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March 2012

There is a quotation by James Thurber that sums up my outlook on the life of faith as well as any other: It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. Asking questions is the act of a restless and lively faith. But having or at least believing one has all the answers is not only static but infinitely boring. David Lose, author of Making Sense of Scripture Bible study

This season of Lent lets ask all the questions. The BIG questions. Lets not be infinitely boring by pretending that all the answers are already known. Ill be the first to raise my hand and proudly admit that most days I have more questions than answers. Sometimes the best answer I have is, I dont know. And thats okay! Between a Bible study held on Sunday mornings during coffee hour [Grab your coffee and join us! Please do!] and our mid-week Lenten services, we will approach and welcome the questions. This Lent, were tackling the Big Questions About the Book of Faith (as the Bible study is titled). What is the Bible? Is the Bible true? Is the Bible the Word of God? Where did the Bible come from? Why should we read the Bible? We might not arrive at all the answers but well be stronger in faith and mind for having been brave enough to ask the questions. Maybe well become more comfortable to dwell in the questions and be okay with saying, You know, I dont know the answer! Perhaps, as we journey to the cross this season of Lent, we will arrive at Easter morning with a greater sense of the story of the Bible and a greater sense of the way that WE are a part of that story.

Pastor Lindsay 1

Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church Council Meeting February 13, 2012 Members present: President Karen Johnson, Dan Sistek, Nancy Schwartz, Tom Harber, Rachel Ulland, Pastor Lindsay, Ardell Swenson, Bonita Herdina, Bob Kittelson, Diane Maxwell, Larry Helgeson, Shad Rudlong and Katie Zipse President Karen Johnson called the meeting to order. Pastor Lindsay opened with a devotion from II Corinthians 8:1-7. Pastors Report: This past month Pastor Lindsay has had two funerals, one baptism, a baptism class, premarital counseling classes for three couples, 15 home and nursing home visits. Pastor Lindsay attended a conference on how we are a church in a time of change and she will be attending a conference on Confirmation very soon. Enough money was raised to purchase and send 100 mosquito nets. March theme will focus on Food Share Month. Coming up: busy planning Lenten events, services, Bible Study and First Communion Classes. Secretarys Report: Approved as read. Financial Report: Beginning Balance 1-1-12 Deposits Memorials Expenses Ending Balance $17,524.13 10,208.99 45.00 26,380.96 1,397.16

WELCA Report: Sunday meetings are going well and two more are planned this year. Strawberry Festival date will be June 12th. Mary Weikum will be training the ladies to comply with the new state food service regulations. The new toilets have been installed. Reminder to everyone, please, shut off coffee pots when done. Deacons Report: New Sunday School curriculum is going well. The materials in class are based off of the readings from the church service. About a dozen people went bowling and had a great time. Diane Maxwell stated First Lutheran is getting ready for Bible School and asked for us to join in. Diane will be getting more information. Trustees Report: The Minnesota Department of Health came and inspected the water. To pass inspection some conduit needs to be added near the water faucet on the south side of the church to cover some exposed wires. Trustees will be checking into the elevator and its inspection process. A baby changing station will be purchased and possibly installed in the nursery. Old Business: Pastor Lindsay and Tom Harber did some adjusting to the audio in the sanctuary and it seems to be better. No internet provider as of yet. A company came out and was not able to get any signal. Hopefully that may change when a new tower is put up in Lansing in the near future. Shad will be checking into prices of carpet squares and the cost of laminate. More discussion on this next month. New Business: Thrivent Choice Dollars currently all go directly to the church General Fund. Discussion was held if some or all of the monies should go to WELCA. The noisy coin offering will continue and every month goes to a special cause. Council will be serving coffee on May 13th. Next meeting will be March 12th at 7 p.m. Diane Maxwell will be the Eucharist Assistant for March. Following the Lords Prayer, a motion was made and seconded to adjourn. Respectfully submitted, Katie Zipse, Red Oak Grove Council Secretary 2

Women of the ELCA Report February 5, 2012 10:15 a.m.

The women of Red Oak Grove WELCA met on February 5th at 10:15 a.m. during coffee hour. President Ardell opened the meeting in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There was no opening hymn or devotions at this time. The meeting was opened with the Secretarys Report by Eunice taken by Doris Draayer in January. The minutes were approved and placed on file. Correspondence was read from the following: from Dustin and Mandy Doocy to Pastor Lindsay at Harlee Shaydes Baptism and to WELCA for the quilt and angel given to her. A thank you for the quilt given to the Boys and Girls Club. A thank you from the Blooming Prairie Elementary School Tree of Warmth. A thank you from Marie Sandvik Center for our donation of $50. A letter from the 27th Annual Good Earth Village Quilt Auction to be held on August 18, 2012. The Treasurers Report was given by Lavonne and reporting $887.27 in the checking account and $3,187.31 in savings. Report was accepted as read and placed on file. Committee reports were given and visitation and cards were sent out to many. Pastor Bagne is on the Prayer Chain. He is having surgery on Monday. Chili Cook-Off will be Sunday, February 12th and there will be an open house birthday party at two until four for Nathan Goodwin at the church, his 90 birthday. The Strawberry Festival date is set for June 12th. Our food service at church needs to be led by a certified dietician. A meeting will be help to get all the facts we will need to hold our dinners. A number of the total kids going to summer Bible Camp this year needs to be known by March 31st. Also stated they need to be active members of Red Oak Grove to get our financial help. There are five students registered to go to the convention at New Orleans. WELCA has gotten a bid from Prairie Plumbing and Heating, Larry Christianson owner, to install two handicap stools, one in the womens bathroom upstairs and the other one in the basement bathroom. Bid was gotten for a total of $650.00. A motion was made and carried to go ahead with this project. It has been noted that the coffee pots have been left on after cleaning them. Signs will be put up to remind us all to shut off the unit after use. The date for the 2012 Spring Conference is April 19th. The time is 4:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Leroy. More discussion later. Lenten meals are served as follows; February 29th by Council, March 7th Dorcas Circle, March 14th by the youth, March 21st by the Sunday School and March 28th by the New Orleans youth.

