Bethesda/Immanuel Lutheran Church Newsletter
Bethesda/Immanuel Parish e-letter
February 1, 2020
Sunday Worship
Mary Meierotto S.A.M.

Mary's Hou:rs:
Senator Tammy Baldwin
717 Hart Senate Building
Washington DC 20510

Please keep me (Mary) in your prayers as I travel to the border for an immersion experience. My flight leaves at 6:30 a.m. February 1, and I will return late February 5 to Minneapolis. Here is some information for you about my trip.
Mission of Border Servant Corps
BSC draws inspiration from Micah 6:8: What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God? Border Servant Corps promotes and demonstrates justice, kindness, and humility through the intentional exploration of community, simplicity, social justice, and spirituality in the U.S./Mexico border region with border immersions and community engagement opportunities.

Values of Border Servant Corps
Affirmation of Welcome: 
Border Servant Corps seeks to live out a vision of service, faith, and caring, imagining a world where peace and justice are pursued through non-violence, honoring each other and the earth we share.

Commitment to Inclusion & Non-Discrimination: 
Border Servant Corps rejoices in the richness of diversity as expressed in various lifestyles, ages, cultures, political involvement, educational experiences, and faiths. We support, affirm, and challenge one another in a community living setting.

Reconciling in Christ: 
Border Servant Corps is a ministry of Peace Lutheran Church, a Reconciling in Christ organization. As a community of God, we are called to minister to all people of our world.
For more information visit:
It looks like we will have a group of nine women. We will be traveling in and around El Paso, and Las Cruces in Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Day 1 - Noon arrival, Welcome and orientation, Border network for Human Rights, Story with Argelia Rodriguez and reflection.
Day 2 - Community Economics, Downtown El Paso exploration, Bilingual worship, Story with Pastor Juan de Diol Lopez, Serve and join migrant guests for dinner.
Day 3 - Visit U.S./Mexico Border Wall in Anapra, Chihuahua, Mexico, Dispensaria Cristo Rey, Library Para La Vida, Downtown Ciudad Juarez, Borderlands & Migrant Protection Protocols Update.
Day 4 - Introduction to Court, U.S. District Court, Immigration law presentation and/or American Immigration Council, Mesilla & Stahmann Farms, DACA Dinner and Story.
Day 5 - Presentation by U.S. Border Patrol at U.S./Mexico fence.
Closing Reflection by Pastor Rose Mary Sanchez-Guzman

The Other Side of Immigration | 55 min | Full Movie with English Subtitles
T he Other Side of Immigration | 55 min | Full Movie with English Subtitles

Two Books to give you a better picture of what happens at the border:

In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero

Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

Under the Same Moon  Watch on Netflix


Click on the e-mails to send a greeting If there are any corrections or if you have updates, please e-mail Ashley at

Chick Anderson
Chick slipped on ice and broke her pelvis. She is recovering at home with the help of her kids. Keep Chick in your prayers!
34200 S CO Hwy J
Bayfield, WI  54814

Betty Ostrum
Betty has been diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer.  Betty is 94 and hoping to make her 95th birthday in August. Betty loves visits and cards! Please give her a call first before stopping to visit.  Keep Betty in your prayers!
8 S. 7th St Apt. 104
Bayfield, WI 54814

Dee Hendrickson's Sister Joanne
Joanne has recently lost her husband and received news of having stage IV kidney cancer.  She is waiting to hear about possible treatments and over all feeling well.  Please pray for Joanne as she fights this cancer while mourning her husband. 

