Co-Pastors:  Rev. Ronald A. Hoyum and Rev. Lori J. Hoyum

Pastors Ron and Lori Hoyum came to Port Madison Lutheran Church in 1995 after serving congregations in the Tacoma area.

Ron grew up in Spokane and became a “Cougar”. After graduating from Washington State he went on to Willamette Law School where he earned his J.D. It was during law school that Ron sensed God’s call to Word and Sacrament ministry. That led him to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

Lori grew up in Fertile, MN and went through the “Lutheran shute”: from a small Norwegian Lutheran community, to Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

After sharing the call for 6-1/2 years, Pastor Ron was called to be the Assistant to the Bishop for the Southwestern Washington Synod-ELCA. Many things have changed at Port Madison since then. Last year we joined the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and Pastor Ron has returned to share the call at Port Madison as a co-pastor with Lori. Ron is a gifted teacher so we are blessed to have him back to teach a variety of classes, and also preach occasionally.

Pastor Lori was blessed to grow up knowing about God’s love and grace. For that reason it is her passion that even the very youngest children know that God loves them and their church family loves them too. (Translated: screaming children are especially welcome!)

The Hoyum’s know about children. In fact, they have three: Erica is grown and is teaching and going to graduate school in Austria. John is studying theology in college and Gretchen is pursuing a degree at Northwest College in Kirkland, WA.  Good books, family and friends pretty much sum things up in the Hoyum home.

January 2016 - Pastor's Message

posted Jan 7, 2016, 8:30 PM by Karen Lindsey

Dear fellow believers,
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you always!

In the last two newsletters we have focused on God the Father and His Son Jesus our Savior.  It seems appropriate that at the beginning of the new year we are reminded of the work, presence and fellowship of the Holy Spirit.  

Throughout Advent we heard predictions of the arrival of Emmanuel, "God with us".  Don't forget, He is still with us every day of the year through the fellowship of the Holy Spirit!  We are in fellowship with the Holy Spirit when we hear and study the Bible, since the Spirit always communicates with us and guides us through God's living Word.  Through faith we can also trust that the Holy Spirit ministers to us through the sacraments. 

But what, specifically, is the Holy Spirit up to in the lives of individual Christians?

For one thing, the Holy Spirit is tending the garden of your heart and mind.  He is at work producing the "fruits of of the Spirit".  Paul writes in Galatians 5:22, 23:  "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."  (This list reminds me that the Holy Spirit still has a lot of work to do in my life!)   

The Holy Spirit is also kind of the Santa Claus of the Trinity (bad comparison!) because the Spirit blesses our lives with spiritual gifts.  Paul writes the following in 1 Corinthians 12: "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit ...  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and still to another the interpretation of tongues.  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines."  

The Holy Spirit gives individual Christians gifts that will serve the hurting neighbor and the church. But the Holy Spirit is also in close companionship building up each individual Christian in faith, hope and love.

As I write this it is New Years Eve.  We can't help but look back at 2015 and think about our successes and failures, our joys, fears and aggravations.  We faced challenges to our faith, but also growth in faith.  With another year behind us we can see how the fellowship of the Holy Spirit comforted us, how he guided us through difficult times and decisions, how he increased our joy even as troubles increased.  As Christians in fellowship with the Holy Spirit -- especially during difficult days -- our picture of God's love and faithfulness is enlarged.

Now at the beginning of the new year I pray that the fellowship of the Holy Spirit will build us up in faith, guide us through daily life, and help us use our Spirit-given gifts to help others and strengthen the Church.

In Christ,
Pastor Lori

December - Pastor's Message

posted Jan 7, 2016, 8:28 PM by Karen Lindsey

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.   (John 1:1, 14)

In the month of November we focused on God the Father and Creator of all that was made. He is the One to whom we offer our thanksgiving.  

Now it is December, the season of Advent and Christmas.  At this time we remember that God came into our world in the flesh.  We call this the Incarnation.  In His incarnation Christ was truly a man, but also truly God.  Unlike other men, He was sinless.  It's hard to understand this reality.  The Bible doesn't tell us much about the process -- other than that the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and she became pregnant with the Son of the Most High God.  But the Bible tells us why God did this.  

You remember as far back as Exodus it was taught that no one could ever see God and live to tell about it.  In these last days, the days following the Incarnation, we have seen God and now live our lives to tell others about Him!  The Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians that "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily 
form . . ."

