Christian in a Post-Christian World
Part 1: A Case Study
Dear Saints in Christ,
I was listening to the radio this past week and a rather telling exchange took place. The discussion was about a recent medical advancement which allowed for the incorporation of a donor organ to a recipient which could be done in a way that there would be less need of immunosuppressant drugs as the recipient body would learn to recognize the organ as their own instead of trying to destroy the new organ.
In the conversation the interviewer said, “So it is sort of like the two individuals (donor and recipient) become one flesh.” The person being interviewed responded, “Yeah! I couldn’t get the Spice Girls song “2 Become 1” out of my head the whole time.”
I don’t share this to anger you about society. I don’t share this make you want to “change the world”. Instead, I share it as crystal clear example that Christianity, it’s teaching and influence, in the wider culture is gone. I share this to illustrate where our society is in regard to familiarity with the Scripture and the Christian faith. I’m sure you can think of situations or interactions of your own that opened your eyes to this reality.
As God’s people, we find ourselves in a situation which has not been lived by Christians since the 400’s or 500’s AD. In the next few months, I hope to unpack how this is a challenge to us, but also how God’s work in Christ and the accounts of the inspired Scripture offer guidance and grace to us. Next month we will begin by considering what it means for our lives as individuals and families of Christians, our life as a congregation of Christians, and finally how all this impacts our witness to the World.
We are a minority, but recall these wonderful words to the Corinthian church, a congregation of maybe 15-400 members in a city of over 100,000:
“3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge-- 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you-- 7 so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
-1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Our Lord continues to enrich even us through His Word and Sacraments, so we hold to them and live in them. This same Jesus continues to work for us as we daily look to Him for all things temporal and eternal as He forgives, renews, guards and protects us. This is the foundation of our life and always has been.
Peace in Christ,
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
LCMS Stewardship Ministry – lcms.org/stewardship
Newsletter Article – September 2022
What is Stewardship?
What is a steward? Most people, when asked this question, will reply: “A manager.” That is correct, but it is only half right. A steward is indeed a manager, but he is a manager of what does not belong to him. Someone else is the owner, and the steward manages the owner’s property on the owner’s behalf.
We are God’s stewards. Our stewardship is that God has made us managers of what belongs to Him. For we have brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it (1 Tim. 6:7). Everything that we have and everything that we are comes from God’s fatherly Divine goodness and mercy. God is the owner. Not only because, as the Creator, He created all things. But also, as the Redeemer, He has redeemed, that is, purchased and won all things. It all, therefore, belongs to Him.
We are simply managers of everything in this world. Like Joseph in Egypt, we are put in charge of managing what belongs to God. What a privilege. Think about that for a minute. The all-knowing, all-powerful, all-wise God has asked us to manage His possessions on His behalf here on earth. And by doing this, He invites us to take part in the allocation of His good gifts. He wants us to give our input and advise Him in where His gifts are to be used. What a privilege indeed.
What a responsibility. For to whom much is given, much shall be required (Luke 12:48). We are not the owners. And while He puts us as managers, we are still to do with His property what He wants done with it. That means we need to know what His desire and will for His property is.
How do we know this? How can we know the will and mind of God? We find the will of God in the Bible. There God tells us what His will for all His gifts are to be used. He tells us how we are to spend our time and use our talents and treasures. He instructs us in the use of our minds, bodies, and souls.
There is nothing that we have that doesn’t belong to Him. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price” (1 Cor. 6:19–20). He informs us of the big picture, the overarching policy, of how we as His stewards – His managers and custodians – of His property are to do the managing.
And that is what stewardship is. It is simply doing what God wants us to do with what He has given us. As St. Paul said: “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness” (Rom. 6:13). So, let’s dive into the God’s Word and listen to what the owner desires from His stewards.
– LCMS Stewardship Ministry: lcms.org/stewardship
6 Phyllis Schott 19 Colton Fryer
8 Rhyan Johnson 19 Ron Hoops
8 Dave Scepaniak 19 Chad Petrich
8 Jenelle Siebert 21 Barbara Wickham
11 Melvin Mullner 24 Kenneth Maas
12 Nathan Thone 26 Brady Haar
13 Aaryah Lassanske 28 Russell Brandt
15 Judy Bulian 28 Baker Haar
15 Kim Medenwald 30 Cyarrah Fryer
9 Berwyn & Sharon Bain
12 Steve & Paula Grieben
19 David & Karla Johnson
20 Paul & Peggy Dennert
Meetings in September
LWML – Sun Sept 4th at 9:00 am
Elders – Thur Sept 8th at 5:15 pm
Council – Thur Sept 8th at 6:30 pm
Nursery Circle – Sun Sept 11th after the service
Board of Education – Sun Sept 18th after the service
Elders for September: Russell Brandt & Brandon Christianson
Sept 4th – Jayda Siebert & Briella Klipfel
Sept 11th – Ally Johnson & Bethany Andreasen
Sept 18th – Tristan Tschappat & Tucker Brick
Sept 25th – Rhylan Tschappat & Dalton Lee
Labor Day – The church office will be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.
