May 28 at 4:30pm
Menu: hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, veggies, chips & dessert.
A freewill offering will be collected to help offset costs.
Please RSVP by May 26.
Call the church office
or email us.
Enjoy a delicious dinner with friends old and new. Couples, singles…all are welcome!
- Connecting with God
- Community with others
- Caring for the world
We pray that you will join us as we seek “joy in the journey” in relationship with God and one another.
In the grace and peace of Christ,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal
- NEAT Dinner: May 28 at 4:30pm.
- Summer Camp Days: July 20-24, 8:00am-4:00pm.
Pastor's Ponderings for May 2015
As I write this letter we are in the middle of the Easter season. How quickly time flies! It seems as though we have just finished Holy Week, which began with Palm Sunday and Jesus being hailed as King. We journeyed through the events of the Last Supper, the Garden of Gethsemane, the trial and Passion of Jesus, and finally his crucifixion. Then, “Up from the grave he arose, with a mighty triumph o’er his foes” on Easter morning. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
But instead of that being some kind of ending, it is really the beginning of new life in Christ. God the Creator did not leave us to our sin and misery, but redeemed us to begin new life which is constantly being re-created in the image of God seen at its clearest expression in the face of Jesus.
At our Maundy Thursday service someone asked me what “Maundy” means. Although I knew it had to do with Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, I looked it up, and this is what I found: “Maundy: from Latin mandatum: ‘command, order’; from the words spoken by Jesus to his disciples after washing their feet at the Last Supper, ‘a new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another’” (John 13:34).
What a wonderful way to begin afresh our new post-Easter life: to remember Jesus’ command to us: “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-5). And one way to imitate Jesus’ love is to show hospitality to one another and to welcome the stranger in our midst.
If you have been in worship since Easter you know that we have embarked on the “Hospitality Project” here at LKRC, beginning with sermons and Bible study on the “Hospitality of God.” I hope that you are engaging this theme in Bible Study in these weeks after Easter as we learn more about the hospitality God has for God’s world. Then, “just as I have loved you,” we may follow Jesus in showing hospitality to one another and the world in which we live.
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Joyfully serving with you,
Pastor Lisa Vander Wal