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A family of believers grounded in, growing in and reaching out in Christ ADDRESS: St. Matthews Lutheran Church Four Elizabeth Ave. Esko, MN 55733 CONTACT US: Church (218) 879-3510 Fax (218) 879-0368 Email [email protected] Web OUR PASTORS: Jeffrey Walther, Pastor Home - (218) 878-1246 Cell - (218) 591-1436 Email - [email protected] Tom Brinkley, Associate Pastor Cell - (218) 343-2080 Email - [email protected] OUR STAFF: Melissa Martineau Preschool Director/Teacher Home - (218) 878-4854 Christina Walther Youth Coordinator Cell - (218) 391-3649 Email - [email protected] Gerry Paulson, Parish Nurse Cell - (218) 340-5225 Email - [email protected] Brenda Hall, Office Manager Rebecca Bauer, Secretary

The Importance of Color… In God’s Creation and in the Church One of the significant blessings of the summer season is the increase in colors seen in God’s beautiful creation. Instead of the drab, cold, dark days of winter, summer gives way to a large variety of colors seen in the wildflowers that carpet our gardens, ditches, and forest floors. A few weeks ago the ditches near our house were full of yellow cowslips. More recently I have seen purple lupines springing forth in the ditches along highway 61. The pink/fuchsia peonies are almost ready to bloom on the south side of our house. The pinks and wild impatiens are coming on strong near the front porch. Unfortunately, I have a tough time seeing some of the red color palettes since I am red/green colorblind. Finding a red golf tee in green grass or seeing the Indian Paint Brush flower can be quite a challenge. But praise God for His handiwork as seen in the beautiful colors of summer flowers. Color also plays an important role in the church. The altar paraments and the stoles that Pastor Tom and I wear change color on a regular basis. Rev. Douglas Escue, in an article he wrote on the importance of liturgical colors writes, “Color is God’s way of filling his world with beauty and giving pleasure to those who live in this colorful world. Christians, for centuries, have used color in divine worship to emphasize the redemptive action of God through his Son.” Traditionally, five basic colors of a festive, penitential, and neutral nature have been used in most congregations. In recent times, three additional colors (blue, scarlet, and gold) have been added to the basic five of white, red, green, violet or purple, and black. Blue is the more contemporary color increasingly used by many congregations in their observance of a new church year.

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Advent, a preparatory time of waiting and watching, communicates the message of hope. Blue - the color of the sky - helps convey that powerful message. Our Christian faith rests on the hope that Christ, who came in history assuming our flesh, will also return on the last day of time from that same blue sky he ascended long ago. Green is the most common color seen during the year. Lutheran Worship calls for its use during the seasons of Epiphany and Pentecost. The first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox (March 21), also known as Easter Sunday, determines the length of these two seasons. The days of Epiphany may entail a total of, but not more than, eight Sundays. The season of Pentecost, on the other hand, can last from 22 to 28 Sundays. Green is the appointed color for all but a few of the Sundays during these seasons. Consequently, green may be used an average of six to eight months of any given liturgical year! Epiphany’s message of Christ’s revelation to the Gentiles along with the season’s traditional emphasis on extending Christ’s kingdom through missions, calls for the use of green - the color symbolic of growth. The Sundays following Pentecost are affectionately called the season of the “green meadow,” no doubt due to the fact of green emphasizing the subject of growth. Green is a neutral color, but there is nothing colorless about our need to grow and mature as disciples of Jesus Christ. That’s why the “green meadow” time of the church year is so lengthy. Time must be given to encourage all worshipers to maintain their faith through the constant use of God’s means of grace. Black is seen very seldom during the year. The calendar calls for its use only twice; on Good Friday and Ash Wednesday. There’s no mistaking the message that this sober color gives. Black is the absence of light. Good Friday, or Black Friday in combination with Ash Wednesday, calls for sober reflection on the cost of our redemption. Without Christ’s sacrifice on the day the sky turned dark and hid the light of the sun, there would be no bright Light of Christ to live in, nor new life in Christ to enjoy. Gold is the optional color (instead of white) for Easter Sunday. It is also the suggested color for the last Sunday in the church year when that day is observed as Christ the King Sunday. Its use may not be popular yet, but its emphasis is undeniable. Gold represents value and worth. The golden festival of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the event that gives our lives meaning and worth. He is worthy of our praise as we adorn his altar with the color of splendor. Scarlet (a vivid red, or orange) is called for use during Holy Week; from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday. It stands in contrast to the traditional red that is used on Festival Sundays. Scarlet’s use during the somber days of Holy Week help to offer a different message. Scarlet is a color anciently associated with the passion, the color of blood. Purple, like black, is a penitential color, in contrast to a festive one. It is appropriately used during Lent and, still in many parishes, during the season of Advent. The forty days of Lent, including the six Sundays that fall during this season, use this deep, rich color which has come to represent somberness and solemnity, penitence, and prayer. Violet or purple was a very cherished and expensive color in the world Jesus lived. The dye used to make the color was painstakingly acquired by massaging the neck of a Mediterranean shellfish that 2

