Bethesda/Immanuel Lutheran Church Communication
Bethesda/Immanuel Parish e-letter
June 17, 2020

Sunday Worship

Mary Meierotto S.A.M.





A Beautiful Story of Fragile Hope in Hope in Hard Times
(shared from Ingrid C.A. Rasmussen of Holy Trinity Lutheran Minneapolis)

As I was finishing a conversation with a NY Times reporter yesterday, a man approached me carrying a lantern. He introduced himself as Brian Dragonfly, an employee from MIGIZI, an organization that is (was) located
across the alley from the church. MIGIZI was founded in the 70s with a goal of countering misrepresentations and inaccuracies about Native people in the media. In addition its communications work, it also focuses
on Native youth empowerment.

MIGIZI's building survived the first night of unrest in the neighborhood. The second night, members of AIM-The American Indian Movement-were on site, monitoring activity around the building, but no amount of goodwill could stop the fire that spread from a neighboring building. Their building, completed late last year, and many of its contents were destroyed.

Brian Dragonfly said that when he arrived to assess the situation, he found that the building was still burning. "I decided to capture the fire," he said, holding up his lantern. He wondered if Holy Trinity would tend the fire with MIGIZI until they could rebuild. He thought that the flame-the fire-might bring some comfort to his community.

In we went to the sanctuary. Brian set the lantern on the altar. I ran to find a candle. We shared the fire-and along with it the trauma of the preceding days, the conviction that not all that was destroyed is to be mourned, and the hope that this ashy moment in our neighborhood's life will be an opportunity for new life. MIGIZI shared on Facebook: 

"Despite the flames, we as a community burn brighter...We look forward to showing
our resilience once again."

After the reporter and I walked Brian down to what was left of MIGIZI's building, I returned to the flame in the sanctuary and decided that I needed to bring it home for the night. (I'm more than a little fire conscious right now.) I tended the flame last night; congregants will take over this sacred responsibility today. 

When I got up before sunrise to check the flame, this poem from Joy Harjo, the country's poet laureate and member of the
Mvskoke Nation, came to mind:


Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star's stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun's birth at dawn, 
that is the  strongest point of time. 
Remember sundown  and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, 
how your mother struggled  to give you form and breath. 
You are evidence of  her life, 
and her mother's, and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life, also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their  tribes, their families, their histories, too. 
Talk to them,  listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. 
She knows the  origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
are you.
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this.
Remember the dance language is, that life is.
With tenderness,
Pastor Ingrid

Listen to Harjo read this poem here:
Anything in the color blue is a clickable link.

Worship and Holy Communion
(Have some bread, wine/juice available and a lit candle)
Sunday, June 21 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
March For AntiRacism and Social Justice

I have been thinking that we as a community need to stand up against racism and let our voices be clear that our community is one of love and inclusion.  Last Saturday I attended a March in Red Cliff that was organized by a few of the Red Cliff youth.  There was a very good turn out and everyone was practicing social distancing and wearing masks with the exception of a few small children. 
With the July 4th being cancelled this year what a perfect opportunity to do this.   

I have a lot of thoughts on this and am working to include all the churches as well as the tribe. 

If you are interested in helping organize or have any thoughts on how to make peaceful yet impactful statement please contact me either on the phone or email.

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

WHO? Your Friends from Church

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 

Waking Up White
by Debbie Irving

Summer Book Club Conversation
June 29, 2020    11:00 a.m.
Conversation lead by Deacon David Behling   


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 chapters 2-3 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

Painted rocks to place around Bayfield during the  4th of July march against racism.

Paint anything you like that is uplifting.  

If you need rocks there are some at the front door of both churches.

Please we need help to get as many rocks as possible. 
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.  A celebration of Life will be held Saturday June 27th at 3:00, Eckels Pottery, 85205 Hwy 13, Bayfield.  It will be outdoors so bring chairs and masks.  Read her obituarty

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
Here is a link to a great article.  Please take time to open your hearts and read.

The article was shared to us from Mark Ludeking.
Thank you Mark. 

The Bayfield Food Shelf has lots of food welcome to any income levels.

South Shore Food shelf's Income guidelines have increased.  They are open the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month.  10-2:30.
For questions please call the Brick at 715-682-7425

 John Houkum... Article from Bob Nelson 

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