July 1, 2024

Bethesda & Immanuel Lutheran Newsletter

Sunday Worship

8:30 Bethesda

11:00 Immanuel


Pastor Connie Monson




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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


And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day approaching. –Hebrews 10:24-25

One of my great delights in getting to know you has been how joyful you are in fellowship. Unlike the writer of Hebrews, I don’t need to exhort you to “meet together,” because you are always already doing that and, I think, provoking one another to love and good deeds.

At the same time, it always bears being intentional in how we’re church together. This month, we have loads of good opportunities to gather: with our community, in the form of Immanuel’s ice cream social and Bethesda’s fish fry; with each other, at joint worship on the 14th; and then into the future at our annual picnic in August, where we’ll celebrate the ministry and service of Prs Dale and Will.

One of the promises we make at baptism is “to live among God’s faithful people.” This isn’t an arrogant claim that somehow Christians are better or more worth knowing, but rather that we all do need the encouragement and support of others on the same path. So please come to as many of these events as you can. Your presence is most eagerly requested.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Connie

Read Bishop Eaton's Message on the War in Gaza
View July Calendar

Reconciling in Christ Statement


There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28


We welcome YOU to Bethesda and Immanuel to participate fully in our congregational life. You who may have experienced exclusion, injustice or racial inequity; You who are young, old, rich, poor; You of all abilities; You from all nations and ethnic backgrounds; You of all sexual orientations, gender identities or gender expression.


We are committed to racial equity, economic equity, gender equity, sexual equity. We are committed to learn, celebrate, advocate and welcome everyone through a series of forums and educational opportunities. May we grow in acceptance and become a voice for inclusion, equity and justice.


No matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here.


Movie review by Jeff Stark and the RIC Team

(Ed. note: Over the next several months, the RIC team will be reviewing several books—and one movie—in preparation for our Oct. 13 panel presentation, which will feature community members and their experiences.)

“PRAYERS FOR BOBBY” (English Version) on YouTube.com or Prime Video

Based on a true story, this movie is a heart-wrenching story of a family’s struggle when their 20 year old son, Bobby, shares that he is gay. 

A conversation between Bobby and his mother:

Bobby: “I feel shame.”

Mother: “It’s because you know it’s wrong.”

Bobby: “Because you told me it’s wrong.”

Mother: “It’s not me. It’s the Bible.”…

Bobby: “I’m sorry. I’m not the perfect little Bobby that you always wanted. But I can’t keep apologizing for it. Mom, accept me for who I am or forget it.”

Mother: “I won’t have a gay son.”

Bobby: “Then, Mom, you don’t have a son.”

Mother: “Fine.”

In preparation for our churches’ October 13 forum for LGBTQIA2S+, the RIC Committee recommends you watch this movie. In our churches’ forum, we will hear real life stories from our friends that share the same pews with us, that live in our communities, people that live amongst us and who we know. Mark your calendars: October 13, 2024. Regular service times at both churches.

Immanuel is having an ice cream social on Sunday, July 7 from 1:00 - 3:00.

Bethesda's annual fish fry will be Friday, July 19 from 4:30 - 7:00. Adults $16, Children 6 and under $6. Serving local beer-battered whitefish, boiled red potatoes, coleslaw, rolls, and pie. Whitefish supplied by Joe Newago Fishing Group.

This summer the Bayfield churches are hosting a midday prayer service on Wednesdays. There will be silent meditation from 12:00 - 12:30 and a midday service from 12:30 - 1:00. The Episcopal church is hosting the July services.

Joint worship and picnic July 14

We have been invited to a fun festival worship with our neighbors Messiah Lutheran in Washburn and First Lutheran in Port Wing. Pastor Kristin Boland was newly ordained on June 22, so let’s turn out to help celebrate and give thanks that the Lutheran churches on the Bayfield peninsula all have permanent pastors again.

Where: Cornucopia (Town of Bell) Community Center

When: July 14; worship starting at 9 a.m., picnic and cribbage tournament to follow

Who: Pr Kristin will preach; Pr Connie will preside; please tell us if you would like to be a worship assistant in some shape or form—usher, altar carer, reader, etc.

What: Bring yourself and a dessert or a beverage to share. Messiah will provide brats and burgers on the grill, and First is bringing salads and sides.

Note: This worship service will take the place of regular worship in both congregations, so please plan to come.

Bethesda cottage meetings

When ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton began her call, she suggested four emphases for congregations that I think we can all agree on: 1) we are church; 2) we are Lutheran; 3) we are church together; and 4) we are church for the sake of the world. Bethesda Lutheran has a strong history of embodying all four of these statements, and has attracted attention both from the community and from the synod for the way we live out being church for the sake of the world. You have every right to be proud of these accomplishments.

Still, we need to be listening for the places and tasks God is calling us to now. Where might Bethesda and its members be poised to make a difference to the Bayfield community and the world beyond, especially in light of available time, energy, and resources? What are the needs that you’ve observed? And what would bring your heart deep gladness?

Bethesda’s council is planning a series of “cottage meetings” to explore some of these questions in friendly gatherings. The idea will be to meet a little later in the summer and into early fall, as small groups of 8-10 people in the homes of hosts. We will share snacks and fellowship together and talk about ideas for mission. Look for more information in next month’s newsletter.

