Project Promise: Building Personal Care Kits for People Around the World

During Lent, we again join Lutheran World Relief’s Project Promise appeal. Each week, we collect a different item that will be used to assemble Personal Care Kits that give people around the world tools to stay healthy in life’s most challenging situations. Our goal is to assemble at least 100 LWR Care Kits during Lent. Here’s our collection schedule: Drop items off in the narthex or church office.

  • February 25: Bath towels (new, light-weight, maximum 52″x27″, dark color recommended)
  • March 4: Toothbrushes (adult size, in original packaging)
  • March 11: Combs (sturdy, please! No picks or fine toothed combs)
  • March 18: Nail Clippers (metal, attached file optional)
  • March 25: Bars of Soap (each kit includes 2 bars of soap)

Everyone is invited to join the Luther League in assembling our Personal Care Kits after the Good Friday service on March 30.

Prayer Across Faiths

In prayer we humans orient toward God: we direct praise, lament, questions, petitions and thanksgiving to God who made us, redeemed us and sustains us. In prayer we are in conversation with God and open for God to be in conversation with us, in personal prayer as well as in group and worship settings. In February Sunday Forum will learn about prayer practices in four faith traditions, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish. The presenters will share practices and content, and discuss how prayer shapes and supports daily living and ethical decision making.

February 25: Prayer in Jewish life
Rabbi Joshua Fixler serves as assistant rabbi at Congregation Emanu El where he was called in 2017 after his ordination at Hebrew Union College. Rabbi Fixler has a B.A. in Organizational Development and Community Leadership, and has pursued his interests in social justice and interfaith work. He has served as youth director, educator and student rabbi in numerous settings. Continue reading

Sermon for B Lent 1 – February 18, 2018

Based on Mark 1:9-15
It is Lent. Ash Wednesday began early and ended painfully. Lent has been full of work and worry since. I recognized my own lack of sleep on Friday morning when I wetted my head in the shower but forgot to apply shampoo. Because of my inattention, I had a balding feeling the rest of the day. It wasn’t as bad as a couple of years ago, though, when I did wet my head and did add shampoo. But I grabbed the wrong bottle. It was the dog’s shampoo. The rest of that day I was scratching under my left arm with my right foot. Continue reading

Soup, Soup, Soup! Wednesdays in Lent

Join us on Wednesdays for Soup and Support our Missionaries in Mexico

All members and friends are invited to come and sample a delicious variety of soups each Wednesday evening during Lent, 5:30-6:40 p.m. And of course, additional soup makers and servers are most welcome. Proceeds from our soup suppers benefit our missionaries in Mexico, Pastor David and Alicia Brandos.

If you would like to help with one of our Wednesday Lenten soup suppers, please contact Beverly Davis.

Lenten Vespers Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.

Jesus’ I Am-statements
The Wednesday Lenten Vespers service will be at 7:00 p.m. in the nave, February 21 and 28, and March 7, 14, and 21. Join us for meditations on the “I am” statements of Jesus from the Gospel of John. Hearkening back to the revelation of God’s name to Moses at the site of the burning bush as “I am who I am” – or, “I will be who I am” (Exodus 3:14), Jesus uses a series of “I AM” statements to describe himself. The images he uses invite us to reflect who Jesus is for the church, the world, and us.

Daily Devotional Guide “you are the way”
The congregation is invited to make Jesus’ sayings in the Gospel of John “I am the bread of life, the light of the world, the gate, the good shepherd” and so on the theme for this year’s Lenten devotions. A devotional book you are the way with daily readings, reflections and prayers is available at church for a small donation of $2 or can be purchased electronically at Augsburg Fortress.

  • February  14-17 I am the way, and the truth, and the life.
  • February 18-24 I am the gate; I am the good shepherd.
  • February 25-March 3  I am the light of the world.
  • March 4-10 I am the true vine; I am the vine, you are the branches.
  • March 11-17 I am.
  • March 18-24 I am the bread of life.
  • March 25-31 I am the resurrection and the life.