August 22, 2019

Greetings, everyone!

Some of you have asked outright and others have suggested that there is curiosity so here is today’s edition of “What’s Up With the Kappus’?”

First of all, thank you for the prayers and condolences we have received after the passing of our dear friend, Sandie. We had hoped to make it to Minot in time to say goodbye but were informed she had passed away as we were leaving Great Falls. She was a special person in our lives, a second Mom to Theresa in many respects, and a remarkable example of the power of generosity in life.

We returned home on Thursday evening and on Friday morning, Theresa underwent a medical procedure. As many of you are aware, her sister (Ann) passed away from congenital heart failure and her brother (John) had a complete heart transplant. Turns out, Theresa has the same genetic disposition toward heart failure. As a preventive measure, and because she is in decent heart health at the moment, her cardiac team recommended implanting a defibrillator. Given the family history and her genetic disposition, she is in a high-risk category. So Friday she went in and got the implant and is currently recovering nicely from the procedure. Immediately prior to the implant procedure, they did an angiogram and we are pleased that the structure and functioning of her vessels and heart muscle is pretty good at this time. (By the way, having both procedures done back-to-back made sense for our timeline but generally, we wouldn’t recommend it.) 

So, if you would, continue the prayers. We appreciate them.

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Sabbatical News

As the time for my sabbatical approaches, I want you to know that everything is arranged to provide a smooth and familiar worship experience here at Central. Pr. Betty Krafft will be the primary supply pastor serving you on most Sunday mornings from Sept. 15 through Dec. 8. Other preachers you will get to hear will include Pr. Holly Gunby (Oct 6 & 13), Pr. Bob Chenault (Oct 20), and Bishop Kristin Kuempel on Reformation Day (Oct 27). Assisting ministers have been assigned already for all those Sundays.

In addition, Pr. Betty will be on-call for pastoral emergencies during the entire sabbatical period. Her cell phone number is 509-768-3138.

Lisa will be maintaining her usual office hours (M-Th, 8:30-3:00) so access to the church and so on should be relatively unchanged.

More on all this in the Fall (Sept-Nov) newsletter.

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This Sunday at Central

Council Person on Duty: Donn Gehret
Coffee Hour: CLC Choir members

In Worship: Remember the sabbath day. Call the sabbath a delight. This is the Lord’s day, and the Lord will do for us what the Lord does: feed us, forgive us, help and heal us. Rejoice at all the wonderful things God is doing.

Readings and Psalm
Isaiah 58:9b-14
Do not trample the sabbath, but feed the hungry.

Psalm 103:1-8
The Lord crowns you with mercy and steadfast love. (Ps. 103:4)

Hebrews 12:18-29
You have come to the city of the living God and to Jesus.

Luke 13:10-17
Jesus heals a crippled woman on the sabbath and is condemned.

God’s Verbs

Through the lens of the Gospel, today’s texts offer a clear identification of God’s work. What is God doing? God is reaching out to the bound-up to proclaim release from captivity. God is lifting up the oppressed. God is satisfying the needs of the afflicted. God raises up foundations. God restores and rebuilds, reconciles and sets free. God, whose word can shake the very foundations of the earth, speaks a better word than we’ve ever heard, or that we could ever speak. Like yeast that’s included in bread dough or the seed of a particularly stubborn weed sown in the garden (Luke 13:18-21), when God speaks, there’s no going back. The bread will be leavened; the garden will have a mustard bush; and precious daughters and sons of Abraham will be set free. It is God’s work and God’s activity that Isaiah calls us to be about. Why is the prophet so confident that light will conquer darkness and needs will be satisfied? Because this is already God’s work, or as the prophet says, because “the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

These texts focus us on the verbs, the actions, of God. When we’re attuned to the verbs of God within passages like these, it might make it easier to see and give witness to God’s work and the verbs around us right now.

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God’s Work. Our Hands. - September 8

We are looking forward to this Sunday of service and fellowship. So, here’s what’s happening…

  1. We are collecting food donations again for 2nd Harvest. There are paper grocery bags available in the back of the sanctuary that people can take, fill up, and return. We are stacking them in front of the pulpit again like we did last year. This will be on-going from now until Sept. 8.

  2. On Sunday, Sept. 8, after our worship service, we will be having a hotdog lunch. We’re asking people to bring salads and desserts; we will provide the hotdogs and fixings.

  3. After the lunch, at about 12:45pm, we will be assembling health kits for Lutheran World Relief (and other organizations). This year we hope to assemble 200 kits or more. Our outreach team is collecting all the items that go in the kits (towels, personal hygiene, etc.) and will have it all available that morning.

  4. Additionally, after lunch there will be some people who will head outside to clean up our church grounds and do a general clean up and walk through of the neighboring area. We’ll have trash bags and gloves for people to wear.

I hope that you will plan on being here to participate in one (or more) of these important projects as we kick off the Fall by doing what we are called to do … God’s work with our hands.

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Congregational Conversations

Your council met last Sunday in a special session to review all your responses from our conversations with you. (A copy of the summary documentation will be in the Fall newsletter.) One clear direction that came through from many of you was to strengthen our relationship with Communitas even as we seek additional partnerships with other worshiping communities and non-profit organizations.

With such a clear first step, we have invited the leaders of Communitas to join us in conversation sometime next week. We will also publish information from that conversation in the Fall newsletter.

We wanted you to know that we have taken your responses to heart and are beginning to move forward with the clear first step. We’ll keep you informed as other possibilities emerge.

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Giving Heart

Christian giving comes more from the heart than it does from the pocketbook. Giving is more a spiritual decision than a financial decision. Through faith, we understand that God is the source of all good things. “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). He has blessed us with our physical lives and with our spiritual lives that go on forever with him. Through our giving, our actions express our gratitude by saying, “Thank you, thank you, dear God.”  Our faithful giving honors and worships the Lord.

Prayer: Good and gracious heavenly Father, you are the creator and source of all things. You give so generously to me. Your love for me compelled you to give me and all people the most indescribable gift, the gift of your Son. Grant me a thankful and generous heart so that my giving will properly show my gratitude for who you are and all that you’ve done for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Blessings on your Stewardship Journey!

See you in worship!

Peace,
Pastor Dave