The Word

A Time of Preparation

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Time never seems to slow down, especially as we enter the beginning of a new church year and the end of the calendar year. Christmas decorations are going up, cookies are being baked, presents are being bought. Christmas cards and letters are being planned… Read More»

What Does Thanksgiving Mean to You?

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ What does Thanksgiving mean to you? A little girl might say, “It means a big turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy and green bean casserole.  And you can’t forget pumpkin pie.”  I think we all agree with her.  Who does not welcome and… Read More»

Thy Will Be Done

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, October is upon us and our theme of “Thy Will be Done” is ringing in our ears. We look forward to another month of His will for our church as we move forward with a busy schedule, starting with LWML Sunday and finishing with… Read More»

A season for Everything

Dear Christian Friends:   Thanks to the Byrds, the words of Ecclesiastes 3 are familiar to much of the world: “For everything there is a season…” Turn, turn, turn…   Like it or not, the summer season is over.  Fall has fallen upon us.  It is September! Soon we will… Read More»

The Body of Christ

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As I walk through the Hy-Vee down the street and many other stores around town, I see that school supplies are beginning to hit the shelves. Last year when we arrived in Iowa City, school was just starting and we saw the hustle and… Read More»


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ – Just as Jesus came not to be served but to serve (Matthew 20:28),      we are called to serve Jesus by serving others. Christ is our example of servanthood. He is our reason for serving. He is the One who calls us to… Read More»

Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia! The women had seen the empty tomb and so had some of the disciples.  They believed Jesus had risen from the dead. This news spread throughout Jerusalem, the Lord had risen. But not everyone believed. The… Read More»

Finishing the Race

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ – This past Wednesday was a race.  You know the kind of day.  My calendar was booked solid; one meeting after another and that doesn’t account for the work that needed done. Confirmation is just a few weeks away and I had to check… Read More»

Ashes for Lent

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent, the 40-day period that is reminiscent of Christ’s 40 days of temptation in the wilderness. We are reminded of the temptation that our Lord endured during this time of solitude. We can’t help but… Read More»

Focus on Love

Dear Christian friends:   Here comes February and St. Valentine’s Day and the world’s focus on love.   It can be said that love is the foundation for a relationship and trust is the way to keep that fellowship straight and true. Essential to a loving relationship with Christ is… Read More»