Outdoor Parish Worship Service at Brigham Park – Sunday, July 30
Springdale and West Blue Mounds Lutheran Churches will have a joint worship service on Sunday, July 30 at Brigham Park in Blue Mounds. The service begins at 10 a.m. Come enjoy the summer weather and good company. Guests are welcome! We hope to see you there.
Potluck, Worship and Parade on Sunday, June 11
We’re having a potluck and joint worship service on Sunday, June 11 at Springdale. There won’t be a service at West Blue Mounds. We’ll also be promoting our parish by having a float in the Mount Horeb Summer Frolic Parade that afternoon. The day’s events are:
Potluck Breakfast – 9 a.m.
Please contact the parish office in advance to sign up to bring an item (437-3493). If you don’t have a chance to sign up, no problem – come anyway!
Traditional Worship Service – 10 a.m.
Meet at Jim and Fay Dahlgren’s if You’re Riding on the Float – 11 a.m.
Our theme is “All Are Welcome Here.”
Parade Begins – Noon
We hope you can join us on Sunday. Guests are welcome!
We invite you to join us to celebrate Easter! Services are 8:45 a.m. at Springdale and 10:15 a.m. at West Blue Mounds.
Holy Week Worship and Events
Palm Sunday – April 9 – 8:45 a.m. at Springdale and 10:15 a.m. at West Blue Mounds
Celebrating Christ’s entry into Jerusalem and recounting the eventful days that followed in the reading of Matthew’s Passion.
Maundy Thursday – April 13, 6 p.m, West Blue Mounds
A Seder meal will be served, with a menu of lamb, olives, fruit, nuts and cheese curds. We’ll have the meal and worship downstairs, and then go upstairs.to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.
This meal is similar to what Jesus would’ve observed with his disciples, concluding with Holy Communion and the stripping of the altar, symbolizing his humiliation and death.
Good Friday – April 14, 1 p.m., at Mt. Horeb United Methodist
The long-standing Community Service, joining pastors and musicians from area churches in reflection on Christ’s Seven Last Words from the Cross.
Easter Sunday – April 16 – 8:45 a.m. at Springdale and 10:15 a.m. at West Blue Mounds
Rejoicing in our Savior’s Resurrection and living out the promise of our new birth.
It’s Another Quilting Day!
We invite you to join us for a fun-filled day of quilt-making on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Springdale. No experience is necessary. Please bring a bag lunch. The beautiful quilts above were made by our members and guests at past quilting days. Quilts are given to the local foster care system and Lutheran World Relief.
Maundy Thursday Passover Meal on Tap for April 13
A “1st century style” Passover Meal is scheduled for Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. It will be held at West Blue Mounds Lutheran Church, 2962 Church St. in Blue Mounds. The meal will combine elements of the Jewish Seder, and commemorate the exodus from Egypt and Jesus’ Last Supper before his arrest and crucifixion.
The menu will include lamb, unleavened bread, bitter herbs and other typical 1st century foods such as raisins, figs, cheese curds, olives and grapes. Chicken soup will also be served (gluten free), a common feature in contemporary Passover meals.
We’ll worship downstairs where the meal will be served, and then go upstairs to the Sanctuary for Holy Communion.
The meal is sponsored by Two Steeples Parish – West Blue Mounds Lutheran Church and Springdale Lutheran Church. For more information, please contact the Parish office at 437-3493.
Mark Your Calendar for Quilting Day
We’ve scheduled another quilting day – it’s Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Quilters will be on hand to teach you how to make quilts. Our Springdale Quilting Group makes quilts for Lutheran World Relief and for the Foster Care System. The best part is that no prior quilting experience is necessary! Bring a bag lunch and spend an enjoyable day with us. You’re welcome to bring a family member or friend to participate as well. We hope to see you there!
