President's Message by Karen Fischer

"Grace - the meaning is in the undeserved-ness"

Have you ever heard or used phrases like “paying it forward” or “giving back” or “committing random acts of kindness”?  Often phrases like those are used in settings where people are talking about helping others or being philanthropic.  The thought is...

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words.”  Maybe, like me, you have even used it as a parent a time or two.  I have to confess something—I have a problem with actions sometimes.  Take this blog as an object lesson.  I have...

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"Spring Break"

My life revolves around a school calendar. That’s true for a lot of people who want to capitalize on making plans for the times when school is not in session. We look at those break times way in advance to plan the dentist appointments, the extra-long weekend, even just a meal without a...

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Thanksgetting? - I Don't Think So

I’m an avid football fan. This last weekend while watching, a commercial came on for my wireless phone carrier.  Have you seen it?  It’s their ad for black Friday and it is literally called “Thanksgetting.” I won’t go this Friday, but sometime next week I...

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Warmth

Have you ever talked with someone who is visiting your congregation about how they felt about their visit?  I once asked someone that question and they shared with me the difference they felt between what they deemed as a “warm” church and “cold” church. That has always...

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AnxIety with a Capital "I"

On June 27, 2013, at about 2:00 PM, while driving to La Crosse, Wisconsin for the 50th Annual LWMS Convention, my cell phone rang —Jeanne Martin was calling with election results.  That night, as I walked into the arena, my heart sunk and fear set in.  “I can’t do...

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'Tis the Season

The TV ads and shopping season seem to start earlier every year! We are bombarded with Santa and suggestions of what everyone wants and needs for Christmas. We also hear of many heartwrenching stories of those in need, and how our dollars can help. Don’t forget the poor, hungry, sick,...

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You Will Be My Witnesses

The 51st LWMS Annual Convention is now history. If you’ve been on our Web site recently, you’ll see it’s full of pictures which record the memories of the convention for posterity. I hope everyone who was there left feeling “RECHARGED” and ready to go back to their...

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It is finished – He’s Risen, Alleluia!

Today with Christians around the world, we celebrate Good Friday. For many there will be the ceremonial carrying of the cross through the streets of the city and other reenactments. However, it all comes down to one simple truth: Jesus’ final words on the cross, “It is finished”....

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The Birth of the Christ Child

Today, when a child is born, the mother rushes to the hospital, is attended to by trained medical staff, and she gives birth to her precious child in a clean sterile environment. Now, try to imagine a night long ago in Bethlehem. It is the night of Jesus’ birth. After Mary and Joseph had...

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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations... ~ Matthew 28:19