Emmanuel Lutheran Church        June 2010




Grace and Peace,


Ecclesiastes 3:  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter heaven…a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.”


At the present time, it is a time to plant.  The farmers are very busy planting the seed.  When I watch a farmer planting the seed, I’m reminded of another story.  Each seed is planted with the hope that new life will emerge in the form of a plant.  The seed is buried in a grave, with the farmer trusting and hoping that the death of the seed will give birth to new life.  After a few days, the evidence of the seed’s death is revealed in rows of tiny plants.  I don’t think you need to be reminded of the Biblical story this annual event of planting the seed illustrates. 


Several stories in the Bible talk about farming.  I would like to offer the following questions about farmers in the Bible.  If you don’t know the answer, check the Biblical verses printed below.


  1. What was the farmer Elisha doing when Elijah threw his mantle upon him?


  1. What suffering man was a farmer?


  1. Who planted the first garden?


  1. What judge was a wheat farmer?


  1. What king of Judah loved farming?


  1. Who was the first man to plant a vineyard?


  1. What barley farmer married a Moabite woman and became an ancestor of David?


  1. Who was the first farmer?


  1. For what cripple did David order Ziba to farm the land?


  1. Who had a vineyard that Ahab coveted?


  1. What patriarch farmed in Gerar and received a hundredfold harvest?


  1. What lieutenant of David had his barley fields destroyed by Absolom?


  1. What king, famous for his building projects, also planted vineyards, gardens, and orchards?


If you don’t know the answers, dig in the Bible and harvest the answers. 

  1. 1 Kings 19:19                                         8.  Genesis 4:2
  2. Job 1:14                                                 9.  2 Samuel 9:9-10
  3. Genesis 2:8                                           10.  1 Kings 21:1-2
  4. Judges 6:11                                          11:  Genesis 26:12
  5. 2 Chronicles 26:9-10                            12:  2 Samuel 14:30
  6. Genesis 9:20                                         13:  Ecclesiastes 2:4-5
  7. Ruth 1:22-2:3


Pastor Greg



Greetings from Parish Nursing!


There are so many numbers in our life! Cell phone numbers, pin numbers, codes for keyless entry, it is endless! I recently read an article in “Real Simple” magazine about important health numbers and here they are for you!

120/80-  Blood Pressure is the force of blood against the walls of your arteries when your heart beats and when your heart rests.  The lower your blood pressure the less stress on your body.  High blood pressure, hypertension, is the “silent killer” because there are no warning signs and can lead to: stroke, heart disease, kidney damage, vision and memory problems.  Have yours checked on the second Sunday of every month, at your doctor, and at Lewis Drug store. To lower your blood pressure consume a low sodium diet, exercise, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and limit stress.


99-   Blood sugar, fasting, of 99 or less.  A number of 126 mg/dl or higher indicates diabetes.  Diabetes indicates that your body doesn’t produce enough insulin or use insulin properly.  This can lead to vision loss, kidney disease, heart disease, and triples your chance for complications following surgery. Have your physician check your Hemoglobin A1C, which gives an average number over a period of months.  A good Hgb A1C is less than 5.7 percent.  Simply losing weight can reverse type II diabetes.


200-   To decrease your chance of heart disease your total cholesterol should stay below 200 mg/dl.  LDL, the bad cholesterol, should be under 100 mg/dl.  HDL, the good cholesterol, should be 50 mg/dl or higher.  Keep a diet low in cholesterol, saturated fat, and trans fat.  Increase your good cholesterol by not smoking, exercise, eat good fats (like olive oil), and keep alcoholic drinks to a minimum. 


18.5 – 24.9 -  Body Mass Index is a measure of your weight in relation to your height.  To determine this take your body weight divided by height in inches.  A low BMI can lead to osteoporosis, fertility problems, and anemia.  A high BMI increases your chance for almost every disease. 