Mt. Horeb Clothes Closet & Blue Mounds Clothing Connection – January and February
Our stewardship focus for the first two months of 2017 is supporting two organizations that provide clothing to those in need. We ask for financial donations for the Mt. Horeb Clothes Closet, and for clothing donations for the Blue Mounds Clothing Connection. Items needed during Clothing Connection hours include clothing and shoes for men, women and children.
The Blue Mounds Clothing Connection moved to Springdale because they lost their space in Blue Mounds. The Clothing Connection is open at Springdale on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and the third Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon (except holidays). Fran Chancellor, Melba Rick and Marion Ringgenberg are working with this ministry, so please reach out to them for more information or to help.
Blue Mounds Food Pantry – November and December
Beginning in mid-November and going through December 11, we will be collecting food items or money for the Blue Mounds Food Pantry at both churches. You can help make the holidays a little brighter for those less fortunate by giving generously to the Blue Mounds Food Pantry. They’re always looking for these items:
Canned Fruit (peaches, pears, fruit cocktail, tropical fruit, etc.)
Canned Meats (chicken, tuna, salmon, beef, etc.)
Canned Soups (concentrated or ready to serve)
Meal In a Can (ravioli, spaghetti, beef stew, etc.)
Meal In a Box (Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, Chicken Helper, etc.)
Pasta (egg, elbow, spaghetti, shells, etc.)
Flavored Noodles or Flavored Rice
Breakfast Items (cold cereal, hot cereal, breakfast bars, etc.)
Personal Care Items (shampoo, soap, shower gel, deodorant, etc.)
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, salad dressings, barbecue sauce, etc.)
Seasonal and baking Items (sugar, flour, cake mixes, frostings, cookie mixes, canned pumpkin, etc.)
Operation Christmas Child Collection Due November 13
The Esther Circle is leading the effort to collect items to send for Operation Christmas Child. Please deliver any donations or gifts to fill shoe boxes to Springdale by Sunday, November 13.
To participate, please provide gifts for a boy or girl, and include gifts for a specific age range –
2 to 4 years, 5 to 9 years, or 10 to 14 years. Remember that all items must fit in a shoebox. If you wish to make a financial donation, it costs $7 to send each box, so any contribution will be appreciated. There’s a collection box in the entrance at Springdale.
Small cars, balls, dolls, stuffed animals, plastic kazoos, harmonicas, yo-yos, small etch-a-sketch, toys that light or make noise, (with extra batteries), slinkys, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, crayons, markers, stamps, ink pads, coloring books, writing pads, paper, solar calculators, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, washcloth, comb, brush, hard candy, lollipops, gum, sunglasses, flashlight (with extra batteries), ball caps, socks, t-shirts, toy jewelry, hair clips, watches and small picture books.
Items to Avoid
Please do not include well used items, war related items (toy guns, knives, soldiers, etc,), perishable items (chocolates, canned food, crackers, etc.), liquids (shampoo, perfume, lotions, bubbles, etc.), medicine (vitamins, cough drops, ointments, etc.), or breakable items (glass, mirrors, ceramic items, etc.).
Another Quilting Day to Benefit Children in Foster Care Scheduled for November 19
Our last Quilting Day in October was a big success, and we’re following it up with another session Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Springdale, 2752 Town Hall Rd., Mount Horeb. The quilts we make will be given to children in foster care in nearby communities to provide a sense of comfort and security.
We’ll teach you to quilt if you want to learn, or offer a task that doesn’t require quilting skills. You don’t have to be a parish member. Please bring your lunch and feel free to invite family members or friends to attend. Everyone is welcome! If you’d like more information, please call the parish office at 608-437-3493.
Proceeds from Soup & Sandwich Event Provide Sweet Cases for Foster Children
We had a great turnout for the Soup & Sandwich Supper, and thanks to your gifts of money and time, numerous foster children in Dane County are receiving Sweet Cases. The charity is known as Together We Rise. Each Sweet Case contains a blanket, stuffed animal, coloring book, crayons and hygiene items. The Sweet Case and its contents may be a child’s sole belongings. Everyone who contributed has help make a difference in a child’s life.
