February 1, 2024

Bethesda & Immanuel Lutheran Newsletter

Sunday Worship

8:30 Bethesda

11:00 Immanuel


Pastor Connie Monson




Pastor Will Mowchan

3015 Weeks Avenue

Superior, WI 54880

715 416-3408


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We pray for Ukraine, Israel and Gaza and all those afflicted by war.

 Hello Nancy,

Sunday services are available online.
Use the Bethesda Facebook link above.

From the Pastor


Dear Friends,

People often associate anything ‘church’ with an undercurrent of admonishment. Think of the messages we get or expect to get: Worship more often. Sign up for this or that. Believe in this certain way. Give more money and time. Donate items to this or that. Lurking in these messages is the admonishment to do more because whatever we’re doing now is probably not quite enough.                                                                                               

Then there’s encouragement. It says, and it offers, “Glad you’re here (with no preconditions and no boundaries between insiders and outsiders). A comfortable welcome. Easy entrance into things that interest you. Let’s figure out together what faith means. Thank you for being here. Trust and practical informal partnerships between larger community and church. Service done without the agenda of ‘I scratch your back and then you scratch mine.’                                                                                                                  

I want to thank you for who you are and for what you do--encouraging, welcoming, open, kind, grateful, graciously and effectively generous. You are inherently aware that life changes constantly and are not anxious about that. You are deeply and very naturally connected to each other and to Bayfield and Cornucopia. You are not especially aware of being and doing these things. You instead just do and are these things very naturally. They’re ingrained in who you are individually and together.                 

Thanks to you ‘church’ means an ongoing gift, and not an unending task.                                   

I started here two years ago with this ancient prayer. I end my time here with the same prayer—as encouragement of who you already are and what you already do so well.                            

O Lord God. You have called us to ventures of which we cannot see then ending, by paths as yet untrodden and through perils unknown. Give us faith to venture out with good courage, not knowing where we ill go, but only that your hand is holding us and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


You’re wonderful in so many ways! Thank you!


Pastor Will Mowchan


View February Calendar

A huge thank you to Pastors Dale and Will for their devoted service to our congregations. Watch for notice of a thank you reception coming soon.

This item was left behind at the December 31st potluck in Corny. Please pick it up at Immanuel or call the office to have it sent to Bayfield.

An Update from Alla

The second half of December and the first half of January were a very hectic, nervous, difficult time for our family. And I forgot to send the update to the church newsletter last time. There were the events, that distracted us from ordinary life at that time. People appeared who began to harass our family and insult us based on their nationality; they even went so far as to chase Oleg in a car when he was delivering pizza. For several days the police warned these people to stop; Viktoria did not attend kindergarten for several days due to these events for safety reasons. We were forced to turn to the New Day organization for help, they intervened and notified us that the police had already served a warning letter to these people and that if they continued, it would be a criminal offense. But we are still afraid of a collision with them, since we have no guarantee that this will not happen again. At the moment we are trying to live an ordinary life, but for now Pavel does not allow me to walk with the children alone. This situation reminded us of the events in Russia and revived old wounds. It is very good that in the USA the system of protecting people from attacks is so well and quickly developed. So, regarding usual life, Pavel continues to go about his business, a little about his activities here, here is a direct link: https://sites.google.com/view/from-the-future/home, Oleg finished high school, on February 8th he receives a diploma. Victoria continues to go to Kindergarten, Melissa grows every day, I am involved in development, raising children and home.  Have a positive February everyone! Thank you for your support, understanding and patience!

The next pancake breakfast will be on Sunday, February 25 from 9:30 - 11:00.

Our new pastor, Connie Monson, will be installed on Sunday, February 11 during worship at each church. Her first Sunday in the pulpit will be February 4.

A special offering will be taken during the installation service for the Fund for Leaders which helps seminary students offset the cost of their education.

The date for Bethesda's annual meeting is Sunday, February 11 following worship.

Immanuel Phone Directory addition:

Roger Lindgren (cell) 330-719-9007

Our Church Members and Friends photo wall is something each of us looks at over time. These photos help us connect with each other, remember names of those that we haven’t seen for a while, and is a way to welcome our new Pastor Connie. Now that our photo display is over 10 years old, we would like it to be updated.

Therefore, we ask you to send in a picture of you. This can be a photo with your family at a recent gathering, on an outing, with your furry friends, or a selfie. If this doesn’t work for you and would like a volunteer to take your picture, please call Dianne Judd at 651-341-9724. We can take your photo after worship on Feb 4 or Feb 11.  If you have a photo, send it to Nancy at Bethesda either as Digital to bethesdachurchbayfield@gmail.com or for an actual photo, please mail to Bethesda, PO Box 724, Bayfield, WI 54814. We will scan in your photo and return the original.

We want this up by Easter! So if you can please send this to Nancy by February 14, we can use our time in Lent to make this happen.

Thanks you for being part of our community and participating.

Dianne Judd, Jane Edwards, Sandy Paavola, Dee Hendrickson, Shirley Hanson

Bayfield's ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service will be at Bethesda at 7:00 on February 14.

Community Lenten Soup and Bread Lunch with Devotions - Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m.

