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June 2014


Bethel Lutheran Church

5821 John Avenue

Superior, WI 54880

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The Bethel Beacon June 2014



The choir sings an anthem entitled “This is the Family of Christ”. It will probably be sung at worship on October 12 when we gather to celebrate confirmation. Even on those Sundays that we don't hear that anthem, we are truly the family of Christ. As we live with each other, we are a big family, celebrating, remembering, arguing a bit as families do, and even mourning a bit. 

Families care for one another when there is illness. When you or a family member is in the hospital, please call and let me know so I can visit. Hospital policies have changed and pastors are not automatically called when someone is in the hospital. I am in awe of Bethel members who visit the sick, bring meals for the sick, care for one another. We have very active deacons who visit the home-bound and offer communion.

Families eat together. We do a lot of eating here at Bethel. Sunday morning there is always coffee and goodies after worship. Thank you to those who serve & clean up. If you haven't shared at coffee recently, please sign up. It is fascinating to see what happens in the kitchen on Sunday mornings. We will be having a potluck Soul Food before our Wednesday evening services this summer. Bring a favorite dish to share & stay for worship. If we all bring the same thing, that is OK, too. And we gather twice a month for communion at worship. Thank you to those members of the altar guild who set up for communion, those who serve, those who volunteer to help take the communion ware to the basement to be washed. It is so good to see those who help one another. And it is good to see those who come for communion, being helped by family & friends as the elements are served.

Families laugh together. Some of our meetings get rather raucous. Our committees get a lot done and do things with great joy. We Celebrate being a part of the family of God with joy & laughter. We take great joy in working for the Lord. 

Families pray together. We have a working prayer chain. Sometimes all that is passed on is a name, and people stop to pray. The prayer chain rejoices when the news is good, faithfully prays when the news is not. Occasionally the prayer chain hears back from people they have been praying for. Usually they don't. We pray together at worship services. Several members have prayer needs on their refrigerators posted so each person can be prayed for more than once a day. Prayer has great  power. If you have not been using the strength of prayer, use it.

Families keep in touch. Summer is here and with such a short summer, we tend to play hard. Remember to worship, Sunday morning or Wednesday evening. Drop into the office for a visit. Read your newsletter. You will see those who are graduating this year. Pray for them as they start a new venture in life. Prepare for worship by reading the Bible lessons for the day. Come for a multitude of events. Keep in touch.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Gary




Bethel Lutheran Church Council Minutes May 8, 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,

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


Pastor Gary opened with prayer and devotions: Acts 1: 12-14

Motion was made by Dan to accept the minutes of the April meeting seconded by Delores. All in favor, approved.


Pastor's Report: Acts: Baptism of Adelaine Margaret Koecher on April 20th. Business: June Quarters: Relay for Life. June Mission: The

Food Pantry: including canned vegetables, and canned fruits, peanut butter, pasta, canned meats. Gas Leak There was reported a gas leak,

on April 13, a strong odor of gas on the SW corner of the building was detected. SWLP was called and found a pipe broken. The company

worked several hours on Palm Sunday and the next day. Took out part of the new sidewalk to get the leak fixed, however, put blacktop in

for a side walk and will come back when warmer to replace the cement. Roof Leak There is also reported a roof leak in the sanctuary on

April 17. Buckets were placed near the piano and keyboard. Church cleaning: Also on April 13th the sanctuary was cleaned by the 5th -8th

grade Sunday School classes. The pews were washed and waxed, the hymn racks cleaned, the new pew envelopes put out and pencils

sharpened and replaced. The Easter Breakfast cleared $313.39 after expenses were paid out. Midweek summer service begins June

25th in the basement. Soul Food potluck the nights of midweek services at 5 p.m. Choir's last performance this year is May 18. Special

 Music needed for Sunday morning and Wednesday evening is needed. Lawn Mowing sign-up sheet is on the board by the coffee window.

Church has mower and gas. Bloodmobile will be here on Monday, June 23 from 2-6 p.m. Rummage Sale is June 13-14. Set up will be

Thursday, June 12. Sale is Friday from 8-2 and Saturday, 8-12. Cathy Foerst is in charge. Please do not bring items until after June 8th. Holy

Commotion, will be June 1 this year.   


Deacons Report: Updated the home-bound and rest homes list. Set up summer worship dates. Looking for new members.


Treasurer's Report: Doing okay. Waiting on the final bill from Matt Davey, the snow shoveler. Next bill will be for a new toilet replacement

for the women’s upstairs toilet.


Trustees Report: Youth did a clean-up. Roger Breitzmann will be doing a parking lot clean up and repair. The women's upstairs toilet to be

replaced. Sound System is paid for and waiting on the last few parts from Northwoods. The speaker system in the overflow and downstairs

are being finished up.


