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Week of: May 14 - 21, 2006

ount Moriah Lutheran Church

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

923 2nd Ave. NW + Byron, MN 55920

Phone: (507) 775-2460 + Fax: (507) 775-2479



Pastor: Rev. Matthew L. Lehman + E-mail:

This Week on the Mount:

May 14 - 21, 2006

14 Sunday 5th Sunday of Easter – Mother’s Day

9:00 AM Worship

10:00 AM Fellowship Time

10:30 AM Christian Education for All Ages

6:00 PM SHOUT! – Youth Event @ RCLS in Rochester

15 Monday 10:00 AM Bible Class

6:00 PM Elder’s Bible Study @ Finley’s

16 Tuesday June Newsletter Articles Due

19 Friday Pastor’s Day Off – Office Closed

7:00 PM Men’s Club Legion Night

21 Sunday 6th Sunday of Easter

9:00 AM Worship-HC

10:00 AM Fellowship Time

10:30 AM Christian Education for All Ages

12:00 PM All Church Picnic and Potluck

Servers for Sunday, May 21, 2006

Acolyte - Nathan Miller

Elder - Tim Herschlip

Greeters - Wade and Debby Fugleberg
Reader - Debby Fugleberg

Ushers - Randy Leonhardt, Don Vosberg, Bob Walbruch

Altar Duty - Pat Coble, Tammy Vosberg

Goodies - L. Yennie and the Luedtkes

Cleaning Church - Church Clean-up Day (May 20th)

Happy Mother’s Day!

What a joy it is to have you here this morning, especially as we give thanks to God for our mothers on this Mother’s Day. We pray that as we continue to celebrate Christ’s resurrection, through God’s Word and all of worship, you will feel God’s love for you and be empowered to live as God’s child this week. Following the worship service, you are invited to join us for coffee and goodies in the Fellowship Hall. At 10:30 a.m. everyone is invited to stay for our Christian Education hour for all ages.

All Worshipers: Please register your attendance this morning in the blue book located in each row. If you are a visitor, please include your complete mailing address and phone number so we can acknowledge your presence in worship. Stop by and sign our guest registry which is located under the Good Shepherd picture in the narthex.

AS WE GATHER: The tradition of Mother's Day has served as an occasion for Christians to proclaim the marvelous comfort of God's love. God Himself chose this most intimate of human relationships to describe the depth of His love for His people, saying, "As one whom His mother comforts, so I will comfort you" (Isaiah 66:13, ESV). Even God's great plan of salvation is expressed not in individual terms but, according to the ancient promise to Abraham, "in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Genesis 12:3, ESV). The family is given first place among all human relationships in the Fourth Commandment, "Honor your father and your mother" (Exodus 20:12, ESV), "the first commandment with a promise" (Ephesians 6:2). We honor our Christian parents even after they have been taken from us to be with the Lord by living lives of love.

A Meditation

Honor your father and your mother.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God so that we do not despise or anger our parents and other authorities, but honor them, serve and obey them, love and cherish them.

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ho are parents and other authorities?

Parents are fathers, mothers, and guardians; other authorities are all those whom God has placed over us at home, in government, at school, at the place where we work, and in the Church.

What does God forbid in the Fourth Commandment?

God forbids us to despise our parents and other authorities by not respecting them or angering them by our disobedience or by any other kind of sin.

What does God require of us in the Fourth Commandment?

God requires us

---to honor our parents and other authorities by regarding them as God's representatives;

---to serve our parents and other authorities by gladly providing what they need or require;

---to obey our parents and other authorities in everything in which God has placed them over


---to love and cherish our parents and other authorities as precious gifts of God;

---to show respect to the aged.

What promise does God attach to this commandment?

. . . that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. Ephesians 6:3, NIV

Christian Education News

Sunday School: Today in Sunday School, our students explore John 10:1–18, the account of how “Our Good Shepherd Cares for Us.” A family faith conversation might discuss the benefits of being taken care of. Parents might ask, “How does a shepherd deal with a wandering sheep? Why is it comforting to know that Jesus knows us by name?”

Adult & Youth Sunday Bible Study: Today’s topic of study is a Lutheran Response to Satanism, then we will turn our attention to Buddhism through a power point presentation and worksheet. Then on May 14 and 21, we will take a close look at Lutheranism in America.

Monday Morning Bible Study: This week we begin our new study of the rebuilding of Jerusalem after the Babylonian captivity. The books of study will be Ezra and Nehemiah. Remember everyone is invited to join this study of God’s Word, even if it is just for a class or two a month. The fellowship is fantastic and the snacks are delicious! Hope to see you there!

