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Pastor’s March Message

A Chaste and Decent Life is Learned and Practiced

An un-Godly world laughs at the concept of chastity when it comes to how we understand and practice human sexuality in our personal lives. In this world where evil is taught as good and good as evil we may even be drawn into believing the arguments against living a chaste and decent life. We may be convinced that such is impossible or at the least too weird and different from the accepted sexual mores of our day that it is not a viable way of living in our sexually perverted world. Look what has become acceptable even within the sphere of the “church .” So-called Christian churches blink at the sin of fornication as if humans are no different than crude animals.  Fornication is sometimes translated “sexual immorality” in God’s holy Word covering all kinds of sexual sins. Christians most often understand this word as meaning “engaging in any type of sexual activity outside the bonds of marriage.” Rather than seeing ourselves as the pinnacle of God’s creation and as holy temples of His habitation we give in to the concept that pre-marital sexual relations and co-habitating as husband and wife before marriage is not a sin or as grave a sin as some of the other sexual sins that manifest themselves in our current society. Sin is sin. Sin is mocking the holiness of the God who made us and cares for us daily, who has put protecting limits on how we live as sexual beings in the world.

Created as sexual beings, God created humans as male and female, our gracious and loving God also put limits on how to express and live within our sexuality in a pure and holy way. The boundaries that He teaches in His Word protect and guard us as children of God and citizens of this creation who must live with one another.   In an article written by the current President of the Minnesota South District Rev. Dr. Lucas Woodford he writes, “As the confusion grows around us, faithful Christians must be intentional about teaching our children what marriage is, what family is, what it means to be a godly woman, a godly wife, and a godly mother, as well as what it means to be a godly man, a godly husband, and a godly father.” (Seelsorger, Volume 5, a publication of DOXOLOGY p.85) And this teaching primarily is done by moms and dads in the home. It is done as parents not only intentionally teach God’s truth in these matters, but model these truths in their everyday lives. These important lessons must not be left to be taught by our public educators or by the various media influencers of our time. To be a parent comes with some daunting and scary responsibilities and tasks that cannot be left to chance or to the whims of our unbelieving world. Your children will learn about sex, but will they learn about it from you?

Pastors are called to help with this education. But with the limited time they have with the children they teach, they often decry the inability to make any progress against the march of the current age and the deplorable things it is teaching about human sexuality. Church and home together can teach and model God’s design for marriage, family life, and blessed by God sexual life. We must take charge as well as we possibly can with what goes in front of our children’s eyes and minds. Being thoughtful about the tv shows and movies we as adults watch and what we allow our children to watch is a first good step. In both cases for adults and children we are to choose Godly, family-enriching fare. This is getting much more difficult in our sex-crazed times.

Sexual temptations and sins will be a reality that every individual must learn to face. To guard against the temptation each of us must know those circumstances that will make us more prone to fall to such temptations. Our nourishment through the reading and studying of God’s Word will be a blessed weapon in the battle. It is the same Word that draws us to the Word made flesh in our Savior when we are overcome by the temptation. Enlisting the help of trusted friends to encourage and keep us on a Godly path when it comes to sexual temptations is also a great place for Christian adults to find strength and help. Finding a trusted confessor who knows their Savior and the power of His forgiveness will also help in the battle. We need to hear when we fall into sin that Jesus took that sin upon Him. His forgiveness is full and free. The Lord Himself calls us to a “chaste and decent” life. That we would learn from Him through His Word just what this means for each of us personally as well as for my neighbor who may be trapped in Satan’s lies when it comes to a Godly sexual life. Help us in this, O Lord. Amen.

 

 

 

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“JIM’S PUNS.” 

A pig lost his voice, and now he’s disgruntled.

 

A dog gave birth to puppies by the side of the road and was cited for littering!

 

I rode the elevator up to the eleventh floor, and as I got out, the operator said, “Have a good day, son!”

“Don’t call me son,” I said. “You’re not my dad.”

“No,” said the operator, “but I brought you up, didn’t I?”