Sunday Sermons

If you would like a copy of the Sunday sermon emailed to you, let Nancy know. The prior Sunday's sermon is also available on the Bethesda website.

Email Nancy

A message from Alla

Life goes on, the date of the main Court is approaching. Pavel tried to get information about the summons to war in Russia through his Russian lawyer for evidence, but without success. We are accumulating more evidence of the danger of our return. Pavel continues to work on the project and is looking for investors, including in other states of USA, changing strategy, conducting negotiations, including with a representative of the Democratic Party. I support his project as much as I can and am also involved in the process. Oleg goes to work and lives his own life, sometimes we have discussions about the project and in general the boy has matured, it's good that he is not in Ukraine, but has a life here and development. Pavel donated blood to the Red Cross. Victoria goes to summer school and meets with a speech therapist. Melissa is developing and waiting forward for Vicky every time. Two sisters like to play together. That's all on this month. Have a beautiful July and enjoying of summer weather.

Meet your Local Author 

Book Series 2024


Immanuel Lutheran Church

Cornucopia, WI 

Time: 2 PM

Listen and Enjoy with Refreshments 

July 14th- Gary Perkins

Baby Boomers-50 Ain’t Bad

Rural Delivery

Baby Boomers- It’s Great to Be 78 (due to be published in 2025)

Gary will speak on stories he has written and how you become a writer.  Formerly of Port Wing, Gary takes the ordinary and extraordinary of everyday life and finds a story.

August 18-Sue Leaf


A personal journey through the ever-changing natural and cultural history of Lake Superior’s South Shore. She shares her lifelong connection with the area, and her experience occupying a rustic cabin near Port Wing on a rapidly eroding lakeside cliff.


The annual picnic will be Sunday, August 25. Dale Chesley and Will Mowchan will be there as we say our thank yous and goodbyes.

There will be a Reconciling in Christ event during worship on October 13.

Read Press Release - Bishop Martin Halom

Disaster Action Team

Every day people are forced from their home due to fires, storms and other disasters. Single- and multi-family fires account for 90% of disaster responses. Compassionate and committed Disaster Action Team volunteers respond day and night to meet the immediate needs of their neighbors. Volunteers carry out 90% of the service provided by the American Red Cross, so it goes without saying without volunteers, we couldn’t do what we do. Currently our teams are stretched thin, while the demand for our service is growing. We strive to respond consistently in a proactive, timely and meaningful way, making service available to everyone who needs assistance. Both online and in-person training opportunities are available. All training is provided free of charge.



Lee Borofka (he/him/his)

Volunteer Partnership and Community Outreach

American Red Cross – Wisconsin Region & Upper Michigan

920.737.9974 | lee.borofka@redcross.org

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Council Meetings

July 17, 2024

Immanuel Council 6:00

Joint Council 6:30

Bethesda Council 7:00

June Draft Immanuel Council Minutes

February Draft Joint Council Minutes (No June meeting)

June Draft Bethesda Council Minutes

Women's Gather

Hello all “Gather” book/Bible study participants!  we will be meeting on Wednesday, July 10 at Bethesda.  

Monday Book Club

Join us for a Book Study on Zoom

Mondays at 1:00 PM

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 Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

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 Cornucopia Coffee

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



6302 Mineral Point Rd Unit 211

Madison, WI 53705

Kerissa Morrin

Chick Anderson's granddaughter

Casey French

Shirley Hanson's grandson

Chick Anderson


34200 S County Hwy J

Bayfield WI 54814


Bennett Anderson

Grandson of Donnie Anderson

Ruthann Compton


702 Bratley Drive

Washburn WI 54891

Hip fracture

Larry Jorstad


4237 44th Ave So

Minneapolis MN 55406


Bike accident

Bill & Barb Peterson 

Bill is struggling with Parkinson's. Barb is now in the same care suite with Bill.


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


Vicki Gordon

Michael Babineau

Jeanna Morshead-Metelica


85565 Eight Point Ln

Bayfield WI 54814




Myrna & Rich Northrop



87202 Co Hwy C

Cornucopia, WI 54827

Kermit Delmain

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

Rhiannon Tourdot

Holly Tourdot

Jennifer Schlack

Karen Novachek



610 E 4th St

Washburn WI 54891

Dick Florence


89730 Roman's Point Road

Herbster WI 54844

Stacey Uhlman

Kris Anderson


88700 Siskiwit Falls Rd

Cornucopia WI 54827


Kit Bottem

Homa's daughter-in-law


Anders Elmblad & family

Deanne Mason's grandson

July Birthdays

1 - Lana Jorstad

1 - David Sonstegard

1 - Jarrett Waite

2 - Brenda Kramer

3 - Nancy Faye

3 - Mike Powers

4 - Jan Holte

4 - Diane Willis

5 - Jeanne Goodier

6 - Ellen Wagner

8 - Carol Arent

14 - Henry Faye

14 - Tim Faye

14 - Liam LeBlanc

15 - Diane Fizell

15 - Pam Nylander

22 - Scott Paavola

23 - Tom Wagner

24 - Judith Lindell

26 - Clyde Lee

27 - Cindy Dobrovolny

27 - Heather Faye