Pastor's Word


11For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14I will let you find me, says the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-14


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at First Lutheran,


It is with great joy and anticipation that I look forward to how the Lord will continue to manifest himself in our lives and in God’s ministry in this time and in this place. Over the next several months I will continue to share parts of my journey with the Lord with you.  For now as a way of introduction let me tell you a little about me and my family.


I am second oldest of ten children, born to Mary and Harold Van Cura in St. Paul, Minnesota.  After high school I attended college, traveled, and lived in both big and small towns. I met my husband John, while working professionally for the Girl Scouts in Beloit, Wisconsin. We married in 1988, and our four children were born in Monroe, Wisconsin. In 1998 we moved to Washburn, Wisconsin, and in 2002 we grieved the death of John.


In 2008 doors opened for me to follow God’s call to Ministry of Word and Sacrament. In May of 2012 I graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and on June 16, 2012, I was ordained and installed in my first call at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota.


My oldest daughter, Theresa resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Jacob resides with his wife, Danielle, and soon-to-be born baby in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Elizabeth resides in St. Paul, Minnesota and attends Hamline University. Ryan is back up in home country of Washburn, Wisconsin.


It is with a heart full of hope and openness to how God will continue to show up in each of our lives that I prepare now to come to Decatur and answer the call given to me by God through your prayer and discernment process.


May the chapters of our lives at this time be written together and may all we do and say give praise and glory to God now and forever.  Amen.


Sincerely In Christ,


Pastor Rita Augsburger