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January 17, 2020 
"Unpacking white privilege
 The important work of making the church less harmful"

Bethesda/Immanuel Lutheran Church Communication
Bethesda/Immanuel Parish e-letter
June 10, 2020

Sunday Worship

Mary Meierotto S.A.M.





Local worship services remember George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery the Emanuel 9 & the disproportionate COVID losses for people of color

Faith communities help parishoners express anger, grieve losses, confess wrongs, and try to find a way forward. On Sunday, June 14, local ELCA congregations will dedicate their worship services to naming the pain of racial inequality.  Last August, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly passed a resolution asking all ELCA congregations to commemorate the Emanuel Nine yearly in mid-June. "Sometimes I do not remember to follow through on all of the resolutions passed at our national gatherings; but now, with George Floyd's murder and the rising global awareness, it seems vital for communities of faith to not be silent," commented Rev. Nancy Hanson.   

The Emanuel 9 refers to the nine people who were murdered by a white supremacist while gathering for Bible study and prayer at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC on June 17, 2015.

Bethesda Lutheran Church in Bayfield, First in Port Wing, Immanuel in Cornucopia and Messiah in Washburn hold on-line worship services which can be found on church websites and Facebook pages.  Synodically Authorized Minister Mary Meriotto remarks, "We as white people need to continue to educate ourselves and be in conversation regarding the disparities OUR systems and institutions daily and unjustly burden people of color. We must listen carefully and act together to abolish the centuries of suffering and injustice."  

St John's United Church of Christ on Madeline Island will also participate during their on-line June 14 worship service in solidarity with their ELCA siblings and in recognition of the many members of their church who also hold membership in ELCA churches when they are off the island.

Chequamegon Bay Universal Unitarian Fellowship faith leader Stacy Craig will be holding space for remembering, prayers and meditation at their next live service on June 28. ###

Anything in the color blue is a clickable link.
Remembering Emanuel 9 and Racial Injustice 
Worship and Holy Communion
(Have some bread, wine/juice available and a lit candle)
Sunday, June 14 at 10:00am

Please pick up on the table inside the back door. 

Stream Live on Facebook or Watch Old Services...

Coffee and Fellowship

Meeting ID: 229-508-663
Password: 056996 (May not need password)
Socially Distanced Socialization
The First Salt Shaker Meal is a Big Hit! 

Good morning Mary,
We had a good time last night. There were eight of us.  There were the Moellers; there was also Gina and Ed and Paul and I and Diane F. and Joyce Anderson. Of course it was a gorgeous night  First it seemed like it was going to be hot but it turned cool. We were in the shade most of the time and conversation was great. Everybody was involved. Everyone brought their food and utensils and everything and came well prepared. We did have a washing station if needed and of course the bathroom was clean.  Nobody needed that or anything else. We also had some ice water but everybody came complete with everything they needed. It's interesting, they asked me where the salt shaker meal name came from.  They were all perplexed by that. I said it was some thing that Diane had found and it was an interesting name so we might want to think about whether that speaks to what we're doing.

As I mentioned, Joyce Anderson was here. When Dianne Judd had called her, she had said no. When Jane Miller found that out she says I'm going to call her, and so she did and convinced her to come. It's interesting I think people need a little nudge and I think they need to feel comfortable. Joyce doesn't usually go to coffee hour so she probably didn't know what to expect. Jane and Jim said that they would pick her up and bring her over to our place. I think that extra nudge made a big difference.I called Diane to tell her what was going on so she didn't feel badly. I think it's important that even though we meet other people and so we don't know as well that sometimes that puts people off from feeling comfortable. Once she knew who is going to be here and then Jim and Jane would be with her she was very good and very happy to be here. Also Diane Fizell was enthusiastic she couldn't have been more fun. She thanked us and said she really really enjoyed herself.  I mentioned that hosts were needed so they might think about that.

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Tired of Social Distancing and Zooming????
Introducing Salt Shaker Meals

WHO? Bethesda and Immanuel communities

WHAT?   A few of us have been thinking of how to socialize safely. So,
we will gather outdoors about 8 feet apart at one of our homes
for a meal. How does this work???

HOW? One or more of us will volunteer to host. The host does not
provide food! We would each (or each couple) bring our own
chairs, food, beverage, and utensils. We really want you to
participate!!! Let us know if you are interested in attending.
Each event will include about 8 people. No agenda-just having a
good time!

WHY? We all seem to be missing the "face to face" contact that we're
used to. We might be a distance apart, but we will at least have
spontaneous conversation. We hope you are interested in
this "best we can do" activity.

WHEN? We will to start in June. Inclement weather dates will be set.
When we get the list of participants, your host will contact
you by phone or e-mail. 