Sunday School resumes on September 4th at 9:30 am.
Nursery Circle will resume their meetings on the second Sunday of each month after the service, starting September 11th.
Tuesday Morning Bible Study – Everyone is welcome on Tuesdays at Our Savior at 6:30 am. We are studying the large catechism.
The Fall Wednesday Schedule has resumed, with catechism class at 5:00 pm, a short service of Vespers at 6:00, and Bible Study at 6:30. All are welcome!
Wednesday Bible Class – Join us on Wednesdays at 6:30PM as we take a walk through the book of Jonah. You remember it from Sunday School, but have you read it? Four little chapters with a lot to be challenged and taught for us, a lot to point us to Jesus.
Senior Noon Potlucks will resume on September 13th and continue on the second Tuesday of each month through May. Join us for good food and fellowship.
The LWML “Bakeless” Bake Sale will run from September 4th through October 2nd. There is a container in the narthex for monetary donations. Thank you to everyone for your generosity in helping with our mission fundraiser.
Saturday Bible Studies – 9:00-11:00 am at Our Savior
September 10th – The “I AM” Statements
“I am ______”. We use this phrase to say something about ourselves so that others might know us better. But when Jesus speaks these words, they spark anger on the part of many who hear. We will take a look at these statements of Jesus in John and consider the importance of them and grow in a deeper knowledge of who Jesus says He is.
October 8th – Proverbs: Everyday Wisdom and the Wisdom of Christ
We clearly cannot cover the entirety of Proverbs, but we take an overview of the Proverbs to see much of the wisdom it provides and (like all Scripture) see how it points us to Christ!
November 12th – “Old Hundredth”
This is the name of the tune of “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”. We will gather as many as possible, men, women, and children to learn how to sing the Common Doxology in 4-part harmony.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped at the Lutherans for Life booth at the Brown County Fair!
Home and Hospital Visits – If you would like Pastor to visit you at home, please let Pastor or the church office know. Also, if you are having surgery or are hospitalized and would like Pastor to visit and/or include you on the prayer list, please let us know.
Ink cartridges and cell phones – Please bring your used printer ink cartridges and cell phones to church. They can be recycled so as not to harm the environment, and raise money for LWML mission projects as well. There is a box for them in the narthex. Thank you!
Grocery Receipts & Labels – Receipts from Ken’s and Kessler’s will be collected again from September through May so they can be turned in for cash. Place receipts in the container in the narthex. We can only turn in receipts from the current school year, so no old receipts, please.
We also collect Best Choice labels. Best Choice products can be found at Ken’s. Save the UPC (bar code) including the words “Best Choice” above it, and place them in the same container as the receipts.
St. John’s - Columbia
4 Tom Hanson 17 Amanda Bisbee
5 Molly Ringgenberg 21 Dustin Buntrock
8 Lorie Ringgenberg 25 Andrew Buntrock
12 Erin Wolter 30 Larry Vietmeier
2 Mic & Jen Daggett
18 Karl & Val Eichler
21 Brent & Barb Miller
St. John’s Usher List
Sept 4th – Roger & Sharon Zastrow
Sept 11th – Brent & Barb Miller
Aberdeen Zone LWML Fall Rally
“Brothers and Sisters in Finland”
Saturday, September 17th, 2022
Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Mansfield
Trinity Lutheran Church is located at
14908 377th Ave, Mansfield, SD.
Directions: 7 miles west and 1 mile south of the Mansfield exit from US Hwy 281.
Speaker: Rev. Jordon Andreasen
Our Savior, Aberdeen
St. John’s, Columbia
Registration: 1:00 – 1:30pm
Guest Speaker: 1:30 – 2:45pm
Zone Business Meeting, Election, & Closing: 2:45pm
Dessert & Coffee: 3:15pm
Ingathering items will be given to Journey Home in Aberdeen.
Ingathering Items Requested: Journey Home is in need of any and all
general household items, cleaning products, paper products, and non-perishable food items.
LWML South Dakota District
2022 Christian Life Workshop Schedule
2022 Christian Life Workshops
“The Tabernacle/Temple in the Bible”
Presenter: Rev. Robert Hinckley
Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church, Chamberlain
Christian Life Workshop and Mitchell Zone Fall Rally
Saturday, October 8, 2022 – Zion Lutheran Church
620 E 3rd Ave, Mitchell
Christian Life Workshop
Saturday, October 15, 2022 – St. Paul Lutheran Church
846 N 7th St, Spearfish
9-9:30 am Registration and Coffee
9:30-9:45 am Opening Devotion
9:45-10 am Greetings, Announcements, Introductions
10-11 am Speaker
11-11:15 am Break/Singing
12:15-1:15 pm Lunch Break (Shopping time)
1:15-1:30 pm Singing
1:30-1:45 pm Closing
Coffee and Shopping at the LWML Store!
Click on the "Calendar" tab on the website to see the September Calendar.