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July 2014


Bethel Lutheran Church


5821 John Avenue


Superior, WI 54880


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The Bethel Beacon July 2014




It's the summer of anniversaries. On June 1, Faith & I traveled to South Dakota to celebrate with the members of Hudson

Lutheran Church their 125th anniversary. Their first building was a wood frame building that soon became too small. During

the depression, when there was so little work to be had, the men of the community decided to build a bigger church of

granite from the Sioux Valley. Each family was to donate a wagon of red granite from the quarry . . . cost was $1.00 per

wagon load. June 1 was a day of celebration, of seeing so many faces & visiting with so many from Hudson.


 This month Holden Lutheran at Colfax is celebrating their 150th anniversary. It will also be the town's 150th anniversary

with events scheduled throughout a long weekend. Holden's building was built for about $1,250 beginning in 1876. Each

family head of that congregation was to deliver two loads of stone from a local quarry (about six miles away) to the building

site. Two men of the congregation were killed in 1876 as they began to quarry the stone. The church was built over the

summer of 1876 by the men of the congregation. Additions have been made over the years. We look forward to going to this

celebration as well . . . for the church & for the community.


 Bethel's anniversary date is October 24, 1891. We will not be having a celebration this year. Usually churches don't

celebrate 123 year anniversaries. Take time this summer to look back at our history although we didn't build a building (we

bought our building from the First Baptist Church in 1898). The church was built on wood pilings, and in 1921 a basement

was dug, foundation poured and basement finished. In January of 1907 our ancestors changed the name of the First

Norwegian Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church of South Superior to Bethel Lutheran Church. Throughout the years, there

have been many changes & additions to our church. In two years we will celebrate our 125th anniversary. We have seen

changes to our building and also changes to our worship style. We still meet weekly to pray, sing praises, and hear God's

word. We join over 9,500 Lutheran congregations in the ELCA to worship & pray . . . just in this nation. We have not had to

build a church building, but in our early years our worship cite shifted many times. Our ministry has been strong throughout

the years. Where will the next 125 years lead us? How will ministry change in these next years? What will the worship &

focus for ministry be in 2030? Think about it. How will we get there? Pray about it as together we proclaim the word of God

in Superior.


Yours in Christ, Pastor Gary






Bethel Lutheran Church Council Minutes June 12, 2014

The Bethel Lutheran Church Council meeting was called to order by President Ron Askegaard at 7:00 p.m. Also present: Pastor Gary Garnatz,

June Askegaard, Pam Askegaard, Adam Kuhlman, Delores Bartley, Byron Selbrede, Theresa Lull, Sue Connolly and Dan Breneman.


Pastor Gary opened with prayer and devotions: Matthew 28: 16-20.


Motion was made by Dan and seconded by Delores to approve the May minutes as written. All in favor, approved.


Pastor's Report: Acts: Funeral: Floyd Udeen on June 4. Business: July Quarters: World Mission Prayer League. August Quarters:

Sunday School Supplies. July Mission: Food Pantry. August Mission: Bryant School supplies for teacher's closet. Snow Shoveling Matt

turned in his hours from March until May. He waited until late to make sure there would be no shoveling needed. Lawn Mowing a sign-up

sheet is filling up. The lawn mower was repaired.. Midweek services: midweek services begin June 25 through August 6. Pot Luck Soul

Food will precede worship beginning at 5 p.m. The theme will be “Here I Am Lord”. Church Picnic will be Sunday, August 3 at 10:30 a.m.

at Pattison Park followed by potluck lunch. Sunday School Planning begins on Sunday, June 15. Andrea will be having surgery in July.

