Friday, June 18, 2010

More pictures of St. John, the community center, and the school

Tornado hits my home town and home church..Lord have mercy

Last night my hometown, Wadena, MN was hit by a major tornado. It is quite eery to se the pictures of homes of my friends, my high school, and community center all damaged and/or destroyed. At the same time, today was to be the day for thousands of alumni of Wadena-Deer Creek to arrive for the all-school reunion. Nobody was killed, but many have lost much of what they own.

My home congregation, St. John Lutheran had extensive damage to the roof, but in other parts of the building. I pray that Pastor Steve Meltzer will be led by the Spirit to bring comfort in chaos with the mercy of Christ. May other churches in the area and within our Synod support this congregation and small town with prayer and resources in their time of need.

Acceptance of call

After prayerful consideration, tears, joy, excitement, and an extended time away from blogging, my wife and I have decided that God wants us to accept the call to Messiah Lutheran Church, Sartell, MN.

The call process is excruciating. We love the saints at St. John Lutheran in North Prairie and the future looks very bright by God's grace. This Sunday the 20th will be my last Sunday and we will be installed on July 11 in Sartell. We are excited, but at the same time sad. When the Lord calls, He calls.

May the Lord of all grace keep our hearts and mind on Jesus Christ no matter where he places us.