Weekly Message From Pastor Diana

Dear People of Peace,

We had a wonderful turn-out and celebration for Stewardship Sunday this past weekend!  Thank you to all who helped lead and participate in worship, those who turned in pledges, those who set up for the potluck, and all who brought food and joined in the celebration afterwards.  So far, we have received $64,890 in pledges for our next fiscal year, which begins in June!  If you have not yet turned in your pledge form, or if you would like more information, please feel free to speak with Pastor Diana or a member of the Stewardship Team.  The team includes Tracy Braddy, Ferdinand Lugo-Salas, Frankie Sweetnam, Jenn Graham and Anne Nicolaou.

This Sunday we hear the story of Jesus healing a man who has been blind since birth.  After Jesus heals him, he and his parents are interrogated by neighbors and religious leaders about whose fault it is that he was blind, how it is that his sight was been restored, and who this Jesus character is, anyway.  Those questioning him do not want to listen to what he says and they do not want to see the evidence that is in front of them.  Perhaps understandably, it is the man who was previously blind that both sees and believes in Jesus.

I look forward to coming together with you again this Sunday!  It is right and good that we should at all times and in all place give thanks and praise to God!

Grace and Peace,

+Pastor Diana

Weekly Message from Pastor Diana

Dear People of Peace,

 

This Sunday is the second Sunday in Lent and we will hear the story of Nicodemus, a Pharisee, seeking out Jesus for a mid-night conversation.  Together they (and we) will explore what it means to be “born again” and hear the promise that “God so loved the world that he gave his only son (John 3:16)”.  This is a phrase and a verse that are very popular in our culture and at football games, but what do they mean?

 

This Sunday will also be the last of our Stewardship Small Groups, led by Frankie Sweetnam from 10:30-11:30 in the church library.  If you haven’t had a chance to attend one of the small groups yet, this is a great opportunity!  I am looking forward to next Sunday, March 19th, when we celebrate Stewardship Pledge Sunday in worship and following with a Potluck of Generosity!  What fun!

 

Grace and Peace to you, good people.  I hope to see you soon!
+Pastor Diana

Weekly Message from Pastor Diana

Dear People of Peace,

Last Sunday was a beautiful celebration of ELCA Global Missions around the world!  The music was lively, the prayers for peace were much needed, and the preaching was beautiful and articulate.  We were blessed to have Michael Dickson, a current Border Servant Corps volunteer, share about his previous experience as a Young Adult in Global Mission in Israel/Palestine.  If you were not able to be here in person, please read his beautiful, articulate and inspiring reflection on what it means to be part of God’s mission in the world.  What amazing, young leaders we have in the church today!

This Sunday Jesus challenges us to do what sometimes seems impossible – to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Mt. 5:44).  What have been your experiences of doing this?  How does loving our enemies and praying for those who persecute us change our own hearts and minds?  Let’s explore these question together.

I look forward to being with you again soon!

Grace and Peace,

+Pastor Diana

Weekly Message from Pastor Diana

You are the light of the world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hid.  No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16

 

Dear People of Peace,

This Sunday’s gospel tells us that we are called to be light for the world!  I love this reminder – this promise – that, not only are we called to be light for others, but that we already are that light!  So, remember as you go about your day to day activities – whether it be spending time at work, at home, running errands, at school, volunteering or with friends – you are a reflection of God’s light and love in whatever company, space or place you find yourself.  And this is truly a gift in our world, our community and our neighborhood because we all need to be reminded of the hope and love that is already present in the world through Christ.

Let your light shine!

+Pastor Diana

God’s Work, Out Hands Weekend

Join us for a cross-generational opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

There will be a Thrivent Repairs event hosted through Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, September 10th from 8 a.m. – Noon and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. to repair homes.  The address for the project is 8305 Broadway St., El Paso, Tx 79915.  The house is accessible from the boarder highway.    The repair include exterior painting and yard work.  Please be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat!  Habitat for Humanity will provide all materials needed (paint, paint brushes, gloves, etc) and Thrivent will proved lunch.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan at 915-577-9720  or through email at susan.hernandez@thrivent.com.

If you are unable to attend on the 10th don’t worry!  We will be have a Cross-generational gathering after worship at the church on September 11th for food, storytelling, and assembling care kits for our neighbors living on the streets.  Hope to see you there!