Deacons are working on musicians for July and August. The Fire Department was here June 9. Inspectors thought we need additional exit

lights, but were not sure of the codes. Mary Ann will talk to the fire chief to find out what is legal and how to interpret codes. Community

Dinner: will be September 14. Flower Gardens are being taken care of by Roger and Sandy Breitzmann. Lots of compliments from Bethel

members and also by visitors. New Members received were Dawn Mosher and Jeff & Sandy Little. Steeple shingle needs attention. Scott

will take care of that. No July Council Meeting. Next meeting will be August 14. Church Mutual Insurance renewal in June 16, 2014 –

June 16, 2017. Consideration of adding Internet to the policy to protect against cybercrime was discussed and approved. Pastor Gary and

Faith will be gone July 20 for the 150th Anniversary of Holden, BLCW will do July 20 service.


Deacons Report: The committee worked on the Lector sign up, updating the home-bounds, nursing homes, those hospitalized, baptism

line up's, the summer and midweek service and communion.


Treasurer's Report: We are in the summer slump and the budget is in the red, please remember your tithes and offerings during your

summer activities as the bills still have to be paid in the summer time also. Proceeds from the rummage sale will go to the general fund.


Trustees Report: Replaced the upstairs women's toilet. Plan to have the sound system completed in the fellowship hall by June 25.


Board of Parish Ed. Report: Sunday School planning for new year on Sunday, June 15. No VBS this year.


BLCW: Ladies evaluated the Mother's Day program. We will not have a meeting in August instead will have special meetings if needed after

Sunday services. We reviewed the Sunday July 20 program. Talked about the fall Salad Bar on September 17th. We are changing the date on

the October bazaar to October 25.



Youth Report: June 1, 2014 Holy Commotion was done well and compliments were sent to Melissa for the fine job.


Old Business:

New Business:


Delores motion to adjourn, Byron seconded. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, Pam Askegaard, Bethel Lutheran Church Council Secretary





Thank you to everyone that has sponsored either the Newsletter or a bulletin. It helps with the cost of our paper. Anyone

can sponsor either of these. Newsletter is $25 and bulletin is $15. You can have it in honor of or in memory of anyone for

anything. The cost gets put on your statement under office supply fund. Thank you again.


Here are the sponsors from January to June of 2014




March 30 – In Honor of Phyllis Hagen's 90th Birthday which was March 22nd! By the Card playing group (Senior Center).

June 8 – Congratulations to Ashley Anderson on your High School Graduation which was yesterday! Love, Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa.




May – In Honor of Angela Emberson – Birthday – May 23. By Doug & Anna Pearson

May – In Memory of my mother, Marvel Pederson and grandmothers Lena Pederson and Minnie Martinson. By Jane Pederson.

June – In Memory of my father Harold “Pinky” Pederson & grandfathers Ivar Pederson and Will Martinson. By Jane Pederson.

June – In Honor of Doug Pearson's birthday on June 7th and In Memory of LeRoy & Agnes Frost. By Anna Pearson, Angela Emberson and John Pearson.




This month's Newsletter sponsorship:

In Honor of Dale and Lou Kuhlmans 34th Wedding Anniversary which is on July 12th.

Wishing you many more happy years!

By Mike and Judy Hagen






July Worship Services


July 2 – 6:00 p.m. (Wed.)


July 6 - 9:00 a.m.


July 9 – 6:00 p.m. (Wed.)


July 13 - 9:00 a.m.


July 16 – 6:00 p.m. (Wed.)


July 20 - 9:00 a.m.


July 23 – 6:00 p.m. (Wed.)


July 27 - 9:00 a.m.


July 30 – 6:00 p.m. (Wed.)









