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Aardahl Ambassador
December 2014 Volume XIV, Issue 12
Aardahl Lutheran Church
2920 Van Buren Ave SE;
Bemidji, MN 56601
(218) 444-8865
Pastor Mary Marotte
Pastor’s Office Hours: by
appointment (please call) &
Tuesdays 11 AM - 1 PM
Aardahl Lutheran Church is a
member of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America.
Serving Fellowship
in December
December 7 th – Karen
Puschinsky; Stan &
Donna Kimmes
November 14 th – Marge
Thole; Becky Thole; Judy
December 21 st – George
& Sue Wells; Judy
December 28 th – Bring
your leftover Christmas
cookies; Lindmans serve
Thank you to all
who share!!!
Pastor’s Letter
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Brothers and sisters in Christ, grace and peace to you from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus
Last week you received a letter telling you of my retirement plans for January of 2015. As I
write this it seems impossible that this will be my last newsletter article to you. Our time here
has gone swiftly and it feels like just yesterday it was September 2010 when we arrived here. It
was a new time for Greg and I, along with all of you. Now it is time for us to go and to begin a
time of retirement.
The question has been asked why now? There are a number of reasons for our decision.
The first being family, it is time for us to spend more time with our family. To be able to spend
time with our children and grandchildren is very important to us at this point in our lives. We
hope to help out with caring for our grandchildren this summer and enjoy special time with them.
We hope to spend more time with Greg’s dad and my sister who are both in memory care in Park
Rapids. Of course we hope to spend more time together doing some of the things we planned for
many years.
One of those plans is for us to go south for the winter. Going to a warmer climate gives Greg
relief from the respiratory problems he faces in the sub-zero weather we experience here. Our
plan is to leave in mid-January after we get things wrapped up here. First to Florida to take care
of my sister’s home and then off to Texas to spend time with my brother. We plan to return in
the spring and make a decision about our home here. The future is a bit unknown but I do not
intend to become fully retired. Hopefully there will be opportunities to carry out other forms of
ministry in the future.
This decision has not been easy and not without tears. Greg and I are excited but also grieving
the loss of our church family. We hope to stay in touch as time goes on and will keep you in our
prayers as you begin this time of transition. Separation is never very easy, and in this case it will
be very hard for us. However as a mentor told me, “Pastors are like leaves on a tree. The come
and they go, but the tree lives on, often to a greater beauty and productivity.
Now we look forward to the coming weeks as we spend this Advent and Christmas season
together. May the light of God and the birth of the Christ child shine on each of you as we
celebrate this most Holy season.
May you have a Blessed and Merry Christmas,
Pr Mary & Greg
Special Services during Advent
Hanging of the Greens Join us for this wonderful service where we tell the
stories of Christmas while decorating the sanctuary. All of the Sunday School
children are involved.
Holden Evening Prayer Service Holden Services will be held on
Wednesday nights in the month of December. Services are on the 3rd, 10th, and
17th. Join us for this musical service.
as of
November 22nd, 2014
In need of healing:
Larry Houg, Ardelle
Paulson, baby Coltyn,
Terry Hawkenson, Bonnie
Anderson, Tim Beyer,
Delbert Fenner, Dan
Peterson, Kelly Fuhrman,
Ferel Baltzell, family
members of Leona - baby
Lynlee, Bassema, and
Samir, Bonnie Rubash, and
Harry Wetzel.
In Health Care
Facilities: Harriet Forte.
Service Men &
Women: Please pray for
Those who are
grieving: the family of
Louis Bjella
Please also pray for
our Compassion Child,
Deepthia Kora and our
Sister Congregation
and Seminary in
Tsararano Lutheran
Church and Betela
Lutheran Seminary.
Will be hosted by First Lutheran Church; 9th St. and Bemidji Ave. Thursday, December
25th from 12 noon to 1:30 PM If you would like to have a meal delivered, reserve a ride
to the meal, or volunteer to deliver meals or provide transportation to/from the meal
please call Marci @ 556-0788 by noon on Monday, December 22nd.
