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March 2016



Bethel Lutheran Church


5821 John Avenue


Superior, WI 54880


Office Phone - 715-392-2033


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The Bethel Beacon March 2016










I came from an unchurched family, I lived one house away from a Presbyterian Church, as a child it was my decision if I wanted to go. I have fond memories of several Sunday School teachers and Vacation Bible School.




It was 1990 when as an adult I was searching for a church home. A woman I worked with suggested her mother-in-laws church, so on a Sunday morning I walked in. I sat two pews from the back on the right side aisle, there were no pew pads for comfort and the carpet was gold running up the aisle, As I sat quietly taking in my surroundings, looking at Jesus blessing from the cross, the sun came through the choir loft window to bathe the altar in a warm glow. I knew I wanted this as my church home.




Bethel Lutheran is turning 125-years-young, sound the trumpets and dance before the Lord it's time to celebrate. A committee has been formed and is planning a year long celebration to remember where we have been. What events were notable to you? Are pictures and stories your way of communicating? Maybe the traditional Lutheran, of pie, coffee and conversation? Would you like to see past Pastors and hear them speak again? A new church directory? Past and present choir members singing together? If you have an idea or like to help in any way put a note in the offering plate, or contact any committee member.




At the fifty year celebration five living members of the original Bethel were invited to be honored, we can't do that, but how far can you trace your family roots in Bethel Church? What brought you to Bethel?




Peace be with you,




Cari Reder




Dear Women of Bethel:




Bethel will be Celebrating 125th Anniversary. Since Bethel was formed the women have been active. In the beginning it was called the Ladies Aid, now we are Bethel Lutheran Church Women (BLCW). We meet on the first Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Educational Unit. We would like for you to come and join us.




We have a group of Quilters that meet on the 2nd Monday each month in the Educational Unit at 9 a.m. Any help would be appreciated.




A group goes to the Golden Living Center on the 2nd Tuesday each month at 2 p.m. For a visitation and a sing-a-long with the residents. Some sing from the heart, and to see the big smile on their face is worth one hour to be with them. As we were leaving one resident came to us and said, “You made my day.”




At Easter and Christmas we bring Fresh Fruit Trays that go to our Bethel Homebound and to the residents of Golden Living. We would like you to help support our Fresh Fruit Mission, your donation would be greatly appreciated. If you cannot come to our BLCW meeting you can place it in the offering plate on Sunday.




Our Coming Events:


Spring Salad Bar, Saturday, April 9th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Mothers Day Celebration, Wednesday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m.


Fall Salad Bar, Wednesday, September 21st from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Bazaar, Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Christmas Social – date to be announced.




Cards are available at our Salad Bars and Christmas Social. Contact Lois Nelson if you wold like some cards during the year. Her phone is 715-394-3498.




The Finance Committee
























If you feel a need to grow and serve this year and help your Bethel Family, please check the following suggestions. We all have a talent!




__________ Choir




__________ Do Music




__________ Lector




__________ Altar Guild




__________ Church Council Office (Deacons, Treasurer etc.)




__________ Sunday School teacher, shepherd, Superintendent




__________ Prayer Chain




__________ Community Dinner




__________ Newsletter Assembly




__________ Visiting – singing at Golden Living (1 time per month)




__________ Lawn Mowing




__________ BLCW




__________ Sunday Coffee Window




__________ Other _____________________________________________




If its possible for you, we would love to call on you or check out the sign-up sheets in the Fellowship Hall.


Use all the talents God gave you, for the forest would be very quiet if only the best birds sang.




Name _______________________________ Phone Number ____________








Dear Bethel Members,




As I left the annual meeting at Bethel I was overcome by the warm fuzzy feeling one gets when they see something beautiful.


I won't use any names because I don't want to leave anyone out and you know who you are.


I felt compelled to put this on paper for the newsletter.


