What a privilege to spend time with our brothers and sisters in faith, wherever that happens. This month I was invited to preach at Bloomington-Living Hope Lutheran Church in the Twin Cities area. I also was able to talk about Costa Maya Ministries at the school and at West Lutheran High School. One of the highlights was giving a presentation on our mission at the church picnic during halftime of the Packers-Vikings game. (Fortunately, I grew up in Houston so was able to avoid getting on anyone’s bad side!) From the questions of children, to those who hosted me, and the many who prayed for our mission and spontaneously offered to help in all different ways, I could see without a doubt the blessing of working together as Christians in ministry. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity (Psalm 133:1), especially when we’re united to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. ~Pastor Valleskey
Freedom is a rare commodity. Some think they have it while they are really in bondage. Others are free but don’t realize it. What does freedom look like to you—political, religious, relational, financial?
Mexico celebrated its political freedom from Spanish rule on September 16. The day symbolizes Mexico’s ability to live out its independence in all aspects of life. This freedom came with a cost of many wars and lives.
Cruz de Cristo Church shares the most important freedom, spiritual freedom, in Bible studies and worship services. Outreach also takes place through English classes and education to those who don’t have the opportunity to attend school. Spiritual freedom goes beyond all other types of freedom and came to us through the cost of Christ, from the womb to the tomb and now risen and in heaven. He died and rose for us … and for all people of all time. Freedom from death and punishment for sin, yes, but also freedom to see ourselves and others through the lens of Christ and live out a new identity on earth, guided by the Spirit. What keeps you close to your freedom in Christ? What deters you?
Below are a few pictures from Mexico City during its independence day celebrations. Many in Mexico are still in need of hearing the message of true, eternal freedom in Christ. Thank you for your prayers and support of sharing this liberating gospel message here! ~ Meghan Mortenson
******************************************************************* Online donations may be made at www.Costamayaministries.org or by check payable to Costa Maya Ministries and mailed c/o Fred Starck 2818 Jennifer Lane Johnsburg, IL 60051
This is information on the new school year. Completed forms can be dropped off at any time during the summer months or brought with you at the Visit the Teacher Night or Welcome Night dates listed below. Please contact the school office if you have any questions.
Here are Important Dates to Note:
Preschool Families - Wednesday, August 14 and Monday, August 19th - Preschool Information Nights. Two presentation sessions are available. Come on either August 14th @ 4:00 pm or on August 19th @ 6:00 pm. Plan to come for a presentation from Mrs. Grobe on all of the policies and procedures for the school year along with an introduction of our staff. There will be time to meet your child's teacher and ask questions.
K-8 Families - Wednesday, August 14, 4:00-7:00 pm - Visit with the Teachers. Each teacher will be stationed at a table in the Fellowship Hall/Lunch Room. Please contact the school office if y…
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This week Salem Lutheran School is having fun observing “Spirit Week” as we prepare to play in the final basketball tournament of the school year this weekend in New Ulm, MN. The start of the week the children of our school participated in Pajama Day and Blast from the Past Day. Tomorrow is Favorite Character Day and Thursday is School Spirit Day. Don't forget the all-school pep rally at 2:30 pm on Thursday. All are welcome to come! Blessings to all of our families who are traveling to New Ulm this weekend. May you all enjoy safe travels and a fun weekend of sports and good fellowship! Go Saints Go!!
Please remember there is no school on Friday, February 16 or on Monday, February 19 (Presidents' Day).