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Thursday, May 3

4:30 p.m. Bible study leaders

Friday, May 4

Noon Hannah Circle meets at Ascension

Tuesday, May 8

8:30 a.m. Esther Circle at Trumble’s (Planning Graduation Brunch)

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

7:00 p.m. Miriam Circle at Doris Guenthner’s (Beth Spande leads)

Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA

The Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA held their monthly meeting on Sunday, April 8, 2018 following worship services with nine members present. Co-President Denise Sandager opened the meeting with prayer. The meeting was conducted by Co-President Jane Pearson. LeAnn Knutson read the Secretary’s report which was approved. Treasurer Doris Guenthner reported a checking account balance of $537.04 and a savings account balance of $7,738.54. Mission in Action Committee member, Alice Jensen, reported they still need help with the 6 quilts for our high school graduates. They meet on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. Mission in Growth Committee member, Joan Anderson, reported attendance at the Wednesday night JAM program is declining and the future of the present program is being evaluated. She is working with several other churches to set up Vacation Bible School this summer. OLD BUSINESS: The Blue Earth River Spring Conference was held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Salem Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. Four members from Ascension attended. The WELCA Executive Board had approved a donation of $100.00, which was delivered by Jan Jerdee. Doris reported our group rolled 240 bandages on March 19; Jan Jerdee will see that they are delivered. We decided to do this project only once a year. Guest night speaker will be Joyce Abernathy, who will speak on quilts and her faith. She charges $50 for mileage and $100 for speaking. In the past we have had a freewill offering to donate to Semcac Women’s Shelter. It was decided to do this again this year. Doris Guenthner volunteered to be in charge of the food for the salad supper which is Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. It was also decided to add Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and Saint Theodore Catholic Church to our invitation list. Georgia has made a poster for this event which will be sent to the churches we invite and will also be included in our July newsletter.


St. John’s Rummage and Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. John’s Chapel on Luther Place. LeAnn Knutson will bring a pan of bars to donate to the Bake Sale. Good Samaritan Bingo will be on June 27. We need at least four volunteers.

Upcoming Dates – Ascension Aebleskiver Supper on Sunday, April 15, and Graduate Brunch on Sunday, May 20. Next meeting will be on Sunday June 10, 2018 following worship services. There is no meeting in May.

Adjourned at 11:15 a.m. and read aloud Psalm 108.

Respectfully submitted,

LeAnn Knutson, Secretary

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, May 27. Parents and children come to the baptismal font for the presentation. Jaxon Richards and Ramsie Enser celebrate May baptismal anniversaries.

Vacation Bible School

Ascension is participating in an Okoboji-led Vacation Bible School June 18-21 at the Edgewater Park Pavilion. If you have questions or would like a registration form, please contact Joan Anderson at or phone her at 373-7098.

Mange Tak!

A big thank-you to all of the volunteers who fried (and sampled), sliced, stirred, decorated, set-up, cleared, poured, separated, whipped, washed, and served at Ascension’s annual Aebleskiver Supper. Each and every one of you is an important part of this event and it would not be successful without you. Thank you!

Jan Hickman, Marilyn Danielsen and Staci Waltman

Christian Sympathy

Please pray for: Family and friends of Dawn Rundin

Family and friends of Linda View

Family and friends of Muriel Engen

2018 High School Graduates

Congratulations to Ascension graduates – Lydia Boorsma, Grace Hutchins, Morgan Jellinger, Gona Majiok, Kacy Waltman, Logan Yotter. A brunch in their honor will be held following the worship service on Sunday, May 20, in Carlsen Hall.

It’s Time!

It’s time for Ascension to update our photo directory. I know you are all busy. For now, I just need you to save the date. Photographing of all families will be on June 19 and 20 right here at Ascension. Ascension’s directory won’t be complete without you. Watch the bulletin and newsletters for more information in the coming weeks. If you have questions, please contact Joan Anderson at 373-7098 or at or the church office at 373-3408.


