THE VISITOR BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH
AUGUST 2016 VOLUME 16, ISSUE 8
OUR MINISTRY ON THE PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION A Note From Pastor John Lestock The Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota are part of what is commonly referred to as the Great Sioux Nation. Most of the 20,000 to 40,000 people living on Pine Ridge are descendants of the famous historical figure, Red Cloud. As a tribal chief, he and his warriors defeated the US Army in the 1850s in the war over the Bozeman Trail. Later, many of the same warriors were there at the Little Bighorn to defeat General George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Calvary in June of 1876.
Yet, by the 1880’s, Red Cloud could “read the handwriting on the wall.” He had visited Washington DC to sign treaties and realized even the great Sioux Nation couldn’t hold back the enormous wave of white settlers continually moving westward. Considered a traitor by other Lakota leaders like Crazy Horse, Red Cloud signed a treaty with the US Government promising never to take up arms again. He brought his people to what is now known as the Pine Ridge Reservation where they have lived, and called “home” for over 130 years.
The Lakota people are proud, reserved, and peaceable people. They have a strong connection with their land (the size of the state of Connecticut) just South of the Badlands in South Dakota. They have a strong connection to the extended family. Most neighborhoods are lined with relatives with some degree of blood-line connections. The Lakota are a deeply spiritual people: their spirituality evident in so many of their lives in very practical and everyday ways. Many are Christians and are involved in, or have some connection to a church. (continued on page 4)
BETHEL’S VISION FOR MISSION Bethel Lutheran Church is a place for people of all ages to CONNECT with others, to intentionally GROW in their faith, and in turn, to put our faith into action and SERVE as Jesus directs us.
DOWNTOWN CAMPUS 920 Third Street Hudson, WI 54016 (Administrative office) 715.386.8821 bethelhudson.org Office Hours: M-F: 8:30 am—4:30 pm Sunday: 8 am—10 am
HIGHLANDS CAMPUS BETHEL HIGHLANDS PRESCHOOL 504 Frontage Road Hudson, WI 54016 Preschool Office: P 715.381.8254, x. 401 www.bethelhighlandspreschool.org
BROADCAST OF SERVICES Hudson Public Access/Channel 15 broadcasts Bethel’s Sunday service on Wednesdays at 7 pm and Thursdays at 7 am. WEVR 106.3 FM & 1550 AM play a radio broadcast 8 am on Sundays.
BETHEL STAFF DIRECTORY PASTORAL STAFF
Senior Pastor John Lestock, ext. 22 [email protected]
Business Administrator Ralph Van Keulen, ext. 25 [email protected]
Bridge Pastor Kris Kurzejeski [email protected]
Administrative Assistant Rita Fitzsimons, ext. 21 [email protected]
Visitation Pastor Bob Bipes, home: 715.425.5801 [email protected]
Events Coordinator Juli Hilding, ext. 27 [email protected]
CHILDREN’S & YOUTH MINISTRY STAFF
Communications Coordinator Missy Austreng [email protected]
Director of High School Ministry Jean Elliott, ext. 34 [email protected]
Volunteer Coordinator Kathy Jeska, ext. 33 [email protected]
Director of Middle School Ministry Cindy Halunen, ext. 26 [email protected]
Financial Secretary Cheri Monette, ext. 28 [email protected]
Director of Children’s Ministry Wendy Theobald [email protected]
Coordinator of Faith Milestones Missy Austreng, ext. 26 [email protected]
Youth Ministry Comm. Asst. Marcie Andrews, ext. 26 [email protected]
Media Technician Bill Jenkinson, 715.381.1123 [email protected]
BUILDING SUPPORT STAFF Custodian, Highlands Chuck Lewis, ext. 21 Custodians, Downtown Bryce Yonash, ext. 21 Sharon Sippel, ext. 21
MUSIC MINISTRY STAFF
BETHEL HIGHLANDS PRESCHOOL
Music Director Layton “Skip” James 715.690.4503 [email protected]
Director Kari Jo Fore 715.381.8254, ext. 401 [email protected]
Contemporary Worship Dir. Eric Possehl [email protected]
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WOW CONTINUES IN AUGUST The August schedule of WOW includes some activities you won’t want to miss. Connect on Facebook and plan on worshipping on Wednesdays at 6:30pm at Highlands Campus.
