4th of July Parade

Thank you to all who came and decorated the float! The Graceful Hills Parish looked great at the Piedmont Parade.

We hope you and your family had a great 4th of July! God Bless America!!

Post-Confirmation Outing

Fun alert!☀️ Last week, the confirmands 2022 went to the Rushmore Tramway Adventure park! We had sooo much fun and made some great memories as a group.

Thank you to Piedmont Valley Luth. Church for funding the outing with a special fund for the youth! We hope this will become a tradition for the confirmands in the future.

Confirmation 2022 on Pentecost Sunday, June 5

Welcome to our new full members of the Graceful Hills Parish:

From Atonement

Alex Jared Vermundson
Parents: Jared & Krystl Vermundson
Sponsors: Dale & Barb Vermundson

Emily Laura Peters
Parents: Jason & Justina Peters
Sponsors: Kyle & Melody Ruen and
Scott & Carrie Jamison

Jackson Theodore Rusch
Parents: John Rusch & Becky Vogt
Sponsors: Mark Rusch & Susan Vogt

From Piedmont Valley:

Aiden Anton Werlinger
Parents: Dan & Carrie Werlinger
Sponsors: Kevin & LeeAnn Hanks

Niya Noel Merwin
Parents: Ron & Becky Merwin
Sponsor: Katie Merwin

Gavin Jerrick Werlinger
Parents: Dan & Carrie Werlinger
Sponsors: Sam Odegaard & Megan Merwin

Allison Riley Merwin
Parents: Ron & Becky Merwin
Sponsors: Sam Odegaard & Megan Merwin

Beau Ian Odegaard
Parents: Aaron & Samantha Odegaard
Sponsor: Tanner Odegaard

Ash Wednesday

Atonement 12 pm service with imposing of ashes.
1)      In-person “in the pews”
2)      Or through our virtual ZOOM connection. Use the link below from your computer, tablet or smartphone and see and hear the church service:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2533027083 Password is: 531842

Piedmont Valley 6:30 pm service with imposing of ashes.
1)      In-person “in the pews” 
2)      Parking Lot FM connection. Drive into the parking lot and connect your radio to 99.3  FM. 
3)      Or through our virtual ZOOM connection. Use the link below from your computer, tablet or smartphone and see and hear the church service:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83986971384     Password is: 737879

Ash Wednesday

Some background information

This holiday (holy day) has been observed by Christians for over one
thousand years. Ash Wednesday is considered to be the first day of
the season of Lent (40 days before Easter).

• Why ashes, why a cross?
For centuries, ashes have symbolized mourning and repentance in
Judeo-Christian culture. While the practice of Ash Wednesday is not
necessarily biblical, ashes certainly are. (2 Samuel 13:19; Esther 4:1;
Job 2:8; Daniel 9:3; and Matthew 11:21). We place ashes on our fore-
heads in the sign of a cross as a way of remembering our mortality,
our need for forgiveness, but also the love and salvation that is given
to us by Christ’s dying on the cross.
A cross of ashes signifies both your ailment and your cure.

• Why do we say: “You are dust and to dust you shall return”?
These words were spoken to Adam after humans committed their
first sin (Genesis 3:19). They stand as a reminder that God is God and
we are not. They also remind us that our time on earth is finite. Our
hope is that these words will not leave you depressed, but relieved as
you remember that God is in control of your life, not you.
In a nutshell: Don’t take yourself too darn seriously.

• Isn’t this a bit morbid?
Kind of, yes. But we believe that the more we embrace our mortality
and imperfection, the less we will be afraid of it. What allows us to
stare death in the face without fear is the assurance Christ gives us of
eternal life.

Funeral – Beverly Ann LeCates

Dear members and friends of Piedmont Valley Lutheran Church,

our beloved longtime member Beverly LeCates passed away surrounded by family and is in the loving arms of her God now. Thank you for your prayers and your thoughts for Beverly and her family.