Beverly Buck
Beverly continues to reside at Court Manor in Ashland. She would love to see you! Prayers and cards are welcome too!
Court Manor
c/o Beverly Buck
911 3rd Street West
Ashland, WI  54806

Ma rty Burkel  
Marty recently saw his cancer doctors and reports that everything was good news. Thanks for all your ongoing prayers of support!
PO Box 1284
Bayfield, WI  54814
6302 Mineral Point Road Unit 211
Madison, WI  53705-4363

Bill Compton
Bill's surgery went well and had his ticket leaving for Florida Tuesday, December 31. Bill does like cards and his winter address is:
39143 Ola Avenue
Zephyrhills, FL  33542

Ed DePerry - Red Cliff

Peter Emily (Gina's Father)
Gina's dad lives in Colorado, has been living on his own and is now in need of 24/7 care and a hip replacement. Please keep Gina and her family in your prayers. 
Gina Emily
21600 Siskwitt Shores Drive
Cornucopia, WI 54827

Ralph Erickson
Ralph suffers from Parkinson's Disease. Moving slowly. Cards, phone calls, visits, and prayers welcome!
PO Box 96
Cornucopia, WI  54827   

Dave Good - Township of Russell

Miriam Hoff 
Miriam is at Northern Lights in Washburn. Stop by and visit. Keep Miriam in your prayers!
706 Bratley Drive
Washburn, WI  54891
Lyle Huusko 
Lyle Huusko has been diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He is receiving chemo treatments and occasionally may need a ride. If you are able to help out let Mary know. Lyle had a CT scan Monday, January 2. Hallelujah!! Please keep Lyle in your prayers!
20805 Lost Creek Road
Herbster, WI  54844

Ray Kiewitt - Cornucopia

Erica Lamb
Daughter-in-law of Pete Lamb has been living for some years with brain cancer, and the many therapies that go along with it. Please keep Erica and her husband Aaron and there three children in your prayers!

Wilma Lamken
Wilma is at "The Oaks"  at Northern Lights in Washburn. Wilma enjoys visitors and cards!
702 Bratley Drive
Washburn, WI  54891

Marilyn Larsen
Marilyn was diagnosed with stage four cancer that has metastasized from her breast cancer 15 years ago. The doctors discovered spots on her ribs, spine, kidney, and liver. Marilyn has finished her chemo treatments and may be eligible for a new  experimental  drug and treatment plan. She will have another scan this month to see how the previous treatments have worked. Keeping you in our prayers Marilyn!!
PO Box 702
Bayfield, WI . 54814

Wally and Colleen Nozal
Wally and Colleen are struggling. Wally suffers from Parkinson Disease. Colleen has been diagnosed with a type of dementia. 
Give them a call, or cards are appreciated and yes, prayers!
PO Box 341
Cornucopia, WI  54827

Tim Smith
Tim just trying to recover from the tumors mainly in his head. He continues  immunotherapy monthly to keep the others at bay.  
Tim and Kate appreciate the cards and prayers!
34330 Weber Road
Bayfield, WI  54814

Shylo Wardyn & Jesse Riordan Family (Ashley Georgeson's Friends)
Shylo gave birth to triplets at 23 weeks.  Her little girl and mother passed away just before Christmas.  The two boys are both still in the NICU but are growing strong Both boys have exceeded 4 lbs and off of the trach tubes and are only on a nose ventilator.  Please keep the family in your prayers.


Peter Cox, son of Steve and Yvonne Cox, an airman stationed in Oklahoma with his family Jennie, Lena and Lydia. 

Taylor Heckman
Son of Sean and Lori Heckman, Bayfield
       1478 Bentley Circle
    FT. Walton Beach, FL  32547

CPT Patrick Purves, Sarah Weber-Purves husband. 
     12017 Pennsylvania Avenue
     Champlin, MN  55316

CPT Patrick Purves
34th ECAB
APO, AE 09378

Patrick recently (in October)started another tour which will take him away from his family for the next year. Please keep the family in your prayers!!
Terrence Roth
Son of Ed and Cheryl Endres, Bayfield
1910 Fox Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96818

What is Your Ecological Footprint?
How many planets would we need if everyone lived like you?

