June, 2012 – Paradox newsletter

From the Pastor…

“What though my joys and comforts die? The Lord my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging.
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

(Worship hymnal #763)


This is it, folks!  We’re celebrating our ministry, and All Saints is entering uncharted waters this Summer.  What happens in a Christian community when there is no pastor or dedicated gathering space?

Churches everywhere are feeling the pinch.  It’s hard to ‘recruit and retain’ new people; it’s hard to make things work with small numbers – few people and few dollars.  What do we do?  Some communities choose to ‘circle the wagons’ and keep doing what they’ve always done (perhaps doing it with more vigor with the hope that others will want to dive in as energetically).  Perhaps what we’re called to do is look for need in the surrounding community, and work to meet that need.

I don’t think there’s a formula for growing a church.  I think we can work at doing things with integrity – so that our actions match the words we speak – and we can work at being open to all people and expressions of life, offering welcome and invitation.  And then we concentrate on   the primary marks: being hospitable, showing generosity, no coveting, no vengeance, observing Sabbath rest.

Speak and be Good News!

Pastor Tyler Gingrich

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– to Katrina, Peter, Karen, Jesse, Lynette, Melissa for the hospitality on Ascension Day!

– to Melissa, Karen, Jesse, Katrina, Lynette, for the music on Ascension Day!

– Melissa and Myrle for the soup!

– to Jesse for the coffeehouse tunes!

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“Something New Is Emerging”

All Saints Lutheran is discerning the future.  We are unable to support a pastor or property, and yet we do unique ministry and have made creative use of resources available to us.

To connect with each other and with others, we have made good use of online websites:




With these sites, and others as well as our own, we can stay in touch, we can remain a presence – ‘leaven in the lump.’

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If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.” — Desmond Tutu

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Celebration of Ministry

Saturday, June 9

 1pm – service

2:30-5:30 – potluck/BBQ/social

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“Souper Sundays will continue at the church-house

on the third Sunday of the month, 5:30pm, until further notice!”

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Worship leaders in June

June 3 – Ken W, lector; Myrle S, host; Myrle, liturgist

June 9 – Jesse W, lector; ______, greeter(s); BBQ/potluck, host; Myrle, liturgist

June 10 – ______, lector; _____, host; _____, liturgist

June 17 (Souper Sunday) – ________, ________, soup

June 24 – ______, lector; _____, host; _____, liturgist

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see our online calendar for upcoming events with dates/times/locations


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