The month of March is the season of Lent this year. Then the first Sunday in April is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. Here is what this journey will look like:
First, Jesus meets Satan in the wilderness, and Satan learns who the “Boss” is. Second, we meet Nicodemus, a Pharisee, a teacher in the temple. Nicodemus wants to learn from Jesus, but this is a huge transition from how he got his teaching to become a Pharisee. He wants to keep a low profile to gain confidence first. Sound a bit like us sometimes?
Third, we meet the Samaritan woman at the well. Totally opposite of Nicodemus! She must avoid her own people in order to survive. He eyes are opened, and she understands who this Jesus is. Her fear of her own people goes away immediately, and she delivers the “Good News” without hesitation. Nicodemus will eventually deliver the “Good News”, but he is burdened by his status and it slows him down. The Samaritan woman has nothing to lose. One thing she does have is a loving heart full of grace and mercy. Without a doubt, she never loses that!
Fourth, Jesus gives sight to a blind man who immediately spreads the “Good News”. What? “Who gave him authority to preach?” asks the Temple leaders. In the simple words of this man, “He touched me! He told me to see! It worked! I am thankful! And I’m not keeping this to myself! Get over it!” or words and body language to that effect. Sometimes we must be firm in our conviction. I always worry that I need to be more graceful.
The message during the Wednesday Lenten Services will be about sharing our faith throughout our community, the world, and in every circumstance we might find ourselves. We are not just going to talk about it! I am encouraging every one of us to practice it. Like our brothers and sisters in Scripture, we have “Good News” to share. We are all called to share it. Not just a select few!
Lenten Evening Worship Service & Soup Supper…Beginning on Wednesday, March 4, we will have Soup Suppers at 5:30 pm followed by Lenten Evening Worship Service at 6:30 pm at Living Lord Lutheran Church. We will need two crocks of soup each Wednesday. Please see the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board if you can volunteer to bring soup.
Town Hall Meetings…The entire congregation is invited and encouraged to attend one or both of the Town Hall Meetings scheduled on Sundays, March 15, at 11:45 am and March 22, at 9:00 am.
Purpose: To develop the Strategic Ministry Plan for Living Lord Lutheran Church.
Why: Each congregation must have a vision and a plan for their ministry within their community. Plans must be current and relevant, therefore, they must be updated regularly. At the transition of leadership and before a search is made for a new pastor, the “Ministry Profile” must be updated in order to call the leader with the gifts to support that vision and plan. This is the vision and desires of our congregation, YOU!
Our Congregation Council has been working at updating our “Ministry Profile” since May 2019. The demographics have been completed with the most current census and our 2019 Parochial Report. This tells us who Living Lord is and who our community is.
Next, we must decide how we will minister to this community.
The Council has been looking at how we will navigate this journey, i.e. Where are we? Where do we want to go?
We cannot get from here to there without the entire team participating and owning the vision and plan that we develop. The Council needs to hear your voice in order to formulate a realistic plan.
There will be a brief presentation of how the Town Hall Meeting will proceed, but we desire that most of the meeting will be brainstorming with you. We will wrap up the session by prioritizing the ideas by your votes.
After both meetings are complete, the Council will create a draft “Strategic Plan” based on your input. This will be published for the congregation to review and make comments. Based on these comments, the Council can clarify the plan.
Finally, the Council will schedule a Special Congregation Meeting to approve the “Ministry Profile” and the members of the Call Committee. So far, the following members have requested to be on the Call Committee and have been accepted by the Council: Randall Beckley, Raymond Boothe, Neal L’Amoureaux, Brycen Prasky, Warner Taiclet, Nancy Walters, and Barb Wright.
Again, please plan to join us as we need to hear everyone’s voice.
Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), and postings on the church bulletin board. Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant Contact. We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church. If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.