2018 September Pastor’s Pen

From the Pastor… 

I saw my first school bus the other day, a reminder that for the kids another year of school is underway.  Some of our college kids have quit their summer jobs and have headed off to college.  Here in the church we have started to prepare for Rally Day, the first day of Sunday School on September 9th.  The difference here is that no matter how old we are or what our educational background is, we are lifelong students.  We continue as disciples to grow in our faith until our Lord calls us home.  We learn in different ways. In worship we hear God’s Word read, and listen to sermons on what it means for us.  In Sunday School and Confirmation classes we hear the many stories of how God loves us and how we can love each other, but especially how we can live out our faith.

For those entering 7th or 8th grade we will have Confirmation classes starting on Sunday, September 9th.  Here we will look more closely at what Martin Luther had to say in terms of the Ten Commandments, Apostles Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer as well as some other things.  Mostly, though, we will work on faith formation, and what it means to live it out in a world that seems to be very confusing, if not chaotic.

We also hope to start some small groups.  These will meet at the discretion of the group and will talk about a particular topic.  This may include such things as reading a particular book, a hobby, a religious or social subject.  Please mark the Time & Talent sheets if you are interested in a topic or leading one.

Beginning Thursday, September 13th (at either 10:00am or 7:00pm) I will be doing a series that I call Walking the Bible.  One of the opportunities I have had over the years is the privilege of actually visiting the Holy Land.    It has been the most powerful, life-changing event in my life.  When I was there my thoughts were, “I wish I could have brought my church people with me.”  For over four years now I have led many Bible studies, and now I would like for you to actually see the places where they happened.  We will start where Moses started, in Egypt.  What is it like to climb Mt. Sinai where he received the Ten Commandments?  We will see a bush at the foot of the mountain that some claim grew out of the seedlings of the original burning bush that Moses saw.  We will travel over the rugged Sinai desert and visit the pyramids and sphinx.  Then cross the Nile River to the Valley of the Kings, and see their tombs and their great temples, and much more.  Throughout the year we will move into Jordan, then Israel, and then retrace the steps of St. Paul through Turkey and Greece.

On the Journey Together,

                          Pastor Nelson