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

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

This past Month Paul and Paula Lundberg Traveled to Eau Claire for the Northwest Synod's Walking Together Event.  Here is what they had to say about it...

Walking Together-Practice NOT Perfect!
    On Sat., February 22, we had the privilege of attending the gathering of hundreds of other Lutherans from the Northwest WI Synod in Eau Claire. We gathered at the Davies Center at the UW Eau Claire. We began with a LARGE worship service. Something we don't usually get to participate in while in Bayfield, is that large worship experience! What a joy!

   It was followed with an exciting and stimulating day of workshops! 41 of them to be exact!!! The delightful thing was that we were able to choose from all of the offerings, what interested us most. All of them dealt with personal and congregational wellness, growing and sharing faith, congregational ideas, and challenges within the church in our relationship to the world.

    The challenge that seemed to weigh heaviest on everyone's mind was what we can do in the midst of these turbulent times, converting our faith into action. One of these workshops was "Preaching, Politics, and the Prophets." Jesus lived in turbulent political times. His teachings and parables were about doing the right thing in the sight of God. His teachings are timeless, relevant then and relevant today, 2,000+ years later. Preaching the Gospel was and is political. Not Red or Blue or Purple or even Green, but how we should be treating one another and all of God's creation. It is the politics of compassion, empathy, caring, and love. Can we remain silent when the Gospel is swept aside and replaced with the politics of entitlement, apathy, fear, and hate?   How did pastors proclaim the law and gospel during the civil war, the civil rights movement, or the Vietnam war protests? How did pastors in Germany preach in the shadow of Hitler's Nazism? How do we, like those who have gone before us, speak truth to power, and counter oppressive political speech with Gospel rhetoric? Sounds like a good book study topic!

            Another of these workshops was called "AMMPARO-Not just a Pretty word."
Translated, it means Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities. At that workshop an interactive presentation helped us to understand the depths of the desperation that would lead good people from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to leave all that they have to find another home. Imagine how desperate you would need to be. Self sacrifices are huge-loss of home, family, community, friends, support systems, personal finances, and physical safety. And then. . .even your children! How can we help??? Is this too political??? What about the gospel?

            Stay tuned, coming up this spring you will hear more about becoming an AMMPARO church. What does it mean for us? How can we help? We hope that you will become involved as we attempt to figure out what the role of Bethesda can be.  

            As you can maybe tell, we had a very good day in Eau Claire. We hope that you, too, will want to go next year. Let's take a group in 2021! Just think about how many workshops we could all attend, and the ideas we could bring back to Bethesda.
Paula and Paul Lundberg


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Joyce Anderson
Joyce's mother of 100 years old died recently in Rockford. IL. Joyce was able to be with her mom. Please keep Joyce in your prayers!
PO Box 36
Bayfield, WI  54814

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

Audra Binder (Bev Steele's niece)
Audra was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is receiving treatments. Audra, and Matt, recently purchased a home in Herbster and are looking forward within the next year or two to joining us with their daughter Emily in the Northwoods. Please keep Audra in your prayers!
2370 Hickory Court
Oshkosh, WI  54901

Beverly Buck
Beverly continues to reside at Court Manor in Ashland. Most weeks Beverly still folds our bulletins. 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 is playing golf one day a week in warm sunny Florida this winter. Way to go Bill! Bill does like cards and his winter address is:
39143 Ola Avenue
Zephyrhills, FL  33542

Ruthann Compton
Ruthann was recently hospitalized for severe back pain. She has a lower lumbar compression fracture and L1, L2, and L3 are bulging. While Ruthann was in the hospital her grandson, Ryan 27 years old (Sharon's son) died from the complication of medication and an enlarged heart. Please keep Ruthann in your prayers!
PO Box 784
Bayfield, WI  54814 

Ed DePerry - Red Cliff

Jane Edwards 
Jane found out February 26 that she has Stage 1 breast cancer.  She will be meeting with doctors soon to figure out treatment plans.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. 
301 Sth 9th St
Bayfield, WI 54814

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   

Dick Florence
Dick fell and broke his hip Sunday, February 23. He had surgery Monday and was home on Tuesday. He is faithfully doing his exercises and recovering at home.
89730 Roman's Point Road
Herbster, WI  54844

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

Harold Hyde
Harold is in the hospital today 2/28 and will be going into hospice.  The doctors found aggressive bone cancer in the ball joint of his hip and pelvis.  He is in pain and has decided not to receive any treatment for the cancer.  Please keep Harold and his family in your prayers.  
92055 W Old CO Hwy K
Bayfield, WI 54814

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. Marilyn has finished her chemo treatments and will be part of a experimental drug and treatment plan. The drug Ibrance plus two shots costs $10,000 for 21 days. She had a scan and tests Thursday, February 27 to see how the previous treatments have worked. The only information she has received so far from the scans is that the liver cancer is diminishing. 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. Colleen joined the quilters for coffee Wednesday, February 26.  Give them a call, or cards are appreciated and yes, prayers!
PO Box 341
Cornucopia, WI  54827

Betty Ostrum
Betty has been diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer at age 94. Kevon and Susan have been here for a month (Already? Time flies) and are heading back to Florida Saturday, February 29. Betty's goal is to be able to see the daffodils bloom this Spring. Betty loves visits and cards! Especially 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

Bill Peterson
A former and very active family of Bethesda. Bill has informed members of Bethesda, that he has kept in contact with over the years, that his Parkinson's is advancing and that he has moved recently into a care facility.

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 as well as her mother passed away just before Christmas.  The two boys Rys and Leo (13 weeks) are still in the NICU but are both over 6 lbs.  They are doing great but not totally in the clear yet.  I imagine they will get to go home this month.  Thank you for all of 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

First Kids Night was a Success

Thank you Teresa, Paula, and Mary for volunteering 
Saturday, February 15th.  It looks like you all had a great time!


