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
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.(Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Less than a month ago, I was back in Ohio celebrating American Thanksgiving with my family and some very dear friends. I returned to Advent season and all the activities of preparation for the Christmas season. Before the actual Christmas activities begin, I was already sharing plans for Lent with council at the December meeting. Now, I find myself writing this newsletter article about the New Year before the Christmas season has actually started. No wonder I am so confused! What holiday is it again? Clearly there is a time for everything, but as you can see, sometimes these times overlap.
The New Year always brings a renewed interest in time. Many of us start the New Year reflecting on the past year and making resolutions for a better year ahead. It seems most often these resolutions revolve around diet and exercise. And as we all know, rarely are those resolutions ever kept. (I am also speaking from personal experience.)
As we approach the New Year, maybe instead of looking at the surface issues of our lives, we could take more time and give more thought to reflecting on those things in our lives that really
Matter. (Not that diet and exercise aren’t important!) It is also a time to give thanks for the many blessings of the past year, and for God’s continued support through those difficult and challenging times.
The year 2016 has been a very good year for the St. Ansgar family. It has been a year of both healing and growth. We have supported each other during loss and difficult times. We have supported the wider church and those in need unknown to us. We have been unselfishly busy doing God’s work. As we look back at the past year we have a lot for which we are thankful.
Looking ahead to the year 2017, one of those things that really matter in our lives is our church family. Rather than a New Year’s resolution, I would suggest a New Year’s commitment to the continuation of all that is good in our church lives and also to the many possibilities of service to others outside our community, who need to experience God’s grace and love through us, the family of St. Ansgar.
No matter what the holiday, no matter what the time, God calls us to be both his hands and his feet. As the times in our lives overlap, may we continue to be living examples of God’s love for this world and our love for each other.
I wish all of you God’s peace and blessing in the New Year!