4.0 -  This number means your thyroid is functioning properly.  Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) directs the thyroid gland in your neck to regulate metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate.  This also affects your skin, hair, muscle strength, and mood.  If your thyroid isn’t producing enough hormone to help your body function properly then your TSH will be above 4.5 mIU/L.  Have yours checked if you have symptoms or above age 35. 


These are only some important numbers, but significant! Realize that many abnormal lab values are completely reversible with diet and exercise!  Your physician and nurse can help you in your health journey.  With this nice weather, it is easy to get out and exercise!

  Congratulations to Rhonda Theel for walking the most miles so far! Keep putting your miles in, there are prizes!!!


Peace and Blessings!

Andrea Engbarth, Parish Nurse


"The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."

Numbers 6:24-26



Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Approved Council Minutes - Special Meeting April 28, 2010


Council members present:  Junelle Hansen, Candice Zweifel, Chris Doeden, Chet Borah, Jeanette Silva, Kathy Moller.  Sheree Christensen entered the meeting late.


Special meeting was held to discuss Rhonda’s request to begin summer church office hours as she has done in the past.  Motion was made and seconded to honor Rhonda’s request to go to summer hours, but council stipulated that vacation hours must be used for these days until her vacation hours are exhausted.  Vacation request for these days must be submitted to council.  Once her vacation hours are exhausted any further hour reduction will be taken without pay with approval from an executive committee member.  Motion carried.


Meeting adjourned with next council meeting to be held on May 19th, 2010.


Respectfully submitted,

Chris Doeden 





Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Approved Congregational Meeting Minutes
May 16, 2010


Meeting was called to order by Junelle Hansen.  The purpose of the meeting was to vote on usage of the money donated to Emmanuel Lutheran Church from the John Bickett estate.  Three proposals had been submitted to the council from congregation members for the congregation to consider.


Marilyn Carlson-Aronson spoke regarding use of the money for purchase of a baby grand piano.  Discussion occurred.


Nathan Jensen spoke regarding use of the money as a down payment toward a church parsonage.  Discussion occurred.


Junelle Hansen spoke regarding use of the money for music grants.


Vote was taken by written ballot with Chet Borah, Nathan Jensen, and Steve Cain counting the ballots.


The Lord’s Prayer was said.


Junelle Hansen adjourned the meeting.


Results of the vote returned with 115 total votes with 73 for parsonage, 39 for piano, and 3 abstained.


Respectfully submitted.
Chris Doeden






Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Unapproved Council Minutes

May 19, 2010


Council members present:  Junelle Hansen, Nathan Jensen, Sheree Christensen, Chris Doeden,

Candace Zweifel, Jessica Christensen, Pastor Greg, Rhonda Theel, Andrea Engbarth, Kathy Moller,

& Steve Cain.


The meeting was called to order by President Junelle Hansen.


Pastor Greg led us in prayer.


A motion was made and seconded to approve the Secretary’s report.  Motion carried.


A motion was made and seconded to approve the Treasurer’s report.  Motion carried.


Old Business:

Motion was made and seconded to approve council minutes from a special council meeting held on April 28, 2010.  Motion carried.


Motion was made and seconded to approve council minutes from a special council meeting held on May 4, 2010.  Motion carried.


Motion was made and seconded to amend the decision made during the May 4 meeting changing Rhonda’s hours for the summer from 8:00 to 5:30 Monday-Thursday to 8:00-4:30 Monday-Thursday with 3 hours of vacation being used for the remaining hours (35 hours per week). The office will remain open on Friday’s unless Pastor is called away for an emergency.  Motion carried.


New Business:

Andrea Engbarth was present to discuss the purchase of an AED (automated external defibrillator) and other emergency equipment.   She does have some funds available and has received a grant from the United Fund.  The council suggested she look into grants from the Beresford Area Foundation and the upcoming United Fund drive and come back to the council with that information.  Andrea also presented on many other things she has been doing with Parish Nursing.


The council discussed initiation of a Human Resources Manual for church employees.  Junelle passed out a sample manual, and the council members will review and come back with ideas at the next meeting.  We also discussed hourly versus salary exempt requirements and noted than no Emmanuel employees except Pastor meet the federal guidelines for a salaried employee.


