appreciated. Hawthorne Staff

Thank you so much for the generous donation of school supplies. They are very much appreciated. Sibley Elementary School

Lakeview School greatly appreciates the donation of school supplies! It’s because of your generous donation our students are prepared for school. Thank you!

Nicole Brooks

Thank you once again for your generous monetary donation to Good Shepherd. As always it is very much appreciated. Hope everything at Ascension is ok. Good Shepherd recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. My mother seems to be doing fine after her recent fall. Surgery went well and is in occupational and physical therapy at Saint John’s. It has turned cold here. We had rain and temperature is in the 60’s. Thanks once again for your spiritual and financial support. Rich and Nina Hallum

Congratulations!

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Ascension’s mission partner, celebrated their 60th anniversary with a special worship service on Sunday, Sept. 30.

WELCA Thank Offering Sunday November 18

Sunday, Nov. 18, the women of Ascension will collect our annual Thank Offering. Join us in thanking God for God’s many blessings this past year — including blessings of joy, gladness, finances, safety, gifts and callings. Thank Offering gifts are used to support the ongoing ministries of the churchwide women’s organization.

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

Volunteer Opportunity

For the past nine years, Elaine Sonka and Peg Shelton have coordinated the Loaves and Fishes meals at Saint Theodore Catholic Church and on Dec. 31, 2018 will retire. Is this an opportunity for service to which God might be calling you? The primary responsibilities are to:

  • Plan the menu for the upcoming week (there are two years of menus to guide the planning)

  • Purchase groceries as needed

  • Coordinate with the cooks/kitchen help Mondays from 12:30 – 1:00 pm

The time commitment is 3 – 4 hours per week. Meals are served weekly on Mondays with the exception of the month of July, holidays and inclement weather.

If you have further questions, please contact Peg Shelton at 373-2319 or Elaine Sonka at 383-9277. If there is no answer, please leave a telephone message.

November Mission Emphasis – ELCA Mission Support

Thank you for your prayers and offerings for ELCA Mission Support. ELCA Mission Support offerings are used by the SE MN Synod. Your offerings support missionaries, seminaries and congregations and develop resources for faith, prayer and worship. To give a monetary donation to Mission Support, write Mission Support on your envelope or check memo line.

The Stewardship CommitteeSteve Flaa, Mark Anderson, Mike Kalis, Denise Sandager

Ascension’s Lutefisk Supper

Come one, come all! Fall is in the air and what comes after that? Lutefisk! Plan to attend Ascension’s Lutefisk Supper on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 5:00 p.m. Sign-up sheets are coming later in November so plan now on what/who you want to bring. Meatballs, fruit soup, rømmegrøt, butter, cranberry salad, cookies, etc. If you have questions, please contact Irene Anderson at 383-2482.

Food Shelf

Feed the hungry by bringing your items for The Salvation Army Food Shelf to church every first Sunday of the month. The Oct. 11 collection totaled 70 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.

Visitation Committee

The Committee is seeking people interested in going on a visitation with a committee member. The committee looks for risk takers - adventurous types -who like to try new things. Contact Joan Anderson at 373-7098 or 402-0193 if you are willing to try one visit!

Ascension’s Time and Talent Bazaar Nov. 4

The Time and Talent Committee hopes you have been thinking about what you will do and/or can bring to Ascension’s WELCA bazaar. Whether you bake, sew, do crafts or want to work, we can use all of those talents. Remember to bring your gently used holiday items for the “Used-a-Bit” sale. Free-will donations from the “Used-a-Bit” sale will benefit Ascension’s missions. Please consider sharing your gifts and talents. This year half of the proceeds from the bazaar will benefit Lutheran Disaster Relief Fund, Good Earth Village and Lutheran Campus Ministries-Mankato. Donated items can be delivered to Ascension on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon and on Friday, Nov. 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The sign-up sheet for workers is posted on the bulletin board. If you have questions, please contact Time and Talent Bazaar Co-Chair Joan Anderson at andermark@charter.net or call her at 373-7098. Thank you.

