Sunday, September 8, 2019 – 9:00 AM

This Sunday we begin our Confirmation class series.  For some of us, it’s been a few years since Confirmation, so this is a great opportunity for us to blow the dust off our Catechisms and dig in once again.  This week we will cover some introductory topics such as the efficacy of Scripture, the role of human reason in faith, the exclusivity of Christianity (sorry, not politically correct but…), and why do we even do this Confirmation thing?  Join us this Sunday morning at 9:00 in Ballard Middle School as we begin our Confirmation (re)instruction.  Bring your Catechisms along if you’d like, although next week will be when we REALLY start in on that material.

We will have LOTS of readings interspersed with the message, so we don’t need a lector but a treat-bringer would be welcome.  Let us all know if you can help in this way.  The main readings for this week are:
Upcoming events:
September 8 – Officers meeting after worship (NOTE change of date!!)
September 14 – Lutherans For Life Regional Conference – Rochester, MN
September 22 – 9:25 am – Combined worship at Bethany (I’m presenting for LFL in Boyden, IA)
September 29 – October 2 – LCMC International Gathering – Omaha, NE
October 20 – 9:25 am – Combined worship at Bethany (I’m preaching for LFL in North Carolina)
In your prayers this week:

The Tjernagels in Spain; Pastors Duggi, Swen, David, Dake, Moksha, Peter, Jonathan, and Jayasingh as they minister in India

Janis and Ieva Diekonts, Don Richman, and David Breidenbach as they conduct mission work in Latvia and other parts of eastern Europe.
The people of South Sudan and Ethiopia as civil war continues to rage – and for the South Sudanese Christians who have been forced to flee to Ethiopia

The children and staff at the Bethany-Good Shepherd Orphanage in Tanuku.  PLEASE prayerfully consider whether you could help out with a donation to help out the orphanage.

The members of the Lutheran Church in Gudipadu, Andhra Pradesh, as they rebuild their church.  Pastor Duggi is beginning a ministry to help aging women in their village.  Support of all kinds is needed.

Our nation and its leaders – for a return to God and the values on which this country was built

I pray that the rest of your week goes well, and I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday at 9:00 am.

Blessings,

Scott

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