The council discussed the current policy regarding use of the church facility for weddings, etc.   Motion was made and seconded to change the wording in the wedding guide for members from fee to suggested minimum gratuity.  Motion carried.







Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Unapproved Council Minutes

May 19, 2010




The council discussed the outcome of the vote from the congregational meeting for use of the Bickett money.  Motion was made and seconded for the council to form a five member committee to further research the building of a parsonage.  Motion carried.  Council members will come back to the next meeting with ideas for committee make up.


Committee Reports:


Their next meeting will be on June 2 and there will be a presentation of the Honor Flight.  They will be attending the Synodical WELCA Convention at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion on June 25th and 26th.


Music & Worship: 

Junelle reported for Marilyn that both the organ switch box and the organ fuse box were replaced and further wiring will need to be replaced.  This problem was discovered when the organ would not turn on one day and faulty wiring was a safety issue.


Christian Education: 

They are continuing to work on VBS.


Membership, Outreach, and Growth: 

Candace has updated the current committee with members Jenni Antonson, Krislyn Carlson, Molly Norling, and herself.  Outdoor service has been set for Sunday, August 15th.  There will be a free-will brunch follow.  The committee is working on many other ideas.


Youth Report: 

They met tonight for the last time this school year.  Six youth will be going to Pine Ridge in July for a mission trip.  They will be participating in some way with Wheels & Squeals weekend.



No report.


Pastor’s Report: 

Pastor and Janice will be attending the Synod assembly meeting June 11- 12th , and Pastor will be on vacation starting June 16th.


The meeting adjourned with the Lord’s Prayer.  Next meeting will be held on June 16th, 2010.


Respectfully submitted,
Chris Doeden








Emmanuel’s Mission Statement

Emmanuel Lutheran Church is a family of believers

in God, called by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to welcome, nurture and equip each other for worship, witness and loving service to God and all people.


Emmanuel’s Church  Staff


Pastoral & Program Staff:

Pastor Greg Myrmoe        Office: 605-763-2831


Home: 605-271-0990    Cell: 605-214-4472

Philip and June Nelson                     Missionaries

Andrea Engbarth-Parish Nurse Phone: 763-5750      Cell: 751-9070 E-Mail:

Nancy Kruse - Youth Director Phone: 763-2646

Cell: 214-2553        E-Mail:

Cassie VanKerkerix - Preschool Phone: 212-4515  E-Mail:


Church Office:

Rhonda Theel                                         Secretary

Phone: 763-2831 Email:   



Marge Hansen                                       Custodian  

Lyle & Lois Savey                              Custodians


Music Staff:

Anita Kostboth                      Organist/Bell Choir           

Sandy DeSaix                                          Organist

Grace Kennedy                                        Organist

Susan Jensen                                  Choir Director

Karol Baer                                 Youth Bell Choir


Church Council

Junelle Hansen                                       President

Sheree Christensen                        Vice President

Chris Doeden                                        Secretary        

Kathy Moller                                         Treasurer

Nathan Jensen                              Finance Officer

Jeanette Silva                          WELCA President

Mike Borah                              Church Properties

Candace Zweifel             Membership, Outreach,                                            

                                                      Life & Growth

Steve Cain                      Stewardship Committee

Marilyn Aronson                      Music & Worship           

Vacant                                  Christian Education  

Jessica Christensen            Youth Representative


Piano Fund

Bill DeLay                                              $   40.00

Loretta Neuman                                     $    5.00

Marcella Johnson                                   $   5.00


Organ Fund

Bill DeLay                                              $ 25.00

Eleanor Lass                                          $ 50.00



Loretta Neuman                                       $  5.00


Do Days

Loretta Neuman                                     $  10.00


Wheelchair Access

Bill DeLay                                             $ 110.00



Bill DeLay                                           $ 115.00

Marcella Johnson                                $  10.00



Bill DeLay                                           $  100.00



Bill DeLay                                            $  90.00

Marcella Johnson                                  $ 55.00

Grace Strand                                        $ 30.00

Eleanor Lass                                         $25.00



Marcella Johnson                                $ 20.00


Bell Choir

Eleanor Lass                                       $10.00


Kitchen Remodel:

