This Week at Esther

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Sunday, September 19th Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

                        9:00 a.m. Sunday School

                        10:00 a.m. Worship w/Holy Communion

                        Presentation by representative of Someplace Safe

                        Doughnuts and Coffee Fellowship following worship

Wednesday, September 22nd Confirmation

                        6:00 p.m. Supper – Taya Arvidson family serving

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

Sunday, September 26th Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

                        9:00 a.m. Sunday School

                        10:00 a.m. Worship

                        1-4 pm 100th birthday Open House for Lorraine Truax

                        at her home on 640th Ave. Eagle Bend

News and Notes

Our Stewardship/Evangelism Emphasis of the month is Someplace Safe. Kalyn is here this morning to remind us all about the services they can provide for anyone in this situation; or how we can help, if we know someone who needs help.  There is a canister in the back to take any donations you may have for Someplace Safe. Someplace Safe is a nonprofit agency offering a myriad of services to victims and survivors of crime, families, and communities in a nine-county region in West Central Minnesota. Someplace Safe works to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and other crimes (including; stalking, elder abuse, identity theft, robbery, theft, etc.), as they navigate the social, emotional and economic impacts they face as victims on the path to becoming survivors.

You are invited to an Open House to celebrate Loraine Truax’s 100th birthday. The open house will be held on September 26th, (Lorraine’s actual birthday) at her house on 640th Avenue Eagle Bend. The open house will be from 1-4 pm. Your presence is the only gift she is requesting. If you would like to send a card: Lorraine Truax 1220 Nokomis St. Apt. 242 Alexandria, MN 56308.

Esther Lutheran has had a table at the Domestic Violence Luncheon for several years.  The Luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20th from 11:30 to 12:45 at Arrowwood.  There will be a speaker and it is a time to honor all those who have been killed during domestic violence incidents. If you are interested in attending the luncheon, the tickets are $20.00 each. If you want to attend please let Luella Thom know, and she will pick up the tickets for everyone and make the reservations for the ESTHER table that day.

Informational Congregation Meeting on Sunday, October 3rd. This meeting is being held to explore the possibility of the Calvary Partner Network. Information was mailed to each household.  A potluck lunch will follow the meeting. Carpets will be cleaned on October 4th, so anyone willing to help get all carpets clear of furniture after the potluck, would be greatly appreciated. Cleaning task lists will also be out for people to pick tasks to do before the WELCA Gathering. Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

The WELCA Fall Conference 8 Gathering with up to 33 churches attending will be Thursday, October 14th.  Register begins at 8:15 AM at Esther.  We would appreciate any help from ALL women possible that day.  We will be serving quick breads, muffins, juice, coffee as they register. These items will be provided by Esther. 

Our theme is the Eagle’s Healing Nest from Sauk Centre.  Melony Butler, who started it is schedule to speak for us.  She had promised her dad she would do something to help out the Veterans.  We are collecting any donations of items on their list.  We would appreciate any items you can donate.  All the other churches will be bringing items as well. (list of items needed is found in the bulletin)

Could you please let Luella know if you are able to help out the day of the event so we can put people at the different areas needed.  We will need people at the registration desk, kitchen help, set up help between registration and lunch, and clean up people.  The event will be done about 1:00 PM that day.  We will be decorating with red, white, and blue to honor these veterans.

We decided to cater most of the items for the lunch to make less work for any of the kitchen crew that day.  Sue is going to make the mashed potatoes; she brought a sample of hers and we were hooked.  We are doing Linda’s pumpkin dessert as she brought a sample; it too was excellent.

Registrations are to be in by October 1st so we can finish the planning for the event on how many will be attending.

Eagle’s Nest General Items

Hay for Horses

Laying chicken Feed

Bath towels

Wash Cloths

Toilet Paper


Garbage Bags (All sizes)

Arts & Crafts supplies

Clock Radio/Alarm Clocks

Video Game Consoles

Laundry Baskets

Picnic Tables



Laminating Sheets

Brooms and Dustpans

Permanent Markers

Postage Stamps

Copy Paper

Bathroom Cleaner


Scotch Tape

Tape Dispensers

Manila File folders (Letter Size)

HP Printer Ink #60

Kodak Printer Ink #30

Batteries (All sizes)


Sewing Machines

Vacuum Cleaners

Flash Drives for Computers

Eagle’s Nest Kitchen Items Needed

Commercial and Residential size refrigerators

Commercial and Residential size freezers

Stainless steel bowl – all sizes

Stainless steel baking sheets

Stainless steel cooking utensils

Stainless steel serving utensils

Stainless steel strainer

Stainless steel pots and pans

Stainless steel steam table food pans and lids

Stainless steel rolling food prep table

Stainless steel double sink

Stainless steel flatware cylinder and holder

Commercial grade kitchen knives

Commercial grade thermo plastic cutting boards

Commercial grade stainless steel NSF storage racks

Commercial grade dishwashers


Oven Mitts


Dish Cloths

Probe Thermometer

Green Scratch Pads

Dish Soap

Large Garbage Bags

Non-perishable food items





Plastic Cups

Food Storage Containers