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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:
The choir from Grandview University will sing for us.
-On Febrary 19 at the 10:30 service, we will have the opportunity to hear several selections of choral music
from this outstanding group of musicians.
Do you have questions about Alzheimer's Disease?
-Join us on Febrary 28 at 9:30 a.m.to hear a presentation by the Alzheimer's Association, presented by the Prince of Peace health ministry.
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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
My home town of Oakland, CA has a small man-made lake in the middle of the city named Lake Merritt. One section of town by the lake is known as the Grand Lake region.
Back in my seminary days, I worked and worshipped at a parish in that area called, appropriately, Grand Lake Lutheran Church.
(The church later merged with another congregation and is now Resurrection Lutheran.)
The pastor of Grand Lake, at the time, was Pastor Walter Pieper (pronounced pee-per). Each month Pr.
Pieper wrote an article for the church newsletter he simply called "Meanderings." As the title suggests, he didn't write on one particular subject or theme
but pieced together remarks on a variety of topics. He would tell news of certain events happening in the area, inform every reader about parishioners who might happen to be hospitalized,
report on a student receiving some honor at their school or some tidbit about a member's family ties (no, not gossip, not ever).
At times it might feel like our journey of faith is meandering through life without a certain direction or path.
We may well relate to the experience of the Hebrews during the time of the exodus out of Egypt, wandering through the "wilderness" on their way to a land promised by
God (remember, it took 40 years, we're told). We are called to follow Jesus as his disciples, to live in the freedom he won for us there. Now, on the other side of his cross and
resurrection we have been given new life. We rejoice at the news, but perhaps we are not sure what that all really
means. So we struggle with questions and issues we are not confident to address.
Our Lenten observances in preparation for the celebration of Easter begin this year on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, with a 7:00 p.m. worship service including the imposition of ashes on
our foreheads. For a theme in our meditations on the Wednesdays that follow, Janelle and I are preparing talks on the
subject on Following Jesus. We are going to consider, for example, some things following Jesus does
not mean.it's not about making excuses for our failings, nor focusing on material wealth, nor exercising complete control of our being.
Following Jesus does include practicing love for our neighbor and maintaining faith, especially when
times are tough. We intend to unpack the significance of certain Bible passages that address these subjects, so we
might better enrich our understanding of life as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Please come and join us. Look for further information soon to come.
Peace to you. See you in church.
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