April 14 & 21, 2019


4/18 Maundy Thursday Services: 2:00 & 6:30 pm

4/19 Good Friday Service: 2:00 & 7:30 pm

4/21 Easter Sunday:
*Sunrise @ Cemetery 6:00 am
*Festival Communion Service 8:00 & 10:30 am
*Breakfast in the ark 7:00-10:00 am

The Men’s Club will be serving Easter Breakfast on Sunday, April 21 from 7:00-10:00 am in the “Ark”. All are welcomed! Menu: the traditional Jim Langseth secret ingredients pancakes, scrambled free-range eggs, succulent organic ham, OJ, coffee and milk. PLC’s Lutheran Youth Society will be serving and a free will donation will be taken with proceeds exceeding expenses applied to the registration/travel of those youth who will be attending the 2019 ELS Lutheran Youth Association Convention at Bethany Lutheran College at the end of July.

On April 21st at 6:00 am we will be conducting the 25th annual sunrise service in our cemetery. We have traditionally begun the service at the gravesite of the last member buried in the cemetery and process to the center of the cemetery for the communion service while singing an Easter hymn. This year it appears that we will be beginning at the grave of Jim Langseth.

Since Maundy Thursday is the day that Jesus instituted His Supper, we often use this day to especially confess what Scripture teaches about it; that in this Sacrament Jesus is present with His true Body and true Blood bringing us the forgiveness of sins. One way that Lutherans have sometimes professed this teaching is by using white wine for communion. It shows we do not believe in transubstantiation, that the bread and wine disappear leaving only Jesus’ Body and Blood, because all can plainly see the liquid in the cup is clear. It also shows we reject the idea that the bread and wine only symbolize Jesus’ body and blood, because while red wine may look a little like blood, white wine does not. All this is a reminder that the substance of the Lord’s Supper is not in what we see or taste, but in the words of Jesus who said, “This is My Body’ This is My Blood’ Given and shed for the forgiveness of your sins.”

You are invited to bring Easter Lilies to beautify the chancel for Easter. The Lilies should be brought on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday and taken home after the 10:30 am service on Easter.

The Tenebrae Service (Good Friday) is a service whereby the church is gradually darkened as we hear readings describing the suffering and death of our Lord. It concludes with a harsh noise symbolizing the closing of the tomb and we are dismissed in silence. Small children and those of a more sensitive nature may not feel comfortable attending this service.

Easter Invitations to invite a friend, relative, acquaintance, or neighbor to one of our Easter Services will be available after each of the services or during the week in the Narthex.
Thank you, Evangelism Committee

The Lenten Soup Suppers were a great success again this year! A big thank you to Joyce Kvale, Katie Cloyd & Lynda Straling his helpers for organizing everything and making sure the soup was hot and ready to go. Many thanks also to the congregation for your support of Parkland’s LYS. The youth enjoy the opportunity to serve and are grateful for your kindness.

Evergreen’s Sacred Lent/ Easter Concert will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 7:00 pm in the gymnasium. Please plan to join us as we ponder our Savior’s Passion and celebrate his Resurrection.

The choirs of Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota, will be performing at PLC on Monday, May 13 at 6:30pm. All are invited to this concert which will include works of Scheidt, Bach, Byrd, Britten, Stanford and others. The diverse program will highlight the Concert Choir, the Mary Martha Singers (treble choir), handbell choir, harp and organ. The concert is free. An offering will be received to defray the travel expenses of the choirs.

Bethany Lutheran College has asked us to host the choir members while they are with us on Monday, May 13. Would you be interested in hosting a few? How about helping with a meal at 4:30 pm that day? Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

Joshua Wierschki, our admissions representative from Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minn., is visiting Parkland today, as part of his trip to meet with students at Evergreen Lutheran High School. Anyone interested in what’s happening at our ELS college is encourage to stop by his table and ask about the current developments at Bethany.

USHERS 04/21
Early: TBD
Late: Mike O’Neill & Shon O’Neill

USHERS 04/28
Early: Wulf Werner & Paul Mielbrecht
Late: Jon & Aaren Kvale

A new Usher’s Schedule has been draw up and a copy will be deposited in each usher’s mail slot no later than April 7. Please remember if you will not be here for your assigned dates please find a replacement usher. If you are interested in becoming an usher please let me know. Thank you for your continued and dedicated service over the years. Mike O’Neill.

