Friday, April 16, 2021

Pastor Returns Call



Pastor Al has returned the call he received to Christ Lutheran Church in Marshall, MN. This call was received on March 8, 2021. Pastor formally announcement that he had returned the call on Sunday April 11, 2021 to both Mt. Olive and St. John.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

In-Person Worship-April 11, 2021

 If you were unable to worship in person on Sunday, April 11th, 
you may view the service on the link below. 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

SCLA - Thank You for a Successful Gala!

 Dear Friends of St. Croix: 

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6

The mission of St. Croix Lutheran Academy, Educating the total student: spiritually, intellectually, and physically, is only possible through the grace of God and your support.  

The 2021 Gala was a huge success from a number of perspectives. Here are a few noteworthy ones:

  • Over 200 packages were donated. When our gala committee felt we needed more or different items, they showed up. Every time!
  • Of the 200+ packages, nearly 30% were hand-made items or experiences.
  • On average, each package received 8 bids.
  • Student-created ceramics collectively raised $960.
  • The collective creations of faculty and staff yielded $13,175.
  • The total raised to date is nearly $58,000. God is good!

Thank you to all of you! Through this year’s gala, you supported this ministry with your time, talents, and treasures. God poured his blessings on us; to him be the glory!

A special thank you is appropriate for our gala committee. Staff members John Dvorak, Kristina Lewerenz, and Lisa Streckert worked many extra hours to put this year’s event together. Parent volunteers on the committee, Kelly Burkart and Jessica Kelm, brought energy, insight, and hours of work to make the gala memorable and successful.

On behalf of SCLA, the Mission Advancement team, and the gala committee, we appreciate all you do to support our ministry. You are a blessing!

If you missed the gala and would like to offer your support, you can still contribute to Make a Difference, our tuition assistance program, by giving here.

See you in person next year!

Brian Shult
Director of Mission Advancement
St. Croix Lutheran Academy

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

April 2021 Good NewsLetter - Our God is Almighty

  


Our God is…Almighty


How strong are you?


If you want to see incredible physical strength, watch “The World’s Strongest Man” competition. To win, the competitors have to do such demanding feats as lift 300-pound, round stones onto a pedestal, flip huge tires over and over, and pull large buses—in the least amount of time.


Such strength pales in comparison to the almighty power of the one true God.


God’s power isn’t limited to a competition, and he doesn’t use it to win prizes for himself. God uses his power for our benefit.


The greatest proof of God’s almighty power is when Jesus was raised to life after being crucified.


Jesus had the weight of the world on his back in the form of every sin of every person for all time. We rejoice because he was willing to lift the heavy weight of sin off us and endure the excruciating pain of dying on the cross in our place.


Jesus was humbled, but only temporarily. Three days later, God showed his almighty power when Jesus became the only person to overcome sin, death, and hell.


The Apostle Paul writes, “By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also” (1 Corinthians 6:14).


Jesus won the victory of eternal life. He gives the hope of heaven to all people. Now that is a feat of strength!


God is not done revealing his almighty power. On the Last Day, Jesus will return to earth to raise our bodies back to life and to reunite them with our souls. We may be weak, but God uses his strength for us. Trust in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection.


HE IS RISEN!



Worship with us during the Easter season. Together we can rejoice in God’s almighty power.


Upcoming Events at St. John:

Worship Services: Sunday 8:30 AM.

Adult Bible Study 9:40 AM.

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SCLA - Summer 2021 Homestays Needed

 


Can you host a student this summer?

St. Croix’s international families and international staff are currently working to help students return to their home countries for the summer. Due to border closings and the unavailability of flights, there are a few students who may need to stay in the U.S.

 
Will you consider hosting an international student or two from June 7 to August 14? As a host, you will receive a stipend of $800 per month, $2000 for the summer. Currently, homestays are needed for male students, some of whom are in athletics and would need transportation to summer practices.
 
If your family is moved to be a host this summer, you are invited to fill out the homestay application on our website.
 
Please contact me if you have questions. Thank you for considering!
 
