I will be in Atlanta this Saturday through next Thursday for an ELCA Rostered Leaders gathering. This is the first gathering of its kind for the ELCA and features some dynamic, nationally known speakers along with interesting workshops. I'm also hoping for a chance to catch up with old friends. Pastor Conrad Braaten will be preaching and presiding at both services on Sunday. If you or someone you know needs pastoral care while I'm gone, please contact Bill Gardner, Billy Motley, Marty Holliday or Rhonda Womble for contact information of a pastor who will be available.
As Lutherans around the world commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, it seems a good time to brush up on Martin Luther's theology. I just started reading a new book, "The Forgotten Luther: Reclaiming the Social-Economic Dimension of the Reformation," which is already turning some gears in my head. The book has reminded me that Luther did not wish only to bring change to the church of his day, but also to address the ways in which systemic factors caused and perpetuated hunger and poverty and what the Bible has to say about that. It turns out the church still has some hard work to do, which makes Luther's teachings as relevant today as they were in the 1500's. I mention this book to you for two reasons: first, our guest preacher for Sunday, Conrad Braaten, is a contributor to the book and to the Forgotten Luther symposiums that have taken place since the book's publication. Second, I plan to use this book in some study in coming months and thought that some of you might want to begin reading it as well. The Forgotten Luther is edited by Paul Wee and Carter Lindberg and is available at lutheranuniversitypress.org.
This Saturday, August 5, Oak Grove Pavilion welcomes Roanoke-based Stone Canyon, with Floyd and Oak Grove favorite, Dave Fason, and friends. Stone Canyon plays the music we all love, spanning from the 1960's right up to today's hits. Join them Saturday at 7:00 pm; bring your dancing shoes and picnic dinner or save your change for some goodies from the canteen.
Then, make plans to watch this summer's most anticipated musical comedy, BAD-TV 3, at Oak Grove Pavilion and starring the Zion Players. Performances will be on August 18, 19, 25 and 26, all at 7:00 pm. BAD-TV, you know you love it!
CORRECTION: Because of a problem with the church's email, emails written last week did not get sent until yesterday. Please delete the message about Zion's homecoming being this Sunday; it was held last Sunday.
St. Mark's homecoming will be celebrated on Sunday, August 27, with 10:30 am worship and a potluck meal following.
God's Work. Our Hands. Sunday is September 10. Mark your calendars for a project that afternoon, followed by a meal. This year, we will be making sensory items for the students at Roanoke's Minnick School, a ministry of Lutheran Family Services. More information will come your way soon!
Please keep in your prayers: Joe Sowers, as he recovers from surgery and the family of Norman (Pete) Williams, as they mourn Pete's death.
I have attached last Sunday's sermon; I have no idea what I did to change the screen look and will see what I need to do to fix it.
We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.- Winston Churchill