Dear Congregational Family,

1. Martin Luther’s birthday! Today is Luther’s birthday – Nov. 10, 1483. He was baptized the next morning at church on the feast day of St. Martin, and therefore named “Martin Luther.” Luther became a monk, a priest and a professor of theology. He is also the one God used to ignite the Protestant Reformation by posting his Ninety-Five Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany calling for the reform of the Roman Catholic Church of which he was a priest at the time. Luther helped the Church to recover the Scriptural truths of “Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, according to Scripture Alone.”
Luther was also very concerned about the spiritual education of people which led him to translate the Bible into German, write the Large and Small Catechisms, and compose many hymns for the church to sing.
His most famous quote was when he was asked to reject his teachings on these clear Biblical truths. Even though he knew he might well be burned alive at the stake, he replied, “I cannot and will not recant anything, … Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.”

2. Congregational Meeting: This Sunday we will be holding our annual congregational meeting after both services to present the 2021 Church Budget for congregational approval. You should receive a copy this week, along with a letter from our treasurer. Our finance committee has worked diligently on this over the past many months alongside our council. We are so grateful for their work! We are also so thankful for the generosity of our congregation over this past year!

3. Sermon: Title: “He blessed you. Do you bless Him?”
Text: Matthew 25:14-30

God bless you as we continue,

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

Pastor Carlson