You can learn more about Together We Rise by watching this video.
A Successful Soup & Sandwich Supper on October 26
The annual Soup & Sandwich Supper at Springdale was held Wednesday, October 26 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. and provided fun, fellowship and funds to make a difference. The menu included potato & ham soup, chicken vegetable soup, assorted sandwiches, cheese, deviled eggs, a variety of bars, milk and coffee.
Proceeds from the fee and donations went to Together We Rise. The organization supports foster children in Dane County by providing them with Sweet Cases The cases consist of a duffel bag, stuffed animal, blanket, coloring book, crayons, and hygiene items. Often a Sweet Case and its contents are the only things a child owns. The case provides a sense of stability, especially if a child travels from home to home. Each Sweet Case costs $25.
Calling All Quilters – and Anyone Who Wants to Help
Springdale has been creating quilts for Lutheran World Relief for decades, and we’re taking it up a notch this year! In addition to providing quilts for people around the world, we’re making quilts for the foster care system in nearby communities.
We’ll be hosting a Quilting Day on Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Springdale Lutheran Church, 2752 Town Hall Rd., Mt. Horeb. We’ll teach anyone who is interested to make quilts or take on a quilting task (as easy as cutting cloth!). No prior experience is necessary. You needn’t be a Two Steeples member or have any specific religious affiliation to participate. Bring your family or friends, or come alone. All are welcome! We’ll be serving a free lunch, so please contact the church office at 608-437-3493 so we can get a count for lunch.
If you have any of the following items, please bring them October 8 – fabric scissors, rotary cutters, cutting mats, irons and ironing mats. You can also bring fabric scraps, bed sheets and mattress pads. We hope you can join in the fun as well as touch lives around the world and in our own neighborhoods.
Outdoor Movie Night at West Blue Mounds – September 16
Two Steeples Parish is hosting an Outdoor Movie Night on Friday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m. on the east lawn of West Blue Mounds Lutheran Church, 2962 Church St. in Blue Mounds. The event coincides with Festival of the Mounds.
The featured movie is “The Emperor’s New Groove,” a Disney movie with a Looney Tunes feel. The show includes wacky humor for young and old, and a sweet message about selflessness. The event is free and the public is welcome to attend.
Popcorn and lemonade will be provided. For seating, folding chairs and blankets will be available, but you’re welcome to bring your own lawn chairs or blanket if you prefer. The event will be held rain or shine – if there’s inclement weather, the festivities will be moved into the church. For more information, please call the Two Steeples office at 608-437-3493.
Lenten and Easter Worship and Events
Lenten Midweek Worship Services
Services during Lent are being held at Springdale at 7 p.m. The evening includes education, a meal and worship. Worship will include reflection on Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, along with praying for our ministries, families, and requests of those in attendance. The schedule is:
March 2 – John 17:11-13
March 9 – John 17:14-19
March 16 – John 17: 20-26
Maundy Thursday Worship and Seder Meal
The Maundy Thursday service on March 24 will be held at the West Blue Mounds Church Fellowship Hall from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meal will include elements of Christ’s Last Supper, such as olives, fruit, nuts, curds, lamb and grape juice. Any donations of items would be appreciated. A sign-up form is available at both churches.
Good Friday Community Worship
The annual community Good Friday service will be held March 25 at Life Church, 2770 Brandywein Trail in Mount Horeb. Pastors and musicians from many local churches will take part in the event that will reflect on Jesus’ suffering and dying on the cross for the sake of the world.
Easter Egg Hunt
An Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Easter Sunday, March 27, for youngsters.
“The Story” is Our 2015-2016 Theme
We are on a year-long journey through the Bible with our Worship and Education theme, “The Story.” Each church service includes music and readings that relate to the week’s topic, as well as a message, video and other content. All ages learn together, and the younger members can participate in crafts, music and other activities.
