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Pastor’s August Message:

The Church in Transition in a Post-Christian World

Jesus teaches His disciples: “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16)”

The Church, that is, the body of all true believers in the world, has seen better days. The members of this congregation can attest to this as we look back in the history of this body of believers. During the era of the 1950s and 1960s this congregation was a booming place. There were so many families and    children here that we had to present two children’s Christmas programs, one with the younger children and one with the older, to accommodate the number of family members who attended. Since those decades have gone into history there have been many changes both in the world and in our smaller world of the  congregation.

Some of these changes have come about  because of the obvious changes to the family and its structure. Some of the changes we have to face as believers in this world and as members of this congregation are because of the societal changes having to do with belief in God, belief in His Word, the ever-changing view of our world concerning morality, and the ever-growing belief of many that there are no empirical truths, but that truth is something that each   person must decide for him or herself.  And then there is this current confusion about personhood and sexual identity. All these and others have affected the Church and its life. But even as we are confronted by all these the mission of the Church remains the same: Bring the Gospel into the world. Share the Gospel with those who neither know God nor know His pure salvation.

I’m afraid that too often the Church as seen in the local congregation decides that the best way to reach an unbelieving culture that lives in its neighborhood is to accommodate the culture in which it finds itself. Offer to those outside the Church what they seek, somehow sanctifying the personal truths unto which they hold. How can the Church inject Jesus into a person’s life without confronting this one’s personal sin? That which God teaches as sin cannot be sanctified by our human wisdom or work. No, the Church, as instructed by Jesus, must operate under His wisdom: “…be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” Jesus’ instruction to us seems to present us with an impossible way of operating. Professor Jeffrey Gibbs in his commentary on these verses explains it this way: “…Jesus’ words exhort the Twelve (disciples) to combine a wise and sober realism with a naïve and trusting willingness.”

Let me unwrap this for you. We, as God’s    children the Church, must study and know the “personal truths” to which those around us cling. They are not the unchanging and perfect truths of God, but rather the comfortable truths that individuals construct so that they can live within a world that offers them a temporary and earthly peace. For most of us this means we have to get personal with our neighbor, not as a nosy busy-body, but as those who see each of our neighbors as someone Christ died for. As we do this we must trust with what outsiders and unbelievers might term as a blind and foolish trust the One who sends us out. Jesus is our living example of this. He is the One who humbled Himself, took on human flesh and blood, faced misery and suffering for our sakes and the sake of every sinner, by being obedient to His heavenly Father even to the point of death on the cross. He who knew no sin decided by His own perfect will to dwell with sinners that He might bring salvation and the kingdom of God into all lives.

Even as we study and understand the perceived truths to which individual neighbors in our world cling we must more clearly understand God’s Truth as taught us in His Word. As we pray in the   Collect for the Word from our liturgy we ask the Lord to open His Holy Scriptures to us that “we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and take them to heart (which includes memorizing the Word). We hear the Word of God by regular Divine Service attendance. We read, mark, and learn this freeing Word with other believers in Bible study and by our own personal reading and studying of the Scriptures so that we may live these Words of life and truth in Jesus actively in our daily lives and as witnesses of these truths to our neighbor. The Bible gives us the right and perfect answers to all the brokenness of our world today. Knowing the source and the skewed wisdom of this brokenness we are called to bring the healing balm of God’s wisdom to bear in those around us. The world will always be changing in its wisdom and truth. God’s wisdom and truth remains the same in every culture of every age. Each of us is called to set our minds, our hearts, our lives to Christ that we may rightly serve our neighbor today.

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LWML Thank You…

To everyone who supported our Salad and Sandwich luncheon by attending, hostessing, preparing and serving the food, distributing flyers, and special thanks to Diane for all she does for us in making the placemats, flyers, putting it on the roll-up and everything in between.  It was a successful event profiting just over $900.00 for our LWML Society.

Our committee is a great group to work with and we have fun doing it.

God’s Blessings to all of you.

 

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Sonshine Preschool is accepting registrations for the  2022-23 school year….

We welcome God’s precious preschoolers ages 3-4 two half days per week and ages 4-5 three half days per week.

Darla Friesen—Teacher

Classes Start: Wednesday September 7th

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Rally Day will be

Sunday, September 11th

Worship at 9:00 am

Sunday School at 10:30 am

Bible Study 10:30 am

Teacher installation during the  worship service. Special events during the Sunday School hour.  Join the fun as we resume our Sunday School schedule.

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 LWML…

 

¨  LWML …The LWML will be meeting at the church on Thursday, August 4 at 7:00 pm, Linda Ebeling will be the hostess.

¨ Joanna Circle…Will meet at the home of LeAnn Steere on Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 pm.

¨ Our annual BBQ-Pie & Ice Cream  Social will be held on Sunday,  September 11th in conjunction with the      Sunday School Rally Day.

 

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AUGUST 2022 HYMN OF THE MONTH

LSB 736 CONSIDER HOW THE BIRDS ABOVE

 

Surprise!  Our hymn of the month is not from the 17th or 18th century!

