Town Hall Meeting – Sunday, May 3

Pastor Luke will host a “Town Hall” meeting at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss recent changes in the Presbyterian Church’s constitution, and especially the changes related to the definition of marriage (particularly in the area of same-sex relationships). This is not a formal Congregational Meeting, but rather an opportunity to explain what has happened and discuss its implications for Jewel Lake Parish.

Who Was He?

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Martin Keeps It Real

Martin Luther had his down days too:

“I sit here at ease, hardened and unfeeling—alas! praying little, grieving little for the Church of God, burning rather in the fierce fires of my untamed flesh. It comes to this: I should be afire in the spirit; in reality I am afire in the flesh, with lust, laziness, idleness, sleepiness. It is perhaps because you have all ceased praying for me that God has turned away from me…. For the last eight days I have written nothing, nor prayed nor studied, partly from self-indulgence, partly from another vexatious handicap [constipation and piles]…. I really cannot stand it any longer…. Pray for me, I beg you, for in my seclusion here I am submerged in sins” (E.G. Rupp and Benjamin Drewery, eds, Martin Luther: Documents of Modern History, pp. 72-73).

How’s that for a thought: “I sit here hardened and unfeeling … perhaps because you all have ceased praying for me.” Wouldn’t it be great to know there were people praying for your prayer life?

Something to think about as Pastor Appreciation Month draws to a close. (See also this: How Rick Warren’s Health Crisis Can Help Your Church.)

New Podcast Up

For technical reasons, the Podcast Archive is a different blog here at JLPO. (Those reasons might not be permanent. We just didn’t want to wait until we’d figured out every little detail.) Anyway, you may want to bookmark the podcast itself and our local archive, as well as the church’s main site.

Having said all that, the podcast for June 17 has been posted:

King David can teach us to be good parents. (Really!!) Sermon podcast up:

McKinley Climb Blog

As he announced in worship, Pastor Luke has a friend who’s part of a team attempting to climb Mt. McKinley. They’re also trying to raise money for Juvenile Myositis (JM). Toward that end, you can follow them on their blog, which includes a diagram of their plan for assent.

Yesterday, the news reported the death of the first McKinley climber of the season. The name of that climber hasn’t been released yet, but Leora (Luke’s friend) said in her last blog update that it wasn’t anyone in their group.