We will have a Combined Worship Service for all three churches at Longwood Park on Sunday, August 7 with a potluck to follow. Once again, Art Petke will be our musician, and our hymns will be done to polka tunes. We will also have a baptism as a part of the service.
Everybody should bring their own plates and utensils. The churches will provide coffee, a punch and cups.
from the May Newsletter
In each church’s Annual Report, Pastor Brian attached a questionnaire about what the priorities of the churches are, and should be. His thoughts are in his column.
A total of 16 responses were submitted. Written answers have been summarized, and grouped into similar concerns, with the number of similar responses noted in parenthesis. The results are below .
What makes you excited to be a member of this church? Fellowship & Friendship at Church (10), Attending Worship (3), Bible Study (3), Good Leaders
What do you feel this church excels at doing? Working with Youth (3), Welcoming others (2), Togetherness (2), Outreach (2), Good at Activities/Fundraisers (2), Mission work and Service (2), Stewardship, Traditions
What do you feel is the most important thing this church does? Spirit of Togetherness (3), Sharing God’s Word (2), Open and Welcoming (2), Taking care of members (2), Working with youth, Religious support, Worship
What do you feel is the most important thing the pastor does? Preach/Bring the Bible alive (4), Share God’s Word (4), Bring/Involve youth (3), Inspire/Lead (3), Contact with members (2), Spiritual Leader
What do you feel is the most important thing this church SHOULD do? Be Welcoming (4), Outreach into the community (3), Create a desire to worship (3), Be caring (2), Spread God’s love, Bible Study, Reach out to young people, Cooperate with others
Do we do it? Most responses on their priority gave were of the unsatisfactory/not enough nature to no.
What do you feel is the most important thing the pastor SHOULD do? Preach/ Bring the Bible alive (3), Visit people at home (3), Call people by name (2), Lead worship (2), Meet members needs, Community outreach, Teach, Lead
Does he do it? Most answers were positive, except for visiting people and calling them by name
What or who is missing in the work that this church does? Who or what have we forgotten or overlooked? Reaching out to inactives & those who have left church (4); Invite neighbors and new people (2), Youth and children (2), Older people/retirees, We worry too much about ourselves, Need to keep sign updated
The following are a list of duties pastors are to perform for their congregations. (Rank 1-7) Ranked by Ave.
1.53 Preach the Word
2.27 Conduct public worship, administer the sacraments
2.87 Provide pastoral care
3.60 Marry, visit the sick and distressed, bury the dead
4.07 Offer instruction and confirm
5.20 Speak publicly to the world in solidarity with the poor and oppressed, calling for justice and proclaiming God’s love for the world.
5.87 Supervise all schools & organizations of the congregation
The following are a list of ministries, or activities, churches engage in. (Rank 1-3 or Not Important)
Ranked by votes #1 #2 #3 Not Imp
Worship 11 2 0 0
Visitations 2 8 1 1
Youth Education 8 1 1 0
Prayer 4 0 3 0
Outreach to the unchurched 2 2 3 1
Community Service 1 1 5 2
Adult Education 0 3 3 1
Helping the poor 1 3 1 2
Stewardship 2 1 1 0
Evangelism 1 1 2 1
Social Justice 0 3 1 6
Digital or Online Ministries 0 1 0 7
Our sisters and brothers in the Northeastern Iowa Synod have compiled some resources to help develop a better understanding and answer questions or concerns about Islam. The article on their website is linked here.
They refer to a book titled My Neighbor is Muslim which can be downloaded by clicking on the link. I have briefly reviewed it, and find it to be very interesting. I plan on finishing it after Christmas.
They also refer to a DVD series called Discover Islam. I have ordered the series and will have it in our video library for people to check out and watch.
If you have questions or concerns about Islam and Muslims, let me know. I believe we are allowing fear to overtake us, and are condemning a whole group of people for the actions of a few. This is not the way for followers of Jesus Christ to act.
EDIT: I forgot to include a link to the open letter Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton wrote to our Muslim brothers and sisters, pledging solidarity and support to them in this time of increased fear.
+ Pastor Brian
Christmas Eve services will feature Lessons & Carols with Communion and Congregational Candle Lighting as we sing “Silent Night.” On Thursday, December 24, we will have a service at Emmanuel at 4:00 p.m., with bell ringing to follow. At Our Savior’s, the service will begin at 8:00 p.m.