The author, Stephen Starke (b. 1955) has a number of hymns in our present hymnal.  He first earned degrees in art and music and taught in a Lutheran High School.  He then entered the Fort Wayne seminary and  became a pastor in 1983.  While he has written over 200 hymn texts, we have 25 in our present hymnal –  either the whole hymn or several verses added to an existing hymn.  Some of these hymns are very singable.  Others are difficult because of the melody or have phrases that do not flow easily to music.  These hymns do read well as poetry.

Our hymn “Consider How the Birds Above”  is based on the Gospel in Luke 12:22-34 in which Jesus assures us that if He takes care of the birds and lilies of the field He will surely take care of us!  He will  provide us with food, drink, and clothing.  (See the explanation of the First Article of the Apostle’s Creed in the Small Catechism)

The melody is new and was written especially for this hymn after a different tune had been tried and rejected.  While it will seem new and strange, it is worth learning.  The words and music flow beautifully together, as any good song should.  The composer, Daniel Zager, is a musician of some renown, and not only in the Lutheran church.  He has served in many secular universities and presently is at the Eastman School of Music.

As we look at the verses we see they tell us to be satisfied with what He gives us, and to be ready to suffer as we seek to put Christ first in all we do.  May you find blessings as we learn to sing and appreciate this new hymn.  It will be the sermon hymn on August 7.

Consider How the Birds Above

  1. Consider how the birds above

Feed day by day with carefree ease—

Does God not keep them in His love?

Are we not worth much more than these?

  1. The lilies grow, they do not toil;

How fair is their fragility—

If God clothes these which quickly spoil,

Will He not clothe both you and me?

  1. Set not your heart on food or drink,

Nor be weighed down by worldly care;

About such things the godless think,

Yet never thank the Lord in prayer.

  1. Be on your guard against all greed,

For life is more than what we own.

Our Father knows our ev’ry need

Before our needs to us are known.

  1. Be not afraid to suffer loss

Of all the things for which you pray,

For He who faced for you the cross

Will give you strength to live each day.

  1. Seek first God’s reign, His boundless grace,

His holy Name in all you do:

Christ first and last in ev’ry place;

All else will then be given you.

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“JIM’S PUNS.”   

I. P. boiled water.​

You will be mist!

 

Q: What super power do you get when you become a parent?

A: Supervision

 

​Two melons wanted to run away and get married, but they realized they cantaloupe.

My son just threw a milk carton at me. How dairy?

 

I hope everyone has an inspiring  Awe gust.

 

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Cottonwood County Sharing Center Food Shelf at this time, has several specific needs:

1) A need for volunteers! Volunteering as little as once a month would be appreciated! Volunteers wear masks, social distance, and hand sanitizers are available.

2) Personal care items, etc. At this time, no regular housewares are able to be accepted. The personal care items include: toothpaste, body wash (smaller sizes), razors or disposable razors for men or women, deodorant, small laundry items (detergent), dryer sheets, kleenex, Fall/winter clothing, blankets, towels, and sheets / pillowcases.

3) As most food is mostly donated by Second Harvest to the food shelf, the only food needed right now is refried beans and pinto beans (canned).

4) And monetary donations are always welcome!

Thanks so much everyone for your contributions! If you have questions about a donation not listed, you may call   #507-822-7210.

The cart in the lower narthex entrance will now also be used for donations to the Sharing Center. Items may be placed in the cart or dropped off at the Sharing Center during normal business hours ONLY, Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm., 1156 4th Avenue, Windom.

Monetary donation checks make payable to Faith in Action and given to Ruby Wilson, our Committee Treasurer. Also, if you need help around your home, call Larry or Jim.

Thank you for your continued support!

Faith in Action Committee

 

Hy-Vee Label…

We will be collecting the Hy-Vee receipts from now on instead of the labels. We would like to have the member highlight the Hy-Vee products on the receipt and tally up the number of items on the receipt and write that number on the   bottom of the receipt. The label container that was located by the Sonshine room will be relocated to the lower narthex.

 

Helpful Hints:

¨ Line your baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cutting.

        When you are supplying bars for an event, line your pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil first before adding the ingredients. This way when you or the kitchen help cut your bars you/they can take the bars out of the pan and cut them on a cutting board.

¨ This will also save cut marks in your baking pan.

¨ Be sure the parchment paper or foil goes over the side of the pan so you/they have some paper to grab on too.

 If you have a helpful hint, email it to Diane at lcoos@windomnet.com and we will add it to the next newsletter

 

KITCHEN NEWS…

* Wipe off counters

* Wipe off tables

* Push chair up to table

* Take extra food home

* If you put something in the refrigerator or freezer put your name on it and date it

* Take dirty towels home and bring them back clean

* Remember this is God’s House

 

SAVE the Box Tops for Education…

The Immanuel Lutheran School  uses them. Please give them to either  Kayla Peters or Cheryl Peters.