URLC Council Notes January 2019

  1. The following members were approved as council members starting February 2019; Brett Edstrom, Marla Lodermeier, Sonia Stehr & Rene Arendt . They will fill the 3 year terms vacated by Joan Henriksen, Tony Stensland & Roger Rueckert. And the 1 year term of Alex Moreno.
  2. The 2019 budget was approved. Revenue; $299335. Expenditures; $299335. Includes a 2% increase in staff salaries.
  3. It was reported that the operating fund balance as of December 31 increased by $2604 to $15945 during the 2018 church year.
  4. It was reported that efforts are underway to maintain the church web site and address the weekly need for someone to prepare for the use of the video screens in the sanctuary. It will be addressed by the church council with job descriptions and a budget.
  5. It was reported that the remaining debt for project 3R is $146500 as of December 31, 2018. The total construction cost for the project was $412485. Funds received during the 2018 church year for the debt reduction were $84315.

2nd Sunday in Lent

In next Sunday’s gospel reading, we are like chicks that need protection, for a fox is nearby.

Come to worship, and join us in praising the God who gathers us as if under loving wings.

Gospel: Luke 13:31-35

Neither Herod’s plotting nor Jerusalem’s resistance to maternal love will deter Jesus from his sacrificial mission.

31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to [Jesus,] “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.’ ”

March is Food Share Month

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March is Food Share Month, and once again we have the opportunity to share from our abundance with the less fortunate. Bins will be available for your donations. Non-perishable food and paper products are preferred. Here are some suggestions for Sundays in March.

3rd – Canned Fruit or Fruit Cups
10th- Canned Vegetables
17th- Sugar – White, Brown or Powdered 24th- Cereal – Hot or Cold
31st – Canned Meat: Spam, Tuna or Salmon

Thank you for your generosity!

Lutheran Men in Mission Breakfast with the Bishop

Saturday April 27, 2019
9:00 – 11:00 AM at Cabela’s (I-35 N) in Owatonna

  •  $10/person
  • Speaker: Gary Sloan
  • Send reservations and check to: Russell Tesch, 906 4th Ave SE, Waseca, MN 56093
  • Questions: Call 507- 835-3843 or e-mail: marietesch@mchsi.com


Gary Sloan has worked in the Grand Meadow school district for nearly 35 years as a teacher of special education students. He has coached football that entire time, serving as the head coach for the past 26 seasons. Sloan’s coaching record is 206 wins and 79 losses. His teams have won 4 state championships, 7 section championships and 10 conference/district championships. He has been the school’s Athletic Director and Transportation Director for the past 11 years.

Gary was raised on a dairy farm near Ellendale and later moved to Ellendale and graduated from Ellendale-Geneva High School in 1980. He graduated from Winona State University in 1985 with degrees in Special Education, Physical Education and Coaching. He has 3 college aged children that currently attend University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Gary lives in Grand Meadow and is a member of Grand Meadow Lutheran Church.

Thank you to Thrivent Financial for supporting this event.

CLICK HERE to view/print the flyer
about this year’s Breakfast with the Bishop

2019 Easter Garden Form

We have made arrangements with ‘FLOWERS ON MAIN’ for ordering Easter lilies. By ordering through the church they will furnish a plant for $14.00. We welcome other lilies, plants, or flowers to make 2019 the finest Easter Garden we’ve seen yet.

Please have your other plants to the church by 8:00 a.m., Saturday, April 20th, and your lilies ordered by Monday, April 8th.

CLICK HERE to print this form.

Make checks payable to United Redeemer Lutheran Church.
[Memo: Easter Lily]

SFF Sunday Forum & Fellowship

Welcome March! Our Lenten season begins and so we gather frequently this time of year. Our Sunday Fellowship time continues to be successful with many enjoying coffees, the cookies and some time to talk and share.

In setting our Forum topics for the month, it looks to be a “Medical” theme for March. The future of medicine is the talk of the news and media. Whether it is Genomes or Biomes, medicine is on the move. We kick off March with a pancake benefit for one of our own. Tim and Sue Quam need support as Sue recovers from a stroke and Tim works as her care provider.

One of our Sundays Dr John Wilkinson will answer medical or medicine related questions. Start thinking of those you might have. At the end of the month Dr Jeff Brault will talk about an interesting subject, “Regenerative” medicine. Come hear what that is all about. In the middle we’ll have a free Sunday for fellowship and one with follow-up on covered Bridge questions. So, this is what the Fellowship and Forum will look like for the remainder of the month. Come with questions and excitement to learn more.

3/3: Pancake Breakfast 9-12 Fellowship Hall

3/10: Dr John Wilkinson will answer medical/ medicine questions that folks may have. Vaping, Celiac Disease… Bring your questions that Sunday.

3/17: Follow-up time to ask more questions about Covered Bridge birthday.

3/24: Coffee and Fellowship

3/31: Dr Jeff Brault will give a brief talk on “Regenerative Medicine”

SFF Committee