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For this month’s Pastor Pedersen’s Points I wanted to introduce the congregation to the new addition to our family, Margo Frances Pedersen. She was born on June 21 at 5:14am.
 
She is happy and healthy, a good eater, and has a nice and loving big brother. Thank you so much for your prayers!



I will be taking some paternity leave for the next few Sundays. I will be in office during the week, but Pastor Randy Willers and Dr. Randy Mullin will be leading worship for the first three Sundays in July. 
Liturgical Nerd Notes – Congregational Bible Year
 

“Jesus love me this I know, for the Bible tells me so…” This is first line of a very popular children’s hymn. It speaks to the truth that Jesus loves us and that the Bible illuminates this.
 
Where in the Bible does it say Jesus loves us? What else does the Bible tell us so? 
 
At the end of John’s gospel he writes, “Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
(John 20:30-31) 
 
This is actually the purpose of the entire Bible, God’s written word. Its purpose is to tell the story of God and us. This is a treasure. That is why Martin Luther said that every memorized Bible verse is a coin in our coin purse. It is something of value we can take with us wherever we go.
 
When our youth go through confirmation classes they have a 2-year program to complete before they can affirm their baptism and become a voting member of the congregation. The years are split up into a bible year and a catechism year. This coming Sunday School year (Sep 11–May 21) we are going to have our own Bible year as a congregation.
 
Each week will revolve around a Bible verse for us to learn about and try to memorize, if possible. During Sunday School, Bible Study, and worship we will learn about the verse and what it teaches us about God. This gives us a chance to learn together no matter the age.
 
As we collect these verses as coins for our coin purse, some may come to know a coin in great depth (e.g. learning the context of a verse and its intention). Others may merely know what the coin (memorized verse) is worth (e.g. being able to recite the verse from memory). All in all, the goal of this program is to have our congregants fill their coin purses with the Bible’s good news and instruction.

We invite you to pray for the members of the church council. Kathy Atwell (3rd year), Michael Carlson (3rd Year), Tim Charlson (1st year), Bryan Johnson (6th year) vice-chair, Jeanine Lees (6th year), Emily Johnson (4th year), Linda Papoccia (6th year), Laura Rickey (2nd year), Nicholas Swanson (4th year), Jeannine Westerlund (3rd year), and Pastor Reed Lee Pedersen
 
May God bless them, and direct their deeds in peace, that they may be faithful servants of Christ.
Augustana Lutheran Church
Council Meeting Minutes
29 May 2022
 
The Meeting was called to order at 10:45 A.M. in the Fellowship room with a prayer.  Present: Kathy Atwell, Michael Carlson, Bryan Johnson, Emily Johnson, Linda Papoccia, Pastor Reed, Nick Swanson and Jeannine Westerlund. Tim Charlson and Laura Rickey were excused.
 
TRESURERS REPORT: Feb. March and April
SECRETARIES REPORT: Feb. March and April
Jeannine Westerlund motioned to accept all reports, Michael Carlson seconded. Motion carried.
 
PASTORS’ REPORT: Visited all Shut-ins in May, after juggling Covid in April at the Pederson Household. All are healthy now. The Letter to the Faithful trial run rec’d a lot of good feedback from the Congregation.  Baby girl Pederson is healthy and growing. Thank God for this miracle, and anxiously awaiting her arrival.  Pastor will be gone for Paternity Leave as follows: 1 week at the time of baby’s birth, and three
Sundays following. Working to have Pastors to cover for Pulpit Supply.
Jeannine Lees motioned Pastor’s request be accepted, Nick seconded. Motion carried.
 
UPDATES: Parsonage has been sold, and we would like to thank Bryan for all his hard work, and all the hours spent. GREAT JOB ! Smith Painting is waiting on Paint to finish the Screen Project.
 
PROPERTY COMMITTEE: All is going well. Community Service Person is no longer required to do Service Duty. All is going well for him
 
MEMORIAL COMMITTEE: $2,100 from Lois Westerlund Family, $345 from Jeff Hultgren. The Red Banners and Banner Stand from Paul Larson Memorial were Blessed on May 29  during the Worship Service.
 
OUTREACH COMMITTEE: Sending postcards to Community of Andover for Special Services we are planning. Plans are in work for a Game Night and possible outdoor Movie Night. The garage sale was a success, $858.00 was raised, $100.00 went to Luther League and donations made to Good Will and Grow Ministries. The change jar for Grow Ministries raised $181.00. Bev and Susie Josephson took the electronics to Galva.
 
NEW BUSINESS: Proposal to have a fund appeal to help with future projects and finish the outside work from the Steeple repair. Pastor will visit members to get opinions on this proposal, so we won’t be using all the proceeds from the sale of Parsonage, in case we need future unexpected repairs of some kind. There will be a Congregational mtg. set sometime in Aug. on this proposal. Plans in works for Kitchen and Bathroom updates.
 
