From the Senior Pastor

As you well know, life can take surprise twists and turns and leave us feeling more than a little unsettled.

Case in point: When the deadline arrived for submitting this article for publication, I was in North Dakota welcoming Oliver Clinton Laughlin, our first grandchild. Oliver was born about nine weeks prematurely and, at this writing, is spending the first weeks of his life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Essentia Medical Center in Fargo.

Of course, we give thanks to God for this beautiful gift to our family but we also know that this little guy has several hurdles to overcome before his parents can take him home. Each day there are signs that he is growing and developing in ways that move him closer to that goal, but inevitably something comes along to interrupt that progress that reminds us he is far from being “out of the woods.”

As a result, we find ourselves waiting impatiently for the latest update, we are always listening for certain words that indicate positive progress, and we seem to be living now with a certain amount of dread that news of a setback will come with the next phone call.

I wonder if our experience is akin to the rollercoaster the disciples must have experienced with Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, his trial and crucifixion, and then his rising from the dead…

If this season of Lent and Easter is about anything at all, it is about opening ourselves to the reality that none of us is in control of our life, that we very much need a savior, someone who is able to gain control over the forces in this world that we cannot possibly harness and give us hope when our strength to endure fails us. In that place of vulnerability we recognize to our great relief that God’s strength to love is made perfect in our weakness and that nothing in all of creation can separate us from that love.

My friends, as we celebrate the resurrection this year with the church throughout the world, may we receive anew the assurance of God’s power to love us in ways that carry us through the hard times and shape us to be people who live each day in the confidence of a resilient and hopeful faith.

In Christ’s love,

Pr. Randy Gehring

February 18, 2018
McCoy Calvin Jeremiason, the son of Jason and Kristina Jeremiason.
Charlotte Elise Wallace, the daughter of Jared and Robyn Wallace.
February 25, 2018
Hudson Everett and Harrison Alan Fox, the children of Brian and Miranda Fox.

In Memory of Christine Bly
Don and Coryill Weeg
In Memory of Warren Jensen
S. Oden Howell Jr.
Wayne and Norma Steinocker

February 18, 2018
Flowers given in honor of McCoy Calvin Jeremiason’s baptism by his grandparents, Sherry Roth and Jayne and Cal Jeremiason.

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