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2600 East Euclid Avenue
Des Moines IA 50317
(515) 265-2865

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Office hours:
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday

Worship Services:

(September - May) 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 p.m.
(Memorial Day - Labor Day) 9:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m & 7:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.
(During Lent) 7:00 p.m.
(Hymn Sing starts 6:50)

This week's calendar:
April 23-30

8:00 a.m. Worship
9:15 a.m. Sunday School
9:20 a.m. Adult Study
10:30 a.m. Worship
6:30 p.m. Knitting
9:30 a.m. Alzheimer's meeting
5:30 p.m. TOPS
6:30 p.m. Confirmation class
6:30 p.m. Choir

Jesus said,"I am the resurrection and the life." - John 11:25
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Next Contemporary Service: May 14.
Contemporary Service occurs every 2nd Sunday of the month at our 10:30 a.m. service.

Next Chicago Folk Service: April 30.
Chicago Folk Service occurs on the 5th Sunday of any month which has 5 Sundays (unless the WMA Committee chooses an alternative liturgy).


Our Mission Statement:
We are a Gospel-centered community of people blessed by God to be a blessing to others.

Get involved!
Highlights of our upcoming events:

Congregational election meeting on May 7.
-Please come between services to cast your vote for next year's Council members Your presence is important as we need a quorum to hold this election. We still need a treasurer--can you volunteer?

Mark your calendars for the Prince of Peace garage sale!
-Items may be brought to Fellowship Hall beginning Sunday, June 11. Small items only, please, in usable condition. The sale will take place June 16 and 17.

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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Some of you remember, years ago, Des Moines Public Schools operated a Preschool held in the room we now call the Multipurpose Room. Our children, Joshua and Anastasia, attended the Preschool which at that ime was taught by Mrs. Sue Edwards. Mrs Edwards strongly believed that an important aspect in early education is keeping the childrens' senses highly stimulated. She decorated the room with lots of pictures and diagrams, changing them often with scenes associated with various seasons and events on the national calendar.

Mrs Edwards also played a lot of music to help promote the children's physical mobility as they romped and danced to the tunes. I heard a lot of these songs while working in the church office. (I'm not complaining, mind you. I didn't find the music distracting.) The most memorable was a song entitled, Sammy:

This is a story 'bout Sammy
His father sent him out to buy bread.
But Sammy didn't feel like walkin'
He wished he could fly instead, and he said,
"If I were a bird I would fly to the store,
Fly to the store, fly to the store,
If I were a bird I would fly to the store,
Fly to the store for my father."

The song continued with several verses, as Sammy wished he were a fish and he'd swim to the store, as a bug, he'd crawl to the store, as a bunny he'd hop to the store. And then the finish, Sammy is "glad I'm me walkin' to the store for my father." To watch the kids in action, going through all the motions as they sang was the proverbial "hoot."

As I reflect on the song, what strikes me now is all that Sammy is willing to do to to obey his father. No matter what form his imagination takes, he ends up going to the store to buy the bread for his father.

We Christians, especially during this holy season called Lent, recall all Jesus did to obey the will of Godd the Father, going to the cross for us. The culmination of the season comes April 9, Palm/Passion Sunday through Maundy Thursday April 13, Good Friday, April 14 into Easter Sunday, April 16. We will remember Jesus' Last Supper with his discpiles before his suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane, the mock of a trial to which he was subjected, the cruel torment to follow and finally the cross where he meets his death.

When we greet the sunrise on Easter morning, the celebration should give us reason to shout for joy knowing the promise of forgiveness of sin into eternal life God has offered us is true through the resurrection of Christ. Please join us for the occasion, whether you have to walk, swim, crawl, or hop, yourself, to get here and be part of our gathered community.

Peace to you. See you in church.

Pastor Roger

Outreach links:
Meals from the Heartland
Habitat for Humanity
Lutheran Services in Iowa
Lutheran World Relief
ELCA Malaria Campaign