July Sunday Service Bible Readings



July 6 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 145: 8-14

1st Lesson: Zechariah 9: 9-12

2nd Lesson: Romans 7: 15-25

Gospel: Matthew 11: 16-19, 25-30


July 13 – Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 65: 1-13

1st Lesson: Isaiah 55: 10-13

2nd Lesson: Romans 8: 1-11

Gospel: Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23


July 20 – Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 86: 11-17

1st Lesson: Isaiah 44: 6-8

2nd Lesson: Romans 8: 12-25

Gospel: Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43


July 27 – Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 119: 129-136

1st Lesson: 1 Kings 3: 5-12

2nd Lesson: Romans 8: 26-39

Gospel: Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52






July Acolytes


9:00 a.m. Worship


July 6 – Derrick Mattson and Eathon Basinski

July 13 - Heaven Sullivan

July 20 – Michael Strong

July 27 – Jeff Newman and Ryan Bartley




July Assistants


Lectors – 9:00 a.m service


July 6 – Sue Connolly

July 13 - Kevin Baker

July 20 - Carolyn Brand

July 27 - Cari Reder


Lector – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday evening service

July 2 - June Askegaard

July 9 – Andrea Buvarp

July 16 – Marlene Anderson

July 23 – Delores Bartley

July 30 – Darla Bartley


Altar Guild: Lorraine Urbaniak


Communion Assistants: Sue Connolly and Joyce Klick



May & June

Attendance & Offering


May 18 105 $2,544.22

May 25 51 $1,016.19

June 1 62 $2,244.23

June 8 83 $2,682.14

June 15 69 $1,105.70


* * Needed each week to make our 2014 proposed budget is $3,391.





Thank yous from our Benevolences that have been sent out:


Thank you!

Thank you friends at Bethel for giving to our support fund. You continue to bless us and those we serve

in Jesus' name.


Chris, Kristin, Tim and Sophia McWeeny

(There is also a letter on the bulletin board in the fellowship hall with more details on the family)








Remember to keep the family of Floyd Udeen in your prayers. He passed away on May 30th. Pastor Gary did his funeral on June 4th here at Bethel. Blessed be his memory.




Thank You!

Thank you to Roger and Sandy Breitzmann. They have been busy with the flowers here at church. They have planted all 4 of

 the big pots and also planted more in the flower beds. Stop and take time to look at the roses!

Thanks again Roger and Sandy.




Thank You!


We would like to thank Belknap Electric and a worker for their donation of time and supplies to Bethel. They put in new

wiring for our new sound system so the rest can be hooked up. Thank you again for your donations – we at Bethel greatly

appreciate it.



New Members

On June 8th we received 3 new members. Jeff and Sandy Little and Dawn Mosher. Welcome to Bethel! Make sure you

introduce yourself to our new members!



Lawn Mowing

Sign up sheet for mowing lawn is on the bulletin board by the coffee window. The church has a mower & gas. You need to

follow the mower around the church yard & parsonage yard. Talk to Judy or Pastor for the key to the shed. So far, the lawn

has been mowed by Pastor, Gary Blaisdell, Roger Breitzmann and Dan Breneman. Thank You!



Babies, Babies and more Babies!!


Mason Daniel Nollet was born on January 10, 2014. His parents are Branden & Ann (Pede) Nollet.

Mason was born at 10:28 p.m., weighed 7 lbs & 8 oz and was 20.2 inches long.


Wyatt John Rasmussen was born on May 26, 2014. His parents are Kevin & Chelsea (Nollet) Rasmussen.

Wyatt was born at 12:41 p.m., weighed 7 lbs & 11 oz and was 21½ inches long.


Walter Michael Rose was born on May 25, 2014. His parents are Mike & Jen (Sanda) Rose.

Walter was born at 10:52 a.m., weighed 7 lbs & 15 oz and was 19.7 inches long.


Forrest Everett Kuhlman was born on June 2, 2014. His parents are Adam & Jen (Krisak) Kuhlman.

Forrest was born at 11:15 a.m., weighed 7 lbs & 4 oz and was 20 inches long.


Congratulations to all parents and grandparents!





July Mission

Our July mission will be to bring food for the food pantry. Most needed are peanut butter and jam, canned vegetables &

fruit, meats and pasta. Please bring a few cans or a grocery bag full of food for those who hunger in our city. When you

shop for groceries, take advantage of those buy one, get one free sales and bring the extra to put in the bin in the narthex.

