May 21-26

~Happy Memorial Day~

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS AND PRAYER

On the night Jesus was betrayed, in preparation for His eventual Ascension, which we observe today (5/21), Jesus had this exchange with His disciples:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.
In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.
And you know the way to where I am going.”
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going. How can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Are your hearts troubled? Perhaps that is a silly question when the 24/7 news cycle changes daily, sometimes even hourly, presenting concerns affecting so much in your lives these days. Your ascended Lord Jesus desires that your heart be settled and calm, because He is actively governing all things for your benefit and the benefit of all His believers. Your place in heaven is secure through His tender preparation.

What is more, you know the Way. It is not a “map” of pious living that gets you there, suggesting you follow Jesus’ example of holy living. You know and trust that Jesus Himself is the very Way itself. Through Him we have access to the heavenly courts of heaven, for in Him all our sins are forgiven and we are dressed acceptably in His holy life. Jesus is with us by His gracious presence in Word and Sacrament until the very end of the age. The Way is established providing safety and security for each of us everlastingly.

Let not your hearts be troubled no matter what doom and gloom news you hear from day to day, hour to hour. Your heavenly room is now being prepared by your ascended Lord Jesus to receive you. There will be no more mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things which once troubled you here and now will have all passed away.

O God, whose dearly beloved Son was, by Your mighty power exalted that He might prepare a place in Your kingdom of glory for them that trust in Him as the very Way alone: Grant that while He reigns in heaven, we may not be bowed down to the things of earth, but that our hearts may be lifted up where He, our redemption, has gone before, to send us His helpful Spirit with all His gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation. Graciously calm and settle our troubled hearts by Your Word of love and forgiveness in the name of our King of glory who is the head over all things in the Church, Jesus Christ our ascended Lord. Amen.

SUNDAY:

Altar Flowers May 24: Joe & Heidi Croy wanted to share the beautiful bounty of their garden.

HISTORY OF MEMORIAL DAY
“Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.”

“It was not until after World War I, however, that the day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, though it is still often called Decoration Day. It was then also placed on the last Monday in May, as were some other federal holidays.”

Excerpts from article Memorial Day History, https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp 5.20.19

New Notes!

MEMORIAL DAY CLOSURE:
The church and school offices will be closed Monday May 25 in observance of Memorial Day.

PRAYER FOR MEMORIAL DAY:
Merciful God and Father, we pray You to comfort the hearts of those whose loved ones laid down their lives for their country on the field of battle. Help us to appreciate the freedom for which they have offered the supreme sacrifice. May we show our thankfulness to You for all the blessings we enjoy in this free land by living pure and righteous lives and by doing our duty as citizens of our country and as members of the Church. Bless our government. Destroy the power of those who would plunge the nations into war. Grant peace to our country and to the world.  Help us to spread the Gospel everywhere and to gladden the hearts of sinners with the good news of Your redeeming love. Hear us for Jesus’ sake.  Amen.

PLC PARKING LOT SERVICES (MODIFIED):
Some have asked if we would be holding parking lot services at Parkland. We would like to invite anyone who desires to watch the live-streamed service at 10:30 AM on Sunday morning in the church parking lot to do so. We will not be conducting a different service out in the parking lot, but you may watch the service from your mobile device, kindly observing all requirements of not rolling windows down and staying in your vehicles. You will need to use your own data service from your mobile plan, since we need to maintain the bandwidth for the live stream. This will allow everyone to participate in the service, either in your vehicle “with” other members or at home.

MAY BUDGET TO DATE:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

It is a joy to see the response of God’s people to ensure that the Gospel can continue to be proclaimed in our community and His Word taught to our students during this time of great uncertainty in our society. Please continue to pray for the work of the Gospel to be spread faithfully in our homes, in our communities and around the world. God knows that we and our neighbors need that stability and comfort these days.

FROM OUR COLLEGE:
While we’ve just finished the 2019-20 academic year at Bethany, we’re already realizing the pandemic will continue to have an impact on how the College operates next year as well. What does that mean for Bethany? Well, it actually means a number of things. President Pfeifer explains more in this Bethany Video Update.

