Pastor Lutze has been serving us for just over a year as our process for calling a new permanent pastor accelerates. We've formed a call committee and that group is working with the Office of the Bishop to identify candidates for our pastoral position.
As Interim, he brings the benefit of his association with Nativity for 25 years while he served on the staff of the Bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has been part of our transition process during the calling of our last three pastors, so he knows us well and we have a tested and effective partnership.
Though his time at Nativity will be drawing to an end in several months, he is more than anxious to be of help to anyone who seeks pastoral assistance through Nativity. Feel free to contact him directly via email or by phone through the church office.
Welcome to NOVEMBER!
It’s first day is “All Saints Day” – a helpful reminder that we are all the called and gathered saints to whom baptism has entrusted God’s mission in this world. Converging with the Call Committee’s work on our Ministry Site Profile – which asks for what our congregation’s strategic planning efforts have produced – is the congregation’s decision on October 1 to develop an ongoing strategic planning task group. That prompts the following reflections from me:
So a great foundation for strategic planning activity has been laid. And I thank you all for what you’ve done to make that a reality. But I remind you, as I reminded the Council as they began to develop the Task Force in its October meeting, focus on strategizing for mission is different now than it has been in the past. When I began leading and directing such initiatives a few decades ago, we had the luxury of thinking in terms of five and ten year strategic planning periods. Then the pace of change in our lives and world accelerated so rapidly that plans needed to focus on much shorter periods ... three to five years. And the activity for healthy and productive congregational life couldn’t be periodic, but part of our ongoing attention and life. I thank God for giving us this moment ... this opportunity ... to gather and develop growing consensus about what God is calling Nativity to be and do as it lives faithfully and flexibly into its future. Pastor Lutze
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Matthew 16.21-28 Sermon Sept 3 (pdf)Download
Matthew 18.21-35 Sermon Sept 17 (pdf)Download
Matthew 20.1-16 Sermon Sept 24 (pdf)Download
Matthew 21.23-32 Sermon Oct 1 (pdf)Download
Matthew 21.33-46 Sermon Oct 8 (pdf)Download
Matthew 22.1-14 Sermon Oct 15 2017 (docx)Download
Matthew 22.15-22 Sermon Oct 22, 2017 (doc)Download
Jeremiah 31.=31-34 Sermon Oct. 29, 2017 (pdf)Download
Matthew 5.1-12 - All Saints Sermon Nov 5 (pdf)Download
Matthew 25.1-13 Sermon Nov 12 (docx)Download
Matthew 25.14-30 Nov 19 2017 (doc)Download
Matthew 25.31-46 Nov 26, 2017 (pdf)Download