Dear Friends in Christ-

Over the weekend, I attended and assisted at a Christian renewal retreat in South Dakota. I am grateful to the Church Council and to our congregation who understand that these renewal opportunities are important for my life of faith and the ongoing vitality of my ministry. 
I am also grateful to so many who are willing to step up and lead in my absence. Stacey Greenhagen led confirmation last Wednesday. These individuals helped in worship yesterday: Jon Podolske, Jennifer Lindquist, Cindy McVenes, Darci Kvam, Steve Berg, and Jean Wagner. These and many others remind us that the church is never about the pastor. Our shared work is always about our ongoing worship and witness to the crucified and risen Savior, Jesus Christ! As Saint Paul reminds us: I serve among you to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). We do this work together! 

Blessings in your ministries this week – 
Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship on Sunday  
(January 27), you are invited to read:
Luke 5:1-11

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