MI ELS CHURCH AFFECTED BY FLOODING:
Holy Scripture Lutheran Church, Midland, MI has suffered greatly from the flooding. As of Wednesday, the entire church building is filled waist deep with water. The parsonage basement is full from floor to ceiling, and water is above the baseboards on the main floor and still rising. Pastor Schneider (cousin of Joan Harstad) and his wife Barbe (who has been struggling with cancer) are safe. Please pray for them.  If you would wish to donate toward a relief fund, please send your gifts to:  ELS Holy Scripture Flood Relief, 6 Browns Court, Mankato, MN 56001.  You may wish to use our set-up for electronic giving and marking “Flood Relief.”  Please go to els.org/donate 

ALTAR FLOWERS SIGN UP:
While we are not yet gathering together physically, the Altar is still able to be adorned with flowers for the live streamed services. If you would like to sign up for giving flowers, please contact the church office at books@parklandlutheran.org. Be ready to give the date you would like to give flowers and the reason (if there is one). These dates are available/reserved:

May 31 (Pentecost – paraments are red) — Reserved
June 7 (Trinity Sunday – paraments are white) — Reserved (PLS 8th Grade Graduation)
June 14 (Trinity 1- paraments are green) — Available
June21 ((Trinity 2- paraments are green) — Reserved (Father’s Day)

PERRY FAMILY THANK YOU:
I and my family want to thank the congregation for the cards, flowers, and other expressions of sympathy and love and comfort we received.  This loving congregation has been a refuge for Les and me during the past years.  We both looked forward to Sundays where we would always hear the words of eternal life and then enjoy the friendship of fellow believers.  This church and all of you have been a gift from God for Les and me.  Kate

EVERGREEN LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL CALLS:
Evergreen is honored and blessed to welcome Ms. Emily Muir to our faculty and campus life!
Ms. Muir is a 2018 MLC graduate who comes to Evergreen with two years of teaching experience at the high school level. She was assigned in 2018 as a tutor and instructor at Luther Prep in Watertown, WI (her home town). Ms. Muir was a multi-sport athlete in school and has experience coaching high school students.

Mr. Chad Marohn recently returned the call for principal. The Board of Directors has asked Mr. David Habeck to continue as interim Principal for another school year (2020-2021). Mr. Habeck has graciously accepted to continue his role as principal. We are thankful and blessed to have Mr. Habeck with us for another school year. The board will actively start calling for permanent principal next October when the WELS calling season opens. Please keep Mr. Habeck and all of our Called Workers and support staff in your prayers.

Reminder Notes!

VISIT US… ON THE PLC WEBSITE:
Because of the government recommendations for social distancing, we have temporarily cancelled our regular Divine Services, but that doesn’t mean that there is nothing in place. Please go to the website to get the latest information about our Service Plans and resources to Stay Connected. Check frequently in case updates are made.

BIBLE STUDY (WEBSITE – REVISED VERSION):
The Sunday morning Bible Study through the Gospel according to St. Matthew will continue with Pr. Sparley, but as a live stream. To watch on Zoom, at 9:15 AM on Sundays, click here and use Meeting ID: 4563145918 with Password: 832934.
To view previously recorded Bible Study classes, please click here.

PLS 2020/21 REGISTRATION:
Many of you have asked how you can turn in registration paperwork for next year. Please take a look at the following options.

  • If you have already filled out the paper packet, sent home with students in January, you can scan the pages (preferably to one PDF document) and then upload it to the school’s Dropbox or email it to school@parklandlutheran.org.
  • If you have misplaced your paper packet or would prefer to fill it out electronically, an editable PDF version of the packet will be emailed next week. Once the electronic packet has been filled out, you can upload it to the school’s Dropbox or email it to school@parklandlutheran.org.
  • If you would like to go over your paperwork with a member of our office/bookkeeping staff, you can book a personal Zoom Registration Day appointment on Thursday, May 28. Look for an email next week with information on how to book an appointment.

