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Join us in the Hall as we sum up our Luther and the Reformation study with a special showing of a travelogue specifically developed for the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation. “Luther and The Reformation” is produced and hosted by popular TV personality, Rick Steves! This is an excellent travelogue of the life and locations of Martin Luther and the Reformation. Here is what Rick Steves says about his production:

“The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In 1517, the German monk Martin Luther collected 95 points to stoke discussion about the corruption of the medieval Church. He then nailed his famous “95 Theses” to the door of his hometown church in Wittenberg. With that small, symbolic act, Luther unleashed a storm of change, kicking o the most important religious event of the last millennium—the Protestant Reformation…With this documentary, I’m honored and thankful to make a small contribution to the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Thanks for your interest in this fascinating and important chapter in both the history of the Christian Church and the story of our Western Civilization. I hope you enjoy the show.”

Come and join us Thursday October 12@ 6:30 p.m.

 

The woman caught in adultery. This event in the life of Jesus is one of the favorites for anyone who wants to make sure no one who is a Christian is “judgmental.” You can’t speak against someone else’s behavior as wrong because we all know, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.”

Is this what Jesus really means?
Far from it…

God Time October 2

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John 7

16 So Jesus told them, “My message is not my own; it comes from God who sent me.17 Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether my teaching is from God or is merely my own. 18 Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.

In the final analysis, what is the life being led by the person who is following a model and set of teachings? God makes it possible for us to know which way to go. We see this as we look to Jesus.

If I say I am a Christian, but am angry and vindictive, for instance, it isn’t Jesus who is at fault for my attitude and actions. It is only if I want to do the will of God that I am seeking the truth. If I know my anger and vindictiveness are ungodly and repent of them, knowing the struggle is real, then I will invite the Spirit of God to cleanse me and seek forgiveness from those whom I wrong. We can follow Jesus without being jerks about it, after all.

Instead we are wise to seek to be more Christlike in the way we live our lives. What is the alternative? It may look like we can cut corners and follow what we want out of life, but we are fooling ourselves. As Jesus said, ‘We can gain all that the world thinks is important and lose our souls.’

Lose that which connects us most to God. Lose his truth.

If we want what Jesus wants for us, this is what life looks like.

Matthew 7:7 “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

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Martin Luther and The Reformation

The sparks that lit the Modern World

Thursday Nights 6:30-8 pm

study led by Pastor Dana

Bring snacks to share, beverages provided…

September 14  The Protesting Professor

September 21  Trouble, Trouble, Trouble

September 28 Heretics Trial

October 5        Martin Luther: A Legacy

October 12      Special Movie Night!

Rick Steves: Luther and The Reformation

Anniversary Worship

From the beauty of the patio and narthex to the posh surroundings of Natterstad Hall, our family and friends joined together to thank God for all the blessings he has poured out over his people for all of these 100+ years.

We had a delicious banquet and a inspiring and entertaining program. Pastor Larson gave a heartfelt prayer to start us off and we finished with a wonderful video and word of blessing and hope by Duane Cirks. Thanks to them and to Rob and Marie Reed, Courtney Cirks, Jim and Mary Beth Heglund, Buzz Brown, and Martha Butler-Borck for for a fantastic program!

Then on Sunday, we gave thanks and praise to the God of Glory in music, singing, prayer, and sharing of the Word. Our special guests were Pastor Jay and Isa Spoonheim, who came for the Banquet and celebration worship from Sante Fe NM! Mark Holmstrom played in his usual amazing way and directed an Anniversary Alumni Choir. Kjell Austad brought back our bell choir who started us out with a beautiful piece. Our band provided spirit-led praise and worship, with a strong solo by Connor Miles. Great thanks for all who participated!

There are so many people to thank for all of our anniversary events and celebrations. We truly are a family used by God to continue to be rooted in the hope and joy of Jesus as he works through us to bless and proclaim his name!

Special thanks to Donna McLeod for leading us! The Banquet program is printed below.

