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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:
July 16-22

8:50 a.m. Hymn sing
9:00 a.m. Worship
VBS potluck
9:00 a.m. VBS
9:00 a.m. VBS
7:00 p.m. Church council meeting
9:00 a.m. VBS
6:30 p.m. VBS Ice Cream Social

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. - Romans 8:28
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Next Contemporary Service: August 13.
Contemporary Service occurs every 2nd Sunday of the month at our 10:30 a.m. service.

Next Chicago Folk Service: October 29.
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:

Our summer worship schedule has begun.
-Join us at 8:50 a.m. for a pre-service hymn sing, followed by worship at 9:00 a.m.

Vacation Bible School will be July 17-20, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- This is for children from age 3 through 6th grade. If you have children, do bring them. We also need adult volunteers. The days will be packed with Christ-centered activities: games, arts, crafts, songs, skits, and Bible-based lessons. Also, everyone is invited to the VBS closing program and Ice Cream Social at 6:30 on Thursday, July 20.

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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck

I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you for ever and ever. (Psalm 45:17)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In 1533, Martin Luther wrote this about the Psalm pasage above: It is as if the Psalmist said: This is the man [Jesus Christ} of whom people should sing, teach, and preach, and whom they sould praise throuthout eternity, of whose name men should never be silent. Thus shall I remember Thy name, O Lord, that Thou art praised and extolled throughout eternity. This, then, is the one, and the most precious, religious service of the New Testament: to glorify and praise the Son of God by singing, writing, and preaching."

As we approach the celbration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we received this e-mail recently from Kathryn Duffy, choir director at Grand View University:

How will you celebrate the Reformation?
Why not celebrate with study, worship, and music?

Michael Elsbernd (St John's Lutheran Church), Dave Johnson (Faith Lutheran Church) and I (Grand View University) have been planning an event to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. While our main focus is on the Lutheran community in central Iowa, the event is certainly open to all!
We are planning a weekend of education and worship culminating in a concert including a massed choir. Here's the brief overview of what is planned so far:
Educational sessions--
Featured presenter: Rev Dr. Mark P. Bargert, John H Tietjen Professor of Pastoral Ministry: Worship and Church Music, Emeritus-- The Lutheral School of Theology in Chicago.
Other presenters:
Rev. Dr. Ken Sundet Jones, Professor of Theology--Grand View University
Dr. Lisa Payne Ossian, Professor of History--DMACC
Mr. Nathan Beattie and Mr. Dan Rundahl, Financial Associates with Thrivent Financial
Dr. Michael Elsbernd, Director of Worship and Music--St. John's Lutheran Church
Dr. David Johnson, Director of Music Ministry--Faith Lutheran Church
Dr. Kathryn Pohlmann Duffy, Professor of Music--Grand View University

Worship--Evening Prayer (Verpers), Prayer at the Close of the Day (Compline), and Holy Communion
Concert onSunday afternoon (rehearsal on Saturday afternoon):
J.S. Bach, Cantata #80 S Mighty Fortress
Mendelssohn, Reformation Symphony, mvt. IV
Other choral music
We will perform the cantata and some of the choral works with a massed choir. So this is your opportunity to sing Bach, and with an orchestra! Yes, there will be rehearsals prior to Reformation weekend so we can learn the Bach, but more about that later. Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation with singing, study, and worship! Please note--this event does not include Sunday morning! It is not intended to overlap with or preclude your own Reformation service(s) on Sunday morning or Saturday evening.

Referring to Luther's quote above, he would greatly approve. We are all invited to participate. Please see the informational sheet enclosed for more information. You will be hearing more about this, so keep watch.

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