April and early May topics are:
April 3 – “Jesus, the Son of God”
April 10 – “The Hour of Darkness”
April 17 – “The Resurrection”
April 24 – “New Beginnings”
May 1 – “Paul’s Mission”
In addition to the service, there are a number of classes each week to explore the topics in more depth. Meeting times for the weeks of March 7 and March 14 are:
7 p.m. Monday at Springdale
1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Springdale
5 p.m. Wednesday at Springdale (Catechism and Kids’ Bible Study)
9 a.m. Saturday at West Blue Mounds
Copies of “The Story” are available for $10, which is half off the cover price. Versions for teens, school age children, and little ones are also available at a reduced rate. If you’re interested, please contact Pastor Jeff for more information.
Our Summer Theme is “Bless You”
The tradition of giving blessings has been an important part of our heritage throughout history. This summer we’ll be blessing people who are important to us, and also giving blessings to other aspects of our lives through readings and prayers. You’re welcome to participate and bring the items listed below for the upcoming Sundays:
June 7 – Faith Heritage – Family Bibles, crosses and similar items. A new chalice will be dedicated at Springdale on this Sunday.
June 14 – Farmers and Gardeners – seed packets, gardening tools, tractors
June 21 – Fathers – dads and mementos from our dads will be blessed
June 28 – Healers and Caregivers – those who care for us, along with first aid kits, quilts, medical supplies. There will be a healing service at both churches on this Sunday.
July 5 – Our Country – Flags, patriotic memorabilia
Spring Sandwich & Salad Luncheon
The annual Sandwich & Salad Luncheon is set for Wednesday, May 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at West Blue Mounds Lutheran Church, 2962 Church St. in Blue Mounds. The menu will feature delicious homemade sandwiches and salads. Proceeds from the event will benefit ministries supported by the West Blue Mounds Women of the ELCA. If you can contribute sandwiches or a salad, or help with set-up or clean-up, please contact Kay Oimoen.
Special Congregational Breakfast and Planning Session
On Sunday, April 19, a breakfast will be served at Springdale for our Two Steeples Congregation, followed by a fun activity to identify member interests, and a short worship service. The breakfast begins at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a menu of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and coffeecake. After breakfast, the fun, fast-moving activity will help us identify our congregation’s assets and talents. The morning will conclude with a shortened worship service and Communion at 10:15 a.m. We welcome you to contact Pastor Jeff or the Vision Team if you have any questions. We hope you can join us.
Easter Season Events – March and April
Lenten Mid-Week Worship Services
Lenten services alternate between Springdale and West Blue Mounds. A food item will be featured each week to illustrate the message, and samples of that week’s item will be provided.
Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m., Springdale – “Fruits of the Spirit”
Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m., West Blue Mounds – “The Oil of Gladness”
Wednesday, March 18 at 7 p.m., West Blue Mounds – “Chicken Soup for the Soul” (A Community Meal precedes the service – see details below)
Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m., West Blue Mounds – “Lotsa Matzah”
Wednesday, March 18 from 4:45 – 7 p.m., West Blue Mounds.
The free meal will feature Chicken Noodle Soup, bread & crackers, lettuce salad, bars, cookies and beverages. Volunteers to contribute food or to help with serving and clean-up would be appreciated.
Prayers for Our Parish
Saturday, March 25 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Springdale
The one-hour session begins with 30 minutes of silent prayer, followed by prayers for anyone who is ill, those in need of support, the Two Steeples congregation, the community, and our world.
Palm Sunday Service
Maundy Thursday Passover “Seder Meal”
Thursday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. at Springdale, downstairs in the Fellowship Hall
We’ll host our traditional “Seder Meal” and worship service again this year. The meal and worship around the table will reflect on Christ’s Last Supper and the early Christian “agape” feasts. The menu features lamb, unleavened bread, olives, curds, fruit, nuts and beverages. Please call the church office at 608-437-3493 for details.
