January 1, 2021
Bethesda & Immanuel Lutheran Newsletter
Ode to a Virus

This year will be known as the year we met covid 19.
Of all of my 80, this year is the strangest I’ve seen.
Now we must wear a mask and we dare not approach anyone.
But we’ll all feel much better tomorrow when this year is done.

We don’t go to restaurants that’s too many folks in one room.
And to have human contact, for business or pleasure, we zoom.
Our schools and our churches have had to find new ways to run.
But we’ll all feel much better tomorrow when this year is done.

Our nation’s divided on issues like never before.
And kindness and justice are things that we seem to ignore.
I am hopeful of change in the hands of Joseph Biden.
And we’ll all feel much better tomorrow when this year is done.

The death toll keeps rising, charts show an increasing slope.
But talk of a vaccine by Spring gives us reason to hope.
We can’t say it now, but by then we might just say “we’ve won”.
Yes, we’ll all feel much better tomorrow when this year is done.

M. Burkel Dec. 2020 (Bethesda)
Anything in the color blue is a clickable link
Join Us for Sunday Worship and Coffee Hour

Please Let Us Join Together:
Coffee and Fellowship 
Sunday 11:00 After Worship

Meeting ID: 229-508-663
Password: 056996 (May not need password)

Mutual Ministry
January 20th 7 PM

January 13th 7 PM

Women's Gather
on Zoom
January 13th at 9:30 Am

Meeting ID: 860 6837 4823
Passcode: 419919

Dial by your location
       +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Retired Old Men Eat Out
Every Friday at 8 Am

Meeting ID: 838 1024 9688
Password: 365154
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Bethesda Annual Meeting - January 24th on Zoom
Immanuel Annual Meeting - January 31st on Zoom
You will be emailed the agenda and annual report later this month.

• A timely and important book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture.

Don’t miss the hourlong Netflix special
Brené Brown: The Call to Courage!

“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives—experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.
HUGE Thank you to all of you who are able to continue giving during this time.
*If you would like to extend your giving to either Bethesda's or Immanuel's Discretionary Accounts please designate on your check.
I am thinking the needs may be great at some point.
Online Giving on Vanco 

Drop your offering off at the church in Randy Bestul's mailbox, or mail your offering to him at:
PO Box 331
Cornucopia, WI 54827

Mail to:
P.O. Box 724
Bayfield, WI 54814
Still lots of cleaning to do at both churches
Contact the church to sign up
Contact Leanne to sign up
New information
is Blue
If you would like to be added to the list please contact me
Family and Friends of
Georgia Rettmer
Georgia Rettmer passed on December 15. Here is the link for her obituary:

Paula Lunberg
Paula is doing well from her first jaw and leg surgeries (more to come in February)and we pray for her continued healing.
36705 County Highway J
Bayfield, WI 54814

Pavel, Alla, Oliver & Victoria
Prayers for our Russian family seeking asylum and all the many things that go with trying to find peace and saf

Gene Burkel (brother of Marty)
Prayers for the Burkel's family and friends in the passing of Gene's wife Kay.
And prayers for Gene as he is almost finished with radiation therapy on his neck and shoulder, and waiting...to see his next path.
Marty and Sheryl's email:

Deb Powers
Deb's surgery for endometrial cancer went well. The cancer was 1A and was contained to the uterus only and no further treatment is necessary at this point. Thanks for everyone's prayers!
722 Superior Avenue
Washburn, WI 54891

Bill Compton
85175 Trailer Court Road
Bayfield, WI 54814

Ruthann Compton
PO Box 784
Bayfield, WI 

Roxanne Frizzell
87010 Valley Road
Bayfield, WI 54814
Beverly Buck
Court Manor
c/o Beverly Buck
911 3rd Street West
Ashland, WI 54806

Wilma Lamken
702 Bratley Drive
Washburn, WI 54891

Wally and Colleen Nozal
PO Box 341
Cornucopia, WI 54827

Brad Schultz
Brad has stopped receiving cancer treatments and is in hospice care. Plans are in the process for his continued care close to family members. Please continue to keep Brad in your prayers and take the time to give him a call or send a card.
PO Box 153
Cornucopia, WI 54827

Richard Mueller
Richard recently received a pacemaker and is feeling much better.
88775 Bark Point Road
Herbster, WI 54844

Lois Osterberg
PO Box 238
Cornucopia, WI 54827

Yvette Fleming
P.O. Box 225
Cornucopia, WI 54827

Bill Peterson 
Bill is struggling from Parkinson's and would enjoy hearing form you.
Walker Methodist Care Suites
7400 York Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435