Anytime a useful idea or doable project is offered up it is just wonderful to see how the Fantastic Family at Bethel works together to develop the solutions, form committees and Get-It-Done!




As I watched expressions on many of the faces of our members it was not Oh-No-Not-Again, it was let see How-Do-We-Do, How-Can-We-Do and then smiles and the It-Will-Get-Done looks. Hands went up and some of the great organizers of the congregation again are up and running.


We are truly Blessed more than words can say.




Before I had even left the church one of our families had already gone to Menards and were back to replace bulbs needed in some of the light fixtures.




Pastor then offered the wonderful news that a Bethel family member had offered an interest free loan to get started with the Handi-cap restroom. WOW


The Cross of Bethel Shines Bright!!!




As I end my terms as Deacon I would like to take this occasion to thank everyone who has so willingly lectored, helped with a service or pitched in where ever and when ever asked or when you saw a need for help.


Joyce Klick


















January 24, 2016




Bethel Lutheran Church Annual Meeting Minutes




The Bethel Lutheran Church Annual meeting was called to order by President Ron Askegaard at 10:20 a.m. Pastor Gary opened with prayer and devotions: Philippians 4:4. President Ron made mention that the annual report was available to anyone who would like them.




2015 Annual Meeting Minutes: Sue Connolly moved and Julie Foerst seconded to approve the 2015 annual meeting minutes as written. All in favor, approved.




Reports: Reports from council members were included in the packet motion as stated above.




Nominations: Deacon Joyce Klick presented the list of council candidates for 2016. Motioned by Sandy Breitzmann and seconded by Theresa Lull.




Treasurer's Report: After reviewing the reports, and imputing that the summer months are the tough ones , but through the newly created Fund Raising Committee with Thrivent grants to cover expenses and December has the year end gifts we end the year in the black and currently in the black. Dan Breneman and Byron Selbrede seconded, report accepted. The Fund Raising Committee (FRC) total for 2015 was $4,887 which is disbursed between the general fund and 10% going to Relay For Life.




2015 Proposed Budget: Delores then presented the proposed budget for 2016. Items, the staff salaries are set, and the Pastoral Insurance and pension is automatic change. The motion and second was included in the budget acceptance made by Dan Breneman and second by Byron Selbrede. Report accepted with the Treasure's Report combined.




Old Business: Bathroom Remodel is on hold waiting for funds. We have three bids in for the work. Cost will be $27,000. Dan Breneman comments how much needed to go ahead and the reminder that the council agreed by council to have 90% to go ahead and we have 1/3 ($7,753.66). Many ideas and thoughts about how and when to get the funds were spoken about. Suggestion to move the funds currently in the Memorial fund to the Bathroom remodel fund, motioned by Lou Kuhlman and second by Mary Ann Katzmark. Approved.




New Business: The 125th Bethel Lutheran Church Anniversary is October 24, 2016. Need a Committee to plan a celebration. One was formed to include: Cari Reder, Faith Garnatz, Darla Bartley, Doris Glonek, Sandy Breitzmann and Julie Foerst. They are to meet next Sunday, January 31, during coffee hour to get started. Pam Schultz also mentioned the idea to get a new directory made in honor of the anniversary and need a new one.




A special Thank you to the youth for lunch; they reported that the lunch raised $93.10 in proceeds to the peanut butter and jelly project. Thank you to Darla, youth and helpers.




Motion to adjourn by Byron and seconded by Delores. Adjourned at 11:05 a.m.






Respectfully submitted, Pamela Askegaard, Bethel Lutheran Church Council Secretary




Bethel Lutheran Church Council Minutes February 11, 2016




The Bethel Lutheran Church Council meeting was opened by President Ron Askegaard asking Pastor Gary for devotions. Pastor Gary read devotions: Matthew 6: 20-21 and prayer. Also present: Byron Selbrede, Dan Breneman, Pam Askegaard, Delores Bartley, Joyce Klick, Mike Spinner, Theresa Lull, Lou Kuhlman and June Askegaard.




