Pastor`s Message - Elk River Lutheran Church

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Pastor`s Message - Elk River Lutheran Church
May 2015 | Newsletter of Elk River Lutheran Church
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Trusting in God’s grace,
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An accepting, joyful community,
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Calling and growing followers of Jesus
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Who live in the Spirit,
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serving God and neighbor.!
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Table of Contents
Pastor’s! Message
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Pastor’s Message .................. 1-2
As I write this last newsletter article …
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• My office is empty
President’s Message ............... 3
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• I have already preached my last sermon … and shared
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Updates/News ......................... 3
communion
with you
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Children, Youth & Family ..... 4-6
• I have
! been fed through the potluck that was a banquet
• I have
CAER Classic ............................ 6
! read a mountain of cards and been touched by
your! gifts and prayers … thank you!
Calendar .................................. 7
• I have
! tearfully said many goodbyes
! Did you know that goodbye is a blessing?
Contact Information
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That in the !1500’s people would part each other’s company with
Office ......................... (763) 633-1181
the words –! God be with you! And that it was shortened to
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goodbye. !I used to hate goodbyes. Now I see them as a blessing!
Interim Pastor Phil ..... (952) 261-3643
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I want and! pray for only the best for Elk River Lutheran! That your
Kari Osmek ................. (763)772-7527
new pastor! be filled with the Spirit, share the grace and
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excitement! of the faith and that they see your giftedness as I did.
Loren Green .............. (763) 633-1181
You are a community
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filled with love, compassion, excitement
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and faithfulness.
You are committed to your church and share the
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Taylor Quinn .............. (816) 519-2719
Gospel through
the ways you live your lives. You truly are the
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Elk River Lutheran Church - ELCA
You have given
Jim, the boys and me so much … a home, your
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729 Main Street
love, the opportunity to share ministry with you. You have
Elk
River, MN 55330
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challenged and supported me. You have allowed the Spirit to
lead you through my voice and the voices of the faithful in this
place. Thank
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www.elkriverlutheran.org
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Pastor’s Message… continued
Goodbye ….
As I leave I want to share some of the giftedness of Elk River Lutheran:
! Your staff – I can honestly say that as I worked with these staff members I was overwhelmed
with their abilities to do and grow the ministry at Elk River Lutheran. It has been a gift to work
with them and share ministry with them.
o Loren: I have never worked with an office manager as competent and creative as
Loren. She truly cares for each of you, is able to design/craft a product that is
exceptional, and she loves new challenges. I have always been amazed by and
thankful for her and all that she does for everyone at Elk River Lutheran Church.
o Kari: As you move forward she easily will keep the continuity and creativity of the CYF
program moving forward. Her heart is in this congregation. All of the programs under
her care have grown and flourished this past year.
o Taylor: He is gifted, challenges the music volunteers to sing from the heart, is able to
easily flow between traditional and praise music and lights up the church with his Spirit.
He is a blessing and you can see it in the eyes of the choir as they soar under his
direction.
o Bea: When needed she simply stepped in and has provided the congregation with
the gift of music. As an extraordinary musician she makes worship easy and Spirit-filled.
She is a blessing.
o Brian: He works behind the scenes to make his church a place of hospitality and a
delight to all who enter Elk River Lutheran. He is proud of his church, cares that the
members and guests who use the building find it clean and accessible. He goes
beyond to provide for funerals, special events and everyday ministries.
o Ashley: She has shared her heart with the children in the nursery and made it a safe
haven for children/parents.
! The people of Elk River Lutheran o Your council and teams – who are filled with members, who love this community, want
to expand the ministry and have an excitement about the Spirit at work at Elk River
Lutheran. New members have immediately stepped into leadership roles and have
offered a new perspective on ministry. Again, you are truly blessed!
o The volunteers - who make ministry look easy and keep everything from worship to
hospitality to heating attended to and seamlessly moving forward. It is amazing how
you love, support and are proud of your church and God’s Spirit of inclusion and
invitation in this place.
o The people of Elk River Lutheran – both members and guests, who offer their prayers,
share hospitality and welcome around the table, invite their friends and neighbors to
experience God’s work in this place and truly are a beacon to the community.
Goodbye … God be with you!
