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Worship -- 10:00 AM -- Brick Church
Sunday School -- 8:45 AM -- White Church
Interim Pastor's Column by Pastor Kathy Ingbritsen
Grace and peace from God our heavenly Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! And Happy New Year! Since my first Sunday on December 30th, I have been enjoying meeting and mingling with the people of North Beaver Creek. Let me introduce myself and tell you a little bit about me. I just (semi) retired as I finished 14 years at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Viroqua (my fourth regular call). My husband Thom Hunt and I moved to Onalaska in October and joined Journey Lutheran (on the border between Onalaska and Holmen) recently. That is the place we chose as our home church, which it is appropriate to do in retirement – but my main time at church will be spent at North Beaver Creek as the search for the next regular pastor is underway! I took training in interim ministry a few years ago, and this is my first time doing such ministry. So North Beaver Creek will be teaching me as I serve the congregation!
There is information posted at the office in the white church, and perhaps in the bulletin each week or in the entryway at the brick church, about my schedule as I begin commuting from Onalaska. There will be name tags available at worship. Please take a moment to put one on for a few Sundays in January – I am good at remembering faces, but not as much with names, at least not right away. If my face and name seem familiar to some of you, that’s probably because my second regular call was 9½ years (from 1989-1999) at French Creek Lutheran west of Ettrick. My first call was in SE Minnesota and NE Iowa, a two-point parish right on the border on Highway 63 in and near Chester, IA. My third call was 5½ years in NE Minnesota at a two-point parish west and south of Brainerd. I have enjoyed rural and small-town ministry very much. And I look forward to fruitful partnership in the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of North Beaver Creek!
2019 Sunday School Schedule
Resume on January 13th
Jan 20th – Sing
Feb 17th – Sing
March 17th -- Sing
April – Sing on Easter (no SS that day)
May 5th -- Pie auction Tentative
May 12th – Sing
May 19th – Last day
Vacation Bible School – Tentatively week of July 2
Luther and Lutheranism from the ELCA Website
Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. Luther was a young monk and priest when Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome. A few years later, he was a junior faculty member at a new university in small-town Germany, intently studying the Scriptures, “captivated with an extraordinary ardor for understanding Paul in the Epistle to the Romans.”
In these days Luther was tormented by the demand for righteousness before God. “I did not love, yes, I hated the righteous God who punishes sinners, and secretly, if not blasphemously, certainly murmuring greatly, I was angry with God.” Then, in the midst of that struggle with God, the message of the Scriptures became clear, like a long-shut door opening wide. When he realized that a “merciful God justifies us by faith … I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates.”
What Luther discovered is the freedom of Christians trusting God’s mercy in Christ. As he later wrote, “Faith is God’s work in us. It changes us and makes us to be born anew of God. This faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing. It is impossible for it not to be doing good works incessantly. Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that believers would stake their lives on it a thousand times.”
This discovery set Luther’s life on a new course — both his own life and his public service as a preacher and teacher. When a church-endorsed sales team came to the Wittenberg area in October, 1517, Luther was concerned that the promotion and sale of indulgences undermined the promise of God’s unreserved mercy in Jesus and the faith that trusts that promise. His 95 Theses or Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences became the first of a life-long stream of books, sermons, letters, essays, even hymns in which he expressed his confidence in this life-giving promise from God, the Gospel, and its liberating implications for all of life in church and society.
What more is out there on the ELCA website? Here a link to their page. (There's lots of good stuff.)
Thoughts along the way...
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Jan. 13, 2019 -- Sharing Baptism Memories
Jan. 6, 2019 -- NBC Welcomes Paityn Marie Ekern
Paityn is the daughter of Joel Ekern and Tiffany Knight. She is pictured below with her parents, sponsors and Pastor Kathy Ingbritsen.
Excerpt from the January 2019 Edition of the Parish Paper © 2019 by Herb Miller --