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September 2014


Bethel Lutheran Church

5821 John Avenue

Superior, WI 54880

Office Phone - 715-392-2033

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The Bethel Beacon September 2014


Greetings Bethel Community,

On the verge of commencing my fourth season as the choir director at Bethel, I can’t help but reflect on how fortunate we are to have a choir. Choirs, particularly in smaller congregations, are becoming a rarity for churches in our region. A person or group leading worship, and a few brave souls willing to do special music, is the most churches can hope for these days. Bethel has more than twelve talented people who regularly participate in our choir activities, with more who join as they can. This is impressive for a church with average attendance totaling less than 100 people per Sunday. I think this says something about the giving nature of our specific congregation. Let me explain.

As part of our Offertory on Sunday mornings, we pray the following words:

“Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—our selves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. Receive them for the sake of him who offered himself for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

This prayer does not say we should just drop a check in the plate as it goes by and walk out the door. It says we also give of our selves and our time. The talents God has given each of us are important to his service. Allotting time in our regular life activities for his service is vital to the survival of our congregation. Whether we volunteer to mow the church lawn, serve as altar guild, provide treats for coffee hour, work on projects that benefit our surrounding community, act as a trustee or deacon, and the list goes on, we are giving of our selves and our time. You might ask, how do these things help the survival of our church? Some are self-evident. Without someone volunteering in these capacities, we couldn’t have the services we do. Some of these may not be vital, but they help our relationships in the church. Yes, we could probably continue on without homemade treats at coffee hour, but doesn’t the excellent food help our fellowship and bring us together? Enhance our sense of community with one another?

The choir fits in this same category. We could probably go on without a choir if the interest just wasn’t there. But would our services be the same? The choir adds beauty to our services. It creates a musical community and a bond that crosses our generational differences. Our church has a reputation for music because of our choir and ensemble, as well as our individual musicians. Our music draws people into our services who may or may not otherwise attend church. Music gives so many of us yet another way to participate meaningfully in our services and use the talents God has given us for his glory.

I am grateful for our choir members, and our Amazing Andrea, and the time and effort they put into every practice and every service. I am grateful for all of the musical members of our congregation. And, finally, I am grateful everyone in our congregation who volunteers their time to the continuity, furtherance, and beauty of our church. I am looking forward to another season with the choir. It is an honor to continue serving as the choir director, to lead this fantastic group of musicians as they work together to beautify our services and glorify the Father.

With sincere gratitude,

Jen Kuhlman

Choir Director




Bethel Lutheran Church Council Minutes August 14, 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, Sue Connolly and Lorraine Urbaniak.

Pastor Gary opened with prayer and devotions: Acts 9:31.

Motion was made by Ron and seconded by June to approve the June minutes as written. All in favor, approved.


Pastor's Report: Acts: Baptism: Mason Daniel Nollet on August 10th. Wedding: Christa Mattson and Eric DeGraef on June 21. Funerals:

Susan Walker on June 20th; Ed Nikstad on July 17; Lois Westman on July 26; Margaret Nikstad on August 5. Business: September

Quarters: Luis Alberto Yanez Cedeno (the International Child that the SS adopted, for his Christmas gift). September Mission: Apple Pie

supplies, the needs are sugar, flour and butter flavored Crisco. Midweek services: The average attendance for midweek services were 25

persons. Church Picnic was on Sunday, August 3 and attended by 52 people at Pattison Park. Community Dinner: will be September 14

with Gary & Julia Blaisdell coordinating. Apple Pies will be made this fall once again, the tentative date set is October 18 and in need of an



Deacons Report: Updated the home bound and rest homes and the list is getting smaller. Assisting in the Baptisms.


Treasurer's Report: The Church Budget is in VERY BAD shape. No money - no bills paid. Need help!


Trustees Report: Another Fire Inspection to follow-up on the Exit Sign. We do already have Matt Davey signed up for another season

of snow shoveling.


Board of Parish Ed. Report: Andrea is going through the back log of Sunday School materials. We have Julie signed up for Nursery

worker. Sunday School starts on September 14 and staff installed on September 14. In need of two Teachers and a Superintendent

and two Shepherds.


