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May 2022
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Part 5: Christian Questions with Their Answers
Dear Saints in Christ,

“…in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” -1 Peter 3:15 

               Have you ever been asked if you go to church and why? Have you ever been a bit lost for words to defend the hope that you have? Consider this imaginary conversation which may be more normal than we might care to admit.

“Why do you go to church?” Because I’m a sinner, plain and simple.

“Why do you think you’re a sinner?” Because I don’t follow God’s commands like He told us in the 10 Commandments.

“Yeah, but some of them were “ok” weren’t they? After all everybody messes up!” No, I have sinned against God and am sorry for it. I have sinned against others and that is also and always against God also.

“But we all sin, it can’t be that big of a deal.” I believe that I deserve God’s wrath and displeasure, temporal death, and eternal damnation for my sin. That’s what is taught in Scripture.

“That must be so depressing!” Oh no! I have hope of being saved. It just isn’t in me.

“So, what hope do you have?” It is in Jesus Christ, true God and true man. He died for me and shed his blood for me on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.

“Well, all gods are basically the same.” I don’t think so, I believe there is only one God: in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

“So all these died for you?” No, only the Son, Jesus. The Father did not die or the Holy Spirit. Only Jesus, the Son. He died for my sins.

“How do you know Jesus did this?” Well, the Gospel or the good news, perhaps especially when Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Altar or the Lord’s Supper, teaches it.

“What did he say?” Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take eat; this is my body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”
In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them saying: “Drink of it all of you; this cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

“So you believe that Jesus gives you His true body and blood? What makes you think that? I do! Basically, because Jesus says it is.

“Why is this so important?” It is because through this meal Jesus has given us a gift to remember His death and shedding of blood.

“Why is Jesus’ death so important?” First, because only His death could pay for our sins. Not mine or yours or any person or creature. Only Christ, true God and true man could do that. Second, that reminds us to be horrified of our sins and what they deserve. Third, so that we find joy and comfort in Christ alone, and through faith in Him be saved.

“But why would Jesus do this?” His love for His Father and for me and other sinners like it says in John 14; Romans 5; Galatians 2; and Ephesians 5.

“Is that all the Sacrament is about?” It is for me to learn to believe that Christ died for my sin, and also to learn from Him to love God and my neighbor. He is the one who strengthens me in all this!

“Do you really need to be so regular in this? I mean think of the things you’re missing!” Yes, but Jesus, the Son of God, commands it and has a great promise for me there; remember I go to church because I’m a sinner! I need Jesus’ gift for me there!

“Aren’t you being a bit dramatic? Certainly you don’t really need it all that bad do you?” Well, I certainly think that sometimes, but then I remember that so long as I am alive I have to remember what Scripture teaches about my human nature. That it is fallen and sinful, I have to seek the help of God to turn from my sin. I also have to remember that so long as I am in the World it is full of sin and trouble. Pretty sure we all know that plus the Scriptures teach this too. Finally, the devil is spreading his lies and at work to draw people away from God, including me. I need Jesus’ help and He does just as He promised.

               Of course you see how this is fictitious. But hopefully you can also see how this little part of the Catechism can help us to defend the hope we have. It can give us a little start, a way to confess Jesus simply first for our own use and then also before others. It doesn’t have to be eloquent or answer all the questions, but it does point others to Jesus, His work for us, and the living hope that we have through His Word and Sacrament today. This is hope for you and is the hope for the world.
Peace in Christ,
Pastor Andreasen
From via the South Dakota District LCMS Website


A ministry sabbatical as a period of time, usually three months, when ministry leaders and congregations set aside the leader’s normal responsibilities for the purpose of rest and renewal toward sustained excellence in ministry.  A ministry sabbatical is not an extended vacation nor is it an academic sabbatical that normally involves extensive study. A ministry sabbatical is a release from the routine of the call for the physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual well-being of the ministry leader.

A Biblical Perspective on Sabbaticals

The word sabbatical is drawn from Sabbath. The Hebrew word for Sabbath means to “close or rest” and is connected with the last day of Creation when God rested. (Genesis 2:3) God both models and commands Sabbath rest for his people. “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.” (Exodus 20:8-11)  Jesus affirmed the importance of rest saying, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” (Mark 2:27-28) The Biblical example of Jesus’ own frequent withdrawal to a quiet place to meditate, pray and be renewed is a model. In His ministry, the constant demands of people led Jesus to step away on a regular basis.  See also: Genesis 1 and 2; Exodus 20:8-11, 23:10-12; Leviticus 25:1-7 (Sabbatical Year), 24:8-25 (Year of Jubilee); Psalm 23; and Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

Why is a Sabbatical Important?

