Ascension: Jesus is Gone into Heaven.  Now What?

This is our pastor’s article for the May edition of our newsletter.   This year, Ascension Day falls a May 3rd.  Such a neglected and almost-forgotten festival.  Consider how few congregations celebrate this day on Thursday, its actual day.  For Jesus going to heaven’s throne almost lacks a sense of the heroic victory of a […]

Unnoticed Connections in Scripture

On Thursday, April 19, at 2:00 PM, we will begin our new midweek Bible study.  The theme for these lessons will be “Unnoticed Connections in Scripture.”  These series of lessons will explore ideas weaving themselves throughout the Bible, which many of the Bible writers expect us to know, but which many of us may not […]

The Subversive Message of Easter

This is our pastor’s newsletter article for the April edition of our newsletter.   Unlike Christmas, when did Easter stress you out like crazy?  Though eggs, a bunny, and pastel colors are part of celebrating Easter in our society, a risen Jesus isn’t.  Strange.  For an over-commercialized Christmas still retains a vestige of its original […]

Our 2018 Lenten Midweek Theme: “Christ Concealed in the Old Covenant”

The theme for our Lenten midweek services this year is “Christ Concealed in the Old Covenant.”  Service times will be 1:00 and 7:00 PM each Wednesday.  Maundy Thursday and Good Friday service times will be at 7:00 PM. Each service will explore how God pointed forward to His Messiah for the world even while He […]

LeRoy Krause: Celebrating the Gift of Faith: Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, Luke 15:1-8

Born on April 17, 1928, in Kansas, LeRoy Krause began his career as a Kansas farmer, working with his father, Martin, and brother, Melvin.  Later, he developed skills in woodworking and also began home remodeling.  In 1960, he and his wife, Betty, moved to Lampe and began a career in the building business.  Soon, he […]

The Matter of Lent and Why It Matters

By Pr. Rich Futrell Such a strange time Lent can be.  For the non-Christian, all kinds of religious activities are taking place, which few can explain.  For Christians, unless they are Roman Catholic, Lutheran, or Eastern Orthodox, Lent may be as much a mystery to them as for the unbeliever.  Some may also consider this […]

Class Begins on Being Fully Human: Thursday, 18 Jan, 2:00 PM

For four successive Thursdays, beginning on January 18, at 2:00 PM, we will delve into a Bible study series: “Being Fully Human.”  This will be an exploration on the ramifications of God creating us as physical beings.  How does this change our understanding of ourselves, our salvation, and the eternity awaiting us?  Contrary to the […]

Church Information for Sunday, January 14

For Sunday, January 14, we recommend you stay home.  A weather advisory was announced this morning until noon and the snow came earlier than expected (now above a 50% chance). In Kimberling City, a light snow is already on the ground.  Pastor has not yet tried to make his way up the driveway. If you plan to come […]

Midweek Services: The Gospel According to Isaiah

This year, our Thanksgiving, midweek Advent, and New Year’s Eve services will have a common theme: The Gospel According to Isaiah. You’ve heard of the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  But have you heard of the Gospel according to Isaiah?  This Old-Covenant Prophet pointed forward to Jesus and His redemptive work is many […]

The Reformation, Five Centuries Later

By Pr. Rich Futrell One year passes and another begins, 500-hundred years’ worth since Luther tacked his 95 theses on Wittenberg’s wooden door.  Through those statements, he wanted a debate about indulgences shortening someone’s time in Purgatory.  Today, most don’t understand the fracas, which followed, fracturing Europe.  On both sides, Lutheran and Roman-Catholic, people put […]