Bemidji Community Food Shelf
BCFS will close early on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th, at 2 p.m. and will
reopen Friday, December 26 at 10 a.m.
Food Needs
Canned meat (Spam, tuna, chicken etc.), peanut butter, cold breakfast cereal, soups (tomato,
chicken noodle, cream of mushroom), canned fruit, pork and beans, dried beans.
Food Needs
Bar soap, shampoo, dish and laundry detergent, toilet paper, toothpaste, deodorant, facial tissue.
Churches United
Please help Churches United Household Depot with your donations of household
items, larege size shampoos, deodorants, toothpaste, feminine products, dishes,
blankets, sheets, towels, dish soap, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and other
things to help make a house a home. All donations are tax deductible.
Churches United is in need of volunteers. There are many easy tasks
to fulfill and you can do what you are most comfortable with.
We will continue to collect items for Care Packages. Items needed are:
shampoo, conditioner, combs, brushes, soap, deodorant, feminine items,
disposable razors, small packages of tissues/wipes. No mouthwash, medication
or pain relievers please. Please drop your donations in the Churches United
Kieth Fenner is our representative. Churches united meets the emergency needs
of people for food, shelter, ect. The number to call is 444-1380 and Churches
United is located at Mt. Zion Church in Bemidji. They can also be found online
-as of 11/28
Year to date income:
Year to date expense:
Income less expenses:
Our weekly offering
goal for this year is
Year to date
Regular Offering
Year to date Regular
Offering Goal
6:30 PM
Reports for the Annual
Meeting are due by
1/7 and the annual
report will be available
on 1/11
Will not meet during
the month of
December. There is a
list for dining out in
2015 on the bulletin
Wanted! You can help…
CONFIRMATION SERVICE WORK Our confirmation students Nicholas &
Nash are looking for service work. If you have any person or group that needs
volunteering or service work please call the church office 444-8865
WOODWORK NEEDED FOR FAITH CHESTS We are looking for members
who would be interested in helping make wooden Faith Chests for our students.
Our goal is to give a Faith Chest to our students in the coming year. A Faith
Chest is built by the congregation and given to each child on a Birthday,
Baptism or another appropriate time. The Faith Chest is used to keep
certificates and articles recieved from parents, grandparensts, godparents,
friends and the congregation during their faith formation years. If you are
intersted please contact Pr. Mary.
Please Note…
NEW MEMBERS If there is someone who would like to become a member of Aardahl Lutheran Church please call Pr
Mary at 218-252-2004
Please contact Judy with your PRAYER CHAIN REQUEST or 333-3936; cell (218) 368-0036
If you are in need of a RIDE TO WORSHIP OR OTHER CHURCH EVENT please call the church office 444-8865 or
760-3212 We have several members who are willing to give rides. At least 24 hours notice for events and by 4 pm
on Friday for Worship would be appreciated.
HEARING ASSIST DEVICES AVAILABLE. Please see the Ushers for assistance.
You can purchase your cookbook at any church service or by calling Becky at 444-7878 or
emailing her at Cookbooks are $10 and make a great gift!
Birthday’s & Anniversaries
December Birthdays
Kathy Cvancara
Kieth Fenner
Carl Bleiler
Ferel Baltzell
Carol Iverson
Clark Cvancara
Bonnie Rubash
Nancy Benson
Ileen Wintersteen
Sheri Eklund
Noel Benson
Heidi Bergstrom
December Anniversaries
Marlene & Glenn Moore
Terry & Judy Hawkenson 28th
Thrivent Choice Dollars
All Thrivent members who are eligible
for "Choice Dollars" please call 1-800847-4836 to designate your choice dollars
for 2014. Please call even if you have
called earlier this year. Thank
you! Alverna Michalko, Advocate
Current Council Members
Carolyn Hegland– Pres.
Kieth Fenner - V.P.
Donna Hegland - Secretary
Guy Drevlow Treas.
