Dearest Family of Concordia,


“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you,” Jesus says to us in our Gospel for this Sunday (Jn 14:18).  Join as we hear these words of Jesus with the live streaming of our worship on Facebook this Sunday, May 17, 10 AM.  The attachment is our order of worship.


Please join us for the live streaming of Bible class following worship Sunday morning.  Thursday, the 21st, marks the Ascension of our Lord.  Psalm 47 is the appointed Psalm for that blessed feast, so that is what we be looking at for Bible class.  As well, a few parallel passages you may want to look up in your Bible for Sunday – John 18:6, Philippians 2:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, & 1 Corinthians 15:52.


A few items to call your attention to, as well:


Our Church Council did meet this past week and decided to delay the resuming of public worship services.  As I said early on, when cancellations and restrictions first went into effect, things seems to be changing by the hour.  We will keep you informed regarding any dates of resuming public worship.


We would like to thank Nona, Mary Jo, Kim, and Kristi for making and delivering “We Miss You Bags” for our Sunday School children.  Your labor in the Lord is not in vain!


The snow is gone!  No, I am not a weatherman, nor do I play one on tv.  The reason I am calling this to your attention involves pastoral care and accessibility to your Pastor.  Now that the temperatures are warming, I have been walking to the Church on occasion.  My plan for this weekend is to get my bike ready for summer, so I most certainly intend to ride my bike to Church, as well.  You may not care what mode of transportation your Pastor chooses to utilize under the banner of Christian freedom, but what is said to me often is, “I saw you truck at the church so I stopped,” or on the other side of the coin, “I didn’t see your vehicle at Church…”  Please, if you want to visit with me, I am available.  Please call.  We can easily set up a time to meet, even if I have to drive to your home.  And, you know you can call me at home.  In the absence of public worship services, I am available for private Communion.


Lastly, I would like to thank you for your ongoing financial contributions to the Church.  Many of you have dropped off offerings, mailed them, and a fair number are using the online contributions on our congregation’s website,  Even though we have not had public worship, the ministry of Concordia continues, and yes, that means we have financial commitments and obligations.


Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12).


Pastor Heller