Greetings Friends In Christ!
John Chrysostom's Easter Sermon ended with these words..."commence a happy change." I highlighted these words and waited
till now. For me it's like a fresh start. Even "happy Sunday" is a fresh start a happy change..
Think Good Thoughts - "In conclusion my friends , fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: that are true, noble, right, lovely, and honorable." Philippians 4:8 GNT. Norman Vincent Peale echoed the sentiment
when he wrote "We are either destroyed or made whole by the kind of thoughts we think." Are you ready for a happy change?
James Banks asked "Are the best days of your life in front of you? Our outlook on life - and our answer to that question -
can change with time. When we're younger we look ahead. Once we've grown older, we yearn for the past. But when we walk
with God whatever our age, the best is yet to come."
Are you looking ahead to what God would do? Make a fresh start! Commence a happy change!
" May God himself, the God who makes everything Holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together - spirit, soul,
and body - and keep you fit for the coming (Advent) of our Master Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely
dependable. If God said it, God will do it! ". 2 Thessalonians 23-24
Happy change! Love to + Christ 🙏🏾 Interim Pastor Kevin
Click the button to view videos from the 2022 NJ Synod Assembly. Join in worship and learn more about the Bishop's Challenge.
St. John Lutheran participated in the 2022 Bishop's Challenge. In addition to a generous donation of support, our WELCA women created a quilt square for the Synod Quilt.The quilt represents our commitment to growing in awareness and moving toward action in Christian love. If you look closely at the completed quilt, you will see St. John's square in the upper right hand corner.
On Sunday, September 26, we celebrated Pastor Kevin's 42 anniversary of his ordination as a Lutheran minister. We enjoyed an outdoor reception on the Central Avenue patio in honor of Pastor Kevin Hilgendorf.
The Reverend Kevin Hilgendorf was ordained at Grace Lutheran Church in Perth Amboy, New Jersey in 1979. Pastor Kevin is in the center of the photo. On his right is the Rev. Jack Elstad and on his left the Rev Jack Slotterback.
In the hymn #546 Evangelical Lutheran Worship " To Be Your Presence " the fourth verse states,"We are your heart, O Christ, your hands and voice, to serve your people is our call and choice, and in this mission we, the church, rejoice, alleluia!"
Congratulations, Pastor Kevin. We are blessed to have you serving our congregation!
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