Announcements

Mask Mandate, starting July 26

Greetings Lake Union Family,

Most of you are aware by now that Governor Walz issued a mandate that masks must now be worn when indoors in all public spaces and businesses effective Saturday, July 25. I know this issue generates a lot of discussion and disagreement for people. I am appealing to you, on biblical grounds, to comply with this mandate. Here are my reasons.

  • Not everything is a conspiracy. I am not a medical doctor and I do not fully understand this disease. I am not a constitutional scholar and I won’t say what a face mask may or may not do to our freedoms. I am a pastor, and I trust the word of God. In Isaiah 8:12, the Lord gives Isaiah these powerful words, and I believe they are good for all of us to hear before we believe everything we read on social media. “Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it.”
  • The Lord has a hand in who governs His people, and in Romans 13:1-2, He gives us a very specific word as to how we are to behave. "1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

Beginning this Sunday, masks will be required at Lake Union. Persons exempted:

  • Children under age 2 years must not wear face coverings. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear face coverings, but are encouraged to wear a face covering when in public  if they can do so reliably in compliance with CDC guidance on How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings (i.e., without frequently touching or removing the face covering).
  • Persons who have medical or other health conditions, disabilities or mental health, developmental, or behavioral needs that make it difficult to tolerate wearing a face covering. 

According to the actual order, available here, one of the reasons a mask can be temporarily removed is this:

“When testifying, speaking, singing, or performing in an indoor business or public indoor space, in situations or settings such as theaters, news conferences, courtroom proceedings, or lectures, provided that social distancing is always maintained.”

We can gather safely. We can worship freely. We can sing praises to our God. I look forward to doing all of these things with you this weekend!

In God’s grip,
Pastor Mark




RSVP for August 16...


 

We will have two services, at 9 & 10:30 am. We are meeting the state requirement of 50% capacity and social distancing. Therefore, we have 75 seats available at each service. To make this work, we are asking everyone to RSVP. It only takes a minute, and it helps us make room for everyone!  

Under comments, please let us know if you have a preference for seating location.  Our Welcome Team will assist you upon arrival. Click here to RSVP/sign up.

Thank you!




Information for the Yard Sale on August 15


 

The "Uganda Go For It!" mission team is pretty pumped about the Yard Sale on August 15. Here is information for that fundraiser.

  1. Donated items - Bring between 7 and 9 am the morning of August 15. The team will be there to receive them. (No mattresses, cribs, car seats or walkers) (Note: Unsold items will be taken to the Goodwill stores in Saint Cloud and Monticello after the sale. If you want to keep your unsold items, pick those up right at 1 pm before trucks are loaded.)
  2. Pricing - You are invited to price (on masking tape) your items if you prefer.  Unpriced items will be sold for a "free will offering." (This does not apply to larger, more expensive items which will be priced whether by the donor or the team.)
  3. Eyeglasses - Bring your donated eyeglasses for Siloam any time between 7 am and 1 pm! There will be a station for these.
  4. Smart devices - We are ready to receive these! There will be a station where you can drop these off and we can help make sure your personal information is completely deleted if you need help with that. You can drop these off any time between 7 am and 1 pm.
  5. Come for the fun! - There will be face painting, animal ballons and great buys!

Thank you for your support of this great cause! Email the church office (office@lakeunionchurch.org) if you have questions.




Update your info in the online directory


 

If you are seeing this, the chances are high that you are in our online directory (www.lakeunionchurch.org/login).

Can you take a few minutes and check your profile and make sure the information is accurate? With all that is going on, people also want to put a face to a name. So, please upload/include a current picture. This goes for youth also!  We are recognizing birthdays and anniversaries, so include that info also (no "year" is needed).

Email the church at office@lakeunionchurch.org when your entire family is entered in the directory, and we will create a "Couples and Family" entry by pointing to the individual profiles.

If you want us to take a picture, snag Lynette Sherer (admin asst) at the end of a church service and she will get your info and photo.

Remember, no one can view this information without login access (and we monitor this). 

Thank you!




Get our new app shortcut for your device!


 

There are plenty of apps to get things done on your IOS or Android devices.

You can also use a website as an app on your device! Our logo/icon is now ready and available for you to create a shortcut to our website.  Here is the info:

IOS

  • Open Safari and head to our website: www.lakeunionchurch.org
  • Then tap the Share icon at the bottom.
  • Then tap "Add to Home Screen" from the menu (scroll down a little) 
  • You may need to wait a few seconds for the icon to switch to our fish logo.
  • Click "Add"
  • That's it!

Android

  • Launch "Chrome" app
  • Open our website, www.lakeunionchurch.org
  • Tap THE menu icon (3 dots in upper right-hand corner) 
  • Tap "Add to homescreen"
  • You may need to wait a few seconds for the icon to switch to our fish logo.
  • Click "Add"
  • That's it!

The name "LakeUnionChurch" should automatically appear with the icon. If you have questions, email us at office@lakeunionchurch.org.

If you created a generic app earlier for our website, you will want to delete that and create a new one with our logo/icon.




Youth Scavenger Hunt

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It begins July 5 and you have until July 11 to get the pictures texted to me.

There are ten pictures that need to be taken. Once you have all 10 pictures, text them to me. Be sure to include your name so I know who sent the pics.  Only those who have taken all ten pictures will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Like, gift cards!!

Hope you have fun with this.

Looking forward to seeing all your pics. 

