Hope’s 50th Annual Cookie Stroll & Luncheon was held last Saturday after a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic. (Top) 50 Years of Cookie Walk, Luncheon & Bazaar memories are displayed in the narthex. (Bottom Left) Cookies were prepackaged and for sale by the pound. (Bottom Right) The dining room was decorated and set waiting to receive diners on Saturday.
“The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.” --Merriam-Webster Dictionary
As Christians, we believe that God has entrusted a lot into our care. In Genesis, God entrusts us to care for the earth. God entrusts us with our relationships: parents, children, friends, and neighbors near and far. In baptism, God entrusts us to nurture the faith of our children and Godchildren. Jesus entrusted the church to continue his mission to heal the world. Even our very lives and bodies are something God has entrusted us with. Biblical stewardship teaches us that everything is God’s—we don’t actually own anything.
Our mission, if we choose to accept it, is careful and responsible management of the many things God has entrusted to us. Too often we take all these things for granted. Too often people see all these gifts as something to control or possess. Instead, God calls us to see ourselves as stewards. How are we doing at taking care of all the things God has entrusted to us? How will you plan to steward your gifts to the church this coming year?
Please prayerfully consider all the amazing things God has entrusted you with, and how God is calling you to be a good steward. I encourage you to take some time to fill out your stewardship brochures this week and remember to bring them this Sunday. If you forget, we have extras!
This is the Day Stewardship Sunday -- November 13th “This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it” -- Psalm 118:24.
Join us for a special day filled with music and fellowship. Sloppy Joes, chips, beverages and cake provided by Stewardship Ministry following worship. Bring your stewardship brochure you received in the mail (see below). Hope to see you Sunday!
YOU'VE GOT MAIL
…at least you should have by now. Stewardship Ministry mailed the 2023 pledge information/form the end of October. Please prayerfully consider how you can support Hope Lutheran Church with your monetary and service commitments for 2023. If you received more than one brochure in your envelope, it means that the youth in your household are encouraged to pledge as little as $1 a week, a month or a year or commit to service – the youth have a vested interest in Hope’s future. Bring the pledge(s) to service this Sunday (November 13) – a celebration with voice choir and praise band! After the service, join everyone in Neemann Hall for sloppy joes, chips, beverages and, of course, birthday cake (rumor has it there are a number of members with birthdays on November 13).
Dear Hope Congregation, Thank you so much for your response to the needs of our 50th Annual Luncheon, & Cookie Stroll. Your donations of food items, time and your talents made the event a huge success.
The luncheon, under the direction of Carol Duffy and Wendy Tiede, was delicious and was confirmed by many who attended as “the best turkey casserole ever!”
The dining room, under the direction of Mary Ackerman, was busy with volunteers serving the meal, and making sure people had coffee, milk and water, as well as clearing tables. The tables were adorned with quilts made by our Hope Quilters and Hope members. The quilts were part of a Silent Auction conducted by Rita Sawatzky & Mary Ackerman and raised $685.00.
The Cookie Stroll was organized by Linda Marks and Patti Helgeland. About 30 different varieties of cookies were packaged for sale. The Cookie Stroll was the biggest draw for our event. All the cookies were sold out this year as in years past.
This 50th Annual Cookie Stroll and Luncheon was in memory of Rose Marks, Dorothy Rodefeld & Ruth Hermsdorf who were some of the original organizers of this event 50 years ago.
Lastly, but certainly not least, we would like give a big “Thank You” to all the chairpersons and many members & friends of Hope congregation for their time & talents to make this event a huge SUCCESS! Especially to all the cookie bakers who came together at church to bake all those wonderful cookies. We were not sure this would come together, but it was a success. About $4200 was raised for the Hope Lutheran Church Women.
Diana Tonn, General Chairperson
Thanks for the Use of Your Oil Lamps! Thank you to everyone that loaned me your oil lamps to use last Saturday. They helped make lovely table displays for our special 50th Luncheon & Cookie Stroll. Lamps can now be picked up beginning on Sunday. If you’re unable to retrieve yours on Sunday, please stop by the church Tuesday or Wednesday next week between 8 am and 4:30 pm. -- Rita Sawatzky
🟣🟣🟣 Circle Notes
Hannah Circle will meet on Sunday, November 20th following worship.
A service project is in the works for Rebekah Circle. Stay tuned for an update on this.
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:
Bev Rodefeld Kalish
Family of Dallas Seboe
SNACKS NEEDED FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday school is running out of snacks and the call has been put out to replenish supplies! If you’d like to donate, please pick up any prepackaged, non-perishable snacks and/or drinks and place them in the bins on the table outside Marcie’s office. Thank you!
Cornucopia of Sharing 👐🏼
Mary Circle created the Thanksgiving display in front of the altar to show and share our desire for community outreach. Please consider bringing canned goods, personal care products, and/or household items and place them in the display to help it grow! These items will be delivered to the local food pantries later this month.
November Eternal Light The Eternal Light is given in memory of Don Viken by Sharon and family.
Memory Café Held Monthly Here at Hope
The next gathering of the Memory Café will be on Wednesday, November 30th from 9:30 to 11 am. There will be Christmas activities including decorating cookies.
The Memory Café is a safe space for anyone living with memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s or other Dementia. Accompanied by a caregiver, it is an opportunity to connect with others and enjoy some social interaction, refreshments and various topics of interest. For more information, contact Georgia Punswick at (608) 839-4426.
Worship Schedule Through January 1, 2023 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
10:30 am - Stewardship Sloppy Joe Meal with Birthday Cake Wednesdays
6:45-7:30 pm - Confirmation Class
NOVEMBER 6th ATTENDANCE ✔
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