At Faith Lutheran Church http://www.faithlch.com/index.html, I read the Gospel and Justin preached at the 11:00am worship service. In his sermon, Justin talked about how we can all be "mission minded" and how to lift up the three expressions of the ELCA: congregations, synods and the churchwide organization. Faith Lutheran, we give you a big thanks for welcoming us to your place of worship and opening your hearts to Lutheran brothers and sisters in Bolivia.
Invited by the ladies´ group of the Wittenberg Lutheran Church http://www.wittenberglc.org/, we spoke to about 25-30 people at 8:15am about what it ́s like to live in Bolivia and do ministry in a non- western culture, which is often a challenge, but always a blessing! Wittenberg, we appreciate your questions, thoughts, support and prayers and we must say...the ham biscuits and doughnuts were delicious!
At Luther Memorial Lutheran Church http://www.luthermemorialchicago.org/ Justin preached on the baptism of our Lord at two services, one contemporary and one traditional. What follows is an excerpt from his sermon. "God ́s call is risky, not always knowing what ́s ahead. The Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. reassures us, ́Take the first step in faith. You don ́t have to see the whole staircase just to take the first step. ́” This is actually the second time that Justin and I have been invited to Luther Memorial and for that we give thanks!
Worshipping with St. Mark´s Lutheran Church http://www.stmarkworth.org/ was such a blessing to both Justin and I as we both felt a sense of truly being loved and welcomed back to the Chicago area (Worth, IL). While in seminary, Justin and I had the honor to spend a year with the good people of St. Mark´s during his internship and this past January we were given a wonderful opportunity to catch up with them. Thank you St. Mark´s for all of your support over the years and for allowing us to walk in ministry with you.
St. John´s Lutheran Church http://www.stjohns-salisbury.org/stj/ has three worship services at 8:30am (traditional), 9:30am (contemporary) and 11:00am (traditional) and Justin and I were privileged to be able to attend them all! At each service, we gave a "temple talk" introducing our mission and ministry in Bolivia. We were also interviewed by a congregational member for the local paper. Click on the Our Story tab of the website to read a copy of our story. Thank you St. John´s for your time and interest in what we do!
Home Assignment 2011
From North Carolina to Pennsylvania and Montana, we traveled a lot! Below is the schedule of where we visited and when.