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We are a Gospel-centered community of people blessed by God to be a blessing to others.
Highlights of our upcoming events:
Prince of Peace hosts an Alzheimer's support group on the first Tuesday of each month.
-We educate and inform participants about dementia and help them develop problem-solving strategies. If you know of someone who cares for a person with dementia, please invite them to attend.
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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Most of you reading this are probably old enough to remember the 1964 Broadway musical Funny Girl. Barbra Streisand starred in the original production.
One of the more memorable tunes was a song entitled People. Lines of the refrain included People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.
If I may take liberties and alter the words with the same sentiment, I would sing, People who need people are the blessings for people of the world.
God created us to be in community with one another. God blesses us with talents and resources to be blessings for one another. This was so vividly
illustrated in the recent rescue operation for the boys soccer team and their coach in Thailand. Trapped in a cave they tried to explore, from the TV reports, we see it took a variety of
workers from several different countries to carry out the complicated operation. Truly an example of global cooperation to accomplish a task for the benefit of others.
In Romans 12:4-5, St. Paul described the company of bnelievers this way:
For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we
are members one of another. "One of another" is the term he designates here. We are "in this" together: "In this" life of faith, together. To share with one another
the resources with which we are blessed for the blessing of others.
This year we are celebrating twenty-five years as pastors of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Des Moines, Iowa. Each year, in our Annual Report, we have noted what a blessing it is
to serve here at Prince of Peace. We recall all the work that has been accomplished as we have striven to action as one of another. Throughout the years we have donated money, food, comfort,
support, clothing, labor, prayers, and other resources to help meet the needs of others.
I would encourage you to take a look at the ELCA website sometime (www.elca.org). Scroll through the variety of ways our church has helped to aid the challenges of life
others face throughout the globe. It is mind-blowing to consider how much our benevolence dollars contribute to building wells for clean water in parts of Africa, supply relief to
victims of natural disasters, and contributed to the decrease of malaria in all parts of the world. That's just the tip of the iceberg. We help support missionaries and
other church workers to spread the Gospel. There are countless ways we will never see in which we provide for our neighbors. All because we act as one of another.
Our Vacation Bible School recently ended. Each year, we gather in children from the community, many of whom have no church home. The experience sows seeds within these
young people which may have some impact at another time down the road in their lives. We pray the Holy Spirit encourages them in the same fashion through which we have
been prodded and grown to become disciples of the crucified and risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
Twenty-five years ago, in July of 1993, we arrived with our family in the midst of terrible flooding in Des Moines. We witnessed an abundance of aid from all over the country
to assist us in our time of need. As we discern the needs of others, may we continue to recognize we are one with another in the family of God and focus our attention ahead to help
the people who need us as we need each other. People who need people are the blessings for people of the world.
Peace to you. Continue to enjoy your summer. See you in church.
Meals from the Heartland
Habitat for Humanity
Lutheran Services in Iowa
Lutheran World Relief
ELCA Malaria Campaign