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!