Outdoor Services are back!
    Our first outdoor service on July 5 was a big success! Although it was warm indeed, nearly 30 intrepid worshipers joined us, including some guests who, like us, were anxious to attend church after weeks of shutdowns. Weather permitting, we will continue worshiping together in our chapel outside every Sunday at 9am, through Labor Day weekend. If you plan to attend please remember these recommendations:
    --Bring your own chair
    --Wear a mask
    --Maintain social distancing (families of course sit together!)
 
    Bulletins will be available to pick up and Offering Receptacle will be in place at the entrance to our outdoor sanctuary as well as individual packaged Communion Cups/Wafers.
    Services will still be live-streamed on Facebook as well.
 
Join the team!
    As the demand for our online services continues to grow, we need to grow our Tech Team! Do you have a flair with electronics? (If you can operate your TV remote, you can do this!) Would you like to learn how to spread the Good News over the internet? Our ability to continue live-streaming our services and putting them on YouTube depends on having a team of volunteers who can share the work. Ideally we are looking for two or three volunteers, who would then be on a rotation of every 4-5 weeks to handle this task for a Sunday. If you're interested, please contact Council President Bob Sluiter (303-902-4391, rsluiter53@gmail.com) or Webmaster Dave Tindell (715-651-1956, pioneers79tkd@hotmail.com).   
 
Get to know us via YouTube!
    Many of our church activities, including sermons, choir performances and entire services, are available to you on our YouTube channel. Just click on the red YouTube button on the left, and you're there! Discover the joys of 'Tubing!
 
"Simply Giving" is a way to support your church!
     Most of our congregation contributes to the financial health of our church by giving an offering during Sunday services, but if you're concerned about attending services due to the pandemic, other means are available for you to continue your support. You may send a check to our church directly, or you may utilize Simply Giving. If you choose to go that route, your monthly donation can be sent directly from your bank account on the date of your choosing. It's convenient, easy and completely safe. Please contact the church office for more information. And now, we have yet another way for you to contribute, and it's even easier! 
 
Helping our ministry is now just a click away!
     You have probably noticed the gold button on our website pages, located to the left and under the Facebook and YouTube buttons. By clicking on this DONATE button, you can now contribute to our ministry. Donations can be made either one at a time or a regular contribution can be established, and you can donate by using a credit card or setting up direct withdrawal from your bank account. The process is operated by the same company we utilize for Simply Giving, and is completely secure. Feel free to give it a try, and thanks in advance for helping us spread the Good News! 
 
Columbarium is here!
     Our new columbarium was delivered and installed on the site on June 22. Work now continues on the base and landscaping, with planned completion of the project no later than Labor Day. Check out our YouTube channel for a video showing the newly-installed columbarium!
    Formal guidelines for use of the columbarium will be posted soon on the "Cemetery Regulations" page of this website. For more information, please contact our cemetery sextons, Bob Papendieck or Cheri Weingartner. Their contact information is listed on the "Staff" page. 
 
 Play ball...maybe with fans.
     Our planned trip to Minneapolis to see the Brewers play the Twins was supposed to be June 17, but the pandemic that shut down so many businesses back in March caused Major League Baseball to shut down, as well. MLB plans to conduct a shortened season, with games beginning July 23. Each team will be playing only 60 games, but for Brewers and Twins fans, the interstate rivals will meet six times, three at each ballpark. The games at Target Field are scheduled for Monday-Wednesday, August 10-12. At the present, MLB has not announced its policy about fan attendance, which may be restricted if it's allowed at all. So, while it's still possible we could have our church outing at Target Field for a game this season, it's still up in the air. As soon as a policy is established, we'll let everyone know. 
 
 Bad weather?
      Sure, it happens up here.  If worship services are cancelled because of bad weather, an announcement will be made on radio station WJMC in Rice Lake (96.1 FM or 1240 AM), the Sunday School will be notified to call their students and the prayer chain will be activated to notify parishioners by telephone. During the week, when school activities are cancelled in Spooner and/or Rice Lake because of severe weather, all church activities will be cancelled as well, and the church office will be closed. In case of heavy snowfall and the schools are delayed or not closed, the church office will not open until 10:30 a.m. in order to give the plows or sanding trucks an opportunity to open the roads for travel.
 
Help us make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
    Although the pandemic shutdown has kept our choirs from rehearsing and performing, the time is coming when we'll be able to raise that joyful noise again! And we'll have room for you! If you'd like to (eventually) join the Celebration Singers choir and/or the Joyful Ringers tone chimes choir (you can do both), contact our Director of Music Ministry, Kris Knutson, by calling the church, or you can send her an email: adlibk2@hotmail.com