Keepsakes

The spring season brings with it a flurry of special projects that keep me very busy. We have the confirmation of young people who complete a course of catechetical study. We also have our community baccalaureate service for the high school seniors. One of my jobs is to design and print special invitations, service folders, and certificates … Read more

Summer has arrived!

I’m particularly looking forward to this summer as an opportunity to slow down the pace of my ministry a little bit. This was a very busy and expensive festival season (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter) primarily because this was the first since the Covid breakout that we had a regular schedule of special worship services and celebrations. … Read more

Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Hallelujah!

This has been the joyous cry of Christians for centuries. But what does it mean? The Scriptures tell us on Easter Sunday following the Lord Jesus’ crucifixion and death the previous Friday, He was raised back to life. He was resurrected. He walked out of His tomb. A group of women, who believed the Lord … Read more

The Season of Lent 2022

Ash Wednesday begins the holy season of Lent. The date is March 2nd. Lent is a special time in the church year that affords Christians as well as all people the opportunity to reflect upon our lives. We live in perilous times. Everything seems so uncertain. Inflation is high which makes the cost of everything we need more … Read more

From the Pastor’s Desk

My congregation in Greenfield, Iowa – Immanuel Lutheran Church – is beginning to ramp up to celebrate her 150th anniversary in 2024. Chartered in 1874, the congregation became a member of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. She has remained a faithful congregation of the synod during her entire history. We rejoice for the thousands … Read more

Christmas Joy in 2022

The Scriptures have this amazing exhortation. Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  1Thessalonians 5:16-18 This Christmas season just past was a very joyous Christmas for my family and me. I found myself many times throughout the season giving thanks to our Lord … Read more

From the Pastor’s Desk

Typically, folks think of a pastor’s study as being a rather elegant and dignified office with the walls lined with heavy and cumbersome theological books. My office is not that way at all. It’s more of a workshop. It’s full of books, pictures, tools, technical stuff, computer gear, and my little video studio I use all … Read more