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Promises "This I Believe"

6 weeks in the Gospels

We all make promises. Sometimes they are broken, bent, or even forgotten. What are the promises that God makes to us? How do those promises shape our lives, our relationships, and what we do? Join us for the six weeks after Easter as we explore the gospels and the early church. God's love is for the world, and especially for you.

April 24: Matthew: Thy Kingdom Come

May 1: Mark: Christ's Power Over Every Need

May 8: Luke: Jesus for Everyone

May 15: John: Made Flesh

May 22: Acts: To the Ends of the Earth

May 29: Acts: To the Ends of the Earth


The Gospel of Luke:

Jesus for Everyone

The Gospel of Luke can be summed up in one phrase: It’s all about Jesus, and Jesus is for everyone. Throughout the book of Luke, Jesus is constantly reaching out to people pushed aside by the society of that time. Women, a thief, gentiles, fishermen, and “sinners”—they’re all here, and they’re all seen. 

Our focus text for this week:

People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” -Luke 18:15-17

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Community Garden

Want to help with the community garden? Last year, we were able to donate over 500lbs of produce to the Norwalk Area Food Pantry thanks to all the volunteers who helped plant, water, weed, and harvest throughout the summer. This outreach opportunity takes many hands and all ages can help.

We need volunteers for the following:

  • Planting (May 14, 9:30-11:30 am & May 21, 1-3 pm)
  • During the week helpers (May to September, one week commitments)
  • "On call" helpers to help with Tuesday night food pantry harvest when needed

Visit this link to sign up or contact Kari Murray for more information.

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May Blood Drive

Make a Difference. Save Lives. Donate Blood

Sign up today for the May Blood Drive on Monday, May 16 from 12-4 pm.  Use this link to sign up.  Appointments are required.  Contact Anna Lund if you'd like to volunteer to assist with the blood drive. 


Happy Retirement to Eugene & Carolyn Schultze

After 34 years of faithfully emptying waste baskets, vacuuming floors and picking up after all of us, Eugene and Carolyn Schultze have announced their retirement as our custodians.  Please join us in thanking them for all of their work and dedication.  We will send them well with a reception following worship on Sunday, May 29th. If you would like to donate towards a thank you gift, please use this link or speak to the one of the Executive Committee Members. 


NLLC Nursery

We are once again offering nursery care to young families during the 10:30 worship time, however we can only continue doing so with the help of volunteers We are planning to install a large screen TV in the area to allow worship to be streamed into the nursery, so volunteers will no longer be isolated from worship. Will you be part of this worthwhile ministry? Sign up online at or on the sheet in the south entrance.

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Sunday Bible Study

Interested in digging deeper into the texts for Sunday worship? Pastor Nate will lead a bible study of the Sunday texts begininig at 9:30 am Join us and dig deeper.

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Noisy Offering WOW!

Thanks to your incredible generosity, the Lenten Noisy Offering collected $1,127.65 for Lutheran Disaster Response for Ukraine & Easter Europe!

Our Noisy Offering in May is designated towards towards Robin's Nest Children's Home in Jamaica.


Breakfast Burrito & Cinnamon Roll Fundraiser

Surprise Mom on Mother's Day with a homemade Breakfast/Brunch & help support our Youth Groups' Mission Trips. Burritos and cinnamon rolls are easily frozen & reheated. Pre-orders are encouraged to guarantee availability. Order online today. We do expect to sell out. Pick up Cinnamon Rolls and Breakfast Burritos on Saturday, May 7 (8-12) or Sunday, May 8 (9-10:30 am). A huge thank you to Michael Foods and to Fareway in Norwalk for their support and donations. 


Affirmation of Baptism

May 15 is the day that 11 of our 8th Grade students will affirm their faith in Jesus. Make plans now to join these students at they celebrate this important milestone in their faith journey. Amaley Alexander, Harrison Bice, Chase Coburn, Wyatt Coburn, Megyn Courcier, Eli Geisler, Adam Hautakeete, Natalie Heunemann, Katie Liedtke, Ava Norem, Addie Smith will all be saying "Yes" to the promises of God and we thank God for the gift of faith given to them.


Memorial Designations

In partnership with the Fels, Anderson & Vetterick families, the council approved exploring bids for new altar furniture for New Life.  This includes the altar, lectern, baptismal font and pascal candle.  We're excited about new furniture that helps to designate the worship space as sacred, holy and a gift from generous donations at the death of a loved ones.  If you have questions, please contact Council President Dan Blom


Moms & Muffins

The Journey Sunday school kids would like to invite all moms, grandmas and special mom figures are invited join us for Sunday school this Sunday. We'll share our lesson & some muffins too! Please RSVP to Leslie Merriman.

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Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner. Join us on May 8th for a special blessing of mom's (and those who provide motherly care). We'll also have a fun photo booth for your families Mother's Day selfies.


GIG Update

The next Bible Study is May 9 at 6:30pm

and there is a social event at the church's bonfire pit on May 23 at 6:30pm. Bring a chair and a snack to share.

GIG will operate at a reduced schedule this summer. Each month there will be an outdoor gathering and a Bible study at church, (dates to be announced)The group will also be going to Ronald McDonald House in June to package "To Go" lunches for the families that stay there. For more information contact Kari Murray

This Week's Worship Assistants

Sunday, May 8 (8:15)

Host: Allyson Seymour

Media: Eugene Schultze

Reader: Jessica Iverson

Greeters: Melissa & Ava Norem

Communion Server: Theresa Drew & OPEN

Ushers: Allyson & Ryan Seymour

Coffee: Fellowship: OPEN

Sunday, May 8 (10:30)

Host: Dan Blom

Media: OPEN

Reader: OPEN

Greeter: Jason Reiper

Communion Servers: Wanda Vetterick & OPEN

Ushers: OPEN

Coffee Fellowship: OPEN

Nursery: Sandy & Hannah Smith

Can you help with worship?



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Thank You!

As members of a community of believers committed to worshiping and serving God by serving others, helping with worship offers a unique opportunity to serve God and our fellow members. There are several opportunities this week - can you help?

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4380 Wakonda Dr. Norwalk, IA 50211

Worship: Sundays at 8:15 & 10:30 am

JOURNEY Sunday School: 9:30 am

Food Pantry Hours:

Wed. 4:30-6:30 pm & Thurs. 9:30-11:30 am

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