Fear Not: The Dawn is Breaking!

Written by Rev. Gayle Pope. Posted in The Seed

2018 Advent

Advent is a time of waiting – for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas, for the coming of Christ at the end of time, and for the coming of Christ into our hearts and lives each day we live on this earth.
Sometimes, while we wait, we find ourselves in darkness – the darkness of suffering, of loss, of confusion, anxiety, depression, worry – all those things that have the potential to rob us of peace and joy. And if we’re not in a time of darkness ourselves, chances are, we’re walking along someone else who is.
And yet – there is hope. God’s word is filled with promises and assurances that light will break through the darkness – that love will win the day. “By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us.” (Luke 1:78) “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5) “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).

“From Darkness to Dawn” is the focus of our Advent daily devotional and Wednesday evening prayer services this year. Meditations on scripture and personal faith stories will help us focus on the light of Christ. Midweek services begin at 6:30 and will last from 30 to 40 minutes. We will again use the “Holden Evening Prayer” liturgy. Luther Memorial will again join us in worship, with Pastor Tony Metz presiding on Dec. 5 and me on Dec. 12 and 19. Here’s what to expect each week:

  Dec. 5: Chaplain James Riley from Good Samaritan home will talk about the need to acknowledge the dark, from Psalm 109. Special Music is To Be Determined.

Dec. 12: Jim Dunn will talk share about an experience of darkness and light in his life. Special Music by Amy Stollberg and Cathy Flick.
Dec. 19: Brandon Ross will give testimony of the light of Christ in his life. Special Music by Roger Wegehenkel and John Moore.
These midweek Advent services are a wonderful way to quiet your mind from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and turn your thoughts to the real “reason for the season.” Please plan to join us, and bring a friend!

2018 Advent booklet

Pick Up a Daily Devotional

Advent Daily Devotionals written by members of Luther Memorial and Christ Lutheran are available for pick-up at church. If you aren’t able to get here, contact the church office and we will see that you get one. We will have links to the devotional on our website and facebook as well. Thanks to the writers from CLC and LMC who shared their faith!

Stewardship Campaign Invites Us to Consider How We Are Called to Serve

Written by Matt Futhey, Stewardship Chair with Pastor Gayle Pope. Posted in The Seed

The theme for this year’s stewardship campaign is “Building for Mission: People, Place and Purpose.” We will be emphasizing this theme over the next six weeks as we consider how we, as disciples of Jesus, are called to give of our time, talent and treasure to serve God’s mission.

building for missionThe Stewardship Team decided on the overall theme of “building” because it looks to the future, suggests a work in progress, and calls for action on our part. Further, we chose to focus in three areas: how we build people of faith and a place for worship, fellowship and hospitality, for the purpose of fulfilling God’s mission.

As in the past, the Stewardship Campaign will be launched with a letter to our members the week of Oct. 8 including a Time and Talent Survey and financial pledge card for 2019. On Sunday, Oct. 14, I will give a brief talk before our service on the overall campaign. The next three Sundays, the following members have been invited to share their thoughts in temple talks:

Oct. 21: Tracy Goings will talk about building up people of faith. Tracy has shown great faith in helping wherever she is needed, especially in our learning ministry. She has been asked to give a faith statement on why she volunteers for kids’ activities, and how that has impacted our church as a whole.

Oct. 28: Stu Bell, our Property Team chair, will speak about how volunteers from our congregation have worked to build our place by donating their time and talent to help construct the columbarium in addition to fixing minor issues within the church building.

Nov. 4: Dick Tabb will talk about the importance of knowing and following God’s purpose as we carry out our ministries.
On Sunday, Nov. 4, we’ll hold a “Ministry Fair” during Fellowship Hour at which each ministry team will have a display table illustrating what they do to fulfill God’s mission. We are asking that pledge cards and Time & Talent Surveys be returned by this Sunday. We will have a receptacle for them in the narthex.

Our 2018 fall stewardship campaign will culminate Sunday, Nov. 11, with a catered lunch served by your council. More details to come on that!
At the heart of “stewardship” is the belief that everything we have comes from and belongs to God and we are simply “stewards” appointed to manage these gifts. Please listen to our speakers, read the materials, attend the Ministry Fair and prayerfully consider how God is calling you to invest your time, talent and treasure as, together, we build for God’s Mission.