Welcome to St. Ansgar Lutheran Church …
We, the people of St. Ansgar, are a worshipping, learning, witnessing and serving community of baptized persons among whom the Word is proclaimed and the Sacraments are administered according to the Gospel.
We invite you to join us for any of the following worship services:
10:30 a.m. Service of Holy Communion (September through June)
10:30 a.m. Sunday School Sept. – May
10:00 a.m. Service of Holy Communion (July and August)
FROM PASTOR DAVID’S DESK
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)
Since time began one of the great debates has been over which is better, quantity or quality. Our secular society is all about quantity. Who has the most toys seems to be the winner. Why worry about quality? Just throw the broken item out and go buy a new one.
The preference for quantity over quality has spilled over into the world of the church. In this era of mega churches and televangelists the only successful church seems to be a big church. The pressure is on to “grow the church.” It is very important to be an inviting and welcoming church community, but just because we aren’t a rapidly growing congregation does not mean we are not a successful church. And yes, we are growing!
Rally Sunday was a shining example of how quality beats quantity. I am often asked, “Where are the youth in our church?” Not all of them attend regularly, and they are missed, but two of our youth, Elizabeth and Caedwyn, supported by their parents, and Sunday school teachers Deb and Carmen, planned and implemented one of the best Rally Day Sundays I have ever seen! All in attendance that Sunday were actively involved, and were led through the various activities by our youth. It was a wonderful event, planned, coordinated, and directed by two very special young women.
A council of seven dedicated and hardworking members of St. Ansgar currently lead our church. Our committees are small in number but all the work that needs to be done is undertaken in a timely and efficient manner. Our choir may not have 100 voices but they make beautiful music and add so much to our worship. The ladies of SAW contribute many things to our church and church family. So many individuals work behind the scenes to support our ministry. We are fiscally sound and have generously supported many causes throughout the past year, from laundry detergent to socks, from milk bags to the people of Fort McMurray, from the Women’s Shelter to the Humane Society, just to name a few examples. We support our synod and our national church and are now actively involved in the ELCIC Reformation Challenge.
There is no worthy cause too great or too small for the people of St. Ansgar. Borrowing the words of our Bishop Michael Pryse, from the September issue of Canada Lutheran, “we strangely persist in seeing the life of the church through the lens of scarcity.” It has been my experience that this is exactly how we see the church. The notion of quantity overshadows quality. It is time to shift our focus and recognize that it does not take a large quantity to have quality. Bigger is not necessarily better. The people of St. Ansgar Lutheran Church, active members of the living body of Christ here on earth, are living proof that quantity is not a requirement for quality.
May God continue to bless us as we go about the business of doing God’s work.