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“Color” from page 2 secreted a special fluid. It was therefore afforded only by the rich and worn most exclusively by the royalty. Jesus, the king of the Jews, wore a purple robe only once. As the soldiers mocked and tormented him, the Scriptures record they placed on him a “purple garment” in order to ridicule him and belittle the claim that he was a monarch. Therefore, purple is used during this penitential season of Lent as a vivid reminder of the contempt and scorn he endured, and the subsequent sacrifice he made for our eternal salvation. Ecclesiastical purple should remind all Christians of their daily need to humbly give attention to leading a life of repentance. White is the color of purity and completeness. The theme for the “great fifty days” of Easter is supported by the use of white. This color, used primarily during these Sundays, assists in bearing the message that “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.” Christ’s triumph from the grave on Resurrection day is the cause for our rejoicing. His purity before his Father becomes our purity. White reinforces that message of joy. In addition to its use during Eastertide, white is the appointed color for such festive Sundays as Christmas and its twelve days; Epiphany (Jan. 6) and the first Sunday following it, observed as the Baptism of Our Lord; the Last Sunday after the Epiphany, also known as Transfiguration Sunday; and Holy Trinity Sunday. In all, white serves as the best festive color for the church year. Finally, red is a power color and is appropriate for use on Pentecost Sunday. On this day we remember the power and fire of “the Lord and Giver of Life,” who revealed himself as the promised one. The color red communicates the motif of strength-strength and power the Holy Spirit gives in order for God’s people to call on the name of Jesus Christ and share that powerful name with others.  Additional uses of red are Reformation Sunday; Holy Cross Day (Sept. 14); on such festive occasions as dedications, anniversaries of a congregation and its physical structure; festive days celebrating the office of the public ministry, such as ordination and installation and honoring the heroic martyrs of the Christian faith. It is appropriate, from time to time, to take a thoughtful and fresh look at the colors that are displayed throughout the church year. In the end, the use of paraments, vestments, altar clothes, and banners is an adiaphoron or in the realm of Christian freedom (neither commanded nor prohibited.) However, the important thing to remember is why we retain this traditional liturgical standard. The value of the color scheme rests in their purpose: to serve God’s worshiping community by assisting in communicating the holy faith from generation to generation. In every age, the beauty and symbolism of color in the church continues to serve us by pointing us to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Special thanks to Douglas K. Escue—pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the explanation of liturgical colors in the church. In Christ,

Pastor Jeffrey Walther

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Baptisms June 2 Mason Albert Bober June 18 Evelyn Irene Eng Wedding June 24 Emily Stahlbusch and Zach Severson Funerals June 12 Ella Hoadley June 14 Marlene Spieler

Our Website We are looking for a Webmaster for our church website. Our current Webmaster, Betsy Tino, is moving, If you have an interest in working with our website, please contact Bob DeCaigny at 218 879-2471 or the church office at 218 879-3510.

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Monday Evening Worship Mondays at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center. Food Shelf Summer is here. Snacks and food are needed for children who are at home all day. Please help.

