Posts from December 2021

Sunday Worship & Study-January 2, 2022

See below for all of our Sunday worship links. We are currently worshiping in-person (with masks due to state mandate) in addition to online. Traditional Worship – 8:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship – 11:15 a.m. Education Hour – 10 a.m. This week, we have a one session class “Getting Serious about the New Year” with Pastor Chuck. Next week, there are two adult classes, one of which will also be on Zoom. Students in grades 12 and younger have classes as…

No Mere Mortals

A dear friend of mine works for an organization that helps resettle immigrants and refugees in Buffalo. I’ve heard from her for years about her work—this Burmese family who hopes to start a restaurant, that Congolese man who was recently reunited with his large family, this Iraqi woman whose name could not be disclosed for fear of violent repercussions. And while I have always admired my friend’s work, I am ashamed to say that I did not pay a lot…

Sunday Worship – December 26, 2021

See below for all of our Sunday worship links. We are currently worshiping in-person (with masks due to state mandate) in addition to online. There is NO Education Hour this week. Traditional Worship – 8:45 a.m. We have a special processional for kids as part of the early service. It’s kind of like our palm processional on Palm Sunday, but uses “O Come All Ye Faithful” and leads directly into the Children’s message. The handbells will play. Contemporary Worship –…

Twice As Nice

A few years ago, I got a cantaloupe at my local Aldi grocery store. While I’ve always been something of an Aldi evangelist, I’ve also always been suspect of their produce. As an inhabitant of a northern state, my rule with Aldi produce is this, particularly in the winter months: the hotter the climate the item was grown in, the less likely it is to be good by the time it gets to Aldi’s northerly shelves. Of course this is…

Lessons & Carols and Special Education Hour – December 18-19, 2021

See below for all of our Saturday & Sunday worship and Education Hour links. We are currently worshiping in-person (with masks due to state mandate) in addition to online. Traditional Worship – 5:30 Saturday December 18 Traditional Worship – 8:45 a.m. Sunday Children’s Christmas Program Contemporary Worship – 11:15 a.m. Sunday Education Hour – 10 a.m. All are invited to an intergenerational gathering with Lisa Hellyer from LeadaChild organization during Education Hour today. LeadaChild is an independent Lutheran Mission Agency,…

Grandfathered In, Grandfathered Out

I have always been fascinated by the idea of “the grandfather clause”. The phrase dates back to England’s King Henry II, who declared when he became king in 1154, “Let it be as it was on the day of my grandfather’s death.” His cousin Stephen had been king after a series of family conflicts and deaths, and Henry was glad to have the throne restored to his direct family line. Henry wanted several of Stephen’s decrees undone, which led to…

Sunday Worship & Study – December 12, 2021

See below for all of our Sunday worship and Education Hour links. We are currently worshiping in-person (with masks due to county mandate) in addition to online. Traditional Worship – 8:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship – 11:15 a.m. Education Hour – 10 a.m. There are two adult classes, one of which will also be on Zoom. Students in grades 12 and younger have classes as well. Click here for full details. No classes December 26th.

Sunday Worship & Study – December 5, 2021

See below for all of our Sunday worship and Education Hour links. We are currently worshiping in-person (with masks due to county mandate) in addition to online. Traditional Worship – 8:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship – 11:15 a.m. Education Hour – 10 a.m. There are two adult classes, one of which will also be on Zoom. Students in grades 12 and younger have classes as well. Click here for full details.