My dear friends in Christ,
As we move into the next quarter of the year, here at St. Peters we will shift our focus from “Life” to “Education.” As part of our mission work, we support Lutheran education in many and various ways:
· In our church with Sunday School, Confirmation classes, distributing Bibles and Catechisms to our children, offering multiple Bible studies throughout the week;
· In our community through Christ Lutheran School where 4 of our own children go (registration now open for 2015/16) and 2 members are part of the board. We support them in our prayers and with our offerings as part of our mission budget;
· In our nation as we send mission offering on to our District and Synod which support our Concordia University system, including Concordia University Chicago (CUC) in which we currently have 1 member attending.
· In our world as we support missionaries who spend their lives teaching those who have never heard the good news of Jesus Christ, including our CUC member Liz Dornbush who is going on a mission trip. See the newsletter and (soon) the Narthex, for more info on ways we can reach out through her to support education in Guatemala.
I hope you see what an impact we are able to make and how much we are able to do as a church! Yet, I also hope you notice a place missing...a very important, in fact it is the most important, place: IN OUR HOMES. We as a church can only equip our families to teach and train the coming generation. I pray that you use the Bibles, Catechisms and Sunday School material at home. It is one of the most difficult things to do, setting aside a time for devotion, but it’s impact is eternal.
In the coming months we will discuss the importance of Lutheran education in church and ways we can be active in supporting this mission. I hope you will join us in using the abundant blessings God has given us in order to reach out and teach the coming generation about “the path of life ...the fullness of joy ...pleasures forevermore.”