Board of Parish Ed. Report: Not present. Discussion was on VBS.


BLCW: Mother's Day dinner.


Youth Report: Holy Commotion June 1. Easter Breakfast proceeds go to seniors and youth events.

Old Business: None

New Business: Pam Askegaard brought in WI Christian Newspaper to have available, that was accepted.

Delores motion to adjourn, Dan seconded. Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, Pam Askegaard, Bethel Lutheran Church Council Secretary




This month's Newsletter sponsorship:


In Memory of My father Harold “Pinky” Pederson & grandfathers Ivar Pederson and

Will Martinson                 By: Jane Pederson


In Honor of Doug Pearson's brithday on June 7th and

In Memory of LeRoy & Anges Frost

By: Anna Pearson, Angela Emberson and John Pearson




June Worship Services



June 1 - 9:00 a.m.


June 8 - 9:00 a.m.


June 15 - 9:00 a.m.


June 22 - 9:00 a.m.


June 25 – 6:00 p.m. (Wed.)


June 29 - 9:00 a.m.




Had another sponsorship for May's Newsletter that was missed:

In Memory of my mother, Marvel Pederson and grandmothers Lena Pederson and Minnie Martinson

By: Jane Pederson





June Sunday Service Bible Readings



June 1 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Psalm 68: 1-10, 32-35

1st Lesson: Acts 1: 6-12

2nd Lesson: 1 Peter 4: 12-14; 5: 6-11

Gospel: John 17: 1-11


June 8 – The Day of Pentecost

Psalm 104: 24-35

1st Lesson: Numbers 11: 24-30

2nd Lesson: Acts 2: 1-21

Gospel: John 20: 19-23


June 15 – The Holy Trinity

Psalm 8

1st Lesson: Genesis 1:1 – 2:4

2nd Lesson: 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13

Gospel: Matthew 28: 16-20


June 22 – Second Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 69: 7-18

1st Lesson: Jeremiah 20: 7-13

2nd Lesson: Romans 6: 1-11

Gospel: Matthew 10: 24-39


June 29 - Third Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 89: 1-4, 15-18

1st Lesson: Jeremiah 28: 5-9

2nd Lesson: Romans 6: 12-23

Gospel: Matthew 10: 40-42




June Acolytes


9:00 a.m. Worship


June 1 - Heaven Sullivan and Eathon Basinski

June 8 - Ryan Bartley and Michael Strong

June 15 – Derrick Mattson

June 22 – Ryan Bartley and Jeff Newman

June 29 - Michael Strong


June Assistants


Lectors – 9:00 a.m service


June 1 - Youth

June 8 – Joyce Klick

June 15 – Sandy Breitzmann

June 22 – Vi Tuura

June 29 – Eathon Basinski


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

June 25 – Joyce Klick


Altar Guild: Kevin Baker


Communion Assistants: Sue Connolly and Theresa Lull





April & May

Attendance & Offering


April 17 (Maundy Thrus.) 31 $ 142.00

April 18 (Good Friday) 41 $ 391.00

April 20 (6:30 a.m .) 40 $ 588.12

April 20 (9 a.m.) 137 $2,981.00

April 27 73 $1,594.45

May 4 81 $2,429.44

May 11 75 $1,354.26

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





Thank yous from our Benevolences that have been sent out:


Dear Bethel Lutheran Church Members:

Thank you for your recent gift of $200 to Harbor House Crisis Shelters. Your support is deeply


Thanks to your generosity, we will meet our mission to provide hospitable shelter, transitional living and

services for homeless women and families.

I had the pleasure of working with a mom and her pre-teen daughter over the course of the last month.

It was good to work on life skills and developing a plan of action. The mom said, “I am trying to change

but keep sliding backwards.” We all know the struggles to make changes and the best way to attempt it

is one step at a time, even if it is baby steps. Harbor House Crisis Shelters provides skills so that those

steps may be achieved.


Thank you again for helping Harbor House Crisis Shelters be a source of hope.


Grace and Peace,

Rev. Barb Certa-Werner, Executive Director

We are Blessed by you! Happy Easter!



Bethel Lutheran Church-

Thank you for your prayers and God-honoring gift of $100. Your financial contribution helps advance the

King's work as your missionaries bring the Gospel to those least likely to have heard, believed, or

benefited from its saving and transforming power. Contribution designated to Chris & Kristin McWeeny

support fund.

World Mission Prayer League




Bethel Lutheran Community Giving Community,

Thank you for all you do! The blessing and kindness of your congregation in supporting the mission of

Just Kids Dental is truly humbling and appreciated!

There are so many children in need, as your committee knows so well and to be on the receiving end of

your support makes JKD Staff and volunteers strive to do all we can to keep kids healthy.

