September 21-25

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
– 1 Timothy 6:6-8

6:00 pm – Women’s Mission Rally @ PLC (GEM Dinner)

6:00 pm – Women’s Mission Rally @ PLC (Registration and Breakfast)

8:15 pm – Sunday School  & Bible Class Online
9:30 am – Divine Service Online
10:45 am – LYS Meeting @ Narthex and Activity to Follow
11:00 am – Christianity 101
11:00 am – Choir

6:30 pm – Vespers Service / Communion

Ushers: Mike Daniels, Ben Soper, Ehren Taylor, & Jim Perry

Organist: Albert Harris
Vespers Accompanist: Mallory Daniels
Live Stream: Lizzy Riedel

Ushers: Mike Daniels, Ben Soper, Ehren Taylor, & Jim Perry

Altar Guild: Bonnie Mielbrecht

Organist: Michelle Minton
Vespers Accompanist: Mallory Daniels
Live Stream: Lizzy Riedel


Please contact the church office at if you would like to supply flowers. We will ask for the date you would like to give flowers and the reason (if there is one). These upcoming dates are available/reserved:

Oct. 1 (Trinity 19- paraments are green) – Reserved
Oct. 8 (Trinity 20 – paraments are green) – Available
Oct. 15 (Trinity 21 – paraments are green) – Reserved
Oct. 22 (Trinity 22 – paraments are green) – Reserved


Bible classes have resumed, but there might be times when you miss, or you are not able to be physically present. Do not fret. We are now Zooming the classes (the Sunday 8:15 AM and the once-a-month Wednesday at noon classes) and recording them . If you missed a class and want to catch up, the recordings will be available on Vimeo on the following Tuesday.

Sunday Bible Class (Malachi & Revelation):

Wednesday Bible Classes (Judges 17-21):

This year’s mission rally will be held on September 22-23 at Parkland. The theme will be “Train Up a Child” with presentations from Rev. Heyn (World Outreach Coordinator) and Rev. Basel, (ELS Giving Counselor). Rev. Tony and Mrs Melissa Pittenger, will be our main speakers, and Mr. and Mrs. Brent and Lacey Sorn will be speaking on the topic of how schools can support the work of Training Up a Child in the Lord. Friday night from 6-7:30 is a light meal with a short presentation by Melissa Pittenger. The rally continues on Saturday with an 8am breakfast and registration. Please register as soon as possible if you plan to attend. All members are invited to attend and to invite guests.

The first LYS event/meeting of the school year will be held this Sunday, September 24. Students and their parents will meet in the PLC narthex at 10:45 am for the initial meeting. At this meeting, we will discuss the meeting schedule, the annual LYA trip, fundraising opportunities, and other plans and events. Students will then go to Mike & Terry’s Outdoor Fun Park for mini golf, go-karts, and more! Please note that students will need to bring their own spending money for this event. All students in grades 8 thru 12 are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Evergreen Lutheran High School would like to invite you to attend their Homecoming Games! Please see below for details.

  • Friday, September 29
    • ELHS Homecoming Girls Soccer Game @ SERA Athletic Fields 2:00pm
    • ELHS Homecoming Volleyball Game @ ELHS 6:00pm
  • Saturday, September 30
    • Eagle Fun Run @ Franklin Pierce High School (FPHS) 12:15pm
      • Run the track prior to the start of the boys soccer game
    • ELHS Homecoming Boys Soccer Game @ FPHS 1:00pm
    • Annual Cornhole Tournament @ FPHS 3:00pm
      • Form your teams and sign up for the Cornhole Tournament at
      • Winners of the tournament receive Eagle Gear!
    • ELHS Homecoming Football Game @ FPHS 5:00pm
    • Alumni
      • Receive free admission to the Saturday games at FP!
      • See Mrs. Bishop for a special Alumni treat during the games!

Power-Hour is a strong academic program for children ages 2 through 5, centered on a Bible-based curriculum. Our goal is for every child to know how special they are to their Savior, Jesus. Along with this truth, children will be given the opportunity to learn in a structured classroom environment with their caregiver readily available to help them discover learning concepts and experience new social settings inside a classroom. Through songs, crafts, and academic activities, watch your child grow in the knowledge of their Savior as well as in academics! Classes will be held Wednesdays, from 1:45pm to 2:45pm, October 4 through October 25. The cost per child aged 2 through 5 is $30.00 (price includes 4 Wednesday classes). A $5 discount will be for additional children in the same household. (Siblings under age 2 are welcome to attend at no cost.) To register, please click on the following link: Power-Hour Registration

Power for Parenting is an extension of Power-Hour at no additional cost. Childcare is provided for registered students during this optional 30-minute Bible study, to encourage caregivers in their vocation and the spiritual life of their home. The Bible study is held immediately following Power-Hour.

