President's Message by Emily Kom

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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Now thank we all our God....

Now thank we all our God With hearts and hands and voices, Who wondrous thing has done, In whom his world rejoices, Who from our mother’s arms Has blessed us on our way With countless gifts of love And still is ours today.  CW 610 v. 1 Chances are, many of us memorized this hymn at...

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A King is Born!

For weeks people from around the world have been waiting in anticipation. Standing in the heat and the rain waiting. Waiting outside a London hospital for the birth of a baby.  Finally, the news spreads around the world! It’s a boy! The future King of England, George Alexander Louis,...

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Notes from Nepal

In February, I had the opportunity to represent LWMS on a trip to Nepal. I want to share some notes I jotted along the way in this message, but attend the 50th annual LWMS convention in June for a detailed presentation about this amazing trip. Notes from Nepal.... Quick...

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