Please call or e-mail the church  office to let us know if you are interested. 715-779-5611 

Corny  Coffee Cart
Thursdays 9:00 AM

a. Enter 
Meeting ID  687-023-713
b. You may not need the password  014830

Bible Study of Hebrews

Questions also available for pick up inside the backdoor at Bethesda on table near hymnals. 

Beginning Monday, June 1 at 1:00
Zoom: Meeting ID: 894 6713 9428   Password: 433313

New Book Study

by John O'Donohue
Beginning Thursday, June 11 at 10:30
Zoom: Meeting ID: 897 8377 1686 
Password: 179947
John O'Donohue On Being
John O'Donohue "On Being"

This will be a hands on Book study. Be prepared for Beauty and a fun time.
Please pick up your books at the Church and read intro and chapter 1 for Thursday.

Thank you Sheryl Burkel for the Thrivent Card to Purchase 18 books.

Any questions  please call Ashley 715-779-5611
Any questions please call Mary 715-209-0900


A 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 Bev's mailbox, or better yet mail them to her at:
88775 Bark Point Road
Herbster, WI  54814

Mail to:
P.O. Box 724
Bayfield, WI  54814
Bed Sheets Wanted
The Southshore Quilters, based out of Immanuel Lutheran, are in dire need of bedsheets to use for backings on quilts. They certainly do not have to be new, but they should be clean. 

In Search of used refrigerator.
As I was about to send this newsletter out I got a phone call from an elder who is in desperate need of a refrigerator.  If you have an extra one not in use that you are interested in donating or selling please call the church office.
Let Them Know You Care

The people listed below need to be contacted often during this time of isolation. They are either very isolated (Long-Term Care Facilities) or are just plain suffering due to a death, or illness, or....

Just a suggestion that someone had to pick one person a day.
If there are other people you would like to add to this list please email me 


Chick Anderson
34200 S CO Hwy J
Bayfield, WI  54814

Bill Compton
85175 Trailer Court Road
Bayfield, WI  54814

Steve Compton (Bill's son)
P.O. Box 398
Bayfield, WI  54814

Ruthann Compton
PO Box 784
Bayfield, WI

Roxanne Frizzell
87010 Valley Road
Bayfield, WI  54814

Marilyn Larsen
715-209-3557 You  can also text Marilyn at this number.
PO Box 702
Bayfield, WI . 54814

Betty Ostrum
Betty has a hard time making it to the phone on time so be patient. Leave her a message. If she doesn't call you back don't worry. This lady loves cards!
8 S. 7th St Apt. 104
Bayfield, WI 54814


Beverly Buck
Court Manor
c/o Beverly Buck
911 3rd Street West
Ashland, WI  54806

Ed, Shirley and Lyle Huusko 
20805 Lost Creek Road
Herbster, WI  54844

Wilma Lamken
702 Bratley Drive
Washburn, WI  54891

Wally and Colleen Nozal
PO Box 341
Cornucopia, WI  54827

Lois Osterberg
PO Box 238
Cornucopia, WI  54827

Brad Schultz
PO Box 153
Cornucopia, WI  54827


Friends and Family of Jerry Carlson.  Jerry passed away at home with his family June 7th.

F riends and Family of Lu Eckels.  

Friends and Family of Randy Erickson

Bob Fisher 
He just had his left leg amputated from the top of the knee down and is doing as well as can be expected. His wife Sue Fisher is one of our Wednesday morning quilters at Immanuel.

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

Tom and Marge Gerstenberger
21320 Blueberry Lane
Cornucopia, WI  54827

Miriam Hoff
Northern Lights
c/o Miriam Hoff
706 Bratley Drive
Washburn, WI  54891

Friends and Family of Shirley Johnson

Friends and Family of Micheal Kinney
Mike passed away Friday May 8th.

Mary Lang
27 S 5th Street
Bayfield, WI  54814

Friends and Family of Harold Maki
Harold Passed away Saturday April 25.   In lieu of flowers, Harold wished for donations to be given to the Northern Lights Nursing Home in Washburn.

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

Margaret Roemhild
1011 Manypenny Avenue
Bayfield, WI  54814

Gary Slead
Cornucopia, WI  54827 

Barb Spencer
213 S 6th Street
Bayfield, WI  54814

Military Personnel

Sarah Weber-Purves, Henry and Maggie
     12017 Pennsylvania Avenue
     Champlin, MN  55316

Patrick recently (in October, 2019)started another tour which will take him away from his family for the next year. 
Better Yourself : Better the World
George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show
George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show
Here is a link to a great article.  Please take time to open your hearts and read.

Both the video and article were shared to us from Mark Ludeking.
Thank you Mark. 

Rocks of Encouragement and Hope

Pick up rocks anytime.  Paint anytime.  
This might be fun to do during salt shaker meals. 
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide
This video is from 2018.  She speaks of Ferguson after Police killed Micheal Brown in 2014.  

All lives matter, but until we can lift up those that are prosecuted the most,
 all lives truly do not matter. 

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