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The Bells and Whistles

Hello, brothers and sisters in Christ! I want to take the time to talk about the bells and whistles of our organ; no, literally, the bells and whistles. We have an Allen Organ, and the particular model is Renaissance. With that being said, this organ is so much more than just physical pipes.

For starters, our organ has real physical pipes, but it also incorporates the use of digital pipes.…

God is With Us

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
— Psalm 119:105

Last night we had our prayer service, and it began with a ritual for our graduates — high school and college students. Several of them Zoomed in for the service.

I think about these young people of our congregation and where they will walk in the days ahead, the challenges…

The Church is Not the Building

We’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — the church is not the building … it’s the people.

We’ve proven that this past 6 weeks or so that we have been unable to come together and worship in person. From our online services to the inspirational videos by Heather to Pastor’s online Wednesday prayer sessions to Happy Hour Hangout via Zoom … we don’t need to be in the…

The Good Shepherd

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod…

Learning During a Pandemic

So, I taught a class on religion tonight to our confirmation kids. And a class on the Bible last week. To tell you the truth (I told them this, too), I was learning right along with them.

After our services March 15, I became Salem’s videographer. I am so thankful for a husband who purchased an iPad way before I thought we’d need it, and a 12-year-old son who continues to teach me every…

The Path of Life

You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
— Psalm 16:11

Our Lenten theme was “The Path.” In the midst of the wilderness, in our need of understanding, in the midst of our thirst, in the need of being guided, in our need to be healed, and our need to…

The Feet?

I remember the first time I sat behind an organ. I had just started playing the piano, and it was a Hammond B-2 organ, and I looked down and was floored! I was astonished anybody could move both hands, and then try the feet. I thought that playing using your feet was a divine joke, as I could barely incorporate my hands. Little did I know that I would study organ in college for a semester and eventually…

Praying For and With One Another

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
— Philippians 1:3-6

On Tuesday afternoon I attended…

Practicing Social Distancing

It has only been about two weeks now since it began, though it seems like a lot longer. Before then, not many had heard of the term “social distancing.” Now it is a staple in our everyday lives.

Some of us may not have left our homes at all in the last couple of weeks, preferring to work from home and have everything delivered or do without.

Others haven’t changed their…

Focus on Blessings

As some of you may have heard, this week will be my last one as office administrator at Salem Lutheran Church. I have accepted a full-time opportunity with Crossroads Hospice. This is a blessing for both me and my family, and I am excited to share the work and importance of hospice when it comes to end-of-life care. I will miss all of the wonderful people of Salem and look forward to seeing and…

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