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.
Friday, April 16, 2021
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Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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!
Director of Mission Advancement
St. Croix Lutheran Academy
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
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.
Visit our website at stjohnev.net
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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.
Sunday, April 11, 2021
“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]