March 2021 marks one year since our initial congregational responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. And what a year it has been. Together, we have faced seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and our lives are forever changed. Choosing safety and caution has not always been easy, and the compromises have been many, but we have found ways to be the people whom God has made us to be: “created in Christ Jesus for good works, chosen as holy and beloved, freed to serve [our] neighbor[s].”
I am proud of our growth through it all: we have learned new technologies, new methods of caring for one another, and you have given generously to support others in greater crises than our own. Thank you for your steadiness and perseverance — I know more will be needed in the seasons of life to come. With that said, I leave you with a blessing that I hope will become more familiar each week of this Lenten journey we share: “God bless you that you may [continue to] be a blessing, in the name of the holy and life-giving Trinity. Amen.” 

Pastor Paul 

Here you will find his message from the monthly Grace Note,
along with sermons from various Sundays and Adult Bible Study.
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Installation of Pastor Paul on August 12, 2018

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A Special Message from Pastor Paul & Follow-up:  

"Repentance and Racial Justice"

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Commemoration of the Emanuel 9: 

Special service from 6/17/20

Five years ago today a stranger was welcomed into Bible Study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. After the study ended, he opened fire, killing 9 of the people present in the name of white supremacy. The gunman grew up and was confirmed in an ELCA congregation, and is indicative of the continued, required work needed for us to repent of the sins of racism and white supremacy.

Today, along with our entire denomination, we commemorate the martyrdom of The Emanuel Nine. We give thanks for their faithful witness, grieve their deaths, and confess our own complicity in these systems of sin and death.

Take a few moments this evening to light a candle, participate in the brief liturgy (CLICK HERE FOR BULLETIN), and remember the lives of these siblings in faith. The video is below.

~Pastor Paul