Voters Meeting -- this Sunday (June 30th)


Voters Meeting -- this Sunday (June 30th)
The proposed 2019-2020 budget is available on our website should you desire to view it prior to the Voter's Meeting on June 30th between the Sunday services. Please try to attend this meeting and participate in your budget process. The only order of business at this meeting will be the 2019-2020 budget which begins on July 1st and runs until next June 30, 2020. Thank you!

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Readings and Sermon: Sunday June 23, 2019


View the Bulletin for Sunday June 23, 2019
Service Times: 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
Bible Study and Sunday School 9:20 a.m.

Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 65:1-9
I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;
I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.
I said, “Here am I, here am I,”
to a nation that was not called by my name.
I spread out my hands all the day
to a rebellious people,
who walk in a way that is not good,
following their own devices;
a people who provoke me
to my face continually,
sacrificing in gardens
and making offerings on bricks;
who sit in tombs,
and spend the night in secret places;
who eat pig’s flesh,
and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels;
who say, “Keep to yourself,
do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.”
These are a smoke in my nostrils,
a fire that burns all the day.
Behold, it is written before me:
“I will not keep silent, but I will repay;
I will indeed repay into their bosom
both your iniquities and your fathers’ iniquities together,
says the LORD;
because they made offerings on the mountains
and insulted me on the hills,
I will measure into their bosom
payment for their former deeds.”
Thus says the LORD:
“As the new wine is found in the cluster,
and they say, ‘Do not destroy it,
for there is a blessing in it,’
so I will do for my servants’ sake,
and not destroy them all.
I will bring forth offspring from Jacob,
and from Judah possessors of my mountains;
my chosen shall possess it,
and my servants shall dwell there.”

Epistle – Galatians 3:23-4:7
Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke
Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him. And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

Solving Problems and Changing Lives


Certification recognizes Bethesda’s knowledge in assistive technology for people with disabilities

(Milwaukee) – Bethesda, a national nonprofit organization that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is pleased to announce Barb Silver-Thorn, a technologist with Bethesda, has earned the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) certification by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). This certification will create opportunities to put technology to work to greatly enhance the lives of people we support.

An assistive technology professional analyzes the needs of individuals with disabilities, assists in the selection of the appropriate equipment and trains the consumer on how to properly use the specific equipment. The ATP certification recognizes those who have reached an internationally accepted standard of knowledge in assistive technology and who demonstrate a commitment to provide only the highest ethical standards of practice.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment,” said Mike Klimkosky, chief information officer for Bethesda. “Barb should be personally very proud of the fact her entire career has shaped this achievement. And, professionally, this achievement not only reaffirms her commitment to technology but provides the people supported by Bethesda with an industry expert. With ATP credentials, the door is now wide open for Bethesda to be considered in some states that otherwise wouldn’t consider Be-thesda due to specific provider qualification requirements,” added Klimkosky.

Silver-Thorn will use the knowledge learned through the credentialing to support assistive technology integration throughout the organization. Her work includes the assessment of people supported to determine how and what technology can further enhance independence and inclusion – ultimately changing the way care, support and services are delivered.

“The work I do at Bethesda includes the assessment of people we support to determine how and what technology can further enhance independence and inclusion,” said Silver-Thorn. “With so many different types of assistive technology now available, I’m thrilled to be able to take a holistic approach to every situation to then determine what equipment will enable the people supported by Bethesda to optimize their life at home, school, work and in the community.”

There are almost 4,000 rehabilitation engineers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, suppliers, educators and other professionals who have successfully received ATP certification.

Ladies, Back by Popular Demand.... Summer Book Club!


3 books; 3 meetings; attend any or all
BOOK #2: He Restores My Soul by Katie Schuermann
Tuesday, July 2nd, 7 PM, Location TBA

A compilation of essays/messages on a variety of difficult life struggles: Suffering comes to everyone in this life, yet many are surprised to find it in the green pastures of the Good Shepherd. How can sickness and sin reside beside the Lord's still waters? Utilizing the timeless, rich comfort permeating Psalm 23, author Katie Schuermann and a host of literary friends address such topics as living the Christian faith in the public arena, carrying a child in the womb who is not expected to live, struggling against sexual temptation, caring for aging parents, regretting an abortion, living with mental illness and chronic diseases, longing for the gift of a spouse, raising children apart from one's own upbringing, mothering while working, and children leaving the faith. Each chapter persistently points the reader to a firm trust in God's promises found in His Word.

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