Friday,May 6, 2022

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Dear Saints of Jesus, 

Sorrow is not forever. Grief isn’t forever. Sadness is not permanent. Our hope as Christians is that the sighs and groans and tears of this life will one day be gone, wiped away. We have this promise from Jesus Himself and it’s guaranteed by His resurrection from the dead. He tells the disciples that they will have sorrow and yet it will turn to joy. When He was taken from them and crucified, nothing but sorrow, sadness, fear, and grief. And then, when He is alive, they have joy that doesn’t end. Such joy that not even persecution or martyrdom can dim the light of their hope and glory in Jesus. That’s the power of Christ’s resurrection from the dead: that sorrow is defeated and can’t last forever. Sorrow will be turned into joy. Let’s hear that Good News again which turns sorrow into joy as we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter this week! 

Ladies Guild is at it again, raising money for serving our congregation while helping you clean out your closets! Beginning Sunday, you can bring your bags of clothes (no underwear or socks) and linens and place them in the box in the Narthex. This “FUN”Drive Clothing Drive will last through May 22.

Our Spring Voters Meeting will be SUNDAY, MAY 15, following worship (about 10:15am). The main business items include an update on things around church, and Elections and the Budget for next year. Please plan to take a little time to help contribute to the work and mission of our church and support our volunteers and leaders. 

Our Vacation Bible School, “God’s Wonder Lab” is June 13-17, 9-11am. Children of all ages are invited! Don’t forget to use your VBS Offering envelopes if you’d like to help contribute toward materials and supplies for our VBS!

Our school is now enrolling for next year. If you know anyone with children ages 3 years old through Second Grade, send them our way for more information on our Christ-centered academic excellence! 


You can watch live and find recorded services at the links below:

We stream live on our FACEBOOK PAGE HERE.

Our videos are also live and recorded on YOUTUBE HERE


Sorrow to joy is the story of our Christian life in this world. Lots of things cause us sorrow and sadness. Christ’s resurrection to life turns this to joy. It might not always seem evident but the hope and promise of His resurrection from the dead is that one day, all our sorrows will be turned to joy and that joy will never end. We live in this world with good days and bad days, but we look for an eternal home that never passes away. That is Jesus’ promise to you on account of His cross and empty tomb. See you in the Divine Service!

In Christ,
Pastor Buetow


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