Ascension Lutheran ChurchA Member Congregation of the ELCA
|1101 S. Highway 69 - Albert
Lea, MN 56007 - 507-373-3408
FOR SERVICE AND FELLOWSHIP
AND TALENT SHEET
ELCA Bible Studies
ELCA SE Minn. Synod
Faith & Values
Memo From God
St. John's Home
What Lutherans Believe
Thursday, Jan. 3
4:30 p.m. Bible study leaders
Tuesday, Jan. 8
8:30 a.m. Esther Circle at Trumble’s
1:30 p.m. Mary Circle at Jan Erdahl’s (Karen Flim leads)
7:00 p.m. Miriam Circle at Doris Guenthner’s (Beth Spande leads)
Friday, Jan. 11
Noon Hannah Circle meets at Ascension
Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA
Ascension Lutheran Church Women of the ELCA held their monthly meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. We began with a Christmas Tea served by Marilyn Danielsen, Doris Guenthner and Denise Sandager.
The business meeting was called to order by Co-President Denise Sandager at 1:35 p.m. The Secretary’s report was read by LeAnn Knutson and approved by the members. It was noted that we are meeting on Dec. 11, not Dec. 9 as was previously scheduled. The Treasurer’s report was given by Doris Guenthner, showing a checking account balance of $7,074.38 and a savings account balance of $5,741.83 as of Nov. 30, 2018. We also paid for the new lighting in the sanctuary in the amount of $784.45. The WELCA Thank Offering totaled $460.00, which will be sent to the SE Minnesota Synod.
Doris also gave a report on the Time and Talent Bazaar which was held on Nov. 3, 2018. We made a profit of $4,417.33. It was approved to distribute our half of the funds as follows: Ascension WELCA $2,208.50 – $500 of this will be given to the Carlsen Campership Fund. The rest of the profits will be distributed as follows: $1,104.50 to Lutheran Disaster Relief, $552.00 to Good Earth Village and $552.00 to Campus Ministry at Mankato State University.
Jane Pearson and Denise
Sandager are working on the WELCA booklet for
next year. LeAnn Knutson agreed to serve as
Secretary for one more year. We still need a
chairperson for the Time and Talent Bazaar.
Susie O’Sell will do advertising, Bonnie
Jensen will be in charge of the lefse making
and the bake sale, Lola Evans will help with
morning coffee, Denise Sandager will be the
noon lunch chairperson. The dates for the
Aebleskiver Supper and Guest Night have yet to
Last year we gave Georgia and Cherrie $50.00 each in Chamber Bucks. It was approved to do this again this year.
It was decided to wait until a special project comes along before we make another donation.
A letter was received from the St. John’s Auxiliary regarding their new constitution. The organization now consists of three committees: Sunday Coffee committee, Christmas committee and the Fund Raising committee.
Joan Anderson discussed the Sunday coffee hour after church services. More people are needed to volunteer to serve. We currently do have a Thrivent grant available to pay for the food that is purchased.
Upcoming Events: Officer Installation is on Jan. 13, 2019 and our next meeting will be on that same day. Blue Earth River Conference Spring Event is on April 6, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Blue Earth.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:05 p.m., after which Pastor Boorsma led us in the December Bible Study.
We closed at 3:10 p.m. by saying the Lord’s Prayer.
Respectfully submitted,LeAnn Knutson, Secretary
Ascension’s annual meeting will follow the
9:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.
Committee chairs and all who oversee particular ministries
are asked to prepare a written account of the year past
and your plans for the year ahead. Please have your
reports at the church office prior to Jan. 1. These
reports are included in the printed annual report, made
available the Sunday prior to the annual meeting. Please
mark your calendar and plan to attend this meeting
celebrating the mission and service we share in Jesus’
Celebrating BaptismOn the fourth Sunday of each month, Ascension celebrates anniversaries of Baptism for children through ninth grade. This month, Baptism Recognition is on Sunday, Jan. 27. Parents and children come to the baptismal font for the presentation. Alexus Hendrickson and Noelani Hendrickson celebrate January baptismal anniversaries.
Attention: QuiltersQuilting resumes on Thursday, Jan. 10. See you there.
Ascension’s Annual Lutefisk SupperAscension’s Annual Lutefisk Supper was held Dec. 9, 2018. Our regular first Sunday in December was postponed one week due to weather. Sixty-two adults and youth were present to eat all of the good Scandinavian food including that wonderful lutefisk! Ascension has a lot of good cooks! A volunteer collection to pay for the lutefisk and additional supplies was taken. We had an additional $161.65 collected, and designated that to go to the Global Barnyard Project. What a great group of people came to eat and share in good fellowship. Thank you.
