University Evangelical Lutheran Church
and Campus Ministry
The Lampstand                                  August 2020
Our Mission
UELC's Mission:

To Embrace and Share the Love of God in Jesus Christ, as the Holy Spirit Empowers us.

UELC's Guiding Principles:
Jesus is our Lord and Saviour; therefore, we are to:

> Worship God in inspiring, diverse, and creative ways
> Be a community engaged in spiritual practices that attune us to the Holy Spirit's guidance for our living
> Welcome all people in their diversity to worship, learn, and serve with us
> Be a safe place to learn, explore, and debate
> Be generous stewards of the gifts God has given each of us to bless others and care for the natural world
> Continue outreach to, and further develop connections with, the academic communities of Alachua County
> Affirm human rights and work for social justice

Pastor's Corner  

Council President's Report 
Dear fellow congregation members and friends,
Many thanks to those who were able to attend the Special Congregational Meeting via Zoom on July 12 th where the congregation voted unanimously to proceed with the nomination for the UELC campus (sanctuary and Kaiser Center) to the National Register of Historic Places.
The UELC council met on July 28 th and continues to stay informed of the work being done by various other groups including the Campus and Young Adult Ministry and the Financial Action Team.
Three of our members have agreed to serve as UELC representatives to the UELC/GLC member review team, who along with representatives from GLC, Pastor Jacob and the Synod office, will lead the review of the UELC/GLC joint congregational venture. Please keep all those continuing to do service on behalf of the church during this difficult time in your prayers.

Best regards,
Becky Borgert  
Church Announcements    
UELC People
August Birthdays  
8/1    Janet Janke
8/18  Jackie Klein 
8/22  Peter Panagiotopoulous
8/26  Sandra Bauldree
8/30  Ron Fourman 
Continued Prayer Concerns
  -  Prayers for healing: Lois Wilkowske, Dutch Schirmer, Ron and B everly Gronwall, Les O'Brien
Agnes Martinsen    
Long time UELC member Agnes Martinsen passed away on July 24, 2020, while in nursing care at Gainesville's Palm Garden. She was 92 years old.
Agnes was born January 11, 1928, in Alpena, Michigan. She married Arthur Martinsen on May 31, 1947, in Detroit, Michigan. She worked as a switchboard operator for Michigan Bell and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company for many years in Michigan. She moved to Gainesville around 1985.
She is preceded in death by Arthur Martinsen, two brothers, three sisters, her daughter Judith, and one granddaughter. She is survived by daughters Jan Martinsen of Jackson, Michigan, and Amy Martinsen of Gainesville, her grandson Thomas, her granddaughter Emily, and two great-granddaughters.
Agnes volunteered for many years at North Florida Regional Medical Center and received "Volunteer Center Worker of Heart Award" in 2004 and "Volunteer of the Year for Outstanding Volunteer Service" in 2005.
She served in various ministries through the years at UELC. Before failing health intervened, she attended Sunday Services, the Adult Forum, and monthly LIFT luncheons. Jackie Klein recalls, "She knew her BIBLE! She contributed so much at Adult Forum. She was not shy in challenging others with her beliefs."
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90 th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606.
Finances Update   

Members that wish to submit their offerings may do so in a couple of ways. You may send your check to either UELC office or mail them to me at 8520 SW 99th Place, 32608. Either way I will get them to the bank. Since there is no cash to be counted, it is appropriate that we don't need two counters, as we normally have. In addition to the deposit book entries, each check is photocopied for our records and accountability.

Jim Yale
Family Promise Update   
Greetings of Peace and Health!
We have several people who are generously providing meals for families for our host week starting Aug. 3. If anyone would like to help further, we could still use $25 gift cards from Publix or Walmart sent to the Family Promise Day Center at 229 SW 5 th Street, Gainesville 32601. Thank you!
Amy Schirmer
Putting Families First    
The program below enables volunteers who are willing to talk with Health Care students for a minimum of 4 phone calls or ZOOM meetings a year.  It's a learning opportunity for the students.They will talk about concerns of medical, dental, mental, emotional or pet care nature. (See the flyer attached).  It doesn't involve in person meetings. It may help some of us who feel shut in and offer the students practice with patient conversations.
LIFT has gone virtual during this time when we cannot have the usual Monthly meetings at UELC.
Check your in-box each Thursday for LIFTvT [LIFTviaTechnology] programs.
The program during the month of August will be L is for Lutheran with a focus on LIRS, LSF and LWR. 
Ron Bauldree
Young Adult Ministry  
Cam pus/Young Adult Ministry weekly meetings on Thursdays, 5:30-7:00.
Young Adult and Student Ministry continues to meet by Zoom and are studying the Bible. Right now they are going through the Gospel of John.
For inquiries contact Krissi and Dan Norford ( 
Music Ministry  
Choir is not meeting. Crystal and Moses continue to work on the music selection and virtual "practice" on a song by song basis in order to adapt to virtual worship. This is changing each week as we become more equipped. Crystal will be in touch with choir members directly as and if this changes.
The Bee - What's Happening?      

The Bee
During this time of not being able to meet in person, The Bee will be virtually sharing twice during the month The Story BEEhind the Hymn.
The Bee    
Adult Forum      

Adult Forum is not meeting for now.

Contact Dan Norford for more information:
Village of Hope 
The Health Center has now been open for six weeks serving the area surrounding the school.
Village of Hope School will reopen on August 3rd to complete the 2019-2020 school year.  
Please remember these brothers and sisters in Christ in your prayers.
Our Pastor and Staff
Crystal Jacob
   Minister of Music (Direct Choir and music-related ministries)

Moses Choi
  • Evelyn Simmons
    • Administrative Assistant
In This Issue

September Newsletter Deadline

Please send any articles for the September newsletter by August 30th to Andy Noss
August Worship Volunteers

Assisting Ministers
August 2 
August 9 
August 16
August 23
August 30

Altar Guild
August 2   
August 9   
August 16  
August 23  
August 30  
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August 16  
August 23  
August 30  
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August 16  
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August 30  
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Sound Assistant
August 2   
August 9   
August 16  
August 23  
August 30  
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August 9   
August 16  
August 23  
August 30  
Still Collecting Diapers!

We are still collecting infant/toddler diapers for Gainesville Community Ministry. You can put them in the lime green container in the Kaiser Center. 

Gainesville Community Ministry says they often get plenty of newborn and small infant diapers, but not a lot of the larger size (fitting 20 pounds and up). 

So, if you could, donate some of the larger sizes. 

If you have questions, you can contact Krissi Norford. 

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