Motion was made by Dan Breneman to accept the January minutes, seconded by June to approve the January minutes as written. All in favor, approved. Annual meeting minutes motion by Byron and seconded by Delores for approval, all in favor, approved.




Pastor's Report: A welcome to the council extended to Mike Spinner and Joyce was sitting in for Sandy Breitzmann. Acts: Funeral: Charlie Southwick on January 30. Business: March Quarters: Youth for Easter Breakfast March Mission: Hats, gloves, and mittens. Benevolence Budget: was recognized and approved. Bethel Anniversary was discussed at length regarding what the committee was planning. Bishop will be coming on Sunday, October 23. Discussing his role that Sunday in service and his expenditures. The Summer Rummage Sale date is during South End days July 15-16. A Chairperson is in need to head this up, Roger and Sandy will be available to help and offer their notes to assist the next person. Handicap parking also discussed, Pastor called upon Joyce Klick on this topic, which she brought the council up to date information she had. The bathroom remodel project has the go ahead with an anonymous couple granting the church with a no interest loan. Lent Services have begun with soup supper on Wednesday, a sign-up sheet in fellowship hall, our first service we had 47 people attending. Pastor Gary and Faith will soon be gone on Christmas vacation, the Deacons will be conducting the service. Fund Raising Committee (FRC) update: Breakfast on February 7, $240; Mardi Gras, February 9, $747. Thrivent grants being applied for and granted to cover the costs of fund-raisers and we are getting gift cards from Super One to cover more of the expenses. A Thank You Card will be sent to Super One.




Deacons Report: Spoke of the Benevolence fund. The Anointing Service and Pastor Gary vacation service was planned. They are working on the March Lectors list. Need about 10 Lectors. Received a new shut in list.




Treasurer's Report: We are in the Black!!




Trustees Report: Aware of the light that is out and will be replaced.




Board of Parish Ed. Report: No report.




BLCW: Discussed of Spring Salad Bar, which is moved out of March and set for Saturday, April 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sign-up sheets available for you to sign up. Talked about Mother's Day Dinner. Bazaar Date set for October 15, 9 a.m – 1 p.m. Doris and Lorraine to head up. Roger Breitzmann to redo the poles in the fellowship hall.




Youth Report: Serving Easter Breakfast expenses covered through Thrivant grant.




Old Business:




New Business: With the generous gift of a no interest loan for the bathroom remodel, we can now start as soon as possible. Byron will contact Mark Lach Construction to get things going. Motion to get started by Byron and seconded by Mike Spinner, all in favor. Approved.




Lord's Prayer


Byron motion to adjourn, Dan seconded. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.




Respectfully Submitted, Pam Askegaard, Bethel Lutheran Church Council Secretary
























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March 2016




This month's Newsletter sponsorship:


Happy 40th Anniversary Karen!


By Ron Vendela







March Worship Services

March 2 - 6:00 p.m. (Wed.)

March 6– 9:00 a.m.

March 9 - 6:00 p.m. (Wed.)

March 13 - 9:00 a.m.

March 16 - 6:00 p.m. (Wed.)

March 20 - 9:00 a.m.

March 24 - 6:00 p.m.

(Maundy Thursday)

March 25 - 6:00 p.m.

(Good Friday)

March 27 - Easter Sunday

6:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.









