October Voice Newsletter
Check Out Pastor Mark's October Voice Message
by Sonja G
View a copy of the October Voice here. Read Pastor Mark’s October Message:
Celebration Sunday, also known as Pork Chops & Pledges, is on October 9th this year. This Sunday gives St. Peter the opportunity to give thanks to God for the ministry and mission we have been involved in together this past year. And, it is the opportunity to celebrate our commitments to be in this ministry and mission together in the year ahead, as we pledge our time/talents and treasures.
Bishop Burke of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, which St. Peter is a part of, is fond of saying “In This Together.” Celebration Sunday is an opportunity to demonstrate to one another at St. Peter how we are “In This Together.” During worship we will bring forward our Time & Talents sheets, as well as our financial commitment cards. This year Stewardship has included a card for children/youth to fill out as well. Individuals, couples or families can come forward together during the offering to place these items in baskets.
Following worship we will enjoy a meal together. It will be a good time of food and fellowship. We will also have pictures to view of the past years ministry at St. Peter Lutheran. We will be able to see some of the many and various ways we have been carrying out our mission of “Gathered to Grow…Sent to Serve.”
The Good News of God’s love has been shared in many and various ways in St. Peter’s 130+ years of existence. The Good News has been shared with one another inside the walls of St. Peter. The Good News has been shared with the communities outside the walls of St. Peter. The Good News has been shared across the country and world. I give thanks to God for the people who have made up St. Peter Lutheran over the years. I give thanks to God for their faithfulness and commitments to the spreading of the Gospel.
While we have much to celebrate and give thanks to God for at St. Peter, our mission continues. There are many people who have not heard the Good News of God’s love. There are many people hurting and struggling in this world. There are many people in need of the Good News right here in our own communities, even as our communities keep growing.
St. Peter Lutheran was formed by the faithfulness of a few who saw the need for the Gospel to be shared. The faithful few have grown to a faithful many over the years. Thank you for your faithfulness in committing to our life and mission together.