From the Pastor's Desk
What did I learn from the Lord today?
As a child I (like most other kids) was often asked "What did you learn in school today?" and as a parent, I asked the very same question of my own son. Growing in what we know and understand is so important that we as a society give various exams to measure this thing we call "learning."
Learning is of more importance to God than anyone else, and the very word "learn" and its derivatives is used 144 times in Scripture. "Christian Education" lays the foundation and supplies the essential materials for a life-long experience of growing in Christ. As we now approach a new school year, it is again our place to teach the key tenets of life as a child of God in our challenging world, and there is so much to learn.
One of the first things believers need to learn is found early in Scripture. God speaks to Moses in Deuteronomy 4:10: "‘Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.’" Numerous times we observe the Lord's desire that young and old alike grasp and practice this "respect" for Who He is and what He is all about.
God's people also need to be students of God's design for living. We see Psalm 119 repeatedly echo this truth, and it is summed up well in Verse 73: "Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments." The giver of life is also the giver of real living within the structure of God's Word. In the case of Daniel and his friends taken into
captivity to Babylon, Daniel 1:4 reveals that even the pagan king was looking for specific teachable people to serve him who were " understanding learning,..."
However, of the many essential things to learn from God, nothing is more critical than learning the way to be eternally saved from our sins. God's plan of salvation is not reasonable from a human point of view, and it's discovered only within the supernatural wisdom of God's Word. "God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." This unexpected approach to humanity's rescue happens apart from any human effort, and free salvation is in view when Jesus says: "Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’" For I came not to call the righteous , but sinners” (Matt. 9:13).
Because a Christian's greatest goal in life is a living, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, He would have us continually respond to His greatest invitation. "28 Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Should it not be the main endeavor of each of us and our church to learn from our Savior all that He has to teach, and then pass it on to others who also need it? It may also be a good idea to daily ask ourselves, "What did I learn from the Lord today?"
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home with a handmade hat. If the staff at their Birth Center is unable to use them all, they will distribute them to other hospitals who would like some.
Our next meeting is our Annual WMF Meeting scheduled for October. Each circle needs to have someone to serve on the nominating committee that will meet prior to the October meeting, as well as someone to be on the Christmas meeting committee as we did prior to 2020—COVID really rescheduled our schedules for all of us.
Please remember our missionary families. They can always use items they are unable to obtain where they are serving, such as dry soup mixes, kool aid, card games and small toys, chocolate and gummy bears, mac and cheese, and special occasion napkins. If you are interested in donating some of these items, please place your donations in the box in the kitchen.
If at any time you wish to contact us with questions, comments, etc., please feel free to call Elrene at 507-951-7222 or email at email@example.com, or email or catch any of us anytime.
Elrene, Ann, Polly, and Brenda
New Parish Calendar Online
Emmanuel's website now has an online calendar which is the single best location to find updated times and locations for events. You can subscribe to this page and events will sow up on your digital calendar automatically. Check out www.emmanuelaflc.com.
For a link to the latest service on YouTube, please , search YouTube for Hauge Lutheran Church, Kenyon, MN
August 10, 2021
Meeting was called to order by President Stolee at 7:14 pm. Present were Allen Stolee, Elrene Clauson, Jerry Houglum, Wayne Walker, Cory Vold, Deanna Gard, Earl Ehrich, Clair Boyum, Brenda Boyum and Pastor Eric Westlake.
Devotions were given by Wayne Wallker from Colossians 3:1-5. Devotions were followed by prayer.
Discussion with Pastor Eric Westlake from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Zumbrota:
Secretary’s report: Council Meeting minutes from July 13 and the Special Congregational Meeting minutes from July 25 were read and they will stand approved as read.
Treasurer’s report: Will stand approved as read. Balance in savings and checking account, not designated as of 7/31/21 is $12,055.11, compared to $11,938.95 as of 6/30/21. The inheritance received thus far has been distributed to the designated banks.
Pastor’s Report: Not available as Pastor Aadahl is out due to respective illness. He has done approximately 42 visitations in the past month.
Youth Director’s Report: Not available as Molly is currently on vacation.
1.Electronic version of the Constitution: In progress at last check.
2.Future of Hauge Discussion:
a.July 25th Special Meeting: Went well. There were good questions and discussion. Members want to stay true to the Word of God and continue to pray about our future.
b.Interim coverage: See above number 2 in discussion with Pastor Westlake.
3.Parsonage upkeep: There is a compiled list of known things that need to be done. (A copy was left on the kitchen countertop, and they can be crossed off as things are completed or have new things added that are noticed to need attention.)
4.Inheritance final payment: Has not been received yet.
1.Pastor Jorgenson’s visit: Motion: M/S/C Cory Vold/Clair Boyum to send a $100 donation to the AFLC with memo to include appreciation for Pastor Jorgenson’s visit.
2.Agenda for August 16 7:30 pm Joint Council Meeting: This will be emailed when received.
3.Confirmation Class: Classes will be held at Emmanuel. This can be discussed more at next meeting.
Adjournment: Motion M/S/C Jerry Houglum/Clair Boyum to adjourn meeting. Meeting was adjourned at 9:34 pm. Closed with the Lord’s Prayer.
Brenda Boyum, Council Secretary
The Old Stone Church
The annual service at the Old Stone Church scheduled for June. Financial contributions to the Old Stone Church are welcome and appreciated. They will be used for the maintenance of the church and cemetery. Please mail the contributions to Hauge Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 71, Kenyon, MN 55946. Please be sure to designate it is for the Old Stone Church.
The Old Stone Church is on the National Register of Historic Places. If you would like more information about this historic landmark, please google Old Stone Church Goodhue County. Minnesota Prairie Roots website is an excellent resource.