Happy Birthday was sung to all with birthdays this month. Thanks to the ushers for the offering collection. Next meeting is March 7th at 4:30 p.m. with Dorcas Circle as hostess. Closed with the Lords Prayer. Eunice Doocy, Secretary 3

Thank you all for the calls, cards and visits I received on my 80th birthday! A special thank you to my family for preparing all the food and great get together in my honor with those attending. It was a wonderful time! It was much appreciated and will always be remembered. Love and Gods Blessings to all, Louise Peterson. The Second Annual Chili Cook-Off was held on February 12th. We had 6 people who entered the contest with their tasty recipes. There was a 3 way tie for first place between Jessie Christianson, Cole Christianson and Anne Rudlong. Thank you to everyone who made our cook-off a success! We made $505. The money will go to the General Fund. Thanks again, Tammy Harber --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------New Member Sunday was held on February 19th. Red Oak Grove welcomed into membership the following people: Elizabeth (Eda) Johnson James Elkins Ronald Reese Michael, Kelly, Alison, Matthew and Lyndsay Pryor Genaro, Beatriz, William, Jesse and Ryan Cardenas Nick David, Jessica Jensen, Mikayla, Mackenna and Rose Pastor Lindsay Stolen

A new member welcome breakfast was served in their honor by members of the Church Council. Please continue to welcome them and introduce yourselves! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Do you remember how we were all about mosquito nets and working towards helping our neighbors in Africa this past January? Through the Clarke Cares Foundation, every $10 would buy two nets that would then be matched by another foundation for a total of FOUR nets for every $10. Red Oak Grove pooled their coins each Sunday in January, making lots of noise throwing them in a big metal bucket during the offering. The WELCA of ROG pitched in with a great donation to help the kids buy even more nets. The total? 100 nets! Thats 100 families who will have a net to sleep under. One hundred families who will have a better chance at not becoming ill with malaria. One hundred families of children and elderly who will have a greater chance of surviving. Thats super awesome, Red Oak Grove! Awesome.

The Annual Meeting of the Red Oak Grove Cemetery Board will be held on April 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Room at the church. All are invited to attend.

Family Ministry
Summer Camp Who wants to go to camp this summer? Good Earth Village registration forms and scholarships are available! Meet with other parents of interested campers to discuss details on Sunday, March 11th during coffee hour. Hey Sunday School parents Each week, your child will be bringing home a family Spark sheet. It will have the Bible story from that day, activities, prayers and lots more for you and your child to engage ways of faith through the week. Hey Kids! Childrens Bulletins: When you arrive for worship on Sunday mornings, be sure to take a special bulletin just for you to the pew. The bulletins will be available by the worship bags that are filled with crayons and goodies. Grab a bulletin and a bag and head into church with your family! First Communion instruction: First Communion instruction will be held at ROG on two consecutive Friday evenings Friday, March 23 and March 30 and it will be lots of fun. There will be movie watching, game playing, and bread baking! Participants in the instruction will come to the communion table for the first time at the Maundy Thursday service on April 5th. Parents of 4th and 5th graders, watch your mailboxes for more info soon! (If your child is not in 4th or 5th grade but you feel he/she is ready for First Communion instruction, please talk to Pastor Lindsay.)

And dont forget

Lenten Coin Folders are available in the narthex. Please pick one up. Also, dont forget to take an Annual Report and your 2012 Offering Envelopes. March is Minnesota Food Share Month! Any donations of non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated. In the spirit of the month, well be focusing each week on a type of food. Join the children of Red Oak Grove in this twist by bringing the type of item listed below: March 4: Breakfast March 11: Dinner March 18: Supper March 25: Snack And this just in! The first Sunday of every month we will have a noisy coin offering, much like our mosquito net offerings in January. Bring your coins on that first Sunday to be collected during worship and used for special projects and outreach. March noisy coin money will go to the Food Shelf!

Pastoral Acts Baptisms: Harlee Shayde Doocy 1-22-12 James Andrew Elkins 2-19-12 Funerals: Florine Louise Jerdet Dorothy Joy Deike 1-14-12 2-2-12


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5:30 p.m. Soup Supper served by Dorcas Circle 6:45 p.m. Lenten Service Is the Bible True? 5:30 p.m. Soup Supper served by the Youth 6:45 p.m. Lenten Service Is the Bible the Word of God? 5:30 p.m. Soup Supper served by the Sunday School 6:45 p.m. Lenten Service Where Did the Bible Come From? 5:30 p.m. Soup Supper served by the New Orleans Youth 6:45 p.m. Lenten Service - Why Should We Read the Bible? 9:00 a.m. Palm Sunday worship with Holy Communion Sunday School Children will be singing 7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion First Communion for participating Youth 7:00 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service with Holy Communion 7:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast served by the Youth 9:00 a.m. Easter Worship with Holy Communion NO Sunday School