Lent 4 Pastor's Message
“St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is called to grow in meaningful relationships with Christ, with one another, and with the community…” This first half of our vision statement is what we, as disciples of Christ, strive for every day. To be in and strengthen these relationships is what helps us grow in our faith as we live out our calling as Christians in the world.
This upcoming June 23-29, the vans, trucks, and trailers will be loaded once again as we set off on our annual mission trip to Marion, Virginia. This will be our 12th year becoming the hands and feet of Christ as we complete home repair projects through Project Crossroads. Through our actions, hundreds of lives have been directly impacted through the relationships we have formed. We have been called to share our resources with those less fortunate than us. By traveling to Marion every year, we are reminded of how, through our actions, we share God’s love and strengthen the relationships we have built over the years not only with the residents of Marion, but also with each other.
There is something special about being in an intentional community with other disciples for a week focused on service and on growing in our relationship with one another. Whether it is through playing card games, gathering around some of the best food you’ll ever eat on a mission trip prepared by Rose Moser, or working together to hang sheetrock to help repair a home, you get to experience the extraordinary power of God’s love and the grace and mercy that God gifts to us each day through this week of service.
On behalf of the entire Mission Trip Planning Team, I invite you to join us for this year’s trip. If you are able, please join us at 9:15 a.m. next Sunday, April 7, in the Parlor for an informational meeting where we will go over some of the details about this year’s trip, as well as answer any questions you may have. If you are unable to come to the meeting, but would like information, please come talk to me or grab a trip brochure located at both of the Welcome Centers.
Together in Christ,