Bethesda/Immanuel Lutheran Church Communication
Bethesda/Immanuel Parish e-letter
September 1,  2020

Sunday Worship

Mary Meierotto S.A.M.




I hope you are really bored from isolating and this pandemic, because in this newsletter you will find ample opportunities to strive and thrive. Take your pick and participate. If you can't find a niche you'll have to give me more ideas, please....

Sponsoring Asylum-Seeking
Families and Individuals

Our communities are at the very beginning of seeking sponsorship for an individual or family. These asylum seekers already have a court date but need a sponsor to be released from the detention center. 
Read the flyer here if you are interested:

Following our September 1st forum will be a zoom where we will get to talk together locally. Talk to one of these people (* names attended the first forum in August) if you would like more information and/or you want to get involved:

From Bethesda
Marty and Sheryl Burkel
Arnie and Patty Carver
*Larry and Lana Jorstad
Mark Ludeking and Kylie Vadenis
*Paul and Paula Lundberg
*Mary Meierotto

From Immanuel
*Al Reedy

Let's go outside our walls:
Sandy Brue
Dana Churness
Doug and Beth Lowthian

"Who We Are, What  Is Ours"
This will be our theme for the next four months, ONCE a month, as we worship with Lutheran/Native American Liturgy. Dee Sweet has helped me to organize these worship and teaching times.

"Elder Wisdom"
Sunday, September 13 - 10:00 Bethesda Online Worship

"Elder Wisdom and Seasonal Changes"
Wednesday, September 16, 5:00 Cornucopia Ball Field

"God's Work, Our Hands Sunday"

Sunday, September 27 
We need more ideas PLEASE!
So Far:
Collecting small toys, balls, puzzles that children can fit in their pockets while standing in line at the Border or while living in the detention centers. Prayer Shawl Ministry your small prayer squares with a message might be ideal. We will package and mail these on God's Work, Our Hands Sunday.

Writing Cards

Beach Clean-up

Cleaning The Church Inside/Outside

I will be on vacation beginning Thursday, August 27 and back in the office Friday, September 4. Thank you to Pastor Dale Chesley for my pulpit supply. In case of an emergency please contact Ashley at the Parish Office 715-779-5611 or Pastor Nancy Hanson of Messiah in Washburn - 715-209-1100
Prayerfully we move forward in courage and Hope!
Stay well! Peace and Blessings to you and your families!

Mary Meierotto
Anything in the color blue is a clickable link.
Worship and Holy Communion
(Have some bread, wine/juice available and a lit candle)

Online Every Sunday at 10:00am   

In person Every Wednesday Now at 5:00pm outside the Cornucopia Community Center

Please pick up on the table inside the back door. 

Stream Live on Facebook or Watch Old Services...
Please Let Us Join Together:
Coffee and Fellowship 
Sunday 11:00 After Worship

Meeting ID: 229-508-663
Password: 056996 (May not need password)
Council Meetings 
September 10
on Zoom

Immanuel 5:30pm
Joint 6:00pm
Bethesda 7:00pm 

Meeting ID: 833 8366 8231
Passcode: 917667

Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

 Mutual Ministry
September 16, 2020 6pm 

Meeting ID: 865 4410 5421
Passcode: 926362

Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

 JOY -Just Old Youth (Under 60)
 September 9, 2020 6pm

Meeting ID: 814 5059 0827
Passcode: 495668

Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Woman's Gather on Zoom

Time: September 9, 2020 09:30 

Meeting ID: 841 5798 4614
Password: 311942

Dial by your location
            +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Book Study-Thursdays 10:30 beginning September 10

Meeting ID: 851 3905 2851
Passcode: 467574

Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Pick up your copy at Bethesda and Immanuel Churches


Author Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people'. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotion such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

Mary Meierotto will be hosting this study via Zoom with participants from Bayfield Presbyterian, Bethesda ELCA, Christ Church Episcopal, St. John's UCC, and anyone else who wishes to join us. Books are available at Bethesda at no charge for you to pick up now.

Thank you Sheryl Burkel 
for the 
Thrivent Card and purchase 
of the books "White Fragility"

Fall Bible Study:
Short Stories by Jesus
Mondays 1:00 PM 
beginning September 14

Meeting ID: 872 8892 6221
Passcode: 675278

Dial by your location
         +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Join us on this journey through the Jewish roots of Jesus' parables!
Presbyterian Pastor Lawrence will be leading a 10 week ecumenical Bible study this fall on "Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi" by Amy-Jill Levine. Each week we will look in depth at a parable of Jesus with special emphasis on how Jewish people of Jesus' day would have heard those parables and their relationship to Jewish scripture and tradition. This study is a great way to read Jesus' parables with new eyes. Because each week focuses on a different parable, you don't need to attend every meeting to get something out of the discussion. We encourage each participant to read the chapter in advance of the discussion, but you can still participate and learn even if you haven't.
St. John's Social Justice Book Club: 
How to Be an Antiracist

Sept. 2nd &16th at 5:00PM

Join on Zoom
We also will listen to (and/or read the transcript of) the first episode of Nice White Parents, which is a new podcast from Serial Productions of the New York Times and hosted by Chana Joffe-Walt, who is a producer on This American Life. 

