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Walking in the Light of Christ—Together!

 “…If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7

 Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The ball fields are busy.  Evenings and weekends are filled with end-of-the-year concerts, graduations, open house celebrations.  Talk has turned to summer activities: family vacations, summer festivals, and concerts and movies in the park.  After what has seemed a very long wait, Summer is finally upon us!  Let’s make it a summer to enjoy together!

After meeting with Amber and Kelsey this week, I am amazed at all the opportunities they have planned for our congregation to gather and grow together as church.  There are opportunities just about every week to gather beyond Sunday worship: from cheering on the Augustana Church Softball Team, to gathering at the Movies in the Park, to helping build a float and walking in the SummerFest Parade, to volunteering with Pathfinders and Axis youth activities and Vacation Bible School!  Make this a Summer to remember!  We’re also looking to introduce “Rainy Day Game Days” this Summer following worship on any Sundays that the weather looks like the day might be better spent curled up indoors with good friends and a boardgame than out at the lake or exploring the outdoors.  So watch for emails announcing those events or if the weather is looking “iffy,” feel free to bring your favorite board game to church for a lively time together!

Not only are there more opportunities to gather with friends from Augustana this Summer, but if you’re an out-of-towner on the weekends during the Summer months, we’re teaming up with the other Fergus Falls ELCA congregations to offer traveling Shared Summer Worship Services on Wednesdays at 5:30PM starting June 5th at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  The services will be shortened communion services and the theme for the preaching series is “A Playlist for Faith” and each message will focus on one of the Psalms.  Augustana will host for the first time June 12th.

We can do so much more together than we can alone.  The call to practicing the Christian faith is a call into community that stretches you and transforms you to see others as Jesus sees them:  beloved children of God.  So may you respond to Jesus’ call this summer beyond your comfort zones into a growing, supportive Christian Community and get to know some new companions in Christ as we follow Jesus together.

Serving Jesus with you,

Pastor Ben