In Matthew 28:19, Jesus calls us to service and mission with the instructions to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
With this as our guide, Family of God’s mission is “Praising God. Strengthing Families. Serving Community.”
As Lutherans, we believe:
- We are saved by the grace of God alone and not by anything we do.
- Through faith in Jesus Christ alone, our sins are forgiven and we are given the assurance of eternal life.
- The Bible is the only authority for Christian teaching and Christian living.
- All believers in Christ are called to Christian service and all alike are God’s people.
- We celebrate the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.
- We are a congregation that welcomes all who seek God in community. We challenge one another to grow in spirit and compassion and invite all into joyful worship and service wherever we are called. God gathers us each Sunday Morning to sing, hear God’s word, pray, and receive God’s grace through Holy Communion. Gathered, forgiven, and fed by God, we are sent out to be workers with God in the redemption of the world.
Recent Blog Activity:
Come on September 13th for our Rally Day!
We will be blessing backpacks that day.
Sunday School - under a new name "Funtime Sunday" - will be getting underway.
The Arnold School Reunion today is at NOON UNTIL 4 PM!! The calendar is incorrect! Come at NOON!!!
In 1960, I was appointed as a delegate from my national synod to be a delegate to the national convention in Detroit to effect a major merger of most of the Lutheran synods then existing in the U.S.
The convention itself (1962) drew tens of thousands there to Detroit and filled Cobo Hall. When we adjourned, we had a united church of several millions united in one great cause, effectively spreading our gospel and generating peace and harmony in the world. Irene and I were both young and it was a big thrill as well as a Blessing to be there.
Our best wishes and blessings to the youth and adults travelling to Detroit.
This coming Friday, July 10th late at night, our youth and adult leaders will be heading out for their trip to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit, with a stop in Lansing MI on the way for more servant work.
Wednesday July 8th we will bless them for their journey. Come to the 6:00 PM Campfire Worship: BYOM to let them know you are supporting them in their journey!
And then pray for us: Ian and Sean Lindblad, Justin and Ben Dryke, Kadin Robison, and adult leaders Jon Erickson and Pr. Laura!
You can find updates on the Journey here on our website and the Family of God Facebook page.
You can also follow their journey on the NE MN Synod Journey Facebook page and on Twitter and Instagram (@SynodJourney) , #SynodJourney15.
It seems like I have had more than the usual amount of “good-byes” lately.
Some were expected, and some weren’t. Some marked the close of a chapter, others the separation from someone dear. Some of them are all mixed up together.
Overall, I don’t like it. It hurts.
A good-bye means separation, an ending of some sort. What remains is a hole and often that holes aches for what used to be there, whether it be the person you could share your secrets with or the ability to mount a flight of stairs without thinking about it or familiar surroundings that are no longer yours. It doesn’t matter much whether the ending is ushering in what is next and is even better, or is thrust upon us against our will – there is still loss and a need to get used to a new normal.
At the same time, I am reminded that the word “good-bye” is actually a smished up version of “God be with you” dating back to the late 1500’s (which explains why it ends the way it does, because back then they used the word “ye” instead of the word “you”). And while knowing that doesn’t render the separation painless, it does make it feel a little less final: because if I know God is present with what or who I no longer see, I know we remain connected through the God who watches over all that God has made, including us.
The march of time stops for no one. As we travel through our lives, many chapters and people will come and go. To some of these we may say “Good riddance!” But to the rest we can say “Good-bye” – that is, “God be with you,” and know we are held in God’s loving arms – together.
I pray, if you have good-byes in your life, that they may be gentle. And in the midst of them, remember that God is with you!