As of September 1, 2007, four years have passed since I was
called to First Lutheran Church (FLC). Consistent with my whole life, I at
times wonder, where has the time gone?
On my last day on earth, may I realize, it was spent for
Christ. What does that mean to me? It means that I hope that my words and
actions reflect my being both saint and sinner. Knowing that each day I
try to do my best as pastor, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend,
or whatever role I am about on any particular day. It means that on those
many occasions wherein I have not acted or thought as a servant of God that
I am forgiven just as others are forgiven by God’s everlasting love and
sacrifice in his son, Jesus.
pray that as a baptized believer I embrace the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
in a way that leads others to know love. I strive for an inclusive ministry
that holds all creation in awe. Treating others with dignity and respect
regardless of their belief is my daily goal.
part of an inter-city ministry is both challenging and rewarding. At this
time of my life there is no where else I would rather be. Each day I find
reason to rejoice in this place that God has called me into. We are
growing spiritually and in numbers.
agree to walk the walk in this neighborhood in a way that reflects our
mission statement of “Building a Neighborhood for Christ.” I joyously
celebrate another anniversary at FLC because I do embrace this mission.
Thanks to all of you for the beautiful bouquet of lovely flowers
in recognition of the four years we have served together. Please
accept my bouquet of gratitude for helping me grow in this journey we are
Kristina H. Blanchek
It is so hard to believe that it is fall already. Where
did the summer go? As I look out the window I am starting to see signs of
fall. This fall is definitely going to be busy here at First Lutheran with
some new activities and making a change with others.
One of the new and exciting events that will be going on at
First Lutheran this month will be a Pet Blessing on Friday, October 5 at 6
p.m. Pet Blessings are commonly done in observance either on or near the
commemoration of Francis of Assisi. This service will be held outside, so
if you have a dog, cat, rabbit, hamster, etc. and would like to have them
blessed come over to the church on Friday, October 5. Martin, Katie, and
Paco will also be at the service waiting to greet their fellow animal
friends. If you can’t bring your pet, bring a photo and join us.
Hopefully, beginning in October and continuing throughout the year, Sunday
School will be changing its look. We are going to be changing from the
weekly curriculum to a rotational program. Rotational Sunday School is a
format where for 5 – 6 weeks the children will be taught the same lesson but
in different ways. Some of the ways might be drama, movies, science,
cooking, art, and computers. As we prepare for the start of this new
curriculum you might notice some changes. This is definitely an exciting
time for Sunday School.
We invite all to come
and hear the gift of music on December 7. This event will have both
Christmas music and some of Lost and Found’s classic songs. As they say in
one of their songs,
Do Not Be Afraid;
“Do not be afraid for the love of God is displayed in this place, at this
hour, by God's grace, and God's power.”
I look forward to seeing you
at these events and sharing the energy and enthusiasm with you all.
May God’s Peace and Grace
be with you all,
Vicar Kristina Blanchek
Director of Music Ministry
We are getting into a new rhythm. Hope is adjusting well and so are we
little by little. The golden
abound in our precious family! Life is good. God is good.
Take note below of the opportunities that are coming your way.
We had an excellent Music
Kick Off event and if you were unable to make it, I wanted you to know we
people hear the word “music” and think, “Oh, I can’t sing or I can’t….” I
want to extend the
to you again to become a part of the music ministry. Yes, we do need
but in addition to that we also need willing hearts and hands to assist with
calls, fliers), sound system (moving and listening), drivers (to transport
musicians who don’t have
decision makers (worship committee), pray-ers (to lift up the music ministry
in prayer)… and the
could continue endlessly. If you see yourself or someone else in one of
those roles, please contact
We would love to have you join our team.
Make a joyful noise!
Simone Weber, Director of Music Ministry
Ruth Ann Barth
my daughter and I met the world’s best friend and her daughter in
Minneapolis for a “girl event.” These three women are among those at the
top of my blessings list and we had a wonderful weekend together.
Refreshing, relaxing, rejoicing.
unrelated events on the trip reminded me of the saying that when God paints
he uses ALL of his colors. The first is the fact that the colors of the
trees along the freeway actually changed noticeably between Friday as we
drove up and Sunday as we drove home. What a striking reminder of how
quickly things around us change and our need to keep up and adjust. The
times they are a-changing’ indeed.
The second is color oriented also but in a
much different manner. A while back I sent away for some purple
Complaint Free Living
bracelets not knowing what I would ever
do with them. I was intrigued with and curious about the
Complaint Free Living
program. This trip seemed like an
interesting time to give them a try. Four women with varied lifestyles and
interests together for forty-eight hours.
The suggestions for the
program are that you put the bracelets on and
agree to set your goal to not complain for 21 days (which is how long
studies have shown it takes to change a habit). Once the bracelet is on, if
you complain you must take the bracelet off and change it to the other
wrist. If someone else wearing a purple bracelet complains you may ask them
to change the bracelet but then you must change yours also. If you can keep
the bracelet on the same wrist for 21 days you have earned and can obtain a
Complaint Free certificate. It sounds so simple. Yet….
I had to change mine before
I got it all of the way on because I complained about how hard it was to get
on. By three o’clock in the afternoon I was complaining two complaints at a
time so I didn’t have to go to the trouble. One of our catch phases became
“in a good way.” My feet are killing me… in a good way. I am exhausted… in
a good way.
We enjoyed many good laughs
and more than many groans sharing this experience. At a very late dinner,
after a long day at the mall, I just threw my bracelet on the table and
surrendered. The purple bracelet challenge. Try it with your family or a
couple of friends. For me it has served as a reminder that life is too
short to spend much of it whining and whying as much as we do and that
with or without a purple bracelet God has given us a marvelous life to live
on this planet created by His hand. Let us love and appreciate each and
At last the floors have
been stripped, cleaned and waxed. Almost the entire lower level is done and
then I’ll work my way up!!! It was important to have the Centennial Hall
looking good for all of our guests at the Harvest Dinner. As the seasons
begin to change it is a good time to look back on all of the activities and
projects of the summer and to start plans to get as much done as possible
before the weather turns too cold. Laying sod, trimming trees, parking lot
upkeep, and on and on. One major project that will be done soon is the
repair and painting of the chapel wall. Keeping the building in good repair
and looking well kept is my goal. As fall and winter approach I will do all
that I can to keep every person who comes and goes to FLC as safe and as
comfortable as possible. Let me know if there are things I can
do for you.
God’s blessings to all ,