Special Messages

Website Usage

We are proud of this website and encourage anyone who publishes anything about the church to include the new website address as part of the publication.  It can be used in many ways, one of which is to introduce who we are and what we do and to encourage people to consider us for their spiritual needs.  Please, anytime you see the old website address being publicized, correct it to our new address ldfchurch.com. And if you have a planned event, please let us know a week or so in advance and it will be advertised here.

Sam Shugar,  webmaster (in concert with son-in-law, Brian Colby)

A Message from Tracy Gabryel (musical accompanist)

                           "To Everyone at LDF Community Church"

"I want to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts and gifts.  You are the most wonderful church I have ever played for.  I just can't express how thankful I am to have all of you wonderfull people in my life.  Again, thank you for everything that you do for me!"  Tracy

Tax Information

Taxable Income

With the new tax code, it has become more difficult to find deductions that exceed the standard amount allowed.  But, are you aware that the IRS has established a procedure whereby you can reduce your taxable income by a special technique that involves charitable gifts that do not count toward your taxable income?  For example, if you have a traditional IRA that requires you to take a required minimum distribution that is added to your taxable income each year,  IRS code Sec. 408(d)(8)) allows you to have your investment firm deliver a charitable gift from your required minimum distribution to appropriate agencies such as churches, designated charities, etc.  You do not touch that money and consequently, it is not included in taxable income for tax reporting purposes.  This has become a popular technique for reducing the tax obligation to the IRS while satisfying charitable obligations.  If you would like more information please contact your financial advisor or our Treasurer, Bill Raduege, through the church office at 715-588-7150.




Sam:    I thought this would be a good item for the website.  We contribute to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, but this also indicates our "physical" commitment as well.  The presbytery usually makes two trips per year at each individual's expense.  

Pax, Bill     

Presbytery of Northern Waters 

Lafayette Louisiana Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Work Trip 

February 15 - 23, 2020

Why Volunteer to Assist Lafayette: Southern Louisiana experienced extensive flooding in 2016, followed by more damage from hurricane Barry this last summer, but there has been very little media coverage. 

Requirements: must be at least 18-years old, be in good health, and have health insurance. 

Abilities: Experience is helpful but not necessary! experience and/or a willingness to learn the following, are needed: drywall, flooring, painting, siding, gutting, and roofing. 

Accommodations and Transportation: We will be staying at First Presbyterian Church of Lafayette, Louisiana. We will be provided with high-quality air mattresses, a fully-equipped kitchen, and shower facilities at the college next door. The church can accommodate a maximum of 25 volunteers, so please register soon! 

We will carpool down and back. The trip will take two days each way with an overnight stop at a hotel. Cost: The total cost is approximately $350 per person. A non-refundable deposit of $100 per person should be included with your registration.  

Registration and Deposit Directions: Please submit your registration form and a check payable to: United Presbyterian Congregational Church: c/o Jim Deters, 214 Vaughn Ave, Ashland, WI 54806.  Please include on the memo line: Presbytery Mission Trip. Registration is due by December 31, 2019.

Contacts:If you have any questions, please call Rev. Richard Blood at 218-343-4850, or Rev. Jim Deters at 720-530-1073. We will meet in mid-January for a pre-trip orientation session. Just a request to please spread the word with those you think may be interested.


                                     2020 PDA Work Trip Registration Form

Name _____________________________________  Deposit______________


        City_________________  State____ Zip________ Phone________________





International Dinner Report

Sorry if you missed it!

 February 14th featured our scrumptious dinner of international flavors and cuisine.  A very good time was had by all.  The menu included:

     Italian Mostaccoli and meatballs

     Chinese sweet and sour chicken

     Mexican chicken enchiladas

     Sicilian Lebanese salad

     Beets and pickles

     Greek hummus and vegetable platter

     English chocolate trifle

     German raspberry kuchan

     Italian lemon iced cookies

     Chocolate bourbons

Also included was an evening of scintillating fellowship featuring stories, jokes, and laughter.  See photos included in the Fellowship pane.

Special Christmas Events

Christmas Brunch

And a great time was had by all.  If you assumed that each had his/her fill, you made a correct assumption.  The food was outstanding and the fellowship worthwhile.

Egg sausage casserole

Corn beef hash

Biscuits and sausage gravy (to die for)

French toast and bacon



Italian Sausage and peppers

Dessert breads

Coffee and juices


Special Dates

African-American History Month

Valentines Day                                            Feb 14

Presidents Day                                           Feb 17

Transfiguration of Our Lord                      Feb 23

Ash Wednesday                                         Feb 26

Leap Day                                                     Feb 29