DOWNTOWN CAMPUS: Traditional Worship 8am Sundays
This month’s schedule includes: August 3 Keeping the Fire Going August 10 Blessing of the Pets: bring your leashed pet to WOW to be blessed. August 17 Blessing of the Backpacks: bring your backpacks and school bags as students and educators are blessed.
HIGHLANDS CAMPUS: Contemporary Worship 5:30pm Saturdays 9:30am Sundays 6:30pm Wednesdays
NEW DISCIPLES CLASSES SCHEDULED Have you been curious about ministries at Bethel? Are you wondering how you can get engaged in these ministries? Plan to attend the New Disciple classes beginning in September.
WEEKLY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT BETHEL
Traditional Worship 11am Sundays
New Disciples will be received during worship on Sunday, October 16 at the 9:30am Highlands Campus service. Register at bethelhudson.org or call 715-386-8821.
OUR MINISTRY ON THE PINE RIDGE INDIAN RESERVATION (continued from page 1)
Bethel is collecting school supplies for two ministries: Lutheran World Relief and the Wolf Creek school on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. There are three ways you can help: 1) Using a school bag and list found at the Welcome Center, donate the list of 10 items and return to the church. 2) Donate any type or amount of school supplies for the Wolf Creek school. 3) Donate cash to purchase supplies. Please specify LWR school supplies and/or Pine Ridge supplies, then place in envelope at either Welcome Center. Extra supplies will go to our local schools.
The Episcopal and Catholic denominations have the longest history and perhaps the strongest presence on the reservation. Yet, because of the economy (they are one of the poorest counties in the Unites States) the ministry of most churches there are at a “bare bones” level and they struggle to keep their doors open. This is the scenario that we, as Bethel Congregation, entered into four years ago, as a mission opportunity and a partnership with the people there. Pine Ridge has been a powerful opportunity to have a meaningful exchange with the poor and oppressed, with people of diversity, and a unique history (not unlike the children of Israel). Our partnership has also given us a “front row seat” in learning about, and learning from this culture of appreciative people. I hope you’ll consider joining us for our fall trip to Pine Ridge: Thursday-Sunday, October 27 – 30. We’ll travel out together in vans, and stay at the Pine Ridge
Retreat Center. The cost is $225.00 which covers transportation, food, and lodging. We’ll be: 1.) delivering school supplies and quilts to people there; 2.) seeing some of the important sights (Wounded Knee, Red Cloud School, The Pow Wow Grounds); 3.) hearing the stories of some of the people; 4.) doing a small service project. This is an exceptional opportunity to see, meet and experience what most people will only hear or read about, as well as to learn something about Lakota history, culture and issues. We only have room for 20 people, so if you are interested you’ll want to let me know very soon. So why not pull out your calendar now and plan to join us? It’s the change of a lifetime and you might find yourself “falling in love” with these gracious, proud, interesting and very appreciative people. This trip may change you in some powerful ways. God bless you Pastor John Lestock
LOOKING AHEAD WITH YOUNG AT HEARTS Reservations have been completed for the Young at Hearts trip to the Guthrie to see South Pacific in August, and plans have been made for several upcoming trips. September 19: guided tour of U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Viking football team. This behind the scenes tour will provide access to, among other places, the the team’s locker room, the field itself, the press box and a look at the suites. November 30: Minneapolis Institute of Art “Martin Luther:
Art and the Reformation”. The show will feature a close-up of Luther’s life through his personal possessions. More than 100 objects will be brought to the MIA, the first time these items will travel to North America. April: Those Church Basement Ladies have done it!! They’ve allowed men in their kitchen and in April we will travel to the Plymouth Playhouse to see their newest show, “Rise Up, O Men”. More information and sign-up for these outings will be announced at a later date.
MORNING FUEL CONTINUES Morning Fuel continues meeting on Wednesday mornings, 9am, at the Highlands Campus throughout the summer. The playground is available for all the kids to use while we meet for a devotion (books provided). Invite your friends, all are welcome with or without kids!
