From Living Word Newsletter

  • By God’s grace, Emily, the boys, and I have been able to get settled into our new home in Savage (10 miles from Church). It has been a good home and we look forward to having the Church visit.
  • By God’s grace, Living Word has felt like home. We love it here and there are many things that feel like such a natural fit for good and effective ministry.
  • By God’s grace, I have been able to have pastoral visitation with 39 people. The office has felt like a revolving door, but it has been good to connect with people.
  • By God’s grace, He has walked me through some intense counseling sessions already, including such things as homosexuality, bestiality, mental instability, alcoholism, final stages of life, children who have walked away from the faith, etc.
  • By God’s grace, I was able to connect with KKMS radio broadcast and we are underway with a new transition.
  • By God’s grace, I have been able to connect with Tim Skramstad on a couple of occasions. He has emphasized appropriated sensitivity to his involvement here.
  • By God’s grace, Jim Vance and I were able to begin the brainstorming process about how to best reach out into the community (Welcome Information, Website, Updated Information about the Church, etc)
  • By God’s grace, Joni Mayer and I were able to have a good meeting about Sunday School material for this fall. The kids under 3rd grade will be going through the Jesus Story Book Bible and the 4-5th graders will be going through “The Story.” The goal with both is to teach how all of the Bible is a unified whole and how it all climaxes with Jesus.
  • By God’s grace, we have 5 young ladies who will again be joining us for confirmation this fall. September 13 will be our first meeting of the year. We will be taking a more rigorous pace through “The Story,” having each confirmand develop their own personal testimony to share for the Lenten season, will go through select chapters from Lutheranism 101, and will memorize portions of Luther’s Small Catechism.
  • By God’s grace, our fall Wednesday night programming is set and ready to go for all ages. We will be having Kingdom’s Kids for those 6th grade and younger, Confirmation for 7th-8th grade, Youth Group for 9th-12th graders, and an adult Bible Study through the book of John. I am extremely grateful for the willing hearts of all involved.
  • By God’s grace, I have been able to lead the congregation in a Sunday School Series on Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament. My prayer is that this will be a helpful and beneficial tool for a deeper appreciation for God’s Word and the ability to explain it to others.
  • By God’s grace, I will be attending the Pastor’s Retreat September 13 with Emily for a half day. Hopefully it will be a time of connectivity together.
  • By God’s grace, I will be sharing at the Men’s Prayer Breakfast this Saturday, Sept ember, 16.