God in the Park

As we anticipate another outdoor worship this Sunday at Fischers Lilly Park, I have a lyric from one of the Halligan’s songs in mind: “For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley. When things go wrong, he’ll make them right.” During this season of disruption from all things Covid-19, I’ve encountered God in more places than I could have fathomed. I hear this from many of you too. God in the park, God in online community, God in cards sent and texts exchanged, God in new faces, God in the slow, God in the mess, God always in our hearts. This Sunday we encounter God yet again in the familiar surroundings of creation, and I can’t wait to see how Spirit will draw you into a more intentional way of seeing God in all things.

Calendar at a Glance

Thurs. Aug. 26: 5:30pm Painting Party Downstairs
Fri. Aug. 27:
9am-1pm Freezer Meal Drop-off
5:30pm Painting Party Downstairs
Sun. Aug. 29:
10am Outdoor Service w/ music by Frank and Shirley
Halligan at Fischers Lilly Park; Potluck Picnic to follow!
Sun. Sept. 5: 10am worship & Communion
10:15am Sunday School & children’s bell choir begin!
11:15am Worship & Music Committee mtg.
Tues. Sept. 7: Flooring installation begins in Bradford Hall
Wed. Sept. 8: 10am Altar Guild
5:30pm Deacons & Trustees Mtg.
6:30pm Executive Council Mtg.
Thurs. Sept. 9: 1:15pm Women’s Fellowship Board
Sun. Sept. 12: 10am Worship & Sunday School
Mon. Sept. 13: Christian Ed. Mtg.
Sun. Sept. 19: 10am Worship & Sunday School
Sun. Sept. 26: 10am Worship & Sunday School
Choir Begins: Musical Send-off for Jamie Myers deploying
Wed. Sept. 29: 7pm Parent & Student Confirmation Orientation

August 29 10am Outdoor Worship & Potluck

You won’t want to miss worship at Fischers Lilly Park (Ft. Pierre) this Sun. Aug. 29th at 10am! Join us for a celebratory outdoor worship w/ special music by Shirley & Frank Halligan AND a “bring a dish to pass” potluck!

We have plenty of picnic tables under the shelter, and you’re welcome to bring your own chair too!

RSVP for Christian Ed. Fall Programs
(all ages represented)

Your Christian Ed. Crew is hard at work planning for several upcoming events and faith-filled activities this Fall. We would love your help by RSVPing you and/or your family’s intentions of engaging our various programs. Please take 3 minutes to fill-out this RSVP form for all Fall programming. Thank you!

If you have children who intend on participating, please also fill-out our parent/child authorization form here. We will make these forms available in print version on Sept. 5th as well.

Adults are encouraged to participate in Messy Church, volunteer for children & youth activities, mentor confirmands, suggest and/or create book studies, and engage in pastor-led Bible study! Many of these opportunities will be scheduled according to feedback from interested folks. Email Pastor Emily to say “I’m interested in getting involved!”

Community Connections

We Love Special Music- Add Your Voice!

The Dowling girls and daddy Luke blessed our worship last Sunday, and we’re inviting anyone who’d like to add their voice to be in touch with Pastor Emily or Larry Lyngstad about getting involved in our music program! Special music, duets, choir ensembles, instrument and voice alike are welcome!

Celebrate Students of Faith!

Blessings of the backpacks & Faith Discovery Day was a total joy! Thank you to every helping soul and each eager child and youth who contributed to the growth of this day. Check out more photos from Faith Discovery Day on Facebook

Pastor Susan Says Hello!

Jack Horner enjoyed the company of Pastor Susan during one of his recent travels, and she sends her love our way! For those new to the congregation, Pastor Susan preceded Pastor Emily in serving this congregation. Jack says, “It was my pleasure to share brunch with Susan Carr and Jim Singleton last Monday in Janesville, Wisconsin. We had a great visit and a chance to catch up.”

Susan’s address is: PO Box 62, Muscoda, WI 53573.
Her email is

August Trustees Minutes
August Executive Council Minutes

Prayer Requests

We affirm the desire for church members and friends to receive prayer both publicly and privately. Together, we pray for…

Jim Hansen gaining strength at Maryhouse TCU

Mike Smith’s younger brother Mark, who continues on a journey with cancer. We pray especially for the next phase of treatment: a stem cell transplant.

Melinda Lyngstad Bouwman who reached the half-way point of cancer treatments.

AJ Munger as he recovers from kidney stone surgery this week.

Avery Vanden Bos as her due date of early September quickly approaches!

Haden Ford (Christy’s stepson) who broke both his arms falling off a horse.

who continue in journeys with cancer and other serious health conditions, spoken and unspoken alike within our community.

Our neighbors around the world
who suffer from unjust political violence, unsafe homes, and high levels of chronic stress.

“All together, holding on to one another, lifting each other up, we ALL begin to rise in the name of our risen Christ.”


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Remaining August Birthdays

Cody Dewell August 27
Evelyn Putzier August 29
Michael Schock August 29
Claire Mohr August 30
Tamara Kintz August 31
Jamie Myers August 31

Remaining August Anniversaries

Brittany & Skyler Dowling August 30

September Birthdays

Gary Hartman September 02
Tom Selland September 03
James Evans September 05
Larry Christiansen September 05
Kay Tieszen September 06
Pearl Myers September 07
Sherri Anderson September 09
Taylor Evans September 10
Linda Cruse September 10
Gail Lyngstad September 11
Sarah Jennings September 12
Bernie Stars September 13
Bill Palmer September 14
Amber Gloe Rosenoff September 15
Vicki Nafus September 19
James Hansen September 21
Arlene Krueger September 21
Frank Halligan September 21
Justin Evans September 22
Brian Jennings September 26
Rick Rowen September 26
AJ Munger September 28
Phyllis Petersen September 28

September Anniversaries

Mary & Robb Heaton September 07
Kerry & Valerie Kelly September 08
Keith & Patti Jennings September 12
Gary & Jeanie Hartman September 16
Bernie & Don Stars September 23

Supporting Our Mission

Financial Report Aug. 22, 2021

Weekly offering: $2,130.00
Weekly receipts needed to meet budget: $3,097.93

General fund receipts Year-to-Date: $101,512.32
General fund expenses paid Year-to-Date: $99,429.50
Budgeted Expenses Year-to-Date: $105,603.71

Our mission is entirely funded by member and friend contributions. THANK YOU for your tremendous support.

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