The gospel-writer John makes it clear that Jesus, the Word, was with God in the beginning when all creation was spoken into existence.  He is eternal.  It is this "Word" that became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We no longer see God from a distance, because He has come near to us in the person of Jesus!  (Also, Matthew1:23 - "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel -- which means, 'God with us.'")

New Testament writers have given us much information and insight into the Word Who became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  For three years Jesus went around Palestine preaching, teaching and healing all who were sick.  He had compassion for the lost and told stories that illustrated how serious he was about seeking all who were far from God.

As a human, Jesus experienced all the limitations, pressures and temptations that all humans are subject to.  He knows firsthand what we are made of and the struggles we experience throughout our lives.  But as the only perfect human-being who ever lived He was able to represent us -- take our place -- in dying on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven and we could be made right with God. 

A couple words used to describe the Incarnation are "light" and "glory".  Growing up in Minnesota I have an image from winter days that helps me understand these concepts.  As you may know, all leaves fall from the trees in autumn.  And even with evergreens mixed in there is a starkness about the grey sticks poking out from the tree trunks, especially around twilight.  There is beauty in this picture, but also sadness.  The next morning, however, one might awaken to a condition called hoarfrost.  This happens when moisture freezes on stark tree branches, fences, clotheslines, etc., and the entire landscape is lit up and sparkles like it is covered with diamonds.  It's impossible to adequately describe the almost blinding light and beauty of this condition.  But it reminds me of God breaking into the starkness and darkness of our sinful world, and giving us a glimpse of His glory.  

Advent and Christmas remind us that God has come to live among us.  In the starkness and darkness of life His glory and light breaks in to remind us that He has overcome all that would keep us in the dark.  (John 1:5 - "The light shines in the darkness . . .")  Advent and Christmas remind us that we are never alone or lost because Immanuel was born!

Celebrating His birth and life, His humanity and divinity -- with you brothers and sisters in Jesus,
Pastor Lori

November - Pastor's Message

posted Jan 7, 2016, 8:26 PM by Karen Lindsey

Dear Friends in Christ,
With Thanksgiving just around the corner it seems appropriate to focus our thoughts this month on the One to Whom we offer our thanks.

Right off the bat Genesis 1:1 declares that "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."  In the First Article of the Apostles' Creed we confess, "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth."  This is the God we thank!

Let's see what else the Bible teaches about our Creator God?

Psalm 19 shows us that creation has a message about the Creator.  For instance, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge."

Several stories remind us of God's power and control over nature: Remember  for instance; when the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, God parted the waters so they crossed over on dry ground?  In the book of Joshua we read about the time God caused the sun to stand still so the Israelite army could finish off their battle with the enemy.  In the New Testament we read about Jesus stilling storms and calling Peter to join him as he walked on top of the water.

Or think about God's creation of a human being.  Psalm 139 gives us a wonderful picture:  "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." This speaks to the sanctity of human life and calls on God's people to recognize and protect this special work of creation! 

The Creed says that God is our Father.  As a Father he cares about His children and provides for our needs.  Even though we are uniquely blessed in this country with freedom, opportunities to be educated, to own property and fill our lives with material possessions, many still worry about tomorrow and what it will bring.  Will my pension drop in value?  Will we be able to pay for our children's college?  Will I have enough money to live on if I enter a nursing home?  

Here's what Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not more valuable than they?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"  

These words from our Lord challenge our faith, and our confession.  Do we really believe that God our Father, the Creator of heaven and earth will take care of us when we confess the Creed each week?  Admittedly, we all fail at this once in a while.  And yet, it's good for us to confess it each week because it reminds us of the kind of God Scripture teaches.

Meditate on the verses listed above so you know to Whom and for what to give thanks, not just this month, but every day!

In Christ,
Pastor Lori 

October - Pastor's Message

posted Jan 7, 2016, 8:21 PM by Karen Lindsey   [ updated Jan 7, 2016, 8:23 PM ]

"Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path."  -- Psalm 119:105

We had more power outages in September than I remember in any other month!  It seemed like we were affected around Sunday school and worship times for three straight weekends.  It was an inconvenience for everyone participating in Bible class, worship and coffee hour!  Imagine, a Sunday morning without coffee – heaven forbid!

The worst weekend was when my cell phone had crashed a couple days earlier, and the power outage also wiped out our home internet service, cable television and telephone landline for a couple days.  Ron and I were literally in the dark and cut off from human contact for a couple days.  It was strange to be without power and all its services.  It was a lot like being without God's word and spiritually stumbling around in the darkness.

