First Lutheran Church Plainville, Kansas
Peace Lutheran Church Natoma, Kansas
Hardly a day goes by when I do not think either to myself, or with someone else about the many struggles that the Church faces, both locally and internationally. With so much hardship, it is easy to lose sight of the good news that the Church has in its midst. The reality is that the Word of the Lord continues to grow and flourish, even in our corner of the world in Kansas. This month, I offer to you a summary of the reports of the congregations in our circuit, and the joys that they have, so that you and I may also rejoice in what the Lord has done.
+ Zion Lutheran, Downs continues work on their new fellowship hall. While some work has been done by contractors and specialists, a majority of the work is being done by the members. The congregation was blessed with a successful VBS, and anticipates much interest in their Fall Bible studies.
+ St Paul’s Lutheran, North Ellsworth is completing extensive work on the exterior of their parsonage. The congregation is also beginning a Bible study that will offer an overview of the entire Bible, and is working to train families to teach the faith in the home.
+ Immanuel Lutheran, Ellsworth maintains a busy and active schedule, including holding a soup supper in the fall that coincides with homecoming.
+ Messiah Lutheran, Hays is celebrating the ministry and retirement of Pastor Rohrberg. There will be a special service and celebration on Sunday, October 26th.
+ Trinity Lutheran, Hunter is an active congregation that holds a regular pork bar-b-que and spaghetti supper to raise funds for missions. Young families attending has prompted the congregation to hold Sunday School on a regular basis.
+ St. John’s Lutheran, Lincoln continues to have an active youth program, both in midweek and in high school. A new men’s breakfast club has started with the intent of studying the Word before the activities of the day begin.
+ St. Paul’s Lutheran, Westfall rejoices in the energy and vitality of a new young pastor, and the congregation held VBS for the first time in many years this past summer, with several attending. The congregation has also rejoiced in several baptisms.
+ Bethlehem Lutheran, Sylvan Grove continues to reach out to the community through a variety of projects, including the annual Pancake Day and by serving pie and ice cream at the Lincoln County Fair. The youth of Bethlehem have made a tradition of attending the Higher Things youth conferences each year, attending in Mequon, Wisconsin in July, and anticipating the Seward, Nebraska conference this coming summer.
Make no mistake about it, this is but a small sample of the work that God is doing in these congregations. Each rejoice in the tireless labors of faithful ladies who make quilts for missions; each give thanks for the labors of men who strive to be models to their families; each earnestly pray for the youth that they might remain faithful; each sing praises for the faithful pastors who have been placed in their midst.
And if all else fails, each congregation gives thanks for the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, which we are reminded of at each baptism, each time we receive the Lord’s Supper, and each time we hear the words of absolution spoken.
The work of the Lord in our midst is very strong indeed. Like St. Paul, we rejoice in the
good that God is completing through our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, just as they rejoice in the blessings that God has bestowed upon us.
God Bless! Pastor Schmidt