Roy M. Oswald, a senior consultant with the Alban Institute, suggests that the rapid change and complexity of congregational life and ministry raises the need for three months of sabbatical rest and renewal every four to seven years. He believes that 20% to 30% of ministry leaders he speaks to are in a state of severe burnout. Another 20% of the same audience is on the way to severe burnout.  
Richard Bullock and Richard Bruesehoff in Clergy Renewal: The Alban Guide to Sabbatical Planning suggest the following motivations for considering a ministry sabbatical: 

• Continual spiritual growth facilitated by periods of rest and renewal is vital toward being an effective minister. 
• Pastoral responsibilities are not contained within normal office hours and regularly involve weekends. 
• Rapid changes in parish ministry can increase the likelihood of burnout without periods of rest and renewal. 
• Burnout makes ministry and the minister, dull, hollow, and uninteresting. 
• Provides the opportunity for congregations to examine their dependency on the ministry leader and consider expanding the roles of lay leaders.

Dear saints of God at St. John and Our Savior,
It has been arranged that I fill in for Pastor Andreasen while he is on sabbatical, from May through July. I am looking forward to this opportunity to return to South Dakota and minister the Word of God and the Holy Sacraments to you. Here is some information about me.
I was born and raised in Ontario Oregon, and graduated from Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, with a major in music. There I met and married my wife, Patricia. We have three daughters. Sarah and Trina live in the Aberdeen area. Gretchen is married to a pastor, an Aberdeen native, by the way, who serves an LCMS congregation in Maryville, Tennessee.
Following graduation from college I taught music for over a decade in Boise. I then attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Following seminary I was called to serve Concordia Lutheran Church, Cresbard, and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wecota, South Dakota. These congregations I served as pastor from 1992–1998.
In 1998 I received a call through Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, to teach in a new seminary in Novosibirsk, Russia. I spent the greater part of my ministry there in Siberia, from 1998–2018, when I retired. In 2011 my work came under the oversight of LCMS World Mission. For some years the South Dakota District financially supported my mission, and for this I’m extremely grateful to our Lord and to you.
May our risen Lord Jesus Christ prosper our time together with His great blessings.
Peace in Christ,
Rev. Alan Ludwig

Our Savior                                      
                       MAY BIRTHDAYS

  3  Ian McHenry               22  Troy McKown                         
  3  Caiden Siebert             23  Cherise Johnson
  3  Doris Vilhauer             24  Joshua Meier
  9  David Johnson             25  Teigan McKown
10  Vicky Baumgartner     25  Raymond Pomplun
10  Amanda Dahme          26  David Hopfinger
12  Anita Small                 26  Briella Klipfel
13  Eric Johnson               29  Chelsea Fryer
14  Ella Brick                    31  Charlotte Bohling
18  Norma Dennert           31  Leroy Fryer

12  Dave & Brenda Taffe
15  Fred & Linda Rauscher
16  Mark & Kathy Wendt
25  Raymond & Wilma Schnabel
27  Terry & Anita Small

Happy Mother's Day!
Meetings in May
LWML – Sun May 1st at 8:45 am
Board of Elders – Thur May 12th at 5:15 pm
Church Council – Thur May 12th at 6:30 pm
Board of Ed. & VBS Staff – Sun May 15th after service

Elders for May – Russell Brandt & Brandon Christianson
Acolyte Schedule:
May 1 – Rhylan Tschappat & Dalton Lee
May 8 – Briella Klipfel & Teigan McKown
May 15 – Jayda Siebert & Ally Johnson
May 22 – Tristan Tschappat & Raylee Brick
May 29 – Rhylan Tschappat & Dalton Lee

The Senior Potluck will be Tuesday, May 10th at noon.  Join us for good food and fellowship!  We will not have a senior potluck in June, July, or August.

Grocery Receipts – Now is the time to turn in your grocery receipts from Ken’s and Kessler’s! We can only use receipts from the current school year, Sept. 2021 – May 2022.  Place them in the container in the narthex.  Thank you!

Special Dual Parish Service – Sunday, May 1st there will be a dual parish service at Our Savior at 10:00 am. This service will mark the beginning of Pastor Andreasen’s sabbatical, and also be a rite of installation for Pastor Alan Ludwig, who will be here through July. As a leave-taking celebration for Pastor Andreasen and a welcome for Pastor Ludwig, there will be a potluck meal after the service. Chicken, meat, and buns will be provided. Members of Our Savior are asked to bring salads, and members of St. John’s are asked to bring desserts.

