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Pastor Ralph's
Weekly Update
August 14, 2019


Greetings, CHLC family and friends!

This coming Sunday, August 17, is the 10 Sunday after Pentecost. We hear some challenging words from Jesus this week ... he has come not to bring peace, but rather division. As we consider the radical love of God, we cannot deny that it will divide folks who may not want that kind of love for the world. What is judgement all about for us Christians who are at the same time saints and sinners? We will try to consider all of those things this week in our worship.

It is a time to celebrate as we will welcome Jay King-Field into the Christian family through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Jay is the son of Dven King-Field and Janelle Robinette, grandson of Marion Robinette and brother to Alan.

Following the Churchwide Assembly last week, I have heard and seen many different reactions to what came about. I believe that our Bishop, Suzanne Dillahunt, has a very helpful pastoral letter about the assembly. I am attaching a link to that letter for those with online access. If you are receiving this through the USPS, you can check out printed copies on the shelf in the church lobby outside the sanctuary.


I am also attaching the link to our ELCA Social Statement on Immigration, passed six years ago at the assembly in Pittsburgh.


There are certainly things that we can talk about in regards to our call to faithful living, especially in relation with our government, immigrants, and all of our international neighbors.

I will see you in worship!