Pray for me, and of course Jim, as I begin my next phase of ministry as a settled pastor at Wooddale
Lutheran. I begin on May 15th and am installed on June 14th. Together we all follow the Spirit and
the direction of God in our lives.
To the Glory of God!
Blessings,
Pastor Heidi
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President’s Message
! in the air. The birds are singing, the smell of fresh cut grass is here. We rejoice in spring and
Spring is
anticipate summer.
We rejoice at Elk River Lutheran Church with the fact that we have completed our
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first year as an
organized
congregation and our second year in our great location. Now we wait in
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anticipation !of our new pastor. For the next few months we need to only take on the challenge of
maintaining !our energy level, ourselves – both spiritually and physically – and our facility.
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My challenge to this wonderful congregation for the next few months is twofold:
! this spring and summer and just sit on the picnic tables and out on the deck and soak in the
1) Take time
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wonder and
peace of God’s world and enjoy our location. While you are absorbing the peace think
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about what your God given talents are and how they can help us to spread God’s message and be
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2) Take the! time and make the effort to get to KNOW two members that you just say good morning or
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hello to now.
The better a family knows each other, strengths and weaknesses, the stronger we
become.!
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Our bridge interim
pastors are here to maintain our current energy level and not to make any changes.
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They have been
charged to continue to assisting in helping with providing excellent worship services,
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pastoral presence
in the office, staff support, hospital visits and in home communion and visits. The only
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“project” we! are working on over the summer until our new pastor arrives is updating what our volunteer
positions do and expanding our volunteers! Pam Black is launching that initiative.!
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For the! month of May we will have
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Pastor Phil Formo.
He will be with us starting this
Sunday! and his schedule is as follows:
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Sunday,
May 3 - services
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Monday,
May
4 - office day & staff
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Sunday,
May 10 - services
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Tuesday,
May
12 - office day & staff
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Sunday,
May 17 - services
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Tuesday,
May
19 - office day & staff
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We will get a supply preacher for
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Sunday, May 24.
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Pastor Michelene
Verlautz will begin with us full
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time on Tuesday,
May 26 and will be helping us
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with living! in the ordinary and getting our
systems in place.
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Call
! Committee Update
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The Call Committee has completed the first
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Bridge Interim Pastors
round of interviews. Potential candidates
will be called back for second interviews in
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Church wide
Spring Cleaning
May 13
9:00-12:00
Book Club
Please join us in our book club discussion of
Wild by Cheryl Strayed.
This is a memoir of a young woman who
following person losses embarks alone on the
Pacific coast trail from the Mojave Desert
through California, Oregon, and Washington.
With no experience or training, she hikes 1,100
mikes and ultimately finds healing.
Monday, May 11
6:30 p.m.
Jane Cazett’s home
19794 Zane Street NW, Elk River
We look forward to you joining us.
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Children, Youth and Family
Huge Thanks!
Thank you to our dedicated Sunday school teaching staff! We intentionally place two people in each
classroom to allow for weeks off for each teacher, but the vast majority of this group chose to be with
the students as a team every week instead!
They are:
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Pre 3s (Intro to SS): Parents & Storytellers
(10)
Kari Osmek and Ann Hove
(coordinators)
Pre/Kind:
(20)
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Hannah Babneau
Kali Follmer
Amelia Weber
Gr. 1/2:
(11)
Sarah Livingston
Kristina Erickson
Kerry Livingston
Gr. 3/4:
(20)
Kristi Baumgarten
Val Nelson!
Gr. 5/6:
(13)
Rich Swanson
Ben Weber
Cyndy Vold
Jr/Sr high:
Joe Livingston
Music:
Kari Osmek
Lydia Jagodzinski
Laura Babneau
Substitutes:
Ann Hove
Kelli Horner
Tracy Pierce
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Thanks for your amazing support of our Applebee's
fundraiser! We raised just over $300, and
Applebee's management said they've never seen
such a great turnout for a Tuesday night event.
Remember our upcoming dining out events at
BUFFALO WILD WINGS
Wednesday, June 3
11:00am+
ERLC YOUTH MINISTRY
SPRING 2015 FUNDRAISERS:
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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR 2015 MISSION TRIPS:
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Sr High ELCA National Gathering!