Bayfield Presbyterian Church will be hosting soup and bread lunches during Lent on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. starting on Ash Wednesday (February 14) and running through Holy Week at the end of March. These gatherings will be held in the Bayfield Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 

Devotions will follow the lunch, starting around 1:00 and finishing up no later than 1:30, using Elizabeth Caldwell’s book “Pause: Spending Lent with the Psalms.” Each week focuses on a different psalm. "Each chapter helps readers to connect an image drawn from that psalm, such as paths, faces, blessing, tables, waiting, thanksgiving, listening, being alone or abandoned, and hands, with their own lives. At the close of each chapter, readers are invited to try a different prayer practice to help them continue to reflect on the theme and psalm each day." Books will be available to participants at no charge.

Bayfield Presbyterian Church is looking for volunteers to provide soup and bread to these lunches and to help set up and clean up. If you can and wish to help, contact the BPC office at BPCoffice.bayfieldpres@gmail.com.

Bethesda's jigsaw puzzle exchange shelves are overflowing. Please feel free to take a puzzle or more home!

Discussion based on the book The Lost Message of Jesus by Steve Chalke and Alan Mann continues led by long-time friend of BPC and Bethesda, Pastor Dick Boutin. We meet each Wednesday from 1-2 pm in Bayfield Presbyterian's fellowship hall to share our thoughts as we explore the book.

Anything in the color blue is a clickable link

Council Meetings

February , 2023

Immanuel Council 6:00

Joint Council 6:30

Bethesda Council 7:00

January Draft Immanuel Council Minutes

January Draft Joint Council Minutes

January Draft Bethesda Council Minutes

Come to Bethesda on Tuesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 for a friendly game of cribbage. No experience necessary.

Women's Gather

Hello all “Gather” book/Bible study participants!  we will be meeting on Wednesday, February 14.  

Lake Superior Bridge Builders

Tuesdays, February 13 & 27 at 7:00

See our website for the Zoom link
Meeting ID: 812 1484 1692 Passcode: 948203
Dial by your location       +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Monday Book Club

Join us for a Book Study on Zoom

Mondays at 1:00 PM

We will not be meeting on December 25 or January 1.

See our website for the Zoom link

Meeting ID: 851 3905 2851

Passcode: 467574

Dial by your location

    +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

The Coming of the Cosmic Christ: The Healing of Mother Earth and the Birth of a Global Renaissance by Matthew Fox

Questions? Call Leanne 715.742.3553

South Shore Quilters

Mondays 9:00 am - Noon at Immanuel

Wednesdays 9:00 am - Noon at Immanuel

The mission-quilt group at Immanuel is always in need of donations of clean usable bed sheets--preferably flat sheets--which we use as backing for the quilts, spools of thread (whether full or not) and fabric.

The Knit Wits

Knitting & Crocheting at the Corny coffee shop Fridays 1:00 - 4:00

The Brunch Bunch
Tuesdays at Bethesda 10:00 - 11:30
Conversation and coffee with women from the community.

Immanuel has a painting group that meets on Thursdays, 10:00 - 1:00.

Retired Old Men Eat Out
Every Friday at 8:00 AM

Meet at Immanuel Church

New information is Red
If you would like to be added to the list or have an update, please contact us at:

Pavel, Alla, Oliver, Viktoria, and Melissa Anna Elizabeth

Marty Burkel

Marty just had hernia surgery. Thanks for the ongoing prayer support.



6302 Mineral Point Rd Unit 211

Madison, WI 53705

Kerissa Morrin

Casey French

Joe Volpe

Sherman and Jane Edward's son-in-law

Judy Faragher

PO Box 1226

Bayfield WI 54814



Pastor Dale Chesley

809 Ellis Avenue

Ashland WI 54806




Chick Anderson


34200 S County Hwy J

Bayfield WI 54814


Jim Brockmann

Second knee replacement surgery

Bennett Anderson

Grandson of Donnie Anderson


Bill Peterson 

Bill is struggling with Parkinson's. If you have the time he sure would appreciate a call or card and of course your prayers.


Walker Methodist Care Suites

7400 York Avenue South

Edina, MN 55435

Ed DePerry

37420 State Hwy 13

Bayfield WI 54814

Doctoring at Mayo

Sharon Johnson


86520 Valley Rd

Bayfield WI 54814


Kelli Ann Clapero


Konnie LeMay


Myrna & Rich Northrop



87202 Co Hwy C

Cornucopia, WI 54827

Kermit and Judy Del Main

Kermit and Judy have moved to St Paul for at least the winter months where family will be able to assist them. Please keep them in your prayers.

900 Old Lexington Avenue Apt 101

St Paul, MN 55116

Colleen Nozal


PO Box 341

Cornucopia, WI 54827

Lorayne Reedy



PO Box 358

Cornucopia WI 54827

Lois Osterberg


702 Bratley Dr

Washburn WI 54891

Courtney Byerhoff

Bill Bodner



87560 Bark Point Rd

Herbster WI 54844

Chuck & Marcia Perry



87140 County Rd C

Cornucopia, WI 54827

Julie Monroe

636 E Kimball Avenue

Woodstock IL 60098


Rhiannon Tourdot

Holly Tourdot

Westen Michael Wilson

Born Sept 28, 2023 with a hare lip cleft palete

Pastor Dale Chesley

809 Ellis Avenue

Ashland WI 54806




February Birthdays

2 - Dave Judd

2 - Lois Osterberg

4 - Gary Benzschawel

5 - Glenna Anderson

8 - Eunice Matthews

10 - Jayne Norton

14 - Deb Powers

18 - Diane Buccanero

22 - Sandra Bodner

23 - Dee Hendrickson

26 - Jane Moeller

26 - Chuck Perry

27 - Myrna Northrop

28 - Sherman Edwards