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September 22nd Weekly Update from Hope
Rita Sawatzky brought in a batch of Elderberry jam not too long ago. The berries came from our very own Elderberry bush that Matt Duffy planted. Matt’s hard work is literally bearing fruit and Rita put her time and love into sharing this with us. 
    Our denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is divided into 65 synods. We are in the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. Additionally, each of these 65 synods have partner synods to help build connections across the wider church. One of our partner synods is the Caribbean Synod, which is headquartered in Puerto Rico. Their bishop has joined us at our Synod Assembly in years past. A couple years ago, a group of pastors went there for a Spanish immersion program. Multiple churches from our synod have gone to Puerto Rico for mission trips and built relationships with people there.
    You may have noticed yet another hurricane, Hurricane Fiona, hit Puerto Rico this past Sunday. Lutheran Disaster Response is one of the many ministries of the ELCA. They are at work all over the world, including the United States. Not only do they arrive at the start of a crisis, but they also stay for the hard work of rebuilding—which can take years. Since we have a network of churches all over the world, we have a reliable way to offer vital support whenever and wherever it’s needed most.
    Please consider donating to Lutheran Disaster Response this week, specifically for Hurricane Response. All money goes directly to help those in need. You can use this LINK to make a donation or you can donate through Hope: make checks payable to Hope Lutheran Church, write “Lutheran Disaster Response” in the memo line, and place your gift in the offering plate.
    You might be thinking to yourself, “but pastor, what about us? We can’t even pay our bills here?” My response to that is, if we can’t help neighbors in need, we are not being the church. Matthew 25 makes it abundantly clear what following Jesus is supposed to be about.
  If you would like to learn more, please check out: https://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Relief-and-Development/Lutheran-Disaster-Response/Our-Impact/Hurricane-Response.
Pastor Beth
(608) 509-5603

OCTOBER 1st IS FALL CLEAN-UP DAY

8:30 am to Noon

Help is needed to tidy up Hope's grounds for the coming winter. Come for all or part of the time as 'many hands make light work'!!

Museum Open House This Sunday
The Historical Preservation Committee in conjunction with Stewardship Ministry is hosting an open house for members to see what’s been going on in the old library (now a museum of Hope history).  There is still quite a bit yet to be done but this will be a first peek. If members have items they think would fit into the museum, please let the committee know or bring them with you on that day.
Memory Café Held Right Here at Hope!
   The Memory Café has resumed at Hope! It takes place the 4th Wednesday of every month from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The next gathering will be on September 28th. For more information contact Georgia Punswick at (608) 839-4426 or gpunswick@yahoo.com.
Stick around following worship and join in the study of ‘Manna and Mercy’. This book is a wonderful summary of the Bible, told through the Lutheran lens of God’s grace. In the words of the author, Daniel Erlander, “this is a booklet about God—more specifically the God of the Bible who is present and active in human history and all of creation.” While not necessary to participate in the study, books are available for purchase at $10 each in Neemann Hall.
September Eternal Light & Altar Flowers
Sunday’s altar flowers are given in loving memory of Linden Patrick by Matt Duffy.
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The Eternal Light for September is given in loving memory of
Dennis St. John by Heather, Amy and Pam.
Sunday School is Back! Get excited! Sunday School has begun! All kids ages 3 through 6th grade are welcome to join the fun Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. John Gausmann, Dan Harvey, and Eleanor Byrnes are team teaching this year. Students are released following communion.
Worship Schedule Through November 20th
Sundays
9 am - Blended worship (see bulletin HERE)

or watch at 9 am LIVE or anytime following at
https://www.facebook.com/HopeLutheranMcFarlandWI/videos/

9:30(-ish) am - Sunday School
10 am - Java & Jesus featuring 'Manna & Mercy' Bible Study 
Wednesdays
6 pm - Dinner church
6:45-7:30 pm - Confirmation & Adult class  
The October/November/December issue of "Christ in Our Home" devotional books are available in the narthex and in the 'Little Library' outside the church main doors.
    A big THANK YOU you to these gals who took time out of their day to clean, vacuum pew pads, remove stains, polish the pews, as well as polishing the altar furniture, etc. They are: Rita Sawatzky, Kay Erickson, Margie Moore, Janet Koch, Jane Rudie, Donna Niesen-Campbell & Mary Ackerman. Well done all! The following week the Sacristy was cleaned with the help of Georgia Punswick & Mary A. Thanks again to all!
🙏 Prayers
    Please let us know how we can pray for you. Each weekly update will share the prayer requests that come in during the week. We encourage people to lift up these prayer concerns in their prayers at home, and we will pray for these people at our Sunday service. Contact Marcie with any prayer requests you would like included for the week. This week we pray for:
Skylar Beckwith
Michael Colvin
Michelle Rowe
Kristie Hahn
Lisa Jenkins

Jerry Rodefeld
Bev Rodefeld Kalish
Wendy Tiede
  ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY  
Saturday, October 8th (rain date October 15th)
    Volunteers are needed to clean up Hope's 2-mile section of County Road BB. Meet at Heartland Chiropractic at 9 am with gloves and wearing long pants. Contact Diana Tonn for more info.
    Certified arborist and resident landscape designer, Matt Duffy, continues to plant, tend to and nurture the flora of Hope’s surroundings as he strives to achieve ‘Arboretum’ certification for our grounds. Please consider making a donation to ‘Hope Gardens’ to support his ongoing work by clicking HERE. After clicking the link, choose 'Grounds & Landscaping (Gardens of Hope' or make out a check to HLC (noting 'landscaping' or 'Hope Gardens') and place in the offering plate. Thank you!
FOOD PANTRY REQUEST
  Thank you to everyone who continues to help support the area food pantries with your donations! The Cottage Grove Food Pantry brought to light items in particular need. They are:
macaroni & cheese, canned vegetables, canned fruit, spaghetti, Spam, pancake mix, pancake syrup, facial tissue, toilet paper & dish soap.
    Donations should not be perishable nor expired. Please place them in the large wicker basket in Neemann Hall.
Thank you for your generosity and support!
Rita is hoping to borrow antique oil lamps for a few days for a future display. If you have any that you wouldn't mind loaning her please call (608) 838-9029 or email her at rrsawa@hotmail.com.
WORSHIP SERVICE VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED. PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING IN ANY OF THESE CAPACITIES BY USING THE LINK BELOW OR THE SIGN-UP AT CHURCH:
Usher
Greeter
Lay Reader
Communion Care
Tech Booth
CLICK HERE FOR WORSHIP VOLUNTEER LINK
SEPTEMBER 18th ATTENDANCE ✔
Facebook: 6 peak live viewers and 23 viewers overall during or at some point following for longer than 1 minute.
Sanctuary Worship: 86
Use the links below to see the calendars, minutes and financial reports.
AUGUST 2022 FINANCIAL REPORTS
SEPTEMBER CALENDAR

AUGUST 8, 2022 COUNCIL MINUTES
JULY 2022 FINANCIAL REPORTS
AUGUST 2022 CALENDAR
THERE ARE NO JULY MINUTES AS THERE WAS NO MEETING IN JULY
Offerings
Thank you for your continued support! Ways to financially support Hope:
  1. Bring your offering to worship on Sunday mornings;
  2. mail in offering envelopes;
  3. use this link: https://hopelc.breezechms.com/give/online
  4. Hope's secure website (http://www.hope-in-action.org) and scroll to the bottom of the home page).
Hope's Facebook Page
Hope's Website
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