Royal & Karen Baker 32 years on the 12th
Stephen & Carrie Woodworth 12 years on the 16th
Mike & Mary Valitsky 46 years on the 17th
Jim & Sherrin Puffenbarger 54 years on the 20th
Dave & Carolyn Wilms 54 years on the 27th
Jeff & Lori Anderson 41 years on the 31st
Congratulations and many more blessed years
are wished for you!
Jan Bellas 2nd Alisa Schroeder 18th
Ryan Sears 2nd Kathy Downing 19th
Tammie Mann 3rd Tara Parrish 19th
Haley Turner 3rd Mary Kobelak 21st
Mike Anderson 7th Matt Berg 24th
Scott Neuman 9th Al Warner 26th
Clyde Hale 10th Ryan Downie 28th
Johnathan Hale 10th Jennifer Richardson 29th
Mary Valitsky 12th Kym Tome 29th
Joel Marhefka 13th Issac Hraga 31st
Dennis Heichel 14th
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR SCHROEDER
Paul’s Letters and Today
We have been reading Paul’s letters to the church in the city of Thessalonica in Bible Class.
This has been good for me personally since I don’t read these letters enough. 1 and 2nd Thessalonians feel odd to me. Paul is very positive towards the Thessalonians. He is not so critical with them like he is with the Christians in Galatia and Corinth!
What is Paul so enthusiastic about when it comes to this church?
Three things: Faith, love, and endurance.
There is room for improvement, but Paul says he is very thankful to God about these things happening among the Thessalonians. These appear to be the positive signs of a healthy church for St. Paul.
This however, is not what I am used to hearing about in connection with a healthy church. The following are the indicators of a healthy church I have heard all my life and especially since I have been a pastor.
✟How many people do you have for worship on a Sunday?
✟Do you have a youth group?
✟How’s your facilities?
✟What kind of music ministry do you have?
✟Is your pastor a people person?
Now, I realize we are not the Thessalonians. Our times are different; but if faith, love, and endurance are not the markers of a healthy church, then we are missing out on what true church life (life together) is supposed to be.
Faith—what do we believe? And does what we believe matter?
Love—Are we concerned about the welfare of our fellow Congregation members? Does this concern work itself out in some form of action?
Endurance—When we realize there is a cost to our faith, do we accept that cost and move forward? or do we surrender a part of our faith that inconveniences us?
These questions are much more consistent with what we know God wants for sure for his people.