The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Stanton

October greets us with trees arrayed in a kaleidoscope of colors. The air turns brisk and frost starts to cover the grass and our windshields in the morning. Time to get the old scraper out! The end of the month will see fairy princesses, skeletons, and goblins ringing our doorbells on Halloween, and upon opening the door, we’re greeted with the familiar phrase: “Trick or treat!”


Halloween: All Hallow’s Eve or The Eve of All Saints. As children, we love to wear costumes and masks, pretending to be someone else. That affection for masks continues on into adulthood. In the days of ancient Greece, plays were popular. Actors would wear masks to play different parts. They would disappear backstage and don a different mask to play another character. The word in the Greek for an actor was hypocrites, which we have taken into our language as a hypocrite. We play the part of a hypocrite whenever we don our masks and pretend to be someone else, rather than who we really are. We are really only fooling ourselves, and certainly not God. In 1 John 1:8 we read: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”


The great unmasking takes place when we appear before God as we really are, sins and all, and hear this wonderful promise in verse 9: “But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”


Praise God! Blessings,

Pastor Stanton

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Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! Philippians 4:1


One of my favorite songs to sing with the kids here at school is “Stand Strong”.


Here are some of the lyrics:

Stand strong when life changes

Stand strong through the ups and downs

Stand strong for you know that God is in control


The storms of life will push and pull

But we are standing on the Rock that never rolls

The storms of life will push and pull

We will keep standing God is in control


Seeing that we are in the month that we celebrate and remember Martin Luther and the Reformation I felt this was a good basis for this article. I am glad that such a man stood strong! Martin Luther knew that salvation could not be bought rather it is the gift of God to us! So, what did Luther do? He stood up knowing that this was a major storm in his life and knew that with God on his side the truth would be shared. Martin Luther was not the first and won’t be the last person to stand firm or strong in faith knowing that God is in control. The song states that God is in control and that He is!


We all face storms in this life, they are guaranteed because we live in a world corrupt with sin. But it is what you do during those storms. Do you give up and lose faith or do you stand firm and strong knowing that God is with you and in control of the storm? It is God that will get you through the storm. He will sustain you, continue to love you, forgive you, strengthen you, comfort you, and give you peace. My favorite thought of God is picturing a child curled up on a father’s lap. It is a safe place, a comforting place, it is a feeling that all will be right in the storm. We have two choices when these storms hit – run from them or run through them and rely on God!


During this Reformation month we recall the hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”. My friends He is a mighty fortress and because He is we can rest easy knowing that we can stand strong because God is in control! The thought that our Mighty Fortress is the Rock that will never roll grants peace and strength. No storm lasts forever, and God is always there for us. So when the storms of life push and pull you, remember to stand strong – stand firm God is in control!


In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Preschool

School is now underway for our little ones on the lower level. Each class is doing well and making adjustments to the preschool life. Christian education is a wonderful thing and we are blessed at Blessed Savior to have so many young families and children coming through our doors every day. As we learn letters, numbers, shapes, and colors, we also can learn of Jesus’ love and ministry. This is what makes us unique and able to help our students grow spiritually. We have had many opportunities to pray together and to learn some wonderful Bible stories. As the school year continues, we ask that you would keep Blessed Savior children’s ministries in your daily prayers.

Sunday School

Sunday School Offering:

Our first quarter Sunday School offering will be designated for Lutheran Church Charities - Comfort Dogs. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are working animals, trained to interact with people of all ages and circumstances who are suffering and in need. The dogs participate in scheduled and special events. For more information head to https://www.lutheranchurchcharities.org/k-9-comfort-dogs-about.html. We are also planning a visit during the Sunday school hour by a comfort dog so stay tuned!

Quarterly Missions

As we enter the 4th Quarter of our year, our Special Mission Offerings will support Lutheran Counseling and Family Services (LCFS). LCFS is a non-profit, state licensed outpatient mental health care agency and adoption service provider, serving the State of Wisconsin. Their licensed therapists and psychologists provide counseling to children, individuals and families regardless of race, ethnic background, or religious affiliation. To sponsor Special Missions, please sign up on the bulletin board.

Endowment Fund Update:

The members of the Blessed Savior Lutheran Church Homeless & Destitute Endowment Fund approved the following non-profit organizations for grants totaling $4,500.


Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI) - $1,500

Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin-Racine - $1,500

Guest House of Milwaukee - $1,000

Blessings in a Backpack - $500


These organizations, in line with our funds mission, provide help to our fellow citizens in need to obtain and maintain healthy, stable lives. The endowment fund members thank the congregation for its continued support in this worthy endeavor.

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