April 2019: Christus ist auferstanden

Greetings Everybody….. Christ Is Risen!!! He is Risen Indeed!!! Alleluia!!! Or as Martin Luther might have said back in the day…. “Christus ist auferstanden! Er ist wahrhaft auferstanden!”. Or something to that effect.

Even though Easter Sunday is now past, we’ll continue with the period of Easter over the next eight weeks or so, up to the day of Pentecost. But before the just completed season of Lent, and the Last Three Days (Maundy Thursday. Good Friday, and Easter) are too far in the rear-view mirror, everyone on the Congregation Council would like to thank the many, many folks who contributed so much to making this past Lenten Season so meaningful. From all those who worked to host the soup diners before the Wednesday evening Lenten services, the singers who led the Holden Vespers, the musicians, Bell Choir, singing choirs, Altar Guild members ….. I’d like to name names, but the list would be way too long. So to one and all, Thank You so much for your time and efforts.

Big thanks to Tom and Michelle Bernth for organizing and leading the Easter Sunday Breakfast. Tom and Michelle provided the great tasting ham, and all the ‘pot luck’ provided eats were great. Thanks to everyone, from those who helped set up Saturday afternoon, to those who helped clean up afterwards, and to everyone in between who served and provided the food. Two things Lutherans are great at….. praising the Lord and sharing food/eating. Perfect together!!

Congratulations to Brian and Matthew Clement, who will be receiving their Eagle Scout award on Saturday (the 27th). For those familiar with Scouting, it’s a long and at times difficult road moving through the six ranks up to Eagle. In fact, since it’s inception in the early 1900’s, less than 5% of Scouts have earned the award. So again, congratulations to Matthew and Brian, and kudo’s, too, to Mom and Dad, Lynne and Bruce, for all their encouragement and influence in helping their sons earn this prestigious award. Please mark your calendars for June 9th ….. that’ll be the day we go to single service at 9:30, followed by the Semi-Annual Congregational Meeting, which will be followed by the church picnic. (There we go….. eating again!!).

Finally, elsewhere in this Tidings, you’ll see a note about a Spring Fling. It’ll be an evening of fellowship at Cornerstone Brewery, which is on Brewery Lane (makes sense) in Portsmouth, on Thursday May 23rd from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Enjoy Spring, stay safe.


Dave Smith