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Crooked Grins and Gooey Faces

We carved pumpkins last night at our house. Watching my 5-year-old grab an orange toothy mini saw and jam it into a pumpkin — mere centimeters from her fleshy little fingers — is scarier than any ghoul …

My children’s laid-back uncle came over to pull off this task, because I get WAY too nervous and make it less fun for the whole group. Plus, I think he has the patience of Job.


Love, Understanding, and Support

This week we are asked to be aware of and support those with mental health disease. I’m pretty sure that there are many of you in our congregation that are affected personally by symptoms or have friends and family that are. Challenges are both physical and mental. Getting help for mental health challenges was a topic on CBS This Morning. I’m not going to get into the politics of insurance…

Persistence is Key

Don't give up the fight. Stay the course. Nothing worth doing is easy. There are so many motivational quotes about being persistent — I suppose it's human nature to want to give up instead of pushing through. Our scripture this week tells the parable of a widow who bothers a judge nonstop until he grants her justice. If your family, friends, or career involves advocating for a person or cause,…

From the Covenant Agreement for an Interim Ministry

From the Covenant Agreement for an Interim Ministry Between Salem Lutheran Church and Pastor Cynthia Schnaath

In Holy Baptism, we are called by the promises of God into a relationship of faith toward God and love toward one another. This relationship finds expression in our gathering as congregations of the Church to hear God's Word, eat and drink at the Lord's…

Finding Good in the Midst of Evil

Habakkuk 1:1-4 (NRSV)

 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
  and you will not listen?
 Or cry to you “Violence!”
  and you will not save?
 Why do you make me see wrongdoing
  and look at trouble?
 Destruction and violence are before me;
  strife and contention arise.
 So the law becomes slack
  and justice never prevails.