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"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." (attributed to Jim Eliot who was killed as a missionary in Equador in 1956)

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Benjamin Franklin declared, “Contentment makes a poor man rich, discontent makes a rich man poor.”

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Convention Summary

ELS Convention 2014
Highlights
  Engaging Others With Jesus in Times of Trial served as the theme for the week, with the essay being given by Rev. Thomas Rank. In his conclusion, Pastor Rank stated, “As we engage with Jesus those who are undergoing trial, let us remember that within the vocations God has 
placed each of us, there are opportunities to show compassion simply with the physical aspects of life in this world… This may well lead to opportunities to presenting the eternal respite given by our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
  Grace Lutheran in Lincoln, IL, was received into membership.
  Columbia Lutheran School in The Dalles, Oregon, was commended for implementing the classical education model in its opening this fall. This model is being urged for use throughout the synod.
  Approval was given for the planned 100th anniversary (2018) offering to go for home mission starts, with also a seminary component in identifying and placing suitable candidates into our missions.
  The congregational contribution portion of the ELS budget was adopted at $760,000. A healthy invitation exists: funds received over $725,000 are to be allocated for use by the Board for Home Outreach.
  The Board for World Outreach was asked to prioritize 
available resources in light of potential challenges in our 
various mission fields.  
  In the area of doctrine: encouragement was given to continue monitoring a Bible translation effort – The Wartburg Project; also, meetings with the Church of the Lutheran Confessions (CLC) were urged.
  Our Board for Youth Outreach is asked to conduct a survey on our pastors’ practices of Bible history instruction 
in their parishes. 
  Collaboration between our Bethany Lutheran College 
and our Board for Youth Outreach is encouraged in assisting with expenses to bring youth to our college campus for activities. 
  The Board for Christian Service is to continue its study 
of health insurance options for called workers and report 
annually.
  Many calls have been issued for the Evangelism/Mission 
Counselor position. The Board for Home Outreach is 
urged to continue the calling process.
  A priority in our synod’s strategic plan is to view each 
congregation in the ELS as a “mission congregation.” 
encouragement is given for members of every church to 
engage others with Jesus as God gives opportunity.
  Elected to a fourth 4-year term as president was Rev. 
John A. Moldstad. Rev. Glenn Obenberger was reelected as vice president for the ELS. 
  Pastors honored for years of service were: J. Olsen (50 
years), M. Harstad (40 years), R. Otto (40 years), D. Basel (25 years), and R. Tragasz (25 years)


Lent is a season of the historic church year which follows Epiphany.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts till Easter.  During this season the church often has special services which focus on the Passion History of Jesus - from his arrest till his death on the cross.  Good Friday is the day in which his death and burial are remembered.


Ken Ham / Bill Nye Debate

Our congregation will be showing a copy of this debate on April 10 at 7 pm at the Granum Theater,  Alpena Community Collge in Alpena.  Free admission.  The video is about 2 1/2 hours long.  This debate was between the creationist (Ken Ham) and the evolutionist (BIll Nye) perspective on science  

NEW BIRTH
Congratulations to Christopher and Heather Schalk on the birth of a baby girl, Kyra, on February 22, 2013.


Funeral

Clarence Schlak passed from this world of sin into eternal bliss on Thursday, March 14. His funeral will be on Monday, March 18 at noon at the church. Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday March 17 from 2 – 8 pm.

Vacation Bible School 2013

posted Jun 15, 2013, 2:58 PM by James Londgren

Vacation Bible School
June 10-14, 2013
9 - 11:30 am
A Tiny Bit o Talent

Devotions, Bible lessons, crafts, games, snacks.
Free

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Archive of past posts

posted Sep 15, 2012, 1:26 PM by James Londgren   [ updated Sep 15, 2012, 1:35 PM by Brandon Londgren ]

Past posts are archived here.

Congregational Clean-up and Fix-up Day, Saturday, April 14, 9:30 am

posted Apr 7, 2012 9:47 AM by Jeff Londgren

All members are encouraged to enjoy a morning of working together in a spring cleaning and fix-up time for our church and grounds that they may look well kept and orderly. We want our facilities to reflect our love for our God and his place of worship and service. Ideas for improving our grounds and building are welcomed. Please share your ideas and desires. Meet on Saturday, April 14, at 9:30 am.