St. Matthews Offering Income June 20, 2017 Month Given Budget Difference July $39,100 $41,500 $(2,400)** August 35,100 41,500 (6,400) Sept. 37,200 41,500 (4,300) October 44,000 41,500 2,500** Nov. 35,500 41,500 (6,000) Dec. 42,000 41,500 500 Jan. 40,100 41,500 (1,400)** Feb. 33,100 41,500 (8,400) March 39,400 41,500 (2,100) April 47,900 41,500 6,400** May 33,600 41,500 (7,900) June 31,900 31,100 800* Total $458,900 $487,600 $(28,700)

*3 out of 4 Weeks **5 Sunday Month Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church monitor

Coming to St. Matthews Monday, July 24th FELLOWSHIP FOOD GAMES 6:30 p.m.


4 Elizabeth Avenue, Esko MN 218.879.3510 Invite your friends, family, and neighbors!

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Excitement is building!

The best week of the summer! New friends › Amazing experiments Creative games › Lip-smacking snacks Surprising adventures › Incredible music


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VBS at St. MatthewsST. runsMATTHEWS from 8-11:30 a.m.- beginning Monday, July 31st through 4 ELIZABETH AVE. Location: _________________________________________________________________ Friday, August 4th. Afternoon Day Camp(church offered name) by the St. Matthews Youth runs from 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. There is a $75 charge for the day camp portion of the JULY 31 - AUGUST day. If youVBS have or concerns, please contact Leah4Sickmann at willany lastquestions from: ________________________________________________________ (VBS dates) 218-349-3980.

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Each day’s fun begins at: __________________________________________________ You can register your children at our website: ( starting time)

11:30 AMbe meeting Sunday, June If you haveThe an VBS interest in volunteering for VBS, we will day ends at: ______________________________________________________ th (VBS ending time) 4 at 9:15 a.m. There will be activities for children during the meeting. LEAH SICKMANN 218-349-3980

morefriends information, call: _______________________________________________ Kids, InviteFor your to VBS! Preschool(church - Grade 6 (entering) phone number)

Permission to photocopy this resource from Group’s Maker Fun Factory VBS granted for local church use. Copyright © 2017 Group Publishing, Inc., Loveland, CO.


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Sunday, July 9th after 10:30 a.m. worship City on the Hill Music Fest Friday, August 4, 2017 Saturday, August 5, 2017 Bayfront Festival Park

Have you ever wondered how you could support your local law enforcement officers? Have you ever desired to form personal relationships with your local law enforcement officers? Imagine a community where local citizens had the opportunity to not only provide much needed equipment to individual officers but also had the opportunity to form a personal relationship with them? Shield 616 is unique and was formed with the vision of having local individuals, churches, bible study groups, businesses, foundations, “sponsor an officer” not only financially but also personally. Come and learn more about Shield 616.

Wood City Music Festival Saturday, August 12, 2017 Veteran’s Park - Cloquet, MN Admission: FREE

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Blood Drive at St. Matthews Wednesday, July 26 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Contact Carrie Bowman at 218.879.5709 if you have an interest in giving blood. JULY 2017

Thank you to all attending the yearly meeting. Choice Dollars of $5,937 from the past year were divided between Lutheran Island Camp, Hope for Haiti, Grand Marais Mission, Youth of St. Matthews, Altar Guild, floor covering, and the mortgage.

JULY BIRTHDAYS Little Eskomo Lutheran Preschool has openings for the two day class for the 2017-18 school year. Children must be 3 years old by September 1st. Registration forms can be found at or call the church office for more information.

Book Discussion Group Our next discussion will be in September. Please check the Sunday Bulletin for the reading selection . For information, call Judy Nelson at 879-1743.


2- Mary Brinkley, David Malenius 3- Patti Anderson 4- Marilyn Pykkonen, Greg Sather, Kinsley DeBondt, Jason Hill 5- Cullen Tranah 6- Ashley Langila, Kendell Halvorson, Ashley Schultz 7- Barb Peterson, Darlene Rossetti, Curt Olson, Marisa Schmidt 8- Rosalind Rilea 9- Ruth Janke, Hunter Johnson 10- Nathaniel Johnson, Rilee Durovec, Benjamin Larson 11- Elaine Lindell 12- Leo Grochow, Judy Juntunen 13- Dorothy Kesti, Brent Pykkonen, Cal Christensen 14- Judith Oman, Zoey Stuber, Brandon Belich, Wyatt Stankiewicz 15- Jared Harms, Sue Malenius 16- Dawsen Cossalter, Andy Lovstad, Grace Shannon, Alec Halverson, Annika Halverson 17- Paul Sample Sr., Lexie Swartwoudt, Rich Paulson, Madison Mosack 18- Neysa Harmon 19- Elissa Ellefson, Rachel Warpeha, Alivia Siciliano 20- Sue Solomon 22- Linda Grayson 23- Milo Korpi, Jordan Stodola 24- Samantha Adams, Mitch Reuer 25- Sean Peterson 28- John Pykkonen, Adam Eskuri 31- Joe Kangas

