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The Messenger – June & July 2017

by LMLC

PJ’s Page – While weeding in our front yard the other day, I saw a bit of pink poking through the spent purple blossoms and green leaves of the lilac bush.  Upon taking a closer look, I found a small, but beautiful rhodie in full bloom tucked behind the large lilac bush.  The soft pink […]

The Messenger – May 2017

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PJ’s Page – When we were in Germany we noticed that the Lutheran churches are not called Lutheran so much as they are called “Evangelish” or Evangelical.  In this country, the term “evangelical” has come to mean something other than its original meaning, which has its origins in the Greek word euangelion which means “good […]

The Messenger – April 2017

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PJ’s Page – Did you ever have a “swear jar” in your home when you were growing up?  You know, a jar where you placed your quarter or dollar every time you yet slip with a “colorful” word.  I’m going to suggest a different take on this idea….that we consider a “their” jar instead of […]

The Messenger – March 2017

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PJ’s Page – In our yard there is a blackberry bush, planted in a barrel, I suppose to contain it’s ambitious rambling.  Throughout this winter season, it has been fairly well behaved, keeping largely to its assigned spot.  However, as the first signs of spring have begun to (literally) sprout, this blackberry bush has also […]

The Messenger – February 2017

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PJ’s Page – I’m writing this newsletter article on the evening after our Annual Meeting.  If you do the math, you’ll realize that I’m a bit tardy in getting this completed and submitted to Katy for publication (fun fact:  the Messenger deadline is always the 15th of the month.) A part of what’s contributing to […]

The Messenger – January 2017

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PJ’s Page – Last month, during the second week of Advent, Luther Memorial was scheduled to host our neighbors at Broadview UCC for our second mid week Advent service.   We had decided we would sing the beautiful Holden Evening Prayer service.  In preparation, we hired a musician, secured worship leaders (thank you Kelsey and Bruce), […]

The Messenger – December 2016

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It’s hard to believe that we are once again welcoming the season of Advent into our lives. Advent ushers us toward the incarnation, the coming of God to dwell with us as a child born to Mary.  More than that, though, Advent invites us to time apart….quiet time….sacred time.  Advent reminds us of what it […]

The Messenger – November 2016

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PJ’s Page – November is the month when our hearts turn with intention toward gratitude and thankfulness.  In the Church, this is the month when a new year begins in our liturgical calendar; the first Sunday of Advent is November 27th. As I look back over this year, my own heart is filled with gratitude.  […]

The Messenger – October 2016

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PJ’s Page – When I arrived at Trinity Lutheran Seminary this week, for a wonderful continuing education event, there was a message that the Director of Contextual Education wanted to see me.  The Contextual Education folks place students in internship sites, among other things. I wasn’t terribly surprised when she started to lay out all […]

The Messenger – September 2016

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PJ’s Page – Here I raise my Ebenezer, “Hither by thy help I’ve come”, and I hope, by thy good pleasure, safely to arrive at home.  Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandr’ing from the fold of God; he to rescue me from danger, interposed his precious blood.”  ~ Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing, […]