BLCW: Due to the BLCW President's absence VP Pamela Askegaard is stepping into the President chair. Salad Bar is on September 17

and those proceeds will go to the general fund. The October Bazaar is on October 25.


Youth Report: Holy Commotion is on August 31, 2014. The calendars for their fund-raiser have arrived.


Old Business: 

New Business: Budget is Very Bad. Need Money to pay bills. Fund-raising was discussed. Ice Cream Social in June 2015. Rummage

Sale is set for April 24 and 25, 2015 need an organizer.


Byron motion to adjourn, Delores seconded. Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted, Pam Askegaard, Bethel Lutheran Church Council Secretary




September 2014


This month's Newsletter sponsorship: None










September Worship Services






September 7 - 9:00 a.m.


September 14 - 9:00 a.m.


September 21 - 9:00 a.m.


September 28 - 9:00 a.m.






2015 God's Creation Calendars


They are here! The youth will again be selling these wonderful calendars. The cost this year is $7.00 each. A wonderful calendar with a great price. They make wonderful gifts too. See one of the confirmation students (they will be getting them soon) or stop by the office and pick one up. Money raised from the sale goes to youth programming. Thanks to everyone for your support!





September Sunday Service Bible Readings



September 7 – Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 119: 33-40

1st Lesson: Ezekiel 33: 7-11

2nd Lesson: Romans 13: 8-14

Gospel: Matthew 18: 15-20


September 14 – Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 103: 1-13

1st Lesson: Genesis 50: 15-21

2nd Lesson: Romans 14: 1-12

Gospel: Matthew 18: 21-35


September 21 – Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 145

1st Lesson: Jonah 3:10 – 4:11

2nd Lesson: Philippians 1: 21-30

Gospel: Matthew 20: 1-16


September 28 – Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Psalm 25: 1-9

1st Lesson: Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32

2nd Lesson: Philippians 2: 1-13

Gospel: Matthew 21: 23-32





September Acolytes


9:00 a.m. Worship

September 7 – Ryan Bartley and Heaven Sullivan

September 14 – Eathon Basinski and Ryan Bartley

September 21 – Eathon Basinski and Heaven Sullivan

September 28 – Ryan Bartley and Eathon Basinski

October 5 – Eathon Basinski and Heaven Sullivan


September Assistants


Lectors – 9:00 a.m service


September 7 – Sandy Breitzmann

September 14 – Matthew Huehn

September 21 – Eathon Basinski

September 28 – Bonnie Newman



Altar Guild: Jodi Montano and Dolly Selbrede


Communion Assistants: Theresa Lull and Sue Connolly



July & August

Attendance & Offering

(services from June 29th and forward include Wednesday totals)

July 20 72 $2,958.83

July 27 72 $2,262.12

August 3 69 $2,348.21

August 10 116 $3,944.65

August 17 75 $1,547.32


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




September Quarters

Quarters put into the offering plates in September will go for a Christmas present for the adopt-a-child

Luis Alberto Yanez Cedeno. Luis lives in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Please be generous with your quarters. Thank You!




It has been a busy month with baptisms.

* Mason Daniel Nollet was baptized on August 10, 2014 here at Bethel. He was born on January 10, 2014 in Duluth,

Minnesota. His parents are Branden & Ann (Pede) Nollet. Sponsors were Kyle Bukovich and Dana Conley.

* Gavin Alan Wagenbach was baptized on August 16, 2014 here at Bethel. He was born on July 6, 2014 in Duluth,

Minnesota. His parents are Jeremy Wagenbach and Kerry Kate. Sponsors were Alicia Wagenbach and Jesse Wagenbach.

* Hadley JeanneAnn Johnson was baptized on August 17, 2014 here at Bethel. She was born on March 29, 2014 in

Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her parents are Matt & Staci (Udeen) Johnson. Sponsors were Mike & Maggie Heier.

* Clara Rose Eliason was baptized on August 24, 2014 here at Bethel. She was born on August 25, 2013 in Duluth,

Minnesota. Her parents are Amy & Eric Eliason. Sponsors were Kara Edwards and Eric Foerst.




September Mission


Our September mission will be to collect pie supplies. We usually make apple pies in October. Needed, of course,

are apples. Also needed are 110 pounds of flour, 50 pounds of sugar, and 12 cans of butter flavored Crisco.

