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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:
Items from our Fall Festival ar still available in the connecting link today.
-Come and select from a wide assortment of items, including jams, baked goods, candies, crafts, jewelry, greeting cards, books,
and all kinds of gifts.
Prince of Peace will have a memorial service for unclaimed babies.
-Their cremains were left at a funeral home and never claimed. The memorial service will be on Thursday, November 1, at 10:00 a.m. Everyone
There will be a stewardship luncheon on Sunday, November 4, after second service.
-Joe Nolte will speak on tips for giving in relation to income tax savings and estate planning.
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This month's letter from Pastor Roger Osbeck
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
You may remember last year at this time we were gearing up for a rousing celebration or commemoration, however you want to term it, of the 500th anniversary of the beginning
of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther is remembered as nailing his famous 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany, leading to great changes ahead.
And there were great changes. In Luther's new church, worship was no longer exclusively held in Latin,
priests were given freedom to marry, lay people could receive both the bread and wine of Holy Communion, and many more.
The point is, change is nothing new. Change happens all the time. In our day and age, change seems to occur at such a rapid pace, we can hardly keep up with it all.
We buy the latest technical electronic gadget and it becomes just about obsolete as soon as we take it out of the store. Or, we don't even have to go to the store anymore.
We click our mouse or touchpad online and the gadget appears on our front steps. Some gadgets will respond to voice commands, so the least exertion
required can get things accomplished.
Janelle and I recently attended a clergy conference in Davenport. Part of an annual ritual put on by our SE Iowa Synod, these conferences are intended to provide some continuing
education opportunities and serve as a social connection to better relate with our peers in the Synod. This year one of the speakers was Dr. Bill Withers, a Journalism and Communications
Professor at Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. (Some of you know there is a famous singer from years past names Bill Withers. Not the same guy, of course.
And he assured us he has heard all the jokes about the similarities). Dr. Withers' subject of presentation was entitled "Our permanent Whitewater world
in Which We Live." The title, as you might guess, refers to that constant change in society. This human dynamic is a normal occurrence
in which we need adapt in order to thrive as a viable member of our communities.
Here are some excerpts from the notes I took from the lecture. We might consider these as we deliberate meeting the changes we face as a congregation.
As we encounter change, it's best that we set small, attainable goals for our ministries. As we transition through changes, we will face adversity, but remember persistece pays off
and will lead us to finish. Statistics show about 50% of people in the working world experience some damaging effects of their job. What would that mean
for how we relate to members of our congregations in the work force?
Dr Withers reminded us that the youth of today, in general, are "wired" to make a difference. That is, they want to engage in activities they perceive as helping to make society better off.
And people in general need to be reminded we are all part of a larger mission. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church of Des Moines, Iowa, has a partnership with something larger.
How aware are we all of that?
Some questions we need to ask ourselves include: Where do we find our unique value, as a congregation? Are there things we do we might be better off giving up? What about the things
we need to keep doing? And, what are those things we are able to start doing? These serve as "food for thought" we might want to keep an eye on as we
move forward into the future of our church.
Dr. Withers reminded us that even though we see statistics of falling church attendance, God can survive this Internet age because God knows a thing or two
about resurrection. May we find hope and encouragement in that truth.
Peace to you. See you in church.
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