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)
10:00 a.m. Service of Holy Communion (July and August)
10:30 a.m. Sunday School Sept. – May
FROM PASTOR DAVID’S DESK
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
“WOW!” That is all that I can say, except for a sincere and heart felt “Thank You!” Sunday, April 10th, was one of the highlights of my life. As 105 people gathered in the sanctuary of St. Ansgar Lutheran Church to worship God and celebrate my installation as your pastor I was overwhelmed by the sincere good wishes and congratulations everyone so kindly extended to me. I received several notes and greetings from people who were unable to attend the installation, but wanted me to know they were thinking of the people of St. Ansgar and me on this special day. Despite the stormy winter weather outside the building, there was a warm and spring like blooming of a bright and promising future inside. The mood of everyone was one of joy and celebration.
For almost nine months we faced challenges that were both individual and as a church family. Throughout that time many of you heard me say, “God has a plan.” During some of the most difficult times as we all worked to discern that plan, our faith was challenged. Still, I kept thinking, “God has a plan.” As that plan unfolded it became apparent that indeed God did know what he was doing. Why should we be so surprised?
Never has the working relationship between St. Ansgar and Redeemer been so good. The number of members from Redeemer at the installation clearly demonstrated their support for our church. Pastor Katherine’s message was one of a future, not an ending. We continue to work together on all that was developed during Joint Ministry, and we continue to explore ways of “being together” doing God’s work. And both churches have their own pastor, with whom they can identify.
As I settle in as your full time pastor each day feels like a day to give thanks. Instead of a job, I truly feel like I have a call to St. Ansgar to serve you as your pastor. It is not about me having all the skills to run the church. It is about listening to the Holy Spirit, discerning the gifts that people have in the congregation that God has gathered, and allowing those gifts to serve the Spirit in the community that we are all a part of called St. Ansgar.
I want to thank all those who made April 10th such an amazing day for both the people of St. Ansgar and for me. It could not have been such a wonderful celebration without your help and support. Also, I want to say a special “thank you” to Sarah Griffin and Heather Ellis for such an amazing meal following the service. Everyone enjoyed the meal and the fellowship such a meal allowed.
It is now time to give thanks to God for all our many blessings. It is time to look to the future and all the many ways we can serve God. It is time to remember that indeed God has a plan, and that plan is a future with hope.