March Sunday Service Bible Readings




March 6 – Fourth Sunday in Lent


Psalm 32


1st Lesson: Joshua 5: 9-12


2nd Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21


Gospel: Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32




March 13 – Fifth Sunday in Lent


Psalm 126


1st Lesson: Isaiah 43: 16-21


2nd Lesson: Philippians 3: 4-14


Gospel: John 12: 1-8




March 20 – Palm Sunday


Psalm 31: 9-16


1st Lesson: Isaiah 50: 4-9


2nd Lesson: Philippians 2: 5-11


Gospel: Luke 23: 1-49




March 27 – Easter Sunday


Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24


1st Lesson: Isaiah 65: 17-25


2nd Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15: 19-26


Gospel: Luke 24: 1-12














March Assistants




Lectors – 9:00 a.m Service




March 6 - Ariel Grymala


March 13 – Dan Breneman


March 20 – Karen Vendela


March 27 – Anna Pearson


March 27 (6:30 a.m.) - Byron Selbrede




Lectors – 6:00 p.m. Lenten Worship




March 2 - June Askegaard


March 9 – Eathon Basinski


March 16 – Delores Bartley


March 24 – Joyce Klick


March 25 – Ron Askegaard




Altar Guild: Pam Schultz and Lynn Bergstedt


Communion Assistants:


Joyce Klick and Theresa Lull






Attendance & Offering


January 24 72 $1,299.52


January 27 68 $1,696.15


February 7 74 $2,650.44


February 10 (Wed.) 47 $ 407.19


February 14 70 $1,621.18


* Needed each week to make our 2016 proposed budget is $3,545.












Sunday School Attendance (students & teachers) and Offering


February 7 23 $ 6.00


February 14 19 $11.00
























9:00 a.m. Worship


March 6 - Garrett Lickiss and Luke Persons


March 13 - Ali Malec and James Zauhar


March 20 - Kayla Sirard and Abby Dolsen


March 27 - Kayla Sirard and Abby Dolsen


April 3 – Garrett Lickiss and Ali Malec


April 10 – Luke Persons and James Zauhar


April 17 – Kayla Sirard and Abby Dolsen


April 24 – Ali Malec and Ari Persons






6:30 a.m. Worship


March 27 - Ari Persons and Luke Persons






6:00 p.m. Lent Worship


March 2 - Ari Persons and Ali Malec


March 9 - James Zauhar and Luke Persons


March 16 - Garrett Lickiss and Ali Malec


March 24 (Maundy Thursday) – Ali Malec and Abby Dolsen








FRC Update ~




Another fund-raiser has successfully happened here at Bethel. The 2nd Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras spaghetti dinner was held February 9th with well over 100 people served in spite of the cold temperatures. It was great to see so many in attendance from our church family AND the community!




Again thanks to Thrivent Financial (thanks Faith for applying) and with the very generous and helpful Super One we made a profit of $747 and some change, $74.70 of that will be donated to the Relay for Life. Awesome!!!




Many many thanks to Sue and all her experience from her restaurant days, Lorraine for all her advertising, and set up help, Theresa and all her prep work – ya know she used to be a “salad girl,” Alayna and her photography and dish washing skills, Carol & George for their smiling faces while serving, Pam for decorating, Sandy for all the beads, Judy for getting the word out to the other churches and to Pastor Gary for being so cooperative in having the music blaring while we prepare for these events.




Fun” is a big part of fund-raising and we hope that is what everyone had Thank You To All!!




Keep an eye out for the next fund-raiser closer to spring.


Thanks for listening~


Friends in Christ








Hello Bethel Lutheran Members,


You are all incredibly special and extremely appreciated by staff of Just Kids Dental.


Together, we help many kids.


Thank you for your love and compassion.


Regards, Stacey Anderson






Bethel Lutheran Congregation -


On behalf of the Bryant Elementary Parent Teacher Organization, the staff and all the kids at Bryant, thank you so much for your generous contributions via boxtops for Education, Labels for Education and Milk Moola caps. Thank you also to Dale Kuhlman for making extra effort to get these collected! The Boxtops money goes directly to the classroom teachers and the Milk Moola money supports the PTO budget for kids activities. Donations to the school nurse for supplies, teachers grants for field trips etc.! Labels for Education has educational and physical education/art supply materials that teachers can choose for their classrooms.


Please keep clipping those labels.


We appreciate your community's support greatly!