Plan to attend the last JAM of the season on May 2 at 5:15 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church. Eating with the JAM students will give you a chance to find out more about them and the program and enjoy their music with fun actions. They are our future church. Believe in them. Encourage them. Support them.

May Mission Emphasis – Good Earth Village

Ascension members have participated in the ministry of Good Earth Village Camp located near Spring Valley, MN for several decades. Good Earth Village offers programs for grandparents and grandchildren and all ages in between. This summer they are offering camps for all ages and Women’s Day on June 30. They are excited to share in another summer filled with laughter, worship, singing and the chance to learn more about what it means to live as a Christian leader.

Please prayerfully consider giving a gift to Good Earth Village. (If you give a monetary gift through Ascension, write GEV on your envelope or check memo line.)  For more information about Good Earth, phone them at (507) 346-2494 or visit their website at

The Stewardship Committee:

Steve Flaa, Mark Anderson, Mike Kalis, Denise Sandager

Ascension’s Ascension Day Celebration

This year Ascension Day falls on May 10. The Worship and Music Committee has invited Christ Episcopal, Salem, Trinity and United Methodist to join with Ascension in celebrating this occasion at a gathering at the Edgewater Park pavilion for fellowship, pizza and s’mores beginning at 5:30 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held instead at Ascension.

Notes of Appreciation

A big thank-you to Nordean and Dorothy Krueger for providing Ascension with the Easter breakfast! Also, thank you to the many youth and mature adults who helped purchase, set up, prepare, serve and clean up and to Bonnie Jensen for helping in getting a Thrivent Team Action Grant! The breakfast went smoothly and the French toast was chef Nordean’s finest.

Geranium sign-up

Red potted geraniums will decorate Ascension’s altar on Pentecost Sunday (May 20). If you wish to purchase a geranium to be used to help decorate the altar area, a sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board. Cost of a 7 inch geranium plant is $16. Deadline to sign up is Sunday, May 13. Checks made payable to Ascension Altar Guild can be left in the church office or in the box outside of the office door. Flowers not paid for in advance will not be ordered.

Food Shelf

Feed the hungry by bringing your items for The Salvation Army Food Shelf to church every first Sunday of the month. The April 10, 2018 collection totaled 89 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.

National Day of Prayer Events on May 3, 2018:

Noon at the Freeborn County Courthouse (411 S. Broadway)

6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church (308 Water Street)


Check the bulletin board to learn of the many volunteer opportunities during Shinefest from May 19 – 24. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board.

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group

Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group meets Tuesday (May 15) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide is welcome.  The group offers support and understanding to each other, helping individuals know they are not alone in suffering their tragic loss.  Friends and family are welcome! The group meets monthly, every third Tuesday, for one hour, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 South Washington Avenue in Jacobsen Fellowship Hall. Those attending please enter through the door off of the parking lot.  For more information or with questions you may call John or Jodi at 507-377-0332 or Judy at 507-373-2461.

April 10, 2018 Committee and Council Minutes

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

Present by phone: none

Absent: Jerry Hickman

Meeting was called to order by Council President, Phil Kohl.

Joan Anderson moved that the March 12, 2018 Council minutes be approved. Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s report was received and reviewed. Treasurer, Steve Flaa, reports all the bills are paid. General account balance as of March 31, 2018 is $1,027.25

Discipleship and Social Ministry: Committee seeks an additional person to fill the committee’s vacancy. For next year’s Lenten lunches, the committee asks that the office secretary check the sign-up list and let the pastor know if there are not enough signed up so a notice can be given at the Sunday worship service. Anyone interested in serving on the Visitation Committee is invited to attend the Sunday, April 15 meeting. Ascension serves at Loaves and Fishes on June 18 and 25. Sign-up sheets will be posted in mid-May. Committee decided to table prayer follow-up for now. The committee asks staff for a couple of dates that would work for a Staff Appreciation Dinner. This committee will not be doing May baskets. Committee will ask the Council if the Lutheran World Relief storage room could be left unlocked, plans on updating Ascension’s web site, and the plan for the Mutual Ministry committee.