We have 180 pans. There will be a big blue tub in the dining room in September.

Won't you help fill it with pie supplies?




Bethel's nursery will be staffed again for the school year beginning September 14. Julie McLaren staffs the

nursery during our worship hour. The service is broadcast to the nursery on Sunday mornings, and on

communion Sundays the entire nursery comes to the sanctuary for a communion blessing.


Please Note! Nursery is available for those who are not yet in school. As always, all children are welcome for worship.

A church with children's voices is a healthy church.



Confirmation Instruction

Instruction for the ninth graders who have had two years of instruction will begin September 10 at 4:00.

Classes will be September 10, 17, 24. Pictures will be taken on October 8 at 4:00, as well as rehearsal for

the confirmation service. The students will be confirmed on October 12 at 9:00.


Instruction for the 7th & 8th graders (1st and 2nd year students)begins with a meeting of the parents & students on

September 24 at 5:30. Acolyte instruction will be on October 1 at 4:00. This year Bible will be taught.

Classroom instruction begins October 15.




Music Committee


Our music committee will meet on September 10 (Wednesday) at 5:00 in the fellowship hall to choose hymns for

October and November. If there are hymns that you would like to sing at worship, please let our musicians

know as we choose music for the next two months. If you would like to help choose music, please join us at music









Lois Evelyn Westman passed away on July 22, 2014 in Superior, WI. Her funeral was at Downs on July 26, 2014

with a lunch here at Bethel after.


Margaret Emily Nikstad passed away on July 31, 2014 in Cloquet, MN. Her funeral was at Nelson Funeral Care

in Cloquet on August 5, 2014.


Blessed be their memories.





Congratulations to Julie Kiminski and Tim McLaren on their marriage.

They were married in Billings Park by Pastor Gary on August 22, 2014.





Lawn Mowing

Thank you to those who have mowed lawn these past few weeks; Adam Kuhlman, Michael Strong,

Dan Breneman, the Newman family and Adam Kuhlman again. There are still openings that can be

signed up for. If you have any questions talk to Pastor or one of the Trustees

(Shelby Holen, Adam Kuhlman or Byron Selbrede).

Thanks again to those who have mowed and signed up to mow!





Blood Drive

Supplies of blood are very low in the Twin Ports area. We will be having a blood drive here on Tuesday,

September 16 from 2:30 until 5:30. Talk to Pastor if you are able to give blood at this event.

Please pray about giving blood. Usually the same people give this life giving blood.

Will you join us in collecting blood for those in need?




Bible Study

The Bible Study group will meet on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:00 in the fellowship hall. We will be reading

Acts 9: 31-43. Read these verses to see the new ministry of the early Christians, including the healing of

Aenas and the raising of Tabitha from the dead. Join us with insights & questions.





Sunday School

Plans are being made for 2014 – 2015 Sunday School. Classroom instruction begins on Sunday, September 14.

Teachers & staff will be installed that Sunday at worship. We are still in need of some shepherds . . . this is

a one month commitment; a superintendent . . a year's commitment; and teachers . . . a year's commitment.

Would you consider team teaching a class?


We are also in need of STUDENTS! Have you signed up your child or grandchild for Sunday School?

Blue half-sheets of paper are available by the front doors, or in the office. You may also call the office to register.


To volunteer to each or shepherd please call the office (715-392-2033) or call Andrea Buvarp (218-626-2940).

Thank You!






2015 God's Creation Calendars

They are here! The youth will again be selling these wonderful calendars. The cost this year is $7.00 each.

A wonderful calendar with a great price. They make wonderful gifts too. See one of the confirmation students

(they will be getting them soon) or stop by the office and pick one up. Money raised from the sale goes to youth

programming. Thanks to everyone for your support!





Fall Bazaar

This is a reminder from the BLCW that our Fall Bazaar will be held on Saturday, October 25th from 9-1.

We encourage anyone who wishes to participate to bring in handiwork of any kind. So, put the finishing

touches on your projects, “hunt” for that white elephant stuff. If you have any questions talk to Carol Farmakes,

Jane Staupe or Sandy Breitzmann, they are the co-chairs to this event. Thank you for your help!