The next Birthday Luncheon will be held at NE BBQ & Smokehouse, downtown Cloquet on July 13th at 11:30 a.m.


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In the W ord (Bible Study) In the W ord (Bible Study) Pontoon Ride & BBQ - Big Lake In the W ord (Bible Study) Youth Group W ild M ountain W aterpark In the W ord (Bible Study) In the W ord (Bible Study) H elp w ith Vacation Bible School

A UG UST H elp w ith Vacation Bible School 1-4 In the W ord (Bible Study) 6 Esko Fun Day/W ood City M usic Fest 12 In the W ord (Bible Study) 13 18-20 Youth Gathering – Island Cam p Youth Group 22 In the W ord (Bible Study) 27 Youth Group 29

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SUMMER   2017   9:15 – 10:15 am 9:15 – 10:15 am 3:00 – 8:00 pm 9:15 – 10:15 am 6:30 – 8:00 pm A ll D ay 9:15 – 10:15 am 9:15 – 10:15 am 8:30 – 4:00 pm

8:30 – 4:00 pm 9:15 – 10:15 am A ll D ay 9:15 – 10:15 am A ll W eekend 6:30 – 8:00 pm 9:15 – 10:15 am 6:30 – 8:00 pm

All events are for grades 7-12 (incoming 7th graders – Fall 2017 and seniors- Spring 2017) Monthly Sign-up sheets and event details on the Youth Bulletin Board More info available online at Check us out on Facebook! Contact Christina Walther (Youth Coordinator) with any questions: 218-391-3649 or [email protected] Are you new to our youth programs? Come to an event and get a cool t-shirt!

• Parent chaperones/drivers are often needed and always welcome!

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& PONTOON Thursday, July 13 3:00 – 8:00 pm

Please si gn up on the y outh boa rd so we kn ow how many drivers a re neede d!

Big Lake (Brinkley’s Lake Home) Grades 7-12 On Campus in Bemidji Keeping Connected Keeping Connected to Christ While on Campus in Bemidji... The people of Trinity Lutheran, Bemidji, invite all students attending Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College to join us for worship, study, and fellowship. Our services are at 9 am on Sunday mornings and at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays. Our Wednesday services are preceded by a meal at 5:45 and a variety of opportunities for fellowship and study after the service. We are also looking for students who would be willing to lead the Lutheran Student Fellowship organization at BSU. Contact information: Rev. Robert Wentzel ([email protected]) Director of Christian Ed, Matt Carlson ([email protected]) Or go to


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The Quarterly Meeting of the LWML was held June 13th in the Fireside Room with eight in attendance, President Darlene Eng presiding.


The minutes of the May meeting were read and approved. Verna presented the treasurer’s report which was also approved.


For correspondence, a thank you note was received from Second Harvest Food Shelf for a donation we had sent them.


Old Business: It was voted on to send four $100 checks with Judy Nelson to the National Convention in Albuquerque for the four offerings that will be taken at the convention. Judy also had a donation sign-up for the Mite Walk that she will be taking at the convention to raise money for the Mite Fund. Donations were received.

! We have had several requests from youth summer campers for aid with their fees. !

New Business: Darlene asked for volunteers to be on a nominating committee to elect new officers for the next two years. Mary Brinkley said she would be in charge of that.


The Senior Citizen Picnic is Wednesday, August 2nd. Mary Brinkley and Christy Rice said they would head up the organization of that. Florence Maki has told Darlene that she will be in charge of the Senior Citizen Christmas Dinner in December.


Darlene proposed that we change our quarterly meeting months to February, May, September and November, the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Discussion followed and it was voted on to approve the change. The next quarterly meeting will be September 12th.