Tamara Julian
Dormitory Student Advisor
St. Croix Lutheran Academy
Office - (651) 455-1521 ext. 1118
Boys' On-Duty Cell - (651) 998-4019
Girls' On-Duty Cell - (651) 998-9241

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Bible Reading Challenge April 10

 

April 10


Matthew 28:11-20
11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 



Psalm 71
In you, LORD, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame.
2 In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
    turn your ear to me and save me.
3 Be my rock of refuge,
    to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
    for you are my rock and my fortress.
4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
    from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.

5 For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD,
    my confidence since my youth.
6 From birth I have relied on you;
    you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
    I will ever praise you.
7 I have become a sign to many;
    you are my strong refuge.
8 My mouth is filled with your praise,
    declaring your splendor all day long.

9 Do not cast me away when I am old;
    do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
10 For my enemies speak against me;
    those who wait to kill me conspire together.
11 They say, “God has forsaken him;
    pursue him and seize him,
    for no one will rescue him.”
12 Do not be far from me, my God;
    come quickly, God, to help me.
13 May my accusers perish in shame;
    may those who want to harm me
    be covered with scorn and disgrace.

14 As for me, I will always have hope;
    I will praise you more and more.

15 My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
    of your saving acts all day long—
    though I know not how to relate them all.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign LORD;
    I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
    and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray,
    do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
    your mighty acts to all who are to come.

19 Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,
    you who have done great things.
    Who is like you, God?
20 Though you have made me see troubles,
    many and bitter,
    you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
    you will again bring me up.
21 You will increase my honor
    and comfort me once more.

22 I will praise you with the harp
    for your faithfulness, my God;
I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
    Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy
    when I sing praise to you—
    I whom you have delivered.
24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
    all day long,
for those who wanted to harm me
    have been put to shame and confusion.

 

Return from Captivity

“Indeed, whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that, through patient endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we would have hope.” [Romans 15:4]

During the COVID crisis, many have described a feeling of being held captive in their own houses. Get this: Children are even eager to get back to school! When was the last time that happened? With God’s blessing of the development of vaccines, most are looking forward to a return from “captivity.”

About two and a half millennia ago, God’s people experienced a return from captivity. After seventy years of Babylonian captivity, God moved the heart of Cyrus to decree this return. Did all the Israelites pack their bags and head for the camel port? (Well, no, there wasn’t a camel port but…) We are told that about 50,000 returned and that this was a small portion of God’s Chosen People. That might surprise you, but consider this: It was a long difficult journey back to the Promised Land. After seventy years, many had become too old and feeble to return. You might compare them to our homebound who cannot travel. Then there were those who had been born in Babylon and had never seen their homeland. Then there were others as well.

When the people had been rounded up to be taken to Babylon, Jeremiah had told them to build houses and settle down. They did. Many grew very comfortable, even prosperous. Why should they give up all that and make the trek back to Jerusalem which lay in a heap of rubble, where a new start would present hardship and hard work, where infrastructure was non-existent?

The simple answer is that it was God’s will that his people return to rebuild the Temple and re-establish the worship of the True God in Jerusalem. As God’s Chosen People, they were the bearers of the Promise of a Savior. How important was that? Thank God that he moved the hearts of a remnant to make the sacrifice, to give up their comfort, and to return for the fulfillment of God’s promise!

How about our return from “captivity”? We may have settled in and we may have grown comfortable with what some have labeled “couch church.” We don’t have to go out in the cold, we don’t have to drive, we don’t even have to get dressed for church. Many a Hebrew in Babylon had lost sight of God’s plan for them and had lost heart. God’s plan for us is that we gather for worship, that we make whatever effort necessary to sit at the feet of the pastor (“shepherd”) he has trained and called to feed us with the pure Word and sacrament. May we always remember and consider God’s plan for our lives more important than our own comfort. You are part of God’s house. Let’s put it back together as fast as we can!

“Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have the habit of doing. Rather, let us encourage each other, and all the more as you see the Day[ approaching.” [Hebrews 10:25]