I would need 2.5 earths.  Could do a little better. 
A Big Thank You to Mark and Paul Ehlers
Thank you so much Mark and Paul for clearing the walkways at Immanuel.
Malawi Updates
Malawi Companionship
Help for You who visit the sick and lonely

Before you make your visit stop at Bethesda or Immanuel and pick up some soup.  There are a couple of different sizes available in the basement freezers.

Ash Wednesday Service

Bethesda will host Ash Wednesday Service 
February 26 at 7:00 PM
Pastor Lawrence Lee of Bayfield Presbyterian  will preach.

Lenten services will follow through March on Thursdays at Noon.  More information to follow in the March Newsletter. 

Looking for Volunteers to Help with Our 
First Kids Night

We are in Need of Volunteers 

Saturday, February 15th 4:00 -8:00 PM
We will be hosting up to 15 Kids ages 6 months to 12 years at Bethesda.  A meal and loads of fun will be provided.
Contact Mary or Ashley to sign up. 

Grief Support Group
A grief support group is starting at Bethesda.  

First Meeting will be scheduled when Mary retuns from Texas and lay school.

Whether you have lost someone recently or its been years... Join us as we support each other as well as recognize the transformative potential of grief.  

Cribbage Time
Cribbage is full of laughter and snacks
Please join us 
Every Tuesday 1:00-3:00 PM 
at Bethesda

Listen to the God of Many Names

Meditation/Silence Continues at Bethesda

A way to familiarize ourselves with God's first language which is SILENCE

The Sanctuary is open and heated from 12:00-1:00
Every Monday
Come anytime and stay as long as you would like.

Walking Together 
Walking Together

Davies Center - University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire
7:00 - 9:00 Registration
9:00-4:00 Event/Workshops

Free to You

Please click on the PDF to view the many available workshops.

Lets get a couple of carloads heading south to Eau Claire to engage with others in our synod and to find new ways we can serve our churches as well as our communities and God's world. 

Sign up with Ashley or Mary by February 14th. 
Book Study 

Neither Wolf Nor Dog Book Study Begins at the End of the Month for Both Immanuel and Bethesda
Starting Thursday February 27th 
10:00 AM at Bayfield Presbyterian Church 

An Unforgettable Journey into the Native American Experience

Against an unflinching backdrop of 1990s reservation life and the majestic spaces of the western Dakotas, Neither Wolf nor Dog tells the story of two men, one white and one Indian, locked in their own understandings yet struggling to find a common voice. In this award-winning book, acclaimed author Kent Nerburn draws us deep into the world of a Native American elder named Dan, who leads Kent through Indian towns and down forgotten roads that swirl with the memories of the Ghost Dance and Sitting Bull. Along the way we meet a vivid cast of characters - ranging from Jumbo, a 400-pound mechanic, to Annie, an eighty-year-old Lakota woman living in a log cabin with no running water. An unlikely cross between On the Road and Black Elk Speaks, Neither Wolf nor Dog takes us past the myths and stereotypes of the Native American experience, revealing an America few ever see.

There will be no Book Study at Immanuel 
Wednesday February 5 
Stay Posted for the details of when study will continue. 

Book Study at Bethesda

Thursday - February 6th

"The Gospel continuing  with Mark" - Dick Bouton

This Bayfield Presbyterian and Bethesda Lutheran will be joining together in a joint Bible Study on Mark led by Dick Bouton. We will resume meeting on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Bethesda Fellowship Hall February 6th.

In preparation for the study, Dick is asking potential participants to read the entirety of the Gospel of Mark in one sitting and then do that again within a week of the start of the study and ask yourself, "Did anything change for me when I read it a second time?" Make notes, if you wish, and bring your insights to the first study session.

Corny Coffee Club at the Community Center

Every Thursday January 9th 

Study says coffee is good for you!
Be healthy! Join the Corny Coffee Club

EVERY Monday 10:00 - 11:00
EVERY Thursday 10:00 - 11:00
Historic Herbster Gym

Golden Shoes is a no charge exercise program designed for seniors, but open to all ages. The focus of the program is flexibility, balance, coordination and strengthening. Bev Steele, Golden Shoes Instructor
EVERY Tuesday
9:30 - 11:00
at Bethesda

Join the ladies, your friends and neighbors 
for a time of coffee, stories, and fellowship!
Blessing of the Quilts!