Sincerely, Jennifer Farrell Bryant PTO VP










Dear Bethel Lutheran Church:


Thank you for your donation of $375. We are blessed by your contribution to support services to women, children and families experiencing homelessness.




Your donation helps us provide case management, life skills, resources and referrals, emergency services and shelter. The impact for those we serve is life saving.




This month I am filling in as the case manager. It has been a blessing to work directly with guests. One young woman struggling with mental illness shared her struggle with finding a safe place to stay. She said, “I feel safe and secure here. I can now work on getting my meds taken care of and a place to stay.” Our work together creates safety and hope.


Thank you for passing hope along!


Grace and Peace,


Rev. Barb Certa-Werner






Community Dinner


The Community Dinner at Faith United Methodist Church was hosted by Bethel on Sunday, February 14th. We served approximately 60 meals.


The following people helped by baking cakes, cooking, serving and cleaning up: Gary & Julia Blaisdell, Terri Mehtala, Ron & June Askegaard, Pam Askegaard, Nona Ericson, Kayla Quinn, LaVonne Mehtala, Lorraine Urbaniak, Gladys Wallin, Theresa Lull, Joe Graves, Roger & Kathy Krisak, Phyllis Hagen, Alice Mattson, Lou Kuhlman, Jen Kuhlman, Sheila Elavsky.


Thanks to everyone who participated.


Gary & Julia Blaisdell and Sue Connolly






March Quarters


Quarters put into the offering plates in March will go to the young people of Bethel who will be providing Easter breakfast for us at the end of the month. Breakfast will be served Easter Sunday from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Tentative plan is to have French Toast and sausage.






Daylight Saving Time


When you go to bed on Saturday, March 12, be sure to set your clock ahead. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on March 13. The evenings will be longer next month, even though for a night or two we may be tired as our clocks dance ahead.










March Mission


Our March mission will be to gather hats, gloves, mittens & scarves for those who are cold here in Superior. Drop them off in the tub in the narthex. Most will go to the kids at Bryant. Adult sizes will go to the Salvation Army food pantry. If the weather warms up, they will be kept for cold winter next year! Gloves often go on sale this month. Buy an extra pair for those who have none!










Holy Week


Holy week begins on Palm Sunday, March 20. This is the only service that we will read two gospel lessons, the processional gospel & the regular gospel.


Maundy Thursday we will worship in the sanctuary at 6:00 p.m. This service will be a service of holy communion. After communion the altar will be stripped, there will be no benediction, and we will leave the church in silence.


Good Friday we will return to the sanctuary at 6:00 p.m. The altar will be dressed in black. We will hear the reading of the passion story from St. John's gospel interspersed with hymns. This service ends with the cross procession (or as Dale calls it, the cross thumping). Once again we leave in silence with no benediction.


Easter morning services are at 6:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. There is no prelude at the 6:30 service, but once the resurrection is announced, we will sing hymns of praise. Communion is served at both services that morning. The altar will be decorated with blooming plants. The cross will be draped in white. And Easter Breakfast will be served between services by the youth. Second service will begin with a joyous Easter prelude. Join us to celebrate the resurrection. You may take the plants you ordered home after this service.










Peanut Butter Challenge


In January we once more brought peanut butter & jelly for those who hunger here in Superior. Thirty-five jars of jelly/jam were taken to the food pantry and 111 jars of peanut butter. This year we totaled 146 jars of peanut butter & jelly. The offering at the annual meeting enabled the youth to buy peanut butter and jelly again. Eleven boxes of groceries were taken to the food pantry that day as well. Thank you for your generosity.














125th Anniversary Committee


We have met three times since the annual meeting. Much planning is ahead of us. It was decided to kick-off the year long celebration on April 24th with the Healing & Anointing service. A pot luck is being planned.


Your thoughts or help is welcome, if an event sounds like something you would like to be involved in let us know.


Watch this space for more to follow.