November 1, 2023

Bethesda & Immanuel Lutheran Newsletter

Sunday Worship

8:30 Bethesda

11:00 Immanuel


Pastor Dale P. Chesley

809 Ellis Avenue

Ashland WI 54806

715 209-0600


Pastor Will Mowchan

3015 Weeks Avenue

Superior, WI 54880

715 416-3408

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We pray for Ukraine and all those afflicted by war.

 Hello Nancy,

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

Just a reminder that daylight savings time ends this weekend. Remember to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.

Read NW Synod's Justice Newsletter
Read Bishop Eaton's Letter on the Israeli-Hamas War

From the Pastor


O LORD, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul ... --Psalm 131:1-2a NRSV


People in 12 Step recovery groups often pray the “Set Aside Prayer”: “God, please set aside everything I think I know about myself, the twelve steps, this book, the meetings, my disease, and you, God, so I may have an open mind and a new experience with all these things, please let me see the truth.”


This is a prayer that recognizes that we who have walked a number of miles (years) by faith in the Lord, can get entrenched in our ways. It is hard to learn if one thinks they have learned all they need to know. Many believe that God never changes so once they have learned the fundamentals of the faith, it is just a matter of doing them.


If this is true, we have a lot of stuck and bored believers out there. The Psalm above invites to a place where we open ourselves to a new place with God. Certainly, God is not going to change. The Bible says that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Yet, we realize that there is no way we can get to the place that we completely know God. There is always more to discover. It doesn’t matter how long we have been a believer and follower of Jesus, there is always room to grow.


I wonder if this isn’t part of what the Psalmist was saying. He was willing to let go of himself and all that he had learned and experienced in order to remember that God is in charge. God is always moving us to a new place. God is always allowing us to grow.


Sometimes we get “set” in our ways. We think we know all there is to know. We feel we have done our religious duty. We see ourselves as “okay with God.” That is a dangerous place to be. For it means that our hearts are closed to the new thing that God is doing.


God is always doing a new thing!


Let us all pray this Psalm again. Let’s ask what we can do to open ourselves to how God wants us to grow. Maybe we could even decide to do something new that might help us grow. Join a Bible Study. Sit in a new place during worship and see if a different perspective helps us see things in a new way. Start a new daily devotional. Open your Bible and read. Attend a fellowship event. Go for a walk by the Lake or in the Woods. Sit out under the stars and experience awe!


God knows everything about us. Yet, I believe God desires an experiential knowledge of us that only happens when we spend time together with God. It is the kind of thing that can surprise us, but it is also the kind of thing we do on purpose. Let’s pray together, with thankful hearts, that we might not let all that we think we know of our God, keep us from the new thing God wants to do in our hearts and lives.

                                                                                        -Pastor Dale

View November Calendar

Bethesda's annual Lutefisk dinner will be held on Saturday, November 11, 4:30 - 7:00. We will be serving lutefisk and Swedish meatballs. Please join us. $18.00 adults; $10.00 children under 13.

Bethesda Basement Update

Repairs to the basement are almost complete. The new flooring has been installed.

A huge thank you to our volunteers and to all who've contributed financially to the project. We have received $37,065 in donations and have disbursed $24,842 to date.

Bethesda's Women Gather group will not be meeting in November. See note below.

Bethesda & Immanuel

are looking for volunteers for:

Altar Guild

Lay Readers

Sunday Fellowship Coffee Hour

Email Nancy with the link above.

Join us at Bethesda for our free pancake breakfast on Sunday, November 26 from 9:30 - 11:00.

Bethesda has a large supply of Thrivent T-shirts to give away. Please take one. They are on the bookshelf in the fellowship hall. If you have any ideas where we could donate them, please let the office know.

A message from Alla -

The month of October was an ordinary month without any special events. Pavel continues to move forward in the implementation of his plans, Oleg also goes to work and studies online, while living his life. Viktoria goes to kindergarten, and Melissa walks a lot when the weather permits. I also organize everyday life and raising children. Everything is as usual. We hope that the next newsletter about us will contain more new specific information about us. Have a,happy November and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Thank you for your belief in us!

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 the church fellowship hall to share our thoughts as we explore the book. There will be no meeting Thanksgiving week.

Anything in the color blue is a clickable link

Council Meetings

November 15, 2023

May Draft Immanuel Council Minutes (No subsequent meetings)

Immanuel Council 6:00

Joint Council 6:30

October Draft Joint Council Minutes

Bethesda Council 7:00

October Draft Bethesda Council Minutes

Women's Gather

Hello all “Gather” book/Bible study participants!  November is such a busy month. Some of us took a look at the schedule and determined that we will not be able to meet in November. Many will be working on preparing lefse, meatballs, or peeling potatoes for the lutefisk dinner on Saturday the 11th. The next week has complications as well. So—we will be meeting on Wednesday, December 13th.  Have a great month, Happy Thanksgiving, and safe travels!  

Lake Superior Bridge Builders

Tuesdays, November 14 & 28 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

See our website for the Zoom link

Meeting ID: 851 3905 2851

Passcode: 467574

Dial by your location

    +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Zealot - the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

by Reza Aslan

Questions? Call Leanne 715.742.3553

South Shore Quilters
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.

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 still waiting patiently as his lungs continue to improve. Please keep Marty in your prayers.


PO Box 1284

Bayfield, WI 54814

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



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

Janet Hunt


34955 S Cty Hwy J

Bayfield, WI 54814

Max Paap


Ed DePerry

37420 State Hwy 13

Bayfield WI 54814

Doctoring at Mayo

Sharon Johnson


86520 Valley Rd

Bayfield WI 54814


Kelli Ann Clapero



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

Tim Fleming


Westen Michael Wilson

Born Sept 28, 2023 with a hare lip cleft palete

Pastor Dale Chesley

809 Ellis Avenue

Ashland WI 54806



November Birthdays

2 - Marty Burkel

2 - Patty Carver

3 - Shirley Huusko

8 - Melinda Letnes

9 - Mary Thiel

9 - Jeff Wenz

16 - Diane Hall

17 - Gina Emily

17 - Opal Georgeson

17 - Pike Georgeson

18 - Sam Miller

20 - Jan Japs

22 - Paul Lundberg