The Time and Talent Committee

Thank you once again for your generous monetary donation to Good Shepherd. As always it is very much appreciated. Hope everything at Ascension is ok. Good Shepherd recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. My mother seems to be doing fine after her recent fall. Surgery went well and is in occupational and physical therapy at Saint John’s. It has turned cold here. We had rain and temperature is in the 60’s. Thanks once again for your spiritual and financial support. Rich and Nina Hallum

Note of Appreciation

On behalf of the Ecumenical Food Pantry, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your contribution of $25 on July 31, 2018. Your donation will help keep pantry shelves stocked. Our sincere thanks.

October Mission Emphasis – “God’s Work…Our Hands Project”

Jesus told us, through his directive to Peter, that, if we love him, we are to feed his lambs (John 21:15-17). THANKS TO YOU we are feeding the lambs at Sibley through our Food for Backpacks project. We now have 60 food insecure children at Sibley who are in the program.

Sibley is the largest grade school in Albert Lea with an enrollment of about 440 students. 1 in 8 children in Minnesota struggles with hunger. Nearly half of the school children in School District 241 qualify for the free or subsidized school meals. The school meal programs unfortunately don’t provide food for the weekend. We are helping deal with this challenge by providing this backpack food for the weekend.

At 60 children per week, our cost for Food for Backpacks will be approximately $7995 for the 2018-2019 school year. The number of children in the program can vary from week to week. We continue to raise money for this important project. Thanks to your generosity, we are already at 88% of the way to meeting this goal.

One of the Sibley students recently told a teacher at Sibley how important the backpack food was to avoiding hunger during the weekend. This is not an unusual situation in our schools or at Sibley. This same story has been told by many children in our community.

James 2:17 reminds us that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” Let’s continue doing God’s work with our hands and feed the lambs.

Time and Talent Bazaar

Ascension needs and wants your talents to make the Time and Talent Bazaar which is on Saturday, Nov. 3, a success. Uncompleted craft projects can be brought to Ascension and placed in a box in the narthex. If anyone wishes to complete one or more of the unfinished crafts, please feel free to do so. If you wish, you can donate the finished craft to the Time and Talent bazaar. Proceeds from bazaar sales and free-will coffee and lunch donations benefit Lutheran Disaster Relief, Good Earth Village and Lutheran Campus Ministry

The proceeds from the sale of the gently used holiday decorations at the Time and Talent Bazaar benefit Ascension missions. Please bring to Ascension any gently used holiday decorations you wish to donate at your earliest convenience.

If you have questions, please contact Time and Talent Bazaar Co-Chair, Joan Anderson, at andermark@charter.net or call her at 373-7098. Thank you.

Food Shelf

Feed the hungry by bringing your items for The Salvation Army Food Shelf to church every first Sunday of the month. The Oct. 11 collection totaled 70 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.

Bus Trip

The bus leaves from in front of Wok-n-Roll in Albert Lea at 3:00 p.m. for the Christmas by the Lake event in Clear Lake, IA on Saturday, Dec. 1. Cost is $30/person paid in advance – no refunds. Please contact Bob or Genie Hanson at 373-8655 or Wayne or Bev Indrelie at 826-3267 for reservations. See bulletin board for further details.

Little Cedar Lutefisk

Lutefisk and meatball buffet Wednesday, Nov. 7, serving from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Little Cedar Lutheran Church in Adams. See bulletin board for further details.

October 8, 2018 Committee and Council Minutes

Oct. 8, 2018 minutes are printed pending their approval at the Nov. 12 meeting.

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

Discipleship and Social Ministry: The committee did not meet.

