Affirmation of Welcome
Reformation, a congregation of Christ's Church, welcomes everyone to join with us in a journey of faith. We are committed to providing worship, programs, ministries and pastoral care to all, regardless of religious background, age, color, ability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic status, or national origin. Everyone is welcome in this place, where the love of God is the foundation of all that we say and do!
Mid - July 2021 Newsletter
The Reporter
Reformation Lutheran Church
ALL Are Welcome & Affirmed Here!
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Worship Service Update
We have resumed the in-person worship service on Sundays at 10:00 AM. Please see the information below for further information on making a reservation to attend the worship service. In addition to this, and in order to ensure the health and safety of our congregation, we will continue to broadcast the service online via Facebook Live.  Please join us for worship online HERE.
The Mustard Seed Project
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture… It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. ” [Jeremiah 23:1&2]
 

In Jeremiah, we have the prophet reminding us why every nation gets scattered… selfish leadership. From the time of Samuel’s sons’ corrupt judgments to the kings and their priestly courts, it was the leadership that, throughout Israel’s history destroyed the soul of a nation and scattered them. For the prophets, it was the kings, each proclaiming their lineage, with their religious courts backing, that deeply divided a nation to a point of no return, drove it into a civil war, and watched first the north, then the south collapse under the weight of predatory empires. That’s pretty much the road map for almost every nation since.
 
Case in point, our own nation followed that path during the antebellum period leading up to our civil war that divided a nation into north and south, once again. That civil war became the bloodiest time in our history, with leadership on each side seeing a divisive war as a viable alternative. Each side had their leadership, both political and religious blessing the destruction and dividing. The war ended with a military victory for the North, but the cost was devastating. Not just in the destruction of property, but the horrendous human toll. The estimated death toll is between 620,000 to 850,000 lives. It was a divide, that superficially was erased, but mentally, culturally, and religiously never healed.
 
The reality of that divide was first geographically identified with the Mason-Dixon Line as it’s marker. It later morphed into an ideology with the Dixiecrats of the 20th century, and migrated from one political party to another, taking its fundamentalist religious beliefs with it. This ideology’s ramparts are, “Win at any cost, if God is for us, who can be against us? Destroy if we must, then build it up again.”
 
We saw that ideology play out during the Covid pandemic and the capitol insurgence this past January 6th. The politicization of a deadly pandemic was a deliberate attempt to further divide an already divided nation. The simple mitigation of the virus by wearing a mask became a political battle cry. “If you wear the mask, you are letting the government run your life!” So for a year and a half, both politicians and their religious cronies were willing to be dividers for their own political gain, while over 620,000 U.S. citizens died. Yes, the number of people who have died in that year and a half period has match the Civil War’s death toll. Deplorable…
 
On January 6th, in an attempt to attack and stop a legitimate election, at the behest of the then President, an ideologically driven mob attacked the nation’s capitol, killing a police officer and wounding many others, while hunting Vice President Pence, and Speaker Pelosi. They chanted biblical verses and racist slogans, along with the then president’s name. It’s clearly an ideology of win at any cost, even at the cost of division, destruction, and scattering.
 
Then, just a few weeks ago a conservative PAC met in Dallas and revealed how far a group is willing to go to win elections. When one of the speakers announced that President Biden did not reach his goal of 70% of Americans being vaccinated by July fourth, all who gathered there burst into a resounding applause. That’s right, they applauded over the failure of a goal which would save thousands of lives. Why? Because over 620,000 lives ain’t enough?? All this for the sake of their own goal to win elections. That is not just wrong, that is diabolical. I believe with their religious-right ethos, they need to hear Jeremiah’s “woe” which I began this Mustard Seed with and take it to heart. They are literally doing the same thing ancient Israel did during the time of the prophets, destroying a nation, by taking and scattering lives!
 
We cannot accept this as a new normal. We must continue to cry out for justice. We must continue to fight the good fight, to finish the race for the soul of a nation. We must live the righteousness of the prophets found in the love of Jesus and do good for the sake of many. Lord in your mercy!
 
Pastor Tim

August Lector schedule

August 1
Carlotta Stackhouse

August 8
Jim Prater

August 15
Julia Prater

August 22
Sue ZurSchmiede

August 29
Sarah Trani
 
Professor Candice Turkaly’s Advanced Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities class enjoyed a guest speaker Bryan Burgin, representing Safe Space Dinners, a ministry for LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness. Safe Space Dinners offers a safe space to gather, homecooked meals and a backpack of items people will find helpful in their day-to-day lives. The group hosts dinners at 6 PM on the second Thursday of each month. facebook.com/safespacedinners .The class is learning various models to address systems-level change in communities and organizations through local non-profits discussing their community change projects. Bryan presented information on how the project started, planning and implementation, challenges, successes and funding and sustainability.
 
Students are not required to work with Safe Space Dinners, but several students are preparing a homecooked meal for dinner attendees.
Monthly Zoom Meeting Schedule
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Tim Bupp, Pastor