Services at church Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m. For virtual services, please see Hauge Sunday School Facebook page.
Services at church Saturday evenings at 6:30 p.m. For virtual services, please see Hauge Sunday School Facebook page. 

Dear Hauge Lutheran Church Congregation,

“How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.” Psalm 84:1-2

 

Hauge Council met for a special meeting on June 2 and it was decided to reopen Hauge Lutheran Church. There are many that have been expectantly awaiting reopening as we have longed to gather together for many weeks. However, we recognize that some are at a higher risk of COVID-19 complications. PLEASE stay home if you are more susceptible, have underlying conditions, or are not comfortable meeting together in person. Pastor Gideon will continue to provide worship services in an online format. Please also be encouraged to gather in smaller groups in homes to watch service together as you feel comfortable.

 

Upon reopening, here is what you need to know. Hauge Lutheran will resume in person services on SATURDAY, JUNE 13 at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of moving to a Saturday night service for the immediate future is to provide a service that will be recorded, lightly edited, and posted for people to view Sunday morning. It also provides another option for those that may not be able to attend Sunday morning. We pray you understand the need for this service option as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 world we are living in and long to provide our congregation with worship service options that encourage attendance and participation. Please join us on Saturday, June 13, or as soon as you feel comfortable!

 

Again, please stay home if you or a member of your household has displayed signs and symptoms of COVID-19, has a confirmed case of COVID-19, or had contact within the last two weeks with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.  Signs and symptoms may include:  fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

 

Wear a face mask, if desired.  If you do not have one, there are a few available.

 

Remember to maintain social distancing.

 

What to expect:

  • The kitchen, nursery room, and fellowship areas are closed.  If necessary, the fellowship area will be used for overflow seating required to maintain social distancing or families with small children. The ushers will help facilitate this process.   
  • Bathrooms will be available for use.
  • Hymnals and Bibles have been removed from the pews. Bulletins will be used and placed in pews before the service. You are encouraged to bring your personal Bible to church. J
  • When entering, please go directly to the sanctuary. Pews will be blocked off to maintain social distancing and ushers will help direct people as necessary. PLEASE be willing to be redirected by an usher to allow as many as possible in the sanctuary. You will be ushered out after the service.  We encourage everyone to fellowship outside.  
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available in several areas.  

 

We are excited to be together and worship with you once again! Our Lord God is sovereign and we offer praise and thanksgiving for His guidance, protection, and grace. SEE YOU VERY SOON!

 

For Hauge Council,

Wayne Walker, Brenda Boyum, Heather Olson 

 

 

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Please check on Facebook for the Hauge Sunday School page for a link to the latest service on YouTube or it's below: 

 

 

The link to the service for Sunday, July 12:

https://youtu.be/-CxekI4A10w

 

 

The Old Stone Church

The annual service at the Old Stone Church scheduled for June 28 will be a virtual service this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We will try to preserve as much of the Old Stone Church ambiance as we can by recording at the church and surrounding cemetery.   It will be available by June 28.  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.

 

 

 

 

Pastor Gideon Johnson

 

 

Please look at FaceBook for Pastor Johnson's church services.

 

The Love and Faithfulness of the Lord

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.

Revelation 3:19

 

            Over the last several weeks, as I’ve worked through my current Bible reading plan, I’ve been spending my time in First and Second Samuel. These are two important books for several reasons, a couple of which I’ll recount here. First of all, they are important because they tell of the history of Israel’s transition from being ruled by judges to being ruled by a king. Samuel was the last judge of Israel and, after the people demanded a king, was the one who anointed Saul as king. Later on, after Saul was rejected by God, Samuel anointed David as king, which is another important part of Israel history that is found in these books.

A second reason these books are important is because of the lessons we learn. For example, we find lessons about humility and devotion to the Lord (see the story of Hannah in I Samuel 1 and 2), we find lessons about the wages of sin (see the story about Eli and his sons, the story of Saul, and the story of David and Bathsheba), we also find lessons about the Lord’s love and faithfulness.

If you know anything about this time in Israel’s history, it was not a highpoint. The priesthood was not held in high regard (Eli, the High Priest, and his sons were not honorable men), the people demanded a king and rejected God in doing so, their enemy the Philistines were invading and not being pushed out, at one point the Ark of the Covenant was stolen, etc. Yet, the Lord showed His love and faithfulness to His people in spite of all these and many other things. For example, the Lord showed His love and faithfulness by revealing Himself to Samuel and appointing him as a prophet and priest. The Lord showed His love and faithfulness by raising up David to do battle against the Philistines and later to be king over Israel. The Lord showed His love and faithfulness by protecting David during his time of exile from Saul. The Lord also showed His love and faithfulness by rebuking David in his sin and calling him to repentance.

Now, that last example doesn’t typically strike us as a measure of God’s great love and faithfulness. After all, it doesn’t initially sound all that loving to be rebuked and disciplined. Yet, sometimes – as I’m sure most of us can attest to – that is the most loving thing a person can do. In Revelation 3:19, the Lord says, “Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline.” Why? So that one might return to the Lord in repentance and with greater zeal and love for Him.

