October 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,

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From the Pastor


Stop. Breathe. Listen.

It’s been a wild few years, with all the events swirling through our country and world. The non-stop news and noise about it all only add to the swirl. And that’s all happening on top of our own regular, busy lives.

Dag Hammarskjold was the Secretary general of the United Nations in the early 1960’s. The world widely respected this Swedish diplomat for his intelligence, wisdom, humility and ability to bring clarity and calm even to viciously swirling events.                                

People often asked him how he managed to do so much. His answer in effect was that he regularly did nothing. That is, he STOPPED. The more things swirled, the more he took whatever moments he could find to stop: to go for a short walk in the woods; to read something unrelated to all the events that demanded so much from him; or by listening to some music.                                                                                                            

Stopping let Hammarskjold BREATHE. Breathing is staying aware of the beauty and goodness that is around us. Breathing gives us footing for the swirls that catch us. Breathing in the beauty of the woods even on a short stroll, reading and listening to his favorite music helped Hammarskjold stay steady.                                                         

Hammarskjold also LISTENED. When things swirl and their noise is loud, don’t we want to hear God’s voice speaking hope, peace and steady guidance? About that, he wrote, “How can you expect to keep your powers of hearing if you yourself never want to listen? That God should have time for you, you seem to take as much for granted as that you cannot have time for him.” Listen. You will hear that voice. It is often still and small to be sure. And yet it is clear. It will speak peace to you.

Stop. Breathe. Listen.

Pastor Will Mowchan

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Bethesda Basement Update

Repairs to the basement are proceeding. The new flooring is being installed as this is written.

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 $19,807 to date.

Racial Justice Sunday

Sunday October 22, 2023

Bethesda at 8:30 AM

Immanuel at 11:00 am

Join us for Worship including an educational forum on Racism in our community. The speakers are Linda and Jay Pringle, a couple who live in Washburn and have adopted children from Liberia. That experience has given them eye opening experience for themselves and for their adopted children. They wish to share those experiences with all of us. Karen Novachek, Immanuel, will lead the forum (in place of the sermon) where there will be opportunities for discussion and reaction. The service will be based on scripture and prayers. Please join us for this revealing forum and invite neighbors and friends.

Who is the RIC (Reconciling in Christ) Team and what do they do? As an RIC Congregation, we have been asked to update our Welcome Statement and Partner Commitments to explicitly include a welcome to people of “all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions” or “LGBTQIA+” and name our commitment to "racial equity" or "anti-racism." A small committee of Bethesda and Immanuel congregations has been meeting to update our statement. Both congregations have been RIC congregations since 2016. The focus of RIC congregations is inclusion of ALL people into our community regardless of who they are. Such inclusion is based on the biblical passage from Galatians 3:28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave or free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Accordingly, our RIC committee has decided to write a defining statement about what we believe today relative to that passage. In addition, we decided that words are not sufficient. We felt that we need to actively explore diversity within our communities and corresponding injustices before we can be honest about our inclusionary statement. Therefore, we developed a plan to highlight diversity and injustices that are prevalent in our communities. Our first attempt at that will be this forum on racism. If you have questions about our work or want to join, please contact anyone on this Team.


Yvonne Cox, Michael Herrick, Dianne Judd, Mary Meierotto, Al Reedy, Jeff Stark


Bethesda & Immanuel

are looking for volunteers for:

Altar Guild

Lay Readers

Sunday Fellowship Coffee Hour

Email Nancy with the link above.

Join us for our free pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 29 from

9:30 - 11:00.

A message from Alla -

September was a hectic and busy month. Pavel does his business and often goes to bed very late. Oleg continues to work and attend school remotely. Viktoria began to go to school and she really likes it. Melissa is also developing according to her age. I am endlessly engaged in household chores and the upbringing and development of children. Nothing new yet. Everything is in progress. Have a good October to all of you!

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. Beverages and light snacks will be served. Everyone is welcome and invited to take an hour-long break in their day to join in fellowship. Copies of the book are available at no cost.

Anything in the color blue is a clickable link

Council Meetings

October 18, 2023

Immanuel Council 6:00

May Draft Immanuel Council Minutes (No June, July, August or September meeting)

Joint Council 6:30

May Draft Joint Council Minutes (No June, July, August or September meeting)

Bethesda Council 7:00

September Draft Bethesda Council Minutes

Women's Gather in-person October 11 at 9:30

Lake Superior Bridge Builders

Tuesdays, October 10 & 24 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

The book club will meet in person on Monday, October 2 at 12:30 at Immanuel Lutheran for a potluck lunch, followed by book study at 1:00. Zoom will be available for those that can't meet in person.

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





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



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

October Birthdays

2 - Fred Faye Jr.

3 - Patti Anderson

4 - Hans Faye

4 - Austin French

5 - Susan Woodbury

7 - James Collier

8 - Jake Perry

9 - Mike Berg

9 - Sharon McCarthy

10 - Ethan Luoma

12 - Paula Lundberg

14 - Elaine Jacobson

15 - Roger Branham V

15 - Solveig Hadland

19 - Barb Hoekstra

21 - Teigan Bermel

21 - Carol Kent

22 - Jane Herrick

22 - Bill Maki

30 - Dan Weber