About Faith Lutheran Church Miltona

Pastor's Corner

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.

Pastor's Pledge...
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.

To Contact Pastor John....
Phone: 712-449-0027
Email: johnmriggle@gmail.com
Pastor John, Faith Lutheran Church Miltona MN

Pastor John Faith Lutheran Church Miltona MN


Bit o’ God’s Good News for April 2020

Joke: What does the Easter Bunny get for making a basket? A: Two points, just like everybody else. Unless it’s a long shot, then it’s 3! 😀

God’s Word: “On the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women came to Jesus’ tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you !” Luke 24:1-6b

Good Question: Why do we human creatures forget so many important and good things, so easily, while we remember so much of the bad, hurtful stuff? In part (and in fairness) we need to remember what is bad, so we can steer away from it. But, sadly, not only do we cling to far too many past injustices, thoughtless and hurtful things people have done to us. We all-too-often forget what is good! Things like … spring flowers … a good joke … the smile of a friend … the hug of a loved one … the taste and smell of good food … and the glory of the sun in a bright blue sky. In the verses above, from Luke 24, the angelic visitors are urging those women disciples of Jesus to “Remember!” To remember all the good Jesus had spoken and given and shown to them. Including the best Good News of all … Jesus Christ IS risen from the dead!

Good News: Thankfully, God’s Holy Spirit is always at work in us (if we will let God help us) drawing our minds and hearts to things that are truly lovely, life-giving and worthy of our time and attention. This is not always easy, of course, especially in times like this with the Covid-19 pandemic. But, if you ask God to change the perspective of your heart – this is a promise – God will do this for you. God will help you remember all that is good.

More of God’s Word: The Spirit helps us remember that God’s love will never, ever let us go; that Jesus’ death conquers the powers of sin, evil, and death; and that Jesus’ rising from death opens the gates of heaven for you … never to be closed again. So, as St. Paul writes in Philippians 4:8-9 {adapted} “Beloved, whatever is true, honorable, good or holy, whatever is soul-pleasing and lovely, if there is any excellent or praise worthy thing … Remember! ... and meditate on these things. Keep on doing all you’ve learned from me; all you have heard and seen in me. And I promise you: the God of peace will be with you.” Amen.


Members and friends of Faith Lutheran … please share this Bit o’ God’s Good News with someone who you think may be looking for God’s new-ness in their life.

Thank You … stay safe and healthyPastor 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!

Bell Choir Faith Lutheran Church Miltona MN

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!

worship band Faith Lutheran Church Miltona MN

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!

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."

  (Acts 2:1-21)

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

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