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2015 Spring Appeal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9c5DcWXDSU 7500 church workers impacted since 1999 Reaching into Asia and Eurasia In 2014 and 2015, we’ve served: Wisconsin *  Indiana * Ohio * Texas Illinois * Kansas * Michigan Louisiana * North Carolina * Missouri… Read More

Relational Unity Is the Power of WE!

Reading time: less than three minutes. John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach at UCLA, said it well: "It takes ten hands to make a basket."   We were not created for solo work.  We work best in teams, as a body. We left off last week with Elijah in despair, crying out to the Lord, "I alone am left" to which the Lord replied, "No, Elijah.  there are 7,000 others who have not bowed down to Baal" (1 Kings 19). We're not alone.  We have each other.  And we're at our best when the members of the body are working together in the unity that Jesus prayed for. Read More

Spiritual Receptivity Is the Power of WE

Reading time: less than 3 minutes. I've always felt a lot of pressure whenever I hear the phrase, "have a personal relationship with Jesus."  It's like the build-up to asking a date to go to the prom.  If this is all up to me, I'm in big trouble. I understand that my spiritual life, my walk of faith with Jesus, needs my attention and discipline.  Jim Bakker nailed it when he said, "We were so busy doing the Lord's work that we forgot about the Lord." But if I want my first thought in the morning and my last in the evening to be of Jesus, I'll need some help.  I'll need His help. Read More

Gala Planning Has Begun!

It takes many generous people to make an event successful.  We’d like you to meet some of these individuals – our Gala committee (left to right) Julia Schumaker, Jan Burmeister, Nancy Miller, CeCe Strochschein, Matt Strochschein, Miriam Lee, John Lee and Brian Roscoe… Read More

Introducing the 2015 Gala Co-Chairs

Matt and CeCe Strohschein "We feel it's a very important mission to help foster health and wellness for church workers!" Matt and CeCe bring valuable skills to the Gala committee: * Hard-working *Knowledgeable about our ministry *Experienced in working events *Very passionate about supporting church workers *Excellent leadership skills Read More

Baptismal Wellbeing Is the Power of WE!

Reading time: less than 3 minutes. I once was asked on a theology test: "Explain the Trinity.  Use the words essence and substance."  Fortunately the professor only left room for about 50 words on the test paper.  I'm sure my answer was pathetic. I wish I'd known about "perichoresis."  Not to impress the instructor, of course.  Well, maybe just a little.  Perichoresis is a term the ancient Greek Fathers used to describe the relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  It literally can mean "dance around" (get it... "Peri" like perimeter + "Choresis" as in choreography).   Some say the Greek dance involving at least three dancers, weaving in and out of one another inspired the Fathers to say, "That's what the Trinity is like!" What a wonder that in the grace of baptism, you and I have been invited to join in the dance! Read More

Baptismal Wellbeing Is the Power of WE!

Reading time: less than 3 minutes. I once was asked on a theology test: "Explain the Trinity.  Use the words essence and substance."  Fortunately the professor only left room for about 50 words on the test paper.  I'm sure my answer was pathetic. I wish I'd known about "perichoresis."  Not to impress the instructor, of course.  Well, maybe just a little.  Perichoresis is a term the ancient Greek Fathers used to describe the relationship of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  It literally can mean "dance around" (get it... "Peri" like perimeter + "Choresis" as in choreography).   Some say the Greek dance involving at least three dancers, weaving in and out of one another inspired the Fathers to say, "That's what the Trinity is like!" What a wonder that in the grace of baptism, you and I have been invited to join in the dance! Read More

JOY Is Physical Vitality!

Reading time less than 3 minutes. “Joy in the midst of suffering” is one of those Christian paradoxes that often confound me.  The suffering part is all too obvious.  The joy is more sneaky, harder to spot.  My daily battle with this aging body of mine is a case in point. I recently turned sixty.  Don’t you just love the birthdays with a zero?  I think it was one of my children (I can’t remember!) who said to me, “Hey!  You’re thirty… AGAIN!”  Very funny. My body is aging and wearing out, but by the grace of God, it’s still serving me as an instrument for my callings in life, and that’s reason for joy. Read More

JOY Is Vocational Ministry!

Reading time less than 3 minutes. My first literal tears of joy were spilled while sitting on the curb of the sidewalk on Holman Street on the campus of Concordia Portland.  I was part of a week long youth retreat as a semi-professional "youth staffer" the year before seminary.  I was still considering whether or not the Lord had plans to use me as a pastor. When the tears started flowing, I took that as a sign that yes, there was a calling for me here. Read More

JOY Is… Emotional Harmony!

Reading time... less than 3 minutes It's storm season here in the Midwest.  It's amazing how quickly the weather can change. Relationships have an "atmosphere" also, don't they?  Bad weather can hang around for a long, long time.  Jesus changes things in an instant. When I met Bob for the first time, his family was a mess.  He had been divorced for years, only a couple of his five grown children were speaking to him, and few of them were speaking to each other. I would never have imagined how powerfully God would transform Bob's family. Read More

JOY Is… Emotional Harmony!

Reading time... less than 3 minutes It's storm season here in the Midwest.  It's amazing how quickly the weather can change. Relationships have an "atmosphere" also, don't they?  Bad weather can hang around for a long, long time.  Jesus changes things in an instant. When I met Bob for the first time, his family was a mess.  He had been divorced for years, only a couple of his five grown children were speaking to him, and few of them were speaking to each other. I would never have imagined how powerfully God would transform Bob's family. Read More