Dear Saints in the Lord,

Charlene and I have wanted to “play host in our home” for a very long time, but we lived in a tiny apartment in Seymour.  Last April, we bought a home in Trumbull; thus, we’d like to invite you to dinner!

 

 We’re hosting six dinners all held between 5 and 7 pm on the following dates:

 

            September 24 (Saturday)

 

            October 2 (Sunday)

 

            October 16 (Sunday)

 

            October 23 (Sunday)

 

            November 6 (Sunday)

 

            December 4 (Sunday)

 

 Signup sheets are located in the narthex of the main sanctuary.  We can accommodate a maximum of 10 for each dinner date.

 

 The agenda?  To visit, eat, and enjoy one another’s company. 

 

 Blessings,

 

Pastor Pederson

 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

It has been another difficult, horrific week in America.  We typically read about shootings, bombings, and mass killings in other countries, but yet again, violence this past week has been here at home.

Baton Rouge and Minneapolis shootings, and the horrific sniper-style killing of Dallas police officers, have once again pushed racial tensions to dangerous levels, and fallout from each incident reveals just how far we have to go to be color-blind as a country, and how the brutal actions of a few, pushes to the surface wider societal problems that simmer just beneath the surface of our culture.

 

Many watch the non-stop coverage and talking heads on 24-hour news and are saturated as they, and frankly all of us, try to come to grips with, and understand how, our nation can have such violence and death.

Jesus would have us ache with those who experience pain and loss, pray for all who have been touched by tragedy, and support all efforts that seek understanding, tolerance, and justice.  Our Gospel text today [Luke 10:25-37] is about loving God and loving one another – it would seem the former is much easier than the latter.

 

In the absence of easy answers, we cry out to God.  Perhaps this is one of those times of lament, when we must place our confusion and sadness before the One who is the Rock of our Salvation.

 

- Pastor Pederson

 Dear Saints of Saint John’s,

  July 24th is an exciting Sunday for us! 

 We finally get to meet the foreign missionary we have supported for the past two years!

 Pastor Carrie Smith will be on stateside leave and preach at St. John’s on Sunday, July 24, 9:30 am.  Following the service, Pastor Smith will share about her ministry at the English speaking congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem.  And, we’ll have a meal together after her brief presentation.

  Please do the following:

  • Make sure you and your family are in worship on July 24.  It is important to extend our hospitality and meet Pastor Smith.  Bring your friends and neighbors!

  • Check out our website and learn about Pastor Smith’s ministry in advance of her visit.

     http://www.stjohnelca.org/index.php/ministries/missionary-sponsorship 

  • Go to Pastor Smith’s Facebook page and “friend” her.

    https://www.facebook.com/doulapastor?fref=ts

  Pray for Pastor Smith, her family, and their witness to Jesus in the land we call holy.  As we sponsor the Smith family, may the Spirit strengthen and guide them!

  Pastor Pederson

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