A huge thank-you to the wonderful helpers for setting up, serving and cleaning up, and helping with the cooking of the lutefisk. It wouldn’t have happened without your help!Gene and Irene Anderson
January Mission Emphasis – ELCA Mission SupportThank you for your prayers and offerings for ELCA Mission Support. These offerings support the regional, national and global ministries of the ELCA. Locally, these offerings are used to develop leadership training, to assist congregations with the call process, and to provide education for newly ordained pastors. Globally,these offerings support medical teams and missionaries. To give a monetary donation to Mission Support, write Mission Support on your envelope or check memo line.
The Stewardship committee – Steve Flaa, Mark Anderson, Mike Kalis, Denise Sandager
God’s Global Barnyard giftsJAM youth from Ascension and Salem Lutheran Churches donated $630 to God’s Global Barnyard. They chose to purchase one cow ($500), one goat ($50), one pig ($30), two bee hives ($40) and one set of 10 chicks ($10).
Notes of AppreciationWe would like to thank the members of Ascension for their kind thoughts, words and gifts for Hazel and Mabel. It is such a wonderful blessing to be part of such a loving, thoughtful and caring congregation. We are lucky to have you all in our lives and as our church family! Thank you again. The Enser Family
The Altar Guild thanks Barry Coughlin, Lowell Doppelhammer, Steve Guenthner, Stan Johnson, Mike Kalis, Roger Knutson, and Chuck Peterson who helped with Ascension’s Christmas decorating.
Thank you, JAM boys and girls, for the nice Thanksgiving card. It was nice to visit with Joan when she delivered my card. Happy holiday, Arlene Matson
Jodi Dietz and Lola Evans applied for and received Thrivent grants for Angel Tree gifts for income insecure families. Jodi and Michelle Cardona went shopping with five youth to buy the gifts. Susan Hohansee prepared a pizza meal for them when they arrived back at Ascension with the gifts they bought. Susan has been the “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer” for the JAM program this fall. Hats off to all our volunteers that make Christmas happier for children!
Christmas card craft night for Ascension and Salem seniors
and gift selection for their families was a fun event.
Nineteen adults and five teens helped twenty-one youth
make homemade cards, select and wrap gifts and prepare and
serve a great potluck meal to end the festivities. Your
time and support for the youth is always appreciated!
Ascension members: Thank you for being such kind friends.
Scott, Diane, and Chloe Aysta
Thank you again for your financial support the past year and also your special support. We thank you for being our Mission Partner since 1991. – Rich and Nina Hallum
Men’s Bible StudyBegin the New Year by coming to the Wednesday morning men’s Bible study led by Pastor Ken Jensen and Pastor Matt Griggs at the Saint John’s by the Lake Chapel from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. The focus is on the biblical texts for the upcoming Sunday. You are welcome to bring a friend and you are welcome to come if only for the first hour. Coffee and pastries are available. The next Bible study is this coming Wednesday, Jan. 2. If you have questions, please contact Pastor Ken Jensen at 373-1934.
Feed the hungry by bringing your items
for The Salvation Army Food Shelf to church every
first Sunday of the month. The Dec. 17 collection
totaled 44 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.
Dec. 10, 2018 Committee and Council Minutes
Dec. 10, 2018 minutes are printed pending their approval at the Jan. 14, 2019 meeting.Present: Phil Kohl, David Jensen, Keli Enser, Steve Flaa, Joan Anderson, David Enser, Pastor Mark Boorsma, Georgia Wentzel
Absent: Jerry Hickman
Meeting was called to order by President
Phil Kohl. David Enser made
a motion to approve the Nov. 12, 2018 minutes with the
correction in the New Business:
“David Enser and Jerry Hickman who serve on the
Property and Grounds committee apprised the Council of the
security recommendation from the Albert Lea Police
Department to keep Ascension’s south door locked at
all times.” The sentence should be “the security
recommendation from the Sheriff’s Department to keep
Ascension’s south door locked at all times.” Motion
carried. Steve Flaa
reviewed the Treasurer’s report with the Council. The
ending balance in Ascension’s general account on Nov.
30 was $857.67 which is down $3,523.34.
Discipleship and Social Ministry: The committee is unsure of how to proceed with the sign-up for serving Sunday morning coffee fellowship and is open to suggestions. Various options for Christmas caroling were discussed and asked if the Council wishes to pursue this. Committee requested that in the future Christmas caroling be an agenda item for their October meeting. The Visitation committee structure will be worked on in 2019.
Education and Youth: The committee did not meet.
Property and Grounds: Committee reports that because of low pressure, Jim and Dudes will be called to clean the pipes in the lavatories.
Stewardship: The committee did not meet. Steve Flaa reported that the January 2019 emphasis is ELCA Mission Support.
Worship and Music:
The Nov. 21 Thanksgiving Service
at Christ Episcopal churchwent
well. Hymns were chosen for Dec. 23 to Feb. 17.
