From the Pastor's Desk
I really don’t like saying goodbye, ever. That’s not only because I am not naturally a hugger (although I won’t turn one down when offered), but also because it’s hard for me to know what to say. That’s not to say I lack things to say. I just don’t know how to say it.
So, how do I say goodbye to you all; to those I love; to those I, in so many ways, long to be with; to those who have invested in me, encouraged me, opened up their lives to me, and shared in the ministry with me? How do I say goodbye?
Perhaps I can say goodbye with the words of Paul, in Philippians 1, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. And I am sure of this, that he
who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Perhaps I can say goodbye with the words of Paul that he wrote at the end of nearly every letter he wrote to the churches in the New Testament, “Grace be with you.”
Perhaps I can say goodbye with the words of the hymn writer, saying, “God be with you till we meet again. By His counsels guide, uphold you. With His sheep securely fold you, God be with you till we meet again.”
Perhaps I can say goodbye by just saying goodbye; telling you I love you, that I am going to miss you, that I pray God’s blessing upon you, and that I look forward to the day when I will again see you.
We held our meeting on Thursday, May 20th, at 7 p.m. Topics discussed were:
Ruth reported on the Spring Rally that was held in Mankato. Pastor and Mrs. Nelson spoke; there are all new officers this year due to the cancellation of meetings last year due to the COVID pandemic. Bonnie Handsager is the president; the Fall Rally will be held in October 2021 at Our Saviors in Cannon Falls.
VBS will be the first full week of July at Emmanuel from 9:30 to 11:30 Monday through Friday that week. We have not heard about supplying snacks or not needed.
Old Stone Church service will be held in June. It was decided Ruth will check out the prices on cookies and purchase if possible. Please be willing to volunteer when your circle food chairmen call for coffee, juice, and helpers.
Please see calendar for when clean up day at the Old Stone Church is scheduled.
We discussed serving lunch after funerals as we did prior to COVID changes. Our number of members available to assist with serving is decreasing. If your circle is asked to assist, please try to chip in if it is possible. This may be discussed again in the future as needed.
Polly in our knitting group has made infant hats. Brenda and Lucy will make sure these are delivered to Northfield Hospital. At The Birth Center at the Northfield Hospital, each infant is sent home with a handmade hat. If the staff at their Birth Center is unable to use them all, they will distribute them to other hospitals who would like some.
Our next meeting is our Annual WMF Meeting scheduled for October. Each circle needs to have someone to serve on the nominating committee that will meet prior to the October meeting, as well as someone to be on the Christmas meeting committee as we did prior to 2020—COVID really rescheduled our schedules for all of us.
Please remember our missionary families. They can always use items they are unable to obtain where they are serving, such as dry soup mixes, kool aid, card games and small toys, chocolate and gummy bears, mac and cheese, and special occasion napkins. If you are interested in donating some of these items, please place your donations in the box in the kitchen.
If at any time you wish to contact us with questions, comments, etc., please feel free to call Elrene at 507-951-7222 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or email or catch any of us anytime.
Elrene, Ann, Polly, and Brenda
New Parish Calendar Online
Emmanuel's website now has an online calendar which is the single best location to find updated times and locations for events. You can subscribe to this page and events will sow up on your digital calendar automatically. Check out www.emmanuelaflc.com.
For a link to the latest service on YouTube, please , search YouTube for Hauge Lutheran Church, Kenyon, MN
Meeting was called to order by President Stolee at 7:23 pm. Present were Allen Stolee, Elrene Clauson,
Pastor Gideon Johnson, Cory Vold, Earl Ehrich, Dean Houglum, Jerry Houglum, Molly Barsness, Deanna Gard, Sally Ray, Clair Boyum, Brenda Boyum.
Devotions were given by Pastor Johnson from Philippians 1:3-11. God will continue to do the work through the people here. Devotion was followed by prayer.
Secretary’s Report: Will stand approved as read.
