Being a Mission Center

I love our community, and our chance to worship and learn and grow together. But it is really exciting to see times when we reach out, or invite in.  There have been a number of those this fall: Friends and Neighbors Event Hurricane Sandy Mission Trip Hosting the Meet & Greet with Bishop Munga (Tanzanian companion diocese)…

I Love You

“I love you.” I’ve been asked by a few people recently, “Do you like it here [at Advent]?” My answer has been a strong “YES.” And I started to wonder, is there doubt?  Am I not clear?  Am I assuming people will know? In the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” there’s a wonderful song as…

Summer Reading

There are three books I am currently reading that are not the easiest reads, but are really provoking thought and exciting me.  Two are for church-related planning, one is for home work.   “Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies.”  Yep, it’s a real book, by a seminary professor no less.  And it’s one I’m reading…

What’s Planned

A New Member class has just begun. A new chapter for a number of families, and a renewing of our congregation. The “Mark on Mark” Bible study is underway on Thursday mornings; the evening class had interest, but not enough people at any given class … but I have a list of 6-8 people potentially…

What’s percolating?

I’m going to try to share something weekly in my blog, and I have a couple saved up already, but here’s one current thought bubbling and brewing in my brain. In a weekly Bible text podcast for Sunday, I heard a description of sheep that has stayed with me. The fourth Sunday of Easter (April…

New Pastor; New Blog. HELLO!

Hello from “Pastor Mark,” the new pastor of Advent Lutheran Church. New, but not yet installed. The installation is on Sunday April 8 at 3PM. There’s been some joking that right now I am “involved” but after April 8 I will be “committed.” (If you missed that sermon illustration, let me know.) I’m intending this…