To hear about Malaria Campaign
The Spring Gathering of the Crow River Conference Women of the ELCA will be held Saturday morning, April 27, at Bethel Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by brunch, special music, a business meeting and election of officers. Pastor Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl, ELCA Synod Minister, will be the guest speaker. Under her leadership, the ELCA Malaria Campaign was successfully launched and is expected to raise $15 million by 2015 in the fight against malaria in Africa. For tickets to the event, contact Pat Johnson at (320) 286-2018. Joyce Burgstaler, president, Crow River Conference Women
Having close friends may keep you happy and healthy
Maybe the case of the television show “I Love Lucy” was on to something. A few crazy schemes aside, Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred were on the right track with their close-knit friendship. A recent study shows that having a good group of friends around may be even more important than family for a long and healthy life.
The Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation will divide $1 million among non-profit hunger-fighting agencies nationwide using it as a spur to help them raise funds in March and April.
“The more cash, checks, food items and pledges we receive from March 1 to April 30, the more of the Feinstein challenge money we will receive,” Major Lee Morrison,
St. Cloud, said.
It wasn’t too long ago that Lake Union Evangelical Covenant Church in rural South Haven was at a crossroads. Their congregation was aging, and dwindling. Their old building was aging too, and there didn’t seem to be much hope for the funds to repair or build something new.
But it seems God wasn’t finished with the work of Lake Union Church.
Come now Paraclete, come Dove, Spring Wind,
Come and make us whole.
We had sinned and suffered terrible blows.
We deserved them all, and worse; now make us whole!
In His Name, by His Blood, in the smell of the soil,
Make us modest and sweet.
Help us to see Him in all,
From the fishes to the maimed and made up.
We had believed the lie.
We did not believe that God is Good.
The lying one of hell had harassed us so fiercely.
He had taken no pity on our worn out souls.
Now the Lion of Love has arisen;
Our King, in Flesh and Blood, has appeared.
We have seen that he was always with us.
He created us and never left us.
We are so surprised with wonder at God’s great Love;
we are so in awe of something we never knew.
He has not abandoned anyone;
No, not a single soul has been forgotten.
Let us sing now, and not delay;
Let us not think but sing and pray to One God In Three;
Can we not find our voices?
Can we not shout for so great a joy?
Je-shu’-a is Mercy, and Honor and Peace,
He has given us all, all Heaven, all Life;
Strife has vanished, and prose has become extinct;
Let us enter His temple, and Sing now as one;
Let us come into Home and find us, in Them