Graduate Recognition will take place during the service on Sunday, May 15th.   Congratulations to Megan Thone and Cyarrah Fryer, who are graduating from CHS!

Ascension Day – Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 pm we will celebrate the fullness of Easter and the Lord Jesus’ ascension back to His throne, in a circuit-wide service hosted by Concordia Lutheran Church in Cresbard, with Rev. Colin Ford presiding and Rev. Kevin Moore of Messiah/Redfield and Redeemer/Doland preaching.
VBS 2022  is set for June 5 - 9 this year and our theme is “The Tree of Life”. We will see how God first promised the Seed, how the Seed had to die and be buried, how it sprouted into a tree reaching up into the heavens, how it grows branches, and how it produces fruit.
The Tree of Life is Jesus and His Body, the Church! No greater truths can be learned than those about Jesus and the Church.
Hours are from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, with time for a sack lunch from 5:30 to 6:00. Registration forms are in the library area. Friends, neighbors, and relatives are welcome also! Please register by May 15th. Thank you!
The Board of Education needs teachers and helpers in all areas. There will be a sign-up sheet in the library in May.

Camp Minneboji is a Lutheran summer camp program for all students who have completed grades 4 - 9, that takes place at the beautiful lakeside facilities of Camp Okoboji – LCMS in Milford, Iowa. Minneboji enters its 73rd year in 2022. Camp dates are June 19-25. The theme will be “Masterpiece” & comes to us from Ephesians 2:10, which reads “For we are God’s MASTERPIECE, created in Christ Jesus to do good works”. Registration forms and information are available at  The cost goes up after May 1st.

Spring Salad Luncheon – The LWML will be having our salad luncheon this year on May 14 at noon in the Fellowship Hall.  We have not had a luncheon the last two years due to COVID and our Mission Funds are running low.  The salad luncheon is our primary fundraiser for the Missions we support annually including supporting our young college student, Zach Johnson, in his studies to become a pastor.
      Sign up lists are on the table in the narthex for donations of salads and bars.  Even if you are not an LWML member, please consider helping us.  We normally have 130 to 140 women attending our luncheon and that requires a lot of salads and bars to feed them.
      We also have sign up lists for helping with decorating, set-up, serving, and clean-up.  Thank you so much for your donations and for serving.

The Board of Social Ministry & Evangelism is in need of funds and appreciate any donations they may receive. Their funds are used at the discretion of the board and the Pastor, to help members of our congregation or other individuals in need. If you put a donation in your regular offering envelope, please write “Board of Social Ministry” on the outside of the envelope, and on the memo line if you’re writing a check. Thank you!

St. John’s - Columbia

       2  Dean Ringgenberg
       3  Heather Neubauer
       4  Irelande Podoll
     13  Joshua Larson
     13  Payton Podoll
     17  Bryton Larson
     20  Roger Zastrow
     23  Karl Eichler
     25  Larae (Tootie) Podoll
     25  Leroy Podoll
     28  Collin Eichler
                     14  Scott & Carla Meints
                     23  Mark & Joleen Christianson
                     31  Tony & Amanda Bisbee

Happy Mother's Day!
St. John’s Usher List
        May 8     Dean & Lorie Ringgenberg
               15     Roger & Sharon Zastrow
               22     Cole Bisbee & Logan Ringgenberg
               29     Mic & Jen Daggett
LWML Convention – The 62nd convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League–SD District will be June 3 & 4, 2022 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Yankton, SD. The theme is “Walk in Love” (Ephesians 4:32-5:23).  The following are items they will collect as Gifts from the Heart:
MOST Ministries: Adult eyeglasses, children’s glasses, non-prescription sunglasses (gently used, in good condition)
River City Domestic Violence Center in Yankton: dish cloths, laundry soap, sports bras, gray bath towels, food storage containers, bleach, non-bleach cleaning solutions, cash donations for $4 meal coupons


The Office of International Mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is working with several Lutheran church bodies and missionaries in Europe to help our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ukraine, Lutheran refugees and others affected by the violence.
Gifts to the LCMS, including Mission Central, are restricted to providing aid and assistance to persons displaced by the war in Ukraine.
The LCMS will issue grants to/through our Lutheran partners in the region best positioned to provide compassionate care in Christ’s name to those fleeing the conflict.
The situation is developing, and we pledge to use every gift wisely to accomplish the greatest good possible in ways that deliver the Gospel as human needs are met.
Ways to give:
Click on the "Calendar" tab on the website to see the May Calendar.