Kim Hempel

(Click here for the list and more info!)




Yard sale (fundraiser for "Uganda Go For It!")


 

We are excited to announce that the yard sale fundraiser for the mission trip to Uganda is back on the schedule!

Save the date: August 15, 9 to 1 pm
Save your stuff:  Great opportunity to get rid of stuff you don't need/want and help the team raise funds toward their trip
Where: The church parking lot

Also, please save your used/old smartphones and tablets (along with headsets and power cords) and also prescription glasses. Bring these with you to the yard sale. The team will take those to Uganda for teachers, students and families of Siloam.

More info to come!




Get on our email/text lists to stay in-the-know

You can easily sign up one of two ways.

Click on the "Login" tab and it will walk you through setting up a profile including your email, cell number (for texts), etc.

or click on the Connect Card to the left and provide your contact info and we will reach out to you to help set this up.




Summer camp update and t-shirt fundraiser


 

Hey church!

 

There will be no camps this summer. I know, it hurts to read, and it hurts me to type those words. If you didn’t get the email from them, we have included it below. As the pastor, I fully support their decision and commend them for making the right choice for their environment. Camp is about more than one summer, and they are building everything with a great future in sight. Please keep them all in your prayers as they spend what may be the hardest summer imaginable, one without kids.

 

We know things will return to normal, and we are still planning on summer 2021 being a great time for our kids. If you’d like to help raise some funds for our campers, you can buy one of the cool shirts that I wore during the sermon after Easter. As an added bonus beyond getting a shirt AND raising money for camp, I will hand deliver your order.

 

Here is the link to our church's online store where you can buy any adult size for $18. (click here) The kids thank you!

 

Pastor Mark

 

 

 

 




Power of Prayer

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What is weighing on your mind and heart today? At Lake Union, we firmly believe in the power of prayer and we know God sees you and loves you. We invite you to send in your requests so that our Prayer Team members can uphold you in prayer. Click this link to submit any prayer request you may have.

 




"The Ravens" initiative - reaching out

In 1 Kings 17, the prophet Elijah is taken care of by God during a time of drought.  God promises to take care of him, and in verse 6 we read “The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” 

Lake Union launched a new ministry to help during this crisis, and we are calling it “The Ravens.” When our people have needs, our “Ravens” will do our best to meet them. They can run errands, pick up supplies, and even get someone copies of our weekly messages to listen to (or read) if they aren’t able to use technology to access the church website.

Like the ravens that were called specifically to meet Elijah’s needs, our ravens are going to be focused on our church community. They are making phone calls and checking in on people. We invite you to reach out to those you are close to and see if they are okay. If they have a need, reach out to our ravens by emailing the church (office@lakeunionchurch.org) or message them through our FB page.

We cannot do everything, but we can do something. We cannot meet every need, but we can meet some needs. Together we can do all that we can during this challenging time!




Questions about the church's operations?


 

There are many moving parts to the operation of a church. And our Leadership Team wants to be transparent about those moving parts.  Giving. Expenditures. Budget. Attendance. Governance. More.

Summaries of this information are uploaded on a recurring basis and available for you to view anytime by clicking on the "Login" tab on our website. Because this information is considered "sensitive," you will need access to this tab.

If you are reading this and don't currently have access, follow the website's instructions and set yourself up.  This tab also includes an online directory and including yourself in the online directory enables you to receive email and text messages from the church. 

Questions?  Email the church.




Lake Union's 2020 Leaders


 

Here are your Leadership Team, Mutual Ministry Committee and Ministry Leaders.  If you need help getting in touch with any of these individuals, please email the church office (office@lakeunionchurch.org) and we will share contact info.

You can view pics of our leadership team by clicking here.

Lake Union Church Leadership

Leadership Team 2020

Nathan Bayerl, Chair
Connie Rossman, Vice Chair
Nancy Friesen, Financial Officer
Jake Olson, Secretary
Leslie Hoffman (Liaison to Nominating Committee)
John Mikel (Liaison to MMC)
Mark Andrews, Pastor

Mutual Ministry Committee 2020

Jenna Gohman
John Mikel
Mike Nelson
Heidi Wurm
Mark Andrews, Pastor

Ministry Team Leaders
(and Leadership Team Liaison)

Communion - Susie Salmela (Nathan Bayerl)
Confirmation - Pastor Mark Andrews (Jake Olson)
Count Team - Gloria Olson (Nancy Friesen)
Events - Jess Dahlen (Leslie Hoffman)
Funeral Lunches - Joann Strand and Lori Steele (Connie)
Missions/Outreach - Michal Jude (Pastor Mark)
Operation Christmas Child - Sheryl Olson (Pastor Mark)
Praise Team - Karla Andrews (Leslie)
Prayer Team - Trent Olson (Connie)
Property Management - Larry Sherer (Nathan)
Siloam/Uganda Partners in Christ - Lynette Sherer (Pastor Mark)
Sisters in Spirit - Grace Norgren (Nancy)
Sunday Refreshments - Keith and Barb Madson (Jake)
Sunday School - Abby Salmela (Mark)
Tech Team - Lynette Sherer (John)
Welcome Team - Brad and Shelby Bainey (John)
Women's Adventure Club - Melinda Pedersen  (Leslie)
Youth Group - Pastor Mark Andrews (Jake)

Volunteer Coordinator

Shelly Mikel (John Mikel)

Ministry Team areas and leaders...click here to view