September 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

Parish Office:






Bethesda/Immanuel Website

Bethesda FACEBOOK 


Immanuel FACEBOOK 


We pray for Ukraine and all those afflicted by war.

 Hello Nancy,

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

Listen to Bishop Eaton's Message, "Future Church: God's Love Made Real"

From the Pastor


As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience.          --Colossians 3:12 NRSV


There is a saying: “Clothes don’t make the person.” I think most of us know that this is saying that the character of a person is not determined by how well they dress. A wonderful person might live in shabby pants and an absolute crook can be dressed up in a suit that makes him or her look like a million bucks.


When this kind of thing happens as Christians, the name we get tagged with is “hypocrite”. Jesus told the Pharisees that they were like whitewashed tombs; they looked good on the outside but were full of dead men’s bones.


What is the writer of Colossians saying to us?  Is he suggesting that we should do our best to look like Jesus even though we are sinful creatures? That is exactly what he is saying! He is telling us to do it, but do it because we are loved by Jesus, not because we are trying to fool anyone.


Here in the world of the Spirit, to put on the attributes that make us look like Jesus means to become like him. The work of the Spirit is transformative which means it doesn’t just cover our sinful humanity but has the power to make of us the children of God.


We know that if we are angry, bitter, resentful, hateful and hurtful, these things shape us. We become what they are, and we are not pleasant to live around.


In the positive side, to be clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience also shapes us. The transformation that happens means that we start to look more and more like Jesus Christ. It isn’t that we have gotten good at lying and covering up but rather that the power of the Spirit is at work in who we are.


We can do it wrong. We can pretend to love but really hate. We can pretend to be kind but poke others secretly every chance we get. This is hypocrisy.


But if we will step away from our egos and for Christ’s sake show compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience: they become in us sincere and real. They enrich our lives. They allow us to see the world in a new way. And they allow the world to see us in a new way.

View September Calendar


Jim & Jane Moeller

3304 E Fallcreek Lane

Appleton WI 54913

Cell Numbers:

Jane 715-779-5829

Jim 715-209-0254

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Bethesda Basement Update

Repairs to the basement are proceeding. We currently have volunteers doing painting downstairs. The new flooring will be installed sometime this month.

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 $18,308 to date.

Our annual picnic was held August 27 at Little Sand Bay. Someone left behind their red shirt. It's in the fellowship hall

Bethesda & Immanuel

are looking for volunteers for:

Altar Guild

Lay Readers

Sunday Fellowship Coffee Hour

Email Nancy with the link above.

A message from Alla -

August was a very busy month. There have been many changes. Pavel had to quit his job due to pain in his elbow (these are echoes of physical suffering from Russia plus the burden on a hurt arm at the factory), he was engaged in the treatment of the elbow, and also resolved issues related to medical insurance for the family). Oleg has changed jobs, now works at Superone and plans to finish school online. I have care for girls and endless household chores. We also signed up for a supply of food once a month. We also have some savings (due to the ability to save and spend money wisely) and Oleg's financial support as one of the family members. We also have goals and objectives related to making money that Pavel decides and a plan for further action, which we will talk about later when the time comes (when it will implement). By the way, our trip to Milwaukee to see the migration officer (August 24) went well, although it was a long, difficult and tiring road. Victoria is going to Kindergarten of Ashland in a week. In general, life goes on and we are positive. Thank you all for believing in us!

On Wednesday, August 30th, Bayfield Presbyterian began an eight-week discussion based on the book The Lost Message of Jesus by Steve Chalke and Alan Mann. The discussion is led by long-time friend of BPC and Bayfield, Pastor Dick Boutin. We will 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.

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Council Meetings

September 20, 2023

Immanuel Council 6:00

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

Joint Council 6:30

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

Bethesda Council 7:00

August Draft Bethesda Council Minutes

Women's Gather in-person September 13 at 9:30

Lake Superior Bridge Builders

Tuesdays, September 12 & 26 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

No meeting on Labor Day!

See our website for the Zoom link

Meeting ID: 851 3905 2851

Passcode: 467574

Dial by your location

    +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

What Is the Bible?

by Rob Bell

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Beginning September 18 we will be reading "Zealot - The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Raza 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

Wally and 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

September Birthdays

3 - Linda Schneider

4 - Bev Steele

5 - Graham Wenz

6 - Margaret Langness

8 - Joyce Anderson

15 - John Higney

16 - Dianne Judd

20 - Lynette Benzschawel

21 - Ashley Georgeson

21 - Shirley Hanson

22 - Deanne Mason

23 - Randy Bestul

23 - Sharon Bestul

27 - Kevon Dietel

29 - Al Reedy