Christmas Eve service is at 4:00 p.m. Old Business: Phil Kohl had nothing to report from
the Communications committee. Phil Kohl will attend
the Jan. 14, 2019 Discipleship and Social Ministry
committee meeting. The formatting of Ascension’s
Constitution has not been completed. Council discussed
sharing Ascension’s worship service in 2019. Pastor
Boorsma stated that summer is the best time to do
this. To begin the planning process, the council asks
Pastor Boorsma to contact Don Malinsky at the Saint
John’s facility to discuss the possibility of having a
worship service there again in 2019. The Stewardship
committee suggested the following proposed resolution
“CR12.08.A07 Non-Pastoral Salaries Budget Listing: All
non-pastoral salaries are to be listed as a one line
item in the budget. A breakdown will be provided to
the congregation council. Information on the hourly
rate of pay for non-pastoral staff shall be provided
to a member of the congregation if requested.” Due to
lack of a motion, the proposed resolution CR12.08.A07
failed. The Stewardship committee suggested the
following proposed resolution “CR13.07.03.01: Lenten
and Special Offerings
Lenten Offering and other special offerings shall be deposited in the general fund, unless otherwise determined by the church council in consultation with the Stewardship committee.” Joan Anderson made a motion to approve the suggested “CR13.07.03.01: Lenten and Special Offerings” resolution. Motion carried unanimously. A motion was made by Joan Anderson to authorize Phil Kohl to authorize the SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) contract. Motion carried. David Jensen moved to approve Ascension’s 2019 budget. Motion carried. 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. A motion was made by David Enser that beginning Feb. 1, 2019 Ascension’s south door be locked after the service begins. Motion carried with one council member undecided. Ascension’s council asked that this be announced in the bulletins and newsletter and that anyone who has thoughts or suggestions about this are to speak with any council member.
The required 30 days’ notice prior to Ascension’s Annual Meeting on January 27, 2019 was included in the December 2018 newsletter and is included in the Sunday bulletins. Reports to be included in the printed annual report are to be at the church office no later than Jan. 1, 2019. Steve Flaa made a motion to accept with regrets the resignation effective Nov. 18, 2018 of Jane Pearson from the Council and the Discipleship and Social
Ministry Committee. Jane is invited to return anytime. Phil Kohl communicated the Personnel committee reviews done with Ascension’s staff on Oct. 29, 2018. The thank-you letter from the Albert Lea School District was read by the council. The council asks that the letter be included in the Sunday, Dec. 16, bulletin. A motion was made by David Jensen to set Ascension’s 2019 benevolence goals the same as in 2018 ($5,000 to World Hunger, $4,000 to Ascension’s Mission Partner, $6,000 to ELCA Mission Support, $2,000 to Good Earth Village, $7,000 to Food for Backpacks program).
Pastor’s Report: Pastor Boorsma received warm
appreciation from patients’ loved ones at the worship
and Communion service he recently officiated at Prairie
Senior Cottages. Pastor Boorsma officiated at the Ray
Riemer funeral service at Ascension. In December pastors
are invited to lunch at a care facility and from there go
caroling. Ascension’s lutefisk supper on Dec. 9 was a
positive and fun occasion. Thanks to Gene and Irene
Anderson for pulling the event together with grace and
To receive credit in 2018, contributions must be received at Ascension’s church office prior to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.
Ascension Participants Worship and Contribute
At Worship: Weekly Budget: Contributed:
Dec. 2 22 $4,206 $2,005
Dec. 9 76 $4,206 $6,215
Dec. 16 89 $4,206 $4,264
Phil Kohl – President David Jensen – Vice President
Keli Enser - Secretary Steve Flaa - Treasurer
Joan Anderson David Enser
Jerry Hickman vacancy
Education Committee Discipleship and Social Ministry Committee
*Joan Anderson *Jane Pearson
*Kelli Enser vacancy
Andrea Ashley Doris Guenthner
Dianne Doppelhammer Alice Jensen
Property and Grounds Committee Stewardship Committee LEAD Team
*Jerry Kickman *Steve Flaa Gene Anderson
*David Enser Mark Anderson Irene Anderson
Delmar Boyken Mike Kalis Joan Anderson
Steve Guenthner Denise Sandager Mark Boorsma
Nordean Krueger Jane Samuelson
Worship and Music Committee Audit Committee GEV Delegates
Michelle Cardona Lynda Everhard
*David Jensen LeAnn Knutson Cliff Rask
Marilyn Danielson Gerald Rasmusson Carol Rask
vacancy Jane Samuelson
Gayle Olson Keli 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 Vacancy
Scholarship Committee Endowment Fund Committee
Keli Enser Bill Danielson
Lola Evans Dennis Everhard
Nordean Krueger Jan Jerdee
St. John’s Home Delegates Mutual Ministry
Cliff and Carol Rask Marilyn Danielsen
Karen Flim Paul Ehlers
LeAnn Knutson Doris Guenthner
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.