Sunday, May 18th

Sunday, May 18th – Rev. Tim McKenzie of the Lutheran Theological Seminary will preach from 1 Peter 2, with a sermon titled, The Rejected Cornerstone.  Communion will be served.  After the worship service let`s enjoy robust fellowship snacks.

– WORSHIP  11:00 AM  with Communion
FELLOWSHIP TIME (after the service – all are invited)

Enjoy Hillsong`s Christ Alone Cornerstone music video

after the Japanese commercial this link leads to a mix of Hillsong favorites – ENJOY!

Our guest Preacher today: Tim & Mari McKenzie are missionaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Tim teaches Historical Theology at Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary and Japan Lutheran College (on this campus). Mari is involved in the prayer shawl ministry and is working to introduce this to churches in Japan. Prior to serving at the college and seminary in Tokyo, they served churches of the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church in Yamaguchi Prefecture.


Upcoming Schedule for Sundays – May 25th, June 8th and June 22nd.   Twice a month we will have multigenerational Sunday School from 9:30 in the cafeteria.  Who is welcome? Multi-generational-worship All ages.  We will be creating, discussing, playing games, acting out bible stories and more.  If parents want their kids to join in on the fun at the Multigenerational Sunday School while they attend the Adult Sunday School that will be at the Sacks – that`s great too.  This will be in addition to the regular Wednesday evening offerings for ES, MS and HS.  The Sacks will host the Adult Sunday school, also at 9:30 am in their living room on these same dates.  Their home is right across the Lutheran Campus from our sanctuary.  Best coffee in town =) Come and enjoy!  All are welcome.  Need more information, contact any time =)

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION CORNER (we value your prayers & involvement in this vital ministry)  Contact Carrie Bennett for ES, Julie Rogers for MS, Amy Harbaugh for HS or Pastor Teresa at with any questions.

Little Kids (1-6) Sunday School during church Topic: Queen Esther   Teacher: Sammie

NEXT ES Youth Grades 2-5: Wednesday May 27th at the Bennett`s home from 5-6:30 pm  Topic: Parables Review  Teachers: Steve/Carrie   Pizza:  Norris/Loveman

NEXT MS Youth: Preparation for the Youth Service

NEXT HS Youth:  Preparation for the Youth Service

NEXT MULTI GENERATIONAL Sunday School – Sunday May 25th in Cafeteria from 9:30-10:30 am

NEXT ADULT Sunday School
– Sunday May 25th at the Sack`s from 9:30-10:30 am

Upcoming Preaching Ministry and Community Events
May 18th    Rev. Tim, Communion
May 25th    Multigenerational Sunday School, Rev. Jim, HS Youth Service
June 1st     Pastor Teresa, ES & MS Youth Service, Communion
June 8th     Multigenerational Sunday School, Pastor Teresa, PENTECOST, RED robust Fellowship Time – invite your friends!

Sign up for snacks for fellowship time with Ann or on the list on the white board.  We greatly appreciate your contributions to our community life!

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1 Peter 2:4-10  New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5 like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in scripture:
“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7 To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those     who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,”
8 and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.

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