Registration fees can be paid that night, but do not need to be paid until August 1, or before a student will be admitted into school for the school year.

Please note: Registration fees will not be accepted without complete paperwork; however, you do not need to pay any registration fees in order to turn in paperwork, although there are considerable discounts for early payment. See below for updated information about early payment discounts.

Updated 2020-2021 Registration Fee Discount Dates:

  • Full Day Registration Paid By June 5, 2020: $290
  • Full Day Registration Paid After June 5, 2020: $410
    • Half Day Registration Paid By June 5, 2020: $145
    • Half Day Registration Paid After June 5, 2020: $205

NEW HYMNARIES NEEDED: 
Hopefully soon, we will be able to return to gathering together and lustily singing our praises in song and liturgy out of our hymnaries again. As we prepare to come back, it would be nice to replace some of the more used hymnaries. If you would like to give a gift in memory of or in honor of an individual or people to purchase of new hymnaries, we would be happy to recognize such requests. Each hymnary costs about $14. Gifts given for this purpose should be marked “Replacement ELH” and if you would like to give in honor of or in memory of someone/s, please indicate that as well. We will purchase the hymnaries on May 27. Please contact the church office to indicate your intent to participate. Thank you.

2020 GRADUATIONS:
Joseph Straling, graduates from Puyallup High School on June 12. He plans to attend Washington State University. Congratulations!

EVERGREEN LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION:
Evergreen’s tradition of a church service combined with the graduation ceremony will take place this year in the ELHS parking lot on June 6 at 2:00 pm. Pastor Pittenger and Principal Habeck lead the drive-in service. There will be reserved parking for the graduates. The service will take place in front of the school with guest parking in the upper parking lot and in the overflow parking field. ELHS will be following the state guidelines for a drive-in spiritual service.

  1. All persons attending the service must drive up in an enclosed vehicle and remain in that same vehicle during the entire service. Individuals should not get out of their vehicle during the service for any reason.
  2. Vehicle windows, sunroofs, and convertible tops must remain closed during the entire service, unless the vehicle is parked more than six feet away from any other vehicle.
  3. No more than 10 people may be in a single vehicle.
  4. Each vehicle may only be occupied by members of the same household who have already been in close contact with each other and are not sick.

We ask that all who attend to adhere strictly to these guidelines.

EVERGREEN LUTHERAN SUMMER CAMPS:
Unfortunately, due to the state regulations, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel summer camps for this year. We look forward to seeing all of our Jr. Eagles next summer!

ELS MILITARY MONUMENT, MANKATO, MN:
You might remember that in October, the PLC voters approved initiating a fundraiser for the congregation to have one of the site Benches engravings done in memory of our own local hero – Lt. Robert Benson, KIA, 9/11/1944, in whose memory the church building, former Ft. Lewis Chapel was moved to its present site. Please consider giving a donation in memory of this life-long PLC member. Make checks out to PLC, memo: Benson/Bench.
(So far $2,250 has been received, $2,750 to go.)

LMSG MEMORIAL DAY AMMO OFFERINGS:
On May 25th, we will again commemorate Memorial Day, a day on which we as Americans honor those men and women who died while serving as a member of the United States Armed Forces! Gone are the parades, gone are the solemn observances at the cemeteries, and while we are quarantined in our homes many of us will be unable to visit those same cemeteries where our loved ones were laid to rest.

Typically, we would begin our LMSG Memorial Day Ammo Can offering on the Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend, but because of the quarantine, we will wait until another date when we are all back together. If you would like to give now, you can go to their website, www.lutheranmilitary.org and at the bottom of the homepage is a button called “Support our Cause.” Please see prayer attachment.

ELECTRONIC GIVING:
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 straight to link below.
https://www.eservicepayments.com/cgi-bin/Vanco_ver3.vps?appver3=Fi1giPL8kwX_Oe1AO50jRjABGX2J_YmfcQx0NzGLW3YYpOWzjdHJTIBm0FztbYyZ2EvVVAEjqawDomKT1pbouVE8ebQtxuXUoepADDbkfwo=&ver=3

  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.