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Aug 26, 2017 - On Sunday July 30 my mother (Elaine) was flown from. Wadena ... Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. 2017 is a very special ...


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: Jennifer Keske Preschool Director/Teacher Cell - (763) 354-0180 Email - [email protected] Melinda (Lindy) Barta Preschool Teacher 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


“How Beautiful Is The Body of Christ” The lyrics to the song “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris echo my thoughts as I reflect on the first two weeks of August. I was supposed to teach the Bible story sections for Vacation Bible School the first week of August, but because of a family emergency, (described in the next paragraph), I was unable to be present to teach. But Pastor Tom and the leaders of Vacation Bible School (Kari Straub, Leah Sickmann, and Staci Wisted) made sure my class was covered. How beautiful is the Body of Christ! Why did my class need to be covered? On Sunday July 30 my mother (Elaine) was flown from Wadena, Minnesota to Sanford Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota in a helicopter because of massive internal bleeding in her stomach area. She received two units of blood on the way to Fargo and then had an emergency procedure shortly after landing to stop the bleeding. Praise God the doctors were able to halt the bleeding and then after two weeks in the hospital (a week and a half spent in critical care) my mother was able to go home. Because of having two mechanical heart valves, my mother takes Coumadin (a blood thinner) that makes her susceptible to bleeding. Elaine had been preparing for a tooth to be extracted in the days leading up to this emergency by receiving antibiotic shots that that did not agree with the Coumadin. The needle from the antibiotic shots may have also penetrated a blood vessel. Which in turn created a perilous and dangerous situation on Sunday evening July 30. I also want to thank the Rev. Clark Jahnke (Roland & Judy Uran’s son-in-law), the Rev. Steve Melzer (Elaine’s pastor from St. John’s Wadena) and the many members of St. Matthews and St. John’s who sent cards to Elaine while she was in the hospital. Member’s of St. John, Wadena will also help get Elaine to medical appointments at the clinic and help transport her until she is strong enough to drive herself. How beautiful is the body of Christ. see “Beautiful” on page 2

“Beautiful” from page 1

And not just the people, but especially the Lord Jesus, who sacrificed His body and spilled His blood for us sinners and broken vessels that we might experience forgiveness, new life now, and everlasting life in heaven. How beautiful is the body of Christ. In the words of Twila Paris: How beautiful the feet that walked the long dusty roads and the hills to the cross. How beautiful, how beautiful how beautiful is the body of Christ. How beautiful the heart that bled that took all my sin and bore it instead. How beautiful the tender eyes that chose to forgive and never despise. How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful is the body of Christ. And our response, our privilege is to be the body of Christ in our congregation, the community, and the world. September 10th is Rally Sunday here at St. Matthews. It is our opportunity to receive Christ for the strengthening of our faith and then in turn to be the arms, legs, and voices of Christ to the world, including our own neighborhoods. How beautiful is the body of Christ. Once again, in the words of Twila Paris: And as He laid down His life we offer this sacrifice that we will live just as he died: willing to pay the price, willing to pay the price. How beautiful when humble hearts give the fruit of pure lives so that others may live. How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful is the body of Christ. How beautiful the feet that bring the sound of good news and the love of the King. It’s a beautiful thing to see the body of Christ in action. And I’ve seen it in action before: meals made and given to hurting individuals and families; hard working folks who give of their time and talent to help communities in Guatemala, Haiti, and Grand Marais; volunteers for youth events; meals on wheels; people who are making visits to nursing homes and hospitals; bringing others to church; a desire to be in God’s Word; and the list goes on! How beautiful is the body of Christ!

Pastor Jeffrey Walther

If you would like to watch and listen to “How Beautiful” the YouTube link is:


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Sunday, September 10th is Rally Day. Our fall schedule and curriculum begin. 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. 9:15 a.m.

Worship Sunday School (preschool – 6th grade) Christian Ed Hour - Multiple Bible Studies for teens (grades 7-12) and adults

7th and 8th Grade Confirmation 6:30 p.m. 2:45-4:30 p.m.

