University Evangelical Lutheran Church
and Campus Ministry
The Lampstand                                  March 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    
The church council met on February 25 th.

Several new business items were discussed including the need to identify new tenants for the 1902 house beginning with the fall 2020 semester. If you are aware of any students who might be interested in renting the house for the next academic year, please speak to Martin Vala.

Janet Janke has located a new home for our old pew cushions. They will be donated to a church that plans to begin construction soon.

Volunteers are still needed to provide soup and other items for the Lenten soup suppers that will begin on Wednesday, March 4 th and continue throughout the Lenten season.

The Bee has been asked to prepare informational materials regarding symbols used within the church.
The council discussed various ideas for diminishing the amount of paper used to create the weekly bulletins while still keeping worshipers informed of our outreach endeavors and other aspects of worship.

A second voting delegate from the congregation to attend the Florida Bahamas Synod Assembly June 5 th-7 th is still being sought.
Becky Borgert
Welcome to the 2020 UELC Council!! 
UELC People
March Birthdays  

3/7         Amy Schirmer
3/12       Cassandra Lipka-Leite
3/20       Beverly Gronwall
3/24       Wesley Noss
3/28       Martin Vala
Continued Prayer Concerns
  -  Prayers for healing: Agnes Martinson, Lois Wilkowske, Dutch Schirmer, Ron and B everly Gronwall, Les O'Brien
   Happy Birthday Gene!!
Happy Birthday Becky!!
Happy Anniversary Sarah and Alex!!
Welcome Rachel!! 
Rachel Cook, a new member of UELC, gave the presentation at our LIFT luncheon on February 13. She is Public Relations and Marketing Manager for the Alachua County Library District. Although most, if not all, of those of us attending were regular library users, none of us had any idea of the extent of our library district's offerings and services through its 12 branches and two bookmobiles. This is possible thanks to good, reliable funding. Several years ago, Alachua county voters passed a referendum to create an independent taxing district for the libraries which is not affected by yearly budget issues. The twice-yearly Friends of the Library sales of donated books, media, paintings, etc., also bring in a considerable amount. All of the services are free to cardholders, and no fines are charged for overdue items. Last year student library cards were distributed to 27,000 students in the Alachua County public schools.
Cardholders can have up to 100 checkouts or holds on at a time, including up to 12 DVD's. You can look up items in an online catalogue. Patrons can download 5 free songs per week and access dozens of online eSources. Library meeting rooms are available for groups which are civic, cultural, or educational in nature. At this moment free help is being given at some locations for seniors and others in preparing their tax returns. Special events are free movies, guest authors and musical performances.
In addition to regular library offerings, the Library Partnership on NE 16 th Avenue has individuals available to give special support for families who might be at risk. There is a room with after school activities for teens. Craft classes are given. The newer Cone Park branch on E University Avenue offers many of these same opportunities. Libraries for adults and juveniles are located in the city jail, and supervisors report fewer troublesome incidents as a result.
Other services offered are delivery of materials to elderly and homebound patients; coaching for English language learners and adult literacy learners. There are special sensory story times for children with sensory integrations challenges.
You can find out more about what is offered by visiting your closest library branch, or visiting the website
Thank you, Rachel, for leaving us so much better informed!
Young Adult Ministry  
Cam pus/Young Adult Ministry weekly meetings on Thursdays, 5:30-7:00.
All Students and Young Adults are welcome. We are alternating between Bible Studies and discussion on the new series, Dialogues: Race.
For inquiries contact Krissi and Dan Norford (   

Music Ministry  
At UELC, we continue to have a variety of music and song choices in worship.

Thank you to special guests Maria and Justin.

Choir practices in the Kaiser Center on Wednesday evenings at 7 to 8 pm and Sunday mornings at 10 am. Please contact Minister of Music, Crystal Jacob for more information, suggestions or feedback.

Concordia College Choir Concert   

The renowned Concordia College Choir (Moorhead, Minnesota), under the direction of René Clausen, will give a concert 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 300 SW Second Avenue in Gainesville.

The Bee - What's Happening?      

The Bee has been busy doing projects and sending cards- get well, birthday, and thinking of you - to members and friends of the congregation.
The Bee    
Adult Forum      

A new discussion on Dialogues: Racism meets on Sunday mornings, 9-10 am.

Contact Dan Norford for more information:
Village of Hope 

Lazarus Project Sponsorships
We are almost halfway to our goal of 20 sponsorships in 2020!
February/March is the time sponsorships are renewed and new sponsorships begin at UELC for the students at Village of Hope in Haiti.
Sponsorships at the Village of Hope provide a child with a Christian education, uniforms, two meals each school day, and dental and medical care.
The cost to sponsor one child is still $480 a year. This can be paid annually, quarterly, or monthly at $40 a month. Another option is for two or three people to share a sponsorship of a child.
Checks should be made out to University Lutheran Church and put in your offering envelope with the notation "Lazarus Project" on the special gift line and also on the memo line of your check. Your contribution will be reflected on your UELC statement of giving.
For additional information contact Janet Janke, Lazarus Project Coordinator at University Evangelical Lutheran Church, at or 372-8610.
Our Pastor and Staff
Crystal Jacob
   Minister of Music (Direct Choir and music-related ministries)

Moses Choi
  • Evelyn Simmons
    • Administrative Assistant
In This Issue

April Newsletter Deadline

Please send any articles for the April newsletter by March 30th to Andy Noss
March  Worship Volunteers

Assisting Ministers
Mar 1 Pat Dasler / Otto Johnston
Mar 8 Becky / Sam Borgert
Mar 15 William Speer / Jim Yale
Mar 22 Krissi Norford / Austin MontMarquette
Mar 29 Becky / Sam Borgert
Altar Guild
Mar 1  Mary Lou Schirmer 
Mar 8  Pat Dasler 
Mar 15 Anna Grace MontMarquette 
Mar 22 Joan Anderson 
Mar 29 Jackie Klein 

Mar 1  Joan Anderson 
Mar 8  Ruth Fugmann 
Mar 15 Joel Beaudry 
Mar 22 Paige Hansen  
Mar 29 William Speer 

Mar 1 Jeanne Chamberlin / Andy Noss 
Mar 8 Ron Fourman / Phil Noss  
Mar 15 Ron Gordon / Gene Brandner 
Mar 22 Roger Springfels / Ron Fourman 
Mar 29 John MontMarquette / Andy Noss 
Mar 1 Jeanne Chamberlin / Andy Noss 
Mar 8 Gene Brandner  
Mar 15 Collin Larke / Andy Noss 
Mar 22 Ron Gordon  
Mar 29 Joel Beaudry / Phil Noss 
Sound Assistant
Mar 1 Dan Norford 
Mar 8 Sam Brill 
Mar 15 Dan Norford 
Mar 22 Sam Borgert 
Mar 29 Dan Norford 
Mar 1  Donna Day / Andy Noss 
Mar 8  Dan Norford / Ron Gordon 
Mar 15 Rick Dienhart / Peter Fauerbach 
Mar 22 Gene Brandner / John MontMarquette 
Mar 29 Jackie Klein / Phil Noss 
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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Gainesville, FL 32603
Phone: 352-373-6945
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