Riley & Elliot Receive 1st Communion
Sunday, February 16 
Fred and Kelly Faye's son's Riley and Elliott received their first communion. 

Soup in the Basement Freezers
For those of you who visit with the sick or lonely, Before you make your visit stop at Bethesda or Immanuel and please pick up some soup.  There are a couple of different sizes available in the basement freezers.

Lent Schedule
A Midday Prayer and Soup is scheduled every Thursday at noon following book study.

Thursday, March 5th           12:00 Christ Episcopal     Soup/Midday Prayer
Thursday, March 12th         12:00 Presbyterian           Soup/Midday Prayer
Thursday, March 19th         12:00 Bethesda                Soup/Midday Prayer
Thursday, March 26th         12:00 Christ Episcopal     Soup/Midday Prayer
Thursday, April 2nd             12:00 Presbyterian           Soup/Midday Prayer

Maundy Thursday, 
                April 9th              6:00 PM Bethesda                   Agape Meal

Good Friday
                April 10th            6:30 Christ Episcopal

Grief Support Group
Grief is learning to love in a new language

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. 

Meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month 
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.

Prayer Shawl Knitters 
Prayer shawl knitters meet at Bethesda
Every Monday

EVERY Tuesday
9:30 - 11:00
at Bethesda

Join the ladies, your friends and neighbors 
for a time of coffee, stories, and fellowship!
Cribbage Time
Cribbage is full of laughter and snacks
Please join us 
Every Tuesday 1:00-3:00 PM 
at Bethesda


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!!
 W ednesday 
March 11th 
Location: Bethesda

Join Bethesda 
Women For Study and Fellowship
Your Friends are welcome too!
Corny Coffee Club at the Community Center
Protect your Brain and Join Us for Coffee
Every Thursday 9:00-11:00 AM

Book Study 
Neither Wolf Nor Dog 
Book Study is meeting every Thursday
 10:30 in Bayfield
(Prior to MidDay Prayer see Lent Schedule for location)
3:00 at Immanuel
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.

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
March 2020 EVENTS...

Friday Friends - Jerry Phillips, guest speaker
  Friday, March 13 - 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, March 26, 2020   11:15am - 1:00pm

109 S 6th St, Bayfield, WI 54814
Guest Chef Duey Bohnert from the Bayfield Inn

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
 March 3 3:00-5:00 PM
 Washburn Public Library
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SLL - Introduction to Anishinaabe
Instructor: Sandy Gokee
Thursday,  March 5
6:00-7:30 PM
Bayfield Carnegie Library
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SLL - Conversations on Change: 
Thriving Amidst the Chaos
March 3, 17, 31
Bates Art Barn
SLL - Numerology: Your Days are Numbered
March 25
Bates Art Barn
SLL - Five Acres is Enough
March 30
Turner Farm Rd. 89420 Turner Rd, Bayfield WI
SLL - Healers All Around Us
March 19
Washburn Library


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


Thursday, March 26, 2019 
Bethesda Lutheran Church
With Guest Chef Duey Bohnert from the Bayfield Inn
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, March 30  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:
Mike Cyr & Bev Valpone-Cyr
Dave & Dianne Judd
Paul & Paula Lundberg

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!!


March Birthdays
3/2 - Gordon Anderson
3/4 - Georgia Rettmer
3/5 -Peter Lindell   
3/6 - Henry Purves   
3/6 - Sandra Faye    
3/9 - Rex Dollinger
3/14 - Karen Eicher  
3/16 - Marcia Perry     
3/16 - Sheryl Burkel
3/16 - Bob Kent  
3/17 - Beverly Buck
3/19 - Beverly Volpone-Cyr   
3/25 - Sarah Lund        
3/28 - Larry Jorstad     
3/29 - Gary Baur  
3/29 - Fredrick Faye                   
3/29 - Steve Homa

                             March  Baptismal Anniversaries
3/7 - Eve Erickson
3/16 - Greta Thiel
3/17 - Dean Rau
3/19 - Emma Thiel
3/20 - Cole Meierotto
3/21 - William Compton
3/24 - Karen Wrieden
3/27 - Timothy Dobrovolny
3/29 - Richard Northrop                                        

February Wedding Anniversaries

William & Karen Wrieden


Worship at Bethesda 8:30 AM
Worship at Immanuel 11:00 AM
AA & Al-Anon at Immanuel  7:00 PM
Last Sunday (March 30th) , 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 
Grief Support Group March 9th & 23rd 10-11:30

Brunch Bunch meets at Bethesda   9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Cribbage at Bethesda 1:00-3:00 PM
March 3rd & 10th - Head Start Play Group at Bethesda (basement) 
                                9:30 - NOON

South Shore Quilters at Immanuel  9:00 - Noon
March 11th - Womens Gather Study Noon at Bethesda Church
March 18th- Mutual Ministry Meeting 5:30

Golden Shoes at Historic Herbster Gym  10:00 - 11:00
Corny Coffee Club at the Community Center
March 5th  - Book Study at Christ Epis. - 10:30 AM 
Mid Day Prayer/Soup - Noon
March 12  - Book Study at Presbyterian. - 10:30 AM 
Mid Day Prayer/Soup - Noon
      Council Meeting at Bethesda 6:00
March 19 -  Book Study at Bethesda. - 10:30 AM 
Mid Day Prayer/Soup - Noon

March 26 -- Book Study at Christ Epis. - 10:30 AM 
Mid Day Prayer/Soup - Noon
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 13 - 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!!!

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