The funeral will be held at Piedmont Valley (PVLC), 16155 Spring Valley Rd, Piedmont, SD 57769. Dates and information:

· Thursday, March 3rd, 6:30 – 8 PM viewing at PVLC
· Friday, March 4th, 10:30 AM funeral service at PVLC
· Friday, March 4th, 12 PM committal at National Cemetery
· Friday, March 4th, around 12:45 PM luncheon at PVLC

· Join the funeral service in person or through our virtual ZOOM connection. Use the link below from your computer, tablet or smartphone and see and hear the service:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83986971384 Password is: 737879

Find also more information on the funeral home website: https://www.kirkfuneralhome.com/obituary/beverly-lecates

Almighty God, source of all mercy and giver of comfort,
graciously tend to those who mourn,

that, casting all their sorrow on you,
they may know the consolation of your love;
through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Pastor Sonja being in person every Sunday at each church

Dear friends in Christ, 

I have exciting news for you. At both annual meetings, the one at Piedmont Valley on Feb 6th and the one at Atonement on Feb 20th, the congregations of The Graceful Hills Parish discussed the possibility of having me be present at both churches each Sunday.

After hearing positive feedback and considering the concerns, the councils have made the final decision and voted on the following plan for Sunday services starting Sunday, March 13:

  1. Pastor Sonja is in person at both services (Piedmont Valley and Atonement) each Sunday. No more video sermons in the service (potentially on special occasions, see point 7).
  2. Piedmont Valley starts service at 9 AM. 
  3. The service is 50 minutes long. We will alternate in including the elements of the Liturgy, Confession&Forgiveness/Thanksgiving for Baptism, Apostle’s Creed, short and long versions of the Prayers of Intercessions for the service to not exceed 50 min.
  4. Pastor Sonja will stay for coffee hour for about 15 minutes before heading to Atonement.
  5. The Atonement service starts at 10:30 AM (and is the same as described in point 3).
  6. Pastor Sonja stays for about 15 minutes for coffee hour.
  7. For the rare occasion of special events/services/after church program we would make changes to the above outline for the services or have either a lay led service with a video sermon or do the worship service together at one location. There would then be an announcement a few weeks before about such a change.

I am looking forward to being present in person at both churches every Sunday! The sermon will be recorded in the service an uploaded to our website on Monday. If you do not feel comfortable attending Sunday service in person yet, please take advantage of our Zoom connection for the service where you hear and see everything live at the church. You receive the Zoom link and instructions in the weekly email we send out. If you are not signed up yet for these weekly emails, please email:
– Piedmont Valley’s Administrative Assistant Madison Borden to include you: pvlcsecretary@rushmore.com
– Atonement’s Director of Operations Michael Borden to include you:   atonement.rapidcity@gmail.com

We are the Body of Christ! Thank you for being part of the church and journeying with us with an exciting year ahead of us! 

Peace be with you,

your Pastor

Sonja Pilman

Help out during this cold at Woyatan in Rapid City

From our sisters and brothers at Woyatan Lutheran Church, 522 Anamosa St, Rapid City, SD 57701:

Ho Mitakuyapi

I greet you all with the warmest of handshakes and come with a humble heart to ask for help, we are in need of volunteers preferably morning or afternoon bodies to help serve meals, supervise and interact with the relatives at the shelter, it’s going to be very cold again, Arctic tents will be ready, we are in need of cots, warm clothes and blankets, firewood and possibly gas if generators will be used to power heaters in the tents, tonight there are 27 filled beds with another 25 cots coming in this evening, we are all doing our best to get as many people as we safely can out of the cold. 

Remember the people and if you can come and share your time and heart, we are all obligated by Tunkasila to treat others as a relative. Also we are asking organizations or people to possibly cook a meal for the people, we are serving 3 meals a day in addition to the evening meal over in the Wambli Ska Building.

If you would like to donate via the World Wide Web, we have Venmo at www.wambliska.org
Wopila for your consideration, 
Jonathan M. Old HorseItancan, Woyata