Education and Youth: The committee met on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Cabin Coffee. The committee requests the same budget in 2019 as in 2018. Bible Bags were made for Khan, Norma, and Eddie. Oct. 14 brunch benefits Ascension’s backpack program. Any help with the brunch would be appreciated. A baby shower for Hazel and Mabel Enser, twin daughters of Keli and David Enser, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2:00 pm at Joan Anderson’s, 632 East Park Ave. A potluck at JAM is on Oct. 3. There is no JAM on Oct 17. JAM on Wednesday, Oct. 31, is Trunk or Treat. Decorate your vehicle’s trunk and the JAM youth will come by the trunks in Ascension’s parking lot for a treat. Joan Anderson and Diane Doppelhammer packed supplies for local schools and for LWR. Diane and Lowell Doppelhammer will deliver supplies to the local schools. Lefse making during MEA break is Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18, 19 and 20. Bonnie Jensen will have a lefse rolling lesson prior to the lefse making days. Bonnie Jensen and Lori Leeman are not going to continue on the Education and Youth Committee. Joan Anderson, Diane Doppelhammer, and Keli Enser will remain on the committee. Andrea Ashley will be contacted as to her intentions of remaining on the committee.

Property and Grounds: Nordean Krueger will check into parking lot snow removal. There are no roof leaks. For the tax exempt purchase of paint at the Sherwin-Williams store in Albert Lea to do the Ascension parking lot striping, it was required that Ascension set up a line of credit with the store. This was done. Jerry Hickman, Del Boyken, Steve Guenthner, and Nordean Krueger will remain on the committee. David Enser will be contacted as to his intentions of remaining on the committee.

Stewardship: Committee recommends a 2019 advertising budget of $500, Blue Earth River Conference of $150, and ELCA Mission Support of $6,000. The November 2018 mission emphasis is ELCA Mission Support. Denise Sandager will write the mission emphasis newsletter article. Current committee members Steve Flaa and Denise Sandager will remain on the committee. Mike Kalis and Mark Anderson are not remaining on the committee. The committee plans to mail out a letter to Ascenssion members before the end of October.

Worship and Music: Committee members David Jensen, Marilyn Danielsen, and Gayle Olson will remain on the committee. Michelle Cardona will be contacted as to her intentions of remaining on the committee. Christ Episcopal Church hosts Thanksgiving worship service Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 5:30 p.m.

Old Business: The reformatting of the Constitution has not been completed. Phil Kohl reported that the Backpack goal has been met and excess funds will be used next year. During the month of October the local Hy-Vee store is part of the I-90 Battle Chops for Charity. The charity of choice for this is the Albert Lea Food for Backpacks program. For each pork chop sold, the food for backpacks program receives $.25. Also, on the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14 if a customer wishes to round up their final receipt at check out, Hy-Vee will donate that additional money to the backpack program. Joan Anderson reports the photo directory activity pages have been submitted. Ascension will purchase 50 extra directories. David Jensen moved that $500 from undesignated memorial funds be used to pay the $500 for the 50 extra church photo directories. Motion carried. Pastor Boorsma visited with Pastor Don Malinsky at Saint John’s regarding Ascension’s worship service there. Pastor Don Malinsky felt it worked out well and provides diversity and would like to have more churches participate. Church is not a building but a group of people. Since Pastor Mark has a presence at other facilities, he could ask Chaplains to determine if they may be interested having Ascension bring Sunday worship service to them. This will be discussed more at future council meetings. To help alleviate the vacancy in the Discipleship and Social Ministry Committee, Phil Kohl will attend the committee’s November 12 meeting. Joan Anderson will invite the volunteer who is interested in working on communications to a Council meeting to visit about what would be entailed in this project.

New Business: David Jensen made a motion to approve the request from Del Boyken to use Carlsen Hall for the Fountain Lake Pointe Association annual meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Motion carried. For ease of telephone use at Ascension, the council suggested that it would be more convenient if an outside line was the default rather than the intercom as it currently is set up. Georgia Wentzel will check with Dave’s Phone Booth, who installed the phone system in 2017, to see if this is an option. Phil Kohl received a letter from Portico regarding Pastor Boorsma's pension and health insurance benefits. The increase in cost is 4.5% which is an additional $184.78/month and $2,217.36/year. A motion was made by Jerry Hickman to approve the Portico Insurance. MotionCarried.

