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Bulletin, Prayers and Announcements for November 7



GATHERING HYMN: 790 Day by Day


P: O God, we remember with thanksgiving those who have loved and served you on earth, who now rest from their labors, especially Harlen Newlun, Virginia Olson, Clayton Jacobson, Gary Thompson and Gerald Glumke. Keep us in union with all your saints, and bring us with them to the joyous feast of heaven; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

C: Amen

A member of each of the decease’s family is invited to light a candle in their memory at this time. A representative in the Church Council will light remaining candles.

PRAYER OF THE DAY (Read in unison)

O God, you show forth your almighty power chiefly by reaching out to us in mercy. Grant us the fullness of your grace, strengthen our trust in your promises, and bring all the world to share in the treasures that come through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.


1 Kings 17:8-16

8The word of the Lord came to [Elijah,] saying, 9“Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.” 11As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” 13Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. 14For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.” 15She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. 16The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

Psalm 146 (read responsively)

1Hallelujah!   Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. 3Put not your trust in rulers,   in mortals in whom there is no help. 4When they breathe their last, they return to earth, and in that day their thoughts perish. 5Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help,   whose hope is in the Lord their God; 6who made heaven and earth, the seas, and all that is in them; who keeps promises forever; 7who gives justice to those who are oppressed, and food to those who hunger.   The Lord sets the captive free. 8The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. 9The Lord cares for the stranger;   the Lord sustains the orphan and widow, but frustrates the way of the wicked. 10The Lord shall reign forever, your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah!

Hebrews 9:24-28

24Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but he entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. 25Nor was it to offer himself again and again, as the high priest enters the Holy Place year after year with blood that is not his own; 26for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. 27And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, 28so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Holy Gospel: Mark 12:38-44

P: The Holy Gospel of Mark Chapter 12 and I read in Jesus’ name.

C: Glory to you O Lord.

38As [Jesus] taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” 41He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. 42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. 43Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. 44For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

P: The Gospel of the Lord

C: Praise to You, O Christ.



HYMN OF THE DAY: 583 Take My Life, That I May Be


I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead; on the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.


P: Hear us, O God,

C: your mercy is great.


Please share a sign of peace with those around in whatever way you are most comfortable.

P: The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C: And also with you.


We join Christians all over the world in worshipping God through our giving of financial resources. For members and friends, the mission and ministry of this congregation is completely dependent upon your generous giving. Our offering is a significant act of worship, and we now worship God through our giving. If you have brought your offering with you today, please place it in the basket in the back as you leave. You may send your giving to the church office or give through the link on our website. Thank you for supporting our ministry.


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


L: God, the beginning and the end, who has written your name in the book of life, ☩ bless and keep you in grace and peace from this time forth and forevermore.

C: Amen.

SENDING HYMN: 834 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise


L: Led on by the saints before us, go in peace to serve the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

IN OUR PRAYERS: Andy Helmann, Lola Frye, Holly and Harry Hinzpeter, Shirley Hyer, Calvin Nelson, Kandy Hagen, Mariam Burdick, Kathy Haske, Suzanne Soltvedt, Lola St. Clair, John and Verna Thompson, Clarence Johnson, Carol Leopold, Alan Leopold, Pete Nelson, Donnie Benson, David Benson, Barney Johnson, Everett Burdick, Bob Brod, LouAnn Bever

Grace Worship Assistants scheduled for November 14: Greeters/Ushers: Eileen Miller and Mary Miller; Reader: Sharon Knuth; PowerPoint: Penny Zmolek; no Communion. Let the Office know if you cannot complete these tasks so someone else can be asked to do it.

Sunday School is looking for bean bag chairs and large stuffed animals that can be on the floor for child ren to lay on during story time. Contact Kelly Green or Sharon Knuth if you have something to share.

COMMUNION INSTRUCTION for children will be given soon. If you have a child you would like to attend, let the church office know (608-462-5398).

Know someone interested in Baptism? Arrangements can be made to baptism during worship services. Contact the parish office for a Baptism Request Form and arrangements will be made.

The Franciscan Spirituality Center offers the following six-week, in-person series: Grief Circle 10am-Noon, Wednesdays, November 10-December 15. This group is for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. It is a place to share thoughts, feelings, and concerns. For information call 608-791-5295 or

+ Together In Mission +

WELCOME! If you are a visitor please fill out a “Welcome Card” and drop it in the offering plate. Fountain Grace Trinity Lutheran Parish is a congregation of the ELCA in the La Crosse Area Synod. We invite you to participate with us in following Christ as he leads.

Parish Office: 226 Erickson Street, Elroy WI 53929 Parish E-mail: Phone: (608)462-5398 Sunday Organist: Heather Vlasak Sunday Pianist: Bev Rood

Parish Secretary: Kris Stauffacher; Grace Custodian: Dave Clark

Check us out on our web page

AND find us on Facebook search @FGTLutheranParish

We gather each week to worship God, Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. at Grace & each Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. at Trinity or Fountain.

Our Communion invitation is for all who seek to partake of the real presence of Christ in this meal. All are welcome to the Lord’s Table.

Office Hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8 AM—1 PM

30 Days of Gratitude Ideas

  • Leave a surprise in the mailbox for your mail carrier.

  • Donate food to your local food pantry.

  • Rake your neighbor’s leaves.

  • Make get well cards and take them to the hospital.

  • Make Blessing Bags.

  • Collect and donate old books to the library.

  • Tape change to washing machine at a laundromat.

  • Visit and welcome a new family in the neighborhood.

  • Buy someone’s groceries.

  • Write thank you notes to teachers.

  • Donate a turkey to a family in need.

  • Do a chore for a family member.

  • Deliver meals to the elderly around you who live alone.

  • Put together a care package for a deployed soldier.

  • Bake a pie and give it away.

  • Offer free babysitting to a young family so they can go on a date.

  • Invite a lonely friend, neighbor, or relative to your Thanksgiving dinner.

  • Pay for the person behind you at the drive-thru.

  • Bring balloons to patients at the local children’s hospital.

  • Donate old games and toys to a women’s shelter.

  • Deliver treats to your local fire or police station.

  • Take a friend out to lunch.

  • Pick up trash at a local park.

  • Write thank you notes to the doctors and nurses at the local hospital.

  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen.

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