ATTENTION WORSHIP VOLUNTEERS If you are a current worship volunteer or are interested in serving as a worship assistant, plan to attend a time to talk over sundaes on Sunday, August 21. Contact Kathy Jeska at kjeska@ bethelhudson.org if you have any questions. 5
KEY FALL DATES IN YOUTH MINISTRY
Classes will resume in September for:
Youth Leader Training
Sunday School 6th
and Grade Faith Formation
8th and 9th Grade Confirmation
SENIOR LEAGUE WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE Senior Leaguers (grades 9-12) meet 7-9pm on Wednesdays for some fun and games at Downtown Campus throughout the summer. Connect on Facebook: Senior League @ Bethel to keep up to date!
Wednesday Night Class Orientation
Faith Milestone Class: 3 Year Old Entrance into Sunday School
First Day of Sunday School
First Night of Wednesday classes 9:30am & 11am Faith Milestone Sunday—3 year olds, 4th grade, 8th grade
CAMP WAPO – ONE DAY Introduce your kids to the exciting possibilities of church camp with at Camp Wapo’s One Day! Bethel will provide transportation to and from camp.
Who: entering grades 1 – 4 Date: August 10, leaving at 7:30am and returning 5pm Cost: $25 Register: bethelhudson.org/ youth-ministry/summer-camp
** Marcie Andrews will be chaperoning this event **
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL RECAP What an amazing, spirit-filled week! The third week of July, Bethel hosted Cave Quest VBS teaching kids that Jesus is the Light of the World. There were 260 participants and 120+ volunteers so Highlands was full of the love and spirit of Jesus. A special thanks to all our volunteers – It couldn’t have happened without you! If you missed VBS or didn’t see any photos, be sure to get on Facebook and take a look at all the Jesus-inspired photos of our week!
CINCINNATI URBAN IMMERSION TRIP In July, a group of 13 students and 5 c ha pe ro n e s tra ve l ed to Cincinnati, Ohio for an ‘urban immersion’ experience. They connected with a congregation there led by former Mount Zion Pastor Brian Ferguson to learn about the social and economic factors contributing to the poverty and other challenges in the community. The group led worship at Brian’s church and spread God’s love through the community. It was a full week of learning, spiritual growth sprinkled with lots of fun too!
WHERE CHILDREN GROW IN THE NAME OF JESUS Bethel Highlands Preschool, an instrument of God’s grace, love and compassion, exists to serve and support families of the greater Hudson community. We provide a safe and loving environment in which an excellent educational program nurtures the spiritual, physical, emotional, social and cognitive development of the unique, God-given gifts of each child.
BHP NEWS Did you see on page 3 that the annual Blessing of the Backpacks at WOW will be on Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30pm? This is a meaningful evening to celebrate the changes that come with a new school year. You are invited to bring backpacks for the special blessing. All the Bethel Highlands preschool teachers will be in attendance too! Now enrolling for fall! There are still spots available in some preschool classes for fall! Are you looking for the right fit? Email Kari Jo today to set up a time to tour the school, or chat about class options. Our M-F afternoon K Prep is highly regarded in the community as an excellent foundation for Kindergarten success – academically, socially, and emotionally. Our philosophy of experiential and play-based learning is shown
to give kids a solid understanding of concepts, rather than the simple memorization of facts. We’d love to tell you more about it! (Kari Jo’s email: karijo@ bethelhighlandspreschool.org). Bethel Highlands Preschool will be holding it’s OPEN HOUSE on Thursday, August 25 for e n ro l l e d a n d p r o s p e c ti v e families. Come meet the teachers, see the classrooms, and check out what’s new. School pictures will be taken during the open house. You may come anytime between 1-7pm. Preschool paperwork is now due at either of the Bethel offices, or mail it to 504 Frontage Rd, Hudson, WI 54016. Getting paperwork in on time allows the office to review files and be prepared for students before the first day of school. We appreciate your promptness!
These students are modeling cooperation. Learning cooperation is one of the most important goals in a preschool education.
Bethel Lutheran Church Hudson, Wisconsin Sun.
