This Week at Esther

Sunday services are recorded and can be found on our website under “Online Worship” and are posted to our Facebook page.

This Week at Esther

Sunday, March 19 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

          8:30 am – WELCA

          9:00 am – First Communion Class    

          9:00 am – Sunday School

          9:15 am – Birthday Fellowship

          10:00 am –  Worship w/Communion

          Coffee Fellowship following worship

          2:00 pm –  Service at St. Williams led by Pastor Brown

Wednesday, March 22 

          6:00 pm – Soup and Sandwich Supper

          7:00 pm – Holden Evening Prayer w/skit

Sunday, March 26 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

            9:00 am – Sunday School

            9:00 am – First Communion Class

            10:00 am – Worship

            Coffee Fellowship following worship

            2:00 pm –  Service at St. Williams led by Pastor Bovendam

News and Notes

First Communion Classes will be held Sundays at 9 am in the sanctuary on March 19, March 26, and April 2 after worship.  We are inviting 5th Graders and their parents and anyone who would like to learn more to attend.  All are welcome!

Lenten Soup and Sandwich sign-up sheets are on the narthex table.  Suppers are each Wednesday in March at 6 pm, followed by Holden Evening Prayer worship at 7 pm.  Thank you to Christy Hart for volunteering to coordinate these meals and times of fellowship.

Caring Ministry of Esther is a team whose goal is to provide prayer and care to our congregation and community in times of need, and acknowledge and celebrate times of joy. We all have trying or transitional times throughout our lives, such as a health crisis, grief due to loss of a loved one, times of transition such as loss of a job or separation from a loved one.  The Caring Ministry Team is looking for people that are willing to share in praying for church and community members in need of prayer, visiting and providing Communion to those who are homebound, sitting with people during tough times, making phone calls to check in on people, providing meals as needed, and providing for other needs that may arise depending on the requests for help. It takes the whole church to care for the whole church – and our community. If you know of someone in need of prayer or care, or if you would like to be on the volunteer list to be notified when the Caring Ministry is asked to help, please contact or speak to Pastor Scott or Luella Thom. The next meeting will be on Sunday, April 16 at 8:30 am. All are welcome to attend!

Church Wish List:  8 1/2″ paper plates, 10″ paper plates, 9 oz cups, toilet paper, Kleenex, bathroom cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, Pine-Sol, 16″x25″x1″ furnace filters, 8 1/2″ x 11″ copy paper, 8 1/2″ x 14″ copy paper, postage stamps.

Thank You to Mark Wehking, Steven Dobratz and all others who have faithfully cleared our parking lot and sidewalks of snow and ice this winter.  We appreciate your dedication to keeping everyone safe!

Thank You to Kevin Bunde for installing Starlink!   The higher speed internet has allowed us to again Facebook Live each service, and has greatly reduced the time of uploading our worship services to the Esther website as well.

Easter Flower order forms are on the narthex table and on the link below.  Please return the form and payment to the envelope on the narthex table by March 26. Checks should be made out to Esther WELCA, with “Easter Flowers” in the memo line.

Luther Crest Bible Camp is still taking registrations for Summer Camp.  Go to to register your youth. 

The Esther Camp and Spiritual Growth Fund has been established to help our families pay for camp for our youth.  Scholarship applications can be found on our website under the Faith Formation” tab, as well as on the narthex table.

 Serving in March

Pastor:  Scott Hoecker                                         

Organists:  Marcia Guenther, Brad Lambrecht

Altar Care:  Deb Koep   
Communion Assistant: Steph Stueve, Amy Stanley           

Lay Reader:  Megan Townsend, Nancy Bunde                           

Ushers:  Steve Dobratz  


March 5 – Sydney Lorine

March 12 – Laney Grinager

March 19 – Colby Schlosser


Birthday Card Sender:  Donna Pederson

Birthday Sunday Server Families (March 19):  Judy Thoennes, Jeremy Arvidson & Melissa Schlosser, Bea Skoglund, Justin & Jaci Schlosser

Esther Lutheran Church, ELCA

“Knowing Christ-Making Christ Known through Faith, Hope and Love”

Pastor Scott Hoecker  –  Cell: (218) 355-0187    Email:

11019 625th Ave, Parkers Prairie, MN 56361 – Telephone:218-338-2171

Website:   Email:

Caring Ministry Email:

***Please note as we get into winter and potential weather issues, the most updated information will be posted to our website first, then an email will go out to those on our email list to alert of any cancellations. A text will also go out to those who are on the text list.