The Lamplighter

April 2021

Words of a Burd

The modern term ‘Easter’, is developed from the old English word ‘Eastre’ or ‘Eostre’, developed prior to 899. It originally referred to the name of the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre.

Most terms for ‘Easter’ come from the Greek and Latin “Pasha.” In 325, the Council of Nicaea decreed that Easter should be observed on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring equinox.

You and I know Easter as being the day Jesus returned from the tomb, having been dead for two or three days. He had predicted that He would return to life after being killed by crucifixion on the cross.

One of my favorite Resurrection hymns is “My Shepherd Is the Living God”:

My shepherd is the living God, I therefore nothing need.
In pastures fair, near pleasant streams You settle me to feed.
You bring my wandering spirit back when I forsake Your ways,
And lead me for Your mercy’s sake in paths of truth and grace.

When I walk through the shades of death, Your presence is my stay;
A word of Your supporting breath drives all my fears away.
Your hand in sight of all my foes does still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows; Your oil anoints my head.

The sure provisions of my God, attend me all my days;
O may Your house be my abode, and all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest, while others come and go—
No more a stranger or a guest, but like a child at home.

As usual, the poet/song writer says it better than I ever could.

Parting is such sweet sorrow. May God’s peace and joy fill your hearts and lives, my Immanuel friends. It has been my privilege to be your pastor these several months.

Rev. Jim

Moderator's Moment

I am very happy to see the Spring flowers that are popping up once again. It always amazes me that those little bulbs can endure the harsh Wisconsin winters. All it takes is just a few sunny days and the crocus and pansies are blooming.

On behalf of the Christian Education Committee, I want to remind you that we will be serving Easter Breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. What a nice way to start your morning!

As you are aware, the Search Committee has interviewed a ministerial candidate. We will have an informal “meet and greet” with Pastor Bob on Wednesday, April 7th, at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Pastor Bob will then preach for us on Sunday, April 11th, at 9:30 a.m. A congregational vote will be held following the service.

It is wonderful to see so many of our members returning to church. I certainly have missed seeing you over this past year.

Blessings to each of you and your families at Easter and always.

With Love, Lucy

Thank You!

Dear Immanuel Family,

I would like to say thank you for your cards, phone calls, flowers, prayers, and visits while in the hospital and recuperating at home. I’m on the mend but still have a few more weeks of IV antibiotics to take. Thank you.

Joe Zindrick

Funeral Information:
If you have favorite songs or Bible verses that you would like to have at your funeral or memorial service, you may submit them to me. I have a file for a few members already saved. Just send me an e-mail and I will record them for you, because at times, family members will say, “I didn’t know what their favorite hymns or Bible verses were”.
Thank you. Madeline

If you or a family member is hospitalized and you’d like a pastoral visit, please let Rev. Jim or our church office know. With privacy laws, this information is not shared without consent.


April 11th - Bob & Arlene Rauland



April  8th - Marilyn Anderson
April 12th — Phil Rahn
April 14th — Brenda Wenger
April 15th — Sarah Rozell
April 20th — Marge Kurth
April 20th - Craig Utesch
April 27th — Jennifer Coon

Zoom information for Maundy Thursday
and Good Friday Services

You may use the links below to join by video or dial the phone numbers below to listen only.


Maundy Thursday Worship

Time: Apr 1, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


Zoom Video Meeting Online:

Link: Click Here

Meeting ID: 849 5134 1969

Passcode: 020895


One tap mobile:

+13126266799,,84951341969#,,,,*020895# US (Chicago)


Phone Dial by your location:

Dial: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 849 5134 1969

Passcode: 020895

Good Friday Worship

Time: Apr 2, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)


Zoom Video Meeting Online:

Link: Click Here

Meeting ID: 867 0309 7436

Passcode: 452372


One tap mobile:

+13126266799,,86703097436#,,,,*452372# US (Chicago)


Phone Dial by your location:

Dial: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 867 0309 7436

Passcode: 452372

Jesus Is Alive!

On the first day of the week, in the early dawn women came to Jesus’ tomb.
They brought with them the spices they prepared to anoint his body.
Their hearts were filled with heavy gloom.

But when they looked inside the tomb, they found no body was there.
And they were sure that some evil men must surely have stolen it.
And they fell into a hopeless and deep despair.

But an angel sat upon the place where Jesus’ body had been laid.
And he asked them why they looked for the living among the dead.
It’s hard to believe, but that is what he said!

The women returned quickly and told the apostles that Jesus was alive.
But they passed it off as an idle woman’s tale.
But a faith-filled Peter ran to the tomb and into it he head-longed dived.

Peter went home believing that indeed Jesus had kept His word.
That He would return from death and all began to remember the message that Jesus had shared and in spirit they now heard.

The disciples rejoiced that their Lord indeed was truly alive!
But they kept it hidden in their hearts for they were afraid that they would die and then the Faith would not survive.

They remembered that the Spirit in Jesus’ place would now come.
And they gathered and prayed and they waited. Now there were one hundred and twenty!
When first there were twelve; this was a nice sum!

They prayed and they worshipped for fifty long days, waiting for Jesus to show;
and He came and He filled them with the Holy Ghost, and He left them with orders that others the way they would now show.

* Matthew Twenty-eight * Mark Sixteen * Luke Twenty-four * John Twenty *

Servants of Immanuel

Pastor: Rev. Jim Burd
Home phone: 262-379-1079
Pastor’s Office hours: Wednesdays
Church phone: 262-275-3252
Fax: 262-275-3274
Church e-mail:
Office hours: Mon.-Thurs.  9 am-Noon Administrative Assistant/Lamplighter Editor: Madeline Zindrick
Moderator: Lucy Abell: 262-903-0064
Hand Bell Director: Melany Christenson
Choir Director: Bill Horn
Organist: David Rasmussen
Lydia’s Helpers: Wednesdays 9 am-Noon Website:
Website Coordinator: Sheila Rasmussen

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