Take a trip on Wednesday, July 8th, to Dakota O’Yate Lutheran Church on the Spirit Lake Reservation. We’ll leave Valley City at about 8:30 am. While there, we’ll visit with Pastor Larry to learn about the Dakota O’Yate Community and Spirit Lake. Then, we’ll share lunch and have conversation with a few folks from Dakota O’Yate. We’ll return to Valley City by late afternoon. Please let Pastor Emmy know if you’d like to go along.
Worship & Fun at 7:00 pm at Pastor Randy and Naomi’s parsonage. Enjoy a fun night, celebrating God’s love and getting to know your church neighbors.
Join in on a fun bus trip. Leave Valley City at 11:15. Visit Red Willow Bible Camp. Then, continue on to the play “The Andrew Brothers” at the theater in New Rockford. Cost is $50 and includes meal, transportation, and show.
Our Savior’s is hosting the VCSU Volleyball and Football teams for dinner. Keep an eye out for an opportunity to provide goodies and help serve the meal.
We’re looking to hire a Director of Youth Ministry.
The Director of Youth Ministry works in partnership with the Youth Committee, Education Committee, pastors and the people of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church to welcome children and youth to share Christ’s love, to grow in faith, and to live a life of service glorifying God. The position includes building relationships with youth and families, continuing and creating opportunities for faith and friendship, and providing administration for the children and youth programming. The position requires team work, clear communication, and positive persistence. The part-time position is 20-25 hours per week. For a full job description click here.
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Will you join me in getting to know our neighbors this summer?
When I moved into my neighborhood 5 years ago, several of my neighbors came over to introduce themselves. Some even brought cookies! In the past 5 years, several new people have moved into my neighborhood. I confess; I haven’t been so good about welcoming them. Maybe this summer, I’ll get bold and introduce myself to them.
Even though Jesus traveled around a lot during his life on earth, I think he would have made a good neighbor. He didn’t just hang out with the nice Jewish people like himself. He came alongside all sorts of people—some who had very different backgrounds from himself. He ate meals with people. He listened to their concerns. As followers of Jesus, we continue that work of breaking down walls that separate and divide us. Jesus frees us from our fears and shyness, to reach out in love and to learn from others.
Do you have someone new living in your neighborhood? Are you new to the neighborhood? I hope you might find the courage to meet your neighbors. My guess is, that when we get to know others, we get to know more about the height, depth, and breadth of God’s love in Jesus Christ.
Here are some questions you might find helpful in getting to know a neighbor:
- Where were you before you were here?
- What was life like there?
- What do you enjoy about life where you are now?
- What do you find challenging?
Maybe, later this summer, we will be able to trade stories about welcoming our neighbor. –Pastor Emmy