 

A man was pumping gas into his car at the gas station.  He filled the tank so full that a little gasoline spilled on his shirt sleeve, unknown to him.  He then lit a cigarette and his sleeve caught fire, so he jumped into the car and waved his arm up and down in an effort to put out the flames.  He immediately heard a siren and saw the flashing lights of a police car in his rearview mirror.  No sooner were the flames extinguished than he was arrested for having an illegal fire arm.

And so we March on!

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Our Faith in Action Group is looking for new members!  We meet just once a month, the second Tuesday, at 6:00 p.m.  Would love to have you check out a meeting and/or join.  Hope to see you there!

Faith in Action Committee

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The Faith in Action Committee…

SHARING CENTER/FAITH IN ACTION NEWS:  The Minnesota Food Share March Campaign will begin on February 26th and end March 31st.  Donations of nonperishable foods, toiletries and monetary support will be MATCHED during this time period!  Faith in Action donation envelopes can be found on the lower narthex cart.  Monetary donations may be placed in the offering plate or money box on the cart in the lower narthex.  Please make checks out to FAITH IN ACTION.  Please help us support our local Sharing Center with your generous donations!  Thanking you for your contributions!

 

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If you are interested in donating towards the purchase of flowers to grace the sanctuary for Easter, please fill out an order form or call the church office no later than Monday, March 18.

You can donate in honor of someone special, a special occasion or in memory of a loved one.

COST OF EASTER LILLIES $15.00 Deadline for ordering is March 18  

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The LWML of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior

will be meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2024

at 1:30 p.m.  Our hostesses for this meeting are Jeanette Schuur and Fran Swenson.  Our topic lesson will be from the Winter Quarterly.

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     Wednesday Lenten Services   

Wednesday, March 6th  6:30 p.m. Lenten Worship

Wednesday, March 13th  6:30 p.m. Lenten Worship

Wednesday, March 20th 6:30 p.m. Lenten Worship

Wednesday, March 27th No Lenten Worship Service

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Serving the Lord in March

ACOLYTE

Sunday, March 3 at 9:00 am Braylen Lyons

Sunday, March 10 at 9:00 am Nolan Peters

Sunday, March 17 at 9:00 am IvyAnne Peters

Palm Sunday, March 24 at 9:00 am Chloe Oltmans

Maundy Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm Eva Wildermuth

Good Friday, March 29 at    6:30 pm Darren Thompson

Easter Sunday, March 31  Sunrise 6:30 am Jaxyn Schichtl

Easter Sunday, March 31 at     9:00 am Ellamae Peters

Altar Guild

Maren Johnson

Ruby Wilson

Shelley Lange

ELDERS

Sunday March 3 Wayne Witt & Daryl Tasler

Sunday March 17 Albert Becker & Nathan Wildermuth

Palm Sunday March 24 Dennis Johnson & Steve Theesfeld

FINANCE

Cindy Gehl

Diane Vellema

Heidi Bergendahl

COUNTERS

Stacy Hillesheim

Brittany Schichtl

Tracey Schramel

USHERS

Steve  Theesfeld

Bob Heinitz

Jeff Lund

Orv Wojahn

SOUND BOARD

Sunday, March 3 at 9:00 am Steve Theesfeld 

Sunday, March 10 at 9:00 am Roy Schmidt

 Sunday, March 17 at 9:00 am Bruce Mews

 Palm Sunday, March 24 at 9:00 am Bruce Mews

 Maudy Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 pm Roy Schmidt

 Good Friday, March  29 at 6:30 pm Steve Theesfeld

 Easter Sunday, March 31 at 6:30 am Roy Schmidt

 Easter Sunday, March 31 at 9:00 am Steve Theesfeld

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MARCH HYMN OF THE MONTH

TLH 445 AM I A SOLDIER OF THE CROSS

Am I a soldier of the Cross, A follower of the Lamb,

And shall I fear to own His cause or blush to speak His name?

Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease

While others fought to win the prize and sailed through bloody seas?

Are there no foes for me to face? Must I not stem the flood?

Is this vile world a friend to grace to help me on to God?

Sure I must fight if I would reign; Increase my courage, Lord

I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain, supported by Thy Word.

Thy saints in all this glorious war shall conquer though they die;

They see the triumph from afar with faith’s discerning eye.

