Dear PLC Members,

Our CAT (Church Assessment Tool) Survey is ready! All PLC members that are at least 16 years old are eligible to complete this survey. We want your opinions about our congregation and what you hope for in a new pastor.

All your feedback will be kept confidential.

Thank You, The Church Council

 

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A Message from Pastor Bob 

The Joy of Following Jesus
“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: "I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”
― Martin Luther, 16th Century German Monk & Scholar


Martin Luther, one of the reformers of the Chris-tian Church, said many amazing things. Some were amazing for being so right, others for being so wrong. But he knew his hope did not come through his pen or his church, but from following Jesus. On October 31 of this year, we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the day on which Luther publicly challenged the church to stop worship-ping the Bible and church fathers, and to start fol-lowing Jesus. It was in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517, and the world has never been the same since.


One of Luther’s greatest accomplishments was to translate the Bible from Latin – the language of a small group of elite and highly educated people – into German, the language of the masses. He sought to have the church preach that following Jesus brought the hope, grace, and mercy that all humans sought. Since most people couldn’t even read their native language in Luther’s day, the church leaders intentionally manipulated and misled the people, making rules and regulations that were not biblical, and served only to make the church leaders rich and politically formidable. The church controlled people with the fear of
damnation and demanded financial payments for the gift of eternal life. Jesus was virtually no-where to be found in the teaching of the 16th cen-tury church.

Following Jesus, and studying his teachings, led Luther from believing in an angry God set only on the destruction of the humanity, to believing in a Savior who loves the world so much he died in order to bring us the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. Sin shut the door between humanity and God; Jesus burst that door open wide, so we could be reunited with our Father/Creator, Sav-ior/Redeemer, and Spirit/Comforter.


While we can embrace the joy of being the “Lutheran Brand” of Christians, Luther calls us first and foremost to follow Jesus, and to seek community with all, regardless of their race, reli-gion, or creed. So, this Reformation Day, and eve-ry day, let us follow Jesus, seeing him as the one who was sacrificed for our sin and the one who is the model of the godly life. And may our godly living (not PERFECT living!) have two results: make us certain that we will someday be with Jesus, and helping the world come to know that Jesus is loving, merciful, and gracious Lord of All.

Peace,

Pastor Bob

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

           

 

 

 

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