Happy birthday to us! 
    We're having a birthday party, and you're invited! Long Lake Lutheran Church celebrates its 125th anniversary on August 28th, and you're invited to join us at 9am for a special service and then a celebration of fellowship to follow. Our council president, Bob Papendieck, and his Anniversary Committee have been working hard for over a year to make this a very special occasion indeed. Please join us! (Note: Wearing 1901-era clothing is not required...but if you'd like, go for it!) 
 
 It's back...the annual Long Lake Lutheran Garage Sale!
    Just when you thought it was safe to go shopping...the annual Long Lake Lutheran Church Garage Sale returns in August. If you have items to donate, you may drop them off at the church following the service on Aug. 14, or at the church during business hours Monday-Wednesday, Aug. 15-17. The auction runs Thursday, Aug. 18, 9am-6pm; Friday, Aug. 19, 9am-4pm; and Saturday, Aug. 20, 9am-12noon. See you there!
 
Our church office wants you!
     Long Lake Lutheran is looking for a part-time office assistant to assist our full-time office administrator. Are you a self- starter, pleasant with good communication skills? Are you a team player, willing to bring an attitude of Christian service to your work? Then this is for you! The position consists of clerical work, composing bulletins, answering phones, assisting Pastor Rodger, reporting and maintaining records, and assisting church council. This could grow into a full-time position! Requirements include computer skills, plus minimum two years of clerical and/or administrative experience. 15-20 hours week. Please contact Pastor Rodger- 715-354-3804. or Bob Papendieck- Church Council Pres- 715-505-9611.
     
 Let the words of Christ take you on a walk...
     The Beatitudes, from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, are some of the most meaningful verses in the Bible. We now have a Beatitudes Walk on our church grounds! Thanks to the work of Church Council President Bob Papendieck and his fellow volunteers, we have converted our empty grounds just west of the parking lot into a Beatitudes Walk. Journey along the path and contemplate the words of Jesus at each station, surrounded by God's most bountiful nature.     
 
 Raise a joyful noise this summer!
     Our final choir performance of the summer will be August 21. Rehearsal will be held at 8:20am in the chapel on the morning of the service. All are welcome!
     
Live-streaming rolls on!
     Even though we have re-opened to in-person worship, we continue to live-stream our services on our church Facebook page. 
    A team of volunteers is now handling our live-streaming, utilizing the church's new Kindle Fire tablet. Current members of the team are Dave and Sue Tindell, Bobbi Freitag, Tom and Julie Telitz, Stuart and Kris Schaefer and Bob and Jane Sluiter. If you are a "techie" (or would like to be one, even a little bit), we can always find room for you as our electronic ministry expands. Please contact our Webmaster, Dave Tindell, by phone at 715-651-1956 or email at 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 YouTube button on the left (the one next to the Facebook button with the f)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! 
 
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.