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​God Is Always With You, And So Am I!

9 I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1: 9 (NRSV)

The VBS week has been an amazing experience for all involved. Our awesome adult leaders have been teaching, leading, playing music, serving food, and so much more. Our middle and senior high students have been leading…

​Be Present

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father…

Strangers On The Road

Prior to Easter, Kari, Maren, and I joined my sister and her family to take our annual trip together. We started doing these trips about six years ago to spend quality time together with my sisters family and explore the USA and beyond. This year we headed to Vegas and then drove through the Mojave desert picking up Route 66 to Los Angeles. We then headed up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco…

​After The Stone Is Rolled Away

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the…

​Fed

Have you ever opened your stocked pantry or refrigerator and became frustrated because there wasn’t anything good to eat? Have you ever sat down at the dinner table and felt disappointed because you didn't like the meal that was being served? I asked our 7th-12th grade youth these questions at last weekends hunger lock-in and they all said this was a pretty regular occurrence in their households.…

Blessed Are

In baptism, we are claimed by our creator through water and word. Our family and congregation make a commitment to bring us up in the faith and teach us the scriptures. In confirmation, we study the scriptures and make our own profession of faith as we affirm our baptism. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the chapter on how to live in an imperfect world while also following a radical, loving, and…

New Year's Evolution

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails”. William Arthur Ward

Each January, millions of Americans choose to make a new year’s resolution in hopes of adjusting their sails for positive personal change. The most common resolutions are losing weight, getting organized, quitting tobacco/alcohol, or…

Weekly Word

Hey Salem Community-

This past weekend our middle school students participated in our annual confirmation retreat. We headed outside of the city to Tall Oaks Conference Center in DeSoto in collaboration with Holy Cross Lutheran Church. The goal for our time together was building stronger relationships with each other and God. This year, we focused on the topic of personal…

Weekly Word

Hey Salem Community-

Over the past two weeks our ninth grade students have shared their statements of faith and affirmed their baptisms. I have had the privilege to work with each of these amazing young people over the past 2 years in our confirmation program. It is truly a blessing to walk with our middle schoolers as they learn, share, questions, struggle, and walk with…

The Upload

Hey Salem Community-

Our confirmation program began in September and there are twenty-one awesome middle school students and four incredible adult leaders participating in the program. There is great energy and excitement as well as some nervousness among the students as they get to know each other and feel connected within the group. We have established some rules and boundaries…

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