Small groups are starting up now. These short 6-12 week programs are designed to help you grow in your faith. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other members of the church, and our community, on a deeper level than a simple hello on Sunday mornings. Each group has a responsibility to help out with church service and is able to choose a project to help someone, or a group. Check the sign up pages at the church or contact Monica Bruning for more details. You are always welcome to talk to the group leader as well.
The Wild Game Feed and Expo is fast approaching. We are currently looking for donations of food, silent auction prizes, ticket sales - both for the raffle and pre-sale for the feed. We are also seeking people/businesses who want to be a part of the Expo. We have a couple of speakers already and leads on a couple of exhibitors. This year the expo will be smaller and just the beginning of what is to come.
We will be organizing and putting together the volunteer lists shortly. We know we will need set up, cooks, dishwashers, and more. Please sign up when the signup sheets become available - many hands make for light work.
The following is the committee working on this event:
Raffle Tickets for the 4 wheeler - Pastor Tim; Silent Auction - Marlene Rose and Kelly Bolf; Children's activities - Jennifer Chesney; Wild Game donations - Kurt Peters; Kitchen help - Linda Britton; Exhibitors and General information - Sherri Underthun.
Congregation: please examine and read the following Bylaw proposed by the Memorial and Honorarium Committee to be voted on at our June Annual Meeting.
B13.01.01 Nominating Committee – the Nominating Committee is responsible for selecting
candidates for the congregational Council and its officers. It shall also nominate a
candidate(s) for the Mutual Ministry and Memorial and Honorarium Committees.
- The newly elected Nominating Committee will hold its convening meeting no later than 180 days prior to the annual meeting.
- The Nominating Committee will solicit input and direction from the Congregation Council regarding future personnel needs of the Council.
- No later than 120 days prior to the annual meeting the Nominating Committee will inform the congregation that openings will exist on the Congregation Council, Mutual Ministry and Memorial and Honorarium Committees, and that interested voting members should be identified to the Nominating Council.
- No lather than 90 days prior to the annual meeting, Congregation Council members seeking reelection to a second term or seeking the office of President, will be identified to the Nominating Committee.
- The Nominating Committee will prayerfully evaluate each candidate’s qualifications ever mindful of, and balancing the needs of, the Congregation Council and desires of the Congregation.
- No later than 30 days prior to the annual meeting the Nominating Committee will provide the Congregation Council and Congregation with the names of candidates running for positions on the Congregation Council, and the names of current Congregation Council members running for the office of President, and Mutual Ministry and Memorial and Honorarium Committee candidate(s).
- The Nominating Committee will prepare written ballots and serve as tellers at the annual meeting election.
B13.02.01. Audit Committee – the Audit Committee shall conduct a financial compliance review,
which is comprised of a number of tests of the various transactions that occurred during
the year. These tests shall lead to an opinion about the appropriateness of the financial
statements. This shall be reported to the Council annually.
- Examines and reviews all financial statements.
- Conducts the annual audit or exercises supervision and oversees the work of the audit if it is conducted by an outside accounting firm or individual congregants.
- Examines all insurance policies and prepares a schedule of the insurance coverage.
- Inspects and examines securities and investments.
- Prepares a schedule of the securities and investments for review by the finance committee.
- Reports its findings in writing to the church council with supporting schedules and recommendations for change and improvement.
- Verifies that the congregation complies with federal and state tax laws and regulations.
B13.03.01. Mutual Ministry Committee – the whole people of God have a ministry with and to one
another. It is a mutual ministry. Out of this theological awareness emerges the rationale
behind a congregational mutual ministry committee.
The functions of this committee shall be:
- Provide for an annual evaluation and theological reflection upon the ministry of the Pastor and the mission of the congregation.
- Provide for periodic review of the call extended to the Pastor.
- Serve as a personal and confidential support group to the Pastor.
- Serving as an open communication channel regarding conditions and attitudes within the congregation.
- Reviewing annually the details of compensation, housing, pension and other benefits provided to the Pastor.
- Serving as agents of reconciliation in time of conflict in the congregation.
- Sharing with the Pastor and lay professional the expectations of the congregation.
- Identifying continuing education possibilities for the Pastor or the congregation.
B13.04.01. Memorial and Honorarium Committee- Shall consist of 6 voting members of this
Congregation. Members shall be elected by the Congregation to serve a term of two years,
terms to be staggered so that 2 new members are elected to the Memorial and Honorarium
Committee at the annual meeting. Committee members will be eligible for reelection, but
not to serve more than 6 consecutive years. The Committee shall elect its officers, which
shall consist of Chair, Co-chair, Secretary and Treasurer, with terms of two years. Officers
shall be eligible for reelection but will not serve more than 4 years consecutively.
Memorial and Honorarium Committee members shall serve as a conduit for the receipt of
donations and gifts to Waters of Life Lutheran church. All gifts or donations received will
be acknowledged and a permanent record will be created. The record will identify the
purpose of the gift, honorarium or memorial, and note whether the gift is designated to a
specific need of the church. The Committee, on behalf of the church, will humbly and
prayerfully, accepts all gifts and donations.
