Dear Friends in Christ-

posted Feb 3, 2015, 5:14 PM by Shannon Vietmeier
Monday and Tuesday, I am attending the Augustana District's theological conference. This conference hopes to support your pastor in ongoing learning and theological reflection. We are reflecting on the Word and the Sacraments and their ability to care for the souls. This has been the greatest joy of my ministry! It isn't about the one who shares these gifts. It isn't about the sinner who receives them. It is the authority of Christ who is preaching, bathing, and nourishing us in the Preaching of His Word, Baptism, and Communion - literally putting us to death or/and raising us to life through the forgiveness of sins that he achieved through his own death and resurrection.

This will continue to be the center of our ministry at Holy Cross. It is the very encounter with Christ we need, we have hoped for, and will strengthen our faith which leads us to life everlasting!

To prepare for worship this Sunday
(Feb 8), you are invited to read:
     Isaiah 40:21-31
     1 Corinthians 9:16-27
     Mark 1:29-39