The Mite Devotion followed, and Darlene demonstrated with a scarf tied up in knots how in our busy lives we get tied up in knots and through prayer we can untie those knots and make our lives whole again.


Respectfully submitted, Pat Johnson, secretary

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Memorial Fund

Sincere thanks to each person who honored and remembered a loved one or a friend with a gift to The Memorial Fund in May 2017 Gifts have been given in Memory of Duane & Lu Eldien to the Dishwasher and Emergency Fund Nico Giancola to the Undesignated Fund to the St. Matthews Softball Team to the Worship Improvement Fund Isaac Halverson to the Undesignated Fund to the Sunday School Fund to the Youth Fund Jean Marino to the Kitchen Fund Clifford Trevena to the Sunday School Fund Margaret Wick to the exterior Church Sign Fund Thank you so much to everyone who makes contributions to the Memorial Fund. Your gifts are greatly appreciated. Please notify the church office if you do not receive a Thank you from the family or from the church for your gift. Thank you to everyone for contributing to the LWML/Dishwasher Fund. The Dishwasher has been installed, and two carts were purchased for the kitchen from gifts to the Memorial Fund. We are collecting for the Memorial Monument to be placed at St. Matthews cemetery to remember family and loved ones in graves that are unmarked because of the 1918 forest fire. For more information on Memorial gifts, please call a member of the Memorial Committee: Winnie Anderson, Walt & Shirley Behm, Eileen Christopherson, Elaine Lindquist, Gene & Margaret Lindquist, Florence Maki, Judy Nelson, Don & Marilyn Pykkonen, Don & Ardy Pykkonen, or Judy Uran Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Memorial Fund in memory of a friend or loved-one, is welcome to do so. Please include the following information. Memorial folders are also available at the welcome center and on the table in the Narthex of the church. Contributions may also be made from our church website ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Memorial Fund In Loving memory of ________________________________________________________________________ Given to St. Matthews Lutheran Church by Name________________________________________Address______________________________________ Fund ________________________________________ -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------12

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Stewardship Corner “I will bless you …, so that you will be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2). The Lord blessed Abraham so that he would be a blessing. How did He bless Abraham? He promised that from His seed would come the savior of the nations. And Abraham believed that promise, trusted that the Lord would provide it just as He had promised. Thus, everything Abraham did was colored by that promise. He willingly gave of himself and his household in service to the Lord in view of that promise. Our Father in heaven has richly blessed us. Not only has He given us everything that we need to support this body and life, but He has also provided, that promised seed in His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is the savior of the nations. He is the redeemer of the world. He is the one who has conquered sin, death, and the power of the devil by His death, resurrection, and ascension. Just as we are richly blessed, we are also thereby freed to be a blessing. Since God has endowed us with His gifts, we are set to endow others. Thus, we give of the blessings we have received so that others may be blessed. We do this in our homes, our communities, and our churches. We press the blessings God has lavished upon us in service to those around us. We use our time, our talents, and our treasures to be a blessing even as they have been a blessing to us. The Lord blesses us. And He enlists us to be a blessing to others. So, whenever you put that envelope in the collection plate, when you set out to serve at the local food pantry, when you sit down to help your kids with homework, think of this: The Lord has blessed you, so that you will be a blessing.

Mission Update - Grand Marais The St. Matthews mission trip to Life in Christ in Grand Marais turned out well and many tasks were accomplished. As with most remodeling projects there are always unforeseen issues that come up. This was the case when our electrician was tracing the wiring and discovered most of the wiring does not meet current code and may well be a fire hazard. It was decided to remove the sheet rock from the walls and ceilings. A very dirty job which our team did very well. Eight of the eleven jobs were completed so it was still a good weekend.A group of 13 people from St. Matthews participated and a big thank you to each and everyone who gave up their weekend to work with our brothers and sisters at Life in Christ, Grand Marais. There is talk of another work weekend later this summer or early fall so stay tuned for updates. PS Life in Christ provided excellent meals for us and I don't think anyone went away hungry.

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St. Matthews Lutheran Church Little Eskomo Lutheran Preschool 4 elizabeth Avenue esko mn 55733


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Sunday Worship 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday Evening Worship 6:30 p.m.


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