St. Abrahams Lutheran Church
The Church Mouse Gazette -- Summer, 2023
I am Abraham, the Church Mouse! I am the steward of St. Abrahams Lutheran Church as well as the writer and editor of the Church Mouse Gazette -- St. Abrahams' own church newsletter! Here you will find the latest issue of our newsletter which is printed throughout the year and contains content on various church activities and community events. If you wish to see the past newsletters then please take a look at our page labeled "Past Issues."
I hope you enjoy our newsletter! If you have any suggestions on what else we can add, please let us know! Until then, may your days be full of love and laughter in this beautiful world.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (KJV)
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.
After forming our new Parish, the next task was hiring a full time staff. Our Pastoral Team is led by Reverend Dorothy Lundgren, Reverend Ellen Lichfuss, and Deacon Don Helfer. The team provides morning worship services to all 5 congregations each week, as well as, oversees the Youth Group, meets with congregations and the community, makes home visits to shut-ins, as well as nursing home and hospital visits. They are kept very busy leading us as individual churches and as a Parish.
This year we at St. Abrahams have been kept busy enjoying special joint services with our new sister congregations; we held our Community Picnic in July and Vacation Bible School in August and this year we held our first Ice Cream Social with music provided by the Alesia Band. It was a nice event and a nice reason to take a Saturday afternoon off and enjoy time with friends and family eating ice cream (who doesn't like ice cream?) and listening to some wonderful music. We have continued collecting food and personal items for NESAP, including special holiday food boxes or Thanksgiving and Christmas and in the Spring we held a special 'Soup-er Bowl' collection which coincided with that other Sunday SuperBowl.
We continue to collect extra pocket change weekly for our Jingle Jar which goes to The Fisher House Foundation to benefit veterans undergoing medical treatment; and we supported our first Parish project of adopting a Ukrainian family, providing necessary items to furnish an apartment that was rented to start them off in their new life in their new home in America.