Let me share Luther's thoughts on this matter:
"God considers human reason, wisdom and morality, and even sunlight for that matter, to be dark and hazy compared to his Word.  God's Word is a flame that shines in the darkness.  Through teaching, preaching, and the sacraments, its glow spreads.  If we use this light, then God will no longer remain hidden from us.

When we're faced with disasters, when we're overwhelmed by darkness, when things seem so dark that we doubt that we are part of the church or pleasing to God, then we should learn to reach for the Bible.  We shouldn't let people who fall away from the faith distract us.  Instead, we should recognize that we live in 
a dark world.  The only reason we can see at all is that the light of God's Word shines brightly (2 Peter 1:19).

Jesus said, 'Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved' (Mark 16:16).  
The light of these words is shining in our hearts.  Even if the sun were shining brightly, it couldn't reveal this truth.  Human reason itself can't grasp it.  Wherever the Bible sheds its light, no real danger exists.  Without the Bible, 
we wouldn't know or understand anything."

As the autumn days get shorter and the threat of power outages looms, we can live in the true Light as long as we read and are shaped by God's Word!

In Christ,
Pastor Lori

September - Pastor's Message

posted Sep 23, 2015, 10:40 PM by Karen Lindsey

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.   --Proverbs 22:6
            It's back to school time. Teachers are organizing their classrooms and maintenance crews are sprucing things up both inside and outside the schools. Parents with reluctant kids in tow are hitting the stores, collecting school supplies.
            Why do we go to so much trouble to send our kids to school? I suppose the most obvious answer is that it's the law. The point of education is to instruct children in reading, writing, math, science, and history. We're often told of the many social benefits resulting from education: more people working and not using social programs, educated people are usually happier and healthier, to name a few. But higher drop-out rates have a negative effect on culture.
            What about Christian education? It's not the law; it's optional. Are there any social benefits?  In past generations it's true that not everyone went to church but still many of those parents sent their kids to a nearby Sunday school so they would get a little moral instruction. That was understood to be a good thing.
            There was a time when most kids at least went to Sunday school. These days fewer participate regularly in Christian education because of so many other demands on their time. I think we are seeing the fruit of children growing up without exposure to worship and education. That God is mostly ignored in our culture leads to some pretty serious moral and spiritual problems.
            This morning (Wednesday) a young reporter and her camera man were murdered as she conducted an interview. Not long ago Christians meeting together for Bible study in South Carolina were murdered. I could name many more instances of this sort of violence. We can argue about gun control, but a gun is an inanimate object. The problem lies in the heart of the person who commits the act.
            When will people wake up to the fact that we are in a battle against sin and evil?! 
But how can they know anything about the battle if they don't know basic Christian teaching about sin and evil. They don't know that Jesus said this: "For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly." (I guess there's nothing new under the sun, is there!)  
            If we want to see less violence and more peace we need to pray about the spiritual anemia in our country. We need to pray that people will respect Christ's Church and teachings, and as Luther said, "gladly hear and learn them."
            The only way to turn things around is to train and instruct people in God's Word, beginning at a young age, and helping them make a habit out of participating in instruction and worship. This is where the Holy Spirit does the work of converting and transforming the human heart. Please consider inviting a child to Sunday school and being a consistent presence and moral role model for that child. Most important is the salvation of the child. But instruction in the Christian faith will result in many other benefits in personal life and in the life of our communities.

In Christ,
Pastor Lori

June/July - Pastor's Message

posted Aug 27, 2015, 6:24 AM by Karen Lindsey

This month I have been thinking about our graduates.  Haley Kerrigan and John Hoyum both graduated from college, and Nic Courtier and Peter Schuler graduated from high school.

Graduation is an important milestone in a young person's life -- a time when they think about what the big wide future holds for them.  When John graduated from Bethel University last month I was trying to find a verse from Scripture that was appropriate for the occasion.  A passage from Ephesians jumped out at me.  I share it with all the graduates and their families who are on my mind, and who are so very dear to me:

"I have never stopped thanking God for you.  I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.  I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future he has promised to those he called.  I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his people.  I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of his power for us who believe him.  This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms."  (Ephesians 1:16-20)

As a pastor, and a mom, my prayer is always that our children will stay close to the Lord and seek his guidance as they move forward in life.  And when the path seems unclear my hope is that they will pray for wisdom and help from the One who knew them before time began.  According to Paul's words above he promises a "wonderful future".  It's wonderful because no matter what we face we have God's presence and promises to see us through from beginning to end!  That's true for all of us -- not just our graduates.  

