God is Good… is a new series on the good news of Jesus from Paul’s letter to the Colossians. It is interesting how much we have in common with the Colossians. As Paul shares the gospel with them, we too are invited into the same good news. And who doesn’t need good news?
This week we see how God saves us from too much separation and too much striving in our lives. It’s about receiving grace and peace…Colossians 1:1-2
(With some key insights from my friend, David Housholder)
We have one worship service on Sunday, December 24th at 5 p.m. It is our Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service. We will praise God in a powerful worship experience, open and receptive to joining the angel host of heaven.
- Sing out our praises with some of our favorite classic carols
- Listen to inspired special offerings by our song team
- Experience the meaning of the coming of Jesus in just the right way and at just the right time through the eyes of our children.
- Where is Jesus active on the world stage today?
- We share Christmas communion; our family dinner…
- We close with one of our most cherished worship expressions…Candlelight Silent Night
We will see you Sunday!
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…
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.”
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
There are no self-made men or women. We are all God-made and that makes all the difference. A sermon on John 6:36-46
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…
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
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
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!