"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 November 2020
Gentle Humor: Two women were chatting on the phone. After hearing a lot of complaining, the one said to the other, “I know this Covid-19 business is really tough on all of us. But … isn’t there anything you’re thankful for right now?” “Sure,” said the other woman “this pandemic has given me lots of time to clean out my attic.” “Oh,” said the first woman, “you’ve gotten rid of all that junk – good for you!” “Well,” said the second woman, “I am really grateful to have all this time to do it. But … I still haven’t gotten up there.”
God’s Word: “Be filled with the Holy Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs in your own homes, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts. Give thanks to God the Father at all times, and for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:18b-20 adapted
A Bit o’ History: The picture above is a touched-up photo called “Grace”, taken by Eric Enstrom of Bovey, MN back around 1920, and designated as “Minnesota’s Official State Photograph” in 2002. The gentleman in the picture is a traveling stranger, expressing his gratitude for simple food and kind hospitality. What a great image to keep in our minds during this month of Thanksgiving!
Good News: Odd as it might seem, our ability to say “thank you” is not dependent on our circumstances. Think of gratitude like a muscle; the more we exercise it the stronger it gets. This is what the Apostle is saying in the verses from Ephesians above. The more we practice gratitude – saying “thank you” to God and to others – the easier it gets!
A Simple Prayer: “Thank you God for all that is good! Amen.”
God Watch Over You and Keep You Safe
A Blessed Thanksgiving!
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
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