This month is also Father's Day, and so we wish all our fathers a great day!  As we celebrate Dads, remember our Father in Heaven whose love for His children is beyond anything we can even imagine!  Re-read the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) for a picture of His over-the-top love.

And finally, I have been thinking about the 4th of July.  What a blessing to live in the United States of America.  It seems that the media is always pointing out what's wrong with our people, our politics and our religious life -- and trust me, I don't disagree with all their assessments of our national ills.  On the other hand, we have been blessed throughout our history.  (Paul's words above -- 'a rich and glorious inheritance" -- come to mind.)  As Christian Americans we understand that God has blessed us to be a blessing to our next door neighbors and to the world.  Let's remember Who we represent and seek to do His will as we live out our citizenship in this wonderful land.

Have a safe and restful summer.  Take time each day for Bible reading and prayer, and "remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy" -- to strengthen your life in Christ!

Your sister in Christ,
Pastor Lori

May - Pastor's Message

posted May 11, 2015, 7:57 PM by Karen Lindsey   [ updated May 11, 2015, 7:57 PM ]

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged; parents are the pride of their children. --Proverbs 17:6

With Mother's Day and graduations, May is a month for celebrating family relationships and accomplishments.

I remember hearing Jay Leno address the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren during monologues on The Tonight Show.  Once he commented: "The reason the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is so strong is that they share a common enemy!"  Another time Leno stated that "Studies of the relationship between grandchildren and grandparents show that if they had known how much fun it was to have grandchildren, grandparents would have done this before having children of their own."

Grandparents have a unique roll and influence in the lives of their grandchildren.  I was thinking about what Paul wrote to the newly ordained pastor, Timothy: I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice . . .  Timothy's faith was nurtured by both his mother and grandmother.  

Parents and grandparents both have a strong influence on the lives of children.  That reality was confirmed again in a recent study out of Princeton University.  Children from traditional families (defined as a mother and father who are married to each other) fare better in education and relationships than children raised in what this study called "fragile families" (defined as children growing up with a single parent, or in a household where there may be two adults, but only one is a biological parent).  Children raised in the traditional family -- including an intergenerational component -- also have greater economic stability than children from fragile families.  

The benefits of the traditional family (including grandparents) can't be emphasized enough.  But we know that we don't live in a perfect world.  Christian marriages can be rocky and some break up.  Children in these circumstances need their extended family for support all the more!  God gives that stability and blessing to children through Godly grandparents.

Grandparents often have more wisdom and perspective than younger parents who are busy trying to make a living and hold the family together.  Christian grandparents can also be a source of encouragement for children who have strained relationship with their parents.  No matter what Jay Leno said, grandparents loved and nurtured their children-turned-parents before the grandchildren came along.  And once a parent, always a parent when it comes to loving your kids. 

God created the family to be a strong foundation for culture.  This month, let's pray for families in our nation and around the world -- that God will strengthen these most significant relationships!

In Christ,
Pastor Lori

March/April - Pastor's Message

posted Mar 26, 2015, 6:03 PM by Karen Lindsey

Holy Week and Easter are just around the corner.  This time of year has so much significance for Christians everywhere in the world.  But it also has a great deal of personal meaning for our family, and I'm sure yours, as well.  Ron's mom, Marge, died in March (Lent) of 2006.  She was a strong Christian influence on Ron, and also on me after Ron and I were married.  

On Marge's deathbed Ron read these words from Romans 3:21-26:  "But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.  He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished -- he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus."

As we journey through Holy Week and approach Easter -- the resurrection of our Lord and Savior -- I want to share the commentary for these verses found in my Concordia Study Bible:
"Paul uses the verb 'justify' 22 times, mostly in Romans 2:13-5:1; Galatians 2-3. 
It is translated 'justify' in all cases except two, where it is translated 'declared righteous'.  The term describes what happens when someone believes in Christ as his Savior: From the negative viewpoint, God declares the person to be not guilty; from the positive viewpoint, he declares him to be righteous.  He cancels the guilt of the person's sin and credits righteousness to him.    

"Paul emphasizes two points: 1. No one lives a perfectly good, holy, righteous life.  On the contrary, 'there is no one righteous'; 'all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God'; 'no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by observing the law.'   2. But even though all are sinners, God declares everyone who puts his trust in Jesus not guilty but righteous.  This legal declaration is valid because Christ died to pay the penalty for our sin and lived a life of 
perfect righteousness that can in turn be imputed to us.  Christ's righteousness (his obedience to God's law and his sacrificial death) is credited to believers as their own."

