What is the Church?

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Here is our pastor’s newsletter article for April 2017.   In the Nicene Creed, from the original Greek, we confess, “We believe in… one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.”  What is this Church?  The Augsburg Confession, which we affirm as a Lutheran congregation, also gives us a definition.  “The Church is the assembly of saints where […]

Lent 2017: The Passion and the People

The Passion and the People

The Passion: From the Latin patior meaning “suffer,” referring to the sufferings Jesus endured for our salvation, from the agony in the garden through His death on Calvary. The People: The men, women, and children of a particular nation, community, or ethnic group, but which can also refer to everyone in the world. “The Passion […]

The Parable of the Sower Resown

Parable of the Sower

This is our pastor’s article for our congregation’s newsletter for February 2017.   The farmer trundles into the field to plant the seed.  You think the farmer blind, for he scatters his seeds like a crazy, reckless, unpredictable man.  Is he a farmer, at all? The seeds scatter on asphalt and gravel, among the weeds […]

Thursday Bible Classes Resume: 2:00 PM

Classes Resume

After a hiatus during Advent and Christmas, our Thursday Bible classes resume, at 2:00 PM, until Lent.  In seven lessons, we will look into David’s life, who became the great king of Israel.  The lessons are planned to be structured as such: David as a shepherd, youth, and warrior: 1 Samuel 16 – 20 David as […]

New Year’s Schedule

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Our New-Year’s Eve Service is on Saturday, December 31 at 5:00 PM.  The central focus is from Psalm 27: The Lord in my light and my salvation.  Whom should I fear? For January 1, we will be celebrating the second Sunday of Christmas at 9:30 AM.  The Service’s theme is from Galatians 4: In the Fullness […]

Christmas Day Service, 9:30 AM

Our Christmas Day Service is on December 25, at 9:30 AM.  It is a Divine Service, which is a Service of the preached Word and the Lord’s Supper.  (We will be having no Sunday School on Christmas Day.) We will be singing many of the lesser-known Christmas hymns.  You’ll be surprised how many you know […]

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00 PM

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On Christmas Eve, December 24, at 7:00 PM, is our Service of Carols and Candlelight.  We will also be finishing our series on The Canticles of Christmas, delighting in the song the Angel choir sang to the shepherds, which we call “The Gloria.” We will sing many of your favorite Christmas hymns, ending with Silent […]

Church is Cancelled for Sunday, December 18

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All Church activities for Sunday, December 18 are cancelled. The weather forecast has a 50% chance of snow Saturday night, with an accompanying possibility of icy roads.  Even if your roads are clear, the church’s steep driveway becomes dangerous to drive on with a thin layer of ice. What made us decide to cancel church, […]

The Canticles of Christmas

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The midweek Advent and Christmas Eve services will focus on the Canticles of Christmas.  In this series, we will explore the scriptural songs revolving around the coming of Christ for our salvation. Nov 30: Mary’s Song, the Magnificat Dec 7: Zechariah’s Song, the Benedictus Dec 14: Simeon’s Song, the Nunc Dimittis Dec 24: The Song […]

Church, State, and the Voting Booth

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“Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God” (Matthew 22:21).  Jesus’ words reveal that we live our lives in two kingdoms: The kingdom of earthly power (the government), and the kingdom of God (the Church). The Church is not the state, and the state is not the Church.  So, […]