Detroit, MI
July 15-19, 2015
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Jr/Sr High Mission Trip
Quad Cities (IA/IL)
June 21-26, 2015
YOUTH
MUSICAL
•  Dessert performance
Saturday, May 9!
7:00pm!
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•  Worship experiences!
Sunday, May 10!
8:15am and 10:30am!
Elk River Lutheran Church ELCA
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729 Main Street, Elk River!
www.elkriverlutheran.org!
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Join us for CAER Food Shelf’s
Golf Tournament
Elk River Country Club
CAER
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Hole-in-one
$850
2 golfers, logo on hole-in-one check,
1/2 page program ad, banner signage
Putting Green
$500
1 golfer, 1/4 page program ad,
signage on practice green
Beverage Cart
$350
signage on beverage cart
Hole
$275
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Tue
1 0 a m - Caring Faith
Meeting
1:30pm - Staff Meeting
9 : 3 0 a m - Quilting Group
ERLC Calendar, Contacts, Holidays in United States
Mon
4
26
3
Sun
8 : 1 5 a m - Traditional
Worship
9 : 3 0 a m - Improving Your
Serve
9 : 3 0 a m - Sunday School
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5
6:30pm - New Members
Team Meeting
12
Wed
6
29
6 : 3 0 p m - Choir Rehearsal
6 : 3 0 p m - CYF Rehearsal
6 : 3 0 p m - Praise Team
Rehearsal
7 p m - Council Meeting @
Room 210 - Board
8
Rp
om
o m- Adult Faith
Formation (AFF)
Meeting
13
9 : 3 0 a m - Quilting Group
6 : 3 0 p m - Choir Rehearsal
11
5 : 3 0 p m - Hospitality
Meeting @
6 : 3 0 p m - Hall
Facilities
Fellowship
Meeting - Room
2 170p m - Men's Bible Study
@ Fellowship
10
6 : 3 0 p m - CYF Meeting
9 : 3 0 a m - Women's Bible
Study @ Room
1
2 :1300 p m - S t a f f M e e t i n g
9 a m - Spring Clean-up
Day
6 p m - Worship Committee
7 p m - Men's Bible Study
@ Fellowship
3
27
20
6 : 3 0 p m - Praise Team
Rehearsal
19
26
7 p m - Women's Bible
Study
9 : 3 0 a m - Quilting Group
1:30pm - Staff Meeting
9 : 3 0 a m - Quilting Group
1:30pm - Staff Meeting
2
Thu
7 : 3 0 p m - AA Meeting @
Fellowship Hall
7 : 3 0 p m - AA Meeting @
Fellowship Hall
7 : 3 0 p m - AA Meeting @
Fellowship Hall
7 : 3 0 p m - AA Meeting @
Fellowship Hall
30
7
Fri
7 p m - CYF Rehearsal
1
8
15
2
May 2015 (Central Time)
Sat
Voltin Wedding - Offsite
9
8 a m - Men's Bible Study
7 p m - CFY Spring
Musical
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30
23
16
21
29
6
14
28
5
Mpls Synod Assembly @ Lord of Life, Ramsey
4
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1 0 : 3 0 a m - Praise Band
Worship
1 1 : 4 5 a m - CYF Rehearsal
Mothers' Day
8 : 1 5 a m - CYF Parable
9 : 3 0 a m - Sunday School
1 0 : 3 0 a m - CYF Parable
18
7 p m - Fellowship
Meeting
17
7 p m - Men's Bible Study
@ Fellowship
25
1
7 p m - Men's Bible Study
@ Fellowship
Office Closed
Memorial Day
8 : 1 5 a m - Traditional
Worship
9 : 3 0 a m - Sunday School
24
1 0 : 3 0 a m - Praise Band
Worship
1 1 : 3 0 a m - End of
Confirmation
6u
: 3n0dpam
& S
y - Wahlin Recital
@
Sanctuary
School
Event
8 : 1 5 a m - Traditional
Worship
1 0 : 3 0 a m - Praise Band
Worship
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Churchwide Celebration
Senior Recognition
Sunday
8 : 1 5 a m - Traditional
Worship
1 0 : 3 0 a m - Praise Band
Worship
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729 Main Street
Elk River, MN 55330
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