I Believe – March Message from Pastor Tiede

Our season of Lent continues as a restrained celebration of our baptism into Christ. Together each Wednesday we are exploring what it means to live out our side of the Baptismal covenant in response to the God who has claimed us in the waters of Baptism. God promises to be our God, save us from sin, and deliver us from death and the power of the devil (to paraphrase Luther). We then respond to God’s love with the promise at Baptism to: † live among God’s faithful people, † hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper, [...]

2018-04-02T21:25:54+00:00 March 15th, 2018|

I Believe… a Lenten Message from Pastor Mark

While preparing for worship planning session with Sam and Peder, I stumbled upon a description of the season of Lent within the preaching resources of Sundays and Seasons. I very much appreciated this description of what the season of Lent is for some and how it offers another option as an opportunity of what Lent could be: a season of restrained celebration. A Season of Restrained Celebration When people think of Lent what comes to mind might be repentance, or giving things up, or a focus on the cross. For some it brings to mind a heavy-handed season of inward [...]

2018-03-15T21:47:39+00:00 February 6th, 2018|

I BELIEVE … December 2017

I recently happened upon an excellent description of our liturgical church year in general and of the liturgical season of Advent in particular within the ELCA’s worship resource titled Sundays and Seasons. The author writes: “The cycle of the (entire) church year orders our time in Christian community around the central mystery of our faith: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our experience of this mystery, however, is not linear—a simple narrative path from beginning to end. Our lives are full of endings and beginnings happening all at once, interspersed with waiting, lament, and hope. The ‘now-and-not-yet’ nature [...]

2018-02-06T11:49:53+00:00 December 26th, 2017|

I believe — November Message from Pastor

October was a month of joyful celebrations! October 21, we hosted Kaitlyn and Isaac Johnson’s wedding. On October 29 we celebrated a baptism for Henry, a baptism for Sylvia, Clara Willette’s confirmation of faith, all under the banner of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation! All of this brought to life the saying is sure: “Truly the Spirit of the Lord is in this place!” And God’s spirit continues to blow life into us, carrying us into November. November 5 is All Saints Sunday; a day that focuses not only on honoring departed members of the Church and local [...]

2017-12-26T22:40:30+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

I BELIEVE… October Message from Pastor

Together we have embarked on a year long emphasis of Welcoming: Providing Hospitality & Extending Invitation. Every committee, every small group, the choir, the band, the handbell ensemble, and every member of this congregation is encouraged to explore ways that our congregation might provide that deeply authentic sense of hospitality and extend an invitation to your neighbors, co-workers, and friends to become a part of what God is calling us to become. This year is shaping up to be a very exciting year. Here are few highlights: The Mission Statement Taskforce continues to meet every two weeks with Rev. Glenn [...]

2017-11-06T19:00:04+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|

I BELIEVE… from the Pastor in September 2017

Acts 2: 42 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Each of these four activities of the first followers of Jesus became identifying activities of God’s people. These marks of discipleship defined the first group of Christians and I believe they still impact our life in faith today. Over the past three years this little Bible verse has guided our congregational life. Each program year (September through May) we have focused our life together on one of these marks/congregational values: 2015-2016 Fellowship = Serving Youth affected by Food and Housing [...]

2017-10-03T19:29:35+00:00 September 7th, 2017|

I BELIEVE… from the Pastor in August 2017

Acts 2:41-42 41 So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added. 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Over the past three years we as a whole congregation have together explored our past, present, and leaned into God’s future by discussing: “Who did God create St. John’s Lutheran to be back in 1883?” “Who have we become today?” or “Who are we now?” and “Who is God creating us to become?” Then we distilled our thoughts and conversations further [...]

2017-09-07T21:03:50+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|

From the Pastor… a focus on Welcoming

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen 2016-2017 was a very good year! As a congregation we have made significant improvements to the church facility, from paving the alley to improved sound in the sanctuary. But during the year of focus on Growing relationships with Christ, with each other, and with the world around us, our exposure to the Bible grew as we read a second year from the Narrative Lectionary, our list of participants with Loaves and Fishes grew as Andrew Dosdall recruited friends/ colleagues to join forces with [...]

2017-08-03T12:34:10+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

March Message from Pastor Mark Tiede

Dot 1 Growing our faith in Christ Jesus Dot 2 Growing our relationships with our holy family (St. John’s) Dot 3 Growing our relationships with our neighbors & friends (the world) Dot #1: Last September we embarked on a journey to explore this second of our four congregational values: Worshiping , Welcoming , Growing , and Serving .  Each month, committee members have been giving talks during the offering sharing the ways that their committee’s ministry itself has been an offering to God by giving life to our Growing value by providing opportunities for each of us to be Growing [...]

2017-07-02T16:24:54+00:00 March 9th, 2017|

I believe — a message from the Pastor

During the summers of 2014 and 2015, we held two rounds of  cottage meetings. From those we learned that our congregational  values are Worshiping, Welcoming, Growing, and Serving; and we honed our understanding of serving children and youth adversely  affected by housing and food insecurities. In those conversations I also heard several members candidly express their insecurities with opening the Bible on their own and an overall unfamiliarity with the Bible in general. This is where the idea of switching to the Narrative Lectionary on Sunday mornings was hatched. Starting in the fall of 2016 the emphasis of our congregation’s [...]

2017-07-02T16:24:54+00:00 February 6th, 2017|