When that illustrious Day shall rise and all Thine armies shine

In robes of victory through the skies, The glory shall be Thine.

The author of this hymn is Isaac Watts, born in 1674 in Southampton, England.

We’ve heard of him before as he is the author of many of our hymns in our present hymnal and many more in The Lutheran Hymnal in which the above hymn appears.

Isaac was the eldest of nine children.  His father, a schoolmaster, was twice imprisoned for his religious beliefs.  Watts has been called the inventor of the hymn in the English language.  A monument to him is erected in Westminster Abbey.  In grammar school he learned Latin, Greek, French and Hebrew, but declined a charitable offer to be educated at university,  He would have been required to conform to the established church.  Instead, he attended a Dissenting academy in London.  He eventually became a minister at the Independent Church in London where he became an  important evangelical voice for dissent.  He also suffered bouts of ill health that often kept him from his duties.  He died in 1748. While Watts is best remembered for his hymnody, he was also a respected author in education, philosophy and theology.  In his poetry he hoped to lead the reader into spiritual devotion and meditation.  He sought to reform moral laxity and public indecency through the power of religious verse.  If you take The Lutheran Hymnal and study each of the 27 hymns of Watts, you have found some meaningful treasures.  Some of these are in our present hymnal, of course.  We thank God for Watts and other devout men who used their gifts to help us in our public and private worship.  Remember, studying the hymns before a worship service will make the hymns more meaningful.

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March Anniversary

William & Megan Kremmin 4

Ray & Deb Salzwedel 15

Bryan & Lois Eigenberg 31

 

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March Birthdays

Jay Kipfer                    2              Judy Vold                 10                   Char Woizeschke           21

Justin Gehl                  3             Aubrey Winters         12                Charles Hecht                22

Josie Alvstad               4              Kyle Tasler               12                 Nolan Peters                 26

Eric Winters              4              Abby Lund              13                   Axel Peters                     28

Anthony Buckentin    5           Monty Rabbe          13

Reid Johnson          6              Bob Heinitz               17

Darla Pfeiffer           6            Doug Bergendahl           18

Cheryl Peters            9            Del Pomerenke           19

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Broccoli Salad

4 cups Broccoli, Raw, Small pieces

1/2 cup Diced Onion

1/2 cup Grapes

1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds

1/2 cup Diced Bacon

Dressing:

1/4 cup Sugar

1 cup Miracle Whip

2 Tbsp. Vinegar

Mix broccoli, onion and grapes together.  Mix dressing and pour over salad.  Right before serving, stir in sunflower seeds and diced bacon.  Keep refrigerated.

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S.A.G.E.S

Saints Alive, Growing, Ever Serving GATHERING XXXIV FINISHING STRONG

The main speaker for this year’s SAGES Gathering will be the Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy, past president of MN South District and a published author.  The gathering will be May 6 and 7 at Country Inn and Suites in Mankato.  In addition there will be interesting workshops, a banquet, and entertainment by the Benson Family Singers.  Full information and registration forms are available in the narthex.  Any questions?  See Ruth Wohlfeil or one of last year’s attendees.  Registration must be  made by April 6.

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Voter’s Meeting Jan. 21st, 2024

 

There were 14 members  present.

Meeting called to order by Chairman Scott Oltmans.

Scott opened with prayer.

Treasurer’s report presented by Bruce Mews:

Bruce did a summary of accounts and dedicated funds.

Mission and Special request fund goals were made for 2023.

Major expenses for 2023 were the parking lot resurfaced and new water softener.

Treasure’s was accepted and approved

Pastor’s report:

Marriage:  Jackson and Kaitlyn Oltmans

Deaths:  Jim Vellema

Baptism :  Maddalynn Kremmin,  Lea Anderson

Transferred :  Gerrica (Manteufel) Kourakis and her son Tucker Kourakis

Pastor’s report was accepted and approve

New Business:

Megan Kremmin spoke about opening a day care center in the church, two options that she mentioned are for the church to open one or that she rents a room from the church. There will be more discussion with the pastor and the elders.

20 Something Outreach is a program that brings together area young adults for socializing, the first gathering will be held in Feb. at the church.

Motion was made to adjourn; meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Curt Gehl