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Like Breakfast?

Pancake Breakfast this Saturday from 7-11AM in downstairs in St. Andrew's Hall with proceeds to benefit Bear Creek Camp Scholarship Fund   2 - 4 years old            free 5 - 11 years old           $1.00 12 - 64 years old           $ 6.00 65 years and older        $5.00   Invite family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to this great annual event.   Also coming up...   All Saints Celebrations in Worship this weekend - Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 8:15 and 11AM   See you in church!   Peace,   Pastor Mueller

Luther's Legacy

Dear Friends, This weekend when we gather in worship, we celebrate Reformation Sunday, giving thanks for Martin Luther and fellow reformers who refocused the Church's attention on the Word and the saving power of Jesus Christ.  While Luther had little or no idea during his lifetime what a profound effect he would have on the world, we recognize today that he left quite a legacy including: - justification by grace through faith - word and worship for the people - priesthood of all believers - marriage and family as high calling - educational reform What do all of these things have in common?  They represent a shift in authority giving believers a far greater voice.  They demonstrate a shift in understanding as the church more and more embraces the language of the people.  They acknowledge a shift in technology as the printing press gives people far greater access to resources of faith. So what might this say to us 500 years later as the church seems to be going thr

Opportunities for Growth

Dear Friends,       There are several learning opportunities coming up in week ahead that I wanted keep on your radar.   - "Aslan on the Move" :  This Sunday (downstairs in Jerusalem Room)  at 9:30 AM we gather together for a presentation / discussion based on Christian themes found in the C.S. Lewis classic, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe."   This gathering will continue through November 24.  Anyone from high school students to senior citizens are welcome to attend.  Join us and be enriched in faith.    - "Lunch Bunch Bible Study" - We gather each Thursday at noontime in St. Andrew's Hall to look a little deeper at the assigned bible texts that will be proclaimed the upcoming Sunday.  We provide coffee and printed out texts.  You are free to bring Bibles and a bagged lunch if you wish.  People who rarely take part in Bible Study have become a part of this group and have found it very helpful in their walk of faith.

Wrestling with Angels

Dear Friends, There are moments in reading scripture and in our daily lives where the questions can often tell us more than the answers.  With this in mind, I pose the following questions regarding Genesis 32:22-31 which we will be looking at in Bible Study on Thursday as well as in worship this weekend. 1. Why do you think God let Jacob wrestle? 2. Why do you think God wrenched Jacob's hip? 3. Have you had a struggle in your life that really helped you to grow?  Do you still have a limp? 4. What do you think is the significance of Jacob's name change? In the midst of things in our lives that we cannot begin to understand, may God give us the strength to keep wrestling, the willingness to trust, and the capacity to love and forgive others.  See you in church! Peace, Pastor Mueller standrewslutheran.com pray-as-you-go.org

Counting Our Blessings

Dear Friends, As we prepare for Bible Study on Thursday and worship this weekend our primary texts will be 2 Kings 5:1-3,7-15 and Luke 17:11-19.  I am particularly intrigued by Naaman in the first lesson.  If you find yourself looking at this text in advance, here are some questions to consider: 1. What do you think is Naaman's biggest challenge in the story? 2. Why do you think Naaman is so reluctant to follow Elisha's instructions? 3. Naaman receives hope and encouragement from several people.  What or who is your source of encouragement? 4. Naaman finds blessing in very unlikely places.  Where have you found blessing through a person, time or place where you least expected it? I continue to give thanks for the blessings that I have received through many of you.  Your words of hope and encouragement and your acts of servanthood have been a tremendous source of strength.  Indeed it is a great privilege and incredible honor to stand among you as a servant leader.

Rekindling the Gift of God

Dear Friends, As we prepare for noontime Bible Study tomorrow (Thursday) and for worship this weekend, one of our primary biblical texts will be 2 Timothy 1:1-14.  I encourage you to read these verses on your own and think about the people who have been examples of faith for you, people who have been your mentors, or people who have been bearers of the presence of Christ for you in challenging times.  Take time to give thanks to God for these special people and reflect on how and where you may have opportunities to pay it forward as servants and friends in the lives of others. We not only grow through time with our brothers and sisters in Christ but also through time in Bible Study and prayer.  To that end, I want to recommend to you some excellent on line resources to help you grow in faith. enterthebible.org    is an initiative of Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and is a great resource for those who may be unfamiliar with background and content of