This was the Lord’s purpose in rebuking and disciplining David. He wanted David to repent and return to Him, and that’s what David did. And he was forgiven. Certainly, he still faced certain consequences for his sin, but forgiven by God, he was. Shown God’s love and faithfulness, he was.

Of course, for us, the greatest example of God’s love and faithfulness is Christ and the cross. There, as He continually did for David when fleeing from Saul, the Lord delivered us from our enemy’s hand; the enemy of sin, death, and the devil. Yet, the Lord’s love and faithfulness are also seen in other ways. For example, when the Spirit convicts you of sin, the Lord is showing His love and faithfulness to you. That is, He’s loving you by calling you to repentance and faith. After all, if the Lord didn’t love you, not only wouldn’t He have sent you a Savior, neither would He have shown you your sin and need for a savior.

So, remember the love and faithfulness of the Lord. Remember the love and faithfulness shown at the cross. Remember the love and faithfulness shown to you in those times of conviction and calls to repentance.

 

Pastor Gideon

 

Council Minutes

Hauge Church Council Meeting Minutes
June 9, 2020
ZOOM meeting called to order by President Stolee. Present were: Deanna Gard, Elrene Clauson, Molly Barsness, Heather Olson, Pastor Johnson, Wayne Walker, Earl Ehrich, Clair Boyum, Allen Stolee, Brenda Boyum.
Devotions from Psalm 126:3 were given by Pastor Johnson. Devotion was followed by prayer.
Secretary’s Report was read and will stand as read.
Treasurer’s Report was read and will stand approved as read. Balance in savings and checking account, not designated as of 5/31/2020 was $10931.94, compared to $9196.15 as of 4/30/2020. Elrene would like to send $1900 of the annual AFLC money designated now rather than at the end of the year and this was agreed upon.
Pastor’s Report: Visitation included phone call visits and he hopes to soon start implementing in person visits. He and the deacons discussed Sunday School format and although in early thought stages, they would like ideas from congregation whether to keep same format or consider another format. 
Youth Director’s Report: Molly said they would be meeting outside, maintain social distancing, and would have no suppers. She has split the group into Jr. High (7-9 grade) and Sr. High (10-graduates). They enjoy being able to meet again. High school Bible study will continue twice monthly on Thursday evenings. 
Sunday School Report: Sunday School closed the year on May 22. Heather met with a nd delivered goodie gift bags to 5 families. 
Old Business:
1. Drainage problem on south side of church: Gutters were cleaned, extension added, but it continues to have small amount of seepage a few days after rain. Decision was made to install a sump pump. Allen, Wayne, and Clair will work on this. 
2. Rescheduling the Raan's will stay on hold for now and will see what will work with their schedule. 
3. VBS update--Plans continue and currently Erin and Molly are looking at the first week of August unless there ware conflicts. They would like to do a Monday through Friday morning session. 
4. Constitution change meetings are scheduled for August 9 and August 23 (change from 6 to 4 on music committee and minimum of 2 men on the deacon board). Due to having Saturday evening services this will be chnged to August 8 and August 22. This will be put in the bulletin by Pastor as a reminder starting in mid July. 
5. Old Stone Churck Service June 28: Due to not being able to spread people out enough for social distancing, a taped service will be done an dwill be available o a link of the church web page. 
6. Shed in back of church is in need of new roof, door, and pain. It will also need to e jacked up with blocks put underneath. It was decided to reshing it, make a new door, and repaint. Heather and Brenda volunteered to pain. 
New Business:
1. Resuming of church service is set for Saturday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. It was decided to do a Saturday evening service so that it could be recorded/edited for the online service for Sunday. A letter will be sent out to the congregation about reopening and what to expect as far as changes due to COVID-19 guidelines. Hand sanitation stations are in place, as well as signage. 
2. Dehumidifier in the basement does not work. Decision was made to replace it and Allen will check on this.

Motion M/S/C Clair Boyum/Heather Olson to adjourn the meeting. 
Meeting adjourned at 8:57 pm.
Closed with the Lord’s prayer.
Respectfully submitted,
Brenda Boyum, Secretary

 

 

 

WMF

Be still, and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10

 

The needs for missionary families include 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.

 

Our knitting and crocheting group is not meeting due to the COVID 19 public health emergency. Please keep knitting and/or crocheting, as well as praying for those in need. 

 

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Elrene, Lois, Polly, and Brenda

 

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Youth Group

 

July 12: Youth Group 6-8 p.m. Hauge

July 16: High School Bible Study 7 p.m. Emmanuel

July 19-23 FLY Beyond and FLY Zone

July 26: Youth Group 6-8 p.m. Hauge

July 30: Fun Day 3-7 p.m. Emmanuel

July 30: High School Bible Study 7 p.m. at Emmanuel

Molly