Parent Meeting: Wednesday, September 13th Classes begin: Wednesday, September 20th

Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study

9:15 a.m. in the Family Life Center – Starting September 10th A Man Named Martin Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation 2017 is a very special year for Lutherans, as October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of the year Martin Luther made his 95 Theses known to the world, thus changing the history of the church, country, and world forever. In A Man Named Martin - Part 1: The Man viewers encounter a 15th-century religious reformer from Germany who broke ranks with the Catholic Church. This Bible study examines the life of Martin Luther -- a monk whose Spirit-inspired grasp of God’s justification of sinners through faith in the Savior was the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation. In this five-session Bible study, Luther’s life and times are examined through the lens of history, religion and theology. Expanding on commentary from Rev. Gregory Seltz, Speaker for The Lutheran Hour, numerous scholars add their expertise and perspective to render an illuminating portrait of the life of this extraordinary human being. A Man Named Martin is a fresh and explorative look at an individual who, down through the centuries, has increased in importance and vitality to the Christian church. To this day, Luther’s staunch faith and the extent of his outreach, remain a standard for Christ-centered living to believers in the 21st-century.


Sunday Morning Women’s Bible Study

9:15 a.m. in Pastor Jeff ’s office – Starting September 10th Women of the Bible Join us as we discover the background and life lessons of women of the Bible. Strengthen your faith and join in fellowship.

Sunday Morning Parent’s Bible Study

9:15 a.m. in the nursery – Starting September 10th hosted by Dana Kazel Parents and grandparents- Come learn about raising your children in a Godly home.

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Stands Against Racism Recent events in our nation have awakened the discussion of racism. Many have asked their church to take a public stand or make a definitive statement regarding how the church and her members view the issue of race. The Body of Christ confesses boldly that the incarnation of the Son of God sanctified all flesh. The death and resurrection of Jesus is for all mankind and was the manifestation of God’s love for the whole world. Christianity is never a religion confined to a people group or a nationality, but reflects the worldwide love of God for all people. Racism is impossible for the Church to teach or support. Any view of humanity that separates people and labels some as inferior is antithetical to a God who creates all, sustains all and loves all. The call to love our neighbor is plain and clear from our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod publicly reiterates its stand against racism and encourages its members to live reflecting God’s love for all people. Others resources are available at

...Join The Choir Choir Season Begins Choir rehearsal begins on Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in joining the choir at St. Matthews, please come! 4

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Monday Evening Worship

Baptisms August 13, 2017 Liam Matthew McCullough

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. (through Monday, September 4th) in the Family Life Center.

Wedding August 26, 2017 Adam Eskuri & Kate Shelerud Funerals August 12, 2017 Barb Peterson

St. Matthews Offering Income August 22, 2017

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Month July Aug Total

Given Budget Difference $40,800 $42,100 $(1,300)** $28,700 $31,600 $(2,900)* $69,500 $73,700 $(4,200)

* 3 out of 4 Weeks Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

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SEPTEMBER 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.

We will resume meeting Thursday, September 21st at 12:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. We will be reading a selection from the Duluth Public Library’s Book Club In a Bag program. Please contact Judy Nelson (590-1521) if you wish to read one of the library books. The title will be selected in early September. Watch the Sunday Bulletin for information on the title.


1- Steve Sykes 2- James Bergstedt, Kelli Pantsar 3- Josette Baxley, Jake Erickson 4- Nicole Pierre, Jade Alvillar 5- Matthew McCullough, Miriam Bianconi 6- Sheila Juntunen 7 - Noree Kersting 9- Olivia Rengo 10- Melissa Olson 11- Jamie Eskuri, Avry Dammer, Brent Warren 12- Aaron Hansen, Maili Juntunen, Ahna Brekke, Rainee Johnson, Eilee Straub, Sam Haugen 14- Susan Jensen, Ryan Hall 15- Robert Murphy, Tia Bertogliat, Austin Carlson, Jax Stahlbusch, Layla Hanson 16- Jackson Lindquist, Jessica Maki, Marilu Johnsen 17- Reta Baxley, MJ Urie 18- Jeff Juntunen, Joe Davidson, Jason Sickmann, Sophia Abell 19- Richard Okerlund, Darlene Okerlund, Ross Peterson, Natalie Rice 20- Mike Guite, Sophie Frank, Aaron Martineau 21- Brenda Rengo 22- Phyllis Bohren, Ryan Eskuri, Aubree Kern 23- Sue Olson 24- Madalee Sorenson 25- Dale Granholm, Joy Eskuri, Raegen Olson 26- Karson Kuhlman, Parker Hill 27- Paige Kesti, Betty Arbour, Eloise Modich 28- Jamie Lovstad 30- Brenda Hall, Deb Haugen, Abby Rudnicki

The next Birthday Luncheon will be held at Avenue C in Cloquet on September14th at 11:30 a.m.


