The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Sander

“And you will be my witnesses…” Acts 1:8

My Dear Friend:

The task of the church is to tell two stories to the world. The first is the word of the cross. The second, the story of everything else, that is, in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

My message to you this June is simple. It is based on ordinal numbers, all with immense implications for us , the church, and the world.

On the third day, Christ resurrected from the dead. The day of his resurrection becomes “the first day” for our purposes.

On the fortieth day after the resurrection, Christ ascended into heaven, giving his disciples this charge: you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, all of Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.

On the fiftieth day (Pentecost Day) the Holy Spirit comes down on the disciples. Enriched by the Holy Spirit they began to fulfill the task Jesus Christ gave the church: to make disciples of all nations, to preach the Gospel to every creature, to be his witnesses.

On the last Sunday in May, churches the world over observed “Trinity Sunday.” It is entirely fitting for the church to begin the second half of the church year by focusing on the Holy Trinity, our love and almighty God that goes on ahead of us and urges us to never fear, because he has redeemed us and calls us by our name.

In the first half of the church-year, we focused on what God has done for us (Incarnation of His Son, Epiphany, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Pentecost).

In the second half of the church-year we will focus on what God wants to do for the world THROUGH US.

On the tenth of June, Missionary Michael Paul, from Taiwan, will be with us. He will lead a Bible Class in the morning and preach in the evening service. Later in July, Missionary Paul Nelson, assigned to Indonesia will pay us a visit. These guests are important to us because they are front-line “disciple makers”. The contact with them encourages us to make disciples!

The Lord bless you this summer and prosper the preaching of the Gospel!

Pastor Martinho Q. Sander

Serving Us in Worship

June Birthdays and Anniversaries

Preschool News

For Such A Time As This

The book of Esther is the story of a Jewish girl who was divinely called to go to King Xerxes of Persia and intercede on behalf of an entire people. Esther's cousin, Mordecai, had sent word to her that all her people were depending on her. However, the law in those days stated that if the king did not request your presence, you could not go before him or you might be put to death. We are blessed to know how the story ends because Esther was called for such a time as this.

My friend, you too have been called for such a time as this. Rest assured that all the things you have been through have prepared you for now. Every battle you have had to fight and every tear you have shed have been a part of your process. Just as a soldier must go through training for war, you too have gone through various trials that have prepared you for this time in your life.

Maybe you are being called to bring peace and unity to a family, social, or political situation. Maybe you are being called to pray for a friend struggling with a certain situation. Perhaps at such a negative time you are being called to make a positive popular gain. Maybe where there is wickedness and hatred you are called to show love. Or at a time when humanity needs to be restored you can restore faith. You are being called to be an example and an influence of love and kindness in the world. We are commanded by our Father in heaven to love others just as He has loved us. Everything in your life has prepared you for such as time as this. So, be bold and brave like Esther and make a difference, be the change. With God on your side, you certainly cannot go wrong!

In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

Eagle Scout Project Thank You

I want to thank everyone that helped and supported my Eagle Project. It meant so much to me to be able to give back and help the church, and all of you made that happen. Every time you go to church and see that garden, remember that you made that possible. Every penny helped. Thanks again!

Jonathan Koch

Database Updates

As we prepare for our annual Guidebook Directory to go out, we are asking for your help in making sure that all of the information we have for you is correct. Please fill out the attached document and send it back to the church office, either by mail or by putting it in the box on the table in the Narthex. If you have adult children who no longer live at home who are members, please be sure to include their updated information as well.
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News From The Mission Field

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ at Blessed Savior,

Thank you so much for your prayers, encouragement, and generous financial support of God's work in Uganda as I serve there. Ministry has looked a little different this past year, but we praise God for His faithfulness and for the ways He continues to reach people with His word. Congregations are able to meet again in person and students are returning to school where they are hearing the gospel message of salvation. I am in Wisconsin getting some medical care right now, but I am thankful for the technology that allows me to continue working with the pastors and teachers in the Lutheran Church of Uganda to support them as they teach the faith to the children. Thank you for your partnership in this ministry. You remain in my prayers.

God's blessings to you in Christ,

Rachel Meyer

You are invited to join us Thursday, June 10th at 9:00 a.m. in the sanctuary for a Bible class presentation of the missionary work being done in Taiwan by Rev. Michael Paul and his family. Rev. Paul will also be the guest preacher that Thursday evening service on June 10th. Additional information on the Paul family will be available in the next few days!

We will keep you posted on our upcoming July missionary visits!