Emily motioned  to adjourn the meeting, Linda seconded to close the meeting.
 
Meeting Adjourned with Lords Prayer at 1:00 P.M.
 
Respectfully submitted
Linda Papoccia


 
Church Council Meeting
July 31—after worship

June Meetings
 
Joy Circle              No Meeting
                                                     
Peace Circle          Tuesday, July 12
                                Lunch Out                         
Faith Circle             Outing

July Birthdays
3  Steve Sayre
5 Nora Rogers,                        
   Garrett Pysson,                           
   Bronco Youngberg                       
7 Nicole Bruckman
8 Connie Dismer
9 Timothy Charlson
10  Patsy Crippen
      Nelda Stephens
20 Mark Lindquist
22 Rachel Engnell
24 Mandy Peterson,
     Rachel Curry
25 Heather Poppy
26 Roger Catlett
28 Dena Mueller.
      John Poppy
29 Olivia West
30 Doug Dahlberg
31 Matilda Burns

June Anniversaries
 
18     Ed and Carol Williams
18     Jay and Stephanie Peterson
18     Gordon & Nikki Rehn
23     David and Jeannine                           Westerlund
26    Brian and Becky Nelson
27    Don and Dorothy Norberg
27    Mark and Julie Carlson
30    Evan and Vanessa Johnson
Parish Nurse Minute
 
It’s tick weather! Ticks get more active when it’s warm outside. Some carry diseases that can be passed on to you through their bite.

The most common disease ticks carry is called Lyme disease. It’s a bacterial infection that can cause serious health problems.

Each year, an estimated 300,000 people in the U.S. get Lyme disease. The number of cases has risen dramatically over the last 10 years. Symptoms of Lyme disease can include fever, headache, muscle or joint pain, and extreme fatigue.

People with Lyme disease usually get an expanding red rash that can resemble a bull’s-eye. If left untreated, the infection can spread and cause rashes in other parts of the body. Some people may develop nerve pain, arthritis, or heart problems. Most people fully recover when treated with antibiotics, especially when Lyme disease is diagnosed early.

The deer ticks that carry Lyme disease can be as small as a poppy seed. You might not even know you’ve been bitten. Preventing tick bites is the best defense against Lyme disease. You can protect yourself and your family by using insect repellent when going places where ticks are likely to live.

After coming indoors, check your clothing and gear for ticks. Shower within two hours of
coming indoors. Then conduct a full body check. Don’t forget to check your hair, where ticks may be harder to spot.
 
Cathie Stinson, Parish Nurse
9-11:30 Mondays at Augustana Lutheran
Assisting in Worship - July 2022
9:30 am Worship Service
 
Communion Assistants
  03    Jeanine Lees
  10    No Communion-Service in the Park
  17    Tim Charlson
  24    Laura Angelos
  31    Kathy Atwell
August 7  Rachel Curry

Lectors
  03    Rocky Atwell
  10    Community Church Service in the Park
  17    Gordon Rehn
  24    Kathy Atwell
  31    Dave Westerlund
Aug 7 Jeanine Lees
 
Greeters
  03    Rocky & Kathy Atwell
  10    Community Church Service in the Park
  17    Mike Lowery
  24    Michael Carlson
  31 Steve & Nancy Gray
Aug 7  Jeanine Lees

Communion Set-Up
  03    Laura Rickey
  10    No Communion-Service in the Park
  17    Diane & Wally Ladewig
  24    Kathy & Rocky Atwell
  31    Nancy & Steven Gray
Aug 7 Lori Foley
 
Ushers
  Jan Gritton &Mindy Poppy
   Steve & Nancy Gray
   Aug Bob & Verna Bergstrum
         Connie D. & Sally Reinhart

Altar Guild
  July   Sally Rehn & Jan Gritton
  Aug  Connie D. & Sally Reinhart

Homebound Communion
July     Ruth Swanson   
 Aug  Ron Peterson

Counters
  03 Nick Swanson
  10  Michael Carlson
  17  Kathy Atwell
  24  Jeanine Lees
  31   Jeanine Westerlund
Aug 7 Laura Rickey
COMMUNITY WORSHIP SERVICE
JULY10—9:00AM
ANDOVER LAKE PARK GAZEBO
 
Biscuit-Gravy Breakfast—9-11:00am East Pavilion

Salute to Veterans—10am—Gazebo & Veteran’s
Monument

RI Arsenal Honor Guard & featuring patriotic
music by the Orion Community Band
 
 

I want to thank all my church members, relatives and friends who came to my open house at the church for my 90th birthday.   It was very nice to see everybody.
 
Dwayne Newman
 
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