Eighth Annual Garden Walk




Saturday, June 30, 2018  10:00am to 4:00pm

Matthew 6:28  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.


The eighth annual Vernon Ev. Lutheran Church Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018.  10am – 4pm

Four private gardens in the town of Mukwonago or within a short driving distance of Mukwonago.   Tickets are $8 and will be available on the day of the walk at the church, S90 W27550 National Ave, Mukwonago.  For advance tickets, call the church office at 262-363-7131.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the Eagle’s Wing Free Clinic.

This year’s tour includes a feature garden on a property that is about 3 acres formed by combining two Phantom Lake Park lots in 1923 from land subdivided in the early 1890’s.  Still standing on the original lots are two small cottages dating to 1891.  These cottages were rented to Milwaukee families for the summer by the original developers.  Today’s gardens incorporate the old outhouses that served the resort renters.  In several places in the yard, there are traces of old flower gardens that have inspired the current gardens. The grounds of Twin Oaks hearken back to a more genteel and relaxed time in our past.

The second beautiful property is located in the “downtown” area of Mukwonago.  Back in the 1960’s the dwelling on the property was destroyed in a fire only leaving a mason brick wall surrounding 2 sides of the property and a building which had previously been used as a carriage house.  For more than 40 years, the lot was neglected; gardens were overgrown and ignored.  In 2015 with the building of a new residence by the current owners and a renewal of the gardens along with a few original perennials the now “Forgotten Garden” is once again enjoyed by many.

Still within the “downtown” area of Mukwonago, our third property is a Garden art and wonderful rock towers rise up from beds of hostas and ferns while a waterfall and stream meander through succulents and cacti in the Gainer gardens.  Plants are not all that is cared for in this creative space. The children, who are lovingly day cared here, are encouraged to enjoy, explore and learn from the landscape.

A short drive will take you to the fourth garden that is appropriately titled “The Irish Garden”.  The stone wall in the garden reminds you of Ireland and Upstate New York where the property owner grew up.  A trip to “The Old Sod” in 1998 inspired her to paint the shed door a vibrant blue and curtain the windows with lace, similar to the thatched roof cottages there.   These gardens consist of mature trees, perennials, veggies, fragrant bushes, along with plenty of annuals and blue yard art.


Saturday, June 30, 2018.  10am – 4pm

Tickets are $8 and will be available on the day of the walk at the church, S90 W27550 National Ave, Mukwonago.






Thanksgiving Dinner 2018

Your Vernon’s Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner


Everyone is invited!

12:00, Noon

Wednesday, November 14, 2018



Bring a non-perishable food item.

(Benefits the Mukwonago Food Pantry)

Vernon Lutheran Church
S90W27550 National Ave. Mukwonago


Photos from last year’s event.




Hope, So…

Hope, So…

Dave Smith

The Sunday afternoon stroll seemed a good plan.  Unusual September warmth and humiditidididitity, as the forecaster of my youth used to say, very high made the venture more July-ish than fall.  Crinkly, crackly already fading leaves littered the brown-green yard along the sidewalk, musked into my nostrils and provided a pleasant invasion that hinted at winter to come.  The Packer game would end my day in typical season fashion, a contest with my long-favored Atlanta Falcons.  Not so much that the team meant more, but I’ve always liked their color scheme and logo.  I crossed my yard and stepped across the in-bloom petunia’s and gladiola’s adorning a small patch in front of the newly repaired porch that had caused many stumbles in my sojourn.  Inside, I plopped into the recliner and began a cool down in air-conditioned pleasantry.

Who’d have thought a wandering stroke would choose just this moment to invade my mind, a gentle numbness creeping across my vision, my cheek, and through my mouth.  Having had TIA’s in the past year and a half, I recognized the visit and began the protocol protection against this unfriendly guest.  My thoughts clear and action unsteady, I checked the mirror and saw the droop, ran the tongue-twister questions about Peter Piper through my brain – but they would not exit in voice.  Fear came.  A garbled 911 call.  I again sat.  My right side sorta took a little break.  Amazingly soon a blue clad officer came – then the paramedics-then the whirlwind of actions and questions with responses stumbling out of me.  My world now voices and jumble and a hazy search for some kind of foggy clarity.  None came.  Lugged downstairs, outside, onto a gurney, into the ambulance – faces all over the place, just eyes and voices, and….

“Stay with us David.  You gotta stay awake man.  Stay here!”  I heard and my eyes, though I knew open, didn’t focus. My hands were folded across my bubble of a belly.  “Stay here man…” And I prayed.

I hoped, an earnest request for healing, for survival, for good care.  I also put all of this in His hands, mentally spoke and truly believed that my journey would be His to guide.  I hoped for strength to get through what lay on this path, what maladies might linger.  I thanked Him, knowing He would be with my family in its worries and stresses in the hours ahead.  Tired, so tired… “Stay here David!  Talk to me…”  No, I’m visiting with God right now and my mind laughed, not my mouth.  And then, deep in the soul of me, I knew, I felt a new word, a powerful word.  With it came a settling, like a sway-back-and-forth-float-down settle of a leaf free falling to end its struggle to cling, its hope for salvation.

Assurance.  I didn’t have hope anymore.  Didn’t need hope, shouldn’t rely on hope.  I believed, I am assured.  In this journey and in all my moments, hours, days ahead, I am assured God is with me in Jesus Christ and every step will be guided by His Holy Spirit.  No bright flame of realization, no thunderous acclamation.  A quiet settling – “Stay here David” – back to this moment, this event and knowing God is with me, what fear need I?  Hope died.  The divine plan for me, not so much.

And so assured, this day I continue recovery, still in unusual September 85 degree heat, and back at this keyboard. I giggle a bit as weird words emerge from the tappy tap of a healing hand.  I’ll walk today.  I’ll love the crinkly crackly leaves musting into my thinks.  And I’ll hold Jesus’ assuring hand.  Hope, a good grace from God.  Assurance the answer in Jesus Christ.

Quilts of Comfort


Today we have a guest speaker, Bruce Hansen, on our Mission (Quilts! Quilts!). Quilts have been layed on our pues and will soon be delivered to Native reservations. Our quilters have been hard at work. Click on this link to view the fruits of their labor. Thank you Quilters!

Service Introduction:

Prayer of the Day:

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without you nothing is strong, nothing is holy. Embrace us with your mercy, that with you as our ruler and guide, we may live through what is temporary without losing what is eternal, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen!



Luke 21:5-19

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’ They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them. ‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. ‘But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls. Amen!

Guest Speaker on our Quilting Mission, Bruce Hansen:

For more info on this mission, “Quilts! Quilts!,” or to see more of these beautiful quilts, click HERE.



Traditional Service Songs:

Lord of All Hopefulness

Have No Fear, Little Flock

We Are an Offering

Let All Things Now Living

Cornerstone Worship Music:

I Will Call Upon The Lord

Because He Lives

The Only Name Yours Will Be

Good, Good Father

Your Grace Finds Me