It’s time to make reservations to attend the PLC Women’s Retreat, April 26-28, 2019. We hope you will join us! We have reserved some nice cozy houses at Seabrook, planned fun activities, and as usual, will be serving our delicious family- style meals. Cost for the weekend is $160.
Questions: Contact Marie Cronk.

On Sunday, April 7 a presentation concerning the financial concerns of the congregation was made with a power-point projection using pie charts and graphs. The printed outline of the presentation is still available on the table in the narthex. Help yourself. Also if you would like to see the charts/graphs, ask Pastor Gullixson or Treasurer Josh Daniels to send it to you electronically. All options can be considered at the Voters Meeting on April 24 at 6:30 pm.

Please help us advertise PLS by putting out a “Now Enrolling, Parkland Lutheran School” yard sign in front of your house or place of business. If you do not have one already, signs are available in the church narthex. Thanks for your help in advertising PLS to our community!

The 12th annual Emmaus Conference will be hosted at Parkland Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. The theme this year will be “The Divine Service: Our Life In Christ” covering the topics of where the divine service came from, what happens among us every week, and how we can build on what happens on Sunday in our homes and families. Cost for the conference is $35 (includes lunch) or $45 for two guests (includes 2 lunches). Students are $5.

PLS band students taught by Mrs. Jodi Wosje, will join other TELSS band students in the area for a group concert at Evergreen Lutheran High School on Friday, May 10, at 7:00pm. The concert will feature TELSS grade school bands as well as the Evergreen Lutheran High School Band. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this fun night of music!

The PLS 125th Anniversary Spring Program for all grades, Pre-K thru 8, will be held on Friday, May 17, at 7:00 pm. Come and join us for a fun evening of entertainment. Everyone is invited to attend the performance in the Ark!

On Easter Sunday morning you will be able to pick up your copy of PLC’s 125th Anniversary book. You will be able to pick them up in the Narthex before and after the Festival services. If you did not pre-order your book, the cost is $25. If you
pre-ordered and paid $10, you are not obligated to pay more, but an additional contribution of $15 would be appreciated to cover the cost of printing. 125th mugs and tumblers will also be available for sale.

All women of the church and school are invited to a no host dinner at Gateway Cottage on May 23, at 6:30 pm. Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship and get acquainted with other women of the church. Call Marie Cronk to RSVP. Please come join us.

You might recall we were scheduled to do this congregational wide exercise last November, but Pastor Wentzlaff had health issues which prevented him from traveling to the Northwest. Then it was rescheduled for February, but the snow and ice prevented him from coming. So we have now rescheduled it for Sunday, May 19 at 9:15 or 11:45 am (your choice). Mark it on your calendar and plan to participate. This exercise is more effective with a larger representation of the congregation giving input.

Evergreen Lutheran High School is offering summer camps for:

CHEER – (girls entering grades 1-8)

SOCCER – (boys & girls entering grades 2-4 & 5-9)

VOLLEYBALL – (girls entering grades 5-9)

BASKETBALL – (boys & girls entering grades 3-6 & 7-10)

STEM/Robotics – (boys & girls entering grades 3-6 & 7-10)

For general information about these camps, please contact the ELHS office at 253.946.4488. To register, visit https://www.classy.org/event/2019-eagle-summer-camps/e220872.

Registration is open for Camp 4 Star 2019! Camp 4 Star was started in 1959 to provide a week-long experience for youth in the area WELS/ELS churches. It continues to serve as a place for kids to meet new friends, gain new experiences and have fun with fellow Christians! Camp 4 Star runs from July 7 thru 13, and is open to ages 10 thru 15. Registration forms and more information for Camp 4 Star can be found by visiting www.camp4star.com or by emailing camp4star@gmail.com. Register as soon as possible, as space is limited!

Parkland Lutheran School is getting ready to celebrate 125 years of educating in the Parkland/Tacoma area! Sunday, October 20, we will culminate this event with a service at 3:00 pm, led by Pr. Alex Ring, and a dinner ceremony following, with keynote speaker Mr. Larry Rude. Please “Like” our PLS Facebook page to receive updates and visit the PLS website to see more information about this event. Also, please share this Facebook event with other alumni and/or individuals who attended Parkland Lutheran School. We would love for as many alumni and former students to attend this momentous event. Thank you for helping us put word out!

Make plans to attend the Voters Meeting Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm. Couple items on the agenda: We will be considering the options presented on April 7 at the congregational meetings in regards to our financial concerns. We will also be electing the sixth member of the Board for Christians Education.

You are invited to submit announcements for the Parkland Bench by e-mail. Please send them by Wednesday morning to