Bill DeLay                                           $  20.00




Wheelchair Accessible             $3,597.00

Carpet Fund                                       $4,100.24  

North Parking Lot                              $     60.00

Organ Fund                                        $   415.00

Piano Fund                                         $   695.00

Kitchen Renovation                            $   250.00



Thank You To


*All who helped with the worship services the month of May as ushers, communion assistants, readers, greeters, acolytes, coffee servers & those who provided treats.


*All who provided food & who donated their time serving Bethesda Coffee Hour.


*All who help to take blood pressures on the second Sunday of the month. Helen Grace for helping with the Foot Care Clinic each month.


*All of you that have provided food for special events. Please remember to pick up your cake pans & containers from out of the kitchen.


*The Do Day Quilters for providing a quilt for our graduating seniors.




Do Day Quilters


The Do Day Quilters will be collecting supplies for School Kits and Layettes over the summer months to send to mission’s. If you would like to donate items for either the Kits or Layettes there will be a box in the Narthex for you to drop off

donated items.


Items needed for each School Kit: 

3 – 70 sheet notebook; 1 – blunt scissors
1 – 12” Ruler W/inches & centimeters
1 – pencil sharpener; 6 – unsharpened pencils
12 – sheets Construction paper 8.5 x 11
1 – box of crayons (16 or 24)
1 – eraser (2 ½” long)


Layette Items: receiving blankets; baby sweater; diapers; sleepers; washcloths





Meals on Wheels


Emmanuel is responsible for delivering meals the month of June. We will need two cars for each day to deliver. The kids are now out of school so you would deliver meals on your own or you could ask someone to ride with you to help. Delivering Meals is a great way to show how much you care for your community.


In Loving Memory Of

Eleanor V. Kylling Lass


Eleanor Victoria Kylling Lass was born on November 5, 1918. Eleanor died May 16, 2010 at Sanford Hospital at the age of 91 years.


Eleanor graduated from Beresford High School and eloped with Thomas Lass on April 20, 1942. They moved to Beresford in the early 1962. Tom died in January 1975.


In Beresford, Eleanor worked for many years at the Bakery and at Ralph’s Super Value Grocery store. She worked for approximately 25 years at Bethesda Nursing Home as a nurses’ aid.


Eleanor was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. She loved crocheting, knitting, sewing, gardening, reading, baking and cooking. She spent many hours working puzzles and watching the Twins baseball games.


Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 1 brother and 4 sisters. Survivors include her beloved sister Grace Kylling Kennedy (Beresford), daughter Kathy Briggeman (Ken) of Hamilton, MT, son Thomas F. Lass, JR (Becky Case of Columbia, SC) and daughter Elizabeth Mittelstaedt (Paul) of Graham, WA; 5 grandaughters, 8 great grand children, many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.



Special Congregational Meeting for the Usage of $20,000 Gift

The voting results were as follows: 

115 Voting Members Present

    Music Grants            Votes Received:   0

    Baby Grand Piano    Votes Received:  39

    New Parsonage        Votes Received:  73

                                    Votes Abstained:   3





Secretary’s office hours for the summer months will be Monday – Thursday from 8:00 – 4:30. On Friday’s pastor should be in the office but there is always the possibility of an emergency so please call ahead to ensure someone is in the office.




A J Schable and Casie Larson who were

united in marriage here at Emmanuel on

May 22, 2010.




Brought to the Lord in Holy Baptism on May 23, 2010 was Noah Charles Halvorson. Noah’s parents are Nick & Ashley Halvorson.  Sponsor’s for Noah were Tim & Abby Halvorson & Emily Logue.