We deserve to be declared guilty.  But God in His grace, mercy and love sent His beloved Son to the cross to bear our guilt and sins, and to take the punishment we deserve.  And because of what Jesus suffered for us, we are given salvation instead of damnation.  We also are given eternal life that begins now as we live a life of faith in Christ in a world run by fear and death.  And speaking of that, our fear of death is also wiped out because we have assurance that God is for us and nothing can separate us from His love.  How should we react to all that God has done for us?

Because Jesus made us right with God, we can be happy and celebrate!  And we do -- it's called Easter.  We celebrate it at the end of Lent/Holy Week, and every Sunday when we gather around God's Word and Sacrament.  We celebrate because Jesus lives, and so will we -- forever!

In Christ,
Pastor Lori

February - Pastor's Message

posted Feb 6, 2015, 8:01 PM by Karen Lindsey   [ updated Feb 6, 2015, 8:01 PM ]

Lent begins on February 18th with Ash Wednesday. On that day we recall that humans came from the dust of the ground. God took that dust and created a man (Adam). He breathed the breath of life into him, making him (and us) in His own image -- that is, with the capacity to love and make rational choices.

But the first couple listened to the wrong voice in the Garden of Eden, and made a wrong choice. That choice to question God's love and commands plunged all of humanity into sin, and eventually to death.

And so, on Ash Wednesday we receive the ashes on our forehead with these words, "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

The story of humanity -- and our personal stories -- don't end with the hopelessness of death without a future. The rest of the Bible from that point shows how God the Creator worked through history to redeem His lost world. The rest of the Bible shows how God loved the world and eventually sent His Son to save us. That's really Good News!!

As we begin Lent by remembering that we are dust, we move ahead in hope to our celebration of Easter and Christ's resurrection, and some day our own resurrection to eternal life.

Throughout these weeks of Lent we will spend Sunday morning doing an overview of the Catechism: Baptism, Holy Communion, the Creed, 10 Commandments, and Lord's Prayer.

On Wednesday nights our focus will be on miracles performed by Christ, especially the healing miracles. On these Wednesday nights we will use
the Service of the Word for healing as our liturgy along with hymns of encouragement. I hope you will be able to join us each week to hear about Jesus' compassion in the lives of people -- those who lived 2000 years ago, but also today.

A blessed Lenten season to all!
Pastor Lori

January - Pastor's Message

posted Jan 9, 2015, 5:02 PM by Karen Lindsey   [ updated Jan 9, 2015, 5:03 PM ]

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 

Thoughts on a HAPPY NEW YEAR . . .

It's always fun to open up a fresh calendar at the beginning of the year. The pages are blank and remind us that the year ahead is so full of possibilities. Now is the time to fill those pages with activities and events that will enhance life in the coming year. Have you thought about what you might add to your routine that will help you grow in faith in Christ in the year ahead?

A New Year is also a good time to eliminate activities, routines and behaviors that do not enhance life and faith. What behaviors, thoughts, beliefs, relationships and habits have gotten in the way of growing in Christ? Or, what behaviors, thoughts, relationships and habits need to experience renewal through the power of the Holy Spirit?

As a Christian -- one who is "in Christ" -- we don't need to limit ourselves to changing course at the beginning of a year. The Holy Spirit tugs at our consciences and the Lord helps us make the necessary course corrections every day and at any moment of every year.

That is because through baptism we have been raised to new life through Christ's death and resurrection. Paul writes in Romans, "Don't you know all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." (Rom. 6:3, 4)

Because of Emmanuel ("God with us") and the Incarnation (God breaking into human history, becoming a human being and sharing all that humans struggle with in life) we can have that new life; we can be that new creation the Apostle Paul spoke about so often. It's through baptism that the old creation is wiped out, gone, and a new creation is born.

We are made new in Christ but we still live in a sinful world where we all experience our fair share of tripping and falling down. Let me illustrate with something that happens to me every January. I know it's a New Year -- 2015. But I still find myself writing 2014 on checks and forms that require a date. It takes a while to get the hang of remembering this is 2015!

I know that I am a new creation in Christ but sometimes I forget Whose I am. But the good Lord never forgets us! He gave us physical life and made us a new creation in baptism. And He renews us constantly through the reading and teaching of His Word. He renews us by forgiving our sins and letting us share in fellowship with Him and with each other. "Out with the old, in with the new", as the saying goes.

As we begin a New Year it's a good time to remember that Christ has made us a new creation and His renewal in our lives is a daily gift.

Blessings in 2015!
Pastor Lori 

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