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Sunday Worship 9:15 am
Tuesday Worship 4:30 pm
Adam's Return
Adam's Return by Richard Rohr, 2004; 280 pages. From the publisher:

Richard Rohr has spent decades learning about [male initiation rites and vision quests] so that he can help awaken men to their own masculinity, their deep spirituality, and their potential for leadership. In Adam's Return, he gives us the five essential truths of that training, in language that is being used in men's retreats around the globe. … Men are people, not gods, and they need to confront suffering, loss, and death before they can live with genuine wisdom and vision.

A colleague who participated in one of Rohr’s men’s retreats recommended this book. That experience and this book have become the basis of the men’s ministry at the church he serves, Zion Lutheran Church in Muscatine. I found it to be helpful and, at times, like a good scrubbing.

To buy, search for “Adam's Return” at

Make 2020 a year of seeking to see yourself and God more clearly. These books would certainly help.

Thanks be to God.
Pastor Clark Olson-Smith

Faith Question For The Week

Now after the wise men had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt.”

Trying to kill Jesus, Herod the Great killed all the children two years old and younger. But warned in a dream, Joseph, Mary, and Jesus escaped to Egypt. 

What a brutal and disturbing story for any time, let alone Christmas. It echoes the story of Moses’ birth: the Pharaoh of Egypt killed Israelite children. The faith, courage, and defiance of his mother and midwives saved Moses, who, led by God, would later lead Israel to freedom. Matthew portrays Jesus as a toddler as the New Moses.

The gospel also reveals God’s presence and providence in dangerous and turbulent times and God’s victory over vindictive leaders and nations’ violent pursuit of greatness. God is not a puppet-master in full control of history and people. Instead, God’s influence is from the inside out--in vulnerable flesh and blood and in human dreams and courage and faith. Jesus lives, even after the worst humans could do. And because Christ lives, we all shall live, including all innocent children.

Where are you finding God’s guidance, protection, and hope? Take a moment with God to celebrate the greater gifts of Christmas and to consider who God is calling you to be.

Reminders, News, Events
Starting in January 2020 our winter bible study for the Women of ELCA will be
"All are Called"
All are welcomed to join this bible study. 
Lydia Group will meet on January 11, 2020 at Jenny's Diner at 9:00 am
Bible Study will follow at 10:00 am at the church. 
Lesson study is being led by Barb Larson
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Sunday, December 29
Worship 9:15 am
No Sunday School

Sunday, January 5
Worship 9:15 am

December Epistle Click Here
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Click here for Sermon Videos December 22-January 5
This Weeks Readings


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