imagesDo You Like Things Simple?

Do you like to have someone tell you exactly what to do, or would you rather figure it out yourself?  Do you follow directions when you are assembling something, or throw them away?  Do you like a challenge, like to discuss and figure things out by adding, subtracting and then make a decision? 

How do you feel about a command from Jesus that goes like this:  I give you a new commandment, that you love each other.  John 13:34   Easy and simple directions are the words of Jesus in our Gospel reading for this week. Yet~

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) wrote this in Thoughts on Various Subjects; from Miscellanies—1711“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”

At first glance, a harsh statement but in reality a command to love one another from Jesus is tough. But it gets easier in life as a follower of Jesus Christ because we do not go at it alone; He is with us helping us along the way.  And we see it everywhere here at church and around the world.

The command to love, gotta love it!  See you Sunday!

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Brenda Wicklund

A Passing Away….


Karin Ruth Simonich a member of the communion of saints at Grace Lutheran Church, passed away April 20th, 2013. The funeral service to remember God’s gift of eternal life will be held Saturday April 27th, 2013 11 am at Grace. There will also be a visitation on Friday April 26th from 5-8 here at Grace.

The walls are going up!

Thanks to this congregation, along with others, the Maasai Girls Secondary School in Tanzania, East Africa,is becoming a reality! After having to change building sites due to difficulty in drilling a well, land with an existing well was donated in a larger
village named Image-looks like Image, but pronounced, “Im-a-gee.” This picture was taken on Saturday, April 13.

Just look at the wall in the front of the picture- it is the wall that Grace built! We are making a difference in the world!


Tiger Mcluen

Tiger Mcluen will be speaking at Emmanuel Lutheran in Brunswick on Wednesday April 17th at 6:00.

For the past 20 years, Tiger has given vision and leadership to this organization, through which he developed the Youth Ministry programs at Bethel and Luther Seminaries. Today, Tiger is leading Youth Leadership in new directions, educating, equipping and encouraging youth workers both in and out of the world of higher education. A former youth pastor, Tiger currently serves as adjunct faculty at Bethel Seminary and is the author of two books, Equipped to serve and The Student Leadership Training Manual. In addition to teaching Youth Leadership’s intensive classes, Tiger is a popular speaker, author, consultant and mime. Tiger loves his wife Sue, his motorcycle and Chipotle burrito bowls.