Designated gifts shall be used for the sole purpose intended by the donor. If a donor’s
request cannot be readily accommodated, that donor will be contacted and permission will
be sought to divert the gift to an identified need of the church. The donor may refuse any
change of designation request. Lacking an agreed upon change of designation, the gift will
be returned to the donor.
The Committee will seek the guidance of, and make recommendation to, the church council
regarding the use of undesignated gifts or donations.
The mission of the Memorial and Honorarium Committee shall be to seek, to serve and
enhance our church community by assisting potential donors in the selection, designation,
and appropriation of their special gifts.
It's that time of year again! The time when we open our hearts to give to the Minnesota FoodShare Campaign, specifically to our local Chum Food Shelf. During the month of March dollars are matched by the Feinstein Foundation. Every dollar donated equals 4 pounds of food. Waters of Life was the #1 giving church in the Duluth area and #3 in the state last year. We are featured in the March Chum Newsletter. Check out Bob's picture:) You can go online to see the newsletter at chumduluth.org, or copies can be found on the table in the Narthex.
Our awesome hunger ministry advocate, Bob Suomela will announce our goal this Sunday!
We will kick off the campaign on Sunday, March 6th with the kids taking up a noisy offering--so save those coins and bills!
This Sunday, November 22nd, we will be kicking off the children's Christmas Program with a movie and popcorn. We will also be signing up for parts. All children are welcome!
Program Practice Schedule
11/29 - Practice after the Children's Message at church.
12/6 - Practice
12/13 - Practice
12/19 - Dress Rehearsal 4 p.m. at the church with a quick meal afterwards.
12/20 - Children's Christmas Program 10:30 a.m. Children to arrive by 10:00 a.m. Pancake breakfast to follow.
With your help, there can be a place in Duluth where at-risk and homeless young people can find support and have access to healthcare and other vital services. Where they can live safely, learn, grow and experience opportunity, possibility and hope.
Waters of Life Matching Goal: $2,500.00
Donations to Date: $2,237.88
Way to go Waters of Life! Let's keep the momentum going
Looking for peace during the hustle and bustle of the Holiday Season? Stop by Waters of Life and take in the calm of candle lights, music and a message on Wednesday evenings at5:30 pm.
Waters of Life is excited to announce that we now have a Nursery during the worship service in theToddler Room. We welcome children ages 6 weeks to 4 years old. There will be a sign-in sheet in the room to sign your child in and out. The Nursery will be open at 10:25 am until the service is over. Because of food allergies, we request no food or beverages in the Nursery. Bottles will be allowed. If you're interested in supervising the Nursery please sign up for a date in the office on the clipboard. We will provide youth helpers. If you have any questions feel free to contact Shanna Lucero at 721-4034.
Congratulations to Matt & Brooke Baer on the birth of daughter, Nora Elizabeth Baer, born November 7th. Proud grandparents are
Tom & Shelly Baer.
Congratulations to our newest member Baptized into the Kingdom of God.
Brody Robert Sundeen
Parents: Erick & Melissa Sundeen
Grandparents: Garth & Sally Sundeen
The Wild Game Feed, Raffle & Silent Auction has been set for
Saturday, November 1st from 4-7:00 pm.
Sign-ups for the Game Feed and Silent Auction are now out.
Game Feed: We are looking for game donations (venison, elk, moose, bear, fish and fowl). You name it, we'll take it!
Also, set-up/clean-up, cooks & kitchen help.
Raffle: We have a Polaris Sportsman 400 4-wheeler. Tickets are on sale every Sunday for $20.00. We also need people to get out and sell tickets to family and friends. We have 500 tickets to sell! See Dezeray Pollard for tickets books.
Silent Auction: We are asking for help from the entire congregation to solicit area businesses, post advertising fliers, and/or donate items or services for the Silent Auction. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning:
- Gift Baskets: Wine & cheese, gardening, kitchen gadgets, food--soups, Italian, Mexican, new baby, spa, soaps & candles, sewing, Christmas, outdoor sportsman, BBQ & grilling, sports fan, tea & coffee, movie night.
- Service ideas: Handyman & upkeep, cooking a meal, dinner party, makeover, hair cutting, babysitting, pet sitting, house cleaning, construction & improvement, lawn care, plowing.
- Experiences: Sporting event tickets, concert tickets, movie/theater tickets, dining out gift cards, fishing/hunting excursion, plane ride, snowmobile trail ride, canoeing/kayaking, camping, skiing, pontoon excursion.
Be creative! Google silent auction ideas--there's lots out there!
If every family in the congregation solicited just one business or donated one item or service, we could have over 150 items.
The Wild Game Feed is our event, let's all pitch in and make it the best ever.
Wild Game: Kurt Peters, 393-0392
Kitchen Help: Linda Britton, 343-6594
4-Wheeler Raffle: Dezeray Pollard, 355-0911
Silent Auction: Mary Peterson, 391-4701 &
Stephanie VanStaagen, 390-5957