Category Archives: Newsletter

January 2018

Dear friends in Christ, We have a lot going on at Immanuel as we prepare for our annual meeting in February including the election of many new leaders and approving our budget. You will find a bit of a year-inreview in my annual report coming soon. But for this month’s letter I’d like to provide […]

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December 2017

Dear friends in Christ, It has become commonplace after all manner of widely publicized tragedies (mass shootings,natural disasters, terrorist attacks) for people from pastors to politicians to talk about their “thoughts and prayers” being with the victims. It’s become so commonplace that there is now a predictable backlash in response to the many in leadership […]

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November 2017

Pastor’s Letter Dear siblings in Christ, We take comfort, often, in what is familiar, especially when it comes to our images for God. The rich naming of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit holds a central place in our Trinitarian descriptions. “Fountain of living water, the rock who gave us birth, our light and […]

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October 2017

Pastor’s Letter “…Gather a harvest from the seeds that were sown, that we may be fed with the bread of life. Gather the hopes and dreams of all; unite them with the prayers we offer now. Grace our table with your presence, and give us a foretaste of the feast to come.” – Let the […]

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September 2017

Dear friends in Christ, This time of year I am always thinking a lot about evangelism. Thousands of people move into our community for the first time, and thousands more are returning after a summer away. A significant number of those people are not connected to a community of faith. What an opportunity to share […]

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August 2017

Dear friends in Christ, In the Eucharistic prayer we are using this season in worship, I continue to be struck most by the line “Loving each body as God’s own, [Jesus] teaches us to walk in the way of compassion.” We so often fail to treat bodies – our own and others’ – with the […]

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July 2017

Pastor’s Letter for July Dear friends in Christ, In a week in which we celebrate a national holiday I am hearing again discussion about the role of the church and the role of the individual Christian in relationship to the nation and patriotism. One extreme is utter devotion to the state: the individual that confuses […]

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June 2017

Dear friends in Christ, In some ways this month’s letter is a follow-up to previous letters that touched on the increasingly global dimensions of the Lutheran church as well as the ongoing refugee and immigration crisis. It’s also an introduction to what we’ll be singing in worship this Sunday and for several weeks to come. […]

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May 2017

Dear friends in Christ, As we get farther into 2017, there is increasing discussion in the church world about the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which we will mark on October 31, 2017. To really delve into some of the history and ongoing conversation, you’re invited to Adult Forum on Sunday, May 21. But I’d […]

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April 2017

  Pastor’s Letter for April Dear friends in Christ, In recent months, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been addressing the related though distinct issues of refugees and migrants. This two-pronged issue was the focus of the annual ELCA Advocacy Convening in which bishops, other clergy, and ELCA members met in Washington, DC, for […]

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