Dear Congregational Family,


1. Church Council: What a blessing to have such a godly council! We have been very blessed as a congregation to have so many men and women on council (previous and current) who pray for our congregation and serve so diligently, and give of themselves so generously. Last night was a wonderful example of the council wrestling through difficult things with a heart of love for the Lord and with deep love and respect for one another.


2. Black History Month: I hope that you are reading the Portals of Prayer this month, as the devotional have been highlighting stories of how it was the Lutheran Church that reached out to African Americans in the Deep South after the Civil War and helped them to start numerous churches and congregations. Booker T. Washington is cited as one who told others (Rosa Young in one particular story) to “ask the Lutherans” for help because of their Christ-centered care for others and mission minded devotion to share the Good News. Many African Americans living in abject poverty displayed the wealth of their noble Christian character and virtue as they served others in the name of Christ. Great will be their reward in heaven! Today, when the news stories that sell the best are ones of racism and division, we need to recover these wonderful stories of humble people doing God’s work without prejudice, pretense or publicity. They simply and sacrificially lived out their faith in Christ and it transformed communities.


3. Lenten Suppers: A number of you have asked, and yes, the Council last night unanimously approved Lenten Suppers for this year. The “Soup & Sandwich Suppers” will be on Wednesdays from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. The Lenten Services will be at 2:00pm and 7:30pm each week, starting with Ash Wednesday on February 17th. This is a great time for our congregational family to enjoy some fellowship together!


4. Sermon: Text: 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6
Title: YOU are God’s Valentine to the World


God bless you as we continue,


“Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God!”


Pastor Carlson