Happenings Pat and Jacquie Bencke, our Missionaries in
Pastor Krista Strum Faith Formation Pastor
I recently returned from a graduaon of a very special person in my life. I drove to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and was greeted by a 23 year old young man I’ve known for a very long me. He was waing for me in the hotel lobby and as I walked into the door received the biggest, ghtest, warmest embrace with the words “WELCOME, I am so glad you are here!” To be welcomed is a wonderful experience. Part of Word of Peace’s Mission statement is “Christ works through us as we: welcome all people to grow in faith, love, and devoon.” We welcome you into the Lord’s family, we receive you as a fellow member of the body of Christ, child of the same heavenly Father and worker with us in the kingdom of God. These are the words of welcome heard at every bapsm. These are words of identy, belonging, and responsibility. As a body of Christ, we are commi1ed to the faith journeys of one another but also to bring God’s love to the world. We welcome others by connecng with one another in many ways—a handshake, a glance, a smile or hug. We also welcome
others by having space for them in our building and by having opportunies for people to grow in relaonship with others and with God. We welcome others in prayer. One of my favorite bible stories is the story of the Prodigal Son. The story of the son that le5 his father, squandered his inheritance, lived with the pigs, and came groveling home to work as a servant for his father. Remember what happened? God’s model for us is the father, with no thought for his dignity, races down the road to welcome his son home. He clothes him and hosts a celebraon in his honor as his son who was lost was now found. We are called to welcome those we know and those we don’t. I invite you to be intenonal in this: Pay a1enon to how you welcome your family. Greet someone you don’t know when you share the peace in worship. Find a place to volunteer. Peace to you!
Japan, will be at Word of Peace on Monday, July 30th! Please mark your calendars for this rare opportunity to share a meal with the Bencke’s and learn more about the mission work they are doing in Japan. More informaon to come. 3rd Annual Community Corn Feed fundraiser will be on Thursday, August 9th. Request your book of raﬄe ckets by contacng Stacy Stolba at 763-428-6306 or email@example.com. The raﬄe ckets will be mailed to you the ﬁrst part of June. They are $5.00 each and come in a booklet of 10. Proceeds from the Corn Feed will go to C.R.O.S.S, ROADS, Lutheran Partners (ministry in India), and A Strong Foundaon building drive. In an eﬀort to provide more space in the Gathering Area, the oﬃces of Karen Running and Mary Miller have been moved to Room 149 (Beth Brekke’s oﬃce) and Carrie Fischer has moved into the Educaon oﬃce. All Rogers Senior High School gradua.ng seniors are invited to the 2nd Annual Community Baccalaureate Worship Service on Wednesday, June 6th at 7:00pm at Christ Church in Otsego. Ceremony will include staﬀ and student speakers, prayers and music. Please contact Karen Running at 763-428 -5510 with quesons.
payments each month; and, we can make extra payments on the principal of our mortgage to reduce it and the interest we are charged each month. We have faith that we will connue to receive pledges over the next several months and through the term of the camA Strong Foundaon has started out really strong! Thank you paign. We are on our way to meeng our goal and you are a for pledging and joining us on the journey that will reduce our part of that journey! If you have made a pledge to A Strong Foundaon already, THANK YOU for your pledge. It is a gi5 mortgage debt over the next 3 ½ years and help fulﬁll the dream of a new sanctuary for Word of Peace. and a blessing! If you have not made a pledge yet, we encourage you to think and pray about being a part of this journey. To date, pledges total just over $848,000 with 242 households It’s never too late to pledge and all gi5s are important and a making a pledge. This is so excing! With this pledge total, we blessing. can give $40,000 to C.R.O.S.S. Food Shelf to help those in need in our community; we can connue to make our mortgage God bless you and remember, God’s not ﬁnished with us yet! 2
Word of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers, Minnesota