Good Friday Community Service
Friday, April 3, 1 p.m., Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC) in Mt. Horeb, 315 E. Main St.
Easter Sunday Services & Easter Egg Hunt
Fundraiser for Matt Heindl Family
Join us on Wed., January 21 at the Community Meal and help support Matt Heindl and his family. We’ll be serving from 4:45 to 7 p.m. at West Blue Mounds Lutheran Church. There will be a free will offering for Matt and his family. They lost both their home and business, the Hazelnut Cafe, in a fire before Christmas. The cafe was located just down the street from the church.
The menu for the Community Meal is chili, salad and assorted desserts. We hope to see you there for dinner and fellowship.
Christmas Special Events and Services
You’re invited to join us in celebrating Christmas at our upcoming events and services. We encourage members, visitors and guests to attend and share in the warmth and joy of this special season.
*** Sunday School Christmas Program
Sunday, December 14, 8:45 a.m. service at Springdale
Sunday School students will present “A Christmas Journey”
*** Community Spaghetti Meal
Wednesday, December 17, 4:45 – 7 p.m. at Springdale
Spaghetti, salad and dessert will be served
Christmas ornament craft table, and the movie “The Nativity Story” at 7 p.m.
The movie will end before 9 p.m.
Non-perishable food donations for CCC Food Pantry will be welcomed
*** Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Wednesday, December 24, 5 p.m. at Springdale
The service will include a Children’s Message and Holy Communion
*** Christmas Day Festival Service
Thursday, December 25, 10 a.m. at West Blue Mounds
Holy Communion will be included in this joyful service
*** Christmas Carol Sing
Sunday, December 28
8:45 a.m. Springdale
10:15 a.m. West Blue Mounds
We’ll raise our voices together to sing favorite Christmas carols and hymns
Care Team Treats Senior Members to Halloween Event
The Two Steeples Care Team hosted a Halloween party for older adults at West Blue Mounds in October. Those who attended enjoyed an afternoon of Halloween crafts, music, fellowship and delightful dessert.
Bonnie Bakken shared her singing talents with Senior parish members
Cate Gimse-Owens was the pianist for the event
After raising voices in song and creating spooky Halloween decorations, the group was treated to ice cream and delicious pies made by the Care Team.
The next Senior event is being planned for December. For more information, please contact Fay at the parish office (608-437-3493).
Sunday School Kicks Off on September 14
A new educational journey will begin on Sunday, September 14 at 9:45 a.m. when Sunday School kicks off for pre-school through 6th grade students at Springdale. The theme this year is “Adventures in Faith.”
The Garden of Eden mural in one Sunday School room
Students will explore Old Testament stories and learn about Jesus’ life through crafts, skits, movies, cooking and other fun and educational experiences.
Crayons ready for students’ creativity
A luncheon will follow Sunday School, with brats, chips, cookies, and beverages. Participants are invited to bring salads to round out the meal.
Contact Kip Bakken or the Two Steeples Parish office at 608-437-3493 to register or get more information.
Care Team Hosts Ice Cream Social for Parish Seniors
The Two Steeples Parish Care Team recently treated older adults of our parish to an Ice Cream Social featuring amazing homemade pies, ice cream, and a concert and sing-along with the Praise Band.
Norm and Abbi leading us in song
Paul performing with the Praise Band
The event was held at Ingleside nursing home. Participants from West Blue Mounds and Springdale shared stories and smiles over dessert, and raised their voices in song for both new tunes and old favorites in the sing-along. Special thanks to Fay, Marion, Melba and Priscilla for baking the mouth-watering pies, to Pastor Jeff, and to Abbi, Norm and Paul for sharing their musical talents. A wonderful time was had by all.
The Care Team plans to host periodic events for our Seniors, with the next event on tap for October. They also hope to expand their role in the future to include assisting older adults with home repairs, errands and visits. If you’d like to lend a hand and share your talents, we encourage you to contact Fay at the Parish office, 608-437-3493.