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October 2014

posted Sep 24, 2014, 11:50 AM by Christine Rice

Dear People of God,


             Toward the end of September, the town of Ellensburg becomes much busier.  This is, of course due to classes starting at Central Washington University.  The arrival of students for the fall quarter always makes the town more busy and active.  Here at First Lutheran many ministries are beginning or have already begun in September and early October: Sunday School & adult education, confirmation classes, (youth events keep going year round), preschool, quilters, choir, campus ministry and more.  And don’t forget the rummage sale Oct 3rd&4th, which raises money for a number of worthy charities.  As Martin Luther says, “Faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing.”  This goes well with our ELCA theme, “God’s Work: Our Hands.”

            On the last Sunday of October, 10/26, we celebrate Reformation Sunday.  We give thanks for the faithful witness of Martin Luther and other reformers of the church.  Luther rediscovered the Bible truth that our salvation is a free gift of God’s grace, which we receive through faith.  Luther emphasized the Bible truth that we do not somehow earn the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life.  Rather, these are freely given to us through the precious blood of Jesus, who died on the cross and rose again to save us.  Our lives are a “thank you!” to God as we share the love and good news of Jesus with other people.  We work not to be saved.  We work because we are saved through Jesus.  So our faith is not an idle thing.  Faith is a matter of the head (intellectual belief), but also of the heart and the hands.  “Faith is a living, busy, active, mighty thing.”

Pastor Dennis