November Library Update
on November 17th, 2020
Dear CLC Members, Our church library collection has greatly increased this year — In fact, 130 new titles have been added!! Many of these are modern resources that were purchased through Concordia Publishing House, our Synod’s publisher, and are up-to-date and relevant (In fact, we even have a book addressing the pandemic!).
on November 11th, 2020
I always love looking at the pictures of all the confirmation classes in our Fellowship Hall. Every time I walk through that room, I will always stop and stare at a few of them. I love coming across many of your names that appear through the years. For some of you, these pictures provide me with some good dirt with those hairstyles you were sporting back then! Ha!
November 2020 Newsletter
on November 9th, 2020
Well it is official. As of October 18th, I am now your sole pastor. Or as some have come to term it, your “soul” pastor. Ha! I like it. In response, I have heard this stated in my life by several pastors and now I stand in the same place to say it to all of you: Congrats to you all! You guys have, without fail, called and now affirmed a sinner to be your pastor.
Advent: Intro into Singing in the Bible
on November 9th, 2020
Have you ever noticed how much singing we do at Church? During a typical Sunday service, not only do we sing several hymns, most of the liturgy, especially the Communion liturgy, is sung. We may be doing less of it because of Covid, but it is still there.
on October 14th, 2020
Waiting: A Bible Study on Patience, Hope, and TrustWaiting. We wait for the line to move. For the test results to come back. The right person to marry. A new job. For prayers to be answered. A life’s purpose to be revealed.Having to wait is uncomfortable. It chips away at our patience, our hope, and our trust in the Lord’s provision. It’s easy to become dispirited and to lose hope as the clock tic...
October Newsletter Update
on October 14th, 2020
October 2020“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29As one whose calling it is to do a lot of communicating, I must always stress that the verse above is my goal. Considering the tense times we live in where communicating is hard to do on a good day, the challenge is c...
Lutheran Prayer Companion
on October 5th, 2020
In the translator’s note, The Lutheran Prayer Companion is humorously described as the “prayerbook to end all prayerbooks.” In any case, it contains a ton of centuries-old prayers — 482 to be exact, drawn from various sources, and then 106 hymns.
New to the Church Library: The Unholy Trinity: Martin Luther Against the Idol of Me, Myself, and I
on September 22nd, 2020
It’s been said that 2020 has been a year for toppling idols. Many things we put our trust in have been shaken, the crutches we used to prop ourselves up have been torn out from under us. The Unholy Trinity, published in 2016, takes an incredibly insightful dive into idolatry that hits all the closer to home during a pandemic.
Faith in the Shadow of a Pandemic
on September 9th, 2020
Faith in the Shadow of a Pandemic is a timely resource in uncertain times. Lutheran authors John Pless and Jacob Corzine undertook the task of writing this small, 110-page book after a conversation on Easter, when churches were forced to celebrate with empty pews and adapt to virtual services.
A Letter for Transition
on August 31st, 2020
What a year we have had so far, and we are only 2/3 of the way through! It has been a time of testing, blessing, endurance, and change. Frankly, it has been a time to be the people that our Lord Jesus Christ has called us to be. And I am excited now to be doing that with all of you. I am reminded of the wisdom from Proverbs, “as iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen another.”
on August 27th, 2020
Our own Rebecca Belt shares her love of Arch books for kids, a selection of which are available right now in the church library and are the featured books for this month! (See below for catalogue):
on August 14th, 2020
Yesterday was one of those days. Put too much salt in my oatmeal. Mistimed my morning run, and the storm hit right when I was ready to step out the door. Kept forgetting my facemask. Concentration was nonexistent. Yes, one of those days, except I haven’t had a day like this in over 21 years, well, maybe ever. I had to get up in front of the congregation and all the people I deeply love and tell them that I have accepted a call to be the pastor at another church: St. Paul’s in Beatrice, Nebraska.