In Matthew 28:19, Jesus calls us to service and mission with the instructions to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
With this as our guide, Family of God’s mission is “Praising God. Strengthing Families. Serving Community.”
As Lutherans, we believe:
- We are saved by the grace of God alone and not by anything we do.
- Through faith in Jesus Christ alone, our sins are forgiven and we are given the assurance of eternal life.
- The Bible is the only authority for Christian teaching and Christian living.
- All believers in Christ are called to Christian service and all alike are God’s people.
- We celebrate the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.
- We are a congregation that welcomes all who seek God in community. We challenge one another to grow in spirit and compassion and invite all into joyful worship and service wherever we are called. God gathers us each Sunday Morning to sing, hear God’s word, pray, and receive God’s grace through Holy Communion. Gathered, forgiven, and fed by God, we are sent out to be workers with God in the redemption of the world.
Recent Blog Activity:
Appreciation Dinner for YOU! from the Youth who traveled to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit
Family of God Youth
Cordially invite you to join us for an appreciation dinner and presentation on
October 3, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
Presentation of Detroit experience starts at
5:00 p.m. in the sanctuary
Entree - Choice of
Spaghetti and garlic bread
. . . . . . . OR . . . . . . .
Detroit Coney and chips
No matter which way I leave my house, I find road construction.
It is everywhere in Duluth! And if by chance I find a road that is not being worked on, chances are there is a new structure being built, with large vehicles coming and going. Whether I am going to work, to shop, to bring a child to or from an activity, to go to the library – you name it: my normal routes from point A to point B are disrupted. And everything takes longer.
It can make a person downright cranky sometimes.
Yet, for the most part, I am grateful for the investment in our infrastructure. Usually I am able to take the longer view and realize that, in the long run, a bit of inconvenience and frustration now will pay off big. In the meantime, I am forced out of my auto-pilot mode as I travel new streets and try ingenious ways to bypass the detours (which usually take far more time than just getting in line with the other cars, but sometimes yield wonderful results). I see new things, learn new areas, just see the world from a slightly different angle.
Then I get another bonus later on in the fall when it is all over: I can return to my former routes with renewed appreciation for their convenience, and get to drive on smooth pavement to boot! It is a wonderful feeling that will last and last and last….until the orange signs and cones go up again.
Do you ever feel like your faith life is under major construction? That no matter which way you turn in your life, there are either major potholes to be fixed, or the tearing up of the old road is already underway? It’s as though the infrastructure of your devotional life is crumbling and it all needs to be fixed at once. You are forced to think in new ways, cope in new ways, and forge new paths. In the midst of all of this, how often do you think, “I just want to go back to my old routes!”?
But we can never stay in one faith routine. Why, you ask? Because in our baptism, God claimed us for the kingdom and will not stop the work of re-creating us, not ever! And while in the long run, that is a comforting and blessed thought, it also means that we are going to be shaken out of our old ways once in awhile. It may be rough going during those times of growth and change – there might be orange signs and major detours and times when we are forced to grind to a halt, stuck in a long line of traffic, unable to go forward or backward. It can feel as though nothing will be right ever again.
But in the long view, we know that God is loving us and guiding us on our way to a new level of faith, a new understanding of who we are as disciples of Jesus, a new creation in Christ. And when we do get over the rough patch, and can return to a more comfortable serene routine, we can appreciate the smoothness of the path and the ease with which we navigate the twists and runs along the way. It is a great blessing that we can revel in….
…until God spots another pothole in our sinful souls, and puts up the orange signs and cones, making us new once again.
Come and help us find Nemo!
Admission is free. Concessions will be sold.
Bring a lawn chair or whatever is comfortable to sit on.
7:00 PM Friday September 18th.
Sabbath - It means the Lord’s Day, the Day of Rest, right? Right! It is a Hebrew word, meaning “to stop or cease” usually from labor or work. The Lord God rested from his work on the seventh day of creation in Genesis 2:2, and then in Exodus 20, commanded us to do the same.
For us in the 21st century, the cultural habit of Sabbath is largely gone, or is at least relegated to “when it works for us” or to “never get around to it”. It used to be easier to rest for a day because there wasn’t as much to do – everything was closed, all the games and practices and classes and events just didn’t happen on Sunday. Now we have to work hard to make Sabbath happen, which is more than a little ironic.
How do you find Sabbath in your life? I imagine there are big Sabbaths and little Sabbaths, some connected to your faith walk and some not. I just returned from a big Sabbath experience with my family on the east coast of the US and points between here and there. It reminded me that Sabbath – resting or ceasing work – comes in all kinds of ways.
Of course there was the Sabbath of simply being on vacation from my workplace (though as a pastor one’s work is always in one’s heart). And there was the Sabbath of walking beautiful historic streets in Boston, Princeton and Old Quebec; and that of listening to the waves lapping on the shores of the Maine and New Brunswick. But there was also the Sabbath of relationship renewal, as I spent days with my husband and daughters, just being together and not taking off in a bunch of different directions. We experienced the same things and could share our reactions on the spot. I saw my girls’ relationship with one another deepen, delighting in their interaction with each other.
It is good to rest, regroup, refresh and then return to the tasks of life. If we do, we are better ready, better prepared and more likely to feel grateful for the joys of life as we know them, more ready to take on the bumps and bruises along the way with better resilience. And if we take some time – say an hour or two once a week – to return to the source of all life and the Creator of Sabbath, well, then, we can remained far more grounded in what matters in life and not get so carried away with the weird stuff our culture likes to fool us with.
Sabbath is a blessing, a gift from God. Do you know someone who has lost sight of this gift? Are there folks you know who have forgotten that they are beloved children of a Creator, who walks with them and will help them to shoulder all that they try to carry? Or maybe just someone who works too much? Invite them to come and share Sabbath with us - here at church on Sunday, here at an event or a meal or a time of study or fellowship. Help them discover what you know – that Sabbath is important and there are many ways to experience it… and one of the best ways is among those who make up the Body of Christ.
~ Pr. Laura
We need your help!!
The week of September 13-19 is God's Work Our Hands service week!!
As a part of that effort, we are collecting items to fill backpacks and ditty bags for those who are homeless on our downtown streets and for the Seafarer's Ministry, to be distributed to sailors in our port far from home at Christmas time.
Here are the lists:
Donations for inside Seafarer's Ditty Bags:
• full size bar of soap
• wash cloth, toothbrush
• small notebook
• two razors
• sturdy comb
• travel size shampoo, conditioner, and lotion
• sewing kit
For the backpacks for the homeless:
• gallon ziplocks,
• chap sticks,
• toothbrushes and toothpaste
• small shampoos
• trail mix/granola bars
• band aids
• wet wipes
• rain poncho
• and other items you think would be helpful.
There will be boxes set up in the Narthex at church to drop these items off. Thank you!!!