Treasurer Steve Flaa will prepare a draft of the 2019 budget to preview at the Nov. 12 meeting. Pastor Boorsma will set the Nominating Committee in motion. Pastor Boorsma brought a sample of the generic envelope that replaces the “World Hunger” envelopes in the pew racks. The new envelopes provide various options for giving. The bookmarks currently in the pew racks need to be updated. Phil Kohl suggested that would be a project for the Discipleship and Social Ministry committee. Joan Anderson asks for more volunteers for the Visitation Committee and will put a request in the bulletin and newsletter. Currently the committee list to visit is 21. The thank you notes received by Ascension from Lutheran Social Services and Saint John’s Lutheran Home will be in the Nov. newsletter. A letter received from the ELCA suggested an increase from $6,000 to $7,200 for ELCA Mission Support.

Pastor’s Report: Pastor Boorsma offered the prayer at tonight’s City Council meeting. Pastor Boorsma led the WELCA Bible study in September. He enjoyed attending his niece’s confirmation at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The confirmation class was over 200. It helped him appreciate the more personal connections in a smaller congregation. Pastor Boorsma recorded “Pastor’s House Call” recently. He baptized Coleone Washington on Sept. 23 and looks forward to the Baptism of Hazel and Mabel Enser on Oct. 14. Ascension’s Mutual Ministry Committee will be honoring Pastor Boorsma on his 25th year of ordination on Nov. 4 by reflecting on how each of us is called to do God’s work. Pastor Boorsma recently served communion at Oak Park Place and is serving Communion on Oct. 9 at Senior Towers.

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

Following the Lord’s Prayer, the meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Joan Anderson, Secretary


Coming Attraction

What does it mean to be “called?” Is that just for pastors and professionally religious folks? How do we live out Christ’s call in our lives? The Mutual Ministry committee invites you to come and join us after worship for brunch and fellowship on Sunday,

Nov. 4 (All Saints Sunday) to share ideas and celebrate Pastor Mark’s 25 years of call to ministry.


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                          vacancy                                    
Jane Pearson                            

 
Education Committee                  Discipleship and Social Ministry Committee
*Joan Anderson                         *Jane Pearson
*Kelli Enser                                 vacancy
Andrea Ashley                             Doris Guenthner                     
Dianne Doppelhammer                 Alice Jensen
Bonnie Jensen                              
Lori Leeman

Property and Grounds Committee    Stewardship Committee     LEAD Team
*Jerry Kickman                           *Mark Anderson                   Gene Anderson
*David Enser                              *Cliff Rask                            Irene Anderson
Delmar Boyken                             Rev. Ken Jensen                 Joan Anderson
Steve Guenthner                           Eugene Anderson               Mark Boorsma
Nordean Krueger                           Irene Anderson                  
Jane Samuelson
                                                                                           
Tim Samuelson
                                                                                            Lynda Everhard                                                                                             

Worship and Music Committee          Audit Committee                GEV Delegates
Michelle Cardona                             Lynda Everhard                  Jane Samuelson
*David Jensen                                 LeAnn Knutson                  
Cliff Rask
 Marilyn Danielson                           Gerald Rasmusson             
Carol Rask          
 vacancy                                                                                
Jane Samuelson                                   
 Gayle Olson                                                                            Keli Enser                          
                                                                                              David Enser

Nominating Committee                      Personnel Committee          2018 Synod Assembly
Mark Boorsma                                      Joan Anderson                 Phil and Ellen Kohl                  
David Enser                                         Keli Enser                   
Keli Enser                                           
Phil Kohl
Joan Anderson
                                     Jane Pearson                                                                                        
Lynda Everhard
Vacancy                                                                        


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.