Aaron Dubbe- Co.Treas. (612)991-1197
Lori Lauderbaugh
David Christianson
LuAnn Bleiler
Clark Cvancara
Sue Wells
Council Meeting Minutes
November 18, 2014
Present: Guy D., Dave C., Lori L., Kieth F., Aaron D., Sue W., Clark C., Pastor Mary.
Absent: Carolyn H., LuAnn B., Donna H.,
Visitors: Amber Lindman, Becky Christianson, Judy Faymoville.
Opened with prayer from Pastor Mary. Clark made a motion to accept the agenda with the addition of advent
wreath under new business. Dave seconded. Motion carried.
Secretary’s report – Aaron made a motion to accept secretaries report with the correction of adding in the
dollar amount of $4,091 for the MLT fund from last month. Guy seconded. Motion carried.
Treasurers Report:
Balances: Checking $11,776.59
Savings $6,537.80
Restricted Furnace Fund in Savings: $2,498.07
Ministry Launch Team $2,226.74
Checking account is high but we have multiples bills that are going to be going out. Clark made a motion to
approve the treasurer’s report. Dave seconded. Motion carried.
Auxillary report:
Report submitted.
Committee reports:
The Sunday School teachers have been paid for the month of October. The check is going to Maria.
Things seem to be going really well. Guy made a motion to pay both teachers each $25 on practice day for
Hanging of the Greens if they are here. Dave seconded. Motion carried.
Ministry Launch Team
T-shirts were ordered. MLT will be planning a Norwegian service on May 17th. Time for the service
may be changed for that Sunday. MLT will talk to Wayne to make sure of what time will work. The thought is
to make sure that the service is late enough to allow seniors to get here. Bingo will not be held in December
and possibly not January. There is no dining out in December. A list will be on the bulletin board for dining
out in 2015. Money has been set aside for faith chests.
Altar Guild
New banners have been made and are hanging in the sanctuary. Some new banners are being worked
on for the Christmas season.
Lay Liturgy
Deb Taray has come forward to coordinate the Hanging of the Greens Service on December 7th. Holden
Evening Prayer Services wil be on December 3rd, 10th, and 17th at 6:30 PM.
No bills have shown up for the parking lot yet.
Pastor’s report
Report for October/November submitted by Pastor Mary.
Old Business – items will stay on until completed.
a. Church constitution committee consists of George W., Sheri E., and Sarah W.- no update.
b. Things are being gathered for the Aardahl’s Policy Binder. After that 3 copies of the binder will be
made. Hopefully this will be done before the new 2015 council is installed – no update.
c. Parking lot bills haven’t come in so it will be tabled until next month. Policy binder should include a
process for getting things like the parking lot done. There should also be something about
donations/gifts being approved and kept track of items.
d. Picnic tables will be waiting until spring.
e. Clark made a motion that we not make a donation to the Humane Society for the 2014 year. Dave
seconded. Motion carried. If it is an interest it can be brought up at the annual meeting to include
in our benevolences for the year.
f. A special meeting will be set up when Carolyn H. comes back for the financial budget for 2015.
New Business
a. Amber will check with Wayne about music organization to see what he might use or want.
b. Advent wreath stand needs to be put together. Dave will take care of that. Guy will take care of
seeing where we can get a tree.
c. Pastor Mary has had some conversation with members who want to do some giving other than
poinsettias. Mary has suggested Heifer international as a way of giving something like bees, a
lamb, a cow. This will be done by having members write a check directly to Heifer international.
Amber will collect these and then note it in the bulletin and then send off the checks. Sue
seconded. Motion carried. There is always an option of having an honorarium that you can send
to Madagascar. Amber will put this in the bulletin.
d. In talking about the annual packet for the annual meeting this year we will do it a little different.
The secretary will send out the annual packet by email and have some copies available by January
11th, one week before the annual meeting. Reports are due by January 7th.
Guy made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Dave seconded. Motion carried.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 16, at 6:30 pm.
Pastor Mary closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
Respectfully submitted by,
Amber Lindman, secretary
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