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Newsletter for August 18

Being Church Together

Every week, for the last six weeks, a group of eight to ten people have gathered online each Sunday morning for Bible study together. It’s not in the normal fashion nor has it been completely without hiccups, but those who participate find it an important time to connect with other Christians and find encouragement for the week.

Cara continues to teach the Sunday Bible Study class as they consider Martin Marty’s Lutheran Questions, Lutheran Answers and Pastor Don Abdon’s class “Living Discipleship.” We have been talking about what it means to be the Church and this past Sunday, we addressed Christian education or faith formation, as we often call it.

John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” We discussed how engaging with educational opportunities helps us to learn Christ’s voice and how to respond. Engaging with other Christians helps us to discern Christ’s voice and encourages us to actually respond, even when it is difficult.

In this time of pandemic as so many things feel upside down in our lives and in our world, it is more important than ever to listen for Christ’s voice guiding us, comforting us and challenging us. I invite you to consider how you can dig more deeply into your individual faith practices as well as connecting with others. There are opportunities for both each week that are provided through Risen Lord or you can develop your own. If you would like to talk more about to engage in personal or communal faith practices in this time or if there are others ways you would like to connect to others, please reach out ( I would be glad to meet with you by phone, online or outside.

In the abiding hope of the Risen Lord,

Pastor Lecia


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