The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Stanton

Linda and I once took a cave tour in a cavern in Texas. It was my only experience in a cave of any kind. The beautiful colors of the stalactites and stalagmites; beautiful columns of rock,

huge vaults, all combined for an awesome adventure. I also vividly recall the moment at one point in the tour when the guide – after preparing us – briefly tuned off the lights. Darkness. Utter darkness.

It felt almost if a blanket had been drawn over one’s face. This world is blanketed with the darkness of sin. It takes away our vision; to see anything at all as it should be. It blinds and distorts. It causes us to stumble and fumble around in the dark. Thank God we

have a light – The Light – in Jesus Christ and His Word. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105)

Stumbling? Wondering where to go? Can’t find your way? Turn to your Savior in faith and let His Word be your guide in the darkness.

Pastor Stanton

Special Voter's Meeting-Pastoral Call

We invite you to a Special Voter's Meeting, with the intention of issuing a Divine Call to our next Pastor on Sunday, August 7th, 2022 at 10:30am in the church and via Zoom ( for those who cannot join the live vote.

The committee had an original slate of candidates (19) that was presented to the congregation in June. Of the original list, five were chosen for live interviews that were conducted via Zoom conferencing with all members of the committee in attendance. Of the five live interviews, the committee selected three to bring to congregation for a vote.

The three candidates in alphabetical order are:

Rev. Timothy Fraker

Rev. Ryan Meyer

Rev. Iromar Schreiber

Bios and interview notes are attached for your review. The complete Pastor’s Information Forms (PIF’s) and Self Evaluation Tools (SET’s) are available in the church office for anyone to review. These forms will be available for two weeks, July 25th through August 5th for review.

We ask that you would please pray that the Holy Spirit guides you through this very important process and vote at our meeting on August 7th.

Feel free to reach out to any member of the committee with questions. The call committee is comprised of: Bob Kunz, Diane Gihring, Melissa Best, Jayne Rosenberg, Jim Burow, Mark Filter, and Sean Malone.

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Just Keep Praying

Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me,

and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:12

Whenever I hear someone say just keep doing something, I am often reminded of Dory in finding Nemo. Marlin and Dory had just lost the mask that had the only information that would lead them to finding Nemo. Marlin naturally was down hearted and lost all hope to find his son. Dory steps in and says, “you know what you have to do when life has got you down? Just keeping swimming.” Sure enough, in her mantra she keeps swimming and the information needed to find Nemo is made clear. This situation is not too far off from the Christian life. Too often when life has got us down, we give up all hope and convince ourselves that nothing can be done, when in fact we should be doing just the opposite, but instead of just keep swimming, we should just keep praying.

We live in a time of turbulence; we always have and always will because of sin. The turbulence just looks different as time changes. The fact is, we can look at the world and complain about how badly things are going or how crummy our life is. We may blame the decay of our world on the government and cry “woe is me”. However, we are also to blame. God’s Word makes it very clear that no matter what the world looks like, God’s people have the power, authority, and responsibility to turn things around. How do we do that? We do it through the power of prayer.

We see countless examples in the Bible where God’s people could have easily just given up and moved on, but rather they went to God in prayer and JUST KEPT PRAYING. When things are going wrong in the world, when we receive a diagnosis we don’t want or can’t deal with, when we lose someone close to us, when we just don’t think we have the strength to carry on, we should JUST KEEP PRAYING. We read in 2 Chronicles 7:12 and following, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself…if my people, who are called by me name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and I will heal their land.” This section of Scripture deals with Solomon and the temple, but the point comes because Solomon did not give up, he just kept praying. God’s promise is true, and He is there for us because we ARE HIS people, His dear children.

God knows what is in our hearts and He watches over us, He hears us and listens for our cry. No matter what we come up against, God is there for us, and He is always ready to help! Just as He was there for His people in the past, He is here for us today as well, but we must do our part. We must pray, humble ourselves, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways. Just as a small child runs to mom and dad when they are hurt, we must run to our Father in heaven. He will never turn us away; in fact, He is just waiting for us to come to Him. So, in the words of Dory, “JUST KEEP PRAYING”. Not only does prayer bring us closer to God, but it also reminds us that all things are possible with God. Run to Him, pray to Him, ask for whatever it is you need. And without a doubt, it’s praying time, so “JUST KEEP PRAYING” and watch God’s promises be fulfilled!

In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

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Quarterly Missions

For our third quarter special missions we will be supporting Mark and Megan Mantey. Mark and Megan currently are serving the Lord in Uganda, Mark as a project manager for the Seminary and Megan as a teacher. Please see the attached prayer card for more information on the Mantey family. May God continue to bless them and use them in big ways as they serve God's people in Uganda.

Women's Ministry

While the activities take a break during the summer, the MITE box does not! Your coins, bills, and checks provide the Orphan Grain Train, the first grant recipient, continued support of their humanitarian projects. For a full list of grants chosen for June check out the Women's Ministry bulletin board.
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Gideon Bible App

The Gideons International is a non-profit ministry that is dedicated to getting God’s Word to everyone, everywhere. One way in which they are keeping people connected to the Bible is through a free app. The Gideon Bible App makes it possible to read or listen to the Bible in more than 1,000 languages right from your cell phone. Scan the QR code to the right and you’ll always have God’s Word at your fingertips.

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