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Girlfriend’s Bible Study:  

A Bible Study for Women Leading  a  Life  of  Balance     Begins  September  6,  2017   Wednesdays  5:30  –  7:00  pm   Fireside  Room   Bring  a  light  snack  if  you’d  like.     For  more  information  contact     Christina  Walther  (391-­‐3649)        

Praying together provides hope and strength to moms who carry heavy burdens for their children & community.

Attention: Moms, Grandmas, Aunts – Any woman desiring to pray for our children of Esko schools… Come learn what Moms In Prayer is all about!

Informational gathering

Monday, Sep 11th at 1:45 at St. Matthews Prayer gatherings Starting Monday, Sep 18th from 1:45 – 2:45 St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Fireside Room 4 Elizabeth Ave, Esko Do you treasure praying for your children? Would you like to be in a small group of moms who get together weekly to pray for our children, their teachers and school? Uncomfortable with group prayer? Don’t worry; the prayer sessions are very guided! Please check out the website:

Join our local group on Facebook: Moms In Prayer Esko, MN POC: Jana Clifford Moms in Prayer International



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Luther Film to Air on PBS September 12 “Martin Luther: The idea that Changed the World,” the full-length feature film that premiered in select theaters in February, is set to air nationally on PBS on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Central time. Funded by Thrivent Financial, the film dramatizes the events that shaped Luther and examines the questions he wrestled with, such as “Who am I?,” “What is my purpose?” and “How do I get right with God?” Included are insights and commentary from LCMS theologians and historians.






October 29, 2017, 4:00 p.m. MN South/MN North Joint Reformation 500 Celebration at Concordia University St. Paul Tbe Lake Superior Circuit Is Offering a Coach Bus Ride to Rehearsals and Worship Concordia University, St. Paul, along with the MN North and MN South districts, invites you to join them in celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Sunday, October 29, 2017 with a special worship service in the Gangelhoff Center. The worship service will include a sermon from LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, performances from mass youth and adult choirs, instrumental ensembles and more. For those who would like to attend the worship service or sing in any of the mass choirs, the Lake Superior Circuit is offering a round-trip coach bus ride for $20 per person. If you are interested in attending, please contact the church office, sign-up online on St. Matthews website (, or you may sign-up on the church bulletin board located in the gathering space. The rehearsal times and locations are as follows: 1-2 p.m. Adult Massed Choir practice in the Gangelhoff Center, Youth Choir (grades 9-12) in the Buetow Music Center or Pearson Theatre, Children’s Choir (grades 4-8) in Buetow Music Center or Pearson Theatre. The entire massed choir will rehearse at 2:45 p.m. in the Gangelhoff Center. More information will be forthcoming about specific coach bus departure times. SEPTEMBER 2017

Stewardship Corner “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl. 9:10). God bids us to be faithful in the tasks He calls us to do. He calls us to be members of a family (husbands and wives; fathers and mothers; sons and daughters). He calls us to be members of society (those who govern and those who are governed). And He calls us to be members of His family, the Church (those who preach and teach and those who hear and learn). Each of these callings from God places a duty on us. As members of a family, husbands are given the duty to die for their wives as Christ gave His life for His bride, the Church; while wives are given the duty to respect their husbands and submit themselves to them as the Church does to Christ. Fathers and mothers are to raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, teaching them the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Scriptures concerning Baptism, Confession, the Office of the Keys, and the Lord’s Supper. Children are to honor their parents throughout their lives, and even when their parents are no longer alive, serving and obeying them, loving and cherishing them, and speaking well of them. As members of society, God calls those who govern to bear the sword, that is, to punish those who do evil—those who live contrary to God’s will—and to reward those who do good—those whose lives are lived in conformity with God’s will. Those who are governed are to obey their leaders as to the Lord Himself, for their leaders bear the sword of God’s temporal justice for a purpose. As members of God’s own family, the Church, He calls those who preach and teach to do so in faithfulness to His holy Word. To preach and teach the Law of God to convict the hearts of hearers of their sin and to encourage, admonish, and exhort them to do good works in accordance with God’s will. They are to preach and teach the Gospel, the full forgiveness of their sins accomplished by Christ and received through faith, not by works. They are to administer the means of grace in accordance with the Gospel and the Word of God. They do all this for the young and old alike, for those who are near and far off. Those who hear and learn are to submit themselves to their preachers and teachers. They are to support them by their prayers and their gifts. Each of these callings from God places a duty on us. They make a claim on our presence, our prayers, and on our time, talents, and treasures. So, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl 9:10). Pray for your family, for your government, and your church. Give of yourself by means of your time, your talents, and your treasures to your family, your government, and your Church. That is what it means to be faithful in the tasks that God has given us. That is what it means to do it with all your might.


