This Week at Esther

Sunday services are streamed on Facebook Live and can be watched anytime on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/estherlutheran

Sunday, January 23rd Third Sunday after Epiphany

                        9:00 a.m. Sunday School

10:00 a.m. Worship – Youth led service

                         Coffee, Doughnuts and Fellowship after worship

                        2:00 p.m. Worship at St. Williams (Pastor Scott Brown)

Wednesday, January 26th Confirmation

                        6:00 p.m. Elora Wagner family supper family host

                        6:30 -8:00 p.m. Class

Sunday, January 30th Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

      9:00 a.m. Sunday School

10:00 a.m. Worship –

                        Worship in person and streamed on Facebook Live                   

        Following Worship: Annual Meeting                        

2:00 p.m. Worship at St. Williams

News and Notes

Welcome to Esther! We are glad to have you worship with us today. Worship is held at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. Holy Communion is served the first and third Sunday of the month. Sunday School is held at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays throughout the school year.

Thank you, Joan Burquest, Anna Hagen and Kat McDaniel and the youth of our congregation, for leading us and providing the message in worship this Sunday morning. You are a blessing to many. Thank you!

Pastor Scott will be away Thursday, January 13th through January 25th. Pastor John Riggle is providing coverage. Pastor Riggle’s number: (712) 449-0027.

Kad Wehking will be leading  ACOLYTE TRAINING at Esther on Sunday, February 6th at 9:30 a.m. We invite your children to take part in this training. We are looking at our  5th and 6th graders or any student that is interested in helping with this important task during Sunday worship.

The remaining calendars in the narthex are available for purchase. They are $6.00 each.

Reports for the Annual Meeting are due to the office, no later than Tuesday, January 25th. Please contact the church office with any questions or concerns.

2021 Contribution statements are available to pick up at Esther the next 2 Sundays.  All statements not picked up by January 30, will be mailed out to the address we have on file.  If any corrections need to be made, please contact Jewel Townsend at 320-760-2503.

Notification of Annual Meeting – Esther Lutheran Church, ELCA  Notice is given for the Annual Meeting of Esther Lutheran Church, ELCA.  The meeting will be held on Sunday, January 30, 2022. The meeting will take place at Esther Lutheran Church at approximately 10:45 a.m. There will be Election of Council Members, Election of Cemetery Board Members, Approval of the 2022 Proposed Budget, Reports from the 2020 year will be presented, voting members to the Synod Assembly will be elected and any other items of business can be brought to this meeting. All confirmed members of Esther Lutheran are voting members of the congregation. The backup date for the Annual meeting is Sunday February 6, 2022.

The Evangelism Committee will again be sending out birthday cards to Esther members throughout the year.  We thank the WELCA who has agreed to purchase one roll of stamps to go towards this project.  If you are able to donate stamps or if you are interested in helping by taking a month to send out the cards, please contact Jewel Townsend at 320-760-2503. 
This is the list of senders so far for 2022:
January:  Jewel Townsend                                 February:  Donna Pederson
March:  Cindy Skoglund                                   April: Cindy Skoglund
May:    Margaret Wehking                                June:  Nancy Wehking
July:                                                                 August:
September:                                                       October:  Donna Pederson
November:                                                       December: Jewel Townsend

Thank you to those who have returned your postcards indicating your willingness to help with worship. There are sign up sheets for ushers, lay readers, acolytes and greeters, in the narthex. Please note they are now broken down by weeks. Council members will be calling congregation members to fill in the blanks prior to the Annual Meeting on January 30.

Registration for Luther Crest Summer Camps is open. Registration for Summer Camps opened on November 1st. Early bird registration will run until February 14th and will be supported by the annual fund. Register for any week. Programming runs Sunday through Thursday. Additional weekend will also be available for the 2022 summer. Please go to: www.luthercrest.org to register your student or for additional information.