7 8am Worship (DT) 9:30am Worship (BH) 11am Worship (BH) 7pm Vespers (DT)
DT: Downtown BH: Bethel Highlands BHP: Bethel Highlands Preschool
1 6:30pm Dorothy Day Prep and Serve (DT) 7pm Gentle Holy Yoga (BH) 7pm Property Committee (DT)
3 6:30am Men’s Fellowship Breakfast (Key’s Café) 8:30am Pastor Kris Bible Study (DT) 9am Morning Fuel (BH) 10am Bethel Staff (DT) 1:30pm Prayer Team (DT) 6:30pm WOW (BH) 7pm Senior League (DT)
4 1pm Hardanger (DT) 5pm HOME (DT) 7pm New Song Rehearsal (BH)
6 7am Men’s Bible Study (BH) 5:30pm Gathering Worship (BH)
8 10:30am Journey Meeting (DT) 1pm Embroidery Club (DT) 7pm Church Council (BH) 7pm Gentle Holy Yoga (BH)
9 4:30pm Grace Place Serving
10 8:30am Pastor Kris Bible Study (DT) 10am Bethel Staff (DT) 1:30pm Prayer Team (DT) 6:30pm WOW (BH) 7pm Senior League (DT)
11 Bethel Staff at Leadership Summit 7pm New Song Rehearsal (BH)
12 Bethel Staff at Leadership Summit 9am Quilting (DT)
13 7am Men’s Bible Study (BH) 5:30pm Gathering Worship (BH)
CAMP WAPO - Grades 6-8 14 8am Worship (DT) 9:30am Worship (BH) 11am Worship (BH) 7pm Vespers (DT)
15 5pm Mental Health Task Force Dinner (BH) 7pm Gentle Holy Yoga (BH) 7pm BHP Board Meeting (BH)
17 6:30am Men’s Fellowship Breakfast (Key’s Café) 8:30am Pastor Kris Bible Study (DT) 9am Morning Fuel (BH) 10am Bethel Staff (DT) 1:30pm Prayer Team (DT) 6:30pm WOW (BH) 7pm Senior League (DT)
18 1pm Hardanger (DT) 5pm HOME (DT) 7pm New Song Rehearsal (BH)
20 7am Men’s Bible Study (BH) 5:30pm Gathering Worship (BH)
21 8am Worship (DT) 9:30am Worship (BH) 11am Worship (BH) 6pm Volunteer Meeting (BH) 7pm Volunteer Meeting (BH) 7pm Vespers (DT)
22 7pm Gentle Holy Yoga (BH)
23 9am Quilting (DT)
24 8:30am Pastor Kris Bible Study (DT) 10am Bethel Staff (DT) 1:30pm Prayer Team (DT) 7pm Senior League (DT)
25 7pm New Song Rehearsal (BH) 7pm HOME Meal Planning (DT)
27 7am Men’s Bible Study (BH) 5:30pm Gathering Worship (BH)
28 8am Worship (DT) 9:30am Worship (BH) 11am Worship (BH) 7pm Vespers (DT)
29 7pm Gentle Holy Yoga (BH)
30 9am Quilting (DT)
31 8:30am Pastor Kris Bible Study (DT) 9am Morning Fuel (BH) 10am Bethel Staff (DT) 1:30pm Prayer Team (DT) 7pm Senior League (DT)
SERVING SCHEDULES—AUGUST 2016, DOWNTOWN & HIGHLANDS CAMPUSES 8 AM DOWNTOWN & 11 AM HIGHLANDS
HOSPITALITY TEAMS—9:30 AM HIGHLANDS
WORSHIP SUPPORT TEAM
Larry & Randy Gerdin
Bonnie Knutson, Bettie Peterson
Peggy & Don Hale
Dick & Norma Newberg
Randy & Doreen Deal
Jerry & Margie Ellefson
Lori Benson, Jane Zappa
Susan Thayer, Shirley Halyburton
* designates team leader(s) 8/7
* Dan DuPuis, Dave & Marie Heikkila, Craig Bichrt, Alan & Jill Burchill, Patti Thacker, Diane Wolf, Jim Caldwell, Gretchen DuPuis, Darrel and Becky Schoeberlein
* Jim & Jan Orf, *Jamie & Jean Johnson, Kelly Carrier, Julie Benoy, Jacob Benoy, Ricky & Missy Lien, John Olson, Diane Wolf, Rick Ottino
* Lowell Enerson, * Bobbe Henderson, Steve & Lisa Beckemeyer, Peggy Wegsheid, James & Michelle Kulzer, Elmer & Julie Neiderhauser, Rick & Janet Wilson, Jane Betz, Deb Green, Kathy Enerson
* Bill Swanson, Dan & Wendy Theobald, Dave Datt, Troy Forcier, Chuck Lewis, Brent Mitchell, Dick & Char Trende, Greta Shafer
Dan & Gretchen DuPuis, Ron & Cindy Smith
Eliza Jorgenson, Lily Jorgenson
Marty & Natalie Haefner
Kathy ENerson, Deb Green, Ruth Lewis, Paulette Vadnais
Lauren Chukel, Peyton Poling
Greta Shafer, Ruby Mockler, The Donna Family
Grace Yaeger, Alivia Steiner
The Benoy Family
The Bodick Family
The Rutten Family