 Looking ahead, we agreed to look at this article from the New Yorker about Isabel Wilkerson's new book Caste: the Origins of our Discontents, as well as this interview with Terry Gross

For more information, please contact Joe Scarry at 715-747-3903. For updates on evolving discussion topics, visit St. John's website at
Other Social Justice, White Privilage and Social Justice Books
Now Available at the Bayfield Carnegie Library

Raising White Kids: bringing up children in a racially unjust America
    -Jennifer Harvey

White Fragility: why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism
     -Robin Diangelo

Radical Dharma: talking race, love and liberation
     -Rev. Angel Kyoda Williams and Lama Rod Owens

Care Work: dreaming disability justice
    -Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

Beyond Survival: strategies and stories from the transformative justice movement
     -stories from many tellers

Changing the way we see the world one book at a time!!!!
Blessings, Teresa

Me and White Supremacy: combat racism, change the world, and become a good Ancestor
   -Layla F. Saad

Surrender White People!
     -D.L. Hughley and Doug Moe

Emergent Strategy: shaping change, changing worlds
     -Adrienne Maree Brown

Love and Rage: the path of liberation though anger
     -Lama Rod Owens

Stamped: racism, antiracism and you
    -Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi



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 Randy Bestul's mailbox, or mail your offering to him at:
PO Box 331
Cornucopia, WI  54827

Mail to:
P.O. Box 724
Bayfield, WI  54814
While we are not meeting lets get these building clean

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 or even week to call or send a card.
If there are other people you would like to add to this list please email me 


Betty Ostrom
Betty was taken to MMC in Ashland on Monday, August 24 so the nurses might be better able to manage her pain. Betty passed peacefully Monday evening. Please keep Susan, Kevon, Keith, and Jenny in your prayers. Read her Obituary
Sympathy and cards can be mailed to:

Susan and Kevon Dietel
5579 Anders Avenue
The Villages, FL  32163

Jenny Dietel
PO Box 318
Bayfield, WI  54814

Chick Anderson
34200 S CO Hwy J
Bayfield, WI  54814

Bill Compton
85175 Trailer Court Road
Bayfield, WI  54814

Ruthann Compton
PO Box 784
Bayfield, WI 

Roxanne Frizzell
87010 Valley Road
Bayfield, WI  54814



Lyle Huusko (57) died Wednesday late, July 29 at his home with his parents, Ed and Shirley by his side. A graveside service is being planned. Chuck another son is in hospice right next door and has seen some improvement. This is a lot for one family, please hold them in your prayers!
20805 Lost Creek Road
Herbster, WI  54844

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

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


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

Barb Spencer
Barb has cracked a vertebrae and is now staying at Northern Lights.  Send her a card or give her a call and pray for a swift recovery.  Mojo is staying friend. 
Northern Lights 
706 Bratley Dr.
Washburn, WI

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

Mary Lang
27 S 5th Street
Bayfield, WI  54814

Margaret Roemhild
1011 Manypenny Avenue
Bayfield, WI  54814

Gary Slead
Cornucopia, WI  54827 

Military Personnel

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

Patrick (in October, 2019) started another tour which will take him away from his family for the next year. 
Malawi Update:
Gertrude Admitted to Seminary

Gertrude's tuition is paid in full for this year. 

Each year will cost just $4300 and includes her room & board, books, transportation, and course work for her path to become a pastor.  If you would like to contribute to her education, then you may send a check to either church with note on it for Gertrude.  

Salt Shaker Meals from the Homa's 

Salt shaker meals are still going strong have been very successful and a great experience. 

Though you may want to hug, shake hands or elbow bump.  We need to continue to practice social distancing and protect our community.  

Opal on Bear Island Spit
Kids Corner
While most of us haven't changed much since we were last able to meet, some us have a lot.  Opal, Paxton, and Pike wanted to share some pictures to show you all how much they have grown and what they have been up to this summer. 

Mom built a sandbox for Paxton's birthday May 18th so far the kids really enjoy it.

Between working at the church, the ski hill, laundry, dishes, and making and eating food.  We have managed to find some time to enjoy the summer.  We enjoy going on the lake and going to beaches.  Pax and Opal love the water while Pike is more of a sand man.  
We celebrated Papa's birthday August 27 at Little Sand Bay.  When mom is at work we stay with Nana.  She has a nice deck to play on.
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

September Birthdays
3 -Linda Schnider
4 - Bev Steele
5 - Graham Wenz
6 - Margaret Langness
8 - Joyce Anderson
15 - John Higney
16- Dianne Judd
20- Lynette Benzschawel
21- Shirley Hanson & Ashley Georgeson
22- Deanne Mason
23- Randy Bestul & Sharon Bestul
27- Kevon Dietel
29- Al Reedy

September Anniversaries
6 - Steve & Yvonne Cox (51 years)
8 - Bill & Sandy Bodner (44 years)
10 - Jim & Jane Moeller (54 years)
20- Ashley & Peter Georgson (6 years)
22- Bob & Carol Kent (53 years)

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