- Quarterly Meeting Planned on Tuesday, October 12
Members of Lakewood Lutheran Church will meet at 5 PM on October 12, 2021 for our next quarterly meeting. Items for consideration include our organization under a church council format, the potential calling of at least one teacher for the next school year, and maintenance needs on the property. There may be other items, but we will try to keep the meeting moving along and finish our business within an hour. To that end, officers and those who bring business for the meeting are asked to provide written reports by Sunday, October 10. That will allow attendees to read them ahead of time.
- Strategic Planning
Many members of Lakewood Lutheran have expressed a desire to see our congregation thrive. Can you be more specific about what you would like to see in the next 3-4 years or so? Please plan to attend a meeting Friday, August 20 to talk about the things we face: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Then after church on August 22, we will have a potluck as we discuss what goals we’d like to set. This process will be facilitated by Pastor Larry Wentzlaff, our synod’s Evangelism and Missions Counselor.
- Summer, 2021 Rummage Sale
Our community is invited to visit a rummage sale on August 5-7, 2021. Church members and school families are invited to support the sale including setup and cleanup. Donors of items may drop them off earlier in the week from August 2 through 4.
- July, 2021 Voters Meeting
The annual voters’ meeting for Lakewood Lutheran Church is scheduled on Tuesday, July 27, at 4:30 PM. We can meet in the basement, though it may be necessary to reconfigure the chairs and tables before and after to accommodate the summer enrichment meeting there on weekdays.
- First Look at Helping Survivors
Abuse is a natural outgrowth of our sinful condition. As Christians, we may care for one another and our neighbors by taking steps to prevent abuse, supporting survivors of abuse, and bringing renewal through our Lord’s forgiveness. I am excited to let you know about an online event from Kingdom Workers that helps you see relationship abuse through the eyes of a survivor. They’re calling it “First Look.” The event will be short – just half an hour – and it’s available at three different times. I hope one of those times works for you.
Why attend? (1) Walk in her shoes. You will have the opportunity to listen to a survivor tell her story. (2) Discover how having the support of the faith community is a powerful tool for survivors. (3) Learn two simple things you can do to help a friend or relative in an abusive relationship.
For convenience, Kingdom Workers is offering this event at three different times; I hope one of them is a fit for you!
- May 4 from 5:00 – 5:30 PM
- May 6 from 8:00 – 8:30 AM
- May 8 from 12:00 to 12:30 PM
To join one of these free events, visit the registration page. (click the preceding words)
Friends and family who may be interested in joining are also welcome.
- Need to Miss the Sacred Assembly for a While?
When Christians are seeing things clearly, we know that the sacred assembly of believers on Sunday is one of the most important things that happens all week. God Himself gathers us there around His merciful and gracious presence to fill us with the substance of our faith so that we may deal with the week ahead. Oh, we can talk about God’s presence elsewhere, like on a mountain top or a primeval forest, but that’s not His merciful and gracious presence. One of the keen insights of Martin Luther is that if you want to find your Savior, you need to look for Him in the preaching or teaching of His Word and the administration of His sacraments. Outside of those, you will not find the Gospel.
But sometimes we have to miss the sacred assembly for a little while. Soldiers are deployed. Professionals must take trips. Families need vacation time. But our spiritual needs continue. That’s why it’s such a blessing that our synod’s worship committee has put together the resource linked below. If you would like a hard copy to take with you this year, you may ask Pastor Jacobsen to have one printed for you at church.
Worship While Away Order of Service, Suggested Readings, and Hymns for Summer 2021
- On Becoming an Advocate and Friend for an Abuse Survivor
The Kingdom Workers is an organization of Lutheran men and women in the ELS and WELS synods, working together on many different projects. These initiatives always serve the mission of the church and our neighbors, supporting the work of the Gospel. It is funded by donations from supporters, and provides opportunities for volunteer service, which can be in your own community or even around the world.
A current initiative supports men and women who would like to support survivors of abuse. There are many (both men and women), they do need support, and Christians have an excellent opportunity to provide it. The text below comes from a recent Kingdom Workers e-mailing regarding this opportunity.
Become an advocate, a friend,
to a survivor of abuse.
As an advocate, you will:
- Work within your congregation to provide support and reassurance to survivors of abuse.
- Be a shoulder to lean on, a friend who listens
- Regularly check in with the survivor
- And more.
Interested but unsure if you have the proper training? Don’t worry. We’ll make sure you feel prepared. We provide several hours of training to individuals who want to serve in this way.
- Update: Work on the Church Building
The upstairs bathrooms are scheduled to be completed by next Sunday, God-willing. We are also working on the grounds to beautify things for spring and the installation. (See the announcement/invitation for the teamwork cleanup afternoon.) The 3rd thing we are working on for now is extending the ramp into the church to remove the drop off at the bottom end, and recover it with a new outdoor carpet material.
- Teamwork Cleanup Afternoon on March 16
We will have a teamwork afternoon for teens and others on Tuesday, March 16, roughly from 2-3:30pm. Anyone is welcome to join us. We plan to rake out the areas around the church as well as clean out around our new sign. We also have plants to add around the sign! If you have gloves and/or tools, bring them along.
- From the ELS Military Monument Project
March 29th is designated as Vietnam Veterans Day. It is set aside to honor the courage and sacrifices of our Vietnam Veterans and their families. It is also a part of the national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon their return home more than 40 years ago. It was a sad time in our nation’s history when American citizens were unable to separate their distaste for the war from the warriors they sent to fight. Thankfully this mindset no longer exists in America. Vietnam Veterans are gaining the respect that was not so freely given upon their return. March 29th was chosen for this special day as on this day in 1973 the last combat troops and combat support units were withdrawn from Vietnam and the last prisoners of war (to o ur knowledge) held in North Vietnam arrived on American soil. Special days such as this serve as a reminder to reflect on all of the brave men and women that have served, many of whom perished in battle, throughout our nation’s history.
Please consider a generous (tax deductible) contribution to be matched dollar for dollar during this designated time period. (see the accompanying graphic) While not part of this match offer, we continue to encourage the honoring individual veterans with engraved pavers, benches and branch pillars to be part of the site. Ordering information is available on our website: www.els.org/monument)