June 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm, WELCA will have their “Gift Day” business meeting here at Emmanuel in the Fellowship Hall. A “Gift Day” envelope has been attached to this Newsletter. The program will be given by Clinton Wetrosky & Bud Girard. The will give a presentation on “Honor Flight”. All are welcome.






WELCA would like to say thank you to those of you who attended the Social Hour at the Human Services in Yankton on May 11, 2010. Those who attended were: Barb Hansdahle; Marge Sippel; Sharon Akland; Janice Myrmoe and Pastor Greg Myrmoe.






During the month of June, Thrivent will launch its new “Choice” program. Qualified Thrivent members will be able to direct from $25 to $500 to one or more qualified churches, charities, or organizations. Thrivent members will be notified of the amount they may direct to eligible organizations in June Members may direct that their allocation be split between more than one organization ($10 minimum). 


23rd Annual WELCA Synodical Convention


June 25 – 26 - Trinity Lutheran  – Vermillion SD


Theme: God Colors Outside the Lines

Bible Verse: Luke 1:37


Registration: $35 per person – includes workshops, meetings, meals for both Friday evening and Saturday noon.


Love Offering: New undergarments and socks for all ages and genders – to go to The Clothing Center.

Contact Center / Food Pantry in Yankton


Bible Study: Pastor Carla Nelson of Roseni & Union Creek


Worship Service: Bishop Dave Zellmer


Let’s go ladies and come home nourished with the love of Christ and be better equipped to respond when he calls us to serve.




Looking Ahead:


VBS – Sunday, July 18, 2010 – Thursday, July 22, 2010 starting at 6:00 pm. More information will be available in the July Newsletter.


Outdoor Worship: Sunday, August 15 over on the parsonage lot at 9:00 am Emmanuel will have an outdoor worship service. Larry Olson of Dakota Road will be leading the worship service. A free-will brunch will be held following the service. More information to come.


Mission Mixer: Our Missionaries, Philip & June Nelson, will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, SD for their Mission Mixer on Monday, September 13, 2010.  Look for more information in the coming Newsletters.







Text Box:  June Birthdays





2.         Travis Gerken                         Mercedes Hebert

            Mark Jensen

            Michelle Andrews


3.         Rachel Jensen

            Jon Thvedt


4.         Jason Atwood

            Isaac Lundberg

            Capri Mullinix


5.         Kevin Carlson


6.         Barbara Anderson

            Ruth Larsen


7.                     Chris Hofer

            Corky Klostergaard

            Ray Paulsen


8.         Devon Saugstad

            Daryl Zweifel


9.         Brooke Bonte

            Evelyn Adams

            Peggy Thompson


10.       Jane Norling

            Heath Steeneck


11.        Kate Andal

            Stephanie Larsen


12.        Lexi Bonte

            Chase Moller

            Evy Hogan


13.        Sandy DeSaix

            Bernadine field

            Hannah Nelson


14.       Gail Swee

            Shawn Jacob


15.        Gloria Nygaard

            Aileen Sundstrom


16.       Isaac Andal

            LaDonna Reit


17.        Allison Frink


18.       Ann DeLay

            Crystal Erickson

            Ashlynn Atwood


19.        Donette Hebert

            Tom Hartwick

            Kaysee Christensen

            Stephanie Hanson

            Nancy Kruse


20.       Darrell Vik

            McCade Ivarsen

            Larry Lewison


21.        Nicholas Hybertson

            Halle Livingston


22.       Tim Andersen

            Holden Cotton

            Paul Zweifel

            Darlene Dreeszen


23.       Dale Erickson

            Janice Hedeen


24.       Britany Mann


25.       Todd Gannon

            Brittny Gannon

      Carol Thormodsgaard


26.       David Bogue


27.       Jessica Christensen

            Carli Johnke

            Delmar Johnson

            Cameron Strom


28.       Linda Cotton

            Tate VanOtterloo


29.       Brooke Adams


30.       LaVonne Young

           Neal Deraad