Barb Spencer
Barb is home.
Northern Lights 
706 Bratley Dr.
Washburn, WI

Jim and Joanne Collins
Jim and Joanne are moving to New Prague MN. Jim has had MS for many years and is getting harder for him to live at home and hard for Joanne to be caretaker. Their daughter lives in New Prague. So prayers for health and prayers for their moving. They are so sad to leave Bayfield.
86360 Meyers-Olson Road
Bayfield, WI 54814

Margaret Roemhild
1011 Manypenny Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54814

Gary Slead
Cornucopia, WI 54827 

Mary Lang
27 S 5th Street
Bayfield, WI 54814

Phillip "Tiny" Turnball

Jim Slocum
Jim has been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. It has metastasized. This happened really fast and it will probably be weeks. So... reach out now, Theodora would love to hear from you. Please keep Jim and Theodora in your prayers.
4004 London Road Apt 1325
Duluth, MN 55804
Have you heard about South Shore Quilters?
You may or may not be familiar with a community program
called South Shore Quilters. We are a group of volunteers from the local area and beyond--who usually meet on Wednesday mornings in the Fellowship Hall of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Immanuel has been generous in allowing us a place to work and to store the finished quilts until they are distributed to local and far-flung areas where a warm quilt is needed.
The South Shore Quilters organization has been meeting for over 40 years. We work with fabric and supplies which have been donated by individuals and groups, and we have produced and donated thousands of quilts during that time—this year alone we’ve made about 300. We are so thankful for those who have donated to our program.
To give you an idea of where we have donated quilts, here is a list of many of them:
·       Northern Lights Health Care Center in Washburn
·       Birch Haven North Assisted Living in Washburn
·       Birth Haven Senior Living Community in Ashland
·       Red Cliff Community Health Center
·       New Day Advocacy Center in Ashland
·       Lutheran World Relief (national and international)
·       Various organizations receive a quilt from us to use for their raffles/fundraisers

If you have any questions about joining us or making donations, please contact me at lkhoma70@gmail.com or on my cell phone at 612-281-8078.

Leanne Homa

Have a Blessed Christmas & Happy New Year
-Joan and Rainer Einsman
Our thanks to ALL who planned, recorded, edited and participated in producing the wonderful Christmas Eve Service and Greetings videos. We were amazed at the quality of the recording and the genuineness of everyone's presentations. We found it to be a very moving service of song, story, scripture and sermon. What a great idea to include us all during this time of separation. A special thanks to Pastor Mary for her organizing and encouragement as well as the time she so willingly gave to this project. It was indeed our Christmas highlight!

May 2021 build on these new ways of bringing us together.

Ralph and Eve Erickson  
Native American Worship Service

December 20th was the 4th Native worship with Dee Sweets message “Its All Cycle-Logical: Celebrating Solstice”

This month we will welcome back Dee for another powerful message. Date TBD.

"To Repair Our Lives" beginning January 2021 

Seasonal creative explorations of healing and repair with Regina - 
    Farmer, Storyteller/Dancer, Creative Spirituality, Woman and Mother of color in a beautiful imperiled world. 

So much calls for repair: my own heart, the histories of my people and my nation, hunger and displacement, oceans and climate, the lives of my sons - their brown skin making them targets. 

This is beyond me -- too big...  But holding the soil in my hands as we work to repair the small patch of earth upon which we grow food -- mixing in compost and care -- makes repair touchable. Possible. And this tiny participation in the earth's life repairs me. Repairs my faith. Repairs my walk in this world.  

I hope my multi-faceted reflections will help you find your own 'handful of soil' which helps you understand, imagine, and step into your own rich ways of healing.

These online expressions and experiences, and touchable gifts are invitations to repair our lives - to be nourished and healed; to be nourishers and healers.

Please see www.DiasporaOnMadeline.com/to-repair-our-lives/ for more information or registration.

For specific interest in the "Dancing Our Lives" movement offerings, see https://www.diasporaonmadeline.com/dancing-our-lives.

Please contact me with any questions.

May we all live the growing and the waiting in the darkness.

 ~ regina

Regina Laroche
Diaspora on Madeline Island
WOW Thats alot of Meatballs!

Thank you to Diane, Lynette, Shirley, Paula & Howard who made meatballs and raised $1080 for Lake Superior Bridge Builders.

Thank you to Paul and Paula for the Thrivent card to purchase the ingredients.
January Birthdays
1 -Eve Erickson
2- Yvonne Cox
5- Joan Einsman
8- Darin Anderson, Judy Faragher,
Mark Gainey, John Hall
9- Roxanne Frizzell
11- Jeff Stark
14- Karen Traut
15- Robert Kerr, Greta Theil
20- Bruce Hoekstra, Wilma
Lamken, Dan Walmsley
23- Emma Thiel
26- Karen Wrieden
27- Dean Rau
31- Ed Metelica

14- Steve & Lean Homa