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 FEBRUARY! A “heads up” for all of us is to take special note of February 14 on all of our calendars. It’s not only Valentine’s Day – if you have that special someone you’ll want to give special attention – but also Ash Wednesday.
That’s right, the Lenten Season begins this month. We’ll have two worship services (12:30 and 7 p.m.) on Ash Wednesday and on the five following Wednesdays in Lent we’ll gather at 6:30 p.m. to share a simple meal together and at 7 p.m. midweek worship. I’ll share Holy Week and Easter details in next month’s newsletter.
Pr. Rob Blezard of the Lower Susquehanna Synod staff shared some stewardship thoughts that came across my desk a few days ago. It’s been almost a year since we had formal attention to this subject, so I thought they’d be helpful for all of us.
Think of the three happiest people you know – people whose lives effervesce with joy and peace. Chances are they also have a profound thankfulness for all that God has blessed them with. They also seem to live with a sense of contentment. Reflect for a minute ... isn’t that the case?
By contrast, you may also know folks who are considered wealthy but are profoundly unhappy. Likely they not only fail to exude thankfulness for their wealth, but they also mistakenly believe they need even MORE possessions to be happy. Isn’t that right?
Now which kind of person do you tend to be?
Thankfulness. Happiness. Contentment. These joyful characteristics work together, reinforcing one another. Human experience proves this simple fact to be true: People who are grateful for all they have and all they are tend to be happy and content. Moreover, don’t they also tend to possess spiritual depth and emotional maturity? A coincidence? Hardly.
Thankfulness, happiness, and contentment interact, but gratitude holds the key. Develop gratitude, then happiness and contentment follow. It doesn’t work the other way around. With prayer, devotion, and simple exercise, the Holy Spirit will lead you to a deeper spiritual maturity and more happiness.
My hunch is that you’re tending to agree with that, but if you need greater conviction that it’s true, just try it. You’ll like it. Lent is a great time for all of us to do that kind of thing.
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