Gardening Group

     This is a group of Women and Men from the congregation who come together to plant flowers around the building. Every time you look at the building you can feel the love that has been put into making it so pretty for all to see.



On the First, Third, and Fifth Sundays of October we will celebrate three important Festivals

in the Life of the Church. Each Festival will have its own unique character. Below are brief introductions to the three Sundays.


Saint Francis of Assisi, Renewer of the Church, 1226

Sunday, October Second

The most ecumenical of all the saints, Saint Francis, was Called to

Life Eternal on October 4, 1226. Francis was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant, and was expected to follow in his Father’s footsteps. Francis, however, was intrigued by the image of being a knight. He eventually went to war, and after his capture and time in prison began to have visions of being Called to Renew the Church. He founded what we now know as the Franciscans. He loved all of creation, and especially animals. As a result, in addition to regular Sunday Morning Worship, we will have a Blessing of Pets Service at 4 PM in the Lower Parking Lot.


                                   Saint Luke, Evangelist

Sunday, October Sixteenth

The Beloved Physician Luke writes both the Gospel of Luke, and its sequel the Book of Acts. Dorothy was one of my long term care residents when I served at Trinity, Canton, Illinois. On one of my visits she said to me – “I suppose, like most Lutheran Ministers, your favorite Gospel is John”. I indicated that was indeed true. She then went on to say, that was not surprising to her, but wanted me to know, that her favorite Gospel was Luke. Dorothy loved the historicity, order, and syntax of Luke. She found the writing of the Beloved Physician Luke to be a near perfect example of the correct use of Koine Greek. Dorothy was of course correct. Luke gives us the most data about the Life of Christ, and does it in a powerful and intricate way. The Church actually celebrates Luke on October 18, but in this Lukan Lectionary Year, we will move his festival to this nearest Sunday.



Sunday, October Thirtieth

Tradition has Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses (Points for Discussion) on the Door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg, Germany, on All Hallows Eve (Halloween / October 31), 1517. Because Reformation and the next day, November 1 (All Hallows / All Saints) obviously fall back to back, the Church celebrates Reformation on the Sunday before the two days, and All Saints on the Sunday after. Come and celebrate the heart of our faith, the Good News of Jesus Christ that makes us free. We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of Holy Baptism we are made one body; we anticipate the day when all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s Table.