Groceries will go to the Salvation Army food pantry.




Snow Shoveling

Our winter snow shoveler, Matt Davey has submitted his final bill for snow removal from mid- March through the summer.

He waited until June because of so many forecasts of snow in May. Thank You Matt!





July Quarters

Quarters put into the offering plates will go to World Mission Prayer League. We continue to support the McWeeny family as

they study and prepare for another mission overseas.



Church Picnic

Our annual church picnic will be on August 3 at 10:30 a.m. At Pattison Park. Bring lawn chairs as we will worship outside.

Communion by intinction will be served. Potluck picnic following service will be in the shelter. Paper plates, plastic silverware,

napkins and beverages will be provided. When you enter the park that day, stop at the registration building & tell them that

you are with the Bethel group & you will receive a day pass. After lunch, use the park. Use the hiking trails, the swimming

area, sit under the trees to visit. Please do not bring pets to the park.




Cemetery Planting

A group from Bethel went to Greenwood Cemetery on June 8 to plant the large planters. The cemetery provides the plants.

Lou Kuhlman provides the spikes. Planting this year were Carol Van Horn, Joe Graves, Dale & Lou Kuhlman, Jessie Kuhlman,

Roger & Sandy Breitzmann and Pastor.




Summer Worship

Wednesday evening worship continues during the month of July and the first Wednesday in August. If you are gone over the

weekend, come on Wednesday evening. Potluck Soul Food begins at 5:00. We worship at 6:00 to sing, pray & hear the word

of God. This year's theme is “Here I Am Lord.”




Coffee Hour

Coffee hour follows Sunday Worship. The BLCW provides the coffee & Koolaid, napkins, sugar & creamer. Usually families or

a small group of friends brings treats & takes care of the kitchen. Treats include vegetables & dip, fruit, brownies, cheese &

meat with crackers, bars & cakes. These are just suggestions. You decide what will work for you. Clean up includes wiping

the tables & counters, washing dishes & the coffee pots, and putting things used away. The kitchen usually draws others in

to visit or to help with the dishes. There are several openings to serve this summer. Won't you sign up?






Music Committee

Bethl's music committee will meet on Wednesday, July 9 during Soul Food. We will look at lessons & themes for each Sunday

& choose music for the services in August & September. If there are songs you would like to sing at worship, please let

Pastor or the music committee know . . . or join us as we prepare worship for the next two months.





Rummage Sale

Our rummage sale was held on June 13 & 14 in the fellowship hall. Cathy Foerst & Bobbie Reuille headed up this sale. Much

rummage was brought into the fellowship hall during the week and all of it was gone by Saturday afternoon. $1035.40 was

made on the sale. Relay for Life held a cookie sale by the front doors & they made $251.50 for the American Cancer Society

at their sale. Will we have a sale next year? Volunteers are needed to plan & head up a team if we are to have one next

year. Thank you to Cathy & Bobbie who headed up our last ones, but they need a break & we are looking for someone to

organize next year's sale if we are to have one. Any volunteers???? Let Pastor know!







Don't Forget !!!!!


We know summer is a busy time for everyone. And it is a very short season. But please remember your offerings here at

church. If you can't make it to church either on Sunday's or Wednesday's send your offering in. Or maybe stop in for a visit

when you have a few minutes to spare. Also Sunday School students remember your offerings as well. The money collected

from Sunday school envelopes goes towards buying the materials they use in Sunday School, supplies for crafts and Luis the

sponsor child.

Thanks to everyone for helping Bethel stay out of the red this summer. Have a Safe and Enjoyable Summer!






July Communion

Communion will be celebrated in July on Sunday, July 6, Sunday, July 13 and Wednesday, July 9.



Events Not Held in the Summer:


July - There will be no Council, Trustees, Deacons, Pastor's Book Club, BLCW,

Visitation at Golden Living, Quilters, Bible Study


August - BLCW, Visitation at Golden Living, Quilters