South Shore Quilters at Immanuel in Cornucopia are in need of material. Old sheets, scraps or pieces of material of any kind!!!!

EVERY Wednesday 
9:00 - Noon
at Immanuel

Making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. 
All are invited to help and bring a friend!!
Prayer Shawl Knitters 
Prayer shawl knitters meet at Bethesda
Every Monday

 W ednesday 
February 5th 
9:30 AM
Location: Bethesda

Join Bethesda 
Women For Study and Fellowship
Your Friends are welcome too!
February 2020 EVENTS...

Friday Friends - Valentine's Day Party  
  Friday, February 14 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

Menu: TBD

A program of CORE Community Resources, Friday Friends is for residents of communities in the Bayfield, Cornucopia, Madeline Island, Red Cliff, and Washburn zip codes, age 55 and over. 

To register:  Call CORE at (715) 779-3457  or email us at  
Reservations are required by December 10, 2019. SPACE IS LIMITED AT THIS EVENT! 

Let's Do Lunch Cooking Group:  
Thursday, February 27, 2020   11:15am - 1:00pm

109 S 6th St, Bayfield, WI 54814
Veggie Burger with Lars Dukowitz, guest chef from the Wild Rice

Join a kitchen full of enthusiastic cooks as you prepare and enjoy a fabulous meal together. As always, there will great food, laughter, and conversation. 

A program of CORE Community Resources, Let's Do Lunch is for residents of communities in the Bayfield, Cornucopia, Madeline Island, Red Cliff, and Washburn zip codes, age 55 and over.     
To register:  Call CORE at (715) 779-3457  or email us at      

SLL - Sustainable Living: Food, Energy, & Environment
Instructor: Steve Sandstrom
 February 6 & March 3 3:00-5:00 PM
 Washburn Public Library
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SLL - Introduction to Anishinaabe
Instructor: Sandy Gokee
Thursday, February 6
March 5
6:00-7:30 PM
Bayfield Carnegie Library
SLL - Come Back to the Classic Book Series
Instructor: Eve Erickson
Friday January 31, February 14 and February 28
1:00-3:00 PM
Bell Town Hall
22620 Ash Street Cornucopia, WI 54827

The popular "Indoor Walking" program is again in process.  We will meet each Tuesday and Thursdays from December 2, 2019 until mid April.  9:00 - 10:00 am.  
  Tuesdays & Thursday 9:00 - 10:00 am
2 East Front Street, Bayfield, WI 54814
No need to register, just come to the pavilion and sign your name to the roster.     

Gentle Chair Yoga with Sandy Brue
Wednesdays 11:00-Noon
Washburn Meditation Center, Washburn
Please Register Space is limited!

To register, please contact CORE (715) 779-3457 or

           LET'S DO LUNCH

Thursday, February 27, 2019 
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Veggie Burgers with Lars Dukowitz, guest chef from Wild Rice
11:15 - 1:00 PM 

Come join us to learn how to make some wonderful food with our chefs.  You can join in on the preparing, and cooking of the food or just come to socialize.

Sunday, February 23  9:30 - 12:00
at Bethesda Lutheran Church

Pancakes, Sausage, Homemade Applesauce, Juice and Coffee.
Invite your Friends!!
Everyone and Anyone is Welcome!!

Thank you for Setting up & Cooking:
Shirley & Doris
Linda Schieder
Jane and Jim Moeller

Have something to add to the monthly newsletter?

If you have something you want added to the monthly newsletter, please email Aimee at before the first of the upcoming month! 
We now can LIVESTREAM our Worship Services at Bethesda
On Sunday morning if you want to sit at home because you are sick, or tired, or just because - watch the worship on our Facebook page LIVE or Later:

Our offices now have a secure network.
WiFi is still open to all 
Go to your settings - Choose WiFi - 
Select either Bethesda Guest 2G or Bethesda Guest 5G
Password:  BuddyChrist!!


