"By your own blood, O Christ, you have ransomed for God saints ...
out of every tribe and tongue, out of every people and nation.
You have made of them a kingdom and priests to serve our God."
About Faith Lutheran Church Miltona
Pastor John M. Riggle
Pastor's Core Values. . .
Dedicated to quality spiritual leadership, compassionate pastoral care, and intellectually honest Biblical learning, while keeping healthy personal, professional, and family boundaries.
As a professional ordained pastor of the ELCA, I will caringly and carefully provide referrals for you, to competent local professional help, in crisis situations requiring expertise beyond my pastoral role...and with prayerful follow-up supportive care.
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Pastor John, Faith Lutheran Church Miltona MN
PASTOR'S MONTHLY ARTICLE
Bit o’ God’s Good News for August 2020
A Couple of Laughs for Summer – Q: What did the pig say at the beach on a hot summer's day? A: I'm bacon!
Q: When do you “go” on red, but “stop” at green? A: When you're eating a watermelon. J
God’s Word: “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that unrepentant sinners tread, or sit in the seat offered by those who scoff at truth. Instead, their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on God’s wisdom they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and even in the heat of summer their leaves do not wither.” Psalm 1:1-3a
Good Questions: What does God want us to meditate on, to reflect on in these days of the Covid-19 pandemic? How much should we focus on ourselves or on others? How closely should we follow current events – on things happening in our community, nation and world?
Good News: Psalm 1 is very helpful with these questions. It makes an unbreakable connection between truth and what we should meditate (or dwell) on in our minds and hearts. This is a universal, principle, no matter what someone’s religious faith or tradition is. Keeping our minds and hearts centered on truth is crucial, not only for our physical, social, economic and relational well-being, but also and above all for our spiritual well-being.
As Christians we regard our Savior Jesus, who said, “I AM the Truth” as being the greatest and most precious truth of all: that God has come to us in person, to save us from sin, evil, and death by Jesus’ death and resurrection for the world. Even as we hold that truth most dear, brothers and sisters, at the same time please remember: Truth is truth … and wherever you find truth, there you find Christ!
So during this global health disaster please listen to the voices who speak verifiable truth. Not to those who peddle dangerous nonsense! You are all in my heart and prayers every day.
At Faith, we encourage members to find an area they are passionate about and to try out new ideas for ministry. Newcomers and their ideas are always welcome at any of these groups!
Some of the ministries that currently exist are:
Choir: Meets on Sundays at 8:00 A.M. to prepare music for the worship service. Singers of all ages and abilities are welcome as we make a joyful noise to the Lord!
Bell Choir: Meets on Sundays at 8:30 A.M. Children and adults are welcome!
Two on Tuesday (Ukulele Group): Meets every Tuesday at 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the church. Any and all ukulele, guitar, banjo, etc. players are welcome!
SMART (SAFETY) TEAM: Faith Lutheran Church is committed to everyone's health and safety during this dangerous, world-wide health crisis. So we have established a Smart Team to help us keep track of developments in the pandemic, and to guide us as we move forward. The leader of our Team has degrees and experience in public health and nursing. The Team is also comprised of our Council President, a member of our Worship Team, two members At-Large, and our Pastor.
Sunday School: Meets on Sunday during the school year, in the Education Room, directly after the Children's Sermon.
Confirmation: [For grades 6-9] Meets 6:30-7:45 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, during the school year. (From 7:15-7:45 p.m. during Lent.) Check the calendar tab for the monthly schedule.
Bible Study: Meets every Thursday at 10:00 A.M. at church for challenging, nourishing, and insightful discussion of Scripture, supportive prayer, fun fellowship and treats.
Outreach Team: Check the calendar web page for meeting dates.
- Organizes gatherings and service projects for both members and nonmembers to enjoy together, including musical outings, trips to nearby community theaters, dinners out, Tornado Days outreach, our annual Giving Tree and more.
- The Bible Box is a place for you to freely take or borrow Bibles and other devotional literature for all ages. The Bible Box is located under our driveway canopy, just to the left of the main doors.
Stewardship Committee: Meets monthly
- Designates regular mission projects that we support as a congregation, both financially and prayerfully. Also organizes the annual estimate of giving and promotes stewardship as a way of life.
Worship Committee: Meets seasonally to choose hymns and worship settings. We also prayerfully discusses topics related to creating meaningful and relevant worship, including music, themes, and how best to use our worship space.
WELCA: Meets the second Thursday of every month at 1:00 P.M. at the church for discussion, food, and fellowship. All ladies of the church are welcome!
Healthy Times -- Support Group is for those challenged with eating a healthy diet and understanding details about the nutrition of food to decide what to include in our family meals.
All Meetings are Postponed Indefinitely Due to the Pandemic
Our Church Leadership
Our Church thrives because of the energy and commitment of the people who are a part of our leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our church community work:
Rev. John M. Riggle, Pastor
Sue Ellwanger, Church Office Secretary
Kevin Lee, Organist/Pianist
Bev Mrnak, Custodian
Church Council Members
Marlene Schoeneck, Council President
Darla Crossley, Vice President & Financial Secretary
Linda Kvenvold, Treasurer
Joni Wunderlich & Lori Zastrow (team), Council Secretaries
Rick Alton -- Property & Cemetery
Edie Anderson & Mark Steidl (team) -- Worship
David Carter -- At Large
Ean Crossley -- Youth
Vicki Dahl -- Outreach
History of Faith Lutheran Church
In 1997, Faith Lutheran Church ELCA built a new building then moved from downtown Miltona to our current location. We have a rich history of being in close fellowship with the historic Spruce Hill Lutheran Church and Esther Lutheran Church ELCA outside of Parkers Prairie.
"On the Day of Pentecost, people of every culture and nation heard the good news in their own language."
Regardless of age, race, or status in life, members of our Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA] welcome you to join this community of faith. If you’re unfamiliar with our church's denomination, some of what you learn may surprise you!
The ELCA is an engaged, active body of believers. We put our faith in God into action -- in millions of ways, all over the world.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was formed from three separate and well-established North American church bodies:
- The American Lutheran Church
- The Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches
- The Lutheran Church in America.
Beginning January 1, 1988, these churches, with shared beliefs and missions officially formed the ELCA. Decades later, this energized church body is composed of millions of members and many thousands of congregations across the U.S. and Caribbean. Today, the ELCA reflects the rich and diverse heritage of the people it serves.
You can read more about the ELCA and how all that we do is part of ... God's Work; Our Hands ... on the ELCA's website: www.elca.org