- ReadOctober UpdateEighty Days until Christmas
Christmas Gift Cards for Our Seminary Students
Today I received a letter (above) from Deaconess Katherine Rittner, who is the director of the Food and Clothing Co-op for Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.
Only a few years ago, I was one of the students at our seminary, and I can't tell you how much we all looked forward to Christmas time. That is when each of us would would open our campus mailbox to discover an assortment of gift cards for various merchants. For families living on a budget, this was a great blessing! For some it meant getting to eat out for the first time all year. For others a gift card to Walmart meant a month's supply of diapers.
For the next week, seminarians and their wives would be busy chattering about and even trading gift cards: "Who wants to eat out at Olive Garden? We'll trade for Walmart..."
I invite you to consider being part of this wonderful program that blesses so many seminary families at Christmas time. Here's what to do:
- Purchase one or more gifts cards in increments of $10, 20, or $25 to any of the national merchants listed above in the letter. (Walmart, Target, Macy's, Olive Garden, Red Robin, Subway, BP, Shell, Marathon, etc...)
- Attach a post-it note with your name.
- Drop off your gift card(s) in the basket at the back of the church.
Before Thanksgiving we will mail all the gift cards together as one package from St. Paul and First Lutheran of Greenwich.
- St. Paul and First Lutheran published a newsletterReadSeptember Update
Normal Services Resume Sunday
Our ten weeks of joint services were a great success this summer. The folks from First Lutheran appreciated the air conditioning, and it was wonderful for the members of both churches to get to worship and attend Bible study together.
This Sunday we will return to our usual schedule:
8:00am Bible Study
9:00am Divine Service
10:30am Divine Service
11:45am Bible Study
- ReadConcordia Lutheran High SchoolFaithfulness amidst Persecution
During the Prayers of the Church on Sunday, we prayed for Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, which has been at the center of controversy because of a devotion given by Chaplain Chad Hoover. If you have Facebook, you can watch Pastor Hoover’s devotion here.
The five-minute video, which was a faithful proclamation of Christ as the only solution for our broken world, has been called insensitive, hurtful, and racist. Former students have demanded that the school apologize and the video be taken down. Some parents have threatened to remove their children. Many people have accused the school of systemic racism. Even the local news has picked up the story. For the last two months the faithful pastors and leaders of CLHS have been vilified and subjected to a firestorm of criticism.
If you are able to watch the video, you’ll see that there is nothing remotely racist about Pastor Hoover’s message. He calls the death of George Floyd a tragedy. He encourages Christians to conduct themselves honorably toward all. He speaks of humanity’s need for Christ. Why then do so many people have a problem? Because our sinful world stands in opposition to the saving message of Jesus Christ. St. Paul writes, “We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to the Gentiles” (1 Corinthians 1:23).
- ReadGraveside Service for Alice Dobrucky
There will be a memorial service for Alice Dobrucky at Greenwood Union (Rye, NY) on Saturday, June 27th. All are welcome to attend. We will meet at St. Paul at 11am and then caravan to the cemetery.
Following the service, there will be a reception back at St. Paul. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (203) 253-2327.
- ReadTrinity Update
New Bulletin Format
Remember the old days before bulletins when the hymn numbers were posted on the hymn board? Well, we're not going to do that. But we are trying out a new, one-page bulletin format, and I hope you'll watch this video that explains how it works.
Trust me, there actually is a trick and knowing it makes all the difference.