February Birthdays
2/2 - Herb Japs                         2/2 - D ave Judd                     
2/2 -  Lois Osterberg               
2/ 4 -  Gary Benzschawel         ]2 /5 - Chick  Anderson            
2/8 -  Eunice Matthews  
2/8 -  Bradley Schultz     
2/14 -  Debra Powers       
2/18 -  Diane Buccanero           
2/22 -  Sandra Bodner        
2/23 -  Delores Hendrickson   
2/24 -  Ralph Erickson                       
2/26 - Jane Moeller                        
2/26 - Chuck Perry                           
2/27 - Myrna Northrop                   
2/28 - Sherman Edwards
2/28 - Linda Johnson

                             February  Baptismal Anniversaries
2/1 - Diane Hall                              
2/1 - John Hall                               
2/1 - Bruce Hoekstra                      
2/1 - Dan Walmsley                        
2/11 - Nancy Heaton                        
2/13 - Karen Traut                          
2/25 -  Deanne Mason                                                     
2/27 - Fred Faye Jr.
2/27 - Bradley Schultz                      


February Wedding Anniversaries

Tom & Ellen Wagner  --  February 3, 1968   --  52 Years


Worship at Bethesda 8:30 AM
Worship at Immanuel 11:00 AM
February 2 Tom Potterson filling in for Mary
February 9 Dale Chelsley filling in for Mary
February 16 Immanuel First Communion Riley & Elliot Faye
AA & Al-Anon at Immanuel  7:00 PM
Last Sunday (February 23) , FREE Community Pancake Breakfast  9:30 - Noon at Bethesda 

Golden shoes at Historic Herbster Gym  10:00 - 11:00 AM
Centering Prayer at Bethesda  12:00 Noon
Prayer Shawl Knitters at Bethesda 2:00 - 3:30 PM 

Brunch Bunch meets at Bethesda   9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Cribbage at Bethesda 1:00-3:00 PM
February 4 & 11 - Head Start Play Group at Bethesda (basement) 
                                9:30 - NOON

South Shore Quilters at Immanuel  9:00 - Noon
Immanuel Book Study Noon
February 5 - Womens Gather Study 9:30 AM at Bethesda Church

Golden Shoes at Historic Herbster Gym  10:00 - 11:00
Corny Coffee Club at the Community Center
February 6 & 13  - Dick Boutin Book Study at Bethesda - 9:30 AM
February 13- Council Meeting at Bethesda 5:00
January 27 - Book Study Neither Wolf Nor Dog Begins 10:30 Bayfield  Presbyterian
February 27 - CORE Lets do Lunch 11:15 - 1:00 PM

Men's Breakfast at Cornucopia Coffee 8:00 AM
Knitting at Cornucopia Coffee 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Bring your own project)
January 14 - CORE Friday Friends 11:30 AM at Bethesda

February 15 Kids Night at Bethesda 4:00-8:00

December 3 - CORE Friday Friends 11:30 AM at Bethesda

Thrivent Action Team
It's a BIG DEAL!

***Are you a Thrivent member? If the answer is "YES" you qualify to apply for 2 - $250 credit cards per year for a project of your choice. Read this one page flyer and then...
Live Generously!!

Do you have questions, need help, need ideas?? 
Contact Mary at the Parish Office 
715-779-5611 or

Thrivent Member Action Team Projects in 2020
$250 given for each

Its A New Year!
Lets start using those Trivent Cards!!!

Two shepherds lean on their crooks at the end of a long day and the first asks the second, "So, how's it going?"

The second one sighed and shook his head, "Not good, I can't pay my bills, my health isn't good, my kids don't respect me, and my wife is leaving me."

The first replied, "Well, don't lose any sheep over it."

"People of God ...serving God by serving others"