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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 July 2017 Gifts have been given in Memory of Terrance Twomey to the Kitchen Fund Stewart Nephew to the Kitchen Fund Marlene Spieler to the Choir Music Fund Marlene Spieler to the Cemetery 1918 Memorial Mounument Clifford Trevena to the Sunday School 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. We are collecting for the Memorial Monument that has been 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 _______________________________________________________________________________


Falls Prevention—Evidence-Based Programs Do you have a chronic pain condition that affects the way you live?

Stay Active and Maintain Your Independence Have you turned down socializing and cut down on favorite activities due to falling concerns?

Learn to: 

View falls as controllable

Set goals to increase activity

Make simple home changes to reduce fall risks

Exercise to increase strength and balance

Attend if: 

Concerned about falling

Interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength

You have fallen and restricted activities because of falling concerns

You want to stay active and fit!

A Matter of Balance was developed by Maine Partnership for Healthy Aging and Boston University.

A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed for older adults to learn to manage falls, increase confidence and improve activity levels. The fear of falling is as dangerous as falling itself as people limit activities, resulting in physical weakness, making the risk of falling even greater. Two trained coaches guide participants through learning and activities that emphasize strategies to reduce fear of falling and exercises to increase strength and balance. Find joy and activate your lifestyle. Eight 2- hr Sessions Day/Dates: Tuesdays, September 12—October 31, 2017 Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Location: St. Matthews Lutheran Church 4 Elizabeth Avenue, Esko, MN Cost: suggested donation; $5 per session or based on sliding fee scale—no one is denied participation due to inability to pay.

Register Today!

Call St. Matthews Lutheran Church Office, 218-879-3510 Questions? Contact Katey Fornear, Program Coordinator 218-529-7531 or email, [email protected] Arrowhead Area on Aging | Duluth, MN |


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Living Well Evidence-Based Programs Do you have a chronic pain

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop Manage chronic conditions to stay active and enjoy life.

This workshop guides people in exploring healthy ways to live and maintain active lifestyles while managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia and arthritis. It teaches practical skills to manage the depression and isolation that accompanies chronic conditions. Leave with tools and confidence that make a difference in how you live.

Learn to: 

Manage symptoms and identify exercises to improve strength and flexibility.

Develop goals and action plans that work for you.

Address emotional, physical and social aspects of living with chronic health conditions.

Improve communication with family and health team.

Take control and find enjoyment in life!

Open to adults with chronic conditions, family members and caregivers. This interactive workshop is facilitated by peer leaders trained to guide people to develop plans that meet their specific needs. Developed by Stanford University and part of their health self-management series of workshops. Six Sessions | 2 1/2 hr. per class Day, Dates: Tuesdays, November 7—December 12, 2017 Time: 9:30 am—12:00 pm Location: St. Matthews Lutheran Church 4 Elizabeth Ave, Esko, MN Cost: Suggested donation per session; $5 or based on sliding fee scale—no one denied participation due to inability to pay.

Register Today! Call St. Matthews Lutheran Church office: 218-879-3510 Questions? Contact Katey Fornear, Program Coordinator 218-529-7531 or email: [email protected] Arrowhead Area on Aging | Duluth, MN |


We welcome Jennifer Keske as our Preschool Director/Teacher and Melinda (Lindy) Barta as Preschool Teacher. May God bless them and the children they will be teaching.

The Youth are accepting donations for their sale during the Fall Esko Rummage Sales. - September 21, 22, 23. Donations can be brought to the Youth Room the week of September 17 . Thank you!


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A Day Retreat Fundraiser to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Held at St. Matthews Lutheran Church, Family Life Center, Esko, MN (for sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, card making, knitting, crochet, other..) Friday, September 15, 2017 1:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16, 2017 9:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m. $25.00 cash or check donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. Must pre-register with Marilyn Hagen 218-591-8974, [email protected], 328 22nd Street, Cloquet, MN 55720 A THRIVENT Action Team Project

Change of Address and Snowbird mailings: Please e-mail, call or stop by the office with your updated addresses. The post office charges St. Matthews each time you have an address change or you are ”temporarily away”. The Monitor and calendar are also available via email if you provide your email address. Thank you! [email protected] (218) 879-3510


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. Rally Sunday - September 10th Monday Evening Worship 6:30 p.m. (through Monday, September 4th)


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