Pastor's Page~

 Dear Friends in Christ

Epiphany is behind us, concluding with Bruce’s brilliant sermon on the Transfiguration, and now we begin our journey with Christ throughout forty days in the season of Lent.  Let us walk, as the disciples did on the road to Emmaus, listening to Christ as he opens the scriptures to us in a variety of ways.

The disciplines of Lent include prayer, fasting, works of love (among others) so the invitation is there for us to embrace.  With the luxury of mobile devices that many of you have, I know of several online devotionals that make it very convenient to take some time each day to pray … to read God’s Word … and to listen to God’s guidance.  Every journey needs a map, else we would all be lost.  God and His Word (the Living Christ) are there to lead the way for us, if we are willing to follow. 

Fasting means refraining from something, allowing for that time to be used to ponder God’s sacrificial love for us, through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.  One may refrain from certain activities throughout the forty days of the season, one may refrain from special foods for a period of time (caution is advised for this, however, as total fasting could effect our health in adverse ways).  The mental and emotional benefits from fasting can include increased alertness to the ways that God is active in our lives, providing for our needs in so many ways.  Sometimes, this is called, “mindfulness,” a quieting of the body, soul, and mind to make one more aware of one’s surroundings.  It is not by accident that the season of Lent comes in the Spring, when the world is waking from it’s long (LONG!) sleep in winter. Stopping for a while to listen and observe the world’s waking is one of the many wonders of being aware of God’s creativity in the world. 

Works of Love including paying more attention to the needs of those around us.  Perhaps making a visit to someone in the nursing home, sending a note to someone you know is feeling low … the list is endless.  Just look around. 

Another of the disciplines of Lent is time for Silence.  At our midweek services (2 p.m. on Wednesdays) and Sunday services throughout the season, we will take a couple minutes of quiet time, while Becky plays soft music, just before worship begins. This is a time of spiritual preparation to begin worship.  A quiet reflection time for our hearts to encounter our loving God … in worship … in song … in prayers … and hearing His Word.  Please respect this time for those who wish to embrace it.  

February has been quite a month.  Two church cancellations. Lots of snow days for the kids. Many thanks to Harry, who has been working very hard to keep our sidewalks and church walks clear of the mounting snow.  Thanks, too, to those who help call our people when church services must be cancelled due to the weather.  Winter is a long way from being over, so let’s do our best to endure … to think ahead to the days of spring and the new life that will come from all this snow!

Blessings,

Pastor Susan


 







 



















































































































































































































































 












































































































































































 


 








































































































































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18   Kirby Olson & John Gunderson

 

Altar Guild

 

Vicky Smetana

Communion Asst.

 

11 Jodi Hassemer

Lectors

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18 Mary Anderson

25 Nate Splett

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Food Pantry

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4 Pentecost -

Worship Scananavian Church 10:30 -

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Children?s Time

5:30   dinner

6:00   Movie

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Lydia Fellowship

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Food pantry

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11  Trinity Sunday

Worship with HC 9:00

Cake for Pastor Susan?s 25th Pastoral Anniversray 10:00

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14 Flag Day

+Ecumenical Service

North Park

6:00-Potluck 7-music

+ Pastor Susan 25th Anniversary

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Food Pantry

1-4 pm

 

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18 Father?s Day

 

Worship with Bruce Metcalf 9:00 am

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First Day of Summer

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Children?s Time

5:30   dinner

6:00   Movie

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Church Council

5:30

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Food Pantry

1-4 pm

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Worship with Nate Splett 9:00 am

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Children?s Time

5:30   dinner

6:00   Movie

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30

Food Pantrry

1-4 pm

 

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Ushers

11 & 25  Kirby Olson & Dick Rowe

18   Kirby Olson & John Gunderson

 

Altar Guild

 

Vicky Smetana

Communion Asst.

 

11 Jodi Hassemer

Lectors

11 Jodi Hassemer

18 Mary Anderson

25 Nate Splett

1

2

 

Food Pantry

1-4 pm

3

4 Pentecost -

Worship Scananavian Church 10:30 -

no worship

at Our Saviors

5

6

7

Children?s Time

5:30   dinner

6:00   Movie

8

Lydia Fellowship

5:30

9

Food pantry

1-4 pm

10

11  Trinity Sunday

Worship with HC 9:00

Cake for Pastor Susan?s 25th Pastoral Anniversray 10:00

12

13

14 Flag Day

+Ecumenical Service

North Park

6:00-Potluck 7-music

+ Pastor Susan 25th Anniversary

15

16

Food Pantry

1-4 pm

 

17

18 Father?s Day

 

Worship with Bruce Metcalf 9:00 am

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20  

First Day of Summer

21

Children?s Time

5:30   dinner

6:00   Movie

22

Church Council

5:30

23

Food Pantry

1-4 pm

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25

 

Worship with Nate Splett 9:00 am

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27

28

Children?s Time

5:30   dinner

6:00   Movie

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30

Food Pantrry

1-4 pm

 



Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Ushers

11 & 25  Kirby Olson & Dick Rowe

18   Kirby Olson & John Gunderson

 

Altar Guild

 

Vicky Smetana

Communion Asst.

 

11 Jodi Hassemer

Lectors

11 Jodi Hassemer

18 Mary Anderson

25 Nate Splett

1

2

 

Food Pantry

1-4 pm

3

4 Pentecost -

Worship Scananavian Church 10:30 -

no worship

at Our Saviors

5

6

7

Children?s Time

5:30   dinner

6:00   Movie

8

Lydia Fellowship

5:30

9

Food pantry

1-4 pm

10

11  Trinity Sunday

Worship with HC 9:00

Cake for Pastor Susan?s 25th Pastoral Anniversray 10:00

12

13

14 Flag Day

+Ecumenical Service

North Park

6:00-Potluck 7-music

+ Pastor Susan 25th Anniversary

15

16

Food Pantry

1-4 pm

 

17

18 Father?s Day

 

Worship with Bruce Metcalf 9:00 am

19

20  

First Day of Summer

21

Children?s Time

5:30   dinner

6:00   Movie

22

Church Council

5:30

23

Food Pantry

1-4 pm

24

25

 

Worship with Nate Splett 9:00 am

26

27

28

Children?s Time

5:30   dinner

6:00   Movie

29

30

Food Pantrry

1-4 pm