With Much More Life to Come…

Pastor Dana

 

 

LIFEhouse Church

100 Year Anniversary Banquet Program

Saturday, April 29 2017

Welcome                                Pastor Dana Hanson

Reflection and Prayer            Pastor Lowell Larson

Anniversary Reflection           Martha Butler-Borck

Music “New Life”                    Rob Reed & Courtney Cirks

Anniversary Reflection          Buzz Brown

Anniversary Skit                    Jim & Mary Beth Heglund

Anniversary Reflection          Pastor Dana Hanson

Music “Blessings”                  Rob & Marie Reed, Courtney Cirks

Anniversary:                          Duane Cirks

Time Capsule

Video

Reflection

 

To those who have gone before us, whose vision of God’s church has brought us to this place in time 

To the Centennial Planning & Hospitality Teams:

Pastor Dana Hanson, Peter Borck, Buzz Brown, Heidi Christopher, Duane Cirks, Trish Dallas, Nancy Hanson, Carla Kievit, Michele Knepp, Barbara Le Strange, Donna McLeod, Robyn Vega

To the many hands who participated in executing this celebration: 

Nancy Anderson, Pastor Mike Anderson, Greg & Missy Andrews, Kjell Austad, Donnice Brown, Barbara Cirks, Courtney Cirks, Betty Hadden,  Mark Holmstrom, Rory Knepp, Don Lautenschlager, Barbara Le Strange, Mary Lewallen, Ardis Natterstad, Dolores Nickerson,

Martha Pfleger, Rob & Marie Reed, Beverly Reitz

100 YEARS OF GRATITUDE

 

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Clean Up, Clean up, Everybody do your share…

This is the opening line of our preschool’s clean up song, so why let them have all the fun?
We are having a church clean up day this Saturday, April 8from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. We are getting ready for our community and guests! We want to make our church home look awesome for the holy days!
We have plenty to do for every man, woman and child, indoors and outdoors.
Why not help out for the entire time, 3 hours, two hours, one hour…There is plenty to do!
Bring gloves and rakes.
Breakfast snacks and lunch available!


John 4

Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.”

But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.”

“Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other.

The central message of Jesus is the kingdom of God is near to us. Through Jesus, whatever is available in heaven is available here on earth. This hasn’t sunk in with the disciples, yet. They are still thinking on an earthly level. If you need food you find it in the village. At the grocery store. In the restaurant. But, Jesus is the one who creates the ingredients that make up our food. So, if he is living in and through us, all that is in heaven is available to us. Including nourishment to keep us going. Why do we need to keep going? To bring the love and joy of Jesus to those around us. If Jesus lives in and through us, then we join him in his work of bringing God to those who are seeking him.

Here is the “How?”

Jesus sends the power of the Holy Spirit to you to equip you to spread his love, joy and peace. There are people only you can invite. Don’t underestimate the uniqueness of your role in God’s plans. There is a life only you are meant to lead. Like a gate only you can enter.

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How does it make you feel to know that you have a unique purpose in God’s plans?

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LSS had their annual breakfast at LIFEhouse this year. It was a great event and the highlight for us was…LSS named Beth Yaros their volunteer of the year! Beth does just about anything around the LSS site, volunteering four days a week! Just as she serves in her other ministries, Beth shines at LSS…

Glory to God for all he does through our sister, Beth!

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John 4

So when Jesus knew that the Pharisees had heard that he was making more disciples than John, and was baptizing them (Jesus himself didn’t baptize people; it was his disciples who were doing it), he left Judaea and went back to Galilee.

There is no place for jealousy or competition in the Christian family. Jesus looks at the churches of a city as one church as we can see if we consider the churches spoken of in the Book of Revelation, for instance. In other words, there isn’t LIFEhouse as an individual group of Christians and then other Lutheran churches and then Roman Catholic and Baptist churches and such. There is one church locally. The church of  Jesus in Los Angeles, as it were.

Currently, we see the Pharisees, the Jewish religious authorities, are bringing trouble to Jesus and John the Baptist. The way they are carrying out their ministry isn’t proper to them. Jesus leaves Judea to avoid the problems the Pharisees could bring to him. This is an example of Jesus doing what he said to his mother at the wedding at Cana.

“It’s not my time, yet.”

Jesus will set his own agenda and not let the Pharisees force his hand. Something else interesting is recorded here. Remember the Gospel of John is an eyewitness account of one of Jesus’ closet followers. He will make editorial comments in his gospel so the non-Jewish readers will understand what is going on, and also to highlight greater detail in what he is writing. In our English translation of the Bible when we see these editorial words of John they are placed in parentheses.

(Jesus himself didn’t baptize people; it was his disciples who were doing it)

So, what is wrong with baptism that Jesus isn’t doing it? It is not about the act of baptism somehow being beneath Jesus, it is more about the disciples learning by doing. Jesus is teaching his disciples to do the things he does.

I would say he is also making sure everyone understands it is God doing the baptizing through the person, not the prestige of the person doing the baptism. You can see people later saying, “I was baptized by Jesus himself,” as a badge of honor or something. Jesus would have none of that.

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When infants are baptized, God is baptizing them. When adults are baptized, God is baptizing them.