Thank You Heartfelt thanks!

Stacey Anderson, JKD Staff and Volunteers








Thank You!

I would like to thank EVERYONE that supported our Relay Team by coming to the “Afternoon at the Oscar's”. It was a HUGE

success. I hope all of you enjoyed it.


Without the following people it couldn't have went as well as it did. Many thanks to:

Our “movie presenter”, you were all awesome, you made the show what it was. Our amazing piano player, Andrea, the

music was perfect. Our happy hostess Ellen Degeneres, oh I mean MaryAnn Katzmark. The inspiration behind it all,

survivors, our guest speaker survivor Karen Jennings. Our kitchen crew Tiffany and Melissa Hagen, Ashley Anderson, Shirley

Adamic, and Alyssa Lawrence, great job ladies. Our dapper ushers Dan Breneman and Mickey Brand. Our paparazzi, Mike

Spinner who took over 230 pictures! Mike also donated our “Stars” Tony and Marilyn, thanks Mike. Our “Red Carpet”

paparazzi Andy Crosby and Nolan Morrison, you did a great job with our “Stars”. To Beth Thorn for getting prize donations

and for being our ticket taker. Judy Hagen for taking ticket sales through the office. Cari Reder for designing the poster. All

who helped decorate the tables in a short time, Shirley Adamic, Lynn Bergstedt, Tiffany Hagen, Sue Connolly, Beth Thorn,

Melissa Hagen and Lou Kuhlman. I hope I didn't forget anyone – sorry if I did. You are all great to work with. Our popcorn

poppers Sue and Lou. Our clean-up crew was FABULOUS! Everyone pitched in and the fellowship hall was cleaned up in no

time. Thanks to all that helped, too many to name individually but you know who you are. Also the guys that put up and

took down the stage and put it away. 

To our awesome Pastor, you are not only a great Pastor but you have a wonderful sense of humor and are fun to work with.

A very special thanks to Lou Kuhlman and Shirley Adamic for all your help putting the decorations together. I couldn't have

done it without you. Lou, you hold a special spot in my heart, you are awesome. Our minds think a lot alike – SCARY!!!


We raised $1,036.00 after all expenses!!! AWESOME!!!! It was well worth all the work to help fight this terrible disease called



Thank you Bethel, Pam Schultz


P.S. There are many who would like to say Thank You to Pam Schultz for all of her hard work she put into making this event

the great success it was. She put in so much time and hard work. From coming up with the idea, cutting out the stars,

making all the camera's, the special popcorn glasses . . . and the list goes on. Thank you again to you Pam for ALL of your






Congratulations to ALL of our Graduates!

Graduating from Superior Senior High School on June 7th will be:

Ashley Katherine Anderson – she is graduating with honors and recognized with magna cum laude status. She will be

attending the College of Saint Scholastica in the fall.

Adam Coleman – he will be going to UWS this fall.

Zachary Grymala – he will be joining the National Guards this fall.


Other Graduations:

Steve Paulson graduated from Lake Superior College on May 19th.

Melissa Hagen graduated from Post University on December 14, 2013 with her degree in Early Childhood and Elementary



Congratulations to ALL of our graduates!!





Remember to keep the family of Ed Katzmark in your prayers. He passed away on May 5th. Pastor Gary did his funeral on May 10th at Zion Lutheran Church. Blessed be his memory.





Thank You

Thank you to Bethel for the card and gift certificate I received on “Secretaries Day”. Also thanks to Pastor, those who also

sent cards and those for their kind words. All were very much appreciated. I feel very lucky to have a job that I enjoy going


Thanks Again - Judy



Thank You to Julie Kiminski and to Melissa Hagen for having the nursery staffed during the school year. Our nursery will not

be staffed during the summer months. However, you may use the nursery if your child needs a break during worship. You

will need to supervise your child. If you use the nursery, please pick up toys & put them away. This past year we have had

between two and twelve kids in the nursery each Sunday. Nursery kids are brought to the sanctuary for a blessing each

communion Sunday. Staffed nursery will begin again when Sunday School starts in September.


Kids are ALWAYS welcome at worship services. A little noise during worship is great. Don't be embarrassed if your child is a

bit noisy during worship. If you find that you need a bit of help during a worship service, the building is full of grandpas and

grandmas that will help with the kids.




Bible Study

Bible Study group will meet on Tuesday, June 24 at 6:00 in the fellowship hall. We will be reading and discussing

1Thessalonians 5: 12-24. These verses tell us about how to live.





Have a safe & glorious summer. Please remember that even though you go on vacation, the church bills don't. Please

remember your summer offerings so that we can stay on top of our bills. If you can't make it to church on Sunday or

Wednesday, just drop your offering in the mail or stop by the church for a visit on a different day. Thanks again and enjoy

your summer!



