The Messenger

The Monthly Newsletter of Blessed Savior Lutheran Church

A Message from Pastor Sander

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9

My Dear Friend:


We find solace, comfort, and direction in the Word of God. To whom do we turn when the world attacks us with all kinds of hardships? The pandemic does not only affect our bodies, but our mind and our relationships as well. Whenever we suffer, we want to identify the culprit for our suffering. Being sinners and born in complete selfishness, it is only normal for us to blame someone else – usually someone close to us. The result is that the pandemic not only damages our bodies – it also damages our relationships.


In his very first sermon, our Lord Jesus urges us to be peacemakers. This is to promote unity among all people. Christians receive peace from Christ and pass it to those around them.

King David, in Psalm 133 writes: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.” And we all know how tough it is when do not!


The Apostle Paul, in Romans 15 teaches us to live our Christian faith in this way: “May God give you a spirit of unity among yourselves… so that with one heart and mouth you many glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you.”


We all know that it is hard to live in unity with people that hold different opinions than we do. Let our Christian faith and its teachings rule supreme in our hearts and lives. Let us look to the Word of God for direction in how to relate to those around us. Let us be known as peacemakers and uniters, that God may be glorified among us!


The Season of Lent spans the whole month of March. Let us keep in mind that Jesus died to make peace between God and us. Through his death on the cross in our place, he freed us to approach the holy Lord God. The curtain in the temple tore in two, and now we have free access to our heavenly Father and to the wealth of His blessings – including love – for our daily lives! Ask, and it shall be given to you!


A blessed Lent to you and yours!

Pastor Martinho Q. Sander

Serving Us in Worship

Elders

Thursday (7:00pm) - Chuck Boie, Jeff Driessen, Lee Roloff

Sunday (8:00am)- Dan Gutenberger (primary) & Dale Wachholz (secondary)

Sunday (10:30am) - Bob Kunz (primary) & Rick Krause (secondary)

Ushers

Thursday (7:00pm) - Driessen-Team 7

Sunday (8:00am) -Saeger-Team 1

Sunday (10:30am) - Sutton-Team 2

Preschool News

THIS IS THE DAY!

Psalm 118:24

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."


Today is the day! Have you ever said that to yourself? Perhaps you are getting married, starting a new job or a diet, or buying a new car or a house! Everything begins “one day” and that day is special day, one that will change your life forever. It is a day that will down you down a new path with new experiences and you always hope for the best.


Good Friday was one of those special days my friends. It was not only special for one Person, but for the whole world and humankind forever. Jesus suffered and died on the cross Good Friday and it was all for us. It was for the sinful human race that continued to sin and sin over and over again and was need of forgiveness. It had to be changed and it happened one day! We are still guilty of sinning over and over again, but with Good Friday, that one day, the end result if different. That one day means that Jesus defeated sin, death, and the power of the devil. We won’t have to face eternal damnation if we believe in Jesus as our Savior!


Easter Sunday was another one of those special days. Easter Sunday meant new life in Christ with His resurrection. Not only was sin, death, and the devil defeated, but His resurrection meant that we get to live in heaven forever with Him. Jesus won over sin, death, and the power of the devil and gave us all salvation for eternity. He loved us so much that one day He said to the Father, “Thy Will be done”. We were on His mind and He knew what had to be done in order to save us. We as His children should be thankful for that one day and take each new day that we get from Him to share that message with others!


Even those special days are marked throughout our lives, in reality it can be said “today is the day” of each new day that we receive from our Father. We start each day in God’s grace and newness of life. Each day is an opportunity to witness to our neighbor, invite a friend to church, help a stranger, prayer for people around us, and the list can go on. Each day is a blank slate that our Father allows to live, so why not make the most out of each and every day that we are given. After all, as we see, it only takes one day to make the difference. So my friends when you get up in the morning and those feet hit the cold floor, make the day count and start out by saying “today is the day” and then let your Heavenly Father guide and use you where He best sees fit!


In His Service,

Jennifer Leinss

You've Been Egged!

We may not be able to have our annual Easter Egg Hunt this year, but that doesn't mean that we can't still bring joy to our neighbors and friends! Beginning on March 11, bags that contain 12 empty Easter Eggs will be set out for you to take. Simply fill the eggs with some goodies (make sure to leave one egg empty as a reminder of the empty tomb!) and then "egg" your neighbor, family, or friends! To egg them, hide the eggs in their yard (if we still have a bunch of snow on the ground, you can just leave them in the bag on their door), and then leave the bag with the enclosed sheet explaining what happened.


If you are attending in person church, the bags will be on the tables in the Narthex. If you are doing online church, please stop by and pick up some from the bin by the front doors. You may take as many as you wish! Help spread some Easter cheer and the good news of the resurrection!

Sunday School at Home

The month of March holds for us the following stories:

March 7 - The Anointing of Jesus

March 14 - The Triumphal Entry

March 21 - The Lord's Supper

March 28 - Jesus is Crucified


Sunday school families will also work on the hymn "The King of Glory Comes." It can be found on page 205 of One and All Rejoice.

Summer Sneak Peek!

Usually at this time we are making big plans and gathering volunteers to host a fun week of VBS, however this year will look similar to last year in that we will not be hosting a VBS here at Blessed Savior. We do however invite you to join Jaime and Jennifer weekly for "Ready, Set, Gold", a fun Olympic program with a Biblical twist. Each week you will hear a Bible story, have a craft, snack, and game idea, and sing songs with us. Watch for more information to come and when to register for this event! Registration is necessary if you would like a porch drop of fun things!


Summer Sunday School:

Our SSS program will be a weekly video series that you as a family can catch when it is convenient for you! Join Jaime and Jennifer weekly as they become mad scientists and share a Bible story and a science experiment to go along with the story! They will get hands-on and dive deeper into the Word of God so be sure to join them for this fun summer adventure!

Special Missions

We began a new year of Special Missions supporting upcoming publications of Editora Concordia Porto Alegre (Concordia Publishing House), Brazil. For the past 15 years Blessed Savior has sponsored the publications of theological books, children’s Bible Story books and daily devotional books in Portuguese. These are distributed not only in Brazil but anywhere in the world where Portuguese is spoken. The Lord bless our joint efforts to His glory and the benefit of the church!