Prayers and Thanksgivings

+ for the gift of new life through the water and Word of Holy Baptism for Noah Richard Amundson, the son of Shane and Kimberly Amundson

+ for those celebrating a birthday:

Ardi Gibbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 10th

Jared Orth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 12th

+ for those celebrating a wedding anniversary:

Charles and Marleen Wachholz . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 9th

Greg and Darloe Kuball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 11th

Bob and Lois Walbruch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . May 12th


  • Susan Blake

  • Travis Bakker’s father – Hal

  • Bob Decklever’s mother

  • Finley’s neighbor – Danielle

for those who are ill and recovering:

  • Jolene Kuball

  • Maxine Schroeder

  • Michelle and Sophia Lehman

  • Marleen Wachholz

+ for those serving in the military: Roy and Nancy Kruger’s daughter - Heidi Kruger, Matthew Jerviss - grandson of the Luedtke’s, Pastor’s cousin - Randy Jakobitz.

+ for Lois Walbruch’s family as they grieve the passing of her uncle.

+ for Don Vosberg’s family as the morn the passing of his uncle.

+ for the blessing of mothers and their love for their children.

Prayer Chain: If you have a prayer request or would like to become one of the members of the prayer chain, please call or email Arleen Holey 634-7320 or

Our Growing in Christ Last Sunday – April 30, 2006

Worship Attendance: 129 Communed: 86

Christian Education: Monday Morning Class – 6

Offerings: Envelope $4,120.00

Plate $ 111.50

Total $4,231.50 (weekly budget - $2,636.86)

Pew Bibles $270.00; CCLI Refund - $122.00

New Pew Bibles At a recent Board of Elders’ meeting, the need for pew Bibles was discussed. It was decided, that with the help of the congregation, to purchase these Bibles. The translation will be New International Version (NIV). We will need 100 copies @ $9.00 per copy. If you would like to purchase one or more Bibles, please complete the form below and return to Pastor Matt or Mark Bauer. Those who purchase Bibles may donate them in memory or in honor of loved ones. Also, if you are interested in purchasing a Bible for yourself, family, or friends, you may do so. The order will be placed as soon as our goal of 100 Bibles is reached.

Name: ________________________________________________

I would like to purchase _____ pew Bible(s) for Mt. Moriah @ $9.00 per copy.


would like to purchase _____ Bible(s) for myself @ $9.00 per copy.

Total Amount Due: $___________

May Newsletter: Pick up your complete May Newsletter in your church mailbox if you did not receive it via email this past week! It is hot off the press.  Those members who received via email, you can pick up a copy at the Information Center in the narthex of the church. Extra calendars are available on the first table going into the Fellowship Hall. All visitors are more than welcome to pick up a May newsletter at the Information Center.

Men's Club Legion Night!

5 to 6 workers are needed to bus tables at the Byron American Legion on May 19th.  Starting at 5:00 PM and lasting until 9:00 PM.  Your meal is free when you help for the evening.   The money we raise here is used to pay for Pastor's cell phone use, which helps benefit him and the members of our congregation with communication.  Even if you are not actively involved with the Men's Club, please consider helping out with this activity as it is a benefit for all of us.  

Thanks to all the members who brought items to sell at the rummage sale this past weekend. A special thanks to the Walbruch family for working on putting this sale together and running it.

Mount Moriah Pork Chop Supper.  Do we still have the event, a congregational question?  This year the Byron Good Neighbor Day's Celebration has been canceled due to the local golf tournament.  For the members of Mount Moriah Lutheran Church, the question is: Do we still hold the Pork Chop Supper or do we cancel the event? At the end of the Church service, we will ask for member input and help if it is to be held.  If we do have the supper, other questions to ask are: When do we have it and do we still serve pork chops?

Youth of the Congregation, there are funds available if you are interested in attending a church camp this summer.  Mount Moriah has about $510 for this purpose.  Please talk to either Pastor or someone on the Council if you are attending a church camp.  

Spring Work Day

Thanks to all the men and women who participated for our outside-clean-up day. The church grounds look fantastic! On Saturday, May 20th, 8:00 a.m. we will be having a top to bottom clean-up day for the inside of the church and office building. Please mark down this date and join us as we put our hands to good use as we take care of the buildings with which God has blessed us. Thanks! - The Trustees 

Cleaning the Church: Can you give us a helping hand by cleaning the church? We have a schedule that has been posted for June-July-August-September. There are still a number of openings where we need an individual, family or a group of people to sign up. Please ask the trustees if you have any questions.

Serving Goodies: We are looking for a few individuals, families or groups that would like to assist making our Sunday morning fellowship time delightful and delicious. Please sign up if you can bring and serve goodies for Fellowship Time. A new list for May, June, July and August has been posted! Thank You!


Meets TODAY - May 12th

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Rochester Central Lutheran School

SHOUT! Offers a time of Bible Study, Prayer, Praise, Fellowship, and Fun