The Vision – September 2015

from the pastor’s desk

After the more casual attitude of our worship and congregation life this summer, it is time to move together into our fall schedules of renewed emphasis on Christian education and fellowship events. Of course, worship together every Sunday is at the heart of what we do as Lutheran Christians, and I urge every family in both congregations to make a commitment to being present every Sunday. This is what God desires and what sustains us in our life together.

On Sunday, September 13, after we have had our services at both St. Paul and Grace, we will gather at the social hall at St. Paul for our annual combined stewardship dinner. There will be ample opportunities for fellowship and some brief guided conversations concerning how we think about charitable giving (especially to ELCA World Hunger), and our attitudes about money. Please be a part of this important gathering.

Then, on Thursday, September 17, at 6 p.m. we will gather at the social hall of Grace for a simple meal and the kick-off of our intergenerational “Sunday School on Thursdays.” This will be a good opportunity to renew your commitment to the faith formation of your children – the promises you made at their baptism. For the adults their will be a special presentation by Bruce Romanic and me about the recent Supreme Court ruling on same gender marriage and some of the Church’s response to the changes happening in the culture around us. This will include our own Bishop Driesen’s letter concerning some of these changes. There will be a sign-up sheet for the meal and presentation. We look forward to this important conversation.

In Christ’s service,

Pastor David Byerly