 Rummage Sale

We will be having a rummage sale again this year. Clean your closet, basements and garages. We will set up Thursday, June

12 in the fellowship hall. Items can be brought to the church after June 8. Items needed are plants, lawn décor, household

items, tools, guy stuff, small furniture & electric items. Please DO NOT bring TVs. You may also bring used clothing in good

condition with no tears or stains. Cathy Foerst will be in charge and if you have questions you may call her at 715-817-8442.


The sale will be from 8-2 on Friday, June 13 and on Saturday, June 14 from 8-12. Clean up will be at noon.



New Members

People wanting to join Bethel will be recognized on Sunday, June 8 at our regular worship service. If you would like to join,

please talk to Pastor.



June Quarters

Quarters put into the offering plates in June will go to Bethel's Relay for Life team as they continue fund raising for cancer

research. Please be generous with your quarters.




Lawn Mowing

Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board by the coffee window. It is time to put away your snow shovel (hopefully) and think

lawn mowing. The church has a lawn mower & gas kept in the shed for you to use. Mowing of the church yard and the

parsonage yard can be done in about an hour. If you want, you can bring your own mower. Sign up to mow the lawns for a

week this summer. Thanks to those who have already mowed.




Memorial blood center will be here at Bethel on Monday, June 23 from 2-6. Supplies of blood is low again this summer and

your blood is needed. For each unit of blood given, three people may be helped. Call the office to schedule your life saving

gift. You can give blood if you are seventeen and there is no longer an upper age limit. Memorial blood centers supply over

30 hospitals throughout Wisconsin & Minnesota. Over 2,000 units of blood is needed each week. Please think about giving &

then give.




Acolytes continue to be needed during summer worship services, both in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings and in the

fellowship hall on Wednesday evenings. Acolytes for the summer have been scheduled. If you cannot acolyte on the date

you are assigned, please change with someone and let the office know by Wednesday before so the right name is in the

bulletin. Acolytes are an important part of our worship team. Please dress appropriately. Thank You!






June Communion

In the month of June our communion schedule will be the second and fourth Sundays of the month. Dates are June 8 and

June 22.




Midweek Worship

Wednesday evening worship will begin again on June 25. For our Wednesday get-together we will also have potluck Soul

Food beginning at 5:00 and worship at 6:00. Our midweek services will be a time of music & scripture. They will be informal

and last about half an hour. We will sing, hear God's word and take time to reflect. Special music is needed for these service.

Sign up sheet is on the bulletin board by the coffee window.




June Mission

Our June mission will be to collect food for the food pantry. Needed are canned fruits, vegetables, and

meats; peanut butter and jelly; & pasta products. Put them in the bin in the narthex and they will be

delivered to the Salvation Army Food Pantry.








Thank You

Dear Bethel,

Thank you for contributing to the Shiny Paper Collection fundraiser. This fundraiser support the Superior

High School's all night chemical free graduation party. The 2014 graduates should have a memorable

night. Thanks again for you support.


Ashley and Jodi Anderson and the 2014 All Night Chemical-Free Graduation Party Committee.







Congratulations to Will & Gina (Montano) Lohrbach. They have been blessed with a new baby girl. Her

name is Reagan Evelyn Lohrbach. She arrived on May 12th, 2014 at 2:51 a.m.

 She weighed 9 lbs. & 10½ oz. and was 22 inches long.






Bethel Relay for Life Team News

* Thanks for helping our team raise more than $1.000 at the April 27 “Afternoon at the Oscars!” Thanks

to the many people who helped put on this show, especially Pam Schultz and Lou Kuhlman.


 * Thanks for fighting cancer with a drawing for a hanging plant on May 18. The chances purchased

within an hour totaled $90! The Byrns Greenhouse of Zim donated the plant again. Shannon Johnson won

the drawing.


* During the June 13 & 14 Rummage Sale the Relay team will have a Cookie/Bar Sale in the church

entry. Fight cancer by making and or buying cookies!


* On June 25 after the 1st summer Wednesday worship we will have an Ice Cream Social!! Sue's ice

cream maker has died, but will have yummy ice cream & toppings from the store as well as lots of fun!


* Starting May 25 we are selling luminaries after worship during coffee. Luminaries in honor or in memory

of loved ones affected by cancer will be sold for $10 each.


* The next Relay Team meeting will be Sunday, June 8 during coffee hour.


* The 2014 Relay for Life in Douglas County will begin on Friday, July 11. The public is invited to attend!


Questions about Bethel's Relay team?

Contact co-captains Marlene Anderson at 715-392-3659 or cell 218-393-4092 or

Faith Garnatz at 715-394-4562 or cell 218-590-2793.