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary began the new academic year on August 21, 2023. Timothy Schmeling is teaching church history, symbolics, and homiletics.

The seminary enrollment this year numbers ten. There are two vicars, three seniors, two middlers, and three juniors. The vicars are Joel Hansen at Bloomington Living Hope Lutheran Parish (WELS) in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Matthew Lehne at Jerico, Saude, and Redeemer Lutheran Churches in New Hampton/Lawler, Iowa. Please see attachment.

Please see the Midweek Update for details.

Reminder Notes!

It is inevitable. We are all going to die, unless the Lord returns sooner. For the Christian, we need not fear death, nor think of it in a morbid way. In fact, we can prepare for it with the view of offering the hope and comfort of Christ and our resurrection to glory to our loved ones who remain. On Saturday, September 30, from 1 PM to 5 PM we will walk through the many facets of funeral and committal arrangements, giving you an opportunity to make your last public confession of your faith. We will also have a section on “setting your house in order” with estate planning led by Rev. Dan Basel and Mr. Ryan Schmeling, the giving counselors of the ELS and ELHS. PLEASE SIGN UP in the Narthex or email so that we know how much material to prepare for the day.

What a wonderful way to enjoy Alaska’s natural beauty! At the end of August, we were able to take a ten-day cruise because of the generous gifts from PLC members. From observing a salmon run, whales spouting and rolling to the surface, getting up close to massive glaciers, viewing moose and caribou in the wild, were just among some of the highlights we so thoroughly enjoyed on the cruise and land excursions. This relaxing, memorable, and necessary getaway was truly appreciated by us. Also, the kind and gracious hospitality of the staff and crew made it a seamless once-in-a-lifetime vacation for us. Thank you for making this possible for us. We also want to thank especially Sue Kautter for her helpful assistance throughout the entire booking process.

Pastor and Lisa Obenberger

The new Portals of Prayer devotion books for October – December 2023 are available in the church narthex. Please take extra copies for family members or friends that could use the encouragement of the Gospel.

The Boosters will be hosting an outdoor Trunk or Treat event on Friday, October 27, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. The Boosters are in need of families to decorate their car trunks and pass out candy. There will be a prize for the best decorated car, a cake walk, and other fun games & activities. Flyers with more information, including how you can help with this event, are located in the Church Narthex.

At our 2023 ELS Synod Convention, we dedicated the ELS Military Monument that has been constructed to honor the godly vocation of warrior. You can watch a recording of the Dedication Service at these two links:

If you would like to contribute to the continued maintenance of the monument and honor a veteran, you will find a link for paver stones, bench, and pillars order forms at  Enjoy!

Evergreen Lutheran High School (7306 Waller Rd E, Tacoma, WA 98443) will be hosting volleyball clinics for girls in grades 5 through 8. The clinics will run on these days/times:

  • Saturday, September 16, from 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Saturday, October 7, from 10:00am to 12:00am
  • Saturday, October 14, from 10:00am to 12:00am

Whether already on a volleyball team at school or just wanting to try the sport, these clinics are open to all levels of players in grades 5 through 8. They will be run by Evan Kolander, coach of the ELHS Volleyball team! The goal of the clinics is to improve skills, deepen understanding of the game, and have fun playing volleyball in a safe, growth-oriented environment.

Players are welcome to attend one, two, or all three clinics as each will be different. Players should bring gym shoes, knee pads, and a water bottle.

Registration is free, and can be done online at this link:

Parkland Lutheran Church has a convenient way to make your regular offerings. With our electronic giving program, you can easily set up a recurring giving schedule or make one-time contributions. Visit our church website for more information or go straight to it by clicking on this link.

  1. This is optional; the old system of contributing by check and cash still works.
  2. Members can still set something up through their banks so that regular checks are mailed in.
  3. If members choose this new option, they might wish to consider still using their envelopes and indicate on them that contributions are given electronically (not necessary, but that way a young confirmation student sees regular contributions going into the offering plate.