The Jorgenson Family
Communion Assistants 8/7
June & Terry Schubert
Ron & Nancy Langness David Almlie and Marilyn Rogers Almlie
Barb & Dick Hagen
Janet Lestock, Linda James Ron & Nancy Langness
Jeff Maki & David Benson
Ron & Nancy Langness
Bob Jacobson, Roger Pavlis
David Almlie and Marilyn Rogers Almlie
Barb & Dick Hagen
Janet Lestock, Linda James
Liz Hilke Schmitt, Aaron & Trina Hilke
Ron & Nancy Langness
WELCOME CENTER 8 AM
Bob & Darlene Berglund
Randy & Doreen Deal
SATURDAY PROJECTIONIST 8/6
8/13 Char Trende
8 /27 Char Trende
WE LIFT IN OUR PRAYERS THOSE WHO ARE SICK OR IN NEED OF HEALING: Carol Amdahl, Connie Apple, Laura Bankes, Karalee Bipes, Ben Christensen, Chris Connor, Jackie DeBauche, Chris Drescher, Allen Ecker, Doris Fondroy, Margaret Hamann, Betty Hansen, Ken Heiser, Jean Hobart, Roxy Horrisberger, Ruby Horrisberger, Jessica Johnson, Roger Johnson, Cheryl Klanderman, Tallee Klewicki, Mark Kranz, Kim Lagerstrom, Ruth Lewis, Dan Lindquist, Liam Loughney, Shirley Nelson, Terri Pomeroy, Renae Reetz, Rosemary Riemenschneider, Olivia Rodriguez, Debra Shafer, Kay Shager, Tom Shoepf, Alexa Tennant, Luann Thacker, Eugene Tonn, Valerie Woods
THOSE SERVING OR DEPLOYED: Jeffrey Berg, Jordan Kein, and Steven Moreus
CONNECT WITH US! BAPTIZED IN JULY: Ethan James Smith, son of Katherine and Charles Smith
SYMPATHY: We offer our sympathies and prayers of comfort and strength for Randy and Cindy Stensgaard and family in the death of Randy's father Earl; for the family and friends of Doloris Boumeester at her death; John and Janet Lestock family at the death of Pastor John’s Aunt, Marge Wood; the Shannon and Kelly Dorr family at the death of Kelly’s sister, Gloria Parks. God bless and comfort these friends with the promise of Christ: “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”
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YOUTH SERVING IN MINISTRY ROLES THIS SUMMER Jacob Benoy, Hannah Betchwars, Kevin Chukel, Afton Eisch, Elaina Johnson, Carter Johnson, Jon Kreye, Kelsey Robertson
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CONNECT. GROW. SERVE. You will notice many changes in Bethel’s online and printed presence this next month. After much praying, planning and designing, the rebranding is ready to be rolled out. Bethel’s mission statement has been revised to reflect our values: Bethel Lutheran Church is a place for all people to CONNECT with others, to intentionally GROW in their faith, and in turn, to put our faith into action and SERVE others as Jesus directs us.
Bethel’s rebranding creates a consistent and intentional communication plan that points toward this mission statement. You will see the chosen logo design quickly communicates that we are a Christian organization. The design is contemporary and clean, better positioning us amongst other churches. A circle is used because it represents the notion of wholeness, eternity, timelessness and above all God. God is a circle whose center is
everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. That is why we have intentionally left the circle incomplete. We are visually suggesting that we are inclusive and we are continually connecting, growing and serving. In mid-August, you will receive an email notifying you of the upgraded website that will be the central hub of all things Bethel. Make sure your current email address is on file by clicking on the link to BethelOne at bethelhudson.org or emailing [email protected]