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Archive for ◊ February, 2017 ◊

Speaking Out: A Lenten Discipline

As a part of worship and table talk this past Sunday, GA Lutherans were encouraged to make statements of faith in the public sphere. How does your faith shape your political stances? Decent, affordable housing was the main focus of discussion at church, but there are no doubt many areas where your faith informs your viewpoint.
GA’s many years of partnering with Habitat for Humanity makes clear our commitment to this issue, but speaking out to our elected officials about our concerns is another way of living our shared ministry. If you would like to add your voice to the debate, here is a tool to help you get started.
You can find your legislators contact information here.
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March 5, First Sunday in Lent

This Sunday’s gospel tells of Jesus’ temptation in the desert. His forty-day fast becomes the basis of our Lenten pilgrimage. In the early church Lent was a time of intense preparation for those to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. This catechetical focus on the meaning of faith is at the heart of our Lenten journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. Hungry for God’s mercy, we receive the bread of life to nourish us for the days ahead.

Worship, with Communion, is at 9:00 am and 11:15 am. Be with us.

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Ash Wednesday is March 1

Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance as we begin our journey to the baptismal waters of Easter. As we hear in today’s readings, now is the acceptable time to return to the Lord. During Lent the people of God will reflect on the meaning of their baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection. The sign of ashes suggests our human mortality and frailty. What seems like an ending is really an invitation to make each day a new beginning, in which we are washed in God’s mercy and forgiveness. With the cross on our brow, we long for the spiritual renewal that flows from the springtime Easter feast to come.

 

Ash Wednesday Services are at 11:00 am and 7:00 pm at GA. Be with us.

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Statement from Senior Pastor John Hierlinger about MCS partnership

merrick release addendum

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Statement from Merrick Community Services about partnering with GA

Capital Campaign Press Release 2-13-17

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February 19 – Seventh Sunday after Epiphany

Jesus Christ is the foundation of the church and its ministry. We are God’s temple because God’s Spirit dwells in us, and we belong to Christ. Hence we are called to build wisely upon this sure foundation not for our own benefit but for others to experience Christ’s benefits.

Worship is at 9:00 am and 11:15 am. Join us.

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2017 Congregational Annual Meeting Minutes

Minutes of Annual Meeting

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Luther Hall – 10:25 am

Welcome and Opening Prayer: Led by Pastor Amanda Simons. The congregation sang, “The Church of Christ in Every Age.”

Call to order: 10:30 by Council President, Nancy Nelson, declaring a quorum was present.

Remarks of the Senior Pastor – Pastor John Hierlinger

Thank you

  • for the most fun coming to work since being a camp pastor
  • to the excellent staff for their work and commitment to GA’s mission
  • for the warm reception at GA and for the welcome to his wife and children
  • for the opportunity to serve with members of the congregation as a GAteway of Faith to our city, neighborhood, and each other.

2016 Milestones – presented by Pastor Amanda Simons

  • Transition of Pastors: Interim Pastor Lon Larson – goodbye and hello – to Sr. Pastor John Hierlinger
  • Merrick Community Services lease and all of the preparatory work involved
  • Eastside-8 ELCA congregations growing in collaboration: Good Friday Worship, Summer Stretch
  • Rib-off/Coleslaw contest and congregational potluck
  • Sheridan Story – weekend food program for 100 students at Farnsworth Elementary School
  • Polling place for elections
  • Food distribution location in partnership with Merrick Community Services

 

Financial Reports:      Pastor John Hierlinger highlighted the 2016 Year End Financial Report and the $4,110 surplus, thanking the congregation for their generosity and extra Together in Faith giving.

Business Administrator Maggie Kidnie highlighted the generous giving of the congregation to causes beyond general fund giving through various dedicated funds totaling $48,317 in 2016. Additionally food donations, LSS Lifehaven resident gifts, building space for community groups (scouts, synod, Shobi’s Table food prep, etc.) and the community garden plots are provided through the generosity of the GA congregation.

Treasurer Brett Bowman brought members through the 2017 Mission & Ministry Plan Proposed Budget recommended by the Council. After explanations and answering questions, President Nelson called for a motion.

A motion was made by Bruce Pelava and seconded by Bill Lund to Accept the 2017 Mission & Ministry Plan Proposed Budget as presented; approved unanimously by voice vote. The approved 2017 Mission & Ministry Plan is   balanced with both Income and Expenses of $591,000.

 

Elections: Nancy Nelson announced the uncontested slate of candidates:

      GA Church Council (3) – Denise Hassenstab, Amy Lipetzky, and Jason Wittenberg. There were no nominations from the floor. Motion made by Verilyn Pelava and seconded by Bill Lund to accept by acclamation the slate of candidates nominated; approved unanimously by voice vote.

 

Lyngblomsten Care Center (5) – Bev Challgren, Tim Youngren, Bill Lund, Eleanor Pearson, and Lennart Pearson; Gustavus Adolphus College (2) – Nancy Johnson, Barbara Higgins; Camp Onomia (2) Marge Ball and Perry Ball.  There were no additional nominations from the floor. Motion made by Bruce Pelava and seconded by Len Peterson to accept by acclamation the slate of candidates nominated; approved unanimously by voice vote.

Pastor John thanked Nelson Tracy and Brit Barkholtz who resigned in 2016, for their work at GA. He recognized new staff members Rob Sebo Lubke and Jerry Martin. Thanks were extended to outgoing council members Deb Hogen, Jean Muehlenthaler, and Christopher Stordalen, and to the entire staff and congregation for their commitment to God’s work at GA fulfilling our mission as a GAteway of Faith.

Nancy Nelson called for a motion to adjourn; made by Christopher Stordalen, seconded by Verilyn Pelava; unanimously approved. The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 am; Pastor John closed with the Lord’s Prayer.

Respectfully submitted by Janet Peterson, Council Secretary

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February 12 – Sixth Sunday of Epiphany

Much of this Sunday’s gospel reading echoes portions of the Ten Commandments. Jesus’ instructions to the crowd reveal a pattern of behavior that honors both God and the neighbor, resulting in life and health for the whole community. We, too, are invited to embrace these commandments, not out of fear of retribution, but because God has promised that to do so means life for us.

Worship times are 9:00 am for our traditional sanctuary service and 11:15 am for New Life worship in Luther Hall. Communion will be offered at both services. Be with us.

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