Congregational Clean-up and Fix-up Day, Saturday, April 14, 9:30 am

posted Apr 7, 2012, 9:47 AM by James Londgren   [ updated Apr 7, 2012, 9:47 AM by Brandon Londgren ]

All members are encouraged to enjoy a morning of working together in a spring cleaning and fix-up time for our church and grounds that they may look well kept and orderly.  We want our facilities to reflect our love for our God and his place of worship and service.  Ideas for improving our grounds and building are welcomed.  Please share your ideas and desires.  Meet on Saturday, April 14, at 9:30 am.

Weekly Bible Study - Creation versus Evolution

posted Mar 31, 2012, 1:37 PM by James Londgren   [ updated Mar 31, 2012, 1:37 PM by Brandon Londgren ]

Our weekly Bible class has begun a series of studies on the first 11 chapters of Genesis with a focus on the Evolution version Creation issue.  A series of films by Ken Ham are being shown as part of this study.  These films give an excellent answer to questions about how science and Scripture are in harmony with each other and allows easily for a Biblical 6 day creation.

Thursday Bible Class during Lent

posted Feb 25, 2012, 10:44 AM by James Londgren   [ updated Feb 25, 2012, 10:44 AM by Brandon Londgren ]

Our Wednesday evening Bible class will be held on Thursdays at 7 pm during lent. The March 1 class will be a continuation of our study on Islam.  Please join us even if you haven't been to the previous classes.  Learn about this fast growing religion and especially learn how to be prepared to help those caught up in this non-Christian religion to see the true way of salvation in Jesus.

Bible Class (Hillman), February 15, Islam

posted Feb 11, 2012, 8:53 AM by James Londgren   [ updated Feb 11, 2012, 8:53 AM by Brandon Londgren ]

Our Hillman Bible class will begin a study of Islam beginning February 15, 7 pm.  Learn about the background and beliefs of this non-Christian religion.  Islam is a fast growing religious movement and we need to be ready to help others understand the difference between this false faith and the true faith of Christianity.

Mormanism Video

posted Jan 21, 2012, 8:53 AM by James Londgren   [ updated Jan 21, 2012, 8:53 AM by Brandon Londgren ]

An excellent presentation of the errors of the Morman or Latter Day Saints (LDS) religion is available to borrow.  The LDS cult denies the Trinity and has a false understanding of Jesus.  In fact, the teachings of Mormanism are so strange that you might be amazed when you get a glipse of their teachings as exposed by this very facinating and well done presentation.  I strongly encourage all our members to watch this presentation and thus be better prepared to confess the truth when the opportunity may arise.   Mormans are very active and growing in numbers in our country. 
 
Contact Pastor Londgren if you are interested in seeing this video.

Mormanism Study (part 2) - Wednesday, January 11, 7 pm

posted Jan 6, 2012, 11:40 AM by James Londgren   [ updated Jan 6, 2012, 11:40 AM by Brandon Londgren ]

Our Bible class on Wednesday evening, January 11, will continue the study of Mormanism that began on January 4.
The original plan to invite the public for a second showing of the movie "Mormanism" has been postponed because of the construction of a new furnace being installed in the basement. 

New Bible Study Beginning January 4 - Mormanism

posted Dec 17, 2011, 12:59 AM by James Londgren   [ updated Jan 6, 2012, 11:35 AM by Brandon Londgren ]


Our Wednesday evening Bible class at Faith, HIllman,  recently finished the study of the book of Romans. The next Bible Class will be on January 4 at 7 pm and will be on the topic of Mormanism and include a showing of a 45 minute video about Mormanism and its background and teachings. This video is a fascinating introduction to one of the fastest growing religions in the USA.

Was Jesus Born In A Stable?

posted Dec 6, 2011, 8:27 AM by James Londgren   [ updated Dec 6, 2011, 8:27 AM by Brandon Londgren ]

Although this is very likely the case, all we are told in the Bible is that there was no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn and that when Jesus was born he was laid in a feed trough or manger.  This manger could easily have been in an outdoors area behind the inn where guests could tie us their animals.  Tradition is that Jesus was born in a cave in Bethelem which may have been used for a stable.  If you went to the Church of the Nativity in Bethelehem today you could be shown the cave where Jesus is said to have been born.  There is even a silver star inlaid on the floor marking the traditional spot where the baby was laid.   That this place could be known so exactly can probably be explained by the fact that shepherds in nearby fields that night were informed by angels of the birth of the messiah and found the exact place where Jesus was in a manger.  It would be logical to assume that for many years following the event the shepherds would tell others about the wonderful night and probably point out to them the exact place where they found the baby Jesus.  Their children probably continued telling the story and marking the location after their parents were gone and so forth.  

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