On Christmas Morn, Friday, December 25, services will also feature Lessons & Carols with Communion at NEW Sunday worship times; Our Savior’s at 9:30 a.m. and Emmanuel at 11:00 a.m.
Combined Sunday School Service on December 20
Sunday School students will present a COMBINED Christmas Programs between Our Savior’s, Emmanuel and Nazareth churches. There will be only one service on Sunday, December 20. It will be at Our Savior’s at 10:00 a.m., with a cookie and dessert potluck following the service.
The councils for both Our Savior’s and Emmanuel have asked our office staff to develop a new self-published church directory. The directory will be available at the beginning of the year. Photographs and information will be collected before and after worship services during November, and will be available in small three-ring binders at the beginning of the year, in time for annual meetings.
We will begin taking pictures at both churches before and after the worship services. We are looking for volunteers to help with collecting forms and taking photos in November. If you are willing to help, please contact Pastor Brian or the Parish Office.
You can fill out the information form at church, or can download it here.
The churches in the cooperative ministry discussions met on Tuesday, October 20 at St. Paul’s in Curtiss. One of the decisions made is to give the group the name of Sowing Seeds Lutheran Ministries, and to use this logo.
Contract discussions between Pastor Brian, Pastor Kris and Nazareth have been concluded, and the contract will be presented to the church councils. The contract to provide pastoral care for Nazareth would go into effect on December 1. For Nazareth ONLY, Pastor Brian will take the lead in worship and administration, while Pastor Kris will take the lead in visitations and pastoral care. Their roles at their current churches will not change.
What may change is so Pastor Brian can also lead Sunday services at Nazareth, worship times at Our Savior’s and Emmanuel may change as well. The proposed schedule of Sunday worship times is:
Nazareth 8:00 a.m.
Our Savior’s 9:30 a.m.
Emmanuel 11:00 a.m.
These are still proposals. If you have questions or concerns, please talk to Pastor Brian or to a church council member.
The first event sponsored by Sowing Seeds Lutheran Ministries was a Joint Reformation Sunday Evening Worship Service & Potluck on October 25th at Nazareth in Withee. Thanks to everyone who attended and brought a dish to pass. Special thanks to Our Savior’s Tone Chimes, and Linda Turnquist and Russ Dean for accompanying on “A Mighty Fortress.”
Halloween originally started as a church holiday. Really.
Check out this article from Vibrant Faith on the three days when we remember our loved ones who have died, and the traditions that used to go along with them. Maybe you might include one of the traditions to remember those who are no longer with us.
BTW, in the Lutheran tradition, we celebrate October 31 as Reformation Day because in was on that day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the church door. He chose that day because the next day, All Saint's Day, was one of the highest attended church services of the year.
The five churches who are in discussions over an area ministry agreement are sponsoring a Joint Reformation Sunday Evening worship service and potluck at Nazareth on Sunday, October 25.
The service, with Bishop Rick Hoyme as our guest preacher, will begin at 5 p.m., with a potluck supper to follow. This will NOT replace the individual church’s services on that day.
Each church is asked to bring a particular item for the potluck:
Emmanuel Pie Making Day
Emmanuel will have a church community fundraiser. We are having an apple pie making day at Longwood Parish Hall on October 17th beginning at 8:00 am and finishing when all the pies are made. We are hoping to bake 150 pies.
There are jobs for everyone: men, women and children. Apple peelers, pie crust rollers, pie tin fillers, deliverers and cleanup are some of the jobs needed. All help is welcomed and appreciated! Monetary donations are also accepted to help buy supplies.
Pie Committee-Carol Missling, Nancy Garrett, Lois Himes
At the 2009 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the ELCA challenged its members to raise $15 million to fight malaria. Today, the ELCA announced that the goal has been met and surpassed!!
As additional gifts come in designated for malaria, they will be spent to expand existing malaria programs or allow companions in other countries to get involved. Though our fundraising campaign efforts for malaria have ended, our commitment to walking together with our companions and supporting their health-care ministries will not end. Our global companion churches and Lutheran partners who would like to continue or begin new malaria programming in the coming years will seek funding through ELCA World Hunger.
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