Education and Youth: Brunches have been successful. Easter brunch contributions benefiting ELCA Mission Support totaled $395. Next brunch date is Sunday, May 6. Aebleskiver volunteers are ready. Volunteers are needed for Ascension’s April 27 and 28 Rummage sale. The last JAM for this season is May 2. All congregational members are invited and encouraged to attend the “indoor picnic” and hear the youth sing.

The Education and Youth Committee meeting is Thursday, May 3. Committee asks everyone to review the Good Earth Village summer camp schedule. Ascension provides sponsorship. Committee suggests that the children’s book rack be moved to the narthex so it is more readily available. Devotional books will be given to Ascension graduates. Diane and Lowell Doppelhammer cleaned out the craft closet and made shelves to store the items. Summer projects include sewing book bags, diapers, receiving blankets, and restocking the children’s church activity bags. There are twenty students for JAM next year. April Baptismal Recognition is at the worship service on April 22.

Property and Grounds: The committee approved the use of Carlsen Hall and the kitchen to Pastor Mark and Mary Boorsma on Sunday, June 3, 2018 and the use of Carlsen Hall and the kitchen to Marlyn and Michelle Risius on May 25, 2019. Nordean Krueger has fixed the toilet in the women’s bathroom. Committee discussed doors/garage being left unlocked.

Stewardship: The May giving emphasis is Good Earth Village. Denise Sandager will write the newsletter article. Mark and Joan Anderson and Doris Guenthner invite congregation members to meet with them on April 15 to discuss starting a Visitation committee. Donna Soper visited with the committee about the plans for Ascension’s April 26 and 27 rummage sale. Proceeds from the rummage sale will benefit Ascension’s Mission Partner, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Kentucky. The committee is drafting a letter to the congregation to keep members informed of the status of finances.

Worship and Music: Committee made plans to host an Ascension Day gathering on May 10 at Edgewater Park at 5:30 p.m. and will invite Salem, Trinity, Christ Episcopal and United Methodist to participate with Ascension. Lemonade or juice, pizza and s’mores will be served. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held instead at Ascension. Next year we might try starting the Palm Sunday service in Carlsen Hall.

Old Business: It is noted that two people have indicated an interest in the Communication committee. After discussion, the new Mission Statement for Ascension is tabled until the May 14 meeting. Constitution and By-Laws update tabled until May 14 and President Phil Kohl asks the Council to read the changes prior to that meeting. David Jensen moved that Joan and Mark Anderson, Gene and Irene Anderson, Alice Jensen, Mike Kalis, Lynda Everhard, Doris Guenthner be nominated to serve on the Visitation committee. Motion carried. Joan Anderson volunteered to serve as the outgoing Council member to serve on the Nominating committee. Phil and Ellen Kohl volunteered to serve as Ascension’s voting members at the Southeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly in Mankato, MN on May 4 and 5.

New Business: Scholarship committee will report at May 14, 2018 meeting. Council seeks a member to fill the vacancy. Ascension congregational retreat is Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the new Saint John’s chapel. Joan Anderson volunteered to be the coordinator for a new photo directory for Ascension. The Personnel committee is planning for staff reviews the end of April or the first part of May. Phil Kohl reported that the Endowment Fund committee will disburse $100 to Ascension Lutheran to be used for the April 21 congregational retreat. The former office used by the Treasurer is now being used to store medical mission supplies and the door will be left unlocked.

Pastor’s Report: The April 21, 2018 retreat gives the LEAD team an opportunity to share what they have discerned and will allow for long-range planning. Pastor Boorsma officiated at March 13 Communion at Senior Towers. He also led the vespers service at Thorne Crest on April 8. On Wednesday of Holy Week the confirmands were invited to Saint Theodore Catholic church for a Shadow Drama of the Stations of the Cross. Pastor Boorsma officiated at the March 24 funeral of Duane Struck and the April 7 funeral of Ken Lahti at Pickerel Lake Concordia Lutheran. David Jensen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion carried. Following the Lord’s Prayer, the meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Keli Enser, Secretary

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.

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.