Treasurer’s Report: Will stand approved as read. Some discussion was held about possibly consolidating some of the memorials to have fewer categories, however it was decided to hold off on this for now.
Pastor’s Report: Pastor Johnson discussed with the deacons that he will have documentation regarding various duties/activities that are currently in progress when he leaves to help with the transition. He will have some reruns of New Life Radio sermons to use if needed. Deanna asked if he could give some reflections about our congregation that may help us to make decisions in the future. If Emmanuel would be interested in this it possibly could be a joint informal discussion.
Youth Director’s Report: Summer plans are being finalized. Molly needs projects to do for the work camp and is also in need of supervising adults. Jeff Trost will be in charge of construction projects and Molly will work with landscaping/painting projects. There are 8 students interested in participating. They are looking at June 10-12 with Thursday/Friday being the main workdays and they will finish up on Saturday.
1.Electronic version of the Constitution is still in progress.
2.Mowing contract: M/S/C Deanna Gard/Clair Boyum to contract with the Cusey brothers to mow the church lawn only for $20 per time, $40 if they mow both the church and parsonage lawns. Allen will give Elrene their mowing timecard monthly for payment to them.
3.Discussion on the future of Hauge:
a.Reviewed the proposed letter to the congregation.
b.It was decided that distribution of letter will be by USPS. Deanna and Brenda will work on the mailing list and sending out the letters.
c.A congregational meeting is planned after the church service on June 6. Allen will have Cindy put the meeting in the bulletin. This is for discussion only and a vote will not take place at this meeting. We will also elect a call committee at this meeting. The first call committee meeting will be June 23 at Emmanuel.
4.Basement drainage problem: Since weather has been dry no problems have been noted.
5.Old Stone Church service: Plans continue for service on June 27 at 9:30 am.
6.Family Fun day: The next one is planned for June 13 and will be held at Emmanuel after the church service. Bring your own lunch.
1.Interim pastor(s): Two draft contracts were presented for Rev. Lyle Aadahl and Rev. Brian Davidson. Discussed contracts. Each Pastor will do two Sundays a month. Rev. Davidson will do his consecutively so that there is only one commute time. He will stay in the parsonage during the week between his two Sunday services. If there is a 5th Sunday in the month we may need to get someone else to fill in possibly from the Seminary school. A question arose if Rev. Davidson will get both mileage and hourly wage for commute from Fergus Falls. (This was later confirmed after the meeting that commuting travel time is not paid at an hourly rate).
M/S/C Dean Houglum/Earl Ehrich to accept the Pastoral Service Contract for Rev. Brian Davidson.
M/S/C Clair Boyum/Cory Vold to accept the Pastoral Service Contract for Rev. Lyle Aadahl.
2.Pastor Gideon’s family move: A date has not been set yet for this.
3.Vacant parsonage upkeep will need to be coordinated with Emmanuel. There is a light fixture that needs attention in the front entry.
4.USPS church mailbox: Deanna volunteered to check this weekly starting in June. Both her and Allen will have a key for this.
5.A going away meal for Pastor Gideon, Erin and family will take place on May 30 after the service at Emmanuel. Sarah Tennessen is in charge of this. Hot dogs/brats, buns and chips will be provided. Please bring a salad, side dish or dessert. Card baskets will also be available at both churches.
M/S/C Jerry Houglum/Clair Boyum to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned at 8:59 pm.
Closed with the Lord’s prayer.
Brenda Boyum, Secretary
The Old Stone Church
The annual service at the Old Stone Church scheduled for June. Financial contributions to the Old Stone Church are welcome and appreciated. They will be used for the maintenance of the church and cemetery. Please mail the contributions to Hauge Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 71, Kenyon, MN 55946. Please be sure to designate it is for the Old Stone Church.
The Old Stone Church is on the National Register of Historic Places. If you would like more information about this historic landmark, please google Old Stone Church Goodhue County. Minnesota Prairie Roots website is an excellent resource.