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'S MONTHLY ARTICLE
Bit o’ God’s Good News for May 2020
Old Joke – Q: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring …? A: Pilgrims 🙂
One More – Q: Can February March? A: No … but April May!
God’s Word: Jesus says, “Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the wildflowers of the field, which are alive today, but tomorrow are thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you!” Luke 12:25-28
Good Question: What about worry? What are we supposed to do with such a normal reaction to the goings-on in our world? Isn’t worry just a natural, uncontrollable thing we humans do? In other words, how in the world can anyone … really … stop the worrying?
Good News: The good news in Jesus’ words from Luke 12 above are this: God doesn’t hold our worrying against us, like it’s a test of our faith toward God. Often we read Jesus’ words above as condemnation of our frail, human nature. They are not. To be sure, Jesus seeks to move us away from focusing on our worries. But, that’s because Jesus loves us, and wants to strengthen us and free us from the exhaustion of worry.
More Good News: While it’s true we human creatures cannot help but worry (most of us.) With God’s help in the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of our crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ – we can learn to manage and live with our worries. It’s not easy. It’s not any fun! But, it’s better than being consumed by anxiety over things we cannot control. So, please turn your worries over to the Holy Spirit in prayer. You’ll probably have to do it over and over. But it works.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I can’t stop worrying no matter how hard I try. So, please take and share the burden of my worries as you walk alongside me. Right now I’m worried most about: _______________________________. Help me trust that YOU are bigger and stronger than anything I am afraid of. Amen.
Members and friends of Faith Lutheran … please share this Bit o’ God’s Good News with someone you think may be looking for God’s new-ness in their life.
Thank You … stay safe and healthy … Pastor John
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!
Sunday School: Meets on Sunday, 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