November 27, 2019

“God is with us.” A message from Pastor David Butler

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”  (Matthew 1:23)   God is with us. What wonderful good news. The God of creation, the God of history, the God of salvation, and the God who claims us as His children, is with […]

October 31, 2019

“Let’s Be Real!” Herald Article by Pastor David Butler, November 2019

“Let’s Be Real!” I wonder if any of us saw it, and if we saw it, how many of us took the time to read the article published by the Post and Courier on Sunday, October 20, 2019. In big letters, it began “Poll, More Americans eschew religious affiliation.” When I see articles like this, […]

October 2, 2019

Being a Part of the Family – Pastor David Butler, October 2019

Last month we celebrated the sacrament of Holy Baptism with two young children in our congregation. Baptisms are always a highlight of the worship service as the baptismal candidate is brought forward and presented for the sacrament, where they become a child of God, an inheritor of eternal life, a member of the church and […]

April 14, 2019

Looking at Easter from the Empty Tomb – April 2019 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“Looking at Easter from the Empty Tomb” For many of us, years ago at Baptism we became Christian and the pastor marked our foreheads with oil in the sign of the cross. Since Baptism, we have lived with that cross on our foreheads as a marker that we have been claimed and sealed and belong […]

January 30, 2019

“Starting Over” February Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“Starting Over!” There is an interesting tradition observed on February 2 known as Groundhog Day. The tradition began in the early 1800’s and involves predicting an early Spring or longer Winter solely based on whether the groundhog sees it’s shadow or not. Studies have shown that the accuracy of Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions is somewhere in […]

January 11, 2019

“Seeing and Responding to Christ” January 2019 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“Seeing and Responding to Christ” Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ (Matthew 25) Over my years in ministry, I have served two churches that were located within the city limits […]

November 29, 2018

“Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” December 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” With these words, the Christmas story begins for Mary, mother of our Lord. As the angel Gabriel speaks to her and tells her she has found favor with God, Mary’s life changes and with that change, God comes into the world to be among us, redeem us, […]

October 29, 2018

“An Interesting Perspective!” November 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“An Interesting Perspective!” Do you know where you come from? Do you know who you belong to? Do you ever wonder exactly who you are? These are interesting questions that have gained some significance lately. Most recently we have listened to and wondered about what percentage Native American one needs to be before you can […]

September 27, 2018

“What Does This Mean?” October 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“What Does This Mean?” This past Sunday, confirmation students, their parents, and I met to discuss our confirmation program. It’s a large class and this year is our “Lutheran Year.” St. John’s confirmation program is two years of instruction with one year spent in Bible study and one year spent studying all things Lutheran. We […]

August 31, 2018

“Having a Family of Faith” September 2018 Herald Article by Pastor David Butler

“Having a Family of Faith” Do you know who your family is? A silly question perhaps as we all know who the members of our family are. But I remember as a child going to family reunions and only knowing my parents and my grandparents, and wondering “who are all these people with my last […]

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